Sam (Jared Padalecki) is abducted by the Yellow-Eyed Demon and finds himself in a ghost town with other children who have special abilities. They learn the Demon has brought them together to initiate his endgame: an all-out war against the human race.
In an effort to encourage Sam to fight, the Demon shows him what really happened to one of his parents.
Dean (Jensen Ackles) enlists Bobby’s (guest star Jim Beaver) help to find Sam before the battle begins, but he arrives too late.
Sera Gamble wrote the episode directed by Robert Singer.
Sam and Dean arrive at a diner to get supper and when Sam goes in, the radio malfunctions. Dean notices that Sam has disappeared from inside the diner and goes in to find several corpses but no sign of Sam. He notices sulfur and realizes demons are involved.
Sam wakes up in an abandoned ghost town and runs into Andy, and neither one of them know what’s going on. They hear a woman screaming and go to investigate and find Ava, who thinks it’s been only two days since she last saw Sam and Dean, when it was actually five months ago. They find two other people, Jake and Lily, and determine they’re all age 23 and have psychic powers, and Sam tries to explain a demon brought them together.
Dean meets with Bobby who reports there hasn’t been any demonic signs or omens. They call Ash who says he has something big and wants them there, and they head out.
The other “children” are skeptical about Sam’s story and Jake stalks off. He spots a face in a window of a house. He goes in to investigate and finds a chalkboard with “I will not kill” written on it. A demon-girl comes at him and Sam arrives and drives it off. Sam realizes they’re in the haunted town of Cold Oak, South Dakota and tries to calm them down. Lily decides to secretly go off on her own.
Dean and Bobby arrive at the road house only to find it burnt to the ground, Ellen missing, and Ash dead. Meanwhile, something is stalking Lily through the woods, while Sam and the others realize she’s missing. They go outside and find Lily dead, hanging from a windmill. Andy tries to use his powers long-distance to send images to Dean of the town, as well as a picture of Sam. Bobby figures out the location of the town from the landmarks Andy projected.
Sam is working with Jake to create some tools, then helps Ava fortify a building with lines of salt. He finally tells her that the demon that took Ava killed her fiancé Brady. She collapses sobbing. Later they take refuge together but the yellow-eyed demon appears to Sam and says he’s rooting for Sam, and that they’re all in a competition. The demon has set up much of Sam’s life to get him out on the road and trained, although the death of his mother wasn’t intentional. It shows him a vision of how it fed its blood to Sam as a baby. Sam’s mother came in and recognized the demon and it killed her. Sam wakes up to find out Ava’s missing. They go out to search but Ava comes back to confront Andy after breaking the salt line. The demon-girl comes in and kills him as Ava looks on.
Ava screams and Sam and Jake arrive to find her standing over the body. She gives them a cover story but Sam wonders who broke the salt line. He quickly figures out she’s responsible and she confesses what she’s been doing and that she’s been killing the other children as they arrived over the last five months. Worse, she’s developed her powers further and can summon demons, and calls the demon back, but Jake arrives to break her neck. But he tells Sam the demon appeared to him and he has no choice but to kill Sam so he can get close to the demon and kill it. Jake comes after Sam who manages to defeat him and prepares to kill him. But Sam can’t bring himself to do it. Bobby and Dean arrive just as Jake stabs Sam and runs off. Sam dies in Dean’s arms.
- Guest Star:
- Samantha Smith (Mary Winchester)
- Aldis Hodge (Jake)
- Fredric Lehne (The Yellow-Eyed Demon)
- Katharine Isabelle (Ava Wilson)
- Jessica Harmon (Lily)
- Gabriel Tigerman (Andrew Gallagher/Andy)
- Chad Lindberg (Ash)
“Foreplay/Long Time” by Boston
Ava: (panicking) My fiancé, Brady, if I’ve been missing for that long he must be freaking out! (notices Andy)
Andy: Hey. Andy. Also freaking out.
Jake: So, we’re soldiers in a demon war to bring on the apocalypse?
Sam: When you put it like that…
Yellow Eyed Demon: You’re awfully quiet, Sam… you’re not mad at me, are you?
(Sam hears a noise and is about to turn the corner)
Andy: Sam… what are you doing here?
Sam: I don’t know.
Andy: What am I doing here?
Sam: I don’t know, just…
Andy: Where are we!?
Sam: Andy, look calm down.
Andy: I can’t calm down. I just woke up in friggin’ frontier land!
Sam: What’s the last thing you remember?
Andy: Honestly… my fourth bong load.
Ava: Sam, psychic abilities and spoon-bending… it’s one thing. But demons?
Sam: Andy, you still with me, or what?
Andy: Give me a minute, I’m still working through “Demons are real.”
Ava: I just stopped fighting it.
Sam: Fighting what?
Ava: Who we are, Sam.
Dean: (after Sam gets stabbed) Hey, hey… come here, come here, let me look at ya. Oh, hey look, its not even that bad.. it’s not even that bad, alright? Sammy, Sam! Hey, listen to me, we are going to patch you up okay… You’ll be as good as new. Huh? I’m going to take care of you, I’m going to take care of you! I gotcha. It’s my job, right, watch after my pain-in-the-ass little brother…. Sam… Sam…. Sam! Sammy! (Sam dies) No.. no-n-n-n-n-no. Oh god. oh god… Sam!
Andy: I’ve been practicing, training my brain like meditation, right, so now it’s not just thoughts I can beam out, but images, too, like anything I want. It’s like bam, people they see it. This one guy I know, total ****. I use it on him… gay porn. All hours of the day. (laughing) It’s just like, you just have to see the look on his face. (everyone’s speechless)
Dean: (just had a vision) That was about as fun as getting kicked in the jewels.
Jake: Salt is a weapon?
Sam: It’s a brave new world.
Dean: Don’t forget the extra onions this time!
Sam: Dude, I’m the one who has to ride in the car with your extra onions.
Dean: Hey, see if they’ve got any pie. Bring me some pie. I love me some pie.
Sam: I thought we were supposed to be…
Yellow Eyed Demon: Soldiers, In a coming war? That’s true. You are. But here’s the thing. I don’t need soldiers. I need “soldier.” I just need the one.
Andy: (reading Dean’s receipt) “D. Hasselhoff”?
Sam: Yeah. That’s Dean’s signature. It… it’s kind of hard to explain.
Sam: We gotta gear up for the next attack.
Ava: Gear up? I’m not a soldier! I can’t do that!
Sam: If you wanna stay alive you’re gonna have to.
Sam: (to Lily, who accidentally killed her girlfriend.) I’m sorry. But I’ve lost people, too. I have a brother out there that could be dead, for all I know. But the best way out of this is to stick together.
- Andy: I just woke up in freakin’ Frontier Land.
Frontierland is one of the “themed lands” at the many Magic Kingdom-style parks run by Disney around the world. It is themed after the American west in the 1800s, and home to cowboys and pioneers, ghost towns, plateaus and gold rushes.
- Sam: It’s a brave new world.
Referring to Aldus Huxley’s 1932 novel, Brave New World, that describes an ironic utopia achieved through reproductive technology and biological engineering. Huxley in turn borrowed the line from Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
- Signature: D. Hasselhoff
References David Hasselhoff, whose most notable roles are Michael Knight on Knight Rider from 1982-86 and Lt. Mitch Buchannon on Baywatch from 1989-2000.
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