10.02 Reichenbach

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Title Reichenbach
Episode # Season 10, Episode 2
First aired October 14, 2014
Directed by Thomas J. Wright
Written by Andrew Dabb
On IMDB Reichenbach
Outline Dean continues to become more aggressive because of the Mark of Cain, forcing Crowley to seek out unlikely help. After escaping Cole, Sam continues his search for Dean. Castiel's ever weakening state leads to Hannah seeking help from Metatron in restoring his grace.
Monster Dean Winchester
Timeline Immediately after 10.01 Black
Location(s) Nyack, New York (June 21, 2003)
Beulah, North Dakota
Killdeer, North Dakota
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On June 21, 2003, Dean kills a man in a house in Nyack, New York. The man's son finds his father's body and sees that Dean is the killer. In present time, the son, Cole, explains this to Sam who he captured to use as bait to get to Dean. Later, Cole purposely lets Sam escape to get to Dean. Sam tries to explain that Dean isn't Dean and that there are monsters, but Cole continues to taunt and torture Sam.

In Killdeer, North Dakota, Dean is in a strip club where he harasses the dancer and beats up the security guard. At the same time, Cole continues to beat on Sam, demanding to know where Dean is. Cole is interrupted by a phone call, and Sam escapes. Meanwhile, Dean is confronted by Crowley who wants to talk about Dean's behavior.

After the fight with Adina, Castiel's grace continues to fade, and Hannah wants to help. Sam calls Cas and tells him that Dean is a demon, and he needs Cas' help. Sam tells him to get to Beulah, North Dakota as quickly as possible to get on Dean's trail while it's still hot. Hannah thinks the Winchesters are a bad influence on Cas, but they head towards Beulah regardless. Along the way, Cas falls asleep while driving and they have an accident.

Dean and Crowley sit at a bar and discuss the effects of the Mark of Cain. Crowley says the Mark has changed Dean and that Dean needs to feed the Mark by killing. He gets Dean to agree to kill a human as part of a crossroads deal. Crowley explains that Mindy Morris is a cheating wife who, upon discovery, wants a divorce and half of the assets. The husband, Lester Morris, made a deal to have her killed.

Dean goes to Mindy's house, but he spots Lester. He decides to have a chat with Lester, who it turns out is a douchebag and a loser. After Lester orders Dean to kill his wife, Dean instead decides to kill Lester.

Sam continues to track Dean, as Cole follows him. Meanwhile, Cas and Hannah are rescued by a tow truck driver and they spend some time at her house and with her daughter. Cas and the daughter have an interesting conversation about snot. The mom comments that Cas is a great catch, as Cas and Hannah continue on their journey.

As Crowley is being informed about Sam's whereabouts, Dean arrives to report that he killed Lester. Crowley is not happy that Dean killed the client. Dean makes it clear that he will do whatever he wants and that Crowley does not control him. Crowley backs down, but he secretly plots to turn Dean over to Sam. Crowley says that Dean is Sam's problem, now and forever.

As Cas sleeps in the car, Hannah returns to Heaven to talk with Metatron. She wants to know about Castiel's grace. Metatron taunts and teases, and he wants to trade Cas' grace for his freedom. As Hannah weighs her options, Cas arrives and refuses the deal. He says that Metatron is a liar and that deals made of desperation always end in blood and tears. Cas says it is his choice, and he doesn't want this. Metatron teases Cas that there is some of his grace left, but Cas has made peace with his fate and that he is happy that Metatron is locked up. Metatron threatens that he will get out and everybody will die.

At a bar, Dean plays the piano and replays Crowley's words, when Sam walks in. Dean wants to know who winged Sam in relation to his shoulder and Dean tells Sam that he knows what Sam has done in his attempts to find him. Dean wants Sam to let him go, but Sam can't do that. Sam points out that they know how to cure demons, but Dean says if he wanted to be cured he wouldn't have left. Sam blames Crowley and wants to fix this problem. Dean is giving Sam a chance to walk away, but Sam is going to pass. Dean says he is not walking out the door with Sam, so he asks if Sam is going to kill him. Sam says he will not kill Dean because Dean is his brother and he wants to take Dean home. Dean taunts Sam for being so emotional and having puppy dog eyes. As Sam approaches Dean with the binding handcuffs, Cole tosses tear gas into the bar. When Sam stumbles out, Cole knocks him out and confronts Dean.

Dean realizes that this is the guy that was going to kill Sam. Cole admits that he decided to let Sam escape so he could follow him to Dean. Cole explains who he is and that he has planned this for half his life. He intends to get revenge. The two fight. Dean toys with Cole and easily defeats him. Cole demands that Dean kill him, but Dean refuses. As Demon Dean is distracted by Cole, Sam burns Dean with holy water and slaps the binding cuffs on him.

Cole, who has now been introduced to demons, heads to the library to do some research.

Meanwhile, Sam keeps his end of the deal with Crowley by giving him the First Blade, as Dean watches from the back seat of the Impala. As Sam and Dean head to the bunker, Dean shows his colors by saying the Impala is just a car. However, Sam insists that Dean is still in there and that he showed mercy. Dean quashes that thought by telling Sam that Dean didn't show mercy — he did the exact opposite by letting Cole live. Dean then insists that he will not show mercy to Sammy either.




  • "Cherry Pie" by Warrant
(playing in the strip club; also played in 5.13 The Song Remains the Same)
  • "Love Missile" by Beast (Extreme Music)
(playing in the bar as Crowley talks to Dean about killing Lester Morris' wife)
  • "Hey There Lonely Girl" by Eddie Holman
(playing in the bar as Crowley is looking at a photo of himself and Dean wearing cowboy hats)


Sam: I don’t know how to tell you this, but... There are monsters out there.

Cole: You don't think I know that? I did two tours in Iraq. Special ops. Darfur. The Congo. I've seen suicide bombers and child soldiers so hopped up on speed that they could barely talk, but they could sure as hell shoot an AK.
Sam: Not that kind of monster.

Cole: Don’t tell me about monsters, cause I've met my share.
Sam: Cas, Dean's a demon

Castiel: Dean's a demon? How?
Sam: The Mark, I guess it messed him up, I don't know.

Castiel: That is a vast understatement.
Hannah: Castiel, I think the Winchesters are a bad influence on you.
Castiel: Sam and Dean may be a bit rough around the edges, but they're the best men I've ever known. And they're my friends.
Dean: Two shots here, and he'll have something fancy with your tiniest umbrella.
Hannah: I understand the three beans, but what's the surprise?
Dean: Like I said, loser with a capital L rhymes with you suck.

Lester: Yeah well, you're a punk ass demon, you work for me now. So get in there and do your job, you freak.
Dean: And what are you gonna do, you gonna watch? Is that what you like to do Lester, watch? Well watch this.

[Dean stabs Lester with the First Blade]
Little Girl: Did you have a good dream?

Castiel: Well, I, uh, I don't really dream.
Little Girl: Why? One time I dreamed that my snot was a rocket and it shot into space and knocked down the stars to make room for more rockets!

Castiel: That sound's like some very special snot.
Castiel: What are you doing?
Metatron: You know perfectly well what she is doing, Asstiel.
Castiel: I enjoy thinking about you locked up in here, rotting until the end of time. It's my 'happy place.'
Metatron: Yeah? Um, no I'll get out. It may take a century, it may take a millennium or two, but this dump will not hold me forever. And when I'm free, here's a little sneak preview: Everybody dies.
Dean: So what are you gonna do, you gonna kill me?

Sam: No.
Dean: Why? You don't know what I've done, I might have it coming.
Sam: I don't care. Because you are my brother and I'm here to take you home.

Dean: You're my brother and I'm here to take you home. Ah, what is this a Lifetime movie, with your puppy dog eyes? Thanks Sammy, I needed that.
Dean: Well hey, I'm not saying I didn't slice and dice your old man. I'm just saying he wasn't the first and he certainly wasn't the last and they all just kinda get blended up.
Cole: I saw you, that night after. You let me live. That was dumb, real dumb. I've spent half my life training for this moment, I've played out this fight a thousand times in my mind. And I know about you Dean-O, and you're good, you're real good. But you see, I'm better.
Dean: You have no idea what you walked into here do you? None.

Cole: What are you?

Dean: I'm a demon.
Sam: This doesn't make us square. If I see you again...
Crowley: Oh stop it, Samantha, nobody likes a tease.
Sam: This thing's filthy.

Dean: It's just a car, Sam.

Sam: 'It's just a car.' Wow, you really have gone dark.
Sam: You know what, Dean. I saw what happened back there, you could have killed that guy and you didn't, you took mercy on him.
Dean: You call that mercy? Imagine you spend your whole life hunting down the guy that knifed your father. When you finally find him, he whips you like a dog -- how do you think that feels? That kid is going to spend his whole life knowing that he had his shot and that he couldn't beat me, that ain't mercy. That's the worst thing I could have done to him. And what I'm gonna do to you, Sammy, well that ain't gonna be mercy either.

Trivia & References

The episode title "Reichenbach" may be a reference to Reichenbach Falls, the series of waterfalls in Switzerland where Sherlock Holmes and his nemesis Professor Moriarty originally met their ends in the short story "The Final Problem" (Holmes was brought back to life after fan outrage). In this episode, Cole confronts his nemesis — Dean.
Crowley: Kids. Am I right? My day we respected our elders, of course anyone over thirty back then was ancient. Now forty-year-olds are still living with mommy, lying on OKCupid and taking pictures of their food.
OKCupid is a free dating/social media website, that was launched in 2004.
Crowley: So how you been feeling? On edge? Pent up? Unfulfilled?

Dean: You sound like a Viagra commercial you know that, right?

Viagra is a prescription drug used to treat erectile dysfunction, Crowley's dialogue is reminiscent of many of the commercials advertising the product.
Crowley: And I know that you want to keep the party going. You wanna have fun, fun, fun 'til Daddy takes the black eyes away.
A snowclone of a line from the Beach Boys song 'Fun, Fun, Fun'. The original line in the lyrics is, 'Fun fun fun 'til her daddy takes the T-bird away'.
Crowley: Face it, darling, you're an addict, death is your drug. And you're going to spend the rest of your life chasing that dragon.
"Chasing the dragon" is a term used for describing an addict trying to achieve the same way they felt on their first high.
Dean: Listen -- and this is murder 101 -- when you hire someone to kill your wife, you don't want to be around when the hit goes down. It's called an alibi.

Lester: Yeah, I know what an alibi is. I watch Franklin & Bash.

Franklin & Bash was a legal dramedy about unconventional lawyers and long-time friends, named Elmo 'Jared' Franklin & Peter Bash. Pop Culture website Vulture featured an essay in 2013 called Franklin & Bash Is the Perfect Punch Line to Your Pop-Culture Joke.
Lester Morris may be a reference to the lead character in the first season of the TV series Fargo. In the show, Lester Nygaard is a meek insurance salesmen who is inspired by an encounter with hitman Lorne Malvo to kill his wife.
Sam gives the strip club bouncer a business card that identifies him as "Lemmy Kilmister." Lemmy Kilmister is the lead singer and bass guitarist for Motörhead.
Crowley: Hello, Bullwinkle. You miss me?
Bullwinkle J Moose is a fictional character from the animated series The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. Sam gets called moose quite a bit by Crowley. See Nicknames.
The few notes Dean plays on the piano appear to be from the Beatles song "Hey Jude," which was the song Mary would sing to Dean as a lullaby.
Dean: 'You're my brother and I'm here to take you home.' Ah, what is this a Lifetime movie, with your puppy dog eyes? Thanks Sammy, I needed that.
"Lifetime movie" is a reference to the made-for-television melodrama films that appear on the Lifetime network.
Fans have long referred to Sam's Puppy Dog Eyes -- the pleading look he gives someone, frequently Dean, when he wants something.
Dean: Ohhh, you know kung-fu?
Dean is playing with an oft used line in movies or TV where someone warns their opponent that they know martial arts. It is so well used it is listed on TV Tropes.
Dean: What did you think was going to happen, huh? You just stroll up here and say, 'My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.' And I'd just roll over?
"My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die" is the famous quote spoken by actor Mandy Patinkin in the 1987 film adaption of The Princess Bride.
Crowley: Believe me, I don't want Dean getting his hands on the 'precious' anymore than you do. Your brother knows I ratted, tends to hold a grudge, I don't wanna get... boned.
"Precious" is a reference to the name given to One Ring in the Lord of the Rings series, by the character Gollum.
The First Blade is also made from Bone. Crowley is making a joke about getting stabbed.


The pick-up truck that Sam steals and drives is a 1969 Ford F-250 Custom Cab Camper Special.
The strip club Dean hangs out in is called Angelz.
The bar Crowley and Dean drink in is called The Flamingo Lounge.
The drink Dean orders Crowley has a devil's trident in it.
The green Jeep Wrangler YJ Cole is seen driving is the same model Jeep that was used by Future Dean in 5.04 The End, though with a tan hardtop.

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