Crowley approaches Dean and Sam with a job. When Dean is reluctant to listen to him, Crowley reminds him that he owns Sam and can send him back to Hell at any time; on the other hand, if they play along and manage to bring him an Alpha, Crowley will give Sam back his soul. Though reluctant to work for Crowley, they don't see any other choice.
He sends Dean and Sam to Buffalo, New York to investigate what appears to be a werewolf attack. When they arrive, they learn about another attack--so far, both a landlord (Erik Gieszelmann) and a dockworker (Ronald Garrigan) have been found with their chests ripped open and their hearts missing. Sam does some research and discovers what the two men have in common: Cal Garrigan. If anyone threatens Cal, they end up dead. They follow him and wait for him to turn into a werewolf, but an entire night passes without him changing. Then, when Cal is murdered in the same fashion as the other victims, their next suspect is Cal's girlfriend, Mandy Duran. Sam is ready to take her in, but Dean is reluctant to capture and take her to Crowley without being sure of her culpability. He goes to see the scene of Cal's murder and do some more research while Sam keeps watch on Cal and Mandy's house. Although Dean doesn't find anything, Sam sees the family dog, Lucky, change into a man, put on clothes, and leave the house.
Sam follows him and sees him talk to another man in a park. When he approaches, though, the man smells him, turns back into Lucky, and tries to run. Before Sam can catch up to him, Lucky is hit by a car and the driver loads him into the back to take him to an animal shelter. Sam, based on information from Bobby, calls Dean and tells him that they are dealing with a skinwalker posing as a dog.
Sam and Dean take Lucky from the animal shelter and bind him in rope and silver chains to restrain him. It transpires that the man was homeless when he was approached and recruited to become a skinwalker--he was told that being bitten would make him strong and fast. Lucky reveals that there are about thirty skinwalkers who have been recruited and are living with families as pets. On a signal from their pack leader, they will infect their families, thus recruiting more skinwalkers. He tells Sam and Dean that there are packs in many other towns, but he knows nothing of the Alpha Skinwalker.
Lucky leads Sam and Dean to the Pack Leader, but he has kidnapped Mandy and her son, Aiden, and threatens to kill them unless Lucky turns them. Sam and Dean open fire, and all the skinwalkers are killed except for Lucky, who, although shot with a silver bullet, escapes.
Lucky, in human form, goes to visit Mandy and tells her how he appreciated her kindness, but she tells him to leave. Lucky transforms into a dog and dejectedly leaves.
Afterwards, Sam tells Dean that he's been considering the situation, and Dean is right: without a soul, he's not really Sam anymore. He admits that he really doesn't care about Lisa, Ben, or even Dean. Sam also reveals that he has done terrible things and killed innocent people in the last year, something that the real Sam would never do, and despite how hard it was living with a soul, he thinks it's better to try to be "that Sam" again. Dean agrees that they need to find a way to return Sam's soul to him.
- "City Blues" by Black Mustang
- (plays when Sam and Dean meet Crowley at Fat Mack's Rib Shack)
- "Flirtin' with Disaster" by Molly Hatchet
- (plays in the bar when Dean and Sam watch Cal)
Crowley: Is that Bobby Singer? Give him a kiss for me.
Crowley: (to Sam) You'd sell your brother for a dollar right now if you really needed a soda.
Crowley: (to Dean) You need to stop thinking of this as some kind of deal. This is a hostage situation, you arrogant little thug. I own your brother, do you understand me?
Crowley: Werewolves turning on the full moon -- so '09.
Crime scene tech: What are the feds doing here?
Sam: Oh, we're specialists. They call us in to answer the questions of mouth-breathing dick monkeys.
Crime Scene Tech: You do realize these were animal attacks.
Dean: An animal, out here? You think it came for the sailing?
You didn't sleep. Cause you don't... sleep.
Yeah, that's not creepy at all.
Bag him now?
Dean: No, we make sure.
Before we hand him over to a lifetime of demon rape? Yeah, really.
Sam: Boy, Cal just doesn't know when to quit.
Dean: Three scuzzy bars, one scuzzy strip club, a chili dog joint, seven or eight nightcaps, and now scotches in the library. I'm getting cirrhosis just watching this.
[at the scene of Cal's murder]
Dean: I'm going to go out on a limb and say that it's not Cal.
Masterful deduction, Sherlock.
Dean: A skinwalker? As in...?
Sam: As in the family dog seriously needs a neuter.
Now, we can either do this the easy way [holds up clothes] or the hard way [holds up dog chain].
Dean: [glares at Sam]
What? Soul or not, that's funny.
Well, I gotta tell you, Lucky, you got us stumped. I mean, why shack up with a family? Is it a kinky thing? Do you like to play with your food? Roll over, Lucky. Speak!
Lucky: Go to hell.
Already been. Didn't agree with me.
Sam: [whistles and throws a rubber ball]
Dean: Sam - not helping.
Fetch this, dick.
You say you're "Just folks," Yeah? That -- that you like baseball and apple pie or whatever. But truth is, I don't know what you are - 'cause you're not Sam.
Sam: Dean, come on.
I mean, it's your Gigantor body and and maybe your brain, but it's not you. So just... stop pretending. Do us both a favor.
I'm not your brother. I'm not Sam.
Sam: All that 'blah blah blah' about being the old me? Crap. Like, Lisa and Ben, right? I've been acting like I care about them, but I don't. I couldn't care less.
Dean: Is this supposed to make me feel better?
You wanted the real me. This is it. I don't care about them. I don't even really care about you, except that I need your help. And you're clearly not going to stick around for much longer unless I give it to you straight, so... I've done a lot worse than you know.
I was that other Sam for a long time, and it was kinda harder. But there are also things about it I remember that... Let's just say, I should probably go back to being him.
Dean: That's very interesting. It's a step.
We do what we gotta do. And we get my brother back.
Trivia & References
Some elements of this episode exhibit a resemblance to Toby Barlow's 2008 epic poem/novel Sharp Teeth
Mandy Duran's name may be a reference to Duran Duran, who sang "Hungry Like the Wolf."
Sam tells Dean that he still likes the same music
he always has. This is probably a bit of an in-joke by the writers as while much is made of Dean's love of classic rock, Sam's musical tastes are a mystery. The only time we get an idea of his musical tastes is in 4.01 Lazarus Rising
when Dean is appalled to find an mp3 player in the Impala
, which is playing a song by Jason Manns
At Comic Con 2007
, Kripke said Sam listened to "whatever cool modern music is. I don’t know any of them because I don’t listen to anything after 1980..."
Let me get dressed, Robocop.
- Robocop was the main character in a movie of the same name about a cop who is wounded and then made into a powerful cyborg. Dean also calls Sam "RoboSam" in 6.07 Family Matters.
The Winchesters use the aliases Agents Holt and Wilson.
- Holt and Wilson are police officers in the 1981 movie Wolfen, which features intelligent wolves stalking man in the cities.
I'm getting cirrhosis just watching this.
- Cirrhosis is a consequence of chronic liver disease characterized by replacement of liver tissue by fibrosis, scar tissue, and regenerative nodules leading to loss of liver function. One of the common causes of cirrhosis is alcoholism.
Masterful deduction, Sherlock.
- Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective created by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Dogs and cats living together. Mass hysteria.
- This line is by Dr. Venkman, played by Bill Murray, in Ghostbusters (Watch clip).
She still had time to wolf out, Dean. The last werewolf was in bed, with me, and she wolfed out.
- Sam is referring to Madison in 2.17 Heart, who transformed into a werewolf after she and Sam had sex.
Just got the lowdown from Bobby. They can change anywhere, anytime. Skinwalkers infect you with a single bite. Otherwise, they're basically a werewolf cousin -- silver will drop 'em, they chow hearts like snausages.
- Skinwalkers were the suspected culprits in 1.02 Wendigo and 1.06 Skin, however the creatures there turn out to be a wendigo and shapeshifter respectively.
- Snausages are a brand of dog treat.
Where is this little "Scooby Gang" of yours?
- Scooby-Doo is a media franchise based around several animated television series. All versions of the show feature a talking dog named Scooby-Doo and his "gang."
Dean: (to Lucky)
You're a sleeper cell.
- A sleeper cell is a team of operatives (usually spies or terrorists) that lies dormant in a target population living out seemingly ordinary everyday lives until they are given instructions to act and carry out their mission.
I'd double-cross us.
Dean: Thanks, Dexter. That's reassuring.
- Dexter is the serial killer protagonist in a series of books starting with Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay by and a TV Series called Dexter on Showtime.
That's the guy Lucky met in the park. And there's El Jefe.
- El Jefe is a Spanish colloquialism for the Boss, or the Chief.
At the start of the episode the boys are eating at Fat Mack's BBQ Shack, and at the end they are eating takeout from Beef Barn.
In the newspaper article about the first victim, he is named as Erik Gieszelmann
and is said to be survived by his cat, Sticky.
is taken to the Erie County Domestic Animal Hospital.
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