Next stop: Laramie, Wyoming. At some point during his year on the lam, Kevin hid the Word of God in a bus station locker. After checking around to make sure there aren't any demons afoot, Dean opens the locker and finds (wait for it!) bubkes. Next time Kevin wants to keep something safe, he should hide it on Dean's person. Nobody would be able to find it under the myriad layers of his clothes. Today, for instance, he is wearing a tee and two long-sleeve shirts. Two! He's like some kind of sexy hobo. Sam gives Dean a prissy little "told you so" look, even though it was Dean who wanted to skip the family reunion and find the tablet as quickly as possible. "Shut up!" Dean says to Sam's look because, yeah.
The show takes a commercial break so that the brothers can go put on business suits. They ask a security guard about the lockers and learn that someone named Clem Smedley has been plundering them. He was a former guard himself before he realized he was missing his calling as a thief. The current guard directs them to the county jail.
Up to now, the episode has felt a bit plodding and mechanical, with everyone moving dutifully from point to point in the plot, but it's about to get better. So much better.
The Winchesters and their suits pay Clem a visit at the jail. While Sam assumes the role of Good Cop, Dean paces around the interrogation room, instantly impatient. Sam asks Clem about the missing tablet. "Can I even answer that without my lawyer present?" Clem asks. "I'm sure we can work out a little something-something with the locals if you just cooperate," Sam says. Dean starts zoning out. Sam and Clem's voices sound distant. The room goes hazy. For the rest of the scene, Dean exists both in the past and present, in Purgatory and in the interrogation room. In his memory of the past, he and Benny have some kind of monster man tied up to a tree. Benny: "I don't think he knows, man." Dean doesn't buy that. He gets all up in the monster's face. "Where's the angel?" Dean smiles like maybe he doesn't want the answer to come too easily, like maybe he's having a little too much fun with this. He blinks and he's back in the interrogation room with Clem and Sam. Dean undoes his tie as if to make himself more comfortable, except his expression is utterly terrifying.
In a blur, he slips his tie around Clem's neck and yanks him up out of his seat. Dean shoves him up against a wall and reaches into his pocket for the demon knife. He presses the blade to Clem's throat. "You feel that?" Dean asks. Sam calls out his brother's name, but Dean isn't listening. Another flashback to Purgatory and the monster tells Dean about a stream that leads to a clearing. "You'll find your angel there." (A portion of the fandom notices the use of the possessive and promptly squeals at a frequency only heard by bats.) As the monster confesses in Dean's past, Clem in the present is confessing to selling the tablet to a pawn shop. Dean gives his captive monster a very pretty smile, then stabs him through the lower jaw so that the bloody blade is visible through his open mouth. Benny lowers his gaze and bows his head. A vampire disturbed by death? Or is he afraid his human ticket out of Purgatory is losing his humanity? Clem does not suffer the same fate, but Dean looks sorely tempted.