Back in a newly restored Impala, Sam and Dean are investigating some murders and cattle mutilations, when they discover that the latest victim is a vampire. They meet another hunter, Gordon Walker, who has been hunting vampires ever since they got his sister. Gordon has heard of Sam and Dean, but declines their help on his hunt.
However after rescuing Gordon from a vampire attack, Dean and Gordon bond over a few drinks. Dean admits that he is putting on a brave face for Sam, and that his father’s death has affected him deeply.
Sam, suspicious of Gordon, is returning to the motel when he is captured by the vampires who are lead by Lenore. She explains that the vampires have forsworn killing humans and are trying to live peacefully, drinking only cattle blood.
Released unharmed, Sam tries to convince Dean that they should not pursue the vampires. Dean insists that anything supernatural should be killed, while Sam argues their mission is to stop evil. The argument ends when Dean punches Sam after he accuses Dean of using Gordon as replacement for their father.
They boys track down the vampire homestead where Gordon is torturing Lenore. Dean and Sam argue with Gordon, that unlike the vampires that killed his sister, these vampires are different. Gordon reveals that the vampire that attacked his sister didn't kill her, but turn her, and afterward he hunted her down himself and killed her. Dean is horrified by the revelation. Gordon grabs Sam and cuts him, taunting Lenore with his blood. When Lenore shows that she is capable of fighting her vampiric urges, Dean overpowers Gordon, allowing Sam to rescue Lenore.
Sam takes Lenore and leaves to help her and her friends leave town. Meanwhile Dean ties Gordon up.
When Sam returns, Dean admits that Sam was right muses that their world does not seem as black and white as it once did.
- "Wheel in the Sky" by Journey
- (played during the opening recap)
- (played during the opening scene as Sam and Dean are driving in the repaired Impala)
- "Time and Time Again" by Long John Hunter
- (plays at the bar when the boys meet Eli)
- "Golden Rule" by Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials
- (plays while Dean, Sam, and Gordon hang out at the bar)
- "Funny Car Graveyard" by Lee Rocker
- (played when Sam calls Ellen and asks about Gordon)
Dean: (referring to the Impala)
Woah!! 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.
Don't listen to him, baby. He doesn't understand us.
Gordon: Well, lighten up a little, Sammy.
Sam: (indicating Dean) He's the only one who gets to call me that.
Dean: Come on, man. I've been itching for a hunt.
Gordon: Sorry. But hey, I hear there's a chupacabra two states over. Go ahead and knock yourselves out.
Dean: I can't talk about this to Sammy. You know I've got to keep my game face on. But the truth is I'm not handling it very well. I feel I have this...
Gordon: Hole inside of you? And it just gets bigger and bigger and darker and darker? Good. You can use it. Keeps you hungry. Trust me, there's plenty out there that needs killing and this'll help you do it. Dean, it's not a crime to need your job.
You ever run across a guy named Gordon Walker?
Ellen: Yeah, I know Gordon.
Ellen: He's a real good hunter. Why are you asking, sweetie?
Sam: Well, we ran into him on a job and we're kinda working with him, I guess.
Ellen: Don't do that, Sam.
Sam: I thought you said he was a good hunter.
: And Hannibal Lecter is a good psychiatrist. Look, he is dangerous to everyone and everything him. If he is working on a job, you boys just let him handle it and move on.
Sam: You know, you slap on this big fake smile but I can see right through it. Because I know how you feel Dean. Dad's dead. And he left a hole, and it hurts so bad you can't take it, but you can't just fill up that hole with whoever you want to. It's an insult to his memory.
No, but every instinct told me to. I was going to kill her. I was going to kill them all.
Sam: Yeah Dean, but you didn't. And that's what matters.
Dean: Yeah. Well, 'cause you're a pain in my ass.
Sam: Guess I might have to stick around to be a pain in the ass then.
Don't mention it.
Trivia & References
This is the Metallicar
's return to the road after the damage sustained at the end of Devil's Trap
. There is an extended sequence of her on the open road, as AC/DC's Back in Black plays.
Lenore is possibly named after the vampire in the 18th century poem about vampires by Gottfried August Bürger. 'Lenore' was one of the first vampire stories and influenced Stoker's novel Dracula.
Screencap from Bloodlust of "J. Manners"'s nametag.
The morgue attendant's name tag says "J.Manners". This is a shoutout to series producer Kim Manners
. Arguably the exchange between him and Dean is another reference - Dean says "John...?" and the attendant replies, "It's Jeff." Jeffrey Dean Morgan
plays John Winchester
During Dean and Sam's banter over the decapitated corpse (including the "Put the lotion in the basket!" line) they are talking about Silence of the Lambs
. When Ellen
speaks to Sam later in the episode, she also references this movie when she says "Yeah, and Hannibal Lecter's a good psychiatrist."
Dean uses the phrase "sleep all day, party all night," which is part of the tag line for The Lost Boys
Sam and Dean masquerade as journalists from Weekly World News
, a tabloid of alleged supernatural occurrences.
If we can change, they can change.
- This line is similar to Rocky Balboa's comment after the fight in Rocky IV: "If I can change, and you can change, everybody can change."
A shot of the Impala seen during the "Back in Black" montage was later used in 4.04 Metamorphosis
While in Red Lodge, they stay at the Adobe Court Motel, Room 4
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