3.15 Time Is on My Side
|Title||Time Is on My Side|
|Episode #||Season 3, Episode 15|
|First aired||May 8, 2008|
|Directed by||Charles Beeson|
|Written by||Sera Gamble|
|On IMDB||Time Is on My Side|
|Outline||A doctor who has achieved immortality is harvesting organs from victims. Sam thinks immortality will get Dean out of his deal, so he insists they take the case.|
|Timeline||Early April, 2008|
|Location(s)|| Erie, Pennsylvania|
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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.
- Bobby's Hats
- Braided Rug
- The Colt
- Dean's Amulet
- Dean's Cell Phone
- Devil's Shoestring
- Get this
- John's Journal
- Sam's Bracelet
- Sam's Cell Phone
- The Simpsons
- Singer Salvage Yard
- Table of Death
Dean: "Stripper suffocates dude with thighs"?
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.
Dean: I'm gonna say no?
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?
Rufus: Nope. You do her ear?
Rufus: You do her ear?
Bela: You don't understand.
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.
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.
Trivia & References
Dean: Okay, great. My man Dave Caruso will be stoked to hear it.
- David Caruso played Horatio Caine, the lead investigator on CSI:Miami.
- The Walking Dead was a zombie-apocalypse comic book series which was later turned into a TV series of the same name. Lauren Cohan who plays Bela Talbot also went on to play Maggie Rhee in The Walking Dead TV series from 2011. Jeffrey Dean Morgan who played John Winchester also starred in TWD as Negan Smith.
- 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.
- Antiques Roadshow is a TV series where people bring their old treasures (or trash) to be appraised.
Dean: Who's that? Like a Cleveland steamer?
- Cleveland Steamer refers to a sexual act involving excrement.
- 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.
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.
- The Kwik-E-Mart is a fictional convenience store that appears on The Simpsons.
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- 3.15 Time Is on My Side (transcript)
- Time Is on My Side Script (Production Draft)
- Casting Sides for Demon
- Casting Sides for Victim
- 3.15 Time Is On My Side: We’re Trying to Do the Same Thing Here by bardicvoice (May 2008); archive link, spn-heavymeta
- Bond, Silvia. 2008. Supernatural Quest: "Time Is On My Side" Season 3, Episode 15. Pink Raygun, May 13; archive link