This is probably the second saddest episode next to Swan Song in Season 5. It seems that way at this point anyway. I have many feelings for Ellen and Jo. Ellen as a mother who didn't want to see her daughter go into the life that her husband died for, who found that if she couldn't stop it it was better to accept it and be with her daughter than not accept and lose her forever, a mother who, in the end, accepts her daughter's decision to give up her life to save others and decides that she would rather be with her till the end than survive without her *cry* and Jo - the girl with the crush on a guy who would only look on her as a sister (well until today anyway), as a daughter who was constantly fighting to get her mom to see that she was an adult and would make her own decisions - sort of like Dean and Sam with John - and as a hunter with the courage to sacrifice her life for the cause and do what she could to help Sam and Dean defeat Lucifer. Unfortunately, their deaths do not save the world from Lucifer - only save Sam and Dean once again, building on the guilt piling up within Dean as we see in a future episode.
Then there is Cas - caught in a circle of holy fire by Lucifer and tempted to Lucifer's side, staying strong and loyal to Sam and Dean - as expected. We can't forget his interaction with Meg either. Is this the first time they meet? Sam also has another talk with Lucifer, in which Lucifer says something very reminicent of The End. We meet Crowley for the first time and of course DEATH makes his appearance... to Lucifer :P and makes us look forward to future eps!
So let's get started.
"Everybody Plays the Fool" by The Main Ingredient (plays over the initial scenes in Crowley's house)
"Oye Como Va" by Santana (plays over the scenes with Ellen et al at Bobby's)
The episode starts with Cas finding Crowley in a crossroads deal (we will remember this for his kiss with the poor banker when we come to a funny scene with Bobby aye?)and following him back to his mansion.
CASTIEL:The demon Crowley is making a deal; even as we speak, it's—going—down.
DEAN:Going down? Right. Okay, Huggy Bear, just don't lose him.
(Huggy Bear!!! :D)
Crowley's house is full of enochian symbols so he can't get in. When he calls Dean and tells him, Dean says don't worry, you've done good. We'll do the rest. (wow... Dean giving orders to an Angel :P Come to think of it, maybe Cas needs someone to give him orders now that he has none from Heaven...) Next scene, it's night and Jo, dressed in a sexy dress, is luring the guards of Crowley's house to open the gates while Sam and Dean lie in wait.
Once they've taken care of the guards, I'm assuming they go into the mansion and quickly draw up a devils trap under one of the carpets. Then they turn off the electricity to let Crowley know they are there, I guess. Crowley, who has been drinking his favorite whiskey and watching a Hitler movie with a small smile on his face, gets up to investigate (well, he probably knows exactly who is there already and has just been waiting for them). He of course senses that they have drawn the devil's trap and turns over the carpet, complaining that they have ruined a very expensive carpet. Suddenly two other demons grab Sam and Dean from behind and Crowley picks up the colt and it looks like he's aiming at Dean but he's actually aiming at the demon behind him. Bang, bang, and the demons are dead. Leaving Sam and Dean free.
CROWLEY:We need to talk. Privately.
He tells them that he was the one that started the rumour that he had the colt. That's a pretty dangerous business as far as I can see. If the wrong people heard it... Maybe he was smart about it, or maybe Lucifer knew and didn't stop it because he wouldn't be hurt by it anyway. We'll never know. I think I mentioned in The End that if Sam and Dean had not gotten back together, they may never have gone to that convention, and Sam would never have been told about the colt - allowing the colt to be hidden for five years. By getting back together, they have changed the future significantly already - shortening the period it takes to find the colt. By finding out early that they could not use it against Lucifer, and by hunting the horsemen together, they are able to come to their ultimate solution. We will also find that Lucifer's statement in The End, "See you in five years, Dean" changes too, while the location stays the same.
Let's get back to the story. As Sam and Dean stand thinking this must all be a trap, Crowley explains to them why he wants Lucifer dead. Basically, Crowley is sure that Lucifer cares less about demons than he does humans, and once he takes over there, he will kill off all the demons too. Crowley casually waves the gun at Sam to take it.
SAM:You wouldn't happen to know where the devil is, by chance, would you?
CROWLEY:Thursday, birdies tell me, there's an appointment in Carthage, Missouri.
After reluctantly taking the colt and getting Lucifer's location, Sam points the colt at Crowley and pulls the trigger, but of course there are not bullets. Crowley is totally awesome here the way he has anticipated exactly what they would do if they got the colt and the location from him. He casualy mentions, oh I guess you need some bullets :) And when Dean asks, what if they lose, he bellows at them like he would one of his demons.
CROWLEY:Number one, he's going to wipe us all out anyway. Two, after you leave here, I go on an extended vacation to all points nowhere. And three, how about you don't miss, okay! Morons!
And disappears from the room. A smart, interesting Demon such as we have never seen before on this show.
In the next scene, Ellen and Cas are conducting a whiskey drinking contest which leaves Jo and Ellen with their mouths open.
In Bobby's office, Dean and Sam are sitting at Bobby's desk strategizing.
SAM:It's gotta be a trap, right?
DEAN:Sam Winchester, having trust issues with a demon. Well, better late than never.
SAM:Thank you again for your continued support.
But trap or no trap they have to take it, and strange things seem to be happening in Carthage with Revelation omens galore. Dean suggests that Sam can't come, what with his addiction to demon blood and the fact that Lucifer is after his meatsuit of course, but Sam is adamant that they are going to do this together. And Dean finally agrees.
SAM:Haven't we learned a damn thing? If we're gonna do this, we're gonna do it together.
DEAN:Okay. But it's a stupid frigging idea.
But then Dean's attention goes to a nice looking butt hanging out from the fridge and Sam looks at what he's looking at -
SAM: Boy, talk about stupid ideas.
DEAN:Good God. True, that.
But he goes to her anyway and we have that cute scene -
DEAN:If I was, would, uh, would that work?
Well it's cute when we think of Dean being blown off royally, but it is a bit sad thinking of Jo and the little bit of dignity she holds on to till the very end. I don't know. Do you think she would have given in if she thought she really might die? or was it more like, what if I don't? How do I live this down?? Anyway, Jo looks really pretty in this scene and Dean looks pretty hot himself.
Soon after, Bobby calls everyone in the living room for a photo. I'm not quite sure why Bobby took that photo. Maybe as a sort of jinx? He thought that if they took a photo then no one would die? They joke around a bit about it, but of course Cas cannot joke .. at all.
BOBBY:Anyway, I'm gonna need something to remember your sorry asses by.
ELLEN:Ha! Always good to have an optimist around.
CASTIEL: Bobby's right. Tomorrow we hunt the devil. This is our last night on earth.
And of course everyone turns serious and no one is smiling in the picture.
They next scene, they are riding into Carthage, Cas in the back of Jo and Ellen's car. Sam and Dean find that their cellphones don't work. You will also notice there are at least a few references to Jesus and God on the bilboards around town. The billboard right behind the Impala for example:
"Anti-God is Anti-American" :P Also funny is this view of Sam and Dean sticking their cellphones out of the car LOL
Sam and Dean decide to look around at the police station.
Jo opens the door for Cas when he doesn't, and finds that Cas is already out. We see the movie theatre bill board saying: "Jesus Saves". Cas though, is looking at all the reapers. The funny thing here is, he can't talk to them. Reapers are not usually so out of it, right? They look like they are in a trance. All except for one reaper looking at Cas out of a window.
Cas zaps up to the floor the reaper was on. I guess the reaper is part of Lucifer's trap. As Cas walks down the hall and into a room, he sees a very bright light and a voice, "Hello, brother" and the next thing he knows he is in a circle of holy fire, and there is Lucifer right in front of him.
Jo and Ellen meet up with Sam and Dean and confirm there is no one anywhere. Sam and Dean also find out that Cas saw Reapers all around, and that he seems to have disappeared. We then jump to Cas again.
LUCIFER:So I take it you're here with the Winchesters.
CASTIEL:I came alone.
LUCIFER:Loyalty. Such a nice quality to see in this day and age. Castiel, right? Castiel. I'm told you came here in an automobile.
LUCIFER:What was that like?
CASTIEL:Um. Slow. Confining.
LUCIFER:What a peculiar thing you are.
First of all, we see that Castiel is protective of the boys, trying to hide that he came with them. But then he tells Lucifer that he will specifically not let Lucifer take Sam. Of course that would be natural since, stopping Lucifer from taking Sam is also important in the general scheme of things, and he is talking to Lucifer, but I like that he is standing up for Sam in particular here. Sam, as well as Dean, is his friend and under his protection.
CASTIEL:What's wrong with your vessel?
LUCIFER:Yes. Um. Nick is wearing a bit thin, I'm afraid. He can't contain me forever, so—
CASTIEL:You—You are not taking Sam Winchester. I won't let you.
LUCIFER:Castiel. I don't understand why you're fighting me, of all the angels
CASTIEL:You really have to ask?
LUCIFER:I rebelled, I was cast out. You rebelled, you were cast out. Almost all of heaven wants to see me dead, and if they succeed, guess what? You're their new public enemy number one. We're on the same side, like it or not, so why not just serve your own best interests? Which in this case just happen to be mine?
CASTIEL:I'll die first.
LUCIFER:I suppose you will.
Lucifer, as always, tries to equate their situations like he did with Sam and with Nick, but it does not work on Cas of course, and Lucifer doesn't try so hard either. This last conversation - Cas saying that he would die first, and Luci saying I suppose you will - can also be seen as a prophesy. It is almost as if Luci knows something like that will happen. Although Cas doesn't know it yet, he will end up giving his life for the cause, despite giving up once after Sam is taken over. It is possible that Lucifer knows a version of the future in which Cas dies as well.
Lucifer of course has no intention of killing the boys but, I think he wants to separate them from Cas so that they do not have Cas to get them away from Meg and the hell hounds.
As Sam, Dean, Ellen and Jo are walking around wondering what they should do with Cas gone, Meg and the hell hounds appear to try to take them to Lucifer. Dean quickly points the colt at her.
MEG:Didn't come here alone, Deano.
MEG:Yeah, Dean. Your favorite. Come on, boys. My father wants to see you.
(Anyone recognize the nickname? So Meg was actually the first to use it on Dean :) )
Dean points the colt at her, but when he hears she has hell hounds, he doesn't use it. Why? Wouldn't the colt kill hell hounds as well? Why couldn't he kill Meg anyway? In any case, he decides against it and gets pounced on by one of the hell hounds. Jo saves him by shooting at it , and then gets attacked from another hell hound and gets hurt. The hell hound gouges her stomach before Ellen and Sam can shoot it off of her. Dean finally gets to her and carries her away. They run into a hardware store and seal the doors and windows with rock salt.
Assessing their situation, first they check out Jo's wound and find that it is very serious. Dean finds something to make a radio with and is busy making one to call Bobby. He tells Sam that they have to take this opportunity now that they know Lucifer is actually in town. Bobby has been trying to contact them by cell this whole time but he hears the radio go on and rushes to get to it.
DEAN on radio:K C 5 Fox Delta Oscar, come in.
BOBBY: K C 5 Fox Delta Oscar, go ahead.
DEAN:Bobby, it's Dean. We got problems.
BOBBY:It's okay, boy. That's why I'm here.
BOBBY:Is everyone all right?
DEAN:No. It's—it's—it's Jo. Bobby, it's pretty bad.
BOBBY:Okay. Copy that. So now we figure out what we do next.
DEAN:Bobby, I don't think she's—
BOBBY:I said, what do we do next, Dean?
DEAN:Right. Okay, right.
BOBBY:Now, tell me what you got.
I really like this conversation firstly for seeing Dean distraught over Jo, and secondly for Bobby acting like I'm sure John would have acted or like Dean himself does toward Sam as he gets Dean to focus on the task at hand. Ellen talks to Bobby to give him an idea on how many reapers there were and Bobby finds out about Lucifer's plan to raise DEATH.
BOBBY:As in Death. The horseman. The pale rider in the flesh.
DEAN:Unleash? I mean, hasn't Death been tromping all over the place? Hell, I've died several times myself.
BOBBY:Not this guy. This is—this is the angel of death. Big daddy reaper. They keep this guy chained in a box six hundred feet under. Last time they hauled him up, Noah was building a boat. That's why the place is crawling with reapers. They're waiting on the big boss to show.
This idea of Death being "chained in a box six hundred feet under" is very interesting. I wonder who chained him up and why? God? So he wouldn't rampage? Did God himself haul him up for the big flood? And all the time Lucifer is free, Death has to do his bidding right? So he is still bound in a sense. But once Lucifer is thrown back, he is completely free right? Isn't that a bit weird? Why was he chained to begin with? As far as I can see, Death being free has not particularly hurt anything. hmmm... I guess that's one of those continuity errors. They probably forgot about this one little passage after Season 5 LOL.
So anyway, Bobby tells them where the Battle of Carthage took place so now they know where Lucifer will be doing his ritual.
OK back to Cas. Meg is there now and she wants to DO something to Sam, Dean and company but Lucifer tells her to let them be, pacifying her by acting like a loving father. And Lucifer leaves, leaving Meg with Cas.
Back to the hunters, Sam and Dean are trying to assess how to get Ellen and Jo out AND do what they came here to do and it's proving to be a challenge. Just as Sam is about to go to find something that could be a stretcher, Jo calls them over.
JO:Can we, uh, be realistic about this, please? Uh! I can't move my legs. I can't be moved. My guts are being held in by an ace bandage. We gotta—we gotta get our priorities straight here.
JO:Number one, I'm not going anywhere.
ELLEN:Joanna Beth, you stop talking like that.
JO:Mom. I can't fight. I can't walk. But I can do something. We got propane, wiring, rock salt, iron nails, everything we need.
SAM:Everything we need?
JO:To build a bomb, Sam.
DEAN:No. Jo, no.
JO:You got another plan? You got any other plan? Those are hellhounds out there, Dean. They've got all of our scents. Those bitches will never stop coming after you. We let the dogs in, you guys hit the roof, make a break for the building next over. I can wait here with my finger on the button, rip those mutts a new one. Or at least get you a few minutes' head start, anyway.
ELLEN:No, I—I won't let you.
JO:This is why we're here, right? If I can get us a shot on the devil—Dean, we have to take it.
ELLEN:No! That's not—
JO:Mom. This might literally be your last chance to treat me like an adult. Might wanna take it?
ELLEN:You heard her. Get to work.
Interesting that Jo is addressing her speech here at Dean as much as her mom. First she talks about the hellhounds to him, because he knows them the best. And second she appeals to his determination to do what they came to do. Finally, she appeals to her mother to treat her like the adult she is. And that clinches it. Ellen agrees by telling the boys to get to work with the preparations.
After everything is done, Dean comes with the switch to blow everything up and says his farewells. First with a kiss on her forehead and then on her lips and ug.
DEAN:Okay, this is it. I'll see you on the other side. Probably sooner than later.
JO:Make it later.
His expression and hers are just heartbreaking. Ellen though just stands there looking at Jo and smiling and Jo understands that Ellen is going to stay with her.
ELLEN:Somebody's gotta let them in. Like you said, you're not moving. You got me, Jo. And you're right, this is important. But I will not leave you here alone.
Sam and Dean try to stop her, but Ellen is adamant.
ELLEN:Get going now, boys.
ELLEN:I said go.
ELLEN:And Dean? Kick it in the ass. Don't miss.
Oh God, and I'm crying just from the transcripts... and again as I stick the pictures in :'( As Sam and Dean race out, Ellen settles down and Jo rests her head on Ellen's shoulder...
ELLEN:I will always love you, baby.
That ... is just too much for me
Ellen then realizes that Jo is passed on and she starts crying, but she is happy too, because Jo doesn't have to go through any more pain. She kisses her on the head -
ELLEN:That's my good girl.
Ellen sees the doors blast apart and the various things falling from the shelves as the hell hounds come closer. When she feels the breath of one by her face,
ELLEN:You can go straight back to hell, you ugly bitch!
She presses the button with Jo's finger on it and the hardware store blows up. Sam and Dean have managed to get on the street and they stop and look back with these inexplicable faces before they quickly leave.
Sam and Dean have arrived at the field without any problem thanks to Jo and Ellen.
Lucifer is in the middle, shovelling a big mound of dirt. I have to ask here - why didn't he make the demons do the work? Or why didn't he just do it with the wave of his arm? An angel shouldn't be doing manual work - especially an evil one - right? But he is puffing away while all the townsfolk with demons inside them are standing around watching like zombies - just like the reapers before.
Sam and Dean prepare themselves to succeed or die -
DEAN:I think I'm good.
SAM:Yeah. Me too.
First, Sam gets Lucifer's attention
SAM:You wanted to see me?
LUCIFER:Oh, Sam, you don't need that gun here. You know I'd never hurt you. Not really.
I guess Sam has his regular gun, because Dean has the colt.
And if it had worked, this would have been the best moment ever -
DEAN:Yeah? Well, I'd hurt you. So suck it.
Boom, and Lucifer falls. But then as they look at eachother not being able to believe it's finished, Lucifer wakes and gets up.
LUCIFER:Owww...Where did you get that?
And Sam stares with an open mouth as Dean is flung into a tree.
LUCIFER:Don't feel too bad, Sam. There's only five things in all of creation that that gun can't kill, and I just happen to be one of them. But if you give me a minute, I'm almost done.
LUCIFER:You know, I don't suppose you'd just say yes here and now? End this whole tiresome discussion? That's crazy, right?
SAM:It's never gonna happen!
LUCIFER: Oh, I don't know, Sam. I think it will. I think it'll happen soon. Within six months. And I think it'll happen in Detroit.
SAM:You listen to me, you son of a bitch. I'm gonna kill you myself, you understand me? I'm going to rip your heart out!
LUCIFER:That's good, Sam. You keep fanning that fire in your belly. All that pent-up rage. I'm gonna need it.
It's like a parent/child conversation don't you think? Lucifer all calm because he is pretty sure he knows Sam, he knows what will happen.
The interesting part of this discussion for me is the mention of Detroit. Because we already know from The End that Sam and Lucifer had a "big showdown" in Detroit. We also know that it does. actually happen. in Detroit - Sam says yes to Lucifer in Detroit. The fact that Lucifer knows this tells me that he can see the future. But only part of it is for sure. Lucifer knows it will happen, and he knows it will happen in Detroit. These are already set because of the way things have come so far. But there are things that are not set in stone - like whether Sam will come alone and the outcome of the final fight. I'm not sure if Lucifer knew for sure that he would come out on top when he took over Sam ... That could have been set as well. He could have kept it to himself so that Sam would take the risk. Anyway we'll talk about that later.
Sam has gone over to Dean to check his pulse. He and Lucifer talk a bit about all the women and children killed and now buried for the ritual. When Sam looks horrified, Lucifer tells him, he should understand why Lucifer has to do this -
LUCIFER:I was a son. A brother, like you, a younger brother, and I had an older brother who I loved. Idolized, in fact. And one day I went to him and I begged him to stand with me, and Michael—Michael turned on me. Called me a freak. A monster. And then he beat me down. All because I was different. Because I had a mind of my own. Tell me something, Sam. Any of this sound familiar? Anyway. You'll have to excuse me. Midnight is calling and I have a ritual to finish. Don't go anywhere. Not that you could if you would.
Do you think this fits Sam and Dean's profile? Yes, ok, younger brother, older brother - same. Idolizing - maybe same. Sam begs Dean to go with him and Ruby and Dean refuses. Calls him a monster. Yes. And maybe you could say Dean "beat him down" after Sam opened the cage because Sam chose Ruby over him and he couldn't trust Sam because of the demon blood. But things have changed between them, haven't they? Ever since they got together again. Sam has gotten through to Dean that they have to do it together, and it has to be an even relationship.
While Lucifer goes back to his ritual and starts killing off his demons to give to Death, Sam goes back to Dean again. Dean wakes up. He's not dead (which is incredible, but I guess Lucifer didn't intend to kill him anyway). And as they watch open mouthed, Lucifer turns to them -
LUCIFER:What? They're just demons.
OK, finally back to Cas. He has found a handle sort of like what we saw in On the Head of a Pin and he is turning it slowly in his mind as he talks to Meg. Meg is all dewy-eyed, sure that "we are going to win," but Cas mentions that Crowley believed that Lucifer would get rid of the demons once he had power. (It makes sense now that we've seen Lucifer kill off his demons and refer to them as "just demons"). But Meg won't listen.
MEG:You're wrong. Lucifer is the father of our race. Our creator. Your god may be a deadbeat. Mine—mine walks the earth.
The bolt comes loose and the huge pipe comes crashing down on Meg, bumping her into the circle. Cas tries to kill her, but he can't. He doesn't have any power. When Meg laughs at him about not having any juice, he flings her down onto the holy fire to make a bridge and walks over her.
As Sam and Dean watch the spell take effect, Cas suddenly appears and zaps them away. He doesn't have the juice to kill Meg, but he has enough to zap two people. Interesting! Maybe there was warding in the building so he couldn't use his powers.
Anyway, we see Lucifer glance their way and smile. He obviously doesn't care if they are there or not. They are just little ants under his raised foot :P He is more interested in what comes out of the earth at the end of his ritual...
LUCIFER:Oh, hello, Death.
Bobby, Sam and Dean stand by the fireplace as Bobby places their photo in the fire. Again, I'm not sure why. So they wont come back as ghosts? Or because the good luck charm didn't work?
Most significant was the close up back and forth of Dean's face as he looks down at the burning photo and Jo's face looking back at him from the flames. Does he blame himself for her death? yup.