Supernatural (TV series)/Recap/S03/E15 Time Is on My Side

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Season 3, Episode 15:

Time Is On My Side

After failing to get the name of the demon who holds Dean's contract, Sam gets a call about a man whose kidney was stolen. Believing they have a zombie, they go to investigate. When they get there, however, they find that the kidney was surgically removed, not torn out. Turns out, they're chasing a doctor who is using the body parts to keep himself alive. While investigating, Dean gets a call from Bobby, who tells them that Bela has resurfaced. Dean wants to go after her, but Sam insists that they stay and investigate. As it turns out, Sam planned this in advance; Dr. Benton holds the secret of immortality, and Sam wants to use it on Dean. If he can't die, he can't go to hell. Dean doesn't like the idea as much as Sam, and takes off after Bela.

Dean manages to dig up some information on Bela's past and tracks her down. Unfortunately, she doesn't have the Colt anymore. Sam finds Benton's hideout, saves a victim, and runs over the good doctor. It doesn't take. He does, however, find Benton's book, complete with his secret to immortality. Unfortunately, before Sam can tell Dean his plan, he's jumped by Benton. Dean make a very will timed entrance, and they regain the upper hand.

Bela tracks down Sam and Dean and tries to kill them; turns out that she made her own deal with a demon, and her time is up. She stole the Colt to get out of it, but the demon who holds her contract, Lilith, changes the deal and demands that she also kill Sam. The brothers had figured this out beforehand and got away, leaving Bela defenseless in their empty motel room as she hears hellhounds approaching.

Tropes


  • Alchemy Is Magic: Dr. Benton's secret to immortality.
  • Beat Still My Heart
  • Big Damn Heroes: Dean saving Sam from getting his eyeballs pulled out by Dr. Benton.
  • Buried Alive: Have fun with that immortality, doc...
  • Car Fu: When Sam runs Benton over. It doesn't kill him, but it does make him need more "parts"...
  • Creepy Basement
  • Deal with the Devil: Bela made one ten years ago that got her parents killed in a car "accident". She made another one to get out of her first, by agreeing to steal the Colt, but the demons double-cross her once she does that and make her try to kill Sam. She doesn't succeed.
  • Eye Scream: Benton tries to pop Sam's eyes out to replace his own. UGH. Thank God Dean shows up when he does!
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Since they can't just kill him and finish him off for good like John tried, Sam'n'Dean decide that the only way to keep Dr. Benton from just coming back is to trap him underground. Forever.
  • Flash Back: Bela gets a couple that give us a fleeting impression of why and when she made her deal.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Barbas, the Demon of Fear, sure has fallen on hard times if he needs to snatch people's organs to survive.
  • Killed Off for Real: Bela
  • Mad Doctor: Now with 30% more immortality!
  • Not Quite Dead: John Winchester previously tangled with the good doctor and cut out his heart, thinking that'd kill him. It didn't.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Bela's trip to Hell isn't shown on-screen; she's in the motel room alone, talks to Dean before he hangs up on her, sobs... then the clock strikes midnight and she hears howling... she gets up, stares out the window, we hear a dog snarling... and she's never seen or mentioned again.
  • Organ Theft: When pieces wear out, they have to be replaced...
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The little girl in Bela's flashback, meaning she's actually a crossroads demon.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Dr. Benton's monologue to Sam reeks of this, with regards to Papa Winchester.
  • Squick: Yes, maggots are actually used for that purpose in modern medicine. No, that doesn't make it any better.
  • Villainous Breakdown
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Dean's response to Sam's plan has shades of this.