|Location||Emerson, Manitoba, Canada|
|Episode(s)|| 12.06 Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox|
12.20 Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes
I could've saved them... my Mom. If I had just... taken Alicia seriously.
– Max Banes, 12.20 Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes
Like his mother, Max is a "natural" witch and is quite skilled at it. His eyes glow purple when he uses his power.
Alicia and Max attend the wake of Asa Fox, and share stories with the other hunters, including how close he and their mother were. During the night, the demon Jael, whom Asa had been hunting, and whom it is presumed killed him. He possesses Alicia and slits the throat of hunter Randy Bull and hangs him from the ceiling above Asa's body. The others realize that the demon is possessing each of them in turn. When, Bucky Sims realizes they are dealing with Jael, he attempts to leave the home, only to have Max Banes reveal that the entrances are warded, preventing anyone from leaving. As the group of hunters try to formulate a plan of action and find out who Jael is possessing, Jael reveals himself in the body of Alicia, taunting the group before smoking out of the body and retreating up the fireplace. Later, while possessing Jody Mills, Jael reveals that he learned while possessing Alicia, that Asa was the twins' father.
After Jael is finally exorcised, Asa's mother, Lorraine Fox, decides to spend time getting to know her grandchildren.
Alicia had been trying to reach Mary Winchester for help in tracking down their mother, while Max insists that she’s probably fine and Alicia’s overreacting.
Sam and Dean meet up with Max and Alicia and they learn about the case Tasha had been working, a “borrower witch” who gets her power from a demon deal. Dean gives Max the tour of Baby, and they bond over the grenade launcher while Sam and Alicia talk about feeling like outsiders in their own families. Sam talks about Dean and their dad bonding over hunting, while Alicia says Max and their mom bonded over their shared magical powers.
At the boarding house, Tasha greets them, seemingly confused as to why they’re there. Max explains that Alicia had been worried for her safety, and had made Sam and Dean come along in case she needed backup. Tasha insists she’s fine and invites them up to her room for wine. Max leaves Tasha and Alicia to meet up with a bartender he’d made a date with earlier in the day.
Sam and Dean discover the storm cellar and find the decomposing corpses of the man they’d seen in the woods, Andy the front desk clerk, and Tasha Banes; their hearts have been ripped out. Having seen the light in the cellar from the parking lot, Max finds them.
Max storms back into Tasha’s room, wrestling her against a wall while Sam and Dean hold Alicia back from running to “Tasha’s” aid. Max questions Tasha as to her identity; his eyes glow purple as he casts a reveal spell on Tasha. Tasha shakes and crackles, but she reveals the location of the witch controlling her. The witch snaps her fingers, activating her control over Andy, and his eyes glow white. Max’s spell on Tasha causes her to collapsed, while Alicia runs to tend to what she still believes is her mother.
Dean and Max find the witch, but she immediately disarms Dean. Meanwhile, Sam tries to convince Alicia that the woman on the floor is not her mother, while the witch offers Max the same deal she’d offered Tasha. Sam fights off Andy, who seems practically indestructible, while Max accuses the witch of killing his mother. She forces a vision of exactly what she did to Tasha onto both Max and Dean. She tells them she’s reaching the end of her life and needs to pass on her “borrowed” magic to someone else in order to avoid going to Hell. The witch offered her power to Tasha, who refused it, so the witch cut out her heart and installed it into a twig doll that possesses all of Tasha’s memories but is under her control. The witch tells Max that if he kills her, then all of her creations will fall apart, including Tasha. She offers Max her power, with the caveat of exchanging his soul for hers in her demon deal, so that he can keep Tasha “alive.” Dean tries to talk Max out of the deal so the witch silences him with a snap of her fingers.
In the other room, Sam is losing his fight against Twig!Andy, and Alicia runs to his aid. She fights Andy off, but turns around and is pleasantly surprised to see Tasha back on her feet, until Twig!Tasha stabs Alicia in the stomach. Sam now rushes to Alicia’s aid. Meanwhile Dean is fighting against the witch’s control, still unable to speak, trying to reach his gun loaded with witch-killing bullets. Max is just about to take the ring and the witch’s power when Dean shoots her dead. As promised, her twig dolls immediately crumble to ashes, leaving Sam to tend to Alicia’s wound. Max is distraught with Dean, but Dean reminds him that the deal wasn’t with the witch, but with a demon, and the magic wasn’t worth his soul.
Sam shouts out for Dean, and by the time he and Max return to the room, it’s too late and Alicia is dead. Outside the boarding house, Sam and Dean try to comfort Max, but he’s inconsolable, believing that he could have saved his family if he had just taken Alicia seriously. Sam and Dean tell him they need to burn the bodies, but Max tells them to leave, that he’ll do it himself.
Max pick up the witch’s ring and prepare the ritual to turn Alicia into a twig doll. As he leaves with Twig!Alicia, he burns his sister’s body.