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Recap of Supernatural
Season 13, Episode 14:

Good Intentions

Written By: Meredith Glynn

Directed By: P.J. Pesce

Air date: March 1, 2018

Jack and Mary manage to escape Michael’s (guest star Christian Keyes) clutches and end up finding an ally in “apocalyptic world”. Meanwhile, Sam, Dean, and Castiel continue to search for a way to open a breach, not realizing that one of their own may be working against them and costing them precious time.

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  • Aborted Arc: Donatello being brainwashed by Asmodeus ends up going nowhere after what happens to him in this episode.
  • Biblical Bad Guy: Gog and Magog, presented here as two ancient inhuman beings who conquered half the Fertile Crescent before a priest sealed them away.
  • The Bus Came Back: The Apocalypse World version of Bobby returns.
  • The Corruption: Without his soul, Donatello is overwhelmed by the demon tablet, which drives him crazy and determined to kill Sam and Dean.
  • Dragged by the Collar: Michael drags an unconscious Jack down a long corridor and tosses him in a cell with Mary.
  • Dream Weaver: Zachariah tries to manipulate Jack's dreams in order to convince Jack to do what Michael wants.
  • Exact Words: Castiel promised he wouldn't kill Donatello. Instead, he just renders him braindead. Sam and Dean aren't pleased with the wordplay.
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  • Evil vs. Evil: Which turned out to be the case between the Demons and Angels. The humans thought the Angels come to save humanity, but they turned on them too. For without Sam and Dean to influence things, the Angels continue to hate humans as much as Demons.
  • Fantastic Racism: Apocalypse!Bobby is not happy to find out Jack is half-angel, seeing him as destined to betray humanity the way all the other angels did. He changes his mind after Jack saves his settlement from Zachariah.
  • For Want of a Nail: It turns out that in Apocalypse World, Mary didn't make her deal with Azazel, and John stayed dead. That's why Sam and Dean were never born, leading to the Apocalypse.
  • Hypocrite: Sam and Dean call out Castiel for rendering Donatello braindead, even after Donatello was irreparably corrupted by the Demon Tablet and had tried to kill Sam and Dean. This is disregarding the fact that Sam and Dean have done similar, and arguably worse things (ex. killing Death and releasing the Darkness, letting Gadreel use Sam's body without his knowledge) in the past in order to save each other. Castiel calls them out on it.
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  • Impossible Shadow Puppets: Jack is entertaining the kids in Bobby's refugee camp by making shadow puppets with his hands. However, he gets so into making them laugh that wants to make and more impressive shadows and reveals his powers by creating puppets that are not physically possible with human hands.
  • Internal Reveal: Sam, Dean, and Castiel finally find out that Donatello was being manipulated by Asmodeus. Viewers have known for a few weeks.
  • Ironic Echo: Castiel defends his decision to Mind Rape Donatello by quoting Dean's words earlier in the episode, "whatever it takes", back at him. He also says "No one gave me the right; I took it"; something that Lucifer said nearly word-for-word several seasons prior.
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: Mary can guess that Michael will hurt or most likely kill her to get Jack to open a door for him.
  • Loincloth: Dean is completely distracted and amused by Gog and Magog's loin cloths.
  • Mind Rape: When he realizes that Donatello won't give up the spell ingredients voluntarily, Castiel rips them out of his mind. This renders him braindead.
  • The Nth Doctor: Like Michael, Zachariah has a different vessel in Apocalypse World.
  • Pretty Boy: Although the show usually ignores it, Gog and Magog seem unusually stuck on how pretty Dean and Castiel are.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Gog and Magog were banished to "a place without a place, and time without a time".
  • Shoot the Dog: Castiel elects to first kill Donatello (so another Prophet will come into being), then settles for rendering him braindead instead because they need the spell that's in his head and he's not cooperating. Sam and Dean are pretty pissed off afterwards, but Castiel claims it was regretful, but necessary.
  • Something They Would Never Say: When Zachariah is projecting his version of Castiel into Jack's head, he has Cas express a pitying disdain for humanity and Sam and Dean. This is what makes Jack realize he's being manipulated. He may only be six months old but he knows that Castiel has an undying love for humanity, specifically Sam and Dean.
  • The Soulless: Donatello ends up going bad because he doesn't have a soul to protect him from the corrupting influence of the demon tablet.
  • The Unfettered: Castiel is determined to save Jack, and stop Michael and Lucifer, no matter what the cost.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Zachariah has no problem slapping Mary in the mouth.
  • Younger Than They Look: Invoked by Mary
    Mary: You should be six months old.
    Jack: I am. Sort of.
  • You Have Failed Me: Michael implies this to Zachariah when he warns him "don't fail me again" immediately after ordering him to pursue and retrieve Jack and Mary. However, Zachariah falls in battle at Jack's hands before he can ever face his boss' wrath.

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