So the â€œlittle slice of Kevinâ€ referenced in this weekâ€™s episode title turned out to be quite literal. See what happens when you donâ€™t listen to Sam and Dean? The King of Hell abducts you and chops off your pinky. Thereâ€™s a cautionary tale for you, kids.
Letâ€™s face it, Mrs. Tran and Kevin have not been making the best decisions lately. First they sneak away from Sam and Dean, then Mrs. Tran hires a shady witch off Craigslist and practically gives her the top secret recipe for demon bombs. But she didnâ€™t give her the measurements so itâ€™s totally safe, right? I've got to say I thought Mrs. Tran was a little smarter than that. Even Kevin realizes it's a bad idea. Although he does forget to protest as soon as he get's a look at Delta. All around, these two have really been asking for it. Now they'll be under Garth's protection which makes me smile. He must have proved himself to the boys in the last episode. That or he's their only living friend. I think I prefer option A.
I really enjoyed this new idea of generations of prophets. I like the idea that there can only be one prophet at a time and that there is a whole generation of future prophets in the event that something happens to the current one. It explains how Kevin came to be a prophet, which is something Iâ€™ve always wondered. But sadly, it means that Chuck must be dead. (I still donâ€™t believe it!) My only question is, why the huge gap of time between Chuckâ€™s disappearance (not death) at the end of season 5 and Kevin becoming a prophet in season 7. I would assume if one prophet dies, the next one is â€œbornâ€ pretty quickly after that. Maybe there just wasnâ€™t the need for a prophet at that time? Or maybe, it just wasnâ€™t part of the plot of the show that Iâ€™m constantly reminding myself is fake. Any thoughts on why Kevin didnâ€™t become a prophet until much later? Anyone else love the fact that the future prophets thought they were on a spaceship? The table they were sitting around was a little Starship Enterprise...
I canâ€™t believe I managed to wait this long to mention the fact that Cass is back!! And there is a lot of intrigue surrounding his return. So Heaven saved him from Purgatory so that he can report information on the Winchesters. But what is it that they want to know about them? Are they only interested in whatâ€™s happening with Kevin or is there something else theyâ€™re hoping to achieve? And who ordered Cassâ€™ rescue? Do we know whoâ€™s in charge at this point? Will God finally make an appearance this season? Will it be Chuck? (Wishful thinking!) So many questions! I loved the way they snatched Cass away mid-conversation but did it so that Sam and Dean didnâ€™t even notice he was gone. And the room they brought him too seems to act as some kind of truth extractor. (The nerd in me wantâ€™s to call it
virtual veritaserum) Not only will he have to tell the truth, but he wonâ€™t remember doing it. This provides a lot of interesting plot possibilities. I canâ€™t wait to learn more about what Heaven wants from Cass. Do you guys have any guesses?
There were some great conversations between Dean and Cass. It appears Dean was remembering his last moments in Purgatory incorrectly. Leave it to Dean to remember himself as a failure. It turns out Cass didnâ€™t want to be saved from Purgatory. He didnâ€™t feel he deserved to. Dean seemed to be fighting with himself about Cass being left behind. Out loud he was saying he did everything he could, that Cass wasnâ€™t trying hard enough,
â€œItâ€™s not about fault, itâ€™s about will.â€
But inside he was blaming himself for not rescuing him. But thatâ€™s Dean, isnâ€™t it?
â€œYou canâ€™t save everyone, my friend. Though you try.â€
Cass is right, Dean canâ€™t save everyone. But he will never stop trying. Itâ€™s just not in his nature which is probably a big part of why heâ€™s unable to understand Samâ€™s desire to stop hunting. But I digress...
So do you think Cass will ever forgive himself for his God-complex? It is so Winchester of him to feel that he doesnâ€™t deserve a second chance. He would rather die seeking penance in Purgatory then let Dean save him. Sounds more like punishment then penance to me. And do you think Dean has forgiven himself now that he knows there was nothing he could have done to save Cass?
Was it just me, or were Sam and Dean getting along surprisingly well in this episode? I expected a lingering chill in the air after last week but I wasnâ€™t getting it from either one of them. Not that I want Sam and Dean to be mad at each other in every episode, but after a blow out like the one they had last week I did expect some lingering emotions. Maybe Dean took Samâ€™s â€œmove on, or I willâ€ to heart? Either way, that canâ€™t be the end of it. These boys still have a lot to talk about. Neither one really knows how the other spent their year apart. Dean did open up a bit about Purgatory in this episode though.
â€œSammy, I remember every second of leaving that place. I mean I remember the heat, the stink, the pain, the fear. I have that whole ugly messy right here...and he says he has no idea how he got out? I'm just not buying it.â€
I donâ€™t know how much Sam really knows about Deanâ€™s experiences in Purgatory. He knows Dean has changed. I think he sees that Dean is more aggressive than he was. He has hardened as a result of his time in Purgatory but Sam hasn't really asked for the details. This strikes me as odd considering how much he tried to get Dean to talk about Hell. And Dean hasn't asked Sam about Amelia. Itâ€™s clear that this last year has softened Sam. (Iâ€™m not saying heâ€™s less of a hunter, he has just found that his priorities now lie elsewhere.) And it seems that Dean doesnâ€™t care to know the woman Sam spent much of the last year with because it meant he wasnâ€™t hunting and he wasnâ€™t looking for Dean. I think these guys would benefit from a nice car-side chat. In fact, I would love to know much of this myself! Iâ€™m still dying to see how Sam decided to give up hunting and give up on finding his brother. And Iâ€™m still anxious to see more of Deanâ€™s time in Purgatory and his bond with Benny.
All in all this episode was chock full of plot development. Â And while there was a lot going on I thought the pacing worked really well. There is still so much to tackle this season. Especially now that Kevin told Crowley about shutting the gates of Hell. (Well, there goes the element of surprise!) Oh, and Crowley made it out with half of the tablet! No doubt it was the good half! Hopefully Kevin has an excellent memory.
So what did you guys think of the episode? Did you like the explanation for how prophets come to be? Were you expecting Sam and Dean to still be angry with each other? What do you think Heaven is trying to learn from Cass?
Time for quotes and random thoughts!
Sam: â€œI was gonna say you look like youâ€™ve seen a ghost but youâ€™d probably be stoked.â€
I laughed pretty hard at Sam quietly attempting to exorcise the teacher. It reminded me of the scene in â€˜Phantom Travelerâ€™ when Dean tries to use â€œChristoâ€ in conversation.
Sam: â€œDean, you did everything you could.â€
Dean: â€œThen why do I feel like Crap?â€
Sam: â€œIf you let it, this is gonna keep messing with you. Youâ€™ve got to walk past it.â€
This moment just felt so genuine to me. It wasnâ€™t Sam telling Dean to get over it, it was genuine advice. Doesnâ€™t feel like a conversation Iâ€™d be able to have after a big fight. But maybe thatâ€™s more of a reflection on me than the script.
Benny: â€œI lie, I donâ€™t get lied to.â€ I am loving this guy.
Crowley: â€œSo...read any good tablets lately?â€ This guy too!
Poor Kevin tried so hard to resist Crowley, but one pinky and heâ€™s done for.
Crowley: â€œSo far as a writer, Godâ€™s a snooze.â€
Kevin: â€œFrom the archangel Metatron...â€
Crowley: â€œThe scribe...and suck-up. Took down Godâ€™s word, picked up his cleaning.â€
Crowley: â€œIt's all very West Side Story, but let's be logical. You look like hell, and I should know.â€Â