14.03 The Scar

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Title The Scar
Episode # Season 14, Episode 3
First aired October 25, 2018
Directed by Robert Singer
Written by Robert Berens
On IMDB The Scar
Outline While still trying to learn what happened with Dean, the Winchesters and Jody are pulled into an investigation that may hold a clue. Jack and Castiel attempt to save the life of a young girl who was cursed by a witch.
Monster Vampires
Timeline October 2018
Location(s) Lebanon, Kansas
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Synopsis

Sam and Dean return to the Bunker. After teasing Sam about his beard, Dean claims to a concerned Sam to have no memories of his time possessed by Michael. He’s taken aback by Sam’s position as leader of the Apocalypse World hunters who’ve made the Bunker their home base. After Jack and Castiel welcome him home, Dean retreats to his room to clean himself up. Jack and Castiel tell Sam that Nick left to “take care of some personal business,” and that he’d been in a dark place before he left. Their most pressing concerns now are how Dean is really doing, why Michael would give up his vessel, and what Michael’s plans are.

In his room, Dean strips off Michael’s clothes and discovers a scar on his shoulder. Having no memory of how he got it, Dean shows it to Sam and Cas. Dean demands that Cas search his mind to discover what could’ve hurt Michael. While reading Dean's mind, Cas sees some of Dean’s memories of Michael before putting one hand over the scar. He sees Michael stabbed by a hooded figure with a two-pronged spear, which Dean recognizes from the Bad Place as the thing that killed Kaia Nieves.

In Sioux Falls, Jody is at work, texting with Claire, when Sam, Dean, and Castiel call her to ask if she’s seen any activity at the rift. She confirms that she hasn’t, but she recognizes the description of Dean’s scar from several headless bodies found around town. They prepare to go to Sioux Falls to track down Kaia’s killer, who has proven capable of hurting Michael. Feeling responsible for Kaia, Jack wants to go but is denied. Another hunter, Jules, arrives with an injured girl, Lora, whom she’d saved from a witch. Castiel tries to heal her but is unable to, and decides to stay behind to continue trying to help Lora while Sam and Dean go to Sioux Falls.

In the Impala, Sam tries to get Dean to open up in an effort to understand anything about Michael -- why he let Dean go, and what he wants. Dean doesn’t have answers, other than racing toward what might prove to be a useful weapon against Michael. When they meet up with Jody, she reveals that she hasn’t told Claire about the thing that killed Kaia possibly being around, since she doesn’t have any solid information. She tells them about the bodies they’d found, and Dean insists on immediately heading out into the woods to track the killer.

At the Bunker, Jack packs a bag and leaves a note, intent on running away. On his way out he overhears Cas and Jules still trying to heal the witch’s victim, and curiosity draws him to investigate. Cas explains the girl’s situation, and that due to the nature of the magic being so knotted, he is unable to heal Lora. He says that they called Rowena for advice and are attempting a reversal-spell to cure her. When Castiel notices Jack's backpack and asks if he is going somewhere, Jack denies he is and joins them as Cas and Jules assemble the spell. Sitting at Lora's bedside, she tells Jack how she ran away from home where she’d been treated like a kid. The witch kindly took her in, but then locked her and some other girls up, and she'd witnessed them wither away to nothing. Jack assures her Cas will heal her.

After daybreak in Sioux Falls, Sam, Dean, and Jody press on through the woods and find what looks like three vampire heads on pikes at an encampment. Sam asks Jody if the heads might match her John Doe's. She tells Sam she assumes so, but also that she had the bodies tested with silver and dead man's blood, but found no reaction. Dean has a flash of memory and recognizes the place where Michael was stabbed. They are attacked by the hooded figure, who looks exactly like Kaia. She runs off, and they pursue. Sam suspects that the vampires were sent by Michael to hunt Kaia, but Dean insists it doesn’t change their plan.

Cas and Jules work the spell, but instead of reversing the curse it accelerates it, aging Lora before their eyes. In the woods, Jody ignores another phone call from Claire, telling Sam she has no idea how to break this news to Claire about Kaia’s murderer. Sam expresses concern for Dean working this case, but Jody suggests he might need it. Dean catches up to Kaia outside a cabin and knocks her out. Inside the cabin, they restrain and question her. They learn about her connection to Kaia, and that she’d been trying to kill Claire, not Kaia, in the Bad Place. She refuses to tell them how she got to their world. She antagonizes Dean, knowing he’s not Michael anymore, and tells them of how Michael keeps sending monsters after her, as we see three vampires tossing her camp.

At the Bunker, Lora dies from her curse. A mournful Jack wishes he still had his powers so he could’ve saved her, but then has a sudden realization and asks to see the witch’s body. In the morgue, Jack explains his theory of what happened to the witch after Jules shot her. The witch was stealing the girls’ youth, and the spell continued sucking the girls’ life force after she died to try and keep the witch alive, but couldn't due to the bullet still being inside the witch. He pulls the cursed necklace off the witch’s body and smashes it, releasing Lora’s trapped life force, bringing her back, healed.

Meanwhile Dean insists they need to “break” Kaia so she’ll give them the weapon that can hurt Michael. Dean angrily justifies hurting Kaia to get it. The creatures close in while Kaia tells Dean he’s just like Michael, and always has been. Dark Kaia reveals that she saw what Dean did to Kaia -- shoving a gun in her face and forcing her to help them. Dean sees his actions in a different light as Kaia calls him out for being scared. She tells them about her meeting with Michael, where he tried to recruit her and take her weapon. Dean tells her to stop because he remembers. Sam realizes they need to leave if Kaia is still a target, but it’s too late to run. The monsters have found them.

Sam, Dean, and Jody are overpowered by Michael’s monsters, while Kaia is still tied to the chair. Dean draws his gun, but the vampire holding him down tells him the bullets (spiked with dead man's blood) won’t hurt them anymore, so Dean instead shoots Kaia’s chair, smashing it and freeing her. Kaia escapes, but returns a moment later with her spear and kills all three monsters. Sam warns her that as long as she has the spear, Michael and his monsters will continue to chase her. Undeterred, she tells Sam that she’s used to it and flees into the woods. Back at their cars, Jody acknowledges she has to tell Claire that she found Kaia’s killer, and the truth as far as she knows it about Kaia’s death.

Cas enters Jack’s room and tells him that Jules is returning Lora to her mother. Cas apologizes for not having been there for Jack, with everything they’ve been going through. Jack tells him it’s okay, and Cas tells him he’s proud of him for saving Lora. He assures Jack that he has the heart and mind of a hunter, and offers to take him on a hunt with Sam and Dean. Jack coughs, but accepts the offer gladly. He brushes off the cough with the fact he’s human now, and Cas offers to make him some soup.

On the drive back, Dean apologizes to Sam for putting them all in danger because he hadn’t wanted to face what Michael used him for. Dean describes his memory of most of his time with Michael as feeling like he was underwater, drowning, fighting to breathe. And now Dean feels responsible for all the people Michael is hurting.

In his room, Jack coughs again and tosses a blood-stained tissue into the trash atop dozens more.

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Quotes

Dean: Hey, if you're gonna ask if I'm okay, you don't have to.

Sam: All right. It's just, uh, you know, you didn't talk a whole lot on the ride here.

Dean: Look, Michael bailed, all right? I don't know how. I don't know why. He just -- He just cleared out. And as far as my memory goes, I mean, everything from the second I said yes to the moment I walked through those doors is blank, so I'm good. I'm just really, really happy to be... home.
Sam: Come on, man. This isn't a joke. Something huge happened, and you won't really even talk about it. But this whole Michael thing, we need to deal with it.

Dean: Okay, I'm literally going 80 to deal with it. How can I be running from something when I'm racing towards it?
Sam: I don't know. Kinda your thing.
Dean: Okay.

Sam: Okay, look, I'm just saying... you said you let Michael in, then, bang you're back in a blink. But for me... you were gone for weeks. I didn't know if you were alive. I... I just need you to talk to me, to slow down so I can catch up.
Jody: How'd you do it?

Dean: What, me versus some assbag archangel -- who would you take?

Jody: You, every time.
Dean: We'd make better time if we split up.

Sam: Uh -- uh, Dean, w-we'll be safer if we stick together.

Jody: Yeah, if I get a vote, I'm Team Stick Together.
Jody: I promised Claire human cases are mine, but anything monster-y, I'd loop her in. But this... Aw. Claire's been doing so good, and, I mean, anything connected to Kaia, she's a powder keg.

Sam: Hm.

Jody: First love strikes quick, and to lose it like that...
Dark Kaia: You're no different than him -- threats, violence, anything to get what you want.

Dean: I am nothing like him.

Dark Kaia: Yeah, you are. You always have been.
Dark Kaia: I know where it comes from -- your anger, your impatience. It's fear. You're scared. And you're weak.

Dean: All right. Shut up.

Dark Kaia: Michael hurt you. He hurt me too.
Michael: I didn't come here to fight. Not if I don't have to. This face you know, but I'm just borrowing it. We haven't met. But I've sensed you ever since I came to this world. You're like me. You bleed new energy. So does that. I'm here to make you an offer. There's a war coming, and I'm building an army. You can join my side, the winning side, if you give me that spear. Or you can fight, definitely lose, probably die, and then I'll just take it. So, Wild One... what's it gonna be?
Sam: You all right?
Jody: It's just, you know, seeing her face again. Raising three hunters and fearing every day that I might lose one of them... Didn't really even get a chance to know Kaia before she di-- I just feel like I already lost before I ever even began.
Castiel: Well... what you did today, you just made me so proud. You know, learning to hold your own in a fight without your powers, that takes time and -- and training, but today, you -- you proved that you have the mind of a hunter and the heart of a hunter. I was thinking, um... I mean I'll talk to Sam and Dean, but, um, I thought maybe -- maybe we could go on a hunting trip. I mean, If you want to.
Dean: You know, I said yes to him because I thought... It was stupid. I was stupid.

Sam: Dean... you did what you had to do.

Dean: And it wasn't a blink, being possessed. I make it sound like that, but it wasn't. I don't remember most of what Michael did with me because I was underwater, drowning, and that I remember. I felt every second of it -- clawing, fighting for air. I thought I could make it out, but I -- I... I couldn't. I wasn't strong enough. And now he's gone and he's out there putting an army of monsters together and he's hurting people. And its all on me, man. I said yes. It's my fault.

Trivia & References

Dean: It's just every time I think about it, you know, it's like a -- it's like a nightmare. I mean, I can't eat. I can't sleep. It's always just there, watching.

Sam: Dean, it's just a beard. I've been a little busy lately.
Dean: Yeah, well, that's not an excuse. You know, 'cause, uh, "Duck Dynasty" called, and they just -- they want it all back.

Duck Dynasty is an American reality show about the Robertson family, who run a duck call business. Jep and Jessica Robertson are friends with the Ackles and Padaleckis and run a food truck called "Jep's Southern Roots" at Family Business Beer Company.
Dean: Right. So, Cas, I'm gonna need you to, uh, get in my head. You know, do the whole Vulcan-mind-meld thing. 'Cause if I can't remember what happened, I need you to drag it out of me, okay?
The Vulcan Mind Meld is a telepathic technique used by the Vulcans in Star Trek.
Jody: I have video surveillance going down at the ferry. Claire practically sits shiva down there. There's been nothing. How do you know?
Shiva is the week-long Jewish period of mourning.
Jules: Turns out it was a witch. She was holding the girls hostage, and this... is the only survivor. Took Broom-Hilda down with that witch-killing bullet you gave me, but soon as I did, something went wrong. Didn't even have time to bury the body before --
Broom-Hilda is a comic strip character created by Russell Myers in 1970.
Sam: Dean, we still have no idea why Michael let you go or where he is now or what he wants.

Dean: Yeah, or who his favorite Spice Girl is.

Spice Girls are a British pop group from the '90s. Their members were named Posh Spice, Baby Spice, Sporty Spice, Scary Spice, and Ginger Spice.
Jody: As far as I could tell, yep. Until I talked to you, I thought we were hunting a human, too, maybe a serial killer. It'd be the first one in Sioux Falls since --

Sam: Well, since Robert Leroy Anderson.

Robert Leroy Anderson was a killer in South Dakota who was convicted of the murders of Larisa Dumansky and Piper Streyle and sentenced to death in 1999. Sam's knowledge on Anderson is a reference to his interest in serial killers previously mentioned in 10.14 The Executioner's Song and 11.05 Thin Lizzie.
Jack: Who's that?

Castiel: It's a girl. Lora. She's, um -- She's been enchanted.
Jack: Like "Sleeping Beauty."

Sleeping Beauty, or Little Briar Rose, is a fairy tale about a princess who falls into an enchanted sleep, and can only be awakened by a kiss from a prince.
Dean describing his time possessed as being like drowning may be a reference to the concept of the Sunken Place from 2017's Get Out, where a hypnotized individual's consciousness is pushed down into a dark water-like void. While they are able to see what is going on in front of them, they are unable to react physically.

Minutiae

Catherine Lough Haggquist, who played Jules, previously played Detective Glass in 8.08 Hunteri Heroici.
Warren Abbot, who played Spencer, previously played Cop in 11.06 Our Little World.
This is the first episode where it is mentioned that tissue samples have been tested with substances a monster is vulnerable to in order to confirm identity, when Jody tells Sam and Dean she tested three headless corpses with silver and dead man's blood.
While a developing relationship was hinted at between Kaia and Claire Novak in 13.10 Wayward Sisters, and dubbed Dreamhunter by fans, Jody confirms here that Claire was in love with Kaia.
Writer Robert Berens confirmed that the Apocalypse World hunter, Jules, is named after the Supernatural Wiki admin, Jules Wilkinson. This is the second character to be named for her, the first being Julia Wilkinson created by Adam Glass in 9.17 Mother's Little Helper.

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