9.02 Devil May Care

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Title Devil May Care
Episode # Season 9, Episode 2
First aired October 15, 2013
Directed by Guy Norman Bee
Written by Andrew Dabb
On IMDB Devil May Care
Outline Sam and Dean are investigating recent deaths when they hurry to rescue an old friend and come face to face with Abaddon.
Monster Abaddon
Demons
Timeline
Location(s) Lebanon, Kansas
Eugene, Oregon
San Diego, California
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Synopsis

A demon, Jason, drags a burnt body into an old church. Dean and Sam pull over and Dean brings his brother up to speed about Castiel. Sam worries that Castiel might not make it but Dean figures that their friend can handle it. They wonder what to do about the angels that are hunting them, and Sam wonders what happened to Crowley. Dean admits that he would have liked to but figured that the King of Hell might know a few useful things. He takes Sam over to the Impala and shows him Crowley, bound and gagged in the trunk.

At the church, we see demon smoke, hovering over the man. The man cuts his arm and lets it bleed on the body. The bath tub lights up and after a moment, Abaddon crawls out of the tub.

At the Men of Letters headquarters, Dean comes in and Kevin almost hits him with a crossbow bolt. He explains about how everything freaked out and the machines all went off as the place went into lock down. Dean tells him that the angels fell and then takes out his cell phone. Kevin confirms that the systems are back up as Sam hauls Crowley in. They take him to a cell and Dean immediately punches him. Sam tells him to give them the names of every demon on Earth and who they are possessing. Crowley isn't interested but Sam points out that he saw him break down and become human. The demon figures that they won't kill him and they won't seal off the Gates of Hell, and they can't torture him more than he would torture himself for kicks. The brothers shrug and walk out, locking the doors behind them.

Kevin demands to know why Crowley is there and why they're keeping him alive. The Winchesters explain that they can hunt down all of the demons, and figure that he'll break. After that, Kevin will have the honor of ganking Crowley. The brothers have Kevin check the archives for anything to reverse Metatron's spell.

Abaddon meets with a group of demons and demands to know what is going on in Hell. She says that they should be taking, not paying and making deals. Abaddon tells them that a true king fights and conquers, not sit around and read contracts. Now that Crowley is dead, Abaddon is taking over. She promises to give them new bodies and march into Hell and force everyone to bow to them. One demon is skeptical, pointing out that they all thought Abaddon is dead and they're not sure about Crowley being dead. She demands proof from Abaddon that Crowley is dead, and Abaddon grabs her, forces her demonic essence out of the body, and tells it to go to Hell and warn them that she's coming.

At the Bunker, Dean calls a hunter, Irv Franklin, and tells him what's going on. Irv says that he's on it and signs off. Three sailors get onto a bus where Jason and two other demons are aboard. The demons take over the sailors, and Abaddon, posing as the bus driver, smiles in satisfaction.

A woman, Tracy Bell, has pulled over and is working on the engine of her car when a man pulls up and offers to help. He offers her a lift and she gets into his van, unaware that he has fangs. A few minutes later, they pull over and the woman, a hunter, kills the vampire. However, the demon sailors are waiting and capture her.

The Winchesters get word when the bus turns up empty and drive to the scene. They pose as FBI agents and try to get the MP on duty, Sgt. Miranda Bates, to let them through. When she refuses, they call Kevin and tell him to pretend to be their FBI superior. She soon realizes that he's bluffing, but Kevin checks her background on the Internet, finds her risqué photos from vacation, and tells her to do whatever Sam and Dean say. The sergeant quickly walks off and Kevin tells Dean that he hacked the military computers. The brothers board the bus and confirm that all of the bodies have fatal wounds and are at least ten years old. Sgt. Bates provides them with security footage showing the three sailors walking off along with Abaddon, and they recognize the Knight of Hell.

That night, the three demon-sailors beat another hunter, Pete, and demand to know where they can find the Winchesters. When he refuses to give them up, Abaddon puts a noose around his neck and lifts him up off the ground, choking him.

Kevin gets a call and Abaddon wonders who he is. She says that she got Dean's number and tells him to inform the Winchesters that she has two things that they want. Once she gives Kevin the coordinates, she hangs up. Kevin calls the Winchesters with the information and they put him to work trying to find a way to kill a Knight of Hell. Sam warns that it's a trap and Dean agrees, and figures that they'll walk in guns blazing.

Crowley sits in the darkness and remembers breaking after the injections. The lights come on and Crowley realizes that it's Kevin. The demon calls to him, saying that he always runs, and says that he's weak. After a moment, Kevin comes in.

The Winchesters follow the coordinates to a contaminated city block and find Irv and Tracy. Irv tells them that Abaddon has been trying to find the brothers by torturing hunters for the information. The Winchesters dose them with holy water to make sure that they're legitimate, and Irv introduces Tracy.

Kevin asks Crowley how to kill a Knight of Hell, and the demon offers to kill her if Kevin releases him. The prophet refuses to bargain, but Crowley figures that he's there for revenge for killing Kevin's mother. Crowley points out that Kevin never saw the body and she could still be alive, and Kevin punches him. When Crowley dares him to do better, Kevin glances over at a shelf of torture implements and the demon tells Kevin to let it all out.

The four hunters set up in a local diner and check their weapons. The demon-sailors walk down the street, carrying assault rifles, and Dean calls to them. When the demon-sailors burst into the diner, they realize that Dean has left a cell phone with a recording. Meanwhile, the hunters prepare to split up. Sam prepares to go with Tracy, but she shoves him back, saying that a demon celebrated by killing her parents because Sam let Lucifer out of his cage. Dean takes Tracy and Sam goes with Irv as they split up to flank their opponents.

Once Kevin takes a break from beating Crowley, Crowley offers to return his mother. He assures the prophet that he wanted to keep her alive to suffer, and points out that the Winchesters are only keeping Kevin there to help them. Crowley notes that the Winchesters will toss Kevin aside once they're done with him, and that there's always another prophet if Kevin dies. Crowley suggests that they both escape and win for once, and Kevin considers his offer.

Dean and Tracy move into position to pick off the sailors. As they wait, Dean tells Tracy that Sam thought he was doing right, and they need to focus on killing demons, not each other. Meanwhile, Dean and Irv come in from the other side. Irv asks for the angel blade and says that he'll go in on his own while the others escape. He admits that he screwed up and let Abaddon capture him, and he gave up the name of the other hunters.

Before Sam can say anything one of the sailors takes out Irv using a sniper rifle. Sam returns cover fire and runs back into the diner, only to find another sailor waiting for him.

Abaddon ambushes Dean and stands there, laughing, as Tracy shoots her. The Knight of Hell reveals that she's wearing a bulletproof vest, but Dean throws holy water in her face, distracting her momentarily. Dean gives Tracy the keys to the Impala and tells her to get every weapon she can, and then turns to face Abaddon as the demon recovers. Dean draws an angel blade but Abaddon easily disarms him and drives him to the ground.

The sailor and another one attack Sam, and the third one arrives. They soon subdue him.

Abaddon compliments Dean on being so obedient and demands to know where she can find Crowley. She promises to kill Dean cleanly if he gives up the demon's location, or peel off the anti-demon tattoo and possess him if he doesn't.

As the sailors beat Sam to the ground, Ezekiel takes over. The diner explodes in light and Abaddon realizes that an angel is responsible. She tosses Dean into a nearby storefront and leaves. Dean goes inside and Ezekiel tells him that they were going to kill Sam. The angel insists that he was protecting Sam and Dean admits that he's still getting used to things. Ezekiel says that Sam won't remember anything and hand Dean the demon-killing knife. The angel realizes that Dean is still bothered and he says that it's on him because he convinced Sam not to seal Hell. Ezekiel tells him that he knows all of Sam's thoughts and he knows that Dean did it out of love. Dean warns Ezekiel that he's trusting him and all he can do is hope that he's one of the good guys, and Ezekiel says that he is. All the angel can say is that Dean is doing the right thing.

Later, Dean packs up their gear as Sam wakes up. Sam is surprised that Dean killed three demons on his own but Dean dismisses it as luck. Sam buys it and they go out as Tracy pulls up in the Impala. After they drop her off, they grab some takeout and go to the Letters HQ. There's no sign of Kevin and they go to Crowley's cell. Crowley is still there and gives them two demon names. When they wonder why, Crowley explains that it's payment for the enjoyment that Kevin is giving him.

Dean checks on Kevin and discovers that he's leaving. Kevin says that he's going to find his mother, even though Dean warns that even if she's alive, she's dead in every way that matters. Dean tells Kevin that the demons and angels all want to get their hands on a prophet, and the Letters HQ is the safest place for him to be. Kevin wonders if they want him there because he's useful, and Dean tells him that he's family. As Kevin starts to cry, Dean says that they'd both gladly die for him, because they're all that they have.

Sam is checking on the demon names when Dean comes in and tells him that Kevin is resting but will bounce back. When Dean notices that Sam is looking distracted, Sam admits that what Tracy said about him was right. Dean offers Sam a drink and assures him that he's helped a lot more people than he's hurt. They share a toast to the present and forgetting the past, and Sam says that he's feeling better than he has in a long time because he has friends and family. He's happy with his life for the first time in forever. Dean sits back, still worried that Ezekiel isn't all that he's claimed.

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Music

  • "Rockin' Down the Highway" by The Doobie Brothers
(plays when Tracy kills the vampire)

Quotes

Kevin: It's been a bad couple of days, I haven't slept, I haven't eaten... I’m pretty backed up.
Dean: Okay, overshare.
Dean: Check the net for anything angel-y.

Sam: Or demon-y.

Dean: Or monster-y or ghost-y. It’s going to be a busy year.
Crowley: Torture? Brilliant. Can't wait to see Sam in stilettos and a leather bustier really putting the S.A.M. into S & M.
Dean: So this whole place is poison? [covers crotch]

Sam: That’s not going to help

Dean: It doesn't hurt.
Dean: For the record? Sam's not the only guy who thought he was doing right and watched it all go to crap. That's part of being-

Tracey: Being a hunter.

Dean: Being human. Look, you wanna be pissed off at Sam, that's fine, I get it. But if you wanna go after somebody, you make sure that they got black eyes. Gotta know who the real monsters are in this world, kid.
Abaddon: I so appreciate you boys coming when I call. That's what I like most about you Winchesters. Obedient... and suicidally stupid. I like that, too.
Dean: We going to fight or make out, 'cause I'm getting some real mixed signals here.
Abaddon: You know, I've loved this body since the moment I first saw it. You're the prefect vessel Dean. You give a girl all sorts of nasty ideas. So go ahead and play hard to get, and I'll peel off this 'no demons allowed' tattoo and blow smoke up your ass.
Ezekiel: You are troubled still.

Dean: Yeah, it’s just, this is all me. I was the one who talked Sam out of boarding up Hell. So every demon deal, every kill they make, you’re looking at the person who let it happen.
Ezekiel: You were protecting your brother. I am in Sam’s head. Everything he knows, I know. And I know that what you did you did out of love.
Dean: Yeah, well, Zeke — I’m going to call you Zeke — I’m not with the whole love and love….
Ezekiel: That’s why I said yes.
Dean: If that goes sideways that’s on me too.
Ezekiel: That’s not going to happen.
Dean: This is nuts. You’re Sam but you’re not Sam. He’s the one I’m used to talking to about all this stuff. I’m trusting you Zeke. I just gotta hope that you’re one of the good guys.

Ezekiel: I am. But I suppose that is what a bad guy would say. Dean Winchester, you are doing the right thing.
Dean: And even with Crowley here, this is the safest place there is. And we need you man.

Kevin: Because I'm useful.

Dean: Because you're family. After all the crap that we've been through, after all the good that we've done... Man if you don't think that we would die for you, I don't know what to tell you. Because you, me, Sam and Cas - we are all we've got.
Sam: I’m happy with my life for the first time in forever. I am. I really am. Things are good.

Trivia & References

The term "devil-may-care" is used to describe someone with a careless or reckless attitude, the phrase is a shortened form of "the devil may care, but I do not." The phrase's origin dates all the way back to around 1785–95. It is also the title of a 2008 James Bond novel.
[Kevin fires an arrow]

Dean: The hell?
Kevin: Dean, you're alive.
Dean: Yeah, because you're a crappy shot... Katniss.

Katniss is a reference to the character Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games book and film series, for which the character is known for her archery skills.
Dean: Cas is a big boy, if things go Breaking Bad, he's got our number.
To "break bad" is to do things on the edge of the law. The term became popular and is now synonymous with the TV show Breaking Bad about a high school teacher who builds a drug empire.
Dean refers to Crowley as a "limey" which is slang for an English person.
Dean: And then I thought to myself 'What Would Sam Do?'
This is a twist on the phrase "What Would Jesus Do?" a popular motto amongst American Evangelical Christians.
Dean: Well I figured the King of Hell might know a few things, so why not Zero Dark Thirty his ass?
The 2012 movie Zero Dark Thirty depicts the hunt by the U.S. for Osama bin Laden and depicts people being tortured for information.
Irv: Hell, weird's what we do. I remember this case up in Saskatoon, we had this case of...

Dean: Werewolf Siamese twins!
Irv: He told you about that?
Dean: Every time he drank Labatts.

Saskatoon is a city in Saskatchewan, Canada and Labatts is a Canadian beer.
Dean: So if you run into any problems, give a call, okay? The more hunter that know, the better.

Irv: Roger-Dodger.

Roger Dodger is a phrase that originated in the U.S. military during World War II. The phrase was a punch line to a story about a pilot or soldier that added his own flair to radio phraseology.
Dean: The stink, the freak thunderstorms and every cow dead within a three miles? I'll take demons for a thousand, Alex.
This is a reference to Alex Trebek host of the game show Jeopardy, where contestants can choose clues from different categories.
Dean refers to himself and Sam as "Agents Stark and Banner," a reference to the Marvel Comics characters Tony Stark aka Iron Man and Bruce Banner aka the Incredible Hulk. The scene was filmed just after the cast returned from Comic Con 2013 and the aliases were used as a tribute.
Kevin uses the alias "Kevin Solo" - a reference to Han Solo from Star Wars.
Dean: Burgers and Silkwood showers on me.
Silkwood showers are long hot showers done to decontaminate oneself. The movie Silkwood was about the suspicious death of a whistleblower - Karen Silkwood - in the nuclear energy industry. The movie shows how when a radiation contamination is suspected, workers are subjected to high pressure shower.
Crowley: This arrangement. Quid Pro Quo.
A reference to Silence of the Lambs, and the deal Hannibal Lecter offers Clarice from his jail cell. "If I help you, Clarice, it will be "turns" with us too. Quid pro quo. I tell you things, you tell me things." Quid pro quo directly translates to "something for something."

Minutiae

A number of the cast and crew live-tweeted during the West Coast screening. Read them here.
At the beginning of the episode Kevin mentions being "backed up" and at the end of the episode Dean returns with a large bottle of prune juice along with a bucket of chicken.
The vampires's van has a "If the van's a rockin', don't bother knockin'" bumper sticker.
Paula Shaw who played a crossroads demon played Jason Voorhees' mother; Pamela Sue Voorhees in Freddy v.s. Jason
Carmen Moore, who plays Sgt. Miranda Bates, previously played a doctor in 5.20 The Devil You Know.
Sgt. Bates' actual rank on her uniform is that of a Private First Class. Her long braid would also be against military regulations, where women's hair must be put up above the collar. The vessels on the bus taken by the demons are wearing Navy uniforms. It's highly unlikely that Navy SEALs (as implied by Dean's later quote) would be riding a bus in public in uniform. That being the case, any other Navy personnel in those uniforms would most likely be some sort of ship crewmen, and not very qualified to fight hunters.
The coordinates Abaddon gives Kevin are 44.053051, -123.12786 and point to an industrial estate in Eugene, Oregon.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts

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