Lost Limey Watches Supernatural #56 – “Jus in Bello”

A quick note by way of introduction may be required here. For quite some time now, certain members of the Richmond WriMos have been trying to persuade me to watch the CW show Supernatural. I  have relented and am now embarking on watching Supernatural via the wonders of Netflix. This series of posts will simply be my first impressions, almost stream of consciousness style, presented in the form of the time elapsed in the episode and my thoughts expressed as bullet points. It’s effectively live tweeting the episodes except I don’t have to stick to 140 characters or fewer. So without further ado here’s my take on:

Season 3 Episode 12 – “Jus in Bello”

  • 00:07 – A bit of a focus on the FBI dude who’s been the Javert to the Winchester boys for a while now in the previouslies.
  • 00:35 – We also get stuff back to the Devil’s gate/demon army plot I’ve been missing, including the demon origin of Ruby from the witchy episode.
  • 00:59 – Once again the teaser opens on the Winchester Boys, and once again I feel deprived of the Inevitable Teaser Death.
  • 01:46 – They’re hunting for Bela, and therefore the Colt but are too late, and Bela’s calling the telephone of the motel room the boys are ransacking purely to gloat at them. She truly is loathsome.
  • 02:20 – And Bela apparently ratted the boys out to the FBI as she knew the location they would be at. Excuse my misogyny for a moment, but she really is a bitch.
  • 02:51 – Agent Henriksen’s casual “Hi guys, it’s been a while,” is a beautifully tossed off line.
  • 03:54 – Henriksen’s trying to whip the local cop shop into some form of shape. Unfortunately they’re a Barney Fife away from being The Andy Griffith Show.
  • 03:56 – And the FBI guy agrees with me by dropping a Mayberry reference.
  • 04:23 – Henriksen: “They’re not just killers, Shefriff, they’re Satan-worshiping nutbag killers.” He’s only mostly wrong. Just because “nutbag” isn’t entirely inaccurate…
  • 05:16 – The station secretary, Nancy, clearly has a bigger role to play seeing how we keep getting anvilicious cuts to her face, cross necklace and rosary.
  • 06:30 – Henriksen’s superior officer is throwing him some serious shade about the whole “bus” plan. Which is a brave move to make when your hair exceeds the Sam Winchester Standard For Coiffure Terribleness.
  • 07:27 – Dean’s response to Henriksen celebrating seeing the boys chained up is just perfect: “You kinky son of a bitch, you know we don’t swing that way.” Though try and tell half of the fandom that…
  • 08:55 – Almost time for the boys to do this.
  • 09:11 – Henriksen’s boss is a total dick. Between him and Ghostbusters’ Walter Peck you’d have a complete male.
  • 10:02 – The FBI boss shoots a chained Dean in the shoulder. I’m guessing that demonic possession is behind this.
  • 10:12 – Yup. Black eyes of evil confirmed.
  • 10:48 – The cops and Henriksen see the unconscious no longer demon occupied meat suit and Sam holding a gun and have leaped to the obvious, entirely erroneous conclusion.
  • 12:16 – Looks like the chopper crew got some gory demon-assisted deaths. And now the helicopter itself has decided to go disco inferno, but more Dante than disco.
  • 12:31 – There’s at least one more demon around killing police folks.
  • 12:54 – And now the power’s out. We’re going to get Undie Hard in a police station.
  • 13:34 – Henriksen’s badass shouty voice is seventeen shades of awesome.
  • 15:08 – Sam’s asking Nancy for a towel. Clearly he and Dean are not hoopy froods.
  • 16:01 – Using the towel to smack Nancy into the cell bars like that  did seem excessively cruel of Sam, but I think that’s due to the differing physicality of the actors rather than the script/writing.
  • 16:21 – Apparently it was all a ruse to steal Nancy’s rosary.
  • 16:56 – Dean points out that this is the first time demons have come hunting for the boys instead of vice versa. I suspect it won’t be the last.
  • 17:39 – The sheriff is going to let the boys out of their cell, so that all of them can attempt to escape the siege. I assumed the sheriff was possessed until an actually possessed Henriksen shows up and plugs the sheriff in the head. Our heroes respond with their usual pragmatism by trying to drown Henriksen in the toilet while Sam does the exorcism thing. Apparently the terrible-haired one has the Latin memorized.
  • 18:12 – The entire station just saw the black demon cloud exit Henriksen, which would seem to corroborate that whole “it was demons” alibi that the Winchesters had.
  • 18:50 – Henriksen: “I shot the sheriff,” Dean, my fiance, and myself in unison: “But you didn’t shoot the deputy.”
  • 19:41 – Our protagonists go unchained.
  • 20:14 – Seems our law enforcement are skeptical about the salinity needs of Supernatural shotguns.
  • 21:10 – Dean, in a fit of insanity needs to head out to a (probably demon-haunted) impound lot to get something from the Impala. He loves that car more than any other thing on this show, I swear.
  • 21:32 – “[GRUNTS SOFTLY]” on the closed captioning really doesn’t dispel my “Dean loves his car too much” theory exactly..
  • 22:13 – Judging by the amount of black and pink smoke, there’s an outrageous number of demons here. Truly, truly outrageous.
  • 22:34 – Sam seems to be spray-painting Devil’s Traps all over the station floor, which seems like a good preparedness drill.
  • 23:40 – Dean’s handing out anti-possession amulets to the police & Henriksen The brothers don’t need them as they apparently have anti-possession tattoos, which I’m sure mean they’ll never ever be possessed again over the course of the show’s ten (and counting) seasons…
  • 24:15 – The camera shots of the possessed folk with the black eyes outside the windows are very Romero-esque.
  • 24:44 – “Fighting off demons with condiments,” does sound absurd when you phrase it that way, sir.
  • 25:54 – Henriksen’s reaction to discovering that the supernatural elements are real seems to be despair at wasting his life, which isn’t a character direction that I expected.
  • 26:52 – Yay! It’s Ruby. who Sam claims is there to help them while Dean and Henriksen take the not unreasonable position of “kill her, she’s a demon.” Based on her last few appearances, I’m not convinced either side is wrong. I really want to know what Ruby’s deal is before she went and failed Starling City.
  • 27:50 – Ruby demonsplains to Dean and the assembled forces that there’s thirty or so demons (out of the about a hundred we saw unleashed) gunning for the Winchester boys and that they were sent by Lilith. Sam already knows about Lilith, but it’s news to the rest of them.
  • 28:27 – Ruby doesn’t take news of the Colt’s theft very well…
  • 29:26 – Ruby’s non-Colt plan would vaporize every demon within a certain radius, including herself. It just requires a virgin sacrifice. Cold. As. Ice.
  • 29:40 – To no one but Dean’s surprise, the only virgin in the vicinity is Nancy. Betcha didn’t see that coming, assuming that you’re deaf, dumb and blind. If that is the case, how mean is your pinball?
  • 30:43 – Nancy comes over all Spock and adopts a “needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few” viewpoint, which the boys vehemently disagree with, as they don’t want Nancy dying which tends to happen if a ritual involves having your heart cut out.
  • 31:06 – Sam is less vehement than he might be…
  • 31:55 – Dean doesn’t have a great alternative to the “sacrifice a virgin” plan, but he does have an alternative. My alternative of turning up the Winchester charm and making sure Nancy’s virtue no longer holds for the spell doesn’t even get mentioned. Deans “plan” is: Open the doors, let them all in, and we fight.” I can’t help but feel that might amp up ye olde body count over the sacrifice plan.
  • 33:10 – Ruby’s reaction is to leave the place with her trusty demon-killing knife because she’s not going to watch everybody die in a futile pitched battle.
  • 34:57 – The running gun battle looks pretty cool, and Dean & Henriksen doing the back-to-back salted shotgun blastiness is awesome.
  • 36:01 – I think they’re trying to funnel the possessed into a central location.
  • 36:44 – It sort of works, though the demons seem to have the upper tendril until Henriksen starts playing Sam reciting the exorcism chant over the station’s PA/loudspeaker system.
  • 38:01 – The mass exorcism seems to have worked.
  • 39:02 – Henriksen’s going to stop the FBI manhunt and fugitive subplot by claiming that the boys died in the chopper when it went up in flames. So now they’ll be presumed dead.
  • 39:44 – Lilith’s chosen meat suit is a small child, I’d guess maybe ten or so. She has white eyes instead of the regular black eyes of evil, so you can tell she’s an important demon.
  • 39:54 – … if her killing everybody left at the police station with a single gesture wasn’t a clue.
  • 40:00 – Ruby visits the boys in a motel to break the Lilith news.
  • 41:45 – Ruby might have a valid point with how her plan had a lower body count than the boys plan did. However her saying “You strike fast and you don’t leave any survivors. So no one can go running to tell the boss.” Makes me wonder. I assume Lilith is the boss in question, and the only demon we saw definitively survive was Ruby herself…


Three fantastic episodes in a row. While this one wasn’t as character-driven as the last couple, it did address the lingering demon army plot in truly spectacular fashion, and we got to see the first appearance of the presumed Big Bad of the season with Lilith’s explosive debut towards the end. This was a solid episode in a very action movie kind of a way, and very plot driven, which makes my entries above more recap than anything else. Also, interesting to see the fugitive narrative thread being tied off so neatly, and this had some solid work on Henriksen to the point that killing him off actually had an impact.


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