1.18 Something Wicked
|Episode #||Season 1, Episode 18|
|First aired||April 6, 2006|
|Directed by||Whitney Ransick|
|Written by||Daniel Knauf|
|On IMDB||Something Wicked|
|Outline||Dean and Sam face an unvanquished foe from their childhood - a creature that sucks the life force from children.|
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On instructions from John, Sam and Dean head to Fitchburg, Wisconsin where children in the town are becoming mysteriously ill. Posing as officials from the Center for Disease Control, they speak to Dr. Hydeker at the local hospital who indicates that no treatments are proving effective with the children, who seem to have compromised immune systems.
At the home of the latest victim, the boys find the sign of supernatural involvement: an inhuman hand print on the window ledge outside the child’s bedroom.
After checking into a motel run by a woman with two young sons, Michael and Asher, Dean tells Sam he thinks the creature at work is a shtriga, which their father had encountered many years previously. Sam discovers it often disguises itself as an old woman, so the boys return to the hospital where they had passed the room of an elderly woman who had an inverted cross on her wall. However, she proves to be harmless, and human.
Back at the motel, the youngest child Asher is sick and has been taken to hospital. While Dean drives the mother to the hospital and interviews the doctor again, Sam researches similar occurrences and tracks the shtriga back to Black River Falls in the 1890s. Sam had thought it would be disguised as a feeble old woman, but this one is disguised as Dr. Hydecker - who is working at the hospital in Fitchburg, and is also seen in the 1890s photo.
Sam cannot find any lore on what kills them, but Dean says John found out they are vulnerable when feeding, and to being shot with consecrated wrought iron buckshot, or rounds. Sensing Dean knows more about the shtriga than he has revealed, Sam pushes him.
Sixteen or seventeen years ago, John Winchester was hunting a shtriga in Fort Douglas, Wisconsin. While John was out, Dean left Sam alone briefly and the shtriga attacked. John took the boys to stay with Pastor Jim, but when he returned he couldn't track the shtriga. Dean blames himself for its escape, and for the deaths that have occurred since.
Dean suggests using Michael as bait to trap the shtriga. Michael at first refuses, but later decides to do it, even though Dean can't guarantee Asher will get better. Dean and Sam set up a CCTV (closed-circuit television) system to observe Michael in bed, as they need to wait until the shtriga starts feeding before they can attack. The shtriga attacks Michael and the boys storm in, only killing the monster when it tries to feed on Sam.
After the shtriga is killed, Asher and the other children recover. Sam laments that Michael has lost his innocence, now he knows what really lurks in the dark.
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