Season 5 Episode 21

Two Minutes to Midnight

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 06, 2010 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Bobby sells his soul to Crowley in return for the location of Death. Meanwhile, Castiel must intervene when Pestilence infects the Winchesters with a deadly disease, and Dean makes a deal with Death.

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  • jshshs

  • damn one hell of an episode.

    The conversation with Death was one hell of a surprise!

    And Death`s entry into the world using the Low rider was freaking awesome!
  • Crowley helps the brothers hunt down Pestilence and Death.

    Well the writers sure have rushed this episode. by jamming both horseman in this episode, which made this episode all that more exciting. We learn hat Adam is Micheal's new vessel. Castiel is back, except he has no angel powers. The episode starts out with the brothers, Bobby & Castiel all going to hunt down Pestilence, right on time, Castiel ends up getting the ring, regardless if he has powers or not. We get an apology from Castiel to Dean. That was nice. Then they rush in to trying to hunt down Death with the help of Crowley. Bobby has sold his soul to locate death, when they do, it ties in to the last episode. I loved the death shot with the "O Death" song in the background. Editing was just about perfect. The vaccine they were making in the last episode is the Croatoan virus and it's spreading all over Chicago. Bobby can walk again, thanks to Crowley. They end up saving people from the virus while Dean & Crowley are trying to get Death. Death gives an offer to Dean. He will give Dean the ring, only if he allows Sam to proceed with his dangerous plan. By the end, he has all four rings, now all he has to worry about is that deal he made. Okay how can this be the top rated episode on Sure it developed the plot, and I enjoyed it a lot but I wouldn't say it was the best episode of the series. Amazing episode, but definitely not the best of the series.moreless
  • This Was By Far One Of The Greatest Episodes Of This Show!!

    This episode finally started to show the road the Winchester's must go to stop Lucifer. This episode has shown us how each individual character will have to play their parts in the coming apocalypse Castiel is not human with a slight touch of angel ability. Bobby for fitted his soul to a demon to find death and Sam has decided that he will say yes to Lucifer and try to send him back to hell at the risk of killing himself. Dean is getting ready for the final battle and I am sure Michael will make a visit. This has shown the direction of the season finally this will be one battle you won't want to miss!moreless
  • W_________________O____________________W

    What an episode! I loved this episode if for no other reason than Bobby finally got out of that damn chair and got back into the front line war where he belongs as opposed to sitting on the bench so to speak.

    Speaking of Bobby walking again I didn't think Crowley could be any cooler after last week's episode in which he was BRILLIANT but he was just as cool in this one, I know he's a demon and all but I don't care.

    It was also nice to finally learn what fate befell Adam, It was obviously death or host but it is nice to know for sure, Personally I still think Michael is the ringleader of the whole Angel rebellion thing after all how could Zac and Uriel and the others get away with everything they've done without Michael knowing? But that's a discussion for another day.

    Back to the episode, Loved the way Castiel separated Pestilence from his ring and he was as comical as ever with that comment about the gun after he fired it, Just hope he gets his battery recharged before Swan Song. It's also worth mentioning Bobby and Dean's acceptance that Sam may be stronger than they think he is - Looking forward to the final Adam(Michael) V Sam(Lucifer) showdown not to mention the Sam V Lucifer battle!

    Oh and did I mention Bobby is walking again...Just in time too!moreless
Matt Frewer

Matt Frewer


Guest Star

Leah Gibson

Leah Gibson

Pestilence's Nurse

Guest Star

Christina Jastrzembska

Christina Jastrzembska


Guest Star

Julian Richings

Julian Richings


Recurring Role

Mark Sheppard

Mark Sheppard


Recurring Role

Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver

Bobby Singer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Dean: (talking on phone with Castiel) We all thought you were dead. Where the hell are you, man?
      Castiel: A hospital.
      Dean: Are you okay?
      Castiel: No.
      Dean: You want to elaborate?

    • Death: (concerning Lucifer) I'm more powerful than you can process and I'm enslaved to a bratty child having a tantrum.

    • Dean: You sold your soul?!?
      Crowley: Oh, more like pawned it. I fully intend to give it back.
      Dean: Well, then give it back!
      Crowley: I will.
      Dean: Now!
      Sam: Did you kiss him?
      Dean: Sam!
      Sam: Just wondering.
      (Bobby looks at them)
      Bobby: No!
      (Crowley shows them a picture)
      Bobby: Why did you take a picture!?
      Crowley: Why did you have to use tongue?

    • Castiel: You said "no" to Michael. I owe you an apology.
      Dean: Cass. I-It's okay.
      Castiel: You are not the burnt and broken shell of a man that I believed you to be.
      Dean: Thank you. I appreciate that.
      Castiel: You're welcome.

    • Dean: That's the beauty about improv, Sammy. You never know what's gonna come out of your mouth.

    • Pestilence: Disease gets a bad rap, don't you think? For being filthy. Chaotic. Uh, but really, t-that just describes people who get sick. Disease itself… very... pure. Single-minded. Bacterium have one purpose--divide and conquer. That's why, in the end... it always wins. So, you've got to wonder why God pours all of his love into something so messy... and weak. It's ridiculous. All I can do is show him he's wrong, one epidemic at a time.

    • Dean: So please tell us you have actual good news.
      Bobby: Chicago's about to be wiped off the map. Storm of the millennium. Sets off a daisy chain of natural disasters. Three million people are gonna die.
      Dean: Huh.
      Castiel: I don't understand your definition of good news.

    • Dean: Well, I got to ask. How old are you?
      Death: As old as God. Maybe older. Neither of us can remember anymore. Life, death, chicken, egg. Regardless-at the end, I'll reap him, too.
      Dean: God? You'll reap God?
      Death: Oh, yes. God will die, too, Dean.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Airdates:
      UK: June 23, 2010 on LIVING
      Sweden: September 17, 2010 on Kanal 5
      Spain: January 10, 2011 on AXN
      Germany: March 14, 2011 on Sky Cinema Hits
      Australia: April 4, 2011 on ELEVEN
      Czech Republic: December 2, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Finland: July 29, 2012 on Sub

    • Music: O Death (Jen Titus)

    • The previous week's previews of this episode featured extra/alternate shots during Death's arrival in Chicago: there's a shot of the license plate on the front of his car reading "Buh-Bye." Also, when Death brushes off his shoulder, he looks back at the man.


    • Dean: So this is Dr. Evil's lair, huh?
      Referencing the main villain of the Austin Powers movies, played by Mike Myers and parodying Blofield, the James Bond villain from You Only Live Twice.

    • Crowley: This time next Thursday, we'll all be living in Zombieland.
      Referencing the 2009 post-apocalyptic movie Zombieland, where a last few survivors try to eke out an existence in a world where every other human being has been infected with a mutation of mad cow disease that turns humans into ravenous berserkers.