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15x02 – Raising Hell
A woman – Nan – has left the high school where the Harlan townsfolk are taking refuge from what they have been told is a benzene leak to get her daughter's allergy medicine. She meets another resident and as she starts talking to him, he stabs her. The man falls to the ground while an older man's ghost, dressed in 19th century clothes, leaves the man's body.
A woman – Nan – has left the high school where the Harlan townsfolk are taking refuge from what they have been told is a benzene leak to get her daughter's allergy medicine. She meets another resident and as she starts talking to him, he stabs her. The man falls to the ground while an older man's ghost, dressed in 19th century clothes, leaves the man's body.

Revision as of 02:51, 23 October 2019

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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A woman – Nan – has left the high school where the Harlan townsfolk are taking refuge from what they have been told is a benzene leak to get her daughter's allergy medicine. She meets another resident and as she starts talking to him, he stabs her. The man falls to the ground while an older man's ghost, dressed in 19th century clothes, leaves the man's body.

At the high school, people are starting to question the benzene leak explanation and word has spread that at least one person has gone missing. Hunters are on patrol in the town and Sam informs then to keep an eye open for Nan. He then addresses the evacuated people, telling them that they can return to their homes soon, but that everyone needs to stay out of the quarantine zone for safety reasons.

Dean and Belphegor are patrolling the quarantine area. Belphegor says that the warding won’t last forever and that those ghosts from hell are much more dangerous than usual ghosts. He notes that one of them in this area is Francis Tumblety, better known as Jack, the Ripper.

The next morning, the mood becomes more tense in the high school since there are no new information about the leak, and some of the townspeople sneak out to try and find Nan.

Meanwhile in the residential area, some ghosts gather at a house to discuss the situation. The ghost of Francis Tumblety shares the latest information with the crowd and tells everyone that Chuck himself opened hell's doors and that they are being held captive by hunters with the demon Belphegor among them. He suggests tey assemble all other ghosts hiding in this area and says that sooner or later, they will find a way out. Until then, they want to attack every human they can find.

In the high school, Castiel urges Sam to tell the truth about last night's murder, but Sam's afraid people will panic. Before he can explain his point any further, Rowena arrives. Sam asks if she remembers the soul bomb she created to attack Amara a few years back and that he wants that crystal to catch those ghosts, since ghosts are nothing else but souls. Rowena says that it was very hard for her back then to make it and she's unsure if she can do it again. Jules interrupts telling Sam that they have a problem.

Sam meets up with Dean and Belpheghor in the residential area. They find the two people who sneaked out earlier to find the missing woman. Sam tells them that they need to go back when suddenly black tears run down their face. Francis Tumblety appears and demands the release of all the ghosts. When neither Sam nor Dean react, the spirits possessing the humans starts ripping them apart from the inside. Suddenly Arthur Ketch comes down the road, shooting the two people with iron flakes so the ghosts are forced to leave. Ketch says he was nearby and wants to support the Winchesters.

Back in the evacuation camp, Sam and Dean update Ketch on their plan catching the souls with a magic crystal made by Rowena. Ketch and Rowena met before when Rowena was held prisoner by the British Men of Letters, where Ketch tortured her but also helped her to escape. Belphegor enters the room and says that it's all quiet; therefore he assumes the ghosts are up to something. He introduces himself to Ketch, who then tells everyone that he got an assignment from a female demon called Ardat to eliminate Belphegor. Seeing that the demon is not a threat at the moment, Ketch puts this task aside,.

Meanwhile in Reno, Amara is enjoying a massage when Chuck turns up, saying he wants to check on her, since they are family, but Amara is skeptical about his sudden visit.

Rowena hands a list to Dean with all ingredients she needs for her crystal. Dean goes back into the high school office where Castiel wants to talk to Dean, telling him he's still sorry for everything. Dean admits that he's not only angry about his lack of honesty about Jack, but about the whole situation - being played by Chuck his whole life. He thinks that none of their choices and nothing about their existence was truly real. Castiel disagrees saying one thing is real – they are.

Dean goes on patrol with Ketch and explains that they are up against Chuck. Since his existence was more theoretical to the British Men of Letters. Ketch says there is no weapon against him so far. Dean receives a message that two hunters haven't checked in and are now missing. They look for them in an old factory but are attacked by another ghost until Kevin Tran saves them. Dean is shocked he was in Hell, but Kevin says that he was sent there by Chuck – which did give him a “bad boy” reputation, making demons fear and respect him. Kevin says he can also feel the warding fading.

Chuck keeps talking about teaming up together again to an annoyed Amara, and leaving the planet and creating a new one. Amara realizes that something's wrong with him, that he is scared and not at full power. He's depending on her support to get away, which amuses her.

In the morning, Sam and Dean are walking the quarantine area again, talking about Kevin's support. They know it might be dangerous for him teaming up with them. To their annoyance, Belphegor sneaks up. Sam and Dean want him to do the warding spell again to gain more time, but he says that this is impossible. When hearing about Kevin and the Winchesters plan to send his soul back to heaven, the demon explains that no soul from hell can be send to heaven. When the brothers mention John Winchester and Bobby Singer, Belehpgor says they were exceptions that Chuck made.

In Reno, Chuck is alone in the room, checking his shoulder in a mirror, carefully touches his wound which is still painful. In the same moment, Sam feels a sharp pain in his shoulder, but tells a worried Dean he's okay.

Meanwhile the ghosts got together again. They feel that the warding becomes weaker. Francis wants them to find the weakest spot and break through it with combined power. One ghost reminds them that the hunters are knowing the situation as well, working on a plan to stop them. Kevin appears, but since everyone knows about his connection with the Winchesters now, they don't fear him anymore.

Rowena works on her crystal, while flirting with Ketch, who helps her with some science, speeding up her progress. They keep flirting until her phone rings. Dean urges her to finish her soul catching crystal.

Rowena ison her way to Sam and Dean when she encounters Francis. She knows him because she has met him before, back in England. He wants her to deliver a message to the Winchesters. They have Kevin and want to talk to them. Ketch appears and threatens him with his gun. Rowena runs away but Ketch is knocked out by the ghost. When she arrives, she tells them about Kevin and that she's not sure if her crystal works.

Sam and Dean meet with the ghosts in a house. Francis wants them to take down the warding or he devours Kevin. Rowena and Castiel enter from the other side and she catches a few spirits with her crystal while others escape.

Outside of the warding and at its weakest spot, Sam, Dean, Belphegor, Castiel, Rowena and Kevin watch the ghosts attempting to escape. The demon says that there are about a hundred spirits already and that more are coming. Ketch joins them. Rowena proceeds with her crystal, catching a large number of souls but she gets knocked out by Ketch, who is possessed by Francis. He wants to use the crystal with all the souls to destroy the warding, but is shot by Dean. Rowena takes the crystal again and catches the remaining ghosts.

Since, for unknown reasons, Castiel can't heal Ketch, he is picked up by an ambulance. After everyone is gone, Belphegor opens the warding so Kevin can get away, rather going crazy on earth than being tortured in hell.

In Reno, Amara leaves Chuck, having no interest in spending time with him. She knows he's weak, so she abandons him, like he did back in the past, when he locked her away.

In Harlan, the spirits keep escaping from hell. Sam, Dean, Belphegor, Castiel and Rowena still have no plan on how to stop them.






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.


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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