Mamma Mia is the 2nd episode of Season 12. It aired on October 20th, 2016.


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Dean, Castiel and Mary (guest star Samantha Smith) have a lead on Sam and set out to rescue him. Dean is uncomfortable with putting Mary in danger but she insists on going along. Meanwhile, Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard) is tipped off that Lucifer has taken over the body of rock star Vince Vicente (guest star Rick Springfield).


Sam and Toni are in bed with candles and wine, talking about hunters in the US vs UK and Sam apparently answering all her questions.

Dean talks on the phone to Cass, who is in Aldrich, Missouri as they discuss how to find Sam. Dean turns to Cass with concerns about how to interact with his newly resurrected mother. Mary overhears this and brings it up with Dean, who tells her to take her time getting used to the future. Mary expresses concerns about how to talk to Sam, since her deal with Yellow Eyes started the path their lives have taken.

While seemingly still in bed with Toni, Sam has flashes of the basement and his torture, breaking the illusion. She tells him it was a potion and spell that created the hallucination and would liquefy his brain if repeated. Now she must return to conventional physical torture.

Mary tells Dean she dreamed all night of things she'd forgotten, like things John did. She says he was a great father. Dean doesn't have to respond as the phone rings, with Cass saying he's discovered an old farmhouse, rented by a British woman and powerfully warded. Dean tries to convince Mary to stay behind as he goes to meet Cass, because he would be too worried about her if she came along. She insists she can handle herself.

A man named Mick calls Toni and says she's disobeyed orders and he's there to fetch her. He tells her Dean and the others have killed Ms Watt.

Rowena sits in a high-end cafe with a man, giving him a sanitized version of her life story. Crowley appears dressed as a waiter to offer her more wine. He says he'll leave her alone if she helps him settle the score with Lucifer. Meanwhile, Lucifer haunts and possesses depressed and aging rock star Vince Vincente (guest star Rick Springfield), appearing to him as his dead girlfriend. 

In the car, Mary tells Dean she can provide the element of surprise by going in to get Sam instead of Dean, who they'll be expecting. He remarks that she must have been a good hunter, and she says all hunters end up the same way no matter how good they are. Dean tells Mary that her death changed John, who, like Dean went full bore into the hunting life, but that Sam was different, until John went missing and they only had each other and Baby.

Crowley and Rowena bicker as she tries to locate Lucifer. Crowley says he needs Rowena to put Lucifer back in the cage. She refuses to get involved, but Crowley threatens to put her rich boyfriend out of the picture unless she cooperates.

Lucifer, comfortable in his new vessel, kills Vince's bandmate and says he has plans. He goes to Hell and tells Crowley to get off his throne. Crowley nonchalantly insults his choice of vessel and says Lucifer should go after Heaven while Crowley rules Hell. Rowena paralyzes Lucifer as Crowley throws sulfuric acid on his vessel. Rowena tries to send Lucifer back to the cage, but it doesn't work. He heals the acid damage to his face and Crowley teleports out, leaving Rowena with Lucifer.

Cass convinces Mary to stay outside with him, since he is blocked by the warding, and Dean approaches the farmhouse. He is caught in a Men of Letters trap and presented in shackles to Sam. Toni decides to torture Dean to get answers out of Sam. She asks Sam about Ruby and Dean about Benny. Mary appears holding Toni at gunpoint. Sam is shocked to see her. Mary and Toni fight as Dean struggles to free himself. Toni begins a spell to suffocate Mary and Dean knocks her out.

Mick and Cass walk in as Dean bends to release Sam. He says Toni will face consequences when they return to London and offers to work with them as fellow Men of Letters. He leaves them his card and asks "What have you got to lose? Except your worst nightmares."

Meanwhile, Lucifer sits on Hell's throne and tells Rowena she'll make a valuable prisoner.

Back in the Bunker, Mary brings Dean a pie and asks Sam to stop staring at her. They laugh at Dean's table manners and Mary's attempt at 21st-century terminology. Later, Sam brings Mary tea and says he's there if she wants to talk about coming back and feeling like you don't fit. He gives her John's journal to read. Sam tells her hunting is the family business. He's glad to have her back, and they hug. Dean sits on the kitchen floor looking at old family pictures as Mary opens the journal and Sam lays in bed.

Mick tells Toni she was supposed to identify American hunters and gain their trust. She insists the Winchesters are a threat to be eliminated. He says that as a precaution he's already sent for Mr Ketch, the wet work expert of the British Men of Letters whom Toni had refused to call earlier because she didn't want to be anywhere near him.


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  • The episode was watched by 1.61 million viewers and got a 0.6 rating.
  • "Mamma Mia" is the name of a 1970s hit song from the Swedish pop group ABBA. It is also the name of a musical featuring their songs.
  • This episode is the fifth episode of Supernatural to not include any deaths. Previous episodes with that distinction include: The Monster at the End of This Book, When the Levee Breaks, Inside Man and Alpha and Omega.
  • This is the first time Lucifer has shown his wings.
  • There's also an easter egg in the episode.
    • In the set decoration of Vince Vincente's hotel we can see lyrics of John Lennon's "Imagine". In response to the June 12th 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, Jerry Wanek placed lyrics from John Lennon's song "Imagine" in the set decoration of Vince Vincente's hotel. After the episode aired, Wanek tweeted "Thought we needed serenity after Orlando tragedy."
  • Vince's room number is 909.
  • Lucifer previously appeared in We Happy Few.
  • Lucifer approaches Vince the same way he approached his first vessel, Nick, by causing visions of blood, then taking on the guise of Vince's deceased lover, dressed in the deceased lover's nightgown.
  • Vince Vincente's aging rock band was appearing in Cleveland. This could be a reference to Spinal Tap, an aging rock band who started their stage show with "Hello Cleveland!" at every city they played. Except Cleveland.
  • The whole "pie" scene was not originally scripted. It was something that Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki came up with and ran by the producer and director. Most of what we see was improvised by them and Samantha Smith.
  • The CW's official summary for this episode misspells Vince Vincente as Vince Vicente.


  • Towards the end when Mary is looking through John's Journal, there was a black and white photo of Bobby and several men, including Castiel, with guns, This photo is from the potential future Zachariah sends Dean to in the season 5 episode The End, so couldn't possibly have been in Johns journal.


I reckon you could finish me off without breaking a sweat. Am I right?

I don't sweat under any circumstances.

I can't believe I'm once again down some dank hole seeking the Devil! When does it end? It's exactly why I am retiring to Boca Raton.



Supernatural 12x02 Promo "Mamma Mia" (HD)

Supernatural 12x02 Promo "Mamma Mia" (HD)

Supernatural 12x02 Sneak Peek "Mamma Mia" (HD)

Supernatural 12x02 Sneak Peek "Mamma Mia" (HD)


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