|Note the Jiffy Pop. Great touch.|
Of course, the Winchesters need their own dungeon. I love that the bunker is so extensive that they don't even know what they have.
And of course, this wasn't actually a clip show, although there were a few actual old film clips. I liked the double entendre, since unfortunately, people from past episodes indeed got clipped. There was something very sad about those three people dying. They're why Dean and Sam do what they do. Crowley chose the very thing that would make the Winchesters seriously consider giving up.
Not too many shows could pull off an homage to The Exorcist and make it work with another homage to Thing from The Addams Family. It was weird seeing the beautiful Alaina Huffman in pieces, but she's doing a good job as Abaddon, the Knight of Hell. I also like the idea that curing a demon is basically untwisting their soul. I'd love to speculate about which demon the Winchesters will attempt to cure in the finale next week, but the previews pretty much ruined that for me. We have a couple of obvious candidates in Abaddon and Crowley, though, so I'll leave it at that.
I'm also enjoying Metatron. His description of the in-fighting factions in Heaven made it sound like Congress. It's nice that he already has all the trials in his memory, although I somehow doubt he and Castiel will succeed in shutting the door to Heaven. Dean and Sam might do it with Hell, though. Couldn't demons still sneak through the back door in Purgatory? (I'm unclear about how the whole doors in Purgatory thing actually works.)
Is Cas gullible, or what? This is about the thirty-fifth time he's been led down the garden path by someone, or possessed, or brainwashed, or influenced by the pizza man. Cas needs to take some self-actualization courses or something. And of course, Dean still feels betrayed. Maybe it's that Dean just can't get Cas to do what Dean wants him to do.
Although if he did, Cas wouldn't be nearly as much fun. Gotta love an angel in a convenience store. My favorite scene by far was Castiel shopping for things he thought would please Dean: Beer, toilet paper, beef jerky, pie, and Busty Asian Beauties. What did the thing with the egg mean? It must be a reference to a movie I haven't seen.
Speaking of dense, leaving Abaddon alone wasn't the best move by the Winchesters, was it?
Bits and pieces:
-- Sam is nauseous and starving at the same time and everything smells bad. Obviously, he's pregnant.
-- The first trial on the Angel tablet was to cut out the heart of a Nephilim. I'd never heard of them, so here. I liked the white eyes. We've seen the white eyes on angels before, of course. (We have, haven't we? Eight seasons! I'm tracking eight seasons!)
-- The three victims were from "Wendigo", "Provenance", and "Shut Up, Dr. Phil". "Hearts in my cupcakes!" Abaddon was introduced in the terrific Men of Letters intro episode, "As Time Goes By".
-- Crowley has copies of Chuck's Supernatural books. Of course he does.
-- The sensitive priest was played by Donnolly Rhodes, who played Doc Cottle in Battlestar Galactica.
-- The films were in a box labeled "Case 1138". Was that a deliberate reference to George Lucas's first movie?
-- Crowley's phone number is 666. Loved the little devil face as his sig.
-- This week: Lost Creek, Colorado; St. Louis, Missouri; Prosperity and Indianapolis, Indiana.
-- Where's Kevin now? Metatron's motel room?
Sam: "Please tell me that's everything."
Dean: "Yeah, no. See, the Men of Letters kept files on every demonic possession in the last three hundred years. We got Borden, Lizzie all the way to Crane, Icabod."
Dean: "I've had that hangover. Jager, man."
Sam: "Do we have a room 7B?"
Castiel: "You don't understand. I need pie."
Metatron: "In public, It's Marv."
Metatron: "… which is why we need to shut down Heaven. Do you like crepes?"
Metatron, like Death, is obsessed with human food. So cute.
Dean: "Dude, we got needles, we got thread, we've seen Young Frankenstein about a thousand times… yeah, we're golden."
Sam: "This is going to be disgusting."
Dean: "Uh huh."
Crowley: "First things first. What are you wearing?"
Sarah: "You grew up, Sam. I do miss the old haircut, though."
Wow. I sure don't.
It's hard to rate a penultimate episode because so much of it is set up for the finale, but I enjoyed this one. What did you guys think?