Destiny's Child is the 13th episode of Season 15. It aired on March 23, 2020.
|There was something about being there... It felt pure.|
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DO NOT CHANGE!
A search for the one thing that may give the Winchesters an edge against God leads Sam and Dean to Jo’s (guest star Danneel Ackles) door and to a secret that may have died with Ruby (guest star Genevieve Padalecki). Meanwhile, Castiel asks Jack to do the unthinkable to help the brothers in their quest.
Sam goes through the lore while Dean checks the Internet for indication of Chuck destroying worlds. The brothers hear a rumbling noise and see a light beneath the armory door door. They look in and find a car inside, having come from a rift, and Alt-Sam and Alt-Dean get out. They fist-bump and then the rift flares and they and the car disappear along with the rift.
Later, Castiel arrives and the Winchesters tell him what happen. Billie comes in and says that Alt-Sam and Dean were running because Chuck is destroying their reality. Chuck is almost done and then it's their turn, so they need to prepare. Billie says that she has the next step for Jack. Jack comes in, eating, and says that he's ready and feeling good about it. She says that Jack needs to find the Occultum, but it's been missing for centuries. Billie explains that it's not a weapon, but powerful, and asks Jack if he's truly ready. When Jack says that he is, Billie tells the Winchesters that they have to be careful so Chuck doesn't learn what they're doing.
Later, Sam and Dean look through the lore trying to find any mention of the Occultum. Dean finally wonders if Jack kills Amara as well as Chuck. If they kill Chuck, then the world is out of balance so Amara needs to die as well to keep a balance. Jack comes in blowing a bubble gum bubble and says that he just learned how to do it, and the Winchesters figure that he's not ready to take over. Sam and Dean ask how he plans to take on Chuck, and Jack is vague on the details.
Castiel comes in, finishing a call with Sergei, and says that the Occultum is divine and was owned by the Jacobson family until a few years ago. A faith healer saved one of their children and demanded the Occultum in payment, and the description matches Jo.The Winchesters track Jo down where she's doing faith healing. When Dean mentions the Jacobsons, Jo refuses to discuss it and the brothers say that they need the Occultum to kill Chuck. Dean says that Chuck is back and going to murder the world unless they stop him. Jo refuses to make God her enemy, and the brothers draw their angel-killing daggers. The angel quickly says that she gave the Occultum to Ruby.
Near Topeka, Jo is running her healing show when Ruby confronts her. Ruby figures that Jo has been holding out on her, and offers to provide a buyer for the Occultum in return for a "taste" of it, and they can make millions.
Jo says that Ruby took the Occultum and hid it in Hell, and then the Winchesters killed her.
In the bunker, Jack is eating as much takeout as he can when Castiel comes in. Jack talks about coming back from dead and getting into life, but admits that he doesn't feel things the way he did when he had a soul. He talks about how he understands joy or sadness, but knows they aren't in him. Castiel reminds Jack that he killed Mary, and Jack admits that he caused the Winchesters pain and things have changed. He wonders if Dean will ever forgive him, and Castiel says that Dean might work through his anger. However, Castiel doesn't know how long it will take.
Sam and Dean return and Sam says that he can use Rowena's notes to wing it. He takes them to the armory and reveals ghostly images of Alt-Sam and Dean, who can't see them. Castiel figures that the blast trapped them between dimensions when Chuck destroyed their world and the rift. Dean tells Sam that they'll handle it eventually, but right now they have to go to Hell. Castiel points out that Sam was sexually intimate with Ruby, and figures they can call on Ruby to help them locate the Occultum in Hell. Dean figures there's nothing that Castiel can do and tells him to stay put.
Sam transports himself and Dean to Hell, and a demon finds them and says that they shouldn't be there. The demon says that Rowena is hosting a reception for newly condemned souls, and he takes the brothers to her.
Castiel tells Jack that the Winchesters made it to Hell. However, the angel points out all the holes in Jo's story so they need to talk to Ruby. Castiel asks Jack to almost kill him so he can put one foot in the Empty and talk to Ruby. He wants Jack to store most of his essence in an enchanted flask, watch over it, and then bring him back. Jack wonders what happens if he screws up, and Castiel figures that he'll do fine. He also tells Jack to watch over the spell bowl so Sam and Dean can come back. The angel tells Jack to give him one hour and then bring him back, and Jack draws Castiel's grace into the flask.
The guide demon leads Sam and Dean, who realize too late that it was a trap. Two more demons come at them, and the Winchesters fight the three demons. Dean manage to kill the two newcomers, while Sam grabs their guide. The guide says that Jo told them that if they helped her, she'd get them out of Hell. Sam kills the guide, and Dean figures that Jo set them up.
Jo is wrapping up her show when a man comes in and asks if she can help him. She says that she isn't Jo, advises him not to make friends, and leaves.
Castiel arrives in the Empty and calls to Ruby. Meg finally appears and greets him, and Castiel realizes that The Shadow has taken on the appearance of Meg. Castiel explains why he's there and knows that the Empty is working with Billie, and the Empty points out a glowing red ball. It forms into Ruby, who wonders where she is. Castiel tells her that she's dead and he almost is, and explains that he's looking for Occultum. Ruby reminisces briefly about Sam, and explains what really happened.
Jo calls in Ruby and offers her a deal: there's going to be a deal between Lucifer and Michael, and nothing will be left standing if they fight. She suggests that since they work together, they work well together. They can make a new world order afterward, if they ride it out the apocalypse in the Occultum.
Ruby says that she can lead Castiel to the Occultum, and Jo doesn't know where it is. However, Ruby will only help Castiel if he gets her out of the Empty.
Sam and Dean return from Hell and wonder where Castiel is.
Ruby says that the Empty is filled with the regrets of Angels. She wants Castiel to try, and he agrees.
Jack tells the Winchesters where Castiel is, and the brothers tell him to bring Castiel back.
Ruby whispers to Castiel where the Occultum is and disappears. The Shadow stops Castiel and says that she can make him wish he's dead, and telekinetically tortures him.
Jack revives Castiel.
The Shadow says that she's on Death's side, and when Billie's plan works the Empty can go back to sleep. Billie didn't say anything about needing Castiel, and he can't just come and go in the Empty.
Castiel wakes up in the real world, and Dean points out that he's an idiot. The angel says that the Occultum is a place, not a thing, and Ruby gave him the location. Jack wonders what happens if Chuck checks on them, and Dean says that he has a dumb idea. He leads the others to the armory and figures that Chuck needs to see them... so they'll get their counterparts out of the in-between they're caught in.
Using some of Castiel's grace, Sam casts a spell to open a rift to free their counterparts. Alt-Sam and Dean appear, and soon they all gather in the kitchen for beers. The counterparts explains on their world John is still around but they got separated when they came through the rift. Dean says that they do fine hunting monsters all over the country, and Alt-Dean explains that they do it worldwide and have their own plane. They get paid for hunting monsters, and Alt-Sam says that HunterCorp does well after John built it up from scratch.
The counterparts thank Sam and Dean for their rescue, and the Winchesters explain that they need their counterparts to pretend to be them and fool God. The brothers say that their counterparts will have to lose the man-bun and the cravat.
Later, Sam, Dean, Castiel, and Jack go to a church. Jack figures that it's too easy, and they hear growling in the nearby woods. Dean picks the lock on the church door while Sam realizes that hellhounds are after them. The group gets into the church just in time and slams the door shut behind them. As the Hellhounds pound on the door, Castiel says that Ruby told him that the top of the cross would point the way.
As Sam holds the door shut, the moonlight shines through a window and reflects on the cross. The reflection forms on the floor, and Dean opens the board there to reveal a small silver sphere. It has Enochian on it, saying that the Occultum must be in them.
Alt-Sam is watching cat videos and kept his man-bun. He asks Alt-Dean what they do now, and they remember that Sam and Dean told them to drink beer and sit in front of computers. Alt-Dean finds Dean's stash of computer porn and chuckles, and figures that Sam and Dean have a place of their own with nothing to do but hunt monsters, drink beer, and watch porn. Alt-Dean figures that the Winchesters have it made.
Dean figures that the sphere is another trap, and Jack eats the sphere to have it in front of him. He moans clutches at his stomach in pain and glows, and then disappears. Jack finds himself laying in a forest. A girl steps out and figures that Jack is an angel because humans can't enter there. The girl says that it's Eden, and God loved Adam and Eve until Chuck banished everyone from there. When Jack says that he was told the place might change him, the girl says that he'll know soon enough if he was meant to find it and disappears.
Castiel tells Dean that he had no idea what would happen.
A snake lowers itself from a tree and asks Jack who he's meant to be. Jack falls to his knees and remembers all of his time on Earth. He also remembers Lucifer telling him that the others will never trust him again and falls on his back.
In the church, a glowing sphere floats out of the ceiling and then approaches Dean and Castiel. The hellhounds break in, and the sphere glows, disintegrating the hellhounds. The sphere disappears, leaving Jack behind. When Jack wakes up, he just stares at the others.
Back at the bunker, Dean thanks Alt-Sam and Dean for their help. The Alt-Winchesters suggests that they live there together in the bunch, but Dean tell them that it would be weird and they're best off in Brazil. As the Alt-Winchesters go, they say that they drove the Impala and Dean isn't happy.
Sam is standing watch outside the kitchen. When Dean arrives, Sam admits that he doesn't know if Jack is okay. Castiel comes out and says that Jack isn't himself or his soulless version, and no one has been to Eden since Creation. The trio go in and find Jack in tears. He apologizes and says that he should have understood because his mother died as well. Castiel tell the Winchesters that Jack's soul is back, and he begs the Winchesters to forgive him for killing Mary. The brothers can only stare at Jack, shocked.
- Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester and Alternate Sam
- Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester and Alternate Dean
- Misha Collins as Castiel
- Alexander Calvert as Jack Kline
- Genevieve Padalecki as Ruby
- Danneel Harris-Ackles as Anael
- Lisa Berry as Billie
- Rachel Miner as The Shadow
Featured Supernatural Beings
- Angel (Anael)
- Archangels (Lucifer, flashbacks and mentioned; Alternate Michael, flashback only; Michael, mentioned only)
- Cosmic Entity (The Shadow)
- Demons (Gregor, Gregor's Henchmen, Ruby; Meg, mentioned only)
- Hellhounds (Ruby's Hellhounds)
- Nephilim (Jack Kline)
- Primordial Entities (God and the Darkness, mentioned only)
- Reapers (Billie)
- Seraph (Castiel)
- Shamans (Sergei, mentioned only)
- Witch (Rowena MacLeod, flashback and mentioned only)
- Unknown Species (The Snake and The Girl in the Garden)
- Ruby previously appeared in Lucifer Rising.
- Anael previously appeared in Game Night.
- The Empty previously appeared in The Trap.
- The Shadow previously appeared in Moriah.
- While in the Garden of Eden various clips of previous episodes are shown:
- Jack blasting Sam and Dean after being born in Lost & Found.
- Jack collapsing at the end of Optimism.
- Jack spending time with Dean and driving the Impala in Unhuman Nature.
- Team Free Will 2.0 celebrating Jack's resurrection and discovering Michael's location in Byzantium.
- Jack talking to Kelly Kline in Heaven in Byzantium.
- Jack almost killing Stacy in Don't Go In The Woods.
- Jack killing Felix the snake in Peace of Mind.
- Lucifer telling Jack that there's no going back from killing Mary in Absence.
- Jack breaking out of the Ma'lak Box in Jack in the Box.
- Jack looking in the mirror after beating up Nick in Game Night.
- Jack exorcising Michael from Rowena in Ouroboros.
- Jack killing Nick in Game Night.
- Jack accidentally killing Mary Winchester in Game Night and the aftermath of her failed resurrection in Absence.
- Dean aiming the Equalizer at Jack in Moriah.
- Lucifer telling Jack the Winchesters will never trust him again in Absence.
- Dean reminds Anael of her and Castiel contacting God, which occurred in Game Night.
- A rift previously appeared in Galaxy Brain.
- The Demon Tablet Alternate Reality Rift Opening Ritual previously appeared in Beat the Devil.
- When Anael mentions Ruby's death, a flashback to Dean killing her in Lucifer Rising is shown.
- God previously mentioned alternate Sams and Deans across the multiverse in Galaxy Brain.
- An alternate version of John Winchester was previously mentioned in Good Intentions.
- Castiel reminds The Shadow of their deal which occurred in Byzantium.
- Castiel was last in The Empty during The Big Empty.
- The Hell Transportation Spell previously appeared in Our Father, Who Aren't in Heaven.
- This episode was the last to air due to preventive measure for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic since it was the last one who finished post production.
- The episode title is a reference to the American girl group, Destiny's Child.
- This marks the first time Anael and Ruby interact with each other.
- This is the third time Dean and Sam interact with versions of themselves the first for Dean was in Dream A Little Dream Of Me and it's the third time Sam does since The Man Who Knew Too Much.
- This marks the first time that Billie is featured in back to back episodes.
- This is the third time we see the Winchesters drive something other than the Impala.
- This marks the first time Castiel and Ruby interact.
- Jack's soul is restored by visiting the Garden of Eden through the Occultum.
- Its revealed that Billie was able to resurrect Jack because she and the Shadow are working together. In exchange for the Shadow's help, Billie claims that she can send it back to sleep.
- It's revealed by Ruby that all the angels and demons sleeping in the Empty, dreaming about their own regrets.
- Ruby's blonde vessel is briefly mentioned during the first flashback involving Anael and Ruby. Anael states that she thinks that Ruby's brunette vessel suits her more, causing the demon to roll her eyes.
- It is revealed that there was a world where John Winchester is still alive and he’s hunting with his sons and owns a hunting company before it was destroyed by God. According to the alternate Sam and Dean, John was separated from his sons while crossing through the rift and is possibly dead or in another world.
- The alternate Sam and Dean's car appearing in the middle of the bunker's armory mirrors how God teleported the Impala into the same location in All in the Family.
- Billie states that God is almost done destroying alternate universes.
- The nature of the girl and the Snake that Jack met in the Garden of Eden remain unknown.
- However, it is very ironic that Amélie Eve is the name of the actress, which may be a possible hint that the girl could be Eve or her manifestation left in the memory of the Garden.
- Alternate Sam and Dean are seen playing rock, paper, scissors, with Dean losing both times. However, it appears that the game has different rules on their world, as when Dean threw scissors and Sam threw rock, Dean reacted as if he won. And in the second match, when Dean threw paper and Sam threw scissors Dean reacted as if Sam had won.
- Anael: So you want me to be on your side... against God?
- Dean: I mean, we are better-looking.
- Jack: I understand why Sam and Dean were angered by what happened to Mary...
- Castiel: By what you did to Mary.
- Jack: Yes. I see that I've caused them pain. And it's clear that things have changed. Especially with -- with Dean. Will he ever forgive me?
- Castiel: You know, Dean, he -- he feels things more acutely than any human I've ever known. So it's possible he could work through this. One day, he may explode and let it all out and breathe deeply and move on.
- Ruby: Why do they call this place the Empty? This place is full. It's full of sorrow and despair playing over and over again, of angels and demons dreaming about their regrets. Forever.
- AU Dean: They said lose the man bun, Samuel.
- AU Sam: Look, hillbilly clothes are bad enough. I have to draw the line somewhere, and my hair... is sacred.
Jack in the Garden of Eden
- Girl: God loved them so. His prize creations, until He banished them and all of mankind from the perfection of the Garden. And He hid it away.
- Jack: I was told this place might change me somehow.
- Girl: Perhaps. If you were the one meant to find it. You'll know soon enough.
- Ruby and Anael couldn’t have known each other, since angels didn’t come to live on Earth until after The Fall.
- Ruby says that Sam killed her, but it was actually Dean who ended Ruby with her own knife.
- She may have been referring to the fact that Sam held her down so that Dean could kill her.
- Alternate Sam and Alternate Dean couldn't have taken Baby out for a ride since Sam, Dean, Cass and Jack all used the Impala to get to the church.
- It's possible that this occurred between their return and Dean sending them off for a new life.
- Gregor's Henchmen
- Ruby's Hellhounds
- Residents of HunterCorp World (mentioned only)
- Residents of numerous alternate realities (mentioned only)