13.14 Good Intentions
|Episode #||Season 13, Episode 14|
|First aired||March 1, 2018|
|Directed by||P.J. Pesce|
|Written by||Meredith Glynn|
|On IMDB||Good Intentions|
|Outline||The Winchesters, Castiel, and Donatello continue trying to find a way to open a rift, which begins to take its toll on Donatello. Meanwhile, in Apocalypse World, Mary and Jack escape Michael and find refuge with Bobby Singer.|
|Location(s)|| Lebanon, Kansas|
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Zachariah is attempting to mentally manipulate Jack into using his powers to open a portal by inducing hallucinations. The most recent has him back in the Bunker, trying to save Sam and Dean who are locked in a room while a fire rages inside it. Michael is unimpressed with Zachariah's progress and asks if Jack is necessary. Zachariah assures Michael that Jack is the key to opening a rift large enough to march an army through, and Michael orders Zachariah to try again.
In the Bunker workroom, Donatello continues to work on translating the demon tablet, amid hallucinatory whispers. Castiel brings him breakfast, and Donatello scrambles to hide his notes, causing Cas to suspiciously ask if he’s okay. Donatello suggests the energy of the tablet must be affecting him.
Zachariah tries another illusion on Jack, appearing as Castiel and trying to convince him that Sam and Dean don’t care for him, and that humanity will ruin the world without angelic intervention. Again, Jack is able to realize the ruse and snap out of his trance. When Jack realizes he is standing before Michael, he is sent flying into the wall and Michael declares his intent to use his own methods to break Jack.
Donatello cracks the tablet code and gleefully brings the results to Sam, Dean, and Castiel. Looking over the spell, Sam sees that they have most of the ingredients in the Bunker, except the hearts of Gog and Magog, dangerous ancient warriors bound outside of space and time. Castiel and Dean volunteer to summon and fight them, while Donatello and Sam stay behind to assemble the other spell ingredients.
Michael drags Jack down a hallway to a cell and tosses him in, where he finds Mary. She recognizes Jack, and he tells her that Sam and Dean sent him. He doesn’t know what Michael wants from him, but Mary tells him the angels want him to open a door to their world, and that they’ll torture her until Jack agrees to do it.
Dean asks Cas how he’s doing, and Cas wonders again why he was brought back if he isn’t even able to protect Jack. He speculates that he was brought back to help prepare for war against Michael, and Dean assures him they’ll do whatever it takes. Arriving at an open field of battle, and armed with angel blades, Dean and Castiel summon Gog and Magog. In the ensuing fight, Castiel and Dean manage to kill the giants but Castiel discovers that, contrary to what Donatello insisted, Gog and Magog were not human but rather ancient creatures made of rock and sand who have no hearts.
In their prison cell, Mary and Jack realize that the angels are using warding strong enough to affect humans. They find that the angelic warding that suppresses Jack’s power in the cell is weak near the barred window, and they manage to escape.
As Sam mixes ingredients in the library, his phone on the other table begins to buzz with a call from Dean, but Donatello declines the call before Sam hears it. Donatello picks up a bottle and hits Sam over the head with it. Dean and Castiel return to find the Bunker trashed and Sam holding an ice pack to his head. He shows them a video feed of Donatello locked in the dungeon, ranting and raving about power. Castiel explains to Sam that Donatello sent them into a trap and wanted Gog and Magog to kill them.
While hiking through the terrain of Apocalypse World, Mary and Jack run into Bobby who is patrolling with some men, and he takes them to his camp in the woods. Bobby explains that everyone there had been attacked by angels, who are exterminating humanity. Mary warns Bobby that Michael will be after them, but he tells them they’ll be okay there and the camp is heavily guarded.
Castiel watches from the library as Sam and Dean interrogate Donatello about the spell in the dungeon. Donatello taunts Dean by telling him that God chose him as the prophet, not Dean, and he expresses his annoyance that Dean’s not dead. Donatello tells them he won’t give them the spell, but he’ll show them some magic and begins to suffocate Dean with a spell. Sam brings Dean out of the room, which allows Dean to catch his breath, while Castiel rushes to the dungeon.
In Bobby’s camp, Jack entertains the children with shadow puppets while Bobby tells Mary about the version of her that he knew, who didn’t make the demon deal. Mary realizes that making the deal may have hurt her boys, but it prevented the war that destroyed Bobby’s world. Bobby notices Jack’s unnatural, magical shadow puppets and asks if he’s a witch or a psychic, but Mary trusts Bobby enough to risk telling him the truth. Angry that she would bring a nephilim into his camp, Bobby demands Jack leave by morning, and Mary says that if Jack leaves, so does she. Bobby warns her that, just like the angels they’d thought were on their side at the beginning of the war, Jack will eventually turn on them, too.
Dean, Sam, and Castiel try to figure out what went wrong with Donatello. When Sam mentions that Donatello has no soul, Castiel is appalled. Castiel explains that the human soul acts as a filter against any corrupting power within the tablets and tells them that there’s no way to fix what’s happened to Donatello. He suggests that killing him is the kindest thing they could do, and that another prophet will awaken to translate the tablet, but Sam insists they not kill him. Castiel resigns himself to do what he has to and locks himself in the dungeon with Donatello.
The next morning, Jack tells Mary how he admires the humans at Bobby’s camp, but Mary tells him they have to leave. A siren sounds as angels begin dive-bombing into the camp, causing Mary and Jack run for cover as Zachariah and his troops arrive.
In the dungeon, Castiel tells Donatello that he’d sworn he’d never again take memories from a human without their permission, but says he must now break that oath. Donatello attempts to cast a spell, but Castiel silences him, telling him he won’t allow anyone to hurt the people he loves ever again. He enters his mind and extracts the spell from the tablet.
Running through the woods, Mary and Jack find Bobby, who tells them that the angels found Jack at the camp because he’d used his powers making shadow puppets. Wanting to help, Bobby gives Mary an escape route from the camp and tells her to take the children to safety, but tells Jack he has done enough. Mary tells Jack to hide from the angels and they split up.
Zachariah and his angels wander Bobby’s camp killing people. Jack hears the fighting and returns just as Zachariah finds Mary. She refuses to tell him where Jack is and he knocks her to the ground. Jack arrives just as Zachariah is preparing to kill her. Jack uses his powers on the angel, raising him into the air and exploding him in a cloud of dust. As more angels begin their descent into the camp, Jack focuses his powers and explodes them in mid-air. Bobby thanks Jack for helping save everyone, and Jack says it’s what Sam and Dean would’ve done. He tells Mary and Bobby that he knows the war won’t stop as long as Michael is alive, and states his intention to kill Michael.
Sam and Dean return from taking Donatello to the hospital, where he is brain-dead and on life support. They confront Castiel about what he did, and Cas tells them there was no way to save Donatello, and that they didn’t have time to figure out another plan if Michael’s bringing a war to them. Castiel lists the ingredients for the spell to open the door so that together they can beat Lucifer and Michael, and survive.