Robin’s Rambles, Season 9, Episode 14, Captives
Bunker, a specter! Dean listens to rock. Lights blink. Sam grabs a sword when Dean calls. Sam and Dean meet. The bunker is haunted, despite the sigils. Whoever it is died here. It’s not Kevin, Dean burned him.
Funeral. A man breaks away. Castiel grabs him. Metatron? Rebecca didn’t make war. Bartholomew killed her. He’s a monster.
Their ghost, Kevin, is new at this. Dean talks to the coffee maker as if it were Kevin. I’m sorry, you didn’t choose this life, lost everyone you loved, got killed on my watch. It was on me, I’m so sorry. Kevin starts to flicker and appears. Kevin is stuck in the veil, can’t get to heaven–find my mother. A woman named Candy, who lives in a forest in Wichita, says Mama Tran is alive. Kevin wants the brothers to find Candy and his mother.
Cas is captured by two angels, Bart’s minions.
They bring the coffee maker to search for Candy.
Bart takes Cas’ blade and hugs Cas, seemingly delighted to see him.
The brothers wait inside, candles lit. Dean calls Crowley, who doesn’t pick up. Maybe hHe’s not that into you, quips Sam. The radio goes staticky.
The angels reminisce about battles with Raphael, when Cas was “the great Castiel” and Bart tortured. Now Bart gives orders.
A cold, dark box, says Candy, describing where she and Mrs. Tran were being held prisoner . British men, they tried to escape, but, Candy was stabbed to death from behind. Mrs. Tran might be alive. She is alive, and screaming!
The brothers head to save Linda Tran from where Crowley has been holding her prisoner for God knows how long.
Bart assures Cas he’s free to go. What can he do on his own? They both want to find Metatron, restore heaven. They disagree about Rebecca’s murder.
The brothers enter a motel as FBI and demand records. The clerk is reluctant, Dean insistent. Sam notes storage units rented by D. Webster. Crowley in-joke. Dean and the clerk check one unit, Sam another, and finds Mama Tran. But someone locks them both in and the clerk watches them on camera and knocks out Dean.
Bart shows Cas on-earth sightings of Metatron. Bart wants Cas by his side, here and eventually in heaven. A rebel is brought in, bound, his face covered by a black bag. Bart wants Cas to help him torture him.
Sam frees Linda from her bonds and works on the electric plate of the door. She thinks Kevin is still alive, and he doesn’t have the heart to tell her otherwise. She angrily orders him to shine the flashlight where she needs it.
Dean comes to, hands bound. Crowley left the bitter demon clerk in charge. Feeding the apes, hosing the floors, getting no credit. Worst part? He wasn’t even allowed to kill anyone! He won’t even get a thank you for capturing the Winchesters! That’s true, Dean tells him–he’s friends with Crowley now. This job bows, I quit! the clerk declares.
Having tortured the rebel and learned nothing, Bart wants Cas to prove his loyalty by killing the rebel. Cas refuses, insisting there’s another way. My only choice was to obey or be killed, realizes Cas. Bart plunges the knife into the rebel angel over Cas’s protests.
The clerk asks Dean, “Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve done this? Thank you for reminding me who I really am.” And he starts to slice open Dean’s throat, leaving a bloody trail. Sam bursts in, preventing Dean from being stabbed to death.
As your refusal makes perfectly clear, you always thought you were better than me, says Bart, punching Cas twice in the face. Cas says no, angels fighting angels must stop somewhere, might as well stop with me. First Bart has Cas at knifepoint, then Cas has Bart at knifepoint. Cas drops the knife on the floor. There can be no peace without bloodshed, insists Bart, and moves to attack Cas, who turns the tables and kills him. He orders the two guards, “Let me pass.” They do. Cas leaves.
Sam and Dean allow Linda to kill her jailer, who they have bound. After she does, she commands, “Take me to my son.”
Bunker – The brothers call for Kevin and assure him they saved his mother. Linda feels Kevin is bound to his father’s ring. She wants to keep him safe as long as she can.
Cas prays to Rebecca’s grave, apologizing for the chaos, praising her for trying a new way. An angel touches his shoulder and says he chooses Cas as his leader; he wants to follow him, as do others. Indeed, two other angels stand there, both also wanting to follow Cas.
Bunker – Kevin considers his mother his responsibility. And you’re ours, Sam says. Kevin assures Sam he doesn’t blame him; that’s all on Gadreel. He thanks them. Thank us when we get you to heaven where you belong, says Dean, until then, enjoy your 24/7 time with your mom. Kevin asks them to promise to “get over it,” reminding them that just because they couldn’t see him, he could see them–drama, fighting, stupid. My mom is taking home a ghost. They promise, yet go their separate ways without exchanging a word.
1. So Kevin asked the brothers to cut it out, they promised, but they went to separate rooms without speaking. That bothered me. You?
2. Bart was dispatched quickly in this episode. Were you glad or disappointed?
3. Were you sad when Mama Tran was asking about Kevin? I was. While I knew it was a possibility she was alive, I cringed at every mention of Kevin.
4. I was bugged because there was no Cas with the brothers. Did you find that weird, too?
5. This ep might need another watching or two, but at this point, I only give it a 7. That’s my impression after only one viewing. You?
6. I do love the idea of Mama Tran and Kevin keeping each other company for a while, as long as he doesn’t become hostile. Finding out her son was dead must have been awful for Linda.
7. Don’t you hate Crowley for keeping Linda prisoner like this?