There are only two Winchesters capable of spending all day every day saving people and hunting things, but it’s always fun when they pass along their knowledge to a potential up-and-comer. And you know what’s equally as fun? Watching Dean’s disgust at the lifestyle of a modern-day teens.
So, even though this hour might not have had a ton to do with the Mark of Cain story line, it still managed to touch on it while also introducing us to a whole new type of angel: a Grigori. The biggest takeaway? They don’t use angel blades. They use angel swords. Let’s get to it…
We kick things off in the mind of Amelia Novak, Claire’s mother. In her mind, Amelia is reuniting with Jimmy, who has said goodbye to Castiel. But when Amelia wakes up, she’s far away from the arms of her husband and instead, she’s in the arms of a man who’s cutting her arm and feeding on her soul. In other words, her first husband was way better.
I’m kidding, of course. This isn’t Amelia’s new husband. It’s her captor … but we’ll get to that.
First, let’s catch up with Claire, who’s currently spending her nights in sleazy bars trying to find some guy named Ronnie Cartwright. Apparently Ronnie was the last person to speak to her mother before she went missing two years ago. But when Claire makes her first rookie mistake of the night, she tries to follow Ronnie into an alley—and scare him into talking with a shove? Instead, he knocks her out.
By the time she wakes up, Sam, Dean, and Castiel are in her hospital room. (And suddenly, I really want a spin-off of Three Men and a Lady.) Now for Claire’s second rookie mistake: trying to lie to an angel and two hunters. It doesn’t take them long to get the truth out of her—that she’s looking for her mother so that she can yell at her for abandoning her. She tells them that her mother went missing because she was looking for Castiel. So, of course, Cas feels incredibly guilty.
Thankfully for Claire, Dean is looking to punch something, so he’s down to take on her case. But by the time they get back to her hospital room to tell her the good news, she’s gone. Her third rookie mistake? Telling them where she’s staying. By the time she makes it back to her motel, Sam is waiting for her. And that brings us to the fourth rookie mistake: checking in under her own name. As Sam tells her—launching what can only be described as a How to be a Hunter for Dummies guide—use an alias.
And now, Sam will will teach her how to hack into credit card records. (Maybe in exchange she’ll teach him fun new ways to style his gorgeous locks?)
Meanwhile, Dean and Cas go to the bar to find Ronnie. After Dean lets his Mark of Cain-inspired temper get the best of him—he slams Ronnie’s head on the table a bit—they get some answers: Ronnie was working for Peter Holloway, a faith healer, when Amelia came to them. But here’s the thing: Peter healed some of his clients … and he tied up and cut others. You know, six of one, half a dozen of the other.
After Dean and Cas leave, Ronnie calls Peter to give him a heads up, but Peter’s way ahead of him. He re-blinds Ronnie, which becomes a moot point once he kills him. Yep, this is definitely the world’s worst “faith healer.”
At the motel, Sam has moved on from a hacking lesson to one on how to create fake credit cards when Cas and Dean return, and Cas has a birthday present from “Hot Topical” in hand. He got Claire a stuffed animal Grumpy Cat … because he’s the best.
NEXT: Dean plays mini-golf!