4.22 Lucifer Rising
|Episode #||Season 4, Episode 22|
|First aired||May 14, 2009|
|Directed by||Eric Kripke|
|Written by||Eric Kripke|
|On IMDB||Lucifer Rising|
|Outline||As only one seal is left to break, the angels are ready and Dean and Sam are intent on killing Lilith.|
|Location(s)|| Ilchester, Maryland|
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1972 - St. Mary's Convent, Ilchester, Maryland.
Azazel possesses a priest at St. Mary's Convent and kills eight nuns in the chapel. Through a dead nun, he is able to speak to Lucifer, who tells him that he needs Lilith to break the 66 Seals that hold him captive. Lucifer tells Azazel he needs to find a very special child.
Ruby and Sam stand near a car outside an abandoned house. Sam is upset over the fight with Dean, but when Ruby tells him they can patch things up later, Sam says that there won't be a later, and that he's changed for good.
At Bobby's place, Dean refuses to call Sam. Bobby calls him out on his behavior, and says he is behaving like his father, in failing to reach out to Sam. Bobby then tells Dean he is a better man than his father.
At a hospital, Lilith's minion is stealing a baby for her to consume. Sam arrives and overpowers her. Back at the abandoned house, he tortures and interrogates her, and she tells him Lilith will be at St. Mary's Convent in Ilchester, Maryland at midnight the next night. Ruby tells Sam they need to keep the demon alive so Sam can feed on her blood. The demon withdraws to the recesses of the possessed girl's mind, so Sam is confronted with an innocent human.
Dean finds himself transported to what appears to be a luxurious hotel room - referred to as the Green Room by Zachariah. Zachariah & Castiel appear and Zachariah says they are keeping him safe in preparation for Lilith breaking the final seal. When he is alone, Dean finally calls Sam and leaves a message apologizing for what he said to him.
Sam bundles the possessed girl into the trunk of the car and they head to St. Mary's Convent in Ilchester, Maryland. He considers listening to Dean's voicemail, wondering if Dean was right all along. Two miles from the convent, they stop and Sam listens to Dean's message, but it has been changed - it is now Dean hurling abuse at Sam and rejecting him again. Resigned, Sam orders Ruby to kill the possessed girl so he can drink her blood to prepare to face Lilith.
Dean pleads with Castiel to let him see Sam, but Castiel refuses. When he confronts Zachariah, the angel finally admits that they don't want to stop Lilith from freeing Lucifer and that the upper echelons of the angels want the Apocalypse to happen in order to defeat Hell and bring about Paradise on Earth. He also reveals that Dean's role is to kill Lucifer once he has risen.
Later, Castiel returns and apologizes to Dean for deceiving him. Dean is angry and argues with Castiel, trying to convince him to help Dean and Sam stop the Apocalypse. He initially refuses, but then returns and, cutting himself, draws an angel banishing sigil on the wall with his blood. Zachariah arrives to stop him, Castiel places a bloody hand in the middle of the sigil and Zachariah is sent away. Castiel says he will take Dean to Sam to stop him from killing Lilith - because her death is the final seal.
To find Sam, Castiel and Dean visit Chuck Shurley, who has foreseen that Sam is at the convent. An archangel arrives, and Castiel says he will hold it off before sending Dean directly to the Convent with a touch of his hand.
At the convent, Lilith and her minions have gathered. Sam and Ruby arrive, and Sam easily dispatches all of the demons and pins Lilith to the altar. Ruby sees Dean arrive and closes the chapel door, efficiently locking him out. Sam starts killing Lilith, but hesitates when he hears Dean shout his name outside the door. When he is taunted by Lilith, his eyes turn black and he ignores Dean's shouting, giving in to killing Lilith.
As Lilith's blood forms a spiral on the chapel floor, Ruby reveals to an appalled Sam that Lilith's death was the final seal and that she has been working to free Lucifer all along. She tells Sam he didn't need the demon blood, that the choices he has made all year have helped him tap into his own power.
Ruby reveals that Sam was the only one who could bring back Lucifer, but before she can say why, Dean finally breaks in and rushes forward. Sam holds Ruby as Dean kills her with her own knife.
Suddenly a beam, of light thrusts up from the spiral of Lilith's blood.
Sam and Dean clutch at each other, as Lucifer is freed...
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Chuck Shurley
- Cindy McLellan RN
- Raphael (unseen)
- The Priest
- The Nun
- Lucifer (unseen)
- Angel Banishing Sigil
- Mythological Arc Timeline
- Green Room
- The 66 Seals
- Demon Blood
- Ruby's Knife
- Devil's Trap
- Angel Lore
- Angel Banishing Sigil
- Demon Blood
- Lucifer's Cage
- "Carry On Wayward Son" by Kansas
- (plays during "The Road So Far" recap of events; also played in 1.21 Salvation, 2.22 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part Two and 3.16 No Rest for the Wicked)
- "Patty Cake" by Juliana Wimbles
- (sung by Cindy McLellan)