Ethan wins a contest to spend time with his idol, Doug Falconhawk, a paranormal tracker whose current mission is to kill a vampire.
Ethan, Benny, and Rory are watching their favorite television program, Doug Falconhawk: The Scarefinder, a show about finding paranormal creatures like ghosts and vampires. During the show, Doug announces that he’s live outside the door of the show’s contest winner, which is, of course, Ethan. The boys are awestruck but when Doug mentions that he’s looking to kill a vampire, Ethan switches from fanboy to protector, intent on keeping Rory and Sarah safe. Rory is more interested in becoming Doug’s personal assistant than staying away, so Ethan sends him off on random assignments, while Sarah is completely unconcerned, believing Doug’s just a poser.
Sarah’s fed up with the side effects-ridden blood substitute Grandma made for her and begs Ethan for a new one. Her vampire status is revealed to Doug when she shows up on his vampire-seeing video camera, so he chases after her with a crossbow. Ethan comes up with a geeky plan to save her: roleplaying. He and Benny pretend to be a werewolf and vampire who are both vying for the love of Sarah, a vampire princess. Doug believes the charade but still tries to shoot Sarah, who kicks him away from her. Ethan and Benny break character, revealing that the whole thing was a hoax, which stops Doug from hunting Sarah but also ends his career as a Scarefinder.
This is my second favorite episode of the season (followed by Three Cheers for Evil). So many lines and scenes had me cracking up (such as, “The haters on my blog can eat it!”). I loved watching the boys nerd out over Doug and their “cool” matching Scarefinder costumes were adorkable. I thought Thomas Mitchell (Doug) was fantastic; his energy and line-delivery were strong and I felt that he gave the cast a lot to play off of. Also, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing The Scarefinder rules dramatically displayed on the screen and his show’s theme song that played throughout the episode.
It seems that with five main cast members, one will usually get the short end of the stick, and this time it was Erica. However, I thought they did a decent job of having her around for Sarah’s plot, even though she wasn’t very involved in it. The only thing about this episode that confused me was the fact that Sarah was pestering Ethan for a new blood substitute. Grandma was the one who made it, so why wasn’t she asking Benny to get his grandma to come back from her convention or for him to make it himself? In fact, now that I think about it, she didn’t say one word to Benny in the entire episode.