Supernatural Season 2, Episode 7 recap: Dean becomes a suspect yet again

Photo Credit: Supernatural/The CW by Michael Courtney Image Acquired from CW TV PR
Photo Credit: Supernatural/The CW by Michael Courtney Image Acquired from CW TV PR /

After being presumed dead in Supernatural Season 1, the police pull Dean Winchester in again and suspect him of murder.

While in Baltimore investigating the murder of lawyer Tony Giles, the two are arrested. It becomes a missions to convince a lawyer and a detective that they’re not the guilty party, while figuring out what the presumed vengeful spirit wants. Is it possible for the Winchesters to no longer be the “Usual Suspect?”

Who or what is danashulps?

Despite security footage showing nobody leaving or entering Tony Giles’ room, he was murdered and the police want to figure out how. This brings in the Winchesters, who believe it could be a vengeful spirit. Tony’s wife, Karen, says that she saw a woman the night Tony died, leading to the Winchesters breaking into the office where they find a printout. All the printout says is “danashulps.”

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Of course, like many others, they presume the printout is of the name Dana Shulps, so Sam hacks Tony’s computer while Dean asks Karen about the name. By the time Dean gets back to Karen’s home, she’s dead with more paper with the name “danashulps” typed on it. Just as Dean investigates the bruising around Karen’s wrists, the police come in and arrest him.

Meanwhile, Sam is arrested in the motel room. They’re both pulled into separate rooms for interrogation, where Dean is found to be the same man suspected of the St. Louis murders. What the police can’t figure out (and they’re not really that interested in) is how he faked his death.

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Dean offers a confession

After interviewing Sam, Diana Ballard is unsure of the situation. However, her partner (both professionally and personally) believes that Dean is guilty. Pete Sheridan is especially connected to the case, since Tony was a friend. Before they can interview the brothers more, their lawyer, Jeff Krause, turns up.

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Jeff sees Dean first, who figures that the word may not be a name but an anagram. So he quickly borrows a pen and a sheet of paper and writes a note to Sam. One of the words is a nearby street, so Jeff passes the message onto Sam, who also gets the message to escape. Then Dean offers his confession.

Of course, Dean doesn’t confess to a crime he didn’t commit. He confesses about the ghost and the word; that it’s a message. The police believe Dean is stalling, and he is. By offering the confession, Sam hasn’t been watched and is able to escape. However, Dean is placed in a cell.

Ballard is pulled into the ghostly case

When Ballard gets back to her desk, she sees the name “danaschulps” typed out on her screen and then the figure of a woman with a slit throat. She decides to turn to Dean for help, now believing that something supernatural may be happening. Dean suggests Ballard turns to Sam for help and helps her figure out where Sam will have gone.

Sure enough, Ballard finds him and they both realize the girl is known as Claire Becker, a heroin dealer and police informant. Claire disappeared almost a decade earlier, but was seen at Ashland Street at the time. Sam realizes that may be where Claire’s body is and he needs to salt and burn the corpse to stop the killings.

However, once they get to the building and Claire helps them find her body, Sam figures Claire is acting as a warning sign; a death omen. Ballard notices a necklace around Claire’s neck, which is supposed to be one-of-a-kind and she has one herself. Pete gave her the necklace and obviously gave Claire one too.

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Sam and Ballard realize that Pete is the murderer, due to his past connection to Narcotics, and Dean is likely to be his next victim. Sure enough, Pete had driven Dean out to the middle of nowhere with the intention of making it look like he’d shot Dean when Dean attempted to escape. During this time, Pete admits to killing Claire and Tony, because they were going to talk. He then killed Karen, thinking she knew too much. Ballard hears it all and chooses to shoot and wound Pete.

Claire’s ghost appears, distracting Pete. That allows Ballard to shoot her partner and let the Winchesters go off to fight the supernatural.

Ballard never returned to an episode again, but she would be an interesting character. Maybe the Winchesters can drop in if she has another supernatural case, since Season 13 keeps bringing back old faces.

Next: Supernatural Season 2, Episode 6 recap: The Usual Suspects

Did you guess that Pete was the murderer? How much did you love Dean’s confession? Was the use of the ghost a pleasant surprise for the episode? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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