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Sam, Dean and the Impala are near a shipyard, thus sending the messages they're likely near the Mississippi, aka, Jefferson City. Sam has his nose in the book, Dean is checking weapons in the trunk. "You've been quiet," Sam tells Dean, a bit worried. Dean says he's getting ready so Sam assures him that John will be fine. Sam finds a protective emblem in the book and happens to have the perfect white marker to draw it on the Impala trunk. As long as it doesn't damage the paint. It's a Devil's Trap. Demons can't get inside or out. It turns the trunk into a lock box. Smart thinking there Sammy, presuming there's something in there you want to protect from demons. I'm sure they don't need shotguns.
I'm onto something, for that creates the next disagreement for the brothers. Sam says it's a place to hide the colt while they go get Dad. Dean says they're bringing the colt with them. "Can't Dean. We've only got three bullets left. We just can't use them on any demon, we've got to use them on THE demon." Dean sees it different, they're using it to save Dad. Sam reminds Dean how pissed John would be if they used all the bullets. Dean doesn't care what Dad wants. "Since when do you care what Dad wants?" Uh, since they both are on the same hellbent suicidal mission for revenge? You forget about that Dean?
"We want to kill this demon. You used to want that too. Hell, I mean, you're the one that came and got me at school. You're the one that dragged me back into this Dean. I'm just trying to finish it." Dean naturally scoffs through this, for he can't understand how Sam's priorities are so out of whack. Oh Dean, that's going to take a whole series to understand. "Well, you and Dad are a lot more alike than I thought, you know that? You both can't wait to sacrifice yourself for this thing. You know what? I'm going to be the one to bury you." Sam gives Dean an "I don't care" stare. "You're selfish, you know that?" Dean says. "Don't care but anything but revenge." Sam claims that's not true. Sorry Sam, he's so dead on right with this one.
Sam decides to spin this a different way. The bad guys are expecting them to bring the Colt. If they get the gun, they will kill them all. That gun is their only leverage. "We cannot bring that gun." Okay, now that's a better way of putting it. "Fine," Dean says unconvinced. "We can't Dean!" "I said Fine Sam!" He pulls the Colt out of his pocket and puts it in the trunk. Something tells me by Dean's look it's not staying in that trunk.
Sam and Dean are casually walking along the river, looking all dressed up and nowhere to go. They aren't exactly speaking to each other either. You might say, "Awkward." They turn the corner and Dean spots it. There's an apartment building in front of them called "Sunrise." That makes sense now! It's cool that happened, otherwise it would be 23 more minutes of Sam and Dean walking around in silence hoping to find Dad. That dodged a bullet.
Well, sort of. Sam and Dean now have to figure out how to get the demons without harming the women and children out front. Of course any of them can be evil. That's what possessing people are all about. So there's an apartment building full of human shields. Son of a bitch indeed. I do love how Dean says "That sucks out loud." Kripke used the same words when describing the lengthy writers strike that all but decimated his season three. That's one very polite way of saying "This fucking blows."
So what do they do now? Pull the fire alarm. The city will respond in seven minutes. Sorry, that seems slow to me. Right, Missouri. Oh I'm kidding. In Ohio it would be ten. Tell me this, in choosing which one to pull the fire alarm, would you pick the freakishly tall dude with the floppy hair that sticks out like a sore thumb? Sam goes in, is undetected by passers by, and pulls the alarm. The plan is in motion. Of course two demons upstairs hear this and stay put. One goes to check on John who's sprawled out unconscious on the bed. I guess they have the right place!
The fire trucks arrive, people leave, and Dean plays worried bystander. He even has a Yorkie upstairs that pees when he's nervous. Ha, Dean certainly has a small history with Yorkies, doesn't he? The fire guy pushes him away with the rest of the crowd. This is a distraction so again the freakishly tall dude with the floppy hair who sticks out like a sore thumb can sneak around in broad daylight and steal two fire suits. That involves picking a lock too and its interesting to see his hands shaking while he's doing that. Sammy's nervous!
Next are two fighters in the hall, one freakishly tall, searching from door to door. "I always wanted to be a fireman when I grew up," Dean says. "You never told me that," Sam replies. That's because firefighter doesn't sound as exciting as lawyer Sam (sarcasm!). Dean sees that the EMF goes off the charts. I'm sorry, I thought EMF only worked for ghosts, not demons. They're demon ghosts perhaps? Dean knocks on the door, both demons answer. Dean shouts through the door they need to evacuate. Then she demon opens the door, Sam and Dean burst in with the holy water and spray those demons onto a closet, holding them with a salt line. That's pretty clever, but doesn't that seem to be a bit easy? Dumb demons I guess.
So then, Sam and Dean take precious time to remove their fire fighter outfits? Is John allergic to them or something? They find John in the bedroom and Dean checks it out. He's still alive. Just as Dean goes to cut him loose Sam realizes caution is best. He splashes John with holy water. Too bad that stuff doesn't work on a high level demon like Azazel but good thinking Sam. John wakes up and wonders why Sam is splashing him with water. Silly John, you should know why. That's already a sign he ain't right. Another sign, he asks about the colt before anything else. No, that actually does sound like John. Sam assures him its safe, John calls them good boys. Oh yeah, that is so not John. He's possessed.
Outside an innocent bystander is taken over by a demon. Without black smoke. Then he touches a nearby fight fighter and he becomes a demon. Please tell me this is a magical mystical demon with special powers so I don't have to harp on continuity issues. It's a magical mystical demon. Cool I feel better. They both go inside. Sam and Dean try to get John out but these two dudes show up. They run in the bedroom and lock the door. Oh yeah, that works. Then Kripke gets his re-creation of The Shining with the axe going through the door before Sam gets the salt line down. The three men climb down the fire escape, Sam realizing that they might as well use the extra salt they have and leave a line behind him. That's being resourceful I guess!
There can't possibly be demons down there waiting for them. No, there can't be. Remember psycho demon from the previous episode? He might be there. Oh, he is. Sam takes the lead and is quickly ambushed by the dude. He beats the crap out of Sam and Dean tries to stop him by kicking him. That gets Dean flung into a windshield. The guy goes on pounding the crap out of Sam and I'm screaming at the top of my lungs, "Not the pretty face! Not the hair!" Dean must have though the same thing because he blows punching demon away with the Colt! Shhh, don't tell John. He falls but the damage is already done. Sammy's face looks like hamburger. Nooo!!!! Why????