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The scene opens with Dean and Sam walking through a corridor in the bunker. They’re talking and bantering, and Dean is pretending that everything is alright. As they’re talking, we learn that they just finished driving back from Duluth, so this is Dean’s first time back at the bunker in several weeks. When Sam reminds Dean that he hasn’t really talked about anything during the long drive home, Dean insists that he’s fine, and that Michael simply left him – although he doesn’t know how or why. He also says he can’t remember anything that happened from the moment he said “yes” to Michael.
At first, Dean says he’s happy to be home. But when he enters the bunker’s war room and sees all the hunters buzzing around, and all the activity, he’s clearly taken aback. After brief (and somewhat tense) reunions with Jack and Castiel, Dean immediately retreats to the privacy of his room, where he hastily and angrily changes his clothes as if to rid himself of any traces of being possessed. When he looks in the mirror at himself, he is shocked to find a large scar on his right arm.
Back in the war room, Castiel tells Sam that Nick has left the bunker to handle some “personal business” and he hasn’t been returning Castiel’s phone calls. As Cas and Sam are talking, Cas questions whether Dean is truly alright, why Michael would suddenly just leave, and why the archangel is making monsters. Sam has few answers.
Later, Dean is in the bunker’s library with Sam and Castiel. They’re all worried about the scar, and even more worried that Dean can’t remember how he got it. They’re also surprised to learn that there exists a weapon that can injure/scar the archangel. To find answers to their questions, Dean asks Castiel to read his mind, so they’ll all know what happened. Sam and Sam both express concern, understanding that the process is somewhat painful and not without risks, but Dean insists, so Castiel agrees.
As Castiel reads Dean’s mind, we see flashes of events that happened while Dean was possessed. We see a hooded figure that looks like the Kaia creature from the alternate universe (AU). [NOTE: We last saw the creature at the end of “Wayward Sisters” when we realized she was alive and had crossed into our world.] In Dean’s flashback, the two are fighting and Michael ends up on the ground. While the archangel is down, AU-Kaia stabs him in the arm with a long, pronged spear. Dan suddenly snaps out of his state as they all realize the implications of what they’ve seen.
Believing that AU-Kaia may somehow be in this world, Sam calls Jody Mills. Jody is relieved to learn that Dean is back, but shocked to hear the news about the AU creature that killed Kaia. When the Winchesters ask Jody if she’s noticed any rift-related incidents in her area, she says they’ve been watching the ferry area (where Jack and Kaia opened the rift) very carefully and they have video surveillance set up, but nothing has been detected.
As they’re talking, Dean explains that when Michael was possessing him, the archangel was somehow injured by a weapon that left two gashes on his arm – like a large fork. Jody immediately recognizes the description and tells the Winchesters that she has been investigating a series of three beheadings in which the bodies bear marks exactly like what Dean describes. Realizing that Jody’s case may be the key to their own mystery, Sam and Dean head to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to meet Jody.
Jack enters the library as Dean and Sam are packing their gear and weapons to leave. They briefly discuss what’s going on, and when Jack learns that Kaia’s killer may be in Sioux Falls, he wants to come along and help. He feels responsible for what happened to Kaia, because he’s the one who brought her into their situation. The Boys – especially Dean – urge Jack to stay behind, insisting that whatever hurt Michael is powerful, so this isn’t a fight he’s ready for. Jack objects and mopes away after a terse discussion.
As Jack is leaving the room, one of the other hunters (Jules) returns to the bunker with an injured girl (Laura). Jules was apparently working a case involving a witch who had kidnapped Laura and her two friends, and was killing them one at a time by stealing their youth, which caused the girls to age rapidly and die. Jules reports that she shot the witch with a witch-killing bullet, but as soon as she did that, Laura began to age and get sick.
Castiel tries to cure Laura using his angel powers, but it doesn’t work. When he fails, he tells the Winchesters to leave without him, so he can stay and help with the girl. Dean agrees, and Sam reluctantly capitulates.
Elsewhere in the bunker, Jack is in his room. He has packed his backpack and is preparing to run away. He leaves a note on his bed, addressed to Dean, Sam, and Castiel, and heads toward the bunker’s exit door. On the way out, he overhears Castiel and Jules discussing their case. When Jack notices Laura, who is now unconscious in bed, he asks what’s going on and Castiel updates him. Jack learns that the aging spell is killing Laura, and Cas tried to heal her, but it didn’t work. Cas also reports that they contacted Rowena, who recommended a reversal spell; and that he and Jules are trying to complete the reversal spell before Laura dies.
As Cas is talking, he notices Jack’s backpack in his shoulder and asks if Jack is going someplace. As they’re talking, Laura groans in pain. Jack replies “no” and walks over to Laura to try to comfort her.
DEAN and SAM
In the car, Sam notices that Dean is speeding and seems to urgently want to jump into their case. He reminds Dean again that they have no idea why Michael left or what he’s up to, and that Dean has not really spoken about what’s going on with him. He also reminds Dean that he was missing for weeks, and although Dean says he doesn’t remember anything, Sam had to endure weeks of worry and searching, not knowing whether Dean was even still alive. He begs Dean to open up and at least talk, but as usual, Dean is unwilling or unable to discuss his feelings.
When the Winchesters arrive in Sioux Falls later that night, they greet Jody. When Sam asks how the girls are doing, Jody reports that they’re all fine, but she hasn’t told them (especially Claire) what’s happening with the case until she knows more. Jody pulls out a map and identifies the locations where the three headless bodies were found. She suggests they search the area in between the murder sites for clues.
The Winchesters agree, and the trio hikes into the woods to begin their search.
The next morning, Dean, Sam, and Jody are still searching the woods. Dean eventually finds three large stakes in the ground, with one human head on each post. The trio realizes these are the missing heads for the bodies Jody found. Dean examines the heads and notices that they are vampires. Jody tells Sam that they tested the bodies with silver and dead man’s blood, but nothing happened, so she’s confused that they’re vampires.
Dean continues searching the area and discovers that it’s a temporary camp. He finds a smoldering camp fire, and a can of beans that is still hot from being heated up. As he looks around, he has a flashback to the spot and realizes it’s the area where he was attacked when he was Michael. He has a vision of the AU-Kaia creature that attacked him when he was possessed. As this is happening, AU-Kaia actually does appear and attacks Dean and the others. She disables them, but runs off without actually hurting them. Before she leaves, they all see her face and recognize Kaia.
Jody asks Sam if he’s sure that the real Kaia died in the AU, and Sam assures her that she did. Dean and Sam tell Jody that the thing they just saw dressed, looks, and fights the same as the creature that killed Kaia in the AU. They decide to pursue her.
Later, Dean continues pursuing AU-Kaia through the woods, and Sam tries to talk to him. Sam points out that the creature they saw (AU Kaia) had fresh bruises on her face, which could have come from her recent fight with Michael. Sam also reminds Dean that it’s unusual to have three vampires in Sioux Falls, but no human deaths. He also notes that these vampires were immune to dead man’s blood the same way Michael’s amped-up werewolves were immune to silver. Sam surmises that the vamps are working for Michael, and that they are hunting Kaia and finish what Michael started. Dean doesn’t comment aloud about Sam’s theory, but replies that his ideas don’t change anything and that they still need to find AU-Kaia, so the trio continues following AU-Kaia’s tracks through the woods.
As they’re walking through the woods, Sam and Jody fall behind and are talking. When Jody ignores a cell phone call from Claire, Sam asks why. Jody says she’s not going to tell the girls what’s going on – mostly because of Claire. Jody says she made a deal with Claire that human crimes/criminals are to be left to Jody, but Claire can participate in monster-related cases. However, Jody fears that if Claire knew they were hunting the creature that killed Kaia, she would quickly get out of control. She also reveals that Kaia was Claire’s “first love” and Claire is particularly traumatized by what happened. As they’re talking, Jody comments that Dean and Sam seem to be going through something. Sam replies that Dean is definitely working something out, and that he’s insisting on doing that alone at the moment. They continue walking to keep up with Dean.
Before long, we see that Kaia has arrived at a cabin. She hastily drinks water from a faucet and steals some food. She prepares to sneak out and keep moving, but Dean surprises her and knocks her out.
CASTIEL and JACK
Back at the bunker, Castiel and Jules continue preparing and assembling ingredients for the spell to save Laura. Meanwhile, Jack and Laura talk, as her condition worsens. Jack confesses that Castiel is one of his fathers. When Jack asks Laura if she has any family they can call, she says she has a mother, but she ran away, so Laura isn’t sure her mother will want to talk to her. Laura says she ran away because she didn’t like school or her mother’s rules, or her home town, and she thought she could do better on her own. Jack seems to reflect on the fact that he was preparing to run away for similar reasons. Laura said the witch found her and her friends and took them in. She fed them and was kind to them. Laura also says the witch gave them gifts, and she gestures to an antique pendant around her neck. She continues, telling Jack that the witch told the girls that their youth kept her young. But then, the witch changed – she locked the girls up and they started getting sick and aging. Laura’s friends withered away and died. When Jules arrived, Laura thought she was saved, but then she became sick too and started deteriorating even faster than her friends had. Jack tries to assure Laura that Castiel will save her.
Later, Jules and Castiel finish the spell, but it doesn’t seem to work. In fact, Laura suddenly gets much worse. She screams in pain and ages drastically before dying.
Castiel sadly pulls the sheet over Laura’s face, and Jack is devastated that they couldn’t save her.
Suddenly, Jack remembers what Laura and Jules said about the witch. He, Castiel, and Jules rush to the witch’s body, and Jack points out that the witch is wearing a pendant very similar to the one she gave Laura. He surmises that the witch needed the girls’ life force/youth to keep herself young, and that her power to do that is in the pendants. He suggests that when Jules shot the witch, the spell kept working (i.e. kept sucking Laura’s youth from her), but because the witch was dead, Laura’s youth was sucked into the pendant. He says that the reversal spell didn’t work because the pendant was cursed.
DEAN, SAM, and JODY
When Dean confronts Kaia, she admits that Michael has been sending monsters after her. She says every time she slows down, they find her and there are always more of them. (As they’re talking, we see that three new monsters have found Kaia’s camp and are using her scent to track her to the cabin). Kaia has a hostile exchange with Dean. She knows who he is and realizes that he is no longer possessed by Michael. She also knows that Dean wants to know where she hid her weapon, because that’s the only reason he wanted to find her.
When Jody confronts Dean about the weapon and his rough treatment of AU-Kaia, he insists that AU-Kaia's weapon is the only thing they have that can hurt Michael, so he needs to know where it is. Dean threatens Kaia to get her to reveal the location of her spear, but she taunts him, reminding him that the first time he met Kaia, he drew a gun on her to get what he wanted. She says that because she and Kaia are connected through dreamwalking, she saw what happened that night, and they could see into each other’s lives. AU-Kaia accuses Dean of being just like Michael, who is willing to hurt others to get what he wants. She also says that Dean’s anger and impatience come from fear and weakness. But then she tells him that she knows Michael hurt him, and that he hurt her, too.
As AU-Kaia is talking, we see a flashback to her encounter with Michael. She is sitting next to the campfire, eating beans from the can Dean found. As she’s eating, Michael/Dean appears. Michael tells the Kaia-creature that he has been able to sense her energy since he came into this world. He also tells her that her spear exudes energy that he can sense. He tries to make a deal. He says there’s a war coming, and he offers her a place in his army if she’ll give him her spear. He says that if she refuses, he’ll kill her and take it anyway. AU-Kaia attacks Michael and they fight. During the fight, we see Michael punch her in the face (creating the bruises Sam mentioned). We also see Michael fall to the ground and hit his head on a large rock, which stuns him enough for Kaia to stab him in the arm and get away.
Kaia admits that Michael wants her spear because it can hurt him. So he’s sending his monsters after her to kill her and get the weapon. As they’re talking, the three vampires arrive and attack the cabin. A vicious fight breaks out. Jody’s arm gets broken and it’s clear that the hunters are losing. Before the vampires can kill them all, Dean shoots the chair Kaia is tied to, which breaks the chair and frees her. At first, it seems that Kaia abandons the other hunters, but then she returns with her spear and kills the vampires.
DEAN, SAM, and JODY
Night has fallen by the time the Winchesters and Jody get back to their cars. Dean tries to apologize, but Jody says he has nothing to apologize for and dismisses it. She also dismisses Sam’s offer to drive her to the hospital. She admits that she dreads telling Claire about AU-Kaia, but says that she has to tell the truth. Before they say their goodbyes, Jody says that she fears losing one (or all) of her girls, but she also feels like she lost Kaia before she’d ever had a chance to get to know her.
Later that night, Dean and Sam are driving back to the bunker. Dean apologizes for putting them all in danger, and tells Sam that he was right. He admits not wanting to know how Michael used him, so he was trying to race ahead of that and get the bad guys. He also repeats that he wants to kill Michael, and that now he believes saying “yes” was stupid.
Sam insists that Dean was only doing what he had to do. But Dean persists. He admits to Sam that he DOES remember being possessed, but not all of it. He describes his possession as feeling like he was drowning – clawing and fighting for air non-stop. Dean admits feeling weak for not being able to fight his way out. And he blames himself for Michael now being loose in this world, free to hurt people and build his army of monsters.
CASTIEL and JACK
Back at the bunker, Jack is resting in his room when Castiel comes to talk to him. Cas reports that Jules has left to take Laura back home. Cas also praises Jack for figuring out the case, and he apologizes for not being there for Jack as much as he wants to. He also suggests that maybe he and Jack should take some hunting trips together.
As they’re talking, Jack starts coughing. When Cas shows concern, Jack dismisses it, saying that he must have caught his first cold. After Castiel leaves to make some soup for Jack, Jack has another coughing fit, and we see him cough up blood into a tissue. As he throws the tissues into a wastebasket, we see that there are already several others there – all bloody.