You want to talk? After what you did to us?
Crowley: After what I did to you? I gave you the Colt!
Sam: Yeah, and you knew it wouldn't work against the Devil!
Crowley: I never!
You set us up. We lost people on that suicide run, good people!
Crowley: That night you broke into my house- our first date - my valet hid a tracking device in your car. A magical coin that easily traps you bags of bones. It allows me to hear things. And oh my - the things I've heard.
Crowley: I've sold sin to saints for centuries. You think I can't close one little demon?
Brady: You're doing your best? Well do the best of someone better.
Dean: [sees guards' corpses on the floor] You killed them?
We're on a tight schedule. Come on. Now you're squeamish? Please.
Brady: See, War and Famine, even if I could cram the rings back on their bony fingers, I doubt it would do much good. They're withered husks right now, fetal position on the floor, all thanks to you. So I don't want the rings. What I want is retribution. And I'm going to rip it right out of your ass!
What? It went like clockwork.
Dean: Not for me, you son of a bitch!
That's what you get working with a Demon.
Brady: What did you do?
Crowley: Went over to a demon's nest, had a little massacre. Must be losing my touch, though. Let one of the little toads live. Oops! Also might have given said toad the impression that you left your post last night because you and I are...wait for it... Lovers in League Against Satan. Hello darling. So now death is off the table. Now you get to be on the boss's eternal torment list with little old me.
Crowley: I'm invested. [Hellhound growls] Stay!
Dean: You can control them?!
Not that one. [pats his Hellhound which appears to be about 5 feet high based on position of his hand] I brought my own. Mine's bigger. Sick 'em boy!
What is this?
Dean: All those angels, all those demons, all those sons of bitches, they just don't get it, do they Sammy?
Sam: No they don't, Dean.
You see, Brady, we're the ones you should be afraid of.
Bobby: Get the hell off my property before I blast you so full of rock salt, you crap margaritas.
Trivia & References
The episode title refers to the saying "better the devil you know than the one you don't" which means that it is better to go with a familair if imperfect choice, than an unknown one. It is also the name of an album
by the band Heaven and Hell which is made up of members of Ronnie James Dio-era Black Sabbath
. 4.10 Heaven And Hell
was also the name of an episode in season 4. There is also a dance pop track called "Better the Devil You Know"
by Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue.
[wearing a surgical mask while at the hospital] Hey, check it out. I look like the King of Pop.
A reference to the late Michael Jackson, and the fact that he was known for wearing surgical masks
out in public.
The cookies Jess cooked the night she died
That's the same time those statues started crying.
A crying statue
is a supernatural religious phenomenon in which a statue begins to weep tears of blood, oil or scented liquids. Weeping statues are most often of the Virgin Mary, and are often followed by claims of Marian apparitions. A statue of the Virgin Mary crying blood was seen in 4.09 I Know What You Did Last Summer
The statue of the Virgin Mary weeping blood after Alastair
Crowley: Fancy a fag and a chat?
In British jargon [and in this particular context], fag is slang for a cigarette.
Go get 'em, tiger.
This is a direct line from the Spider-Man
comic books, TV shows, and movies. It is a phrase of encouragement by Peter Parker's girlfriend/wife Mary Jane Watson.
What? It went like clockwork.
In this context [after Dean has been beat up by Brady and after Crowley has knocked Brady out after repeatedly hitting him with a crowbar], this could be a reference to the Stanley Kubrick movie A Clockwork Orange
, which is famous for (among other things) this beating scene
Crowley: I've done more with less. Let's just say when they're getting their Grammys, they shouldn't all be thanking God.
A reference to the cliche that musicians at the Grammys and other awards shows thank God during their acceptance speeches.
It is revealed in this episode that Brady
. In 2.21 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One
. Azazel had revealed to Sam that he was responsible for Jess' death" "The cost of doing business, I’m afraid. I mean, sweet little Jessica –- she just had to die. You were all set to marry that little blonde thing, become a tax lawyer with two kids, a beer gut, and a little McMansion in the suburbs. I needed you sharp on the road, honing your skills.Your gifts."
Sam, and fans, had assumed that he had killed Jess himself, rather than Brady, albeit on Azazel's instructions. Although the vision of Jess had in 5.03 Free To Be You And Me , Sam had in said "I was dead from the moment we said hello."
Originally the studio bosses wanted Kripke to write Jessica as an ongoing character, but Eric just thought it wouldn't work, and he suggested to kill her off, which they liked. Then the studio urged Kripke to make Jessica an evil demon character, who was planted into Sam's life with purpose, and whose betrayal drives him on the road as he realizes, demons are closer to him than he thought.S1Com, p. 13
. The development in this episode revives a version of this idea.
The drug company Brady works for is called Niveus Pharmaceuticals. Niveus is a Latin word and means white or snowy.
During the drug company board meeting, Brady is holding a copy of the same newspaper and the same front page story shown being read by the store clerk in the closing scene of 5.19 Hammer of the Gods
This bit of carving will tie our friend her down. No zapping off, locked in the meat suit. An important part of our bargaining strategy.
The symbol Crowley carves into Brady
's chest, appears similar to the one's painted on the walls through Crowley's house. Meg
used a similar Binding Link
to stay inside Sam. 2.14 Born Under a Bad Sign
Crowley reveals his meatsuit
is a "moderately successful literary agent out of New York."
Before his meeting with Mitchell, Brady is reading a memo on his laptop which we briefly see onscreen. It reads:
URGENT INTERNAL MEMO
Details About the NIVEUS 432 TM Vaccine Distribution Program
PRODUCTION FAILS SHORT OF EXPECTED PRODUCTION
Initial supplies have been prioritized for distribution to the selected health care providers who have favored status to Nevius International. It has also been prioritized for Preferred Status Insurance Companies with direct investment roles associated with Nevius International and its associates. Nevius believes this targeted distribution approach, using providers who are associated with Nevius, is the most effective way to ensure the fiscal stability of Nevius International.
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