Supernatural: Season 5, Episode 1

Sympathy for the Devil (10 Sep. 2009)

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In the aftermath of the Devil rising, Sam and Dean are whisked away and they are given a message from Chuck Shurley that Castiel is dead and that Luficer walks the Earth. As a result, Sam ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Nick / Lucifer
Sarah / Lucifer
Frank Topol ...


In the aftermath of the Devil rising, Sam and Dean are whisked away and they are given a message from Chuck Shurley that Castiel is dead and that Luficer walks the Earth. As a result, Sam and Dean turn to Bobby for help to find a mystical weapon, called Michael's Sword. This will enable them to find the Devil before he takes on a new form to bring the slow end of the world. But the Winchester brothers are pitted against the archangel Zachariah who has plans for Dean, as well as more demons. Sam and Dean recognise a demon, Meg, who has returned from Hell. Written by matt-282

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The host that Lucifer takes is named "Nick". In some traditions, the devil is referred to as "Old Nick." See more »


When Sam and Dean visit Chuck, the Angels arrive but Dean sends them back to Heaven. Dean was not out of shot long enough to create the sigil but he might have anticipated the angels may arrive and he created the sigil before they did. See more »


[Zachariah has been threatening and tormenting Dean; Castiel appears and kills the other angels with a silver stiletto]
Zachariah: How are you...?
Castiel: Alive? It's a good question.
[indicating Dean and Sam]
Castiel: How did these two end up on that airplane? Another good question, because the angels didn't do it. I think we both know the answer, don't we?
Zachariah: No... It's not possible.
Castiel: [fiercely] It scares you. Well, it should. Now, put these boys back together, and go. I won't ask twice.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Hey! Some props to Becky, please!
26 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree with most of the other 4 reviews, especially that Mark Pellegrino did get the funniest line when he was speaking to Satan in the form of his dead wife (see other review), and yes it was smart the way he was introduced. And the "new" Meg did speak oddly, which I guess was an acting choice (but a poor one).

However,none of the 4 reviews before this one mentioned the always excellent Emily Perkins as Sam-crazed Becky. Come on, Supernatural fans, Emily Perkins is a hoot every time she shows up! She might not have had as much screen time as in the other two episodes she was in, but she made the most of her time.

The initial scene on computer screens with Chuck was cute, but the best was when she met Sam and kept touching his chest. (Sam: "Becky, could you please stop touching me?" Becky: "No." :-) ) Emily Perkins is in my opinion a much-underused actress. Ever since her days as teen hooker Sue on the best police drama ever, DaVinci's Inquest, she has been a great favourite of mine. And no, I don't know her nor am I related to her! LOL But seriously, she brings a lot to Becky and to every role she takes on. I hope we see more of her on Supernatural and elsewhere.

All in all, this was a very good ep. B+, at least.

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