Recap: Supernatural S 03 E 16 No Rest For The Wicked
Season 3, Episode 16
No Rest For The Wicked
The episode begins with Dean waking from a nightmare of being chased by a hellhound. Bobby, it seems, has found a way to find Lilith. Sam swears not to let Dean go to hell, but as he's saying it, Dean sees him distorted as the portent of the hellhounds. They meet up with Bobby, who uses his ritual to find Lilith. Dean points out that they don't really have a good way to deal with Lilith when they find her. Sam wants to summon Ruby to borrow her "demon-killing Ginsu." Dean still doesn't trust her, and vetoes the plan. One guess as to whether or not Sam listens. She refuses to give Sam the knife, but she tells him that there's another way: Sam's long-dormant psychic powers, she claims, will let him kill Lilith. Dean knew she was coming, though. He tricks her, steals the knife, and the brothers take off after Lilith, leaving Ruby trapped.
Sam doesn't like this new plan, though, somehow not seeing the wisdom of attacking a powerful demon and her retinue armed with a medium-sized knife. Dean convinces him, though, and they're off to Indiana, where Lilith is on "shore leave." Which, as it turns out, means terrorizing and killing her host body's family. Or they would be, if Bobby wasn't already a step ahead of them, sabotaging the Dodge, and refusing to let them run off by themselves and get killed. Along the way, Dean kills a police officer, seemingly without provocation. The cop was a demon, though. It seems Dean can now see demons in their disguises as a consequence of being so close to his contract being called.
They find Lilith and her guards, and also find that Ruby followed them. Unfortunately, the ensuing catfight alerts the demons, and the party gets chased into the house with Lilith. A tense search ensues, where they find Lilith asleep... except it's not her anymore; she's already vacated the child.
Sam tries to get Ruby to show him how to kill demons with his mind, but it's too late. The clock chimes, and the hellhounds have come. Lilith suddenly reappears and pins Sam to the wall while the hound tears Dean apart. The final shot of the season in Dean, trapped in hell.
For this episode = 4 demons, 3 humans and 1 dog.
For the series so far = At least 250 humans (of which 3 were witches), 49 demons, 19 ghosts, 10 vampires, 6 changelings, 3 gods, 2 shapeshifters, 2 werewolves, 1 dog, 1 crocotta, 1 djinn, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 shtriga, 1 wendigo, 1 zombie.
- Anyone Can Die: Body count for this episode = four demons, three humans (including Dean), and one dog.
- Batman-Gambit: Dean uses one to get the knife.
- Blondes are Evil: Lilith, whether she's possessing the Freemont's daughter or Ruby's meatsuit.
- Blood Is the New Black: Lilith walks into her first scene drenched in the blood of the family dog, which she just killed for being mean to her. Her hands are covered in blood up to the wrist and her shoes squelch with blood when she walks. She doesn't seem to notice it until her host's mother asks what happened to her dress, and doesn't even consider changing clothes until her host's dad timidly suggests it.
- Body Surf
- Buffy Speak
Bobby: You're piercing the veil, Dean. You're glimpsing the B-Side.
Dean: Little less New Age-y, please?
Bobby: You're almost Hell's bitch. You can see Hell's other bitches.
- Conveniently Timed Attack From Behind: Dean grabs Sam's arm just as he's about to stab the little girl — Lilith is no longer possessing her.
- Creepy Child: Not a standard portrayal, but Lilith in her child form is downright disturbing.
- Could Have Avoided This Plot: If the guys had listened to Ruby like she said, they may have been able to save Dean.
- Dies Wide Open: Dean.
- Downer Ending: Instead of the guys killing Lilith to break Dean's contract, they get caught by Lilith and she sets a hellhound on Dean, killing him and dragging his soul to Hell as Sam is Forced to Watch. The last scene we're treated to is of Sam scooping up Dean's lifeless corpse, sobbing, as Dean is in Hell, screaming in terror for Sam to help him.
- Dragged Off to Hell: Lilith has both Dean and Ruby sent to Hell.
- Enfante Terrible: Played with. Lilith seems to be a cute little blonde girl who terrorizes people and kills things for upsetting her in any way. Technically, though, Lilith herself is an ancient demon simply messing with people with her choice of choices rather than an actual, human, evil child. The cute little blonde girl she appears as is just her innocent host.
- Evil Laugh: Lilith thinks it's hilarious when Dean gets killed by a hellhound.
- Exact Words: "I want to kill Lilith! That's all!" Technically true...
- Fire and Brimstone Hell: Averted with Dean suspended on meathooks as lightning flashes.
- Everything that Dean says in this episode about Ruby is true—she is working for Lilith, she is trying to push Sam into giving into his demonic side, and she is lying to Sam about pretty much everything.
- The bedtime story Lilith insists on having read to her takes on a lot more significance in the next Season Finale.
- Forced to Watch: Lilith makes sure Sam can't do anything but watch as the hellhound tears Dean apart.
- Genre Savvy: Dean knew that Sam wouldn't listen to him about not summoning Ruby, so he prepared a devil's trap beforehand to lure her into and steal her knife. He also finally recognizes that the demons are using his and Sam's love for one another against them and refuses to let Sam risk using his powers and turning evil to save him, insisting that they stop beings martyrs for each other.
- Glamour Failure: Dean can now see a demon-possesed human's real face. Lilith gets round this by possessing Ruby.
- Grand Theft Me: Lilith manages to jack a body that's already been jacked by a demon.
- Hellhound: One hunts Dean in his nightmares before coming for him for real.
- Holy Hand Grenade: The same one Lilith used in Supernatural S 03 E 12 Jus In Bello. Difference is, Sam is completely unaffected by it, much to his (and Lilith's) surprise.
- Horrifying the Horror: Lilith backs off in fear when she realises she can't kill Sam, then flees her body.
- I Just Knew
- I Warned You
- Improvised Weapon: Bobby's Crowning Moment of Awesome — he makes a lawn sprinkler system spray holy water.
- Just Between You and Me: Averted; Dean asks Lilith what her plans are once she's killed Sam and dragged Dean off to Hell.
Lilith: I don't have to answer to puppy chow.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: Pointedly averted by Lilith, who hates it and warns her host's mother not to do it because it'll make her mad.
- Magnificent Bitch: Lilith.
Sam: Dean, if this doesn't go the way we want, I want you to know that—
Dean: Oh no no no
Sam: No what?
You're not going to bust out the misty-eyed goodbye speech
, OK? I mean if this is going to be my last day on Earth, I do not want it to be socially awkward.
- Manipulative Bitch: Ruby owns up to this. She hadn't told Sam before that the thing she's been promising all-season will save his brother is his Psychic Powers because she knew he wouldn't even consider it until he was desperate enough.
- Manly Tears
- Mood-Swinger: Lilith.
- Neck Snap: How Lilith kills the grandfather. Ruby threatens to do the same to Dean if he doesn't give her back her knife.
- No Sell: Lilith's Holy Hand Grenade doesn't harm Sam in the slightest.
- Percussive Prevention: The father refuses to lock himself in the basement without his wife. Rather than argue, Dean knocks him out.
- Prophet Eyes: Lilith's eyes roll white twice, when she's talking about being in Ruby's host body and when she tries to kill Sam with her demon ray gun.
- Psychopathic Womanchild: Lilith acts like a little girl even while possessing an adult body.
- Putting A Hand Over His Mouth
- Rousing Speech: "And I totally rehearsed that speech."
- Season Finale
- Say My Name: "Sam! Saaam!" After Dean gets taken to Hell.
- Shoot the Dog: Sam, Dean, and Bobby decide that they must kill Lilith for everyone's sake, not just Dean's, even though this means killing the innocent little girl she's possessing as well.
- Shout Out: Lilith as a powerful Creepy Child holding her own family hostage to her whims resembles Its A Good Life.
- Slut Shaming: Dean calls Ruby his and Sam's own "slutty little Yoda."
- Songs of Solace: Dean coaxes Sam into a sing-along of "Wanted Dead or Alive".
- Take That: Bon Jovi rocks! ... on occasion.
- Take That Kiss: Lilith plants one on Sam in front of a visibly squicked-out Dean. Apparently, his lips are soft.
- That Thing is Not My Child!
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!
- Too Dumb to Live: When Dean stops Sam from going with her plan, Ruby calls Dean this almost word-for-word and says that in that case he deserves Hell.
- True Sight: Dean's Eleventh Hour Superpower, enabling him to see a demon-possessed human's Nightmare Face.
- True Companions: Why Bobby insists on coming along. "Family don't end with blood!"
- Wham Episode
- Wham Line: "It's not Ruby, it's Lilith!"
- "What Now?" Ending
- What the Hell, Hero?: Dean's initial reaction to the thought of killing Lilith in the child's body.
- Would Hit a Girl: Dean has no reservations about slugging Ruby. She responds by beating the crap out of him—Sam, too, when he gets in the way.
- Would Hurt a Child: Sam, Dean, and Bobby, albeit only when there's no other option. Dean in particular finds the prospect hard to swallow, even if it means saving his life—he only goes along with it when they remind him that they need to kill Lilith for the greater good. When Sam is about to kill the girl, however, Dean sees that Lilith has already vacated, and stops him.
- You Do NOT Want To Know: Ruby says that Lilith is on "shore leave." When Sam asks what that means, Ruby replies with this trope.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Poor Dean.