And it's a big old game of bunker Hide 'n Seek.
As good as this episode was, and I think it was very good, is anyone else wildly disappointed that Dean was cured so quickly? Sam was soulless for a lot longer and the two of them had to learn to coexist in a completely different way, and I was expecting something along the same lines. Although maybe it's better that they don't give us what we're expecting.
I thought Jensen Ackles gave one hell of a performance, though. He kept projecting this underlying ambiguity, and the hurtful things he said to Sam sounded a lot like truth. Like, which of us is really the monster. And, my mother would still be alive if it weren't for you. Was Dean actually hiding those photos in his room from Sam? After Dean busted himself out of the electrical room in a very Shining sort of way, he ran his hand through his hair like he was exhausted and upset.
Do you think the writers didn't think out exactly what they were doing with demon Dean? He never felt totally evil, and I was never sure what he wanted, or even what sort of being he was -- half demon? Somewhere on the demon scale? Still alive or a reanimated dead body? Yes, he was having fun playing with Crowley, but he was also drinking like he was anesthetizing himself, and he killed Lester instead of Mindy. If Dean had truly wanted to kill Sam during that chase in the bunker, I bet he would have done it. There's still the Mark of Cain, too. If Dean can't kill, if Crowley did manage to hide the Blade on the dark side of the moon or whatever, Dean's demonic problems are far from over.
Because ambiguity was our theme, we learned that Sam was the one who talked Lester into that crossroads deal. I found that upsetting. Yes, Sam did it to get his hands on a demon and didn't intend to let Lester go through with it, but it cost Lester his life. Did it cost Lester his soul, too? I thought the deal was broken because Lester didn't get what he asked for. Isn't that a refund situation?
Meanwhile down in Hell, Crowley may have a snazzy throne and a devil-may-care attitude, but his heart isn't in it any more. His demons are so unhappy with him that they're immolating themselves in protest. (I thought that was funny; the demon looked like he was having serious second thoughts while he was going up in flames.)
Why did Crowley decide to force feed Castiel Adina's grace in order to save Dean? Is Crowley in love with Dean? Seriously? Maybe Crowley realized that a demonic Dean isn't the Dean he wants. Interesting.
Hannah has it bad for Castiel, too. Was she getting lost on purpose because she doesn't approve of Castiel's relationship with the Winchesters? Of course she was. Maybe she'll change her mind about the Winchesters if she spends some time with them. Which she may be able to do now, since it's vacation time for the Winchesters.
Except for that redhead in Tulsa who had bodies on the ceiling held up with great big thorns. I wouldn't pack for Hawaii just yet.
Bits and pieces:
-- Terrific visual with Castiel and his gleaming blue-white eyes restraining Dean with his dense black demonic eyes.
-- Those photos of Dean's gave me a twinge. Especially the one of Dean and Sam from season one. So long ago.
-- Crowley's "throne room" was tackier and uglier than I would have expected if I'd ever thought about what sort of throne room Crowley would have. Maybe that's just the décor they're stuck with in Hell. Maybe that's why Crowley wanted Dean to help make Hell over.
-- I liked the idea that Dean was able to get out of the cuffs and devil's trap because he had become more human. That made sense.
-- This episode was directed by Jensen Ackles. He's a terrific director and impossibly beautiful.
-- I have a request. If they have to do the blood cure thing again on anyone, could they set up an IV line?
Dean: "Sammy, you know I hate shots."
Sam: "I hate demons."
Castiel: "It's what the humans do. They say they're fine."
White Beard Guy: "Majesty, supplicants await without."
Crowley: "Without what?"
White Beard Guy: "They've waited a long time."
Crowley: "It's Hell. You wait. It's what you do."
Crowley: "Why can't you people just sit on clouds and play harps like you're supposed to?"
Sam: "One battle at a time, you know? So I'm just gonna go grab my brother some cholesterol. And then I'm gonna get drunk."
Dean: "What does Sam say? Does he want a divorce?"
Anticlimactic, although it was quite good. Three out of four supplicants awaiting without,
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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