* A hunter’s funeral for Kevin. Sad Dean. Tran family photos in phone. Sad song.
*Payback is a bitch as Gadreel goes to a rock concert to find a fellow angel named Thaddeus who used to torture him in prison and has taken as a vessel a rock star. Gadreel stabs him to death.
*Cas goes to Dean, finds him packing. Learns the truth. Dean is angry, must find the evil angel. Kill him. Stupid for right reasons. Sam is strong, can cast out angel. How do they clue him in. They should try to bypass the angel, talk to Sam. They go to Crowley, offer human blood. He wants a Kevin massage, but Cas curtly informs him of Kevin’s death. Crowley warned Kevin to run from the Winchesters. He wants a field trip, chains on, and he will help them eject the angel from Sam’s body. Cas says no, Dean yes; Crowley calls for Sam as a tiebreaker and realizes the poor giant baby’s in trouble again.
*Some woman with a dog gives them the evil eye.
*The three go to the Caddy. Pimp? Out of gas. Betray us, I’ll carve out your heart. Cas and Crowley in back seat.
*Gadriel meets Metatron in a bar, reports it was less easy killing Kevin than Thaddeus. Metatron is annoyed Gadreel didn’t take initiative and kill Dean, but wants the angel to kill more, prove you’re ready, loyal. Gadreel is not happy to be Metatron’s hit man.
*Demon woman fills dog bowl with blood, reports Crowley on the move.
*Crowley takes a meeting alone with Cecily. She tells him what’s been going on with Cas all this time. She assures him some are still loyal to him. He locates the Impala for them.
*At a lovely home, Gadreel meets a man named Abner, his best friend, who has a family, including a cute little girl who runs to Abner, calling “Daddy!” He’s about to stab him, but they talk first. Abner was a crappy angel, imprisoned, but they are a long way from Thaddeus now. He’s upset to learn Gadreel killed Thaddeus. He’s happy in this vessel, formerly an abusive man, but he’s happy now. Happiness is getting the one thing you want and never letting it go, Abner reveals.
*Dean, with Cas, enters Abner’s house, finds him dead, throat slashed. Gadreel washes the blood from his hands. Dean tells the angel it was a mistake to let him live. Gadreel sends Dean flying against the bookcase. Cas knocks Gadreel out with one angelic punch.
*Cecily woman tells Abaddon Crowley and Dean are in PA and that she helped them. Abaddon kills her.
*Gadreel is sitting in a chair, refusing to reveal his name, threatening to kill Sam. Crowley threatens a play date. He says he has Sam locked away in a dream, a hunt with Dean of ghouls and cheerleaders. Crowley bores holes in Sam’s skull with what look like long nails making the angel scream. Dean walks away, unable to watch. Cas understands–it’s not Sam, but is Sam. Dean asks how Cas is. OK, answers Cas, admitting everything he’s been through wasn’t easy. They both realize they were played. Crowley calls for Laverne and Shirley to come back. Twisting one of the nails, the angel reveals his name, and Cas realizes who it is–this SOB ruined the universe! It won’t work, says Gadreel, you will fail, I have all the time in the world. Dean orders Cas to possess Sam and tell him to evict Sam. Crowley has to get involved to make this work, so Cas burns off Sam’s tattoo. Crowley forces Dean to free him if he does this; desperate, Dean agrees. Gadreel promises to destroy Crowley when he’s inside Sam with him. Eat me, invites the demon, eyes glittering. Red smoke bellows into Sam’s mouth.
*Pondering the thought of a demon and angel inside his brother unnerves Dean.
*At first, Sam is doing research on some silly case. Then Crowley appears, tells Sam he’s been possessed by an angel and shoots him, ordering him to REMEMBER. Memories of Gadreel’s atrocities begin rolling through his mind. Did I kill Kevin? asks Sam miserably. No, he did. Cast that holy roller out, orders Crowley. The real Gadreel enters, and he and Crowley begin to fight. I leave, you might die, warns, Gadreel, beginning to beat up Sam, choking him. Sam takes control, putting Gadreel in a chokehold. GET THE HELL OUT! orders Sam, and Gadreel is gone, back with Metatron. Cas and Dean hustle Sam out as Abaddon pulls up outside. Dean warns Crowley he doesn’t want to see him again. I love you too, quips Crowley.
*Abaddon orders her minions to bring her Crowley’s head. They don’t. Daddy’s home, says Crowley, it’s a campaign. Vote Crowley, get entrails and virgins. He snaps his fingers and disappears, leaving her angry and frustrated.
*Cas heals Sam, but says it needs to be done in stages. Sam is angry at Dean for tricking him, for saving his life when he was willing to die. Kevin’s blood is on my hands, says Dean, and I alone will make Gadreel pay–I’m poison–I’m not dragging you down in the muck with me, not anymore. Go, orders Sam. Dean takes off alone in the Impala. Sam stands in the rain, also alone.
1. Damn, damn, damn! I don’t like my Winchester brothers separate! I understand Sam’s anger, I really do. But I don’t want this dragged out too long, either. What do you think will heal this rift?
2. Talk about a crowd! Crowley, Sam, and Gadreel all sharing Sam’s body! I loved how Gadreel was fighting first Crowley, then Sam, but ultimately, good prevailed and Sam regained control. I loved that scene. What about you?
3. Why did Metatron send Gadreel after Abner? He knew they were close friends. Or maybe he was testing his loyalty by seeing if he would kill a friend. Gadreel had no trouble killing Thaddeus, an enemy.
4. The war between Crowley and Abaddon is going to be fantastic. I love Crowley, I adore her, they make excellent adversaries and I want to see them go at it on the battlefield.
5. It was hard watching Crowley boring those nails into Sam’s head; even Dean had difficulty dealing with it. Dean seemed pretty close to the end of his rope this entire episode, and Jensen did a fantastic acting job, didn’t he?
6. Cecily! How dumb can a demon be? She told Crowley she was playing both ends against the middle and he let her live; she confessed the same thing to Abaddon, who stabbed her to death. Dumb bunny. Why even mention such a stupid admission?
7. I liked this episode very much, despite the ending that once again found the brothers separated, with Sam angry at Dean for doing something he KNEW Sam would not have sanctioned. I’m giving it a 9.