"THE HUNTER GAMES"
Season 10, Episode 10
Writers: Eugenie Ross-Leming
Airdate: January 20, 2015
If you can’t trust your family, who can you trust?
There's a little monster in all of us.
PLOT AND CHARACTERS
“The Road So Far” was a phenomenal montage of Season 10 set to the song,
“Long Black Road” by E.L.O. Definitely worth a re-watch. ♪ "You gotta get up in the morning,
take your heavy load and you gotta keep goin' down the long black road" ♪
Crowley’s steps echo in Hell’s Hall. Apprehensive, he hears a sound.
Guthrie (Russell Roberts) and another demon enter carrying blades. Crowley turns.
Two more demons enter from behind.
A demon crashes through a stained glass window, and another caves in the ceiling.
They fall stabbing Crowley like he’s Julius Caesar. He lies helplessly on his back.
Rowena’s voice wakes him from his assassination. Rowena’s full of motherly concern,
“You're soaked in the horror sweat. Haven't seen that since the plague years. Darlin', what can I do?”
Crowley snarls, “Not a thing, you evil bitch.”
Rowena corrects him, “Not a thing, you evil bitch, ‘mother’.” Crowley leaves.
Rowena retrieves her hex bag from his throne and kisses it.
( Make your own Nightmare Hex Bag: )
CURSED VISION 2
Dean sits on his bed clasping the Mark. Images of his carnage appear.
He stares haggardly into a broken mirror.
SAY WHAT, NOW?
Cas is worried about Claire.
Sam swears Randy used Claire, and Cas was right to intervene.
Cas thinks Claire loved Randy because he was kind to her.
(She must have forgotten that Randy pimped her out in the last episode.)
Castiel doesn’t think Randy deserved what he got. (?)
Dean interrupts, “It was a massacre. ...There was a time I
was a hunter, not a stone-cold killer? You can say it. You're not wrong. I crossed the line.
Guys, this thing's got to go.” They are stumped on how to remove the Mark.
Cas wishes for the Demon Tablet and sighs, “There may be another way.”
SOWING SEEDS IN HELL
Guthrie catches Rowena snooping. She claims she was looking for a “wee scrap of food.”
Guthrie, who doesn’t eat or sympathize, restates his orders for her to leave.
Rowena sweetly commiserates with Guthrie, “Oh, you poor, dear man. Guthrie, is it?
Terrified of displeasing him, aren't you? …You're all scared spitless. Still, a boy listens
to his mum. I'd be happy to put in a good word for you.” Guthrie refuses her offer just as
Crowley enters with problematic paperwork he entrusts to Guthrie.
Crowley asks if Rowena’s “Bored? Suicidal? Both?”
Rowena finds the “discontent, the gossip, the plotting” to be edifying, and Guthrie’s the worst,
Watch yourself around him, mark my word.”
Crowley experiences dé-jà vu. (Like the rest of us.)
“That's exactly what you said about the guard, Gerald.”
Crowley knows what Rowena’s doing, “shamelessly sucking
up so that I'll free you so you can run amok and gum up my operation once again.”
Rowena insists she’s happy and proud to remain with her son.
Crowley’s not about to “curl up in her lap” because she abandoned him for “300 years.”
Rowena says they’ve “been over this.” (Exactly!) She fled because of the locals, and put him
in a workhouse because she had a chance to work with the “Milanese witch, Letitia Di Albioni.”
She refuses to apologize for being a “career woman” and licks her thumb to smooth Crowley’s eyebrow.
HEAVEN HELP US
Cas anxiously awaits Ingrid at heaven’s portal. She appears with Metatron. Ingrid
(Danielle Kremeniuk) stresses that Metatron must be returned intact. Cas agrees.
Metatron reminds Cas, “Told you last time I saw you, I'd get out of the slammer.”
(Yes, and that he wouldn’t help Cas.)
Metatron speculates Castiel would never ask for help for himself so…. He spots Sam by the Caddie.
Metatron’s unnerved. “I'm betting you didn't tell Ingrid about him. Hello, Sam. Here to kill me?”
DIDN’T YOU KILL MY BROTHER?
Sam chains Metatron in the Bunker’s dungeon chair.
“Lovely room. It's where you bring the kinky chicks. Am I right?”
Sam says Metatron’s there to reveal “how to remove the Mark from Dean's arm.”
Metatron’s thrilled Dean’s in trouble,
“He's gone nuclear! Total foaming at the mouth, balls out maniac. That's fantastic!”
Sam reminds him of the task.
Metatron responds, “If you expect any help out of me, you keep that crazy brother of yours on a short leash.”
Sam doesn’t care. Metatron killed his brother.
Dean, entering, glares at Metatron who worriedly tucks his chin down.
SHIP HAS SAILED
Cas knocks at the door and enters. Claire was “hoping” she’d be gone before Castiel came.
Castiel asks if it’s the room, but Claire says it’s him. “I get it, you feel bad, but you, whoever you are, are nothing to me.”
Cas says he feels “a responsibility to help” her. He thinks she’s “adrift” and wants her to have a “normal life.”
Claire keeps packing, “Well, that ship has sailed.” She demands Cas to “Stop talking to me like you're my father.
You killed my father. And that friend of yours killed the last thing I had closest to family.”
Cas is discombobulated.
“Are you speaking of Randy? Family? A man had you in that room, and Randy didn't make a move to help you.”
Claire irrationalizes, “Maybe because he was at gunpoint. Dean Winchester's a monster.”
Cas wisely responds, “It's possible there's a little monster in all of us.”
Claire wants to be on her own. She leaves a confused Castiel and audience.
“Ain't life a bitch?” Metatron asks.
“Nebbishy little guy, me, always sticking it to the lunkhead jocks.”
Sam suggests they address the “keynote speaker.”
Dean wants to enjoy the “personal pleasure of carving the answers out” of him.
Metatron tells “Badass” Dean to hold on, “Why do you just assume I'm not gonna be helpful?”
Sam answers, “Because you're a dickwad.”
(In one of worst lines ever written:)
Metatron responds, “But I'm your dickwad. I have a special place in my non-heart
for you both, to which end, ta-da! I would be tickled to help you pop this biblical zit.
To do it, you are gonna need one specific thing. Your old bud, The First Blade.
Dean looks tormented.
Metatron laughs, “As I said, Ain't life a bitch?”
WALK & TALK
Sam and Dean stride through the Bunker.
Sam thinks getting the Blade is the “single worst idea I've ever heard.
You just whacked a whole houseful of people and that's when the Blade was nowhere around,
and now you want to be in actual contact with it?”
Dean doesn’t want contact with it; but, he knows they need it.
Dean calls Crowley while Sam continues to wrestle with the idea,
“Are you sure this isn't the Mark making you want the damn thing? I mean, why would we trust anything Metatron says?”
Dean doesn’t; but, “What's his game if he is lying, okay?”
Dean argues, if they’re not willing to take a chance, “What was the point in bringing him here?”
T 4 1
Rowena pours herself tea, reminding Crowley she used to sing a lullaby nightly after he “fed the goat.”
(Bad to worse) Crowley sighs, “You never sung me a lullaby. You dosed me with whiskey until I passed out.”
Rowena “had a touch for pharmacology. Your mum was a prodigy.”
Squirrel calls and wants to meet “A.S.A.P.” Crowley excuses himself, “Got to go. Urgent. A matter of state.”
After he leaves, Rowena finds a gargantuan pair of scissors.
Humming, she opens a closet, revealing an assortment of identical ties.
She snips a piece, rubs the silk, and looks devious.
Claire plays pool with two new friends. She explains her situation and amazingly they follow the nonsense.
“After my mom split and went crazy, Randy was like a father to me.
First I lose my first dad, then I lose my second dad, and who killed him and trashed my life?
The buddy of the guy who killed my first dad and wants to be my third dad.”
Impossibly, Brit (Celia Reid) empathizes with Clair by saying, “Wow. Sounds just like my life.” (?)
Tony (Bradley Stryker) says family only brings, “Complications and pain.” That’s why Brit and Tony keep moving.
Brit invites Claire to “hang with” them. Claire warns them, “People near me get pretty unlucky pretty fast.”
Her phone rings.
Tony asks if it’s “the guy who killed your second dad, or the guy who killed your first dad?”
Claire responds, “The second thing.” (?)
Brit counsels Claire, “You seem real sweet, but sweetness don't clean up messes."
“Right,” says Claire taking a shot.
Tony and Brit share a menacing look.
SPYING IN THE RAIN
Rowena hums “My Bonny Lies Over the Ocean” while preparing an astral vision spell.
(Sorry no link, as it requires boiling a rat alive.)
Head thrown back, eyes white, she flies over the foggy city above the heads of Crowley, Sam, and Dean in the rain.
Crowley’s upset by their ludicrous request for the Blade. “It's insane. You want me to procure the most
dangerous weapon on the planet for Dean Winchester, the man who goes mental
every time he touches it! I thought you wanted to go for a beer, catch a film.”
Sam argues, “When the Mark is gone, the Blade can't operate.” (?)
Dean interjects, “Win, win. Huh? Win, win!”
“Stop that.” Snaps Crowley.
Dean cautions him, “I'm doing everything I can to keep it together. Now, you think
the body count around me is high right now? Wait till Hal takes over.”
Crowley agrees to visit his crypt in Guam.
Rowena’s sight reverses. Eyes returned to normal, she smiles.
Guthrie, sorting scrolls, is skeptical of Rowena’s command from Crowley. He prefers to deal “mano a mano.”
Rowena works the underling, and former Cross Roads demon, until he weakens.
Touching him, she asks, “You do travel. Is that not correct?”
Distraught, Cas looks down from the entry railing.
“The First Blade’s back in play, and Crowley’s the one getting it? I don't mean to be an alarmist, but you...”
Dean interrupts, “Well, you know us. When we screw ourselves, we like to go whole hog.
.. I don't do this, I'm down the rabbit hole. Hear evil, see evil, do evil, the trifecta.”
Sam says Cas has enough on his “plate with Claire.” Cas reveals that Claire is gone.
He was hoping Dean would “reach out to her.”
“Me?” asks Dean, “Seriously, I'm probably the last person she would want to hear from."
Cas explains there might be a connection between “one extremely messed-up human to another.
You could explain why you murdered her only friend.” (?)
Dean agrees with this “long shot” contrivance. Cas will text the number because he likes “texting. Emoticons.”
When Dean goes to make a sandwich, Cas notes that Dean “seems calm..."
Sam agrees, “Too calm. I think he’s worried what will happen if he pops a cork.”
Crowley enters his tomb. He snaps his fingers and torches blaze.
He moves to the head of the sarcophagus and stoops to blow away dust, revealing the name, Macleod.
He waves open the lid to reveal a skeleton and a small heavy trunk. He lifts the trunk.
The space inside for the Blade, is empty.
AW, HELL NO
Rowena stretches on Crowley’s throne. When Guthrie enters, she pretends it’s because of a sore back.
Guthrie holds up the satchel. “I have it…I will deliver it only to the King.”
Rowena's delighted, “You have demonstrated unimpeachable loyalty,
Guthrie. You, more than any, deserve this reward from a grateful monarch.”
She drives a blade through him, “Don't screw with me, sycophant.”
Rowena has five seconds to go from gloating murderess to distressed victim;
and she does.
Crowley enters, “What in hell?”
Rowena reacts, “Exactly. What in the hell is going on in hell?
You said Guthrie was one of …your most trusted, and yet I found him inciting unrest amongst the court.
… Colluding with someone called Winchester?
…You were going to fetch The First Blade, which could kill us all.
Naturally, I confronted him, and he attacked me.”
Crowley pauses, “I had a vision of Guthrie attacking me.”
These “Hunter Winchesters” could be a “great danger” and,
“Who is there left for you to trust?” Rowena asks.
Shaken, Crowley seems unsure.
Brit and Claire sit in front of a derelict camper watching a fire.
Brit fondly recalls a Break and Enter.
Tony joins them with beer, laughing, “Of course, the family came home from vacation, screwed up everything.”
Brit just about “peed” herself “when the wife pulled that gun out of her purse.” They “ran two miles, bare-ass naked.”
Claire gets a message from Dean: “We need to talk in person. Just tell me where, okay? Call me.”
Claire tells her friends that Dean gutted Randy, “I saw him standing there, soaked in blood, looking like he enjoyed it.
And now he wants to meet and talk.” (?)
Tony offers to take care of Dean.
Brit says they’ll “Beat him up bad.”
“Or,” Tony adds, “something more permanent.”
Crowley calls Squirrel. He has the Blade. Dean heads to the dungeon.
OH, YA WHAT ABOUT….
The light snaps on interrupting Metatron’s nap. Dean wants the next step.
Metatron announces, “This is where it gets interesting.”
(There’s always hope.)
“That first little tip I gave you, a freebie, just cuz you're you. Every future step?
They're gonna cost you. Big. Oh, and F.Y.I., there's a bunch.”
Dean slams a blade on the table, and walks to the door.
“Whatcha doing there, Slugger?”
Dean doesn’t answer. He locks them in. Returning to Metatron, he picks up the blade,
“I'm settling a score that's taken way too long to settle. ...and it ain't gonna cost me a damn dime, Slugger.”
Metatron repeats his offer, “each step costs you.”
Dean lists Metatron’s offences ending with, "And, oh, yeah, you killed me."
Metatron’s not impressed, “My morality is being judged by Dean Winchester? How many people
have suffered and died because they believed in you?”
Metatron lists Dean’s sins ending with, “Now people die just because you want them to!”
Dean punches him in the face.
Metatron tells him to “Go darker.” Dean punches him again.
“Go deeper!” Dean hits him with a left and then alternates right, left, and right.
“Surely you've noticed every time you respond, when the Mark gets you all twitchy, you fall deeper under its spell.
You think roughing up a few humans and demons makes it worse?
Try messing with the scribe of God, Bucko!”
Cas wants to drive around looking for Claire. He passes the kitchen where Dean should
still be making a sandwich. Dean’s missing.
Dean gives Metatron two right crosses and a left.
He grabs Metatron’s face, “Let's try this again. What’s the next step?”
“Go screw yourself!"
Sam pounds on the door. “Dean, open the door. Hey! Open the door!”
Dean slices Metatron’s face which glows blue and then bloodies.
Dean sizzles a thin line on Metatron’s chest. Metatron screams.
Sam kicks the door.
Finally, Cas orders Sam to “Move!” With eyes glowing, Cas booms the door down.
Metatron gasps, “Behold... The river shall end at the source.”
Sam yells, “You were killing him!”
Cas gave his word to take Metatron back.
Sam assures Cas, “it won’t happen again” (?)
When Cas approaches, Sam stands protectively in front of his brother.
Metatron scolds Cas and then Dean, “If you ever ask me for help again, I will choose Death.
You realize it's going to get worse, Dean. You're gonna get worse!”
Dean already looks worse.
(The script can’t get any worse…or can it?)
Sam and Dean share beers and perspectives on "the river ends at the source."
Sam speculates the Mark is a powerful force but Cain had the Mark for years.
Maybe, Dean, "maybe you have to fight that, you know? (Maybe?)
Dean receives a call from Claire:
“Maybe it's only fair to hear your side of it. … Castiel seemed to trust you, a lot.”
Dean asks where they can meet.
Dean parks Baby and sits on a bench. Claire peaks out from the trailer.
Brit sneaks with a bat. Tony creeps with an axe.
Dean looks at his watch. Claire runs to the door of the trailer. “No!”
Dean turns in time to see Brit take a swing.
He dodges the blow and uses the bat to trap Brit.
He turns to confront Tony’s axe.
Dean throws Brit down and blocks the axe with the bat.
He makes short work of Tony, knocking him to the ground with Brit.
Dean, picking up the axe, stands over them.
Claire cries, “No!” Dean sees Claire's frightened.
He raises the axe. Claire yells, “No! No!” Dean brings the axe down on the bench.
Claire stares at Dean through tears while Tony and Brit scuttle away.
Cas, in his Caddie, follows Claire down the road. She asks him, “How the hell did you find me?”
Castiel lies, “Angels are able to find those who pray to them.” Claire's given up on praying.
Well, Castiel can pick up on a “longing.” He asks if there’s something she wants to tell him.
Claire admits that she’ll try to do things differently, “let go of the little bit of monster in me.”
She wants to be on her own, but she’ll call.
She tells Cas to leave because, “No one's gonna pick me up with that butt-ugly car sitting there.”
Cas says “I'll see you, Claire.”
Claire says she likes him “better in a tie.” (Daddy issues.)
Cas drives away looking at the abandoned minor in the REARVIEW mirror.
A dreadful script that made no sense in order to contrive situations
and to repeat unnecessarily and terribly what has already been said.
Two random characters, Brit and Tony, are willing to kill someone for a girl they just met?
Claire wants Dean killed for killing Randy, a man who pimped her out and whom she recognized as scum in the last episode.
Can we forget her face the last time she looked at Randy?
Castiel thinks Dean’s the one Claire needs to talk to? Doesn’t make sense.
Castiel brings Metatron from heaven to try to get information out of him,
although Metatron made it clear he wouldn’t help Castiel in an earlier episode.
(We have the “Road So Far,” and audiences can replay episodes, yet, we are subjected to repetitive nonsense.)
Crowley and Rowena go over his abandonment, again.
Rowena remembers revealing a Demon’s (Gerald’s) duplicity.
Sam advises Dean to fight the force of the Mark. ???
Claire recaps everything that happened to two strangers to give justification for murder.
Metatron and Dean go over every sin each other has committed.
Many were bolded in the text of this article.
Hindsight makes this line massively annoying: "the river ends at the source."
Oddly, the scene where Dean beats Tony and Brit, the only word spoken was “NO.”
When Dean and Claire have a moment, absolutely nothing was said.
(Or was it cut because it was worse than terrible.)
Dean would probably have called Castiel, but Castiel denies this saying he heard Claire’s “Longing” to talk.
Earlier he was going to drive around looking for her. Why, if he can sense her longing?
Sounds like a lot of ad-libbing. There’s still no transcript available on Supernatural Wiki.
Is it possible the script was even more bare bones than this?
Sometimes when I critique a script I ask myself, “Come on. Could you really do any better?”
The answer here would be a resounding “Hell, Yes, I could!” (Seriously, call me.)
Enough said, I’m flipping the KILL SWITCH on this one.
John Badham /Brad Creasser
A unique impressive eye! John Badham is a master of exploitation.
(John Badham wrote the book: “Badham on Directing”
Visit a clip of previous work: http://www.johnbadham.com/
Please come back, John, when there’s a better script.)
Because the script didn’t move, Badham kept the characters MOVING.
Cast walked, ran, packed, made sandwiches, drank tea, and signed documents.
(Kudos to cast, too)
High angle shots worked HARD establishing setting and giving Character P.O.V.
EXPLOITING LOCAL SETTINGS
Badham used Vancouver’s rain, stunning water sides, and Astoria’s neon lights.
(The Astoria in Vancouver is known as the ‘Ass’ because of its cesspool location. TIP: DON’T book the hotel.
It’s used only by destitute Ladies who are paid to stay there. The Bar thrives due to cheap beer and noteworthy music.)
Exploiting the cast’s TALENT with CU’S
Castiel thinks Claire’s “adrift.” She tells him, “That ship has sailed.”
1. Who should win “Best Performance” for this episode?
Claire Novice Novak: PDG range of emotions bitter/scared/ weepy
Castiel: (won last episode) range of emotions angry/ worried/shy
Dean: Mean Dean’s Scary!
Crowley: His faces dealing with Rowena are priceless. Wide range: fear/annoyance/confused/ angry
Rowena: Fairly danced. Her humming, smoothing Crowley’s eyebrows, deviousness.
Metatron: had terrible lines but managed to deliver. Tortured and taunting. I adore hating this guy.
Sam: Troubled/angry/protective. Wet?
1. What should Dean and Claire have said to each other at the end?
2. Can you think of better portal to heaven than a sandbox?
(It’s supposed to move around. Be Budget Conscious)
(Answer in the comments below. Don’t forget your emoticons.)
FROM THE REAR VIEW
Bradley Stryker (Tony) played Ted in 4.11 “Family Remains”
The Episode was dedicated in memory of Matt Riley (1971 - 2014)
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