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Recap: Supernatural S 04 E 09 I Know What You Did Last Summer

Recap of Supernatural
Season 4, Episode 9

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Written by Sera Gamble.

Directed by Charles Beeson.

Air Date: November 13, 2008.

Ruby tells Sam and Dean that a powerful demon named Alastair is searching for an escaped mental patient, Anna Milton, who can hear the angels' conversations. Dean still doesn't trust Ruby, and asks Sam to explain why he trusts her. Sam asks Dean what he remembers from Hell. Neither will tell.

They find Anna's parents first, dead. They figure that Anna is religious and hiding from demons, and correctly guess she's hiding out in the church.

When they find her, all it takes is saying that they're Dean and Sam. She knows all about them. Turns out she tunes into the angel's conversations and has heard all about the brothers. Sam isn't too popular upstairs. The first words she heard, clear as a bell, were "Dean Winchester has been saved".

Ruby arrives in a panic. Alastair is coming. A statue of an angel starts weeping blood, marking his arrival. He attacks the Winchesters as Ruby and Anna escape. The boys lose Ruby's knife in the ensuing fight, and only make it out by jumping through a church window, and then only because Alastair wanted them to lead him to Anna.

The boys were badly beaten, dislocated shoulders, self-administrated stitches, the works. Dean lashes out at Sam for trusting Ruby, believing that they were set up and now she's killed Anna. Sam reveals how she saved his life during Dean's imprisonment in Hell. She taught him how to use his powers, comforted him, hint hint, and saved his ass again and again.

Eventually the boys are able to go to the cabin where Anna and Ruby are. The lights start flashing. They think they're done for, but it's just Castiel and Uriel, demanding to be taken to Anna, but not for the reason Dean hopes.

Body count

For this episode = 6 humans and 5 demons.

For the series so far = At least 275 humans (of which 5 were witches), 58 demons, 25 ghosts, 10 vampires, 6 changelings, 3 gods, 3 shapeshifters, 3 zombies, 2 werewolves, 1 cat, 1 crocotta, 1 djinn, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 rugaru, 1 shtriga, and 1 wendigo.

Tropes

  • After-Action Patch-Up: In the motel.
  • The Alcoholic/Drowning My Sorrows: Sam after Dean's death. Ruby makes him promise her sobriety if he wants her help in killing Lilith.
  • At the Crossroads: Sam attempted to make a crossroads deal but failed because the demons want Dean in Hell.
  • Author's Saving Throw: A good chunk of the episode is spent clearing up the moral issues of Sam and Ruby having sex with questionable consent from Ruby's host body.
  • The Bait: Alastair lets Sam and Dean escape because he knows they will lead him to Anna. Lilith's demons are holding a little girl in a house, waiting to ambush Sam when he tries to attack what he thinks is Lilith in her Creepy Child persona.
  • Brain Bleach: Dean did not need to hear about his brother doing it with a demon.
  • Cassandra Truth: Anna tries to warn people of the upcoming Apocalypse. She's forcibly committed to a mental institution for her troubles.
  • Cliffhanger:
    Castiel: We're here for Anna.
    Dean: Here for her, like...here for her?
    Uriel: Stop talking. Give her to us.
    Sam: Are you gonna help her?
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Alastair vs. the brothers Winchester, armed with Ruby's demon-killing knife. It does not end in Sam'n'Dean's favor: they end up having to jump through a window and run away to lick their wounds, and the only reason they even get away with that much is because Alastair lets them so they can lead him to Anna.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Sam is revealed to have passed this in the aftermath of Dean's death.
  • Destination Defenestration: Sam and Dean jump out a stained-glass window to escape Alastair.
  • Flashback
  • Heal It With Booze/Self Stitching
  • Hearing Voices: Anna, which gets her locked up for schizophrenia when really she's just tuning in to "angel radio", as Dean oh-so-eloquently puts it.
  • Impaled Palm: Sam pins the crossroads demon in place to try to force him to make a deal. It doesn't work.
  • Light Is Not Good: The angels want Anna to be turned over to them, not to protect her, but to kill her.
  • Mind over Matter: Anna uses her mind to shove a drawer into the possessed nurse hard enough that it knocks him out. His head hits the door so hard that it cracks the glass panel.
  • No Sell: Neither Sam's powers nor Ruby's knife works on Alastair. Played with in Sam's case as his powers do work eventually, but currently he's not powerful enough.
  • One-Handed Shotgun Pump
  • On Three: Sam does the "on three, one" version when popping back Dean's dislocated shoulder.
  • Playing Drunk: The short con Sam and Dean are running re: the pool game.
  • Prophet Eyes: When Sam tries to exorcise Alastair, it just makes the demon cough politely and his eyes turn white like Lilith's, instantly marking him as a huge threat.
  • Psychic Powers: Anna is telepathic (she hears angels talking in her head) and telekinetic. Flashbacks reveal how Sam worked with Ruby on his own powers to get strong enough to psychically exorcise demons.
  • Sassy Black Woman: The maid Ruby temporarily possesses to deliver a message to Sam and Dean. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Seeking Sanctuary: With the demons chasing her, Anna hides in the attic of her father's church, not realizing that this show's demons can enter hallowed ground if they're strong enough.
  • Separate Scene Storytelling: Sam sums up his experiences while Dean was in Hell via flashbacks.
  • Sex for Solace: The flashback of Sam and Ruby in the cabin. Sera Gamble says, "We were asking ourselves, 'where's the lowest place Sam can go in a state of despair?' That's why calling it a love scene strikes me as hilarious. It's kind of like self-mutilating and calling it getting dressed for the prom."
  • Sexy Back: Sam and Ruby provide equal-opportunity fanservice.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: The good ole "clothes tossed to the floor before a raging fireplace" scene.
  • Shout-Out: The ward Anna was in is 42—the answer to the Great Question of Life, the Universe and Everything.
  • Stab the Scorpion: In flashbacks, Ruby has another demon grab Sam. She takes her knife back from Sam and, revealing that Lilith had let her out of Hell to kill him, holds it up to do the job...before she uses it to kill the other demon instead.
  • Super Window Jump: Sam and Dean jump out of a window in the attic of a church in order to escape Alastair.
  • Tears of Blood: A statue in the church begins shedding these as Alastair is arriving.
  • Too Much Information: Spoken word for word by Dean about Sam and Ruby's sex scene. Exactly how much detail did Sam go into?
  • You Are Not Alone: Ruby says it to Sam when seducing him in the aftermath of Dean's death.
  • You Can See Me?
    Anna: [terrified] Your face—What happened to your face?!
    Demon: I know. I'm downright kissable.

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