Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell is the 15th episode of Season 12. It aired on March 9, 2017.
|There was something about being there... It felt pure.|
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DO NOT CHANGE!
An attack by an invisible hellhound at a campsite leads Sam and Dean to investigate the mysterious circumstances. Meanwhile, two of Crowley's own personal demons uncover what he has been hiding. Castiel gets a lead on Kelly Kline.
Sheridan County, Nebraska: Two teenagers, a girl and a boy, are camping in the woods. The girl, who is chopping wood, states that they need more firewood. The boy instead responds by showing her a video of a guy hiding in a tree from a bear. When the video is over, they sit and talk about how they will make a long-distance relationship works. The boy gets up to get more wood, and while alone in the woods, rehearses asking the girl to marry him. Back at the camp, the girl looks through a backpack and finds an engagement ring inside of a sock. Then the boy runs back to the clearing, yelling Gwen's name and telling her to run. She calls back to Marcus by name, sees him trip and fall, and then sees an invisible force clawing his back. Paw prints can be seen on the ground as Gwen backs away from the invisible beast, and she manages to hit it with an ax and escape.
At the bunker, Sam and Dean are returning from a siren hunt and starting to relax when Sam gets a text message from 'Frodo' alerting them of a new case. Dean is shocked by how quickly he found a hunt, but Sam tells him he made a computer algorithm to alert him of new cases. They get cleaned up and leave in the Impala, heading for Nebraska.
Pulling up to the crime scene, both brothers are on their phones, with Sam talking to Mary, and Dean to Castiel. Mary had just finished working a haunting in Akron with the British Men of Letters, and Castiel is investigating angel deaths in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Cass is in Sherman's Diner, reading an article in The Daily Searcher about the killing at said diner. In the article is a picture of burnt angel wings on the ground and side of the building, indicating the death of an angel. He approaches the waitress at the counter, holding his FBI badge upside down, and asks to speak to the manager. Before she can respond, a man runs over, introducing himself as Herb Nelson, the owner. Cass holds up his FBI badge, which is still upside down, and Herb tilts his head to try and read it. Cass finally notices it is upside down, and flips it to the proper orientation.
Herb and Cass move to Herb's office in the back of the diner, a concrete room with a reinforced steel door. They begin to talk about the waitress who was killed, Sara. Herb blames it on reptilians, like the Queen of England. Cass turns to leave, but Herb claims he has evidence. Showing Cass a recording of the events before the angels' deaths, specifically a woman with yellow eyes.
Back in Nebraska, the Sheriff is talking to Sam and Dean, doubting that Gwen's story is legitimate and that she claimed it was an invisible dog. After the Sheriff walks away, the brothers hypothesize that the invisible creature is in fact a hellhound. They head over to Gwen's house to interview her, and when she opens the door to let them in, she unknowingly lets in the hellhound too. Sam and Dean attempt to convince Gwen that what she saw was just her imagination, and that it was actually a bear. She kicks the brothers out of her house, but the hellhound is still inside with her. After they leave, the hellhound starts its attack, cornering Gwen in her bedroom. Sam and Dean rush in, and Dean shoots the hellhound twice, but it jumps out of the window.
Crowley is taunting Lucifer, who is bound in a chair by chains around his hands, feet, and neck. He responds with threats of his own, but Crowley is unfazed. He claims he is ten steps ahead of Lucifer, and that anything Lucifer does, Crowley will do worse back to him. Before they can continue exchanging insults, someone knocks on the door calling for Crowley. Two demons are standing outside the door, and they tell him about a meeting he is late for. Reluctantly, Crowley agrees to attend the meeting.
Sam and Dean are talking with Gwen, explaining how to defend herself against a hellhound. They also ask her if she sold her soul, as hellhounds usually only kill those who have sold their soul to a demon. They also ask if Marcus could have sold his soul, but Gwen emphatically says no.
Crowley is listening to the two demons list grievances, when he gets a phone call from Dean. Despite still being angry at him, Crowley answers the phone and Dean tells him about a hellhound killing people who hadn't sold their souls. Crowley asks the demons in the room if there is any news of his hellhounds, and they tell him Ramsey has escaped from her kennel, but they did not want to bother him with it. He then teleports to Gwen's house, where Dean is still on the phone.
Cut to Cass who is outside Sherman's Diner, when he is approached by an angel named Kelvin who is also looking for Kelly Kline.
Back at Gwen's house, Crowley tells the group about Ramsey, the first hellhound. Created by God, but deemed too vicious, the hellhounds were to be put down. However, Lucifer saved Ramsey, who was pregnant at the time. He also explains that she holds grudges, which explains why she is going after Gwen.
In Lucifer's locked room, he is bound and gagged when the same two demons walk in. One collapses to his knees, while the other remains standing. They explain to him that they orchestrated Ramsey's escape from the kennel to get Crowley out of the way so they could get into the room Lucifer is locked in. They will release him, but have some demands first.
Sam, Dean, Gwen, and Crowley are all at the Impala in the woods. Gwen and Sam get in and leave, while Dean and Crowley head back into the woods, looking for Ramsey.
In the diner, Kelvin is telling Cass about the happenings in Heaven. He also tells him that he should stop helping the Winchesters and instead help Heaven. Even though Cass is not wanted there, Kelvin says he has a message from Joshua, stating that if Cass helps Heaven, he can be welcomed home again. He says Joshua has a plan, and that Cass helping is for the greater good.
In Lucifer's room, one of the demons finishes his list of demands, while the other merely wants, "Heaven to be great again." They unlock Lucifer, who destroys both demons in individual explosions of smoke.
Dean and Crowley are walking in the woods. Dean is wearing glasses that will let him see hellhounds and Crowley mocks him. He says Dean is predictable, but Dean responds that Crowley is soft. That maybe they rubbed off on him. Crowley responds that while it's possible the Winchesters rubbed off on Crowley, he may also have rubbed off on them. Dean shudders.
In the Impala, Gwen has a flashback to the attack and asks Sam, who like Dean is wearing glasses, to pull over.
Back in the woods, Dean tells Crowley, who was singing, to be quiet. They find Ramsey's den, and Marcus' corpse. They wonder where Ramsey could be if not there.
At the Impala, Gwen gets back in and talks about her feelings about Marcus, blaming herself for his death. After a moment, she says they should go, but when Sam goes to start the car, he sees Ramsey in front of them. She jumps on the hood, denting it, cracked the windshield, and walked on top of the car. Ramsey moves to the back of the car, cracking the rear glass. Sam grabs an angel blade, tells Gwen to stay in the car, and gets out to fight. Ramsey jumps on him, knocking the glasses off his face. Before she can bite Sam, Gwen hits her over the head with a metal cooler. Ramsey jumps away, and when she tries to attack Gwen, Sam manages to stab her, killing her.At the Impala, Dean is annoyed that it is damaged again. Gwen asks if it is over, and when Crowley says yes, she hugs him. Before he leaves, Sam stops him and says, "Thank you." Crowley leaves, and Sam, Dean, and Gwen get in the car, Dean saying he hopes it still runs.
Returning to his throne, Crowley stops to check on Lucifer and finds the chains from Lucifer's chair removed. He then finds a freed Lucifer sitting on the throne. Lucifer taunts him about his previous statement, that he is two steps ahead, before punching him away. The archangel shows off his wings and prepares to kill Crowley. Unfazed, Crowley starts to get up and snaps his fingers, powering down Lucifer's wings. Brushing himself off, he reminds Lucifer that he said ten steps ahead. Through taunts, he torments Lucifer with snaps of his fingers and reveals the chains were nothing, and that the vessel Lucifer is in has been modified with pieces from the cage, which allows him to control it. Crowley states the vessel is the true prison for Lucifer as he proceeds to gloat about his future plans for him, such as imprisoning him and killing his child in front of him. Crowley remarks that he's, "still just getting started," before punching Lucifer in retaliation.
Sam and Dean return to the bunker and are on speakerphone with Cass. He says he has a lead on Kelly, and that she is with Dagon. When Cass hangs up, Kelvin asks if he is ready, and they look to a sandbox that contains a gate to Heaven.
Sam gets a phone call from 'Frodo' and when Dean asks who is calling, Sam reveals it is Mick Davies and tells him that he has been working with the British Men of Letters. The case they just finished wasn't given to Sam by a computer but by Mick. Despite stating his dislike for the group, Sam acknowledges that they get results and justifies working for them. He apologizes to Dean, who responds that while he doesn't like it, and he definitely doesn't trust the British Men of Letters, he agrees with Sam. They have allied themselves with people and entities they dislike before, and that they can give it a shot. However, he requests that the second things feel off, they bail. Sam gets a call on his phone, and it's Mick again. Dean nods his head with a slight scowl on his face.
- Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester
- Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester
- Mark Sheppard as Crowley
- Mark Pellegrino as Lucifer
- Misha Collins as Castiel
- Angelique Rivera as Gwen Hernandez
- Gabe Kouth as Herb Nelson
- Paul Piaskowski as Thomas
- Nathan Mitchell as Kelvin
- Marc Senior as Victor
- Connor Paton as Marcus
- Lindsey Bourne as Sheriff
Featured Supernatural BeingsEdit
- Angel (Kelvin)
- Archangel (Lucifer)
- Crossroad Demon (Crowley)
- Ghoul (mentioned only)
- Hellhound (Ramsey)
- Nephilim (archive footage)
- Prince of Hell (Dagon, archive footage)
- Seraph (Castiel)
- Siren (mentioned only)
- Wraith (mentioned only)
- Hellhound Glasses were previously featured in the Season 8 episode Trial and Error.
- A hellhound previously appeared in the Season 11 episode Beyond the Mat.
- Joshua is revealed to have survived the Fall of the Angels and even briefly taken charge over Heaven.
- Castiel is once again showing his FBI badge upside down, as he did previously in Free To Be You and Me.
- This episode was watched by 1.49 million viewers and got a 0.5 rating.
- Mark Pellegrino has been promoted to a series regular as of this episode.
- This episode's title name is a reference to the 1992 album of the same name by Social Distortion.
- At the beginning of the episode, Dean walks in from a hunt carrying a barbwire-wrapped baseball bat and comments how their dad used to love the thing. The bat bears a resemblance to Lucille from the Walking Dead, the signature weapon of Negan. Both Negan and John Winchester are played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan making this inclusion likely a joke due to Jeffrey Dean Morgan's role as both John and Negan.
- This is the second episode in which Gabe Khouth appears, first being Time After Time, in which he portrays Lester Young.
- This is Crowley's 66th episode.
- Once again, an angel is surprised when Castiel recognizes them despite only meeting them once. This time it was Kelvin, while Ephraim had the same reaction in Heaven Can't Wait.
- This is the second episode of the season to feature an angel's wings burned to the ground. The first one was Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets.
- God's decision to exterminate the hellhounds because they were deemed too vicious is similar to the law passed in the USA that declared certain breeds of dogs, such as Pit bulls, too dangerous.
- As shown with Crowley's hellhound, hellhounds in general can be trained to behave and obey their master, as can be done for Pit bulls.
- Both animals derive their cruel nature from how they are trained by their owners.
- Hellhounds are the second species created by God which he also deemed too dangerous; the first are the Leviathans, which were locked away in the Purgatory rather than killed off.
- One of the Lucifer loyalists said he wanted to make "Hell great again", which was a catchphrase Crowley himself used unsuccessfully in We Happy Few.
- The catchphrase was popularized in modern times during the campaign of Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, as "Make America Great Again".
- Dean refers to Crowley as "Peaches" when speaking on the phone. Peaches is the name of the Devil in the Nickelodeon animated show "Rocko's Modern Life".
- It is seen that Sam has Mick Davies labeled as "Frodo" in his phone. This is similar to Mary having a British Men of Letters member (probably Mick Davies as well) labeled in her phone as "Hobbits" in Stuck in the Middle (With You).
|“|| Lucifer: Sorry, kid. You understand, right? No witnesses or anything?|
Thomas: Yes, take me, O Fallen One. My life is yours to devour.
Lucifer: [pause] See, now you just made it weird.
|“||You cross me, I cross you. You hit me, I hit you back twice as hard. You make me your dog, I make you my slave.||”|
|“||You ever miss it? Upstairs? I mean, don't get me wrong, I love Earth. It's quirky, it smells like hay [pause] But it's not home, is it?||”|