Timeline (Season 1)

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NOTE:

  • Days spent on each case include the day after they solve them, if it is shown in the episode.
  • Day counts assume one driving day in cases when the boys hear about the case and must travel to the location, unless otherwise stated.
  • Day counts count partial days as full days (meaning if an episode starts late at night, that night counts as a day)
  • Priority of information sources: A)Dialogue, B)Logic, C)Art/Props Department, D)Other Official Sources, E)Conjecture.


October 30th - November 2nd, 2005 - 1.01 Pilot

Day Count: 4

Locations: Palo Alto, California; Jericho, California

Dean arrives in Palo Alto - quite late at night. The boys spend 2 days investigating a Woman in White in Jericho, California. Jessica dies. Sam and Dean hit the road.

  • Oct 30 (Friday PM) – We’re introduced to Sam now twenty-two and attending Stanford University in Palo Alto, California with his girlfriend Jessica Lee Moore. They attend a Halloween party at a local bar and we learn Sam is getting ready for a law school interview scheduled for Monday November 2, 2005.
    • Note: In 2005, October 28 was actually on Friday; the following Monday was actually on October 31. But it's clear Sam gets back on Sunday night (before his law school interview on Monday), and Jess' gravestone (shown in later episodes) shows her death as November 2. So either Sunday night 11/2, or Monday early morning 11/2. Either way, a non-real calendar.
  • Oct 31 (Saturday AM) – Introduced to Dean, Sam’s older brother who breaks in Sam and Jessica’s apartment. He talks Sam into joining him to search for their missing father, John. Sam leaves with Dean promising Jessica he’ll be back on Monday in time for his law school interview.
  • Oct 31 (Saturday) – Sam and Dean arrive in Jericho, California in search of their father and following his trail via the job he was working: A Woman in White. Dean ends the day by falling in a river.
  • Nov 1 (Sunday AM) – Dean is arrested by local police who believe he is one of at least two serial killers responsible for the disappearances in Jericho. Sam goes to talk to Welch the widower of Constance who they identified as ‘the Woman in White’.
  • Nov 1 (Sunday PM) - Dean escapes the jail calling Sam to tell him their dad left coordinates to an unknown location in his journal. They later meet up when Sam is threatened by Constance. The final confrontation takes place in her previous home where she is pulled into hell by the spirits of her children she murdered.
  • Nov 1 (Around 10:00 PM) – They leave Jericho. Sam identifies coordinates as Blackwater Ridge, Colorado, but insists Dean take him back to Stanford.
  • Nov 2 (Monday, 2:50-3am) – Dean drops off Sam at his apartment where he witnesses Jessica die in the same manner as his mother died exactly twenty-two years to the day. Dean returns in time to drag Sam from the burning apartment. (Time taken from deleted scene available on DVD/BluRay)

November 10th - 14th, 2005 - 1.02 Wendigo

Day Count: 4

Locations: Grand Junction (Lost Creek/Blackwater Ridge), Colorado

Sam and Dean arrive in Lost Creek, Colorado, and spend 4 days hunting a Wendigo.

  • Dean says they spent one week in Palo Alto after Jessica's death.

Late November, 2005 - 1.03 Dead in the Water

Day Count: 5

Location: Lake Manitoc, Wisconsin

Sam and Dean spend 5 days investigating Lake Manitoc, Wisconsin, where people keep ending up Dead in the Water.

December 2nd - 5th, 2005 - 1.04 Phantom Traveler

Day Count: ~4

Locations: Catasauqua, Pennsylvania; Nazareth, Pennsylvania; Lehigh Valley Airport

Sam and Dean spend ~4 days investigating the Phantom Traveler at various airports.

  • A archived newspaper article in the Djinn-Wish'Verse in S2's What Is And What Should Never Be about Britannia Flight 424 is dated Dec. 5th, 2005.
  • In 1.06 Skin, we see that Sam's college friend Rebecca emailed him on December 5th to tell him about her brother who had been falsely accused of murder. Sam does not get the email until months later, however.

Unknown - 1.05 Bloody Mary

Day Count: 5-7

Locations: Toledo, Ohio; Fort Wayne, Indiana

Sam and Dean spend 5-7 days investigating Bloody Mary.

  • The paper says "a short service will be held on ...ber 31st at 2pm". While December seems unlikely, since December 31st is New Years' Eve, October was before the series even starts, and November has only 30 days.

February 28th - March 7th, 2006 - 1.06 Skin

Day Count: 8

Locations: St. Louis, Missouri; Bisbee, Arizona (mentioned)

Sam reads an email from his friend Rebecca, while a day's travel from Bisbee, Arizona. St. Louis is said to be 400 miles behind them. Sam and Dean spend 8 days hunting a Shapeshifter in St. Louis, Missouri (two days spent driving there).

  • Shapeshifter!Dean is killed on March 7th (according to information in later episode The Benders), making Dean Winchester officially dead according to the authorities.
  • Rebecca Warren mentions that she was staying at her parents' place for "the long weekend" before Zack was arrested for the murder of his girlfriend, Emily. Since she sent the email on Dec. 5th, the "long weekend" she described would almost certainly be Nov. 23rd (Thanksgiving), 24th (Black Friday), through Sun 26th, since no holidays take place Dec. 1-3 that would result in a long weekend.

Mid-March, 2006 - 1.07 Hook Man

Day Count: 5-6

Locations: Ankeny, Iowa

Dean and Sam hunt the Hookman in Ankeny Iowa for 5-6 days.

  • Occurs sometime between March 8th - March 22nd, 2006

March 23rd - 28th, 2006 - 1.08 Bugs

Day Count: 5

Locations: Oasis Plains, Oklahoma (fictional community)

Dean and Sam spend 4-5 days investigating bugs in Oklahoma

  • March 20th ("Friday") – Dustin, the Oklahoma Gas & Power worker dies.

~March 29th - April 1st, 2006 - 1.09 Home

Day Count: 4

Location: Lawrence, Kansas

Sam and Dean head Home to Lawrence Kansas for 4 days (assuming one day driving time to get there) and try to get rid of a poltergeist.

  • Dated due to the dates in Bugs and the timing of Asylum.

Early April, 2006 - 1.10 Asylum

Day Count: ~6

Location: Rockford, Illinois

Sam and Dean investigate an abandoned Asylum in Rockford, Illinois, for approx. 6 days.

  • The following episode, Scarecrow, takes place the second week of April and it is back to back with Asylum.
  • Possible discrepency: Sam mentions that they have been looking for John for "six months", which would place the episode in the beginning of May. However, this was said in a moment of anger and could easily be an exaggeration or approximation.

Between April 8th to 15th, 2006 - 1.11 Scarecrow

Day Count: 4

Location: Burkittsville, Indiana

Dean discovers a fugly Scarecrow in Burkittsville, Indiana, and spends 4 days there.

  • The night before they leave is mentioned to be the "7th night of the cycle." If we assume the "cycle" takes place over a calendar week, that would place their departure on the 15th or 16th. If we assume that the "cycle" ends with the full moon, then that would put their departure on the 13th or 14th, as the full moon was on Wednesday, April 13th in 2006.

End of April, 2006 - 1.12 Faith

Day Count: 7

Location: Nebraska

Dean is electrocuted on a hunt somewhere (that is not Nebraska) and Sam takes him to Nebraska to see a Faith healer. The episode spans 7 days.

  • Dean being healed on the fourth day at 4:17pm.
  • Although the sign outside the tent says that services are Sunday 11am and 2pm, it appears that the healing services happen much more frequently.

Early May, 2006 - 1.13 Route 666

Day Count: 5

Locations: Bismarck, Kentucky; Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Dean gets a call from former girlfriend Cassie, and he and Sam spend 5 days in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to investigate a series of road accidents.

  • We know from Sam and Dean’s research that the first killing took place on the 4th of “last month”. We do not know how much time passed between the first death and Cassie’s father’s death...but my guess is not very much. The first killing was probably April 4th, and it is early May when the Winchester’s arrive. Although, note, it's snowing in Missouri in May ... rather unusual weather.
  • Dean and Sam are on their way to Pennsylvania for some reason at the beginning of the episode when Cassie calls. The service station informs us that they are in Bismarck, Kentucky, so they are taking a very odd route between Nebraska and Pennsylvania.

Mid-May, 2006 - 1.14 Nightmare

Day Count: ~5

Location: Saginaw, Michigan

Sam has a Nightmare that leads him and Dean to Saginaw, Michigan, where they spend approx. 5 days getting acquainted with Max Miller.

  • Sam says that his abilities started "6-7 months ago", given the time spent on the previous two cases, it's safe to assume that Sam means 7 months ago.
  • The boys were only a couple of hours away from Saginaw Michigan at the beginning of the episode, so there is no day added for travel; however, usually people don't have the wake/funeral/death-party-thing the day after the death, so I've added two days to the day count, and have assumed that the boys spent those two days buying priest outfits and cleaning their guns.

Mid-End May, 2006 - 1.15 The Benders

Day Count: 3

Location: Hibbing, Minnesota

Sam gets kidnapped by The Benders in Hibbing, Minnesota. The boys end up spending 3 days there (Sam is missing for two).

End May, 2006 - 1.16 Shadow

Day Count: (at least) 3

Locations: Chicago, Illinois

Sam and Dean discover that someone is summoning a Shadow demon in Chicago, Illinois, and they meet up with their dad.

  • Multiple reasons for time: 1)Sam says he met Meg "weeks ago" and there has been at least 20 days since then shown in episodes, 20 days after April 15th is May 5th, but there are always numerous missing days between episodes while the boys drive, since this is the 5th episode since Sam met Meg, if say there are at least 3 days between episodes, we can say that AT LEAST 35 days has passed since Sam met Meg, which brings us to the end of May. 2)Also, Sam says that the lunar cycle wasn't right for a werewolf, which means that the murder took place between May 13th and June 11th exclusive and in SPN-verse werewolves turn every night during the week leading up to the full moon (Heart), which is another reason this episode would have taken place before June 3rd. 3)The next episode starts as early as June 3rd.

~June 6/7th – June 13/14th, 2006 - 1.17 Hell House

Day Count: 7-8

Locations: Richardson, Texas

On their way through Richardson, Texas, Sam and Dean spend 7 or 8 days investigating Hell House, which Sam reads about on a website.

  • An update, dated June 10th, 2006, is made to the website on either their fourth or fifth day there. They leave on either June 13th or June 14th.
  • We'll have to ignore the fact that the boys' faces are miraculously healed after Chicago...Sam and Dean obviously have super-healing-powers.

Unknown, 2006 - 1.18 Something Wicked

Day Count: (at least) 3

Locations: Fitchburg, Wisconsin; Fort Douglas, Wisconsin; (Mentions of: Ogdenville, North Haverbrook, and Brockway)

Sam and Dean are sent to Fitchburg, Wisconson, by their Dad, because Something Wicked is attacking children.

  • Since they were in Texas previously, we can probably assume at least 2 days travel between the last episode and this one.

Unknown, 2006 - 1.19 Provenance

Day Count: 6

Location: Upstate New York

Sam and Dean find a painting with some interesting Provenance in upstate New York.

July 10th - 12th or July 27th - 29th, 2006 - 1.20 Dead Man's Blood

Day Count: 3

Location: Manning, Colorado

Sam and Dean travel to Manning, Colorado, where they find a nest of vampires, their father, and a need for Dead Man's Blood.

  • See notes on the Season 2 Timeline entry for 2.01 In My Time of Dying for more information on how this episode was dated.
  • At the beginning of the episode, Sam and Dean are in Nebraska, interestingly, heading east. That means that since the previous episode, they have travelled west of Nebraska for some reason. So, a considerable amount of time has passed between the previous episode and this one (they could have even worked a simple case somewhere on the west coast, for all we know).
  • I did not add a day of travel to the day count for this episode, because they are so close to Colorado at the beginning of the episode that they can make it there by nightfall.

July 13th - 14th or July 30th - 31st, 2006 - 1.21 Salvation

Day Count: 2

Locations: Manning, Colorado; Salvation,Iowa.

The Winchesters take off from Manning, Colorado, and travel to Salvation, Iowa, to hunt the elusive demon.

  • See the Season 2 Timeline entry for 2.01 In My Time of Dying for more information on how this episode was dated.

July 15th - 16th or August 1st - 2nd, 2006 - 1.22 Devil's Trap

Day Count: 24 hours

Locations: Salvation, Iowa; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Jefferson City, Missouri.

Sam and Dean travel from Iowa to South Dakota and use a Devil's Trap to find out where their father is, then they drive to Jefferson City, Missouri, and launch a rescue effort.

  • See the Season 2 Timeline entry for 2.01 In My Time of Dying for more information on how this episode was dated.

Mostly all Information for this Timeline taken from hells_half_acre's SPN Timeline

Additional timelines

  • See also Season 1-3 timeline based on dates as mentioned in text or shown on screen by Lle Llywela