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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Synopsis

Castiel places a call to Mary, telling her he needs to meet her at the Men of Letters Bunker. Meanwhile, Rick Sanchez briefs anti-terrorism agent Camp on Sam and Dean Winchester history and their attempted assassination of President Jefferson Rooney. Telling Camp, they are keeping the arrest quiet, only the agents who made the arrest and the president know about the Winchesters. Sanchez suggests they simply take Sam and Dean out back and shoot them, telling him they deserve it given their rap sheet. However, Camp questions if the Winchesters are alone or working with some other terrorist organization. Camp pays a visit to Dean, who sits silently in his cell as Camp talks. Camp asks Dean why they went after the president, when he gets no answer he tells Dean he will talk to him, assuring him he won't be using torture, believing it doesn't actually. Instead he tells Dean he and Sam will be locked away, alone. Telling him the extreme isolation will eventually cause him to crack and tell him everything, before he leaves the cell.

Mick Davies sits at a desk with a typewriter, and begins reporting to the Men of Letters his attempts to get hunters to join with Men of Letters. Mick meets with a hunter named Wally, telling him of a world without monsters or demon or any supernatural deaths, offering up any and all resources that the Men of Letters have at their disposal, under the agreement that Wally and other hunters would answer to the British Men of Letters, which the general answer is no. Relaying in his report that "American hunters can be... difficult."

At the Bunker Mary Winchester blows up at Castiel for leaving Sam and Dean behind, as Castiel tries explain what happened, Mary tells him she doesn't want to hear any excuses. Eventually calming down, and questioning, why, if they needed help Sam and Dean didn't come to her. At the government facility, time passes for Dean and Sam in solitary, while Castiel meets with Crowley seeking his aid in finding Sam and Dean. Crowley glibbly tells Castiel he can't help him, as while he does have spies in the government, where Dean and Sam were taken is above their pay grade. Finally telling Castiel he isn't worried about the Winchesters since them always come back leaving a trail of bodies behind, telling Castiel he pities whoever has them.

Back at the Bunker, Mary is in Dean's room looking through photos when one of Dean's cell phones rings. Mary answers, thinking it could be Dean, but finds it is Alicia Banes, who is seeking Dean and Sam's help in dealing with a werewolf pack. Sometime later, Mary meets with Castiel at a bar, together they lament not being able to find Sam and Dean, but Mary assures Castiel they will find them in time, until they do, they have to do their best. Castiel questions if they are, telling Mary about vampire murders in Missouri that he attempted to investigate, telling her he never found the monster, remarking how three more women died before he left. When Mary suggests they work together, he simply tells her he would only get in her way.

At Site 94, Sam and Dean are being fed. When the guard notices Dean not responding to the food, and sees him on the floor, he opens the cell to find that he is dead. At the facilities morgue, Sanchez blames Camp for Sam and Dean's death, and how they can not be punished any longer. Soon, Sam and Dean rise from the dead. As the coroner enters the morgue, Sam and Dean surprise him and question where they are. The coroner tells them he doesn't know, as he is taken to the facility while blindfolded, telling them the facility does not exist. Sam and Dean then sneak out of the building, and use the coroner's phone to call Castiel. A shocked Castiel questions what happened with them, while Sam pinpoints that they are located in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, and formulate a plan to meet up. Sam and Dean are found missing soon after. Troops are sent into the woods to find them.

Castiel is soon picked up by Mary, and cautions to her they may need backup, suggesting Crowely and Rowena. Which Mary scoffs at. Castiel takes Mary to meet with Mick Davies and Mr. Ketch.

Characters

Definitions

Music

  • "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)

Quotes

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!"

Minutiae

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

Promotion

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