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Supernatural Episode: "Two Minutes to Midnight"

Season 5, Episode 21
Episode Synopsis: Bobby trades his soul for the location of Death so Sam and Dean will have a better chance of stopping the Apocalypse. Meanwhile, the brothers confront Pestilence, who unleashes a deadly virus upon them; Dean attends a meeting with Death.
Original Air Date: May 6, 2010
Guest Cast Matt Frewer: Pestilence Julian Richings: Death Jim Beaver: Bobby Mark Sheppard: Crowley
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Season 5, Episode 21
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Length: 41:39
Aired: 5/6/2010
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "Two Minutes to Midnight" Season 5, Episode 21

In one episode the brothers Winchester have to deal with two Horsemen, their rings are needed to bring about the end of Lucifer and Sam's talking up his plan to trap the devil. Meanwhile, Dean has a rendezvous with Death at a pizza joint, Bobby's soul-selling self comes clean with his latest predicament and Castiel finally makes a comeback, but unfortunately he's not quite the same old Cas. Plus, a Croatoan virus starts to unload on the world making the apocalypse that much deadlier. 

In Davenport, Iowa, Pestilence works at some sort of convalescent hospital and goes by the name Doctor Green. An old lady is feeling really awful and according to the doc, she's suffering from a nasty virus (Dengue fever to be exact), Japanese encephalitis and chicken pox. This woman's screwed and now we know where the name "Green" comes from — it's that nasty stuff the old lady spits up right before she dies.  

At Bobby's place, Dean's yelling at Sam saying the same stuff that I said in the last blog. He doesn't like Sam's "genius" idea either. (Not that we ever thought he would ever actually sign off on the idea.) All of a sudden Castiel calls and I'm instantly very grateful we're going to get some angel time in this episode. Cas is in a hospital. After Van Nuys he appeared bloody and unconscious on some shrimping boat off Delacroix (is that off the coast of Louisiana?). Cas isn't able to zap anywhere, he's turned human. Poor Cas. Sam and Dean jump into the Impala off to search for Pestilence and their journey takes them to that same Iowa hospital. A demon nurse gives Pestilence the heads up and the Horseman decides to get revenge for what the Winchesters did to his brothers (again with the brother theme) despite the fact they're under orders not to kill the vessels. This results in Sam and Dean getting sick. The brothers have been the punching bags for angels and demons all season long. I don't even know they continue to go on.

The nurse drags Dean's ailing body into the room where Sam's already busy writhing on the floor. While Pestilence monologues about God and humans and blah, blah, blah, Dean tries to reach for his knife but the Horseman steps on his hand. Cas somehow shows up and says he took the bus. Where in the world is Delacroix again? And how long has it been since he was in the hospital? Anyway, Pestilence notices there is no more angel in the vessel. I wonder if this is how Cas is going to remain. If he's permanently human, I kind of feel sorry for the guy. Castiel does manage to remove Doc Green's finger (the one with the ring) and kills the demon nurse. Pestilence probably flees to go join his brothers War and Famine who are off lying fetal somewhere unable to contribute anything more to the apocalypse. That's three Horsemen down, one to go. But just before Pesty disappears he tells the room that it's too late.

Back at Bobby's, the boys are wondering what in the world Pestilence means and they're hoping Bobby has good news for them. He does, sort of. Chicago is about to be destroyed from some massive storm and three million people are going to die. The good news ends up being the fact that this means Death will be in Chicago. Sam wants to know how his friend put this all together. That's when Crowley the Crossroads Demon shows up. Bobby's forced to tell them he sold his soul for the info, and after the hunter denies kissing Crowley to seal the deal, Crowley whips out his phone complete with photographic proof that a smooch did occur. I'm sorry, but that moment is hilarious. It turns out Bobby's soul is an insurance plan; there's no way the Winchesters or Castiel will kill the CD if he has Bobby's soul.

In the junkyard, Sam tries to give a really good argument for why he has to go ahead with his plan. Dean seems like he's listening, but I have my doubts. Crowley shows up, mocks the boys and then hands Sam a newspaper detailing the roll out of Niveus Pharmaceutical's "vaccine" to "cure" the recent swine-flu-like epidemic. The vaccine is chock full of the Croatoan virus and we know from "The End" that that virus is an integral key of this apocalypse. Cut to Chi-town. They actually use the "O Death" song (sung by Jen Titus) during this episode. How cool is that? Death is walking down the street. He just touches someone and the guy keels over. It's scary and cool all at the same time.

I guess they're going with Sam's plan because Sam and Dean are splitting up.

"All right, good luck stopping the whole zombie apocalypse."
"Yeah, good luck killing Death."

I like Sam reflecting on the simpler time when they used to just hunt Wendigos. Is this a nod to the fact that the show we watched in Season 1 is way different from the show now? I think so. Crowley gives Dean a weapon (some sort of scythe) that kills demons and angels and reapers and supposedly Death too. The Crossroads demon gives Bobby back his legs as well. What an awesome moment.

Bobby and Castiel are with Sam. Cas tells Sam that he and Dean have a way of exceeding his expectations. Dean resisted Michael so maybe Sam can control Lucifer. But there are things he needs to know like how Michael has found another vessel (Adam). And to take in Lucifer it would be more blood than he has ever drank. I'm wondering if Sam succeeds, what's it going to be like once he expels Lucifer? Raphael the archangel turned his human vessel's brain into mush. What's going to happen to Sam after housing Lucifer? Team Zombieland Destroyers target the trucks carrying the Croatoan virus. Bobby and Sam blow through the Croatoan freaks shooting 'em up one by one. Love all the action. Team Death Destroyers (Dean and Crowley) come up to the warehouse where the Horseman's located. The block is swarming with reapers. Doesn't matter, however, Death is elsewhere. He's in a restaurant actually. Dead bodies litter the floor of the place. Dean tries to sneak up on Death but it doesn't happen. Death takes his weapon back before inviting the Winchester to join him for some pizza. This show gets so weird sometimes and that's a good thing. So ultimately, Death tells Dean he'll give the hunter his ring but only if he lets Sam take care of Lucifer. Death seems certain Sam's strong enough to do what it takes, that he'll gain control of Lucifer long enough to trap him in the cage. Death despises being forced into being the devil's weapon. Lucifer has been making him kill for what he deems "bratty" reasons. Dean says yes to Death. Let's see if he'll be able to go through with it. This is a really nice scene. The actor who plays Death is pretty badass and scary and the scene turns out way different than I ever imagined it to be. I mean, a Horseman giving up his ring willingly? Very cool. Then the leader of the reapers gives Dean the rules of the game when it comes to using those rings to cage Luci.

Later in the junkyard, Dean lays the fourth ring down and a magnetic attraction instantly binds the fourth ring together (another cool scene). An almost gleeful Bobby walks up to Dean preaching about how he marched up and down the steps all night and how's he's feeling sore. That's great in his book. Dean lets it be known that he lied to Death; he doesn't want Sam to go through with the plan. Bobby makes the case for his younger brother. He's strong and while he does have a darkness inside him, he feels the good outweighs all that. Bobby wants to know if he's afraid of Sam losing or losing his brother. And, duh Bobby, of course Dean's afraid of losing his brother. Why does anyone think that this time around is any different? At the end of Season 2 he sold his soul to bring his brother back from death. He didn't want to lose him then and he doesn't want to lose him now.

OK, next week is the finale. From the previews at the end of the episode it seems like Sam does say yes to Lucifer and then there's that shot of Dean beat to all hell. So scary! And I'm so excited for the finale. I keep watching that preview over and over again. Has anyone else?

There's a lot to like about "Two Minutes to Midnight" including the action — I'm such a sucker for that. Sam going all badass in that warehouse along with Bobby and Cas is just so great. And to counter that, I love the much quieter scene between Dean and Death. Plus, there's some more Dean and Crowley goodness. I'm glad Mark A. Sheppard's part of the team. However, I'm sorry Pestilence was dealt with so quickly. I mean 17 minutes and Matt Frewer was gone. I really wish they had given more time to the diseased Horseman. Cas is human, I'm wondering what that means for his future. I feel like he's been "killed" twice; now that he's human a third time may be permanent. Will Bobby get his soul back? Can Sam really extricate himself from Lucifer? And will Dean let him go through with his plan? Much like I asked in the last blog: will we get an edge-of-your-seat cliffhanger that will make the upcoming hellatus more painful than ever or will the apocalypse definitely be wrapped up in a nice little bow? I guess we'll have to stay tuned for "Swan Song," the Season 5 finale. Talk to you then.

Random Thoughts

— Loved Dean asking the guard if he's seen his nana Eunice Kennedy.

— That scene where Sam and Dean are stumbling down the hall being all sick reminds me of "Sam, Interrupted" when Dean was stumbling down the hospital hall all delusional.

— Pestilence infers the brothers may be suffering from syphilis. Isn't that the third time Sam's contracted an STD this season? First in "The Curious Case of Dean Winchester" then he "starred" in a commercial for an STD in "Changing Channels." Poor Sam.

— Pestilence uses a hand sanitizer to clean his hands. So funny...

— Cas and Bobby have a lot in common all of a sudden. They both feel useless. Although Cas did manage to slice off Pestilence's ring finger and Bobby did sell his soul for Death's location.

— Dean reluctantly eats a bite of his pizza. Dean usually has no issues with eating unless angels or demons are involved of course.

— Death also goes on and on about the insignificance of humans to him. But he goes one step further. He tells Dean that he can actually reap God. Wow. Much like Dean, I don't have much of a response to that.

— I know Michael found another vessel (Adam), but I hope it's the same situation as Lucifer where the evil one had to find a temporary meat suit waiting until the day Sam says yes. I hope Michael's not done with Dean yet.

Favorite Lines

"I can't go anywhere without money for an airplane ride. And food. Or pain medication ideally."

"All right. Look, no worries. Bobby here will wire you the cash."
"I will?"

"Dean, wait. You said no to Michael, I owe you an apology. You are not the burnt and broken shell of a man that I believed you to be."
"Thank you. I appreciate that."

"This is Dr. Evil's lair."

"Of course to Pestilence, it's probably Dollywood in there."

"That's the beauty about improv Sammy. You never know what's going to come out of your mouth."

"Sam, Dean...come right in."

"How'd you get here?"
"I took a bus."

"There's not a speck of angel in you, is there?"
"Maybe just a speck."

"I don't understand your definition of good news."

"Did you kiss him?"
"Sam!"
"Just wondering..."

"Why'd you take a picture?"
"Why did you have to use tongue?"

"And scene."

"You two are lucky you have your looks."

"So you boys better stock up on everything. This time next Thursday, we'll all be living in zombieland." Love, love, love the use of Thursday once again. (Next Thursday being the finale of course.)

"My name is Death and the end is near."

"You really going to bitch to me?"

"Remember when we used to just hunt Wendigos? How simple things were?" "Not really."

"How'd you get that?"
"Hello, king of the Crossroads."

"Let's stop for pizza."
"Are you kidding?"

"Actually these things can be useful."

"Can we commit our act of domestic terrorism already? Let's go."

 

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In one episode the brothers Winchester have to deal with two Horsemen, their rings are needed to bring about the end of Lucifer and Sam's talking up his plan to trap the devil. Meanwhile, Dean has a rendezvous with Death at a pizza joint, Bobby's soul-selling self comes clean with his latest predicament and Castiel finally makes a comeback, but unfortunately he's not quite the same old Cas. Plus, a Croatoan virus starts to unload on the world making the apocalypse that much deadlier. 

In Davenport, Iowa, Pestilence works at some sort of convalescent hospital and goes by the name Doctor Green. An old lady is feeling really awful and according to the doc, she's suffering from a nasty virus (Dengue fever to be exact), Japanese encephalitis and chicken pox. This woman's screwed and now we know where the name "Green" comes from — it's that nasty stuff the old lady spits up right before she dies.  

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