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Death starts eating more himself and Dean asks Death how old he is. As old as God, maybe older. "Neither of us can remember anymore. Life, death, chicken, egg, regardless, at the end I'll reap him too." Wow, I never thought of God not being immortal. Dean is surprised to hear that. "God, you'll reap God?" "Yes, God will die too Dean." As if Dean wasn't unsettled enough! "Well this is way above my pay grade." That's an understatement! "Just a bit," Death answers.
Dean, looking like he wants to run screaming but knows he can't, instead asks why he's still breathing and what does Death want. "The leash around my neck off." Lucifer has Death bound to him by some unseemly little spell. He has him where he wants, when he wants. "That's why I couldn't go to you. I had to wait for you to catch up. He made me his weapon. Hurricanes, floods, raising the dead. I'm more powerful than you can process and I'm enslaved to a bratty child having a tantrum." Wow, this is cool. Death is a member of Team Freewill!

"Did you think I can unbind you?" Dean asks, still confused by the whole matter. "There's your ridiculous bravado again of course you can't. But you can help take the bullets out of Lucifer's gun." He shows Dean his ring hand. "I understand you want this." Dean confirms. "I'm inclined to give it to you." Dean repeats that because he can't believe what he's hearing. "That's what I said," Death replies. "What about Chicago?" Dean asks, thinking about the more pressing short term matter right now. Death stares some more. "I suppose you can stay. I like the pizza." Well that's good. I guess that's another win for Dean. 
Oh, not so fast. Out of the frying pan into the fire. Death takes the ring off his finger and holds it. "There are conditions." Oh yes, there has to be a gotcha. Nothing ever works out cleanly for these guys. "You have to do whatever it takes to put Lucifer in his cell." Dean agrees, but he really doesn't know what he's agreeing to. "Whatever it takes." "That's the plan," Dean says. You really don't know what he means, do you Dean? "No plan, not yet. Your brother, he's the one that can stop Lucifer, the only one." Dean's really bothered now. "What you think-" "I know," Death says cutting him off. "So I need a promise. You're going to let your brother jump right into that fiery pit." 

Dean says nothing for his heart is crumpling right now. Death holds out the ring closer. "Well, do I have your word?" Dean, realizing he's been backed into a corner, stares at the ring for a few seconds contemplating and then says yes. "That had been better be "˜yes' Dean. You know you can't cheat Death." Dean swallows hard, for now he's totally crushed now and more intimidated than I've ever seen him. He's not getting out of this one. He takes the ring from Death.   "Now, would you like the instruction manual?" The weather outside clears up and the final shot is from the outside with Dean clutching onto the ring while Death stares at him. Whew, what an intense scene!!! Excuse me, I'm a little lightheaded after holding my breath so long.

So, Crowley obviously setup up this meeting on the sly as to not create suspicion. Part of the bargain involved getting his sickle back. I wonder what else Crowley has bargained for. Also, note how the lightening kept striking during that scene, lighting up Death's already pale face and casting doom to the already creepy scene. So cool! Just a great scene all around.  
Dean is outside at Bobby's salvage yard playing with the four rings on a table. It looks like War's is in the center and the other three surround it. When Dean pushes Death's ring in there, they converge. That is the key to Lucifer's box? Bobby arrives. Dean jokes, asking Bobby how it went with the Rockettes audition. "High kicks fair. Boobs need work." TMI. He tells Dean he walked up and down stairs all night for no damned reason. He's sore. "Feels so good, I'm scared it's a dream. But then I remember that the world's dying bloody so-"  He's got a point.

Bobby hands him a beer and Dean does the ring trick for him. Bobby goes to touch and then avoids it. Wise move! "So Death told you how to operate those, the whole deal?" Dean thinks its nuts. "Course I've got bigger problems now." Bobby asks what. "What do you think Death does to people that lie to his face?" You see, I don't think you lied Dean. I just think you're having second thoughts. "Nothing good," Bobby figures and wants to know what he said. "That I was cool with Sam driving the bus on the whole Lucifer plan." Bobby is surprised to hear that. "So Death thinks that Sam ought to say yes huh?" "Yeah," Dean confirms. Dean thinks Death would say that though since he works for Lucifer. "Against his will," Bobby points out. You see, I think Dean believes that, but he doesn't want to believe it. "Well I say take his big fat sob story with a grain of salt. I mean he is Death." 
"Exactly Death," Bobby says. "Think of the kind of bird's eye view." Dean can't believe Bobby is saying that. "What happened to you being against this?" "Look, I'm not saying that Sam ain't half full of character defects, but-" Dean wants to know but what.   Bobby tells Dean about back at Niveus where Sam went back for one person after another. He must of have saved ten of them. He never stopped, he never slowed down. "We're hard on him Dean. We've always been. But, in the meantime, he's been running into burning buildings since he was what, 12?" "Pretty much," Dean answers. "Look, Sam's got a darkness in him, I'm not saying he don't, but he's got a hell of a lot of good too." Dean takes this in, accepting Bobby is right but still unsettled over where he's going with this. 
Bobby continues. "Then you know that Sam will beat The Devil or die trying. That's the best we can ask for." Now for the tagline, the one that takes us to that promo that has us screaming for next week. "So I've gotta ask Dean. What exactly are you afraid of? Losing, or losing your brother?" Close on Dean's troubled face. I say the latter! 

Oh my my. I haven't been this keyed for a finale since season three. "No Rest For The Wicked" had me in knots both before and after for days. Bring it on!     


# 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.