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Jack in the Box

Written by: Eugenie Ross-Leming & Brad Bucker

Directed by: Robert Singer

Air date: April 18, 2019

Dumah has overthrown Naomi as Ruler of Heaven. Having recruited Jack, she heralds a reign of terror in which humans are beaten into submission or forced to ascend to Heaven where Jack can transform them into angels, prompting Castiel to try to stop it. Meanwhile, Dean and Sam are arguing about the best way to bind Jack.

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  • Angelic Transformation: At Dumah's urging, Jack seeks out human believers so he can transform their souls into grace, thus creating new angels. Apparently, only God/Chuck can truly create new things out of nothing (creatio ex nihilo).
  • Better the Devil You Know: This seems to be Castiel's attitude about Naomi. While she is complicated, her conviction is purely to prevent Heaven from collapsing, not making it the center of a dictatorship like Dumah does.
  • Character Death: Castiel kills Dumah to end her brutal reign over Heaven and Earth.
  • Cliffhanger: The episode ends with Jack breaking out of the Ma'lak box and confronting Dean, Sam, and Castiel.
  • Creating Life Is Bad: Other than personal concern, Castiel is mad at Dumah for telling Jack to create angels because of the way Jack does it, namely, by transforming human souls into graces, instead of creating them from whole cloth.
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  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Among the ways Jack disposes of the humans who refuse Dumah's invitation to Heaven include turning them into salt and causing worms to eat them from the inside out.
  • Devoured by the Horde: Jack causes Pastor Ings, the leader of the prayer group he drafts the new angels from, to be eaten alive by worms. He survives long enough for Sam, Dean, and Castiel to interrogate him, but the worms are still infesting him.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Dumah cannot understand why Castiel is shocked by what befell Naomi, even though there is no love lost between the two.
  • Hellhole Prison: Since the events of "Byzantium", Naomi has been kept in this. Castiel, who used to hate her for a long time, is horrified.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Dean and Sam justify their tricking and locking Jack into Ma'lak box because he is dangerous and needs to be stopped.
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  • I Need a Freaking Drink: After tricking Jack into the Ma'lak box, the Winchesters immediately turn to booze to commiserate how much they screwed up with him.
  • No-Sell: Jack can break out of the Ma'lak Box, something even the strongest archangel, Michael, cannot do.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Since there's no way to kill Jack, the Winchesters attempt to lure him into the Ma'lak box to at least contain him, as it was designed to imprison an archangel. Unfortunately, it turns out that it's not strong enough to contain a nephilim.
  • Taken for Granite: Under Dumah's instruction Jack turns an atheist professor into a pillar of salt, Lot-style.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Castiel is extremely not cool with Sam and Dean manipulating Jack into the Ma'lak box.
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