14.07 Unhuman Nature
|Episode #||Season 14, Episode 7|
|First aired||November 29, 2018|
|Directed by||John F. Showalter|
|Written by|| Eugenie Ross-Leming|
|On IMDB||Unhuman Nature|
|Outline||Dean, Sam, and Castiel call on Rowena to help with Jack's worsening health. Meanwhile, Nick continues his murderous hunt to find his family's killer.|
|Timeline||A few weeks after 14.02 Gods and Monsters|
|Location(s)|| Pike Creek, Delaware|
Montauk, New York
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Nick sits in an office talking of hating the feelings he has after doing violent things, and accepts that the priest he is speaking with cannot divulge what his neighbor, Arty Nielson told him in confession. But tells the priest, who has been crucified and had his throat slit that he should have helped him find who killed his family, and only brought it on himself, but agrees that the priest's suggestion of prayer might be what he needs before leaving.
At the Bunker, Castiel tries to heal Jack however, he doesn’t succeed. As he tells Sam and Dean about Jack’s condition, Dean experiences a dizzy spell, but he does't let on to the others. Jack has another seizure and Sam, Dean and Castiel take him to the hospital. While trying to get Jack admitted, Jack collapses once again and is finally admitted for treatment.
At a diner, Nick meets with a reporter, Diane Fargo, who worked the story about his family's murder in Pike Creek. Asking for any information, Diane can only provide him with the name of the beat cop who worked his street named Frank Kellogg, who works security in Montauk now.
At the hospital Sam, Dean and Cas meet with a doctor who reveals Jack's test came back negative, but are unsure what is wrong with him outside of his body going through a complete systemic failure. Realizing they won't get answers at the hospital, they decide to check Jack out to get a "second opinion."
Back at the Bunker, Rowena arrives under the pretense that it is Dean who is sick. Upon finding out it is Jack who needs help, Rowena is furious and doesn't want anything to do with the situation, but Sam convinces her to have a look at him. Once she meets Jack, his behavior towards her changes her mind. Rowena uses her magic to examine Jack and determines that as a Nephilim, he needs his grace to maintain the balance between his angel and human sides. Without it his system is eating itself.
Nick seems to be struggling with an internal rage. Nick sees a woman enter an alley from a club, and struggles whether to leave. Exiting the car, he approaches the women with the intent to kill her, but is able to fight the impulse off and yells at the woman to leave after she invites him to come party with her and her friends in the club.
At the Bunker Jack packs his bag having decided that, if he is going to die, he wants to experience more of life. To his surprise, Dean is supportive and offers to accompany him. On their road trip, Jack and Dean stop to get burgers, and on a whim Dean decides to teach Jack how to drive the Impala. When Dean suggest that they go to a bar that has a high hook-up potential, Jack demures and suggests they go fishing, something Dean had previously told him was a happy memory he had with his father.
While researching for a cure, Sam speaks to Ketch who tells him about a shaman named Sergei who was consulted by the British Men of Letters to “solve the unsolvable” in the past. Castiel decides to go to Sergei to get help for Jack rather than sit around and do nothing. Castiel meets with Sergei, who reveals to Castiel that he cannot reverse what is happening to Jack, but may be able to stop its progress. He tells him that in exchange for a vial of his grace, he gave Gabriel a powerful cloaking spell which allowed him to hide out in Monte Carlo with porn stars. Sergei gives the grace to Castiel along with a spell to fix Jack. In return he asks for a favor from the Winchesters that he will call in at a later date.
Having traveled to Montauk, Nick locates Frank Kellogg, and when he reminds him of his family, a panicked Frank attempts to close the door on him only for Nick to rush in and restrain him. Nick proceeds to torture Frank for information. When Frank finally tells Nick that on the night of his family's murder, Nick’s wife called the police because she heard what she thought was a prowler outside their home. He further tells him that on his way up the path to the front door, he encountered a man named Abraxas. Nick realizes that Abraxas is a demon that Lucifer knew and that Frank was possessed by a demon when he committed the murders. Still, unable to separate that Frank's hands were still the ones that murdered his family, Nick bludgeons Frank to death with a hammer.
Following their trip, Dean and Jack return to the Bunker, where they meet Castiel who has a vial Gabriel's grace and the spell. Rowena recites the incantation as Jack consumes Gabriel's grace, but to their dismay, Jack’s condition worsens. Castiel calls Sergei and demands to know what went wrong. Sergei tells him that the spell was an experiment, and that science is trial and error. Angry, Castiel declares his intention of tracking Sergei down if Jack dies because of what he did.
After brutally murdering Frank, Nick realizes that he enjoyed being Lucifer’s vessel, and doesn't want to feel the pain or sorrow or consequences any more as he prays to the archangel, which awakens something in the Empty.
Having run out of options, Rowena proclaims that nothing can be done to cure Jack. That they can only stay by his side and watch over him until he dies.
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Jack Kline
- Arty Nielson
- Frank Kellogg
- Book of the Damned
- The Empty
- Holy Oil
- Men of Letters Bunker
- Table of Death
- "I'm Blue This Mo'ning" by Keith Nichols (APM Music)
- (playing in the diner where Nick meets with Diane Fargo)
- "Let It Ride" by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
- (playing as Dean lets Jack drive Baby)
Dean: He's dead.
Nurse: Cause of death?
Castiel: He was stabbed through the heart, and he exploded.
Castiel: Well, if it's grace he needs, he can have mine.
Dean: We don't know that.
Sam: Yeah, yeah. Yeah, he -- he, uh, was pretty rough on Jack at the beginning, and... I don't think he's forgotten. And I know he hasn't forgiven himself. You know, he's lost people, we've all lost people, but, um...
Jack: You once told me you and your father did the exact same thing. It was your happiest memory of him.
Dean: I didn't say that.
Jack: It was how you said it. I could tell. I guess my point is that... if I don't make it... The stuff I'd miss -- it wouldn't be things like Tahiti. Or the Taj Mahal. I'd miss more time with you. I'm getting that life isn't all these big, amazing moments. It's time together that matters. Like this.
Sergei: I don't make house calls.
Castiel: Jack isn't just another sick kid. This is the son of an archangel of the Lord. Who is much more ill now because of your 'harmonics.'
Sergei: And? Science is sometimes trial and error. Victory through experimentation.
Castiel: This was an experiment? You never said that. If Jack dies, I will find you.
Sam: It was what he wanted. I mean, we knew he was going to get worse, regardless.
Dean: Yeah, but it was too risky.
Sam: Yeah, but, Dean, life, all of it, is a risk. Jack knew that. And you made him happy.
Rowena: Watch over him. Stay by his side... as he dies.
Trivia & References
Nick: There's this 'guy.'
Frank: Said his name was 'Abraxas.'
- Abraxas was considered a pagan god by the Catholic church before being branded as a demon in the Dictionnaire Infernal in 1818. Second century heretics known as Basilidians believed Abraxas to be the supreme deity, who created the angels of which the God of Abraham was one.
- "Do you know what your grace is making possible right now? The heartfelt family reunion of Sam, Dean, Cas, Mary, and your very own son Jack. That's right. Your wee boy's over there, and he'll be so glad to see his three fathers. Of course, as far as he's concerned, they are his father. And you? You're nothing to him."