Supernatural, “Beat the Devil” Episode 288 Broadcast on May 3, 2018
Written by Robert Berens
Directed by Phil Sgriccia
Then: Now in charge of Heaven, Lucifer wants to remake the world in his image. Rowena reveals she’s still alive, much to everyone’s surprise. Gabriel wants to know if the Winchesters have any more of his Grace left. The boys opened a rift to bring their mom and Jack back, but they didn’t. Rowena and Gabriel join Sam, Dean, and Castiel to rescue their family members from the Apocalypse World.
Now: At the compound, Castiel and Jack mildly tease Dean for eating so much pizza. Mary Winchester cleans up their meal with Sam helping. Alone, he asks her how she’s doing since she and Jack were rescued from the other world. She says she knew that he and Dean would save them. She then begins to oddly repeat his name, which soon turns into a nightstand’s clock alarm. Awakened from his dream, Sam joins Dean, Rowena, and Castiel as they gear up to enter the rift. When a problem arises (or should I say falls?), they need more than Garbriel’s Grace and there’s only one source on Earth: “We need Lucifer.” Cue opening title card.
This was a good character episode with just enough action to please those who want to see the Winchesters kicking some butt. Lucifer and Sam get the most focus in this outing. Mark Pellegrino makes the most of the script, which has him in a humorous and pitiful state in his opening scene, being outrageously annoying, and being absolutely sober in a scene with Jared Padalecki. Before the pair’s characters meet, Jared gets the sad opening with mother Mary, a focused moment on Apocalypse World, a shocking scene in the dark against some baddies, and a silent moment of resignation in the finale. The scene that the pair shares is excellent. The script has their characters some strong moments. Also strong this episode is Ruth Connell, who gets a hilarious scene with Richard Speight, Jr., with both of their characters having a revealing moment as their private thoughts are revealed to viewer. Connell also gets a good character defining moment for her character when she’s alone. Jensen Ackles and Mischa Collins’s characters get some solid scenes, but it’s in reaction to the actions and words of Lucifer and Sammy. Outside of their brief opening tease, Alexander Calvert and Samantha Smith only appear in the last few minutes of the episode, with Calvert getting some nice reactions to seeing other characters.
The good: Lucifer and Sam getting some great moments, Rowena and Gabriel getting one of the most unexpected scenes in the series’ history, good lock and loading scene — direction and editing perfect, the music at Lucifer’s opening location is goofy perfection, fantastic sounds from the creatures of the episode, one heck of a graphic kill shot, Lucifer’s programming request, excellent make-up on the episode’s monsters, and a fantastic cliffhanger, with an excellent closing line.
Fun lines: (Air quotes): “In private,” “One could even say premature,” “Jack?”, “Surprise,” “Cool,” “Not eating makes them wild,” “Bollocks,” “Bollocks,” “Bollocks,” and “I did. You’re welcome.”
The bad: Dean and Cas having to play things straight, not much time for Jack and Mary, and Gabriel not doing much in Apocalypse World.
The final line: A good character episode with Lucifer and Sam getting the key scenes. There’s only two episodes to go: Where’s Michael? How are the heroes going to get back? What’s Lucifer going to bring to this conclusion? And what’s Rowena going to do? These and other questions will be answered in next week’s penultimate episode of the season. Overall grade: B+