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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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# 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. :-)