9.12 Sharp Teeth

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Title Sharp Teeth
Episode # Season 9, Episode 12
First aired January 28, 2014
Directed by John Showalter
Written by Adam Glass
On IMDB Sharp Teeth
Outline Sam and Dean locate Garth after months of him being gone only to find out he's a werewolf and part of an apparently human-friendly pack.
Monster Werewolves
Timeline Six months after 8.19 Taxi Driver &
Two weeks since 9.10 Road Trip
Location(s) Grantsburg, Wisconsin
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Synopsis

In Wisconsin, at night, a farmer shoots at a person who is in his herd of cows. The farmer pursues him through the woods, until the man runs onto a road and is hit by a car.

Having picked up a report on the police alerts, Sam visits a hospital and finds Dean also has picked up the same alert, and is at the bedside of Garth. Dean is about to inject Garth with adrenaline to wake him up, but Sam does the job with a slap to Garth's face. Garth says he was on a hunt, but as the boys push for more information, Garth seems to become very ill and runs to the bathroom.

While Garth is indisposed, the brothers briefly fill each other in on what has been happening - Sam tells Dean about Castiel getting rid of Gadreel's grace that was inside him, and Dean tells Sam about getting the Mark of Cain. They then realise that there is no noise in the bathroom and investigate to find Garth has absconded.

While Dean goes to check the hospital security tapes, Sam visits the farmer, who tells him a series of animals have recently been killed and their organs taken. Dean finds pictures of Garth getting into a car on the security tape, but lies to Sam about it. However he runs into Sam as he is on the phone and Sam calls him out on the lie. Dean insists they shouldn't work together, and Sam agrees to move on after this job.

Tracking the owner of the car, Sam and Dean find Garth in an apartment. A woman werewolf - Bess Myers attacks them, and Garth reveals that not only is she his wife, but he is a werewolf as well! Garth describes how he was bitten by a werewolf while on a hunt six months previously. He was going to kill himself when Bess found him. She took him into her pack, which is led by her father. Bess herself was born a werewolf. Garth tells the Winchesters that the pack only eats animal organs, and doesn't attack humans. Dean in particular is doubtful, but agrees to visit the pack and see for himself.

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Characters

Definitions

Music

  • "Bringing in the Sheaves"
(sung during Reverend Jim's choir practice)

Quotes

Dean: What can i say Sammy? We lost this one, send me a postcard.
Garth: Guys, it's not what you think, we don;t hurt people.
Dean: No, you just go all Wolverine on cattle.
Garth: Bess, this is dean. Who could start a fight in an empty house, but deep down inside he's just a big old teddy bear. And Sam here? Sam can be a bit insecure at times, but with good reason. Bless his heart.
Garth: You two came busting in here like a house on fire. Guns waving, the jawlines and the hair. It's very intimating.
Dean: Listen, that night that, uh... you know, we went our separate ways -

Sam: You mean the night you split?
Dean: Fair enough. I was messed up, man. Kevin was dead, and I…I don't know what I was.
Sam: Okay.
Dean: Hell, maybe I still don't. But uh, I know I took a piece of you in the process, and for that… somebody changed the playbook, man, you know? It’s like what’s right is wrong and what’s wrong is more wrong... I just know that when... when we rode together…
Sam: We split the crappiness.
Dean: Yeah... so...
Sam: Okay.
Dean: Okay.
Sam: But something’s broken here, Dean...
Dean: I am not saying it's not. I'm thinking we need to put a couple of "W"s on the board and we get past all this.
Sam: I don't think so. No, I wish but… we don’t see things the same way anymore, our roles in this whole thing. Back in that church, talking me out of boarding up Hell? Or tricking me into letting Gadreel possess me? I can’t trust you. Not the way I thought I could. Not the way I should be able to.
Dean: Okay, look. Whatever happened, we are family. OK?
Sam: You say that like it’s some sort of cure-all, like it can change the fact that everything that has ever gone wrong between us has been because we’re family.
Dean: So what -- we're not family now?

Sam: I'm saying, you want to work, let’s work. If you want to be brothers... those are my terms.

Trivia & References

Sharp Teeth is the name of a 2008 verse novel by Toby Barlow, about werewolves.
* Storified live tweets from the cast and crew during the episode.
Sam: He’s a skinny, Ichabod Crane-looking kind of guy.
Icabod Crane is a character Irving Washington's 1820 story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, who is described a school teacher who is described as being very thin. This shoutout is a particular reference to the Fox TV series Sleepy Hollow. Orlando Jones one of the stars of the series often live-tweets during Supernatural and he and Supernatural writer Robbie Thompson have talked about writing a crossover series called SuperSleepy.
Dean: Anything on Gadreel?

Sam: Actually, yeah. Turns out he left some grace in me before he bolted.
Dean: You know how wrong that sounds, right?
Sam: Wouldn't worry about it, Cas took care of it.
Dean: I've been gone for two weeks and I feels like an episode of Teen Mom!

Teen Mom was a reality TV series which followed teenaged mothers.
Sam: What happened to your arm?

Dean: It's a gift from Cain.
Sam: Like the wrestler dude?
Dean: No, that would be awesome.

Kane is a professional wrestler with the WWE.
The werewolf congregation is singing the American gospel hymn "Bringing in the Sheaves." The song was sung by Lefty Enright (played by Dennis Hopper) in the 1986 film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2.
Sam: Truth be told I am more interested in murderers and X-Files-y stuff.
The X-Files was a TV series about the investigation of the paranormal.
Dean: C'mon man, I know you drank the Kool-Aid.
"Drinking the Kool Aid" has become a phrase meaning to be brainwashed, particularly in relation to religion and cults. It refers to the 1978 death of 918 followersof the Reverend Jim Jones in Guyana. The congregation was convinced, and sometimes forced, to kill themselves by drinking Kool-Aid laced with cyanide.

Minutiae

Sam is driving a blue 1972 Dodge Dart. Perhaps a Swinger. It has Kansas plates.
Garth was bitten by the werewolf six months previously outside Portland, Maine.
Before this episode the last time Garth was mentioned was in 8.18 Freaks and Geeks when Dean tells Krissy Chambers that he will have Garth check in on her from time to time.
* Tom Butler who plays Reverend Jim Myers also played Harley Jorgeson in 1.11 Scarecrow

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts

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