12.21 There's Something About Mary

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Title There's Something About Mary
Episode # Season 12, Episode 21
First aired May 11, 2017
Directed by P.J. Pesce
Written by Brad Buckner
Eugenie Ross-Leming
On IMDB There's Something About Mary
Outline As American hunters begin dying at an alarming rate, Sam and Dean worry Mary may be in danger. They soon encounter unexpected trouble, shocked to find Mary in cahoots with the British Men of Letters. Lucifer turns the tables on Crowley, with disastrous results.
Monster British Men of Letters
Hellhound
Timeline
Location(s) South Carolina
Lebanon, Kansas
Fall River, Massachusetts
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Synopsis

In a forest in South Carolina, a distressed Eileen is being chased by hellhound. When she reaches a small clearly she steadies her weapon and begins blindly firing into the open, until she is soon mauled by the hellhound, which is being controlled by Mr. Ketch, who calls it off of Eileen as he approaches her lifeless body.

Entering a motel room, Sam and Dean search for Mary in her last known location. Concluding from her absence she must be with the British Men of Letters, Dean makes a phone call to Ketch inquiring her whereabouts; Ketch denies knowing her location. Sam then gets a phone call from Sheriff Jody Mills, in which she informs him of Eileen’s brutal demise. The brothers realize something twisted must be occurring since so many American hunters are being killed and begin to worry for their mother.

In South Carolina, Sam and Dean identify Eileen’s body, and piece together that her death was by a hellhound, assuming a demon must be to blame. Their worry grows for Mary and other hunters, becoming angry for not having an answer to the problem. At his palace, Crowley directs tumultuous orders to a demon to find Kelly Kline for him. The demon relays Dagon, Kelly’s captor and Prince of Hell, is dead and that Lucifer’s son is almost due, to which Crowley suggests this should only make the demon’s job of finding Kelly easier.

A hunter named Rick arrives home to find Mary sitting in his living room chair. Having previously worked together, they begin to shoot the breeze and as he goes to grab a beer for her, notices Mary sneaking up behind him to attack. He tries to defend himself, yet is ultimately defeated by her knife cutting his throat. Mary is awakened covered in sweat in a British Men of Letters locked room. Lady Bevell waltzes in, and through the proceeding questioning from her to Bevell, Mary realizes she is being brainwashed by the British Men of Letters. Elsewhere at the BMOL compound, Crowley appears before Dr. Hess, attempting to update his current negotiations, ensuring they have the same deal in the U.S. as they do in the UK regarding Crowley's operations. All goes accordingly until she asks him to give up the Winchester brothers, to which he looks conflicted.

Drexel sneaks into Lucifer's holding room, where he tells Lucifer it won’t be much longer until he is freed. Crowley, back from his meeting with Hess is discussing hellhounds with Sam, ensuring him no demons have been using them to attack hunters. Walking into Lucifer’s cell, he begins to taunt Lucifer, by informing him of Dagon’s death, Kelly being under the protection of Castiel, and Crowley’s goal to raise Lucifer’s child himself.

Outside of a post office, Dean opens a letter written by Eileen to the brothers. From the letter’s contents, Sam and Dean realize the British Men of Letters are to blame for her death as well as the other mysterious hunter deaths. Back at the Bunker, the boys search for bugs planted; finding one beneath the grand mapped table. Acting unaware, Sam and Dean give fake knowledge and a location for the next night in hopes of discovering their enemies.

As Drexel attempts to shut down the warding imprisoning Lucifer in his vessel, he soon realizes that powering down the spell work has caused the polarity to shift giving Lucifer control over Crowley, much to Lucifer's delight.

Back at the British Men of Letters headquarters, Bevell and Ketch discuss an advanced ranking job opening with each other, find out they are both competing for same position. Ketch is told to see Mary, upon entering her room, Mary seems wrecked. She approaches him slowly as she asks him questions about their control over her. Still approaching him, she grabs his gun and fires a shot at wall behind him; he regains control over firearm, and she is left in room sobbing with her knees on the floor.

Bevell pulls up to the location Sam and Dean convinced British Men of Letters to arrive at; Sam is seen entering the building with agents following. Trapping the BMOL members inside, the brothers then stop Lady Bevell via gun-point, who was watching from comforts of her car. Crowley enters Lucifer’s holding room and the tables get turned. Lucifer mocks Crowley by making faces when he talks, which escalates to Lucifer standing up and demonstrating his new power over Crowley, making him hop on one foot. Lady Bevell is shown being transported by Sam and Dean, seated in the back of Baby. She tells them their loved ones, including Claire and Jody, will soon be killed. Now freed, Lucifer throws Crowley around his his throne room, cuts him with an angel blade before throwing him down and stabbing him in the chest. Right before being stabbed however, Crowley stealthily possesses the body of a nearby rat, saving himself from certain death.

Sam, Dean and Lady Bevell walk down the Bunker steps, soon seeing a few British Men of Letters agents awaiting them. A gun fight quickly ensues and Sam and Dean are able to subdue the Brits. While holding Ketch at gun point, Mary appears. The boys assume she would help them, instead she fires a warning shot at Dean, proving her loyalties are with the British Men of Letters. Upon leaving the Bunker, Ketch betrays Lady Bevell and makes her stay with Sam and Dean. He then informs them of having triggered the Bunker locks, shut off the water and is leaving them trapped with limited oxygen. Driving back to the compound, Ketch assures Mary it will become easier to kill the ones she loves in time.

Finally freed, Lucifer stands atop a mountain, arms outstretched, smiling.

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Quotes

Dean: Ketch, calling to see if my Mom's with you. It's Dean. Winchester. Because I'd like to speak to her, that's why. No, I'm not being terse. Look, if you haven't seen her, do you know where she is? No, I'm not being curt either. Look, I don't have time for Manners 101 from you, okay? If she's with you, I wanna know about it. Fine. Such a dick.
Sam: People who do what we do, you know there are gonna be deaths, but... This...
Sam: Dean, monsters and demons don't team up. Seven hunters are gone. We can't grab a signal from Mom's phone. Cas has Kelly Kline who knows where. Mick has slipped off the grid. Ketch is lying to us. I-I... I wanna punch something in the face.
Dean: Good. Hold on to that, 'cause it look like we got a hellhound to deal with. Which means...
Lady Bevell: Well, not about this illusion of you that you hold on to. The perfect life. Loving husband and kids. But it never really was perfect, was it? All those secrets you kept from your beloved John – that you were a hunter. That you invited Azazel to visit when he spared John's life.

Mary: How do you-

Lady Bevell: I have sources, Mary. Everywhere. After you died, your beloved John was a man slowly going mad, searching for revenge. What? Your boys didn't tell you? The drunken rages? The weeks of abandonment? Child abuse, really. It's no wonder they're... damaged. So... enough with the fairy tale. We are returning you to a more pure version of yourself – Mary Campbell, natural born killer.
Crowley: So... Dagon dead. Kelly's now in the clutches of the Winchester's love slave, Castiel, who's no doubt dragging her to a gruesome death.
Lucifer: Mm. As opposed to the fun-packed death you have planned.
Mary: I believed in what you people were doing. I fought with you so that my boys could maybe live in a world without monsters. How can you just-
Mr. Ketch: I'm not sure what you're expecting. That I'll intervene? We made it clear to each other, we don't have a relationship.
Mary: Then you do it! Kill me. All my life all I ever had, other than my family, was my will. And it's going away. I'm... I'm putting people in danger. I'm putting my sons in danger. You... have to... please. For God's sake, kill me.
Dean: Did you – did – did your people, did they kill her?
Lady Bevell: Probably. Rule of thumb – if you think we killed someone, then we probably did. Speaking of, you do realize that by attacking me, you invite the retribution of the entire British Men of Letters? No investigation, no trial. Just punishment and ruin. Possibly at the hands of Mary Winchester.
Dean: Mom? Look at me. It's us. Please. What's wrong with you? Mom!
Mr. Ketch: I do have to hand it to Lady Bevell. Your treatment's been most successful so far. And so you know, this will become... easier.

Mary: Easier... to hurt people I love?

Mr. Ketch: Easier to hurt people you don't remember loving.

Trivia & References

"There's Something About Mary" is a reference to the 1998 comedy of the same name.
Lady Bevell: The American hunters haven't fallen into line as we'd hoped, so they're being eliminated, repealed and replaced by our people, and you, Mary, you play a key role in that.
"Repeal and replace" has been the slogan of the Republicans regarding the removal of the Affordable Care Act and its replacement with a more conservative-leaning health care bill.
Drexel: The device, it's cemented directly into your DNA and that of the King's. As it's powering down in you, the polarity is somehow reversing.
Reversing the polarity is an established trope – a classic bit of technobabble used to explain away all sorts of sci-fi problems through the years.
Lucifer: 'Master strategist.' More like Kermit the Frog. Oh, my little Muppet! Crowley, what will I do without you?
Kermit the Frog is the most famous of the Muppets.
Sam: She's your prisoner? Why?

Lady Bevell: Prisoner? Who said anything about prisoner? No, Mary's joined the team. Even has her own super-secret decoder ring.

Decoder rings are usually sold for kids to send and decode secret messages.
Lady Bevell: Oh, that Oedipal myopia again. And did you really think she was just 'working' with Ketch? All of those days and nights?
Oedipal relates to psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud's theory of the Oedipal complex, which posited that children have a repressed desire to have sex with their opposite-gendered parent.
When Lucifer cuts Crowley's nose, it is reminiscent of this scene in the 1974 Roman Polanski film Chinatown.
Lucifer: Well, I could do this all day, but since I'm King, et cetera, et cetera...
Possibly refers to a scene in The King and I, in which the King orders his subjects that when he sits they shall sit, when he kneels they shall kneel, "et cetera, et cetera, et cetera."

Minutiae

Andrew McNee, who played Rick, previously played Deputy #2 in 6.16 ...And Then There Were None.
This episode reveals that Crowley has a working arrangement with the British Men of Letters in the UK, wherein his crossroads demons are able to operate only insofar as to make deals for souls of people dumb enough to sell them, explaining how Bela Talbot sold her soul when she was a child when the BMOL supposedly had the UK safe from any supernatural incursions since 1965.
Eileen Leahy was killed off in this episode. Since season nine, the twenty-first episode of each season has included the death of a recurring character: Abaddon (9.21 King of the Damned), Charlie Bradbury (10.21 Dark Dynasty), and Metatron (11.21 All in the Family).
Some, fans were upset with the killing of Eileen Leahy and saw it as the fridging of another minority female character similar to the death of lesbian hunter Charlie Bradbury in 10.21 Dark Dynasty. The hashtag #firebuckleming (referring to the writers of the episode) trended on Twitter during the broadcast.

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