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Stream of Consciousness review of Epi 9.11

That was awesome. Let the naysayers say nay. There are some interesting things happening on our show, ya'll.

My emotions splattered this episode like a shotgun blast, ranging from amusement to irritation to empathy to curiosity to sympathy to intrigue to excitement and then 'round again. Seriously. As much as I love our show, and our boys, I had more or less given up on any chance for true character development, but Castiel's epiphany has swayed me. Humanity is a PB&J, folks. As simple and as complex as that. And a wish of mine was granted -- a character on the show (who was NOT a baddie) learned that the ends do not always justify the means. If an angel can change, well, then...maybe so can a Winchester.

I am actually good with the alteration of Cain's story to him having killed Abel in order to save him. Sacrificing his soul to Hell so that Abel's could be in Heaven...it fits this story better than if they'd stuck with the Biblical facts. And more than that, it fits Dean. And I'm thrilled that with Dean now bearing the Mark of Cain he's brought into the mytharc in a way he hasn't been since he was Micheal's Sword. The possibility of him being key to bringing down the Big Bad hasn't been present in the overall storyline since S5. Though it does seem kind of interesting that the righteous man has the Mark of Cain. The fact that we don't know the burden or "great cost" of Dean bearing the Mark is all kinds of *gulp* intriguing. Cain was given the Mark to protect him - no one could touch him without suffering God's vengeance. With God not being in Heaven in this 'verse, though, I'm not sure if that means Dean benefits from that protection...or he's just the one who can kill Abbadon. Can't wait to see!

The only part that makes me wince regarding that aspect of the story, for Dean's sake, is why he is "worthy" of bearing the Mark. He's often contended that the only thing he's good at is killing -- purposefully, i.e., demons, or inadvertently, i.e., those who get too close to him and just by being around him he causes their deaths. At the end of all of this, I want him to see that he's so much more than that: the light he reveals by ridding the world of darkness has far more worth than he's every realized. But it's because of his skill of dispatching evil that Cain knew he could carry the burden of the Mark. I just wonder what that's ultimately going to do to his already wounded psyche.

Speaking of wounded psyche's...Sam finally being healed is a relief. I was actually a bit frustrated for a bit there with the whole Grace Extraction starting to revert him back to pre-Gadreel condition. I think Sam needs a break from being the resident Walking Wounded. So, thank goodness for Castiel's lingering humanity and change of perception. And thank goodness for Sam realizing that Cas was right, about everything. That was a weight lifted. And while Sam's plea to Cas to help him do one thing right tugged at my heart, I was more moved for Sam seeming to realize that he would be able to offer a lot more positive to the balance sheet alive than he would with his death. I was glad that Cas brought up the trials -- and the fact that Sam chose to live. I think up until the end of this episode, Sam didn't know what he wanted or how he felt -- about himself, about Dean, about living or dying. I wanted to grab him by the shoulders and shake him at one point.

Oh, my I was conflicted about Crowley. I knew I shouldn't want Dean to partner up with him, even for a mutually beneficial hunt, considering his history of treachery and betrayal. I knew I shouldn't enjoy their interactions as much as I did because he's, y'know, killed people they care about. But I couldn't help it! That demon is darn entertaining. And I got why Dean went with him - even beyond the allure of finding the first blade. Dean's full of self-loathing right now and feels he's poison...who better to team up with than someone he doesn't care if he gets them killed? And while I didn't know exactly what he was up to (I bought the act right up until he killed the Teen!Demon), I knew he was up to something and I loved it when Dean called him on how he'd Keyser Soze'd everyone (complete with flashbacks to prove it). Still think I want him to win the campaign, though. And I also still think I want Dean to be the one to ultimately end him. Would have a kind of poetry to it.

Okay, blah blah blah, Gaelic. Get to the lists!

LOVES (there's a few...):

  • DEAN'S FIGHT SCENE. Holy cow, ya'll. Remember last week's Ramble when I said, "stop throwing him into bookcases and let him fight"? THIS. Dean Winchester kicks ass, man. And don't you forget it.

  • The boys' expressions. Usually I'm all DEAN'S FACE -- and I am this time, too, because, man Jensen just brought it with this one and the pain and loneliness in his eyes and the clenched jawed glances and the weariness (did you see the look on his face after he killed that 3rd demon??) -- but I have to also say that Sam's conflict was captured so clearly in the way Jared played him. Well done, boys.

  • Lassiter! Someone mentioned off-handed to me that Timothy Omundson was going to guest star on our show and as per usual spoilerish stuff like that slipped off my mind like water off a duck's back. But when I saw him, I may have squealed. As a pretty big "Psych" fan, seeing Lassie on our show was all kinds of cool -- and dude, he rocked that Very Impressive Beard.

  • Speaking of beards...Dean's. Scruff. He wore that well -- showing that things aren't all lollipops and candy canes in Dean's world. He looked rough and rugged and tired and edgy and just UNF.

  • The teaming up of Crowley and Dean as well as Sam and Cas. It was good to see it mixed up a bit and view our boys from different perspectives.

  • Referencing John Winchester - looking up stuff in the journal (which, hilariously, Dean had on him in the bar), searching the storage unit, finding out about a past fling-slash-hunting partner, all of it.

  • The way Dean kinda slurred, "You want to hunt...with me," when talking to Crowley, showing the affect of the 4.5 beers sitting in front of him.

  • Crowley. Full Stop. The fear in his voice when he saw Cain, the shaking tea-cup (AND drinking with his pinkie raised! L.O.L.), crossing himself and backing away when he saw the Mark of Cain...all of it.

  • "I miss you, PB&J!"

  • "You have a guinea pig? Where?" Cas' face...I can't even. *love*

  • "This is by far the dumbest idea you've ever had." "Yeah, well...it's early."


LIKES:

  • The fact that the was residual 'grace' inside Sam. The fact that he wanted to try to use it to do "one thing right" and track Gadreel. And most of all, the fact that Cas ignored him, stopped, and healed him completely.

  • "Didn't you grow up pretty."

  • Okay, this is TOTALLY random, but when Dean and Crowley walk into the pawn shop, I saw that Tara was reading a comic/graphic novel (what are the kids calling it these days?) called "Locke & Key" by Joe Hill, who happens to be one of my fav authors -- and also Stephen King's son. His novel "Heart Shaped Box" gave me nightmares for weeks. Seeing that had me going, "HA! Wouldja lookit that!"

  • Cain commenting that Dean lives up to his reputation for being brave, if impulsive, and never giving up.

  • The reveal that Cain was the one to kill the Knights of Hell, not the archangels.

  • Castiel reminding Sam that he and Dean chose each other, that he'd chosen to live rather than go through with the completion of the trials.

  • "You're good. But I'm Crowley."

  • "I want Gadreel to pay as much as you do, but nothing is worth losing you." *rubs heart* (now...I want someone to say that to Dean, too)

  • "Now's the part where you hug back."

  • "Your problem is that nobody hates you more than you." Ugh, so painfully, painfully true. Somebody please grab him out of that pit he threw himself into!

Meh:

  • I don't actually have much...I mean there are things I could point at, but pretty much everything was hand-wave-able for me tonight. I don't feel like picking things apart. So...I'm not gonna.

Questions:

  • Did Cain's house look familiar to anyone else? I swear they used the outside of it before. And the flow of the interior looked a LOT like Bobby's house...anyone know if they used the same set?

  • Raise your hand if you hope to see Cain again. Me, too. Also, if he no longer bears the Mark...can he now be killed?

  • Other questions for me include: What will the burden/cost be to Dean for bearing the Mark of Cain? I have a theory that it has to do with his soul and Hell...and since he was there before, realizing that will be horrific for Dean. When/how will he tell Sam and Cas? How will Crowley betray them once more - and will Dean keep his promise to kill him after he's killed Abbadon (because he will)? When Sam finds Gadreel (because he will) will he be able to kill him, or will he see something of his own journey in the angel's plight?

  • What are your predictions for an actual reconciliation between the brothers? Previews show them hunting together next week, but they've come together out of necessity before and can do the job without actually connecting.... I say we'll get to at least episode 9.16 before we get a true meeting of the minds, offering forgiveness, type reconciliation. Whenever it is, though, I still hold out hope for that character growth and this reconciliation to stick.

THEN reminds us that it's Abbadon v Crowley in Hell Match 2014, Sam calls Dean out for tricking him, Gadreel killed Kevin, Crowley coaches Sam in the fine art of casting out an angel, and Dean leaves with Sam not stopping him. NOW is...not exactly now. It's 1863, Jasper Springs, Mississippi. It's raining and we've got a Confederate soldier riding up to a cabin, bursting in and telling two other Confederate soldiers to stand their ground because "he's coming." Civil War-era violin music is playing as the soldiers all demon-out and the first one says that the "Knight must be protected."

In moments, though, a man in a dark suit -- Lassiter! -- bursts in, kills the first demon-soldier while the other two shoot him to no avail. He fries the other two demons with a red-hued light that is almost angelic and kicks the door open, a wicked-looking serrated machete/knife thing in his hand. We cut to the opening title card, the whole sequence making Cain look pretty bad-ass. Go Lassie.

Now now, we're at a bar. And so is Dean. He's smiling lazily as he watches a waitress walk by, drinks on a tray, and she's watching him right back. There are about 5 bottles in front of him and he's scruffy and tired and his eyes are more than a little haunted. Out of the blue, Crowley shows up and asks Dean if his 'boudoir smile' is for him. Dean instinctively pulls out the Demon Killing knife saying that he'd said the next time he saw Crowley....

Crowley: Let's not dwell on the past. This bar is a bust. That waitress is trouble with a capital VD and Gadreel has left the building. Move on to more pressing matters...like destroying Abbadon.

Dean, his hand still on the hilt of the knife, says "good luck with that," and Crowley reveals that there is something that can kill of Knight of Hell - the weapon the archangels used to execute them: the First Blade.

Dean (adjusting his grip on the knife): Never heard of it. Can I kill you now?

Crowley goes into how he's been chasing the blade for decades, and looking exhausted -- and like he's feeling the alcohol a bit -- Dean lays the knife on the bar top and grabs up a beer, listening to Crowley in spite of himself. His whole demeanor is that of someone who is keeping himself together with anger and habit. It struck me that he was in that bar partly to stakeout Gadreel, should he return, and partly because there were people around. Nameless, faceless, but at least he wasn't by himself. He just looked beaten -- easy prey for Crowley.

Crowley is telling him about a demon pal of his named Smitty who found a demon protege of the Knights of Hell who claimed to know about the blade, but a certain hunter named John Winchester killed Smitty before he could get the protege. Dean re-holsters the knife as Crowley tells him he wants to see if there's anything in the John Winchester Memorial Library that might lead them to the First Blade.

Dean (sounding about 2.5 sheets to the wind...): You want to hunt...with me?

Crowley: I do love a good buddy comedy.

Dean pulls out John's journal (that's a thick book...it kinda cracked me up that he just had it on him, like it was in his back pocket) and flips through it, finds the demon Crowley was talking about in about 3.5 seconds and sees the numbers 080379 and the letter "T" in the margins. At first he doesn't want to show Crowley, but after Crowley points out they don't have time for a montage in their buddy comedy (that's no fun - the montages are the best part!) Dean tells him it's to one of John's storage lockers. Crowley wants to go find "Daddy's Man Cave."

Dean: How do I know this isn't a trap?

Crowley: You don't. That's what makes it fun.

He leaves and after a moment of am I seriously going to do this contemplation, Dean follows. Unfortunately so does a Random Trucker Hat Demon. Not good. Back at the MoL Bunker, Cas is trying to enjoy a PB&J. Sam comes in and Cas ruminates how he had to eat constantly when he was human. He enjoyed the taste of food, but now he tastes every molecule and it's disgusting.

Cas: I miss you, PB&J!

He tells Sam that they need to continue Sam's healing as it's almost done. He puts his fingers to Sam's head and does his angelic zappy thing, but looks troubled. Sam's like, 'sup? Cas says it's nothing. Sam calls him a terrible liar.

Cas: That is not true! I once deceived and betrayed both you and your brother.

Sam patiently asks him what's wrong and Cas says that something is "resonating" inside of him. He suggests they call Dean, but Sam shuts him down fast. His expression is closed off, like a door slammed tight on his heart at those words.

Sam: No. He wanted to go and he's gone. We'll handle this.

Cas does not look happy.

Elsewhere, Dean's hooded up Crowley to take him into the storage unit and Crowley's bitching about all the secrecy.

Crowley: I've been inside your brother - we're practically family.

*covers face and groans...for more reason than one*

Dean slams Crowley against a shelf and says they are the furthest thing from family. Yeah, C...don't go throwing that word around lightly. Not with Dean. There's a Devil's Trap on the floor, so Crowley can only wander in the entry way making snarky comments about the decor while Dean looks through papers in the desk John kept. He finds notes about the hunt and realizes that John was with another hunter named Tara -- even has her picture -- but that beyond a mention of the First Blade, that's it.

Crowley: Didn't they teach note-taking at Hunter's Hogwarts?

Ignoring him, Dean decides to go see if Tara's still kicking. Back at the Bunker, Sam and Cas are poking around through the MoL books and Cas finds something -- written in Enochian, so it's a bit "flowery" -- about angels leaving a kind of 'fingerprint' behind in their vessel, containing grace. The grace inside Sam fades a bit each time Cas heals him. It's harmless, Cas says, but they may be able to use it to track Gadreel.

At first, I thought that was going to mean Sam would be like a human bloodhound, somehow 'feeling' when Gadreel was close. Which I thought would be cool. But, instead, Cas says there's a (painful, of course, and involves a Big Ass Needle) method that the MoL's found but never were able to test.

Sam: They didn't have a guinea pig and we do.

Cas (looking up at Sam with childlike delight): You have a guinea pig? Where?

Sam (sighing, ultimate patience): Me, Cas.

So, anyway, Dean and Crowley found out where this hunter, Tara, was living lickity-split and head over to her Pawn Shop in Somewhere Town, Random State. They head inside and see an attractive blonde woman with freaking amazing arms -- seriously, this woman looked like she could bench-press Crowley -- reading a graphic novel/comic. Dean tells her he's John's son, Dean, and she tells him he grew up pretty.

Yes. Yes, he did.

Tara's knee kinda gives and she grabs it in pain as she keeps a wary eye on Dean and Crowley. Crowley stays quiet as Dean tries to reference the job she worked with John but Tara pulls out a shotgun and trains it on Crowley -- she has a trick knee that hurts whenever there's a demon around. That's some hellish arthritis right there. Crowley says he'll go get a latte while Dean gets this all sorted, only, whoops, he's standing in a Devil's Trap.

Crowley (to Tara): Look, I'm the King of Hell. He's a Winchester. There's a reason why we're working together.

Tara: Yeah, it's called possession.

She flings some Holy Water in Dean's face and he sputters and blinks a bit, but then smiles at her.

Dean: I'm good. And you're right. He's a jackass, but he's helping me on this.

He tells her about the First Blade and that they're hunting the last Knight of Hell. She says he's as handsome as John...and as dumb if he's looking for that relic. But, she pulls out her info. Says that they grilled the demon and John thought it was lying so they killed it, then had a "lovely weekend together" (insert Dean's instinctive eye-brow fold of awkward) and went their separate ways.

But! She couldn't let go of the idea of the First Blade (of course), though the only thing she ever found was a location spell. Only problem was she's missing one ingredient: essence of Kracken. This is a thing? Sea monster "essence." Who knew? Lucky for them, Crowley has loads of Kracken in a warehouse in Belize...Tara just has to break the Devil's Trap. She pauses, but Dean gives her a look.

Tara: If your Daddy could see you now.

Ouch. Judge much? All kinds of reasons a person like Dean could see some gray shading around a demon. And after everything he's been through since John died, if John were to see him now and thought anything other than, I'm proud of you, I'd be quite disappointed in him.

Tara breaks the seal, lets Crowley out and tells Dean that the blade isn't worth buddying up to the King of Hell. Dean says as bad as Crowley is, Abbadon is way worse. Plus, he's planning on dealing with Crowley after. Good night, Crowley. Sleep well. I'll most likely kill you in the morning.

Tara: You sound just like your dad...when he said he'd call me.

Whoopsie. But, Crowley returns with Kracken essence...whatever the hell that is...and they get to going on the spell, burning a map until it reveals that the blade is in Missouri. Crowley invites Tara along (and part of me wonders if that was his half-hearted attempt at protecting her from the demon we now know he knew was following them), but Tara takes a pass at traveling with the King of Hell. She wishes Dean luck, saying he's gonna need it.

They drive from Somewhere Town to a farmhouse in MO, Crowley riding shotgun. They get out and as they move around the car toward the house, Crowley stops and says he feels something. Dean mocks him, but Crowley pulls him back saying he feels something dark. Looking at him in surprise, Dean asks, "Darker than you?"

A man in a bee-keeper's hat comes around the corner and Crowley tells Dean that they have to leave now, sounding genuinely afraid.

Dean: You allergic to bees?

Crowley says that's not a bee-keeper, it's the Father of Murder. Cain, as in Cain and Abel.

Crowley: Dean, we need to be a world away from here. From him.

He turns and ooops!  Cain is right behind him, and calls him by name. Next thing we know, Dean and Crowley are sitting in Cain's parlor looking like they got called to the principal's office. Crowley can't zap out; Cain's doing something to his powers.

Dean: Not your day for get-aways is it?

Dean gets up and wanders around the room, checking the windows, the bookshelves, restless and watchful. He asks Crowley to tell him about Cain. Crowley says that after Cain killed Abel, he became the deadliest demon to walk the face of the Earth. He killed thousands - was the best at being the worst. And then he disappeared.

Just then, Cain shows up with tea -- served in China dishes. He chats about bees as he hands out the tea cups. Crowley's hands are shaking and he sips the tea with his pinkie up. Dean just takes the cup, his hand steady, as Cain rambles about how the bees are dying and mankind will cease to exist without bees (someone's been watching M. Night Shyamalan movies). Once they're all served, he sits back, asking why they're there. Crowley starts to fumble through a disjointed explanation and Cain just says, "Shhhh," and suddenly Crowley has no voice.

Dean: Oh, you gotta teach me how to do that.

WORD.

Dean tells him that they're looking for the First Blade and they need it to kill Abbadon. Cain twists a ring -- which looks like a wedding band, on his left hand -- and Dean notices as he talks. As Crowley tosses Dean a series of are you kidding me looks, Dean talks to Cain as if he's any other person, no fear infusing his words.

Dean: Look, I get it. You're retired. We're not here to get between you and the demonic AARP. Just looking to even the odds.

Dean tells him that they used a location spell for the blade, a one-time deal, and no one else knows they're there. But, unfortunately, that's not true. We cut to Tara -- who hasn't repaired the Devil's Trap she blast a hole in earlier. Random Trucker Hat Demon pays her a visit and though she blasts him in the face, we already kinda know it's not going to end well for her.

Back in MO, Cain dismisses Dean and Crowley, though Dean presses forward saying they aren't leaving without the blade.

Cain: You've quite a reputation. You being brave rings true.

Dean: What can I say, I'm an all-in kind of guy.

He says that Abbadon is the last Knight of Hell -- and if Cain's retired, what does he care if she dies? Cain reveals that he trained the Knights of Hell. He built the whole order, including Abbadon. Dean slowly turns to face Crowley as he's replying:

Dean: Well, that is....information I could have used five minutes ago!

Crowley, still sans voice, merely shrugs. Then, Cain drops the bomb, revealing something that no one but Abbadon knew: the archangels didn't kill the Knights, he did.

Dean: Why did you turn on your own?

Wow. Talk about a layered question.

Cain: Once again, I admire your bravery. But, if you'll excuse me, I have errands to run. Goodbye, Dean Winchester. Never return.

They head out and Crowley's all up for leaving the country, but Dean's like, hell no, we're waiting until he's gone to town and we sneak back in and take the blade. Crowley gives him a you're the cherry on top of a crazy sundae look.

Back at the Bunker, Cas and Sam are heading to whatever room where there is a medical exam table and Cas asks him about the trials.

Cas: You chose to live rather than go through with them. You chose to live. You and Dean chose each other.

Sam (unable to meet Cas' eyes): Yeah, I did. We did. And then...Dean made a choice for me.

Cas: What Dean did--

Sam: Doesn't matter what Dean did. I could have put a stop to all of this. I could have closed the Gates of Hell. Dean's gone. This is on me now and if I can find Gadreel, I can fix this.

Okay, I admit, I didn't quite get Sam's logic here. I mean, I got that he was feeling guilty for choosing to live when he figures he should probably have died to shut the Gates of Hell...and that guilt is rolling over into his anger at Dean for tricking him into saying yes to an angel and amplifying that a bit. So, okay, guilt. Got it. But how will finding Gadreel fix anything? He can't close the Gates of Hell, bring Kevin back, any of that. It won't fix things, but finding him could stop things. That's where I wanted to shake Sam and say, "What?! What do you actually want, Sam?! Specifics!"

Anyway, after that, it was Big Ass Needle time.

Back in MO, Dean and Crowley sneak back in and Crowley is skiddish as a cat.

Crowley: This is by far the dumbest idea you've ever had.

Dean: Yeah, well, it's early.

Crowley (glancing around): Oh, there's nothing here. Shame, let's go!

Dean: Sack up and start looking!

They separate and Dean finds an old (like 1800s)  photo of a pretty brunette, the name Collette at the bottom. Outside, unbeknownst to the searchers, the Random Trucker Hat Demon pulls up, half his face looking like ground hamburger and is on the phone calling for back-up. Poor Tara.

In the bunker, Cas starts to inject the Big Ass Needle into Sam's neck to extract the grace and of course it's painful and there's yelling and I didn't like watching that much at all. Not a fan of needles in general. Especially Big Ass ones. At one point, Sam starts flashing through all the crap he's been through so far -- trials, angel possession, etc. -- and Cas regretfully says his body is regressing.

Back at Cain's, Crowley comes in and says he's found nothing - not even porn. Dean shows him Collette's photo, saying that's why Cain disappeared: he got hitched. Just then, Cain is back, Dean and Crowley are trapped inside, and the demon posse pulls up outside. Random Trucker Hat Demon yells that he tortured Tara for information and this look...this I'm poison look...flashes across Dean's face. It's fast and neither Cain or Crowley are looking at him, but it felt like a gut-punch.

The Trucker Hat Demon yells that he has a new master he has to impress and Dean's all, get ready for a fight and Cain's like, yeah, good luck with that. They exposed him and his house, he's not really in the mood to fight for them. Dean mocks him.

Cain: Brave...but impulsive. You truly have lived up to your reputation.

Dean: I can't say you have lived up to yours.

Cain's all la la la, I'm retired.

In the bunker, Cas is pulling grace out of Sam and it's clearly hurting like hell but Sam tells him to keep going.

Cas: Why must the Winchesters run toward death? When I was human, I died and that showed me that life was precious and must be protected at all costs, even a life of someone as pigheaded as the Winchesters.

Sam: My life's not worth more than anyone else's. Not yours or Dean's or...Kevin's. Please...help me do one thing right.

*sniff*

At Cain's, Dean's in the kitchen and has blocked the door with the fridge. He tells Crowley to watch the front. Meanwhile, Cain sits calmly at the table and starts shucking his corn on the cob. He ponders out loud why Dean wants help and speculates that Dean's lost his edge. He snaps his fingers and two demons get into the house, and then are trapped. Dean automatically pulls out the Demon Killing knife and out of nowhere, a 3rd demon busts through the glass doors shutting the kitchen off from the rest of the house and it's ON!

Dean barely stops moving, taking blows, delivering them, getting slammed against things and using that to aid his momentum. He kills one and the other two pin him to the table where Cain is shucking corn. Cain's just like, you're doing great. Dean kills another and we shift out front where a minor, Teen!Demon gets in and lands a lucky blow on Crowley, knocking him down. Crowley uses the angel sword and does away with that demon.

Crowley: You're good...but I'm Crowley.

He stands and watches Dean fight the 3rd demon...and this is where I started thinking...waaaaait a minute. Dean's fighting like hell against the 3rd demon. Cain gets a beer and is amused as Dean and the demon trade blows until Dean is able to kill him, too, shoving the body from the table, breathing hard. *claps* Yay, Dean!

He asks Cain if this was a test and Cain tells him that he felt connected to him right from the start -- a kindred spirit.

Dean: Except I didn't kill my brother.

Cain: You saved yours. Why?

Dean (still winded, his eyes looking wounded): Because you never give up on family. Ever.

Cain: Where's your brother now, then?

Dean: I don't know what kind of game you're playing here, and I don't care. Just give me the damn blade.

Annnddd...here's where Cain comes clean and says he doesn't have it. Ooopsie.

Meanwhile, back in the bunker, Sam's all weak and bleeding from the nose and limp and Cas looks longingly at his uneaten PB&J, thinking of his humanity and removes the needle. Before Sam can do more than utter a weak, "Wha--" Cas heals him. Completely. All grace is gone. *claps* Yay, Cas!

Cas: I want Gadreel to pay as much as you do, but nothing is worth losing you. Being human didn't just change my view of food, it changed my view of you. I can relate now, to how you feel.

Sam = huh?

Cas: The only person who has screwed things up more consistently than you...is me. And now I know what that guilt feels like. And I know what it means to feel sorry. Sam...I am sorry.

He kinda reminded me of that part in The Last Unicorn when the Unicorn reveals that after having been human, she now knows what it means to regret.

Sam: I know.

Cas: Old me would have just kept going because the ends always justified the means. But what I went through, well, that PB&J taught me that angels can change. Maybe Winchesters can, too.

Sam = thinky thoughts

Back at Cain's, Crowley's in the middle of a controlled freak-out about the blade being gone. Cain says that the spell brought them to the source of the blade's power and rolls up his sleeve. Crowley hilariously crosses himself and backs away.

Dean (to Crowley): Really? Now?

It's the Mark of Cain - the Mark and the blade work together. Without the Mark, the blade is just an old bone. Dean studies Cain and puts two and two together.

Dean: A jaw bone. Of an animal. The jaw bone you used to kill Abel. Because he was God's favorite.

Cain: Abel wasn't talking to God. He was talking to Lucifer. Lucifer was going to make my brother into his pet. I couldn't bear to watch him be corrupted, so I offered a deal: Abel's soul in Heaven for my soul in Hell.

The expression on Crowley's face was priceless. The visual of omg I did not see that coming. Lucifer worked his way through the whole first family starting with the temptation of Eve and then the final corruption of Cain, taking Adam and Abel along for the ride.

Cain: Lucifer accepted as long as I was the one who sent Abel to Heaven. So I killed him. Became a soldier of Hell. The Knights and I were bringers of chaos and darkness for centuries.

Then he met Collette and she knew who he was and loved him and forgave him and asked him to stop, and he did, but then the Knights killed her, so killed all of them. We see how Abbadon possessed Collette and tried to get Cain to leave her and return to them, cracking her bones from the inside out. Cain tried to kill her, but Abbadon was too quick and Cain ended up actually killing Collette instead. As she was dying, she begged him to stop, said he was better than that. She died, he buried her, and walked away from it all.

Dean (sincerely): I'm sorry, truly, but I have to stop Abbadon, so where's the blade.

Cain still says no and Dean pulls the Demon Killing knife on him. Cain pulls the blade forward, letting it sink into his chest with no effect.

Cain: You never give up on anything, do you?

Dean: Never.

Aannnddd...then he's gone and the house is surrounded by hordes of angry demon folk. Crowley tells Dean he'll stay as long as he can. Ain't he swell? Outside, at Collette's grave, Cain is saying, "I tried, Collette, to see myself as you did. I know who I am and what I am. I know you still watch over me. I need you to look way now."

Then he pops back into the house and Dean's all, in or out, man, you're making me dizzy. Cain tells Dean that he can transfer the Mark to someone worthy -- a killer like him. It's the only way the blade will work. Dean will be able to kill Abbadon. Cain warns Dean that with the Mark comes a great burden -- some would say a great cost. Dean doesn't bother to hear more, though.

Dean: Spare me the warning label; you had me at kill the bitch.

I think the cost is going to be his soul in Hell. Or maybe having to send his brother to Heaven. Something like a repeat of what Cain had to go through.

Cain (taking Dean's arm): Good luck, Dean. You're gonna need it.

Dean: Yeah, I get that a lot. Let's dance.

The Mark travels from Cain's arm to Dean's and Dean doubles over as the pain hits him. Crowley actually checks on him and Dean says he's fine. Cain tells them that nothing can destroy the blade so he threw it to the bottom of the deepest ocean. Crowley's expression is all Seriously?!

Cain: Find the blade. Kill Abbadon. But make me a promise. When I call you -- and I will call -- come find me and use the blade on me.

Dean: Why?

Cain: For what I'm about to do.

He snaps his fingers and the demons outside start flooding in. He touches Dean and Crowley on the shoulder and suddenly they're outside of the house, looking in as a bright red light begins to glow through the windows.

Crowley: They're all trapped in there.

Dean: With him.

They exchange a quick look and high-tail it for the car, burning rubber to get away from the house.

In the bunker, Cas and Sam's science project to track Gadreel is a dud. There isn't enough grace; they'll have to track Gadreel another way. Cas looks a bit dejected, but Sam says it's okay, he was right. About everything. Which! Makes me hopeful for his forgiving Dean for tricking him into saying yes to an angel...he said that Dean "made a choice for him" when he saved his life...Cas pretty much did that exact same thing when he healed him. So, if Sam can see why Cas did that, and accept it, maybe he can also see why Dean did what he did.... *hopes*

He gives Cas a hug, which Cas just takes, looking bewildered.

Sam: Now's the part where you hug back.

*laugh*

Cas says that Metatron is the key to fixing everything and he's going to find him. He casually suggests that they could use all the help they can get, but Sam just sighs, settles, then shakes his head, saying, "We got this."

At that point, though, it didn't feel as much grrr, I don't want him here as it did, no, I'm not ready for him to come back. Sam needs more time to heal -- not just physically, but psychologically and sometimes, you need to NOT be around those who love you when you're trying to figure out how to put yourself back together. He needs to do something positive on his own, for himself. I see the glimmer of that light he talked about showing Dean back when he said he was going to start the trials shimmering around him. Which is good because....

Dean and Crowley are in the car near some pier or something and Crowley tells Dean that Cain was right, Dean was worthy.

Dean: Great, now you're getting all touchy-feely, too.

Crowley: Your problem is that nobody hates you more than you do. Believe me. I've tried.

Man, the look on Dean's face as he stared at the steering wheel was just...an open wound. And yet so guarded, walls all the way up. He deflects and asks how they're going to find the blade. Crowley says he can find it and bring it back to it's new owner. He gets out, but Dean follows him.

Dean: I saw you, Crowley. Back at Cain's. You dusted that demon and just sat back and watched. You knew about all of it and you played me. Why?

Crowley: He never would have given me the blade. He needed to see his prize fighter in action. You + demons = fight night.

Dean: Tara died, thanks to you.

Crowley: Omelets, broken eggs, etc.

Makes me wonder if Crowley knows about the "great cost" that Dean is now saddled with -- he knew Cain had the blade, but did he know that the Mark was the only way the blade worked? How much does he know?

Dean decks him, literally growling, "After I kill Abbadon, you're next."

Crowley: You don't mean that. This is too much fun. Y'know, even with this blade, we're going to need all the help we can get.

Dean (turns away, jaw flexing, eyes flinching, then the mask comes down): Go find the blade.

Crowley: It's always something with you boys, isn't it?

He leaves and Dean winces as the Mark burns.

See, I think Dean not wanting to call Sam was different. I think it was to protect Sam from him, from the darkness and death that surrounds him. It was to not pull Sam down with him. The glimmer of light around Sam needs to grow stronger so that when they do reconcile, Sam can make good on the promise he made Dean last season when he took over the trails -- he can show Dean there is more to life than death and killing, there is light at the end of the tunnel and that Dean's life is worth more than he could ever hope to realize. Sam can do that just by living and releasing the guilt that has been burying him.

I'm excited to see what is coming over the next 12 episodes. This turn of the story has me leaning forward in anticipation again.

Thanks for reading!

Slainte!

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spike247uk
Jan. 22nd, 2014 10:35 am (UTC)
Thanks for another fantastic recap, am very excited to watch this episode now!

See, I think Dean not wanting to call Sam was different. I think it was to protect Sam from him, from the darkness and death that surrounds him. It was to not pull Sam down with him. The glimmer of light around Sam needs to grow stronger so that when they do reconcile, Sam can make good on the promise he made Dean last season when he took over the trails -- he can show Dean there is more to life than death and killing, there is light at the end of the tunnel and that Dean's life is worth more than he could ever hope to realize. Sam can do that just by living and releasing the guilt that has been burying him. - THIS!! so hope that this is the way they play it :)

and you know the mark of Cain is gonna come and bite Dean on the arse......just how badly we don't know!!

oh, and btw, Princess Bride?!? you rock!!
gaelicspirit
Jan. 22nd, 2014 01:48 pm (UTC)
and you know the mark of Cain is gonna come and bite Dean on the arse

Yup - especially b/c he didn't wait for the 'warning label.'

PB FTW! :) One of my all-time favorites.

Thanks so much for reading - hope you enjoy the watching as much as I did.
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calijirl5150
Jan. 22nd, 2014 10:48 am (UTC)
Now that Dean bears the "mark of Cain", is he immortal & have powers like Cain ?
gaelicspirit
Jan. 22nd, 2014 01:44 pm (UTC)
Oooo! Good question. And! I wonder if that is the "burden" that Cain was referring to -- immortality. Only someone who has been immortal would probably refer to it as a burden.

Iiiinnnnnteresting. *ponders*
harrigan
Jan. 22nd, 2014 01:26 pm (UTC)
Q: Did Cain's house look familiar to anyone else? I swear they used the outside of it before. And the flow of the interior looked a LOT like Bobby's house...anyone know if they used the same set?

A: From Jared's tweet: Does anybody else think that cains house looks an AWFUL lot like Bobby's house?? ;)

I'm glad you liked the ep! I thought you would... I did too!
gaelicspirit
Jan. 22nd, 2014 01:45 pm (UTC)
Ha! I knew it! :) I can't keep up with Twitter -- I bet there were all kinds of anecdotes and tid bits there.

So glad you enjoyed!
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borgmama1of5
Jan. 22nd, 2014 02:19 pm (UTC)
This was an amazing episode...and Dean + mark of Cain fills me with dread. I'm betting on 'Dean has to kill Sam to save him' scenario...and I don't think I could survive that...

You pretty much singled out the things that were highlights for me, especially the great one-liners scattered throughout. And Jensen's acting.

This fight scene has to be the one Jensen referenced at ChiCon that took 9 hours to film.

The only thing that threw me is Cas' sudden healing of all of Sam's physical symptoms--if Sam regressed to his pre-Gadreel state, then wouldn't Cas' comment from the ep where Cas got the angel tablet apply--'you're damaged in ways I can't heal?' Bzwhut?

But Dean and Cain's mark--it's going to be bad...
gaelicspirit
Jan. 22nd, 2014 02:25 pm (UTC)
I forgot he'd mentioned that about filming the fight scene! You're right.

Cas healing Sam...I know. I thought about putting that in my 'meh' list, but then decided that I was just glad he was healed and we didn't have to have broken, wounded Sam anymore. My logic is that he meant that Sam was starting to regress, and now that Cas knew the grace was there, he was able to use it to like...supercharge his healing powers and voila! All fixed. He'd hesitated doing so before because he wanted to use it to track Gadreel.

Either way, it doesn't fully add up, but I just decided not to care. LOL! Sometimes, I have to purposely glance away at a key moment, y'know?

Dean + the Mark of Cain...it's has me anticipating again. I am with you...it's going to be bad in some way, but Dean's directly involved again now, not just supporting Sam. I'll take Dean however I can get him, but this intrigues me.

And even if they go the "kill Sam to save him" route, Dean will find a way out. Make a deal of his own rather than live with Cain's deal, something. That is the one thing I can't believe they'd ever do, have Dean kill Sam. That would put the whole series down the crapper, IMO.

Jensen's acting FTW. :)

See you next week.

Edited at 2014-01-22 02:26 pm (UTC)
tarynelliott
Jan. 22nd, 2014 02:42 pm (UTC)
I loooove reading your rambles. Esp when it's after I've written down my thoughts.

You have such a good analytic mind. </p>

I was literally vibrating and shouting. FINALLY DEAN HAS A STORYLINE!!!!

But man...be careful what you wish for. The shitstorm is a coming w this one I think!!

Soooo much happened. I have to watch this 2 more times to finish my review.

gaelicspirit
Jan. 22nd, 2014 02:46 pm (UTC)
But man...be careful what you wish for. The shitstorm is a coming w this one I think!!

Yeah, I hear ya on that one. The "warning label" makes me anxious -- mostly because Cain seemed so earnest about it. There's going to be something there for Dean that is going to rock us on our heels, but right now, part of me is okay with that because he's woven into the storyline again in a way he hasn't been for several seasons.

Pretty sure it's going to ultimately make me cry, though.

Thanks for reading. :)
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amberdreams
Jan. 22nd, 2014 02:51 pm (UTC)
*waves!* Hi babe, sorry I've not been chatting for a while - so busy busy! But anyhow I see harrigan has mentioned Bobby's house bit, but also this house (exterior was used in Bloodlust, Magnificent 7 and a couple of other episodes -plus I'm certain that fireplace with those weird small stained glass windows set high in the walls either side has featured in several episode sets. Maybe in the olden days when my memory was functional I could have told you which ones!

The only thing I didn't like from this episode was the fact that Sam is still so droopy. I really really want to see him get back to having some of that old fire in his belly, Sad!Sam is just, well, sad.

Maybe they are setting this up for Sam to ultimately save Dean from whatever the (no doubt) awful consequences are of having taken on the Mark. Not Crowley, the Mark of Cain LOL
tarynelliott
Jan. 22nd, 2014 02:55 pm (UTC)
Yes!! Sam fire is EXACTLY what I said in my notes.
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queeberquabbler
Jan. 22nd, 2014 04:20 pm (UTC)
"I want Gadreel to pay as much as you do, but nothing is worth losing you." *rubs heart* (now...I want someone to say that to Dean, too)

THIS. So much this! I just babbled on in my own LJ entry, but you said it perfectly in just one bullet point. Bravo, you! ::HUGS::
gaelicspirit
Jan. 28th, 2014 10:20 pm (UTC)
We're like in each other's brains. ;)
fifimom
Jan. 22nd, 2014 04:26 pm (UTC)
Wonderful review.
I'm so glad we are finally through poor sick Sam and enjoyed Cas/Sam time.
I also really enjoyed Crowley/Dean time, both actors really sold it. The story is powerful. I love Badass Dean but I'll admit this story does kind of scare me because one of the things I love about Dean is that he is really such a good man even if he makes some terrible mistakes. I hope Dean doesn't loose himself completely to darkness.
I really looked forward to the last 2 episodes and I look forward to what's coming up in the rest of the season. I haven't said that in awhile.

gaelicspirit
Jan. 28th, 2014 10:21 pm (UTC)
I look forward to what's coming up in the rest of the season. I haven't said that in awhile.

It's a good feeling, isn't it? :)
tyrsibs
Jan. 22nd, 2014 04:29 pm (UTC)
Hi, Gaelic! Great ramble, as always. It's always a pleasure to come here and see what you think, and you never fail to make me laugh with your turns of phrase.

My reaction to this episode is a little raw, just a jumble of thoughts and emotions, really. My favorite things?

Dean's fight--damn, it was about time--I was really getting tired of the flinging into walls, too! That was a lot of fun to watch, especially with Cain looking on impassively, shucking corn and getting up to get a beer.

Sam and Cas--it was really interesting to see them together, without Dean to act as a buffer, and it seemed like a real relationship and appreciation might be growing between them. Sam hugging Cas at the end was such a great moment, and I was reminded of that aborted hug that they almost had back in s.6. I also took it as a sign that Sam might be able to start looking for that light once more.

Crowley. Just Crowley. I can't seem to find it in my heart to hate that guy, though really I ought to. He can't be trusted, and has done awful things--BUT--he has style and more importantly he keeps what word he gives, if only by a thin silver line. I'm also intrigued by his apparent softening towards the brothers this year. He didn't have to reassure Dean that he was worthy, after all. In gaming terms (yes, I'm a gamer) he'd be considered lawful evil which I'll take any day over Abaddon's chaos. Perhaps that's the real reason the Winchesters haven't killed him yet.

I'm also really liking Cain and his biblical beard--never realized that Lassiter was such a handsome man! On a serious note, I appreciate the layering that the writers have worked into the story by way of his introduction and the twist on his legend. The show has played with the Cain and Abel parallel with our brothers before, of course, but making it explicit ties in all of those past threads with the story's overarching themes. EX: The father/son relationship--Abel being God's favorite, Sam being John's, Dean's willing sacrifice for Sam which was partially done in atonement for his father's deal. The ideal of family, and how far one is willing to go for those he or she names as kin. Love as a redemptive force, as well as a destructive one--Cain is redeemed by his love for a human woman, but undone by Abaddon's jealousy. In our story so far, in addition to the brothers and their "weak spots" for each other, we also see characters like Bobby who finds purpose and family by adopting Sam and Dean, as well as Ellen, willing to die alongside her daughter for their cause.

I have to say, though, I'm worried about this Mark of Cain, and what it will mean for Dean. What does it mean that he's worthy of the brand belonging to the "father of murder"? My husband thinks that Cain was looking for a replacement--I'm thinking more like a champion. It also worries me how quickly Dean jumped into this situation--it echoes some of his past decisions like his deal or his immediate decision to pursue closing the Gates without thinking through the ramifications of the quest. I do like the way the show has flipped the brothers' assigned roles around this year with Sam being purified by trial and fire, ending up a vessel for an angel while Dean is aligning himself not with Heaven but with the most powerful demon around. But I'm wondering how this can possibly come out alright for him, even if he kills Abaddon. The burden of it all is something he takes on willingly, again and again, and how long can he continue to do so? Is he going to be doomed to an eternity alone, like Cain, in the end? Or will he burn, as he predicted in the last episode? I'm worried, that's all I can say.

They're going big with the story this season--as opposed to most of season 8, which seems in retrospect like rebuilding and regrouping, telling a much more intimate story about Sam and Dean's relationship through their reactions to the trials. I'm with you, hotly anticipating where they'll go next. In the meantime, thanks for letting me spill out some of my thoughts and pile them at your door.
gaelicspirit
Jan. 28th, 2014 10:23 pm (UTC)
The funny thing is, I don't actually think Lassiter is handsome, but the shifts that T.O. did to play Cain (and that awesome beard) made him very attractive to me.

The burden of it all is something he takes on willingly, again and again, and how long can he continue to do so?

I know. There's only so much one guy can take.

They're going big with the story this season--as opposed to most of season 8, which seems in retrospect like rebuilding and regrouping, telling a much more intimate story about Sam and Dean's relationship through their reactions to the trials.

I like the shift. I works for me.

And you're always welcome to spill your thoughts! I enjoy sponging them up! :)
yohkobennington
Jan. 22nd, 2014 04:44 pm (UTC)
Beards and Scruff everywhere...yessssss
I think he didn't wait for the warning about the mark, because he honestly doesn't care. Dean has been suicidal for a while now, so as much as I yelled "You stupid impulsive idiot!" to my T.V. it doesn't surprise me he didn't care for the consequences.

I loved Tim, he was awesome as Cain and I'm sure we will see him again since he told Dean he will call him so Dean can kill him. Also his beard, I wanna roll on it (shut up I have a problem...)

Dean's scruff...UNF DONT SHAVE IT OFF YET PLEASE!!! *stay forever like that, yes?* *cough*
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Don't even get me started with the fight scene...
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I was really happy Sam and Cas had a lot of interaction. And I loved Dean pairing up with Crowley, I'm going to miss this fucker when Dean kills him xD

They got me interested with giving Dean a myth arc, but I'm not getting my hopes up when it comes to these writers anymore.

I enjoyed and loved this episode very much.

gaelicspirit
Jan. 28th, 2014 10:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Beards and Scruff everywhere...yessssss
OH. EM. GEE.

That first .gif is just all kinds of awesome. Thank you, thank you, thank you.:)
chemm80
Jan. 22nd, 2014 04:52 pm (UTC)
I found it entertaining without a lot of need to overanalyze, but also intriguing, more than I have in a while, I gotta say.

The whole Cain/Abel twist was a good one for the season, I think, and I stopped caring a long time ago whether or not things on this show were true to the biblical narrative. I will say that it occurred to me to wonder what implications that story line may have for the Winchester's eventual exit, series-wise also.

I didn't take to Crowley as quickly as some viewers seem to have when he first came on the scene, but he has definitely grown on me. Dean is usually the funny guy to Sam's straight man, but if you can't have that because Dean's not feeling up to it, it's nice to have some comic relief.

I think Sam needs a break from being the resident Walking Wounded.

Amen, sister.

My daughter also recognized the guy from Psych; I never watched the show, but I did like the actor an awful lot last night. He has a real magnetism that makes it hard to look away from him.

Did Cain's house look familiar to anyone else? I swear they used the outside of it before.

When they drove up, I immediately thought of the farmhouse where they discovered the people who died from Sloth in whatever episode that was... Magnificent Seven, I think? I wouldn't swear to it, but I think so. The interior did kind of ping for me the scene where the reaper eventually persuaded Bobby to go with him, where Dean and Sam were in the other room arguing over TV snacks, so maybe...

That waitress is trouble with a capital VD

I lol'd.

Cas: That is not true! I once deceived and betrayed both you and your brother.

And he sounded so proud of it. I had to laugh. But your reaction does remind me of my own at seeing Sam and Cas interacting. All I could think of was how excited (and prolific) the Sam/Castiel shippers are going to be for a while. Even last week I saw ripples of it on Tumblr. *sighs*

They head inside and see an attractive blonde woman with freaking amazing arms -- seriously, this woman looked like she could bench-press Crowley

Haha, no kidding. I turned to my daughter and said, "Oh my gosh, did you see her arms? She was duly impressed also, and she's a physical therapist. I did think she was a fabulous casting choice for a hunter, kind of hard-edged even in her facial features, like a woman who's done and seen some shit. Plus I find the idea of a demon-detecting trick knee deliciously ridiculous in a way that's perfect for this show. Too bad they killed her so quickly.

Crowley: You don't mean that. This is too much fun. Y'know, even with this blade, we're going to need all the help we can get.

Interesting mirror of Cas telling Sam the same thing. Angels and demons alike want them together. *g*

You know, an awful lot happened in this episode and when they do that it often feels fragmented and like they didn't quite accomplish what they set out to do, like there are a lot of loose ends because they tried to cram too much into too little time, but I didn't get that from this one. It felt pretty smooth and seamless to me and I was impressed. And entertained. It was nice.

gaelicspirit
Jan. 28th, 2014 10:27 pm (UTC)
I stopped caring a long time ago whether or not things on this show were true to the biblical narrative.

Yeah, if I did care, I'd probably have left when the angels were revealed as being able to be bad. To me, it's just a story, like so many others.

Tara's arms had me wanting to wear long sleeves for the rest of my life.

Interesting mirror of Cas telling Sam the same thing. Angels and demons alike want them together. *g*

Yeah, and part of me can't help but wonder why....

It felt pretty smooth and seamless to me and I was impressed. And entertained. It was nice.

Agreed. And it's nice to be entertained. :)
a_phoenixdragon
Jan. 22nd, 2014 05:22 pm (UTC)
There was no part of this episode that I disliked!!! Actually I'm more excited than ever for SPN!! DAMN, I've missed that *sobs* IT FEELS LIKE OLD TIMES!!

And dammit, how much did I love Cain?! And that twist on the old tale!! I was just telling Jen - this teaches us that things are not always what they seem. always ask questions, dig deeper. Makes that Mark make more sense, too - God keeping him alive partly in punishment, partly in pity. think I loved that twist.

And I wanna see him again. I think he meant his remarks as actual compliments. He was a demon, yes - but he wasn't the bad guy. Not really. And Dean is his own worst enemy (like Cain). But he is not a bad guy. In fact, he is so far from it th idea could be several planets away!! He is honest, he is strong, he carries the burdens and the hope. He fights for the innocent. No one is more worth to carry the Mark more than Dean. Cain carried the bad guy symbol for centuries - but he was never truly a bad guy. He may have been the 'first murderer' but he was also 'the first man to save his brother from a demon using a deal that put him in the firing line'. More in common than one would think indeed...

And lookit me ramble!! Gosh!! So looking forward to more!! And I hope Cain can find a way to forgive himself and help mankind once more...think it would make his brother even prouder than Abel must already be (because you know he would be).

*HUGS*
gaelicspirit
Jan. 28th, 2014 10:29 pm (UTC)
It DID feel like old times!! *hugs you just because*

He is honest, he is strong, he carries the burdens and the hope. He fights for the innocent.

Yes to all this and more.

And you're welcome to ramble on my ramble anytime. I love seeing what you have to say. :)
jennygeee
Jan. 22nd, 2014 07:04 pm (UTC)
” And I'm thrilled that with Dean now bearing the Mark of Cain he's brought into the mytharc in a way he hasn't been since he was Micheal's Sword” ME TOO!!! When this happened I was like “AT LAST!!!” something for Dean!

The whole extracting Gadreel’s grace had me going “not again for goodness sake!” We’ve had enough hurt Sam to last a lifetime and I hate hurt Sam, I even turned away from the screen so thank goodness Castiel was able to heal him fully, about time I say!

” I was glad that Cas brought up the trials -- and the fact that Sam chose to live.” Oh so was I Gaelic, Sam did choose to live and he’d better remember that and stop blaming Dean!

I loved Dean’s scruff too, I hope it continues into next week to show how upset he is by the whole Sam thing.

I actually found the Sam/Cas hug embarrassing and awkward but I think that was the idea.

”I think the cost is going to be his soul in Hell. Or maybe having to send his brother to Heaven. Something like a repeat of what Cain had to go through.” I hope not, I don’t mind Dean’s soul in Hell but not the Sam’s soul in Heaven and Dean having to kill him again, we’ve had that before and I really don’t want that again.

Let’s hope we’re in for some Sam saving Dean for a change, have we ever had Sam saving Dean? Apart from him taking on the trials instead of Dean but that came about by accident really.

Great review as usual Gaelic :)
gaelicspirit
Jan. 28th, 2014 10:33 pm (UTC)
I hope Dean keeps the scruff for a little while. I love it when the hubs is scruffy -- I mean, it ruffs up my face something fierce, but he looks yummy so I don't mind. ;)

I hope not, I don’t mind Dean’s soul in Hell but not the Sam’s soul in Heaven and Dean having to kill him again, we’ve had that before and I really don’t want that again.

I should have clarified. Even if the cost IS that, it doesn't mean that Dean will pay that price. If he finds out that he's got to repeat what Cain's destiny was, Dean will find a way around it. No way is he going to Hell again, especially willingly.

Let’s hope we’re in for some Sam saving Dean for a change, have we ever had Sam saving Dean?

In the past, a couple of times -- like in S1 when he saved him from the apple-orchard god things in Scarecrow, or with the Djinn, or in Faith. But it's been a loooong time.

Thank you for reading -- see you soon!
Lata Ahuja
Jan. 22nd, 2014 10:29 pm (UTC)
Great review again - I love reading your rambles! I totally agree with all your "loves". And I am right with you on Dean finally having his own mythic arc, as nervous as the great cost makes me.

"I think the cost is going to be his soul in Hell. Or maybe having to send his brother to Heaven. Something like a repeat of what Cain had to go through."

I think the reveal about the cost is the trigger that will bring the brothers back, which is why I doubt it will be Dean having to kill Sam. I can imagine Sam coming back to rescue Dean from another trip to Hell, though. I can't wait to find out what it will finally be.

"Dean: Not your day for get-aways is it?"
I missed this line in the episode - reading it here made me laugh out loud! As much as I don't trust Crowley, I love the dynamic between him and Dean in this episode.

Can't wait to see what next week brings - and read your ramble!
gaelicspirit
Jan. 28th, 2014 10:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading! I'm pleased you enjoy it. :)

I think the reveal about the cost is the trigger that will bring the brothers back, which is why I doubt it will be Dean having to kill Sam. I can imagine Sam coming back to rescue Dean from another trip to Hell, though. I can't wait to find out what it will finally be.

One thing I didn't really clarify in my ramble was that if that IS the cost, my money is on Dean finding a way out of it. I don't actually think Dean will kill Sam to save him (even though the irony of that would not be lost on me, thinking back to John's warning in S2). Not after all he's done to keep him alive. But I am interested in seeing what it is.... :)

See you soon!
alleysweeper
Jan. 22nd, 2014 11:39 pm (UTC)
Your loves mirror my own in so many ways. I was so weary of punching!bag Dean I could hardly contain myself when kick!ass Dean showed himself. ♥

I'm not sure I like this Mark of Cain so much. I know it's not a possession of Dean per se, but I fear after he kills Abbadon, Cain and Crowley he may become the King/Knight of Hell by default at seasons end. And I do not want! As for being worthy of bearing the Mark, maybe it has to do with being the Righteous Man.

I can't even describe how much I love this Castiel! They melded the angelic and human perfectly! And I ♥ Cas for trying to reason with Sam on Dean's behalf. I hope he doesn't change when he gets his own grace back.

As for Crowley(whom I dislike immensely), I found him very enjoyable in this episode. For once he didn't make the boys look like fumbling idiots as he did in seasons past. And I loved Dean's constant reminders that he was going to kill him.

Once again, great recap!

Rock On!
Alley
gaelicspirit
Jan. 28th, 2014 10:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading -- I'm so pleased you enjoy these!:)

I am really interested to see how they progress the Mark of Cain storyline.

And I am totally with you on Cas! In fact, I like this Cas so much I almost forgot about how he was "Bee!Cas" just a couple of Seasons ago. I think Misha is the only one who has had to play more personalities than Jared -- and his have all been the same character! LOL!

See you soon!
primrose_1
Jan. 23rd, 2014 12:02 am (UTC)
This takes things in a whole new direction, and it's exciting, but...really, Dean, you just jumped into that one without even finding out all the details? Good grief. Somebody needs to smack that boy. :)
gaelicspirit
Jan. 28th, 2014 10:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that makes us allllll kinds of nervous, doesn't it?? *bites lip*
tabaqui
Jan. 23rd, 2014 12:11 am (UTC)
Whooooooo, another awesome, *excellent* episode. SO MANY YESES to everything you liked and loved. :)

Re: John's journal - Dean carries it quite often, he seems to like it near him, and his jackets generally have a big inner pocket for it to ride in. It doesn't appear all he time, but Dean having it on him is par for the course.

He *did* look utterly exhausted. Poor Dean. He's been tired since Croatoan, if not before - he needs to rest. I'm afraid he'll only get that when he's died.
*pets him*

Crowley is such an eager puppy. Don't trust him!

Castiel's sandwich looked like two pieces of bread smooshed together at first. Poor Castiel! Spike got to enjoy food, at least. :)

I just realized, on a rewatch, that the location spell map has my town on it. Waynesville. :) Right in the middle, heh. I also like that Tara says 'Missouri. Figures.' *snerk*

I loved Castiel's speech to Sam, and that Sam *listened*. That he realizes that yes, he *did* want to live, and there *is* still hope, and dying and giving up isn't an option, especially if Dean's still alive. I think he's as tired as Dean, but he's tired in other ways.

I wonder now if Dean will be indestructible. I wonder if he'll have to go to hell, or kill Sam, or *something* horrifying. I am so psyched for the rest of this season!!

Excellent ramble and review! Thanks for sharing!
gaelicspirit
Jan. 28th, 2014 10:49 pm (UTC)
but Dean having it on him is par for the course.

I can believe that, but as we have rarely seen him just pull it out of his jacket like that, it just seemed funny.

Spike got to enjoy food, at least

Okay, that cracked me up! LOL!

Can't wait to see where they take this storyline next! :)

Thanks for reading and commenting!
supernutjapan
Jan. 23rd, 2014 01:20 am (UTC)
I was a crazy woman yesterday. My kids thought so I am sure of it. First the squeals and the exclamations while watching and then the dancing around the room laughing and whooping and well, you get the picture. I LOVE THIS SHOW!!

Finally we got to see Dean actually kicking some butt! Showing us some moves we know he's had ever since we saw that fight scene in the Pilot. And that face at the end - you know I've got that on gif. (Shivers up and down!) If you'd like to peek at my post, it's HERE)

And then the transfer of the sign... squeals again! I am soooo looking forward to the rest of the season now. Looking forward to seeing some more butt kicking, pain and heartache that this new development is going to bring. We know that Crowley tricked Dean into this... I wonder if that price involves something that would be beneficial to him (other than Abbadon getting killed)... Does this kind of remind you of Sam and Ruby? Sam going after Lillith because he thought it was the right thing to do, and Ruby knowing all along that to kill her would mean freeing Lucifer? ...

The conversation about the trials between Cas and Sam - Sam sounds quite silly. You made a choice to live. Yes, and then Dean made a choice for me.... Ummmm...and that choice was? And finally when he started talking about messing up the trials and how his life is not more important than Cas' or Deans.... or Kevins... ahhhh... So he is still feeling worthless and guilty of Kevin's death. It's not really about Dean. And now he thinks Dean's left because he doesn't want to be with Sam?? Oh Sam, always so caught up in yourself. Snap out of it will ya?!

Did you say you felt like shaking him? I sure did.

Anyway, loved that finally Cas made up his mind to think for himself instead of just doing what Sam told him to do. Helped Sam look around and see that he was not the only one messing up and there was one person/angel who accepted him for who he was. That's the key right? For Cain, it was his wife. Now, Sam and Dean need to find that -- in themselves and in the people around them.

Enjoyed your review!
gaelicspirit
Jan. 28th, 2014 10:52 pm (UTC)
I've reined in my crazy somewhat - it all happens inside now - but I tooootally get what you mean. LOL!

Sam still needed to be angry. He wasn't ready to see Dean's side or give him a break or forgive him or whatever. So, he had to decide to still be angry and chose to make it about Dean "taking away his choice." Which...Castiel did just a bit later and Sam didn't get pissy about that, so hopefully he's now able to see some things a bit differently.

Thanks for reading! :)
freya922
Jan. 23rd, 2014 03:27 am (UTC)
I so enjoy reading episode recaps, and yours is my absolute favorite. I totally agreed with you on this one -- the episode left me completely intrigued. Jensen was amazing. It hurt to see the dead, hopeless expression in his eyes. And Sam's guilt and quiet sadness broke my heart.

I hope you are right about Sam finding his way to not only forgiving him but helping him find hope. You are so right that way back at the beginning of the trials, Sam was the one with the hope...In any case, I can hardly bear to see Dean so full of self-loathing; he's always had self-esteem issues, but this is so toxic. (I just want Sam to work through his stuff and go FIND him, help him see his worth.)

And what the hell is the cost going to be of this whole Mark of Cain thing? (Back to self-loathing; Dean didn't even care to ask.)

I am wondering if Lucifer is going to come back into the story somehow. Both Gadreel and Cain were associated with him, and he and Michael are (as far as I know) still in the Cage. Adam, too!

Thank you again for producing such marvelous recaps.
gaelicspirit
Jan. 28th, 2014 10:53 pm (UTC)
. (I just want Sam to work through his stuff and go FIND him, help him see his worth.)

Yes, I vote for this as well. :)

So pleased you enjoy the recap and thanks for leaving your thoughts! :)
kitap
Jan. 23rd, 2014 11:46 am (UTC)
Crowley the Master Manipulator shows up again. Except Dean figured out his plan which I don't think Crowley was expecting.

All right exactly how stupid are these demons? If I were one if I saw or got told to take out Dean Winchester I would flee. Flee quickly. Flee to Tajikistan or some place equally obscure. The man's lethal.

gaelicspirit
Jan. 28th, 2014 10:53 pm (UTC)
If I were one if I saw or got told to take out Dean Winchester I would flee. Flee quickly. Flee to Tajikistan or some place equally obscure. The man's lethal.

THIS. I love this. And I love how you said it. *high-five*
qultng1
Jan. 23rd, 2014 03:01 pm (UTC)
Well, another good one. :) I really enjoyed this ep, but my reaction to Sam was a little different than yours. You rubbed your heart, but I groaned. I just don't find him a sympathetic character these days. :(

On the other hand, I'm enjoying Cas more and he was never a favorite. Go figure. lol

I'm really anxious to see where we go from here, too. I think it's going to be a great ride. :D
gaelicspirit
Jan. 28th, 2014 10:54 pm (UTC)
I do try to see Sam's side when I'm writing these out. Doesn't mean I don't roll my eyes a few times as I'm finding my way there.... ;)

I'm glad you're here with me for the rest of this ride!!
jazzyirish
Jan. 23rd, 2014 09:30 pm (UTC)
Great ramble, Gaelic! Boy, I'm with you - I really liked this episode a lot; so much going on with Dean and Jensen brought all the emotions in spades. I generally like Robbie Thompson's writing and I think he's the best we have on the series right now. They mostly give him the MOTW episodes which this basically was - before he set up that ending! Wow. Could it be that we actually are going to have an arc and storyline for Dean beyond being his brother's keeper? Assuming they don't drop it like they have before. I am so curious to how the Mark of Cain is going to affect Dean and what it may mean for him in the end. I do think he'll kill Abaddon in the end, but then what???

Loved all the Dean/Crowley verbal sparring and snark. Two masters showing off their talents. As far as Dean working with Crowley, well, I think he's going to owe Cas an apology for his reaction to Cas' working deal with Crowley. After all, both were doing it for what they thought was the greater good. Let's hope Dean's doesn't turn out as horribly as Cas' deal.

Yes, Lassie all bearded up! He and Jensen did a terrific job together in their scenes. Loved Dean's extended fight scene with three demons while Cain watched and had a beer. ;) So great to have BAMF Dean Winchester back. I know he wants Abaddon dead, but he probably should have thought about the possible ramifications of the Mark before he just jumped at the chance to use the jawbone and kill her.

I too, am glad that Sam is finally healed and sans Gadreel. I'm also glad that he and Cas couldn't use the grace to hunt Gadreel because I think that task belongs to Dean. After all, Gadreel lied to Dean about who he was and IMO about how long he had to heal Sam. And Dean wants justice for Kevin's death. If Sam is with Dean in the hunt, OK, but I want the kill to be Dean's.

It was great seeing how being human has helped Cas to appreciate life and how fragile it is. I enjoyed his interactions with Sam since it's something we've hardly ever seen. And of course, he finally made a good decision when he stopped the grace-extracting procedure that could have killed Sam. Also loved that he reminded Sam that he chose to live instead of completing the trials and his little attempts at getting Dean and Sam back together. ;)

Agreed with all your "loves" especially Dean's fight scene; that was truly a high point. I read that it took nine hours to film. Poor Jensen :(

Obviously the boys will be back together physically, but my guess is that Sam will be his pissy self in the way he treats Dean for awhile. I'm hoping that will be resolved quickly and that Sam will start worrying about Dean for a change when he finds out about Dean's plan to kill Abaddon and the Mark. We'll see.

Thanks for a wonderful ramble. Garth is visiting next week which means I'm not expecting to enjoy the episode, but I will be back then. Until then...

Irish
gaelicspirit
Jan. 28th, 2014 10:56 pm (UTC)
I think I do like Robbie Thompson -- especially if he writes shows like this! :)

Oh, they had BETTER not drop this storyline -- it's too good!

A more humanized Cas is my favorite version of him so far. :) I hope this guy sticks around awhile.

Thanks for reading and as always sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate the gift of your time. :)
iontas
Jan. 25th, 2014 12:18 am (UTC)
I missed some of the episode due to basketball preempting it. It sounds like they didn't show the beginning. I took the fact that Dean was worthy of the mark was because of the sacrifice he made for his brother. Dean went to hell for Sam and Cain was willing to go to hell for his brother. I thought Dean was the one who said it was the killer thing. I think that Cain probably want to know that Dean was hat good of a fighter to see if he even had a chance. So I think it was about more than Dean's being a good fighter/killer. And I totally think Dean will kill Crowley. I hope he has learned his lesson now.
gaelicspirit
Jan. 28th, 2014 10:57 pm (UTC)
I took that to be the reason he was 'worthy' as well -- Dean was the one who said he was a killer, not Cain. Cain said he was brave. I agree with what you say here. :)
taylorariel
Jan. 25th, 2014 02:05 am (UTC)
Thank You for your FANTASTIC review/summary of this episode.

There wasn't anything I did not like about it. I enjoyed Dean and Crowley and Sam and Cas. Normally I do not like when the boys are apart (especially when it is through their own doing) but I found it almost refreshing seeing them interact with two staples of the show.

I LOVED the way Dean looked and acted here. The fight scene was something I have been looking for for SO LONG. And it did not disappoint. I, too, had wondered what Crowley was doing but I just chalked it up to him being awed by Dean!!

I did enjoy some of Crowley's comments here but that is because I am not viewing him as what he is supposed to be (the King of Hell). He can be entertaining, but threatening? No.

I liked Cas very much here and the way he related to Sam and talked to Sam. Perhaps he has been able to rein in Sam's constant need to "do something right" by sacrificing himself and enabled him to realize that he does not have to die to do good.

And I liked Cain here because of the way he was portrayed and the story that was written for him. I loved watching him shuck the corn at the table while the battle is about to begin. I know we will see him again because he promised Dean he would.

I am wondering how Dean will explain the "mark of Cain" to Sam. I pray he is not going to keep it a secret. What it will mean to him as this season progresses we will have to wait and see but I am thrilled that now Dean actually has a plot line for himself.

I thought these two episodes were strong ones but I am dreading next week's return of Garth. Why the writers do this, I do not know. They get the series moving again and then they throw it to a halt with a "comedy" episode that- I, at least- do not need.

But it will be good to see the boys back together again. Both of them are looking very good!

Best to you and yours always,
MD
gaelicspirit
Jan. 28th, 2014 10:59 pm (UTC)
So glad you enjoyed this -- AND the episode! :)


I LOVED the way Dean looked and acted here. The fight scene was something I have been looking for for SO LONG. And it did not disappoint.


DITTO! :)

They get the series moving again and then they throw it to a halt with a "comedy" episode that- I, at least- do not need.

Yeah, I'm sometimes flummoxed by the cadence as well. *shrugs*

See you soon! :) *hugs*
jesters_tear82
Jan. 25th, 2014 06:10 pm (UTC)
Hey girl!

I'm gonna copy the LOVES list from you:

- Dean kicking ass

- Crowley being an ass

- Sam who's "just Sam & no one else" & let's keep him that way

- Cas & his PB (Princess Bride?) & J :)

- Cain turning out not to be such a bad guy, & his similarities to Dean - getting sent to hell for saving his brother

- The actress who played Collette - because she's a favorite of mine from several shows I used to watch, like 15 years ago! Also, she is another returning actress on SPN, having already played child Lilith's mother in season 3's finale.

- Everything else!

Really, I can't point out one thing I didn't like. & I wasn't expecting an episode where the boys are separated to have such a WOW effect on me, so what a lovely surprise. The mixing of the "buddies" for the ep proves to work fantastically, Sam finally connecting with Cas (who used to call Sam an abomination, remember?) I love them as friends :) & Dean with Crowley, talk about chemistry! LOL :) It was so cool how an angel & the king of hell both tried to lift each brother's confidence in himself, & to bring the boys back together.

- I'm pretty sure Cain can be killed with the First Blade, otherwise he wouldn't have asked Dean to return.. I think for him it was actually a burden - the mark & the not dying part - he seems just tired & wanting to be reunited with his love.

- Super intrigued by Dean's mark & the ramifications! I thought the whole situation was reminiscent of Sam taking on the trials, only Sam had the blue glowing veins while Dean's were red.. I love how on the show there isn't one definite good or evil, the righteous man can torture souls in hell & Lucifer's vessel can save the world, life isn't black or white - just like with Cain & Abel. So if Sam's trials purified his blood, what if Cain's mark taints Dean's? I'm wondering.. if so, this time Sam will have to save Dean's life, or even his soul! Can't wait.

Next week the boys are back together! I want them to be honest with each other so much, but for some reason I don't believe Dean will tell Sam about the mark right away, & Sam won't share his almost dying again so fast, so.. I'm with you on it taking a few more episodes until their true reconciliation. Whatever happens, I'm thrilled & sticking with them until the end!

See you soon *kisses*
gaelicspirit
Jan. 28th, 2014 11:54 pm (UTC)
HAHA -- Princess Bride and Jelly!!! LOLOLOLOLOL!!

Cain can be killed by the first blade now that he doesn't have the mark -- but when he had the mark, he was immortal. So...there's that.

I want them to be honest with each other so much, but for some reason I don't believe Dean will tell Sam about the mark right away, & Sam won't share his almost dying again so fast, so.. I'm with you on it taking a few more episodes until their true reconciliation.

Yep - and I can't wait to see how the whole thing plays out! :)
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