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Recap of Supernatural
Season 5, Episode 19

Hammer of The Gods

Lucifer: They are broken, flawed abortions!
Gabriel: Damn right, they're flawed. But a lot of them try. To do better, to forgive. And you should see the Spearmint Rhino. I've been riding the pine a long time now, but I'm in the game now, and I'm not on your side, or Michael's. I'm on theirs.

Written by Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin.

Directed by Rick Bota.

Air Date: April 22, 2010.

The Winchesters take refuge in a motel that's way too swanky for its surroundings; turns out that the motel is a trap created by various gods (that's right, plural) who want to stop the Apocalypse by using Sam and Dean as bait.

Body count

For this episode = 2 humans, 9 gods, and 1 archangel.

For the series so far = At least 387 humans (of which 6 were witches), 61 demons, 33 ghosts, 19 zombies, 13 gods, 11 vampires, 10 angels, 9 hellhounds, 6 changelings, 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.


  • Always a Bigger Fish: Sam and Dean(and even Gabriel) are at the mercy of the pagan gods most of the episode. Enter Lucifer.
  • Artistic License – Religion: Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world—hardly on the same level of global relevance as Baldur. Kali and Ganesh should be doing just fine on the worshipers front. (Also, Kali is really more of a sword-wielding goddess than a fireball-flinging one.)
    • Also the pagan gods' dietary habits are at odds with their cultural background. The show also largely glosses over the fact neopaganism and Voudoun still have practitioners.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Pestilence is a haggard looking man who sniffles and sneezes everywhere, leaves a trail of mucus, is followed by flies, and drives a rusted, pea-green pinto.
  • Final Speech: Gabriel gives one via porno to tell the Winchesters how to get Lucifer back into the Cage.
  • Flash Step: Mercury grabs samples of the Winchesters' blood, with them only noticing the cuts afterward.
  • Fragile Speedster: Mercury. He's the fastest God but seemingly the weakest.
  • Glamour Failure: Played for Laughs when Dean walks past an open hotel room containing an elephant...WTF? He walks back to look again and has an indignant fat black man close the door on him—the fat man turns out to be the Hindu god Ganesh, whose natural form is an elephant.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: Turns out the way to stop Lucifer is to gather the four rings of the Horsemen, and they've got two already. Getting the others should be easy for our heroes, right?
  • Humans Are Special / Humans Are Flawed: Gabriel gives a great one.
    Lucifer: So you're willing to die for a pile of cockroaches. Why?
    Gabriel: Because Dad was right. They are better than us.
    Lucifer: They are broken. Flawed! Abortions!
    Gabriel: Damn right they're flawed. But a lot of them try. To do better, to forgive. [beat] And you should see the Spearmint Rhino!
  • Ice Queen: Kali curtly turns down Dean before he even has a chance to start his chatting-up routine.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The security guard killed in the teaser is chopped up and served as dinner. The other hotel guests are Locked in a Freezer until they're needed for appetizers.
  • Incoming Ham: Gabriel. "Can't we all just GET ALONG?"
  • No-Sell: Kali shoots fire at Lucifer. When it fades, he's standing exactly where he was before, smiling. Not even his clothing is damaged.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • For Sam:
      Sam: We are so, so screwed.
    • And later for Mercury.
      Lucifer: Checking in.
  • Parental Favoritism: The Apocalypse is revealed to be just a giant temper tantrum that Lucifer is throwing because he's angry that Daddy loved humans more.
    Gabriel: Boo hoo! Daddy was mean to me, so I'm gonna smash up all his toys.
    Lucifer: Watch your tone.
    Gabriel: Play the victim all you want. But you and me? We know the truth. Dad loved you best. More than Michael, more than me. Then he brought the new baby home and you couldn't handle it. So this is all just one big temper tantrum. Time to grow up.
  • Plague Master: Pestilence, who makes his entrance into the series by walking into a convenience store and spewing snot everywhere.
  • Something Else Also Rises: "So this is me, standing up." [grabs porn girl] "This is me lying down."
  • Squick: The end, when Pestilence comes.
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That: The DVD Gabriel leaves for the Winchesters.
    Sam: What the hell's going on?
    Gabriel: [Aside Glance] Sam, Dean, you're probably wondering what the hell's going on.
  • Video Will: Gabriel gives this to Sam and Dean… in the form of a porno.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: The meeting is an attempt to get the pagans working together against a common threat. Thanks to Mercury's treachery, they get trounced by Lucifer before they have a chance to do so.
  • What Ever Happened To The Mouse: Kali was never seen or mentioned again after being put into the brother's car.
  • With Due Respect: Mercury to Kali. Cue Blood from the Mouth.
  • The Worf Effect: The hotel is filled with such A-listers as Kali, Ganesh, Baron Samedi, Odin, Baldur, Mercury, and Loki!Gabriel. By the time Lucifer shows up, he doesn't even need to touch most of them to kill them.