Elsewhere, Ray is sitting in the cab of a truck, drinking some kind of whiskey (almost looked like Wild Turkey, actually), a shotgun next to him on the seat. He’s ignoring the voicemail from a woman telling him he should be with his family right now. He gets out – a flashlight attached to the barrel of the gun – and starts looking around the woods…presumably for the thing that killed his brother. Sadly, he finds it.
Through his drunken, blurred vision, he sees a flash of a figure in white, long dark hair hanging down. I instantly thought of the creepy girl from The Ring. *shudders* I wrote a story called “In the Light” several years ago with a baddie called an Ikiryoh and this was exactly how I pictured that. Even had the cover art look like it. I kinda scared myself at times writing that one. *laughs…pauses…shudders again*
He tries to get away, but it’s useless. He’s grabbed from what appears to be above and behind, drag up a tree and then…well, there’s a whole lotta blood and some leg twitching.
Walking away from a Mexican Food Truck called “Guanaco” (*laughs*), Garth is on the phone with his honey saying his problem was solved and to get the hot tub fired up, signing off with a slightly adorable, mostly awkward, “No, I heart you more.”
He gets into his car and hears on the police scanner that another body was found torn to shreds up at Widows Peak (or maybe Widows Point? I didn’t quite catch it – but it’s the same place the kids were camping) and he gaps at the police scanner all, “What?! I Garthed her!”
And then – our boys! Yay. After all they went through last episode, I was really happy to see them. Sam’s driving and Dean’s on the phone with Meg getting an update on Cas. Which was just…, well, weird, actually. He asks her to let them know if/when Cas wakes up, then thanks her for her help – looking like he might’ve thrown up in his mouth a little when he says it.
Dean: What a bitch.
Okay, so no love lost there, thank goodness.
Dean checks on Sam’s “custard” which Sam says is getting better, despite the fact that he feels like something out of The Ring (which…funny that he said that very movie…or maybe foreshadowing…probably foreshadowing) because he passed on ‘the crazy’ to Cas. Dean tries to reassure him, sounding like he’s reiterating words said several times over the past however long, but Sam interrupts him saying he doesn’t want to get into it.
I can understand that. Sometimes you just need to feel bad about something in order to find a way to deal with it.
Dean gets another call and for a moment looks totally confused, finally asking who it was. It’s Garth Fitzgerald IV. Hee. There’s three more of them. That’s funny. He tells Dean there’s something hinky going on in Junction City, KS (of COURSE it’s Kansas…every time to they come to Kansas bad things happen) and he needs their help. He also reminds Dean that he owes him for the demon thing (not sure why Dean owes Garth, but everyone else went with it, so I did, too).
They show up at the morgue suited up, only to find Garth there in Army fatigues posing as one Corporal James Brown (ha!), cousin of the deceased. They get the skinny on the dead guy and Sam asks the M.E. for the files. The M.E. gets a call from his wife and leaves the room. Sam immediately pounces on Garth about the fact that the two victims were brothers. I thought that was interesting – not sure why it was important to the case, but it sure was important to Sam.
Dean: You allergic to a suit?
Garth: I look good in a uniform.
He breaks it down for them and Dean stands next to the body listening to Garth and peering under the sheet at the wound as Sam moves to the computer. I liked how Dean took in the facts that Garth gave them. He might view him as an annoying second cousin he has to put up with at family reunions, but he does recognize Garth is a hunter – one that Bobby paired him with when he needed help at one point. He listens to him and speculates with him.
He also pulls out his EMF and gets a reading, which surprises Garth because he hadn’t gotten a reading – leaving him to surmise that his EMF was broken. Again. He tells Dean that the first vic was killed by something invisible, even though the wounds look less ghost and more monster.
Dean: Invisible Ghost Werewolf?
(Aside – now that’s an intriguing baddie…a werewolf is killed, but its human side still has unfinished business, so it becomes a spirit, only is the spirit that of the human or the wolf…aaannnddd now I want to write a story.)
Garth: Why do you think I called for backup?
Sam (from over at the computer): Hey, have you guys heard of Thigh-Slapper Ale?
Garth: Is that a stripper or a beverage?
Dean: It’s a beverage for douche bags.
Douche bags or not, the owner of the local brewery is the father of the dead brothers.
Garth: Right, so can the uniform. Go Fed. See you at the brewery.
And he’s off! Dean gives Sam a sheepish smile and says that he grows on you.
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