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TEASER: Black Forest, Colorado
Three young women are on a camping trip. They’re inside a tent drinking spiced rum and talking. All of the women have recently graduated from college; two of them have already found jobs, but the third laments that she doesn’t have a real job yet. As she’s talking, she hears a noise outside the tent. The other two women dismiss the noise, saying it’s probably a deer.
At the bunker, Sam is checking his phone messages. He sees several unanswered text messages that he’s sent to Castiel. From the messages, it’s clear that Sam didn’t know Cas was leaving and he just wants to make sure Cas is alright.
Despite Ashley’s initial disbelief, Dean eventually convinces her that he and Sam hunt monsters, and if she cooperates with them, they’ll keep her safe and kill the monster. Ashley tells Dean the man’s name (Andy May), and he and Sam track down an address.
Later that day, Dean and Sam arrive at a cabin in the woods and question the inhabitants, who are two brothers (Andy and Josh May).
Once the Winchesters are gone, the werewolf brothers argue. Apparently, Josh killed Ashley’s two friends and thought Andy had killed the third camper. Andy disagrees with killing people anyway, but Josh says he’ll stop. Josh berates Andy for leaving a witness alive, and convinces him that they have to kill Ashley before she exposes their identity.Later that night, Dean and Sam arrive at their motel with Ashley. Apparently, Ashley called Dean because she was afraid to go home, so the Winchesters agree to let her stay with them until she is out of danger. They agree to get a room close to hers, but Ashley asks Dean if he’ll stay until she falls asleep. Dean agrees to stay temporarily, while Sam goes to another room.While Ashley is getting settled, Sam mentions how odd and “easy” the case has gone; but Dean dismisses Sam’s concern.
Meanwhile, outside the motel, the werewolf brothers have arrived in their truck. They know Ashley is inside because of her scent; and they recognize the Impala parked outside, so they know the Winchesters are also inside. They agree to go in quickly and quietly and get the girl.
In the motel room, Ashley and Dean talk. When Ashley asks Dean if he likes his work, Dean says he does because although there’s a lot of bad, he gets to help people. Ashley laments (again) how she doesn’t know where her life is going or what she wants to do. When she comments that her life is too random, and it might be better for her if her life was all planned out, Dean disagrees, but doesn’t offer an explanation. Ashley settles back and falls asleep.
Suddenly, over four hours have passed. Dean is asleep when Sam returns. Ashley is gone, and the door is open. When Sam asks what happened, Dean is confused and can’t remember falling asleep. They realize that the May brothers have taken Ashley, so they rush back to the cabin.
When the brothers demand to know how Lilith is alive, she tells them that Chuck resurrected her from the Empty to do his bidding. She tells them that Chuck is writing a story about them, and she is part of it. She was supposed to be rescued and seduce Dean, but now they are off track. She says she’s the one who put Dean to sleep so that part of the story would play out as intended.
When Sam asks Lilith if Chuck sent her to kill them, she reveals that killing them is not part of this story. Instead, she is supposed to find the Equalizer. When the brothers refuse to tell her where it is, Lilith knocks Sam unconscious and tells Dean she’ll kill Sam if he doesn’t tell her where the weapon is. Dean agrees to take her to the Equalizer, and they leave together, leaving Sam lying unconscious on the floor.While Sam is unconscious, he has another dream. In this one, DemonDean attacks and kills him. Sam wakes up suddenly and realizes that Dean is gone. He steals the May’s truck and rushes back to the motel.
Meanwhile, Dean and Lilith are in the Impala driving back to the motel. Lilith says that she gave her life to resurrect Lucifer – a mission she believed in. She says she’s not happy to be back, but since she can’t hurt Chuck, she’ll hurt Dean and Sam instead. She argues that Chuck is a bad writer and the current story is stupid, but she still must play along. She also says that all of Chuck’s stories end the same way – with one Winchester brother killing the other.
Eventually, Dean and Lilith arrive back at the motel room and Dean stalls for time. When Lilith realizes the weapon isn’t in the room, she begins torturing Dean, cutting his face to get him to reveal the location of the weapon. Before this can get too far, Sam bursts in and there’s another fight. Lilith realizes the Equalizer is in the Impala, so she uses her powers to freeze the Winchesters in place, finds the weapon, and melts it down to a puddle of metal. Then, she disappears.
Back at the bunker, Dean and Sam discuss their situation. Sam has tried unsuccessfully to reach Cas, but Dean says Sam has warned Cas about Chuck and Lilith, so there’s not much more they can do. Dean laments the fact that Chuck is still writing their story, and in every one of his endings, one of them kills the other. Sam reveals that all his nightmares have been the same thing – a horrible scenario in which one brother goes evil and kills the other. The brothers surmise that Sam’s wound has somehow linked him to Chuck, so Sam can see some of what Chuck is writing – or at least the endings of his stories.
The brothers agree that neither of them knows what to do, but they won’t stop fighting.