Okay, listen up. This one goes out to any angel with their ears on. This is Dean Winchester, and I need your help.
"You're trying to tell me that my brother's life is in God's hands? What, is that supposed to be a comfort? God has nothing to do with this equation at all."
—Dean to doctor
Written by Jeremy Carver.Directed by John Showalter.Airdate: October 8, 2013.Dean is sitting by Sam's bedside at Linwood Memorial Hospital in Randolph, New York, as Sam lies unconscious due to the trials. When the doctor explains that Sam is dying, a desperate Dean prays for help from any nearby angel, but most of the recently exiled angels are not disposed to help the Winchesters. Castiel finds himself in Longmont, Colorado, and struggles with his new circumstances.The Road So Far plays to "Who do you love?" by George Thorogood and the Destroyers. Charlie reminds us that there is pretty much nothing the Winchesters can't do if they work together. Various scenes of shooting, beheading, and using a demon bomb. Kevin says "I figured out how to close the gates of Hell." Scenes of trying to complete the three trials are followed by friends and foes from season 8. Then we see the effects of the trials on Sam and the Men of Letters bunker. Metatron tells Castiel that Heaven needs his help.Naomi says hello to Castiel. Castiel is shown beating Dean and protecting the angel tablet. Crowley says, "I deserve to be loved." The events of "Sacrifice" (S08, E23) play out, including the attempt to cure Crowley, Abaddon being burnt with holy oil, Naomi's death, Metatron's theft of Castiel's Grace, Dean stopping Sam from closing the gates of Hell, and the shower of falling angels.NOW Dean and Sam are driving down a road in the Impala. Dean explains to Sam that Sam is dying. The scene changes to show Sam in a hospital bed with Dean sitting beside him.The Teaser ends with a burst, and the Title Sequence plays, with burning wings and a high-pitched whine.Dr. Lewis reviews Sam's injuries with Dean. He explains that Sam is in a coma, and that he expects Sam will die. Seeing no other option, Dean enters the hospital chapel and prays to Castiel. After no answer, a desperate Dean sends out an open prayer asking for help from any angel. A man eating breakfast with his family, another man getting off a bus, and a farmer in his field all hear Dean's prayer, stop what they are doing, and leave.Dean and Sam are back in the Impala, and Dean is explaining to Sam that they are not really in this car but instead are in Sam's mind. Sam realizes that this Dean represents the part of Sam who does not want to die, but when this Dean can not come up with a plan for fighting death, Sam questions whether he should fight death. Bobby Singer appears in the back of the Impala and agrees that Sam has a point about accepting death.Castiel is walking along a road in a forest in Colorado. He hears a high-pitched whine followed by many voices talking as a pickup truck drives up the road. Castiel has to leap to the side to avoid being hit by the truck. Castiel scrapes the palm of his hand when he lands on the side of the road and is surprised to feel pain. The driver gets out of the truck and asks Castiel if he is okay. Castiel answers honestly that he heard angels, and the driver believes Castiel is ill and offers him a lift.Back in the Impala of Sam's mind, Dean and Bobby continue to argue until a frustrated Bobby teleports Sam and himself to a forest where they can talk without Dean.The pickup truck pulls up beside Longs Peak Service Station to let Castiel out. The driver gives Castiel some cash for the phone and a sandwich, and Castiel races over to the pay phone, which is currently being used by a large biker. Castiel tells the biker to hang up because it is an emergency. When the biker refuses to do so, Castiel taps the biker on the head with 2 fingers and seems perplexed that this has no effect. The biker tells Castiel that he is going to finish his call and then stab Castiel. As Castiel walks away, a young woman call out to Castiel. She is Hael, an angel who recognizes Castiel.A grief counselor, Kim Schortz, enters Sam's room to talk to Dean, and Dean mistakes her for an angel. The counselor tries to make Dean accept Sam's death, but only makes Dean realize that if no angels are responding to his prayer he better find a new plan. Dean goes out to the parking lot planning to make a deal with Crowley, the King of Hell, who is stashed in the trunk of the Impala after Sam's attempt to cure him. Before Dean opens the trunk, the angel who had been eating breakfast with his family appears behind Dean with his blade at Dean's throat. When Dean will not tell the angel where Castiel is, the angel starts slamming Dean's head against the trunk of the Impala. The angel who was getting off the bus appears and catches the other angel's arm before he can stab Dean with the angel blade arguing angels should show compassion. The two angels fight, but the angel who had defended Dean is getting beaten pretty soundly, as he was injured during the fall. Dean stabs and kills the angel who attacked him with the dropped angel blade. Dean asks the angel who helped him who he is, but before he can answer the bloodied angel passes out.Castiel sits with Hael next to the gas pump, and she realizes Castiel has lost his Grace. Hael is upset about losing the order and purpose of Heaven, but Castiel tells her she should take the opportunity to explore free will and asks her what she wants to do. Hael thinks about this, and says she would like to visit a grand canyon she built when she was last on earth. Castiel agrees to go with her to the Grand Canyon.When the injured angel wakes up, he finds Dean has encircled him in burning holy oil. He says that his name is Ezekiel and that he believes in Castiel and the Winchesters. Ezekiel offers to help Dean.Sam and Bobby are walking through a forest in Sam's mind. Bobby argues that Sam has already done so much and should be proud of his legacy. Bobby says Sam needs to stop fighting.Ezekiel puts his hand on Sam's chest trying to heal him, but says Sam is very weak. Dean's cell phone rings, and he steps out to talk to Castiel. Castiel tells Dean that Metatron tricked him, and Dean tells Castiel that Sam is dying. When Dean asks why Castiel did not answer his prayers, Castiel tells Dean Metatron took his Grace. Castiel also tells Dean that Ezekiel is a good soldier and should be able to look after them until Castiel can arrive in a few days. Dean tells Castiel it is too dangerous to come and tells him to go to the bunker. The hospital starts to shake as an angel without a vessel circles above. Dean hangs up and goes back to Sam's room. Ezekiel says they have to leave, but Dean says Sam will die if they move him. Instead Dean covers the walls of the hospital room with wards to protect against angels. When more angels arrive, Dean tells Ezekiel to save Sam and not let anyone in the room but himself. Dean walks into the hallway as the windows of the hospital break. Dean pulls the fire alarm ordering everyone out of the hospital.Castiel explains to Hael that he needs to go see his friends alone. She begs Castiel to help her, but Castiel says she can do this herself. When Castiel turns away, Hael hits him on the head with a wooden plank and knocks him out. Castiel wakes up in the passenger seat of Hael's car. Hael is driving with her angel sword in her lap. She explains that she would be lost without Castiel. Her current vessel will not contain her much longer, and she wants to possess Castiel.The grief counselor, Kim Schortz, is lying on the ground covered in glass. Dean helps her up. He sees the farmer who is possessed by an angel walking towards them with his angel sword out. Dean raises his own angel sword and tells Kim to get behind him. She punches him, turns him around, and lifts Dean off the ground by his neck.In Sam's mind, Bobby tells him everything he needs is in the cabin that is ahead of them on the trail in the forest. Then Bobby is stabbed in the back by Dean. Bobby collapses, and his body disappears. This time when Sam asks Dean what his plan is, Dean punches Sam and says his plan is to fight. But Sam taps Dean on the cheek and says he is sorry, but he wants to die. Dean fades into nothing, and Sam walks toward the cabin. A figure is standing in front of the fireplace. The figure turns around, and it is Death who says he has been waiting for Sam.The 2 angels drag a bloodied Dean down the hallway of the hospital. The angel possessing Kim says she will skin Sam in front of Dean unless he tells them where Castiel is. The demon possessing the farmer breaks a glass case and removes a fire axe he uses to start breaking down the door to Sam's room. Dean says he will tell them where Castiel is, if they answer a question. He asks the angels, "If Heaven is locked, then where do you go when I do this?" He then slams his palm on an angel banishing sigil drawn in his own blood on the floor, and the 2 angels disappear in a flash of light.Dean enters Sam's room and finds the telemetry alarms sounding. Ezekiel says it too late and there are no good options for healing Sam. Dean demands to know what the bad options are. When Ezekiel suggest he may be able to heal Sam if he possesses him, Dean refuses knowing Sam would rather die. However, when Ezekiel starts to leave so that Dean can be alone with Sam before he dies, Dean reconsiders and asks Ezekiel to show him how far gone Sam is. Ezekiel places one hand on Sam's head and the other hand on Dean's head. Dean sees Sam talking to Death in Sam's mind. Sam asks Death if he can promise that Sam's death will be final with no way to revoke it, and Death says he can do that. Dean emerges realizing Sam does not have much time.Castiel notices that Hael is not wearing her seat belt. He fastens his own seat belt, and then grabs the steering wheel causing the car to crash against a cement blockade. Hael is thrown through the windshield. She is lying beside the road covered in blood and glass with her legs bent at sickening angles, clearly broken. Castiel gets out of the car and picks up the angel sword. Castiel tells her he does want to hurt and will devote himself to helping her and the other fallen angels. Hael says the angels do not want his help, but want him dead. She proposes that together she can protect him and threatens that if Castiel does not say yes to allowing her to possess him, she will tell all the other angels where he is through angel radio. Castiel plunges the angel sword through her chest and kills Hael.Dean is now willing to consider Ezekiel's plan, and Ezekiel explains he would heal Sam as he heals himself and then leave. However, Dean knows Sam would never say yes to Ezekiel. Ezekiel suggests Sam would say yes to Dean. Back in Sam's mind Sam is walking away with Death, when Dean appears and says he has a plan. Dean begs him to let him in and let him help. At Dean's insistence, Sam finally says yes. Dean then reaches out to Sam as he transforms into Ezekiel with glowing blue eyes, and the room is flooded in white light with a high pitched whine. Dean and Ezekiel in Sam's body take off leaving Ezekiel's former vessel in a confused state in the hospital room. Ezekiel says he can erase Sam's memories of the hospital and dying, but that Sam can not know about his presence inside Sam. Dean objects saying this is too big, but Ezekiel explains that if Sam does not accept this he can eject Ezekiel in his weakened state and Sam would die. Dean agrees to keep this secret from Sam while Ezekiel heals Sam.Castiel walks into a laundromat, and takes off his blood stained suit and trench coat. He puts his clothes in a washing machine and stands in his white boxers. As he starts to put his quarters in the machine, he looks over to a vending machine and a basket of clothes. We see him leaving the laundromat in clothes stolen from the laundry basket and a bottle of water. His suit and trench coat are left behind.Sam wakes up in the Impala as Dean is driving through the night. Sam does not remember anything since the angels fell when they were at the church a day ago. Dean tells Sam he knew he would pull through and that he believes Sam is capable of anything. Sam reminds Dean they have work to do.
Dean was once again ready to make a deal with anyone to save Sam, despite knowing how his prior deal lead to breaking the first seal and the Apocalypse. Lampshaded by Bobby.
Bobby in Sam's mind: Oh, you mean like the way one of you idjits does some bass-ackwards crazy thing to beat death, like sell your soul?
Dean is also fairly easily convinced to keep a major secret from Sam, despite how secrets between the brothers have backfired in the past and Dean's own anger at Sam for keeping the secret of drinking demon blood in season 4 or returning from the pit without a soul in season 6.
All Bikers Are Hells Angels: The biker on the pay phone has a navy bandanna tied around his head, a beard, and is wearing a t-shirt showing a skeleton and a vest with embroidered patches. Instead of actual gang symbols, one patch with wings says "Biker Hardcore Baby" and another patch with wings says "Live to Bike".
Always Save Sam: Dean's priorities are clear. Sam is more important than everything else.
Dean in Sam's mind: Angels aren't our problem right now, okay? Or demons, or Metatron, or whatever the hell happened to Cas.
Antiquated Linguistics: Ezekiel tends to use old fashioned sounding words like "entangling" and quaint phrasing like "did me no favors" which goes well with Tahmoh Penikett's soft spoken Yukon accent. Jared Padalecki copies this when he also plays Ezekiel.
When the doctor talks to Dean, Dean is looking at an MRI of a brain and an MRI of a knee hanging on the lightbox. An MRI of the brain may help determine the cause of a coma, but it is hard to understand why an MRI of the knee would be performed on a patient who is in a coma. An x-ray of an injured limb would be performed to evaluate for fracture, especially if fat embolism is suspected as a cause for coma.
Inhaling very hot gas or swallowing a chemical could result in internal burns without external burns, and this likely would cause damage which could be seen on an MRI. However without a history suggesting this type of injury, there would be no indication to perform an MRI of the body, and it is doubtful that a burn injury could be distinguished from other more likely conditions causing damage and inflammation, like infection.
Dr. Lewis: The MRI shows massive internal burns affecting many of the major organs.
Sam has a single IV, blood pressure cuff, cardiac telemetry, and a nasal cannula for oxygen. A comatose patient◊ is typically on a ventilator and has a nasogastric tube and a foley catheter. Cooling devices which induce hypothermia are used to treat oxygen deprivation to the brain. Many patients also have EEG and ICP monitoring and central lines.
We never see a nurse or nursing aid in Sam's room despite the fact that he is critically ill.
The grief counselor says she know how to read an EEG. In Real Life it would be highly unlikely for a counselor to read EEG recordings. Even most physicians do not know how to read EEG recordings. Usually only neurologists with training in this area read EEG recordings.
Whiteboards in patient rooms follow certain templates to improve communication often including the day and date, provider names, and goal for the day. It would be unusual to see "Check vital signs every hour" such as appears scrawled on the board in Sam's room.
When the alarms on the monitor sound, Sam's heart rate is 149, blood pressure is 191/137, oxygen saturation is 95%, respiratory rate is 25, and the temperature is 98.6. The problem with this is without a pulse oximeter, central line, foley catheter, or esophageal/rectal thermometer probe, it is unclear how the oxygen saturation, respiratory rate, and temperature were being monitored.
An Axe to Grind: The angel who possesses a farmer uses a fire ax to smash through the door to Sam's room.
The Atoner: Castiel wants to help the fallen angels, but they don't want his help.
Castiel: I didn't want to hurt any of them. I want to help you. I will devote my life to helping you all.
Hael: Do you know how ridiculous you sound? Help angels? After what you did? They don't want your help, Castiel. They want your head.
Bad Vibrations: The rippling saline in the IV bag, when the angel looking for a vessel arrives at the hospital.
Bavarian Fire Drill: Dean pulls the fire alarm and tells everyone to get out of the hospital when the angels arrive.
Hael: There's a place. I built it when I was last here—many years ago. A grand canyon.
Castiel:The Grand Canyon, yes.
Beware the Nice Ones: Hael, who is sometimes called the angel of kindness, turns out to have an agenda.
Bland-Name Product: A vending machine contains items such as BigCatnote KitKat chocolate bars and Whizzersnote Twizzlers.
Blood from the Mouth: Ezekiel after the fight with the other angel. Sam in his mind after Dean punches him. Dean after the two angels in the hospital beat him up.
Body Surf: Hael's vessel will not contain her, and she wants Castiel's body for a vessel. Ezekiel moves from his original vessel to Sam.
Hael: We're going to become more than just friends, Castiel. We're going to become one.
Book Ends: The teaser opens with Sam and Dean driving through the night in the Impala. The final scene is the same, but the opening scene was not real and only happened in Sam's mind.
Brand X: The Longs Peak Service Station has a picture of a bear surrounded by the words "Gas" and "Oil" on the pumps. The signs are decorated with pictures of bears and pine trees, and there are hubcaps and antlers on the side of the building.
Broken Angel: Ezekiel is weak and claims to have been injured in the fall.
Chekhov's Gag: Dean asks the grief counselor, Kim Schortz, if she is an angel when she first enters Sam's room. Later, when Dean tries to help her up, she attacks him as she has been possessed by an angel.
Christmas Creep: The fence next to the driveway at address 28525 across from Longs Peak Service Station is covered in Christmas lights.
Clothing Damage: Now that Castiel can't fix his clothes with angel mojo, he enters a Laundromat to wash his bloodied clothing. Of course, since he has only one set of clothes, this involves a stripping scene.
Coincidental Broadcast: The television in Sam's hospital room shows an image of streaks of light falling through the sky in different locations and has a banner reading "Global Meteor Shower" with the tag KSFZ Channel 19 News.
Dr. Lewis says the coma is a protection mechanism, but then goes on to say that the continued trajectory is death.
Coma also appears to be confounded with brain death with the doctor suggesting the machines will keep him alive, but Sam will technically be dead. The problem with that is that Sam is not attached to any machines that are keeping him alive. He is breathing on his own. So he is not brain dead, and it is unclear what generates the pessimism expressed by the hospital staff.
Description Cut: In the Impala of Sam's mind, Dean explains that he is in the front seat and Bobby is in the back seat because Sam agrees with Dean. Then the close up on Dean switches to a wide shot of the Impala showing Bobby crammed in between Sam and Dean in the front seat.
Dean in Sam's mind: Well, I'm in the front seat because Sam put me here because he wants to fight. Right?
Bobby in Sam's mind:[appears in between Sam and Dean] Well...that just got real uncomfortable.
Dean:[praying] Cas, you there? Sammy's hurt—he's hurt pretty bad. And I know that you think that I am pissed at you. But I don't care that the angels fell. So whatever you did, or didn't do, we'll work it out. Please man, I need you here.
Feel No Pain: The loss of this characteristic is one of the first things Castiel notices about his new state, when he scrapes his palm after jumping to the side of the road to avoid a pickup.
First Day from Hell: On Castiel's first day as a human, he is told one of his closest friends is dying, knocked out by a girl (resulting in a bleeding scalp laceration), involved in a car accident, forced to kill an injured sister who he wanted to help, repeatedly told that thousands of angry angels are trying to kill him, and has to leave behind his trench coat.
Geometric Magic: Dean covers the walls of the hospital room with wards to keep the angels out, but they weaken Ezekiel and he crosses some out. Dean also uses the angel-banishing sigil written in his own blood.
Sam: If youíre you, but youíre really me, and youíre the part of me that wants to fight to live.
Dean: Yes. I have no idea what you just said, but continue.
Hero Insurance: As soon as Dean is able, he hightails it out of the hospital. He leaves the hospital workers to deal with the Enochian wards on the walls, the broken glass, and the very confused former vessel of Ezekiel.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Dean stabs the angel who attacked him in the parking lot with the angel's own blade, and Castiel stabs Hael with her own blade.
Honor Before Reason: Castiel's first priority is calling Dean. When Castiel hears Sam is dying, he plans to find the Winchesters and do what he do to help, even though he knows this makes him more of a target for the other angels. He also believes he has to help his fallen brothers, even though many want to kill him.
Dean: No, Cas, I know you want to help, okay? I do, but helping angels is what got you in trouble in the first place. Now, I'm begging you—for once, look out for yourself. Until we figure out what the hell is going on, trust nobody.
Castiel: And do what? Just abandon them all?
Dean: Dammit, Cas. You hearing yourself? There's a war on, and it's on you.
Iconic Outfit: Castiel leaves his blood-splattered wardrobe in the laundromat, including his trench coat. He emerges wearing a T-shirt, light blue button-up shirt, maroon hoodie, and khakis.
In the Back: An angel appears behind Dean, and places his blade at Dean's throat. Later, Dean stabs this angel with his own blade from behind. In Sam's mind, Dean stabs Bobby in the back.
Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: The angel in the parking lot holds his blade to Dean's throat and slams him down against the Impala's trunk, and when Dean does not tell him where Castiel is, the angel bangs Dean's head against the trunk.
Angel: If you lie to me, Dean Winchester, I will rip your throat out. Where is Castiel?
Dean: Who's asking?
Angel: Try every angel who was ejected from their home.
Sam:[to Death] I need to know one thing. If I go with you, can you promise that this time it will be final? I mean, if Iím dead, I stay dead. Nobody can reverse it, nobody can deal it away, and nobody else can get hurt because of me.
Meaningful Name: Ezekiel means "God strengthens" and was a Hebrew prophet and priest who had a vision of God surrounded by cherubim and the destruction of the temple while living in exile in Babylon. The angel Ezekiel plans to strengthen Sam, and the angels have been exiled from Heaven.
Metaphorically True: When Hael asks Castiel how the angels fell from Heaven, he says he does not know.
Hael: It was a normal day, and then just...dark. And then I was just...falling. How could that happen?
Mickey Mousing: The fast-paced "Who do you love?" by George Thorogood and the Destroyers punctuates the action in The Road So Far. Some of the lyrics also complement the scenes, with the lyrics "I don't mind dying" playing as Sam struggles to complete the third trial. Crowley's line "I deserve to be loved" seems like an answer to the refrain of "Who do you love?"
Missing Time: Ezekiel's vessel finds himself in a hospital room with no idea how he got there. Sam wakes up in the Impala, and the last thing he remembers is the angels falling when they were at the church one day ago.
Nuclear Family: One of the angels took a father as a vessel, and we first see him in a suit and tie eating breakfast (cereal, fruit, and orange juice) with his beautiful wife, son, and daughter (who is doing homework as she eats). While the family at first appears ideal, we then notice that none of them are talking, his daughter is wearing headphones, and his wife doesn't see him leave because she is texting.
Out-of-Character Alert: Death is more complimentary than is typical for him and does not eat any junk food, which supports the argument that he is a figment of Sam's imagination rather than actual Death.
Ezekiel: I heard your prayer, and I am here to help. [eyes close and he drops to the ground]
Power Glows: The banishing sigil glows with reddish-white light when Dean slaps his palm on it, and the two angels disappear in the light. When Ezekiel possesses Sam, the room is flooded in white light.
Questionable Consent: Sam says "yes" to Ezekiel helping him, but thinks he is talking to Dean and does not know what the "help" entails.
Ezekiel:[as Dean] Sam, listen to me. I made you a promise in that church. You and me, come whatever. Well, hell, if this ain't whatever...but you got to let me in, man. You got to let me help. There ain't no me if there ain't no you.
Radiograph Of Doom: The MRI films hanging on the light box in Sam's room include some sagittal T1 images of a brain, which appear normal, and an MRI of a knee. Despite that, Dr. Lewis says the MRI showed "massive internal burns affecting many of the major organs" and that Sam is dying. Interestingly, an abnormal MRI of the brain appears later hanging on the lightbox behind the angel possessing Kim Schortz when she attacks Dean. This MRI appears to show a large enhancing extracerebral right frontal mass, which is likely a meningioma.
Hael: They will hunt you. Until their last breath, they will seek revenge on the angel that did this, who destroyed Heaven. They will seek a vengeance on you that will make God striking down Lucifer seem like child's play.
SchrŲdinger's Butterfly: It is unclear whether Death and his promises to Sam are real or just a figment of Sam's imagination. Bobby seems to be a figment, but could actually be Bobby as Spirit Advisor.
Screen Shake: In the hospital, when the angel looking for a vessel arrives.
In Sam's mind Bobby and later Death congratulate Sam as part of the argument that it is okay to give into death.
Bobby in Sam's mind: All the good you've done? All the people you've saved? All the sacrifices you've made? You've saved the world, son. How many people can say that? How many people can say that they have left this God-forsaken hunk of dirt that much a better place? What you call dying, I call leaving a legacy.
Dean gives his own version of this speech once Sam is out of danger, likely to justify his actions.
Dean: I meant what I said at the church. Youíre capable of anything, Sam. And hell if you didn't prove me right.
Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious: Now that all angels have been expelled from Heaven, they are searching for anyone who hails from a bloodline that can serve as a vessel, like the Winchesters.
Symbiotic Possession: Ezekiel possesses Sam in order to heal Sam while healing himself. He says he will leave when Sam is healed and Sam will not be aware of this.
Ezekiel: Mutual benefit, I suppose. I heal Sam while healing myself.
Talk to the Fist: In Sam's mind, this is Dean's answer to Sam's demand for a plan.
Sam: Really? Then what's your plan, Dean?
Dean in Sam's mind: My plan? [punches Sam] My plan is to fight! [pushes Sam and hits him again] My plan is to try! My plan [punches Sam again] is to give a damn! Are you telling me there's nothing? Huh? You telling me there's nothing to fight for, that there's nothing to hope for?!
Technopath: Ezekiel silences the monitor alarms by waving his hand.
Telepathy: Ezekiel allows Dean and himself to enter Sam's mind.
Teleportation: In Sam's mind Bobby grabs Sam's shoulder and transports them from the Impala to a forest, in the same manner that angels can teleport people.
Throat Light: When Dean stabs the angel fighting with Ezekiel and when Castiel stabs Hael.
Title Drop: Hael comes close to saying the title when she says, "You were right, Castiel. With us together, I think I could learn to like it here."
Dean: And the next time we see Naomi or Metatron or whoever is to blame for this, we will get some justice, but for right now, we got to fight this, man.
Sam: Okay. All right, what's the plan?
Dean: I'm working on it.
Sam: What does that mean? I'm kind of dying here, apparently.
Vancouver Doubling: The scenes in the forest in Sam's mind and the scenes in Colorado were shot near Mount Seymour. The scenes in the hospital and in the Impala were shot on the sound stage.
Villains Blend in Better: The fallen angels who have taken vessels already seem to have adapted to their new positions fairly well, despite it being less than 24 hours after getting locked out of Heaven.
Walking the Earth: Ezekiel was getting off a bus with a backpack, but when he heard Dean's prayer, he got back on the bus.
Weirdness Censor: All of Heaven's angels falling to earth is explained away as a meteor shower.
Sam: This makes no sense. I mean how many angels fell—hundreds, thousands? And nobody sees anything? This is...look at this. They're calling it a meteor shower. Seriously?
Willing Channeler: Angels must get permission before they possess a vessel. Hael begs and then threatens Castiel for his permission. Ezekiel poses as Dean to get Sam's permission.
Window Pain: During the fight, Ezekiel is thrown against a parked car and smashes the side window.
Wipe The Floor With You: Dean is dragged down the hospital hallway by the angels possessing the farmer and the grief counselor.
A World Half Full: Earth is in a chaotic state, full of fallen angels with the gates to Hell still open, but the Winchesters believe the can still make a difference.
Sam: We've got a major freaking crapfest on our hands. Thousands of super-powered dicks touching down and we got no idea where to start.
Wounded Gazelle Gambit: The angel possessing the grief counselor lies among the broken glass on the floor. Dean helps her up, and when he turns his back on her, she punches him and lifts him into the air by his neck.