Dean comes upon a story about people who have disappeared in a lake and the families have buried empty coffins for closure because the bodies were never found. They think it could be a case so they head to Wisconsin.
Sam and Dean go to visit the family of the most recent drowning, the Carlton’s, and the drowning victim’s brother tells them that his sister didn’t drown, but was dragged under. She was a varsity swimmer and the brother insists that there is no way she would have drowned.
Looking at old newspaper accounts of the lake drownings, the brothers find that the sheriff’s daughter, Andrea, has a son named Lucas who saw his father drown in the lake, making him the only eye-witness they know of regarding whatever is happening in the lake. They go to talk to Lucas and after Dean talks to him, Lucas gives Dean a drawing.
Will Carlton, the brother of the girl who drowned in the beginning of the episode, dies by drowning in the kitchen sink and the brothers realize that whatever is in the water can go through the pipes, which means it can get to anyone, anywhere. They also realize most of the recent victims have a connection to Bill Carlton. As the brothers are leaving the Carlton house, Dean realizes the front of the house matches the drawing that Lucas gave him. <!–more–>
“Losing him, it’s worse than dying” is said by Bill Carlton and then by another woman who had a son, Peter, who also disappeared. Peter turns out to have been friends with Bill Carlton.
Bill Carlton is talking to the lake, saying he thinks he finally knows what “you want.” Sam and Dean think Peter might be trying to get revenge for something that Bill Carlton did. They go to his house and find him out on a boat. They try to get him to come back to shore, but his boat just goes flying into the air and Bill completely disappears.
The brothers leave town under threat of arrest from the sheriff, but Dean decides to turn around to make sure Lucas is okay. During that time, Andrea decides to take a bath and the lake monster pulls her under. The brothers arrive at the house just in time to pull her out of the bathtub.
Sam and Dean find an old photo of a Boy Scout troop and both Bill Carlton and Sheriff Jake Barr are in the picture. Lucas then looks outside as if something is there. He goes out the door and Sam, Dean and Andrea follow him. He stops at a spot in the grass. Sam and Dean dig it up, figuring that’s where Peter is buried, but instead they find Peter’s bike. Sheriff Jake Barr shows up and pulls a gun on them. After an argument, he confesses that Peter was killed accidentally when they were playing (dangerously!) and pretending to drown Peter and accidentally held him under water for too long.
Lucas goes near the lake and is pulled in. Sam and Dean jump in but can’t find him. Jake walks into the lake, asking Peter to take him instead of Lucas. Jake is then pulled under by the creepy dead boy, and then Dean finds Lucas, who is unconscious, but alive.
In the last scene, Dean is talking to Lucas and he tells him that if he’s going to be talking again, there’s a very important phrase. Dean asks Lucas to repeat it back to him and he says, “Zepplin rules!”
Dean’s Family Moments:
Dean and Sam get into it about the search for their father from their very first scene, where Sam is concerned they aren’t doing enough to find their father, and Dean gets mad at him for saying it, bringing up the time Sam had spent at college while Dean had been with their father.
After hearing what Dean said to Lucas about losing his mother as a child, Sam says Dean never told him that and they have a bonding moment.
Jensen Ackles gives a great performance in the scenes where he talks to the little boy. He basically has to carry relatively emotional scenes all on his own, and he does a great job with just vocal inflection and facial expressions.
Ghost Story of the Week:
A creature is pulling people underwater in a lake, drowning them. The bodies are never found.
Super Creepy Moment:
Lucas goes to get a toy action figure out of the lake and a hand grabs him and pulls him under. Jake Barr runs toward the lake with everyone else, and the dead boy, Peter, surfaces to look at Jake, who killed him. Very creepy!
State of the Week:
Notable Guest Stars:
Notable Music Moments:
Movin’ On by Bad Company plays as Sam and Dean drive away.
“We will find Dad, but until then, we’re gonna kill everything bad between here and there.” – Dean
“It must be hard, with your sense of direction, never being able to find your way to a decent pick up line.” – Andrea
“Oh God, we’re not going to have to hug or anything, are we?” – Dean