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Recap of Supernatural
Season 5, Episode 17

99 Problems

Sam:Whats wrong with you? Are you... drunk?
Castiel: No...[beat] yes....
Sam: What the hell happened to you?
Castiel: I found a liquor store...
Sam: And?
Castiel: And I drank it.

Written by Julie Siege.

Directed by Charles Beeson.

Air Date: April 8, 2010.


Sam and Dean end up in Blue Earth, Minnesota, a town surrounded by demons. The locals are putting up a fight under the direction of Leah, the daughter of the local preacher. Leah is a prophet and hears messages from the angels, who tell her where the demons are planning to strike. Sam and Dean assist with an attack against one of the demons' bases that was located with her information. Things start getting fishy when, at the funeral of a local teenager, Leah announces that the town has been chosen and that everyone will enter Paradise on Judgement Day as long as they do what the angels command. She then issues a few commandments: no drinking, no gambling, no premarital sex. Sam is suspicious, but can't get Dean to care.

Leah tells the townspeople that the angels are angry because not everyone is following their commandments. An angry mob attacks Paul, the local bartender. Dean and the preacher try to protect him, but he winds up getting shot. Meanwhile, Castiel finally shows up, completely smashed, and tells Sam that Leah is not really a prophet. She is the Whore of Babylon, a monster who tries to condemn as many souls to Hell as possible. She can only be killed by a true servant of Heaven. Of course, neither Dean, Sam, nor Cas fit that bill, so they enlist the help of the preacher. But in the fight, Dean winds up being the one to stab Leah, and she dies.


Sam is concerned that this means Dean is planning to say yes to Michael. Dean assures him that he isn't, but then slips away and visits Lisa. He tells her that things are about to get very bad over the next few days, but that he's "making arrangements" so she and Ben will be okay. Lisa asks him to stay but he leaves.

Body count

For this episode = 2 humans and the whore of Babylon.

For the series so far = At least 379 humans (of which 6 were witches), 61 demons, 33 ghosts, 19 zombies, 11 vampires, 9 hellhounds, 6 changelings, 5 angels, 4 gods, 3 shapeshifters, 2 ghouls, 2 werewolves, 2 dogs, 1 crocotta, 1 djinn, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 reaper, 1 rugaru, 1 shtriga, 1 siren, 1 wendigo, 1 whore of Babylon, and 1 wraith.



  • BFG: A fire truck spraying holy water.
  • Burn the Witch!: Played with—Leah orders the sinners be locked in a storeroom and burned.
  • Christianity Is Catholic: Averted. They're Lutheran. (The minister does wear a clerical collar throughout the episode, even with his street clothes, but since some Lutheran clergy do indeed wear these this could be chalked up to the creators Showing Their Work.)
  • Funny Answering Machine: Castiel's: "You have reached the voice mail of [I don't understand. Why—why do you want me to say my name?] [sound of numbers being pressed] [beep]".
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The only way available to kill the Whore of Babylon demon, Leah, is to impale her with a stake made from a Babylon cypress tree.
  • Lost in Translation: "It's funnier in Enochian."
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Think about the song that the title of this episode is based on. It makes a lot of sense when you find out that Leah is the Whore of Babylon.
    • This is the 99th episode.

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