1863 - Jasper Springs, MS - Demons insist that the knight must be protected. A bunch of demons are killed by Cain; pink light fills the cabin.
Crowley shows up on a bar stool beside Dean and tells him they must go after the First Blade, which can kill Abaddon--and a weapon John Winchester once went after and might have in his storage container. Out comes John's old notebook and great one-liners from Crowley. Buddy comedy, indeed! A demon overhears them, natch.
Bunker - Cas complains that as a human, he loved PB&J, but now, it's disgusting. While healing Sam, he senses grace inside him and wants to call Dean. Sam says no.
Storage container - Crowley pisses Dean off when he reminds him that, having been "inside" Sam, they're practically family, but Dean grabs him by the lapels and says they are NOT. The demon is kept at bay by a devils trap. They find a woman named Tara who helped John with a case.
Doing research, Sam and Cas learn about angels leaving behind pieces of themselves which could be extracted with a nasty-looking hypodermic needle. They could track Gadreel with a spell using that grace. Cas tries to talk Sam out of doing this, but Sam is determined.
Dean and Crowley visit Tara, whose bum knee tells her Crowley's a demon. She remembers John well and knows Dean. She tosses holy water at Dean. He asks her about the First Blade and explains about Abaddon. She says she and John took out a demon who told them about the First Blade. They killed the demon and had a lovely weekend together. (Crowley grinned.) she found a location spell but was missing one ingredient--essence of crack. She frees Crowley from her devils trap and he goes to Belize to get it. She warns him about buddying up with the King of Hell. He assures her he's got this. Same way your father sounded when he said he'd call me, she says. Ouch! They mix up the potion with Crowley's addition, toss it on a map, and it burns, leaving Missouri the open state. Tara refuses to go if Crowley does.
When they arrive, Crowley is terrified--it's Cain, the Father of Murder! The demon wants to leave right away. But Cain appears before them and tells Crowley they aren't going anywhere.
Seated inside on the sofa, Dean realizes Crowley can't zap himself out, cuz of Cain. After Cain killed Abel, he became a demon who killed thousands and disappeared. Cain enters with tea and asks if they keep bees, very relaxing. Bees are dying, and man will too. Cain wants to know why a Winchester and the King of Hell are looking for him--and how they found him. Crowley is shaking with fear. Cain shuts him silent. Dean asks for the First Blade to kill Abaddon; the location spell for the blade led them here.
A demon comes to Tara looking for "a couple of friends," her demon knee gives him away and she fires at him with her shotgun.
Cain says once per century company is enough for him; they can let themselves out. Dean refuses to leave without the blade. Cain sees where Dean gets his rep for bravery. I'm an all-in kinda guy, agrees Dean. I trained the knights of hell, Abaddon included, reveals Cain, it wasn't the archangels that slaughtered the knights--it was me. Why did you turn on your own? Dean asks. Cain doesn't answer, he says he must go to town, and says goodbye and that Dean is not to return. With Crowley arguing the plan by the Impala, Dean insists they'll return to the house while Cain is gone and "Take what's ours."
Cas reminds Sam that he chose not to go through with the trials and sacrifice himself--you and Dean chose each other. Sam remembers--but then, Dean made a choice for me--I could have put a stop to all this, closed the gates of hell--Dean is gone, and if I can find Gadreel, I can fix this--let's settle my human debts.
Dean and Crowley search the house for the blade, the latter nervously insisting this is the dumbest thing Dean's ever done. Dean finds a photo of a woman wearing a ring similar to Cain's.
The demon who visited Tara, a gunshot hole in his face, pulls up to Cain's house, calling for the backup of "everybody" to come meet him.
A reluctant Cas sticks the needle into Sam's neck to extract the grace, but he needs more and has to go in deeper. It's agonizing. Sam is thrust back into memories some bad memories, which Cas says is regression to his state before Gadreel. Even though continuing is dangerous, Sam insists Cas go on, pushing the hypo in deeper to extract more grace.
Crowley reports to Dean his search didn't even turn up porn. (Lol!) Dean shows him the photo of the woman Cain married. They hear Cain return, but find they're locked in. That belongs to me, Cain says of the photo. The demon outside announces he wants Crowley and Dean--and that he killed Tara, who revealed Cain's hideout. They're Abaddon's demons. Cain tells Dean he's brave and impulsive--lives up to his rep. He's retired and will sit this one out. If they survive, he'll fix them dinner before he disappears again.
Noting Sam is weakening, Cas asks, "Why do the Winchesters run toward death." Sam doesn't want him to stop. Cas learned how precious life was when he died as a human and must be protected at all costs, even a life as pig-headed as a Winchester's. My life isn't worth more than anyone else's says Sam, not yours, Dean's, or Kevin's. Please help me do one thing right--keep going." (Sob!) He thrusts in the needle, and Sam screams in pain.
While Cain sits at the kitchen table, shucking corn, he allows four demons in for Dean to fight while he watches. It's brutal and nasty, but Dean manages to dispatch all three. In the front room, a demon attacks the King of Hell, who tells him, "You're good, but I'm Crowley."
When it's over, Cain calls Dean a kindred spirit. I didn't kill my brother, says Dean. You saved yours, says Cain, why? You never give up on family, says Dean. Where's yours now? Cain asks. Dean doesn't want to play games, he just wants the blade. Cain has nothing to hand over--it's gone.
Cas removes the hypo from Sam's throat, the grace gleaming inside. His nose and eye are bleeding badly. Sam awakens and Cas presses two fingers to his forehead and announces he has healed him completely, and whatever grace was inside him is gone now; whatever was left of Gadreel is in the hypo and they'll try with what they have. Damn it, says Sam. I want Gadreel to pay as much as you do, says Cas, but nothing is worth losing you--being human didn't just change my view of food, it changed my view of you--I can relate, now, to how you feel--the only one who has screwed things up more consistently than you is me--and now, I know what that guilt feels like and I know what it means to feel sorry, Sam--I am sorry. I know, Sam says. Old me would have jammed that needle in deeper until you died, admits Cas, because the ends always justified the means, but what I went through, well, that PB&J, taught me that angels can change, so, who knows, maybe Winchesters can, too. Cas takes the box in which he carefully placed the hypo containing Gadreel's grace and walks away, leaving Sam sitting there to think.
Cas' PB&J speech to Sam made me cry so hard!
The spell brought you to the source of the blade's power, explains Cain, who rolls up his sleeve to reveal a scar that looks like a lobster on his forearm. It's the bloody mark of Cain, says Crowley, crossing himself. Given by Lucifer himself, says Cain, the mark and blade go together, and one is useless without the other; the blade is just an old bone. The jawbone of an animal, says Dean, the jawbone you used to kill Abel, because he was God's favorite. Abel wasn't talking to God, but Lucifer, corrects Cain, he was going to make my brother into his pet--I couldn't bear to watch him be corrupted, so I offered a deal--Abel's soul in heaven for my soul in hell--Lucifer accepted, as long as I was the one who sent Abel to heaven--so I killed my brother and became a soldier of hell--knight--my knights and I, we did horrible things, for centuries. . . Then you met Colette, says Dean. She knew who and what I was, yet loved me unconditionally, says Cain, she asked one thing, that I stop. When the knights found out, they took retribution, they took Colette, so I took the First Blade back up, it felt so good to have it in my hands again, and I slaughtered the knights of hell. Not all of them, points out Dean.
Flashback to the cabin - Cain kills the demons guarding Abaddon, who has possessed Colette. Abaddon first tries to make Cain stay with them, but he refuses, so Abaddon breaks Colette from the inside, taunting Cain that if she can't have him, neither can Colette. She flees the dying body, leaving Cain to cradle his wife.
So I buried her and walked away says Cain. Dean brusquely expresses condolences, but insists he must get rid of Abaddon. Cain refuses. Dean slams him against the door and says, "Listen, you SOB, you may be done killing, but I'm not." He presses his demon blade into Cain for emphasis. Cain shoves the knife into himself and says angrily, "You never give up on anything, do you?" Then he disappears. Hearing a ruckus outside, they look to see many demons approaching the house in the darkness. Crowley promises to stay as long as he can. You're a peach, says Dean.
Cain goes to his wife's grave and tells her he knows she watches over him, but he needs her to look away now. He kisses her grave.
Demons surround the house and bang at the doors. Cain reappears and offers Dean the Mark--it can be transferred to someone worthy--a killer like Cain. It can kill Abaddon but comes with a great burden. Dean accepts. Cain grabs his arm and transfers the scar from his own arm to Dean's; it burns, and Dean grunts from the pain. Cain tells him he stashed the blade at the bottom of the deepest ocean. Cain makes Dean promise to find the blade, kill Abaddon, come to him when he calls and use the blade to kill Cain. Why? Dean asks. For what I'm about to do, says Cain, and snaps his fingers so the demons can enter the house?
Cain banishes Crowley and Dean from the house, which fills with bright red light as he kills all the demons en masse. Dean and Crowley race to the car and leave.
Sam and Cas mix up the potion to find Gadreel, but Cas sadly reports they didn't have enough grace for it to work. Sam apologies sand says Cas was right about everything. He throws his arms around the angel and hugs him. This is the part where you hug back, says Sam. Oh, right, sorry, says Cas, and tentatively hugs Sam back. There you go, says Sam. Metatron is the key to fixing everything that's wrong, says Cas, I'm going to find him. He clasps Sam's shoulder. We could use Dean's help finding Gadreel and Metatron, says Cas. "We've got this," Sam assures him. Awwwww, forgive your bro, Sammy, he's coming home with a scary scar.
Dean pulls over. He was right, you are worthy, says Crowley. Now you're gonna get all touchy-feely, too? Dean says. Your problem is nobody hates you more than you do, says Crowley, believe me, I've tried. He assures Dean he can find the blade at the bottom of the ocean and bring it to him. Dean saw him kill that one demon, then he just sat back and watched the show--you knew about everything--you played me--why? You never would have given me the blade, says Crowley--who can say no to you?--I needed you to play along. You knew we were being followed and you didn't say anything, accuses Dean. Cain would want to see his prizefighter up close, says Crowley, you plus demons equals Fight Night. Tara died thanks to you, Dean reminds him. Omelettes, broken eggs, etc., shrugs Crowley. Dean punches him. After I kill Abaddon, you're next! Dean shouts. You don't mean that, we're having too much fun, says Crowley--listen up!--even with the blade, we're gonna need all the help we can get against Abaddon. Go find the blade, says Dean. Always something with you boys, isn't it? grumbles Crowley. Dean, alone, leans against the Impala, wincing at the pain from his new scar.
1. I loved this episode more than any other this season! 10/10, my first perfect score. You?
2. So many feels! How did you like the Cas/Sam dynamic? I was in tears when Cas made that sweet speech to Sam. What did you think?
3. Cain was a fascinating character. What did you think of the SPN alteration to the Cain/Abel story?
4. No matter how bad Crowley is, no matter what he does, he's still such a lovable rogue. How did you feel about him tricking Dean into meeting Cain to get the mark and the bone.
5. I wonder--did Cas see the location of Gadreel and for some reason keep it from Sam? How subtle were Cas' suggestions for getting Sam and Dean back together?
6. Love will conquer all--or at least make a violent man make peace. What did you think of Cain's reason for becoming a peaceful man? Colette asked him to stop killing, and he did. When she was murdered, he took it up again.
7. Now Dean has the mark, and of course, it's a burden with a lot of responsibility. How do you foresee the remainder of season 9 with this hanging over Dean's head--arm?