Column: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Supernatural 9.01 (Season Premiere): I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here

[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]

Tagline: With Sam at death’s door, Dean broadcasts a prayer to all angels that he will grant unspecified help to the first angel who comes to save his brother.

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Recap: Minute-and-change recap of season eight, set to Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love?” iconically covered by George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers. Sure, there’s too much of the Trials and Crowley, and not enough of Purgatory, and an annoyingly gratuitous Charlie voiceover. Though we do get some Benny and Abaddon, and I don’t recall any Amelia, and whoever edited it gets the rhythm of the song very well, and I’M SORRY. I CAN’T HEAR THE WANGST OVER GEORGE THOROGOOD BEING TOTALLY BADASS.

Yeah, “Who Do You Love?” Precisely the kind of song I think of as a quintessential Dean Winchester soundtrack. Notch that down alongside “The Gambler” on Paula’s Supernatural soundtrack bucket list.

We end on Dean’s statement: “Angels … they’re falling!”

Cut to the Impala roaring down a road through a small mountain town at dusk, Dean driving, Sam on shotgun. Sam is talking about how weirdly calm the world is being about what the media’s describing as a “global meteor show.”

Dean, strangely subdued, has some more important news after the obligatory infodump about the current situation. None of this is real because they are inside Sam’s head. As the screen tilts, “Dean” informs Sam that he’s dying.

Cut to Sam in a hospital bed and Dean sitting beside him. As mournful music plays, Dean watches the silent footage of the “meteor shower” on a nearby screen. There’s little love lost between Dean and most angels, but they’ve been associated for a long time. You see some hint of regret in Dean’s expression, when he rubs his eyes.

Cue disturbingly a beautiful title card of angel wings burning up, while an angel voice whines on  the soundtrack.

But he’s also exhausted and has other things on his mind – namely, saving Sam. Later, we see him staring at an x-ray of Sam’s skull, as the doctor gives him a litany of things wrong with Sam that basically boil down to glowy arms equating with internal irradiation. The doctor says Sam’s in a coma because his body is doing its best to continue on minimal power. It seems Sam could be kept going on the machines. But he would end up brain dead.

Dean doesn’t actually get pissed off, though, until the doctor tells him Sam’s fate “is in God’s hands.” Science having failed him, Dean goes out into the hallway. There he sees a sign to the chapel, where he goes to pray to Castiel.

As those who have watched season eight know, Castiel’s had his grace stolen and is now effectively human. But Dean doesn’t know that. He’s looking for help, albeit knowing Castiel can’t heal Sam. He prays to him, anyway, for support. The gist is that he doesn’t care that the angels fell (or what Castiel’s role in it was). Whatever Castiel did this time, Dean is willing to forgive and forget, if only Little Sheba will come back home.

Once he doesn’t get an answer, he glances around at the others in the chapel (who are rather pointedly ignoring the deranged-by-grief guy talking to angels in the back) and turns ice cold. He buckles in and puts out an all points bulletin to all angels. His offer is simple – the first one who arrives to help Sam will earn his help in return. He reminds them that he is quite capable of delivering on his promise and is as good as his word. Everyone from the audience to the angels themselves knows this is no idle boast.

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We cut to a montage of three different angels responding to this tearful (from humiliation and desperation, I suspect) one-of-a-kind offer as it echoes in their heads. The first one to react is a man in a suit (obvious mirror to Castiel’s meat suit, Jimmy) at breakfast with his family. He takes off with his confused wife calling after him. Another is a man in shabby clothing getting off a bus (Hint: He’s also played by the big guest star of the week, Tahmoh Penikett). The third is a farmer who gets right on his tractor and drives off. The image is funny, though I’m assuming he’s got a pickup truck or something at the edge of the farm and doesn’t just drive the tractor the whole way to the hospital.

Cut back to inside Sam’s head, where Dean tells him he is only a part of Sam. Sam deduces this is the part of him that wants to fight and live, seeing as how he stopped the Trials in the first place so he wouldn’t die. But should he even be fighting to live?

“Bobby” then pops up in the backseat to offer an opposing opinion – Sam should be preparing to move on, the way Bobby (eventually) did. Some fans have complained that it’s a little odd to have Bobby holding this opinion, however, the Bobby who just wouldn’t go away in season seven was a bit of an aberration. Previously, Bobby was a real Negative Nancy in seasons four and five, and was even suicidal in the latter season. So, this isn’t that big of a change, more reverting to form.

Meanwhile, in Longmont, CO, Castiel is walking alongside the road and hearing a lot of angel radio (because, remember, fallen angels like Anna could hear it once the angels came to earth in season four). He’s nearly hit by a car, whereupon he discovers he can be injured. He’s still in huge denial about being hungry and thirsty, though. Fortunately for him, the driver stops to help him and takes him into the next small town, ignoring Castiel’s ramblings about angels. Yeah, I think humans are going to get a lot of that in the near future.

The Good Samaritan drops Castiel off in the small town (even giving him some cash), where Castiel doesn’t notice he’s being watched by a young woman and unsuccessfully tries to smite a biker who is on the pay phone.

Castiel’s stalker is an angel named ‘Hael.’ She has a car. They have a nice chat about how it felt to fall from Heaven (where Castiel avoids all inquiries about how much he knows about the reasons for said fall), and how Free Will is really a good thing, before going for a ride to the Grand Canyon. Seems Hael built it.

Inside Sam’s head, DreamBobby is giving Sam all the credit for saving the world and rescuing Bobby from Hell (and here I thought Sam had a whole lot of help from half the friendly recurring characters with that). Great. Sam is an arrogant jerk even inside his own head.

After DreamDean gets too cranky about DreamBobby’s insistence that Sam just lie down and die, DreamBobby “beams” Sam out of the car and to the woods, complaining about DreamDean’s “yapping.” Apparently, this isn’t Purgatory, but some fairy tale woods because there’s an old cabin there. DreamBobby butters Sam about how he’s leaving the world a better place than he found it (haven’t conveniently forgotten all about stuff like the time Sambot tried to kill him). Wow. I am pretty sure this show has long since demonstrated that the world in general would have been a better place had Sam never been born. That’s not entirely his fault, but it is his tragedy.

Anyhoo, Bobby tells Sam he needs to go into the cabin to move on. Because going into the homestead from The Blair Witch Project can’t possibly go wrong.

Thankfully, DreamDean shows up to stab DreamBobby in the back and make him vanish. About time.

At the hospital, Dean encounters a pushy grief counselor who tells him he has to let go. I am pretty damned sure they don’t do that manipulative crap with grieving family, but Dean’s initial mistaking her for an angel is prophetic.

This conversation gives Dean an idea. He goes down to the parking garage for Plan B: Crowley in the trunk. Just in case anyone wondered why Dean hadn’t thought of using demon blood. Anyhoo, just as Dean is getting a reluctant King of Hell to admit he’s still alive, Suit Angel grabs him from behind and slams him down against the trunk. Seems Suit Angel has a one-track mind. He’s not interested in Dean helping him so much as giving up Castiel’s location.

Unsurprisingly, Dean tells him to suck it. When Suit Angel is about to stab him, the angel from the bus grabs his arm from behind and tries to calm him down. The newcomer notes that angels are supposed to be messengers of compassion, not just wrath. Suit Angel admits he doesn’t recognize the newcomer and the newcomer just says, “Pleased to make your reacquaintance,” before stating he was injured in his fall. Suit Angel, unimpressed, attacks him. Though the newcomer manages to knock Suit Angel’s sword out of his hand, he still gets his butt kicked. At least, until Dean takes the sword and stabs Suit Angel from behind.

This, boys and girls, is why you never turn your back on Dean Winchester.

When Dean asks the newcomer’s name, said newcomer brushes this off, calling Dean by name and saying he has come to answer his prayer. Then he passes out. Dean, needless to say, isn’t all that impressed. The angel seems surprised when he wakes up in a ring of holy fire, with Dean demanding his name. He says it’s ‘Ezekiel.’ He offers his remaining “strength” (i.e., loyalty) to Dean, despite being injured.

Back at the hospital, Ezekiel says that Sam is so weak, he’s not sure he can help him. Meanwhile, Castiel gets through to Dean and Dean confirms Ezekiel’s identity with Castiel (or, at least, that Castiel knows an angel by that name and considers him a comrade). Castiel explains that Metatron stole his grace. He is coming to Dean by other means.

Dean tells him to stay away because the angels are converging on the hospital, intent on killing Castiel. Dean also warns him about strangers (using the X-Files catchphrase, “Trust no one”) and tells him to go to the bunker on his own. This will turn out to be a good idea, since Hael’s intentions aren’t so good. When Castiel tells her he can’t go to the Grand Canyon with her and turns his back on her (a frequently made mistake in this episode), she whacks him over the head with a two-by-four.

Castiel wakes up in her vessel’s car. It turns out Hael is barmier than a barrel full of pickeled mackerel and blames Castiel for the angels’ fall (Funny how characters like Metatron and Raphael don’t ever get blamed by the angels for their part in these heavenly catastrophes, just Castiel. I guess you could say they’re still a bunch of regimented snobs and it’s okay to tear down the world, just as long as you’re not a peasant). She intends to possess Castiel’s “vessel” (Jimmy), saying he is strong. Her own vessel is already breaking down and she is ambitious to trade up. I suspect her anger at Castiel is a convenient excuse to possess him.

It turns out there are angels still “circling” in a holding pattern, terrified, desperate for vessels. One of them attacks the hospital still unvesseled. Dean draws angel-warding on the inside of Sam’s hospital room, which weakens Ezekiel further, but also protects him from the others. With an order to save Sam, Dean goes out into the hallway, pulls a fire alarm and shouts at everyone to evacuate.

As he tries to help the grief counselor, though, he is attacked by the farmer angel and discovers the circling angel has found a vessel – the counselor. She beats him up and demands to know where Castiel is, threatening to kill Sam if he doesn’t comply (Meanwhile, the farmer angel gets a fire axe and starts smashing his way into the hospital room). Instead of complying, Dean taunts her, getting bloodier and bloodier as he crawls away from them along the floor … until he reveals a blood sigil he has made and banishes both angels to parts unknown (now that they can’t go back to Heaven). Another lesson, kiddies – don’t let Dean Winchester turn his back on you.

Inside his head, Sam gets beaten up by DreamDean, the part that wants to fight, but insists he wants to go inside the cabin, even knowing what’s there. Defeated with a pat on the head, DreamDean fades, too. Once he enters, Sam discovers his Reaper, who is Death.

Yes, I face-palmed, too. Sam inside his own head has a hell of a lot of pride. But stay with us, folks, because we all know what pride goes before.

“Death” fanboys Sam, calling it an “honor” to reap him and telling Sam about making him wait so long, “Well played.” Sure. Dying in a hospital bed is such an honor. Anyhoo, Sam is ready to go, so I guess it’s just the right approach to reel him in. Incidentally, the actor playing Death said a hint he’s not the real thing is that Death doesn’t eat in this scene. Another might be his reaction to what happens next.

Back in the hospital, Dean enters to find alarms on Sam’s life support machines and Ezekiel sitting in a chair, holding his abdomen. To give him some strength back, Dean crosses out two of the sigils to free him. It’s not enough.

Ezekiel says there are no “good” ways to save Sam, but he can think of one bad one – possession as a vessel. He can then heal Sam “from the inside.” Dean insists that Sam would never agree to possession (which is a hoot, and probably Dean’s own projection of how he’d feel, considering how many times and different ways Sam’s been possessed, even willingly), but, when Ezekiel starts to leave so that Dean can say goodbye, Dean caves and tells Ezekiel, “Wait.”

Dean asks for assurances that the situation is as Ezekiel claims, so Ezekiel puts him inside Sam’s head. There, he gets to hear the insipid fanboying from Death, but he also hears a rare moment of honesty and self-insight when Sam asks Death to prevent his being brought back, so that he can’t do any more damage in this popsicle stand. Chagrined and appalled at Sam’s willingness to die, Dean explores the possibilities with Ezekiel. The angel says it’s a “mutual benefit” situation for them, where he heals Sam at the same time as he heals himself, then leaves to find another vessel (or return to his own if Penikett proves popular). When Dean warns him that Sam won’t say yes, Ezekiel says Sam wouldn’t do so for an angel (even though, uh, Sam already did to Lucifer), but he would say yes to Dean.

In Montana, Castiel realizes Hael’s not wearing her seatbelt (There also appears to be bloodspatter on the seats, indicating Hael has been up to even darker stuff, already, than we’ve seen). Surreptitiously, he puts his on and then grabs the wheel, crashing them into the side of the road. He wakes up to find Hael was ejected through the windshield. She is lying in a field, her legs at wrong angles.

She sits up, looking insanely calm (Is her vessel pregnant?). Castiel, finally getting a learning curve, picks up the angel sword flung free in the crash (She had it on her lap while driving) and approaches her. He insists he will do everything he can to help the angels, but Hael isn’t interested, going off on another rant. She figures he’s got two options – either she rats him out to the other angels or he lets her possess him. Fortunately, Castiel is smart enough to see the obvious third option and stabs her to death, instead.

Inside Sam’s head, Dean appears. Death makes no attempt to interfere as Dean begs Sam to reconsider. He’s got a plan. Didn’t Sam promise to fight with him in that church? After some really over-the-top dialogue (“There ain’t no me if there ain’t no you!”), Dean persuades Sam to agree to fight, to say yes. At that point, Dean grabs Sam by the shoulder and morphs into Ezekiel with an angelic whine, before they disappear. Death makes no attempt to interfere.

Later, Ezekiel’s vessel wakes up, empty and amnesiac, in Sam’s hospital bed. When Sam’s doctor asks him what’s going on, he admits he doesn’t know.

Outside, Dean is leaving the hospital with Samekiel (Jared Padalecki totally channeling Leonard Nimoy here). Samekiel admits things are a mess in there, so it could be a while. He warns Dean that because he’s weak, Sam could toss him out at any time, should he become aware of him. Well, in for a penny, in for a pound – Dean reluctantly agrees to let Ezekiel wipe the previous week of Sam’s memories.

Castiel arrives at a laundromat at night, to the sound of … mariachi music (According to Todd Aronauer, it’s not commercially available)? He strips down to his boxers (I’m sure that caught your attention), putting his bloody clothes in the washer, including the famous raincoat. But when it comes to washing the clothes, he only has change for that or water – and he is so very thirsty. So, he steals some clothes from the laundromat and gets the water. No word on whether he takes his old clothes with him. Could it be the end of the iconic coat?

Later at night, Sam wakes up, with no idea of how the Trials ended. Dean lies, saying Sam was out for a day, and cracks a joke about letting “Japanese tourists” snap photos of Sam. Dean butters Sam up, saying, “You’re capable of anything.” O the irony, since Dean sure isn’t talking about Sam here. Sam buys it, saying, “We got work to do,” while his brother secretly looks guilty.

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Review: Wow, Dean really owns this episode (AKA “Bitch-Slapped By An Angel”), doesn’t he? I love the eye-roll he does when he’s being dragged along the floor by the two angels, all “Not again! I don’t have time for this angelic tantrum crap!” We see Dean demonstrate, not only equality in power and knowledge with the angels he encounters, but clear superiority. Using his knowledge of angel lore and spells, and good old-fashioned treachery, he adds another dead angel to his list and sends two others who knows where. Plus, he sticks Ezekiel in a ring of holy fire, wards Sam’s hospital room, and deals with Ezekiel as an equal. Dean may or may not be God (and for those complaining about it, try a show where God is not an actual character whom we may or may not have already met if the suggestion bothers you that much), but he sure is the Story Generator That Could this week.

Is his decision horrific? Yes. Is it totally in character? Yes. Does it promise juicy and entertaining story possibilities? Ohhh, yes. And I’m all for that. I’ll take this over “I ditched you in a Purgatory for a dog and a bitchy vet” any season. Bring on the dodgy moral dilemmas!

And the B-story is not really Sam’s internal struggle. In fact, those scenes clock in well under ten minutes, with Sam awake and Samekiel adding perhaps up to twelve or thirteen minutes total. Castiel is in this episode more than Sam is.

This is important because the episode is All About the Angels, with Dean and Ezekiel’s uneasy detente making up the A story (I haven’t the least doubt Ezekiel will both stick around and turn out to be good if he proves popular), and Castiel and Hael’s short arc being the complimentary B story. Said B story quite cleverly gives us the necessary background and subtext to help us evaluate the A story without a huge infodump. Angels can’t get inside a vessel without consent (though that consent doesn’t need to be informed). Dean’s story is not just about keeping Sam safe while Ezekiel comes up with a way to heal Sam. This is all about Dean’s deal with an angel to save his brother, which will no doubt have lots of consequences. One sincerely hopes so, anyway. The show is horror, after all. It’s most interesting when our protagonists are backed into a corner and forced to make the slightly better of two or more horrible decisions.

But it’s also about another very important thing that’s been lost in the brouhaha over Dean’s Deal (which, yes, people, is entirely in character. Dudley Do-Right Dean ain’t). The angels, when they arrive on earth, must find vessels (albeit nobody ever explains how a vesselless angel with no wings can “circle” a chosen vessel). What will happen if they don’t is not explained, but they are desperate to find them, enough that Hael gets inside a young woman who cannot contain an angel, or at least one of Hael’s level, without burning up.

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Hael wants to trade up to Castiel, who is either now bonded with Jimmy’s body or in a body that is just like Jimmy’s. In addition to Castiel being able to better contain Hael, Hael states that being inside Castiel would increase her strength. Ezekiel confirms this by saying that he was injured in his fall and that his current vessel can’t heal him. But he can heal inside Sam (who is an archangel vessel and therefore more powerful). So, there is an obvious benefit to an angel to trade up, but there are few humans who are potential vessels. An arms race between angels over the best vessels seems inevitable.

The really obvious follow-up to this is that we already know who the most powerful vessel on the planet is and that’s Dean Winchester. It’s a major reason why Dean has no great love for angels in the first place and I’m sure he has no intention of letting an angel inside him, ever. But he may have no choice.

Not only do we have the above arms race going on, but Dean has promised to help Ezekiel (who is now inside his brother) and Ezekiel has demonstrated (as if Dean needed any reminders after Zachariah’s torments) that it is possible for an angel to get inside a vessel by tricking that human. Sure, Ezekiel claims that if Sam becomes aware of the angel inside him, he might reject him due to his acceptance not being quite true, but what if Ezekiel is lying?

Now, Castiel vouched for Ezekiel, but we don’t know for sure that this angel is the one Castiel once knew. For one thing, the angel who attacked Dean in the garage didn’t recognize Ezekiel, even though angels almost always recognize each other. And there’s no way for Dean to confirm one way or the other who this angel is, even if he’d ever heard of him before and had some idea of who he was supposed to be. This makes Ezekiel’s agenda that much cloudier. He’s here to help – but is he really?

The really interesting thing about Ezekiel is that he’s the character who ends up inside Sam, being played by Jared Padalecki, but he is most decidely not All About Sam. He is, in fact, indisputably All About Dean. He says he responded to Dean’s prayer. He almost completely interacts with Dean. And he heals Sam at Dean’s behest (as well as to save himself, one suspects).

Similarly, the two other angels in the hospital see Sam only as a pawn to use against Dean via threats. And Hael? I’m not even sure she knows Sam exists, though she really ought to, considering the Apocalypse thing and all. But her focus? Definitely not on Sam. So, either all of these characters are lying, and doing a really good job of it, or the angels we’ve met so far don’t give a damn about Sam.

There’s been speculation that Ezekiel is really Lucifer. However, there is one big fly in that theory ointment. If Lucifer had somehow gotten out of the cage, once he entered Sam, that would be the endgame and he’d simply leave (or even fly off, if he’d somehow managed to retain his wings, having already fallen). It’s what he did in “Swan Song.” He’s deceptive, but there’s simply no reason for him to get inside Sam and stick around if getting inside Sam was his endgame. The only reason for Ezekial to stick around would be if 1. his intentions really are pure or 2. his endgame is Dean. Who knows? It could be both.

This brings up another possibility, equally sinister, that Ezekiel could be Michael. Michael has been proven to be more subtle than Lucifer and far more powerful. He is quite capable, for example, of leaving his vessels in perfectly good shape, without even the need of the demon blood Lucifer required. This is something Raphael, the youngest and weakest of the archangels, couldn’t or wouldn’t do.

In fact, the way the archangels have been portrayed, each successively older archangel is not only more powerful, but exponentially more powerful, than the next youngest. We saw this in Gabriel’s inability to take on Lucifer and Michael’s confidence in taking Lucifer down in the right vessel (or even the somewhat right one). Archangel power doesn’t lie only in Hulksmash! but in being able to manipulate situations on a very subtle level.

For example, Anna and Uriel didn’t know Michael was even there, let alone getting Young John to say yes, in 5.13, and it’s unlikely they were the ones who smudged the sigils John was putting up earlier on. While that episode may have been a hot mess, angels have been portrayed as unable to interfere with angel-proofing unless they themselves are doing the spell. The only other angel we’ve seen capable of this was Metatron. This is similar to the way higher-level demons like YED, Alastair, Abaddon, and Lilith were partially or completely immune to things used to control or destroy less demons.

But what kind of agenda might Michael have? Would he still want to restart the Apocalypse? Since it hasn’t already started, I’m guessing not. But if Michael had escaped, being the eldest brother, might he feel a Dean-like responsibility to save his brethren, to set things right? Might he want to restore and fix Heaven? Might he be the only one who could take on Metatron?

Some have claimed that Ezekiel might die inside Sam, thus giving Sam angelic powers without the pesky problem of being a vessel. Uh … sure. Only, not so much. When angels die inside vessels, the vessels die, too. Further, it seems more likely that we are getting a situation where Sam is dying and is being slowly written out in a way that fans accept – and that will still leave Jared Padalecki in the lead, playing a character in a bromance with Dean. It would be very hard for Dean, but that would just add to the drama. And Jensen Ackles himself has recently suggested the possibility that the show might end with Sam dead and Dean riding off alone. Just in case any of you were looking for hints this might be coming.

Also of note – if Sam as a vessel can acquire actual angel powers, how much more powerful can the Michael Sword be? Anything in this situation intended to make Sam more angelic and more important must perforce make Dean look exponentially more powerful and important on top of it. Think of it as a continuation of the first two-thirds of the season five premiere, “Sympathy for the Devil,” without making the revelation of the Michael Sword a letdown by rendering Dean just a passive mount for archangels.

One could argue that the writers didn’t intend this, but I dunno. Carver was pretty thorough in not only his faithfulness to canon in this episode but his use of it to create new canon. If he did it with the intention of making it easier to put Sam at the center of the story, he did a pretty lousy job. And Carver just isn’t that kind of terrible writer. Further, the complaints that Carver is revisiting and redoing old stories may have merit. It could well be Carver didn’t like the way season five ended any more than a lot of fans.

For those who think writing out Sam this way is impossible, might I suggest you brush up on what happened to the character, Fred, in Angel. And we know for a fact this show pillages that show for storylines, seeing as how Ben Edlund worked on the writing team through last season.

As far as Sam being the Hero of this particular episode, reviewing Juliette’s storyline in season two of Grimm might also be in order. Or even how Sam’s journey contrasts with Dean’s soul journey in “In My Time of Dying,” let alone Sam’s painfully literal dream journey to reintegrate himself in “The Man Who Knew Too Much.” Remember the last characters who got their memories wiped by an angel to keep them safe? Their names were ‘Lisa’ and ‘Ben.’

If Sam were a female lead, nobody would be claiming lying in a coma while the male lead saves her would make her anything but a passive princess character. That doesn’t change just because she is a he and the show’s original showrunner had a Creator’s Pet crush on him. Story logic still dictates that the characters doing everything are the actual heroes of the story. This includes Dean, Castiel, possibly even Ezekiel. In “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here,” it does not include Sam.

Regarding Sam’s head characters, there is some interesting discussion going on. We know for a fact that Dean and Bobby are just parts of Sam’s personality (Some fans have compared them to good and bad angels on Sam’s shoulder, which is a little disturbing when you consider DreamDean stabs DreamBobby in the back to get rid of him). Sam also admits that DreamDean is the part of him that wants to fight, possibly even the “best” of him, the heroic part. Sam also puts DreamDean in the driver’s seat – as DreamDean points right out in on-the-nose dialogue to DreamBobby.

Also of interest is whether or not Death is really Death, or a Reaper/figment of Sam’s imagination, and whether or not Dean in the cabin is ever Dean or always Ezekiel. The actors have already weighed in on this one (damn their eyes), though I was already inclined to agree with what they said.

Julian Richings says he played Death as a figment, noting that one big clue was that Death wasn’t eating anything. Ackles says he played Dean as Ezekiel the whole scene. This would explain why Ackles (who is not the least bit tone-deaf about Dean at this point in the show) plays Dean slightly off in that scene. Two lines especially come to mind – the one where he looks at Death and says he’s sorry he didn’t bring any “cronuts” and the one where he says in desperation, “There ain’t no me if there ain’t no you!” These lines are slightly off, with “Dean” overdoing the almost offhand cringing to Death and being almost hysterical at the “ain’t no me” line. Not to mention that latter one is as literal and on-the-nose, if attributed to Ezekiel, as DreamDean being in the driver’s seat.

Speaking of possible foreshadowing, we get a good look here of what Deanekiel would be like. Chew on that one until next week rolls around.

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Fun lines:

Dean [to all angels]: Screw it. Okay, listen up: This one goes out to any angels with their ears on. This is Dean Winchester and I need your help. The deal is this – Glinwood Memorial Hospital, Randolph, NY. The first one to help me gets my help in return and you know that ain’t nothin’. It’s no secret that we haven’t always seen eye to eye. But you know that I am good for my word. And, uh … I wouldn’t be askin’ if I wasn’t needin’.

Biker [to Castiel]: I’m going to finish my call. Then I’m going to stab you.

Ezekiel [to Suit Angel]: Easy, brother. This young man has prayed for our assistance. Are we creatures of wrath or compassion?

Ezekiel-as-Dean: There ain’t no me if there ain’t no you!

Next Week: Abaddon returns with a refurbished meat suit, intent on finding the King of Hell and gaining dominion over the newly fallen angels.

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About Paula R. Stiles

Paula is not at all paranoid about government conspiracies after six years in EMS, two years in Africa for the Peace Corps, a few summers with the Park Service, and ten years studying the Knights Templar. She's seen governments in action. They couldn't cover up a toy picnic table, let alone evidence of alien visitation. Writes about science for fun, history for money, and zombies for the company. You can read her sober-as-a-judge book about Templars in medieval Spain, Templar Convivencia, on Amazon. You can find her homepage at: http://thesnowleopard.net.

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