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They approach the crime scene, where a bloody body has been covered by a sheet. They catch Sam and Dean arriving in the [[Impala]], and hear them introduce themselves as FBI agents to the police officer on the scene. They learn that the only witness to the murder is considered unreliable, and that she thought she heard something like a coyote growling.
 
They approach the crime scene, where a bloody body has been covered by a sheet. They catch Sam and Dean arriving in the [[Impala]], and hear them introduce themselves as FBI agents to the police officer on the scene. They learn that the only witness to the murder is considered unreliable, and that she thought she heard something like a coyote growling.
  
Later, Michael goes out with Brian to help him shoot things for his movie. They see Sam and Dean questioning someone, and they sneak up to film them. They catch Sam telling Dean that there isn't a case here, and Dean calls Sam rusty. Michael remarks that there seems to be a "workplace romance" going on between the two FBI agents.
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Later, Michael goes out with Brian to help him shoot things for his movie. They see Sam and Dean questioning someone, and they sneak up to film them. They catch Sam telling Dean that there isn't a case here, but Dean disagrees, calling Sam rusty. Michael remarks that there seems to be a "workplace romance" going on between the two FBI agents. Later, they catch Scott making out with a girl next to some bleachers. The girl tells him to stop and pushes him away when he starts getting too aggressive, and Brian and Michael laugh at his expense. When he sees them, he gets angry and starts to chase them, but the two friends split up, Michael heading into the woods. He's by himself when he hears something moving in the trees and a low growl. He thinks it's Scott trying to scare him, but whatever it is attacks, and Michael screams.
  
 
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Title Bitten
Episode # Season 8, Episode 4
First aired October 24, 2012
Directed by Thomas J. Wright
Written by Robbie Thompson
On IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2323362/
Outline Sam and Dean, in the course of investigating a bizarre murder, bust into a house to find two dead bodies and a laptop cued up to disturbing video footage taken by three college students.
Monster Pureblood Werewolves
Timeline
Location(s)
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Synopsis

Sam and Dean bust into a house, guns drawn, and fan out to quickly cover the premises. In the main room, there's a dead body covered by a bloody sheet and someone else's body is in pieces, blood spattered across the floor and walls. An iPod is hooked up to speakers and playing a song on repeat, and Dean pulls the iPod off its dock to tell Sam, who's been examining the bodies, that the rest of the house is clear.

Sam tells Dean that he can't identify the covered body, not to mention whoever was torn to shreds. Then he notices a sticky note on a laptop nearby: it says "PLAY ME." They open the laptop and click on a file in the center of the desktop screen. It's a movie file, and when it starts the words "This should have never ended this way" flash across the screen. What follows is a movie cut together with footage from a variety of handheld, hidden, and web cameras, taken largely by amateur filmmaker Brian Wilcox.

The first scene of the movie is in a coffeehouse, and playing in the background is the song that was on repeat when Sam and Dean entered the house. Brian has a new camera, and he's testing it out with his friend Michael Wheeler when he notices a beautiful girl. Her name is Kate, and when she sees them filming her and her friends, she gets up to confront them with a camera of her own in hand. Despite Michael's lack of knowledge about cameras and film, they hit it off, flirting while Brian watches.

Kate and Michael's relationship develops quickly, and it's clear in the next few scenes that Brian is jealous. Though he has more in common with Kate, she's with Michael, who is more masculine and conventionally attractive than he is. He and Michael have been friends for a long time, though, so Brian doesn't say anything. They're leaving an English class lecture with Kate when a group of jocks bump into Brian and knock his camera to the ground, and Michael stands up for him, almost starting a fight. Afterwards, they're walking back to their house when they see police cars near campus, and Brian asks Kate to get out her camera, too, so they can try to get scenes for his movie.

They approach the crime scene, where a bloody body has been covered by a sheet. They catch Sam and Dean arriving in the Impala, and hear them introduce themselves as FBI agents to the police officer on the scene. They learn that the only witness to the murder is considered unreliable, and that she thought she heard something like a coyote growling.

Later, Michael goes out with Brian to help him shoot things for his movie. They see Sam and Dean questioning someone, and they sneak up to film them. They catch Sam telling Dean that there isn't a case here, but Dean disagrees, calling Sam rusty. Michael remarks that there seems to be a "workplace romance" going on between the two FBI agents. Later, they catch Scott making out with a girl next to some bleachers. The girl tells him to stop and pushes him away when he starts getting too aggressive, and Brian and Michael laugh at his expense. When he sees them, he gets angry and starts to chase them, but the two friends split up, Michael heading into the woods. He's by himself when he hears something moving in the trees and a low growl. He thinks it's Scott trying to scare him, but whatever it is attacks, and Michael screams.

Characters

Definitions

Music

  • What's the Matter by Milo Green - plays when Kate and Michael meet
  • Barricades by The Outdoors - plays as Kate and Michael pack to leave

Quotes

Michael: In a world where nothing is as it seems, one brave, shockingly handsome, virile young man, and his faithful, learning-disabled, robotic man-servant must battle through waves of cybernetic ass-hats in order to sexually liberate the women of...
Michael: Is it just me or are you getting a workplace romance vibe from those two?
Kate: Those guys aren’t FBI. I’m pretty sure that FBI agents don’t say ‘awesome’ that much.
Brian: They just sat and talked about how they’ve been apart for a year. You were probably right about that whole office romance thing.
Kate: I’ve never hurt anyone. Nobody human, anyway. I didn’t choose this. Please. Please give me a chance.
Dean: Awesome

Trivia & References

While found footage style movies have been a horror genre staple since the 1999 classic The Blair Witch Project, this episode is particularly inspired by the 2012 movie Chronicle. This film follows three friends who develop superpowers and how this impacts their relationships.
In a departure from the usual episode format, there was nearly 20 minutes before the commercial break. While the Title Card was show the usual opening credits were not played until the end of the episode. This device was also used in the other episode featuring handheld camera footage - 3.13 Ghostfacers. There was also no original score throughout the episode, only three pieces of indie pop music.
Michael: Hey Christopher Nolan - lens cap.


Christopher Nolan is a filmmaker whose work includes films such as The Dark Knight trilogy and Inception.
Kate: ...of the two I prefer "Last year at Marienbad".


Last year At Marienbad is the English title of the 1961 french film "L'année dernière à Marienbad" by Alain Resnais. It is renowned for its ambiguity and narrative structure which blends fantasy and reality.
Michael: Please tell me you taped it.

Brain: C'mon who loves you?
Michael: I wish I could quit you.

"I wish I knew how to quit you." was a line from Jack to his lover Ennis in the movie Brokeback Mountain.
Sam: Dude, two burgers?

Dean: Hey, I didn't eat at Big P's for at least a year, okay? Clear eyes and clogged arteries--can't lose.

This is a play on the phrase "Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose", the motivational phrase of Coach Taylor in the TV series Friday Night Lights.
Brian: Look, look! Starskey and Hutch.

Michael: Rizzoli and Isles.

Starsky and Hutch were the eponymous (male) detectives in 1970s TV series. Rizzoli and Isles are a detective and a medical examiner (both female) in the TV series of the same name which started in 2010.
Sam: Special Agent Rose. This is Special Agent Hudson.


These aliases refer to Axl Rose and Slash [real name Saul Hudson], the singer and lead guitarist of Guns n' Roses.
The addition to Werewolf lore in this episode is that werewolves who are within four generations of an Alpha, "are less feral and can turn before during or after the lunar cycle."
The scenes shot with the handheld camera with night vision are reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project. Even the structure of the episode - Sam and Dean watching a recap of events on found footage - is also a parallel to the movie's format.
Michael: I am a golden god. I am a golden god!
This line is from a scene in the movie Almost Famous. The quote was originally coined by Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant.
In the Harry Potter books, the term "pure-blood" refers to witches and wizards from families of purely magical heritage, without any Muggles in their family lineage.
Brian asks both Michael and Professor Ludensky to turn him into a werewolf. In the book and movie Interview with the Vampire, the interviewer asks the vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac to turn him into a vampire, a request he angrily refuses.
Brian repeatedly refers to not wanting to be Piggy, a reference to a character in the book that is being taught in Professor Ludensky's curriculum, Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Piggy is smart but considered weak and is unable to adapt to the extreme circumstances he faces.

Minutiae

A poster for the indie horror movie Coven is at Michael and Brian's house. This also appeared at the at the Ghostfacer's base in 3.13 Ghostfacers and appeared framed at Charlie's apartment in 7.20 The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo.
David Lewis who played Professor Ludensky, appeared as three different characters in three episodes of the X-Files.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts

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