The premiere opens with a montage of Dean doing normal things in his new Indiana life with Cindy, cut with a montage of all the things he used to do with Sam.
Dean can’t letting the hunting life go, though, and he goes to investigate a noise in a house he hears on his way home from the bar. He goes so far as to call the police, and we see he has still taken precautions in Lisa’s house, putting a devil’s trap under the welcome mat.
Dean goes back to the house in the morning and finds large claw marks on a telephone pole. He finds…a cute, tiny dog! Scary! But then he looks down and realizes there is sulfur. He’s back in the game. Then there is the obligatory box where the main character takes out their old clothes and gear to go back to the good ole days when they used to such and such. I kind of always love those scenes, though, so when Dean takes out his leather jacket, I was all excited for him to be a hunter again.
…Ummm, something’s in the trunk, then other stuff is happening, and then the yellow-eyed demon shows up and is strangling him when Sam comes up and stabs Dean with a syringe. Dean wakes to find Sam looking at him, way too cheerful for a guy who’s been in hell for a while. Sam tells Dean that he was poisoned and none of the weird stuff he’s been seeing is real. To demonstrate that he’s real, Sam gets a knife and cuts his arm, then follows it up with some holy water, or was it salt water? Not clear. Also, why do people on TV always make such large cuts on their forearms, or even more illogically, across the palm. That’s a painful place to have a cut, and if you’re just after blood, why not cut somewhere that isn’t used? Continue reading →
Chuck provides the voiceover for the episode, basically telling the entire story as if it’s already happened. He talks about the times Sam and Dean have spent as brothers, rather than hunters, in the Impala.
Dean has decided to back Sam with the Lucifer plan. Sam, Dean, and Castiel get demon blood, which they carry outside in gallon jugs. There’s no better sign that you have come up with a good plan then carrying around gallons of demon blood.
They all go to Detroit, where Dean is certain Lucifer is waiting. Bobby and Sam have an emotional, but stiff goodbye. Castiel has a confused reaction, not realizing quite how human socialization works. They go in and Sam says yes, and it goes about as well as everyone watching the show expected it to, which is to say it didn’t work, and Sam loses.
Lucifer has a talk with Sam in the mirror, and Lucifer shows Sam that he’s been being watched by demons since childhood. Continue reading →
We open with Pestilence torturing old people with mix-n-match diseases.
Castiel calls Dean from the hospital, where it appears he just suddenly showed up, somewhat human, after the incident in Van Nuys.
The brothers go after Pestilence and it doesn’t go well, as they both end up very infected. Somehow they manage to get to Pestilence, who is extremely perky, without Sam accidentally stabbing anyone with the knife he’s waving around while delirious. As he shouts about people being MESSY and WEAK, Pestilence seems to demonstrate some daddy issues. Castiel shows up and helps and does a fake out, cutting off Pestilence’s finger, so they do manage to get the ring, but Pestilence tells them it’s too late.
Bobby tells them about a mass death about to occur in Chicago, and when they question where he got the information, Bobby brushes them off, but Crowley makes an appearance to throw him under the bus. Their disbelief that he’d done that is short lived as Sam inquires if Bobby kissed him. Bobby vehemently denies it, but Crowley whips out his camera. He took a selfie during the moment.
Crowley than figures out Death’s plan, which is to spread the Croatoan virus as a vaccine against Swine flu. The camera than cuts to death getting out of a classic car and walking with a fashionable cane in slow motion to music that feels like it may have been lifted from the Outlander opening credits. Continue reading →
Sam and Dean go to investigate an outbreak of Swine Flu. Driving away from the town, Crowley shows up in the backseat of the Impala. He tells them he can get them Pestilence.
Crowley doesn’t know where Pestilence is, but he knows the demon that knows, and he tells Sam and Dean that if they can bring the demon ti him, he will get the information.
Crowley invites Dean but tells Sam that he isn’t invited. Dean decides to accept. Sam calls Bobby to complain. Then Sam suggests that he say yes to the devil and he jump into the cage. Bobby loses it on him.
Meanwhile, Crowley takes Dean to the pharmaceutical company that Pestilence operates out of and send him to the 12th floor on his own. When Dean gets up there, the demon says he isn’t interested in the rings from Death and Famine, and instead tries to kill Dean. Dean gets in the elevator, and when he gets out on the ground floor, the demon is about to kill him from behind when Crowley attacks the demon and bashes him in the head, knocking him unconscious. Continue reading →
Dean is writing a note to Bobby and folding his leather jacket and car keys into a box to mail to Bobby, as he’s decided to say yes to Michael. Sam shows up to stop him, and he’s brought Castiel, who takes them to Bobby’s. There, Dean and Bobby get into it. They are interrupted by Castiel getting a sudden headache, announcing something’s happening, and disappearing.
Castiel is in the woods and sees the ground moving. Before he can investigate, he is attacked by two men/angels/demons. After killing them, he looks back to the ground and it’s a person reaching out. Castiel pulls them out of the ground. He brings him back to Bobby’s house where Sam and Dean recognize the guy as their brother, Adam.
Adam tells them the angels chose him to be Michael’s vessel. Sam begs Adam to give them some time.
Sam and Dean have a conversation in the safe room where he implores Dean to change his mind. Dean feels that they’ve gotten so many people killed, it’s time to stop. Dean escapes. So does Adam. Dean goes to a questionably crazy guy on the street to try to get the angels attention, but only manages to grab the attention of Castiel, who attacks him. They have a fight and Castiel uses his angel powers to knock Dean out. Continue reading →
The brothers show up in Sioux Falls to investigate a murder that a town resident says he witnessed. He saw Clay kill Benny. The only issue is Clay died five years ago. According to the witness, Benny was the one to kill Clay five years ago.
After Bobby hadn’t been answering his phone, the brothers show up at his house, where he is exceptionally cleaned up and well-groomed. Bobby tells them that the case is nothing, he’s already looked into it. On the way out of town, the brothers stop at the cemetery thinking Bobby might be wrong. They see a freshly dug grave, and open it up to find it empty.
They find Clay in his house, where he tells them everything. On the way out of the house, escorting Clay to shoot him, the sheriff showed up and arrests Sam and Dean and tells Clay that he’s free to go.
Bobby shows up at the police station and it turns out that he knew about everything. The dead just started rising five days ago. One of the dead people that rose was the sheriff’s son. Bobby takes them home and shows him his wife, Karen, who’s “alive” and walking around. For some odd reason, she’s dressed like a 1950’s housewife. Continue reading →
Notable Plot Moments:
Castiel is trailing Crowley and keeping the brothers updated. He can’t get in, so Jo pretends to be a woman whose car broke down. When the demons let her in, the Winchesters kill them. Crowley then shoots the two demons holding the brothers, telling them that he needs to talk to them privately. Apparently, Crowley wants Lucifer dead.
Bobby makes them all pose for a photo before they go hunt the devil.
When they get to Carthage, Missouri, Castiel sees that the town is filled with reapers. He goes to find out why their are so many and gets trapped by Lucifer, who tries to convince him they are on the same side. Continue reading →
Notable Plot Points:
Sam and Dean are investigating a case where a man in his twenties died of old age. They then investigate a missing person case, Cliff, and find the older man having sex with a bunch of young women, but he has somehow aged backwards. He tells the brothers that he got younger in a poker game. They played for years, not money. He tells him the poker guy was an Irish guy named Patrick.
They call Bobby and he confirms that the it’s a thing, but people usually lose. Dean asks him if he stopped the game, but Bobby says he played and lost. Dean lectures him like an angry father and then goes looking for the guy. When he finds him, he demands Bobby’s years back, and when they man refuses, he agrees to play. Dean says he wants to play for 50 years, and then cashes them out to give them to Bobby.Continue reading →
Castiel goes to Dean to ask him to help find Rafael so they can trap him and interrogate him.
They go to Maine and interview a sheriff who witnessed an explosion at a gas station. He tells them about a man who acted strangely, looking like he was praying, at the scene. Dean and Castiel go to visit him in the hospital, but the angel has already left, and the man is in bad shape. Castiel tells Dean that it would be much worse for him.
Sam sees a hail storm followed by fire, and thinks it might be signs, so he calls Bobby to get other hunters to deal with it. The hunters find out about Sam and threaten to kill the woman that works in the bar if he doesn’t drink some demon blood and kill the demons that killed their friends. When he refuses, they physically force him to do it.
However, then Sam is strong and he gets the upper hand and threatens to kill them. Continue reading →
Bobby is still in the wheelchair and very cranky about it. Castiel calls the brothers on a cell phone. He then tells Bobby that he is cut off from heaven and can’t heal him. Needless to say, Bobby is pissed off. Castiel then tells Dean that his plan to defeat Lucifer is terrible and they will lose. He suggests they find god to help them. Dean doesn’t react well.
Rufus calls Bobby from Colorado to tell him the town is over run with demons and he needs help. The brothers go to Colorado and find the only road into town, a bridge, is broken so there is no way in or out by car.
The whole town is empty, and then they run into Ellen, who immediately pulls a gun on them in case they are demons. She takes them back to a safe house where the remaining members of the town are staying. She also tells them that Jo is missing.
Dean says they will go get ammunition and look for Jo and Rufus. As they are leaving, Dean strongly suggests that Sam stay. Sam realizes that Dean doesn’t want him to go where he will be around demons. He insists on going. Continue reading →