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Recap of Supernatural
Season 13, Episode 1:

Lost and Found

Written By: Andrew Dabb

Directed By: Phil Sgriccia

Airdate: October 12, 2017

Season 13 begins exactly where season 12 left off, with Sam and Dean left to pick up the pieces after the loss of their mother, the demise of Crowley, and the heartbreaking death of Castiel. The birth of Jack leaves the Winchester brothers with differing opinions on how to deal with a Nephilim. After being dragged into the breach, Mary (guest star Samantha Smith) must learn to survive Lucifer and an apocalyptic world.

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Tropes

  • Anti Anti Christ: As Kelly believed, Jack seems inclined towards this trope overall, being innocent rather than malicious, although he does lash out if he's frightened.
  • Anti-Villain: Lily is a downplayed example. While she doesn't show much in the way of characterization later on, she is sympathetic towards Kelly and Castiel, in contrast to Conrad (who is openly dismissive of Castiel) and Miriam (who attempts to kill Jack instead of letting him stay with the Winchesters). Along with Conrad, she is blasted out of the episode with an angel-banishing sigil and therefore is spared Miriam's fate.
  • Baby Talk: Averted. Once other people begin to speak to him, Jack responds in full grammatical sentences and never gropes for the words he needs even though he doesn't always understand the topic of conversation. Sam explicitly asks how Jack can already be talking when he is literally only a day old. Jack says he learned in utero.
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  • Badass in Distress: Mary, trapped in an desolate world she doesn't know with Lucifer.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Miriam is an inebriated, Motor Mouth joke character at the fast food place who refuses to believe they don't have French fries and tells an uninterested Dean a long-winded story about her annoying roommate. She turns out to be an angel and one the villains of the episode, who tries to murder an innocent bystander, Dean, and Jack with little change in personality.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Sam towards both Dean (his big brother) and arguably Jack. Sam defends wet behind the ears Jack to Dean and reaches out to the kid, but is also willing to tase him to save Dean from an attack by him - though he later apologizes for it. At the end of the episode, Sam takes Jack back home to the Bunker to watch over him with Dean's extremely reluctant permission, given that it's shown that nothing they have can kill him.
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  • Boyish Short Hair: Lily has short hair, looks mildly androgynous, and wears a suit, fittingly for an angel.
  • Broken Masquerade: Sherrif Barker demands that Dean tell her just what the hell is going on after Sam tases Jack. Dean is so emotionally exhausted from the events of the previous few days that he can't even bring himself to lie to her, and tells her the truth about himself, Sam, and angels. Somewhat surprisingly, the woman believes him, and is prepared to let them go before the angels hunting Jack show up and threaten her son.
  • Burger Fool: Jack stumbles across the sheriff's son and his co-worker at Pirate Pete's Jolly Treats, already in uniform and getting ready for it to open for the day. After Clark goes with him and his mother to the sheriff's station, his co-worker gets hassled by an already drunk Miriam and an investigating Sam.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Capricious as ever, Lucifer is perfectly happy to kill Mary on the spot before he suddenly stops himself and considers that he might need her alive.
  • Children Are Innocent: Despite his adult body, Jack is technically a child, shown in his Sweet Tooth, Literal Mindedness, and wandering helplessly calling for his father.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Miriam in the fast food restaurant scenes, while either drunk or Playing Drunk.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Jack has an unsettling debut and is The Antichrist and Lucifer's son, but the poor kid is just scared and looking for his dad.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Dean is as close to it as he's ever been, especially after praying to Chuck to bring back Castiel, Mary, and even Crowley, and getting no result.
  • Disappeared Dad: Jack searches for the father he assumed would be waiting for him, but neither Lucifer, his biological father, or Castiel, the father he chooses, are able to come to him.
  • Distressed Dude: Clark is held hostage by Miriam at knife-point and threatened to try to make his mom kill Dean to save him. When Miriam gets word that the other angels found Jack, she stabs Clark and tries to dispose of the others. He's still alive, though in pain, by the end of the episode, being wheeled into an ambulance.
  • Dramatic Irony: The Antichrist Jack spends all episode looking for his "father," but when Sam mentions Lucifer, Jack is confused. Because of his mother's words, Jack believes that his father is Castiel. Meaning Jack doesn't know the reason why he's so powerful and everyone is after him.
  • Due to the Dead: Sam and Dean gives Cas' vessel a Hunter's Funeral, showing that they had truly accepted him as part of their family and team.
  • Entitled Bitch: Miriam, both while she demands fries (while the restaurant is still serving the breakfast menu) and "the golden ticket". She lacks self-awareness to the point where she completely fails to realize that demanding the golden ticket is precisely what got the spoiled brats in the book in so much trouble to begin with.
  • Evil Is Petty: Miriam, who, in one episode:
    • Plays the role of Unsatisfiable Customer to the hilt in insisting on having something a business doesn't have;
    • Writes "bitch" in the dirt of the Impala's window, while describing punching a hole in her roommate's poster and lighting everything else she owned on fire for being a "super mega bitch";
    • Tries to make the sheriff kill Dean to save her son, while also calling Dean a "super mega bitch";
    • Soon after, tries to kill the son once she has confirmation Jack is present, and then;
    • Tries to kill Jack himself out of sheer spite, to stop anyone else from getting him.
  • Eye Scream: Threatened when Lucifer casually throws Mary almost eye-first onto an upright spear, with Mary narrowly catching herself with a wide-eyed look of fear at how close she came to losing one.
  • Glowing Eyes: Jack's irises turn glowing yellow right before he uses his powers.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Dean is a heroic character, but he is not the most patient or polite of men (as seen during Miriam's story) and his plan up until the end of the episode is to murder a newborn who Kelly and his friend Castiel died protecting, because he is convinced that Jack would Turn Out Like His Father.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Although Sam wants to believe there's good in Jack, he still tases him to knock him out in order to protect Dean.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Miriam, who is completely smashed and amusingly zany. She shows up drunk in broad daylight to a pirate-themed fast food place and keeps pestering the increasingly irritated cashier for French fries they don't offer. Even after revealing herself as the angels' team leader she acts exactly the same.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Jack can make the vending machine rain candy, but doesn't know how he does it.
  • Hurting Hero: Dean is less-inclined to give Jack the benefit of the doubt than usual because he is still heartbroken by the triple-whammy losses of his recently-reunited mother Mary, his best friend Castiel, and even Crowley.
  • If I Can't Have You...: Platonic version, where Miriam realizes she won't be able to make off with her prize with the Winchesters there, and retaliates by grabbing and stabbing Jack in the heart with an angel blade so no one else can use his power. Sam kills her for it and Jack ends up surviving unharmed.
  • Involuntary Battle to the Death: Miriam tries to incite this, calling for Sheriff Barker to kill Dean and eliminate him as an obstacle so that Miriam doesn't kill her captured son Clark. When Miriam gets word that Jack is indeed in the building, she casually tries to kill Clark and likely would have even if Sheriff Barker had obeyed, so it's lucky that she did not.
  • Jerkass: The angel Conrad's only defining quality, lacking the compassion of his partner Lily and the funniness of Miriam. When Lily sees that Castiel is dead, she says he deserved better, only for Conrad to say, "No, he didn't."
  • Killed Off for Real: Seemingly Castiel, Crowley, and Kelly, whose deaths all are sticking after the borderline Kill ’Em All ending of the previous episode. Castiel even gets a hunter pyre to hammer it home. Miriam is also introduced and killed in the episode proper. Subverted with Mary, whom Dean is convinced is dead but is shown to be alive and in Lucifer's clutches.
  • Light Is Not Good: Sheriff Barker learns that angels are real. The ones she meets in this episode? An angel who holds her son Clark hostage and tries to incite her to murder before trying to kill Clark, and Lucifer's creepy half-angel son.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Subverted with Jack and his biological father Lucifer, but played straighter with him and his adopted father Castiel, with whom Jack shares a number of personality traits. Especially notable in that Jack never met Castiel face-to-face - only from within Kelly's womb - and so theoretically never saw Castiel exhibit the behaviors Jack copies.
  • MacGuffin Super Person: Jack, who has the potential to do "anything," making the angels of this episode attempt to find and capture him through any means necessary. When Miriam realizes she won't be able to, she tries to kill him out of spite so nobody else can have his power.
  • Maternal Death? Blame the Child: Dean insists they have to kill Jack before he can kill anyone else. While Castiel, Crowley, and (in Dean's mind) Mary died in circumstances surrounding Jack's birth, the only one who can be directly attributed to him is his mother's - and even that was not on purpose.
  • Mind over Matter: Jack can suspend people in mid-air with a yellow-ish glow and fling them into objects.
  • Missing Mom:
    • Mary's absence is felt after a season of her sons having her back. Dean mourns, believing that Lucifer killed her immediately after she trapped him with her in the alternate universe, while Sam holds out hope that she is still alive and they can save her. The ending of the episode reveals she is in fact alive and that Lucifer has some plan to use her.
    • Downplayed with Kelly. Jack searches for his Disappeared Dad and only twice mentions his mother, but this is more because he knows she is in Heaven and is trying to find Castiel because she promised Castiel would protect him.
  • Mistaken for Junkie: Carl misunderstands Jack's inability to answer basic questions about his own life and assumes that Jack must be under the influence of psychotropic drugs.
  • Naked on Arrival: Having just been born, Jack spends the first third of the episode roaming around in the nude.
  • Nice Guy: Sam. Who else would go up to bat for the The Antichrist child of his torturer and rapist?
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: To tease the audience that there might be something to fear about him, Jack is unflinchingly creepy, though it appears to be just him having No Social Skills:
    Sheriff Barker:' Is there anything you do remember, Jack?
    Jack: I remember when the bad woman burned. I remember the universe screamed.
  • No-Sell: Miriam stabs Jack in the heart with an angel blade. He stares at it baffled for a few seconds and pulls it out to reveal he's unharmed.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: The angels' eyes glow a shining blue when they communicate with one another through Angel Radio.
  • Odd Friendship: Clark and Jack strike something of one up that is slightly reminiscient of Dean's and Castiel's friendship. This is our first hint that Jack is not as evil as believed, similar to how Castiel was assumed to be a villain in his debut episode.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted with all the new characters, all of whom share names or similar-sounding names with previous characters. At thirteen seasons in, it's be hard to play this trope straight.
  • Playing Drunk: Possibly Miriam in her first scene, considering how difficult angels are to get drunk. It's also possible that she didn't get possessed until after the Winchesters left - though she still talks the same way she did before.
  • Plucky Girl: Male example with Sam, who is determined to believe there is good in Jack, that Mary is still alive and can be rescued, and that Cass can be resurrected. Dean is too devastated to believe any of it and assumes the worst, but so far, Sam seems 2-0, so maybe...
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Despite saying she's saying it in the "most feminist way possible", Miriam throws "bitch" around quite a lot in labeling people she doesn't like with it.
  • Power Incontinence: Jack has little control over his powers. They flare out of control when he's scared or angry and he doesn't know how to direct them at targets that pose an imminent threat.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Jack pointedly doesn't resemble Lucifer's vessel at all; he resembles Jefferson Rooney or maybe Jimmy Novak (Castiel's).
  • Smug Snake: Miriam is insufferably so, being certain that she'll win as well as claiming that Dean is the villain and not her. She's wrong.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Unlike the full-blooded angels of the episode, Jack's irises glow bright yellow when his Power Incontinence kicks in.
  • Sweet Tooth: Jack takes after his uncle Gabriel in his love of candy and when eating it, gives us his first real smile to demonstrate his child-like innocence. And it's adorable. Could double as Foreshadowing for Gabriel's return in the second half of the season.
  • Techno Path: Jack gets his treats from a vending machine just by touching it.
  • Telepathy: Angel Radio, which the villains of the episode use to wordlessly communicate. For poor Jack, it manifests as many loud voices in his head that terrify him and set off his Power Incontinence.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: Dean tries to kill Jack on sight because he is the spawn of Satan and could be capable of destroying the world. Needless to say, the attempt fails precisely because of Jack's powers.
  • Unsatisfiable Customer: Miriam keeps demanding French fries despite being told Pirate Pete's doesn't sell them.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Dean averts his normal Friend to All Children status and tries to kill the newborn Jack. Likely helping is Dean's grief over the loss of his mom and friends manifesting (as often with Dean) as anger, and the fact that Jack does not look like a child. In addition, Sam tases Jack to put him down temporarily and Miriam stabs him in the heart to try to kill him.
  • Younger Than They Look: Jack is a newborn with a child's mind but the body and speaking skils of a young adult.
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