The Purge is the 13th episode of Season 9. It aired on February 4th, 2014.
Sam and Dean investigate recent murders where the victims were hundreds of pounds lighter after their deaths. Suspecting witches, the two go undercover at a fancy day spa that all of the victims had attended for weight loss. While Sam is hired as a fitness instructor, Dean takes kitchen duty. After Dean swipes some tainted food and passes out, the guys realize someone is drugging the guests and literally sucking all of the fat out of them until they die.
In Minnesota, an overweight man named Wayne won a hot dog-eating competition against a rival who accused him of cheating, to no avail. Later, Wayne got in his car and revealed that he had in fact cheated, before an unseen figure grabbed him from the backseat, sucking the fat out of his body and killing him.
Sam found Dean in the Men of Letters kitchen, awake and drinking. Dean confirmed that he hadn't slept all night, but rebuffed Sam's concerns, as Sam had claimed they were just business partners. Dean showed him a newspaper article on Wayne's murder. Sam and Dean went to Minnesota to meet Sheriff Donna Hanscum about the crime, which continued to baffle police, as they’d established an alibi for Wayne’s competitive eating rival, Jim Morgan. The two next spoke to Jim, suspecting his gypsy wife Mol might have used a hex bag of witchcraft on Wayne. Later, Mol privately met with Sam and Dean at their motel room and identified the bag as a blessing in her culture - she had been having an affair with Wayne and wouldn’t have wished him dead.
As Sam and Dean finished their conversation with Mol, the fat-sucking figure claimed another victim in a nearby gym. Sam and Dean investigated, learning that Sheriff Donna had gone on vacation, before Sam noticed a peculiar suction burn on the victim’s back. Dean interrogated the gym owner, who revealed she’d left the victim alone in the gym the previous night. Dean sees that she has similar suction marks on her own back.
The woman identified the mark as a treatment from Canyon Valley wellness spa, which Sam and Dean go undercover to infiltrate, Sam as a yoga instructor and Dean as a cook. Dean struggled to get through the interview, and later, on his first day, was harangued by his boss. Meanwhile, the spa’s founder, Maritza, prepared to administer the “cupping” suction treatment on Sheriff Donna, who quickly fell asleep during the procedure. With Donna asleep, Maritza unveiled a disturbing sucker from her mouth, through which she began sucking fat from Donna's back.
Elsewhere, Sam noticed the cupping mark on all his yoga practitioners, while Dean sampled some of the cafeteria’s pudding and promptly passed out. Sam observed a groggy Sheriff Donna in treatment, before he received a distress call from Dean, still drowsy from the drugged pudding. After Dean's recovery, he and Sam learned from Donna that she’d dropped 10 pounds in one session. She confided in them that she'd begun overeating after her husband had left her - Sam and Dean did their best to console her and encourage her.
Meanwhile, Maritza’s husband Larry pulled her aside to reveal that he'd looked through the Impala and found clippings and identification which suggested Dean and Sam were hunters. Dean found Maritza attempting to dispose of fat stores, though she insisted the rash of killings weren’t her doing. Identifying herself as a Peruvian fat-sucking parasite, Maritza insisted that she and Larry wanted only to coexist peacefully, though her brother, and Dean's boss, Alonso likely grew tired of portion control and fatally fed off the victims. Elsewhere, Larry confronted Alonzo about his behavior, before Alonzo finally killed his sister’s husband. Using a special knife obtained from Maritza, Sam and Dean pursued Alonzo to the basement before the creature attacked and nearly devoured Sam. Dean saved his brother at the last moment by severing Alonzo’s sucker, ending the threat. In the aftermath, Sam sympathized with Maritza for losing her family, insisting to Dean they had no reason to kill an otherwise innocent creature. Dean initially argued, but quickly agreed to let her return to Peru.
Back at the bunker, Dean, drinking again, admitted to Sam that he didn't feel wrong about saving Sam previously, as it had been the right thing to do. Sam countered that Dean makes himself out to be a savior, when in reality keeping Sam alive has cost far more lives than it has saved thus far. In fact, Sam posited that Dean only saved Sam for his own inability to be alone, as even his self-sacrifices proved equally hollow. Dean insisted his brother would do the same if the situation were reversed, but Sam, to Dean's surprise, flatly disagreed, saying in the same situation, he would not bring Dean back.
Featured Supernatural Being
- Up Where We Belong by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
- It has been a few days since Sam and Dean reunited and they still maintain a business relationship.
- Sam mentions that Dean is not the only one who dated "someone bendy" referring to Lisa Braeden who Dean said gave him the "bendiest weekend" of his life.
- Dean is shown heavily drinking in his first and last scenes, something the character does in times of stress, and had cut back on during most of season 8.
- Slim Jim: When I gear up for a competition I eat lettuce. It stretches the stomach.
Dean: Yet another reason to stay away from salads.
- Slim Jim: Gypsies are all the rage on TV. My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, Gypsy Sisters, Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
- Dean: Known fact: All women lie about their weight and age.
- Dean: You’re weird around girls. You’re awkward, you know. Weird, Sam weird. Sorry, man, I’m just being honest.
- Dean: Personal training brothers. Kind of like Hans and Franz, but less German.
- Alonso: Hey, new guy, quit flirting with the trainer and keep scooping.
- Dean:How the hell do you know anything about yoga?
Sam: You’re not the only who’s ever dated someone bendy.
- Dean: These aren’t supplements, they’re roofies.
Sam: How do you know what roofies look like?
Dean: How do you not know? You think I want to end up in a hotel bathtub with my kidney carved out in Chechnya?
- Dean: I saved your hide back there. And I saved your hide at that church. And the hospital. I may not think things all the way through, but what I do I do because it’s the right thing. I’d do it again.
Sam: And that is the problem. You think you’re my savior, my brother the hero, you swoop in and even when you mess up, you think what you’re doing is worth it because you’ve convinced yourself you’re doing more good than bad. But you’re not. What is the upside of me being alive?
Dean: Are you kidding me? You and me, fighting the good fight, together.
Sam: Just once be honest with me. You didn’t save me for me. You did it for you. I was ready to die, I was ready. I should have died. But you, you didn’t want to be alone. And that’s what all of this boils down to, you can’t stand the thought of being alone. I’ll give you this much, you are certainly willing to do the sacrificing as long as you’re not the one being hurt.
- Dean: If the situation were reversed and I was dying, you’d do the same thing.
Sam: No, Dean, I wouldn’t. Same circumstances, I wouldn’t.
References to Popular Culture
- Slim Jim Morgan: "Like hell you did, Jabba."
- refers to the character of Jabba the Hutt from the Star Wars film series
- Wayne McNut: "Hey, back off, Skeletor."
- refers to the villainous character of Skeletor from the cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- Dean: "No, Rudy was on and then Unforgiven."
- refers to the sports movie Rudy
- also refers to the Western film Unforgiven
- Slim Jim Morgan: "I mean, Gypsies are all the rage on TV—My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, Gypsy Sisters, Keeping Up With the Kardashians."
- refers to the British TV documentary My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding
- refers to the TLC series Gypsy Sisters
- also refers to the reality series Keeping Up With the Kardashians
- Dean: "A Thinner sitch here?"
- refers to the Stephen King novel Thinner
- Mala: "Wayne used to call me his Princess Jasmine."
- Refers to the character of Princess Jasmine from Disney's Aladdin
- Dean: "Kind of like Hans and Franz, uh, but less German."
- refers to the recurring characters of Hans and Franz from Saturday Night Live.
- Sheriff Hanscum: "Agent Frehley."
- refers to Ace Frehley who is the guitarist in the band Kiss.
- Sam: "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."
- refers to the novel Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Jack Finney and it's subsequent movie adaptation
- Despite his previous efforts in seasons 3 and 4 to save Dean from his deal and Hell, Sam now claims that he wouldn't do everything he could to save Dean, possibly having learned that it leads nowhere good from previous experience.
- Despite Dean previously being willing to let monsters that aren't harming humans go, such as Benny Lafitte and the werewolf Kate, he is now back to wanting to kill all monsters regardless if they are harmless or not.
- Its possible this due to now carrying the Mark of Cain, which was shown to heighten its carrier's aggression and bloodlust. This being one of its first effects.
- This is the first episode since season 7's Party On, Garth to introduce a new type of monster, the Pishtaco. No new monsters were introduced in season 8 though two new types of existing monsters (Pure-blood Werewolves and "bastard off-shoot" Djinn) were introduced in that season.