8.13 Everybody Hates Hitler
|Title||Everybody Hates Hitler|
|Episode #||Season 8, Episode 13|
|First aired||February 6, 2013|
|Directed by||Philip Sgriccia|
|Written by||Ben Edlund|
|On IMDB||Everybody Hates Hitler|
|Outline||Side by side with a golem and the grandson of a rabbi, Sam and Dean try to stop the mysterious Thule Society who seem to have found a way to live forever.|
|Location(s)|| Vitsyebsk, Belarus (1944)|
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Vitsyebsk, Belarus - 1944
Nazi Commandant Eckhart is performing a blood magic ritual when he is interrupted by a golem, who possesses superhuman strength and appears to be immune to fire, poison, weapons, and all physical attacks. Before the Golem enters the ritual room however, Eckhart vanishes along with a red ledger.
Sam and Dean drive to an old building in Lebanon, Kansas, as per Larry Ganem's coordinates, and using Henry Winchester's key, they discover that it is the Men of Letters secret Bunker. Though the Bunker has not been not been in use for 65 or 70 years, they have access to power, hot water, and the internet, and Sam happily settles into the library while Dean enjoys more domestic comforts.
Meanwhile in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Rabbi Bass visits the library while trying to evade his stalker, Torvald, and in his research discovers the long-lost red ledger. Later that night, Bass visits a campus pub and leaves a phone message with his grandson about the ledger. Having relayed the message, he faces Torvald through the window, and is burned alive by magic.
Two weeks later, Sam comes across a file about the Judah Initiative, who were affiliated with the Men of Letters during World War II, and discovers Rabbi Bass' obituary while looking for any surviving members. Sam visits the Wilkes-Barre library to investigate, while Dean interviews eyewitnesses from the pub, where he meets Aaron Bass.
Sam leaves the library, having uncovered only a book on bird-watching, and while phoning Dean he quickly realizes he's being followed. Dean agrees to meet him in a remote location, where he manages to sneak up on the Golem. A fight ensues, wherein Dean is launched across the parking lot and Sam fails to injure the Golem, but before long Aaron emerges, ordering the Golem to stand down.
Aaron takes the Winchesters to his house, where he admits to his inheriting the Golem from his grandfather Rabbi Isaac Bass and being the last surviving member of the Judah Initiative. Aaron admits that he's unable to control the Golem, since he unwittingly used the instructions as rolling papers for a joint. During the war, the Initiative had been fighting a group of Nazi necromancers called the Thule Society, who killed Isaac Bass in order to lay hands on the red ledger. Aaron relays his grandfather's phone message, a seemingly random series of letters and numbers that Sam rightly recognizes as the call number for the bird-watching book he'd seen earlier.
Breaking into the library, Sam goes to find the ledger, but the moment he takes it he is struck by a poisoned dart. Torvald steps out to demand the ledger, but Sam gets away and collapses on the staircase as black magic spreads through his circulatory system. The Golem kills Torvald in order to break the spell, and the Winchesters burn his body.
The red ledger turns out to be a log of all the experiments the Thule Society performed on civilians during the war, including the art of reanimation, during which the Golem had been created to avenge the Jews. Included is a list of every Thule member who was ever reanimated and now walks as undead, which can only be reversed with a headshot and burning the corpse within twelve hours.
Commandant Eckhart arrives to investigate Torvald's death, and finding evidence of the Golem in the library he tracks down Aaron's house. Henchmen subdue Sam and Dean, while Eckhart forces the Golem into submission by taking a scroll from his mouth. Eckart tells Aaron that, to control the Golem, one must write their name on the scroll.
Eckhart briefly regains the red ledger, bragging about having invented the Nazi necromancy experiments, but soon another fight erupts, and all the necromancers are killed save for one henchman who escapes. Aaron accepts responsibility for the Golem and his legacy within the Judah Initiative. Back at the bunker, Sam appears very comfortable in his role as a Man of Letters, of which Dean approves.
- The Bunker
- Judah Initiative
- Key to the Bunker
- Men of Letters
- Thule Society
- "Love High" by Dude Royal
- (plays in the bar while Rabbi Bass is there)
- "Get Thee Behind Me Satan" by Ella Fitzgerald
- (plays when Sam and Dean are first in the bunker)
- "Sunny Side of the Street" by Frankie Laine
- (plays over the end scene of Sam and Dean in the bunker)
Trivia & References
Set of the Nazi house. Scenes here filmed the same night as the People's Choice Awards 2013.
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- Plot outline by EOnline
- Episode title
- Plot spoilers
- Promo pics from ksitetv
- Promo clip
- Sneak Peek
- Producer's Preview - Jeremy Carver introduces the episode
- CHCH promo
- Ben Edlund talks about the episode and what the new mythology means for Sam and Dean:
- Winchester Radio podcast for this episode and 8.12