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Something Wicked 

Dean gets a second chance to right a wrong from his past when the brothers get a mysterious tip from their father about a case they'd worked years ago, but left unfinished after Sam was nearly killed by the creature.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Sam Winchester
... Dean Winchester
... John Winchester
Colby Paul ... Michael
... Young Dean Winchester
... Joanna
... Miles Tarnower
... Dr. Aaron Hydeker
Jeannie Epper ... The Shtriga
... Elderly Patient
... Young Sam Winchester
... Young Mother
Stacee Copeland ... Betty
... Ft. Douglas Motel Owner
Chandra Berg ... Gloria


John Winchester sends the coordinates of Fitchburg, Wisconsin, to Dean and Sam, where children are mysteriously getting sick and their bodies running out. They lodge in a motel, and after their investigation, they realize that a Shtriga, an Albanian witch that feeds of life-force of children, is attacking the local children. Further, The Shtriga is only vulnerable while feeding. When the young brother of Michael, the son of the owner of the motel, is attacked, Dean convinces him to be the bait to kill The Shtriga. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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6 April 2006 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Shtriga - a monster in this episode - is mentioned to be Albanian, which is incorrect. In fact it comes from Slavic mythology (especially Polish folklore - 'Strzyga'). It is supposed to be a female demon somewhat similar to a vampire. The undead strzygas were believed to fly at night in a form of an owl and attack night-time travelers and people who had wandered off into the woods at night, sucking out their blood and eating their insides. People with two hearts, two souls and two sets of teeth (the second one barely visible) were believed to be strzygas. A newborn child with already developed teeth was also believed to be one. When a person was identified as a strzyga she was chased away from human settlements. Such strzygas usually died at a young age, but, according to belief, only one of their two souls would pass to the afterlife; the other soul was believed to cause the deceased strzyga to come back to life and prey upon other living beings. When a person believed to be a strzyga died, decapitating the corpse and burying the head separate from the rest of the body was believed to prevent the strzyga from rising from the dead; burying the body face down with a sickle around its head was believed to work as well. See more »


When entering the town of Fitchburg, Wisconsin, the sign with the population number says "Fitchberg" while the sign welcoming people to the town says "Fitchburg." See more »


Sam Winchester: Dean you got the time?
Dean Winchester: [checking his watch] Ten after four.
[Sam nods]
Dean Winchester: Why?
Sam Winchester: What's wrong with this picture?
[Dean follows Sam's gaze to a nearly empty playground]
Dean Winchester: School's out, isn't it?
Sam Winchester: Yeah. So where is everybody? This place should be crawlin' with kids right now.
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References The Shining (1980) See more »


Road to Nowhere
Written by Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde and Randy Castillo
Performed by Ozzy Osbourne
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Brothers against Evil: Wicked Witch of Wisconsin
10 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

Good old-fashioned spooky and atmospheric installment in the wondrously entertaining first season of the show "Supernatural", this episode "Something Wicked" revolves on a witch-like demon – called the Shtriga – that feeds on the vitality and life-force of children and wipes out the youthful community of a small American town every ten years. It looks as if the children are stricken with an outbreak of a pneumonia epidemic, but in reality they're slowly dying from the inside. It is Sam & Dean's own father who lead the brothers to the Shtriga's new playground in a small Wisconsin town, as he knows that Dean has an old and personal score to settle with this demonic creature. This episode finds the ideal balance between creepy monster mayhem and the fascinating background of the Winchester family. The Shtriga witch looks reasonably menacing, dressed in an ugly brown monk outfit and wrinkly skin, the ambiance is thoroughly sinister and the dialogs once again contain fantastic moments of black comedy.

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