There were so many good things about this episode, I’m not sure where to start! The pacing was just right, we got to see a few old friends (Bobby and Benny!!), we got to see a little more of that beautiful Purgatory camera filter (I just love it.), we got a little Crowley and a whole lot of excellent plot advancement.
Let’s start with our second-favorite prophet, Kevin. It’s no secret he’s been abusing his body and mind with his awful sleeping schedule, pharmaceutical reinforcements and tablet obsession. So it doesn’t come as a huge shock that he’s starting to lose his marbles. But the big question in my mind is that I’m not sure how much of what we saw was a hallucination? Was Crowley ever really in his head? I have to agree with Dean that if Crowley had any inclination of where Kevin was housed, he’d do a lot more than simply mess with his head. And the end of the episode seems to suggest that Crowley did just that. Part of me (a large part) thinks that the scene between Crowley and Kevin is real but a small part of me still wonders if Kevin has lost it completely. What do you all think? Crowley did some serious damage to the windows of that boat, but when Sam and Dean return everything is cleaned up and back to normal. I know Crowley is the all-powerful King of Hell so fixing a few windows isn’t a huge deal. But why bother? In his mind, wouldn’t Sam and Dean assume that if Kevin’s missing then Crowley must have taken him? Or maybe Kevin was right and Crowley was watching his every move, waiting for the perfect moment to sweep in and take him away. I can’t decide!
Perhaps the only person missing from this episode was Castiel. We still don’t know where our feathered friend is hiding, but we know he has the angel tablet with him. We did, however, have a visit from Naomi who tried everything to convince Sam and Dean that she can be trusted. We all remember that for a while there, Cass had really lost it. But I think we can rule out any questions about Castiel’s sanity. We saw Naomi manipulate Castiel time and time again. We saw similar things happening to Alphie. So I’m not buying her story and I only hope Sam and Dean aren’t either. I am happy that she appeared when she did to help Sam complete his second trial and get Bobby into Heaven. But I still don’t trust her as far as I can throw her.
Sam’s second trial involved a trip to Purgatory followed by a trip to Hell. Purgatory we had seen, but as I mentioned I was happy to see it again. There is something so cool about the way they shoot those scenes; the coloring, the lighting…I wish I knew the technical terms to describe it, but I don’t! But this was our first time visiting Hell. It looked very much like sets we’ve seen before on Supernatural. In fact it might be the same set used in Caged Heat. But they definitely cranked it up to 11. The dark and moody lighting provided the perfect atmosphere but the horrible screams filling the air really kicked up the creep-factor. Not to mention the bloody woman chained to the wall, begging for help. I will be the first to admit that it was a little funny how quickly and easily Sam was able to locate Bobby and free him from Hell, but for time’s sake I am willing to overlook it.
It was great to see Bobby again, wasn’t it? I thought I recognized that backside from the preview last week but I wasn’t sure. And I certainly didn’t want to get my hopes up. I think the writers did a great job of giving us a little much-needed Bobby Singer time while still giving us an acceptable explanation of why he can’t stay. They burned his bones, we saw it. There is nothing to tie Bobby to the Earth. But as Bobby said, “No reason to think I won’t see you again sometime down the road.”
I was a little surprised to have Bobby bring up the fact that Sam didn’t look for Dean. I thought we had closed the books on that issue. I must admit, I wasn’t totally satisfied with where the writers left it originally so I was glad to have Bobby bring it up again.
Bobby: It must of been hell, you not being able to get him out all that time…You did try to get him out, right?
Sam: “Dean and I have an agreement.”
Bobby: “I know that agreement. I taught you that agreement. It’s a non-agreement. I get the feeling a lot must have happened while I was gone.”
I don’t want to open old wounds where this conversation is concerned but here I go! I still don’t know why Sam didn’t look for Dean. I get what they want us to think, that it’s because he just needed to settle down and find a little normalcy, and I certainly don’t blame Sam for that. I think he deserves it. But I can’t buy that Sam Winchester wouldn’t even go looking for Dean, not knowing where he was or how he may have been suffering. I just don’t think that the Sam I’ve come to know over the years could live with himself. The Sam I know sacrifices his own happiness for his brother, even though it’s not fair. There, I said it! And I’m glad Bobby said it too. Anyone else feel like they just got zapped back in time to one of my earlier reviews?
I was really happy to see Benny again and sorry to see him go. He has been a great friend to Dean and I was so happy that Sam had a chance to see the good in Benny. I understood his suspicions where Benny is concerned. He is a vampire after all. But Benny proved himself time and time again and I’m glad that Sam was there to see it this time. Dean didn’t burn Benny’s bones so it’s possible that we’ll see our friend again. Maybe next season? I would love that. Benny was a great addition to the cast this season and I would hate to see such a good character go to waste. What did you guys think? Are you glad to see Benny go? Do you want him to come back in the future?
So here’s where we sit: Sam has two trials under his belt. His physical strength took a hit after he completed the first trial and there’s no telling what the second one has done to his body. Maybe it just made him weaker, maybe it did something else? I floated the idea that as the trials go on he may be affected mentally. I still think it’s a possibility but I guess we’ll have to wait and see. We still don’t know what the third trial is, the tablet is hidden away and Kevin is gone. Whether he left or was taken by Crowley, I’m not sure. But the fact is that Sam and Dean need him. They really can’t do anything without him since he’s the only one who knows the location of the tablet and how to read it. I think they are screwed for the time being. I am guessing that Naomi will help them track Kevin down as a part of her quest to win their trust. What do you think? Did you enjoy this episode as much as I did? Any guesses about what we have to look forward to as this season wraps up? (Ugh! I’m not ready!)
Next week looks like it’s going to be interesting! Charlie is back and stuck in some kind of deadly game with Dean and Sam. I wonder if we’ll get much of a tie-in with the current story arc or if this will be more of a standalone episode. Either way, it looks like it’s going to be good.
Time to talk about awesome quotes. There were a lot in this episode!
Crowley: “I’m in your head as well as everywhere else.”
That opening hallucination was very creepy! Poor Kevin.
Kevin: “An innocent soul has to be rescued from Hell and delivered unto Heaven.”
Kevin: “Unto. That’s how God talks.”
Dean: “What happened to the hot chicks?”
Ajay: “If you’re on the king of Hell’s no fly list, no way you cruise the friendly skies.”
I was a little bummed that Ajay got killed. I thought his character was kind of fun. But you just don’t freelance with a Winchester!
Ajay: “Take my hand”
Sam: “It gets creepier.”
Dean: “The other guys have got it easy…you and me have got to carry a little extra weight.”
Kevin: “I’m gonna be in my room. Let me know when there’s a good day.”
Dean: “That’s my pie.”
Crowley: “As you know, patience isn’t one of my virtues. Well, I don’t have any virtues. But if I did, I’m certain that patience wouldn’t be one.”
Bobby’s Mall of America pedicure. Enough said.
Crowley refers to Sam as Winchester, jumbo size. He comes up with the best nicknames.
Sam: “You knew somehow, right?”
Bobby: “Took a chance. 50/50”
Bobby: “Where are we?”
Sam: “Don’t get all pissed off…. Purgatory”
Benny: “When Dean Winchester asks for a favor, he’s not screwing around.”
Dean: “I owe you.”
Benny: “You don’t owe me nothing. The truth is, I could use a break”
Benny looks like he knows something Dean doesn’t.
Sam and Dean’s awesome man-hug. They get me every time with that!
I loved when Sam and Dean both attempt to approach Crowley after he talks badly about Bobby.
And he just flicks them away like bugs. I can’t help it, I just love to hate Crowley.
Crowley: “You people never seem to understand you are nothing. Fleeting blips of light. I am forever.”