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Supernatural “Heaven Can’t Wait”

Heaven Can't Wait

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Human Cas now has a human job. He’s living in Rexford, Idaho and is an employee at the Gas-n-Sip. He takes pride in his work and he’s doing real well, impressing his female boss and everything. The one thing he can’t quite master is the slushie machine. But there’s time for that later. He and Dean have to deal with one of the fallen angels who is, unfortunately, continuing his heavenly job on earth.

 

Meanwhile, back at the bunker, there’s some quid pro quo action going on. Sam and Kevin want Crowley to translate some Elamite doodles Kevin garnered from the angel tablet. And Crowley, in turn, wants to make a phone call…to Abaddon.

 

“Heaven Can’t Wait” is a really nice episode from new Supernatural writer Robert Berens. Even though this is a case Sam and Dean aren’t working together, I liked both sides of the equation. At the bunker are Kevin and Sam having to deal with Crowley. On the road, Dean and a Cas that’s having to adapt to all that humanity entails, work a case. Of course, Cas tries to let Dean investigate alone, but he’s eventually pulled into it. Good thing that it happens after his shift at work and before he’s set to go on a date with Nora. Well, he thinks it’s a date. Poor Cas. She just wants him to babysit.

 

What goes down:

Ephraim, aka the Rit Zien, wants to purge all the pain that he’s sensing from the humans. So he touches their foreheads and they explode. He doesn’t realize humans go through a zillion emotions everyday. They may be feeling despair and exhibit suicidal tendencies one minute, but the next, something can happen to make them feel better. He preys on the humans at those times they are feeling their worst and he kills them. And he thinks he’s just doing his duty and is making the world a better place.

 

Take the teenager who gets dumped in front of the whole school. Sure she’s in pain and feeling all kinds of humiliation. And sure she says she wants to die. She doesn’t mean it. Ephraim doesn’t know that. He doesn’t know enough about humans to make that distinction. It’s such an interesting case when you think about it. I don’t know if I want to say his intentions are good because he’s not even willing to stop and try to delineate the true pain from those that are just going through something bad. But I think he thinks he’s well intentioned. To me, he just comes off looking like a brutal killer with no real empathy for his victims. Love when Dean flings the angel knife to Cas and Cas gets the honors of offing the angel who was there to take away his pain and terror.

Heaven Can't Wait

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And on the Crowley front, I love his scenes with Sam and Kevin. Mark Sheppard continues to bring me joy even though he’s been stuck in that bunker WAY too long. He’s been out of the game for a while now, so a quick call to Abaddon will let him know what he’ll be dealing with if/when he makes it out of Winchester headquarters. I also like how he seems to have targeted Kevin. He likes to mess with the kid. In order to make that phone call, he wants Kevin’s blood to make it so. He’s tired of Sam’s blood. Hilarious.

 

Favorite Moments

-Cas babysitting. OMG. The baby is beyond adorable. I love the way Cas holds her. The “lullaby” he sings the little one is the theme song to the early ’80s series The Greatest American Hero. “Believe it or not, I’m walking on air. I never thought I would feel so free. Flyin’ away on a wing and a prayer. Who could it be? Believe it or not it’s just me.” Perfection. That song went to number two on the Billboard Top 100 chart back in 1981.

 

-Dean gearing Cas up for his “date.” You know, at first Dean can’t understand why Cas is living the life he’s living. Working at a gas station is above him, the Winchester says. But he, of course, comes around. And it makes a scene like this one that much sweeter. Dean takes on the brotherly role, once again. He wants Cas’ date to succeed. So he tells him to take off his vest, unbutton his shirt (but not too much) and gives him dating tips.

 

-Later, Dean admires the life Cas has made for himself. He’s proud of him and he’s sorry he had to throw him out of the bunker. The Jensen/Misha scenes are so good in this episode.

 

-The Crowley/Abaddon phone call is excellent as well. For some reason, I did not look at the credits at the beginning of the episode. So I had no idea Alaina Huffman was going to be in it. And it was good to see her. These two power players are formidable. Love how Abaddon called Crowley the “Winchesters’ bitch.” And Crowley, in turn, has a code he lives by. He thinks his more refined way works and that Abaddon’s brutal approach will backfire. I can’t wait to find out who’s right.

 

Random Thoughts

-I don’t know why but it makes my heart happy every time Crowley calls Sam, “Moose.” I just wish Dean had been around so he could call him “Squirrel.”

 

-Ephraim acknowledges that Cas is a legend to him. That he didn’t always succeed but he played big. That’s a new spin on Cas but it makes sense.

 

-Dean, unfortunately, doesn’t tell Cas why he really had to tell him to leave the bunker. On top of that, he also doesn’t tell Cas that the fallen angels spell that Metatron enacted, can’t be reversed. At least that’s what Crowley told Kevin and Sam. We’re assuming he’s not lying. Dean just wants Cas to be able to live a normal, safe existence. I’m seeing shades of season six when Cas didn’t turn to Dean because he didn’t want to encroach on his life with Ben and Lisa.

 

-I love the way Sam deals with Crowley. There have been some quality Sam/Crowley scenes the last couple of seasons.

 

-How did Cas settle on the name Steve? Inquiring minds want to know. And is he sleeping at the gas station? Hopefully, he’ll be able to find a home soon.

 

-Every time Abaddon’s around, I want to see her in a scene with Dean. Yes, I’m hooked on Abaddean. Don’t judge me.

 

-Dean’s alias is Agent Lee Ermey. I looked him up and he’s an actor who was a former Marine. The guy’s known for playing a lot of military roles and also cops/judges/authority-types. I’m wondering why Robert Berens chose him as an alias?

 

-That teen with a ‘tude Dean questioned — she was annoying.

 

-It’s tough to see Cas admit that he’s scared and in emotional pain.

 

-Love when Cas shoos Dean away from the house so he can start his “date.”

 

-Nora’s daughter’s name is Tanya. That’s the first name of the actress that plays Nora.

 

-What’s up with Crowley stealing the syringe and injecting himself? He wants to be even more human? Is there another reason? Is there a significance that it’s Kevin’s blood?

 

-Of course Dean gives Cas a tip on dealing with a baby who has a fever. We already know that Dean’s good with babies.

 

-After Cas’ encounter with Ephraim the Rit Zien, I wonder if he’s going to be wondering whether he wants to find a way to get his grace back or live as a human forever. But, for now, Cas is back at the Gas-n-Sip doing his job.

 

-I can’t believe it. An episode where Sam doesn’t get knocked out. There’s not even one peep from Zeke. Amazing.

-I know what episode airs next week and I know roughly what it’s about. And you couldn’t really get the sense of it from the promo that aired at the end of “Heaven Can’t Wait.” Oh well. I can’t wait to see “Bad Boys.”

 

Guest Star Goodness

Dark Angel Reunion: I about freaked out when I saw who was playing the sheriff/cop Dean worked with at the crime scenes. Michael Kopsa is his name and he played Robert Berrisford in Jensen’s best DA episode ever, “The Berrisford Agenda.” Can you believe it? If you’re a Jensen fan and you haven’t seen this particular Dark Angel episode, do it right now. I’ll wait. This comes after the small “TBA” reunion Jensen had with Meghan Ory a couple of seasons ago in the episode “Adventures in Babysitting.” I am surprised Kopsa didn’t get a credit at the beginning of “Heaven Can’t Wait.” To me, he’s big time. He also played the main evil Observer, Captain Windmark, on Fringe. Love this guy. So glad he was able to reunite with Jensen on Supernatural. I liked their easy chemistry. It was good to see them playing guys that got along rather than the enemies their characters were on DA.

 

Ashton Holmes played Ephraim. The guy is good at playing bad. On ABC’s Revenge he was Tyler Barrol, a sycophant stalker psychopath who made life hell for everyone in the Hamptons. He was pretty amazing on that show. He was also Thom in the first season of the CW’s Nikita. I was kind of crushed when his character was killed off.

 

What They Said: Favorite Quotes from “Heaven Can’t Wait”

 

Delivery Guy: “Morning, Steve.” Cas: “High…five.”

 

Nora: “There’s something different about you…something different.” Cas: “I can assure you there’s not.” Nora: “I know these things. You’re…you’re special.”

 

Sam: “That’s your big news…is that you translated the tablet into…doodles?” Kevin: “It’s cuneiform.”

 

Kevin: “I was able to translate the tablet and the footnotes into Elamite which is…” Dean: “Doodles.” Kevin: “It’s extinct.”

 

Sam: “Maybe if we can decipher the footnotes then we can reverse the spell and…” Dean: “Punt those winged dicks back to heaven. Where do we start?” Sam: “Research.”

 

Dean: “Zimmerman’s Encyclopedia of Extinct Languages, Volume 1 — Adai to Atakapa. How many volumes are there?” Kevin: “24 — don’t worry we’ve got them all.” Dean: “Awesome. (Dean’s phone rings) There is a God.”

 

Sam: “It’s barely even a case.” Dean: “That’s why I’m just gonna go have a little look-see and we’re not gonna waste a lot of manpower on a big pile of nada.” Kevin: “In other words, a perfect excuse to bail out on research.” Dean: “You got me.”

 

Sam: “Who? Crowley?” Dean: “I’m just saying, we’re not keeping him chained up for the one-liners.”

 

Dean: “So you went from fighting heavenly battles to nuking Taquitos?” Cas: “Nachos too.”

 

Sam: “Like it or not, there’s still a part of you that’s not a douche.” Crowley: “Sorry, Moose. To the last drop.”

 

Cas (to Dean): “Nora…is a very nice woman. I’m pretty sure she’s not a reaper intent on killing me.”

 

Dean: “Kind of bummed?” Teen: “Like more bummed than when she got a “C” on her quiz. And less bummed than when her parents split up. Kind of…bummed.”

 

Crowley (to Sam and Kevin): “Now, who’s gonna be a dear and open up a vein?”

 

Dean: “And now your buttons — why don’t you unbutton it?” Cas: “Okay.” Dean: “That’s far enough, Tony Manero.”

 

Dean (to Cas): “Listen to me. Always open the door for her, okay? Ask a lot of questions. They like that. And…uh…oh. If she says she’s happy to go Dutch, she’s lying. All right? Go get ’em tiger.”

 

Sam: “What? What happened?” Crowley: “I’ve been placed on hold.”

 

Crowley (to Abaddon): “You ganky, putrescent, skanger!”

 

Abaddon: “No one’s seen you in weeks and last I saw you, Howdy and Doody had you tied up nice and tight. Seems to reason, they’ve turned you into a kennel dog. How does it feel, Crowley? To be the Winchesters’ bitch?”

 

Crowley: “You. Will. Burn.” Abaddon: “I. Can’t. Wait.”

 

Dean: “I’m proud of you.” Cas: “Thank you, Dean.”


Supernatural airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on the CW.

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17 Comments

  1. Cas left hanging with the high-five, awww. Very good episode – better than last week’s filler. You know I just can’t trust Crowley, no matter how much I adore that dastardly devil. I think he just may be withholding some information from the Winchesters, holding on to it until he really needs something from them or just for his own personal advantage.
    Great recap as always!

  2. Did anyone notice that Abaddon was at Castle Storage where John’s stuff is? I read it on twitter so I didn’t notice either. I feel so sorry for Cass. It seems like he’s made “being human” (no pun intended) his job while his grace is gone. It could make him a better angel eventually.
    And Crowley is up to something. But I kind of felt sorry for him too, losing his position as king. Well, not that sorry.

    • Tina Charles says:

      I did not notice that. Interesting. I’m going to have queue that part of the episode up and rewatch it. Thanks for the heads up. And thanks for commenting!

  3. I really liked this episode overall. Loved the Dean and Cas dating advice scene. So cute. That may be the most adorable baby I’ve ever seen. Those eyes! Loved Cas singing to her. Thanks for telling us who the actor who played Ephram was–I couldn’t place him and it was driving me crazy! Didn’t like that Dean dissed Cas’ job. Seemed kind of out of character to me. Looking forward to next week. Looks like an old school ghost story.

    • Tina Charles says:

      Hey Jennifer! Thanks for commenting!

      Did you recognize the guy who played Ephraim from Nikita or Revenge?

      I just wondered why Dean would diss Cas’ job when he was the one who told him he had to leave the bunker. He should have realized that Cas had to do what Cas had to do. But I’m happy Dean came around.

  4. An excellent summation, Tina.

    Cas seems so weary of the conflict, that as much as I enjoy him as a character, I hope he can become part of the human world and have some peace.

    Abaddon shows that there are worse choices than Crowley as head of hell. The devil as the deal maker has always been a major part of the mythology of human and demon interactions so her actions are really against that tradition.

    As Crowley said in an earlier episode, if the person selling their soul doesn’t believe the contract will be binding to both parties, then a deal is a fool’s choice and most won’t sign. I tend to believe that’s about right , and all those willing souls will stop being so willing.

    I can’t see what Crowley or Hell would win by having the angels stay on Earth. If anything, it would make it more dangerous for the demons if the angels finally get their act together. He was probably telling the truth about the spell.

    The next few episodes should be interesting.

    • Tina Charles says:

      Thanks for reading and commenting!
      It would be awesome if Cas could become part of the human world like he wants (or seems to want right now) but I doubt that’s going to happen.
      I personally can’t wait for next week’s episode.
      When was the last time we had any Dean backstory, huh?
      I’m hoping the episode rocks.
      Talk to you later!

      Tina

  5. “-Every time Abaddon’s around, I want to see her in a scene with Dean. Yes, I’m hooked on Abaddean. Don’t judge me.”

    I won’t-not at all. In fact, I couldn’t agree more. *winks*

    “-Dean’s alias is Agent Lee Ermey. I looked him up and he’s an actor who was a former Marine. The guy’s known for playing a lot of military roles and also cops/judges/authority-types. I’m wondering why Robert Berens chose him as an alias?”

    This is so cool! I like! Thanks for the info.

    “Dark Angel Reunion: I about freaked out when I saw who was playing the sheriff/cop Dean worked with at the crime scenes. Michael Kopsa is his name and he played Robert Berrisford in Jensen’s best DA episode ever, “The Berrisford Agenda.” Can you believe it? If you’re a Jensen fan and you haven’t seen this particular Dark Angel episode, do it right now. I’ll wait. This comes after the small “TBA” reunion Jensen had with Meghan Ory a couple of seasons ago in the episode “Adventures in Babysitting.” I am surprised Kopsa didn’t get a credit at the beginning of “Heaven Can’t Wait.” To me, he’s big time. He also played the main evil Observer, Captain Windmark, on Fringe. Love this guy. So glad he was able to reunite with Jensen on Supernatural. I liked their easy chemistry. It was good to see them playing guys that got along rather than the enemies their characters were on DA.”

    I was trying to figure out who this was. So thanks again! I loved their workman-like scenes together, too.

    Loved the Dean and Cas stuff. All of it. So much. As always. I’m glad you’re still writing recaps, Tina. It would not be the same for me if you weren’t. I know what’s coming up next week, too, and I’m probably looking forward to this one more than any other so far this season-even the premiere.

    • Tina Charles says:

      Arafel! So glad you found me here. Thanks for reading and commenting. I’m beyond excited for next week. I HOPE IT’S GOOD.
      I know it will be. 🙂

      Tina

  6. Great recap, as always Tina!

    I definitely agree with you about the Sam/Crowley interaction, and I just realized it within the course of this episode. I am intrigued by Crowley stealing/keeping a syringe of blood, and I’m glad that Sam knows something is up. As a couple others have said, as much as I like the Crowley scenes, I still don’t trust him. You know he’s got something up his sleeve that he’ll be able to use for leverage at some point.

    Ahh, Dean and Cas. Could I love them anymore? I think not. Surely Cas will decide he needs to get his grace back before long and the boys will help him. The date advice was the best, and Cas shooing Dean away before he knocked on the door was cute. I was hoping that Dean would come clean to Cas about kicking him out of the bunker, but alas, not yet. The brotherly vibe was in full force with them.

    I must’ve missed the previews for next week, but based on the comments here I need to go and watch for it.

    • Tina Charles says:

      Hey Teri!

      Thanks for commenting! So glad you liked the episode as much as I did. And here’s the synopsis for next week’s episode. I just feel like the preview that we saw at the end of “Heaven Can’t Wait” wasn’t really able to give a good hint as to what we’re going to get next week:

      SPOILER ALERT

      “SUPERNATURAL” — “Bad Boys” (9:00-10:00pm)

      YOUNG DEAN — Dean (Jensen Ackles) gets a call from an old friend named Sonny (guest star Blake Gibbons) asking for help with a ghost. Sonny runs a home for delinquent boys, and Dean was sent there for stealing food when he was younger. Sam (Jared Padalecki) is stunned he never knew this about his brother and asks for more information, but Dean dodges his questions.

  7. Loved your review! So now maybe Cass will be like Bobby to his fellow angels, helping them when they need assistance. Why did Crowley want Kevin’s blood? Who really is Kevin’s father anyway? Was Metatron exiled from Heaven too? There’s got to be a way back in. Gosh I love this show!

  8. Loved having Cas back and not living under an overpass or something. He’s got a job he’s good at and enjoys, I liked that!

    I did not recognize Robert Berrisford! Obviously I need another DA rewatch!

    So Crowley “says” the spell is irreversible. Why are we believing anything Crowley says?? Loved his call to Abaddon. “I’m on hold.”

    What’s up with him shooting up Kevin’s blood like a junkie??

    Cas and the baby – very high cuteness factor. I loved “Greatest American Hero” back in the day and sang along with him. But in tune. 🙂

    • Tina Charles says:

      I once got to interview William Katt, Connie Selleca and Robert Culp at Comic Con for a Greatest American Hero reunion thing they were having there. I WAS IN HEAVEN. lol

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