Summary: This episode was written by Robert Berens and directed by Robert Singer. The episode focuses on several stories that involve the introduction of the Rowena character, the exploration of the Hannah backstory, and the reemergence of the Cole character.
The episode begins with a story focusing on a ring of hookers with an obligatory Dean wanting sex intro. The sex trade ring is revealed to be a demon deal warehouse and in enters Rowena, who takes out the demonic pimp and treats his girls to a high class restaurant for dinner. We learn more about Rowena’s history as an outsider as we turn to Sam and Dean chasing the case. We also learn that Crowley is not happy that his demon dealing was being done through a brothel. More on Crowley later…
In the other story thread, Castiel and Hannah are travelling together and Hannah is approached by a man who we learn is the husband of Hannah’s vessel, Caroline. Hannah pretends to be having an affair with Castiel to make her husband leave, but as we learn later in the episode, in a very well written monologue, Hannah explains that she is going back to heaven because the damage the angels bring to their vessels and families undermine their mission on earth. She lets her light run free and Caroline falls into Castiel’s arms.
In the second half of the episode with Rowena and the boys, they find Rowena with the girls but she sics one of the girls on them with a spell. As Sam fights the spellbound prostitute, Dean chases Rowena. He is about to capture her when Cole shows up. We’d seen Cole earlier tormenting a demon for information. Dean gives up his gun and Rowena gets away. A fight ensues between Cole and Dean. Cole thinks Dean is a demon but when he realizes Dean is no longer a demon, they go full on fisticuffs. Dean calls for a five minute truce to explain what happened to Cole’s father, who we learn was a monster who ate livers (something tells me Berens doesn’t like pate). Sam shows up with a gun but Dean calls him off and I’ll be honest, the emotional dialogue of this scene is some of the best I’ve seen in a long time on this show, so kudos Berens.
In the final sequence, Castiel takes Caroline back to her husband and we see him looking up Jimmy Novak on his laptop. In the next scene, Cole drives away, leaving Sam and Dean to move on. And in the most twisty ending, we see Rowena being held by Crowley who recognizes her…..with “Mother?”
Questions to Ponder:
So how about that Rowena reveal? What do you think the story is there?
Do you think Dean really meant what he said about being beyond saving?
Where does Sam go from here?
What do you think of Castiel’s search for Jimmy? Do you agree with Hannah’s decision?
Great stuff this week to chew on so what are your thoughts, reactions, feelings? Leave them here!