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6.16 … And Then There Were None:  She Has A Message For You
 
Eve makes new monsters,
Planning to cage human food;
Hunters' families die.


 
Episode Summary
 
A cannery trucker from Sandusky, Ohio filling his diesel tank at a truck stop at night was surprised by a barefoot young woman – the same girl we saw sacrificed to become the Mother of All in Like A Virgin – approaching him and asking for a ride. She introduced herself as Eve, and when he asked how far she wanted to go, she kissed him aggressively, saying she'd go however far he wanted. A moral Christian man, he pushed her off, advising that what she really wanted and needed was faith in God. She answered that God had abandoned his children, saying they hadn't even noticed that their apocalypse had come and gone. She asked if she could tell him a secret, and when he hesitantly agreed, seized his head and clamped her mouth over his ear while he screamed in pain. Later that night, he walked into the room where his wife slept. When she woke, her happiness at seeing him was transformed into terror as he raised a hammer and smashed her skull.


 
At the desk in his study, talking with the Winchesters, Bobby circled a line of week-long monster-related incidents – vampires, werewolves, shifters, ghouls, and wraiths – on a map marching down I-80 to the city of Sandusky, where a trucker had bashed in his family's heads. Masquerading as federal agents, the three hunters interviewed the distraught trucker, who said he didn't remember anything but driving his regular route and then waking up in his truck at the cannery with no memory of how he'd gotten there. He said when he called home in confusion and got no answer, he went to his house to discover his wife and children dead. He mentioned that he'd given a young woman a ride from the truck stop, and said she must have taken off. 
 
Perplexed by a situation that sounded more like demonic or ghost possession than a monster thing, the hunters reviewed the truck stop camera footage at the police station, seeing the young woman from behind approaching the truck and its driver. As she walked back around to the passenger side, however, the camera caught a view of her face, which flickered into something monstrous and distorted that none of them had seen before. Bobby guessed that all the monster activity might be related to the Mother of All, and Dean wondered what they would do if that were true, since they had no idea how to kill her. Around them, the police station erupted into activity when a new report came in that a worker had gone postal in the cannery, opening fire on his co-workers with a hunting rifle. Bobby went with the cops to scope out the situation, telling the brothers to finish up at the station. Sam advanced the camera footage, seeing the monster woman exiting and walking away from the truck mere moments after having climbed inside it.
 
At the cannery, Bobby discovered hunter Rufus Turner, also posing as an FBI agent, already on the scene and investigating the case, in which a man killed six co-workers before being killed by police. Rufus proposed teaming up and working the case together, like old times, and Bobby hesitantly agreed. Back at the coroner's office, they examined the body of the shooter, and Bobby spotted some thick, dark goo in the man's ear. Rufus sniffed the goo-stained swab, immediately concluding the substance wasn't ectoplasm, but unable to determine what it was. Realizing the two attackers had the cannery in common, they decided to search the place that night, and met Dean and Sam on the pier beside the plant, much to the brothers' delight. 


 
Inside the dark, closed plant, they made their way from the cannery floor up to the offices. Spotting a flashlight moving beyond a set of double doors, Dean and Sam moved into protective guard positions, surprised when the door opened to reveal Gwen Campbell. When Samuel appeared in the room beyond her, immediately pulling his gun, Dean burst into the room with his own gun drawn, intending to kill Samuel as he'd promised during Caged Heat. Sam stopped him, begging him to wait, and when Rufus observed they all seemed to know each other, Dean said Samuel was their grandfather. With Dean too angry to think, Bobby told Sam to take him for a walk, and Dean submitted with poor grace. Outside the room, Dean reminded Sam that Sam couldn't remember what Samuel had done to them, and Sam responded that Samuel might know something, saying he wasn't telling Dean not to kill him, but just not to do it right then. Still seething but under control, Dean stalked off alone down the hall, and Sam went back into the room where Samuel was observing snidely that Bobby must be the guy who was pretending to be the Winchesters' father. Reacting to Sam, Samuel noted he seemed different, and Sam said he'd gotten his soul back. The way he said it, Samuel realized Sam didn't remember the time he'd spent soulless. 
 
Rufus asked Samuel what he was hunting, and Samuel announced they were after a creature from Purgatory who called herself Eve, but whom other monsters called Mother. He said she'd been on Earth about 10,000 years ago and every freak that walked the planet could be traced back to her. Bobby asked him how he knew that, and Samuel, disparagingly calling Bobby a kid, boasted that Bobby didn't know half the things he did, and hadn't even known about the Campbells until recently. Bobby answered that he knew Samuel would throw his own kin to hungry ghouls and figured that was enough. Gwen, surprised and disturbed, asked Samuel what he'd done, and Samuel snapped that Dean had lied. Bobby encouraged her to ask Dean, and observing that was a good idea, she headed out of the room after him. Finding him alone in the hall, she asked if it was true that Samuel had tried to kill him, and he confirmed it. Gwen, clearly appalled, said she hadn't known, and Dean said he knew that, but there was something else he had to tell her – and then he raised his gun and shot her point-blank in the chest. Hearing the shot, all the hunters ran out to find Gwen collapsed on the floor and Dean gone. As Sam went in search of Dean and Samuel looked on, Rufus and Bobby tried to save her, but she died. Sam returned, unsuccessful in his search, and the hunters split up in two teams to find Dean, Sam and Bobby first locking the doors to keep anyone from leaving while Rufus and Samuel deposited Gwen's body in a cold storage room. Before they split up, Sam warned Samuel that they had to find Dean alive, or Sam would kill Samuel himself.


 
Bobby and Sam stuck together in the hunt, while Rufus and Samuel, operating more loosely and not familiar with working as a team, separated during their search. Striking out, Sam eventually pulled out his cellphone and hit his speed-dial – D for Dean – and Rufus, hearing Dean's cellphone ringing behind him, spun to discover Dean standing unsteadily beside a pillar, gun in hand. Rufus demanded he drop the gun and Dean refused as Samuel burst in to join the standoff, quickly followed by Bobby and Sam. Dean said he didn't know what had happened, that he'd woken up on the floor in time to see a big worm crawl out of his ear and into a nearby vent. Samuel said he'd killed Gwen, and Dean, shocked, said the last thing he remembered was talking to her in the hall. He reiterated what he'd said about a worm crawling out of his ear, referencing Star Trek by calling it a Khan-worm on steroids. Bobby told him to check his ear, and while Dean looked at him as if he were crazy, Rufus proceeded to stick a finger in Dean's ear and pronounce him goo-positive, like the corpse of the shooter, indicating the worm either had been in him or possibly still was. Contemplating a parasitic monster that could take over people's bodies and make them do things, all the hunters realized that was something new they didn't know how to fight. Bobby grabbed a sack and advocated all of them disarming to prevent them from blowing each others' heads off while they tried to figure out a plan, observing they couldn't tell who might be the worm's host at the moment. With some hesitation, especially on Samuel's part, they all put their guns in the sack, and Bobby and Rufus secured it with a padlock in a employee locker. They retreated to an employee staff room to think, and Bobby and Rufus both pulled out their phones to call other hunters and learn if anyone had any information on a monster like this one. After they'd been in the room for a while with no success, Samuel got up only to find Sam blocking his path. Saying he needed to go to the bathroom, he walked past, but Dean and Sam followed him.
 
Alone in the room, Rufus and Bobby compared notes on their lack of success. Increasingly antsy, Bobby finally advocated just grabbing the thing and trying to figure it out on the fly, going in guns blazing, and Rufus chillingly asked if he meant like Omaha. Clearly uncomfortable, Bobby responded with anger, telling Rufus that bringing up Omaha was just low.


 
Dean and Sam stopped Samuel on his way out of the bathroom, with Dean asking how Samuel could sleep at night after what he did to them. Samuel claimed to understand how Dean felt, but refused to apologize for what he'd done. When Sam chimed in on his betrayal of the brothers, Samuel responded that Sam wasn't in a position to criticize, because he'd done a lot worse. Sam asked to be told what he'd done, but Dean immediately intervened to get between Sam and the threat of his memories, warning Samuel that as soon as the hunt was over, Dean would kill him. Samuel started to say they'd see about that, reaching into his pocket, but Dean glimpsed dark goo oozing out of his ear and grabbed his wrist as he pulled a small hideout pistol from his pocket, causing the shot to go wild. Samuel pulled free and fled with the brothers in pursuit, and when Rufus and Bobby ran out of the room in response to the shot, Dean called that it was Samuel, and the two older hunters went after the stash of guns. 

Comments  

Haleh
# Haleh 2011-03-30 18:22
Very well written!!! :-)
Suze
# Suze 2011-03-31 03:46
Good one.

I'm sorry to lose Roops and Grandpa too. The formers back-story with Bobby was starting to look really fascinating and Ol'Eyebrows and his mysterious-but- definitely-dodg y hidden agenda was the most entertaining thing about this season so far.

I can't work up much interest in Eve ... Standard SPN issue decorative monologing murder minx. I hope she dredges up some hidden depths soon or the rest of the run's going to be a bit short of properly hissable baddies!
rmoats8621
# rmoats8621 2011-03-31 19:33
Bravo! This was well written and very enjoyable to read. I agree with your assessments. I hope that the Campbell history is not lost. Samuel's journal and his grandfathers must hold a wealth of knowledge that Bobby, Dean and Sam could use. Someday, I hope that we get to know more about John and his family.
Ginger
# Ginger 2011-04-01 18:39
Another excellent article. You are so positive, even in your criticisms. I hope you are right about some explanation about the Sampa; why was he brought back, why and maybe even how he hooked up with Sam...some kind of explanation as to why the Campbells were even in the season. As it was left, it appears as of now that this was a lost opportunity to flesh out an interesting story.

I'm still disappointed that Rufus was killed, especially since death of any kind is no longer a surprise or suspenseful event in SPN. The show has taken death as something surprising or shocking off the table by bringing everybody and their grandfather back.

I did like the episode...espec ially dark Dean, who is oh so much scarier than that silly Eve...and sweet Sam...and the brothers working together. Two episodes of that now, but that is probably not going to last much longer.

Excellent review. I always love them.
Carla
# Carla 2011-04-02 19:35
"One of my absolute favorite memories from this episode will always be the four men meeting outside the cannery at night to hunt together; it's been a long time since we saw such smiles and perfectly shared happiness"
I'm so glad you mentioned it! It was my favorite scene of the episode. It seemed so natural, like they were actually having a good time, even if it was just for a second.
Wonderful review, as always! See ya in two weeks! ;-)
Amy
# Amy 2011-04-03 13:09
Loves your assesement. But I wonder about the Khan worm's confession. I wonder if it told the boys what it did while there is something far more insideous. The trap set for the hunters inside that cannery...what if Eve set it up so she could see how Hunters; specifically the Winchesters acted when no one could rely on each other,knowing that any moment one of them could be possessesed; manipulating the others. And what if Eve was psychically linked to the khan worm? She could see how easily humans mistrust each other in the face of the unknown. Of course she might be discounting these 4 hunters experience and personal history.

Also...when Sam got seperated and he and Dean shouted out each others names several times it was like their own version of MArco Polo and their own way of letting the other know they were there and not alone.

Amy
BagginsDVM
# BagginsDVM 2011-04-03 21:39
Hi Bardic!
Your analysis of Rufus & assessment of his backstory made me love his character & mourn his loss as part of the extended Winchester family even more. I will truly miss him!

I mourn too for the relationship the guys could have had with their grandfather & the Campbell clan. Samuel certainly did destroy that with his obsessive desire to get Mary back. He was a pawn of demons, yet he used his grandsons & all of his extended blood family as pawns also. How did seemingly all the current members of the Campbell clan readily accept the reappearance & leadership of a man they had believed dead for decades? I agree that we need to see more of the Campbell clan; the history of a centuries-old family of hunters is too tantalizing a carrot to dangle before fans, then simply drop it without further mention.

I think your explanation of Dean's definition of family is spot-on. His speech at the cemetery made me think about how trivial are some of the squabbles I've had with my loved ones, & how my own family doesn't end with blood either.

Dawn
Rose
# Rose 2011-04-04 20:08
Wow Mary, well worth the wait! I think this is your best, most insightful review yet. And that's saying a lot because I've enjoyed every single one of your reviews. Your analysis of Dean's speech at the cemetery has me thinking of my own families and how I want to interact with them. Thanks for that, m'dear!

Cheers, Rose