It’s 30 hours before Dean’s (Jensen Ackles) deal with the crossroads demon is up and Dean, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Bobby (Jim Beaver) are searching for Lilith, who holds the contract. They discover her location and Sam summons Ruby (Katie Cassidy) for help despite Dean’s protests. Ruby warns them they aren’t ready to fight Lilith yet but they steal her knife and depart for New Harmony, Indiana.
In a battle to the death, Sam, Dean and Bobby take on Lilith and all her demons in a last ditch effort to save Dean’s life.
Kim Manners directed the episode written by Eric Kripke.
A panicked Dean is running through the woods and finds himself face-to-face with a demonic dog. He turns and runs away but falls to the ground. The hound savages him… and he wakes up. He’s been going over material on Hellhounds. Sam reveals that with 30 hours left to go, Bobby has found Lilith. Sam tries to comfort him, but Dean sees his face twist and distort.
Now that they have Lilith’s name from Bela, Bobby conducts a ritual that points to New Harmony, Indiana,. Dean doesn’t trust the information and Sam insists on calling in Ruby and using her knife. Dean refuses to hear it and Bobby goes to find something else. Sam goes on his own and summons Ruby with a ritual. She confirms that she knew about Lilith and didn’t think they were ready. He demands the knife and Ruby says that Lilith has her guard down while on “R&R” and Ruby thinks they’re ready to attack. She says they’ll need more then the knife and Sam’s psychic powers are enough to destroy Lilith. It’s only now that he’s desperate enough to use them, and she can show her now.
Dean shows up and demands the knife, and tells her to leave them alone. Dean doesn’t believe she wants them to succeed and Dean slugs her. She slugs both brothers but Dean manages to grab the knife from her. When she goes after him, she realizes he’s lured her into a demon’s trap.
The brothers take off with the knife and load up, and Sam wonders if Ruby’s right and he can take out Lilith. Dean admits that Sam is his weak spot and vice versa.
New Harmony, Indiana
Pat Fremont is getting his mail when his neighbor Tom and they exchange greetings. Pat slips Tom a note saying “Help me” and goes back to his house. The babysitter is dead in the hallway and the wife and husband are living in fear of their daughter. She comes into the room, covered in blood, and Mr. Fremont suggests she might let them go. The daughter asks if they love here and they all quickly say that they do.
Dean and Sam are trying to head out only to discover that Bobby has sabotaged the car and insists he’s going with them. Further, he notes that Dean is suffering from hallucinations because of the hell hounds on his tail. they head out and Dean cranks up the radio and starts singing, insisting Sam sing along with him. A policeman pulls them over for a busted taillight, but Dean attacks the man and stabs him with the knife. Bobby pulls up as Sam realizes the officer was a demon: Dean says he can now see a demon’s real face. They hide the car while Bobby explains that the closer Dean gets to Hell, the more he can see the other residents of Hell.
The Fremonts are celebrating their daughter’s birthday… again. The daughter confronts Pat over the fact he tries to get the neighbor’s help and then casually kills him. The parents have no choice but to serve cake, while Dean, Sam, and Bobby watch from outside. Dean notes the neighborhood is filled with demons but Bobby notes the girl has to be stopped.
The daughter has her mother read the same bedtime story again, while Dean lures out a demon disguised as a postman. Sam then kills the demon with the knife while Bobby prepares holy water. They dispose of another demon but Ruby gets the drop on Dean until Sam threatens her with the knife. She demands the knife back and warns that it’s too late for Dean. Dean points out that all of the possessed neighbors have seen them. They run for it as the demons pursue and try to get into the Fremont house. Bobby intervenes, having rigged up the holy water to the lawn sprinkler system. Mr. Fremont finds them and tells them where the daughter is. They try to send him to the basement and when he refuses, Dean knocks him out and takes him downstairs. Sam and Ruby go upstairs and split up. Sam finds the mother in bed with her sleeping daughter, and the mother tells Sam to strike. He prepares to do so but Dean stops him just in time, saying it’s not in the girl anymore.
While Bobby waits outside, Sam asks Ruby what he needs to do but Dean overhears and Ruby says they don’t have enough time. The clock strikes midnight and the hell hounds, invisible except to Dean, enter the house. They try to seal themselves off with dirt while Ruby asks for the knife so she can hold off the hell hound. However, Dean interrupts and notes it isn’t Ruby, using his newly-gained vision. Sam tries to attack her but “Ruby” sends them flying. Lilith says that she sent Ruby far far away, then kisses Sam. Sam tries to bargain but Lilith warns he doesn’t have anything, and lets the hell hounds in. They start to tear Dean apart while Lilith unleashes a bolt of energy on Sam… which has no effect. Sam takes the knife and prepares to stab her, but just before he does, she leaves “Ruby’s” body and vanishes. Sam, seeing his dead brother lying on the floor, holds him and begins to cry.
Meanwhile, somewhere in Hell, Dean is suspended by chains and hooks. As he is being tortured, he cries out for Sam.
Review by Gaelic
- Guest Star:
- George Coe (Pat Fremont)
- Sierra McCormick (Fremont Girl)
- Jonathan Potts (Mr. Fremont)
- Anna Galvin (Mrs. Fremont)
- Brad Loree (Police Officer)
- Peter Hanlon (Tom Wepram)
Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas
Wanted Dead Or Alive by Bon Jovi
Dean: (about Ruby) C’mon man, she is the Miss Universe of lying skanks!
Ruby: I want Lilith dead.
Ruby: I’ve told you why.
Dean: Oh right, because you were human once, and you liked kittens, and long walks on the beach!
Ruby: You know, I am so sick of proving myself to you. You want to save yourself, this is how, you dumb spineless dick!
(Dean punches her)
Bobby: (to Dean) Family don’t end with blood, boy.
Dean: I’m sorry. I mean, this is all my fault. I know that. What you’re doing… It’s not gonna save me. It’s only gonna kill you.
Sam: Then what am I supposed to do?
Dean: Sam, remember what Dad taught you, okay? Hey, remember what I taught you.
Dean: Sam, we are not gonna make the same mistake all over again.
Sam: You said that, but what does that even mean?
Dean: Don’t you see a pattern here? Dad’s deal, my deal, now this? I mean, every time one of us is up the creek; the other is begging to sell their soul.
Bobby: Right name, right ritual, ain’t nothing you can’t suss out.
Sam: Like the town Lilith’s in?
Bobby: Kid, when I get done, we’ll know the street.
Dean: Bon Jovi rocks. On occasion.
Sam: You know if this doesn’t go the way we want, I want you to know that…
Dean: Nooo, no, no, no, no, no.
Sam: No what?
Dean: You’re not gonna bust out the misty goodbye speech, okay? I mean, if this is my last day on Earth, I do not want it to be socially awkward.
Bobby: (hands Dean the distributor cap) I’ll follow. Don’t be stopping to pee every ten minutes, either!
Dean: Hey, why don’t we just make a TJ-run, you know? Some señoritas, cervezas, we could.. what’s Spanish for donkey-show?
Sam: So, if we do save you, let’s never do that.
Dean: When that bitch breathes the air comes out crooked.
Ruby: I wish I could be there, Dean! I wish I could smell the flesh sizzle off your bones. I wish I could be there to hear you scream!
Dean: And I wish you’d shut your piehole, but we don’t always get what we want.
Dean: What do you think?
Sam: I think you totally should have been jamming Eye of the Tiger right there.
Dean: Oh, bite me. I totally rehearsed that speech, too.
Dean: We’ve got the knife.
Bobby: And you intend to use it without me. Do I look like a ditchable prom date to you?
Dean: Nothing. I just couldn’t see you before, but you are one ugly broad.
Sam: Then what am I supposed to do?
Dean: Keep fighting. And take care of my wheels.
Bobby: Well, you got just over five hours to go. You’re piercing the veil, Dean, glimpsing the “b” side.
Dean: Little less New Agey, please.
Bobby: You’re almost hell’s bitch, so you can see hell’s other bitches.
Dean: Thank you.
Ruby: You know, phones work too. Hey, Sam. How’s tricks?
Sam: How do you get around so fast?
Ruby: I got the Super Bowl jet pack.
Dean: Well, just cause I got to die doesn’t mean you have to, okay? Either we go in smart or we don’t go in at all.
Sam: Okay, fine. That’s the case, I have the answer.
Dean: You do?
Sam: Yeah. A surefire way to confirm it’s Lilith and a way to get us a bona fide demon-killing Ginsu.
Bobby: Ain’t you just bringing down the room.
Dean: Well, it’s a gift.
Bobby: (looking down at policeman’s body) What the hell happened over here?
Sam: Dean just killed a demon. How’d you know?
Dean: I just knew. I could see its face… its real face, under that one.
Bobby: Tell me. How many hallucinations have you had so far?
Dean: How’d you know?
Bobby: Because that’s what happens when you’ve got hell hounds on your butt. And because I’m smart.
- Dean: Hell, she probably wants you to become her little Antichrist Superstar.
Referencing Marilyn Manson’s second album, Antichrist Superstar (1996). The concept album in turn referenced the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, originally released as a rock album in 1970 by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd-Webber then made into a musical. “Angel With the Scabbed Wings” had a similar riff to Lloyd-Webber’s score.
- Dean: What, are you gonna give her the Carrie stare and Lilith goes poof?
Referencing the novel Carrie by Stephen King, which tells the tale of a high school girl with telekinetic powers, who goes berserk during her high school prom and kills most of the students. Later made into a movie by Brian De Palma in 1976 starring Sissy Spacek. In 2002, a remake was made starring Angela Bettis.
- Squad Car Number:
The squad car is 54. When the dispatcher eventually tries to reach the cop on the radio, they will likely say “Car 54, where are you?” The B&W comedy series of the same name aired from 1961 to 1963 and starred Joe E. Ross and Fred Gwynn.
- Dean: Our slutty little Yoda.
This is a reference to the Jedi Master Yoda from the Star Wars movies. Yoda was famous for often spouting words of wisdom.
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