1.12 Faith

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Promotional image from Faith
Title Faith
Episode # Season 1, Episode 12
First aired January 17, 2006
Directed by Allan Kroeker
Written by Raelle Tucker

Sera Gamble

On IMDB http://imdb.com/title/tt0713614/
Outline Dean is mortally wounded; Sam takes him to a faith healer in Nebraska that turns out to be another hunt.
Monster Reaper
Timeline
Location(s) Nebraska
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Synopsis

While hunting a rawhead, Dean is accidentally electrocuted. Sam gets him to hospital, but the prognosis is bad – his heart is damaged and he will die in a few weeks.

Sam desperately searches for a way to save him, including leaving a message for John. Dean checks himself out of the hospital, and when he turns up at the motel, Sam announces he has found a specialist in Nebraska who will be able to help.

Dean is not impressed when the specialist turns out to be Reverend Roy Le Grange, a faith healer. As they enter the tent where Le Grange preaches, they pass a man protesting that he is a fraud, though Layla Rourke and her mother have faith in his abilities.

Dean and Sam take their seats in the congregation. On stage is Roy Le Grange, a blind man, and his wife Sue-Ann Le Grange. Roy picks Dean out from the crows, and he reluctantly joins Roy on stage. As Roy and the congregation start to pray, Dean gets dizzy, and then collapses. Sam rushes to the stage. As Dean comes to, he sees the figure of a cadaverous man next to Roy.

The next day Dean is checked out at the local hospital – he is cured – but he feels a strong sense of disquiet. When the nurse mentions that the previous day a young healthy man died of a heart attack, he suggests Sam check it out, while he goes to visit the reverend.

Sam talks to a friend of Marshall Hall, the young man who died. He says that Marshall felt he was being followed before he died. Sam finds out that he died at the same time Dean was healed.

At Roy Le Grange’s house, Roy tells Dean that he feels he has an unfinished purpose. As he leaves, Dean meets Layla Rourke and Mrs. Rourke. They are regular attenders at the services, and Mrs. Rourke is bitter that Dean was healed rather than Layla, who has a brain tumour.

Sam tells Dean about Marshall Hall’s death, and Dean tells Sam about the man he saw as he was being healed – he thinks it was a reaper. Sam also identifies a particular type of cross from the altar in the church tent, as one that could be associated with black magic which could be used to control the reaper.

That night Sam breaks into the Le Grange house to try and find a spell book, or something that Roy is using to control the reaper. Meanwhile, Dean goes to stop Roy healing, and therefore killing, someone else during his evening service.

Sam finds a book full of newspaper clippings, and surmises that Roy is killing people he sees as immoral, and that the man who was protesting in the parking lot will be next. He calls Dean and tells him to stop Roy.

Before Dean can act, Roy calls Layla to the stage for healing. Dean is reluctant, but finally stops the service by yelling "Fire!"

Sam tracks down David, the parking lot protester, but he says the reaper is still coming for him. Dean then sees Sue-Ann, praying over the unusual cross they had identified earlier. When she stops, the reaper disappears.

Back at the motel, Sam and Dean work out it is Sue-Ann controlling the reaper, and that there must be an altar at the house. They return and Sam goes to find the altar, while Dean again finds a service in progress and Layla, again, about to be healed. Sam finds the altar in the basement and destroys it, but Sue-Ann discovers him, and locks him down there. She returns to the service, to summon the reaper, so Layla can be healed.

The reaper appears to Dean, and starts to take his life. Just in time, Sam appears, and smashes the cross Sue Ann is praying over. The reaper is released and takes Sue-Ann’s life. Layla, however, is not healed.

As they prepare to leave town, Dean is still disturbed that he was saved while Layla wasn’t. Layla arrives, invited by Sam, and she tells Dean she has made her peace with what will happen to her. Dean says he will pray for her, which she calls a miracle.

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Music

  • Blue Öyster Cult - (Don't Fear) The Reaper

Quotes

Dean: Well, I’m not gonna die in a hospital where the nurses aren’t even hot.
Sam: You know, this whole I-laugh-in-the-face-of-death thing? It’s crap. I can see right through it.
Dean: You better take care of that car or I swear I'll haunt your ass!
Sam: But if you know evil’s out there, how can you not believe good’s out there, too?
Dean: Because I’ve seen what evil does to good people.
Layla: I’m okay. Really. I guess, if you're gonna have faith, you can’t just have it when the miracles happen. You have to have it when they don’t.

Trivia & References

Deleted Scene from Season 1 DVD: Marshall Hall is seen swimming in the pool where he died. The scene cuts back and forth between Dean being healed by Roy Le Grange and Marshall being chased by the reaper.
Eric Kripke cites "Faith" as his favorite episode of Supernatural saying: "It's when I first realized what the show was capable of. Here's this episode about: Is there a god? What's meant to be? And is there free will? And is your life worth the cost of someone else's life? It's a metaphysical and moral study of the boys' universe. There's so many different places the show can go and so many tones. That's been really fun to do."
Dean: Have you ever actually watched daytime TV? It's terrible.
Amusing, seeing as Jensen Ackles's first major gig was in the role of Eric Brady on the daytime soap Days of Our Lives from 1997-2000.
Dean: That fabric softener teddy bear. Ooh, I wanna hunt that little bitch down.
Snuggle Fabric Softener uses a disgustingly cute and possibly possessed Teddy Bear puppet in its commercials. For further reference: an original commercial; justification for Dean's fears.
Dean: Look, no disrespect, but I’m not exactly a believer.

Reverend Roy: You will be, son. You will be.

Calls to mind Yoda's words to Luke in The Empire Strikes Back:
Luke: I'm not afraid.
Yoda: You will be. You will be.
The faith healer's name may be a reference to the ZZ Top song "La Grange."

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