11.10 The Devil in the Details
|Title||The Devil in the Details|
|Episode #||Season 11, Episode 10|
|First aired||January 20, 2016|
|Directed by||Thomas J. Wright|
|Written by||Andrew Dabb|
|On IMDB||The Devil in the Details|
|Outline||With Sam at the mercy of Lucifer, Dean ventures down to Hell to save him. Meanwhile, Castiel looks into the fallout of the massive angel smiting that hit Amara.|
|Timeline||Immediately after 11.09 O Brother Where Art Thou?|
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Rowena is having a dream in which Crowley is an overgrown kid dressed in footie pajamas searching under a Christmas tree for his presents. He opens one and exclaims "Mum, mum, I got a Sam!" while showing her a Funko POP! Vinyl Sam action figure. Lucifer, dressed as Santa Claus, walks in the door and proceeds to stab Crowley with a giant sharpened candy cane. Rowena, wearing reindeer antlers and a blinking red nose, says to Lucifer/Santa, "I’ve been having this dream for months but you, you’re new."
Sam is in the holding cell telling Lucifer that he understands his plan to torture him until he says yes to being Lucifer’s vessel. Lucifer indicates that Rowena was in on the plan to free him from the Cage. He also tells Sam that he has no intention of harming him. He tells Sam the he needs him. Pressing a hand to Sam’s head he brings them through various memories in Sam’s life, starting with Sam kissing a girl over homework in high school. Lucifer tells Sam how strong and decisive he was in that moment. The next memory is Sam jumping into the Cage with Michael. Lucifer commends Sam for how he was willing to sacrifice himself then, but now he has gone soft. Next they are watching Sam sitting outside on deck steps with Amelia. Lucifer says that this is the moment where everything changed for Sam. He says that Sam is so overcome with guilt for not looking for Dean when he was in Purgatory that he will do anything to make up for it and save Dean, at any cost, even sacrificing the world. He tells Sam that to defeat the Darkness he has to be prepared to die and to watch the people around him die and that Sam is not strong enough to win this.
As Sam and Lucifer are "reminiscing," Crowley confronts Rowena about her part in Lucifer’s return. She says that Lucifer came to her in a dream, and that when he defeats the Darkness he will retake his throne with Rowena by his side.
Dean is driving down the road towards the site where the angel smiting took place to see if Amara is dead. On the way he calls Sam and Crowley but only gets their voice mails. As he gets closer to the site he gets dizzy, pulls over and throws up. Cas shows up and tells Dean he has Smiting Sickness and cannot go to the site as the symptoms will become worse and will lead to death. Castiel goes in alone, as angels are not affected, while Dean goes to check on Sam. As he walks through the Bunker calling out for Sam, Crowley calls Dean and tells him that Sam is in Hell.
While Castiel is in the forest looking for Amara, he runs into Ambriel, a female, accountant-type angel who was sent from Heaven to confirm that the Darkness has been defeated. It is the middle of the day and yet it is as dark as night in the forest. As they’re walking Ambriel says that she and Castiel are alike, that they are both expendable. "You help," she says, "but Sam and Dean Winchester are the real heroes." Castiel and Ambriel separate in the forest. Ambriel comes across Amara’s body lying on the ground. When Castiel catches up, Amara is sucking the grace from Ambriel into herself. Ambriel falls to the ground and Amara absorbs all the dark from the forest, making it light again. Castiel tries to kill her with his angel blade but is easily overwhelmed. Meanwhile Amara is insulting him, telling him she can smell "fear and self-loathing" on him and that she has no idea why God took an interest in him. She says she has a job for him and puts her hand to his chest, and he disappears in a flash of bright light. Amara then appears to become weak, and stumble.
Dean is going to Hell to find Sam. To get in he has to pass Billie the reaper, who hands him a box to bring to Crowley. When Dean meets up with him in Hell, Crowley tells Dean that Lucifer needs Sam, so he won’t kill him and that he and Dean need Rowena to put Lucifer back in the cage. At this point they open the box and it is revealed to contain a witchcatcher that will make Rowena do whatever she is asked to while she wears it. They put it on her and make her prepare a spell to send Lucifer back to the cage. She tells them that if Sam says yes, if Lucifer finds a vessel before the spell is finished, he can’t be put back in the cage; he will be tied to earth. Castiel stumbles into the room and tells them that Amara is alive and sends a message: the words "I AM COMING" burned into his chest.
In the cage, Lucifer is trying to get Sam to say "yes" to being his vessel. Sam continually says no. He tells Lucifer that whether Lucifer or Amara wins, everyone else loses. He says he has faith in his friends and his family to figure out what to do but he will not be Lucifer’s "bitch." Lucifer has had enough talking and punches Sam. Hearing Sam yell out, Dean and Cas run into the room with the cage. Lucifer snaps his fingers and they are all in the cage. Castiel attacks Lucifer with the angel blade while Dean tends to Sam. Lucifer grabs onto Castiel and tells him that he is the only one that can defeat the Darkness and that Castiel knows it. Meanwhile Sam tells Dean that they can’t win and Dean says "We don’t have to, we only have to last a few minutes," giving Rowena time to finish the spell. The fight in the cage continues with Sam and Dean taking a beating from Lucifer. Lucifer grabs Dean around the throat and pushes him up against the bars of the cage. He tells Sam to say "yes" or Dean will die. Castiel attacks Lucifer and pulls him off Dean. Lucifer punches Castiel several times and prepares to deliver a crushing blow, saying to Castiel "any last words?" Meanwhile, Rowena goes through the last part of the spell. She claps her hands together and a bright, white light envelops the cage. When it clears, Lucifer is gone from the cage and Castiel’s eyes appear strange.
Sam, Dean and Castiel leave Hell. They offer Castiel a ride but he declines. Dean asks Sam if he is ok and he replies "not even a little bit". Sam worries that Lucifer might be right, about being the only way to defeat the Darkness, but Dean shrugs him off, saying that having both Lucifer and the Darkness on earth would be "a nightmare".
Back in Hell, Crowley asks Rowena why she hates him. As she is telling him that loving him would make her weak, Castiel comes back. When Crowley calls him by name, Castiel, with an odd smirk on his face, says "Guess again" and there is a flashback to when Lucifer is beating him in the cage. When Lucifer asks him for last words, Castiel asks "Can you really beat her?" Lucifer answers "yes" and Castiel says "then yes" and the bright light appears. Crowley and Rowena now realize that Castiel is Lucifer’s vessel. Crowley tries to escape and Lucifer throws him against a wall. Lucifer then tells Rowena that she deserves a reward for freeing him. As he takes off the collar and leans in to kiss her he asks if anyone else can open the cage. Rowena says "only me" and Lucifer snaps her neck. He then walks over to Crowley and says "Let’s talk."
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Amelia Richardson
- Angel Blade
- Castiel's Pimpmobile
- The Darkness
- Hex Bag
- Men of Letters Bunker
- Sexual Encounters
- Smiting Sickness
- Stull Cemetery
- Table of Death
- "Changing Tracks" by Wishbone Ash
- (plays during "The Road So Far" recap of events)
- "Has Anybody Seen Kris Kringle" by Hal David & John Cacavas
- (playing during Rowena's Christmas nightmare)
- "Gwine to Run All Night, or De Camptown Races"
- (the password Dean has to sing to meet with the reaper Billie)
- "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel" by Tavares
- (playing during Lucifer's fight with Dean and Castiel, for "ambiance")
Trivia & References
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- 11.10 The Devil in the Details (transcript)
- The Devil in the Details Script (Production Draft, Blue Pages)