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I'm going to warn you all right now, this is a 100 percent lovefest. I think many people were unfairly critical of the episode and I'm determined to spell out in exhaustive detail why every single scene is sheer calcuated brilliance. Oh, but in doing that, you’re also in store for one crazy ass long recap. Seriously, it’s a novel. So make sure you’re stocked up on both coffee and Kleenexes. It’s time to kick off this intense emotional rollercoaster. 

First off is the grand tradition we know and love of our season finales. I've even been guilty thus far of failing to mention this in light of the rest of the episode being so good, but you know a finale is good when the most understated part of the ep is the traditional "Carry On Wayward Son" montage. What can I say about this montage? It's great as usual and sums up season five pretty nicely. My favorite bit oddly enough is that great shot of Dean leaning against the Impala in "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid” although I’ll admit my emotions leapt when I saw Sam and Dean’s reaction to Ellen and Jo blowing up in the hardware store. That gets me every time too. 

Now for the finale (gulp!). This intro wasn't all what I expected. It starts documentary style, showing old footage of a Chevy being built on the assembly line in Janesville, Wisconsin in 1967. I think one of my Ford cars was built in that town too. I'm instantly emotional, for this is pure gold for a car buff born and raised in Detroit. Chuck is doing the narration and I adore his sentimental style with his storytelling all through this episode as well as the narrator's charming score.

He brings up April 21, 1967, when the 100th million GM vehicle rolled off the assembly line in Janesville. It was a blue two door Caprice.  I never understood the difference between a Caprice and an Impala. Thanks to wikipedia, I found out. They're the same car body wise but the Caprice had more luxury features. So that proves the Impala wasn't a glory car. Anyway, there was a big ceremony and speeches. "Even the Lt. Governor showed up." Too funny! Our Lt. Governor is too busy running for Senate now, which makes these Mickey Mouse ceremonies perfect for him. He'll show up at the opening of an auto parts store right now.

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 Back to the story. We see Chuck in his bathrobe at the computer typing away. He goes on. Three days after that another car rolled off that line, but "nobody gave "two craps about her. But they should of." I do! I care! "Because this 1967 Chevrolet Impala would turn out to be the most important car - no the most important object of pretty much the whole universe." I love how these early Impala segments were shot in a way where it looks like old 35 mm film footage. Have I ever mentioned how much I love all the little details that go into this show? Oh, constantly?

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The so called old footage shows the first owner of the Impala proudly getting into his new car at the dealer showroom. The Impala cost $3999, which was MSRP for an Impala at the time. His name was Sal Moriarity and he was “An alcoholic, two ex-wives and three blocked arteries." His primary purpose with the Impala was to drive around on weekends giving bibles to the poor, to get them ready for judgment day. You see, by the time the Winchesters got her she already had experience with the apocalypse. She was ideal for the job. I love how hanging from the rear view mirror is a tacky angel figurine that has “Sal”on it. Angels were watching over him. Ha! “Sam and Dean don’t know any of this, but if they did, I bet they’d smile.”

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After Sal died, which would be sometime in 1973 if we follow "In The Beginning," the Impala ended up at Rainbow Motors in Lawrence. Actually, if you freeze Chuck’s monitor here, it does say “After Sal died, not unexpectedly, of a heart attack in ‘73” She was bought by a young marine, aka John Winchester, on an impulse buy. She cost now $2200. That turns out to be the best two grand ever spent. Chuck of course brings up how John was sold on the car after a little advice from a friend, aka Dean. Yep, another shout-out to "In The Beginning." Chuck goes on in his typing, “I guess that’s where this story begins.” Then he stops typing and says, "And here’s where it ends.” Aww, I’m already moved.  How much more episode is left?  

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Next thing we see Sam resting on the hood of the old girl drinking a beer.  That right there reinforces why this must be a ‘67 Impala. All that hard Detroit steel is needed to hold that giant. A modern day Impala would crumple like paper. A rather unhappy Dean comes over and grabs a beer from the cooler sitting next to the Impala and doesn't say a word, even when Sam says “Hey.” Sam knows something is up. I'm going to point out here that Jared and Jensen in every scene from this point forward far exceed anything they've done before. The chemistry is so intuitive anymore, but they still somehow know how to amp up an intense situation and sell it better than they ever have before.

Sam wants to know what’s going on. Dean reluctantly gets to the point. He's in. Sam needs more. “The whole up with Satan thing. I’m on board.” This has Sam’s interest and he sits up, ready to listen to what Dean has to say. “You’re gonna let me say yes,” Sam asks. “No, that’s the thing. It’s not on me to let you do anything. You’re a grown, overgrown man. If this is what you want I’ll back your plan.” Sam admits that’s the last thing he thought he’d hear Dean say. Careful Sam, that just might being one of the last things. Dean is approving your plan for self-sacrifice. I don’t see this being a precious moment you'll share with the grandkids.

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It should also be noted that the director of this episode, Steve Boyum, much like Eric Kripke in last season's finale, is pulling out all the old Kim Manners tricks. In this scene he maintains that familiar close up on the faces, cutting off the frame at the forehead. Naturally, which is why Kim Manners always did that trick to begin with, it brings out more of the emotion in their faces. Yep, Kripke and company are trying to kill us before the title card even shows. 

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Dean admits that it goes against every fiber he's got. "Truth is, watching out for you, it's kind of been my job you know. More than that, it's kind of who I am. You're not a kid anymore Sam and I can't keep treating you like one." It's right about here that the sad piano score kicks in and my heart just starts to sink. "Maybe I gotta grow up too." Then there's that long pause where we see Sam's face and his silence speaks volumes. He's truly touched by all this. Dean goes on. "I don't know if we got a snowballs chance, but I do know if anybody can do it, it's you."
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Sam nods and says in a soft voice, “Thank you.” Yep, Dean’s getting to him. Dean just comes out and asks, is this what he wants? Sam, showing how much he’s really grown up in the last five years, says the most mature thing we’ve seen from him to date. “I let him out, I gotta put him back in.” Oh Sammy, no. That means a doomed eternity for you. “Okay, that’s it then,” Dean says. So yes, tears begin to flow before the title sequence. Especially with that wide shot with the tender score of the boys having their talk on the Impala. They seem so alone, so isolated in that sea of cars, yet all three are going to face this together. Yep, Kripke is going for the jugular. 

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Just think about it, how far have these boys come since their first series encounter at Sam’s apartment in Stanford? Everything since then has led up to this one defining moment. Now I’m getting all sentimental. The title card accentuates the blatantly obvious in this episode, and this entire story for the last five years. Blood is thicker than water. 
Next is the spooky sounds, bloody bodies hanging downward, a trough of blood, Sam is stoically cleaning off the demon knife, and Cas is getting together the blood into plastic jugs. Wow, this is creepy. I know Sam has to justify the means, but this is just so graphic, even for him. Dean is a bystander and he looks really bothered. They come outside, Castiel and Sam carrying four jugs of demon blood to put into the Impala trunk. Dean stops to wipe blood off his cheek and he’s got a bad feeling about this.

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Dean decides to check in on Bobby, who’s nearby checking out omens in the back of his van. I’m glad he kept the van, it’s so much cooler than the beat up Chevelle because it looks more bad ass. It can hold more weapons too. Although, the van is a Dodge, so I’m shocked it’s still running (ducks flying objects from Dodge lovers. Both of them.)   “I still can’t get used to you at eye level,” Dean jokes to Bobby. Bobby just gives him a wry smile.  Bobby wants to know if he was right. “As always Yoda, two stunt demons inside, just like you said.” You’re going to notice many Star Wars type references and themes in this episode. I’ll point them out as I catch them, but I’m thinking Yoda is pretty obvious.

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Bobby wants to know if they “got it.” Yep, all the “go juice Sammy can drink.” That mere idea leaves a pit in my stomach, as I’m sure it does Deans. Yeah, because me and a fictional character can so relate like that. “You okay?” Bobby asks Dean. ”Not really,” and he moves on. At least he’s being honest. Bobby doesn’t think he has much, cyclone in Florida, temperature drops in Detroit, wildfires in LA - wait a second, Detroit? Uh oh. Temperature has dropped twenty degrees but only in a five block radius in downtown. ”That’s the one,” Dean says. “Devil’s in Detroit.” Bobby wants to know if he’s sure.   I’m shocked, did Dean not share his Detroit story with Bobby? Oh, he’s sure. Both Bobby and Dean look over at Sam, who’s pretty jittery right now. He should be!

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Okay, time for another scene that’s going to toy with my emotions. That’s because Kripke is an evil bastard. I swear I need a code word for those strife filled moments that cause me terrible grief. This is probably Kripke getting back at me for all those “Bazingas”I threw at him earlier in the season. Touché, wise one, touché. The Impala drives down the dark road with the van following behind. My guess it that’s the road to Detroit. Castiel is sleeping in the back of the Impala. What, he didn’t want to ride shotgun with Bobby? Dean looks back at Cas. “Aw, isn’t he a little angel?” As cute as it is, Sam points out the disturbingly obvious part of that nap. ”Angels don’t sleep.” I guess the point is, Cas is human now. 

This is the prime moment for Sam and Dean to start talking. “Sam, I’ve got a bad feeling about this,” Dean says. Sam acknowledges he’d be nuts to have a good feeling about this. That’s not Dean’s point. Detroit. Satan always said this would happen in Detroit. “Maybe this is him rolling out the red carpet. Maybe he knows something we don’t.” Sam isn’t stupid about this. “I’m sure he knows a buttload we don’t, but you gotta hope he doesn’t know about the rings.” Sorry Sam, but I imagine that’s going to be impossible to keep from him. If Gabriel knew about it, Lucifer should. Especially since you and Dean just turned up where horseman were and took their rings.

Sam sees this as an opportunity to get in some pressing unfinished business, aka, the dying wish. I grab a Kleenex. “It this thing goes our way, and I Triple Lindy into that box, you know I’m not coming back.” This is where my heart drops into my stomach and I fall apart. Then I laugh a little to stop myself from crying, because the Triple Lindy was an actual dive done by stunt double Rodney Dangerfield in Back To School.  It was a triple cannonball in the air. Such a wonderfully absurd moment. But then I get sad again, for we've known the tragic outcome of Sam's plan, but to hear Sam say it, it's killing me.

What kills me more, Dean is aware, so Sam wants him to promise something. ”You’ve got to promise not to try and bring me back.” Okay, now Dean is upset. That is not what he agreed to. “Your Hell is going to make my tour look like Graceland. You want me to just sit by and do nothing?” Man, that so does not make me feel better. In fact, I'm getting weepy. Sammy, no!!!

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“Once the cage is shut, you can’t go poking at it Dean. It’s too risky.” Dean breaks into the nos. “As if I’m going to let you rot in there.” Sam says that’s exactly what he’s going to do. He doesn’t have a choice. “You can’t ask me to do that,” Dean says with raised voice. Which shocks me they haven’t woken up Cas by now. “I’m sorry Dean, you have to,” Sam says. Wow, the no win scenario. This is going to suck. Dean wants to know then what he’s supposed to do. “You go find Lisa. You pray to God she’s dumb enough to take you in, you have barbecues and go to football games. You go live some normal apple pie life Dean. Promise me.” Dean doesn’t take this seriously until he sees the look on Sam’s face. Then he turns back and he’s very troubled. We don’t get an answer, but we know he said yes. The question is, will he keep his promise? We know how Sam is with dying wishes.

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Bobby sees demons through binoculars in an old rundown building that looks like some seedier areas of Detroit. It’s pretty dead on except for the Chinese restaurant. There aren’t many of those in town. Greek or Polish would have been more accurate. The caption says “Detroit, Michigan” just in case we don’t know the obvious. Or for those people in other countries that don’t know Detroit is in Michigan and need a geography lesson. For the record, Michigan is a beautiful state. There’s only one blight in that whole state and it’s... Detroit. 

Bobby comes in and announces there are demons, at least two dozen of them. Dean was right, something’s up. Dean is NOT happy about being right. Luci is there. Dean briskly walks over to the back of the Impala, leaving Sam to give Bobby the puppy dog eyes of goodbye. The time has come. They stare at each other for a few seconds, and then a distraught Bobby walks over and they both share teary glances. ”See you around kid,” Bobby says and Sam repeats with determination “see you around.” That’s hunter code for “in another life if we’re lucky.”

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Dean watches this from the back of the Impala pretty much destroyed on the inside. Even Cas has that angel look of pity that he’s so good at. Bobby gives Sam a huge hug. “When he gets in, you fight him tooth and nail, you understand. Keep swinging. Don’t give an inch.” “Yes sir,” Sam replies, and Bobby walks away to pull himself together. Sam takes in a troubled sigh as does Dean. It’s not making either of them feel better. Sam runs his hand over his face to try and stop himself from busting into tears and turns to Castiel. He holds out his hand. “Take care of these guys, alright?” Castiel looks at him with frustration. “You know I can’t do that.” Oh, poor angel. Not taking this human thing well at all.

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Sam sadly smiles and says with shaken voice, “Just humor me.” “You want me to lie?” Castiel asks and before Sam can answer Castiel gives him a fake bravado. “Sure, it’ll be fine.” Sam realizes this is not what he needs to be hearing. ”Just stop talking.” Castiel does and they share an awkward glance before Castiel looks over at one very bothered Dean standing by the open trunk of the Impala. Sam goes over there next with the entire weight of the world on his shoulders, which actually isn’t far from the truth. He stares at the gallons of demon blood and has one simple request for Dean.  THIS KILLS ME. “You mind not watching this?” Sam humbly asks. It’s so obvious that what Sam is about to do is going to be very hard on him, but it’s something he can’t do in front of his brother. Dean, still in a foul mood about the whole thing, nods and leaves Sam alone.

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The scene does a quick fade in and out, indicating a short time has passed. Dean is still not happy. Sam slams the trunk door and has somehow managed to stay clean through chugging four gallons of demon blood. He’s got that wild look in his eye and manic disposition. Oh yeah, he’s juiced and ready to go. Sam leads to charge into the street of Chinese restaurants (so no Detroit) and yells “Alright. We’re here you sons of bitches. Come and get it.” Two demons naturally come out and Dean asks if their father is home. So, that earns them the invite upstairs where our favorite rotting evil archangel is there waiting. He’s far more cordial than his goons. “Hey guys, so nice of you to drop in.” It is nice that for an evil overload, he did learn his manners.

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Before we go back to Lucifer’s lair, Chuck continues his sweet story about the Impala. The Impala has a few things other cars have and “a few things they don’t.” Cue Sam and Dean with their arsenal in the trunk. Hey, that’s no worse that the bibles she had to haul. ”But none of that stuff’s important. This is the stuff that’s important.” He talks about the time Sam as a young boy stuffed an army man in the ash tray and it’s still stuck there today. Or the legos young Dean that shoved into the vents that to this day rattle when the heat comes on. ”These are the things that make the car theirs.” What’s not spoken but shown is underneath the carpet these boys carved their initials. What they also didn’t show was John smacking the living crap out of them for doing this. 

So, because we’re already emotionally spent, why not show to footage from “Devil’s Trap” of the Impala getting smashed with Winchesters in it? Gotta pour salt in those wounds. ”Even when Dean rebuilt her from the ground up, he made sure all these little things stayed. Cause it’s the blemishes that make her beautiful.” Aww, what a sweet story! You are a softie, aren’t you Kripke? So that brings us back to Satan somehow.  Moment over.  ”The Devil doesn’t know or care what kind of car the boys drive.” 

Satan frosts up the window with his breath and draws a pitchfork.  I’m not sure why he needs it, but hey, even Satan likes to draw in frosted windows. He reveals the fact that people assume he burns hot, but it’s the opposite. Yeah, that’s good to know for”¦I have no clue. ”Well I’ll alert the media,” Dean says. There’s a good answer! It should be noted that Sam is looking pretty manic right now. Definitely hopped up on demon blood. Jared really had to shift gears a lot in this episode and man did he blow us away! Just about every scene we see a totally different side of Sam and it’s so wonderful. The problem is Jared makes it look seamless by now so I think a lot of people overlooked it when watching at first.

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Lucifer lets Dean’s comments pass and is curious as to why they are there. ”I mean stomping through my front door is a tad suicidal, don’t you think?” Manic Sammy lets him know they aren’t there to fight him. He wants to say yes. Lucifer is actually surprised? Really? Didn’t he always say this would happen in Detroit? I absolutely love this next part!!! I’m sure anyone reading reviews of mine knows that I love it when Sam uses his demon powers to kick some serious demon butt. He’s only used them once this season and that was so amazing! This is brief but it shows how very powerful he is by now. It's awesome. He closes his eyes and the two stunt demons go zap in no time. The only time I remember seeing that is when Lucifer did that to those demons in “Abandon All Hope.” So, WOW! It freaks Dean out.

Lucifer realizes he’s full of Ovaltine, which is funny considering that’s that Azazel called demon blood too. ”You heard me, Yes!” Wow, Sam is really on edge. Lucifer realizes he’s serious. Sam uses the story that judgment day is a runaway train and they just want to get off. Careful Sam, Luci is smarter than that. Sam gives him proposal, let Lucifer have his free ride but when it’s over he lives, Dean lives, he brings his parents back. No, Luci knows the plan. ”Can you please drop the telenovela?” Hee, good reference. Lucifer knows about the rings. Sam tries to play dumb, but that’s rarely worked before and so doesn’t with Satan. ”The horseman’s rings, the magic keys to my cage, ring a bell? Come on Sam I’ve never lied to you, you could at least pay me the same respect.” 

We see Dean’s crushed face, for their grand plan has gone south. Sam doesn’t back down though. Lucifer says he’s not mad, probably because he knows it has a snowball’s chance. He is intrigued by the possibilities though. ”A wrestling match inside your noggin, I like the idea.” Sam has that whole ready to burst from rage look about him. Lucifer goes on in great evil villain style, and I must say here that Mark Pellegrino has done an amazing job this season at the ole holy overlord. Thanks for all he's contributed, but his time is done here. ”Just you and me, one round, no tricks. You win, you jump in the hole, I win, well (evil smile) then I win.” Ha! Just like Samifer in “The End.” 

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Sam is starting to fray around the edges a bit, Dean looks totally scared. ”What do you say Sam?” Lucifer says closing out his pitch. ”A fiddle of gold against your soul says I’m better than you.” The Devil Went Down To Georgia? Hey, it works. Sam is upset, Dean wants to abandon ship right now but sees Sam is thinking about it. ”So he knows, it doesn’t change anything.” ”Sam,” Dean pleads. ”We don’t have a choice,” Sam replies and Dean is really scared now. ”No,” he begs. Sam pauses and Dean looks at Lucifer freaking out while Lucifer gives them a smug stare. ”Yes,” Sam says. AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

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Lucifer does his thing and the bright light of angelic body swapping happens. Dean closes his eyes, which perplexes me since he had no trouble with Zachariah. Not nitpicking other episodes though. Castiel and Bobby see the bright light and hear the angel screeching from outside the window and what a great shot. They give each other an “oh shit!” kind of look. That’s a proper reaction. 

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The light goes down and the only man standing is a stunned Dean while Sam and now empty Nick vessel are unconscious on the floor. Dean comes to his senses, pulls the rings out of his pocket, throws them on the wall and does his awesome Enochian chanting with his hand out. So, the mystery of the preview picture has been explained, as is why Sam is unconscious on the floor. The wall opens in a swirling vortex, just in time for Samifer (what I’ll refer to them in the scenes from now on) to come to. So far Sam is still in control and yells in an Oscar worthy performance that he can feel him inside. Yes, the Oscar worthy performance thing is our clue. Dean is buying it though and yells for him to go now. Samifer’s lovely long hair is flopping everywhere in the wind as he fights himself tooth and nail over to the entrance.

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Yeah, as you all have figured out by now, we’re only twenty minutes in. So Samifer is going to jump in the hole, right? Hee, I knew none of you were fooled. Suddenly Sam’s strife filled face goes evil and he turns around to face one horrified Dean. ”I was just messing with you,” Samifer boasts. ”Sammy’s long gone.” Then Samifer does the reverse Enochian spell, and how many times have I said how wonderful Jared sounds with he does these languages? I know, lots. It helps that it’s more commanding since he’s now the evil overlord. 

The hole closes and Samifer grabs the rings from the wall. This is his chance to rub it in and boy does he! He examines the rings, which close up look like a poorly welded together prop (low budget, they get a pass) and then looks up at one angry Dean with that mocking pity. ”I told you, this would always happen in Detroit.” Dean looks at him like he’s trying not to lose it, so Samifer explodes him to bits. Nah, just messing. Something worse as far as Dean’s concerned. Samifer disappears with the rings, leaving him all alone with three corpses. So, now Dean loses it and final shot is him grasping his head with his tear filled eyes. Oh Dean! I go upstairs and take a long breather, for there’s so much more and these guys have already made me their weepy bitch. 
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We’re at an abandoned theatre in Motown and that really does look like Detroit! It looks exactly like a boarded up one not far from the nightlife in Greektown. Detroit has so many areas of blight like that and I can only imagine what those theatres were like in their glory days. Now they’re hangouts for The Devil. Could Be worse. Samifer is in a dimly lighted room with a gorgeous chandelier while everything else is rotting. Out of the many kudos I’ve been giving, I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the set designers too. This is a very important set for without the cracked mirrors and proper room layout this dual scene loses its effectiveness. 

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Wow, this is also a really explosive and long scene. These things are killing the recapper! One right after another for your viewing torture, I mean, entertainment. Samifer walks among a small group of people standing there, still and solemn. He’s enjoying his new digs, but feels that the suit still doesn’t quite fit yet. That’s because Sam is clawing away inside, screaming to get out. Sorry, that comment gave me chills. Lucifer is going to try the “I’m your friend” approach to get Sam to submit. You know, I think for this entire chilling scene, I’ll just transcribe. It’s that powerful. 

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Lucifer: Sam, come on, I can feel you, scratching away in there. (Looks in cracked mirror, sees own reflection). Look, I’ll take the gag off, okay? (walks over to mirror). You got me all wrong kiddo. I’m not the bad guy here.

Sam (now in mirror, seething):   I’m going to rip you apart from the inside out. Do you understand me?

Lucifer (mocking): Such anger, young Skywalker. Who are you really angry with, me or that face in the mirror?

Sam: I’m sure this is all a big joke to you, huh?

Lucifer: Not at all, I’ve been waiting for you. For a long, long time. Come on Sam, you’ve got to admit, you can feel it, right?

Sam (reflection split by big crack in the mirror): What?

Lucifer: The exhilaration. And you know why that is, because we’re two halves made a whole. M-F-E-O. Literally. 

Sam (reflection still cracked): This feels pretty damn far from good. 

Lucifer: I’m inside your grapefruit Sam. You can’t lie to me. I see it all. How hot you always felt. How out of place in that”¦family of yours. And why shouldn’t you have? They were foster care at best. I’m your real family.

Sam: No, it’s not true.

Lucifer: It is. And I know you know it. All those times you ran away you weren’t running from them, you were running toward me. (Sam still gives defiant look in mirror. Lucifer sighs). This doesn’t have to be a bad thing you know. I let Dean live, didn’t I. I want him to live. I’ll bring your folks back too. I want you to be happy Sam.

Sam (cracked reflection again): I don’t want anything from you.

Lucifer: Really, not even a little payback? 

Sam: What’s that supposed to mean?

Lucifer: Look closely. None of these little devils look familiar to you?

Sam (looking at the people behind Lucifer): That’s Mr. Pensmith, one of my grade school teachers.

Lucifer: And that’s your friend Doug from that time in East Lansing. And Rachel, your prom date. (Sam looks horrified in mirror). Sam Winchester, this is your life. Azazel’s gang, watching you since you were a rugrat. Jerking you around like a dog on a leash. I know how you feel about them. Me too. So what do you say you and I blow off a little steam?

(Sam’s reflection is split again and he’s pissed). 

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Let me tell you all why that scene was a gorgeous leap in television filming. Much like Dean’s dinner with Death last week, this show is pushing new boundaries with these scenes. In the back and forth between the brash Lucifer and the scared yet defiant Sam, Sam’s image is often shown divided between the cracks in the mirror. Sure, that’s a metaphor for a few things, like his fractured soul and him fighting the dark side of himself and that sort of trick has been done before in movies and novels, but when you’re being controlled by Lucifer and the stakes are the apocalypse, this showdown ups the urgency and tension about twenty notches. In other words, it's done "Supernatural" style.

On top of all that, Jared is playing this chilling dual role perfectly! This is every bit as mind blowing as when Jensen did it in “Dream A Little Dream of Me,” maybe more so because if Sam fails the world ends. Everything is absolutely perfect in this scene; the set decoration, the lighting, the camera angles to maximize character angst, the eerie dialogue and of course the spot on acting. Win, win, win, win, win. I love how it’s episode 104 and they’re still blowing me away like this.

Anyway, now for the aftermath. Dean, Bobby, and Castiel are watching TVs outside an electronics store showing the massive destruction going on around the globe. Earthquakes and other things in the most unlikely of places. You know what else in unlikely? An electronics store like that in Detroit. The riots in 1967 pretty much prevented that type of window display. Too easy to smash. But that’s not the point. 

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“It’s starting,” Castiel gloomily declares. ”You think genius?” Dean says. Castiel tells him he doesn’t have to be mean. That’s about the most human thing he’s ever said. Dean does need to lighten up a little. Dean asks Cas what they do now. ”I suggest we imbibe copious quantities of alcohol, just wait for the inevitable blast wave.” Gotta love the socially awkward angel. Dean calls Cas a name I didn’t quite catch or understand and wants to know how they stop it. ”We don’t,” Castiel answers. ”Lucifer will meet Michael on the chosen field and the battle of Armageddon begins.” Dean wants to know where the chosen field is but Cas doesn’t know. He’s too busy giving up anyway. Dean is desperate now. ”Well there’s gotta be something we can do.” Castiel gives the “I’m sorry Dean this is over,” and Dean gives back the “junkless sissy” insult. Aww, don’t call Cas junkless. You did try to get him laid, remember? 

Dean refuses to give up but then he sees Bobby, who’s teary and speechless. ”There was never much hope to begin with. I don’t know what else to do.” I like Cas’ drinking plan better. Dean looks at both Bobby and Castiel and is upset to find this might truly be the end.

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Next is Samifer sitting with bloody hands and five gored demon corpses around him. Honestly, Rachael did deserve that after what she did to Sam at the prom. Lucifer feels satisfied, but Sam in the mirror is very disturbed. Yes, Sam, you gave into the dark side. I hope they had cookies. "So, are we having fun yet?” Lucifer says. Oh Sammy, you’re in a big fix, aren’t you?

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There’s a welcome break in the intense action to get some more story from Chuck. There’s a picturesque shot of the Impala driving down the road with that old time look again. He tells how in between jobs Sam and Dean would get a day sometimes a week if they were lucky. They'd spend the time lining their pockets and we see both brothers hustling pool from “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” Sam’s hair was so short then! “Sam used to insist on honest work but now he hustles pool, just like his brother.” That was fun to watch when we finally saw that. “They could go anywhere and do anything. They drove 1,000 miles for an Ozzy show. Two days for a Jayhawks game. And when it was clear, they’d park her in the middle of nowhere sit on the hood and watch the stars, for hours. Without saying a word.”

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Wow, those two look so peaceful. To think, all the horrors they face in their lives and yet they’re enamored by something so beautiful and simple. What a great story. Why don’t we get to see moments like this in the episodes. It’s a must for season six guys!  How about an episode where we just see Sam and Dean on a day off. Nothing happens, but I don’t care. If you have scenes like this, I’m happy. Next is a clip from “Dream A Little Dream Of Me” when they were sleeping in the Impala after taking the dream root. ”It never occurred to them that sure maybe they never really had a roof and four walls, but they were never in fact, homeless.”

Chuck pauses his typing and goes, “That’s a good line.” Ha!! He’s not the only one that does that. And here I thought I was a freak. I laugh at a lot of my own stuff too. Chuck answers the phone and says “Mistress Magda.” Some took that to be a biblical reference, but I took it to be funny. No, it’s Dean on the other side. Chuck acts surprised, for he didn’t know Dean would call. Dean wants to have a little fun with Chuck and presses him on the Mistress Magda thing. Chuck stammers something about her being a close friend but Dean isn’t buying it. Then he asks about what happened to Becky. “It didn’t work out, I had too much respect for her.” “Well you really have the whole virgin hooker thing going, don’t you?” “This can’t be why you called,” Chuck says.  At least Dean worked in some small talk before getting to the tragic point.

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“Sam said yes,” Dean says. Chuck knows. He saw it and is working on the pages. Dean asks if he saw where the title fight goes down. Chuck admits the angels are keeping it hush hush, but he saw it anyway. “Perks of being a prophet.” Or a God, but we’ll get to that later. The showdown is tomorrow at high noon, a place called Stull cemetery. Dean knows exactly where that is. It’s outside of Lawrence. He wonders why Lawrence. Chuck’s theory is it all has to end where it started. Very clever Kripke, very clever. Dean wants to know if he knows of another way to stop this. “Besides the rings, no.” He doesn’t know what’s going to happen next either. Dean hangs up, for that’s enough to give him an idea. 

Castiel and Bobby approach Dean in the alley there in Detroit while Dean gets the car ready. Bobby wants to know if he’s going someplace. Dean’s non answer is an answer. ”You’re gonna do something stupid,” Bobby says. “You’ve got that look.” Honest Bobby, have you ever known Dean to take things lying down? “I’m gonna go talk to Sam,” Dean says. That’s code for “I’m going on my suicide mission.” Bobby chastises him for now giving up while Cas makes the blunt observation that if he couldn’t get through to him there he won’t be able to on the battle field. Strange how that statement ends up being true. Cas didn’t say anything about the Impala though!

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“Well if we’ve already lost than I’ve got nothing to lose, right?” Castiel and Bobby both are very concerned and Cas gives even more harsh truth. “I just want you to understand, the only thing you’re gonna see out there is Michael killing your brother.” Get the Kleenexes ready, for Dean’s answer is the stuff made of gold in this series. “Well then, I ain’t gonna let him die alone.” The three shared worried glances and Dean gets in the Impala. Yes, my entire insides are twisted in knots right now.
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We’re at the gates of the Stull cemetery. The wind is blowing, a giant Hawk flies over and Samifer is there watching. I also applaud Kripke and Co. this time for finding an actual outdoor location to do this scene instead of the awful stage set from “All Hell Breaks Loose Part II.” As Samifer looks around the sound of wings flapping happen behind him. It’s Adam/Michael! Um, Adamichael? Yeah, it’s all I got. The two brothers, who haven’t seen each other in thousands of years, just stare at each other awkwardly. Go figure, dysfunctional angel family reunions. 

Samifer breaks the silence. “It’s good to see you Michael.” Adamichael responds you too and it’s been too long, but obviously they’re just being polite. “Can you believe it’s finally here?” Samifer asks. I know I can’t. I only waited one season, or five if you think about it, but these guys have waited thousands of years. Adamichael says no and moves in closer. These two really just need to bitchslap each other, get it out of their systems. Wrestling match on the bed? So Adamichael wants to know if he’s ready. Samifer is clearly reluctant and saddened by this. Wow, I’m actually feeling a bit sorry for him. “As I’ll ever be.”

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One thing is clear about these two together, Jared is the stronger actor and is selling the whole tortured soul of Lucifer here very well. “Part of me wishes we didn’t have to do this,” Samifer says. Adamichael gives a half hearted “Me too.” So that opens the door for Samifer to get right to the point. “Then why are we?” “Oh you know why,” Adamichael answers. He claims he has no choice after what Lucifer did. “What I did? What if it’s not my fault.” Adamichael wants to know what that’s supposed to mean. “Think about it. Dad made everything which means he made me who I am. God wanted The Devil.” Adamichael doesn’t see the point. ”So why and why make us fight? I just can’t figure out the point.” Adamichael still can’t see the point. “We’re going to kill each other and for what, one of Dad’s tests. We don’t even know the answer. We’re brothers. Let’s just walk off the chess board.”

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Admichael considers this for a few seconds and claims he can’t do that. So he gets the Samifer puppy dog eyes! Aww, it works even when possessed by an evil overlord. “I’m a good son and I have my orders,” Adamichael says, and wow, what a stupid angel. This is what happens when freewill is taken out of the equation, brothers kill one another. Humans are looking pretty superior, aren't we? Samifer tells him he doesn’t have to follow them and Adamichael is appalled that he suggest he rebel. “I’m not like you.” Samifer says please and man am I really feeling sorry for him now. All he wanted was the love of his big brother, yet also knew he had a path to follow. Okay, I don’t like how that path involves wiping out all of humanity, but I’ll pass on that for now since that’s not the issue here.
Adamichael tears into Samifer. “You haven’t changed a bit little brother. Always blaming everybody but yourself. We were together, we were happy, but you betrayed me, all of us, and you made our Father leave.” “Nobody makes Dad do anything,” Samifer angrily replies. ”He is doing this to us.” He has a point there. They stare each other down, and then this next statement goes a bit overboard, because it’s obviously meant to be the tie in to Sam and Dean’s situation from last season. “You’re a monster Lucifer,” Adamichael says. Yep, just like with Sam, that’s the trigger for Lucifer. ”I have to kill you,” Michael says. ”If that’s the way it’s gotta be, then I’d like to see you try.” Yep, angry eyes just like Sam too. The only thing missing here is it’s not Dean on the other side.

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Speaking of Dean, as Samifer and Adamichael begin to circle and give each other that cold hard stare of death, the roar of the Impala interrupts them. Dean throws in a tape in the cassette player labeled “Kick It In The Ass” and yet another great shout-out to Kim Manners is born. On comes “Rock of Ages” by Def Leppard and sorry, but I actually hate that song. I look past that though, for Dean has got some brass balls here. He drives the Impala through the graveyard right to them, interrupting the Battle of Armageddon. Dean gets out of the car and Adamichael and Samifer look pissed. ”Howdi boys,” Dean says. “Sorry, am I interrupting something?” Too good. Only Dean Winchester would do this.

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Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, time for the best scene in all of “Supernatural.” Or one of the best scenes. Opinions are subjective. Dean goes to Samifer and says they need to talk. Samifer, in full condescending mode, says “Dean, even for you, this is a whole new mountain of stupid.””I’m not talking to you, I’m talking to Sam.” Samifer is quite amused by that. Adamichael is just angry. “You’re no longer the vessel Dean. You got no right to be here.” Right, because when humans are facing their own extinction, they have to play by the rules. Dean appeals to Adam too, telling him he’s so sorry. “Adam isn’t home right now,” Adamichael says being a real dick. You know, Lucifer is actually more fun. “Well then you’re next on my list buttercup, right now I need five minutes with him.” I'll never tire of Dean and his pet names.

Adamichael goes into the “little maggot” rant that all angels except Lucifer seem to love, telling Dean he’s no longer a part of this story. Then there’s another interruption, and it’s the best ever. Castiel shouts “Hey, assbutt!” OMG, best line ever. I’m sure it’s funnier because of the huge melodrama in this episode but socially awkward angel is funny. He throws a flaming bottle at Adamichael and he goes away screaming in a ball of flames, that angel screeching noise going with him. Everyone watches him go and then Dean says “Assbutt?” Castiel isn’t going to explain, for Michael will be back and he’ll be upset, but Dean has his five minutes.

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However - Samifer is still there and he’s REALLY pissed. He gives Cas that cold hard stare and asks “Did you just Molotov my brother with holy fire?” Castiel tries to deny in fear but hey, I think it’s obvious he did.   Samifer knows he did. “No one dicks with Michael but me.” You see, he does care!   With one snap of his vengeful fingers Cas explodes. Jimmy vessel entrails end up on Bobby. So that’s what it looked like in the season opener. Dean and Bobby are pretty rattled.

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Dean, even though he knows Samifer is fuming, decides to poke the bear. “Sammy, can you hear me?” Samifer turns to him with anger. “You know, I tried to be nice for Sammy’s sake, but you are such a pain in my ass.” He grabs Dean by the jacket and throws him into the Impala’s windshield, cracking it. Noooo!!! Not the car!! So Bobby, using even stupider logic than Castiel, pulls out his old colt and fires two rounds into Samifer. Good thing Sam is possessed by an archangel, otherwise he’d be dead when his vessel is left behind. This only makes Samifer madder, and Dean and Bobby with one exchange share an “Are you crazy/That’s all I could think of” glance. It ends up being a last glance (for now) because Samifer with a swipe of his hand breaks Bobby’s neck. Welcome to the dead pool for the first time Bobby. It’s about time you took a dip. 

Now that the distractions are out of the way, Samifer can finish off Dean now. This is just brutal and we’ve seen some pretty brutal things on this show. Samifer clocks him hard and blood starts pouring out of Dean’s mouth. Dean isn’t giving up though. ”Sammy, are you in there?” Samifer has a smart answer. ”Oh, he’s in here all right (punch) and he’s gonna feel the snap of your bones (throws Dean on the ground). Every single one.” Samifer then picks Dean up and pushes him against the Impala door. ”We’re gonna take our time,” and then he gives Dean ten brutal punches in a row. Ouch, ouch, ouch. 

Despite the vicious beating, Dean still won’t give up trying to get to Sam. “Sam, it’s okay, it’s okay, I’m here, I’m here. I’m not going to leave you.” Samifer pounds on him some more. Dean, who’s bloody and bashed in face right now makes elephant man look attractive, tries again. “I’m not gonna leave you.” Samifer goes back for the final blow and this is so gorgeous!!!  

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Samifer’s eye catches a gleam on light on the Impala hood. There’s a closeup of his pretty hazel pupil retracting and having its own little beacon of light. Then he spots the green army man in the ashtray through the window. He studies it carefully and oh the look in his eye. Something is triggering. Then the flashes start. He and Dean as kids in the Impala, Sam playing with the army man and sticking it in the ashtray and Dean sticking the legos in the vents. Each flash is quick and gets quicker. He and Dean carving the initials into the Impala, Sam looking at  the box of tapes in the Pilot, and suddenly five years of memories in that Impala fly by with nothing more than a howl of the wind in the background. Good times, bad times, all the times, going by faster and faster and then it all ends with one scene. Dean hugging Sam after he was resurrected in “All Hell Breaks Loose Part II.” Wow! What a flashback.

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There’s a closeup of the pained eyes taking all this in and I honestly believe that’s Lucifer. He never tried to see that part of Sam’s noggin. No, only the pain and suffering. Given how he’s always longed for this relationship with his own brother, Sam’s memories triggered something that has been masked for years by resentment and pain. He’s truly overwhelmed. He lowers his Dean pounding fist and with one grimace Sam is back in control. Oh my, how beautiful!

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Of course did anyone notice that when Sam does take control, the sound effect from a screeching car slamming on its brakes plays? Very interesting. Sam is now hyperventilating, fighting for composure and looks over at a battered and crumpled Dean who’s now on the ground leaning against the Impala. He’s scared, very scared, but he thoughts are of Dean. ”It’s okay Dean, it’s gonna be okay,” he says in comforting reassurance. ”I’ve got him.” Dean is in stunned disbelief but can only watch as Sam pulls the rings out of his pocket, throws them on the ground, and recites the Enochian chant to open up the cage. He watches the hole grow larger and then turns his attention back to Dean. Both brothers are petrified over what’s about to happen. Hell, I’m petrified!

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Sam sees the hole is getting closer and looks at Dean with fright, but gives him a nod that it’s time and it’ll be okay. Dean is NOT okay. We can tell through that battered face he wants to stop him, but knows he can’t. Oh, but wait, Adamichael will try. “Sam!”he shouts and he’s worried. ”It’s not gonna end this way, step back.” “You’re gonna have to make me,” Sam challenges. “I have to fight my brother Sam, here and now. It’s my destiny.” Your destiny sucks dude. The touching score comes on, Sam looks at Dean, Dean looks at him back, and they exchange one more set of goodbyes just with glances. Those glances are gut-wrenching. Then Sam closes his eyes, puts out his arms and starts falling backward in slo-motion.

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Adamichael freaks out and tries to stop Sam from falling, but Sam’s already got momentum on his side. He grabs onto Michael and they both fall into the gaping chasm in the ground. Sammy!!! No!!! They disappear out of view and Dean is left behind in horror. Then the hole explodes in white light and closes up. SAMMY!!!!!!!!! NO!!!!!!!!!!!! Yep, right about here. Kripke has just damaged my psyche for life. I thought “No Rest For The Wicked” was bad. Sam’s fate is infinitely worse right now. The rings smolder and a completely devastated Dean sits against the Impala. He is the last man standing. Oh, poor Dean. He can’t even celebrate the fact that they saved the world because the personal cost was too great. Crud, he and Sam are never going to catch a break, are they?

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I’m already a weeping, crying, broken down mess (I’m not exaggerating!) and then this next part only makes it worse! There’s the shot of Dean on his knees on the ground, the slumped shoulders, the battered face, inconsolably looking down at where a hole used to be. The camera starts wide, then moves in closer, moves in closer, and then there’s a close up of his face. Dean is completely shattered. Physically, mentally, emotionally. All he's left with is a set a rings, a closed up hole in the ground, and in so fitting fashion, the Impala behind him. This takes us back to "All Hell Breaks Loose Part II" when he was weeping over Sam's corpse. It's tragic and that weepy score isn't helping. I think it's worse this time though for he is truly all alone in the world. He's the last one left.

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Oh wait, maybe not. Dean looks up and there's Castiel, looking at him with that extreme look of sympathy that melts my heart. "Cas, you're alive?" Dean asks, still on his knees. "I'm more than that," and he does the angel-touchy thing on the forehead. Suddenly Dean's face is back to normal. Whew, that irreparable damage to the pretty was killing me.

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Castiel and Dean share a very touching moment with glances, and thank God Misha Collins is on this show. This moment is more powerful than words can say. "Cas, are you God?" Dean asks. It's a fair question. Cas slightly smiles. "That's a nice compliment, but no. Although I do believe he brought me back." Then he turns toward Bobby's corpse.   "New and improved." Cas all angelic like goes over to Bobby and revives him, giving him the same sympathetic look while Dean watches with hope. What a beautiful scene between these three. Team Freewill feels so empty without Sam though. Oh, Sammy... (cries). Dean looks down at the rings in his hand and realizes they just earned an empty victory. 

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Back to Chuck, who's finishing the final touches on his story. "Endings are hard. Any chapped ass monkey with a keyboard can poop out a beginning, but endings are impossible. You try to tie up every loose end but you never can. The fans are always gonna bitch, there's always going to be holes, and since it's the ending its all supposed to add up to something but I'm telling you they're a raging pain in the ass."  Ha, projecting there much Kripke? That's okay, you earned it and I'm laughing. But wait, Chuck's out of his bathrobe now and wearing a white buttoned shirt. He looks so...heavenly.
Dean and Castiel are in the Impala, traveling at night. Dean asks Cas what he's going to do now. "Return to Heaven I suppose." Dean can't believe that. "With Michael in the cage, I'm sure its total anarchy up there," Cas explains. "So what you're the new sheriff in town?" Cas smiles. "I like that. Yeah. I suppose I am." Dean is resentful, noting that God gives him a shiny set of wings and suddenly he's his bitch again. No, I think Castiel is taking something back from this experience. "I don't know what God wants. I don't know if he'll even return. It just seems like the right thing to do." 

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Dean is pretty pissed at God. ”Well if you do see him, tell him I’m coming for him next.” Oh Dean, will you ever learn. Castiel has figured out Dean is angry. You think? Dean calls that an understatement. Castiel points out God helped and probably more than they realize, but Dean isn’t comforted by that. ”That’s easy for you to say, he brought you back. But what about Sam? What about me, where’s my grand prize? All I’ve got is my brother in a hole.” Castiel’s a bit wiser than that.    “You got what you asked for Dean. No paradise, no Hell, just more of the same. I mean it Dean. What would you rather have? Peace or freedom?” The sad score comes on again, Dean ponders that question, looks over and Cas is gone. ”You really suck at goodbyes, you know that?” Hello, angel.

Next scene is Dean in Bobby’s salvage yard hugging him goodbye while Chuck narrates. He mentions this is the last Dean and Bobby will see of each other for a very long time. Dean is shown getting into the Impala and driving away. Alone. Without Sam. Sammy!!!!!!!!! (cries). Chuck makes sure we know what happens with Bobby though. ”And for the record this point next week, Bobby will be hunting a rugaru outside of Dayton.” Shot on Bobby on the verge of tears. Sorry Bobby, I beat you to the punch about twenty scenes ago.

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Chuck says but not Dean. ”Dean didn’t want Cas to save him. Every part of him, every fiber he’s got wants to die, or find a way to bring Sam back. But he isn’t gonna do either. Because he made a promise.” So there he is knocking on Lisa’s door. She’s both stunned and relieved to see him and asks if he’s alright. He says yeah. Liar!   He asks her if it’s not too late, he’d like to take her up on that beer. She smiles and tells him it’s never too late. He comes in and she grabs a hold of him. He holds on tight and buries his head in her shoulder, breaking down while she comforts him with “it’s okay.” Oh Dean, at least you have a shoulder to cry on. Again, very bittersweet. Um, I’m pretty much spent and can’t cry anymore, but Kripke keeps trying.

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Now, for the two GOTCHAS that get to aggravate us all summer and take us into season six. As the camera pulls away from Dean and Lisa, Chuck finishes his narration. ”So what’s it all add up to?  It’s hard to say. But me, I’d say this was a test, for Sam and Dean. And I think they did alright.” Then there are more flashback scenes. Sam trying to go after yellow eyes in “Salvation,” Azazel in the graveyard in “AHBLPII,” Meg in “Devil’s Trap,” and Zachariah in “Point of No Return.” Then there’s the brothers sharing moments in other scenes, ending with the reunited hug in “Lazarus Rising” and them staring at the stars on the Impala. "Up against good, evil, angels, devils, destiny, and God himself. They made their own choice. They chose family. And well, isn’t that kind of the whole point?” Just beautiful!

Chuck types “THE END.””No doubt, endings are hard. But then again, nothing ever really ends, does it?” He looks so happy, so serene, and I love the final closeup of him with those heavenly blue eyes and his smile. Then he disappears! NO WAY!! Chuck was God?? Oh Kripke, you magnificent bastard. That means Kripke is God. No arguments from me there. What a perfect little joke. 

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Okay, now for the second mindfuck. Dean is at the dinner table with Ben and Lisa, and he’s somberly staring off into space. Judging by their different clothes, this is a different day. She comes up to him and asks if he’s okay. ”Yeah, I’m good,” he answers but he’s also pounding a glass of whiskey. I’m not sure he is okay. We don’t really see Ben, just a fuzzy shot of the back of some kids head, but we get the point. Family dinner.

The camera pans to outside where this intimate little dinner can be seen through the living room window. Suddenly the street lamp overhead burns out. The shot moves down to the ground to show a large man there watching. It’s Sam!!!!!! Sammy you’re back!!!! It’s so good to, oh, what's that look on your face? It’s ambiguous. Not happy, not sad, but somberly blank. Oh no, what does that mean? We’ve got about 18 maddening weeks to figure it out.

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But if...then could be...but maybe not...GAH!!!  Never mind, you know what's is coming. DAMN YOU KRIPKE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy the freaking painful summer everyone!


# nancyL 2010-05-22 14:42
Hi Alice

Love your recaps. Loved the story of the Impala. Really loved the entrance of the Impala and Dean at the cemetary. Loved Castiel. This was a good way of ending the first five seasons and a good way of starting (maybe) the next five seasons. Poor Dean. Poor us, is it September yet????????
# Randal 2010-05-22 15:49
Not a fan of the Dodge Dart, huh.

"Good answer, I'm going to be watching you."
"Nice teacher. Really seems to care. About what, I have no idea."

Instead of Adamichael, how about Madam? Muah.

Only Cas could have pulled off the "assbutt" line for precisely that reason.

I don't even really have any constructive comments to add (yeah yeah, I know, nothing new) but reading your recap only confirms the fact that Swan Song is the motherfucker of all season finales. If you weren't moved after that forty minutes, you're either a dead, deceased corpse or a no-talent douchebag Caruso minion.
# Evelyn 2010-05-22 15:57
Loved the recap Alice, thanks. There are so many wonderful moments in this episode I can barely begin to name my favorites - oh heck, the whole dang episode is my favorite. Thanks for once again spelling out the wonderful and genius of this episode and of everyone involved in it. Words can hardly express the greatness of everyone involved.

The performances in this episode especially rocked - which are so evident in the pictures you included. Jensen and Jared were perfection and they have so embodied these characters that you really do feel like Dean and Sam are real people. The inflections they use, the subtle body language to the way they show us their feelings with a look on their faces. Pure awesomeness. This was definitely a great way to end this particular mytharc and as nancyL put it "a good way of starting the next five seasons". If only in my dreams. Can hardly wait to see what genius the writers have in store for us next. September, here we come!!!!! (Not soon enough though)
# Evelyn 2010-05-22 15:59
Amen! Randal, Amen!!!!! (Hey, I learned how to drive in a Dodge Dart - Loved that car.)
# Bevie 2010-05-22 18:37
Awwww, Alice, you made me bawl all over again! :cry::

It took me a long time to read your recap as I couldn't see clearly through the layer of tears.

I love love your recaps when you love an episode and don't mind a bit if you write a novel about it. This one did rip my heart out and stomp all over it and is still giving me fits.

I was so happy Dean was not a mere meat suit for Michael and he was the big hero I know he is and completely human. Dean and the Impala gave Sam his chance and so the Apocalypse was ended. Yay! But how devastating for Dean watching his brother dive down the pit and I have no doubt if he could have moved at all he would have gone down with him. How much more can the poor man take? Kripke, how you torture my poor beloved boys!

I get so emotionally involved with these two and only have this outlet to express my feelings as one of my friends calls me obsessed and another one, if I even hint that I am in distress over the Winchesters only keeps saying "It's ONLY a TV show already!" So, opening up to either of them is a nono.

And Randal, I used to own a Dodge Dart and there is nothing wrong with them as long as it never rains and you can ignore the humongous rust holes that eventually appear. Just never take your foot off the accelerator if there is even a hint of rain and use your left one on the brakes when stopping at a stop light. Not inconvenient at all! :-?
# Galina 2010-05-22 18:54
As I am one of those disappointed with the episode I thought I might post to give my reasons for it and see if I need to get new glasses or a hearing aid. Of course it’s just my opinion, so please don’t let me spoil your pleasure.

I loved the documentary style intro with the Impala and her „experience with the apocalypse“.

The boys’ conversation at the Impala’s side however sounded like your standard made-for-TV therapy session. Sam and Dean’s expressions and tone were realistic, the words – a complete cliché.

Sam’s taking responsibility wasn’t anything new, he expressed as much in episode 1 of this season. Besides, I would expect at least as much maturity from a twenty seven year old. On the other hand, the wish to sacrifice yourself to right a mistake you were expertly manipulated into making smacks more of teenage melodrama than of maturity. Doesn’t matter that it was mostly others’ fault – you’ll show them all by taking ALL the blame!! You’ll die in a blaze of glory so nobody would even DARE blame you for ANYTHING, even if your plan fails!!! In my eyes it simplifies Sam’s character horrendously. I’ve been having this problem ever since the “Say Yes to Lucifer”- plan was introduced.

I was very glad both boys were disturbed by the slaughter of the innocent hosts of those two “stunt demons”. It was an appropriately chilling prelude to their suicidal plan.

Sam and Dean on the way to Detroit – now that was a mature conversation. It hit all the right notes with me.

The good-byes were very effective. I liked the contrast between Bobby and Castiel. Bobby’s false bravado and gruffness let Sam keep his game face more or less on, Castiel’s tragic attempts at the same technique elicit a small tortured smile from Sam that lets us realise that he’s barely keeping it together. Great moment.

The whole sequence with Lucifer was a pleasure to watch. The way he played Dean was delightfully evil. However, for me, it all went downhill from there.

Lucifer playing “I’m your friend” to a mirrored Sam had excellent atmosphere and acting and… was a cliché for the most part. Lucifer tries to tempt Sam with revenge on demons who acted on Lucifer’s orders in the first place? A fact that somehow flew over Sam’s head? Not buying Sam’s stupidity here at all.

Men looking at the stars for hours… Through telescopes – sure, just because it’s so peaceful and pretty – not buying it, sorry. I know Dean could spend his time much better watching “Dr. Sexy MD”.

Samifer and Adamichael – just NO. For me it was one of the worst scenes on TV ever, period. No chemistry, poor acting, at least on one side, and nonsensical dialogue. Haven’t we heard the “God made evil, so it’s His fault it exists.”- argument a thousand times already? On top of that, those two are archangels who’ve been exercising free will since the beginning and failed to realise it was so for thousands of years? And instead spend their time squabbling like kindergarteners ? Compare this scene with Death’s scene from last episode – how are they even in the same show?

The first time I watched this scene threw me clean out of the story so I couldn’t enjoy the rest. On the second viewing I ff-ed past it so the final confrontation hit me but good. The wind whistling over the montage was inspired. I’m not much into “the power of love” – concepts but that one worked well. Maybe it’s the way the boys can communicate the world without words.

Dean’s devastation was the best scene for me hands down. He and the always faithful Impala mourning their colossal loss amidst a bright sunny day was a truly haunting image. Interestingly enough, the death and resurrection of Cas and Bobby didn’t change that feeling of finality and loss at all. It stayed with me to the bittersweet end and I loved it.

What I didn’t care for were the endless flashbacks and Chuck’s narration – it was too melodramatic for me to take seriously and manipulative enough to irritate me. So the overall feeling is of a very uneven episode that had some strong and some weak ideas, some excellent and some poor execution, and superb acting that honoured the script much more than the script honoured the actors.

Thank you for your detail-obsessed recap and for reading, if you’ve gotten this far!
# Yvonne 2010-05-22 19:50
Thanks for the recap!!! Like watching the show again but a little lighter, which is good since I can't watch it again for fear of my sanity.

One note, am I the only one who heard this? In the goodbye scene with Cas, didn't Sam say "Just, stop. He's looking." Meaning Dean. Thought it was sadly hilarious and I hope I heard right.
# AndreaW 2010-05-22 20:37
Thanks for reliving with us this wonderful episode!

In such an emotion-filled episode is hard to pick a favorite scene. But the dialogue in the car in their way to Detroit, with Sam's calm acceptance of his fate and Dean having to make such a promise kills me everytime. :cry:: :cry:: :cry::
# RylinnB 2010-05-22 23:57
Love your review. But one question: did you notice there was 5 rings? I think I missed something along the way, where did the fifth ring come from? Was it Dean's ring ring that disappeared after Changing Channels??

Can anyone clarify for me?? Thanks in advance : }
# Karen 2010-05-23 02:19
Hi Alice
Fantastic recap! I’m going to miss them for the next few months.

Everything you commented on is basically what I loved about this episode.
The history of the Impala and the flash backing of the boys.
The moments between Sam and Dean.
Sam’s goodbye to Bobby and Castiels.
The use of mirror for the conversation between Sam and Lucifer.
And the whole confrontation between Samifer and Dean.
I know some fans were very disappointed that there was no big battle between Lucifer/Sam and Michael/Dean. But for me I was happy they didn’t do that.
After all wasn’t the whole basis of Team Free Will, NOT to fight?
To NOT give in and become Luci and Mikey’s vessels for that very reason?

Galina I don’t think you need glasses or a hearing aid. If this episode didn’t work for you then that’s your opinion. After all it would be a pretty boring world if we didn’t have different views or opinions.
# Suze 2010-05-23 04:16
Hey, Galina, it's not just you, mate ... I thought bits of this one were pretty clunky too. Chuck's voice-over broke up the mood and really got on my nerves and I hated the Whoops-Oooer-He re-Comes-The-Bi g-Twist stuck-on ending.

Mind you, Lucifer's Devil went down to Georgia moment was absolutely perfect! That song is one of my all time top guilty pleasures ... :D

PS. Alice ... Detroit, Michigan? Us cheese eating surrender monkey Euro-types completely feel your pain, kiddo. London, England ... Paris, France, as opposed to some home-grown version that doesn't have red buses and Eiffel Towers all over the place ... :lol:
# ElenaM 2010-05-23 10:31
Dean called Cas “Bukowski”, referencing the writer. For any geeks like me who care. His stuff’s pretty gritty and depressing; Kripke talked about him in the commentary for WIAWSNB as well [geek]. Speaking of which—so Rachel hooked up with Dean at the prom in this reality AND the alternate reality??? Wow, that sucks.

Bevie and Evelyn, would you be the two Dodge fans? ;-)

Thanks for all the Detroit detail, loved it!

I didn’t even pay attention to the label on the tape!!! Thanks! Re: Rock of Ages—Despite immersion in our new local classic rock station, 95.3—which pretty much has the Supernatural soundtrack as its playlist--that was actually the first time I heard the song (what? I grew up listening to the Goo Goo Dolls). Don’t know about the opening words (huh?), but the thought the few lyrics we heard fit: “I got something to say/it’s better to burn out/than fade away…”

Really loved the editing in this episode, whoever put together those flashback montages, amazing…

Remember that scene from 4x18 where Chuck says “Obviously I’m a god”? Pretty funny to begin with, but it’s so much more hilarious now!

:cry:: :cry:: :cry::

Awesome recap.
# Julie 2010-05-23 12:31
Alice ,
Thanks so much for the recap , I have loved them all but this one was special.
You should not offer us apologies for writing `a lovefest` this episode deserved, and demanded it .
From the monemt I heard the first bars of Kansas I found myself with tears in my eyes ,and I continued to be moved by every following scene , like you my heart broke when Sam asked Dean to not watch him as he drank the blood.
The scene in the cemetary was both beautiful and brutal, I know many people were disappointed that they did not get `the big fight ` they wanted but I was so pleased that Dean never said `Yes` and that in the end everything came down to what the core of this show has always been about , family and love .
I find it hard to believe that some people did not like this wonderful episode and cannot believe anyone was unmoved by it .
I just hope that Kripke and his magnificent team know how much we all appriciate their work
# Supernarttu 2010-05-23 12:47
Hi Alice.

Good stuff. Big things. ;-)

I loved this eppie to death and I love your recap as much :-) Reading this brought back so many lovely moments and looks and glances and lines that I still feel a smile tugging in the corner of my mouth.

So many fave moments; Dean at Lisas doorstep (*chinwibble*), "the Impala moment" and the way Lucifer loses control during that montage of love and brotherhood (Ah, be still my heart!), their talk in the car on the way to Detroit, "I ain't gonna let him die alone", to Marks Lucifer freaking me out to Jareds little mirror conversation keeping me glued to the screen and taking it all in with fear and fascination. And Chucks narration moving the story along, with the little tidbits of their childhood. *happysigh*

Wow. What a fantastic Rollercoaster Ride -finale. Awesome. Amazing. Tear Your Heart Out. Love, just love.

Thank you Alice for all the wonderfull recaps, and come on season 6!
# Jasminka 2010-05-23 16:06
Alice, I can hardly believe what you did with this recap - you drew me back into this episode and the whole emotional mess... Being a true masochist ;-) I can't help but love you for it.

I agree wholeheartedly with your assessment of Jared's acting here - we have rarely seen so many facets of Sam, I was in awe from moment one till the very end... What a marvellous young actor he has become.

My psyche still has trouble dealing with the episode, as you well know. I still trust the creative team to come back with a wonderful, fantastic, haunting and emotionally draining sixth season. What else to expect from a show that plays my soul like a fiddle?

thank you so much for this. I absolutely loved it, Jas
# Evelyn 2010-05-23 17:48
Elena-I learned how to drive in a Dodge Dart - loved the car, it had a lot of power and was fun to drive. But truthfully, I am a Ford girl through and through. Give me a 67 Ford Mustang Coupe and I will be a happy camper. (You know, like the one War had in GGY) Love that car. (second choice, of course, if the 67 Impala.)

Thanks again Alice for the recap. This episode kicked-a***. Loved it from beginning to end. :D
# trina 2010-05-23 20:13
I read this in a snackbar at a campground (the only place with wi-fi). I am pretty sure everyone in the room assumed I just got horrible news.

Regarding the episode, I loved it. I don't think it was perfect. I hate slow-motion (it is never an actor's friend) and Michael was not very imposing. But none of that really matters. From a character standpoint it was beautiful, tragic, and in many ways pitch perfect.
# Sablegreen 2010-05-24 11:13
Great recap Alice, I just loved the story of the impala and the big part it played.

I'm glad you got the screen cap of the boys under the stars. I totally agree! We need to see much more of the happy stress-free boys between jobs, and I'd LOVE to see them on a day off! I hope more of this is done in season 6.

It's sad that Kripke left us with such sadness again for the summer, Sam back but not happy about it at all, and Dean grieving for Sam, and not being able to help him.

Hope they don't have too much time pass before the boys reunite.
# Bethany 2010-05-24 14:22
comment for the site in link above … ok this must be a generational thing because I’d never heard rock of ages before and the first bit is sampled on the offspring song ‘pretty fly for a white guy’ so when the song started up I was really confused thinking “really weird song choice” then was really embarrassed when the actual song came on and I cracked up when I realised my error (not the impression Kripke was going for I guess). I didn’t like that song either I would have much preferred say ‘back in black’ or ‘carry on my wayward son’ or would that have been far too cheesy?

Did I like the episode, yes. Did I think it was the best they’ve ever done, no. Doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it though. Like some other commenters I thought it was a bit clunky the first time I watched it and that Chuck’s narration broke up the tension and the fluidity of some scenes but on re-watching I thought it worked better than I originally thought. I loved the flash back moment where Lucifer sees the army man in the ashtray and gets a glimpse of all of Sam’s memories, like the firework scene in DSOTM it was just beautifully done and captured something that wouldn’t have been conveyed half so poignantly in words, so much work must have gone into that moment but it was worth it, just lovely … I rewound and played it over and over again. I also loved the moments from their lives just that little glimpse of bored wee Sam and Dean in the car growing up, them sat on the hood just enjoying the moment. It was just lovely that for all the show is, the finale seemed to be about the little moments that make up the boy’s relationship, how sometimes the most important moments in a relationship, that define that relationship, aren’t the grand gestures or the big speeches but in the every day moments that make up a relationship. I just loved that about this episode.

Bizarrely enough the one part of the episode I didn’t like was when Sam was about thrown himself into the hole and Michael came back. I didn’t know why he needed to be there, I think the shot would have been mush better with Sam stretching out his arms and falling backwards. I also liked the idea of Michael foiled and having to face the fact that destiny fate and everything he’s been spouting had been proved incorrect by two rather stubborn brothers. It just spoilt the moment for me as I felt it took something away from Sam in that moment when everything should have been focused on him. But that’s a personal niggle.

Wow this was long, longer than I thought it was going to be but all in all I loved it and I loved the fact that Kripke told his story his way and ended it how he wanted and Bobby and the Impala (I always knew she was special) made it out ok so I’m happy.
# Ardeospina 2010-06-01 12:08
Late to the party, but I'm so behind with the recent articles! Great recap, as usual, Alice. I also really loved the episode, so it was great to be able to hear how much you loved it, too. Now you have a much-deserved break from recapping!