1.20 Dead Man's Blood

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Title Dead Man's Blood
Episode # Season 1, Episode 20
First aired April 20, 2006
Directed by Tony Wharmby
Written by Cathryn Humphris
John Shiban
On IMDB Dead Man's Blood
Outline Sam and Dean meet up with John to hunt vampires as they investigate the death of a fellow hunter.
Monster Vampires
Timeline
Location(s) Manning, Colorado
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Synopsis

An old man, Daniel Elkins, sits scribbling in his journal, drinking Jack in a bar in Manning, Colorado. A group of people enter and catch Elkins’ attention. After leaving the bar in a hurry, Elkins is confronted by the woman leading the group he saw earlier. To defend himself, Elkins attempts to load an old 5 shot Colt. However, after a struggle he is murdered.

In a diner somewhere in Nebraska Sam and Dean are looking over news stories for a job, when they read about Elkins' death. Dean recognizes the name from John's Journal and they head west. Arriving at Elkins' cabin, the boys find it ransacked and in chaos, but in the darkness, they are being watched. Amongst the wreckage Dean finds not only a journal, a lot like their father's, but also a message. A combination to a post office box. A mail drop, just the way their father does it.

Opening the post office box they find a letter addressed to "J.W.". They are startled by the surprise appearance of John Winchester, their father. Reading the letter, he realizes that Elkins had been holding out on him about a legendary gun, a Colt made in 1835. Questioning the boys he realizes that whatever attacked Elkins has taken the gun. He tells them it's Vampires, and they will hunt them together.

As Sam and Dean sleep, John listens to a police scanner. He hears of an abandoned car left by a young couple after making a 911 call. Rousing the boys, they take off to investigate. Sam questions John, but John just asks Sam to follow him. When they reach the location of the abandoned car, Sam is bridling at John’s dominating attitude and is constantly questioning his father's orders. Dean is frustrated by the reoccurring old arguments that drove the family apart.

Meanwhile, back at the vampire nest, Kate presents her gifts taken from Elkins to her mate, Luther. Horrified that she killed the old man, even if it was to avenge his family, he states, “Revenge isn’t worth much if you end up dead.” He then recognizes the gun.

Another confrontation between Sam and John exposes the still seething anger existing between them. However, during their tracking of the Vampire family, John tells them about vampires and they can only be killed by beheading. After a moment, seemingly reluctant, he shares with them the details of what makes the Colt so special and why he needs it. Supposedly, it can kill anything. He wants it because if this is true, it could be the key to killing The Demon and avenging Mary.

While working together to attack the nest and look for the Colt, they are discovered before John can grab the gun, and end up running for their lives. John has an alternative plan and orders Dean to a funeral home to obtain Dead Man's Blood, a poison to vampires. While he's gone, Sam and John talk, mending fences in the process.

They use the Dead Man's Blood to catch Kate in order to draw out Luther. John’s plan is to trade her for the Colt. Once again the Winchesters clash over John’s plan to exclude the boys from his final game plan, insisting they leave, to keep them safe. While the Luther and his vampires discover John and Kate and parley for the Colt, Sam and Dean invade the nest, killing the vampire left on watch and freeing the captives.

John’s plan is foiled and he is knocked out by Luther. However, before Luther can kill him, Sam and Dean attack, having ignored their father's orders to stay away and take down two of the remaining vampires. They distract Luther and John, grabbing the Colt, kills Luther by shooting him in the head. The gun works. It can kill supernatural beings with a bullet. Kate and the remaining vampire flee for their lives. Finally seeing the sense of the boys' argument, John agrees that now they have the Colt they will hunt the Demon together.

Characters

Definitions

Music

  • "The House Is Rockin'" by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
(plays when Elkins is in the bar studying his journal)
  • "Searching for the Truth" by Brian Keith Nutter
(plays when Sam and Dean are at the diner looking for a job)
  • "Trailer Trash" by 88 Crash
(plays when John tells Sam and Dean about vampires)
  • "Strange Face of Love" by Tito & Tarantula
(plays while the vampires are partying at their place)

Quotes

Dean: (in response to the mess in Elkins' cabin) Looks like the maid didn’t come today…
Sam: Hey, there’s salt over here. Right inside the door.
Dean: You mean like protection against demon salt or “Oops, I spilled the popcorn” salt?
Dean: Vampires! Gets funnier every time I hear it.
Luther: Revenge isn’t worth much if you end up dead.
Sam: Hey Dad, whatever happened to that college fund?
John: Spent it on ammo.
Kate: Car trouble? Let me give you a lift…take you back to my place.
Dean: Ahhh I’ll pass. I usually draw the line at necrophilia.

Trivia & References

Dean: Sounds more like That's Incredible than Twilight Zone.
That’s Incredible: 1980s TV show featuring freaks, stunts and shonky re-enactments of paranormal events.
Twilight Zone: 1960s TV series (bought back in several incarnations) Crossing horror, thriller and science fiction genres that told short stand alone stories usually with a killer twist. The original series in particular, was notable for using these genres to subtly examine current social and political issues.
While filming of the episode, tourists spotted a "sniper" in Stanley Park, and the police locked down the park. The crew, who had waited for over an hour, later learned that the "sniper" was a Supernatural crew member with an aluminum briefcase that resembled a rifle case. S1Com, p. 104
The Season 1 Official Companion has a "copy" of the letter Daniel Elkins left for John:
John
If you are reading this, I'm already dead. I don't know who's more stubborn between us, but, well, you know. It's a damn shame to have to say goodbye this way. But if you knew the truth of it, you'd probably have killed me yourself. You see, old friend, I've got the colt. Least I HAD it - can't right say who or what might have it now. Check my safe, the combination's one you can remember - 3-8-2-11. If it ain't there, just follow the trail of my blood. I really do pray you get the gun. And put a silver bullet right between that bastard's yellow eyes.S1Com,p.107
The number to the safe, of course, is a take on Mary's date of death 11-2-83.
Daniel's journal is very similar to the one John uses. It is unclear what has happened to it.
Vampires in this episode differ from general vampire lore.
Daniel's phone number, according to John's journal is 970-555-0156. Two other names are listed on the same page : K Johnson and T Bradford.
Daniel apparently had something to do with the death of the vampire Luther's family.
Luther is about 170 years old.
It seems some herbs can confuse a vampire's sense of smell. John tells Dean to toss saffron, skunk's cabbage and trillium onto the fire to block their scent and also the scent of the vampire they captured from the other vampires in her nest. He also tells him to dust their clothes with the ashes to stand a chance of not being detected. This has not been referred to in any other vampire episodes

Minutiae

When Kate orders "Jack all 'round and leave the bottle," the bartenders grabs a bottle of Johnnie Walker Red.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts

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