Bring 'Em Back Alive
Airdate: April 12, 2018
Directed by: Amyn Kaderali
Written by: Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming
|Hold onto the safety bar for this thrill ride! When Dean and Ketch arrive in the alternate universe with exactly 24 hours to find Jack and Mary, another discovery makes them change their plans. Meanwhile, Asmodeus discovers Gabriel's whereabouts, which means big trouble for Castiel and Sam. And the honeymoon is clearly over between Lucifer and Anael in heaven -- with drastic consequences.|
- Dean to Mr. Ketch (about Mary) - "Well, if she sees you, she'll probably kill you...again."
- Mr. Ketch to Dean (about the alternate universe) - "Well, this is quite the vacation spot, isn't it."
- Castiel to Sam - "Dean is in apocalypse world alone?!"
Sam to Castiel - "Well, he's with Ketch, so he's not 'alone'."
Castiel to Sam - "Because that makes it somuch better."
- Lucifer to Anael about how the angels disrespect him - "Wow. They would never treat my old man that way. Ever! If he said "scour the Earth', they'd say "S.O.S. or Brillo?"
- Dean to Mr. Ketch (about searching for Charlie) - "Impossible and stupid, huh? You say that like it's a bad thing."
|Richard Speight, Jr.
|Jeffrey Vincent Parise
- Does Mr. Ketch still have feelings for Mary? Is that why he wants to help find her? If he does find Mary, what will happen when they see each other again?
- Will Charlie and Mr. Ketch be able to find Mary and Jack? And if they do, how will Dean and Sam get the rift open again without archangel grace?
- How will Team Free Will get Mary and Jack back now? Is it possible that Asmodeus had other vials of Gabriel's grace hidden somewhere?
- Will Mr. Ketch return to our world if he does find and save Mary? With a BMOLs' bounty on his head, is he better off in the alternate universe (AU)?
- Will Gabriel return to help the Boys with their mission? And if he does, what will he want in return?
- What will Anael do now that she is no longer ruling heaven at Lucifer's side?
- What will Lucifer do now that it's clear he is not god, can't make angels, and isn't really suited to rule heaven?
- If (when) Lucifer leaves heaven, who will rule there?
- Now that Asmodeus is gone, who will rule hell?
- According to Castiel, a regular angel can't heal an archangel
- Gabriel didn't really die in season 5 "Hammer of the Gods". His death there was an illusion to trick Lucifer (and everyone else) into thinking he was dead, so he could go back into hiding
- Charlie in the AU is a resistance fighter, much like Charlie was in Oz
- Draining Gabriel's grace connected him psychically to Asmodeus
- With Asmodeus' death and Lucifer's incompetence as ruler, heaven and hell are both currently without rulers
- Mr. Ketch feels guilty about his failures in life, and wants a chance to redeem himself
- This episode shows us the third time Dean has been shot in his shoulder. He was shot in his left shoulder in season 2 "Born Under a Bad Sign" when Sam was possessed by Meg; and he was shot again in his left shoulder again in season 3 "Jus in Bello" when a demon-possessed FBI agent shot him. He also dislocated his left shoulder when he and Sam jumped from a church window to escape from Alistair in season 4 "I Know What You Did Last Summer". In the current episode, he was shot in his right shoulder by a poisoned bullet.
- Gabriel's preoccupation with pornography has been referenced previously. In season 2 "Tall Tales" he apparently created two scantily clad women as part of his illusion. In season 5 "Hammer of the Gods" he used a pornographic videotape to speak to the Winchesters. In the current episode, he apparently spent several years hiding out in Monte Carlo with porn stars.
- Gabriel breaks television's "fourth wall" when he declines a chance to fight with Castiel and Sam and sarcastically thanks them for the "redemption arc".
- Dean jokes sarcastically with Ketch that there are no "mai tais" in the AU. A mai-tai is a tropical cocktail containing rum, curacau, and fruit juice
- Lucifer laments that if his father had ordered the angels to "scour" the planet, they would've asked whether they should use S.O.S. or Brillo, two popular steel wool scouring pad brands
- Gabriel says he went into hiding in Monte Carlo, a wealthy venue along the French Riviera, well known for its gambling casinos and luxurious opulence
- The exorcism Lucifer interrupts is a spoof on the 1973 horror film "The Exorcist", during which a possessed girl hurls obscenities while tied to a bed that is levitating and bouncing
- During the exorcism, the demon-possessed girl accuses one of the priests of having a "cam girl" addiction. A cam girl (short for "web cam girl" or "web cam model") is a girl/woman who live streams performances on social media for others to view
- Mr. Ketch refers to the bounty hunter who shot Dean as a "bumpkin", a derogatory term for someone who is simple-minded and unsophisticated -- especially if that person is from a rural area (i.e. "country bumpkin")
- Dean joked about Mr. Ketch deserving an "anti-poison merit badge". Merit badges are awarded to Boy Scout participants who successfully complete specific milestone activities along the way to earning "Eagle Scout" status. Merit badges are awarded for things like cooking, citizenship, camping, and life-saving emergency preparedness
- Before the angels prepared to execute Charlie Bradbury, they chanted "All Hail Michael", possibly an attempt to mirror the words "God is great" uttered by some religious extremist terrorists before they prepare to die performing their final act
- Mr. Ketch tells Dean to go back through the rift and return with the "Navy Seals" and other reinforcements. The US Navy Seals are an elite group of highly-trained operatives often sent into hostile locations to perform dangerous missions -- including freeing hostages
- "Easy Street" -- Written by Julius Steffaro; Performed by Cosmopolitan Orchestra (plays when Lucifer is putting on a suit and preparing to behave like god)
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