9.10 Road Trip
|Episode #||Season 9, Episode 10|
|First aired||January 14, 2014|
|Directed by||Robert Singer|
|Written by||Andrew Dabb|
|On IMDB||Road Trip|
|Outline||Dean and Castiel enlist the help of Crowley in tracking down Gadreel, and removing him from Sam's body.|
|Location(s)|| Lebanon, Kansas|
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Dean burns Kevin's body on the traditional hunter's funeral pyre. He calls Castiel, who arrives dressed again in a suit and trench coat. A stricken Dean explains about Gadreel's possession of Sam, and Kevin's death. Dean knows he needs to kill Gadreel, but not how to do it without killing Sam. Castiel suggests there is a way to bypass the angel's mind and get to Sam -- but they will need Crowley's help.
Gadreel is backstage at a concert. The pop idol Corey is actually possessed by the angel Thaddeus who tortured Gadreel and another angel called Abner while they were imprisoned in Heaven. Gadreel kills him with an angel blade.
Gadreel meets with Metatron in a bar, where coincidentally the man who was his original vessel works. He reports that he killed Kevin, and Thaddeus, and Metatron gives him his next target. Gadreel is reluctant but Metatron says he demands it as a test of loyalty.
As Gadreel stole the Impala, Dean, Castiel and Crowley walk to where the car Cas stole is parked, having run out of gas before it reached the Bunker. On there way to the car, they are spotted by a demon who reports to Abaddon.
Gadreel's next target turns out to be his friend Abner, now living a happy family life. He tells Gadreel that being on Earth is a second chance, and that the most important thing is to go after what you want. Gadreel had been vacillating about killing Abner, but this steels his resolve.
Crowley takes Dean and Castiel to an office that is a cover for NSA surveillance. A demon called Cecily works there, and fills Crowley in on what's been happening since he has been locked in the Bunker. She admits Hell is in chaos, and that Abaddon has not yet taken over. She then locates the Impala for Crowley.
Dean, Cas and Crowley track down the Impala -- and Gadreel who has killed Abner. They take him captive but he refuses to leave Sam. Crowley begins the painful process of accessing the angel's mind. Unable to bear seeing Sam suffer, Dean walks away, and Cas follows. Dean apologizes for sending Castiel away from the Bunker and not telling him about Sam and how Gadreel deceived him. Castiel replies that he too trusted Metatron and was deceived into inadvertently helping the expulsion of the angels from Heaven.
Crowley has accessed Gadreel's "programming" and is able to make the angel reveal his identity. Castiel is enraged, as he views Gadreel as responsible for everything from the absence of God to the Apocalypse. Gadreel mocks them, saying he cannot be controlled. Crowley cannot gain access to Sam inside, so Dean proposes Castiel possess him and help expel Gadreel. Castiel offers that he would but he needs explicit confirmation from Sam in order to do so. Crowley offers an alternative - he will possess Sam, and alert Sam to Gadreel's presence, so he can expel the angel.
Over Castiel's protestations, Dean agrees, and gets Castiel to use his power to remove Sam's anti-possession tattoo. Before Crowley does so, Dean tells him that when he finds Sam to say a code word: Poughkeepsie. Crowley then enters Sam's mind. He convinces Sam that an angel is possessing him, but then Gadreel finds them. A fight ensues, but Sam is strong enough and expels Gadreel from his body. Crowley leaves voluntarily.
Gadreel returns to the bar where Metatron is and repossesses his original vessel.
As Cas and Dean help a weakened Sam, Abaddon arrives, and Crowley tells them to leave. When Abaddon orders the demons with her to kill Crowley they refuse, and Crowley points out she does not yet rule all the demons. Abaddon wants to fight, but Crowley likens their conflict more to an election -- whoever wins over the demons will rule Hell.
Castiel uses his powers to heal Sam, although he warns it will take more work to fix all the damage he incurred when undertaking the trials. Sam is angry at Dean for lying at him, and for letting an angel possess him, when Sam himself was ready to die. Dean admits he could not let Sam die. He says he will kill Gadreel -- but alone. Dean insists that everyone around him eventually dies. He assures Sam that killing Kevin wasn't Sam's fault but rather his. Dean says he has Kevin’s blood on his hands (as well as many others) and will burn for his mistakes.
Sam tells Dean to go, but as he leaves Sam says to not go thinking that is the problem, but doesn't say what is.
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Kevin Tran
- Adam and Eve
- Angel Blade
- Angel Cuffs
- Angel Lore
- Anti-possession symbol
- Castiel's Pimpmobile
- Castiel's Trench Coat
- Deals and Pacts
- Demon Smoke
- Goblet of Blood
- Hunter's Funeral Pyre
- Hunter's Lingo
- Men of Letters Bunker
- Mind Hacking
- "The Famous Final Scene" by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
- (plays over Dean's opening montage)
- "The Royal Scene" by dudeROYAL
- (plays when Dean, Castiel and Crowely drive off in Castiel's pimpmobile)
- "Hobo Blues" by The Rob Donnelly Band (Cavendish Music Library / Imagem Production Music)
- (plays in the bar when Gadreel meets with Metatron)
Trivia & References
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- Official Synopsis via KsiteTV
- Promo trailer
- Promo pics
- Sneak peek scene
- CHCH promo clip
- Promo for episodes 9.10-12
- Winchester Radio Podcast for 'Road Trip'
Countdown videos! This all contained a spoiler scene
- Five days by Jared
- Four days by Jensen
- Three days by Misha
- Two days by Jared
- One day by Mark Sheppard
- Chan, Suzette. 2014. Supernatural Talk: Tarts talk about 9.10: Road Trip. Sequential Tart, February 24; archive link
- Scott, Lyda. 2014. TV Review: 'Supernatural' - 'Road Trip.' Blogcritics, January 19; archive link