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Wendy Hanscum stops for gas at Manny’s Truck Stop Café outside Oshkosh, Nebraska. The pump is not reading her card so she goes inside to the unsettling stares of the few truck stop patrons and the cashier. After filling her car, she turns to find a vagrant who offers to clean her windshield. Frightened, she refuses and drives away. Finding herself stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire, she tries to flag down a passing trucker but fails. Instead, a large man in a leather hood and welding goggles grabs her and drags her away screaming.
Sam lays pensive and quiet in his bed as we see time pass on the clock. Dean knocks on the door to offer pancakes but he does not reply. Sam gets a call from
Sherriff Donna Hanscum which gets him out of bed. Donna called the boys for help with a case that is not their normal thing . Donna’s niece Wendy is missing and the Winchester’s immediately hit the road to help family. Sam and Dean meet up with Donna at an impound lot and she fills them in on what little she knows about her niece’s disappearance. Officer Doug Stover has accompanied Donna and Dean heads inside to check in with Doug but is met by an angry FBI agent, Agent Clegg. When questioned about which office he is from, Dean admits he is there because the victim was family, much to Doug’s surprise. Agent Clegg, sympathizing with the situation, shows everyone the information he has gathered on the serial abductor he calls “the Butterfly.” Sam seems reluctant to help but Dean says they’re in.
Dean uses an old CB radio to try and gather information from truckers about Wendy’s disappearance. When Sam tells Dean it’s stupid, Dean confronts Sam about his recent surly attitude. Sam argues they need to lay low to stay off the FBI’s radar. Dean reassures Sam that they will find Mary and Jack but points out that now Donna needs their help. A reply comes over the CB radio about information on Wendy and Dean agrees to meet the trucker for coffee. We then see Wendy tied to a chair and the leather-hooded figure coming in and setting up a video camera. While peppy 50’s music plays in the background, Wendy pleads into the camera for someone to come help her.
Agent Clegg presents Donna and Sam with a suspect he has in Wendy’s disappearance. Officers bring in Pastor Hankey, a road minister who was placed at the truck stop. Clegg and Sam begin to question the suspect but he quickly lawyers-up. Clegg gets nowhere with the suspect so Donna asks if she can talk with the preacher. Donna works her interrogation magic on Pastor Hankey, getting him to admit that he has done wrong but he never hurt anyone. Donna and Sam are convinced he is telling the truth and that the truck stop is the key.
learned from the trucker that she saw Wendy at the truck stop so heads there. Officer Doug joins him and turns over all the information he could gather on crimes at the truck stop ; nothing out of the ordinary. Doug confides in Dean that he is worried about Donna, that she is keeping something from him. Dean reassuringly tells Doug that he is a good guy and he needs to trust Donna. Confronted by the same vagrant as Wendy, Dean and Doug learn the cashier, Marlon, closed early and went after Wendy that night. Using some aggressive questioning, Dean gets the cashier to show where Wendy is. Now joined by Sam and Donna, Marlon shows them a website that auctions pieces of humans to monsters for food. A bewildered Doug learns from Donna that monsters are real, that Sam and Dean hunt monsters, and so does she, sometimes. Sam is unable to hack the website so calls on Agent Clegg for assistance to get an address.
the abandoned factory the group separates and Doug hangs back to watch Marlon. Dean and Donna search for the source of music only to find a decoy radio at a dead end. Marlon talks to Doug about monsters and reveals that he is a vampire. Attacking Doug, Marlon fills Doug’s mouth with vampire blood and runs off as Dean and Donna return. Sam, joined by Agent Clegg outside, hear the fight between Doug and Marlon. Just as they are ready to burst in to help, Clegg knocks Sam out. Doug turns quickly and attacks Donna so Dean hits him with some dead man’s blood. Needing his blood for the cure , when Marlon returns to finish them off, Donna shoots him in the knee . Marlon reveals that Clegg is behind the abductions and that he has Sam.
Sam is strapped to a table and the
hooded figure and Clegg are getting set up for a new auction. As he prepares, Clegg informs Sam that there are hundreds of thousands of monsters out there and Sam and Dean can’t stop them. He says most monsters are as normal as your next-door neighbor and they need to eat. Donna administered the cure to Doug and leave him in Baby as she and Dean enter another building. Donna finds Wendy but is quickly attacked by the hooded figure. She stabs the man after a short fight and frees her bewildered niece. Clegg has auctioned Sam Winchester’s heart for $500K and knowing Dean is in the area, Clegg needs to kill Sam quickly. Unseen, Dean shoots him before he succeeds.
Doug regains consciousness and
everyone is convinced he is cured. Dean invites him to join them hunting but Doug says no. Devastated, Doug tells Donna that she is a hero but that’s not him and leaves. When Donna tries to go after him Sam stops her telling her Doug will be safer without her . Donna is devastated. On the ride home Dean tells Sam he was kind of hard on Donna . Sam argues that what he said was the truth and knowing the brothers only gets people killed. Sam believes it only ends one way for them, bloody. It ends bad.
'''Sam:''' So you sell them people?<br>
'''Clegg:''' I sell them people other people won't miss. And because I do that, I save lives. If my customers didn't have me, then all those hungry, hungry hippos would be out there, huntin' and killin'. And you couldn't stop them. No one could. You should be thanking me.
:''[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungry_Hungry_Hippos Hungry Hungry Hippos] is a table top game where players use plastic hippos to collect or "eat" marbles.