9.09 Holy Terror

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Title Holy Terror
Episode # Season 9, Episode 9
First aired December 3, 2013
Directed by Thomas J. Wright
Written by Eugenie Ross-Leming
Brad Buckner
On IMDB Holy Terror
Outline The boys meet up with Castiel as they investigate warring factions of angels.
Monster Angels
Location(s) Lebanon, Kansas
Caribou, Wyoming
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The Melody Ministry Glee Club bus pulls up to a biker bar. Upon entering, the choristers and bikers reveal themselves to be opposing factions of angels. A fight ensues, and the bikers are killed.

In the Impala, Ezekiel assures Dean that Sam's health is improving, though he's uncomfortable with the Winchesters taking a job that involves angels. Sam resurfaces, noticing the time gap when Ezekiel had been in control, and Dean lies, insisting it's leftover damage from the trials. The Winchesters arrive at the biker bar where Castiel poses as a federal agent, hoping to prevent more angel deaths. Ezekiel briefly appears to Dean, conveying his disapproval of Castiel's involvement.

Malachi and the blonde chorus leader, both anarchist angels, meet with Bartholomew's lieutenant to discuss a truce, uniting in order to defeat Metatron and take control of Heaven. The lieutenant refuses, and Malachi murders her and her henchmen.

Sam, Dean, and Castiel go to a bar where Castiel has his first beer as a human. Castiel says that, according to April Kelly, Bartholomew plans to reverse Metatron's spell. When Castiel steps away, Ezekiel demands that Dean remove Castiel from the case, claiming he is a beacon that attracts other angels for miles around. Dean is curious as to what has Ezekiel spooked about the other angels, for which he tells him because he helped the Winchesters, he chose sides.

Ezekiel steps outside and meets Metatron, who outs him as Gadreel, locked in Heaven's prison for failing to prevent the Serpent from entering Eden. Metatron's spell had freed Gadreel along with the fallen angels, and Metatron admits he's bored being the only angel in Heaven, envisioning a new Heaven run by a handpicked few. Metatron proposes a partnership with Gadreel, with Metatron as the new God.

With Sam outside, Dean admits to Castiel that Sam is still damaged from the trials, and that they can't work together until Sam has recovered. Later at the bunker, Dean tells Sam that Castiel wanted to work alone. Sam discovers the obituary of one of the dead angel bikers, William Edwards, and that all of the bikers were born-again Christians who, thanks to Buddy Boyle, consented to being vessels for Bartholomew's followers.

The blonde chorus leader attends a Utah bible study group, recruiting students as angel vessels. Celestial energy coils in the air over their heads, but Bartholomew's henchmen swoop in and kill everyone before the angels can take the host bodies. Metatron and Gadreel meet many times, and Gadreel agrees to work for him, but Metatron hedges, giving Gadreel the name of an enemy he must kill in order to prove his loyalty.

Castiel prays for assistance in a motel room, and the angel Muriel appears. Though she's hesitant to be seen with him, she admits that Malachi and Bartholomew are fanatics, and that angels who fail to pick a side are soon killed. Suddenly, Malachi's men break in and steal them away to be tortured. Castiel insists Metatron duped him into causing the angels to fall, but Malachi believes Castiel can influence Metatron, and kills Muriel as retribution for the angels that died in the fall, including Ezekiel. Malachi leaves Castiel to be tortured, but his torturer, Theo, begs Castiel to arrange for Metatron to raise him to Heaven. Castiel plays along, assuring Theo a place in Metatron's army, but as soon as he's freed, Castiel grabs an angel blade, slits Theo's throat, consumes his grace, and kills him. Malachi returns to find all his men dead and Castiel gone.

In the bunker, Kevin Tran finds a section of the angel tablet that's so obscure it's as if Metatron wanted to keep it hidden from a prophet. Later, Kevin notices Sam's frequent disappearances. Castiel calls Dean to inform him that Malachi leads the angel opposition, Castiel is once more an angel, and Ezekiel died in the fall. Dean asks Kevin for a spell that would hobble an angel, so that one could speak to the vessel's owner without the residing angel listening in. Kevin uses the angel tablet and an old Men of Letters book to find an angel suppressing sigil which Kevin and Dean paint in the storeroom. Kevin knows Dean is withholding information, but trusts him anyway.

Dean takes Sam to the storeroom, where he activates the sigil with his blood and quickly admits everything about Ezekiel's possession after the trials, urging Sam to expel the angel. Sam is furious at being tricked, and punches Dean unconscious. Dean awakens just in time to see Gadreel lay a hand on Kevin's head and smite him. Gadreel pins Dean to the wall, confessing that he’d overheard Dean and Kevin's earlier conversation, altered the sigils so they would fail, and pretended to be Sam in the storeroom. Taking the angel and demon tablets, Gadreel exits the bunker, leaving Dean to weep beside Kevin's body.




  • "This Little Light of Mine"
(sung by the Melody Ministry Glee Club)
  • "Bad Luck" by Social Distortion
(plays in the bar during the angel battle between the bikers and the Melody Ministry Glee Club)
  • "Wrong Path" by Jonny Redmond (Source in Sync / Imagem Production Music)
(playing in the bar while Sam, Dean and Cas are drinking beers)
  • "Tears in My Beer" by Lionel Wendling, Christian Seguret & Olivier Andres (Kosinus)
(plays during Dean and Castiel's conversation in the bar)


Sam: [to Castiel] Agent.

Castiel: Agent.

Dean: Cas, what the hell are you doing?
Castiel: If angels are slaughtering one another, I have to do what I can to help. It is a risk we should be willing to take, don't you think? Hey. Cas is back in town.
Dean: Seriously did you just... did he just say that?
Dean: You know, Cas, are you sure you're ready to jump back into all this? I mean, it seemed to me like you'd actually found some peace.

Castiel: Hey, you once told me that you don't choose what you do. It chooses you.

Dean: Huh?
Sam: All right, well, then, in that case, we have to figure out, uh, who are we up against, what do they want, and how do we stop them.

Castiel: Well, Bartholomew wants to reverse Metatron's spell. Presumably to – to retake Heaven once his following is large enough. That's according to April.
Dean: The reaper you banged.
Castiel: Yeah, and you stabbed.
Dean: Yeah. She was hot.
Castiel: So hot. And very nice.
Dean: Mm.
Castiel: Up to the point she started torturing me

Dean: Yeah. Well, not every hookup's perfect.
Dean: All right, you know what, Zeke? Level with me. What is it that you're so afraid of?

Ezekiel: I told you. When I chose to answer your prayers and heal Sam, I chose sides. That means I'm not in good standing with certain angels.

Dean: Okay, well, you know what? Cas isn't in good standing with any angel, all right? But here he is, ass on the line, fighting the fight. So tell me, what makes you so special?
Metatron: I was the one who caused all the angels to fall. Including the imprisoned ones. You're welcome.

Gadreel: No angels are in Heaven? None at all?
Metatron: No, and you know, at first, I thought I would love it. But it's a big place. My solitude is getting tedious.
Gadreel: And so?

Metatron: And so... Plan "B." Rebuild Heaven as the place God envisioned it, only with a handpicked few. No more anemic functionaries like Bartholomew. And no more stupid angels. Maybe some funny ones. You were His most trusted, Gadreel. You want to take back your reputation? You want to reclaim the Heaven that was? We could do this together.
Sam: They were a born-again biker gang.

Dean: Well that is not something you hear everyday!

Sam: No it is not.
Metatron: Frankly, I never got used to them. I lived among them for centuries. I had to isolate myself to keep sane.

Gadreel: Humans do seem chaotic, Metatron.

Metatron: Which makes them fascinating, but... All that emotion. Geez. And the wasted energy. It's just... exhausting.
Castiel: Okay. I'm... unfamiliar with this end of the process. Of course, no one may be listening, um, but I – I do need assistance. I have questions, and there seem to be no answers. I'm lost. I need your guidance... I don't know how humans do it.
Castiel: Angels butchering angels. Is this what we've become?
Malachi: Just following your example, Castiel. How many did you kill in Heaven? How many in the fall? Oh, you didn't know? A host of angels died when they fell –- Azrael, Sophia, Ezekiel... "Died" doesn't even describe it. Devastation. Wings shredded, unspeakable agony at your hands. So, I think you would want to provide any information you have, considering... All right. I leave you in the hands of an artist. I don't care what's left.
Castiel: You – you serve Malachi.

Theo: I thought he was the answer, but he's crazy.
Castiel: You're... noticing this now? You were more than willing to do his dirty work.
Theo: I did what I had to.
Castiel: When you were sure he would defeat Bartholomew.

Theo: But no one will survive this war.
Dean: Just trust me, okay?
Kevin: I always trust you, and I always end up screwed.
Castiel: Dean, I don't have a lot of time, so listen. The leader of the opposition is an angel named Malachi.

Dean: How do you know that?
Castiel: He had me. I, uh, I was tortured. But I got away.
Dean: How?

Castiel: I... I did what I had to. I became what they've become. A barbarian.
Dean: You were in the hospital, okay, and they said you were gonna die.

Sam: What did you do?
Dean: I let an angel in.
Sam: In what?
Dean: In you. He said he could heal you and he is.
Sam: He's still in me? Wait. That's impossible, Dean. That couldn't happen. I never invited him in.
Dean: I tricked you into saying yes. It seemed like the only way.
Sam: So... Again. You thought I couldn't handle something, so you took over!
Dean: No, I did what I had to do! You would've never agreed to it, and you would've died.

Sam: Well, maybe I would've liked the choice, at least.
Gadreel: Sorry about Kevin, but ultimately... it's for the best. I did what I had to.

Trivia & References

The term "holy terror" is defined as a a difficult or frightening person. The Holy Terror was also the name of a novel by H.G. Wells, which told the story of Rudolf "Rud" Whitlow and his rise to power creating fascist world state government.
Dean: Yeah, because... damn straight the trials. They whacked you, man. You're not up to warp speed yet, okay? But you will be.
Warp speed refers to the the faster-than-light propulsion system that is most famously used in Star Trek.
Metatron: When the time comes, we'll call me... "X."
X is the Greek abbreviation for "Christ".
Kevin: Now?

Dean: Yesterday, Cinderella.

Cinderella is the eponymous character in the European folk tale of the same name. The name Cinderella has also been taken on as an analogy regarding a person whose attributes are unrecognized and neglected, only to receive recognition and success later.


The episode aired on 3 December, 2013, which was the day after Kevin's 18th birthday.
The bumper stickers on the angelic glee club's van say "Honk if you [heart] Jesus" and "Do you follow Jesus this closely?".
The biker bar the angels fight in is called Round 'Em Up bar.
The bar Sam, Dean, and Cas have beers at is called Bison Bud's bar.
Farewell post from Osric after the episode.

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