Everybody brace yourself – here comes one of those episodes that even in retrospect, no matter how many times you see it, read about it or talk about it – it takes a deep breath and some mental preparedness before you dive in. Even this recap, written in the emotional wreckage that was the aftermath of 4×16, had to be divvied into two pieces. So if you’re ready, here they are again for this week’s Hiatus Hunting feature:
Hiatus Hunting: Season Four, Episode Sixteen: On The Head of A Pin
Recap by Alice [Originally Published March 25 & 26, 2009]
Man, why does this show keep doing this to me? Thursday at 10:00 comes around anymore and I’m a jittery mess, going back to the TiVo for a rewatch. This one earned a third re-watch, then one the next day and I think I’m up to number ten now. I lost count around seven.
This episode is even more action packed than the last one, and that was huge. As a matter of fact, with the exception of “Mystery Spot” and “A Very Supernatural Christmas,” no episode is more crammed with details in the entire series. As a result, I even have to break this recap into two parts. It’s that long. Things are intense from the opening teaser, so let’s get started.
There’s a nice scene of destruction that looks like a bomb went off. Cars are in all sorts of positions, windows blown out, parts lying everywhere and the car alarms ringing. Our familiar trench-coated angel walks among the carnage and with one raised hand silences the mass confusion. So, we’re twenty seconds into the episode and Castiel is already awesome. I already have good feelings about this episode. He searches and then sadly finds what he’s looking for. A woman, in a flowing dress of white, is dead on the ground. He pulls back her dress and finds the stab wound right through the base of her neck. ”Goodbye sister,” he says solemnly, and the cops arrive behind him.
Cops arrive to investigate, and Castiel is gone. Damn I need that skill. Every time my son yells “Mom!” all I need to do is go away in a flash and all my problems are solved. Helicopters hover over the scene and the spotlight scans over the area from right to left. The massive imprint of wings on the pavement on both sides of the woman appear. Okay, we get it, she’s an angel.
Birds, doom, logo. In this episode, they mean it.