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Maggie calls and Sam informs her that they are back at the Bunker but asks that the [[Apocalypse World]] hunters check that [[Garth]] is still okay in the trunk of the [[Impala]]. However, Maggie replies that the [[monsters]] have ceased their assault on Kansas City and are now heading west. Michael goads them about the fact the monsters are coming to the Bunker and that one way or another, everyone will die and the last thing Sam will see is Dean's "pretty smile" as Michael rips him apart.
In the library, Sam and Cas are setting up the [[Men of Letters]] apparatus hoping that it will allow them to enter Dean's mind and wake him from his dream.
Back in Dean's mind, the scenes and conversations from Rocky's continue their never-ending loop with only slight alterations. Even so, when Dean mentions Sam and Cas' ghoul hunt again,
and gets "serious Déjà vu."
Meanwhile, Jack is left alone with Michael, who takes the opportunity to attempt to break him by saying Jack is meaningless and that to Dean, Jack is nothing but a burden and that he didn't care when Jack died. Michael goes on to claim that to Sam, Dean, and Castiel,
he's nothing but a job none of them wanted. His undermining of Jack is interrupted by the arrival of Castiel, who sends Jack to help Sam and assures him that Michael is lying. Having failed at breaking Jack, Michael now turns his attention to undermining Castiel's faith in himself and in [[God]]. He argues that the Apocalypse World and this world are just [[Chuck]]'s failed drafts and that Chuck, being a writer, has just moved on to try again. This realization, Michael admits, has caused Michael to burn every world until he finds Chuck and kills him.
On the outskirts of Lebanon, Maggie has gathered the Apocalypse World hunters and together they create a road block so that Michael's army cannot pass. Her rallying speech is interrupted by the arrival of a black van which stops a little way up the road. After no sign of movement from the van, the Apocalypse World hunters go to investigate. One of the group, Tiger, realizes the van is empty and follows some tracks into the wood without backup, despite being called to stop. Maggie and the others wait nervously for something to happen but Tiger eventually returns unhurt, saying the monsters appear to have headed to the Bunker on foot.
As Sam sets up the Men of Letters machine, Jack offers to use some of his power to save Dean if Sam's plan doesn't work, but Sam refuses, saying Dean would not want to be saved at the cost of Jack burning off some of his [[soul]]. Cas attaches Sam and Michael to the machine then hitches a ride via Sam, leaving Jack behind to "pray" and make sure nobody kills them. Sam and Cas arrive in the middle of absolutely nothing, so Cas begins to scan through Dean's traumatic memories, such as [[Hell]], hoping to find him. Sam quickly realizes that Dean thrives on trauma and in order to keep Dean occupied and under control, Michael would keep him trapped somewhere he was content. Among the memories, Sam identifies one he doesn't recognize and tells Cas to take them there.
Dropping into Rocky's, Dean welcomes them back from the hunt he thinks they've been on by offering them a great IPA from Austin. Before they can answer, however, Pamela arrives, causing Sam to struggle with staying focused despite the guilt and loss he clearly still feels over her death. Pulling himself together, Sam begins to explain to Dean that he's
being trapped in a fantasy by Michael, but their conversation keeps being interrupted by the loop moving on to the next false memory. Sam starts to crack the illusion by telling Dean that Pamela was not only blind but also died years before. This causes her to disappear yet Dean is still struggling to believe the truth until Sam remembers to say "Poughkeepsie", causing all of Dean's memories to flood back.
A slow clap announces Michael's arrival in the bar and, once again, he tries to undermine Sam, Dean, and Castiel's faith in one another by saying that Dean said "yes" to being a vessel because he was so desperate to be rid of the others for good. Despite his attempt to divide and conquer, Cas sees through Michael's behavior and concludes that he is just hoping to stall until his monsters come to the rescue. They call Michael's bluff and Dean tackles him. When he is thrown aside, Sam attacks, followed by Cas. Michael taunts them with the fact that even if they do expel him from Dean, he'll make sure that Dean is nothing more than "blood and bone." This spurs Dean to realize that it's his mind and his rules, so with Sam and Castiel's help, they trap Michael in Rocky's stockroom, making Dean "the cage."
Back at the Bunker,
th hunters have arrive and prepare to fortify and protect the unconscious Winchesters. The monsters reach the Bunker and enter easily as Tiger had been killed and replaced with a [[shapeshifter]] and left the Bunker door open when they returned. Panicking, the hunters pointlessly shoot at their attackers but are quickly overwhelmed, causing Jack to use his soul-boosted powers to disintegrate the invading monsters. In the aftermath, Maggie debriefs Sam on what happened to the rest of the monsters and Sam thanks her for saving them but she confesses it was Jack who saved everyone using his angel powers.
Sitting together in the kitchen, Cas confronts Jack over using his powers and points out that he can't afford to use up his soul, for his and everyone else's sake.
'''Michael:''' Now, this
... just feels right. Hope is an amazing thing, isn't it? You had no chance of winning this. None. But you had hope -- hope that I wouldn't see you coming, but I saw everything. And now I have my perfect vessel. I've just destroyed the one weapon that could really hurt me. Thanks for bringing that, by the way.
'''Michael:''' Yes, uh, put a chair against the door. That'll help. Nothing's changed. Either my monsters get here or I break these chains. But tonight... everybody dies. And, Sam? The last thing you'll see is this pretty smile
... as I rip you apart.
'''Michael:''' He's a gnat. I'm a god. Who would you bet on?<br>
'''Jack:''' You don't know anything about Dean.<br>
'''Michael:''' I'm in his head
... literally. I know everything. Like, I know how sad he was when you died... on the outside. On the inside, well, it's not that he was happy -- he just didn't care. 'Cause you're not Sam. You're not Cas. You're a new burden that he was handed. You're a weak, helpless thing. You think that they care about you, love you? You're a job, a job none of them wanted. And you --
'''Sam:''' Dean thrives on trauma. I mean, he's had to his whole life, right? It keeps him alert, keeps him ready, but if I wanted to distract Dean, I-I... I'd give him something he's never had before.<br>
'''Sam:''' Exactly. So maybe, instead of looking through his bad memories,
maybe let's, uh... maybe let's look through his good memories.
* There is a neon "Tom's Tequila" sign - a reference to director [[Thomas J. Wright]].
* In the bar office, there is a [[Busty Asian Beauties]] calendar and an autographed photo of Canadian actress [https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005370/ Kathleen Roberston].
Sam uses a holy fire molotov cocktail on Michael to distract him long enough for
Cas to restrain him with the modified angel cuffs. Castiel previously used the same molotov cocktail method on [[Michael]] in [[5.22 Swan Song]]. However, Michael was banished for a few minutes before being imprisoned in the cage with [[Lucifer]], [[Adam]], and Sam , reasserting Lucifer's claim that the Apocalypse World version of Michael is more powerful than his Prime Earth counterpart from [[13.07 War of the Worlds]].
[[Michael (Apocalypse World)|Michael ]], in [[Apocalypse World]], they had "locked Death away and enslaved the reapers." He also reveals his belief that while there may be multiple universes, there is only one [[God]].
(0:20) [[3.04 Sin City]] – Dean is trapped with the demon Casey, and Sam comes to save him, unknowingly accompanied by another demon, father Gil. Father Gil attacks Sam and Bobby.
:'''Dean:''' Sammy, down here! The basement caved in!<br>
(0:23) [[13.23 Let the Good Times Roll]] –
Micheal reneges on his agreement to let Dean be in the driver’s seat.<br>
:'''Dean:''' We had a deal!
(0:24) [[3.04 Sin City]] – see 0:20<br>
'''Dean:''' What'd you say?<br>
:''In [[9.10 Road Trip]], when Crowley was trying to help free Sam from Gadreel, Dean told Crowley that "Poughkeepsie" is Sam and Dean's distress signal, meaning to drop everything and run. Crowley used it again to warn Dean about Abaddon's trap in [[9.21 King of the Damned]]''
* [[14.10 Nihilism (transcript)]]