5.01 Sympathy for the Devil
|Title||Sympathy for the Devil|
|Episode #||Season 5, Episode 1|
|First aired||September 10, 2009|
|Directed by||Robert Singer|
|Written by||Eric Kripke|
|On IMDB||Sympathy for the Devil|
|Outline||Lucifer is free and both angels and demons are after Sam and Dean.|
|Timeline||Immediately after 4.22 Lucifer Rising|
|Location(s)|| Ilchester, Maryland|
Pike Creek, Delaware
Kripke's Hollow, Ohio
Buffalo, New York
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Sam and Dean are trapped in the vestibule as Lucifer breaks free of his confinement, following Sam killing Lilith and breaking the last of the 66 Seals. Just as a blinding light and sound force them to their knees, they are transported into an airplane flying over Ilchester, Maryland, where Lucifer was confined. Landing safely, although unsure how they were saved, they travel to Kripke's Hollow and the devastated remains of Chuck's house. He explains, that the archangel had blown Castiel apart. Zachariah arrives, and tells Dean he is needed to battle Lucifer, who is seeking a vessel to possess. Dean is angry and not willing to help the angels. He has already partly drawn an angel banishing sigil on a sliding door with his own blood. He pulls out the sliding door to reveal the sigil, then slaps his bloody palm onto it and Zachariah and his angels disappear.
At a motel room, Sam arrives with some hex bags to hide them from the angels, which Sam reluctantly admits Ruby taught him how to make. Sam says he isn't feeling any after effects from the demon blood. He tries to talk to Dean about what has happened, about freeing Lucifer, but Dean refuses to engage with him. Dean suggests they treat it as any hunt, and they set about finding Lucifer. Becky Rosen, obviously a fan of the Supernatural books written by Chuck Shurley, judging by the posters in her room, is writing some Wincest fanfiction, when Chuck instant messages her and asks her to pass a message to Dean and Sam. She does so, however the message—that the "angels have lost Michael's Sword" and that it is to be found "in a castle, on a hill made of 42 dogs," doesn't appear to make sense.
A brief scene of a man, Nick, who seems to be having nightmares or hallucination. After hallucinating that his bed is full of blood, he finds his dead wife lying beside him in bed, whispering to him, "You're special."
Bobby arrives in the Impala, with research about the archangel Michael. Sam confesses to Bobby that it was his actions that freed Lucifer, and Bobby coldly tells him that once the hunt is over, he wants nothing to do with Sam. Sam leaves to do some research. While researching further, Dean gets an idea, and going through some of John's old things. He finds the address for John's storage facility: Castle Storage, 42 Rover Hill. It fits the message from Chuck.
Just then, a woman arrives with two henchman. It is Meg, the demon that once worked with Azazel and possessed Sam during the events of 2.14 Born Under a Bad Sign. Bobby attacks and restrains Dean—he too is possessed. Meg says the demons want Dean dead so he can't stop Lucifer. She orders the possessed Bobby to kill Dean with Ruby's knife, but just as he is about to strike, Bobby manages to battle the demon and stab himself instead. Sam returns and helps dispatch the other two demons, but Meg escapes by leaving her vessel. Sam and Dean drop off a gravely injured Bobby at the hospital and race to John's lock-up. Once there, they find some dead demons, and Zachariah with some angel muscle.
Zachariah reveals they misled Chuck; Michael's sword is at the storage lock-up because it's Dean. Zachariah explains that Dean is to be the vessel for the archangel Michael, so he can defeat Lucifer. He admits, however, that they need Dean's consent for this. When Dean refuses, Zachariah breaks one of Sam's legs. He then says that Bobby will never walk again unless Dean agrees. Dean still refuses. He then strikes Dean with stomach cancer and as he coughs up blood, Zachariah stops Sam from breathing by taking away his lungs. Just then, Castiel appears. He attacks the angels with his angel blade and orders Zachariah to make Sam and Dean whole again, and then to leave.
Castiel is elusive about how he has been brought back from death, but before he leaves, he touches Sam and Dean, burning an Enochian sigil into their ribs, that will hide them from the angels, demons and Lucifer. Nick wanders through his house, distraught. His wife and child have been murdered during a home invasion. As he grieves, he starts hallucinating again. Lucifer appears as his wife Sarah and tells him that he is a vessel, and that Lucifer wants his consent to possess him. Lucifer says he is misunderstood, that he was punished for "loving God too much." He says that, to let Nick's family be murdered, God must either be uncaring, or a sadist. He tells Nick possession will be painful, but that Lucifer will help him get justice for his family. Nick consents to possession.
At the hospital, Bobby yells at a doctor who tells him he won't walk again. He says they need to keep fighting, but is pessimistic about their chances. Dean makes a stirring speech, saying they should take them all on—angels and demons—and try to win. As they walk to the car, Dean admits the speech was for Bobby's benefit. Sam again tries to get Dean to talk about what happened. Dean admits that he feels deeply hurt and let down by Sam, and even though he knows Sam is sorry, he doesn't know if he can trust him again.
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Bobby Singer
- Chuck Shurley
- Becky Rosen
- Acting in Unison
- Angel Banishing Sigil
- Angel Lore
- Angel Blade
- Bobby's Hats
- Castle Storage
- Dean's Amulet
- Demon Blood
- Demon Smoke
- Hex Bag
- The Host of Heaven
- John's Journal
- John's Lock-up
- Sam Girls
- Star Wars
- Super Fans
- Title Card
- Warding Sigils
- "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC
- (plays during "The Road So Far" recap of events)
Trivia & References
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- "Up to Speed" Official Season 4 Recap
- Promo Pics
- Casting News for Lucifer by Ausiello
- Meg's Return Announced in TV Guide
- Comic-Con: Supernatural' Panelists Talk Lucifer, the Apocalypse, and Returning Characters by zap2it (spoilers)
- Three Clips from Maureen Ryan at the Chicago Tribune
- 5.01 Sympathy For The Devil: What I Need Is You by bardicvoice (September 2009); archive link, spn-heavymeta
- Bond, Silvia. 2009. Let the Bodies Hit the Floor: "Sympathy for the Devil" Season 5, Episode 1. Pink Raygun, September 15; archive link, spn-heavymeta
- Chan, Suzette. 2009. Supernatural Talk: Tarts talk about Supernatural 5.01, Sympathy for the Devil. Sequential Tart, October 19; archive link
- SPN Meta: 5.01 Visual Framing Meta by caffienekitty (September 2009); archive link, spnematography
- Supernatural: Sympathy for the Devil by sarka (September 2009); archive link, spnematography