Misha Collins as Castiel  in SUPERNATURAL - Season 14 - "Jack in the Box"| ©2019 The CW Network, LLC/Diyah Pera

Misha Collins as Castiel in SUPERNATURAL – Season 14 – “Jack in the Box”| ©2019 The CW Network, LLC/Diyah Pera

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Alexander Calvert, Mark Pellegrino, Jim Beaver, Erica Cerra, Giles Panton, Kurt Long, Dean Monroe McKenzie
Writers: Eugenie Ross-Leming & Brad Buckner, series created by Eric Kripke
Director: Robert Singer
Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM
Original Airdate: April 18, 2019

Hunters from all over, plus the remaining Alternate-Universe Hunters, mourn the death of Mary Winchester. There’s a memorial service for her at the bunker. This is crashed, literally, by somebody getting an axe in the head. Relax, it was just a wraith infiltrating the event. Alt-universe Bobby (Jim Beaver) has tracked the creature here. Now that it’s dead, he wants to know why Mary is deceased. Well, this is because Jack (Alexander Calvert) killed her, sort of by accident, two episodes back.

Dean (Jensen Ackles) doesn’t want to talk to anyone, including Sam, and takes off to be inconsolable by himself. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Castiel (Misha Collins) explain to Bobby what happened. Bobby is all for treating Jack like a monster – hunt him down and kill him. Since Castiel considers Jack to be his son, and not responsible for his actions since he burned his soul off helping the Winchesters, Castiel is very much against this. They clash.

Bobby takes off to try to kill Jack. Castiel, with Sam in tow, tries to find Jack before Bobby or maybe Dean does.

Jack goes to Heaven, not as a soul, but as a living angel. He’s greeted by Duma (Erica Cerra), who is in charge – Naomi has been relieved of duty due to her screw-up with letting the Empty get in awhile back. Duma is actually hoping that Jack can make more angels, since most of them have died in all the havoc wrought over fourteen seasons of SUPERNATURAL (Duma of course doesn’t put it quite that way). She does think it would be great if Jack went out and punished sinners, and tells him that this would make Sam and Dean very happy.

Even soulless, Jack wants to make his foster dads happy, so he goes to Earth and starts killing people who don’t believe properly. He turns an atheist into a pillar of salt and has a sinkhole swallow a hypocritical televangelist. Jack can’t create angels from nothing the way God could, but he can make a human into an angel. When he finds a religious group that volunteer, misunderstanding his timeline (they didn’t know he meant they’d become angels right now), Jack angelicizes all of them and up they go, except for one who says the wrong thing and is left for the worms.

Jared Padalecki as Sam, Misha Collins as Castiel and Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL - Season 14 - "Jack in the Box"| ©2019 The CW Network, LLC/Diyah Pera

Jared Padalecki as Sam, Misha Collins as Castiel and Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL – Season 14 – “Jack in the Box”| ©2019 The CW Network, LLC/Diyah Pera

This leaves a trail that everybody looking for Jack can follow. The guy who doesn’t take the ticket to Heaven isn’t immediately eaten by worms, which means that Sam, Dean and Castiel are able to visit him in the hospital, question him and get some idea of what’s going on with Jack.

Castiel decides he’ll try going to Heaven again. Dean, meanwhile, has found a new use for the Malek box. Yeah, that depressing plot device/prop that Dean made and had planned to lock himself inside for all eternity, that Malek box. If it could contain archangel Michael in Dean’s head, surely it can contain Jack.

Okay, Dean, did you miss the bit where Jack obliterated Michael from existence? Let’s not dwell on that for now. Dean tells Sam that if they can just get Jack in the box (pun, episode title, plot explanation), they can keep him there and the world will be safe. Of course, they’ll have to lie to Jack to get him to go into the box.

Sam hates this idea, but he also feels responsible for the damage Jack is causing, to say nothing of Mom’s death. So Sam prays to Jack (that’s how one communicates with an angel who’s not physically present) and says he just want things to go back to how they were. That’s what Jack wants, too, so he shows up. Dean says they’re close to perfecting a spell that will restore Jack’s soul, but they’d like Jack to stay in the box until they get it right.

In Heaven, Castiel accuses Duma of manipulating Jack for her own ends. When Duma threatens Mary and John Winchester (happy together in their own special corner of Heaven) if Castiel doesn’t butt out, Castiel coldly kills her. Er, isn’t somebody losing their temper and killing a family member how we got into our current mess? To be fair, after everything that’s gone down, it’s hard to blame Cas for not wanting to have to give the boys any more bad news about their parents, so we can understand some drastic measures to keep John and Mary’s souls safe.

Jack apologizes for the accident with Mary, but because he has no soul, this comes out like he’s apologizing for forgetting to buy the right kind of beer at the supermarket. On the flip side, Sam and Dean (not Padalecki and Ackles, but their characters) won’t win any acting awards when they tell Jack they forgive him. Jack gets into the box and they seal him up. When Castiel returns, he’s horrified and flummoxed by what Sam and Dean have done. There isn’t a lot of time to argue about this, though.

This is because, in the box, Jack’s subconscious, wearing the face of his father Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino), informs Jack of what he should have realized. He’s been tricked. Sam and Dean have used his trust to mess him over.

And kaboom. The Malek box explodes, and a shocked Sam, Dean and Castiel are confronted by Jack, who now has glowing yellow eyes.

We know there’s a SUPERNATURAL Season 15 coming, so Jack can’t permanently kill Sam or Dean – not yet, anyway. He conceivably could kill Castiel, though since Cas wasn’t part of the box trickery, that would be unfair. Although at this point, the characters may be beyond considerations of fairness. Apart from Jack feeling isolated, we’ve got Sam, Dean and Castiel all disagreeing with each other and even themselves. It’s dramatic, it’s chaotic, and right now, it’s all totally unpredictable, which is kind of wonderful for a show approaching the finale of its fourteenth season.

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