8.05 Blood Brother

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Title Blood Brother
Episode # Season 8, Episode 5
First aired October 31, 2012
Directed by Guy Bee
Written by Ben Edlund
On IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2323362/
Outline Benny's going after his Maker and calls Dean for help. Sam uses his solo time to reflect on the life he left behind with Amelia; however, things get complicated when Dean calls Sam into the fight.
Monster Vampires
Leviathans
Timeline
Location(s) Eagle Harbor, Washington
Enid, Oregon
Prentis Island, Washington
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Synopsis

In Eagle Harbor, Washington, Benny confronts a vampire named Quentin, asking him where their "old man" is. Quentin is shocked to see Benny alive: on their maker's orders, he held Benny's legs while another vampire, Sorento, cut off his head. Two more vampires appear behind Benny, and Quentin says they'll take him to their maker after they cut off his hands and feet. Benny tells him he's not afraid to die and then cuts off Quentin's head before turning to fight the other vampires.

In Enid, Oregon, Sam and Dean burst into a motel room expecting to find Kevin Tran. Unfortunately, they've fallen for another of his phony credit card trails, and the two brothers are bickering when Dean's cell phone rings. It's Benny, and Dean takes the call outside so that Sam won't overhear him. When he learns that Benny is injured after taking on a group of vampires and needs his help, he tells Sam that he needs to take care of some personal business and leaves in the Impala alone.

The next morning, Sam is researching Kevin's many aliases online when he gets distracted by thoughts of Amelia and decides to check up on her electronically. He's looking at a recent credit card application when he hears a rattling noise in the bathroom. He goes to investigate, but it's just a faulty overhead exhaust fan. As he's fixing it, he remembers the days after he met Amelia. He was taking care of the dog he ran over and had decided to stay in town, and the boy at the motel desk, Everett, had hired him on as a handyman at the motel.

Meanwhile, Dean arrives in Eagle Harbor and finds Benny's camper truck. In the back is a cooler full of blood bags. He takes the cooler to the fuel barge that Benny mentioned in his call and finds Benny, weak and bloodied. He helps him, and once Benny's fed and cleaned up, he thanks Dean and makes to leave. Dean isn't letting him go without finding out what happened, though, and Benny realizes that Dean won't be put off. He remembers the way Dean wouldn't give up on rescuing Castiel from Purgatory, even though the angel attracted monsters like a magnet and was certain that he wouldn't be able to escape through the same rift as them. When he tells Dean that he's going after the vampire who killed him, his maker, Dean is determined to help.

They go through Quentin's things and find a logbook with the names of boats, departure times, and destinations. Benny reveals that when he was alive, his vampire nest survived by boarding pleasure boats bound for far-off ports, feeding on the people on board, and then burning all the evidence so that it was lost at sea. Dean immediately coins the term Vampirates, and is shocked that they didn't think of it themselves. Along with the logbook, they find a cable bill with an address on a nearby island. They assume that it's where Benny's maker is also holed up when he's not out at sea, and they head to a closer port in the Impala. On the way, Dean asks what happened with Benny's nest. He tells Dean that their maker was like a god to them, a jealous god who wanted to keep them together and yet separate from the rest of the world. When Benny fell in love with a beautiful Greek woman named Andrea Kormos, he ran away with her and gave up killing humans. He thought they were free from his past, but his maker tracked him down and killed both of them to punish Benny for leaving the nest.

When they arrive at the dock they need, they steal a dinghy and take it out to Prentiss Island. Dean almost sends a text message to Sam letting him know he's on a vampire hunt and not alone, but deletes it unsent. As they approach the house where the nest is living, Benny remarks that the woods they're walking through remind him of Purgatory, and asks Dean how he's coping with being back in the real world. He doesn't even know if what he's experiencing now is real. Dean warns him that thoughts like that are dangerous and tells him emphatically that they're both real.

Characters

Definitions

Music

In the flashback in Purgatory, Benny whistles "In The Hall Of The Mountain King" from the Peer Gynt Suite by Edvard Grieg. According to director Guy Bee, this was an homage to the Fritz Lang Movie "M", where the killer played by Peter Lorre whistles the same tune.

Quotes

Castiel: It does present a curious curl in the metaphysics, doesn't it? If you murder a monster in monster heaven, where does it go?

Benny: And this is the crazy aunt I want to take on the road?
Castiel: I am not your aunt.
Benny: What? Really?
Castiel: I have no possible relationship to your sibling offspring.
Benny: Now you're kidding me.

Dean: Oh, you two are killing me.
Sam: So, you think I'm creepy?

Amelia: I think it's creepy that you buy all of your clothing at army surplus. White supremacists do that.
Sam: Yeah, but I'm not.
Amelia: Drifting serial killers do that.

Sam: Fair enough.
Dean: Hey the trail is dead but the the room is paid for. You've got some research to do and I've got some personal crap I got to take care of, that's all.

Sam: What does that mean - personal?

Dean: Did you have a stroke? Vocabularly! Personal. As in my own grown up personal, I don't know, crap!
Dean: Benny, what's going on?
Benny: You and that whole friend thing, man.
Dean: Vampire pirates. That's what you guys are. Vampirates!

Benny: You know all the years we ran together, I can't believe nobody ever thought of that.
Dean: What do you mean? it's like the third thing you say?

Benny: No, it's not.
Benny's Maker: You're right. I've been here so, so long, Benny, seen all the outcomes, all the patterns a trillion times. It all means so little. This universe is a pyramid of despair, nothing else.

Benny: A little dark.

Benny's Maker: I am evil, after all. At least I've had that much to keep me cold at night.
Benny's Maker: This is my story you gnat... it ends the way I choose, not you.

Trivia & References

Sam: Kid's like Rain Man.

Dean: He's like a crappy little credit-card-counting criminal prodigy Rain Man.
Sam: Well, he was in Advanced Placement.
Dean: Shut up.

Rain Man refers to the character played by Dustin Hoffman in the 1988 movie Rain Man, who was an autistic savant.
Sam: You are a wascally wabbit, Mr. Tran.



Cartoon hunter Elmer Fudd would refer to Bugs Bunny as a "wascally wabbit", when he was eluding him. At Salute To Supernatural Chicago 2012, Jared described how he didn't want to perform the line as written, so changed it. However later when called in to record some lines in the episode there was a note from producer Bob Singer asking him to redo it in the original form.
Castiel: I have to agree with the vampire Dean. the risk of crossing Purgatory with a seraph, it's less than strategic.

A seraph is a particular type of angel, described as a fiery six-winged creature and also used as a synonym for serpent in the Hebrew Bible.
Dean: I texted you my 20.

"20" meaning "location" comes from the original "10-20" 10-code used by United States law enforcement to verbally encode their radio transmissions. Source.
Dean: So, what is that? Like the vampire Zone diet?

The Zone Diet is a diet popularized in books by biochemist Barry Sears. It advocates consuming calories from carbohydrates, protein, and fat in a balanced ratio.
The boat Dean and Benny take to and from the island features the initial C & D painted on it. Destiel fans took this as a shout out to their Ship - Castiel/Dean, however director Guy Bee confirmed that it was a reference to the name that had been suggested that Jensen call the boat he bought in early 2012 - The Captain and Danneel. source.
Sam's expression in the final scene after he learns of Dean's relationship with Benny is a classic example of his Bitch Face.

Minutiae

Kevin leaves clues that lead (or mislead) Sam and Dean to the Paradise Motel, in Enid, Oregon.
Kevin's Princeton application form shows his date of birth as December 2, 1993, his planned courses Physics, Math and Neurology, his religion agnostic, and the fees $47,000.
When Sam digs through Amelia's electronic records, he brings up a bill from the motel where they both stayed and a credit card application. The motel bill was issued on August 30, 2012, and indicates that she checked into room number 118 on May 15, 2012 with the designation LTS, or "Long Term Stay." The credit card application is for a Thornton Credit Union card and was completed on September 14, 2012 at 3:30PM. It contains the following information: full name Amelia Richardson; date of birth April 20, 1980; current address 342 Heather Crescent, Kermit, TX in Winkler County; previous address 7534 South Main Blvd, Kermit, TX 75204 in Winkler County; annual income $80,000; and outstanding debts $0. The credit card she was issued is valid 9/05-9/13 and has number 9870 6789 4567 9020.
Amelia's Texas driver's license shows her date of birth as April 20, 1980, her address 430 Heather Crescent, Kermit, TX 79745, her height 5'7" and her eye color brown.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts

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