Sister Jo

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Name Sister Jo
Anael
Actor Danneel Ackles
Dates Before creation
Location Heaven
Occupation Angel
Episode(s) 13.13 Devil's Bargain
13.18 Bring 'em Back Alive

We’re not in heaven. We’re on earth. You may have noticed, around here, the good life ain’t cheap. After the Fall, all the angels were a mess. Desperate for housing, any vessel would do. And they had no long game. I, on the other hand, took some care. I listened. A woman was praying for her dying husband, so we made a trade. His life for her vessel. She was grateful. I realized humans are so desperate for life they’d do almost anything, pay almost anything. So... ka-ching. I was a so-so angel but it turns out I am an excellent businesswoman.

– Sister Jo, 13.13 Devil's Bargain

History

Sister Jo is an angel who was formerly known as Anael in Heaven, where she worked as a low-level functionary counting the souls as they arrived. When the angel fall happened, Anael, rather than look for just any vessel to take, listened to the prayers of humans and found a woman praying for her dying husband. Anael struck a deal with this human -- in exchange for saving her husband, Anael would get her as a vessel. Realizing the potential of desperate humans, Anael became a faith healer known as "Sister Jo" who traveled the country healing people for payment.

Episodes

13.13 Devil's Bargain

After learning of Sister Jo from a homeless man, Lucifer arrives to a hall where he witnesses Jo lay hands on an old lady with a walker who then stands up straight and throws her walker away, and a man with burn scars on his face which are instantly healed. As Jo is closing up shop, Lucifer approaches her and reveals he knows she is the angel Anael. Jo in turn reveals she knows that he is Lucifer. She explains to Lucifer who her vessel was and how she found it after the Fall. Lucifer attempts to siphon her grace, but Jo is able to convinces him to only take small sips from her, and allow her to recharge, preventing the need to seek out other angels. She admits it is a preferable arrangement for herself as well, as it would keep Lucifer from killing her.

After taking Jo's grace, Lucifer reveals how he had killed a cherub two nights ago, prompting Jo to ask if anyone knew he was coming to see her. Realizing they may be sought after, Jo and Lucifer take refuge in a motel where Lucifer continues consuming Jo's grace. Falling onto the bed together, Jo and Lucifer begin talking about their new experiences feeling "human", with Jo telling him she can almost envy humans for their capabilities to do anything, whereas as an angel she pushed a button and was of no consequence in Heaven.

The next morning Jo is ambushed by Sam, Dean, and Castiel. She feigns being held prisoner by Lucifer, telling the trio he is weak, and agrees to take them to him. In the motel room, she tells Lucifer that they forced her to tell them how weak he is. As Dean prepares to restrain Lucifer, Jo attacks Sam, allowing Lucifer to get Cas and then Dean. As he begins to slowly kill the three, he is interrupted by Arthur Ketch who throws a demon bomb, forcing Lucifer to teleport himself and Jo away.

Unsure what to do next, Jo takes Lucifer to meet with Dumah at the playground, where Lucifer convinces the angels to make him the ruler in exchange for creating more angels and giving them their wings. In Heaven, Jo stands beside Lucifer as he takes his place upon Heaven's Throne and the angels bow before him.

13.18 Bring 'em Back Alive

Anael in Lore

Anael, also known as Haniel, is an archangel from Jewish lore. The name probably derives from Hebrew word for joy - hana'ah.

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