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'''[[Recap/{{Supernatural}} Recap]] of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'''''\\
'''Season 5, Episode 21'''

!Two Minutes to Midnight
[[caption-width-right:350:"Join me, Dean. The pizza's delicious."]]

->'''Dean:''' So, please tell us you have actual good news.
->'''Bobby:''' Chicago is about to be wiped off the map. Storm of the millennium. Sets off a daisy chain of natural disasters. Three million people are gonna die.
->'''Castiel:''' I don't understand your definition of good news.
->'''Bobby:''' [[TheGrimReaper Death]]. He's gonna be there.

Written by Sera Gamble.

Directed by Phil Sgriccia.

Air Date: May 6, 2010.

Dean gets a call from Castiel, who has finally lost enough of his angel mojo that he can't teleport from the hospital he's in. Sam and Dean go after Pestilence and, with Cas's help, manage to take his ring. Crowley shows up; turns out Bobby took him up on the offer and traded his soul for Death's location. While Sam, Bobby, and Cas stop the shipment of the vaccines full of Croatoan, Dean and Crowley go to Chicago to take on Death. They find him in a pizza parlor. Dean quickly realizes that there's no way he could ever kill this guy. Lucky that Death has no intention of fighting. Tired of being Lucifer's prisoner, he gives Dean his ring on one condition: that he allow Sam to go forward with his plan to say yes to Lucifer and step into the Cage.

!!Body count
For this episode = 16 humans and 3 demons.

For the series so far = At least 407 humans (of which 6 were witches), 65 demons, 33 ghosts, 19 zombies, 13 gods, 11 vampires, 10 angels, 9 hellhounds, 6 changelings, 3 shapeshifters, 2 ghouls, 2 werewolves, 2 dogs, 1 crocotta, 1 djinn, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 reaper, 1 rugaru, 1 shtriga, 1 siren, 1 wendigo, 1 whore of Babylon, and 1 wraith.


* AffablyEvil: While he isn't really "evil" (TrueNeutral would be a better way to describe him), Death kills a guy for bumping into him and kills an entire restaurant of people so he can eat his pizza in peace, but he's fairly polite to Dean after making it clear that he won't stand for being insulted. He even ends up offering to ''give'' Dean his ring.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: "What exactly are you afraid of? Losing? Or losing your brother?"
* AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance: Death is a gaunt, older gentleman who dresses like a mortician and drives a pale, white car.
* AvengingTheVillain: Pestilence is determined to kill Sam and Dean because they dispatched his two brothers, War and Famine.
* BadassBoast: Death gives one to Dean, in which he claims that he will reap {{God}} at the end of time. Dean is fairly taken aback by this.
* BadassInANiceSuit[=/=]BadassLongcoat: Death is wearing a black suit and longcoat.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[DoubleSubversion Double subverted.]] Sam and Dean are curled up on the floor, too sick to even touch Pestilence. Cue Castiel entering... and then promptly doubling over sick himself. Just it when Pestilence is [[EvilGloating gloating]] about how Cas is powerless, Cas snatches up the demon-killing knife and slices off Pestilence's fingers.
* BloodFromTheMouth: Castiel spits blood onto the floor when infected by Pestilence.
* BoomHeadshot: Castiel beautifully one-shots a Croatoan infectee trying to kill Sam.
* BrainlessBeauty: Crowley's opinion of the brothers: "You two are lucky you have your looks".
* BroughtDownToBadass: Even though Castiel has become more or less human, he still kicks some serious ass.
* CoolCar: Death drives a 1959 Cadillac El Dorado with plates reading "BUH*BYE" As a GeniusBonus, a [[http://asavage.dyndns.org/Cadillac/59DeathCar.html white 1959 Cadillac El Dorado]] is known as the Death Car. That's right: Death drives a Death Car.
* CosmicEntity: Death. He makes it clear that there are countless other planets and galaxies that he could concern himself with. The main reason he agrees to help Dean is because, in this incarnation(a Horseman), he's partially under Lucifer's control and ''considers that an insult''.
* CoveredInGunge: Pestilence gets splattered with... ''[[{{Squick}} something]]'' when the woman he's experimenting on dies. He wipes it off, but doesn't really seem to mind at all.
* DealWithTheDevil: Bobby concludes one with Crowley so he can provide intel on Death's location.
* DidYouJustScamCthulhu: Death reveals that Lucifer managed to trap him into his servitude. Death, who is very annoyed that he's been leashed by a petulant child with daddy issues (...yes, that is how Death perceives the Devil), proves that it's not a good idea to piss off an eternal and infinite force of nature by actually helping Sam and Dean imprison Lucifer again.
** Played with in Dean's case. He agrees to the idea of letting Sam become Lucifer's vessel in order to get Death's ring, then when talking to Bobby makes it clear he lied. However, Bobby and Castiel think the idea has merit, and Dean appears to be at least considering the option at the end of the episode.
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Dean has his discussion with Death over some pizza. It's very good pizza.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Death tells Dean matter-of-factly that, at the end of time, he will reap ''God''. Even Dean is taken aback by this.
* EnemiesWithDeath: Dean hunts down Death so he can kill him and take his ring. When he finally meets the Grim Reaper, it turns out that [[TheProblemWithFightingDeath things don't work that way]] in the ''Supernatural'' universe.
* EnemyMine: As in [[Recap/SupernaturalS05E10AbandonAllHope previous]] [[Recap/SupernaturalS05E20TheDevilYouKnow episodes]], Sam and Dean are teaming up with the thoroughly-evil Crowley only because Lucifer is a far bigger threat.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Death gets one as he enters Chicago. He parks his Horseman car, a white Cadillac, and goes on foot. When a rude guy bumps into him, Death makes a small gesture with his hand and the guy drops dead.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Pestilence is hinted to have some affection for the demon accompanying him when he hugs her. He also cares a great deal about his brothers, the other Horsemen.
-->'''Demon Nurse:''' They have a track record with Horsemen.
-->'''Pestilence:''' You mean my brothers. What they did to my brothers. No. The only reasonable thing to do here is to...take it out of their healthy young asses.
-->'''Demon Nurse:''' We're under strict orders not to kill the vessels.
-->'''Pestilence:''' Oh, if Satan wants them so bad, he can '''[[SuddenlyShouting GLUE THEM BACK TOGETHER!]]'''
* ExactTimeToFailure: Pestilence counts down the seconds to when one of his victims dies.
* FeetFirstIntroduction: When Castiel arrives to save Sam and Dean from Pestilence.
* {{Fingore}}: Castiel takes a knife to Pestilence's fingers.
* TheFogOfAges: Death can't remember if he is as old as ''or older than'' {{God}}. God, apparently, doesn't know either.
* TheGrimReaper: Reapers have long been established in the show, but this is the first time that we are introduced to their leader, Death himself.
* HorsemenOfTheApocalypse: Team Free Will confront the last two horsemen, Pestilence and Death.
* HumanoidAbomination: Death. It's implied that he's [[EldritchAbomination something far more terrifying]], but at least he presents himself in human form. Though this may only be so he can have pizza.
* HumanityEnsues: After his previous altercation with other angels in [[Recap/SupernaturalS05E18PointOfNoReturn "Point of No Return" (S05, E18)]], Castiel turns up in a hospital and finds that he has become pretty much human. He shows that there's ''just'' enough angel left inside him to resist Pestilence's powers.
* IndyPloy:
-->'''Bobby:''' Okay. First truck don't leave for an hour. We get in, [[StuffBlowingUp we plant the c-4 every 25 feet]], then we pull the fire alarm.
-->'''Castiel:''' [[InstantlyProvenWrong That truck is leaving.]]
-->'''Bobby:''' Balls! Okay, new plan.
* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet: Death considers Earth to be an incredibly young planet that barely registers on the cosmic radar.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Death is given a techno version of the bluegrass song "Oh Death", performed here by Jen Titus, which is used in his introductory scene.
* MiseryPoker: When Cas complains about how useless he is now that he's human, Bobby reminds him that he's not the one who can't walk.
* MoodWhiplash: "Did you kiss him?" [[HoYay He did]].
* MundaneSolution: "[[BigDamnHeroes How did you get here]]?" "I took the bus."
* NoOntologicalInertia: When Pestilence loses his ring, all of Sam, Dean, and Cas's diseases vanish instantly.
** Chicago is being pummeled with a massive storm, but as soon as Death hands over his ring to Dean, the torrents of rain vanish almost instantly.
** Justified, in that taking War and Famine's rings took their powers as well, and that Death is a cosmic entity of absurd power.
* OhCrap: Dean has this reaction when he drops Death's scythe. It continues nonstop throughout the entire conversation.
* OnceMoreWithClarity: "You just gonna sit there?"
* PetTheDog: Crowley reveals that he added an additional clause to Bobby's contract: regaining the use of his legs.
* TheProblemWithFightingDeath: Dean tries to kill Death, unaware that he could've gotten what he wanted without killing him, as they both had a common interest in stopping the "bratty child" (Lucifer). Dean assumes that Death would be angry at this, but it turns out the problem with a human fighting Death is that the human just ''doesn't matter''.
-->'''Dean:''' Is this the part where you kill me?
-->'''Death:''' ''[after staring at him incredulously]'' You have an inflated sense of your importance. To a thing like me, a thing like you...well. Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and started to get snarky.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Death. Even though Dean tried to kill him, Death willingly gives Dean his ring and gives him advice on how to stop Lucifer.
* TheReveal: Crowley took a selfie of him kissing Bobby. Cue looks of amazement from Dean & Sam.
-->'''Bobby:''' Why'd you take a picture?!
-->'''Crowley:''' [[HoYay Why'd you have to use tongue?]]
* RevengeBeforeReason: The demon nurse points out that they're under strict orders not to kill the vessels. Pestilence is so angry at what they did to War and Famine, he doesn't particularly care about Lucifer's reaction.
* RunningGag: Sam gets syphilis in this episode. This is the third time Sam has gotten an STD this season. The others were [[Recap/SupernaturalS05E07TheCuriousCaseOfDeanWinchester "The Curious Case of Dean Winchester" (E07)]] (gonorrhea) and [[Recap/SupernaturalS05E08ChangingChannels "Changing Channels" (E08)]] (genital herpes).
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Once he realizes that Death isn't where he expected, Crowley is fully prepared to blow town to avoid the ensuing destruction. Then even after he finds Death, he takes off and leaves Dean to deal with the situation by himself.
* ShoutOut:
** The [[Series/{{Firefly}} Serenity Valley]] nursing home.
** The {{title|dAfterTheSong}} is possibly a reference to the song [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2_Minutes_to_Midnight "2 Minutes to Midnight"]] by Music/IronMaiden from the album ''Powerslave''.
* StealthHiBye: Crowley does it a lot in this episode.
* StealthPun: The guy who bumped into Death and died has a "brush with Death".
* SuddenlyShouting: Pestilence.
-->'''Pestilence:''' If Satan wants them so bad he can '''GLUE THEM BACK TOGETHER!'''
* TestedOnHumans: Pestilence uses an old lady in a nursing home as a living (well, not for long) petri dish.
* ThrowingOffTheDisability: Type 4. After Bobby makes a deal for Death's location, Crowley returns Bobby's ability to walk as an added bonus.
* TimeAbyss: Death has existed since at least the dawn of time.
-->'''Death:''' This is one little planet, in one tiny solar system, in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm ''old'', Dean. ''Very old''. So I invite you to contemplate how insignificant I find you.
-->'''Dean:''' I gotta ask, how old are you?
-->'''Death:''' As old as God. Maybe older. Neither of us can remember anymore. Life, Death, chicken, egg.
* WalkingWasteland:
** Pestilence becomes this when he turns on his ring's powers. This immediately causes everyone in the vicinity to develop painful and horrific diseases. Sam and Dean are both incapacitated when they get too close to him.
** Death goes to get some food at a diner. When Dean enters he finds that everyone in the room died in Death's presence.
* WeaponStomp: Pestilence stomps on Dean's fingers as he tries to grab the demon-killing knife.
* WoundedGazelleGambit or HeroicSecondWind: Castiel defeating Pestilence.
* YouAreTooLate: Pestilence eerily tells the boys they're too late before [[VillainTeleportation vanishing]]. This prompts them to worry, but fortunately for them, Crowley figures out what he meant.
* ZombieApocalypse: This is revealed to be Pestilence's plan, using the cover of a swine flu vaccine to spread the Croatoan virus everywhere.