We are drawing closer and closer to Dean's deadline and finally Sam is opening his mouth about how Dean has been acting since basically the first episode of Season 3. Suicidal actions and inappropriate jokes at his own expense ... Sam can't stand it anymore. But before he does, we have some daring Dean that is just so hot it makes our mouths water. And Sam ends up being just as daring himself!
So let's get started!
"Seven Minutes in Heaven" by Dave Feldstein
(plays when Dean and Sam exit Spider and look for the vampire)
"Crazy Circles" by Bad Company
(plays at the end as the boys work on the car)
It's night. Bela is coming back to her car, parked by the side of a river when she sees the reflection of a scary looking guy whom we know as Gordon on the window of her car and turns around startled (but looking quite calm).
BELA: It's rude to sneak up on people.
Bela is sure to have been doing something suspicious herself, when we consider where she is parking her car in the middle of the night. Gordon obviously doesn't know her, but he has no patience for anyone who has had any dealings with the Winchesters. When Gordon tells her his name, Bela actually knows who he is and that he has been in prison.
GORDON:I know you were just in Massachusetts, and I know you were with the Winchester boys. Tell me where they are.
BELA: I don't think I know.
Bela won't give up information easily - especially if she thinks she can make a profit. When she finds out why he wants to know, she thinks he's off his rocker as they say. But when he threatens her further, she tells him sure, kill me and you'll never know where the boys are. But if you pay me... And she's not happy with Gordon's offer of three grand either. When she notices the mojo bag on his hip though, she is ready to make a deal. As soon as she gets the bag she calls Dean to ask him where he is - and probably thanks them for saving her just to make it look like the reason for the call. But really, Sam and Dean should know by now, after all, she paid money so she wouldn't be indebted to them right?! Dean trusts her (really?!) and gives her his location.
Sam and Dean are following a vamp trail. This is interesting when you think about it. The girl got out of her maker's nest only that night and is still a new vampire. Obviously the boys were there because of information of possibly missing girls, or vamp attacks by Dixon the "father" vamp and maybe just happened to come on to the scene aye? On the ground in what looks like a big factory or something, there is a guy lying on the ground who is hurt but still alive. While Dean goes in the direction the guy points, Sam probably takes the guy to a safe place where he can be picked up before following Dean. The expressions Dean makes as he looks around, stands puzzled in the middle of the hall, and thinks, what can he do.... aha And then his luring the vamped girl to him with his enticing suggestion... I smell good don't I?
Sam catches up to him right as the vamp girl falls to the ground poisoned by Dean's deadman's blood.
SAM:Cutting it a little close, don't you think?
DEAN: Ah ... that's just chum in the water. Worked, didn't it?
We've seen Dean in the Magnificent Seven, talking about holding off the demons while the others ran. In Sin City, he purposfully went to deal with the demon on his own. Then here, to Sam it seems awfully like Dean is taking risks he wouldn't take normally.
The next scene, I guess they are back in their motel room, with the mattresses up to block sunlight and vamp girl tied up on a chair in the middle of the room. Sam and Dean are waiting for the vamp girl to wake up. When she does, they start their interrogation on the location of the nest - on the assumption that she is an experienced vampire or at least has knowledge that she is one.
They find out through the course of their talks with the girl that she had been tricked into drinking the vampire blood, thinking it was a drug. Dean and Sam's faces, which were sneering and mean looking in the beginning, slowly turn to wonder and then to pity, realizing how she had been tricked and had no knowledge of vampires, what she had taken and what she had done. Sam tells her that they will let her go if she tells them where to find the nest and she tells them, but of course they cannot let her go.
Sam and Dean go talk in a corner and Sam makes the "I can't" face...
Sam flinches as Dean kills the vamp girl...
And we are reminded of how tough it was for him and for Dean way back in Heart, when he had to kill Mindy. Dean goes back to do the painful task while we see Sam... feeling it. I think this is an important scene to remember later when he kills Gordon.
We then see the injured guy in the hospital, being questioned by Gordon and his sidekick. I wonder what exactly Bela told Gordon... that the Winchesters were in NY hunting vamps? If they knew that, Gordon would obviously on the lookout for people with bites on their necks entering the hospital. He was lucky there was a survivor that could tell them that Sam and Dean were indeed there.
KUBRICK:The bite doesn't matter. You have to actually ingest the blood to be infected.
GORDON:Good thing, too. We'd have had to kill you.
MAN:She jumped me, then bit me. Then those two guys found me and chased her down the alley.
GORDON:What did they look like?
MAN:Ah, I didn't get a good look.
MAN:One of them was real tall.
In the meantime, Sam and Dean are checking out The Spider, the local bar where Dixon our "father" vampire is recruiting his new family. Kind of interesting how he collects just blond girls. You'd think that if he wants a family, he should make some men vampires too. But wait, I think I know why... let me talk about that later. Sam and Dean find him with his new recruit, just about to give her a drop of his blood as they butt in and save the girl just in time. Interesting that Dixon doesn't fight back, but just flings Dean to the wall and runs. As they run after him, though, they run into Gordon and Kubrick and well they don't have a choice but to abandon their chase because now they are being chased! What a mess!
As Sam and Dean hide behind a dumpster, Dean tells Sam to run.
DEAN:All right. Run. I'll draw them off.
SAM:What?! No, you're crazy!
But Dean doesn't stay to hear Sam out. He runs right at their gun fire, jumps on to a car and up over into a car park. Kubrick follows, leaving Gordon alone.
I guess Dixon the vamp had stopped running after finding Sam and Dean engaged by others and stayed to watch what happened. He recognized Gordon as a vamp killer and while he ran from Sam and Dean, he has a bit more spirit when it comes to Gordon. He attacks Gordon, rendering him unconscious and takes him back to his nest. (Yes, really bad idea Dixon...)
We see Sam back at the motel, pacing, worrying about Dean. When Dean comes in, he's all cheery and tells Sam he "stopped for a slice"
SAM:Nice move you pulled back there, Dean running right at the weapons!
DEAN:Well, what can I say? I'm a bad-ass.
Dean changes the subject to Gordon and Sam is distracted. How did Gordon know where they were? The only person they have told their location is Bela... So Dean calls Bella. I do love this conversation.
DEAN:Question for you. When you called me yesterday, it wasn't to thank me for saving your ass, was it?
BELA:No. Gordon Walker paid me to tell him where you were.
BELA:Well, he had a gun on me. What else was I supposed to do?
DEAN:I don't know, maybe pick up the phone and tell us that a raging psychopath was dropping by?!!
BELA:Ah. I did fully intend to call, I just got a bit sidetracked.
DEAN:He tried to kill us!
BELA:I'm sorry. i didn't realize it was such big deal. After all, there are two of you and one of him.
DEAN:There were two of them.
DEAN:Bela, if we make it out of this alive, the first thing I'm gonna do is kill you.
BELA:You're not serious.
DEAN:Listen to my voice and tell me if I'm serious.
So this is rather funny, the fact that Bela was planning to phone them and let them know but was "sidetracked" and forgot... Did she really just forget? Maybe she really thought the Winchesters could deal with Gordon without problem and thought nothing of it. There is really not profit for her if Gordon killed them, at this point... is there? One thing she didn't count on though was the two brothers who had just saved her life would actually say they'd kill her if they got out of it alive. But, she believes Dean and tries to figure out a way to redeem herself.
Meanwhile, Gordon is waking up in the nest and is having his little conversation with Dixon. This is one way Gordon is similar to Dean. He tends to get his captors angry while being tied up. He tells Dixon what he thinks of vampires.
GORDON:Your "people" are going extinct because you're a bunch of mindless, bloodthirsty animals.
GORDON:Oh, did I hurt your feelings? I'm sorry. I forgot you're just a misunderstood victim. Even though you murder and spread your filthy disease on pure base instinct. You got less humanity than a sewer rat.
And combined with the fact that he is a notorious vampire hunter who has contributed greatly to the almost extinction of vampires, Dixon is still looking for vengeance for his daughter long long ago.. (I'm not sure if she was a real daughter or vamped daughter ... maybe both?) It is not surprising that Dixon changes his plan from giving Gordon to his new daughters as dinner, to changing him. I think Dixon wanted Gordon to understand that being "a monster" was not necessarily evil. He wanted Gordon to change his opinion of vampires somehow and see them as beings worthy of life - as more than "mindless, bloodthirsty animals." Dixon couldn't understand that Gordon would never be able to do that. He would always equate monster with evil - even when he himself became one. A note here. Remembering about Dixon's daughter, now I know why Dixon is always choosing blond girls to change... it's not "a family" he wants. He is still trying to replace the daughter he lost.
Sam and Dean are preparing for war... This is a rare instance of Sam actually preparing weapons guys! I wonder if we will see this ever again? And it all looks really cool. I love watching them sharpen their machete or knife, Dean cleaning guns. Dean talks about how they need to take care of Gordon before going after the vampire again. Sam surprises Dean by agreeing.
DEAN:Really? Just like that? I thought you would have been like, "No, we can't, he's human, it's wrong."
SAM:No, I'm done. I mean, Gordon's not gonna stop until we're dead... or till he is.
They get another call from Bela. She is trying to make up for her mistake by giving them Gordon's location. But she also has a message from the spirit(s) she consulted... don't go after Gordon. Leave town! Run! Well, we know why, but Sam and Dean haven't figured it out yet and of course they are not going to run. The spirit also doesn't know much about vampires if it thinks Sam and Dean can just run, considering Gordon can track their scent so well. Just a side thought... I wonder who Bela consulted. The spirit sounded quite helpful of Sam and Dean. Like he/she cared about their welfare aye? I wonder if it was a spirit of someone they knew or helped. Anyway, back to the story.
Gordon wakes up and the sound of the pocket watch is driving him up the wall and the light through the window is killing his eyes. He easily breaks the chains tying him to the ceiling. When one of the turned girls asks for help, he tears their heads off. Do you think this was inhumane of him? Is it any different from what Sam and Dean did to the girl before? (Except that he did it with his hands?) Whatever he has turned into, he still has the strong commitments he had before. The girls have been turned into monsters (as his sister was) and so he has to kill them. He goes out into the city, with an undeniable thirst/hunger. As he cowers from the lights, he sees a lone man, changing a tire on his car and he cannot help but attack him and drink his blood - his first drink of blood which we now know makes him incurable. Given his determination, his purposeful killing of those girls and Kubrick later on, he could maybe have stopped himself from killing this innocent man. we know not all vampires are like this. And, we know that like Dean, there are those who are able to resist the urge. But by equating monster with evil, he gave himself permission to be evil in a sense. he gave into the urge.
Sam and Dean ignore the spirit's warning to stay away and go to Dixon's nest. Surprise of surprises, where they were expecting Gordon, they find the vamp they have been looking for. I actually feel quite sorry for Dixon. He is weeping, looking at the bodies of his two new family members like he has lost his daughter all over again. It must have been massively traumatizing even for a vampire, to have his whole nest (including his daughter) killed off by hunters and living in a world no one he could call family, all alone. Dean is just as snarky to Dixon as he was to the newborn vamp girl before, and just as before, his reaction changes a bit when Dixon talks about his desperation.
Dixon:I was desperate! You ever felt desperate? (shot of DEAN's face) I've lost everyone I ever loved. I'm staring down eternity alone. (shot of DEAN's face) Can you think of a worse hell?
DEAN:Well, there's Hell.
Dixon:I wasn't thinking. I just ... I didn't care anymore. Do you know it's like when you just don't give a damn? It's like ... it's like being dead already. So just go ahead. Do it.
Dean's remark here about hell... reminds us of Dean's future and, on a rewatch, also reminds us of Dean's hidden desperation peaking through his attitude and his suicidal tendencies. Let's go into that a bit more later.
Sam is checking out the bodies and finds that their heads have been ripped off. He asks Dixon who did it, but Sam and Dean both have a very good idea who. I am assuming though that Dixon tells them how he made Gordon into a vampire and he is now on the loose, before Dean kills him in one swipe.
Gordon is at Kubrick's. He tells Kubrick what happened and agrees with Kubrick that he has to die. But, before he does, he must kill Sam because that's one good thing that can come of this.
GORDON:It's the only... it is the one good thing to come out of this nightmare. I'm stronger, I'm faster – I can finish him.
KUBRICK:Gordon ... I'm sorry. You know I can't let you walk out of here.
GORDON:Listen to me. There is nothing more important. Please. I can do one last good thing for the world.
Kubrick, though, probably doesn't want to take any chances. He pretends to agree with Gordon and then tries to attack him but his heart rate gives him away. Gordon rips Kubrick's heart out. Question - does this mean he didn't actually drink Kubrick's blood? Because that would be very interesting. He could have bitten him. Why the heart? In any case, this killing is completely calculated toward his ultimate goal of killing Sam. He probably would not have killed Kubrick if he had agreed to wait.
Sam is at the motel looking at maps when Dean comes in the door, frustrated from his search of Gordon during the day.
DEAN:It's like a giant haystack, and Gordon's a deadly needle. We're running out of daylight. Won't have the sun slowing him down.
Sam breaks the phones, talking about how Gordon can track them with the GPS. This is the scary part. Gordon is an excellent hunter. Not only that, now he is a vampire with super powers. Sam and Dean have to be extra careful to hide themselves. Dean, though, gets up and gets ready to go out.
DEAN:Sammy, stay here.
SAM:What? Where you going now?
DEAN:I'm going after Gordon.
Sam's like WHAT? You are not going alone. But Dean tells him that it is Sam that Gordon is after and he's not going to let Sam get hurt.
I think I have to quote this one all the way...
SAM:Well, Dean, you're not going by yourself. You're gonna get yourself killed!
DEAN:Just another day at the office. It's a massively dangerous day at the office
SAM:So you're the guy with nothing to lose now, huh? Oh wait, let me guess. Because, uh, it's because you're already dead, right?
DEAN:If the shoe fits.
SAM:You know what, man? I'm sick and tired of your kamikaze trip
DEAN:Whoa, whoa, kamikaze? I'm more like a ninja.
SAM:That's not funny.
DEAN:It's a little funny.
SAM:No. It's not.
DEAN:What do you want me to do, Sam, huh? Sit around all day writing sad poems about how I'm gonna die? You know what? I got one. Let's see, what rhymes with "shut up, Sam"?
SAM:Dude, drop the attitude, Dean. Quit turning everything into a punch line. And you know something else? Stop trying to act like you're not afraid
SAM:You're lying. And you may as well drop it 'cause I can see right through you.
DEAN:You got no idea what you're talking about.
SAM:Yeah, I do. You're scared, Dean. You're scared because your year is running out, and you're still going to Hell, and you're freaked.
DEAN:And how do you know that?
SAM:Because I know you!
SAM:Yeah, I've been following you around my entire life! I mean, I've been looking up to you since I was four, Dean. Studying you, trying to be just like my big brother. So yeah, I know you. Better than anyone else in the entire world. And this is exactly how you act when you're terrified. And, I mean, I can't blame you.
This is a good example right here of what Dean has been like up till this episode of Season 3. He is basically turning everything into a punchline, avoiding the real painful issue of his deal and how time is running out. He also pretends he is not afraid and goes on these suicide missions to prove it when really, he is freaked. Sam knows this because well, they are brothers of the closest kind. And Sam understands. He HAS been putting up with it for 6 episodes worth of travel and monster killing aye?
Dean's face here as he realizes that Sam has known all along and how much it is all hurting him too... it is a beautiful scene and after this, Dean agrees to stay in and wait with Sam.
Sam fires up one of those scent erasing herbal pouches and they are hidden from Gordon. But Gordon is a lot more resourceful now with his vampire senses. He tracked the new cellphones they got from their scents at the store! And found out Dean's number quickly enough. He now has a girl captive (and maybe even already turned into a vampire) to lure Sam and Dean. Reminds me of how he used Dean to get to Sam. He knows that they are not going to let an innocent die for them.
DEAN:Gordon! Don't do this. You don't kill innocent people. You're still a hunter.
GORDON:No. I'm a monster.
They go together. When they get to the warehouse, they find the girl quickly. Dean picks her up and they are on their way out when the automated garage door slides down, separating Sam and Dean. Sam all of a sudden finds himself with the lights out, no way of knowing where Gordon is. But Gordon has his night eyes and can easily see Sam. If Gordon had not been stupid enough to toy with his food, he may easily have killed Sam. As it is, even though he comes close, Sam with his machete still avoids being bitten.
They have a very interesting conversation that tells us a bit more about how Gordon thinks here.
GORDON:You have no idea what I faced to get here. I lost everything. My life. But it's worth it, 'cause I'm finally gonna kill the most dangerous thing I ever hunted. You're not human, Sam.
SAM:Look who's talking.
GORDON:You're right. I'm a bloodthirsty killer.
SAM:Don't talk about it like you don't have a choice.
SAM:Yes you do, Gordon. You didn't kill that girl.
GORDON:No, I didn't. I did something much, much worse.
Sam tries to tell Gordon that everyone has a choice on how to act. It is not what you are, but what you do that matters, which is something Sam strongly believes in. He has to, with the evil which really is going through his veins, that is the only way he can feel worth redeeming. And it also reminds us of how desperate Sam has been in the past to save as many people as possible in Season 2, to make up for the evil that was waiting for him with YED's supposed plans and also one reason why it pains him so much that he cannot save his brother. Gordon, on the other hand is all about what you are. If you are a monster, you must be killed. It doesn't matter whether or not the monster has committed evil acts or not.
Dean, then has to deal with the surprise vamp on his side of the fence and does so with efficience.
Somehow, I guess he finds a way into Sam and Gordon's side of the door and he tries to shoot him with the colt too, but Gordon is faster and flings the colt away, attacking Dean.
Seeing Dean being attacked, Sam goes into action and attacks Gordon, Gordon flings Sam toward a shelf with some wire, which Sam grabs and wraps around Gordon's throat.
I'm telling you, it must take super strength to cut off a head with something like that...
Sam is pretty shocked by what he has done and is looking at his hands disbelieving. Remember, this is the guy that is flinching as Dean kills that vamp girl. People sometimes use how Sam killed Gordon here as an example of Sam "enjoying the kill" . It is true that it is a gruesome way to kill someone, but judging from his reaction before and after, from the way there was no real choice in weapons, the threat of Dean's life, I cannot see it in that light at all. Dean sees Sam in shock, Gordon's body and head severed on the floor and makes a joke again in reference to Sam telling him that he was being reckless at the beginning of the episode...
DEAN:You just charged a super-vamped-out Gordon with no weapon. That's a little reckless, don't you think?
After their eventful hunt, they've stopped the car at the side of the road for some car tuning and beer.
Sam, as usual, sits beside the car after getting two beers out of the cooler and handing one to Dean, who is under the hood.
But, as Dean asks Sam for a wrench, he looks thoughtful for a bit, then asks Sam to come over. He starts explaining what he thinks might be wrong with the car and what the components are... Sam's like, why are you explaining this all of a sudden?
SAM:What's with the auto shop?
What, you don't mean you want—
DEAN:Yeah, I do. You fix it.
SAM:Dean, you barely let me drive this thing.
DEAN:Well, it's time. You should know how to fix it. You're gonna need to know these things for the future. And besides, that's my job, right? Show my little brother the ropes?
Sam wants his brother back, and he's got him back.