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Sam helps up Pastor Gideon and Dean goes to help. That's when Sam gives Dean "the look," the "what the Hell just happened?" look. Dean looks at him back kind of ashamed, giving the "oh, you noticed that, huh?" Then, Dean carries Castiel outside while Sam carries Pastor Gideon. Um, hello, room full of innocents locked in a store room, remember? I'll fill in the blanks. Michael Shanks lets them out after Sam, Dean and Pastor Gideon tell him to, and they all proceed to kick his and Jane's ass. Then the Pastor leaves with Sam and Dean because he sick of seeing all their faces and it doesn't matter that his daughter's dead body is on the floor. He'll take care of it later. 


So, back to the foursome leaving. While coming up the stairs, now Sam decides it's time to ask questions. "Dean, how did you do that?" "What?" "Kill her." "Long run of luck held out I guess." "Last I checked, she could only be ganked by a servant of Heaven." "What do you want me to tell you? I saw a shot, I went for it." They get to the Impala and put the wounded in the back. Sam doesn't wait until they get into the car to continue. "Are you gonna do something stupid?" "Like what?" Dean asks innocently. "Like Michael stupid." Dean acts all offended. "Come on Sam, give me a break." A livid Sam isn't buying it.

Meanwhile, back at the motel, Castiel is on the bed and looks like crap. He actually looks like he's in a trance. I guess coma angel is back. Sam is tending to Pastor Gideon's wounds. He tells Dean he's seeing double, but that could be the pain killers. "You'll be okay," Dean tells him. "No," the Pastor says bluntly. No, I can't imagine he will. He's got to be the rock now for an entire town and he's lost more than the rest of them. Dean gets a little fire inside over the sad expression and goes for the door. Sam is all worried, wondering where he's going. Dean assures him he's just getting some clean bandages out of the trunk. Liar! 

Sam finishes bandaging the Pastor's arm and hears that familiar sound of the Impala roaring away. He freaks out and rushes outside. Sure enough, Dean peels away from the motel. Sam shouts for Dean and there's a nice shot of Sam being left behind from the back of the Impala. Sam does the common freak out, running his hands through that wad of hair before watching the Impala disappear in the night. The motel sign is the most interesting thing, for we find out they're getting a free bible for their stay. Bonus! It's probably the cheap tourist version though. 

So that's it for Sam this episode. Now we get to find out why Lisa was in the opening "Then" sequence. A pensive Dean drives alone in the Impala at night and sorry, I have no idea what finally prompted this. I guess something clicked when he either killed that whore or saw the sorrow in the Pastor's eyes. I'm usually good at guessing these things but nada this time.  Dean knocks on a front door and Lisa opens the door. She's surprised to see him. Dean tries to give her the warm smile, but he's obviously nervous. He asks how Ben is and sure enough, he's at baseball. Just like the dream. Continuity galore! He mentions then she moved and man what's up with the small talk? I suppose jumping into the heavy stuff would be awkward.

Lisa cuts to the chase. She asks if he's alright. "No, not really," he answers. At least he didn't use the "ask a stupid question" line. "Look, I have no illusions, okay, I know the life that I live. I know how that's going to end for me, whatever, I'm okay with that. But I wanted you to know that when I do picture myself happy, it's with you. And the kid." She smiles, not sure what to say. She invites him in for a beer but he can't. She looks at him further and realizes something is very wrong. 

He tells her to take care of herself and goes the leave. She tries to stop him, telling him he just can't drop a bombshell like that and leave. Dean apologizes but claims he doesn't have a choice. She insists he does but he still won't go for it. So, instead he goes for more unnerving honesty that's likely to give her nightmares for a while. "Things are about get really bad." She asks if it's his kind of bad. "Worse. Next few days, crap you're gonna see of your TV, it's going to be downright trippy. Scary. But I don't want you to worry because I'm making arrangements for you and Ben." Yeah, she's feeling reassured. She wants to know what he's talking about and she's really scared now.  

"The people I'm going to see next, they're not going to get anything from me without agreeing to a few conditions." She's really frightened now and pleads that he come inside. "Whatever you're thinking of doing, don't do it." It's sweet she cares for a guy she's only seen twice. Other women would back away inside, lock the door and tell him never to come back. Dean grabs her hand, insisting he has to. She asks him to just stay an hour, at least say hi to Ben. Yeah Dean, at least hang out for that! No, it's best he doesn't. I have this feeling he didn't just because he knew she would make him change his mind. 

She nods, realizing she isn't getting anywhere, so he kisses her forehead, and now she starts to cry. Way to freak her out there Dean. He says goodbye, walks away, gets into the Impala and"¦I don't get it. It's a really sweet scene and Jensen rocks it, but who was Dean trying to make feel better there? Is it possible that Ben and Lisa were two of the few things that kept him going? Or is this just the act of desperate, confused mind? Either way, it's a head-scratcher. 

Okay, a decent yet depressing setup for the upcoming big episode, which in turn is a big setup for the rest of the season. This month is going to kill me. Onward and upward!


# Jasminka 2010-04-21 13:11
Yeah, the Sacrament Lutheran Militia… that alone should make everyone cringe… religious fanatics at work. They just don’t know yet what they will become, soon. How I hate it when fundamentalism does that to people. This show deals with that in a unique manner.

I loved Dean’s line whether to go screaming or buy a condo! Even after all they’ve been through he can still throw a line like that. Loved it. Also Castiel’s voicemail message ‘why do you want me to say my name?’ Priceless! I should put that on my answering machine…

Loved your fight-scene sequence! The best delivery of a knife, ever – throw it into the demon’s back, it falls forward and Dean can pull it right out and kill the other sucker. Great job, Sammy!
And drunken and kinda-already-d epressed Castiel… ah, we all know where this is going… Unfortunately it’s not Monty Python… Dean’s last scene proves this again. That was heartbreaking, and it’s clear that we’re not going to have much of a breather before the end, right? Only a few more episodes to go…. Gabriel will appear again, in Trickster mode?, maybe there’ll be a few laughs, but otherwise… I’ll be dead at the end, too, Alice – wanna set up a crypt together? I'll bring the booze.

Loved this, loved your screencaps – thanks for this, again. It may sound like a broken record, but that’s just how it is.

Cheers, Jas
# Rose 2010-04-21 15:15
Great recap as always, Alice. Loved the holy water shot out of a fire hose bit. Way back in season 1 Jensen said in an interview that he'd love to see just that on the show. Nice to see they took him up on his suggestion!
# Alice 2010-04-21 15:40
The recap for "Point of No Return" will likely be out by tomorrow. I've been working on that too but its WAY harder than this one. So, if you haven't seen me around lately, it's because I'm turning my brain to mush in recapping catch up mode!
# Jasminka 2010-04-21 15:57
Evil shrink from hell might provide you with some new brain, coming straight from DocBenton Incorp. Just say the word. :lol:
# Jasminka 2010-04-21 16:22
Okay, we got booze, food, new brain tissue... what else could we possibly wish for?! Ah, I know... anyone know how to clone the Winchesters?
Forgive me, I'm just naughty today. ;-) Jas
# Bevie 2010-04-21 16:52
I'd love to join you all in that crypt. I think it was the clone suggestion that cinched it. Yowza!

Alice, for some reason your recap amused me mightily. Could be because of the religious sarcasm, but you had me giggling through a lot of it. Wasn't Jane delightful? :shock:

Love that Dean could gank the Whore. Maybe Dean has lost his faith but I believe the Big Guy who matters has all the faith in the world in Dean.

Always liked Lisa and I believe that Dean has a shred of doubt that Ben is not his son. Lisa could possibly have lied about that. I read that Kripke denies that Ben is Dean's son, but he also said there would never be angels and God on his show. If Dean has even a bit of a belief that Ben could possibly be his, is it any wonder that he would want to protect him and his mom? I love him even more for that.

I would like to think that after this show comes to an end I could imagine Dean and Lisa and Ben happily together for ever after. With Sammy and Sara next door of course! They both so deserve it.

Even so, I NEVER want him to say yes to Michael! :sad: ;-)
# Sablegreen 2010-04-21 17:18
Great recap Alice. Loved the screencaps for the fight scene. Just can’t get that knife action without a video though. Never caught the 99 in the title for the 99th episode either! Whenever I hear the title though, I can’t stop thinking of that song “99 bottles of beer on the wall…..” Silly what things come to mind.

Loved the holy water fire hose, and Dean killing Leah. Good shots of the boys and the wedding too. Glad the ‘whore’ is down for the count!
# BagginsDVM 2010-04-21 20:22
Your recaps are always so much fun!
I always watch it live, but of course DVR it too to watch multiple times later, & those CW promos have gotten more & more annoying.

I noticed the shirt toss too, & wondered why that was shown. And yes, they really need some new shirts! Although if they are anything like the men in my family, they'll only wear what they want, no matter what recommendation we ladies make or might buy them.

I adore Michael Shanks & was hoping he'd have more to do this episode. His character rocked the intro scenes, but then just sort of wilted away by the end, only doing the bidding of his shrew of a wife & the Whore & then getting pummeled by Sam. I'm hoping he got his senses back & let those poor people out of the closet.

I do often wonder what becomes of some of the poor bystanders & bewildered "innocents" the guys saved (or the family members of those they couldn't save)who are left in limbo as the episode ends. Like Pastor Gideon, how did he deal with his daughter's death. And do the guys tell those who have survived demon possession how not to be possessed again?
(And I still want to know how Bobby ended up getting possessed?!)
# Ardeospina 2010-04-21 23:23
Great recap, as usual, Alice!

I like the screencap action sequence there. That was a really good way of showing it because you're right: how do you write up an action sequence, really? Just let the action speak for itself!

I loved the holy water fire truck. Man, that thing was cool! And useful. I'd love to see Rufus driving that thing around. Man, that would be badass.

And speaking of badass, loved your idea for the CW Thursday night promotion. Some intrepid video-maker out there has to be able to do something like that, right? Please?

Ans lastly, Jas, I know how to clone the Winchesters due to my amazing alchemy skills! But you know that already. I guess this means I'm invited to the crypt, huh? Sweet! It's going to be quite the party in there.
# Dianeuk 2010-04-22 03:37
Hope there is room for me in The Crypt! I would not mind a visit from a cloned Bobby....or John....or..OH! Back to reality!! Just save me a place! Diane (great review by the way!)
# Julie 2010-04-22 09:18
Once again , Thank You Alice -- yes we are like broken records!!
Really enjoyed this episode and your recap of it.
One of the best action sequences ever and the series of screencaps demonstrated this so well.
I too hated Jane! How dare she blame Dean for the kids death ,just what he needs a little more guilt piling on there.
I loved Drunk Cas and his ongoing battle with phones , I figure at the moment we need to cling to any funny moments like this as I have a feeling they are going to be few of these in the next couple of weeks ( heaven help us )
If there`s room in that crypt , I`ll bring chocolate! Ju
# Supernarttu 2010-04-22 10:37
Hi Alice.
Lovely recap, funny as hell. I snorted my way through it respectively :P

I especially like that you said Michael Shanks alot, hiya there Daniel Jackson! He looked so weird, not nerdy at all ;-) Weird. *snortysnort*

So, this is the only ep that I have watched only once. For some reason it just broke me, and I just can't rewatch it... for a while anyways... I guess when I get my S5 DVD's (next year prob.) then I'll give it a go (or multiple ones) but the way I felt after this one was just... bad. They broke the boys! They broke me! Stupid Kripke *mumbles*

But truly enjoyed your recap, it was hilarious but sad, and very pretty. Thanks! :D
# Randal 2010-04-22 10:55
A wedding with guns? In the south, those are called Saturdays. Thank you, thank you.

I wondered about the Blue Earth thing, too. One doesn't pick the same very small town twice without a continuity shout out. Of course, why Pastor Jim didn't have a devil's trap sitting at the entrance to his secret stash remains a writerly mystery to this very day.

African swallow or European?

Uncle Sam, heh heh. Man, I'm sick of those damn promos, too. Enough with the coy crap, everyone just sleep with everyone and be done with it. Fucking sheesh.

As for Jane blaming Dean, given the context of rampant lunacy, it's not all that shocking. Most folks don't think straight on a good day, let alone when the world's ending. Your kid gets ganked, odds are you might lose a bit of rationale.