As we found out from the previous episode of “Supernatural” (http://tv.yahoo.com/supernatural/show/37502), Sam (played by Jared Padalecki) has no soul; it was left in the box with Lucifer and the Archangel, Michael in hell. Sam admits that he does not care about anything including Dean (played by Jensen Ackles).
Meanwhile in Elwood, Indiana, a young couple is getting romantic in a corn field when the boy sees something and goes to investigate. The girl follows but the boy is abducted by a bright light before she can get to him. As the camera pans away, you see she is standing in the middle of a crop circle.
Cue the faux “X Files” introduction with the same type music and uses scenes from past “Supernatural” episodes that dealt with abductions (remember the frat boy who had to slow dance with the alien?). It ends with a caption “The Truth is in There.”
Several people are being interviewed about the four missing people, most think it is UFOs, and one woman thinks that it is fairies while the Sheriff does not go for all the hype. He just wants to find his missing townspeople.
You find out that it is the boys who are interviewing everyone and when they get to the woman who is explaining about fairies, Sam goes off on her and claims she is crazy. This was the first time, for me, that I realized just how far the tables have turned. Dean ends up calming Sam down and explaining that he can’t just go off saying whatever he wants because he has no soul and cannot make judgment calls correctly. It is very reminiscent of the “old days” when Sam was always talking Dean down because Dean was a “shoot first, ask questions later” kind of guy and Sam was the empathetic, compassionate one.
Brennan’s Clockworks is the next place the boys go and they find Mr. Brennan working on a clock when they ask him about his missing son. It turns out his son was the first to disappear and Brennan is convinced that he is never coming back. Dean takes that as odd that he has given up so quickly. When the boys leave, Brennan asks an invisible thing if “that was okay.”
Dean tells Sam to stay with Brennan while he goes to the field to see if he can find anything. Sam tells Dean that he was hunting for a full year without him and that he did just fine. Dean states that he does not want to hear what constitutes fine in Sam’s eyes and drives off.
Sam follows Brennan to a bar and each sits there drinking beers separately. Dean calls Sam to find out what is going on and Sam tells him that the only thing Brennan is working on is a case of alcoholism. Just then Dean sees a light and runs from it. The whole time he is on the phone with Sam, and Sam is not worried or concerned. Suddenly Dean disappears into the light and Sam orders another beer.
After a while Sam decides to investigate Dean’s abduction and comes across a RV camp full of UFO chasers. He talks with the main UFO hunter, who has 30 years of experience in the field. After asking him some questions but does not get any answers Sam tells him that he sucks at this. A young girl comes up to Sam when she finds out his brother has been abducted. Sam claims he has had time to adjust. She asks how long it has been and Sam says about an hour.
Dean gets returned to the corn field, gun pulled and shooting. He looks around and starts his walk back into town. When he gets to the motel, he finds Sam having sex with the girl from the UFO camp. Dean is visibly upset because Sam was not concerned. Sam explained that he did all he could do and when there was nothing left to do he had sex with the girl. Finally, Sam asks Dean about the abduction and Dean tells him that the beings were “grabby, incandescent douche bags.” Dean explains about the bright, white light and that the beings were too bright to look at. Then how they pulled Dean over to the table, Dean does not confirm or deny any probing incidents. Then Dean started hacking and shooting (no doubt training he got in hell) and the beings were so surprised they returned him.
Later while having a bite to eat, Sam tries to understand the normal procedure and time frame for acting out one’s grief and when it is appropriate to have sex. Dean tries to explain that having a soul equals suffering and that a certain amount of time should go by for the grieving process. Sam asks if suffering is a good thing, and you start to wonder if he even wants his soul back. Dean sees a weird guy in the window of the diner, but Sam does not see him and then the guy is gone. They go their separate ways to do UFO research.
Dean heads back to the motel when you hear David Bowie singing about Major Tom, and then a bright orb comes into Dean’s room and starts to beat him up. Dean ends up trapping the orb in the microwave and turns it on which explodes the orb. When Sam returns, Dean shows him the inside of the microwave but Sam cannot see any orb guts.
Sam and Dean head back to the lady from the beginning of the show who suspected it was fairies. She tells the boys that fairies only take first born sons (like Brennan’s son and Dean) and that they are sent to service Oberon, the King of the Fairies; Dean neither confirms or denies any such servicing. She also tells them they like cream, hate iron, are burned when touched with silver and if sugar or salt falls in front of them they must stop what they are doing and count every grain. They drink tea with her, Dean tells her that her trailer is “cuterific” and they leave. Then they see Brennan loading cases of cream into his car and they follow him back to the watch shop.
Dean goes into the shop while Sam follows Brennan back to the bar. Dean sees lots of little fairies working on watches. When Dean calls Sam to let him know what he saw, Sam confronts Brennan and he tells Sam the whole story. He was getting Parkinson’s Disease and could no longer work on the watches or provide for his family when he remembered his grandmother telling him that if he summoned a leprechaun and fairies that his wish would come true. All they would want in return is a place to rest and take the first fruit and fat of the land (first born sons). When Sam asks if he can reverse the spell, he says only by getting his grandmother’s book, but the fairies won’t let him near it.
Dean notices he is being followed by the stranger he saw in front of the diner. He takes off down an alley and surprises they guy and starts to beat him. Only it is not the guy, it is a smaller person who happens to be the District Attorney. All the time Dean is shouting about getting the fairies. While Dean is being hauled away to jail for hate crimes he shouts to Sam to get the fairies.
Cream hits fairies like tequila, so when Sam and Brennan get to the store they are all passed out. Brennan gets the book and starts the reversal ritual when he is stabbed, by a leprechaun who happens to be the guy from the RV camp that Sam told sucked at hunting UFOs. Turns out he propagates the UFO theory so he and the fairies are not ever under suspicion. A fight ensures at the shop, while the mystery guys shows up in Dean’s cell and starts fighting him. The leprechaun senses that Sam’s soul is gone and offers to make him a deal to say and he will get Sam’s soul back. Sam declines. Then Sam drops some salt on the ground and the leprechaun has to count it and Sam is able to do the reversal spell and also save Dean from yet another beating.
Luckily, the DA drops the charges against Dean and they start packing to leave. You get the sense that Sam just may not want his soul back. But, at least, some of the brotherly banter was back as well as some good music and a little touch of humor.
This episode was directed by John Showalter, written by Ben Edlund and based on characters created by Eric Kripke.