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Recap / Supernatural S 12 E 05 The One Youve Been Waiting For

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Recap of Supernatural
Season 12, Episode 5:

The One You've Been Waiting For

After learning that the soul of Adolf Hitler has been trapped in a 1930s gold pocket watch, Sam and Dean must act quickly to prevent a group of Nazi necromancers from resurrecting the Führer.

Writer: Meredith Glynn

Director: Nina Lopez-Corrado


Body Count

For this episode: 3 humans, 7 Thule

For the series so far: At least 1289 humans (of which 19 were witches), 1126 angels (2 of which were archangels), 188 demons, 71 vampires, 59 ghosts, 36 Jefferson Starships, 22 gods, 19 zombies, 17 werewolves, 10 hellhounds, 10 Thule, 8 Bisaan, 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 vetalas, 2 zannas, 1 banshee, 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 qarin, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 shojo, 1 shtriga, 1 siren, 1 soul eater, 1 Titan, 1 wendigo, the Whore of Babylon, 1 wicked witch, and 1 wraith.



  • Adolf Hitlarious: The episode portrays the resurrected Fuhrer as a clownish prancing buffoon, prone to outbursts of infantile rage.
  • Adorkable: Ellie, whose Establishing Character Moment involves babbling nervously at her date.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Ellie, at first. Mulhouse Jr. felt the same way.
  • Badass Boast: Dean Winchester killed Hitler and he may never ever stop saying it out loud.
  • Blood Magic: How Hitler can be resurrected, using the blood of his descendant Ellie.
  • Breather Episode: Rather lighthearted in comparison to the murder, religious fanaticism, and parental abandonment the show has been juggling.
  • The Bus Came Back: Aaron makes a brief appearance.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: The Thule need Ellie for the ritual and therefore need to take her in alive.
  • Critical Research Failure: The writers got at least one characterization of Hitler completely wrong; Hitler had a creepy romantic obsession with his own niece, and kept her as a virtual prisoner until she committed suicide to escape him. The real Hitler probably would never have ordered his great great grand-niece killed and fed to dogs, and would more likely have viewed her as a new object to romantically and sexually fixate on.
    • Then again, this could just be a further example of Hitler having gone even more insane after being trapped for decades.
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  • Dirty Coward: The great and courageous Adolf Hitler (according to the Thule) begs for his life once Dean points a gun at him.
  • Disappointed in You: Nauhaus is unhappy with his son Mulhouse Jr. for not being so committed to the cause.
  • Ghostapo: The Thule society are back and this time they've got a plan to resurrect Hitler.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The Thule actually succeed in bringing back Hitler - and he's such an over the top cartoonish idiot who lapses into fits of enraged screaming, that some of the Thule members look very uncomfortable around him as if they might just regret their decision.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Milhouse the younger, although its selfishly motivated.
  • Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act: Inverted. Hitler is brought to modern day, only to be killed by Dean.
  • Kick the Dog: Nauhaus explains to Ellie he isn't planning on using her body as the vessel for Hitler. He's merely going to transfuse her blood so that he may house his soul, as he would never put the great führer in the body of such a pathetic female American specimen.
  • Large Ham: Hitler.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The episode title may be referencing the fact that an episode about resurrecting Hitler in some way has been long expected, especially since the Thule were introduced.
  • Moment of Awesome: In-Universe:
    Sam: Dude, you just killed Hitler!
    Dean: (grins) Awesome!
  • Motor Mouth: Ellie, which prompts the frustrated Mulhouse Jr. to ask if she ever shuts up.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The immortal zombie Nazi sorcerers of the Thule make their return.
  • The Nose Knows: Apparently how the Thule locate Ellie.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Averted. The Winchesters let Milhouse Jr. go.
  • Secret Legacy: Ellie learns she's adopted and a blood relative of Hitler (his great great great grandniece to be exact).
  • Shameful Strip: After being abducted, and just before the blood transfusion, Ellie's sweater gets removed.
  • Sharing a Body: Hitler is in control of the body but he mentions that Nauhaus still exists in there.
  • Shown Their Work: The real Hitler really did adore dogs and always kept them close at hand.
  • Skewed Priorities: The first thing Hitler seems to care about upon resurrection is having the Thule procure him some dogs, screaming the request at the top of his lungs.
  • Soul Jar: The pocket watch, for Hitler. It's specifically compared to a Horcrux.
  • Spontaneous Human Combustion: The Thule's M.O.
  • Take That!: Dean tells Mulhouse Jr. to hide from the Thule in Buffalo, since "no one goes to Buffalo".
    • Twitter gets one via Damned by a Fool's Praise. The resurrected Hitler, upon being able to see 21st century technological advancements such as smart phones and social networks, gives praise to Twitter in particular as something that he can use as his "personal Goebbels". This knock on Twitter is likely in reference to it being used by white supremacists and other Alt-Right groups to spread their propaganda (Particularly during the run-up of the 2016 United States Presidential election).
  • [Verb] This!: Dean's Pre-Mortem One-Liner to Hitler, "Heil this".
  • You Have Failed Me: Nauhaus tries to have his son killed for being an "inconceivable disappointment".
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Hitler after being resurrected states Ellie can be drained of the rest of her blood and the remains given to the dogs.
    Nazi: Fuhrer, we have no dogs.
    Hitler: Then GET SOME!

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