9.11 First Born
|Episode #||Season 9, Episode 11|
|First aired||January 21, 2014|
|Directed by||John Badham|
|Written by||Robbie Thompson|
|On IMDB||First Born|
|Outline||While Sam and Castiel try to track down Gadreel. A despondent Dean teams up with Crowley to locate the First Blade, a weapon capable of killing a Knight of Hell.|
|Location(s)|| Jasper Springs, Mississippi (1863)|
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Jasper Springs, Mississippi - 1863
A confederate soldier bursts into a cabin and warns the two soldiers inside to guard the Knight inside at all costs. As the cabin starts to shake, the men's eyes turn black revealing they are demons. A man enters and grabs the first soldier's face and his eyes and mouth burn out in a hot, red light. The other soldiers shoot him to no effect. A bright red light fills the cabin and the demons die. The man, carrying a large animal jawbone kicks in the door to the guarded room.
Crowley finds Dean in a bar. He argues that Dean has no clue on where Gadreel is, but that he could help Crowley kill Abaddon. Crowley knows that John Winchester once hunted a demon working for Abaddon who knew about the First Blade, the only weapon that could kill a Knight of Hell. Dean checks the journal and John mentions he tortured the demon, but doesn't leave any specifics besides it worked for Abaddon and he exorcised it. He also writes in the margin a group of numbers which refers to his lock-up and a "T" which refers to Tara, the hunter he worked the case with.
Dean and Crowley visit John's lock-up looking for information. Dean finds a file on the case which reveals that John did hunt a demon who mentioned that with a hunter named Tara. Dean and Crowley then leave to find Tara.
In the Bunker, Castiel is coping with being an angel again -- and mourning the simple human pleasures he has lost, like the taste of a sandwich. As Castiel continues with Sam's healing, he discovers that Sam still has a bit of Gadreel's grace inside of him which, though harmless, could be used to track the angel according to a Men of Letters file "On the Inner Workings of Angels." Castiel's healing of Sam is slowly destroying the grace and if he keeps it up, it will be gone for good.
Dean approaches Tara for information on the First Blade with Crowley. Tara realizes that Crowley is a demon and initially refuses to help, leaving Crowley stuck in a devil's trap he has walked into. After learning that Dean and Crowley want the Blade to kill the last Knight of Hell -- Abaddon, Tara tells them what she knows though she is disgusted to be working with Crowley. When Tara reveals that the locator spell needs Kraken essence, Crowley offers to get it and she reluctantly breaks the devil's trap to let him go, telling Dean he shouldn't be working with Crowley and that John wouldn't be happy with him for doing it. Dean tells Tara that he'll handle Crowley after he stops Abaddon but that she is a much bigger problem that needs to be stopped. When Crowley returns, the three cast the spell which points to a location in Missouri. Though Dean offers Tara to join them, she refuses due to Crowley's presence.
Sam and Castiel start a procedure to extract the grace, but extracting the grace causes Sam to start to revert back to the state he was in before Gadreel possessed him though he doesn't care and insists Castiel continue as they don't have enough grace for the spell. Sam insists he doesn't deserve to live anymore than any one else -- like Kevin. Castiel reluctantly continues, but stops when he can't stand it anymore, arguing with Sam that his life is precious. He completely heals Sam of the rest of the damage he took from the trials, destroying the rest of the grace.
In Missouri, Dean and Crowley meet Cain. Crowley tells Dean that Cain is the "Father of Murder." Cain tells them that it was he who used the First Blade to kill the Knights of Hell, and tells them to leave. They do but return when Cain is out. However, he returns just before some demons associated with Abaddon arrive, having killed Tara to find the house. Cain lets the demons inside the house, and Dean has to battle them all.
Jasper Springs, Mississippi - 1863
Cain finds Abaddon possessing his wife Colette, and she taunts Cain by breaking Colette's body as he watches. He stabs her with The First Blade just as Abaddon leaves her body. As Colette dies, she begs Cain not to continue on his mission to kill Abaddon.
Cain decides that Dean is "worthy" of carrying the Mark of Cain in order to wield the Blade. Cain transfers the Mark of Cain to Dean, where it appears on his right forearm. Cain asks Dean to promise that if he gets the Blade, Dean will kill him.
Sam and Castiel try the spell to locate Gadreel using the grace, but find that they didn't have enough grace for it to work. Sam gives Castiel a hug, agreeing he was right earlier. Castiel says Metatron is the key to finding Gadreel, he suggests they call on Dean for help, but Sam declines.
Dean confronts Crowley, having realized that Crowley played him all along in order to get Cain to give him the First Blade. Dean denies that they need Sam's help, and Crowley takes off to find the Blade, leaving Dean to contemplate his
- Angel Blade
- Angel Lore
- Angelica Root
- Deals and Pacts
- Demon-Killing Knife
- Demon Smoke
- Devil's Trap
- The First Blade
- Grace Extractor
- Holy Water
- Holy Water in the Face
- John's Journal
- John's Lock-up
- Knights of Hell
- Mark of Cain
- Men of Letters
- Men of Letters Bunker
- "Just Another Night" by Ian Hunter
- (plays in the bar when Crowley is talking with Dean)
Trivia & References
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- Casting info from spoilertv
- Official Synopsis via KsiteTV
- Promo for episodes 9.10-12
- Promo trailer
- Sneak peek scene
- CHCH promo
- Interview with Timothy Omundson
- Winchester Radio Podcast with special guest Timothy Omundson
- Chan, Suzette. 2014. Supernatural Talk: Tarts talk about 9.11: First Born. Sequential Tart, March 17; archive link
- Scott, Lyda. 2014. TV Review: 'Supernatural' - 'First Born.' Blogcritics, January 24; archive link