And then we get a performance of the same astonishing quality Jensen gave in The End â€“ Sam and Lucifer, verbally at each othersâ€™ throats, one in front of a broken mirror, the other in it. An instant classic. Has there ever been a devil so alluring and attractive and menacing? I love it, am in awe and in tears. This is ripping at my soul like a wild dog.
Sam: â€˜Iâ€™m gonna rip you apart from the inside out, you understand me?
Lucifer: â€˜Such anger, young Skywalker. Who are you really angry with? Me? Or that face in the mirror?â€™
Sam: â€˜Iâ€™m sure this is all a big joke to you.â€™
Lucifer: â€˜Oh not at all. Iâ€™ve been waiting for you for a long, long time. Come on, Sam, you have to admit â€“ you can feel it, right?â€™
Lucifer: â€˜The exhilaration. And you know why that is? Because weâ€™re two halves made whole. Mfeo, literally.â€™
Sam: â€˜This feels pretty damn far from good!â€™
Lucifer: â€˜Iâ€™m inside your grapefruit, Sam. You canâ€™t lie to me. I see it all, how odd you always felt, how out of place in that family of yours. And why shouldnâ€™t you have? They were foster care at best. Iâ€™m your real family.â€™
Sam: â€˜No, itâ€™s not true.â€™ (the expression on his face, though, might be a sign that Lucifer is hitting too close to home)
Lucifer: â€˜It is, and I know you know it, all those times you ran away, you werenâ€™t running from them, you were running towards me. This doesnâ€™t have to be a bad thing, you know. I let Dean live, didnâ€™t I? I want him to live. Iâ€™ll bring your folks back, too. I want you to be happy, Sam.â€™
Sam: â€˜I donâ€™t want anything from you!â€™
Lucifer: â€˜Really? Not even a littleâ€¦ payback?â€™
He introduces Sam to a part of Azazelâ€™s gang that has been around him from childhood on, among them his prom date Rachel Naveâ€¦ Even if Sam protested against Luciferâ€™s suggestion to blow off a little steam, he would have had no choice â€“ as we see Lucifer later, sitting like a potentate on bloody stairs, surrounded by corpses of the mentioned gang, some dismembered, some ripped open. Oh yes, he did blow off some steam. The way only the devil can.
â€˜It all had to end where it started.â€™
As Chuckâ€™s soft voice sets in one more time to remind us in beautiful and moving scenes of the Impalaâ€™s story that is so deeply connected with two brothers that we canâ€™t conceive of this show without it, he is interrupted by forlorn Dean whoâ€™s hoping Chuck, the prophet, can help them. Alas, all Chuck knows is the place of the big showdown â€“ Stull Cemetery, just outside of Lawrence, the place Dean vowed never to return to, a long, long time ago.
Dean gets ready to head there, but Bobby and Castiel try to hold him back, but neither finds encouraging words at this point. This is another incredible moment for Jim Beaver who shows us an emptied Bobby â€“ drained of all strength and hope, terrified and giving up. In the last and in this episode Mr Beaver conveys so many dark emotions without saying much and thereby moving the audience deeplyâ€¦
Basically, both want to protect him. â€˜I just want you to understand, the only thing youâ€™re going to see out there is Michael killing your brother.â€™
But Dean is still the older brother who canâ€™t let Sammy fall into the dark pit all alone. â€˜Well, then I ainâ€™t gonna let him die alone.â€™ There is no greater gift, is there, but to be at the side of your loved one in the moment of death, no matter how that is going to play out? This scene already tore open anything I had left of resolve or matter-of-fact-attitude (itâ€™s only a freaking tv-show), and Jensen executes the coup de grÃ¢ce with this line and his voice trembling with swallowed tears.
The sound editing is marvellous in this episode (I need to find some objectivity right now) â€“ as we arrive at the cemetery, all we hear is wind, haunting and howling, not the place you want to be. This is the moment the angels have been waiting for â€“ clash of the titans, the celebrity death match. Sam starring as Lucifer, Adam starring as Michael.
Michael: â€˜Are you ready?â€™
Lucifer: â€˜As Iâ€™ll ever be. Part of me wishes we didnâ€™t have to do this.â€™
Michael: â€˜yeah, me, too.â€™
Lucifer: â€˜Then why are we?â€™
Michael: â€˜You know why. I have no choice, after what you did.â€™
Lucifer: â€˜What I did? What if itâ€™s not my fault?â€™
Michael: â€˜Whatâ€™s that supposed to mean?â€™
Lucifer: â€˜Think about it â€“ Dad made everything. Which means he made me who I am. God wanted the devil, so why? Why make us fight? I just canâ€™t figure out the point. (â€¦) Weâ€™re going to kill each other and for what â€“ one of dadâ€™s testsâ€¦ we donâ€™t even know the answer. Weâ€™re brothers. Letâ€™s just walk off the chessboard.â€™
And then it turns into a conversation weâ€™ve heard before, in a fight of two other brothers.
Michael: â€˜Iâ€™m sorry, I canâ€™t do that. Iâ€™m a good son and I have my orders.â€™
Lucifer: â€˜You donâ€™t have to follow them.â€™
Michael: â€˜What? You think Iâ€™m gonna rebel, now? Iâ€™m not like you!â€™
Lucifer: â€˜Please, Michael.â€™
Michael: â€˜You havenâ€™t changed a bit, little brother. Always blaming everybody but yourself. We were together, we were happy, but you betrayed me, all of us, and you made our father leaveâ€¦â€™
Lucifer: â€˜No one makes Him do anything. He is doing this to us!â€™
Michael: â€˜Youâ€™re a monster, Lucifer.â€™
Instantly the dreadful fight of Sam and Dean in the last episodes of season four comes to mind... and its effect it had on the characters. Our hearts were bleeding for them then, and I feel an echo of it right now.
As the angels start circling each other, getting ready to deliver the first blows, Dean arrives â€“ the Impala being his bat mobile, Zorroâ€™s horse, all in oneâ€¦ You just gotta love Deanâ€™s brazenness.
â€˜Did you just Molotov my brother with holy fire?â€™
Dean is surely aware that he doesnâ€™t stand â€˜a snowballâ€™s chanceâ€™ against these two angelic powerhouses, but he must try to get through to their vessels. Somehow. He has to try, itâ€™s in his bones. And he gets some help from his friends, Castiel and Bobby â€“ they get him the five minutes he demands to talk to Sam, even at the price of their lives.