Anyway, great episode! So let's talk about it...
We begin where we left off. Kevin is dead. Sam-Gadreel is gone. Dean gives Kevin a hunters burial. And then breaks stuff, because of emotions. But, ugh, him looking at the spot on the floor where Kevin died just killed me. That's Dean's HOUSE, and he's always going to know that Kevin died there and it was his fault...
Man, I'm upset that Kevin is dead. Does he really have to be dead? Can't the writers use my Team Heaven idea and just have Kevin meet up with Bobby, Rufus, Ash, and the Harvelles up in Heaven and they all form a team up there and take down Metatron from the inside? Can't that be a thing? Then they get resurrected for some reason and live happily ever after! I think that's a good plan.
Anyway, Kevin's dead... so, let's cut to Gadreel.
Gadreel is hanging out back stage at a Justin Bieber concert. Okay, not Justin Bieber, but I swear that's supposed to be the equivalent what with all the songs with "Baby" in the title. It's pretty hilarious... and we find out that the guy is actually possessed by an angel, but not just any angel - he was the guard at the prison that Gadreel had been in since the dawn of time. Not only that, but he seems to have been Gadreel's torturer. We also learn that Gadreel had a boyfriend in prison? Hem-something? I don't think it was Abner, I think it was someone else, but I don't know.. anyway, apparently Bieber-angel killed and/or ruined Gadreel's boyfriend. Gadreel kills him. Yay!
The thing is, I do feel bad for Gadreel...., but we'll get to that.
What's next? Do we go back to the bunker? Let's just go back to the bunker...
Cas arrives because Dean called him. He's got a new style of trench coat! Oh man, am I going to have to start a section for Cas on the clothing catalog? Probably. Sigh.
Anyway...oh, he's also no longer wearing a tie!
Okay, back tot he plot... Cas sees the broken lamp and mess and realizes that Dean's alone, and rightfully asks what on earth happened... and Dean tells him. Cas is understanding and tries to comfort Dean, after all, if anyone knows about doing wrong things for the right reasons, it's Cas. Dean's not having it though. He wants to go after Gadreel and kill him, even if it means killing his brother.
Is it Cas who suggests and alternative? Yes..., he remembers Alfie/Samandriel and how the demons were able to bypass his coding... and he suggests they talk to Crowley to see if there's a way to bypass Gadreel and reach Sam so that Sam will know to eject Gadreel.
So, they go talk to Crowley. Dean offers him blood, but Crowley denies being addicted to it... he wants to deal instead. He'll help, but he gets to go with them on the road trip. Though he'll keep the shackles on.
Backtracking a bit though - it's only here that Crowley finds out that Kevin is dead and that Sam is missing. Crowley liked messing with Kevin psychologically so much, that I kind of... well, I wonder if maybe Crowley is more upset about Kevin's death then he seems? Maybe not. Maybe I just want him to be. But Crowley reiterates that he tried to get Kevin to run - that he tried to warn Kevin that everyone about the Winchesters dies bloody...
Eventually, Dean caves and agrees to Crowley's deal.
Oh, and we find out that Gadreel stole the Impala! Way to add insult to injury dude. Kill your friends isn't enough, he also steals your car.
But that's okay, Cas has a car! It inexplicably stopped a few miles away though.
Back to Gadreel - he's meeting up with Metatron, who is still giving him people to kill, much against Gadreel's wishes. Gadreel doesn't want to be a murderer, he wants to be a hero... but alas, being in prison for millennia upon millennia has obviously kept him extremely gullible and naive.
What's interesting about the bar they're meeting up in though is that the bartender is Tahmoh!!! TAHMOH!! Sorry, I like my Yukon boys, apparently. For those who don't know the actors name - Gadreel's original vessel is tending bar, in all his dreamy glory.
Metatron gives Gadreel another name, and off he goes...
Back to Dean, Cas, and Crowley... who find Cas's car - which is a beige caddy, like the one that Sam had back in 5x04. I wonder if it's the same car. Anyway... it had run out of gas. Hilarious. Dean or Crowley calls it a pimp ride, but Cas says he likes it. I think it's because it's the same colour as his trench coat. :P
Dean fills it back up and off they go - but not before a nosy neighbour spies them.
OH! Also, there's a battle for the shotgun seat between Crowley and Cas, and I love the smug look Cas gets when Dean tells Crowley to get in the back... and then the switch disappointment when Dean tells Cas to get in the back too in order to keep an eye on Crowley. There's only one person worthy of the shotgun seat for Dean, and that person is currently being held hostage by a backstabbing mystery angel.
Crowley brings them to one of his people, who he's put in the NSA, so that he can keep tabs on whoever he wishes. Pretty clever. The girl playing her looks REALLY FRICKIN' FAMILIAR and I can't figure out what I know her from... or if it's just a case of her looking like someone else.
Only Crowley goes in to meet with her, and she fills him in on Abaddon and how exactly Cas got his "mojo" back - ie: not the kosher way. I do wonder if that move is going to come back to bite Cas in the ass, because he DOES seem very reluctant to tell anyone about what he did.
The information about Abaddon is interesting too. Hell is in chaos, no one is doing their job. Most people are waiting to see how the fight between Crowley and Abaddon pans out and they aren't actually in support of Abaddon the way she claims they are. NSA girl, herself, is playing both sides - which Crowley points out - until a victor arises. NSA girl points out that it's what Crowley would do, and I guess Crowley agrees!
Anyway, Crowley gets the information about where the Impala was last spotted and then it's off to go there...
Meanwhile, Gadreel is honing in on his next victim. Abner, who was also in prison with Gadreel. Abner has a family and is happy - he was a crappy angel, but he's a good human. He tells Gadreel to come back when his wife and kid are at the movies so they can catch up... and yeah, ughhhhhhhhhhhhh, this is not going to end well.
Gadreel comes back, and Abner goes on about how he's finally got what he always wanted - and he suggests that if Gadreel has a chance to get what he's always wanted, he hang onto it, no matter what the cost... so, of course, Gadreel kills him, because Gadreel wants to be a hero and that's what Metatron has promised him.
Meanwhile, Abaddon is killing NSA girl for playing both sides, when NSA girl tells her where she can find Crowley. I have to admit, in terms of strategical thinking, Crowley is coming out in the lead in this fight. Information is a weapon, and Abaddon just destroyed a good source for it. Not only that, but Abaddon could have fed the NSA demon falls information with the knowledge that it would have been passed onto Crowley. I mean, geez, and I'm actually not good at strategy in the slightest, so this must be pretty dumb.
Dean gets to Abner's house too late to save Abner, but he does distract Gadreel enough for Cas to get a knock-out punch in. My friend and I think someone should ask Misha at a con how satisfying that punch was...heheeh.
Then it's off to nearby secret lair that happens to have a torture chair in it... and Crowley gets to work. Cas doesn't recognize the angel in Sam.. there's a bunch of taunting, and then the torture starts.
So, I like where this episode goes and what happens, but MAN, part of me is so frustrated that they didn't just TALK to Gadreel - because Gadreel is being taken advantage of and no one even knows!! At least when Cas was being lead down the wrong path, he had Dean warning him off of it - but Gadreel has NO ONE. He's got that uncomfortable feeling in the pit of his stomach, he's got the revulsion about what he's doing, but he's got no one looking out for his best interests, he's got no one to tell him that he's being lied to and making the same mistakes all over again. I mean, how did Lucifer get into paradise? I know the actual religious lore (or the version I was taught, anyway), but what's the SPN lore? SPN makes it sound like Lucifer hadn't even fallen at that point - that corrupting man was what made Lucifer fall. So, I'm guessing that Lucifer, the arch-angel, walked up to Gadreel and fed him lies and made him think he was doing the right thing by letting Lucifer into the garden... and really, Metatron is doing the same thing. MAN, I JUST WANT SOMEONE TO SAVE GADREEL! I know he killed Kevin and that's a hard thing to get passed in terms of a redemption arc, but it's not like people haven't done worse on this show.
Anyway, I got off topic there....
Eventually Dean can't bare the sounds of Sam's screams anymore and he skulks off... Cas follows him. He tries to talk to Cas to distract himself and asks how Cas is doing. Cas is doing fine. Dean tries to find out how Cas got his mojo back, but Cas won't tell him... Dean apologizes for kicking him out of the bunker... and yeah... I can't really remember the rest of the conversation, but I'm sure it's filled with interesting dialogue.
Then Crowley calls them back into the room. He's found out Gadreel's name. Cas is suitably enraged because he, like all the other angels, I'm guessing, blame Gadreel for everything that's ever gone wrong. Seriously?! You're going to blame the guardsman and not Lucifer who actually was the one to betray God? Geeez, no wonder Gadreel is so messed up.
I get it though, the point is that they're all angry and they're too angry to consider there might be more to Gadreel then "bad guy." I actually have thinky thoughts about our current society when it comes to this stuff - because of, ironically, something that Kevin Parks said back in August...about how on Supernatural, they aren't allowed to show gruesome things happening to good people (like them getting stabbed/mutilated/beheaded etc)... but if it's a bad guy/non-human, they're allowed to be as gruesome as they want. And I think that says a lot about our mindsets as soon as we cast someone as the "bad guy" - like, suddenly it's okay to bomb their cities and whatnot, because they're all evil, aren't they? Only maybe they aren't - maybe only one of them is evil and the rest are just confused or just trying to live until tomorrow.... anyway, um... this is too heavy, let's get back to the show....
So, they torture Gadreel somemore, but it doesn't seem to be working - and Gadreel tells them that it's not going to work.... and then Dean gets any idea - If Cas possesses Sam too, then Cas can tell Sam that Gadreel is there and Sam can then eject Gadreel. Only, this won't work, because Cas need permission.
I also wonder whether Cas CAN possess another vessel at this point? I mean, technically, Cas doesn't have his own grace. I think Cas is still human, using another angels grace to have um...power his powers. I always had this image that angels had soul+grace. Anna fell by separating the two...and since she wasn't in a vessel at the time, her disembodied soul fell to earth, found a womb, and was reborn as a human. Cas had his grace stolen, so now the being that is Cas is just soul, not soul+grace. Only now, Cas is soul+Theo's grace....so, our graces interchangeable? Does it not matter who they belong to? Or does it? Ugh, so many questions.
Anyway, Cas can't enter without permission, but Crowley quickly points out that HE can. So, they make another deal - this time, in exchange for Crowley's freedom. Crowley will go in, find Sam, tell him to eject Gadreel, and then vacate Sam.
And we get our first multiple possession in Supernatural!! I didn't even think it was possible for a demon and an angel to occupy the same vessel!! Hell, I didn't think it was possible to have more than one angel OR demon in one vessel. But apparently it is!
Before Crowley goes in, Dean gives him a code word. Poughkeepsi - which in Winchester code means to cut and run. Oh, also, Crowley makes an awesome joke about how he's not going to stay in Sam, because he's not a fan of sloppy seconds. Awesome.
Anyway.... Crowley goes in and finds Sam, who freaks, but then Crowley DOES get his attention with the use of the code word, and Sam hears him out. Apparently, vessel can ALWAYS remember what they do when possessed, even if the possessing thing tries to keep it from them or keep them tamped down. Crowley encourages Sam to remember, and Sam does....
Then Crowley says something that I think is actually pretty damn compassionate - because when Sam, distressed, asks if he killed Kevin. Crowley tells him that HE didn't, that it wasn't him and that's not his fault... and yeah, I thought, you know, considering the source, that was pretty damn compassionate and nice of Crowley to say.
Then Tahmoh shoes back up! Or rather, Gadreel and starts beating Crowley up - and then Sam... but Sam fights back and DOES eject Gadreel....
Of course, my friend pointed out that Dean missed a golden opportunity, because with both Gadreel and Crowley inside Sam, he could have stabbed Sam then and be rid of BOTH of them... and Sam, though...that would be the only problem. :P Anyway, we laughed about that for a while, because we are soulless.
Then Crowley gets out of Sam as promised. Cas and Dean start removing the pins...
Back at Tahmoh's bar, Metatron is waiting, and Gadreel shows up disembodied and re-possesses Tahmoh.. who, hey, he DOES say yes.
Meanwhile, Abaddon has shown up where Dean, Cas, Sam, and Crowley are - Crowley tells them to leave out the back and he'll distract her. Cas helps a still injured Sam away, and Dean tells Crowley that if he ever sees him again...
Crowley: "You'll kill me. Yes, I know, I love you too."
-AWWWWWWWwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww... hahahaha, I loved this line so damn much.
Abaddon makes her entrance and her and Crowley have a talk. Her minions won't attack him, and Crowley points out it's because the problem with demons is that they're only loyal to whoever is strongest, and they don't know who that is yet.... that the problem with Abaddon is that she thinks this is a fight, when it's actually a campaign. I gotta say, as much as I love Abaddon, Crowley, I think, is the stronger candidate.
Then the Winchesters and Cas are on a very nice bridge in the rain. Cas heals Sam's wounds, but the internal ones still remaining are going to take several treatments. Then Cas gives Dean and Sam the semblance of privacy and goes to stand in the rain a little ways away. And my god, it's raining hard... I wonder what night this was filmed. The rain in Vancouver is usually not that intense... I mean, to show up on camera, it had to be raining BUCKETS.
Anyway, back to the very serious conversation... Sam is pissed, but not yelling-pissed...more, disappointed and betrayed. Dean ignored Sam's own will and wishes. Sam was ready to die and Dean didn't respect that.... and now Kevin's dead. Dean tells Sam that Kevin's blood isn't on Sam's hands, it's on Deans... and that's why Dean's leaving. Dean blames himself for everything - says he's like poison. Everyone around him just ends up dying and therefore he just shouldn't be around anyone he loves anymore.
Sam tells him to go - because Sam is disappointed and betrayed and it probably hurts to look at Dean right now...but Sam DOES tell Dean that Dean shouldn't think that about himself, that Sam's not telling him to go for that reason... but when Dean turns back to ask him what he means, Sam just tells him to go again. So Dean does.
Cas is obviously staying with Sam, because Sam needs his healing powers...
And it's all very sad and whatnot, and what Dean said about himself is heartbreaking... but meanwhile I SUPER EXCITED!!! Because does this mean we get the Sam and Cas adventures?!?!!?! SASSY! You know I don't ship them, but I find their friendship FASCINATING and I've always wanted the show to explore it more, but it never does - according to Misha, it's because Jared teases him so much on set that they never get any work done - though, that might just be what Misha says and not the truth. BUT PLEASE OH PLEASE LET US GET THE ADVENTURES OF SAM AND CAS!! Just for ONE episode, it's all I ask.
But yeah, super heartbreaking ending...
I know the boys won't stay apart for long, I think Sam just needs some space to forgive Dean without Dean being around... and I think Dean needs to go do some self-exile penance in order to feel like he's properly being punished for all his mistakes. It'll be very interesting what happens next though...
I'm interested to see what will happen with the battle for hell now that Crowley is loose. IS Crowley addicted to human blood? Is Crowley more human than he was before? Is this going to help or hinder him? I was so sure that this whole season would all be about the angels and that next season would be about the hell fight...but I was wrong! The show plots move way quicker than they ever did under Kripke (or in S7).
So, I'm still super sad about Kevin. Dean is heartbreaking as usual... but I'm excited for what's to come!
As usual, please tell me in comments about the important bits that I missed talking about that you desperately need to discuss!