12.09 First Blood

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Title First Blood
Episode # Season 12, Episode 9
First aired January 26, 2017
Directed by Robert Singer
Written by Andrew Dabb
On IMDB First Blood
Outline After being captured by the Secret Service, Sam and Dean must figure out away to escape. Meanwhile, Mary and Castiel seek help in trying find Sam and Dean.
Monster N/A
Timeline Immediately following & six weeks after 12.08 LOTUS
Location(s) Indianapolis, Indiana
Lawrence, Kansas
Lebanon, Kansas
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (Site 94)
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Throughout this episode, Mick Davies is shown typing out the narration on a typewriter, and attempting to get hunters to comply with him and join his team, to which the general answer is no. However, at the very end,Mary Winchester seems interested.

In the process of expelling Lucifer from the President of the United States in the last episode, LOTUS,[1], Sam and Dean are taken prisoner by the government for attempted assassination of the President of the U.S. At the beginning of the episode, Sam and Dean are shown being ushered into separate cells. The cells are very small and entirely closed off, with only a bed, a toilet, and a mirror.

Two government officials are shown discussing Sam and Dean's past encounters with the government, and how they were have supposed to have died in Slash Fiction.[2] One of the officials tells Sam and Dean about how the best tactic of torture is nothing-- just letting them sit alone with no human contact.

Meanwhile, Mary Winchester and Castiel are worried sick, because they have no clue where the boys are. Castiel goes through feelings of inadequacy after attempting and failing a vampire hunt. (Mary ends up completing his job).

After a while, we see a guard giving Dean his food, and Dean not accepting it. This worries the guard, and he decides to check on Dean. He discovers him dead. The government officials then check Sam as well, who is also found dead. They are transported to the morgue inside that building. After a little while, Dean wakes up, and we see Sam already awake behind him. It is not clear at this point how this came to be.

Sam and Dean then sneak out of the building, and use the coroner's phone to call Mary and Cass. They are found missing soon after. Troops are sent into the woods to find them, and they eventually end up at a cabin. They cautiously approach it, and Sam and Dean attack each troop member one by one. They then exit the woods, and Mary and Cass are waiting for them. Sam and Dean are very grateful to see them, but wonder how they found them. It is disclosed to the brothers that they had help from the British Men of Letters.

Sam, Dean, Mary, and Castiel leave in a car, while the British Men of Letters kill all the soldiers that Sam and Dean left alive.

As Mary and Cass wonder how Sam and Dean got out, the clock strikes midnight. Billie the reaper arrives. She informs the audience of how Dean called on her to make a deal-- he and Sam got to die and come back to life one more time if Billie got the soul of one of the Winchesters for good.

Mary and Cass are witness to them, and Mary then offers to sacrifice herself so that both her boys could keep on living. She argued that she was a Winchester too, to which Billie said was good enough for her. Mary puts a gun to her head, and is about to pull the trigger when Billie gets stabbed from behind by Castiel, with his angel blade. He said that the world needed the Winchesters, and he wouldn't let one die.




  • "If You Want Blood (You Got It)" by AC/DC
(plays during "The Road So Far" recap of events)
  • "Ghost Town" by The Specials
(playing on the radio as Mick Davies types his report to the Men of Letters)
  • "En el Cielo No Hay Cerveza" by Flaco Jimenez
(playing in the bar as Cas is speaking with Crowley)


Mary: You left them!

Castiel: No, I. Dean told me to go, the woman-
Mary: The one you lost!?
Castiel: I didn't... I thought she-

Mary: Stop making excuses! Why if they needed help, why didn't they call me?
Mary: I keep telling myself they're fine. They've only been gone-

Castiel: Six weeks, two days and ten hours.

Mary: We'll find them Castiel. We will. Until then, we'll just... We're doing our best.
Castiel: Did you hear about the murders in Lancaster, Missouri?

Mary: No.
Castiel: The women with their throats ripped out and blood drained.
Mary: Vampire.

Castiel: I saw it on the news and thought, 'that's the sort of thing Sam and Dean would investigate. They would roll into town. Save the day. Kill the monsters.' But with them gone. I tried to work the case. I tried. But I don't know what I did wrong. I-I asked questions. But, maybe they were the wrong people and the wrong questions, and I just... never found it. I never found the monster, never even got close. And three more women died before I left town. Before I ran away.
Mary: What do you think we're walking in to?

Castiel: I don't know. We may want back up. Crowley, Rowena.

Mary: The King of Hell, and his mother, the witch? I hope we can do better than that.
Mary: Seat belt on. I drive fast.
Mick: Mrs. Winchester. Mary. I came to this country to do one thing. Make friends. But you American hunters, you're-you're a different breed than our sort. You're surly, suspicious, you don't play well with others.

Castiel: Well, that is accurate.

Mick: You don't trust people you don't know, even when they come bearing gifts. Now I can't help that, but I can help you. And if word were to get out that we did our part to save Sam and Dean Winchester, well that's just good business. Innit? And who knows, when all this is over we may even be friends.
Sam: You want the truth? The President was possessed, by the Devil. We saved his life. That's the truth.

Dean: Now you can take that and do what you want with it, but if you come after us. You know what will happen.
Camp: Who are you?

Sam: We're the guys that save the world.
Mary: Why would you?

Dean: We were already dead. Being locked in that cell, with nothing. I've been to Hell, this was worse.

Sam: At least this way one of us gets to keep fighting.
Dean: Cas, what have you done?
Castiel: What had to be done. You know this world? This sad, doomed little world. It needs you. It needs every last Winchester it can get, and I won't let you die. I won't let any of you die. And I won't let you sacrifice yourselves, you mean too much to me. To everything. Yeah, you made a deal. A stupid deal, and I broke it. You're welcome.
Mick: Let me paint you a picture of a world without monsters or demons or any of those little buggers that go bump in the night. Of a world where no one has to die because of the supernatural. Of a new world. A better world.
Mary: I'm listening.

Trivia & References

"First Blood" is a reference to the 1982 film of the same name, where Vietnam veteran John Rambo is also pursued by the authorities through the woods.
The typewriter Mick Davies uses to communicate is similar to concept of the Selectric 251 from the television show Fringe.
Castiel: Come on, Crowley, the police took them. You have people in the government. You have spies.

Crowley: I do. But whatever's happened to Moose and Squirrel, apparently it's above their pay grade.

Castiel: Do you even care that they're gone?

Crowley: No. Do you know how many all-powerful beings have tried to kill them?
Castiel: Roughly. Yes.
Crowley: As do I. I was bloody one of them. And Sam and Dean, they're like herpes. Just when you think they're gone 'Hello' the boys are back leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. So wherever they are, whoever has Sam and Dean. In the immortal words of Lawrence Tureaud, 'I pity the fool.'

Lawrence Tureaud is the birth name of Mr. T, who is famous for his catch phrase, "I pity the fool."
Dean Winchester: What we have here is a failure to communicate. We're not trapped out here with you, you're trapped out here with us.
The first sentence is a reference to the movie Cool Hand Luke. The second sentence is a reference to this quote from Watchmen by the vigilante Rorschach after being sent to prison:
"I'm not locked in here with you, you're locked in here with me!"


This was Supernatural's 250th episode
Sanchez: They made the FBI's Most Wanted in 2011, then died in a shoot-out with police in Ankeny, Iowa, at least that's what their file said. But apparently not.
Reference to 7.06 Slash Fiction, where Sam and Dean's Leviathan doppelgängers were used to fake their deaths.
During the scenes to show the passage of time in prison for Sam and Dean, they are served plates of food. The same cut is use three times. Twice in a row at the beginning, then as the final scene.
The same mystery meat, corn, potatoes and juice box are shown three times.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts


  • 12.08 LOTUS
  • 7.06 Slash Fiction