By the time Barney Miller leaves the library, night has fallen. He starts off in one direction, then perhaps sees the man waiting in the shadows for him and heads off the opposite way. He ends up in a bar called the Campus Pub, where he avails himself of the payphone. From outside, a man with delicate features and reddish blond hair watches him. Barney Miller leaves a message for someone: "Now, listen to me. I got no time left. I found it! When you follow me, you're gonna need this number." He reads something into the phone while we watch him from his stalker's point of view. When he hangs up the phone, there seems to be a calm resignation to him. He beckons to his stalker through the window. "Why so shy? Come in! You'll have a cup of coffee with your old enemy!" Three young women at a nearby table give him worried looks. Barney Miller's whole body begins to smoke. "You Nazi piece of rubbish!" he hurls at his stalker. "You Nazi pig!" His skin reddens and blisters. Fire consumes him from the inside out. Instead of screaming, he laughs and laughs. Satisfied, his stalker turns and walks away. Seems like a real lack of foresight on the Nazi's part to kill Barney before finding out if he had the book.
Two weeks have passed when we rejoin Sam at the secret hub. Dean also returns, having gone off to check on Kevin. Because why just call him when you can drive and drive and drive all the way to Garth's houseboat? There's a passing mention of Castiel and the fact that Dean hasn't been able to reach him, but that's not what the story is about this week so they move on. Besides, Sam has two weeks of exposition to pass along to Dean. He's been tracking down the group's network of hunters and various other groups. Most, he says, are dead or defunct. Then he hands Dean a file. "The Judah Initiative?" Dean asks. "European team. They were active during World War II," Sam explains. Dean glances through the file and at a horribly Photoshopped group picture. He realizes they were rabbis. I like how the file's contents say "For Official Use Only," like anyone who was in the secret society might think this was for public consumption. Anyway, Sam looked up all the Initiative's members and got a hit. The Rabbi Isaac Bass -- previously known as Barney Miller -- died at about the same time they were setting up digs at the hub. "According to eyewitnesses, he spontaneously combusted," Sam says. "So this is a case?" Dean asks, already knowing the answer. He sighs, "I just got back!" Think about that the next time you set off on a pointless road trip, doofus.
Once in Pennsylvania, Sam hits the library and Dean takes the pub. The snitty librarian is not so snitty with Sam, perhaps sensing a kindred bibliophile. Dean, of course, is in his element with the eyewitnesses. "He was a nice old kook," says one of the young ladies from the night of the fire. "He was always talking about this secret war that nobody knew was going on," says another. They take turns explaining about how Rabbi Bass was obsessed with "special" Nazis. "You know, necromancers," one of them whispers conspiratorially. Dean notices a guy across the bar who seems to be flirting with him. Dean, caught off guard for some reason, struggles to remember what he was about to ask. "You... uh... sorry... You, uh, both saw the accident?" They say it seemed like the fire was alive. They both sound very peppy as they describe the horror of it.
Meanwhile, back at the library, Sam has just been given the case Rabbi Bass had requested. Instead of the ledger, Sam finds a book about birds. Sneaky rabbi!
Dean turns his attention next to the guy who was making eyes at him. ""Special Agent Bolan," he introduces himself. "Oh, I thought you were a headhunter," his would-be suitor lies. Dean has noticed this guy following him around all day and finds this very suspicious, because apparently Dean doesn't ever look at himself in a mirror. The guy says he thought they "had a thing" elsewhere on campus. "You know, a little eye magic moment?" He asks Dean out on a date, which sends Dean into a tizzy of panic. This is beyond dumb. He's 35. He's fought his way through Purgatory. He cannot be more afraid of catching The Gay from an innocuous flirtation than he is of being attacked by slavering monsters. Plus, the more Dean protests, the more he looks like he's kind of into it, which is probably not the show's intention. "It's a federal investigation," Dean finally explains. "Is that supposed to make you less interesting?" the guy asks. Luckily for Dean, his phone rings and he's able to flee the scene before he suddenly morphs into Liberace. He even knocks something over in his haste.
It's Sam calling to tell him the library search was a bust. In turn, Dean tells him about his interviews with the eyewitnesses, making very sure to point out how hot the girls were. Heterosexuality: reaffirmed! Sam gets the feeling he's being followed, which he tells Dean via code. (He has something stuck to his shoe.) They set up a rendezvous at the parking lot.
Darkness sure does come quickly on this show. In the 30 minutes it takes to meet up, broad daylight has turned to night. While Sam pretends to fumble with his keys near the Impala, Dean confronts someone lurking in the bushes. "Hey, pal," Dean says. The lurker stands up to his full height. It's the giant from 1944. Dean has to tilt his head way, way back just to look at him. This would have been funnier if it had been Sam who first encountered him, don't you think? The giant hurls Dean a good 20 feet into a parked car. The force of the impact crumples metal and smashes the windows. Dean should have the consistency of a tube of anchovy paste after such a trauma, but you know he won't even have a bruise. Sam is surprised to see his brother vaulting through the air and even more surprised when the giant clomps out of the shadows towards him. He whacks at the giant's arm with a knife, but it's like slicing into rubber. The giant grabs Sam by the throat and lifts him off the ground.
"Stop," a voice says behind them. It's the fella who came a-courtin' Dean at the bar. The giant drops Sam. "What... the hell... is that?" Sam asks, looking petite for the first time since puberty. "He's a golem," the newcomer says, then clarifies, "He's my golem." He doesn't sound proud or sinister when saying this, but rather a bit tired.
Luckily, everybody waits till after the commercial break to start talking again. By then, they've made it to a little house that the golem insists on scoping out before anybody else enters. His master fills in some details: "The rabbi who was murdered, Isaac Bass, he was my grandfather. That's why we're here." He was only following Dean because Dean was looking into the rabbi's death. Dean seems a wee bit disappointed to hear this. Rabbi Bass left the golem to his grandson, who is the last descendent of the Initiative. Sam and Dean pipe up because they know about the Judah Initiative, which just makes the golem grumble. "Who are they to know about the men of Judah?" Dean jumps at the sound of his booming voice and explains that they're the good guys. Luckily, the golem knows about the Men of Letters and more or less accepts them. From outside, the Aryan firebug watches.
The golem paces around the house like Herman Munster awaiting the results of his prostate exam. The Winchesters and the young Bass sit down for a chat. Sam and Dean talk about how they grew up with all this supernatural stuff. Bass heard stories from his grandfather, but never really believed him. Then soon after he died, a big box showed up with a n