The episode starts off right in the middle of things. Dean is having a nightmare about being chased by hellhounds. When he wakes up, Sam is trying to reassure him, and Dean is starting to have hallucinations. Bobby has created a magical compass to locate Lilith. Dean then has an epic freak out about going after Lilith. He’s concerned that they don’t have a way to kill her, and they don’t even have any way to confirm that she is actually the demon that holds his contract. They only have Ruby’s word, which has already proven unreliable.
Sam summons Ruby and confronts her about the contact. Ruby admits that she knew that Lilith held the contract. Sam demands the knife the Ruby has, which can kill demons. Ruby tells Sam that he still has powers and she can help him use them. Lilith claims that Sam can save Dean. However, Dean walks in and is really pissed off. He also demands the knife. After they start bickering, Dean punches Ruby in the face. They get into a scuffle and by the end, Dean has the knife and Ruby is trapped in a devil’s knot.
Sam and Dean have a conversation and decide to go after Lilith the old-fashioned way, the way their father taught them.
Meanwhile, in Indiana, Lilith is holding the family of the girl she has possessed hostage. It’s very creepy.
As Sam and Dean are about to leave, the car won’t work. Bobby walks over with a part. He tells them he’s going, insists on it, in fact. He also calls Dean out about having hallucinations, which Dean had clearly not told Sam about. As they are driving, the brothers have a nice singalong moment, and then are pulled over by a cop. Dean suddenly attacks the cop and kills him – it was a demon. Bobby gets out of his own car, and Sam doesn’t understand how Dean knew. He says he just did, that he could see the demon’s real face, which can’t be a good sign.
The little girl kills her grandfather. Bobby and the brothers are outside in the dark, but Dean can see that the neighbor and the mailman are demons, too. Sam and Bobby convince Dean that they have to kill the little girl.
They go through the house and Sam finds the girl asleep next to her mother, who is encouraging Sam to stab her. He visually struggles with it, and just as he is about to stab her, Dean grabs his arm. Lilith isn’t in the little girl anymore.
They don’t know where Lilith is, and Dean prepares for the inevitable as the clock strikes midnight. Dean sees hellhound and they run, closing themselves in a room. Ruby then tells Sam to give her the knife. He is about to when Dean realizes that it isn’t Ruby anymore, it’s Lilith.
She opens the door to let the dogs in. The effects at this point are a little cheesy, with the spurting blood, but Jensen does a good job with it.
Lilith knocks them out, and when Sam wakes up, it looks like Ruby’s back, but Sam has had it and is about to stab her anyway when she leaves that body. Sam is then left with Dean’s dead body, with the woman Ruby had been possessing dead next to him. The camera pans into Dean’s eye and we get a glimpse of him in hell. Even in a rewatch, this episode leaves me eager to watch the next one. (Also, Castiel!)
Character & Story Analysis:
The recap theme song, ‘Carry On’, seems more poignant, more relevant as this episode begins, because the brothers are down to the wire, and the lyric, “They’ll be peace when you are done,” seems particularly ironic.
The other music moment in the episode, when the brothers sing along to Bon Jovi, was the quintessence of what Supernatural is. Dean, more light-hearted, getting Sam to sing and not be so worried. Then a moment where they are brothers, both enjoying themselves, singing along. Then, as Dean realizes everything (it probably helps that the lyrics are pretty on the nose) the joy vanishes from his face, and he takes on all the worry as Sam lets it go.
Sam moves a little closer to his darker nature in this episode, as he is ready to kill a child, even if it’s justified. After that fails, he is ready to use his dark powers to save Dean, regardless of the cost, which brings us to both brothers continued self-sacrifice for the other, something Dean mentioned in the beginning when he said they were each others weakness, and the demons know it and are using it against them. They don’t give up on each other until the very last moment, when the hellhounds attack and all hope is lost.
Ruby shows up at Lilith’s house and now that Dean can see the true faces of demons, his expression at her appearance is hilarious.
This one was tough, but in the end, I think it has to go to both Sam and Dean. Sam is doing everything he can to save Dean, and Dean is doing everything he can to save Sam from darkness. Both actors also give amazing performances, and in this episode in particular, the performances are what make the episode. Thiis episode is so emotionally based, that without both of them giving great performances, the episode would fall apart, but throughout the entire thing, you feel both brothers emotional pain, not to mention Dean’s physical pain.
Notable Guest Stars:
Katie Cassidy is back as Ruby.
State of the Week:
“Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi
“Hey, why don’t we just make a T.J. run, you know? Some snorts, cervezas? We could – what’s Spanish for ‘donkey show’?” – Dean
“So, if we do save you, let’s never do that.” – Sam
“Ain’t you just bringing down the room.” – Bobby
“You deserve hell. I wish I could be there, Dean. I wish I could smell the flesh sizzle off your bones. I wish I could be there to hear you scream!” – Ruby
“And I wish you’d shut your piehole, but we don’t always get what we want.” – Dean
“Sammy, all I’m saying is that you’re my weak spot. You are. And I’m yours.” – Dean
“You don’t mean that. We’re family.” – Sam
“I know. And those evil sons of bitches know it, too. I mean, what we’ll do for each other, you know, how far we’ll go, they’re using that against us.” – Dean
“So what, we just stop looking out for each other?” – Sam
“No, we stop being martyrs, man. We stop spreading it for these demons. We take this knife, and we go after Lilith our way, the way dad taught us to! And if we go down, then we go down swinging.” – Dean
“What do you think?” – Dean
“I think you totally should have been jamming ‘Eye of the Tiger’ right there.” – Sam
“Oh, bite me.” – Dean
“You know, I totally rehearsed that speech, too.” – Dean
“Do I look like a detachable prom date to you?” – Bobby
“No, no, no, no, no , no.” – Dean
“‘No’ what?” – Sam
“You’re not going to bust out the misty goodbye speech, okay? I mean, if this is my last day on earth, I do not want it to be socially awkward.” – Dean
“You’re piercing the veil, Dean, glimpsing the ‘B’ side.” – Bobby
“A little less new agey, please.” – Dean
“You’re almost Hell’s bitch, so you can see Hell’s other bitches.” – Bobby
“You are one ugly broad.” – Dean
“Keep fighting. Take care of my wheels. Sam, remember what Dad taught you, okay, and remember what I taught you.
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