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This is an incredible, emotional, epic episode, and there's plenty to cover. That's because it's a Sera Gamble script, with help this time from Nancy Weiner. Let's get started! 

You know what shocks me about this opening? That it took five freaking seasons for them to work in Warrant's "Cherry Pie." That type of raunchy mindless rock has been Dean's thing since the pilot. Given that's the Gold standard of really bad hair band music, I'm just surprised this was the first occasion. Oh, but it's a good one. Major kudos to director Steve Boyum for the close up of Dean that gives us the full effect of his sheer delight but at the same time gives us hints that this likely isn't real.  I think the choice of lens has something to do with that, but I'm not camera operator either. 

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So, Dean has that shit eating grin on his face, with the chorus of said rauchfest blaring and he makes it clear. "I take it all back, I love the devil." So there's a hot brunette dressed in skimpy red outfit with horns and red boots moving to the beat giving him a lap dance. I know that Halloween costume. It's called "Lucy-fer." She gets all in his face, he closes his eyes in total hotness and bam, there's an angel there now. A hot blond all dressed in white with wings and a halo. Dean can't believe his luck. "That's what I call peace on earth." The two girls get real close and start to bump and grind and Dean! You should be ashamed of yourself. Nah, considering you're holed up in motel rooms 24/7 with your brother who only lets loose once in a while with demons, I forgive you.

The music comes to the abrupt "Swing it!" ending, the girls part and Anna is there. Oh, talk about sweet dreams coming crashing down. We get a full view of this elaborately decorated whore house, and couple that with this week's motel room and the set designers were obviously given full latitude this ep. It's so well done! It also must be a dream because it looks so nice. I'm sure the real whore houses Dean goes too are seedier. Dean tries the "working on a case" cover but Anna smiles, knowing better. "This is what you dream about." Dean lowers his head and lets out an "awkward." I guess considering he had sex with her, it probably is. 

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Dean asks why she's gate crashing his head. Why doesn't she swing by the motel? Uh Dean, she can't find you, remember? Dean tries to explain Cas did this thing, but Anna isn't too happy to hear about Cas. If there is one tragedy in this episode, it's that my dreams of a hot steamy Anna/Cas sex romp were ruined. Ah well, there's always fanfic. Anna tells Dean she's been in prison upstairs (all the torture twice the self righteousness) and Castiel is the one that turned her in. Dean tells her he didn't know and asks if she's okay. Nope. Pretty much scared for life. Thanks for asking. She busted out and doesn't have much time. She gives him an address to meet her and hurry. Dean then wakes up in the motel room, another pleasant dream crashed by an angel. I hate it when they do that to me. 

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Anna is at a creepy warehouse and no one is there. As she walks in the wind blows, then lights start bursting. Why didn't they burst when she walked in? Oh yeah, because Castiel loves to make a grand entrance. Castiel appears behind her and no, she's not happy to see him. "Well, if I didn't know any better, I'd say the Winchesters don't trust me." Castiel admits they do, but he doesn't. He wouldn't let them come. And they listened? Shocker! That's trust right there. Castiel has good reason. If she's out of prison, that's because they let her out. She's there to do their dirty work. He knows because he's been there done that. Anna bitterly points out that he gave her to them. He admits that was a mistake. Aww, look at our Cas growing up.

She insists she escaped but Castiel doesn't buy it. No one escapes. Anna can't believe that after all these centuries he's underestimating her now. No, I think he's exactly estimating things here. He's so smart! He cuts to the chase. What does she want? She wants to help. He can't see why considering she's concealing a knife. She pulls it out (along with the swish sound effect) and asks why she can't defend herself. With a little knife? That can't kill an angel. Not like the one Castiel is holding. You know, the big pointy thing that Anna offed Uriel with. That's a handy weapon for Cas to have. I wonder where he got it? The angel weapons store on Euclid and 5th? Castiel knows she's not telling him something. Fine. Sam Winchester has to die. Who is she? Gordon Walker reincarnated?

Time for the explosive title sequence. If there was ever an episode that tested "blood is thicker than water" it's this one.
Before I continue, screencaps for this episode are from none other than Amazon Video on Demand HD. That's because my local affiliate aired the entire episode with "Winter Storm Warning" in the upper left hand corner. You know who spends a lot of time in shots in the upper left hand corner? None other than Sasquatch himself, Sam Winchester. I had no idea until this episode. Also, the title on both Amazon and iTunes is "Back To The Future Part II." Didn't they get the memo that the title changed? 

Okay, back to Cas and Anna. Anna points out they have no choice. He's Lucifer's vessel. Castiel says he's not the only one. Anna happens to rub it in that Nick is imploding and Sam is the only vessel that matters. No Sam, no dastardly plan from Lucifer. You know, I'm thinking Lucifer will find another way. He's a very smart evil genius. "No fight with Michael, no Croatoan virus, the horsemen go back to their day jobs." Exactly what is that? Can you imagine War being your local insurance agent? Death is the cashier at the car wash? It's eerie to think what evil lurks behind those normal people. 

Castiel says what we're all shouting at the TV, Satan will just bring Sam back to life. Anna has thought of that and will scatter his cells across the universe. Hello bitch, you want to do that to our Sammy? Oh, that's it, you're toast. Castiel considers for a second for what she's saying, and judging by his lost expression, he sees validity in her plan. Then that sense of loyalty kicks in. "We'll find another way." Wow, the Winchesters aren't just rubbing off anymore. They're practically brainwashing him. I love it. 

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Anna gets mean because she's a bitch. "How's that going? How's the Colt working out? Or the search for God? Is anything working?" This is the only option. Cas sticks with his no answer, because Sam is his friend. Oh man! Now I'm getting weepy. He fell for Dean and that got me misty, but now he's going to great lengths for Sam too? What a pal. She notices he's changed. Castiel, in a sweet voice of regret, says maybe it's too late, but he has. Don't worry Cas, you have millions of fangirls in your corner at least. "Anna, we've been through much together, but if you come near Sam Winchester I'll kill you." She flies away in a flash and now we can kick start plan B. 

I love this visual, and you know someone's been dying to do it for a while. A young couple with strangely long hair, thus making me think at first it was two girls, are kissing in an awesome late 70's retro Firebird. How do I know it's a Firebird? Why the logo on wings on the hood of course.   Those were very popular cars in Detroit at the time. Anna flashes in and falls in the center of the hood, the wings on each side of her. How clever! Her nose is bleeding and there's a giant poster of Grease on the wall, signifying that she's done some sort of time travel. What's super sad is I remember 1978, including seeing Grease a few times in the theater. Heck, I even bought the album. I'm getting the willies. They didn't go as far to show Andy Gibb's mug though, so I'll get through this okay. They assist Anna and it's clear she's not okay. 

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Back to the motel room and I'll comment here how delightfully tacky this one is this week. We haven't seen anything this flamboyant all season. It's so good to see some over the top design back. The walls are either solid peach or with multi-colored wallpaper with large dots in colors of green, brown, peach, and all that. The bedspreads are peach. So awesome to see Winchesters in the middle of that. Castiel is drawing some symbols on the table and he has the urn, the voodoo supplies and the whole nine yards. 

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Dean is shocked over Anna's plan to kill Sam. "So she's gone all Glenn Close? That's awesome." Castiel naturally doesn't get the reference. Dean mentions something about her being a psycho that boils rabbits. That's a Fatal Attraction reference is case no one knows what he's talking about. I know that movie ruined rabbits for me. Sam, sitting on the bed in the background and looking mighty somber, is analyzing the validity of the plan. "If Anna kills me will it stop Satan?" Dean objects, but Sam wants Castiel's opinion.  Castiel SO lies. "No. She's Glenn Close." 

Dean wonders why they're looking for the chick that wants to "gank" Sam. "Why poke the bear?" Castiel says in a diplomatic way basically the bitch won't stop trying. They have to kill her first. Castiel does his chant and the igniting crap in an urn thing. The flame goes poof and Cas stumbles backward. Sam and Dean just watch, not at all concerned that Cas is about to do a face plant. Cas recovers though and says that he found her. "Where?" Dean asks. Not where, but when. 1978. Sam now gets up and decides to join the crowd. "I wasn't even born then." We know Sam. Dean wasn't either. Castiel says he won't be, for she's there for kill his parents. 

Now Dean takes HUGE interest, saying that Cas has to take them there. Cas doesn't like the idea, for he's delivering them to Anna. Dean doesn't care. "They're our parents Cas, we're going." Cas explains the other wrinkle in the plan. Time travel was difficult enough when he had the powers of Heaven behind him. Sam mentions he's cut off, just in case we didn't know he fell in last season's finale. Dean jokes that he needs to get more plutonium for the DeLorean and Cas is again irritated with a reference he doesn't understand. Cas really needs to sit back and watch a lot of movies. Or read some pop culture reference books. He's an angel, he should just be able to touch the book and learn through osmosis. 

Anyway, now that Cas is removed from Heaven and has to take two passengers, it'll weaken him. I think Cas is sugar coating it here. It will not only weaken him, but could likely dump Sam and Dean forever in 1978. That risk could have been mentioned. Wouldn't that be funny if they were stranded in 1978 permanently and had to get a house together? It's the odd, odd, couple plus one. Can you see them going to Sears and picking out curtains?   Okay, I'll stop now.   Dean doesn't seem to care for it's their chance to not only save them from Anna but to set things right.  I'm thinking "In The Beginning" is still stinging a bit much.  Next thing Cas is packing supplies, you know, the standard fighting and trapping angels fare. Considering Sam is the giant, he gets to carry the loaded bag. Cas asks if they're ready. Sam's answer is accurate, not really. However, the answer isn't relevant. Cas goes to do the magic touch. "Bend your knees," Dean instructs Sam. Oh boy, Sammy finally gets to time travel! He's grown up now.  

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Sam and Dean flash into the middle of the street, almost being taken out by one of those boxy sedan tanks that were popular at the time. Looks like a Chevy to me. Then it's a wood grain Pinto wagon. Where'd they find that? Someone must have remembered my time warped Pinto rant from "In The Beginning" for they got the cars right this time. Sam asks if they made it. Dean surmises they did since Pintos are no longer in production. I suppose Sam wouldn't know what a Pinto was. They find Castiel slumping against a wood grain Country Squire and someone from a classic Ford club was obviously providing cars for this scene. They grab onto him and Sam asks if he's okay. It's so interesting that Sam is being the overprotective one in this scene. Those two really have bonded, haven't they? Cas says that it went better than he thought and he faints, blood dripping from his mouth. Yeah, I'm not sure I could have handled worst case scenario either. 

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Sam is tearing a page out of the phone book (I hated it when bastards did that!) and Dean comes out of the motel they conveniently happened to land in front of. Sam is still marveling over this time in history in which he was obviously never alive, looking at the freaks walk by. "I mean the mustaches alone!" For me Sam, it's the plaid jackets, large loud ties and crappy haircuts. And the mustaches. Dean says he booked Cas in the honeymoon suite for a week and told the manager do not disturb no matter what. He jokes how the manager asked him if he wanted to buy some dope. "Dope. We ought to stick around here, buy some stock in Microsoft." Sam points out they might have to if Cas doesn't wake up. I'm still picturing the three of them in that house. Sam asks if he's alright. "What do I look like, Dr. Angel Medicine Woman? He'll wake up. He's tough for a little nerdy dude with wings."

Sam correctly figures out that if Cas didn't land well, Anna didn't either. That buys them some time. Considering the head start she got Sam, probably not. With the John and Mary Winchester address in their hands they go to the house and it's completely dark. They arrived in daylight, right? I know Lawrence, Kansas isn't a one horse town, but it's hardly Chicago, right? It takes less than a couple of hours to get from one end of town to the other, right? Of course they pull up in a sweet looking blue Chevelle. At least Sam gets to time travel in style! I think one of those wood grain station wagons would have been way funnier. 

Sam is anxious to get in there, but Dean takes the wind out of Sam's sail, pointing out that they don't know what to say to Mary. Sam says the truth. Dean cleverly brings up the absurdity of the truth with both Back To The Future and Terminator references in the same sentence and that those movies haven't even come out yet. Sometimes Dean, clever references aren't needed. Mary's a hunter, she might believe it. References are for dorks like us that like quoting them while bored at work and not in a situation when a rogue angel is trying to kill us. Dean also remembers that the last time Mary saw him her father was killed by a demon so she won't be thrilled to see him. Now that's a good point. So Sam has to let Dean do all the talking.

John and Mary and are in the kitchen, getting ready for dinner and acting all cutesy. Yeah, wait until Dean and Sam come along! Cutesy changes to exhaustively plonking down food on the table with a scowl and an "I had a rough day with these brats" swagger. Mary answers the door and yeah, she's so not happy to see Dean. While Dean mentions that their visit is important and Mary tells him she doesn't do that anymore, Sam is standing in the background totally flabbergasted. I don't even remember Dean and Mary talking, for Sam's reaction is just too adorable. 

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Mary stares at Sam uncomfortably and goes back to being bitchy at Dean. Then John arrives and Sam goes from stunned to speechless and teary. Dean announces they're Mary's cousins and introduces himself to John. John thinks he looks familiar and Dean says the same. It must the after effects of that memory wipe John obviously got from being dead in "In The Beginning." Sam then shakes John's hand and can't utter a single syllable. So Dean says he's Sam. John loves the coincidence since Sam was Mary's father's name. Yeah, we already figured out that irony in ITB. Sam won't let go of John's hand. "You okay pal, you look a little spooked." Oh yeah, another understatement.   Sam gets his wits about him and lets John's hand go. There's definitely upset in his voice when he gives the "long trip" excuse. Oh Sammy, how adorkable.

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They're invited in by John for a beer much to Mary's chagrin. After all, John doesn't know many of Mary's family. Oh, that's because they're all dead. Next they're in the living room and Sam can't stop staring. So much so it's creeping Mary out. John asks if anything is wrong and Sam is being amazingly expressive here. Given the shock of seeing his mother outside of being a ghost, I forgive it. I actually love it. He tells her she's so beautiful. Dean tries to cover Sam's strange behavior, pointing out he meant that in a "non weird, wholesome family kind of way." Sam snaps out of it and agrees, and they cover by saying they haven't seen her in a while and she's a dead ringer for their mother. How are they related? Distant cousins.  Mary's father though was like a grandfather to them. I always love the "tell the truth because no one will believe it" bit.

John frowns, calling Samuel's death by heart attack tragic. Oh yeah, his memory was totally wiped. John wants to know why they're in town. Business. So what business? They both give different answers. I know Sam says scrap metal, which is funny considering Eric Kripke's dad does that. Dean, I can't make it out. Mary tries again to send Sam and Dean on their way but John wants them to stay. He wants to get to know more about Mary's family. Be careful what you wish for John! Then he gets the phone. 

John is on the phone and it sounds like it's his boss, but considering he's dead on the floor I'd say not. No, it's Anna in voice disguise. Those crafty angels. She is threatening to fire him and he begs for his job, so she tells him to be at the garage in ten minutes. Back to Sam, Dean and Mary. Mary is ordering them to leave. Last time she saw Dean a demon killed her parents. She doesn't care what he wants. So Sam, playing the trustworthy person card blurts out she and John are in danger. Dean says something's coming for her and she asks if it's a demon. Dean tries to lie, but Sam is way more truthful. It's an angel. She's floored, because they aren't real. Yeah, let Dean tell you how he found out the hard way. 

Dean points out that angels are way more powerful and bigger dicks. Was that a popular term at that point in the 70's? I know it came from Richard Nixon but ah well, I'm not in the mood to look it up. They want to take her somewhere safe right now, but Mary is worried about what to tell John. That's when Dean realizes that John isn't on the phone anymore. They go in the other room and there's a note from John on the wall. Back in 15. Yeah, I bet not. 

John arrives at the garage and what do you know, his boss is dead on the floor. His eyes are burned out. Yikes, that's a crappy way to go. Then Anna appears and tosses him into shelves full of auto supplies. You bitch! What did he ever do to you? John scampers off and everything gets pretty woozy for Anna, which allows John to whack her pretty good with a tire iron. Awesome! There's that fighting John we know and love. Of course Anna is up in a flash and she tosses him over a car this time. It's a 1970 Impala! Yeah, in 1969 they ruined the look. Dean comes in from behind with that cool looking spiky knife that Cas gave them. After exchanging an awkward greeting, Anna stops him and tosses him through the wall. He lands outside and is out. 

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Mary picks up the knife next and goes all bad ass! She fights, swipes, swings and actually nicks Anna. You go girl! Then Anna does the angel disappearing act. Bitch. That's not fighting fair. Mary looks all around in ready fighting position but Anna sneaks up from behind, tossing her through the windshield of a nearby car.   I can't make out the car too good, but it looks like a garden variety Ford LTD from the times. Hard to say though since all we see is Mary climbing over the top of it. Mary grabs a crowbar and "thwack!", it goes right through Anna. Of course she bleeds out a little bit, pulls it out, and brags how it's not easy that easy kill an angel. 

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"No, but you can distract them." It's Sam! His hand is all bloody and he's standing in front of a fresh angel banishing sigil on the wall. Awesome!  Sam finally gets to do this.  He smacks it with his hand, and Anna disappears in white light. What's REALLY cool is the awesome classic 1970 mustang that her view is no longer blocking. Ford waited until 1974 to ruin their Mustangs. Of course even though he was hiding behind the Impala, John saw the whole thing. He looks at Mary and all of a sudden, she's not such a sweetheart anymore. Mary is mortified.

I think this is one of my favorite scenes in the entire series. I like these little, quirky, precious gem moments that add nothing to the plot but exist just to make us smile. The Impala thunders down the road. John is driving, Mary is in the front seat, and Sam and Dean are in the back. Awesome! It's a Winchester Family road trip! John is NOT happy. He's harping on the fact that monsters are real. Mary keeps telling him yes. I know, it takes a while for things to sink in with men sometimes. "And you fight them?" John asks Mary. "All of you?" He looks to the back seat. Sam says yeah. So naturally, he wants to know how long. "My entire life?" Mary sheepishly says. Mary tries to get him to understand and Sam and Dean join in, so John pulls Dad rank. "Shut up all of you! Not another word or so help me I'll turn this car around!" How many takes did this take? I'm sure they were all busting laughing over this. They all shut up, afraid to piss off Dad. Dean looks at Sam bothered. "Wow, awkward family road trip." Sam scoffs. "No kidding." 

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They pull up to a house out in the country. It's been in Mary's family for years. Devil's trap under the rug, pure iron fixtures, salt and holy water in the pantry. Well that's all good, but Sam points out that will only piss an Angel off. None of that works. Dean opens up their bag of goodies. He shares the angel banishing sigil drawing, claiming it will allow them to "beam her off the starship." Now there's a reference she should understand.   Sam picks up a jar of holy oil and volunteers to show Mary what to do with it, leaving John and Dean alone. John is still upset. He asks about the sigil. Dean tries to explain what it does but John doesn't care. He wants to know where it goes. Dean tries to object, but John goes off. "You all might have treated me like a fool, but I am not useless. I can draw a whatever it is, a sigil." Dean tells him to help Sam since it has to be drawn in human blood. John picks up a knife and slices a nice open wound on the palm of his hand. Ouch, wouldn't using a forearm be better? You use your hand for things, like being a mechanic, right? Dean's impressed, enjoying that fighting spirit. "All of a sudden you really remind me of my Dad." That's for sure! I really like John in this one. He was such a wuss in ITB. 

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Okay, get out the Kleenexes! Time for the Sera Gamble induced tear jerking scene of the week! It involves Sam so you know she'll make it extra good. John is drawing the sigil in his blood on the wall and Sam walks in. He lets John know he's doing a great job. John is still in a snippy mood, wondering if Sam is checking up on him. Sam pulls out the puppy dog eyes and tells him he's sorry about all this. John wants to know how long he's known about this "hunting stuff." Sam smiles, for he probably sees the irony of the fact that the man who taught him how to hunt is right in front of him. "Pretty much forever." Or as we know from canon, since he was eight. 

He lets John know his dad raised him in this. John is shocked. "Who the hell does that to a kid?" Sam points out Mary's parents did but John doesn't care. "What sort of an irresponsible bastard lets a child anywhere near - you know, you could have been killed." Let's see John, Sam has been killed around three times now and somehow he's still breathing. Sam of course says he came kind of close. Way to sugarcoat it there Sam! "The number it must have done on your head." Now that's dead on accurate! It's so interesting since John goes onto to do exactly what he finds so appalling. Kind of makes you see the parallel that under the right circumstances Sam and Dean will end up saying yes even though it's a crazy idea now.   

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"You father was supposed to protect you." This is where Sam gets a little offended. "He was trying. He died trying." This opens the door for the big Sam speech.  "I used to be mad at him, I mean, I used to hate the guy but now, I get it. He was just doing the best he could. And he was trying to keep it together in this impossible situation.   See, my mom, she was amazing, beautiful and she was the love of his life. And she got killed, and I think he would have gone crazy if he didn't do something. Truth is, my dad died before I got to tell him that - I understand. Why he did what he did, and I forgive him, for what it did to us I do. And I just - I love him." 

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What a gorgeous scene! The entire time Sam speaks John listens empathically, just crushed but at the same time completely understanding the story. There's this strange feeling we get that he intuitively appreciates Sam's words, as if it was the future John listening. It's emotionally powerful and I think Sam really comes away from this dumping some of that huge regret when it comes to his Dad. Sure, maybe it's also him coming to terms with some of that inner anger, but for him get that opportunity to tell his Dad these words, how can we not cry? The score, Jared and Matthew Cohen's amazing acting, and those glassy puppy dog eyes help too.

Red headed bitch is in a field, and down comes Uriel in a much younger meatsuit. Hotter too. He knows it's Anna of the future, but she claims she's still his superior in the future. Liar! She wants to give Uriel the opportunity to kill the people that kill him in the future. You're looking at her Uriel! Don't listen to her! No, he likes smiting and goes along with the order. Silly angels following orders.

Okay, Kleenex alert number two! Mary is putting down the holy oil and Dean comes in. She calls out Dean on his promise to explain things when they have a minute. They have a minute. The question, "Why does an angel want me dead?" Dean won't give a straight answer, instead saying "because they're dicks." Mary is not impressed, noting that she didn't even know they existed and now one wants her dead. Yeah, life works like that. Dean again tries to brush off, claiming it's complicated. Mary is all ears anyway. Dean just wants her to trust him even though she's given him no reason to do so and she threatens to leave. "I'm you son," he blurts out. Yeah, she's not leaving now. 

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Dean repeats what he said, apologizing for not having any other way to say it. He's from 2010, sent there by a much friendlier angel. Yeah, the dude that's still back at the motel in a coma! Mary won't believe that story either, so Dean goes for the emotional jugular. "Our names are Dean and Sam Winchester. We're named after your parents. When I would get sick, you would make me tomato rice soup, because that's what your mom made you. And instead of a lullaby, you would sing 'Hey Jude.' That's your favorite Beatles song." Mine is "The Long and Winding Road" and that's what I used to sing my kids. They don't remember though, so kudos to Dean for clinging onto that memory. 

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Mary totally melts, for she realizes that's exactly what she pictured herself doing with her kids. She knows Dean is on the level, and this REALLY upsets her. "I raised my kids to be hunters." Oh no, the one thing she didn't want. Dean insists she didn't, but that's because she's dead. Oh man, that's even worse! She wants to know how. The yellow-eyed demon killed her and John became a hunter for revenge. He raised them in that life. Now Dean is going to try to set things right. "Listen to me. A demon comes into Sam's nursery exact six months after he's born on November 2nd, 1983. Remember that date. Whatever you do, do not go in there.  You wake up that morning you take Sam and you run."

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"It's not good enough Dean." Sam enters the conversation, seeing what Dean's trying to do. "Wherever she goes the demon's going to find her, find me." Dean asks for a better suggestion. Sam sadly has one, she can leave Dad. Sam instructs her when this is all over to leave John, walk away and never look back. "So we're never born," Dean says. He actually agrees with the idea. Mary says she can't. Dean doesn't like the idea of her dying and they're okay with never being born. "Well I'm not," Mary says. Sam decides to really be a downer, because he's great at that. "You think you can have that normal life that you want so bad, but you can't, I'm sorry." Hmm, projecting a bit much Sam? Is it really better to live a long life sad and alone or a shorter one living the life you dreamed of? I'll ponder that later. "It's all going to go rotten. You are going to die. And your children will be cursed." Ah, there's Sammy and his ray of sunshine. 

"There has to be a way," Mary says. So that's where Dean gets it from! Dean says there isn't and tells her to leave John. She can't. Dean tries the there are so many more lives at stake here, like probably a few billion, but Mary again says she can't. "It's too late. I'm pregnant," she said.   So, considering we know that Dean was born January 24, 1979, how many of us did the math early on? Especially when Grease came out in June of 1978. You would have thunk that Dean and Sam would have done that math. 

Okay, sharing time over. John enters and he's freaked. The sigils are gone. He drew one on the back of the door, turned around and it was a smudge. Dean looks, it is. Mary notices the holy oil is dried up too. Uh, oh. The angels have figured out their tricks. The lights flicker, the screeching noise happens, the windows shatter, which we know to be a clear cut angel arrival signs. The door busts open and the handsome looking Uriel walks in. Dean asks who he is and he tells him. "Oh come on," Dean says, thinking he was done with this dick. Sam tried to get Mary and John out the other way but oops, Anna is there. Bitch. They see angels on both sides of them and Dean says "well here goes nothing." Sam shrugs in agreement and they attack.

Dean tries to punch Uriel and Sam tries to stab him, but Anna stops Sam. Uriel flings Dean, Anna flings Sam. Uriel goes over to Dean to start kicking the living crap out of him while Anna gets John and Mary. John goes for the knife but Anna is faster, lifting him up by the chin slowly before knocking him clear outside of the house with a palm hand strike. He lands outside and is unconscious. She goes for Mary next but Sam gets up, throwing himself in front of her. He sees the knife on the floor and as he goes for it Anna pulls a lead pipe out of the wall. She's faster and with a resounding squish impales Sam with the pipe right in his gut. Oh my God! You killed Sammy! You bitch! 

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Sam has to die in dramatic fashion first, for this is a Sera Gamble script. He falls back against the wall, reeling in agony and Dean watches from afar while Uriel is choking him. Blooding is gushing from Sam's mouth and he can't even get out his brother's full name. Back to John outside and a golden light appears. Hmm, I smell angel. Back to Sam who slips away, slides down the wall and drops to the floor in total drama. Dean cries out for Sam right when the camera focuses on blood dripping onto the floor from Sam's mouth. Yep, dead. No doubt this time. Even the color is gone from his face. 

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Now that the psycho bitch angel has succeeded in her goal to kill Sam Winchester, she's going for Mary next. Just because she wants to kill Sam twice. She says she's really sorry and then her name is called. By John? No, the look is different, more menacing. This is someone powerful wearing a John suit. Anna turns white. "Michael." It's Michael? Holy crap! The Michael? He finally found a way to come to earth. He steps forward, puts his hand on Anna and burns her like toast. Serves you right bitch for killing Sammy! She flakes away after a fiery, brutal death.

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Uriel lets go of Dean, realizing he's in deep shit now. He tells Michael he didn't know, which is actually truthful. He needs to die later. So Michael zaps him away with a snap of his finger. The same snap that Gabriel uses. Must be an archangel thing. Then he turns to Mary. She's very upset, wondering what he did with John. Michael assures her John is fine. That's not good enough for her so he casually shushes her before doing that touchy thing that sends people into an angel induced sleep. Dean comes out of the kitchen in some obvious pain, but he's definitely doing better than Sam right now. The camera also constantly reminds of this by showing shots of Sam on the floor lying in growing pools of his blood. 

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Michael smiles, pleased that he has Dean all to himself. "Well, I say this conversation is long overdue." "Fix him," Dean says, pointing to his brother's corpse. Aww, how sweet. He's finally in the presence of the archangel that's been dogging him for months and Sam is his only concern. Michael says they talk first and then he fixes his "darling little Sammy." Hee, Sera Gamble reads the boards. We get shot #1 of Sam dead on the floor. Considering Michael is holding all the power, they do it his way. Dean wants to know what Michael did to his Dad. Easy, Michael told him he could save his wife, so he said yes. Dean throws it in his face that he must not be Michael's one and only vessel. Only, no, but he is the true vessel. It's a bloodline, stretching back to Cain and Abel. It's in his blood, his father's blood, his family's blood. So it's in Sam's blood too! That sucks. 

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"Awesome. Six degrees of Heaven Bacon." Ha! I like that. Dean, who obviously isn't thinking clearly, wonders what Michael wants with him. Uh duh, vessel, apocalypse, remember? Michaels points out the answer is obvious and Dean still claims he won't say yes. Michael isn't phased. "I just want you to understand what you and I have to do." "Oh, I get it," Dean replies. "You've got beef with your brother. Well get some therapy pal, don't take it out on my planet." Yeah Dean, like he's going to listen. Michael says he's wrong, because all these freaking angels seem to say that. Lucifer defied their father and he betrayed him, but he doesn't want this anymore than Dean would want to kill Sam. 

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Michael goes over to Sam's body, talking about how he practically raised him. Shot #2 of dead Sam, this time a full body shot and a much bigger pool of blood. "I took care of him in a way most people couldn't understand and I still love him, but I'm going to kill him because it is right. And I have to." Dean asks if that's because God said so. Yep. "From the beginning he knew this was how it was going to end." Dean isn't sold, asking if he's just going to do what God says. Yep, he's a good son. "Trust me pal, takes it from someone who knows, that is a dead end street." Psst, Dean, don't piss off the archangel. "And you think you know better than my Father? One unimportant little man? What makes you think you get to choose?" Wow, Michael doesn't like humans either. Castiel is kind of the black sheep of the family, isn't he? "Because I gotta believe that I can choose what I can do with my unimportant little life." You're treading water here Dean. 

Michael has a more convincing answer. "You're wrong. You know how I know? Think of a million random acts of chance that let John and Mary be born, to meet, to fall in love, to have the two of you. Think of the million random choices you make yet how each and every one of them brings you closer to your destiny. Do you know why that is? Because it's not random. It's not chance. It's a plan that is playing itself out perfectly. Free will's an illusion Dean. That's why you're going to say yes." Wow, he's convinced me. I can see why Michael is the top dog. He's basically saying everything other angels have said but he's far more convincing and commanding. This angel has charisma. 

Dean is speechless, having no good argument for this either. I think what's happening here is Dean is finally seeing it from Michael and Heaven's point of view. He's not necessarily convinced, but he sees it. Michael tells him to buck up, it could be worse. "Unlike my brothers, I won't leave you a drooling mess when I'm done wearing you." Dean wants to know about John. Michael promises he'll be fine, and he'll do one better. He's going to scrub John and Mary's minds. They won't remember any of this mess or Dean at all. Cool, the reset button! Where do I get one of those? Mary gets the life she always wanted. "She's going to walk right into that nursery," Dean says all worried. "Obviously," Michael replies. "And you always knew that was going to play out one way or another. You can't fight City Hall," Michael says before crouching down in front of Sam. We get shot #3 and the blood draining out is now massive. He touches Sam and he disappears, the lead pipe falling to the floor. Michael assures Dean that Sam is back home, safe and sound. A defeated and very somber Dean says nothing as Michael promises to see him soon. The fingers come to his forehead and Dean reluctantly accepts. 

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Back at the very flamboyant motel room and Dean is getting whiskey out of a bottle while a now perfectly breathing Sam is unwrapping the glasses. Sam looks in the mirror and suddenly a very woozy Castiel is there. Sam rushes over to help Cas and then Dean gets the other side. Castiel isn't looking too good. Dean comments that he made it. "I did. I'm very surprised." Cas then collapses, so Sam and Dean drag him over to the bed. It's definitely time for that drink now.

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How cool, the brothers are drinking whiskey together! That's awesome after the events of last episode. "This is it," Dean says. "Team freewill. One ex-blood junkie, one dropout with six bucks to his name and Mr. Comatose over there. It's awesome." Sam says that isn't funny. "I'm not laughing," Dean replies. Oh, how I wish he'd answered the other two times Sera Gamble had Sam say that. "It's a little funny." Sam comments that they all think they're going to say yes. Dean says it's getting annoying. Just getting? Sam wonders if they're right, but Dean says they're not. "I mean why would we, either of us? I've been weak before." Dean doesn't want to hear it. Sam mentions that John said yes to Michael. Dean thinks that's different, Anna was about to kill Mom. "And if you could save Mom, what would you say?" Sam's got you there Dean. 

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Final scene is Mary and John a few months into the future, like January 1979. How do I know? Mary looks like she's ready to pop and she and John are standing in a nursery. They're blissfully happy and looking at something. John wants to know where she got it. At a garage sale, for 25 cents. John's glad to hear that. John asks if she doesn't think it's a little cheesy. No, she thinks it's sweet. We then see it, a small figurine of an angel. "I can't even put my finger on why I like it, I just like it." Then John loves it.  He kisses her and leaves. Suddenly Mary feels a huge kick from the baby Dean inside her.  She calls him a troublemaker already. "It's okay baby, it's okay. Angels are watching over you." 

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Man, I'm not supposed to be busting out into tears on the final line! Damn you Sera Gamble! Oh, and thanks for the amazing episode. 


# Randal 2010-02-15 05:55
It's obvious that you didn't spend enough time on this recap. :D

You know, this whole multiple vessel thing explains so much, all the jerks we encounter on a daily basis. Always knew that slow-ass bus driver was Famine.

Being stuck in 1978 wouldn't be THAT bad, getting to see Halloween on its first run, Van Halen opening for a coked-out Black Sabbath. Good times. I can tell Sipe to throw the ball away against the Raiders in 1980!

If the bigger dick thing came from Nixon, wouldn't there be more swearing and a few gaps in the audio? I'm so with you on the Winchester clan in the car. That was a GREAT moment. As for the transformation of John, I liked how he was still so innocent in 4.3 and the second (okay, minute or so) he realized the love of his life was in danger, it's Semper Fi time. (I still don't buy that Cupid fixer-upper crap.)

I think it was at Mo Ryan's column (who I like a lot) and she and her readers seemed to think the Sam/John scene was a melange of pointless and too late and whatnot. Are you kidding? This is the only chance Sam will likely ever have to spill his guts to his dad, the paradox of time's arrow be damned.

See, everyone, Dean still loves his brother. Think demon blood and all that other jazz can break that bond? I've got bridges to sell you.

Re: free will. If true, then Azazel's numbers of psychic children was a smokescreen dictated TO him by Lucifer. Since there are obviously other lines (Cain and Abel have, you know, plenty o' descendants), if Sam and/or Dean croaked in a permanent way, gotta have a Plan B. More cosmic propaganda from Michael. I still don't completely believe them. Still need us to say yes, chump. Even Tammany Hall crumbled - which sounds great until Sam's hypothetical. Of course, I'm looking at it from humanity's, not heaven's, point of view. 8-)

Awesome recap, Alice.
# AndreaW 2010-02-15 07:33
Is it only me or Sera Gamble loves to torture Sammy? So far:

1) She killed him twice, both times in violent fashion and with Dean watching helplessly.

2) She broke his heart (no pun intended) in Heart and Houses of the Holy.

3) She put him through hell (no pun either) with the aftermath of Dean's death in I Know What You Did Last Summer and again with detox in What The Levee Breaks.

4) She got him separated from his beloved Dean in Good God Y'all.

What else can she have in store for the poor boy? I tremble to think about it, but at the same time I sadistically love her scripts. :twisted:
# JulieUK 2010-02-15 08:13
What a wonderful recap Alice you caught every single nuance, and God only knows there were enough to go at.
So many teary moments in this one, even the simple lines hit with such a punch like Cas saying Sam was his friend, who could resist that one, but the Hey Jude reference finished me off.
Then we had this weeks follow up to cope with. Another epic recap in store there, wishing you good luck with that.
Actually Jim Beaver said in a Tweet that the next one, Dead men etc. is the most emotional and saddest thing he has ever filmed in his career, all I can think is heaven help us all, perhaps it`s a good job we have the hiatus now to give us all a chance to recover and prepare. 3 in a row would be just too much.
Once again Alice thanks for the hard work keep up the great job, we need you to get through the next 6 weeks!
# Jasminka 2010-02-15 10:12
Ah, Alice, I felt bad for Dean in that very first scene. How often does he get a wet dream (considering that he doesn’t sleep much) and it gets interrupted by Anna, the new bitch from heaven. She didn’t have to explain much – she stated to be in trouble, and Dean just said ‘okay, what do you need?’, simple, to the point. That’s the Dean we all love – friends needs help and he’ll make sure they get it. He will even walk into a trap.

And yes, from the moment Anna made clear that Sam had to die, we all knew she would not survive this episode (come on, I would have loved to lay on that burn-at-the-inv isible-stake thing after she stabbed Sammy).

This episode had moving scenes in abundance. The heart-to-heart of Sam and John touched me in particular. Finally Sam gets to tell his father (albeit his younger self) that he loves him and forgives him. He has learned the hard way what a man can or needs to be capable of, and he looks at John differently now.
I agree with you that he probably let go of some of that anger targeted at his father by coming to terms with him directly, which is the best way to do it, to my opinion. You have to get anger or guilt to the address that you got it from, I think else there is no peace. I think Sam might have found a bit of that peace here, but – as far as we know our show – it will not last long (in the next episode he will end up in a panic room again).

And then that scene with Mary and Dean, ah, yes, more tissues. I’m thigh deep in Kleenex by now, not as if that was anything new…. He’s breaking the information to he so gently and cautiously, yet directly … yeah ,I’m a weeping mess.
Strangely, I don’t remember by mom singing ever to me, but my dad did. He had this beautiful tenor voice and he would sing folk songs, and the Doors and Mary Poppins, heaven knows where he got that from… I sing ‘Feed The Birds’ to my friends’ kids, only time will tell whether they might remember…. But this was an inspiration. Let’s see what I’m going to sing to my own kids once I have them…

I’m still not sure about that whole vessel thing – you know, if we go back to lore and legend, the big celestial battle took place long before man was even created, who knows when God got the idea of playing around with clay a bit… there were no human vessels then. Why do angels need them now? Have they become fashion victims and don’t want their fluffy black wings bloodstained (hey, on black fabric you hardly see stains)?
And Castiel said there is also another vessel (is he channelling Return of the Jedi here? If we can’t get Luke we will try Leia?). I wonder if that whole vessel theme might only be a MacGuffin to keep us on our toes, and the ultimate truth will be completely different…
The writers have surprised us so often so far, I wouldn’t be wondering if they packed out some more mind whirling solutions.

I have to agree with Randal – Azazel’s assignment was to find Lucifer a child. Was it a specific one? From which blood line?
There surely must be a plan B. Where have the angels been all those time the boys died so far? If John was supposed to break the first seal, does that mean that he was just a replacement for Dean? Is Dean a replacement for John?
I can’t wait to see what will come of this. As much as I would love to see a great Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid showdown, my sentimental heart would prefer saving the brothers more heartbreak, more pain and more bloodshed. They have, indeed, paid enough, don’t you think?

Loved your recap, Alice.
# Narcissus 2010-02-15 10:29
You're so right Andrea. I think Sera must've written the sadists' rulebook or something. That girl knows her torture very well - both the torture of the characters and the torture of the fangirls hahah

Alice, when you mention the three of them stuck in '78 with their own house, Changing Channels popped into mind. The cheesy sitcom bit. With the ridiculously loud and bright room. ROFL. And that last recap is perfect. Those two look so happy I want to cry and barf at the same time :mrgreen:

I know this episode isn't generally meant to be a feel good episode, but despite the weepy and angsty bits (during which I really do feel weepy and angsty), at the end of the day this episode just makes me feel so happy. It's those little gems you mentioned, those brief moments that make you smile, and the abundance of them in this episode overall make me want to squee with joy. I walked away from this ep grinning like an idiot. Even the sad bits made me happy, because they were a positive kind of sad, yanno? Sam forgiving John, or Mike's speech helping Dean see heaven's perspective on the apocalypse. Etc.
# Narcissus 2010-02-15 10:37
Jas..the whole apocalypse deal is about the HUMAN planet (aka Lucifer wants to toast mankind), so the angels need HUMAN vessels in order to play around with us, especially since demons have been possessing humans to do exactly the same. Normal human senses can't perceive angels remember? And back during the initial dust-up, well it was just them wasn't it, on their own need for vessels there. Well this is my take on it, at least.
# Randal 2010-02-15 11:32
Whomever was to break the final seal (killing Lilith) would have to be from the line of Cain and Abel since the plan was for Lucifer to jump in his vessel right there. Thus, Ava, Andy, Anson, Jake, Lily, Scott Carey would ALL have to be part of that bloodline. At least that's my take, and it sort of throws a wrench in the whole "it had to be *you*" gig. Sure, they're arguably the best hunters on the planet, but that means more chances at death. For example, Anson would have made a great vessel for Lucifer. Some rage in that dude.

And what of Seth, the third son of Adam and Eve who was actually the progenitor of the 'sons of Adam' plus Noah had three sons, so there's presumably bloodlines everywhere. (and no mention of the Nephilim? That could've been a cool addition) I think we need a roundtable panel to discuss all the permutations and whether the whole thing is a heaping pile of heavenly bullshit. :D

And I have to agree with Narcissus. Sure, a dour episode in most respects, but there's a BIG undercurrent of love from mom and pop to the kids to Cas. Good stuff.
# Jasminka 2010-02-15 12:10
Randal, I'm definitely waiting for the Nephilim to come out of the box! Make a supernatural show and not touch on that? Perhaps the writers will surprise us... yet again
8-) JAs
# elle 2010-02-15 15:14
Maybe the other kids were a way to force Dean and Sam into their roles? If YED hadn't poisoned the other kids, if he hadn't trapped them on that ranch together, Jake would never have killed Sam and Dean wouldn't have traded his soul and thus ended up in Hell. Someone was needed to get the colt and open the gate of Hell to let Ruby out so she could manipulate Sam all the way to releasing the devil. We're led to believe that John was the one who was supposed to break in Hell and climb off the rack, but maybe they always knew it wouldn't happen that way? So, while YED perhaps wasn't in on all the finite details of what he was doing when he snuck into those nurseries, that sneaky puppetmaster Lucifer likely had it all mapped out from the get go. That's the only way I can reconcile those plot glitches in my mind, but it's pure conjecture.

Great recap, Alice! I just loved this episode.
# Bevie 2010-02-15 16:05
Loved your recap Alice, and loved this episode!

The Winchester family in the car was priceless! Who knew we would ever see that. Thanks Sera.

Sam and his dad was heart wrenching as was Dean and his mom. How could a fan of the show not appreciate those wonderful scenes? I'm looking at you, Mo. I don't give a rat's ass if it didn't advance the apocalypse, those scenes are something that just filled some empty spaces inside of me. Loved them!

And bless Cas for being a friend now to Sam and sticking up for the boys in the face of heavenly wrath.

Your scenario of the boys and Cas setting up housekeeping in the suburbs in '78 was hilarious.Someb ody should write a fanfic about
that. :lol:

Not buying the destiny drivel coming from angels and demons alike. Hoping the unimportant little humans and a nerdy angel can defeat the both of them in the end. What could they do if they managed to collect all four rings from the horsemen? Don't know if they managed to get the one from Famine. Hope so. And there are so many variables waiting in the wings, such as the antichrist, Gabriel and even the Irish witch from The Curious Case. Can't help but wish for the Gabester to end up on their side at the end.

Another top five episode.
# Bevie 2010-02-15 16:08
Forgot that another one who could be on their side is Crowley. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
# elle 2010-02-15 16:43
Bevie, I love the idea that other's we've encountered in the past could stand with the boys and tip the scales in their favour. Another interesting thing (though highly unlikely) would be if the people the brothers have helped over the years were called together to stand against the invading forces. As I said, extremely doubtful - but a girl can dream! We know there are other hunters out there - maybe we'll see them again?
# Ardeospina 2010-02-15 17:49
Great recap, as usual, Alice! I love that it took about six minutes of show time for you to go from wanting a Cass/Anna sex scene to calling her a bitch! Remind me to never say anything bad about Sam in any of my lists. ;-)

Something I didn't even notice until reading your recap is when Dean was explaining the whole Glenn Close/"Fatal Attraction" reference to Cass, he could have said any number of things about her crazy character, but he focused on the rabbit part! He really hates it when people injure rabbits, doesn't he? Nice callback to "Malleus Maleficarum there.

To continue on the random trail, was that blue Chevelle the boys pulled up in the one they used in Bobby's dream sequence in "Dream a Little Dream" when Sam walked outside? It looks like the same color, but they shot it from the side so you can't see the stripes.

And I think the business Dean said they were in was plumbing.

Okay, you were all having a very serious and very interesting conversation before I hijacked the comments with this randomness, so I'm done now!
# Supernarttu 2010-02-15 18:00
What a lovely recap Alice! As lovely as the eppie itself :-)

This eppie had everything and more. I've allready shed my overflowing squeeness about this one so I shalll not repeat myself... too many times *smirk*

But this eppie is just *love*
And wholeheartedly agree with Narcissus. This eppie is a very somber one but in it's core, the love is all around. I too was smiling like a loon after the first watch, and the second, and the third ;-) Sera, you rock girl!!
# Sablegreen 2010-02-15 19:35
Great recap Alice, as always. Loved the episode too. So much in it. Don't buy Michael's story at all. Just hope the boys don't play the game the angel's way. But I'm sure Kripke will drag it out to the last second!
# Narcissus 2010-02-17 09:18
I noticed something the first time I watched this ep, but I forgot to mention. It's about that very last moment, when Mary is saying "angels are watching over you". Based on Mary's facial expression, some warped, over-imaginativ e part of my mind thinks that she actually remembers a bit from the whole angel incident. Like the mind wipeout mojo didn't work as completely as it should on her. Because the way Mary was saying it, the look in her eyes, was like she knew something. But like I said, my brain is a little warped. Just putting my thoughts out there.