At the end of last week’s episode, our Winchester Boys were reunited with a resurrected Castiel. In this week’s episode of Supernatural, they’re off hunting together in an old western town, fighting zombies, while Jack faces what it means to have the kind of powers he has.
Supernatural Recap: Tombstone
Airdate: November 16, 2017
The episode opens with Dean and some random creeping through a cemetery, while something circled them. When they split up, Dean’s friend gets yanked down into the ground by a human hand. Zombie!
It cuts to the present, where Dean and Sam are pulling into the alley to see Castiel. After a heartwarming reunion, the brothers and Castiel go to see Jack to try and confirm that he was the one who brought Cas back. We’re treated to another adorable reunion as Jack finally meets the man he thought of as his father. He also shows off his new skills. He’s not only figured out how to make the pencil levitate, he can also find cases. He believes there’s zombies in Dodge City. And he’s right, as there’s a deputy being yanked under an abandoned car at that very moment. But back in the bunker, while everyone else looks a little amused and reluctant to tell Jack he’s probably wrong, Dean’s ready to check it out.
Turns out, Dodge City is very much like an old country western town, and we all know how obsessed Dean is with everything cowboy. He’s pure adorableness. They arrive at an EXTREMELY kitschy, cowboy-ey motel, full of pictures of famous cowboys and gunslingers. Dean’s in cowboy heaven and surprisingly cheerful. When Sam brings it up, Dean admits that he needed a big win, and getting Castiel back was it. Cute! We’re also treated to some sweet bonding between Castiel and Jack.
They arrive at the scene of the crime (with Dean adorably overdressed as a cowboy) and find out the victim was the nephew of the sergeant in charge of the case. After a little investigating it doesn’t take long for them to realize they’re hunting a ghoul. He’s taken on the form of a famous gunslinger, much to Dean’s delight. While chasing him down, they end up in a shootout in front of the bank he just robbed. Jack, eager to help, steps out into the open and uses his powers to knock the ghoul backwards. But in what is possibly the worst timing ever, the bank guard steps outside too. Both of them are knocked back, but the guard’s head slams into a pillar.
Sadly, it’s too late for Castiel to heal him, and Jack is horrified to realize he’s killed the guard. Dean suggests Sam and Cas get Jack back to the bunker before the cops show up, while Dean stays to hunt the ghoul.
When the ghoul hurried home to his mortician girlfriend, she’s disgusted to realize he’s the grave robber and murderer. Oh man, she’s so gonna be lunch.
Meanwhile, Dean meets up with the Sergeant who’s there to kill the monster that killed his nephew. This takes us back to the moment we saw in the beginning of the episode where Sarge gets yanked into the ground. After a hilarious moment’s hesitation (totally reasonable because no way in hell!) Dean follows him down into the ground. It leads back to the mortuary, where the ghoul’s girlfriend is surprisingly alive, and a beat up Sarge. The ghoul shows up and points a gun at Dean, but Dean steps aside and Sarge literally blows the ghoul’s head off. It’s actually pretty disgusting.
Back at the bunker, Castiel and Sam try to convince a shaken and traumatized Jack that the guard’s death was just a horrible mistake, but that it didn’t make him a bad person. Surprisingly, Dean defends Jack too. He admits that he thought Jack was just a monster at first, but he knows that he’s not now. Sadly, Jack doesn’t trust himself any longer, and tells them he has to leave them. He’s worried he’ll hurt them, and they’re all he has in this world. And in a surprising move, considering he’s scared of his own powers, he uses them to knock Sam, Dean, and Castiel away from him. And then he disappears.
I totally get Jack’s fear, because it’s clear that he is more powerful than anything we’ve seen and it has to be scary to feel like you can’t control yourself. I still wish he would have stayed. It’s been interesting to watch Jack become a fully formed person, spouting off things he’s heard from Sam and Dean as fact. Kind of a cool bit of insight at how growing up around a certain attitude and behavior can shape you when it’s all you know. I’m looking forward to Castiel and the Winchester Brothers go on the search for Jack, before he’s found by Asmodeus again.