13.21 Beat the Devil
|Title||Beat the Devil|
|Episode #||Season 13, Episode 21|
|First aired||May 3, 2018|
|Directed by||Phil Sgriccia|
|Written by||Robert Berens|
|On IMDB||Beat the Devil|
|Outline||With the help of Rowena and Gabriel, the Winchesters and Castiel finally get to Apocalypse World, but not everything goes according to plan.|
|Location(s)|| Lebanon, Kansas|
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Dean, Sam, Mary, Castiel, and Jack are sitting around the map table eating pizza. Dean is being teased because he's on his seventh piece and Mary shares that she and John used to refer to him as their "piglet." Sam and Mary clear the table together and head towards the kitchen. Once in the corridor, Sam pauses to ask her how she is feeling after the trauma she suffered in Apocalypse World. Mary confesses that she always knew Sam and Dean would save her and Jack. The happy reunion is interrupted, however, as Sam’s alarm goes off and we learn that the family gathering was just Sam’s dream.
Later, in the Bunker library, Sam and Dean are packing while Rowena gathers the ingredients for the spell to open the rift to the Apocalypse World. Gabriel -- whom, we learn from Castiel, has been in Dean’s room to extract his grace in private -- arrives with the pitiful amount of archangel grace that he’s managed to extract. Despite everyone’s doubts, Gabriel assures them it is enough and the grace does open the rift, but all too quickly the doorway wilts and closes again, leaving Gabriel emasculated and the team out of all non-Lucifer options.
While Sam, Dean, and Cas discusses Lucifer in the kitchen, Rowena and Gabriel pass the time first by discussing the rift failure as a thinly-veiled impotency talk, then by shamelessly flirting as Gabriel feels the need to prove himself. This leads to them being disturbed in the middle of doing ‘something’ behind a bookshelf when the Winchesters and Castiel return to the library. Awkward glances are shared and Dean quickly stutters out that Sam has a plan.
In an unknown bar, Lucifer is moaning to a barman about his failed plans for domination and lack of a relationship with his son. When the barman slips up and uses Jack’s name during the conversation, Lucifer becomes suspicious, so Gabriel gives up on his disguise and morphs back into himself. Lucifer tries to run out the front door, only to find himself running back through the exit door. Puzzled, Lucifer looks up and finds himself confronted not only by the brother he thought he'd killed but also Rowena, who binds him with magic. They reveal that they have spiked Lucifer's drinks with a magical roofie. Despondent, Lucifer does not fight at the prospect of having his grace stolen and being killed. Gabriel however, chooses to knock Lucifer unconscious with the butt of his archangel blade.
After regaining consciousness in the Bunker, Sam explains their plan to slowly drain Lucifer of his grace to keep the rift open for longer than 24 hours. Castiel slashes Lucifer’s throat and he is left slowly leaking grace into Rowena’s spell bowl as Sam, Dean, Castiel, and Gabriel head through to Apocalypse World. Stuck in his humiliating situation, Lucifer decides to try and bait Rowena, first by attempting to make her believe the others are being sexist by leaving her behind. When that fails, he sings loudly and off tune to grate at her.
In the Apocalypse World, Castiel suggests Gabriel takes over Heaven when they return, as it needs a new leader; Gabriel is unconvinced Heaven would want a screw up like him. Meanwhile, Dean comments on Sam’s obviously lighter spirits, which Sam puts down to the fact that they are so close to finally getting Jack and Mary back. Sam and Dean's brief moment of hope is shattered by the scream of someone in peril. They rush to the aid of a woman and man, Maggie and Floyd, who are being attacked by what turns out to be a starved vampire. Maggie and Floyd tell them they are also on their way to Dayton, to the outpost set up by Mary and Jack, but the tunnel shortcut they attempted to use is home to a dangerous vampire nest. Knowing their time is limited, the Winchesters agree the tunnel is their only real choice, and they tell Maggie and Floyd that they will protect them if they wish to come along.
Meanwhile, Rowena is still stubbornly not rising to Lucifer’s goading, forcing him to begin mocking her for the disappointing fight she put up against him when he ‘killed’ her. Rowena's anger eventually gets the better of her and she reveals that Jack is about to see his fathers – Sam, Dean, and Castiel – and how Lucifer is nothing to him. This infuriates Lucifer enough to allow him to break her bindings, and he attacks Rowena, promising to kill her quickly, Rowena blasts him away from her... straight through the rift. Despite her immediate inclination to run, Rowena can’t bring herself to abandon everyone and she stays to work on finding a way to keep the rift open.
The Winchesters, Castiel, Gabriel, Floyd, and Maggie head into the tunnel, where they soon face a couple of vampires and easily dispatch them. The tunnel opens up into a central chamber and they find their exit blocked by fallen rocks. As Cas and Gabe begin clearing the way, their party is attacked by a swarm of vampires. Floyd is dragged off while trying to help Maggie. As Dean goes to her aid, Sam is overwhelmed and knocked to his knees. As he cries out for Dean, one of the vampires holding him bites into his carotid artery, killing him. Dean cries out and quickly dispatches the two vampires attacking him, but he is too late as Sam’s lifeless body is dragged off by the vampires who slaughtered him. Castiel races after him but returns sharply and stops Dean venturing further down the tunnel, telling Dean that there is nothing to be done. Against his protective instincts, Dean continues on to the camp to find his mother and Jack. Maggie, who also lost Floyd to the vampire attack, tries to comfort Dean but all he sees is flashbacks of Sam dying and we see a glimpse of Sam’s lifeless body and unseeing eyes.
Finally, they reach the heavily-warded camp. Castiel is unable to enter until Gabriel breaks the warding for him, which brings the attention of some armed and defensive resistance fighters. Cooler heads soon prevail as Mary and Jack arrive and are reunited with Dean. When Mary asks Dean where Sam is, the only response he can give is to cry, which is all the information she needs.
Back in the tunnel, Sam suddenly gasps back to life and discovers Lucifer next to him. Lucifer explains that Sam can either accept certain death by the vampires, again, or he can see his family again by helping Lucifer bond with Jack by confirming that he was the one who brought Sam back to life. Sam is left with little choice as Lucifer says he will find Jack either way.
At the camp, Jack is angrily pacing and raving at Castiel and Gabriel for failing to save Sam. Dean tells Mary that he has to rescue Sam’s body from the cave so that he can have dignity in death. Dean is about to set off when the angel warning alarm sounds, and Sam walks through the camp entrance. He smiles at his loved ones but when he sees their expressions change, his face betrays the shame he feels for bringing Lucifer to their doorstep, who smugly greets Jack with “Hello, son.”
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Mary Winchester
- Jack Kline
- Maggie (Apocalypse World)
- Alternate Universe
- Angel Blade
- Apocalypse World
- Archangel Blade
- Black Grimoire
- Men of Letters Bunker
- Single Perfect Tear
- Table of Death
- Tree of Life
- Warding Sigils
- "Cat's in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin
- (playing in the bar as Lucifer drinks his sorrows away)
- "Gwine to Run All Night, or De Camptown Races"
- (sung by Lucifer to annoy Rowena)