15.02 Raising Hell

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Title Raising Hell
Episode # Season 15, Episode 2
First aired October 17, 2019
Directed by Robert Singer
Written by Brad Buckner
Eugenie Ross-Leming
On IMDB Raising Hell
Outline Allies, including a long-dead friend, help Castiel and the Winchesters with the hell ghosts. Meanwhile, Chuck turns to his sister for support
Monster Hell Ghosts
Timeline Two days after 15.01 Back and to the Future
Location(s) Harlan, Kansas
Reno, Nevada
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Synopsis

Characters

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Quotes

Dean: Can't believe I've teamed up with a demon again. Think I'd know better by now.
Belphegor: Teaming up with a hunter. I could say the same.
Rowena: Samuel. Castiel. What? A town full of ghosts! Messy even by Winchester standards.

Sam: We're hoping you can help.

Rowena: Can you boys do nothing on your own? Very well. What do you want?
Castiel: You're angry.

Dean: Yes, I am angry. At everything. All of it.
Castiel: All of it?

Dean: This mess, all the messes. It turns out that we're just hamsters running in a wheel our whole lives. What do we have to show for it, huh? Tell me you don't feel conned. God's been lying to you, Cas, forever. You bought into the biggest scam in history.
Castiel: Even if we didn't know that all of the challenges that we face were born of Chuck's machinations, how would we describe it all? We'd call it "life." Because that's precisely what life is. It's an obstacle course, and maybe Chuck designed the obstacles, but we ran our own race. We made our own moves. And mostly, we did well with that.

Dean: Did we? I'll tell you what we do know. Nothing about our lives is real. Everything that we've lost, everything that we are is because of Chuck. So maybe you can stick your head back in the sand, maybe you can pretend that we actually had a choice. I can't.

Castiel: Dean. You asked, "What about all of this is real?" We are.
Dean: Chuck said he was sending you to Heaven.

Kevin: Yeah, what He said, not what He did.
Ketch: What He lied? For what? Kicks?

Dean: Turns out, God's a dick.
Dean: Kevin's not even supposed to be in Hell, okay, so when this is all over, we're gonna send him up in Heaven where he belongs.

Belphegor: Yeah, yeah, not gonna happen. Souls cast down to Hell? That's the end of it. Heaven can't take 'em.
Dean: That's not true. Our dad made it to Heaven after he was in Hell.
Dean: And Bobby Singer.

Belphegor: So God made an exception. Didn't He used to like you two? Just saying. Without the big guy them's the rules.
Sam: I'm sorry, Kevin. I wish there was some way to make this right.
Kevin: Me too, but there isn't. And sometimes you just to accept that. Besides, I'm better off than I was, and I mean there's a whole world out there.
Dean: Take care Kev.
Kevin: I love you guys.
Chuck: Amara, we've been all through this. We belong together.

Amara: Yes. Yes, yin, yang, balance of nature. I am willing to coexist with You, brother, in the universe. Just not, you know, anywhere near You.
Chuck: Hey, don't test me. I front the group. You sing backup.

Amara: Oh, really? Because You're "God"? Even on Your best day, You couldn't force my hand. And this is not Your best day. In fact, I don't think You can do much of anything. Ah, a few parlor tricks, perhaps, but You can't leave this world, not without my help. And me? I'm done, Chuck. I've changed. I've adapted. I've become the better me. And You? You are still the same -- petulant, narcissistic. So I'm leaving You here. Once, long ago, You sealed me away. Now, in a way, I'm doing the same to You. You're trapped, diminished, abandoned. So I guess You got what You've always wanted. You're on Your own.
Rowena: My little toy isn't strong enough to handle all this. We have to find another way. Before it's too late.

Sam: Alright, that's what we'll do.

Dean: How?

Trivia & References

"Raising Hell" is the title of a 1993 concert video by Britsh heavy metal band Iron Maiden.
The decor of Amara's ostentatious hotel room featuring a mural of the Taj Mahal, references the hotel known as the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. It was billed as "the world's largest, most flamboyant casino." It was said to be connected to organized crime and was fined for violating money laundering laws. It closed in 2016.
Chuck: So, how about that "Game of Thrones" ending? Pretty great, right?
The final season of Game of Thrones was greeted with lukewarm responses from fans and critics alike for its rushed nature and what some called an unsatisfying final episode. At Comic-Con 2019, Andrew Dabb joked about Supernatural's finale by saying, “If you thought Game of Thrones was bad, just wait.”
Dean: This is quite the list of ingredients. I hope you have an Amazon account.

Rowena: Prime.

Amazon Prime is a subscription service that offers free 1-2 day delivery on all items purchased through Amazon's online store.
Rowena: Francis Tumblety. You're an unfaithful dog.

Tumblety: Oh, and you're Mary Poppins?

Mary Poppins is the protagonist of the book series of the same name, created by Australian-British writer P. L. Travers. This reference can be seen as a slight anachronism, as the first Mary Poppins book was not published until 1933, a decade after Tumblety's death in 1903.

Minutiae

Andrew Baker, who played Rob, previously played Demon #1 in 9.11 First Born.
Todd Thomson, who played Dave, previously played Richard Keel in 3.02 The Kids Are Alright and Jolene's Husband in 6.11 Appointment in Samara.
The woman killed in the teaser, Nan, is named after Nan Gorecki, who is married to EP and Production Designer Jerry Wanek.
Ketch's reaction to tasting the American beer Dean hands him, and Rowena's refusal to even try it, is a dig at American beers tasting more bland than what is served in the UK. Mick Davies had a similar reaction to trying American beer in 12.16 Ladies Drink Free. These characters have also previously stated their preferences for expensive Scotch.
While Ketch searched for Rowena in 13.07 War of the Worlds and shared a knowing look with her at the end of 13.22 Exodus, this episode marks the first time Ketch and Rowena have actually interacted in an episode.
Chuck had previously revealed in 14.20 Moriah that Amara was in Reno, Nevada, and that she was a fan of the game keno.
Belphegor explains that souls that have gone to Hell will not subsequently be accepted by Heaven. When Sam and Dean mention John Winchester and Bobby Singer, who both were first in Hell and then Heaven, Belphegor speculates that Chuck intervened in their cases because He liked the Winchesters.
Being cast into Hell by God Himself gave Kevin Tran a reputation, seemingly allowing him a level of respect among the damned, before his connection to the Winchesters was revealed.
Francis Tumblety attempted to absorb Kevin's spirit; the last time this act among ghosts had been seen was with Whitman Van Ness in 7.19 Of Grave Importance.
Being shot with the Equalizer is revealed to have severely weakened and diminished God. He also now has a link with Sam, who can feel God's pain when He probes at the wound.
While Amara has gone to Reno to enjoy the many casinos, it also was in Reno on August 19, 1975 that John and Mary Winchester got married.

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