Bobby tells Sam and Dean about the numerous reports of monster activity that he's been getting from other hunters. All of the monsters seem to be springing up along I-80 leading to Sandusky, Ohio, where Rick, a trucker for Starlight Cannery, recently murdered his whole family with a hammer. Bobby, Sam, and Dean go to question the man, but he has no memory of the event. His last memory is of a young woman asking him for a ride at a gas station. At the police station, they watch the footage from the gas station's security camera, and they see the young woman. Static runs across the screen, obscuring most of her face, but what they can see looks like a monster, and Bobby speculates that they're dealing with the "Mother of All."
While they are at the police station, a call comes in that a man has gone postal at the Starlight Cannery, and Bobby goes along with the responders while Sam and Dean stay behind. At the cannery, Bobby meets Rufus, who is on the same case, and learns that a worker came to the cannery with a hunting rifle and killed six others before being shot by police. Rufus partners up with him and they go to the morgue, where they examine the man's body. They find black ooze in one of his ears, but it isn't ectoplasm, and they're stumped as to the cause.
They decide to investigate the cannery, and all four men break in at night. There, they encounter Samuel and Gwen Campbell, who are on the same case. Dean wants to kill Samuel, as he promised he would in 6.10 Caged Heat, but Sam persuades him that Samuel might be useful in the hunt. Dean leaves, angry, and Samuel reveals to the others that the case they're on involves the Mother of All, also known as Eve, and that she is the creator of all the monsters they hunt. As they talk, Bobby mentions Samuel's betrayal of Sam and Dean, and Gwen is shocked and leaves to talk to Dean. She tells Dean that she didn't know about Samuel betraying Sam and Dean to Crowley, and Dean shoots her. The others rush into the room and find Gwen dying. They assume that Dean has been infected like the other two men who went postal, and they search for him. When they find Dean, he tells them that something worm-like crawled out of his ear. They dub the creature "the Khan Worm," and together the hunters try and work out a way to find and kill it.
Bobby has them give up their guns and locks them in a locker. When Samuel leaves the room, Sam and Dean follow and confront him about what happened with Crowley, but Samuel is not apologetic. He then pulls an extra gun he had hidden and tries to shoot them, as he is infected with the worm. They stop him and he escapes. Eventually, Sam finds and confronts him alone. Samuel says he will tell Sam about the things he did without a soul, but he advances on Sam and Sam is forced to shoot him. When the others find them, they are uncertain whether the worm was in Samuel or if it is in Sam, so they tie Sam up and resolve to cut open Samuel's head and check for the Khan Worm.
Sam and Dean leave the room and, as Rufus and Bobby prepare to cut open Samuel's skull, they discuss an unfortunate hunt they were on together in Omaha. It can be inferred that Bobby messed up on the hunt and caused the death of someone that Rufus cared for, and Rufus says that he will never forgive Bobby for what happened. When they begin cutting into Samuel's skull, the Khan Worm animates Samuel's dead body and attacks them. During the struggle, Samuel is electrocuted and the worm leaves his body and infects Bobby, who then stabs and kills Rufus while he is possessed.
Sam and Dean overpower Bobby and tie him up. They electrocute him as they question the Khan Worm inside him, and they learn that the worm is a new creation that Eve cooked up to lead them to Sandusky. She has a message for them that the worm relates: "She's pissed, she's here, and it's going to be nothing but pain for you from here on in." Sam and Dean tape over Bobby's ears and electrocute him until the worm slithers out of his ear and dies.
After the creature is killed, Bobby, Sam, and Dean bury Rufus. As cremation is not undertaken in the Jewish tradition, Rufus is buried, in what is obviously a Jewish cemetery, rather than given a hunter's funeral pyre. Bobby pours some of Rufus' favourite drink—Johnny Walker Blue Label—on the grave before taking a drink himself.
You do know that Jesus was just a man.
Rick: Sure, but he was also the son of God, sent here because he loves us.
Eve: God doesn't care about you.
Rick: Sure he does.
Your father made you and then abandoned you, so you pray. You see signs where there's nothing. But truth is, your Apocalypse came and went, and you didn't even notice. A mother would never abandon her children like he did. You'll see.
I've never seen that in my life. All those vamps and ghouls out on I-80 -- maybe they're coming in for Mother's Day.
Dean: Um... okay, well, if that is big mama -- whatever she is, we got zero on ganking her. So what are we gonna do if we run into her? Throw salt and hope?
No, we're gonna turn tail and run, because we're in over our heads.
So... you're Samuel.
Samuel: You must be the guy pretending to be their father.
Well, somebody ought to.
I'm not in the mood. I just had a 12-inch... herpe crawl out of my ear.
You heard me. I just woke up on the ground, just in time to see this -- this... worm thing sliding out of my freaking ear and into that vent. So you tell me what the hell's going on!
What do you mean, check my ear? Check my ear for what? Hey! What? Why don't you buy me a drink first?
Rufus: Second date. Oh, yeah, we're goo positive.
What does that mean? What does that mean?
Well, we sit on our thumbs, or we go in guns blazing.
Rufus: Like Omaha?
You know what? Screw you for bringing up Omaha. That's just low.
I don't know. I mean, I barely remember him, and what I do remember -- it's not good. And what he did to us... But...
Dean: There's a 'but'?
Sam: I mean, I just can't help but think... what would Mom say?
You know what I think Mom would say? She'd say just 'cause you're blood doesn't make you family. You got to earn that.
Yeah, s-shut up a minute. I'm trying to say something. It was my fault -- Omaha.
Rufus: No. No, it wasn't.
Bobby: No, I should -- I should have listened to you.
Rufus: Well, hey, that's categorical, Bobby.
Bobby: I -- l-let me just get this out.
Rufus: Bobby, we've had this conversation already, okay?
Bobby: No, we haven't. I never said I'm sorry, Rufus. I -- you lost her because of me, and I-
Bobby, I said we've had this conversation already. And you could blabber all day... and it wouldn't change a thing, Bobby. I will never forgive you for what happened. You got that? Never. So change the subject, Bob.
Bobby: Well, he didn't exactly keep kosher. He always used to pull the old 'can't work on the Sabbath' card whenever we had to bury a body. You know, I-I was just a job. I was Joe mechanic. Then my wife got possessed... went nuts on me. I stabbed her, and that didn't stop her. Next thing I knew, this guy comes busting in, soaks her with holy water, and sends that demon straight to Hell so fast. I'd have gone away for killing her. But... Rufus cleaned up everything. Taught me a thing or two about... what's really out there. Pretty soon, we were riding together. Worked like that for years, kind of like you two knuckleheads.
It was Omaha. It was my fault. And he never let it go.
Dean: Well, he should have.
Bobby: You don't know what I did, Dean.
Dean: Doesn't matter.
Bobby: What do you mean, it doesn't-
I mean at the end of the day, you two are family. Life's short, and ours are shorter than most. We're gonna spend it wringing our hands? Something's gonna get us eventually, and when my guts get ripped out, just so you two know, we're good. Blanket apology for all the crap that anybody's done all the way around.
Trivia & References
The episode title “And Then There Were None” is a reference to a 1939 Agatha Christie
crime novel in which ten people are lured to a remote island and then stranded. Each person was involved in the deaths of other people, though they were never found out, and found guilty by whoever orchestrated their arrival on the island. Although there appears to be no one else on the island, each of them dies by a method described in the Ten Little Indians
nursery rhyme until they are all dead. The TV show Harper's Island
was also in part modeled after the story as well. Harper's Island
starred at least 32 actors that have also been on Supernatural
, including Jim Beaver
and Katie Cassidy
Looks to me like it's a Sherman March monster mash.
- Sherman's March to the Sea is the name commonly given to the Savannah Campaign conducted by Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman of the Union Army in the American Civil War. The campaign began with Sherman's troops leaving the captured city of Atlanta, Georgia, on November 15, 1864, and ended with the capture of the port of Savannah on December 21. It inflicted significant damage. There have been two documentaries about the march, in 1986 and 2007.
- "Monster Mash" is a 1962 novelty song and the best-known song by Bobby "Boris" Pickett. The song is narrated by a mad scientist whose monster, late one evening, rises from a slab to perform a new dance. The dance becomes "the hit of the land" when the scientist throws a party for other monsters.
What in the high holy are you doing here, Rufus?
Rufus: Same as you --tracking 31 flavours of crazy, which led us both smack into the middle of this.
- The Baskin Robbins chain of ice cream shops is known for its "31 flavors" slogan.
It's like a Khan worm on steroids.
- The Khan worm is reminiscent of the Ceti eel from the Star Trek movie The Wrath of Khan, which, after entering through the ear, wrapped itself around a person's brain stem making them susceptible to suggestion and eventually causing madness. It was referenced also in the reboot Star Trek movie in the form of the Centaurian slug, which also entered through the ear canal, though it made people speak the truth.
Just because you're Dr. Jekyll at the moment doesn't mean you can get all high and mighty. Don't forget, we spent a year together.
- Dr. Jekyll is the main character in the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and the normal personality to the homicidal Mr. Hyde.
This thing's playing three-card monte with us.
- Three-card monte is a short con, where the "mark" (victim) is tricked into betting money on a card (usually the queen of hearts), which he/she has to pick out of three face-down cards. It is a confidence trick, where the mark is the only outsider without actually knowing it.
The use of electricity to detect the presence of the Khan worm
may be a reference to the 1982 John Carpenter film The Thing
, which is an adaptation of the novella Who Goes There?
by John W. Campbell, Jr. In the 1982 film, scientists in a remote outpost turn on each other when a hostile alien being perfectly assimilates members of the crew. To determine which of them is alien, they test each members blood sample with a hot wire for a reaction from the entity, similar to the Khan worm and electricity.
As cremation is not undertaken in the Jewish tradition, Rufus is buried, in what is obviously a Jewish cemetery, rather than given a hunter's funeral pyre
. Bobby pours some of Rufus' favorite drink—Johnny Walker Blue Label—on the grave.
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