Recap: Supernatural S 02 E 22 All Hell Breaks Loose Part Two


Recap of Supernatural
Season 2, Episode 22:

All Hell Breaks Loose, Part Two

That's a devil's gate. A damn door to hell. Come on! We gotta shut that gate! —Ellen

Sam: I kinda can't believe it, Dean. I mean, our whole lives, everything has been prepping for this and now I...I kinda don't know what to say.
Dean: I do. That was for our mom, you son of a bitch.

Written by Eric Kripke and Michael T Moore.

Directed by Kim Manners.

Airdate: May 17, 2007.

Dean makes a deal with a crossroad demon to bring Sam back from the dead. The Winchesters and other hunters try to stop the Yellow-Eyed Demon from opening a gate to hell in the Red Desert in Wyoming.
The Road So Far starts with "Carry On Wayward Son" by Kansas playing as Sam carries two children out of their old home. Sam then saves Tyler in the swimming pool. We see multiple shots of Sam and Dean holding guns, and Dean fires a sawed-off shot gun in the cabin on the set of ''Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning''. Sam performs a seance inside Our Lady of the Angels. Sam and Dean torch Nurse Glockner's body. The djinn tries to attack Sam, but Dean stabs the djinn in the back. John Winchester says, "Back in 1835, Samuel Colt made a special gun. They say this gun can kill anything." John Winchester shoots Luther in the forehead. Dean is bound to a chair when there is a large explosion behind him. Dean fires rock salt rounds at a clown. Sam says, "The Colt is gone, and it seems pretty damn likely that the demon is behind all of this." John gives Dean the Colt. The Impala swerves on to a road racing to the hospital. A man infected by the Croatoan virus leaps out a second story window. Sam appears in the broken window aiming his gun at the fleeing man. The Impala screeches as it approaches a roadblock. Sam shoots Zombie Angela in the forehead, but the silver bullet has little effect. Dean says "whoops" and shoots Jonah Greely in the head with rock salt. Jonah dissipates. Dean says, "Crossroads are where pacts are made. In selling your soul, rituals like this, you gotta put your own photo into the mix, right?" We see Sam and Dean at the crossroad outside Lloyd's bar. The red-eyed crossroad demon says, "I know all about you, Dean Winchester." The Yellow-Eyed Demon says, "I'm looking for the best and brightest. This is a competition. Only one of you crazy kids is gonna make it out of here alive." We see Lily, Andy, and Ava die. The Yellow-Eyed Demon continues, "You're tough, you're smart, you're well-trained. Sam, you're my favorite." We see Bobby and Dean approaching Sam, when Jake stabs Sam in the back. Dean holds Sam as he dies, and Dean yells, "Sam!"

NOW, Sam's dead body lies on a torn bare mattress as sun shines through the windows of the room where Sam had found the Bowie knife in the ghost town of Cold Oak, South Dakota. Dean stands next to Sam's body. Bobby Singer enters the room with a bucket of Sandy's chicken and two bottles of cola. When Bobby urges Dean to eat, Dean says he is fine, and takes a drink from a bottle of whiskey. Bobby gently suggests that it is time to bury Sam's body, but Dean is not ready. Bobby asks Dean to come with him and says he could use Dean's help for the showdown with the Yellow-Eyed Demon, but Dean says he is done and tells Bobby to leave. When Bobby says he does not want to leave Dean alone, Dean shouts at Bobby and shoves him, but ends up apologizing and again asks Bobby to go. Bobby says, "You know where I'll be." Dean remains alone with Sam's body as a tear runs down his cheek.

The Teaser ends with a metal chomping sound, and the Title Sequence plays in a burst of flames.

Jake Talley is sitting by a campfire in front of a tent in the middle of the woods at night. He seems to be nodding off when the Yellow-Eyed Demon appears, and Jake realizes he is dreaming. The Yellow-Eyed Demon congratulates him on being the strongest of the Special Children, even if Jake was not the horse the Yellow-Eyed Demon was betting on. The Yellow-Eyed Demon explains that he needed the strongest for his plans. Jake says the only thing he is going to do is hunt down the Yellow-Eyed Demon and kill him. But when the Yellow-Eyed Demon threatens to make Jake's mother and sister eat their own intestines, Jake responds by saying, "What do you want me to do?"

Dean is still sitting by Sam's body with a candle burning in the corner of the room. Dean tearfully talks about wanting to protect Sam and how he fails everyone he loves. He ends up shouting, "What am I supposed to do?" Next we see the headlights of the Impala, as Dean speeds down a gravel road. Dean stops at a crossroad and puts various items from the weapons locker in the Impala's trunk in a tin tobacco box, including a fake ID with his photo on it. Dean buries the tin box in the center of the crossroad with his hands. After making him wait, the Crossroad Demon appears in a low cut black dress. She realizes Dean is desperate, and rejects his offer of his soul in 10 years for Sam's life. Dean continues to offer less time until his bill comes due while the Crossroad Demon teases him and reminds him of his brother's death and his father's deal. She finally accepts Dean's soul in one year for Sam's life, but reminds Dean that if he tries to weasel out of his part of the deal, Sam drops dead. They kiss, sealing the deal.

Sam wakes up in the candlelit room in Cold Oak as sun streams in through the windows. He examines a red scar over his spine in the mirror as Dean enters the room. Dean crushes Sam in a hug, which causes Sam to wince in pain. When Sam asks what happened, Dean tells him that Bobby patched him up. Sam wants to hunt down Jake, but Dean convinces him to eat something. While they have a breakfast of pizza, fried chicken, and Chinese food, Sam fills Dean in on what happened at Cold Oak and that the Yellow-Eyed Demon only wanted one of the Special Children to survive. Dean says they must have left Sam for dead and thought it was over. When Sam asks Dean if he called the Roadhouse for information, Dean is forced to tell Sam about the fire at the Harvelle Roadhouse and Ash's death. When Dean mentions that Bobby is working on finding out what Ash discovered, Sam wants to take off for Bobby's, even though he is still clearly in pain from the wound in his back. Dean tries to convince Sam to give himself time to heal, but Sam insists, and they drive off in the Impala.

Bobby opens his door at his home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is shocked to see Sam standing next to Dean, but Bobby plays along when Sam thanks Bobby for patching him up. Bobby tells them about a tidal wave of demonic omens which are all surrounding an area in Southern Wyoming. He asks Sam to look at his findings while he and Dean lug in some books from his truck. Bobby uses this as an excuse to confront Dean, and Dean tells him about the deal he made. Dean begs a tearful Bobby not to tell Sam about the deal, when they hear a crashing noise in the junkyard and hide behind a wrecked car. They grab the intruder who walks by the car, and realize it is Ellen Harvelle. Dean hugs her, relieved that she survived the fire at the Roadhouse.

Back in Bobby's house, Bobby insists that Ellen drinks a shot of Holy Water to prove that she is not a demon. They then asked her how she survived, and she says she was not meant to, but she had run out because they needed pretzels. Ash called her and told her to look in a hidden safe in the basement before the call was cut off. By the time she returned, the Roadhouse was in flames and a lot of good people had died. Ellen was able to retrieve a document from the secret safe after the fire, and she now pulls it out to show Sam, Bobby, and Dean. It is a map of Wyoming with 5 X's marked over the Red Desert. After doing some research, Bobby realizes that each of the X's on the map represents a frontier church which are connected by iron railroads built by Samuel Colt. These create a pentagram and a massive 100 square mile Devil's Trap. Sam confirms that the demonic omens Bobby had discovered seem to be surrounding this area, suggesting the Devil's Trap remains intact. Dean says the only thing he can find in the center of this Devil's Trap is an old cowboy cemetery. Bobby says a full blooded demon would be unable to cross the boundaries of this trap, which prompts Sam to say, "But I know who could".

Body count:

For this episode = 1 human and 1 demon. This includes the death of one of the Special Children.

For Season 2 = 58 humans, 4 ghosts, 2 vampires, 1 demon, 1 djinn, 1 rakshasa, 1 shapeshifter, 2 werewolves, and 1 zombie.

For the series so far = At least 200 humans, 15 ghosts, 5 vampires, 2 demons, 2 shapeshifters, 2 werewolves, 1 djinn, 1 god, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 shtriga, 1 wendigo, and 1 zombie.

Non-trope items:


Tropes appearing in this episode:

  • Action Mom: Ellen goes with Sam, Dean, and Bobby to try to stop the Yellow-Eyed Demon and Jake from opening a devil's gate.
  • Affectionate Nickname/In-Series Nickname:
    • Dean calls Sam "Sammy" three times in this episode, and both the crossroads demon and the Yellow-Eyed Demon also refer to Sam as "Sammy".
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Dean's crossroads demon is once again a beautiful, pale-skinned brunette, who is powerful and teasing. Dean seems to have a thing for dark-haired women who want his death, like the crossroads demon, Tessa, his reaper from "In My Time of Dying" (S02, E01), and Carmen Porter, the djinn's creation from "What Is And What Should Never Be" (S02, E20).
  • Anachronism Stew: Sam's body is laid out on a bare mattress in Cold Oak. Given the hitching posts, wagon wheels, and Old West appearance of Cold Oak, it appears to be mining town that was abandoned in the 1890s or earlier. Yet instead of Sam lying on a cotton mattress covered in linen as would have been common in the time, he is lying on an upholstered quilted foam mattress, which did not come into common use until the 1930s.
  • And the Adventure Continues: Notable for being the only season finale to end this way.
  • And This Is for...: "That was for our mom...you son of a bitch."
  • Anger Born of Worry: Bobby is upset about what Dean has done to bring Sammy back.
    Bobby: You stupid ass! What did you do?
  • At the Crossroads: Dean goes to a crossroads to summon the crossroads demon again, this time serious about making a Deal with the Devil.
  • Autocannibalism: The Yellow-Eyed Demon tells Jake that if he does not obey him, Jake's mother and sister will be forced to eat their own intestines.
    Yellow-Eyed Demon: If you're a bad little soldier, well, that dear old mom of yours, that adorable little sister...I'll make certain that they both live long enough to know the chewy taste of their own intestines. [beat] No, Jake. I'm not bluffing.
  • Back from the Dead: Sam is brought back to life perfectly healthy by Dean's Deal with the Devil.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Jake's sudden Face-Heel Turn (or at least transformation from a sympathetic and well-meaning individual to someone who clearly enjoys showing off his new power and making others obey him) happens in tandem with him gaining new, more potent powers.
  • Bearer of Bad News: Sam tells Dean about Andy's death and presumably Ava's betrayal. Dean tells Sam about the fire at the Roadhouse and Ash's death.
  • Bear Hug: Dean is so relieved to see Sam alive, he squeezes him in an embrace resulting in a pained "owww" from Sam.
  • Beauty Contest: The Yellow-Eyed Demon says that being abducted to a ghost town and made to murder people is "all part of the beauty pageant".
  • Benevolent Precursors: Samuel Colt forged a gun capable of killing demons in 1835 and built a massive powerful Demon's Trap to protect the Hell Gate in southern Wyoming.
  • Berserker Tears: Dean sits by Sam's body and tearfully discusses his failure to protect his brother. This ends with him yelling "What am I supposed to do?", standing up, and kicking furniture, while tears still fall from his eyes.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Sam guns down a pleading Jake in cold blood. It's the first time we've seen him kill somebody like that without remorse, and it's also the first time we've seen him kill a human. Dean realizes this, too, and is...unsettled. The YED implies that this is a sign that Sam isn't really Sam anymore.
    Sam: We got to find him, Dean. And I swear I'm gonna tear that son of a bitch apart.
  • Big Brother Instinct/Knight Templar Big Brother: Sam's death moves Dean into Knight Templar territory.
    Dean: I always tried to protect you...keep you safe...Dad didn't even have to tell me. It was just always my responsibility, you know? It's like I had one job...I had one job...and I screwed it up. [beat] I blew it. And for that, I'm sorry.
  • Book Ends: Dean's "We got work to do" at the end of the episode mirrors Sam's "We got work to do" from the pilot.
  • Brand X: Bobby brings Dean a bucket of Sandy's Chicken in a yellow bucket with a red logo. He also brought 2 two-liter bottles of Cola.
  • Break Them by Talking: The crossroads demon reminds Dean of his guilt over Sam's death and his father's suffering in Hell. She acts as if his soul is of little value saying, "Keep your gutter soul. It's too tarnished, anyway."
  • Came Back Wrong: The Yellow-Eyed Demon suggests this may have happened to Sam. Future episodes leave whether he was telling the truth or not a bit ambiguous. Sam says no, but Sam also does a lot of things that Sam wouldn't have done before.
    Yellow-Eyed Demon: How certain are you that what you brought back is 100% pure Sam?
  • Catapult Nightmare: Sam wakes up from being dead this way.
  • Catch Phrase: Dean calls the Yellow-Eyed Demon a "son of a bitch" twice in this episode. Sam also calls Jake a "son of a bitch".
  • Children Are Innocent/Constantly Curious: Dean's view of young Sam.
    Dean: You know, when we were little—and you couldn't been more than 5—you just started asking questions. How come we didn't have a mom? Why do we always have to move around? Where'd Dad go when he'd take off for days at a time? I remember I begged you, "Quit asking, Sammy. Man, you don't want to know." I just wanted you to be a kid...just for a little while longer.
  • Chirping Crickets: Played Straight. After Dean's determined drive to the crossroads accompanied by guitar riffs, Dean stands and waits for the crossroads demon with only the sound of chirping crickets.
  • Clint Squint: Bobby narrows his eyes when he confronts Dean about the deal in the junkyard. This may in part be because he is facing towards the sun.
  • Cold Iron: The railway track forming the Devil's Trap was made of iron, instead of the more durable high quality steel now used for railways.
  • Continuity Nod:
  • Contractual Immortality/First Law of Resurrection: Most viewers realized Sam was not going to stay dead.
  • Cool Gun: The Colt, natch.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • Of course Dean has graveyard dirt and the skull of a black cat in the trunk of the Impala.
    • Ash placed a map with notations from his research in a fire proof safe before the demons arrived at the Roadhouse, and he called Ellen to tell her this once he knows he is in trouble.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Dean cannot live with the idea of losing Sam, leading him to the crossroads.
    Dean: [crying] I guess that's what I do. I let down the people I love. I let Dad down. And now I guess I'm just supposed to let you down, too. How can I? How am I supposed to live with that? What am I supposed to do? Sammy. God.
  • Dead Man Writing: Ash left the map, which revealed the large Devil's Trap in Wyoming, in a safe before he died. This information was the reason that the demons burned down the Roadhouse and killed him.
  • Deal with the Devil: Dean makes one with the crossroads demon. Sam gets to live, but Dean only has one year left on Earth.
  • Death Amnesia: Sam remembers dying, but not his death.
    Dean: Well, what do you remember?
    Sam: I—I saw you and Bobby, and...I felt this pain. This sharp pain, like...white-hot, you know, and then you started running at me, and...that's about it.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The Teaser, where we see Sam's dead body, is filmed to appear de-saturated, creating a subdued mood.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Dean.
    Dean: Dad brought me back, Bobby. I'm not even supposed to be here. At least this way, something good could come out of it, you know? I—I—It's like my life could mean something!
    Bobby: And it didn't before?!
  • Disappears into Light: John's ghost.
  • Disapproving Look: Bobby gives Dean a scolding stare—verging on a Death Glare—when Dean turns up with Sam.
    Bobby: Sam. It's good to...see you up and around.
  • Do You Want to Haggle?: Dean and the crossroad demon.
    Crossroad Demon: Fine. [walking away] Make sure you bury Sam before he starts stinking up the joint.
    Dean: [flinches] Wait.
    Crossroad Demon: [softly] It's a fire sale, and everything must go.
  • Dream Walker: The Yellow-Eyed Demon appears to Jake in his dreams.
  • Drink Order: Dean is drinking whiskey straight out of the bottle.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Dean, who had been shown to be heavily drinking, speeds down a gravel road, fishtailing the Impala.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Dean is seen drinking whiskey straight from the bottle after Sam dies.
  • Due to the Dead: Bobby mentions that it is time to give Sam a funeral, but Dean is not ready.
    Bobby: Dean...I hate to bring this up, I really do. But don't you think maybe it's time...we bury Sam?
    Dean: No.
    Bobby: We could [sighs] maybe...
    Dean: What? Torch his corpse? Not yet.
  • Dumb Muscle: Clearly how the Yellow-Eyed Demon views Jake.
    Jake: I'm—I'm dreaming, aren't I?
    Yellow-Eyed Demon: I got a genius on my hands.
  • Evil Gloating: Apparently, all demons share a love of rubbing it in.
    • The crossroads demon enjoys making Dean wait and reminding him that his whole family is dead.
      Dean: Oh, come on, already. Show your face, you bitch!
      Crossroad Demon: Easy, sugar, you'll wake the neighbors. [eyes flash red] Dean. It is so, so good to see you. [inhales sharply] I mean it. Look at you. Gone and got your family killed. All alone in the world. It's too sweet. Excuse me, you're gonna have to give me a moment. [walks to Dean, face to face, close] Sometimes you gotta stop and smell the roses.
    • The Yellow-Eyed Demon lets Dean live only long enough to rub Dean's nose in how he's actually done Yellow Eyes a favor in selling his soul for Sam. As with all villains, it turns out to be a mistake.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: The crossroads demon has a low, sexy voice.
  • Eye of Newt: When Dean gets to the crossroad, we see him place 6 silver coins, a small dark bottle (presumably containing graveyard dirt), and a small skull (presumably once belonging to a black cat), in a tin tobacco box. He then adds a fake ID with his photo on it in the box, and buries the box at the crossroads. In "Crossroad Blues" (S02, E08), the items placed in the container to summon the demon were a photograph of the summoner, silver coins, graveyard dirt, a black cat bone, and yarrow.
  • Faustian Rebellion: Jake's plan.
    Jake: The only thing I'm gonna do is wake up, hunt you down, and kill you myself.
    Yellow-Eyed Demon: You know, others have tried. It's not easy. Trust me, Jake. You want to be a good little soldier here.
  • Fire Keeps It Dead: Averted Trope. Dean does not want to burn Sam's body in a traditional hunter's funeral because he has not accepted his death.
  • Forced Into Evil: Jake is coerced into serving the Yellow-Eyed Demon, who threatens to horrifically murder his family if he doesn't. At least at first. He ends up choosing to keep helping the Yellow-Eyed Demon because Yellow Eyes promises that he and his loved ones will reap the reward in the new world he'll create.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With/Like Goes with Like: Once again, when the crossroad demon meets Dean, she takes the form of a beautiful brunette white woman. When Robert Johnson summons the crossroad demon in "Crossroad Blues" (S02, E08), it appears in the vessel of a beautiful black woman.
  • Friend Or Foe: When Bobby and Dean hear a crashing noise in the junk yard, they duck behind a car and grab the intruder, who turns out to be Ellen. Dean gives her a relieved hug.
  • Geometric Magic: The five frontier churches connected by iron railroads form a 100 square mile Devil's Trap in the shape of a pentagram. We previously saw much smaller Devil's traps in "Devil's Trap" (S01, Ep22), "Crossroad Blues" (S02, E08), and "Born Under A Bad Sign" (S02, Ep14).
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: The crossroads demon is in the vessel of a white woman wearing a little black dress. When she first appeared in "Crossroad Blues" (S02, E08), she wore a white dress in the vessel of a black woman, but during her second appearance in that episode she was a white woman also wearing a black dress.
  • A Good Way to Die: Dean tries to convince himself and others that giving his life up for Sam's and going to Hell in a year is the best way he could have hoped to go out. Of course, those with any semblance of sanity (i.e. Bobby and Sam) would strongly disagree.* Guilt Complex: Dean feels as though he let Sam and John down because he couldn't save them from dying. It gets to the point where he can't bear to live with his failure anymore and makes a Deal with the Devil, trading his life for Sam's just as John did for him.
    Crossroads Demon: So...it's a better deal than your dad ever got. What do you say?
  • Go Out with a Smile: After he sees that the Yellow-Eyed Demon is finally dead, John's ghost smiles tearfully at his sons as he Disappears into Light.
  • Hell Gate
  • Heroic BSOD: Dean shuts down after Sam's death, no longer caring about saving people or the Yellow-Eyed Demon.
    Bobby: I gotta admit, I could use your help. Something big is going down—end-of-the world big.
    Dean: [yelling] Well, then let it end!
    Bobby: You don't mean that.
    Dean: You don't think so? Huh? You don't think I've given enough? You don't think I've paid enough? I'm done with it. All of it.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Dean does not see his own value.
    Dean: At least this way, something good could come out of it, you know? I—I—It's like my life could mean something.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: The Yellow-Eyed Demon is still not ready to let Jake in on his Evil Plan.
    Jake: Needed me for what?
    Yellow-Eyed Demon: Oh, I got a laundry list of tasty things for you.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Bobby pours Holy Water from his flask into a shot glass for Ellen to drink. We previously saw Holy Water used against demons in "Salvation" (S01, Ep21), "Devil's Trap" (S01, Ep22), and "Born Under A Bad Sign" (S02, Ep14).
  • Holy Ground: The five point of the Devil's Trap are formed by frontier churches.
  • Hot as Hell: The crossroads demon calls Dean "sugar" and flirts with him.
  • Hurting Hero: Dean.
  • I Can Still Fight: Sam still grimaces and winces when he moves, but insists on pursuing the Yellow-Eyed Demon.
    Dean: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Stop, Sam, stop! Damn it. You almost died in there. I mean, what would I've—can't you just take care of yourself for a little bit, huh? Just for a little bit?
    Sam: I'm sorry. No.
  • Iconic Outfit:
  • Idiot Ball: It takes Sam a lot longer than it should to work out what happened. In all fairness, he's probably a bit distracted by the Yellow-Eyed Demon's opening of the Devil's Gate.
  • I Have Your Wife: Jake doesn't want to help the Yellow-Eyed Demon, so Yellow Eyes threatens to have his mother and his sister force-fed their own intestines if he isn't a good little soldier. Jake caves pretty quickly after that.
  • Impostor Exposing Test: Bobby has Ellen drink a shot of Holy Water from his flask.
    Bobby: Just a belt of Holy Water. Shouldn't hurt.
    Ellen: [Swigs down the Holy Water and sets the empty shot glass on the table] Whiskey now, if you don't mind.
  • I Need You Stronger: The Yellow-Eyed Demon tells Jake that he needed the strongest of the Special Children for his purposes, and that the events in Cold Oak were intended to cause them to grow stronger and determine who was the strongest.
  • Ineffectual Death Threats: Dean knows Bobby doesn't mean it.
    Bobby: I could throttle you!
    Dean: What, and send me downstairs ahead of schedule?
  • Ironic Nickname: Despite the fact that the Yellow-Eyed Demon treats Jake like Dumb Muscle, he refers to Jake as "genius".
  • Jacob Marley Apparel: John's spirit is wearing the same clothes he died in back in "In My Time of Dying" (S02, E01). Damn those demons, not letting him change outfits in Hell!
  • Kiss Diss: The crossroads demon moves forward as if she is going to kiss Dean and seal the deal, bringing back Sam for Dean's soul in five years, which Dean said was his final offer. At the last moment, she stops and says, "Then no deal."
  • Kiss of Death: Dean kisses the crossroads demon to seal the deal and in doing so literally signs his death warrant. On the other hand...
  • Kiss of Life: ...their kiss could also sort of be considered this, since it brings Sam Back from the Dead.
  • The Last Dance: Dean feels he has nothing to lose since he made the deal, and he is determined to kill the Yellow-Eyed Demon.
    Dean: Which is why we gotta find this yellow-eyed son of a bitch. That's why I'm gonna kill him myself. I mean, I got nothing to lose now, right?
  • Leave Me Alone: Bobby does not want to leave Dean alone, but Dean insists.
    Dean: And if you know what's good for you, you'd turn around, and get the hell out of here. [Dean shoves Bobby, shouting] Go! [quieter] I'm sorry. I'm sorry. Please, just go.
  • The Legions of Hell: The Yellow-Eyed Demon's plan includes unleashing an army of demons from Hell.
  • Leonine Contract: The crossroads demon knows that Dean is willing to do anything to have Sam back and she can set the terms. Instead of the typical 10-year contract, she only gives Dean one year before the hellhounds collect.
    Dean: I should send you straight back to Hell.
    Crossroads Demon: Oh, you should. But you won't. And I know why.
  • Like a Badass out of Hell: John climbs out of the gate just in time to stop the Yellow-Eyed Demon from killing Dean.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Lampshaded by the crossroads demon, who knows that Dean is coming to her to sell his soul for his little brother's resurrection, just as John had sold his soul for Dean's.
    Crossroads Demon: Following in Daddy's footsteps. You wanna make a deal. Little Sammy back from the dead, and—let me guess—you're offering up your own soul?
  • Limited Wardrobe: Dean is still wearing the same clothes as in the last episode, his blue jacket, red plaid shirt, and a gray Henley.
  • Little Black Dress: The crossroads demon is wearing a low-cut black dress with straps.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Dean lets Sam believe he recovered from a bad injury and does not tell him he died, as he does not want Sam to know about his deal. When they arrive at Bobby's, Bobby realizes immediately what Dean did, but plays along in front of Sam until he can get Dean alone and confront him.
  • Lost In Transmission: A panicked Ash manages to call Ellen and tells her tho look in a secret safe, but he is unable to explain the significance of the map before the call cuts out.
  • Magically Binding Contract: Dean's deal with the crossroads demon.
  • A Magic Contract Comes with a Kiss: Dean grabs the the crossroads demon, and they lock lips as she cards her darkly-painted nails through his hair.
  • Manipulative Bastard: The Yellow-Eyed Demon persuading Jake into doing his dirty work for him by playing on Jake's love for his family. Likewise, the crossroads demon manipulates Dean into selling his soul for only one more year of life before the bill comes due, rather than the customary ten.* Manly Tears:
    • We see Dean with blood-shot eyes, quivering bottom lip, and sniffing.
    • Bobby's eyes shine with unshed tears in the junkyard when Dean tells him why he made the deal.
  • Mickey Mousing: "Carry On Wayward Son" by Kansas punctuates the action during the The Road So Far.
  • Mind Control: Jake is revealed to have gained powers similar—if not identical—to Andy's.
  • Mirror Scare: Dean and Bobby see a shadow of a figure reflected by the broken windshield in the car they are hiding behind. But this is a Subverted Trope, when the figure turns out to be Ellen.
  • Mood Motif: During Dean's soliloquy beside Sam's body we hear the strings rise as he stands, and then the classic music is replaced by driving guitar riffs as Dean speeds the Impala to the crossroads.
  • Never Found the Body: Ellen was assumed to be among the dead in the Roadhouse rubble. She turns up in this episode, having narrowly avoided death simply because they ran out of pretzels and she was out getting more in the fifteen minutes the demons came to her bar and burned it to the ground.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The Yellow-Eyed Demon is actually glad that Dean made his Deal with the Devil for Sam, as he likes Sam better than Jake.
  • No Communities Were Harmed: Cold Oak, South Dakota is a fictional town, but Sam says that Bobby's place is only a few hours away. Since Bobby lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, it seems likely that Cold Oak is in the western part of South Dakota, perhaps in the Badlands or Black Hills.
  • No Dead Body Poops: Sam's dead body appears as if he is simply lying there with his eyes closed. Despite the fact he likely dies of massive blood loss or respiratory failure, he does not appear pale or cyanotic. There are also no signs of rigor or lividity, despite the fact that Sam has been dead for hours.
  • No Tell Motel: Averted Trope. This is the 13th episode of Supernatural where we do not see the boys at a cheap motel.
  • Not Hyperbole: Jake was not really thinking when he threatens a demon.
    Jake: Go to hell.
    Yellow-Eyed Demon: Been there. Done that.
  • Not Too Dead to Save the Day: John saves Dean and enables the Yellow-Eyed Demon to be killed. See Like a Badass out of Hell.
  • The Nth Doctor: For this episode, the crossroads demon is played by Ona Grauer instead of Jeannette Sousa, who played the same crossroads demon in "Crossroad Blues" (S02, E08).
  • Nutritional Nightmare: Sam and Dean's breakfast is made up of a bucket of fried chicken, a box of pizza, containers of Chinese food, four liters of cola, and a bottle of whiskey.
  • Oh, Crap
  • One Bullet Left: Of the 13 bullets made by Samuel Colt, 5 are left in the case when Elkins opens it. One of these is used to kill Luther in "Dead Man's Blood" (S01, E20) and another is used in "Salvation" (S01,E21) by Sam shooting at the Yellow-Eyed Demon in the nursery. During "Devil's Trap" (S01, E22), one bullet is used to kill the demon Tom and the penultimate bullet is used to shoot a possessed John in the leg. The last bullet is used in this episode to kill the Yellow-Eyed Demon for good.
  • Only Mostly Dead: Dean tells Sam that he was badly injured, but Bobby patched him up.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Dean says he is not hungry when Bobby urges him to eat.
  • Percussive Therapy: Dean offers the chance to punch him as a way for Bobby to take out his anger, as long as Bobby does not tell Sam about the deal. The is an Averted Trope, as Dean's offer makes Bobby cry and hold Dean's chin.
    Dean: You can't tell him. You take a shot at me, whatever you got to do, but please don't tell him.
  • Place of Protection:
  • Portent of Doom:
  • Power Is Sexy: The crossroads demon claims to find Dean pathetic.
    Crossroads Demon: First of all, quit groveling. Needy guys are such a turnoff.
  • Put Down Your Gun and Step Away: Jake uses his new Mind Control powers to threaten to make Ellen shoot herself if Sam, Dean, and Bobby don't lower their weapons. They do.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: When Dean tells Sam about the fire at the Roadhouse, Sam's eyes become large and shine with unshed tears. Sam wants to drive to Bobby's to find out what Ash was working on. Dean tries to convince Sam that he needs to heal, but ends up giving into Sam's big-eyed insistence.
  • Ragnarok-Proofing: A 100 square mile Devil's Trap built from an iron railway and five churches was built over 140 years ago, and it is still intact. It has been maintained from corrosion, vandalism, and even the forces of Hell by some unknown force.
  • Real Men Hate Affection: When Bobby tries to convince Dean his life has value and he should not have made the deal, Bobby grabs Dean by his collar and shoves Dean. However, as Bobby becomes more emotional, he puts his hand on Dean's cheek and holds him.
  • Recurring Riff: "Carry On Wayward Son" by Kansas plays during the The Road So Far section of this episode. It previously played during the recap on "Salvation" (S01, E21). It will play during future Season Finales and is the closest thing Supernatural has to a Theme Song.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The crossroads demon's eyes burn red after she arrives. Unlike the Yellow-Eyed Demon, not only her irises, but also her sclerae change colors.
  • Revealing Hug: When Dean hugs Sam, Sam's face contorts in pain due to his injury, while, unseen to Sam, Dean's eyes shine with unshed tears.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Sam wants to hunt down Jake and take on the Yellow-Eyed Demon as soon as he is resurrected. Dean convinces him to eat something and give himself some time to recover.
  • Scars Are Forever: When Sam comes back from the dead, his internal life-threatening injuries are gone and he seems well, but he has a healed, rough, red scar from his mid-thoracic region to upper lumbar region and a little soreness over the scar. This is the only reminder of a fatal stab wound inflected with Super Strength only one day prior.
  • Series Fauxnale: The show had yet to be renewed by the time this episode originally aired, so, despite a few lingering threads, it would have served as an overall serviceable finale had the CW chosen not to continue it.
  • Shoot the Hostage: Defied: When Ellen is forced to point her gun at her own head, she tries to convince the others to just kill Jake anyway and risk her losing her life in the process. The others, however, don't go for it; they stand down like Jake tells them to.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Yellow-Eyed Demon compares Jake's murderous victory to winning American Idol.
    • When Sam wants to hunt Jake down in the woods, Dean says, "Easy, Van Damme."
  • Single Tear: When Bobby leaves Dean with Sam's body, there is a close-up on Dean as a tear runs down his right cheek.
  • Smash Cut: A close-up of Dean and the crossroads demon kissing abruptly cuts to a close-up of Sam sitting up and opening his eyes, no longer dead due to Dean's deal.
  • Spoiler Title: Despite the hunters' efforts, hundreds of demons break out of Hell.
  • Spreading Disaster Map Graphic: Bobby's map of demonic omens reveals an untouched region surrounded by a "tidal wave" of omens in the Wyoming desert.
  • Spot the Imposter: Bobby still makes his visitors drink holy water.
  • Stealth Cigarette Commercial: Dean buries the items in an antique box for American Tobacco Company's Oriental Mix. We can read off the tin that this is a "high grade tobacco" and "a fine tobacco for the pipe". Dean pulled the cat's skull out of a Senator Virginia Cut Plug Smoking Tobacco tin, which is "specially adapted for pipe use".
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: The Yellow-Eyed Demon, of course, but also Jake at the cemetery.
  • Survivors Guilt:
    • Dean still feels guilty over his dad's Heroic Sacrifice for him, which is a factor in following in Daddy's footsteps and selling his soul after Sam dies.
    • Bobby points out that Sam is going to suffer from this when he realizes Dean made the deal.
    Bobby: How is your brother gonna feel when he knows you're going to hell? How'd you feel when you knew your dad went for you?
    • Ellen is shell-shocked by the sudden deaths of all her hunter friends and customers, including goofy, lovable Ash. Lucky for her that Jo had already moved out or Ellen might have just curled up and died of grief.
  • Sympathy for the Hero: The crossroads demon says this is why she will make a deal with Dean.
    Crossroads Demon: Look...look, I shouldn't be doing this. I could get in a lot of trouble. But what can I say? I got a blind spot for you, Dean. You're like a...puppy. You're just too fun to play with.
  • Talk About That Thing: Bobby asks Sam to looks at his map of demonic omens and then asks Dean to help him lug in some books from his truck. He wants to speak to Dean alone about Sam's resurrection.
  • Talking in Your Dreams: Happens when Jake dozes off in front of a campfire and has a dream where the Yellow-Eyed Demon is sitting with him and talking to him. Since Jake is the unexpected winner of the Special Children's "competition", the demon congratulates him and then starts giving him orders, threatening him if he doesn't obey.
  • Talking to the Dead: After Bobby leaves him alone, Dean talks to Sam's corpse while tearing up, and gives the most soul-crushing speech imaginable.
  • Take-That Kiss: The crossroads demon continues to taunt Dean about losing his brother and his father. When she says "What do you say?", Dean answers her with a kiss, sealing the deal.
  • Themed Aliases: The photo Dean buries is on a fake ID for an Agent Dean Ford of the U.S. Wildlife Service, which was previously used in "Dead In The Water" (S01, E03). During that episode, Dean introduced his brother and himself as Agent Hamill and Agent Ford, which was a departure from the typical guitarist/rock-star aliases, and was the start of many shout-outs to Star Wars. Eric Kripke has said Sam and Dean are based on Luke Skywalker and Han Solo.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: Bobby wishes Dean was not as much like John as he is.
    Bobby: What is it with you Winchesters, huh? You, your dad. You're both just itching to throw yourselves down the pit.
  • Understatement: Dean sums up Sam's return from the dead for Bobby:
    Dean: Well, Sam's better.
  • The Un Favourite: The Yellow-Eyed Demon lets Jake know that he was not his favorite among his Special Children.
    Yellow-Eyed Demon: Well, congratulations, Jake. You're it—last man standing. The American Idol. I have to admit, you weren't the horse I was bettin' on, but, still, I gotta give it to ya.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Sam should have known that even if Bobby could "patch up" his wound, his wound should not have completely healed leaving only a scar in one day. Sam's shoulder, which was dislocated when he was fighting Jake, also seems completely healed, and his clothes also seemed to heal unexpectedly with no blood stains or tears.
  • Vancouver Doubling: Shot at various locations in British Columbia.
  • Visual Pun: The action during the The Road So Far provides multiple examples when paired with the lyrics of "Carry On Wayward Son" by Kansas.
  • Weird West: The climax is in a cowboy graveyard in the middle of a giant devil's trap, which was built out of railroad tracks by Samuel Colt with five churches at the points of the star.
  • What Is Going On?: After Dean hugs Sam, Sam asks, "Dean...what happened to me?" This leads Dean to to tell Sam that Bobby patched him up after "that kid" stabbed him in the back. Sam explains what happened to the Special Children at Cold Oak and that the Yellow-Eyed Demon only wanted one of them to survive. Dean tells Sam that the Roadhouse was burnt to the ground by demons, killing Ash and many other hunters.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Bobby to Dean after he realizes Dean made a deal.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Bobby tries to convince Dean that his life has value.
    Bobby: Have you got that low of an opinion of yourself? Are you that screwed in the head?!
  • You Are Worth Hell: Dean is willing to spend eternity in hell for his brother.
  • You Can Always Tell A Liar: Dean is usually a Consummate Liar, but when he first sees Bobby, he can't meet Bobby's eyes.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Dean is doomed to be dragged to Hell in one year if he wants Sam to stay alive.
    Crossroads Demon: And because I'm such a saint, I'll give you one year, and one year only. But here's the thing. If you try and welch or weasel your way out, then the deal is off. Sam drops dead. He's back to rotten meat in no time.