8.13: Everybody loves Aaron. And his Golem.
After satisfyingly watching a Golem take out a Nazi camp in 1944, we flash to Sam and Dean’s first introduction to the Men of Letters bunker.
*takes a moment to appreciate the fact that this place will come to be their home, only to have it threatened now by the modern corrupted version of the Men of Letters*
Dean switches the lights on, and for once it’s Sam who says “son of a bitch.”
First thing Dean does is claim a dead guy’s robe, while Sam tries to figure out how they even have electricity, or water pressure.
DEAN : Yeah. Yeah, I mean, don’t – don’t get me wrong. [He lifts a scimitar from a display stand.] This stuff is awesome, and it looks like they ran a real tight outfit here, but I’m just saying, you know, don’t, uh, don’t think that they knew some big secrets that we don’t know.
DEAN strikes some poses with the scimitar while SAM’s back is to him. As SAM turns, DEAN quickly straightens up.
SAM : Dean… they were a secret society.
DEAN : Which means that they made crap up and wore fezzes and sashes and swung around scimitars. They probably didn’t even sharp– [DEAN runs his finger along the blade and cuts himself] That’s very sharp. [He replaces the scimitar on the stand.]
SAM : Dean, look, I think we might have something here – something that could help us, help humanity. Henry certainly thought so. I mean, you know damn well we could use a break. What if we finally got one? [They look at each other for a moment, then DEAN looks away.] Are you gonna take off the dead-guy robe?
And ain’t that pretty much what Sam thought about working with the PEOPLE of the modern MoL in 12.14? Thing is, the bunker HAS proven to be something that could help them, over and over again over the last four years. But the bunker itself is a neutral thing. The people… well, they have ulterior motives. They have The Code. And an evil agenda.
Dean returns from checking on Kevin and Garth, and asks Sam if he’s heard from Cas. Sam hasn’t, and Dean is pretty upset that Cas hasn’t been answering his calls.
(heck that doesn’t sound familiar at all, does it… just an earlier incarnation of Dean’s dialed-up-to-eleven worry in s12)
Sam has been researching the Men of Letters, looking for anyone who might still be alive that is even remotely connected to the MoL. He discovers the Judah Initiative, and learns that their last surviving member has just been killed. Dean complains that he just got back to the bunker and they have to head out again to solve that case.
Poor Dean. :P
(and seriously, Pennsylvania, again?)
Sam goes to the library to see the books Rabbi Bass had been studying, while Dean goes to the bar where he died to talk with some girls that Rabbi Bass had apparently talked to quite openly. They thought he was a kook, talking about Nazi necromancers. But Aaron flirting with him from across the bar proves more distracting than the two co-eds.
(like Sam’s doing the MoL side of things in the library while Dean does the hunter side of things in the bar, yes?)
Instead of the ledger he expected to find, Sam discovers a book of birds. Dean confronts Aaron, who uses the excuse that he and Dean had “a moment” to explain why he’s been following Dean around. And we have the most awkward scene in the history of Dean. And it’s grand.
DEAN (on phone) : Huh. Well, uh, the two very hot co-captains of the women’s volleyball team agree that the rabbi’s death was very unnatural. I think we still got a case.
SAM (on phone) : That would explain why I have something stuck to my shoe.
DEAN (on phone) : You being followed?
SAM (on phone) : Yeah, I think so.
DEAN (on phone) : That’s weird. I thought I was being followed earlier. Turned out to be a gay thing.
Well, they were right. Aaron introduces himself, and Dean tells Sam he was his gay thing.
GOLEM : This boy knows nothing, observes none of the mitzvahs, labors on Sabbath, dines on swine.
AARON: Everybody loves bacon!
Even God! Confirmed!
AARON: What, do you two just break in wherever you go?
DEAN : Yeah, well, our dad wanted us to have a solid career to fall back on, just in case this hunter thing didn’t pan out.
Sam and Aaron are both shot with cursed darts, and Dean asks the Golem to catch whoever cast the spell. Killing the Thule (and then burning his body) saved them from the curse.
Poor Aaron though, is confronted by all the stories his grandfather always told him, that he’d always believed were wild fantasy and dismissed as complete nonsense. Finding out that all of it was real, that this was his family’s legacy.
Aaron was utterly unprepared to take it on himself, yet he was willing to defend his Golem when Sam and Dean began researching how to destroy the creature if Aaron couldn’t gain control of it.
Let me lay all of these concepts out in terms of my s12 meta-relevant tags:
Aaron needed to face his past, get to the bottom of how his grandfather’s stories became stories, find another better way to deal with the Thule, by using his words to take control of the Golem that was his family’s legacy.
Yeah, I think that sums things up nicely.
AARON : It looks like I’m the Judah Initiative now.
And Sam accepts his legacy as a Man of Letters.