By Sandra Gonzalez
April 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM EDT
Frank Ockenfels/The CW; Sonja Flemming/CBS; Elizabeth Morris/NBC

Frank Ockenfels/The CW; Sonja Flemming/CBS; Elizabeth Morris/NBC

What awaits the Winchesters when they meet Metatron? What’s going to shake up Chicago Fire? And how does Nicolas Cage (sort of) make an appearance on The Big Bang Theory? Answers to all that and more in this week’s column.

Enjoy, friends. Best to you and yours on this emotional week.

‘SUPERNATURAL’: MEETING METATRON

Supernatural has introduced us to a number of mega-angels over the years but one of the most important introductions (at least in terms of this season) is still on the horizon.

In “The Great Escapist,” airing May 1, we’ll finally meet archangel Metatron (Curtis Armstrong), the angel rumored to be the scribe of God. The problem? “Metatron is a recluse and not by accident,” says executive producer Jeremy Carver. “So it’s going to be something of a chore to yank him from the life he has become accustomed. He’s not exactly a willing participant.”

Meanwhile, the exact nature of Sam’s mysterious trial-caused ailments will start to become a little clearer, but as a result, we’ll find ourselves asking “what kind of effect this has on him not just physically but emotionally,” says Carver. “The weaker Sam gets, the more Dean has to stand up, and I think both boys are going to have to grapple with some very, very big things that happen in these last four episodes.”

Bonus scoop: May 8’s episode entitled “Clip Show” is not going to be what Carver jokingly describes as “your typical, 1980s, trapped-in-an-elevator greatest moments.” So what IS the reason for the episode title? “I think part of the fun of the title is understanding just what the title means over the course of watching the episode. So I’ll leave it at that,” he says. So are we in store for a lighter, fun episode? “I don’t know. Call me afterwards,” he says with a laugh. “I don’t think you’re going to say it was fun. I would say it’s pretty earth-shaking in a way. [It’s] fun in an edge-of-your-seat way.”

‘CHICAGO FIRE’: GRIM REAPER TO PAY A VISIT

Tragedy is about to strike on Chicago Fire.

In previewing the show’s upcoming final run of episodes, Executive Producer Matt Olmstead tells me that episode 22 will see a big death will occur on the show, and the aftermath will be felt through the final episodes, with the police department playing a big part in episodes 23 and 24. (These episodes are part of the so-called spin-off project, but Olmstead insists they are very much Chicago Fire episodes.)

After all the heated interactions the firehouse has had with the police department this season (specifically the storyline involving dirty cop Hank Voight and Casey), says Olmstead, these episodes will find them “having to lean on them” as the investigation into the death proceeds. “Voight will figure prominently into these episodes,” he teases.

For more scoop on Shay and Severide’s possible impending baby (are they really going for it?), Casey’s complicated love life (Hallie plays a big part in the final episodes), and this year’s cliffhanger (there are “a couple of big” ones) stay tuned for my full preview of the final Chicago Fire episodes.

‘BBT’: D&D fun!

What’s a group of fun-loving girls to do when plans for a weekend trip to Vegas fall through? Well, for any normal gang, one of the last things on that list would be play Dungeons & Dragons. But Penny, Bernadette, and Amy are not a normal gang. And thank goodness for that!

In the season’s penultimate episode, the girls will find themselves crashing the boys’s D&D night with hilarious results, according to EP Steve Molaro. “This time Wolowitz is Dungeon Master,” he teases. “His little spin as Dungeon Master is when he’s bringing these creatures and characters to life in the game, they may sound shockingly like some beloved celebrities in Hollywood. It’s possible right in the beginning there’s a huge oak tree with a face on it that looks suspiciously like Nicolas Cage, and the tree sounds a lot like Nicolas Cage. It is wildly funny. Simon is just off-the-charts hilarious doing these voices as the Dungeon Master in this episode.”

But there will be one member conspicuously absent from the evening – Raj, who takes Lucy on a lovely date. “[Lucy] has been challenging herself to do more things that scare her to sort of work through her social anxiety, and they attempt to do one of those together that night,” he shares.

Speaking of breakthroughs, Molaro says the finale will feature a huge one for a certain character – which is one of several character-driven moments in the show’s last episode of the season. “There is a watershed moment in the episode that we’re really excited about.”

NCIS, TEEN WOLF, AWKWARD, VAMPIRE DIARIES, AND MORE SCOOP ON PAGE 2

SIDE DISHES

[Is Cote de Pablo] coming back for season 11 of #NCIS??? — @Ains_Bubbles

“Everything is up in the air,” reports de Pablo of ongoing contract negotiations. “All I can say is that I love this show, I love my peers and we’ll see what happens.” Me? I’m not worried. This is the biz, friends!

#QuestionsforCote Did [she] and @M_Weatherly have anything to do with the Berlin #TIVA scenes? — @weatherly_swag

Yes! In fact, de Pablo told me she and co-star Michael Weatherly had many strong feelings about the much-anticipated dance scene that takes place in the April 23 episode. She doesn’t know what ended up in the episode, though, because even she hasn’t seen the final cut! (It was, however, her favorite scene to film from the ep.) Regardless, I promise to share with you that full story after the episode. #sorry #bepatient #donthurtme

In the promo for the Vampire Diaries prom episode Stefan and Elena seem to be sharing a moment is it genuine or is Elena pitting the Salvatore’s against each other? And finally can Delena fans except any nice Delena moments in the prom episode? Thanks!! — Ana.

Stefan and Elena’s moment is genuine for one of them. And I wouldn’t say Elena is pitting the boys against each other. There’s someone else doing that! Re: Damon & Elena. He refers to himself as her boyfriend. Does that count?

All feels right with the world now that Awkward is back. Any scoop on Jake (Brett Davern) and Tamara (Jillian Rose Reed)? — KB

When EW spoke to Davern on the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards, he sounded less-than-certain that Jake and Tamara’s ride will be a smooth one this year, but overall confident that they’d make it work, despite the bumps. “I’m rooting for them. …I hope the fans are rooting for them too,” he says. “They are kind of that couple that has drama every episode but they have a fun banter to their arguing and they usually have a good make-out session at the end of it. It wouldn’t be our show without a good make-up make-out.”

YES! So happy Awkward is back! But it needs more Sadie! Any scoop on my favorite mean girl? – Lo

I hear Sadie is going to be one half of a pretty unexpected sleepover that’s coming up later this season. The other half? Someone you would probably never expect to be in the same room with her. “It was an idea I had the first season, and I wasn’t able to make it work the first season. I wasn’t able to make it work the second season, but I was finally able to make it work this season,” showrunner Lauren Iungerich shares. Molly Tarlov adds: “It was super-fun to film. It’s kind of weird, though. I don’t know if you’ve ever been in bed with crew. Every time I got out of bed they would remake my bed, and it felt really weird.”

Thank you on behalf of Teen Wolf fans for all the scoop! — Missy

You’re welcome. And here’s one more for you: We all know that Scott’s (Tyler Posey) going to get more action scenes in the upcoming third season but what you may not have known is that it comes at the expense of another type of action. “[Scott hasn’t] had sex this season yet,” Posey lamented. “I got some last season. This season I got a motorcycle instead, which is pretty much like sex. It rumbles. It is between your legs.” I’ll give you a moment to stop LOLing. Ready? Good. Posey adds:  “This season has death, near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences, bullet wounds, twins, [and] sex between a new character and an old character that isn’t me.”

Hi Sandra! – TJ

Um, hello. Really, people, please proofread to make sure your question is actually in the e-mail.…So now I’m going to give you The Following, TJ, because hopefully it will remind you that Joe Carroll would make an example of anyone that displayed such a lack of proofreading! Scoop: Shawn Ashmore says that while the finale is full of “huge scenes”, his favorite is one that will likely have you on the edge of your seat. “There’s a scene in the FBI that I think is pretty incredible. It’s a time is of the essence situation and I think it’s going to be absolutely nail-biting,” he shares. “When you watch it, you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s really, really great.”

Please tell me you have some Bones scoop! – Sara

Nothing you haven’t heard. But I’ll tell ya what: Next week, I’ll have plenty. I’m chatting with Emily Deschanel tomorrow, in fact. So send me your Qs in the next 24 hours! Spoilerroom@ew.com

The description for the Hawaii 5-0 finale sounds amazing (and sort of answers the mystery you wrote about in the last column). So is there anything else you can share about the finale? Pretty please! — Rose

Indeed, Kono is the one on the lam for a murder she did not commit, but what the description didn’t say is that she’s not alone!

I can’t STAND Dante on Nashville. Please tell me Deacon kicks his @$$ or something soon. — Nina

He gets what’s coming to him. Promise. Meanwhile, though we’ve seen a number of close calls this season (I REALLY thought Lamar was a goner last week!) I can tell you that the cast is going to be a little lighter by the time the end of the season rolls around as one songstress is going to suffer a huge, life-changing loss in an upcoming episode. And I’m not talking about an award…

Scandal fans want to know more about this finale! Help us, Sandra! – Lucy

“I think it’s going to be a very long summer,” creator Shonda Rhimes tells me of the final episode. “We’re headed in a very interesting direction…if people think we’re burning through story now, they’re going to be very shocked at what happens in the next few episodes.” Someone hold me…

Any new Castle scoop, Sandra? It’s been a while! — Emily

Indeed it has, which is why I’m chatting up EP Andrew Marlowe on Friday. (Yes, that’s a non-subtle call for questions.) Meanwhile, I’ll tease you with this: Beckett is in a solid relationship and one of the best detectives in the city, but is that enough?

Are we going to see any Ben-Cooper interaction on Southland before the end of the season? I really miss them. — Emily

Sadly won’t be getting any Ben-Cooper interaction in tonight’s season finale, but I can tell you that Ben’s crazy ex Brooke does make an appearance and McKenzie promises it “will be entertaining.” Also, superfans, make sure you come back to EW.com after the premiere for a breakdown of the episode!

(Lanford Beard, Carrie Bell, Sarah Highfill, Nuzhat Naoreen and Emily Rome contributed to this column.)

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