Airdate: December 8, 2016
Directed by: Phil Sgriccia
Written by Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming
|When Team Free Will learns that Lucifer is possessing the president of the United States, they devise a plan (with help from the British Men of Letters) to exorcise the most powerful man in the world.|
- Crowley to Dean, Sam, and Castiel - "Lucifer's not content with slutting it from one random vessel to the next. He's moving onto Blue Chips -- celebrities, captains of industry. He just got a lot more dangerous."
- Sam to Crowley - "Crowley, can we just get the damned news without the drama.
- Crowley to Sam - "Can I get you without the flannel? No. Still, I endure."
- Rowena to Crowley (after Crowley kills her new ex-boyfriend) - "That is the sweetest thing you've ever done for me."
- Dean to Sam and Castiel when he learns of the Nephilim - "Lucifer? I didn't know he was dating."
- Mr. Ketch to Dean, Sam, and Castiel - "U.S. government plates - elite dog-catcher level. Someone special wants you. Whose hydrant have you lads been tinkling on?"
- Mr. Ketch to Dean, Sam, and Castiel - "Hmm. The toys are the fun part."
"Rick" (Secret Service Agent)
- Crowley has entered the bunker several times in recent seasons -- including during the season 11 finale. When was the last time the bunker was truly warded against him?
- Why didn't Sam tell Dean that he was planning to call Mick?
- When angels possess a vessel, they access the person's memories, so why wouldn't Lucifer know how to be president?
- Was Lucifer a virgin before this episode? After he'd slept with Kelly the first time, he said "It's almost like I've never done that before."
- What will Kelly do about her pregnancy? Will the angels try to kill her to prevent her Nephilim abomination from being born?
- Mr. Ketch suggests that Castiel can tell when someone is lying. But the Winchesters (and others) have successfully lied to Castiel before. If he has this ability, why doesn't he use it more often.
- Is Lucifer truly back inside the cage? Or have the Winchesters been tricked?
- Were the Winchesters planning to get arrested? They didn't seem surprised; and in the truck, they looked at each other as if they have a plan
- In Supernatural lore, being possessed by an archangel usually leaves you drooling and in a wheelchair (or worse); what are the odds that the president will recover fully?
- Rowena is apparently a con woman now, looking for a wealthy man to marry
- Despite not wanting to work together, Castiel and Crowley seem effective as partners
- Crowley apparently has contacts everywhere -- including at the highest levels of government.
- Before he was ejected, Lucifer was planning to nuke Eastern European rebels in Belarus, and pardon Charles Manson
- The British Men of Letters still say they want to help the American hunters deal with the monsters in this country
- In reality, a Roman Catholic priest would not be permitted to perform an exorcism without first getting authorization from the Vatican, who would likely have sent its own exorcist(s) to perform the ritual
- The president and his associates stayed at the Forester Estate in Indianapolis. The actual building where the episode was filmed is an estate -- apparently Prince William and Kate Middleton have stayed there. There is an actual Forester Estate -- it's a winery in Australia
- When Mr. Ketch intercepts the secret service men and the Winchesters, it's still daylight. But when we see him talking to Castiel and the Winchesters after the explosions, night has fallen. What were they doing all that time? Burying bodies and hiding the SUV?
- "POTUS" is the acronym for "President of the United States"; "LOTUS" is a pun -- "Lucifer of the United States"
- Crowley's FBI alias, "Agent Zappa" refers to rock and roll musician Frank Zappa.
- Crowley says that Lucifer has moved on to "Blue Chip" vessels. This is a reference to "Blue Chip" stocks; in financial terms and on the stock market, these stocks represent highly reputable, high-value companies.
- "Scooby Gang" is sometimes used to describe a group of friends who solve mysteries, referring to the group of sleuths from the cartoon "Scooby Doo, where are you?"
- The Hope Diamond is one of the most famous and most valuable jewels in the world; it is currently kept at one of the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC
- "Rosemary's Baby" was a 1968 film about a women who conceives Lucifer's child
- Charles Manson was a 1960s era cult leader who led his followers to commit several murders. He is currently serving a life sentence in prison.
- "Bob's your uncle" is a British colloquial term that loosely means "so there you have it".
- "Take Five" -- by Paul Desmond: Performed by the Dave Brubeck Quartet (plays when Mr. Ketch arrives)
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