8.14 Trial and Error
|Title||Trial and Error|
|Episode #||Season 8, Episode 14|
|First aired||February 13, 2013|
|Directed by||Kevin Parks|
|Written by||Andrew Dabb|
|On IMDB||Trial and Error|
|Outline||Sam and Dean visit a ranch to try and find a hellhound that they need to kill in order to close the Gates of Hell.|
|Location(s)|| Lebanon, Kansas|
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Kevin is on Garth's boat still attempting to translate the demon tablet. He is working day and night - strung out on hot dogs and aspirin – with but a few hours of sleep. Back at the Bunker, Dean begins to “nest” by setting up his own bedroom complete with guns mounted on the wall and an old photo of him and his mother on his desk. Just as Dean serves Sam a burger he's made, Kevin calls.
When Sam and Dean arrive at the boat, Kevin explains that there are trials that must be completed in order to close the Gates of Hell. The first trial is the only one Kevin has deciphered so far. It includes bathing in the blood of a hellhound. Kevin questions how they will find one. Dean explains that when a crossroads deal is made, it has an expiration that is enforced by hellhounds. Sam and Dean decide to try and find someone who has made a deal 10 years ago and hopefully be able to find a devil dog. Dean goes for a supply run for Goofer Dust and some real food for Kevin. While he’s gone, Sam counsels Kevin on taking better care of himself. Kevin expresses that he is at the end of his rope and wants this to all be over so that he can go back to his real life.
When Dean returns, Sam tells him about an interesting article he found about the Cassity family in Shoshone, Idaho that struck oil even though it seemed geologically impossible. Before they head out to check out the ranch, Dean asks Kevin to check the tablet for any secrets to killing a hellhound.
Sam and Dean arrive at the Cassity family ranch. They meet Carl Granville the self-proclaimed trophy husband, and the ranch manager, Ellie, who hires the boys on as ranch hands. They spend their time trying to figure which of the Cassity family made the deal. They suspect Alice Cassity and decide to track her to be sure. While Alice and Carl have dinner on the terrace, howling is heard in the distance. The boys are on surveillance near the barn but within sight. Alice decides to go inspect the noise further confirming the boys’ suspicion. The growling grows closer and something attacks and kills Carl.
The sheriff arrives and blames the death on the re-introduction of wolves to the area. Ellie disagrees and comments that this was no wolf which seems to spark Dean’s interest. The boys discuss what happened and decide to pack it up. As they go back to the barn, Sam runs in to Alice and tries to console her. Alice explains that she is oddly fine. She knows she should be sad, but isn’t. She explains how she and Carl had known each other all of their lives but he went unnoticed by her until Valentine’s Day 2003. Sam then realizes that Carl made a deal, but maybe not the only deal as it doesn’t explain the family striking oil.
Dean suggests summoning a crossroads demon to find out who made a deal. Sam explains that he thinks another family member made a deal for the oil. Dean agrees to wait it out for two days. The other family members are returning to the ranch and Ellie--who has been working for the family since she was 13--gives Dean the rundown of the family members.
As the Cassitys are having a dinner, Sam is assigned to waiting on the family and Dean is working the grill. During dinner, the family discusses the story of a traveling salesman named Crowley who visited before they were rich.
Kevin finds some help for killing the hellhounds. They can be seen through objects that have been scorched with the holy flames. Dean gets some holy oil out of the trunk of the Impala, douses some glasses and set them alight. Meanwhile Noah and Margot Cassity decide to go hunt whatever it is that killed Carl, so Sam goes with them.
Dean, wearing his specialized specs, runs in to Ellie who tries to seduce him with a one night only offer that he turns down. Off in the fields while hunting, Sam separates for a minute from the others to chase the path of the hound but Noah finds him quickly. While going to get Margot, the hellhound has found her first and killed her. Back at the house Dean and Sam explain to the rest of the family what is going on and the family is handcuffed to keep them safe. Goofer dust is sprinkled around the house to try and prevent the hellhounds from getting in. Dean asks Sam to remain inside, to protect him from the trials. Sam protests but gives in as Dean explains how important it is that Sam has a life. Dean looks for the hounds and hears music coming from the barn so he goes to inspect it. Sam listens to more bickering amongst the family.
Dean finds Ellie in her room and she reveals that she is the one who made the deal with Crowley. Ellie tells Dean what happened years ago and about the deal she made with Crowley after seeing him kiss Margot sealing her own deal. Ellie’s mother had Parkinson’s and she sold her soul for her mother to be healthy. She begins to hallucinate and Dean morphs into a creepy-faced monster. He tries to console her and tells her that she is just seeing things. He encircles her in Goofer dust for protection and goes out to find the hellhound
Alice escapes the house and Sam chases after her. He sees a hellhound for the first time and sends Alice off to safety. The hellhound charges Dean and swipes his claw against Dean’s side. Dean falls to the ground and the glasses get knocked off. The hellhound is closing in on Dean and about to attack. Sam runs up just in time to save Dean and shoots the hellhound twice. This doesn’t stop it for long. Within moments the hellhound has Sam on his back on the ground and Sam has him by the throat. Sam stabs and eviscerates the hellhound and the blood of it covers him completely.
Sam and Dean make a hex bag for Ellie and have her leave town, figuring she'll be safe as long as Crowley can’t find her. Sam argues that even when Ellie dies, her soul will still go to hell. Dean retorts that her soul is safe if Hell is shut down. Dean says the incantation but it does not work. Sam wants to do the spell and continue the trials. The boys argue with Sam pleading for Dean’s trust and support. Reluctantly Dean concedes and agrees to let Sam complete the trials. As Sam reads the spell, his arm begins to glow. It hits him harder than he expects but he tries his best to conceal that from Dean.
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Kevin Tran
- Carl Granville
- Alice Cassity
- Cindy Cassity
- Margot Cassity
- Noah Cassity
- Crossroads Demon
- Deals and Pacts
- Dean's Bedroom
- Demon-Killing Knife
- Fizzles' Folly
- Gates of Hell
- Goofer Dust
- Hellhound Glasses
- Led Zeppelin
- Men of Letters Bunker
- The Veil
- "Clair de Lune" by Claude Debussy
- (plays while Carl and Alice are having dinner)
- "I Touch Myself" by Divinyls
- (plays when Dean walks in on Ellie's last night "celebration")
Trivia & References
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- Supernatural From Script to Screen: First Assistant Director Kevin Parks talks about directing the episode.
- Official Synopsis
- Promo pics from ksitetv
- Promo clip
- Sneak peek
- CHCH Promo
- Jeremy Carver introduces the episode
- Jared talks about the episode and whats to come for Sam (spoilers for future eps)
- Winchester Radio podcast with director Kevin Parks