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Sam and Dean watch as Lucifer rises.

Sam and Dean watch as Lucifer rises.

There are times when you think you know how something is going to go and you’re completely wrong.  This is one of those times.  There are times when you build something up in your mind only to be disappointed.  This is NOT one of those times.  The season finale of Supernatural, Lucifer Rising,  was not what I expected it to be.  It was not action packed, it was not a brother vs. brother showdown in the end and it did not leave both brothers lying on the ground, possibly dead.  Doesn’t matter though, because it was awesome all the same.  The Winchester boys are not at each others throats any longer and next season hopefully they can repair their rift and work together.  They’re going to have to.

Before I get too deep into it, let me give them props for returning to the “Carry On My Wayward Son” song in the intro.  Nothing could have been more fitting to show what the boys have been through and where they’re at when we pick back up.   I hope they play that song again at the end of the series and that the boys are really at peace and can lay their weary heads to rest.

Not every series could get away with starting their episode out by having a priest terrify and kill a bunch of nuns in a convent, but somehow it works here.  Azazel was inside the priest of course and we got to see the infamous yellow eyes again.  This act took place in 1972, setting into motion the events of today, the pairing up of Azazel, Lillith and that demon bitch Ruby, who we will discuss in more detail later.  But I will say this now…HAHAHAHAH DIE RUBY!!!!  You will SO not be missed.  In a later scene, Father Azazel gets directions from one of the dead nuns telling him that Lillith can break the seal and he has to find a very special child.  Our darling Sammy.

Amazingly Sam started off with some self awareness, admitting that Dean was right about him and he didn’t think he could turn off what was inside him anymore.  Sam took some minor steps towards redemption this episode and though Dean will forgive him, he needs to do a lot more to make things right.

Bobby laid into Dean for giving up on Sam.

Bobby laid into Dean for giving up on Sam.

I adored the talk between Dean and Bobby.  Dean was really and truly done with Sam by that point, questioning whether Sam was even his brother anymore, if he ever was.  I did not approve of Bobby calling Dean a whiny brat, nor do I agree, but I loved what he had to say about John.  He called him a coward and said that Dean was acting like him by pushing Sam away.  Then he got it really right and told him he was a better man than his father ever was and not to be him.  Again, this so brought home season one Dean, who initially thought that being just like dear old Dad was a good thing.  But Dean’s grown up and knows better now, and that speech he got from Bobby, though harsh, was far better parenting than he’s ever gotten in his entire life.  This goes here so I may as well say it now, I’m SO HAPPY that Bobby did not die.  I was very scared and though I wasn’t spoiled, there was talk of a death on Supernatural that would be upsetting.  Where was it?  Cause it sure as hell wasn’t Ruby!  Bobby lives, that’s all that matters!

Dean's rather out of place here, even with the beer and burgers.

Dean's rather out of place here, even with the beer and burgers.

Right after Bobby’s awesome words, Dean got sucked into some hideously tacky hotel type room, complete with gold leaf accents and crap.  Ick.  He looked funny there though.  Cas was there to greet him and then Zachariah showed up.  And to him I say, fuck you, Zach.  First he offers Dean burgers and then Ginger & Mary Ann, then he turns complete ass and informs Dean that all the seals have fallen except one and refuses to tell Dean much more than that.  Dean, as always, gets sarcastic and Zachariah tells him he swore his obedience.  Don’t you know, Zach, that Dean’s going to do what Dean’s going to do and there’s nothing you can say about it?

We then saw Sam and Ruby, who captured Lillith’s baby stealing #2 and had her tied down to get some information on where Lillith would be.  I loved her telling Sam he was “roided up” and calling them A-Rod and Madonna.  Oh, show, you do rock!  Sam proceeds with the torture with nary a care.

Dean leaves Sam an awesome message.

Dean leaves Sam an awesome message.

Meanwhile, Dean is feeling bad and calls and leaves him a beautiful message.  I’ll quote it here.  “Hey, it’s uh…me.  Look I’ll just get right to it.  I’m still pissed and I owe you a serious beatdown.  I shouldn’t have said what I said.  I’m not Dad.  We’re brothers, you know, we’re family and uh no matter how bad it gets, that doesn’t change.  Sammy, I’m sorry.”  And it cuts off.  Now THAT is what makes Dean so damn special.  Yes, Bobby had to push him, but he would have eventually done it anyway.  Words cannot express my ANGER when Sam heard the fake message courtesy of ho-bitch Ruby.  But that message was just wonderful.  It was truly Dean. I’m still pissed at you, I’m still gonna kick your ass, but I love you and I always will.  I shouldn’t have called you a monster, you’re not one, you just have some messed up stuff going on within you but together we can fight it.  That’s what he was saying.  Love.

Speaking of demon bitches, Ruby sure enjoyed watching Sam torture demon Cindy McClellan (for those of you uninitiated, that is yet another TWoP shout out, Cindy did some of the series recapping for the site when Demian was out for a couple months).  She stepped in to stop him from killing her though so he could “roid up” on her blood before he went after Lillith.  Cindy got the idea of letting the human she was controlling and let her try to appeal to Sam’s humanity.  It was a good idea and it worked for awhile.  The real Sam peeked out of the demonlike Sam and wasn’t on board with hurting an innocent person who just happened to be possessed.  But Ruby talked his gullible self into it and he threw Cindy in the trunk, screaming the whole way.

I couldn't find a picture of the "oh shit" face so I went with angry, hot Dean.

I couldn't find a picture of the "oh shit" face so I went with angry, hot Dean.

I love how that was immediately followed by Dean, bored in the stupid angel room, knocking a statue over as a sign of his displeasure.  Hilariously, Castiel was right behind him and Dean got kind of an “Oh shit” look on his face.  He asked Cas to take him to Sam but he wouldn’t and Dean didn’t back down.  He got right into Castiel’s face and demanded that he get him to his brother.  Of course, Cas then made the door disappear and Dean was stuck, but I did love that he wasn’t about to rescind his demands, even from an angel.

Ruby got more and more transparent as the episode went on, not that there was any doubt that she was an evil bitch anyway.  She started pushing Sam harder and harder when he started showing signs of disinterest in the original plan.  He didn’t want to drink the girl and he actually said that he thought maybe Dean had been right all along.  You think, Sam?  Then of course she used the phone message against him, turning Dean’s beautiful message into one filled with hate.  I loathe her.  That little smirk she gave when Sam heard that message that she changed…ugh.  I am so glad she died.

Zachariah tells Dean the angels want the Apocalypse.

Zachariah tells Dean the angels want the Apocalypse.

I love that not having a door in the suite of Zach and Cas (cute reference by the way) did not deter Dean and he tried to make his own using one of the hideous statues.  Of course his hole disappeared, but it was great all the same.  As was his “son of a bitch” when the hole went away.  Then Zachariah reappeared and Dean demanded some answers and finally got some.  Of course they were disturbing and quite uncool, but answers they were.  Zach let him know that Lillith was going to break the seals and admitted that he didn’t want it stopped.  Apparently the angels want to bring on the battle, a battle they plan to win, and bring paradise on earth.  Dean mentions the billions of people who will die during the “pissing contest.”  Zach poopooed that and referred to it as a planetary enema.  He knew Dean was contemplating attacking him but dissuaded him from doing so.  Then Dean tells him Sam will stop her and Zachariah admits that Sam has a part to play and he intends to see him play it.  He tells Dean that he’s still the chosen one, the one will stop it.  Not the Apocalypse but Lucifer himself.  Dean is completely blown away and asks where God is in all this.  “God?  God has left the building.”  Okay, so what exactly does that mean?   God is not on board with this, I hope, but somehow the angels have seized power?  I can only hope this means God will be on the side of Castiel, Dean and Sam because they’re kinda gonna be out there on their own, aren’t they?

Castiel tries to defend a cause he doesn't really believe in.

Castiel tries to defend a cause he doesn't really believe in.

Castiel then shows up as Dean tries to call Sam again.  Dean wants to know what they’re going to do to Sam and Cas tells him Sam’s going to do it to himself.  Dean asks him why he’s there and Castiel tells him he’s sorry how it ended.  Dean responds by punching him, hehe, hurting himself but pretending he didn’t.  Cas starts spouting off on destiny and Dean won’t hear of it.  He tells him it’s all lies and a way to keep them both in line.  Dean tells him what’s real is people in families and Castiel asks him what is so worth saving.  He sees all the pain in the world, Dean’s guilt and anger and confusion.  He tells him he’ll be at peace in paradise.  Dean makes him look at him and tells him to take his peace and shove it, pain is better than being a “Stepford bitch in paradise”.  I loved this whole scene.  Dean appealing to that humanity that has always lived in Castiel.  Cas tells him if he helps him, they’ll be hunted and they’ll die.  Dean tells him that if there’s anything worth dying for, this is it.  Dean calls him a spineless, soulless son of a bitch and says he doesn’t care cause he’s already dead.  Cas tries to speak and Dean tells him they’re done and he disappears.  Just a fantastic moment between two actors who brought their A+ game.  Plus, loads of pretty!

The fake Dean message destroyed Sam's doubts about going after Lillith.

The fake Dean message destroyed Sam's doubts about going after Lillith.

We cut back to Sam who is having his doubts and about to call a halt to everything when he stops and listens to the Dean message.  I outlined the real message above so I’ll do the fake message here.  “Listen to me you blood sucking freak.  Dad always said I’d either have to save you or kill you, well I’m giving you fair warning.  I’m done trying to save you.  You’re a monster, Sam, a vampire.  You’re not you anymore and there’s no going back.”  Those are the key words for Sam.  Calling him a “freak” and a “monster” is enough to set him off.  He tells Ruby to bring out the girl and has his feast of blood, presumably.

Castiel & Dean understand each other.

Castiel & Dean understand each other.

Dean, meanwhile, is finally about to have one of his beloved cheeseburgers when Castiel appears behind him and throws him against a wall.  He draws a knife  and looks into Dean’s eyes, giving him a silent message.  He then cuts his arm open in a nice parallel to Ruby blood giving scenes.  I thought he was going to get Dean to drink but he draws on the wall and uses it to send Zachariah away.  Cas tells him they have to find Sam and that Lillith dying is the final seal.  They head off to see the Prophet Chuck!  I knew he was gonna be back but I was still happy to see him.  Chuck was busy trying to buy some women for sex, since there’s not going to be a tomorrow.  Hilarious. Chuck tells them where Sam is and the archangel appears, Cas sends Dean to the convent and stays with Chuck to face whatever is coming.  Chuck, hilariously, puts his arm around him and removes it when Cas looks at him.  Love.  Deep and abiding love for those two.

My second favorite moment of the night.

My second favorite moment of the night.

Lillith starts her ceremony and Sam shows up to stop her, first killing all her minions with nary a sound.  He pins Lillith to the alter and Ruby sees Dean coming and shuts the doors, cutting him off from his brother.  Sam tells Lillith he’s been waiting for this for a long time and commences with mojo.  But even as he’s doing it, he can hear Dean calling him and he stops.  And that, right there, is a great thing.  Sam can still hear Dean in the midst of his finally getting at Lillith.  She pushes the right buttons, though, and taunts him and calls him a freak and a monster.  So, of course, he kills her, his eyes going all the way demon black.  I thought for sure we had lost him for good then.

Lillith's blood opens the seal.

Lillith's blood opens the seal.

Lillith’s blood started to flow into a circle and Ruby tells him he did it.  Sam asked what he did and Ruby told him he opened the door and Lucifer was free.  Sam said, no he stopped her and Ruby then tells him that Lillith was the last seal.  Sam is horrified.  Ruby talks about how nobody knew what she was doing and how awesome she was to lie that whole time.  Sam tries to use the mojo on her but he’s all out of it from hitting Lillith.  He tried to accuse Ruby of poisoning him with her blood but she points out that it was all Sam’s choices that brought them there.  He was the only one who could do it apparently, the chosen one.  Just like with Dean, Lillith tells Sam he’s going to have anything he wants as payment.

Holy crap was Dean beautiful as he headed toward Ruby.

Holy crap was Dean beautiful as he headed toward Ruby.

Dean breaks down the door though and she tells him he was too late.  In my favorite moment of the night, Dean says “I don’t care” and Sam grabs her arms and Dean stabs that demon bitch.  Sam says he’s sorry and a hole opens in the floor.  Dean grabs him and says “Sammy, let’s go” but Sam holds him as well and says “He’s coming” and we’re awash in white light…the second time in a day that one of my series ended with a white screen.  Clearly my shows want to torture me some for good measure, leaving me hanging like that.

Farewell, Ruby, you will not be missed!

Farewell, Ruby, you will not be missed!

Well, I got slightly wordy…what else is new?  But so much happened and I just wanted to capture it all.  I taped this episode so I could watch Grey’s but I flipped over on commercials and got up and watched pretty much the whole show live.  That’s how much I had to see it, how much I had to know.  I couldn’t even wait til today to watch.

To me, the two most important things that happened were that Castiel chose Dean and Sam and Dean seem to be together again.  Cas turned away from the grand angelic plan of world conquering and tried to stop the Apocalypse by getting Dean to Sam.  They were not successful but somehow I don’t think that is going to matter to Zachariah and his fellow angels who are in favor of the plan.  I really and truly hope that the “God’s left the building” thing indicates that the angels are working on their own and that a higher power may be shining down on our boys.

I don’t know if Sam and Dean are back to being fine yet, I’m quite sure that they have some work to do, but Sam does appear to be truly horrified by what he did and remorseful about it.  They will clearly have to have a major talk (once they get away from Lucifer that is) and apologies need to be said.  I hope Sam gets to hear Dean’s real message sometime.  Maybe it’ll still be in his phone and he’ll hear it by accident and be properly touched?  When it came down to it though, even when Sam was at his darkest, he heard his brother.  That makes all the difference in the world, doesn’t it?  I think that they can be repaired, but I know when Sam said he was sorry that Dean’s face didn’t say, all’s well, no problem.  So we have to wait some 4 or 5 months to see that play out don’t we?

I’m sorry for all the yammering, I’m really trying to wrap my mind around everything.  I feel I have written a lot without saying anything.  Sam’s major weakness is pride, he will not back down if someone calls him a monster or a freak.  Ruby and Lillith used this against him the whole time.  Dean can’t really lord it over Sam that he was used by Ruby because Dean was also being used by the angels at the same time.  It’s just that Dean’s lucky enough to have one angel who listened to him and believed in him enough to break ranks.  I love that that was so well set up…we saw that Castiel questioned decisions along the way and that he truly didn’t agree with some of the things he was asked to do.  It made his break all the more real.  I’m thrilled that Misha Collins has been added to the regular cast; the chemistry between him and Jensen is palpable and I shall definitely look forward to he and Sam meeting up again.

It seems instead of battling one another, or good battling evil, we’re going to have our guys battling both good and evil.  That’s quite an ambitious undertaking and I do hope the show is not biting off more than it can chew, but I am on board from start to finish.  The finale may have been different than I thought it would be but it didn’t begin to disappoint.  The summer cannot end soon enough!

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Brothers on the brink.

Brothers on the brink.

Wow…I don’t know if I’ve ever attempted to write a blog where I find myself having a hard time putting into words what I want to say.  This Supernatural episode was not as action packed as I thought it would be but that didn’t matter to me whatsoever because I was so caught up in an emotional torrent that I probably couldn’t have handled anymore.  Plus next week looks killer, so I’m not complaining.

Every now and then a TV show can manage to put together an episode that makes you feel involved, like you’re there and you’re part of it.  It’s rare, I am clearly quite invested in all of my programs but maybe not to the level that I seem to be Supernatural.  I came out of watching that episode feeling like I had been on the receiving end of every single one of those Winchester punches.  I felt bruised and battered and drained.  I spent the whole episode cringing, sighing, yelling and crying.  Okay, it was only a little tear when Dean cried but still, I did cry.  This by no means was one of those perfect episodes that they bring me now and then but it was damn good.

Before I delve into the meat of the episode, I have to throw out major kudos to both Jared and Jensen for this episode.  I felt Sam’s struggle and though I spent the majority of the episode pissed off at him (haha what a new reaction that is for me!), I felt sorry for him as well.  Jensen just ripped my heart out when Dean found that line he was unwilling to cross for his brother.  Also major kudos to that kid who plays young Sammy, that kid’s a great actor and I adore him.

I have to say, after this final showdown and whatever fallout occurs, I damn well better never EVER hear Sam say again that Dean is not strong enough.  He hasn’t used the word weak but that’s what he’s saying over and over again when he questions his brother’s strength.  Not only better he never utter those words, he better apologize and admit his brother is the stronger man.  Dean was tortured on a rack in hell for 30 years, Sam couldn’t even handle it for a two minute hallucination.

Sam used his mom to further his own agenda.

Sam used his mom to further his own agenda.

Speaking of hallucinations, for the first time in the history of this show I loathed Mary Winchester.  There she was implying Dean was weak and Sam was strong and was doing what was right.  What, they couldn’t have had John appear and do that, I’d expect it from him!  I know, she was in Sam’s head and not real but I was telling her to shut the hell up the whole time she was on my screen.

I love little Sam, so much bigger than big Sam.

I love little Sam, so much bigger than big Sam.

I did enjoy how little Sam’s bitch wasn’t about Sam becoming a demon but was instead about him giving up his chance at a real life and going along with his family.  This actually felt real, even though I call bullshit to Sam’s theory that Jessica never would have died had he been there to save her.  I’m sure he does feel that way inside but he knows it’s not true, the YED told him as much.  But, it’s a hallucination, clearly they’re not going to be the truth tellers of the world.

Hallucinatory Dean said all the things that real Dean never would.

Hallucinatory Dean said all the things that real Dean never would.

The granddaddy of the hallucinations was of course Dean himself.  It was truly beautiful watching the scenes cut from mean Dean laying into Sammy up to real Dean pouring his heart out to Bobby and saying he would not sacrifice Sam to save the world.  Mean Dean was saying all the things that I kinda wanted to say to Sam but knew that real Dean never would.  He was terribly hurtful and both boys rocked that moment.  When Sam begged him not to say that he was a monster, that he couldn’t handle that from him, that was beautiful.  That was that moment last week in the car put into words.  Dean thinking that of him would be the most hurtful thing Sam could imagine.  Of course it only made what happened later more poignant.

Cas isn't too comfortable with his actions.

Cas isn't too comfortable with his actions.

Before I could get to feeling too badly for old Sam, along came Castiel to inexplicably free him.  Um, Cas, I know you have your orders, dear angel, but that royally sucked, especially coming on the heels of your being rather dickish to Dean.  He got Dean to pledge himself to God and the angels and he was just so cold.  I know he has to be right now but I miss my cuddly Cas.  At least he’s still showing signs of being conflicted, I suppose.  I will forgive him for this move if it pays off and because Anna got yanked back into heaven (presumably anyway) on his watch, so that pleased me.  Of course she was questioning him the way I was questioning him so I didn’t loathe her as much as I usually do, but she’s gone, so oh well!

Bobby tried to be a good father to Sam.

Bobby tried to be a good father to Sam.

What a moment between Sam and Bobby when Sam was trying to escape.  Bobby was trying to talk him down and Sam was calling him on his inability to shoot him.  That brings to mind the question, would John have killed him had he been there?  Probably.  But Bobby couldn’t and Sam thanked him for that by knocking his ass out with his gun.  Oh Sam.  That was kinda my theme of the show, by the way.  I was saying, Oh Sam.  Oh Bobby.  Oh Cas.  And of course I just kept saying My Dean…my poor Dean.

How beautiful was it that Sam thought he was going to outsmart his brother and Dean caught up to him in no time flat?  Dean knew Sam would try to change his pattern and he went against all of Sam’s instincts and there he was.  Suck it, Sammy.  Well I guess he already did, watching him tear into Ruby’s blood just pissed me off.  Dean damn well better get to kill her.  Of all the unforgivable things Sam has done this season, stopping Dean from killing Ruby ranks right up there; made worse by his choosing her over Dean when Dean offered to go with him.  Jackass. And what makes Sam so sure that killing Lillith will stop this thing?  I couldn’t help but wonder when Ruby was telling him about the human that the devil had to form, of Sam himself.  I’m sure killing Lillith is some kind of red herring to the real seal, after all, Dean’s supposed to close it since he started it.  We’ll see!

Dean's still so beautiful even when fighting with his brother.

Dean's still so beautiful even when fighting with his brother.

And then we got down to it, didn’t we?  Sam telling Dean that he had to get Lillith, that he was the only one who could and Dean pointing out that it was his job, what he was brought back for.  Then Sam tells him he’s not strong enough.  AGAIN.  Dammit.  Then Sam gets a little worked up about Dean telling him what to do and asking him to trust him as he has all these years.  But Sam, really, have you?  This season you certainly haven’t.  Dean then says it, the thing hallucinatory Dean said, albeit with a different level of caring and emotion involved.  He tells Sam that if he truly knows what he’s doing then that makes him worse, it makes him a monster.  This time, though, Sam asks him to say it even though he knows what’s coming.  Hallucination no longer, reality steps in and they fight.

Sam was destroyed to hear that monster word come out of his brothers mouth.

Sam was destroyed to hear that monster word come out of his brothers mouth.

Every punch, every push, every throw hurt in a way none of their other fights have hurt before.  They are well and truly separated now.  Then Sam actually tried to choke his brother.  That was terrible.  “You don’t know me.  You never did and you never will.”  And that’s when Dean finally said it.  “You walk out that door, don’t you ever come back.”  Sam just looks at him like he’s shit on his shoe and walks out.  I knew it would hurt to watch them break but I don’t think I knew quite how much.

This is how we left Dean, uttler destroyed by what has happened with Sam.

This is how we left Dean, uttler destroyed by what has happened with Sam.

A lot of important stuff got said in this episode, one of the best for me was when Dean pointed out to Sam that he was right there.  He was back from hell so why the hell was Sam so determined to make Lillith pay?  It’s what I’ve been saying for awhile now and it was great to hear that expressed.  Sam finally got spill all his anger at having to follow his brother.  I may not agree with it but I understand the resentment.  Dean got to reiterate the fact that he was not going to let his brother become a demon to save the world.

I’m writing this off of one viewing, except for a rewatch of the end, so I’m sure I’m missing stuff and will have to go back and add things after I think about them some more, but I had this on my mind so I’m getting it out while I can.  I forgot to mention that I loved that after Dean pledged himself to the angels and Bobby asked him about it, he said that he damn well doesn’t believe that they’re necessarily doing right but he was going to do anything for Sam.  Sam clearly doesn’t feel the same way, but that’s Dean to the core and I loved that he hadn’t magically bought into Castiel’s program.  I think it’s that that might just save Sam when it comes down to it.

Next week, the finale.  Chuck’s back, which is awesome.  I still fear for Bobby, but at least he made it through this episode.  I have great trepidation and excitement over what might happen and I know that it will probably make me feel as strongly as this one did.  I hope our boys can get back together, I loved that Sam even expressed that to Ruby, the hope that when it was all over they could come back together.  From your mouth to god’s ears, Sammy, if he’ll listen to potential demons that is.

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From Jimmy to Castiel and back again.

From Jimmy to Castiel and back again.

I found Supernatural’s The Rapture episode to be quite ironic.  Here was a man of faith who was ready and willing to give himself up to the service of the lord and a year later he’s released and so disenchanted as to stop saying grace at the family meal.  I can’t say as I blame him, it was pretty crappy for him to lose a year of his life and later find out that he can’t go back to it at all, but still, what a message.

I feel kinda bad saying I didn’t really enjoy this episode nearly as much as I thought I would but that’s no fault of the actor.  I thought Misha Collins did a great job in dual roles, he really did make Jimmy seem like a totally different guy than Castiel.  I think it was probably too much Cas, a random appearance by Anna that had virtually no purpose and too little Dean and Sam.  What was the point of having Anna appear and tell Sam he seemed different when Dean gets to see him drinking his demon blood in the very same episode?  If they’d have let that one simmer in Dean’s mind for awhile, fine, but otherwise it was pointless.  Unless she appeared later to Dean and set up that Bobby call with him.  Then I can buy it.  Maybe we’ll find that out next week.  It’s just that the last 5 to 10 minutes of the program were filled with the moments I’ve been dying to see so they kinda overshadowed the tale of how Jimmy became Castiel for me.

Castiel gives Dean the cold angel shoulder when he returns.

Castiel gives Dean the cold angel shoulder when he returns.

So it seems that Castiel got dragged back into heaven for awhile as a punishment for having helped Dean figure out to bring Chuck to save Sam in the last episode.  It was rather chilling to see Castiel turn back into Castiel pre-Dean influence, a guy who was going to listen to the big bossman and not question anymore. “I learned my lesson while I was away Dean, I serve heaven.  I don’t serve man, and I certainly don’t serve you.”  Damn, that was pretty harsh.  Especially coming right after Sam’s revelation.  I truly wouldn’t have been surprised if those combined to drive Dean to want to quit, but then I know my boy.

Cas moves from Jimmy's daughter back into Jimmy.

Cas moves from Jimmy's daughter back into Jimmy.

Nice use of Jimmy’s daughter Claire as Castiel’s temporary home, it brought back memories of freaky child Lillith, who is far more chilling than adult sexy wannabe Lillith.  Sadly it appears we are not done with her.  Sigh.  I feel sad for Jimmy at never being able to go home again but at least now his wife and daughter know he wasn’t nuts and hopefully they can have happy lives.  I feel for them all.

Dean's reaction to Sam's blood drinking.

Dean's reaction to Sam's blood drinking.

And finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for….Dean saw Sam drinking blood.  I must say, they surprised me by having it be just a small part of the episode, but I think that was to set up the surprise ending.  Kudos, as always, to Jensen Ackles for that look of stunned shock followed by surprise as Sam aimed mojo hand at him.  I believed for a brief moment he thought his brother was going to attack him.  Then he quickly stumbled out of the way so Sam could remove the demon from Amelia (finally they use my name on this show, well part of it, I’m just Amy and of course she is inhabited by a demon.  I was feeling smug about gorgeous Jimmy’s wife having the same nickname as me til I saw the demon eyes!)  Also lovely in that moment was Castiel inside Claire watching with his nonjudgmental angel eyes.  I thought the little girl did a good job of not showing any emotion or reaction to blood drinking Sammy.

Sam got his juice and then worked his mojo.

Sam got his juice and then worked his mojo.

I enjoyed that Dean wasn’t saying anything in the car until Sam asked him to lay into him.  I think it probably resonated more for Dean to just talk calmly and tell Sam that he wasn’t mad.   Dean actually telling Sam not to explain himself because he doesn’t care was definitely a powerful moment.  For Dean to say something like that to Sam, who he has looked out for all of his life…what does that mean, you know?  I mean, clearly he does, but in that moment, for just a moment, doesn’t that have to scare Sam a little bit?  Then Dean says of course he is disappointed but he’s mostly just tired and done.  Of course, Bobby then conveniently calls and summons the boys to his place for Sam’s intervention.  I did adore them letting Sam walk into the room and then slamming the door on him together, telling him he was the big demon problem.  Excellent moment.

Dean & Bobby trick Sam into captivity.

Dean & Bobby trick Sam into captivity.

And then…the scenes ahead.  Hot damn!  I could not be any more excited for an upcoming episode than I am right now.  Brother vs. brother.  Sam vs. Lillith.  Dean bargaining with the angels (is he going to become one?  Cas touches him like he did Jimmy).  Sam tortured by Alastair???  Dean FINALLY going after Ruby (he damn well better get to kill that bitch).  And then, those words we were wondering about, Dean telling Sam that if he walks out that door he better never come back.  Gauntlet effectively thrown.  Of course, it will again be Sam walking away from Dean and not vice versa, but I guess we always knew that Dean couldn’t walk away from Sam.  I can’t wait for next week!

PS.  One minor bitch before I go, since when does Sam get to call him “Cas?”  That’s a Dean nickname, dammit and I don’t appreciate it.  I did appreciate some more TWoP shoutouts, with Dean calling Sam “Ginormo” and the mention of the mojo hand.   Love your viewers, Kripke!

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Dean has a very long road ahead, gorgeous pic from SupernaturalSeries.com

Dean has a very long road ahead, gorgeous pic from SupernaturalSeries.com

Every now and then a television program can reach inside and grab the viewer by putting forth a perfect episode.  It’s amazing that this season a couple of my shows have been able to do that, to leave me floored and awed and excited and disturbed all at the same time.  Lost has done it and so has Supernatural.  Sometimes writing and acting can come together and hit every single note; tonight’s Supernatural was just such an episode.

Before I delve into the storyline, can I just say that Jensen Ackles continues to wow me with his growth as an actor?  I felt Dean’s pain tonight; I sat and watched him torture a demon, knowing just what it was doing inside him to relive those moments from hell.  I watched his world shatter when he realized that he was the start of everything that was happening and I watched him lie broken in a hospital, damaged and defeated.  And it was all beautifully done.  He still managed to bring the snark through it all too.  That’s my Dean.

Now that's a fallen angel.

Now that's a fallen angel.

Sam & Dean find Castiel and Uriel waiting for them with the news that seven angels have been killed and they need help finding out what demon is responsible.  They yank Dean to Alastair’s location and order him to torture the information out of him.  Meanwhile, Sam calls Ruby in to find where they took Dean because he thinks that Dean won’t be able to handle it.  And it seemed to me that he wasn’t questioning Dean’s ability to deal with torturing Alastair after what he’d been through in hell; it was his doubting Dean’s ability to get the information.  He wasn’t strong enough in Sam’s opinion.  I think, in past seasons, I would have believed that Sam was worried for his mental issues but now he was talking about physical strength.  I could be wrong there but that’s how I saw it.

Castiel is questioning his mission again.

Castiel is questioning his mission again.

Dean starts out refusing to do it and begging Castiel not to ask him to.  He doesn’t want to go there and he doesn’t want to face that.  Uriel gets up in his face and tells him that he has to do it and takes off to find some revelation.  I’ll be honest here and say that I was unspoiled but I knew from the get go that Uriel was the one actually killing the angels.  I don’t know why but I just felt that he was behind it, so I wasn’t floored by that revelation.  Dean sucks it up and heads in to torture Alastair, slowly wheeling in a cart full of scary looking devices and holy water.

Hee, now that looks like a demon!

Hee, now that looks like a demon!

Alastair, of course, revels in the thought of Dean turning the tables on him; the student becoming the master and whatnot.  Can I just say, and this disturbs me about myself but it’s the truth, that Dean has never been hotter than when he was torturing Alastair?  I mean, my god, he took my breath away with that determined, steely look on his face.  I should probably be ashamed of myself for that one but there you have it.  He was beautiful…I guess it’s always been said that avenging angels could be beautiful so maybe I’m not so far off there.  I feel a little dirty though.

Dean looks mighty fine while torturing Alastair.

Dean looks mighty fine while torturing Alastair.

While Dean’s getting his torture on, Ruby shows up to help Sam find Dean though she’s none too pleased about it.  Then Sam tells Ruby he needs more strength and I had a moment to fear that there was going to be some sexing going on, but no, she instead sliced her arm open and let him drink her demon blood.  Lovely, Sam’s a vampire now.  So this is how he’s been getting stronger.  At least this helps solidify the thought that Ruby is not some “good” demon out to help the world.  Her agenda can’t be that pure if she has to give Sam dope hits to get his mojo working.

Sam does his best Edward Cullen impression.

Sam does his best Edward Cullen impression.

Dean continues with his creative tortures for Alastair, revealing that he was able to dream while in hell and he thought up many ways to make him suffer if he ever got the chance.  He injects him with holy water and makes him swallow salt and stabs and such.  During this, a pipe valve starts moving and water drips onto the demon’s trap on the floor.  Alastair then hits Dean with that terrible truth, that he was the one that opened the first seal when he gave in and became a torturer in hell.  A righteous man had to spill blood in hell in order for the first seal to open.  He thought John Winchester would be the one; apparently he got to torture Daddy for 100 years without him giving in and Dean only lasted 30.  These are not my words, they’re Alastair’s, I think lasting 30 years is pretty damn good myself.  Dean just stops and processes this and you know that he knows it’s true, even though Alastair wouldn’t be above lying.  He turns around to face him and finds Alastair has broken free.

Dean knows Alastair is telling the truth, he started the apocalypse.

Dean knows Alastair is telling the truth, he started the apocalypse.

While all that is going on, Castiel is hanging outside listening to Alastair’s yelling and looking rather upset about what he sent Dean off to do.  Anna shows up in a flash of lights and asks him how torture could be god’s will.  Cas doubts that himself but he is not used to questioning his orders and she gets pissed at him for putting Dean in that position.  He goes in and finds Dean being choked to death by Alastair and takes him on himself.  Alastair has him up against the wall and starts chanting to send him back to heaven but Sam shows up and throws him against the wall.

Alastair turns the tables on Dean.

Alastair turns the tables on Dean.

As Castiel watches in disbelief, Sam demands to know who is killing the angels.  Alastair won’t tell him so he uses his mojo hand and starts hurting him.  He chokes out that it isn’t a demon; if demons knew how to kill angels they wouldn’t off them one by one.  Sam sees that it’s true and Alastair tells him to send him back to hell.  Sam reveals that he’s beyond that now, he can actually kill a demon and he proceeds to do so while Castiel watches with concern.

Sam's more powerful and closer to the edge.

Sam's more powerful and closer to the edge.

Sam is sitting by Dean’s bedside when he sees Castiel walking by outside.  He goes out and demands that he heal Dean.  Cas says he can’t do that and Sam reiterates that it wasn’t a demon that was killing the angels.  Cas heads outside and talks to Anna, asking her what it’s like to fall and telling her he has begun to doubt his duty.  She gets irritated with him again for wanting her to give him orders instead of just manning up and deciding to act on his own.  He heads off to meet up with Uriel and Uriel admits that only an angel can kill an angel and whips out a knife.  He tries to persuade Castiel to join him in his quest to free their fallen brother, Lucifer, but Cas isn’t buying.  They start fighting and just as Uriel is about to finish Castiel off, Anna appears and stabs him in the throat.  No more angry Uriel.  His light comes screaming out and presumably he’s not heading to heaven.

Dean is thoroughly broken.

Dean is thoroughly broken.

Dean awakens with Castiel at his bedside and he asks him if what Alastair said was true, if he was the start of the apocalypse.  Castiel tells him that it was true and they tried to get into hell before he gave in but they weren’t in time.  Dean asks why they didn’t leave him there and Castiel tells him not to blame himself, it is fate.  The righteous man begins the apocalypse and he’s the only one who can finish it.  Dean questions how in the heck he could stop Lucifer and the apocalypse but Cas can’t tell him the hows, only that their fate rests with him.  Dean tells him that they’re screwed, he can’t do it, he’s not a hero and he’s not strong enough.  He tells him he’s not the man that either of their dads wanted him to be and to find someone else.  A tear escapes and he turns away.

It was powerful and raw and real.  This whole episode, all mytharc and much needed after some lighter episodes, laid the groundwork for the beginning of the end.  Dean is broken right now and he’s going to have to pull himself together and stand up and save the world.  And he’s clearly going to have to do it against a brother who is feeling mighty powerful and sure of himself at the moment.  Sammy’s not dark side yet but taking hits off Ruby’s blood is a sure sign that he’s going too far.  Castiel is questioning his mission and probably putting himself in a bad position with the big man upstairs or at least some of the higher ranking angels.

It’s quite clear that I’m a Dean fangirl but damned if I don’t fall more and more for him each week as he struggles with what is being asked of him and living with what he went through in hell.  He’s just beautiful inside and out and he doesn’t know it (well he knows he’s hot) and it draws me right in.  Kudos to Jensen and the writers for making Dean more compelling week in and week out.  Next week it looks like we’re going lighter again, which is probably good after such a deep and epic episode.  I’m still longing for more though; a sure sign that they’re getting it right.

Thanks to SupernaturalSeries.com for capturing some better Dean pics.

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