While Cas is running from angels and towards his human life, Sam and Dean start out the episode with a random visit from Ezekiel, who as Jared Padalecki points out, is learning human mannerisms and expressions rather quickly. So Ezekiel interrupts and then goes back to being Sam, so fast and without disruption that I know I’m gonna be spitting nails at some point.
The B-story centers on the angels and how they are trying to figure out vessels to use (there will be collateral damage) and how to track down Castiel to get Metatron’s spell, to get back into heaven. Dean invokes Ezekiel (in a scene that makes me so angry that I may have had an aneurysm) to help save Castiel.
The boys find Castiel, who is being tortured for information by his lover-cum-torturer dom. He’s killed but lo and behold Ezekiel, who can’t seem to heal Sam, heals a dead Castiel. I know, Sam’s wounds are too bad. As Dean would say, Blah Blah Blah. Lies happen, again. It’s what Dean does, as he says. Castiel is happy to be at the bunker and has a nice speech about the Winchesters’s success at being human, which was a well done reflection. Sometimes we forget that they do more than survive. However, the episode ends when Dean casts out Castiel – the man is going to have abandonment issues galore, but apparently Ezekiel thinks he’s a danger because the angels are amassing a force and Castiel is a weakness and could threaten Ezekiel’s ability to stay and heal Sam. Show ends with Dean telling Castiel that he has to go.
I loved that he called himself Clarence and I hate show for killing her. I have Meg feelings.
Bodies exploding because some can’t handle the truth!!!!
Girl taking you home when she finds you scavenging through garbage? Red flag number one, Castiel. She’s either bad or there are dead bodies of other men in her pantry.
I really liked the subtle (ha!) criticism of greedy and wasteful Western culture – from wasted food to the resort of homeless people.
Detroit – I think that’s important or just coincidence.
Dean and Sam and chains – they have a BDSM thing going – 50 Shades of Winchester Flannel.
Dean invoking Ezekiel at will – this is a bad plan, Dean. It’s kind of like Sam’s demon blood addiction – the road to hell is paved and all that.
I really liked that the show had the comic relief of Castiel being human but didn’t overdo it. It could’ve turned into caricature very quickly, but it was a nice balance and Misha did a great job at having Castiel ponder the limitations of what it means to be human.
I think Castiel leaving plays well in the arc of his being human – learning how to not just survive, and not just survive on his own. It ties to my theory that he is going to have a Starman storyline.
This Week’s Theories:
Theory, the first: Still saying Ezekiel is gonna turn bad. May not be bad now, but he’s growing awfully comfortable in that vessel and as we now know, a lot of bodies can’t handle angel possession. Also, think that may be interesting to think about in terms of demons, who can inhabit anyone’s body. Just a thought.
Theory, the second: Vessel wars 2.0 – In this corner, we have Roman Bartholomew and in the other we have everyone else. I think there will eventually be a Abaddon/Bartholomew alliance and I’m gonna call that pairing: Abamew.
Theory, the third: I think Castiel will like being human but I think eventually the cluster that is the Winchesters will drag him back to the war. Calling a Starman storyline for Castiel right now. And if you don’t know that reference then Google is your friend. And make sure to look at the Jeff Bridges’s Starman, not the David Bowie one.
Theory, the fourth: Detroit – I’m calling a revisit to the Michael issue for the angels. I could be wrong, but I’m sticking with it until show pries it from my cold, dead fingers.
Personal Side Note: I tried to be less snarky than I wanted to in this recap/spec, but I’m gonna be honest, I have serious issues with Dean invoking Ezekiel at will like that and I have even a greater issue with the total nonsensical angel war thing. It seems a rehash of a season seven storyline that did not work. Sorry, but I was not in love with this episode, so I’m no angel. /end mini rant.