Point of No Return
Why?: This was the very special 100th episode, a feat that was astounding at the time because "Supernatural" spent years on the bubble and cancellation block. Jeremy Carver, one of the strongest writers on the team, was given to task to write something memorable (none of us knew at the time it would be Carver's last script until his season 8 return as showrunner). He did, and I still well up in tears of sorrow and joy every time I watch this one.
Considering Dean had ditched Sam and Castiel in the episode prior to say yes to Michael, this was a script where ALL the cast members were given a chance to shine. This is where "Supernatural" has historically been its strongest, when everyone is together working as a team. Re-watching this episode reinforces for me they should have never, ever, ever, never, ever, ever, ever, never, ever killed off Bobby Singer (still bitter!). As much as I'm enjoying season 8, the episodes aren't the same without him. His speech to Dean, with the hard edged "I promised you!" puts in perspective how far Dean had fallen.
Dean and Sam's drama in this episode was more heart crushing to me than any other. Dean had given up and run off, and was stunned that Sam tracked him down. When Sam surprised him at the motel, he was crushed and hurt, and their reunion was unbelievably tear-jerking and painful. Dean wasn't backing down, as Sam figured, so he brought help in the form of a trenchcoated angel.
The tension was further complicated by Castiel, who was not passively crushed like Sam. He was damned plain vocal about his anger. And snarky too. Hee, a snarky angel, go figure! Dean's influence had clearly rubbed off on him. I really loved it, though, when Castiel became uncorked after Dean escaped and beat the living heck out of Dean after finding him. For one, it proved it he was a really badass angel. Two, this was the one time Dean needed some sense literally beat into him, and I'm glad it came from Castiel and not Sam. Yeah, it added to that whole Destiel mythos, but I loved it!
The scene that make me bust out crying every time though is when Sam visits Dean in the panic room. Dean delivers a crushing blow to his baby brother with brutal honesty as to why he's chosen to say yes to Michael
Dean: I don't want to. But it's the truth. And when Satan takes you over, there's got to be somebody there to fight him, and it ain't gonna be that kid. So, it's got to be me.
That brought Sam to tears. And me too. Buckets.
Favorite Quote: I bring this one up a lot. As much as I loved the lines during the "lover's quarrel" between Dean and Castiel, my fav is when Adam asks Sam and Dean how they plan on stopping the Devil. Considering Dean wasn't on board with that plan, a smart answer was the only recourse.
Dean: We're working on "the power of love."
Funny how the power of love is exactly what did save them, huh? I love irony.
Favorite Scene: Who wouldn't pick that scene in the Jupiter room, Dean all ready to say yes, all while an injured Sam stares at him with utter devastation on the floor? It's legendary! Dean suddenly figures his way out, saying yes only if Michael ices Zachariah. He winks at Sam, then ganks a fuming Zachariah in classic, badass, Dean Winchester form. I jumped up screaming in triumph! Dean is back! Dean and Sam were back together on the same page, ready to take on the apocalypse their way.
Coming up next, we work our way up to the top ten!