Season 3 Episode 16

No Rest for the Wicked

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 15, 2008 on The CW
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Sam, Dean, and Bobby hunt down Lilith and fight her and her demons in a final effort to save Dean's life.

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  • perfection!!

    I love Supernatural more n more!
  • This, in my opinion, is one of the best moments in television history.

    I will never stop loving this episode. I have seen it 84652498649 times. The way it begins and gives you hope, and then just snatches it all away in the end. The emotions of the characters. Everything was just perfect. You actually feel their loss, not only that, it feels like YOUR loss. It is definitely one of, if not the, best, moments in television history.
  • One word: Wow!!!!

    Where to begin, here? Well, I suppose we can discuss the irony. In the series premiere, we were introduced to Sam Winchester attending Stanford University, in an effort to live a life that did not involve monster-hunting. And, yet, now that he's reconciled with Dean, he's once again alone. Then, there's the issue of Sam's mystery heritage. Bobby stated that the concept of "family" does not end with blood. But, we now have to ask: was John Winchester really Sam's biological father? Because, in one of the pre-strike shows, there was a flashback scene that seemed to hint at Sam's mother _knowing_ her demonic killer! And, Lilith was quite obviously frightened of Sam being immune to her death-whammy. In any event, Sam now has a new dilemma: does he resign himself to Dean's "death?" Or, does he seek out some new solution for rescuing his brother's soul? Only time will tell. One thing I know for sure, though: I am definitely tuning in for Season 4!moreless
  • Ehhhhh, I'll give it a 9.0

    Okay, so I just watched this episode. Started watching Supernatural a couple months ago, and finally got to the end of season three. Maybe it's because I knew ahead of time that Dean was going to be dragged to hell, but I was a little disappointed. I wanted more. More shabang, shabam, shaboom. I understand that this was when the writer's strike, infamous event that it is, was taking place, but still. I wish there could have been more. And maybe even a two-parter.


    1. Lilith. She didn't freak me out. Azazel, old Yellow eyes, scared me more. Heck, even the creepy little kids in "The Kids Are Alright" (freaking dang episode that it is) scared the bejeezies out of me more than Lilith. She was a total disappointment. After "Jus in Bello," I was expecting some huge, scary mother. But no. Oh, well. I guess Katherine Pierce will have to remain my favorite villainess.

    Um... yeah. That's it. Haha. It pretty much was all about her, so it was jut a gigantic complaint. In itself. Oh, well. Even though I was disappointed in this season finale, I still think it was extremely well-written (love that Ruby!!) and the acting was superb. Oh! R.I.P. Bela. Bela was my favorite character of this season... well, new character. Dean is my number one. So I was devastated when she died. And in that manner! I'm still a little choked up. Okay, not really. But I will miss her. :(

    Can't wait to go on to see season 4!moreless
  • A powerful season finale, that is even more breathtaking after the revelations of Season Four. Plus, the Hell's imagery - as concocted by Eric Kripke - is astounding!

    I'd state it right away. I have a single complaint about "No Rest For The Wicked" and it is the reason why I didn't rate it with a full, 10 points score. After the momentum built in Season One by the couple formed by "Salvation" and "Devil's Trap" and after the magnificent climax of "All Hell Breaks Loose - Part 1 & 2", "No Rest For The Wicked" feels too short. It lasts only thirty-eight minutes and it could have easily lasted for another thirty-eight. Maybe without the Writers' Strike, the episode would have been different - much consistent and longer -, but as it is it feels, particularly near the end, a tad too short. Aside from this minor quibble, the episode is perfect: we have a great fight (between Dean and Ruby), we have a bunch of genuinely frightening scenes (Lilith's vacation's pleasures), we have an ominous and menacing atmosphere oozing from beginning to end (i.e. when Dean hallucinates on Demon!Sam) and we have a couple of very intense, emotional moments between the two brothers, where Dean desperately asks Sam not to make the same mistakes all over again, to live his life at the fullest, to take care of the Impala and to not meddle in with demons, because they will only try to corrupt him. Dean - in a scene reminiscent of what John said at the end of "Shadows" (1.16) - realizes that Sam is his weak spot and viceversa and the demons will never stop to use this against them. After Season Four, Dean's words are nothing but prophetic and they nicely sum up Azazel's masterplan of scheming and tweaking with the Winchester weakness to manipulate them in releasing Lucifer. He asked for John's life for him to be the one who would break the first seal, and Dean after him, knowing that Dean would have done anything - even selling his soul - to bring Sam back. And, what's even more important, knowing that Dean's death would have brought Sam right in Ruby's arms. It's a testament to Eric Kripke's genius to see how perfectly all the pieces fall right into place, and the mythology of the show is rich and deep thanks indeed to this well-oiled clockwork. The final moments of "No Rest For The Wicked" are deeply powerful and the brief glimpse we caught of Hell is extremely disturbing and it even reminded me of the Chenobites' dimension from "Hellraiser", a gentle nod that I, as a horror fan, can't help but utterly adore.moreless
George Coe

George Coe

Pat Fremont

Guest Star

Sierra McCormick

Sierra McCormick

Fremont Girl

Guest Star

Jonathan Potts

Jonathan Potts

Mr. Fremont

Guest Star

Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver

Bobby Singer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • At the end of the fight scene between Ruby and Dean and Ruby becomes stuck in the Devils Trap, we can see blood over and around her teeth. When the shot cuts to Dean walking up the stairs and Ruby is yelling at Dean, there is no blood.

    • When the Hellhound is tearing up Dean's chest, there is no sign of the tattoos he and Sam had during "Jus in Bello."

    • Trivia: Both Bela and Dean's last words were "bitch."

    • In the scene where Ruby and the Winchester brothers fight, the shot of Dean falling down when Ruby kicks him in the head is reused as the shot of him falling down when she head-butts him; it is frame-for-frame identical. Further, he is clearly holding her knife in his right hand held in front of him (although it disappears when he picks himself up), yet she did not notice even though she is looking right at him-both times.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Dean: (about Ruby) C'mon man, she is the Miss Universe of lying skanks!

    • Ruby: I want Lilith dead.
      Dean: Why?
      Ruby: I've told you why.
      Dean: Oh right, because you were human once, and you liked kittens, and long walks on the beach!
      Ruby: You know, I am so sick of proving myself to you. You want to save yourself, this is how, you dumb spineless dick!
      (Dean punches her)

    • Bobby: (to Dean) Family don't end with blood, boy.

    • Dean: I'm sorry. I mean, this is all my fault. I know that. What you're's not gonna save me. It's only gonna kill you.
      Sam: Then what am I supposed to do?
      Dean: Sam, remember what Dad taught you, okay? Hey, remember what I taught you.

    • Dean: Sam, we are not gonna make the same mistake all over again.
      Sam: You said that, but what does that even mean?
      Dean: Don't you see a pattern here? Dad's deal, my deal, now this? I mean, every time one of us is up the creek; the other is begging to sell their soul.

    • Bobby: Right name, right ritual, ain't nothing you can't suss out.
      Sam: Like the town Lilith's in?
      Bobby: Kid, when I get done, we'll know the street.

    • Dean: Ruby's just jerking your chain down the road. You know what it's paved with, and you know where it's going.

    • Dean: Bon Jovi rocks. On occasion.

    • Sam: You know if this doesn't go the way we want, I want you to know that...
      Dean: Nooo, no, no, no, no, no.
      Sam: No what?
      Dean: You're not gonna bust out the misty goodbye speech, okay? I mean, if this is my last day on Earth, I do not want it to be socially awkward.

    • Bobby: (hands Dean the distributor cap) I'll follow. Don't be stopping to pee every ten minutes, either!

    • Dean: Hey, why don't we just make a TJ-run, you know? Some señoritas, cervezas, we could.. what's Spanish for donkey-show?
      Sam: So, if we do save you, let's never do that.
      Dean: Yeah.

    • Dean: When that bitch breathes, the air comes out crooked.

    • Ruby: I wish I could be there, Dean! I wish I could smell the flesh sizzle off your bones. I wish I could be there to hear you scream!
      Dean: And I wish you'd shut your piehole, but we don't always get what we want.

    • Dean: What do you think?
      Sam: I think you totally should have been jamming Eye of the Tiger right there.
      Dean: Oh, bite me. I totally rehearsed that speech, too.

    • Dean: We've got the knife.
      Bobby: And you intend to use it without me. Do I look like a ditchable prom date to you?

    • Dean: Oh.
      Ruby: What?
      Dean: Nothing. I just couldn't see you before, but you are one ugly broad.

    • Sam: Then what am I supposed to do?
      Dean: Keep fighting. And take care of my wheels.

    • Bobby: Well, you got just over five hours to go. You're piercing the veil, Dean, glimpsing the "b" side.
      Dean: Little less New Agey, please.
      Bobby: You're almost hell's bitch, so you can see hell's other bitches.
      Dean: Thank you.

    • Ruby: You know, phones work too. Hey, Sam. How's tricks?
      Sam: How do you get around so fast?
      Ruby: I got the Super Bowl jet pack.

    • Dean: Well, just cause I got to die doesn't mean you have to, okay? Either we go in smart or we don't go in at all.
      Sam: Okay, fine. That's the case, I have the answer.
      Dean: You do?
      Sam: Yeah. A surefire way to confirm it's Lilith and a way to get us a bona fide demon-killing Ginsu.

    • Bobby: Ain't you just bringing down the room.
      Dean: Well, it's a gift.

    • Bobby: (looking down at policeman's body) What the hell happened over here?
      Sam: Dean just killed a demon. How'd you know?
      Dean: I just knew. I could see its face... its real face, under that one.

    • Bobby: Tell me. How many hallucinations have you had so far?
      Dean: How'd you know?
      Bobby: Because that's what happens when you've got hell hounds on your butt. And because I'm smart.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Music: Carry On Wayward Son (Kansas), Wanted Dead Or Alive (Bon Jovi)

    • Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas, used for the recap at the beginning of the episode, has been used in all three season finales.

    • Injoke: The name Fremont is a reference to Anthony Fremont, the boy with the ability to alter reality who terrorized his family and neighbors in the original Twilight Zone episode "It's a Good Life."

    • This episode was formerly known as "No Quarter."

    • International Airdate:
      Denmark: May 25, 2008 on TV3
      Latin America: June 4, 2008 on Warner Channel
      Australia: June 29, 2008 on Channel 10
      UK: June 29, 2008 on ITV2
      Norway: September 21, 2008 on TVNorge
      Spain: December 8, 2008 on AXN
      Sweden: December 21, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Portugal: February 19, 2009 on RTP 2
      Germany: March 23, 2009 on Premiere Film
      Finland: August 6, 2009 on Sub
      Czech Republic: May 7, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: October 13, 2010 on Markiza


    • Dean: This is a terrific plan. I'm excited to be a part of it!
      This is nearly word for word what Peter Venkman said when Egon and Ray came up with the "Cross The Streams" plan to defeat Gozier in Ghostbusters.

    • Dean: Hell, she probably wants you to become her little Antichrist Superstar.
      Referencing Marilyn Manson's second album, Antichrist Superstar (1996). The concept album in turn referenced the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, originally released as a rock album in 1970 by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd-Webber then made into a musical. "Angel With the Scabbed Wings" had a similar riff to Lloyd-Webber's score.

    • Dean: What, are you gonna give her the Carrie stare and Lilith goes poof?
      Referencing the novel Carrie by Stephen King, which tells the tale of a high school girl with telekinetic powers, who goes berserk during her high school prom and kills most of the students. Later made into a movie by Brian De Palma in 1976 starring Sissy Spacek. In 2002, a remake was made starring Angela Bettis.

    • Squad Car Number:
      The squad car is 54. When the dispatcher eventually tries to reach the cop on the radio, they will likely say "Car 54, where are you?" The B&W comedy series of the same name aired from 1961 to 1963 and starred Joe E. Ross and Fred Gwynn.

    • Dean: Our slutty little Yoda.
      This is a reference to the Jedi Master Yoda from the Star Wars movies. Yoda was famous for often spouting words of wisdom.