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It's Hiatus Hunting time! Today we look back at the 100th episode of Supernatural, "The Point of No Return".

Season five saw the end of Eric Kripke's original vision for Supernatural. It also had the 100th episode of the series. "Point of No Return" celebrated this accomplishment and furthered the mytharc that had been building for five seasons. What did our reviewers think of it at the time?

 First we have Elle2's review

Point of No Return,
by Elle2
Originally Published April 16, 2010
There is something so huge about a show's 100th episode that if not careful, it can go over the top. Supernatural successfully avoided that trap, so successfully that with all the hype, if the viewer is not in turn careful, it can be a letdown. If you were looking for a mind-blowing episode along the lines of Mystery Spot, On The Head of a Pin or Changing Channels, you might have been left saying - really? However, if you're looking for the true core of Supernatural to shine against the backdrop of angels, demons and the apocalypse, then you were left very, very satisfied.
I was very, very satisfied.
Eric Kripke has said all along, echoed by Sera Gamble and others, that this is a show about family, two brothers, their relationship, and all the rest is backdrop, window dressing as it were. Point of No Return brought all that into full focus, in an extremely satisfying way.
 Humor was laying low this week, rightly so -- well except for Zachariah. Zachariah
owned the humor in this episode and Kurt Fuller was once again delicious in the role. Castiel proved once again he is a warrior, as he first stated back in Are You There, God; it's me, Dean Winchester. Bobby was the rock he's always been, from All Hell Breaks Loose to No Rest for the Wicked to Lucifer Rising; despite his agonies from Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, Bobby is a rock. 
Sam took command; something he's tried to do since we met him, Dead Man's Blood, Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things, Hunted, Time is on My Side, On The Head of a Pin, Lucifer Rising, only this time he broke through. Dean, Dean went as dark as he's ever been, and he's been pretty dark, Cross Road Blues, All Hell Breaks Loose II, Fresh Blood, On the Head of a Pin, My Bloody Valentine…here he hit the bottom. 
But for the love, anger, patience and determination of his friends who are also his family he'd still be down there.
Adam Milligan:
I had several concerns that I'd hoped would be answered without violating things we already knew, or damaging the impact, regarding the reappearance of Adam and the possibility of him being a vessel. Supernatural delivered on all my concerns, and I'll admit I didn't see it coming until some during the episode. The set up was beautifully done and the awareness of the writers that they could be making a mistake was clearly stated by Sam "After everything now the angels have a plan B?" I love it when the writers state the obvious.
Plus, with a set up like that we get a delicious scene between Zach and Adam that I love for the subtly, snark and superb timing of both Kurt Fuller and Jake Abel…especially Abel's non-verbal response to Zachariah's comment of "How do you think I feel; I'm the one that's got to put up with the dumb slack-jawed look on your face."
Fuller gets the best lines in this episode; fitting as it's his last! I've got an article in the works just for you Kurt/Zach. With such a wonderful actor in such a juicy role, an article just for you alone is your reward [I'm sure Mr. Fuller is preparing his thank you speech.]
That article won't come until the - gulp - summer hellatus, we need something to keep us going.
Back to the episode.
I like that Adam wasn't all wide-eyed and eager to fit in. I like that Sam and Dean both saw that he didn't have the idyllic childhood they'd thought back in Jump The Shark. Both brothers in that episode acted out their jealousy towards Adam and what they'd assumed was him getting their father's love; Sam through diving in to train Adam and disabuse him of any notion of normalcy in his life, Dean through withdrawal and near hostility.
Both sides got a chance to see things through the lens of the other side and both learned something. Adam particularly had an excellent journey from mistrust and anger with Dean and Sam to suspicion of Zach upon reencountering him in his dream. Clearly Adam is/was a thinker and one to form his own judgments as he was not with the Winchesters very long yet soaked up enough to know that Zach didn't deserve his unwavering devotion.
Adam's reaction to Dean's arrival in the Green Room was emotionally fulfilling. "You came for me." The incredulity at that moment that his half brother would come for him, sacrifice for him was deeply emotional and real; it added a layer to this character making him real. I like that Supernatural invests so much into guest characters who may or may not return.
There are possibilities of Adam returning and I don't mind that possibility. I'm not in need of a third brother but the thought of him up in Supernatural's interpretation of heaven, hanging out with Ash, searching for John and his mom isn't such a bad mind game - remember, Hellatus, the true, lengthy, painful Hellatus is a mere four weeks away.[ducks]
I read a review a few days ago regarding Castiel and the somewhat lament that this character had degenerated into nothing more than comedic relief. While Castiel was the comedy in 99 Problems that had its purpose for the character; the straight-laced, uber-serious, can't-figure-out-his-cell-phone angel of God, devoted to what he sees as right, goes on a bender. He's so devastated from what he learned about his Father in Dark Side of the Moon that he finds a liquor store and drinks it. [Hah!] 
Still, in 99 Problems he comes when the Winchesters call so all is not lost for Cas, although it can be argued that where else does he have to go but with the Winchesters; he's not only a man without a country, he's an angel without a heaven. He provides the necessary information in 99 Problems to solve the problem of the demons and when last seen he's suffering through the aftereffects of his bender and the Enochian chant laid on him.
In Point of No Return from the moment we see Cas it's clear he's on a new mission. There's no jokes, no despair over his loss, he's an angel on a mission and it's the mission as set forth by Sam. Cas still has his compass, Dean must not give in to Michael anymore than Sam must give in to Lucifer. 
Castiel is snarky, angry, determined and yet still gullible enough in the ways of men that he walks right into a trap laid by Dean; pays a painful price for doing so. 
Castiel is clearly learning the power of words and inflection. Remember not so long ago in My Bloody Valentine Cas innocently stated "They're not incontinent", to Dean's comment about cupids and diapers. Here he shows that he's learned a thing or two about inflection and how to cause pain with words: "Maybe they wrongly assumed Dean would be brave enough to withstand them." Ouch, Cas, don't sugarcoat it or nothing.
To all who bemoan the friendship of Cas and Dean as disintegrating there are a few points to consider:
Cas has a right to be angry - and yet in the face of that anger, fear, loss and betrayal he finds something else - compassion. Cas is still new to dealing with emotions, like a child he has little control over them and so while Sam works to avoid hurting Dean Cas' anger emanates from him in waves, and fists.
Cas has thrown in his lot with the Winchesters completely and faith, betrayal, hope is as much a part of his journey as it is Sam's and Dean's. All have been betrayed, all have lost hope, all have lost faith and all are struggling to hold it together.
Yet, when faced with Dean's utter brokenness as he begged Cas to beat him to death Cas softens, he stops, he remembers his compassion. And once again, he sacrifices for Team Free Will.
He may not have the same faith in Dean that Sam has he clearly has unlimited faith in Sam. Remember the awkward meeting between Sam and Castiel in It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester? This is not the same relationship between the two, this shows that Castiel's declaration of friendship with Sam in Abandon All Hope was not grandstanding in the face of Lucifer; Sam is Castiel's friend and Cas is loyal.
The Core of the Show:
Family, brothers, love, loyalty all were on display this week.
Bobby is family. Bobby has been the one the boys have relied on since we first met him. Bobby's cleaned up messes, [Meg, "You think you boys invented lying?"].  He provided them a refuge to regroup after the events of In My Time Of Dying. He's the one they call when the case they're on has them so confused they don't know up from down, [Tall Tales]. Bobby comes through in all circumstances, whether it's Japanese spells or solutions to killing a siren; Bobby is the rock they have sought refuge in time and time again. He may have been down but he was not out after the events of Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. He could have let his zombie/wife kill him knowing the boys would kill her but he chose the right course of action and through doing so affirmed that he would see this fight through.
Here it is Bobby's love, laced in anger that reaches out to Dean to shake him from the depths of his defeat. It's not the first time we've seen Bobby angry at Dean, All Breaks Loose II, No Rest for the Wicked, Lucifer Rising, but it's the most profound as he reminds Dean that Dean begged him not to ever think himself so worthless as to give up as he and Sam needed him. Tables are turned here as Dean learns that that need is a two-way street; Bobby needs Dean and Sam as much as Dean and Sam need Bobby.
I understand Dean's actions, sad to say I understand them from experience. I've never faced the end of my life but I do know what it's like to know that there is a massive decision or a painful event looming that the only way to prepare yourself to handle it is to shove away everything and everyone that is important to you. Dean does just that. He runs away from Sam. He disowns Bobby. He disavows Sam. He taunts Castiel unrelentingly and then begs him to finish him. This is a way to ease the passage.
I've read a few comments out in the fandom this past week from people wondering how Dean is all of a sudden willing to say yes to Michael, that there has been no buildup to this and no reason for him to suddenly say yes. I have to wonder what they missed in Sam, Interrupted, The Song Remains the Same, My Bloody Valentine, Dark Side of the Moon and 99 Problems. Dean being worn down has been going on since Devil's Trap when Azazel first taunted him but his rapid-fire fall into the basement of despair, certainly coupled with PTSD from 40 years in hell, has been very visible all season, notably in the second half.
Also we must not forget that Dean has had this focus on himself and his own self-sacrifice since we've met him; no surprise that he's willing to sacrifice himself now. 
Dean and Sam's relationship made a huge leap forward this week - one that I'm sure will have bumps along the way but what a necessary step.
Dean has always believed it was his job to take care of Sam and that it was a one-way street.
Dean: "I had to look out for you that's my job."
Sam: "And what do you think my job is?"
Dean: "What?"

[All Hell Breaks Loose II]
Dean similarly has always been the one to fight for the family, his perception of family.
Dean: You and me and Dad "I mean, I want us - I want us to be together again. I want us to be a family."
Sam: "Dean, we are a family."
Dean has fought so long to protect a vision of family that died back in 1983 that he's lost sight of what is right in front of him; Sam by his side, Bobby backing their moves, always ready willing and able, despite recent events, to be there for them. 
Back in Sam, Interrupted Dean asked at the end if Sam was with him and Sam said he was despite his fears. Sam faced those fears head on in My Bloody Valentine and came through victorious but Dean was so lost in his own pain and confusion he didn't see the victory right in front of him. Sam knew he was in trouble and reached out for help. Even when he was forced to take a course of action he didn't want he only went far enough to save himself and then save Dean and Castiel. I have no doubts that Sam willingly accompanied them to the panic room for demon detox, no subterfuge necessary this go around.
Dean missed that victorious moment for Sam and because of that his disillusionment and failing faith continued leading to more and more confusion between the brothers as Sam was not able to enjoy his victory and claim the strength that such an event should give him, fortitude for a greater battle coming; saying no to Lucifer. Sam has been steadfast in his refusal to say yes to Lucifer despite his fears and now in the face of near defeat he's victorious and he has no one with which to celebrate because they are quickly (especially if these were aired in order) sent on an out-of-body experience, if you will, to heaven where Dean's destruction is complete. 
In heaven Dean is allowed to see his role of big brother and young boy protector and to remember that his whole life, even in the cocoon of safety of a mother's hug, was to clean up messes, bring others joy. We learned that there was never a time that Dean simply was Dean; and these were Dean's supposed happy memories. Along with that Dean witnesses Sam's happy memories, family, freedom, future and yet to Dean, instead of seeing the ache that was inside Sam's memories all he sees is that he, Dean, is no where represented. 
Dean's misery finally breaks loose and he gives up on everything, God won't help, Sam doesn't want him, there is no hope. The final straw was watching the townsfolk facing down the end of the world with stubborn determination and Dean likely realizes that there's nothing else to do but face the battle head on, time to say yes; after all, he was only saying no to be there for Sam and now that he sees that Sam has no place in his memories for him and thus by Dean's reckoning his future, he might as well be done with it all. Bring on Michael
I love self-assured Sam. I love that Sam knew exactly what to do each step of the way. He found Dean, an act that Dean was positively astounded that Sam could pull off. See, Dean, Sam does know you and not just your taste in movies [Porky's II] either. Nice reminder that it's not just Dean who can track.
Sam was not in the least thrown by the angels and their Plan B. Sam is the one who worked with Adam to convince Adam to try to wait and let them work out a strategy. Sam only faltered briefly when Dean confessed to a lack of faith in him but he regained his footing once Dean had fled the panic room and took command by all but ordering Bobby to keep Adam safe. Sam has a quiet command about him in that last conversation in the panic room with Dean. He's made up his mind and he has no doubts. I like this Sam who knows what he's going to do and not going to be deterred.
Sam's interactions with Adam were excellent. He tried pleading, he tried familial bonding, even John bashing. I found it interesting that Sam alternately defended and bashed John in a single scene. Sam was the one defending John's treatment of Adam, a role Dean held exclusively in Season 1, and then in the next moment he reverted back to his role of escape from Dad, as recently seen through his happy memories in Dark Side of the Moon.
Sam showed Dean and us [well, we already knew] that together the Winchesters are forceful. Ash is right, they're soul mates. Zachariah may call them co-dependent [and some other delightful adjectives] but he too is correct, Sam and Dean alone are vulnerable, together I'm banking on unstoppable.
Because you're still my big brother:
Perhaps the single best summation of all that occurred in this episode is in that simple statement.
Dean received the greatest gift possible in Point of No Return, faith. Not faith in himself or faith in God or faith in other people but through Sam's faith in him. I don't think Dean has ever realized how much Sam trusts him, how much his father trusted him. Think about it, John entrusted Dean with a massive charge from childhood - take care of your brother. That's huge and John trusted Dean to do it. So much so that John couldn't fathom his ten-year-old son ever disobeying an order and putting little Sammy in trouble [Something Wicked] which is likely why John was so harsh after. Further, we know how much John trusted Dean because he told Dean that he'd either have to save Sam or kill him. That's a terrible thing to say to your child but no doubt John knew that Dean would do what was necessary should push come to shove.
Dean has been so used to being the one in the protective role and setting himself up for impossible hopes and thus crushing defeats that his focus was totally unfocused. Joshua was smack on the nose in his assessment that Dean was losing faith in himself, in Sam and in God; in fact, he'd lost faith. So for Sam to show Dean such unwavering faith in him as to take him into the Green Room to rescue Adam it was absolutely the bolster Dean needed to shake him out of his self-imposed torture. Dean had said yes, but once again the bond between the brothers is intense and seeing Sam horrified that Dean had let him down, something Sam didn't believe was possible, did what no smackdown from Castiel or revelation from Bobby could do, it gave him his fighting spirit back. That slight glance and then the roguish wink said more than words could. Dean was back.
Dean's apology to Sam was more confession and unburdening of the weight he'd been forcing himself to carry than it was apology. I predict a newer, lighter Dean in the future as he comes to recognize he has a partner in the fight which even better is his brother; now they're equals. They were always equals physically but until mentally and emotionally it's recognized it's tough to act it out in the physical
Final thoughts:
I love the little touches along the way by each actor. Kurt Fuller's near solo performance in the beginning opened the episode hilariously. It's the little nuances that provide so much characterization, I especially like how he picked up the broken glass, held the chunk in his hand so daintily and downed the remaining contents.
Sam's multi-layered comment to Adam in Bobby's kitchen "I can't change the past. I wish I could." Oh, yes, Sam, we know just how many things you'd like to change; Jessica's death, Ruby, likely Mary's deal, John's deal, Dean's deal - shall I continue? Nah, we know it all. It's a weighty comment.
The brothers now have angel killing swords. I usually try to stay away from comments if I'm going to write an article reviewing an episode. I managed to avoid that until my article was 90% written but I did find a couple of comments questioning Dean's ability to kill an angel. True it was Uriel who stated that only an angel can kill another angel but then he pulled out a shiny sword and attempted to kill Castiel. So perhaps the message was that only angels can kill angels because only angels have these angel killing weapons - until now. It's ambiguous enough that I'm okay that Dean and Sam have the potential to kill angels, after all, they now have the weapons.
And just what about Dean's eyes and his ability to watch Zachariah's death. Hmm, good question. Was the focus on Dean's eyes to tell us something about Dean? I'm going to say no. I'm going to say that it was the effects department giving us a really cool shot rather than an attempt to say that Dean is immune to angel killing light. I have some evidence to support my theory. Remember The Rapture, Castiel is leaving Jimmy's daughter's body and hopping back into Jimmy's; neither Jimmy or the daughter were injured by the bright light. Of course that can equally be refuted by Anna's orders to "shield your eyes" back in Heaven and Hell but then she exploded out of the earthly realm taking Alastair with her so it was definitely more violent than Zach's death. Similarly the brothers were not affected in Sympathy for the Devil when Castiel rescued them in John's storage facility by killing two angels. 
So there is plenty of room for support to either point of view. I'm just choosing to say that we know Dean does not hear angels in their angelic embodiment and that he did not fully give consent to Michael because Michael did not make him his muppet. Also, Supernatural tends to be a bit more subtle unless it's out and out making fun of itself and then it's on the nose so I'm going to stick to my theory that it was a cool effect shot and nothing more. I'll get back to you in four weeks if I need to eat my words - how do I do that since I've never actually put these on paper?
Another set of words I may or may not eat are as follows: I believe the amulet is gone, forever. At first while watching the episode I was certain Sam would pull it out during that end scene and hand it over to Dean. Then I absorbed the fact that he didn't and wondered, at first with sorrow and then I realized that it no longer matters. Sure it has been a physical symbol around Dean's neck for four years, and a little extra, but the brothers' relationship has now headed to a place where a physical reminder is no longer needed. They now emotionally and mentally know that they are there for each other and both affirmed their faith in the other during that last scene. The amulet is no longer necessary.
Of course, should the amulet reappear, I'll be quite ecstatic but I won't pine for it, the bond is there with or without it.
Despite Jeremy Carver joining the dubious society of writers who have penned an episode without the Impala - no, BuddyTV, the vehicle the boys were in at the end of the episode was not the Impala, no engine rumble, and just look at the back window, that's the window of a pickup truck - he has penned an A+ episode. Jeremy Carver remains a consistent writer of the depth of the brothers' relationship and he only added to his credentials here. With the likes of A Very Supernatural Christmas, Mystery Spot and now Point of No Return Jeremy excels in bringing the brotherly dynamic to soaring heights.
I believe Alice hinted that perhaps we won't see much, if any, of Mr. Carver in the sixth season as he has a new gig. I hope that's not the case. 
I could write more of this wonderful episode but I'm more interested at this point in reading what others have to say, either in the comments or in the other reviews that are to come. 
Thanks for reading.
We also had Robin's view on the episode
"Point of No Return"
Robin's Rambles by Robin Vogel
Originally Published April 16, 2010
This is going to be especially rambling because this episode got me in such a super-dither. My emotions were in a crazy stew by the end of this ep, bubbling happily at the end.
Bobby showing Dean the gun and bullet he had on hand with the intention of suicide--UNTIL Dean talked him out of it way back when--had me crying. It's true--eons back, Dean had given Bobby a whole long speech about how much he means to him, that he's like a father to him, etc. And here, Dean had the balls to tell Bobby, "You're NOT my father" in such a cruel way? I wanted Bobby to put a bullet of sense into Dean, and I was so glad when Sam added in that dirty look, too! Notice how carefully Cas was paying attention to Dean's attitude throughout this ep, and the way his face was showing his distaste? Cas isn't the poker face he used to me! But I felt awful for Bobby and angry at Dean for saying that, because it broke Bobby's heart!
I know that had I not already been spoiled, I would have been totally shocked to see Adam reappear--alive--in the episode. It's great to see him again, but I still think he's nowhere near as cute as his half-brothers. I've seen photos of the actor from recent conventions and he's a good-looking young man, but as Adam, he just isn't as handsome as either Jensen or Jared, and he doesn't look like a Winchester to me. Sorry, I don't see it!
Out of the mouths of angels? "Maybe they wrongly assumed Dean would be brave enough to withstand them." (Oooh, Cas, that's a naaasty Dean-burn!) "Blow me, Cas!" invites Dean. After all that crap about destiny, suddenly the angels have a plan B? demands Sam angrily--does that smell right to anybody?  Not at all, but then again, we know that the angels aren't above using a sibling against a sibling, which is what was about to go down here. I just can't get over how bitchily Cas is speaking to Dean--or how much the censors allowed to be said on network TV! BLOW ME? I know they allow dick and douchebag, but blow me? I haven't been hearing that one! I also couldn't help enjoying Dean asking Adam if he got to third base at the prom; it sounded like the old Dean, who I miss. All Sam wanted from Adam was hard facts, but not THOSE hard facts! LMAO!
Oh, and Dean, since I'm the one always insisting you and Sam are going to save everyone because you love each other so much, that "power of love" crack pissed me off--just so you know! I'm blowing you a raspberry! Adam and Sam argue the difference between having drill sergeant John Winchester around all the time or virtually none of the time as a kindly father who shows up once a year to take his son to a baseball game. John couldn't do right by any of his sons, it seems, but I guess he did the best he could, which wasn't enough or right for any of them. I also shivered when I remembered not just Adam's dead, half-eaten corpse in the crypt, but the disgusting way the ghouls that looked like Adam and his mother feasted on and drained poor Sam. If Adam remembers the monsters that killed him, his memories are dark, indeed. No Winchester, living or dead, has any good memories, do they? 
"Cas, not for nothin'," says Dean in the panic room, "but the last person who looked at me like that, I got laid." Did I miss something? Cas was looking at Dean like he was furious with him, not like he wanted to have sex with him. What was I missing--or was that just sick humor on Dean's part, as in the last person who looked at him the way Cas did had ANGRY sex with him?
Dean goes on to make Sam feel awful about the deaths of their friends, tells him he doesn't trust him and might not ever be able to, tricks Castiel into entering the panic room and sends him, screaming, off to God-knows-where, and escapes. Dean, you are so on everyone's shit list, and deservedly so! Or was he doing all this on purpose, figuring he'd be missed less with everyone pissed off at him?
Adam sarcastically talks of the three brothers now heading down to Wally World, the fictional theme park from the Chevy Chase vacation movie. Sadly, Sam remarks with that attitude, he'd fit right in, which makes me think of Dean, and how right Sam is. It's sad, too. I wish these kids had gotten to know each other as real brothers and been able to spend time together outside of hunting. John had his reasons, we know that, but he did all three of his kids a disservice by keeping them apart, IMHO.
In spite of the fact that Dean has YES sitting on the tip of his tongue, Sam is showing his faith that his brother won't say it when he gets to the big, beautiful room where all the angels are. He seems so calm about it all, too, does Sam, as if he knows something his big brother doesn't know. "You're still my big brother." For some reason, I can't think of a better thing Sam could have said. When you think about it, that's all Dean's really ever wanted from Sam--to be his big brother. I couldn't help but feel Sam had taken a very important step here, and I wanted to hug and kiss him breathless.
Given that angels are supposed to have so much faith, Cas telling Dean he doesn't have as much faith in him as Dean does and if he dies in the course of this mission, at least he won't have to see Dean fail, was a real painful thing to see. We've always had the feeling that Cas really admires Dean, at least for the fact that he never gives up on doing what's right. With his decision to give in to Michael, however, Dean has lost the angel's respect entirely, especially since he's bowed out of Team Free Will. It HAS to give Dean great sorrow to know that Cas is willing to give up his life for Adam's--but mostly because he can't bear to see Dean fail, and that he doesn't share Sam's faith in him. It made me weep, but then again, much of this episode did that to me!
I had heard rumors that we were going to get a look at Castiel's chest in this episode, and I wondered how and why. Seeing him with that horrible sigil etched into his chest looked so painful! He had apparently used that sharp Exacto knife to do that, and my own chest stung just lloking at it! So what happens to an angel who does such a thing? He got rid of three angels at once, but he used himself as the door or wall--so what does that do? Very upsetting, even if the glimpse of Cas' chest was very nice! But I still want to know what turned our Castiel into such an amazing warrior all of a sudden?
With both Adam and Sam choking on their own blood in heaven's waiting room, Dean winks and grins at Sam. WHAT? At that point, we knew, as Sam knew, that Dean had a plan. After everything he said, DEAN HAD A PLAN! I got so excited, and wondered what Dean was going to do. Had everyone getting on his case finally convinced him? Whatever, I was glad to see that wink and know something had spurred him to action! When Dean shoved that knife into Zachariah, I was screaming! Hubby came in to make sure it was just SUPERNATURAL and went back into the computer room. I loved it when he told Zack that Michael should kill him before doing anything else; Zack was so pissed off, because he wanted his promotion! Tee hee! I so loved it that Zack got what he deserved, but was upset that Adam got left behind, almost an echo of what Zack warned Adam would happen.
"Just let me say this," says Dean, "I don't know if it's being a big brother or what, to me, you've always been this snot-nosed kid I had to keep on the straight and narrow. I think we both know that's not you anymore. . .if you've grown up enough to find faith in me, the least I can do it return the favor. So screw destiny--right in the face. I say we take the fight to them, do it our way." What beautiful words! To hear Dean say this--what amounts to the biggest chick flick moment EVER--made my eyes well up, made me laugh and jump up and down in my seat! They played this snappy little bit of music as Sam responded, "Sounds good," but you knew he was jumping up and down in his seat, and his heart, that Dean had forgiven him and that they were going to mend their relationship back together finally, after all this time! I know it's a cliche, but my heart SOARED! What a wonderful ending to an otherwise very somber episode, because we don't know what's become of Adam or Cas, but it can't be good for either of them and we have good reason to be worried. As for Sam and Dean, the kids are alright--for the moment, at least! 
1.     What did you think of episode #100? Did it satisfy?
2.    Do you feel that Sam and Dean's relationship is finally on the mend? Or do you believe, as Dean said, that Sam is going to "wear Lucifer to the prom"?
3.   What do you believe will happen to Adam? What about Castiel? What do you think happened to give Castiel his sudden strength and fighting ability all of a sudden?
4.   How did Zachariah's death affect you? Were you clapping and jumping up and down? Or are you kinda gonna miss Zack's snarkiness? What did you think or his remark, "You know you can't trust them--Sam and Dean Winchester are psychotically irrational, erotically co-dependent on each other, right?" Erotically? Is that a shout-out to certain writers of incestuous Winchester writing?
5.                  What do you think of Team Free Will's chances now?
6.                  Did anyone else notice what appeared to be Sam rubbing the amulet in secret? I saw two instances.
And finally we have Alice's picture-filled recap!
Recap - "Point of No Return"
Originally published by Alice Jester
April 24, 2010

100! 100 episodes! Now I could get all nostalgic and say I've been there every Thursday (or Tuesday in early season one), but honestly, the first live episode I saw was "Fresh Blood," which was episode 51. I'll tell ya though, it's been an amazing and gut wrenching 49 live episodes for me! Like this one. I'm taking on the impossible challenge of trying to recap it and not lose my emotional stability. Let's see if it works. First scene and its Zachariah's time in the spotlight. In other words, he's going to be a total dick. This scene BTW has Ben Edlund's influence all over it. So either Jeremy Carver was doing his best Ben Edlund impersonation or the two wrote this scene together. Maybe someday I'll find out. I'm hoping this will be an episode with audio commentary on the DVD. Which is available for presale BTW. Check out the link for it on the site.  A middle aged man is feeding money into an old-jukebox, 1970's variety. It looks like one where it's playing actual albums as opposed to the retro looking ones playing CDs. The music comes on and thanks to for letting me know that it's Kay Starr – "The Man Upstairs." The man sits next to Zachariah at a bar, whose downing a whiskey and speculates Zachariah has gotten a pink slip. Zack confirms this, even though his situation is kind of twisted. "It takes one to know one," the man says. You know, they're not pink slips anymore. They're cruel meetings planned by HR on Tuesdays, usually in the afternoon after you've gotten in a full day of unsuspecting work. Then you're handed a folder with severance papers and a "don't let the door hit you," attitude. Pink slips used to be far more humane. Sorry, am I projecting much?

"Outsourcing," the man says. Yep, I've lost at least four jobs that way. "What's your crime against humanity?" He asks. Oh, let's see, he wants to torch half the planet and is harassing two young brothers with fear and pain, not to mention possessing some poor bastard. It's still not enough to get fired in most state jobs though. Zachariah is bitter. "Deal of the millennium. Couldn't get the one simple yes I needed. Gotta nail that bottom line, right?" Ha, that's Dean Winchester for you.

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You know, I get exactly what Zack is saying, but I'm not feeling one ounce of sympathy. Not one. I can't elaborate much on that because kitty is walking all over the keyboard. I'm working downstairs to avoid the clingy dog, but now the cat has ideas. Sorry, recap (must focus, must focus). "They're not down on the ground in the mud, nose to nose with you pig filthy humans, am I right?" The man catches that. "Filthy what?" Zack goes on, whining about personal loyalty. I won't comment on that, because even though the observation is absurd coming from an angel in his position, he is right there.   "How long have I worked for these guys, five millennia, maybe six?" The other guy says it seems like it. I'll say! My jobs are usually six months long and they feel like ten years. Zack orders them both another round and introduces himself to the man in cordial fashion. The other man is Stuart. That's a strange show of friendliness. He asks Stuart what's next but before he can get a good answer out the bar starts shaking earthquake like and that loud angel noise happens. Stuart is freaking out, but Zack calmly says it's his boss. The sound becomes too deafening for Stuart and the bartender and all the glass around starts breaking as the white light appears. Stuart and bartender run around screaming, but Zack calmly finishes his drink.   Zack goes under the white light challenging whoever to get it over with. In the meantime Stuart's eyes burn out as does the bartenders. They go down for the count. How lovely. Zack waits for his punishment and then finds out in a one sided conversation to us he's getting a second chance. He's happy, promising he won't regret it. He thanks whoever and the grating sound and white light disappear, but it's pretty much too late for poor Stuart. Zack sighs with happiness, pulls the broken shard of glass out of his drink and finishes it. He taps a melted Stuart and announces he's back in business. This warrants a chorus of "When the Saints Go Marching In." Yep, definitely a Ben Edlund inspired opener. 

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Blood, water, and man what are we in for?  As this show is so good at, the gears shift fast. Cue the solemn music and one depressed Dean Winchester alone in a motel room. It's a slow, heart breaking sharing of events without words. He opens his bottle of Johnnie Walker and chugs from the bottle, then packs his beloved old and worn Dad leather jacket in a cardboard box, twirls the Impala keys in his fingers before throwing those in, and then writes the farewell note. Some really smart fans have been piecing together what could be read from this note on and it looks like the first paragraph is for Castiel, the second for Bobby, and the third for Sam. The words can't be made out enough to get what he's saying in full, but its goodbye. Also judging by the stationery, he's still in Cicero, Indiana.  Dean drinks more, somberly looks at himself in the mirror, and then throws his gun into the box. Our postal worker writer Robin here has already confirmed you can't mail firearms. Chances are the box would have never made it to Bobby's house. Dean throws in the letter, tapes up the box and writes Robert Singer on the front, probably because he's the only one with an address. He pours another drink and we get the see the motel card for this week. He's at Mike's Travel Inn. What happened to the Cicero Pines? That was one of the best motel rooms in the entire series. 


In a really cool shot, the camera moves up from Dean's drink to the mirror and boom, Sam is there. Awesome! He knows how to track his brother too! "Sending someone a candy-gram?" Sam is looking pretty drained. Dean whips around and is really shocked to see Sam. There you go underestimating your little brother again Dean.   It should also be noted that the number 100 is on the door.  Great touch!  Dean wants to know how Sam found him. "You're going to kill yourself, right? It's not too hard to figure out the stops on the farewell tour. How's Lisa doing anyways?" Dean denies that he's going to kill himself and it seems Sam is getting the best lines in this conversation. "No? So Michael's not about to make you his Muppet?" Gotta love the pop culture references from my twisted generation.

Dean doesn't answer, confirming that to be a yes. I love Sam's delivery here. He's drained, tired, complacent, but we can tell how hurt he is too. "What the Hell man? This is how it end, you just walk out?" "Yeah, I guess," Dean says, pouring another drink. "How could you do that?" Sam asks and oh yeah, he's hurt. Dean doesn't appreciate the tone, throwing it back at Sam that all he's ever done is run away. Sam admits he was wrong, every single time. Sam goes into pleading mode, breaking out the waving hands of rationality. He begs him not now. Bobby is working on something. 

Dean's a little smarter than that, knowing they have nothing. Sam's look downward glance confirms that. Sam's not giving up though. "You know I have to stop you." Dean starts feeling a little confident, challenging Sam to try. "Just remember, you're not all hopped up on demon blood this time." That's an obvious reference to when Sam kicked his ass in "When The Levee Breaks." Sam knows. "But I brought help." Dean hears wings flapping behind him and turns just in time to see one livid Castiel press the those fingers of angel zapping to his forehead. Everything goes white. 

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Next scene is at Bobby's and everyone is there! All four of them in a room together. Has that happened in recent memory? Um, ever? Bobby and Sam are at the desk pouring through books, Castiel is standing against the door jam looking angry with arms folded and Dean is pacing around obviously in a difficult mood. "No, this is good really. Eight months of turning pages and screwing pooches but tonight, tonight's when the magic happens." Bobby doesn't appreciate the lack of help so Dean tells him to let him get out of his hair. Bobby asks what happened to him. A total breakdown in faith, why do you ask? Dean blames it on reality. That works too.

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Dean is now pitching that Michael can ice the devil and save a boat load of people. Bobby reminds him not all of them and they've got to think of something else.   Sam listens to this brooding. Castiel listens to this brooding. Dean is now thinking if Lucifer burns the earth down and he could have done something about it, that's on him. "You can't give up son," Bobby says. Dean scoffs. "You're not my father. And you ain't in my shoes." I could shout out to Dean "You major dick!" right now but I don't need to. Sam's expression says it all for us. He then shakes his head at Dean to remind him that mean people suck.

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You think Bobby is going to let this go? Hell no. Bobby pulls out his gun from the desk drawer and puts it on the desk. Dean and Sam both watch with curiosity. Then he pulls out a silver bullet from his shirt pocket. Dean asks "What is that?" Okay, you asked. "That's the round I mean to put in my skull. (puts it down on desk.) Every morning I look at it I think 'maybe today is the day I turn the lights out.' But I don't do it. I never do it. You know why? BECAUSE I PROMISED YOU I WOULDN'T GIVE UP!" Dean listens with the shame he should. Everyone pauses in awkward silence but it only lasts a second or two, but now Castiel gets his plot time. 

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Cas grabs his head in pain. Sam asks if he's okay. Remember Cas telling you not to ask stupid questions last week? The answer is obvious, no. "Something's happening." Dean asks where but there's a sound of flapping wings and papers go flying. Cas isn't sticking around to explain. The others share worried glances and then Castiel is examining carnage in a forest. Tree carnage anyway, for a similar phenomenon that happened in "Lazarus Rising" is happening here. Trees are down and there's an explosion center at ground zero. He comes to the center and something is slowly popping out of the ground. Cas goes to examine, but his spidy sense kicks in just in time to thwart an attack from another angel.    If there's improvement in Castiel at all this season, this angel has been kicking all kinds of butt compared to last year where he lost just about every fight he was in. Even with a sneak attack, Castiel still manages to wrestle away an angel-killing sword from the guy (he had two!) and exchange a lot of swipes when another angel comes up from behind. Castiel swerves left and the other angel plunges his sword into the first angel. He goes zap. This of course gives Cas his chance to overpower the other angel, knock him to the ground and plunge the angel-killing sword right through his heart.  Cas BTW does this with such scary malice. Don't mess with this angel on the edge! Now that the minor annoyances are gone Cas goes back to that hole in the ground. A filthy hand pops out so Cas pulls out the body with it with one fell swoop. Those powerful angels. He plonks the body on the ground. Interesting. 

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Back at Bobby's house and Sam is reading a book in front of the refrigerator. Dean comes over, but Sam won't budge. Dean wants a beer. They exchange glares of annoyance, but Sam does move. No chance for that beer though, for Castiel arrives with the body he just pulled out of the ground. He practically drops the person on Bobby's bed. I love the POV from the bed just so we can see Sam and Dean's stunned faces. Bobby pulls up to the bed and asks who it is. "That's our brother," Sam answers, both he and Dean trying to prevent their jaws from falling to the floor. Now we see a dirty Adam on the bed. Cool! It's another Dead Winchester family reunion! We've been getting so many of those lately.

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Adam remains unconscious on the bed while all of Team Freewill stares at him. He's going to feel awkward when he wakes up. It all clicks for Bobby. "What a minute, your brother, Adam?" Yeah, I do believe they only have one brother. That they know of. Dean asks Cas "What the Hell?" and while Cas puts down two clean angel swords on the desk (he washed them off in between?) he gives the answer. Angels. Sam is shocked by that. Why? Because they're evil! No, Cas doesn't answer and instead does the rib carving with his touch trick on Adam. They need to hide him, now. Good thinking! Of course Cas' touch is jarring enough where Adam wakes. He shoots up and in understandably freaked out over being in this room of strangers. Sam assures him he's save. Naturally, Adam wants to know who the Hell he is. Don't you see the family resemblance? "You're going to find this a little…a lot crazy, but we're actually your brothers," Dean says. Sam tries to back Dean up, explaining John Winchester was their father too, just in case Adam was confused that over the half siblings his mother had and hid from him. He says he's Sam and - "Yeah, I'm sure that's Dean." Everyone's a little surprised Adam knows that. He was warned about them. From the angels of course. "Where the Hell is Zachariah?" Adam asks. Honest kid, you don't want to know.

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Off screen Adam is given a chance to clean up and is given one of Dean's outfits. He certainly isn't Sam's size. Then he's back on the bed and is getting stared down by the other four interrogation style. Dean asks for the story from the beginning. I should note before going further they get the continuity from "Jump The Shark" dead on right, down to the horrible ghoulish detail. They know us fans are keeping tabs. "Well, I was dead, in Heaven. Except it kind of looked like my prom. Uh, I was making out with this girl, her name was Kristin McGee." Dean says it sounds like Heaven and did he get to third base? Sam clears his throat and gives Dean a variation of the Sam Winchester bitchface, this one a little more subdued but still agitated. 

Sam takes over. "Just uh, keep going." The angels came out of nowhere and told him he's chosen. For what? To save the world silly. Dean wants to know how he's going to do that. You haven't figured it out yet Dean? Adam smugly announces he and an archangel are going to kill the Devil.  Which one? Duh, Michael, who else? "I'm his sword, or vessel, I don't know." Dean thinks that's insane but Castiel sees the merit in the plan. "Maybe they're moving on from you Dean." Dean doesn't think that makes sense. Castiel makes his pitch, he is from John Winchester's bloodline, Sam's brother. Ah, maybe he's the brother that would actually kill Sam. It's not perfect but possible. Sam wonders why they would do this. "Maybe they're desperate," Castiel says and then turns his attention to Dean. "Maybe they've wrongly assumed Dean would be brave enough to withstand them." "You know, blow me Cas," Dean says irritated. Something is really wrong with Dean if he can't take biting angel sarcasm.

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Sam starts using logic since the others are sniping. "After everything's that happened, all that crap about destiny, suddenly the angels have a plan B. Does that smell right to anybody?" Hello everyone, LISTEN TO THIS MAN. He's the only one figuring out this is a scheme to trick Dean.  Adam gets up, concluding this is a real moving family reunion, but he's got a thing. Sam stops him and tries to talk sense into him. He even uses the please with puppy dog eyes. Sam tries to explain the angels are lying to him but Adam can't believe angels would do that. "They tell you they were going to roast half the planet?" They did mention the fight would be hairy but it's the Devil and they've got to stop them. Sam insists there's another way. Adam is cool with that and wants to know what it is. "Well, we're working on the power of love," Dean says being a real smartass. Sam gives Dean the power bitchface now, the one we all know and love. What's funny is that's exactly what saves them! Adam wants to know how that's going. "Not good," Dean answers, obviously not taking this seriously. Sam goes for another angle, admitting Adam doesn't know him from a hole in the wall, but he's begging him to trust him. Adam needs one good reason. Cut to Bobby, whose darned curious to see what that is too. "Because we're blood." Dean has a "give me a break" look on his face, and Adam just gets angry. 

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"You've got no right to say to me." Bobby tells him he's still John's boy. "No, John Winchester was a guy who took me to a baseball game once a year. I don't have a Dad." Wow, that's a total 180 from the fake Adam in "Jump The Shark." "So we maybe blood, but we are not family. My mom is my family, and if I do my job, I get to see her again. No offense but she's the one I give a rats ass about, not you." No offense taken Adam. It's not like your brothers are part of the John Winchester fan club either. Dean has nothing to say, but Sam isn't done. "Fair enough. But if you have one good memory of Dad, just one, then you'll give us a little more time. Please." You've been saying that way too much lately Sam. It hasn't been working so well either. Adam keeps a pissed off look on his face but says nothing. So does this mean he does have one good memory of John, or he too is falling for the pleading puppy dog eyes?  Adam eats a sandwich, or should I say winces at a sandwich. He sees Bobby in the other room distracted and takes his opportunity to go for the door. Not so fast, the middle brother is right behind him asking if he's going somewhere. Adam wants to go for a beer, but Sam declares they've got beer and for him to have a seat. Adam isn't happy with that offer.   "You know, you pitch this whole ‘dewy-eyed bromance' thing, but the truth is I'm on lockdown aren't I?" You're just now figuring that out? Love the bromance line though! It's about time they worked it into an episode, and Jeremy Carver is the perfect guy to do it.  Sam delivers the beers and they sit down at the table. Sam tries to bond, starting with telling Adam that John was trying to protect him. "Yeah, well I guess the monster that ate me didn't get that memo." Sam is sad that he remembers that and Adam responds "Oh yeah," rather bitter. I suppose being bitter over dying in a gruesome way is allowed. They really did a number on Sam too. So Sam goes for the John Winchester hating angle, trying to change the subject. "Trust me, the one thing worse than seeing Dad once a year was seeing him all year." Adam tells Sam he's full of crap, because his upbringing involved his mother working the graveyard shift and he cooked his own meals and put himself to bed. Sam had that upbringing too! Come on Sam, tell him all about it. You're really sucking at the bonding here. Share horror stories. At least Sam had Dean. "You can say what you want about our Dad but I would have taken anything." Come on Sam, tell him what a horrible Dad he was and how he wasn't there for Christmas and disappeared weeks at a time. Oh right, only 40 minutes and this episode is loaded enough.
Sam tries to tell him if had they known they had a brother (Adam snips back that they didn't) they would have found him. "Look I can't change the past, but if I could..." "What, we gonna hop into the Family Truckster, pop on down to Walley World?" That's from one of my favorite movies, National Lampoon's Vacation. I even nicknamed my soccer mom van the Family Truckster. Cool reference! Adam is so a carbon copy of oldest brother Dean. Plenty of attitude and a short fuse for the painful situations. That's a big switch from "Jump The Shark" when fake Adam bonded easier with Sam. It was kind of nice to see Sam play big brother for a change. Anyway, Sam backs off, telling Adam that with attitude like that, he'd fit right in around there. In other words, he's Dean 2.0. 

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Now for Sam to get a ton of crap from the other end, because this poor boy just doesn't have enough strife in his life.   This time it's going to hurt WAY more. Families just suck sometimes. Dean is in a cleared out panic room and Sam and Castiel open the door. Cas is leering at Dean in disgust and Dean definitely notices. "Well Cas not for nothing, but the last person that looked at me like that, I got laid." Hmm, angry sex. I hope it wasn't Bela. Sam suggests to Castiel he keeps an eye on Adam and Cas slams the door with his angry angel wave after he throws one more glare at Dean's way and Dean winks at him. Mr. Carver is definitely having fun with the slashers. 

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Dean wants to know if being locked in the panic room is really necessary. Sam is feeling the frustration. "Well, I mean we've got our hands full Dean. A house full of flight risks." I know Sam. Keeping a leash on one hard headed Winchester is hard enough but two of them? Dean isn't letting him do it and Sam agrees he won't let Adam do it either. Dean tries to tell Sam he isn't getting him, but Sam claims he is perfectly. "But, I'm not letting you do it either." Dean takes a dramatic pause and again points out the "Kid's not taking a bullet for me." Sam tries to argue but Dean's serious. "Think of how many people we've gotten killed, Sam. Mom, Dad, Jess, Jo, Ellen." He stops there. Oh come on Dean, you've gotten WAY more than that killed. Right, 40 minutes.

Sam defends that it's not like they pulled the trigger. Dean thinks they might as well have. That is the guilt of a tired mind. Then Dean says he's tired! Man, have I figured out these guys or what? He's tired of fighting who he's supposed to be. Sam gets a little angry over this talk, but not rage angry so it's okay. "Well you think maybe you could take half a second and stop trying to sacrifice yourself for a change? Maybe we could actually stick together?" Dean somberly looks down. "I don't think so." So Sam seriously wants to know why not. Oh Sam, haven't you learned from the past? Every time you ask Dean for honesty like this it ends up really hurting you. 

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"I just don't believe," Dean starts. "In what?" Sam asks. "In you." Back to Sam, whose heart sinks like the Titanic. He even gives his somber profile of despair. Dean goes on. "I don't know if it's gonna be demon blood, or some other demon chick, or what, but I do know they're going to find a way to turn you." Sam listens, looking pretty crushed. "So you're saying I'm not strong enough." "You're angry, you're self-righteous. Lucifer's going to wear you to the prom man it's just a matter of time." Now Sam is teary. "Don't say that to me. Not you, of all people." Dean continues as stoic as he can be. "I don't want to, but it's the truth.  And when Satan takes you over, there's got to be someone there to fight him. And it ain't gonna be that kid. So it's gotta be me." Sam realizes he's about to completely lose it and leaves, locking the door behind him. Oh Sammy! Come here for that hug. I need one too after seeing that. I don't care if Dean was being honest or is hurting, you just don't crush the one person who believes in you like that.  I was a broken mess the first few times I saw that scene. It was just as bad as Sam's heartbreak over "that makes you a monster."  

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As a side note, a few theories are being tossed around as to why Dean did that to Sam. I said in my review on blogcritics that I saw this as Dean trying to push Sam away, get him mad enough to let him go, but then one someone who talks episode with me each week (thanks Lynn!) had a different theory. Dean meant every bit of it. He sees Sam as Lucifer in "The End," he realizes through "The Song Remains The Same" that anyone can be motivated to say yes under the right circumstances, and then sees Sam fall to Famine's spell in "My Bloody Valentine." Not to mention all that baggage and mistrust left over from last season. No, he doesn't believe in Sam and is so raw emotionally he might as well say it. He has nothing left to lose. How utterly tragic.  Castiel watches Adam sleep and then Bobby rolls in just in time to see Sam come out of the basement. He knows that Sam is really broken up. "How's he doing?" Bobby asks. Sam can only sigh, knowing that if he says a word right now, he'll bust out in tears. Then Bobby asks how Sam is doing. You know Sam, as many times as you've been asking people lately how they've been doing when it's clear they're falling apart, you've got this coming. Sam only gives Bobby a look of forlorn. vlcsnap 00187  

What's interesting is this really annoys Castiel and he heads for the basement. Castiel is being protective of Sam? Aww, what a pal. Sadly, not a very smart pal. He hears a crash, opens the little crack on the door and finds the chair knocked over. "Dean?" Naturally, he gets no answer. So Castiel opens the door, steps in and investigates. You really should have brought Sam, Cas. Dean steps out from behind the cabinet and sure enough, he's drawn an angel banishing sigil on it. He smacks it with his hand and Castiel bursts away screaming. Dean then escapes through a cellar door. Bobby's basement has a cellar door? That's new. Why didn't Sam take that last year instead of going upstairs to escape? He needed his coat? Weird. Me thinks that's an afterthought

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Sam must have heard Castiel screaming, for he rushes in where Bobby and Adam are and grabs his coat. "Where's Cas?" Bobby asks. "Blown to Oz," Sam says. Well that's one good way of putting it. Sam is pretty irritated and plans to go get Dean. He couldn't have gone too far. He tells Bobby to watch Adam. "How? You may have noticed he's got a slight height advantage." Hee, Bobby and his quips. Sam doesn't have time for details, telling him to cuff him to his chair or something. "Just watch him." Ooh, me thinks Sam is cracking around the edges a little.  While Bobby does his job, Adam is having one of those vivid dreams. He's at a playground (what's with angels meeting at playgrounds?) and he sits on a bench looking hopeful. "Your mom's not coming you know." There's Zachariah sitting next to him. Ruh-roh! Zack notices this is the park his mom took him on his day off. She's not coming, not yet, but will soon. Adam figures out he's Zachariah. Yep. Zack isn't happy he wasn't where he was supposed to be and can't find him either. He knows that MO, Adam must be with Sam and Dean. Yep. Zack warns they can't be trusted. "You know Sam and Dean Winchester are psychotically, irrationally, erotically co-dependent on each other, right?" Ooh, Zack's a slash fan.   I'm not surprised.   

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Adam says that they've said a few things about him. Ah, how fun being in the middle of a feud like that. Zack in an arrogant tone that would make me want to punch him more than believe him says they don't give a crap about him. They'd rather save each other than save the planet. "They're not your family, understand?" Adam isn't convinced, until Zack pushes the mom button again. Yep, that does it. Adam pops awake.  This is one of my favorite scenes not only in this episode, but probably this season. I have no idea why, but I love it. Maybe because someone gets to knock some sense into Dean for a change. A religious nut is preaching on the street corner, holding his bible and telling everyone the end in nigh. He knows because the angels have been talking to him. Angels really like nut jobs, don't they? Dean walks up to him and interrupts. "I'm Dean Winchester, do you know who I am?" "Dear God." "I'll take that as a yes." Ha, more religious humor.  Dean wants him to pray to his angel buddies, let them know that he's here. The man drops to his knees and starts with the Lord's prayer. I also just noticed something in continuation with the bar last week. Sure, the Schultz beer name has been around for a while, but they're in front of a bar that has both the El Sol and Schultz neon signs. How cool. Suddenly that oh so familiar stern voice comes out of nowhere. "You pray too loud." Castiel touches him and the man goes down. Castiel then grabs Dean and throws him into the alley. Oh no, Dean's on the bad side of a pissed off angel. You did ask for this Dean with that banishing trick. 

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"What are you crazy?" Dean asks. He so is! "I rebelled for this!" Castiel says, tossing him around against another wall. Then he punches Dean hard twice. "So you could surrender to them?" He grabs Dean and throws him against the opposite wall then gut punches him twice. Dean's mouth is bleeding now. "Cas, please," he pleads, but Cas just throws him against the other wall again. He grabs him tight and snarls in his face. "I gave everything for you and this is what you give to me?" Cas pulls him away from the wall, punches him hard and Dean stumbles backward. So Cas then kicks him hard and Dean goes flying into a fence. Ouch! 

Dean lands hard on the ground a hurting bloody mess. Castiel has his fist clenched and it looks like he's going for more. Dean challenges him to do it. Cas just stares. "Just do it!" Dean shouts. Castiel takes a deep breath, counts to five (or maybe that was me) and then unclenches his fist. Then he walks up to Dean and Dean closes his eyes, knowing what's about to happen. Castiel touches him and out he goes. Castiel stands in the alley for a few seconds, looking like he's wondering how it all came to this. That's so hard to watch, but that's how you do a major character conflict scene. Amazing!
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Speaking of losing it, now Sam is having a little fit. "Bobby, what do you mean Adam is gone?" "Should I say it in Spanish?" No, Sam speaks Spanish. Try Japanese. Sam grabs his hair, which we know to mean he's majorly stressed out. "He's gone how? What the Hell Bobby?" Bobby sternly warns him to watch his tone. He was right in front of him and he disappeared into thin air. Then we hear flapping wings. "Because the angels took him." Cas is now there holding a slumping Dean on his shoulder. "What happened to him?" Sam asks. "Me," Cas confesses, not exactly feeling guilt. Cas takes Dean over to the bed and practically throws him on it. Yep, still mad. Bobby and Sam aren't too concerned about Dean and instead want to know how the angels took Adam. "You branded his ribs, didn't you?" Bobby asks Cas. He did, but Adam must have tipped them off.  Cas isn't sure, but maybe in a dream. I would have gone with "most likely." Sam wonders where they would have taken him. Cas knows! It's the Green Room! Jupiter and The Infinite Beyond from "Lucifer Rising." The pictures are back to the idyllic settings. Adam is there, enjoying one of those cheeseburgers and a beer. He has his oldest brother's taste! Good thing, because love of salads is so wrong. "I see you and your brother share the same refined palette." See, even Zack notices. Adam is ready. Bring on Michael. Oh, poor kid, the lesson you are about to get. Zack goes into the bullshit that these two faced managers give during "difficult times." Heck, I've gotten the same speech during "good times." It's all about money. "These things are never easy, but I'm afraid we've had to terminate your position at this time." This is actually one of the best firings I've ever seen. I wish I was treated this well. "Excuse me?" Adam realizes he's been had. Zack commends him on being a good sport. "But the thing is, you're not so much the chosen one as you are a clammy scrap of bait." Now that's more like the layoffs I've been a part of. Adam wonders what happened to him fighting the Devil. Not happening. "But hey, if it's any consolation, you happen to be the illegitimate half brother of the guy we do care about. That's not bad is it?" Nope, Adam isn't feeling the love. "So you lied about everything." No, he just avoided some truths to manipulate him. No you bastard, you lied. It is strange though how you and Sam have the same definition of lying. Adam calls him a son of a bitch, just like big brother. "Hey, how do you think I feel? I'm the one that's got to put up with that dumb, slack jawed look on your face." Oh that's it Zack. You're going down.

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Adam at least gives Zack a look that he wishes could kill, but Zack explains the plan. They didn't have a choice. "The Winchesters got one blind spot and its family. See, Sam and Dean, they're going to put aside their differences and they're going to come get you and that's going to put Dean right here, right where I need him." Adam only listens with shame. Zack starts boasting this is the night. Michael's seen it. I think Michael's lying to you Zack. Who knows, maybe this was a ploy by the archangel to take Zack down? He knew he'd fail because of his arrogance. Nah. Although, how did Dean…wait, I'm jumping ahead. More on that later.

Zack is happy that all the tumblers are falling into place and it's all because of Adam. "And me, put who's keeping score." Adam, showing that he is indeed a Winchester, says he won't allow Zack to do this. Zack says they're doing this and plus he still gets his severance, he gets to see his mom. "Why should I believe you?" Adam asks. You shouldn't! Sadly, Zachariah is a vindictive prick and decides making Adam choke up blood is more fun. Oh, you're so…that' s right, I'm jumping ahead again.  NOW, this is one of my favorite scenes in the entire series! As a Sam fan, this is redemption that's five seasons in the making and it's oh so worth that long grueling wait. Dean is chained to the bed in the panic room and he wakes up from his angel induced unconsciousness. He looks around and spots Sam sitting at the desk as if he's holding vigil. "How you feeling?" Sam asks. Sam is very calm and subdued as if he's had some time to reflect on the situation. "Word to the wise, don't piss off the nerd angels," Dean says. Hee, learned your lesson. 

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Sam only cracks a slight smile. He's got the weight of the world on his shoulders. Dean knows something's wrong yet asks how it's going. Sam lets him know Adam is gone. The angels have him. Dean is surprised and wants to know where. The room they took him. He knows that for sure? Yep, Cas "did a recon." Boy it really helps to have an angel on their side. "And?" Dean asks. "And the place is crawling with mooks, pretty much a no shot in Hell, hail Mary kind of thing." "So the usual," Dean says. Oh yes, definitely the usual.  "What are you going to do?" Dean asks, which I find interesting. It means Dean for once isn't trying to take control of the situation and is leaving it up to Sam. "For starters, I'm bring you with." Sam has been playing with the key to the cuffs and he gets up. "Excuse me?" Dean says, surprised by the plan. Sam explains while unlocking the cuffs. "There are too many of them, I can't do it alone, and you're pretty much the only game in town." Dean watches Sam with disbelief, holding his aching wrist. "Isn't that a bad idea?" Sam, who's now sitting on the desk answers, "Cas and Bobby think so, I'm not so sure." Dean jumps back into attacking Sam mode. "Well they're right. Because either it's a trap to get me there to say yes or it's not a trap and I'm going to say yes anyway. And I will, I'll do it, fair warning." 

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"No you won't," Sam faithfully declares. "When push shoves, you'll make the right call." Dean keeps trying and man does he know how to hurt. "You know tables are turned, I'd let you rot in here. Hell, I have let you rot in here." Sam slightly scoffs, takes in a deep breath to calm himself down and the pain in his voice just kills me. "Yeah, well, I guess I'm not that smart." Dean is perplexed. "I don't get it Sam. Why are you doing this?" Sam shrugs. "Because. You're still my big brother."  Just when I'm getting teary, Phil Sgriccia shows what an awesome director he is by closing the scene with a wide shot of the two from outside the panic room looking in. It's brilliant and it delivers the message loud and clear. The two are in this together. 

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Oh man, is there a more character defining moment for Sam Winchester than this one? He's been forced to take control of this horrible situation, is calling all the shots with Bobby and Castiel faithfully following his lead, and he's getting horrible gut-wrenching crap from the one person that matters to him the most in this world. So, does he lose faith? No, instead he gambles everything on the one person he believes in the most, even though Dean doesn't believe in himself right now. He know he can't do this alone and if anything they'll go down together. That's pure devotion, pure faith, and pure love. It's beautiful. Sam has indeed grown up big time. I'm so proud! I know, fictional characters, right?  Okay, here's an interesting scene. Castiel, Sam and Dean are walking outside an abandoned factory with overgrown brush all around and browning palm trees. Dean wants to know where they are. Certainly not the Midwest. Did they actually film this in California? It looks a lot like California. Anyway, Castiel tells them Van Nuys, California. Where's the beautiful room? "In there," Castiel answers. "The beautiful room is in an abandoned muffler factory in Van Nuys, California?" "Where did you think it was?" Castiel asks. "I don't know, Jupiter, a blade of grass, not Van Nuys." Remember, Kripke said this was the Wal-Mart apocalypse. There's no budget for anywhere else. Sam wants to know why Cas can't grab Adam and "shazam" the hell out of there. There are at least five angels in there. Dean has some faith in Cas, saying he's fast. "They're faster," Cas answers. He undoes his tie. The plan is he'll clear them out and Sam and Dean grab "the boy." That's young man to you Cas. He goes for the entrance but Dean isn't liking the plan that he's going to take on five angels.  Yep. "Isn't that suicide?" Dean asks. "Maybe it is. But then I won't have to watch you fail. I'm sorry Dean, but I don't have the same faith in you that Sam does." Oh, poor Cas. He's going in with nothing left to lose, a la Dean in season three and Sam in season four. Then he pulls out a boxcutter. "What the Hell you going to do with that?" Sam asks. No answer. Yeah, I want to know too! 

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Cas enters the warehouse and no one is around. He walks around and there's a small separate building inside which must be the room. He moves around front and then hears someone behind him. He ducks just in time as he's attacked by a man with an angel killing sword. Cas manages to grab the man's hand and plunges the sword into his attacker's leg. Then he pulls it out, takes total control of the knife and plunges it into the guy's chest. The other angel bursts away in golden light screaming. I so love badass Castiel.  I've said it before, but his time on earth has really improved his combat skills. Castiel looks around full circle and now another angel with his sword appears. Then another, then another, then another and he's surrounded by four of them. Cas realizes he's outnumbered and throws his sword down. The other angels just look at him. "What are you waiting for, come on!"  Cas challenges. They charge on him and wow, his rips open his shirt! Bare chested Castiel! Misha definitely has something under that trenchcoat. It's brief I know, but it's something. Oh, but we also see what the box cutter was for. He's carved an angel banishing sigil on his chest! I'd say ouch, but as an angel he doesn't exactly feel that. He slams his palm into it and in what is the coolest visual effect ever, he and the other four angels blur away in a burst of light. Awesome! Oh, but wait, Cas has just assured his peril in "Oz" hasn't he? He sacrificed himself so the boys could get to the room? Wow, with tears in my eyes I can say best...angel...ever. 

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Dean and Sam hear the swords fall and action die down from outside and know that's their cue. Dean goes in alone while Sam keeps watch outside. Dean finds the building and the dead angel outside. Seeing how no one is charging after him, he opens the door. Yep, it's the Green Room. Dean rushes over to Adam who's a heaping mess on the floor. Adam wakes up and is shocked that Dean came for him. Dean says of course, he's family. Adam tells him it's a trap, but Dean knows that. Suddenly Zachariah is in front of them. "Dean, please, did you really think it would be that easy?" "Did you?" Dean asks. Sam then charges up from behind with angel killing sword but isn't fast enough. My question is would Sam have been able to kill Zack if he did stab him?  He after all is part of the bloodline. Ah well, an answer we don't know. Zack sends Sam flying across the room into the partition and Sam is hurt. You bastard! "You know what I've learned from this experience Dean? Patience." He then gets Adam to barf more blood. Adam falls to the floor. You obviously haven't learn to stop being a dick, that's for sure Zack. Dean tells Zack to let him go but Zack instead smugly talks about how he thought he was downsized for sure. "And for us a firing, pretty damned literal." I wish I could have seen that on Zack instead of Anna. He should have trusted the boss man though for it's all playing out like he said. "You, me, your hemorrhaging brothers…" Suddenly Sam starts coughing up blood too. Why don't you pick on guys your own age Zack! Dean looks at Sam now and it's killing him. He looks at Adam struggling too and he's really upset. He's fragile enough, he can't take this. "You know there's no other choice. There's never been a choice," a bullying Zack says. An upset Dean tells him to stop it right now. "In exchange for what?" Dean pleads some more, telling him to stop it, please. This next montage is soooo good! "I'll do it," Dean says. Cut over to Sam who's struggling in agony and can't believe what he just heard. Back to Zachariah, who wants confirmation. "Okay yes," Dean says. "The answer is yes." Back to Sam now who looks like he's been kicked in his already aching gut. "Dean," he chokes out. Oh, Sammy.

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"Do you hear me?" Dean shouts at a stunned Zachariah. "Call Michael down you bastard." Dean's voice cracks on this last part and man does it hurt to see him surrender like this. Back to Sam, whose world is ending. Dean is so disheartened and then looks at Adam. Zack wants to how to know he's not lying. "Does it look like I'm lying?" No, it doesn't, which is why this is scaring the crap out of all of us. Zack turns away with a smug smile and oh do I want to smack him. He starts chanting for Michael and while that happens, Sam and Dean manage to act out a whole subplot just by exchanging looks. It's brilliant, but it's not like it's the first time Jensen and Jared have done this. Again, they rock it.    Sam looks up at Dean and he's completely dying inside. His look at betrayal, his "how could you do this?" says it all. Back to Dean, who in one look expresses to Sam overwhelming fear and guilt. He's practically saying he's sorry. Back to Sam, who turns away because everything hurts too much, including his internal bleeding. Back to Dean, who realizes how much he's hurting Sam. Back to Sam, who throws another puppy dog look of betrayal. Back to Dean and his expression of apology changes. He has an idea. Back to Sam, who sees that something is different. 

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Zack smiles, for Michael is coming. Dean gives Sam another look, and wait a second, is he smiling? Then he winks! He's changed his mind! Sam looks at him now with confusion, somewhat worried over what he's about to do. "Of course I have a few conditions." "What?" Zack says in surprise. "The few people whose safety you guarantee before I say yes." Zack doesn't think that's a problem. "But most of all, Michael can't have me into he disintegrates you." Hell yeah!   I like those terms. "What did you say?" Zack asks. "I said before Michael gets one piece of this sweet ass, he has to turn you into a piece of charcoal." This is brilliant! You go Dean! 

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The room starts shaking but Zack is too busy finding the idea ludicrous. "You really think Michael's going to go for that?" Dean does. "Who's more important to him now, you or me?" Zack loses his temper, moves close and grabs Dean. "You listen to me. You are nothing but a maggot inside a worm's ass. Do you know who I am after I deliver you to Michael?" "Expendable," Dean answers. That's perfect! Zack is delusional. "Michael's not going to kill me." "Maybe not," Dean growls and then what do you know, he has an angel killing sword in his right hand, out of Zack's view. "But I am." Bam! He plunges the knife through Zack's chin.  Holy crap! He made good on his promise to stab him in the face!

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Zack goes sparking and Sam on the ground can't believe what he's seeing. Then this is the totally awesome, yet totally perplexing part. Dean looks at Zachariah the entire time. He doesn't shield his eyes and there's a close up of the white light reflecting in his eyes. Wow, what does that mean! How can he do this?

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Zack flames out and Dean falls backward next to Adam on the floor. The room really starts shaking now. There's the wide shot of dead Zachariah, black wings and all. He's really dead! The loud deafening angel noise happens and all three brothers realize this isn't good. Sam shields his eyes, knowing better.    Dean asks Adam if he can walk and he says he can. Dean goes over to Sam and helps him up because Sam can't walk on his own. Dean gets Sam over to the door and gets them out. He tells Adam to move it but too late, the door slams before he can get out. 

Adam pounds on the door screaming for Dean, and Dean puts down an aching Sam and tries to go back. Dean tries to grab the glowing doorknob but it's too hot. Notice how this sound isn't hurting any of their ears? I wonder if it's because it's Michael. Adam screams for help again, Dean tries again, same result. Sam watches from a distance in horror. Dean assures Adam he'll get him out, but then Adam stops and stares at the white light. He sees something! Of course at that point the white light disappears and Dean can open the door. It's an abandoned office now. Dean turns to Sam with dismay and Sam returns a similar glance. They really suck at protecting baby brother, don't they?  Sam and Dean are in a vehicle and judging by the back window, it's a pickup truck. I only have one big nitpick with this episode and it's no Impala. I realize they can't have it now since they were zapped to California by Cas but still, it doesn't seem right she should miss the 100th episode. Both are silent so Sam starts the talk. "You think Adam's okay?" Dean doubts it. Cas either. But they'll get him back. Now Sam has enough nerve to ask what's really bothering him. "So?" "So what?" Dean asks. Yeah Sam, just say it. "I saw your eyes. You were totally rockin' the yes back there. So, what changed your mind?" Yeah Dean, what did? We all saw the same thing Sam did and want answers.

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"Honestly? The damndest thing. I mean the world's ending, the walls are coming down on us, I look over at you and all I can think about is "this stupid son of a bitch brought me here." Sam smiles, which it's about freaking time he does.   "I just didn't want to let you down." Sam really appreciates that answer. "You didn't. You almost did, but you didn't." Dean tells Sam he owes him an apology, but Sam says he doesn't. "Let me say this. I don't know if it's being a big brother or what, but to me you've always been this snot nosed kid that I've had to keep on the straight and narrow. I think we both know that's not you anymore." A long pause and it's time for THE best line ever. "I mean Hell, if you're grown up enough to have faith in me, least I can do is return the favor." Gulp! Go ahead, talk amongst yourselves. Must pull myself together. Nope, I didn't make it through the whole recap without losing it.

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"So screw destiny, right to their face. I say take the fight to them and do it our way." Sam smiles again and it looks oh so good on him. "Sounds good." Roll credits. Now that's a way to do a 100th episode!!! This recap is already long enough, so I'll just close with, Damn You Kripke!!! Thanks so much for all you and everyone at "Supernatural" do for us. Bring on the apocalypse, we're ready.   


---This was a classic episode! Did you see it when it first aired? What did you think of it then? What do you think of it now? ...and poor Adam!---


# cheryl42 2015-01-06 19:50
I think it is just as fantastic now as it was then. I remember reading all of these reviews over and over just basking in the perfection of this episode. Jeremy Carver got didn't he? It was about family and it was about the brothers. All wrapped up in angels, Lucifer and the looming inevitable ending to the story. Thanks for these looks back. This is probably my favorite episode of S5 (Changing Channels is a close second.....JC was a gift and I think he still is). It was a turning point for Dean sure but it was also Sam standing up and starting to take the lead. He was going to make the tough decisions going forward. And he did.
# sylvia37 2015-01-07 16:30
I really wanted to love this episode, but I couldn't. As much as I love that Sam was really the hero in this episode, that he was the only one who didn't lose faith even though he had every right to, I was so disillusioned with Dean by this time in the season that I just couldn't forgive him for the way he'd been treating Sam and pretty much everyone around him by then. His words in the car at the end didn't make it okay for me, especially because it sounded more like he was saying, "well now that you almost died and all trying to show you how sorry you are, then I guess I can have some faith in you." Like Sam hadn't been with him all along all season trying to make up for everything even though Dean had acknowledged in the beginning of the season that Sam didn't know that killing Lilith would start the apocalypse. Sorry to be a downer, but I really didn't like season 5. But, like I said, I did like that Sam just stepped up and took charge and kept trying even though he had no support. That part was really good.
# AlyCat22 2015-01-07 21:09
Elle - This!!! This episode was perfection in so many ways!!! All the key characters in play at the same time, everybody brought their A game... From the start to the finish, what a ride! Loved Tackles portrayal of Dean in "Mikes Travel Inn" - heartbreakingly simple and kudos to the Sound guys! The anger emanating off Cas was palpable and poor Sams emotions were thrown all over the place. Bobby, Adam, Zach finally getting his comeuppance! Now this was worthy of the 100th episode. Sad to say that while I personally thought the 200th ep was OK, this is more like what I was hoping for. Then I moved my expectations on to the mid season finale hoping it would take up the slack and we got the Claire/Gas hour with a smattering of Sam and Dean. Here's hoping it picks up in the second half.
# AlyCat22 2015-01-07 21:11
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# njspnfan 2015-01-08 10:46
Another great episode from S5. We had a big change of pace, with Sam taking the lead, his unwavering faith in big brother Dean, regardless of what crap Dean threw at him. And bad-ass Castiel; really miss him lately. And finally, after a bumpy ride in the first part of Season 5, Dean putting the same trust and faith in Sam that Sam has in him. Both brothers back on the same page again. This also had one of my favorite angel kills with Dean ganking Zachariah; the good old days when angels were smarmy dicks, not the mindless automatons we get now.

Just noticed on my DVR that TNT had a mini SPN-athon yesterday and this was one of the episodes - will be watching this one again over the weekend.