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Recap of Supernatural
Season 13, Episode 21:

Beat the Devil

Written by: Robert Behrens

Directed by: Phillip Sgriccia

Air date: May 3rd, 2018

Lucifer is captured, allowing Sam and Dean to cross over into the Apocalypse World along with Castiel and Gabriel. But they run into trouble, and their prisoner has ideas of his own.

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  • Alien Geometries: Gabriel plays a trick on Lucifer when he tries to run out the back door of the bar that they're in, but just walks in through the front door again.
  • The Devil Is a Loser: Lucifer is in the thralls of a mental breakdown when we see again: he's sitting in a random bar guzzling down booze like no tomorrow trying to get some type of buzz. In a twist this has nothing to do with failing at anything, in fact it's because he had control over both Heaven and Hell... with zero satisfaction as it's his son that he ultimately wants and has since been unable to find him. Once he learns that Jack is on the alternate Earth, he immediately breaks free of this Rowena's chains and proceeds to save Sam's life for the sole purpose of making a good impression on his son.
  • Disney Death: Sam is killed by vampires, but thanks to Lucifer he's not out for long.
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  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Gabriel's grace keeping the portal to Apocalypse World open for barely a minute is used for a not so subtle joke about sexual performance in a subsequent conversation between Gabriel and Rowena.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Lucifer is drinking shot after shot at the bar when we first see him, despondent over his son and situation in general. As he's an archangel, it takes a lot to even get him buzzed. Well, usually.
  • Hannibal Lecture: The captured Lucifer ultimately succeeds in provoking Rowena by gloating about his previous murder of her.
  • Hulking Out: Rowena's mockery of Lucifer gives him enough strength to escape his bonds and almost kill her yet again.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: The "bartender" gives himself away by calling Lucifer's son "Jack" when the name hadn't come up in conversation. This is almost certainly intentional.
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  • Interspecies Romance: Played for laughs when Gabriel (archangel) and Rowena (witch) start to fall for each other.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Gabriel and Rowena decide to hook up when Sam, Dean, and Castiel walk in. After a bunch of lame excuses, they just collectively agree to scrub the incident from their minds and get on with the mission.
  • Looks Like Orlok: Vampires on Apocalypse World are hairless and bestial because the human race has been thinned out too much for most of them to feed.
  • Manly Tears: Shed by Dean when Mary asks where Sam is.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Barkeeping: The bartender serving booze to Lucifer keeps drying a glass. Justified in this case, since he's Gabriel in disguise. He also keeps doing it after revealing himself, largely to mock his brother.
  • Oh, Crap!: Rowena has this response after she accidentally lets Lucifer escape and throws him through the dimension gate.
    Rowena: ...bollocks.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Lucifer makes Sam a simple offer after reviving him: put in a good word for me with my son, or I let that starving vampire pack over there gang up on you.
  • Pity the Kidnapper: Lucifer decides to psych out Rowena in order to escape by singing country songs at the top of his lungs.
  • Slipping a Mickey: Rowena has cooked up a knockout spell to slip into Lucifer's drink.
  • Suggestive Collision: When they arrive on Apocalypse World, Team Free Will fall down the side of a hill. Gabriel lands with his face in Castiel's crotch, causing some uncomfortable looks between the two.
  • Vampire Bites Suck: Sam is brought down by a ragged vampire bite, jugular blood flying everywhere.
  • Villainous Rescue: Lucifer brings Sam back from the dead and gives him safe passage through the remaining vampires, in exchange for a chance to impress Jack.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Castiel and Gabriel both being low on angel power is given as the reason why they can't just wipe out all the vampires in the mine with a finger snap.

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