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Sam follows the man into an alley and waits around the corner with his demon killing ginsu. Why canâ€™t this demon smell Sam? Anyway, he gets close enough and Sam jumps him, pushing him into the wall. â€œI know what you are dammit.â€ He then grazes the demon with a knife, and his cut sparks and his eyes go black. â€œI can smell you.â€ The demon suddenly recognizes him. â€œWinchester.â€ You didnâ€™t get that before, like when you passed him in the hall? Must be a really stupid demon. Every demon knows who Sam Winchester is. Sam has this small moment of disorientation, probably from the craving for demon blood, so the demon knocks him away. Sam slices him in the arm with a knife and goes on raging crazy eyes on him, so the demon drops his briefcase and runs away when Sam takes another swipe. Oh, this is not a bright demon at all! Probably why he was given this detail.
Sam doesnâ€™t follow, instead taking time to glare at the glistening red blood on the gleaming knife. We can even see his eyes in the blade. I wonder if thatâ€™s a symbol for something. BTW, this suit is not doing raging Sam any favors fashion wise. He realizes heâ€™s not okay with one groan of desperation and finds a nearby cloth to wipe off the blood frantically. Uh oh, Sammyâ€™s starting to fall apart!
Sam and Dean are back to the motel looking at the briefcase on the desk, speculating what could be in there. Dean wants to know what a demon has to do with this anyway. Sam has no idea. Dean also sees that Sam is a little unhinged and asks if heâ€™s okay. Sam claims heâ€™ll be alright. Boy, are you so wrong Sam. They realize they have nothing to lose by opening the case and do so. They get blasted with rays of golden light and look away. This is actually a really cool visual effect.
The light dies down and they wonder what that is. Castiel suddenly appears, chomping on a burger. Itâ€™s a human soul. Itâ€™s starting to make sense. Considering Cas is attacking this burger like he hasnâ€™t had a meal in two millennia, Iâ€™d say none of this makes sense. Sam happens to say that exact thing. Dean is more worried about Cas eating. Oh, but thatâ€™s a clue. This town isnâ€™t suffering from love gone wrong, itâ€™s suffering from hunger. â€œStarvation to be exact, specifically famine.â€ Sam puts it all together, famine as in the horseman. Dean says thatâ€™s great in a way that really means heâ€™s not up for this crap right now. He does that a lot in this episode.
Sam thought that famine meant starvation as in food. Castiel says itâ€™s that but not just food. â€œEveryone seems to be starving for something. Sex, attention, drugs, loveâ€¦â€ Judging by the fretful look on Samâ€™s face, heâ€™s got something else in mind. Demon blood! So cupid made that cannibal couple crave love, and then famine made them rabid for it. That bastard! Castiel keeps eating and Dean wants to know when do angels start craving White Castle. So no one at White Castle wanted product placement either? That isnâ€™t a slider Cas is eating. That would have been way funnier! He could shove a whole one in his mouth each time just like those drunks who hang out at the White Castle at Ohio State at two a.m. Cas admits that Famineâ€™s effect has triggered his vessel Jimmyâ€™s craving for red meat. Oh those tricky vessels. I just wonder how many burgers Misha had to eat!
This is the Sunday school portion of our episode. Castiel, naturally an expert in scripture and text, not to mention that his scripturizing is every bit as sexy as Samâ€™s latinating, tells us the passage about Famine while we see the creepy old bastard make his entrance. â€œAnd then will come Famine. Riding on a black steed.â€ Next thing we see are a couple of awesome black Escalades pulling into a parking lot. Aww man, I was hoping for a muscle car. Ah well, to each his own I guess. â€œHe will ride into the land of plenty.â€ A couple of men get out of the Escalades, one brings up a wheelchair and another pulls a very frail old man out. Heâ€™s withered and they fit him with an oxygen tube as they put him in the wheelchair. Thereâ€™s a close-up on the ring, letting us know heâ€™s a horseman.
â€œAnd great will be the horsemanâ€™s hunger, for he is hunger.â€ Then we see where theyâ€™re going. Itâ€™s a Biggersons! Awesome, continuity from another Ben Edlund episode, â€œBad Day at Black Rock.â€ So Biggersonâ€™s is the land of plenty huh? I guess thatâ€™s not too much of a stretch. â€œHis hunger will seep out and poison the air.â€ Old man rolls into the Biggersons with his entourage and all of a sudden most people begin gorging themselves silly. The waitress cleans out the till and then the â€œall you can eatâ€ sign is shown. Nice touch! Love that biting wit. Of course Edlund isnâ€™t done grossing us out yet as the fry cook dips his hands into the fryer where French fries are still cooking. Yikes! Famine watches with delight as a woman swallows her entire bottle of pills, a man starts chugging drink, two people start having mad passionate sex, and the fry cook is scarfing French fries with his flesh hanging off his hands. Oh, Iâ€™ll say it again. Edlund, youâ€™re a sick bastard. The creepy old man with yellow teeth mutters to himself, â€œhungry.â€ The actorâ€™s name playing Famine is James Otis, and I swear Iâ€™ve never seen him before. Too bad, because in this episode heâ€™s brilliant. Creepiest villain ever.
Back to Castiel, Sam and Dean. Cas explains that Famine is hungry and he must devour the souls of his victims. Dean figures out twinkie dudeâ€™s soul was in the briefcase. Lucifer has sent his demons (albeit completely stupid ones) to care for Famine so heâ€™ll be ready. Ready for what you ask Sam? â€œTo march across the land.â€ Back at the Biggersons and flies have already swarmed over the rotting bodies. They must come with the horseman too for thatâ€™s fast. Despite all the dead bodies around, Famine is still weak and famished. In walks stupid demon from earlier, a holding his wound, pretty scared over facing the old man. He starts with the good news. Sam Winchester, the vessel, heâ€™s here. Famine wants to know where. At the hospital, but he got away. Oh, but he has Samâ€™s motel room key. Wouldnâ€™t Sam have missed that? Ah well, Iâ€™ll accept it since it leads to some rather good drama.
Famine is all about going after Sam, but after lunch. Where is it? The demon doesnâ€™t understand. â€œThe one that loved cream cakes so much, where is his soul?â€ The way this old dude says that, like heâ€™s been craving that all afternoon, is really chilling. Oops, stupid demon lost it in his fight with Sam. After all, Sam did have the knife. He has way more mojo that that knife pal! Famine shouts out heâ€™s hungry like an insolent little boy. My son actually. The demon says heâ€™ll get one in ten minutes but oops, too late. Famine puts out his fist and demon falls to the ground while his black smoke gets sucked into Famineâ€™s mouth like it was a Hoover. â€œDelicious,â€ a joyfully fed Famine says. Iâ€™m not sure, but I would think that stupid demon doesnâ€™t taste as good as twinkie dude. Then again, I have a sweet tooth.
Okay, this is where things REALLY go wrong. Sam is in the bathroom, wetting a towel and shakily looking at his troubled reflection in the mirror as he applies said towel on his neck. Uh oh, he doesnâ€™t look too good. An unsuspecting Dean and Castiel carry on their conversation in the other room. â€œFamine?â€ Deans asks. Castiel tries to get out a yes but itâ€™s a bit muffled since his mouth is full of burger. Sam manages a comment from the bathroom. â€œSo what, this town is going to eat, drink and screw itself to death?â€ You know, I could think of worse ways to go.
Castiel, in a flash of brilliance, thinks they should stop it. Dean agrees thatâ€™s a great idea, but heâ€™s a little lost on the how. Cas wonders how they stopped the last horseman they met. That gets Dean thinking. He said that War got his mojo from this ring. Then he pulls out said ring from his pocket. After they cut it off he just â€œtucked tail and ran.â€ Yeah, and took that really sweet Mustang with him. Iâ€™m still fondly remembering that thing with a big smile. Back to Sam in the bathroom, and heâ€™s falling apart fast. Letâ€™s just say the cool cloth isnâ€™t doing its job. Dean continues his story, saying that once they got War out of there, itâ€™s like everyone woke from a dream and started doing their own thing. â€œYou think Famine has a class ring too?â€ Castiel knows he does. Dean suggests they get down to chopping, but Cas is too busy staring at the bottom of an empty bag.