Warning: Spoiler Alert
Perhaps the best way to describe this week’s installment of The CW series “Supernatural,” is as a transitional episode, scores got settled, a beloved character left and we got a look at the newest eccentric woman to join the show. The episode also brought back our favorite trench-coated Angel, Castiel and the always nattily dressed King Of Hell, Roderick Crowley, although neither interacted with each other or Sam and Dean during the hour. The episode ended with a revelation, that if proves true, could seriously change the dynamic of the series, but we’ll get back to that later on.
The episode opens with a “Working Girl,” trying to escape someone or something down a city block, running as fast as she can in high-heeled shoes. A wino, sitting on the sidewalk, enjoying his favorite beverage, barely pays attention to her as she runs past him. She stops momentarily and sees the giant shadow of a man projected on the building across the street. She starts running again, but she trips on her heels, falling to the ground. When she rises, she turns around to see the man she tried to allude, standing behind her. The man presumably her pimp, gives her a look that broadcasts she’s in for a hard time.
The woman pleads with the man not to hurt her and he responds, that would send a bad message to the other girls, if she got off without punishment. The woman grabs a pen and jams it into the man’s left eye, but he just stands there and laughs, as the meat-suit he’s wearing means nothing to the demon inside. He quickly snaps her neck and walks away.
Sam and Dean are sitting down in a restaurant enjoying a steak dinner, but the older brother’s cellphone keeps ringing throughout the meal. Sam tells his brother he’s blowing up, what’s with all the calls and Dean attempts to bluff, saying they’re all from other hunters, but Sam grabs the phone and sees that Dean’s on a dating site and he’s been carrying on a hot and heavy text conversation with a young woman named Shaylene. Sam tells his brother not to get his hopes up too high, the picture could be phony and Shaylene might be a false identity put up by some teenaged boy. Seconds later, Sam realizes he’s wrong when Shaylene shows up and waves to Dean.
They get a room and start making out passionately, when she stops and says it’s time to talk about her compensation and Dean looks at her as if she’s from Mars. He tells her he’s got a code, that he won’t pay for sex, but she tells him she doesn’t want any money, just his soul. Then she goes into the hard-sell, who even knows if we have a soul, it’s just a signature and then you get all this.
Castiel and his traveling companion Hannah, cross another name off their list as they convinced another Angel to return to heaven. Hannah disrobes in front of Cas and he asks her what she’s doing, she tells him she’s going to take a shower, then asks him if her being nude bothers him? Doing his best Porky Pig imitation, he finally spits out the words that he’s not bothered by it, Hannah smiles when she turns away.
Shaylene’s demon-pimp shows up with the paperwork, looking for a signature from the John, when Dean turns around with a blade in his hand and Sam steps out of his hiding spot also holding a blade. The demon groans, oh the Winchesters and then Dean starts grilling him of this new souls for sex racket. When Sam asks if there are other demons involved he says no just he and Shaylene, but she says he’s lying that there’s a brothel, as she’s heard him on the phone. The demon starts ragging on her, saying she’d be dead or on drugs if he didn’t grab her, she then grabs Dean’s blade and kills the demon. “THE BOYS,” aren’t pleased as he knew where the brothel’s at, she reaches inside his jacket pocket and pulls out business cards for a place called Raul’s Girls.
Hannah’s about to pay their bill at the hotel front desk and she puts down a credit card and a hand goes on top of hers and we hear a man say Caroline. The man’s Joe, whose married to Caroline, the vessel that Hannah inhabits. He tells her he’s had a missing person’s report out on her for over a year and the authorities contacted him when she used the credit card at the hotel earlier in the week. They go back to the hotel room and Joe says he won’t leave without an explanation. She says he wouldn’t understand, then Castiel walks in and asks if she’s ready to leave. Joe asks if they’re together and Hannah figures that’s the best explanation she can give him so she says yes, she loves Castiel, then kisses him passionately. They leave and we see Joe sitting there heart-broken.
We head to the brothel known as Raul’s Girls and we see a demon holding out some negligee to a woman reclining on a day bed, who tells since he likes it so much he should wear it. At that point the demon who killed the girl in the opening scene, now sporting an eye-patch comes in, it turns out that he’s Raul. When the other demon says the young woman won’t cooperate, Raul says don’t leave any marks. A woman walks into the brothel, a woman we saw briefly earlier this season. You may remember the scene in the third episode after Sam expelled the demon out of Dean, Castiel told his friend to take some time off, everything’s fine, but then we saw a red-headed woman eating in a hotel room with something dripping from the ceiling. Turned out to be the blood of the two men she impaled above her.
Turns out her name’s Rowena and she’s a witch, although she’s run afoul of too many of the Grand Coven’s rules to be a member. She walks in and the second demon says that she’s got the wrong place, she stops him and asks if this is Raul’s Girls and Raul steps forward tells her she’s right. He then tells her they’re not hiring currently and even if they were she’s a bit old. Then he asks her if she’s a customer and she goes ballistic. She tells him she’d never deal with such low-class rats, then throws a hex-bag at Raul which he reflexively catches. Suddenly a black tar type substance starts coming out his mouth and nose, the other demon, leaves his meat-suit by smoking out. Rowena then asks the two girls if they’d like to leave with her.
The demon that smoked out took over the first meat suit he could find so he could inform Crowley about what happened. The King Of Hell’s ticked-off that they did this without his permission. And he wants this witch found as soon as possible and he’s going to make her pay for messing with one of his soldiers.
Rowena and her two new young companions are at a five-star restaurant, something the girls never came close to experiencing. One of the women asks Rowena why they’re at this restaurant and the witch replies that she thought the girls would get hungry, considering how long they’d been with Raul. The same young woman says, yeah but we don’t belong here and right then the headwaiter approaches their table, telling Rowena her dining companions clothes don’t meet the dress code for the restaurant. The young women start to get up, but Rowena says they’re not leaving, she puts a hex-bag in the head-waiters hand, chants some words and seconds later, the entire wait-staff serves their table, filling it with food, wine and dessert. A while later Rowena looks up to see the headwaiter’s face turning red and she tells the girls, it’s time to go, seconds later the man’s dead as his brains got boiled.
At the same time a demon’s tied to a chair and getting splashed with holy water, he screams to his torturer that he’s a newbie and out of his league. The demon says he won’t talk, the camera pans back to show it’s Cole Trenton, the guy that’s father was a monster that Dean killed. He says to the demon that he’ll talk, Cole wants to know where his pal Dean Winchester’s at.
Cas and Hannah stop at a gas-station to fill up and Castiel tells Hannah, they need to discuss what took place before. She said that Joe wouldn’t believe her, so she thought if he saw her with another man, that would do it. But she feels terrible, because Caroline really wanted to talk to him, to have her life back. Castiel talks about his vessel Jimmy Novak, whom he took away from his family twice, when he turns around Hannah’s gone.
She’s a few blocks away standing on a wooden bridge watching the river flow and she tells Castiel she can’t do this any longer. She’s starting to experience emotions that frighten her and Caroline wants her life back. She kisses Castiel on the cheek and we watch her essence leave the body. When Caroline comes to the surface, she knows who Castiel is.
Sam’s done some digging and there’s a pattern of people whose brains got boiled, all across the country, but always in five-star hotels or restaurants. Rowena has taken the two women on as students whom she’ll teach witchcraft to and they’re in a very fancy hotel suite. There’s a knock on the door and the witch believes it’s a member of the hotel staff coming to kick them out for not paying. She tells one of the girls to use the spell she taught her, the door’s opened and the bell boy’s dead and propped up by two demons who’ve come for Rowena, but Dean and Sam kill them.
Dean tells the young women that they’re fine they just want Rowena, the blonde girl tells her to cast a spell and the witch does, turning the blonde into a woman with Hulk-like strength and Rowena and the other girl take off. The girls ticked-off that Rowena left her friend there, but the witch tells her she chose to sacrifice her friend because she sees that this woman’s tough and self-determined. The woman says that’s true, punches Rowena in the face and runs off.
Just then she hears Dean’s voice and his pistol on her back, but Dean needs to release her because Cole Trenton’s behind him and has a pistol aimed at Dean. Rowena takes off and Cole realizes, that Dean’s no longer a demon as the Holy Water is harmless. He tries to apologize for their last meeting, but Trenton just wants to fight. Dean wins and has Cole on the ground, with his pistol aimed at Trenton’s head, Cole tells him to kill him, but Dean says he’s going to explain what he did all those years ago.
Cole’s father got possessed by some monster he never experienced before or since, but he returned home that night to kill either Cole or his mother. Dean had tracked him for weeks and trying to get Dean’s sympathy he used the meat-suit’s regular voice, but his father was long gone at that point, so Dean did what he had to do. It takes a few minutes for Cole to process the information, but he realizes Dean’s telling the truth and he heads home to his family.
Castiel takes Caroline home to her husband Joe, they meet on the front-porch, hug each other and enter the house together to work on spending the rest of their lives together. Castiel’s on a laptop in the car, looking up Jimmy Novak on the Internet and seeing all the missing persons reports that pop up.
The last scene’s back with Crowley, as an aide informs him that they’ve captured the witch Rowena and have tortured her, would he like them to finish her off, or does he want the pleasure? Crowley enters the cell and his face registers with shock, as he sees Rowena strung up off the floor by the hand-cuffs around her wrists. She’s far from impressed with Crowley, calls him the King Of Lilliput and tells him to get on with it. The camera focuses on Crowley as the wall seems to push him closer to her as he asks “Mother?”
The Story Continues Next Tuesday Night at 9:00 pm on The CW.