Back at the abandoned house (and once more dressed in flannel…flannel=love) Dean is pacing.
Dean: So, we have a monster with opposable thumbs, unlimited text messaging and wants to kill you specifically. Does that about cover it?
Sam tells him that it’s an Arachni (or whatever) and that he remembered the hunt. Or some of it. This chills Dean. His voice and face are filled with Dread. Sam tells him that it’s nothing about Hell and Dean’s like, “Not yet, anyway.”
Sam: What can I do—stuff is just starting to come back. Maybe it’s natural.
Dean’s like, We’re leaving. His instincts are dead-on and he knows their needle is in the red right now with this case. He knows this is bad—but what was he supposed to do? Knock Sam out and drag him away? Sam insists on staying even though Dean argues that they’re not the only hunters on the planet—that even Bobby or Rufus could do this. Sam continues to argue that it has to be them because he can almost remember who did it.
Dean: Every time you scratch that wall you’re playing Russian Roulette.
Sam: I get your worry, but I think I did some really bad stuff here and I have to set things right. I’ve got a soul now and it won’t let me just walk away.
Guh. Always with the impossible situations. Part of me thinks that Dean acquiesced because he knew darn well had he been sitting in Sam’s place he would have done the same thing. But part of me wanted him to knock Sam out and drag him out of there. *laughs*
Dean, listening to Sam, sits opposite him, pressing his hands together and dropping his head. He can’t find a stronger argument than the ones he’s already handed his brother and he’s losing the fight. And he’s scared.
Sam: I’m staying here. I need you to back me up.
As if Dean could or would do anything else. The only reason he wanted to leave was to protect Sam. They’ve firmly established that Dean doesn’t matter to Dean—hasn’t since he found out that Sam wasn’t in Hell. There’s very little outside of Sam that does matter to Dean. Bobby. Lisa and Ben. The Impala. That’s about it.
Dean lifts his head and those same 25 emotions cross his face before he says, “Let’s Memento this thing.”
*ahem* Writers? Pick a new movie reference next time, okay? Same one in back-to-back episodes is poor form.
So, the boys build a Wall of Weird with maps, missing persons files, strings connecting all the different salient points, and Dean watches Sam as Sam stares at everything, seeing him remember. We get a rather lengthy flashback of what really happened—and it’s not pretty. In fact it’s so not pretty, that I’m just going to sum it up for you.
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