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"Absence" marked [[Samantha Smith]]'s final appearance as [[Mary Winchester]]. She holds the record for most appearances for a recurring female character at
"Absence" marked [[Samantha Smith]]'s final appearance as [[Mary Winchester]]. She holds the record for most appearances for a recurring female character at episodes.
Revision as of 12:14, 14 September 2021
|Episode #||Season 14, Episode 18|
|First aired||April 11, 2019|
|Directed by||Nina Lopez-Corrado|
|Written by||Robert Berens|
|Outline||Sam, Dean, and Castiel race to find out what happened to Jack and Mary.|
|Timeline||Immediately after 14.17 Game Night|
|Location(s)|| Lebanon, Kansas|
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Sam and Dean return to the Bunker and find that Mary and Jack are nowhere to be found. Waiting in the library, they toast to their successful hunt for Nick and saving Donatello, and their relief that Jack was able to heal Sam. Dean tries to call Mary, but her phone rings in the War Room, sparking concern. Sam tries to call Jack, but he isn't answering his phone either. They proceed to call everyone they know, but nobody has seen nor heard from Mary or Jack. Rowena tells Sam she might have a spell to locate them. Castiel calls Dean back, and expresses worry that Mary was alone with Jack. He confesses his concerns about Jack that began after witnessing him kill Felix the snake. Dean angrily hangs up on Cas while Sam tries to track Jack's phone, only to discover he's bouncing all over the globe.
Later that night, Jack returns to the cabin where he'd killed Nick and Mary, and checks his phone messages as his battery dies. Lucifer "appears" behind him on the porch, claiming to be Jack's subconscious and offering advice, telling Jack there's no coming back for him after killing Mary. Lucifer pushes him to prove it by calling Sam and Dean and telling them what he did, but Jack banishes him with an angry blast of power.
Sam and Dean drive toward the cabin, the last place they traced Jack's phone. Sam tries rationalizing why Jack isn't answering, theorizing he was mistaken and Lucifer did come back, prompting him to run. He suggests Jack may have thought he was being kind by killing the snake. Sam tries to understand Jack without a soul, and Dean argues they don't know he doesn't have one, and ends the conversation. They find Nick's burned body inside the cabin but no sign of Mary or Jack. In the woods behind the cabin, Dean finds a circle of charred earth.
Cas sits in his truck at the cabin, remembering a hunt he went on with Mary soon after her return. Cas offered to heal a wound for her, but she backed away and declined, and admitted she was still a little afraid of him. Cas told her how glad Sam and Dean were to have her back, so they don't have to be so alone. She tells Cas that they were never alone. Back in the present, Cas gets out of his truck and goes inside to find Sam and Dean discussing what Jack appears to have done to Nick. Dean describes the blast site outside and thinks Lucifer could've caused it, and gets upset when Sam reminds him that Jack said he stopped Lucifer from coming back. Dean becomes even more upset over the fact Cas knew something was wrong with Jack and didn't say anything to them. Cas explains his fear of losing their family, and why he went in search of a way to cure Jack on his own, feeling it was his responsibility, and that he'd failed all of them. Angry, Dean tells Cas that if anything happened to Mary that he is "dead to me."
Rowena calls Sam and informs him she can't track Jack's energy because it's too unstable, like "looking at the sun," and that she can't find a trace of Mary anywhere on Earth. They let this information sink in, and Dean smashes a chair in anger. He says they're gonna bring her back with Rowena's help, using the Book of the Damned, and tells Cas to go to Heaven to find Mary before storming out.
Rowena is researching a resurrection spell when Jack knocks on her door. He demands her help resurrecting Mary. He tells Rowena Mary's death was an accident, and he is desperate to undo it. While Rowena explains the spell, Sam and Dean arrive at her apartment, and Jack grabs her and disappears before Sam and Dean break the door down. Meanwhile, Cas arrives at the playground, finding it deserted, and he is unable to reach Naomi on angel radio.
Jack transports Rowena to the Bunker to gather the ingredients for her spell. A scarred spot on the library's wooden floor triggers a memory of Mary teaching Jack knife skills. After Jack dropped the blade many times, leaving numerous marks in the floor, he was worried Dean would be angry about it. Mary smiled and pulled one of the tables over to hide the marks. Within the memory, Jack leaves and Sam joins Mary in the library, asking about Jack's training, and apologizing for not helping her more with it while he's been searching for Dean. They talk about "parental guilt," and Mary has an emotional moment over how amazing Sam grew up to be anyway, before the memory fades into Sam's present, at Rowena's apartment.
Dean is frustrated, upset they have no way to follow Jack and Rowena, and still angry that Cas didn't warn them about Jack sooner. Sam points out that they'd all had concerns and reservations about Jack, and they couldn't blame Cas for reacting the same way they all did, by trying to rationalize it, and hoping that he'd be okay. He says they'd all refused to see the signs.
At the Bunker, Rowena mixes ingredients for the spell. She tries to convince Jack that they all want the same thing, and that he should talk to Sam, Dean, and Cas. Jack sees the vision of Lucifer again, this time mocking the fact he asked for Rowena's help. Jack begins talking back to the illusion, and Rowena grows concerned for him. Lucifer insists Jack can't feel anything anymore, not even guilt, and tells him to stop trying to fix it. Rowena informs him they only need one more thing for the spell: Mary's body.
Cas, still at the playground, refuses to leave until he can speak with Naomi. Dumah, however, is the one to come through the portal to talk to him. She tells him that Mary is in her own special Heaven, at peace, even if he and the Winchesters aren't.
Jack brings Rowena to the site where Mary died to work the spell, but Rowena insists that the spell can't work without Mary's body. Jack becomes irate, grabbing the spell bowl while Rowena tries to talk him out of it, telling him that whatever he brings back, it won't be Mary. When Rowena refuses to help him, Jack sends her flying back to her flat, where she calls Sam to report what happened to them, and what Jack plans to do next.
Jack begins casting the spell, opening a swirling purple vortex in the sky. The Impala races down the dirt road while the wind picks up and Jack continues chanting. He sees the car approaching and magically switches off the engine. Sam and Dean run through the woods hoping to stop Jack in time. Jack finishes the spell as they arrive, tearfully tells them it didn't work, and disappears. Dean runs to Mary's body, now lying where she'd died. He thinks back to the two of them driving in the Impala, Mary asleep against his shoulder, as he and Sam mourn her.
Jack hides away in an old factory, and his vision of Lucifer returns, telling Jack that Cas, Sam, and Dean will never trust him again, and that he will never be able to trust them.
At the Bunker, Sam sits at the kitchen table looking through family photos. Cas joins him and confirms that Mary is in Heaven, and at peace. Dean soon enters the kitchen, and Cas tells them that Dumah let him see for himself that Mary's happy there. Sam says Rowena believes what Jack brought back was just a shell, not capable of life, and asks what they should do now. Dean tells Sam they will do what they always do -- build a pyre and give Mary a hunter's funeral. Her initials join Sam's and Dean's on the table in the Bunker.
- Angel Radio
- Book of the Damned
- Castiel's Cars
- Castiel's Pickup Truck
- Grief Beard
- Hunter's Funeral Pyre
- Men of Letters Bunker
- Metatron's Cube
- Photo Album
- Resurrection Charm
- Sam and Dean's Initials
- Table of Death