6.12 Like a Virgin
|Title||Like a Virgin|
|Episode #||Season 6, Episode 12|
|First aired||February 2, 2011|
|Directed by||Philip Sgriccia|
|Written by||Adam Glass|
|On IMDB||Like a Virgin|
|Outline||While Sam tries to find out what has been happening for the 18 months he doesn't remember, he and Dean investigate the abduction of young girls.|
|Timeline||Ten days after the events of 6.11 Appointment in Samarra|
|Location(s)|| Singer Salvage Yard, Sioux Falls, South Dakota|
San Francisco, California
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Although Sam has had his soul restored by Death, he remains unconscious. Castiel tells Dean he is unsure if Sam will recover because his soul is terribly damaged; however, Sam wakes up after Castiel leaves. Sam has no memories of the past year and a half, and Dean is reluctant to reveal anything because he is worried that any memories may destroy the wall Death created in Sam's mind to block out the experience of being in Lucifer's Cage. Bobby finds it hard to act as if nothing has happened, especially as only ten days ago Sam tried to kill him.
Keen to get back to hunting, Sam and Dean pursue a case in Portland, Oregon. A plane crashed and one of its occupants, Penny Dessertine, has disappeared. Her boyfriend Stan, the pilot of the small plane, was found 17 miles away and burned to a crisp. On the drive to Portland, Sam asks Dean why he didn't leave hunting, since he promised Sam that he would try to live a normal life after he was gone. Dean reluctantly shares that he lived with Lisa and Ben for a year, but just says that "it didn't work out." In Portland, Dean is obviously pleased to be working alongside Sam, who is back to being sensitive and empathetic with people, unlike "RoboSam." As they investigate the young women who have gone missing, Dean works out that they were all virgins. They then interview a woman who escaped from an attempted kidnapping, and she describes her attacker as a large bat. She shows Sam and Dean the deep claw marks on her back and tells them that she passed out. When she woke up, she was alone and her ring was gone. The creature apparently rejected her because she wasn't a virgin, but stole her gold promise ring.
Incredibly, all of their research points to dragons being involved. Bobby directs Dean to Dr. Visyak, an expert on medieval lore. She tells Dean that the only thing that can kill a dragon is a blade forged with dragons blood, and that she has one, the Sword of Bruncvik. The sword is bound to a stone, and Dr. Visyak tells Dean that, according to the lore, only a knight ready to slay a dragon can pull the sword from the stone. Dean, cocky and sure, climbs up and tries to extract the sword, but is unsuccessful. He eventually resorts to plastic explosives, which, though they free the sword from the stone, break the sword in half!
Meanwhile, Sam speaks to Bobby, and they deduce that the dragons may be living in sewers rather than caves. Sam can tell Bobby is behaving somewhat strangely with him, but doesn't know why. He calls on Castiel and tricks him into revealing that Sam has been out of Hell and without his soul for the last year and a half.
When Dean returns with the broken sword, he and Sam track down the dragon's lair in a sewer, finding first a pile of gold and then an ancient manuscript. Before they have a chance to examine the manuscript, they hear cries for help. They follow the voices until they find the missing women, who are being kept together in a cage. Before they can free them, two dragons appear. In the ensuing fight, Sam is able to kill one with the sword, but the other escapes.
Back at Bobby's, Sam reveals that he knows about the last year and a half, and he apologizes to Dean for the things he did without his soul. He also thanks Dean for trying to protect him, but he wants to learn about all the things he did without his soul so that he can try to make up for whatever wrongs he may have committed. Dean wants Sam to leave well enough alone because he doesn't want him to risk remembering his time in hell, but Sam refuses. Meanwhile, Bobby examines the manuscript that they stole from the dragon's lair. He later tells Dean and Sam that the manuscript is written in an ancient form of Latin and that its pages are made from human skin. As far as he can tell, it is a manual on how to access Purgatory and free "the mother of all things."
The escaped dragon meets up with another who has also captured a half dozen women. They take one of the women and use an incantation to open a door to Purgatory. They throw the woman in, and she rises from the fire, giving form to Mother.
- "Back in the Saddle" by Aerosmith
- (plays over "The Road So Far" montage)
- "A New Day Yesterday" by Jethro Tull
- (plays in the car as Sam and Dean drive to Portland)
Trivia & References
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- Interview with writer Adam Glass
- Episode title from SpoilerTV
- Character spoiler from the actor's Twitter
- Assorted scenery and props, tweeted by an actor: 1a 1b 1c 1d 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
- Set photos by Susan Gittins
- Set photos by gypsysunday
- Set descriptions 1 2 by @leticiaenglund
- Assorted including set photos, casting spoiler, and set reports at ontd_spnparty
- Assorted scenery, actors, and set people, tweeted by an actor: 1 2 3 4
- TV Guide scans spoiling 6.11, 6.12, and unspecified future eps (also, new ep title)
- Promo clip
- Still from the episode from publicist @heyjude012
- Spoiler from E! Online
- Episode stills from KSiteTV
- Synopsis from SpoilerTV
- Preview clip
- Spoilers from Zap2it
- Advance review from Winchester Family Business
- Advance review from BuddyTV
- Advance review from Zap2it
- Advance review from TV of the Absurd
- Advance review from the Examiner
- Spoilers near the end of Tuning In To Scifi #121
- Spoilers from E Online