"The Long Black Road" playing over The Road So Far was perfect. I loved the montage. It was one of my faves thus far and fit well with Dean's current struggle against the Mark.

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Am I the only one who can barely understand Rowena sometimes? Or think she doesn't deserve any mom of the year awards? Hex-dreaming and spying on her son, killing Guthrie, wandering around to see what evil she can cause--how can Crowley trust her so easily? Or is he just giving her enough rope to hang herself with? I don't know, but she's very bad and may end up forcing the brothers to save Crowley from her, which would be ironic indeed.

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I was glad to see Metatron again. He's such a bastard, only out for himself. It gave me pleasure to see Dean torture him, and I love the clipped, beautiful way Dean ticked off his sins against all of them. When Sam said "You Killed My Brother" that way, I got chills all over. I loved the expressions on Cas' and Sam's faces when they realized Dean was alone with Metatron, doing God knows what. So emo! I wondered why Cas allowed Sam to expend all that energy kicking in the door when he could do it so much more easily. C'mon, Cas! "The river ends at the source"? First thing that came to my mind was Cain. They came to the same conclusion. Sam believes his brother has the stamina to fight the Mark and keep himself in check. I hope his brotherly love and faith will pay off. Dean is battling a VERY strong force.

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Claire doesn't seem too bright to me. While she doesn't know about Randy what Cas knows, she must realize he wasn't the perfect father figure she gave him credit for. Plus, she plays pool with a couple she doesn't know and so easily tells them her life story - two people who are clearly up to no good.

I was glad Claire changed her mind about having her new friends kill Dean. At least she figured out two wrongs don't make a right. Though he so easily could have, Dean was able to hold back from killing the couple intent on killing him, which shows he's able to exert some control over the Mark. Cas was forced to allow Claire to go back on the road alone, which disturbs him greatly. Will we see her again?

Now, however, the First Blade is back in the picture, and once Dean is back in possession of THAT, all bets are off. Rowena, a powerful witch, is apparently gunning for her son's job and wants him gone.

So, some chuckles:

Rowena, correcting her son: "Not a thing you evil bitch, MOTHER."

Metatron:  "Ain't life a bitch? Nebbishy little guy--me--always sticking it to the lunkheads jocks.

Rowena: Even then I had a thing for pharmacology. Your mum was a prodigy.
Crowley:  Funny, not what I called you.

I enjoyed this episode very much and give it a 9. The performances were excellent.