Demons doing good, angels doing bad. Possibly some shades of gray.
Is Dean the demon (I hate typing 'DeanMon') truly evil? If he is, why is he drinking so much as if he's trying to dull the pain? If he were irretrievable, he would have killed Mindy Morris, whose only crime was promiscuity, instead of her husband Lester, who made a crossroads deal in order to watch her die. Or was Dean just screwing with Crowley? How fascinating that the crossroads deal could be broken that way, too. I never even considered that it would be null and void if the signee didn't get what they asked for.
We don't know what really happened in 2003, but human Dean, our Dean, didn't kill innocent people. Cole's father had to be a monster, or possessed, or whatever, or "Dean" was a shapeshifter. Whatever. Dean was blathering on about how what he did to Cole was worse than killing him, and that may have been true, but I'm pretty sure the writers were going for ambiguity there. By letting Cole go and even telling him about demons and what Dean was, Dean was giving Cole ammunition, and even some measure of protection. And Cole would make a great hunter, wouldn't he?
Poor Sam. He looked sicker and more fragile than when he was slowly dying from the trials. But even beaten and wearing a sling, he managed to capture Dean. Okay, with Crowley's help. See, demons doing good, sort of? Crowley gave Dean back to Sam. Where do we go from here? Hypnotherapy? Spells? Won't being without the Blade drive Dean mad?
(Poor Crowley, too. He was all "Dean Winchester completes me", and now he's listening to "Hey There, Lonely Girl" and looking wistfully at their party photos. No more Misadventures of Crowley and Squirrel. Sad.)
The angel portion of our episode was in line with the good/evil thing, too. Metatron admitted that he wanted to kill everybody, and yet Hannah was going to bargain with him for Castiel's grace, a very bad and dangerous thing to do. I'm growing to like Hannah. She cares about Castiel and could be his best wing woman ever, and I honestly didn't intend for that to be such an obvious pun.
Sam told Castiel that getting Dean back was a priority, but you know, I think Castiel would be a lot more help if he was back to full strength. I'm ready for Castiel to get better now. I don't like that we're getting vibes that Castiel is ready to die, like Sam awhile back. Castiel can't die. He's done it too much already.
Bits and pieces:
-- What does the title mean? There are a lot of Reichenbachs. It's a name, it's a place, it has falls…
-- The incident with Cole's father happened on June 21, 2003, making Cole a good bit younger than the Winchesters. Was that before the start of the series? At one point, the kids outside the bar were calling Dean 'Grandpa'. Wow. Ten seasons. I'm still used to the Winchesters being younger than anyone else, and now they're not.
-- Angels don't dream. We knew that, didn't we? I also liked the Road Runner cartoon, because it's been mentioned before.
-- Where exactly is Castiel's grace? I honestly don't remember. Do we know?
-- Crowley took the Blade and will hide it somewhere. Because that's worked out so well before.
-- Crowley called Sam "Bullwinkle" and "Samantha". And of course, Metatron called Cas "Asstiel".
-- This week: Killdeer, North Dakota and a flashback to Nyack, New York.
Sam: "Look, I'm not a psycho. And I'm not lying."
Cole: "Well, you see, that's exactly what a psycho liar would say, so… see my dilemma?"
Crowley: "In my day, we respected our elders. Of course, back then, anyone over thirty was ancient. Now forty-year-olds are still living with Mommy, lying on OkCupid, and taking pictures of their food."
Hannah: "Castiel, I think the Winchesters are a bad influence on you."
Hannah: "I understand the three beans, but what's the surprise?"
Dean: "Listen, and this is Murder 101, when you hire someone to kill your wife, you don't wanna be around with the hit goes down. It's called an alibi."
Lester: "Yeah, I know what an alibi is. I watch Franklin and Bash."
Dean: "Like I said, loser with a capital L, rhymes with 'you suck'."
Little girl: "One time I dreamed that my snot was a rocket and it shot into space and knocked down the stars to make room for more rockets."
Castiel was just too adorable in that scene.
Dean: "What did you think was going to happen? You would walk in all 'My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die'?"
Sam: "This thing is filthy."
Dean: "It's just a car, Sam."
Sam: "It's just a car? Wow, you really have gone dark."
Three out of four snot rockets,
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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