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Season 5 Episode 10

Abandon All Hope...

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 19, 2009 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Sam, Dean, and Castiel find the Colt and go after Lucifer. The hunters reunite with Bobby to battle evil that could be potentially their last fight.

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  • Great show

    Love it
  • "Oh hello Death."

    This episode took a huge step ahead in the plot: it seems that in their attempt to off Lucifer, Dean, Sam and their friends don't stand alone. And instead of giving some weird, shifty , confusing or lame explanation for all this, the writers of the show actually managed to find something that really stands the day of light, sort of: if Lucifer hates humans so much, why not treat the demons the same way? That is bound to awake some doubts and rebellion in his followers.

    I rather liked the character of Crowley. He really got the point across. (Man-kisses didn't make it any worse ;)

    Jo and her mother Ellen also joined forces with the boys once again (probably because Bobby can't be out there waving a gun anymore). I don't know if they're going to bring new allies in, because offing two names from the very short list seems kind of abrupt. But Supernatural has always been a show of swift changes.

    All in all the untimely deaths of Jo and Ellen weren't all that emotional. Sure, it was sad, and pretty well acted, but they haven't contributed all that much to the show recently.

    All in all the story in this episode was kind of nostalgic, yet interesting. A lot of referrals to the upcoming "choice" Sam is going to make, and the coming of Death seems very promising as well.

    Dark times lay ahead of us - again. How much darker can it really get, Apocalypse on the horizon and Four Horsemen & Lucifer walking the earth?moreless
  • Sam and Dean finally come face to face with the devil.

    For me this episode was a mixed success. Whilst an intriguing episode, it failed to live up to the high expectations set for it. For me one major problem was the screen time given to the characters of Ellen and Jo. Having personally never liked the characters I was dissapointed that so much of the episode focused on them as opposed to Lucifer who was beautifully portrayed by Mark Pellegrino. Although in Good God Y'all I had started to mellow to the characters, this episode reinforced all of my original dislike. Jo proved yet again that she could not hunt and Ellen was as, usual crass and obnoxionus. I was not sorry to see them leave although it did make me appreciate Meg and lament the passing of Bela, Ruby and Pamela.

    The whole episode did feel somewhat rushed as there was alot of action and story fitted into one episode. However so little of this focused on the showdown with Lucifer which was the focal point of the episode.

    Despite this there were some fantastic moments. The conversations between Castiel and Lucifer were certainly the highlight of the show. Making Misha Collins a regular was a move of genius.

    There was also brilliant acting from the demon Crowley. Hopefully we will see him again soon.

    Jared and Jensen were as usual on top form and it was nice to see Bobby back to his old demon hunting self.

    Overall whilst there were many things to enjoy about this episode, it lacked the usual humour and depth that define supernatural.moreless
  • i was starting to become uninterested in supernatural but after this fantastic, incredible episode... boy was i wrong!!

    i was starting to become uninterested in supernatural but after this fantastic, incredible episode... boy was i wrong!! i cannot describe this episode, it was that amazing!! to see jo and ellen again was really great and in this episode they proved to be the best female hunters in supernatural! a really interesting character for me was the demon crowley! it was interesting to see him want Lucifer to lose because if he wins the demons will all die and become worthless!! To see Lucifer in this episode was great since he needed to appear again! The most shocking moment in this episode was when The Colt didnt work against Lucifer! That was just a OMG moment for me! And also death has been summoned! Really good cliffhanger at the end and the rest of the season surely does not disappoint and leaves you on the edge of your seat every episode!moreless
  • Can things get any worse? The end of the world really does seem near.

    Good to see Jo back, I was wondering when we would see her again. Too bad she had to come at such a dire time, as she unfortunately gets the worst of it. It was really sad to see her come back then so quickly get taken out. She didn't go out with a whimper, but that still didn't make it any easier to see a good character go like that. I should have known the colt wouldn't work on Lucifer, that would just be too easy. This episode was really intense, now the real death is unleashed? How much worse can things get?moreless
L. Harvey Gold

L. Harvey Gold

Mr. Pendleton

Guest Star

Darryl Scheelar

Darryl Scheelar

Gate Demon

Guest Star

Dawn Chubai

Dawn Chubai

News Anchor

Guest Star

Samantha Ferris

Samantha Ferris

Ellen Harvelle

Recurring Role

Mark Sheppard

Mark Sheppard


Recurring Role

Alona Tal

Alona Tal

Jo Harvelle

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Dean: Uh, excuse me for asking, but aren't you kind of signing your own death warrant? I mean, what happens to you if we go up against the Devil and lose?
      Crowley: Number one, he's gonna wipe us all out anyway. Two, after you leave here, I go on an extended vacation to all points nowhere. And three, how about you don't miss?! Okay?! Morons!

    • Dean: Okay, and why exactly would you want the Devil dead?
      Crowley: It's called survival. But I forgot you two are at best functioning morons.
      Dean: You're a functioning... morons... moron.

    • Lucifer: Castiel, right? Castiel. I'm told you came here in an automobile.
      Castiel: Yes.
      Lucifer: What was that like?
      Castiel: Um, slow. Confining.
      Lucifer: What a peculiar thing you are.

    • Sam: Okay, last words?
      Dean: I think I'm good.
      Sam: Yeah, me too.
      Dean: Here goes nothing.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates:
      UK: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 on LIVING/LIVING HD
      Portugal: June 7, 2010 on AXN
      Sweden: July 2, 2010 on Kanal 5
      Spain: October 25, 2010 on AXN
      Australia: January 17, 2011 on ELEVEN
      Germany: January 31, 2011 on Sky Cinema Hits
      Czech Republic: September 9, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Finland: May 8, 2012 on Sub

    • Music: Everybody Plays the Fool (The Main Ingredient), Oye Como Va (Tito Puente)


    • Title:
      Referencing the ninth and final line of the inscription over the gate of Hell according to Canto III of Dante's Inferno. In Italian the expression reads, "Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch'entrate." The 1805 translation into English by Henry Francis Cary is the origin for the English phrase, which he rendered as "All hope abandon ye who enter here."

    • Dean: Okay, Huggy Bear, just don't lose them.
      Referencing the supporting character Huggy Bear Brown (Antonio Fargas) from the TV series Starsky and Hutch. Huggy was the cops' jive-talking but ever-loyal underworld contact.

    • Crowley: So the Hardy Boys finally found me.

      Referencing the Hardy Boys, Frank and Joe, were teenage detectives in popular detective novels, which have been updated occasionally for modern audiences. The Hardy Boys were created by Leslie McFarlane under the pen name of "Franklin W. Dixon." The characters are probably known best under their TV incarnations in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries from 1977.

    • Meg: We're going to Heaven, Clarence.
      Referencing the 1946 movie It's a Wonderful Life starring James Stewart as a despairing man who is ready to commit suicide. His guardian angel, Clarence Odbody, comes to show him that his life has been worth living and all of the people he's influence. At the end, Clarence wins his wings and goes to Heaven.