Recap: Supernatural S 08 E 04 Bitten
Recap of Supernatural Season 8, Episode 4
Written by Robbie Thompson.
Directed by Thomas J. Wright.
Air Date: October 24, 2012.
Dean and Sam find two dead bodies and a laptop computer with film footage that not only tells the story behind the dead bodies but also gives them a new perspective
about themselves and the monsters they hunt.
- Always Second Best: Brian, who feels inferior to Michael. Especially when it comes to Kate.
- Amnesiac Dissonance: Michael initially does not recall what he did during his transformation, but must deal with the consequences as he starts to remember what happened.
- Asleep in Class: Michael.
- Beam Me Up, Scotty!:
- Michael says, "I wish I could quit you". Jake Gyllenhaal's line from Brokeback Mountain is actually "I wish I knew how to quit you".
- This Bear Was Framed
Officer: This kid was shredded by an animal.
- Catchphrase: Dean's use of "awesome" gets lampshaded:
Kate: I'm pretty sure that FBI agents don't say "awesome" that much.
- Chekhov's Gun: The zoom on Professor Ludensky's lapel pin.
- Cock Fight: Brian and Michael when they both transform.
- College Is High School Part 2
- Lord of the Flies is a typical assignment in middle or high school.
- Despite having very different stated career goals, the three main characters are in the same English or Literature class and seem to have similar schedules.
- Commonality Connection: Kate's dreams of being a green lawyer recall Sam's own ambitions.
- Continuity Nod:
- Contrived Coincidence: It was pretty lucky Scott also was carrying a video camera and it captured him running after Michael, his fear when he heard the growls, and then his horrific threats against Kate. Then Michael took the incriminating video home and gave it to Brian so it could be included in the movie.
- Declaration of Protection: Defied Trope.
Brian: You need someone who can protect you.
Kate: I can protect myself.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Complete with Dying Declaration of Love.
- Enemy Within:
Michael: I'm a werewolf. A werewolf.
- Evil Tastes Good: The taste for hearts.
- Fangs Are Evil
- Found Footage Episode
- "Friends" Rent Control: That's quite a nice house for two college guys.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
- We have a lot of "asshat"s, a "d-bag", a "douche wheel", and the good old standard "dick".
- Michael and Kate are seen hiding a large bong when Sam and Dean (posing as Feds) knock on the door.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: David Lewis, who played Professor Ludensky, also played Cameron Balinsky in Stargate SG-1 and Agent Kreski in The X-Files.
- Hilarious in Hindsight/I Resemble That Remark: When Brian mocks some of the girls at the coffee shop, he comments that one of them is "in love with their roommate", only to himself later become infatuated with Kate.
- Hollywood Hacking:
Kate: What else can you hack into, Brian?
- How We Got Here: Opens with the dead bodies and then tells their story.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Brian, who goes so far as to ask to be bitten. This is in contrast to Michael, who views his transformation as more Cursed with Awesome.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Who finds hearts delicious.
- In the Blood: We learn that pureblood werewolves are different.
- In-Universe Camera: Complete with Jitter Cam.
- Innocent Bystander Series: Or, at least, they start out innocent. By the end, we see this is really a Villain Episode.
- Karmic Death: Scott the Jerk Jock implies he will rape Kate before Michael kills him.
- Left the Background Music On: "What's the matter? What's the matter with you baby?" Milo Greene's "What's the Matter?" plays during the opening scene until Dean yanks the iPod out of the speaker.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Brian, who asks to be turned into a werewolf partly because he's in love with Kate.
- Meta Fiction: Brian's movie comments on the dialogue and actions of Sam and Dean in a different way from the Refugee from TV Land approach of "The French Mistake" (S06, E15), the Faux Documentary "Ghostfacers" (S03, E13), the Recursive Canon of "The Monster At The End Of This Book" (S04, E18), or the Fandom Nods of "The Real Ghostbusters" (S05, E09).
- Mistaken for Gay: The Winchesters are thought to be a couple again when they are overheard talking about being apart for a year.
- Monogender Monsters: Averted when Kate becomes a Cute Monster Girl.
- Name's the Same: Jacob Carter, the victim in the crime scene, shares a name with Sam's father in Stargate SG-1 who became a Tok'ra.
- Night-Vision Goggles
- No Ontological Inertia: Averted, as Michael remains a werewolf even after the werewolf who bit him is killed.
- Oblivious to Love: Kate appears to either be unaware of or simply choosing to ignore the fact that Brian is clearly infatuated with her.
- One Steve Limit: Another Kate.
- Origin Story: Invoked Trope, as Brian says he wants to film Michael's origin story.
- Paint the Town Red: Blood covers everything in the opening scene.
- Popcultural Osmosis Failure: When Brian says he doesn't want to be Piggy, Michael tells him he is not a pig.
- Justified as Michael was earlier shown sleeping through the lecture on Lord of the Flies, having Brian tape it for him.
- Product Placement:
- Punched Across the Room
- Rousseau Was Right
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: Michael and Kate, who are tooth-rotting-ly in love.
- Similarly Named Works: A novel by Kelley Armstrong about being a female werewolf.
- Silver Has Mystic Powers: Silver bullets knives are this week's Weaksauce Weakness.
- Special Edition Title: The Title Card was shown after the opening sequence, but the opening credits were not played until the end. On the original broadcast there were nearly 20 minutes before the first commercial break. A similar departure from the normal formula was used in "Ghostfacers" (S03, E13).
- Super-Powered Evil Side: We get to see this side of all three of the college students.
- Super Strength: At first, Michael Does Not Know His Own Strength.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Dean's willingness to let Kate go highlights how his alliance with Benny has changed him, especially compared to last season.
- Themed Aliases: Agents Hudson and Rose, as in Axl Rose (born William Bruce Rose, Jr.; raised as William Bruce Bailey) and Saul Hudson (better known as Slash) of Guns N' Roses.
- Third Wheel: Brian.
- Played for drama and thoroughly deconstructed. Brian comes off as a slightly creepy Stalker with a Crush. His third wheel situation leads him to ask to be bitten with horrific results.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Dean and his hamburgers.
Sam: Dude, two burgers?
- Triang Relations: Type 4, with a = Brian, b = Kate, c = Michael.
- Two Guys and a Girl
- Unusual Euphemism: Kate accuses Michael of foaming the runway and then leaving.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting
- Walking the Earth: Kate at the end.
- What Have I Become?
- Zoom: For unclear reasons, when Kate uses her zoom lens to get a better shot of Dean talking to the coroner, she can not only see them better but can hear them better as well.
- It might be a stylistic choice on Kate's part to increase the volume as the shot zooms in.