Bistro des Moules
Agent Dean listens to a waiter describe the “boiling brains
” incident and the two hookers.
(Another slut shamer!)
Dean joins Agent Sam outside on the phone with the “Hunter Network
A hunter was working a case of unsolved grisly hotel murders involving boiled brains.
In addition to her homicidal maniac M.O., Rowena has expensive tastes.
They’re off to “Check out every five-star hotel in the area
Castiel finds Hannah on a symbolic bridge.
She can't continue because of the human lives
sacrificed which conflicts with their original mission of helping humans.
Taking human form caused Hannah to feel “passions and hungers. To shower, feel water on my skin... to get closer to you.
But all of that was nothing compared to what I felt when I saw him. Her husband -- his anger and his grief.
And Caroline was inside of me, screaming out for him, for her life back. These f-feelings, they aren't for me, for us. They belong to her.
I know it's time to step aside.
” Hannah kisses Castiel and her essence ascends.
She collapses onto Castiel for a moment and Caroline stands confused, and then joyous. ROWENA / CAITLYN/ ELLE
Rowena excitedly preps her followers.
She’s expecting the hotel manager to complain about overdue payment. Rowena peeps out at the Bell Boy and cues her ladies.
“Get ready. And on my word.”
She opens the door and the dead Bell Boy falls in. Two demons appear.
Their eyes “SNICK.”
They wisely tape Rowena’s mouth and escort them into the hall, telling the young women
“Operation skank has been terminated. The only place you two are going is the dumpster out back.
Dean punctuates that statement with Ruby’s
knife. The Demon falls.
Rowena and her students back away while another Demon throws Dean down and turns on Sam.
Dean rises and stabs the demon. Dean comforts the young women, “Don't worry, ladies. ...We're here for the witch. Rowena.
Rowena puts a hex bag in Elle’s hand transforming her into an attack beast. “Impetus bestiarum!”
Elle’s eyes turn red
and blood seeps from her nose. Snarling, she throws Dean and Sam down. Caitlin and Rowena run.
Sam yells at Dean to follow them and takes on the Elle Beast alone. HER DEUS EX MACHINA
In the alley, Cailyn demands to know, “What did you do to her?”
Rowena needed a decoy and Elle was weak, not like Caitlyn.
Caitlyn demonstrates how strong. She punches Rowena in the face and flees. It’s a Hail Mary
Rowena winds up a curse. But, it's Deus ex machina for Caitlyn, Dean shows up behind Rowena, “Not another word!”
Dean aims a gun at the back of her head. “Lady, your luck has just run out.”
But, it's Deus ex machina for Rowena. She laughs,
“I'm pretty sure that's not true
.” Cole whistles.
Dean groans, “Pal, we got to work on your timing
Cole orders, “Drop the gun, Dean-o.”
Rowena scurries off.
Dean wastes his breath apologizing. Cole’s convinced Dean’s a demon. (Their faces after the Holy Water is thrown is precious.)
Cole figures, 'you may not be a demon anymore' but “you’re still a monster.”
They fight.ELLE PARALLEL
Elle, trapped in a closet, batters the door while Sam encourages her to fight it.
Elle is powerless
and Sam is powerless
to help her get rid of the monster
inside. (Like Dean/MOC)
Sam leaning on the door, readies his gun. The banging stops. He opens the door. Elle falls out dead.BLACK
, BLUE & BLOODY
The alley fight is grim. Cole and Dean look beat up. Deans looks at his gun laying on the ground.
Cole believes Dean’s going for it, but instead Dean uses Cole’s rush to propel him through the windshield of a car.
Cole scrambles back out.
(Dude is scrappy!)
But it’s over. Dean gets the gun; Cole’s on his knees.FACING DEATHFacing certain death
, Cole exhibits bravado
, “What are you waiting for? Do it
Dean wants to clean up the mess
and talk. Five minutes and then he can take his shot.
Dean hands over the gun in a shockingly suicidal
gesture. Cole respects the five minute rule.
Dean remembers Cole’s dad was a monster who had to die. Dean’s unable to say what kind of monster
Cole’s dad was already gone when Dean killed him. That Dean carries the weight of this killing is exhibited by his remembering every detail.
Sam shows up and trains his gun on Cole’s head. Dean tells him to put the gun down. Sam lowers his gun.
parallels Cole’s. Dean tells him, he gets it, he was there,
but “the people who love me, they pulled me back from that edge.”
When Dean says the word ‘love’
Sam realizes how dark and desperate his brother has become.
“Cole, once you touch that darkness, it never goes away. Now, the truth is, I'm past saving.
I know how my story ends. It's at the edge of a blade or the barrel of a gun.
So, the question is, is that gonna be today? That gonna be that gun
Sam interrupts to remind Cole that he too has family
who needs him. Cole, exhausted, gives Dean the gun.HOME
Joe opens the door and embraces Caroline. She’s home
Castiel opens his laptop to ‘WebSummon’ and searches ‘Jimmy Novak’. Facing inevitable death
and pangs of guilt
, he considers a new quest for redemption
Cole heads home
to his family. Sam‘s rattled by what Dean said about being “past saving.”
Dean brushes it off, “I was just telling the guy what he needed to hear.
Headed for home,
Sam, still a bit in the dark, covers Dean’s back as he walks into the light.ROWENA
Luck ran out for Rowena.
Gerald captured and tortured Rowena for Crowley. (He got what he wanted.)
Crowley’s not impressed, “Wipe that ridiculous smile off your face. What do you want, a medal?
A ‘thank you’ for cleaning up the mess you made?”
Rowena, chained and beaten, greets the King of Hell with bravado
in the face of death
“The king at last. King of what? Lilliput? I mean, I'd heard you were short, but, well? Get to it.
Time for the coup de grace. Wee boy, is something the matter with you? Cat got your tongue, hmm? Meow.
With stunned recognition Crowley stares, “Mother
Robert Berens ended
two character arcs, Cole & Hannah; started
character arcs, Crowley and Castiel;
and introduced an entirely new character
arc, Rowena. He advanced
the Seasonal character arc for Sam and Dean/Mark of Cain.
He advanced the plot
for everyone! He drew parallels
between Dean and Castiel, Dean and Cole, and Dean and the prostitutes.
Sam’s powerlessness to rescue Elle parallels his struggle with Dean and the M.O.C.
The Season’s themes were explored and enhanced.
He managed to make a serious statement about the absolute horror of the sex trade industry and the filthy scum behind it.
He cleaned up some messes
namely the ‘witch canon’ that was all over the place, and the controversy of cruel ‘Angel possession.’
He introduced new canon
such as a “Hunters Network” while providing promos
for the Microsoft Corporation:
It was action packed
, sexy, profoundly meaningful,
and flawlessly woven together with memorable "Great Lines."
Here's a mock-up of Berens’ “To Do List.”
(TWEETS: BoboBerens: piling up an even higher twist-per-episode than usual while scripting, the phrase "negative coincidence" became my mantra.)