When the Winchesters do penance, they don't fool around. Why do the Winchesters run toward death?
Dean usually hangs with angels and Sam used to be besties with demons, so a reversal was way overdue. Dean hated working with Crowley and looked angry during the entire episode, which was very much in character. Usually Dean is the one with the lines that make me laugh, but this time he was mostly a straight man for Crowley, who probably achieved a personal best in quips.
Tara was cool. I liked her and her biceps, her demon-detecting knee and her up front flirting with Dean and thinking, gee, isn't it nice that one of John's old flames managed to survive? And then they had to go and kill her horribly. I wish they'd stop doing that. I should have known better than to root for a female character on this show. Cain's wife Colette died horribly, too.
No surprise that Cain liked Dean. Even Crowley likes Dean, although that didn't stop him from manipulating him out the wazoo. Interesting interpretation that Cain killed his brother Abel to save him because he'd been talking to Lucifer, not God, although I bet they went that way because it relates to the Winchesters. I'm just confused about where Cain's love of bee-keeping came from. That wasn't in the Bible, was it? Were there a lot of beehives east of Eden?
While Dean and Crowley went after a weapon they could use against Abaddon (and wow, did they get one) Sam and Castiel were hot on the trail of Gadreel. Sam very obviously felt compelled to suffer horrible pain because of what happened to Kevin. It was also obvious that Castiel could have gotten more grace out of Sam if he'd continued with that great big needle and killed him. And unfortunately, it was also obvious that the prop needle in Jared's throat was moving around a bit too much to be real. Oh, well.
But it was nice that being human for awhile did indeed change Castiel. He can relate to Sam now. He even hugged. Wait, I think I get it. Sam is a metaphorical peanut butter and jelly sandwich?
Bits and pieces:
-- Crowley crossed himself when he saw the Mark of Cain. Hilarious, even though Crowley was just selling the deception.
-- The book that Castiel consulted was On the Inner Workings of Angels, "filed by James Haggerty". Was that someone we've seen in Men of Letters flashbacks?
-- Dean pronounced the name Colette "Koo-lot." That's the skirt that's really weird pants, right?
-- The Blade is at the bottom of the ocean. No problem, says Crowley. Does Hell have a fleet of submersibles?
-- Dean's new Mark is on the same arm where he had Castiel's hand print.
-- This week: Jasper Springs, Mississippi in 1863, and somewhere in Missouri. Cain's place in Missouri looked a bit like Bobby's.
Quotes, mostly Crowley and Castiel, of course:
Crowley: "This bar is a bust. That waitress is trouble with a capital VD, and your prey, Gadreel, has left the building."
Dean: "You want to hunt? With me?"
Crowley: "I do love a good buddy comedy."
Crowley: (to Dean) "Are you going to play hard to get? Do we have time for a montage?"
Castiel: "Tastes like… molecules."
Castiel: "I enjoyed the taste of food. Particularly peanut butter with grape jelly. Not jam. Jam I found unsettling."
Crowley: "Is all this really necessary? I've been inside your brother. We're practically family."
Crowley: "What do you call this decor, anyway? Rustic obsessive? Paranoid deco?"
Crowley: "Didn't they teach note-taking at the Hunters Hogwarts?"
Sam: "They didn't have a guinea pig. We do."
Castiel: "We have a guinea pig? Where?"
Tara: "I couldn't find one ingredient: essence of kraken."
Crowley: "Kraken? I got a warehouse full of kraken essence in Belize."
Crowley: "I feel something dark."
Dean: "What? Darker than you?"
Castiel: "Sam, may I ask you a question?"
Sam: "You just did."
Castiel: "Can I ask you another question?"
Sam: "Well, technically… yeah, whatever. What's up?"
Cain: "Since when does the great Dean Winchester ask for help? That doesn't sound like the man I've read about on demon bathroom walls."
There should be an HGTV show on demon bathrooms. I'd watch it.
Three out of four... I wasn't sure if I should go with bees, guinea pigs, submersibles, unsettling jam, or warehouses full of kraken essence in Belize,
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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