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Recap of Supernatural
Season 4, Episode 9

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Anna: The end... is coming. The apocalypse.
Psychologist: The apocalypse. Like in the Bible?
Anna: Kind of. I mean, same bottom line. This demon, Lilith, is trying to break the 66 seals to free Lucifer from Hell. Lucifer... Will bring the apocalypse. So... Smoke 'em if you got 'em.
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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".

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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.

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Body count

For this episode = 6 humans and 4 demons.

For the series so far = At least 282 humans (of which 5 were witches), 19 demons, 25 ghosts, 10 vampires, 6 changelings, 3 gods, 3 shapeshifters, 2 werewolves, 1 crocotta, 1 djinn, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 shtriga, 1 wendigo, 3 zombies, 1 rugaru, and 1 dog.

Tropes

  • After Action Patchup: 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.
  • 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.
  • Double Entendre: "It's warm inside this body, Sam."
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Shades of it with Ruby's seduction of Sam. Sam is grieving, angry, and emotional when Ruby starts coming onto him, giving him a Forceful Kiss and continuing to pursue him when he breaks it up and goes to the opposite side of the room. Jared Padalecki's performance gives no indication that Sam is at all receptive to the counter, but Ruby keeps pushing it, making Sam touch her host and goading him with no signs of stopping or respecting Sam's rejection until he starts kissing her and it turns into a more-or-less consensual sex scene. In the present day, Dean is more grossed out by the idea of his brother having sex with Ruby than anything else (although since we didn't hear Sam's description of the incident, it's possible he described it differently from what we saw) and Sam is now close to Ruby with an ongoing partnership and apparent Friends with Benefits type arrangement. Needless to say, if a male character kept forcing himself on an unwilling female character in the same way Ruby forced herself on Sam, it would've been handled very differently. This makes Ruby the latest of several female characters to sexually harass or menace Sam, and still without the show acknowledging it or showing any trauma from Sam.
  • Fanservice: Sam and Ruby provide equal-opportunity fanservice by showing a lot of skin in their sex scene.
  • Flashback: When Sam tells Dean what happened during those months Dean was in Hell and how Ruby saved his life.
  • Forceful Kiss: In flashbacks, Sam is despondent about his powers not working and angry at Ruby for playing therapist. Ruby ends up abruptly kissing him hard, despite Sam visibly not accepting or enjoying it, and putting as much distance between the two of them as possible.
  • 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.
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