In Texhoma, Texas, a young woman, Angela Sullivan, is helping her drunk friend, Sally, out of a bar. When Sally goes off to be sick, Angela gets into her car to wait and is attacked. When Sally turns around, her friend and car are gone. Angela wakes up tied to a chair, with an IV dripping her blood into the window of a metal door. Seeing the creature inside, she screams.
[[Dean]] is in his room, drinking beer, desperately looking for a case. He stumbles onto the story of a woman who says her friend was “raptured.” Dean goes looking for [[Sam]], and he finds him and [[Eileen]] cooking breakfast while hungover. They invite him to eat, but he declines and turns to leave. Sam follows Dean to make sure he’s okay. Dean explains he needs to get out, and that he
doesn't want to spoil Sam and Eileen's fun. Sam just wants to make sure Dean is good and will call if he needs him. Dean assures him he will and teases Sam to leave a sock on the door before he leaves.
Dean arrives in Texhoma and talks to the sheriff, who believes Angela just left to go to Los Angeles. But he does say her friend, Sally Anderson, frequents the local bar, Swayze’s.
Later that night, Dean goes to Swayze’s Bar. The waitress, [[Lorna]], flirts with Dean and takes his phone per house rules, then tells him Sally should be by later. That’s when Dean sees who is singing: an old hunting buddy, [[Lee Webb]]. After
Lee's song is done, they enthusiastically greet each other.
Sam and Eileen are researching when Eileen suggestively offers they do something else. As Sam starts to respond, [[Castiel]] returns to [[the Bunker]] with an idea how to find [[Chuck]] by probing Sam’s [[God]] wound.
In the Bunker infirmary, Castiel explains that his idea is to probe the wound. He tells Sam it is dangerous, but Sam agrees. As Castiel is probing Sam, something goes wrong and Sam is slammed against the wall and knocked out. With Sam unconscious, Castiel calls Dean, to no avail, and leaves a message. Dean’s phone rings in the basket of confiscated cell phones in the bar, while Dean is bragging about his night with twins (Lee reminds him they were triplets). Castiel then calls [[Sergei]], the [[shaman]], reminding him that Sergei owes him for what happened with [[Jack]]. Sergei replies he has promised to take his niece shopping this weekend. Castiel threatens to track Sergei down and burn him alive, but Sergei remains unmoved.
Swayze's, Dean speaks about the horrors of [[ghost sickness]], which made him scared of everything! When Lee asks about the case, Dean tells him about the missing woman. Lee doesn’t recognize Angela, until Lorna reminds him she is Sally's friend. Lee asks why he is chasing something so small. Dean replies someone has to look out for the little guy, since God isn’t. Lee expresses concern, and says Dean has saved so many, he deserves a break. Lee then goes to the stage and goads Dean to join him by saying he can’t just lip sync in private. Dean shyly joins. They sing “Good Ole Boys,” the Dukes of Hazzard theme -- the song that John would play for them before a hunt. Dean enjoys it, even receiving a standing ovation. From the stage, Dean sees two guys harassing a woman, Sally Anderson. He and Lee intervene, saying the men should leave. When the men refuse, Dean and Lee physically throw them out through doors and windows.
Sergei arrives at the Bunker and is awed to be in the home of the fabled [[Men of Letters]]. Castiel cuts
Sergei's gawking short and takes him to examine Sam. After running a crystal over Sam's body, which begins to glow over his bullet wound, Sergei drops the bombshell: Sam is dying.
Sally thinks her friend was lifted to Heaven. But Lee tells her a car
can't be raptured and he thinks she just left. Dean counters that friends don’t just leave. Dean asks where one would dump a car. Lee tells him the lake, but Lorna says salvage yard, Merle’s. Dean sends Lee to the lake, while he goes to the salvage yard.
Sergei reveals that
Sam's wound goes all the way down to his [[soul]], as well as being tethered to someone or something out in the world, and that the probing caused Sam’s soul to stretch to the breaking point. When Eileen asks him if he can fix Sam, Sergei agrees to do so.
Meanwhile, Sergei’s “cure” is actually killing Sam faster, causing him to see visions of Chuck’s memories. Sergei tells Castiel that he has demands. Eileen slams Sergei against the Bunker wall, threatening him. But Sergei coolly demands an object that the Men of Letters once procured
-- the [[Key to Death]]. He tells them that it opens the door to [[Death's Library]]. Castiel says no, then shows a photo of Sergei’s niece, Anna, on his phone. He says that his friend [[Bobby Singer (Apocalypse World)|Bobby]] is watching her, and that something will happen to Anna if Sam dies. Sergei relents and heals Sam. As he leaves, Sergei is impressed with Castiel's new attitude, remarking it is very... Russian.
At Merle’s Salvage Yard Dean finds Angela’s car, and her corpse in the trunk. A gun clicks behind him and he’s knocked out by Lee. Dean wakes, tied up, with an IV tube in his arm. Lee enters the basement and explains to Dean that he found the monster, a [[marid]], on his last hunt after Arizona. He tells Dean that it grants wealth and health, so long as it is kept fed. Lee says that he feels he deserves it after all he’s done. Dean disagrees. When Lee responds that no one cares about good and evil, Dean replies that he does. Lee then starts the drip, saying the death isn’t bad and that between the two of them, Lee chooses himself.
When Lee leaves, Dean sees tools, and tips the chair over, causing it to break. He removes the IV and struggles to untie himself as the monster breaks through the door. Upstairs in the bar, Lee hears a commotion and pulls his gun as the basement door opens. In rolls the severed head of the marid. Dean apologizes for cutting its head off before he dives behind the bar and grabs a shotgun. They exchange fire until they run out of ammo. Dean emerges from behind the bar and tells Lee he
doesn't know who he is anymore. Lee claims he’s just a Dean that realized the world is broken; Dean fervently replies, “Then you fix it. You fight for it.” Lee suggests Dean just walk away, but Dean can’t. He kills monsters. They fight, and eventually Dean wins by stabbing Lee in the chest with a broken pool cue. As Lee prepares to die, he asks why Dean cares so much. Dean replies, “Someone has to.” Lee says he's glad it’s him. Then he signals Dean to pull the cue, killing Lee.
Castiel's message, Dean rushes to the Bunker, where he sees Castiel and immediately asks about Sam. Castiel curtly replies Sam is fine, then walks toward the infirmary. There, Sam informs them that he saw Chuck’s memories, and Chuck is weak. He declares he thinks they can beat God.
* [[The Impalas]]
* [[Key to Death
* [[Law Enforcement Officers]]
* [[Men of Letters]]
* [[Table of Death]]
[https://twitter.com/spacekicker/status/1204173141355851776 According to writer] [[Jeremy Adams]], Dean greeting Lee with "son of a bitch" and the two clasping their hands together is
an homage to [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txuWGoZF3ew this scene from ''Predator''.]
'''Dean:''' Oh, God bless Texas.
:''"God bless Texas" is a phrase that can be found on many souvenirs in Texas, as well as special license plates. Here Dean is also referring to the fact that Texans have a affinity for guns, as he finds a loaded shotgun behind the bar.''
'''Lee:''' You want a shot at the title?<br>
'''Dean:''' Don't mind if I do.
:'' This is a reference to a very similar exchange between Mel Gibson's character Martin Riggs and Gary Busey's character Mr. Joshua in the 1987 action movie [https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093409/ Lethal Weapon.] ''
[https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2784214/ Aliyah O' Brian], who played [[Lorna]], previously played Gloria Jane in [[7.22 There Will Be Blood]].
Sam has learned more American Sign Language by this episode.
[[Alcohol]] brands seen in Swayze's Bar include Tom's Tequila (which is named for director [[Thomas Wright]]), El Sol, Margiekugel, LarkKair, Tejas Dark Ale, Wyeth's Stout Beer, Old Rock Dark Ale, El Burro, and Fast Jack's Ale. The beer Lee drinks is a "Family Business" beer, referring to Jensen's [[Family Business Beer Company]]. The Family Business logo is also seen on a beer coaster, a business card, and a barometer.