9.20 Bloodlines

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Title Bloodlines
Episode # Season 9, Episode 20
First aired April 29, 2014
Directed by Robert Singer
Written by Andrew Dabb
On IMDB Bloodlines
Outline
Monster Human
Timeline
Location(s) Chicago, Illinois
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Synopsis

Ennis Ross is taking his girlfriend Tamara to upmarket restaurant "Il Secundo", with the intent of proposing to her. As he speaks with Maurice the maitre d' about hiding the engagement ring in a glass of champagne, they are interrupted by Sal Lassiter. The matire d' ignores Ennis to accompany Sal to the private club in the back, and as they leave Ennis catches a glimpse of the bodyguard Marv's face in the mirror where his reflection is grotesque.

The private club is full of monsters of different types socialising. At the bar Sal is approached by werewolf David Lassiter, who isn't pleased to see him. They get into a fight, but their bodyguards pull them apart, and David leaves. Soon after a masked figure, with what looks like silver claws arrives and starts killing.

Sal is injured and staggers outside tot he pier where Ennis is about to propose to Tamara. The creature follows, and as it attacks Sal, it pushes Tamara out of the way. She falls, hitting her head and dies. The creature rips out Sal's heart and flees.

Later at the police station Ennis tries to explain to Detective Costa what he saw but the detective, despite being a friend of Ennis'late father who was also on the force, doesn't believe him. Sam and Dean arrive pretending to be FBI agents.

Characters

Definitions

Music

  • "Somehow" by Caught a Ghost
(plays when Ennis and Tamara enter the restaurant)
  • "Looking Glass / Pettibon" by ERAAS
(playing as Sal & Marv enter the monster club)
  • "Little Black Submarines" by The Black Keys
(plays while Ennis takes the train home)

Quotes

Sal Lassiter: You werewolves. You think you're so special, when really you're all just sons of bitches.
Dean: Listen detective, your perp fits a certain profile. Now I could go into detail, but I'm not going to.
Dean: All right, Sammy, give him the talk.

Sam: All right, look, my name is Sam Winchesters. That's my brother Dean. We kill vampires. And werewolves, and demons and... Basically, we chase down evil and we cut its head off.
Ennis: So you're, what, monster cops?

Dean: Hunters.
Dean: Hey Sammy. This is full of blood and meat... a lot of meat, actually this one, this one's labeled Susan.
Ennis: Who are you?

David: My name is David Lassiter. I'm a shapeshifter.
Ennis: You're a what?

David: We shift... our shape. It's kind of all there in the name.
Sam: So this girl, she's a shifter too?

David: Werewolf.

Dean and Ennis: Awesome.
Dean: And sometimes you got to work with the bad guys to get to the worse guys.

David: Dude, I'm right here.

Dean: Yeah, I see ya.
Violet: Why are you doing this?

Sal: Cause he's my little brother Violet, it's my job to protect him, it's my job to keep our blood pure.
Violet: You believe that bloodline crap?

Sal: We all do. Bloodlines, everyone knowing our place, it's the one thing we all agree on. If your people find out you ran off with a shifter, they'll be looking for payback, and they'll come after my family. Then it's nothing but bad times and dead bodies on both sides. David wants to go straight that's his call, but he does it alone. So you have a choice Violet: you can either walk out of here alive, or I'll take you out and dump what's left of you in the lake.
Ennis: You're going.

Sam: Look we'll, uh, we'll call in some other hunters, some pros and download them on the monster mob situation, all of it.
Ennis: Look guys I could...

Sam: Ennis seriously don't. You get in this too deep there's no getting out.
Ennis: But I couldn't walk away, this is my fight now. Hell, it's a damn war, and I gotta start somewhere.

Trivia & References

This episode is also a backdoor pilot for Supernatural: Bloodlines, a series set in Chicago and based on the characters introduced in this episode.
Tweets from the cast and crew during the episode broadcast.
Sal: Hello, Julian. I'm not looking for trouble. I just want a drink.

Julian: And I want to eat Taylor Swift's heart, but we can't always get what we want.

Taylor Swift is an American country pop singer. We can't always get what we want, could be seen as a reference to the Rolling Stones song "You Can't Always Get What You Want."
Dean introduces himself and Sam as "Agents Bonham and Peart" referring to John Bonham of Led Zeppelin and Neil Peart of Rush who were/are both drummers.
Sal: Hey, where you going Old Yeller?
A reference to the story of the same name about a yellow Mastador who becomes rabid and is put down by its boy owner.
Dean: From what you told us this thing sounds new... or Freddy Kruger.
Freddy Kruger is the antagonist of the Nightmare on Elm Street film series, and famous for his use of a clawed glove to kill his victims.
Dean: So, you're telling me there are five monster families that run Chicago? What is this, Godfather with fangs?
The Godfather is a crime film based on a book of the same name by Mario Puzo. It is about a New York mafia family whose leadership is replaced by the returning youngest son.
Ennis: Dude, he's a frickin' Transformer.
Transformers are a line of toys/TV series/films that revolve around robots that can transform into automobiles.
Dean: All right, you're with me, Romeo.

David: Sound good, Buffy.

Romeo is a reference to the ill-fated lover in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Buffy is a reference to the vampire slayer from the TV series named after her. Coincidentally, Sarah Michelle Gellar tweeted a picture of herself with a Supernatural poster.
The Impala used in the episode was owned by a fan and outfitted by fans. Read about it here (bottom of the article).

Minutiae

Melissa Roxburgh who played Violet Duval, previously portrayed Lila Taylor in 7.12 Time After Time.
Gardiner Miller who played Irv Sokolowski, previously portrayed Wrath in 3.01 The Magnificent Seven.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts

Promotion

Interviews with Andrew Dabb writer of "Bloodlines":