15.05 Proverbs 17:3

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Title Proverbs 17:3
Episode # Season 15, Episode 5
First aired November 14, 2019
Directed by Richard Speight Jr.
Written by Steve Yockey
On IMDB Proverbs 17:3
Outline Sam and Dean investigate a series of werewolf killings, and are surprised to encounter an old enemy they thought was dead.
Monster Werewolves
Timeline November 13-15, 2019
Location(s) Black Forest, Colorado
Lebanon, Kansas
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In Black Forest, Colorado, three girls are in a tent celebrating their graduation from college. Two of them have jobs and are leaving, one -- Ashley -- is staying. They hear a noise in the woods. One of them, Julie, goes to investigate and get more rum. She leaves and a scream is heard. They call to her, but get no reply. As the other girl gets up to check outside the tent, she is grabbed and taken by the monster.

At the Bunker, Sam is putting a sawed-off shotgun in his duffel bag. He inspects his phone to see he has gotten no replies from Castiel. Dean soon returns from a supply run, and tells Sam about the ghost pepper jerky he just bought. Sam tries to warn him that ghost peppers are very hot, but Dean dismisses the comment and eats it anyway and soon has to beg Sam for water. Dean then asks about a case Sam is working on in Colorado -- three dead from a mountain lion. Sam tells Dean that the number of dead is now up to five.

In the Bunker's library, Sam sits in a white suit. Dean walks up to him with the Colt and apologizes before shooting him in the back of the head. Sam quickly sits back up as the wound heals and his eyes flash red, showing he is possessed by Lucifer. He asks Dean if he really thought that would work, before setting Dean on fire and killing him. Sam wakes from his nightmare in the Impala and tells Dean he had a bad dream. Surprised to hear he's had another one, Dean asks Sam to tell him about it to keep him awake on their long drive. Sam chooses not to share.

They pull up to the Sheriff's office and go in as "Fish and Wildlife" using old aliases, which Sam refers to as "deep cuts" due to how young they look in their photos, though Dean insists that he looks the same. They walk into the office and approach Sheriff Dignan, who needs a closer look at Dean's ID, not believing it is him in the photo. Sam tells her that they've come because of the mountain lion attacks. Sheriff Dignan tells them big animal attacks are rare and infrequent, and believes the deaths to be by human hands, telling them if it were a human the person would be a monster. They ask if there were any witnesses and are given Ashley Monroe's name and directed to the hospital.

At the hospital, Sam and Dean enter the room and begin to interview Ashley. They ask her what she remembers, at which point she has a flashback to being chased. She looks over at the nurse working on her IV, prompting Sam to talk with him in the hall while Dean interviews Ashley. He tells her that no matter how weird her story is, they will believe her, and explains how he and Sam hunt and kill monsters and that she is safe with them. Ashley tells Dean it was a man chasing her with fangs and claws who gave her the scar on her cheek and threatened to do worse things to her if she told anyone what she saw. Dean tells her he is a werewolf, she disagrees and says there is no such thing.

Dean comes out of the hospital room to tell Sam the werewolf's name -- Andy May. Sam, however, brings to his attention that the night of the attack there wasn't a full moon. Dean tells him they may be dealing with a pure blood. He looks into Ashley's room and sees her crying into her hands.

The Impala pulls up to a cabin in the woods. They knock on the door and are greeted by Josh May, Andy's older brother. Andy soon comes to the door, where Sam shows them a photo of Ashley. They deny having seen her, and Josh asks why this concerns Fish and Wildlife. They tell the two that she was attacked by a mountain lion. A nervous Andy offers to help, telling Sam and Dean that they go out in the woods at night, which Josh explains is to set rabbit traps. Before leaving, Sam offers them a writing pad with a silver pen to take their number in case they have any more questions. Neither one will touch the pen and Josh tells them that they don't have a phone. After they close the door on the Winchesters, Dean votes to kill them now, but his phone rings -- it's Ashley.

Inside the cabin Andy and Josh argue. Josh didn't like Andy saying they go out at night. Andy defends himself saying he didn't know what to say and reminds Josh that if he hadn't killed those girls everything would be okay. Josh is angry that Andy let Ashley go. Andy tells Josh he didn't want to kill people anyway and reminds Josh that their father would not want them acting like this. Josh yells to Andy that their dad is dead. Andy tells his brother that he wants the killing to stop. Josh puts his brother's face in his hands and tells him he will, which Andy doesn't believe. Josh reassures Andy that he wouldn't lie to him, but that Ashley still needs to be dealt with.

Back at the Sleepy Bear Inn, Sam and Dean bring Ashley into their room. They offer the room to her and tell her they will rent the room next door. Dean wants to kill the brothers, but Sam points out that this has been all too easy. Dean disagrees, and says he likes easy. Ashley asks Dean to stay till she falls asleep, which he agrees to do.

Outside, the May brothers are in a late model pick-up. They smell Ashley's presence, and note that the car that came to their cabin is there. Josh reassures him that they will get her tonight.

Dean walks into the room with Ashley. He asks her how she is. She refers to the pills the hospital gave her. He inspects them and tells her she got the good stuff. She asks him if he likes his job; he tells her he does, that there is a lot of bad, but he likes to help people. She talks about herself and being a recent graduate from college. Her childhood friends are gone, and she doesn't know what she wants to do with her life. Dean reassures her that she has plenty of time to figure it out. Ashley says things would be better if things were all planned out. Dean disagrees, as Ashley drifts to sleep.

Some time later, Sam wakes up Dean and tells him that Ashley is gone. He says he had gone out for food and found the door open and Dean asleep. At the cabin, Ashley is bound in a chair with her mouth gagged. The May brothers enter, and begin arguing. Andy tells his brother that this is not who they are. But Josh replies that it is exactly who they are, and tells him he wants to eat her heart.

Sam and Dean pull up to the cabin with guns drawn. The May brothers leave Ashley, and she screams as loud as she can. When Sam and Dean enter the room, they release Ashley. As they are walking her out, Josh jumps down from the ceiling and fights Dean, while Sam fights off Andy. Sam's gun gets knocked across the floor, leaving both Winchesters weaponless. Andy grabs the gun and points it at Sam. Holding Sam at bay with his gun, he pleads to Josh to stop, but as Josh goes into bite Dean, Andy turns and shoots his brother. Andy reverts back to human and tells the Winchesters that Josh wasn't going to stop, and he had turned him into a monster. Calling himself a monster as well, Andy then turns the gun on himself, and shots himself in the heart.

Ashley begins to walk away, Dean tries to console her but she pulls away from him, trips and falls on a pair of antlers on the floor, which impale her through her chest. Shocked at what just happened, Sam and Dean become even more shocked when Ashley rises to her feet and the antlers exit her body. Sam asks her what she is. Almost insulted he doesn't remember, Ashley's eyes roll into the back of her head, revealing herself to be Lilith. Sam doesn't believe she is back, but Lilith reveals that God brought her back and tells them her plan was to be rescued and seduce Dean, which she supposes won't be happening now. Sam asks if she was sent to kill them. Lilith replies that she wishes, but that that's not how the story goes. They ask what does she want, and she tells them she was sent for the Equalizer, and demands they hand it over so they can be done with it all. Dean tells her if God wants the gun, He can get it Himself. Sam pulls out the demon blade and Dean the angel blade, but Lilith pushes them both across the room with her energy. Dean gets up first and tells her not to hurt Sam, who is unconscious, and agrees to take her to the gun. Lilith promises that while she can't kill him, if he tries to trick her she can torture him till he begs to die.

As Sam lays unconscious, he dreams of when Dean bore the Mark of Cain. In the Bunker, Dean hits Sam, causing him to fall from the catwalk. Dean teleports to Sam, and while Sam tries to talk him down, Dean grabs Sam by his neck, strangling him. Lifting Sam off the ground, Dean's eyes go black before he takes the First Blade and drives it into Sam, killing him.

Lilith and Dean are in the Impala, and she begins to talk of her mission from God. She asks Dean if he thinks she wants to be here. She says she died to free Lucifer from the Cage, that she had to die for what she wanted most, only for the Winchesters to screw everything up. Dean tells her that was God and one of His stories. She tells Dean she can't hurt God, but can still hurt him.

Lilith laughs at the way Dean bonded with Ashley. She says that God has this weird perv-y obsession with him and with the idea of one brother killing the other, which is why they saw the werewolf brothers die the way they did -- foreshadowing.

They get back to the motel, and Lilith demands the gun. Dean tells her they didn't actually bring it. She points her finger at him and he is slashed on his cheek. She then mentions Lingchi -- death by a thousand cuts -- as she cuts him again. Dean tells her to go to Hell. As she continues to cut Dean, Sam breaks into the room and shoots her in the head with a devil's trap bullet, freezing her in place. Sam asks her where Chuck is, but she is unperturbed by his demands. Sam reminds her that he killed her once and will do it again. Lilith, now annoyed, tells Sam she let him kill her, but she isn't feeling as generous now. Her eyes change to white, causing the room to shake. As Sam and Dean flee, Lilith pulls the bullet from her head. Even before they can reach the Impala, Lilith stops them where they stand. She realizes that given how quickly they left the room, the gun wasn't in there, but that they wouldn't just leave it behind in case they needed it. She then goes and inspects the Impala, finding the Equalizer in the glove compartment. They tell her to take it, because they will still find a way to stop Chuck, only for Lilith to melt the gun in the palm of her hand before disappearing.

Back at the Bunker. Sam is still trying to get Cas on his phone, leaving him messages warning him about Lilith's return. Dean asks if Chuck is just going to throw His greatest hits at them. Sam wonders why Chuck doesn't just kill them, and Dean reveals that Chuck only likes one type of ending -- one brother killing the other. Sam then admits that all his dreams and visions are like that, and points to the wound that he and Chuck share. He says he believes that he shot a part of himself into Chuck with the Equalizer, which created a connection between the two, allowing Sam to see into Chuck's mind. A defeated Dean asks Sam how they are supposed to fight God.






Dean: Whatever you saw... we'll believe you. Ashley, listen to me. Whatever you're about to say, I want you to know that we've heard worse. We've heard of weirder.
Dean: Werewolves, monsters -- they're all real. And me and my brother -- we hunt them, and we kill them. That's what we do.
Ashley: Do you like your job?

Dean: What do you mean?
Ashley: I mean... monsters.

Dean: Right. Do I like it? Uh... I do. I mean, there's bad, don't get me wrong. There's a lot of bad. Still, it feels good to help people. You know?
Ashley: It's all just so random and awful. Wouldn't it be great if everything was just planned out for you... if it was all just already decided?
Dean: No, not really.
Sam: No. No. You're dead.

Lilith: Was dead. Yeah. In the Empty, sleeping the big sleep, until the boss brought me back.
Sam: The boss? Lucifer?

Lilith: God. I was supposed to get rescued, and in a moment of sweet relief, seduce Dean, blah, blah, blah. Obviously, that's not happening... now? So... Oh, well.
Dean: No, why are you doing this? You even said it yourself this is stupid.
Lilith: It is. Do you think I want to be here? I died to free Lucifer from the Cage. I had to die for what I wanted most. And then you two went and screwed it all up.
Lilith: Why would I ever tell you anything?

Sam: Because I've killed you before... and I can do it again.

Lilith: See, you keep saying that, but you killed me because I let you. Now I'm feeling less generous.
Dean: So, what, we're just -- we're stuck in His -- in His maze still? And now Lilith is back? I mean, what's He gonna do, just throw our greatest hits at us?

Sam: I mean... why doesn't He just kill us already?

Dean: Because that's not what He wants. Lilith said that Chuck only likes one kind of ending -- you kill me, or I kill you.
Sam: Dean. My... dreams, visions, or whatever -- they all end the same way, with us killing each other.

Dean: You're just telling me this now?
Sam: I-I-I thought, they must've been some form of, like, messed-up PTSD, but... but what if they're not? What if I'm somehow seeing Chuck's endings? You know, different ones.
Dean: How would that be possible?

Sam: 'Cause of this. When I shot Chuck, the bullet wasn't a bullet. It-it was a-a a piece of me, right? So, what if it created a-a link of some sort, you know? I-I mean, what if -- what if, I don't know -- What if somehow I'm in His head?
Dean: This was supposed to be over. We were done. We were free. And now... what are we supposed to do, man? Do we just keep running in this -- this... freaking hamster wheel until we die? Or until we get boring and He ends us?

Sam: Or we fight.

Dean: Fight God? Without the gun? It's God, Sam. And He's coming for us. How the hell are we supposed to fight God?

Trivia & References

Proverbs 17:3:
“The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts.”
Ashley: Yeah, but you two got jobs. You're both leaving. I have a philosophy degree, and I drive Uber.
Uber is a ride share company.
Sam: Dude, ghost peppers are really hot.
Ghost peppers are one of the hottest forms of chili peppers in the world and are rated at more than 1 million Scoville Heat Units (SHUs). By comparison, Tabasco Sauce is rated at around 5,000 SHUs. Drinking water will only spread capsaicin -- the active ingredient in chili peppers -- around. It is much better to drink milk or yogurt to neutralize the heat.'
Dean: Gee. Another one? Well, why don't you tell me about it? No. Come on. I'll, uh I'll Freud you. Keep me awake till we hit Colorado.
"Freud" refers to the famous Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, who wrote a book called The Interpretation of Dreams about the symbolism and meaning of dreams.
Sam: Hamill and Ford? Wow. That is a deep cut.
Sam and Dean go undercover as U.S. Wildlife Service agents, with Sam taking the alias "Agent Mark Hamill" and Dean using "Agent Dean Ford". Sam and Dean last used these identities in 1.03 Dead in the Water. "Deep cut", originally a music term, generally means an obscure reference that only people with an intimate knowledge of a topic will get. Additionally, when Eric Kripke was pitching Supernatural, he used the phrase "Star Wars in truck stop America", and described the characters of Sam and Dean Winchester (then Harrison) thus:
“If Sam’s the good kid, Dean’s the troublemaker. If Sam’s Luke Skywalker, Dean’s Han Solo.”
Ashley: Did you ever want to be anything else?

Dean: Jimi Hendrix. No, not really. I'm where I'm supposed to be.

Jimi Hendrix was one of the most influential rock guitarists in history. In 9.07 Bad Boys a young Dean tells Robin that he wants to be a rock star when she asks him what he wants to be.
Dean: Let me guess. One of Chuck's lines?

Lilith: Word for word. God -- He is not exactly Shakespeare. He's more of a low-rent Dean Koontz. I had to listen to His whole "writing philosophy", and His very weird, very perv-y obsession with you. And it always ends the same -- one brother killing the other. I mean, this world? He could've ended it in so many ways, and He likes that one. You know, I guess that's why you had to see the werewolf bros die the way they did 'cause... foreshadowing.

Dean Koontz is one of the world's top-selling authors, known for writing horror and thriller novels.
Lilith: Have you ever heard of Lingchi? It's Chinese. It means "lingering death" -- death by a thousand cuts.
Lingchi was a form of torture and execution used in China from 900 CE until it was banned in the early 20th century.
At the end of the episode, the camera looks at the Winchesters from the telescope's POV and backs away until it shows the curtains on the side. This is a common trope where at the end of a play or musical shown on TV, the camera focuses on the curtains just before they close.


"Proverbs 17:3" marks Steve Yockey's final episode for Supernatural before moving on to his new series, The Flight Attendant for HBO MAX. Yockey wrote in a Twitter post:
"My final episode of #Supernatural airs tonight with @dicksp8jr at the helm. Was incredibly lucky to work on this rad show with such an amazing group of folks. Enjoy the ride! ☠️🖤"
Rachel Hayward, who plays Sheriff Dignan, previously played Tara in 9.11 First Born.
Sam check's his phone and looks over a series of texts to Cas that read:
Hey Cass checking in.
How are you doing? Everything ok?
Cass call me we need to talk.
Didn't realize you were taking off.
Service sucks in the bunker, want to make sure you're getting these?
Call me when you can.
Want to make sure you're ok?
Sam's first nightmare is one where Dean tries to kill a Lucifer-possessed Sam (Samifer) with the Colt and is killed in turn. This Lucifer wears a white suit similar to the one worn by the 2014 Lucifer in 5.04 The End. In his second nightmare, a Knight of Hell Dean kills Sam with the First Blade. Sam speculates that these are the possible endings God has in mind for the Winchesters.
Sam and Dean use U.S. Wildlife Services ID's from 1.03 Dead in the Water, with the running joke that Dean does not look like his picture, even though Jensen barely seems to have aged. Meanwhile, no one mentions Sam's ID, despite his photo looking like he is in his early 20's. Sam's Hair is also in its season 1 hairstyle in the picture as a result.
Lilith tells Sam and Dean she was sleeping in the Empty, when Chuck brought her back. In 13.04 The Big Empty, the Cosmic Entity tells the recently awoken Castiel:
"No. No, no, no. Not with me, and I’m the only one that has any pull here. Not Heaven, not Hell, not G-O-D himself. So think harder. Rack that perky little brain of yours."
Nick was also able to call Lucifer forth from the Empty, suggesting the Entity is not as omnipotent as it claims.

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