Torn and Frayed is the 10th episode of Season 8. It aired on January 16th, 2013.
Naomi tells Castiel that Crowley is holding an angel captive and Castiel must rescue him before Crowley finds out their secrets. Castiel turns to Dean for help. Meanwhile, Sam meets with Amelia who asks him to make a choice: stay with her or leave and never contact her again.
In an abandoned warehouse, a tortured Samandriel wills a spike to push its way out of his skull, allowing him to briefly summon Naomi for help. His efforts are interrupted however by a mysterious bow-tied demon doctor named Viggo, who menacingly places the spike back in his brain.
Back in Texas, Dean visits Sam’s hotel room to apologize for misleading him about Amelia’s safety, but Dean insists he was right about Benny's innocence. Unsure how to resolve their current stalemate, the brothers part ways for the moment. Elsewhere, Castiel is summoned before Naomi, and given instructions to rescue Samandriel, before having his memories blanked again.
Castiel summons Dean to Hastings, Nebraska, to help while Sam finds himself confronted again by Amelia at his hotel door. Sam apologizes for returning to her life, however briefly, and offers to get out of her way before the two rekindle their passion with a kiss. Meanwhile, Viggo continues to inflict pain on Samandriel, stumbling upon a torture with skull-embedded pins that forces Samandriel to involuntarily chant in Enochian, setting fire to a local town bush.
Dean and Cass pay a visit to a man hospitalized by the burning bush, who reveals that he heard it speaking a strange language. Castiel surmises that the effects of an angel’s scream would cause such phenomena, giving them a direction to search. Back at the hotel, Sam and Amelia resolve not to repeat their mistake, but rather take some time to think about things, and meet back at the hotel in two days time if both want to resume their relationship.
Dean and Cass finally find the factory where Samandriel is being held, but its demon guards would prove too much to handle. Instead, Castiel zaps them over to a freighter holding a disheveled Kevin Tran, who has spent weeks translating his half of the tablet to no avail. Castiel leaves to gather materials for more of Kevin’s demon-incinerating bombs, while Dean fields a call from a distressed and wagon-slipping Benny, whom he can’t help at the moment.
Crowley visits the factory at Viggo’s insistence, and realizes that Samandriel’s involuntary chants are kind of “factory settings” for angels, which may contain secrets the angels themselves don’t consciously know. Back on the freighter, Castiel returns with the necessary materials as well as Sam, asking the brothers to stow their crap for the moment.
Sam, Dean and Castiel approach the factory at night, Castiel for the moment unable to enter due to the presence of angel sigils. Sam and Dean fight their way inside, defeating demons and destroying sigils, all the while Crowley races to uncover any useful information from Samandriel’s words. The boys manage to make it to the final door, but Samandriel’s torture begins to have a strange effect on Cass, giving him visions of Naomi and reducing him to a cowering whimper. Inside, Crowley finally learns from Samandriel of the existence of an angel tablet, much like the one designed to banish demons to hell.
The boys finally make it through the door, and kill the remaining demons as Castiel revives and frees Samandriel, taking him outside. Samandriel refuses to return to heaven, his knowledge of the tablet and the mysterious Naomi now awakened, as Naomi herself exerts her influence over Castiel. Despite his unconscious objections, Castiel does as Naomi orders and kills Samandriel for talking, telling Sam and Dean he had to do it out of self-defense. The brothers sense something wrong with Castiel given his eerily calm demeanor and bleeding eye, but the angel departs to return Samandriel’s body to heaven.
Later, after angel-proofing the cabin, Sam and Dean wonder aloud what could have caused Castiel’s strange behavior. With no leads, the brothers make up about Amelia, and Sam goes for a walk to determine what he should do. Dean finally calls back Benny, who remains kill-free for the moment, but Dean informs his vampire pal they shouldn’t keep in contact anymore.
Finally, Amelia shows up to Sam’s motel room, only to find it empty, as the two brothers recline in their cabin and watch TV together over beers.
- Dean: So who snatched Heaven’s most adorable angel?
- Crowley: What on earth could you possibly need now, Viggo? I've given you every torture instrument known to man—short of a Neil Diamond album.
- Dean: I’m just tired of all the fighting. And, you know, maybe I’m a little bit jealous. I could never separate myself from the job like you could. Hell, maybe it’s time for at least one of us to be happy.
- Mr Hinckley: Sounded like Klingon to me.
- Castiel and Naomi were last seen in Hunteri Heroici.
- Crowley and Samandriel were last seen in A Little Slice of Kevin.