"El Jefe"
Series Ash vs Evil Dead
Season 1, Episode 1
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Air date October 31st, 2015
Writers Sam Raimi; Ivan Raimi; Tom Spezialy
Director Sam Raimi
Producers Bruce Campbell; Sean Clements; Dominic Dierkes; Craig DiGregorio; Rick Jacobson; Charles Knight; Aaron Lam; Bob Murawski; Ivan Raimi; Sam Raimi; Chloe Smith; Rob Tapert; Rob Wright
Starring Bruce Campbell; Ray Santiago; Dana DeLorenzo; Jill Marie Jones; Lucy Lawless
Episode guide

"El Jefe" is the title to the pilot episode of the horror/comedy television series Ash vs Evil Dead. The series is based on the cult classic 1981 film The Evil Dead, as well as its various sequels. The episode was directed by franchise creator Sam Raimi with a script written by Sam, Ivan Raimi and Tom Spezialy. It premiered on Starz on Saturday, October 31st, 2015 at 9:00 pm. The Chin is back! After thirty years of working dead-end jobs at retail outlets, Ash Williams finds his calling once again: running his chainsaw up the ass of evil! After accidentally reading a passage from the Necronomicon while stoned, Ash must now contend with a new wave of malevolent forces that are cropping up in Elk Grove, Michigan. Now he has help though in the forms of fellow co-workers Pablo Simon Bolivar and Kelly Maxwell.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Cast[edit | edit source]

Principal Cast[edit | edit source]

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Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This episode is rated TV-MA. It contains violence, sexual content and strong language; all the things that make it groovy.
  • The setting for this episode is the modern era in Elk Grove, Michigan.
  • The name of the tattooed girl is Lucy.

Allusions[edit | edit source]

  • The title refers to the phrase "El Jefe", which is a Spanish term meaning "Boss" or "Chief". The term has been applied to Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo and former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. And now, Ash Williams is the proud owner of this sobriquet.
  • Character trademark: "Groovy". Ash says this as the last line of the episode after affixing his chainsaw prosthetic to his arm. This is a word that originated with Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn and was also used in Army of Darkness. It has since become one of Ash's signature lines.
  • The events of this episode begin on a Monday. This is evidenced by Pablo asking Ash if he would like to watch Monday Night Raw with him. Monday Night Raw is a weekly professional wrestling sporting event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and airs on USA Network on Monday evenings.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Ash's pet lizard's name is Eli.
  • Pablo might be from Honduras. Or he might be from New Jersey. The episode does not clarify which.
  • Mister Roper believes that just because his gardener is mentally retarded that it is okay to call other people "retards".
  • The song that Ash is singing in his car is "Space Truckin'" by Deep Purple.
  • This is not the first time that Bruce Campbell and Lucy Lawless have worked together. Lawless once played Xena on the fantasy series Xena: Warrior Princess. Bruce Campbell played a recurring guest star named Autolycus on the series. Both characters also appeared on the companion series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

Quotes[edit | edit source]



  • Ash Williams: The other first thing I got to do is some cardio, 'cause my heart is jackhammering like a quarterback on prom night.


  • Ash Williams: Uh, yeah, hi. I came in there many years ago and we chatted about a particular book. It was, uh, about-human-flesh-inked-in-blood. Anyway, I might need some help translating that.


  • Ash Williams: Yo, granny. I hope you took your Geritol. Because it's time to dance!

See also[edit | edit source]

Evil Dead pages

Ash vs Evil Dead pages

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