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Dean is still in the bathroom pounding at the door to get out and Sam tells him he’s letting him out. Sam moves the chair and opens the door. Dean wants to know what happened and Sam says, “Nothing.” â€œMy ass,” Dean replies. Sam claims he’s fine but Dean is more concerned about Brady. He goes into the living room to see he’s okay and Sam agrees they need him. No more time for brotherly conflict for Crowley is there. His suit is dirty and torn up a bit. â€œGod, the day I’ve had.” Diva! He goes to talk to Brady. â€œGood news, you’re going to live forever.” Brady realizes Crowley did something bad, well for him anyway. 
 
Crowley went over to a demon’s nest and had a little massacre. He claims to be losing his touch though because he let one of them live. Brady isn’t happy. â€œOops.” He might also have given the surviving “toad” the impression that Brady left his post last night. â€œYou and I are, wait for it, lovers in league against Satan.” Brady is NOT happy, Dean is just stunned. â€œHello darling,” Crowley says. This is when Crowley sends Sam and Dean away, tips Brady’s chair over and proceeds to give him a little action in his own “corn chute.” Nah, Edlund wouldn’t go that far, would he? (**ponders**)
 
No, Crowley goes on. Death is off the table, Brady gets to live forever now too with him. That’s something else they have in common (“besides our torrid passion”) is our craving for self preservation. So he wants to know where Pestilence is at. Before Brady can answer, a hellhound howls. Now Brady is worried. Brady? Forget him. Dean is freaking the hell out. I guess that image of being eaten alive by one is still fresh. Crowley says it is and checks his pocket. Dean wants to know how that is a hellhound. Oops, someone slipped Crowley a coin, aka a tracking device. Sam confirms that a hellhound followed them. Crowley says they technically followed the coin. Yep, Dean is losing it now.

 
Brady says if they get him out of there, he’ll tell them anything they want. Sam tells him to shut up. Dean thinks they should go, but Crowley claims he knows more about the hounds than anyone and they’re long past the point of car. Crowley throws Dean the coin and disappears in thin air. They hear the hellhounds howl and NOW Sam gives him an “I told you so”? Not good timing Sam. Dean has the best response, a belittling “Well good for you.” Ha! Luckily, they have salt in the kitchen. Sam says he’ll watch Brady. â€œWatch me?” Brady says. â€œGet me the Hell out of here!”

 
Dean goes to fetch the salt but too late, the hellhound goes crashing through the window. Dean runs and closes the glass doors, but the hellhound bursts through that too. You should know that Dean! We see Dean’s distorted view from the hellhound’s eyes and then Dean fires at it. It slows it down enough for Dean to retreat to the other room. Sam is untying Brady. He realizes that Dean never got to the salt. Dean loads the shotgun as the hellhound looms and growls. Brady keeps whining about them getting out of there. Shut up you pussy! 

 
Suddenly Crowley yells at the beast. Dean acknowledges he’s back and Crowley says he’s invested. He tells the hellhound to stay. â€œYou can control them?” Dean asks. â€œNot that one,” Crowley says, pointing at the one near Dean. â€œI brought my own.” He pets the head of the invisible beast. â€œMine’s bigger,” he boasts. He tells his beast to sick ‘em and the two hounds have it out. Things are crashing around, blood spatters, claw marks are everywhere and it’s quite intense! There’s also another blood spatter shot on the camera lens, a la “Dean Men Don’t’ Wear Plaid.” Sam finishes releasing Brady while Dean scratches a break in the Devil’s trap. They run outside to the Impala where Crowley is already waiting for them but is only standing there smiling. â€œI’ll wager a thousand my pup wins.” They all get inside and Dean drives away in a hurry, not willing to take on that wager.
   
Our players are in an alley and Brady hands a paper to Crowley. He’s sure Pestilence will be there. Crowley reads the info and hands it to Dean. Dean asks what he thinks for he’s betting everything on Crowley being on the level. â€œIt’s good, Crowley,” says. â€œYou’ve got no reason to lie, have you? Like I said before, you’re in my boat now.” â€œYou screwed me, for eternity,” Brady replies, but technically he screwed him with his pants on, for eternity. Crowley assures it won’t last that long. â€œTrust me.” Crowley goes to leave and Dean follows with a can of salt so he can draw a salt line across the alley. Brady wants to know where Crowley is going. â€œI’m going to do you a favor.” Oh right, “Supernatural.”   This is how demons do favors. 

 
During all this Sam is standing there like a statue, one very cold pissed off statue, keeping his eyes and his mega frown square on Brady. Crowley goes up to Sam before leaving. â€œI expect we’ll be in touch.” Sam doesn’t move a millimeter like he’s lost in his own world of hatred and revenge. This is actually scaring the crap out of me. Crowley heads down the alley and slips by casually before Dean finishes the salt line. Dean lets him go through. Then we get this GORGEOUS shot of the Impala alone at the end of the alley. Actually, it’s more of a silhouette underneath the faint street light. Awesome! It’s like she’s there in ghost mode or something watching over the boys this time. Dean finishes the salt line, essentially trapping Brady.

 
So, if you’re going to do in a foe, what do you do? Why sick one horribly pissed off Sam Winchester on him, that’s what. I mean, what a setup! Let’s do the math. A salt line, a closed in alley, a sigil carved on the chest that prevents escape via black smoke, Dean playing fight coordinator and Sam the attack dog (or moose if you want to go there) in ready position with the demon killing ginsu. Even gladiators had better odds.

 
Brady wants to know what all this is and Dean starts since Sam is getting a little jittery waiting for his cue. â€œAll those angels, all those demons, all those sons of bitches, they just don’t get it do they Sammy.” â€œNo they don’t Dean.” There, he talks! Brady has a “give me a break” look on his face. â€œYou see Brady, we’re the ones you should be afraid of.” Oh, so this is an EXAMPLE killing. That makes it better. Brady laughs, not taking this seriously so Sam raises the knife and goes into ninja position. So Brady, being the typical arrogant demon he is, decides to taunt the freakishly tall dude with the knife that can kill him.
 

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Tigershire
# Tigershire 2010-05-07 15:37
You know, in past seasons I would have been screaming at Bobby to say "NO" at the end of this episode. I'd worry until the next epi to find out what happens and if he said yes or not.

Now, I think I'm in th same mindset at the characters. I REALLY didn't want Bobby to say yes to Crowley but considering the situation and the immenent end of the season.......I sucked it up and accepted that he was probably going to say yes and even though I didn't like the option any more than he did, I can see that while Bobby still had a choice, the unpleasent one was likely to bear fruit.

What does it mean that the most shocking moment was Sam accidently stabbing the Impala's seat? Am I becoming jaded? Actually, not likley. I can just see the progression of the story line. And, for me it doesn't dimish my enjoyment in the show (thankfully), especially since I revel in the quality of the acting as much as in the story.

Nice recap, as always, Alice. :-)
Sablegreen
# Sablegreen 2010-05-07 16:05
Nice recap, Alice. I was shocked when Sam sunk that knife into the impala. Dean said nothing! I would have thought Dean would have had a fit! Sam and that knife are becoming quite a twosome.

Loved the screencaps of Dean and Sam when Dean agrees to go with Crowley. Crowley is a funny character, but tagging around with a demon has never been good for the boys.

Yes, I was suprised Sam was still awake after all that whiskey, maybe it takes two bottles to affect a moose! :lol:

There were definitely slow spots in it for me. I really would like to see more action. Miss that for sure!
BagginsDVM
# BagginsDVM 2010-05-07 23:41
I think I let out a little yelp when Sam stuck the knife by accident into the Impala. Dean must have been really distracted not to notice that!
That shot of the ghostly Impala in the alley was beautiful. Can't wait to see that image on the DVD without the CW logo marring the view.

Sam standing there in the alley, so silently imposing & ominous, gave me chills.
Randal
# Randal 2010-05-08 15:31
Don't get me started on Jethro fucking Tull. Did you really have to mention that travesty?

Hey, Grammy voters, arguably the finest metal album ever? Did I mention EVER? I know those awards are more worthless than a birdcage's used newsprint, but c'mon. Wankers.

The one danger in a show such as this (or the X-Files, to name an obvious example) when there's a heavy, consecutive dose of mytharc stuff, is that there will be slow spots for setting up the big payday, but since they were, as you pointed out, entertaining, I can certainly live with it.

Always easier to sell vast depths of offscreen stuff when it's a MOTW instead of The End Of The Freaking World®.
Jasminka
# Jasminka 2010-05-08 19:41
Alice, loved this. This episode might have its weaknesses, but I loved it anyway. I seem to have a knack for the tragic, dark stories. Tell me about it.

The brothers' modus operandi is slowly changing, and watching their faces, it creeps me out - what might be going on in there? How can they stand it any longer? There were moments I just wanted to step into the tv and give them a hug.

I needed one myself.

The alley fight in the end kept me on edge long after it was over. Sam's slow advance on Brady, his trembling, yet decisive 'Start' was like a knife in my gut. 'INteresting theory' was another. Dean looking on was heartwrenching, with Sam walking to the car quietly, but there was that tension in his shoulders...

I made my bed when I began to love this show, but right now I feel like it's killing me. Ah, I wonder what being undead might feel like.#

Thanks for this amazing recap, dear. Love Jas