This episode gave us something terrific: satisfying closure for not just one, but two continuing characters.
When we lost our beloved Bobby for the second time, I assumed that a superlative hunter of evil who had saved countless lives would go directly to Heaven, and apparently, that's what would have happened if Crowley hadn't intervened. (The Winchesters really do need to subscribe to some kind of interdimensional newsletter so that they can keep up on these things.)
At any rate, rescuing Bobby from Hell as the focus of Sam's second Trial just felt wonderful to me. I had no idea Jim Beaver was coming back (although a random tweet a few weeks ago should have clued me in). And Sam got to take the scenic route through Purgatory and check out Dean's digs for the past year.
We've only gotten a couple of tiny glimpses of Hell up until this point, and I was looking forward to seeing more of it. And that was actually the most disappointing part of the episode -- that all we saw was a creepy dark hallway and some dungeon-like cells. I was thinking that Hell has to be enormous (they have one bedrooms, don't they?) and how could Sam possibly find Bobby quickly without angelic assistance? Hell must be like Heaven and Purgatory, though, a multiverse sort of thingy where it seems small and limited and you only encounter people that relate to you. (Did Sam know that woman who was praying for him to come rescue her?)
I am now ready to take back all of the negative things I said about Benny. He came through for Dean in a great big way, proving he was worthy of Dean's faith in him. Even though Benny was having trouble dealing with the real world and felt more comfortable guilt-tripping in Purgatory, that was still a huge, honking favor. Benny's bones are still in the world, just in case they want to bring him back, and I'd be okay with that.
Of course, I'd also be okay if the Winchesters found a loophole to bring Bobby back. He's probably bitching about his digs in Heaven already.
At least Naomi was there to rescue Bobby and direct him to the right place. She also spent a significant amount of time acting all reasonable and sane and sucking up to Dean. After all of the grief he's experienced at the hands of angels, I doubt that Dean is going fall for that any time soon.
On to stressed out Kevin, whose mother died at Crowley's hands to protect him -- except that her sacrifice was in vain. What's going to happen to the poor guy? Archangels are vicious and scary, and it sure would have been nice if one of them had been around to protect Kevin. Why didn't Naomi hang around just a tiny bit longer? I can't believe I just said that.
So much for figuring out the third trial. Maybe Kevin should have told Dean where the tablet is. Tell me again why Kevin and his mother weren't hiding in the Men of Letters bunker?
Bits and pieces:
-- Reaper coyotes. Okay. It made sense that reapers could open the doors to Heaven and Purgatory. When I realized we were getting reapers again, I was hoping for Tess.
-- It was sad that Bobby's form of torment was seeing the Winchesters possessed by demons, hundreds of times a day. Although that was probably better than playing with Alastair.
-- Using his watch to mark the exit was smart of Sam.
-- This week: Purgatory, Hell, 100 Mile Wilderness in Maine, wherever Garth's boat is which I used to know but have spaced out, and wherever they picked up the reaper coyote. (Loved the wall mural with the door.)
-- The next episode will be on April 24. I wonder what new ailment Sam will be exhibiting by then?
Sam: "So what, they're like hell coyotes?"
Ajay: "Smuggling a mortal across the border is risky enough. But gatecrashing a Winchester into Hell? That seriously blows."
Kevin: "I'm going to be in my room. Let me know when there's a good day."
Dean: "That's my pie."
Crowley: "As you might recall, patience isn't one of my virtues. Well, I don't have any virtues. But if I did, I'm pretty sure patience wouldn't be one of them."
Crowley: "You're trying my non-patience."
Sam: "Okay, what about your free pedicure at the Mall of America? You made Dean swear not to tell another living soul how it changed your life."
Crowley: "Something is going on. My hellhound has been killed. Winchester Jumbo Size is trying to break into the mothership, and that prophet of theirs is madly translating away. Add it up!"
Bobby: "I know that agreement. I taught you that agreement. It's a non-agreement."
Four out of four autographed photos of Tori Spelling,
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