|Episode #||Season 9, Episode 20|
|First aired||April 29, 2014|
|Directed by||Robert Singer|
|Written by||Andrew Dabb|
|Outline||Sam and Dean cross paths with Ennis Ross, who witnessed his girlfriend murdered by an apparent monster. Together they learn about the five monster families that are secretly running Chicago's underbelly.|
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Ennis Ross is taking his girlfriend Tamara to upmarket restaurant "Il Secundo," with the intent of proposing to her. As he speaks with Maurice the maitre d' about hiding the engagement ring in a glass of champagne, they are interrupted by Sal Lassiter. The matire d' ignores Ennis to accompany Sal to the private club in the back, and as they leave Ennis catches a glimpse of the bodyguard Marv's face in the mirror where his reflection is grotesque.
The private club is full of monsters of different types socializing. At the bar Sal -- a shapeshifter -- is approached by werewolf Julian Duval, who isn't pleased to see him. They get into a fight, but their bodyguards pull them apart, and David leaves. Soon after, a masked figure, with what looks like silver claws arrives and starts killing.
Sal is injured and staggers outside to the pier where Ennis is about to propose to Tamara. The creature follows, and as it attacks Sal, it pushes Tamara out of the way. She falls, hitting her head and dies. The creature rips out Sal's heart and flees. As Sal lays dying he says to Ennis, "David, I had no choice."
Later at the police station Ennis tries to explain to Detective Freddie Costa what he saw, but the detective, despite being a friend of Ennis' late father, who was also on the force, doesn't believe him. Sam and Dean arrive pretending to be FBI agents. They listen to Ennis' story and then leave, warning him that monsters aren't real.
At the Lassiter home, eldest daughter Margo is consulting with Detective Costa, who is on the Lassiter payroll. He tells her that the ghoul family may not support the Lassiters if she moves against the Duvals. He points out that the other four monster families are looking to take more power now that Margo's father is dying.
David Lassiter, youngest son of the Lassiter family, returns home for the first time in three years after Margo calls to tell him that Sal has been killed. David finds Margo's henchmen preparing a cache of weapons. She blames Julian Duval for Sal's death and wants war. David is shocked out how his father's health has deteriorated since he has been away, and he advises Margo against war with the Duvals. Margo mocks him, accusing him of supporting the Duval's because he used to date Violet Duval. She takes delight in telling him that Violet is being married off to a New York werewolf family to forge an alliance.
Julian Duval is meeting with one of the djinn family, and they discuss how the Lassiters may respond to Sal's death. Violet interrupts, demanding to know if it was Julian who killed Sal. He denies it, and says he doesn't care as long as it brings on a war with the shifters. He reminds her she has no power in the family.
At home, Ennis pulls out a trunk of his father's. He takes out a revolver, and finds, hidden in the box a collection of silver, engraved bullets. He returns to the club behind the restaurant and is confronted by the maitre d'- who is a vampire. Ennis shoots him to no avail. Dean comes up behind the vampire and decapitates it with a machete. Sam gives Ennis a quick run down on the fact that monsters exists, while Dean discovers stores of blood and flesh behind the bar. The Winchesters theorize that maybe Sal Lassiter was a monster of some sort and plan to head to the morgue to check it out. Ennis insists on accompanying them, but they warn him off getting involved.
Returning home, Ennis starts researching Sal Lassiter online, when Freddie Costa knocks at the front door. He comes in and starts asking the same questions he had the night before. Suspicious he manages to sneak a picture of Freddie, and he notices his eyes flare in the photo, which Sam and Dean told him was a sign of a shapeshifter. He asks if Freddie wants to wait until Ennis' dad Nate gets home, and he agrees. This confirms Ennis' suspicions as the real Costa knows that his father is dead.
Ennis throws his jacket at Costa, and manages to pull his gun, with the silver bullets on the shifter, who changes revealing himself to be David Lassiter. He explains that he is trying to find out who killed Sal and avert war with the Duvals. He looks at Ennis' jacket and finds flecks of silver in the tears, ruling out a werewolf being the clawed killer. That night Ennis scopes out the Duval mansion. Sam and Dean are also there, and Ennis overhears them discussing that Julian Duval paid the coroner to look at Sal's body. They speculate that he wouldn't have done that if he himself was the killer. Violet Duval leaves the house, and David appears, telling her he wants to arrange a meeting between Julian and Margo to broker a peace agreement. Violet argues that Julian doesn't want peace. David brings up an old issue - years ago they were going to run away together, but Violet didn't turn up to the rendezvous.
Just then, the clawed killer appears and knocks David down before abducting Violet. His screams bring Ennis and Sam and Dean running but the killer and Violet have gone. The Winchesters, Ennis, and David leave as the Duval bodyguards swarm the grounds.
David explains to the Winchesters and Ennis that five monster families rule Chicago. He suggests they track Violet using the GPS in her phone, but he will only give them her number if he can come along. Sam and Dean agree to Ennis' shock, but Dean explains that sometimes you need to make alliances with the bad guys to catch the guys who are worse.
In an abandoned building, Violet is bound, her captor -- a human named Irv Sokolowski -- explains that Sal and a group of monsters killed his young son. He is trying to make the different families go to war against each other in revenge. Meanwhile, the Winchesters, Ennis, and David have tracked Violet's GPS signal to the building. As they reach it, Ennis tells David what Sal said as he died.
Irv manages to capture David. He starts to torture him with his silver claws, and Violet becomes enraged, transforming into a werewolf and attacking Irv. David manages to pull her off just as the Winchesters and Ennis arrive. Irv makes a half-hearted apology for killing Tamara, but Ennis kills him.
The next day David visits Violet, and muses over his brother's final words. Violet remembers - without telling David - that the night they were meant to leave together, Sal intervened and told her not to go because the families must keep the bloodlines pure. In the present day, as she is about to leave she turns and kisses David.
At the Lassiter home, his ailing father warns David not to let Margo start a war. David goes and tells Margo he has found out that Sal's killer was not Julian Duval, and that he is now returning home to the family business. Sam and Dean reluctantly leave Ennis after getting a call from Castiel that he has found Metatron. They warn Ennis to stay away from the monsters, and advise that they will send some hunters to clean things up. However, Ennis returns to Irv's lair and is examining all the information Irv collected on the monster families. His phone rings and a voice tells him not to get involved. It is the voice of the father he thought was dead.
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Ennis Ross
- David Lassiter
- Margo Lassiter
- Sal Lassiter
- Violet Duval
- Julian Duval
- Detective Freddie Costa
- Nate Ross
- Irv Sokolowski
- Acting in Unison
- Get this
- Law Enforcement Officers
- Mirror Folklore
- "Somehow" by Caught a Ghost
- (plays when Ennis and Tamara enter the restaurant)
- "Looking Glass / Pettibon" by ERAAS
- (playing as Sal & Marv enter the monster club)
- "Little Black Submarines" by The Black Keys
- (plays while Ennis takes the train home)
Sam: All right, look, my name is Sam Winchester. That's my brother Dean. We kill vampires. And werewolves, and demons and... Basically, we chase down evil and we cut its head off.
Ennis: So you're, what, monster cops?
David: My name is David Lassiter. I'm a shapeshifter.
Ennis: You're a what?
David: Dude, I'm right here.Dean: Yeah, I see ya.
Sal: Cause he's my little brother Violet, it's my job to protect him, it's my job to keep our blood pure.
Violet: You believe that bloodline crap?
Sam: Look we'll, uh, we'll call in some other hunters, some pros and download them on the monster mob situation, all of it.
Ennis: Look guys I could...
Trivia & References
Julian: And I want to eat Taylor Swift's heart, but we can't always get what we want.
- Taylor Swift is an American country pop singer. We can't always get what we want, could be seen as a reference to the Rolling Stones song "You Can't Always Get What You Want."
- A reference to the story of the same name about a yellow Labrador mix who becomes rabid and is put down by its boy owner.
- Freddy Kruger is the antagonist of the Nightmare on Elm Street film series, and famous for his use of a clawed glove to kill his victims.
- The Godfather is a crime film based on a book of the same name by Mario Puzo. It is about a New York mafia family trying to gain hegemony in the city in a war against other mafia families while their leadership is replaced by the returning youngest son.
- It is worth noting that the werewolf family is called 'Duval'. Robert Duvall is famous for playing Tom Hagen, the adopted son and consigliere of the Corleone Mafia family in The Godfather.
- Transformers are a line of toys/TV series/films that revolve around robots that can transform into automobiles, among other things.
David: Sounds good, Buffy.
- Romeo is a reference to the ill-fated lover in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Buffy is a reference to the vampire slayer from the TV series named after her. Coincidentally, Sarah Michelle Gellar tweeted a picture of herself with a Supernatural poster.
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- 9.20 Bloodlines (transcript)
- Bloodlines Script (2nd Network Draft)
- Episode synopsis
- Promo photos by ScreenFad
- Sneak peek clip
Interviews with Andrew Dabb writer of "Bloodlines":
- with Vlada Gelman of TVLine
- with Sadie Gennis of TV Guide
- with Jim Halterman of TVFanatic
- Report of filming in Chicago by borgmama10f5
- Comment from fan whose Impala was used in Chicago filming
- Report and pics from the filming of Bloodlines in Chicago by Nightsky for The Winchester Family Business