13.13 Devil's Bargain
|Episode #||Season 13, Episode 13|
|First aired||February 8, 2018|
|Directed by||Eduardo Sánchez|
|Written by|| Eugenie Ross-Leming|
|On IMDB||Devil's Bargain|
|Outline||The Winchesters and Castiel attempt to hunt Lucifer down, who in his weakened state finds unlikely help in a faith healer.|
|Timeline||A few days after 13.12 Various & Sundry Villains|
|Location(s)|| Fall River, Massachusetts|
Monroe City, Missouri
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Castiel stumbles through a wooded area at night, coughing up blood from the wound he received from Lucifer outside of Needham Asylum. He soon finds a clearing and passes out. The next morning, two children find Castiel's body. Believing him to be dead, they begin poking him with a stick, only to jostle him awake, which sends them running. Picking himself up, Castiel heads back to the asylum looking for Lucifer, who has gone missing.
Lucifer, still in a state of diminished grace, finds a "cupid" in Monroe City, Missouri, who has just brought two people together. He takes the angel to a back alley where he drains the cupid’s grace and murders him. The grace does not last long, having been used up as soon as he consumed it, causing Lucifer to soon start to feel hungry. While begging for money to buy food he meets a panhandler who tells him of a faith healer named Sister Jo, whom he is saving up money to see. Intrigued, Lucifer visits Sister Jo at a community center, and witnesses as she appears to use angel-like powers to heal people. Lucifer quickly identifies her as the angel Anael and tries to drain her of her grace. However, a savvy Anael convinces Lucifer to keep her alive and to take portions her of her grace slowly, so she will recharge and he has a never-ending supply.
Meanwhile, Castiel finds his way back to the Bunker and tells the Winchesters that Asmodeus imprisoned him and Lucifer and had been impersonating Castiel on phone calls with the brothers. Shocked to hear that Lucifer has returned, Castiel explains that he came back thanks to the efforts of alt-Michael, who had convinced alt-Kevin to open a portal between worlds using a spell found in the angel tablet. He notes that a key ingredient of the spell was the grace of an archangel and they used Lucifer’s to open the portal.
The Winchesters and Castiel decide to recreate the spell to save Mary and Jack. They do not have an angel tablet, but they do have a demon tablet and they ask the prophet Donatello to see if it contains the same spell. While discussing their plan, Castiel receives a message over angel radio regarding the cupid’s murder. They travel to the scene of the murder and figure out that Lucifer is stealing grace. Sam questions the panhandler, who tells him about sending Lucifer to Sister Jo. The Winchesters and Castiel try to find Sister Jo at the community center but instead they find Ketch. Asmodeus had earlier instructed Ketch to find and to kill Lucifer but Ketch does not tell them that he is working with Asmodeus. Ketch proposes they work together but Castiel renders him unconscious instead and they place his body in Baby’s trunk with the intention of later killing him. In the meantime, they find a video of Sister Jo healing people and Castiel identifies her as Anael. Sam, having placed an alert on Anael’s credit card, is notified that she has booked a motel room at the Diamond Deluxe Motel and they head that way.
At the motel room, Lucifer seductively siphons Anael’s grace. After he is finished, they discuss what it feels like to be human. While Lucifer hates feeling human weakness, Anael explains that she admires their hope and love. She hated feeling unimportant in Heaven and on earth she feels free. She assumes that liberated feeling is the same Lucifer feels. Lucifer reveals that he has always wanted to fit in, to please his Father, and he worries that in turn he will be a bad father to Jack. He is uncomfortable experiencing human feelings and plans to find Jack and return to full strength.
The Winchesters and Castiel eventually arrive at the motel and manage to meet Anael in private. She convinces them that Lucifer has captured her and she needs their help, telling them he is still weak. They return to the motel room to detain Lucifer but before they can do so, Anael knocks Sam into the wall and Lucifer takes the opportunity to do the same to Dean and Castiel. As Lucifer telekinetically attacks the Winchesters and Castiel, Ketch, who has escaped from the Impala's trunk, throws a demon bomb at Lucifer and Anael but Lucifer transports them to safety before they can be harmed. Ketch explains that he tried to kill Lucifer because he thinks he is too dangerous to be walking the earth and again offers to work together. To show his sincerity, he tells them he is working with Asmodeus and offers to pass on information to them. Unknown to the Winchesters and Castiel, Asmodeus has his own mole, having shifted into the form of Castiel and tricked Donatello into telling him about the plan to open a portal and placed the prophet under a spell to report back to him on the plan.
Later, at the Bunker, the Winchesters and Castiel agree they cannot trust Ketch but that they should work with him for now. Although Donatello is finding it hard to decipher the demon tablet, he reveals it does contain the spell and Sam is pleased that at least now they have a plan. Meanwhile, Lucifer, promising to create more angels and to give them back their wings, has convinced the remaining angels to install him as Heaven’s leader. A small number of angels kneel before Lucifer, who sits on Heaven’s throne, with Anael at his side.
Back at the asylum, Asmodeus meets with Ketch and reveals his previous errand involved retrieving something special -- the archangel blade. Ketch points out that the blade can only be wielded by an archangel, which leads Asmodeus to introduce Ketch to the prisoner that he intends to wield the blade to kill Lucifer: A disheveled and bloody Gabriel, who has had his lips sewn together.
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Donatello Redfield
- Arthur Ketch
- Sister Jo aka Anael
- Angel Blade
- Angel Radio
- Archangel Blade
- The Bible
- Binding Link
- Costumes & Disguises
- Demon Bomb
- Evil Colonel Sanders
- Faith Healer
- Heaven's Throne Room
- Men of Letters Bunker
- Metatron's Cube
- Needham Asylum
- Princes of Hell
- Sam's Hair
- Table of Death