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Holy crap! I didn't realize how much work this recap would be until I started dissecting the episode bit by bit. There's so much detail! I should have known though, for a Jeremy Carver script cannot be taken lightly. So beware, a lot's coming at you!

Then: The brothers fight, Jessica fries on the ceiling, that INCREDIBLE scene from "Bloody Mary" is shown in a few glorious seconds, Dean is "the vessel," Cas dies and lives, Sam wants to save people again, Cas thinks Dean's plan to kill Lucifer is foolish and he wants to find God, and Sam and Dean part ways (sniff!). Got all that?

Now: We get a shot of the Great Plains motel. They have a club, bar, grill, a patio and color TV! Wow, I'm ready to book my vacation there. I'm sure having color TV is what boosts their rating with AAA. Holy crap!! Sam is shirtless! We get to the good part right off the bat? Oh, this has got to be a good one. If they started the show off with a shirtless Winchester every week, this show would get something like 20 million viewers. Okay, at least 8 million 18-34 females. Since I'm older than that, the other 12 million would be hormonally charged older women like me. Yes, we do exist in numbers. Think about it guys!

Sam is in bed, the red bedspread in a strategically placed spot at his waist, and he's sleeping. But he's not. He rolls over hoping that will help and whoa, Jess is there. You remember, dead girlfriend from the pilot Jess. She's wearing the same white nightgown she got flambe'd in.  Sam is stunned, as in eyes bulging out of his head and jaw hanging open stunned. Yeah, I react that way too when coming across a dead lover in my bed. "Hey baby." She looks at him with a smile and tells him she misses him. Sam finally finds some words. "Jessica." He surmises he's dreaming and she says maybe not, but what does it matter. Uh oh, we've seen this before. Remember, with Nick, in the season premiere? Run Sam!

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Nah, why would he? It's the love of his life talking to him. Sam tilts his head, so in awe to see her, and I'm too distracted by that beautiful chest with that anti-possession tattoo looking so damn hot. Yes, I'm married, why do you ask? He gives her those sweet puppy dog eyes and tells her he misse s her so much. She says she knows and takes his hand, for he's got to know how much this is real before its yanked away from him. She asks what is he doing. He has no idea what she's talking about. "Running away, haven't we been down this road before ? " Sam insists it's different this time. "Last time I wanted to be normal. This time I know I'm a freak." Aww, don't worry Sammy, you're our loveable freak. We still love you.

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Jessica calls his reasoning a "big ball of semantics," and this is where I know Jeremy Carver is writing this episode before even checking the credits. He has such a gift for dialogue. "Even at Stanford you knew. You knew there was something dark inside of you." She claims t hat's what got her killed. Sam's eyes get wide and he tells her no. "I was dead from the moment we said hello." Whoa, a harsh ghost! Sam again denies this so Jess digs harder. "Why are you running from yourself? Why are you running now?" He changes the subject, why is she there? She's trying to protect him from himself. "Sooner or later the past will catch up to you like it always does and you know what happens then, people die. Baby the people closest to you die."

Sam is uncomfortable by now and swears he won't make that same mistake again. Oh come on Sam, now you actually are lying to yourself. Most of that wasn't your fault. Jess cleverly points that very sentiment out. "Same song, different verse." Sam is getting really upset now, so she essentially goes for the jugular. "Things are never going to change for you, never." A single tear runs Sam's eye, and now Jared has taken a lesson from the Jensen Ackles' school of acting. Jessica disappears, and we get another long shot to admire those incredible pecs before we get the title card.

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Well that's a way to kick off an episode. Jared Padalecki and Jeremy Carver, I am your bitch.

The opening notes to "Simple Man" by Lynryd Skynryd come on, along with a caption "One Week Earlier." Oh boy oh boy, it's an opening classic rock montage! I'm in paradise! First a shirtless Winchester now this? It's not even close to my birthday. An ugly blue Ford pulls up to the Great Plains motel, which is in Garber, Oklahoma. Sam gets out and opens the trunk. Next shot has Dean closing the trunk of the Impala. He slides a knife into his belt and goes into the Taft Memorial Hospital wearing his blue suit. He's in Greeley, Pennsylvania and man, what a glory shot of the Impala. All this prettiness only five minutes in is giving me heart failure.

Sam burns his fake ids in a sink and we watch his Pennsylvania State Police id light up just before Dean is seen showing his. Oh, I love these parallels! Dean is Bill Buckner, which is the baseball player infamously known for booting the ball on what would have been the saving out of the 1986 World Series for the Red Sox. The Mets went onto win that series. I'm being harsh though, since the game was already tied due to poor relief pitching and it was only game 6. The Mets did win game 7 all on their own, but heck, people always forget those sort of things.

Anyway, I better shut up for the song is still playing this scene doesn't need interruptions like that. Sam walks up to the entrance of Hoyt's bar and there's a "Busboy Wanted" signed in the door. So next thing Sam is seen putting away a rack of glasses. Well, you gotta admit, it's honest work. As the glasses slam down on the counter, the scene cuts to Dean slamming a man onto the hood of the Impala. The man shows his fangs, Dean shows a knife. "Eat it twilight." Hee, he could have said " Vampire Diaries. " We won't go there. The knife goes down and the shot goes to lemons being cut. I love this scene! Sam is cutting lemons at the bar and then Dean is cutting the Vampire with blood on his face. Sam wipes his brow, Dean wipes the blood off his face. Sam wipes down the bar with soapy water while a waitress watches, Dean wipes down the hood of the Impala to get all the blood off.

The song plays on the radio of the Impala while Dean drives. "Don't forget son, there's someone up above." Unless they're talking about Castiel, Dean ain't buying it. Dean looks over at the passenger seat, it's empty. That's so sad!

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Dean is in a motel room, wiping the blood off his jacket. All that blood on the hood of the Impala and his face and his jacket only needs a spot cleaning? Find a laundromat son, or was Sam the one that washed the clothes? Castiel appears out of nowhere, and Dean jumps. Castiel stands very close to him and Dean reminds him of personal space. I'd say this is the odd couple with a capital O.

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So how did Cas find Dean? Bobby told him . I wonder how Bobby feels about being an angel operator. Plus, can't Cas call Dean? He's already called Sam once. Speaking of Sam, Cas looks around the room like he lost his keys. "Where's Sam?" Geez Cas, you're asking the one person who doesn't know where he is. Dean admits he and Sam are taking separate vacations for a while. "Have you found God yet? More important, can I have my damned necklace back?" Castiel says no and no. Cas has a new plan. He's going after Raphael, the archangel that smoked him. "You were wasted by a teenage mutant ninja angel?" Oh, I never tire of Dean's clever lines.

Castiel hears whispers. Raphael is walking the earth and Cas sees this to be a rare opportunity for information. Dean doesn't think Raphael will spill God's address. Castiel believes he will, for they're going to trap him and interrogate him. Dean realizes he's serious and that must bother him because he goes for another joke. "So I'll just be Thelma and you be Louise and were gonna hold hands and sail off this cliff together?" Castiel blankly stares, so no, he didn't get the joke. I never tire of the blank stares either.

Dean realizes Cas isn't laughing, and goes onto demanding why he should do this. "Because you're Michael's vessel and no angel would dare harm you." Dean objects to being a bullet shield and so Castiel pleads with those adoring angel eyes and goes into that angel cadence with his sentence. "I need your help, because you are the only one that will help me." Aww Dean, you can't turn him down! He's so lost and needy. He even says please! G ood for you Cas, that ' s the magic word. Dean agrees but stops Castiel's two fingers of zapping from taking them to Maine. "Last time you zapped me someplace, I didn't poop for a week. We're driving." Okay, info I didn't want to hear. The vision of constipated Dean is so not sexy.

So, while Dean and Castiel drive to Maine, the story goes back to Oklahoma. Waitress is playing darts and asks "Keith" if he plays. Yeah, I hate that cover name too for Sam. It's my brother's name so I like it, but it's so not for Sam. He looks more like a...Sam. He says it depends, what are they playing for ? She gives a lame answer like world peace, and then takes to time to ask him a personal question. Oh girlfriend, don't go there. You'll get a whole lot of nothin'. She notice d he finished a crossword in the kitchen. Yes finishing a crossword is a capital offense in Oklahoma. Look it up. Sam doesn't get her point. He finished the New York Times Saturday crossword. Trust me, I'm well educated and that son of a bitch is hard. In fairness though, what else does a smart guy do during all that time in the car and cheap motel rooms? It's not like he has to work in time to mow the lawn.

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Sam should know by now that being shrouded in mystery is only going to attract attention. Waitress is nosy and comments that he blows into town a week ago, doesn't talk to anyone, is super intelligent, and you know hot (okay, she was only thinking that). Sam doesn't help her prodding by playing cute. "You mean a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a taco?" She challenges Sam to a game of darts. When she wins (ha!), he buys her dinner and tells her his life story. Lady, if you really want to know about Sam, I'll let you borrow my DVD's so you can catch up. Better yet, order all of Chuck Shurley's books on Amazon. Sam agrees without hesitation since he's also spent a lifetime in bars with his brother. Three perfect hits on the bullseye. Yeah, he knew he was winning that bet.

Sam whips around to the news on the TV. There was a nearby hail storm and lightning strikes in the area that have caused wild fires. Sam frowns. Another bartender (Hoyt maybe?) turns it off and comments "Is it me or does it seem like the end of the world?" Sam broods. He's good at that.

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Back to Dean and Castiel, who have arrived in Waterville, Maine. They're outside the sheriff's station. Dean asks why they're there. A deputy sheriff laid eyes on the archangel. "And he still has eyes?" Ha! Good point Dean. He asks Cas what's the plan. "We'll tell the officer he witnessed an angel of the Lord. Then the officer will tell us where the angel is." Dean thinks he's nuts too. "When we want something really, really, bad, we lie." He pulls out two FBI badges and puts one in Cas' coat, then straightens up Cas's tie. "Why?" A puzzled Castiel asks. "Because, that's how you become president." Ooh, cynical much Dean?

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Dean introduces himself as agent "I couldn't hear because the satellite blipped out , " and Castiel as agent Moscone. Dean shows his badge, and then all eyes turn on an unhappy Cas to show his. He pulls it out, and then shows it upside down. Ah, the clueless angel gag. It never gets old. They go into the sheriff's office to talk and the sheriff points out how his hearing is all blown to hell in his left ear. It happened during the gas station thing . Dean didn't know there was a gas station explosion? Didn't he do a little research first? Heck, even Cas could have filled him in on the details. Dean covers and says that's why they're there. The sheriff said it was a full scale riot of 30 to 40 people in all out "kill or be killed"combat. Dean wants to know what set them off, but Cas interrupts saying its angels and demons and skirmishes have been breaking out everywhere. The sheriff looks at him like he's nuts and everytime Cas goes on with the words "demons" Dean stops him and does a weak cover of "demons" as in drink and adultery. "We all have our demons Walt." Okay Dean, you have way more than a few demons, but hey, you managed to get the sheriff to stop staring at Castiel like he should send him to the happy home so we move on.

The gas station exploded, but it wasn't a normal explosion. The story was an underground gas tank, but the sheriff didn't believe that. It wasn't the usual fireball. Castiel knows what it was , it was pure white. The sheriff confirms it and goes on to describe how the gas station was leveled and everyone, you know. Then there was only one guy kneeling there, all focused, not a damned scratch on him. It was Donnie Finemon, the mechanic there. Dean guesses he vanished into thin air. "No Kolchack, he's at down St. Pete's." Castiel turns to Dean and repeats "St. Pete's." Yeah, yeah, we get the irony. I should note here the use of the reference "Kolchack", which is from The Night Stalker. Back when Jeremy Carver wrote "Mystery Spot," there was a minor controversy over whether Dean called Sam "Kolchak" or "Kojak". It was the latter, but knowing that Jeremy Carver does read boards, you know he was looking to work the former in somehow. That's my theory anyway.

Next is a black man in a vegetative state in a wheel chair in a hospital room. Castiel and Dean can be seen outside the window looking in. I love little directors tricks like that. Castiel notices its just an empty shell. Dean gets a glimpse into the future. "So is that what I'm looking at when Michael jumps my bones?" Castiel dead pans, "Not at all. Michael is much more powerful. It'll be much worse for you." This part I don't get. Can't angels heal these people? Jimmy came back okay, so lesser angels aren't damaging? I know, it's a setup for Dean and Sam too. Once they become vessels, there's no going back I guess.

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Back to Sam, whose demon hunting researching ways won't leave him that easily. He's checking out Revelation online, or at least a scan of it in old world Latin. That must be the lesser know n version. Sam pulls out his phone, goes to Dean on the contact list, and then back up to Bobby. He calls, and we see Bobby back at home, in his wheelchair, looking pretty glum. Sam tells him where he is and yes, Bobby has been informed of the brotherly split. Sam points out the omens and Bobby rightfully wants to know why Sam is calling him. Sam hopes Bobby can "put a man on it." Bobby breaks out the sarcastic tone he's so good at . "Okay, let me see if I can think of the best hunter who might be in the immediate vicinity. Oh, that be you." Sam insists he's sitting this one out. Oh Sammy, you know this is going to backfire, right ? He hangs up before Bobby can give him one of his trademark verbal ass whoopings.

Dean has taken up shelter in an abandoned house this time, and Castiel appears from nowhere. I know that's a camera trick, but wouldn't it be so cool if I had the ability to do that? I'd freak the living crap out of everyone who knows me. Actually, I'd only use it at work as a show of dominance. That'll teach everyone to stop ignoring my emails. Muhwahaha! Anyway, Dean asks Cas where he's been. "Jerusalem." "Oh, how was it?" Dean asks with that hint of sarcasm one gives when a quick errand to Jerusalem is not something we mortals do. "Arid." Hee, for some reason I really love that answer.

Castiel has an old pitcher with some very special oil, very rare. "Great," Dean says, "so we're going to trap Raphael with a nice vinaigrette?" Oh come on Cas, laugh at that. It's funny! He doesn't. The ritual goes down at sunrise. "Isn't that kind of like trapping a hurricane with a butterfly net?" Dean asks. "No, it's harder," Castiel dryly replies. "Do we have any chances of surviving it?" You're only asking now Dean? Wouldn't have that been the first question? "You do," Castiel answers.

Dean's eating this up. "So odds are you're a dead man tomorrow." Considering Cas recently blew up and was resurrected, Dean knows that's likely not going to happen. He plays along, ask ing Castiel what he plans on doing on his last night on earth. "I just thought I'd sit here quietly." Dean is slight ly exasperated by that. He prods some more, asking if he does anything, booze, women, that sort of thing. Um Dean, angel. Nope. "You have been with a woman before, or an angel at least." Cas' uncomfortable adjust ment of his collar makes that a negatory. "You mean to tell me you've never been up there doing a little cloud seeding?" Castiel has never had occasion. Seriously? How old is he? I t doesn't matter, for Cas has opened the door. Dean stops himself from busting out laughing and man does he have a great reaction. I just can't describe it. Dean's taking on the mission to do something about th is . "Let me tell you something there are two things I know for certain. One, Bert and Ernie are gay. Two, you are not going to die a virgin, not on my watch." Oh no, this can't go well.

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Sam on the other hand has bigger problems. He's doing his bus boy thing at the bar and someone shouts out "Sam!" He ignores them since his name is "Keith" but waitress Lindsay knows they're talking to him and points that out. Now its time for Sam to do some lame covering of his own. "That's my middle name." No, it isn't, but I'd love to know what his real middle name is. Dean's too. She finds the name Keith Sam to be odd, but one of the three men there , who we'll call hunter #1 says its really Samuel. Has anyone in this show ever called him Samuel? We only know it due to one glimpse on a monitor in "The Benders."

Anyway, these three guys know Sam because they hunted with his Dad. Of course Samuel is a decent hunter himself. "Oh, so you hunt deer and things?" Lindsay asks. "And things," hunter #1 clarifies. Awkward! It also should be noted Sam has his trademark white shirt on that only buttons half way with the weird paisley-like print and the red markings on the rolled up sleeves. That thing is really looking ropey by season five. I first remember that shirt in "A Very Supernatural Christmas," but I'm going to have to go back to see if it was worn earlier than that. Someone gets a huge prize of bragging rights if you find that out first.

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Sam sits down with these guys, serving them all up beers. The hunters want to know why Sam isn't doing this hunt. "It's personal." Oh Sam, you know evasive answers invite trouble. H e hasn't learned his lesson. "What baggage is so heavy it can't be stowed away for the freaking apocalypse?" h unter #1 asks. Only if...never mind, you find out. Sam tries again to avoid the answer and I start pounding my head on a desk. Throw them a bone Sam, hunters don't respect privacy. This scene is where you deserve to have the snot kicked out of you, not later. The boys go on their merry, yet very suspicious ways and they say Sam's buying the beers when they get back. These guys are going out to what could be certain death and all they want from Sam is a beer? It better be damned good beer.

Lindsay is now more curious than ever. "So now your parents were drunk when they named you and you shoot Bambi?" Trust me, he wishes it was just Bambi. He goes for the "long story" cop out, but she's had enough of his "Kung Fu wandering the earth" thing as have I. She's buying him dinner and they're talking. Sam doesn't want to , but s he won't take no for an answer.

Dean and Castiel are in a place of "uncertain morals ." Dean smiles and has a beer while Castiel's freaked out expression is priceless! Dean tells him to relax. "This is a den of iniquity, I should not be here." Dean's logic gets somewhat twisted. "Dude, you full on rebelled against Heaven. Iniquity is one of the perks." A girl in a see through white nightie comes over and asks Castiel his name, which he can't answer. He's too nervous . Way to go Misha, you actually nail in one terrified look the absurd notion of a thousands year old angel being set up with a hooker. One named Chastity. Someone who abstains from sex on moral grounds? Funny Mr. Carver. What's also funny? Watching Castiel slam down a beer.

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Chastity starts to drag Castiel to the back, but Dean stops him. He gives him a wad of cash and some instructions. "Take this. If she asks for a credit card, no. Just stick to the basics. Do not order off the menu. Go get her tiger, don't make me push you." Castiel grabs the money in fear and goes. I know, why is Cas listening to Dean? He won't listen to Dean when it comes to matters of God, why now? Who knows, but let's try to not over think it since this scene was meant for comic relief. Dean mingles a beautiful woman and there's a scream in the back. Dean investigates and Chastity is going off on Castiel, throwing things at him and telling him " screw you jerk. " Can't they bleep out harsher language and then leave in the real stuff on the DVD? No prostitute is going to go off without obscenities. She tells the same thing to Dean on the way out and continues her girky hissy fit while storming away.

Castiel doesn't understand. "I just looked in her eyes and told her it wasn't her fault that her father Gene ran off. It's because he hated his job at the post office." Dean rolls his eyes and mentions that this whole industry is based on absent fathers. They why did you bring an angel to a whorehouse Dean? He's going to bring it up. They can't do much else, for the bouncers show up and it's time for a quick exit out the back. They get outside and Dean starts laughing. Castiel wants to know what's so funny. "Oh nothing. It's just been a long time since I laughed that hard. It's been more than a long time. Years." Oh no, another knock on Sam and he isn't even there to earn it.

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Sam and Lindsay a re at a restaurant with a salad bar. It looks like a freaking Bonanza minus the scary locals. T hey're actually eating salad? Why aren't they digging into those luscious $8 steaks with loaded potato? No wonder Sam is sad all the time. Lindsay wants to know who the guys in the bar were. Sam tells her they used to work together. What business? Sam avoids by asking how her salad is. Bland, thanks for asking. She guesses witness protection, he's mafia. Nope. She sulks, so he finally gives her a nugget. He was in business with his brother and was pretty good at the job. He made some mistakes, did some things he's not so proud of, and people got hurt, a lot of people.

The melodramatic score comes on in the background, so it's time for caring and sharing. "What was your poison?" s he asks. She knows the look, he's an addict. She pulls out her AA chip. Three years sober. Sam points out she works in a bar. She points out so does he. Last I looked, demon blood wasn't on a bar menu. Maybe things are different in Oklahoma. Lindsay does something really extraordinary and earns her worth. " No one has ever done anything so bad they can't be forgiven, they can't change." Finally, someone gives Sam the pep talk he needs. Took long enough! He takes in all this, not convinced it's true in his case.

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I'm going to add a nugget here. According to a deleted promo circulating around You T ube, a sex scene between Sam and Lindsay was filmed. Or, at least an attempt at sex. A both half naked attempt. I'm presuming it happened after this date. It showed shirtless Sam, so I'm guessing they got started but didn't finish (aka Sam got cold feet) so she left. Enter the opening scene, where Sam couldn't sleep because of guilt and bam, there's Jess. That's my guess anyway. I hope they include it in the deleted scenes for the season five DVD.

Back at the hospital and a blond nurse walks in front of a angel statue. Someone on this set really likes pushing the Catholic stuff. I loved the story Kripke told on the commentary after filming the opening scene for "Lucifer Rising." His director of photography Serge Ladoucer , told him they were all going to Hell. This episode probably isn't helping.

Dean ogles at the nurse from behind and then he and Cas enter the hospital room. Dean closes the blinds. Castiel pours the oil in a circle around the unresponsive dude in a wheelchair. He explains there's always an open phone line between an angel and his vessel. You just have to know how to dial. I'll keep that in mind next time I need to speak to an archangel. Castiel chants Latin in the guy's ear and finishes in English. "I'm here Raphael. Come and get me you little bastard." Dean sees nothing happen and delivers my FAVORITE line of the episode. "Just out of curiosity, what's the average customer wait time for an archangel?" Sorry, but both my home and work laptops have gone south recently and I'm growing weary of support lines that try to let me know what the average wait time is. Just fix it already! Castiel tells him to be ready and lights the circle.

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Nighttime, Dean and Cas return to house with no avail. "Well that's a day I'll never get back ," Dean harps . They enter the house and within no time there are some flashes of lightening, light bulbs bursting and veggie man appears intact. He says Castiel, Castiel says Raphael. Glad to see the angelic introductions a re gotten out of the way first. Dean 's trying to act tough, but for some reason around Raphael he doesn't have his edge. Probably because he's intimidated by his previous run ins with archangels. Dean tells Raphael he thought he was supposed to be impressive but all he did was black out the room. "And the Eastern seaboard," Raphael says in commanding voice. So that's why there was that gigantic power outage a few years back that blacked out the country from New England all the way to Detroit. An archangel did it! Good to know.

Raphael throws the smiting talk at Castiel, and Dean throws the threat back, speculating Raphael is afraid that God will bring Cas back to life and smite him a "candy-ass skirt." Okay, not sure I get that reference, but I'll move on. "By the way, hi, I'm Dean." Raphael knows who he is. Thanks to Cas he knows where Dean is and he will take him to Michael. Dean tells him he's not going anywhere with him while grabbing a beer and Dean's really off. We see as he turns his back how this whole thing is frightening him pretty good. Raphael reminds Dean about when Zachariah gave him stomach cancer. Dean remembers this with terror, then turns back to Raphael looking cavalier and tells him it was hilarious. "He doesn't have anything close to my imagination," Raphael threatens.

Raphael stares down Dean and moves forward, and Dean looks at Cas to acknowledge the plan is working. "I bet you didn't imagine one thing," Dean says. "We knew you were coming you stupid son of a bitch. Castiel lights the lighter and drops it, igniting the circle of oil. It flames up pretty good around Raphael, so he must add some combustion or something. Dean stares at the circle in amazement. Raphael is pissed. "Don't look at me," Dean said. "It was his idea." Castiel looks at Dean with disgust, not appreciating the cop out. Castiel asks Raphael where God is. "Didn't you hear? He's dead, Castiel. Dead."

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Sam is cleaning at the bar and hears someone enter. He says the bar's closed, then turns around and its hunter #1. The guy's bloodied up a little and shaken . Sam is concerned. "You have something you want to tell me Sam?" Uh oh, they must have run into one of those monloguing, telling the truth to screw the Winchesters demons. Sam acts all surprised and says no. "You sure about that?" hunter #1 asks. Sam still keeps up the innocent act, asking if the guy is okay and where hunters #2 and 3 are. "Steve" is great, he has his guts lying roadsie in front of the Holly five and dime. Don't ask me if that's hunter two or three. Sam says he's sorry. Oh boy Sam, sorry is sooooo not going to cut it. This guy wants the truth.

Sam won't play along. It seems the hunters captured a demon and ten more showed up. Steve bought it. Sam says he's sorry again, and this guy say s what all of us are thinking by now. "Saying it twice doesn't make it so Sam." So stop apologizing! They got the demon to tell them some crazy things about Sam. Sam insists demons lie. Ha! The biggest liar of all is a human infected with demon blood. Demons are rather honest compared to you Sam. Hunter #1 doesn't believe Sam and asks for the truth one last time. Before Sam can deny anymore, hunter 2/3 brings in Lindsay at knifepoint. That gets Sam's attention and it's freaky scary.  He's about to blow. 

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Dean and Cas continue their uplifting talk with Raphael. The disillusioned archangel finds there's no other explanation, God is gone for good. He reminds Castiel about the 20th century, and that the 21st isn't going any better. "Do you think God would have let any of that happen if he were alive?" Wow, he's convincing me. Time to pull out all the "God is Dead" debates from the 60's. Dean goes for the joke again. "Oh yeah, who invented the Chinese basket trick." I had no idea what that was, so I googled it at work. Considering it got blocked by the obscenity filter, it must be another sex act reference. Makes sense coming from Dean. Also, don't google Dean Winchester references at work.

Raphael is offended, telling him that's his father he's talking about. Dean has a great comeback. "Who would be so proud that his son started the freaking apocalypse." Dean's less intimidated now and more angry. Raphael is mad that God ran off with no instructions and left them a world to run. Dean is not impressed with that argument. "Daddy ran away and disappeared. He didn't happen to work for the post office, did he?" Oh man, this is supposed to be a serious scene, but I ha d to pause there so I can laugh my fool head off. Great line! I love continuity from earlier parts of an episode.

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Raphael isn't amused. He points out that Dean is living in a Godless universe. Dean isn't impressed that he and the other kids decided to throw an apocalypse while God was gone. Raphael doesn't have a problem with that. They're tired and they want paradise. Castiel listens and has this incredible look like he understands. I'm feeling sorry for Raphael too, for the dude is really selling the "tired" bit and it's kind of heartbreaking. That doesn't last though, for Dean goes off on him for thinking he can do whatever he wants. "Yes, and whatever we want, we get!" Raphael declares and he blows out the windows. Serves you right Dean for ruining the moment.

Back to Sam, who's concern is for Lindsay . He begs the hunters to put down the knife. He even holds out his hand and gestures sincerity that he won't try anything. Hunter 2/3 puts down the knife, but still holds onto one really horrified Lindsay. You ain't seen nothing yet girl. Sam blurts out its all true. Hunter #1 tells him to keep going. Sam doesn't understand why. "Are you going to hate me any less? Am I going to hate myself any less?" Not good enough, he wants to hear it. "I did it." Sam admits. "I started the apocalypse." So it takes this sort of desperate and dangerous act for you to finally tell the truth Sam ? You still have some growing to do.

And the seesaw continues. Back to Dean and Cas. Cas tiel asks Raphael if God was dead who brought him back ? Raphael has a theory, Lucifer. He needs all the rebellious angels he can get. For some strange reason (sarcasm!) Castiel gets angry. He tells Dean they're going. Raphael gets all authoritative and warns Castiel not to leave him there or he'll suffer the consequences later. "Maybe one day. But today you're my little bitch." Castiel boldly proclaims before walking away. Dean is kind of left speechless. "What he said," Dean adds for it's obvious his tag line has been stolen by his angelic bud. He leaves too. I do so love this new Castiel, now with more balls.

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Back to Sam and his really sorry predicament . Hunter #1 pulls out a vial of demon blood. Oh crud. Sam stares at it with terror, for its eeevvilll. He asks what it is. Duh! Hunter #1 calls it go juice. You wouldn't! The plan is Sam will drink it, hulk out, and then go kill all those demons back there that killed stunt hunter #2 or 3. If he doesn't, Lindsay dies. Sam tells him he wouldn't do that. "It's funny how losing your best friend changes things." Jerk. Hunter # 2/3 handcuffs Lindsay to the bar and they go after Sam. He deflects hunter # 2/3, but hunter # 1 manages to wrestle him down to the ground . Together the two bad hunters pin Sam down and force the blood into his mouth. After holding him for a few seconds to assure the blood goes down, they let Sam go, leaving him on the ground humiliated and broken. I would call this the Supernatural way of "being violated."

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Sam gets up and something inside him snaps. This must be that dangerous side he was trying to avoid. He steps toward hunter #1 and spits out the blood in his face! Yay Sammy, you didn't drink it. What a good boy! Sam then proceeds to kick the crap out of both these guys, and he has his crazy eyes of rage going the entire time. After taking out hunter # 2/3, he picks up hunter #1 off the ground, pins him against the bar and holds the knife to his throat.

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Sam is still lost in a huge rage and is ready to kill the guy, until he looks over at Lindsay with those pretty bangs flopping over his face. He sees her stunned gaze and that busts him out of his rage. He tosses hunter #1 away and orders both of them to go. "We'll be back," hunter #1 warns. "Don't think I won't be here!" Sam shouts. He looks back and one very unnerved Lindsay and suddenly he's ashamed. Sam, remember all those encouraging words about foregiveness and change Lindsay gave you earlier? She takes it all back.  You are beyond redemption. 

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Dean and Cas are in the Impala. You know, I'll excuse it for this episode since the Freetobeyouandme have been so compelling, but I already miss Sam in the passenger seat. He better not be out of it too long. Castiel is quiet, so Dean asks if he's okay. Castiel says nothing. Dean goes on, telling Cas that while he thinks his crusade is nuts, he does know something about missing fathers. That's true! There were times when he looked for John where all logic said he was dead, but Dean wouldn't give up. He knew he was still alive. "So who cares what some ninja turtle says Cas, what do you believe?" Again with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle reference. Anyone think Raphael the turtle was named after the original archangel?

Cas believes God 's out there. Dean says good, go find him. Cas asks Dean "What about you?" Dean claims he's good. He can't believe he's saying it, but he's really good. Okay Dean, why? "Even without your brother?" Cas asks. There's the setup. "Especially without my brother. I mean I spent more time worrying about the son of a bitch. I mean I've had more fun with you in the last 24 hours than I've had with Sam in years. And you're not that much fun." Oh Dean, take that back! You don't mean it! "It's funny I've been so chained to my family, but no w that I'm alone, hell I'm happy." Wow, Sam is making everyone miserable, isn't he? The way the world is dumping on him, he might as well go live under a rock. Sorry, given his size, a giant boulder.

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Speaking of our Ginormotron, he's sleeping, with shirt on this time (rats!) and he hears Jessica's voice. He wakes up, rolls over and give her a soft kiss on the neck. Ah, he never gets a chance to be that tender, does he? "So, this is your life now?" She asks. "Meaning you just live forever with your head buried in the sand?" Of course she strokes him while saying this, and he enjoys it, even though he has the sad puppy dog eyes of regret. "I love you Jess. God knows how much I miss you too, but you're wrong. People can change. There is reason for hope." Well, at least you've learned something in this little escapade of yours Sam. Jess strokes his ear and says "No Sam, there isn't." Huh? Whoa, she morphs into Lucifer in a Nick suit!

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Sam's back is turned and he asks how she can be so sure. He doesn't notice that a man's hand is now on his shoulder until a male voice now tells him "Because you freed me." Yeah, that would make me jump up with wide eyes, backpedaling in fear too. "You know who I am." Sam correctly guesses Lucifer. The demon of darkness tells Sam he's a hard one to find, harder than most humans. Yeah, name all the humans with sigils carved all over their ribs. Lucifer guesses correctly that Sam won't tell him where he is. Sam, who is convincingly unnerved, asks Lucifer what he wants. "Thanks to you, I walk the earth. I want to give you a gift. I want to give you everything." Sam doesn't want anything from him. Give him a break Sam, he's trying to show you some gratitude. I know he's the devil and all, but he's being nice.

Lucifer doesn't waste time getting to the point. He apologizes. Nick is an improvisation. Plan B. "He can barely contain me without spontaneously combusting." Sam doesn't get where he's going. "Why do you think you were in that chapel? You're the one Sam. You're my vessel, my true vessel." Yes, I saw it too. Sam's entire world ripped out from under him in a millisecond. He's devastated. Heck, this might be worse than when he lost Dean. "No," he whispers, but Lucifer says yes . Sam says that'll never happen and I saw that tear falling from his right eye.

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"I'm sorry, but it will. I will find you and when I do, you will let me in. I'm sure of it." Sam figures out that Lucifer needs his permission. Yep, he's an angel after all. Sam will never do it. He'll kill himself before that happens. Lucifer declares he'll bring him back. Oh wow, so Sam can't be killed? This is poor Chuck's predicament all over again. All these angels are evil! Needless to say, we see Sam's defiance deflate significantly when Lucifer tells him that. Then Lucifer pulls the sympathy card. "Sam, my heart breaks for you. The weight on your shoulders. What you've done, what still have to do. It is more than anyone can bear. If there was some other way, but there isn't." We know there must be another way , but this way is more dramatic.

Lucifer promises he will never lie to Sam or trick him, but this isn't comforting poor Sammy at all. "But you will say yes to me." Sam tells him he's wrong, and Lucifer says he isn't. "I think I know you better than you know yourself." Heck, I know Sam better than he knows himself . Not much of a stretch there. "Why me?" Sam asks on the verge of tears. "Because it had to be you Sam. It always had to be you." That's not an answer!!! That's messing with the fans again!! Arghh!!! Lucifer leaves and poor Sam is left alone with tears pooling, shaken to the core.  He has had one freaking bad day.  That's how all us viewers are left too. Damn you Jeremy Carver!

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(Wipes tears from eyes). Come on, just how much worse can it get for Sam? He can't even die peacefully now. Next week, it's Dean's worst nightmare. Bring kleenexes.


# Alice 2009-09-30 20:29
I really tried to get some more and better Dean and Castiel screenshots, especially with Raphael, but it was impossible. The scenes were too shaky and dark. Plenty of good Sam ones though as you can see.
# elle 2009-09-30 21:43
Excellent recap! Alice, I think you should record commentary for this show, because what you have to say is hilarious! This was my favourite part: “…monloguin g, telling the truth to screw the Winchesters demons” – this made me laugh out loud, mostly because it’s very true!
I pretty much love every moment that Cas is on screen these days. “I just thought I’d sit here quietly.” That makes me go ‘aww’ every time. Not only is it funny, but it’s endearing. Castiel is so cute sometimes, in that floppy-puppy way.

My theory about the vessels is as follows: the basic angels (such as Castiel and Uriel) don’t need specific vessels to contain their energy – just a certain type of person (DNA wise). Angels like Michael and Lucifer, however, require very specific people (beyond Angel-DNA compatibility) to house their essences’ which is why when Raphael is in that body and then leaves it, it’s pretty much burned out inside. Consider: Pamela’s eyes burnt out for ‘peeking’ at Cas – she wasn’t the right type of person able to experience the angels in their true form through her sense (yes, I would categorize her mind’s eye as one such sense). Cas needed a person with specific DNA (Jimmy Novak) to possess him and hear him and Jimmy didn’t suffer the results the man worn by Raphael was seen to suffer because Castiel isn’t as powerful. Lucifer told Sam that Nick’s body could barely contain him – he was the runner up in the Who-Wears-Lucy- Best contest, Sam being the winner. So, to sum up that long and non-sensical babble: more powerful an angel is, the more specialized his/her meat suit needs to be.
Only 23 hours and 10 minutes (give or take) until episode 4! (How can we be at episode 4 already!?)
# Suze 2009-10-01 06:09
While we're getting all deep and thoughtful about vesselology, has any one else noticed that the angel/ninja turtle slated to be wearing Dean in weeks to come is Mikey - The Party and Pizza Mindless Hedonism Turtle ( in case anyone cares the others are Sensible Turtle, Techno Turtle and Punch Anything That Moves Turtle ) This is just too fitting to be a coincedence ... There must be more to it, watch this space ...
# Karen 2009-10-01 07:30
Thanks again Alice for your recap. It’s always such a joy to read.

The amount of light humour this episode was nice after such two very heavy episodes.
Although the brothel scene may have offended some viewers, I for one found the expression on Castiel’s face priceless. (chalk one up for Misha).
It was good to see Dean’s one-liners being said with the old jovial wit.
I found the first two episodes his one-liners were delivered with more anger than actual humour.
Dean’s admission to being relieved to be free of his family obligation and happy to be able to live for himself was quite understandable.
What he has sacrificed for his family has been more than anyone could of given. He needed to step back and take a breather and be his own man.
However after seeing how he was with Castiel, straightening of his tie, assisting him with the FBI badge. Taking him to the house of ill repute. His pep talk to listen to his heart and continue to search for his father.
Sounded to me like some one still needed to be the big brother. Still wanted to be needed. So his comment about not missing Sam, really didn’t come off as his true feelings.
I wonder if Dean’s has had thoughts of regret about selling his soul to save Sam. That if he had not had Sam resurrected than none of this would be happening.
I would imagine the guilt with having these thoughts would be unbearable and make it hard to face Sam.

As for Sam, I also wonder if he is ever going to get a break.
What more could Sam possibly endure, with out having a complete mental breakdown.
The words “Poor Sammy!” have been leaving my lips at the end of each episode since “Rapture”. My heart is simply breaking for him.

I don’t know about you but Lucifer using Jessica’s image to talk to Sam, looked like someone lying and using trickery to me.
# Sablegreen 2009-10-01 11:58
Thanks Alice for the recap. Jared acting was superb! It was the first time I saw an actual tear run down his face in the series, although he has come close. Jensen is an expert in that.
# Randal 2009-10-01 13:24
Great, great recap of a stellar episode. There are a few ways the inevitable God vs. Satan/Dean vs. Sam deal is going, but every so slowly nudging us towards it, these bastard writers are going to wring every bit of maddening lunacy from it. I can't wait to see how this ends up.

@Suze, does this mean Lucifer is Krang? Muah.
# Suze 2009-10-01 14:43
Mmmm ... Possibly, or Shredder ... Like I said, it's a work in progress.
# Sablegreen 2010-02-25 16:36
Good article Alice. I think there is plenty of hope for Sam, and Dean. Both boys just need to stop beating themselves up over events they really had no control over. (And that doesn’t mean I believe in the destiny ideas). Like Lindsey said in FTBYAM, "No one has ever done anything so bad they can’t be forgiven, they can’t change." That is SO true. For me, it’s sad that this has dragged on for so long. Hopefully they will get back to the happier things soon.

I do have to disagree with one thing. I don’t think Sam is a monster. I think he THINKS he’s a monster, and Dean does too. Both of them are wrong. Sam has extraordinary abilities that he needs to learn to use properly, not throw away. I think in MBV, he learned that for the first time, and hopefully soon he will learn that he doesn’t need blood to turn them on. At least that’s what I hope the writers will do. :-)