5.14 My Bloody Valentine

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Title My Bloody Valentine
Episode # Season 5, Episode 14
First aired February 11, 2010
Directed by Mike Rohl
Written by Ben Edlund
On IMDB My Bloody Valentine
Outline When couples begin to kill each other, Castiel suspects a Cupid has gone rogue.
Monster Famine
Timeline February 14th - 17th, 2010
Location(s) Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Around Valentine's Day, people begin killing themselves in odd ways, such as a couple who ate each other to death. Sam and Dean visit the coroner to check out the bodies and Sam sees a suspicious man walking past him in the hallway. As the brothers examine the hearts of the victims, Sam notices what he thinks to be an Enochian sigil on both hearts. They show them to Castiel and he agrees, saying that the sigils are a sign that the two people were intended to mate, and thinks that it is the work of a cupid (a lower level angel, cherub 3rd class) gone rogue. Castiel takes the brothers to a restaurant where Cupid is sure to be. As the waitress brings over the food that Sam and Dean have ordered, Dean doesn't feel like eating his burger and Castiel takes it, intending to eat it himself. Cupid arrives at the restaurant as wind, which makes many of the couples in the restaurant start to get lovey-dovey. Castiel traps Cupid in the back room of the restaurant and forces him to show himself.

Cupid reveals himself to be a naked man and goes around giving Dean, Castiel and Sam big hugs, which include lifting them up off the floor. Castiel adds that this is the Cupids way of shaking hands (and that nobody likes it). As they interrogate Cupid, he says that he isn't causing his charges to slaughter each other, he's simply following the orders from Heaven to match them up. When Dean questions that these are "orders", Cupid says that some couples, like John and Mary Winchester were just meant to be together and that Heaven uses Cupids to insure important things, such as Sam and Dean being born. This upsets Dean and he punches the Cupid, causing it to get upset also and leave.

Another person dies and Sam goes to check it out at the coroner's office. On his way out he sees the demon from before carrying a briefcase, follows him into an alley and attacks him with the demon-killing knife. The Demon gets away, but Sam gets its briefcase. At the motel, Sam and Dean open the briefcase which is full of white light. Castiel shows up eating a hamburger and tells them that the light was a human soul, which is most likely intended to use as a food source. He believes that the town is suffering from Famine, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who brings out the things people really starve for in themselves: sex, attention, drugs, love... everybody is starving for something. Castiel also believes that he himself has been infected by his vessel's fondness for red meat.

Famine, a very old frail looking man in a wheelchair, arrives at a restaurant in a black Cadillac Escalade with Lucifer's demons flanking him. As soon as he enters the restaurant, the customers begin giving in to their cravings, many of them fatally. The demon that Sam attacked also arrives toting Sam's room key and gives it to Famine. After the demon tells the starving Famine that he has lost the human soul to Sam, Famine consumes it instead.

Dean wants to go after Famine and cut off his power by cutting the ring off of his finger, much like with War, but Sam says that he cannot go. He thinks he's been infected and is craving demon blood. Dean handcuffs Sam to a pipe in the bathroom and Cas pushes a dresser in front of the door to keep him inside when they're out hunting Famine. Cas and Dean go to the coroner's office and find that the coroner had been infected and, after 20 years of sobriety, drank himself to death. Cas notices the demons have not yet harvested the coroner's soul and they stake out the place from the Impala, while Castiel eats hamburgers the entire time.

While Dean and Castiel are on stakeout, demons arrive at the motel for Sam. Sam attacks the demons and drinks the blood of one of them, and knocks the other unconscious, intending to drink his next. After following a demon back to Biggerson's Restaurant where Famine is, Cas goes in, intending to cut off Famine's ring but doesn’t come back out. Dean goes in and finds Cas eating raw meat on the floor and gets captured by demons. Famine wonders why Dean has not been infected by him and touches his chest, concluding that there is nothing inside of him -- that Dean is dead inside.

Sam bursts into the restaurant and Famine stops his demons from capturing him. Famine tells Sam that he sent the demons earlier as a snack, that Sam won’t die from drinking too much blood, he’s the exception and that is exactly what Lucifer wanted. Famine offers his demons to Sam, but he refuses and exorcises all of the demons in the room at once; however, Famine consumes them instead of letting them get sent back to Hell. Sam attempts to exorcise Famine, but it doesn’t work, so he decides to exorcise all the demons that Famine has eaten, which seemingly destroys the horseman.

Dean and Castiel lock Sam up in Bobby's Panic Room, and Castiel tells Dean that he just needs to detox. As he goes outside for some air, Dean stops drinking his whiskey and begins to tear up. He prays, asking for Heaven’s help, and begins to cry.






Dean: Well, then what, then? Oh, dude! At the coroner's -- you didn't see these bodies. I mean, these two started eating a- and they just... kept going. I mean, their stomachs were full. Like - like... Thanksgiving dinner full. Talk about co-dependent.
Sam: Dean, it's Valentine's day. Your favorite holiday, remember? I mean, what do you always call it-- Uh, unattached drifter Christmas?
Castiel: What human myth has mistaken for 'Cupid' is actually a lower order of angel. Technically it's a cherub, third-class.

Dean: Cherub?
Castiel: Yeah, they're all over the world. There are dozens of them.
Dean: You mean the little flying fat kid in diapers?

Castiel: They're not incontinent.
Dean: Is this a fight? Are we in a fight?

Castiel: This is... their handshake.
Dean: I don't like it.

Castiel: No one likes it.
Cupid: Oh, mostly they don't. You know, certain bloodlines, certain destinies. Oh, like yours.

Sam: What?
Cupid: Yeah, the union of John and Mary Winchester--Very big deal upstairs, top priority arrangement. Mm.
Dean: Are you saying that you fixed-up our parents?
Cupid: Well, not me, but... Yeah. Well, it wasn't easy, either. Ooh, they couldn't stand each other at first. But when we were done with them--Perfect couple.
Dean: Perfect?
Cupid: Yeah.
Dean: They're dead!

Cupid: I'm sorry, but... the orders were very clear. You and Sam needed to be born. Your parents were just, uh...meant to be. A match made in Heaven- Heaven!
Sam: You just punched a Cupid!
Dean: I punched a dick!
Castiel: This town is not suffering from some love-gone-wrong effect. It's suffering from hunger. Starvation, to be exact -- Specifically... famine.

Sam: Famine? As- as in the Horseman?

Dean: Great. Th- th-that's freaking great.
Dean: Okay, but what about you? I mean, since when do angels secretly hunger for White Castle?

Castiel: It's my vessel -- Jimmy. His, uh, appetite for red meat has been touched by Famine's effect.

Dean: So, Famine just rolls into town and everybody goes crazy?
Castiel: I've developed a taste for ground beef.

Dean: Well, have you even tried to stop it?
Castiel: I'm an angel. I can stop anytime I want.

Dean: Whatever. Sam, let's roll.
Dean: So this is your big trick? Huh? Making people cuckoo for cocoa puffs?

Famine: Doesn't take much -- hardly a push. Oh, America -- all-you-can-eat, all the time. Consume, consume. A swarm of locusts in stretch pants. And yet, you're all still starving because hunger doesn't just come from the body, it also comes from the soul.
Dean: It's funny, it doesn't seem to be coming from mine.
Famine: Yes. I noticed that. Have you wondered why that is? How you could even walk in my presence?
Dean: Well, I like to think it's because of my strength of character.
Famine: I disagree. Yes. I see. That's one deep, dark nothing you got there, Dean. Can't fill it, can you? Not with food or drink. Not even with sex.
Dean: Oh, you're so full of crap.

Famine: Oh, you can smirk and joke and lie to your brother, lie to yourself, but not to me! I can see inside you, Dean. I can see how broken you are, how defeated. You can't win, and you know it. But you just keep fighting. Just... keep going through the motions. You're not hungry, Dean, because inside, you're already... dead.

Trivia & References

The episode title “My Bloody Valentine” is a reference to the film of the same name. In 2009, Jensen starred in a 3D remake: My Bloody Valentine 3D. Dean offering Sam the heart in a box was a trademark of the film, where the killer left a human heart in the box of chocolate.
Sam: Go ahead. Unleash the kraken. See you tomorrow morning.
In the 1981 movie Clash of the Titans, based on the heroic stories of Greek mythology, Zeus instructs Poseidon to release the sea monster the Kraken, with the line, "Unleash the Kraken!" The phrase passed into popular culture. At the time the episode aired, it was featured in the ads for the 2010 remake of the film.
Dean and Sam use the aliases "Agent Marley and Cliff" referring to reggae singers Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff.
Dean: Why does Heaven care if Harry meets Sally?
A reference to quintessential romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally.
Cupid sings a few words of the song "Cheek to Cheek" to Dean, in reference to John and Mary Winchester's need to be together in order for Sam and Dean to be born, just before Dean hits him in the face. This is the same song Alastair sang to Dean when Dean was about to begin torturing him in 4.16 On the Head of a Pin.
The human soul in the briefcase is a reference to the urban legend of the 1994 movie Pulp Fiction where the mysterious shining object in the briefcase is said to be the soul of Marsellus Wallace.
Famine's car is a black Cadillac Escalade. According to the Book of Revelation, Famine rides a black horse.
Dean: You think Famine has a class ring too?
Dean is referring to rings worn by students and alumni to commemorate their graduation, generally for a high school, college, or university. (Class Ring)
Dean: What are you, the Hamburglar?
Hamburglar is a McDonaldland character who steals hamburgers.
Dean: You wanna go over the plan again? Hey, happy meal, the plan!
A happy meal is a boxed kids meal, which can include hamburgers, from the fast food chain McDonald's.
Dean: So this is your big trick huh? Making people cuckoo for cocoa puffs?
Cocoa Puffs is a brand of chocolate-flavored puffed grain breakfast cereal, manufactured by General Mills. "I'm cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!" is the mascot, Sonny the Cuckoo Bird's catchphrase.


Dean's phone is the Nokia n78.
The restaurant Biggerson's is the one the boys won a year's worth of food for in 3.03 Bad Day at Black Rock. it also features in 6.06 You Can't Handle the Truth.
After the scene when Famine enters the restaurant, Castiel has taken a bite out of his paper bag.

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