They get to the auction, which is being held in some grungy old warehouse. They all have to pass through a metal detector, which happens without incident until it's Dean turn. He sets off the alarm and the guards make him fork over an entire militia's worth of weaponry. How was he hiding that much stuff on him? Is that what all the shirts are for?
All the attendees mingle and ogle the items during the preview. Among the oglers are a Buddhist monk (!) and Mr. Vili from the bank scene earlier. He peers into a glass case at a large hammer inscribed with Norse symbols. So he's that Vili - brother of Odin, uncle to Thor. Sam and Dean find the Word of God, but it's mostly hidden behind metal plates so that the hieroglyphs can't be seen. Everyone feels pretty defeated. "It's okay, we just gotta come up with Plan B," Sam says. "And what, pray tell, could possibly have been Plan A?" asks a familiar voice behind them. They turn to see Crowley. He guesses their original plan: "Bring the prophet to the most dangerous place on Earth, memorize the tablet and then... vamoose?" He puts particular emphases on the "moose" syllable as he looks at Sam.
"Crowley," Dean says, putting as much loathing into the name as he can. Crowley ignores him and turns to Kevin so he can gloat about killing Channing. Kevin holds his tongue, but Mama Tran lets out some kind of enraged animal sound and punches the ever-loving shit out of Crowley. The force of it actually sends him reeling back just a tiny bit and he touches his hand to his face in genuine surprise. "Stay away from my son," seethes Mama Tran. The Winchesters move to protect her, but Crowley reminds them that they'll be thrown out of the auction of they try anything. Dean looks like he doesn't care, so it's up to Sam to be reasonable. "It's not worth it," he says. "Listen to Moose, Squirrel," Crowley says to Dean.