12.03 The Foundry
|Episode #||Season 12, Episode 3|
|First aired||October 27, 2016|
|Directed by||Robert Singer|
|Written by||Robert Berens|
|On IMDB||The Foundry|
|Outline||Mary, Sam and Dean investigate a case where the sound of a crying baby led to the mysterious death of a couple. Meanwhile, Castiel teams up with Crowley in the hunt for Lucifer.|
|Location(s)|| St. Paul, Minnesota|
Sagamore Hills, Ohio
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A young couple in St Paul, Minnesota, are walking in a shopping district near a new housing development. The woman hears a baby crying from across the street in an abandoned house. She follows the cries inside, and in a crib finds an old doll. The man comes as she is leaning over the crib. Before they can leave, the door slams shut and they scream as an unknown something comes after them.
Mary is sitting in the Bunker library reading John's journal in the middle of the night. Cas comes in and she asks him how long it took him to feel as if he fit in, belonged here. He tells her still isn't sure he does, but that she does belong. As she readies for bed, Mary stares at herself in the mirror awhile before beginning to cut her hair.
In the morning, the boys are at the kitchen table. Cas comes in and tells them he is off to Cleveland in his search for Lucifer because he feels he is the reason Lucifer escaped. Mary joins the boys for breakfast and says she found a hunt in Minnesota – victims whose hearts were frozen after entering an old abandoned house.
They head out, and stop for gas and snacks. Dean introduces Mary to several beef jerky flavors, having a mother-son bonding moment. As Dean starts up Baby, Born to be Wild is playing, a little loud. Sam, in the back seat, tries to tell Dean to turn it down, but before he can get his point across, Mary leans over and cranks it up. Dean, happy, peels out and they drive off toward the case.
Cas is interviewing Tommy, a member of rock star Vince Vincente's band. Tommy tells Cas that Vince physically threw him from the room, and that he had strength like an MMA fighter, or like he was 20 again. He's sure it wasn't Vince. Cas asks Tommy to call him if he remembers anything else and gives him a card. The rocker scoffs, "Ok... Agent Beyonce." As Cas leaves the lobby, passing by the bar, Crowley calls out to him, "Guess that makes me agent Jay Z."
Mary and the boys are at the coroner's office, where he explains the victims' hearts were literally frozen. The boys note a frostbite burn in the shape of a handprint on the corpse.
Crowley tries to sell Cas on hunting Lucifer together. He wheedles, reminding him that they haven't tried to kill each other in ages, and they handled the Darkness together well. Crowley tells Cas he has a lead, an address to check out for Vince's sister.
Mary and the boys head to the abandoned house. They all have EMF meters and are checking the place out. Mary turns away from the boys, heading into the bedroom. She sees the crib and checks around it. As she approaches the crib, she sees the light above it flickering. She notices the sudden drop in temperature just before she uncovers the doll in the crib. The door slams shut as she pulls the blanket back, and she calls out. The boys can't get in to to her. Finally Dean shoots the lock and as they finally break in, a child ghost grabs Mary's arm and she gets the frostbite burn mark. Back at the motel, Sam and Dean are both working on laptops, and they scoff when Mary suggests they head out to knock on some doors, canvas the neighborhood, work the case. Sam and Dean explain that now, they can find out most of what they need on the internet.
Cas and Crowley arrive at the home of Vince Vincente's sister. She slams the door in Cas's face and immediately calls "Vinny," telling him federal agents are looking for him and he's in trouble. Crowley and Cas enter the house through their own means, and Cas is able to tell that she was recently healed. Crowley notices an abandoned wheelchair and deduces that she has been healed to walk again. He threatens to undo the cure, but Cas stops him. Cas explains to the woman that it wasn't Vince who healed her, it was something ancient and evil. She admits that he'd acted strangely, coldly, while he was there, and then mentions that he'd had a red-headed "groupie" with him. Crowley tells Cas they need to go to Vince's cabin in Sagamore Hills, Ohio.
At a cabin in the woods, Vince/Lucifer is checking his reflection. He asks Rowena, chained in the front room, if she has any beauty spells in her witchy brain. His vessel is starting to wear out. He wants Rowena to make the vessel permanent, strong enough to hold him. He threatens to break her neck again and tear her head off if she refuses.
Back at the motel, Sam suggest the children's spirits are mylings, from Scandinavian lore. Mary disagrees, saying that she didn't think the little boy wanted to hurt her, he was scared. Sam and Dean still think they're dealing with vengeful child spirits, and they will need to salt and burn the bodies. As Mary turns to talk it over, she grows lightheaded for a minute and stumbles, seeing visions of the last moments of her earlier life as well as of the little boy who grabbed her. Sam and Dean suggest she stay back at the hotel and get some rest while they hit the cemetery to look into the children's bones. After the boys leave, Mary makes some calls and is able to track down the former owner of the house and find out all about the death of a 4-year-old boy there. His mother describes a scar on his cheek and it confirms for Mary that Lucas Kellinger was the ghost who grabbed her.
Sam and Dean are at the cemetery, digging up the children. They discuss whether their mother is struggling versus simply adjusting. Sam's worried, but Dean cuts him off. He just wants to be happy with her return. Sam explains his worries that she is turning to hunting to avoid dealing, and tells Dean it's a family trait. The boys return to the hotel, but when they get there, Mary is gone. They check the room – no sign of struggle and no note. Then, Sam sees the weapons bag is missing.
Mary's gone back to the house on her own. She sees Lucas and, leaving the duffel bag in the entry, follows him deeper into the house, down to the basement. Lucas tells her he's cold. Her cell rings – it's Sam calling. Mary tells the boys she is at the house but before she can explain more, the signal goes out and the boys rush out from the room to head to the house.
At the cabin, Rowena is painting sigils onto the chest of Lucifer's vessel, explaining her spell will make it last. As Rowena completes the spell, he realizes something is wrong and she tells him she accelerated the decay, making him age super-fast. She waves her hands and he vanishes.
Mary is in the basement with Lucas and asks what is keeping him there. He tells her, "he is" and points out an area of wall. The ghost of a man comes forth. Mary recognizes him as one of the homeowners, Hugo Moriarty, but when she tries to confront him about killing all the children, he chokes her. Sam and Dean arrive at the house as she falls, and when they try to help her she tosses Dean aside. Sam sees ectoplasm leaking from her eyes and figures out Mary’s been possessed. Mary is able to fight the spirit off briefly, long enough to tell Sam to check the basement. Then the spirit takes over again and she comes after Dean. He can't bring himself to shoot her with the salt gun, but when she turns away from Dean to go after Sam in the basement, Dean wraps her up in iron chains. Sam rushes down to the basement. Lucas is there, pointing again to a section of the wall. Sam knocks a hole in the wall and finds a body, which he salts and burns, and the spirit is forcefully ejected from Mary. With the killer gone, the spirits of all the dead children are freed too and each glows brightly before ascending up out of the house.
Crowley and Cas enter Vince's cabin and find Rowena on the patio. She tells them she double-crossed Lucifer and sent him to the bottom of the ocean. While she refuses to actively work with them, she says that if they corner him and need her help, she'll be there.
As they come back to the Bunker, Dean tells Mary she kicked ass, and she was right about the kids, though they still didn't know what Moriarty's motive was. Mary tells him she does. She says that when Moriarty possessed her, she was able to see his story and the strength of his grief. Dean tries to reassure Mary, telling her "It's ok, you’re home now," but she tells him no, she's not home. Mary explains that she is grieving for baby Sam, her little boy Dean, and John. To her, she was just with her family, in Heaven, but now they're gone. "Every moment I spend with you reminds me of every moment I lost with them." She thought hunting would clear her head, but it didn't work. She says that she loves them, but that she needs some time alone. She takes her duffel and leaves.
- "Born to Be Wild" by Steppenwolf
- (playing on the radio in the Impala when Sam, Dean and Mary hit the road; also played in 7.23 Survival of the Fittest)