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5 Moments of Goodness from Supernatural “Book of the Damned”

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Photo Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW

The bad news about nearing the end of Supernatural Season X is that in just a few weeks, we’ll be experiencing another painful hellatus. The good news is that with these last few episodes, there comes a focus. Instead of all these different stories going on, the season no longer feels super scattered.

Cas has his Grace back. Perfect. Now the Mark of Cain story becomes the main focus for the rest of the season (give or take whatever Monsters of the Week they throw at us, of course). But it makes me feel better, that’s for sure.

In “Book of the Damned,” Charlie and Metatron are around to help (Charlie) and hinder (Metatron) the action. Sam starts to make some interesting (and controversial) moves. He’s in full Save Dean mode. And I couldn’t be happier.

Kudos to Robbie Thompson who weaved so many elements together in a great way. My only complaint is that there was a little too much Metatron. I could have used less of his sarcastic-ness, although he did provide some humor. Plus, the show actually used two classic rock music cues in the same episode (Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys are Back in Town” and The Who’s “Behind Blue Eyes).

Photo Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW

Photo Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW

In an episode that was all about getting the Mark off Dean, most of my favorite moments belonged to other characters. But just know that Jensen continues to nail his performance as a marked man. Right now, I feel a lot like I did in one of Jeremy Carver’s most famous episodes, “A Very Supernatural Christmas.” Back then, there was a time limit on Dean’s life and he simply wanted to spend one last Christmas with his brother. He wanted to actually celebrate it which is something that almost never happened for them. Everything Dean did and said was tinged with this sadness — it broke my heart to see him get so much joy out of opening gifts and drinking spiked egg nog with Sam knowing full well that hell was going to come calling soon.

Cut to “Book of the Damned.” The entire episode, Dean tries to stay hopeful. He tries not to show how worried or scared he is. Or that his belief in getting rid of the Mark is dwindling. He tries to fight the good fight. And he tries to keep his humor in tact. But the thing is…we all know Dean. He’s worried. He’s not usually an optimistic person but for his brother, he will be. But the act that he puts on is just that — an act — so his enjoying the song on the radio; or making some joke; or even his eating pizza with his pals — it’s all dripping with sadness and heartbreak. And it’s making my heart ache. Jensen conveys all the emotions and the feels so damn well.

5 Moments of Goodness from “Book of the Damned”

#1: Dean wants a vacation

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Photo Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW

In the Impala, Dean has hope for the first time in forever. The brothers have heard from Charlie. She has the Book of the Damned and she feels good about their chances of translating it and finding the cure. Dean feels good about it too and he allows himself to dream of taking a vacation with Sam:

Dean: “I’ll tell you another thing, if this actually does work, we can take some time off.”

Sam: “What? Like a vacation?”

Dean: “Mmm hmm…And I’m not talking just like a weekend in Vegas or sitting in some crap motel watching pay-per-porn. No, I’m talking about a beach, drinking cervezas, go for a swim, mingle with the local wildlife. When was the last time either one of us was on a beach?

Sam: “Never.”

Dean: “Never. Sand between our toes, Sammy. Sand between our toes.”

Apparently, the beach is the new Grand Canyon. I’d like to see the boys take a full on beach vacation, wouldn’t you?

2. Great Sam POV

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Photo Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW

I don’t think I’m overselling things when I say that this is a momentous episode simply for the Sam POV alone. How long have we been waiting for this? Last time Charlie was in town we thought we were going to get a little somethin’ somethin’. As great as that episode was (“There’s No Place Like Home”), we didn’t get the Sam/Charlie conversation we were hoping to get. And, yes, I’m speaking for everyone.

He and Dean go at it, but at least Sam tells his brother what he’s thinking. Part of the catalyst is the fact that this Book of the Damned is downright evil. It’s calling out to Dean and he realizes that even using it now is going to mean some bad things later. But Sam clearly doesn’t care. Not if it means he can keep his brother from becoming Demon Dean again.

Dean: “What I can do is I can fight it as long as I can until…”

Sam: “Until what? Tell me. Until what, Dean? Until I watch you become a demon again? Until then? I can’t do that. I won’t do that.”

Dean: “Well, you’ll just have to lock me up and bind me to the bunker like you did last time.

Charlie: That doesn’t solve anything.”

Sam: “Look, just let us translate the book, okay? If there’s a cure, we’ll do it and deal with the consequences later. I can’t lose you.”

Dean: “Really?”

Sam: “Yeah, really.”

Dean: “You change your mind on that? ‘Cause that’s not what you said last time.”

Sam: “Oh come on, man. You know I didn’t mean…”

Dean: “This is my cross to bear, Sam. Mine. And that book is not the answer. Now we gotta destroy it before it falls into the wrong hands and that includes me.”

We also get to hear (definitively) that Sam’s finally accepted this hunter’s life and that he’s all on board as long as his brother’s around. He brings up Jess and law school, even. Last season’s bitterness and anger gets covered as well. This all made me smile and tear up and Jared did a great job with all of it.

Sam: “You know, when Dean came to get me at school, I told myself, one last job. You know? one more job. And then when I…when I lost Jess I again told myself one more job. It was always one more job. You know, one more job. And one more job. And then I was gonna go back to law. And to my life.”

Charlie: “You were the Dread Pirate Roberts of hunting.”

Sam: “Yeah. I guess I really understand now that…this is my life. I love it. But I can’t do it without my brother. I don’t want to do it without my brother. And if he’s gone then I’ll…”

Charlie: “I get it. I do.”

It’s so great to witness Sam get emotional. After the events of last season there were so many hurtful things said and done by each brother. Now we get a bit of the role reversal — and not all of it is on the up and up. More on that in just a bit. I simply want to savor the Sam POV. It feels good. It feels like the show and this character earned these conversations. They are glorious moments.

3. Cas gets his Grace back

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Photo Credit: Katie Yu/The CW

Poor Cas has to spend some quality time with Metatron. I don’t wish that on anyone. However, I do enjoy when the angel gets a couple of punches in on the annoying scribe, who as I said earlier, is much better in smaller doses. And, yes, Meta tricks Cas and takes him to a library where he manages to find and take off with the demon tablet. I’m not going to think about what that means right now.

I’m just going to revel in the fact that Cas’ Grace didn’t fall into Metatron’s hands. Cas was clever enough to figure out where it was. And now he’s himself again, complete with wings. How amazing is that shot of Cas being Cas again? It’s been such a long time since we’ve seen those wings. Great. Moment.

4. Cas and Charlie Meet

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Photo Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW

We’ve been waiting for this to happen for a long time. Charlie was introduced in season seven. This is season ten. And this is the first time Charlie gets to meet Cas. It’s everything I hoped for.

Charlie: “I thought you’d be shorter.”

Charlie’s already calling her and Cas best friends. In turn, with one touch, the angel cures Charlie of her gunshot wound and carpal tunnel syndrome. This guy is so handy to have around, right? Charlie asks Cas if he can save Dean now that he has his mojo back but she knows the answer. And then the two proceed to have fun over pizza and the paper fortune teller game. I look forward to seeing these two interact more. But for now, I’m incredibly happy to know they have finally met. And she, Cas and Sam have one thing in common: to save their friend/brother. They will make a formidable team.

5. Sam saves the Book of the Damned and plays Let’s Make a Deal

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Photo Credit: Liane Hentscher/The CW

Oh, Sam. I love the way you lie. I have wanted this Sam for a long time. I know that he’s strong and he’s there for Dean. But I’ve wanted him to go all out to save his brother. This is what we’re getting.

The evil Styne family want their evil book back. They track Dean back to the cabin where a rumble ensues. Dean, once again, reiterates to Sam that he needs to burn the book because if they use it, bad things will happen. If it falls into the wrong hands, bad things will happen. Sam goes ahead and burns it. But we know that’s not what actually happens, right?

Sam pretends to burn the evil book but he hides it away in that souped up lockbox and burns something else. At the very end of the episode we see this happen in flashback. And then we see him meeting someone with said book in hand. And that person is…Rowena. And she’s not going to help without getting something in return.

On the other side of things…Sam was so angry at Dean last season (and rightly so) for Dean lying to him about what he did to save him. But now he’s doing the same thing to Dean. He’s not adhering to his wishes (like burning that evil Book of the Damned). And saving Dean means unspeakable things are going to happen — either to themselves or, even worse, the rest of the world. Now, personally, I love the fact that he’s doing everything he can to save his brother. But I also feel like he was so angry at Dean about his lies that this isn’t cool. He’s not trusting his brother because he knows Dean will put the kibosh on his plans.

Sam’s crossing into some severely dangerous territory. Letting Rowena anywhere near that book is a bad idea. There’s going to be consequences to that. There’s going to be consequences if they actually use the book. And Dean’s going to be majorly pissed. He will blame himself and bad things happen when Dean blames himself for the world going to hell.

Guest Star Goodness: Jeff Branson

Once again, the show kills off what could have been a great villain. The Styne family has the potential to be a supercool big bad in the future (even beyond season ten). I’d like to know more about them.

What we know now is scary: They are, according to this episode, multigenerational, centuries old wrong. They use spells to create disease; destabilize markets; they helped the Nazis before they came into power and they profited from all of it. They are bad news bears, for sure.

The leader of this field team is Jacob Styne, played by former daytime star, Jeff Branson. He’s been on three different soaps — Guiding Light, All My Children and The Young and the Restless. I’ve personally watched two of those shows while he was on them (GL and AMC). He snagged Emmy nominations for all three roles — he won for playing supercouple Josh and Reva’s son, Shayne Lewis, on Guiding Light back in 2009. And not that you need to know this but Josh and Reva are one of my all time favorite soap supercouples.

Branson is a fun actor to watch. On primetime, he’s guest starred on a couple of the CSIs and a couple of the NCIS shows. I hope the powers that be at Supernatural figure out a way for him to come back in the future. Flashbacks? Twin brother? Whatevs. And, who knows, maybe he’s somebody that can show up at one of the Supernatural Cons someday. It only takes one episode.

Also bonus points because he’s from St. Louis and so am I.

Random Thoughts

-Dean in a hoodie is a beautiful thing. He looked so young in it, didn’t he? Almost as young as he looked in one in season 1’s “Faith.”

-Hmm. Turns out I still appreciate Alanis Morissette “Ironic” humor. Who knew?

-Some other humor I love is when people are talking about a person in the room and they’re all like, “I am right here.” (I’m greatly paraphrasing Metatron to Cas)

-“No one here by that name. Sorry.” Sam is still the worst phone cover upper / liar around.

-Will wonders ever cease…Dean came clean re: the Mark of Cain being a curse and Rowena trying to kill him. And he actually apologizes for not telling his brother sooner. Which, obviously, gave Sam an idea. On hindsight, maybe he shouldn’t have come clean.

-Charlie shows she’s mighty tough and badass in this episode. Where did she learn to fight, again? Did all that happen in Oz?

-That compass trinket the Styne guys used to track the book and Charlie — did anyone who watches The Vampire Diaries think about the time-traveling ascendants? Just me?

-I like Crowley’s buddy comedy schtick more than Metatron’s.

-“Samateur hour?” Boo, Metatron. BOO.

-Okay, it probably sounds like I have it out for ol’ Meta baby. I love Curtis Armstrong. I’m just tired of Metatron getting away with everything. It’s time for his major comeuppance. And I’m not talking jail time. Because we know that he will never be behind bars forever. He’ll find a way out and will cause lots and lots of pain while he’s loose. And like Cas said, he KILLED Dean. Unacceptable. Unforgivable. Especially since he took such joy in it. Yes, I hold grudges.

-Sam’s lying to Dean, Cas and Charlie. Cas is lying to Dean. My head hurts.

-I love the way Dean makes Sam smile. Sam’s not much of a smiler. But Dean finds a way to get his brother to experience lighter moments every once in a while.

-I think the directors of this episode (P.J. Pesce) and “Inside Man” (Rasheed Ernesto Green) are keepers. I hope they are two of the go to directors for season 11.

What did you think of “Book of the Damned?”

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

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42 Comments

  1. Ah but Dean is lying too. He hasn’t told Sam and Cas what Cain said to him. Otherwise Sam’s solution would be just to kill himself so that Dean never becomes a psychopath Knight of Hell. Cas doesn’t know that either.

    • Tina Charles says:

      Very true. They all keep lying to each other. But we’ve seen Dean lie before. Like all last season. And Sam hated it. Now he’s doing it. I think he must understand his brother a little bit better, right?

      • I guess I’m more forgiving of Sam’s lies because Dean really, really screwed up when he took the mark. He’s looking at eternal evil and damnation in the long run. So, I understand Sam’s desperation and lies. On the other hand, Dean lied to a brother who didn’t want or need saving, who was dying a normal death and going to Heaven. The two situations shouldn’t be compared IMO.

  2. Dean isn’t lying. Why tell them Cain said he’d kill them when he turned if Sam doesn’t know that then he’s an idiot. Not to mention Cas is set to kill Dean the minute he turns so it’s not likely. to happen. Sam isn’t just lying but talking behind Dean’s back treating him like a moron not to mention the stupidity of requesting Rowena’s help?!

    • Tawrens, NOTHING beats the stupidity of Dean taking the Mark of Cain, without being tricked, refusing to hear the warnings. The brothers are stupid when it comes to each other. And they lie, like Dean did most of last year. What else is new.

      • Tina Charles says:

        And I really think this is your opinion. Not fact. Just like everything in my column is opinion. I think we can all agree that almost all of the characters on this show but especially Sam and Dean have done some monumentally stupid things.

  3. Man, I loved Jeff Branson. What a disappointment that he got killed off after five minutes. I wished the Styne family would be the big bad for S11, too — but he was good and they were good, so count on them not being brought back. Throwing out potential is a Supernatural specialty.

    • Styne family is supposed to be the focus of 10.21 Dark Dynasty.

      We should start a petition, bring back Jeff Branson (we didn’t see them burn his body, maybe his family can resurrect him, Bobby called the resurrected “revenants” in 4.01).

      • PS How is the family name spelled? I’ve seen it Stein, Stine, Steyn and Styne. Anybody KNOW?

        • Tina Charles says:

          It’s Styne. I got it from the CW synopsis for Episode 21 (SPOILER ALERT):

          Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) investigate a bizarre murder and realize the killer bears the same tattoo as those from the Styne family. Eldon Styne (guest star David Hoflin) attacks Dean and a brutal fight ensues. Meanwhile, Castiel (Misha Collins) acts as referee when Charlie (guest star Felicia Day) and Rowena (guest star Ruth Connell) are forced to work together on the Book of the Damned. Crowley (Mark Sheppard) discovers his mother is missing and knows she’s up to something so he turns to an old enemy for help.

  4. FIRST, I want to agree about Jeff Branson. I HATE stupid villains with “issues” (like Rowena, all she really wants is “everything” and there is nothing in her for anybody else). Jacob had no ISSUES. He had a mission and in the end he died (but I also subscribe to the soap opera even “eviller” twin plot device to bring him back); his accent and that of his compatriots MATCHED. Hallelujah!

    Hannah and the angel council were right: Metatron was too dangerous to let out of lock-up for one single minute. He escaped. Now he doesn’t have his Grace (unless he palmed it from Castiel at one point in time) so he shouldn’t be as much of a threat as before, but I have no idea what power he can harness thru the demon tablet. HMM. Maybe release Lucifer; Lucifer hates humans and demons, I betcha he’d like another angel follower now that Dean ganked Azazel.
    Why did Castiel NOT TELL Dean that Metatron escaped with the Demon Tablet? Shouldn’t they be looking for Metatron? I could not understand how Castiel could not find him, Metatron was human, could not zap anywhere. Just bizarre.

    The show is in bizarro Supernatural world when DEAN is the one who is telling the truth.

    • Tina Charles says:

      I really loved the villain from last season played by Kavan Smith. He was Cuthbert Sinclair in S9’s Blade Runners. Okay, I got my wish. I checked Kavan’s imdb page and noticed that he’s down as guest star for this week’s episode so he’ll be back in some capacity. I’m so excited. I hated that they killed Cuthbert off at the end of the episode!

      Thanks for helping me figure this out. Now I’m super excited for “The Werther Project.”

  5. Great review!

    I was wondering where I had seen Jeff Branson before, and that’s it! I used to watch Guiding Light too! (I loved Philip and Olivia, lol)

    It’s funny. You don’t think that it’s cool that Sam is lying now when he was so angry about it last year, and I don’t think it’ cool that Dean ignored Sam’s wishes in season 9 but now expects Sam to respect his. It’s all about which character we identify with, I think.

    The stakes are much higher now. Whatever Sam tries will most likely blow up in his face, but on the other hand, Dean has the potential to do a lot of damage as well, and then will end up in Hell. For once, I understand Sam’s motivation completely and I liked how it’s been set up. I just wish Sam had more to do this year.

    • Tina Charles says:

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I loved Phillip and Olivia too. Although it was tough to watch GL in those final days with all that “outside location” shooting they were doing. But GL is my all-time favorite soap. So Jeff Branson popping up on SPN is a beautiful thing to me.

  6. 1. Come on just because they “killed”, Jacob Stine, and I use that term loosely, there are a multitude of ways to bring him back it’s dizzying.
    2.The boys act on their immediate emotions, especially when it comes to each other. Sam’s character though is usually the more level headed, think it through kind of guy. Dean is more like, shoot first and ask questions later,if we boil it down to the nitty gritty. Sam is desperate though. He has accepted the life coming to terms this is how it is and is fine with it, but through it all Dean has always been there fighting for Sam. Always. Dean has never given up. Sam knows it, and knows in his heart he can’t let Dean down nor himself (love & guilt is always a crazy motivator).
    3. Cas & Charlie finally meeting is Gold
    4. Charlie being a part of the arc this Season is awesome and I love every moment. Everything she’s been through(in Oz and reading in between the lines of everything that happened to her there and chasing down the damn book in Europe) etc. There is a lot she can do to help. Curious to see how it all plays out.
    5.I like Metatron and his diabolical ways, but at this point it’s overkill. Bring STYNE back. I believed he was dangerous, I believed he would kill and destroy and bring damnation to anyone who would get in his way, unlike Crowley (now). Jeff Branson who played Styne picked up on the nuances of this character like the pro that he is. It was a electrifying. Wasn’t aware of this actor until he guest starred on Supernatural. DUDE he’s AWESOME.
    6. Ruth Connell is a deliciously evil. Damn she can put meaning into two words alone and jam pack it in meaning.
    GAWD I love this show!

    • Tina Charles says:

      Thanks for reading and your comments. Yes, like I said in my recap, I truly hope they figure out a way to bring back Jeff Branson as Jacob Styne. They can do it. I know they can! Love all your thoughts!

  7. Cas didn’t see Metatron with the Demon tablet, he was too busy dying and then retrieving his Grace. What was up with his wings, though? Any thoughts on that? They looked fractured, diminished. What does that signify?

    • Tina Charles says:

      I’m going to have to rewatch the wings portion. Maybe his restoration’s a work in progress? Maybe it takes a while for his mojo to come back completely?

    • I noticed Cas’ wings were not what we usually see from the angels. It seemed as though they were very bare, maybe even burnt? I think it looked like maybe even small pieces of them were falling off? I’m very glad Cas got his mojo back, but there’s just a little something off.

      • Yes, exactly. I was thinking that has to mean something. I hope that’s not a bad omen! Is it just because he’s changed from the kind of Angel he used to be, or does it signify something worse?

        • I’m with you on the concerns. I hope it isn’t a bad omen. I don’t want anything to happen to Cas. I can only worry about so many characters at one time. haha

          • Well, we know there’s going to be a Season 11 and people don’t usually stay dead on the show, so I have hope. Having said that, I’m still afraid, very very afraid! I love J and J but a Cas – less SPN is a show I don’t think I can watch! Monster-of-the-week doesn’t really interest me, I’m into the other storylines. Angels, Demons, Book of the Dead, Mark of Cain, all so interesting.

          • Tina Charles says:

            I could be wrong but I don’t think Cas is going anywhere. But I do feel like they’re going to have to find something interesting for him to do. As much as I love Cas, I don’t feel like the angel storylines they’ve come up with have been all that great. So they’re going to have to figure something out if they want to keep Cas on the canvas.

            But, Gail, I”m with you on the mythology stories vs. Monster of the week stories. I’m a mythology girl. Those are the things that interest me most. Especially at this point in the series. I adored the MOTW episodes in the first few seasons. But now, I’m all about mythology.

          • I love the way you put that, I’m going to borrow it and say I’m a Mythology girl too! I was just worried that maybe with all the projects Misha has going he might be on the show less, but I’m with you, I can’t imagine they’d write off the People’s Choice winner. I’m more of a recent arrival to the show but have caught up on all the seasons now. I’ve actually written 4 books based on the characters in it and I’m working on a 5th. There are so many things you can do in the realm and with the characters! I myself have been concentrating on Heaven and Hell. So much potential! What would you do with Cas’ s storyline?

          • Tina Charles says:

            We Mythology Girls have to stick together. 🙂
            Not sure on a storyline for Cas. In a perfect world for me, Team Free Will (Sam, Dean and Cas) would face some sort of big bad together — and then throw in some character-driven goodness (because each of them have their own issues) and I’m a happy camper.
            It could be Team Free Will vs. the Styne family and I would watch. lol

          • Sounds okie dokie to me. What about Crowley? I don’t want to see him go, either. I don’t think he can be the “big bad” any more but he can’t exactly be a hero, either. I hope they don’t kill him off either, he’s fascinating to watch and MS does such a great job playing him. How many people could play the King of Hell and get people to actually root for him?

          • Tina Charles says:

            So true. Love Mark Sheppard’s portrayal of Crowley and don’t want to see him go anywhere. However he’s been part of SPN for a long time now. I wouldn’t be surprised if he were a casualty this season. Hopefully that won’t happen however.

          • Count me in on Team Free Will vs. the Stynes! 🙂

          • Tina Charles says:

            Glad you agree! Although there’s a reason why I don’t write for scripted television. LOL

    • Tina Charles says:

      Cas didn’t see Metatron with the Demon tablet but of course, Metatron had to give his play by play. So he knows that Metatron took off with it. And I don’t know why I didn’t realize his wings were the worse for wear the first time I saw that shot. Damn, they totally look fractured. Interesting. Wonder if they’ll address it at some point.

      • I just watched it again last night and now I’ll have to watch it again if I can to see what you mean. Damn, I must have missed that! I thought they just had Metatron say that out loud for the benefit of viewers who might have forgotten about the Demon tablet. You’re sharp, I never thought about Cas having potentially heard him. Yeah, those wings are in bad shape. I’m sure that was deliberate. Can’t wait for tomorrow night!

        • Tina Charles says:

          If you watch the last scene with Cas and Sam, they make reference to the tablet so they know Metatron took off with it. Last week’s episode is highly rewatchable so have fun! Any excuse to rewatch, I’d say. I’ve rewatched “Book of the Damned” a couple of times. 🙂

          • Crap, I obviously missed that too! I agree, that was one of the most rewatchable ones yet. Is that even a word? I guess it is now!

  8. Hey Tina! Just popping in again. Still loving Dean like there’s no tomorrow and loving Jensen in the MoC sl. It has renewed my love for the show. Loved that Dean is still trying so hard to stay the Righteous Man in this one, and even while he carries The Mark. I saw that Robbie Thompson referred to the Pizza Party as The Last Supper. Quite an analogy there, don’t you think? Looking forward to these last eps. You know that for years, I have been absolutely dying to see Dean go off the reservation. Here’s to hoping that we’ll get to see some biblical-type of righteous anger out of him this time! 😉

    • Tina Charles says:

      Hi Arafel!

      Yes, the MoC storyline has been great to watch. I’m with you. Dean going off the reservation is worth the price of admission. Where did Robbie refer to the pizza party as The Last Supper? If he did say that, then I wish we had gotten more of it!

      It did make me feel like I did during “Abandon all Hope” when Cas, Ellen, Jo, Bobby, Sam and Dean were all together before the big mission and then Ellen and Jo died.

      Bad s–t is going to happen. I just know it.

      Glad you’re enjoying!

      • On his twitter. I’ve also seen it on tumblr. Bad s-t comin’ indeed! Man, I hope we’ll get to see DemonDean wield The First Blade again. If I have one complaint about this season, it’s that they haven’t given us enough of the awesomeness of Jensen in that role. *fingers crossed*

  9. Hey Tina! Great recap, as always. 🙂

    This episode was sooooo good for many reasons! You can really tell that the end of the season is coming up, the anticipation of what is going to happen with Rowena and the Book, Dean and the Mark, Sam in super save Dean mode, throw in Charlie and Cas and you’ve got a party. lol

    I won’t get too long winded, but one of my favorite moments was Charlie and Cas meeting. It’s been a long time coming and didn’t disappoint. I was also excited about the Sam POV.

    I can’t say enough good things about Jensen and Jared. The rest of this season should be great, and heartbreaking (what end of season isn’t?). Remind me to stock up on Kleenex. 🙂

    Oh, one last thing, I was a Guiding Light watcher too! I couldn’t place the actor from this episode, but makes complete sense now. Reva and Josh fan here as well. Thanks!

    • Actually one more, one last thing, can we just be done with Metatron at the end of this season? I’m starting to get very annoyed with him when he shows up. I gave Cas a cheer when he punched Metatron. His comments can be a bit entertaining, but that’s starting to go downhill for me too.

      That’s it, promise! 🙂

      • Tina Charles says:

        No worries, Teri! You can probably tell from my recap that I’m over Metatron too. Like I said, I love Curtis Armstrong but I’m tired of him not really getting his comeuppance. I hope he’s gone by the end of this season as well. 🙂

  10. Catherine Theriot says:

    I loved this episode as well and I really liked everybody’s comments. But I can’t help but thinking Sam would not be lying to Dean if the latter hadn’t been so emphatic about the Mac being his burden to carry a few episodes back. Dean, for all intents and purposes,gave up pursuing a solution back before his encounter with Cain. And I think that’s why Sam & Cas have pursued different avenues behind Dean’s back as he seemed like he didn’t want them to. Another thing I noticed this season: Dean has always been the protector of Sam but now these roles has reversed. Are we ever going to see the Dean who goes all out to protect his little brother again? Especially in light of Cain’s prediction that he’ll kill Sam. I just loves these two guys (albeit as TV sons since I’m old enough to be their mother) and the thought of Dean hurting Sam is a painful one. But given Cain’s prediction I think things are looking ominous for Sam and Cas. I think y’all are right: stock up on tissues. Thanks for everyone’s comments.

    • Tina Charles says:

      Honestly, as much as I love me some Big Brother Dean, I’m enjoying the role reversal. It’s refreshing. I love to see Sam’s solid strength in these situations. I’ve seen it the other way around a lot. And really, I think what Sam and Dean do on a weekly basis is protect each other. That’s what good brothers do. I think Dean’s always playing that big brother role, even this season. It’s just not as blatant as in every other season of this series.

      I’m very anxious for these final episodes. And so excited to find out what happens. But I’m also scared because another hellatus is upon us and we’ll have to do without new episodes for several months.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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