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Dead Man's Blood is the 20th episode of Season 1. It aired on April 20th, 2006.


Dean Purgatory Blade.png.png There was something about being there... It felt pure.

This episode summary is an official CW press release. It may contain errors.

After Daniel Elkins, a vampire hunter (guest star Terence Kelly) and John's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) mentor, is murdered, Sam and Dean are surprised when John himself shows up to solve the case. John discovers the vampires have taken an antique gun, which has the power to kill all supernatural beings. The Winchester family sets out to retrieve the gun from the vampires so they can use it to kill the demon that took Sam and Dean's mother.


Manning, Colorado

An old man, Daniel Elkins, sits scribbling in his journal, drinking Jack in a bar in Manning, Colorado. A group of people enter and catch Elkins' attention. After leaving the bar in a hurry, Elkins is confronted by the woman leading the group he saw earlier who is wearing a leather jacket. To defend himself, Elkins attempts to load an old 5 shot Colt. However, after a struggle he is murdered.

In a diner somewhere in Nebraska, Sam and Dean are looking over news stories for a job, when they read about Elkins' death. Dean recognizes the name from John Winchester's Journal and they head West. Arriving at Elkins' cabin, the boys find it ransacked and in chaos, but in the darkness, they are being watched. Amongst the wreckage Dean finds not only a journal, a lot like their father's, but also a message. A combination to a post office box. A mail drop, just the way their father does it.

Opening the post office box they find a letter addressed to "J.W.". They are startled by the surprise appearance of John Winchester, their father. Reading the letter, he realizes that Elkins had been holding out on him about a legendary gun, a gun made by Samuel Colt in 1835. The boys realize that whatever attacked Elkins has taken the gun. John tells them it's Vampires, and they will hunt them together.

As Sam and Dean sleep, John listens to a police scanner. He hears of an abandoned car left by a young couple after making a 911 call. Rousing the boys, they take off to investigate. Sam questions John, but John just asks Sam to follow him. When they reach the location of the abandoned car, Sam is bridling at John's dominating attitude and is constantly questioning his father's orders. Dean is frustrated by the reoccurring old arguments that drove the family apart.

Meanwhile, back at the vampire nest, Kate presents her gifts taken from Elkins to her mate, Luther. Horrified that she killed the old man, even if it was to avenge his family, he states, "Revenge isn't worth much if you end up dead." He then recognizes the gun.

Another confrontation between Sam and John exposes the still seething anger existing between them. However, during their tracking of the Vampire family, John tells them about vampires and they can only be killed by beheading. After a moment, seemingly reluctant, he shares with them the details of what makes the Colt so special and why he needs it. Supposedly, it can kill anything which interests him greatly as it could be used to kill The Demon and avenge Mary Winchester.

While working together to attack the nest and look for The Colt, they are discovered before John can grab the gun, and end up running for their lives. John has an alternative plan and orders Dean to a funeral home to obtain Dead Man's Blood, a poison to vampires. While he's gone, Sam and John talk, mending fences in the process. They use the Dead Man's Blood to catch Kate in order to draw out Luther. John's plan is to trade her for the Colt. Once again the Winchesters clash over John's plan to exclude the boys from his final game plan, insisting they leave, to keep them safe. While Luther and his vampires discover John and Kate and parley for the Colt, Sam and Dean invade the nest, killing the vampire left on watch and freeing the captives.

John's plan is foiled and he is knocked out by Luther. However, before Luther can kill him, Sam and Dean attack, having ignored their father's orders to stay away. They take down the other vampires and distract Luther allowing John to grab the Colt and kill Luther by shooting him in the head. The gun works. It can kill supernatural beings with a bullet. Finally seeing the sense of the boys' argument, John agrees that now that they have the Colt they will hunt the demon together.


Main Cast[]

Recurring Cast[]

Guest Stars[]


Featured Supernatural Beings[]



  • Antagonist: Luther and Luther's nest.
  • Once again, the history between Sam and John and their falling out arises. And Dean finds himself in the middle yet again, playing the voice of reason.
  • Sarah Blake is mentioned, Sam's love interest from Provenance.
  • The Colt makes its first appearance in the series. It is of interest to the Winchesters as it provides a means to kill The Demon. The Latin passage etched on the barrel, "Non timebo mala," translates into English as "I will fear no evil". This is a reference Psalm 23:4 - 'I walk through the valley of the shadow of death; I will fear no evil'.
  • The Colt is supposed to be able to kill any supernatural creatures. However, its later revealed that there are five things it can't kill, one being Lucifer.
  • It is revealed that Vampires in the series do not fear sunlight, nor crosses, and that stakes through the heart do nothing. The only way to kill them is by beheading. Dead man's blood, the title of the episode, is also like a poison to vampires.
  • In the CW's official summary, Jeffrey Dean Morgan is not credited as a guest star.
  • Jenny, one of the two vampires to escape, resurfaces in Carry On where she is killed by Sam.


Featured Music[]

  • Stevie Ray Vaughan - The House Is Rockin'
  • Tito & Tarantula - Strange Face Of Love
  • Brian Keith Nutter (Master Source)- Searching For The Truth
  • Master Source - Trailer Trash

Cultural References[]

Dean: Sounds more like That's Incredible than Twilight Zone.

  • That's Incredible was a 1980s TV show featuring stunts and shonky re-enactments of paranormal events.
  • Twilight Zone was a TV series that started in 1959 and ended in 1964 (but has been brought back in several incarnations). It crossed horror, thriller, and science fiction genres that told short stand alone stories usually with a killer twist. The original series was notable for using these genres to subtly examine current social and political issues.

Man at the Bar: Thought they caught the Unibomber. 

  • Unibomber was the name given to Ted Kaczynski who, during the years between 1978 and 1995, planted or mailed numerous homemade bombes, killing three people and injuring twenty three others before his arrest on April 3, 1996.


Dean: (in response to the mess that Elkins' cabin is in) "Looks like the maid didn't come today."

Sam: "Hey, there's salt over here. Right inside the door."
Dean: "You mean like protection against demon salt or 'Oops, I spilled the popcorn salt'?"

Dean: "Vampires! Gets funnier every time I hear it..."

Luther: "Revenge isn't worth much if you end up dead."

Sam: "Hey Dad, whatever happened to that college fund?"
John: "Spent it on ammo..."

Kate: "Car trouble? Let me give you a lift ... take you back to my place..."
Dean: "Ahhh I'll pass. I usually draw the line at necrophilia."

International Titles[]

  • Finnish: Vainajan Veri (Blood of the Dead)
  • Brazil: O Sangue do Morto (Blood of the Dead)
  • French: Le Retour des Vampires (The Return of the Vampires)
  • German: Der Wunder-Colt (The Miraculous Colt)
  • Italian: Una Pistola dal Passato (A Gun From The Past)
  • Polish: Krew Umarlaka (Goner's Blood)
  • Spanish: Sangre de Muerto (Blood of the Dead)
  • Hungarian: A holtak vére (Blood of the Dead)

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