Episode 17 of Season 14
Airdate: April 4, 2019
Directed by John F. Showalter
Written by Meredith Glynn
|When Nick kidnaps Donatello, the prophet calls the Winchesters for help. But as Nick's scheme unfolds, we learn that Donatello was just a means to an end, and Nick's true focus was on someone else entirely.
Meanwhile, Castiel embarks on a secret quest to try to restore Jack's soul.
- Mary to Jack: “How about you? Feeling better?”
Jack to Mary: “Everybody keeps asking me that.”
Mary to Jack: “We’re family. It’s our job.”
Jack to Mary: “Well, it’s annoying.”
- Nick to Dean: “I get you, Dean. You and me, we’re almost like brothers, you know. Michael-you, Lucifer-me. We both know what it’s like to be hog tied to a nuclear warhead, Man. You’re not the same after something like that, are you? Being one with one of them…changes you; makes you more than human.”
- Sam: “Nick is locked down in our bunker. How’s he even a threat?”
Mary to Sam: “He’s always a threat."
- Sam to Dean: “You always put me first. Your whole life.”
- Will Castiel's plan work? If he was truly able to contact Chuck, will he help? By heaven's rules, Jack is an abomination, so why should Chuck help save him? If he does, will there be consequences?
- What will the Winchesters do when they realize that Castiel went behind their backs?
- Is Mary dead?
- Is Nick dead, or just severely injured? Was Jack wrong to attack/kill Nick the way he did?
- What happened to Lucifer? Did he return to the Empty, or is he someplace else now? Can he still get back?
- Will being injected with angel grace have any permanent effect on Donatello?
- What will the Winchesters and Castiel do when they learn what Jack did to Nick and Mary?
- Dean does not like pineapple on pizza. He does, however, like double pepperoni meat blaster pizza
- According to Mary, Mouse Trap was one of Dean's favorite games when he was a child
- Before Anael was demoted to a clerical position, she was Joshua’s right hand man in heaven
- If Castiel’s understanding of the lore is correct, Chuck can restore Jack’s soul
- Although tradition says Chuck spoke to Joshua and not vice versa, Joshua apparently forged and then used an amulet to contact Chuck after the angels fell, and the call apparently went through
- Mary says she wishes she could’ve been there for Dean and Sam more than she was
- Sam let Nick leave the bunker, so he blames himself for the people Nick has killed
- According to Nick, prophets are like radios to the cosmos, and injecting one with angel grace amplifies the signal. Nick used Donatello to contact Lucifer in the Empty. Lucifer told Nick how to perform a ritual to resurrect him. The ingredients included Jack’s blood
- The demons have been helping Nick and gave him the angel grace for his spell because they want Lucifer back as much as Nick does
- When Sam thought he was dying, he acknowledged that Dean has spent his whole life always putting Sam first
- Sam’s cell phone voice mail message tells the caller to contact Dean if he/she has an emergency. John’s cell phone message used to say the same thing
- Castiel and Anael met at Cindy's Wafflette, despite the fact that angels don't eat
- It would've taken Dean and Mary approximately 8 hours to drive from the bunker in Lebanon, Kansas to Donatello's house in Lewis, Oklahoma
- Most Supernatural viewers will recognize an amulet that looks a lot like the one Sam gave Dean when they were children (A Very Supernatural Christmas), and Dean wore until Season 5. If Methuselah was telling the truth, Joshua forged a very similar-looking amulet after the angels fell, and he used the new amulet to place a phone call to Chuck. The original amulet glows in Chuck's presence, which we saw in "Don't Call Me Shurley"
- Nick tells Sam “Nobody stays dead anymore.” This is a meta-reference to the frequent reappearance of characters in Supernatural after those characters have died
- Dean was playing Mouse Trap, which according to Mary was one of Dean’s favorite games as a child. Mouse Trap is a board game that was introduced in 1963 by Ideal toy company (now owned by Hasbro). The object of the game is to build an elaborate trap that can catch a toy mouse that represents the other player's game piece
- Castiel offers Anael a pair of rare, 16th Century Burmese blood ruby earrings in exchange for her help. In the video game Guild Wars, blood rubies are gems that are used as currency. However, blood gems or conflict gems have a different connotation.in the real world. Currently, Burmese blood rubies are considered conflict gems because mining and sale of these gems supports the Burmese military, which has been accused of brutal acts against civilian populations
- When Anael learns of Michael’s death, she says “Good night, Sweet Prince.” This is part of a quote from William Shakespeare's play Hamlet. In the play, Hamlet's best friend says to him as he is dying: "Good night, sweet prince. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest." Anael was being sarcastic, as she likely has no affection for the archangel Michael
- Donatello’s quote is indeed from the bible (Peter 5:8): “Be sober. Be vigilant, because your adversary, the devil as a roaring lion, walks abut seeking whom he may devour.”
- Thallium is a heavy metal that is toxic and can lead to fatal complications if ingested. Toxicity can affect the heart, brain, liver, kidneys, and lungs. Sam is correct that Prussian Blue is the antidote
- Twice in this episode, Nick calls Mary "mama bear", which could just be a reference to Mary's maternal protection of her sons and Jack. It could also be a meta-reference to a 2019 film titled "Mama Bear" that was directed by Matt Cohen, the actor who played young John Winchester. The film also features several other actors from Supernatural, including Kim Rhodes, Jim Beaver, Adam Fergus, and David Haydn-Jones
- In the Christian bible, Methuselah is the grandfather of Noah, whose family survived the great flood. According to biblical tradition, Methuselah lived for over 900 years
- Anael brags that her coat is made of Mulberry silk, which is supposedly the finest silk available
- Nick taunts Jack, telling him: “Kermit the prophet told me all about your soul". This is likely a reference to the Muppet character Kermit the Frog, introduced by puppeteer Jim Henson in 1955. Nick was likely implying that Donatello is not a threat, because Kermit the frog is friendly and quite harmless
- "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" -- by B.J. Thomas (Sang by Donatello while he's making cookies; then it plays while Donatello is attacked)
- "Maybe Tomorrow" -- by Jackie Stewart (plays when Castiel and Anael are meeting at the restaurant)
- "Danny Boy" - traditional Irish folk song (An altered version -- "Sammy Boy" is sang by Nick while Sam is trying to talk on the phone)
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