Sam is with Dale’s widow and she tells Sam that before Dale died, he sent his former partners a gift to show he forgave them. Said it was a (haunted) bottle of sake he brought back from one of his trips, and he put it in a pretty box – just like one Sam remembers seeing in Jim’s office when he and Garth were questioning Randy. She said that Dale didn’t even let her touch it.
Dean and Garth are leaving the McMann house in Garth’s El Camino (aside – Dean hasn’t been doing much driving lately…he needs his baby back), breaking down what Tessa told them and trying to figure out why she saw the ‘monster’ and no one else did.
Garth: Certain mutants see infrared.
Dean = you gotta be kidding me glance. And then it hits him – grown-up drink.
Garth: A monster you gotta be drunk to see. Cool. Also? Hard to fight.
Yeah, no joke. And since the blonde woman saw her, I’m wondering exactly how drunk you have to be…? Dean takes out his flask and takes a swig. Then another. Aaannnddd one more. But he tells Garth he’s strictly on wine coolers, which is fine with Garth as he likes anything sweet. Which prompts Dean to take another shot from the flask.
I know we haven’t been seeing him drink constantly over every episode as we’ve focused on other issues, and that triggered the thought that they dropped that storyline, but I think that it’s always been there in the background. Not visible to us, necessarily, but as much a part of what Dean does every day as are the change up of cars we never see, or the money they hustle that we never see. I didn’t see this as a resurgence of a storyline they’d dropped but a moment to focus a bit on a habit that’s always been there, just couldn’t be highlighted when there were other things that needed the spotlight.
Garth: What’s up with the grody flask?
Dean: It’s Bobby’s.
Garth flashes to the EMF going off back at the motel when Dean set the flask down. He asks Dean if he thinks there’s a possibility that Bobby’s riding his wave, but Dean shakes his head once, pulling in on himself a bit. He says they gave him a hunter’s wake and Garth protests that that doesn’t necessarily mean anything (which Dean should know based on other hunts) and cites examples, but Dean cuts him off.
Dean: We’re not talking about this during work.
He looked torn between hopeful and irritated. Just then, his phone rings and it’s Sam telling him that they need to head back to the brewery to look at that box in Jim’s office. Once there, Garth waits in the car while the boys break in. They get into the office, open the box and pull out the bottle of sake, seeing that the seal has been broken and it’s not full.
Glancing around, Dean sees a security camera and grins.
Dean: God, I love paranoid people.
He gestures to the computer, prompting Sam to hack in and find the security feed/tapes, which of course Sam can do because Sam has mad computer hacking skillz. *arches eyebrow* He finds the video of them, now, and both wave at the camera. Hee. That was cute.
They rewind the feed to four days ago, where they see Trevor break into the office and snag a bottle of whiskey, but nothing else happening. Nothing that they can see, Dean realizes, and starts to search the cabinets behind him. He gets a bottle of whiskey and a tumbler out and sets them in front of Sam – which prompted me to guess he’d shared what he and Garth had come up with about the monster only being visible when you’re drunk, because Sam didn’t question it.
Sam: Can you even get drunk anymore? Kind of like drinking a vitamin for you, right?
He’s still trying to find something to drink as Sam’s downing a glass of whiskey. He finds some clear liquor in a circular bottle – no clue there, never saw the label, any guesses? Gin, maybe? – and sniffs at it, taking a sip, recoiling with a, “Holy….” Whatever it is, he decides it’ll do the trick and comes over to Sam with a tumbler of his own, clinking Sam’s glass. Bottom’s up!
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