Supernatural: Season 4, Episode 10

Heaven and Hell (20 Nov. 2008)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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Dean and Sam figure out why Castiel and his superior/handler, Uriel the Angel of Death, want Anna Milton dead when the three of them are forced to go on the run, not only from heavenly and ... See full summary »

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Dean and Sam figure out why Castiel and his superior/handler, Uriel the Angel of Death, want Anna Milton dead when the three of them are forced to go on the run, not only from heavenly and vengeful angels, but from Alastair and his demon minions who also try to track down Sam, Dean, and Anna. With the assistance from the now-blind soothsayer, Pamela Barnes, they discover that 'Anna' is a fallen (former) angel and needs to seek her grace wings before the forces of both Heaven and Hell find them. Written by Anonymous

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The episode title was "Hell's Angels" until just a few days before airing. It was changed after notice of trademark infringement by Hell's Angels Motorcycle Corporation. See more »

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Dean Winchester: It wasn't four months, you know.
Sam Winchester: What?
Dean Winchester: It was four months up here, but down there... I don't know, time's different. It was more like forty years.
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The Songless Bird
29 July 2011 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

After the tremendous "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (nice idea to name it after such a lousy movie!), does "Heaven and Hell" (great Black Sabbath note there!) measure up? Pretty much. But as the cliffhanger *has* to be resolved, and the episode *also* has to provide answers to questions surrounding the character of Anna, it unfortunately means that things calm down for a while. This is a fantastic episode, but it cannot match the ever-increasing intensity of its predecessor.

The character moments are top-notch. The most important of them is that Dean finally *shows* interest in wanting to know what the angels are planning for him, after eight episodes of what seemed like indifference – when *nothing* should be more important to him! Mark Rolston and Julie McNiven prove that their memorable performances in the first part were not just down to luck – Alastair and Anna become some of the most memorable recurring characters thanks to them.

Since the first part belonged to Sam, there is a nice balance in the second belonging to Dean. And Jensen Ackles seizes the moment. His scenes especially with Julie McNiven are electrifying, but *that* shot (you'll know when it comes) is just ill-judged, effectively ruining the mood. Thankfully it's just an exception in an otherwise expertly thought out episode. And the final scene is one of Ackles's finest acting moments in this series ever.

Mytharc-wise, this episode is very crucial. The viewers already know Lilith's endgame, but what about the angels? And how does Ruby fit in all of it? If one has seen the arc all the way to the end of Season 5, re-watching "Heaven and Hell" is a pleasure, because the events and hints in it make sense when considering the big picture. It's very close to being as good as the first part, but that unfortunately means it is closer to 9/10 than 10/10. Still, essential.


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