Werewolf time – one person eaten and a young woman, Hayden, being bitten.
That’s a mission – Sam and Dean are on it. And they’re getting Mick from the Men of Letters involved. Sam is playing nice but Dean has a whole lot of contempt for people whose entire experience of the supernatural is from books and they’ve had no field experience at all. Of course he’s also pretty contemptuous of book learning in general
The fact that Mick’s book learning Men of Letters failed so spectacularly against the vampires kind of gives Dean a lot of ammunition here.
This doesn’t promise to be a good road trop.
Sam still wants to help Mick learn because, if they’re working together, it’s better that the Men of Letters be more capable.
We also continue to explore more of the ways the Men of Letters does things – including how they’ve wiped out werewolves in Britain… Sam and Dean both speak up on that one. They’ve met werewolves who have been able to control themselves – Garth the Annoying is a werewolf after all. Slaughtering all werewolves regardless of who they are, how they try to live or whether they’ve killed or not is not ok. In fact, while it’s not common, the Winchesters have certainly found the odd monster out there that isn’t entirely monstrous.
They put that aside and continue their journey – including “roughing it” in a 3 Star hotel. This is luxury beyond compare for Dean
It’s played for laughs – but it again shows the extremely different contexts they work in. How the Men of Letters have made everything so calm and civilised and safe that Mick is completely out of place in the more desperate frontier of America.
They investigate – including interviewing the grieving family and Mick doesn’t do too badly pretending to be a doctor… and he discovers Hayden has been bitten and is due to turn.
They also discover Claire is here, hunter Claire who they have a long history with. She’s here without Jody’s knowledge because while Jody will take her hunting she then tries to keep Claire in the car. Claire is much more of a lone wolf anyway. The Winchesters aren’t a fan of this and we continue to have the whole big-brother vibe: protective from Sam and jokey from Dean. It’s a bit paternalistic and annoyingly controlling but they don’t try to stop her or completely remove her choices. Perhaps criticise and be very involved in them – but ultimately they do tend to leave them in her hands.
Mick also lies to the Winchesters about Hayden being bitten – so he can go back without them and inject her with silver – killing her.
He tries to keep this secret but the next day as they’re investigating (Claire with Sam interviewing Hayden’s friends and doing an excellent job because she’s not a 30 year old man) he and Dean are interviewing suspects while Dean pokes Mick’s actions. Mick spills his secret since Dean already knows exactly what Mick’s done and is extremely not happy about Mick killing a child and giving her no chance to prove herself. Dean also refers to Magda – the psychic child who was horrifically abused who he and Sam decided to save. And the Men of Letters killed.