Directly following the events of 6.06 You Can't Handle the Truth, Sam wakes up tied to a chair. His face is still bloody from Dean's pummeling, and Castiel is there to examine him. What Castiel discovers is that Sam is no longer sleeping or feeling any emotions. After closer inspection, Castiel finds out that Sam's soul is missing and is likely still in Lucifer's Cage. Dean wants to keep him tied up, but Sam proves that he can't be held captive, and Dean agrees to stay with him and help him try to find his soul. They have no leads except one: Samuel Campbell was also resurrected a year ago. So Sam, Dean, and Castiel head to the Campbell Compound.
At the compound, Dean questions Samuel about his resurrection, but Samuel reiterates that he doesn't remember anything before waking up alive. Castiel tests Samuel to see if he still has a soul--he does--and Castiel leaves shortly after to get back to the angelic civil war. After he leaves, Sam and Dean learn that Samuel is preparing to attack the nest of the Alpha Vampire. Samuel seems reluctant to invite Sam and Dean along, but Dean convinces him to let them help. Still, Dean is suspicious of Samuel, and he tries to break into his office, but Christian waylays him and they trade insults and threats. Despite the altercation, Sam and Dean join the other hunters as they all head out to the Alpha Vampire's location at dawn. Samuel orders Dean and Gwen to stay back and "sweep any stragglers" they flush out, but after Gwen decapitates a stray vampire, Dean heads up to the house where shots are being fired. Bodies are strewn about and Dean recognizes a weathervane he saw in his vision from the Alpha vampire in 6.05 Live Free or Twihard. Dean goes around the back of the house and sees the hunters, including Sam and Samuel, loading the Alpha vampire (also from his vision) into the back of a van. He waits until he's alone with Sam to confront him about it, and learns that Samuel is taking the creatures he captures somewhere to be interrogated. Dean is furious with Sam for keeping this from him, and resolves to find out why Samuel is interrogating the Alpha vampire.
Sam helps Dean find out where Samuel is taking the creatures for interrogation by activating a GPS tracker in one of the his cell phones. They arrive to find Samuel torturing the Alpha vampire, but not getting anywhere. He leaves the room and Sam and Dean take the opportunity to question the Alpha themselves. The Alpha recognizes Dean. He also expresses an interest in Sam because of his soullessness. Eventually, he tells them that Samuel is trying to get information from him about Purgatory and where it is located, and that he's doing it on someone else's orders. Before they can learn more, Samuel, Christian, Gwen, and another hunter interrupt them and hold them at gun point. They're forced to disarm, but then the Alpha vampire escapes and they all join forces to try to kill him. In the fracas, Christian's neck is snapped and the Alpha tries to disable Sam so that he can take him with him--he thinks that a soulless person will make "the perfect animal." While he is choking Sam, Christian comes up behind him and injects him with dead man's blood. Christian's eyes are black, and several more demons show up and take the Alpha away with them, leaving just Dean, Sam, Samuel, Gwen, and Crowley.
Crowley, as the new King of Hell, had the power to resurrect Samuel and Sam, and he did so because he wanted their help. Crowley reveals that Christian has been possessed for a while and serving as his mole, and that Samuel has been working for him, gathering high-ranking creatures and trying to learn the location of Purgatory because Crowley is interested in "developing" it. He tells them that if Sam ever wants the return of his soul, he and Dean need to help Samuel continue to capture creatures for him. Currently, they don't see any other option but to help Crowley, but Sam and Dean are determined to get him back eventually.
Dean: What, you think there's a clinic out there for people who just pop out of hell wrong?
Somehow, when Sam was resurrected, it was without his soul.
Dean: So where is it?
Castiel: My guess is still in the cage with Michael and Lucifer.
Dean: So is he even still Sam?
Well, you pose an interesting philosophical question.
You're not gonna hold me, Dean. Not here. Not in a panic room. Not anywhere. You're stuck with the soulless guy, so you might as well work with me. Let's fix this.
Dean: I'm gonna be watching every move you make.
Fine. Sounds about right to me.
This Castiel? (to Castiel) You're scrawnier than I pictured.
Castiel: This is a vessel. My true form is approximately the size of your Chrysler Building.
Alright, alright, quit bragging.
Sam: Whatever dragged me out left a piece behind. Did you know?
Samuel: No, but I knew it was something. You're a hell of a hunter, Sam, but truth is, sometimes you scare me.
Dean: Well you better tear the attic up. Find something to help Sam.
Castiel: Of course. Your problems always come first. I'll be in touch.
So, Samuel didn't take the bait, so I went with Plan B.
Dean: We had a Plan B?
Sam: I fired up the GPS in one of his cell phones. We should be able to track him right to the Alpha.
Dean: The old man won't notice?
Trust me. He thinks Velcro is big news.
Alpha Vampire: [while Samuel is trying to torture him] Ouch. Stop. That hurts.
When your kind first huddled around a fire, I was the thing in the dark. Now you think you can hurt me? I have all night boys, you do not. Anyway, I'm happy to tell you whatever you want to know.
Why? Because soon, I'll be ankle deep in your blood sucking the marrow from your bones.
Sam: But if you're the first, who made you?
Alpha Vampire: Well, we all have our mothers. Even me.
Dean: OK, we split up, clear every room. If you get a shot, you take it. It's not going to kill him, but dude will move a little slower without any kneecaps, (looks at Samuel) and if we make it through this, you, me and Sam are having one hell of a family meeting.
Crowley: Location, location, location. I'm a developer. Purgatory is vast, underutilized, and hell adjacent, and I want it.
Crowley: I snap my fingers, Sam gets his soul back. Or, you can be you, and I shove Sam right back in the hole.
Dean: So what's so important that you're the King of Hell's cabana boy, huh? What did he offer you? Girls? Money? Hair?
Samuel: I got my reasons.
You boys are my family. So the way I see you got two choices: put a bullet in your grandfather or step aside.
Sam: (draws a gun on Samuel, but Dean holds him back) He sold us out.
Dean: I know, let it go.
(to Samuel) Get out of here.
Seems like we gotta play ball, at least for the moment.
Dean: Man, I have done some stupid things in my time, but punching a demon's clock?
Sam: Look, just until we find another way.
Dean: And then?
And then we track Crowley down and give that son of a bitch what's coming to him. You with me, Dean?
Trivia & References
The title of the episode refers to Family Matters
, a 1990s sitcom featuring the Winslow family and the nerdy Steve Urkel.
(to Christian): Hello, Newman.
This was a catchphrase of Jerry Seinfeld in the eponymous 90s sitcom
. Jerry used it whenever his neighbor and nemesis Newman appeared.
This is a vessel. My true form is approximately the size of your Chrysler Building.
The Chrysler Building
is an Art Deco skyscraper in New York City, located on the east side of Manhattan in the Turtle Bay area at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue. It is 319 metres (1,047 ft) tall.
And if you weren't RoboSam, you'd feel it, too.
A probable reference to the lead character from Robocop
Trust me. He thinks Velcro is big news.
was manufactured in the United States beginning in 1957, but it's integration into the textile industry took time. It wasn’t until NASA began using Velcro in its bulky space suits in the mid 1960s that the fasteners began to appear in consumer products – first in snow skiing clothing, and then in SCUBA and marine gear. Samuel Campbell originally died in 1973, so it's likely that he would have at least heard of Velcro before his death.
With all that dead blood firing through your veins, I'm not sure you've got enough juice to fire up that psychic Bat-Signal of yours, do you?
is a modified spotlight used by Gotham City Police to summon Batman.
I'm asking the questions here, Fright Night.
is a horror comedy movie in which a kid discovers his next door neighbor is a vampire.
Detail from storyboard for Family Matters
When we freaks die, where do we go? Not heaven, not hell. So?
Alpha Vampire: A little rusty on our Dante, boys?
Legoland is a chain of Lego-themed theme parks all over the world.
was an Italian poet whose most famous work is The Divine Comedy
, which chronicles Dante's travels through the afterlife. The second book of the Divine Comedy
is about Purgatory. Dante/the Divine Comedy were previously referenced in the episode title for 5.10 Abandon All Hope...
Well, if the old man's Kermit, who's hand's up his ass?
A reference to the famous Muppet
, but also a variation of the question of who's pulling the puppet's strings.
Putting Jaws in a fish bowl?
A reference to the killer great white shark in the movie Jaws
I think you've got the rest of these feebs convinced that you're John Wayne.
is a famous American actor.
Since when do you give a crap about vampires?
Crowley: Since... What's today, Friday? Since, let's see... Mind your business.
A reference to the fact Supernatural now airs on Fridays. Dean made a previous mention to the day of the week Supernatural aired in 5.15 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
Me, Charlie. You, angels.
A reference to the popular TV show and movie Charlie's Angels
According to an interview
with director Guy Bee
, Mark requested that he not be listed in the opening credits, to keep the Crowley
's appearance as a surprise.
Samuel says after his resurrection, he came to in Elton Ridge. In the Origins
series of the Supernatural comics, Mary
tells John Winchester
she wants to get married in Elton Ridge.
released a photo
of a panel from the storyboard, drawn as a reference before shooting.
According to Sera Gamble in Supernatural Magazine #23, not all the hunters in this episode were Campbells.
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