6.01 Exile on Main St.
|Title||Exile on Main St.|
|Episode #||Season 6, Episode 1|
|First aired||September 24, 2010|
|Directed by||Phil Sgriccia|
|Written by||Sera Gamble|
|On IMDB||Exile on Main St.|
|Outline||When something evil threatens Lisa and Ben, Dean starts hunting it and is shocked to discover Sam is back from Hell.|
|Timeline||One year after the events of 5.22 Swan Song|
|Location(s)|| Cicero, Indiana|
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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A year after Sam sacrificed himself to stop Lucifer and the Apocalypse, Dean is living with Lisa Braeden and her son Ben. On the surface, it almost resembles a normal life: he's working construction, teaching Ben about cars, and going to barbecues with the neighbors. The Impala sits under a tarp in the garage. But we see Dean is still alert for danger, as there's a devil's trap under the rug near the front door, holy water and a gun under his bed.
After work, he has drinks with his neighbor Sid, who complains in good nature that Dean never talks about his past. Dean, after some prodding, tells him that for most of his life, he "lived on the road" and "did crap jobs that nobody else wanted." He further elaborates, saying that he worked in pest control with a partner. A cute waitress, Brigitta, strokes Dean's arm and gives him her number, which he tears up. Upon leaving the bar, Dean hears a scream and goes to investigate a nearby building site. He sees blood smears and what looks like claw marks on the wall, but finds nothing but pigeons.
The next day on the way to work, he sees the claw marks on telephone poles near his house and then on his garage door. In his garage, he is startled by a neighbor's Yorkie, but then more ominously finds some sulfur on the ground. He tells Lisa to take Ben to the movies, and starts unpacking weapons from the trunk of the Impala. From a strong box containing his leather jacket, he takes John's Journal when he is attacked by Azazel. As he passes out, Azazel is attacked from behind by none other than Sam, who drives through Azazel to thrust a syringe in Dean's chest.
Dean regains consciousness in an old house. On seeing Sam, he assumes he is dead, but Sam assures him he is alive. Sam demonstrates he is human by cutting himself with a silver blade and drinking holy water and salt. He tells Dean he doesn't know how he got out of Lucifer's Cage - he just woke up in Stull Cemetery. Sam says he tried to contact Castiel in hopes of getting an explanation, but he didn't respond to any of his prayers. To Dean's shock, Sam has been back for nearly a year. Sam explains he wanted Dean to live a normal life, and knew if he reappeared, Dean would leave Lisa and Ben.
Sam reveals he's been hunting with cousins from their mother Mary's side of the family and introduces him to Gwen Campbell, Christian Campbell, and Mark Campbell. The biggest surprise is that their grandfather, Samuel Campbell, has been resurrected.
They reveal they have been hunting Djinn who can disguise themselves as normal people, and who are pursuing Sam and Dean. The Djinn seem to want revenge for the djinn that Sam and Dean killed a couple of years ago in 2.20 What Is and What Should Never Be. They attacked Sam, dosing him with their hallucinatory poison, before they came after Dean. Sam was saved by Samuel, who has an antidote - the same antidote that Sam injected into Dean, breaking him out of his hallucination of Azazel. Johnny Campbell has gone to watch over Lisa and Ben, but he is killed by the Djinn. Luckily, Lisa and Ben are safe, and so Dean takes them to Bobby's house.
Dean is further distressed to find that Bobby also knew Sam has been back for a year, but Bobby argues as Sam had, that he wanted Dean to have a chance at a normal life. Dean tells them how much he suffered trying to deal with his grief, and looking for a way to save Sam. Dean is also distressed at the danger he has now put Lisa and Ben in, and apologizes to Lisa. She assures him the last year has been "the best year of her life" and that he is a great father to Ben.
Dean, Sam and the Campbells return to Dean's home where the Djinn are still lurking. Samuel tells Dean that over the past few months, they have been dealing with a lot of unusual supernatural activity, and argues that hunting is in Dean's blood and he needs to come back to it. Dean suggests they need to leave so the Djinn will attack.
After they leave, Dean asks Sam about his time in Hell, but Sam doesn't want to talk about it. Just then they see the neighbors (Sid and his wife) being attacked. Dean rushes over despite Sam's protestations, and is attacked himself. As Dean's getting another, more powerful dose of the Djinn's poison, Brigitta tells him, "That's for our father." He starts hallucinating that Lisa and Ben are attacked by Azazel in a parallel to what happened on the night Mary was killed - with Ben being made to drink the demon's blood, and Lisa being burned on the ceiling. Sam takes on the other Djinn with help from Samuel and then rescues Dean. Samuel, with help from the other Campbells, overpowers Brigitta, placing a bag over her and taking her away.
Afterwards, Sam argues that Dean needs to return to hunting, and that he needs Dean and his compassion, with him. But Dean refuses, saying he needs to keep Lisa and Ben safe. He offers the Impala for Sam to take, but Sam declines, saying that he already has his car set up the way he likes it, before driving off.
- Bobby's Hats
- Campbell Family
- Dean's Leather Jacket
- Dean's Truck
- Demon Blood
- Devil's Trap
- Grenade Launcher
- Holy Water
- Holy Water in the Face
- John's Journal
- Lucifer's Cage
- Photo Album
- Sam's Charger
- Singer Salvage Yard
- Title Card
- "Beautiful Loser" by Bob Seger
- (plays during the opening montage of Dean's "new" life)
- "Neighbors" by Swank
- (plays while Dean and Sid talk at the bar)
Dean: Oh, no. There's not much to tell, you know? It's, uh... I lived on the road... Took, uh, crap jobs that nobody else wanted.
Dean: Like... Pest control.
Sid: Really? Pest control.
Dean: So I'm dead? This is Heaven? Yellow Eyes killed me, and now --
Sam: You finally had what you wanted, Dean.
Dean: I wanted my brother, alive!
Gwen: My god, you have delicate features for a hunter.
Dean: Yes, you would.
Trivia & References
- A reference to one of the Marvel superhero Spider-Man's superpowers. His Spidey-sense enables him to sense danger before it can be perceived by others.
- The Cheesecake Factory is a cheesecake distributor as well as restaurant chain.
Sam: As far as we know, it's Samuel and it's me.
- Dean's referring to the age-old phrase: "Dead as a doornail". For the phrase's history and speculation on its origin, see this article.
Sam: Golf? Really?
Dean: It's a sport!
- The golf reference is an in-joke - Jensen Ackles is an avid golfer.
- The Mayflower was the ship that bought the Pilgrims from England to North America in 1620.
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- Interview with Sera Gamble from Maureen Ryan
- Interview with Fred Lehne
- Episode Title from SpoilerTV
- Set Report and Photos from SpoilerTV
- Promo Pics
- Space TV Promo #1
- Space TV Promo #2
- Sneak Peek
- Ardeospina. 2010. A Visual Review -- Exile on Main Street. The Winchester Family Business, September 30; archive link
- 6.01 Exile On Main Street: You Can’t Outrun Your Past by bardicvoice (September 2010); archive link
- Bond, Silvia. 2010. What a Piece of Work is Sam: "Exile on Main St" Season 6, Episode 1. Pink Raygun, September 28; archive link, spn-heavymeta
- Chan, Suzette. 2010. Supernatural Talk: Tarts talk about 6.01: Exile on Main Street. Sequential Tart, November 8; archive link, spn-heavymeta