This episode called “The Vessel” was written by Robert Berens and directed by John Badham. The episode begins with Nazi-occupied France, 1943. A German official is talking about delivering an artifact when his lover comes into the room. She asks to peek in the box at the artifact which contains something that she is stunned to see. She turns and kills the German officer and she takes the box. She tells the dead body that the Men of Letters send their regards.
In the bunker, Sam tells a caffeine denied Dean about the Nazi’s fascination with archeology. Apparently there are memos that tell of the Nazis taking the “Hand of God” and how they lost it to Delphine, the French lover, who turns out to be a woman of letters. In Crowley’s throne room, LuciferCas is playing a video game while demons huddle around giving updates. One demon steps forward and requests that he give them direction. LuciferCas trots out a chained up Crowley from a prison and he chastises the demons for talking back to their leader, Lucifer. LuciferCas calls Crowley a good doggie.
Back at the bunker, Sam and Dean are researching Delphine. Sam chastises Dean for drinking beer at noon, to which Dean says since Sam drank all the coffee, he needs to kind of shut up. They trace the hand of god and Delphine to a submarine that sunk during World War II, which was never recovered. Dean says they have a way to get to the artifact. Back in Hell’s castle, LuciferCas is disappointed in the weaponry that’s brought to him. He taunts Crowley about his defiance and makes Crowley admit that he thinks Lucifer is not strong enough to defeat Amara. They are interrupted by a call from Dean.
LuciferCas says that he can transport them back to the submarine. Sam argues against the plan but Dean says this is the one thing he can do since he can’t actually take out Amara. Sam makes Castiel promise to stay by Dean’s side. LuciferCas zaps Dean to the submarine and the Winchester finds himself alone and sees that the ship has been warded.
While Dean is on the ship, LuciferCas returns to the bunker all wet. He couldn’t make it past the hull of the ship. Dean takes out a soldier, trying to find Delphine. LuciferCas and Sam try to figure out a way to bring Dean back, which LuciferCas rolls his eyes at.
Back in time, Delphine is in the wardroom where Dean finds her. Before he can explain who he is, she pins him down. He claims to be a Men of Letters and the crew confronts him. He tells them he’s from the future and that within the hour, the ship will go down.
The Captain says that he thinks Dean is an AWOL soldier. The captain is skeptical about being attacked until his crew alerts him to an approaching ship. Dean asks Delphine about the warding and then explains that he needs the Hand of God to defeat a war in the future. The ship goes under water to avoid the attack.
Back at the bunker, Sam finds a spell that will help them but it requires the power of an archangel, which they don’t have. In the ship, Delphine says that the artifact is from the Ark of the Covenant and that she trusts him. The crew is called to their battle stations as Delphine goes to clear out the wards and sigils. The ship loses the signal from the attack ship and decides to go down deep for silent running. Delphine comes back and hands Dean a knife and shows him that she has a spellbound sigil that can only be cleared when she is killed. Dean hesitates and the ship is attacked.
LuciferCas is putting together the recipe for the spell and Sam notes that when Cas brought them back that he used Bobby’s soul in "Frontierland". LC says it’s not necessary but Sam insists and LuciferCas finally loses it and starts laughing. He reveals himself to be Lucifer and says basically that he doesn’t need Sam anymore and perhaps he kept him around because he’s like the girl that kept turning him down at the prom. LuciferCas decides he will kill Sam, via Soul Skewering.
Lucifer is stopped and he says “Hello, Castiel” as he removes his hand from Sam’s chest. In the submarine, the Germans are demanding their surrender and for Delphine and the artifact be returned to them. Dean asks Delphine to show him how to use the hand of God.
Castiel breaks through and tells Sam that they need Lucifer to save Dean.
Back in the submarine, Delphine uses the hand of God and the submarine starts lighting up and glowing. Explosions go off and just as Delphine starts to explode, LuciferCas appears and zaps Dean back to the future. Sam tells Dean that Cas is not Cas. LuciferCas smiles and says, “Cat’s out.”
LuciferCas tosses Dean across the room and then tells the brothers that he’s tired of the cover up. He takes out the hand of god to use against them but it doesn’t work. Its energy was depleted. Lucifer goes to kill Dean but Sam zaps him out of the bunker with a sigil. The brothers later discuss how to deal with the Castiel situation but Sam points out that he may not come back willingly since he chose it. Dean then reflects on the events in the submarine and he seems genuinely affected by their deaths. He asks about the German ship and Sam tells him that it was destroyed. Sam leaves as Dean sits alone, holding the useless Hand of God.
Another great outing by Robert Berens! He is my favorite, as you all know.
Thoughts, Feelings, Speculations
1. So how deep does the Men of Letters/Woman of Letters myth go this season? Does it seem they are focusing more on incorporating that background or is it me?
2. What do you think of Lucifer/Cas reveal?
3. What will Lucifer/Cas do next? How will Crowley come back into play?
4. What did you think about the Delphine story?
5. Will we have to find another hand of God to defeat Amara or was that a oneshot deal itself?
Leave your thoughts, feelings, speculations below!