4.05 Monster Movie
|Episode #||Season 4, Episode 5|
|First aired||October 16, 2008|
|Directed by||Robert Singer|
|Written by||Ben Edlund|
|On IMDB||Monster Movie|
|Outline||A good old-fashioned vampire hunt becomes something much more bizarre as classic film monsters terrorize a town during Oktoberfest.|
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It's a dark and stormy night. The Impala crosses the border into Pennsylvania. Dean is excited about a weird but straightforward vampire hunt. Sam is a little hung up on the approaching Apocalypse. Dean reminds him that they can't save the world by themselves, at least not today, so it's better to hunt what they can until then.
Enter Oktoberfest in Canonsburg, replete with polka bands, very big pretzels, and attractive barmaids. Sam and Dean pose as FBI to get Sheriff Dietrich to show them the body of the victim, 26-year-old Marissa Wright, who had come up from Larkin for the fest. The victim has two clean fang bites on her neck, a far cry from the damage inflicted by other vampires.
The boys head to the local beer garden to find the sole witness to the crime, Ed Brewer, who is notoriously unreliable but who insisted on being named a witness. Sam and Dean approach Jamie, dressed in a dirndl, who is skeptical of their FBI cred but who points them in Ed's direction. They find him nursing an enormous stein of beer. After some coaxing, he describes the crime and the assailant, insisting that a vampire "with the fangs and the slicked-back hair and the fancy cape and the little medallion thing on the ribbon" did it. Dean identifies the get-up as "like a Dracula," and Ed confirms this, "right down to the accent." The boys conclude that this is not their kind of case, but decide to stick around since the hotel has already been paid for.
Dean, meanwhile, is trying extra-hard to pick up Jamie, who laughs him off. Sam asks Dean why he needs to "right some wrongs," and Dean reveals that when Castiel resurrected him, all his scars and dis-figuration from years of hunting vanished, leading him to conclude that he is once again a virgin, and he wants to change that. Sam is skeptical that an angel could make a person a virgin again.
Later that night, Rick Deacon and Anna-Marie are making out in the back seat of his car. The girl hears howling and is worried about wolves. Rick is worried about other matters and insists there aren't any wolves in Pennsylvania -- at which point two hairy arms break through the window and snatch Rick away into the gloom.
Anna-Marie describes their assailant to Sam and Dean as a classic Wolf Man-style werewolf, "with the furry face and the black nose and the claws and the torn-up pants and shirt." The state of Rick's body disgusts even the boys, who are impressed that something pulled a healthy man limb from limb, but puzzled by the intact heart, which other werewolves never leave behind. Sheriff Dietrich arrives to throw in another piece of confounding evidence: wolf hairs were found on the body. Sam and Dean decide the case has just gotten weird enough for them.
At the beer garden, Jamie tells Dean that she gets off at midnight, and that tonight doesn't have to be a girls' night out with Lucy, her fellow "bar wench." Meanwhile, a night watchman at the Canonsburg Museum of Natural History calls in to find out why someone left an Egyptian sarcophagus on the museum loading dock. While he's talking, the cover slides back, and a mummy rises from the tomb and kills him.
While investigating the museum, Sam discovers that the sarcophagus comes from a prop house in Philadelphia, while Dean reveals buckets of dry ice in the bottom. Dean realizes what time it is and hurries back to the beer garden to meet up with Jamie. Jamie, however, finds herself confronted with none other than the Dracula, who pursues her through the alleyways and declares his passionate love for her, calling her "Mina" and insisting she be his bride. Jamie sprays him with mace, just in time for Dean to show up to fight the Dracula, who calls Dean "Mr. Harker." Dean tears an ear off the Dracula, which is just as odd as the Dracula making his getaway on a scooter.
Sam joins Jamie and Dean at the beer garden, where Dean reveals that they've got a shapeshifter on their hands. Sam deduces that it must be someone Jamie knows, since the shapeshifter is fixating on her and assigning her a role from a classic film. Jamie wonders if maybe Ed is the suspect; Sam goes off to investigate, while Dean stays behind to take care of Jamie.
Jamie and Dean talk about how monsters are real, and not at all like the movies. Jamie asks him if the life sucks, and Dean says that he used to think so, but since a recent "very near death experience," he's beginning to see it as more of a mission, and that saving people is pretty awesome. Just as Dean and Jamie begin kissing, Lucy walks in, and Jamie, to Dean's frustration, invites her to stick around for a drink. Over the course of the conversation, Dean and Jamie realize they've been drugged, and Dean figures out that Lucy is the shapeshifter. He collapses before he can fight back.
Sam, at the Goethe Theatre, discovers Ed playing the enormous Casio pipe organ. When he corners Ed and tries to rip off his "new" ear, he realizes that Ed is not their guy, and heads back to the beer garden, where he too figures out that Lucy is the shapeshifter.
Dean comes to in a mad scientist's basement, strapped to a generator and dressed in lederhosen. The Dracula reveals himself, tells Dean that his monster movie is going to end with the monster victorious and getting the girl, and then pauses Dean's imminent electrocution to pay for a pizza delivery. The Dracula then attempts to romance Jamie, in another room, by presenting her with a white gown and insisting that his terrible experiences growing up a freak have forced him to become like the great monsters of yore in self-defense.
While he is talking to Jamie, Sam finds the house and breaks in. He rescues Dean, and the two of them go to find Jamie, whom the Dracula has knocked out in a fit of rage. The Dracula calls Sam "Van Helsing," and fights both Winchesters. Yet in the ensuing scuffle, it is Jamie who fires Sam's gun, loaded with silver bullets, and at whose hand the Dracula dies.
The next morning, Dean and Jamie take their time saying goodbye. Sam and Dean talk about how if they were going to live the movies, they'd choose something better than classic horror films. Dean says that Sam has no idea what movie he'd pick; Sam shocks him by guessing correctly: Porky's II. Dean grudgingly allows that it was a lucky guess.
- Costumes & Disguises
- Dean's Amulet
- Law Enforcement Officers
- Silver Bullets
- Title Card
- The X-Files
- "Bratwurst Polka A" by Lars Kurz (Sonton)
- (plays when Sam and Dean arrive at Oktoberfest)
- "Hofkirchner Polka" by Mühlviertler Musikanten & Werner Brüggemann (Sonoton)
- (plays while Sam and Dean talk to Ed Brewer; Dean has a beer while he and Sam talk)
- "Alpine Polka" by Gerhard Narholz (Sonoton)
- (plays while Sam and Dean talk about the case and then Jamie lets Dean know she's free that night)
- "Münchener Bierfest (a)" by Matthias Seuffert (KPM Music)
- (plays while Dean first asks Jamie out)
- "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" by Johann Sebastian Bach
- (the piece Ed Brewer plays on the organ in the movie house)
Trivia & References
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- Episode Promo 1: 4.05 Monster Movie
- Episode Promo 2: 4.05 Monster Movie
- Promo vids from Buddy TV
- Interview with Todd Stashwick (shapeshifter) by Eclipse Magazine
- 4.5 Monster Movie: Tackling A Straightforward, Black-And-White Case by bardicvoice (October 2008); archive link, spn-heavymeta
- Bond, Silvia. 2008. Late October Monster Ghetto: "Monster Mash" Season 4, Episode 5. Pink Raygun, October 21; archive link