It didn’t take but a few seconds for the action to begin in this episode! Right after the recap sequence we were witness to Sam being slammed into the table, by what we can only assume is a werewolf. (Context clues people!) It seems like we are going to have another episode of classic hunting and not address the bigger issues at hand: the pending end of the world, The Darkness, and Lucifer still in control of Castiel’s vessel. That’s okay, I wasn’t looking to for answers this week anyway, I guess?
Watching this fight scene go down, I can’t help but think back on my military training. Being combat trained the way I was, I shudder when I see Sam freeze. He gave the werewolf enough time to shoot him in the gut, with great accuracy. Everything I was ever taught goes against what he did, and I again am let down by this supposed hunting machine. I mean, for someone who has killed as many monsters as he has, you’d think he would have a better reaction time? I only went through an intense 2 month combat training course and know better, and he has been doing this his whole life. But, I digress.
Instantly, as Dean sees his brother, with an apparent potentially fatal wound, you can see him check out. Now the real killing machine, is compromised. Things never end well when Dean is left to worry about Sam’s fate. We all know his baby brother is his Achilles’ heel. Don’t you think it’s time Dean looks into some kind of bubble for Sam? I mean this kid is always getting hurt and leaving Dean to sacrifice himself for him, no matter the cost.
It seems the werewolves had two captives, so now injured Sam, Dean, and the captives need to hike to the nearest place to find cell reception, because we know hardly anyone has landlines anymore. And now this jerk who they just saved wants to off Sam because he thinks he’s slowing them down. Not cool bearded dude, not cool. I mean, Sam gets on my nerves too, but he is kind of an asset. Trying to suffocate him so you can be free of the burden of being slowed down? Coward move. I was shocked that Dean didn’t even suspect the shadiness after he made the comment he did to him about Sam. And sick or not, the guy’s spouse could have at least told him to stop, but people do crazy things when they think their lives are at risk. I don’t buy she didn’t see it go down.
Dean, obviously torn, tells the now seemingly dead Sam he will be back for him, and takes off with the captives. The remaining werewolves see their escape, so this may end badly. And just when I am worried the werewolves may find them, a sheriff appears. We all know just because he is in a uniform doesn’t mean he’s safe. So I was surprised to see he was really a sheriff and not a werewolf. But, I wasn’t surprised to see Dean punch him in the face in an attempt to evade questioning and get back to Sam. But unfortunately for him, he got tased and brought to the hospital with the captives. Since he’s convinced Sam is dead, he thinks he can barter for him back. But of course, he needs to die first to be able to talk to Bobbie, the reaper he screwed over before.
As Dean prepares to take his last breath, we are brought back to Sam. He’s not really dead!! He was just in shock from the lack of oxygen. Thank goodness! But that doesn’t mean his gunshot wound has magically healed, so there is still that. And now the werewolves are right outside the cabin he’s in. He’s injured and barely escaped death, so how the heck is he going to fight off this massive UFC looking werewolf and his boss lady? And am I the only one who remembers Bobbie telling Dean before, no more free lives? What makes him think she will help after he screwed her over before? That charm doesn’t work on everyone! If you ask me, he would have had a better chance asking The Darkness for help.
Of course it wouldn’t be a werewolf episode without a captive turning. And in this case, it’s that jerk of a wannabe assassin. Like most transitioning werewolves, he locked himself up in the bathroom, staring at himself in the mirror. He knows something is happening, and I am sure he can piece it together, but he chooses to keep it to himself. The doctor, noticing he has been in the bathroom a long time, knocks to check up on him. Bad idea lady! Meanwhile Dean has been brought back, only after being told yet again by Bobbie, no more free lives, when he and Sam die, it’s forever. As Dean stumbles to make his exit from the hospital, Sam calls. Now Dean knows he’s alive, just like Bobbie said. Sam tries to warn Dean that one of the captives is dangerous, but that dang shoddy reception doesn’t let him, so he speeds off to the hospital.
Thankfully Sam gets there just as it’s really about to go down! The doctor is down, and the male captive wants to turn his spouse so they can continue to be together, forever. He is not the first to have this notion once turned. The sheriff, still at the hospital, tried to intervene, but ends up dead. Just as all hope seems lost, a shot rings out, and the newly turned werewolf drops, revealing a still, very injured Sam. The timing isn’t lost on Dean, who very sarcastically and breathlessly says, “Took you long enough!” Sam instantly collapses, but thankfully he is in the hospital now, and the threats have been contained. The male captive’s spouse is left shattered, not knowing where to go next. She is now all alone. As much as Dean feels for her, you can see his relief, he’s glad he’s not in her shoes, with a little bed rest Sam will be okay and free to keep on fighting to end The Darkness, if we ever get back to that plot. Hopefully next week?