10.01 Black

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Title Black
Episode # Season 10, Episode 1
First aired October 7, 2014
Directed by Robert Singer
Written by Jeremy Carver
On IMDB Black
Outline As Dean is living it up as a demon with Crowley, Sam frantically searches for his missing brother. Meanwhile, Castiel is still dealing with his waning grace when Hannah arrives, and seeks his aide in finding two rogue angels still on Earth.
Monster Angels
Demons
Timeline Four to six weeks after 9.23 Do You Believe in Miracles?
Location(s) Lebanon, Kansas
Amherst Junction, Wisconsin
Beulah, North Dakota
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Synopsis

A demon, Dar, is being tortured. She tells her torturer that he has lost his soul and any ethics he had. Her tormentor is Sam Winchester, trying to find Dean and Crowley.

Back at the Bunker, Sam keeps researching - looking for signs of demonic activity by tracking weather events, cattle deaths, and crop failures, and by calling other hunters. He wanders into Dean's bedroom and looks at the only clue he has, a note left presumably by Dean that reads, "Sammy let me go."

Sam finds what he think may be a clue - a man called Drew Neely who had killed his family and disappeared three years earlier has been found dead. Sam theorizes that Neely was possessed by a demon, who may have possessed Dean and left Neely's body to die. Sam calls to share the news with Castiel, who is anxious for news of Dean. Picking up that Cas is seriously unwell, Sam backtracks and tells him not to worry, that the clue probably isn't anything.

At a bar called the Black Spur, Dean is singing karaoke - badly - and later has sex with a waitress called Anne Marie. He warns her not to get attached as he's just passing through. Crowley interrupts them, and he and Dean go to play foosball. Later, Dean notices a guy harassing Anne Marie, follows him outside, and delivers a severe beating to him in front of a shocked Anne Marie.

Hannah visits Castiel. She tells him that rebuilding is proceeding in Heaven; Metatron is in jail, and reconciliation amongst the angels is proceeding. However, some angels remain on Earth, and recently two of them - Daniel and Adina - killed an angel who tried to get them to return to Heaven. Hannah asks for Castiel's help in finding them, and he agrees.

In Wisconsin, Sam is investigating Drew Neely's death. When the police show him the security footage from the Gas-n-Sip, Sam recognizes Dean. In the footage Dean is reading a porn magazine when Drew draws a blade and attacks him. Dean fights back and kills him, stabbing him repeatedly with the First Blade. Sam believes that his suspicion that a demon is possessing Dean has been confirmed when Dean's eyes flash black on the tape. He travels to the store himself, where the clerk gives him Neely's phone.

At the Black Spur, one of Abaddon's demonic followers attacks Dean, who fights and kills him.

Sam finds a text on Neely's phone that had alerted the demon to Dean's presence there, and realizes that the demon had also been an Abaddon loyalist. He calls the number, and Crowley answers, revealing that Crowley has been sending Abaddon loyalists after Dean. Sam vows to save Dean or die trying. Crowley taunts him, saying he's jealous that Crowley is Dean's best friend now, and informs him that Dean is not possessed, but that the Mark of Cain has twisted his soul until it is demonic.

Sam traces Crowley's location via an app, a move which Crowley has anticipated. Crowley tells Dean of his talk with Sam and that Sam is coming, to convince him that it is time to leave, as he wants Dean to come with him to Hell and rule alongside him. He explains that he had been sending demons after Dean because he knows that Dean needs to kill to 'feed' the Mark of Cain. He leaves after telling Dean to choose whether to come with him and rule Hell, or not.

During the night Dean drinks and sings karaoke - even worse than before - and drinks a lot more, even shoving a man off the stage when the man tries to usher him away. Later when he's in bed, Anne Marie brings him some water. He proposes that they take off together, but she says that when she saw him beat her ex, she realized he wasn't a good man. Dean is cruel to her, and she leaves, sadly commenting that she knows she is so damaged she'll probably think that she deserved it.

Hannah and Cas travel to find the two rogue angels. Hannah confronts Cas about his fading grace, but he angrily rebuts the implication that another angel die for him to get more grace. They find Daniel and Adina, who want to stay on Earth, having found much there they enjoy. Hannah persists - that they must return to Heaven; Heaven needs rules to operate. A fight ensures during which Castiel has to kill Daniel to save Hannah. Adina escapes. Hannah continues to insist to Castiel that Heaven needs rules, but Cas says that the chaos on Earth can produce good things - art, hope, dreams, love - that Hannah points out are "human things."

On his way to the Black Spur, Sam's car breaks down. A man, Cole, stops to help, but reveals he rigged Sam's car to stop, and kidnaps him. In a barn, he prepares to torture Sam for Dean's location, alluding to some connection to Dean hinted to earlier in the episode, which has lead to him now wanting to kill Dean. He uses Sam's phone to call Dean, who answers as he is driving. Cole demands Dean meet him or he will kill Sam. However, while Dean plans to find and kill Cole one day, he is perfectly willing to let Sam die since he had already told Sam not to come look for him. Dean says that whatever trouble Sam is in now is his own problem. Dean ends the call by hanging up on Cole.

Characters

Definitions

Music

  • "Heartbreaker" by Pat Benatar
(plays over "The Road So Far" recap of events)
  • "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred
(the first karaoke song Dean sings)
  • "Honey" by Bonjah
(playing in the bar when Sam calls Crowley)
  • "Yes Indeedy" by Ryan Cain and the Ables
(playing in the bar when Crowley tries to talk Dean into ruling Hell with him)
  • "Imaginary Lover" by Atlanta Rhythm Section
(the second karaoke song Dean sings)

Quotes

Dar: I heard the rumors, I said, 'no that can't be. A Winchester one of us?' Whatever soul you had, whatever Boy Scout codes you cuddled up to at night. It's all gone. Leaving what? Look at you.
Anne Marie: Damn! I told you to hurry it up! But then you had to go and do that thing with the thing.

Dean: Oh you mean that thing you were begging me for?
Anne Marie: Begging you to hurry it up maybe.

Dean: Well, let's not argue about good sex.
Crowley: Jerk.

Dean: Bitch.
Anne Marie: Get a room you two.
Crowley: Had a room until you two soiled it.
Anne Marie: Love you Crowley.
Crowley: Love you more sweetheart.
Anne Marie: Anne Marie, jackass.

Crowley: Knew that.
Castiel: I'm sensing awkwardness.
Dean: All you Abaddon groupies are the same, you know that. You and the douche that jumped me at the gas station, you just can't accept that the queen is dead, can you?
Sam: So some guy comes in, kills another guy in your store on your watch, and you just -- you what? Just keep on keepin' on?
Mickey: You mean when porn guy was stabbing the other guy to death 10 feet in front of me, and I was having a total code-brown moment in my favorite freakin' pants because I thought I was next, did I conduct a field interview?
Sam: He's not your pet.
Crowley: My pet? He's my best friend, my partner in crime. They'll write songs about us, graphic novels -- The Misadventures of Growley and Squirrel. Dean Winchester completes me, and that's what makes you lose your chickens.
Dean: Okay, see the deal was we howl at the moon. No time stamp, no expiration date.
Castiel: Perhaps I've been down here with them for too long. There is seemingly nothing but chaos, not all bad comes from it. Art, hope, love, dreams.

Hannah: But those are human things.

Castiel: Yes.
Dean: Now you listen to me; there's no trade, there's no meet up, there's no nothing. Except the 100% guarantee, somewhere down the road I will find you and I will kill you.

Trivia & References

The episode's title could be a reference to the Pearl Jam song "Black," which is about a man lamenting the loss of his girlfriend/significant other. The ideas in the lyrics are somewhat reflected by Crowley's comments during his phone conversation with Sam.
Crowley: Jerk.

Dean: Bitch.

When younger, Sam and Dean had a ritual where Dean would call Sam a "Bitch" and Sam would respond with "Jerk." While this is strongly associated with the characters, it has only been referenced six times on the show: 1.01 Pilot, 2.10 Hunted, 2.20 What Is and What Should Never Be, 10.05 Fan Fiction and 11.04 Baby. Watch a video compilation of references here.
Mickey, the Gas-n-Sip clerk tells Sam that Dean was yelling "Say my name!" as he stabs the demon. This may be a reference to a quote from Walter White in the Breaking Bad episode of the same name, where he demands a drug dealer "Say my name!" - in this case the name of his alter ego Heisenberg.
Crowley: Your brother and I were beginning to wonder if you'd hit another dog.
Crowley is referring to when Sam hit a dog and ended up settling down with Amelia while Dean was in Purgatory.
Dean: You lied.

Crowley: Who do you think you are talking to here? Does the Tin Man have a sheet metal willy? Of course I lied.

The Tin Man is a character from the Wizard of Oz. He doesn't obviously have a penis, at least in the movie.
Crowley: We've howled, we've bayed, we-we've done extraordinary things to triplets all of which have been massively entertaining, I will treasure our Flickr albums forever. But now it's time we accept what we are and go back to work.
Flickr is an image and video hosting website owned by Yahoo!

Minutiae

The season 10 title card uses an inverted pentagram. Whereas a normal pentagram, or pentacle can be seen as a symbol of protection, the inverted pentagram signifies the descent of spirit into matter or the carnal and ungodly side of mankind.
#Supernatural, #Deanmon, Poor Sammy, Poor Cas, Crowley and Dean, Crowley and Squirrel, and The Misadventures of Crowley and Squirrel trended on Twitter during the episode.
Raquel Riskin, who plays the demon Dar, previously played Amber Greer in 5.06 I Believe the Children Are Our Future.
Emily Fonda, who played Anne Marie, previously played Make-Up Girl #1 in 6.15 The French Mistake.
Giacomo Baessato, who played the angel Daniel, previously played the Pizza Delivery Boy in 4.05 Monster Movie.
Jakob Davies, who played Cole's son, previously played Tyler in 7.14 Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie.
Supernatural hit the Top 5 in Nielsen Twitter ratings for the first time with the premiere.
Sam's arm is seen in a sling because Jared injured his shoulder and had to have surgery. It was still healing when filming for the season commenced. The injury occurred while wrestling with Osric Chau at Jus In Bello Italy 2014. Watch video of Osric relating how it happened. The explanation given in the show is that Sam was injured by a demon while he and Cas were searching for clues to Dean's disappearance. Jared had previously wore a plaster cast on screen in season two for episodes 2.05 Simon Said through to 2.11 Playthings, following an on-set injury to his wrist.
The books Sam is shown to have been researching at the Men of Letters Bunker are titled Demonic Possession and Rituals of Human Possession.
The photo briefly seen of Cole dressed in a marine uniform is an actual photo of actor Travis Aaron Wade from his time in the United States Marine Corps.
Dean and Crowley have been hanging out at the Black Spur, which is located at 156 Knife River Road, Beulah, North Dakota.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts

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