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Recap of Supernatural
Season 11, Episode 9:

O Brother Where Art Thou

Writer: Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming

Director: Robert Singer

Amara unleashes her power on the local townspeople as she issues a shocking challenge. Dean tries to better understand the hold Amara has on him, while Sam and Crowley come up with a plan that could have disastrous consequences.

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Body Count:

For this episode: at least 18 humans and 3 angels.

For the series so far = At least 1203 humans (of which 13 were witches), 1122 angels, 182 demons, 69 vampires, 52 ghosts, 36 Jefferson Starships, 22 gods, 19 zombies, 12 werewolves, 10 hellhounds, 7 shapeshifters, 7 skinwalkers, 6 changelings, 5 djinn, 5 reapers, 4 dogs, 4 ghouls, 4 Leviathan, 3 Khan Worms, 2 Amazons, 2 arachnes, 2 kitsunes, 2 rugarus, 2 Thule, 2 vetalas, 2 zannas, 1 cat, 1 crocotta, Death, 1 deer, 1 dragon, 1 fairy, 1 familiar, 1 lamia, the Mother of All, 1 nachzehrer, 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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  • Admiring the Abomination: Rowena acts like a fangirl around Lucifer.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Lucifer wants Sam to become his vessel again so that he may fight the Darkness. He pulls Sam into the cage with him and tells him they'll be bunk-mates all over again if he refuses.
  • Batman Gambit: It was really Lucifer and not God who gave Sam visions of the cage, knowing it would make Sam desperate enough to find a way to speak to him directly.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Amara claims not to be evil or want to destroy God's creations, yet she still thinks it's right to consume souls and kill innocent people to make God notice her.
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: The episode ends with the host of heaven doing this to Amara, with no indication on whether or not it will harm her or be a No-Sell.
    • Amara herself causes something like this to happen to a street preacher and his followers in the teaser.
  • The Bus Came Back: Lucifer makes his first physical appearance since the end of Season 5 (having been only a hallucination in Season 7).
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  • Combined Energy Attack: The angels last ditch attempt to get rid of Amara.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Amara easily kills the angels who try to seize her.
  • Enemy Mine: The Winchester, Crowley, and Rowena team up to contact Lucifer, so that he'll tell them how to fight the Darkness.
  • Have You Seen My God?: Amara states that she's only killing people in order to get her brother's attention.
  • Have You Told Anyone Else?: Lucifer checks to make sure no one else knows how to re-cage him before snapping Rowena's neck.
  • Many Spirits Inside of One: Amara says the souls she consumes are not destroyed and are a part of her, and tells Dean that to become one with her is to experience bliss.
  • No-Sell: Dean attempts to stab Amara with an angel blade, only for it to shatter on impact.
  • Prayer Is a Last Resort: Amara goes into a church and tries this because nothing else she tries seems to be getting God's attention. It works as well as all her other attempts.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: Crowley briefly tries this when confronting Lucifer in the cage. Lu' doesn't buy it for a second.
  • Questioning Title?: It refers to Amara's search for God.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Dean tries to kill Amara with an angel blade, the weapon capable of killing angels, the most powerful beings in the brothers' world up to that point. Not only does the blade not kill Amara, it shatters on contact.
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