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1[floatboxright: ²Previous: Recap/SupernaturalS05E12SwapMeat\²Next: Recap/SupernaturalS05E14MyBloodyValentine]²²'''[[Recap/{{Supernatural}} Recap]] of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'''''\²'''Season 5, Episode 13'''²²!The Song Remains The Same²²->'''Michael:''' The one unimportant little man. What makes you think you get to choose?²->'''Dean:''' Because I got to believe that I can choose what I do with my... unimportant little life.²->'''Michael:''' You're wrong. You know how I know? Think of a million random acts of chance that let John and Mary be born, to meet, to fall in love, to have the two of you. Think of the million random choices that you make--and yet how each and every one of them brings you closer to your destiny. Do you know why that is? Because it's not random. It's not chance. It's a plan that is playing itself out perfectly. Free will's an illusion, Dean. That's why you're going to say yes.²²Written by Sera Gamble and Nancy Weiner.²²Directed by Steve Boyum.²²Air Date: February 4, 2010.²²The ex-fallen angel Anna has escaped from her prison in Heaven and is planning on killing Sam in order to prevent the Apocalypse. She calls Sam and Dean and asks them to meet her, but instead of the brothers encounters Castiel, who doesn't believe she actually escaped, thinks she was instead was let go, and suspects there is something she is not telling them. Anna seems very evasive and disappears without revealing her plans beyond "killing Sam". Later, Castiel meets up with the Winchesters and tells them that Anna has traveled back in time to stop Mary and John Winchester from conceiving Sam. The three also travel to the past, which weakens Castiel considerably. When knocking at their parents' door, Mary recognizes Dean from his earlier visit and tells them to leave immediately, suspecting something bad is bound to happen. John, however, is thrilled to meet "relatives" from Mary's side of the family and invites them in. Anna poses as John's employer and calls him at home, telling him to come to the garage he works at. After arriving there, he is attacked by Anna. The brothers and Mary come to rescue him, and Sam is able to drive Anna out of the building by using a magical sigil. They flee to a shelter, where Dean has a talk with Mary, in which he reveals that he and Sam are her sons and that she has to leave John in order to prevent her sons from being born. Suddenly, Anna and an earlier Uriel rush into the house, attacking the Winchesters, and Anna kills Sam. Just as Anna is about to kill Mary, the Archangel Michael, having possessed John's body, enters the room and burns Anna to death. He reveals that Cain and Abel are the brothers' ancestors and that their destiny as Michael and Lucifer's True Vessels has been set since those ancient times. He then revives Sam, erases Mary and John's memory, and sends the brothers back to their time.²²Should not be confused with the Music/LedZeppelin song (even if the episode is named after it). Should not be confused with the ''Series/{{Revolution}}'' episode "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E13TheSongRemainsTheSame The Song Remains The Same]]". Should not be confused with the trope TheSongRemainsTheSame. Should not be confused with the {{Rockumentary}} ''Film/TheSongRemainsTheSame''.²²!!Body count²For this episode = 1 human and 1 angel (Sam also dies, but only temporarily).²²For the series so far = At least 356 humans (of which 6 were witches), 55 demons, 33 ghosts, 11 vampires, 9 hellhounds, 6 changelings, 5 angels, 4 gods, 3 shapeshifters, 3 zombies, 2 ghouls, 2 werewolves, 2 dogs, 1 crocotta, 1 djinn, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 reaper, 1 rugaru, 1 shtriga, 1 siren, 1 wendigo, and 1 wraith.²------------²!!Tropes:²* ActionGirl: Despite [[RetiredBadass being done with hunting]], Mary clearly hasn't lost a step since [[Recap/SupernaturalS04E03InTheBeginning "In The Beginning" (S04, E03)]].²* ApologeticAttacker: Although it doesn't stop her, Anna regrets having to turn on her friends and kill good people for TheNeedsOfTheMany. In her second confrontation with Mary, Anna apologizes to the shell-shocked woman for what she's about to do.²* ArchangelMichael: Powerful enough to kill even angels with a touch.²* BackForTheDead: Anna was captured and put in Heaven's jail in "[[Recap/SupernaturalS04E21WhenTheLeveeBreaks When the Levee Breaks" (S04, E21)]], over half a season ago. She finally gets out in this episode--only to be killed by Michael.²* BackFromTheDead:²** John, Mary, and Uriel technically aren't dead yet in 1978, but they are in the present timeline. The one who calls Uriel in to help her is the one who killed him, no less!²** Also, Sam is killed by Anna, but is brought back by Michael.²* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: Anna certainly isn't as nice as she was ''before'' she got ass-reamed in Heaven. Though one could argue that she wasn't evil, just trying to do what she thought was right.²* BigDamnHeroes²* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: In Dean's dream--he starts watching a dark-haired devil girl, who is joined by a blonde angel stripper, then redheaded Anna appears to put a damper on things.²* BloodFromTheMouth: Castiel (due to the effects of time travel), Anna (due to time travel and later, having a crowbar jammed in her chest), and Sam (due to getting stabbed in the stomach).²* BodySnatcher: Michael possesses John.²* CainAndAbel:²** The {{Trope Namer}}s are name-dropped in the episode as Sam and Dean's ancestors, from whom they inherited their potential as Lucifer and Michael's vessels, respectively.²** Also, Michael himself shows up and announces that, despite how much he still loves Lucifer, he plans on killing him anyway because he believes that that's what God wants and because Lucifer is evil.²* CompoundInterestTimeTravelGambit: Dean jokingly suggests he and Sam stick around and buy some Microsoft stock. Sam notes that they might have to if Cas doesn't recover.²* ContemplatingYourHands: After he zaps himself back from the past, a disoriented Castiel holds up his right hand and stares at it, presumably reassuring himself that he in fact made it in one piece.²* ContinuityNod²* CrowbarCombatant: Unfortunately, it doesn't work that well on angels.²* CurbStompBattle: Michael shows up to save the Winchesters from Anna. Being a near-omnipotent archangel, he turns the lower angel into a piece of charcoal with a mere touch.²* DeaderThanDead: Anna plans on scattering Sam's cells across the universe after she kills him so that nobody will be able to find enough of Sam ''to'' resurrect.²** Ironically, Anna becomes this when Michael incinerates her along with her vessel.²* DeathIsCheap: Castiel's argument against killing Sam to stop Lucifer from using him as a vessel is that Sam will just be resurrected anyway. See Anna's counter-argument above. Castiel's point gets proven when Michael kills Anna and resurrects Sam before she has the opportunity to do what she said she would.²* DeathGlare: Since she doesn't want hunters around her house, Mary throws Sam and Dean a nasty one whenever John isn't looking. That ends when they tell her why they're there (to save her and John from an angel).²* DesignatedGirlFight: An awesome, brutal one between Mary and Anna. Male characters fight Anna, too, but it's her fight with Mary that gets the most screen-time and attention.²* DramaticIrony: Loads of this, up to and including the final line.²* DreamWalker: When Anna can't find Sam and Dean in real life due to the sigils Cas carved in them, she has to jump into Dean's dreams to talk to him. She's amused by [[EroticDream what]] she finds there.²* EroticDream: At the beginning of the episode, Dean is enjoying one about two strippers (one dressed as a devil and one as an angel) dancing for him, before Anna arrives and makes the strippers vanish.²-->'''Anna:''' This is...what you dream about.²-->''[{{Beat}}]''²-->'''Dean:''' ''[muttering]'' This is awkward.²* EvilIsPetty: Uriel is apparently really pissed off that Sam and Dean (supposedly) kill him in the future, because he takes great pleasure in killing off the Winchesters, even [[ForcedToWatch forcing Dean to watch]] Anna kill Dean's darling little Sammy.²* EvilRedhead: Anna becomes one in this episode.²* EyeScream: John's dead boss at the garage, suggesting that he either somehow saw Anna's true form or [[KickTheDog she killed him on purpose]].²* EyesNeverLie²* FlashStep: Anna uses this to good effect during the garage fight.²* {{Forgiveness}}: Sam finally gets to tell his dad that he forgives him for what he did to him and Dean, and that he loves him. John just doesn't know it, 'cause he doesn't know that ''he's'' Sam's dad.²* ForcedToWatch: [[{{Jerkass}} Uriel]] keeps Dean pinned helplessly in place and cruelly makes him watch as Anna attacks the other Winchesters and kills Sam.²* FriendshipMoment: Cas refuses to let Anna kill Sam because he's his friend.²* HeroKiller: Anna temporarily succeeds in her mission.²* HotAsHell:²-->'''Dean:''' I take it all back. I love the Devil.²* INeedAFreakingDrink: Sam and Dean after the episode's events.²* ImAManICantHelpIt: Dean's EroticDream.²* [[ImplacableMan Implacable Woman]]: Anna, especially when attacking the Winchesters at the garage.²* InTheBlood: Any member of Dean's bloodline can be Michael's vessel...including John.²* IronicEcho: Dean remembers Mary telling him "angels are watching over you" every night when she put him to bed. That line gets viewed in a much different, much darker light when she repeats it at the end of this episode.²* ItIsDehumanizing: Sam refers to Anna as an "it" at one point.²* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: Sam and Dean are willing to not born to avoid the Apocalypse, but Mary is already pregnant and Michael just doesn't care what they want.²* KidFromTheFuture: Sam and Dean for Mary.²* KillItWithFire: Michael burns Anna alive from the inside out with white-blue flames, leaving her as a smoldering skeleton that collapses into dust within seconds. All this, just by putting his hand on her shoulder.²* KilledOffForReal: Anna is killed by Michael.²* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Michael erases John and Mary's memories of their [[KidFromTheFuture Kids from the Future]], including Dean's warning to Mary of what will happen to her. This is done to ensure that the characters involved die without interference.²* LightIsNotGood: Angels in general, ''sans'' Cas. At first Michael seems like he might possibly another exception, but then he starts spouting off how YouCantFightFate. His status as just another dick is cemented when he wipes John and Mary's memories so that Mary will still get killed in the nursery.²* LookBothWays: Sam and Dean time-travel into the middle of a street and nearly get run over.²* LoveInterestTraitor: Anna plans on murdering the little brother of her one-night-stand, Dean. When Dean finds out, he compares her to Glenn Close in ''Film/FatalAttraction''.²* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Anna's like some demented Energizer Bunny--she takes a [[CrowbarCombatant crowbar]] to the heart and keeps on tickin'. All that happens is that she closes her eyes, reopens them, and gives Mary a look as she [[OpenHeartDentistry pulls the crowbar out]], [[BloodFromTheMouth her mouth now dripping blood]]. Played with in that since she's an angel, the injury really ''isn't'' that major for her.²** Played straight with Cas when he takes them back in time, severely weakening him.²--->'''Dean:''' Are you all right?²--->'''Castiel:''' I'm fine. I'm much better than I expected. ''(spits blood and passes out)''²* TheNeedsOfTheMany: Anna's justification for why they have to kill Sam is that it will stop the Apocalypse, saving the lives of six billion other people.²* NoTimeToExplain: When there ''is'' time to explain, Mary insists on one. It turns out to be TooMuchInformation.²* NotSoDifferent: Michael draws strong parallels to himself and his relationship with Lucifer to Dean and ''his'' relationship to Sam.²* ObliviousMockery: Sam's father deriding the kind of man who'd raise his sons to be hunters.²* OhCrap: Anna when she sees Michael, and Uriel when he realizes that Michael doesn't approve of what Anna told him to do.²* OpenHeartDentistry: Anna just pulls the crowbar out of her chest and seems barely--if at all--affected by it. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since she ''is'' an angel.²* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure: Castiel doesn't understand Dean's ''Film/FatalAttraction'' reference to how Anna has "[[PersonAsVerb gone Glenn Close]]". When Dean makes a [[Franchise/BackToTheFuture DeLorean reference]] to them traveling back in time, Castiel curtly informs him he doesn't know what that means either. When they're back in TheSeventies, where Anna plans to kill Sam and Dean's parents to prevent them from being born, Dean points out that they can't use ''Film/TheTerminator'' to explain things to Mom and Dad because that movie hasn't come out yet.²* PornStache: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by an amazed Sam.²* PregnantBadass: Mary, ''so much''. It's not immediately apparent, though, because she isn't that far along.²* RetiredBadass: John and Mary both count; one's fought in Vietnam as a Marine, the other was a hunter. They're married and settled down now, true, but you still don't want to screw with them (or, more specifically, their significant other).²* RippedFromThePhoneBook: Sam tears John and Mary's address out of the phone book while waiting for Dean outside the hotel.²* ShipSinking: Anna/Dean gets thoroughly sunk, with Dean being perfectly willing to kill her to protect [[TheNotLoveInterest Sam]].²* ShootTheDog: Anna goes after Sam, and later his parents, in attempt to stop the Apocalypse. She even apologizes for having to kill them.²* ShoutOut: "[[SixDegreesOfKevinBacon The six degrees of Heaven bacon]]".²** Several shout outs to ''Film/TheTerminator'':²*** The basic plot--time-traveler goes back in time to kill someone's parents before they're born.²*** Anna fakes someone's voice over the phone.²*** Anna gets impaled with a metal rod and pulls it out.²** Dean suggests that Castiel is like [[Franchise/BackToTheFuture a DeLorean without enough plutonium.]]²** When Sam asks Dean if Cas is all right, Dean says [[Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman "What do I look like—Dr. Angel, Medicine Woman?"]]²* SmitingEvilFeelsGood: Not that it need be ''evil'' for Uriel to feel good smiting it. Case-in-point:²-->'''Anna:''' I need you to kill some humans.\²'''Uriel:''' Always happy to do some smiting.²* StableTimeLoop: One possible explanation for the events of the episode.²* PsychicNosebleed: Anna and Castiel after time-traveling.²* TimeShiftedActor: John and Mary are played by the same actors from [[Recap/SupernaturalS04E03InTheBeginning "In The Beginning" (S04, E03)]], who played the characters as teenagers. Uriel as portrayed by Matt Ward may also be an example, though it's unclear whether he is possessing the same vessel but younger or a relative of his future vessel.²* [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend Violently Protective Wife]]: Mary is not happy with Anna luring John away and trying to kill him. She expresses her displeasure to Anna. With an ''angel sword''.²* WellDoneSonGuy: Michael explains his unquestioning loyalty to God's plan as his being a good son.²* WouldHitAGirl: None of the characters show any reluctance to kill Anna, regardless of her gender.²* WorfHadTheFlu: Castiel's time-traveling drains him, so he takes no part in events. Similarly, Anna is too weakened from time-travel to defeat all four Winchesters on her own, so she calls in this time's Uriel, who is still alive.²* YouCantFightFate: Because Michael says so, that's why.²* YouRemindMeOfX: Played with. When John insists on helping set up the angel wards, Dean says he reminds him of his father. Makes perfect sense, since John ''is'' his father.²----


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