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Recap of Supernatural
Season 3, Episode 12:

Jus In Bello(Rules of War)

Dean: This is pretty wild, right? I mean it's like they're coming straight for us. They've never done that before. It's like we've got a contract on us. You think it's 'cause we're so awesome? I think it's 'cause we're so awesome.

Written by Sera Gamble.

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Directed by Philip Sgriccia.

Air Date: February 21, 2008.

Captured by FBI Agent Victor Henriksen in Monument, Colorado, the Winchesters find themselves in a siege when the police station is surrounded by demons.

Body count

For this episode = At least 11 humans.

For the series so far = At least 247 humans (of which 3 were witches), 9 demons, 17 ghosts, 10 vampires, 6 changelings, 3 gods, 2 shapeshifters, 2 werewolves, 1 djinn, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 shtriga, 1 wendigo, and 1 zombie.

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  • A Death in the Limelight: This episode focuses heavily on Henriksen, revealing Hidden Depths, a little bit of Back Story, and giving him Character Development. So, of course, he dies at the end.
  • Arrested for Heroism: All the charges leveled against Sam and Dean are components of their job taken out of context and interpreted by law enforcement officers who are Genre Blind.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Dean and Henriksen.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: "If it makes you feel better, Bigfoot's a hoax."
  • Cassandra Truth: "You wouldn't believe us."
  • Continuity Nod
    • Henriksen isn't the first to comment on warding off monsters with salt. "Fighting demons with condiments".
    • We didn't see the Winchesters get possession-proof tattoos. We did see Sam get possessed, explaining the following exchange.
      Henriksen: [On seeing the tattoos] Smart. How long have you had those?
      Sam: Not long enough.
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    • FBI Deputy Director Steven Groves reminds Henriksen of the last two times the Winchester brothers got away.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Sam and Dean have by this point gotten anti-possession tattoos.
  • Crazy Survivalist: Henriksen (quite accurately) profiles the Winchester clan this way. However, he's wrong in his speculation that John was a white supremacist and child molester.
  • Creepy Child: Lilith.
  • Death Faked for You: Henriksen plans to call in Sam and Dean's death in the torched helicopter to get the FBI off their backs.
    Henriksen: I'm gonna kill you. Sam and Dean Winchester were in the chopper when it caught on fire. Nothing left. Can't even identify them with dental records. Rest in peace, guys.
  • Death Glare: From Sam, following the "I shot the sheriff" "But you didn't kill the deputy" exchange.
  • Demonic Possession: Henriksen, Groves, and at least 31 other people.
  • Downer Ending: The possessed townspeople all survive, Sam and Dean get to leave, but Henriksen, Nancy and Deputy Amici survive the night only to be killed by Lilith.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave
  • Everybody Has Lots of Sex: Discussed a bit; Dean has trouble believing that Nancy could possibly be a virgin.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: The Winchester brothers and Henriksen become friends after defeating a small army of demons.
  • Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: Nancy the virgin secretary swears to have "so much sex" if she survives the demon invasion. But not with Deputy Amici.
  • Inspector Javert: Henriksen takes a little too much satisfaction in telling Sam and Dean about the conditions they'll be imprisoned under.
  • Miranda Rights: Recited when Dean and Sam are arrested.
  • Motor Mouth: When he's trying to exorcise the demon in Deputy Director Groves, Sam starts reciting the ritual of exorcism extremely fast. Also doubles as a Call-Back to Dean's claiming that Sam knows the ritual by heart.
  • Mundane Solution: Once all the demon-possessed townspeople are inside the jail, Henriksen plays a recording of Sam reciting the rite of exorcism over the P.A.
  • Not So Different: Henriksen and the Winchester brothers, especially Dean.
  • One-Man Army: Ruby apparently fought her way through the large crowd of demons to get into the station (“Some guts splattered in my mouth while I was killing my way in here.”) We don't see it, but this exchange when she leaves is rather telling:
    Ruby: (faces the crowd of demons and draws her knife) I’m leaving. Who wants to stop me?
    Demons: (let her pass)
  • Serial Spouse: Henriksen.
  • Reality Ensues: Henriksen finally arrests the Winchesters and is ordered to fill out and file paperwork. From his face, he seems to have forgotten about that.
    Steven Groves: What can I say? The FBI didn't invent bureaucracy; we perfected it.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Ruby lays one on the Winchesters when she reveals to them that their plan didn't work as well as they thought:
    Ruby: After your big speech about humanity in war, it looks like your plan was the one with the body count. Do you know how to win a war? You hit hard, you hit fast, and you don't leave any survivors to run back and tell the boss what happened.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Dean refuses her plan to save them, Ruby leaves having no interest in being there and watching them lose.
  • Shout-Out: "I shot the sheriff!"—"But you didn't shoot the deputy."
  • Sole Survivor: One demon manages to escape the mass exorcism. He tells Lilith that the Winchesters survived. She's not happy about that.
  • Virgin Sacrifice: Ruby proposes a demon-killing spell that requires the death of a virgin. Nancy is actually willing to go through with it. Yet Dean in particular rejects this, causing Ruby to decide to leave.
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