2.17 Heart

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Title Heart
Episode # Season 2, Episode 17
First aired March 22, 2007
Directed by Kim Manners
Written by Sera Gamble
On IMDB Heart
Outline Sam and Dean track down a werewolf that has made San Francisco its hunting ground.
Monster Werewolf
Timeline April 30th-March 3rd, 2007
Location(s) San Francisco, California
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Synopsis

Sam and Dean travel to San Francisco to investigate violent deaths that they suspect are due to a werewolf.

They visit Madison, a lawyer's assistant (possibly secretary, probably paralegal), whose boss was the latest victim. She admits that he would hit on her occasionally, and that the night of his death she spotted her violent ex-boyfriend Kurt watching them at a bar.

The boys find signs of werewolf activity near Kurt’s apartment, and discover the body of a dead police officer in a nearby alley. Fearing for Madison’s safety they decide she needs protection, a job for which each brother is keen to volunteer. A game of rock, paper, scissors results in Sam being left to guard Madison, while Dean is out investigating Kurt. There is an obvious attraction between Sam and Madison, and while Madison flirts, Sam is shy and they spend the evening watching TV until Madison goes to bed. During the night, unnoticed by Sam, Madison transforms into a werewolf and sneaks out to kill Kurt. Dean bursts in on her and manages to nick her with a silver blade before she knocks him out.

Sam interrogates Madison and figures out that Madison was infected when she was bitten during what she thought was a mugging a month previously. Sam finds lore in John's Journal that suggests that if the "sire" of someone who is a werewolf is killed, they will be released from the curse.

While Sam guards Madison, Dean visits the area of town where the previous victims were attacked. He saves a young woman from an attack by a werewolf, which he kills. As it dies it is reverts to human form and is revealed as Madison’s neighbor Glen.

Sam and Dean stay with Madison through the next night, but she doesn’t transform, and they assume she has been cured. Buoyant at this outcome, Sam and Madison consummate their attraction with a session of passionate lovemaking. But that night, as the full moon rises, Sam witnesses Madison become a werewolf again before she flees the apartment.

The next day, Madison calls Sam, scared and confused. When Dean confirms that they have no way to cure her, Madison begs Sam to kill her, because she doesn't want to live as a monster. While distraught and reluctant, when there appears no alternative, Sam, despite Dean's offer to do it instead, kills Madison.

Characters

Definitions

Music

  • "Smoking Gun" by Kip Winger
(plays when Dean is at the strip club)
  • "Down on the Street" by The Stooges
(plays while Dean is hunting the werewolf)
  • "Look at You" by Screaming Trees
(plays while Sam and Madison are having sex)
  • "Silent Lucidity" by Queensrÿche
(plays at the end of the episode, when Sam shoots Madison)

Quotes

Sam: Month after month all the murders happen in the week leading up to the full moon.

Dean: Which is this week, right?
Sam: Hence the lawyer.
Dean: [gleefully] Awesome.
Sam: Dean, could you be a bigger geek about this?
Dean: I'm sorry, man, but what about a human by day, a freak animal killing machine by moonlight don't you understand. I mean werewolves are badass, we haven’t seen one since we were kids.

Sam: [sarcastically] Okay, sparky, and you know what, after we kill it we can go to Disneyland.
Sam: What were you doing with Kurt?
Madison: I don’t know. I mean, it’s not like he introduced himself like, “Hi, I’m possessive and controlling and I like to punch people, wanna be my girlfriend?”
Dean: [dials Sam] Let me guess. You're sitting on her couch like a stiff trying to think of something to say.

Sam: Did you find Kurt?
Dean: He hasn't been at work all week, but because I'm good, and I mean really really good, I got a line on where he might be. What's she wearing?

Sam: Bye, Dean.
Dean: I found him.

Sam: Good, don't keep your eyes off him.

Dean: [looks at stripper] Oh, my eyes are glued. Look Sammy, I gotta let 'cha go, I, uh [clears throat] I don't wanna miss anything.
Sam: Maybe she doesn't really know she's changing. You know maybe, maybe when the creature takes over she blacks out.
Dean: Like a really hot Incredible Hulk.

Trivia & References

Madison is the second love interest of Sam's to die, the first being his girlfriend, Jessica, who is killed by Brady in 1.01 Pilot (See Peen of Death).
Madison's request to Sam to kill her because she doesn't want to live as a monster, closely echoes the plea Evil!Sam made to Dean in 2.14 Born Under a Bad Sign.
Dean: Like a really hot Incredible Hulk?
The Incredible Hulk is a series of comic books, TV series, and movies about a mild-mannered scientist who gets really big (and green) when he becomes angry.
Dean: I'd say Kurt's looking more and more like our Cujo.
Cujo is a Stephen King book (and later, a movie) about a rabid St. Bernard nameded Cujo that kills people.
Dean introduces himself and Sam as detectives Dante and Landis. Joe Dante directed The Howling, and John Landis directed An American Werewolf in London - both 1981 werewolf horror films.
When Sam and Madison are watching TV together, they mention Kendall and Ethan, both characters on the soap opera All My Children.
Sam: Dean, always with the scissors.
Sam and Dean's game of Rock, Paper, Scissors is referenced multiple times throughout the series. Dean always "throws" scissors, which Sam knows, so Sam always "throws" rock to win the game. See 6.17 My Heart Will Go On for an Alternate Universe reversal of this constant of the Winchesters' lives.

Minutiae

Kurt is suspected to be a werewolf. The Turkish word kurt means wolf.

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