14.03 The Scar
|Episode #||Season 14, Episode 3|
|First aired||October 25, 2018|
|Directed by||Robert Singer|
|Written by||Robert Berens|
|On IMDB||The Scar|
|Outline||While still trying to learn what happened with Dean, the Winchesters and Jody are pulled into an investigation that may hold a clue. Jack and Castiel attempt to save the life of a young girl who was cursed by a witch.|
|Location(s)|| Lebanon, Kansas|
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Sam and Dean return to the Bunker, after teasing Sam about his beard, Dean claims to a concerned Sam to have no memories of his time possessed by Michael. He’s taken aback by Sam’s position as leader of the Apocalypse World hunters who’ve made the Bunker their home base. After Jack and Castiel welcome him home, Dean retreats to his room to clean himself up. Jack and Castiel tell Sam that Nick left to “take care of some personal business,” and that he’d been in a dark place before he left. Their most pressing concern now is how Dean is really doing, why Michael would give up his vessel, and what Michael’s plans are.
In his room, Dean strips off Michael’s clothes and discovers a scar on his shoulder. Having no memory of how he got it, Dean shows it to Sam and Cas. Dean demands that Cas search his mind to discover what could’ve hurt Michael. While reading Dean's mind, Cas sees some of Dean’s memories of Michael before putting one hand over the scar. He sees Michael stabbed by a hooded figure with a two-pronged spear, who Dean recognizes from the Bad Place as the thing that killed Kaia Nieves.
In Sioux Falls, Jody is at work, texting with Claire, when Sam, Dean, and Castiel call her to ask if she’s seen any activity at the rift. She confirms that she hasn’t, but she recognizes the description of Dean’s scar from several headless bodies found around town. They prepare to go to Sioux Falls to track down Kaia’s killer, who has proven capable of hurting Michael. Feeling responsible for Kaia, Jack wants to go but is denied. Another hunter, Jules, arrives with an injured girl, Lora, she’d saved from a witch. Castiel tries to heal her but is unable to, and decides to stay behind to continue trying to help Lora while Sam and Dean go to Sioux Falls.
In the Impala, Sam tries to get Dean to open up; to understand anything about Michael, why he let Dean go, and what he wants. Dean doesn’t have answers, other than racing toward what might prove to be a useful weapon against Michael. When they meet up with Jody, she reveals that she hasn’t told Claire about the thing that killed Kaia possibly being around, since she doesn’t have any solid information. She tells them about the bodies they’d found, and Dean insists on heading out into the woods to track the killer immediately.
At the Bunker, Jack packs a bag and leaves a note, intent on running away. On his way out he overhears Cas and Jules still trying to heal the witch’s victim. Cas explains the girl’s situation, and that due to the nature of the magic being so knotted, he is unable to heal Lora, and that they called Rowena for advice and are attempting a reversal-spell to cure her. When Castiel notices Jack's backpack and asks if he is going somewhere, Jack denies he is and joins them as Cas and Jules assemble the spell. Sitting at Lora's bedside, she tells Jack how she ran away from home where she’d been treated like a kid. The witch kindly took her in, but then locked her and other girls up, and witnessed them wither away to nothing. Jack assures her Cas will heal her.
After daybreak in Sioux Falls, Sam, Dean and Jody press on through the woods and find three vampire heads on pikes at an encampment. Sam questions Jody if the heads might match her John Doe's, she tells Sam she assumes so, but also that she had the bodies tested with silver and dead man's blood, but had no reaction. Dean has a flash of memory and recognizes the place where Michael was stabbed, before being attacked again by the hooded figure, who looks exactly like Kaia. She runs off, and they pursue. Sam suspects that the vampires were sent by Michael to hunt Kaia, but Dean insists it doesn’t change their plan.
Cas and Jules work the spell, but instead of reversing the curse it accelerates it, aging Lora before their eyes. In the woods, Jody ignores another phone call from Claire, telling Sam she has no idea how to break this news to Claire about Kaia’s murderer. Sam expresses concern for Dean working this case, but Jody suggests he might need it. Dean catches up to Kaia outside a cabin and knocks her out. Inside the cabin, they restrain and question her. They learn about her connection to Kaia, and that she’d been trying to kill Claire, not Kaia, but she refuses to tell them how she got to their world. She antagonizes Dean, knowing he’s not Michael anymore and tells them of how Michael keeps sending monsters after her, as we see three vampires tossing her camp.
At the Bunker, Lora dies from her curse. A mournful Jack wishes he still had his powers so he could’ve saved her, but then makes a sudden realization and asks to see the witch’s body. In the morgue, Jack explains his theory of what happened to the witch after Jules shot her. The witch was stealing the girls’ youth, and the spell continued sucking the girls’ life force after she died to try and keep the witch alive, but couldn't due to the bullet still being inside the witch. He pulls the cursed necklace off the witch’s body and smashes it, releasing Lora’s trapped life force, bringing her back, healed.
Meanwhile Dean insists they need to “break” Kaia so she’ll give them the weapon that can hurt Michael. Dean angrily justifies hurting Kaia to get it. The vampires close in while Kaia tells Dean he’s just like Michael, and always has been. Dark Kaia reveals that she saw what Dean did to Kaia -- shoving a gun in her face and forcing her to help them. Dean sees his actions in a different light as Kaia calls him out for being scared. She tells them about her meeting with Michael, where he tried to recruit her and take her weapon. Dean tells her to stop because he remembers. Sam realizes they need to leave if Kaia is still a target, but it’s too late to run. The monsters have found them.
Sam, Dean, and Jody are overpowered by Michael’s vampires, while Kaia is still tied to the chair. Dean draws his gun, but the vampire holding him down and tells him the dead man's blood spiked bullets won’t hurt them anymore, so Dean instead shoots Kaia’s chair, smashing it and freeing her. Kaia escapes, but returns a moment later with her spear and kills all three vampires. Sam warns her that as long as she has the spear, Michael and his monsters will continue to chase her, undeterred, she tells Sam that she’s used to it and flees into the woods. Back at their cars, Jody knows she has to tell Claire that she found Kaia’s killer, and the truth as far as she knows it about Kaia’s death.
In Jack’s room, Cas enters and tells Jack that Jules is returning Lora to her mother. Cas apologizes for not having been there for Jack, with everything they’ve been going through. Jack tells him it’s okay, and Cas tells him he’s proud of him for saving Lora. He assures Jack that he has the heart and mind of a hunter, and offers to take him on a hunt with Sam and Dean. Jack coughs, but accepts the offer gladly. He brushes off the cough with the fact he’s human now, and Cas offers to make him some soup.
On the drive back, Dean apologizes to Sam for putting them all in danger because he hadn’t wanted to face what Michael used him for. Dean describes his memory of most of his time with Michael as feeling like he was underwater, drowning, fighting to breathe. And now Dean feels responsible for all the people Michael is hurting now.
In his room, Jack coughs again and tosses a blood-stained tissue into the trash atop dozens more.