The episode begins with Sam waking in the middle of the night to Dean’s screams of “Sam.” Sam finds his brother in a fitful sleep, having a nightmare. The next morning Sam contacts Castiel and tells Dean he’s going to Wichita to see a French film about a mime who is really a cockroach. Dean opts to stay home, of course.
Sam and Castiel meet up and go to the Heaven’s Gate playground (which is a whole meta waiting to happen) where they meet Hannah, who refuses them entrance to get to Metatron. Meanwhile Dean is at home on the phone with a hunter and is doing some pranky stuff to his brother’s room, including (ew) rubbing Sam’s toothbrush in his armpit.
Elsewhere, Rowena is trying to figure out a way to kill the Winchesters and scolds Crowley for their influence on him. She manipulates a hellion (haha) to give her information on the location of the bunker and goes after Dean, who has come to a bar to have dinner and drink and ends up in a pool game where he hustles a few college kids out of a couple hundred bucks. He goes into the bathroom and has a “black eye” demon moment and comes back out to find the college kids have gone crazy and then confronts a tatted up Rowena. The confrontation reveals her relationship to Crowley, which Dean had not known. She returns to Crowley, beaten up, and accuses Dean of the assault. Crowley basically doesn’t believe her and asks why she was going after Dean anyway.
After being refused by heaven, Sam and Castiel go to a psychic who had been trained by the Men of Letters. The man, who seems a bit touched shall we say, can read minds. He agrees to help and we return to the séance scene. Sam updates Bobby on what is happening to Dean and they ask for his help. Bobby escapes from his “heaven” and then enlists all the “Bobbys” to revolt. Afterward he opens heaven’s gate and Cas gets in. They break Metatron out of his prison cell and Cas and Metatron return to the playground.
Crowley goes to Dean in the bar and instead of a fight, they end up having a drink at the bar. They ponder their lives, including why Crowley is so stuck to having his relationship with Rowena. He claims it's family but Dean, in a wonderful nod to Bobby, says a wise man once told him that “Family don’t end with blood.” The scene between the two is poignant as Dean tells Crowley he has grown soft and Crowley intimates that Rowena may be able to counter the Mark of Cain, since it’s a curse. Crowley returns to his throne room and confronts Rowena, throwing her out of his lair. The scene, another in a long line of emotionally rich scenes in this episode, was acted magnificently by Ruth Connell. She cries as Crowley turns his back and walks away.
Back at the playground, Sam and Cas try to get information about the Mark from Metatron, and then in the “why not use bungee cords” moment of the season, they steal Metatron’s grace as a bargaining chip. Seriously, y’all should’ve done that last season. Metatron’s mortality gets the truth out of him, which is that he’s a liar and has no idea about the Mark, that it’s a Lucifer level curse. He does, however, know about where Cas’s grace is or at least some of it.
The final sequence sees Dean back at the bunker drinking and eating. He asks Sam how the movie was. Sam lies and says it was a French film. Sam asks Dean about his night, and Dean lies and says it was boring. Sam goes to his room and in a flashback we see that Castiel has given Sam a letter from Bobby. The episode ends with a montage of all the different players (Dean, Metatron and Castiel, Crowley, Rowena) as Bobby’s voice reads the letter, asking Sam to talk to his brother and tell him what he’s up to, telling Sam he’s a good man, and saying how much he misses them. The final scene shows Bobby in his heaven as Hannah and other angels show up in Bobby’s heaven.
That was a fantastic episode in my opinion. Congratulations to Dabb on a great script and all the cast on marvelous performances. And can I say how much I miss Bobby Singer?
Questions to Ponder:
What do we think about Rowena’s assertion about the Mark of Cain being a curse?
Was Metatron’s Lucifer reference important or just a throwaway?
What other research will Sam find to save his brother?
Was the black eye moment a Rowena inducement or was it the demon shining through or just a hallucination?
What do you think Rowena will do now?
What is Crowley’s plan? Does he have one?
This episode offered a lot for us to ponder so leave your thoughts and questions below!