Oh man, is there a more character defining moment for Sam Winchester than this one? He's been forced to take control of this horrible situation, is calling all the shots with Bobby and Castiel faithfully following his lead, and he's getting horrible gut-wrenching crap from the one person that matters to him the most in this world. So, does he lose faith? No, instead he gambles everything on the one person he believes in the most, even though Dean doesn't believe in himself right now. He know he can't do this alone and if anything they'll go down together. That's pure devotion, pure faith, and pure love. It's beautiful. Sam has indeed grown up big time. I'm so proud! I know, fictional characters, right?
Okay, here's an interesting scene. Castiel, Sam and Dean are walking outside an abandoned factory with overgrown brush all around and browning palm trees. Dean wants to know where they are. Certainly not the Midwest. Did they actually film this in California? It looks a lot like California. Anyway, Castiel tells them Van Nuys, California. Where's the beautiful room? "In there," Castiel answers. "The beautiful room is in an abandoned muffler factory in Van Nuys, California?" "Where did you think it was?" Castiel asks. "I don't know, Jupiter, a blade of grass, not Van Nuys." Remember, Kripke said this was the Wal-Mart apocalypse. There's no budget for anywhere else.
Sam wants to know why Cas can't grab Adam and "shazam" the hell out of there. There are at least five angels in there. Dean has some faith in Cas, saying he's fast. "They're faster," Cas answers. He undoes his tie. The plan is he'll clear them out and Sam and Dean grab "the boy." That's young man to you Cas. He goes for the entrance but Dean isn't liking the plan that he's going to take on five angels. Yep. "Isn't that suicide?" Dean asks. "Maybe it is. But then I won't have to watch you fail. I'm sorry Dean, but I don't have the same faith in you that Sam does." Oh, poor Cas. He's going in with nothing left to lose, a la Dean in season three and Sam in season four. Then he pulls out a boxcutter. "What the Hell you going to do with that?" Sam asks. No answer. Yeah, I want to know too!
Cas enters the warehouse and no one is around. He walks around and there's a small separate building inside which must be the room. He moves around front and then hears someone behind him. He ducks just in time as he's attacked by a man with an angel killing sword. Cas manages to grab the man's hand and plunges the sword into his attacker's leg. Then he pulls it out, takes total control of the knife and plunges it into the guy's chest. The other angel bursts away in golden light screaming. I so love badass Castiel. I've said it before, but his time on earth has really improved his combat skills.
Castiel looks around full circle and now another angel with his sword appears. Then another, then another, then another and he's surrounded by four of them. Cas realizes he's outnumbered and throws his sword down. The other angels just look at him. "What are you waiting for, come on!" Cas challenges. They charge on him and wow, his rips open his shirt! Bare chested Castiel! Misha definitely has something under that trenchcoat. It's brief I know, but it's something. Oh, but we also see what the box cutter was for. He's carved an angel banishing sigil on his chest! I'd say ouch, but as an angel he doesn't exactly feel that. He slams his palm into it and in what is the coolest visual effect ever, he and the other four angels blur away in a burst of light. Awesome! Oh, but wait, Cas has just assured his peril in "Oz" hasn't he? He sacrificed himself so the boys could get to the room? Wow, with tears in my eyes I can say best...angel...ever.
Dean and Sam hear the swords fall and action die down from outside and know that's their cue. Dean goes in alone while Sam keeps watch outside. Dean finds the building and the dead angel outside. Seeing how no one is charging after him, he opens the door. Yep, it's the Green Room. Dean rushes over to Adam who's a heaping mess on the floor. Adam wakes up and is shocked that Dean came for him. Dean says of course, he's family. Adam tells him it's a trap, but Dean knows that. Suddenly Zachariah is in front of them. "Dean, please, did you really think it would be that easy?" "Did you?" Dean asks. Sam then charges up from behind with angel killing sword but isn't fast enough. My question is would Sam have been able to kill Zack if he did stab him? He after all is part of the bloodline. Ah well, an answer we don't know.
Zack sends Sam flying across the room into the partition and Sam is hurt. You bastard! "You know what I've learned from this experience Dean? Patience." He then gets Adam to barf more blood. Adam falls to the floor. You obviously haven't learn to stop being a dick, that's for sure Zack. Dean tells Zack to let him go but Zack instead smugly talks about how he thought he was downsized for sure. "And for us a firing, pretty damned literal." I wish I could have seen that on Zack instead of Anna. He should have trusted the boss man though for it's all playing out like he said. "You, me, your hemorrhaging brothersâ€¦" Suddenly Sam starts coughing up blood too. Why don't you pick on guys your own age Zack!
Dean looks at Sam now and it's killing him. He looks at Adam struggling too and he's really upset. He's fragile enough, he can't take this. "You know there's no other choice. There's never been a choice," a bullying Zack says. An upset Dean tells him to stop it right now. "In exchange for what?" Dean pleads some more, telling him to stop it, please. This next montage is soooo good! "I'll do it," Dean says. Cut over to Sam who's struggling in agony and can't believe what he just heard. Back to Zachariah, who wants confirmation. "Okay yes," Dean says. "The answer is yes." Back to Sam now who looks like he's been kicked in his already aching gut. "Dean," he chokes out. Oh, Sammy.
"Do you hear me?" Dean shouts at a stunned Zachariah. "Call Michael down you bastard." Dean's voice cracks on this last part and man does it hurt to see him surrender like this. Back to Sam, whose world is ending. Dean is so disheartened and then looks at Adam. Zack wants to how to know he's not lying. "Does it look like I'm lying?" No, it doesn't, which is why this is scaring the crap out of all of us. Zack turns away with a smug smile and oh do I want to smack him. He starts chanting for Michael and while that happens, Sam and Dean manage to act out a whole subplot just by exchanging looks. It's brilliant, but it's not like it's the first time Jensen and Jared have done this. Again, they rock it.
Sam looks up at Dean and he's completely dying inside. His look at betrayal, his "how could you do this?" says it all. Back to Dean, who in one look expresses to Sam overwhelming fear and guilt. He's practically saying he's sorry. Back to Sam, who turns away because everything hurts too much, including his internal bleeding. Back to Dean, who realizes how much he's hurting Sam. Back to Sam, who throws another puppy dog look of betrayal. Back to Dean and his expression of apology changes. He has an idea. Back to Sam, who sees that something is different.