After a lot of Leviathan-ness the last three episodes, tonight the boys got back to brass tacks with a seemingly run of the mill ghost case. Of course, nothing is really run of the mill anymore, right? A regular ghost haunting? Pish posh! That's some kid stuff, that is. And when they're burning bones before the first commercial break, thinking they're done, hell, we all know it's more complicated than that.
After a couple guys get offed in rather strange ways - one seemingly by being hit by a car while in an upstairs apartment, another getting mauled by a dog in a bathroom - the boys notice that they both have a couple things in common. The car guy? Had killed a girl in a car accident. The dog guy? Had done something that made him do community service with an animal shelter. Alas, I do not really remember more than that about him, nor does it particularly matter. So, their deaths were basically like getting what they deserved. Except, they'd both made up for what they did over the years, so that didn't particularly make sense either. On top of which, they also both seemed to have mysterious red dirt near them where they died. Beware random suspicious red dirt!
The pair head off in the impala to check out where the red dirt came from (an apple orchard, if you must know), and nearly run into a clearly freaked out dude in the middle of the road. They take him back to their crappy motel of the moment, and he tells them he had been held on some kind of funky trial after he went to this bar. He killed some people years ago, blah de blah. Basically what we need to know from this - weird trial, some funky symbols, the bar he was at was also where one of the other guys had visited.
The boys then split up, which is nearly always a recipe for disaster, with Sam going back to the orchard and Dean going to check out the bar. Dean starts chatting up the pretty bar maiden while downing a LOT of scotch. Sam, meanwhile, finds this red barn the dude from the middle of the road was talking about, only he gets a call from Bobby before he can explore too much. Bobby has figured out that the thing they're dealing with is an Egyptian god - Osiris - who hunts down those who feel guilty and put them on trial. Bobby very wisely points out that they should get the hell out of there because, hello, Dean is mister guilt city.
Of course, by then, it's too late. Dean has already been picked up by Osiris after a rather adorable attempt at psyching himself up to get some action with the bar maiden. Luckily, she has the wherewithal to find Dean's dropped phone and answer it when Sam calls. He finds some more random suspicious red dirt (beware!) and proceeds back to the red barn he was just at. And just in time, because Osiris has Dean all trussed up and ready for trial.
Sam, a former pre-law student as he is, says he's going to be Dean's defense. And so begins the guilt trial. Osiris brings up his first witness - Jo. Osiris basically insinuates that she got into hunting because she was crushing on Dean, though Sam manages to also point out that it was more likely that she did it because of her dad. Next witness - Sam himself! Osiris discusses how Sam was on the path to a normal and happy life with Jess until Dean came back around, and though that is hard to argue with, Sam does, saying he would've been pulled back into the life at some point anyway. Though this is great, we learn that it's not Osiris that needs convincing, it's Dean himself. Uh oh, that could be a problem. So, Sam calls up Dean to the stand. He basically gets him to say that he doesn't blame himself for things he can't control, but when Osiris threatens a third witness (which we are led to believe would've been what's-her-name that he killed last week), Dean says to just end it now.
In that case? He's guilty.
But not to worry! He's got Sam and Bobby looking out for him, and it turns out Bobby has found a temporary fix to the situation. They just have to find a ram's horn and stick it in Osiris, and he'll be gone for a couple hundred years. Okey dokey, off to a synagogue Sam goes to find such a horn, leaving Dean to encircle himself in some salt and wait for spectral Jo to come put him to his death. Jo does show up, and they have a nice little chat, wherein she basically tells him she doesn't blame him for what happened, and she wouldn't be doing this if Osiris wasn't forcing her to. What's particularly upsetting about the way she's going to kill him is in how it mirrors her own death. She turns on the gas from the stove and gets ready to use Dean's lighter to burn the place down with him inside.
Luckily, that happens to be right after Sam has located a ram's horn and stabbed Osiris. Jo flickers out of being, leaving Dean to wrestle with his guilty conscience on his own time.
In the end, Dean wonders why Sam wasn't brought to trial the same as Dean. Sam says that after all he had to deal with in hell, he figures he's done his time. The past is the past and all that. Poor Dean wishes he could feel the same way, but alas, for now, he can't. Pretty sad when someone who frequently sees Hal-Luci-nations is feeling better than you, Dean, huh?
- Dean is seriously depressed. He seems like he barely wants to get up and do anything. And the drinking? At least they're starting to make some comments about it, though I do wonder if more serious discussions of it will happen or not. Tonight's episode was the most blatant they've been about it, with Dean saying AA gives him the jeebs (I wonder why!) and Sam being concerned about his drinking on more than one occasion.
- Not that I don't like Bobby, but I do wonder if they use him a little too often now.
- Aw, Dean has to psych himself up before going home with the ladies now. His season one self would not believe it.
Sam: Some kind of ghost?
Dean: With a license. ... License to kill.
"Dead and sober. Double crappy." - Dean
Sam (talking about a guy who was killed by a dog): He was in the restroom of a diner.
Dean: Yeah. That doesn't sound right.
"It's been a while, but you owe yourself. It's nothing but a ground ball, you just gotta put your mitt down. You are Dean Winchester, this is what you do." - Dean
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