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Season 2, Episode 17:

This is the way you can save me. Please. I'm asking you to save me.

I’m sorry, man, but what about "a human by day, a freak animal killing machine by moonlight" don’t you understand? I mean, werewolves are badass.

Written by Sera Gamble.

Directed by Kim Manners.

Airdate: March 22, 2007.

Sam develops feelings for a woman he meets while he and Dean investigate violent deaths in San Fransisco, California thought to be the work of a werewolf.

Dean and Sam investigate werewolf attacks in San Fransisco, California after the bitten and slashed body of a lawyer, Nate Mulligan, is found in his office with a missing heart. Sam's research reveals that over the last several years the deteriorated bodies of prostitutes working Hunters Point have washed up in the bay without their hearts. Dean and Sam interview Nate Mulligan's assistant, Madison, at her home as her neighbor, Glen, is dropping off a casserole. She tells them that her boss could be flirtatious when he was drinking, and that her ex-boyfriend, Kurt Mueller, had punched her boss because he thought something was going on between them. Madison also tells them that Kurt is stalking her, and was at a bar they had gone to after work on the same night that Nate died.

Dean and Sam search Kurt's apartment, where they find claw marks sliding from Kurt's balcony along the side of the building to the ground. They hear a gun shot and find a police officer who has been torn apart in a nearby alley. Sam and Dean go to check on Madison. After Sam defeats Dean in rock-paper-scissors, he gets to stay with Madison while Dean goes to Kurt's workplace. Sam and Madison start to talk and are clearly attracted to each other, while Dean tracks Kurt down at a strip club. Dean follows Kurt to his apartment, and waits outside watching his window and balcony. When the nearly-full moon is high in the sky, Dean hears a shattering sound and sees that the glass door to the balcony is broken. He runs into the building and into Kurt's apartment, where he find Kurt dead with his chest torn open. Kneeling over the body is Madison, but she has blood-stained fangs and long claws. She also has increased strength and agility, which she demonstrates by tossing Dean against the wall. Dean drops his gun but is able to pull a silver knife out of his jacket and wound Madison below her right elbow. Madison recoils from the silver and leaps out the shattered window and off the balcony. However, Dean was injured badly enough he passes out.

Dean awakens as the sun rises and calls Sam to let him know Madison is the werewolf. Sam walks into Madison's bedroom and finds her still asleep, but he sees the wound from Dean's silver knife on her arm. Sam ties Madison up, but she denies knowing anything about being a werewolf. Sam convinces Dean that they have to try to cure Madison by killing the werewolf who bit her. Dean goes to hunt the werewolf who was killing prostitutes at Hunters Point, while Sam guards Madison in case she transforms. Dean manages to shoot the werewolf as it attacks a prostitute. Before the werewolf dies, it transforms back to the human form of Glen, Madison's neighbor. While Dean is hunting Glen, Madison transforms into a werewolf, but Sam is able to barricade her in her a closet until morning. When he opens the door to the closet in the morning, Sam tells Madison it should be over and she will never see him again. Madison looks around and sees the scratch marks and missing plaster on the walls around her. She realizes Sam was telling her the truth and she transformed into a werewolf, but when she looks up Sam has left.

Dean and Sam wait outside Madison's apartment in the Impala to make sure Madison does not transform now that Glen is dead. Madison recognizes the car, and invites them to wait inside with her. The moon rises and sets with Madison staying in human form. Dean leaves to go back to the motel room, leaving Sam and Madison together. Madison kisses Sam, and they make love. That night, Sam and Madison fall asleep together, but when Sam wakes up he sees Madison in werewolf form. She jumps out the window before he can stop her. Sam goes to the motel where Dean is staying and tells Dean that Madison is still a werewolf. Madison, who has returned to human form, calls Sam's cell phone, and Sam and Dean pick her up from Middle Point Road and take her home.

Madison is horrified to realize she likely killed someone after she transformed during the prior night. Sam argues that they have to keep looking for a cure, but Dean explains to Madison that there is no known cure for being a werewolf and it is likely that she will hurt more people when she transforms in the future. Madison begs Sam to shoot her with a silver bullet because she does not want to hurt any more people, and she can't kill herself. Dean offers to do it instead of Sam, but Sam insists he should do it. Madison walks into her bedroom, and Sam follows her with tears running down his cheeks. A few seconds pass...and then a gunshot is heard off screen from Madison's bedroom, which causes Dean to flinch. Cue credits.

Body count:

For this episode = 3 humans and 2 werewolves. This includes the second death of a Love Interest for Sam.

For the series so far = At least 183 humans; 14 ghosts; 5 vampires; 2 shapeshifters; 2 werewolves; 1 demon; 1 god; 1 rakshasa; 1 rawhead; 1 shtriga; 1 wendigo; 1 zombie.

Tropes appearing in this episode:

  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: A werewolf leaves deep claw marks along the concrete side of Kurt's building. Werewolves have thick, rough, long, grayish claws.
  • All in the Eyes: As Dean tells Sam about Glen dying, we only see his eyes in the rear view mirror.
  • Ankle Drag: The prostitute is grabbed by her ankles and tries to dig her nails into the asphalt to resist being pulled off the road.
  • Asshole Victim: Kurt, who stalks his ex-girlfriend.
  • Beard of Evil: Glen is hirsute with a mustache and beard, even in his human form.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Glen.
  • Big Brother Bully: Dean tries to use his status as the older sibling to stay with the attractive Madison.
    Dean: You go after the creepy ex. I'm gonna hang here with the hot chick.
    Sam: Dude, why do you always get to hang out with the girls?
    Dean: Because I'm older.
  • Blatant Lies: Dean assures Sam he's keeping his eye on Kurt, while a stripper is performing in front of him. To his credit however, he clearly did keep track of Kurt, as he's shown staking out Kurt's apartment later, enabling him to run up there when Madison attacks.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: The Winchesters have a pearl-handled pistol for the silver bullets.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Blood spurts into the air as Glen starts coughing and gagging, after Dean shoots him.
  • Bodyguard Crush: While Sam guards Madison in her apartment, they get to know each other and are clearly attracted to each other.
  • Body in a Breadbox: Discussed by Sam when they are searching Kurt's apartment.
    Sam: Check the freezer. Maybe there's some human hearts behind the Häagen-Dazs or something.
  • Bound and Gagged: Sam ties Madison to a chair, but forgoes a gag, although Madison lives in a complex where she would likely be heard if she screamed. Presumably the threat of Sam hanging around with a gun kept her quiet.
  • Brainy Brunette: Madison, whom Sam describes as "clearly smart".
  • Breaking the Bonds: Once Madison transforms, she snaps the ropes tying her to the chair.
  • But Now I Must Go: Subverted Trope. After Sam kept Madison from hurting anyone else, and Dean killed the werewolf who bit her, Sam says, "It should be over now. You'll never see me again." Madison looks away, and when she looks back Sam is gone. However, later she sees Sam and Dean sitting in the Impala in front of her house.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Once Nate Mulligan, Madison's boss, has a few scotches, he starts hitting on her, initially pretending he needs her to help him file some papers before midnight, and then asking her to drive him home as he is too intoxicated. Madison doesn't fall for it and calls a cab for him.
  • Catchphrase: When Dean hears Sam describe the werewolf attacks, Dean says, "Awesome".
  • Cat Scare: The crash from the dog knocking over the garbage cans as Madison walks across the parking lot.
  • Chekhov's Gunman/The Dog Was the Mastermind: Glen, who was dropping off a casserole at Madison's house when Sam and Dean arrived.
  • Churchgoing Villain: Glen is wearing a T-shirt with a cross on it that says "Mission Church". Subverted in that he is not actually evil, as like Madison, he should be unaware of his actions as a wolf.
  • Cock Fight: Kurt punched Nate because he thought there was something going on between Nate and Madison. Security separated them, but Madison almost lost her job.
  • Commonality Connection: Sam can understand being transformed into a monster against your will. The fact that Madison works in a law office may have also interested Sam.
  • Coolest Club Ever: Everyone seems to be well-dressed and having fun in the bar in the teaser. Most people seem to be drinking colorful complex cocktails, although there are a few bottles of beer. The bar is also crowded despite it being a weekday.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Kurt Mueller is stalking Madison, sitting alone at a table in the bar, following Madison into the parking lot, and watching through the window of her house.
  • Cringe Comedy: Sam was already awkward when he was left with Madison alone. But then she decides to fold her laundry on the table where he is sitting, and most of the laundry is silky thong underwear.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Nate lying with outstretched arms on his desk.
  • Cue the Sun: Subverted Trope. The sun is seen rising over the San Francisco skyline. The sunrise is reflected off the window Sam, Dean, and Madison are staring out of. They assume this means Madison is cured and will no longer transform, but are wrong.
  • Curse Cut Short: When Dean see the shattered glass in the door to Kurt's balcony, he says, "What the...?"
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sam can't help gloating about getting to stay with the girl, while Dean hunts the monster.
    Sam: Bundle up out there, all right?
  • Dies Wide Open: Nate, Kurt, and Glen.
  • Disposable Sex Worker: Despite the mangled bodies of several prostitutes washing up in the bay, the police were keeping it quiet, suspecting a serial killer.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Glen, Madison's neighbor, initially appears to be this.
    Madison: [about Glen] He's sweet. He came over to check on me.
  • Domestic Abuser: Kurt, Madison's ex-boyfriend.
    Sam: What were you doing with Kurt?
    Madison: I don't know. I mean, it's not like he introduced himself, like, "Hi, I'm possessive and controlling and I like to punch people. Wanna be my girlfriend?"
  • Downer Ending: Sam and Dean can't cure Madison, so she asks Sam to kill her. They go off-screen while a tearful Dean watches on, "Silent Lucidity" by Queensr˙che plays—then BOOM, gun shot, Dean flinches, credits roll.
  • Dramatic Shattering: Madison drops the coffee pot when she finds Nate's body.
  • Empty Fridge, Empty Life: Kurt's fridge only has leftovers and a six-pack in it.
  • Enemy Within: Madison comes to this realization.
    Madison: Sam...I'm a monster.
  • Establishing Shot: San Francisco landmarks are shown in the sunlight or under the moon to signify the passing of time in this episode.
    • The teaser opens with a nighttime skyline of San Francisco over the Bay Bridge and towards the Embarcadero. After Madison drives home from the bar and before we see her at work, there's a daytime skyline shot of San Francisco.
    • A crane and power lines are silhouetted against a nearly-full moon. The camera then pans down to show highrise buildings with the Transamerica Pyramid down the block. As the camera continues to lower, Dean is shown waiting outside of Kurt's apartment.
    • The sun is seen rising over the Bay Bridge before Dean calls Sam to tell him the identity of the werewolf.
    • As Sam and Dean wait with Madison, the sun sets and the moon rises and moves across the sky over the Bay Bridge.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: The barking of a dog alerts Madison to the fact that Kurt is outside her window.
  • Explaining the Soap: Madison answers Sam's questions about her show, then teases him for getting hooked.
  • Eyes Never Lie: Sam argues he knows Madison is telling the truth because "there was something in her eyes".
  • Face-Revealing Turn: A brunette woman is seen kneeling over the bloodied body of Kurt, and then she turns her head to show Madison transformed with blood-stained fangs and bright blue eyes with pupils slitted like a cat's.
  • Fangs Are Evil: The werewolf has large fangs and when first seen they are covered in blood from a fresh kill.
  • Fanservice: Sam gets his first sex scene! Huzzah!
  • Fatal Attractor: Unfortunately it's also the start of a Running Gag of Sam falling for monsters.
  • Forceful Kiss: Madison leaps at Sam and kisses him, catching his bottom lip between her teeth as he slams her against the wall.
  • "Friends" Rent Control: Kurt, who owns a body shop, has a tastefully-decorated apartment with a balcony in a new highrise in downtown San Francisco.
  • Genius Book Club: Sam tells Madison she is clearly smart because her "house is full of great books".
  • Girl of the Week: The lawyer's Sexy Secretary, Madison, who is also the Monster of the Week, for Sam.
  • Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: Implied; after finding out she's not going to transform, and so the Winchesters aren't going to execute her, Madison releases a lot of pent up tension with Sam.
  • Glamour Failure: The cut from the silver knife leaves a scar below the elbow, even after the werewolf transforms back to human form. Sam notes this scar after Dean tells him about causing the injury.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: The brothers are staying at the China Sea Motel, and Chinese characters appear on the sign advising "Please ring buzzer after 9 PM". In addition, a junk ship is seen on the sign with Chinese characters on the sail.
  • Great Big Book of Everything: Sam looks in John Winchester's journal for a possible cure for lycanthropy.
  • Gun Stripping: Dean is cleaning his gun in the motel room during the scene where Sam describes the attacks and the nature of werewolves is explained.
  • Harsh Vocals: Iggy Pop's growling scream at the start of "Down on the Street" by The Stooges, which plays while Dean waits outside of Kurt's apartment.
  • Hidden Weapons: After Dean drops his gun, he pulls a silver knife out of an inner jacket pocket.
  • The Hilarious Table: Madison and her friends at the bar.
  • Hiss Before Fleeing: After Dean wounds the werewolf, she gives a snarling growl with fangs bared before leaping out the broken window and off Kurt's balcony. She pulls this again when Sam wakes up in Madison's bed.
  • Hope Spot: There really wasn't a cure.
  • Hotter and Sexier: More sexual positions were shown in this episode than in Dean and Cassie's sex scene in "Route 666" (S01, E13) including the guy being behind the woman and the woman being on top.
  • Hulking Out: Discussed Trope.
    Sam: Or maybe she really doesn't know she's changing, you know? Maybe—maybe when the creature takes over, she blacks out.
    Dean: Like a really hot Incredible Hulk.
  • Hysterical Woman: The prostitute starts hyperventilating after Dean shoots the werewolf.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate/Staking the Loved One: In the ending scene, Madison learns that there is no cure for being a werewolf, and begs Sam to kill her so that she won't hurt anyone else. He obliges.
  • Idealized Sex: There are no awkward moments or fumbling with contraceptives. With one having demon blood and the other being a werewolf, hopefully they were careful not to conceive any werewolf Special Children.
  • I'm Going To Disneyland: Sam teases Dean about being excited to hunt a werewolf:
    Sam: Okay, Sparky. And you know what? After we kill it, we can go to Disneyland.
  • Impending Doom P.O.V.: The distorted shot from the balcony, where we see Dean in Kurt's kitchen through the curtains. A similar shot is used by the dumpsters in the alley when the police officer approaches, and again when the prostitute hears a howl and starts to run.
  • Impersonating an Officer: Though Sam and Dean are pretending to be detectives in a law enforcement agency, they are just wearing their normal clothes instead of suits. The reason for this change from their normal pattern is not explained, although perhaps since the case was supposed to be on the down low, they thought to pass as plain clothes cops.
  • In-Joke: The executive producers listed in the credits of the show Madison watches with Sam are Olive Aronauer and Lesley DeHaan. Todd Philip Aronauer and Lesley DeHaan are producers for Supernatural. Michael T. Moore is also listed as a producer in this show's credits, and has the same name as one of the writers for "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part Two" (S02, E21).
  • Interspecies Romance: A werewolf and a human hunter (with a little extra demon blood) get it on.
  • In Vino Veritas: Nate, Madison's boss, suffers from libational libido. Sam suggests Dean does too.
    Madison: Nothing, really. He had a few scotches in him, and he started hitting on anyone in a five-mile radius. You know the type.
    Sam: [looks at Dean] Yeah. I do, actually.
  • It's Personal: Sam wants the werewolf who bit Madison dead.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Sam is willing to do what he can to cure Madison, and when he believes she is afraid of him, he promises that after they have helped her he will walk out the door and never come back.
  • The Killer in Me: Madison is the werewolf who killed her boss and ex-boyfriend.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Sam insists he should be the one to kill Madison when Dean offers to do it for him.
  • Kind Restraints: Sam barricades Madison in a closet by moving the entertainment center in front of the door.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The werewolf does not remember what happened while transformed after returning to human form.
  • Leg Focus: Dean is shown looking up at the stage of the strip club framed between the two legs of the stripper. We only see the pole and the stripper's feet in silver high heels with blinking lights in the soles.
  • Love-Interest Traitor: Subverted Trope. Sam assumes Madison is lying to him after he sees the wound from the silver knife and ties her up, but then he realizes she really doesn't know what she is.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Glen's desire for a relationship fueled his behaviors as a wolf.
  • Lunacy: Werewolves transform during the week leading up to the full moon.
  • Magic Pants: Justified Trope, as the werewolf form is about the same size as the human form. Madison is wearing her tank top and sweatpants pajamas as a werewolf, and Glen wears a Church America Marathon T-shirt as a werewolf. Although this doesn't explain why Madison wakes up naked.
  • Magnet Hands: Inverted Trope, as is often the case when the Winchesters get in a fight with a monster. Dean drops his gun when the werewolf throws him against the wall.
  • Manly Tears: Sam has tears cascading over his cheeks in the final scene.
  • Meaningful Look:
    • Once Sam goes to sit on the couch to get away from the underwear, Madison, with her face turned away from him, breaks into a large, victorious smile.
    • After Madison says she is going to turn in, she gives a backward glance to Sam before going into her bedroom. He returns her glance with a shy smile.
  • Melancholy Moon:
    • Sam is shown staring at a nearly-full moon wistfully as he guards Madison while she sleeps.
    • Dean looks at a full moon through the window before putting his gun on the table.
  • Metallicar Syndrome: Madison lampshades it:
    Madison: You know, for a stake-out, your car's a bit conspicuous.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Werewolves are ruled by primal urges once they transform, and no longer have human inhibitions or morality.
    • Glen is ruled by a desire for sex and companionship, leading to the murder of the prostitutes and the attack on Madison.
    • Madison wants revenge on those who threatened or mistreated her.
  • Misery Builds Character: Madison decides to leave an abusive relationship and take control of her life after she is the victim of a violent mugging.
    Madison: What? Doesn't everybody think that being a victim of random violence is the best thing that ever happened to them?
  • Modesty Bedsheet: Madison wraps the sheet around herself when she gets out of bed and asks Sam what is going on.
  • Mood Motif: "Look at You" by Screaming Trees plays during the sex scene.
  • Musicalis Interruptus: "Silent Lucidity" by Queensr˙che plays during the final scene with the music ending with the gunshot.
  • Naked on Revival/What Did I Do Last Night?: When Madison wakes up as a human after a night spent as a werewolf, she is naked under the bed sheets. She was clothed while attacking Kurt and Dean, so the werewolf must have decided to shed the clothes before getting in bed.
    Madison: Um...where are my pajamas?
  • Never Sleep Again: Given that werewolves only transform when asleep, could a werewolf avoid transforming by only sleeping during the day before the moon rises on the week before the full moon?
  • The Nicknamer:
    • Nate refers to Madison as "Maddie".
    • Sam calls Dean "Sparky".
  • Non-Human Lover Reveal: Sam wakes up after making love to Madison and finds she has transformed into a werewolf.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Subverted Trope. You cannot cure a person who has become a werewolf by killing the werewolf who infected the person.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: When Dean argues that they cannot save Madison because of what she is, Sam points out that Dean will not give up on him despite his demon blood.
    Dean: I hate to say it. She's a sweet girl, but part of her is—
    Sam: Evil?
    Dean: Yeah.
    Sam: Yeah, that’s what they say about me, Dean. So, me you won't kill, but her you're just gonna blow away?
  • Not Staying for Breakfast: Double subverted. After the sex scene, Sam wakes up alone in bed. However, Madison in still in the bedroom, but it turns out she has transformed into a werewolf and escapes out the window.
  • Ominously Open Door: Madison stops filling the coffee pot with water and realizes something is wrong when she sees Nate's office door is ajar and there is a blood smear on the door and the carpet.
  • Only One Name: Madison.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: This is their first episode on Supernatural, which portrays them as normal people infected by another werewolf's bite. They grow fangs and claws and turn feral after falling asleep, with their human mind unconscious as the werewolf in them acts on their instincts combined with their human self's feelings, e.g., killing those they think are immoral or deem a threat and trying to turn the person they have feelings for into another werewolf to get a mate. They're injured by silver and can be killed with the traditional "silver bullet to the heart".
  • Parking Lot: Subverted Trope. Despite the shot of Madison walking alone through the parking lot, which included an overhead shot showing the empty space and a close up on her legs and clicking high heels, she gets to her car safely and without incident.
  • Picky People Eater: Werewolves eat hearts. A mauled body missing a heart, like Nate's corpse, is typical of a werewolf attack.
  • Police Are Useless: The police officer and his non-silver bullets are no match for the werewolf.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: This is Dean's mode of play in Scissors, Paper, Rock. When Sam wins the first round, Dean mutters about how this usually happens with this contest: "Always with the scissors!"
  • Poster-Gallery Bedroom:
    • Kurt's apartment does not have any incriminating evidence, and instead has framed photos showing him fishing and holding kids. He also has modern art hanging on his walls.
    • Madison has an impressionist painting of a woman above her bed and a fireplace in her bedroom.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: Dean is presumably knocked out by an injury from being thrown against the wall by the werewolf, but does not collapse until after he wounds the werewolf and causes it to flee. He must have passed out from the pain, as a head injury causing loss of consciousness after a lucid period is very concerning, and Dean likely would not have just woken up on his own.
  • Roar Before Beating: The werewolf in Kurt's apartment lets out a snarl before tossing Dean against the wall.
  • Rock–Paper–Scissors: Dean and Sam play rock-paper-scissors to determine who stays with Madison and who hunts down Kurt. Dean repeatedly throws scissors, which will be a Running Gag in Supernatural.
    Sam: Dean, always with the scissors.
  • Scare Chord: When we first see Kurt, Madison's ex-boyfriend, at the bar.
  • Screaming Woman: Madison when she finds Nate's body.
  • Sex Starts, Story Stops: A sex scene occurs etween Madison and Sam, and all action halts for the scene. They do have sex in front of the fireplace, but the fireplace is in the background and skin is in the foreground.
  • Sexy Shirt Switch: After Sam and Madison have sex, Madison is wearing Sam's shirt. She is still wearing it after she transforms back to human form after being a werewolf.
  • Shipper on Deck: At first Dean obviously wants Madison for himself, but once he realizes that Madison is attracted to Sam, he eagerly switches to trying to get them together.
  • Shoot the Dog: Both of the Winchester brothers shoot a werewolf, who are also humans unaware of what they do in wolf form.
  • Shout-Out:
    Voice from television: Let me warn you—I am Mr. Butterfield; this is my line, these are my passengers. You bother any of them, I'll hound you from here to kingdom come.
    • When Sam defends Madison, Dean asks Sam if he is the Dog Whisperer.
  • Silver Has Mystic Powers: Silver, usually in the form of a Silver Bullet, can wound a werewolf and will kill it if you pierce the heart. Dean manages to slash the werewolf with a silver knife on the right forearm, and the wound remains after transforming back to human form.
  • Single Tear: Dean starts crying when Sam leaves to kill Madison.
  • Soap Within a Show: Madison wants to watch her show and gets Sam hooked. Evidently, Kendall married Ethan's father to get back at him, and now she's set to inherit all the casinos that were supposed to go to Ethan. Kendall and Ethan are characters from All My Children.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Sam isn't exactly smooth when it comes to seducing Madison.
    Dean: [talking to Sam on his cell phone while Sam sits on Madison's couch] Let me guess. You’re sitting on her couch like a stiff, trying to think of something to say.
  • Sound-Only Death: Madison. Sam walks through the door and we hear the gun fire.
  • Special Edition Title: This episode does not include The Road So Far, instead opening with the teaser of Madison in a bar and finding her boss's body before the title sequence.
  • Spirited Competitor: Dean is excited about hunting a werewolf as they are badass and rare. He says they haven't seen one since they were kids.
    Sam: Dean, could you be a bigger geek about this?
    Dean: I'm sorry, man, but what about "a human by day, a freak animal killing machine by moonlight" don't you understand? I mean, werewolves are badass. We haven't seen one since we were kids.
  • Stages of Monster Grief: Madison doesn't make it past stage one.
  • The Stakeout:
    • Dean follows Kurt from the strip club back to Kurt's apartment building and waits outside Kurt's balcony. When the lights turn on in Kurt's apartment, Dean checks the clip in his gun. When the glass shatters in the balcony door, he runs into the building.
    • Later, Sam and Dean wait in the Impala outside Madison's apartment to make sure she doesn't transform, but she sees them and invites them inside.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Kurt Mueller, Madison's ex-boyfriend.
  • Stock Costume Traits: The prostitute attacked by the werewolf wears dangling earrings, a fake-fur vest, a miniskirt, fishnets, and pumps.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Werewolves when they transform. Madison and Glen in particular this episode.
  • Super Window Jump: The werewolf enters Kurt's apartment by smashing through the glass door of his balcony. After the werewolf is wounded, she leaps out of the same window. The werewolf later leaps out the window in Madison's bedroom after Sam wakes up.
  • Swiss-Cheese Security: Only after Sam realizes Madison is the werewolf does he lock and bolt the door, which means the door was unlocked all night.
  • Themed Aliases: Dean introduces himself to Madison as Detective Landis, as in John Landis, who directed An American Werewolf in London. He introduces Sam as Detective Dante, as in Joe Dante, who directed The Howling.
  • There Is No Cure: After discovering Madison is the werewolf (one of them anyway), Sam and Dean attempt a No Ontological Inertia cure described in John's journal. It doesn't work, and the boys discover that according to all their sources, lycanthropy is irreversible. Despite Sam's desperate insistence that they can find something if they look hard enough, Madison when she finds out, and Dean, and eventually Sam confront the hard fact that there's no cure. Madison chooses to die rather than live with her lycanthropy.
  • This Bear Was Framed: Nate's death is mistaken for an animal attack despite it occurring in a skyscraper in downtown San Francisco. The medical examiner thinks it looks like a wolf attack but plans to list it as a pit bull attack on her report.
  • This Was His True Form: Glen transforms back to a human before he dies.
  • Through Her Stomach: Glen, Madison's neighbor, brings by a casserole, trying to win Madison's affection.
  • Tragic Monster: Both Madison and Glen. Werewolves in general.
  • Triple Meaning Title: This episode's simple title refers to a werewolf's hunger, Sam's connection to Madison, and Madison's bravery in facing her fate.
  • "Uh-Oh" Eyes: The werewolf's eyes are a bright unnatural blue with slitted Hellish Pupils like a cat.
  • Umbrella Drink: In the teaser, Madison and her friends are drinking elaborate cocktails. Her blonde friend in the light pink blouse has a martini with olives. Her blonde friend in the black-and-white checkered jacket is drinking a blue cocktail with a slice of orange and an umbrella. Madison has a purple cocktail with grapes and a purple stirrer.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: The prostitute runs off without a thank-you, which Dean lampshades.
    Dean: Hey, don't mention it!
  • Uniqueness Value: One of Madison's characteristics Sam values.
    Sam: You’re...unusual.
    Madison: Unusual, like... [swirls finger by the side of her head] unusual?
    Sam: No. No. No, no, no. Unusual, like...impressive.
  • Unmentionables: Madison decides to dump her entire underwear collection, including silky thongs, on the table in front of Sam.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Sam argues that they can't kill Madison as she does not know what she is. Dean resists this argument, but seems truly upset when he tries to comfort Glen after he transforms back a human before dying.
  • Variable Mix: "Down on the Street" by The Stooges becomes increasing louder as Dean runs into Kurt's apartment and fights the werewolf.
  • Wall Bang Her: After Madison kisses Sam, he slams her against the wall and they start pulling each other's clothes off.
  • Wall Crawl: The werewolf crawls up the smooth concrete side of Kurt's building to get to his balcony.
  • Was Once a Man: Glen and Madison. Sam discusses his ambiguous status.
  • Weird Moon: A waxing gibbous moon is shown, which seems to fill the sky.
  • White Shirt of Death: Nate lying on his desk in the blood-soaked dress shirt slashed apart to reveal deep gashes through skin and tissue.
  • Wolf Man: Werewolves maintain their human proportions and stand on two legs. However, they have wolf-like features including fangs, claws, and increased agility.
  • Wolves Always Howl at the Moon: The werewolf is heard howling before the prostitute is attacked.
  • Workaholic: Nate was killed in his office, and we know Madison must have killed him there after she fell asleep. So he must have gone back to the office after he left the bar or arrived at the office very early in the morning.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: The timeline of this episode has a lot of difficulties, with one scene being in the middle of the night with the moon above and the next being in broad daylight or vice versa. Sometimes it is implied that time has passed, but in other scenes the plot suggests the scenes should have occurred one after the other.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: When Sam ties Madison up, she assumes Sam is mentally ill and plans to hurt her.
    Madison: Sam, you're sick, okay? You’re imagining things. Monsters don't exist, not really.
  • Wronski Feint: Sam steps to the side when Madison lunges at him, causing her to go flying into the closet.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Turns out that killing the sire doesn't cure a werewolf after all.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Once Dean realizes Sam is interested in Madison, he does what he can to help them get together. After they make it through the night without Madison transforming, Dean makes an awkward exit complete with air pump to allow them to be alone together.
    Dean: So, I’m just gonna head back to the hotel some Pay-Per-View or something.
    Sam: He means well, but...
    Madison: You mean, he thinks you’re gonna get laid.
  • You Wake Up in a Room: Madison wakes up in her closet and finds the walls covered in scratch marks with missing chunks of plaster.