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Whew, episode 21! I'm positively loopy with recap fever here, churning out a seventh one in a row for your (and my) amusement. There's still next week too! So, let's get it on, these episodes are getting bumpy.
 
I note there's an especially long "NOW" segment. I know there's a lot to cover, but there's a lot to see too. It's all getting crammed in last second, which will be a criticism of mine when I do my season five analysis this summer. Good thing the episode rocks anyway.
 
The scene starts at a convalescence home in Davenport, Iowa. Shouldn't this be a place for Death, not Pestilence? I guess both. Do they call them convalescence homes anymore? It's better than a "rest home" where people go to die. Yeah, I don't get it either. Anyway, a bedridden elderly woman asks "Dr. Greene" how his trip was. Fantastic! Plenty of disease everywhere, thanks for asking. No, he has a better answer. "Very productive." Matt Frewer, aka Pestilence, comes in looking a lot cleaner and less mucousy than we saw him last. He's all smiles and warmth, greeting his favorite patient, who's looking pretty ill. I get it, he likes sick people. He's certainly in the right place. When I think of disease and dying, Iowa comes to mind (it's a joke people!).
  

The woman complains about feeling worse and worse, and then Pestilence rattles off everything that's wrong with her. A combination of the common cold, dengue fever, and Japanese encephalitis. Oh, is that all? She doesn't understand and now Pestilence gets all evil. He waves his hand over her forehead and she suddenly breaks out in red spots. "Well look at that, you never had Chicken Pox as a child." I did. I'm glad too, even though I'm waiting for shingles to hit eventually. 
 
Pestilence thinks this will be fascinating. She tries to ask how could she have all those diseases at once, but Pestilence finishes for her. He brags about the blend he made up in a petri dish, the petri dish being her.  Yes, live subjects make less room for error.  She wonders if he's going to cure her. Nope, she's gonna die. Well at least he's being honest. "In four, three, two"¦" she barfs green goop all over him. Honestly, do any of those diseases result in green goop like that? I think they're just trying to gross us out. 
 
Title card. Only two more of these this season. I think next years will involve sunsets and daisies. What do you think? If it's lollipops and candycanes, I will build Kripke a shrine.
 
We see a desk full of clippings with all sorts of bad weather stories and other omens.  In the background Dean is yelling. Well that's a great way to kick things off. It's "One Day Earlier." "What the Hell is wrong with you?"  Dean shouts.  "Dean-" Sam tries to say but Dean is too livid. "No, don't "˜Dean' me. You have had some stupid ideas in the past but this-" He stops to ask Bobby if he knew about this. Bobby tries to play dumb. "About Sam's genius plan to say yes to The Devil?" Shot on Sam who isn't enjoying Dean flying off the handle like this. Bobby nods, cautiously, as if Dean will start throwing something. Like punches. "Well thanks for the heads up!" Dean yells. Hey, go easy on him. He only expects you two to communicate. 

 

"You can't do this," Dean says to Sam. He passively agrees if that's the consensus. Then Dean considers it done. His phone rings, but before he answers he points at Sam and tells him "This isn't over." You're right there Dean, but not in the way you think. Sam shares a "what can I do" look with Bobby but now I'm too psyched over the fact that Castiel's voice is on the other end. Cas! It's you! Sam's interested, wondering if he's okay. "We all thought you were dead. Where are you man?" Dean asks.  He's in a hospital, in a bed, wearing a gown, everything! This is so fun.

 

Dean wants to know if he's okay. "No," is the answer. Silence. "You want to elaborate?" Dean asks, still a bit agitated.  "Just woke up here. The doctors were fairly surprised, they thought I was brain dead." Dean tries to get more. "Apparently after Van Nuys I suddenly appeared bloody and unconscious on a shrimping boat off Delacroix." He was told that upset the sailors. You think? A dude in a trenchcoat comes out of nowhere on your boat in the middle of the Gulf? He was...ballooning. Yeah, that's it.
 
Dean tells him he's just in time for they found a way to pop Satan's box. While he's explaining this, Castiel is, wincing in pain??? An angel? Too bad Dean can't see this. Dean goes on that it's a long story. They're going after Pestilence now and suggests Cas zap over there. "I can't zap anywhere," Castiel says. Dean naturally wants to know why not. His batteries are drained. Dean wonders if that means he's out of angel mojo. "I'm saying that I am thirsty and my head aches. I have a bug bite that itches no matter how much I scratch it, I'm saying that I'm just incredibly"¦" "Human," Dean answers. Well that's not good news in the eleventh hour. It's fun to see Cas like this though. 

 

Dean is stunned which surprises me for nothing should be shocking him these days.  He tells Cas he's sorry. "I can't go anywhere without money for"¦an airplane ride." That pause is so priceless. "And food. More pain medication ideally." Dean says there are no worries, Bobby's there and will wire him the cash. "I will?" Bobby asks all angry.  Aw Bobby, come on, help out a bedridden angel in need. Castiel, being the angel of awkward social graces, finds this is the exact proper time to give Dean an apology. "You said no to Michael. I owe you an apology." Dean tries to stop him but he goes on. "You are not the burnt and broken shell of a man I believed you to be." Dean says thank you in an "I'm so not in the mood for this now" tone. He blankly says, "I appreciate that." "You're welcome," Castiel says like they are all good. Gotta love angels and their ill timed moments. Cas abruptly hangs up. He might have wanted to tell Dean exactly where he is. It's apparently a one day bus ride from Davenport.
 
Dean and Sam get into the Impala while Bobby sits outside looking on. He tells them to be careful and they go. Focus turns to the "Serenity Valley Convalescent Home" through binoculars. Dean surmises this is "Dr. Evil's" lair. Oh, I don't know. Dr. Evil would be far more flashy. He's over the top sinister. Right, Wal-mart apocalypse. Sam's got binoculars too and then backs up what I'm thinking. "It's kind of more depressing than evil." That's because they can't imagine themselves growing old and ending up in one of these places. "Nope, it's a brutal, violent, bloody young death for me!"
 
Dean backs me up on that too. "It's a four color brochure for dying young. Of course to Pestilence, it's probably Dollywood in there." I would have said Six Flags. Sam figures out there's a whole building full of people and they can't figure out who's demon, who's human, and who's Pestilence. Just kill them all. It's a home for the dying, right? No, they have another plan. Dean spots the security camera. 

Dean enters the security office and tells the guard he's looking for his nana. Her name is Eunice Kennedy. That's the best you can do Dean?  The guard tells him to check with the nurse around front but Dean goes on with a description. She's small, and he puts his hand out at three feet? So she's a dwarf nana. "Grey hair, wears diapers." So that's what you think aging is Dean? Yeah, you've got it right actually. Dean then clocks the guard out cold and pounds on the door, signaling Sam to come in. While he drags the guard away Sam taunts him about Eunice Kennedy. "That's the beauty about improv Sam. You never know what's gonna come out of your mouth." 
 


Sam and Dean continue to watch the monitors, or really Sam is intently watching and Dean is sleeping. Right, Sam isn't sleeping much these days. Sam wakes him up. He asks what they're looking for. "Well, he's Pestilence, so he probably looks sick." "Everybody looks sick," Sam answers. That's why it's the perfect place for a disease carrying horseman to hide! Dean has no answer, Sam continues to watch. It's later, Sam is still attentive, Dean paces then sleeps again. Finally Sam sees what he's looking for. Distortion following one man. He points it out to Dean and they see where he goes. Into the woman's room from the teaser. So this must be "One Day Later." 
 
We get a little repeat of the teaser, just because repeating a sequence is cost effective. Sam and Dean scamper through the halls with weapons and as they pass a room they get the attention of a nurse even though she doesn't see them. She felt them. Must be a nurse demon. She barges into Pestilence's room, obviously doing a zapping thing since she got there before Sam and Dean. Her eyes turn black and she tells Pestilence the Winchesters are there.   He's wiping off some of the green goop but doesn't get hardly any of it with his meager hankerchief, increasing the ick factor. They really are going all out this season.

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Nurse demon thinks they should go but Pestilence laughs at her. "Are you kidding me?" She points out Sam and Dean's track record with horsemen. He starts stewing angrily over what they did to his brothers. Notice later how big brother Death didn't really care. "The only reasonable thing to do is to take it out of their healthy young asses." Fine, take it out of their asses, but leave the pretty faces alone, please? Nurse demon reminds him they're under strict orders not to kill the vessels. As in plural? I though Dean was fair game? "Well if he wants them so bad"¦he should"¦GLUE THEM BACK TOGETHER!!!" Oh, bitter much? Of course I think that would have been more effective if he didn't stare down the nurse with green barf all over him. Or worse, he gives her a hug with green barf all over him. Yuck. He turns the ring on his finger. Uh oh, diseases coming. 
 
Now a doctor in the hall starts spewing green chunks and falls to the floor dead. You know, blood I can take. Green barf? Enough.  Then the nurse gets red spots all over her, collapses and starts choking. That's better!  Sam and Dean turn the corner, Dean with the shotgun, Sam with the knife. Suddenly Winchesters start getting woozy and choking. Now everything is fuzzy and they stagger down the hall. Sam chokes up some blood and surmises they're getting close. You think? I would have pegged the dead doctor and nurse in the pile of green puke to be the clue. 

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They both are clinging onto walls now but keep going, Dean even managing in his state to step over the green barf. Sam is sweating profusely now and Dean just can't make it anymore. Sam tries to help him but they both stagger right into the opposite wall where Dean goes down. He's done. Sam sees the room, or a double visioned version of the room and tries to go in. Nurse demon opens the door for him. "The doctor will see you now." In the back of the room is Pestilence, welcoming them both with a smile and motioning them in. Best of all, he's barfless now. Sam falls forward to the ground. I guess they caught one of those disease cocktails going around. Pestilence tells them to come right in as the camera shows Sam unconscious on the floor.  


 
Nurse demon drags Dean into the room while Sam is already in his spot choking up blood. He should be used to that by now. Now Dean is awake and they're both choking. Pestilence notices they don't look well. What's the saying, thanks for the news flash Edison? "Might be the Scarlet Fever. Or the meningitis. Oh, or the Syphilis." Another VD? Come on Sera, you already gave Sam the clap earlier in the season.
  



Pestilence reaches over and grabs Sam's gorgeous locks of hair, pulling him toward him. I guess he can't do that with Dean. "However you feel, it's going to get so very, very much worse. Questions?" He throws Sam back down on the ground. He puts on some anti-bacterial gel and I don't get it. Isn't he the guy who was wearing green barf with glee? Mucous all over hands? Now he's worried about being sanitary? He talks about how diseases get such a bad rap, how its people that get sick, disease itself is very pure. You're monologuing dude. Just kill them already. Dean would tell you that if he could talk. Speaking of Dean, he reaches for the knife but Pestilence steps on his hand and we hear cracking all while he's giving a lecture on bacteria. Or people. I can't tell which. Pestilence kicks the knife away.
 
"So, you got to wonder why God pours all his love into something SO MESSY! AND WEAK!" Sam and Dean just wince and roll on the ground and listen. Pestilence is determined to prove God wrong one epidemic at a time. So he's a Lucifer loyalist. Good to know. You know, without humans, your diseases wouldn't kill anything pal. You'd be out of a job. Ever think of that? Pestilence pulls out the "on a scale of one to ten, how's your pain" line. I'm not sure if it's intentional, but I'll take that as a slight shout out to The Princess Bride. It would have been for sure if his question had "for posterity."


 
We don't get into that part of the evil villain monologuing though, for someone bursts in. It's Castiel! He's wearing"¦his suit and trenchcoat. Sorry, but if this guy goes completely human, that look has to go. It'll start to stink. Or get threadbare. Pestilence wants to know how he got there. "I took a bus." Okay, first God's messenger talks on cell phones and now he travels in busses. That's a long way down. Cas is about to assure Sam and Dean about something but then he collapses to the ground and coughs up blood. Even if he was at full angel strength, that would have been consistent with Famine's effect on his vessel. But being weaker makes it more fun for the villain.


 
"Well look at that. An occupied vessel but powerless. Fascinating. There's not a spec of angel in you." Castiel then hops up, grabs the knife, and without hesitation cuts off Famine's ring finger! "Maybe just a spec." You go Cas! Prove that evil villain wrong. Famine yells in pain and nurse demon knocks Castiel to the ground. He may not have his demon zapping mojo with his hand, but he's got the handy dandy demon killing ginsu! He pushes the knife into her and she sparks away. Even humanized he's bad ass!

Dean hops up and goes for the dismembered finger with ring still attached. You know once upon a time that sort of thing used to give me chills? This show cured me of that.   So, with ring dislodged, now Sam and Dean are back to normal. Good, because that Syphilis thing would have been pretty awkward. Wouldn't it be fun if they got such diseases by actually having sex? "It doesn't matter," Pestilence says still clutching his injured hand. "It's too late." He disappears into thin air. Duh, duh, duh!



 
Everyone is back at Bobby's for the Team Freewill club meeting looking pretty glum. Dean plays with the ring on Bobby's still somewhat clean desk. His house has gotten a little messier since Karen left, but it's still not bad. I like it. "Well, it's actually nice to score a home run for once, ain't it?" Bobby says. Sam, Dean, and Castiel aren't celebrating. Bobby wants to know what. Sam lets him know the last thing Pestilence said was it's too late. Bobby wonders if he got specific but come on Bobby, since when has a demon, angel, or any other Supernatural creature been specific with their schemes? "We're just a little freaked out that he might have left a bomb somewhere," Dean says. That's a legitimate fear.   "So please tell us you have actual good news."


 
Bobby actually does have something. "Chicago's about to be wiped off the map. Storm of the millennium. Sets off a daisy chain of natural disasters. Three million people are gonna die." Sam and Dean are both surprised yet really exhausted. I remember Dean's quote from last season, "We just got back from needed!" Castiel says what they're thinking in his very tired voice. "I don't understand your definition of good news." I hope he never gets humanized to the point where he stops being literal. Bobby explains the point. Death, the horseman, he's gonna be there. He should be for that! He goes on.  Stop Death before he kick starts the storm and get his ring back. "Yeah, you make it sound so easy," Dean says sarcastically. No wonder he and Cas get along so well. Bobby defends himself, but Sam asks the question that really should be asked. How did Bobby put all this together? 
 


"I had, you know, help." So, what do you know, help arrives! It's the fifth member of Team Freewill, the one that still has to be given the full fledged initiation and secret handshake. He probably made a deal for that anyway. Crowley pours Bobby's cheap whiskey into a glass. "Don't be so modest, I barely helped at all." He greets the boys, sniffs the whiskey, is appalled and puts it down. You should have brought your own diva! 


 
"Go ahead, tell them," Crowley tells Bobby. Bobby is giving him a "drop dead" stare. Sam and Dean instantly turn to Bobby, demanding what's going on. "Tell us what?" Sam says in a scolding tone. "The world's going to end. It seems stupid to get precious over one little soul." Dean has a fit, Castiel looks down like it's the stupidest mistake he's ever heard. Crowley claims he pawned it and fully intends on giving it back. Dean demands he does and Crowley says he will. "Now!" Dean orders. Sam is too fixated on, well, the perverted stuff. Always the quiet ones. "Did you kiss him?" Dean looks at Sam weird. "Just wondering. 




 
Everyone shuts up and looks at Bobby now with weird faces. "No!" he denies. Crowley, just because he is not only evil, he's deliciously evil, clears his throat and produces an iPhone. Always the best technology for the demon deals. I read on Twitter from one of the crew that it took a million tries to get that picture because Mark Sheppard kept cracking up. He had the entire crew on the floor in tears. Bobby is now humiliated, asking "Why'd you take a picture?" Crowley has a smart answer. "Why'd you have to use tongue?" Back to Sam and Dean again looking at Bobby really disturbed. 










 
Dean puts an end to this madness, getting back to the point. He tells Crowley to give Bobby back his soul now. Crowley says he can't. "Can't or won't?" Dean asks. Okay, get an honest answer if you want. Won't. It's insurance. Dean doesn't get it. "You kill demons. Gigantor over there has a temper issue about it." Ha, I need to really get together all of the nicknames for Sam. That's a good one! Crowley concludes Dean won't kill him as long as he has that soul. Bobby calls him a son of a bitch and I actually think Crowley feels bad about screwing Bobby, but he does have a point. He promises he'll return it. "After this is all over and I can walk safely away. Do we all understand each other!" The silent glares must mean yes. 
 
Dean packs the Impala trunk full of"¦uh"¦supplies I guess when Sam comes up with that "we need to talk" look and big sigh. "Let me guess, we're about to have a talk," Dean says. You do know your brother, don't you? "Look Dean, for the record, I agree with you. About me. You think I'm too weak to take on Lucifer, well, so do I. Believe me, I know exactly how screwed up I am. You, Bobby, Cas, I'm the least of any of you." Aw Sammy, you're very special too. Don't worry, Cas is just as messed up as you are. Dean rolls his eyes and tries to deny that, but Sam goes on. "It's true, it is, but I'm also all we've got. If there was another way, but I don't think there is, there's just me. So I don't know what else to do, except just try to do what's gotta be done." Oh Sammy, you have grown up so much. Once you miraculously survive all this though, can you start working on those low self esteem issues? Please?


 
Before Dean can answer, Crowley interrupts, running his hand down his face miming drama. Way to spoil a moment you demon. Crowley gets right to the point and hands a paper to Sam. Niveus Pharmaceuticals is rushing delivery of its swine flu vaccine. "To stem the tide of unprecedented outbreak." It leaves Wednesday. Crowley points out the company name, but the point is lost on Sam and Dean.  "You two are lucky you have your looks." Hee, you see, even the gay demon gets it. He reminds Sam that Brady is the VP of distribution. He sees the lightbulbs go off in their head. "Ah yes, the sound of the abacus clicking?"  I'd explain to all you young-ins what an abacus is, but just wiki it.
 
They put it together, Pestilence was spreading swine flu and the vaccine is"¦Crowley interrupts, staking his reputation, which isn't exactly saying much, that the vaccine is loaded with Croatoan virus.   The dastardly plan hits Sam. "Simultaneous country wide distribution. It's quite a plan." "You don't get to be horsemen for nothing," Crowley says. I wonder if there were auditions all those years ago. "So you boys better stock up on, well, everything. This time next Thursday, we'll all be living in zombie land." Man, Thursdays are so brutal!


 
This is where Sera Gamble goes to Phil Sgriccia and says, "Man, do I have something cool for you! How would you like to shoot a scene with no dialogue where Death makes his grand arrival? Run with it." Okay, that's how I picture it happening anyway.  Just like with the promo ads from this season, on comes the Jennifer Titus haunting yet contemporary version of the old spiritual "O Death." The tempo of the song is slow so Death's arrival goes in eerie slo-mo. It starts with the caption "Chicago, Illinois" and there's a POV from under an L-Train. The skies are dark and gloomy. 
 
O Death
O Death
Won't you spare me over another year
 
An absolutely GORGEOUS 1960 Custom Cadillac Sixty-Two two door hardtop pulls up to the curb. A man slowly gets out of the Cadillac. He's got a nice suit on, a long black coat, walks with a cane and oh, he's got a big ring! Must be our guy. 


 
Well what is this that I can't see
With ice cold hands takin' hold of me
 
This dude, obviously Death since he comes with a theme song, is boney looking, pale, very thin and calmly strolls down the bustling sidewalk of Chicago. Then some mindless idiot checking his Blackberry bumps into Death and is rude enough (not to mention totally stupid) to tell to him to watch where he's walking. You're going down. 
 
When God is gone and the Devil takes hold
Who will have mercy on your soul
 
So all Death has to do is flick his shoulder with his hand. Stupid idiot suddenly gets pale and collapses onto the sidewalk while Death walks on.


 
O Death
O Death
 
Bystanders rush to the fallen man's aid while the wind blows and leaves fly everywhere, but it's way too late. 
 
My name is Death and the end is here.
 
There is no amount of description I can give that will do that scene justice. It's brilliant. Bravo Phil Sgriccia and all involved.
 


Oh goody, my favorite scene of the episode! Bobby is packing ammunition into a duffle bag outside his van. Castiel stands next to the van too and he's obviously struggling with something internally. "What's your problem," Bobby says unsympathetically. I guess he doesn't care if an able bodied angel loses his mojo but can still function as a viable human. "This is what they mean by the eleventh hour, right?" Bobby says pretty much. "Well it's the eleventh hour and I am useless." He holds a shotgun in his hand. "All I have is this, what am I supposed to do with it?" "Point it and shoot," Bobby says with quite a bit of attitude. 


 
Castiel struggles more. "What I used to be-"   "Are you really gonna bitch to me," Bobby says, definitely not being a friend here, yet he's telling Castiel exactly what he needs to hear. Whiney angels need to buck up. Bobby wheels over closer. "Quit pining for the Varsity years and load the damn truck." He throws his bag at Castiel, who's able to catch it. It's so good to see Castiel getting some tough love. Bobby is the best teacher for learning adversity. Being human is an absolute bitch, isn't it? 
 
Back to the other side of Team Freewill, Dean slams the trunk of the Impala and looks at Sam. "Alright, well, good luck stopping the whole Zombie apocalypse," Dean tells him. "Yeah," Sam answers, "Good luck killing Death." Dean nods with a sardonic smile. "Yeah." Castiel watches these two and doesn't know what to say. Back to Sam, who has something great. "Remember when we just used to hunt Wendigos? How simple things were?" "Not really," Dean answers. Oh, I forgot until I started watching season one on TNT. Man, that does seem like light years away. Bobby smiles at that answer too.




 
Sam pulls out the demon knife from his back pocket. "You might need this." He tries to hand it to Dean, but Crowley suddenly appears. "Keep it. Dean's covered." He has a sickle in his hand, old and rusted. A reaper's sickle, much like the one Alastair used in "Death Takes A Holiday." He did claim he got it from Death. "Death's own. Kills, golly, demons and angels and reapers and rumor has it the very thing itself." Castiel naturally wants to know how he got it, and I guess being King of the Crossroads gets you that sort of thing. In other words, he made a deal. 
 
Now for the happy dance moment! Crowley is ready to go and then turns to Bobby. "Bobby, you just going to sit there?" "No, I'm gonna riverdance," Bobby replies sarcastically. You know, I would love to see that! "I suppose if you want to impress the ladies," Crowley says. Now Sam and Dean see something is up so Crowley shares his good news. "Bobby, Bobby, Bobby. Really wasted that Crossroads deal. In fact, you get more if you phrase it properly. So I took the liberty of adding a teeny little sub A clause on your behalf." Sam and Dean still throw perplexed looks. 


 
"What can I say. I'm an altruist." A demon showing unselfish concern for others? Yeah, right. Then he turns to Bobby. "Just gonna sit there?" I love this next shot of Dean, Crowley, and Sam staring from Bobby's lower point of view. Then Bobby moves his legs! Aw Crowley, right now you're the coolest demon ever. Bobby slowly rises himself out of the wheelchair, standing on his own two feet. How awesome! Yeah Bobby! Bobby is stunned, Sam smiles, Dean is in shock, Castiel is curious and Bobby is emotional. He darned right should be! "Son of a bitch," is all he can muster. "Yes, I know, completely worth your soul. I'm a hell of a guy," Crowley says. Bobby manages to muster a thanks, looking like he's ready to bust into tears. Crowley busts up the awkward moment before it gets too weird, but not before Bobby shares a smile with Dean.   It's really interesting how much of a liking Crowley has taken to Bobby. I honestly believe it's genuine.  Sure he's still up to something, but he likes Bobby.




 
Bobby's van rolls down the road, Bobby driving, Sam in shotgun, and Castiel taking that weird middle seat this time.  We get an interesting view of behind, just for fun I suppose. I like it! Focus on Castiel, who is obviously hearing of the crazy plan for the first time. "Yes to Lucifer, then jump in the hole," he says pondering. "It's an interesting plan." "That's a word for it," Bobby says, meaning he still doesn't like it. "Go ahead tell me it's the worst idea you ever heard," Sam tells Cas. Castiel is happy to say that if that's what Sam wants to hear, but it wouldn't be what he thinks. Sam is surprised. 


 
"You and Dean have a habit of exceeding my expectations. He resisted Michael maybe you could resist Lucifer." Sam is still stunned that someone is actually on board with this.  I think its appropriate coming first from Cas, since he sees things with logic instead of emotions. He's Supernatural's own version of a Vulcan. That's why Bobby and Dean can't come around.  Oh, but there's a gotcha. For an angel that has been unconscious for weeks, he sure does know a lot. First, Michael has found another vessel. It's Adam. "You must have considered it," Castiel says. "Yeah, we were trying not to," Sam answers. Well that wasn't wise. "Sam, if you say yes to Lucifer and then fail, this fight will happen and the collateral, it will be immense." Yeah, that's something you might want to know before going forward. 
 
Oh, but that's not all, and finally something that's been bugging me since last season makes perfect sense! Sam is already disturbed by the first revelation, this next one doesn't help. "There's also the demon blood," Castiel says. That gets Sam's attention. "To take in Lucifer would be more than you've ever drunk." Both Sam and Bobby are quiet bothered. Sam asks why. It strengthens the vessel, keeps it from exploding. So that's why Ruby had him consuming so much before he killed Lilith. She was priming him to be Lucifer's vessel. That bitch. Sam asks about the guy that he's in now. "Was drinking gallons," Castiel says. Oh Sammy! What will that do to you? Will it make you weaker or stronger? "And how is that not the worst plan you ever heard?" Bobby says. Sam only does his patented somber gaze of despair outside the window. Yeah Sammy, you think good and hard about that!


 
It's daylight so it's obviously later and Team #1 are looking at the Niveus trucks at the loading dock. They're definitely loading something. Brady's death didn't seem to slow down the plan at all. I keep thinking of Dean's comment last year about how bitches keep climbing out of the Volkswagen. It never ends. Bobby knows that the first truck doesn't leave for an hour so they get in, plant the C4 every 25 feet and pull the fire alarm. Not so fast Bobby, Castiel is paying attention. "That truck is leaving." "Balls," Bobby says. Oh, I still wish they could bleep out stuff. New plan!
 
The driver gets to the gate but as he leans out to swipe his card, an arm wearing a trenchcoat grabs his hand and knocks him out with the shotgun. You see Cas, you can be badass without angel powers! Cas then shorts out the gate so it won't open. The demon inside though quickly figures out something is up. "The Winchesters." That's Winchester to you buddy, but he has he kick ass team with him. Demon closes the dock door and the Janitor from last week opens some boxes. Time to make some Croats! 
 
Sam and Bobby go through the side door and Sam blows it open with his pistol. They addressed if you could shoot out a lock on "Mythbusters" with a pistol like that. Let's just say a shotgun was more effective.   Employees that are not infected go filing out. Sam and Bobby check out the place with guns ready and see nothing at first. That doesn't last for a bunch of Croats are tearing the guy apart. Sam and Bobby take aim. I absolutely love the look on Sam's face as he holds out his pistol! This is that controlled anger thing. It so works when he's bad ass. Time for the commercial break.


 


You know, the Gossip Girl ads aren't as annoying since the ratings have really tanked this season. I've heard even the most loyal fans think this season has been just awful. I still say Sam and Dean kicking Chuck Bass' ass will get some viewers. Anyway, back to our action heroes. They fire away because Croats are too mindless to realize they're running at flying bullets. Sam especially is systematic, calmly taking out each guy one by one with precision. Whoa, this boy has changed. Bobby is effective too, but he doesn't have continuous rounds considering he has a shotgun. Sam's pistol takes out most of them and they stop with a heap of bodies on the ground.  That reminds me of a recent Chuck episode where Chuck fires at the crowd with the tranquilizer gun and then nothing happens.  Suddenly they all fall.  The heap reminds me of that.  I don't know why. 
 
Sam and Bobby hear a woman screaming for help so Sam goes to save her. He gives Bobby the knife and tells him to wait there. Sam puts away the pistol and pulls out his shotgun. I guess you get more range with a shotgun and the pistol is for close shots. Yes, I'm learning these things.  Bobby eagerly waits alone with a shotgun in one hand and the knife in the other. I'm still freaking out for him. Demon from earlier comes up from behind and Bobby takes him out with one plunge of the knife. Is that the first time that Bobby has killed a demon with the knife? I think so. First Castiel now him! I still want to see Castiel drive the Impala.


 
Oh, time for an update on Team #2. Dean and Crowley are under a bridge in Chicago. "Hey, let's stop for pizza," Crowley says. Remember this. It's important for later! Dean finds the comment strange. They come to a warehouse and just like in "Abandon All Hope," there's a field of reapers everywhere that only Crowley can see. Again, I love that visual! So angels and demons both can see them? Interesting. Crowley insists Death is in there. Dean wants to know how he knows. "Have you met me? I know." This is all an act BTW, very likely for the Reapers' benefit. Lucifer's too. 


 
Crowley disappears leaving Dean behind, but is back only a second later. "Boy, is my face red. Death's not in there." Dean wants to know where he is. Crowley doesn't know. Dean has a fit over this, but obviously doesn't see that Crowley is doing this for a reason. He says Bobby sold his soul for this. "Relax, all deals are sold back or store credit. We'll catch Death in the next doomed city." Dean goes off now, pointing out millions are about to die any minute. Crowley strongly suggests they get out of there. Oh Dean, come on, you've got to see what's going on here. Guess not.
 
Back to the warehouse, where a woman is trying to shake a Croat off her leg. No problem, a pistol blast to the head from Gigantor will do the trick. Another one comes up from behind and he calmly takes out him too. Bobby in the meantime is a little more manic, but stops himself from shooting when sees it's Sam rescuing two people. They run out and Sam goes back for more. For some reason, this really gets Bobby's attention. 


 
Dean and Crowley are on the same street that Death was earlier and Dean is not happy. He's trying to figure out how to get three million people out of Chicago in ten minutes. Suddenly Crowley isn't there. He's instead standing outside a pizza place. Crowley tries to tell Dean discretely he found him, but Dean isn't getting it. Crowley repeats, Dean is still confused. Next thing Crowley is sitting with him in the car again. That startles Dean. "I said, I found him. Death, he's in there." Dean gives a glare and gets out of the car. He's at the Rinascita Pizzeria. "You coming or-" Dean leans in the car and see's that Crowley isn't there. "Not." Dean is off to face Death alone.  


 
Bobby kills Janitor demon with the knife next while Sam rescues two others. "All clear," Sam announces. Or maybe not, as suddenly one more charges Sam and attacks, choking him. Wow, it's been a long time since we've had a good old fashioned Sam Winchester choking. That used to be a weekly thing. Bobby fires but his shotgun is out of ammo. We see the Croat's red eyes and he grabs onto Sam harder, but then a shotgun barrel appears at the Croat's head. "Bam!" Blood goes everywhere. Well that was graphic. Sam shields his face from the spatter.

 
 
As Sam fights for air on the ground we see Castiel come into view investigating the shotgun he just used. "Actually these things can be useful." Awesome Cas! Sorry, but I like the idea of shotgun wielding angels. As Castiel casually looks at Bobby, who isn't so calm, Bobby mentions the rest of the plan. "Can we commit our act of domestic terrorism already? Let's go." Um, hello, Sam is still struggling a bit on the ground there. And that's the last we see of Sam and Castiel this episode. I'll fill in the blanks. Warehouse goes boom and they all drive back to Bobby's house in the van celebrating their graphic kills with a beer, describing how good it felt. Okay, maybe just Castiel. 
   
Dean enters the restaurant and there are dead people everywhere. I guess Death wanted to talk to Dean alone. Dean approaches slowly with the sickle, Death is sitting at a table with his back facing Dean. Come on Dean, like Death doesn't know you're coming. Suddenly the sickle turns red hot in Dean's hand and he has to drop it. "Thanks for returning that," Death tells Dean without turning around.   The sickle is suddenly gone from the floor and sitting on the table next to Death. "Join me Dean. The pizza is delicious." Dean hesitates and slowly approaches, all while the storm continues to get worse outside.
 
This scene is shot with one main purpose, you can cut the tension with a knife. I mean after all, Dean is having pizza with Death. It's eerie. "Sit down," Death tells Dean as he eats a gorgeous Chicago deep dish with a fork and knife. At least Death has manners and good taste. Dean takes is seat across from Death and looks like he's going to crap his pants. It's rare to see Dean without his bravado, but then again, he knows who he's up against. "Took you long enough to find me," Death says. "I've been wanting to talk to you." So, Sam was Famine's favorite and Death likes Dean while War and Pestilence were bi-bro. Interesting.


 
Dean has mixed feelings about that. "So is this the part where"¦you kill me?" Right Dean, get straight to the point. I have a feeling if Death wanted that, you would have dropped dead by now. Death looks up and stares Dean down. Yikes! "You have an inflated sense of your importance. To a thing like me a thing like you, well, think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and started to get snarky." Oh trust me Death, Dean has been way snarkier than this! Dean shuts up and listens.
 
"This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old Dean. Very old. So I invite you to contemplate how insignificant I find you." No, Dean gets it. His terrified stare confirms that. Then Death really freaks him out by putting a slice of pizza on his plate and tells him to eat. Dean, every fiber of his quaking on the inside, looks at Death to see if he's serious. He so is. Dean slowly grabs a fork and knife and carefully guides a piece into his mouth. Dean eats with total uncertainty while Death asks, "Good, isn't it?" I don't think Dean's enjoying much of anything right now. He uncomfortably looks back.


 


Death starts eating more himself and Dean asks Death how old he is. As old as God, maybe older. "Neither of us can remember anymore. Life, death, chicken, egg, regardless, at the end I'll reap him too." Wow, I never thought of God not being immortal. Dean is surprised to hear that. "God, you'll reap God?" "Yes, God will die too Dean." As if Dean wasn't unsettled enough! "Well this is way above my pay grade." That's an understatement! "Just a bit," Death answers.
 
Dean, looking like he wants to run screaming but knows he can't, instead asks why he's still breathing and what does Death want. "The leash around my neck off." Lucifer has Death bound to him by some unseemly little spell. He has him where he wants, when he wants. "That's why I couldn't go to you. I had to wait for you to catch up. He made me his weapon. Hurricanes, floods, raising the dead. I'm more powerful than you can process and I'm enslaved to a bratty child having a tantrum." Wow, this is cool. Death is a member of Team Freewill!


 
"Did you think I can unbind you?" Dean asks, still confused by the whole matter. "There's your ridiculous bravado again of course you can't. But you can help take the bullets out of Lucifer's gun." He shows Dean his ring hand. "I understand you want this." Dean confirms. "I'm inclined to give it to you." Dean repeats that because he can't believe what he's hearing. "That's what I said," Death replies. "What about Chicago?" Dean asks, thinking about the more pressing short term matter right now. Death stares some more. "I suppose you can stay. I like the pizza." Well that's good. I guess that's another win for Dean. 
 
Oh, not so fast. Out of the frying pan into the fire. Death takes the ring off his finger and holds it. "There are conditions." Oh yes, there has to be a gotcha. Nothing ever works out cleanly for these guys. "You have to do whatever it takes to put Lucifer in his cell." Dean agrees, but he really doesn't know what he's agreeing to. "Whatever it takes." "That's the plan," Dean says. You really don't know what he means, do you Dean? "No plan, not yet. Your brother, he's the one that can stop Lucifer, the only one." Dean's really bothered now. "What you think-" "I know," Death says cutting him off. "So I need a promise. You're going to let your brother jump right into that fiery pit." 


 
Dean says nothing for his heart is crumpling right now. Death holds out the ring closer. "Well, do I have your word?" Dean, realizing he's been backed into a corner, stares at the ring for a few seconds contemplating and then says yes. "That had been better be "˜yes' Dean. You know you can't cheat Death." Dean swallows hard, for now he's totally crushed now and more intimidated than I've ever seen him. He's not getting out of this one. He takes the ring from Death.   "Now, would you like the instruction manual?" The weather outside clears up and the final shot is from the outside with Dean clutching onto the ring while Death stares at him. Whew, what an intense scene!!! Excuse me, I'm a little lightheaded after holding my breath so long.
 

 
So, Crowley obviously setup up this meeting on the sly as to not create suspicion. Part of the bargain involved getting his sickle back. I wonder what else Crowley has bargained for. Also, note how the lightening kept striking during that scene, lighting up Death's already pale face and casting doom to the already creepy scene. So cool! Just a great scene all around.  
 
Dean is outside at Bobby's salvage yard playing with the four rings on a table. It looks like War's is in the center and the other three surround it. When Dean pushes Death's ring in there, they converge. That is the key to Lucifer's box? Bobby arrives. Dean jokes, asking Bobby how it went with the Rockettes audition. "High kicks fair. Boobs need work." TMI. He tells Dean he walked up and down stairs all night for no damned reason. He's sore. "Feels so good, I'm scared it's a dream. But then I remember that the world's dying bloody so-"  He's got a point.


 
Bobby hands him a beer and Dean does the ring trick for him. Bobby goes to touch and then avoids it. Wise move! "So Death told you how to operate those, the whole deal?" Dean thinks its nuts. "Course I've got bigger problems now." Bobby asks what. "What do you think Death does to people that lie to his face?" You see, I don't think you lied Dean. I just think you're having second thoughts. "Nothing good," Bobby figures and wants to know what he said. "That I was cool with Sam driving the bus on the whole Lucifer plan." Bobby is surprised to hear that. "So Death thinks that Sam ought to say yes huh?" "Yeah," Dean confirms. Dean thinks Death would say that though since he works for Lucifer. "Against his will," Bobby points out. You see, I think Dean believes that, but he doesn't want to believe it. "Well I say take his big fat sob story with a grain of salt. I mean he is Death." 
 
"Exactly Death," Bobby says. "Think of the kind of bird's eye view." Dean can't believe Bobby is saying that. "What happened to you being against this?" "Look, I'm not saying that Sam ain't half full of character defects, but-" Dean wants to know but what.   Bobby tells Dean about back at Niveus where Sam went back for one person after another. He must of have saved ten of them. He never stopped, he never slowed down. "We're hard on him Dean. We've always been. But, in the meantime, he's been running into burning buildings since he was what, 12?" "Pretty much," Dean answers. "Look, Sam's got a darkness in him, I'm not saying he don't, but he's got a hell of a lot of good too." Dean takes this in, accepting Bobby is right but still unsettled over where he's going with this. 
 
Bobby continues. "Then you know that Sam will beat The Devil or die trying. That's the best we can ask for." Now for the tagline, the one that takes us to that promo that has us screaming for next week. "So I've gotta ask Dean. What exactly are you afraid of? Losing, or losing your brother?" Close on Dean's troubled face. I say the latter! 


 
Oh my my. I haven't been this keyed for a finale since season three. "No Rest For The Wicked" had me in knots both before and after for days. Bring it on!     
 

Comments  

Randal
# Randal 2010-05-13 11:27
Re: green goop. I think Kripke watched a lot of You Can't Do That On Television. I know I did. Blue skies! Barfy burgers! Girls!

Eunice made me chuckle. 8-) And I believe it's an iron-clad law of screen and television writing that all villains must monologue. A wordless, ninja supervillain would get kind of boring. Silence is all well and good for the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari -- hmmm, now there would be cool decor for an evil thing's lair.

After the abacus, I was hoping for a slide rule shout out.

In giving it serious contemplation, the scene with Dean and Death has to be one of the five or six finest moments in the series' history. I'd be hard pressed to come up with a better choice to play Big Boss Reaper. A fine line between playing it top-flight aristocrat and human=annoying gnat, no more, but he pulled it off. And Jensen showed just how ridiculous an actor he is with that "yeah" into Legitimately Frightened "yes." Fucking awesome all the way around.
Karen
# Karen 2010-05-13 12:02
Once again a great recap Alice.
I really look forwards to these, no matter how serious an episode you still can make me laugh.
I really liked this episode, even though so much was being pushed into this one.
All the actors were in top form.
Can’t believe were down to the finale. I’m both excited and terrified.
I don’t think there will be enough Kleenex or booze to get me thru this episode.
Jasminka
# Jasminka 2010-05-13 12:53
Did I ever mention I love your recaps? 8-)
If I wasn't able to watch an episode (talk about real horror)this would help.
Loved the episode. Loved the acting. The lighting of Ladouceur. The sound editing. Marvellous job.
Can't wait for the finale. I hope I'll be able so rest my mind at least a bit and not always fret for our dear brothers.

Love Jas
Sablegreen
# Sablegreen 2010-05-13 13:36
Great review, Alice. Yes, I think Crowley likes Bobby and humans in general. Don't know why being the king of Crossroads demons.

The blood thing doesn't make sense too me. Are they implying that Luci's 'now' vessel was drinking demon blood BEFORE Luci went into him? or now that Luci is IN him? Sam doesn't need demon blood for his powers and any 'effects' from it have long wore off.

Can't think straight now...to close to the finale :D
Anyone
# Anyone 2010-05-13 14:21
The o death scene is beyond brilliant! the man fell in a way I have never seen any one fell dead in my life. Death walked away etc. It's most beautifully shot, script, wrote - everything. I do hope they win award(s)!! They must.
Jasminka
# Jasminka 2010-05-13 14:29
Oh, God, Alice, only six hours for you yanks to go.... Even if I caught a plane right now I wouldn't be there in time.... sniff, Jas
Tigershire
# Tigershire 2010-05-13 14:54
Alice, just reading your segment about the O Death bit gave me goosebumps. That is definately one of the top 5 uses of music ever.
Bevie
# Bevie 2010-05-13 16:55
Thanks Alice for cheering us up with your funny recap. Especially at this crucial time where we are all tensed up at what is to come.

The guy who plays Death was awesome! As was Jensen in that scene.

Hoping to survive tonight and please..... no power outages please please! :shock:
vana naine
# vana naine 2010-06-21 18:09
Hello guys, my greetings!
Finally I had my new computer, voice-card working and everything - and then it took a MOTH to find a good place for downloads, cause my regular download-page was shut down in between.

I stayed unspoiled or almost unspoiled and then watched everything since 5.14 until 5.22 in 2 evenings.
It was very good time.
But nothing, not even the season final (which was beautiful, very beautiful), overpasses "Oh, Death" scene. I can't even tell what it did to me. How it felt. How it still feels. To say "goosebumps" is lame.
It was more like... when I was walking in town today, I felt at every step, how I am carrying my own death with me all the time, it is inside of me and never ever leaves before one day (or night) we both go - and yet it was not a bad feeling, I felt kind of - honored.