Well, that didn’t take long. Here’s the thing about coming back from the dead: It’s not always as great as it sounds. And although Sam and Dean have both done it a number of times, neither of them has ever been dead for very long. (Well, unless you’re counting in Hell years.)
For Mary, “returning” hasn’t felt much like a return at all. After all, the life she knew involved John, small children, and a time when nightgowns were still a thing. Instead, she’s been thrown into a new world, and this hour was all about her struggle to try to find some normalcy within it.
We get our first glimpse of that struggle when Cas finds Mary reading John’s journal in the middle of the night. It seems she hasn’t been sleeping well. Mary asks Castiel when he started to feel like he belonged, but he’s still not entirely sure he does. Mary, however, definitely belongs here. At least that’s what he tells her before he runs off to track down Lucifer.
The next morning, Mary arrives at breakfast with a new haircut and what must be a genetic love of cold bacon. As Mary explains, she cut her hair because she’s ready to hunt, and …
Mary: “Why give the bad guys the advantage of long pullable hair, right?”
Dean: “Wow, been trying to tell Sam that for years.”
It seems Mary has been reading newspapers — the internet is still a bit much right now — and found a case in Minnesota. As Dean puts it, they’re going on a family hunting trip, and that means putting Sam in the back seat, introducing Mary to all the flavors of beef jerky, and rocking out to “Born to be Wild.” You gotta love the Winchesters.
In Minnesota, they’re looking into a case that involves victims whose hearts were frozen after entering an old abandoned house. So of course, they head straight to the house. But when Mary finds herself standing over an old crib — historically not a great spot for her to stand — she’s quickly trapped in a room with the ghost of a little boy, who leaves a handprint on her arm before Sam and Dean can save her.
Back at the motel, Mary’s planning to knock on some doors — adorable, right? — as Sam and Dean use their 2016 minds to find out what they can on the web. Long story short, there have been lots of little kid deaths in that house over the years, and if Sam is right and they’re vengeful children spirits, then they need to salt and burn the bodies. Mary tries to explain to her children that the little boy didn’t want to hurt her, but after she nearly passes out, they suggest she stay back at the hotel while they hit the cemetery.
NEXT: Mary makes a heartbreaking decision