Supernatural season 7 continues with episode 9, "How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters." The case takes Sam, Dean, and Bobby into the woods after what the locals are calling the Jersey Devil.
Sounds of nature
A man wakes up in his sleeping bag hanging upside down from a tree just before he's attacked. Sam, Dean, and Bobby have been living the cold life lately since they can't risk the Leviathans tracing them. Dean wonders if the world wants to end, but they just keep stopping it. There have been sightings of the Jersey Devil in the area, and even if it's not that, there is a body count and people missing.
Sam and Dean meet with Ranger Rick at Biggerson's. He found the camper and doesn't believe it's a bear attack. He has no idea what's out there, but says you have to respect Mother Nature or Mother Nature will get you. He and Phil have been finding animal remains for weeks, and he realizes he hasn't seen Phil in days. The brothers join Bobby, who looked at the cadaver. The bite radius is too small to be a Leviathan, the heart's still there so it's not a werewolf, and there are remains so it's not a Wendigo. Dean asks Brandon for a table, but he tells him that's the hostess' job. Of course they end up in his section, and he once again has some insults for them, telling Dean he's his problem before walking away. Sam remarks that Rick seemed stoned. Dean loves the Pepperjack Turducken Slammer he ordered.
The three set out in the woods, talking about Bobby's time as a hunter and him trying to teach them when they were younger. They find what's left of Phil and call Rick in. When he goes to call it in, he's attacked.
Whatever it is, it has Rick in the trees, and after they turn off their lights, Bobby's able to shoot it, eating Rick (Dean liked him), down. They bring the creature back to the house they're squatting in and have to shoot it again when it jumps back up. Dean comments on the leather of the wallet being ruined; something's obviously up with Dean. Sam and Bobby perform an autopsy on what used to be Gerald and find his organs swimming in this blue goop. It has been eating humans, pinecones, and even a cat's head. This isn't Gerald anymore, but it's not the Jersey Devil either.
Dean's hungry, and they head back to Biggerson's. Sam does some research and finds out Gerald went missing eight days ago. This is what happens to the missing people. Dean's once again eating one of those sandwiches and not at all worried about what's going on. Something's obviously up with him, and Sam notices that everyone's eating the sandwich. Good thing Sam and Bobby had the salads. Sam grabs the sandwich and they bring it back to the house. Dean insists he feels great and doesn't even are anymore, but he's just completely stoned. They watch as that same blue goop leaks out of the meat.
They stake out Biggerson's. Dean's sleeping it off, while Sam and Bobby keep an eye out. Sam asks Bobby if he worries about Dean (not stoned), and Bobby points out that they just keep worrying about one another. Sam says he's fine with seeing Lucifer because he at least knows what he's dealing with and presses on his hand. If that's still injured, it must be the longest lasting injury on Supernatural. They watch as Biggerson's gets a delivery, then follow the truck. Brandon attacks a woman, but someone stops him.
The Rise of Dick
The delivery truck pulls up to a building, and another car parks right next to it. Edgar gets out and takes Brandon out of the trunk. He's put with the others and checks in with Dr. Gaines, who's working on refining the formula of the experiment. There are still some adverse reactions, and Edgar tells Gaines to burn them. Dick is coming.
Sam's circling the building but hasn't found anything. Bobby asks how Dean's head is, and he says he's pretty much back to normal. Bobby didn't mean that. He wants to talk about his new perspective on the world because he's talking like a dead hunter. Dean's just had it, but Bobby tells him he's not a person, he's a hunter, and that means he needs to find his reasons to get back in the game. Bobby tells him he'll kill him if he dies before him. Sam rejoins them as SUVs pull up and Dick gets out. Dick is a billionaire who has been on the corporate takeover warpath. He's been giving motivational speeches and even has attracted political attention. This is the guy Crowley was talking about. What are the Leviathans up to?
Dick, Gaines, and Susan watch from an observation room as a family eats the sandwiches. The additives make them totally complacent; they haven't even noticed Grandma's dead. Though Dick likes the progress, he wants to know about the failures and doesn't like what has been in the newspapers. Dick wants to turn the mistake into a teachable moment and asks for Gaines' help.
Thanks to something from Frank, Bobby can pick up what they're saying, and he sets up on a roof on the other side. Dick is shutting down Gaines' program because of the golden rule: there's no such thing as monsters. Dick needs to communicate this to Gaines' co-workers, and Gaines is willing to anything to make it right. Oh Gaines, it was (well, not) nice knowing you. Susan bibs Gaines, and Bobby watches as Dick makes him eat himself. Bobby's caught.
Sam and Dean find a way in as they see an Industrial Cleaning truck pull up. Dick has Susan take care of the black goop-covered bib on her way out, then turns to Bobby. The Leviathans can have whomever they want. Dick shows off a set of guns and loads one. He tells Bobby he's going to eat him, but he likes his meals "prepared." He knows Sam and Dean are on their way, but Bobby says they're too smart to risk it. The brothers are there and using Power Clean to attack the Leviathans in the lab.
Dick leaves Bobby to check out the commotion, and Bobby grabs files and the other gun. He shoots Susan on his way out. Dean throws the cleaning solution on Dick, and Bobby joins them at the van just as Dick follows him out and shoots after them. Sam goes to give Bobby his hat back but notices a bullet hole in it. Bobby's not answering. Uh-oh. Bobby can't die, can he?
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