When the boys stop at a diner, Sam goes to buy food, while Dean muses about pie. Suddenly the radio starts cutting out. Dean rushes into the diner to find Sam gone and the staff and customers dead, and sulfur staining the back door. Dean goes to Bobby for help, but he has no information on demonic activity across the country. Ringing the Roadhouse, an agitated Ash admits to having information he will only reveal in person.
Sam wakes up to find himself in a seemingly deserted town. He runs into Andy, whom he’d previously met (2.05 Simon Said) when Andy’s twin brother was using his psychic powers to kill people. Together they find Ava who says she has only been there for half an hour even though it's been five months since Sam last saw her (2.10 Hunted). Also in the town are Jake Talley, an American soldier whisked away from duty in Afghanistan, and Lily. Lily reveals that her power is that people’s hearts stop when she touches them, Jake’s that he is super strong.
The group is doubtful when Sam explains that a demon is behind things, until an Acheri demon in the shape of a young girl attacks Jake. While Sam leads the group to find supplies and weapons, Lily tries to leave the town through the woods, but is killed by the demon. Desperate for Dean’s help, Sam gets Andy to try to send Dean a vision of where they are.
Dean and Bobby have arrived at Harvelle’s Roadhouse, only to find it burnt out and the occupants, apparently including Ash, but not Ellen, dead. Dean is suddenly struck by flashes of images sent by Andy. With Bobby’s help they work out that Sam is in Cold Oak, South Dakota. Sam has surrounded a room with a salt line, and as they wait for what may come, Sam dozes off. The Yellow-Eyed Demon appears to him, and explains that his plan is for the children with special powers to fight amongst themselves until the strongest is left to lead the Demon’s army. He says that, with his leadership qualities and hunter training, Sam is his favorite. The Demon admits to killing Jessica so Sam would go back to hunting. He then shows Sam a vision of what happened the night Mary died. Sam sees that the Demon fed drops of his blood to baby Sam, and that Mary knew the Demon.
On waking, Sam finds that Ava has disappeared, and he and Jake go to look for her. Ava returns to the room, breaks the salt line, and summons an Acheri demon who kills Andy. When Sam returns and confronts her, she admits that she has spent the last five months developing her powers and killing the other children who arrived. Just as she summons another demon, Jake kills her.
As Sam and Jake prepare to leave the town, Jake admits he doesn’t trust Sam and attacks him. After a fight, Jake appears to be unconscious. At that moment Dean and Bobby arrive. As Sam walks towards Dean, Jake grabs a knife and stabs him in the back, then runs away. Bobby chases him. Sam collapses into Dean's arms and is unresponsive to Dean's pleas for him not to leave him. As Dean says that it's his job to take care of Sam, he sees the truth, that Sam is fatally wounded. Sam spends his final moments cradled in his distraught brother's arms.
- "Foreplay/Long Time" by Boston
- (plays during "The Road So Far" recap of events and through the opening)
- "Wrapped Around Your Finger" by Martyn Laight (CPM / Carlin)
- (plays as Dean searches the diner for Sam)
- "Opening" by Darker My Love
- (plays when Ash tells Dean to come to the Roadhouse)
Hey, don’t forget the extra onions this time, huh?
Sam: Dude, I’m the one whose gonna have to ride in the car with your extra onions.
Hey, see if they’ve got any pie. Bring me some pie! I love me some pie.
What’s the last thing you remember?
Andy: Honestly? My fourth bong load. It was weird. All of a sudden, there was this really intense smell. Like, uh...
Sam: Like sulfur?
How did you know that?
Let me take a wild guess: you two are both twenty-three? We all are. And we all have abilities.
Sam: It started a little over a year ago? You found you could do things? Things you didn’t think were possible? I have visions. I see things before they happen.
Ava: Yeah. Me, too.
Yeah, and I can put thoughts into people’s heads. Like, make them do stuff. But don’t worry, it, I don’t think it works on you guys. Oh, but get this –- I’ve been practicing. Training my brain, like meditation. So now, it’s not just thoughts I can beam out, but images, too. Like, anything I want. Bam! People, they see it. This one guy I know – total dick, right? I used it on him: gay porn. All hours of the day. It was just like... you should have seen the look on his face. Uh... okay.
Dean? Dean! Are you with me?
Dean: Yeah, I think so. I saw Sam. I saw him, Bobby.
Bobby: It was a vision.
Yeah. I don’t know how, but yeah. Whew. That was about as fun as getting kicked in the jewels.
The Yellow-Eyed Demon:
You’re awfully quiet, Sam. You’re not mad at me, are you?
Sam: I’m gonna tear you to shreds, I swear to—
The Yellow-Eyed Demon:
When you wake up, tiger, you give it your best shot.
The Yellow-Eyed Demon:
Honestly, I’m surprised you hadn’t guessed. I mean, why do you think so many children flamed out already? Max Miller and Andy’s brother, what’s-his-name? They weren’t strong enough. I’m looking for the best and brightest of your generation.
Sam: My generation?
The Yellow-Eyed Demon:
Well, there’s other generations, but let’s just worry about yours. That’s why I’m here, Sam. I wanna give you the inside track. You’re tough. You’re smart. You’re well-trained, thanks to your daddy. Sam – Sammy – you’re my favorite.
You killed them? All of them?
Ava: I’m the undefeated heavyweight champ.
Sam: Oh, my God.
Don’t think God has much to do with this, Sam.
I had no choice. It's me or them. After a while, it was easy. It was even kind of fun. I just stopped fighting it.
Sam: Fighting what?
Who we are, Sam. If you'd just quit your hand-wringing and open yourself up, you have no idea what you can do. The learning curve is so fast, it’s crazy, the switches that just flip in your brain. I can’t believe I started out just having dreams. Do you know what I can do now?
Jake: S-Sam, he’s not letting us go. Only one. Now, if we don’t play along, he’ll kill us both. Now, I-I like you, man. I do. But do the math here. What good’s it do for both of us to die? Now, I can get out of here. I get close to the demon, I can kill the bastard.
Sam: You come with me, we can kill him together.
Dean: No, Sam! Whoa, whoa, whoa, Sam. Sam! Hey! Hey, hey. Come here. Let me look at you. Hey, look at me. It’s not even that bad. It’s not even that bad, all right? Sammy? Sam! Hey, listen to me. We’re gonna patch you up, okay? You’ll be good as new. Huh? I’m gonna take care of you. I’m gonna take you care of you. I’ve got you. That’s my job, right? Watch out for my pain-in-the-ass little brother? Sam? Sam! Sam! Sammy! No. No, no, no, no, no, no. Oh, God. Oh, God.
Trivia & References
I just woke up in freakin' Frontierland.
- Frontierland is a section at Disney theme parks with rides and amusements based on the old west.
It's a brave new world.
- From Miranda's speech in Shakespeare's The Tempest:
- "O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is!
O brave new world
That has such people in't!"
- Brave New World is also a novel by Aldous Huxley about a Utopian future that is not quite as perfect as it first appears.
Uh... I’ve got a receipt. Would that work?
Andy: Yeah... D. Hasselhoff?
- Reference to the actor David Hasselhoff.
If it wasn’t for bad luck, we’d have no luck at all. I just can’t wait for this all to be over so I can just pretend it never happened. I just wanna curl up with Brady and watch bad TV. [She notices Sam shifting uncomfortably.] What is it? Sam … do you know something that I don’t?
- This may be a reference to a song by Ray Charles, "If It Wasn't For Bad Luck", considering that the words are repeated throughout said song.
- The phrase is also repeated in the chorus of "Born Under a Bad Sign", originally by Albert King but covered famously by the psychedelic band Cream. See also 2.14 Born Under a Bad Sign.
The Yellow-Eyed Demon:
I'm looking for the best and brightest of your generation.
- The Best and the Brightest is a book by journalist David Halberstam about how and why the United States got involved in Vietnam by looking at the U.S. government officials (mainly during the Kennedy presidency) who made the key decisions. The phrase has taken on somewhat of an ironic tone in the context of this book, because many of the people responsible for getting the United States into Vietnam were considered the best and brightest minds of their generation in government, the private sector, and academia, and their actions had disastrous consequences.
hangs up with Dean he makes a point to check his watch. The time shows 7:09am. When Dean arrives at the burnt-down roadhouse, we see Ash's watch again; it's cracked and scorched. The hands are not visible through the areas with soot and dirt, suggesting Ash died sometime between 7:15 and 10:50.
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