Season 2 Episode 17


Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 22, 2007 on The CW
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Sam and Dean investigate a brutal death and discover that the killer is a lycanthrope: a werewolf.

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  • Being a hunter doesn't always mean there's going to be a happy ending.

    A tragic story, who would have thought? Not that losses are a new thing to Supernatural, but to do it in a Romeo and Juliet manner involving love makes the tragedy that much greater. The acting Sam displays with his nervous and awkward behaviour around the girl he's protecting, Madison, was what really set the whole short lived love relationship off. Here's Sam's turn to finally get his shot at getting some ass and the awkwardness he displays just makes it that much cuter. Though when we discover Madison is actually the werewolf? Not the biggest twist in the world, it's what happens later that really shows its impact saved for the end. When it grew apparent that Madison wasn't healed of her disease, in your heart you were hoping that somehow, someway, Sam and Dean were going to find a way to cure her, that Bobby or any other superficial method could have saved her. Even in the dying seconds of the episode you were hoping for it, and then BANG! is all you hear. Tragedy executed finely.moreless
  • Very emotional episode, poor Sammy!

    In this episode Sam and Dean are investigating the death of a man and believe it is the work of Maddison's psyco ex boyfriend. But when they go to his house and they find a man behind a dumpster who looks to have been mauled by an animal they decide to re think their plan.

    It turns out that they are dealing with a werewolf. Sam and Maddison get closer and then Sam realises that Maddison is the werewolf they are looking for. Sam convinces Dean to track down the werewolf that bit her in the hopes of reversing what happened.

    That doesn't work...

    So when Maddison goes missing and calls Sam to pick her up because she is all bloody and can't remember what happened Sam realises that they can't save her and so does Maddison.

    Dean says he will do it but Maddison wants Sam to. So he takes Dean's gun that has the silver bullet in it and does what Maddison asks of him.

    Poor Sammy is crying and there is also a tear running down Dean's face too.moreless
  • A Really Emotional Episode! Poor Sam!

    This episode did start out a little slow, but the last 20 minutes really makes up for the earlier lag. As the story unfolds, we learn that a business man was killed in his high-rise office by what seemed to be a wolf (though the coroner, for her career's sake, is planning on pinning the death on a pit-bull). The boys find out there have also been other deaths that could be linked, since the bodies of prostitutes have been found in the river. Sam and Dean suspect that the werewolf is ex-boyfriend of the dead man's sexy secretary Madison, and so Sam stays with her, posing as a detective, while Dean goes and searches for the ex-boyfriend. There ends up being 2 werewolves, not just 1: Madison and her neighbor. Sam hopes that by killing the werewolf that turned Madison into one, she'll be cured. Sam has to tie her up and keep watch over her while Dean goes out and finds this other werewolf. Madison has no idea what she's been doing at night and thinks Sam is crazy, but before Dean can kill the other werewolf, she turns and Sam is forced to lock her in a heavily barricaded closet. Dean shoots the other werewolf (only then discovering it was Madison's nice neighbor), and before the guy dies, he's obviously confused and clearly didn't realize what he'd been doing. When Madison "wakes up" in her human form, she discovers herself naked and inside a closet that is riddled with scratches and obvious claw marks. Sam lets her out, and then Sam and Dean sit outside her apartment, watching her to make sure she doesn't turn again that night. Madison comes out and invites them back into her apartment, because she realizes they were telling the truth and figures they might as well wait it out together. The night passes without her turning and then Dean makes an ungraceful exit so that she and Sam can hook up. Sam and Madison have apparently hours and hours of sex before falling asleep together. Sam wakes up and discovers that Madison has turned into a werewolf again, and she escapes. The next morning she calls, confused and scared, and Sam and Dean go pick her up. Sam insists that there must be a way to cure her, but Dean says he talked to Bobby and that there isn't any known cure. Madison insists that she doesn't want to hurt anyone else and that the only way to save her is to kill her. She asks that Sam be the one to do it. At first, Sam walks away, tears in his eyes, and you think Dean is going to shoot her instead, but when Dean walks over to Sam and offers to do it, Sam says, no, that he'll do it, because that is what she wants. Sam takes the gun, leaves Dean standing there with tears in his eyes, and then we hear the gunshot. By the end, tears were just streaming out of my eyes. It was so so sad. I actually liked Madison, and I thought she and Sam seemed right together. Though it may have just been a fling, you can tell that Sam really cared for her. It was also really sweet to see Dean so affected by the sadness of the situation and by his brother's pain. All in all, one of my favorite episodes of the series so far. I only have two complaints about the episode. 1). They say that they don't know why Madison didn't turn one night but then did turn the next, with Dean speculating that maybe it was because she didn't go to sleep the one night, but what about the night she was tied up in the chair? Was she asleep before turning that time? (I'll have to go back and check on the DVD.) Anyway, if that explanation doesn't work, I'm not sure what could possibly explain it! 2). I thought "Hollywood Babylon" was the wrong episode to follow this one. It's far too light-hearted. Even though Madison and Sam weren't a long-term couple, shooting someone with whom you'd just shared a night of passion, that must leave some lasting scars. After losing Jessica the way he did and then his father, you would think the events of this episode would leave him feeling at least a little depressed.

    All in all, a wonderful, but heart-breaking episode!moreless
  • Supernatural, keep on like this!

    Supernatural's Season 2 most be the best for me. It includes so much drama and action, and so much tension, and this episode proves it. Sam and Dean cross a town with a werwolf problem. Sam falls in love with a girl... who turns out to be the werewolf!

    Ok, I knew it from the beginning, I knew Madison was the werewolf, blah blah blah, but I never thought that it would sbe such a great episode. This might be the only werewolf episode in the series, and that makes it unique. The episode is full of drama and is so amazing. This, with no doubt, is one of my favorite eps.moreless
  • Kind of weak at the beginning, the episode grows and grows and becomes really tantalizing by the end.

    The beginning of "Heart" was rather weak in my opinion: the teaser was good enough to grab my attention, even if slightly cliched, but the first quarter of the episode is a little odd. I mean: Sam and Dean meets the girl and then suddenly they are doing rock-paper-scissor to know who gets to stay with her because she's hot. Sounds like a thing Dean would have done (and he's my favorite character, mind you: I'm not judgmental), but Sam? Not so much, at least to me. Furthermore, the explanation of why Madison killed her boss is a bit far-fetched and contrived, and the visual appearance of the werewolves not so thrilling (they are indeed too similar to vampires, as Sera Gamble admitted in the Season Two Companion).

    The why on earth I gave a perfect score to the episode? Because, when it starts kicking, it *really* starts kicking and it becomes an hell of an episode: the script is both fascinatingly mesmerizing and emotionally intense, the acting wonderful (Jared Padalecki is just perfect in the final scene), the direction top-notch (Kim Manners, we will miss you) as well as the cinematography. And Queensyriche's "Silent Lucidity" is an awesome choice as the closing song. When Dean discovers that the werewolf is Madison, "Heart" becomes completely spellbinding and enthralling, and they way Sera Gamble delved into Sam's fears and desires is touching and mindful.

    As a character-driven episode, "Heart" is a real winner and even my few quibbles aren't enough to overshadow the depth of the script (in the second half) and the great accomplishment of all the cast.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The brothers and Madison all seem to be in a hurry to kill her. It's not clear what the rush is, given they've only had 2-4 days to explore all the options. They already know they can keep her from transforming, and Dean suggests it's because she has to be asleep during a full moon cycle. They also know they can confine her safely in a closet. Why not take one more night to lock her up and test Dean's theory? Instead they just shoot her dead.

    • When Sam checks on Madison the morning after Kurt's murder, Madison wakes up and realizes she's naked. However, when she throws the covers aside she's already neatly covered up in a sheet even though there's no indication she pulled the sheet loose before getting out of bed.

    • Shouldn't Sam and Dean have put a silencer on the gun before Sam shot Madison? Gunshots are extremely loud, louder than television and movies portray, so someone from her apartment complex or even the street would have easily heard it.

    • When Sam is in the morgue, the corpse on the table blinks.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Sam: (after watching a soap opera) Wait, so, so Kendall married Ethan's father just to get back at him?
      Madison: Yup and now she's set to inherit all the casinos that were supposed to go to Ethan.
      Sam: What a bitch!

    • Sam: What were you doing with Kurt?
      Madison: I don't know. I mean, it's not like he introduced himself like, "Hi, I'm possessive and controlling and I like to punch people, wanna be my girlfriend?"

    • Sam: (answers his cell) Hey.
      Dean: I found him.
      Sam: Good, don't keep your eyes off him.
      Dean: (looks at stripper) Oh, my eyes are glued. Look, Sammy, I gotta let 'cha go I, uh... (clears throat) I don't wanna miss anything. (gives the stripper a dollar and hangs up)

    • Sam: Maybe she doesn't really know she's changing. You know maybe, maybe when the creature takes over she blacks out.
      Dean: Like a really hot Incredible Hulk?

    • Dean: Sammy, I don't think we got a choice here any more.
      Sam: What?
      Dean: I hate to say it, she's a sweet girl, but part of her is...
      Sam: Evil?
      Dean: Yeah.
      Sam: Yeah, that's what they say about me, Dean. So me you won't kill, but her you're just gonna blow away.

    • Sam: Month after month all the murders happen in the week leading up to the full moon.
      Dean: Which is this week, right?
      Sam: Hence the lawyer.
      Dean: Awesome.
      Sam: Dean, could you be a bigger geek about this?
      Dean: I'm sorry, man, but what about a human by day, a freak animal killing machine by moonlight don't you understand? I mean, werewolves are badass. We haven't seen one since we were kids.
      Sam: Okay, sparky, and you know what, after we kill it we can go to Disneyland.

    • Madison: You know, for a stakeout, your car's a bit conspicuous.

    • Dean: So I'm just gonna... head back to the hotel... watch some pay-per-view... or somethin'. (leaves while putting his fist in the air)
      Madison: That was smooth.
      Sam: He means well.
      Madison: You mean, he thinks you're gonna get laid.

    • Sam: Anything?
      Dean: (looking in the fridge) Nothing but leftovers and a six pack.
      Sam: Check the freezer. Maybe there's some human hearts hidden behind the Häagen-Dazs or something.

    • Madison: He had a few scotches in him and he started hitting on anyone within a five-mile radius. You know the type.
      (Sam looks at Dean)
      Sam: Yeah, I do, actually.
      (Dean glares)

    • Dean: One of us should probably stay here with you just in case he stops by.
      (Madison leaves the room)
      Sam: All right, you go, I'll stay.
      Dean: Forget that. You go after the creepy ex, I'm gonna hang here with the hot chick.
      Sam: Dude. Why do you always get to hang out with the girls?
      Dean: Because I'm older.
      Sam: No, screw that. We settle this the old-fashioned way. (Sam and Dean play Rock, Paper, Scissors. Sam does rock, Dean does scissors) Dean, always with the scissors.
      Dean: Shut up, shut up! Two outta three!
      (Sam sighs and does rock again and Dean does scissors again; Sam covers Dean's hand with rock)
      Dean: Gah!
      Sam: Bundle up out there, all right?

    • Madison: Sam, I'm a monster.
      Sam: No, I'm gonna save you.
      Madison: You tried. I know you tried.

    • Dean: (to Madison) How you doin'? My head feels great. Thanks.

    • Madison: What's going on?
      Sam: I'm not going anywhere. And neither are you.

    • Sam: You're unusual.
      Madison: Unusual like... (makes crazy sign) unusual?
      Sam: No. No no no. Unusual like... impressive.
      Madison: You think so?

    • Sam: Can I ask you a question? I, it's, it's a little personal.
      Madison: You've seen my entire underwear collection. Go ahead.

    • Dean: Let me guess. You're sitting on her couch like a stiff trying to think of something to say.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates:
      Denmark: March 25, 2007 on TV3
      Australia: May 28, 2007 on Ten
      Portugal: July 2, 2007 on AXN
      Germany: April 15, 2008 on Premiere Serie
      Italy: August 26, 2008 on Rai2
      The Netherlands: March 29, 2009 on NET5

    • Music: Silent Lucidity by Queensryche, Look At You by Screaming Trees, Down on the Street by The Stooges, Smoking Gun by Kip Winger


    • Dean: What are you, the Dog Whisperer now?
      Referencing The Dog Whisperer, a TV show in which a man named Cesar Millan goes to people's houses and helps them solve their dog's behavioral problems.

    • Dean: Like a really hot Incredible Hulk?
      Referencing the long-time Marvel superhero (and occasional super-villain), who first appeared in Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962). Scientist Bruce Banner transforms into his monstrous green-skinned super-strong alter-ego when he becomes angry or in various other circumstances.

    • Dean: I'd say Kurt's looking more and more like our Cujo.
      Referencing the 1981 Stephen King novel Cujo, involving a rabid St. Bernard that terrorizes a mother and child. It was made into a movie in 1983 starring Dee Wallace.

    • Dean: Landis, and Detective Dante.
      This is a reference to directors, John Landis and Joe Dante who were both involved in two 1981 werewolf themed horror movies. Landis directed An American Werewolf in London and Dante directed The Howling.