5.01 Sympathy for the Devil

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Title Sympathy for the Devil
Episode # Season 5, Episode 1
First aired September 10, 2009
Directed by Robert Singer
Written by Eric Kripke
On IMDB Sympathy for the Devil
Outline Lucifer is free and both angels and demons are after Sam and Dean.
Monster Demons
Angels
Timeline Immediately after 4.22 Lucifer Rising
Location(s) Ilchester, Maryland
Pike Creek, Delaware
Buffalo, New York
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Synopsis

Sam and Dean are trapped in the vestibule as Lucifer breaks free of his confinement, following Sam killing Lilith and breaking the last of the 66 Seals. Just as a blinding light and sound force them to their knees, they are transported into an airplane flying over Ilchester, Maryland, where Lucifer was confined.
Lucifer's essence creates a column of light that is released from the shaft of the Cage.
Landing safely, although unsure how they were saved, they travel to Kripke's Hollow and the devastated remains of Chuck's house. He explains, that the archangel had blown Castiel apart. Zachariah arrives, and tells Dean he is needed to battle Lucifer, who is seeking a vessel to possess. Dean is angry and not willing to help the angels. He has already partly drawn an angel banishing sigil on a sliding door with his own blood. He pulls out the sliding door to reveal the sigil, then slaps his bloody palm onto it and Zachariah and his angels disappear.

At a motel room, Sam arrives with some hex bags to hide them from the angels, which Sam reluctantly admits Ruby taught him how to make. Sam says he isn't feeling any after effects from the demon blood. He tries to talk to Dean about what has happened, about freeing Lucifer, but Dean refuses to engage with him. Dean suggests they treat it as any hunt, and they set about finding Lucifer.

Becky Rosen, obviously a fan of the Supernatural books written by Chuck Shurley, judging by the posters in her room, is writing some Wincest fanfiction, when Chuck instant messages her and asks her to pass a message to Dean and Sam. She does so, however the message - that the "angels have lost Michael's Sword" and that it is to be found "in a castle, on a hill made of 42 dogs," doesn't appear to make sense.

A brief scene of a man, Nick, who seems to be having nightmares or hallucination. After hallucinating that his bed is full of blood, he finds his dead wife lying beside him in bed, whispering to him, "You're special."

Bobby arrives in the Impala, with research about the archangel Michael. Sam confesses to Bobby that it was his actions that freed Lucifer, and Bobby coldly tells him that once the hunt is over, he wants nothing to do with Sam. Sam leaves to do some research. While researching further, Dean gets an idea, and going through some of John's old things. He finds the address for John's storage facility: Castle Storage, 42 Rover Hill. It fits the message from Chuck.

Just then, a woman arrives with two henchman. It is Meg, the demon that once worked with Azazel and possessed Sam during the events of 2.14 Born Under a Bad Sign. Bobby attacks and restrains Dean - he too is possessed! Meg says the demons want Dean dead so he can't stop Lucifer. She orders the possessed Bobby to kill Dean with Ruby's knife, but just as he is about to strike, Bobby manages to battle the demon and stab himself instead. Sam returns and helps dispatch the other two demons, but Meg escapes by leaving her vessel.

Sam and Dean drop off a gravely injured Bobby at the hospital and race to John's lock-up. Once there, they find some dead demons, and Zachariah with some angel muscle.

Zachariah reveals they misled Chuck; Michael's sword is at the storage lock-up because it's Dean. Zachariah explains that Dean is to be the vessel for the archangel Michael, so he can defeat Lucifer. He admits, however, that they need Dean's consent for this. When Dean refuses, Zachariah breaks one of Sam's legs. He then says that Bobby will never walk again unless Dean agrees. Dean still refuses. He then strikes Dean with stomach cancer and as he coughs up blood, Zachariah stops Sam from breathing by taking away his lungs. Just then, Castiel appears. He attacks the angels with his angel sword and orders Zachariah to make Sam and Dean whole again, and then to leave.

Castiel is elusive about how he has been brought back from death, but before he leaves, he touches Sam and Dean, burning an Enochian sigil into their ribs, that will hide them from the angels, demons and Lucifer.

Nick wanders through his house, distraught. His wife and child have been murdered during a home invasion. As he grieves, he starts hallucinating again. Lucifer appears as his wife Sarah and tells him that he is a vessel, and that Lucifer wants his consent to possess him. Lucifer says he is misunderstood, that he was punished for "loving God too much." He says that, to let Nick's family be murdered, God must either be uncaring, or a sadist. He tells Nick possession will be painful, but that Lucifer will help him get justice for his family. Nick consents to possession.

At the hospital, Bobby yells at a doctor who tells him he won't walk again. He says they need to keep fighting, but is pessimistic about their chances. Dean makes a stirring speech, saying they should take them all on - angels and demons - and try to win.

As they walk to the car, Dean admits the speech was for Bobby's benefit. Sam again tries to get Dean to talk about what happened. Dean admits that he feels deeply hurt and let down by Sam, and even though he knows Sam is sorry, he doesn't know if he can trust him again.

Characters

Definitions

Music

  • "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC
(plays during "The Road So Far" recap of events)

Quotes

Dean: Where's Cas?

Chuck: He's dead. Or gone.The archangel smote the crap out of him. I'm sorry.
Dean: You're sure? I mean, maybe he just vanished into the light or something.

Chuck: Oh, no. He, like, exploded. Like a water balloon of chunky soup.
Dean: You just keep your distance, asshat.

Zachariah: You're upset.

Dean: Yeah, a little.
Becky: Yes, I'm a fan, but I really don't appreciate being mocked. I know that "Supernatural" is just a book, okay? I know the difference between fantasy and reality.

Chuck: Becky, it's all real.

Becky: I knew it!
Bobby: You're sorry you started Armageddon? This sort of thing don't get forgiven boy. If by some miracle we pull this off, I want you to lose my number, you understand me?
Zachariah: You're Michael's weapon. Or rather, his receptacle.

Dean: I'm a vessel?
Zachariah: You're the vessel. Michael's vessel.
Dean: How? Why, why me?
Zachariah: Because you're chosen! It's a great honor, Dean.

Dean: Oh, yeah. Life as an angel condom. That's real fun. I think I'll pass, thanks.
Dean: What if we win? I'm serious. I mean, screw the angels and the demons and their crap Apocalypse. They want to fight a war, they can find their own planet. This one's ours, and I say they get the hell off of it. We take 'em all on. We kill the Devil. Hell, we even kill Michael if we have to, but we do it our own damn selves.

Bobby: And how are we supposed to do all this, genius?
Dean: I got no idea. But what I got is a G.E.D. and a "give 'em hell" attitude and I'll figure it out.
Bobby: You are nine kinds of crazy, boy.

Dean: It's been said.
Meg: You know, your surrogate daddy's still awake -- screaming in there. And I want him to know how it feels. Slicing the life out of you.
Dean: You chose a demon over your own brother, and look what happened.

Sam: I would give anything -- anything -- to take it all back.

Dean: I know you would. And I know how sorry you are. I do. But, man... you were the one that I depended on the most. And you let me down in ways that I can't even... I'm just -- I'm having a hard time forgiving and forgetting here. You know?

Trivia & References

"Sympathy For The Devil" is both the name of a song by the Rolling Stones, later covered by Guns 'N Roses, and a movie by Jean-Luc Goddard.
"Devil's Feud Cake" is the name of the Yosemite Sam cartoon.
Chuck: You went full-on Vader.
A reference to Anakin Skywalker's final descent to Darth Vader in Star Wars.
Sam says that Ruby taught him how to make a hex bag.
Becky's online name is samlicker81. She is the webmistress of morethanbrothers.net You can read a transcript of her Wincest fanfic here.
The domain name morethanbrothers.net is owned by Warner Brothers (Source).
The conversation between Becky and Chuck mirrors that of Galaxy Quest where Tim Allen explains to Justin Long that the ship is real and they need his help.
Emily Perkins who plays Becky Rosen, co-starred in Ginger Snaps and its sequels, with Katharine Isabelle, who played Ava Wilson
John's lock-up is at Castle Storage, 42 Rover Hill in upstate New York, the same one visited by Sam and Dean in 3.03 Bad Day at Black Rock, from which the Rabbit's Foot was stolen.
Zachariah says that Dean is "Michael's Sword" - the vessel the archangel Michael will need to possess in order to kill Lucifer.
Lucifer's vessel is called Nick - "Old Nick" is a term used to refer to Lucifer.
Castiel carves Enochian sigils into Sam and Dean's ribs that will hide them from all angels including Lucifer.
This episode shares its name with a Grey's Anatomy episode in which Jeffrey Dean Morgan has a role.
Dean's "Cram it with walnuts, ugly!" is a line from Homer Simpson on The Simpsons.
Meg's "These are the days of miracle and wonder" is a line from Paul Simon song "The Boy in the Bubble."
Dean: I have a G.E.D. and a give 'em hell attitude!
A G.E.D. is an educational credential that can be undertaken by those who do not have a high school diploma.
Zachariah: It's Apocalypse Now, and we're back on the same team again.
A reference to the movie Apocalypse Now.
Sam: No shakes, no fever. It's like whoever put me on that plane cleaned me right up.

Dean: Supernatural methadone.

Methadone is a medication used to treat heroin addiction. Shakes and fever are common symptoms of heroin withdrawal.

Minutiae

Misha Collins is listed third in the credits as he is a regular this season.
As is the tradition, this season featured a new Title Card.
This episode filmed from July 2-13 2009.
Radio Announcer: ...And Governor O'Malley urged calm
Attention to detail: Martin O'Malley is the governor of Maryland, where the events at the end of 4.22 Lucifer Rising and the beginning of this episode take place.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts

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