3x01 The Magnificent Seven
The brothers hunt down the demons that escaped the devil’s gate at the end of season 2. Other hunters blame them for the demon war. Both concepts now long forgotten. Dean sold his soul to bring Sam back to life in an astoundingly inappropriate decision. Ruby 1.0 shows up. Dean drowns a lust demon in bath filled with holy water and rosaries. This was okay.
3x03 Bad Day At Black Rock
A cursed rabbit’s foot is stolen, Sam is held hostage by hunters and the toxic sludge that is Bela debuts. This was funny and very good. Why did John never tell his sons about his storage locker full of curse boxes or about other hunters?
“It has to be in a cemetery, under a full moon, on a Friday the 13th.”
“Bunch of obsessed revenge driven sociopaths.”
“I think you’re a truly awful person.”
3x05 Bedtime Stories
People are being killed Grimm fairy tales fashion. This was very good, Sam gets murky.
3x06 Red Sky At Morning
A ghost ship, mysterious drowning, a Hand of Glory and the belligerent Bela make up this good episode.
“How do you sleep at night?”
“On silk sheets, rolling naked in money.”
3x07 Fresh Blood
Crazy Gordon escapes jail and Bela sells out the Winchesters for her own selfish purposes. Gordon becomes a vampire; cue a brutal fight in a creepy warehouse. Sam gets disgustingly violent in this okay episode.
“Sam Winchester’s the anti-christ!”
3x08 A Very Supernatural Christmas
The Winchesters take on pagan gods of the winter solstice in this non-poignant episode. It is okay with soppy bits.
3x09 Malleus Maleficarum
Sam and Dean encounter evil witches. Ruby shows up and despite her being extremely dubious everyone trusts her. Teeth, maggots, blood and hints of Lilith are present in this good episode.
“Remember all those dark demonic forces you prayed to when you swore your servitude? Just who did you think you were praying to?”
3x11 Mystery Spot
Dean dies; Sam goes nuts -sadly by season 8 Sam disconcertingly didn’t care that Dean was in purgatory. The Trickster shows up and screws with Sam who stares blankly. This was okay.
3x12 Jus In Bello
The schemer Bela hands the brothers over to the FBI (which makes no sense concerning a later season 3 revelation that she and her Caligulan appetites was trying to escape a demonic deal). The brothers are arrested, demons show up and Agent Henrickson finally believes. Lilith rises and there is a vociferously downer ending. This was good. No wonder everyone was glad when Bela was later on eaten by hellhounds and sent to hell never to be seen or mentioned again. She was a preposterous barely comprehensible character with no authenticity. Ruby showed up to rant and be fairly odious, she was evil in plain sight yet it took until season 4 for Sam to cop on.
“Think Hannibal Lector and his half wit little brother.”
“They’re satan worshipping nut bag killers!”
“Your daddy brainwashed you with all that devil talk and no doubt touched you in a bad place.”