Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate the mysterious demise of drowned victims who were nowhere near the water at the time of their death.
The brothers learn each of the victims saw a ghost ship shortly before they died.
Upon investigation, they cross paths with Bela (Lauren Cohan), who is being paid handsomely by one of the murder victim’s family members to solve the case.
Sam and Dean warn her to stay out of their way, but she has other plans.
Cliff Bole directed the episode written by Laurence Andries.
Red Sky at Morning
Then: ‘Dad’s gone, he wants us to pick up where he left off. Let’s kill some evil sons a’ *****es and raise a little hell.’ Bela gets introduced again, she’s at the graveyard and she shoots Sam. Sammy promises Dean he’s going to get him out of the deal and he meets up with the crossroads Demon. She says her boss is the one who holds the contract; Sam shoots her.
Now: There’s a girl jogging along the waterfront at night, she stops to take a drink of water and sees the ghost ship. Back at her house she’s in the shower and gets attacked- we can’t see the details but she dies plastered against the shower door.
In the Impala- Dean confronts Sam about the missing bullet and Sam admits he shot the crossroads demon. Dean asks if he got out of the deal, and Sam points out he would have mentioned that earlier. Dean gets really angry, telling Sam the crossroads Demon was the only link they had to find out information about Dean’s deal. He tells Sam he should back off. Sam responds: ‘No matter what you do I’m gonna try and save you. And I’m sure as hell not gonna apologize for it, alright?’
The investigation- The boys go to the victim’s aunt’s house. The old lady, Ms. Case doesn’t seem very upset, she says the coroners said she drowned, but how do you drown in a shower? She asks if the boys are with ‘Alex’. Apparently the victim reported seeing a ghost ship that disappeared. Ms. Case starts making moves on Sam, rubbing his fingers- Sam is thoroughly creeped out.
Along the waterfront- The boys are talking about the potential of the ghost ship, and how many crashes have happened along that shore. They realize it’s going to take forever to figure out which ship is being haunted. Dean discovers the Impala has been stolen, he hyperventilates and Sammy helps him. Bela walks up, revealing she had the Impala towed and she is ‘Alex’. She’s investigating the case because she is getting paid my Ms. Case but she doesn’t plan on actually solving it- she just provides the ‘comfort’.
She walks away.
Dean: ‘Can I shoot her?’
Sam: ‘Not in Public.’
In a House- Another man is in his bathroom and walks over to a tub filled with black water. A spirit’s hand chokes him, his eyes and veins popping like he drowned.
Outside that house- Bela is interviewing the brother of the second victim. The boys flash their badges and make her leave. They find out the brother saw the ship too, meaning he is destined to die. The boys open the trunk to check their arsenal, Bela confronts them and says that man is going to die no matter what they do. She insults them even more and claims she is going to find the ship.
On stakeout in the parked Impala- The boys are keeping watch on the brother of the second victim outside his house. Sam’s background check reveals he led a really clean life. He became rich after he and his brother inherited the money of their deceased father. The man sees them outside, yells at them to get away. Sam and Dean run over to try and tell him what’s going on, but he gets in his car to drive away. The spirit from the ghost ship traps him and causes him to drown. Sam and Dean can’t get there in time to save him.
In the Impala- The boys are pissed.
Dean: ‘You can’t save everybody.’
Sam: ‘Ya right so that make you feel better?’
Dean: ‘Not really.’
Sam: ‘It’s just lately I feel like I can’t save anybody.’
The squatting house- The boys are doing more research, Bela knocks on their door and mocks them about the dead guy they tried to save. She has IDed the ghost ship and reveals all the information she found out. The spirit sailor who is killing people was hanged- his right hand was cut off to make a hand of glory. Bela tells the boys they need to get the hand and salt and burn it- and she knows where it is. They have to go the Gala Museum Event undercover. Dean descends down the stairs completely decked out Bonds style and Bela is impressed. Dean just wants to get this over with.
Sea Pines Maritime Museum- Dean sticks his gum on the punch bowl. We find out Sam came with the old lady Ms. Case as his date. He goes over to Dean and Bela, clearly upset. He wants to know how long he has to entertain the old lady. Dean says this is the easiest way to get the hand and walks off with Bela. Sam chugs a glass of champagne. Dean and Bela have to come up with a plan to get upstairs to the room with the hand, but there are professional guards everywhere. Bela makes a crack about Dean’s smarts and then she fake-faints. He grabs an appetizer, then tells the guard she passed out from too much champagne and asks for a room upstairs. Bela tells Dean what room the hand is in, and he goes to get it.
On the Dance Floor- Sam and Ms. Case are dancing. Ms. Case tells Sam to call her Gert. She keeps groping Sam, grabbing his butt. ‘You’re just firm all over’.
Back upstairs- Dean beats the security system and slides the hand under his jacket. The guard comes up to kick them out, Bela acts like she’s entertaining a man in the room, tells the guard to give her a few more minutes. Dean shows her the hand, she wants to hold it but he tells her no.
On the Dance Floor- Gert’s champagne glass is empty and she’s right up against Sam. She reveals she knows how the victims all might be connected. She whispers in Sam’s ear that the two men murdered their father to get the money. The first woman to die killed her cousin in a car accident. Bela and Dean come back, Gert tells Bela that Sam ‘wants her’, and Bela says she will see them at the cemetery.
Outside the Museum in the Impala- Sam wants to make sure Dean has the hand, Dean reaches in his jacket to discover that Bela has taken it from them.
Bela sees the Ghost ship.
In the Squatting House- Dean and Sam are really angry at Bela. She bangs on their door, saying she sold the hand but she saw the ship. She wants the boy’s help even though she used them to get the hand. The boys reveal the spirit is killing people who have spilled family blood. And they want to know who Bela has murdered. She won’t say and Dean wants to leave her. She pulls the sympathy card, and Sam reveals their might be another option to save her.
In the Cemetery- It starts to rain, the boys have an incantation ready. Sam starts to read in latin, the spirit shows up and throws Dean aside. Dean scrambles to get to her, the spirit has already made her start to drown. The rain all of a sudden stops; the spirit’s brother appears. It says it is sorry for haning his brother. The spirit jumps into him and in a swirl of water they combine and dissolve.
In the Squatting House- Bela comes, commends the boys, and gives them $10,000 payback. The boys don’t know where the money has been, but Dean says he knows where it’s going.
In the Impala- Dean wants to spend the money in Atlantic City. He then brings up the crossroads Demon, says he knows why Sam did it- he understands. He tells Sammy that he’ll be fine when he’s dead- he tries to apologize for all that he’s putting Sam through. Sam bursts out:
‘I don’t want you to worry about me Dean. I want you to worry about you. I want you to give a crap that you’re dying.’
Dean sort of ignores what Sam says, he says he wants to play Craps.
3.06 Red Sky at Morning
Let me just start out by saying that blue denim shirts are the new sexy in Gaelic’s world. Oh. My. God. That boy looked so friggin’ good to me tonight. And Sam’s dimples? *grin* I get to watch the show with my good friend Ash and the benefit to that (aside from catching things the other didn’t hear over a giggle or a sigh) is a short burst of philosophical discussion between the credits and the previews.
One thing we talked about tonight is Dean’s apparent lack of concern about protecting Sammy when he’s gone. (And I’ll get to his referring to burning forever in Hell as being “away” in a bit.) Where I went with that was after having suffered a loss of my own that others may not have viewed as a loss, I was told that it was a death and I was allowed to grieve and people handle grief in very different ways. Some succumb to tears, others find their strength, and then there are also those that shut off inside themselves. Dean has always been more concerned about others — Sam, John, Bobby, strangers — than himself. So, it makes sense that he’s more worried about how Sam is dealing with everything. And I see Dean’s internal coping method of the moment being the shut off valve. So… with that, he has to convince Sam that he doesn’t need Dean’s protection anymore, and, therefore, convince himself of the same thing. Because it’s the only way Dean’ll make it through this.
But let me back up, because this episode had so much more than angst in it. I laughed more in this episode than I had in the ones designed to be funny. And once I forced myself to get past Bella’s accent (loved the American report accent, though…), I actually found her a possibly intriguing character. She certainly brought a bit more depth to the game tonight, and she is certainly getting under the boys’ skin.
I liked that they changed up the previously’s a bit. Killing evil sonsa*****es and raising a little hell works a bit better for me at the moment then carrying out Dad’s legacy now that he’s gone. *shrug* Go figure. I loved that they had Dean calling Sam out on the Crossroads encounter. I never thought about Dean having checked the number of bullets in the Colt, but that so fits his character. Know your weapons. And know your brother. He’s suffering, and he’s stubborn, and he thinks he knows better, so… just because you told him not to go means diddly squat when he is determined. Sam casually saying “she was a smart ass” was a very Dean-like comment. I like the continuity there of the role-reversal we’ve been seeing. And I loved how Dean just kinda tossed “so am I out of my deal” like he wasn’t really thinking about it, wasn’t hoping, wasn’t holding his breath… His point about finding out who is holding the contract being important was kinda glossed over with the snark about asking the Crossroads Demon, but, oh, whoops, they can’t. However, it was still noted. Dean might be letting a smidgen of hope sneak through an inadvertent crack in his shell. Moving on…
The deaths weren’t all that hideous — with the exception of the dude in the bathtub with the bulging eyes… gack — but they were frightening to me. Shower deaths are just creepy — you’re so vulnerable and exposed in the shower… very little way to fight back. Plus… you’re slippery! And I’ve always managed to freak myself the hell out when washing my face because I have soap in my eyes and can’t see in the mirror and what if there is someone behind me who disappears when I turn around?! Yeah, so… creepy.
The ghost ship was kinda cool, even though it reminded me a LOT of “The Fog.” I’d seen some minor spoilers about Gert having a thing for Sam, but when she molested his finger in her living room, I about lost it. I knew it was going to be a nice night for cute, uncomfortable Sam. Hee. Dean’s facial expressions just steal the show, though. Sam can dimple and squirm and try to go to his happy place all night long, but one “you gotta be kidding me” smirk from Dean and I’m done for.
The missing Impala — GASP! Dean’s little panic attack was precious. But not as much as Sam’s sudden “Whoa, easy” jump to his side. *pets Sam* And Bella even knowing about the ship had me suspicious of her motives from that moment. I liked that they had them “squatting” in that house. I mean… they can’t stay at motels all the time, right? And they would have to find shelter. I can’t believe I never thought about that before. Felt really realistic to me, though… kinda sad. Now… I started to suspect something amiss in Bella’s past when Dean challenged her at the trunk of the Impala with a “Daddy didn’t hug you enough” as she was throwing the barbs about being serial killers their way. Her reaction was telling, as was his when she fired the same comment back at him. Dean has so many issues when it comes to John you could peel layers for weeks and never truly get to the core.
The stakeout of the brother’s house was good — I like how they are accenting the different strengths of the boys. Sam had the intel all ready to report as they walked along the pier. He knew the lore, the time between the killings, even the number of clipper ships that had sunk off the coast. Sitting in the car, pulling his “wireless pirate *****” maneuver, Sam had all the facts on the brothers. And despite Bella’s jibes to the contrary, Dean’s intelligence is on a more primal level. He may not really bother with the research aspect (for the most part) because he has Sam for that. But when something needs to be done, Dean’s ready. When someone needs to be fooled, Dean has the line. When something needs to be broken into, Dean’s the one to call.
Doesn’t mean he’s less intelligent than his brother — he just uses his brains to solve different problems. Case in point, checking the number of bullets in the Colt. It’s why they make such a good team. But… I’m rambling.
Shooting the spirit through the window after bellowing his brother’s name — and Sam’s curl and turn — FANTASTIC. I actually said out loud “that was cool.” And I liked that Dean pounded on the door when they realized they’d lost brother number two. It’s why he does what he does. Saving people has always come before hunting things, no matter what snark’s Bella might have tossed out. But the heartbreaking moment came when Sam admitted that right now he just feels like he can’t save anyone. The more victims they lose to evil (demons or otherwise) the more he’s reminded how powerless he really is to save his brother. And what worries me is what he might do to find some power…
The line of the night for me? “Hand of Glory? I think I got one of those after my last Thai massage.” HA! I love that man.
Dean’s pouty “I’m so not liking this” from off camera as Bella waited impatiently for him was endearing. But the moment he showed up in that tux… Yow. Zuh. Her quick, shuttering breath was PERFECT. I was right there with her. And the way Dean was so self-conscious… *whimper* Her “after this we should have angry sex” comment had me laughing out loud and then I repeated it with his “don’t objectify me” followed by that classic Dean Winchester “she wants me” grin. God that was gorgeous. Even if he does hate her. For now.
Sam and Gert. I hurt myself. Seriously, that boy is hot when evil and adorable when uncomfortable. His dimples were on overdrive. And his “there is a limit to what I’ll do” HA! Dean’s “I want details”… I love these brothers. LOVE. Did I mention the love?
So, the fainting and all that was fine, but it was Dean’s intense stare as he broke into the Hand of Glory (blech, btw) box that had me fanning myself. I want screen caps. And who didn’t know she was going to switch the ship in a bottle for the hand at some point? Silly Dean. I was minorly irritated with Sam’s “on you.. she pulled one over on you” comment back at the house… but Dean’s “thank you Sam! That’s so helpful!” bellow brought me back to the fact that these are siblings. And siblings will do anything to get under each other skin sometimes. Even point out the unhelpfully obvious.
Now, the intrigue with the ghost brothers and spilling your own family’s blood and Bella’s still-secret past… kinda obvious, but still appreciated. I like that we didn’t find out what happened with Bella (well, except that with the writer’s strike who knows if/when we’ll ever find out…). And I liked that the tidbit made Sam snarl at her and Dean’s eyes soften. They’re both looking at her with different eyes. But I really liked Dean’s fake finger gun at her head as he paced behind her. Hee.
I have to admit that I expected a bit more when the ghost brother’s encountered each other. Something more… I don’t know. Splashy. Hah. But Dean’s slow (sadistic, I know) attempt to get up after hitting the tombstone was delicious. He looked like he was hurting on that one. And it was so Dean that he went to Bella and held onto her until it was over. It’s just his character to get someone through it. Whatever it is. Just hang on until it’s over, Dean’s here, he’ll stand between you and the bad guys.
So… Bella gave them money (and they go to Atlantic City… sigh. Oh, boys). Nice change of pace, I guess. Getting thanked. I had the strangest sense of deja vu watching the scene where Dean said that it was easier for her to give them money then just saying thanks. Can’t put my finger on it yet, though.
And we’ve come full circle to the angst. Which… after this roller coaster ride I was almost not ready to be gut-punched like that. Dean turning on the big-brother “I understand what you’re going through” empathy was perfect. However, when he said he would have done the same thing… I was like, uh, dude? YOU DID. Sam’s explosion was the best — calling Dean on his outward focus, his ever-present concern about Sam. The way he’s ignoring that he’s going to DIE. He’s not “going away”… I mean, that line just caught me big time. Dean saying that Sam would be okay after he went away. Went away??!! He saw what the hell hounds did to the people in Crossroad Blues when their contract was up. He’s heard a DEMON tell him what Hell is like. Two, in fact, if you count Meg inside of Sam (you know what I mean).
When I heard that, all I could think was that he’s hit that switch. He’s turned off anything Dean-related inside. Because it’s so much easier that way. It’s so much easier to talk about other people and their problems than it is to face your own. It’s so much easier to focus on Sam and what he’ll do when Dean isn’t around, bolstering his brother with a “you’re stronger than me” — which he’s always believed — than it is to admit his fear. It’s hard to talk about your problems. It’s hard because then you have to face them. You have to make them real. Sometimes someone can be screaming truth in your face for days and until you say the same words yourself, it’s simply air.
I hurt for Dean, and ache for Sam. Dean’s simple “I think I’ll play craps” was the same as turning up the music and glancing out the window. He’s not ready. And since Dean’s not the caring and sharing kind… he’s not going to emote. He’s not going to be driving the Impala when he breaks down about this. I mean in CRB, he had to pull over to admit to Sam what he’d been feeling about John’s deal. He’s going to have to be pushed to a wall. He’s going to have to be torn down. He’s going to have to fear losing someone he loves, even, before he admits any amount of fear.
Because if he were to admit fear, doubt, panic… I think he’s afraid it will shift Sam’s focus from anger to grief. And if he can’t handle his own grief, there’s no way he could handle Sam’s.
Next week? Vampires. *does dance* I’m a sucker for vampires. Heh.
No music in this episode.
Dean: So who was it Bela? Hmm? Who’d you kill? Was it daddy? Your little sis maybe?
Bela: It’s none of your business.
Dean: No…right. Well have a nice life, you know whatever’s left of it. (grabs jacket) Sam, let’s go.
Bela: You can’t just leave me here.
Dean: Watch us.
Bela: Please. I need your help.
Dean: Our help? Well now how could a couple of serial killers possibly help you?
Bela: I sold it. I had a buyer lined up as soon as I knew it existed.
Sam: So the whole reason for us goin’ to the charity ball was…?
Bela: I needed a cover. You were convenient.
Sam: Look you sold it to a buyer, just go buy it back.
Bela: It’s half way across the ocean, I can’t get it back in time.
Dean: In time for what?
Sam: What’s going on with you Bela? You look like you’ve seen a ghost.
Bela: I saw the ship.
Dean: You what? …Wow you know I.. I knew you were an immoral, thieving, con-artist b!tch, but just when I thought my opinion of you couldn’t get any lower…
(Sam and Dean are in the car; Dean looks pissed)
Dean: So, I’ve been waiting since Maple Springs. You got something to tell me?
Sam: It’s not your birthday..
Sam: (thinks hard) …Happy Purim?
(Dean gives Sam an angry look, Sam laughs)
Sam: Dude, I don’t know! I have no idea what you’re talking about.
Bela: You boys should learn to lock your doors. Anyone could just barge in.
Sam: Anyone just did.
Bela: Do you really think this is going to work?
Dean: Almost definitely not.
(about Bela to the Guard)
Dean: You think she’s a pain in the ass now, try living with her.
Bela: What is taking so long? Sam’s already halfway there. With his date.
Dean: I am so not okay with this.
Bela: What are you, a woman? Come down already.
(Dean walks down steps, Bela gasps)
Dean: All right, get it out. I look ridiculous.
Bela: Not exactly the word I’d use.
Sam: Exactly how long do you expect me to entertain my date?
Bela: As long as it takes.
Dean: Look. There’s security all over this place, alright. This is an uncrashable party, without Gert’s invitation, so.
Sam: We can crash anything, Dean.
Dean: Yeah I know, but this is easier and a lot more entertaining.
Bela: So, how’d things go last night with Peter?
(Sam gives angry look)
Bela: That well, huh.
Dean: If you say “I told you so,” I swear to God, I’ll start swinging.
Bela: Don’t you dare look down your nose at me. You’re no better than I am.
Dean: We help people.
Bela: Come on! You do this out of vengeance and obsession. You’re a stone’s throw from being a serial killer.
(Dean looks over to Sam)
Bela: Whereas I on the other hand, I get paid to do a job, and I do it. So you tell me, which is healthier?
Sam: Bela, why don’t you just leave? We’ve got work to do.
Bela: Yeah. You’re 0 for 2. Bang up job so far.
Dean: There’s a bullet missing from the Colt. You want to tell me how that happened? I know it wasn’t me, so unless you were shooting at some incredibly evil cans.
Dean: You went after her didn’t you? The Crossroads Demon, after I told you not to.
Sam: Yeah, well.
Dean: You could have gotten yourself killed.
Sam: I didn’t.
Dean: And you shot her?
Sam: She was a smartass.
Bela: Now, I’d get to that car if I were you, before they find that arsenal in the trunk. Ciao.
Sam: You shot me.
Bela: I barely grazed you.
(Dean rolls eyes)
Bela: Cute. But a bit of a drama queen, yeah?
Dean: A Hand of Glory? I think I got one of those at the end of my Thai massage last week.
Dean: This is where we parked the car, right?
Sam: I thought so.
Dean: Where’s my car?
Sam: Did you feed the meter?
Dean: Yes I fed the meter. Sam, where’s my car, did somebody… stole my car?
Sam: Hey-hey, calm down. Dean.
Dean: I’m calmed down. Sombody stole my c… (Dean starts to hyperventolate)
Sam: Wow, Dean. Hey-hey-hey-hey, take it easy, take it easy.
Bela: The 67′ Impala, was that yours?
Bela: I’m sorry, I had that car towed.
Dean: You what?
Bela: Well, it was in a tow-away zone.
Dean: No it wasn’t.
Bela: It was when I finished with it. (edit) Dean: What’s the next step?
Sam: I gotta ID the boat.
Dean: That shouldn’t be too hard. I mean, how many three-mast ships have wrecked off the coast?
Sam: I checked that too actually, over 150.
Dean: So what happens? You see the ship and then a few hours later you pucker up and kiss your ass goodbye.
Dean: What a crazy old broad.
Sam: Why, because she believes in ghosts?
Dean: Ha ha, look at you. Sticking up for your girlfriend, you cougar hound.
Dean: Hey, Bela, how’d you get like this? What, your daddy not give you enough hugs or something?
Bela: I don’t know. Your daddy give you enough?
Dean: You can’t save everybody, Sam.
Sam: Yeah right, So, so… what? You feel better now, or what?
Dean: No, not really.
Sam: Me neither.
Dean: You got to understand…
Sam: It’s just lately I feel like I can’t save anybody.
Bela: What do you suggest?
Dean: I’m thinking…
Bela: Don’t strain yourself.
Dean: (about Bela) You know what? I’m not going to kill her. I think slow torture’s the way to go.
Dean: I can’t believe she got another one over on us!
Sam: I mean, she got one over on you, not us.
Dean: Thank you, Sam! Very helpful.
Dean: (to Sam) You stink like sex.
Bela: (after handing Dean and Sam money) I don’t like being in anyone’s debt.
Dean: So ponying up ten grand is easier for you then a simple “thank you”? You’re so damaged.
Bela: Takes one to know one.
Sam: I don’t want you to worry about me, Dean. I want you to worry about you. I want you to give a crap that you’re dying! So that’s it? Nothing else to say for you?
Dean: I think maybe I’ll play craps.
Sam: You know, there are limits to what I’ll do, right?
Dean: Ah, he’s playing hard-to-get. That’s cute.
Bela: You know, when this is over, we should really have angry sex.
Dean: (after thinking hard) Don’t objectify me.
Bela: I think the three of us should have a heart-to-heart.
Dean: That’s assuming you have a heart.
Dean: Sticking up for your girlfriend? Cougar hound.
Sam: Bite me.
Dean: Not if she bites you first.
Peter: You’re not cops. Not dressed like that, not in that crappy car.
Dean: Hey, no need to get nasty.
Bela: I see you got your car back.
Dean: You really want to come near me with a loaded gun in my hands?
Bela: Now, now. Mind your blood pressure.
Sam: How do you sleep at night?
Bela: On silk sheets, rolling naked in money.
Bela: (to Dean) I didn’t want you thinking… you’re not very good at that. Oh, look at you, searching for a witty rejoinder.
Dean: Screw you.
Bela: Very Oscar Wilde.
Dean: Can I shoot her?
Sam: Not in public.
Ms. Case: Where’s Alex and your friend? There missing a great party.
Sam: I’m sure they’re entertaining themselves.
Ms. Case: Uuuu… Naughty. Well, I guess we’ll just have to entertain ourselves.
Ms. Case: You’re just firm all over!
Sam: We don’t know where this money came from.
Dean: But I know where it’s going.
*in the car*
Sam: Seriously? Atlantic City?
Dean: Hell, yeah. Play some roulette, always bet on black.
- Sam: (thinks hard) …Happy Purim?
Purim is a Jewish holiday that’s observed in celebration of the deliverance of the Jews from massacre by Haman.
- Bela: Very Oscar Wilde.
Oscar Wilde was an Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and author of short stories who was known for his barbed wit.
- Sam: Tell me I didn’t get groped all night by Mrs. Havisham for nothing.
Mrs. Havisham is a significant character in the Charles Dickens novel, Great Expectations (1861). She is a wealthy spinster, who has a young man, Pip, as one of her companions.
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