15.15 Gimme Shelter
|Episode #||Season 15, Episode 15|
|First aired||October 15, 2020|
|Directed by||Matt Cohen|
|Written by||Davy Perez|
|On IMDB||Gimme Shelter|
|Outline||Sam and Dean get a lead on Amara's location and hit the road. Meanwhile, Jack and Castiel are put on a case involving murders based on the seven deadly sins.|
|Location(s)|| Columbia, Missouri|
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Food is being served at a community group known as Patchwork. Two young volunteers are complaining about a homeless lady who seems dirty and unsavory, and they ask another volunteer, Connor, to throw the elderly lady out. As he reluctantly approaches the lady, he is intercepted by Pastor Joe who advises him to be compassionate, leading Connor to take the lady some soup. Later, as he is walking home, Connor hears voices in an alley calling for help. Visibly spooked, he stumbles and trips on a stuffed teddy bear and as he is looking at it he is lassoed by the neck and killed.
Dean, tablet in hand, joins Sam in the Bunker library, where Sam is looking for a case. Sam mentions missing people in Missouri but doubts that it is supernatural. Dean on the other hand thinks he may have found Amara in Atlantic City and manages to convince Sam to check it out with him. Castiel arrives and is asked by Sam and Dean to stay and look after Jack. He is very hesitant, seeing as they are going to take on Amara. All three of them join Jack, who is interested in the Missouri case. After some persuasion Dean convinces Cas and Jack that they should go and solve the case in Missouri. Jack is very excited and asks Cas if he can wear a blue tie like him.
In the alley where Connor was killed, Cas and Jack present as FBI agents "Swift" and "Lovato" to the sheriff. She tells them that the boy had "liar" carved into his body, and his fingers stuffed down his throat. She shows Jack and Cas security video footage of the murderer in a costume mask leaning over the body. Jack and Cas go to a crossroads and summon a crossroads demon. Zack the demon arrives and explains he knows nothing about the killings. He reveals that due to Rowena's new management, no one is making deals. Out of boredom, he offers to help Cas and Jack in their investigation as a driver, but is rebuffed. As they leave, Cas and Jack think about giving up but in the end decide to continue the investigation.
At the Patchwork Community Center one of the volunteers, Valerie, is closing up for the night when she decides to steal money from the collection box. She leaves the building but hears a voice which is calling her name. As she is calling for help she is confronted by someone in a mask and screams.
Later, in their truck in the parking lot, Cas is talking to Sam and Dean on the phone. They advise him to send Jack undercover at the community center while he investigates as FBI, but when Cas asks Dean about their search for Amara, he ends the conversation abruptly. In the Impala, Sam and Dean talk about trapping Amara so that Jack can kill her along with Chuck. Sam is apprehensive of their plan, but tries to assure them that at least it isn't one of them dying for once.
Back at the Patchwork community center Pastor Joe is holding a memorial service for Connor. Jack enters and applies to be a member, while Cas speaks to the pastor about Valerie having gone missing.
Valerie is in a dark room tied to a chair and gagged. As she comes to she sees the word "greed" written in blood on the wall and realizes that her fingers are strapped into separate guillotine devices. As she begins to focus she sees a mask, then the money she stole. Suddenly a TV comes to life and the word "thief" scrolls continuously on the screen. She screams as the guillotine severs one of her fingers. A three-minute countdown appears on the screen as she gives a muffled scream.
At the community center, Jack finishes filling out the form to volunteer. Sylvia confides in him about Connor, whom she once dated, and her dad, Pastor Joe. They each share that their mothers have died. In the meantime, Cas interviews Pastor Joe, who explains how the community has becoming encompassing of many faiths but that when his wife was alive, it was part of a more rigid Christian church. He tells Cas that another member, Rudy – who handled their AV – had left the community recently.
Sam and Dean are at a Gas-N-Sip a few hours from Atlantic City when Amara suddenly appears. She suggests they go and eat Pennsylvania pierogies and talk.
In the storage room behind the community center, Valerie is semi-conscious and bleeding. She loses another finger as a message appears on the screen... "time is running out!"
Pastor Joe welcomes Jack to the group and invites him to speak about himself. He hesitates, but Castiel appears and decides to speak instead. He shares how becoming a father helped him to find himself. Jack is visibly moved. While Jack is serving food to the people, the television switches on and they see Valerie bound and semi-conscious. Jack rushes to turn it off and finds a USB device broadcasting the video, leading Castiel to believe that Rudy is the culprit.
Sam and Dean sit across the table from Amara. They try to convince her to betray Chuck so that they can trap him. She tells them that she and Chuck are twins and when their bond was broken, when Chuck caged her, that caused the Big Bang. She knows caging him would hurt Chuck but refuses to help.
Back in Missouri, Jack crashes through a dirty apartment door where Rudy lives, with Cas following behind. They find his rotten bloated fly-infested corpse handcuffed to his bed. On the wall above are the words "lust".
Dean and Sam get in the Impala but as Dean starts the engine, he has second thoughts and decides to go back to talk to Amara again. He surprises her, sitting back down opposite her. They have a very deep and emotional conversation about why Amara brought back Mary. Amara says she wanted Dean to get to know Mary as a person, not the myth he had built up about her, and to recognize that there was no alternative utopian life if Mary had lived. She also says she hoped it would dissipate the anger inside him. Dean explains that the knowledge that their lives have been manipulated by Chuck makes him furious. He points out to Amara that Chuck doesn't care about anyone, including her. Amara asks if she can trust Dean. He says that he would never hurt her, and she says she will reconsider helping them.
Sylvia and her friend are sitting on the steps of the community center when she realizes that her friend posted something about Valerie's torture on social media. She is horrified, and stabs her friend in the stomach, telling her she believed but "she never did" and runs away. As Pastor Joe attends to her, Cas and Jack arrive and she reveals that it was Sylvia. Joe goes after Sylvia and Cas tells Jack to follow them as he heals the injured girl. Pastor Joe finds Valerie but is attacked by his daughter. She holds a knife to his throat as Jack arrives. She throws her father to the ground as Jack tries to reason with her. She stabs him in the heart, which doesn't injure Jack. Cas arrives and overpowers her and sends her to sleep. He destroys the restraints trapping Valerie and heals her, much to the shock of Joe.
In the morning, the police take Sylvia away in a police car driven by Zack, the crossroads demon disguised as a police officer, as Cas and Joe discuss what will happen with Sylvia. Joe assures them that he will be there for his daughter. In the truck going home Jack confesses to Cas the horrifying truth about Billie's plan – that her spell is turning him into a bomb, and he won't survive killing Chuck and Amara. Cas is close to tears as he refuses to accept this news, but Jack asks him not to tell Sam or Dean.
Back in the Bunker Dean can't sleep and wanders to the library where he takes a swig from a whisky bottle. Cas walks in and tells him they solved the case, while Dean tells him that they have convinced Amara to help. When Dean asks where he's going, Cas tells him he needs to find another way, but before he leaves he needs him and Sam to know something.
- "Lover's Prayer" by The Clickettes
- (playing in the diner where Sam and Dean speak with Amara about stopping Chuck)