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Sam and Dean continue to watch the monitors, or really Sam is intently watching and Dean is sleeping. Right, Sam isn't sleeping much these days. Sam wakes him up. He asks what they're looking for. "Well, he's Pestilence, so he probably looks sick." "Everybody looks sick," Sam answers. That's why it's the perfect place for a disease carrying horseman to hide! Dean has no answer, Sam continues to watch. It's later, Sam is still attentive, Dean paces then sleeps again. Finally Sam sees what he's looking for. Distortion following one man. He points it out to Dean and they see where he goes. Into the woman's room from the teaser. So this must be "One Day Later." 
We get a little repeat of the teaser, just because repeating a sequence is cost effective. Sam and Dean scamper through the halls with weapons and as they pass a room they get the attention of a nurse even though she doesn't see them. She felt them. Must be a nurse demon. She barges into Pestilence's room, obviously doing a zapping thing since she got there before Sam and Dean. Her eyes turn black and she tells Pestilence the Winchesters are there.   He's wiping off some of the green goop but doesn't get hardly any of it with his meager hankerchief, increasing the ick factor. They really are going all out this season.

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Nurse demon thinks they should go but Pestilence laughs at her. "Are you kidding me?" She points out Sam and Dean's track record with horsemen. He starts stewing angrily over what they did to his brothers. Notice later how big brother Death didn't really care. "The only reasonable thing to do is to take it out of their healthy young asses." Fine, take it out of their asses, but leave the pretty faces alone, please? Nurse demon reminds him they're under strict orders not to kill the vessels. As in plural? I though Dean was fair game? "Well if he wants them so bad"¦he should"¦GLUE THEM BACK TOGETHER!!!" Oh, bitter much? Of course I think that would have been more effective if he didn't stare down the nurse with green barf all over him. Or worse, he gives her a hug with green barf all over him. Yuck. He turns the ring on his finger. Uh oh, diseases coming. 
Now a doctor in the hall starts spewing green chunks and falls to the floor dead. You know, blood I can take. Green barf? Enough.  Then the nurse gets red spots all over her, collapses and starts choking. That's better!  Sam and Dean turn the corner, Dean with the shotgun, Sam with the knife. Suddenly Winchesters start getting woozy and choking. Now everything is fuzzy and they stagger down the hall. Sam chokes up some blood and surmises they're getting close. You think? I would have pegged the dead doctor and nurse in the pile of green puke to be the clue. 

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They both are clinging onto walls now but keep going, Dean even managing in his state to step over the green barf. Sam is sweating profusely now and Dean just can't make it anymore. Sam tries to help him but they both stagger right into the opposite wall where Dean goes down. He's done. Sam sees the room, or a double visioned version of the room and tries to go in. Nurse demon opens the door for him. "The doctor will see you now." In the back of the room is Pestilence, welcoming them both with a smile and motioning them in. Best of all, he's barfless now. Sam falls forward to the ground. I guess they caught one of those disease cocktails going around. Pestilence tells them to come right in as the camera shows Sam unconscious on the floor.  

Nurse demon drags Dean into the room while Sam is already in his spot choking up blood. He should be used to that by now. Now Dean is awake and they're both choking. Pestilence notices they don't look well. What's the saying, thanks for the news flash Edison? "Might be the Scarlet Fever. Or the meningitis. Oh, or the Syphilis." Another VD? Come on Sera, you already gave Sam the clap earlier in the season.

Pestilence reaches over and grabs Sam's gorgeous locks of hair, pulling him toward him. I guess he can't do that with Dean. "However you feel, it's going to get so very, very much worse. Questions?" He throws Sam back down on the ground. He puts on some anti-bacterial gel and I don't get it. Isn't he the guy who was wearing green barf with glee? Mucous all over hands? Now he's worried about being sanitary? He talks about how diseases get such a bad rap, how its people that get sick, disease itself is very pure. You're monologuing dude. Just kill them already. Dean would tell you that if he could talk. Speaking of Dean, he reaches for the knife but Pestilence steps on his hand and we hear cracking all while he's giving a lecture on bacteria. Or people. I can't tell which. Pestilence kicks the knife away.
"So, you got to wonder why God pours all his love into something SO MESSY! AND WEAK!" Sam and Dean just wince and roll on the ground and listen. Pestilence is determined to prove God wrong one epidemic at a time. So he's a Lucifer loyalist. Good to know. You know, without humans, your diseases wouldn't kill anything pal. You'd be out of a job. Ever think of that? Pestilence pulls out the "on a scale of one to ten, how's your pain" line. I'm not sure if it's intentional, but I'll take that as a slight shout out to The Princess Bride. It would have been for sure if his question had "for posterity."

We don't get into that part of the evil villain monologuing though, for someone bursts in. It's Castiel! He's wearing"¦his suit and trenchcoat. Sorry, but if this guy goes completely human, that look has to go. It'll start to stink. Or get threadbare. Pestilence wants to know how he got there. "I took a bus." Okay, first God's messenger talks on cell phones and now he travels in busses. That's a long way down. Cas is about to assure Sam and Dean about something but then he collapses to the ground and coughs up blood. Even if he was at full angel strength, that would have been consistent with Famine's effect on his vessel. But being weaker makes it more fun for the villain.

"Well look at that. An occupied vessel but powerless. Fascinating. There's not a spec of angel in you." Castiel then hops up, grabs the knife, and without hesitation cuts off Famine's ring finger! "Maybe just a spec." You go Cas! Prove that evil villain wrong. Famine yells in pain and nurse demon knocks Castiel to the ground. He may not have his demon zapping mojo with his hand, but he's got the handy dandy demon killing ginsu! He pushes the knife into her and she sparks away. Even humanized he's bad ass!

Dean hops up and goes for the dismembered finger with ring still attached. You know once upon a time that sort of thing used to give me chills? This show cured me of that.   So, with ring dislodged, now Sam and Dean are back to normal. Good, because that Syphilis thing would have been pretty awkward. Wouldn't it be fun if they got such diseases by actually having sex? "It doesn't matter," Pestilence says still clutching his injured hand. "It's too late." He disappears into thin air. Duh, duh, duh!

Everyone is back at Bobby's for the Team Freewill club meeting looking pretty glum. Dean plays with the ring on Bobby's still somewhat clean desk. His house has gotten a little messier since Karen left, but it's still not bad. I like it. "Well, it's actually nice to score a home run for once, ain't it?" Bobby says. Sam, Dean, and Castiel aren't celebrating. Bobby wants to know what. Sam lets him know the last thing Pestilence said was it's too late. Bobby wonders if he got specific but come on Bobby, since when has a demon, angel, or any other Supernatural creature been specific with their schemes? "We're just a little freaked out that he might have left a bomb somewhere," Dean says. That's a legitimate fear.   "So please tell us you have actual good news."

Bobby actually does have something. "Chicago's about to be wiped off the map. Storm of the millennium. Sets off a daisy chain of natural disasters. Three million people are gonna die." Sam and Dean are both surprised yet really exhausted. I remember Dean's quote from last season, "We just got back from needed!" Castiel says what they're thinking in his very tired voice. "I don't understand your definition of good news." I hope he never gets humanized to the point where he stops being literal. Bobby explains the point. Death, the horseman, he's gonna be there. He should be for that! He goes on.  Stop Death before he kick starts the storm and get his ring back. "Yeah, you make it sound so easy," Dean says sarcastically. No wonder he and Cas get along so well. Bobby defends himself, but Sam asks the question that really should be asked. How did Bobby put all this together? 


# Randal 2010-05-13 11:27
Re: green goop. I think Kripke watched a lot of You Can't Do That On Television. I know I did. Blue skies! Barfy burgers! Girls!

Eunice made me chuckle. 8-) And I believe it's an iron-clad law of screen and television writing that all villains must monologue. A wordless, ninja supervillain would get kind of boring. Silence is all well and good for the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari -- hmmm, now there would be cool decor for an evil thing's lair.

After the abacus, I was hoping for a slide rule shout out.

In giving it serious contemplation, the scene with Dean and Death has to be one of the five or six finest moments in the series' history. I'd be hard pressed to come up with a better choice to play Big Boss Reaper. A fine line between playing it top-flight aristocrat and human=annoying gnat, no more, but he pulled it off. And Jensen showed just how ridiculous an actor he is with that "yeah" into Legitimately Frightened "yes." Fucking awesome all the way around.
# Karen 2010-05-13 12:02
Once again a great recap Alice.
I really look forwards to these, no matter how serious an episode you still can make me laugh.
I really liked this episode, even though so much was being pushed into this one.
All the actors were in top form.
Can’t believe were down to the finale. I’m both excited and terrified.
I don’t think there will be enough Kleenex or booze to get me thru this episode.
# Jasminka 2010-05-13 12:53
Did I ever mention I love your recaps? 8-)
If I wasn't able to watch an episode (talk about real horror)this would help.
Loved the episode. Loved the acting. The lighting of Ladouceur. The sound editing. Marvellous job.
Can't wait for the finale. I hope I'll be able so rest my mind at least a bit and not always fret for our dear brothers.

Love Jas
# Sablegreen 2010-05-13 13:36
Great review, Alice. Yes, I think Crowley likes Bobby and humans in general. Don't know why being the king of Crossroads demons.

The blood thing doesn't make sense too me. Are they implying that Luci's 'now' vessel was drinking demon blood BEFORE Luci went into him? or now that Luci is IN him? Sam doesn't need demon blood for his powers and any 'effects' from it have long wore off.

Can't think straight close to the finale :D
# Anyone 2010-05-13 14:21
The o death scene is beyond brilliant! the man fell in a way I have never seen any one fell dead in my life. Death walked away etc. It's most beautifully shot, script, wrote - everything. I do hope they win award(s)!! They must.
# Jasminka 2010-05-13 14:29
Oh, God, Alice, only six hours for you yanks to go.... Even if I caught a plane right now I wouldn't be there in time.... sniff, Jas
# Tigershire 2010-05-13 14:54
Alice, just reading your segment about the O Death bit gave me goosebumps. That is definately one of the top 5 uses of music ever.
# Bevie 2010-05-13 16:55
Thanks Alice for cheering us up with your funny recap. Especially at this crucial time where we are all tensed up at what is to come.

The guy who plays Death was awesome! As was Jensen in that scene.

Hoping to survive tonight and please..... no power outages please please! :shock:
vana naine
# vana naine 2010-06-21 18:09
Hello guys, my greetings!
Finally I had my new computer, voice-card working and everything - and then it took a MOTH to find a good place for downloads, cause my regular download-page was shut down in between.

I stayed unspoiled or almost unspoiled and then watched everything since 5.14 until 5.22 in 2 evenings.
It was very good time.
But nothing, not even the season final (which was beautiful, very beautiful), overpasses "Oh, Death" scene. I can't even tell what it did to me. How it felt. How it still feels. To say "goosebumps" is lame.
It was more like... when I was walking in town today, I felt at every step, how I am carrying my own death with me all the time, it is inside of me and never ever leaves before one day (or night) we both go - and yet it was not a bad feeling, I felt kind of - honored.