Four Years Ago
Don’t bother doing the math (because I tried and failed). This was maybe meant to take place in season 4 [AN: apparently the S3 vs. S4 debate has been raging. I think we’re all forgetting the most important thing: the Impala & the Samulet were back! Who cares what year it was if they’re present?!]. At the time, they were in a warehouse, trying to deal with a demon they had captured. As it turns out, they had captured this man named Jeffery, who was being possessed by a demon who liked to play serial killer with a group of women. Thanks to help from a woman named Nora, they finally managed to pin him down. Now they were torturing the demon for information on Lilith. The demon gave up some info and Dean exorcised it back to Hell.
Sam and Dean traveled back to that same small town in Idaho after learning that more female victims were turning up in the same state as four years ago. Frank still has bupkiss on Roman, so Sam suggests they stick around to hunt this demon because they have unfinished business. They visit Nora for information but she doesn’t have much, although she has spent the last four years immersing herself in mythology. She suggests they visit Jeffrey to see if he remembers more about the demon.
Jeffrey was in a sorry state when Dean dropped him off at a hospital four years ago. Today, he’s in a half-way house, because after he was exorcised, he lost his job and got drunk and started talking crazy talk (about demons), which led to him being locked up. Sam and Dean managed to corner him while he’s picking up his brand new dog and he seems freaked out, but he agrees to help them. He suggests that the demon might be targeting the next woman on his “list”, so Sam heads off to do some surveillance.
Before we proceed, I should mention that ever since Sam rolled into town, we kept seeing Lucifer. Mark Pellegrino returned as as the Devil in this week’s Supernatural. At first, Sam was able to press on the scar on his hand to make the hallucination of Lucifer disappear. But as Sam headed to the library to check on the next potential victim, Lucifer’s presence got more enduring. Sam started seeing crazier stuff, like the other library patrons bashing their heads against the tables repeatedly (gross, Ben Edlund, thank you).
Meanwhile, Dean headed off with Jeffrey to a warehouse that Jeffrey said was important to the demon. Only Jeffrey is a big, fat LIAR, because while the warehouse did exist, Dean found another man tied up there. As Dean went to help him, Jeffrey drugged him.
Back at the library, Sam (with Lucifer’s help) quickly realized that something was off about the recent killings. Why would the demon need to drug the women before killing them if he had demon strength? A tour of Jeffrey’s room led Sam back to Nora, who revealed some important facts: Jeffrey had kidnapped her son. As Sam learned the truth, so did Dean. You see, Jeffrey’s always been kind of crazy and he really enjoyed being possessed, because the demon helped him unleash his inner serial killer.
Jeffrey was the one killing the women in present day, but he did it to catch the Winchesters’ attention and bring them back to town. Turns out he needed Dean’s blood to summon the demon back from Hell. And he wanted to be possessed by the demon again.
Jeffrey performed the ritual while Dean watched on, tied to a chair. He even killed the poor little doggie (Ben Edlund, you monster!) as a sacrifice. And the demon did return. Only it decided to possess Nora’s son instead, claiming that he had no more use for Jeffrey. After all, the demon was basically a talent scout for Hell – trying to make evil people even more evil so that they would end up down there one day. Jeffrey was incredibly disappointed that everything he had been working towards was now lost to him. That’s when Sam and Nora dropped in to save the day. The demon managed to get caught in a devil’s trap and Nora exorcised the demon out of her son (while Dean shot Jeffrey dead).
The boys returned to the motel. While Dean plopped down on the bed to take a nap, Sam was plagued with more visions of Lucifer. You see, the “pressing scar” trick no longer works. Because Sam interacted with Lucifer so much while investigating the case, he has essentially “let him in”. Now Lucifer cannot be banished from his thoughts and is tormenting Sam with visions of Hellfire.
Concluded on next page….