Season 2, Episode 3|
CW Description "BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER'S" AMBER BENSON GUEST STARS AS A VAMPIRE - Sam and Dean meet Gordon, a fellow demon hunter who has been systematically killing vampires in a small town, and Dean immediately bonds with the older man. However, after Sam meets with the lead vampire and discovers they are actually peaceful creatures who survive on cattle blood, he decides not all supernatural beings are evil and forces Dean to choose whether he will side with Sam or Gordon.
|First week of August 2006||Gordon Walker decapitates Christina Flannigan's head|
|August 16, 2006||The Impala is finally finished; Dean and Sam drive to Red Lodge, Montana|
|August 17, 2006||Dean and Sam speak with the sheriff; they investigate Christina Flannigan's remains at the hospital and find her vampire teeth|
|August 17, 2006 (night)||Dean and Sam go to a bar looking for more information; Gordon tries to follow the boys; the boys ambushed Gordon, thinking he is a vampire; after stories are straightened out, Gordon goes off after the vampires alone; Gordon tries to kill a vampire at a mill, but the vampire gets the upperhand; Dean and Sam arrive in time to kill the vampire and save Gordon; they all go back to the bar for a drink and to reminisce; Sam bows out early and returns to the motel to call Ellen about Gordon; vampires grab Sam and take him to a farm; the vampires talk to Sam and then let him go; Sam goes back to the motel to talk to Dean; Gordon goes after the nest; Dean and Sam stop Gordon from killing the nest|
|August 18, 2006 (morning)||The vampire nest escapes; Gordon is left tied up at the farmhouse; the boys leave|
A girl, Christina Flannigan, is running through the woods, being chased by something. She trips, but gets back up and keeps going. She hides behind a tree as the pursuer runs past. Relaxing, she comes out. She turns around and there is someone standing there, holding a long curved knife. The hooded person chops off her head, and her body falls down.
Back in the newly restored Impala, Dean is in a great mood. He has got his car and a case. Sam snarks back at him, which Dean laughs at. It is another 300 miles to Red Lodge, and Dean happily presses the gas pedal to the metal.
The boys are impersonating reporters from Weekly World News, asking the sheriff questions about the murders. When he is signaled to leave, they ask about the possible Satanic rituals concerning the cattle with the murders. He laughs, until he realizes they were serious. After explaining why the cows could not be mutilated, he asks what newspaper they worked for. Dean stumbles over the name, and while Sam tries to correct him, the sheriff runs them out of his office.
Dressed in white lab coats, Dean and Sam enter the morgue and claims the doctor wants to see the intern. After buying the story, he rushes out, leaving the boys alone in the morgue. Asking if the satanists in Florida marked their victims, Dean grabs gloves for both of them. Sam replies yes, on the forehead, so when they pull out the victim Dean grabs the box containing the head. They taunt each other, before Dean opens the lid. Finding no mark, after taunting each other again, Sam reaches in the mouth to check for anything. Claiming he is going to puke, Sam finishes his exam and pulls his fingers out. However Dean notices something, and pushes on the gum when a vampire fang descends. This changes things.
Dean and Sam find a bar, and go inside to question the bartender. After ordering a couple of beers, the boys asks him for any night owls that party all night. Sam slides him a $50, so when he takes it he lets them know about a farm leased out. The boys thank him, before leaving. The man who notices them come in, is missing when they leave.
The man from the bar follows the boys around back, down an alley, where he loses them. After searching a bit, he is surprised by Dean and Sam pressing him against the wall, with Dean holding a knife to his throat. After showing them his teeth, Gordon Walker and the Winchesters exchange names. He is impressed by them, mentioning their dad, saying he was a great hunter and they had big shoes to fill. He offers sympathy John passed, but then says they fill his shoes as good trackers and good in a tight spot. Dean wonders how Gordon seems to know a lot about their family, and Gordon tells them that word travels fast, because hunters talk. Dean tells him they do not know hunters, and Gordon says he guesses there was a lot their dad never told them. Sam asks him if he had killed the two vampires. Gordon replies yes, he had been here for two weeks, and the Barker farm was just hippie freaks. Dean asks about the nest, but Gordon tells them this one is covered. He has been tracking them over a year, that he found a vampire in Austin and tracked it here. Dean offers to help, wanting a hunt, but Gordon says he'll finish it himself, offering them a hunt for a Chupacabra two states over. Telling them it was good meeting them and promising to buy them a drink on the flip side, Gordon drives away as the brothers watch.
A security man at the mill, Conrad, hears a noise and gets up to investigate. After searching through the mill, Gordon jumps him. As the two fight, Conrad shows his fangs and eventually turns on the electric saw. After a brutal fight, Conrad pushes Gordon down to cut off his head but Sam grabs Gordon out of harm's way. With Conrad's attention on Sam, Dean attacks the vampire, pinning him down to the belt and using the saw to behead him. Gordon offers to buy Dean that drink, although Sam is concerned over Dean.
At the bar, Gordon buys the first round of drinks between him and Dean, both of them celebrating the kill. Dean asks Sammy if he is alright, and he says he is fine. Gordon tells Sammy to lighten up. After telling Gordon only Dean gets to call him Sammy, Sam decides he is going back to the hotel because he does not feel that decapitations are a good time and does not want to drag them down. Dean tosses Sam the keys, assuring Gordon Sam just gets that way and looking forward to playing quarters with Gordon.
Back at the motel Sam puts the car keys on the desk.
With Gordon, Dean recounts a hunt. After the hunt, Dean is thinking how he is seeing things other kids will never know or dream of. So that is when he embraced the life. Gordon described how he got into hunting at 18, when a vampire came after his sister and flung Gordon across the room. He went after the fang, figured out how to track and kill it; it was his first kill. He misses his sister, then the conversation turns to Dean talking about his Dad. How indestructible he was, until he was gone. Dean cannot talk to Sam about it, but he is not handling it well. Gordon tells him to take that hole inside him and use it to do his job of killing things. Not a crime to need his job.
Sam calls Ellen, asking about Gordon. Ellen knows Gordon and he is a good hunter, but when she find out that Sam and Dean are working with him she warns him away because he is dangerous to everyone and everything around him. She says if he is working on a job then they had better just let him handle it and move on.
Gordon loves the hunting life, because there is no maybe - all black and white. Dean is not sure Sam would agree, and Gordon points out that he is different. But Dean and he were born to the life, it is in their blood. Dean is thoughtful over that revelation.
Sam is buying a soda at the motel, and heading back to the room when he hears a noise. He checks his surroundings, and again right before going into the room. Once there he puts his soda down, relaxing, when he is jumped from behind by a vampire. Sam hits him, when a second vampire jumps him. He dispatches the second vampire, but before he could turn around the first one hits Sam over the head with a phone. Sam is knocked out.
Sam wakes up in the nest, gagged with a bag over his head. He recognizes the bartender, as he shows Sam his fangs and advances. A girl calls out to stop the vampire, walking over to Sam to yank the gag off as well. Lenore introduces herself, and tells Sam they need to talk. At first Sam has problems because of Eli's teeth, and laughs at her word he will not be hurt. She tells him they are not like other vampires because they do not kill humans or drink their blood - have not for a long time. They have been the ones drinking cattle blood, and it is disgusting. They do this to survive, because their kind is practically extinct. Eli is furious at even trying to talk with that killer, since Conrad was murdered and they celebrated. She tells him enough, and tells Sam they were leaving. The reason Sam was brought into the nest to talk with is because once hunters have their scent they will keep tracking, but Lenore is asking them not to follow. That they have a right to live. Sam is not sure to believe her, but she promises to let him go without a scratch. He is blindfolded and led out.
Dean and Gordon are looking at a map back at the motel. Gordon is showing him where he thinks the nest is, as the two strategize. Dean checks his watch and wonders where Sam is. Gordon guesses Sam went out for a walk. As Dean is wondering, Sam walks in, and rather than answer where he had been, he asks to talk with Dean alone.
Outside the motel Sam tells Dean they should rethink the hunt. Sam tells him that he was at the nest, that they found him. Dean asks him how he got out and how many he killed, but Sam says none - that they just let him go. Dean wants to know where the nest is, but Sam claims he was blindfolded and does not know. Sam pushes Dean not to go after them, because they are not killing people - they stay alive with cattle blood. Dean does not quite believe them, even though Sam was released without a scratch. Dean wants to find them and kill them. Gordon is standing around the corner in the shadows listening, but they do not see him. Dean's argument is if it is supernatural, they kill it, it is their job. Sam says no, their job is hunting evil, and these things are not killing people so they are not evil. Dean wants to exterminate them all, but Sam insists not this time. Dean finally says Gordon has been on them for a year, so he knows. Sam counters that Ellen says he is bad news. Dean says he is not listening to Ellen, they barely know her. Sam points out that Dean is using Gordon as a poor substitute for Dad. Dean starts to walk away but Sam calls Dean on his crap. Dean is slapping a big fake smile on, but Sam knows Dad's death left a hole, so stop filling that hole with whoever he wants because it is insulting Dad's memory. Dean punches Sam in the face. Sam tells him he can hit him all he wants, but it is not going to change anything. Dean tells him he is going to the nest and he will find it himself.
They go back into the motel, and find that Gordon is gone. Both agree to go after him, but Dean is still not sure about stopping Gordon. The keys to Dean's car are gone, so Dean hotwires the Impala. Sam figures out the directions, with the help of a local map, by retracing how long each section of the drive was and the different turns. Dean tells him he is good, a monster pain in the ass, but good.
Lenore is packing, then Eli comes in to talk. He wants to stay and fight, but Lenore says no. She points out there are more of them, and therefore wants to reason. Eli counters there is no reasoning with them. She says she is not giving up hope that hunters change, before sending Eli into town to gather the others, because they are leaving before sunrise.
Gordon is driving to the nest, guessing which turn to take after the bridge. Dean and Sam are close behind him, following Sam's memory and directions. They take the same turn.
Lenore is packing the truck. Turning around, Gordon is there, grabbing her. He stabs her in the chest with a knife covered in dead man's blood.
Gordon tied Lenore up, and he is torturing her by cutting her with the knife, dipped in dead man's blood. Dean and Sam come in. Gordon brags he is going to get Lenore to tell him where the rest of them are, offering them to help him as he cuts away the fingers. They are at a standoff as Sam tries to get Gordon to stop, but Gordon wants to finish the nest - no shades of grey. Gordon tells them his sister was turned, and he hunted her down himself. Sam realizes Gordon knew all along these vampires were not killing anyone. Gordon counters saying vampires do not change and he can prove it. He grabs Sam's arm, cuts it, and maneuvers Sam's arm above Lenore. Dean aims a gun at Gordon, but Gordon says he is not going to kill Sam, just making a point. As Sam's blood drips onto her, her vampire fangs come out, and she is growling and hissing. Gordon says they are all the same - evil, bloodthirsty. However, Lenore's fangs retract and she resolves to say no. Sam pushes a stunned Gordon away, before he unties Lenore and takes her out. Dean says that he thinks Gordon and he have some things to talk about. Dean is having a hard time believing it, but he now believes Sam and is protecting the vampires so if Gordon wants the vampires, he has to go through him. Gordon fights Dean, after he first puts down his knife. Dean starts to put away his gun, and Gordon attacks. He grabs his knife, so Dean is forced to knock it out of Gordon's hand. As they fight, they talk back and forth - Gordon talking about how Dean is a killer like him and not like his brother, but Dean does not think so as he gains the upper hand and half knocks Gordon out. Dean ties up Gordon in a chair.
It is morning; Sam comes back in, letting Dean know all the vampires got out. Dean replies Sam did not miss much there, before telling Gordon that he will call someone in a couple of days to come and untie him. Before Dean is ready to go, he punches Gordon one more time, knocking the chair to the floor. Now he is ready to go.
As the boys leave the nest, Dean offers for Sam to hit him, as a freebie. Sam refuses, saying Dean looks as if he just went twelve rounds with a block of cement, and he will take a raincheck. Dean says he wishes they never took this job, wondering how many things they killed that did not deserve it. He hates those things now, even enjoying killing the vampire at the mill. Sam says that after Mom died, Dad did the best he could, and pointed out that Dean did not kill Lenore. Does not matter that every instinct of Dean's said to kill them, he did not so that is what matters. Dean said it was only because Sam is such a pain in his ass. Sam smiling, said he will stick around to be a pain in the ass. Dean thanks him before Sam climbs into the car. Dean looks back at the house for a few seconds, and then he climbs in the car. They drive away.
|Shirts the Boys Have Worn|
|Interesting Things That Have Happened|
|Items That Have Shown Up|
|Quotes People Have Said|
|Total Count of Species|
|Who Died and How|
|Sam: Weekly World News.|
Dean and Sam masquerade as journalists from the Weekly World News, a trashy supermarket tabloid that was published from 1979 to 2007, consisting of reports of alleged supernatural occurrences.
|Dean: Maybe we should, uh, you know, look in her mouth, see if those wackos stuffed anything down her throat, you know? Kinda like the moth in Silence of the Lambs.|
Reference to the fact that serial killer "Buffalo Bill" placed moths in the mouths of his victims in The Silence of the Lambs.
|Dean: "Put the lotion in the basket."|
Another reference to serial killer "Buffalo Bill" in The Silence of the Lambs.
|Dean: Yeah, real night owls, you know? Sleep all day, party all night.|
"Sleep all day, party all night," is part of the tagline for the 1987 vampire film The Lost Boys.
|Gordon: Whoa. Easy there, Chachi.|
Chaci Arcola is from the sitcom Happy Days.
|Ellen: Yeah, and Hannibal Lecter's a good psychiatrist.|
Reference to the serial killer Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs.
|Lenore is possibly named after the vampire in the 18th century poem about vampires by Gottfired August Burger. "Lenore" was one of the first vampire stories and influenced Bram Stoker's novel Dracula.|
|Lenore: I'm not giving up hope. 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."
Writing the Episode
|Dean: Whoo! Listen to her purr! Have you ever heard anything so sweet?|
Sam: You know, if you two wanna get a room, just let me know, Dean.
Dean: Oh, don't listen to him, Baby. He doesn't understand us.
Sam: You're in a good mood.
Dean: Why shouldn't I be?
Sam: No reason.
Dean: Got my car, got a case, things are looking up.
Sam: Wow. Give you a couple of severed heads and a pile of dead cows and you're Mister Sunshine.
|(Sam steels himself, blowing out a breath, and starts poking his fingers into the mouth.)|
Sam: Dean, get me a bucket.
Dean: You find something?
Sam: No, I'm going to puke.
|Gordon: Well, lighten up a little, Sammy.|
(Sam indicates Dean.)
Sam: He's the only one who gets to call me that.
|Dean: ...So. I pick up this crossbow. And I hit that ugly sucker with a silver-tipped arrow right in his heart. Sammy's waiting in the car, and uh, me and my Dad take the thing into the woods, burn it to a crisp. I'm sitting there and looking into the fire, and I'm thinking to myself, I'm sixteen years old. Most kids my age are worried about pimples, prom dates. I'm seeing things that they'll never even know. Never even dream of. So right then, I just sort of-|
Gordon: Embraced the life?
|Gordon: First time I saw a vampire I was barely eighteen. Home alone with my sister. I hear the window break in her room. I grab my dad's gun, run in, try to get it off her. It's too late. So I shoot the damn thing. Which of course is about as useful as snapping it with a rubber band. It rushes me, picks me up, flings me across the room, knocks me out cold. When I wake up, the vampire's gone. My sister's gone.|
|Dean: Yeah. Yeah, you know. He was just one of those guys. Took some terrible beatings, just kept coming. So you're always thinking to yourself, he's indestructible. He'll always be around, nothing can kill my dad. Then just like that-|
(Dean snaps his fingers.)
Dean: he's gone. I can't talk about this to Sammy. You know, I gotta keep my game face on. But, uh... the truth is I'm not handling it very well. Feel like I have this-
Gordon: Hole inside 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 needs killing, and this'll help you do it. Dean, it's not a crime to need your job.
|Sam: (about Gordon) I - I thought you said he was a good hunter.|
Ellen: Yeah, and Hannibal Lecter's a good psychiatrist.
|Sam: Talk? Yeah, okay, but I might have a tough time paying attention to much besides Eli's teeth.|
Lenore: He won't hurt you either. You have my word.
Sam: Your word? Oh yeah, great, thanks. Listen lady, no offense but you're not the first vampire I've met.
Lenore: We're not like the others. We don't kill humans, and we don't drink their blood. We haven't for a long time.
Sam: What is this, some kind of joke?
Lenore: Notice you're still alive.
|Lenore: We have a right to live. We're not hurting anyone.|
Sam: Right, so you keep saying, but give me one good reason why I should believe you.
(She gets in his face.)
Lenore: Fine. You know what I'm going to do? I'm going to let you go.
|Dean: What part of 'vampires' don't you understand, Sam? If it's supernatural, we kill it, end of story. That's our job.|
Sam: No, Dean, that is not our job. Our job is hunting evil. And if these things aren't killing people, they're not evil!
|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.|
|Gordon: Dead man's blood, bitch.|
|Sam: (low) Ready to go, Dean?|
Dean: Not yet.
(Dean walks around to the front of Gordon. Gordon looks up at Dean.)
Dean: I guess this is goodbye. Well, it's been real.
(Dean hits Gordon, knocking him in his chair to the floor.)
Dean: Okay. I'm good now. We can go.