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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. :-)