The episode starts with a young man who is abducted late at night. He later shows up at a hospital with his liver removed. Sam and Dean are looking for leads on Bela when Sam comes across a newspaper article detailing the incident. They suspect zombies, but when they arrive at the hospital in Erie, PA, they find that the man's liver was removed surgically. They talk to another patient who had his kidneys removed. Sam finds out that one of the victims was sewn up using silk threads, while maggots were used to prevent infection. John's Journal tells the story of a 19th-century surgeon called Doc Benton who found a way to live forever by replacing organs the moment they stopped working. Even though John had cut out the Doc's heart, it seems Doc Benton has survived and is again abducting healthy young people to stay immortal.
Meanwhile, Bobby calls Dean and lets him know that Bela was spotted in Canaan, VT, and that Rufus Turner, a retired hunter, was the one who informed him. Dean wants to leave for Vermont but Sam is adamant on staying in Erie. Sam then reveals that his whole purpose for coming to Erie was to find a way for Dean to live forever so he won't ever have to die and go to Hell. After an argument during which Dean makes it clear that he believes the Colt is their only means of retrieving Dean's contract, Dean leaves and Sam heads for the woods to find Doc Benton. In an isolated cabin, he finds not only the dead body of a jogger who had his heart removed, but also a young woman missing a chunk of skin on her arm who is still alive. Sam manages to escape together with the young woman, running over Doc Benton with his rental Jeep.
Dean, in the meantime, finds Rufus and bribes him with a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue for the location of Bela. Rufus tells him the hotel Bela is staying at and presents Dean with Bela's criminal record. Dean then confronts Bela at the hotel. She tells him the Colt is gone and is on a plane with her buyer. He prepares to shoot her and tells her that he knows that when she was fourteen, she had the brake lines cut on her parents' car, an action that resulted in them being killed. Bela flashes back to when she was fourteen and remembers when her father used to come into her room and close the door (hinting that he was abusing her). Before Dean pulls the trigger, he makes a discovery: Bela has devil's shoestring placed above her door, indicating that she too is trying to keep out the devil. After Dean leaves without hurting her, Bela calls someone and lets them know that Dean was in her room and she knows where the brothers are, because she lifted the receipt from the Erie Hotel from Dean's pocket.
Dean calls Sam from the road. Sam tells him what happened and that he has the Doc's journal. From it he's learned that only science, and not magic, is responsible for the Doc's immortality. Doc then abducts Sam using chloroform. Sam wakes up tied down to a table at the Doc's cabin with Doc Benton standing over him, trying to remove his eyes. Dean shoots the doctor before he can operate. Doc Benton goes after Dean and Dean stabs him using a knife dipped in chloroform to knock him out. They strap Doc Benton to his own table. The Doc comes to and tries to bargain with them, telling the brothers that he is their only hope to get Dean out of his deal. Dean doesn't want to live his life the way Doc Benton does and Sam and Dean decide to bury Doc Benton alive, chained in an old refrigerator.
At the hotel, Bela enters the Winchester's room and shoots at the beds, only to find that the brothers are already gone and have placed blow-up dolls in their beds to fool Bela. The phone rings and it's Dean. He tells her that he knew that she stole the receipt from his pocket and that the twig above her door was devil's shoestring, used to keep the hellhounds at bay. He concluded that she had also made a deal with a demon and the demon killed her parents for her. Bela reveals that she used the Colt to bargain with the demon that holds her contract but it wasn't enough. The demon wanted her to kill Sam too. Dean then states that they could have helped her, if she had only been honest with them. She reveals that Lilith holds her contract and Dean's as well, and that Lilith is the one who wants Sam dead. When he asks her why she is telling him so much, she replies that she wants them to kill Lilith first. It ends with Dean hanging up on Bela as the clock strikes midnight. At the same moment hellhounds can be heard howling nearby.
Remember that thing in the paper yesterday?
Dean: "Stripper suffocates dude with thighs"?
The other thing.
Dean: Zombies do like the other other white meat. Huh. Speaking of, what do you care about zombies?
Right, so doctors, they had to do whatever they could to keep infections from spreading. One way was maggots.
Dean: Dude, I'm eating.
Sam: It actually kind of worked because maggots, they eat bad tissue, and they leave good tissue. And get this. When they found our guy, his body cavity was stuffed full of maggots.
Dude, I'm eating! Alright, let me get this straight. So, people are getting ganked, right?
Dean: No. What you're trying to do is chase Slicy McHackey here. And to kill him? No. You wanna buy him a freaking beer. You wanna study him.
Dean, do I look like I'm here to help you?
Dean: I'm gonna say no?
Then get the hell of my property.
I know ain't no peashooter gonna save you.
Dean: What makes you so sure?
Rufus: 'Cause that's the job, kid. Even if you manage to scrape out of this one, there's just gonna be something else down the road. Folks like us... there ain't no happy ending. We all got it coming.
Dean: Well, ain't you a bucket of sunshine?
I'm what you've got to look forward to if you survive. But you won't.
Yeah, so you're right where we are.
Rufus: Nope. You do her ear?
Rufus: You do her ear?
Hey, man, I'll try anything once, but I don't know. That sounds uncomfortable.
Hiya, Bela. Here's a fun fact you may not know. I felt your hand in my pocket, when you swiped that motel receipt.
Bela: You don't understand.
Oh, I'm pretty sure I understand perfectly. See, I noticed something interesting in your hotel room. Something tucked above the door. An herb. Devil's shoestring? There's only one use for that. Holding hellhounds at bay. So you know what I did, I went back and I took another look at your folks' obit. Turns out they died ten years ago today. You didn't kill them. A demon did your dirty work. You made a deal, didn't you, Bela. And it's come due.
Dean, listen, I need help.
Dean: Sweetheart, we are weeks past help.
Bela: I know I don't deserve it.
Dean: You know what, you're right, you don't. But you know what the bitch of the bunch is? If you would have just come to us sooner and asked for help we probably could have taken the Colt and saved you.
I know, and saved yourself. I know about your deal, Dean.
Lilith? Why should I believe you?
Bela: You shouldn't but it's the truth.
Dean: This can't help you, Bela, not now. Why you telling me this?
Bela: Because just maybe you can kill the bitch.
I'll see you in Hell.
Trivia & References
The episode title "Time Is on My Side" is the title of a song
originally written by Jerry Ragovoy and first performed by jazz trombonist Kai Winding and his Orchestra. The most widely-known version of this song is the cover by The Rolling Stones.
There is an actual "Doc Benton" legend, set in New Hampshire, on which this episode is obviously based. See Dr. Tom Benton
The dead body covered in bloody fingerprints, not the victim's.
Dean: Okay, great. My man Dave Caruso will be stoked to hear it.
- Dave Caruso plays Horatio Caine, the lead investigator on CSI:Miami. This role is later parodied in 5.08 Changing Channels.
Yeah, zombie with skills, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Zombie.
- This is a reference to the TV show Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.Jane Seymour, who played Dr. Quinn, also played Genevieve Teague, the mother of Jensen’s character Jason Teague on Smallville.
A little Antiques Roadshow surgery, some organ theft. But why is this all sounding familiar?
- Antiques Roadshow is a TV series where people bring their old treasures (or trash) to be appraised.
The patient's story is almost identical to the urban legend of "The Kidney Heist," where a young man meets a beautiful woman and she drugs his drink. He wakes the next morning to find himself in a bathtub full of ice with his kidneys surgically removed. See the story
Dean: Who's that? Like a Cleveland steamer?
- Cleveland Steamer refers to a sexual act involving excrement.
Oh, what is this? Sid and Nancy? No. It's just like Bobby's been saying. We kill the demon who owns the contract and this whole damn thing wipes clean. That's our best shot.
- Dean is referring to Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and girlfriend Nancy Spungen who had an intense drug-addicted relationship. Nancy was found murdered in Sid’s hotel room in 1978. Four months later Sid died of a heroin overdose.
One other thing. Take a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue.
Rufus: You know, I don't even bother drinking unless it's this stuff. Nectar of the gods, I'm telling you.
- A 750mL bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label whiskey currently sells for $160. For contrast, a 750mL bottle of Jack Daniel's whiskey currently sells for $20.
- This beverage is later referenced in 6.16 ...And Then There Were None.
Yeah, well, you can't exactly get those at a Kwik-E-Mart.
- The Kwik-E-Mart is a fictional convenience store that appears on The Simpsons.
stay in room 15 of the Erie Motel in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Sam's rental car is from Lariat Rentals (a name apparently cleared and used in The X-Files
is staying at the Hotel Canaan, room 39, in Canaan, Vermont.
Despite being set before Dean's deal is up on May 2nd, the receipt Bela steals from Dean is dated 6-11-2008.
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