3.09 Malleus Maleficarum
|Episode #||Season 3, Episode 9|
|First aired||January 31, 2008|
|Directed by||Robert Singer|
|Written by||Ben Edlund|
|On IMDB||Malleus Maleficarum|
|Outline||Sam and Dean investigate a coven of witches.|
|Timeline||Ruby says that Dean has "a few months" left until his deal is up.|
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After arriving home from a party, Janet Dutton starts brushing her teeth, only to have them start falling out. Soon after, her husband, Paul finds her dead on the bathroom floor. Posing as investigators from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Sam and Dean interview Paul and search the house. Dean suspects Paul is lying about something, and Sam finds a hex bag hidden in the bathroom, indicating a witch was involved.
That night a woman, Amanda, casts a spell and Paul Dutton nearly dies while eating a burger that becomes infested with maggots. He is saved when Sam and Dean arrive and burn a hex bag they find in his car. When the spell unexpectedly ends, Amanda panics before being attacked by a mysterious force that slashes her wrists causing her to bleed to death. Paul admits he had an affair with Amanda, which he had ended the previous week against her wishes. When Sam and Dean arrive at her home, they find her dead, surrounded by the paraphernalia of witchcraft.
Elsewhere in the town, three of Amanda's neighbors, Tammi, Elisabeth, and Renee, meet under the guise of a book club, but it soon becomes apparent that they are practicing witchcraft.
The next day, Sam and Dean interview the women and while they don't learn much, research shows that a couple of the women have lately had a run of successes and windfalls. Sam suggests that they will have to kill the women as they are using dark magic and have murdered.
As they head back to their motel, the Impala is stopped when Ruby appears on the road. She tells them that a demon is in town, controlling the witches, and that the demon will come after Sam, and advises him to leave immediately. Dean argues that they shouldn’t listen to her and draws the Colt, but Sam stops Dean just as he tries to shoot Ruby, who vanishes.
At the motel, Dean questions Sam as to why he is no longer concerned over taking human life. Sam admits he is trying to be more like Dean, to prepare himself for dealing with the demon war after Dean is dead. Suddenly Dean feels intense pain, and starts vomiting blood. They suspect it is a spell caused by the coven. Unable to find a hex bag, Sam grabs the Colt and takes off to confront the women.
At the house, they deny all knowledge of what is happening to Dean, until Tammi reveals herself to be a demon, killing Renee.
Back at the motel, Ruby arrives and doses Dean with a potion that saves him.
Sam tries to shoot Tammi with the Colt but she stops the bullet in mid-air, and then uses her power to pin Sam to the wall. She tells him that a new leader has arisen to lead the demons, and that he wants Sam eliminated. Dean arrives, but is also attacked by Tammi.
When Ruby appears, she pretends she has led the Winchesters to Tammi in order to gain her favor, but then tries to kill Tammi with her knife.
Tammi overpowers Ruby, and reveals that Ruby was once a witch who sold her soul to a demon – Tammi. Just as Tammi is about to kill Ruby, Elizabeth starts a spell. Although Tammi kills her, she is distracted long enough for Dean to grab Ruby's Knife and kill her.
Later that night, Ruby visits Dean and admits that she can’t save him from Hell. She tells him that all demons were human once, but that Hell strips away their identity. She also tells Dean that the same will happen to him and that there is no way to stop him from going to Hell. She says she wants him to help prepare Sam to fight the demons after Dean is gone. Ruby retains a memory of what it was to be human and wants to fight on the side of humanity.
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Janet Dutton
- Paul Dutton
- Mrs. Renee Van Allen
- Amanda Burns
- "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" by Poison
- (plays on the radio when Paul Dutton is in the car)
- "I Put A Spell on You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
- (plays right after the Poison song, when the radio goes wacky, and plays again when Paul Dutton starts choking)