15.10 The Heroes' Journey
|Title||The Heroes' Journey|
|Episode #||Season 15, Episode 10|
|First aired||January 23, 2020|
|Directed by||John F. Showalter|
|Written by||Andrew Dabb|
|On IMDB||The Heroes' Journey|
|Outline||While trying to help Garth, Sam and Dean realize that Chuck has "downgraded" them, making the normal mundane things in their lives more difficult.|
|Location(s)|| Lebanon, Kansas|
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In a cage fight, a woman is beating her male opponent as a motley-looking crowd cheers. Almost defeated, the man transforms into a werewolf and scratches the woman. The spectators begin to let their assorted monster sides show. The woman reveals she’s a wraith, scratching and stabbing him with her spike before leaving him for dead on the floor.
At a local convenience store, Dean is shopping and as the cashier is ringing him up, he bites into a candy bar and it hurts his teeth. After swiping his credit card numerous times, Dean is told that the card is declined, causing Teddy, the cashier, to take Dean’s purchases and his partially eaten candy bar back. Dean storms out to the car, only to almost get run over by a teenager on a skateboard and see he has gotten a parking ticket.
Meanwhile at the Bunker, Sam and Dean's dinner is burning in the oven. In a panic, Sam burns his hands twice while taking the food out of the oven and the pot off the stove, spilling pasta and shattering plates. Returning, Dean calls out to Sam, who trips walking up the steps into the War Room. Dean relays what happened as Sam starts to sneeze: he’s getting sick. Dean can't understand why the credit card was declined, as it was a gift from Charlie, who hacked it so they would always have funds and no longer have to hustle for money. As they continue talking about what a weird day it is, Dean gets a call from Garth asking for help.
On the way to Garth’s, Dean states that he believes them to be cursed. Sam assures Dean whatever is going on, they’ll deal... Then the Impala breaks down and the boys have to get out and walk.
Garth is feeding his twin boys when they arrive. Sam warns him off the hug because he’s sick. Dean breaks the hug when Garth tells him he smells good. He takes them to meet his family: his daughter Gertie, and the twins Sam and Castiel. Garth and Bess take Sam and Dean upstairs to show them Bess's cousin Brad, who was found by the police in Minnesota, beaten, bloodied with stab wounds, and left for dead. Dean asks about the slash mark on his arm, which Bess reveals to have come from a wraith. While they wait for Brad to regain consciousness, Garth notices Dean’s teeth are hurting after he takes a bite from some candy in Gertie's room. He takes him downstairs, where he reveals to Dean his dentist's office. Garth reminds Dean that he was going to school for dentistry before he fell into hunting after killing the Tooth Fairy; after he was turned into a werewolf and retired, he went back to school to get his degree and is the dentist for the local werewolves. After giving Dean a look over, Garth informs him that he has seventeen cavities, and knocks Dean out to fill them. In the kitchen, Bess gives Sam her dad’s secret cure for colds. Unfortunately, it’s mostly cayenne pepper, which causes Sam to roll around and cry in pain. This causes the babies to cry as well. While under the effects of nitrous oxide, Dean dreams about tap dancing in the Bunker with Garth.
Garth brings Dean upstairs with his mouth numbed and full of gauze, and asks who they pissed off. Sam replies “God.” Learning that God is a writer and Sam and Dean are the heroes of His story, Garth speculates that as heroes they have never had to worry about the mundane, but now they are experiencing life as "normal."
When Brad finally wakes, Sam asks for information, and the werewolf scoffs at his puppy dog eyes. Bess presses on one of his wounds, and Brad tells them exactly where the fights are held -- Belgrade, Minnesota. He tells the Winchesters he thinks they’ll be killed going there. Bess responds by pressing into his wound again.
Garth wants to go with the Winchesters, but Sam and Dean tell him he has too much to lose with his family. Besides, it doesn’t matter that it will be harder in their current condition, with all those monsters in one place, people are dying and it’s their job to save them. Garth gives them a new set of spark plugs to fix Baby and they head out.
The next day, they arrive at the warehouse in Belgrade. Dean is eating his seventh grilled cheese sandwich, while Sam says they need to be prepared for anything. He loads up with weapons and ammunition while Dean joyfully takes the grenade launcher.
Inside the warehouse is seemingly empty. Sam trips again and Dean’s grilled cheeses are causing him to run for a bathroom. While he is throwing up, Sam calls out to suggest that Dean may be lactose intolerant now. In the bathroom, someone comes in and aims the grenade launcher at Dean, who continues to throw up. Sam and Dean are locked in the cage while Cutty, a shapeshifter and ring leader of the fight club, says that they will fight together to take on a huge vampire named Maul in the cage that night.
A promo for the night's fights plays, including the Mighty Maul against the “Merciless Winchesters.” Meanwhile, the Winchesters are locked in cages, nervous about their situation. Dean finds a nail and tries to pick the lock, but can’t. When Sam attempts to use it, he finds he can’t either. Dean gives a rousing speech trying to restore Sam's confidence. At the end of the fight between Killer Wraith vs. Jamaica Djinn, Cutty comes to get them, telling them to take off their shirts, only to find the cages empty.
In flashbacks, we see Garth infiltrated the building along with the crowd and saved them. As they are fleeing, Garth reveals he has placed C4 around the warehouse and blows it up, killing all the monsters except for Maul, who walks out of the warehouse badly burned by the explosion.
Maul walks towards Sam, Dean, and Garth. Garth "wolfs out", but is immediately hit by Maul and sent flying into the back of a truck, knocking him out. As Maul advances on them, Dean asks Sam if he believed him that they could win. Sam says, “No,” and Dean agrees. The Winchesters attempt to fight Maul, with Dean getting kneed in the crotch for his efforts. Sam's attempts to fight are shown to be futile as well, with Maul offering a free punch, which does not faze him. As Maul puts Dean in a choke hold, Dean quickly taps out; much to his confusion, Maul releases him. After he tells the Winchesters it's been "fun", he is cleaved in the head with a machete from behind by Garth, who gleefully announces that Maul got "Garthed."
The next day, Sam is holding baby Sam and Dean is holding baby Castiel. Baby Castiel shows his werewolf eyes and poops in Dean’s arms, causing him to pass the baby back to Bess, who gives them more grilled cheese sandwiches for the road.
Garth walks them out and they say their goodbyes, with Sam and Dean both hugging Garth. They declare him a hero. He tells them he learned from the best. Before they leave, Garth tells them about a place he’s heard of where you can go if you’re having bad luck, located on the road between Barrow and Kotzebue in Alaska.
As they’re leaving, Dean look back one last time to see Garth and Bess dance as “Werewolves of London” plays. Sam and Dean watch happily for awhile before Dean says he thinks he could have been a good dancer. Sam agrees because Dean was awesome at the Macarena.
In the Impala, Sam and Dean discuss how in their current state they might accidentally kill each other and won't be able to fight Chuck, so they decide to go to Alaska to get their luck back.
As they drive off, Baby breaks down once again and Dean exclaims, “Son of a Bitch!”
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Garth Fitzgerald IV
- Bess Fitzgerald
- Gertie Fitzgerald
- Sam and Castiel Fitzgerald
- Grenade Launcher
- Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey
- Lebanon, Kansas
- Puppy Dog Eyes
- Season 15 Callbacks
- Son of a Bitch
- Table of Death
- Tooth Fairy
- "Clair de Lune" by Claude Debussy
- (plays over the end of the werewolf / wraith cage fight; also played in 8.14 Trial and Error)
- "Let's Misbehave" by Irving Aaronson
- (playing in Dean's nitrous oxide-induced dream)
- "Chopperhead" by Thomas Bergersen (Two Steps from Hell)
- (plays over the Monday Monster Mayhem! promo)
- "Werewolves of London" by Warren Zevon
- (playing as Sam and Dean are leaving Garth's; also played in 10.04 Paper Moon)