|Episode #||Season 2, Episode 12|
|First aired||January 25, 2007|
|Directed by||Philip Sgriccia|
|Written by||Ben Edlund|
|Outline||Sam and Dean investigate a string of robberies with a disturbing pattern: In each incident, a trusted employee holds up a bank and then commits suicide.|
|Location(s)|| City Bank Milwaukee, |
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Sam and Dean investigate a series of crimes and suicides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, wherein people are behaving out of character in stealing from their place of business and then committing suicide shortly thereafter. During their investigation, they come across Ronald Reznick, a victim who has conspiracy theories about "mandroids." His amateur research reveals to Sam and Dean that the perpetrator of these crimes is in fact a shapeshifters, as previously seen in 1.06 Skin.
Plotting out the path of the shapeshifter in accordance with the city's sewers, Sam and Dean pinpoint the next place of attack - City Bank Milwaukee - and pose as security techs in order to view security camera footage and locate the undercover shapshifter.
They are interrupted when Ron comes into the bank, chaining the door closed behind him and brandishing a gun. Convincing Ron that he believes him, Dean helps Ron lock everyone in the bank into the vault and helps him seek out the shapeshifter.
Unfortunately, the shapeshifter has already changed appearance by this stage, and the tension is increased as it changes appearance multiple times, with Sam, Dean and Ron attempting to track it down in order to kill it. Ron is shot and killed by a police sniper while in pursuit of the shapeshifter.
Meanwhile, outside the police are stationed, and manage to see Dean's face as he leads an ailing hostage out to an ambulance. Once Dean has been identified, the FBI come in, and it's revealed that an agent has been tracking the Winchesters for some time, and knows some details about their history and childhood.
SWAT teams infiltrate the building while Dean fights and finally kills the shapeshifter. Sam and Dean escape the building by stealing and wearing SWAT team uniforms.
- Dean Winchester
- Sam Winchester
- Ronald Resnick
- Special Agent Victor Henriksen
- Lieutenant Robarts
- "Renegade" by Styx
- (plays when the boys get into the car at the end of the episode in their SWAT outfits)
Trivia & References
- Although the Shifter had been dressed as a man, when the Shifter turned into a woman, somehow it acquired a woman's slip. Without having taken the actual clothes from its likeness.
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- Episode Stills
- Episode Promo: 2.12 Nightshifter
- Cut You Down. A promo clip set to Johnny Cash's "Cut you Down" was released over the Christmas hiatus in the lead-up to the screening of 2.10 Hunted on January 11, 2007. Produced in black and white, and set to the Johnny Cash's "Cut you down", it contained scenes from upcoming episodes 2.10 Hunted, 2.11 Playthings, 2.12 Nightshifter and 2.13 Houses of the Holy. In June 2007, this promo won two awards at the annual Promax/BDA Promotion and Marketing Awards : a gold award for Use of Library Music for a Promos and a silver for Drama Program Promotion.
- Video showing how the special effects in this episode were done