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As the episode opens, we see Mary Winchester drinking coffee at a diner; Castiel calls her on her cell phone. He asks where she is, and she tells him she’s in Lawrence, Kansas. Cas, who is standing outside the motel where the boys were arrested, asks her to meet him at the bunker. He hangs up without telling her why.
The secret service agent (Rick Sanchez) who arrested the Winchesters is talking to an older man in a suit. They appear to be in a military installation, and as the camera pans around the room, we see photographs, mug shots, files, and other information they have on the Winchesters. Rick tells the other man that the Winchesters were arrested 6 hours ago for trying to kill the president. They have not yet spoken a word. The men discuss the details they know about Sam and Dean. They discuss how the Boys’ parents were both killed, they themselves were supposedly killed in a shootout with police in Ankeny, Iowa (Season 7, Slash Fiction).They also discuss the prior FBI charges against the Boys, including assault, murder, desecration of a corpse, and other offenses. They mention Kelly (the president's aide), but apparently she is missing and they don’t know whether she is dead or alive.
We learn that the older man is Mr. Camp, an interrogator with US intelligence/anti-terrorism. Based on the information they think they have on the Boys, they discuss the possibility that they are terrorists, or possibly involved with a larger terrorist group. Rick wants to kill them, but Mr. Camp convinces him that if they are part of a larger threat, they should be held and questioned. They are currently at a secret military installation that does not officially exist, and only a few people know about the supposed assassination attempt and the Winchesters’ arrest. Apparently, the president doesn’t remember anything about the incident. Rick presumes the president was drugged, but they don’t know for sure.
As this is happening, we see that Sam and Dean are in grey jumpsuits as they are being led through the installation. They look at each other grimly just as they are forced into separate cells. A short time later, Mr.Camp tries to talk to each of them. They both ignore him and refuse to speak. Camp tells them that they will not be tortured, but they will be held indefinitely. He tells them that after enough time alone in a cell, they will happily tell him what he wants to know. He leaves, and a guard closes and locks the cell doors.
An unknown amount of time passes and we see Dean sitting on the cot in his cell. He notices a loose screw on the metal bed frame, and removes it. He uses the sharp end of the screw to carve a notch into the wall to mark his first day in the prison. A montage follows, during which we see the monotony of the Winchesters’ existence in prison as an undetermined period of time passes. Their only human contact is when the guard opens a slot in the cell door to slide in a tray of food three times a day. The cells don’t have windows or natural light, so we assume that Dean is using the cycle of meals to determine how many days have passed. As the montage progresses, we see that Dean has carved several groups of five notches into the wall. At one point, we see at least six groups of notches, suggesting that he has been in prison for at least a month. We also see the Boys languishing in their cells, doing calisthenics (Sam), pacing, and doing whatever they can do to pass the time.
Meanwhile, Mick Davies, with the British Men of Letters (BMOLs) is using a typewriter to write a report to his superiors. It seems that he has been trying to recruit American hunters to work with the BMOLs, but he hasn’t yet found anyone who will accept his offer. His “pitch” is that the BMOLs have tools, money, weapons, information, and other services that can be very helpful to hunters. All they ask in return is that the American hunters come when called, go where they’re told to go, and do what they’re told to do. We see Mick talking to a hunter (Wally) at a diner, delivering his pitch. Wally is clearly skeptical, and insults Mick for having “soft hands” before rudely refusing his offer.
Later, we see Mary in a bar talking to Castiel. Mary apologizes for blaming Cas for what happened to Dean and Sam, but Cas blames himself, anyway. Mary says that all her law enforcement contacts are dead, so she doesn’t have any leads on where the Boys might be. Cas has been equally as unsuccessful. Cas is distressed because the Boys have been missing for 6 weeks, 2 days, and 10 hours and they don’t have any leads. Mary tries to convince him that they will find them. In the meantime, Cas tells Mary that he tried to investigate a case he came across in Lancaster, Missouri. It seemed like a vampire case, but Cas failed to find the monster, and more people died before he gave up and left town. Cas feels like he failed. Later, Cas is alone at the bunker and gets a phone call from Mary. She tells him that she returned to Lancaster, Missouri and finished the vampire case he couldn’t solve.
Back at the prison, the guard comes to deliver food to Sam’s cell, but finds Sam dead on his bunk. He calls Rick and Mr. Camp, who also check Dean’s cell to find him dead on the floor. A short time later, we see the Winchesters’ bodies lying on tables in the morgue. The military doctor and other officials can’t figure out why they are dead, and how they died on the same day. Rick is angry, because he wanted a chance to punish the Winchesters. The officials depart, leave the bodies lying on the tables in the morgue. Suddenly, the Boys wake up. They don’t seem surprised, and Sam says “looks like it worked”, as if they’d planned what happened. As they are talking, they hear somebody coming.
A young doctor enters the morgue, and is shocked that the bodies are gone. Before he can do anything, Dean attacks him and gets him in a headlock. The Winchesters demand to know where they are, but the doctor tells them that he doesn’t even know. He says he gets blindfolded every day when they bring him to work, so he has no idea where the facility is – and it isn’t even supposed to exist. Dean takes the doctor’s cell phone, and the Boys lock him up and sneak out of the facility. Sam finds a map in a truck that is parked outside. Using the map and the surrounding topography, he determines that they are in Rocky Mountain State Park in Colorado. Dean calls Cas, who is extremely relieved to hear from him. He tells Cas where they are and to meet them along Route 34. They leave the phone and the truck, so they can’t be tracked, and run off into the woods.
Next, we see that Mary is working the vampire case when Cas calls her to tell her that he heard from Dean. She agrees to meet Cas in Colorado. When they meet, they discuss the fact that they don’t know what they’re walking into. Cas suggests that they need backup. Mary doesn’t want to involve Rowena and Crowley, so Cas suggests another idea. Along the way to meet the Boys, we see that Cas has apparently called the BMOLs for help. We see Cas and Mary standing by a roadside talking to Mick and Mr. Ketch. Mary rejects the idea of working with the people who tried to kill her sons. But Mick and Mr. Ketch convince her that they can be helpful. Cas reminds Mary that the BMOLs helped them defeat Lucifer. It seems that although Mr. Ketch did assist them, he didn’t know how their situation had turned out. He and Mick are impressed when Cas tells them that he and the Winchesters fought the devil and beat him. The BMOLs tell Mary that they are in America to help the American hunters. He says he can’t help the fact that American hunters are suspicious and distrustful, but he wants to help nevertheless. He also says that it can only help mend fences with other hunters if he can help save Dean and Sam.
When Mary tells Mr. Ketch and Mick the general area where the Boys think they escaped from, Mr. Ketch suspects they were being held in “Area 94”, a top secret facility. He tells them that they can use satellites to survey the area and help find the Boys.
Later, Rick and Mr. Camp discover that the Winchesters have escaped. They mobilize a military search team to find them, with orders to kill them on sight.
As the other action is happening, we see Dean and Sam running through the woods, trying to evade capture. They discuss how much time they have before dark, and how many hours before midnight (we don’t yet know why that is significant). Sam also says “we need to talk about this”, but Dean will only agree to talk “later”. They keep moving.
Dean and Sam escape into the woods and eventually Cas and Mary find them. After a reunion, the Boys learn that the BMOLs hacked thermal imaging satellite technology to find them. After a terse exchange with the BMOLs , Sam and Dean say they need to keep moving, because the people they left behind will call for backup. Mr. Ketch is surprised that they left survivors. Dean tells him that the search team members were just soldiers doing what they were told. Mr. Ketch insists that leaving them alive is “unprofessional”. Sam tells him that they’ll “handle it” and he and Dean leave with Mary and Cas.
As they are driving, the car suddenly goes dead. Sam turns to Dean and says “It’s time”. Everyone gets out of the car, but before the Boys can explain what is happening, Billie the reaper appears in the roadway. We learn that when Dean realized that he and Sam would never escape from prison, he called Billie and made a deal with her: if she helped him and Sam escape (by temporarily killing them both), at midnight she would be allowed to take one Winchester with her for good. Dean and Sam both accepted the deal, realizing that at least one of them would survive to keep fighting.
Mary holds a gun to her head and tells her sons that she loves them, as she prepares to shoot herself. Suddenly, we see Billie glow bright white as an angel blade protrudes from her chest. Castiel has stabbed her in the back and killed her.
In an emotional scene, Castiel scolds the Winchesters for making another “stupid” deal. He tells them that he did what had to be done, because the world needs every last Winchester it can get, and he will not let any of them die. He also says they mean too much to him for him to let them sacrifice themselves. Dean, Sam, and Mary look at Cas in stunned silence as the scene ends.