Recap: Supernatural S 08 E 04 Bitten
Season 8, Episode 4
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 realize what he did.
- Asleep in Class: Michael
- Asshole Victim: Scott the Jerk Jock even implies he will rape Kate before Michael kills him.
- 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.
- 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 school or high school.
- Despite having very different stated career goals, the 3 main characters are in the same 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 captured him running after Michael, his fear when he heard the growls, and then his completely awful threats against Kate. Then Michael takes 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 was quite a nice house for 2 college guys.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
- We have a lot of Asshats, a D-bag, a Douche Wheel, and good old Dick.
- Michael and Kate are also 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.
- 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 pure blood 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.
- I Resemble That Remark / Hilarious in Hindsight: 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 appear to have become infatuated with Kate.
- Left the Background Music On: What's the matter? What's the matter with you baby...? Milo Greene's "What's the matter?" is playing during the opening scene until Dean yanks the iPod out off the speaker.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Brian, asking 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 yet a different way from the Refugee from TV Land approach of "The French Mistake", the Faux Documentary "Ghostfacers", the Recursive Canon of "The Monster At The End Of The Book", or the Fandom Nods of "The Real Ghostbusters".
- 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 Trope, when Kate becomes Cute Monster Girl.
- Name's the Same: Jacob Carter, the victim in the crime scene, was also the name of Sam's father in Stargate SG-1 who became a Tok'ra.
- Night-Vision Goggles
- No Ontological Inertia: Averted Trope, as Michael remains a werewolf even after the werewolf who bit him is killed.
- Also a Continuity Nod waaay back to "Heart" in Season Two, where Sam and Dean unsuccessfully try to cure a new (cute lady) werewolf by killing the one who turned her.
- Oblivious to Love: Kate appears to either be unaware, or simply choosing to ignore, that Brian is clearly infatuated with her.
- 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 earlier, Michael was shown sleeping through the lecture on Lord of the Flies, requiring Brian to tape it for him.
- Product Placement:
- Punched Across the Room
- Rousseau Was Right
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: Michael and Kate who a tooth-rottingly in love.
- Similarly Named Works: A novel by Kelley Armstrong about being a female werewolf.
- Silver Has Mystic Powers: Silver Bullet and a silver knife 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".
- Super-Powered Evil Side: We get to see this side of all 3 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, 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 but can hear them as well.