Recap: Supernatural Episode 11, Appointment in Samarra

Back with Sam and Bobby, Bobby goes to get something from the fridge and Sam moves to attack him. Bobby whacks Sam first, knocking him out.

Bobby: I may have been born at night, but it wasn’t last night.


He puts the thing he bludgeoned Sam with down and grabs up some rope, but when he turns around, Sam is gone.

Bobby (slowly, the words drawn out): Not. Good.

And we get a little game of cat and mouse in Bobby’s house with Bobby looking for Sam, locking the outside door, and then hiding in a closet—looked like the same closet he and Dean hid in during the zombie attack. Sam suddenly starts whacking the door, breaking through it with an…axe? Or something. Until his face is visible through the hole he created.

Bobby: Don’t say ‘here’s Johnny’….

Sam: I gotta do this, Bobby. I’m sorry. You shouldn’t have cornered yourself.

Bobby (in a very, thanks for the advice, psycho tone): I didn’t.

He pulls a lever inside the closet and a trap door opens up under Sam’s feet, dropping him into the basement and cutting his leg but good. Bobby must’ve added that little feature after the zombie attack—otherwise, he and Dean were rather remiss in not using it.

His head bleeding from Bobby’s hit, Sam gets up and grabs a crowbar, then heads up the basement steps to the locked door, but Bobby stops him from bashing that one in by saying something about titanium plates. They have an awkward heart-to-heart through the door, Bobby pretty much wanting to know what the hell.

Sam’s basically like, if Dean gets my soul back, it’s going to suck. He doesn’t want to kill Bobby. He’s been nothing but good to Sam. But…. Bobby guesses that it’s a demon deal (which is a logical conclusion considering) but Sam says it’s a spell.

Bobby: You’re making a mistake, Sam.

Sam: I’m trying to survive.

Bobby: Dean has a way to make it safe.

Sam (scoffing): Dean doesn’t care about me. He cares about his little brother, Sammy, burning in Hell. He’ll kill me to get that other guy back.

That was the most telling thing HollowSam has said yet. The only reason it matters to him whether or not Dean cares is that Dean’s care literally knows no bounds and HollowSam wants to survive. And, as he said before, he sees himself as a separate entity from the soul trapped in the Cage—not as someone missing a part of his whole.

The thing is, though—I don’t think Dean is able to look at it that way. This person is Sam to Dean…just not all of him. So HollowSam is partly wrong—Dean does care about him. But he cares because he’s the “vessel” for his “little brother, Sammy, burning in Hell.” He’s also partly right—Dean doesn’t want to preserve this version of Sam because he’s a replicate. Not whole.

Oh, the angst. The angst will kill me dead.

Bobby: I know it’s scary, but you’re scarier. You’re not giving us much of a choice here.


Bobby: Sam?


Bobby: Balls!

He opens the door and sees an empty staircase. My heart was literally hammering as Bobby went down the stairs and searched for Sam.

Bobby: Ain’t nobody killing me in my house but me.

Just…ugh. The whole thing. It’s been Sam v Bobby before—with the shotgun to the face in the junkyard back in Season 4—but this just felt more ominous. Sam was strung out from demon blood withdraw then. This time? He was completely in control of his faculties and lacked the inner guardian required to keep the killer inside him in check.

Bobby: I don’t want to blow your legs out, boy, but I will.

Bobby makes it to the panic room, peers in through the small window, and sees a ladder leading up through an escape hatch at the top.

Back at the hospital, Tessa is giving Dean the silent treatment. Then she stops dead still in the hallway and whispers, “Dammit, I knew it.”

The nurse who left early because she didn’t have to assist in the little girl’s surgery got into a car accident she shouldn’t have gotten in. And now, Dean has to kill her. He looks gut punched as he tries to assimilate what has all just transpired. Tessa tells him that everything he does has consequences. Dean does his job, despite the fact that she wasn’t on the list. The nurse looks down at her body, then looks from Dean to Tessa, confused, and wants to know why.

Tessa says she’s there because Dean screwed up. Which, was true from Tessa’s perspective, but guh, the look on Dean’s face as she says this. He tries to say he’s sorry, but Tessa is taking the nurse away. A minute later, the husband shows up and is bereft, weeping over the nurse’s bloody body.

Dean goes to the room of the 12 year old and she looks better—has color and is smiling as she and her dad continue to look through the picture album. Tessa tells Dean that the girl is destroying the natural order by being alive.

Which makes me wonder how messed up the natural order got back in 1973…and then again in 2005…and then again in 2006. How many people who weren’t on the list ended up dying because the Winchester’s lived? You know Dean was churning that over in his fly paper-like brain. We could see it on his face.

He’s looking out of the window as Tessa is talking and sees the nurse’s husband stumble out of a bar across the way and get into his car. He tells Tessa to give him a minute.

Back at Bobby’s, Bobby is out in the junk yard, a cocked shotgun in his hand, tracking Sam. He makes his way to what looks like a garage and opens the door. Just then, Sam clocks him from behind and hauls him into the garage.

Dean’s in the car with the drunk husband, trying ineffectually to get him to slow down, pull over, stop, but as Death, he can’t be seen or heard. The man is heading for an intersection and a red light—a bus approaching from the other direction. Unable to allow this death on top of the other death that wasn’t supposed to happen—and was his fault—Dean pulls off the ring, becomes corporeal and visible and grabs the steering wheel, plowing them into a parked car instead.

The airbags save them, though the husband is unconscious against the steering wheel. Dean looks down at the ring and whispers, “Dammit.” He climbs stiffly from the wrecked car, looking shaken and pale, and calls for Tessa. Says he lost.

Dean: Sam’s screwed. You happy? Least you could do is zap my ass back home.

Lacking any other ideas, he puts the ring back on and Tessa is behind him, watching him.

Dean: I lost the bet.

Tessa: I’m sorry about your brother.

Dean: Let’s just go.

He has unfinished business. Pain and regret shadowing his eyes, he returns to the little girl’s room.


Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.


Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.

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