Meanwhile, Sam and Jack are introduced to Athena, Dodge City’s undertaker, who lets the guys check out the grave despite her suspicion that Jack is a little young even for an FBI trainee. Once in the grave — yes, you read that correctly — Sam manages to dig up a piece of the already dead victim’s bone, which is covered in bite marks. It seems we’re dealing with a ghoul, a.k.a. a monster that feeds on the dead and then can take on the form of whomever they’ve eaten. To kill them, you take off (or bash in) their heads. Or as Jack explains, they’re dealing with a “zombie shapeshifter.”
Jack, determined to prove his value on this trip, then tracks down a stolen truck on some traffic footage, and behind the wheel is none other than the famous gunfighter Dave Mather, which means Dean actually gets to fight a real gunslinger. Excuse him while he runs to get his boots.
Elsewhere, Dave is paying a visit to his girlfriend — the undertaker! It seems they’re in love and she’s been accepted to a school in Los Angeles, which means they need money. So with that in mind, Dave runs out to rob a bank (where S.E. Hinton is apparently a customer!).
The guys meet up with Dave in the parking lot, where a good old-fashioned gunfight takes place. Dean slides across the trunk of the car. It’s all very cool. But it doesn’t end well.
When Jack tries to use his powers to save the day, we learn that he’s impervious to bullets, but we also learn that the kid has poor timing. Just before he blasts the ghoul, the bank security guard runs out to try to help, and the poor guy gets caught in the crossfire. Jack hits the ghoul, but he also hits the security guard…and kills him. As for the ghoul, he gets away.
Back at the motel, Dean decides that Sam and Cas should take Jack home — it won’t be long before the cops show up looking for him. Dean will stay behind and handle the ghoul.
But Dean’s not alone. He teams up with local lawman Sergeant Phillips to take out Dave, which brings us back to the start of the episode. Remember the stranger who was pulled into a grave? It was Sergeant Phillips, and Dean has to go in after him, which results in Dean crawling through some seriously claustrophobic underground tunnels that eventually lead back to the undertaker’s mortuary. There, Dean finds a tied-up Athena, a wounded sergeant, and an armed Dave Mather.
I know what you’re thinking: Where is Dean’s gun? Well, he gave it to the sergeant, and as soon as he steps out of the way, the sergeant blows Dave’s handsome head right off. By episode’s end, Dean convinces the sergeant to say that Dave was also responsible for the death of the security guard, and with that loose end tied up, he heads home…where things aren’t so easily fixable.
On the car ride home, Cas and Sam tried to explain they still believe in Jack, but he shut them down. And now, as Dean, Sam, and Cas all talk to him, he does the same. Jack killed someone, and he’s not okay with that. And when he gets angry and Sam flinches, he realizes that they’re still scared of him, and maybe they should be. “Maybe I’m just another monster,” he says, to which Dean is the one to speak up and tell Jack that he’s wrong. “We’ve all done bad,” Dean says. “We all have blood on our hands, so if you’re a monster, we’re all monsters.”
But Jack’s different, because he hurts people when he tries to do good. “I can’t even do one good thing,” Jack continues. “I know that if I stay, I’m going to hurt you. All of you. And I can’t. You’re all I have. I have to go.” And before they can convince him otherwise, Jack blasts them all back and teleports out of the bunker. (So at least he’s getting better at that?)
After a number of heavier episodes, this was a much-needed hour of fun, with of course a dramatic ending. Between having Castiel back and seeing Dean smile again, there was a lot to love. But what did you think? Hit the comments below or find me on Twitter @samhighfill.