Supernatural: Sacrifice
November 1, 2021 6:16 AM - Season 8, Episode 23 - Subscribe

Sam and Dean capture Crowley to finish the trials and close the gates of Hell, while Castiel and Metatron continue the trials to close the gates of Heaven.


[Dean puts a bottle of beer in front of Castiel]
Castiel: You really think it's wise to be drinking on the job?
Dean: What show *you* been watchin'?

Crowley: Hello, boys. What's that old expression? "Success has many fathers; failure is a Winchester"? Where's the stone?
Dean: You show us yours and we'll show you ours.
Crowley: Really, Dean? I'm trying to conduct a professional negotiation here and you want to talk dangly bits?

Metatron: What are you reading?
Castiel: Personal advertisements. The faster that man finds love, the faster that Cupid will come. Trust me. I'm friends with friends who do this for a living.
Dwight Charles: [walks over] Help you gents?
Castiel: Yes. Would you say you're looking for a... partner in crime, or, uh, someone who is into nurse role-play and light domination?
Dwight Charles: ...
Castiel: ...
Dwight Charles: Brother, it's 10 AM on a Tuesday.

Castiel: What was he like?
Metatron: Who? Oh. God? Mm, pretty much like you'd expect: larger than life, gruff, bit of a sexist, but fair -- eminently fair.

Dean: We stop the trials, and you stop the killing.
Crowley: I want the Demon Tablet -- the whole Demon Tablet.
Dean: Fine, but then the Angel Tablet comes to us.
Crowley: On what grounds?
Dean: On the grounds that you're a douchebag and no douchebag should have that much power.

Abaddon: [to Sam and Crowley] Hello, boys.
Crowley: ... That's my line.

Dean: [giving Kevin a key to the Men of Letters bunker] All right, listen, this is a secret lair. You understand me? No keggers.

Dean: Oh, come on, Kev! We're on the one-yard line here.
Kevin: Okay, and I should have mentioned this six months ago, but the sports metaphors -- you want to motivate me: "Magic" cards, "Skyrim," Aziz Ansari.
Dean: Yeah, I don't know what those words mean.

Metatron: I've been listening in on the angel radio. Cupid's frequency actually. And he is the next on their list.
Castiel: A list?
Metatron: To do the horizontal mambo. Slap-buddies.
Castiel: ...
Metatron: To find love!

Dean: Holy crud, this is like the first five minutes of every porno I've ever seen.

Dean: And the contract?
Crowley: [unfurls a massive scroll]
Dean: Yeah, I'm sure there's no hidden agendas in there.

Sheriff Jody Mills: It's not a date till I've cried.


Crowley calls Dean "Squirrel". Crowley always calls Sam "Moose". Squirrel and Moose are references to the main characters from the 1960's TV cartoon The Bullwinkle Show.

Crowley says, "Success has many fathers but failure is a Winchester." The actual quotation ends with "failure is an orphan" so Crowley is correct either way.

As Naomi is interrogating Metatron, he says, "Of the blessings set before you make your choice, and be content." He is quoting Samuel Johnson from The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia, published in 1759.

Just before Sam sets Abaddon afire, he says, "Love the suit." He is quoting Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs.

Just before Abbadon appears in response to Crowley's distress call, he taunts Sam by saying "How we doing, Moose? Ain't it about time for the next love injection?" Then he proceeds to sing David Bowie's song "Changes". However, the term "love injection" comes from Bowie's song "Underground" from Labyrinth, not "Changes".

Abaddon is wearing a shirt that says "The Devil Made Me Do It" when she arrives at the church after Crowley summoned help.

When Dean paints the demon trap around Crowley in the abandoned church, the floor is visibly wet with standing water. The spray paint would wash away almost instantly, making the trap worthless.
posted by orange swan (5 comments total)
Naomi is another angel who died without leaving a wing imprint. Consistency, thy name is not Supernatural.

Dean moving up make out close to Crowley while reading that contract was a rather obvious ploy that Crowley should have picked up on.

Fun little twist having the bartender fall for one of his regulars instead of both of them getting the hots for the delivery lady.

Kevin gets soooo taken for granted.

That was a pretty impressive "Abbadon on fire" effect. The stunt person was walking around in flames for a fairly extended period of time. The angels falling was another effective, ominous sign.

And this was certainly a cliff hanger finale, with nothing resolved.
posted by orange swan at 6:19 AM on November 1, 2021

It’s not enough to kill random people the boys have saved, but of course they have to kill off (or threaten) women that have significant emotional ties to the Winchesters (or Bobby). I don’t know why (except I do, it’s the way this show works) that Crowley’s victims can’t be men. (Although, come to think of it, I don’t know that there are any men left alive that Sam and Dean really care about.)

Is a church still consecrated ground after it has been abandoned? I thought that designation went away once it stopped being an active house of worship (hence the reason congregations can sell off churches and the buildings can be turned into restaurants or condos or whatever).

As characters, I think Sam is more Squirrel and Dean is more Moose, but I do kind of love Crowley's nicknames for the boys. It feels like the kind of natural evolution by which nicknames actually come about.
posted by sardonyx at 8:12 AM on November 1, 2021

I always do enjoy the season finale opening montages.

Good makeup on Sam.

No idea about the mechanics of consecrated grounds on this show, after all, anyone can make holy water by singing the right song at it.

Before the Agricultural Land Commission got testy, we were set to turn a (Korean ... Baptist?) church into a (federally licensed) cannabis grow facility (they moved out to a bigger place and sold the old place to us).
posted by porpoise at 7:33 PM on November 1, 2021 [1 favorite]

And you don't need a priest for exorcisms much less confessions, pretty DIY approach to sacramental powers in general.

I would not for any amount of money invite an airing of grievances from any Winchester.

I don't mind that Castiel or the humans call it angel radio among themselves but it's very silly when angels call it angel radio to each other.

We will of course learn plenty about Crowley's mortal problems and the whole thing about wanting and deserving love, but pretty bold choice given he did kill a bunch of people just for knowing Sam and Dean like five minutes ago and Sam might have a radically different opinion of what he deserves.
posted by jameaterblues at 9:11 PM on November 1, 2021 [1 favorite]

Oh, yes. That angel radio usage has been bothering me, too. As you said, it's fine slang for the Winchesters and friends but it should not be used outside of that circle.
posted by sardonyx at 8:25 AM on November 2, 2021

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