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Recap of Supernatural
Season 10, Episode 2

Reichenbach

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"Look, I'm not a psycho. And I'm not lying."
"Well, you see, that's exactly what a psycho liar would say, so... See my dilemma?"
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Written by Andrew Dabb.

Directed by Thomas J. Wright.

Air Date: October 14, 2014.

Sam escapes Cole and confronts his brother. Castiel's health continues to deteriorate, leading Hannah to contact Metratron.

Body Count:

For this episode: 1 human.

For the series so far = At least 1110 angels, 1047 humans (of which 8 were witches), 169 demons, 58 vampires, 49 ghosts, 36 Jefferson Starships, 21 gods, 19 zombies, 10 hellhounds, 9 werewolves, 7 skinwalkers, 6 changelings, 6 shapeshifters, 5 djinn, 5 reapers, 4 dogs, 4 ghouls, 4 Leviathan, 2 Amazons, 2 arachnes, 2 kitsunes, 2 rugarus, 2 Thule, 2 vetalas, 1 cat, 1 crocotta, 1 deer, 1 dragon, 1 fairy, 1 familiar, 1 Khan worm, 1 lamia, the Mother of All, 1 okami, 1 phoenix, 1 pishtaco, 1 Purgatory creature, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 shojo, 1 shtriga, 1 siren, 1 Titan, 1 wendigo, 1 whore of Babylon, 1 wicked witch, and 1 wraith.

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  • The Alcoholic: Dean drinks nothing but alcohol all episode. He downs three glasses of tequila in a two-minute conversation with Sam and is still sober enough to handily kick Cole's ass.
  • Arch-Enemy: Cole seems to see Dean as his.
  • Ax-Crazy/Blood Knight: Dean, due to being a demon and the effects of the Mark of Cain.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Dean's reveal to Cole that Sam was telling the truth: there are literally inhuman monsters out there.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Played straight by the "hero" of this equation. Dean has killed so many people he can't remember Cole's father.
    Dean: Well, hey, I'm not saying I didn't slice-and-dice your old man. I'm just saying he wasn't the first, and he certainly wasn't the last, and they all just kinda get blended up.
  • Call-Back: Castiel's Grace is still out there somewhere, according to Metatron.
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  • Cassandra Truth: Cole doesn't believe Sam when he tells him there are really monsters, as in werewolves and vampires and the like. It's not until he sees Dean's black demon eyes and instantly-healing wounds that he starts believing.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The little girl who had a snot rocket dream.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Cole to Sam in an attempt to get Dean's location.
  • Comforting Comforter: Hannah covers Castiel with his coat after he sacks out on the mechanic's couch.
  • Cruel Mercy: Dean sparing Cole's life appears at first to be a Pet the Dog moment, but he corrects Sam later: he didn't spare him out of kindness, but to torment him.
    Dean: You call that "mercy"? Imagine you spend your whole life hunting down the guy that knifed your father. When you finally find him, he whips you like a dog—how do you think that feels? That kid is going to spend his whole life knowing that he had his shot and that he couldn't beat me. That ain't mercy. That's the worst thing I could have done to him.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Between Dean and Cole, with Cole receiving the stomping.
  • Deal with the Devil: Lester made one to have his wife killed because she was cheating, despite the fact that he cheated first.
    Castiel: Deals made in desperation only end in blood. And tears.
    • While seemingly not bound by contract, Sam makes a verbal deal with Crowley to take care of Dean. Hannah's attempt to reason with Metatron to get Cas's grace back also counts.
  • Functional Addict: According to Crowley, Dean is addicted to killing. He doesn't have to try all that hard to be functional, since his "drug" is also part of his job, both his old one as a hunter and the new one Crowley tries to give him.
  • Get It Over With: Cole screams at Dean to just kill him, but Dean leaves him alive as Cruel Mercy.
  • Healing Factor: Dean has one as part of his new status as a demon.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Cole's viewpoint.
    Sam: I don't know how to tell you this, but...there are monsters out there.
    Cole: You don't think I know that? I did two tours in Iraq. Special Ops. Darfur. The Congo. I've seen suicide bombers and child soldiers so hopped up on speed that they could barely talk, but they could sure as hell shoot an AK.
    Sam: Not that kind of monster.
    Cole: Don't tell me about monsters, cause I've met my share.
  • I'm a Man; I Can't Help It: Lester sells his soul to kill his cheating wife. When he invokes this to justify cheating on his wife first, Dean is quick to disagree.
  • Karma Houdini: The plot of Dean killing Lester has fully three of them. Lester wanted to kill his ex-wife badly enough to make a Deal with the Devil, but Crowley didn't get his soul. Mindy cheated on her husband, but the result was that her divorce will go all the easier without Lester trying to gain his share of the settlement (or, of course, doing much worse things). And Dean kills an unarmed human but won't get any punishment for it. Crowley is just the kind of guy who can often pull off a Karma Houdini, but this incident doesn't give him such a break; it's a setback that shows his plan to make Dean more corrupt isn't going extremely well.
  • Kick the Dog: Dean continues his streak by repeatedly disrespecting a stripper telling him not to touch her.
  • Knee-capping: Cole is about to break Sam's knee with a hammer, when he's interrupted by a call from his family.
  • Literal-Minded: While his time spent with humans has helped Castiel to have a slightly better grasp of wordplay and expressions, Hannah is still relatively fresh from Heaven and has to be reassured when their mechanic jokingly says she's an axe murderer. She also has difficulty when faced with three bean surprise.
    Hannah: I understand the three beans. But what's the surprise?
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Sam knows something is wrong when Dean calls the Impala "just a car".
  • Our Angels Are Different: While he is capable of sleeping due to his fading Grace, Castiel says that he doesn't dream.
  • Shout-Out:
  • That Liar Lies: Castiel's warning to Hannah when she's about to make a deal with Metatron to get Castiel's grace back.
  • Trick-and-Follow Ploy: Cole allows Sam to escape on purpose in order to track him to Dean.
  • Unwitting Pawn: When Sam escapes, Cole follows him straight to Dean.
  • What the Hell Are You?: Cole's reaction to Dean's Healing Factor.
  • You Have No Idea Who You're Dealing With: Dean tells Cole that he doesn't know what he's just stepped into. Dean's right.
  • You Killed My Father: Dean killed Cole's on June 21st, 2003, in Nyack, New York. Played with in that, while Dean is usually the hero (and was probably just doing his job at the time), when Cole catches up to him more than 12 years later, Dean's become a demon and the "villain" of the episode. Cole was also not a clear-cut "hero" or "villain".
  • Your Cheating Heart: Both Lester and Mindy.
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