13.12 Various & Sundry Villains

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Title Various & Sundry Villains
Episode # Season 13, Episode 12
First aired February 1, 2018
Directed by Amanda Tapping
Written by Steve Yockey
On IMDB Various & Sundry Villains
Outline Sam and Dean find a surprising ally in Rowena after Dean is placed under a love spell by witch sisters.
Monster Witches
Location(s) Wichita, Kansas (I-135 North)
Lebanon, Kansas
Fall River, Massachusetts
Stillwater, Oklahoma
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Unbeknownst to Sam and Dean, Rowena is back. She protected herself with a resurrection spell that allowed her to survive Lucifer 'killing' her. She has teamed up with two young witch sisters to get the Black Grimoire from the Winchesters. While on a beer run, the girls cast a love spell on Dean. He comes back to the bunker, proclaiming he has fallen in love and is bringing the Black Grimoire to his love as a gift. Sam tries to stop him by taking the keys to the Impala. Dean knocks him out and leaves on foot with the Grimoire in hand. Sam catches up with him as he is giving the book to the girls. As Sam and Dean are fighting again, Rowena shows up and breaks the love spell.

Sam, Dean, and Rowena start to look for the sisters. Rowena explains that she put a tracking spell on the Grimoire and that is how she was able to locate it initially. She explains that she needs the Grimoire for a spell to protect her from Lucifer, should he find her again. She leaves out that she's the one who put the girls up to getting the book from Sam and Dean in the first place.

While Dean goes into a local store to ask questions about the sisters, Sam and Rowena talk about their abuse at Lucifer's' hand. They both confide that they have seen his true face, with Sam saying that it still keeps him up at night. He tells Rowena that the feeling of helplessness will never go away. Rowena asks how he dealt with it and Sam replies that he never really has, he's just pushed it down. When Dean comes back with an address for the sisters, Rowena 'sticks' them to the parking lot by dropping a hex bag and reciting a spell. She leaves and goes to the sister's house.

At the house, the sisters have been using the Grimoire for a spell to resurrect their dead mother. It goes wrong, and she comes back as an apparently 'magic-proof' zombie. Rowena tries to take the Grimoire and the sisters set the zombie mom loose on her. In the meantime, Sam and Dean have broken free and storm the house. The sisters, who are 'freakishly strong', attack them with a knife and hammer. The fight continues until Rowena grabs Dean's gun (which had fallen during the fight) and shoots zombie mom in the head. She then casts a spell on the sisters who set upon each other with the knife and hammer until they kill each other.

In the house, Rowena is clutching the Grimoire and pleading with Sam and Dean that she needs the spell so she can feel safe from Lucifer. Sam takes the book from her and she leaves.

Later, in the Bunker, Dean confronts Sam about a missing page in the Grimoire -- the spell that Rowena wanted. Sam assures Dean that if Rowena 'breaks bad' he will personally hunt her down and kill her. He then confides that he knows how she feels. He says that helping Jack and trying to save Mary gave him a plan and kept him in control, and he is struggling without that. In true Dean fashion, he assures Sam that they will figure it out.

While Sam and Dean were dealing with the witches, Lucifer and Cas have been in a cell in Needham Asylum. Lucifer has been trying to raise a stick outside of his cell. Cas tells him how much Jack resembles his mother and proceeds to list all the human, and humane, things Jack has done. Lucifer gets mad and the stick flies across the floor. Using this new rage-boosted power, Lucifer breaks them out of the cell by stabbing their guard in the neck with the stick. Once outside, Lucifer implies to Cas that he would be stronger, and better able to protect them, if he could have some of Cas's grace. He then lunges forward and nicks Cas in the stomach with an angel blade. Cas in turn stabs Lucifer with his angel blade, up to the hilt. Lucifer's eyes flicker between red and brown.

In the final scene, Rowena is sitting inside of a Pentagram, reciting a spell. She makes a small slice down her throat which glows with a purple light. The light spreads out away from Rowena and warding ribbons binding Rowena appear. Blood drips from her eyes as the bonds begin to break. The slice in her neck and the blood from her eyes slowly disappear. Rowena's eyes glow blue as looks ahead.





Dean: Okay, so we'll just come up with a plan B, okay? You said it yourself. We just keep our heads down and we'll do the work.

Sam: You said that.

Dean: And I was right. Yeah. So you read, do your Sam thing. I'm gonna go for a beer run.
Lucifer: Thanks. So considerate. Appreciate that a lot. You're not nice, and I don't like you. You're treating me like an everyday angel! And if I had just a little more power, I could tear this place apart! Just sayin'.
Sam: M -- Okay, I think Jamie must be a-a witch or a demon --

Dean: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Whoa.
Sam: What?

Dean: Be nice. 'Cause she's got a sister. And if you play your cards right, you know, you guys might fall for each other. You know, the less attractive siblings, they fall in love. That's kind of cute, right? Huh?
Lucifer: Okay, let's face it Cassandra, the truths I say hurt 'cause they're hard to swallow so people call 'em lies. Go figure.
Castiel: Jack would rather kill you than hug you. Seems relevant. Do you know he doesn't -- he doesn't even really look like you. And he reminds me so much of his mother.
Rowena: Before he crushed my skull, Lucifer showed me his face. His true face. I'm scared, Sam. All the time.

Sam: I've seen it, too, what he really looks like behind -- behind whatever vessel. It... Yeah, still keeps me up at night.
Rowena: How do you deal with it?

Sam: I guess I don't deal with it. Not really. I mean, I... I pushed it down and, um... the -- the world kept almost ending, so I-I keep pushing it down, and... I don't know. I... I don't really talk about it, not even with Dean. I mean, I-I-I could. You know, he'd -- he'd listen, but... That's not something I really know how to share.
Sam: Even if you do get the book, and even if you get your power back, it won't matter. You won't ever be able to change what happened. You won't be able to change how helpless you felt, or how helpless you feel. You're still gonna get scared. And that feeling... that feeling never goes away.
Rowena: It's just a magical zombie. You've dealt with worse than magical zombies before, Rowena.
Dean: Can't believe I fell for a love spell. And got clocked by a witch with a hammer.

Sam: And zombie mom. Those are the details that sell the story.
Dean: Oh, yeah, yeah. Getting beat up by a girl -- that's a story I wanna tell someone.
Sam: Girls beat us up all the time.

Dean: Mm. True.
Sam: I know what Rowena is dealing with. And she's not the only one who... feels helpless.

Dean: What do you mean?
Sam: I mean, I had a plan, you know. I, uh... Help Jack, um, bring Mom back. It wasn't much, but it was something. It -- it kept me from spinning off the rails. A-and now... Jack is gone, Mom is still in Hell, basically, a-and I-I-I just...
Dean: We'll figure it out.
Sam: Dean, we don't have a plan. We don't know what to do. So -- so... how?

Dean: I don't know. But we will, you and me.

Trivia & References

Dean: I mean, I am, like, full-on twitterpated here. Seriously, I can't wait for you to meet her, either. She -- I mean, she's... She's sweet and she's beautiful and she's just kinda sorta perfect. Anyway, I'm thinking of asking her to move in with me here... if that's cool, 'cause this is big-time.
To be "twitterpated" means to be love struck or infatuated.
Rowena: Sláinte
Sláinte is a Gaelic word that translates to "health", it is commonly used in Irish and Scottish drinking toasts.
Rowena: Tell me... did they get to fifth base?

Dean: There's no such thing as fifth base.
Rowena: Oh, you poor, sheltered boy.

Fifth base is butt stuff.
Sam: Yeah, yeah, uh, you know, Dean has a tape of Led Zeppelin's "Moby Dick" with an 8-minute drum solo.
"Moby Dick" is an instrumental from Led Zeppelin II. When played live, the drum solo would last anywhere from 6 minutes to 30 minutes.
Rowena: I just need a minute. I'm not fleeing. Don't release the hounds.
"Release the hounds" is one of the catchphrases of Mr. Burns on The Simpsons.
Sam: Yeah, and if Rowena breaks bad, I will hunt her down myself and put a bullet in her. I will, Dean. But if she's right, and if she does see Lucifer again, then... I hope she makes him suffer.
To "break bad" is to do something unconventional or illegal.
Dean: Can't believe I fell for a love spell. And got clocked by a witch with a hammer.

Sam: And zombie mom. Those are the details that sell the story.

On the Suite Life of Zach and Cody, Zombie Mom was the name of a horror movie Zach Martin went to see against his mother's wishes and had nightmares about. Zach's disapproving mother was played by Kim Rhodes who appears in Supernatural as Jody Mills.


Elise Gatien, who played Jennie Plum, previously played Kristen in 6.05 Live Free or Twihard.
Mike Kovac, who played Dale, previously played Jackson in 7.08 Season Seven, Time for a Wedding!
Sam: Okay, okay, okay. I think I know what's going on here. Do you remember, uh, uh, Becky in Vegas? The love spell and...

Dean: No.

Sam is referencing 7.08 Season Seven, Time for a Wedding!, where he briefly became married to Becky Rosen after being given a love potion by her.
Sam: Uh, your spells tend to boil people's brains. So maybe let us handle it.
Sam is referencing 10.07 Girls, Girls, Girls, where Rowena caused a waiter's head to boil from the inside after placing a spell on him.
Rowena uses the same paralyzing spell, invoked by saying "Manete" which is Latin for "remain", on Sam and Dean that she has previously used on Castiel, Crowley, and Lucifer.
After breaking the binding spell on herself that was limiting her powers, Rowena's eyes glow purple. This had previously also been seen with Tasha Banes and her son Max. Many fans reported that Rowena's eye's appeared blue on their broadcast of the episode. Head of Supernatural VFX Mark Meloche confirm that the effect had been created to be purple.

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