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Recap: Supernatural S 05 E 10 Abandon All Hope

Recap of Supernatural
Season 5, Episode 10

Abandon All Hope...

Written by Ben Edlund.

Directed by Phil Sgriccia.

Air Date: November 19, 2009.

Sam and Dean track down Crowley to get the Colt back. Lucifer is working a ritual in Carthage, Missouri to raise the Horseman, Death. Sam, Dean, Ellen, Jo, Bobby, and Castiel join forces to try to stop him. Jo and Ellen die trying to buy Sam and Dean enough time to get to Lucifer before he completes the ritual. Sam distracts Lucifer, and Dean shoots him in the head...but it turns out Lucifer is immune to the Colt. Death is raised.

Body count

For this episode = At least 18 humans, at least 9 hellhounds and at least 16 demons.

For the series so far = At least 342 humans (of which 6 were witches), at least 99 demons, 28 ghosts, 11 vampires, at least 9 hellhounds, 6 changelings, 4 gods, 3 shapeshifters, 3 zombies, 4 angels, 2 ghouls, 2 werewolves, 1 cat, 1 crocotta, 1 djinn, 1 dog, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 reaper, 1 rugaru, 1 shtriga, 1 siren, and 1 wendigo.


  • Action Girl: Jo's come a long, long way from the Faux Action Girl she was in Season 2.
  • Action Mom: Ellen ain't no slouch either; she joins her daughter on the hunt for Lucifer, rifle in tow.
  • Artistic License: Carthage has a population of 14,000 people. All the able-bodied men are at most a dozen?
  • Back for the Dead: Jo and Ellen appeared earlier this season (eight episodes ago, to be precise), but before then were absent since Season 2.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Castiel and Meg.
  • Cute Bruiser: Jo slugs a demon in the face, just like she'd punched Dean back in "Everybody Loves a Clown" (S02, E02).
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Meg, again. Interestingly, though, she's serving Lucifer and calling him her father now, instead of Azazel.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Crowley gives the Winchesters the Colt because he knows Lucifer hates his creations and will exterminate them after humans. He's right.
    Lucifer: [after sacrificing numerous demons] They're just demons.
  • A Death in the Limelight: Not so much Ellen, but Jo certainly got her focus of Character Development.
  • Decoy Damsel: Jo acts like a helpless lil' lady whose car just broke down. Demons smell blood in the water and come out to drag her into Crowley's mansion for an unexplained but likely unpleasant time together, kicking and screaming if necessary. It turns out not to be necessary, since Jo, Sam, and Dean kill them.
  • Defiant to the End: Cas has been captured in a ring of holy fire by the Devil, and still refuses to join him and says he'll oppose Lucifer's plans. Made more effective by the fact that Castiel is clearly terrified the whole time.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Castiel gets separated from the main group right after they arrive in Carthage, presumably so that he doesn't simply smite all the hellhounds or zap everyone away to safety when they run into trouble.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Jo dies in her mother's arms.
  • Downer Ending: Ellen and Jo are dead, the Colt can't kill Lucifer, Lucifer successfully raises Death. There's a reason this episode is called "Abandon All Hope..."
  • Drinking Game: For their last night on Earth, Castiel and Ellen decide to engage in a light-hearted bit of competition.
  • The Easy Way or the Hard Way: Meg offers the hunters the choice between letting her take them to Lucifer or getting dragged to Lucifer by hellhounds. They chose neither.
    Meg: Your choice. You can make this easy or you can make it really, really hard.
    Dean: When have you ever known us to do anything easy?
  • Enemy Mine: Crowley gives the brothers the Colt in hopes that they'll defeat Lucifer.
  • Evil Laugh: Meg when she sics her hounds on Sam, Dean, Ellen, and Jo.
  • "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: "You can go straight back to Hell, you ugly bitch!"
  • Fantastic Racism: Lucifer is revealed to hate demons.
  • Fatal Family Photo: After their party, Cas, Bobby, the Winchesters, and the Harvelles take a photograph. The Harvelles die.
  • Grim Reaper: The hunters realize that Lucifer is trying to summon Death itself. Since Big Daddy Reaper's coming, dozens—if not hundreds—of Reapers show up in town. (Alastair was right; they ARE like lemmings.)
  • Hellhounds:
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Mark Sheppard is the demon Crowley.
  • Hope Spot: Dean shoots Lucifer in the head with the Colt, who falls down and appears dead. Dean and Sam looks at each other for ten seconds, with Sam jumping nervously in celebration. And then Lucifer breathes in and gets back up.
  • I Knew It: Spoilers released before the episode revealed that two characters were going to die, and since it was an episode with Jo and Ellen (who, objectively, had become far less entrenched in the show than, say, Bobby and Castiel), many predicted that they would be the ones killed off, especially since promos featured a chalky-skinned and obviously unwell Jo having a tender moment with Dean.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Beautiful Jo gets dolled up in a Little Black Dress and wears her hair in a loose bun in preparation for killing demon bodyguards and breaking into another demon's hideout.
  • Killed Off for Real: See you on the other side, Harvelles.
  • Last Kiss: Dean gives a rather platonic, but heartfelt, one to Jo when she is dying.
  • The Last Dance: Fully expecting to die, the Winchesters and the Harvelles have one last party before heading off to Carthage.
  • Little Black Dress: Jo disguises herself to lure Crowley's guards out of Crowley's mansion, and help Sam and Dean in.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Lucifer after being shot in the forehead by the Colt, which would have killed all but four other supernatural beings.
  • MacGyvering: The brothers build a bomb out of whatever they can find in a hardware store.
  • Never Gets Drunk: Castiel downs a half-dozen shots in a row and calmly says, "I think I'm starting to feel something," much to Jo's amusement.
  • No Sell: Lucifer isn't killed by the Colt, even when shot in the head at point-blank range.
  • Not So Different: Lucifer tries to explain how alike he and Castiel are as part of his Sympathy for the Devil.
  • The Nth Doctor: Averted with Meg, who's possessing the same young woman from "Sympathy for the Devil" (S05, E01), even though she was seen leaving her and vanishing.
  • Oh Crap: The kill-anything plot device of the first three seasons fails to work.
  • Pre-Climax Climax: Dean tries to talk Jo into a one-nighter since they all may be about to die. She shoots him down hard.
    Jo: Sweetheart, if this really is our last night on Earth, I plan to spend it with a little something I call self-respect.
  • Psychopomp: Carthage is filled with Reapers.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Ellen and Jo; while their sacrifices keep the hellhounds from getting to Sam and Dean, the dynamic duo subsequently fail to kill Lucifer, making the Harvelles' deaths all the more tragic.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: The whole quest to kill Lucifer with the Colt was pointless, since he turns out to be immune. This came at the cost of Ellen and Jo, who sacrificed themselves to give Dean a shot at killing Lucifer. Additionally, an entire town is annihilated and Lucifer completes his plan to raise Death, who will wreck further havoc across the world. The episode ends with the remains of Team Free Will looking distraught at a picture of Ellen and Jo burning in the fireplace.
  • Shout-Out: Crowley refers to the Winchesters as "The Hardy Boys"
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Attempted, but you'd think Lucifer would have noticed it never works for him.
  • Take That: A banking executive makes a Deal with the Devil to bail out his company and fix its "ridiculous incompetence".
  • Taking You with Me: Ellen and Jo sacrifice themselves to take down the hellhounds and buy Sam and Dean time to escape.
  • Wham Line: "Oh, hello, Death."

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