This episode was written by Andrew Dabb and centers on Castiel and his reunion with Jimmy Novak’s daughter, Claire, and Crowley’s reunion with his mother, Rowena. Also threaded throughout the episode was the fear of the Mark of Cain reactivating.
The episode begins with Dean having nightmares as the killing machine he was.
Then it cuts to Claire Novak who is in an institution. Apparently she tries to escape a lot, which we find out after Castiel breaks her out. Their reunion is tense and filled with unspoken anger. After he tries to get custody and is denied, he breaks her out and then takes her for food. He suggests they stay together but she steals his wallet and hightails it out of dodge. We find out she’s been stealing for a guy named Randy, who was a little creepy, and she’s part of a con game.
Meanwhile Crowley is dealing with memories of his abusive mother and other mother issues and trying to figure out what to do with Rowena. She schemes her way out of trouble by blaming a demon, Gerald, for being the one who’s smuggling souls into hell. She’s crafty. Crowley beckons her to join him.
In other news, Sam makes Dean a grilled cheese sandwich and they watch Stooges films together before being called to help Castiel find Claire. Cas and Dean have lunch and Dean asks Cas to promise to kill him if he goes darkside. The three investigate and finally find her with the Randy crowd. She almost kills Cas because her anger over Jimmy but they end up resolving that. She was about to be ‘given’ to one of the thugs for payment.
After they rescue Claire from the house of creepy pedophiles, Dean ends up alone in the house with the bunch. He has flashbacks of killing as Cain.
In the final moments Cas protectively holds Claire when he, Sam, and Claire discover Dean has killed all of the humans. Sam rushes to his side and begs Dean to tell him he had to do it, but Dean doesn’t answer…
Do you think the demon is back?
Do you think Crowley trusts Mommy?
What will happen to Claire now that she is rescued?
So what are your thoughts, reactions, feelings? Leave them here!