Next: Supernatural S 10 E 09 The Things We Left Behind
Written by Jenny Klein.
Story by Jenny Klein and Phil Sgriccia
Directed by Tim Andrew.
Air Date: December 2, 2014.
Sheriff Jody Mills attends a sheriff's retreat in Hibbing, Minnesota. There she finds an unwanted companion in the perky Sheriff Donna Hanscum. She also finds a string of slayings in which the victims' flesh is removed, along with items like belts and wallets. The Winchesters - especially Dean, frustrated at not finding any information on the Mark - eagerly make a trip north to help investigate.
For this episode: 3 humans and 4 vampires.
For the series so far = At least 1110 angels, 1070 humans (of which 8 were witches), 176 demons, 62 vampires, 49 ghosts, 36 Jefferson Starships, 22 gods, 19 zombies, 12 werewolves, 10 hellhounds, 7 shapeshifters, 7 skinwalkers, 6 changelings, 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.
- Broken Masquerade: This is the first time Sheriff Hanscum learns about monsters, including the pishtago she actually met in "The Purge".
- A Day in the Limelight: For Jody Mills and Donna Hanscum.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Jody towards Donna.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Sheriff Cuse tries to be one. His past catches up with him, though.
- Irony: Jody gives street kid Starr lunch money because she reminds her of her own stepdaughter Alex. Turns out Starr is pretty much what Alex would have been had Jody not rescued her from the nest.
- Red Herring: When Jody first consults with the Winchesters about the slayings, they all agree that it can't be vampires. It turns out that's exactly what it is, only their "waste not, want not" ethic results in the bodies being picked clean.
- Redemption Equals Death: Sheriff Cuse stops killing humans for blood. When his pack wants him to rejoin, he refuses and gets beheaded for it.
- The city of Hibbing was chosen as a setting because it's the hometown of Bob Dylan.
- The episode contains references to The Band, including a snippet of their song "The Weight". The Band both toured and recorded with Dylan.
- Dean calls Starr "Mufasa" after her "circle of life" speech.
- The title is a reference to Reno 911!.
- Unwanted Assistance: Jody had enough of Donna's ex-husband Doug mocking her friend and tells him that he's "just a douche". However, Donna was upset with her for it.