by Billie Doux
I've loved Castiel for years, and it feels like I've been waiting for an episode like this forever. So thanks for finally giving us a character piece about Castiel learning how to be human in his own inimitable Castiel-like way. Misha Collins got to flex his acting muscles (I hate that expression, but it fits) by dealing with homelessness, sex, death and toothpaste. You'd think an angel turned human would be all aesthetic, but Castiel apparently has some pretty strong appetites. And not just for burritos.
That last scene in the bunker made me go "aww". Castiel was so obviously happy about finally making it to the land of hot showers, junk food and Winchesters; when Dean told Castiel he couldn't stay, Castiel looked like a lost puppy. How can Dean just throw Castiel out into the cold without survival skills? At least teach him how to pull off credit card fraud or how to scam someone at pool before he goes.
Is it really the freelance "delta force" reapers, or does Ezekiel have another reason for ejecting Castiel? Because I am not liking how Ezekiel is popping out of Sam with alarming frequency. Okay, Dean called him, and yes, Ezekiel brought Castiel back from the dead which is, of course, a good thing, but we're seeing way too much of someone who is supposed to stay in hiding. And the new Big Bad, Naomi's protege Bartholomew with the preternaturally blue eyes, has helpfully pointed out in a particularly icky way that good vessels are hard to find. We all know that Sam is primo vessel material. Right? Right?
At least Dean is getting good at covering up the Ezekiel thing. Wait. No, he's not. What's surprising is that Sam and Castiel didn't pick up on Dean's blindingly obvious coverup this time.
So are the fallen angels taking over the world? I'm getting Leviathan vibes, although the angels have always been scarier and a lot more interesting. At any rate, Bartholomew and his brutal body-exploding faction are leaving a trail of dead people behind them. Maybe Bart should put down some plastic before trying out another vessel.
I knew April was too good to be true, so no surprise there. I think I need clarification on the reaper rules, though. Reapers are supernatural beings like angels and demons (but they're not either one) and they can be killed by angel blades. Can they be exorcised? Warded against? Do they report to Death? Won't he be angry about them moonlighting for angels? And does that mean Death will be coming back? (Yay!)
One more thing. Where do reapers go when they die?
-- Bartholomew (man, that's not a fun name to type) has co-opted a television ministry to recruit angel vessels. Oddly appropriate.
-- Dean has never seen It's a Wonderful Life. (Or Mary Poppins.) Wasn't it sweet that Castiel used Meg's name for him as an alias?
-- How did Jensen Ackles manage to twitch on cue so perfectly when Ezekiel appeared?
-- Did we really get a Reaper named Maurice? He didn't sound French. And hey, I knew that the Winchesters wouldn't not notice that someone was following them.
-- If we're having a reaper-fest this season, can we have Tess back, please?
-- If Castiel is having trouble with the human stuff, can't Jimmy help? It's like the guy doesn't exist any more.
-- This week: St. Anne's Shelter for Men in Emery Park, Iowa; Dayton, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; and of course, the bunker in Lebanon, Kansas.
-- No Crowley this week. Castiel might not be so unhappy about leaving if he knew Crowley was lurking in the dungeon.
Castiel: "Do you ever tire of urinating? I'll never get used to it."
Castiel: "Food, sleep or passing gas. It's all very strange. And it's occurred to me that one day I'm going to die."
Woman: "Your lack of faith doesn't cancel what I believe."
That was a nice little scene. Although maybe she should listen to Castiel.
Castiel: "What sheep?"
April: "You look like you've been to Hell and back."
Castiel: "Yeah, a few times."
Castiel: "Um, Castiel."
April: "One name?"
Castiel: "Yeah. Like God."
April: "Or Cher."
Sam: "Look at these chemicals. Do you even read the label?"
Dean: "No, I read 'pie'. The rest is just blah blah blah."
April: "I needed information so I had to gain your trust."
Castiel: "And that required intercourse?"
Yeah, what about that? Why did she walk off and leave him after giving him her PB&J? And why wash his clothes if she was going to kill him?
Dean: "You had sex with April?"
Sam: "Yeah, that would be where the hedonism comes in."
Dean: "So did you have protection?"
Castiel: "I had my angel blade."
Solid episode, and I enjoyed it very much. Three out of four burritos,