Angelic Possession: Reverend Buddy Boyle encourages his viewers to "let 'em on in and fill yourself up with their grace", while Sam remains occupied by Ezekiel.
Anger Born of Worry: Dean's visibly distraught after seeing Cas get fatally stabbed, then Ezekiel resurrecting him. His first reaction resembles someone comforting a severely ill or injured child, then he straightens up and glares.
Antiquated Linguistics: While Batholomew typically uses modern phrases, often responding with a "sure" or "terrific", he uses more formal language when talking to Buddy about God, perhaps to be more convincing.
Bartholomew: I have to say God has personally assured me that he is highly pleased with your work. He prepareth a special reward for helping him populate a true heaven on earth.
Reverend Buddy Boyle: Well, between you and me, it's practically reward enough being one of the few humans of all time to get actual orders from an angel. But if he prepareth, I am honored.
Ask a Stupid Question...: While Cas is trying to convince April not to kill him since he might be useful, she asks if he's trying to negotiate with her.
Badass in a Nice Suit: The two angels who attacks the priests in the teaser and Bartholomew have recovered enough from the fall to dress their vessels in well fitted suits, looking more like the heavenly host we are used to seeing in Supernatural.
Because You Were Nice to Me: Implied to be the reason Cas goes home with April. She finds him picking through the trash outside the restaurant where she works, takes pity on him and gives him her lunch, leaving him visibly stunned by her kindness. When she gets out from work hours later, he's huddled against the wall, soaked from the rain and waiting for her.
Being Human Sucks: Essentially the theme of this episode. Between the season premiere and now, Castiel has had to learn to deal with hunger, cold, sleep and humans' thoroughly inconvenient need to empty their bladders from time to time. Having to constantly stay on the run from angels who want his head on a pike doesn't help.
The Big Board: They once again use the world map in the War Room of the bunker as a table on which to eat.
Dean: Let's see. There's Cas, who I told to haul ass here. That was days ago. He's still out there. Um, there's you.
Big Damn Heroes: Subverted. Sam and Dean burst into April's apartment as Castiel tries to talk her out of killing him. Neither strategy works: the moment April sees the Winchesters, she rams Cas's angel blade into his stomach, right up to the hilt.
Blatant Lies: Bartholomew tells Rev. Boyle that God has personally assured him of a reward for helping to create Heaven on Earth. As anyone who watched Season 5 would remember, God has been MIA since long before the show's beginning.
Bloodstained Glass Windows: The light of an angel's grace pours through the two stained glass windows beside Reverend Boyle's desk, and when the young woman is unable to contain this grace, her blood and bits of tissue splatter across the room and the stained glass windows.
Boyish Short Hair: The female angel in the gray suit who addresses the priests in the teaser.
Creepy Monotone: Ezekiel rarely stresses syllables when he talks and has a lack of prosody.
Crucified Hero Shot: As the angel's grace enters the young woman, she spread her arms out and throws her head backwards.
Crystal Ball: Bartholomew is not only holding the Villain Ball this episode, but during Reverend Boyle's sermon he is playing with a small crystal sphere, which the Reverend seems to use as paperweight.
Dramatic Irony: Castiel being told by April that he looks like he's "been to hell and back". Subverted, as she already knows this.
Dean and Sam demand to know whether Naomi's the one sending Reapers out to hunt Castiel. Maurice informs them she's dead.
Any time Sam mentions angels needing permission to take on a vessel.
Decoy Leader: Rev. Buddy Boyle is the public face for Bartholomew's operation.
Eye Scream: The two murdered priests had their eyes scorched out with Tears of Blood. The woman who attempted to be an angel's vessel develops Tears of Blood before her eye pop out of her orbits, and the rest of her body explodes. The homicide report on Gloria Lewellen Jacobson in Longmont, Colorado, says her "eyes were missing, burnt as if blown out".
God Guise: Bartholomew presents himself as an emissary of God and says he personally speaks to God.
Good Ol' Boy: Reverend Boyle goes by Buddy and has a southern accent.
Gory Discretion Shot: The blood and bits of tissue which splatted across the room when the young woman explodes. Much of this covers Reverend Buddy Boyle.
Genius Ditz: Castiel may still have the knowledge of an Angel of the Lord, but struggles with everyday tasks, such as daily grooming. He squeezes toothpaste on to his tongue instead of using a toothbrush.
Glory Hound: Reverend Buddy Boyle named his show Goin' For Glory Hour and is willing to sacrifice his followers in order to get his special reward from God.
Glowing Eyes: Sam's eyes glow blue when Ezekiel appears and disappears.
Good Old Ways: Dean drinks tea poured from a silver tea pot in a china mug while wearing his monogrammed bathrobe in the opening scene.
Healing Factor: Ezekiel tells Dean that Sam is getting better because of Ezekiel's possession.
Ezekiel: And he does feel better. A work in progress, of course, but I am slowly healing him.
Held Gaze: Ezekiel has the same habit of holding Dean's gaze in an unblinking stare which Castiel has.
Hollywood Hacking: Sam searches the Longmont Police Database with no difficulty. A box says "Firewall bypassed" in the command shell, and he has a scanned in homicide report which is typed and signed.
Holy Halo: Reverend Buddy Boyle preaches in front of a backdrop showing clouds with rays of light shooting out around his head.
Iconic Outfit: In the opening scene, Sam is wearing his dark coat,blue/grey plaid shirt, and jeans, while Dean is wearing a black t-shirt and the gray bathrobe with initials embroidered on the pocket, which he found in the bunker. When Dean gets dressed he wears his dark blue shirt unbuttoned over a black t-shirt and jeans.
Interplay of Sex and Violence: After patching up the slash on Cas's arm, April massages his shoulder to work out the knots. Cas confesses he's new to hunger, cold and loneliness, to which April responds he's not alone and kisses him on the cheek, then on the mouth. The camera pans up from their increasingly passionate kiss to the rain on the window behind them, romantic flute music plays… and Maurice howls in pain at the same moment.
Meaningful Name: The angel Bartholmew claims to be spreading the word of God and is convincing people to allow the angels to possess their bodies. In Real Life, Batholomew was described as one of Jesus' apostles who spread his teachings. One tradition states Batholomew was martyred by being flayed alive, which has been depicted in art by showing the apostle holding his own skin like a discarded vessel.
Milking the Giant Cow: Reverend Boyle uses a lot of hand gestures during his sermon, twice throwing his hands up in the air.
Missing Time: Sam is unaware when Ezekiel takes over his body, but Sam must wonder why he keeps having episodes of lost time.
Morning Routine: While Dean is drinking tea in his bathrobe, Sam has already been out for a run, watched the sunrise, and brings Dean bacon and eggs in a take-out container.
New Era Speech: Reverend Boyle's sermon is a Rousing Speech complete with emphatic hand gestures and a dramatic backdrop, which claims we are living in "that most sacred of times" and there is nothing to fear from inviting in the angels.
Oh Crap: Dean and Sam's reaction when they see all the places on Earth where Rev. Boyle's ministry reaches.
Orifice Invasion: The angel enters the young woman's mouth when she volunteers to be a vessel.
Pop Goes the Human: This occurs when there is too much grace in a young woman who is not meant to be an angelic vessel. In addition, the cops in Longmont, Colorado, said Gloria Lewellen Jacobson died as "if the girl was blasted from the inside out".
Power at a Price/Utopia Justifies the Means: Reverend Buddy Boyle is willing to sacrifice his followers to obtain his reward from God and realize the plan of the angels, but does truly believe he is doing God's work.
Psychic Link: Ezekiel shares the chatter he has heard on Angel Radio about a group of angels organizing to get vessels, who are searching for Castiel.
Saintly Church: St. Anne's Cathedral has a homeless shelter and work program to help the community. A sign in the Emory Park Shelter says, "ATTENTION NO VIOLENCE IN THE SHELTER. Racism, Sexism, Homophobia & Transphobia are forms of violence." The news report on the deaths of the priests says the shelter program helps about 100 people in need and that prior to the death's of the priests there had been no violent incidents in the 100 year history of St. Anne's Cathedral.
Scam Religion: Bartholomew perverts Reverend Buddy Boyle's television ministry to serve his own purpose.
Sharing a Body: Ezekiel takes over when he wants to talk to Dean or acts to [resurrect Castiel, but the rest of the time Sam is in control of his body. Sam is unaware of this, but Dean has trouble adjusting.
Dean after Sam continues the conversation from the point prior to Ezekiel taking control: I'm gonna get whiplash.
Smug Snake: Bartholomew in every one of his appearances.
Spit Take: Dean nearly has one upon Castiel's announcement that he had sex.
Stern Chase: Castiel keeps moving on, trying to stay ahead of the angels.
Stock Sound Effects: The crickets chirping when the priests are walking outside in the evening, the siren as we see the outside of St. Anne's Shelter for Men, and the squeaking gate to the cemetery at the cathedral.
Superior Species: Reverend Boyle seems to truly believe the angels are divine forces for good.
The Thing That Would Not Leave: The priests at St. Anne's Cathedral are expecting Monsignor Cassidy for dinner and mass, but the older priest says the Monsignor "can be a pain" and wants "everybody on their toes".