2.21 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One
|Title||All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One|
|Episode #||Season 2, Episode 21|
|First aired||May 10, 2007|
|Directed by||Robert Singer|
|Written by||Sera Gamble|
|On IMDB||All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One|
|Outline||The Yellow-Eyed Demon gathers all the children with special powers together.|
|Monster|| The Yellow-Eyed Demon|
|Timeline||April 29th, 2007 (Five months after 2.10 Hunted)|
|Location(s)|| Cold Oak, South Dakota|
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When the boys stop at a diner, Sam goes to buy food, while Dean muses about pie. Suddenly the radio starts cutting out. Dean rushes into the diner to find Sam gone, the staff and customers dead, and sulfur staining the back door. Dean goes to Bobby for help, but he has no information on demonic activity across the country. Ringing the Roadhouse, an agitated Ash admits to having information he will only reveal in person.
Sam wakes up to find himself in a seemingly deserted town. He runs into Andy, whom he’d previously met (2.05 Simon Said) when Andy’s twin brother was using his psychic powers to kill people. Together they find Ava who says she has only been there for half an hour even though it's been five months since Sam last saw her (2.10 Hunted). Also in the town are Jake Talley, an American soldier whisked away from duty in Afghanistan, and Lily. Lily reveals that her power is that people’s hearts stop when she touches them, Jake’s that he is super strong.
The group is doubtful when Sam explains that a demon is behind things, until an Acheri demon in the shape of a young girl attacks Jake. While Sam leads the group to find supplies and weapons, Lily tries to leave the town through the woods, but is killed by the demon. Desperate for Dean’s help, Sam gets Andy to try to send Dean a vision of where they are.
Dean and Bobby have arrived at Harvelle’s Roadhouse, only to find it burnt out and the occupants, apparently including Ash, but not Ellen, dead. Dean is suddenly struck by flashes of images sent by Andy. With Bobby’s help they work out that Sam is in Cold Oak, South Dakota. Sam has surrounded a room with a salt line, and as they wait for what may come, Sam dozes off. The Yellow-Eyed Demon appears to him, and explains that his plan is for the children with special powers to fight amongst themselves until the strongest is left to lead the Demon’s army. He says that, with his leadership qualities and hunter training, Sam is his favorite. The Demon admits to killing Jessica so Sam would go back to hunting. He then shows Sam a vision of what happened the night Mary died. Sam sees that the Demon fed drops of his blood to baby Sam, and that Mary knew the Demon.
On waking, Sam finds that Ava has disappeared, and he and Jake go to look for her. Ava returns to the room, breaks the salt line, and summons an Acheri demon who kills Andy. When Sam returns and confronts her, she admits that she has spent the last five months developing her powers and killing the other children who arrived. Just as she summons another demon, Jake kills her.
As Sam and Jake prepare to leave the town, Jake admits he doesn’t trust Sam and attacks him. After a fight, Jake appears to be unconscious. At that moment Dean and Bobby arrive. As Sam walks towards Dean, Jake grabs a knife and stabs him in the back, then runs away. Bobby chases him. Sam collapses into Dean's arms and is unresponsive to Dean's pleas for him not to leave him. As Dean says that it's his job to take care of Sam, he sees the truth, that Sam is fatally wounded. Sam spends his final moments cradled in his distraught brother's arms.
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Mary Winchester
- Bobby Singer
- The Yellow-Eyed Demon
- Andy Gallagher
- Ava Wilson
- Jake Talley
- Acheri Demon
- Bobby's Hats
- Dead...or are they?
- Dean's Amulet
- Demon Smoke
- Demon Blood
- Fictional Locations
- Get this
- Grenade Launcher
- Harvelle's Roadhouse
- Queer and Gender Diverse Characters
- Table of Death
- "Foreplay/Long Time" by Boston
- (plays during "The Road So Far" recap of events and through the opening)
- "Wrapped Around Your Finger" by Martyn Laight (CPM / Carlin)
- (plays as Dean searches the diner for Sam)
- "Opening" by Darker My Love
- (plays when Ash tells Dean to come to the Roadhouse)
Sam: Dude, I’m the one whose gonna have to ride in the car with your extra onions.
Andy: Honestly? My fourth bong load. It was weird. All of a sudden, there was this really intense smell. Like, uh...
Sam: Like sulfur?
Sam: It started a little over a year ago? You found you could do things? Things you didn’t think were possible? I have visions. I see things before they happen.
Ava: Yeah. Me, too.
Dean: Yeah, I think so. I saw Sam. I saw him, Bobby.
Bobby: It was a vision.
Sam: I’m gonna tear you to shreds, I swear to—
Sam: My generation?
Ava: I’m the undefeated heavyweight champ.
Sam: Oh, my God.
Sam: Fighting what?
Sam: You come with me, we can kill him together.
Trivia & References
- Frontierland is a section at Disney theme parks with rides and amusements based on the old west.
- This is a call-back to the name of the episode in which Andy was first introduced, 2.05 Simon Said.
- Cold Oak, South Dakota is a fictional town. However, according to the writer of this episode Sera Gamble, Cold Oak is based on the real-life Dudleytown, Connecticut.
- From Miranda's speech in Shakespeare's The Tempest:
- "O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is!
O brave new world
That has such people in't!"
- "O wonder!
- Brave New World is also a novel by Aldous Huxley about a Utopian future that is not quite as perfect as it first appears.
Andy: Yeah, I second that emotion.
- Possible reference to the 1967 song I Second That Emotion by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.
Andy: Yeah... D. Hasselhoff?
- Reference to the actor David Hasselhoff.
- This may be a reference to a song by Ray Charles, "If It Wasn't For Bad Luck", considering that the words are repeated throughout said song.
- The phrase is also repeated in the chorus of "Born Under a Bad Sign", originally by Albert King but covered famously by the psychedelic band Cream. See also 2.14 Born Under a Bad Sign.
- The Best and the Brightest is a book by journalist David Halberstam about how and why the United States got involved in Vietnam by looking at the U.S. government officials (mainly during the Kennedy presidency) who made the key decisions. The phrase has taken on somewhat of an ironic tone in the context of this book, because many of the people responsible for getting the United States into Vietnam were considered the best and brightest minds of their generation in government, the private sector, and academia, and their actions had disastrous consequences.
Sam: She knew you!
- This is explained in 4.03 In the Beginning.
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- 2.21 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One (transcript)
- All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One Script (Blue Collated)
- Casting Sides for Jake Talley
- Casting Sides for Lily
- Eric Kripke, Sera Gamble and Robert Singer Commentary Transcript by stir_of_echoes
- SPN Heavy Meta Season Two Meta Index
- 2.21 All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One: I Just Need the One by bardicvoice (May 2007); archive link
- Bond, Silvia. 2009. The Small Rain Down Can Rain: "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part I," Season 2, Episode 21. Pink Raygun, September 1; archive link, spn-heavymeta