8.17 Goodbye Stranger
|Episode #||Season 8, Episode 17|
|First aired||March 20, 2013|
|Directed by||Thomas J. Wright|
|Written by||Robbie Thompson|
|On IMDB||Goodbye Stranger|
|Outline||Sam and Dean with the assistance of Castiel and Meg, race Crowley in the hunt for the location of one of Lucifer's Crypts.|
|Location(s)|| Lebanon, Kansas|
Lincoln Springs, Missouri
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In a dark, empty warehouse, Dean is hunting something. He turns around and is attacked by Castiel. Dean pleads with Cas, stony faced, Cas breaks his wrist and stabs him in the chest with his angel blade, killing Dean.
The lights switch on. Naomi enters the room and congratulates Castiel on killing Dean quickly and brutally, with no hesitation. Telling him he is ready. It is then revealed that the entire floor of the warehouse is littered with multiple Deans, all dead. They are in Heaven or inside Castiel's mind and this was a training exercise devised by Naomi.
Meanwhile, back on Earth, Dean is sorting through some boxes in the Men of Letters Bunker. Sam is doing research on his laptop. Sam coughs up blood into a napkin. Dean asks him if he's okay, and Sam proclaims it's nothing. He says he's found a case: in multiple states, there have been recent instances of people with severe burns on their eyes, hands, and feet... puncture wounds through the backs of their hands... eyes and internal organs liquefied. Sam leaves to grab his gear. Dean waits until Sam has left the room, then inspects the napkin that Sam threw in the trash.
At the home of one of the victims, Ann Morton. Sam and Dean are questioning the victim's husband. He claims that something changed in Ann about a week ago; she was out of sorts, not herself at all. She stopped eating and sleeping, and started going out in the middle of the night, muttering to herself about an orchard. He shows them a miniature of the city. He followed her one night to a playground, where she started digging. She brought home little bags of dirt and hung them here, above the miniature. The bags hanging above the miniature all represent sites where she's dug. He also says that he swears her eyes turned black sometimes.
Sam and Dean leave to question Wendy Rice, the last person to speak with Ann. On the way there, Sam calls the other victims' spouses, and they all say the same thing that Ann's husband said (the victims got all obsessive and weird). Sam and Dean agree that someone is killing demons. They wonder why the demons are digging in the dirt. They arrive at Wendy's place and she answers the door with curlers in her hair. She says that she never met Ann until she called the other night, asking where to find an original map of the city. She was looking for an old orchard that had gone missing.
Wendy explains: The town had been wiped out by one of the river's 100-year floods and then rebuilt. All original records were lost. This is her field of study - the town's history. She's been working on re-creating a map of the town as it had been. She points at the map. She found out yesterday that the old Jakubiak Orchard used to be where Downey meets Bond Street. Ann never said why she was looking for the orchard. They had set up a time to meet but she never showed. She did, however, receive a call from Ann's assistant that morning, asking if she still had the map.
"Assistant?" says Dean. There is a knock on the door. Three men are standing there and their eyes go black upon seeing Sam and Dean. Demons barge in and a fight ensues. One demon flings Wendy aside, grabs the map, and runs out the door. The second demon is about to be killed by Dean with his demon killing knife but it smokes out of its body and into Wendy's body. She makes a run for the door. The third demon is about to best Sam when it is burned out by... Castiel! He flings the demon aside and stands there, holding the Wendy-demon by the curlers.
Castiel says he is going to interrogate the Wendy-demon. Dean asks him if he's here because he heard Dean praying to him. Cas says yes, he heard him, but that's not why he's here. Sam wonders where the hell Cas has been this whole time. Cas confesses that he's the one that's been hunting and killing the demons. Sam asks him why.
Flash to Cas seated in front of Naomi in her stainless steel, white office. Naomi tells him to tell the truth (or most of it, anyway).
Back on Earth... Cas says he's been searching for the other half of the demon tablet. In his search, he discovered that Crowley has been sending out his demons to find Lucifer's crypts. Sam asks what Crowley is looking for. Flash to Cas seated in front of Naomi again. He asks her if he can tell them everything, as it would be more helpful if they knew. She tells him to lie because they cannot be trusted.
Back on Earth... Cas lies to Sam and Dean, telling them that Crowley is looking for a parchment that would allow him to decipher his half of the demon tablet without a prophet. He gets up and goes into the kitchen to interrogate Wendy-demon. Sam and Dean agree that Cas is "off," that he hasn't been the same since he got back from Purgatory. Dean reminds Sam that they still don't know how he even got out of Purgatory. From the other side of the kitchen door comes Cas' voice: "You know, I can hear you both. I am a celestial being."
Sam and Dean enter the kitchen. Wendy-demon is tied up. Cas stabs her through the back of one of her hands with his angel blade. Wendy refuses to offer up any information. Cas stabs her in her other hand. Wendy-demon divulges that they have a hostage at the Murray Hotel. The hostage knows all the towns where the crypts are buried. "And she told you about the parchment?" Sam asks her. "What parchment?!" says Wendy-demon.
Flash to Naomi telling Cas to kill the demon.
Back on Earth... Cas stabs Wendy-demon in the chest with his angel blade, killing her before she could reveal his lie. Before Sam and Dean can protest fully, Cas says he needs to go to the motel, and with a rustling of angel wings, he's gone. Sam and Dean rush to the motel in Baby, the Impala.
At the hotel, they find out that the hostage is Meg. She's pretty beat up. Crowley has been torturing crypt locations from her. She says he's hell bent on finding the angel tablet. This surprises Sam and Dean, and Dean accuses Cas of lying to them. Cas denies it. Cas tends to Meg's wounds. She flirts with him, and he lets her.
Meg leads them to an abandoned warehouse, the real location of the crypt that holds the angel tablet. They split up - Meg with Sam and Dean with Cas. Dean and Cas find crypt and the tablet. Cas is unable to take it out of the wooden chest because it's warded against angels, so Dean does it. Cas asks Dean to give it to him but Dean refuses. Flash to Naomi telling Cas to kill Dean; that he's done it a thousand times. Back on Earth... Dean tells Cas that if he tells him how he got out of Purgatory, then he can have the tablet. Cas' angel blade drops into his hand.
Meanwhile, Sam and Meg are having a heart-to-heart about what he's been up to; the girl who got him to quit hunting... his "unicorn". They are interrupted when Crowley's demons attack. In the crypt, Cas strikes Dean. Dean blocks with the tablet. Flash to Cas telling Naomi this isn't right; he won't hurt Dean.
Back on Earth... Dean tells Cas to fight it. Cas strikes him again, and again Dean blocks with the tablet. Cas backhands Dean, grabs his forearm and breaks it. We hear the bone snap, Dean drops the stone revealing the tablet within, lightning flashes and thunder rumbles. Cas continues to beat him. Dean's face is bruised and bloodied. Dean pleads with Cas telling him they're family, that Sam and him need Cas, that Dean himself needs Cas.In heaven Naomi tells Cas to choose: Them or heaven. Cas makes his choice and stops beating Dean.
He heals Dean and apologizes, saying he's been under Naomi's control ever since she got him out of Purgatory. Dean asks what broke the "connection", Cas says he wasn't sure but it was obvious that Cas' dedication to the Winchesters was what severed the tie. He assures he's free of her and has to protect the Angel Tablet not only from Naomi, but from Dean and Sam.
Meanwhile, Crowley himself arrives to confront Meg and Sam. Meg tells Sam to get out of there, to go and save his brother and her "unicorn" (Cas). Sam leaves and Meg and Crowley fight each other. Crowley kills Meg. Later we see Naomi and Crowley talking in Lucifers' crypt, establishing the fact they've known each other for centuries. Sam and Dean are shown driving in the Impala, with Dean revealing he cannot take anymore lies from anyone. He asks Sam to be honest with him from now on, and Sam whole heartedly agrees. It cuts to Naomi's office with another Angel coming in and shaking her head, signifying they cannot find Castiel or the tablet he has taken. Cas is then shown sitting in a Greyhound bus, the Angel Tablet in his hands. He puts in a bag next to him and closes the zipper.
- "Goodbye Stranger" by Supertramp
- plays during the closing montage
Trivia & References
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- Acting graduates from Vancouver Film School talk about their roles on Supernatural including Jennifer Clements who played Wendy Rice
- Plot spoilers
- Promo video
- Extended Promo
- Promotional Photos
- Sneak peek clip
- CHCH promo clip
- Winchester Radio's podcast for this episode
Misha talks about Castiel's return: