15.09 The Trap

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Title The Trap
Episode # Season 15, Episode 9
First aired January 16, 2020
Directed by Robert Singer
Written by Robert Berens
On IMDB The Trap
Outline Chuck attempts to sever his connection to Sam. Meanwhile, Dean and Castiel journey to Purgatory to find the final ingredient needed to trap God.
Monster God
Location(s) Milford, Nebraska
Lebanon, Kansas
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In the casino, Sam is tied to a chair. Eileen, not tied but immobilized, apologizes to Sam. When Eileen asks Chuck what He is doing, He explains that He has been manipulating her, even making sure Sam found the spell to bring her back to life, and was using her to spy on the Winchesters because He couldn’t see them and wanted to. Chuck tells Sam their wounds are connecting them, and prepares to cut into Sam’s wound but stops when He notices Eileen was able to answer a call from Dean. After a terse exchange with Dean, Chuck destroys the phone and focuses on Sam’s shoulder again.

Dean tracks Sam’s cellphone and is about to go after him when Castiel intervenes, arguing that the only way to save Sam is to go to Purgatory to get the Leviathan Blossom needed to complete the spell to trap Chuck. Reluctantly, Dean agrees and the two enter the portal to Purgatory.

Chuck hesitates to cut into Sam, and when Sam challenges Him on it, Chuck controls Eileen and has her be the one to cut into Sam. It still does not sever their connection. Chuck is frustrated until he realizes Sam still has hope that Dean and Cas will save him, and that’s what’s stopping Chuck from healing.

In Purgatory, Dean and Castiel capture a Leviathan. He tells them that Leviathan blossoms rise from the corpses of dead Leviathans, so they force him to lead them to a Leviathan burial ground. As Dean and Castiel are walking the Leviathan to the graveyard, Dean is mourning Benny, who the Leviathan revealed is dead. Castiel brings up his feelings of guilt and that Purgatory heightens those feelings. They continue their argument about Castiel’s role in Mary’s death, ending with Castiel blaming Dean’s unwillingness to forgive as the reason why he left. Meanwhile, Dean and Castiel make it to the burial ground only to find it be a trap, set up by Eve. As Castiel tries to act, he realizes he is immobilized due to standing inside of an angel trap. They get ambushed and Dean is knocked out. He wakes up, alone, surrounded by burnt out Leviathan blossoms.

Chuck offers to show Sam what the future will look like if they succeed in stopping Him, through the use of a pocket watch. The first glimpse starts happily, with Sam, Dean, Cas, and Eileen in the Bunker, when Jody calls and says there were more vampires than expected and Claire is dead. The next glimpse Sam sees is Dean and him in Baby, discussing a hunt gone bad. Sam mentions that if Castiel had been there, he could have saved them. Sam is next shown the point when Dean has given up, despairing that there are too many monsters, Eileen is dead, and Dean had to lock a crazed Castiel in the Ma'lak Box. Sam tells Chuck that he refuses to believe that Dean would ever give up. In the same time in the future, we see Sam go off to fight the monsters with Dean dutifully but half-heartedly joining. Chuck says that that was a mistake. Sam discovers there is an end to when the watch will take him: December 9, 2022. In the last scene from the future, Sam and Dean are vampires that die in a fight with Jody and Bobby. Sam is unmoved, and despite Chuck’s arguments, he thinks that he can make the future better. Chuck explains to Sam that the point is with Chuck trapped, the forces of darkness -- the monsters -- will overtake the Earth. Then He leaves Sam to think on it.

As Dean makes his way to the rift, time is running out. He stops to kneel and tearfully pray to Castiel, explaining himself, forgiving Castiel, and hoping Castiel is still alive. Dean is almost to the rift when he finds Castiel waiting by a tree. Dean hugs him, thankful he’s alive. Castiel reassures Dean that he heard him. Castiel then explains Eve was only interested in him, and he followed along with the Leviathans, and when he saw an opening made his escape, being able to overtake his captors and secure a blossom.

Back in the Bunker, Dean and Castiel complete the spell to give Castiel the Mark since Dean cannot bear it again, and they head to find Sam and Eileen. As Dean is freeing him, Sam warns that Chuck will be back. Suddenly, a controlled Eileen attacks. Castiel tackles her. Dean and Chuck face off with Dean hitting Chuck to no avail. Castiel tosses Sam the sphere that needs to be crushed to give Castiel the Mark and trap Chuck. Despite Dean’s urging, Sam falls to his knees, unable to do it, and the sphere rolls to Chuck’s feet where He picks it up. Sam loses hope and their wounds heal. Chuck destroys the sphere, explaining that the visions Sam had were memories of other Sams and Deans killing each other. Dean states with conviction that it won’t happen with this Sam and Dean. Chuck vanishes.

Later, Eileen leaves because, after Chuck's manipulation, she doesn’t know what’s real. Sam kisses her goodbye. In the kitchen, Sam apologizes and explains that he believed what Chuck showed him would happen. Dean tells Sam that if he believed it to be true, then it is good enough for him, before assuring Sam they will find a way even though they can’t kill or trap Chuck. In the Empty, Billie tells Jack, “It’s time.”




  • "Hard Times in the Land of Plenty" by Omar & the Howlers
(plays during "The Road So Far" recap of events)


Chuck: Hi, Dean.

Dean: Chuck, you dick.

Chuck: Bye, Dean.
Castiel: Dean, will you stop? Just stop being so stupid.

Dean: What?

Castiel: If we attack Chuck now, we don't have anything that can hurt Him. We get that Leviathan blossom, complete Michael's spell, build the Cage. That's our chance. That's the way we'll save Sam, and that's the way we'll save the world.
Leviathan: What do you want?

Dean: Well, it's a little embarrassing saying it out loud, but we're looking for a flower.

Leviathan: A flower? What do I look like, a florist?
Castiel: Well, this place will bring that out in you. Guilt. It was my fault the Leviathan got out. It was my fault we were here the first time. I carry that guilt every day.

Dean: I know you're sorry, Cas. About Bel, about Mom.
Castiel: I was talking about Jack. I already apologized to you. You just refused to hear it.
Dean: Sorry I brought it up. Maybe if you didn't just up and leave us.

Castiel: You didn't give me a choice. You couldn't forgive me. And you couldn't move on. You were too angry. I left, but you didn't stop me.
Sam: You want to quit? What's happened to you, Dean? Ever since...

Dean: Ever since what? We lost pretty much everyone we've ever cared about? Ever since the Mark made Cas go crazy? Ever since I had to bury him in a Ma'lak box? Ever since then? Yeah. You know why? 'Cause the monsters -- they're everywhere. Everywhere! What we do -- it's not even Hunting anymore. It's whack-a-mole. We don't even save people. Every friend we've ever had is either dead, or they got wise and they packed it in.
Sam: Jody's still fighting, and Bobby --

Dean: Bobby has a death wish, and you know it. And Jody -- ever since what happened to Donna and the girls, she does, too. And after Eileen... so do you.
Dean: Cas? Cas, I hope you can hear me... that wherever you are, it's not too late. I should've stopped you. You're my best friend, but I just let you go. 'Cause it was easier than admitting I was wrong. I-- Ohh. I don't know why I get so angry. I just know -- I know that it's -- i-it's just always been there. And when things go bad, it just -- it comes out. And I can't -- I can't stop it. No matter how -- how bad I want to, I just can't stop it. And -- and I-I forgive you. Of course I forgive you. I'm sorry it took me so long -- I'm sorry it took me till now to say it. Cas, I'm -- I'm so sorry. Man, I hope you can hear me. I hope you can hear me. Okay.
Chuck: Without me, it's a law of nature -- dark forces prevail, monsters rule, and you, your brother, and everyone you love will die. Can you really live with that?
Chuck: Hi, Dean.
Dean: You know I had to.
Dean: Well, what now? You're not gonna dust us.

Chuck: Oh, yeah? Why not?
Dean: Because you're holding out. For your big finish. Yeah, we know about your galaxy-brained idea, how you think this story is gonna go. Sam got a little look into your draft folder.
Chuck: Sam's visions -- they weren't drafts. They were memories. My memories. Other Sams and other Deans in other worlds. But guess what. Just like you, they didn't think they'd do it, either. But they did. And you will, too.
Dean: No. Not this Sam. And not this Dean. So you go back to Earth 2 and play with your other toys. Because we will never give you the ending that you want.

Chuck: We'll see.
Sam: I wish you'd stay.

Eileen: I wish I could. After what happened, I don't know what's real anymore.

Sam: I know that was real.
Sam: That was our, uh, chance to stop Chuck. But what Chuck showed me, what would happen if we trapped Him -- I believed Him. I still do.

Dean: Well, that's good enough for me.
Sam: Okay, uh, so, what now?
Castiel: Well, Chuck's gone, but...
Dean: He'll be back.
Sam: If we can't kill Him or trap Him...

Dean: Well, then we find another way.

Trivia & References

Chuck: Well, I wouldn't say "weak", exactly. I mean, I piñata'd Hell.
Chuck is referring to when He opened Hell at the end of 14.20 Moriah. A piñata is a decorated container filled with small gifts or candy that is smashed as part of celebrations in Mexico.
Chuck: I think we have an audience. Come on, Eileen.
"Come On Eileen" was a #1 single in 1983 by the English group Dexys Midnight Runners.
Dean: Well, if you can't help us, see this boom stick? It's loaded with Borax-filled shells. You know what Borax does to piranha-faced freaks like you? I'd be happy to show you.
"Boom stick" is the nickname of Ash William's shotgun in the Evil Dead horror franchise.
Leviathan Blossoms appear to resemble the real-life fungus Clathrus archeri, also known as octopus stinkhorn, or devil's fingers.
Sam: No. What happened to Butch and Sundance? Dean, what happened to going out swinging?

Dean: We lost, brother. We lost. I'm done.

"Butch and Sundance" refers to the Old West outlaws Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid, who were killed after being cornered by the Bolivian army. In the past, Jared and Jensen had referred to their preferred ending for Sam and Dean as going out like Butch and Sundance.
Chuck: You, Sam Winchester, have been playing fast and loose with the laws of nature and magic for a very long time -- you and your brother. Always breaking the rules. And that's what I love about you, Sam. It's so heroic. It's so... Promethean. But there's still so much about the fabric of the universe that you don't know... that you can't know. 'Cause you're only humans. But I'm God. Think about what I showed you. Look beyond the Mark, beyond you and Dean fanging out -- heartbreaking, but not the headline news.
Promethean refers to being rebellious and is a reference to Prometheus a trickster god of the ancient Greeks, who was known as a champion of humanity and who defied the other gods to give fire to mortals. Prometheus himself previously appeared in 8.16 Remember the Titans.
Dean: Because you're holding out. For your big finish. Yeah, we know about your galaxy-brained idea, how you think this story is gonna go. Sam got a little look into your draft folder.
"Galaxy Brain" is a term from a meme that originated in 2017. The term is generally used an an insult to someone who believes they have an intelligent opinion on something, which others think is ridiculous.
Dean: No. Not this Sam. And not this Dean. So you go back to Earth 2 and play with your other toys. Because we will never give you the ending that you want.
Earth-2 is an alternate version of Earth in the DC Universe. Sam also called Apocalypse World this in 13.13 Devil's Bargain while explaining the situation to Donatello Redfield. Dean also called the French Mistake World from 6.15 The French Mistake "Earth #2" just before running into Virgil. In this context, they were just making a DC reference rather than specifying any specific alternate universe. In fact, in 15.12 Galaxy Brain, Chuck actually visits an alternate universe called "Earth 2."


Dean tracks Sam's phone and finds out that the Lucky Elephant Casino is at 707 Darland Street, Milford, Nebraska.
The future times Chuck shows Sam are:
  • April 17, 2020 11:42:00 PM

Sam, Eileen, Dean, and Castiel are having a relaxed evening in the Bunker, when Jody rings to tell them Claire was killed when they were hunting vampires and there turned out to be more than expected.

  • January 6th, 2021 9:09:18 PM

Sam and Dean are in the Impala, having just fought a pack of werewolves and failing to save any of the victims. They mention that Cas is gone and Dean muses that the monsters are winning. The scenery that they drive by shows buildings on fire.

  • November 3, 2021 11:42:36 AM

Sam and Dean have returned from a vampire hunt, and Sam is keen to head out again. Dean is feeling hopeless -- there are just too many monsters and they aren't even saving people anymore. They mention that after Cas took on the Mark as part of the plot to cage Chuck, he went crazy and had to be locked in a Ma'lak Box. The monsters are everywhere and all their friends are either dead or they've quit hunting, except for Jody and Bobby. Dean suspects that they all carry a death wish: Jody after Donna, Claire, and the other girls were killed; Bobby for unknown reasons; and Sam after Eileen was killed.

  • November 3, 2021 12:36:38 PM

Sam tells Dean he is heading out on the hunt and Dean resignedly follows him. When they return at an unknown point later, something has gone wrong and Chuck comments that Dean should've followed his gut.

  • December 9, 2022 3:11:38 AM

Sam and Dean prepare to take a last stand in a hotel room. Two hunters and Jody and Bobby approach. They storm the room -- to kill Sam and Dean who have been turned into vampires. They kill the hunters and Jody manages to shoot Sam with a dead man's blood bullet. Dean bites and kills Jody, and Bobby beheads Sam. The vision ends with Sam's death, leaving Dean and Bobby's ultimate fates unknown.

  • This alternate timeline ceases to exist after Sam loses hope and Chuck destroys the binding spell once their wounds from the Equalizer are healed.
Dean learns that Benny has become infamous among the denizens of Purgatory, including the Leviathan, for his escape and subsequent return to Purgatory. He was torn apart by vampires after Dean sent him back to Purgatory to rescue Sam and Bobby in 8.19 Taxi Driver.
Leviathan: Mother's got beef with you.

Cas: Eve.
Leviathan: Killing her alphas, swallowing her Leviathan. Bringing you to her should earn us a nice reward.

Eve was the mother of all monsters, who rose from Purgatory when Castiel and Crowley were hunting down the Alphas to try and find a way to Purgatory in order to steal the souls and use their power for their own ends -- Castiel aiming to defeat Raphael and win the civil war, and Crowley hoping to solidify his rule over Hell. Dean killed her using phoenix ashes gathered in March 5, 1861 at Sunrise, Wyoming, after killing Elias Finch with the Colt. Eve's relation to the Leviathans was only vaguely hinted in 7.22 There Will Be Blood when the Alpha Vampire referred to his kind as coming from the Leviathans, being a Son of Eve himself, but Edgar says their relation is barely existent, passing off Eve as "a pathetic mutt. Hardly one of us." Having known Eve personally, Edgar calls her a "whore."
In a deleted scene available on the Season 15 DVD boxed sex, in what's possibly supposed to be a vision of the events surrounding the future Sam, Dean, Castiel and Eileen, Dean and Castiel are shown arriving at the casino where the Chuck-controlled Eileen attacks Dean before being subdued by Castiel. After a shorter confrontation with Chuck where he and Dean do not exchange dialogue like in the episode, Sam smashes the orb when Castiel sends it to him, causing a rift to open and suck in Chuck, completing the spell. The Mark of Cain then appears on Castiel's arm.

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