Coming into this episode it was clear that it was going to be Cass-centered, primarily focused on the angel’s search for him. I was expecting a few knock down, drag out fights between Cass and whatever angel dared to hunt him down. What I got was actually quite sad and sobering. Cass is not an angel anymore. I knew that, but I wasn’t connecting the dots. I didn’t realize just how vulnerable he would become. I don’t think he realized it himself. And man, was it sad to watch.
I’m telling you, this episode made me want to go out and find every homeless person in the city of Chicago and give them a sandwich and a hug. Being homeless is rough. Cass was depending on the kindness of strangers for his next meal. That has to be rough for someone who used to not even need food.
Cass seems to be learning quite a bit from this experience. It’s no secret that he’s never fully grasped human conventions. It’s been a great source of comic relief over the past seasons. And selfishly I hope he doesn’t ever totally grasp these social norms because that would mean less quotes like this:
Cass: “Do you ever tire of urinating? I’ll never get used to it.”
But I do enjoy watching his self exploration. I found his conversation with the woman in the church the most interesting.
Cass: “What if you were to find out that no one is listening. That God pretty much left. That Heaven had gone out of business, what would you do?”
This seemed like less of a question for the woman and more like Cass seeking her advice. And her advice was to not give up faith. That someone is up there listening. I’m not sure that Cass found any real comfort in her sentiments but I do wonder if she might be right. Is God still up there listening? What did you all think about this scene? Do you think Cass took her words to heart?
The angels are assembling and they really have quite the arrangement, don’t they. Bartholomew is heading up a special faction of angels that uses a televangelist to secure strong vessels for the angels. As we saw, not any vessel will do. It takes a special kind of person to contain and angel. And Bart did not seem to sweat a few casualties here and there.
He is also hell-bent on hunting down Castiel. I really like the idea of these freelance reapers. It’s something we saw last season in “Taxi Driver”. I liked it then, and I like it now. What’s interesting about reapers is that they don’t really fall into a category. They aren’t “bad guys” because they’re just doing their job to keep the natural order of things. But they aren’t really “good guys” either because they take your life which is not cool.
However, this particular reaper’s freelance choices landed him in the “bad guys” category in my book. I was actually surprised to see how long it took Sam and Dean to realize he was trailing them. I guess it would be no fun if they discovered it right away. Thankfully, they were able to use him to get intel on Bartholomew and the angel’s plans. Unfortunately, the reaper was right, there would be others to take his place. Enter: April.
Poor Cass. He has his v-card taken away under false pretenses. I’ll admit I was a little suspicious of April. She was a little too nice to a strange man she met in the alley. But I chalked it up to his good looks and called it a day. Before we realized who she was I was feeling kind of happy for Cass. He had food and shelter and a sweet girl to talk to and confide in.
Cass: “I thought I was more important, more effective than I am. That I could fix everything. And now all I can do is keep running.”
Cass opened up to her and then she stabbed him in the back. Or actually, the chest. Am I the only one who let out a long and agonized “Noooo!” when I realized Cass was dead? It took me about three seconds to realize that Zeke would heal Cass but those were the longest three seconds ever.
I wonder if Cass was right? Is he the key to undoing whatever spell Metatron used to close the gates of Heaven? It was his grace that finalized the spell, so if he found Metatron and managed to get his grace back, would the spell be reversed? What do you think? I personally think he can’t stay human forever and this is the logical way to get his wings back.
While I’m happy that Cass is alive and Sam is alive, I’m getting more and more worried about just how comfortable Zeke is getting in Sam’s body. And the more he intervenes, the more lies Dean tells and the deeper the hole he’s digging becomes. Dean even commented on it himself.
Cass: “You lied.”
Dean: “I do that.”
I find myself questioning why Dean isn’t asking Ezekiel about a timeline. I would want to know how far along the healing process is and how much longer Zeke thinks he’ll need to be possessing Sam. So far there’s just been a lot of Zeke saying that Sam is feeling better but that he’s not healed yet. And now he’s threatening to leave Sam’s body if Cass stays around. That about broke my heart. I understand that they are all in danger with Cass around. And I understand that Ezekiel is doing Dean a favor by healing Sam, but let’s not forget that Sam is returning the favor by giving Zeke a place to heal himself. I also find myself wondering if Ezekiel wants Cass to leave so that he doesn’t find out that Zeke is possessing Sam. Because he doesn’t know, right? Correct me if I’m wrong, but Cass vouched for Ezekiel when Dean asked about him, but Dean never told him about the agreement. Something tells me Cass would not approve.
This lie just continues to snowball, doesn’t it? And Sam is starting to get suspicious. I am dreading the day that everything comes to light. On the one hand Sam deserves to know, on the other hand I want him to heal before he ejects Zeke and I worry that if he knew he wouldn’t care about healing. But I’m beginning to worry that the stronger Zeke becomes, the more difficult it would be for Sam to eject him. He did say “yes” to being a vessel, even if he didn’t understand what he was saying “yes” to. This whole situation makes my head spin.
What did you all think of the episode? What are your thoughts on Bartholomew? Any ideas about where Metatron might be hiding out and if Cass is the key to reversing his spell?
It looks like we’ll be taking a bit of a break from this main story arch for next week’s episode. Charlie will be back for some kind of bizzaro Wizard of Oz episode. I’m actually happy to have a standalone episode so that I can catch my breath. And this looks like it’s going to be a good one.
Last but not least, some quotes and random thoughts.
Where was Kevin? We ended the last episode with Dean convincing him not to leave and then he’s gone with no explanation.
How awesome was Jared this week? He transitions seamlessly between Sam and Ezekiel.
Cass: “I find that often the people with the least to give are the most generous.”
Cass: “I’ve tried falling asleep. It’s quite a process isn’t it.”
Cass going by “Clarence” is the sweetest thing. The fact that Dean doesn’t know the significance behind the name blew my mind.
Woman in the church: “Your lack of faith doesn’t cancel what I believe, that’s not how it works.”
Bart: “I’ve got one word for you, Winchester.”
Cass: “I stabbed him. He exploded.”
Oh Cass, you have to learn what to keep to yourself.
April: “That was ok?”
Cass: “Very much so.”
Cass: “What I did, it was correct?”
April: “Very much so.”
As worried as I am about Ezekiel, Dean trying to communicate with him made me laugh a lot.
Dean: “I’m letting you know.”
Dean: “Never do that again!”
Cass: “Alright. I’m confused, she stabbed me but I don’t appear to be dead.”
Dean: “It ain’t all just burritos and strippers, my friend.”
Dean: “Did you have protection?”
Cass: “I had my angel blade.”
Cass: “Dean, you know I always appreciate our talks and our time together.”
And this is where my heart broke knowing what Dean was about to say. I just pray that Dean sent Cass away with some money. I can’t bear the thought of him hiding out in rainy alleyways.