"PointofNoReturn" is very, very special to me. As a classic brotherly angst, "good guys struggle against bad" episode, this is the gold standard. It doesn't get any better than this, and this is from a series loaded with these themes up until now. A big deal was done over this episode since it was the 100th, so it had to mean something. Oh, it did. Loads. In this case, it was Bobby, Castiel and Sam coming together, taking charge of this supercharged situation while Dean hit his lowest low. They all rallied for one another because they are family. Sam Winchester had his grand coming of age, taking charge of this delicate situation when his brother couldn't. I still grin like a silly fool knowing that it's because of them, and mostly Sam's faith in him, that Dean pulled himself up out of the trenches and got all badass on Zachariah with the angel sword. Our hero saved the day, and with rejuvenated spirit is taking on the fight his way. Sam wasn't the only one smiling at the end. Pure classic Supernatural. I still squeal every time I think of this one.
There's a big bittersweet element to this episode though. It was the last episode Jeremy Carver wrote for the show, which is probably why I've taken the news of his return in season 8 with great jubilation. That's because in the 49 episodes that have aired since "PointofNoReturn", the show has never found the mojo that was so brilliantly done in this one. Castiel and Bobby were both disposed of in meaningless ways, and Sam and Dean haven't quite risen to the occasion in such badass fashion to save the day with rock solid resolve. They've turned into uninspired heroes, limping along because it's expected of them. It's been very, very sad from that perspective.
However, I'm going to cling onto every bit of love that I have with "PointofNoReturn," so I'll dismiss misguided forward plots to give this episode the due it richly deserves. Be prepared, major love fest coming!!!!
- You got to admit, it's kind of inspired, Zachariah in a bar talking about being "downsized" with another guy. As it is on Heaven, it shall be on Earth. Oh, except for the burning out the ears and eyes of everyone in the bar because the boss is giving him another chance. Gotta start off with a big, gory bang I suppose.
- Fine, a depressed, ready to give it all up Dean Winchester, drinking heavily, sadly packing up his things to send to Bobby, and writing the farewell note is a bit anvilicious, but I eat it up every time. I just want to jump through the TV, give him a big hug and make it all better!
- The only expression that crushes me worse is when Sam appears. Oh man, we've never seen him so hurt and betrayed, and this is a guy that gets screwed at every turn. Lucky for Sam, he also had his head on straight and brought backup. One very pissed off powerful angel should do the trick!
- This is one of my favorite episodes with Castiel. He's so snarky in his anger, just whoa! He has nothing to lose. He seems very human and I love that. Yes, the Destiel angle fell in that borderline going too far territory, but aren't these two more interesting when they're having a lover's quarrel? Castiel even shifts his complete allegiance to Sam, following his orders. Well that's one way to make someone jealous, go for the brother. Oh, I kid. I found that following Sam means that Castiel cares. Considering how he lost all faith at the end of "Dark Side of The Moon" and was completely downtrodden in "99 Problems" I adore how Castiel is all in considering his mindset.
- Dean in this scene needs to be smacked upside the head. I realize his despair is now transgressing to anger, but turning on Bobby like that was a low blow. Ah well, Dean will get that much needed whooping later.
- Whoo hoo! Badass Castiel! No one is more ruthless with an angel killing sword. He can fight two at once. Helps that he's got that nimble vessel. More importantly, he's an angel on the edge!
- If there was any weakness in this story, and it really became more of an issue with the end of the season, it was bringing Adam back. I was okay with him being used as bait here, but him actually becoming Michael's vessel after all the Dean destiny drama? What a cop out. If they were going to do that, they should have used young John Winchester instead. He made a far better Michael. However, that's irrelevant to "PointofNoReturn." Hi Adam! Welcome back from the dead.
- I love the interaction and dialogue from the scene where Sam, Dean, Adam, Bobby, and Castiel are talking about the angels' plan for Adam. This is what Jeremy Carver does best. Dean is in full sarcastic mode, Castiel is in snarky pissed off mode, Sam is speaking volumes just with his bitchface and puppy dog eyes, and Bobby is just being wonderful Bobby. Have I mentioned I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, a thousand times ever, forgive them for killing off Bobby. But that's irrelevant to "PointofNoReturn."
- Castiel: Maybe they're desperate. Maybe they wrongly assumed Dean would be brave enough to withstand them. Dean: Alright, you know what? Blow me, Cas. Okay, that did push the line with Destiel, but I love it. The BEST line here though, Dean joking that they're working on saving the world with the power of love, followed by a classic Sam bitchface. It's really funny that exactly ends up being what does it!
- Adam is definitely a Winchester, and leans toward the oldest brother for sure. The way he gives Sam crap during their talk is funny. "Great. You know, you pitched this whole dewy-eyed bromance thing, but the truth is, I'm on lockdown, aren't I?" Poor Sam, it's bad enough he's getting flak from Dean. What's worse, this is nothing compared to what Dean's about to say to him.
- Someday, I need to do a top ten list of scenes that make me bust into tears. This would be on it for sure. Sam has no choice, Dean must be locked in the panic room. He's a flight risk. At least they start off this tearjerking scene right with another funny Destiel exchange. Castiel stands outside, giving Dean the evil eye. "Well, Cas, not for nothing, but the last person who looked at me like that"¦I got laid." He even winks at Cass. Oh yes, Carver decided to go there.
- Poor Sammy! He needs his brother on his side and only wants to talk some sense into him. Dean's decides to go for brutal honesty, and my heart still hurts over all this. No, I still get teary over all this:
Dean: I just"¦I"”I don't believe.
Sam: In what?
Dean: In you. I mean, I don't. I don't know whether it's gonna be demon blood or some other demon chick or what, but"¦I do know they're gonna find a way to turn you.
Sam: So you're saying I'm not strong enough.
Dean: You're angry, you're self-righteous. Lucifer's gonna wear you to the prom, man. It's just a matter of time.
Sam (tears in his eyes): Don't say that to me. Not you...of all people.
Dean: I don't want to. But it's the truth. And when Satan takes you over, there's got to be somebody there to fight him, and it ain't gonna be that kid. So, it's got to be me.
Sam leaves devastated, but still determined to hold everything together. Oh, screw it .
- Aww, Castiel goes to see Dean all angry after Sam comes upstairs all upset. What a friend! I know this show loves to mess with Destiel, but there's a whole Sam/Castiel dynamic there that doesn't get well explored on this show as well. It's a silent understanding I guess.
- Hee, I love the exchange. Bobby: "Where's Cass?" Sam: "Blown to Oz." Just isn't Sam's day, is it?
- I still don't like how angels, dreams or not, like having conversations at playgrounds. That's just kind of creepy, isn't it?
- I'm sorry, but sometimes Dean just won't take a hint unless it's applied with a sledgehammer. This time that sledgehammer is one angel who has just about had enough. This scene is so wonderful! I felt Castiel's rage, and it's like all his frustrations over everything since "Lucifer Rising" just came out in this one act of brutal violence on Dean's face. Yes, Dean took a horrible beating, but as he even acknowledges later, don't piss off the nerd angels. You just don't know what can happen.
- Sam's getting a bit stressed, don't you think?
- I love how Castiel shows up with an unconscious Dean, and as soon as Castiel confesses it's him, Sam and Bobby actually understand that and move on. Granted Adam's disappearance was a distraction.
- Can Zachariah just die already! Pick on someone your own size. We know he'll get his real soon.
- I get weepy thinking about this every time! Dean has crushed Sam's psyche, or at least tried everything he can to do so. Yet there's Sam, choosing not to listen to Bobby and Castiel and throwing his total faith and the entire balance of the world on his brother. This is even after Dean delivers another zinger about how if the tables were turned, he'd let Sam rot in the panic room. That little, sharp, heartbroken sigh from Sam tells how hurt he is, but he just claims, "I guess I'm not that smart." Oh Sammy, you are flipping brilliant. You've grown up and we couldn't be prouder.
- Man, just when you think Castiel can't get any more badass. This is amazing! I was stunned the first time I saw this, I'm stunned the 80th time I saw it. An angel banishing sigil carved in his chest? That's how you get rid of four angels at once. He definitely had nothing left to lose by doing that. Some behind the scenes info, Misha has joked at cons before that he had trouble filming that scene due to all the blood loss from carving that thing on his chest. He only found out after arriving for shooting that day all mangled up that they had prosthetics planned. Honest, it's way funnier when Misha tells it. He has that dry tone and I just die. I've heard that story two or three times now. Note, that was the first time we saw bare chested Castiel.
- I just don't have words. The scene in the room is um, wow, er, oh, I told you there are no words! Dean seems so distraut, ready to say yes, only being persuaded to finally do so because Sam and Adam are suffering. When Dean Winchester gets badass though, even a very powerful angel doesn't stand a chance! This has everything. I died over Sam just being crushed over Dean saying yes, but then...he notices something. Dean gives a wink and a smile and...GAME ON! Best line, and one that had millions of fan girls nodding simultaneously. "Before Michael gets one piece of this sweet ass"¦he has to turn you into a piece of charcoal." Hell yeah!!!
- I still wonder how Dean was able to kill and angel like that, just like he was able to kill the Whore of Babylon. That mystery was never really solved, was it? No matter, because it was totally awesome to watch.
- To think, what happened to Adam here is not the worst thing that will happen to him. Curse of being a Winchester i guess. I think he'll be back, for the series finale.
- Just when this couldn't get anymore perfect, the final chat in the car. Yes, it would have been better if it was the Impala, but I won't split hairs considering what we got. Dean totally vindicated himself for every rotten, soul crushing thing he said to Sam. Even Sam was smiling. I think Sam was just glad the old Dean was back. So are we. So are we.
"If you're grown up enough to find faith in me, least I can do is return the favor." Excuse me...
Thank you Mr. Carver. You may have left the show, but I remained your bitch forver. That ends our countdown of the Jeremy Carver episodes. Up next, a new episode!! Happy dance, happy dance. We really, really missed you Mr. Carver.