Supernatural: Devil's Bargain
February 9, 2018 6:58 PM - Season 13, Episode 13 - Subscribe

Sam, Dean and Castiel search for Lucifer, who is negotiating an unlikely deal with a local faith healer named Sister Jo; Asmodeus gets closer to finding Jack.

So that was quite a last minute twist! With his head down, and his hair like that, my first thought was "Metatron?" who of course is not an archangel, but wow.

Other than that, I thought this was another serviceable but not outstanding episode. There were some good moments, but It definitely felt like a place setting episode, since there wasn't much of an actual case. I'm interested to see where all this goes. Also can't wait for Gabriel to be reunited with Cas and the boys.

It was nice seeing Lucifer go back to being a bit more of his foreboding, prince of darkness self. For awhile it felt like they were trying to make him into another Crowley, but it's really hard to overlook all the terrible things Lucifer has done.

Fun fact, although probably many of you knew this already, but Sister Jo is played by Daneel Ackles, who is of course married to Jensen Ackles.
posted by litera scripta manet (4 comments total)
So had anyone heard whispers of Gabriel coming back? Because I definitely did not. I mean, I always figured he might come back some day, but it was still a surprise. In fact, I feel like it kind of overshadowed the rest of the episode in which it felt like not a lot really happened, although I know it also sort of did.

Also, it's early, but so far I'm liking Sister Jo as a character (I can't remember her angel name). It was interesting to get another glimpse of the inner workings of heaven pre-fall from grace, and how much things probably sucked for a lot of angels. Spending an eternity pressing a button reminds me of Crowley's version of hell where everyone is waiting in a line that goes on forever.
posted by litera scripta manet at 7:25 PM on February 9, 2018


I knew through instagram that Daneel Ackles was joining the show, but didn't check up on who. So great that she's in it!

I had no idea Gabriel was coming back. But I'm surprised they brought him back even after God himself stated that Gabriel was dead.

This was a decent plot-progression episode. I liked that both sides are getting a mole with Donny and Ketch, that'll be interesting.
posted by numaner at 11:51 PM on February 9, 2018

I saw another Ackles in the credits but didn't know she was playing Jo. Intriguing new character. She seems like she could turn out to have a heart, or like she might be running some great big con on Lucifer. I questioned her statement that she was a "very good businesswoman" given that she seemed to just be using her healing powers for $200 a pop when she could easily be on TV with that shit, raking in millions. (You might say she'd be too high-profile that way, but it didn't exactly seem like she was trying to keep it underground as-is.)

It does seem like they're trying to make Lucifer more sympathetic lately. Not like an actual good guy at all, but kind of lost and pathetic at times, showing the faintest glimmers of a conscience. (I kind of wonder if they're setting him up so he finally does something good and that brings him down.) In a way it's not so surprising the angels would accept him as ruler of heaven, because the angels really aren't much better than the demons. Some demons we've met almost seemed NICER than the angels!

I was surprised they brought back Gabriel. His stories were always so meta and jokey, he was a walking talking smirk, and it'll be interesting to see him in a more serious plotline. But it doesn't surprise me Asmodeus would sew Gabriel's lips shut.

When Lucifer met the homeless guy I kind of wondered if that guy would turn out to be Jesus. He had this gentle, helpful, beard-y way about him, and I thought maybe they were finally gonna deal with the whole Jesus thing in Supernatural lore. But no. I'm not a Christian or anything, but it continues to surprise me that a show stuffed with characters from the bible has gone 13 seasons with barely a whisper about Jesus.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 1:13 AM on February 10, 2018 [1 favorite]

I thought they were bringing Michael back at first, it would make sense given the presence of Other-Michael. I am curious to see the explanation for Gabriel's continued existence, since God personally wrote him off.
posted by Query at 11:59 AM on February 10, 2018

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