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Supernatural: Dean Goes Dark-Side

Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW
Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Once again the Winchester brothers are at odds with each other, just when they need each other the most. Sam and Dean, began this season of the CW series “Supernatural,” estranged from each other and the campaign’s heading into the home-stretch, with the same dynamic in place. With The Mark Of Cain’s grip on Dean, making him less recognizable each week, he’s now cut himself off from those trying to keep him from going nuclear, Sam and Castiel. By this episode’s conclusion, Dean butchered an entire family and almost took out someone near and dear.

However, we start the evening far away from the Winchesters, as we see students leaving a building named Styne Hall which according to the plaque on the wall, was established in 1905. A nerdy looking teen wearing glasses, comes out of the building, only to be stopped by three punks who want to make fun of him. The teen with the glasses however, turns the situation around though, making fun of the leader of the group causing his buddies to start laughing. He then pushes the teen with glasses to the ground, just as the teen’s cousin Eli Styne drives up to take him home.

Styne asks his cousin Cyrus if there’s any trouble and the teen says no and jumps into the car and the pair drive away. Later that afternoon, the bully’s walking in another part of town, when he realizes he’s being followed. He turns to run and Eli’s standing in front of him, as the bully starts to talk another guy puts a plastic bag over his head, knocking the teen out.

We’re now out in the woods as Sam and Dean gather wood, to build a funeral pyre for Charlie Bradbury killed last week by Eldon Styne. Dean takes her body, wrapped in a shroud and gently places her on top of the pile of wood, then they light it on fire, the traditional hunter’s funeral. Sam starts to speak, saying that they’re going to miss her and he’s sorry, but Dean tells him to shutup. He tells his brother that since he’s responsible for Charlie’s death, he can’t apologize. He then tells his brother, that it should be Sam’s body burning instead of Charlie’s and tells Sam to shut down trying to translate the Book Of The Damned.

He tells Sam he’s going after Eldon Styne, saying he’s going to destroy everyone and everything Styne ever loved, then rip out his heart. Sam asks if that’s Dean talking or The Mark Of Cain, his brother responds it doesn’t matter and stomps away.

Cyrus’ plays some online videogame, talking with a teen who appears on his monitor, about Cyrus going to Los Angeles. Styne tells the other teen, that if his family finds out they’ll kill him, seriously. He says his family’s weird, scary weird. Suddenly someone comes into the room he’s in and tells Cyrus that his father wants to see him.

His father Monroe Styne’s talking with his brother Eldon about his failed mission to kill the Winchesters, as well as losing an arm in the process. Eldon tells his father he can redeem himself, he got taken to the Winchester’s clubhouse and the place’s filled with magic, spells, artifacts and possibly the Book Of The Damned. He tells his father he just needs a couple of guys and Monroe tells his son he also needs a new arm.

Cyrus walks in at that moment and Monroe tells his youngest son that this is a special day, then pushes back a curtain to reveal the bully’s strapped to a hospital table. Monroe says that trash like this teen’s only purpose is for spare parts and Cyrus is going to carve him up. He resists, but his father tells him this is his legacy, he then says if Cyrus doesn’t slice up the teen, then Monroe will butcher him and Cyrus will be his next victim. He allows his father’s hand to guide him slice the teen’s abdomen with a scalpel, he looks away but keeps looking back in morbid fascination.

Sam heads to where he’s got Rowena stashed and Castiel’s thumbing through the Book Of The Damned. Winchester says that he promised Dean they’d stop trying to decipher the book and he tells Castiel that they have to find Dean and make sure he doesn’t go too crazy on the Styne family. He says he has a tracker on Dean’s car and turns on his phone, to find that there’s an e-mail from Charlie waiting for him. Rowena confirms that Charlie’s final act was cracking the code and she says she can now decipher the book.

Sammy does a 180 and tells Cas to go follow Dean while he stays with Rowena to find the spell to remove the Mark Of Cain. Castiel starts to argue with him, but Sam says that he’s usually the one in trouble and Dean saves him every time, now it’s his turn to save Dean. The Angel says he understands and takes off to Shreveport, Louisiana.

Rowena’s been smiling to herself, since Sam showed her the e-mail and we find out she’s decided to change the terms of her deal with Winchester. She tells Sam he needs to kill Crowley before she translates the book, she then says that Dean’s a walking, time-bomb and unless she helps them he’ll explode.

Back at the Styne compound, Cyrus has killed the bully and attached his arm to his brother Eldon. Monroe tells his youngest, that he did a fine job. He says in the old country, he’d have to eat his victim’s heart, but Monroe likes to think they’re more civilized. Cyrus asks if he can go to his room and Eldon tells his younger brother he’s heading with him to the Gentlemen Of Letters building.

Dean reaches Shreveport, and as soon as he gets into the city-limits, he’s pulled over by the local police. One of the officers says he’s got a broken tail light and the other one breaks it with his baton. When Dean tries to stop him, he’s arrested for attempted assault on an officer.

Crowley’s at a diner when the counter guy asks him if he wants another cup of coffee and The King Of Hell, compliments the brew. The counter guy says he roasts the beans himself, something he learned in Ecuador. Crowley’s phone rings and he hears Dean’s voice saying I need you, I’m in trouble and then the call’s cut off. A text message comes through, with an address in Kansas, meaning it’s likely Sam trying to trap Crowley.

Dean overcomes the deputy whose interviewing him, getting released from the handcuffs and grabbing the officer’s gun. He then finds the cop who cuffed him, talking about him on the phone. Winchester puts the gun in the cop’s face and asks who he was talking to and the officer admits it was Monroe Styne, who alerted them Dean was heading into town. Winchester asks where they live and the cop tells Dean he doesn’t want to take them on. They own the town and are thought of as Gods. Dean responds that’s what he does, he kills Gods.

Crowley walks into an abandoned warehouse and starts calling for Dean, when he’s suddenly shot in the chest by Sam. He tells Crowley that he shot him with a Devil-Trap bullet, then puts a hex bag in Crowley’s coat pocket. He says a message goes with the bag, she says she should have traded you for the three pigs. Crowley says Mother, then crumbles to the floor.

Dean takes out all the guards outside of the Styne compound, then he enters the house, which is dark with Dixieland music playing. Suddenly the lights come on and six men line the staircase above him, each holding an automatic weapon. Monroe then comes out and welcomes Dean to his home as a man knocks out Winchester by placing a plastic bag over his head.

Back at the warehouse, Crowley’s writhing on the floor in pain and spitting up blood. He looks at Sam and says he thought he was the smart one, then he says you’re working with my mother? Then he says that’s what I get for trying to be the nice guy, he says for the last year he’s improved things in Hell so maybe he could feel some emotion again. Sam says everybody else seems to forgive Crowley, but he doesn’t, he says he’s killed innocent people he cares about, that Crowley’s a monster.

The King Of Hell, picks his head off the floor and says Sam’s right, he is a monster. He’s done things so evil that Sam can’t even imagine, then his eyes turn red and he says he’s proud of each evil thing he did. Then he pulls the bullet from his chest and takes the hex bag out of his pocket and sets it ablaze. He then throws Sam across the room and Winchester hits a wall and falls to the floor.

Crowley stands over Sam sneering, he says he could kill him by snapping his fingers. Then he says realize that from this moment on, you’re only alive because I allowed it. He then says to tell that Ginger tramp, that he gave her a chance to walk away and she spat in his face. He says now he’ll come for her when she least expects it and storms out of the warehouse.

Dean wakes up strapped to a hospital table, with Monroe standing over him. Styne informs him that they’re going to slice and dice him for spare parts. Dean tells him that the Mark Of Cain won’t let him die, if they flat-line him, he’ll just come back as a demon. Styne says he can’t wait to see that and starts to lower his hand to slice Dean’s abdomen. Dean however brakes his bonds, then kills Monroe with the scalpel, slices Eli’s throat open and injects the nurse with the hypodermic needle she tried to use on him.

Sam calls Rowena and tells her that the plan failed, Crowley’s alive and coming after her. She says she’s sure Sam will come up with a way to kill her son and hangs up. Cas then calls, he’s at the Styne compound and everyone’s dead. He says according to the tracker, Dean’s now heading home.

Eldon breaks into the Gentleman Of Letters building, with Cyrus and their cousin Roscoe. When they realize nobody’s there, Eldon says to take anything interesting and they’ll burn the rest. After they’ve completed their search, Eldon pours gasoline over a pile of books, Cyrus tries to stop him from burning them saying we don’t have to do this. His older brother says that he wants to destroy the building, but Roscoe stumbles in, then falls to the floor, with a knife in his back.

Dean enters the room and Eldon takes off his suit jacket, as he gets ready to fight Winchester. He says his equipment’s upgraded, then shows Dean his new arm. He starts to mention his father and Dean tells him Monroe’s dead, in fact their entire family’s dead. Then he shoots Eldon between the eyes and he falls dead. He takes aim at Cyrus and the teen begs for his life, he starts crying and says he’s not like the rest of his family. Dean tells him that deep inside he’s bad, no matter how much he denies it. Tears streaming down his face, Cyrus says please, you don’t have to do this. Dean stops for a minute, then says yes he does and shoots the teen in the forehead, just as Castiel walks in.

Castiel tries to reach the real Dean, but all he does is antagonize Winchester further. Castiel tells him he doesn’t want to hurt him. Dean responds that’s not going to happen, then beats the stuffing out of Cas. He grabs Castiel’s blade and holds it over the Angel, who begs him not to stab him. Dean stabs a book inches from Castiel’s head and tells him that he and Sam need to stay away from him, as next time he won’t miss.

The Season Finale Airs Next Wednesday Night at 9:00 pm on The CW.

Supernatural: That Steadfast Loyalty Will Be Your Undoing

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Photo Courtesy Of The CW

Warning: Spoiler Alert

This One Hurt. A Lot.

We’ve witnessed beloved characters die on The CW series “Supernatural,” since season two, when John Winchester sacrificed his soul to “Yellow-Eyes” to save his son Dean. However there are some characters that have found a special place in our hearts and Charlie Bradbury, ranks high upon that list. Although her story was far from over, Charlie gave up her life to save the world from a very evil family. Once again decisions made by Sam and Dean cost them one of their own, in the episode entitled “Dark Dynasty.”

There are two absolutes in the Supernatural universe, the Winchester brothers will pull out all the stops to save each other’s lives. The other constant in the dynamic’s the fact that they don’t trust one another, to level with each other. Those situations almost always go sour and they usually end up costing them a friend such as Kevin Tran.

Charlie Bradbury explored Europe until she finally found The Book Of The Damned, with hopes the ancient text contained the answer to removing The Mark Of Cain from Dean’s arm. By gaining possession of the book, she became the target for the Styne family, who claim the book’s their property. The family has engineered some of the greatest disasters of the 19th and 20th Centuries, including spreading diseases, inducing the stock market crash of 1929 and wars.

Dean, Sam and Charlie, fought off and killed Jacob Styne, when Dean believed Sam burned the book in the fireplace. However Sam deceived his brother, burning another book in its place. He then made a deal with Crowley’s mother Rowena, to decipher the spell that will remove the Mark from Dean, of course without his older brother’s knowledge.

This episode begins in Omaha, Nebraska as a young woman enters an office to apply for a case study on vision. The man behind the desk looks at her paperwork, then starts to examine her eyes. However he tries to kiss her and she screams, prompting the man to slit her throat. When he does, we see the same tattoo on his arm that Jacob Styne had.

A janitor in the hallway hears the woman’s scream and knocks on the door repeatedly, asking if everything’s okay. The man uses an instrument to scoop out the woman’s eyeballs and he puts them in a thermos-type bottle filled with ice. As the janitor uses his keys to enter the office, the man straps on a backpack and jumps from the third-story window.

We head to where Sam has Rowena chained up as she tries to decipher the book and she tells him she’s yet to make any progress. He tells her she better not be stalling and she tells him that’s ridiculous, she wants out of the cellar and for Sam to kill Crowley, which is what he agreed to do for her in return for the spell. She says that Nadia’s codex is something she can’t crack, Sam says she needs a code-book for the code-book and leaves.

We arrive at the Styne home, where the man from Omaha, Eldon Styne’s getting told how badly he messed up by his father the family patriarch Monroe Styne, for leaving the woman’s body and a witness. His father says the reason the family’s lasted so long is due to discipline and secrecy, his lack of discipline cost the family it’s secrecy.

Eldon says that he hasn’t been thinking clearly since his brother Jacob was murdered and Monroe tells him not to use his brother’s death as an excuse. He says to redeem himself, Eldon needs to clean up his mess in Omaha and to kill the Winchesters. He tells his father he’ll take care of it.

Monroe’s nephew Eli, asks if giving Eldon the task of catching the Winchester’s is a mistake, seeing how he messed up in Nebraska. Monroe reminds his nephew that he’s yet to complete his mission, finding the red-headed woman who stole the book. He says that’s the best way Eli can serve the family.

Over at The Men Of Letters building, Dean reads about the woman found with her eyes harvested and her throat slit and says to Sam the case is for them. He says they’ll head to Omaha first thing in the morning, so Sam might want to get some sleep.

Sam decides to take a road-trip instead, meeting with Charlie to ask for her assistance in cracking the Book Of The Damned. He tells her that he switched books and burned another one and that Dean’s unaware of what he’s doing. He also tells her she’ll be working with one of the most dangerous witches on the planet.

Charlie and Rowena take an instant dislike to each other, but Sam’s got a referee to run interference, Castiel. Both Cas and Charlie are dead-set against doing thing’s behind Dean’s back, but Sam tells them it’s the only solution, or else Dean will go dark-side. They agree to help.

The brothers pull out their suits and their FBI shields and talk to the owner of the building, where Eldon had his office. The man says that Styne had just been there for a month and he only saw him once or twice, but he does have surveillance footage of Eldon jumping from the window. Sam notices something on Eldon’s arm and asks the man to zoom in on it, it’s the same tattoo they saw on Jacob Styne.

As they leave the building, Eldon arrives and asks the building owner what he told Sam and Dean. The man says he didn’t give them any information, but Styne guts the guy. As Sam and Dean head back home, we see that Eldon’s trailing them on the highway.

Castiel keeps trying to reach Sam on the phone, but Sam keeps ignoring his calls. Sam’s phone’s sitting on the table next to Dean, when it rings. Dean sees that it’s Castiel and picks up and asks Cas what’s going on. Castiel freezes when he realizes he’s speaking to Dean and says there was no purpose for his call and his ride just arrived. Dean realizes that’s strange even for Cas and asks Sam if he’s spoken to the Angel recently, Sam uncomfortably says he hasn’t.

Charlie asks Rowena about the nun who wrote the Book Of The Damned and Rowena tells her she got burned as a heretic. She said the woman believed in balance, for every spell one breaks, one has to invoke another. She says the nun was a woman ahead of her time, much like Rowena and Charlie. Charlie says other than sharing the same hair color, she doesn’t think they’re alike.

Rowena then tells her she read Charlie the moment she saw her, a sad lonely childhood filled with tragedy. She’s a loner an outsider, whose never felt she belonged. She’s totally dedicated to Sam and Dean, substituting them for the family she never had. Charlie says she loves them, they’re like her brothers. Rowena says she realizes that, then she says that steadfast loyalty will be your undoing girl.

Dean goes to pick up a pizza when Eldon and one of his men show up and try to jump him. Dean kills the henchman and takes Styne prisoner, bringing him back to the bunker. Sam and Dean handcuff one hand to a chain hanging from the ceiling and start interrogating him. He readily admits to butchering the young woman in Omaha, then brings up that they killed his brother Jacob.

Castiel calls again and Sam steps out into the hallway to talk to him. Cas says Charlie wants to leave for a couple of hours to clear her head, Sam tells him that Charlie’s not safe out in the open with the Styne family searching for her. Castiel suggests he go with her and Sam tells him he can’t leave Rowena alone, then he tells the Angel just to handle it.

Eldon tells Dean that his family’s one of the oldest in Europe and they had to change their name due to some unwanted notoriety. He says that a family acquaintance Mary Shelley, exposed the family’s secrets forcing them to change their name from Frankenstein. He then opens his shirt, to reveal stitching on his chest. He says he has two hearts and lots of extra muscles that make him faster and stronger.

He then tells Dean that his family’s been without the Book Of The Damned for the last eighty-years, but once they reclaim it, they’ll be unstoppable. Dean tells him he’s sorry to bust Styne’s balloon but they burned the Book Of The Damned. Eldon responds that’s impossible as the book’s got a spell on it that makes it indestructible. Dean’s head starts to spin when he hears that and he goes out to talk to Sam. As they start talking, they hear the chains rattling, they run back into the room, to find Styne left his arm in the handcuff but he split.

Castiel moves Rowena to another room so Charlie can have some quiet time, but Charlie uses the time to sneak off to a motel. Soon after, Eldon gets a call from Eli telling him that Charlie’s at the Blackbird Motel and wants to know if Eldon wants him to kill her. Eldon says he needs to take care of it himself.

Dean returns from trying to find Eldon and Sam tells him that the Frankenstein family held reign for a thousand-years and were behind some of the worst events in history. Dean then tells Sam that Eldon said the Book Of The Damned can’t be destroyed, right then Castiel calls Sam telling him that Charlie took off.

Charlie’s attempting to come up with some formula to crack the codex in her laptop, but every variable she tries comes up as not a match. She finally finds the right formula, but she hears Eldon trying to break into her room. She takes the laptop and her cellphone into the bathroom, calls Sam and downloads the code she deciphered.

Sam asks if she has the book with her and she says she just has her notes, he tells her to give it to Styne. Dean grabs the phone and he tells Charlie to give Eldon what ever she has, she says she’s sorry but she can’t, then hangs up the phone. When the download’s complete she smashes her laptop, Styne hears her and enters the bathroom. Charlie pulls out a blade and Styne just smiles.

Sam and Dean reach the motel and get to Charlie’s room to find the door’s wide open and there are bloody footprints all over the room. The footprints lead to the bathroom and we can see by the Winchester’s faces what happened, then the camera pans to Charlie’s body. She’s lying in the tub, her abdomen showing multiple stab wounds and blood’s sprayed on her face.

The Story Continues Next Wednesday Night at 9:00 pm on The CW.