Skin is the 6th episode of Season 1. It aired on October 18, 2005.
Sam receives an email from Becky, a friend in Stanford, whose brother Zach has been arrested for the murder of his girlfriend. Keen to help them out, Sam convinces Dean that they should travel to St. Louis.
When they arrive, Becky explains that Zach came home to find his girlfriend Emily beaten to death. Becky claims that Zach was with her when Emily was killed, but that a security tape shows him arriving home around the time of her death.
Claiming that Dean is a police detective, Sam gets Becky to take them to the scene of the crime. The only clues they find are that the house was robbed about a week before the murder, and that the dog next door has become vicious since the attack. Dean is still skeptical, until he and Sam examine the security tape, which Becky has obtained from Zach's lawyers. On the tape Zach's eyes flare when he looks directly at the camera.
Elsewhere in town, "Zach" watches a man leave his apartment and kiss his wife goodbye. Later that night, someone who appears to be the same man, returns and tortures her.
Early the next morning, Sam and Dean return to Zach's house, as Sam points out that if the person they saw enter wasn't Zach, then he must have left by the back entrance to avoid being captured on the video camera. The blood smear in the alley behind the house supports this theory. They then see an ambulance pass, and follow it to discover that another murder has occurred, and in a striking similarity to Zach's case, the man claimed to be driving home at the time his wife was killed.
Dean and Sam find another bloody trail behind the apartment block, and follow it down a manhole to the sewer. On finding a pile of skin and blood they realize they are dealing with a shapeshifter. Suddenly the shapeshifter attacks them, and runs off. During their pursuit the boys are separated, and when they reunite at the car, having lost the creature, Sam suspects that Dean is actually the shapeshifter. As Sam confronts him the creature knocks him out and takes him prisoner.
Sam regains consciousness in the sewer, bound to a beam. The shapeshifter has access to Dean's memories, and claims that Dean is angry at Sam for having left him to go to college, and for having opportunities Dean never had.
The creature finally leaves, telling Sam it has plans to attack Becky. At her house, Becky invites the shapeshifter, who she obviously thinks is Dean, in for a beer. They talk for a while, but eventually the creature attacks her. Suddenly a SWAT Unit arrives, and the shapeshifter flees, leaving Becky alive but bloodied.
In the sewer, Sam struggles to get free, and suddenly hears Dean regain consciousness. Together they manage to escape, and as they walk the streets, see a police sketch of Dean on TV – he is now wanted in relation to Becky's attack. They return to her house and Dean gets the Impala, while Sam distracts the police.
Dean returns alone to the sewer to track the creature, and finds Becky there – the creature has assumed her identity now. Back at Becky's house, the shapeshifter has tricked Sam, and is holding him captive. Sam fights back, and then Dean arrives, finally shooting the creature who looks just like him.
The police decide to release Zach, as they now suspect "Dean Winchester", who they found dead at Becky's house, was the culprit in Emily's murder. As they leave town, Dean muses that he is missing his own funeral.
Featured Supernatural BeingEdit
- Dean: Argh, the thought of him driving my car.
- Sam: Oh, come on.
- Dean: It's killing me!
- Sam: Let it go.
- Dean: That better be you Sam and not that freak of nature!
- Sam: Yeah, it's me. He went to Becca's, looking like you.
- Dean: Well, he's not stupid. He picked the handsome one!
- Dean: All right, but first I want to find that handsome devil and kick the holy crap out of him!
- Dean: (after looking at the breaking news report with a drawn picture of himself on TV) Man. It's not even a good picture!
- Sam: We gotta find a phone, call the police.
- Dean: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. You gonna put an APB out on me.
- Iron Butterfly - "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"
- Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Poison Whiskey"
- Filter - "Hey Man, Nice Shot"
- Free - "All Right Now"
- The Death Riders - "Mary"
- This episode begins the series' storyline in which the brothers are pursued by the law. Many more episodes also focus on the law and cops: Nightshifter, The Usual Suspects, and Jus In Bello.
The song playing in the pre-title teaser, "In A Gadda Da Vida" may be a homage to the 1986 flim Manhunter, in which the same song is background music to a very similar scene. Manhunter was the first flim to feature the character Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a character Dean references on other occasions.
- Sam: I don't know, it was like he was downloading your thoughts and memories.
- Dean: You mean like the Vulcan Mind Meld?
- Antagonist: Serial killer shapeshifter
- Anita Brown, the actress who plays Lindsay, also appears in Wishful Thinking as Hope Lynn Casey.
- The director of this episode, Robert Duncan McNeill, also directed an episode of The CW series Dawson's Creek titled "Instant Karma!," which starred Jensen Ackles.
- Czech: Druhá Kůže (Second Skin)
- Finnish: Paholaisen nahoissa (In the Skin of the Devil)
- French: Faux Frère (False Brother)
- German: Haut (Skin)
- Italian: Questione di pelle (Matter of skin)
- Polish: Skóra (Skin)
- Romanian: Piele (Skin)
- "Supernatural: "Skin" Review", IGN review.
The Alter Ego (the Japanese Animated remake of this episode)