Supernatural 8.04 – Bitten

Sam and Dean walk into a blood-splattered house with the radio playing and corpses on the floor. Feel free to insert the appropriate “must-be-x-day-of-the-week” joke here. At first they can’t seem to see any clues as to what happened or who redecorated the joint, until they notice a laptop that may as well be flashing “Eat Me, Drink Me” at them. They hit ‘play’ and the screen informs them textually that it wasn’t supposed to end this way.

You’re probably asking: “What wasn’t supposed to end what way?”

Let’s find out.

The Winchester’s and the audience are now the viewers of a vlog type video. The subjects of the video seem to be an aspiring audio/visual visionary and his douche-lite college pal in a coffee shop. Mr. A/V Club is in search of inspiration for his film and also inspired by a table full of women he generically gauges and groups in various categories of what he considers to be lame, unappealing and unworthy. Except for one girl, she’s cute enough to be intriguing to the lens. The table is pretty aware of how unsubtly he’s filming them and she seems less than impressed and a bit creeped out.

The girl approaches and accuses Douche-lite of filming them. He apologizes profusely and charmingly. It turns out that she isn’t all that wigged out after all; she’s not only a-ok with being watched, she also flashes her vlogger camera setting credentials proudly and flirts happily with him.

Next thing we know, it’s nighttime, and A/V Club is at his laptop as Cute Girl and Douche-lite giggle playfully in the other room. Cute Girl comes through the door wearing the same shirt Douche-lite had on earlier. You may be wondering, Who’s filming?. A/V Club is wondering why his life sucks.

Next cut we’re back in the coffee shop, A/V Club, who’s name is Brian, is filming Cute Girl, who’s name is Kate, while they discuss movie merits, tech attachments and how completely Amish Douche-lite, who’s name is Michael, is when it comes to cameras.

Cut again and we’re back in the guys’ place. Apparently, Brian likes to keep the camera mounted and running at all times. He rotates it from himself to Kate as she details her life goals. Kate wants to be a tree-hugging lawyer that sticks it to The Man. Kate pulls her camera out and now we’ve got footage within footage as she films Brian talking about his future indie street-cred gone corporate movie career. Michael, of course, mocks their beatnik ways and wants nothing more than to lounge on a boat with a bikini-clad female at his side. He’s still charmingly douche-tastic about it and Kate rewards him with a kiss.

Back in Brian’s lens we watch as the troika sit through a lit lecture about ‘Lord of the Flies”. Well, Michael opted to sleep through it, but hey, he showed up, right? And anyway, Brian’s got the whole thing on film. Just then, some actual douches bombard the trio and Brian’s camera is knocked to the ground. Lucky he has Michael to stand up for him and his camera seems alright. Good thing, too, because if the camera had been trashed he wouldn’t have been able to film the dead body and crime scene they suddenly stumble upon. The Winchesters are on this case and now they’re on Brian and Kate’s memory cards, too. The vloggers catch the victim’s name, Jacob Carter and the intel that a neighbor heard the attack just before the body was found.

Kate and Brian film each other as they go back and forth about the FBI, the body and the fact that Michael and Brian are all too blasé about it. No time for the discussion to get deep though, because the boys are off, leaving Kate alone as they run off to play with their cameras together. On their adventure they spot Sam and Dean trying to figure out whether or no there’s a case to investigate. Michael’s also wondering if Sam and Dean are dating. He’s not the first outsider to question that relationship.

Hey, remember the guy that knocked Brian’s camera to the ground? We’ll they just caught him getting the brush off. Then he caught them catching him. And he’s pissed. The boys split up, yelling to meet up at Scott’s house, and Michael gets chased into the woods. It’s dark, the green cast of night vision lights up the screen and growling can be heard behind Michael. The camera hits the ground, the screen cuts in and out a bit and Michael gets dragged off.

Back in Brian’s POV, we see Brian’s camera spot Michael’s camera. He calls out for Michael and finds him mauled at the base of a tree. Brian carries him back to the house and Kate is dialing 911, but the bite on Michael’s arm has already healed up beautifully. Kate’s a worried mess, Brian’s a stressed out mess, and Michael is asleep on the couch perfectly fine. So fine, in fact, that when he wakes up he accidentally rips a door off its hinges. Rather than be freaked out, the threesome decides to film how awesome Michael’s newly acquired super-strength is.

They contemplate whether its time to call Professor X or if Michael is just the plot to Brian’s movie. Not only that, but Brian’s also hoping to go back into the woods so he can get briefly maimed and become a superhero like Michael, because he’s tired of being the Piggy to Michael’s Ralph. Michael tells Brian that there’s nothing wrong with him, that he basically loves him just the way he is and that with great power comes great responsibility.

All previous douche-lite references are now retracted. Though frankly, since Michael hasn’t hero’d anything yet, he’s neither the villain nor the savior. He’s just… really strong.

A knock at the door and the Winchesters are on the other side asking about Jacob Carter and about random toothy behavior. Brian sends them off with zero info. Kate’s filming from the window and catches the Winchesters talking about the possibilities of more Mayan gods to deal with. Michael, squinty eyed and glass bong in hand, gloats like the next Russell Hammond on a rooftop. This’ll go well.

That night, Michael stares at himself in the mirror, pondering his new god-like qualities. Which is of course the moment he more or less wolfs out. Then Michael does what anybody else does when faced with a stressful life assessing situation: he binged the ‘eff out of his fridge.

Out of food, Michael heads off to the 7-11 to pick up some more munchies when he encounters a group of vigilante take-back-the-nighters, lead by Scott Parker, with their own vlog cameras. Michael is unimpressed, yet for some reason drops his groceries and bolts. The group goes after him…

The next morning, Brian and Kate sit on the couch talking about Michael and his superhuman strength. Kate’s totally into it. Which is exactly when Michael shows up, blood caked and drying all over his mouth, down his next and covering his shirt. Michael, thankfully, has the sense to hop in the shower. Good boy! *pets *

Michael says he thinks he killed Scott. Kate is finally concerned. However, not as much as Brian is. Brian is fully worried, while Kate keeps trying to justify what Michael did. Brian interrogates Michael about Scott Parker’s missing heart, and Michael maturely punches him in the gut, sending him flying. Which is apparently very emotional for Michael, seeing as he’s now crying with his head in Kate’s lap. Brain wants to call the cops, Kate wants answers, and Michael opts to just sulk. The boys also acknowledge that they are mutually wigging each other out. Good to know they’re on the same page with their feelings.

In a fun twist, it appears that not only is Brian an A/V geek, he’s also a hacker nerd. He taps into the security camera feed of the coffee cafe while Sam and Dean eat and talk, none the wiser. Which is how the triad are able to eavesdrop the dish from the brothers. The theory is that what they’re dealing with is a werewolf with one hell of a lineage. A thoroughbred that can shift at will. Michael is officially worried about his wellbeing. Kate is still trying to stay on the sunny side of things. This leads to a lover’s quarrel, and while Kate and Michael deal with their inter-species romance issues, Brian opts to review the footage from the night Michael was attacked. Brian thinks he stumbled upon a clue in the video, Kate could care less.

Brian’s bit of Nancy Drew’ing leads him back to his lit professor. He’s the alpha of this tale and Brian, with the help of a hidden camera in the professor’s office and a warped sense of logic, tries to convince the professor to turn him. The professor isn’t willing, but Brian’s leaving him little to no choice. After biting Brian, the professor tells him about how he’s been trying to stay Zen, eat a steady diet of squirrel hearts and not feed on people. It’s tough, it’s one day at a time. And when Jacob Carter presented himself as too tasty to pass up, the professor fell off the wagon. Of course, then he needed a fall guy, because there’s no way he was up for dodging hunters over one slip up. Enter Michael, the lazy student that no one would miss. No one except Brian, that is. Not only that, but Brian’s desire to be less of a beta male is even stronger than his affection for Michael.

As Brian’s wound heals we’re back in his direct POV as he tells Michael and Kate what happened and shows them the feed of the professor’s office. Which is recording Sam and Dean in their street clothes taking him out. Michael is concerned about the fact that the Winchesters noticed the professor clocking the hidden feed and found the camera, Brian’s too busy getting a little too Red Hulk for comfort to see reason. Michael tries to talk some sense into Brian, but Brian is so over walking a step behind and being cold in Michael’s shadow.

Brian’s lab accident has definitely gone full-blown villain and in true protagonist/antagonist fashion the fight for the girl’s affection begins. Brian feels that Kate deserves someone willing to do whatever it takes to protect her, Michael feels that Brian is… y’know, Batshit McCrazypants and should let Kate go. Kate is secure in the fact that she loves Michael, can take care of herself and also thinks Brian is too twisted for color TV.

The boys wolf out and battle, Brian gains the advantage and stabs Michael in the chest. Apparently, the knife was silver because Michael dies as he and Kate profess their love for each other. Kate stalks over to Brian and goes all woman scorned on him. Brian tells he that she just doesn’t get it, that he loves her and as soon as he violates her she’ll understand and love him back. Because that’s totally sane, nurturing and loving.

(I’m going to step out of this recap and be “me” for a moment. I do not scare easily, like at all; however when Kate ran into the kitchen and Brian was in there before she got there, all growly and wolfed out? I jumped a bit, not gonna lie.)

Brian uses his super-speed and super-strength to catch and bite Kate. Kate somehow escapes to the bathroom where she cries and examines her rapidly healing bite while Brian pounds on the door and gives the classic abusive guy trying to make good spiel.

Kate rages. And films herself calming telling Brian that she gets it now. She hands Brian the camera and looks coyly into it. Then rips Brian to shreds. Kate sits herself down in front of the webcam and explains it all and begs the Winchesters to let her be, that she’s not a monster, she’s not going to become a monster and she just wants a chance.

Sam and Dean finish Kate’s docu-drama and decide that unless she gives them a reason to, they have no reason to hunt her down. The opening credits, which we never saw at the beginning of this episode, start to roll and the show ends with Kate walking along some train tracks toward the sunset. You have to wonder if it’s all just a little bit foreboding.

This episode seems to have garnered some interesting feedback from the fandom, what did you think about it?

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  • Ginger Holley

    I liked it. I love outsider POV. And Robbie has been my favorite writer for a while now. Kid’s got LAYERS. *omnomnom*

    • I have to say that for the most part I enjoyed it. Robbie can stay.

  • Pam

    I didn’t like this episode at all, and I’ve never disliked an episode before!

    I hate the jumpy amateur video camera work and I watch Supernatural for the Sam and Dean characters, which were almost completely absent from this episode.

    • You’re lucky! I’ve definitely disliked SPN eps before. I did like this one. Did I LOVE it? Nah. But I was entertained.

  • Nick

    I actually really liked this episode of Supernatural, even with all the negative feedback it has gotten from other fans. I finally got my coworkers at DISH to start watching this show, but they still have to finish season 7 before they can watch this new one. I am recording every episode of season 8 for them with my Hopper, so that they can watch them all once they get caught up. I can’t wait for what seems like an amazing season so far, and I really think next week’s episode looks amazing!

    • What’s been the most interesting to me was the strength of the response to this ep, positive or negative, but especially the negative.

      I love getting newbies into the show, so fun.

  • Katie

    For the first time in 153 episodes, I did not like it.

    I’m told the writing had nuance, but I was too busy being bored and annoyed to notice it.

    Here’s my recap:

    10 minutes of boring mundane college life, 30 minutes of annoying teen melodrama, 2 minutes of Sam and Dean. And 40 minutes of distractingly bad camera work.

    People who loved it accuse those of us who didn’t of judging it solely on the lack of Sam and Dean. But that’s not my problem with it. I knew there would be very little Sam and Dean going in, and I was expecting to like it. But I was so irritated by the bad camera work and the over-the-top teen drama that I actually had to mute the tv a few times. It literally took willpower to not change the channel. I had a hard time sitting through it till the end.

    Found footage is very divisive like that, which is something they should’ve known going into it. Half the audience can’t stand it. I think it was a bad decision to pair such a polarizing format with an episode in which we barely see any Sam and Dean.

    • Hmmm… I don’t think I’d go as far as to say it was overly nuanced. I think the writer of the ep attempted (and sometimes succeeded) in saying one thing while saying something else.

      I know that some people who disliked it would have still disliked it even if Sam and Dean had been in every scene. They just weren’t feeling the episode, but it’s like you said, found footage is completely divisive.

  • Brunettepet

    This episode didn’t work for me at all and it wasn’t just the lack of Sam and Dean. I didn’t care one whit about the three college students so their drama just wasn’t dramatic and I found the camera work grating on my nerves. I would have switched back to the Giants game if the mister hadn’t paused it and gone out for a couple beers so I could watch “Supernatural.” I should have gone with him.

    The only thing I found entertaining was Michael scrambling to stash that three foot high bong.

    • Sue

      You took the words right of my fingers.

    • After a ton of thinking about it, I think I liked it despite it being an SPN episode. That is to say, that about 10 minutes in I kinda forgot I was watching SPN.

      I liked Michael and Kate (Brian wigged me from the beginning) so I was mildly invested in their story. I found a lot of things such as Brian filming Michael and Kate kissing or cuddling to be very uncomfortable, but I also like the sense of feeling uncomfortable or disturbed while watching a show in this genre.

  • Lostakasha

    That’s 43 minutes I’ll never get back again — I could have cared less about those kids. I do think there was lots of potential in the episode that for one reason or another was completely frittered away in Show’s attempt to be all Cloverfield Clever.

    But yay for the leads having an easy work week…lazy bastards.

    • Chris

      I noticed a lot of parallels with Chronicle, if you’ve seen that? It has the same
      b0y-boy-girl dynamic (the boys even meet the girl the same way) and the same journey of realization.

    • I’m sorry you disliked it that much. :(

  • Chris

    I liked it, but then again WEREWOLVES.

    Watching the previews, I was wondering how they would make the transition from the werewolf rules presented in “Heart” to aware-wolves. I think they did pretty well, even though I’m a little confused about how the trio were aware instead of mindless. Is the “generation” thing bite related or is it birth related?

    I AM SO DISAPPOINTED THAT DEAN DID NOT TELL SAM “Hey, when this Kevin and Closing Hell thing is over I understand if you want to retire” WHEN THEY WERE WAFFLING ABOUT GOING AFTER KATE OR NOT. But not really surprised. THAT’S OK, I STILL LOVE YOU SAMNDEAN.

    Also, we’ve seen Dean/Burger and it is awesome. I’ve got my fingers crossed that we’ll see Dean/his-first-slice-of-pie-since-before-Purgatory soon. :)

    • From what I interpreted it was cognizance due to lineage.

      Dean/Burger FTW! Dean’s gusto for eating is a character trait I never tire of!

  • Kate

    I actually really liked this episode. It had its flaws – as with most “found footage” works, some of the excuses for having cameras on were pretty shaky, but I accept this as a narrative convention – but I’ve found most of this season – except Kevin Tran’s Mom – kind of lackluster, and this episode definitely caught my attention.

    • I agree. I find myself overly worried about who’s doing the filming in found footage works, for instance, after Michael wolfs out the first time he raids the fridge… who was filming THAT? And I felt that Kate filming herself while crying was narcissistic and awkward. That said, I found the episode entertaining. I think some people are a bit put off by getting a filler ep at this point, but I didn’t mind.

  • atticwindow

    I found it painfully boring; it took me three days to get through the episode because I had no drive to finish it. Usually I’m relieved when they temper the major arc with one-shot monster episodes, but this was not a good one. I thought maybe they were trying to do a “The Zeppo” (BtVS) or “Love & Monsters” (DW) type episode, except this didn’t really teach us anything new about our beloved protagonists via an outside perspective – other than their writers still find it necessary to pander to the slash fangirls about Wincest.