Supernatural

Season 2 Episode 3

Bloodlust

9
Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 12, 2006 on The CW
8.6
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Sam and Dean encounter a vampire hunter whose obsession may get them all killed.

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  • The ones looking for blood...are not the vampires?

    9.0
    This has truly been a treat of an episode. It opened up with the same premise as always, a person gets hunted, but then Sam and Dean find out the person that was hunted was actually...a vampire? Interesting twist, and then they meet the man responsible in Gordon Walker (what a badass name by the way). As fate would have it though, the episode didn't waste any time making Gordon the bad guy. Although "Bloodlust" has played out pretty much like every other Supernatural episode not concerning the demon and the colt, the way that it executes differently and really pulled out the twists had you on your feet. More importantly though Supernatural must be the only show that can have consistently great character development on only its two main characters. The way that the two brothers are dealing with their fathers death gets put on an interesting spin here in this episode and even has a scene with Dean decking Sam in the jaw.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    9.0
    in this ep of the show supernatural they are still looking for there mother killer and while on the way they come across this other hunter but he seems to only kill vampires and they think he is good and having a good time but the gets dean to start to enjoy killing and this was a good ep and they leave him behid after he tried to kill more vampires just for the sake of it and that is why i gave it a 9 becasue it was very interesting and it was intense and i think its a really good ep of the season 2moreless
  • Best episode so far of Season 2, with plenty of role reversal and twists.

    9.1
    You get so used to seeing Sam and Dean taking out evil things that it's very strange to see them actually helping. The episode, which revolves around Sam and Dean checking out a town with people dead from severed heads and mutilated cows, shakes things up and has them chasing after a vampire hunter who's obsessed with killing all supernatural things, whether or not they have malicious intent or not.



    From beginning to end, the writers kept us on our toes. The introduction of the episode shows someone chasing a girl and eventually decapitating her, but the second we learn she was a vampire, it becomes clear there's something fishy going on. Watching Dean and Sam fight to save the vampires wasn't out of character; if anything, it expanded on their characters, showing that there is a line they have drawn in the sand.



    Glad to see Ellen again too. They introduce a lot of interesting characters in this show and then leave them by the wayside. Last season, there was Meg that kept returning, but I'm glad to see Ellen will be a factor in the upcoming episodes.



    Overall, this was an excellent episode and my favorite so far.moreless
  • Back In Black...The Impala is back baby!! And Sammy saves some good Vampires!

    10
    Well this is another good episode! Everything isn't black and white anymore for Dean! Sam and Dean meet another hunter when they figure out that they are lookin for Vampires. Enter the crazy Gordon Walker who has a vendetta against all Vamps not just the one that turned his sister. Oh he killed that one and then went on to kill hes sister too. Crazy screwd up Gordon Walker! Sam rings Ellen to ask her if she knows Gordon and she basically tells him that if Gordon is in a hunt then let him do it and for him and Dean to leave. So Sam wants to tell Dean but Oh! Sam gets taken by the Vamps and then meets Eli and Lenore, good Vamps that don't kill humans. They drink animals blood, hence the cattle dying in the area and having been drained of blood.



    So Eli drops Sam back off at the hotel unharmed and unbitten! He tells Dean all this in private but Gordon listens in and then takes off to find them with the keys to Dean's Impala. Dean has to hotwire his own car and they take off after Gordon.



    When they arrive at the farmhouse Gordon is poisoning Lenore with dead man's blood so she will tell him where the others have gone. Dean points his gun at him and tells him to stop but Gordon invites the brothers to join in. They don't and Gordon stops..Sam is slowly walking to Lenore to untie her from the chair Gordon tird her up in. Gordon grabs Sam's arm and cuts it open, holds it up over Lenore's head so Sam's blood drips on her face, she reacts like any Vamp would but gains control of herself and tells them "NO!". Sam unties her and takes her to the others, Dean and Gordon have a fist fight and Gordon ends up tied in the chair when Sam gets back. They leave him there.



    Now Dean wonders if all the stuff he's killed needed killing, if he's like Gordon, and now he can see shades of grey!



    The episode was good, it showed another side to Dean, which I love! And we all know Sammy is good!moreless
  • A thought-provoking, very intense episode.

    10
    "Bloodlust" is the first episode of Season Two written by the always top-notch Sera Gamble, who was responsible for one of the most intense, thought-provoking and touching episodes of the first season, "Faith" (1x12). For her debut in Supernatural sophomore year, she chose to delve into vampire's mythology, with an intelligent, provocative script once again - as her usual - imbued with moral ambiguity and uncertainty. Exactly the kind of episodes I dig, the ones that can both scare and entertain me whilst challenging my brain.



    The idea of a vampire renouncing to human blood or, better, restraining himself from killing humans, dated back to 1976, when Anne Rice conceived Louis de Pont-du-Lac for her masterpiece, "Interview with the Vampire": Louis doesn't kill and often relies on rats, birds and dogs to sedate his bloodlust. In the following novels, we get a chance to see that he has adjusted to this life, he can drink from human without killing them and he's without a doubt the most human-like vampire of the entire saga: a vampire with human heart and desire, mind and soul. I always found his characters powerful and fascinating, mesmerizing and beguiling.



    So, I was thrilled to discover in this episode that Lenore's vampires don't kill, resort to cattle blood and only want to blend in. I was touched by their effort, and I always tend to sympathize with the minorities battling for their civil rights. This is why "Bloodlust" worked so well for me, because it gave me enough food for my brain, emotion for me to empathize with (Dean is coping with the loss of his father, is not handling the situation very well and, once again, he and Sammy discover how much they mean for each other, how much they need the other) and, finally, it gave me Gordon Walker: I character I absolutely, unconditionally hate. Because he is perfectly written and his racism, his supremacist hatred, even his bigoted fascism is so evident - and masterfully portrayed by Sterling Brown - that I found myself willing to enter the screen (if I weren't already there) and help Dean beat him.



    All in all, kudos to Sera Gamble, to always great Robert Singer and to the actors for one of the finest episodes of Season Two: a masterpiece.



    while gifting us with a clever script that's more about character development than it is about thrilling showdown with powerful Elders (see: "Dead Man's Blood", 1x20).moreless
Amber Benson

Amber Benson

Lenore

Guest Star

Ty Olsson

Ty Olsson

Eli

Guest Star

Derek McIver

Derek McIver

Sheriff

Guest Star

Samantha Ferris

Samantha Ferris

Ellen Harvelle

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • At 29.50, when the Impala can be seen driving along the road at night, two people are in the front of the car (Sam & Dean). However, when the Impala comes closer to the camera it is obvious that it is a body double, not Jensen driving the car.

    • Trivia: In the beginning, when the Impala is reintroduced in its spiffy new form, the song, "Back in Black" by AC/DC is playing in the background. It is also the first song Dean plays on the original Impala in the pilot episode after the brothers are reunited.

    • In the scene where Gordon grabs Sam's arm at the end of the episode, Sam's arms are by his side but when Gordon goes to grab his arm, both of Sam's arm's are held up in a surrender-type way.

    • The hospital Sam and Dean visits is named Candler County Hospital; There is no Candler County in Montana. Furthermore, the hospital employee has "North Montana" printed on his badge; Red Lodge is in southern Montana.

    • When Gordon is torturing the vampire, she seems to be choking but vampires don't breathe.

    • When Gordon kicks Dean, he lands on and breaks the table. Half of the table is sticking up in the air, but in the next shot, that half of the table is just gone.

    • When Dean beheads the vampire on the pier, blood splatters onto his face. When he turns to face Sam and Gordon, he has a lot more blood on his face than before.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Gordon: You know why I love this life?
      Dean: Hmm?
      Gordon: It's all black and white. There's no maybe. You find the bad thing, kill it. Most people spend their lives in shades of gray. "Is this right, is that wrong?" Not us.

    • (the brothers examine victim's severed head)
      Dean: Wait, lift her lip up again.
      Sam: What? You want me to throw up, is that it?
      Dean: No, no, no. I think I saw something. (opens victim's mouth) What is that, a hole?
      Sam: It's a tooth.
      Dean: Sam, that's a fang. A retractable set of vampire fangs, you gotta be kidding me.
      Sam: Well, this changes things.
      Dean: You think?

    • Gordon: Sam, Dean, come on in.
      Dean: Hey, Gordon, what's going on?
      Gordon: Just poisoning Lenore here with some dead man's blood. She's gonna tell us where all her little friends are, aren't you. Want to help?
      Dean: Look, man…
      Gordon: Grab a knife, I was just about to start in on the fingers.

    • Eli: Why are we explaining ourselves to this killer?
      Lenore: Eli...
      Eli: We choke on cow's blood so that none of them have to suffer. And tonight, they murdered Conrad, and they celebrated.
      Lenore: Eli, that's enough.
      Sam: Yeah, Eli, that's enough.

    • Sam: Look, I'm not going to bring you guys down. I'm just gonna go back to the motel.
      Dean: You sure?
      Sam: Yeah.
      Dean: Sammy! Remind me to beat that buzz-kill out of you later, all right?

    • Dean: Did you check out that Barker farm?
      Gordon: It's a bust. Just a bunch of hippy freaks. Though they could kill you with that patchouli smell alone.

    • 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: Ready to go, Dean?
      Dean: Not yet. (to Gordon) I guess this is goodbye. Well, it's been real. (punches Gordon right off the chair) Okay, I'm good now. We can go.

    • Sam: After what happened to Mom, Dad did the best he could.
      Dean: I know he did, but the man wasn't perfect. And the way he raised us, to hate those things and, man, I hate 'em. I do. When I killed that vampire at the mill I didn't even think about it. Hell, I even enjoyed it.
      Sam: You didn't kill Lenore.
      Dean: No, but every instinct told me to. I was going to kill her. I was going to kill them all.
      Sam: Yeah, Dean, but you didn't. And that's what matters.

    • Lenore: Survival. No deaths, no missing locals. No reason for people like you to come looking for people like us. We blend in. Our kind is practically extinct. Turns out we weren't quite as high up the food chain as we'd imagined.

    • Dean: Clock me one.
      Sam: What?
      Dean: Come on, hit me. I won't even hit you back. Let's go.
      Sam: No.
      Dean: Let's go, you get a freebie. Come on, hit me!
      Sam: You look like you just went twelve rounds with a block of cement, Dean. I'll take a raincheck.

    • Dean: All right, Open it.
      Sam: You open it.
      Dean: Wuss.

    • Dean: (to Gordon) I might be like you, and I might not. But you're the one tied up right now.

    • Sheriff: What newspaper did you say you worked for?
      Dean: World Weekly News.
      Sam: Weekly World News.
      Dean: World...
      Sam: Weekly World News.
      Dean: Wor... I'm new.
      Sheriff: Get out of my office.

    • Sam: (talking to Dean) Give you a couple of severed heads and a pile of dead cows and you're Mr. Sunshine.

    • Dean: He was 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. And just like that ... he's gone. Can't talk about this to Sammy ... got to keep my game face on. But, uh... The truth is I'm not handling it very well.

    • Sam: I thought you said he was a good hunter.
      Ellen: And Hannibal Lecter's a good psychiatrist.

    • Dean: A wooden bridge. That's all you got?
      Sam: The bridge was four and a half minutes from their farm
      Dean: How do you know?
      Sam: I counted. They took a left out of the farm, then turned right onto a dirt road, followed that for two minutes, slightly uphill. Then took another quick right and we hit the bridge.
      Dean: You're good. You're a monster pain in the ass... but you're good.

    • Sam: So we're looking for some people.
      Bartender: Sure, it's hard to be lonely.

    • Sam: Dean, get me a bucket.
      Dean: Find something?
      Sam: No, I think I'm going to puke.

    • Dean: You all right, Sammy?
      Sam: Yeah, I'm fine.
      Gordon: Well, lighten up a little, Sammy.
      Sam: He's the only one who gets to call me that.

    • Dean: (talking about the Impala) Woo... listen to her purr. Have you ever heard anything so sweet?
      Sam: You know, if you two want to get a room, just let me know, Dean.
      Dean: (rubbing the steering wheel) Aww, don't listen to him baby, he doesn't understand us.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Both Eric Kripke and writer Sera Gamble were particularly satisfied by "Bloodlust." In the Supernatural: The Official Companion - Season 2 Gamble called the episode a cautionary tale and explained: "That Gordon was Dean in ten years if Sam didn't ask the difficult questions and keep him from getting too militant."

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: November 26, 2006 on TV3
      UK: February 18, 2007 on LIVING
      Portugal: March 26, 2007 on AXN
      France: September 24, 2007 on TF6
      Germany: January 7, 2008 on Premiere Serie
      Italy: July 1, 2008 on Rai2
      The Netherlands: December 21, 2008 on Net 5
      New Zealand: February 6, 2009 on TV2

    • When Sam and Dean walk into the morgue, the attendant's badge shows his name as J. Manners. This is a nod to the co-executive producer of the show, Kim Manners

    • Music: Wheel in the Sky by Journey, Back in Black by AC/DC, Time and Time Again by Long John Hunter, Golden Rule by Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Funny Car Graveyard by Lee Rocker

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • Title:
      The episode is named after Bloodlust!, a 1961 movie by Ralph Brooke. In the movie, a hunter gone crazy kidnaps and torture people for his pleasure.

    • Ellen: And Hannibal Lecter is a good psychiatrist.
      Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter is a character in the movie Silence of the Lambs. He is a psychiatrist who knows a lot about serial killers because he is one.

    • Dean: Put the lotion in the basket.
      This quote is a reference to the character Buffalo Bill in the film The Silence of the Lambs. Buffalo Bill would yell this to women he held in a pit, because he wanted them to keep their skin moisturized so he could later kill them and sew himself a suit made of human skin.

    • Sam: Weekly World News.
      Weekly World News is a tabloid newspaper commonly found in supermarkets. It focuses on the strange and paranormal, most if not all of their reportings are considered fake.

    • Dean: Yeah, real night owls you know. Sleep all day, party all night.
      "Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die." was the tagline of 1987 teen vampire movie Lost Boys, starring a young Kiefer Sutherland.

    • Gordon: Easy there, Chachi!
      Referencing the character Chachi Arcola played by Scott Biao in Happy Days. A young teenage character, he also went on to appear in the short-lived spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi (1982).

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