12.11 Regarding Dean
|Episode #||Season 12, Episode 11|
|First aired||February 9, 2017|
|Directed by||John Badham|
|Written by||Meredith Glynn|
|On IMDB||Regarding Dean|
|Outline||When Dean is hexed and begins to lose his memory, Sam seeks help from Rowena in reversing the spell before Dean is killed by it.|
|Location(s)||Eureka Springs, Arkansas|
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Sam and Dean are working on a case of an accountant, Barry, Dean is chasing a man, who has been shot, through the woods at night. When he catches up to the man, he is leaning against a tree that he has marked with a glyph. As Dean aims his gun at the man the glyph glows brightly and Dean is knocked unconscious. He awakens on the forest floor the next morning, disoriented and unclear on what happened the night before. He calls Sam to meet him for breakfast. As they discuss the case they are working, Dean needs to be reminded of several facts, leading Sam, and Dean, to believe he was hungover after a hard night of drinking. As they go to leave the restaurant a woman approaches Dean and says hello. Dean asks who she is and she answers him with a slap to the face.
As Sam and Dean continue to work on the case, Dean continues to forget small things like words and which key to use to start the Impala. They realize there's a problem when Sam says 'Dean!' and Dean replies 'whose Dean?'.
Back at the hotel, Sam and Dean figure the witch in the area must have got to Dean. Sam covers the room in Post-It notes to help Dean remember the names of everything and then Sam calls Rowena for help. She advises there is a spell that can cause someone to lose their memory over time and the way to break it is to kill the witch that cast the spell. Easy, except that Dean can't remember what he did 10 minutes ago.
Sam and Dean return to Barry's office to see if they can trace Dean's steps from the day before.
As the piece together Dean's steps from the day before, Sam and Dean enter a burger bar and see the woman who slapped him in the waffle house. From her they find out that Dean rode a mechanical bull, stood her up after they planned to meet and ran out the bar into the back alley. From the surveillance camera they learn that Dean followed a man into the alley, the man was a witch and Dean shot him. They continue out into the woods behind the bar and find the witches' body and the glyph carved into tree. Meanwhile, Dean's memory fades even more.
Rowena joins Sam and Dean back at the hotel. She tells them that the glyph is used by a family of very powerful witches, Gideon, Boyd and Katrina Lachlan, who possess a 'black grimoire', a book of Druid magic. With the Gideon already dead, they will need the book to break the spell. If the don't, Dean will forget anyone and everything, even how to eat and swallow. Sam accuses Rowena of only wanting to help to get her hands on the spell book. She concedes it's true, but always would like to have a Winchester 'owe her one'.
Sam goes to the Lachlan's house to get them to translate the text from the grimoire so Rowena can cast the spell. He calls Rowena when he gains entry into the house and keeps the line open so she hears the translation in real time. However, Sam is overpowered by the Boyd and Katrina who plan to steal his soul to bring their brother Gideon back. Hearing this, Rowena goes to the Lachlan's. She leaves Dean in the car with a note to 'Stay'. After a while Dean goes to the trunk of the Impala and sees a note on the weapons cover saying 'open me'. He does and sees the weapons cache marked with several Post-It notes. 'NO' on the grenade launcher, and 'witch killing bullets' and 'this gun' on the respective items.
Inside the house Rowena is stuck on the wall by Katrina, Sam has broken free upstairs and is fighting with Boyd. Dean comes into the house and points a gun at Katrina. She mocks him for thinking a regular gun could kill her. He holds up the Post-It that says 'witch killing bullets' and shoots her dead.
Meanwhile, Sam and Boyd's fight leads them out of the upstairs rooms and onto the staircase above the room where Rowena and Dean are standing. Dean points his gun at Boyd, then Sam and back again. Sam yells, 'No! No! Brother' (pointing to himself) and 'Witch' (pointing to Boyd). Dean hesitates a second and shoots Boyd. With the witches dead, Rowena performs the spell no restores Dean's memory. Sam concedes to Rowena that they 'owe her a small one'.
- Black Grimoire
- Costumes & Disguises
- Grenade Launcher
- Hex Bag
- Kuma Blu
- Sexual Encounters
- Table of Death
- Witch-Killing Bullets
- "It's All Good Lovin' to Me" by Sleestak (Black Toast Music)
- (playing in the bar as Sam and Dean review surveillance footage)
- "Raggedy Ann" by Tirra Dent
- (sung by Catriona as she is torturing Rowena)
- "Broomstick Cowboy" by Bobby Goldsboro
- (plays over the ending montage)