How do I even begin? This episode was all kinds of awesome. The story was exciting and engaging, we got some demon action (it's been a long time), the stakes were high, and we got to see Lucifer, Meg, and best of all, Castiel. And if that weren't enough, this episode set up an unexpected but very intriguing story arc for our favorite feathered friend.
We started off in the middle of an action sequence. The image of Sam running was very reminiscent of his last psychotic break. Last season's finale, "The Man Who Knew Too Much," opened in the same way. That time, Sam was running from the cops with no memory of who he was. This time, Sam was on the run from Lucifer and desperate for some sleep. I'm assuming this nod was intentional, but if it wasn't, it was definitely a happy accident. I have to admit that in that opening sequence, I was having trouble distinguishing dream from reality. And perhaps that was intentional, too, since Sam was likely having that exact problem. Did anyone else have a problem with that? I'm assuming that everything up until the imaginary pipe through the windshield was a dream. No wonder this poor guy can't sleep. When he got hit by the car I found myself hoping it would at least knock him out for a bit. Like I said last week, automobiles can't kill Winchesters in my world.
The conversation between Sam and Dean in the hospital room was heart-breaking. Sam was exhausted and had given up hope of a cure for his condition. But Dean just couldn't give up on him. The whole conversation was a backwards echo of earlier this season. Sam was too tired to care about anything and was ready to die, if that's what was going to happen. Dean couldn't let that happen and begged Sam to feel something, to "get pissed", to find his motivation. Sounds familiar, right? This conversation made me better understand why we couldn't take on Dean and Sam's inner struggles at the same time. It just wouldn't have worked. We need, at all times, for one brother to be that stone number one. The story couldn't function without it.; especially in a season so focused on isolating these brothers. Do you disagree? I'd love to hear your ideas if you do.
I've mentioned this multiple times before, but I am a spoiler-phobe: s,o all those awesome interviews that were released this weekâ€¦yeah I didn't read any of them. I was dying to know how Cas would come back, but I just couldn't stand the thought of knowing a plot twist before it happened. I still haven't read the interviews, but I can honestly say I'm very happy with that decision. I was shocked by the whole Emanuel storyline. The fact that Cas had no idea who he was interested me. I was wondering how long Dean would keep up the charade. I agreed that keeping Cas in the dark until Sam was healed was the best idea, but I was so curious about what would happen after that.
Leave it to Meg to show up and insert herself in the situation. With her around, I knew it was only a matter of time before she reminded "Clarence" of who he was. I have to say that she was oddly helpful. Of course, this won't come without a price. She still wants Crowley dead and she needs any allies she can scrounge up. What is with all these demons and their attempted deals with the Winchesters? What do you think will come of this "enemy of my enemy is my friend" scenario? And how soon can we expect to see Crowley again? He is another of my absolute favorite bad guys. If he had shown up in this episode, I think I would have died from an overdose of awesomeness.
Castiel's memory sequence was cut so perfectly. The song, "Turn Into Earth" by The Yardbirds, provided a great backdrop for the scene. Castiel got his mojo back but was forced to remember all the terrible things he had done in heaven and on Earth. I felt so bad for him in that moment because he seemed happy as Emanuel. He had a wife and a gift and he helped people. Best of all, he "didn't feel like a bad person". But regaining his memory forced him to live with the fact that he betrayed those closest to him. It's a strange feeling because I'm also grateful for his memory returning. Without it, he could have never saved Sam. "Shifting" the problem on to himself was a great sacrifice and the only thing he could do to make up for his betrayal. But what will it mean for Castiel? To my knowledge, an angel can't die from sleep deprivation, so I think we're ok on that front. But that means non-stop Lucifer torture. Forever. And Sam and Dean have no one left but each other. There is no Bobby to go to for help. Who can save Cas at this point? If there is help for Cas out there, my best guess is that it may come from Crowley. The King of Hell should be able to do something about Lucifer, right? What do you guys think?
What did you all think of this episode? Were you happy with the way Sam's Lucifer situation was resolved? What do you think will happen to Cas? What are your thoughts on Meg's new employment?
As always, there are a few more moments worth mentioning.
Next week's episode looks so promising! Drunk hunting. This ought to be good.
The mini ghost hunt storyline was not totally necessary but it was nice to give Sam something to do besides lay around listening to the devil. Although, I could listen to Mark Pellegrino list off mental disorders forever. He was definitely on his A-game in this episode.
â€¢ I cannot forget to mention the moving address book. And now we've confirmed that it's not invisible Cas. It's got to be ghost Bobby! How in the world are we going to tie up this season with all these amazing storylines going on at once?
â€¢ Cas: "He betrayed you, this dude?" Hearing Cas say "dude" made me chuckle.
Cas: "I sense that you kill a lot of people."
â€¢ Dean: "I used to be able to just shake this stuff off. ..what Cas did. I just can't. I don't know why."
Cas: "You're not a machine, you're a human."
â€¢ Meg: "You're an angel."
Cas: "I'm sorry, is that a flirtation?"
â€¢ Dean: "It's in there. It's just like riding a bike."
Cas: "I don't know how to do that either."
I love Dean and Cas' chemistry! I hope the writers can find a way to bring more moments like these back to us.
â€¢ Cas: "We didn't part friends, Dean."
Dean: "So what?"
Cas: "I deserved to die. I can't possibly fix it, so why did I walk out of that river?"
Dean: "Maybe to fix it."
â€¢ Dean giving Castiel his trench coat may or may not have made me tear up.
â€¢ Cas: "I should never have broken your wall, Sam. I'm here to make it right."
â€¢ Dean: "We don't' even have friends. All our friends are dead." Sad but true.