Last episode ended in Broward County, FL.
This episode takes place in Monument, Colorado.
Bela calls in a tip that lands Sam and Dean in jail at Agent Hendrickson’s mercy.
Agent Hendrickson calls in his boss, who arrives by helicopter, but his boss turns out to be possessed.
Then Hendrickson’s boss shoots Dean and they realize he’s been possessed, and they try to exorcise him. But the demon escapes and he calls in a whole bunch of other demons!
Hedrickson shoots the sheriff when he tries to get the boys to a safe place, and Sam and Dean realize where the demon went: into Hendrickson.
They exorcise the demon, and Hedrickson sees the light!
Hendrickson: “I, uh. I shot the sheriff.”
Dean: “But you didn’t shoot the deputy.” […] “I owe you the biggest I told you so ever.”
Hendrickson lets Sam and Dean out, and they prepare the building against the demon army that is coming.
30+ demons show up and possess what seems like half the town.
Hendrickson: “Can you win?”
Dean: “Honestly, I think the world’s gonna end bloody. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t fight. We do have choices. I choose to go down swinging.”
Then Ruby shows up and offers to kill all the demons (including herself!) with a spell. All she needs is the heart of a virgin. Which the secretary just happens to be.
They have a long discussion about whether or not it would be right to kill her before she interrupts them, saying she wants to sacrifice herself to help out her friends who had been possessed. Is it better to sacrifice one person to save 30 more, or gamble all of their lives on a plan that might or might not work? This is the dilemma referred to in the title of the episode.
But Dean won’t allow it. He has a plan. So Ruby leaves.
They let the demons in, wait until they’re all inside the building, then play the exorcism incantation over the loudspeaker system, exorcising all the demons at once.
Yay! They saved the day and all the people.
But then Lilith shows up and kills them all.
Just like Dr. Horrible, this episode goes out on a depressing shot.
Mileage this episode: 2149
Miles this season: 11,789
Miles thus far: 71,875