"All Hell Breaks Loose Part 2"
--Robin's Rambles by Robin Vogel
Sam is dead, and it's been a couple of days. In some cabin somewhere, he lies peacefully on a mattress red with his blood, and Dean has been crying and talking to him, unable to accept his failure to protect his brother. Bobby keeps stopping by with different food, the latest a bucket of chicken. Dean just keeps drinking from a whiskey bottle, refusing to eat. Bobby thinks it's time they consider burying Sam. Torch his corpse?--not yet, insists Dean. Bobby wants him to come with him, leave this place, so he won't be alone. He needs his help; something big is going down, end-of-the-world big. "THEN LET IT END!" cries Dean"”haven't I given enough?"”paid enough"”I'm done. He literally pushes Bobby, then apologizes. "You know where I'll be," says Bobby, leaving Dean alone with his dead brother.
Jake, hiding in the woods, dreams of the YED, who calls him the American Idol for winning the competition. Jake orders the demon to go to hell. "Been there, done that," quips the YED, who says he has a task for Jake, and if he refuses to do it, Jake's mother and little sister will be the ones to suffer for it.
Dean talks to Sam, and it's just heartbreaking, about how, when he was five, he started asking questions"”why didn't they have a mom, why did they move around so much, where did Dad go. I told you to quit asking, you didn't want to know; I wanted you to be a kid a little longer. My job was to keep you safe, Dad didn't even have to tell me. It was always my responsibility, my one job and I screwed it up, I blew it, and for that I'm sorry. He wipes his eyes. I guess that's what I do"”let down the people I love. I let Dad down"”am I supposed to let you down, too? How can I? What am I supposed to do? What am I supposed to do? Standing, he demands, "What am I supposed to do?"
We all know the answer, and sure enough, Dean takes the Impala to the nearest crossroads, buries the box with the requisite accoutrements and is soon face to face with the brunette in the black cocktail dress. She plays with him, taunts him about "getting the last of his family killed," but ultimately agrees to bring Sam back to life"”but only gives Dean one year in return"”because he's a Winchester, she knows how desperate he is, and that he was all set to walk away at five years. That's when it became a fire sale, and a seller's market. Dean pulls her in for the kiss and she wraps her hand around his head, enjoying the kiss far too much.
In the cabin, Sam comes back to life, his knife wound still quite painful. He lifts his shirt and examines the deep wound, wondering how he survived it. Dean enters and immediately hugs him, so hard, it hurts Sam's back, and Dean is forced to stop. He tells him he's happy he's up and around, that Jake knifed him in the back, and that Bobby patched up the serious wound. Now that Sam is alive, Dean is starving, and they both dive into the food Bobby has brought. Sam relates how the YED kidnapped him to Cold Oak, but leaves out the revelation about Mary. Sam is confused"”if there was supposed to be only one survivor, how did he AND Jake get out alive? He left you for dead, says Dean evasively, and insists Sam rest. After Dean tells him about the Roadhouse burning down, Ash's and possibly Ellen's death, Sam wants to go"”now!
They arrive at Singer Salvage, where Bobby surveys Sam, stunned. Sam thanks Bobby for patching him up. Bobby wastes no time in giving Sam a task to do inside the house so he can drag Dean outside. "YOU STUPID ASS, WHAT DID YOU DO?" demands Bobby. "YOU MADE A DEAL FOR SAM, DIDN'T YOU? HOW LONG DIDJA GET?" When he hears it's only a year, Bobby wants to throttle him and asks why the Winchesters want to throw themselves down into the pit. Dean explains that he wasn't supposed to be alive, and now his life can mean something. And it didn't mean anything before? cries Bobby"”how can you have such a low opinion of yourself? He's m'brother, says Dean, tears in his voice, I couldn't let him die. How's YOUR BROTHER gonna feel when he finds out you're goin' to hell? asks Bobby. He grips Dean's face in anger, sympathy and love. They hear and noise and duck behind a car. Next thing they know, Ellen is in Dean's arms and he's hugging her.
Inside Bobby's house, he makes Ellen drink a shot of holy water. She does, nothing happens. "Whiskey now, please," she requests. The only reason her life was saved is because she went out for pretzels, she says; by the time she returned, the Roadhouse was gone, along with a lot of good people. She shows them a map from her safe, what Ash desperately wanted them to see. Bobby consults a book and explains that wherever there's an X is an abandoned frontier church, all built by Samuel Colt. He built private railway lines connecting the churches, and if you draw lines, it forms a star, or a 100 -square mile Devil's Trap. All those omens I found, the demons are circling around Wyoming, but they can't get in"”but they're trying. There's an old cowboy cemetery right in the middle. Dean suggests Colt wasn't trying to keep the demons out, but trying to keep something in. Sam asks if the demons could get inside. This thing's so powerful, says Bobby, no way a full-blood demon gets across. Sam knows who could.
Standing by the railroad tracks, the YED hands Jake the Colt, explaining this is the only gun that can kill him. Jake points the gun at the demon. Go ahead! urges the YED, be all you can be, but remember, if you do what I tell you, you will be a leader of an army, on the ground floor of a better world where you and your family will be treated like royalty!
Jake enters a totally creepy cowboy cemetery where Dean, Sam, Bobby and Ellen wait for him. Jake insists he cut Sam's spinal cord, so he should be dead. Sam looks at Dean"”WTF? Jake, explaining how fast the Jedi mind tricks come to you once you're open to them, orders Ellen to put her gun to her head; she does. Jake orders the others to put their guns on the ground; they do as they're told. He pushes the Colt into the lock and lets go; it begins to spin, opening by itself. Dean and Bobby grab Ellen before she can shoot herself while Sam pumps four bullets into Jake's back. Sam stands in front of Jake, who begs, "Please, don't, please." Sam shoots him three more times, killing him, then coldly wipes Jakes blood from his face.
Bobby urges everyone to take cover, quickly, that's a gate to hell Jake opened, and demons and God-knows-what are escaping! Dean, who had removed the Colt from the gate before taking cover, tries to shoot the YED, but the demon yanks the gun from his hand and tosses him into a headstone. Dean lays there, pinned, head bleeding. Ellen, Bobby and Sam are trying desperately to push the Devil's Gate closed, but when Sam sees what the YED did to his brother, he rushes toward him, only to be pinned to a tree himself. The YED thanks Dean for resurrecting Sam--demons can't resurrect people unless a deal is made--red tape--it'll make you nuts--but thanks to Dean, Sammy's back in rotation"”"I liked him better than Jake, anyhow. You saw what your brother just did to Jake, right? That was pretty cold, wasn't it? How certain are you that what you brought back, is 100% pure Sam? You of all people should know, that's what's dead, should stay dead. I knew I kept you alive for some reason. Until now, anyway. I couldn't have done it without your pathetic, self-loathing, self-destructive desire to sacrifice yourself for your family."
He's about to shoot Dean with the Colt when JOHN WINCHESTER appears and grabs him from behind. The smoke issues from the body, leaving it on the ground, and grapples with John. When the YED pushes John to the ground, the re-enters the janitor's body and stands up. Dean, ready with the Colt, shoots, straight into the heart. For a few moments, lightning seems to go off inside the host body, then the light goes out in the YED's eyes. He's dead!
Ellen and Bobby successfully close the gate. They watch as John, crying, touches Dean's shoulder. Dean, too, is crying. Sam, tears running down his face, exchanges a nod with his father. John steps back and seems to disappear heavenward in a bright flash of light.
"We can check that off the to-do list," says Dean, standing over the YED's body. You did it, praises Sam. Not alone, says Dean. They wonder if their dad climbed out of hell and figure he was stubborn enough. Where did he go? They don't know. They've spent their whole lives preparing for this. "That was for our Mom, you son-of-a-bitch," Dean snarls to the host body of the YED. (Which, when you think of it is kind of wrong. The poor guy whose body he used and abused all this time wasn't the culprit.)
Moment of truth time: Jake said he killed me, Sam reminds Dean"”did I die? Did you make a deal, sell your soul for me? Dean tries to deny it, but Sam is persistent, and Dean finally fesses up"”I got one year. When Sam starts getting angry, Dean begs, "Don't get mad at me. Don't you do that. I had to. I had to look out for you. That's my job." Sam rightly retorts, "And what do you think MY job is? You've saved my life over and over. I mean, you sacrifice everything for me. Don't you think I'd do the same for you? You're my big brother. There's nothing I wouldn't do for you. And I don't care what it takes, I'm gonna get you out of this. Guess I gotta save your ass for a change." Sam figures that one or two hundred demons escaped hell, and Bobby says the war has just begun. Dean smiles, one of the most BEAUTIFUL I've ever seen on him. "Don't Look Back" plays. "We've got work to do," says Dean, tossing a rifle into the trunk. (Do I hear an echo back to the season 1 Pilot, when Sam said the same thing after Jessica died?)
Season 2 comes to either a season finale or a series finale; we weren't sure at that time, and there was a feeling of bittersweet coming over us as we wondered if we would get to watch Dean's last year play out. I know I was crying because I feared this wonderful show wasn't coming back, and just the thought broke my heart.
3. Good old Dean. Even the demons love his kisses! He started the kiss, but she sure finished it. Did you think this demon was sexy or not so much?
4. Dean is a hypocrite. He always said what's dead should stay dead"”unless it's his little brother. The YED put doubts in his mind, too, about Sam and whether he came back 100% the same? Do you believe Sam was just angry that he didn't finish Jake off in the first place, causing Dean to make that deal?
5. Did the scene with Bobby in the yard affect you the way it did me? I thought Jim Beaver's performance was spot-on there. He made me cry, his love for Dean was palpable, and his sorrow at the thought of losing him just made me cry more than I already was.
6. Kudos up the wazoo for Jensen Ackles in this episode. His scenes talking with the dead Sam, with Bobby, talking with the living Sam (the expression on his face when he walked in and saw Sam was alive just made my heart go pitty-pat, and don't make fun of me), with John in the cemetery"”he deserved an Emmy award for this episode alone. BRILLIANT!
7. For Dean, the world could just END without his brother in it. Once Sam was alive, he wanted to save it again. That tells us a lot. It's also interesting to note that, when Sam asked Dean what MY job is, Dean had no idea. Does Dean really think the protection thing only goes one way, from the older brother to the younger brother? He seemed surprised to learn that Sam's job is to watch over and protect his big brother, too!
8. Aside from the scene in the cemetery, where Dean yells at the poor corpse of the dead janitor, I loved everything about these two eps. I just feared it was going to be the end of SUPERNATURAL forever.