8.09 Citizen Fang

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Title Citizen Fang
Episode # Season 8, Episode 9
First aired December 5, 2012
Directed by Nick Copus
Written by Daniel Loflin
On IMDB Citizen Fang
Outline Sam and Dean clash when it appears Benny has started killing humans to feed.
Monster Vampires
Timeline
Location(s) Carencro, Louisiana
Kermit, Texas
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Synopsis

Benny is working a late night at a small Cajun diner in Carencro, Louisiana. After his coworker Elizabeth leaves, one of the customers asks him about her. Benny tells him that Elizabeth's like a little sister to him. Another customer asks for a refill on his coffee, and Benny obliges. He doesn't recognize him, but it is Martin Creaser: a hunter that Dean and Sam have worked with before.

Later, Benny closes the diner alone and walks home through the woods. Martin follows, but loses track of him for a moment and then hears a scream. He pulls out a machete and starts running, but trips and falls next to a dead body. It's the other customer from the diner, his neck torn open.

The next day Martin calls Sam, who tells him not to do anything about Benny yet. He then admits to Dean that he's had Martin tracking Benny for the last week, but Martin saw him kill someone and they need to take care of him. Dean is upset that Sam asked Martin, who was only recently released from Glenwood Springs Psychiatric Hospital, to go anywhere near a hunt, but agrees that they should look into it. They drive down to Carencro and meet Martin at his motel room. Martin tells them that Benny, going by the name Roy, has been working at a gumbo shack and seemed clean up until he found the dead customer. When Dean learns that Martin didn't actually see Benny kill anyone, he's reluctant to believe the worst of his friend. Dean leaves in the Impala after Sam gives him a few hours to investigate things on his own.

Martin wants to kill Benny anyways, but Sam denies him. He says that he can't believe Dean would trust a vampire, and Sam tells him that it's not always easy to see things clearly. He remembers a moment with Amelia at their home in Kermit, Texas. They had just learned that her husband Don was still alive, and Sam had asked her what she planned to say to him. She'd been conflicted, so he had made a plea for their relationship, saying that he didn't want to give up on them. Amelia had seemed to agree before saying that she needed some time alone to clear her head.

Dean's first stop is the diner, where he meets Elizabeth. He orders a piece of pecan pie, but they're out, so he asks her where he can find Roy. She tells him that Roy has been parking his camper in a more remote spot for the last few days. Dean, flirting, gives her his phone number and asks her to call if Roy shows up. On his way to find Benny, he tries to call him, but Benny doesn't answer. Eventually, he comes upon Benny washing his bloody hands and, machete behind his back, asks Benny what's going on. Benny tells him that he's just buried the second victim of a rogue vampire named Desmond. Desmond wants Benny to join his new nest and give him credibility, but Benny has refused, so Desmond is killing messy in an attempt to attract hunters and force Benny's hand. Benny doesn't want to be driven out of his hometown of Carencro and away from his great-granddaughter Elizabeth, so he has to kill Desmond and worry about hunters later. Dean tells him to wait while he convinces Sam and Martin to go after Desmond, instead.

Back at Martin's motel, Dean tries unsuccessfully to convince Sam and Martin that Benny is innocent. Eventually, Martin knocks Dean unconscious with the butt of a knife. Sam isn't happy, but still leaves with the other hunter after handcuffing Dean. Martin remarks that his brother choosing a vampire over him must hurt, and Sam flashes back to the moment he met Don in a town bar. The other man had told him that because he loved Amelia, he would respect whatever decision she made about which of them she wanted to be with, and he expected Sam to do the same. Then he had left after buying Sam a drink.

After Sam and Martin leave, Dean wakes up and picks the handcuffs restraining him. He then calls Benny to tell him to lay low and avoid Sam while he takes care of Desmond; however, Benny knows where Desmond is and won't let Dean go after him alone. He'll help Dean kill him.

Benny is gone from his campsite by the time Sam and Martin find it. Martin sees a picture on the ground: it is Benny and Elizabeth together. Suddenly, Sam gets a text message from Amelia asking him for help. He drops everything to get back to Kermit right away, getting in Martin's car and driving away without him.

Meanwhile, Dean and Benny infiltrate Desmond's hideout. The vampire catches Dean by surprise and breaks his syringe of dead man's blood. Just before he can bite Dean, Benny decapitates him. Afterwards, Dean tells Benny that he needs to go deep underground: it's only a matter of time before more hunters show up in Carencro. They head back to the diner so that Benny can see Elizabeth one last time, and then he thanks Dean for believing in him and leaves town.

Dean leaves, too, and calls Martin from the road to tell him that he and Benny killed the other vampire and that he shouldn't go after Benny. Martin says that he's already left town, and Dean tells him to find a new line of work before hanging up. Martin's lying, though, and his next call is to Benny using Elizabeth's phone. Benny tells him to leave Elizabeth alone, and Martin tells Benny that he has 45 minutes to get back to Carencro.

He rushes back to the diner to find Martin holding Elizabeth hostage. She's tied to a chair and he has a knife to her neck. Benny tells Martin that he didn't kill the people in Carencro, but Martin doesn't care. When he realizes that Elizabeth doesn't know who Benny really is, he cuts her neck so that Benny's fangs descend and reveals that he's a monster and her great-grandfather. Benny asks Martin what he wants, and he tells him that he wants his head. He puts his head down on the diner's counter and tells Elizabeth that he's sorry just before Martin raises his machete.

Meanwhile, Sam's been unable to reach Amelia since her distress text. As he drives to Kermit, he remembers the moment Amelia confronted him as he packed his bags. She'd asked him why he was giving up on them, and he'd told her that he was trying to do the right thing: Don deserved a chance. Later, Sam finally arrives in Kermit and goes straight to Amelia's house. He sneaks around the back, gun raised, but when he looks in the window he sees Don and Amelia together, happy. He's confused, but after going back to Martin's car seems to realize something.

Dean is still driving away from Carencro in the Impala when he gets a phone call from Elizabeth, who seems to be in shock. She says that Dean told her to call if she saw him, and Dean asks her if Roy is there. She just tells him to come, and Dean makes a quick u-turn and races back to the diner. When he gets there, Elizabeth is covered in blood and sitting on the steps outside the diner. Silent, he hands her a towel, and she presses it against the wound on her neck. Then he goes inside, where he finds more blood and Martin's dead body on the ground with his neck torn open.

Later, Sam is at a bar in Kermit, and he pulls out his phone to call the number Amelia's text came from. When Dean answers, he's not surprised. He asks Dean when he changed Amelia's number in his phone, and Dean admits that he did it a while ago in case he needed to get Sam out of the way for a while. Sam asks him if the case is done, and Dean tells him that it is, but Martin died. Sam asks him if it was Benny, and when Dean tries to explain what happened, Sam hangs up on him. He stands up to leave the bar, and when he turns around, he sees Amelia walking towards him.

Characters

Definitions

Music

  • "Born on the Bayou" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
(plays during opening scene with Benny)
  • "Feel Alright" by Steve Earle
(plays when Dean gets the call from Elizabeth)
  • "That Old Familiar Pain" by Marlin James (Sonoton Music)
(plays at the end of the episode)

Quotes

Sam: Really, Dean? You don't believe that? Because Benny's a vampire. And any hunter worth his salt isn't gonna let one just walk around freely. So I had Martin keep tabs on him. And right now, it's looking like I made the right call.
Dean: I got history with the guy, okay? I'm not signing up for a witch hunt. I owe him more than that.
Martin: What in God's great creation could a Winchester possibly owe a vampire? Am I hearing this right?
Dean: You’re out of pecan? Story of my life. Uh, that's all right. Maybe you can make it up to me. I'm actually looking for an old friend of mine. I heard he's kicking around these parts. His name's Roy.
Dean: Um, listen, I, uh, I tell you what. If he pops up before I can find him, you do me a favor and just have him give me a buzz... or could just drop a dime yourself.
Benny: Rogue vamp. Came into the café a couple nights ago. Youngster goes by the name of Desmond. He, uh, he remembers me from the good old days.

Dean: The good old days?

Benny: I know it’s hard to believe, but I haven’t always been so cute and cuddly. He's chasing a memory, Dean. That's all. He's crewing up a new nest. He's hoping I can give him some cred. I told him no.
Dean: Handle on things? Benny, you've got two stiffs on your hands and two hunters on your ass.

Benny: Oh, please. The half-wit who found me at the café? I'll take my chances with him.

Dean: That half-wit was sent by my brother, and trust me – my brother's not someone you want to mess with.
Sam: Listen, Dean, we came here on a dead body. You asked for some time, and now there's another dead body. Are we just going on trust here?

Dean: Yes.
Sam: Okay. Because we've killed for a lot less, and you know how these things turn out for us..
Dean: Yes, I do – too well. In fact, every relationship I've ever had has gone to crap at some point. But the one thing I can say about Benny? He has never let me down.

Sam: Well, good on you, Dean. Must feel great finally finding someone you can trust after all these years.
Benny: You've lost a step, friend. You need to lay off the junk food.
Don: Truth is, I can't blame either of you for what happened. Hell, there were days there I thought I was a dead man. But when I do come back and what I come back to is this, well, it ain't no great mystery if part of me is thinking, 'What's wrong with this picture?'

Sam: Don –

Don: Sam, let me finish. I know part of her loves me. And now... part of her loves you. But the only one that knows what's best for Amelia is Amelia. So when all of this is said and done and she's made her decision, I'll respect it. And if you truly love her, you'll do the same.
Sam: Any casualties?

Dean: Martin.
Sam: Was it Benny?
Dean: He had it coming, Sam. I'll tell you what happened.
Sam: I-I know what happened, Dean.

Dean: Okay, you want to listen to me or not?

Trivia & References

The title "Citizen Fang" is a reference to Citizen Kane [1] (1941), an American classic film highly regarded as the best movie of all time.
Dean: It's been a while since I've had some Étouée.
Étouffée is a creole dish of shellfish over rice.
Martin: You said look for an eruption. How's Mount Vesuvius?
Mount Vesuvius is a stratovolcano in the Gulf of Naples, Italy, most famous for its eruption in AD 79 where it destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Martin: B-b-because I saw Benny turn up the path, and then two seconds later, I trip over a body with its throat ripped. Look, man, you – you ever hear of Occam's razor? 'Keep it simple, stupid'? It's not that complicated.
Occam's razor is a problem-solving principle developed by William of Ockham, where if there are any competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected.
Martin: Doing it right would be separating his head from his shoulders.
This line echoes one spoken by Bill Paxton's character in the vampire movie Near Dark. It is very possibly a deliberate reference.
Dean: You know there's only one way to do that, right? And that is for you to sit on the sideline while I convince Sam and Martin to go after Desmond. They see you out there, they don't care if you're gonna be collecting for the March of Dimes. They are gonna slice first and ask questions later. You know that.
March of Dimes is a charity that supports programs for maternal and child health.

Minutiae

After writing 16 episodes with Andrew Dabb this is the first episode on which Daniel Loflin has had a solo credit on.
Kathleen Munroe, who plays Elizabeth, previously played Katie's Mother in 3.02 The Kids Are Alright.
Sam: Glendale Springs discharged him last month.
Sam misnames the institution Martin was a patient of in 5.11 Sam, Interrupted, which was Glenwood Springs Psychiatric Hospital.
It is 783 miles from Carencro, Louisiana to Kermit, Texas. Just over an 11 hour drive according to Google Maps.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts

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