We open with Pestilence torturing old people with mix-n-match diseases.
Castiel calls Dean from the hospital, where it appears he just suddenly showed up, somewhat human, after the incident in Van Nuys.
The brothers go after Pestilence and it doesn’t go well, as they both end up very infected. Somehow they manage to get to Pestilence, who is extremely perky, without Sam accidentally stabbing anyone with the knife he’s waving around while delirious. As he shouts about people being MESSY and WEAK, Pestilence seems to demonstrate some daddy issues. Castiel shows up and helps and does a fake out, cutting off Pestilence’s finger, so they do manage to get the ring, but Pestilence tells them it’s too late.
Bobby tells them about a mass death about to occur in Chicago, and when they question where he got the information, Bobby brushes them off, but Crowley makes an appearance to throw him under the bus. Their disbelief that he’d done that is short lived as Sam inquires if Bobby kissed him. Bobby vehemently denies it, but Crowley whips out his camera. He took a selfie during the moment.
Crowley than figures out Death’s plan, which is to spread the Croatoan virus as a vaccine against Swine flu. The camera than cuts to death getting out of a classic car and walking with a fashionable cane in slow motion to music that feels like it may have been lifted from the Outlander opening credits.
Sam gives Dean his demon-killing knife but Crowley stops him, instead giving Dean Death’s scythe. Apparently, it’s even rumored to kill Death himself. Then Crowley goes all non-Crowley and tells Bobby that he added an extra clause to their deal on Bobby behalf. He indicates for Bobby to stand, and it turns out Bobby can walk again. Yay!
Castiel supports Sam’s crazy plan to accept Lucifer.
Sam and Bobby go in the warehouse to stop the virus and are attacked by demons, which Sam shoots gangster-style, one-handed and sideways. What?
Meanwhile, Crowley informs Dean that he was wrong, and Death isn’t there. He’s eating pizza. Death invites Dean to sit and eat, and he drops the information that eventually he’ll reap God. It turns out, though,that Death is really pissed off. Lucifer has bonded Death to him and he wants Dean to help him. Death offers Dean his ring, with conditions. Death will only give it to Dean if he lets Sam say yes to Lucifer and jump into the pit.
Dean tells Bobby that he lied to death and they talk out the possibilities/options/consequeces. Bobby points out that as messed up as Sam may be, and he’s pretty messed up, he’s still got a lot of good in him.
We end with Bobby pulling out the big question: “What exactly are you afraid of? Losing? Or losing your brother?”
Pop Culture References:
Dean says his nanna is Eunice Kennedy, an actual member of the Kennedy family.
Dean and Bobby reference the Rockettes.
State of the Week:
“Are you okay?” – Dean
“No.” [silence] – Castiel
“You want to elaborate?” – Dean
“…Apparently, after Van Nuys I suddenly appeared, bloody and unconscious, on a shrimping boat off Delacroix. I’m told it upset the sailors.” – Castiel
“Bobby’s here. He’ll wire you the cash.” – Dean
“I will?” – Bobby
“I’m looking for my nanna. Her name is Eunice Kennedy.” – Dean
“I don’t understand your definition of good news.” – Castiel
“Why’d you take a picture?” – Bobby
“Why’d you have to use tongue?” – Crowley
“Balls!” – Bobby
“Can we commit our act of domestic terrorism already?” – Bobby
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