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'''Season 6, Episode 11'''

!Appointment In Samarra
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[[caption-width-right:350:Dean strikes a bargain with Death.]]

--> Wow. They'll just let any slack-jawed haircut be Death these days.
--->'''--Tessa to Dean'''

Written by Sera Gamble and Robert Singer.

Directed by Mike Rohl.

Air Date: December 10, 2010.

Dean goes to [[TheGrimReaper Death]] to make a deal to bring Sam's soul back. Death agrees, on the condition that Dean put on his ring and do his job for one day, under the guidance of a Reaper, Tessa. At first, Dean does well, reaping a robber who got shot while holding up a convenience store and an overweight man who has a heart attack. But when his next victim is a [[LittlestCancerPatient twelve-year-old girl with a heart defect]], he refuses. By upsetting the natural order of things, Dean causes the death of a nurse. Her grief-stricken husband, driving home drunk, nearly crashes into a bus and causes more deaths, but Dean removes the ring in order to stop him. Even though he has already lost the bet, he returns to the hospital and reaps the girl in order to prevent more unnecessary deaths.

Meanwhile, Sam summons Balthazar and asks for his help in preventing Dean from returning his soul. Balthazar gives him a spell that requires the blood of Sam's father figure. So Sam [[AxCrazy attempts to kill Bobby]], eventually tying him up in his own basement. Sam is just about to slash Bobby's throat when Dean returns and punches him out.

Dean lost the bet, but since he learned [[AnAesop an important lesson]], Death still holds up his end of the deal and returns Sam's soul to his body.

!Tropes
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* AccidentalInnuendo: "I have to say, I'm not a fan of your brother, so [[HoYay screwing him would delight me]]."
* AxCrazy: Sam. Bonus points for actually wielding an ax at one point.
* {{Badass}}: Death agrees to retrieve Sam's soul from Lucifer's Cage, a virtually-impermeable prison that is housing two very powerful archangels. When he does, he returns within a minute.
* BalancingDeathsBooks: It turns out that the disruption of the natural order caused by someone not dying when they're supposed to automatically leads to the death of someone else, then another someone else, over and over again until they actually die. The brothers' tendency to ''repeatedly'' come back annoys Death quite a lot.
* ChessWithDeath: In exchange for bringing Sam's soul back to his body Dean has to do Death's job for a day. Dean ends up failing the test, but Death returns the soul anyway, first because his real reason for the task was to show Dean what forces he was messing with by constantly resurrecting, and also because Sam and Dean's current investigation suited his purposes. (He may have wanted a day off too.)
* CompleteImmortality: Death states that nothing lasts forever. Then he corrects himself, saying he himself will.
* ContinuityNod
* CrazyPrepared: Bobby prepared a trapdoor in front of the closet leading to the basement, and bolted the cellar door with reinforced steel. This comes in handy when Sam tries to kill him, but Sam gets out of the cellar anyway.
* ADayInTheLimelight: For the Reapers, as Dean learns exactly what the {{Psychopomp}}s of his reality have to deal with every day.
* DeadpanSnarker: Death has his moments.
-->'''Dean:''' Are you serious?
-->'''Death:''' No, I'm being incredibly sarcastic.
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: After Dean failed the test, Death shows up in Bobby's kitchen and invites Dean for some bacon dogs. Death seems to like junk food.
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: Death has two moments of this when Dean gets too snarky or disrespectful, like rolling his eyes in front of him. Death warns him, and Dean immediately gets the message.
* DoomMagnet: Anyone who cheats death and disrupts the natural order will cause death and chaos wherever they go. Considering all of the times Sam and Dean came back to life and [[DealWithTheDevil all]] [[CameBackWrong the]] [[SealedEvilInACan trouble]] [[EndOfTheWorld they've caused]] as a result, you can see why Death is tired of the Winchesters.
* DrowningMySorrows: After the nurse dies, her husband starts drinking heavily and driving at the same time. Dean has to intervene to stop him.
* FlatlinePlotline: Dean has himself temporarily killed by Dr. Robert so he can contact and make a deal with Death. According to the man conducting the procedure, he has a 75% success rate.
* FridgeHorror: What exactly did the doctor do to get his license revoked?
* TheGrimReaper: Both Death, the actual Grim Reaper, and Tessa, an individual Reaper, figure heavily into the plot. We are given a much deeper look into their daily dealings in guiding the deceased to the afterlife.
* {{Hell}}: Dean taunts the robber after he's dead that this is where he'll go.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Doctor Robert is Creator/RobertEnglund.
* InfantImmortality: Dean invokes this, outright refusing to reap a little girl who is dying of a genetic heart defect because it's unfair (which, admittedly, it is). Subverted when this upheaval of the natural order results in the death of other people. Dean then corrects his mistake and kills her, agreeing with her after she dies that the natural order is stupid.
* JustInTime: Dean saves Bobby just as Sam is about to slit his throat.
* KarmicDeath: The robber dies from a gunshot wound after he threatens to shoot the owner's kid, and the overweight man dies from a heart attack while he was gorging himself on a pizza.
* LittlestCancerPatient: Hilary, the 12-year-old girl dying from a genetic heart defect. She's not only dying before she got the chance to live a full life, but her death would also leave her lone father behind (her mother is already dead), who doesn't really have any other family. Dean is so upset by this that he simply refuses to claim her soul, despite being warned by Tessa that it will cause havoc to the natural order.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Bobby knocks Sam out when the latter attacks him. He goes over to the table to get some rope, but when he turns around Sam is gone.
* TheOmniscient: This is strongly hinted at with Death, since he somehow knows without being told that Dean contacted one of his Reapers (Tessa) even though she didn't call out for him, where Dean hid his ring, and the outcome of Dean's day in his shoes while presumably not being there.
* TheProblemWithFightingDeath: Dean gambles with Death to get Sam's soul back from Lucifer's Cage and return it to his body with a temporary fix to keep the hell memories from killing him [[FateWorseThanDeath or worse]]. Death buys him a hot dog and holds up his end of the bargain--even though Dean failed his--because Dean learned something. Death of course continues to impress upon Dean the depths of his insignificance at every opportunity.
* SelfMadeOrphan: The spell to keep a soul out of a body requires the killing of a parental figure so it will taint the vessel. Sam therefore tries to kill Bobby, but is stopped just in time by Dean.
* SubbingForSanta: Death makes Dean wear his ring so he will carry out his job for a day, as part of a deal. He finds he can't go through with seeing all the people dying.
* SadisticChoice: Dean wants to free both Sam and Adam's souls from the Cage, but Death will only let him choose one of them. [[SubvertedTrope Dean immediately chooses Sam]].
* ScrewDestiny: Dean tries to use his powers as Death to do good by letting a sick girl live in defiance of what Tessa calls "the Natural Order", the established flow of life and death. Subverted when it causes more collateral damage than Dean had foreseen and he's forced to follow destiny anyway, even if it's unfair.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Dean questions why people have to die even if they don't deserve this, and Tessa replies that she only knows that the orders come from Death, who's following a specific plan. Then Dean attempts this trope when he claims that since he's actually Death (albeit for a day only), he doesn't have to reap everyone. Tessa just replies that he knows damn well that she's referring to the real Grim Reaper.
* ShoutOut: To ''Film/TheShining''. Sam breaks through a door with an ax to get to Bobby, leading Bobby to reply "Don't say 'Here's Johnny'."
* TapOnTheHead
* TouchOfDeath: When Dean becomes Death for a day, he reaps people simply by touching them.
* WouldHurtAChild: The store robber makes it clear that he would kill the owner's kid if he wanted to.
* YouCantFightFate: Discussed by Dean and Tessa. Dean questions why some have to die and others don't, and Tessa replies that it's all part of a larger plan. Dean rejects this and goes on a tirade about destiny being nothing but a lie, but Tessa notes that he doesn't actually believe that.
* YouWillKnowWhatToDo: Death instructs Dean to keep researching the souls, and says that he will understand when he needs to.

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