5.10 Abandon All Hope...

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Title Abandon All Hope...
Episode # Season 5, Episode 10
First aired November 19, 2009
Directed by Philip Sgriccia
Written by Ben Edlund
On IMDB Abandon All Hope...
Outline Sam and Dean track down the Colt and go after Lucifer.
Monster Lucifer
Timeline Unknown
Location(s) Carthage, Missouri
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Hunter family portrait.

Castiel finds Crowley, and with Jo's help the brothers enter his house which is protected from angels by Enochian symbols. To their surprise he shoots his henchmen and gives them the Colt, stating that he wants Lucifer dead because he believes that eventually Lucifer will kill all demons after the humans are dead. Back at Bobby's place, Bobby takes a photo of himself, Sam, Dean, Ellen, Jo and Castiel, as he believes that this might be their last night on Earth. When the team arrives in Missouri, Castiel sees reapers everywhere. He tries to find out why they are there and is captured by Lucifer in a ring of flaming holy oil. He tries to convince Castiel to join him. Meg arrives and sends hellhounds after the brothers and the Harvelles, and while trying to help Dean, Jo is severely wounded. While taking shelter in a hardware store, Dean calls Bobby, who tells him the Reapers are in town because they are waiting for their boss to show: Death, one of the Four Horsemen. Realizing she won't recover from this, Jo suggests they build a bomb to blow up the hellhounds, using her as bait to lure the demonic dogs. Ellen volunteers to stay behind, too, so she can let the hellhounds in and set off the bomb while Dean and Sam escape. After a tearful goodbye with Dean, Jo dies in Ellen's arms, who then blows up the building, killing herself and the hellhounds.

The brothers find Lucifer having killed all the women and children in the town as part of the ritual to summon Death, and with all the men possessed by demons. Dean shoots Lucifer with the Colt. However, he recovers instantly and reveals that there are only five beings the Colt can't kill — and he happens to be one of them. Lucifer sacrifices several demons to summon Death, stating that "they're just demons." Meanwhile, Castiel manages to free himself from his trap and takes the brothers to Bobby's. There, Bobby throws the picture showing them all into the fire as if it is a Hunter's funeral pyre and together with the brothers, grieves silently over Jo and Ellen's death.




  • "Everybody Plays the Fool" by Main Ingredient
(plays over the initial scenes in Crowley's house)
  • "Oye Como Va" by Santana
(plays over the scenes with Ellen et al at Bobby's)


Castiel: The demon Crowley is making a deal; as we speak, it's—going—down.

Dean: Going down? Right. Okay, Huggy Bear, just don't lose him.

Castiel: I won't lose him.
Dean: Oh, uh, excuse me for asking, but aren't you kind of signing your own death warrant? I mean, what happens to you if we go up against the devil and lose?
Crowley: Number one, he's going to wipe us all out anyway. Two, after you leave here, I go on an extended vacation to all points nowhere. And three, how about you don't miss, okay! Morons!
Dean: Sam Winchester, having trust issues with a demon. Well, better late than never.

Sam: And thank you again for your continued support.

Dean: You're welcome.
Dean: So. Dangerous mission tomorrow. Guess it's time to eat, drink, and, you know, make merry.

Jo: Are you giving me the last night on Earth speech?
Dean: What?
Jo: What?
Dean: No... If I was, would that work?

Jo: No. Sweetheart, if this is our last night on Earth, then I'm going to spend it with a little thing I call self-respect.
Castiel: This town's not empty. Reapers.

Ellen: Reapers? As in more than one?

Castiel: They only gather like this at times of great catastrophe. The Chicago Fire, the San Francisco Quake, Pompeii. Excuse me, I need to figure out why they're here.
Lucifer: Castiel, right? Castiel. I'm told you came here in an automobile.

Castiel: Yes.
Lucifer: What was that like?
Castiel: Um, slow. Confining.

Lucifer: What a peculiar thing you are.
Dean: Okay, this is it. I'll see you on the other side. Probably sooner than later.
Jo: Make it later.
Jo: Mom, no.

Ellen: Somebody's gotta let them in. Like you said, you're not moving. You got me, Jo. And you're right, this is important. But I will not leave you here alone.
Sam: Dean—
Ellen: Get going now, boys.
Dean: Ellen—

Ellen: I said go. And Dean? Kick it in the ass. Don't miss.
Sam: Okay, last words?

Dean: I think I'm good.
Sam: Yeah, me too.

Dean: Here goes nothing.
Sam: Hey! [cocks shotgun] You wanted to see me?!

Lucifer: Oh Sam, you don't need that gun here. You know I'd never hurt you. Not really.
Dean: Yeah? Well I'd hurt you. So suck it.

[shoots Lucifer in the head]
Lucifer: I know what you must think of me, Sam. But I have to do this. I have to. You of all people should understand.

Sam: What's that supposed to mean?

Lucifer: I was a son. A brother, like you, a younger brother, and I had an older brother who I loved. Idolized, in fact. And one day I went to him and I begged him to stand with me, and Michael— Michael turned on me. Called me a freak. A monster. And then he beat me down. All because I was different. Because I had a mind of my own. Tell me something, Sam. Any of this sound familiar? Anyway. You'll have to excuse me. Midnight is calling and I have a ritual to finish. Don't go anywhere. Not that you could if you would.

Trivia & References

"Abandon All Hope" is a reference to the final line of the inscription over the gate of Hell in Dante's Inferno - "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here". according to Canto III of Dante's Inferno.
Crowley's name is possibly a shout out to the character of the same name in Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
Dean: Okay, Huggy Bear, just don't lose them.
Huggy Bear was the name of the streetwise pimp who acted as an informant for Starksy and Hutch on the '70s TV show.
Castiel: I think I'm starting to feel something.
Possibly a reference to the drinking game between Gimli and Legolas, in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Crowley: So the Hardy Boys finally found me.
The Hardy Boys are brothers and amateur detectives in the boys' own adventure children's books. It is also the nickname given to Sam and Dean in the recaps on TWOP.
Meg: We're going to Heaven, Clarence.
A quote from It's a Wonderful Life, in which the angel Clarence shows Jimmy Stewart that life is worth living, and then finally gets his wings and goes to heaven.
Ellen: Kick it in the ass... and Dean - don't miss.
"Kick it in the ass" was a catchphrases of the late Kim Manners. Samantha Ferris related in her blog how the line came about:

The shout out to Kim Manners was an idea from one of the Camera guys, Brad. He came up to me quietly on the down low before we shot that piece where i say goodbye to Dean and said, "hey, when you turn around to say "don't miss" try one where you say "kick it in the ass" ". The line was just supposed to be "....and Dean, don't miss". We did both. They put both in. It was a bittersweet moment for the cast and crew. Robin the props gal cried......Kim is/was and will always be a very loved and missed man. Especially on that set.

Carthage, Missouri was also the setting for 4.04 Metamorphosis.
Sam telling Lucifer that he is going to rip his heart out may be a reference to The Prophecy In this movie the only way to kill an angel was to remove its heart.
In 5.04 The End, Future!Dean tells Dean that Sam gave "the big yes" to Lucifer in Detroit. In this episode, Lucifer predicts this future to Sam, telling him "I don't know Sam, I think it will. I think it'll happen soon, within six months. And I think it'll happen in Detroit." The episode first aired on November 19, 2009. If you look at a calendar for 2010, six months from this date is the third week of May - roughly the time period for season finales of many TV shows.
Castiel: They only gather like this at times of great catastrophe. The Chicago Fire, the San Francisco Quake, Pompeii.
References to three famous historical disasters which resulted in great loss of life: the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, and the destruction of the Roman city of Pompeii after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Reapers gather again in Chicago in 5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight in anticipation of Death's plan to unleash a storm and natural disasters on the city, killing millions.
Bobby: It sounds like Death, son. I think Satan's in town to work a ritual. I think he's planning to unleash Death.

Dean: You mean like, as in this dude and taxes are the only sure thing?

This is a reference to Benjamin Franklin's famous quote, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
Bobby: This is the Angel of Death, Big Daddy Reaper. They keep this guy chained in a box 600 feet under. Last time they hauled him up, Noah was building a boat.
This is a reference to the story of Noah's Ark and the Biblical deluge, as told in the Book of Genesis.


There are religious-themed signs seen throughout the town:
  • Anti-God is anti-American, seen on a giant billboard as Sam and Dean drive into the empty town.
  • Jesus Saves, on what appears to be a movie theater billboard when Castiel is looking for the reaper he sees in the window. "Jesus Saves" is also the name of a song by the thrash metal band Slayer.
While tweeting during the airing of 7.04 Defending Your Life, Jim Michaels revealed that the explosion in this episode "went way too large and we had to rebuild part of a backlot for almost $20,000."[1]

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