Warning!!! If you haven't seen "The Born-Again Identity," stop reading now! There will be spoilers in this article!
First of all, that was a pretty stellar episode. I loved it. The pacing was awesome, the dialogue was snappy, with all the demons around and the ghost hunt, it felt like old times, didn't it? Second of all, CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASS!!!!!!
Ahem. Sorry, I just needed to get that off my chest. I have a feeling this is going to be rather rambly (is that a word? It is now!) tonight since I write these immediately after watching the episode and don't get a chance to rewatch, so I'm still processing. But really excellent work tonight all around, wasn't it? Sera Gamble wrote the hell out of that script, the acting was fantastic, the special effects were great, and the trench coat was trenchy. Once again, thanks to my Twitter folk for helping me work through some theories! Okay, let's just dive in, then, shall we?
The Return of Castiel
Look no further for redemption, Cass, because what you did for Sam tonight was it. Taking Lucifer away from Sam and transferring him to his own head? Wow, that was amazingly selfless. I mean, he didn't even really stop to think it through. He just had the idea, decided he would probably survive it, and went all Terminator, which looked cool as hell, and that was it. And yes, he's an angel so he's better equipped to handle spending so much time with Lucifer, but it's not going to be a walk in the park for him, either. He looked genuinely afraid when he saw Lucifer for the first time. I just...okay, I flipping love Cass, and I'm just kind of in awe of what he did for Sam. And of course Sam deserved to be fixed because he's Sam and he's awesome, but what a huge thing to take on. Such a huge thing, in fact, that I think it deserved a hug. Damn it, Winchesters, HUG YOUR ANGEL!
I'm sure Cass will be able to withstand Lucifer better than Sam did because he doesn't need to sleep, but how do you think this is going to play out? Cass has more experience with Lucifer and more ammunition against him since they're brothers, so do you think maybe he'll be able to turn the tides a little bit, give as good as he gets? These hallucinations Sam was having were a very human ailment, so how will that translate to Cass? We've already seen that he also suffers from hallucinations, but will he only see Lucifer? Will he be able to more easily tell the difference between reality and hallucination? And what is Lucifer, exactly? I don't think he's pure hallucination because how would he transfer to Cass if he was just a hallucination of Sam's based on Sam's experiences. I think he's a link to the Cage. And as someone mentioned on Twitter, Cass has been to the cage when he pulled Sam's body out at the end of season 5, so that helps with their link.
Now we just need a way to get rid of Lucifer from Cass' head. My guess: it's got something to do with the Leviathans. They are older than angels, so I'm thinking they have some strong mojo just waiting to be tapped into. We've seen blood magic work on angels to banish them, so my theory for the moment is that Leviathan blood drawn into a banishment sigil + opening the door to purgatory will lock Lucifer there permanently.
The Sam Situation, A Situation No More
Oh, Sam. In the midst of being driven to an early grave by Lucifer, you seriously took the time to find a hunt and save Marin. Well done, sir. Well done indeed. And honestly, it's about time this guy got a break, isn't it? I wonder if he and Cass are going to bond over this after they fix Cass and Lucifer goes away again and both are back to normal again? That would be kind of nice.
Okay, still processing, so I'm just going to move on to some bullet points now. LIghtning round!
Bits and Pieces
Who else got teary when Dean gave Cass back the trench coat? I sure did. Not only did he keep it, but he carried it around with him in whatever car he stole that week. But he could have washed off some of the blood, right?
Speaking of the trench coat, that psychiatric facility better have kept it when Cass checked in or I'll be pissed. And they also better have kept the pants he was wearing because HOT.
Meg as Cass' nurse and guardian? Brilliant. As long as she doesn't go Ratched on us, everything will be fine. Snarky Meg is awesome.
I feel bad for Daphne, not gonna lie. She's probably worried sick right now. I hope someone told her about what's going on because otherwise, she's just left hanging, and that's really cruel. She could call Amelia, get together for coffee and lament how Castiel has stolen their husbands. The Klepto Castiel Club.
Once again, ghost Bobby makes an appearance! At least, that's what I think is going on. I love, too, how willing Dean is to just sort of deny the whole issue because he wants to. He's in Deanial about it, as usual. And yes, I know he brought it up to Sam some episodes back, but these two have shown time and time again that they'll follow even the tiniest of leads to find a ghost. When it may be Bobby? DENY! I find it amusing.
How hilarious was Emanuel, though? "Oh, my gracious." "Was that a flirtation?" Even though he wasn't Cass, he still didn't understand any references. And he smiled! Aww.
I understand the reasoning behing leaving Cass in the institution, but it still sucks. I would have liked to see the band back together, you know?
How cool was that montage when Cass was burning out demons and remembering?
If you type www.bouncingbabynames.com into your web browser, it will take you to a page that says "Forbidden access." But the server name is "Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen," GISHWHES for short, AKA Misha's Guinness record-setting scavenger hunt he put together last year. Well played, show. Well played indeed.
All right, I could go on and on about this one, but it's time for me to head to bed. What did you think, readers? Were you happy to see Cass back? Were you sad that he got left behind? Are you excited about next week and the return of Garth and some drunken hunting? Looks like a fun one.