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Episode 5

The Doomsday Option

While Adam discovers his dark powers, the Horsemen meet again to begin the Final Ride. Aziraphale begins his fight against the forces of Good, and Crowley begins his crusade against the forces of darkness.

Tropes That Appear In This Episode:


  • Abnormal Ammo: The Witch Finder gun can apparently shoot anything.
    Shadwell: Silver bullets.
    Aziraphale: That's werewolves.
    Shadwell: Garlic?
    Aziraphale: Vampires.
    Shadwell: ...bricks?
    Aziraphale: That should do nicely!
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  • And I Must Scream: Adam uses his powers to force his human friends to sit with him, listening to him talk about destroying everyone and everything they love, he takes away their mouths when he doesn't like what they have to say and then returns their mouths only to make them smile in uncomfortable rictus grins.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": The ghost of Ron Ormond (who's possessing Madam Tracy thanks to Aziraphale enabling him to do so) delivers one to his wife, after being fed up with how she never let him get a word in edgewise when he was alive and how she's now only contacting him to tell him about pointless gossip.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • Aziraphale tells Shadwell that the Antichrist has "oodles of nipples" to get him on-board.
    • When Newt tells Anathema that he's never had sex before, she claims she never would have known.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Crowley manages to drive through the wall of fire without discorporating because he imagined it that way.
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  • Demonic Possession: When Aziraphale considers going back to Earth without a body, it's pointed out he can't possess a human since he's not a demon. Except there's no reason he can't do that, since angels and demons are mostly the same at the core. He ends up in Madame Tracy.
  • The Determinator: Crowley manages to keep his burning car on fire running for at least a hundred miles through nothing but sheer force of will.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: Hastur devours everyone in the scam insurance office in the form of a colony of maggots after one of them frees him by calling Crowley's home-phone.
  • Glamour: The Horsemen appear to the military base's guard as US military officials.
  • Henpecked Husband: Apparently Ron Ormond was this in life, very clearly annoyed by his wife contacting him from beyond the grave to talk about pointless gossip and takes the chance to cathartically screams in her face.
    Ron Ormond: BRENDA!
    Brenda Ormond: Yes, Ron?
    Ron Ormond: YO-YO-YO-YOU NEVER G-GA-GAVE ME A CHANCE TO GET A WORD IN EDGEWAYS WHEN WE WERE MARRIED! AND NOW I'M DEAD! THERE'S ONLY ONE THING I WANT TO TELL YOU!
    Brenda Ormond: You've never spoken to me like this before. Ron, remember your heart condition.
    Ron Ormond: I DON'T HAVE A HEART, ANYMORE! [Insanely laughs.] AND, BRENDA?!
    Brenda Ormond: Yes, Ron?!
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  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Crowley gets stuck on the M25, a roadway that Crowley himself designed both to annoy the people driving on it and to continuously produce demonic energy. Not only that, but Adam's adverse effect on reality caused it to spontaneously burst in an unquenchable wall of fire, leaving him (and everyone else in the city) trapped within London.
    God: Crowley had made it, now Crowley was trapped inside it.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Crowley keeps multiples of the same sunglasses in his glove-compartment.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Madame Tracy's bedroom is full of stuffed animals.
  • Modernized God: Instead of using horses, the Horsemen ride motorcycles.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In the arcade machine next to the one Death plays in the diner, you can see every high score labeled "D.EATH", with the first place high score being "T.PRATCHETT"
    • The gate guard at the Tadfield air base is reading a copy of American Gods.
  • The Power of Friendship: His friends leaving him is what snaps Adam out of his mad power-trip and decide to cancel the apocalypse.
  • Weirdness Censor: Subverted. R.P. Tyler can plainly see that Crowley's car is on fire and wants to point out, but figures that he's not going to point out the obvious (on top of being thoroughly in-shock), so he instead gives Crowley directions to the airbase like he did with the Horsemen.

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