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Recap of Supernatural
Season 13, Episode 15:

A Most Holy Man

Written By: Robert Singer & Andrew Dabb

Directed By: Amanda Tapping

Air date: March 8, 2018

The Skull of St. Peter is stolen from a Church in Malta and finds its way to Seattle. Sam and Dean join the search for it in order to secure another relic - the blood of "a most holy man" - one of the ingredients they need to rescue Mary and Jack. Needless to say, they aren't alone in their quest.

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  • Apologetic Attacker: Miele knocks out a nun in the commission of the burglary, but apologizes to her as she lies supine on the floor.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Sam admits to Dean that he doesn't like that they now have to resort to becoming thieves-for-hire to get the ingredient they need for the spell.
  • I Lied: Greenstreet in the end admits he lied about having the blood of St. Ignatius. Dean's not pleased. He knocks out Greenstreet and lets the police take him away.
  • Impersonating an Officer: Cromarty isn't a real detective. Or a very convincing one.
  • Implied Death Threat: Sam asks Scarlatti what will happen if the refuse to help him get the skull.
    Scarlatti: Well that would be your second mistake. I don't expect you'd get to make a third.
  • Jabba Table Manners: A mild example with Greenstreet, who conducts his first meeting with the Winchesters with powdered sugar from a donut on his upper lip and all over his suit.
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  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Cromarty is refused a raise by Margaret after going through a lot of trouble to steal the skull of St. Peter for her. When Greenstreet offers Cromarty a million dollars for the skull if he kills his boss, it doesn't take much convincing.
  • Nay-Theist: Dean. He believes in God, and has actually met Him, but warns Father Camilleri that He doesn't care and won't help.
  • Nuns Are Spooky: The nuns at the nunnery in Malta are silent and eery and even used for jump scares.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Mafia boss Scarlatti makes the Winchesters a simple proposal: retrieve the stolen skull for him in exchange for a finder's fee, or he's gonna kill them.
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: The Winchesters take part in a Film Noir private eye story with no supernatural events to speak of.
  • Shout-Out: Richard Greenstreet and Margaret Astor are named after Sydney Greenstreet and Mary Astor, two of the lead actors in The Maltese Falcon.
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  • We Need a Distraction: Father Camilleri distracts a guard so Dean can give him a Tap on the Head by just walking up to the guy and outright telling him it's a distraction. After all, lying is a sin.
  • Will Not Tell a Lie: Father Camilleri is not willing to lie in order to distract the guards.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Miele is willing to hit a woman, a nun at that, in order to make his escape.

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