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Recap of Supernatural
Season 12, Episode 10:

Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets

Castiel hears a distress signal on angel radio, and soon learns that a woman is out for revenge against him and his old flight of angels. Sam and Dean accompany him, but all is not as it seems.

Body Count

For this episode: 4 angels, 1 human

For the series so far: At least 1316 humans (of which 19 were witches), 1130 angels (2 of which were archangels), 188 demons, 72 vampires, 59 ghosts, 36 Jefferson Starships, 22 gods, 19 zombies, 17 werewolves, 10 hellhounds, 8 Bisaan, 7 shapeshifters, 7 skinwalkers, 6 changelings, 5 djinn, 6 reapers, 4 dogs, 4 ghouls, 4 Leviathan, 3 Khan Worms, 3 Thule, 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

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  • Anti-Villain: Poor Lily only wants revenge on the angels who unjustly murdered her husband and child. She refuses to hurt anyone else.
  • Cast From Life Span: A variant. Every time that Lily uses angel magic part of her soul dies, which if she keeps it up will eventually leave her an Empty Shell.
  • Cruel Mercy: Ishim spares Lily while he kills her daughter. Near the end, Ishim tries to kill Lily.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Lily blinded herself in one eye to learn Enochian magic.
  • Fantastic Racism: Ishim initially seems to view humans with pure disgust. His feelings turn out to be more complicated than that, which is not necessarily a good thing.
  • Foreshadowing: Akobel's last word is a confused "What?" when he is accused of fathering a Nephilim. We later learn that May was completely human.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Ishim kills Lily's husband Akobel and daughter May because Lily rejected him. He also misled the other angels by telling them that May was a nephilim.
    • Ishim revealed that he always envied Castiel long before he even met the Winchesters.
  • Healing Hands: As this is an angel-heavy episode, multiple characters use their hands to heal people.
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    • Lily uses Enochian magic to heal the wounds she got in her battle with Ishim, Cas, Sam, and Dean.
    • Castiel uses his grace to heal Isham.
  • Humanity Is Infectious: One of the reasons why Ishim hates humans, as their emotions can cause angels to cloud their judgment and lead them to fall from grace.
    Ishim: They're a danger to us.
  • Hypocrite: Ishim, who has Akobel killed for being with Lily when she refused the former.
    Akobel: (to Ishim) Who are you to lecture me about shame!
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Castiel's reason on the mission to kill May believing she was a nephilim. He got defensive when the Winchesters question the necessity of it. But then...
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Castiel, after learning that Ishim lied to them.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe, the other angels won't let Castiel forget the mistakes he's made.
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  • Never My Fault: Ishim blames Lily for breaking his heart when it was his own obsession with her that led her to Akobel for protection.
  • Pure Is Not Good: Ishim, after he cut out his vessel's heart.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Lily was already an adult in 1901, but magic has kept her looking about forty for the next 116 years.
  • Shout-Out: Dean called Lily "One-Eyed Willie".
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Cas and Dean are on the outs for much of the time, with Sam doing his best to mediate.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Subverted, Dean is grateful that Castiel saved them, but he's angry that he killed Billie even after telling them of unforeseeable consequences for breaking the deal.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Ishim, when Castiel confronts him for his deception.
  • Willing Channeler: Cas says that Benjamin's host was one of these and that Benjamin and his host were friends who were very fond of each other.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Ishim.
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