There was so much to love about this episode. Iâ€™m not even sure where to start. As the season winds down (only two more episodes!) it looks like everything is coming together into the perfect storm of awesome. Not only did we get answers about what happened to Kevin but we also got to see Cass and Crowley and finally learn what the third trial will be.
Weâ€™ve all been wondering what happened to our friend Kevin for the past few weeks. I was 60% convinced that he had finally lost it. I thought that he was imagining Crowley in his head as a result of the terrible way heâ€™s been treating his body. Looks like I was wrong and Iâ€™m actually glad because I like it much better this way. Turns out Kevin has been getting his brain scrubbed while he unknowingly stars in Crowleyâ€™s production of The Tablet Diaries. I knew that Kevin was smart enough to put the pieces together, I was just hoping he could do it fast enough to not give anything away. Thankfully he did. And Iâ€™m happy to see that he is no longer afraid of Crowley. It seems he has nothing left to lose and heâ€™s taken on a devil-may-care attitude that Iâ€™m pretty sure he picked up from Sam and Dean. And I like it. It was hilarious watching Crowley in the directorâ€™s chair giving his â€œSamâ€ and â€œDeanâ€ pointers on how to be the Winchesters. Even more hilarious was Crowleyâ€™s bitterness that he wasnâ€™t able to act in his own play.
Crowley: â€œOf course if I wasnâ€™t running everything I could have played Dean myself.â€
Brainwashing seemed to be a theme in this episode. For much of the season weâ€™ve know about Naomi controlling Castielâ€™s mind. But we didnâ€™t know how long this has been going on. Turns out itâ€™s been centuries. According to Naomi, Castiel participated in the plagues of Egypt referenced in the Old Testament. He, of course, has no recollection of this. Naomi also revealed that Castiel has never really followed the rules. This made me happy. For a while now I think weâ€™ve been told that Castiel rebelled against heaven because of his relationship with the Winchesters, especially Dean. I think they were a big influence of course, but Iâ€™m happy to see that some of that rebellion was just Cass being Cass. Even if he didnâ€™t realize it.
I absolutely loved the was Cass was hiding from the angels; popping in and out of Biggersonâ€™s all over the country so they werenâ€™t able to track him down. That is one smart angel. Also smart was the fact that Cass was carrying the angel tablet inside his stomach. Thatâ€™s one way to never stop touching it. I am so curious about this tablet. What is it about the tablet that can snap Cass out of his Naomi trance? And now that Crowley has stolen the tablet, will Castiel be susceptible to Naomiâ€™s mind control again? Crowley does still have the angel tablet, right?
There is a lot of weird stuff going on with Sam. Not only are these trials breaking him down physically, but theyâ€™re also causing him to remember, in great detail, things that happened when he was young. Like Dean riding a â€œfarty donkeyâ€ which was a hilarious story, by the way. But he also remembered Dean reading The Knights of the Roundtable to him when they were young. It started out as such a nice memory. And then this happened:
Sam: â€œI remember thinking I could never go on a quest like that because Iâ€™m not clean.â€
It is so sad that Sam knew subconsciously that something about him wasnâ€™t â€œpureâ€. I always wondered if he did, and maybe thatâ€™s why heâ€™s gravitated towards the kind of women he did. Women who werenâ€™t exactly â€œpureâ€ themselves. (And I donâ€™t mean that in a sexual way.) What makes this so sad to me is that Sam is a hero. He has sacrificed so much to save people and I think he still sees himself as unclean.
But whatâ€™s interesting is that Sam says these trials are purifying him. What does that mean? Is it like penance in his mind? I remember when he got back from his time in the cage, he said something about having a clean slate now. That he did his time and finally forgave himself. So is this a different sort of purity? Iâ€™m starting to wonder if Sam is sick because his body is purifying itself as he goes through the trials. Maybe his body is physically rejecting the demon blood. I mean, he has been coughing up blood, right? What do you think, too literal?
Well, we finally met Metatron who was a lot less impressive than I expected. I thought he would be a powerful, scary, archangel. It turns out heâ€™s just a coward hiding away, trying to avoid conflict. He knew the truth about Godâ€™s word the whole time and he chose to cut himself off completely to save his own butt.
Sam: â€œWait, you really havenâ€™t hear of us? What kind of angel are you? Weâ€™re the freaking Winchesters.â€
Seriously, what kind of angel is he? I was glad that Metatron came to his senses and saved Kevin from Crowley. And Iâ€™m glad to see that he is on the Winchesterâ€™s side in the battle to close the gates of Hell. It will be nice to have someone there that can interpret the word if need be. But as a whole, Iâ€™m underwhelmed by Metatron and he has a lot to make up for. What did you guys think of Metatron? Was he what you expected? Do you trust him?
But because of Metatron, we now know what the third trial is. Sam has to cure a demon. This seems like a lofty task! I have no idea what to expect but I am excited to see what curing a demon entails. Any non-spoilery ideas?
I feel like I just scratched the surface of this episode. There is a lot to discuss so sound off below!
There were some really good lines in this episode. And as usual, there were other moments worth mentioning.
Crowley: â€œI was born to direct.â€
Dean taking care of Sam seriously melted my heart. I canâ€™t believe Dean even knows how to make soup!
Castiel: â€œIn the words of a good friend, â€˜bite meâ€™.â€
Sam: â€œIâ€™m gonna follow the hotel manager, Dr. Scowly Scowl. Heâ€™s like a villain from Scooby Doo.â€
I gotta know how Dean got Sam into the tub after he fainted. I know heâ€™s strong but Sam is huge!
Poor Cass is wounded badly. How do angels heal if they canâ€™t heal themselves?
Sam is resonating with the word. Is that the name for everything thatâ€™s happening to his body or is it just an explanation for the ringing he heard around Metatron?
Crowley:â€So, my demons were too polite?â€
Metatron can erase angel proofing because he is a scribe of God. I wonder if thatâ€™s going to come in handy again?
Metatron: â€œYouâ€™re gonna have to weigh that choice. Ask yourself what is it gonna take to do this and what will the world be like once itâ€™s done?â€
This is something both Sam and Dean have been weighing since they took on this task. They both know that it could cost Sam his life. What we donâ€™t know is what the world will be like when itâ€™s done. Will it be worth it when it seems the angels are just as bad as the demons? I donâ€™t know. Iâ€™m partial to Sam and Iâ€™d like him to stay alive! What do you guys think? Do you see potential downsides to closing the gates?