"Jus in Bello"
Why: This episode always feels really claustrophobic to me. Trapped in that cell, in that sheriff's station. Even before the demons come on the scene it makes me super uncomfortable. The thought of the boys getting sent to and locked up in a maximum security prison, never to see each other again, sends shivers down my spine.
I think this is one of Sera Gamble's strongest scripts. It's tight. It's suspenseful. It's snappy, with great one-liners and it's an ensemble piece. It's not often we get a bunch of non-regular characters all interacting in a "Supernatural" episode. But in this one, we not only get Sam and Dean, we get the wonderful Agent Henriksen, whom we first met in "Nightshifter", the ill-fated Sheriff Dodd, Deputy Groves, the virgin Nancy (when I saw her in Dexter I literally went,hey it's the virgin!) and of course, Ruby, and how I love Ruby (both Rubys by the way).
Everyone's thinking on their feet. Everyone gets down to business. Nancy and the deputy organise the salt, the boys paint the devil's traps, Dean briefs Henriksen on what's really out there in the dark "“ even evil clowns that eat people!
I love how Sam scopes out Nancy's rosary and figures a way to get his hands on it so that they can organise some holy water just in case and we get one of the smartest ways of exorcising a bunch of demons we've ever seen,.and it was Dean's idea! I don't mean to sound surprised by that, we all know that deep down he's a smarty pants, he simply likes to hide his light under a bushel. I love their plan and I love that they don't reveal the plan to us, so as the audience, we find out at the same time as the demons what was in the works. All we hear is "Open the doors, let them all in and we fight." Of course,in our heads we then hear "like men in tights!" Damn you gag-reel! When the exorcism plays over the intercom system,.shear brilliance.
"Jus in Bello" is also the first time we get to see the anti-possession tattoos. So somewhere between "Born Under a Bad Sign" and this episode, our boys got some ink! Don't you wish you could see that scene!
Plus, we're introduced to Lilith. We'd heard about her in "Malleus Maleficarum", but we meet her in "Jus in Bello". Not the creepiest Lilith,that has to be "No Rest for the Wicked" Lilith,but I do love how this Lilith describes the brothers: "One's really tall and one's really cute."
Oh and we see the very lovely left-arm-of-Ackles. It is always his left arm,even in the movie My Bloody Valentine,it's his left arm that cops it! I swear, go look!
Favourite Quote: Oh gosh, this is such a witty script; there are so many great lines. I love how Ruby says some guts splattered into her mouth while she was fighting her way in, Dean's ill placed joke about not shooting the deputy "“ followed by Sam's bitchface!
But I think it's Dean's bravado that wins me over:
"It's kind of wild, right? I mean it's like they're coming for us. They've never done that before. It's like we got a contract on us. Think it's because we're so awesome? I think it's 'cause we're so awesome."
"Honestly, I think the world's gonna end bloody. But it doesn't mean we shouldn't fight. We do have choices. I choose to go down swingin'."
Special mention has to go to: "Nobody kill any virgins!"
Favourite Scene: I love the moment when Henriksen casts aspersions on how John raised the brothers and they both lean forward and practically growl at him. The look on their faces.
I also love the moment when Sam absent-mindedly checks out Dean's gunshot wound and then wipes his fingers on the back of Dean's shirt.
But my favourite has to go to the interaction between Dean and Henriksen when they discuss monsters and how Henriksen feels like he's wasted his life, now that he knows what's lurking in the shadows. It's just such a matter of fact guy conversation. They even manage to chat about their personal lives as they sort through their weapons and pack salt rounds into their guns. Love it. Shame Henriksen died in a flash of white light and pain.....
And there you have our choices for number 9! Tomorrow...it's 8...which means it's just over a week until the new episode!
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