The episode is black and white and opens like an old horror movie, complete with new credits. The brothers are driving into Pennsylvania, and as they pass the sign, lightning flashes and it briefly says ‘Transylvania’. They discuss their case, which is a ‘black and white’ vampire case.
When they get there, the dead woman they are investigating has two small puncture marks on her neck, which surprises Dean, but there was a witness. They find the witness, Ed Brewer, who says he saw a vampire killing a woman. He describes the vampire as being like Dracula, down to the accent. The murder matches myth, not how vampires actually are. Hmm…
Urban legend time as a couple is making out in a car in the woods, when a werewolf pulls the guy out of the car and kills him. Sam and Dean are skeptical that all the monsters seem to have come out of horror movies. While they are eating, Lucy uses a napkin to make a round lipstick mark and leaves it on the bar for the second time during the episode.
A man working in the local history museum receives an unexpected delivery of a mummy, which, of course, comes alive and kills him. When the brothers investigate, the mummy turns out to be from a prop, and not even a real mummy.
Dean goes to meet Jamie but Dracula got there first. The guy is full-on Dracula, accent and all, just like Ed Brewer described. Jamie pepper sprays him and Dean punches him and ends up ripping his ear off (gross!). Then Dracula rides off on a Vespa(?)!
Sam gets to the bar where Dean tells him to touch the ear (again, gross!). Dean figured out it’s a shapeshifter renting costumes. Sam goes to the theater as they think Ed Brewer is the shape shifter, but when Sam confronts him, his ear doesn’t come off. It turns out he just likes to sneak into the theater to play the organ piano.
Meanwhile, Jamie is about to pass out and Dean realizes he’s drugged as well and that Lucy is the shapeshifter. He breaks a bottle to fight her but before he can do anything else, he just falls over from the drugs.
Dean wakes up strapped to a table in a Frankenstein’s Lair style situation. Dracula is telling Jamie she has to wear a white gown he picked out for her, and she is telling him that he’s crazy. Sam shows up and frees Dean and then they go after the shape shifter. During the fight, the gun ends up on the floor, and Jamie picks it up and shoots the shape shifter.
Character & Story Analysis:
Jamie the bartender becomes a kind of confidante/therapist for Dean. Her comments on the brothers lifestyle allow Dean the chance to demonstrate his change in perspective on what they do, where he looks at what he once considered a responsibility as a sort of gift that allows him to save people.
Sam’s reaction during Dean’s maverick speech.
Dean’s entire encounter with Dracula.
The woman who survives the wolf attack is slurping a giant slurpee.
Sam and Dean are having burgers and beer in the bar again after the werewolf murder.
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Pop Culture references:
Dracula, The Big Lebowski, The X-Files, AC/DC
“About time the Winchesters got back to tackling a straight forward black and white case.” – Dean
“We still gotta see the new Raiders movie.” – Dean
“Saw it.” – Sam
“Without me?” – Dean
“You were in Hell.” – Sam
“That’s no excuse!” – Dean
“I’m a maverick, ma’am. A rebel with a badge. One thing I don’t play by, are rules.” – Dean
“Beer and bar wenches.” – Dean
“Pretty sure women today don’t react well to the whole wench thing.” – Sam
“I’m getting a headache.” – Dean
“Hey, you think this Dracula can turn into a bat? That’d be cool.” – Dean
“The X-Files is a T.V. show. This is real.” – Dean
“Lucky me!” – Jamie
“So this is what you do? You and your partner just tramp across the country on your own dime until you find some horrible nightmare to fight?” – Jamie
“Some people paint.” – Dean
“It’s supposed to come off!” – Sam
“No, it’s not!” – Ed Brewer
“Hey there, Hansel.” – Sam
“Shut up!” – Dean
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