14.12 Prophet and Loss
|Title||Prophet and Loss|
|Episode #||Season 14, Episode 12|
|First aired||January 31, 2019|
|Directed by||Thomas J. Wright|
|Written by|| Brad Buckner|
|On IMDB||Prophet and Loss|
|Outline||While Sam and Castiel try and talk Dean out of his plan to thwart Michael, Donatello's condition is having a terrible effect on other potential prophets.|
|Location(s)|| Lebanon, Kansas|
Fort Dodge, Iowa
Pike Creek, Delaware
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The Ma'lak Box is sitting at the bottom of the ocean as Dean is inside and banging on the box. He is holding his phone as a flashlight. Dean is very distressed and calls out for "Sammy" many times until his phone dies, leaving him in pitch black. Suddenly, Dean wakes up from the dream -- his fingers are bloody from clawing the wall, as he clawed the inside of the box in his dream. Sam enters the room from the bathroom and asks about the dream, but Dean pretends to be okay. Sam continues to believe there is another way to get rid of Michael, but Dean is steadfast in his belief that Billie’s book reveals the only way to secure Michael.
A woman is bound and gagged as a man pours salt into a tank of water. A man, Tony Alvarez, puts her into the water, bringing her up to carve Enochian script into her arm before holding her underwater once again until her struggling stops as she dies. The man raises his arms to the ceiling as he hears Enochian chants.
In a hospital, a police officer brings a handcuffed Nick some dinner, who asks when he will be released. The officer says that at least four jurisdictions want to prosecute. Nick maintains his innocence because he was possessed by Satan. As Nick cries, the police officer tells Nick he will be locked up for the rest of his life.
At a rest area, Dean and Sam pull up in Baby with the Ma’lak Box on a trailer. Dean wants Sam’s assurance that Sam will be with Dean to the end, Sam says that he will even though he hates the idea, as does Mary and points out that Dean hasn’t even told Castiel and Jack. As Dean goes to the restroom, Sam calls Cas at the Bunker. Unable to talk Dean out of this plan, Sam has Cas doing research, but has been unsuccessful in finding any way to forcibly extract Michael. In addition, Rowena has been through the entire Book of the Damned and found nothing. Cas offers to talk to Dean but Sam thinks it won’t matter and that Dean is gone unless they can find another way.
Tony Alvarez sits in a car watching another man, Alan, lock up a business at night. Tony gets out of the car and follows Alan and then drags him, bound and gagged, to a sheet of plastic. Tony says he will strike down the first born in the land of Egypt and cuts into Alan's throat. After Alan dies, Tony takes the knife and begins cutting into the chest. As he does so, he begins to hear more Enochian and says “I am the Word.”
As Dean is driving, he struggles with a vision of Michael trying to break out of the door in Dean’s mind. Regaining composure, Dean talks to Sam about their childhood and apologizes for not being a better brother. Dean wants to make sure that Sam knows that sometimes when John got mad at Dean, John sent him away and that Dean would never abandon Sam. Sam says Dean was the only one there for him; Dean raised him. Sam asks that they not have “deathbed apologies” kinds of conversations. Sam has found a case in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Dean starts to object but then warms to the idea of one last case for the “Winchester boys.” Sam tells Dean about the two murders: the woman in bloody, red saltwater and the man with his throat slit. Both victims had Enochian carved into their bodies.
At the hospital, Nick is praying (to Lucifer, not God), when the police officer walks into the hospital room. Upon unlocking Nick’s handcuffs so that Nick can use the restroom, Nick swings a bedpan at the police officer and knocks him over. After repeatedly kicking the officer in the head, Nick finds his street clothes and escapes.
Sam and Dean go to interview the murdered man’s twin brother, Eddie. Eddie describes the pain of losing his brother, Alan, something Dean and Sam appear to commiserate with. Sam tells Eddie that the carvings on both murder victims are an ancient language and spell out the phrase “I am the Word.” Eddie realizes he has seen it before and show's a photograph of their friend, Tony Alvarez, who has an Enochian tattoo.
Dean calls Cas, who reveals that he knows about Dean’s plan and that it’s a terrible mistake. Refusing to discuss the matter, Dean asks if Cas knows Tony Alvarez. Cas says that Antonio Alvarez is next in line to be prophet after Donatello. Dean, pretending to be Donatello’s nephew, calls Donatello’s physician, Dr. Rashad, to confirm that Donatello is still alive. Sam and Dean break into Tony’s home and discover a room with Enochian and English phrases covering the walls and pictures of Tony’s previous victims and possibly future victims. The phrases correspond to the methods of the first two killings. The wall writings indicate the next killing will be fire. Dean realizes one of the pictures was taken at a machine shop.
At the machine shop, a man is hanging by his wrists from the ceiling. Tony pours gasoline on the man’s feet and trails the gasoline several yards away, all the while quoting the phrase about fire. Tony lights a match and drops it on the gasoline trail as Dean and Sam rush into the room. Sam tackles Tony as Dean puts out the fire and frees the captive. Tony claims to hear God’s voice in his head but Sam and Dean tell him it wasn’t God and the people Tony killed were innocent. As Sam and Dean discuss if Tony is picking up something from Donatello, Tony tackles Dean, knocking Dean’s gun away. Tony reaches for the gun and shoots himself in the head. Back at the Impala, Dean and Sam are on speakerphone with Cas. They theorize that Donatello’s comatose condition could be calling prophets too early and causing them to be malformed.
Nick breaks into his old house, where he is flooded with memories of the hallucinations of his baby’s toys moving on their own and the bloody crib. Nick’s breath then becomes visible and a mirror freezes over; cabinet doors bang open and closed and lights flicker on and off. A woman in a nightgown appears. Since Lucifer first visited Nick in his dead wife’s form, Nick asks if it’s Lucifer. But is surprised that it is his wife Sarah’s ghost, who tells Nick that she has been held in the house by unfinished business. Nick explains about finding Sarah’s killer, the cop, Frank Kellogg, possessed by the demon Abraxas -- he got justice for her and she can leave. Sarah, however, reveals that her unfinished business turns out to be Nick’s choosing Lucifer. Telling Nick she was there the night he chose to be possessed, Sarah asks Nick to reject Lucifer and free her. But Nick can’t, Sarah tells him he has doomed her to be trapped forever, and doomed himeself. As he walks away from her, Nick says he’s going to wherever is darkest because that’s where Lucifer is.
At the Happy Daze Nursing Home, Dean and Sam talk to Dr. Rashad about their decision to take Donatello off life support, and discover Cas posing as Dr. Novak. Dr. Rashad tells the three that Donatello has very little brain activity, but has babbled words in the past. While Sam goes with Dr. Rashad, Cas pressures Dean to let go of his suicidal plan, but Dean is steadfast in his resolve tells Cas if he was his friend he wouldn't try to stop him. Sam interrupts their heated discussion with a video of Donatello speaking Enochian even as he lays in a coma. Cas translates the words to be the same that Tony Alvarez was hearing and theorizes that Donatello’s mind must be fighting to rebuild itself. With this “spark,” Cas insists on trying to save Donatello. As Dean and Sam sit in the waiting room, Sam remarks how hard it is to think about someone being trapped in his own body between life and death. Knowing that Sam is referring to Dean’s situation with Michael, Dean tells Sam that nothing has changed.
As Sam and Dean enter Donatello's room, a blue light flares in Cas’ eyes as he finds a sliver of Donatello's consciousness. As Castiel heals him, Donatello opens his eyes. Dean turns off life support, Donatello is shocked back to consciousness, and recognizes Dean and Sam. With no memory of what happened to him, Castiel confirms Donatello has returned, still without his soul and is left by Dean to catch Donatello up on what he has missed.
Dean finds Sam leaning against Baby, drinking alone. Taking a beer, Dean says that it’s nice to be going out with a win. Sam, however, gets emotional, roughly slapping Dean in the chest, accusing Dean of giving up too easily, throwing away everything they stand for, and not believing in faith and family. Dean protests that he’s tried everything. Sam says while they don’t have new ideas today, if Dean quits and goes through with his plan, there will be no opportunity of new ideas tomorrow. Telling Dean what he is doing is wrong and it’s quitting. Sam says he believes in them and then slugs Dean. Swinging to hit Dean again, Dean captures Sam in a hug. Giving in, Dean tells Sam they will go home, and that maybe Billie is wrong, and he does believe in them. As Cas walks up, Dean says he will keep believing until he can’t and extracts another promise from Sam that if the day comes, Sam will do then what he can’t do now: let Dean go and put Dean in the Ma’lak Box. Sam agrees, but Cas remains silent. They all get in Baby and drive off.
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- Costumes & Disguises
- Ma'lak Box
- Men of Letters Bunker
- Serial Killers
- Table of Death