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Recap / Supernatural S 14 E 17 Game Night

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Game Night

Written by: Meredith Glynn

Directed by: John F. Showalter

Air date: April 4, 2019

Nick abducts and threatens Donatello, opening a new round of manipulation in regards to the Winchesters. Meanwhile Castiel recruits Anael in his attempt to locate and contact God.


  • Character Death: Jack brutally kills Nick during an overdone attempt to stop him from summoning Lucifer.
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  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Jack kills Nick by first breaking his hand in five different places, then by boiling him alive inside his own body.
  • Cursed Item: Castiel says that the earrings he bribes Anael with carry a curse, although nothing she has to worry about as an angel.
  • Distracted by the Luxury: Anael is willing to help Castiel out, so long as he gives her the cursed Burmese earrings to add to her collection. Even when she tries to leave, the sight of Castiel taking back the earrings prompts her to continue talking.
  • Epic Hail: Castiel's attempt to contact God. Near the episode's end he finds the amulet Joshua made for that purpose, although there's no apparent effect.
  • Hidden Depths: Before she was demoted to become Heaven's button pushier, Anael worked under Joshua and was considered to succeed him as God's intermediary.
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  • Humanoid Abomination: When Lucifer is summoned from the Empty, he manifests as a pitch black humanoid blob that is constantly reforming itself.
  • Not So Different: Nick tries this line on Dean while he's captured in the bunker, since they've both been the vessel for an archangel. Dean isn't having that.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Jack justifies boiling Nick in his skin because he was a bad person.
  • Really 700 Years Old: The pawnshop Castiel and Anael search in is run by a seemingly quite young man named Methuselah, who hints that he might actually be the Methuselah who reached 900 odd years in Biblical times.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Lucifer is awake but trapped inside the Empty. Nick was able to talk to him by injecting a prophet (Donatello) with angel grace, then tries to perform a blood ritual to bring him back from the void before being stopped by Jack.
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  • So Proud of You: Mary expresses pride for Sam in sparing Nick, something Sam is feeling guilt and shame over.
  • Summoning Ritual: Nick conducts a blood ritual to raise Lucifer from the Empty and be possessed by him again. It only fails because Mary and Jack appear at the last moment.
  • Tap on the Head: Averted. Nick's hitting Sam in the head results in a serious injury.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: The A-plot is about Dean, Sam, Jack, and Mary attempting to uncover Nick's plans and save Donatello. The B-plot is about Castiel and Anael searching for a way to contact God.
  • Uncertain Doom: The episode ends with Jack entering his violent episode in front of Mary, with the screen cutting to black as he says Mary's name. It's uncertain if he does her harm.
  • You Watch Too Much X: When Nick kidnaps Donatello and tries to indulge in Criminal Mind Games with the Winchesters, Dean comments "that psycho's seen too many 90s serial killer movies".

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