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As the scene opens, we see Castiel stumbling through the woods at night. He’s coughing up blood and is badly injured. As he’s walking, we see flashbacks of what happened to him. While Lucifer and Castiel were arguing, they each stabbed the other with their angel blades. Castiel got away, but not without serious injury. Eventually, Castiel falls to his knees and the camera fades to black.
Later, it is daylight (presumably the next day) and two young boys are walking through the woods. They find Castiel lying on the ground and think he’s dead. When they poke him with a stick, he wakes up and the frightened boys run away. Castiel stands up – he seems surprised to be alive, and we see that his wound seems to have healed. Castiel hurriedly makes his way back to the place where he and Lucifer fought, but the archangel isn’t there.
In Monroe City, Missouri, a woman is skating along a city street. She accidentally crashes into a man carrying a large, multi-tiered wedding cake. The man lets the cake fall so he can catch the woman. As he’s holding her, they look affectionately into each other’s eyes. The woman says “I think I just fell for you” and they smile at each other and begin talking.
As the camera pans back from the couple, we see that a cupid has orchestrated the encounter. At first, the cupid smiles, very satisfied with his success. But suddenly, Lucifer is standing behind him and the angel realizes he’s in trouble. Lucifer summarily steals the cupid's grace and orders the angel to reveal where more angels can be found. The cupid tells Lucifer that there aren’t many angels left, and he doesn’t know where to find any more of their kind. Lucifer kills the cupid by punching a hole through his chest, and walks away.
DEAN, SAM, and CASTIEL:
Castiel has made his way back to the bunker and is updating Dean and Sam about what happened. The Winchesters are shocked to learn that Asmodeus was holding Cas prisoner for weeks, and imitating Castiel’s voice on the phone to keep the Winchesters in the dark. They are even more shocked to learn that Kevin Tran (in the alternate universe [AU]) found a way to open a rift and return Lucifer to our world, so the devil is here and in the wind. Castiel also tells the Winchesters that AU Michael wants to use the rift to enter our world and conquer it.
Castiel admits that he met with Lucifer voluntarily because he’d learned of Michael’s plans. Castiel thought that because Lucifer is in a weakened state (i.e. without his grace) and they share the common goal of defeating Michael, it was worth taking the risk to meet with him. But then Asmodeus showed up and captured both of them. When Sam asks if Lucifer said anything about Mary, all Castiel can report is that Mary is still alive.
We see Lucifer wandering the streets. He is cold, seems weakened and sick, and his vision periodically blurs. He is also surprised that he’s hungry – a feeling he’s never experienced. And he’s dismayed that there aren’t more angels around for him to rob of their grace.
Lucifer realizes that he’ll need money to get something to eat. He sees a panhandler who is successfully getting money from strangers, so he sits nearby and begins panhandling, too. Unfortunately, nobody gives Lucifer any money. When Lucifer quickly grows frustrated, the other panhandler tells him that he gives off a negative “vibe”, which puts people off. They talk briefly, and Lucifer laments how terrible it is being human. The other man doesn’t really understand, but when he gets up to leave, he offers to take Lucifer with him to get something to eat.
When the man stands up, we see that he walks using braces. Lucifer follows him to the back of a restaurant where the man begins looking through the dumpster for food. Lucifer knows that the man has collected enough money to buy food, so he asks why they don’t just go into the restaurant to get something to eat. The man tells Lucifer that he’s saving his money to raise enough to get his leg fixed. Lucifer looks at the man’s leg and tells him that no doctor can fix him. Then, the man says that he’s not going to a doctor. He tells Lucifer about a faith healer – Sister Jo -- who will cure him if he can raise enough money to pay her.
Lucifer tries to convince the man that faith healers are frauds, but the man insists that he’s seen Sister Jo cure blindness, birth defects, and other ailments simply by touching the person. Intrigued, Lucifer asks the man where he can find Sister Jo.
Later, we watch as a line of people stream into a nondescript building that could be a small meeting hall. Inside, a woman is healing people as the homeless man had described to Lucifer. The woman collects $300 from each person in line. Then, when she lays her hands on the person, a glowing light emanates from her hands, and the person is healed. Lucifer stands at the back of the crowd, witnessing the events. He smiles evilly as he realizes Sister Jo is an angel.
In Asmodeus’ lair, he is angry that Lucifer and Castiel were allowed to escape. He is talking to Mr. Ketch, who seems unperturbed and admits being surprised that Asmodeus left such important prisoners alone. Ketch boldly adds that it was a stupid idea to take Lucifer prisoner in the first place. Furious, Asmodeus approached Ketch threateningly. When Ketch doesn’t flinch, Asmodeus reconsiders and orders him to kill Lucifer. Ketch initially questions whether that can be done, but Asmodeus insists that without his grace, it will be possible. He tells Ketch that if he fails and Lucifer is allowed to get his grace back, the archangel will kill them all.
At the bunker, Dean apologizes to Castiel for what happened to him and tells Cas that if he and Sam had known what was going on, they would’ve helped him. Cas tries to comfort Dean, reminding him that Asmodeus is a shapeshifter, so there’s no way they could’ve known about his trick. He also admits that he’s the one who got himself captured, so he doesn’t think Dean should blame himself. And he reminds Dean that the only thing that matters right now is getting Mary and Jack back from the AU. Cas laments that he promised Kelly he’d keep Jack safe, and he intends to keep his word.As they’re talking, Sam enters the bunker with Donatello, the prophet. Donatello seems bewildered, but Sam has apparently explained their plan to him on the way to the bunker. The Winchesters are counting on Lucifer still being weakened, so their plan is to use the Enochian-warded handcuffs to capture Lucifer; use what’s left of his grace to open the rift; get Jack and Mary back; and close the rift before Michael has a chance to get through.
Donatello comments that the instructions for opening the rift are on the angel tablet, but the Winchesters say they no longer have it. Instead, they give the prophet the demon tablet, surmising that because the demon tablet is also the word of god, there is likely to be a spell there, too. Donatello looks at the demon tablet and tells the group that the glyphs are nearly impenetrable. When the Boys ask him if there’s anything they can do to help him work to translate the tablet and find the spell, he asks for chicken wings.
As they’re talking, Castiel suddenly grabs his temples in pain. He hears a message coming over angel radio, announcing that an angel vessel has been found mutilated. The group surmises that Lucifer is killing angels.
Later, dressed as feds, the Boys and Castiel arrive at the place where the cupid was killed. The police report says the victim died from “trauma” associated with a blunt object being driven through the body. Sam also has crime scene photographs that show a slit under the man’s chin, consistent with his grace being stolen. The team realizes that Lucifer is already stealing grace to replenish his power, so if they don’t hurry, their plan won’t work.
As the team continues investigating the angel’s murder, Sam tracks down the homeless man who sent Lucifer to Sister Jo. Sam shows the man a photograph of Lucifer, and the man reports that he spoke with the man in the picture and eventually told him about Sister Jo and where to find her.
Night has fallen at the meeting house. As Sister Jo counts her box full of money, Lucifer makes his presence known and approaches her. Lucifer addresses Sister Jo as the angel Anael, and she recognizes him as Lucifer.
During a hostile exchange, Lucifer berates Anael or charging people money in exchange for healing them. Anael reminds him that surviving on earth requires money, so she’s simply looking out for herself. After she fell (along with all the other angels), she was looking for a vessel. She overheard a woman praying for her husband’s life to be spared, so Anael saved the husband in exchange for the wife’s allowing her body to become a vessel. At that point, Anael realized how desperate humans are for life, so she decided to capitalize on that. She is proud of herself for being an excellent “business woman”.
Lucifer is unimpressed and prepares to kill Anael and steal her grace, but she convinces Lucifer that she’s more use to him alive than dead. She agrees to let him take small amounts of grace from her over time, which will allow her time to “replenish” her grace so she can be a steady source for him until his grace is restored. Later, we see the two of them at the meeting house. At first, it looks like they are kissing. But as the camera gets closer, we see that Lucifer is taking a small amount of grace and, as agreed, he steps away before it is all gone. Anael heals her incision, and the two of them talk. Apparently, Lucifer is already feeling better and is happy with their arrangement.
Lucifer casually comments that the current arrangement is better than his “last time”, during which he killed the angel after stealing his grace. Anael is shocked to learn that the announcement on angel radio a few days earlier was about that murder. Concerned, she asks Lucifer if anyone else knew he was coming to see her...
DEAN, SAM, and CASTIEL:
Dean, Sam and Cas pull up to the meeting house, draw their angle blades, and go inside. Once inside, they find Mr. Ketch. Lucifer and Anael are both gone, and we learn that Ketch didn’t find them, either. During a hostile discussion, the entire group realizes that they’re all looking for Lucifer, but Ketch doesn’t reveal that he’s working for Asmodeus. Ketch suggests that they all work together, but Castiel touches Ketch on the forehead, rendering him unconscious, and the Winchesters put the unconscious Ketch into the Impala’s trunk. They plan to take Ketch back to the bunker and kill him.As they’re talking, Sam comes across a video of Sister Jo on his tablet. Castiel recognizes her as the angel Anael. The group isn’t sure whether Anael is still alive or not, and decides to return to the bunker to regroup and kill Ketch. Along the way, Sam gets an alert on his cell phone indicating that Sister Jo’s credit cared was recently used at a nearby motel.
At a seedy motel, Lucifer and Anael repeat their grace-stealing act, which has taken on overtly sexual overtones.
Lucifer reveals that he never felt like he “fit in” in heaven. He also was never able to please his father. Now, he’s worried that he won’t be a good father to his own son, if he ever gets a chance to meet him. Suddenly, Lucifer alters the tone of the conversation. He says that as soon as his grace is restored, he won’t be feeling any of these emotions, so it’s pointless to dwell on them.
Back at Asmodeus’ lair, a demon reports that they have found the prophet Donatello. Next, we see Donatello leaving a fast food place, carrying a bucket of chicken. Asmodeus, disguised as Castiel, approaches him and engages him in conversation. Donatello tells Asmodeus-Castiel that he’s working on the demon tablet translation, but it’s slow going. However, he’s convinced that there truly is a spell in the tablet for opening a rift, but the ingredients are regrettably complicated. Having obtained all the information he needs for the moment, Asmodeus puts a spell on Donatello that erases his memory of their conversation, and forces him to unconsciously report anything he finds on the demon tablet directly to Asmodeus. Asmodeus then sends Donatello back to the bunker.
DEAN, SAM, and CASTIEL:
The next morning, Dean, Sam and Castiel arrive at the motel where Sister Jo’s credit card was used the night before. Sam, pretending to be the motel manager, calls Sister Jo on her cell phone and convinces her that there’s a problem with her credit card, so she needs to come to the front desk.
Before Anael can reach the motel office, Cas and the Winchesters confront her. When they tell her they’re looking for Lucifer, she tells them that she’s with him, but not voluntarily. She convinces them that Lucifer has threatened to hurt her if she doesn’t cooperate, but that he’s still weak from lack of grace. They agree to help her in exchange for helping them.
Moments later, Anael knocks on the motel room door, telling Lucifer that she forgot her key. When Lucifer gets up to open the door for her, the Winchesters and Castiel enter the room. Anael tells Lucifer that the Winchesters forced her to tell them where to find him, and they wanted to know all about how weak he is. The Winchesters tell Aneal to leave, but instead she helps Lucifer attack them. Anael and Lucifer overpower Castiel and the Winchesters.
Lucifer clearly has regained much of his power; but before he can kill everyone, Mr. Ketch arrives. Ketch explodes some sort of grenade-type device in the room, and Lucifer and Anael disappear. Ketch tells Cas and the Winchesters that he didn’t make the angels leave – they somehow disappeared before the device detonated.
When Dean accuses Ketch of helping Lucifer escape, Ketch reminds him that he himself could’ve escaped, but he put his own life in danger to help them and save their lives – again. The group hastily discusses their situation – they now realize that Anael is voluntarily helping Lucifer, although they don’t know why. They also realize that Lucifer is much more powerful than they thought he’d be. Once again, Ketch suggests that they work together, since they all want to find Lucifer. The Winchesters clearly don’t trust him, but when he admits that he’s working for Asmodeus and could therefore feed them helpful information, they reluctantly agree to work with him. Ketch reminds them that although they may think he’s a monster, he doesn’t want Lucifer and Michael destroying the world any more than they do, so their goals are the same as his.
We see that Lucifer and Anael have landed in the woods in an unknown place. Apparently, Lucifer is powerful enough to teleport them to safety, but he is temporarily weakened from the effort. When Lucifer questions why Anael helped him, she reminds him of their deal to help each other. When Lucifer asks where they should go now, she suggests they return to heaven.
Later, we see Lucifer and Anael at the heaven gate talking to a group of angels led by Duma. Lucifer tries to convince the angels that they need him. With Asmodeus running hell, the angels are not prepared if he makes a move against heaven. Lucifer also tells the angels that he knows how to create more angels (since he watched Chuck do it at the dawn of creation) to replenish their ranks. He offers them a deal – if they allow him to rule heaven without dispute, he’ll return to heaven and make more angels. He also says that he’ll give the angels their wings back. Reluctantly, the angels agree.
Back at the bunker, Donatello labors over the demon tablet while the Winchesters and Castiel clean their weapons and prepare for whatever might be coming. They don’t trust Mr. Ketch, but don’t think they have another option that doesn’t include working with him. As they’re talking, Sam comments to Donatello that he seems to be making progress. In reply, the prophet erupts – shouting that it’s only been 4 days and he’s working through the ingredients. The outburst is unexpected, and everyone looks confused, but nobody says anything.
Meanwhile, in heaven, Lucifer sits upon heaven’s throne surrounded by six reluctant angels who kneel in his presence. Anael stands by his side, next to the throne.
In Asmodeus’ throne room, Dr. Ketch is giving a report. Asmodeus is annoyed that Lucifer got away, but Ketch insists that he only missed Lucifer by seconds and he’ll get him the next time. When Ketch warns Asmodeus that Lucifer is getting stronger, Asmodeus reveals that he has an archangel blade. He gives the weapon to Mr. Ketch. Ketch reminds Asmodeus that, according to the lore, the archangel blade is only effective against an archangel when wielded by another archangel. In response, Asmodeus takes Ketch to a dungeon cell and shows him a prisoner that he’s been holding.
As Ketch peers into the darkened cell, we see a prisoner wearing bloody, ragged clothes, sitting on a stone bench with his lips sewn shut. As the camera closes in, the prisoner looks up and we see the bloody face of the archangel Gabriel.