Dean lands hard on the ground a hurting bloody mess. Castiel has his fist clenched and it looks like he's going for more. Dean challenges him to do it. Cas just stares. "Just do it!" Dean shouts. Castiel takes a deep breath, counts to five (or maybe that was me) and then unclenches his fist. Then he walks up to Dean and Dean closes his eyes, knowing what's about to happen. Castiel touches him and out he goes. Castiel stands in the alley for a few seconds, looking like he's wondering how it all came to this. That's so hard to watch, but that's how you do a major character conflict scene. Amazing!
Speaking of losing it, now Sam is having a little fit. "Bobby, what do you mean Adam is gone?" "Should I say it in Spanish?" No, Sam speaks Spanish. Try Japanese. Sam grabs his hair, which we know to mean he's majorly stressed out. "He's gone how? What the Hell Bobby?" Bobby sternly warns him to watch his tone. He was right in front of him and he disappeared into thin air. Then we hear flapping wings. "Because the angels took him." Cas is now there holding a slumping Dean on his shoulder. "What happened to him?" Sam asks. "Me," Cas confesses, not exactly feeling guilt.
Cas takes Dean over to the bed and practically throws him on it. Yep, still mad. Bobby and Sam aren't too concerned about Dean and instead want to know how the angels took Adam. "You branded his ribs, didn't you?" Bobby asks Cas. He did, but Adam must have tipped them off. Cas isn't sure, but maybe in a dream. I would have gone with "most likely." Sam wonders where they would have taken him. Cas knows!
It's the Green Room! Jupiter and The Infinite Beyond from "Lucifer Rising." The pictures are back to the idyllic settings. Adam is there, enjoying one of those cheeseburgers and a beer. He has his oldest brother's taste! Good thing, because love of salads is so wrong. "I see you and your brother share the same refined palette." See, even Zack notices. Adam is ready. Bring on Michael. Oh, poor kid, the lesson you are about to get. Zack goes into the bullshit that these two faced managers give during "difficult times." Heck, I've gotten the same speech during "good times." It's all about money. "These things are never easy, but I'm afraid we've had to terminate your position at this time." This is actually one of the best firings I've ever seen. I wish I was treated this well.
"Excuse me?" Adam realizes he's been had. Zack commends him on being a good sport. "But the thing is, you're not so much the chosen one as you are a clammy scrap of bait." Now that's more like the layoffs I've been a part of. Adam wonders what happened to him fighting the Devil. Not happening. "But hey, if it's any consolation, you happen to be the illegitimate half brother of the guy we do care about. That's not bad is it?" Nope, Adam isn't feeling the love. "So you lied about everything." No, he just avoided some truths to manipulate him. No you bastard, you lied. It is strange though how you and Sam have the same definition of lying. Adam calls him a son of a bitch, just like big brother. "Hey, how do you think I feel? I'm the one that's got to put up with that dumb, slack jawed look on your face." Oh that's it Zack. You're going down.
Adam at least gives Zack a look that he wishes could kill, but Zack explains the plan. They didn't have a choice. "The Winchesters got one blind spot and its family. See, Sam and Dean, they're going to put aside their differences and they're going to come get you and that's going to put Dean right here, right where I need him." Adam only listens with shame. Zack starts boasting this is the night. Michael's seen it. I think Michael's lying to you Zack. Who knows, maybe this was a ploy by the archangel to take Zack down? He knew he'd fail because of his arrogance. Nah. Although, how did Deanâ€¦wait, I'm jumping ahead. More on that later.
Zack is happy that all the tumblers are falling into place and it's all because of Adam. "And me, put who's keeping score." Adam, showing that he is indeed a Winchester, says he won't allow Zack to do this. Zack says they're doing this and plus he still gets his severance, he gets to see his mom. "Why should I believe you?" Adam asks. You shouldn't! Sadly, Zachariah is a vindictive prick and decides making Adam choke up blood is more fun. Oh, you're soâ€¦that' s right, I'm jumping ahead again.
NOW, this is one of my favorite scenes in the entire series! As a Sam fan, this is redemption that's five seasons in the making and it's oh so worth that long grueling wait. Dean is chained to the bed in the panic room and he wakes up from his angel induced unconsciousness. He looks around and spots Sam sitting at the desk as if he's holding vigil. "How you feeling?" Sam asks. Sam is very calm and subdued as if he's had some time to reflect on the situation. "Word to the wise, don't piss off the nerd angels," Dean says. Hee, learned your lesson.
Sam only cracks a slight smile. He's got the weight of the world on his shoulders. Dean knows something's wrong yet asks how it's going. Sam lets him know Adam is gone. The angels have him. Dean is surprised and wants to know where. The room they took him. He knows that for sure? Yep, Cas "did a recon." Boy it really helps to have an angel on their side. "And?" Dean asks. "And the place is crawling with mooks, pretty much a no shot in Hell, hail Mary kind of thing." "So the usual," Dean says. Oh yes, definitely the usual.
"What are you going to do?" Dean asks, which I find interesting. It means Dean for once isn't trying to take control of the situation and is leaving it up to Sam. "For starters, I'm bring you with." Sam has been playing with the key to the cuffs and he gets up. "Excuse me?" Dean says, surprised by the plan. Sam explains while unlocking the cuffs. "There are too many of them, I can't do it alone, and you're pretty much the only game in town." Dean watches Sam with disbelief, holding his aching wrist. "Isn't that a bad idea?" Sam, who's now sitting on the desk answers, "Cas and Bobby think so, I'm not so sure." Dean jumps back into attacking Sam mode. "Well they're right. Because either it's a trap to get me there to say yes or it's not a trap and I'm going to say yes anyway. And I will, I'll do it, fair warning."
"No you won't," Sam faithfully declares. "When push shoves, you'll make the right call." Dean keeps trying and man does he know how to hurt. "You know tables are turned, I'd let you rot in here. Hell, I have let you rot in here." Sam slightly scoffs, takes in a deep breath to calm himself down and the pain in his voice just kills me. "Yeah, well, I guess I'm not that smart." Dean is perplexed. "I don't get it Sam. Why are you doing this?" Sam shrugs. "Because. You're still my big brother."
Just when I'm getting teary, Phil Sgriccia shows what an awesome director he is by closing the scene with a wide shot of the two from outside the panic room looking in. It's brilliant and it delivers the message loud and clear. The two are in this together.