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Sam is standing next to coma Dean, asking if he's there. Sorry Sam, he's got some reaper issues currently. Sam is quietly devastated. "Couldn't find anything in the book. I don't know how to help you, but I'll keep trying, alright? As long as you keep fighting. I mean come on, you can't leave me alone with Dad, we'll kill each other, you know that? Dean you've got to hold on. You can't go in, not now. We were just starting to be brothers again. Can you hear me?" Oh Sammy. This really gets me, especially after seeing season six when Dean doesn't mean a damned thing to Sam. You just don't know what you've got "˜til it's gone. Yes, I'm quoting a damned Cinderella song. I'm that lame.
Dean in the meantime is still in denial phase with Tessa. He begs that she makes an exception, cuts him a break. "Stage 3 Bargaining," she says. Dean's serious though, his family is in danger. They're in a war and need him. She tells him the fight's over, for him anyway. "Dean, you're not the first soldier I've plucked from the field. They all feel the same. They can't leave, victory hangs in the balance. They're wrong, the battle goes on without them." Dean appeals for Sam, he could die without him. Nah, he dies with you. Many times. Tessa says maybe he will, maybe he won't. Put him down for a "he will." Either way, there's nothing he can do about it. Ain't that the truth! Someone, that ends up not being an issue.
What she's saying is sinking in, except she loses me on the honorable death thing. He was smashed in an Impala. Hardly a warrior's death but okay. "I think I'll pass on the 72 virgins thanks. I'm not that into prude chicks anyway." Oh, that's a good one! Lord knows I've shared that quote in articles a few times. Tessa calls him funny and cute, but Dean doesn't fall for it. "There's no such thing as an honorable death. My corpse is going to rot in the ground. My family is gonna die." I guess Dean's not a glass half full kind of guy.
Dean spells it out. No. He's not going with her. Tessa let's him know what happens with that choice and she don't sugarcoat. "I can't make you come with me, but you're not getting back in your body. And that's just facts. So yes, you can stay. You'll stay here for years, disembodied, scared, and over the decades it'll probably drive you mad. Maybe you'll even get violent. Dean, how do you think angry spirits are born? You can't let go and you can't move on and you're about to become one. The same thing you hunt." Now that strikes a chord!
Back to the boiler room. Yellow Eyes (yeah, I can't call him Azazel until season four) isn't sure what John is up to. How does he know this isn't a trick? The common answer is usually "you don't" but John says it's no trick. Right, he's so believable. John Winchester is the biggest lying liar who lies there ever was! The deal is John gives him the colt and the bullet, Yellow Eyes brings Dean back. Way to go John, give Yellow Eyes something legit to taunt you about. "Why John, you're a sentimentalist. If only your boys knew how much their daddy loved them." You know John HE'S FREAKING RIGHT!
John calls it a good trade. Yellow Eyes pulls the "He killed some people very special to me" line, but then can't hold onto that for long. No, Dean is no threat. This is why demons and angels keep losing to these guys. They grossly underestimate. Must be an arrogant pride thing. Yellow eyes wants to taunt more and brings up Sam, which judging by the look on John's face proves to be a sore subject. "You know the truth, right?" Asks Yellow Eyes. "About Sammy and the other children?" John gives him the steely glare. "Yeah, I've known for a while." You bastard! Tell your children! Tell me! Oh right, we figure it out 21 episodes later. Yellow Eyes rubs it in that Sam doesn't and accuses John of playing dumb.
John decides to angrily go back to the point at hand. Dean. Can he bring Dean back, yes or no? No, but he knows someone who can. Who is that? Interesting. I'm assuming it's the Crossroads Demon. John figures its a deal. Before he gives him the gun, he wants to make sure Dean's okay. Smart move, but what's to stop him from killing Dean and John after he gets the gun? Never mind, for Yellow Eyes isn't happy. He's looking for John to sweeten the pot. Hmm, what could that be? Right, like we don't know by now and are hanging on the edges of our seat. This is where recaps in hindsight suck.
This is really interesting. Sam and Dean are slowly coming to accept Dean's fate. Dean is just about ready to give into Tessa the Reaper and Sam is clinging onto one last ounce of hope, but knows he can't do anything more. John is the one who decides to take drastic measures. I guess that makes sense considering the life he led after Mary was killed. This is the king of someone who couldn't let go. Why didn't the reapers give John the "big lesson" on messing with the natural order? Oh, because he's in fairy dust land.
Tessa and Dean are sitting down side by side and the look on Dean's face says it all. She's getting through. Dean wants to know where he's going. "Sorry, I can't give away the big punchline." We already know from one of his other deaths (yeah, I still can't get over that) Heaven is the destination. Time for fireworks! Dean still looks very scared though. Slow deaths really do suck. Luckily most of his have been very quick. She tells him it's the moment of truth, no changing his mind later. Dean is about to say yes, thus preserving the natural order and preventing the horrific tragedies that are about to follow him and Sam for the next five years, but something ruins that. The lights start flickering.
Dean wonders why she's doing that, but Tessa is just as shocked as he is. Thick black smoke pours from the vent and Tessa starts screaming at it. "You can't do this, get away!" The black smoke, being demonic and all, doesn't listen and pushes itself into her mouth. Suddenly, her eyes are yellow! "Today's your lucky day kid." She smacks Dean on the forehead. Suddenly coma Dean is wide awake and gasping, thus freaking the living hell out of Sam. Luckily it is Sam, for he's always the loudest in calling for help. Man can that guy yell. Dean lives!