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Quick Reaction: 9x06 Heaven Can't Wait

Hello!

Good news! My iPod came back to life - so you once again get emo song lyrics to lead you into my episode reaction...

So, we begin this episode with a dude trying to commit suicide - only at the last moment he sees a picture of possibly his mother, and doesn't. Is it wrong that my first reaction was "This is why you shouldn't keep pictures of your mother next to your guns" before I remembered that it's bad to commit suicide? Yes, yes, it probably is wrong.

Sadly, although he stopped, some dude shows up and kills him anyway! Kills him angel-style, but BRIGHT PINK angel-style! I wanted to make a joke about REALLY GAY angels, but then figured that much like my suicide joke, it was probably wrong to do so.

My friend pointed out that the angel dude reminded her of... shit....um... some character from Sandman who has teeth for eyes. The Corinthian! (Damn it, I had to look it up. I kept thinking "The Constantinople?") Anyway, I must admit that I've never read Sandman, so I can't comment on this.

Cut to Cas! He's working at a Gas'nSip. He's got a blue vest and a name tag that says "Steve" - he's learning human behaviour from observing and mimicking. He's ADORABLE. He's staking the papers when he sees an article about strange deaths...

Cut to Sam and Dean! Kevin has translated the tablets into a dead language that no one can read. Um, helpful? Also, MAN they really walked back Kevin's ability to read tablets. Remember back in S7 when he could translate them into english? Apparently the Leviathan tablet was written in the equivalent of a waterproof chewable book for children. The demon tablet was a "Jane and Dick" early-reader book or maybe the Hardy Boys. The angel tablet is Ulysses by James Joyce...or Milton's Paradise Lost... or possibly the Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll.

Anyway, research time! As much as they aren't actually using the books correctly (if you were going for research efficiency), I DO like Kevin's line to Dean, "Don't worry, we have them all" when Dean discovers that they might have to read 24 encyclopedic volumes - that WAS accurate to what a researchers first priority is: "Do I have the resources" - second, they should have gone for "what's the most efficient way for me to find the information I'm looking for" but they skipped that step and decide to go with "what's the most thorough way to find information."

Um... sorry, I just realized that I'm nitpicking RESEARCH. Oh god. I'm a dork.

ANYWAY...Cas calls Dean to tell him about the job. I loved Dean and Cas' interactions throughout this episode - and I love the fact that Cas just launches into telling Dean about the job and Dean's like "hello to you too"... but then it's also notable that Dean immediately walks away from Kevin and Sam.

Dean goes to check out the job in Cas' town, downplaying it as possibly not a job at all... using avoiding research as a possible cover when Kevin accuses him of it. But I think Dean really wanted to keep Ezekiel and Cas separated, for fear of Ezekiel jumping ship? Or because Dean possibly doesn't trust him that much? Who knows...

Meanwhile, Steve is being hit on by his boss - or so it seems. Even though he keeps a toothbrush in the supply closet and a sleeping bag in the back...he totally just used the sleeping bag when he was doing inventory last week, he TOTALLY has a bed somewhere else... um, Nora, the fact that you buy this is slightly worrying. It's pretty sad that Cas is living at the Gas'nSip. You'd think Dean would have set him up with a credit card he could use to at least get himself a cheap motel room.

Dean investigates the death... would liquified/vaporized human remains really be that bright pink? Blood oxidizes fairly quickly and dries to a dark brown, wouldn't the remains be a more rust colour? I know brain matter can be bright pink, but I think it then fades to a brown or a grey too. I don't know. It seemed weird. Also, would they really let Dean just walk in there? I'd think such an event would require a full hazmat suit.

Anyway, Death is definitely weird so Dean calls Sam... while watching Cas work in the Gas'nSip. Awww.... it's the "romantic stalker" scene.

Sam thinks he should come help, but Dean dissuades him, again, downplaying the job... I really do think that Dean is trying to look after Cas AND Sam and in order to do that he has to keep them as separate as possible. Sam and Kevin, meanwhile, want to use Crowley to translate the cuneiform. Well, maybe that WAS a helpful translation to make after all. Dean warns not to let Crowley have anything in return.

And then Dean goes to see Cas. He makes fun of him a little for working at the Gas'nSip, but Cas claims to be happy there - he DOES seem upset that Dean sought him out though...perhaps not as happy as he says he is? Perhaps still hurting from not being able to stay with Dean at the bunker?

Meanwhile, there's a teenager at the school who wishes she were dead, and BAM - pink-angel dude shows up to make it so!

Dean finds out that Cas has a date... adorable. I love Cas' standards: "She doesn't appear to be a reaper intent on killing me" ... but Cas is pretty pleased with himself that he's gotten the human thing down enough to actually score a date. Dean, of course, is having a ball teasing him. It's adorable... did I say that already? Be prepared for me...

Dean gets the call about the high school death and wants Cas to come along. Cas argues that he doesn't have powers anymore. 'So what?' Dean argues, Dean doesn't have powers either....seriously, these guys are warming the cockles of my heart (pun intended?). Dean points out that Cas was once a hunter in training! That's pretty huge coming from Dean, who hates amateur hunters... he's definitely trying to build back up Cas' self-esteem. Cas finally agrees to come along.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Sam and Kevin are negotiating with Crowley, who can read the cuneiform, but refuses to help until he gets to make a telephone call. Sam and Kevin argue about it out in the hallway - Sam thinks they should give Crowley the call, Kevin is reluctant. Sam wins.

Crowley demands they use Kevin's blood for the blood-bowl call, rather than Sam's... this choice becomes WAY more interesting later....

Anyway, Kevin stabs himself with a needle in the COMPLETE WRONG PLACE ON THE ARM! I mean, Jeeeeeeeeeeeeez...at least find a vein first?! What the hell. You can't just draw that much blood by stabbing yourself randomly in the arm. You'll get like, joint oil and miscellaneous viscera. Okay, unrealistic blood drawing aside - Crowley makes the call to Abaddon...

Let's go back to Cas and Dean (apologizes if I'm getting the two separate storylines out of order, but you guys have to remember that I write these quick reactions after only one viewing and 3+ glasses of wine.)

Cas and Dean show up at the high school and I love how the local cops don't question the "FBI agent" at all when he shows up with a random Gas'nSip employee. The show isn't even trying anymore. :P

You can see right away that Cas recognizes what is going on, but we have Dean interview the girl before he realizes that Cas isn't by his side anymore. Cas is over by the car, freaking out. It's a special kind of angels that was the equivalent of an army medic, only when they couldn't save an injured angel, they put them to death swiftly and painlessly. Now the angel is on earth and doesn't understand that human can actually RECOVER from depressive states.

Dean recognizes that Castiel is terrified... which, I wonder if that's more jarring to him than End!Cas. Because End!Cas was all about the drugs and women, but he still walked right into certain death... but this Cas is too scared to hunt with Dean. He's powerless and he FEELS powerless. So, they agree that Dean will go after the angel and Cas will go on his date....and Dean will drive him to his date, because Cas doesn't have a ride.

Back at the bunker, Crowley is put on hold... obviously, it's been enough weeks that Crowley's lost his clout in hell.

Dean drops Cas off at the house - pulling the whole BFF "you can't wear that on a date!" trope thing. I love it. Though, again, what's with Cas and only having one outfit all the time?! I'm not going to lie, the part of me that has a huge clothes sharing-fetish really wanted to have Dean lend Cas some clothes. But now... also, the shirt Cas IS wearing has this weird button on the mid-sleeve that drove me nuts the whole episode.

ANYWAY, I'm sure the shippers will be thrilled with the part where Dean gets Cas to unbutton his shirt a little bit... less thrilled with the fact that Dean is dropping Cas off on a very heterosexual date. (I'm not going to wade into that mess, but I will say - to those who want to have their ship and enjoy the show too - there IS such a thing as an open committed relationship, and I think Dean and Cas would be prime candidates for maintaining a healthy one if they were both bisexual and into each other.)

Cas walks up to the door and swipes a rose from the flower pot, hiding it behind his back. Then he waves Dean away, because having your husband drop you off on your date is so lame! Haha, well, in this case, I'd say it's more like having ANYONE drop you off.

Sadly though, Nora didn't want to date Cas, she wanted him to babysit while she went on a date with someone else... ouch. Though, really, what I'm wondering is: who finds evidence that they're employee is sleeping at work and then thinks "I should leave him alone with my children." But hey, I'm not a mother, what do I know. I'm also really protective and controlling - I mean, I don't like leaving people alone with my laptop. I'd hate to see what I'd be like with a child.

Poor Cas. Stuck with a crying baby.

Let's get back to Crowley, who eventually gets connected to Abaddon. This is the first time we actually see BOTH ends of a blood-bowl call, and apparently both ends need to have a blood-bowl! Interesting! I guess Crowley was on hold so long because Abaddon needed to find a dude and kill them...how did she know she had a call? Maybe she has a secretary somewhere?

But I digress... Abaddon, it seems, has been deregulating hell. Abaddon, I know you were timetraveling during the recent economic crash - but DEREGULATION IS BAD!

Crowley ends the call, but it's hard to tell whether it's truly on a confident note that he'll be able to get his kingdom back. He IS still locked ina basement after all.

He reads the cuneiform - Sam and Kevin only giving him the page about the spell to knock the angels out of heaven - and Crowley tells them that it's irreversible. .... wow.... but is he telling the truth? Or is there another way that's just not on the part of the tablet they gave him? More importantly though, THEY NEED TO GET HIM TO TRANSLATE THE SYMBOLS! Seriously, they've got the ability to make their own rosetta stone here!! Why are they just having him translate verbally?! HAND THE MAN A PEN! UGH...the linguist in me was/is having a conniption.

Anyway, back to Cas...who has a crying baby on his hands. He sings her the theme song to some show from the 70s. "Greatest American Hero" - I liked it! It was hilarious to hear Cas sing a lullaby in his deep deep scratchy voice. I did sneak a peak on twitter and saw that originally it was supposed to be Highway to Hell by AC/DC and that maybe would have been even funnier and made more sense (something he would have heard in the Impala) - but I like the thought of Cas watching old shows on some broken TV somewhere too.

Eventually, Cas just commiserates with the baby - about how horrible it is to be thrust into a world that you don't understand. Awww...

Meanwhile, Dean is investimagating and discovers that the angel is probably riding around in the first victim's husband and DRIVING A FORD! Oh no! Because Dean saw that ford while he was trying to pull away from Nora's house - so Dean runs off to rescue Cas...

Cas meanwhile, is worried that the baby has a fever and is calling Nora...and when there's a knock on the door, he just answers it - only to find out that it's the angel. Ephraim. It's interesting that Castiel knows the guy's name. Was there only one angel that could do this? Can Castiel still recognize angels even though he's human? If so, why did he not recognize Ezekiel in Sam? Or maybe it's because Ephraim uses his name and Cas has only ever met one angel with Ephraim's abilities so he assumes it must be the one he met?

Cas thinks that Ephraim has come for the baby, but no, Ephraim has come for Cas - apparently Cas is so miserable that Ephraim can track him by his misery. Ouch... so much for seemingly content Steve.

Cas uses the rose he cut to slice up his hand, trying to make a banishing sigil on the interior french doors - but Ephraim catches him in the act. Luckily, Dean rushes in, and although he's thrown into a wall, he manages to shove the angel blade over to Cas, who then kills Ephraim. See, Cas, you don't need powers to be a badass! You just need a STABBY THING!

When Nora gets home, Dean has obviously removed the body and Cas has cleaned up the blood - also, apparently DEAN knew how to bring down the baby's fever safely and without bringing her to a hospital. Um, Daddy!Dean feels anyone? Because I suddenly have some here, if you were looking...

Nora says that the thing inside Cas that makes him care so much is the thing that makes him special... which is true. It's what set him apart from the angels too. "Too much heart was always Castiel's problem."

Cas goes out to the car - and he and Dean drive off into the night....

And then Dean drops him off at work the next morning. Um... shippers? I think there's some great fanfic room in between these two scenes, just in case  you didn't pick up on that.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Sam is washing the blood bowl and he notices that one of the syringes is missing. He goes back down to the basement to find it and walks in on Crowley injecting himself with blood and looking relieved. SPECULATION TIME!! Does human blood work for demons the way demon blood worked for Sam? Is Crowley now an addict? Is there significance that Crowley specifically requested KEVIN'S blood and not Sam's? If he just wanted blood, shouldn't it not have mattered? Or is Sam's blood not as pure as Kevin's given Sam's past? Or is there some nefarious purpose - is Kevin's ability to read the tablets transmissible? Or is it a good thing? Will Crowley eventually turn human? If he does will they have to feed him and let him sleep ala the Geneva convention for POWs? SO MANY QUESTIONS.

There are questions about Castiel too? Now that his misery has been pointed out to him, will he change things?

Dean chose not to tell Castiel that the spell was irreversible - will he have to eventually? Is this another secret that's going to make his loved ones hate him? How does Ezekiel feel about this news? Does Dean have to worry about that too? I can't imagine that the spell is actually really irreversible. There has to be a way. Personally, I still think that the Winchester's fallen friends should form a kick-ass team in heaven and go after Metatron.

So, what did everyone think? Let me know in comments, and, as always, let me know if I missed talking about anything major.

Next week looks like a MOTW, but a possibly pretty freaky one... so we might not get answers to any of my questions for a while!

Comments

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liliaeth
Nov. 13th, 2013 10:13 am (UTC)
I was thinking about the tablets, and I think that part of it might be that Kevin was 'activated' as a prophet specifically when the Leviathan tablet was uncovered. So his mind was connected to that tablet. While he doesn't have the same connection with the other tablets.

hells_half_acre
Nov. 13th, 2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, perhaps. Because he can't seem to be able to tell where the other tablets are at any given time. He didn't have a conniption when Dean and Cas found the angel tablet (that we know of)... so, yeah, that could be it. Maybe prophets are only designed to deal with one tablet at a time.
borgmama1of5
Nov. 13th, 2013 10:19 am (UTC)
This felt like a pretty low-key and character driven ep, and that it was setting stuff up for the future.

I really liked that they didn't make human Cas a buffoon.

Why would anyone go bowling in a dress? Besides what you mention about her, that was one weird lady...

Interesting that they changed Cas' song from 'Highway to Hell. Who tweeted that?

The episode writer--apparently his first SPN script--tweeted that he had written Cas uses a random knife to cut his hand for the sigil, and that Misha and the director came up with the rose idea. I thought that was pretty clever.

What are they setting up with Crowley??? And where did the second syringe come from, we only saw Kevin fill one. Strange...

Keep the totally inappropriate jokes coming, they are what make your reviews one-of-a-kind :)
hells_half_acre
Nov. 13th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
I really liked that they didn't make human Cas a buffoon.

Me too. I find that happens in fic a lot (not that I read a lot of fic, so I might be wrong about that.) But so far I've liked how they've handled human!Cas a lot.

Why would anyone go bowling in a dress? Besides what you mention about her, that was one weird lady...

She was going bowling?!?! Yeah, she is very very weird.

Interesting that they changed Cas' song from 'Highway to Hell. Who tweeted that?

I think it was Robbie Thompson, who apologized for possibly using up the music-rights budget in his episode.

The episode writer--apparently his first SPN script--tweeted that he had written Cas uses a random knife to cut his hand for the sigil, and that Misha and the director came up with the rose idea. I thought that was pretty clever.

Agreed! It's always nice to use a prop that you've already established.

What are they setting up with Crowley??? And where did the second syringe come from, we only saw Kevin fill one. Strange...

I think perhaps they only used half of the syringe? But yes, what ARE they setting up with Crowley?! VERY INTERESTING...

Keep the totally inappropriate jokes coming, they are what make your reviews one-of-a-kind :)

Haha, good to know! :P
supernutjapan
Nov. 13th, 2013 05:01 pm (UTC)
Apparently the Leviathan tablet was written in the equivalent of a waterproof chewable book for children. The demon tablet was a "Jane and Dick" early-reader book or maybe the Hardy Boys. The angel tablet is Ulysses by James Joyce...or Milton's Paradise Lost... or possibly the Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll.

I like that analogy :D

But I think Dean really wanted to keep Ezekiel and Cas separated, for fear of Ezekiel jumping ship? Or because Dean possibly doesn't trust him that much? Who knows...

Maybe, or it could be just that Dean doesn't want Sam/Zeke to be taxed. He knows that if it sounds like a real job Sam would want to come, and he might get hurt again.

Dean drops Cas off at the house - pulling the whole BFF "you can't wear that on a date!" trope thing. I love it.
I was wondering if he was actually going to let Cas go in that - Seriously?! So why didn't he do that(get that vest off) sooner when he took him along to the crime scene?? Weird.

also, apparently DEAN knew how to bring down the baby's fever safely and without bringing her to a hospital.
awwww! (Dean gave her "a low dose of acetaminophen" Cas said, aye?)

Does human blood work for demons the way demon blood worked for Sam?
It certainly looks like it... It is probably addicting and it could give Crowley more power too aye?? We will probably find out why it's Kevin's blood he wants...

I was hoping that Dean had confided in Cas about Zak before Cas left. It is looking less likely at this point.

Looking forward to the MOTW! I wonder if that is the one where we get some fighting scenes?
pielover62
Nov. 13th, 2013 05:08 pm (UTC)
"I was hoping that Dean had confided in Cas about Zak before Cas left. It is looking less likely at this point."

I was really, really hoping this was true, too. It hurts me to imagine what Cas must think Dean's reasons are if he wasn't truthful with him. No wonder he's so miserable.
hells_half_acre
Nov. 13th, 2013 06:40 pm (UTC)
Very true.
hells_half_acre
Nov. 13th, 2013 06:45 pm (UTC)
Maybe, or it could be just that Dean doesn't want Sam/Zeke to be taxed. He knows that if it sounds like a real job Sam would want to come, and he might get hurt again.

Oh! Good point! This IS the first episode where Dean hasn't had to cradle a dead/dying loved one. :P

I was wondering if he was actually going to let Cas go in that - Seriously?! So why didn't he do that(get that vest off) sooner when he took him along to the crime scene?? Weird.

That's what I wondered too!

(Dean gave her "a low dose of acetaminophen" Cas said, aye?)

Yup. I just didn't want to spell out the big word in the post, because I'm lazy like that. :P

It certainly looks like it... It is probably addicting and it could give Crowley more power too aye?? We will probably find out why it's Kevin's blood he wants...

But what power? I'm not sure that power is actually involved - I think it's perhaps just addicting.

I was hoping that Dean had confided in Cas about Zak before Cas left. It is looking less likely at this point.

Yup, it looks like Dean has become a secret-keeper extraordinaire this season. I think he didn't tell because he knows how sketchy it was to trick Sam into it, and he feels bad.
supernutjapan
Nov. 13th, 2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
(Dean gave her "a low dose of acetaminophen" Cas said, aye?)

Yup. I just didn't want to spell out the big word in the post, because I'm lazy like that. :P


:D I'm really bad at spelling myself. That wasn't my idea - it was my spellchecker that guessed the word correctly from my miserable try :P

But what power? I'm not sure that power is actually involved - I think it's perhaps just addicting.

Hopefully - we'll see aye?

Yup, it looks like Dean has become a secret-keeper extraordinaire this season. I think he didn't tell because he knows how sketchy it was to trick Sam into it, and he feels bad.
Looks like we have a painful episode coming up...
pielover62
Nov. 13th, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the whole thing with Castiel being able to recognize Ephraim threw me, too. I mean, according to what's happened previously it seems to me that he shouldn't even be aware that there's an angel in there, let alone which one. But then I've gotten used to the writers playing a bit fast and loose with show's canon the last couple of seasons.

My question about Ephraim showing up though is his timing. We see his truck pull up just after Dean drops Cas off for his supposed date. Cas would be feeling kind of good and hopeful at that point I would think. So, why would Ephraim be there already?
hells_half_acre
Nov. 13th, 2013 06:40 pm (UTC)
But then I've gotten used to the writers playing a bit fast and loose with show's canon the last couple of seasons.

Good point!

We see his truck pull up just after Dean drops Cas off for his supposed date. Cas would be feeling kind of good and hopeful at that point I would think. So, why would Ephraim be there already?

I had the opposite problem with Ephraim showing up early - as I said to my friend: "Did he just wait on the front porch for the whole first half of the night?" If he was already there, why did he wait to attack Cas - maybe he was waiting for Cas to be alone...or to put down the baby?

But, I think the point was that even at Cas' happiest, he wasn't actually happy - according to Ephraim. Ephraim also just seemed to decide that because Cas was human, and not fighting being human, he had already chosen death. Dude's logic was all messed up. :P
liliaeth
Nov. 13th, 2013 07:44 pm (UTC)
I think that Ephraim just couldn't handle the amount of pain that you could find anywhere on earth. He's used to dealing with the pain of angels, who as a whole have limited amounts of emotions to begin with. So coming on earth, he hit overload pretty fast and it drove him insane.

Kind of like coming from a dark cave into the light, even small degrees of light would hurt like hell on your eyes.
pielover62
Nov. 13th, 2013 08:02 pm (UTC)
Good point!
hells_half_acre
Nov. 13th, 2013 09:02 pm (UTC)
Very good point - and I agree with Pielover62... the idea that the angels are all at varying degrees of psychotic breaks due to the fall really drives home all of Castiel's speeches about needing to help them adjust.
pielover62
Nov. 13th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
"Dude's logic was all messed up."

I think many of the angels have probably suffered some pretty severe mental trauma from their fall, so I kind of viewed Ephraim as having had a sort of psychotic break.
hells_half_acre
Nov. 13th, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
Agreed.
citizen_ephiny
Nov. 13th, 2013 11:13 pm (UTC)
"Personally, I still think that the Winchester's fallen friends should form a kick-ass team in heaven and go after Metatron."

Love this idea! It would be a great way to bring back some missed characters, and with the roster that's been building up for the last eight seasons, that would be a pretty formidable army :) If this doesn't happen on the show, somebody needs to write this fanfic!
hells_half_acre
Nov. 13th, 2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
Agreed! :)
aec1990
Nov. 14th, 2013 06:08 am (UTC)
Crowley demands they use Kevin's blood for the blood-bowl call, rather than Sam's... this choice becomes WAY more interesting later....

When I read to this point, it struck me that maybe Crowley wanted to complete the human transformation using Kevin's blood rather than Sam's because Sam might die if the third trial is completed. Then, once I got to the end of your review, I remembered that the demon->human ritual required the blood donor have gone through confession and that the blood be administered every hour.

When Crowley was talking to Abaddon, I think she was saying something about Crowley having no leverage, and I wonder if part of the reason for making this call in front of Sam and Kevin was in order to show beyond questionable doubt that Crowley would be preferable to Abaddon as ruler of hell so that his leverage over her would be that he could and would set the Winchesters on her.

borgmama1of5 mentioned that this was a very character driven episode, and I recall seeing posts floating around about that were saying the poster's would like to see an episode that was just the characters alone in a room interacting, and I think this episode is a good balance between that kind of episode and an episode with its own self-contained plot.

I'm really liking the how Crowley is paralleled to Hannibal Lector. (And now that I've typed that I'm seeing more and more parallels....)

When Crowley said there was no way to reverse the spell, I remember thinking that the way he said that sounded more like an opinion than a fact, like there is a way to reverse it, but the way to reverse it is so inconceivable that it may as well be impossible to reverse the spell. It also really strike me how we see Sam from behind while he tells Dean the spell can't be undone. It makes me wonder why this choice of camera angle was made. Did Crowley tell Sam that the spell can be reversed but there's no way he and Dean'd even consider reversing it? Was that not Sam (which doesn't seem right because the body language wasn't right for Ezekiel) or was that not completely Sam?

I knew throughout the episode that Cas would be baby sitting, and I knew they were building the 'Cas thinks this is a date, but he'll be actually be baby sitting' tension, and it was really hard to keep watching because I had to keep pausing my stream because of how intensely awkward I felt for Cas. I did really love Cas singing to Tiny and how he started out holding her so awkwardly but seemed to get the hang of it pretty quickly.

As for Nora, I think that, in part, she recognized that Cas was responsible and caring, and while she didn't know or understand why Cas was sleeping at the Gas'n'Sip, she thought he could maybe use the money she would pay him for babysitting. As for the dress thing, she did explain that she thought it was weird, but she didn't get the chance to dress up very often, so she took it.

I really like how quickly Dean recognized that Cas was in danger after seeing the Ford and how he switched to 'protecting family' mode. It's also really interesting how Dean left Cas alone even after knowing how upset Cas must have been to have Efraim come after him (unless Dean just assumed that Efraim was after Cas solely because Cas caused the fall?). I also realized that Efraim called Cas out on how Cas seemed to fail at everything he tried but at least every time he tried to pull of something huge.

Something about the scenes with Dean and Cas in the Gas-n-Sip really resonates with me. I think it might be the "Come on, man, you're above this!"/"No, Dean, I'm not" thing along with where I happen to be in my life thing...

I am really curious how Kevin managed to translate the tablet into Cuneiform. Did I maybe miss where he explained that? Is it possible to make translations from one language you might understand with work to another language you don't understand at all? Maybe the tablets are more easily read depending on how much God likes that particular creation.
hells_half_acre
Nov. 15th, 2013 01:40 am (UTC)
I wonder if part of the reason for making this call in front of Sam and Kevin was in order to show beyond questionable doubt that Crowley would be preferable to Abaddon as ruler of hell so that his leverage over her would be that he could and would set the Winchesters on her.

Hmmm, possibly!

It makes me wonder why this choice of camera angle was made. Did Crowley tell Sam that the spell can be reversed but there's no way he and Dean'd even consider reversing it? Was that not Sam (which doesn't seem right because the body language wasn't right for Ezekiel) or was that not completely Sam?

Interesting. I think there must be a way to reverse it. But it's true that I do wonder what Ezekiel is thinking through all this - and the possibilities of Ezekiel controlling/imitating Sam when Dean isn't around.

As for the dress thing, she did explain that she thought it was weird, but she didn't get the chance to dress up very often, so she took it.

Ah, I missed that line.

It's also really interesting how Dean left Cas alone even after knowing how upset Cas must have been to have Efraim come after him (unless Dean just assumed that Efraim was after Cas solely because Cas caused the fall?). I also realized that Efraim called Cas out on how Cas seemed to fail at everything he tried but at least every time he tried to pull of something huge.

Dean was there when Efraim was telling Cas that Cas had chosen death...but I think it probably sounded delusional to Dean, and Cas had been reassuring him that he was fine and happy - plus, Dean can't bring him back to the bunker at the moment, so probably leaving him where he was established and at least able to pretend to be happy was preferable to any alternatives.

I am really curious how Kevin managed to translate the tablet into Cuneiform. Did I maybe miss where he explained that? Is it possible to make translations from one language you might understand with work to another language you don't understand at all? Maybe the tablets are more easily read depending on how much God likes that particular creation.

Perhaps! The way I understood it, Kevin must have found a rosetta stone of sorts for the tablet-language and the cuneiform language - so, even though he didn't understand the cuneiform, he could match characters/words to characters/words and translate. Basically like having a tablet-cuneiform dictionary. Maybe his syntax and grammar would be wrong, but the words would be translated.
metallidean_grl
Dec. 23rd, 2013 01:08 am (UTC)
The fact that Nora believed Cas' BS about staying late to do inventory does make me question this woman's intelligence. Anyone else could probably see right through that. Strange. That's just something we'll have to look sideways at for this episode.

As for all the pink - when Ephraim lighted up his victims, the light was pink, so despite that logically the human remains would probably be more brown, as you said, I think that his light just turned everything that same color.

All of the Dean/Cas scenes are adorable. These two have great chemistry and I loved that fact that Dean was trying to build of Cas' confidence in that he could still be helpful on this case. Cas has a lot of knowledge up in his head, so that alone would come in handy. And given that Cas knew exactly what was killing these people, point proven.

I did have a lot of Daddy!Dean feels with him telling Cas about the acetaminophen. I need a fanfic for that whole missing scene where Dean clears up the body, and the blood, and then they both deal with the crying baby. It just warms my heart that Dean knew about that.

I thought it was weird also that Crowley was injecting himself with the blood. Like I told someone else, I just think with all the thoughts that had been ruminating around in his head during his solitude about wanting to be loved, and turning human, I think that Crowley was just probably jonesing for another taste of blood. I doubt that Kevin's blood was any more special than Sam's, but what do I know.

I would bet that Cas will eventually find out the truth about the spell Metatron cast being irreversible. Information like that rarely stays secret. Who knows how he will react. I do feel, though, that Dean was right in keeping it a secret from Cas, for now. Given as to how Cas is feeling, unloading that information, that burden on Cas would be too much. I think Dean just wanted to spare him the guilt that Cas would feel. He was trying to spare his friends' feelings, and I find that very touching. However, I do also think that Dean doesn't completely believe that the spell is irreversible, and that he wants to explore further options before giving in to that truth. Given all that the Winchesters have overcome, I would think that this is another obstacle that they will eventually overcome. So, not telling Cas the truth also still leaves him with hope. Had he been told, Cas would have totally lost hope, and a hopeless Cas is not a good thing.
hells_half_acre
Dec. 23rd, 2013 02:17 am (UTC)
Agreed all 'round. Well said.

And good point about Ephraim's light being pink... maybe he's like Midas, only instead of gold, everything he touches turns to pink destruction. :P

I, too, want the missing-scene fic, where Dean does clean up and then shows Cas how to look after the baby.

You're right about the reasons Dean kept what Crowley said from Cas, I think. Both because he didn't wanted to spare Cas the sadness/burden, but also, because I think you're right that Dean never really believes that anything is irreversible or there's not some solution out there somewhere. When he does, it's usually a sign that Dean's hit the absolute bottom of depression - otherwise, he's all about figuring something out, no matter what anyone tells him.
metallidean_grl
Dec. 24th, 2013 12:58 am (UTC)
Very true. With all that Deanhas seen and witnessed, he does believe that there is usually always a way are onus something. Look at how vigilant he always was with Sam and his varied problems, from the visions, to the blood, to the soulless ness. He was always scrapping for a solution. That's our Dean. I feel sad with the prospect if and when Deanwill ever get to the point where he feels there is no solution.
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