Well, it seems I was wrong last week and that Dean really is back, and because he’s Dean, he wastes no time in trying to get his revenge. We start with Dean’s return to the bunker, as he talks about how he can’t eat or sleep because of the nightmare … of Sam’s beard. “Duck Dynasty called and they want it back,” he tells his little brother, a line that makes me realize how much I’ve missed Dean even in two episodes.
According to Dean, he doesn’t remember anything from the time he was possessed, and he assures Sam that he’s okay. The only things bugging Dean right now are Sam’s beard and the fact that there are so many people in the bunker, a few of whom call Sam “chief.” (Yeah, Sam doesn’t like it either.)
Dean says a quick hello to Jack and Castiel before heading to take a shower. Cas naturally has questions, but unfortunately, Sam doesn’t have any answers at this point. They’re not sure why Michael let him go or why Michael was helping monsters. All they know is that Dean’s back, and as Dean notices, he’s got a scar on his right arm. (Sam also gets a quick update on Nick, who still hasn’t returned from dealing with his “personal business.”)
When Dean shows them his scar, the question becomes: What could hurt Michael like that? And Dean wants answers, so he lets Cas read him. When Castiel touches the scar, they both see a flash of a hooded figure stabbing Michael with a spear, and it looks a lot like the thing that killed Kaia in the Bad Place (which of course we know is alternate world Kaia).
With that knowledge, Sam calls Jody, who’s currently fielding texts from Claire, who’s been training with the girls and wants to know what Jody’s working on. But when Sam tells her that they think the thing that killed Kaia is in their world, Jody chooses not to involve Claire. Not yet. Also, when Sam mentions Dean’s scar, Jody knows exactly what he’s talking about: She’s got three decapitated bodies all with that same marking.
The boys immediately suit up to head to Sioux Falls. Well, everyone but Jack who can’t come along because, as Dean puts it, he’s barely 100 pounds soaking wet. But Cas will be staying behind too. Just as they’re about to leave, Jules, one of the Apocalypse World hunters, brings in a young girl that she saved from a witch. It seems the witch hexed her with an aging spell before she died, and now they have to try and stop it. When Cas is unable to heal her easily, he tells the boys to go along without him. He’ll try to catch up.
Just like that, the boys hit the road at 80 mph. Dean’s back in the driver’s seat and he’s not wasting any time. Sam asks his brother to slow down. For Sam, Dean was gone for weeks; he needs a second to catch up. But it’s clear Dean’s not interested in any of that. He drives as fast as he can to get to Jody, and once they arrive, they don’t even wait for daylight to start their search.
(For all you Wayward fans, Jody also gives us a quick update on the girls: Alex is still at the hospital; Patience is in school; Claire’s still … Claire. And speaking of Claire, Jody is avoiding her. She promised to tell Claire about any hunts, but she wants to know what they’re dealing with first.)
And what they’re dealing with is three decapitated vampires and a hooded someone who looks a lot like Kaia. When they find Bad Place Kaia’s campsite, she quickly pays them a visit, beats them all up, and runs off, leaving them with many, many questions. For starters, Sam is under the impression that Michael’s vampires — Jody tested their bodies and they had no reaction to Dead Man’s Blood — were hunting this Kaia, instead of the other way around. Regardless, Dean wants to find her.
(Next: Something’s up with Jack)
While Dean tracks this Kaia, Jody ignores another call from Claire. Jody tells Sam that Claire’s been doing well lately and she doesn’t want to mess it up. And where Kaia is concerned, Claire is a “powder keg.” Jody explains, “First love strikes quick,” thereby confirming the relationship many of us were hoping on see on Wayward. Plus, they can’t deal with Claire right now when they have to deal with Dean, who finds Bad Place Kaia at a cabin and knocks her out.
The boys quickly piece together that she’s Kaia’s double, like how there’s a new Bobby from Apocalypse World. But they don’t know how she got through the rift or how her weapon hurts Michael. Bad Place Kaia admits she was trying to kill Claire when Kaia died, and she also tells them that Michael constantly sends monsters after her. When Dean wants more answers and she’s not willing to give them, he gets aggressive. Bad Place Kaia calls him out on being like Michael, recalling a time when he shoved a gun in our world Kaia’s face. She saw it because she is also a dreamwalker. Her powers connected her to Kaia.
Bad Place Kaia then reminds Dean of when he visited her as Michael. Michael offered for her to join his army in the upcoming war, but when she said no, they fought. That’s when she stabbed him with the spear, and ever since, his monsters have been coming after her. Speaking of which, three more vamps just showed up.
Dean, Jody, and Sam do their best to fight them off, but when it’s clear they’re not going to win — Jody even has a broken arm — Dean shoots the leg of Kaia’s chair and frees her. She then returns with her spear and decapitates all three vamps in no time. Honestly, they should ask this girl to be on their side. She’s got skills.
Sam warns her that so long as she has that spear she’s going to be a target, but she claims she’s used to it at this point. So just like that, Jody prepares to head home. But first, she delivers a line about losing Kaia before getting to know her, one that feels a lot like the show’s message to the CW about the Wayward Sisters spin-off. Jody says, “I feel like I already lost before I ever even began.” Sounds about right.
On the drive home, Dean admits that he put everyone in danger today because he didn’t want to think about what Michael had done. He was desperate to race to the end of the story, the part when he gets revenge and kills Michael. He also tells his brother that it wasn’t a blink. He doesn’t remember much of what Michael did because he was drowning the entire time. He remembers what it felt like to fight for air. And now, Michael’s starting an army and hurting people, and Dean believes it’s all his fault for saying yes in the first place.
Back at the bunker, Jack is about to run away — he packs a bag and leaves a note — when he meets Laura, the girl who’s been hexed. Castiel and Jules are working on a reversal spell, which was Rowena’s idea, but right now she’s still aging. So Jack sits by Laura’s bedside and hears her story. (Also, Jack calling Castiel “one of” his dads is the cutest thing ever.) Laura explains that she was a runaway. She was sick of her school, her town, and her mom’s rules, so she left. And then the witch took her in, along with two other girls, and now she’s the only one who’s still alive … for now.
Castiel and Jules finally figure out the spell, but it doesn’t work. Jack sits there and watches as Laura dies and he’s overcome by the fact that, if he’d had his powers, he could’ve helped. But that’s when he gets an idea: Laura said she and her friends kept the witch young, so he thinks that when the witch died, her spell worked overtime to try and suck the youth out of Laura to revive the witch. Jack then figures out that Laura’s life force is in the witch’s necklace — or at least he hopes it is. He smashes the witch’s necklace and seconds later, Laura wakes up.
Jack did it. He saved the day even without his powers. Cas tells him that he’s proud of him and suggests they all go on a hunting trip together. Jack says he’d love that, but when Cas leaves his room, it’s clear that Jack’s cough is not part of a cold. He’s coughing up blood … and lots of it.
Overall, this was my least favorite episode of the season thus far, but that’s not really saying much considering it’s only the third episode. As much as I would’ve loved to see a bit more of Michael — and we did get a scene with him in this episode — I’ll never complain about having Dean in an episode, and I’m also very intrigued by the ninja that is Bad Place Kaia. I’m really hoping she returns.
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