Page 1 of 26.13 Unforgiven: You Killed One Monster, You Made So Many More
Samâ€™s forgotten past
Spins a present spider trap;
A year earlier in Bristol, Rhode Island, Sam coldly fired his gun at four separate targets as Samuel Campbell uncomfortably looked on, and they left the building burning behind them. Samâ€™s arm was bleeding as they walked away, carrying machetes in hand, but he said it would hold until they got out of town. As they drove away in Samuelâ€™s van, however, a deputy sheriff pulled them over, calling them Federal agents Roark and Wynand, and saying he couldnâ€™t get hold of Sheriff Dobbs or anyone else on the phone. Samuel said theyâ€™d spoken to Dobbs earlier and started to offer a placating speculation about why he might not be answering, but the deputy noticed Samâ€™s bleeding shoulder and insisted on taking them back in his car, saying heâ€™d arrest them if they didnâ€™t come. Sam scoffed at the idea and turned away, but as the deputy reached for his gun and Samuel urged him just to take it easy, Sam spun around and hit the deputy, proceeding brutally to beat him unconscious. Samuel asked wryly if he didnâ€™t think there were calmer ways they could have handled it, but Sam callously asked if they cared, and got back into the van. Less than pleased, Samuel still took the wheel and drove off, leaving the deputy lying in the road.
In the present day, Dean returned from a lunch run to find Sam watching television, trying to catch up on events from the year and a half he had missed. After snarking about whether Mel Gibson was possessed, given the turn in his recent behavior, Dean reported having had a conversation with Bobby, who said there had been no further developments concerning the â€œMother of Allâ€ and everything was quiet. Samâ€™s phone rang with a text message consisting of nothing but his name and a set of coordinates, but he didnâ€™t know who sent it. When he called the number back, it just rang without being answered. The coordinates mapped to Bristol, RI, where three women had disappeared within the last week, seemingly vanishing into thin air. Sam guessed the text could have come from another hunter looking for backup, since he didnâ€™t even know how many other hunters he might have met while working with the Campbells, and said he thought they should go. Dean objected, not liking the mysterious setup, but Sam argued they couldnâ€™t ignore a bunch of missing girls. Dean reluctantly conceded, but insisted that if things got squirrely, they would dump out, and Sam agreed.
On the way into town at night, passing the welcome billboard that touted Bristol as the place â€œWhere Memories Are Made,â€ Sam had a disturbing flash of memory of driving past that same billboard in the van with Samuel. Noticing his sudden tension, Dean looked for a source and asked what was wrong, but Sam dismissed it as nothing. Catching dinner in a pirate-themed restaurant, comparing notes on the missing women, Dean observed the kidnapper had a type, given they were all hot brunettes, but Sam noted they had nothing else in common. While Dean took a bathroom break, a woman approached Sam accompanied by her husband, who looked decidedly unhappy with the womanâ€™s obviously flirtatious attitude. The woman called him Agent Roark and asked if he was in town because the disappearances had started up again, and Sam, not remembering the couple at all, solemnly agreed and asked them to contact him if they learned anything. She asked where his partner, the big bald guy named Wynand, was, and as Sam floundered, Dean returned, saying Wynand was in sex rehab. Without using a name, Sam introduced Dean as his new partner, and Dean indicated they needed to leave. As the woman and her husband walked away to the bar, she touched Samâ€™s shoulder, and Sam had another memory flash, this time of fast and furious bathroom sex with the woman. Noting the cougar-look the woman gave him as the couple left, and the argument the couple engaged in at the bar, Dean asked what was up, and Sam, disturbed, said he thought he and Samuel must have worked a case in the town. Dean contributed his own corroborating evidence, Samâ€™s and Samuelâ€™s faces in the background of a photo taken in the restaurant and posted on the wall. Dean hurriedly paid the check and ushered them out the door.
Back in the house they were squatting in, Dean hustled his packing and told Sam to hurry it up, but Sam argued they couldnâ€™t leave. Researching on his laptop, Sam said five guys had disappeared a year ago and theyâ€™d never found the bodies, and reasoned that had to be the case he and Samuel had worked. With women going missing now, he guessed either he and Samuel hadnâ€™t finished the case, or they only thought they had. Either way, he concluded the current case was his responsibility for not having gotten it right the first time. Dean argued they should call Bobby and get another hunter to deal with it, pointing out that hunters never took repeat jobs in the same town because they always left messes behind, and not repeating was one of Johnâ€™s cardinal rules. Sam shot back that finishing what you started was another of their fatherâ€™s rules, and he obviously hadnâ€™t finished this one. When Dean continued to stare him down, Sam said he understood that Dean was afraid heâ€™d stroll down memory lane and kick down the wall in his head to wind up drooling on the floor from his memories of Hell, but he insisted he couldnâ€™t leave, saying since what was happening in the town was due to him having screwed up before big time, it was his responsibility to stop it. He pointed out Dean would do the same thing in his place, and Dean reluctantly agreed, saying heâ€™d follow up on the brunettes while Sam learned what he could from the police.
While talking to the roommate of one of the missing women, Dean found one of â€œAgent Roarkâ€™sâ€ business cards, and learned that Sam had questioned the women because one of the missing men had lived in their apartment building. With a little persuasion, Dean discovered Sam and the missing woman had been sexually involved.
As Sam, wearing his FBI suit, arrived at the police station, the cop heâ€™d beaten unconscious on his previous visit immediately pulled a gun on him and arrested him, locking him up on suspicion of murder for all the disappearances. The deputy told him he had to be stupid, coming back, and said the FBI had no record of him as an agent. He demanded to know where the bodies were, including the missing Sheriff Roy Dobbs, and when Sam protested he didnâ€™t remember anything, left him locked in the cell. Hours later, after nightfall, a woman came into the cellblock demanding to know what happened to her husband, the missing sheriff. She said she knew who he was and what he did, and called him Sam. Looking at her, Sam began to have more flashes of memory, seeing her with her husband, the sheriff, talking with Sam and Samuel and learning that they werenâ€™t Feds but hunted monsters. Sam recalled having objected to the woman being there, and hearing Roy say she worked with him at the sheriffâ€™s station and anything they said to him, they would tell her as well. Surfacing from the memory, he stated the obvious, and she retorted that her husband had disappeared and they had disappeared, and she was left wondering what to think, whether theyâ€™d killed him or some thing had. She said she just wanted to know what happened, and Sam earnestly agreed he wanted the same. He told her something happened to him and he didnâ€™t remember anything, not even her name. He asked her to believe him, pointing out that if heâ€™d remembered having been there before, heâ€™d never have walked up to the police station. He promised he could find answers, but not from inside the cell. Telling him her name was Brenna, she considered for a moment, and then unlocked the cell, saying that they needed to find rope for him to tie her up to sell the idea that he broke out of jail.
The woman whoâ€™d spoken to Sam in the bar, drinking boxed wine in her kitchen despite her husbandâ€™s silent disapproval, headed into her basement for a box to replace the emptied one. The light didnâ€™t work, and as she cautiously headed down the steps, a hand snaked between the risers and grabbed her ankle, making her fall down the stairs. She screamed at seeing whatever approached her.
Back in their abandoned house the next morning, Sam was listening to a police scanner while going through his research notes when he heard a noise outside. Pulling his gun, nervous and jumpy, he got behind the door before it opened â€“ and found himself pointing his gun at Dean. Snidely pointing out heâ€™d been right about revisiting the town being a bad idea, Dean asked him how it felt to be a fugitive again, and filled him in on having learned Sam had biblically known one of the missing women. They heard a radio call reporting another missing person, and Dean blocked Sam from moving, saying he would check it out and insisting Sam stay in the house. Sam agreed and Dean left â€“ and the moment he was gone, Sam headed out.
Leaving the house after talking to the missing womanâ€™s husband, Dean called Sam, getting his voicemail and leaving the message that heâ€™d figured out the common denominator: all the missing women had sex with Sam the last time heâ€™d been in town. Dean warned that the text message and the disappearances were all bait in a trap for Sam, and ordered Sam to call him back.
Sam, meanwhile, surprised Brenna in her home. She demanded to know where the latest missing woman was, angrily noting that no sooner had she let Sam escape than the woman disappeared. Sam said he needed her help, that he needed the case files her husband had made about the disappearances the previous year, and admitted he knew they werenâ€™t in the police station because heâ€™d broken in there in search of them already. He promised they could find out what happened last year and stop what was happening now. Against her better judgment, she admitted the files were upstairs, and went to get them.
While she was gone, Sam flashed on having spent a casual evening with Brenna and Roy talking about hunting over beers. He remembered Samuel saying the moving-around lifestyle was great when they were young, but it got tougher with a family. He reminisced that when Deanna got pregnant, they didnâ€™t know what they were going to do, but concluded Mary was a blessing. As Samuel went to get more beer, Brenna noted that he missed Mary, but observed they at least had each other. Sam quickly said Samuel hadnâ€™t been around when he was a kid and they had more of a business relationship. When Brenna asked if he had any other family, Sam remembered hesitating, then dismissively saying that family just slows you down.
Brenna startled him out of the memory when she returned with the box of files, and as he looked at a photo of one of the missing men, he had more memory flashes, including peeling a web or cocoon away from the manâ€™s face. An evidence bag containing white fibers brought the flash of Samuel, over dinner in the Buccaneer restaurant, saying his best guess was an arachne, a monster from Crete no one had seen in two thousand years, and one he didnâ€™t know how to kill. Sam proposed a plan to use bait to draw it to a park central to the other disappearances. Increasingly uncomfortable with the memory flashes, Sam asked Brenna if he could take the box of files for a few hours, and she agreed. He turned on his phone as he walked out the door, getting Deanâ€™s voicemail message even as he saw tatters of white fiber webbing blowing in the breeze at the side of the porch. He set down the box to investigate the webbing, and something with multi-faceted eyes watched him. He was so absorbed that he jumped when a hand touched his shoulder, and he nearly shot Dean as he whipped around. Irritated, Dean said heâ€™d figured Sam would try talking to Brenna, and said they had to get him out of there. As they left, the multiple eyes watched Sam.
Back at their abandoned house, Dean summed up the situation as a monster wanting to kill Sam specifically, and Sam said it was an arachne, admitting heâ€™d begun to remember things. Dean asked what else he remembered, and Sam reassured him it was nothing to do with Hell, which didnâ€™t reassure Dean at all. Sam offered the thought that things were just coming back to him and maybe it was natural, and Deanâ€™s instant response was that they were leaving. When Sam protested, Dean said flatly they werenâ€™t the only hunters on the planet, and Bobby and Rufus could clean it up. Sam protested they had no leads, and frustratedly said he knew what did this, but just couldnâ€™t remember. Angry, Dean yanked the files away from him, saying he didnâ€™t think Sam got the risk involved, and asking if he understood that every time he scratched the memory wall, he was playing Russian roulette. Sam said he understood Dean was worried, but observed it would either happen or it wouldnâ€™t, and he was starting to think heâ€™d done bad things here and didnâ€™t care if it was dangerous â€“ he just needed to set things right. He said he had a soul now, and it wouldnâ€™t let him just walk away. He announced that he was staying, and needed Dean to back him up. Dean reluctantly agreed, and they started to assemble all the information they had in their own spiderweb of links and maps, tacking the pieces up on the wall.
Looking at the completed pattern, Sam began to experience more memory flashes, and finally had it all. He remembered calling Roy to sucker him into position in the park, since he fit the victim profile as Sam and Samuel didnâ€™t, and countering Samuelâ€™s objections about keeping Roy ignorant by saying they needed a good performance and Roy would be fine. Samuel said it wasnâ€™t the way he was used to doing things, and Sam welcomed him to the future. In the park, they saw the waiting Roy jumped by a fast-moving, vaguely female figure, but by the time they ran up, Roy was gone. Samuel wanted to search, but Sam argued they were already gone, and said it didnâ€™t matter because heâ€™d activated the GPS on Royâ€™s phone so they could track where he went. Samuel was appalled to think Roy was nothing but spider-bait to Sam, and Sam back-pedaled, assuring this had only been his back-up plan, but Samuel observed he was about as cold as they come. The signal led them to a waterfront building. Inside, they found all the male victims wrapped in cocoons of fiber. When Samuel freed one manâ€™s face, they all awoke, and Roy begged for help, saying he couldnâ€™t feel. Sam asked where the spider was, and the woman attacked him, flinging him into a wall. Samuel shot her multiple times, but the bullets had no effect, and she flung him aside too. Sam came up swinging a machete and beheaded her, and that seemed to work. Samuel advocated calling an ambulance to help the men, but Sam, citing information on brown recluse spider bites, maintained they were poisoned beyond hope, with poison eating them alive, and shot each man in the head to put him out of his misery, first telling Roy he had been a hero and then telling Samuel to fetch the gasoline to burn the building and the bodies. With the memories in his eyes in the present, Sam told Dean he knew what happened.
At the sheriffâ€™s house, Brenna got up to investigate a noise, and discovered Roy, his face disfigured and his eyes sporting double pupils, telling her he loved her. The phone rang â€“ Sam calling supposedly to check in â€“ and she asked him to swing by. Sam told Dean he knew she was in trouble. They drove to the house, but Dean noticed the light on in the shed. Investigating, they found Brenna, who asked Sam if it was true, what he had done to Roy. Roy attacked from behind them, flinging Dean into a hanging net and slamming Sam up against the wall, telling him to answer the question.
A short time later, with both of the Winchesters immobilized by web cocoons, Roy continued his discussion with Sam while Dean surreptitiously sawed at his bonds with a piece of broken glass. Roy revealed the female arachne hadnâ€™t been in the town to feed, but to breed: she had bitten the men to turn them into arachne themselves. Bullets and fire didnâ€™t kill them, and they fled after Sam and Samuel had left them for dead. Roy said what kept him going was thinking about killing Sam, and he couldnâ€™t understand why Sam wasnâ€™t getting all the clues, until Brenna told him about Samâ€™s amnesia. When Sam asked where the missing women were, Roy said they were scattered to the wind, and they were like him now; all of them, monsters, like the other missing men. He congratulated Sam on making many monsters by killing one, and noted the only question was whether he would kill Sam, or turn him. Breaking free, Dean dove for one of the fallen machetes, but Roy tackled him and quickly got the upper hand, beginning to strangle him. Brenna grabbed one of the brothersâ€™ machetes and cut Sam free, and Sam snatched the machete from her and beheaded Roy.
Sam walked Brenna back to the door of her house, trying to apologize, but she slammed the door on him. Packing up at the abandoned house, Dean asked Sam if he was okay, and Sam admitted Dean had been right; they shouldnâ€™t have come back to Bristol. Dean offered that at least Sam had killed the spider-man, and when Sam asked if he was trying to say what Sam had done was a good thing, Dean told him that soulless Sam wasnâ€™t him. Sam objected, saying it was him. Giving up, Dean asked if he could get Sam anything, and when Sam asked if Dean was his waitress, Dean said he was just trying to make Sam feel better, and told him not to be a bitch. Totally missing the old â€œjerkâ€ rejoinder, Sam said instead that he was fine. Dean said sourly that he looked fine, and added he was just trying to say that everything would be okay. Sam started to ask what else his soulless self might have done, given what had happened in Bristol, but in the middle of his sentence he collapsed in a seizure. Dean raced to him, telling Sammy to talk to him, but his eyes were fixed and staring, and inside his mind, Sam found himself in the midst of fire, burning, and he screamed.