13.07 War of the Worlds

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Title War of the Worlds
Episode # Season 13, Episode 7
First aired November 23, 2017
Directed by Richard Speight, Jr.
Written by Brad Buckner
Eugenie Ross-Leming
On IMDB War of the Worlds
Outline With Jack in the wind, Sam and Dean look into the recent ritualistic killing of a witch and come across a familiar face. Lucifer, having managed to escape from the Apocalypse World, finds himself seeking Castiel's aid in stopping Michael.
Monster Asmodeus
Michael
Timeline
Location(s) Apocalypse World
Lebanon, Kansas
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Synopsis

After being reunited with Michael in the alternate reality, Lucifer is being held captive by the archangel. Michael uses Lucifer’s memories to take a look at the world he came from, Earth, and Lucifer is describing the path God took and how he became bored of what he created. Michael favours Lucifer’s world to the alternate reality and claims he is going to travel there and “lend a hand”. Michael taunts Lucifer, claiming he has seen his fears of being locked up, and tortures him with the cage he’s being kept in by stabbing him in the chest. Lucifer is left alone in the cage.

In the bunker, Sam is looking for to no avail. He tells Dean that there is an APB out amongst hunters for the Nephilim and Dean assures him that Jack will be found, arguing that there will be a sign. Castiel argues that perhaps the lack of evidence of Jack is the evidence itself; Jack has possibly been taken by Asmodeus or the angels and they have hidden him. Castiel informs the Winchesters that he is going to meet with an angel confidant who will tell him if the angels have Jack or not. With Cas out looking for Jack, Sam and Dean don’t want to sit idle. Dean proposes a case: three apparent witches found dead; however, they are not hunter killings.

Meanwhile, Asmodeus tries to sense Jack but fails. A demon approaches to tell him the Winchesters don’t have Jack either and it’s now a race to find him first.

In the alternate reality, Michael tells Lucifer he is pathetic in his world compared to Earth. Lucifer claims that he never tried to play God on Earth and that interdimensional travel is the reason he is weak. Michael taunts that he’ll be ‘trading up’ when he goes to Earth, whereas Lucifer will remain alone in the other dimension. However, as Lucifer points out, Michael needs the rift to do so but it’s no longer open. Michael claims he has a plan and that all of his best brains are working on it; with this he opens the door revealing Kevin Tran. Kevin explains that to recreate the rift, it needs the grace of an archangel. Michael knew he could take this from Lucifer. He does take most of Lucifer’s grace for the spell but leaves him with a little.

Whilst Sam and Dean are on the hunt for a witch killer, the security feed shows Arthur Ketch. Sam argues that isn’t possible as they both saw his dead body. A witch called Daniella approaches the Winchesters and appeals to them for help. She knows witches are being killed and thinks she’ll be next. Meanwhile, Lucifer tries to dissuade Kevin from opening the rift. Kevin does it anyway, and the rift opens. Lucifer fights free from the guards and runs into the rift, being the only one to make it through, albeit without powers.

In hell, Asmodeus is torturing a human, motel clerk for information on Jack and the Winchesters but the clerk doesn’t know anything. They kill him and Asmodeus senses Lucifer has returned to Earth. All the while, Daniella takes the Winchesters to a safe house and tells them she was tortured by the witch killer but escaped, showing them the cuts on her chest. Daniella says the attacker asked for Rowena. Sam and Dean show her the picture they think is Ketch and ask her if this is her attacker, and she confirms that it is. Dean suggests they use her as bait to lure him in. Ketch takes the bait and is tranquilised by Dean. The Winchesters begin to torture Ketch who claims that he has been mistaken for his brother and he is actually Alexander Ketch who ran from the MoL and has lived in hiding as a mercenary/hunter. Dean doesn’t believe this.

Castiel meets with his informant who tells him that they would put Jack to work creating new angels. Cas is trapped by two more angels and realises his confidant is tricking him. They fight, Cas is captured, when Lucifer appears. He threatens the angels and they flee, not knowing that Lucifer doesn’t have the power he claims. Lucifer forces Cas to talk to him, warning him about Michael’s plans and claims that himself, Cas and Jack need to stop it. Cas wants to consult the Winchesters, but Lucifer thinks they’ll waste time. Lucifer discovers that the Winchesters have lost Jack.

Dean gets a call from the motel saying that their clerk went missing after a man matching Asmodeus’ description was asking questions. He then receives a call from Cas trying to tell him about Lucifer, but he is caught. Asmodeus turns up at the bar where Cas and Lucifer are, knowing that Lucifer is weak. He takes them both back to hell just before Sam and Dean arrive, who had been tracking Cas’ phone. Sam and Dean enter the empty bar, only to be attacked by demons. It seems they are going to lose, when Ketch shows up and helps them. Despite this, Dean threatens him with a gun because he knows that he is Arthur, not Alexander. Ketch reveals himself to be Arthur but says the story he gave was true, that he was in hiding from the MoL. He tells them that in return for letting Rowena escape, she gave him the spell for ‘immortality’ but it needs renewing which is why he was hunting her down. He tries to argue that he was a good guy, but Dean doesn’t believe him, so he runs from the bar although not before being shot by Dean.

Dean has a phone call with Asmodeus, believing it to be Cas. Asmodeus is keeping Lucifer and Cas in hell as potential leverage over both Jack and the Winchesters. Ketch is revealed as Asmodeus’ ‘inside man’ in the hunter network.

Characters

Definitions

Music

  • "Blues Are Turning Black" by Stephen Emil Dudas (Extreme Music)
(playing in the bar as Lucifer and Castiel talk about Jack; also played in 10.20 Angel Heart)

Quotes

Lucifer: I got plenty of gripes with the old man. His self-righteous narcissism, His 'my way or the highway' quirk. I gotta hand it to Him. He had a couple of great seconds when He banged out the universe. Guy had creative chops. And optimism. I'll give Him that. And despite His pissiness and His massive lack of irony, He did give mankind a good turn at bat and a chance to live in paradise. He ruled. He smote. He parted waters. Worshipped by creatures who made God in man's image. And then, He got disappointed. Or worse, bored. Picked up all His toys and... left. What was that?
Michael: Hitched a ride on your temporal lobe. Saw your world. That paradise you left behind? Believe I'll take up residence, lend my guiding hand.
Lucifer: Hey, hey, hey. I got an idea. Why don't you whale on Mary Winchester for a while? I'll go get a latte, okay? Or not.

Michael: Look at you. You claim to be a god in your world. Here, you're pathetic.

Lucifer: Hey, you try interdimensional travel sometime, pal. Definitely no frills. And just to be clear, I never claimed to be God. Or a god, okay? Where I come from, God is a paradox. He's everywhere, in your mind. In reality, He's nowhere. He left. I, on the other hand, am the real deal. I am everything humanity thinks I am and worse. That's who you're dealing with, pal. But, hey, congratulations to you for being king of the hill of this dead rock.
Lucifer: Kevin, what are you doing, getting mixed up with Michael?

Kevin: I don't have a choice. I'm a prophet, so I serve God, but there's no God to serve, so I serve the ranking deity, which is Michael, because I don't have a choice because I'm a prophet.
Lucifer: Idiot. Can't you see Michael is a monster? Pure evil?
Kevin: Okay, I'm confused. Aren't you Satan? Which would make you the evil monster? And besides, Michael's taking me to paradise world so I can meet hot women.

Lucifer: I'm sorry. What?
Dean: Don't mess with us, okay? You already killed Mick. You tried to kill us. You messed our mom right up. We're already pissed off. So I wouldn't do that.
Dean: Do I look stupid to you?

Ketch: Is that a trick question? Uhh! Oh!
Dean: Whoo!

Sam: So, you're seriously gonna sit there with a straight face and tell us that you have an evil twin?
Lucifer: Okay, I get it, I get it. Custody of my son is a non-starter. But if you can please just shelve the eternal enemies thing for a second, we have a situation. And by 'we,' I mean everything alive. We're sorta... all gonna die.
Castiel: You'll forgive me if I'm a little on edge. The last time we were together, you killed me.
Lucifer: Well, last time we were together, you stabbed me.
Castiel: Work this out with me. Hypothetically, um, let's say you're lying, and I help you find your son, and then you kill me again.

Lucifer: Cut me a little bit of slack. Please? That unhinged thing and that meth head Kevin Tran are about to bust through that door. God isn't here! It's just us. We're all we got, in case you hadn't noticed.
Castiel: Well, I-I-I have to talk to Sam and Dean.

Lucifer: Why, why, why, why, why, with all their second guessing and their whining? This is an emergency, Castiel, and all they're gonna wanna do is v is put me back in the Cage.
Dean: You know, I gotta hand it to you. That paper trail you cooked up, pretty impressive. But my gut told me it was baloney. Looks like my gut was right. See, I've been in it with you, Arthur. I've seen your moves. We've gone toe-to-toe. And I saw that look in your eye when asked about our mom. So why don't you cut the crap?
Ketch: Actually, everything I told you is true. Well, except for the, uh, twin brother thing. I am separated from the British Men of Letters, lying low because they will kill me for desertion. I make a rather good living as a sort of soldier of fortune, deep underground, for a certain sort of clientele who appreciate my skill set. And I do use the name 'Alexander'.
Asmodeus: As I was sayin', I'm a collector. I like to be prepared. Lucifer could be useful. Castiel is a card to play if the Winchesters get out of line. And if there is any truth to the story that a new version of Michael is comin', I will definitely need that Nephilim.
Ketch: You really needn't worry.

Trivia & References

"War of the Worlds" is a reference to the science fiction novel of the same name by H.G. Wells, about an alien invasion of Earth by Martians from Mars.
Dean: Yeah, but isn't he too fast and furious for angels?
The Fast and the Furious is an action film franchise based around street racing and heists.
Kevin: I've assembled all the elements annotated in the angel tablets. Of course, I haven't done this before – no one here has – and any predictions are only predictive, not declarative probabilities being what they are or could be. Maybe. Or not. But a fly in the ointment exists.
A "fly in the ointment" is a phrase denoting a minor flaw that can spoil something good.
Michael: Don't screw with me, worm.

Kevin: I'm a vertebrate, neither an annelid nor a nematode.

Annelid is a scientific term for worm. A nematode is a species of roundworm.
Asmodeus: Well, then how do you explain how Jack, the infamous Nephilim, along with the Brothers Winchester, all stayed in your No-Tell Motel?
No-tell motel is slang for a motel used for the specific purpose of a sexual rendezvous.
Ketch: Arthur was the family success story. The... headliner, our Donny Osmond.

Dean: Mm. All right, Marie. What's your story?

Donny Osmond, along with his sister Marie, are singers and actors best known for hosting the variety show Donny & Marie from January 1976 to January 1979.
Sam: All right. For argument's sake, we know Mom shot Arthur, and we know we dumped his corpse into the waste canal. So even if this is weird, yes, it's weird, but we eat weird every day.

Dean: Yeah, but there's 'Ripley's Believe It or Not!' weird, and then there's weird that's just straight up bull. Now I'm thinking that Ketch weird is door number two.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! is a franchise known for the showcasing of strange feats and unusual claims.
Lucifer: Drop the blade, Dumah. You hesitate? This isn't gonna be one of those 'make my day' moments, is it? Okay. Buh-bye.
"Make my day" is a reference to the catchphrase made famous by the character "Dirty Harry" Callahan.
Sam: You get a name?

Dean: Nope. But... from his description? Evil Colonel Sanders. Asmodeus.

Colonel Sanders was an Southern American business man, famous for creating Kentucky Fried Chicken. The name "Evil Colonel Sanders" was attributed to Asmodeus by the Supernatural fandom soon after his debut, due to his southern drawl and white suit.

Minutiae

Farrah Aviva, who played Daniela, previously played Psycho Ghost in 7.19 Of Grave Importance.
Erica Serra, who played Dumah, previously played Robin in 6.22 The Man Who Knew Too Much.
Caitlin Stryker, who played Lead Angel, previously played Stacey in 7.14 Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie.
As revealed by Castiel in 8.07 A Little Slice of Kevin, angels instinctively know the names of every prophet – past, present, and future – explaining how Lucifer is able to recognize the Apocalypse World version of Kevin Tran.
Lucifer begins wearing a beige-colored jacket this episode. He previously wore a beige coat while using Casitel's vessel in season 11. Furthermore, Jack was shown wearing a beige suit in 13.06 Tombstone.
The bar Castiel and Lucifer go to discuss recent developments is called "Nick's Bar." Nick is the name of Lucifer's vessel, and "Old Nick" is a colloquialism for the Devil.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts

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