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2.07 The Usual Suspects

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|prevep= 2.06 No Exit
|nextep= 2.08 Crossroad Blues
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|Synopsis=
In Baltimore, [[Sam]] and [[Dean]] investigate the murder of a lawyer, Tony Giles, who was killed in his office, although the security cameras show no-one either entering or leaving the room.
They interview his wife Karen, who reports that he had a nightmare or vision of a woman the night before he died. Breaking into his office, Sam and Dean find a printout with “danashulps” printed repeatedly on it, which they assume to be a name -- Dana Shulps. Sam stays to hack into the computer while Dean decides to return and ask Karen whether the name means anything. At her home, Karen sees a ghostly figure and rushes to call 911. When Dean arrives, he finds her dead in a pool of blood with a pile of paper near her which also has “danashulps” printed on it. As he bends over to examine bruises on her wrists, the police burst in and arrest him.
At her homeSam is arrested at their motel room, Karen sees a ghostly figure and rushes to call 911back at the police station the boys are interrogated separately. When A lengthy police record has been uncovered for Dean arrives, including suspicion of involvement in the murders in St. Louis, where he finds was reported as dead. Detective [[Diana Ballard]] interviews Sam, and he spins her dead in a pool tale about Tony being an old friend of blood with their father. Detective Ballard reveals she knows a pile of paper near her which also has “danashulps” printed on it. As he bends over to examine bruises on her wristslot about Sam’s history as well, the police burst and arrest tries to get himto admit Dean’s involvement in the murders.
Sam Detective Ballard leaves to confer with her colleague Detective [[Pete Sheridan]], with whom she is arrested at their motel room, and back at the police station Dean and Sam are interrogated separatelyhaving a relationship. A lengthy police record has been uncovered for Dean, including suspicion Sheridan is convinced of Dean’s guilt; he appears particularly invested in the murders in Stcase because Tony Giles was a friend of his. LouisDean’s lawyer, where he was reported as dead ([[SkinJeff Krause]]), arrives, but rather than speak to him Dean borrows a pen and tries to work out if “danashulps” is an anagram. His lawyer helps by pointing out that one word it forms, “Ashland”, is a nearby street. Dean gets Jeff to take a coded note to Sam, passing on the information and telling him to escape.
Detective [[Diana Ballard]] interviews SamDean announces that he wants to confess, thus diverting all the police attention onto him. He doesn’t confess to the murders, but says that he thinks a ghost is responsible and that the word “danashulps” is a message from her. Predictably, the police believe he spins her a tale about Tony being an old friend of is wasting their father. Detective Ballard reveals she knows a lot about Sam’s history as welltime, and tries which he has been in order to get him allow Sam time to admit Dean’s involvement escape. Dean is cuffed and put in the murdersa cell.
Detective Ballard leaves to confer with her colleague Detective [[Pete Sheridan]]Meanwhile, with whom the word “danashulps” appears on Ballard’s computer screen and she is having sees the ghostly figure of a relationshipwoman with her throat slit. Sheridan is convinced of Dean’s guiltWhen she returns to speak to Dean, he appears particularly invested in the case because Tony Giles was a friend of hissee that bruises have appeared on her wrists similar to those he saw on Karen. He suspects she has seen something supernatural and tells her to go to Sam for help.
Dean’s lawyerTogether, she and Sam identify the woman she saw as [[Jeff KrauseClaire Becker]], arrives but rather than speak to him, Dean borrows a pen and tries to work out if “danashulps” is an anagramheroin dealer who had worked as a police informant. His lawyer helps by pointing out that one word it forms “Ashland” which is a nearby streetShe disappeared eight or nine months ago, but was last seen at 2911 Ashland Street. Dean gets Jeff Sam explains to pass a coded note Diana that they need to Sam, which passes on the information find her body and salt and tells him burn it in order to escapestop the killings.
Dean announces that he wants to confessWhile Sam and Diana are searching a building on Ashland, thus diverting all the police attention on Claire appears again and points them to himwhere they find her body hidden in a wall. He doesn’t confess Sam is bemused as to why the murders, but says ghost would lead them to her body. Diana sees that he thinks Claire is wearing a ghost distinctive necklace which is responsible and identical to one Pete has given her. Sam deduces that the word “danashulps” Claire is not a message from her. Predictablyvengeful spirit, the police believe he but a death omen who is wasting their time, which he has been in order trying to allow Sam time warn people who are about to escape. Dean is cuffed and put in a cellbe murdered.
Meanwhile the word “danashulps” appears on Ballard’s computer screen, and she sees the ghostly figure of a woman with her throat slit. When she returns to speak to Dean, he see bruises have appeared on her wrists similar to those he saw on Karen. He suspects she has seen something supernatural and tells her to go to Sam for help.  Together, she and Sam identify the woman she saw as [[Claire Becker]], a heroin dealer who had worked as a police informant. She disappeared eight or nine months ago, but was last seen at 2911 Ashland Street. Sam explains to Diane that they need to find her body and salt and burn it in order to stop the killings. While Sam and Diane are searching a building on Ashland, Claire appears again and points them to where they find her body hidden in a wall. Sam is bemused as to why the ghost would lead them to her body. Diana sees that Claire is wearing a distinctive necklace which is identical to one Pete has given her. Sam deduces that Claire is not a vengeful spirit, but a death omen who is trying to warn people who are about to be murdered.  Diane tells Sam that a couple of years ago some heroin went missing from the police lock-uplockup. She suspects that Pete stole it and used Claire to fence it. They suspect Pete is the murderer. Pete has taken Dean from the police station and driven out to the woods , intending to kill him. Sam and Diane Diana track the car via its lo-jack and arrive just as Pete has a gun to Dean's head. He admits that he killed Claire because she was going to turn him in, and then killed Tony, who had been involved in laundering the money, and was getting nervous, and Karen because he suspected she knew too much. Pete tries to convince Diane Diana that he can pin the crimes on Dean, but as he is about to shoot Dean, Diane Diana shoots and wounds him. Pete disarms her, but the ghost of Claire appears again, and as Diane kills Sheridan, Claire disappearsdistracts him long enough for Diana to draw her backup gun and kill him. Diane Diana agrees to let the boys go, telling them she will feel safer knowing they are out there fighting the supernatural.
|Characters=
* [[Claire Becker]]
* [[Jeff Krause]]
* [[Karen Giles]]
|Pad_of_Definitions=
* [[Anagram]]
* [[Cameras]]
* [[Costumes & Disguises]]
* [[Dean's Amulet]]
* [[Death Omen]]
* [[EMF]]
* [[Fingerprints]]
* [[Hunter's Lingo]]
* [[Impala]]
* [[Sam & Dean's Arrests]]
* [[The Shining]]
* [[Table of Death]]
* [[The Veil]]
|Minutiae=
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[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0870535/ Keegan Connor Tracy], who played Karen Giles, also played [[Sera SeigeSiege]] in [[4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book]].
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The episode takes place sometime between October 2006 and May 2007, as Sam is mentioned as being 23-years-old.
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The [[starburst clock]] shows up in the motel room that Detective Ballard finds Sam in. You can see it on the wall on the right side right before Sam sits down at the computer. It is the only episode during season two that it appears in. It shows up next in episode [[3.02 The Kids Are Alright]].
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This is one of only six episodes to date where the [[monsters]] are human, the others being [[1.15 The Benders]], [[4.11 Family Remains]], [[9.15 thinman]], [[11.08 Just My Imagination]], and [[13.11 Breakdown]].
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|Sides_Scripts_Transcripts=
* [[2.07 The Usual Suspects (transcript)]]
* [https://www.slideshare.net/JulesWilkinson/supernatural-207-the-usual-suspects-casting-sides-for-detective-peter-sheridan Casting Sides] for [[Detective Peter Sheridan]]
|Promotion=
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Oj7UU8MdW8 Episode Promo: 2.07 The Usual Suspects]
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==Episode Meta==
*[[SPN Heavy Meta]] Season Two Meta Index
*[https://bardicvoice.livejournal.com/4778.html 2.07 The Usual Suspects: Arresting Supernatural Television] by bardicvoice (November 2006); [https://web.archive.org/web/20190816011142/http://bardicvoice.livejournal.com/4778.html archive link]
*Bond, Silvia. 2008. Oh, My GOD, It's Linda Blair: "The Usual Suspects" Season 2, Episode 7. ''Pink Raygun'', July 1; [https://web.archive.org/web/20120326112136/http://www.pinkraygun.com/2008/07/01/supernatural-the-usual-suspects/ archive link]
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