The brothers are back! The long winter hellatus is over! There’s an opening classic rock montage to prove it.
Dun duh, dun duh, dun duh, dun duh…Oh yeah! Those are the thunderous raw and bluesy beats on a six-string bass by none other than legendary guitarist Joe Perry of Aerosmith. Whoo hoo, they’re kicking off the second half of the season right. And now, the trademark Steven Tyler scream. “I’M BAAAAAAAAAACK! I’m back in the saddle again, I’M BAAAAAAAAAAACK!…” I honestly don’t know how “Back in The Saddle” was never on my “must have classic rock” list for this show. Number one is still “Blaze of Glory” by Jon Bon Jovi, but wow, this was missing? It’s perfect! So how do I know so much about Aerosmith? At least for this classic era of the band, my brother is the largest Aerosmith fan there is. I heard him play these albums over and over again while growing up. He of course disowned the band after they went pop rock with “Permanent Vacation,” although I really like that album. For me, “Pump” and beyond are the sellouts. Yes, only in my recaps do you get a lesson in classic rock history as well as a detailed analysis of a TV show. I exist to educate and entertain.
Right, you want to know about the “Supernatural” episode. After air guitaring to the montage summarizing the first half of season six, I sit down breathless, eager for the drama to begin. After all, poor Sammy was left screaming! We’ve had 8 weeks now to stew over that disturbing image in our heads, including getting to see that repeat twice in two weeks now (thanks for nothing CW!). So, now that the moment’s finally here, we get a MOTW opener? Seriously? **Crickets chirping, buzz from opener crashing hard.** I picture myself plucking my tongue in disgust a la Daffy Duck.
Here, let’s breeze through this opener quick. Girl and guy in plane. Weather is bad. It don’t matter, because a giant bat like creature is taking them down. Bye bye red shirts. Seriously, it was worth killing my buzz for that? Oh well, the shattered glass heightens the anticipation again.
Uh oh, it’s the worried hand twitching by Dean. Something isn’t right. Heck, when is something right with this guy? Talk about unlucky streaks. There’s only one guy in this universe with worse luck and he’s lying in that cot over there is some sort of coma hooked up to an IV. At least he looks peaceful. Oh, before I go any farther, I’m going to note through this recap some exceptional shots done by director Phil Sgriccia done in this episode. He’s always been a solid director, but he had some gems in this one. Like the focus starting on Castiel’s arm and him rolling up his sleeve as he comes out of the panic room and then showing a glimpse of an unconscious Sam in the background. Nice touch!
Dean is being Dean. He’s a frantic mess which means he’s going to be bitchy with Cass. Of course Cass throws it right back, because he’s kind of pissed. Geez, these divas. “Well?” Dean asks. “His soul is in place,” Castiel answers, but he doesn’t seem happy about that. Dean wants more and asks if Sam is ever going to wake up. Castiel tries the cop out, claiming he’s not a human doctor. It wouldn’t matter Cass, a human doctor wouldn’t give a straight answer either. They’d use the excuse, “I’m not an angel, I don’t know.” An agitated Dean asks for a guess. So, an agitated Castiel gives his answer. “Probably not.” “Well don’t sugar coat it,” Dean snips back. Geez Dean, you’re the one that pushed the question.
Castiel gets to his point. “I’m sorry Dean but I warned you not to put that thing back inside him.” Dean comes back with a solid defense. “What was I supposed to do, let T1000 walk around, hope he doesn’t open fire?” Castiel paints the picture, the one that’s supposed to loom in our heads for the rest of the season and possibly beyond. “Let me tell you what his soul felt like when I touched it. Like it had been skinned alive Dean. If you wanted to kill your brother, you should have done it outright.” They have the grim tough guy stare down and then Cass disappears to the sounds of wings flapping because angels can do that. Why stick around for a fight when you have that power? “I’m an angel you dick, take this!” Dean is pretty used to this by now and his worry goes back to Sam, who is still in the same state on the cot.
Now, let’s take a paragraph here to analyze this little exchange. I do wonder if there’s more to it than Castiel being pissed about not being listened to. There seems to be this whole mystery surrounding the power of human souls and Castiel certainly gives the impression that a damaged human soul is the worst possible thing ever. Although if that is true, why doesn’t Cass say that? Right, he’s mysterious. I get the impression Castiel sees death as the better option than a grossly damaged soul. Then again, he could just be worried about Sam right now, thinking the poor boy is suffering. He’s really grown to care about both Dean and Sam, huh?
Dean goes upstairs and pulls up a chair to Bobby’s desk. Bobby, sitting behind the desk, pours a drink for both of them. I guess this ordeal hasn’t done much for Dean’s liquor habit. Bobby justifies it with an awesome quote. “Like my daddy always said, just cause it kills your liver don’t mean it ain’t medicine.” Yeah, can you imagine the size of Dean’s liver right now? I’m trying not to think about it. Bobby asks if Sam’s still asleep. Gee Bobby, can’t you tell by Dean’s distressed face the answer is yes? If something had changed, he would have said so. Dean gives a worried yes so Bobby tries to encourage. “Dean, he’s been through how much? Somehow he always bounces back.” Dean, definitely taking the glass half empty POV, says he’s never been through this. Yeah, but if you think about it, it’s not the worse thing he’s been through. Possession by Lucifer I really think trumps all.
Dean needs a distraction and asks about what Bobby’s reading. It’s an article about the plane crash we didn’t care about in the teaser. “Can I help, send me to the library, anything,” a weary Dean says rubbing his forehead. Something tells me he’s been cooped up a bit too long. Bobby talks about the crash. “A couple of Buddy Hollys doesn’t seem like news of the weird,” Dean answers. Yeah, but the pilot was found 17 miles away flambed and there’s no trace of the girl. No, Dean doesn’t see it. Of course he doesn’t get any further arguments, for one familiar voice disturbs it all. “Dean?”
A stunned Dean whips and around and he wasn’t hearing things. Sammy! You’re awake! A bewildered Sam slowly works his way across the room not believing what he’s seeing. Dean himself is pretty stunned, but he can’t tell what sort of state Sam is in. Bobby’s pretty much got the same look Dean does. “Sam,” Dean says getting up as Sam approaches. That’s the only invitation Sam needs! Sam rushes forward and pulls Dean into a HUGE, desperate bear hug. Dean at first doesn’t hug back because this was definitely not the reaction he was expecting from Sam, but then comes to his senses and puts an arm out. Bobby watches in the background with trepidation. Back to Sam’s POV and he’s gripping on tight, closing his eyes and never wanting to let go. Okay, NOW I’m weepy. This is the part that does it. This is the same Sam Winchester that grasped onto Dean at the end of “Mystery Spot.” There’s most certainly an aching, longing soul in there. Welcome back Sammy!