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Jus in Bello 

Sam and Dean are arrested by Agent Henriksen and thrown into a jail cell in Colorado just as an army of demons makes their first move under a new leader who wants Sam dead.


Philip Sgriccia (as Phil Sgriccia)


Eric Kripke (created by), Sera Gamble




Episode cast overview:
Jared Padalecki ... Sam Winchester
Jensen Ackles ... Dean Winchester
Katie Cassidy ... Ruby
Lauren Cohan ... Bela Talbot
Charles Malik Whitfield ... FBI Agent Victor Henriksen
Stoney Westmoreland Stoney Westmoreland ... Sheriff Melvin Dodd
Aimee Garcia ... Nancy Fitzgerald
Peter DeLuise ... FBI Deputy Director Steven Groves
Tyler McClendon ... Deputy Phil Amici
Kurt Evans ... FBI Special Agent Carl Reidy
Rachel Pattee ... Lilith
Val Cole Val Cole ... Newscaster
Ron Robinson ... Possessed man


After being set up by Bella, Sam and dean are arrested and put into a cell in Monument, Colorado, awaiting transport to a maximum security facility. While there they discover a number of the authorities are possessed, and the jail itself is besieged by about 30 possessed townspeople. They are offered help by Ruby, but decide her solution is too costly, and devise their own way of escaping from the jail. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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The title is a direct reference to a plot element. Jus in bello means "justice in war" and refers to the guidelines for "fighting well" once war has begun. See more »


When Sam notices the broken salt line that enabled Ruby to get in, he never questions who broke it or why. The very fact that it was broken like that suggests that someone in the station was already possessed before the brothers gave everyone an anti-possession charm. See more »


Ruby: [after being told that they lost the Colt] I'm sorry, I must have blood in my ear. 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.
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References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »


End Credits Theme
Composed by Jay Gruska
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The whole thing feel rushed...less than the sum of its part
8 October 2019 | by CubsandCultureSee all my reviews

This episode had too 1) wrap up the Henriksen storyline, 2) introduce Lilith and 3) tell the cost of war/siege story. Oh and provide a delay in the Bela storyline. All of these various plot threads are shortchanged because of how much the episode is trying to do. The siege story, especially, is awful. The boys big fight about the morality takes all of 30 secs and the resolution of the siege feels like a narrative cheat.

This should have been split into two episodes; this is one place where season 3 being short really hurts the episode.

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21 February 2008 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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