4.14 Sex and Violence

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Title Sex and Violence
Episode # Season 4, Episode 14
First aired February 5, 2009
Directed by Charles Beeson
Written by Cathryn Humphris
On IMDB Sex and Violence
Outline Men are killing their loved ones while under the influence of a siren.
Monster Siren
Location(s) Bedford, Iowa
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Adam Benson comes home late from work, to be met by his wife Vicki, making his dinner and teasing him about being late. Adam responds angrily. Vicki then tells him she has accepted an invitation to a friend's birthday on Saturday. Adam is again angry, and this time he picks up a meat tenderizer and kills her.

In a motel room somewhere Dean wakes and overhears Sam in the bathroom speaking to someone on the phone, talking about demonic signs. When Sam returns to the bedroom, Dean pretends to be asleep. When he "wakes," Sam says he was talking to Bobby about murders in Bedford, Iowa, where three men have killed their wives.

Disguised as FBI agents, Sam and Dean visit Adam, who is extremely remorseful and eventually confesses he was deeply in love with a stripper called Jasmine. Adam knows nothing about Jasmine other than that she worked at a club called the Honey Wagon.

Sam visits Dr. Cara Roberts, the doctor who conducted the autopsies on the victims and took blood samples from the accused. She tells Sam that the men had high levels of oxytocin in their blood, a hormone associated with being in love. When Dean arrives, he is disconcerted at the flirting between Sam and Dr Roberts.

Dean and Sam visit the Honey Wagon, where each of the men had fallen for a different stripper. Information from Bobby indicates that they may be dealing with a siren, a creature known from Greek mythology which disguises itself as the perfect mate to lure men. At the club Lenny Bristol is enamored with a stripper called Belle. They return to his home, where Lenny cares for his invalid mother. After making love, Belle tells Lenny they can be together forever if he kills his mother, which he does.

The next day, while Dean is alone in the hotel room, he dials the last number on Sam's phone. Ruby answers, and he immediately hangs up. Sam returns with news of the murder committed by Lenny Bristol. Bobby calls and informs the boys that the "spell" the men are under is some kind of venom, and that the only way to kill the Siren is with a bronze dagger dipped in blood from one of its victims, so she is poisoned with her own venom. The difficulty is finding someone currently under her spell.

Sam and Dean visit Dr. Roberts with the intention of obtaining a blood sample taken from one of the men while he was still under the Siren's spell. They are met by a Nick Munroe who introduces himself as an FBI Agent and challenges their legitimacy. They tell him to call their supervisor, Mike Kaiser, who is actually Bobby answering a specially labeled phone in his kitchen. Satisfied, Monroe reveals he has also found the link between the men and the strippers. Sam suggests Dean go with him to keep him busy while Sam gets the blood sample.

As they leave, Nick admires the Impala and at the club he and Dean bond over drinks and classic rock. Nick reveals to Dean that he has found a flower, a hyacinth, at the scene of each crime. Dean remembers seeing this flower in Dr. Robert's office.

Back at the hospital, Sam and Cara find the blood samples missing, and there are no clues on the security tapes as to the thief. Sam reveals a version of their theory to her &emdash; that the men were drugged. He and Cara share a drink and talk about relationships. Cara comes onto Sam, and he responds enthusiastically, even ignoring a call from Dean, and they make love in her office.

Later Sam calls Dean, who reveals his theory about the hyacinths, and that he has learned that Cara's ex-husband died of a heart attack. Dean accuses Cara of being the Siren but Sam doesn't believe it. Dean guesses that Sam has slept with Cara, and takes him to task over it. He tells Sam he can't trust him, and that he'll handle the investigation on his own. Sam throws the phone away. Dean leaves a message for Bobby and then calls Nick for assistance.

Dean and Nick watch Cara arrive at a club. As he and Nick share a hip flask, Dean describes a version of the poisoning theory: that maybe it is something in the Siren's saliva. Nick reveals it is indeed in the saliva, and that he has just poisoned Dean as they shared a drink. Nick is the siren and he tells Dean that he can't trust Sam and needs to get him out of the way so Nick can be the perfect brother that Dean wants.

When Sam returns to the hotel room, Dean grabs him and holds a knife to his throat, even cutting Sam on Nick's command. Nick describes what a high he gets from having people fall in love and kill for him. Nick then spits venom at Sam infecting him. He tells the brothers that he knows they have issues with each other and that they should fight it out. The survivor will be with him forever.

Dean tells Sam he feels Sam has changed, and knows that he is lying and hiding things from him. Sam reveals that he wants to hunt Lilith and that Dean is not a strong enough hunter. He taunts Dean about his anguish over his time in Hell. The boys fight violently, smashing through the room door into the hall. Dean gets the better of Sam and is about to swing at him with a fire axe when Bobby appears and stabs him with a dagger. He then uses the dagger with Dean's infected blood on it to stab the siren. It dies, and we see its true hideous form revealed. The spell is broken.

The next day Bobby bids farewell to the boys and they both uneasily apologize for their harsh words, claiming they had no lasting effect.




  • "Thunder Kiss '65" by White Zombie
(the first song that plays at the strip club)
  • "Steal the World" by Brian Tichy
(the second song that plays in the strip club)
  • "Come on Shake" by Classic
(plays while Dean and Nick Munroe watch Dr. Roberts)


Adam: Her name was Jasmine.

Sam: She was a stripper?

Dean: Dude, her name was Jasmine.
Dean: Dude, you totally C-blocked me.
Sam: You seem pretty cheery.
Dean: Strippers, Sammy. Strippers. We're on an actual case involving strippers. Finally.
Sam: Yeah, actually. But the siren's not actually a myth, it's more of a beautiful creature that preys on men, enticing them with their siren song.

Dean: Let me guess, "Welcome to the Jungle"? No, no. Warrant's "Cherry Pie".

Sam: Their song is more of a metaphor, like... like their call, their allure, you know?
Sam: Yeah. You see, sirens can read minds. They see what you want most and then they can kinda, like, cloak themselves. You know, like an illusion.

Dean: So it could all be the same chick? Morphing into, uh, to different dream girls?

Sam: Yeah, actually. Probably. Sirens are usually pretty solitary.
Dean: "Nobody's Fault But Mine".

Nick: Zeppelin recorded it in '75. It was a cover of a Blind Willie Johnson tune.
Dean: Nice.
Nick: You Shook Me.
Dean: '69, debut album, written by Willie Dixon.
Nick: And...?
Dean: And what?
Nick: Written by Willie Dixon and J.B. Lenoir.

Dean: Dude. Dude! You know, for a fed, you're not a total dick.
Dean: No, It's just... first it's Madison, and then Ruby, and now Cara. It's like... what is with you and banging monsters?

Sam: Dean, I'm telling you, it's not Cara. I feel fine.

Dean: I'll bet you do.
Nick: So let's say she is drugging her vics. How's she pulling that off?

Dean: She could be injecting them, you know, or passing the toxin through, uh, physical contact.
Nick: Or it could be her saliva...You really should have wiped the lip of that thing before you drank from it, Dean. I should be your little brother. Sam. You can't trust him. Not like you can trust me. In fact, I really feel like you should get him outta the way, so we can be brothers. Forever.

Dean: Yeah. Yeah, you're right.
Nick: Dean's all mine.

Sam: You poisoned him.

Nick: No. I gave him what he needed. And it wasn't some bitch in a G-string. It was you. A little brother that looked up to him, that he could trust. And now he loves me. He'd do anything for me. And I gotta tell you, Sam, that kind of devotion? I mean, watching someone kill for you? It's the best feeling in the world.
Sam: Dean, look, you know I didn't mean the things I said back there, right? That it was just the siren's spell talking?

Dean: Of course, me too...
Sam: ...'Kay. So... so we're good?

Dean: Yeah, we're good.

Trivia & References

The title of the episode may be a reference to the 1988 Jane's Addiction song "Ted, Just Admit It..." which contains the lyrics "sex and violence" and "sex is violent," as well as the title of the Exploited song of the same name. It could also be a reference to the original title of The Muppet Show, The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence.
Dean: Sounds like Ozzie and Harriet.

Sam: More like "The Shining."

Ozzie and Harriet were the parents of the happy Nelson family in the 1950s/60s sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. In The Shining, Jack Torrance - the lead character (played by Jack Nicholson in the movie) - tries to kill his family.
Adam: She said we would be together forever, if-- if only J-- Vicki was...

Dean: Muerte.

"Muerte" is Spanish for "death", the word Dean was actually looking for was "muerta" meaning "dead".
Sam and Dean's FBI alias' are Special Agents Murdock and Stiles. Todd Stiles and Buz Murdock were the nomadic stars of the early 1960s TV series Route 66. They drove around in a Corvette convertible.
The name "Dr. Cara Roberts" may refer to the 1966 Beatles track "Doctor Robert," which describes a methamphetamine dealer who's always able to help; Cara is a name meaning "beloved" or "friend," which may reflect on the character's amorous actions.
The siren's stripper personas are all named after official Disney princesses - Jasmine (Aladdin), Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Ariel (The Little Mermaid), and Belle (Beauty and the Beast).
Sam: I just talked to Bobby. We officially have a theory.

Dean: What's that?
Sam: Sirens.
Dean: Like Greek myth sirens? The Odyssey? ...Hey, I read.

The Odyssey is an epic poem attributed to the Greek poet Homer about the adventures of Odysseus after the Trojan War.
The "dusty Greek poem" Bobby reads is actually a poem by Simonides about virtue (arete), and has nothing to do with sirens. However, the painting on the opposite page is called The Fisherman and the Syren by Frederic Leighton.
Bobby: It says you need 'a bronze dagger, covered in the blood of a sailor, under the spell of the song.'

Dean: What the hell does that mean?
Bobby: You got me. We're dealing with 3,000 years of the telephone game here.

Telephone is a game in which a message is whispered down a long line of people. When it reaches the end, the person recites the message, which will typically have been changed through miscommunication before it reaches the end.
Bobby: Well, the siren's spell ain't got nothing to do with any song. It's most likely some kind of toxin or venom. Something she gets in the vic's blood.

Sam: And makes them go all Manchurian Candidate. Uh, what do you think, she infects the men during sex?

The Manchurian Candidate is a novel (made into a movie twice) about a son of a prominent political family who is brainwashed into becoming an assassin.
Dean: So we just gotta find a way to juice one of the O.J.s in jail?
Reference to O.J. Simpson who was tried and not convicted for murdering his wife and friend.
The name "Nick Monroe" may be a reference to two characters on The Simpsons: "Dr. Nick Riviera" and "Dr. Marvin Monroe".
Hyacinths - the flower found at each murder - is also the name of a figure in Greek mythology, who was the mortal male lover of the god Apollo. In one version of the myth, Hyacinth is killed when Zephyrus - Greek god of the west wind - becomes jealous of Apollo's love for Hyacinth.
Dean: Did you sleep with her?

Sam: No?
Dean: Holy crap, you did. Middle of "Basic Instinct" and you bang Sharon Stone?

Sharon Stone played a bisexual serial killer in Basic Instinct. In the film, the detective on the case (played by Michael Douglas) sleeps with her, even though the murder case he's researching details how the victim was bludgeoned to death by an ice pick during sex.
Nick: You sure about that? 'Cause it sounds like crazy on toast. All these different strippers, they're magically the same girl? But then they're not strippers at all, it's Dr. Quinn.
Reference to Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.


Jensen was in a Dawson's Creek episode also titled "Sex and Violence."
In the newspaper article on Adam Benson murdering his wife, the fourth paragraph is just Sam's lines written out, "Guy beats his wife's brains out with a meat tenderizer, he was the third local to gank his wife inside two months."
Dr. Cara Roberts worked at the Taylor Country Medical Center.
The strip club was called The Honey Wagon. Besides being a great name for a strip club, in TV & film production the mobile toilet found on set is called the honey wagon.
Sam's phone is a Blackberry.
Sam and Dean are staying in room 109 in a motel called Lion's Pride.
Error: The date on Sam's phone is "Fri, Aug 8". This is impossible since August 8th fell on a Friday in 2008. Dean was still in Hell on that date.
When Dean redials Ruby's number we can see that it is 219-555-0124.
Cara is one of a select group of women who slept with Sam Winchester and did not die!

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