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The SUPERNATURAL Rewatch Project: The Heat of the Moment

Dean gets shot! Like, a lot.

The SUPERNATURAL Rewatch Project: The Heat of the Moment

The Road So Far

Welcome to week 28 of the rewatch project, superfans! This week brings us some quality time with our favorite Loki-esque villain, the Trickster, as well as Supernatural’s homage to a great cult movie, Assault on Precinct 13.

Cheers to the classics!


Take a drink every time:

•  There’s a corpse

•  A demon possesses and/or makes a deal with some hapless schmuck

•  Dean embraces the end

•  Dean crams his face full of junk food

•  Anyone is tied up

•  Either brother picks a lock

•  Someone employs a Titan of Classic Rock as an alias

•  The Glorious and Faithful Impala is damaged in the line of duty

3x11: Mystery Spot

Monster of the Week: Trickster

Sam wakes to Asia’s “Heat of the Moment,” apparently a favorite song of his overly cheery brother.

And now it’s one of my favorites too.

At the local diner, Dean orders the “pig ‘n a poke” special to Sam’s disgust, and they discuss their current gig, investigating the disappearance of a man after he visited a tourist attraction called “The Broward County Mystery Spot.” They head there after hours, breaking in to see what they’ll find.

What they find is a whole lotta ugly.

Despite being painted in a shade of greenish travesty, there’s nothing genuinely odd about the place. But before they can leave, the proprietor catches them. Nervous, he trains a shotgun on the boys. Dean reacts, raising his own weapon and the man shoots! OMG, YOU GUYS, HE JUST KILLED DEAN.

A tragedy. And yes, I am speaking of the Pussycat Dolls ad thrown over this moment.

Then a funny thing happens. One minute Sam is holding his brother and weeping. The next, he’s waking up again to the stirring sounds of Asia! It’s a time loop, darlings. Sam tries to explain this to Dean, who is reluctant to believe him. Still, he agrees to check out the mystery spot in the daytime. But no sooner has this accord been reached then Dean steps out into the street and…

Gotta look both ways, buddy.

Sam wakes up again. This time he explains it to Dean by referencing Groundhog’s Day. Dean reacts as any normal person would and asks if it looked cool when he got nailed by the car.

With that cleared up, they head back to the Mystery spot and interview the proprietor. Sam, barely able to keep his rage in check at his brother’s potential murderer, scares the man into telling him there is nothing actually mysterious about the Mystery Spot. Dean suggests to defeat this loop all they need to do is for him not to die. He is then promptly crushed by a dresser falling out a second story window.


Dean chokes on sausage. Dean slips in the shower. Dean eats a bad taco. Dean gets electrocuted. Sam is in the mystery spot, tearing it apart with an axe as Dean tries to console the tied-up owner. Dean tries to wrestle the axe away from Sam. Dean gets chopped by an axe.

More than a hundred Tuesdays pass before Dean changes one small action, talking to a girl handing out flyers. She’s the daughter of the missing man. As Sam rushes to talk to her, Dean gets mauled by a golden retriever. But the next day, Sam says he discovered the missing man was a reporter who rejoiced in debunking supernatural tourist attractions. Humiliating the high-and-mighty? The boys realize that sounds like the Trickster’s MO!

They find him and get the drop on him with a wooden stake. Sam demands to know why he’s doing this? Is this fun to him?

*offers Trickster fist bump*

The Trickster’s real reason for putting Sam through this hellacious time loop is that he needs to realize that no matter what, he can’t save Dean. With that little lesson served, the Trickster puts them back into regular time. When they wake up, it’s Wednesday! Everything is great and shiny, at least until Dean gets shot to death in by a homeless guy in a parking lot. But this time, there’s no do-over, darlings.

Six months later, Sam travels the country alone, hunting creatures, tracking the Trickster and turning into a bona fide badass.

Like a performs-his-own-bullet-extraction badass.

Sam gets a tip from Bobby about the Trickster’s location. He says they need to perform a summoning ritual that will require a human sacrifice. Sam readily agrees. Bobby is beyond disappointed. He says if getting Dean back is so important than Sam should just use his blood, kill him for it. Sam does, correctly assessing that this is another of the Trickster’s games. The god appears and Sam begs him to give his brother back, promising never to chase him again. The Trickster obliges and time rewinds six months, bringing our Dean back.

Brotherly Angst Quotient: Relentless

The Trickster says he’s been trying to teach Sam a lesson, that his and Dean’s co-dependence will lead to nothing but blood and pain (and eleven seasons, apparently). But Sam resolutely refuses to learn it.

Dean’s Deal: The Trickster reiterates there is no way out.

How Drunk Are We?: OMG, we can’t even. Take thirteen drinks for Dean corpses and junk food binges.

The Quotable Winchesters: “You’re Travis Bickle in a skirt, pal. I’m over it.” –The Trickster, finally tired of effing with newly hardcore Sam.

Moment Most Likely to Inspire Troubling Fan-Fic:

Dean’s craving for the pig ‘n a poke can’t be satiated, not even in a hundred Tuesdays.

Notable Cameos: None

3x12: Jus in Bello

Monster of the Week:  Demons

The boys have discovered Bela’s hideout! The bad news is she’s already long gone with the Colt. The worse news? She tipped Agent Henriksen to their location. He bursts in with a team of local deputies and haul the boys off to the police station!

Back at the station, Henriksen warns the sheriff that the Winchesters are more dangerous than Hannibal Lecter. They’re such high priority that Henriksen’s boss himself comes in a chopper to pick them up. He slaps Henriksen with some paper work and heads inside the holding cell to have a look at the boys. Then he pulls out his gun and shoots Dean in the shoulder. Sam wrestles the gun away from him as he reveals himself to be a demon! Sam performs a quick exorcism, but before the demon leaves the boss’s body, he tells them to get ready—it’ll be a long night.

Seeing his boss’s dead body, Henriksen orders a deputy to check on the men posted outside. They’re all dead! So are the phones. The station is under siege with at least 30 people outside. Henriksen accuses the Winchesters of arranging the attack from the outside and SO does not want to hear their demonic explanations. Dean finds the bright side in the whole have a ton of demons closing in on them situation.

The sheriff is not into Henriksen’s “wait out the siege” plan. He comes to get Dean and Sam. But before he can release them Henriksen shoots him! He’s demon-possessed too! The boys manage to exorcise the demon from his body. He is nonplussed but goes for the joke and that makes me love him a little.

If you’re wondering if Dean tells him he didn’t shoot the deputy, you don’t know Dean as well as I thought you did, darlings.

Okay! Now everyone is on board that the station is being sieged by demons and they begin following the boys’ advice on how to secure it with salt and devil’s traps. Dean sneaks out to the impound lot to get weapons from the Impala’s carsenal and gets a glimpse at what they’re up against.

A ministry of demons. (That’s probably not the correct grouping name, but it’s metal, so we’ll call it even).

Dean hands out anti-possession medallions and shows off his and Sammy’s sweet anti-demon possession tattoos. Soon after, Ruby makes it into the station! She says the demons were sent by Lilith, the rising power who wants Sam dead. She’s furious when she hears the Colt is gone and says their only way out of this is a spell that will kill every demon in the area, including her. But to make it work, she needs the heart of a virgin—the station’s secretary. The secretary agrees when she hears it will save her possessed loved ones outside. Sam is on board with the idea. Dean?

Is not.

He berates Sam, asking when they threw out the rulebook and stop acting like humans? Sam is persuaded to his way of thinking and they decide to just open the doors and fight. Ruby leaves in a huff, saying she bet on the wrong horse. But she’s wrong about being wrong! Dean’s plan works. They let the demons in, trap them with salt and perform a mass exorcism over the PA.

Is it me or are the actors all using “CHUG!” as their motivation?

It’s over! Henriksen tells the Winchesters he’ll cover up what happened with the least ridiculous lie he can come up with in five minutes. He’ll also tell the FBI they’re dead to give them some breathing room. The brothers leave and all is well.

Until a little girl shows up. *cue screaming*

She says she’s looking for two boys, one very tall and one very cute. Then her eyeballs turn bone white and she incinerates the whole station with all the siege survivors, including Henriksen, trapped inside.

Meet Lilith.

Ruby shows up to deliver the news to the Winchesters. She gives them charm bags to throw everyone off the trail and berates them for not listening to her. Both look devastated.

Brotherly Angst Quotient: Noble and stuff

Dean and Henriksen have a nice chat. The cop says he feels like he’s wasted his life fighting something so mundane as criminals. He asks if humanity can win against something so powerful as demons. Dean says in truth he thinks the world will end bloody, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t fight while they can.

Dean’s Deal: No progress.

How Drunk Are We?: Let’s just say Keith Richards would be impressed. Take roughly 45 drinks for a buttload of demon possessions, a not insubstantial number of corpses and two Winchesters in bondage.

The Quotable Winchesters: “Anyone got a breath mint? Some guts splattered in my mouth while I was killing my way in here.” -Ruby

Moment Most Likely to Inspire Troubling Fan-Fic:

Don’t tell me these two weren’t the talk of the tattoo parlor after they left.

Notable Cameos:

Aimee Garcia of Dexter plays the virgin secretary.

Next week: The return of Ghostfacers. Yay?

Amanda Klase's photo About the Author: Amanda likes her heroines brash, her romantic leads snarky, and her video games Triple A. When she’s not re-enacting her favorite TV monologues, she’s getting up to all kinds of shenanigans with the San Francisco FYA Book Club.