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Recap of Supernatural
Season 10, Episode 3

Soul Survivor

Written by Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming.

Directed by Jensen Ackles.

Air Date: October 21, 2014.

Back in the bunker in Lebanon, Kansas, Sam starts a ritual to cure Dean. Meanwhile, Castiel's stolen Grace is fading fast, and Crowley learns about it.

Body Count:

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For this episode: 6 humans and 3 demons (because Adina was technically human for a second or so before Crowley stabbed her, she died as a human).

For the series so far = At least 1110 angels, 1053 humans (of which 8 were witches), 172 demons, 58 vampires, 49 ghosts, 36 Jefferson Starships, 21 gods, 19 zombies, 10 hellhounds, 9 werewolves, 7 skinwalkers, 6 changelings, 6 shapeshifters, 5 djinn, 5 reapers, 4 dogs, 4 ghouls, 4 Leviathan, 2 Amazons, 2 arachnes, 2 kitsunes, 2 rugarus, 2 Thule, 2 vetalas, 1 cat, 1 crocotta, 1 deer, 1 dragon, 1 fairy, 1 familiar, 1 Khan worm, 1 lamia, the Mother of All, 1 okami, 1 phoenix, 1 pishtaco, 1 Purgatory creature, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 shojo, 1 shtriga, 1 siren, 1 Titan, 1 wendigo, 1 whore of Babylon, 1 wicked witch, and 1 wraith.

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Tropes:

  • At the Crossroads: Sam tells Lester how to summon a crossroads demon in an attempt to capture one and Lester makes the deal to have his cheating wife killed in exchange for his soul.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Crowley steps in at the last minute to kill Adina before she can kill Hannah, steals Adina's Grace, and feeds it to Castiel.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Rowena calmly reads a book in her Tulsa hotel room while blood drips from the two bodies pinned to the ceiling.
  • Drop the Hammer: Dean stalks Sam with a hammer after escaping from the devil's trap.
  • Fictional Document: The bunker has copies of books entitled Demonic Possession and Practitioners Guide to Exorcism. Cas looks at the second one for a bit.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Demon Dean is right about the fact that John wasn't the best father.
  • Self-Immolation: A demon steps forward to protest both the way Crowley has been running Hell and his human-blood-junkie vacation and punctuates his speech by setting himself on fire with holy oil.
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  • Shout-Out: A subtle one when Dean destroys the door to the bunker's electrical room with his hammer.
  • Status Quo Is God: Dean is human again by the end of the episode.
  • Tempting Fate: Castiel tells Dean that he should take a few days off to recover after his cure. After all, Heaven and Hell are pretty quiet right now. Cut to Rowena's charnel-house hotel room.
  • Titled After the Song: "Soul Survivor" from The Rolling Stones' album Exile on Main St.
  • You Look Familiar: Russell Roberts, who played the bearded demon, previously played Quentin in "Of Grave Importance" (S07, E19).

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