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Darrin, Chad, and Laura.

Episode No.   Season
23 2x10 Two
Original Air Date
December 18th, 2009
December 21st, 2009 FlagIcon UK small
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"Sleepers" is the tenth episode of the second season of Sanctuary, and the twenty-third regular episode in the total run of the series.


Will and Magnus investigate a number of teenagers who mysteriously disappeared. Their investigation leads them to a hospital run by Tesla, who intends to bring back Vampire-kind. However, one of the "patients" finds a way to speed up the conversion process, which creates a more powerful type of vampire.


Opening Scene

A couple stops their car when they discover a car that seems to have rolled off the street. The husband, comes to the driver's aid, but finds that the man is already dead. He tells his wife to call 911, but when he turns back to the car, the dead driver is gone. Moments later, something turns up behind him and grabs him.

Act I

Magnus and Will Zimmerman arrive at the crime scene and inspect the remains of the couple from the previous night, Thomas and Zoe Rayburne. Both have been brutally murdered by something with huge claws.

Back in the Old City Sanctuary, Magnus and Will watch a surveillance video of a young man overwhelming and abducting another man in a parking ground. They find out that the perpetrator is one Chad Spencer, who is also the "dead man" Thomas Rayburne discovered in the car. The abductee is Darrin Wilson, his roommate. Both come from rich families. Will inquires why Henry and the Big Guy cannot assist him, and finds out that Magnus allowed them both to go to Comic-Con.[1]

In a street, a young woman, Laura, meets with Darrin Wilson, who drags her into a back alley. To her shock, Chad Spencer, whom she believed to be dead, is also there. She asks him what happened, to which he replies that "it all makes sense" now, and shoots her in the chest. Seconds later, she comes back to life and, like Chad and Darrin, has turned into a vampire.

Meanwhile, Will and Kate Freelander find out that Chad and his friends recently checked into a private drug clinic in Mexico, under the supervision of one Dr. Heinrich Baumschlager. It is known as "La casa de la Nueva Vida", the "House of New Life".

In Mexico, Magnus and Will meet with Dr. Baumschlager, who turns out to be Nikola Tesla.

Act II

Tesla gives them a tour of the facility and explains that he redesigned the bioweapon he created to fight the Cabal's Lazarus virus, and has turned it into a genetic cure for all kinds of addictions. Eventually, Magnus gets him to confess that the "cure" turns the patients into vampires, and that he has treated enough young people to raise a small army of them.

In a loft, Chad kills two more of his friends, who rise as vampires moments later. They soon hack into Tesla's network and discover the true history of the ancient vampire race that once ruled over the world. Chad decides it is time to "rebuild the empire".

Meanwhile, Magnus concludes that sudden death may cause the slow mutation that Tesla built into the young people's genes to accelerate.

Chad and his friend try to get another of their friends into their group by biting him in the neck. However, the boy dies and does not come back to life. They then decide to go back to "Dr. Baumschlager" and find out how to make more of their kind.

Magnus orders Kate to find the remaining patients, but they are soon confronted by Chad and his friends. Tesla surprises them with his strength, but is eventually overwhelmed by a car that hits him. The vampires then take him away, leaving Laura behind.


The new vampires question Tesla about his plan: he chose young people who are the heirs of vast fortunes and positions of power, and in thirty years time, they would slowly have become a new ruling class of vampires. Now that this plan has been spoiled, he does not want to cooperate with them. A fight ensues, and the young vampires throw Telsa off the building. After smashing into a car, he decides that there may be time for some more talk.

Back in the Sanctuary, Magnus, Will and Kate interrogate Laura, but she just insults them and refuses to cooperate. Kate then threatens to shoot her with "massive silver" bullets "blessed by a priest with holy water from the Vatican". Unaware that this method to kill vampires is just a legend, Laura becomes scared and talks.

The vampires take a sample of Tesla's blood and find out more about the process that turned them into a strain of their species even more powerful than the original one.

Magnus learns that she may be able to reverse the process, but that if they do not act in time, there may soon come a new reign of the vampire race.

Act IV

Magnus concludes that Tesla must have created a "failsafe" to destroy or control his creations, and that he must have hidden it somewhere where it would still be safe after about thirty years time. The team soon realizes that the most likely place to do that is the Sanctuary itself.

They search the place and eventually find the failsafe in an old bottle of wine (a gift Magnus received from Winston Churchill on D-Day): it is some kind of weapon, but they do not know how to use it. Tesla and Chad quarrel about the way to do things, but Tesla eventually decides to listen to Chad's plan.

The Sanctuary team assaults the vampires' loft, but they are captured, and are left bound and gagged. Nikola seems to have taken control of the younger abnormals, and remarks how "it's good to be king again".

Act V

Tesla gets the weapon, which he calls a "de-vamper". It is an energy weapon that runs with his electric body energy. He soon removes the vampiric traits from the only female. Meanwhile, Kate and Will are in a panic and can't get free while Helen stays calm and frees herself with a pocketknife, and then rescues the other two. A fight ensues, in which the Sanctuary team soon comes to Tesla's aid. Chad however gets to Kate and threatens to kill her.

Tesla tricks Chad into letting Kate go and uses the de-vamper on him, but the younger man pulls him close enough so that the weapon affects Tesla as well: He is turned into an ordinary human.

Back in the Sanctuary, Tesla finds a way to use the facility's power to charge the de-vamper once more and turn Laura back into a human. Magnus tries to find a way to give him his powers back, but is unsuccessful. Will asks why she even tries, to which she replies that Tesla's becoming mortal would make her the last of The Five.

Magnus and Tesla have a glass of wine, saying a toast to the once mighty, and now extinct, vampire race. However, they soon discover that he seems to have developed some kind of magnetic ability, being able to move metal by will. Nikola Tesla smiles and remarks that "I can work with that".


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Background, Notes, and Trivia

  • The chronological placement of this episode is contradictory. The dialogue (saying Chad Spencer is 24 years old), paper props (listing Chad's Birthday as October 24th, 1985), and air date (mid December 2009) indicate that the episode should be taking place after Chad's 24th birthday, presumably during the December air date. However, the writer(s)/creators explained Henry and Bigfoot's absence from the Sanctuary as being down at San Diego Comic Con. In real life, SDCC took place from July 23rd, 2009 to July 26th, 2009. If that were true, then Chad would be 23 instead of 24 and the props and dialogue would have been changed to accurately reflect that continuity. Being that the inclusion of mentioning SDCC on the show was added solely as an Easter Egg for the show to use the footage in a hype reel for fans at the real world 2009 Sanctuary panel, it would be safe to assume that viewers can essentially ignore this as the proper time frame of the episode.
  • Ryan Robbins and Christopher Heyerdahl do not appear in this episode.
  • The episode is dedicated to the memory of Azra Young, Phoebe and Fergus Conway. Azra Young was the Daughter of actor Jonathan Young (Who plays Nikola Tesla). Azra, Along with her Cousins Phoebe and Fergus, died in a cabin fire on July 23rd, 2009.

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  1. An obvious in-joke, as Amanda Tapping is a regular guest at Comic-Con.
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