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This is one of only
This is one of only episodes to date where the [[monsters]] are human, the others being [[1.15 The Benders]], [[4.11 Family Remains]], and [[11.08 Just My Imagination]].
Revision as of 01:52, 23 May 2020
|Episode #||Season 13, Episode 11|
|First aired||January 25, 2018|
|Directed by||Amyn Kaderali|
|Written by||Davy Perez|
|Outline||Donna calls on Sam and Dean when her niece is kidnapped by a man who sells human body parts to monsters via online auction.|
|Monster||Agent Terrance Clegg|
|Timeline||A few weeks after 13.10 Wayward Sisters|
|Location(s)|| Oshkosh, Nebraska|
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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 Sheriff Donna Hanscum which gets him out of bed. Donna has called the boys for help with a case that is not their normal thing -- Donna’s niece Wendy is missing and the Winchesters immediately hit the road to help. 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 Terrance 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 that belonged to John 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 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 demands a lawyer. 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.
Dean learns 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, revealing nothing out of the ordinary. Doug confides in Dean that he is worried about Donna, telling him he believes 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 them 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 in getting an address.
At an 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. Flashing his fangs, Marlon easily breaks free from his handcuffs and attacks Doug. After overpowering him, Marlon fills Doug’s mouth with vampire blood and runs off. Sam, joined by Agent Clegg outside, hears the fight between Doug and Marlon. Just as they are ready to burst in to help, Clegg knocks Sam out. Dean and Donna arrive to find Doug lying on the floor. Realizing he's been turned, Doug quickly attacks Donna. As Donna struggles to hold Doug back, Dean hits him with some dead man’s blood, rendering him unconscious. Dean reveals to Donna that they can cure Doug, but they need Marlon's blood. When Marlon returns to finish them off, Donna shoots him in the knee. Threatening Marlon with a slow death, Donna is able to get him to reveal that Clegg is behind the abductions and that he has Sam.
Sam is strapped to a table and the Carver 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. En route, Donna administers the cure to Doug and the two leave him in the Impala as she and Dean enter another building. Donna finds Wendy but is quickly attacked by the Carver. 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, he says he needs to kill Sam quickly. Dean shoots him before he succeeds.
Doug regains consciousness and Dean invites him to join them hunting but Doug says no, telling everyone he isn't meant for this kind of life. 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. On the ride home Dean tells Sam he was kind of hard on Donna, but 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 Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Sheriff Donna Hanscum
- Officer Doug Stover
- Wendy Hanscum
- Agent Terrance Clegg
- The Carver
- The Bible
- Costumes & Disguises
- Dead Man's Blood
- Donna's Truck
- Law Enforcement Officers
- Men of Letters Bunker
- Queer and Gender Diverse Characters
- Sam's Bedroom
- Serial Killers
- Table of Death
- Vampire Cure
- "Look in My Eyes" by The Chantels
- (playing as a man is being harvested)
- "Too Good to Be True" by Lon Rogers & the Soul Blenders
- (plays as Wendy is recorded screaming for help)
- "Big Flame (Is Gonna Break My Heart in Two)" by Doris Wilson
- (playing as Wendy is being prepared for harvesting)