Writers: Sera Gamble
Director: Kim Manners  
First aired: Thursday February 21, 2008

Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) break into Bela’s (Lauren Cohan) apartment in order to get the Colt back, but she has tipped off Agent Henricksen (guest star C. Malik Whitfield) about their whereabouts and they are arrested. While Sam and Dean are locked in a cell in Colorado, a demon breaks in and kills some of the sheriff’s men and possesses Henricksen.

After the guys vanquish the demon, the FBI agent realizes they were telling the truth and prepares to release them, but Ruby (guest star Katie Cassidy) shows up to a warn Sam and Dean that the jailhouse is surrounded by a band of demons with a powerful new leader who wants Sam dead.

Kim Manners directed the episode written by Sera Gamble.






Monument, Colorado

Dean and Sam come into a bedroom, guns drawn, and search the place. It’s Bela’s room but they find no sign of the Colt. Bela calls them and informs them she’s two states away. Bela denies she’s going to sell it and Dean vows to find her, but she informs him she’s taken precautions. The police barge in and place them under arrest, and Special Agent Henricksen arrives. He takes over the local police station and co-opts the sheriff, Melvin Dodd, into assisting.

Dean and Sam are brought in and placed in a cell, while Henricksen calls his superior, Deputy Director Steven Groves. Groves sends a helicopter to collect them, and Henricksen informs the brothers he plans to lock them up for good and never see each other again. Dean insists they fight monsters but Henricksen claims their father brainwashed them. Groves arrives in the helicopter and has Henricksen fill out the paperwork while he takes a look at the brothers… then pulls out a gun and shoots Dean. Sam manages to grab the gun through the bars, then starts chanting Latin, exorcising the demon from Groves. Before he can complete the ritual, the demon leaves Groves and escapes through the vents, leaving the deputy director to collapse. Henricksen barges in and Sam hands over the gun, and they try to convince Henricksen that Groves was possessed and been dead for months. Henricksen’s partner Reidy goes out and finds the pilots and other local officers dead. The demons blow up the helicopter and then kill Reidy.

Henricksen tells the remaining officers to get it under control and reassures the clerk, Nancy. He then confronts the brothers and demands to know who their psycho friends are, and doesn’t believe that demons are attacking them. Nancy peers in on them and they try to convince her to get them a towel for Dean’s wound. She brings them a towel and Sam grabs it from her, and Deputy Amici comes in with a shotgun. Sam reveals that he took her rosary from her. The sheriff comes to take them to a SWAT facility and when he refuses to obey Henricksen, Henricksen shoots and kills him. They grab Henricksen, dip him in the toilet with the rosary in it, and Sam performs an exorcism, driving the demon out. Henricksen is forced to admit the brothers are released.

Dean and Sam prepare to defend the building, using salt and demon traps. Dean goes out to the Impala in the impound lot out back to get some necessary gear. Meanwhile, a black demon cloud flows through the town as the lights flicker and the wind picks up. Dean spots it and gets into the building as they seal the windows. Unable to gain entrance, it retreats and Dean hands out amulets to keep the others from being possessed: the brothers have tattoos on their chests.

All of the locals approach the jail, possessed by the demons. As Amici check a window, he inadvertently disturbs a bit of the salt. Henricksen admits his job is boring and he feels he’s been wasting his time. Dean resolves to fight and Henricksen points out he’s got nothing else to fight for except Sam. They’re interrupted when the window breaks and Ruby arrives, landing in the demon trap. Sam releases her and she says she killed her way in past the demons. Ruby explains to Dean there’s a new demon, Lilith, who wants Sam dead. Dean is mad that Sam didn’t tell him, but Ruby insists they need the Colt. Sam tells her it’s been stolen and she comes up with an alternative plan that will vaporize every demon in a one mile radius, including herself. The spell requires a virgin and Nancy reluctantly admits she is, much to Dean’s surprise. However, the spell requires Ruby to cut out Nancy’s heart. Nancy agrees to do it as long as it saves the townspeople. Sam considers it and argues with Dean that the sacrifice is necessary. Dean comes up with a new plan: they let the demons in and fight.

Ruby insists the plan won’t work and prepares to leave, so they break the salt and she goes out the front door. The demons part to let her by when she threatens them with her knife, while inside everyone gears up and then breaks the salt and demon traps. The demons attack and Sam, Dean, and Henricksen fight them off. Nancy and Amici hide outside and then when the demons are inside, seal the entrances back up with salt. The demons surround them and the lead demon telekinetically slams Sam and Dean up against the walls. Henricksen makes it to the loudspeakers and sets off a recording of the exorcism. One demon escapes while the other demons are expelled from their host bodies.

In the aftermath, Henricksen agrees to cover for them by claiming they died in the helicopter explosion. After the Winchesters leave, a young girl comes in asking for the brothers, identifies herself as Lilith, and kills Henricksen, Amici, and Nancy.

The next day, Ruby visits the brothers at their hotel room and has them watch the newscast showing that the police station was destroyed. Ruby’s figured Lilith was responsible and gives them mojo bags to conceal themselves from Lilith. She insists their plan was the one with a body count and next time they go with her plan.


Review by Gaelic

3.12 Jus In Bello

Holy. Sh*t. What a rush. Seriously, this show is freaking amazing. Even when there are unanswered questions or plot holes or question marks above my head, I’m willing to roll on and accept because the way the story is delivered. I even convinced the hubby to watch this time around. Okay, since the evening started with Nightshifter, I’ll go there because I’m just rerunning the show in my head and I have to start with the first thing I mentally see. Or I’ll get confused and miss something. If I were smart, I’d do what Kelly does and watch for effect, then go back, watch and take notes, then write this up, but if I did that I’d never sleep.
Here goes. I could probably wax endlessly in philosophical musings about the differences between Sam and Dean between S2 and S3, the way the show itself looks different with muted colors vs vivid colors, the fact that even in S2, Sam was showing his bad ass moxy by taking out the two SWAT guys and Dean was more fragile than he appeared because of his quick attachment to Ronald, the way Sam “tolerated” Sherry gushing about his brother or the fact that Dean fighting that female shape shifter was disturbingly hot… but when it comes down to it, Nightshifter is about three things for me: Flannel, Eyes, and Styx.
Dean totally rocks that black and tan flannel (though the denim will forever be my favorite). And his eyes when he’s on the phone with Hendrickson and says “you got no right talking about my Dad like that” — holy hell. Those lashes kill me. And Renegade — could there be a more awesome escape sequence when the boys slow-mo-ing it up the stairs into a oddly dusty Impala? Whew. *Gaelic fans self*
Moving on.
Now, I have to say in the war between Bela and Ruby, I now find them both intriguing for VERY different reasons. I don’t like Bela, but that’s what intrigues me about her. Despite the fact that she’s a bitch, I felt my eyebrow raise at that well-timed pause when Dean said she was going to sell the Colt to the highest bidder. She may have actually been planning that, and she didn’t like that he called her out. And she may actually have something else going on — I mean we don’t know her dead sibling story yet. Could there be a deal in her past as well? A demon with a contract? There’s something there and bitch or not, I’m curious. Personally, I can’t wait to see what happens when Ruby and Bela end up in the same room together. I hope there’s blood.
I entered this episode as unspoiled as possible despite sooooo many carrots dangled. All I knew was what they showed us in the previews. So this was a FUN episode for me. I started out in the Human Ball of Perceived Protection knowing I was going to end up there anyway. When the boys’ eyes traveled up Hendrickson’s (let’s call him “H”) legs, I chuckled. I love these boys. I’ve learned with this show to watch everything, suspect everything, trust no one. Oh, wait, Mulder taught me that. Anyway, the sheriff saying this “wasn’t his first rodeo” made me suspicious of him for something. I didn’t know what he was going to do, but he was going to play some kind of pivotal role.
Then of course you see Nancy and the rosary. That’s coming into play later, yeah? The boys chained together and going in different directions — hilarious. Especially when they had to try to untangle just to sit down. You know, I know that eventually this show has to end, be it five seasons or more. But whenever it does end, it’s going to be hard to watch either of those guys in anything else and not miss their brother. They just work so well together. When H came back to the cell to banter it up with a snarky Dean, I loved watching Sam. His forced disinterest in that slouched pose totally vanished when H said that Dean was never going to see him again.
I could practically feel his panic at the thought of Dean’s ticking clock and not getting out of this situation and actually GOING to solitary. I know it wasn’t planned — that this was actually supposed to have been episode 11 and Mystery Spot episode 12 — but it worked SO WELL thinking back to Sam without Dean and the idea that that could be true w/out the Trickster scaring Sam to death. And then when H slammed John, Sam sits up, either in affront at what H said, or in back up to Dean, it didn’t matter. It was his body language saying “Hey, watch it, buddy” that just… yeah. *pets him*
Okay, I know I’m forgetting stuff, but dude! Doug Penhall! I haven’t seen him since 21 Jump Street! I guess everyone has a boss — even H. Penhall totally scolds H, making him fill out paperwork, flying in on the chopper — WHY I didn’t suspect him is beyond me. When he shot Dean I gasped. I mean BLAM — right through the shoulder, blood on the wall, Dean falling back… I’m such a sicko, but I’m so watching that part again and again. Sam stepped up there, too, man and latinated the hell out of Penhall, saving them both. Whew. Goosebumps.
Now, this is when this episode got actually freaky for me — H’s partner going outside, dead cops all around, chopper blows up… yeah. Ball of Perceived Protection was my only hope of surviving. Then we get the h/c part of the show which I WISH we had time for it to be more. Sam trying to stop the bleeding, Dean’s muffled groan, Sam’s “don’t be such a wuss” (HA!)… all I could think, though, was that was the same shoulder Sam had shot in BUABS. Poor guy — he’s going to have some serious scar tissue. I loved how when Dean was talking Sam was looking worriedly at his back where the blood was obviously still flowing. Tingle.
Nancy, little scared fawn that she was, totally came through with the towel, but I saw the grab for the rosary telegraphed from the beginning. Not that I minded. It came in handy. But the thing I noticed more about that situation was that even though Dean was shocked and confused that Sam grabbed Nancy, he didn’t do anything until it was over and then lobbed a “what the hell?!” Sam’s direction. He’s backing his brother. I mean, of course he questions him later, but in that moment, he trusted that Sam had a reason and I so dug that.
Sitting on the bed, Dean using the towel to staunch the blood, I loved how little boy he got with the fact that the demons were suddenly coming right for them…never done that before…”it’s like they’ve got a contract on us? ’cause we’re so awesome?” That’s just like asking if getting hit by the car looked as good as it did on TV. This is a guy that left his childhood behind at age 4. He’s carried responsibility like a yolk across his back all of his life and when he lights up about random things I feel it in my gut. Even when it’s ridiculously timed random things — the boy inside knows that he’ll have to retreat soon enough so that battles can be fought, but in a moment of silence, he sticks his head up and says “’cause we’re so awesome.” Love it.
Okay, so when the sheriff came in, I thought that HE was possessed and H would see the boys exorcise him. I did NOT see Hendrickson being possessed coming and was totally riveted. Nasty bit shoving him in the toilet, though. Blech. Smart, but nasty. Sam’s all about the latinating again — happy to see that 24 years of reading the stuff sank in and he has it by heart. 🙂 And I have to say that even the hubby laughed at the “I shot the sheriff” “but you didn’t shoot the deputy” coupled with Sam’s incredulous “you’re impossible” look that he shot Dean. That’s what makes this show so great. Death is knocking at the door and the brothers still act like brothers.
Oh, Lord, and they had a patching up Dean’s shoulder scene with the bicep of doom staring at us. Staring RIGHT AT US. *needs a moment*
I’m sure there was some important information there about going to church and talking about the devil, but… THE ARM. *ahem* I gotta say, I liked H even in Nightshifter. He was an asshole, but I liked him. He was quick and snarky and focused. And as soon as he saw the truth, he turned that skill to the good side. Nicely played. Dean running out to the Impala to “grab something out of his trunk” was a sure sign of Bad Things Happening. When the black smoke showed up I was chanting “must move faster must move faster must move faster.” The Demon Swarm was intense. I knew they weren’t going to get in, what with all the salt and Devil’s Traps, but wow. I was still worried.
And good Lord. Tattoos. The tattoo reveal pulled another “oh” from me that got a smirk out of the hubby. He even asked me if that was going to be my next one. *ahem* Sam’s “not long enough” quip had me saying “no kidding” — I mean I wish they’d figured that out when they were kids. All three of them. The torment that would have saved Dean. Well, sure, and John and Sam not having the memories and blah blah blah, but Dean would have been spared torture by his father and brother. Ah, well. 20/20 hindsight. Moving on!
Liked H’s “putting down monsters with condiments” line. Hee. Everyone laughs at the salt. Don’t know about you, but I’ve actually increased my sodium supply ’round here. I really enjoyed the conversation between H and Dean about H’s job being boring and how he barely manages to save a few people after all his work. Dean’s “I think the world is going to end bloody” but he’s “going down swinging” had me saying atta boy. I noticed, too, with that little exchange about Dean only having his brother and Hendrickson also having no one but a string of divorces, Dean is the rogue, Sam’s the one that had normal for awhile, but it’s Dean who is able to find connections with people more than his brother. Maybe that’s because he’s pretty flat with who he is in the grand scheme of things and it’s so unknown for Sam… I’m not sure. Just an observation.
Okay, so Lilith. When Ruby told them about her I was already creeped out. But that just led to the fact that Sam’s keeping things from Dean. And now Dean knows there’s more than just the power rising in the west. Not that he had time to go into it, but at least he knows he has to dig until Sam fesses up s’more. Secrets… always secrets with these two. Are they kept for protection or out of fear? Do they just need that one piece of information that’s theirs alone? Makes me wonder about other tight-nit relationships.
The whole spell to wipe out demons in a certain radius (including Ruby) was interesting. And I know that there are going to be some heavy discussions about Ruby’s character and her being willing to die to give Sam a chance and what that means about her and about Sam’s importance, but I’m saving my thoughts on that until a more coherent time. What I will go into is Dean’s adorable disbelief that Nancy was a virgin and her “what? it’s a choice!” The fact that Dean and Ruby argued to the point of Sam having to make the call had me twittering. That was so nicely timed. Sam saying nothing, though… I felt Dean’s heart drop.
The ensuing conversation between the brothers was fantastic. Gotta wave my Dean flag for a moment. I love Dean’s character. I mean he is everything I’d create if I were able to create a hero in a story. He is the one constantly called out for his “sins” and his immorality. It’s a running joke, apparently, that he’s the weak one, the dimmer one, the brawn. He likes the women and he likes the booze and he has poorly timed cracks… but when it came down to it, it’s DEAN that stops them from taking the innocent life of a girl “who hasn’t even been laid.” His “if that’s how we win wars, then I don’t want to win” should have had a crescendoing soundtrack behind it. HE is the moral compass now. And may have always been. He is willing to sacrifice himself, but damn sure won’t sacrifice anyone else. AND he’s the one that came up with the plan that saved everyone. Sorta. I mean, well, you know.
The point is, Dean mortality has revealed his morality and I’m loving it. The interesting thing is that we now know there’s a spell (with the heart of a virgin, but, still) that will wipe out demons in a certain radius. That’s SO coming back into play at some point. The end of this episode was so full of action I couldn’t get my eyes wide enough. I wasn’t sure what Dean’s plan was until I saw Nancy and the deputy on the roof. OH! Best. Line. Ever: “When this is over I’m going to have so much sex.” HAHAHAH!
When they started to line the doors with salt, I actually clapped. Sam’s droning voice reciting the exorcism over the loud speakers was fantastic. I loved it. Dean’s so smart. Hee. Poor his shoulder, though with all that shooting and fighting and being pinned to the wall. Again. I loved Dean’s little “heh” shrug to H when it was all over like “who knew”?
I had a bad feeling when there was 15 mins left and H says he had a “helluva story” he wouldn’t be telling, that he was going to say they were dead… I mean, there was no way they could walk away free of the Fed issue, off the wanted list (since they were dead) AND have an ally. That was too much good luck. So when that creepy little girl showed up, I said “oh…no…” out loud. Poor H. Just when he had a chance to be a good guy. And Nancy. Going out without the sex.
I’m a little worried that they’re not exactly free and clear, though — I couldn’t tell if H had finished the call before Lillith blew everyone to kingdom come and the news reporter just said that “two fugitives” were also killed. So… hmmm. Ruby’s admonishment had me feeling pretty bad for the guys. They did the right thing — they didn’t know that black guy got out (and here I was all relieved that he left Nancy alone… sigh). But I guess they’re not just hunting anymore, they’re at war. And I guess that while Dean is the consummate hero, and he did save lives, ultimately, he made the wrong decision. I mean, maybe. I’m still not convinced.
This is going to be tense. Because hard decisions will have to be made and the line between light and dark, good and bad, right and wrong will be blurred for both of them — and in different directions and different ways. We’re no closer to finding out how to save Dean. We know who the power in the west is, but not how to take out a freaky little girl who can kill with white eyes. We know that Ruby is fully on Sam’s side, but is willing to sacrifice lives to win the war — even Dean’s, or her own if necessary. We don’t know for sure if they’re off the wanted list, but they could be…
All I can say is… they still have each other and we get four more starting in April. Thank. God. I know so many of you saw so much more than I did, but thanks for wading through this one more time. Writing it lets me watch it in my head one more time. See you in April. 🙂





Recurring Stars:
Lauren Cohan (Bela Talbot)
Katie Cassidy (Ruby)

Guest Star:

Aimee Garcia (Nancy Fitzgerald)
Peter DeLuise (Deputy Director Steven Groves)
Charles Malik Whitfield (Special Agent Victor Henricksen)
Val Cole (Newsanchor)
Rachel Pattee (Lilith)
Kurt Evans (Special Agent Carl Reidy)
Ron Robinson (Possessed Man)
Tyler McClendon (Sheriff Melvin Dodd)
Stoney Westmoreland (Deputy Phil Amici)










No Music in this episode






Lilith: Excuse me. I’m looking for two boys. They’re brothers. One’s really tall and one’s really cute.

Henricksen: You’re right. I screwed up. I underestimated you. I didn’t count on you being that smart. But now I’m ready.
Dean: Ready to lose us again?
Henricksen: Ready like a court order to keep you in a super-maximum prison in Nevada until trial. Ready like isolation, in a sound-proof window-less cell that between you and me is probably unconstitutional. How’s that for ready? Take a good look at Sam. You two will never see each other again.

Henricksen: Shotgun shells full of salt.
Dean: Whatever works.
Henricksen: Fighting off monsters with condiments.

Ruby: Does anyone have a breath mint? Some guts spilled in my mouth while I was killing my way in here.

Sheriff: Look, Agent, this ain’t my first rodeo!
Henricksen: You ain’t never been to a rodeo like this before. You have any idea who we’re about to bring in here?
Sheriff: Yeah, a couple of fugitives.
Henricksen: The most dangerous criminals you’ve ever laid your eyeballs on! Think Hannibal Lector and his half-wit little brother!

Dean: I’m not going to let that demon kill some poor sweet innocent little girl, who hasn’t even been laid. If that’s how you win wars, I don’t want to win.

Henricksen: My job is boring. It’s frustrating. You work three years for one break, and then maybe you can save a few people, maybe. That’s the payoff. I’ve been busting my ass for 15 years and nailed a handful of guys and all this while there’s been something off in the corner so big. So yeah, sign me up for that big frosty mug of waste of my damn life.
Dean: You didn’t know.
Henricksen: Now I do.

Dean: How you holding up, Nancy?
Nancy: Okay.. when I was little, I would come home from church and talk about the devil. My parents would tell me to stop being so literal. I guess I showed them, huh?

Ruby: Don’t thank me. Lilith killed everyone. She slaughtered your precious little virgin, plus half a dozen other people. So after your big speech about humanity in war, it turns out that your plan was the one with the body-count. Do you know how to fight a battle? You strike fast and you don’t leave any survivors. No one can go running to tell the boss. So next time, we go with my plan.

Ruby: (for help with her spell) This spell is very specific. It calls for a person of virtue.
Dean: I got virtue.
Ruby: (laughs) Nice try! You’re not a virgin.
Dean: (laughing) Nobody’s a virgin! (slowly everyone turns to look at Nancy)
Dean: No.. No way! You’re kidding me, right? You’re..?
Nancy: What? It’s a choice, okay!

Henricksen: I mean, after all, seeing you two in chains…
Dean: You kinky son of a b!tch, we don’t swing that way.

Groves: Sam and Dean Winchester. I’m Deputy Director Steven Groves. This is a pleasure.
Dean: Well, glad one of us feels that way.

Dean: It’s like we got a contract on us. Think it’s because we’re so awesome? I think it’s ’cause we’re so awesome.

Sam: You were possessed.
Henricksen: Possessed like… possessed?
Sam: That’s what it feels like. Now you know
Dean: I owe you the biggest “I told you so” ever.

Dean: Honestly, I think the world’s going to end bloody. But it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t fight. We do have choices. I choose to go down swingin’.

Ruby: I’m sorry, I must have blood in my ears. 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.

Henricksen: I better call in. Hell of a story I won’t be telling.
Sam: So what are you going to tell them?
Henricksen: The least ridiculous lie I can come up with in the next five minutes.
Dean: Good luck with that.

Henricksen: So, turns out demons are real.
Dean: F.Y.I.–ghosts are real, too. So are werewolves, vampires, changelings, evil clowns that eat people.
Henricksen: Okay, then.
Dean: If it makes you feel better, Bigfoot’s a hoax.
Henricksen: It doesn’t.

(Nancy and the deputy in hiding during the battle)
Nancy: When this is over, I’m gonna have so much sex… but not with you.

Sam: So, what’s the plan?
Dean: Open the doors, let them all in, and we fight.

Dean: Nobody kill any virgins!

Henricksen: You know what my job is?
Dean: You mean, besides locking up the good guys?

Sam: (in prison cell) We’re like sitting ducks in here.
Dean: Yeah, I know. Would it kill these cops to bring us a snack?

Sam: How’s the shoulder?
Dean: (takes out bloody pad) It’s awesome. I’ll live. You know, if we get out of here alive.





  • When Henrikson makes the phone call to his boss, he is holding the receiver in his right hand, and taking off his vest with his left. In the close up, he is holding the phone with his left at first, switches to his right and then uses his left hand to (once again) take off the same strap on his vest.
  • When Jensen says, “You don’t poke a bear with a BB gun, it’s just gonna make him mad,” his lips aren’t moving during the second part of that line.
  • This episode was nominated for a 2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series.
  • Despite being the twelfth episode of the season, this is the first one to feature all four current main characters.
  • This was the last episode of the season completed before the Writers Guild of America went on strike on November 5th, 2007. Originally intended to air as 3.11 (before “Mystery Spot”), airing order was reversed, making MS into 3.11 and “Jus in Bello” into 3.12. The CW did this to leave fans with a more climactic episode until post-strike production could resume airing in late April 2008.


    • Henricksen: Think Hannibal Lecter and his half-wit little brother!
      Referencing Anthony Hopkins’ cannibal serial killer character from the movie The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and it’s various sequels and prequels, based on the novel by Thomas Harris.
    • Dean: How do we Houdini out of this one?
      Refers to the master escapologist Harry Houdini who is noted for the Chinese Water Torture Cell escape.
    • Henricksen: I shot the sheriff.
      Dean: But you didn’t shoot the deputy.
      Dean was paraphrasing the second line to the song, I Shot the Sheriff in response to Agent Henricksen’s statement of fact. The reggae song was written by Bob Marley and covered by classic rocker Eric Clapton.





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