8.04 Bitten

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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 an apartment to find two dead bodies and a laptop cued up to some disturbing video footage taken by three college students.
Monster Pureblood Werewolves
Timeline
Location(s)
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Synopsis

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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