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Man, it has been a while! 41 days, give or take a few hours. Man, that was a long hiatus! I know, I say that every time. This episode left me with a lot of questions, so don’t mind me if I just jump right in. (Warning: I get a bit rambly.)

I learn new things about angels every day! Who knew that it was even possible to access an angel’s “factory settings”. If you can do that, what else can you do? If you’re Naomi I guess you can control their minds. I am actually really glad to finally know what she’s up to. We all knew she was bad news but it’s nice to have those suspicions confirmed. Now the question becomes why? Why is she controlling these angels? Who is she working with/for? How long has this been going on? Is every angel controlled in this way? Ok, so maybe there’s more than one question.

Let’s start with the “who?”. I don’t think that Naomi is leader of this brain-wash movement because I can’t see her doing her own dirty work. So my assumption is that she’s working for someone. But who? God? (Sorry, I always jump to God. I’m convinced he/she will make an appearance before this show is over.) And why? The only reason you would need to forcefully control someone is if you can no longer maintain control naturally. That makes me think the angels were starting to question things. Perhaps Castiel’s free will movement brought this on? Once free will is an option, following orders becomes much less appealing.  Or maybe this is the work of a smaller group of angels attempting to gain control? What do you guys think?

But how long has this been going on? Alfie made it clear that he was under the same mind control as Cass and that he had given away secrets he didn’t realize he knew. Secrets directly related to the angel tablet. (More on the tablet later.) And we first met Alfie at the auction for the demon tablet. So maybe this mind control is directly related to the unearthing of the first tablet? Maybe it’s meant as a means to keep the angel tablet from being discovered? I’m just spitballing here. I really have no idea! Share your thoughts with the class.

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Did anyone see the angel tablet coming? I certainly didn’t. It makes sense to me that God would prepare for a time when demons would be sealed in Hell’s gates. But angels? Why would he prepare for that? Maybe God knew what we know now, angels aren’t all angels. Excuse the terrible play on words. What I mean is, not all angels are good. We’ve seen that time and time again. They’re selfish and conniving and power hungry, much like demons. Are they really all that different from each other? Angels are meant to serve God but so many of them choose to serve themselves instead. So what really separates a demon from an unfaithful angel? If I look at it that way, I can see why God would write such a tablet. Then again, maybe I’m jumping to conclusions and the angel tablet isn’t a word of God. Maybe Lucifer wrote this tablet. It goes without saying that he would love to lock the angels in Heaven. What do you think? Does he have the juice?

Sam and Dean seemed to have patched things up nicely. But was it a little too nice for anyone else? I know we’re all happy to have them back together, hunting side by side, but it all came together a little quickly for me. Sam was hell-bent on giving up hunting and settling down but when Amelia offered that to him on a silver platter he turned it down? Did he realize that he could never have both feet in one boat? I think if Sam had chosen to show up at that hotel, hunting would always be in the back of his mind. Not to mention his brother. And if Dean really needed him, Sam would have picked up and left without thinking twice. That’s not really “both feet out”, is it? Still it felt a little too easy for Sam to give up on his dream life with Amelia. His explanation to Dean even felt a little half-hearted. (Not a knock on Jared’s acting, more on the writing of the scene.) But I can’t say I’m not happy with his decision. Sam and Amelia never quite achieved chemistry for me. What really shocked me was Dean cutting ties with Benny. Was it just an act of solidarity? If Sam has to sacrifice something for the job and for his brother, then Dean will do the same? It’s clear that Sam couldn’t get past Benny’s undead state, but I think he would have warmed up to him over time. I don’t think this is the last we’ll see of Benny though. They spent a lot of time showing us just how hard Benny was working to avoid drinking a human. Something tells me Benny may slip up in the near future. And I hope he does, because I’m not ready for him to fade into the mist!

Dean also surprised me with his change of heart over Sam and Amelia. He even admitted that he’s jealous of Sam’s ability to separate himself from the job. That was a bit of a curveball for me. I do believe that Dean is jealous of Sam, he wanted the same things at one point or another but he could never get past his responsibility. But being jealous and being supportive of Sam’s choices are two different things. I’m sure Dean was jealous of Sam’s choice to stop hunting and go to college, but that doesn’t mean that he supported it at the time. This was outright support. It wasn’t an ultimatum, there was no “You walk out that door, don’t you ever come back.” It was more “Make the decision that’s best for you but don’t make it half-heartedly.” It’s wise advice. I just don’t know where it came from. I don’t think Dean is heartless, I know he is more than capable of supporting his brother. It’s just that he was so against it before. I just don’t know what changed his mind. Part of me wonders if in the back of his mind, Dean knew that Sam couldn’t really give up on hunting. What do you think? What is the cause of Dean’s change of heart?

Apart from a few rushed storylines and couple of odd directing choices I really did enjoy this episode. I think it did a good job of setting up the second half of the season. I can’t wait to see what comes of this whole angel tablet storyline. I think it’s going to be a lot of angels vs. demons for the remainder of the season. Should be fun! I also can’t wait for next week’s larping episode. That is sure to be chock-full of hilarious moments. I can already picture Dean sort of enjoying it.

I didn’t notice as many lines as usual in this episode. Maybe I was too busy riding a post-hiatus high to make note of them! Feel free to add anything I missed below!

Dean: “Your mom is hot. I’m serious, your mom is one sexy...”

Castiel: “I need both of you to, as you say, stow your crap. Can you do that?”

Dean: “Well, not my most original work, but....”

Dean: “Both feet in or both feet out. Anything in between is what gets you dead.”
Sam: “Yeah, I keep hearing that.”

Dean: “Everything you’ve done for me, I’ll never forget. But this is it. End of the line.”