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Recap of Supernatural
Season 13, Episode 23:

Let The Good Times Roll

Written by: Andrew Dabb

Directed by: Robert Singer

Air date: May 17th, 2018

The Winchesters have their final showdown with Lucifer as he and Michael return from Apocalypse World.

Tropes

  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Lucifer responds to Jack telling him that Sam told him that Lucifer had been killed by Michael with, "Sam is a big fat liar, and he's a bad person, and he's freakishly tall."
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  • Asshole Victim: No one's going to miss Lucifer.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Michael goes back on his deal with Dean, keeping his body and now being free to do whatever he wants.
  • Book-Ends: The season began with Jack's eyes glowing, and it ends with a shot of Michael's Glowing Eyes of Doom.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Jack has most, if not all of his grace sucked out by Lucifer.
  • Came Back Wrong: Lucifer warns that Maggie might be a little off if he resurrects her, although it's more likely he just didn't want her back because she might be able to ID him as her killer.
  • Continuity Snarl: Donald Trump is mentioned to be President, despite us meeting a completely different President last season.
  • Death Is Cheap: Lucifer resurrects Maggie at Jack's request, despite his initial reluctance because she might come back wrong. It's later revealed that this is actually because he's the one who killed her.
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  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Thanks to Michael's power, Dean finally manages to kill Lucifer for good.
  • Evil Feels Good: Lucifer's description of Maggie's murder under the effect of Jack's truth spell:
    Lucifer: [grinning] I crushed her skull with my bare hands, and it was warm and wet, and I liked it.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Dean is willing to let Michael possess him, something he spent all of Season 5 trying to avoid, in order to defeat Lucifer for good.
  • A God Am I: Lucifer initially planned for him and Jack to become "better gods" than his Father, but when that option goes out the window because Jack discovers the immoral things that Lucifer has done and lied about, he takes Jack's grace by force and plans to destroy the universe to remake it in his image.
  • Grand Theft Me: Despite Dean exacting a promise of a "one-time deal" where he remains in the driver's seat, Michael takes complete control over Dean's body after they dispatch Lucifer.
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  • I Am the Noun: Dean, while possessed by Michael, tries to beat up the supercharged Lucifer, who starts mopping the floor with him and mocks him thusly:
    Lucifer: I'm not just powerful now. I am power.
  • Karmic Death: While Dean/Michael is the one to land the killing blow on Lucifer, it only happens because Sam, Lucifer's perfect vessel whom he once tortured in the Cage, manages to toss the archangel blade to him.
  • Killed Off for Real: Just like Crowley in the previous season finale, Lucifer bites the dust for good this time.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the recap portion of the episode, a clip plays of Rowena telling Sam she's bored and asking if there's any music. It's at that point that Carry On Wayward Son starts playing.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: AU Michael, despite being a Knight Templar obsessed with purging all sin, ultimately turns out to be the better option compared to Lucifer, who becomes a straight-up Omnicidal Maniac after Jack rejects him.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Lucifer attempts to get Jack to kill Sam, or vice versa, with the threat that he'll kill both and destroy the universe otherwise.
  • Moving the Goalposts: Michael, who decides to possess Dean full-time after killing Lucifer.
  • Offing the Offspring: Lucifer takes Jack's grace, then forces him and Sam to either kill the other or he'll kill both of them.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner:
    Dean: "Well it turns out he and I have something in common: we both want to gut your ass".
  • Redemption Rejection: Jack uses his power to compel Lucifer to admit he killed a human and enjoyed it, after Lucifer nearly convinced him that he'd changed for the better. Lucifer follows this confession up with a tantrum of biblical proportions and steals almost all of Jack's grace.
  • Sadistic Choice: Lucifer abducts Jack and Sam and tells them that if one doesn't kill the other, he'll kill them both. Jack tries to Take a Third Option by committing Heroic Suicide instead, but Dean/Michael's intervention prevents that.
  • Science Fantasy: Lucifer muses that in his new universe, "fire-breathing dragons" and "sassy, talking robots" will be included. Amusingly, the former already exist in the world of Supernatural, but they were shapeshifters who only appeared in their human forms.
  • Shooting Superman: When Sam and Dean first see Michael, they try shooting him, with the bullets bouncing off of him harmlessly.
  • The Scream: Lucifer does a rather impressive rage-driven scream and accompanying Game Face during his Villainous Breakdown. It overwhelms everyone in the room except Jack, including Castiel.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Team Free Will attacks a small pack of werewolves whom Castiel overhears talking about the Kardashian family. Dean considers himself "a Khloe man", then subsequently one of the werewolves makes the exact same comment right before they burst in.
  • Take That!:
  • Truth Serum: Jack uses his powers to force Lucifer to tell the truth, revealing that he bashed in Maggie's skull when she spotted him skulking outside the bunker.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Lucifer completely loses his mind when Jack rejects him.
  • Wham Episode: Lucifer is killed, while Dean is left possessed by Michael.
  • Written-In Absence: Rowena and Charlie are mentioned to be on a road trip, and Arthur Ketch is off doing "Ketch things".
  • You're Not My Father: Jack rejects Lucifer as his father, instead calling him a monster.
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