Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) travel to Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and discover a coven of witches that has killed two people. Ruby (Katie Cassidy) warns the brothers to stay away as the demon controlling these witches is very powerful and will surely kill them. Ignoring her plea, Sam and Dean go in after the coven and confront the head witch, who reveals Ruby’s past.
Robert Singer directed the episode written by Ben Edlund.
Then…. is showing parts where Ruby was involved…..
Ruby is a demon…. come to help Sam…. Now….
A woman and man in formal dress arrive home and kiss…. the woman goes to the bathroom to brush her teeth. Scroll to a scene where a witch is performing a RITUAL on a toothbrush.
The woman’s tooth falls out… than another one as the ritual continues….. the man runs to the bathroom to help her…. but the door magically slams shut in his face… All the teeth of the woman fall out and she chokes on blood and dies….
The man is telling the story to Dean….
Sam finds a HEX BAG under the bathroom sink…. a witch was responsible. The witch is probably an EX of the man. She was jealous? Dean says he hates witches. *Dean and Sam drive away in the Impala* Amanda and Elizabeth are neighbours talking. Amanda has some PROBLEM… she is acting weird. She pulled some kind of bug infested turkey out of her oven…. Scroll to the MAN who lost his girlfriend Janet. He’s sitting in a car staked out eating….
Scroll to the WITCH AMANDA…. she’s performing a ritual on the rotten bug invested food.. The food the MAN Paul was eating is suddenly rotten.Dean and Sam arrive. They pull the man Paul out of his car, and find the HEX BAG…. and BURN IT…. that stops the hex. Paul confesses to Dean that he had an affair and cheated on his wife Janet. Then ended it. Dean asks for her name. She is the witch…. All of a sudden a HEX happens to Amanda the witch…. and she magically has SLITS appear on her wrists. She dies. And to all appearances it looks like a suicide.
Dean and Sam are sneaking into someone’s house… it’s Amanda’s. They find her body.
Dean: *sees dead Amanda* That’s a curveball
Dean turns around and gets a face full of DEAD RABBIT. It’s hanging from the wall and he walks smack into it. He rubs his temples in annoyance.
Amanda doesn’t look like a STABLE person.
Sam finds a HEX BAG in Amanda’s room. So someone did kill her. Another witch. Witch on with violence. Dean calls in the death and reports the dead body but cheekily doesn’t give his name.
*Scroll to a house with a husband and a bunch of his wives’s friends*
These women are supposedly meeting for a “book club” but it’s not. It’s a front for the Coven of Witches…. two of the witches seem to have killed Amanda. But one witch is upset and thinks the witchcraft needs to end.
The two witches don’t want to STOP because they are happy with all the stuff they have GAINED from using their powers.
Dean and Sam approach the one witch (Elizabeth) who wants to STOP using the witchcraft. They interrogate her.
The two bad witches interrupt the interrogation and stop Elizabeth from revealing anything about what they are doing.
Dean and Sam drive away. Dean is convinced by the HERBS Elizabeth grows that she is a witch.
Sam has researched all the housewives and noted how they have suddenly had GOOD LUCK now… this is the coven.
Sam says they need to be stopped. Dean says they are human, they aren’t supposed to HUNT HUMANS.
Ruby runs up to the Impala. Ruby warns Sam to leave town. Dean realizes this is Ruby and says hello nice to meet you… and pulls a gun on her.
Ruby says the witches get their powers for a DEMON… who is in town now and coming after Sam.
Dean and Ruby yell at each other…. Dean’s holding a gun to her the whole time. Ruby makes a crack about Dean dying and leaving Sam all alone…. so that RUBY needs to be here to PROTECT SAM.
This pisses Dean off. He shoots. The gun goes off in the air (no one seems hurt).
Dean yells at Sam for preventing him from killing Ruby before she kills them.
Dean tells Sam off for taking advice from demons and jumping to kill people…. bye bye Sam’s morals.
Sam: You’re leaving right, if I’m going to fight this war after you’re gone, I have to change.
Dean: Into what?
Sam: You… I need to be more like you
Dean collapses…. he has the pain of KNIVES in his stomach and he coughs up blood. Sam wildly searches for a HEX BAG… he can’t find it…. Dean is DYING…..
Sam runs off in the Impala with the colt. Dean is shocked Sam leaves him.
Sam runs into the house of the witches. Interrupting their ritual. He threatens to kill them. They don’t seem guilty….
But Dean is saved… he stops feeling in pain…. Ruby barges into the apartment room… and pours some liquid down his throat. It seems to help him. It tasted like ass, Dean says.
Dean: What was that stuff. It smelled like ass. *thoughtful pause* It tasted like ass too.
Sam is questioning the women at gunpoint. They seem INNOCENT… but Sam is convinced they are evil…. Sam is convinced ONE of the women is a demon…. and she is. Sam shoots her with the colt. But omg it doesn’t kill her!!! She stops it in the air… that is powerful… the COLT is supposed to kill everyone!!!
Back! The Demon attacks Sam. Demon tells the other women to SHUT UP. The blond Renee won’t so the Demon snaps her neck.
Elizabeth…. the innocent like witch who wanted to QUIT witchcraft…. it’s all her fault. The deaths of her friends are her fault. Because Elizabeth prayed to the Demons and dabbled in dark magic first … that’s what brought the Demon into the lives of the women.
The Demon says there is a new leader of the demon world who doesn’t like Sam and sees him as competition. So the demon is supposed to kill Sam….
Dean barges in through the door. The demon throws both to the wall and says “two for one, lovely”
Ruby comes in and tries to talk the Demon down. they know each other. Ruby asks the Demon to take her back, let Ruby serve her again. Ruby pretends that she sent Dean/Sam to her as a gift… Ruby is lying though. She ATTACKS the demon. They fight
Ruby is at the Demon’s mercy…
The Demon says Ruby was a witch, a human…. then the Demon turned her centuries ago, and she sold her soul.
The Demon is sending Ruby to hell….
But then the DEMON is stopped because Elizabeth the good witch uses a hex on her… Dean and Sam are saved. But the Demon kills Elizabeth, stops her heart. Dean stabs the demon over and over again with Ruby’s Demon-Killing Sword…. there is some weird electric light…. demon dies.
Everyone is mangled from the fight. Elizabeth and the Demon are dead. Sam and Dean and Ruby are hurt. Ruby volunteers to clean up the mess. Dean is grateful. The boys are hesitant to leave. But Ruby flashes her eyes black and commands them to go.
We’re back! Dean and Sam are at a motel…. the lights flickers out…. uh oh… zoom in on Dean as the lights flicker. He mentally prepares for a fight. Ruby appears. Dean looks hot btw.
Dean and Ruby talk…. Dean asks her about being human. Every demon was human once. Ruby hasn’t forgotten her humanity though… she’s a “good demon”.
Ruby scares Dean a bit… because what happened to Ruby will happen to Dean. Dean’s going to lose his humanity and in centuries become a demon himself maybe.
Dean asks if there’s any way of saving him from the pit…. and Ruby says honestly no. Dean says why did you tell Sam there was? She says she just wanted Sam to ignore the fact she was a demon and talk to her. Because she needs Dean’s help with Sam…. Ruby wants Dean to help her get Sam ready to fight this war on his own.
Dean: why do you want us to win?
Ruby: I’m not like them. I wish i was but I’m not. I remember what it’s like
Ruby: Being human
Dean: *closes his eyes and is scared about what he’s going to become*
*SCREEN GOES BLACK*
Review by Gaelic
I’ve soooo missed our boys. I will admit that I was a bit spoiled for this one with a clip of a pivotal scene, but it was seriously just chum for the waters because I kept putting pieces together building up to that scene and waiting for it, stomach tight with anticipation. I felt like I couldn’t get my eyes big enough, knowing that this was the first of only four remaining episodes. Like I had to drink them in. The pretty that is Dean just had me by the throat for some reason this epi. I mean Sammy has some very amazing qualities, which I’ll get to, but there is something about how Dean’s character moves, looks, carries himself — how he reaches for Sam beseeching help, how his eyes dart in thought, how he struggles with everything he’s believed to be true being turned on it’s ear…
Okay, so I’m replaying this in my head as I type because I simply cannot remember to take notes. I’m just too busy staring at the screen, hugging my pillow and vocally cursing the friggin’ CW commercials. I’m sure I’ll forget SOMETHING… *deep breath*
First, the freaky death that kicked it all off (I am by passing the opening credits because honestly? I’ve already forgotten what clips they showed) totally reminded me of my friend Ash’s little boy having a nightmare of the very same thing — all of his teeth falling out. I sat on the couch with my hand over my mouth. THEN! The husband sat in the car listening to 101.1 FM… seriously? That’s one of two radio stations I listen to in Kansas City. 101.1 The Fox — Kansas City’s ONLY Classic Rock station. And Poison? ‘Nuff said. I guffawed at that.
The rancid meat had me curling my lip. I mean friggin’ NASTY. *gags a little* Okay, so observation — this is the second time they’ve used my name in this show. I know this time Amanda was a bag guy, but it still had me grinning. And bookclub being a cover for a coven had me laughing out loud. When the husband left the women I was seriously shaking my head. You should hear the departing words of the hubbies in our bookclub… “I know ya’ll aren’t talking about books…” *sigh* If they only knew. No, I’m not in a coven. Yes, we do talk about the books. Sorta.
Dean’s reaction to the reveal of the baddie being a witch had me tilting my head in thought. Apparently, they are as much beloved by our hero as rats. And — they’re human. A fact I was wondering how they were going to overcome later… and I wasn’t disappointed. Sam’s “they’re murderers” reply to Dean’s “they’re human” point had me hmmming. You could see Dean force himself to swallow that — almost frantically thinking of a way to stop the witches from killing and yet not let Sam kill a human. Again.
LOVED Dean’s “that’s a curveball” comment when they entered Amanda’s house and his reaction to the dead rabbit — not only the jerk and cry of disgust, but the “poor little guy” and knotted expression of genuine concern on his face. Oh, I do have to say, though, that I totally rolled my eyes at the whole “book of shadows” thing — I mean, seriously? Is that a real thing? Because if not… well, if I say much more it will reveal that I did dabble in a bit of “Charmed” once upon a time, so I’ll just shut my cake-hole.
LOVED the alias’ — Bachman and Turner? I instantly got a riff of “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” in my head… and then I thought… is Kripke trying to tell us something? Is that a subtle word-play that’s teasing us that whatever happens in this episode will (or was meant to) kick of a whole slew of events that would rock our world? Like… if we thought this was bad… we ain’t seen NOTHING yet. Hmmm… I think I wrote something about that in my first epi review. Must go check.
Also, when they confronted Mrs. Blah blah blah Van Blah blah blah I heard some layering in Dean’s “guess everyone has secrets” comment and said aloud “yeah, like your brother with the whole demon blood and the history of your mom and…” Oh, I had a good chuckle that Dean recognized belladonna in that garden since I have that in my latest story. But I digress.
Okay — here’s one thing… Ruby needs to stand a different way. The whole crossed arms, ****ed hip thing? Enough already. We get it. You’re a demon. You’re as bad-ass as they come. The body language needs an overhaul. But… that aside, her interaction with Dean was more charged than anything Bela’s put out. I will admit I had my reservations about Ruby vs Bela, but I’m significantly more intrigued by the blonde demon at the moment. Plus, her whole “witches are *****s” comment (while explained later) was a nice snap to get Dean to pause for a moment.
Sam’s increasing nervousness as she and Dean traded verbal punches in the road in front of the car made my stomach tighten and I have to say that when Sam knocked the gun up and they were a breath away from an all-out throw down, my toes curled a bit. I blame Terry for that. That was NICE. I liked Ruby’s “leash your brother if you want to keep him comment,” too.
Then came the part I was waiting for, and finally I know what Sam was looking for — the hex bag. Dean in pain, man, it will never get old. I think I whimpered aloud. Good thing they hubby was downstairs. When he desperately reached out for Sam, encouraging him away and to search for the bag, all I could do is stare at his arm. I feel shame. The arguement in the room was very brotherly and I love that Dean’s worry manifests itself in an obvoius way as anger. Even to the point that Sam confuses it. I liked the little things in that scene — Dean playing out both brother’s habit of splashing water on their face to regroup and hitting the faucet with his hands. It made the scene more real to me. His subtle slide of a hand over his belly, ignoring his pain until it overtook him because he was worried that Sam wasn’t acting like Sam — he was acting like Sam thought Dean would act.
One thing that caught me at the end — the never DID find the hex bag that made Dean bleed. I suppose it doesn’t matter, but… well, still. ANYWAY, I started thinking about Sam’s “I gotta be like you” comment and wondered about how we were seeing him act. He was seeing one level of Dean and pulling out all the stops to emulate it. He was playing the Dean-in-hunter-mode card, but the thing is that with Dean, that role he slides into when needed only works because he also plays the role of the caretaker, the protector, the scoundrel, the charmer, and the lost child. Sam can’t be Dean. He just can’t. He can only be Sam with a hard outer shell, and that will change him in ways I don’t think Dean is ready to deal with — Hell or no Hell.
Here’s a question, too — why did the coven go after Dean and not Sam? Especially if the demon Tammy knew who Sam was… why did the hex bag (that they never found) affect Dean?
Totally enjoyed Ruby saving Dean’s life… his helpless crouch on the floor, his “get in line, *****,” his gagging on the potion, her “stop calling me *****” and especially his “tasted like ass” rebuff. You taste ass lately, Dean? Wait. Don’t answer that. His little helpless “you’re the short bus”… hee. Such a little boy. *pets Dean*
Okay, confused Sam is cute, but shrewd “you’re so totally a full-on demon, Tammy” Sam is AWESOME. But what I want to know — when did demons suddenly learn how to use the FORCE??? She just stops the demon-killing bullet?? How is THAT fair?? I mean, they’ve always been able to fling people into walls, but the whole snapping necks with a flick of the wrist, strangling with the clench of a fist… very Darth Vader there, Kirpke. Nice way to keep up with the theme. One thing Sam charging in all “let my brother go” made me think, too… if he’s doing that to save Dean because he thinks he has to be more like Dean and that’s how he thinks Dean would save the day… I think he might be mistaken. I know Dean would do ANYTHING to save Sam, but I wonder if he would have left him in that motel coughing out his life’s blood. I kinda think Dean would have stuffed Sam’s ginormous self into the Impala and taken him with him to save him. I wouldn’t have left my sibs like that, and I think that’s one of the things that will keep Sam from fully realizing what it takes to be “Dean” after Dean’s gone.
Dean’s fire comes the the belly of responsibility and love. It’s more than a duty. It’s more than an obligation. It’s the knowledge that between Sam and doom, there always stood him.
And Sam saying that he had to be more like him… coupled with Ruby’s taunt that he’s gonna go and leave Sam all alone… God, that has to be killing Dean. Just eating him away like acid in the heart. Not only that, but in these last few months, Dean’s had to do a serious gut-check about his internal ground. First Lenore with the vamps aren’t all bad, then Dixon with the vamps have family’s, too, then Father Whatshisname from HOTH and Dean has to think about God differently, then WIAWSNB and he is forced to realize that what he wanted would leave the world worse and he has to sacrfice again, and now with demons — both Casey’s attempt to save his life and then Ruby actually saving his life… his internal compass is sitting on a magnetic field and spinning like crazy…
OH! Totally laughed when demon Tammy mentioned “The Secret” — way to play up the pop culture! Dean’s face with Ruby’s “I wanted you” was priceless. I love that boy. I wasn’t sure why we were supposed to be all shocked and shaken with the reveal that Ruby had been a witch when she was human. I was a bit “yeah, so” when Tammy revealed it. But I got it later. In spades. Coughing up pins — nasty stuff. Dean going Rambo with the demon knife on Tammy? Ruby was right. VERY tough.
I liked Dean picking up Sam and pivoting them both to help him out, but I wanted Sam to verbally check on him — ask him how he was there and why he wasn’t dead on the motel room floor. I figure they get around to it, but I wanted to see it — Sam had been so scared and determined when Dean was coughing up blood and then he shows up trying to save Sam yet again and I WANTED SAM TO NOTICE. Sigh.
Got chills with the lights all going flickery and Dean looking around the hotel room. Held my pillow a bit tighter at that and prayed no lightbulbs burned out at the wrong moment. I’m very impressionable. At first I was a teensy bit worried that we were going to see some Sammy powers return since we’d just seen Sam do the Winchester Splash and Regroup routine inside the motel room. I was glad it was different. If they do bring powers back, I hope it’s done in a way that brings the brother’s closer. Because I like them being normal guys agianst the world.
The end scene, while informing us a bit more about Ruby and demons in general and setting up what will most likely be a helluva 10th episode this season, was so completely a play in Dean’s internal battle with the choice he made that my throat was tight. His eyes were tragic. His stoic face, trying to keep up the pretense that everything he heard about Hell was just one more step he was going to have to take and he could deal with anything as long as Sam was alive was simply gutted by the look in his eyes. When Ruby said that Hell burns away your humanity, I felt the breath leave Dean’s body.
He did this to save his brother — not anticipating that demonkind would be unleashed, true. But even if the hell gate hadn’t been opened and Sam was just going to be alive in a world with “regular” evil and good going at each other (so, not facing a war), Dean would still be going to Hell and leaving him alone and I can see Dean… thinning. I can see that bowing him. I know he wouldn’t have changed anything — Sam is alive and that’s what matters to Dean, but the real fear about becoming one of them — having centuries of agony burn away his humanity — is changing his “light at the end of the tunnel” outlook.
And Ruby’s right. Sam’s right. Dean is terrified and hanging on by his fingernails. Because what’s he gonna do? Ruby told him there’s no way out of the deal and she just dangled that carrot to get Sam to trust her (just like Dean said). There’s no way out and all he’s got left is “helping” Ruby get his little brother ready to fight the demons that are salivating at the idea of getting their hands on him. The one kernel of hope I could see with Dean at the end, after Ruby vanished like so much smoke, was the fact that she remembered what it felt like to be human. She remembered humanity. And if she could, maybe there was a chance he would, too.
He’s so close to coming back to the fight. To turning his back on acceptance and, for want of a better phrase at this hour, rage against the dying of his light… I haven’t seen anything about next week’s episode except those previews and I’m in serious anticipation of what they’re going to show us about Dean. Because while Sam’s story is so totally intriguing — the whole leading a demon army and another demon rising in the west (sounds a bit like Tolkien…) and shedding his skin to become the warrior necessary for the battle — Dean’s story is breaking my heart. And I always go where the emotion takes me.
Okay, that was a ramble. Yeesh. Sorry! It just had been so long since we had any kind of a fix!!
- Guest Star:
- Rebecca Reichert (Amanda)
- Marisa Ramirez (Tammi)
- Robinne Fanfair (Janet Dutton)
- Jonathan Watton (Paul Dutton)
- Erin Cahill (Elizabeth)
- Kristin Booth (Renee Van Allen)
- Ken Tremblett (Ron)
I Put A Spell On You by Jay Hawkins
Played when Paul Dutton is under the spell
Every Rose Has It’s Thorn by Poison
Dean: I saw Hellraiser, I get the gist.
Ruby: Actually, they got that pretty close. Except for all the custom leather.
Sam: Stop the spell or die! Five seconds.
Renee: What? No… please… don’t kill us!
Elizabeth: We were just getting Renee a lower mortgage rate!
Sam: (about Amanda) See, her house was littered with Satanic paraphernalia.
Dean: A regular Black Sabbath.
Elizabeth: No, that… but she was an Episcopalian.
Dean: Well… then we’re pretty sure she was using the wrong Bible.
Dean: I mean, this doesn’t exactly look like the TV room of a bright and stable person, does it?
Dean: You want to kill me. Get in line, bitch!
(after saving Dean’s life)
Ruby: Stop… calling me bitch.
Dean: Are you feeling okay?
Sam: Why are you always asking me that?
Dean: ‘Cos you’re taking advice from a demon for starters. And by the way, you seem less and less worried about offing people, you know, it used to eat you up inside.
Sam: Yeah, and what has that gotten?
Dean: Nothing, it’s just what you’re supposed to do, were supposed to drive the friggin car, and friggin argue about this stuff. You know, you go on about the sanctity of life and all that crap.
Sam: So you’re mad because I’m starting to agree with you?
Dean: No, not mad, I’m worried, , Sam. I’m worried, because you’re not acting yourself anymore.
Sam: You’re right, I’m not. Look, Dean, you’re leaving, right? And I got to stay here in this crap hole of a world… alone. So, the way I see it, if I’m gonna make it, if I’m gonna fight this war after you’re gone, then I got to change.
Dean: Change into what?
Sam: Into you. I got to be more like you.
Dean: Why does a rabbit always get screwed in the deal? Poor little guy.
Dean: So let me get this straight. You were human once. You died, you went to Hell, and you became a…
Ruby: The answer is yes, by the way.
Ruby: Yes, the same thing will happen to you. It might take centuries, but sooner or later, Hell will burn away your humanity. Every hell bound soul, every one, turns into something else. Turns you into us, so, yeah… yeah, you can count on it.
Sam: Look, I know it’s dangerous, that she is dangerous, but like it or not, she’s useful.
Dean: No! We kill her before she kills us.
Sam: Kill her with what? The gun she fixed for us?
Dean: Whatever works.
Sam: Dean, if she wants us dead, all she has to do is stop saving our lives.
Dean: They killed the nut job, should we thank them or what?
Sam: They’re working black magic, too, Dean. They need to be stopped.
Dean: Stopped like stopped? They’re human, Sam.
Sam: They’re murderers.
Dean: Burn, witch, burn.
Ruby: You need to help me get him ready for life without you. To fight this war on his own.
Dean: Ruby? Why do you want us to win?
Ruby: Isn’t it obvious? I’m not like them. I don’t know why. I wish I was, but I’m not. I remember what it’s like.
Dean: What what’s like?
Ruby: Being human.
Dean: There’s no way from saving me from the pit, is there?
Dean: So why’d you tell Sam you could help?
Ruby: To get him to talk to me. You Winchesters can be pretty bigoted.
Ruby: That’s what happens when you go to Hell, Dean. That’s what Hell is. Forgetting who you are.
Dean: You saved my life.
Ruby: Don’t mention it.
Dean: What was that stuff? God, it was ass. It tasted like ass.
Ruby: It’s witchcraft, short bus. (she leaves)
Dean: (mutters) You’re the short bus, short bus…
Sam: It’s not so simple. We’re not just hunting anymore. We’re at war.
Dean: What the hell were you thinking?
Sam: What? What the hell was I thinking?
Dean: She’s a demon, Sam. We want them dead, they want us dead!
Dean: I hate witches. They’re all spewing their body liquids everywhere. It’s creepy. Hell, it’s downright unsanitary!
- Tammy: You’re really telling me you threw in your chips with Abbott and Costello here?
William “Bud” Abbott and Lou Costello were an American comedy duo known for rapid-fire word play. Their most well-known routine is the quintessential “Who’s On First?”
- Tammy: What did you think it was? Make believe, positive thinking, The Secret?
The Secret is a New Age self-help book that talks about how positive thoughts are powerful magnets that attract wealth, health, and happiness; on the flip side, it claims that fleeting negative thoughts are powerful enough to create terminal illness, poverty and even widespread disasters. It has been widely denounced as pseudoscience.
- Tammy: That’s what happens when witches get voted off the island.
This is a reference to the CBS hit Survivor where the losers are voted off the island.
- Tammy: Nice dick work, Magnum.
Referencing the TV series Magnum P.I., starring Tom Selleck as easygoing detective Thomas Magnum who worked in Hawaii and stayed at the home of his benefactor, Robin Masters.
- Dean: I saw Hellraiser, I got the gist.
Referencing the series of movies which first premiered in 1987, featuring the white-skinned demonic Cenobites who are summoned to Earth by the Lamentation Box and deliver pain and pleasure (but mostly pain).
INSIDE THE LEGEND