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Recap of Supernatural
Season 11, Episode 11:

Into The Mystic

Writer: Robbie Thompson

Director: John Badham

The boys drive to a nearby nursing home in order to look into a case of a resident who's skull was bashed in while he was alone in a locked room. Turns out the victims are driven mad by a sound only they can hear...

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Body Count:

For this episode: 5 humans, 1 angel, and 1 banshee.

For the series so far = At least 1210 humans (of which 14 were witches), 1124 angels, 182 demons, 69 vampires, 52 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, 3 Khan Worms, 2 Amazons, 2 arachnes, 2 kitsunes, 2 rugarus, 2 Thule, 2 vetalas, 2 zannas, 1 banshee, 1 cat, 1 crocotta, Death, 1 deer, 1 dragon, 1 fairy, 1 familiar, 1 lamia, the Mother of All, 1 nachzehrer, 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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  • Brain Food: The banshee feeds on the frontal lobes of her victims.
  • Cool Old Lady: Mildred, veteran of a touring Patsy Cline tribute band.
  • Handicapped Badass: Meet Eileen Leahy, hearing-impaired Hunter.
  • Hiding Behind the Language Barrier: Eileen and Mildred both sign, whereas Sam and Dean do not. The ladies have humorous conversations through sign in the background, which are usually contrasted by the more serious, hunting-related conversation Sam and Dean are having in the foreground. The audience is included in the joke via subtitles. It's a bilingual bonus if you are fluent in American Sign Language.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Throughout the episode, Mildred lightly flirts with Dean, who takes it in good humor. This leads to a funny conversation in which Sam and Dean discuss which of the Golden Girls they have a soft spot for.
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  • No-Sell: A brave but foolish angel takes a run at Lucifer!Castiel with an angel blade. You can guess how that turns out.
  • Oh, Crap!: The episode ends with Dean being unable to sleep... and it's heavily implied that this has something to do with the banshee going after him for some reason.
  • Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: Eileen lip-reads Dean talking about "feeding time", which leads her to believe that he and/or Sam is the banshee.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The banshee kills baby Eileen's parents to the strains of the Shirelles' "Will You Love Me Tomorrow".
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