Whoo hoo!  A good episode.  I’ve got to say, I absolutely love “The Rapture.”  I think it’s one of the best episodes in terms of story and acting.  Yes, I know that it’s a story that focuses on the story of Castiel’s vessel Jimmy, someone that probably doesn’t mean much to the Supernatural viewers, but in terms of storytelling it’s extremely well done.  And you won’t find a better storyteller than Jeremy Carver.  Plus it’s Sam Winchester, blood junkie!  My, my, strung out never looked so good.  

  • When you open with Dean Winchester fishing at a peaceful, tranquil pond, looking relaxed and happy, dammit you’ve got my attention!  Dream or no dream, this is the best scenario a fan can ask for.  How many times have I said in past reviews that Sam and Dean aren’t the “let’s go fishing” types on their days off?  Probably not enough. That’s why this shot to me is so damned wonderful.  
  • The scene where Dean wakes up in the motel room was sadly cut from it’s original length.  They included the entire scene in the DVD extras and this is one of those few times where I think what was cut should have been in the final package.  It really sets early the predicament for Sam for this episode.  Dean goes over and gives him a nudge, and Sam has trouble waking.  He is not alright.  That isn’t the big bonus though.  Dean in shorts!!  If you haven’t seen this, or don’t remember it, watch now.  You’ll be watching more than once. 

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  • Dark, spooky, totally messed up warehouse.  A perfect place in the Supernatural world to find an empty vessel, don’t you think?  Oh boy, Jimmy’s troubles are just starting. 

  • Being a big fan of “My Bloody Valentine,” I somehow never made the connection to him devouring a burger here and how Jimmy’s love of burgers played out in that one.  Continuity shout out!  I do so love these little nuggets they leave for us.  I’m also finding it interesting why Sam and Dean are so stunned to see him eat like this.  The dude’s been riding what is essentially a comet for months.  Cut him some slack!
  • Nice intense introduction there Castiel!  Hello would suffice.  
  • I really wish they would go back to this idealism.  “Remember when our job was helping people?  Getting them back to their families?”  Dean says this with conviction and purpose.  Damn I miss that attitude.  It’s so much more inspiring than the “going through the motions” we got the last two seasons.  When was the last time you watched “Supernatural” and thought they were totally committed to saving people, hunting things, the family business?  Although, Sam was right in this case.  Demons were a coming!  No happiness for Jimmy.  

  • Ooh, more Winchesters sleeping!  I’m really splashing around in pool this episode!  Between the DVD extra and this scene, we are rich in gratuity.  
  • Speaking of shallow, I’m always fascinated by the desperation in Sam and his need for a fix.  It’s so shocking, yet delicious at the same time.  So well done here by Jared.  Sam was clearly hooked and Ruby’s bitch by this time, and the only people that saw it were us!  Dean’s in for a bit a surprise, no?  
  • Hee, Dean is giving Sam a hard time for letting Jimmy get the slip.  The best part though is next, when he blames losing Jimmy on "Ginormo."  
  • It's Anna!  This is when she was fun, and not a psycho bitch.  Her surprise appearance almost made Dean crash the car!  Too funny.  I like how she was smart with Dean for trying to hit on her, and then tipped off everyone (I hope Dean noticed) by seeing something wasn't right with Sam.  I still stay they shouldn't have killed her and started a torrid love triangle between her, Castiel, and Meg.  Nah, I still love Castiel and Meg.  

  • I do love how Jimmy was given a lot of time for backstory and current story.  For one, it let Misha really let loose with his acting and do something different.  The tortured and mortified  looks on Jimmy’s face as he remembered a year ago when Castiel contacted him, and then when he was reunited with Amelia and Claire, the whole thing is just so heartbreaking.  He was so devout, so believed in something bigger.  It’s very sad he found out that a higher calling isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  Plus it put his family in danger.  

  • How did Jimmy know how to defend from demon attacks?  He must have absorbed something from Castiel.  I liked the demon wearing his neighbor.  He threatened such awful carnage with a smile.  And his wife, thanks to Dean's talk with an unraveling Sam in the car later, is forever known as Stunt Demon #3.  

  • Who didn't call it a mile away that when Amelia disappeared a bit, that the demon was in her.  I'm stunned Sam and Dean missed that one.  Hasn't that bitten them before?
  • Anyone else notice the little subtle changes that happened to Sam as he began to slowly withdraw from the blood?  Sure there was the obvious he was too weak to pull a demon and calling Ruby desperately for a fix, but I’m talking about the smaller things.  First he was a little anxious and edgy, then Anna noticed something different, then the slightly slurred speech, trouble with coordination, dizziness, etc.  By that scene in the warehouse, he was practically staggering and looked drunk.  Plus he looked bad, and that’s hard for someone as gorgeous as Sam!  Oh, but the real tell though, when he verbally ripped into Jimmy after the demon attack with the brutal reality check, was Sammy on the edge! Even Dean was thrown back by the pessimism. “Don’t sugarcoat it Sam.”  This is our early sneak peek into soulless Sam! 
  • Again, a heartbreaking scene of goodbye between Jimmy and Amelia.  I do love a script that lets the supporting actors shine.  I'm still in awe how great a job Misha did on this one.  However, the next scene in the Impala got to me too.  Dean is concerned, wondering why Sam practically fainted when trying to pull the demon.  "I'm not trying to pick a fight, but you're scaring me man."  Sam's haunted response killed me!  "I'm scaring myself."  I really think this is the first ep where Sam realized he was in over his head.  
  • Another great touch, Dean confidently declaring he had a plan.  Then next scene when they’re captured, Dean defends, “Well nobody bats 1000.”  If you’re going to cop out on a big Dean Winchester plan, that’s the way to do it!

  • The scene where Jimmy screams out to Castiel, yelling at him for not keeping his promise and begging for help, that kills me every time.  That is the act of a desperate man, which is exactly what one does for his family.  It’s so touching and Misha knocked it out of the park.
  • One of my favorite lines of the season, perhaps the series.  Amelia!Demon - “You know what’s funny?”  Dean - “You wearing a soccer mom?” 
  • They had a lot of fun with the camera angles in this episode.  Did you see the really cool overhead shot showing the demon walk from Sam and Dean, past a wounded Jimmy, and then over to Claire.  Charles Beeson had some real gems in this ep. 

  • Ah ha! The truth FINALLY revealed.  To Dean and Castiel anyway.  Sam has been drinking demon blood.  Dean’s stunned expression is just, wow.  Exactly what I expected.  Then Sam went all psycho and brutally killed the demon, and that disturbed Dean worse!  Then Dean actually jumped when Sam threw his hand out, like Sam was going to hurt him or something.  Oh yes, Sam has frightened him to the core, that’s for sure.  I’m sure he wasn’t feeling better when Sam really went all out in exorcising the demon out of Amelia.  Twisted psycho faces and all!  This whole reveal couldn’t have been better orchestrated.  Sammy on a demon roid rage!

  • Then, after all that jaw dropping Sam and Dean drama, one of the most beautiful scenes done on this show.  Castiel in Jimmy’s daughter, Claire, telling Jimmy how he’s served him well and it’s time to go home.  She has made her choice and will serve as his vessel.  Jimmy chooses to sacrifice himself for eternity rather than put Claire through this.  It’s really tragic.  To think, probably one of the hardest hit victims in this entire series is Jimmy Novak.  The part where all that angelic golden light reflects off of Claire’s face is just gorgeous.  Awesome job VFX guys.  
  • This episode’s shocking moments still isn’t done though!  The really big whammy is yet to come with the fall out of Sam’s little episode in front of Dean.  Sam demands the truth, but Dean is strangely quiet.  Sam tells him to stop the car and take a swing, scream, chew him out, whatever.  Sam wants to explain himself but Dean refuses.  “Don’t. I don’t care.”  Oh, don’t worry Sam, what Dean has planned for you is going to be far worse.  

  • It’s Bobby!  It’s Bobby!  I’m so happy to see him!  I’ll never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, a thousand more times ever, ever, ever, forgive the show for killing him off.  A complete and total waste of the best supporting character EVER (okay, him and Castiel).  Now I get all weepy whenever I see him in these earlier seasons.  I do adore how he set the trap for Sam. Anyone notice that empty bucket by the cot?  That should have been a clue.   
  • I swear, when they closed and locked that door on Sam, I was screaming for a week.  That was supposed to be the beginning of “When The Levee Breaks” but the episode ran a little short and they decided to work that in at the end of “The Rapture” instead.  Worked out pretty awesome, huh?  


Coming up next, we move onto season five!  It’s “Free To Be You and Me.”  Yes, Jeremy Carver must have listened to the same children’s albums I did in the 70’s.  

Also, this episode was on my list of ones where the photo gallery needed to be redone, so I took this recap occasion to do it.  Here's the new gallery below, or you can also find this in our season four photo gallery area.  



AdmirorGallery 5.2.0, author/s Vasiljevski & Kekeljevic.