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Supernatural: Sympathy for the Devil

Sam and Dean prepare for Lucifer's arrival only to find themselves on a plane flying overhead. Castiel is destroyed by the Archangel, and the brothers are left to work with Bobby to pick up the pieces and take on angels and demons alike as Zachariah reveals his master plan.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x1
Production Number: 3X5201
Airdate: Thursday September 10th, 2009

Director: Robert Singer
Writer: Eric Kripke

Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Feb 10, 2010
DE (Pro7) Jan 03, 2011


Guest Stars
Jim BeaverJim Beaver
As Bobby Singer
Kurt FullerKurt Fuller
As Zachariah
Robert Patrick BenedictRobert Patrick Benedict
As Chuck Shurley (as Rob Benedict)
Mark PellegrinoMark Pellegrino
As Nick
Rachel MinerRachel Miner
As Meg
Bellamy YoungBellamy Young
As Lucifer / Sarah

Co-Guest Stars
Emily PerkinsEmily Perkins
As Becky Rosen
Frank TopolFrank Topol
As Pilot
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester
Misha CollinsMisha Collins
As Castiel


At the abandoned convent in Ilchester, Sam and Dean brace themselves as the Devil begins to emerge from Hell. They run for the doors only to see them swing closed and lock. Unable to escape, they turn around…..

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Episode Quotes
Dean: Where's Cass?
Chuck Shurley: He's dead. Or gone. The archangel smote the crap out of him. I'm sorry.
Dean: You're sure? I mean, maybe he just vanished into the light or something.
Chuck Shurley: Oh, no. He exploded. Like a water balloon of chunky soup.

Chuck Shurley: Oh god. Is that a molar? Do I have a molar in my hair? This has been a really stressful day.

Sam: Becky, does he know where it is?
Becky: In a castle on a hill made of forty-two dogs.
Dean: Forty-two dogs?
Sam: Are you sure you got that right?
Becky: It doesn't make sense, but that's what he said. I memorized every word... for you.
Sam: Umm... Becky, can you... quit touching me?
Becky: No.

Sam: I brought this on.
Bobby Singer: You're damn right you didn't listen. You were reckless and selfish and arrogant.
Sam: I'm sorry.
Bobby Singer: Oh, yeah? You're sorry you started Armageddon? This kind of thing don't get forgiven, boy. If, by some miracle we pull this off... I want you to lose my number. You understand me?

Zachariah: I see you told the demons where the sword is.
Dean: Oh, thank God. The angels are here.

Zachariah: You're Michael's vessel. Or rather, his receptacle.
Dean: I'm a vessel?
Zachariah: You're the vessel. Michael's vessel.
Dean: How? Why, why me?
Zachariah: Because you're chosen! It's a great honor, Dean.
Dean: Oh, yeah. Life as an angel condom. That's real fun. I think I'll pass, thanks.

Dean: You need my consent. Michael needs my say-so to ride around in my skin.
Zachariah: Unfortunately, yes.
Dean: Well, there's got to be another way.
Zachariah: There is no other way. There must be a battle. Michael must defeat the Serpent. It is written.
Dean: Yeah, maybe. But, on the other hand... eat me. The answer's no.

Castiel: You two need to be more careful.
Dean: Yeah, I'm starting to get that. Your frat brothers are bigger dicks than I thought.

Lucifer / Sarah: I'm not your wife, Nick. I'm an angel.
Nick: An angel?
Lucifer / Sarah: My name is Lucifer.
Nick: Sure. Naturally. Umm... could you do me a favor there, Satan, and remind me to quit drinking before I go to bed?

Dean: What if we win? I'm serious. I mean, screw the angels and the demons and their crap Apocalypse. They want to fight a war, they can find their own planet. This one's ours, and I say they get the hell off of it. We take 'em all on. We kill the Devil. Hell, we even kill Michael if we have to, but we do it our own damn selves.
Bobby Singer: And how are we supposed to do all this, genius?
Dean: I got no idea. But what I got is a GED and a "give 'em hell" attitude and I'll figure it out.
Bobby Singer: You are nine kinds of crazy, boy.
Dean: It's been said.

Cultural References
Title: Sympathy for the Devil

"Sympathy for the Devil" is the title track of the Rolling Stones' 1968 album Beggar's Banquet.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerBen Edlund  |  Sera Gamble  |  Robert Singer  |  Eric Kripke  |  McG  |  Philip Sgriccia
Co-Executive ProducerPeter Johnson
ProducerJim Michaels  |  Todd Philip Aronauer
Co-ProducerJerry Wanek  |  Serge LaDouceur  |  Jeremy Carver
Associate ProducerKristin Cronin
Production DesignerJohn Marcynuk
EditorAnthony Pinker
CastingRobert J. Ulrich  |  Eric Dawson  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Coreen Mayrs  |  Heike Brandstatter
First Assistant DirectorKevin Parks
MusicChristopher Lennertz
Music EditorDino A. Moriana
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerDiane Widas
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerDennis Kirk  |  Bill Jackson (1)
Director of PhotographySerge LaDouceur
Story EditorAndrew Dabb  |  Daniel Loflin
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
Production ManagementCraig Matheson
Sound MixerDonald Painchaud
Executive Story EditorJulie Siege
Key Makeup ArtistSarah Graham
Visual Effects SupervisorIvan Hayden
"A" Camera OperatorBrad Creasser
Visual Effects ProducerGrant Lindsay
Key HairstylistJeannie Chow
Special Effects SupervisorRandy Shymkiw
Original CastingPatrick Rush
Assistant Art DirectorRobert Leader
Second 2nd Assistant DirectorDebra Herst (1)
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