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You know, the Gossip Girl ads aren't as annoying since the ratings have really tanked this season. I've heard even the most loyal fans think this season has been just awful. I still say Sam and Dean kicking Chuck Bass' ass will get some viewers. Anyway, back to our action heroes. They fire away because Croats are too mindless to realize they're running at flying bullets. Sam especially is systematic, calmly taking out each guy one by one with precision. Whoa, this boy has changed. Bobby is effective too, but he doesn't have continuous rounds considering he has a shotgun. Sam's pistol takes out most of them and they stop with a heap of bodies on the ground.  That reminds me of a recent Chuck episode where Chuck fires at the crowd with the tranquilizer gun and then nothing happens.  Suddenly they all fall.  The heap reminds me of that.  I don't know why. 
Sam and Bobby hear a woman screaming for help so Sam goes to save her. He gives Bobby the knife and tells him to wait there. Sam puts away the pistol and pulls out his shotgun. I guess you get more range with a shotgun and the pistol is for close shots. Yes, I'm learning these things.  Bobby eagerly waits alone with a shotgun in one hand and the knife in the other. I'm still freaking out for him. Demon from earlier comes up from behind and Bobby takes him out with one plunge of the knife. Is that the first time that Bobby has killed a demon with the knife? I think so. First Castiel now him! I still want to see Castiel drive the Impala.

Oh, time for an update on Team #2. Dean and Crowley are under a bridge in Chicago. "Hey, let's stop for pizza," Crowley says. Remember this. It's important for later! Dean finds the comment strange. They come to a warehouse and just like in "Abandon All Hope," there's a field of reapers everywhere that only Crowley can see. Again, I love that visual! So angels and demons both can see them? Interesting. Crowley insists Death is in there. Dean wants to know how he knows. "Have you met me? I know." This is all an act BTW, very likely for the Reapers' benefit. Lucifer's too. 

Crowley disappears leaving Dean behind, but is back only a second later. "Boy, is my face red. Death's not in there." Dean wants to know where he is. Crowley doesn't know. Dean has a fit over this, but obviously doesn't see that Crowley is doing this for a reason. He says Bobby sold his soul for this. "Relax, all deals are sold back or store credit. We'll catch Death in the next doomed city." Dean goes off now, pointing out millions are about to die any minute. Crowley strongly suggests they get out of there. Oh Dean, come on, you've got to see what's going on here. Guess not.
Back to the warehouse, where a woman is trying to shake a Croat off her leg. No problem, a pistol blast to the head from Gigantor will do the trick. Another one comes up from behind and he calmly takes out him too. Bobby in the meantime is a little more manic, but stops himself from shooting when sees it's Sam rescuing two people. They run out and Sam goes back for more. For some reason, this really gets Bobby's attention. 

Dean and Crowley are on the same street that Death was earlier and Dean is not happy. He's trying to figure out how to get three million people out of Chicago in ten minutes. Suddenly Crowley isn't there. He's instead standing outside a pizza place. Crowley tries to tell Dean discretely he found him, but Dean isn't getting it. Crowley repeats, Dean is still confused. Next thing Crowley is sitting with him in the car again. That startles Dean. "I said, I found him. Death, he's in there." Dean gives a glare and gets out of the car. He's at the Rinascita Pizzeria. "You coming or-" Dean leans in the car and see's that Crowley isn't there. "Not." Dean is off to face Death alone.  

Bobby kills Janitor demon with the knife next while Sam rescues two others. "All clear," Sam announces. Or maybe not, as suddenly one more charges Sam and attacks, choking him. Wow, it's been a long time since we've had a good old fashioned Sam Winchester choking. That used to be a weekly thing. Bobby fires but his shotgun is out of ammo. We see the Croat's red eyes and he grabs onto Sam harder, but then a shotgun barrel appears at the Croat's head. "Bam!" Blood goes everywhere. Well that was graphic. Sam shields his face from the spatter.

As Sam fights for air on the ground we see Castiel come into view investigating the shotgun he just used. "Actually these things can be useful." Awesome Cas! Sorry, but I like the idea of shotgun wielding angels. As Castiel casually looks at Bobby, who isn't so calm, Bobby mentions the rest of the plan. "Can we commit our act of domestic terrorism already? Let's go." Um, hello, Sam is still struggling a bit on the ground there. And that's the last we see of Sam and Castiel this episode. I'll fill in the blanks. Warehouse goes boom and they all drive back to Bobby's house in the van celebrating their graphic kills with a beer, describing how good it felt. Okay, maybe just Castiel. 
Dean enters the restaurant and there are dead people everywhere. I guess Death wanted to talk to Dean alone. Dean approaches slowly with the sickle, Death is sitting at a table with his back facing Dean. Come on Dean, like Death doesn't know you're coming. Suddenly the sickle turns red hot in Dean's hand and he has to drop it. "Thanks for returning that," Death tells Dean without turning around.   The sickle is suddenly gone from the floor and sitting on the table next to Death. "Join me Dean. The pizza is delicious." Dean hesitates and slowly approaches, all while the storm continues to get worse outside.
This scene is shot with one main purpose, you can cut the tension with a knife. I mean after all, Dean is having pizza with Death. It's eerie. "Sit down," Death tells Dean as he eats a gorgeous Chicago deep dish with a fork and knife. At least Death has manners and good taste. Dean takes is seat across from Death and looks like he's going to crap his pants. It's rare to see Dean without his bravado, but then again, he knows who he's up against. "Took you long enough to find me," Death says. "I've been wanting to talk to you." So, Sam was Famine's favorite and Death likes Dean while War and Pestilence were bi-bro. Interesting.

Dean has mixed feelings about that. "So is this the part where"¦you kill me?" Right Dean, get straight to the point. I have a feeling if Death wanted that, you would have dropped dead by now. Death looks up and stares Dean down. Yikes! "You have an inflated sense of your importance. To a thing like me a thing like you, well, think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and started to get snarky." Oh trust me Death, Dean has been way snarkier than this! Dean shuts up and listens.
"This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old Dean. Very old. So I invite you to contemplate how insignificant I find you." No, Dean gets it. His terrified stare confirms that. Then Death really freaks him out by putting a slice of pizza on his plate and tells him to eat. Dean, every fiber of his quaking on the inside, looks at Death to see if he's serious. He so is. Dean slowly grabs a fork and knife and carefully guides a piece into his mouth. Dean eats with total uncertainty while Death asks, "Good, isn't it?" I don't think Dean's enjoying much of anything right now. He uncomfortably looks back.



# Randal 2010-05-13 11:27
Re: green goop. I think Kripke watched a lot of You Can't Do That On Television. I know I did. Blue skies! Barfy burgers! Girls!

Eunice made me chuckle. 8-) And I believe it's an iron-clad law of screen and television writing that all villains must monologue. A wordless, ninja supervillain would get kind of boring. Silence is all well and good for the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari -- hmmm, now there would be cool decor for an evil thing's lair.

After the abacus, I was hoping for a slide rule shout out.

In giving it serious contemplation, the scene with Dean and Death has to be one of the five or six finest moments in the series' history. I'd be hard pressed to come up with a better choice to play Big Boss Reaper. A fine line between playing it top-flight aristocrat and human=annoying gnat, no more, but he pulled it off. And Jensen showed just how ridiculous an actor he is with that "yeah" into Legitimately Frightened "yes." Fucking awesome all the way around.
# Karen 2010-05-13 12:02
Once again a great recap Alice.
I really look forwards to these, no matter how serious an episode you still can make me laugh.
I really liked this episode, even though so much was being pushed into this one.
All the actors were in top form.
Can’t believe were down to the finale. I’m both excited and terrified.
I don’t think there will be enough Kleenex or booze to get me thru this episode.
# Jasminka 2010-05-13 12:53
Did I ever mention I love your recaps? 8-)
If I wasn't able to watch an episode (talk about real horror)this would help.
Loved the episode. Loved the acting. The lighting of Ladouceur. The sound editing. Marvellous job.
Can't wait for the finale. I hope I'll be able so rest my mind at least a bit and not always fret for our dear brothers.

Love Jas
# Sablegreen 2010-05-13 13:36
Great review, Alice. Yes, I think Crowley likes Bobby and humans in general. Don't know why being the king of Crossroads demons.

The blood thing doesn't make sense too me. Are they implying that Luci's 'now' vessel was drinking demon blood BEFORE Luci went into him? or now that Luci is IN him? Sam doesn't need demon blood for his powers and any 'effects' from it have long wore off.

Can't think straight close to the finale :D
# Anyone 2010-05-13 14:21
The o death scene is beyond brilliant! the man fell in a way I have never seen any one fell dead in my life. Death walked away etc. It's most beautifully shot, script, wrote - everything. I do hope they win award(s)!! They must.
# Jasminka 2010-05-13 14:29
Oh, God, Alice, only six hours for you yanks to go.... Even if I caught a plane right now I wouldn't be there in time.... sniff, Jas
# Tigershire 2010-05-13 14:54
Alice, just reading your segment about the O Death bit gave me goosebumps. That is definately one of the top 5 uses of music ever.
# Bevie 2010-05-13 16:55
Thanks Alice for cheering us up with your funny recap. Especially at this crucial time where we are all tensed up at what is to come.

The guy who plays Death was awesome! As was Jensen in that scene.

Hoping to survive tonight and please..... no power outages please please! :shock:
vana naine
# vana naine 2010-06-21 18:09
Hello guys, my greetings!
Finally I had my new computer, voice-card working and everything - and then it took a MOTH to find a good place for downloads, cause my regular download-page was shut down in between.

I stayed unspoiled or almost unspoiled and then watched everything since 5.14 until 5.22 in 2 evenings.
It was very good time.
But nothing, not even the season final (which was beautiful, very beautiful), overpasses "Oh, Death" scene. I can't even tell what it did to me. How it felt. How it still feels. To say "goosebumps" is lame.
It was more like... when I was walking in town today, I felt at every step, how I am carrying my own death with me all the time, it is inside of me and never ever leaves before one day (or night) we both go - and yet it was not a bad feeling, I felt kind of - honored.