Alexander Calvert as Jack in SUPERNATURAL - Season 14 - "Moriah" | © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved/Bettina Strauss

Alexander Calvert as Jack in SUPERNATURAL – Season 14 – “Moriah” | © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved/Bettina Strauss

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Alexander Calvert, Rob Benedict, Lisa Berry, Chilton Crane
Writer: Andrew Dabb, series created by Eric Kripke
Director: Phil Sgriccia
Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM
Original Airdate: April 25, 2019

Jack (Alexander Calvert), having blown his way out of the supposedly indestructible Malek Box, stands in the smoking wreckage with glowing eyes. “You lied to me!” he says, accurately, to the stunned Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles), and Castiel (Misha Collins). Jack proceeds to blow them all back into the wall, but doesn’t kill them, then disappears.

Dean says Jack is a monster that must be killed. Castiel disagrees. Sam is anxious and torn, but sticks with Dean when Castiel storms out. They put in a call to Rowena to see if she can do some sort of ritual. She thinks it’s dangerous and dumb, but says she’ll try.

Jack, on the streets of a big city, hears snatches of conversation, all of which are plainly b.s. “Stop lying!” he commands everyone.

Dean and Sam, meanwhile, go to Mirror Universe, no, not an alternate reality, but instead, a company that has image recognition software. Since Jack is flying and not using i.d., they’re hoping they can track his face. Just one problem, though – when Dean flashes his FBI badge at the receptionist, instead of whatever spiel he was going to deliver, he announces, “I’m Dean Winchester, I’m looking for the Devil’s son, and this [badge] is fake.” Dean realizes what’s happening, and demands that Sam reveal his favorite singer. Sam has always claimed it’s Elvis, but Dean has never believed this. Compelled not to lie, Sam confesses that it’s Celine Deon. It’s clear that everybody around them is also telling painful truths.

Jack having superpowers and accidentally killing Mary is one thing. Preventing Dean from trying to pretend to be an FBI agent and making Sam admit that he loves Celine Deon is just too much. The Winchesters decide they have to find Jack immediately.

Castiel tries to get a demon to let him into Hell so he can measure the cage that held Lucifer. The demon refuses. As Castiel turns away, dejected, a familiar face greets him from across the street. It’s Chuck, aka God Almighty (Rob Benedict). He still prefers being called Chuck. Chuck explains that he came in answer to Castiel’s prayer, which surprises Cas mightily.

Chuck zaps them to the office where Sam and Dean are taking refuge from the havoc being caused by the over-honest employees. They are dumbfounded to see Chuck. They’re also surprised that he endorses lying, but he says he’s a writer, and that’s pretty much what writers do. Asked where he’s been, Chuck picks up a guitar and is going to sing about it. Dean grabs the guitar out of Chuck’s hands and smashes it. At this point, Chuck says, “No,” and pretty much reminds Dean, and us, that whatever we call him, he’s still God.

Chuck zaps everybody back to the bunker. He’s been exploring the universe with his sister Amara, who’s currently in Reno. Chuck says that they all know He likes to be hands-off, but he steps in when there’s a possible apocalypse. Chuck snaps his fingers and restores lying to the world, but Jack could still cause another kind of apocalypse. Chuck has just created a handgun that can kill Jack (or anything else), but will also kill whoever fires it. Chuck can’t fire it, because if He goes, existence goes with Him.

Misha Collins as Castiel, Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL - Season 14 - "Moriah" | © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved/Jack Rowand

Misha Collins as Castiel, Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL – Season 14 – “Moriah” | © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved/Jack Rowand

Castiel wants Chuck to instead restore Jack’s soul. Chuck says souls are tricky, and besides, do they really want to save Jack, after he killed Mary? Dean says he’s on board to kill Jack, and if Cas isn’t, he can walk away. Castiel promptly walks away.

Jack goes to see his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Kline (Chilton Crane), who is not pleased to see him. She doesn’t know that Jack is her grandson, but she and her husband did some research after Jack’s previous visit, and they know a) that Jack never worked with their daughter Kelly and b) that Kelly has disappeared. Jack’s grandmother thinks that he killed Kelly. Jack’s eyes glow and he tells her to stop.

Sam and Dean have a conversation, or rather Dean says he’s going to kill Jack with the gun and Sam protests. The reason Jack doesn’t have a soul is because he burned it off saving Sam and Dean (and the world) from Michael. Jack has been family. Sam cannot bear to lose both Dean and Jack, which is what will happen if Dean kills Jack with the gun of God.

Jack finds Castiel in the cemetery where Kelly is buried. Jack tells Cas about going to see his grandmother, and we see the rest of the encounter. Grandmother freaks out when she sees Jack’s glowing eyes, he calms down and leaves her in peace and alive.

Alone with Chuck, Sam asks about what Michael said, that God creates multiple worlds and then abandons them. Chuck asks if Sam really believes that. Chuck says that this world’s Sam and Dean, out of all the Sams and Deans, are his favorites. “You’re my favorite show.” Sam asks why Chuck (almost) never shows up when they need help. Chuck says it’s because Sam and Dean are his guys – they are there to do the work. Sam deduces, out loud, that Chuck is scared of Jack. Chuck replies, “Aren’t you?” He knows where Jack is, and that Dean is on his way there now.

Castiel wants to get Jack somewhere safe until they can find a way to restore his soul. Jack says he can’t feel anything. He knows that Castiel loves him (like a father), and Jack wants to love Cas back (like a son), but he can’t feel anything. And then Dean shows up with the gun.

Cas physically blocks Dean from shooting Jack. Cas tells Jack to run, but Jack says he’s not going to run anymore and knocks Cas out of the way. Jack gets down on his knees, Dean holds the gun on him, Jack says he understands, Sam pulls up, runs towards Dean, tells him to stop. Jack says Dean was right all along – Jack is a monster. Chuck is there, but won’t intervene. Dean cocks the gun, but seeing Jack so trusting, so willing to die for his failures, Dean finally lowers the weapon and tosses it aside.

Chuck tells Dean to pick up the gun. This isn’t how it’s supposed to go. Chuck even offers to bring Mary back. But Sam and Dean are both done being played, being part of his story. Dean tells Chuck to go to Hell. Chuck snaps his fingers, and Jack starts streaming his essence out of his eyes. Castiel tries to save him. Sam picks up the gun and shoots Chuck. The bullet hits Chuck’s shoulder, but doesn’t seem to have much effect. Sam, on the other hand (per Chuck’s declaration that whatever happens to the shot also happens to the shooter) now has a bullet wound in his shoulder.

Neither Sam nor Chuck dies. Chuck is exasperated, says, “That’s the way you want it? Fine. Story’s over.” He snaps his fingers and disappears. Wait, does he mean just the Winchesters’ story, or Earth’s story? No time to find out. Suddenly it’s night. Jack is dead, with his eyes burned out. The other three are in the graveyard. Dean says that Chuck said the gun was the only thing that could kill Jack. Castiel points out that writers lie.

Jack wakes up in the Empty. Billie (Lisa Berry) is there and says they need to talk.

In the graveyard, Sam, Dean and Castiel see the souls of the dead from Hell explode onto the Earth, and it looks like there’s a zombie apocalypse as well. Our guys are surrounded. And then the season ends.

Okay, could SUPERNATURAL possibly get any more meta? It’s being written by a God who admits that He views what’s happening as a show, and gets irate when the characters won’t do what He wants. This is trippier than time-travel paradoxes. Chuck is of course right about the plot beats he wanted – Dean feeling that he must give his own life to end the life of someone he views as a son is very dramatic. It’s just not something Dean would do, which is one of the reasons we love the guy. Come to that, we’ve kind of loved Chuck, too – bummer that He’s turning out to be such a cranky Creator. Is this how the SUPERNATURAL writers feel when characters or plots start to go in directions that weren’t planned? Is Chuck speaking for any of them, or are there other characters who actually better represent the writers? Do the show’s writers have free will, or are they being prompted to write episodes like this at the behest of some deity who wants there to be a SUPERNATURAL that plays out this way?

Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds, we can be confident that our heroes will prevail over the graveyard ghouls. But how will they, and SUPERNATURAL, deal with their newly-weirder reality? Only Season 15 will tell.

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