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
[All Hell Breaks Loose II]
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 supernaturalwiki.com for letting me know that it's Kay Starr â€“ "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.
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.
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 supernaturalwiki.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 littleâ€¦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.
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.
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.
"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 â€˜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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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
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.
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.
"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!
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.
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 Deanâ€¦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 soâ€¦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.
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."
"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.
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!
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.
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 brothersâ€¦" 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.
"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.
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!
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!
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?
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.
"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.
"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!---