Column: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Supernatural 10.01 (Season Premiere): Black

By Paula R. Stiles

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[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]

Tagline: Newly demonized Dean paints the town red with Crowley, while Sam goes to ugly lengths to find him.

Recap: Minute and a half recap of season nine to Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker” (I still think “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” would have been more appropriate). Lots of angels, stabbing and MoC carnage. Dean looks super crazy.

Cut to Now. Sam is torturing a CRD, while wearing a sling and looking thin. She starts out snarking and infodumping, but goes to screaming when he really begins to torture her and do fatal things to her host like stab her in the gut. He cuts her throat with a regular knife (Not sure why a demon would even feel that) and then gathers up her blood to force her to call Crowley. Meh.

Pretty title cards of a devil’s trap in blue fire.

Cut to the Bunker four weeks later. Sam is talking on the phone to another Hunter about crop failures, while researching books on demon possession. The Hunter, Mike, is saying there’s nothing demonic going on. Sam is bummed.

Montage of him washing his face, checking out crop reports while listening to a police scanner, and entering Dean’s room. There’s a note on the pillow that says, “SAMMY LET ME GO.”

Then Sam finds a lead in the death of a man from Ohio, as reported in The Green Lake Gazette from Wisconsin. He calls Castiel, who is asleep in a bathrobe in the room from the beginning of Apocalypse Now and looking poorly. He’s coughing and feverish. In the course of the conversation, we discover he was so sick that he accidentally let a demon dislocate Sam’s shoulder on a hunt – hence Sam’s sling.

Sam fills him in on his lead for finding Crowley – which is also supposed to lead to finding Dean. The dead guy, Drew Neely, had been missing for two years after killing his wife and children, and fleeing their religious community. He thinks the guy was possessed. Castiel wants to come along, but Sam decides he’s too sick and tells him to stay put. They worry a bit over why Dean left, whether he had a choice, and whether he’s still even Dean. Castiel says he misses him.

Cut to a bar where someone is singing bad karaoke to “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred. Guess who. Yup. It’s Dean and he’s having a gooood time. People are booing him while Crowley, sitting at a table nearby, is looking somewhat disgusted. But does Dean care? Nope. He’s gyrating around, beer in hand, exchanging a smile with a passing pretty waitress. I don’t think we’ve ever seen Dean this happy or relaxed.

Later, he and the same waitress enjoy a romp in bed (It turns out to be Crowley’s bed). She rather grudgingly admits that Dean is a fabulous fuck (albeit in terms reminiscent of that infamous scene from The Big Easy), while grousing at him about making her late for her shift – again. And being less-than-thrilled when he reminds her not to “get too attached” as he’s “just rolling through.”


Anyhoo, Crowley walks in on this love nest and gets mad when he discovers they’ve been soiling his sheets. Seems he and Dean are sleeping in the same room the way Dean and Sam used to, and calling each other “jerk” and “bitch” the way the brothers used to. The waitress has no difficulty standing up to Crowley, at which point we discover her name is ‘Ann Marie.’ And that Dean no longer particularly gives a crap about wearing pants.

Back in the bar, Dean and Crowley play foosball against two guys who may or may not be demon henchmen. Dean throws the game when he sees Ann Marie being harassed by a patron. Crowley warns him not to get distracted by a “damaged” woman in distress the way he used to, that he and Dean are “rolling stones,” but Dean follows the two of them outside, anyway. It turns out the guy is a creepy stalker ex Ann Marie had previously mentioned, a guy named ‘Matt,’ so Dean beats the crap out of him, warning him to go away and stay away.

Ann Marie’s reaction is mixed, as she feels he went too far. Dean is a little taken aback that she’s mad at him and goes back inside. As he does so, a bearded Middle Eastern-looking guy in a turtleneck and jacket eyes him, looking shifty.

Back in his motel room, Castiel gets a visitor. It’s Hannah. Who notices his bathrobe is open and that he’s not wearing pants (I sense a theme here). She bears news from Heaven. Seems the angels have no new leader and so far, that’s working out okay in a sort of early-Russian-Marxism sort of way. They’ve got the location of Metatron’s one door to Heaven now fixed and most angels have returned to Heaven.

And here’s where she gets to why she’s really there – some angels are refusing to return from earth and two, Daniel and Adina, killed another angel sent to bring them back. She wants Castiel to help her make them return. No mention is made of the fact that Castiel himself is staying back on earth. Um … yeah, I can’t even. Hannah is a moron, even by angelic standards.

Sam, meanwhile, is checking out his dead guy and getting a lot more than he bargained for. Intercut with Dean in the present killing a former Abaddon groupie who attacks him in an alleyway (to a really lovely and haunting Middle Eastern-style theme that seems to belong to the Blade), Sam has a local cop show him footage of the dead guy attacking another guy in a convenience store while the other guy is looking at porn. He ends up dead. Not surprising, since the other guy is Dean, carrying the Blade and sporting black eyes. Sam is horrified by that last detail.


A copy of the store footage (with the word ‘Yup’ on it) is faxed to a military style guy who is doing sit-ups and weights in a room with a crucifix while his wimpy-looking blonde wife makes breakfast for him and their son. She’s upset. Military Dude gears up and heads off. Guess he’s got a grudge against Dean.

On the road, Castiel pulls over in his grandpamobile so Hannah can get out and be carsick. A really boring conversation ensues in which Hannah reiterates that Castiel is dying and needs more grace (Thank you, Captain Obvious), while Castiel acts noble and martyred. This is dullsville. Can we move on, show?

Back to Sam, now at the convenience store, talking to the clerk. A hilarious conversation follows in which the kid enthusiastically reenacts the killing and, when Sam tries to shame him for his inaction, calmly admits that yeah, he’s pretty comfortable with not having confronted someone who killed another guy very bloodily ten feet away. He also, in a bit of quick thinking, hands over the dead guy’s phone, which was in one of the aisles. I don’t know if this kid is a demon plant, but I like him.

Outside, Sam scrolls through Dead Guy’s messages and finds one giving the address of the store and “Long Live Abaddon.” Sam calls the number. Lo and behold, he gets Crowley, who is sitting at the bar, watching Dean throw darts in the background. A pissing contest commences over the affections of one Dean Winchester and who loves him more. But Sam does get one valuable bit of intel (which he will proceed to spend the next little while ignoring, it seems): Dean is not possessed by a demon; he’s become a demon. In his own body. Thanks to the Mark. Oh, and the attacks on Dean? Are Crowley’s way of sating Dean’s bloodlust.

Crowley snarks that he and Dean thought Sam had hit another dog (ouch!). Sam warns Crowley that Dean is not his “pet.” Neither seems to register the other’s very valid warning as Sam declares that he will find Dean and “save my brother.” Yeah, that doesn’t sound ominous at all. He also swears to kill Crowley, afterward. Man, if I had a nickel for every time somebody swore that ….

After the call, Sam (looking constipated and irate) syncs the phone with his (Obvious product placement is obvious) and locates Crowley’s phone at The Black Spur in Beulah, ND. I’d say that was clever, but it all seems a bit too easy.


Back to the boring angel storyline, with Castiel and Hannah arriving at a camper next to a fire, and a stone circle and pickup with angel sigils painted on them. I do believe they’ve reached their destination. That was quick.

They find one of their quarry fishing in a stream nearby. He extemporizes a bit about trout and how the ones that really want to be free fight the hook. Ouch at the metaphorical anvils. A bitchfest between Daniel and Hannah proceeds apace, with Hannah pushing the puzzling new line that every angel has to return to Heaven now (which, if they’re scattered across the globe, could take a while, don’t you think?). Hannah pulls an angel sword. Castiel tells her to knock it off, not least because they don’t know where Adina is. And Daniel invites them for supper. Um … what?

Back at the bar, Crowley is admitting to Dean that he sent the Abaddon supporters after him to “sate” the Mark and keep him “sharp.” Crowley then talks about how he wants Dean to be his right-hand demon in Hell. Dean is not interested. Not taking the hint, Crowley continues to paint a picture of how wonderful the demonic afterlife could be for the two of them and then offhandedly mentions that Sam called. Oh, and he might have “accidentally” allowed Sam to trace the call back to the bar. In other words, Sam is coming and it’s time to clear out. Dean is none too thrilled about the betrayal.

Still not taking the hint, Crowley goes off on a rant about how Dean owes him for upgrading him to a powerful demon. In the process, he admits (without, apparently, understanding how bad this will make him look to Dean) that he deliberately set things up for Dean to get the Mark. Dean had already guessed this, but Crowley had previously demurred about it. This is astoundingly dumb of Crowley and reminds me that he too often suffers from Bela Talbot Syndrome. In this case, however, Dean is not being written as dumb and I think Crowley has some ugly payback coming his way. About time.

Crowley tells Dean to “take the night to think about it.” Yeah, I don’t that’s going to work out the way Crowley planned.

On the road at night, Sam gets car trouble. Military Guy comes along, all too conveniently, and knocks Sam out after showing him the device he put on his engine to turn it off. Ooops, Sammy done got kidnapped for the first time this season. Everybody take a drink.

At the bar, Dean is getting very, very drunk and singing “Imaginary Lover” by Atlanta Rhythm Section so much that people boo him and throw stuff at him. Even Ann Marie tries to cut him off, at least on the shots. He doesn’t care. And when the bouncer comes up to take the mike from him, he cheerfully (and somewhat accidentally) shoves him offstage.

The next morning, he wakes up to see Ann Marie in the room. She tries to give him a glass of water, which he refuses. He suggests they go off somewhere. She says no, that they “barely know each other.” Which didn’t stop her having a lot of sex with him, but okay. When he says he protected her “honor” with Matt, she admits she thought that, too, at first, but then decided that when he kept going, his issues had nothing to do with her “honor.” She then goes off on a little exit rant about how she serves “good guys” and “bad guys” at a roadhouse and once thought Dean was the former. How she got this idea when he was hanging out with Crowley, I have no idea.

Anyway, she gets pretty insulting about it. Dean finally gets tired of it and follows up on her comments, saying that yeah, he’s the kind of guy who “sleeps with every skank in every small town dive that he passes through.” This comment deliberately cuts both ways, but Ann Marie is so focused on her own damage that she chooses to see it as a one-way insult against her. She leaves, whining that it’s said “damage” that makes her believe it. Eh, whatever. Seems to me if you can’t take it, don’t dish it out. Bye, Ann Marie. Kinda liked you until you turned into a wimp.

Back to the truly dull angel storyline. They’re all sitting around the campfire (no, really). At least they’re not still nattering on about the free will of trout. Daniel and Hannah are still bitching at each other when Adina shows up. Adina, predictably, is an irascible bitch. The women get super-hostile, both pulling angel blades and attacking each other. Adina starts kicking Hannah’s ass before Hannah gets the drop on her with a rock. Daniel attacks Hannah on Adina’s behalf and a protesting Castiel stabs him from behind. Adina slashes Castiel then runs off. Hannah still wants to go after her and Castiel tells her to knock it off. If anything, he’s pretty mild about it, considering she’s totally fubared their mission.

Cut to an old barn, where Military Guy is dragging in a hooded Sam and zip-tying him to a chair. He goes through Sam’s duffel, finding the holy water but not understanding it, while bragging about the first time he broke his arm, riding a bike with his older brother. Oh, and he knows Sam’s name and has a grudge against Dean. In the process of playing the tough guy, he gives the clear impression he is in way over his head with no sense he is drowning. He has, for example, no clue whatsoever about the supernatural. Sam doesn’t help when he refers to Dean as a “monster” and the guy takes it right out of context.

He wants Sam to get him to give up Dean. Sam stoutly refuses to do so. I guess we’re supposed to be impressed, but Sam is so entrenched in being a dickhead to and about his brother for years and years that it’s just a drop in the bucket. A whole season’s worth of supporting Dean while Dean was, you know, right there would be more impressive.

Back to more boring angel bullshit. While they’re driving down the road at night, Castiel rebukes Hannah for being an idiot. She whines that without order, they end up with chaos, referencing Naomi, Bartholomew and Metatron. Uh, except that the last time I checked, Naomi was running the Angel SS from the very beginning and was an agent of the old order not the new.

Meanwhile, Dean has bailed on the bar and is back on the road, driving Baby in the pouring rain. He gets a call from Sam’s phone. It’s Military Guy, wanting to extort a meeting with Dean or he’ll kill Sam. He punches Sam to show “proof of life.” Unimpressed, Dean tells him to go ahead, but he’s going to hunt the guy down and kill him, regardless. As that haunting Middle Eastern theme starts up again, he suggests the guy ask Sam whether or not he is “a man of my word” and hangs up. Military Guy is left discomfited, while Dean continues to drive, eyes cold and dead.


Review: Just a procedural note: Many events last year made me fall behind in my season nine reviews. I will be catching up with them, but I wanted to get started on this season, first.

So, this was the first episode of the season and for the most part, it was a corker. Everyone is All About Dean, even Hannah in her bitter and jealous little way. The showrunners had a huge cliffhanger and nobody in Fan Land was thrilled to hear they would skip-a-bit-brother with a time jump. But at least, this time, they didn’t skim over much. It was odd to see Dean happy with being a demon, though. I would have liked a bit more explanation about that, since it was an about face of how Dean has felt since the beginning of the show. I also would have liked some clarification on whether characters are attacking Dean with weapons like angel blades and talking about killing him because they don’t know a bearer of the Mark of Cain is immortal and not able to be killed by any known weapon, or because the writers forgot their own canon from last season.

The episode (aside from the teaser, which is about two weeks in) starts some six weeks after Dean was resurrected as a demon by the Mark of Cain. Dean is hanging out in a dive bar with Crowley, throwing darts, singing karaoke, drinking heroic amounts of alcohol, and carrying on a quickie affair with bar maid Ann Marie. Meanwhile, Sam and Castiel are looking for him, though Castiel is temporarily sidelined by his fading grace with a really boring road trip alongside Hannah.

Sam is willing to do all sorts of bad things to bring Dean back and “save” him, even though Dean left him a note explicitly telling him to let him go. Crowley wants Dean to ditch his permanent black-eyed vacation and become his lieutenant in Hell. Ann Marie wants Dean to be a “good guy,” even as she compulsively pushes his buttons to make him a bad guy. Castiel is ignoring Hannah’s obvious jealousy of Dean and bemoaning that Dean may have to die if he’s no longer Dean. And then there’s Military Guy (whom spoilers have named ‘Cole’), who has some as-yet-unidentified grudge against Dean and is willing to go to lengths nearly as great as Sam’s to find and kill him.

Everyone seems obsessed with controlling Dean. And Dean? Well, he’s having none of it. He’s interested only in making the party last forever, Dean-style. And when these people push too hard, he leaves. This lightness, which we haven’t seen in his nature for a long, long time, is welcome and great fun to watch. I hope it continues. Freed of his guilt and misery, and the geas of responsibility, Dean turns out to be a whole lot smarter than everyone else in the story.


One is reminded of Daniel’s anvillicious speech about the trout and how the ones who really want to be free fight for it. If that’s meant to be foreshadowing, some characters on this show could be in big trouble down the road because Dean is a fighter and I think he likes his newfound freedom. A lot.

There are, however, some ominous signs that all is not well inside Dean’s head. For one thing, there’s the insistent bloodlust of the Mark, which Crowley professes to “feed” by alerting two forlorn and vengeful Abaddon supporters to Dean’s whereabouts. Bloody shenanigans, recorded for posterity in one case on a convenience store security camera, ensue, leaving Dean only temporarily sated by self-defense killing.

For another, we already see that Dean is losing his patience with the manipulations of others and when they push him too hard (as the two Abaddon supporters do), heads just about literally roll. In the attack by the second supporter, he wistfully asks the angry demon if he can genuinely provide a challenge, unlike the last demon. Dean’s one true best friend is the First Blade, which he carries with him everywhere.

For a third, while Dean’s emotions are definitely muted, with certain previously vital connections cut (like his worry over Sam), they are still there and he still continues to follow old patterns. When Ann Marie’s abusive old boyfriend shows up, for example, Dean beats him bloody. Dean is very proud of himself as her “protector,” while also puzzled by Ann Marie’s revulsion at his extreme violence. His pleasures all tie back to his previous life. He has no urge to harm innocents. And when he’s pressed too hard, he takes to the road in the Impala, though he’s not treating Baby quite like a princess the way he used to.

This seesawing between his old and new life, despite his liking for the latter, with the added pressure of the Mark, ensures that Dean is exceedingly unstable, edging toward full-blown insanity. With superpowers. It’s basically the very famous Dark Phoenix storyline from the X-Men comics. Crowley warns Dean that if he doesn’t feed the Mark, he will lose control. Dean brushes this off, but we see it’s true, even though Crowley’s reasons for giving warning are suspect.

Jensen Ackles and Jeremy Carver have talked about the Mark and Blade being like an addiction, but the story itself presents it as more complex and even more tragic than that. Dean has never been what you’d call stable, but the Mark appears to have made him extremely bipolar, with the Blade a method of self-medicating in a way that makes Dean very manic. If he kills enough, he can avoid any lows at all.

As such, Demon!Dean is still Dean, but he’s a Dean in an altered state, in an extended manic episode. Of course he’s feeling good. He’s high as a kite.

Even so, it’s hard to deny that he is also, with a few exceptions (such as the morning after his drinking binge), happier than he has been for a long time – and that absolutely no one who professes to care about him is interested in listening to what he wants or intends to do. Never mind that Dean is not a threat, at least not at the moment, to anyone who doesn’t threaten him or someone of whom he feels protective.

In addition, while Dean is more sexist in some of the things he says to Ann Marie than he would be normally, he is generally far more sympathetic toward her than toward any men in the story. I can understand why Ann Marie chooses not to go with him (since he is really crazy right now), and even why she has a pattern of picking bad men and then goading them into showing their “true” abusive colors so she has an excuse to ditch them before they ditch her. It’s not a sympathetic aspect of her, but it is realistic. Some women with bad childhoods grow up into being addicted to drama. But I find it interesting that she is the only person he invites along when he decides to grab a pina colada and plan his escape.

This contrasts sharply with Crowley’s behavior toward her. I’ve always found it a bit disconcerting that there are female fans who see Crowley as charming and urbane, the perfect date and more sympathetic toward women than a roughneck like Dean, simply because he has an English accent, is bisexual-leaning-gay, and says “dahling” a lot. Never mind that he has been consistently portrayed since at least season six as a vicious, unapologetic misogynist and that his miscalculation was partly responsible for the demise of the late, lamented Harvelles. Crowley has fridged more than one female character and even nearly killed Jodie Mills. He has showed a lot of contempt for female characters, even Abaddon (whom he grossly underestimated). The fact that he is attracted to guys does not automatically mean he is nice to women.

Speaking of being attracted to guys, Crowley’s man-crush on Dean seems to have turned him more stupid than usual. I was flabbergasted when he was laying out his entire agenda to Dean and admitted it had been his plan all along to manipulate Dean into taking on the Mark. Sure, Dean had already called him on it and had made it clear he was … shall we say … insouciant about choosing to take on the Mark at the time, but even a demon should have realized that being told, “Hey, I set you up to go permanently and murderously insane so you could be my lieutenant and BFF slave for eternity. Isn’t that romantic?” would not have gone down well with anyone, especially Dean Winchester.

What was he thinking? This is supposed to be a character who is a master manipulator, which means he ought to be able to suss out what people really want and need in order to get them to do what he wants. Yet, he has no clue what Dean wants and the writers seem to believe his feelings are genuinely hurt by Dean’s rejection.

One could ask the same question about Sam. I find it interesting that some fans didn’t see anything remarkable or particularly dark about Sam’s behavior in torturing the CRD because “the brothers” had already done that sort of thing to save each other many times. Well … Sam had. This is the third CRD Sam has summoned to “save” Dean and the third CRD Sam has interrogated (and presumably killed). No wonder they won’t show up, anymore. Not only does he hurt them, but he is also a cheat. He has no intention of going through with a deal.

Now, yes, Dean did once trap a CRD to save a deal-maker in “Crossroad Blues,” but the worst he threatened her with was an exorcism. Ditto “Snookie” last season. And yes, he has killed (including after torture) a wide variety of supernatural creatures, some of which were inhabiting innocent hosts or vessels at the time. However, in these cases, he was doing so in self-or-other defense. The brothers have also learned the hard way over the years that demons and angels in general (though not so much CRDs) are brutal on their hosts and vessels, to the point where giving the host or vessel a quick death can be more of a mercy than trying to exorcize them. Though that hasn’t stopped the brothers still trying the latter when they can. Also, demons and angels are exceedingly dangerous opponents and the brothers don’t usually have the option of an exorcism, anyway.

The things Dean has done to save Sam have never involved deliberately harming innocents, including innocent hosts and vessels inside demons or angels that weren’t an actual threat at the time. Sam? He’s just hunky-dory about it. It’s his first choice. In addition, when Dean summons a supernatural creature, his word is good if he makes a trade. Sam, on the other hand, is no different from any other weak human in wanting to have his cake and eat it, too. Make an honest deal? Not hardly.

In addition, it was very difficult to see what Sam’s motivation (or hurry) is in trying to find Dean, especially after finding that note. While he shouldn’t have just taken the note at face value (and didn’t), the way he tracks Dean down betrays some very mixed motivations. He’s all set to kill Dean if he can’t “save” Dean and saving Dean seems to entail dragging him home, whether he wants to come or not, and forcing him back into his old, brainwashed, doormat self.

In light of all that, Crowley’s comment that he and Dean had thought Sam had hit another dog is both funny and depressing. It’s also depressing that Dean is clearly out of his mind, yet his loved ones all respond by talking about curing or killing him. Nice approach to mental illness, there, show. Burn the witch, indeed.

Which brings us to Castiel. And, uh, Hannah. I saved this for last because I wish this storyline had not taken up so much of the episode. It was excruciatingly boring. Castiel’s attitude I sort of get in this episode, since he is dying and therefore, doesn’t have a lot of energy to spare for all the angel crap. However, I found the switchover from his wanting to get off his deathbed to help Sam find Dean to getting off his deathbed to help Hannah go roust some angels who didn’t want to return to Heaven more than a bit jarring. It sounded like “Oh! I want to help you find Dean, Sam, because Dean is my bestest, bestest – oh, look, Heaven called. Bye!”

It doesn’t help that the two guest angels are boring and Hannah is incomprehensible even in Hannah terms. She fangirls all over Castiel, his independence, and his knowledge of earth and humans. But this does not translate to her understanding, or caring, why the two rogue angels would want to stay on earth.

Her mission makes no sense. She never explains why the rogue angels have to return or why their continued presence on earth concerns Heaven. It’s not even clear that the angels in Heaven want the angels on earth to return. It could just be her own self-chosen mission. Nor does she ever address the fact that there seems to be only one door to Heaven left, which is in the Continental United States. So, what about angels who fell on the other continents and didn’t return? How does she propose to retrieve them?

I didn’t much care for the way the male angels were portrayed as calm and rational, while the female angels were bitchy and combative (and not-very-good fighters). I was rolling my eyes at how Castiel and Daniel kept trying to be “reasonable” while the women were having their catfight. And Castiel still ended up killing Daniel, despite his protests of pacifism. I guess that leaves Adina (or Hannah in some self-sacrificial move) to supply Castiel with the temporary grace the show really obviously was telegraphing as the solution of the moment for his problem.

And that right there is why I was a bit more disappointed in Carver’s script than usual. Carver is a good writer, but the angel storyline was boring because Castiel and Hannah crept down the road with linear plotting, little action, and a plethora of repetitious dialogue about Castiel’s “situation.” I hope they resolve this soon because every second they spend on it is a waste of screentime.


Fun lines:

Ann Marie: Damn! I told you to hurry it up, but then you had to go do that thing with the … thing.
Dean: Oh, you mean that thing you were begging me for?
Ann Marie: Begging you to hurry it up, maybe.
Dean: Well, let’s not argue about good sex.

Sam: When Porn Guy came in, did he say anything?
Clerk: Uh, “Where’s the porn?”

Sam: So, some guy comes in, kills another guy in your store on your watch and you just … you what, you just keep on keepin’ on?
Clerk: You mean, when Porn Guy was stabbing the other guy to death ten feet in front of me and I was having a total Code Brown moment in my favorite freakin’ pants because I thought I was next? Did I conduct a field interview? No.

Crowley [to Sam]: Moose! Took you long enough. Your brother and I were beginning to wonder if you hit another dog.

Dean [to Military Guy]: Now, you listen to me – there is no trade, there is no meet-up, there is no nothin’. Except the 100% guarantee, somewhere down the road, [that] I will find you and I will kill you.
Military Guy: Well, that’ll be a cold comfort to your dead brother.
Dean: I told him to let me go, so whatever jam he’s in now, that is his problem.
Military Guy: Yeah, well, I’ll be sure to pass that on to him as I’m slitting his throat.
Dean: Yeah, you do that. ‘Cause he knows me and he knows damned sure that if I am one thing, I am a man of my word.

Next Week: Reichenbach: Crowley tries to strong-arm Dean into executing a deal for him, while Military Guy uses Sam to track Dean down. This turns out to be a huge mistake on both counts.

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Paula is not at all paranoid about government conspiracies after six years in EMS, two years in Africa for the Peace Corps, a few summers with the Park Service, and ten years studying the Knights Templar. She's seen governments in action. They couldn't cover up a toy picnic table, let alone evidence of alien visitation. Writes about science for fun, history for money, and zombies for the company. You can read her sober-as-a-judge book about Templars in medieval Spain, Templar Convivencia, on Amazon. You can find her homepage at:

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