|Episode #||Season 14, Episode 10|
|First aired||January 17, 2019|
|Directed by||Amanda Tapping|
|Written by||Steve Yockey|
|Outline||Sam and Castiel travel into Dean's mind to help him regain control while they have Michael captured. Meanwhile, Jack and the hunters from Apocalypse World contend with Michael's monster army descending on the Bunker.|
|Timeline||December 25, 2018|
|Location(s)|| Rocky's Bar|
Kansas City, Missouri
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Rocky's Bar is the ultimate dive, complete with pool table, jukebox, and passed-out customer. The peaceful tableau is broken when Pamela Barnes batters her way through the door and out of the storm raging outside. She exclaims that she managed to get the limes for the house special before handing them over to the bar owner -- Dean -- who proceeds to make them the house special of a shot of tequila and a beer, and explains that Sam and Cas are away dealing with a ghoul in Wichita but should be back that night. Their drinks are disturbed as a lawyer enters and offers to buy the bar for what is evidently not the first time. Dean refuses, again, as he's "never had anything so nice" as Rocky's. Later, in the office, Pamela asks Dean why he continues to refuse the lawyer and he tells her the bar is his "dream."
Dean is in the stockroom when Pamela calls for help as trouble is coming. A vampire enters the bar and announces that he is seeking revenge for the Winchesters destroying his entire nest. Suddenly the drunken guy at the bar wakes up and is also a vampire. Both vampires are swiftly dispatched and Pamela is left wiping blood off of Dean's face.
Meanwhile, at Hitomi Plaza, Michael is back in control of Dean and is once again dressed in his favorite suit. Using his angelic powers, he causes Sam, Castiel, and Jack to collapse in pain while he monologues on how he watched everything from the door he left "open" in Dean's mind. Castiel takes advantage of Michael's arrogant showing off to distract him so Sam can throw a holy oil Molotov cocktail at him. The fire allows Cas to bind Michael with the improved angel cuffs. Although trapped, Michael remains cocky and mocks the Winchesters over the attacks going on in the city -– which Maggie confirms over the phone is about turning others, not killing them -- while monsters try to break into the Penthouse. Seeing no alternative, Sam shouts for the reaper Jessica for assistance. Another reaper named Violet appears instead and explains that the reapers now work shifts because the Winchesters cause so much trouble. At first Violet refuses to help but then seems to get silent orders from someone before they are all to transported to the Bunker.
Leaving Michael chained to a pillar in the map room, Sam takes Cas and Jack aside and explains that their only hope is to somehow enter the dream world that Michael has trapped Dean in, much like Crowley did to save Sam from Gadreel.
Maggie calls and Sam informs her that they are back at the Bunker but asks that the Apocalypse World hunters check that Garth is still okay in the trunk of the Impala. However, Maggie replies that the monsters have ceased their assault on Kansas City and are now heading west. Michael goads them about the fact the monsters are coming to the Bunker and that one way or another, everyone will die and the last thing Sam will see is Dean's "pretty smile" as Michael rips him apart.
In the library, Sam and Cas are setting up the Men of Letters apparatus, hoping that it will allow them to enter Dean's mind and wake him from his dream.
Back in Dean's mind, the scenes and conversations from Rocky's continue their never-ending loop with only slight alterations. Even so, when Dean mentions Sam and Cas' ghoul hunt again, he gets "serious déjà vu."
Meanwhile, Jack is left alone with Michael, who takes the opportunity to attempt to break him by saying Jack is meaningless and that to Dean, Jack is nothing but a burden and that he didn't care when Jack died. Michael goes on to claim that to Sam, Dean, and Castiel, Jack is nothing but a job none of them wanted. His undermining of Jack is interrupted by the arrival of Castiel, who sends Jack to help Sam and assures him that Michael is lying. Having failed at breaking Jack, Michael now turns his attention to undermining Castiel's faith in himself and in God. He argues that the Apocalypse World and this world are just Chuck's failed drafts and that Chuck, being a writer, has just moved on to try again. This realization, Michael admits, has caused Michael to burn every world until he finds Chuck and kills him.
On the outskirts of Lebanon, Maggie has gathered the Apocalypse World hunters and together they create a road block so that Michael's army cannot pass. Her rallying speech is interrupted by the arrival of a black van which stops a little way up the road. After no sign of movement from the van, the Apocalypse World hunters go to investigate. One of the group, Tiger, realizes the van is empty and follows some tracks into the wood without backup, despite being called to stop. Maggie and the others wait nervously for something to happen but Tiger eventually returns unhurt, saying the monsters appear to have headed to the Bunker on foot.
As Sam sets up the Men of Letters machine, Jack offers to use some of his power to save Dean if Sam's plan doesn't work, but Sam refuses, saying Dean would not want to be saved at the cost of Jack burning off some of his soul. Cas attaches Sam and Michael to the machine then hitches a ride via Sam, leaving Jack behind to "pray" and make sure nobody kills them. Sam and Cas arrive in the middle of absolutely nothing, so Cas begins to scan through Dean's traumatic memories, such as Hell, hoping to find him. Sam quickly realizes that Dean thrives on trauma and in order to keep Dean occupied and under control, Michael would keep him trapped somewhere he was content. Among the memories, Sam identifies one he doesn't recognize and tells Cas to take them there.
Dropping into Rocky's, Dean welcomes them back from the hunt he thinks they've been on by offering them a great IPA from Austin. Before they can answer, however, Pamela arrives, causing Sam to struggle with staying focused despite the guilt and loss he clearly still feels over her death. Pulling himself together, Sam begins to explain to Dean that he's been trapped in a fantasy by Michael, but their conversation keeps being interrupted by the loop moving on to the next false memory. Sam starts to crack the illusion by reminding Dean that Pamela was not only blind but also died years before. This causes her to disappear, yet Dean is still struggling to believe the truth until Sam remembers to say "Poughkeepsie", causing all of Dean's memories to flood back.
A slow clap announces Michael's arrival in the bar and, once again, he tries to undermine Sam, Dean, and Castiel's faith in one another by saying that Dean said "yes" to being a vessel because he was so desperate to be rid of the others for good. Despite his attempt to divide and conquer, Cas sees through Michael's behavior and concludes that he is just hoping to stall until his monsters come to the rescue. They call Michael's bluff and Dean tackles him. When he is thrown aside, Sam attacks, followed by Cas. Michael taunts them with the fact that even if they do expel him from Dean, he'll make sure that Dean is nothing more than "blood and bone." This spurs Dean to realize that it's his mind and his rules, so with Sam and Castiel's help, they trap Michael in Rocky's stockroom, making Dean "the cage."
Back at the Bunker, the hunters have arrived and prepare to fortify and protect the unconscious Winchesters. The monsters reach the Bunker and enter easily, as Tiger had been killed and replaced with a shapeshifter who left the Bunker door open when they returned. Panicking, the hunters pointlessly shoot at their attackers but are quickly overwhelmed, causing Jack to use his soul-boosted powers to disintegrate the invading monsters. In the aftermath, Maggie debriefs Sam on what happened to the rest of the monsters and Sam thanks her for saving them but she confesses it was Jack who saved everyone using his angel powers.
Sitting together in the kitchen, Cas confronts Jack over using his powers and points out that he can't afford to use up his soul, for his and everyone else's sake.
Elsewhere, Dean is in his bedroom, trying to drown out the sound of Michael attempting to fight his way out of Rocky's stockroom, when Billie appears. Dean thanks her for breaking the rules and saving them from Hitomi Plaza. Billie, however, has more pressing news for Dean and describes how every book in her library has now changed to say that Michael escapes and burns the world. Every book, that is, except the one she leaves with him so that he can decide what to do with the information within.
- Angel Blade
- Angel Cuffs
- Apocalypse World
- Death's Reading Room
- Holy Oil
- Hunter's Lingo
- Kaia's Spear
- Men of Letters Bunker
- Michael's Monsters
- Mind Hacking
- Rocky's Bar
- Table of Death
- "Searchin' for a Rainbow" by The Marshall Tucker Band
- (playing in Rocky's Bar)