DETAILS

Writers: Sera Gamble
Director: Robert Singer
First aired: Thursday October 12, 2006.

Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) meet Gordon (guest star Sterling K. Brown), a fellow demon hunter who has been systematically killing vampires in a small town, and Dean immediately bonds with the older man.

However, after Sam meets with the lead vampire (guest star Amber Benson) and discovers they are actually peaceful creatures who survive on cattle blood, he decides not all supernatural beings are evil and forces Dean to choose whether he will side with Sam or Gordon.

Sera Gamble wrote the episode directed by Robert Singer.

RECAP

Red Lodge, Montana

A girl is running through the woods, being chased by… something. She takes refuge behind a tree but someone come up from behind and decapitates her with a sickle.

Sam and Dean are cruising in the Impala and heading for Red Lodge with a case. Passing as reporters, they talk to the sheriff about the rash of decapitations, and the connection to recent cattle mutilations. He dismisses their concerns and tells them to get out. Posing as doctors, they get into the hospital morgue and check out the decapitated head, determining it was a vampire.

Later they head to a bar and talk to the bartender trying to find some rowdy night owl types that moved in recently. He points them in the right direction while a man watches them from a table then leaves when they do. Outside, he follows them down an alleyway where they get the drop on him but he says he’s a vampire killer, not a vampire. He proves he doesn’t have fangs and it turns out the man, Gordon, knew their father and has heard of them. Gordon reveals he’s been there two weeks and killed two vampires. He turns down their help and heads out.

At a pier, a man hears a name and goes outside, and Gordon attacks him. The guy is a vampire and takes down Gordon, but Dean and Sam show up and save him. Gordon buys them drinks and bonds with Dean, but Sam heads back to their hotel room. Gordon talks about how he lost his sister to a vampire. Dean admits he’s not handling John’s death too well, and Gordon says there’s plenty of vampires to attack.

Sam calls Ellen about Gordon and she says they should stay well away from him. Sam goes outside to get a can of pop, unaware someone’s watching him. Once he goes inside, a guy grabs Sam, knocks him out, and hauls him to a dock where he reveals he’s a vampire, Eli. He moves in on Sam but another vampire, Lenore calls him off and tells Sam they don’t feed on human blood, and just want to be left alone. She has her other vampires blindfold him and take him back to the hotel.

Gordon and Dean are going over a map to figure out where the vampires might be when Sam arrives and tries to talk to Dean. Dean would rather just kill them, assuming they’re monsters. Sam figures Dean is looking for a substitute for John and Dean slugs him then insists he’ll go after the vampires without him. They go back to find Gordon’s gone and taken the Impala. They hotwire another car and try to follow along the route as far as Sam can recall.

Lenore and her others are preparing to move out, although Eli would rather stand and fight. Gordon arrives and gets the drop on Amber, stabbing her with a knife covered in dead man’s blood. He proceeds to torture her to find out where the other vampires are and Sam and Dean arrive. They try to get him to back down and he prepares to kill Lenore, and holds the knife on Sam when he gets close. Gordon reveals the vampires didn’t kill his sister but turned her into a vampire, and he hunted her down and killed her himself. Gordon knew about the “reformed” vampires but didn’t care.

Gordon grabs Sam, cuts him, and feeds some of his blood to Lenore, who reverts to her animal nature but manages to get back under control. Gordon backs down and Sam gets Lenore out while Dean holds the vampire hunter at gun point. Dean refuses to let him by so they fight and Gordon tries to convince Dean they’re both alike. Dean manages to take out Gordon and tie him up, then waits until morning when Sam returns and reveals the vampires escaped to safety. Dean promises to call someone to untie Gordon eventually, then slugs him.

Outside, Dean wants Sam to hit him as payback for earlier but Sam passes. Dean wonders how many other innocent “monsters” they may have killed and Sam promises to stay around to help him out.

GUEST STARS

Recurring Role:
Samantha Ferris (Ellen Harvelle)
Guest Star:
Ty Olsson (Eli)
Amber Benson (Lenore)
Sterling K. Brown (Gordon Walker)

IMAGE GALLERY

TRAILER/CLIPS

MUSIC

Back in Black” by AC/DC
Wheel in the Sky” by Journey

QUOTES

Sam: (sighs) I don’t want to bring you guys down, so I’m gonna head back to the motel.
Dean: (groans slightly) You sure?
Sam: Yeah.
Dean: Hey, Sammy! Remind me to beat that buzz kill-out of you, later.

Dean: Did you check out that Barker farm?
Gordon: It’s a bust. Just a bunch of hippy freaks. Though they could kill you with that patchouli smell alone.

Lenore: (to Sam) Our kind (vampires) is practically extinct. Turns out we weren’t quite as high up the food chain as we imagined.

Dean: What part of “vampires” don’t you understand, Sam? If it’s supernatural, we kill it. End of story. That’s our job.
Sam: No, Dean, that’s not our job. Our job is hunting evil. And if these things aren’t killing people, then they’re not evil!

Sam: Ready to go, Dean?
Dean: Not yet. (to Gordon) I guess this is goodbye. Well, it’s been real. (punches Gordon right off the chair) Okay, I’m good now. We can go.

Sam: After what happened to Mom, Dad did the best he could.
Dean: I know he did, but the man wasn’t perfect. And the way he raised us, to hate those things and, man, I hate ‘em. I do. When I killed that vampire at the mill I didn’t even think about it. Hell, I even enjoyed it.
Sam: You didn’t kill Lenore.
Dean: No, but every instinct told me to. I was going to kill her. I was going to kill them all.
Sam: But you didn’t. And that’s what matters.

Lenore: It’s a matter of survival. No deaths, no missing locals. No reason for people like you to come looking for us. Kind of a “hide in plain sight” strategy. Blend in. There aren’t many of our kind left. Turns out… we weren’t quite as high up on the food chain as we’d imagined.

Dean: Go on. Hit me.
Sam: Dude, you look like you just went twelve rounds with a block of cement! I’ll take a raincheck.

Dean: All right, Open it.
Sam: You open it.
Dean: Wuss.

Dean: (to Gordon) I might be like you, and I might not. But you’re the one tied up right now.

Sheriff: What newspaper did you say you worked for?
Dean: World Weekly News.
Sam: Weekly World News.
Dean: World…
Sam: Weekly World News.
Dean: Wor… I’m new.
Sheriff: Get out of my office.

Sam: (talking to Dean) Give you a couple of severed heads and a pile of dead cows and you’re Mr. Sunshine.

Dean: He was one of those guys. Took some terrible beatings… just kept coming. So you’re thinking he’s indestructible. Nothing can kill my dad. And then like that…he’s gone. Can’t talk about this with Sammy–got to keep my game face on. The truth is I’m not handling it too well.

Ellen: And Hannibal Lecter is a good psychiatrist.

Gordon: You’re more like me than you know.
Dean: I don’t think so…. you sadistic *******!

Dean: A wooden bridge. That’s all you got?
Sam: The bridge was four and a half minutes from their farm
Dean: How do you know….?
Sam: I counted… they turned left out of the farm, then right onto a dirt road, traveled that for two minutes, slightly uphill. Then another quick right and we hit the bridge.
Dean: You’re good.. you’re a monster pain in the ass… but you’re good.

Sam: So… we’re looking for some people.
Bartender: Sure, its hard to be lonely.

Sam: Dean, get me a bucket.
Dean: Find something?
Sam: No, I think i’m going to puke.

Dean: You all right, Sammy?
Sam: Yeah, I’m fine.
Gordon: Well, lighten up a little, Sammy.
Sam: He’s the only one who gets to call me that.

Dean: (talking about the Impala) Woo… listen to her purr. Have you ever heard anything so sweet?
Sam: You know, if you two want to get a room, just let me know, Dean.
Dean: (rubbing the steering wheel) Aww, don’t listen to him, baby. He just doesn’t understand us.

TRIVIA

  • Trivia: In the beginning, when the Impala is reintroduced in its spiffy new form, the song, “Back in Black” by AC/DC is playing in the background. It is also the first song Dean plays on the original Impala in the pilot episode after the brothers are reunited.
  • In the scene where Gordon grabs Sam’s arm at the end of the episode, Sam’s arms are by his side but when Gordon goes to grab his arm, both of Sam’s arm’s are held up in a surrender-type way.
  • The hospital Sam and Dean visits is named Candler County Hospital; There is no Candler County in Montana. Furthermore, the hospital employee has “North Montana” printed on his badge; Red Lodge is in southern Montana.
  • When Gordon is torturing the vampire, she seems to be choking but vampires don’t breathe.
  • When Gordon kicks Dean, he lands on and breaks the table. Half of the table is sticking up in the air, but in the next shot, that half of the table is just gone.
  • When Sam and Dean walk into the morgue, the attendant’s badge shows his name as J. Manners. This is a nod to the co-executive producer of the show, Kim Manners
  • ALLUSIONS

    • Ellen: And Hannibal Lecter is a good psychiatrist.
      Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter is a character in the movie Silence of the Lambs. He is a psychiatrist who knows a lot about serial killers because he is one.
    • Dean: Put the lotion in the basket.
      This quote is a reference to the character Buffalo Bill in the film The Silence of the Lambs. Buffalo Bill would yell this to women he held in a pit, because he wanted them to keep their skin moisturized so he could later kill them and sew himself a suit made of human skin.
    • Sam: Weekly World News.
      Weekly World News is a tabloid newspaper commonly found in supermarkets. It focuses on the strange and paranormal, most if not all of their reportings are considered fake.
    • Dean: Yeah, real night owls you know. Sleep all day, party all night.
      “Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die.” was the tagline of 1987 teen vampire movie Lost Boys, starring a young Kiefer Sutherland.
    • Gordon: Another one bites the dust!
      Another One Bites The Dust is a 1980 rock song from the English rock band Queen.

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