Season 3 Episode 12

Jus In Bello

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 21, 2008 on The CW
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FBI Agent Henricksen finally captures Sam and Dean, but is caught in the middle when a horde of demons descends on the small-town jail to eliminate the brothers.

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  • Great episode! Loved every minute!

    This felt like a good mix between Gunfight at O.K. Corral and the sprinkler scene in Constantine. Honestly the entire series shares similar themes with westerns. The action in this episode was right on; it had great energy and a nice rhythm. And the mass exorcism was genius.

    Henricksen is one of my favorite characters. He's strong, brave, and definitely sexy. I love how he remained calm and took control of the situation while the other members of the law freaked. I was sad to see him go of course, but the writers seem to have a good sense of when to kill off a character. I couldn't imagine them being able to use him again (except as a spirit in the 4th season, but I'm still not sure I liked that).moreless
  • The boys are finally captured by the intrepid FBI agent.

    Assault on Pricint 13 meets X-File. An exceptional episode with excellent acting, writing, and plotting. This season is getting better and better every episode. The producers are not batting greater then 500. I will miss one of the actors who is killed in the one of the last scenes. There is a new kid (!) in town, Lilith, and is she a little dickens. The ending was unexpected, which is exactly what the seres needs more of. I can only hope that the series will progress on equal footing with this episode. I do miss Bobby, have him guest more often.moreless
  • The Virgin.

    This episode was so amazing. I loved this episode. Bella & Ruby were in this episode. Bella sucks! I cannot believe she sold them out. I thought we weren't going to see Bella again but we did. Ruby again livened up the episode with her quirky remarks. Sam & Dean in jail again. I'm glad this is the closing episode with the whole jail sequence. Lillith is introduced. The beginning of the end. I really liked how at the end, everybody died so now the jail sequence is over forever. I can't wait till the next episode. The episode before the writers strike.moreless
  • This episode was awesome!

    Jus In Bello is my favourite episode. You would think it would be a bit like Folsom Prison Blues, with it mainly being about the brothers trying to break out, with a spirit or demon tossed into the mix. But it's a hell of a lot different. It's about them unwillingly being taken in, due to being set up by Bela, the jerk who stole the Colt. While they are there, not one, not two, but thirty demons wait for them outside. When Ruby shows up on the scene, she reveals to Dean what Tammi revealed to Sam in Malleus Maleficarum, that there was a new leader rising among the demons that wanted Sam dead.moreless
  • Series classic.. Almost like Croatoan from Season 2 with even MORE intensity.

    What can I say about this episode that hasn't been said? This is an absolute gem of an episode, one that contains a little bit of everything, but most of all, a drive forward on the season plot. Sam and Dean end up getting screwed over once again by Bela, which ultimately leads to Agent Henricksen finding them and arresting them. However, things take an unexpecting turn after a slew of demons raid the prison they're being held, resulting in an epic standoff.

    This episode has great structure, a great plot, and some new questions: Who is Lilith? Based on the final scene of the episode, she's one hell of a villain for the brothers to face. Also, seeing Ruby step up as help for Sam and Dean was interesting. This episode seemed to almost set the following episodes in place.

    There really isn't any criticism to be given about the episode. Twists and turns, good acting and superb writing.. this episode really did have it all.moreless
Charles Malik Whitfield

Charles Malik Whitfield

Special Agent Victor Henricksen

Guest Star

Peter DeLuise

Peter DeLuise

Deputy Director Steven Groves

Guest Star

Aimee Garcia

Aimee Garcia

Nancy Fitzgerald

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Henrikson makes the phone call to his boss, he is holding the receiver in his right hand, and taking off his vest with his left. In the close up, he is holding the phone with his left at first, switches to his right and then uses his left hand to (once again) take off the same strap on his vest.

    • When Dean says, "You don't poke a bear with a BB gun, it's just gonna make him mad," his lips aren't moving during the second part of that line.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Lilith: Excuse me. I'm looking for two boys. They're brothers. One's really tall and one's really cute.

    • Henricksen: You're right. I screwed up. I underestimated you. I didn't count on you being that smart. But now I'm ready.
      Dean: Ready to lose us again?
      Henricksen: Ready like a court order to keep you in a super-maximum prison in Nevada until trial. Ready like isolation, in a sound-proof window-less cell that between you and me is probably unconstitutional. How's that for ready? Take a good look at Sam. You two will never see each other again.

    • Henricksen: Shotgun shells full of salt.
      Dean: Whatever works.
      Henricksen: Fighting off monsters with condiments.

    • Ruby: Does anyone have a breath mint? Some guts spilled in my mouth while I was killing my way in here.

    • Sheriff: Look, Agent, this ain't my first rodeo!
      Henricksen: You ain't never been to a rodeo like this before. You have any idea who we're about to bring in here?
      Sheriff: Yeah, a couple of fugitives.
      Henricksen: The most dangerous criminals you've ever laid your eyeballs on! Think Hannibal Lector and his half-wit little brother!

    • Dean: I'm not going to let that demon kill some poor sweet innocent little girl, who hasn't even been laid. If that's how you win wars, I don't want to win.

    • Henricksen: My job is boring. It's frustrating. You work three years for one break, and then maybe you can save a few people, maybe. That's the payoff. I've been busting my ass for 15 years and nailed a handful of guys and all this while there's been something off in the corner so big. So yeah, sign me up for that big frosty mug of waste of my damn life.
      Dean: You didn't know.
      Henricksen: Now I do.

    • Dean: How you holding up, Nancy?
      Nancy: Okay... when I was little, I would come home from church and talk about the devil. My parents would tell me to stop being so literal. I guess I showed them, huh?

    • Ruby: Don't thank me. Lilith killed everyone. She slaughtered your precious little virgin, plus half a dozen other people. So after your big speech about humanity in war, it turns out that your plan was the one with the body-count. Do you know how to fight a battle? You strike fast and you don't leave any survivors. No one can go running to tell the boss. So next time, we go with my plan.

    • Ruby: (for help with her spell) This spell is very specific. It calls for a person of virtue.
      Dean: I got virtue.
      Ruby: (laughs) Nice try! You're not a virgin.
      Dean: (laughing) Nobody's a virgin!
      (slowly everyone turns to look at Nancy)
      Dean: No... No way! You're kidding me, right? You're...?
      Nancy: What? It's a choice, okay?

    • Henricksen: I mean, after all, seeing you two in chains...
      Dean: You kinky son of a b!tch, we don't swing that way.

    • Groves: Sam and Dean Winchester. I'm Deputy Director Steven Groves. This is a pleasure.
      Dean: Well, glad one of us feels that way.

    • Dean: It's like we got a contract on us. Think it's because we're so awesome? I think it's 'cause we're so awesome.

    • Sam: You were possessed.
      Henricksen: Possessed like... possessed?
      Sam: That's what it feels like. Now you know
      Dean: I owe you the biggest "I told you so" ever.

    • Dean: Honestly, I think the world's going to end bloody. But it doesn't mean we shouldn't fight. We do have choices. I choose to go down swingin'.

    • Ruby: I'm sorry, I must have blood in my ears. I thought I just heard you say that you were stupid enough to let the Colt get grabbed out of your thick, clumsy, idiotic hands.

    • Henricksen: I better call in. Hell of a story I won't be telling.
      Sam: So what are you going to tell them?
      Henricksen: The least ridiculous lie I can come up with in the next five minutes.
      Dean: Good luck with that.

    • Henricksen: So, turns out demons are real.
      Dean: F.Y.I.--ghosts are real, too. So are werewolves, vampires, changelings, evil clowns that eat people.
      Henricksen: Okay, then.
      Dean: If it makes you feel better, Bigfoot's a hoax.
      Henricksen: It doesn't.

    • (Nancy and the deputy in hiding during the battle)
      Nancy: When this is over, I'm gonna have so much sex... but not with you.

    • Sam: So, what's the plan?
      Dean: Open the doors, let them all in, and we fight.

    • Dean: Nobody kill any virgins!

    • Henricksen: You know what my job is?
      Dean: You mean, besides locking up the good guys?

    • Sam: (in prison cell) We're like sitting ducks in here.
      Dean: Yeah, I know. Would it kill these cops to bring us a snack?

    • Sam: How's the shoulder?
      Dean: (takes out bloody pad) It's awesome. I'll live. You know, if we get out of here alive.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode was nominated for a 2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series.

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: March 3, 2008 on Network 10
      Denmark: March 9, 2008 on TV3
      UK: April 13, 2008 on ITV2
      Norway: August 24, 2008 on TVNorge
      Spain: November 10, 2008 on AXN
      Sweden: November 23, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Portugal: January 22, 2009 on RTP 2
      Germany: March 9, 2009 on Premiere Film
      Finland: July 9, 2009 on Sub
      Czech Republic: April 9, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: September 30, 2010 on Markiza

    • Despite being the twelfth episode of the season, this is the first one to feature all four current main characters.

    • This was the last episode of the season completed before the Writers Guild of America went on strike on November 5th, 2007. Originally intended to air as 3.11 (before "Mystery Spot"), airing order was reversed, making MS into 3.11 and "Jus in Bello" into 3.12. The CW did this to leave fans with a more climactic episode until post-strike production could resume airing in late April 2008.


    • Henricksen: Think Hannibal Lecter and his half-wit little brother!
      Referencing Anthony Hopkins' cannibal serial killer character from the movie The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and its various sequels and prequels, based on the novel by Thomas Harris.

    • Dean: How do we Houdini out of this one?
      Refers to the master escapologist Harry Houdini who is noted for the Chinese Water Torture Cell escape.

    • Henricksen: I shot the sheriff.
      Dean: But you didn't shoot the deputy.
      Dean was paraphrasing the second line to the song, I Shot the Sheriff in response to Agent Henricksen's statement of fact. The reggae song was written by Bob Marley and covered by classic rocker Eric Clapton.