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Zack smiles, for Michael is coming. Dean gives Sam another look, and wait a second, is he smiling? Then he winks! He's changed his mind! Sam looks at him now with confusion, somewhat worried over what he's about to do. "Of course I have a few conditions." "What?" Zack says in surprise. "The few people whose safety you guarantee before I say yes." Zack doesn't think that's a problem. "But most of all, Michael can't have me into he disintegrates you." Hell yeah!   I like those terms. "What did you say?" Zack asks. "I said before Michael gets one piece of this sweet ass, he has to turn you into a piece of charcoal." This is brilliant! You go Dean! 

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The room starts shaking but Zack is too busy finding the idea ludicrous. "You really think Michael's going to go for that?" Dean does. "Who's more important to him now, you or me?" Zack loses his temper, moves close and grabs Dean. "You listen to me. You are nothing but a maggot inside a worm's ass. Do you know who I am after I deliver you to Michael?" "Expendable," Dean answers. That's perfect! Zack is delusional. "Michael's not going to kill me." "Maybe not," Dean growls and then what do you know, he has an angel killing sword in his right hand, out of Zack's view. "But I am." Bam! He plunges the knife through Zack's chin.  Holy crap! He made good on his promise to stab him in the face!

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Zack goes sparking and Sam on the ground can't believe what he's seeing. Then this is the totally awesome, yet totally perplexing part. Dean looks at Zachariah the entire time. He doesn't shield his eyes and there's a close up of the white light reflecting in his eyes. Wow, what does that mean! How can he do this? 

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Zack flames out and Dean falls backward next to Adam on the floor. The room really starts shaking now. There's the wide shot of dead Zachariah, black wings and all. He's really dead! The loud deafening angel noise happens and all three brothers realize this isn't good. Sam shields his eyes, knowing better.    Dean asks Adam if he can walk and he says he can. Dean goes over to Sam and helps him up because Sam can't walk on his own. Dean gets Sam over to the door and gets them out. He tells Adam to move it but too late, the door slams before he can get out. 



Adam pounds on the door screaming for Dean, and Dean puts down an aching Sam and tries to go back. Dean tries to grab the glowing doorknob but it's too hot. Notice how this sound isn't hurting any of their ears? I wonder if it's because it's Michael. Adam screams for help again, Dean tries again, same result. Sam watches from a distance in horror. Dean assures Adam he'll get him out, but then Adam stops and stares at the white light. He sees something! Of course at that point the white light disappears and Dean can open the door. It's an abandoned office now. Dean turns to Sam with dismay and Sam returns a similar glance. They really suck at protecting baby brother, don't they? 

Sam and Dean are in a vehicle and judging by the back window, it's a pickup truck. I only have one big nitpick with this episode and it's no Impala. I realize they can't have it now since they were zapped to California by Cas but still, it doesn't seem right she should miss the 100th episode. Both are silent so Sam starts the talk. "You think Adam's okay?" Dean doubts it. Cas either. But they'll get him back. Now Sam has enough nerve to ask what's really bothering him. "So?" "So what?" Dean asks. Yeah Sam, just say it. "I saw your eyes. You were totally rockin' the yes back there. So, what changed your mind?" Yeah Dean, what did? We all saw the same thing Sam did and want answers.

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"Honestly? The damndest thing. I mean the world's ending, the walls are coming down on us, I look over at you and all I can think about is "this stupid son of a bitch brought me here." Sam smiles, which it's about freaking time he does.   "I just didn't want to let you down." Sam really appreciates that answer. "You didn't. You almost did, but you didn't." Dean tells Sam he owes him an apology, but Sam says he doesn't. "Let me say this. I don't know if it's being a big brother or what, but to me you've always been this snot nosed kid that I've had to keep on the straight and narrow. I think we both know that's not you anymore." A long pause and it's time for THE best line ever. "I mean Hell, if you're grown up enough to have faith in me, least I can do is return the favor." Gulp! Go ahead, talk amongst yourselves. Must pull myself together. Nope, I didn't make it through the whole recap without losing it.

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"So screw destiny, right to their face. I say take the fight to them and do it our way." Sam smiles again and it looks oh so good on him. "Sounds good." Roll credits. Now that's a way to do a 100th episode!!! This recap is already long enough, so I'll just close with, Damn You Kripke!!! Thanks so much for all you and everyone at "Supernatural" do for us. Bring on the apocalypse, we're ready.   

 

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Jenniffer
# Jenniffer 2010-04-25 09:45
I think that's what really tore me up during this fight scene, Dean saying "Please" to Cas in such a desperate tone...
Jasminka
# Jasminka 2010-04-25 13:15
Alice, did you keep your emotional stability? Watching this episode I had trouble with that, and reading your fabulous recap did the same to me.

Yeah, Zachariah… hate his guts. But Kurt Fuller is marvellous in his scenes, in the bar at the beginning and trying to nail Dean to the wall. He was a great villain, but as we’re killing off the angels now, he had to go. I would have loved to help Dean with that. I went YES! As stabbed the Mr Arrogance du jour.

It was pretty painful to see how Dean was spent and hurting the people he loves most deliberately – shoving into Sam’s face that he was not hopped up on demon blood (slap!) and Bobby that he was not his father (slap, slap)… He can’t control this anymore. He’s living and breathing fatalism and sarcasm. The expression on Bobby’s face was … oh, God, he didn’t deserve that. And Bobby’s confession that he thinks of killing himself everyday… Kleenex….

I agree that Sam did his best with his face to tell Dean how wrong he was saying that, no matter how desperate his older brother might be. And later in the panic room scene.. I was a mess after that, just like you put it here, Alice. I couldn’t believe Dean would go there, but knowing the show and Dean lately, I expected it, too. My heart sank with Sam. In a fight long ago my mom said something like that to me, to hurt me, as she later admitted. I still remember how devastatingly painful it is to hear something like that. You don’t do that to your family.

I agree with Lynn’s theory wholeheartedly.

The following scenes are so rich, bad-ass Cas, Adam returning, angels having a plan B? They expect them to buy that? The big fight of Dean and Cas, Adam and Zach.., gosh… I hate this episode as much as I love it.

I really miss some of the pop culture references since some of it was just not an item over here (perhaps I should have gotten myself a catalogue in that department of the Smithsonian, eh, Alice, and studied that a bit more…)

That scene with Sam and Dean in the panic room is indeed an instant classic – and, I agree, one of the best in this show! How much I loved Sam here I can’t describe.

Thanks so much for the series of screencaps covering that big scene in the green room, Dean saying yes and then killing Zach, the whole dialogue that went on without saying a word… You are so great, dear. This scene was as painful and yet hopeful as it gets.

I love that look on Sam’s face in the last scene in the car. He hasn’t had that kind of brotherly love in a long time and he has been so hungry for it. You didn’t make it without losing it ? Alive, me neither. Can you please quit making these great recaps, I don’t know how I’m gonna survive the last three of this season… Kidding. Give it to me. I’m a plain masochist.

Sniff, Jas
Yirabah
# Yirabah 2010-04-25 13:29
Thanks Alice, what a great job. I especially liked that remark about Dean 2.0.
What I haven't realized watching the show I did now looking at your picures. (Did you actually do the following on purpose?)
On page 2 of your recap right after Dean asks Bobby about the bullet you have one picture of Sam. And there in bottom right hand corner above the CW logo you can read "You are watching supernatural 100th episode"
The picture right below with Bobby starting to deliver his suicidal speach reads: "Pay attention"
And again well done.
With our boys living through so many unreal moments that seem real to all of us don't you feel like Alice in Wonderland?
Galina
# Galina 2010-04-25 14:09
Great recap!
I too absolutely loved Sam in this episode. The best way to motivate someone to do their best is to demonstrate faith in them – as Sam did here. His was also the only approach that worked. Bobby’s words had little effect; Cas’ fists even less. It was indeed “The Power of Love” that saved the day… ;-)
BagginsDVM
# BagginsDVM 2010-04-25 14:13
Awesome episode.
Sam's "you're my big brother" & Dean's "if you're grown up enough to have faith in me..." just really got to me.

I didn't even realize the Impala wasn't in this one until the rewatch, I was so caught up in everything else that happened, but she should definitely have been there!
Bevie
# Bevie 2010-04-25 15:28
That was a great recap Alice, and I loved those screenshots in the Green Room. How those two do that is just awesome!

The utter despair up until that wink was almost unbearable.

Sam was so great in this one and I could have jumped for joy when Dean changed his mind.

Bye bye Zach! You were a great villain indeed!

Don't know if I will survive the next three as Kripke is bound to do something dreadful before season end.

All I can think of is save Bobby, save Cas please please please! :o
Sablegreen
# Sablegreen 2010-04-26 15:42
Good 100th episode! And good recap Alice. Loved the pictures of Sam and Dean in the green room!

I have to say, I can’t help but think part of the episode was for Sam to understand how deeply he had hurt his brother, and to make amends for it. And he did, first by telling Dean he was wrong all those time he ran away, and second for trusting Dean, and actually having faith in him, which I’m not convinced he ever had before… not a deep faith anyway, or he never would have followed Ruby in the first place.

Sam’s taking Dean with him was the only chance Sam had, and he knew it. He was on the verge of losing Dean, and had to hope Dean would still choose him over anything else. Lucky for him, good habits die hard, and the old Dean was still there.

I loved Adam’s return too. Too bad he didn’t stay around, but they didn’t actually say he was dead, so maybe he’ll show up in season six. Although can we handle two Deans? might blew up the TV! :D

I have to disagree with you on one point though. I just don’t think what Cass did when he found Dean was right. Dean was certainly not Dean, but Cass made his own decision to follow Dean; he chose that path of his own free will. And, for all intents and purposes, Cass is just as responsible for the apocalypse as Dean and Sam. He let Sam out of the room, and although Dean doesn’t know it, Cass does. The writers have seemed to gloss that over, but it is still a fact in the story. I really don’t think Cass was right in taking all his anger out on Dean, and to me, that’s what it looked like he was doing. Dean always considered Cass a friend, and I felt very sorry for Dean at that point. Dean needed understanding from Cass, not a beating. Guess that’s just the sentimentalist in me. Sorry. :cry::

The look on Sam’s face at the end was awesome. I think it’s the first time he has REALLY seen his brother, and he likes what he sees. ;-)

Just my 1 and a half cents worth!
Julie
# Julie 2010-04-27 10:03
I cannot begin to describe how much I loved this episode ( and your recap Alice , it`s like re-living it again ,Thank you )or how many times I have watched it .
It demonstrated perfectly exactly why we all love this show so much . It had everything ( except The Impala ) in there , one of the saddest scenes ever , just imagine being able to fit all your worldly possessions into such a small box , moments of such angst they were almost painful to watch , the panic room scene especially , moments of humour , loved the line about `the power of love` and we had a promise kept when we finally got to see Zach stabbed in the face, the final scene with all the restored hope and determination , and yes , i know we are all being built up for a huge fall but let`s just enjoy this feeling while we can.
My favourite scene from the episode though and what I think could become one of my favourites ever , is the big one in the green room. So many emotions and wonderful nuances portrayed in a scene with no dialogue. What a testament to the wonderful actors we have here .Thank you so much for the series of screencaps which demonstrated this so perfectly