Writers: Sera Gamble
Director: Charles Beeson  
First aired: Thursday November 13, 2008.

Ruby (guest star Genevieve Cortese) tells Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) that a powerful demon named Alastair (guest star Mark Rolston) is searching for a girl named Anna (guest star Julie McNiven) who can hear the angels’ conversations.

The three set out to find Anna but once they do, Alastair attacks them and Ruby escapes with the girl. Believing they were set up, Dean lashes out at Sam for trusting Ruby, so Sam tells him what happened during those months Dean was in Hell and how Ruby saved his life.

Castiel (guest star Misha Collins) and Uriel (guest star Robert Wisdom) return and demand to be taken to Anna but not for the reason Dean thinks.

Charles Beeson directed the episode written by Sera Gamble.





Sam, Dean, and Ruby look for Anna who hears the voices of angels. When Ruby seemingly betrays the brothers and leaves with Anna, Sam enlightens Dean on how Ruby saved Sam’s life while Dean was in Hell.

Full Recap

At a hospital, a woman, Anna Milton, is staring off into space. The doctor asks if she knows where she is and if she remembers what she did. Anna says she was trying to warn everyone but realizes it was stupid. The doctor pursues the matter and Anna insists it’s all true: the Apocalypse is coming. Anna explains that Lilith is trying to free Lucifer but then seems to hear something. Anna explains there are 600 seals but Lilith only has to break 66, so the angels are losing and they’re all going to die.

Later, an orderly brings Anna her meds but she wonders what happened to his face. His eyes turn black and the orderly comes in. Anna concentrates and shoves a case into him, slamming him into the wall. She slips out the door and into the night.

A seemingly drunken Sam is playing pool for money and losing. He turns it around, but notices Ruby at the bar and leaves the money to go talk to her. Dean is less than thrilled for her to be there. She tips them off that Anna has escaped and the demons are looking for her… with orders to take her alive. Dean isn’t interested in anything from Ruby, but Sam decides to pursue the matter. As they make the three-day drive to the hospital, Dean wonders what Sam has been doing getting involved with a demon. Sam doesn’t want to discuss it and brings up Dean’s reluctance to talk about his time in Hell. Dean backs off, but Sam remembers…

Six Months Earlier

Sam summons a crossroads demon and it insists on seeing the demon-killing knife first. It refuses to bargain for Dean’s life and Sam stabs it through the hand. Sam demands it take him for Dean but the demon says they have Dean right where they want him.

The Present

Sam and Dean arrive at the hospital and talk to Anna’s doctor, who says the orderly doesn’t remember anything that happened. The brothers are skeptical and the doctor explains that Anna simply flipped one day, overtaken by delusions that she saw demons everywhere. Among Anna’s papers are references to “Raising the Witnesses” and the freeing of Samhain.

The guys go to see Anna’s parents and find them dead, their throats slit. Dean recognizes some of Anna’s sketches as the window from her church. They go to the church and find Anna hiding there. They try to talk to her and she knows who they are. She’s heard the angels talk about them and knows that some of them think Dean can save them, and don’t like Sam at all. She explains that she can overhear angels in her head. The voices started the day Dean was released from Hell. They figure the demons want her so they can listen in on their enemies. As Anna asks if her parents are okay, Ruby comes in and Anna retreats in terror. She warns a big-time demon is coming but Dean thinks she’s lying. Ruby says the demon followed them, and they see a statue of Jesus start bleeding. Ruby says the demon is there and Dean examines the statue while Sam gets Anna into a nearby room for safety. Ruby says that Sam has no choice but to use his powers. The demon, Alastair, bursts in and Sam tries to stop it but it shrugs off his powers and tosses Sam down the stairs. Dean attacks it with the knife and the demon asks Dean if he recognizes him, saying they were close in Hell. Ruby gets Anna out while Dean finally recognizes Alastair. Sam tries to stab Alastair but doesn’t deliver a killing blow. The brothers realize that Ruby has left with Anna and leap out a window to make their escape, leaving the knife behind.

Dean and Sam get to their motel to tend to their wounds and Sam wonders who the demon was. Dean doesn’t answer and wonders if Ruby can be trusted. Sam insists they can and figures Ruby hasn’t called because Alastair is watching them. Sam says they have to lay low and Dean wonders why Sam trusts her so much. He says that Ruby saved his life.

Six Months Earlier

A drunken Sam returns to his hotel room and two demons attack him. One of them is Ruby, in a new body. She takes the knife and explains that Lilith gave her one last chance in return for killing Sam. Sam tells her to do it and Ruby stabs her fellow demon instead. She tells him they have to go and they hit the road. Ruby wants to get something to eat but Sam isn’t interested. Ruby explains she’s a fugitive on Sam’s behalf and Sam wants to know if she can help him save Dean. She admits she doesn’t know anything powerful enough. He stops the car and orders her out. He asks her whose body she’s wearing and she admits it belongs to a secretary. He tells her to leave it or he’ll send her back to Hell.

In a hospital, a young Jane Doe is dying. The doctors disconnect her from life support, but she suddenly revives and asks for food. Sam is at a new place when Ruby arrives in her new (present day) body. She has a medical record proving her body was brain-dead, and she says she has something else for him. She offers him Lilith and he’s eager to use his powers. However, she explains that Lilith is up to something big and they need to take the time to get it right this time. Ruby tells him to sober up and she’ll teach him everything she knows. He practices on a captive demon but fails, and Lilith kills it with the knife. Ruby assures him he’ll get over losing Dean but Sam refuses to talk about it. She reminds him she used to be human and remembers what it means to lose someone. She apologizes and then kisses him. He shoves her away, but she continues to come on to him and he finally gives in.

The Present

Dean is less than thrilled to hear about Sam’s sexual escapades. Sam continues with how he found signs indicating Lilith was in town…

Five Months Earlier

Ruby warns that they’re not ready to confront Lilith. When Sam insists on going, Ruby realizes he’s on a suicide run but Sam shoves her aside and goes anyway. Sam goes to the house and finds a young girl at a table. The girl begs him to go home and two demons attack Sam. They say Lilith couldn’t make it and knock the knife away. However, Ruby arrives and attacks the demons, and tells Sam to get the girl to safety. She kills one but the remaining demon overpowers her. Sam returns and uses his power, successfully forcing the demon out of its host body and sending it back to Hell.

The Present

Sam says that he couldn’t have made it without Ruby. They’re interrupted when a maid arrives with clean towels. She gives an address to Sam, who realizes she’s Ruby temporarily in a new body. They sneak out the back and go to the address, where Ruby has Anna. Dean is forced to reconsider Ruby and admits he owes her for Sam. Anna wants to call her parents and Sam finally tells her the truth. She starts sobbing but then says that they’re coming. They retreat to a backroom and Ruby realizes that they’ve lost the knife. There’s a knock on the door and then it bursts open… and Castiel and Uriel enter. They’re there for Anna and Castiel explains she has to die.

(to be continued)

Review by Gaelic

4.09 – I Know What You Did Last Summer- Gaelicspirit review

Stream of Consciousness, episode review 4.09

I was smart this time. I wrote this in Word first, then posted. Take that, technology.

I’m writing this quickly and with a lot of emotion shaking through me. Quickly, because I have to get up at 3am to leave for the airport and fly away to Chicago for Creation Con. The emotion part I’ll get to shortly.

For those of you who don’t see previews, I won’t ruin anything for you except to say OMFG I can’t wait for next week. Kelly, you know exactly what I mean. *grin*

The build up in this epi was fabulous. The back story helped us — or maybe I should be saying me — form a more complete picture, helped us feel some balance of emotion, helped us see where Kripke’s Plan may have been going all along. When this whole series is ultimately over, what a story it will have told.

I ended this episode with three over-arching thoughts:

1) The convenience of fictional storytelling is unparalleled and thank God for that.

2) There comes a time in every sibling’s life when they have to force themselves to see their fellow sibs as a person in and of their own right and not as a playmate, childhood friend, partner in crime, or responsibility.

3) Desperation finds a comfortable home inside of grief, and has the uncanny ability to cause riots in the minds of the sane.

The Ramble

I should warn you, my head was all over the place watching this, so I can’t guarantee any sort of logical, scene-following flow. Not sure if I ever had that in the first place…

I liked Anna immediately. I thought her striking in looks, with her wide, innocent eyes, her slight tremble of awed fear and disbelief, and her sarcastic, very Dean-like “smoke ’em if you got ’em” approach to the coming apocalypse.

I liked that we got some more information about why this war has been so hard-fought. Something like 600 possible seals, and Lilith only has to open 66 (and which 66 she plans on opening, none of the good guys know) to bring out Lucifer. Okay, we need some lawyers in Heaven because that is a pretty darn big loophole in the whole good vs. evil thing.

I liked the opening scene with the boys — Sam “drunk” and hustling pool, Dean setting up the play. I always pictured it opposite, and probably it usually is. But this is just one more example of the change we’re seeing in Sam. Not only that, but the change in Dean. He’s recognizing that his baby bro can hold his own, so it’s giving it over to him. Their quick blink-and-you’ll-miss-it exchange of looks when Sam kicks the anty up to $500 was a joy to watch. They are partners. And I love it.

Dean’s “we’ve got leads…BIG leads” sarcasm when they leave behind cold, hard cash to meet up with Ruby is predictable. As was his doubt that Ruby was actually helping them or that Anna was real.

The hard edge to Sam’s voice in the car on the three-day drive to Anna’s hospital when he said “let’s trade stories, how was hell? Don’t spare the details” made me wince, but y’know, I couldn’t blame the guy. No one knows how to push your buttons — and exactly what order to push them — like family. Sam is hurt at being left out in the cold of Dean’s pain, and he’s trying to be mature about it, but it makes him mad, and having a history that Dean doesn’t know about with Ruby — and having Dean constantly sniping at and about her — has to be wearing him down.

And the flashbacks begin. I have to say that I loved the flashbacks. I loved seeing Sam rough and worn and weary. I loved seeing him as I felt he should have been — as he wasn’t four months later when he finally saw Dean alive again. As we all expected him to be. Because, really? None of us moved on. We spent an entire summer with Dean’s bloody face and his desperate cry of “SAM!” ringing in our ears and seeing Sam looking whole and healed just felt all levels of wrong.

But the flashbacks showed us how raw Sam had been. How unsteady and desperate. How lost he was with out Dean. Guh, I broke inside a bit for him. He had tried so hard for a year to save his brother and nothing worked. Dean still died — and not just died. Was ripped. To. Shreds. Right in front of Sam. Leaving Sam to bury him (a state away from where he died for some odd reason). Leaving Sam to go on alone in the middle of an all-out war where the demons claw at him day and night. The real ones, and the ones inside.

So, seeing him stagger towards the CRD2 (which, am I nuts in thinking that there was only 1 CRD?), not wanting a deal of 10 years, not even wanting one year, just wanting to trade places with Dean… broke my heart. I’m a big enough sap that I’m actually tearing up writing this.

But then we get that odd line from CRD2 about having Dean right where they want him… okay, so all along I had been speculating that Dean was simply Dean. Blue-collar, classic-car lovin’ hunter who would have been a fireman or a mechanic had he never known about demons.

I thought he was there as a firewall to stand between Sam and the darkness. A reminder of what it’s like to be real. But… perhaps he was significant in this universal struggle all along… perhaps the reason he was saved, the reason ANGELS take orders from him… is that Sam’s not the only ‘chosen one.’

I’ll leave my speculations there because I rather enjoy watching Kripke unspool his ball of yarn and being thrilled by the unfolding story.

The quietness in the car, though, after Sam’s mini-recollection, was heavy. Heavy enough that I felt it through my TV. And for some reason, the space in the interior of the Impala actually looked like it shrank. I don’t know why I noticed that. Maybe it’s just me.

Okay, when they went to Anna’s house, find her parents dead and sulfur about, and Dean pulls his Columbo “girl, interrupted” lines out, all I could think was: they’re not worried about fingerprints? Is it because they’re officially dead after Jus In Bello? I’m just curious, not critical.

I loved the initial encounter with Anna. This girl really got to me for some reason. I think maybe because in Lazarus Rising Castiel said that only certain special people could hear them. And so far, the only “special people” we’ve seen exhibit powers like seeing demon’s real faces or moving objects with their mind have either been damned or infused by demon blood.

Now, of course we don’t know that she isn’t one of those two, but I’m doubting that’s the case. I think maybe she’s simply special, and like anything else humanity doesn’t understand, she’s feared and locked away.

Not only that, the demons want her because, as Dean pointed out, she’s 1-900-ANGEL, and the Angels recognize the threat she is if captured alive by the demons, so they feel she must die. Anna’s in a real tough spot. But, I can’t help but believe that there’s a purpose for everything. I mean, what happened to God works in mysterious ways? If Anna can hear the angels, then there must be a reason for it. Right?

I loved that she stepped out with a “THE Dean?” question. Dean’s face looked really warm in that scene. Very infused with color and emotion and wonder. I couldn’t help but think of his experience when Castiel spoke — made his ears bleed. I felt that he might have been thinking about that as well, and watching Anna in awe that she was still in one piece. That she knew everything he’d learned in the last two months.

And it all started for her the day he got out of hell. I chuckled at Sam’s “that’s above my pay grade” comment. I like that about as much as “yeah, I got nothin’.” Hee.

Dean’s fascination with the bloody eyes of the statue had me tilting my head at him in thought. I just want him to have some peace. Which, of course, was not to be in this moment as the demon burst through the door, and Sam was unable to use the Force, getting tossed aside like so much garbage as Ruby hid Anna and Dean ended up getting the ever-lovin’ crap kicked out of him. 

Not only that… but he knew the demon. Allistair. Whoever that is. Only Allistair I know was on You Can’t Do That On Television. *shrug* But… Allistair eluded to the fact that Dean and he being “really close” when Dean was in hell. So either that’s a hint at what Dean saw/did, or it’s a demon’s way of using sarcasm while he makes you bleed.

Sam saved his brother, though, and while Allistair was dealing with the Knife That Can Kill Any Demon Except When It Can’t, they jump through a stained glass window. Ouch. And… ouch. Leading up to this fanfic writer’s toe-curling scene of glee. Sam stitching up his own very yummy bicep while Dean spits out blood and waits to get his poor shoulder relocated. “On three… one…” CRACK!

Dude, I seriously felt the bile rise in his throat as Dean turned away and tried the breathe-through-your-nose-not-through-your-mouth method for not puking from the pain. Made my teeth tingle.

I know I wasn’t the only one. Terry’s gonna wear out that part in her DVDs.

Okay, so, we get Dean sitting painfully in a chair, facing his brother and finally getting the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Turns out… he can’t exactly handle the truth.

And this is where the creativity of fiction enters in. We all know that Kripke watches the boards and absorbs fan reaction. Personally? While slightly contrived, I think he handled the Ruby/Sam situation rather well.

It’s really the only thing he could do. He’d already set it up that Sam and Ruby were “comfortable” around each other from the first episode, more than just the random show-up-and-fight-demons kind of relationship. I don’t think the writing team really thought about the ramifications of what it would mean to the fans for Sam to have a relationship of any kind other than killing with a demon.

Or, maybe they did and this was planned all along, who knows. But either way, it was handled so that I was comfortable with the play-out, bought the somewhat scrambled reasoning, and decided that I could, like Dean, feel slightly dirty and ask to skip the nudity.

I liked Ruby showing up in a different body when she initially saved Sam. That wasn’t something I expected. AND allowed for Sam to really be Sam a bit later by demanding that Ruby let the secretary go. The fact that she then possessed a Jane Doe coma patient that was going to be unplugged was the contrived part for me, but, hey, like I said, I was able to go with it.

The expression on Dean’s face when he says “too much information” is how I felt when I found drugs on my baby sister. The okay, I don’t want to know this, I want to erase it from my mind, but I can’t go back, and I have to remember that they’re an individual not ruled by my personal code of right and wrong and I have to decide how I’m going to love them—completely without complete understanding, or with parameters and limitations—because I can’t have it both ways and I don’t want to lose them, so I am going to have to suck it up and let them work through this feeling.

I think Dean was right, though. That Ruby screwed with Sam, played mind games, and did everything to get him to go “bad.” And I think that there’s something in this for her at the end of the road — something is going to happen with or for Ruby when Lilith dies. Otherwise her desperation to train Sam to get rid of Lilith wouldn’t be so raw.

Her seduction was blatant, but at the same time, Sam was destroyed. Broken from the inside out. She knew it, took advantage of his grief, but he wasn’t without control. He let it happen. He wanted escape. He justified it just as the writers did — it’s not rape because there’s no one else in that body but Ruby.

Yes, it is sleeping with a demon, but maybe he wanted to be dirty. Maybe he wanted to be bad. Just so that he could feel something else besides the overwhelming pain that had swamped him since the Hellhounds tore his brother apart before his eyes. He was all alone in the world and she was offering him warmth and companionship and a little danger and… yeah, I can get that.

And, man, did that actress look TINY compared to JP. One wrong move and he’d snap her in half!

Like Dean, I felt a little dirty. But in way, and please don’t hate me for this, I liked the feeling. I liked seeing Sam as someone who is vulnerable to life and makes mistakes and willingly goes where he knows he shouldn’t just because he is tired of doing the right thing all the time — because the right thing left him alone in the world. That makes him fantastically flawed to me. And now he has somewhere to go, some way to grow, and change will be more significant. I dig it.

Ruby was so right about Sam wanting to die fighting Lilith. You could see it in the redness framing his eyes and the tension in his mouth. No matter what she was teaching him, he didn’t want to survive this fight without Dean. Hearts breaking wide open all over the world tonight. Good Lord, kid.

So… Ruby saves Sam from the trap Lilith set for him, and in turn Sam saves her by successfully using the Force for the first time. Dean’s slow absorption of this information made me want to squeeze his (non-wounded) shoulder and whisper “it’s gonna be okay.”

Ruby possessing the housekeeping lady to get the boys’ attention had me chuckling. As did the awkward apology from Dean. I think I melted a little more when he said “I owe you for Sam.” Holy smokes, boy. Kill me dead. Ruby realizing that the boys lost the knife with Dean’s “don’t look at me” and Sam’s “thanks a lot!” gave me back a little balance.

Sam came clean. Like, all the way, no curtain calls clean. And Dean took the hit and listened and accepted. And because of that, they are one more step toward having a new balance all their own. Dean’s secret pain, though, has to be aired. Sam has to know — not only to bring them back together, but because there are obviously enemies that Dean knew/knows that are coming back and they have to be ready for. Like Allistair.

Okay, so, like I said, quickly written and a bit scattered, but the emotion is well-intentioned and very real. And I cannot WAIT until next week. Plus?? Does ANYONE know when it’s coming back? Do we just skip Thanksgiving Day? I told you, I plan my life around this show…

I’m off to peek at baby girl and attempt to sleep. I’ll post Con experiences on LJ as often as possible. And, if anyone is interested, I am working on the first chapter of Weapon and the Wound. I have 15 pages done, but life got in the way a bit. I’ll return to it after this weekend.


Guest Stars




Misha Collins
as Castiel | gallery

Julie McNiven
as Anna Milton | gallery

Robert Wisdom
as Uriel | gallery

Genevieve Cortese
as Ruby | gallery

Mark Rolston
as Alastair | gallery

Gwynyth Walsh
as Psychologist | gallery

Anna Williams
as Ruby’s Host Body #1 | gallery

Anthony Harrison
as Doctor | gallery

Shawn Hall

as Pool Player | gallery

Michelle Hewitt-Williams

as Maid / Ruby’s Temporary Host | gallery

Dave Collette

as Orderly Demon | gallery

Samantha Page

as Little Girl | gallery

Drew Nelson

as Crossroads Demon | gallery

Glenn Ennis

as Lilith’s Demon #1 | gallery






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No music in this episode.



Anna: This demon, Lilith, is trying to break the 66 seals to free Lucifer from Hell. Lucifer… will bring the Apocalypse. So… smoke ’em if you got ’em.

Dean: That’s Revelations.
Anna’s Doctor: Since when does the Book of Revelations have jack-o-lanterns?
Dean: It’s, uh… a little-known translation.

Dean: So, they lock you up with a case of the crazies, when really you’re just tuning into angel radio?
Anna: Yes. Thank you.

Alastair: Don’t you recognize me? Oh, I forgot–I’m wearing a pediatrician.

Ruby: Proof. This body is 100% socially conscious. I recycle. Al Gore would be proud.

Dean: I guess I… you know.
Ruby: What?
Dean: I guess I owe you for… Sam. And I just wanted to… you know?
Ruby: Don’t strain yourself.
Dean: Okay, then. Is the moment over? Good, ’cause that was awkward.

(talking to the Crossroads Demon)
Sam: I don’t want 10 years. I don’t want one year. I don’t want candy! I want to trade places with Dean.

Sam: You got something to say, say it.
Dean: Oh, I’m saying it–this sucks.
Sam: You’re not pissed we’re going after the girl. You’re pissed Ruby threw us the tip.
Dean: Right. ‘Cause as far as you’re concerned, the hell-bitch is practically family. Yeah, boy, something major must’ve happened while I was downstairs, ’cause I come back, and you’re BFF with a demon?

Dean: Well, you got a lot of nerve showing up anywhere near me.
Ruby: I just have some info, and then I’m gone.
Sam: What is it?
Ruby: I’m hearing a few whispers.
Dean: Ooh, great, demon whisperers–that’s reliable.

Dean: Sam?
Sam: Yeah?
Dean: Too much information.
Sam: Hey, I told you I was coming clean.
Dean: Yeah, but now I feel dirty.



While Dean and Sam were at the Milton house they have left evidence of them being there like fingerprints on several objects. They both have their fingerprints in the police database, sooner or later the bodies will be found and evidence will point again to Winchester brothers.

When Sam starts to tell Dean the story about how Ruby saved his life, he is holding a towel to the cut he just stitched up, and his shirt sleeve is bloody from the wound. When the flashback takes a break, Sam hasn’t moved from where he was sitting, but his shirt is spotless and there is no blood on his arm or towel stopping the flow.

Sam and Dean went to the asylum to ask the psychiatrist about Anna and the psychiatrist told Sam and Dean all about Anna’s condition. The psychiatrist cannot release information to Sam and Dean because of doctor-patient confidentiality.

When Dean and Sam leap out the window, the shot from inside shows the two brothers hitting the window simultaneously. However, when the camera cuts to the outside, Sam emerges first and Dean is considerably behind him.


Dean: So I’m Girl, Interrupted… Referencing the 1999 movie starring Winona Ryder as real-life mental patient Susanna Kaysen, who was placed in a mental institute after trying to commit suicide.

Title Referencing the 1997 movie of the same name, I Know What You Did Last Summer . One year after accidentally killing a man and dumping his body in the sea, four friends are forced to relive the events of the previous summer. They had thought they were in the clear, until an unknown assailant warns them “I know What You Did Last Summer.”


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