This episode opens with a hand hovering over a journal covered with weird writing, and at first you think it’s Sam or Dean, because it’s clearly a hunter’s journal, but as the camera pans back, it’s an older man we learn is named Daniel Elkins. He is presumably also a hunter. A group walks in, younger and wearing leather jackets. Mr. Elkins doesn’t look happy about their arrival.
This episode also marks the first appearance of the infamous Colt.
Mr. Elkins pulls up to a building with a strong lock on it and goes inside. He finds the woman from the bar inside his home. She tells him it’s been a long time and he looks old. He stabs her right in the chest. She pulls the knife out and her eyes flash. (In case you didn’t realize it yet, vampires. It’s an episode about vampires.) He runs. Before he can do anything else, two more vampires drop from the ceiling and he is outnumbered and killed.
When Sam and Dean are trying to find their next gig, Sam reads about a man named Elkins getting mauled. Dean recognizes the name from their father’s journal, so they head to Colorado.
The brothers go into Elkins house to investigate, where they find a ring of salt and a journal similar to their fathers. They realize Elkins was also a hunter. Dean finds markings on the floor and makes a pencil etching of them. It’s the location of a post office box, the same way that John does it. They open the box and find an envelope addressed to J.W. They are speculating whether it’s to their Dad when he suddenly knocks on the window. John tells them that he read about Daniel’s death. John also tells them that the two of them had a falling out and hadn’t spoken in years. John reads the letter and then impatiently asks the brothers if they saw a colt revolver when they searched the place. Dean tells them there was an old case, but it was empty. John tells them they have to track Daniel’s killers, vampires, to get the gun back.
John finds out about a local vampire attack in the middle of the night and tells the brothers to stay behind while he talks to the cops. Sam is continuously questioning John, eventually leading to a big fight.
Meanwhile, at the vampire’s barn/lair, the woman, Kate, tells Luther, who seems to be in charge, that she caught the scent of his old friend Daniel and she made him suffer. Luther is upset and says she shouldn’t have done that. He knows that other hunters will follow. Kate shows Luther the Colt and tells him that Daniel died with it in his hands. Luther says he’s seen the gun before and realizes it’s not an ordinary gun.
The morning after their big fight, Dean is with Sam and John, who seem to have put aside their differences, and they are watching the vampires’ barn/lair. John explains that sunlight hurts them like nasty sunburn. He says the only way to kill them is by beheading them. Even though they sleep during the day, they will still wake up if you disturb them.
As they are getting ready to attack the vampires, John asked the brothers if they really want to know about the Colt. It is a gun supposedly made by Samuel Colt before the Alamo and the gun had 13 bullets, seven of which are left. Supposedly, the gun can kill anything, and John has his eye on it to use it against the yellow-eyed demon.
John burns skunk cabbage to mask their scent from the vampires. Sounds nice. They then set a trap to kidnap one of the vampires so they can make a trade for the Colt.
They sneak into the vampires’ barn/lair and find everyone asleep, as expected. Sam finds the girl from the vampire attack, who is still alive and being held captive by the vampires. Dean then sees a cage holding more people captive. Meanwhile, John has spotted the Colt.
Unfortunately, when the girl wakes up and sees Sam, she makes noise and wakes everyone up. John is unable to get the Colt before Luther and Kate wake up and he’s thrown across the room. John yells for the boys to run, and then they stop and wait for John, who takes a minute to get there, just long enough to build some suspense. John tells them the vampires won’t follow them, but will wait for night, then come for them. Once a vampire gets your scent, it’s for life, so John tells them to find the nearest funeral home. Dean’s facial expression pretty much says it all in that scene.
Dean gets a jar of what turns out to be the titular dead man’s blood and then he stages a car breakdown. When the vampires show up, Sam and John shoot them with arrows dipped in the blood, which is poisonous to them. They kidnap Kate and behead the male vampire with her.
John drives with Kate in the trunk, luring some of the vampires away. Meanwhile, Dean and Sam return to the barn/lair, where they behead and kill the vampires there.
After driving off with Kate, John has a meeting with Luther and some other vampires along the side of the highway. John wants to trade Kate for the Colt. They have almost completed the trade when Kate attacks John, knocking him out. Sam and Dean then come up behind the vampires and shoot another one of them with an arrow dipped in dead man’s blood. Then they keep shooting more of them. Luther ends up with Sam and threatens to break his neck if Dean tries to kill him. Dean puts down his machete but then John uses the Colt to shoot Luther in the head. After Luther dies dramatically, the other vampires drive away.
Sam is getting really upset at what he perceives as their father ordering them around. He asks Dean if it bothers him and he says it doesn’t. Dean feels like if that’s what it takes to get the job done, he’s willing to do it.
Dean gets a call from John when they are driving and tells Sam that John said to turn left. Sam wants to know why and how, etc. Dean says he didn’t say and Dean didn’t ask. Suddenly, Sam drives around John, who is driving his truck in front of them, and dramatically cuts him off, forcing John to stop his truck. Dean tries to get Sam to worry about it later, but Sam is clearly itching for a fight with John. Sam’s questions of John do raise some good points, and open plot questions, but Dean also has a point that they don’t have time to worry about questions because they do dangerous work.
Sam and John pick up their argument as a conversation later in the episode, where John explains what he was thinking when he told Sam not to come back, and why Sam leaving made him upset. He tells Sam about a college fund that he had started for both boys, explaining that a life of hunting had never been what he wanted for them.
They find out that John is planning to leave them and go after the yellow-eyed demon on his own. That upsets both brothers. John tells them that he doesn’t expect to survive the fight. He is too concerned that he would have to watch his children die. Dean is concerned that he might die when there was something one of the brothers could have done about it. John says do their job and leave. It’s an order.
After the fight, John confronts the boys about having defied a direct order. Dean points out that they saved his ass, and John agrees that Dean has a point, that they are stronger as a family. John agrees that they will go after the yellow-eyed demon as a family.
John tells the brothers that vampires killed Daniel and they are both shocked to find out that vampires are even real. Apparently, John thought they were extinct. He then explains vampire lore to them, telling them crosses have no effect. Sunlight doesn’t kill them and neither does a stake to the heart.
Sam and John end up in a big fight after Sam talks back, and it turns out John felt that Sam abandoned him and Dean when they needed him. There are deep-rooted issues on both sides of that argument.
As they are getting ready to attack the vampires, Dean offers John an extra machete. A father-son bonding moment.
The First Appearance of the Colt:
Vampires kill a hunter named Daniel, who has the Colt. They take it, sending John after them. He tries to make a trade for it, and eventually, the Winchesters end up in possession of the Colt.
John tells Dean he should take better care of the car, amusing Sam since Dean is the one getting corrected.
When John and Sam are having an earnest conversation about their issues, Sam finds out that there was a college fund for him (and Dean). Sam asks what happened to it, and John says he spent it on ammo, and they both laugh because with their current situation, there would probably be nothing more appropriate.
Sam and Dean are in a diner, though they only have a glass of water.
State of the Week:
“Vampires? I thought there was no such thing?” – Dean
“Most vampire lore is crap.” – John
“Dean, why don’t you touch up your car before you get rust. I wouldn’t of given you the damn thing if I thought you were going to ruin it.” – John
“Terrific!” – Dean, after breaking up the fight between Sam and John
“Son of a bitch. So they’re really not afraid of the sun?” – Dean
“What the hell do we do now?” – Dean
“You gotta find the nearest funeral home, that’s what.” – John
“Hey, Dad, what ever happened to that college fund?” – Sam
“Spent it on ammo.” – John
“I’ll pass. I usually draw the line at necrophilia.” – Dean
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