After investigating the death of a lawyer (guest star David Quinlan) who appeared to have been killed by a wild animal, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) realize they are tracking a werewolf.
Sam is immediately attracted to the lawyer’s secretary Madison (guest star Emmanuelle Vaugier) and when it seems as if Madison will be the werewolf’s next victim, Sam offers to stay overnight to protect her. Dean heads out to hunt the animal and is stunned by what he finds.
Raelle Tucker wrote the episode directed by Charles Beeson.
San Francisco, California
At a bar, lawyer Nate Mulligan asks his secretary Madison to come back to the office to finish some work. It turns out he’s just trying to get her to go with him but she’s called him a cab. As Nate leaves, Madison notices a scruffy-looking man watching her. When she turns back a few seconds later, he’s gone. She quickly leaves and goes out to her car and as she leaves, the man who was watching her comes out. The next morning, Madison arrives at the office and sees blood in Nate’s office. She goes in and sees that he’s been left on his desk dead, with his heart ripped out.
Sam goes to the morgue to see Nate’s body, and the doctor concedes it appears like an animal attack, and the heart is missing. Sam and Dean are in town looking into the deaths of hookers on a timetable matching the lunar cycle. They go to talk to Madison, whose neighbor Glen is leaving as they arrive. Madison describes Nate as a ladies man and mentions her ex-boyfriend Kurt was stalking her. They go to visit Kurt but after they leave, Madison spots Kurt outside.
The brothers check out Kurt’s apartment but don’t turn anything up. Dean hears a noise outside and goes out on the balcony but doesn’t spot anything. Down below, a policeman investigates the noise and something attacks him. Dean and Sam hear his gunshot and go down to find the policeman’s corpse.
They go to see Madison and she tells them where Kurt works. Sam ends up staying to watch her while Dean goes to find Kurt. Sam is clearly uncomfortable with Madison, who flirts with him. They end up watching soap operas and Sam gets hooked on them. They end up talking about how she got involved with Kurt. She mentions she was mugged and decided to take control of her life, then kicked Kurt out. They’re interrupted when Dean calls in to report he’s found Kurt at a strip bar.
That night the full moon comes up and Madison goes to bed while Sam stands watch in the living room. Dean watches Kurt’s apartment and loads up on silver bullets. He hears a crashing noise and bursts in to find Kurt dead… and a wolf-like Madison standing over him. She attacks Dean who manages to drive her off with a silver blade. That morning Dean calls Sam who says Madison hasn’t left, but he notices the nick on her arm. He locks her into the apartment. Madison protests her innocence and Sam defends her to dean. Sam suggests they kill the lycanthrope that bit Madison, which their father believed should cure its victims. Sam figures out the mugger bit her while she was near where the hookers were killed. Sam offers to stay with Madison while Dean goes to hunt the original lycanthrope, and Dean reluctantly agrees.
After Dean leaves, Madison asks Sam to free her and he tries to comfort her, saying he’ll leave once she’s cured and he’ll be nothing but a bad memory. As the full moon comes up, a hooker on the streets hears something stalking her and panics. Madison breaks free and comes after Sam, scratching him. He manages to lock her in the closet while the original werewolf grabs the hooker. Dean arrives just in time to shoot the lycanthrope… Madison’s neighbor Glen. Glen reverts to human and remembers nothing… then dies as Dean looks on.
Sam gets Madison out of the closet and tells her she won’t see him again, then leaves. The guys sit in the car outside to watch her that night and Dean asks Sam about her in the car. She comes down and invites them in and they play poker. They wait out the night and the next sunrise Madison is fine. Dean leaves the two of them alone and they end up in bed. The next night, the full moon comes up and Sam wakes to find that Madison has transformed and leaps out the window.
The next morning Sam goes to get Dean, who warns him they may have to kill Madison. She calls them and they pick her up, and Dean warns her they can’t find a cure. Sam is distraught and Madison accepts that she doesn’t want to hurt anyone else, and there’s only one thing she can do. She asks Sam to help shoot her and thus “save” her. Dean takes the gun but Sam insists that he has to do it since she asked him. Sam takes the gun, goes into the next room, and a shot rings out.
“Silent Lucidity” by Queensryche
“Look” At You by Screaming Trees
“Down on the Street” by The Stooges
“Smoking Gun” by Kip Winger
(while Dean is leaving the room)
Sam: He means well.
Madison: You mean, he thinks you’re gonna get laid.
Sam: Find anything?
Dean: (looking in the fridge) Just some leftovers and a six pack.
Sam: Check the freezer. Maybe there’s some human hearts hidden behind the Haagen Dazs or something.
Madison: You get a few scotches in him and he started hitting on anyone within a five-mile radius. You know the type.
(Sam nods and Dean smiles)
Sam: Yeah, I do, actually.
(Dean slowly stops smiling)
Dean: One of us should probably stay here with you just in case he stops by.
(Madison leaves the room)
Sam: All right, you go, I’ll stay.
Dean: Forget that. You go after the creepy ex, I’m gonna hang here with the hot chick.
Sam: Dude. Why do you always get to hang with the girls?
Dean: Because I’m older.
Sam: No, screw that. We settle this the old-fashioned way.
(Sam and Dean play Rock, Paper, Scissors. Sam does rock, Dean does scissors)
Sam: Dean, always with the scissors. (pats Dean on the shoulder and makes a pouty face)
Dean: Shut up, shut up! Two outta three!
(Sam sighs and does rock again and Dean does scissors again; Sam covers Dean’s hand with rock)
Sam: Bundle up out there, all right? (pushes Dean out)
Madison: Sam, I’m a monster.
Sam: No, I’m gonna save you.
Madison: You tried. I know you tried.
Dean: So I’m just gonna.. head back to the hotel.. watch some pay-per-view.
Madison: That was smooth.
Dean: (to Madison) How you doin’? My head feels great. Thanks.
Madison: What’s going on?
Sam: I’m not going anywhere. And neither are you.
Sam: You’re unusual.
Madison: Unusual like… (makes crazy sign)
Sam: No. Unusual like… impressive.
Madison: You think so?
Sam: May I ask you a question? It’s sort of personal.
Madison: You’ve seen my whole underwear collection. Go ahead.
Dean: Let me guess. You’re sitting on her couch like a stiff trying to think of something to say.
- When Sam is in the morgue, the corpse on the table blinks.
- Dean: What are you, the Dog Whisperer now?
The Dog Whisperer is a TV show in which a man named Cesar Millan goes to people’s houses and helps them solve their dog’s behavioral problems.
- Dean: Like a really hot Incredible Hulk?
Referencing the long-time Marvel superhero (and occasional super-villain), who first appeared in Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962). Scientist Bruce Banner transforms into his monstrous green-skinned super-strong alter-ego when he becomes angry or in various other circumstances.
- Dean: I’d say Kurt’s looking more and more like our Cujo.
Referencing the 1981 Stephen King novel Cujo, involving a rabid St. Bernard that terrorizes a mother and child. It was made into a movie in 1983 starring Dee Wallace.
- Dean: Landis, and Detective Dante.
This is a reference to directors, John Landis and Joe Dante who were both involved in two 1981 werewolf themed horror movies. Landis directed An American Werewolf in London and Dante directed The Howling.
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