Page 4 of 5War, using the meatsuit of a local named Roger, decides to play guessing games. "I was in Germany, then in Germany, then in the Middle East. I was in Darfur when my beeper went off. I'm waiting to hook up with my siblings, I've got three. We're going to have so much fun together." Yep, Sam knows who he is. I figured both the Winchesters would be well versed in The Book of Revelation by now. "There aren't any demons in town, are there?" Sam asks. Nope, just frightened people. War points out he hasn't had to do too much. "Take out a bridge here, lay in a little hallucination there, sit back, pop some corn, watch the show." He calls humans vicious little animals and for whatever reason, Sam doesn't believe him. Seriously Sam? What planet have you been living on?
As War cleverly points out, it doesn't take much to get people to kill one another, even in a town that last week was "Mayberry." They don't need much of a reason like seeing demons in your neighbors. "I mean you seen the Irish? They're all Irish." Sam gives him that "you're evil" type look. War notices that and guesses Sam thinks he's a monster. "I'm jello shots at a party. I just remove inhibitions." Sam does his tough guy "I'll kill you myself" routine. Oh Sam, that's an invitation for trouble. This guy can mess with your head, which he totally does. He calls Sam his poster boy. Sam wants to know what that means. Oh, why do you ask such questions? The answers are never pretty.
"You can't stop thinking about it, ever since you saw it dripping off the blade of that knife." Sam's eyes go wide, his face turns white in fright, and he gives the weakest "you're wrong" ever done. Give it up Sam! He's a horseman, he knows. War tells Sam to save his protests for his brother, since he can see inside his head. It's on one track, blood, blood, blood. Yeah, Sam often has trouble with that single minded focus thing. But it's more than that. It's his lust. Lust for power that is. (What were you thinking?) That lust for power that's always been inside him. He wants to be strong again, but not just strong, stronger than everybody. Sam quietly listens to this with spooked expression because War is soooo right. War then hits Sam hard with the final comment. "Good intentions, quick slide to Hell buddy boy. You feel bad now, just wait until you're thigh deep in warm corpses. Because my friend, I'm only just getting started."
You ever notice that things tend to sink down deeper into Sam when he's tied down and forced to listen? Dean should try that trick more often. Oh stop it you slashers! I don't mean it like that. Anyway, War is done talking. He puts on his glasses and announces, "Showtime for the meat suits." He turns his ring and blood trickles down his head. Sam watches him with trepidation. War knocks over the chair he was sitting on, falls to his knees and cries out in pain, making it look like Sam did it. He tells a charging in Rufus and Jo that the demons are coming to get them. Sam pleads with a raging Rufus and gets socked anyway. He's tied down. How could he have done that? Come on Rufus, think clearly.
Back to the church, where the offensive is taking shape. Roger arrives saying the demons are coming, and then looks at Dean and smiles. He turns the ring and suddenly Dean and Ellen have black eyes. They escape before soldier boy can shoot them down. Back with Rufus, he's wiring the windows with pipe bombs while Jo helps. She asks if this will hold off the demons. No, but it'll slow them down after it blows their limbs off. Jo very wisely points out that one of those demons could be Ellen. Rufus says nothing. Yep, that's the cruelty of the life babe.
Suddenly one of the charges goes off and a window blows out. The neighbors start firing on each other too, but I won't go into too much detail there. The real story is when Rufus goes to investigate, he's yanked through the window. It's Dean! He and Rufus fight in between the battle scenes, where Dean tries like mad to convince him War is doing this. Inside, Ellen jumps on Jo and they fight, and Ellen pulls the "Now you listen up Joanna Beth Harvelle" authority voice and it works. Jo doesn't see a demon anymore. You know, I buy that. I scare the Devil out of my children like that all the time. Outside, Dean finally gets through to Rufus with the horsemen story. Rufus suddenly buys it and Dean's eyes return to normal. Rufus asks, "You figure this out all by yourself genius?" Yes he did and we couldn't be prouder.
Dean and Rufus go inside, Ellen holds the shotgun up and asks if they're all on the same page. Jo and Dean stare at each other, but this time it's not awkward with Jo crushing on him. Dean simply says hello and she says hi back. How nice, Jo's grown up. Shots come their way and Dean asks where Sam is. He's upstairs. Yes Dean, now you can rescue him. Sam's still tied to the chair, missing all the action, and Dean comes in. They both tell each other War is behind this while Dean cuts Sam loose. They can't stop War, but they can get the thing that he's controlling people with. Sam tells him it's the ring. Off they go to find War.
Rufus goes to disable the snipers on his end while Ellen goes outside to help the basement survivors. Rufus takes out two shooters, but Ellen is overtaken by soldier dude. As they struggle, Sam and Dean find War headed for his Mustang. They grab him. Sam pulls out the knife. War points out he can be killed. Dean says they know and holds down War's hand on the Mustang (don't hurt the car!) while Sam quickly slices off some of War's fingers. They and the ring to fall to the ground. Blood spatters all over Sam's face. Considering all the blood and salt already over Sam, more just adds to the fact that the boy is in desperate need of a change of clothes and a shower.
The townspeople all snap out of the killing rage as they aren't seeing demons anymore. This is especially good with Ellen, who was losing her knife fight until then. Dean picks up the bloody ring and they look around as War and the Mustang is gone. Congratulations River Pass, Colorado. You're the first town to find out the apocalypse has started. What are you that survived going to do now? I doubt the answer is Disney.