(As I mentioned in my post announcing this rewatch project, there will be spoilers!)
Season 3, Episode 4: Sin City
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Omens and two unusual deaths lead the brothers to Elizabethville, Ohio, a once-sleepy town that has been turned into a haven for gamblers and drinkers. They first speak with Father Gil (Robert Curtis Brown), who witnessed a suicide in his church. A fellow hunter named Richie then takes them to a local bar to investigate its owner Trotter. A fight breaks out between two patrons, and the bartender Casey (Sasha Barrese) uses the distraction to lure away Richie. She takes him to a home owned by her parents, and kills him in the basement. Elsewhere, Ruby helps Bobby repair the Colt—a mystical gun capable of killing anything. As Sam tests Trotter and discovers that he is not possessed, Dean searches for Richie. He locates the demonic Casey, and tricks her into stepping inside a devil's trap—mystical symbols capable of rendering one powerless—in the basement. Dean begins an exorcism, but Casey destroys the book and telekinetically causes the basement entrance to cave in. Now trapped together, Dean and Casey begin a conversation. Though the demons encouraged Trotter to bring gambling and prostitution to the town, the citizens' behavior is merely human nature. She also reveals that her world is in disarray following the demon Azazel's death and Sam's failure to replace him as leader. The two continue their discussion, and Casey begins developing respect for Dean. Meanwhile, Sam is unable to locate Dean or Casey, and enlists the help of Father Gil. He leads Sam to Casey just as Bobby arrives. Father Gil reveals himself to be a demon and incapacitates them. He breaks into the basement and frees his lover Casey. Despite her pleas, Father Gil sets his sights onto Dean. Sam intervenes and kills both demons with the Colt worrying Dean with his ruthlessness due to Azazel's warning about Sam possibly not coming back "one hundred percent pure Sam."
Haven’t started the episode yet but just based on the title, I do not remember this episode…
Okay so this episode opens in a church – where nothing good ever happens in the world of Supernatural…a nun is putting books back in the pews but the candles get blown out! Something bad is going to happen. Definitely.
She turns and a priest is standing there. I wouldn’t trust him…the priest offers to walk the nun to her car but they turn around and are stopped by a man on a balcony above them. He speaks to the priest, saying “You can’t help us, and if you can, you won’t”. Then he shoots himself! Yikes! I knew nothing good was going to happen.
Opening credits, then we open on Bobby and Dean doing some serious work to repair the Colt, it seems. Sam walks in, saying he’s found some omens in Ohio, mentioning that someone killed himself in Ohio.
Dean asks Bobby if he’ll have the Colt repaired by this afternoon while Sam and Dean go to Ohio to investigate, but it seems like that’s a no…
The boys arrive at the church and speak with the priest. He tells them the man who shot himself, Andy, had stopped coming to church regularly about 2 months ago, around the time the rest of the town changed. People used to care about each other, but lately people have been acting differently. Gambling, cheating, like a switch had flipped.
No coincidence that they opened the devil’s gate 2 months ago and this all started happening, Sam says.
The boys check into their motel room and Dean notices a guy across the hall – Ritchie. Dean invites him in and asks how they know each other. Turns out Ritchie is another hunter, saying Dean and he met dealing with a succubus a while back while Sam was away in school.
Ritchie says he’s got nothing re: any demonic activity in town. They discuss the situation, and Ritchie give them the name of a guy who seems to run the town now. Sam and Dean drive out to look into it.
This town used to be a boarded-up factory town but now it seems to be overrun by gambling and what I believe the show is implying are prostitutes?
Sam and Dean walk into a packed bar and see Ritchie again. He points out the guy who’s in charge around here. They see the priest sitting at the bar, and Sam asks why he’s there. The priest says like it or not, you go where your flock is. He has a drink and walks out.
Dean orders a drink, and some guy walks into the bar, approaching a guy at the pool table. Sam notices a gun in the man’s hand, and he shoots the guy at the pool table. Dean tackles the shooter and douses him with holy water, but it has no effect. He tells Dean that the man he shot slept with his wife. Dean tells the bartender to call 911 and happens to lock eyes with the man that Ritchie said was in charge of this place.
Dean remarks that nothing was possessing him and maybe this is what it is: a town full of scum bags.
Dean asks where Ritchie is.
Cut to Ritchie and the bartender getting out of his car at the bartender’s place, heading downstairs into what seems to be a little basement dungeon-esque. Something tells me this won’t end well for Ritchie.
The bartender reveals that she knows Ritchie is a hunter and that she’s a demon. In a matter of seconds, Ritchie is dead!
Back at what I think is another bar, Sam and Dean are having dinner and a drink discussing Ritchie. Dean says Ritchie wouldn’t bail and he’s going to find him. Sam wants to trail Trotter, the man in charge.
Back at Bobby’s, he’s having some target practice with the Colt. Suddenly Ruby appears! Bobby asks who she is and she reveals that she is a demon and the Colt won’t stop her right now. Bobby shoots her but the Colt doesn’t kill the demon. Ruby says she’ll help him out with the Colt, which definitely seems to confuse Bobby.
Sam is tracking down Trotter when he gets a phone call from Dean. Sam says to meet him at the bar in 20 minutes.
Dean waits at the bar. The bartender who killed Ritchie is back! She starts talking to Dean. Dean asks her to grab a drink after her shift but she says why wait, let’s go right now. Uh oh!
Sam sneaks into Trotter’s office and starts looking through his stuff. Trotter and one of his henchmen shows up and threatens to call the cops on Sam for B&E. Sam disarms him and says he doesn’t want any money. He throws holy water on them, which really confuses them, and Sam realizes his mistake when it has no effect. Sam apologizes and flees.
Back at the bartender’s, Dean enters the same basement dungeon where we know Ritchie was killed. Dean mentions that Ritchie was a friend of his. He tracked the GPS on his cellphone and swung by earlier to give him a proper burial. The bartender launches herself at Dean but it seems he also made a devil’s trap while he was over earlier.
So now the demon is trapped Dean starts to perform an exorcism, but the demon uses her powers to rip the book away from Dean, and then causes the entrance to the basement to collapse, trapping Dean in there with her.
Dean starts recovering the pages of the journal so he can carry on with the exorcism (DEAN this is why you should really memorize the words!). Dean knows Sam is looking for him, but the demon seems to know that too, taunting Dean that everyone knows that Sam is the brains of the operation.
The demon says that she isn’t flying solo either – while Dean waits for Sam to show up, she’s waiting for her friends to show up.
Sam is now back at the bar waiting for Dean. He asks the male bartender if he’s seen Dean. This guy is not very forthcoming and Sam has to give him some money but he reveals that Dean left with Casey (the bartender) about an hour ago. After giving him more money, the bartender gives Sam the address.
Dean can’t get any reception on his phone down in that basement dungeon, and the demon says they may as well be civil since they can’t control the outcome.
Dean argues with her about her killing Ritchie. She tells him she didn’t do anything to this town except point out the business opportunities to be taken advantage of. Humanity’s weakness did the rest. And that weakness is why the demons will win this war.
At Casey’s apartment, Sam looks around finds sulphur, which we know is a sign of demonic activity.
Downstairs, the demon asks Dean if he believes in God. He says he’d like to. She says God hasn’t done a bang-up job: war, genocide, a body count that amazes even the demons. She says it’s their turn now.
Sam is back at the bar, calling Bobby for help. He tells the bartender they weren’t there. He gets upset with this town, and sees the priest back at the bar. He approaches him.
The demon starts talking to Dean about Lucifer, their belief in him as a higher power. Dean doesn’t seem to believe that Lucifer is really real, but the demon says she’s got faith that he is and that he will return.
Dean says that demons are liars and evil, but the demon fires back with Dick Cheney, haha.
Dean asks her what it’s like in Hell. She knows all about his deal. She tells him that he won’t like it there. It’s a pit of despair. “Why do you think we want to come here”, she asks.
Sam is talking to the priest about Casey, the bartender. Sam says that she and Dean are off together, and the priest says they’re consenting adults. He tells Sam he thought he and Dean were insurance investigators…Sam says he went to Casey’s but they weren’t there and that he had a feeling they might be in trouble. Sam asks if there’s anything he can tell him about Casey, anywhere she might go.
The priest offers to help Sam and go with him to find Dean and Casey. I’m sure nothing else is going on…Oh dear, when his back is to Sam, the priest reveals that he’s a demon too!
Dean and Casey are still chilling in the basement, waiting to see who shows up first. Casey says Dean is likeable. She says a lot of others would mock him for that deal he made to save Sam and think it’s weak or stupid, but not her. Dean says it’s been kind of liberating. Why worry about a future when he doesn’t have one? Casey asks Dean if he’s scared, even a little. He says no, of course not…but…
Meanwhile, while they drive to Casey’s, the priest starts asking Sam about his work as an insurance investigator. He says Sam seems smart and he could see him doing great things.
The priest asks about Dean, if he finds trouble. Says he’s lucky to have Sam.
Casey catches Dean looking at her and she teases him, saying if anything happened between him, she didn’t think he’d respect her in the morning. It’s okay, he says. “I barely respect you now.”
He asks her another question: the gate opened, demon army got out, what then? He doesn’t see a big plan. She tells him that was the plan. Azazel was a tyrant but he held them all together (yellow eyes). I guess this is the first time we hear his name. And now that he’s gone, it’s all fallen apart. No chain of command?
She tells Dean that Sam was supposed to be the leader of the demon army. But he hasn’t stepped up to the plate. Casey says now they have chaos. Hundreds of demons, jockeying for power, all out there. She says she was ready to follow Sam.
The priest and Sam arrive at the old house where we know Dean and Casey are trapped, in the basement. Sam hears Dan calling for him. “Looks like you win”, Casey says. When no one answers the door, Sam and the priest split up. Sam finds Dean through a grate or something to the basement, and Dean says the basement caved in. Sam mentions that he arrived with the priest, and Dean looks back to Casey, and Dean tells him to be careful. Sam seems to get the message.
He comes around the corner, and finds the priest, who shows Sam is demon eyes. Suddenly Bobby shows up! He takes a shot at the priest but misses, and gets tossed around by the demon. The priest enters the house and heads to the basement. Sam goes over to help Bobby, who gives him his gun – the Colt! Ruby appears and tells Sam to go after the priest.
Meanwhile the priest gets into the basement, and when Dean goes after him, he easily swats Dean away. Casey warns the priest about the devil’s trap, and he smashes the ground, breaking the trap’s seal. Now Casey is free. She and the priest smooch! Dean sees this, and gives them a look. “You two?” “For centuries”, the priest replies. “We’ve been to Hell and back.”
The priest starts to attack Dean but Casey says not to kill him, let’s just go. But before anything else can happen, Dean shoots the priest with the Colt, killing the demon. Dean shouts for Sam to wait, but he shoots Casey with the Colt too.
Later, Dean asks Bobby what he thinks. What they did here, did it make a difference? Bobby says less demons to worry about isn’t nothing. When Dean says Trotter is still alive, Bobby says humans aren’t their job. Dean says maybe it’s a losing battle.
Dean says that the demon’s dead but so is the girl it was possessing. Bobby says it had to be done, but Dean tells Bobby that he didn’t see Sam. It was cold. Dean asks Bobby something – back in Wyoming, yellow eyes said something to Dean: that when Sam came back, maybe he came back different. Bobby asks different how. Dean says whatever it was, it didn’t sound good. He asks Bobby if he thinks something’s wrong with Sam. Bobby says no, demons lie. He’s sure Sam’s okay. Dean says yeah, him too.
Back at the motel, Ruby walks in and starts talking to Sam, saying he killed two demons today. Sam says he killed two humans too. Ruby says chances are those humans would have died a slow death due to the demons possessing them. Ruby says Sam should show her a little more respect, especially if Sam wants her help for Dean’s problem (his deal).
Sam says Ruby keeps dangling that in front of him but last time he checked, Dean’s still going to Hell. Ruby says everything in its own time but there’s a quid pro quo. Sam asks why she’s fighting on their (the human) side of this war. Ruby says if he doesn’t want her help, give her the Colt and she’ll pass it on to someone who will use it. Sam threatens to use it on her but she says it won’t do much for Dean.
Sam puts the gun down. Ruby says this won’t be easy. He’ll have to do things that go against his gentle nature but it has to be done.
Well I can see why I didn’t remember this episode. It isn’t terrible but it isn’t a standout. I liked the scenes with Dean and Casey speaking openly with each other while they were trapped, because we got a glimpse of Dean’s worries about Hell (even if he couldn’t admit that he was afraid). And I love any time Bobby shows up in an episode.
But clearly the big picture is that there’s a demon war coming and Sam is getting involved in something with Ruby behind Dean’s back, while Dean worries about Sam without knowing what’s really going on.