Directed By: Kim Manners
Written By: Raelle Tucker
Starring: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Emmanuelle Vaugier ...
Running Time: 60 min
Air Date: 22/03/2007
The story begins to San Fransisco. It's unusual for this show to have an episode set in a city, usually it's some backward rural area with creepy locals and desaturated colours. This episode they go for something different; a backward city with creepy locals and desaturated colours.
A woman named Madison (played by the very lovely Emmanuelle Vaugier) who works at a law firm is being stalked by her weird ex-boyfriend, and becomes terrified when her sleazy boss winds up gruesomely murdered in his office. Sam and Dean Winchester soon show up in town passing themselves off as detectives, and all of the evidence points towards a kind of creature they haven't faced in years; a werewolf. Their first suspect is of course Madison's ex, "Stalky McGee", and the animal-like murder of a police officer near his apartment seems to confirm this, but of course one should never jump to conclusions when it comes to identifying lycanthopes. Sam quickly begins to develop feelings for Madison, as he does for pretty much every hot girl he tries to save from the forces of evil. Talk about unprofessional. Sheesh.
I really like this show. I wasn't sure about it at first, but it's grown on me a lot. This second season inparticular has been very good. Sam and Dean are fun characters, the special effects are always good, the ongoing plot arcs are interesting and the writers always do a good job with whatever the "monster of the week" is. It seems it has a lot more intelligence and talent involved than a lot of other CW shows. This episode is typical of the show, well-written and intriguing. A lot is revealed about the characters, emotionally, and it all comes back to the same issues of Sam being a passionate do-gooder and Dean being a world-weary hunter. As usual, they work to keep each other in check.
There's definitely a lot of weight to this one, it's certainly not just a 'stock' episode. The story takes a lot of twists and turns, and overall it's a fun ride, probably one of my favourite episodes so far. I was hooked from start to finish.