Well, Lucifer is free, but with him doing his best to low-key hide as Castiel and the boys focused on a hunt in the Wednesday, Jan. 27 episode of “Supernatural,” 11×11, “Into the Mystic,” he has some time to do whatever he wants. (That’s bad news for at least one angel.) And it’s a pretty classic, straightforward hunt for the Winchesters, one that’s even close to home.
First, however, to get the history of this hunt, “Supernatural” begins by going back 30 years to Ireland, when the monster attacked. A man heard screaming, and in order to try to get it to stop, he bashed his head against a wall. His wife tried to send it away, but she was too late to save him. She did, however, save her baby.
In the present, the monster strikes, and 15 minutes from the bunker in a retirement home, a man is found, head bashed in, doors locked and no sign of a break-in. With nothing new on Amara and Castiel MIA (but he’ll be fine, as always, Dean says), they check it out. The manager heard the deceased yelling to “get it out” of his head, and while the EMF meter went off on every floor, that’s not really helpful because a lot of people have died there. They do think they have a possible suspect, in a former resident who died after some beef with the deceased about stolen pension checks, so they burn his bones, but then the creature strikes again, taking the manager’s life.
Another resident, Mildred, is a witness to the manager’s death and tells Sam and Dean what she saw: a woman with long, flowing hair, blood red robes, sunken eyes, feeding on his head. Sam asks a housekeeper if she was there either night a victim was killed, and upon realizing she’s deaf, he offers her a thank you in sign language, an attempt she appreciates. She then reads Dean’s lips mentioning a feeding time. Upon discovering that part of the first victim’s frontal lobe was missing, they have confirmation of what they’re dealing with: a banshee, the malevolent kind. The good ones cry out in warning of impending deaths, while these use their scream to drive their prey crazy. They prey on the vulnerable. The first victim had just had hip replacement surgery, and the second’s wife had just left him (via a series of emojis in a text). These banshees hunt late at night, until a place is picked clean, and since they can only be killed with a gold blade, Dean heads back to the bunker to pick a couple up.
That leaves Sam to narrow down a possible next victim, and he does: Mildred. He reveals that they’re really hunters and monsters are real (so yes, the ghost she saw years ago was real, and sure, they’re too cute to be FBI agents). He asks her about the housekeeper he was talking to earlier (Marlene), but she tells him that the only person with that name is on vacation, so when he sees her again, he follows her … right into her trap. See, when she read Dean’s lips, she thought one of them was a banshee, and she has a gold blade. A quick test confirms he’s not her target, and after their introductions, Eileen explains that she’s hunting the banshee that killed her parents. A hunter found her in her crib and raised her, trained her. Her father was part of a secret organization. Yes, she’s a legacy too, which Dean easily confirms by checking the records.
The plan is to use Mildred as bait and the same trap Eileen used on him. Revenge isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, Sam warns the fellow hunter. It won’t bring back her parents, whom she never even met, something that Sam understands. She doesn’t know what she’ll do after, but law is a possibility, following in her mother’s footsteps. (Sam then tells her how he was in law school before his brother got him for their own revenge.) In the down time they have, Mildred sits Dean down to watch the sunset with her (and hit on him), even offering up some advice in the “secret” to living a long, happy life: “Follow your heart. You do that, all the rest just figures itself out.”
But in order to just live a long (never mind happy) life, something not really common in their line of work, they have to take care of the banshee, who, to their surprise, targets Dean and not Mildred. Sam manages to slice its arm before it throws him back (is there a memo that goes around to monsters to fling Sam into walls/through doors/windows?), and with Dean hearing its screams and banging his head into the wall, it falls on Mildred to trap it and Eileen to kill it. And with the hunt over, Eileen knows what she’s going to do: keep hunting. It’s her life now. Sam tells her to drop a line if she needs anything or just to hang out, and hopefully she does, because it would be nice to see her again.
As much fun as Mildred had hitting on Dean, however, she knows it wouldn’t have worked out between them because she can tell when someone’s pining for someone else. And as much as Dean may try to deny it, there is something between him and Amara, a fact that he admits to Casifer (for lack of something else to call Lucifer-in-Castiel) after finding him digging around in the bunker (which, let’s face it, is a big problem), fresh off killing an angel who recognized him and claiming to be looking for something to draw Amara out.
He had two shots to kill Amara, Dean admits, but he struck out both times, and it’s not just that they’re connected by the mark. There’s something there – a connection, an attraction – and it scares Dean because he doesn’t know if he can resist it. In typical Winchester fashion, he asks Casifer to keep it between them, which means that Sam will probably find out in the worst way. He’s no Mark Pellegrino as Lucifer, but Misha Collins’ Casifer grin is creepy. And Lucifer’s not doing too bad a job pretending to be Castiel since Dean may have noticed that something was off about him, but Sam attributes it to just being near Lucifer again. (Oh, if he only knew.)
Meanwhile, Sam’s having problems sleeping as the episode begins because Lucifer’s words in the cage are getting to him, especially when it comes to not looking for Dean when he was in purgatory. Being around Lucifer brought some stuff up he thought he had forgotten about, he says to Dean as he scoffs off retirement plans, but he won’t talk about it. All Dean can do is offer assurances that Lucifer’s never getting out of the cage and Sam is never going back. (Oh no. And hopefully not foreshadowing.)
“I wouldn’t do this without my brother,” Sam tells Eileen at one point. “He’s had my back every step of the way. Even when I let him down.” Once the case is over, he finally tells Dean that Lucifer showed him a “highlight reel of [his] biggest failures,” admitting that he’s never forgiven himself for not looking for Dean when he was in purgatory. Well, Dean has, and that means that it’s “in the past.” “What’s done is done,” he assures his brother. “All that matters now, all that’s ever mattered, is that we’re together.” These are the types of heartfelt conversations that the brothers have, ones that end with Dean telling Sam to shut up and drink his beer. And with that, Sam’s able to sleep.
Dean, on the other hand, can’t sleep. His claim that the banshee went after him as a defense because it saw his gold blade is weak at best, and he knows it. He’s not going to be able to keep whatever’s going on between him and Amara from his brother for long.
“Supernatural” season 11 airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on the CW. What did you think of episode 11 “Into the Mystic”?