12.22 Who We Are

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Title Who We Are
Episode # Season 12, Episode 22
First aired May 18, 2017
Directed by John F. Showalter
Written by Robert Berens
On IMDB Who We Are
Outline With the British Men of Letters continuing their attack on American hunters, Sam leads a group in a last stand against the Brits. Meanwhile, Dean attempts to reach Mary and break her brainwashing with the aid of Lady Bevell.
Monster British Men of Letters
Timeline Immediately following and two days after 12.21 There's Something About Mary.
Location(s) Lebanon, Kansas
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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After killing another hunter, Mary checks in with Mr. Ketch, who texts her a list of names including Jody Mills. In the locked-down Bunker, Sam, Dean, and Lady Bevell discuss possible escape routes. When Dean proposes killing Toni to conserve air, she says she’s the only one who can undo Mary’s brainwashing. Toni tells the brothers the only way out of the Bunker is the manual override, but that it’s located outside the Bunker. Sam decides they should look for a spell to reverse the lockdown. After their attempts at magic fail, Dean decides it’s time to bust their way out. Sam and Dean use sledgehammers against the concrete walls, but the wall is too thick and very little progress was made. Exhausted and low on oxygen, Sam and Dean come to terms with the fact that they aren’t going to escape, and they talk about how they thought things would end. With all hope seemingly lost, Dean finally gets the idea of using the grenade launcher against the concrete wall. He blasts a hole in it and climbs out to escape and pull the override switch, but his leg is badly injured in the process.

After restoring the Bunker's power and escaping, the brothers search for cell phones to notify hunters that Mary is on the loose looking for kills. Dean is able to reach Garth and warn him, but Sam is unable to reach Jody, so they take off for South Dakota. Bursting into her house, they find Mary is tied up in the kitchen. Sam fetches Toni and orders her to reverse Mary’s brainwashing, but she admits that there is no way to reverse it. Toni says that the real Mary is hiding behind impenetrable psychic walls. Toni pleads for her life, saying the British Men of Letters won’t stop until all the hunters are dead. She tells them to run, but Sam says they should fight. They assemble all nearby hunters so that Sam can explain his plan to take down the British Men of Letters.

Sam addresses the hunters, taking full responsibility for his plan, admitting that he tried to work with them because their mission was supposedly the same. Sam asks them to follow him to take the fight to them. Everyone agrees to follow Sam. As the hunters gear up to leave, Dean tells Sam he’s too injured to go, and he believes in Sam’s ability to lead and win this fight. Dean intends to stay behind and search for a way to save Mary. The boys say farewell with a hug, calling each other “bitch” and “jerk” as Alex tells Jody to “kick it in the ass.”

Sam and the other hunters drive to the British Men of Letters compound. Inside the compound, Ketch tracks Mary’s phone to Lebanon where Toni is helping Dean with Mary. Toni tells Dean he’ll be entering a psychic link with Mary which requires them both to be sedated. He handcuffs Toni to a table to prevent her escape while he's under. Dean emerges in Mary’s subconscious in the house in Lawrence in the months before the nursery fire and Mary’s death. Baby Sam lies in the crib while Mary makes lunch for Dean. Everything is picture perfect, but Mary refuses to acknowledge Dean’s sudden appearance in the picture.

While Sam’s convoy of American hunters barrels into the British Men of Letters compound with guns blazing, Dean continues his attempt to make a connection with Mary and realizes she is purposefully ignoring him because her fantasy is preferable to facing the consequences of her deal with Azazel. Dean goes on to tell Mary he hates her, and then he makes her listen as he recounts the things that happened to Sam and Dean because of the deal, the unfathomable suffering Sam endured before, during, and after he was possessed by Lucifer. He tells Mary that he hates her two more times before admitting that he also loves her, and that he understands the love that drives someone to such lengths. Dean tells Mary he forgives her for everything, and he tells her that the three of them can start over if she will fight for it, see him. Finally, Mary turns to face Dean. As she begins to speak, the physic link is broken by Ketch who has discovered them and killed Toni. Ketch begins attacking Dean. As they fight, Ketch pulls a gun on Dean only to be shot in the back and then in the head by Mary.

With the assault ongoing, Sam, Jody, and Walt engage Dr. Hess in her office. In a last-ditch effort to save herself, she reveals she has knowledge of Lucifer and his unborn child, telling Sam he will need the help of the British Men of Letters to deal with the situation. Sam is unconvinced. When Dr. Hess lunges for her gun, Jody shoots her in the head. The hunters set explosives and destroy the compound before they leave.

Back at the Bunker, Dean and Mary clean up the mess and the bodies. Dean reassures Mary that the three of them can get past what’s happened. She admits she avoided Sam and Dean, acting distant and cold, in an effort to fix her past mistakes because being around them was too hard. Dean tells her that her choices made the brothers who they are: men who save the world. She says she is afraid Sam will never forgive her. At that moment, Sam walks in and tells her she doesn’t have to be afraid. He pulls her into his arms, and then he pulls Dean in as well.






Dean: You know, it wasn't long ago, I thought we had it made. We saved the world. We got Cas back. We had Mom back. I mean, it wasn't perfect, but still, we had 'em. And now...

Sam: Now they're all gone. And Mom, what they did to her... I just fell for their company line. Man, I... I saw what they were doing and I-and I thought, hunters on that scale, working together... how much good we can do. And once I was in, I... I just followed. 'Cause it was easy. Easier.
Dean: Easier than what?

Sam: Easier than leading.
Dean: Yep. Big, beautiful, and dumb. I've had this thing for so long. Been waiting for the perfect moment to use it.
Lady Bevell: You're lunatics. Action movie-loving, cheeseburger-eating, moronic American lunatics.
Sam: Of course. Yeah. Um, so my -- my brother and I we -- we um... No, you know what? I called you here because people... um, our people are being slaughtered. And we're next. The British Men of Letters, they came here because they thought they could do our job better than we could. And they hooked us with their flashy gear and their tech. Most of you had the good sense to turn 'em down. I didn't. They said they wanted the same thing we wanted, you know? A world free of monsters. That's not what they really wanted. They want control. They want to live in a world where they can sit in some office and decide who gets to live and who gets to die. And they've killed people. They've killed innocent people just because they got in the way. They think the ends justify the means. But we know better. We know hunting isn't just about killing. It's about doing what's right, even when it's hard. So we go by our gut, right? We play by our own rules, and that scares them. That's why they want us dead, 'cause we're the one thing they can't control.

Roy: So what do you want from us?

Sam: I want you to follow me. Take the fight to them. To hit them before they hit us. We go in fast and hard and we fight and we beat them down until they give up or until they're dead. Look, they're well-trained and well-armed. Some of us might not make it back. But we will win. We will take down the bad guys because that's what we do. They're scared of us. Yeah. Good. They should be.
Dean: Oh, no. I'm not goin'.

Sam: What?
Dean: No, my leg busted up the way it is, I'm no good in a fight.
Sam: I-I'll take a jacked up Dean Winchester over any ten other hunters any day.
Dean: Yeah. I saw you. You're ready for this. You show those sons of bitches who's boss.
Sam: What about you? What are you gonna do?

Dean: I'm gonna save Mom. Look, if she's in there, if our real Mom is in there somewhere, then I'm gonna try and find her, bring her back.
Dean: You come back.

Sam: Promise.
Dean: Bitch.

Sam: Jerk.
Dean: I hate you. You lied to me. I was a kid. You promised you'd keep me safe. And then you make a deal with Azazel. Yeah, it saved Dad's life, but I'll tell you something else that happened. Because on November 2, 1983, old Yellow Eyes came waltzing in to Sammy's room because of your deal. You left us. Alone. 'Cause Dad was just a shell. His perfect wife? Gone. Our perfect Mom, the perfect family... was gone. And I... I had to be... more than just a brother. I had to be a father and I had to be a mother, to keep him safe. And that wasn't fair. And I couldn't do it. And you wanna know what that was like? They killed the girl that he loved. He got possessed by Lucifer. They tortured him in Hell. And he lost his soul. His soul. All because of you. All of it was because of you. I hate you. I hate you. And I love you. 'Cause I can't-- I can't help it. You're my Mom. And I understand... 'Ccause I have made deals to save the ones I love, more than once. I forgive you. I forgive you. For all of it. Everything. On the other side of this, we can start over, okay? You, me, Sam. We can get it right this time. But I need you to fight. Right now, I need you to fight. I need you-I need you to look at me, Mom. I need you to really look at me and see me. Mom, I need you to see me. Please.
Mr. Ketch: Mary. Ah. I... I knew you were a killer. You both are.
Dean: You're right.
Dr. Hess: Lucifer is back. Yes, Sam. All thanks to your good friend Crowley. Not that it did him much good. Crowley's dead. And the Devil is out looking for his son, following in its mother's footsteps, tracking her and your friend the angel. If Lucifer gets his hands on that child, they'll be unstoppable. You can't face that alone. You need us.

BMOL Elder: Listen to her, boy.

Sam: Pass.
Mary: It's not okay. Since I've been back, I know... I've been distant. Cold, even. Leaving you, working with them.. I was trying to make things right. Just from a distance, because.. being here with you was too hard. Seeing what I'd done to you and to Sam, I...

Dean: Mom, what you did, the deal... everything that's happened since has made us who we are. And who we are? We kick ass. We save the world.
Mary: And Sam? I'm scared. What... What if he can't forgive me.

Sam: Mom. You don't have to be scared of me.

Trivia & References

Sam: So wait a second. We're just gonna...

Dean: Straight Shawshank this bitch.

Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption is a Stephen King novella (and later movie) in which prisoner Andy Dufresne slowly chips a hole in his prison cell in the Shawshank prison over many years.
Sam: Is this how you pictured it? The end?

Dean: Oh, you know it's not. I always thought we'd go out like... Butch and Sundance style.
Sam: Yeah. Blaze of glory.
Dean: Blaze of glory.

Referencing Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, where in the film, Butch and Sundance charged headlong, guns blazing towards the Bolivian army. Jensen and Jared have also spoken about their desire to possibly end the series with Sam and Dean dying in a "blaze of glory" at conventions.
"Blaze of Glory" is also a song by Bon Jovi that was referenced before in 11.11 Into the Mystic.
Dean: Okay, beautiful. Yippee ki-yay mother-
Yippee ki-yay motherfucker is the catch phrase of John McClane (played by Bruce Willis) in the Die Hard movies. Dean also uses this line in 6.18 Frontierland after killing Elias Finch with the Colt.
Alex: And Jody--

Jody: I'll be careful. I promise.
Alex: Not what I was gonna ask. Kick it in the ass!

Kick it in the ass! was the catch phrase of Supernatural producer and director Kim Manners, who died in January 2009. Kim Rhodes said it was suggested to insert the phrase by her driver Ted.
Dr. Hess: Listen, Dean –

Sam: It's Sam! And you must be Hess, I trust. You're in charge of this whole operation? Or, uh, what's left of it?

In the episode, Dr. Hess calls Sam "Dean" by mistake, and Sam corrects her. This could have been a nod to Gilmore Girls (2000), where Jared Padalecki plays a character named Dean.


Nels Lennarson, who played Roy, also played the Bartender in 10.12 About a Boy.
The actor who played Jerry Hollister previously played an uncredited Croatoan victim in 5.04 The End.
This is the first Supernatural episode where a Winchester directly says he loves a family member, with Dean telling Mary he loves her. He also said "I love you" to his memory of Mary in Heaven in 5.16 Dark Side of the Moon.
Lady Bevell:The only way out is to pull the manual override.

Sam: Is that a thing?
Lady Bevell: Oh, it is. But it's outside the bunker, where we can't reach it.

Kevin Tran also got trapped in the Bunker during the lockdown resulting from the Fall in 8.23 Sacrifice until everything went back online a couple days later in 9.02 Devil May Care. By the time Dean, Sam, and Crowley arrive, the lockdown had ended. Kevin theorized that the system was reset when Dean opened the outside door, implying that opening the door from outside the Bunker pulls the manual override. However, the lockdown in this episode ended before Dean opened the door at the top of the staircase as seen with the power and air returning before Dean reenters due to there being two doors that lead into the Bunker.
Due to the timeframe of the episodes being so close together, Dean retains his knee injury from the grenade launcher blast and the cuts from his fight with Mr. Ketch during the first half of 12.23 All Along the Watchtower. They are eventually healed by Castiel after he notices Dean's discomfort.

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