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Cain

So a while back I made this prediction about Dean when he took on the Mark. This seems like a huge thing for everyone to be ignoring. The Mark of Cain came from one brother killing another so if Dean has the Mark. . .

However up to this point Cain gave Dean the Mark and then took a hike. Yeah they talk about him every now and then, but they’ve avoided this one huge point. We start this episode finally getting to see him again and we see him killing a horrible nasty murderer on death row. So far I don’t have many issues with that. Plus Cain looks pretty amazing. Life off the farm has done him well. His hair alone is pretty fabulous.

So we now have a mystery to solve, but more importantly we have a reason for Dean and Cain to meet up again.

Cut to Crowley and Mom. Rowena is definitely trying to manipulate Crowley still. I don’t quite get her end game. She’s causing issues in his court, but if he is weakened she will also be weakened. She needs to die. . .soon, but I’ll come back to that later. She tries to get Crowley to kill her enemies for her and even though he sees through it he still seems like he’s going to do it. She also does her best to cause strife between the Winchesters and him. Which isn’t that hard since their working relationship has never been smooth sailing.

Meanwhile Sam and Dean have figured out that Cain is killing whole families and while they are telling that to Cas Cain shows up. Once again I really like Cain. He’s killing people like crazy, but unlike other crazed demons we’ve seen in seasons past he’s not killing because he’s enjoying it. He’s killing because he sees it as his duty. And he doesn’t want to kill people that aren’t on his list of descendants. BTW that would be so many people. That long ago his descendants would be a crazy amount of people. Which they touch on, but still— so many people. One might even say that he’s on a mission from God, Blues Brother’s Style.

Finally the boys figure out where Cain is headed next and they prepare for a battle between Dean and Cain. They do this by pulling Crowley in to help (and by lying to him in the process which just help’s out Rowena’s case) and by using some misdirection to trap him. Long story short he is trapped and Dean comes in to finish him off.

This is where it gets interesting. Cain puts up a good fight, but is it just me or does his heart not seem in it. I’m just saying with the power we’ve seen from Cain it seems like he should have been able to make short work of Dean. So maybe he just wanted to talk to Dean before getting him to take his life. Cain has lost his family, his love, and now his humanity again. The only way he can control himself is to live in isolation. I don’t blame him for wanting all of that to end. So even though the boys have won this fight I don’t think they were ever meant to lose it. Cain seems almost bored with this turn of events.

But what he revealed is what is most important. He finally said what I’ve worried about all this time. Dean taking on the Mark means that he will eventually kill Sam. What I found interesting is that Cain states that Dean will kill Crowley first, then Castiel, then finally Sam, So here’s my new prediction: Crowley is about to die. Once Dean kills him it will cause Dean to panic and really try to find a cure (which they already know if they would just think hard). Other reasons I think Crowley is about to dies are: the writers don’t seem to know what to do with Crowley these days. He’s not near the bad guy he used to be and with his control over demons that whole storyline has kind of fallen to the wayside.Also Rowena is undermining his power which will come to no good end.

As much as I don’t want Crowley to die it feels like the way things are moving.

Although I’m sure it was detrimental to Dean’s mental health to kill Cain I feel like it was more because he wanted to believe that he could keep the Mark under control and everything that happened up in that loft told him that he was doomed to go down the same horrible path that Cain had gone down.

Sam is really worried about Dean now so maybe he really does see the writing on the wall.  I know Sam will do everything he can to help Dean so hopefully he’ll get Rowena or Crowley to cast a less extreme age spell on Dean to get rid of this curse.

I can only hope.

What do you think? Will Dean kill Crowley? Will they finally put together the answer that is right in front of their face?

There are many things I love about this episode and probably an equal number of things that frustrate me. Last week we found out how to cure Dean, but evidently no one but me picked up on that. Now the boys are still moodily trying to find a cure and hunting down Cain for help.

So other than the fact that they are ignoring the oblivious answer to fixing the Mark I thought this was a good monster of the week episode. After all we haven’t had a killer truck for a bunch of seasons!  And this one wasn’t even racist. We get to see the navigation system take over and kill the crappy boyfriend which kind of is my nightmare. Not really that my navigation system is going to kill me, but more that it will talk back to me one day. It doesn’t seem too thrilled when it has to recalculate.

The boys find the truck and make short order of it and since it happens so easily and quickly we know that’s totally not the bad guy.

Enter in basic white sorority girl that seems to be having fun screwing her way through college. We soon find out that someone is sending her messages online “I Know What You Did Last Summer” style which, of course, freaks her out. This chick reminds me of early 2000 Brittney Spears so I wasn’t too sad when her power cord came to life and strangled her.

It’s been a while since we had some comedy (other than Dean restraining himself around co-eds). Therefore we have a scene that informs Dean that deleting his Internet history isn’t doing what he thinks it’s doing. Plus he eats a lot of food. Then Sam who hasn’t seen the answer to their Mark problem somehow figures out what the random 810 message on sorority girl’s computer means. They just happen to be in front of the house with the address that has 810 in it to see a woman walk across the street to throw away a bunch of flowers on a telephone pole. Fun Fact: this woman is the same actress and the same name as the woman in season 9 that finds the invisible guy in the women’s locker room (remember the teddy bear doctor episode– if you don’t go watch it again now. It’s one of my favorites).

OK I’m going to take a moment to talk about Dean’s ogling of girls in this episode. I’ve seen a lot of complaining about how this is out of character for Dean or how they are just trying to cram down our throats that Dean is straight. OK seriously people when this season started out Dean was sleeping with some chick he’d met in a nasty bar and just last episode he was trying to pick up Tina. He didn’t hit on her after she became a teen, but she was a teen! I don’t care that he was a teen for a moment too because he was still thinking as an adult and would have seen that she looked like a young girl. Also as much as I enjoy some Destiel fun it’s not real. We have made all that crap up in our heads. So don’t get mad when Dean doesn’t act like he’s pining away for Cas.

OK back to this episode:

The wife talks about her husband’s horrific death and the acts confused when Sam questions her about anything odd. So obviously this totally has something to do with what’s going on.

Switch back to some more college kids talking about their big secret. Boy wants to keep the secret and Girl (basic white girl’s roommate) wants to come clean before they get in more trouble. Boy is a super douche and shortly gets his brain liquefied by his loud music (cause that is totally a normal way to kill someone). Still no big loss yet.

Delilah (last standing sorority girl) finally breaks down and tells the boys what happened and what exactly 810 means. Turns out that a few months ago all the victims and her had been driving around while texting and checking Facebook which caused another car to crash into a telephone pole. Instead of stopping to help the guy they drive off afraid of the consequences of driving in a suspended licence. While driving away they see that a power line fell on the car catching it on fire and killing the guy inside. OK I totally believe that would happen. College kids are idiots. She has been wracked with guilt since the incidence and feels relieved at actually being able to admit what she was a part of.

The boys go to work trying to figure out how to vanquish this ghost who has been cremated and they can’t figure out how he’s holding on. Sam goes off to try to figure it out while Dean stays to protect Delilah. It comes to light that the telephone pole was connected to an Internet tower and so the ghost is travelling through wifi.

While Sam is working Dean and Delilah have  a hear to heart chat about how to cope with doing bad things. Dean is somehow both horrible and great at this.

 Way to go Dean, recommend excessive drinking and repression. It seems to be working for him right now though. This is the happiest I’ve seen Dean in a long time. Well after this interlude of feels Sam realizes that they need to get away from all wireless signals to protect Delilah. So yeah about that. . .there’s a lot of wireless devices. When the image of the dead man starts showing up on all her devices Dean does the calm rational thing– and hits them all with his crowbar. He evidently had never heard of unplugging and removing the batteries. Then $4000 in damage later they abandon her room to hide out in the basement only to be cornered by a cell phone that had been lost in the couch cushions.

Never fear!  Sam is to the rescue with a short talk with the widow of the ghost he gets her to talk to her dead husband– Facetime style– saving Dean just in time and allowing her husband to move on.

The big thing that I don’t understand is the wife’s openness to meet with Delilah at the end of the episode. I know that Delilah was feeling bad, but I don’t know that I could be nice to the chick that caved to peer pressure instead of saving my husband. Of course having my husband go psycho killer ghost might help with the healing process.

The boys round out the episode with a heart to heart in the Impala about how Dean wants to stop looking for a cure and he just wants to live his life. Pretty sure you’ve already figured out a cure a hell of a lot easier than finding Cain, but sure whatever. I am glad that Dean seems to be coping and happy.

I would have found this so much more touching if the obvious solution wasn’t right in front of their faces.

Next week: Cain is back!  And makes Dean look super sane and well adjusted.

Deanaboutaboy

I feel like I have done nothing but praise this season, but it deserves it. Season 7 had some issues and with the exception of Kevin Tran Season 8 was sketchy. So I was happy when Season 9 looked to be turning it around, but remained slightly skeptical. Had this show gone on too long? Had they killed all the bad guys and needed to call it quits? OK don’t leave me on that statement. I love this show– maybe a little too much, but shows deserve to have an ending to work towards. I would rather a show end earlier than I’d like and end well than drag out and become a farce (ahem– Charmed and Suits I’m looking at you). As much as I didn’t want this show to end I hated that the show seemed to be losing it’s way.

Well Season 10 has been everything I could have hoped. Are there still storylines that I don’t like? Yes, but there are so many more things that I love so I can overlook the fact that Metatron hasn’t had his spine ripped out yet.

So back to this week’s episode– when I saw the preview I was slightly skeptical of how they would work out Dean being a teenager again, but Dylan Everett delivered the goods once again. I spoke my praises of him before and I stand by those. Dylan IS a young Dean. Yeah he looks like Jensen, but that’s not all he becomes Dean.

In this episode we see big boy Dean struggling with the Mark and what he did to Charlie. He’s obsessed (as he likes to be) and is trying to find a way to remove the Mark. It’s obviously not going well and Sam finds a case to help distract him. Can I say once again how glad I am that the boys are working together again and not hiding things or angry with each other?  Cause it’s awesome to see them bicker and fight like brothers instead of really tearing each other apart.

As someone with 4 brothers this is real life. Nothing is ever forgotten– especially if it’s embarrassing.

Dean reluctantly agrees to work the case– and begins to pick up a chick of course (a woman that obviously doesn’t belong in that dive bar. I’ve been in bars like that (for research purposes of course) and women that hang out in bars like that during the day have a more rode hard and put up wet look).  Thinking he was washing out in the bar he is about to leave when he realizes said girl is about to get abducted herself and of course tries to save her. Yeah that doesn’t turn out so well.

Turns out the bad guys aren’t killing the people they take (right away), but turning them into little kids and locking them up in a scary basement. Enter Dylan Everett.

After some witty remarks between little Dean and Tina we switch back to Sam’s search for Dean. Here’s probably my favorite moment of this episode. We get a glimpse at Scary Sam that I’ve kinda missed here lately. Sam struggled with the darkness inside of himself for so long and has finally gotten it so under control that it’s easy to forget that he was once a demon blood drinking psycho. But here’s my boy:

Sam, who is an ask questions first kill later, kinda guy doesn’t waste time with this guy and goes straight to the knocking skulls mode. I love Scary Sam (when it comes to protecting family).

Of course Dean escapes and finds Sam and hilarity ensues. As well as some dramatic tension of course.

 

Which is all hilarious, but we did learn this one super important thing:

OK so the problem’s fixed!  The Mark is gone. Obviously even though Dylan is doing an amazing job as Dean they aren’t going to replace Jensen so we know this fix isn’t going to last, but just remember this huge plot development for later.

Next they arrive at the scary witch’s house and this happens:

OK sorry that has nothing to do with major plot development, but come on that’s funny. And totally what guys would say to each other no matter how serious the situation.

They corner the creepy dude that is nabbing the people and he plays the “the witch is controlling me card” and the guys think he’s on their side. So of course after they find out how to get Dean back to his real age they go in guns blazing to save Tina and kill the witch. Which goes well.

The witch, who is played by Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey), turns out to be Gretel (as in Hansel and Gretel and as in the sister of creepy dude that they thought was on their side) and plans to eat them all. During her bad guy tirade she lets it drop that she’s in America to take care of Rowena for the Grand Coven. Dean’s knowledge of Rowena throws her off her game which gives the boys the opening that they were looking for.

Sam attacks Hansel and then moves on to the witch while Dean tussles with Hansel. During the fight Dean manages to grab the hex bag that was around Hansel’s neck (which turned him young) and turns himself back into an adult. Then, as you do, he shoved the bag into Gretel’s mouth and shoved her in the fire to burn alive. Yay, the guys have saved the day, saved the girl (who looks forward to being able to get a do over on life) and sends her on her way with some cash.

But wait lets go back to that Grand Coven thing.

So we know now that the Grand Coven wants Rowena, we know where to find Rowena and we know that there is a witchy fix for Dean’s problem. Throwing Dean back into his 14 year old body got rid of the Mark so if Dean can just got back to his body from right before he got the Mark then he will still (mostly) be the same age and be Mark free. Done! No trials, no need to ever see Metatron again and minimal working with the bad guys to fix this.

So now they just need to find the Grand Coven and make a deal. Yeah that’s fraught with issues of it’s own, but I’d rather work with witches than demons or angels at this point. They’ve made a couple witch friends so they might can even skirt the Grand Coven, but they probably won’t go that route. Now I’m just wondering how long before they put all this together on the show (hopefully just next week).

I love how optimistic Dean is and I love how much Sam just wanted his big brother back.

Of course I can’t write all of this without mentioning the thing that Dean admitted to that is a dirty little secret in so many of our own lives. That dirty, filthy secret is: it’s hard to not jam out to some Taylor Swift these days.

I’m not going to throw out catchy phrases like, “We’re not in Kansas anymore” or any comments on Oz in general. Truth be told I thought in Oz storyline was an odd addition and was actually happy that it appeared that Charlie’s story was over. I felt her story was becoming a little forced, but after this episode I take it all back. Charlie was back and brought with her all the things I loved about her in the beginning– plus some.

Here are the most truthful, beautiful moments of this episode:

Dark Charlie — I thought Dark Charlie was perfect. Yeah she was a crazy psycho who like to kill, but the boys kinda are too and I love them too. Dark Charlie and Mark Of Cain Dean were pretty much made for each other. It made me pretty nervous when they were somewhat hanging out together. I was afraid that he was going to accept his dark side and run off with her (not romantically– but I like to kill people too kinda way). They somewhat surprised me by actually needing the key to fix her. I kinda expected the good and bad Charlies to combine after good Charlie killed someone. Even though it was a good act– killing is still damaging to the soul.

There were some awesome one liners — Wouldn’t hurt a Hobbit. Should have known Rocket and Groot would track me down. I even got my own little sword. Blah, blah, blah repressed feelings, blah, blah blah passive aggression.

Let’s just say the writers were golden this time around.

For Dean, the struggle is real– seriously he almost loses it numerous times. With the DA that Charlie has tortured, with the shot in the bar, when he was fighting outside with Dark Charlie. I’m over him being evil so I was so proud of Dean for holding it together. I’m happy that it looks like they are actually working together to find a solution to their problems. I think seeing Dark Charlie actually helped Dean realize how much it hurts others when someone you love is out of control. I’m also glad that it looks like Charlie will be hanging around trying to help. Maybe now they’ll be able to get somewhere with Charlie, Cas, Dean AND Sam all looking for the fix.

Dean on a diet is just like me on a diet– I have friends that drink protein shakes and haven’t looked at a burger and a coke in years. Well I’m proud of them, but any time I’m eating healthy food I’m just thinking about how good a bbq bacon cheeseburger with a large Dr. Pepper would be. Cause delicious is what it is. I know in real life Jensen Ackles is probably on a strict diet and exercise regime, but I love that fictional Dean struggles like anyone else. You can tell me that kale is delicious– but I’m sorry– it smells like a fart.

Charlie stealing Baby was a thing of beauty– If there is anything that would push Dean to the edge it’s someone messing with his car. So of course that’s what she did. Of course.

So now we get to wait until we see what goodness the rest of the season will bring. And it looks like Charlie will be right there helping them.

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Well we’ve had a lengthy break so of course this episode involves a lot of set up for the rest of the season. What we got was a tease for who might be coming back, who already surprisingly is back, and I also was reminded of people I want to die already.

Who’s back

Metatron. OK he also classifies as someone that I’m ready to die.  He’s back right now in all his horrible glory. I’m a little unclear on why they’ve been keeping him alive. I also can’t help but think that he had Dean bring back the First Blade, not to remove the Mark ,but to corrupt him more. It definitely looked like he was trying to get Dean to kill him or at least seriously hurt him to make the Mark’s influence grow even more. I second Dean’s motion though. All in favor say aye

Aren’t they dead already?

Rowena. Why is Crowley keeping her around? This relationship is confusing me. He seems to see right through her crap, yet allows her access to the underworld and plays right into her traps. I’m guessing she’ll be around for a while messing with Crowley and trying to take him down. Although I can’t understand her motivation for that either. If he’s no longer in charge she will be made vulnerable. Why can’t she hang out with Dean for a while? That’d end amazingly.

My only thought could be that he’s looking for a reason that she left him. But really I think the answer is easy. She’s heartless and never cared about him. Finally why would he tell the boys where his bones are? For the story I know Rowena needed to know, but that seems like something that Crowley won’t share with anyone after Bobby tried to burn his bones.

Shouldn’t she run away again?

Claire. OK I get that she’s a misunderstood teen that has had a crappy life, but I’m done with her whining. She’s trying to manipulate everyone around her and can’t figure out that Castiel is trying to help her. I know that Castiel’s advent into her life was the end of all that is normal and can see why she is bitter. Still doesn’t make me not tired of her character. I think I would have liked her more if she had joined them in the bunker and was fighting evil with them. Right now all she’s managed to do is distract everyone and almost get people killed. And evidently air all their dirty laundry to nasty hobos. How were those weirdos not scared by her story about Randy and her dad?

She does speak some truth here though.

Who’s coming back

Charlie. OK we know for sure that Charlie will be back next episode. Assuming this isn’t some dream or hallucination that means that she’s back from Oz and for some reason wants to hurt Dean. Obviously hurting Dean right now is a bad idea all around. First of all it doesn’t help Dean trying to get rid of the Mark and secondly he might accidentally kill Charlie with all the emotions from the Mark running through him. I’m interested to see where this is going.

Cain? I really hope so. I love the actor that plays Cain (Timothy Omundson who played Detective Lassiter in Psych) and I want to see him come back. Sam brings up valid points though that Cain has been living in the woods eating corn for years without going on killing sprees so it is possible to live with it. My thoughts are though that Dean is not really going to be able to be a hunter AND have the Mark. If this was the last season I might would think that this was their way to end the series without killing them off.  I also wonder why they haven’t gone to talk to Cain yet. Surely he makes more sense to talk to over Metatron.

I’ll have to just let the image of Cas texting to hold me over until next week.

Dean

Well we knew that a midseason finale wouldn’t be an easy watch, but that doesn’t mean that the writers didn’t try to make us think we might have a chance.

The writers slowly hacked away at our hearts throughout this episode starting with this:

A Happy Dean

After a flash back/ dream about mass murder we see Dean laughing to some Three Stooges while Sam brings him a sandwich. We see the two of them together, happy, and they even throw in a little moodiness for Sam to make it feel real. This is what life should be. Even as hunters they should just be dealing with the next monster and then celebrating over a beer. Instead we’ve seen horrible things from both brothers and times where they couldn’t even talk to each other. It feels great to be right again. Which is just further proof the writers are messing with us.

A Broken Claire

We see Claire abandoned. Father dead, Mother gone, Grandmother also dead. So now she’s a troubled teen who shoplifts for a creep. Not just any creep, but a manipulating creep that doesn’t care what happens to her. Claire has perhaps lost the most in this situation. She was young when Jimmy invited Castiel in and she was safe. She had a mom who cared for her and a dad who cared about her. She was fed, clothed. and looked after. She then got shoved out on her own knowing that there was an angel out there somewhere that had taken her dad from her without a second thought about what that did to her world. Even though we know that Castiel really wants to help her we get why she is mad at him and why she doesn’t want to trust him. Hell I know his motives and I still don’t trust that he will do what’s right for her. He can’t give her the home she wants and if he drags her along for the ride with the Winchesters that’s a whole other evil.

Castiel in a tie

We finally see Castiel in his tie again. Well in a tie at least. I’m surprised at how much I have missed it. The absence of the tie seems to symbolize the lack of a purpose. His other tieless moments have mostly involved him being insane. We get to see a glimpse of his old self this episode. I mentioned that the writers were wanting to break us down right?

Sam and Dean’s apathy with the Claire situation

Dean’s never been one to care about personal issues, but seeing Sam tell Cas “so what” about the Claire situation shows how far from doing good no matter what they’ve come. Yes they are right. What good with Castiel do for this girl? He’s more likely to harm her than help her, but that wouldn’t have stopped Sam in the past. He would have wanted to make sure that Claire was safe whether she wanted to be or not.

Dean asking Cas to take him out 

When Cas questions Dean about the Mark messing with him he responses by asking Cas to kill him if he goes dark again. I don’t think that Cas is the one to do this for him, but he knows Sam won’t do it. I wonder if Cas really will. Destiel or no Cas does care about Dean and he knows that on the most basic level Dean wants to do good. He wants to help and protect people from the forces of evil. He just doesn’t know how to protect people from himself.

Crowley getting played by his mom

Watching Crowley complain about his mom was hilarious (Nobody cares Gerald), but we see yet another family with issues. Crowley may be the King of Hell, but he was a little boy once. A little boy that was almost sold for some pigs and was abandoned to figure things out for himself at age 8. The boys attempted cure comes back to bite him again as he is manipulated by his mother. She plays him like an expert and gets what she wants in the end. I wanted to scream at him through the TV telling him to not trust her. Of course don’t trust her– really?? Crowley should know better– demon cure or no.

Castiel finally stepping up

Castiel finally figures out that he needs to become more active to find and help Claire. He is wracked by guilt over taking her dad from her. He at least stops her from robbing a store, but gets pushed away again. Of course he takes her at her word about not wanting his help again and has to have sense talked into him by Sam and Dean. I was so thrilled to see him get it done during the final rescue sequence. We saw for a moment again that powerful/scary angel from past seasons. And it was glorious.

Sam and Dean talking about John

They tell this messed up story about Dean sneaking out to a club underage and getting drunk. He gets caught by his dad and embarrassed and proclaims his everlasting hatred to his dad. His dad that we all know he spent most of his life idolizing. This is yet another moment of sweet sadness. It’s been a long time since we’ve heard the boys talk about their dad much less tell a story about him that didn’t involve killing something. Dean ends the story by commenting on how his dad raised him right. I wonder what his dad would think of everything that has happened to the boys since his death.

Claire getting sold

Claire’s realization of Randy’s betrayal is just another sad moment in a long list of sad moments. She has stuck by this creep the whole episode rejecting Castiel. She finally sees that Castiel really is trying to help her and that Randy just sees her as an income stream.

Dean going Alpha on everyone

Dean lingers a little too long during the exit from Randy’s house and– ooooops– just happens to slice everyone to pieces. You know how that can happen. I wasn’t so much surprised by his actions but by his reaction. He knew as soon as he saw what he had done that he had done something horrible. His look of complete shock and sorrow said it all. However, Sam’s reaction was 10 times worse. All he wanted to hear was a reason to rationalize away Dean’s actions and that isn’t at all what he got.

How will the boys handle this? Will Cas try to fulfill his promise to Dean? What are they going to do with Claire? Will Sam deal with this better than Dean dealt with Sam’s demon blood problem? So many questions and over a month until we find out.

jody

Jody is back again!  Jody is one of the few good guys left. Bobby is gone, Garth is a werewolf, Jo and Ellen are dead, Ash is off controlling Heaven and Kevin Tran. . .well I’m not trying to cry today. Jody is a tie back to the time that they had a good support system.  Now when they need help they have Jody, Cas or Crowley. Sooooo yeah Cas isn’t the most stable and Crowley is the King of Hell so they aren’t exactly the best people to have back you up. Except Jody. Jody still sees things in Good vs Evil and yeah she’s open to converting evil (like adopting an ex-vampire as a daughter), but she’s not gone full dark side like the boys.

It refreshing to see the boys interact with her and with Donna and remember it’s not always demons and Knights of Hell and all that. Sometimes you just get to kill a vampire. The writers have done a great job setting up the potential for a spin off (which I feel like could have been done after the last Jody episode) and they could even bring Donna in on it and I wouldn’t complain. This feels natural unlike the attempted Bloodlines spin off. Of course I could be getting excited over nothing, but seriously this could be as smooth as Arrow and Flash with casual crossovers that don’t feel forced. Jody has plenty of experience fighting monsters, a sad love story (really two sad love stories) and a teenage daughter to help with the younger audience.

OK to move on from my fantasizing over this spin off that will probably never happen here are the top 5 moments from this episode:

5. Jody and the Winchester’s banter Jody is the closest thing they have to a mom right now. Jo filled that role for a little while, but after she was gone Jody stepped up to that role a little bit. She respects what the boys do, but isn’t cowed by the fact that they are Winchesters. Even with someone tearing people apart the boys seem more relaxed with her around.

That smile

4. Jody standing up for Donna At the start of the episode we see Donna getting trampled on by her ex-husband and even though Jody is uncomfortable she doesn’t do anything about it. Then we see it over and over again. He keeps making comments about her weight, her personality and is obviously trying to hook up with someone at the retreat. So it’s awesome to see Jody lay into him. Donna, of course, didn’t appreciate it at first, but I think after her moment witnessing a vampire for the first time she got over it. And became awesome.

Come on– we were all thinking it. And we’ve all known this guy.

3.  Donna standing up for herself. We saw her getting treated poorly the last episode she was on and then for over 30 minutes of this episode we saw her put up with more than any woman should ever put up with. So even though she wasn’t standing up to her ex it was glorious to see her stand up to Dean– and then get it done at the end of the episode.

and this this moment:

I really have grown to like her character– but that smile right there– she would have made a creepy villain.

2. Jody and Donna practically cosplaying Dean and Cas. Cause– I mean really:

Am I hallucinating or are they dressed like Dean and Cas?Am I hallucinating or are they dressed like Dean and Cas?

Am I hallucinating or are they dressed like Dean and Cas?

It’s mostly adorable.

1. Dean being so defensive of being an FBI agent. I literally laughed out loud. Which was impressive since I was laying in bed with strep feeling like crap. He was so angry at that cop mocking his job. This is what I love about this show. If it was just a straight up horror/monster show I don’t know that I would watch it. However moments of humor like this is what makes it for me.

FBI

Overall this was a very solid episode and I hope with everything in me that Jody Mills gets a spin off show. I’m not holding my breath though.

From the look of next week’s midseason finale we will no longer be riding the love wave between the boys.  I really hope they end up supporting each other and aren’t back where they started. I’m also curious to see what Crowley has done with his mom. Plus I wonder if Crowley helped cure Dean because he wants him human to use the Blade. Maybe he’s too powerful to manipulate as a demon? We’ll see what is answered next week, but I’m sure we’ll have even more questions too.

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A friend of mine made me this Castiel mouse Tree Topper for Christmas– I’m mesmerized by it. Perhaps aided by my love for The Great Mouse Detective I love the thought of a mouse Castiel.

We get to see the boys still getting along and Sam giving Dean crap about his Tinder dating app. I love that Sam tries to prep Dean to the fact that Shayleen is most likely not her profile pic and might not even be a woman. Annnnnd then she shows up and proves Sam wrong– for the time being. I think we all knew– even without the previews this week– that something would be up with her. I am glad the boys are still getting along and that the tension undercurrent is at a minimum (seriously there’s no way there will ever be no tension at all). I do wonder if they are phasing out the bunker though. I wouldn’t be opposed to that even though if Sam and Dean really did exist there’s no way they’d abandon a stronghold like that.

Switch to Castiel and worst character ever Hannah. Their mission on earth seems to be wrapping up and she seems to want to call it quits. Cas of course is being a stickler for the rules and wants to guarantee that all the Angels are back in Heaven. I think he probably just doesn’t want to go back himself so he’s telling himself he needs to finish this mission. Of course insert awkward moment with Hannah getting naked so she can go shower.

Now we’re back with Dean and the woman we soon find out is a prostitute– with a twist. She’s requiring souls as payment instead of money. Obviously she doesn’t believe this is a big deal, but here’s my question: Why use real prostitutes? Why not have demons handle both ends? As in why not possess prostitutes so they can just seal the deal with you instead of having to call in a third party? It just seems like a mood killer to me– not that I’m looking to start a demon prostitution ring– but if I was I think I could do a better job. Dean does seem to let her kill him pretty easily though, but they still are able to find the brothel.

And we switch story lines again back to Castiel and Hannah– where her husband is crashing the party. This is awkward as well– as everything with her seems to be and she tries to convince her husband that the reason she ran away was because she is in love with Castiel and they are together now. Her husband doesn’t buy it and I think after she kissed Castiel she realized that he really wasn’t interested either. She gives all of these noble excuses as to why she’s going to leave her body and go back to Heaven, but I really think it’s just because she finally gets that Castiel isn’t interested in her like that. I’m so glad that she’s gone now though and hope that Castiel teams up with the boys again.

Rowena shows up at Raul’s Girls and kills Raul. She takes the girls along to “help” them and at this time I was slightly unsure if she was really going to be a bad guy or not. I know we’ve seen her killing people in hotel rooms, but in this world that doesn’t really make someone all the way bad. The boys find Raul’s body and realize that witches are involved. With a little research (Sam is so good at that– and btw surely they ran across Rowena and her spell when trying to kill Yellow Eyes or Crowley. Or any other demon) they find out that the spell originates from a 300 year old witch named Rowena.

We see Rowena manipulating everyone around her while giving a pitch to the girls to try to bring them into her coven. So yeah– now we’re sure that Rowena is a bad guy. After a little bit of time getting all they want however we see that her magic does come with a rather large price (like the people she enchants die a horrible death pretty quickly– gives new meaning to dine and dash). The girls seems to be a little iffy after they see the waiter die, but they haven’t run away yet.

We also see that Crowley isn’t too happy with the Raul’s Girls establishment and agrees that a soul in exchange for some good (or nasty) sex is a bad deal. I would like to think that he agrees with me that Raul was running a poor business model as well. I also am concerned with Crowley’s lack of focus. He’s the King of Hell he should act like it! I miss my bad guy.

 Dean and Sam are now on the hunt for Rowena when we see yet another story line introduced. We see the dude (Cole) that tied up Sam at the beginning of the season and who Dean humiliated. He evidently hasn’t given up and is now torturing demons to find out what makes them tick. So when Dean and Sam corner Rowena he gets the drop on them and Rowena gets away. In the struggle with Rowena though the boys kill 2 demons who were sent to grab her and Rowena kills one of the hookers as a distraction to try to get away. I am curious to see if instead of going home to his family if Cole sticks around and really gets to see what the boys do. He finally got to see a glimpse of the real Sam and Dean, but I find it hard to believe after a quick conversation with Dean that he’d really buy that Dean killed his dad for legitimate reasons. Is this going to be a plot line that disappears (cough– Benny– cough) or will we find out what Cole’s dad really was? Will Cole become a hunter? Yes we see Cole drive off, but now that he’s not out to kill the boys I’d kinda be interested in his story.

The biggest feels were to be had during Dean’s conversation with Cole. He acknowledged Sam’s love for him, he thinks he is destined to die a bloody death (which I’m inclined to agree with), and he wants Cole to avoid the darkness he has in his life. Yep. All off the feels.

 At the tail end of the episode we see Castiel Googling his host body’s story, but even bigger we see Crowley go to kill Rowena. Yeah. . .about that. As many fans predicted we find out something big– Rowena is Crowley’s mom. You know that witch mother he mentioned a few seasons ago– welp– that would be her. Will he kill her? Create an alliance with her? Will his humanity cause (even more) issues with this situation?

We are coming down from our 200 episode high and I was somewhat expecting this episode to switch back to drama between the boys. I was pleasantly surprised that that didn’t happen.

Here are some of my favorite moments/themes from this week’s episode.

10. The boy’s troubles fitting in. Showing up in their regular hunting gear has placed them at a disadvantage. This is a home that is 100% judging them on their clothes and deportment. It is amusing to watch he boys who are normally so in control of the situation be looked down upon.

9. Shifters. This episode’s mystery is pretty cut and dried. It looks like there is some kind of monster killing people and after the rule out it being a ghost they realize they are up against a shifter. Therefore everyone is a suspect. This is something I love about a shifter. Some of my favorite “monster of the week” episodes involve shifters. I love that everyone is a suspect and that the outside world (in this instance the family) think the boys are just acting crazy and don’t realize what danger they are in.

8. Clue. Clue is my favorite board game from childhood and one of my favorite childhood movies as well so I ate up all the Clue references. Dean calling the family members “Mrs. Peacock and Colonial Mustard” to his picking up all the random weapons to use (the lead pipe, the rope, the wrench, the candlestick, the knife, and finally the revolver) was perfection. The rooms as they were shot even felt board game like. There was a definite separation every time they went into a new room/area to investigate. It was at times slightly heavy handed, but not so much that it was annoying. This element was what I considered a pretty great homage.

 

7. Colette goes to Clown College. I can’t explain why this cracks me up as much as it does, but I love that this is the excuse that the butler came up with.  Really? Clown college?

6. The cougar team. The team of “older” ladies (yeah I know they are supposed to be cougars here, but they don’t look that old to me– not like the ghost ship episode) that are after Sam and Dean are the best. Dean meets their advances with humor and kinda seems open to it whereas Sam is constantly uncomfortable around them.

5. Sam’s awkwardness. The cougars have Sam acting very awkward throughout this episode, but if you watch he’s awkward even before they come into the story.  He shows up with ridiculously small coffee cups at the beginning of the episode and when Dean mocks his desire to change into his FBI clothes he seems uncomfortable around the butler. He keeps touching his hair and face and not seeming like he knows when to smile. I find it both adorable and uncomfortable to watch.

4. Silver? This isn’t a best moment so much as an issue I have. They trust the maid to bring the silver to them. First of all that amount of real silverware would need to be polished a lot so there would be some tarnish on something. Secondly silver and stainless steel look and feel differently. That’s something the boys would surely notice with all their experience with silver.

3. Sweating Sam. Sam gets cornered by the shifter and tries to reason with her. She tells him her story about how Bobby killed her father and her mother agreed to lock her away so she wouldn’t hurt anyone.Which brings up a whole other theory up for me. Her mother had an affair with a shifter and as we’ve seen before shifters like to shift into a husband and then get a woman pregnant (then come back and steal the baby). So did Bunny know she was having an affair?  How old is the shifter daughter? She could be a lot older than she looks and just shifting into a younger version of herself. Also locking your daughter away in the attic is a horrible idea. And Bobby was supposed to “take care” of her after Bunny died. Sounds very Rustler’s Rhapsody to me.

Anyway he gives a rousing speech about how she doesn’t have to be a monster. That being a monster is a choice. This episode although is mostly light hearted and funny has it deep moments and this is one of them. Both Sam and Dean have made the decision to not be monsters over and over again (and kinda still are even though we all like to pretend they aren’t). Right after Sam makes this speech Dean shows up to save his brother and puts way too many of those silver bullets in her.  The look on Sam’s face as he watches Dean put bullet after bullet into her corpse is full of fear. Like he is wondering if Dean is going to not stick to his choice of not being a monster.

 

2. The return of Bobby, well kinda. We open up with Dean working on the Impala again (is it just me or is he working on that a lot? Did he take that bad of care of it during his demon days or is he trying to stay busy so he can avoid his issues?) and Sam delivering very small coffees.  The case they are picking up is related to something Bobby left over from his hunting career. It was nice to see a Bobby related story again even though it just made me wish, once again, that he wasn’t dead. (Seriously why couldn’t he, Jo, Ellen and Ash save the world by fighting Metatron from inside heaven?)

1. Family. One of the strong underlying messages in this episode was that Dean and Sam are back at it again. They are close and happy and no longer have issues. RIGHT? Seriously though they’ve come a long way and you can see Sam trying to not rock that boat. He declares with pride, when Dash states that his family doesn’t like each other, that his family does. You can also feel him trying to not push Dean too hard after his overzealous take down of the shifter. He wants everything to be good and doesn’t want to mess up what they have going.
The thing that makes this show great year after year is that it all comes down to the fact that the brothers are family and they need each other. We all think everything will be fine as long as the brothers are together and while I still believe that we still had a few moments that reminded us that even though things are great now we still have issues that need to be worked through. Like that whole Mark of Cain thing.

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