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'Supernatural' recap: 'The Things They Carried'

Sam and Dean face a familiar foe when the Khan worm infects Cole.

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TV Show
Sci-fi, Drama
run date:
Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins
The CW
Current Status:
In Season

As much as I enjoy Cole, this hour felt a bit like, well, just another hour to pass the time as the season builds toward its finale. The stakes weren’t really all that high, and the monster was something we’d seen before. Yes, the Khan worm was responsible for Dean killing his own cousin, along with Rufus’ death, but in this hour, it seemed more like a nuisance, eventually killing a man we never really knew or cared about.

However, it did give us Cole’s new Winchester nick names—Dean-o and Sammy Boy—and make Sam realize something about the Mark of Cain, so it was by no means a waste. It was simply a filler episode, but at least it was enjoyable, right?

We kick things off in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where an army private is hanged upside down … until her throat is slit. Back at the bunker, Dean comes across the story while Sam looks at porn Biblical and Far-East Studies. According to the newspaper, the victim’s organs were drained, and her bones were sucked dry of all their marrow. In other words, this is definitely a case for the Winchesters.

On the drive to North Carolina, adorable Sam is using his smart phone to look for answers about the Mark of Cain, when Dean finally calls his little brother out. As Dean sees it, now’s the time in the Mark of Cain case where they have to face the truth, even if they don’t like it. No, there’s no way around the Mark of Cain. They saw what it did to Cain. But Dean tells Sam that he needs to keep doing what they do—saving people, hunting things, etc.—while he still can. And he asks Sam to be there with him. You know, live in the moment and all that. Sam agrees, for now. (Well, he at least doesn’t argue.)

Once in North Carolina—where Sam and Dean seem to have perfected the “feds” look—the Winchesters learn that the killer in the case, Rick, lit himself on fire after killing the private. For the military town, it marks the third suicide in six months. And when Sam and Dean meet with the killer’s wife, she informs them that Rick, who’d recently returned from war, had been incredibly thirsty as of late. He’d even gone so far as to drink bath water. Plus, his skin had really dried out. (Winter, am I right?)

And when a nearby soldier named Kit starts exhibiting the same symptoms, Sam and Dean meet with Kit’s wife, Gemma. And that brings us to the hour’s reunion. Outside of Gemma’s house, Cole’s leaning against Dean’s baby when he informs them that he’s kind of sort of besties with Kit. So if they have any plans to “hunt” his best friend, they better change them.

Hopping in Baby’s back seat, Cole says he can get them some necessary military intelligence to help with the case. And in turn, Sam buys Cole dinner.

So as the guys eat, Kit finds himself in a nearby gas station. Looking a bit rough—if I do say so—Kit starts drinking all the water he can get his hands on. And when a clerk tries to stop him, Kit slits his throat … and then licks his blood off the floor. Yeah, even vampires would be ashamed of that move, buddy.

Enduring enjoying their dinner together, Sam, Dean, and Cole start to chat when Cole gets an encrypted email, helpfully titled “Encrypted Email.” You know, in case you were wondering. Apparently, Rick and Kit’s mission in Iraq had been to rescue an American prisoner of war. And let’s just say that the prisoner of war wasn’t exactly excited to see Rick and Kit when they arrived.

So what was with the POW? We’ll have to wait and find out, because the guys are called to Kit’s latest crime scene. And when Gemma calls to check in on Cole, she informs him that Kit is probably at his dad’s old cabin. However, knowing how much the Winchester brothers like killing monsters, Cole withholds that information, getting Dean to drop him back off at Gemma’s house. Only, instead of going inside, he hops in his car to go save his friend. Twist? The Winchesters are always one step ahead. They follow Cole to the cabin.

NEXT: Cole finally appreciates Dean-o