Supernatural recap: Can Jack make some friends his own age?

Supernatural -- "Don't Go in the Woods" -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR
Supernatural -- "Don't Go in the Woods" -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR /

Supernatural Season 14, Episode 16 introduces a new monster and brings a sense of the old-school episodes. Here’s everything that happened.

The Winchesters head off on a hunt alone in Supernatural Season 14, Episode 16. While they’re away, Jack makes some friends his own age. The question is whether he can keep those friends.

There’s no doubt that this is one for the creepy history books. This wasn’t about the monster but about the development for the Winchesters — well, Sam for sure! However, the monster gave us plenty of nostalgia of the earlier years.

I’ll split this Supernatural recap in two since the two stories were completely separate.

Sam and Dean deal with a new monster

The episode opens with the case of the week, and a couple kissing in a car. If you got the old-school Supernatural feels from the beginning, you’re not alone. It’s like the urban legends all over again.

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That feeling continues with the case. Sam and Dean learn about a new monster — a creature from Native American lore. You know it’s been far too long since we’ve had these Native American legends come to life in the show and it feels refreshing but nostalgic at the same time. This monster burns with an acid liquid that comes out of its mouth and feeds on humans, and it’s been around for decades.

It’s clear that the sheriff knows something, going as far as banning anyone (including the Winchesters) from going to the woods. Of course, the Winchesters know something is up and head into the woods during the night. The sheriff catches them and there’s a flinch when the Winchesters say the monster’s name, Kohunta. Yep, he knows something!

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The story of the Kohonta was just a story. The first white settlers in the area struggled with a hard winter. The eldest son survived by eating his family and then went mad with hunger. When the local Native tribe caught him, the people decided to doom him to roam the woods always starving, but he was always confined to the woods and the rule was that nobody was to go in.

Of course, people forget.

Supernatural — “Don’t Go in the Woods” — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR
Supernatural — “Don’t Go in the Woods” — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

After an argument about telling the world about monsters — no, that really wouldn’t work, but poor Sammy in this moment — the sheriff gets a call from his son. Tom is heading into the woods to get revenge against the animal that killed his girlfriend at the start of the episode. The Winchesters and the sheriff, armed with a silver blade (because silver blades seem to kill almost everything!), head through the woods to find Tom and kill the Kohonta.

Fortunately, the Winchesters and the sheriff get to the cabin the family used to live at. This is the Kohonta’s base and Tom is there. After a small fight (that could have been over much quicker but never mind), the Kohonta is killed.

In the end, Sam suggests that the sheriff tells his son the truth about the monster in the wood. The question is whether that’s the right thing. Is lying better?

One thing is for certain, Sam is definitely struggling with everything that is happening right now. He’s unhappy with the loss of his hunter army and with lying to Jack. Just how long will it take to break?

Supernatural — “Don’t Go in the Woods” — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR
Supernatural — “Don’t Go in the Woods” — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

Jack makes some friends

While (all three) dads are away, Jack will play. Dean decides he doesn’t want to take Jack on the case, so gives him a shopping list instead.

That means a trip to the Kwiki Mart, which is currently shut. Fortunately, one of the three friends we met in “Lebanon” has the keys and is opening up, giving Jack the chance to buy everything — well, he does get asked for ID.

Eliot has gained a fascination for ghosts since meeting the Winchesters, and Jack finds his way into this friendship group. He even goes out of his way to bring books for Eliot to read, although Max and Stacy aren’t as interested in the supernatural. Kudos to the writers for remembering the Ghostfacers!

Jack decides to teach them a little about fighting demons, but he has to use his powers to get an angel blade to stick in a tree. That’s when things get a little too over the top. He starts showing off with his abilities and Stacy gets scared, running past Jack only to accidentally get stabbed in the stomach. Fortunately, Jack can heal her, but it’s definitely ruined the chance of friendship with the three.

Supernatural — “Don’t Go in the Woods” — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

One thing I will say is that Jack felt bad for the accident. Is this a sign that he still has enough of his soul? Or did he just know the Winchesters would have felt bad?

Jack is back at the bunker when the Winchesters come back. This is a chance for the Winchesters to be truthful about why they didn’t want him coming along — worried about him using his powers. While Jack promises not to use his powers without permission, he refuses to tell them what really happened while the Winchesters were gone.

Next. Supernatural Season 14, Episode 15 recap: Can Donatello help Jack?. dark

What did you think about Supernatural Season 14, Episode 16? What was your favorite part? What are you excited to see in the next episode? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Supernatural airs Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW.