12.06 Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox
|Title||Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox|
|Episode #||Season 12, Episode 6|
|First aired||November 17, 2016|
|Directed by||John Badham|
|Written by||Steve Yockey|
|On IMDB||Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox|
|Outline||Sam, Dean, Mary, and Jody must take action when a demon begins picking off mourners at the wake of recently fallen hunter, Asa Fox.|
|Location(s)|| Emerson, Manitoba, Canada|
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Emerson, Manitoba, 1980. A young man runs through the woods. Trapped up against a tree by a werewolf, he is sliced across the cheek; just when he thinks he's dead, a shot rings out. Mary Winchester drives the boy home. After a silent car ride, he reveals his name is Asa Fox. Mary tells him he's going to be fine, but Asa just wants to know what that thing was. She explains that it was a werewolf, something she had been tracking for a long time. She tries to explain that she's retired but Asa wants to know if she retires, who will to save people like him. She straightens out the boy's hair before leaving him at his door and as she turns away, Asa snaps a picture.
Hunting becomes Asa's obsession. As he grows, he learns the ropes, becoming adept at everything supernatural. With each hunt, Asa tries to let the mysterious Mary know how he’s doing, writing her postcards he can never send. Running through the woods, chasing after something, Asa falls into a trap that leaves him hanging from a tree, dead.
In Sioux Falls, Jody is about to enjoy some Netflix and pizza on her day off, when Sam and Dean drop in. The boys just finished a hunt and figured they would stop by. She notes how smelly they are while they make themselves at home and Dean gladly announces his latest triumph: killing Hitler. While eating pizza, Dean questions Jody why she would be watching a chick flick, and asks if she is a romcom chick; Jody quickly asks Dean if he is. Sam interjects and tells Jody of Dean's predilection for "animated Japanese erotica," much to Dean's embarrassment and Jody's delight. Before the conversation can go further, Jody gets a phone call. She returns to the living room in tears.
She tells them that a friend, Asa Fox, has passed. He'd rolled through town on a hunt a few months ago, and since then he and Jody had met up a few times for "coffee or... something". The boys acknowledge that they have heard stories of him from Ellen at the Roadhouse, how he supposedly killed five wendigos in one night. Sam and Dean offer to take the trip with her, telling her they never go to hunter's gatherings because John believed they were trouble. Jody agrees, but tells them they need to shower first if they are going to be spending five hours in the Impala together.
They enter Canada, pulling up to a house that is clearly filled with people and loud music. As they enter, Jody is greeted by Asa's mother Lorraine Fox, who hugs her tightly. Dean makes his way to the kitchen and grabs a beer, finding out from the hunters there that the Winchesters are now the "celebrities" of the day.
Sam chats with a set of twins who were raised by a witch, before being "fan-girled" by a man named Elvis Katz. Elvis questions him about Lucifer, bringing the twins to Sam's defense. Sam, a little taken aback by the questions, leaves to grab a beer. Finding Dean in Asa's room, they are surprised to see a real angel blade among the man's effects. Sam is a little shocked that people tells stories about them. Dean reminds him that they're not in the long-life business. As the night wears on, people begin to leave and Bucky Sims begins to tell stories about Asa's life. The boys find out that Jody and Asa knew each other more intimately than Jody had indicated. As a hunter named Randy Bull goes to get more beer, he is grabbed from behind in the hallway and his throat is slit.
Mary, having heard of Asa's death, arrives late to the wake and is introduced to Jody by Sam and Dean. Jody is overwhelmed but she steps out of the room to let Mary and the boys have a small chat. Mary tells them she's been all over and is using John’s journal to help navigate around. Dean gets a little snippy about the fact that she's on a quest for answers when she could have just asked her sons. Mary tells the boys that she knew Asa, which sets Dean further on edge, and he decides he needs air. On his way out of the house, Jody stops Dean for a "motherly" talk, chiding him for not mentioning his mother's resurrection, and reassuring him that it's understandable for him to struggle with it.
Lorraine confronts Mary in the kitchen because Mary was the reason that Asa began hunting. She gives Mary the box of unsent postcards, bemoaning that his obsession with hunting kept Asa from building a life, having a family, and now he's dead. Sam finds Mary, wracked with guilt at Lorraine's words. Sam reassures her that Asa made his own choices, and he saved lives. Mary can't stop feeling like everything she does is wrong. Sam tells her he gets it -- he understands that she needs space, and so does Dean. He acknowledges the truth shown by Asa's postcards: Mary was sneaking out to tie up loose ends on old hunts even after Dean was born. Hunting is in her blood, just like it's in Sam's and Dean's, and Asa's. Paying their respects to Asa, Sam and Mary find Randy's body roped to the ceiling. They tell the others, who decide they all need to leave, as they are dealing with a crossroads demon named Jael that Asa had made an enemy of. As they try to exit the front door, they find that it has been warded; they are all trapped in the house.
Outside, Billie approaches Dean and tells him that she was just in the house reaping a soul. Dean pleads with Billie to get him back into the house, while inside Bucky explains exactly what went on between Jael and Asa. They soon find that Alicia had been possessed, but now the demon is elsewhere. Breaking off into teams, they try to find it. Dean makes a deal with Billie to get in, but once inside he finds that Elvis is now possessed. Battling Elvis, Dean learns that Hell is in turmoil. As Dean prepared to exorcise Jael, the demon kills Elvis, snapping his neck 180 degrees around before leaving his body. As the remaining hunters try to set a trap for Jael, Mary grabs the angel blade from Asa's room. Jody tries to convince Sam and Dean that Mary is the demon, but Sam and Dean realize that Jody is not acting like herself and is the one that is possessed.
Mary tries to stab Jody with the blade, but Jael proves stronger, and sends everyone to the ground with a simple gesture. Jael then starts taunting the group. First talking about Sam with Lucifer, then revealing the twins are actually Asa’s children, and how Lorraine would try to sabotage Asa's jeep and supplies in hopes of keeping him from hunting, and finally telling everyone that Jody really cared for Asa and was hoping to build a life with him. When Bucky tries to attack Jael, the demon forces him to admit that he was the one that killed Asa. Dean begins the exorcism rite, and when Jael knocks him down, Sam continues it, until as a group, the hunters finally banish Jael.
With Jael gone, Bucky confesses that he and Asa had argued over how to handle a hunt. The argument got physical, and when Asa shoved him, Bucky shoved back, knocking Asa to the ground where he hit his head on a rock and died instantly. Out of fear, Bucky hung his body to cover up what had really happened, hoping people would believe Jael killed Asa. When Bucky asks what they are going to do to him, the group decides that his punishment will be that they are going to tell every hunter what he had done, shunning him from the life.
As morning breaks, everyone gathers around the fire to pay tribute to Asa, Randy, and Elvis. Lorraine smiles, telling Mary that Asa actually did have a family, and that she has grandchildren. Jody tells Mary that Sam and Dean are the best men she knows; Mary replies that the boys aren't the problem. Sam and Dean approach Mary but Billie steps in. She acknowledges that Mary hates being here, that she feels like she doesn't fit. Billie believes that what's dead should stay dead, and offers to take Mary’s soul back to Heaven. Mary seems to consider her offer but ultimately turns her down, telling Billie she’s just going to have to wait. Billie appears annoyed, but understands; she tells Mary that if she ever changes her mind, if any of the Winchesters change their minds, then they can call out to her to accept her offer, before she departs. Mary explains that she needs a little more time before coming home and Sam and Dean offer breakfast at least before they part ways.
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Mary Winchester
- Sheriff Jody Mills
- Ellen Harvelle
- Bucky Sims
- Elvis Katz
- Alicia Banes
- Max Banes
- Lorraine Fox
- Asa Fox
- Angel Blade
- Crossroads Demon
- Demon Smoke
- Devil's Trap
- Good Talk
- Harvelle's Roadhouse
- Hunter's Funeral Pyre
- John's Journal
- Queer and Gender Diverse Characters
- Ruby's Knife
- Table of Death
- Vengeful Spirits
- Warding Sigils
- "Roll on Down the Highway" by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
- (plays over the montage of Asa Fox becoming a hunter)
- "Man in the Box" by Alice in Chains
- (plays from Asa Fox's family home during his wake)
- "One Way Street" by James Carter (De Wolfe Music Library)
- (playing as Bucky is telling a story about a ghoul hunt with Asa)