5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight
|Title||Two Minutes to Midnight|
|Episode #||Season 5, Episode 21|
|First aired||May 6, 2010|
|Directed by||Phil Sgriccia|
|Written by||Sera Gamble|
|On IMDB||Two Minutes to Midnight|
|Outline||The Winchesters and Bobby are reunited with Castiel, and get close to collecting the rings from the Four Horsemen.|
|Location(s)|| Davenport, Iowa|
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Dean finds out about Sam's proposal to give Lucifer permission to use him as a vessel. In the midst of their disputes, Dean receives a phone call from Castiel, temporarily pausing the discussion. In their conversation, Castiel reveals that following his actions in California, he has become effectively mortal. He apologizes for doubting Dean in assuming that he was going to assent to Michael.
Dean and Sam travel to Serenity Valley Convalescent Home in Davenport, Iowa in search of Pestilence. Dr. Green returns to Serenity Valley, telling patient Celeste that his activities were quite productive. She asks him if he'll cure her and Dr. Green openly admits that he's not going to cure her condition; instead, he inflicts multiple diseases on her and she dies, coughing up green slime. Dean and Sam continue traveling through the facility searching for Pestilence, and as they pass a room, a demonic nurse senses their presence and reports to Pestilence. In their discussion, Pestilence activates his ring, inflicting pain and sickness on doctors, nurses and patients. As they get closer to the Horseman, Dean and Sam, too, become sick and their sickness greatly escalates as they get closer to Pestilence. Once they reach him, they both faint and are dragged in by the the demon assistant. They quickly awaken and Pestilence converses with them. He is about to kill them when Castiel appears, claiming that he was transported by a bus. The Horseman notes that Castiel isn't a full angel anymore. In desperation to defeat the Horseman, Castiel cuts off Pestilence's ring-finger, separating him from his ring, effectively disabling his essential capabilities. The demon assistant charges at Castiel and is killed with Ruby's knife, before Pestilence warns them that it's too late and vanishes. Dean, Sam and Castiel return to Bobby's house with Pestilence's ring, where Bobby reveals that Chicago is going to be blown off the map by Death. They question where he got that information, forcing Crowley to appear and at his request, Bobby reveals that he sold his soul for Death's location. Dean and Sam are furious at Bobby, but Bobby and Crowley turn them back to the matter at hand, the swine flu.
In Chicago, Illinois, Death exits his automobile and ambulates on the sidewalk, killing a man who rudely brushed past him. Back at Singer Salvage Yard, Sam, Castiel and Bobby depart from Dean, going to stop a virus outbreak, while Dean and Crowley are going to locate Death to stop him from destroying a whole state.
In the van, Castiel contemplates Sam's plan to assent to Lucifer and jump in Lucifer's Cage while hosting him. Castiel reveals that Lucifer's older brother, Michael, has found and is using another vessel - Adam Milligan - Dean and Sam's half-brother. Castiel also reveals that if Sam assents to Lucifer and fails, that the fight between the two Archangels with occur and will have destructive collateral effects. Castiel also informs Sam that in order for him to successfully contain Lucifer, he would need to consume a very large amount of Demon blood, as it strengthens the vessel. At the distribution center, they notice that demons are loading the "vaccine" into trucks They enter the warehouse and dispatch many Croatoan-infected people. In the search for the last Horseman, Dean and Crowley travel to a location where Crowley believes Death is present, as he sees many Reapers surrounding the vicinity. But Crowley bashfully admits that he was mistaken in his assumption. In Chicago, Crowley finally locates Death and Dean goes in to meet him. Back at the warehouse, Sam saves more people, releasing them. Sam is brought to the ground and is caught off-guard by one of the infected. Castiel intervenes and shoots its head, killing it. At the pizzeria, Dean approaches Death with Death's scythe, but as he gets closer to the Horseman, the handle burns hot, forcing Dean to drop it before it appears in Death's possession. Death requests that Dean join him at his table. Death mentions that he is very old and and also states that in comparison to him, the universe and Earth are barely out of their diapers. Death reveals that he is as old or older than God, as neither of them can remember anymore. He also claims that in the end, God himself will die and he will reap him. Death tells Dean that he became "bound" to Lucifer following his rising, and he wants to be freed of that bondage. Death says that he will go as far as loaning Dean his ring so that he can trap Lucifer in his Cage even if Sam is hosting him at the time. Dean reluctantly agrees to this and Death gives him his ring.
Back at Bobby's house, Dean tests the rings, activating them, forcing them to conjoin and form the Key to Lucifer's Cage. In a conversation, Bobby asks Dean if he's more afraid of losing the war or losing his brother.
- Bobby's Hats
- Castiel's Cell Phone
- Death's Cadillac
- Death's Scythe
- Demon Blood
- Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
- Grenade Launcher
- Horsemen's Rings
- Lucifer's Cage
- Niveus Pharmaceuticals
- Ruby's Knife
- Serenity Valley Convalescent Home
- Singer Salvage Yard
- Team Free Will
- "O Death" by Jen Titus
- (plays when Death first appears in Chicago)
Trivia & References
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- 5.21 Two Minutes To Midnight: Good Luck Stopping The Whole Zombie Apocalypse by bardicvoice (May 2010); archive link, spn-heavymeta
- Bond, Silvia. 2010. Who's Wearing the Halo Now?: "Two Minutes to Midnight" Season 5, Episode 21. Pink Raygun, May 11; archive link, spn-heavymeta
- Chan, Suzette. 2010. Supernatural Talk: Tarts talk about SPN 5.21: Two Minutes to Midnight. Sequential Tart, June 21; archive link, spn-heavymeta