7.15 Repo Man

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Title Repo Man
Episode # Season 7, Episode 15
First aired February 17, 2012
Directed by Thomas J. Wright
Written by Ben Edlund
On IMDB Repo Man
Outline Dean and Sam return to Idaho when it seems like a serial-killer demon they exorcised 4 years ago is back.
Monster Demon
Timeline Present day (2012), Spring 2008 (flashback)
Location(s) Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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Synopsis

Four Years Ago
In Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, wiccan Nora Havelock arrives at a farmhouse where a possessed man, Jeffrey, is tied up in a devil's trap. The demon tells Nora that he knows she helped Sam and Dean find him, but that she was too late to save his latest victim. Nora tells the demon he's going back to Hell and then leaves when the demon threatens her. Sam and Dean tell the demon he isn't the first one they've tracked on their quest to find Lilith, and that he's going to help them find her. Before they can start interrogating him, though, the demon gives Jeffrey control of his body. He tells Sam and Dean to stop the demon, but pleads for them to not hurt him. They explain that they need to torture the demon for information, and Jeffrey tells the boys to do whatever they have to do. The demon takes back control, and Sam and Dean torture him until he reveals that Lilith has a lieutenant named Merrick in New Orleans. Dean then exorcises the demon and drops Jeffrey off at a hospital, telling him to say that he was mugged and to not mention anything about demons.

Present Day
Sam and Dean arrive in Coeur d'Alene, and Dean gets a call from Frank Devereaux, who has no news about Dick Roman. While Dean is on the phone, Sam sees and hears Hallucifer, but doesn't acknowledge him. He presses the scar on his hand until Hallucifer disappears and then tells Dean that the descriptions of the recent ritual mutilation victims match the women who were killed by the demon they exorcised four years ago. Dean points out that the demon squealed on his superiors and would have had a hard time escaping Hell, but Sam insists that the case is unfinished business and that they need to take it. Although Dean would rather be hunting Leviathans, he agrees.

The boys hear about another murder on the police radio. At the crime scene, Detective Sutton remembers them from four years ago as Agents Bonham and Watts. Hallucifer reminds Sam of the detective's name, but Sam continues to ignore him, and Hallucifer sticks out his forked tongue. Detective Sutton says that the killer used the same tools as before, and then Sam finds sulfur in the victim's car. They decide to check on Nora.

At Nora's white magic store, there's a freshly painted devil's trap in the doorway. She shows Sam some handwritten banishment spells and then tells them that she's leaving town after she takes care of a few errands. She also asks if they've found Jeffrey yet, suggesting that the demon might return to its previous host.

In a group therapy room at a halfway house, a facilitator named Alan asks Jeffrey to share his big news with the group - it's the day Jeffrey picks up his new rescue dog. Alan reminds Jeffrey that he will have to show the house he can handle the responsibility of pet ownership. Later, after Jeffrey collects his dog from the shelter, he hears a noise coming from the alley and goes with his dog to investigate. Sam and Dean jump him with a flask of holy water and press Ruby's knife to his neck.

They realise Jeffrey isn't possessed and, back at the house, tell him they think the demon is back. Jeffrey seems upset and asks what the latest victim's name was. He says the demon would recite a list of its victims in his head, and that Marjorie Willis is next. Dean wonders why the demon would be organised and Jeffrey says it was the demon's job. Alan visits briefly to remind Jeffrey to have his guests sign in. Sam goes to watch librarian Marjorie while Dean stays with Jeffrey.

Jeffrey tells Dean about his struggles with alcohol and depression after the possession. He suddenly reveals that the demon had a nest.

In the library, a bored Hallucifer makes Sam see the other customers slamming their heads on the tables. Sam stops it with his scar. He follows a suspicious-looking man who turns out to be Marjorie's boyfriend.

At the nest, Dean's cellphone doesn't have signal. He and Jeffrey enter the building, where Dean finds a young man tied up. As Dean goes to release him, Jeffrey plunges a syringe into his neck.

Meanwhile, Hallucifer questions the tranquilizers in the victims' blood - a demon wouldn't need them. Sam can't get through to any of Dean's phones. When Hallucifer mentions the possibility of Dean being dead, Sam tells him to shut up. Hallucifer is pleased about being acknowledged.

In Jeffrey's room, Sam finds a cellphone scrambler and a Latin demon summoning. Hallucifer tells Sam to think about who wrote the spell and Sam recognises the handwriting as Nora's.

Sam enters Nora's store. She attacks him but he stops her. Hallucifer tells Sam to threaten her and he does. Nora sobs and says that Jeffrey has her son.

When Dean comes to, he is tied up. Jeffrey is preparing a ritual. He asks if Dean ever considered the possibility that he liked being possessed and goes on to say that he loved the connection and that the demon was the love of his life. He says that he would hear a sound coming from certain women's brains, and he would follow them. He created the list but he was too afraid to do anything - until the demon came along.

Nora tells Sam how Jeffrey came to her looking for a way to summon the demon. She refused to help but when he kidnapped her son, she sent him a spell. Because the demon was heavily guarded in Hell, the ritual failed and Jeffrey cut off Nora's son's ear and sent it to her. She then found a stronger summoning spell. Jeffrey gave her the job of sending the boys after him because the spell requires the blood of the exorcist who banished the demon: Dean. Sam tells her to use her son's ear in a tracking spell to find him and Dean.

Jeffrey cuts Dean's arm to get blood for the ritual. He tells Dean that he was suicidal after the dispossession, but the rehab program helped him get back on track. He then kills his dog off screen, places her heart and Dean's blood on the altar and reads the invocation. It appears the ritual has failed, but Nora's son breaks free from his chains - he is possessed.

The demon embraces and dances with Jeffrey, proud of his work. Jeffrey urges the demon to possess him, but the demon says he is done with him, that Jeffrey can do everything on his own now. Jeffrey says no and the demon knocks him to the ground. The demon explains to Dean that he is a talent scout - he finds people with evil in their hearts and helps them embrace it. He says Nora's son has little to work with and he'll "probably burn this meat off on my way to Vegas." Nora and Sam arrive. Dean escapes his ropes while Sam and the demon fight. Sam is flung across the room. When the demon walks towards Sam, he is trapped under a devil's trap on the ceiling. Jeffrey approaches with the knife and Dean shoots and kills him. Nora then exorcises the demon, saving her son.

At the motel, Dean goes to sleep. Sam is about to do the same when Hallucifer appears. Sam presses his scar but nothing happens. Hallucifer says that Sam's tricks won't work because he let him in earlier. As flames leap up on the bed around Sam, Hallucifer laughs.

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Quotes

Hallucifer: Oh well, that's every cell phone Dean's got. One of them should have picked up, right. Big brother's probably dead.

Sam: Shut up.

Hallucifer: He said "shut up" to me.
Dean: He was a psychopath, Sam. That's what they do all the time is act. Act like they're normal. Act like they're not balls to the wall crazy.
Hallucifer: That's what I'm talking about, Sam! Real interaction again, I miss that! The rapier wit - the wittier rape - come on, I'll be good, I'll even help you solve your little Nancy Drew mystery or whatever.
Sam: A demon summoning, why?
Hallucifer: Why? To summon a demon, jackass.
Jeffrey: I was a wreck, an emotional shell, a drunk. I was suicidal.
Dean: I don't usually endorse suicide, but, man, what stopped you?

Trivia & References

The title "Repo Man" refers to the 1984 movie Repo Man about a punk rocker who ends up working for a car repossession agency and getting entangled with a bunch of strange characters and a mystery involving a 1964 Chevy Malibu with dead aliens in its trunk.

Another reference is to the movie Repo Men, which is about collections agents who repossess people's organs in a future reality where people can buy organs, but at a very high price.

Lucifer refers to the woman Jeffrey says will be the next victim as "our demon's next organ donor."
Jeffrey's character may refer to Jeffrey Dahmer, who murdered 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. The fact that Jeffrey killed the dog may be a reference to the widely held belief that there is a correlation between animal abuse and serial killers - including the case of Jeffrey Dahmer.
Demon!Jeffrey: Well, if it isn't the wiccan bitch of the west.
This is a reference to Wicked the Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz.
Dean: Yeah, your, uh, scooping days are over, Gomer.
This is a reference to the novel The House of God by Samuel Shem. GOMER is an acronym for "Get Out of My Emergency Room".
The demon possessing Jeffrey temporarily gives Jeffrey control of his body. This happened once before - in 4.22 Lucifer Rising, the demon possessing Cindy McClellan gives Cindy control in an attempt to stop Sam from killing them. Ruby tells Sam the demon is faking it. Sam doesn't believe Ruby but, seeing no other option, kills the demon and Cindy anyway.
Dean: He's not gonna give up his Rolodex easy.
A Rolodex is a device used to store business contact information.
Demon!Jeffrey: Looking for Lilith in all the wrong places.
"Looking for love in all the wrong places" is a line from the song "Looking for Love" by country singer Johnny Lee. The line was previously mentioned by Jenkins in 1.15 The Benders.
The rescue dog adopted by Jeffrey, and the discussion of caring for her, may be a nod to Jared Padalecki's charity A Dog's Life Rescue.
Jeffrey apologizes to his dog for the Elizabethan collar, or "cone of shame" it must wear after surgery. This is a reference to the animated film Up, in which a group of dogs uses the "cone of shame" as a punishment.
Detective Sutton: Thought you guys might show up. It's the drummer boys - agents, uh, Bonham and Watts, right?
John Bonham was the drummer for Led Zeppelin. Dean previously used this alias in 1.11 Scarecrow and 5.05 Fallen Idol.
Charlie Watts is the drummer for The Rolling Stones.
When Lucifer pokes his tongue out at Sam it is forked, referencing the form of a snake Lucifer took when he tempted Adam and Eve in Genesis.
Nora tells Sam his phone number isn't working. This is because of the boys following Frank's advice in 7.06 Slash Fiction:
"And change your phones on a very frequent non-scheduled schedule, you understand?"
Hallucifer: I'll even help you solve your little Nancy Drew mystery or whatever.
Nancy Drew was a young female amateur detective in a long running series of novels created by Edward Stratemeyer in the 1930s. Stratemeyer also created the similar book series "The Hardy Boys," a nickname for the brothers used by Crowley.
The demon does a waltz literally cheek to cheek with Jeffrey. In 4.16 On the Head of a Pin, Alastair sang a phrase from Irving Berlin's "Cheek to Cheek" to Dean.
Demon: Keep sawing away at your ropes, Penelope Pitstop. We can dance standing up if you want.
Penelope Pitstop is a fictional character who appeared in the Hanna-Barbera animated series Wacky Races, and starred in the spin-off The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, voiced by Janet Waldo, 1969.
Hallucifer: Come on Sam, say it with me now... goooood morning Vietnam!
Lucifer references the signature sign on of DJ Adrian Cronauer in the film Good Morning, Vietnam. Cronauer's program was broadcast on the Armed Forces Radio Services during the Vietnam War. The opening salutation was an acknowledgment that the troops had woken up to another day of war.
The part of Jeffrey's ritual requiring the blood of the exorcist to bring back the demon is similar to a scene from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, where Peter Pettigrew (AKA Wormtail), who is one of Voldemort's supporters, uses Harry's blood as part of the ritual to bring back Voldemort. "B-blood of the enemy... forcibly taken... you will... resurrect your foe."

Minutiae

In the flashbacks to the original possession and exorcism of Jeffrey, Dean is once again wearing the amulet, his ring, bracelet and driving the Impala.
Lilith had a lieutenant named Merrick in New Orleans.
The number plate on the car Dean drives with Jeffrey is SD 4420E. SD can of course stand for Sam and Dean.
The director of this episode Thomas J. Wright was a producer/director of TV show Millennium(1996-1999), which was about serial killers and demons.
Dean's voice message says "Leave your name, number and nightmare after the tone." On his other phone he uses the alias Frank gave him, saying "This is Special Agent Smith, please leave your name, number and a detailed..." Sam hangs up before we can hear the rest.
Nora's website, wiccansweb.com, doesn't exist.

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