The music builds, LeGrange is seen healing someone, the woman's distress builds, and Sam and Dean's discussion gets more intense as Dean blasts Sam for bringing him there. A guilt ridden Sam pleads that he didn't know. Finally, Dean drops the bombshell. Only one thing can give or take life like that. They're dealing with a reaper.
The music goes into full blazing chorus, the reaper from Dean's healing appears and chases the woman, an older man is miraculously healed, and the woman dies at the reaper's hand. Awesome! That's how you bring drama to a scene!
Oh, poor Sam. All he wanted to do was save his brother. Now this episode goes full circle with "In The Beginning." Destiny cannot be changed. All roads lead to the same destination. So, if Sam hadn't done this, if John hadn't traded his life in "In My Time of Dying," would something else have intervened both times, or are we seeing the consequences of their actions? What if Dean hadn't traded his life for Sam's? I'm sure the demons would have found two others to break the seals. Man, this free will vs. destiny crap is mind blowing.
Sam and Dean talk reaper. There's more than one, they stop time, and you can only see them when they're coming at you, which is why Dean saw it. Sam isn't sold. Dean asks how is Roy controlling the thing. Sam's pretty sharp, he mentions the cross on the altar. He finds it on a tarot card. Tarot goes back pretty far, when priests were using black magic, necromancy and all that jazz. If Roy is using black magic to harness a reaper, Sam equates it to "putting a dog leash on a great white." Sound dangerous.
So, how are they going to stop Roy? Dean knows how, but Sam says they can't kill a human. If they do that, they're no better than he is. Oh, remember the days when Sam thought like that? I'm getting sentimental again. Sam comes up with a better idea. Break the spell.
Impala pulls up in the mud, and was there a freaking monsoon in Vancouver that week or something? It obviously never stopped raining. The protester tells them Roy's a fraud, and now he has full Winchester support. Sam searches the house after Roy and wife leave. He finds the book of spells. He also finds out the people getting swapped with the healed were openly gay, pro-abortion, democrats (just kidding!), and the protestor is in there. Sam calls Dean, warning the protestor is the next victim and he can't let Roy heal anyone.
OF COURSE, because of the heavy handed plot, the next person chosen to be healed is Leila. Dean warns her not to go, but she does because he doesn't give her a good reason. Meanwhile, protestor is chased by reaper outside and Sam helps. Dean yells fire in a crowded tent, which is totally illegal by the way, and the service breaks up. The reaper still comes after protestor anyway. Sam calls Dean on the phone and frantically tells him it must be someone else, and sure enough, Dean catches Sue Ann in the wings chanting with that cross around her neck. Dean stops her, she yells for help
troopers take him away. Bitch.
The reaper disappears and Sam helps the protestor, all while Dean is escorted from the tent. Sue Ann gives Dean the "she's disappointed in him speech" after all they've done for him, and won't press charges. The troopers warn him not to come back, or they'll "put the fear of God in him." Yeah, Dean isn't too impressed with that threat. Leila comes to him next, and doesn't understand why he did that. Dean won't explain. Oh come on Dean, try the truth. She's dying, there's
no harm. Dean instead says Roy isn't a healer and isn't the answer. She wishes him luck, he sends it back, along with a little beating up on himself. "You deserve it a lot more than me." You see how much better these Dean/Leila scenes are without mommy dearest? No suckage in sight anywhere.
Next the reverend offers Leila's mother a private session later, promising to heal her daughter. Oops, crisis not averted. Back at the motel, Sam points out that Roy actually believes he's helping people. Poor delusional bastard. Ah well, its not like he's thinking he's saving the world by killing demons with his mind. Oops, did I write that?
Sam has the book he found in the LeGrange home. It's by a priest that went darkside. It has a binding spell for trapping a reaper. It involves building on altar with all sorts of dark stuff. "Evil," Sam says. "Desperate," Dean corrects. Yeah Sam, remember a few days ago when your desperation got you both into this mess? Of course they realize Sue Ann's taken it a bit too far, trying to play God instead. "May God save us from half the people that think they're doing God's work." I have a better saying Dean. "I love God, but I can't stand his fans." Anyway, they have to break the binding spell. They'll either have to destroy the cross or the altar, or both. They must act fast of course, since Leila's being healed tonight.
They arrive and Dean feels guilty that by stopping Roy, Leila will die. Sam points out that if she lives someone else will die. "You can't play God." Dean still hates it. Dean creates a diversion with the cops (using the same â€˜fear of God' line) so Sam can find Sue Ann and the altar. After finding an empty house, Sam sees the light coming from the storm cellar. He goes in. Back to Dean and his diversion, then to Sam who finds the altar. There's a picture of Dean there with a big ole red X on it, likely in blood. An X? Oh come on, they couldn't come up with an ancient sigil or something?
"I gave your brother life, and I can take it away," Sue Ann says stepping out of the shadows. Sam knocks over the altar, but by this time Sue Ann has escaped and locks Sam in the cellar. Sam pounds on the doors while Sue Ann monologues. "Don't you see Sam, the Lord chose me to reward the just and punish the wicked, and your brother is wicked." Oh, he most certainly is. We love it too. She says Dean deserves to die and Leila deserves to live. By this time, though Sam's already found his way out.
Roy does the pray with me thing and Dean suddenly sees something isn't right. Roy does the magic hands and then Dean sees the reaper. Sue Ann is outside the tent holding the cross and reciting her spell, and the reaper touches Dean. More Sue Ann chanting, Leila healing, and Dean getting the life sucked from him.