Sam makes his pitch that what he’s doing is saving lives because he isn’t killing the victim. He’s saved more people in five months than they usually do in a year. Dean isn’t convinced it’s a good idea, probably because it’s Ruby’s. “It’s gonna get darker, and darker, and God knows where it ends.”
Sam replies, “I’m not going to let it go too far,” and Dean responds by whacking a lamp across the room. Wrong answer!
This part is where my jaw hit the floor. Dean, complete with steely glare and tough guy stance that he usually reserves for the worst of the monsters he faces tells Sam, “If I didn’t know you, I would want to hunt you.” That causes the tears to pool in Sam’s eyes. Mine too.
Sam defends, “You were gone, I was here. I had to keep on fighting without you. And what I’m doing, it works.”
Dean’s got a better argument. “Then why’d you lie about it to me? Why did an angel tell me to stop you?” Sam’s weepy eyes go to panic. “That means that God doesn’t want you doing this. So you just going to stand there and tell me everything is all good?” Dean’s got tears in his eyes now too, and Sam’s despondent now. Me too, and this week’s TiVo pause for a meltdown happens only seven minutes in.
Somehow Sam manages to answer the phone, even though his voice is so broken he barely gets the words out. He takes down the info, and we’re onto the freak of the week. I’m not going to focus much on Jack for while his story fit the monster MO this show does so well, there are too many other emotional elements of greater importance. In summary, Jack can’t eat enough and his bones are changing.
The Impala zooms to Carthage, Missouri and here’s another great moment for brothers to share info. This episode is a character development dream! Dean tells Sam about his trip back in time, revealing Mary was a hunter who could kick ass and how hopeful and full of life she and John were until that night of horror. Sam doesn’t get the whole tragedy. “Our whole family murdered and for what, so Yellow Eyes could get in my nursery and bleed in my mouth?” Dean gets that puzzled “wait a second” reaction, hinting he never mentioned that to Sam. Then he says it. “I never said anything about demon blood.” Busted! Sam admits he’s known about it for a year. He apologizes, but it’s way too late for that. Dean’s offended and lets him know in a biting way. Sam wants to explain, but backs off. At least Dean can’t punch him right now.