Before we get to the episode discussion, a quick rundown of some of the interesting tidbits I caught while watching – and I’m betting many of you did too. It was director Bob Singer doing the voice over for the dung beetle documentary that Sam is watching. While Dean and Cas are interrogating the “ambushed” victim in the hospital, Jim Michaels (co-executive producer) is paged. Kevin (Osric Chau) is being hidden on Garth’s houseboat which is named Fizzles’ Folly. Mr. Fizzles is the name of the puppet Garth uses in “Party On Garth” when he is questioning the little girl. Vincent Gale played Viggo, Crowley’s torture assistant. He also played Evan Hudson in season three’s “Crossroad Blues.” He was also in Sanctuary which Amanda Tapping (Naomi) starred in.
While we were biting our nails for several weeks, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) pick up pretty much where we left off. The episode opens with an excellent montage of “then” set to Bob Seger’s "Katmandu". “Now” begins with Samandriel (Tyler Johnston) trying to contact Naomi and being tortured. Once again kudos to the VFX team (Mark Meloche, Grant Lindsey, and Werner Ten Hoeve) on the nails and screws in Alfie’s head! Johnston was amazing in what must have been an exhausting shoot for him. It was very uncomfortable to watch the torture.
Meanwhile, Cas is making amends by doing random acts of kindness – a nice shout out to Misha’s own charitable organization which does the same! Naomi recalls Cas and charges him with rescuing Samandriel. There is a classic Cas moment when he is simply staring at Dean watching him sleep when Dean starts awake, telling Cas “It’s just creepy.” Dean agrees to help find Alfie (Samandriel), and in another classic Dean/Cas moment, Dean is embarrassed when Busty Asian Beauties, his favorite porn site, pops up on the computer when he opens it. Collins and Ackles have great comedic timing together. Cas wants to know where Sam is, and Dean’s only explanation is that he’s “gone.” Dean insists that they don’t need Sam.
Amelia comes to see Sam, and they end up having sex. She mentions that Don, her husband, has been travelling a lot since returning (from the dead), and I found that a bit curious. I wonder if that is going to play out in some way in the future. Is he hunting? Did he make some kind of deal to come back from the dead? Of all the women they’ve paired Sam with, the relationship with Amelia has felt the most real for me. Balaban is an excellent actor, and the character is written extremely well. She is strong – despite being emotionally vulnerable and she is smart enough that it’s believable that she would be an interesting and challenging partner for Sam. They really had great chemistry. In an episode with several emotional scenes, I think this scene with Balaban is one of my favorite scenes ever with Padalecki. There’s an honesty, vulnerability and longing in his performance. Amelia tells Sam that she is willing to give up everything for him, but he has to be willing to commit to her one hundred percent: He’s got to be all in or all out. They decide to think about it for two days. When Amelia showed up at the motel at the end of the episode and found an empty room, my heart broke for her.
When Dean and Cas do find Crowley’s hideout, Dean realizes the two of them with the demon-killing knife, aren’t going to be enough, but he still won’t let Cas get Sam. Instead, he takes Cas to Kevin so that they can make more demon-killing bombs. The bombs are my favorite special effect from this season! Explosions are always good, but I love how it blasts the demons back and through the walls, leaving a shadow impression, much like angel wings when angels die. Kudos again VFX team!!!
Kevin is struggling to read the tablets. He’s even sent his mother away. He tells Dean that this is his desert in which to learn how to read the tablets and that he couldn’t possibly enjoy a world he knew he had to save. Right now, he tells Dean, nothing is more important. This really resonates with Dean who has spent his entire life feeling that way. What Dean knows, and this shows completely on Ackles face, is that there will likely never be a world for Kevin to enjoy knowing what he knows now. There will always be another monster to kill for Dean or another tablet for Kevin.
The episode ends with the brothers back together. I suspect they will both still carry some baggage forward and may even second guess their decisions, but I don’t think they’ve been so much on the same page, and both reasonably healthy emotionally and mentally for a good long while. I know a lot of fans have been waiting patiently for them to reach this point! Next week’s episode features the return of Felicia Day’s very popular character, Charlie Bradbury and takes place at a Renaissance Faire. Anybody else excited for that one? What did you think of tonight’s episode? Will you miss Amelia and Benny?