|Episode #||Season 6, Episode 13|
|First aired||February 7, 2011|
|Directed by||David Barrett|
|Written by|| Andrew Dabb|
|Outline||An anonymous text message sends Sam and Dean to investigate disappearances in a town where Sam and Samuel worked a case a year earlier.|
|Location(s)||Bristol, Rhode Island|
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A year ago in Bristol, Rhode Island, Samuel and Sam hunted an Arachne—a spider-like monster—that was taking men in their thirties and poisoning them. Samuel and Sam confided their true identity as hunters to Sheriff Roy Dobbs and his wife, Brenna. At Sam's suggestion, he and Samuel use Roy, without his knowledge, as bait. When he is taken by the arachne, they follow her to her lair, where they find the kidnapped men bound in web and poisoned. Sam kills the arachne by decapitating her, then declares the poisoned men beyond help and shoots them all. As they leave, he tells Samuel that they need to burn the building and destroy the bodies. Samuel seems uneasy about Sam's ruthless attitude and is worried about a deep wound on his arm, but Sam puts him off and tells him that they need to get out of town. Unfortunately, Deputy Atkins stops them and asks them where the sheriff is. When he sees the large wound on Sam's arm, he doubts their cover as FBI agents and tries to arrest them. Sam beats the deputy unconscious and they leave. Unknown to them, the poisoned men who had turned into arachne survived and escaped their lair.
In the present day, Sam, who has no memory of the events of a year ago, receives a mysterious text message with the coordinates of Bristol. After some research, he learns about the disappearances of three local women. Dean is reluctant to go on the hunt, but Sam insists. When they arrive in the town, a woman recognizes Sam, and he flashes back to having sex with her. He starts to remember pieces of the original hunt, which worries Dean. He is concerned that if Sam starts remembering the past year, he will also remember his time trapped in Lucifer's Cage, with possibly dire consequences. Sam convinces Dean that they need to stay and finish whatever job Sam and Samuel left unfinished in the town.
Sam goes to the police station to get information on the latest disappearances, but is recognized by Deputy Atkins—now the sheriff—who throws him in jail. Brenna Dobbs visits Sam, demanding to know what happened to her husband. She believes Sam when he says he doesn't remember anything, and releases him so he can work on the case. She shares the case files from the previous disappearances with him, and Sam remembers more, including the identity of the monster.
Meanwhile, Dean is talking to witnesses and deduces that all the women who have disappeared slept with Sam the last time he was in town. He is certain that the entire thing is a trap for Sam, and when Brenna calls and asks Sam to come over, they expect trouble. Sam and Dean cautiously enter the shed behind the Dobbs' house, but are distracted by Brenna and taken prisoner by Sheriff Roy Dobbs. Now an arachne, he binds them with web. Dobbs reveals that, in order to exact revenge for what Sam did to him, he lured him back by sending him the coordinates. He also took women that Sam slept with and has turned them into arachne. While Dobbs talks, Dean uses a piece of broken glass to tear the web around him. He manages to escape and attack the arachne, and Brenna picks up a machete and uses it to help Sam escape. Sam takes the machete from her and uses it to kill Dobbs by decapitating him.
As they prepare to leave town, Sam is feeling guilty about what he did in the time he was without his soul despite Dean's argument that it wasn't really him. Suddenly, Sam falls to the floor and starts convulsing as he remembers burning in Hell.
- Costumes & Disguises
- Lucifer's Cage
- Sexual Encounters
Sam: Everyone uses the same crapper twice.
Sam: You love to say 'I told you so.'
Dean: Actually, you're right -- I do love to say 'I told you so.' So, I found out something on, uh, 'crazy eyes McGee.' Turns out you two knew each other.
Samuel: So, what are you saying?
Sam: She was here to breed.
Roy: Scattered... in the wind. They're like me now. You killed one monster, you made so many more. Congratulations. The only question is, do I kill you... or turn you?
Sam: Let's be crystal clear, okay? It was me.
Dean: Sammy? Sammy?!
Trivia & References
Sam: Just trying to catch up. So... Mel Gibson really took a turn this past year, huh?
Dean: Or he's possessed. Seriously, think about it. So, I just got off the blower with Bobby.
- A reference to Mel Gibson's numerous instances of bad behavior in 2010, which included release of an abusive phone call to his girlfriend, allegations of domestic abuse, and a series of instances of racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic statements.
- Mr. X, or simply X was Fox Mulder's inside man on The X-Files. Mr. X was also played by Steven Williams.
- A plushie or plushophile is someone with a sexual fetish related to stuffed toys.
- "Cougar" is a slang term for an older woman who pursues sexual relationships with younger men.
- Days of Our Lives is a long-running daytime soap opera airing on the NBC television network, which has aired nearly every weekday in the United States since November 8, 1965.
- Russian roulette is a lethal game of chance which involves loading a revolver with a single bullet. The players place the gun to their temples and pull the trigger, until one player shoots themselves.
- Memento is a movie written and directed by Christopher Nolan about a man who suffers from anterograde amnesia and can't remember anything after the event that caused the amnesia. Sam on the other hand, has retrograde amnesia where he can't remember anything before the event that caused the amnesia [in his case, getting his soul back]. The way the episode unfolds is similar to the movie - with the present in color and the flashbacks in black and white, eventually building to the point where both narratives converge to reveal the final truth about what happened. The movie was also referenced in the previous episode 6.12 Like a Virgin.
- The term "redshirt" evolved from the original Star Trek series, where security officers wearing said shirts were often killed on missions. It is more widely used now for any minor character killed in a movie or TV show, purely to provide drama for the main characters.
- Spidey-sense refers to ones ability to sense imminent danger.
Dean: Well, you did kill uh... Spider-Man.
- Spider-Man is a Marvel Comics superhero, who has the abilities of a spider.
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- 6.13 Unforgiven (Transcript)
- Unforgiven Script (Full Green Draft)
- Episode Title from SpoilerTV
- Synopsis from SpoilerTV
- Ardeospina. 2011. A Visual Review -- Unforgiven. The Winchester Family Business, February 21; archive link
- 6.13 Unforgiven: You Killed One Monster, You Made So Many More by bardicvoice (February 2011); archive link
- Bond, Silvia. 2011. Play It Again, Sam: "Unforgiven" Season 6, Episode 13. Pink Raygun, February 15; archive link, spn-heavymeta
- Chan, Suzette. 2011. Supernatural Talk: Tarts talk about 6.13: Unforgiven. Sequential Tart, March 28; archive link