In case you missed last night’s episode of ‘Supernatural,’ here’s your chance to catch up! You know the rules – don’t read if you don’t want the fun spoiled for you. Disclaimer out of the way, here’s what you missed…
Sam receives a mysterious text with coordinates to a small town, so the brothers decide to investigate. On the way there Sam starts to get flashbacks of having been there a year before with their grandfather, Samuel. He quickly realizes that they were both there before working on a case where townsmen disappeared. He also has strange glimpses of beating a police officer on the side of the road but can’t recall any other details.
When they arrive in Bristol, Rhode Island, they realize that there have been more missing persons – this time women. Dean decides to investigate on his own while Sam goes to check in with the local police. What he doesn’t expect is to be arrested on site by the office he beat mercilessly back when he and Samuel were in town.
While locked up, a woman named Brenna Dobbs confronts him and demands to know what happened to her husband. Sam, having no idea what she’s talking about, convinces her to let him out so he can investigate and get her some answers. She reluctantly agrees and releases him.
In the beginning it seems as though there’s no concrete link between the women that have started going missing, but Dean soon realizes that there’s a common denominator – they’ve all slept with Sam at some point. Whatever’s causing these women to disappear is doing it to specifically target Sam.
Dean wants to leave immediately, now knowing full well that Sam definitely did hunt here before. He’s afraid that the memories this will provoke will cause the “wall” Death put in place to come crumbling down. Sam begs his older brother to let him stay and work the case. He argues that he obviously didn’t kill the creature he was supposed to when he was in town the first time, so he wants a chance to make things right. Dean agrees but with much trepidation.
Sam gets some police files from Brenna and while he and Dean comb over everything back at their home base, he gets a flashback of what happened and what he did. He and Samuel were hunting an arachne a year ago in Bristol that was caused the disappearance of men in their 30s. In order to trap the monster, Sam intentionally used Roy Dobbs as bait since neither he nor his grandfather fit the “age requirement.” Roy was snatched by the arachne. The two followed her back to her lair and successfully killed her via decapitation. Roy and the other men were still alive but rather than try and save them, Sam shot them all. He believed in his soulless state it was the merciful thing to do, and executed the men without concern.
When Sam realizes what he did, huge waves of remorse set in. Meanwhile, Brenna gets a visit from her supposedly deceased husband, who’s now an arachne himself. Sam calls her to check in and she asks him to come over. They do, and are ambushed by Roy who admits he targeted the women Sam slept with to draw him in so he could exact his revenge. It appears the arachne that captured Roy didn’t want to kill then men she captured, she wanted to breed with them and turn them. Nevertheless, in the end Sam decapitates Roy.
Afterward, Sam admits to Dean that his brother was right – they should’ve never stayed in town. Dean tries to reassure his brother by telling him that his days of soulnessness were not really him, but Sam insists that it was.
Moments later, Sam collapses and starts convulsing. Dean rushes to his side while Sam has his first flashback of hell. Inside we get to witness Sam being burned alive which leaves some important questions. Has the “wall” in Sam’s mind already started to crumble? What else did Sam do while he was soulless that we don’t know about?
Be sure to tune in for next week’s episode. In “Mannequin 3: Reckoning” Ben calls Dean and tells him Lisa is in trouble. Dean leaves Sam to investigate a case alone and rushes home to rescue Lisa, however, he’s not prepared for what meets him at the door. Meanwhile, Sam discovers the men that were murdered were all a part of a cruel practical joke played on a female co-worker who went missing.