12.08 LOTUS

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Episode # Season 12, Episode 8
First aired December 8, 2016
Directed by Phil Sgriccia
Written by Eugenie Ross-Leming
Brad Buckner
Outline After Lucifer takes possession of the President of the United States, the Winchesters, Castiel, Crowley, and Rowena formulate a plan to finally send Lucifer back to the Cage.
Monster Lucifer
Location(s) St. Louis, Missouri
Lebanon, Kansas
Boca Raton, Florida
Indianapolis, Indiana
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Lucifer has been hopping from vessel to vessel trying to find one that can contain him, focusing on people in positions of power including billionaire businessman Wallace Parker and an archbishop of St. Louis. Finally he finds himself in the vessel of the president of the United States (POTUS) Jefferson Rooney while he is on a speaking tour in Indiana.

Lucifer "gets briefed" by Rooney to help him best impersonate the president. He also discovers that the president is having an affair with his aide, Kelly Kline. Lucifer continues the relationship, having sex with a human for the first time.

Sam, Dean, Castiel, and Crowley plot how to get Lucifer's essence out of the vessel and back into the Cage. Sam is driven to call Mick Davies of the British Men of Letters for help, but hangs up when the call goes to voicemail.

Lucifer becomes aware that the Winchesters are after him, and fabricates a story for the Secret Service that they are cult members intent on assassinating the president. The Secret Service catch up with the Winchesters and Castiel. Mr. Ketch of the British Men of Letters arrives just in time, destroys the Secret Service car with a Grenade Launcher, and renders the agents unconscious. Mr. Ketch explains that he is there to help, and shows them a number of weapons imbued with magic. One is the Hyperbolic Pulse Generator, which can be used to expel an angel from its vessel.

Through a contact of Crowley's within the presidential entourage, the Winchesters learn of Lucifer's affair with Kelly. Castiel informs them that angel radio is suddenly full of news - a very powerful angel has conceived a child (known as a Nephilim) with a human.

Crowley is able to teleport Kelly away to a motel and they try to explain to her that the president is Lucifer, and that she is pregnant with his child. When her hand is placed on a Bible, it bursts into flames, supporting their unbelievable story. They get Kelly to call the president and ask him to come to the hotel, telling him thatshe has decided not to keep the baby.

After the President (Lucifer) is securely inside the room, Sam, Dean, and Crowley all enter; Rowena waits in an adjoining room. Sam says a spell while holding out the pulse generator. It glows with white light and Lucifer starts to be expelled from the president. Rowena joins in with an incantation and finally Lucifer leaves Rooney's body and disappears through the floor - presumably back to the Cage.

Cas sneaks Kelly out through the adjoining room while the boys stay behind with the unconscious president. The Secret Service break into the room and arrest the Winchesters for attempted assassination. They are driven away, heavily chained, in an armored van.

Cas and Kelly stop at a diner, presumably waiting to meet up with the Winchesters. Kelly pretends to need to use the restroom, then sneaks out the back door and calls a taxi. Once she's away from the diner she calls Cas and explains that she's decided to keep the baby.




  • "Take Five" by Dave Brubeck
(playing from Mr. Ketch's car as he blows up the secret service SUV)


Crowley: Lucifer's not content with slutting it from one random vessel to the next. He's moving on to blue chips. Celebrities, captains of industry. He just got a lot more dangerous.
Lucifer: Babies... That's what we are. Innocents all of us, struggling to walk upright with purpose and pride. And yet we need our Father... to be there when we fall. Today we lost a brother, tomorrow we will continue our work for the country. Amen.
Sam: Lucifer doesn't like being messed with. I guess when the archbishop's priests figured out he was possessed, they tried to keep it quiet, do an an exorcism. I mean not that it would have worked. Lucifer blew town, but not before he slaughtered the entire staff. So, we were on the right trail. Where's it go now?
Dean: I don't know. Who won the Nobel Peace Prize? Why don't we start there?
Sam: Crowley, can we just get the damn news without the drama?
Crowley: Can I get you without the flannel? No. Still I endure.
Castiel: Something's happened. Something. It's angel radio, there's so many voices.

Dean: What are they saying?
Castiel: There's been a massive surge in celestial energy. A Nephilim has come into being. It's the offspring of an angel and human.
Dean: And that's big news?
Castiel: Yes. But the power that produced this is immense. Much more powerful than a typical angel.
Sam: Lucifer.

Dean: Lucifer...? I didn't know he was dating.
Mr. Ketch: You. Angel. Wipe their memories. U.S. government plates. Elite dog catcher level. Someone special wants you. Whose hydrant have you lads been tinkling on?

Dean: I'm sorry, who the hell are you?

Mr. Ketch: Oh, where are my manners? Arthur Ketch, British Men of Letters.
Mr. Ketch: You. Halo. Do you sense I'm lying?

Castiel: My name is Castiel. And no. But the truth can be situational.

Mr. Ketch: Oh, I do enjoy an angel. But I understand your hesitation, you haven't exactly seen us at our best. Lady Bevell is a bit... excitable.
Kelly: Who are you people?

Rowena: Well, dear. I'm a witch, he's an angel.
Crowley: And I'm the King of Hell.
Kelly: Oh God.

Castiel: No, actually he left.
Lucifer: This isn't over, Sam!
Sam: Go to Hell!
Dean: We got him. We got Lucifer.

Trivia & References

"LOTUS" is a play on the acronym POTUS (President of the United States), in this case standing for "Lucifer of the United States."
As Lucifer is walking down the hall in the body of the archbishop, crosses begin turning upside down. An upside down cross, or Cross of St. Peter is actually a Christian symbol; only in the last few decades has it been tied to anti-Christian imagery.
Castiel / Crowley: Agents.

Dean: Okay, this has got to stop. Gimme that.
Crowley: Armani!

Armani is an Italian luxury fashion brand known for their suits, shoes, watches, and other accessories.
Castiel: I agree with Agent Zappa.
Reference to musician Frank Zappa.
Dean: We'll look around, and if it is Lucifer we'll call the rest of the Scooby Gang.
Scooby Gang was the name of the team consisting of Buffy Summers' friends and colleagues on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This, in turn, was a reference to the meddling kids (and their dog) who solved crimes together on the animated series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! and its associated spin-offs, reboots, and movies.
Castiel: Well, at lest he'll be outside of the mansion.

Sam: Yeah, guarded like the Hope Diamond.

The Hope Diamond is one of the most well-known jewels in the world, weighing at 45.52 carats.
Sam: Do we have a plan?

Dean: Impeach LOTUS and find Rosemary's baby.

Impeachment is the process by which Congress removes the president from office, as outlined in the U.S. Constitution.
Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 horror movie about a woman who gives birth to the son of Satan.
Sam: I hung up.

Mr. Ketch: Yes you did. Which made Mr. Davies think you're in trouble. Which you were. So he rings me. Bing-bang-boom, meet Bob, he's your uncle. Oh, and um, you're welcome.

"Bob's your uncle" is an English expression for "everything will be fine."
Kelly: Jeff's been under a lot of stress.

Crowley: Wrong. He's the Devil. Horns, pitchforks, the whole nine.

The whole nine yards is an American colloquial phrase denoting something being done "all the way."
Lucifer: I grant a full pardon... hmm... to Charles Manson.
Charles Manson is an American criminal and was the leader of the Manson Family, most famous for orchestrating the brutal murder of actress Sharon Tate and her friends in 1969.


The episode aired exactly one month after the U.S. presidential election.

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