I had a hard time making myself sit down and write this review. That's odd, because I rarely have trouble writing about Supernatural. But after watching this week's episode, all I could see was the boys peeling off in the Impala, leaving Meg dead on the ground. There was something about it that really bugged me. Was it that they just eliminated yet another long-running female character in the Supernaturalverse?
Yes, they were burned by Meg in the past, as well as Ruby in a great big way, but Meg took bullets for them, she guarded Castiel when he lost his noodle, and she was just tortured for an entire year by the minions of Hell, wondering all the while why the Winchesters weren't showing up to rescue her. Hadn't she earned something from the Winchesters? At the very least, respect and acknowledgement? (Even though I totally understood why Sam wouldn't give her Amelia's name.)
Was Meg redeemable? I've always wondered what was really going on with her. But I did become fond of her, and I loved the way she flirted with Castiel. The conversation where she told him that they were going to order pizza and have a liaison when all this was over was the best scene in the episode, and I really wish I'd seen it. They had a strange, long-running angel/demon relationship, and I'm sad it's over.
I was of course happy that we got Castiel back, and especially that he was shocked back to his factory settings by the angel tablet and is finally free of Naomi. It was nice that his love of Dean did it, too, trumping months of conditioning and a room full of dead practice Deans. (How did they do that? Make a bloodied Jensen lie down in a hundred different positions and CGI them together?) Castiel chose Dean over heaven. I knew he would.
But Castiel also chose a bus trip somewhere over letting Dean have the angel tablet. Yes, there's something fun about the idea of Castiel on a bus trip. And I'm also happy that for the first time in a long time, Castiel isn't being possessed, manipulated or in any other way influenced by the sequence of supernatural beings that have been using him as a puppet. Hooray for free will. But why does Castiel think Dean can't be trusted with the angel tablet? Is it because Dean thinks angels are dicks and he might be tempted to close the gates of Heaven?
I was also glad they didn't continue to drag out Sam keeping his new, supernatural health problems from Dean. Apparently, Sam is disintegrating on a subatomic level, and even angels can't heal him. Of course, Cas touching Sam and healing him, like he just did with Dean (and not for the first time), would make the trials plot null and void. We can't have that, because the season isn't over.
Bits and pieces:
-- Voluptuous Asian Lovelies, the earlier version of Busty Asian Beauties. Sam gave Dean ten minutes alone with Miss October before they left. That was a little less judgmental than Sam used to be with Dean.
-- Naomi and Crowley knew each other in Mesopotamia. I assume that was awhile back. Were they lovers? Sort of like an earlier version of Megstiel?
-- Before he saw the bloody tissues, Dean called Sam "Doc Holliday". Holliday died of consumption.
-- I thought at first that the Ph.d. candidate with the curlers had lucked out, having Dean and Sam there when three demons came to the door. But no. Poor thing.
-- This week: Lincoln Springs, Missouri. Sam was agent Landt and Dean, agent Tandy. I think. Anyone know who they were supposed to be?
-- Lucifer had dozens of secret crypts, huh? The Raiders of the Lost Ark map room/homemade model of Lincoln Springs was cool. Somebody had to make that, you know. Why can't I have a job like that?
-- Why didn't Dean put the angel tablet back in the angel-warded box to keep Castiel from getting it?
-- Nice use of the song in the title, "Goodbye Stranger." Come back soon, Castiel.
Dean: "What is this, God's toothpick?"
I didn't know what it was, but Dan did. And I'm the one who went to Sunday School. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Lance
Dean: "So somebody's killing demons. Wow, that is awesome. I feel like we should send a card. Or flowers. What kind of flowers are thanks for killing demons?"
I don't know. What's a weird, scary sounding flower? Snapdragons? Nasturtiums? Any suggestions?
Castiel: "I'm hoping the strange haired demon in the kitchen is more knowledgeable than the others I interrogated."
Do women even wear curlers like that any more?
Castiel: (from the kitchen) "You know, I can hear you both. I am a celestial being."
Demon: "What can I say? She has a thing for smutton chops."
Meg: "Aren't you a little short for a storm trooper?"
Gotta love a demon who quotes Star Wars. She must have had that one ready for a long time.
Dean: "So I gotta ask. What's up with the hair?"
Meg: "Thanks for noticing, Dean. But this wasn't my idea. It was Crowley's. And it's just another reason I want to stab him in the face."
Dean: "Really? 'Cause I saw you Zero Dark Thirty that demon. You were more than persuasive."
Meg: "So who's up for fleeing?"
Castiel: "These wounds have festered."
Meg: "You really do know how to make a girl's nethers quiver, don't you?"
Castiel: "I am aware of how to do that. Although it doesn't usually involve cleaning wounds."
Meg: "Do you ever miss the apocalypse?"
Castiel: "No. Why would I miss the end of times?"
Meg: "I miss the simplicity. I was bad, you were good, life was easier. Now it's all so messy. I'm kinda good, which sucks. And you're kinda bad, which is actually all manner of hot. If I survive this, we're going to order some pizza and we're gonna move some furniture around."
Meg: "There's one part I don't understand. You hit a dog and stopped. Why?"
Crowley said that Meg was his dog. All I could think of was that the Winchesters didn't stop for Meg.
Dean: "I may not be able to carry the burden that comes along with these trials, but I can carry you."
Sam: "You realize you kinda just quoted Lord of the Rings?"
Dean: "Come on, man, but it's the Rudy hobbit. Rudy hobbit always gets a pass."
What did you all think? How many dead demons out of four?
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.
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