Cain is back, with a whole lot of hair and some very bad intentions.
At first I thought, hey, if Cain is taking out confessed serial killers, especially ones that are set to be executed in a couple of weeks, how bad can it be? But fields of bodies, wiping out entire families, killing one out of every ten of his descendants was a bit much. Then the later scenes in the barn convinced me that Cain was consciously committing suicide by Dean. He deliberately did something that he knew would attract the attention of the Winchesters, didn't he?
I'll admit that I'm tired of the Mark of Cain plot, but Dean is still my guy and Jensen Ackles did a exceptional job, as always. I actively hated seeing Cain beat Dean and toss him around, and was even feeling some distress that Dean could die again. Even though how much of a threat is death on Supernatural any more, with an angel of the Lord and the King of Hell waiting outside the barn?
After the very Star Wars Darth Vader dismemberment, Dean took out Cain, walked out of the barn and handed the First Blade to Castiel. No rage, no violence, but Sam knew Dean was in serious trouble. And Cain did finally say what we've always known. This Mark of Cain thing was always about Dean killing Sam, because that's what Cain did. Cain tossed in Dean killing Crowley and Castiel first, sort of as a warm-up for the final act.
I did really enjoy having Castiel and Crowley back, especially when the four of them were conferring and working together. It just doesn't happen often enough. Too bad Dean had to break his word to Crowley, although honestly, did Crowley think Dean would just hand the Blade back to him? Seriously?
The B plot was again about Crowley and Rowena. She did finally reveal what she wanted: to get Crowley to help her eliminate Olivette, the Grand Coven member who led the charge against Rowena. Actually, I'm certain Rowena wants to eliminate Crowley and take over as Queen of Hell.
At least he's very aware that she is manipulating him, or trying to -- how could he not? Although someone should tell her that you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Just in this episode, Rowena called Crowley a whiner, a chunky child, a bloater, a colossal numbnuts, the Winchesters' bitch, and my favorite, "wee sausage". I am waiting impatiently for Crowley to turn on her like he did on that poor crossroads demon who just wanted a good performance evaluation. Is that wrong of me?
-- Timothy Omundson was again terrific as Cain. He came across as unbeatable, especially when he was just throwing Castiel around.
-- Sam was again much in a support role, but I'm okay with that. Most of the really big arc stories in the past have centered around Sam.
-- Every time I see "Not Moose" on Crowley's cell, it makes me laugh out loud.
-- This week: West Livingston, Texas; Illinois, Ohio. Dean and Sam were Inspectors Moore and Ranaldo from the office of the Inspector General. Google tells me that it's probably Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore, Sonic Youth.
-- Supernatural is on hiatus until Wednesday, March 18. They're moving to Wednesday. Have they aired on every night of the week now?
Dean: "Bass fishing, needlepoint, that's a hobby. Collecting serial killer stats? That is an illness."
Sam: "According to the news, he escaped from a locked cell on death row, this inexplicable Houdini-esque escape."
Dean: "So what are we thinking, some sort of a mass murdering magician?"
Rowena: "Whiners beget whiners. You can't reward behavior like that. It's why I never gave in when you asked for sweeties as a child, no matter how much you cried."
Crowley: "Next time you run a long con, let more than a few hours of suspicious, entirely uncharacteristic usefulness pass before making your ask."
Cain: "Have you never mused upon the fact that you're living my life in reverse? My story began when I killed my brother, and that's where your story inevitably will end."
Rowena: "You're not a mother. You can't know what that pride felt like, how huge it was. But can you try to imagine, for me? Now do you understand why it breaks my heart to see what a colossal numbnuts you've become?"
Supernatural has been my favorite show for a long time and I still enjoy watching it and reviewing it, but I'm not enjoying this season as much as I should. This was still a strong episode, though. How many wee sausages out of four?
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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