Supernatural Season 3, Episode 6 recap: The Winchesters run into Bela again

SUPERNATURAL -- "Red Sky at Morning"-- Photo Sergei Bachlakov /The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR
SUPERNATURAL -- "Red Sky at Morning"-- Photo Sergei Bachlakov /The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR /
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As if the first time wasn’t enough. The Winchesters find themselves on a case with Bela Talbot once more in Supernatural Season 3, Episode 6.

When the Winchesters find a case of people drowning nowhere near the water, they know they have to investigate. Supernatural Season 3, Episode 6, titled “Red Sky at Morning,” brought them face-to-face with the woman they likely never wanted to see again: Bela Talbot. Would she should Sam in the arm again? Just how would the Winchesters deal with the situation this time? And why were they both forced to wear a suit?

It all starts with a woman, Sheila Case, jogging when she sees an apparition of a ship in the harbor. She manages to get home, only for a ghost figure to appear and she eventually dies of drowning. It all ends with that same ship apparition and the ghostly figure, but why?

The Winchesters head out on the case

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For the Winchesters, Supernatural Season 3, Episode 6 starts with Dean bringing up the conversation about a missing bullet from the Colt. Dean knows that Sam killed a crossroad demon, something that Sam doesn’t feel guilty for. Of course, Dean is angry. He knows that weaseling out of the deal means Sam dies and he refuses to let that happen.

Before they can really talk about it, they get to Gertrude Case, Sheila’s aunt who is instantly attracted to Sam. I’d forgotten all about this until watching it and was quickly reminded of Season 11 when the older lady was into Dean. Oh, how tides turn.

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SUPERNATURAL — “Red Sky at Morning”– Photo Sergei Bachlakov /The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR
SUPERNATURAL — “Red Sky at Morning”– Photo Sergei Bachlakov /The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

Anyway, Gertrude shares that Sheila may have seen a ghost ship and wants to know if the Winchesters are working with “Alex.” Of course, they have no idea who this Alex is, but the main concern is the missing Impala. As you would expect, Dean panics about where the car has been taken. Bela turns up to say she’s had the car towed and yes, she does scam old women by doing seances and selling them fake charms.

More importantly, Bela is “Alex.” She’s not happy since with the Winchesters here (and Bela had told Gertrude she’s solved the murder), Gertrude is refusing to pay up. Bela wants her money.

Another death in town

The case is far from being sold. That night, a man drowns. Peter, the man’s brother, later tells the Winchesters that the man had seen a ghost ship. And he wasn’t the only one: Peter saw it too. It’s too late for the Winchesters to do anything. The spirit of the sailor shows up and kills Peter by drowning.

SUPERNATURAL — “Red Sky at Morning”– Photo Sergei Bachlakov /The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR
SUPERNATURAL — “Red Sky at Morning”– Photo Sergei Bachlakov /The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

Bela has figured out the case and goes to see the brothers. The ghost ship is the Espirito Santo and the ghost is a sailor who was hung for treason. The ship itself is a death omen, and it’s the spirit doing the killing. This sailor had his hand removed after his death, turning it into the Hand of Glory, and the only way to get rid of the spirit is to destroy the Hand of Glory.

That would seem simple enough, except the Hand of Glory is at the local Maritime Museum. Fortunately, there’s a function going on. So, the Winchesters dress up in their tuxes and head off to the function with Bela and Gertrude. It doesn’t take long for Bela to figure out a plan with Dean to get the Hand of Glory, which involves fainting in Dean’s arms to get into the room with the Hand of Glory.

Of course, it’s all a plot by Bela. She steals the Hand of Glory and sells it. If only she hadn’t sold it. She ends up seeing the ship omen.

The real story behind the Hand of Glory

It’s after all this that Sam and Dean figure out the links between the victims and the ghost ship. The victims were involved in the death of a family member. The sailor had been the brother of the captain and he’s getting revenge on those who killed family members, whether on purpose or by accident. Bela is the sailor’s next victim, and while she did something bad, she refuses to elaborate.

Supernatural Season 3, Episode 6
SUPERNATURAL — “Red Sky at Morning”– Photo Sergei Bachlakov /The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

We now know that she made a deal to kill her father. Maybe this would have been a good time to bring something like that up. The Winchesters may have been able to help her.

Anyway, it’s time to save Bela. It’s not her time yet. Since they no longer have the Hand of Glory to burn, the brothers decide to summon the captain; the sailor’s brother. When the sailor sees his brother, the two spirits merge and they disappear. There’s a similarity to the pilot episode when the Woman in White was faced with her ghostly children.

In the end, Dean apologizes for the pain that he’s caused Sam. However, that’s not what bothers Sam. It’s the fact that Dean doesn’t really care about himself.

Next: Sueprnatural Season 3, Episode 5 recap: Bedtime Stories

What did you think of Bela’s story at the time? What do you think now that you’ve seen all of Supernatural Season 3? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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