Let's look at some of these battles.
We see our first battle when the school teacher comes home to cook supper for her husband. We don't know, at this stage, that she's been robbed of her soul, but we can tell that her husband's comments have struck something in her. She tells him, “You know how hard I work all day, and yet you criticize me.” This is her battle---feeling under-appreciated and stressed by her job and home life. Her reaction is harsh and brutal as she beats her husband's head in, telling him in a faux cheerful voice, “We're having meatloaf with potatoes and broccoli and lots of good things.”
It's our first clue that the inner battles hidden from us are going to become visible.
As Sam investigates the incident, he stops at a diner. Another customer---one we had seen walking on the road and attacked by our mysterious supernatural force---comes in to sit at the counter, too. He grabs a handful of mash-potatoes and shoves them into his mouth and snarls at everyone. We know that he's had issues with his mother, citing a fight with her to his girlfriend, but now there's something terribly wrong with Billy. He's cold, harsh, and cruel to the waitress---also fighting her own battle. Sam knows her battle, calling it out by telling Billy, “She's working hard.”
That matters not to Billy. When the waitress asks what's bothering him, he snarls, “You, my mom, him,” and glares in particular at Sam. Before she can call his mother, he viciously stabs her hand, almost with glee.
Much like the school teacher, Billy's inner battle has been broadcast---although not explicitly.
Sam visits Billy in the jail, asking him what he is. Billy responds coldly, “Clear.” This triggers alarms in Sam's head, and he asks Billy why he's behaving this way. Billy replies, “You think there's a why? No. It's because I want to. And I can.” After the encounter, Sam checks in with Dean, talking over the case with him. He recognizes this behavior---recalls acting just like it once. It leaves him to conclude that perhaps these people are robbed of their souls---but why?
These soulless victims are taking their inner battles and turning them outwards. It's one response to what has happened to them. Without their souls, all inhibitions and conscience is gone. They have no reason to fight it in silence or alone---there's no reason not to air the grievances and punish those that set them off---even if they are the littlest of things. This is humanity reduced to its basest existence without societal controls.
But they are not the only battles being waged within the episode.
We watch, in flashback, a similar case being investigated by Henry Winchester and Josie Sands. It is before they were to become full fledged members of the Men of Letters---the last act before that fateful initiation. They go incognito to the nunnery---St. Bonaventure---and there they encounter the Mother Superior and Agnes.
They're led by a young nun named Julia to the room where one of the sisters committed suicide after becoming unpredictable and violent. There is blood still coated on the walls---along with an unusual crest---a calling card of the Knights of Hell.
We learn a bit about Josie and Henry here---and of their battles.
Henry speaks to Josie about his inner turmoil about joining the Men of Letters. Part of him feels selfish. This could be a dangerous job---and it could rob him from his family, Millie and John. He's emotional as he whispers these fears to Josie. In the process, he utters, “I don't expect you to understand. You don't have a fam-- ”
This remark exposes one of Josie's battles. We're not told what happened to Josie's family or where they may be, but we can tell just by the hurt look on her face that this is a battle she faces everyday. She has chosen to join the Men of Letters for a reason---perhaps it is connected to this exchange. Was her family robbed from her by a supernatural force? We're not sure. But this isn't Josie's battle---not really.
As they continue to investigate what happened, they end up bursting into a room full of tied up victims---and demonically possessed nuns. Both Josie and Henry employ exorcisms to purge them. They act quickly to stop their menace---all for two of them that is. Before they can turn their attention to those tied in the chairs, Mother Superior and Sister Agnes enter the room---and it's obvious that they, too, are demonically possessed.
Henry attempts to begin the exorcism again, his voice rising and falling with the Latin incantations. It fails---and the Mother Superior flings him against the wall, knocking him completely out. It is this that allows her to turn her attention to Josie---and we are certain we know just who possesses the Mother Superior: Abaddon.
Abaddon has no problem zeroing in on Josie. She has no issue in tugging out Josie's battle, all from how the young woman responds to Abaddon's attempt to possess Henry. Josie's soft, “Take me,” gives the Knight of Hell all the ammunition she needs. She now knows what Josie battles every day---and all in secret. She's in love with Henry Winchester, even if he's a married man with a son at home. Abaddon taunts the young woman, saying, “He loves you, too, you know. Like a sister. ”
Josie truly does love Henry---and for that she'll end up possessed by Abaddon.
But what of the witness that saw all of this occur? What became of Sister Julia? What battle did she fight that no one else knows about?
As Sam is looking over security camera photos, he overhears an old woman arguing with an officer about the demons being back. She is adamant that he do something, telling him, “Those demons are back. I'm telling you, it's happening all over again.” Sam quickly steers her away and sits down to talk to her about the situation.
It turns out that she is Sister Julia---just no longer a nun. She tells Sam everything she knows, exposing her battle for the first time in over fifty years: that she kept quiet all this time. Julia has carried that burden around, never allowing anyone else to know what she saw that night---or what evil it wrought.
What she gives him in information allows him to see the case through, however. He tracks down the van that has been spotted picking up various individuals that have since been rendered soulless. It leads him to the long since abandoned convent---and to Sister Agnes---the very same one from 1958.
He finds himself confronted with the jars that hold the souls of the victims---and it is here that he learns why they've been gathered. Sister Agnes tells him that Abaddon is creating a demonic army that will be loyal to her alone. If they can take the souls now, convert them to demons here, and take them out of Hell's equation, they won't be caught up in the politics of Hell itself. They will only know one master---Abaddon.
Sister Agnes would like nothing more than to make Sam her next victim, but instead has to face a recorded exorcism. It leaves her trying to strangle Sam while pulling out his soul or to stop the exorcism recording. She chooses the latter, only to have Ruby's blade embedded into her back.
As Sam returns to Julia, he learns of her most secret battle: her shame. Julia may have been fighting the battle to stay quiet all these years---but the shame attached to that is far greater. It forced her to leave the order. She tells Sam, “I had betrayed our flock, God, myself. It was and still is my greatest shame. ” It is a heavy burden---one she fought alone and no one knew.
Sam tells her, “Well, what you shared with me saved lives. And I couldn't have done that without you.”
We can tell, in the last shot we see of Julia, that this isn't nearly enough for her to let this battle go. She is haunted by her last sighting of Josie---now possessed by Abaddon---telling her to keep things quiet. She was the only one to see what had happened---she was the only one to know the truth. If she had told Henry then what had happened, she could have warned him somehow that Josie wasn't herself anymore---it possibly could have prevented the Men of Letter's massacre. Perhaps knowing that she's now helped Sam to right what went wrong then will help her---in time---to put this battle to rest.
But what of Sam and Dean? What battles are they facing in this episode?
Dean is facing the effects of the Mark of Cain and the First Blade---it is making him obsessive to find Abaddon. He won't let it rest until he's found the last remaining Knight of Hell and killed her. Even with Sam prodding him to step back a bit, he won't let it go. He will continue to look over the same information until he can discover a location. He's so driven that he won't accompany Sam along on his hunt. In some respects, this is the first instance that the Mark and Blade have isolated Dean, too.
This only hides his inner battle---one that he's not necessarily hiding as well as he believes. Once alone, we see that he's stalling more than researching. He is obsessed, yes, but it's by the flashback to holding the Blade---to killing Magnus with it---and to the feelings that it dredged up inside him instead. His whole body hums with it---his hand trembles to hold the Blade yet again. In response, Dean tries to take the edge off by drinking and calling Crowley only to hang up on him.
Finding himself unable to face the research any longer, he chooses to follow Sam to Milton---but not to help on the case.
Rather, Dean holes up in the local bar, nursing beers and playing pool. Crowley joins him---if only to be the little devil on his shoulder. He wants to goad Dean into finishing his hunt for Abaddon. He wants Dean to give into the feelings that the Mark of Cain and the First Blade stirred up inside. It's the only way that he'll get Dean to use it on Abaddon and make way for Crowley's return to the throne of Hell.
Crowley calls Dean out on exactly what's eating at the elder Winchester. The battle Dean fights isn't so secret or hidden. It's clear that he's frightened by what might happen to him. This is a supernatural force changing him, shaping him, and he's not sure what that means. What will he become by the time this is over? Who will he be? Does he want to go through with it? Should he?
Dean wants to remain who he's fundamentally always been---and yet he's feeling the shifts inside him that are changing that ever so slightly. It's why he's so adamant with Crowley about who he is---that he's nothing like Cain. He tells the King of Hell, “When I kill, I kill for a reason.” Crowley isn't buying it for a moment. He knows that Dean and Cain are much more alike that the elder Winchester would ever like to admit.
It's one battle that Dean fights. He doesn't want to become Cain. He's terrified that by the end of this experience that he may end up just like the Father of Murder. He can feel the Mark and Blade begin to shape him into its dark purposes, and he doesn't like what that exposes for him. The idea that he could potentially use that First Blade as Cain did isn't far from his mind---and he knows that if he gives in he could be forever lost.
It's why, when Crowley's decoy hunter makes a move towards following the King of Hell, Dean intervenes. Crowley misinterprets this action. He sees it as Dean saving him---but this action exposes the real battle Dean's waging inside: saving himself. He sees Jake as a younger version of him. Certainly this is due to the fact that Crowley's fed the demon language that would push all of Dean's buttons---like “grow a pair” or “I got a kid sister”---but it's much more than that.
Dean knows that he's in way over his head. He feels that it is far too late for him. He's already lost---but Jake doesn't have to be. He could be saved as he, Dean, can't be. Dean sees this as a chance to start over, to go back, even if it isn't for himself.
His battle is one to fight for his own identity---who is Dean Winchester now? What humanity can he hold onto as he is changed more by the Mark and Blade? This is a battle that Dean has never fought before---not really. We saw brief glimpses of this when he revealed that he had tortured while in Hell. He admitted to “liking it.” Hell had changed him---but not like this. The Mark and Blade are making a a fundamental change within him---one that he isn't certain he can control.
Dean's always been one to take action, to shoot first and ask questions later, to protect everyone he loves no matter the consequences, and to care deeply even if he masks it under a bravado. The Mark and Blade could change that and it makes him afraid. He may deny this to Crowley, but we can see it all over his face as he does so.
Dean sees a darkness coming for him. He can feel it closing in on him---and he's battling to save himself from it.
What of Sam? What is he battling?
In the beginning of the episode, we can see it clearly on his sleeve: Sam's afraid for his brother. He shows his inner battle by how he speaks to Dean---by the concerned expressions on his face. He wants to coax his brother to joining him on the case. He feels that Dean needs a break from the hunt---that “maybe there are better ways to spend our time than just spin our -- ” He can see Dean slipping further away here---teetering on the edge of complete and utter obsession.
And yet, Sam will not force Dean to go with him. He will give Dean the space he is asking for and go on the case alone. Even so, we can still see that he's battling his fear for Dean at every turn. In every conversation he has with Dean when he checks in, we see his inner battle written on his face.
This is most apparent after his first call back to Dean. He asks his brother how the work is going---and as he hangs up we can see how emotionally distressed he is before he has to slip his professional face back into place. He's terrified that he's losing his brother and that there's not much he can do to stop it. This is something new for him.
We see it again when he tells Dean to “be safe,” after informing Dean that he thinks that these people are soulless as he once was. Sam doesn't want Dean to do anything reckless---such as finding Abaddon and going after her without him. He may not be able to see his brother in these calls, but he can tell that his brother's being affected by something.
Sam has never had to go through this. This isn't like trying to find a way to break his brother's deal. Dean was still Dean---even if he didn't like that Dean was almost running towards death for the majority of that year. This is a new experience for Sam. He's seeing something change his brother into something that he's afraid he may not recognize.
It's clear that Sam's also still feeling affected by what the Mark and Blade did after Dean killed Magnus. He can still see his brother holding it---and remember how difficult it was to reach Dean to stop him from rampaging. Sam's afraid that he may lose the battle not only against these forces changing his brother---but against his own fear about it.
When Sam comes back from his case, we see him resolve to help Dean find Abaddon as quickly as possible. He knows how important it is after he's learned her plans---and yet we can still see he's battling his fears about Dean as he glances at his brother. As he sits down with the research, we see him trying to center himself---knowing that his fear for Dean will only get worse before it will get better. It is his battle---and it's possibly one that Dean isn't aware of just yet.
So what does this mean for the brothers? How do their battles impact one another?
It is clear that this is a role reversal for Sam and Dean. In the past, it has always been Sam that has been changed by a supernatural force while Dean must watch from the outside. Sam was the one that had demon blood and visions. Sam was the one that was rendered soulless. Sam hallucinated Lucifer. Sam endured the Trials. Dean had to watch the visions even when he didn't understand them. He had to learn the dark truth about the demon blood fed to his brother---and watch it become an addiction. He had to watch his brother be soulless. Dean had to watch time almost tick away on Sam as his hallucinations of Lucifer nearly killed him. He also had to watch his brother become sick from the Trials.
It is poignant that Sam recognizes these people as soulless---as this is a metaphor for his role reversal with Dean. Sam is seeing---from the outside---what he was like in part as a soulless being. He's seeing how it changed him fundamentally. It also stands in as metaphor for Dean's story, too. He's looking at losing himself---and seeing himself become nothing more than a brutal killer with no conscience.
But what does this role reversal mean for the brother's fractured relationship? How will this help them heal or will it only make matters worse?
This role reversal may do the one thing that all their talking hasn't been able to do: help them see the battles the other has been fighting all along. Sam and Dean may be side by side and in each other's living spaces for the majority of their lives---they may face the same foes and the same fates together---and yet they have both been waging individual wars that the other hasn't completely been aware of or understood.
This is their chance to really learn what the other has experienced all these years.
For Dean, he is finally learning what it's like to be manipulated by a supernatural force. This is the first time he's really having it fundamentally change him or threaten his identity. He's facing something that he's never had to before---and he's not quite sure how to cope with it just yet. This may help him understand what made Sam so angry about Gadreel and his choices about ending the Trials.
Dean has never really had to fight the battle Sam has to have an identity. He's always known who and what he is mostly. He's the good son. He's the hunter. He saves people. Dean has always known his purpose in life. It's been drilled into him since he was four years old, and he's never really deviated from that path much. To face what the Mark and Blade are doing to him may give him a window into the battle Sam has fought his entire life: to find out who he is and to keep himself human.
Conversely, Sam will also learn about Dean's battles---one's he's had hints at but never truly experienced---even in the year he failed trying to save Dean. He wasn't charged with protecting his brother the way Dean was. It's never been his responsibility the way Dean has always taken it to be.
In “Mother's Little Helper,” we see Sam take on Dean's tendencies to mother hen, to hover, to continually try and gauge how Dean is doing. He is concerned that his brother may drift from him, become distant, and do something that he can't stop.
While Sam may be facing this new battle---he knows something about Dean's current struggle. He's been consumed by a supernatural force that tapped into his rage. He's felt how addicting that can be. He knows how easy it is to fall into its pitfalls. It's possible that Sam may be able to recognize in Dean what he's experienced himself. It may be that experience that saves them both in the end. It's that experience that will help them fix what Cain and Abel couldn't---and allow them to emerge as better brothers for their efforts, too.
At the end of “Mother's Little Helper,” we see Sam and Dean working together towards one battle---and that's a good thing. Because they're now seeing things from the other's perspective, it's possible they may come to a richer relationship. It may allow each brother to approach their necessary discussions with a clearer understanding of the other---to know the battles they face, and the ones that they previously knew nothing about.
Marilyn Norry played the Mother Superior possessed by Abaddon. She was wickedly frightening. She may have begun as a stern and harsh nun shown to us by her introduction looking at Josie and Henry's forged paperwork, but we could tell she was a force to be reckoned with from the start. As we see Julia watch her from a distance as she tortures others in the convent, we see how cruel she really is. Norry sells us on her performance best, however, when we see that she's really Abaddon underneath the wimple. The Mother Superior strolls in and we just know that she's Abaddon just by how she carries herself. Norry plays the character differently than Huffman, and yet we can sense all the danger and appeal that Abaddon brings in her primary form here. She's confident, powerful, terrible, and frightening beyond belief. As she moves to possess Henry and is pulled back by Josie, we see her cruelty reach new heights as she taunts the young Woman of Letters-to-be. There's glee in her voice as she tells Josie that Henry loves her as a sister. And as Josie tells her that Abaddon has permission, there's a dark tenor in Norry's voice as she says “Abaddon takes what she wants and right now she wants everything.” She may have played the new Queen of Hell briefly before transferring to her more recognizable face, but we were sold on her from the moment we saw her.
Sister Agnes brought the Catholic school nightmare nun to the screen with skill. She had all the sternness and harshness that marks what most think when they picture a nun. It wasn't just the wimple, either. she had some haughtiness around here---especially when Agnes goes toe to toe with Sam Winchester. She put all the mocking into her voice as she taunted Sam. As they fight, we see less of the nun and more of the demon inside, especially as she viciously chokes Sam. She also shows the demon's frustration during Sam's recorded exorcism, fighting to either keep choking Sam or to stop the recording. There's pure rage in her expression---only to be matched by shock as Sam stabs her with the demon killing blade. She may have played only one demonically possessed nun, but she was powerful while on screen.
Jenny O'Hara played our ex-nun, Julia. She comes off as no-nonsense when we first meet her in the police station---all from Sam's perspective. O'Hara gives Julia strength in her emphatic insistence that these are demons returned to finish the work they had started years ago. As Sam pulls her aside, we see her skepticism show well. O'Hara has Julia side-eye Sam, surprised that he's not mocking or coddling her “delusions.” Even though we don't know until the end that Julia kept quiet until now, O'Hara shows that there's something bothering Julia by body language and vocal tone. O'Hara also makes Julia a good partner with Sam, helping him fill in blanks he needed to solve the case. Once it is over, we see the bittersweet relief that this has been stopped---and yet O'Hara gives us Julia's heartbreak when she tells Sam that not speaking up was her greatest shame. It makes for a poignant and powerful moment that lingers long after viewing.
Gil McKinney returns as Sam and Dean's paternal grandfather, Henry Winchester, with all the optimism and charm we remember from his introduction. Pairing him with the actual Josie Sands is a stroke of genius. McKinney connects brilliantly with Huffman---and it shows in every scene they share. We see it best when they first arrive at the convent. The young Julia defers to Henry after Josie asks to see the sleeping quarters of the now deceased sister. McKinney shows Henry's amusement at Josie's frustration well---and yet we can also sense that he agrees with his partner. When they burst into the room to save the victims, we see Henry take action. McKinney delivers the exorcism with gusto, and while he ends up knocked out, upon waking as Abaddon wearing Josie's face tells him they won, we see that optimistic joy light up his face. McKinney makes Henry a great addition to the show, showing all the hope and optimism he had before that fateful night. Henry's charming and likeable from start to finish---and here's hoping we can see him again down the road in some other flashback.
Alaina Huffman played a dual role of Josie Sands and Abaddon with finesse. We see her as the human girl before she was corrupted by the demon and we can see the courage, heart, and vulnerability in her as she works with Henry as her partner. We can tell that she connects with McKinney's Henry brilliantly, making the pair a formidable team. Huffman conveys all of Josie's apprehension wonderfully---particularly when she expresses her frustration about the nun not addressing her or her discomfort in dealing with them. She shows her tenacity when they work to exorcise the demons---and when we see Abaddon in the room make her move towards Henry, we know what Josie will say before she says it. The way Huffman delivers the line “take me” is heartbreaking and powerful. The fear is all over her face as she faces true evil in Abaddon, and yet she won't back down or try to stop what will happen. Even when we see her crushed by Abaddon's taunt, we know she'll stick to her decision for Henry. Once she is turned into Abaddon, Huffman instantly flips a switch, and we see the demon we've come to know---she becomes the Queen all over again with a cruel and pleased smile. We also know how intimidating she can be in just her presence, even when she's riding in a car away from the convent. Huffman makes us invest in Abaddon---and makes us fear her, too.
Mark Sheppard plays a much more demonic Crowley in “Mother's Little Helper.” He's still indulging his human blood habit, but it doesn't show nearly as much here. He's snarky, witty, and manipulative at every turn. Sheppard shows this in just how he pulls the strings on Dean---he points out that Dean's lying to his brother for instance. Sheppard gives Crowley all his charm here---even if we know we shouldn't like him. He makes all of Crowley's goading seem borderline cruel. It's easy to tell in how he delivers these lines that Crowley is trying to hurry Dean along so that he can return to his role as the King of Hell unopposed. When we see the bait and switch revealed with the “hunter” Jake, Sheppard shows us all of Crowley's glee in his expression. When Dean calls him on his lie about indulging his blood habit, Sheppard shows Crowley being sheepish yet unashamed all at once. We can tell, more than ever, that Crowley's starting to revert back to that crossroads demon we were first introduced to---one that has no problem getting a Winchester to do his dirty work for him. It'll be interesting to see just how Crowley's story moves forward---will we see more of the old Crowley or more of the humanized Crowley as we move towards the end of the season?
Misha Collins doesn't appear in this episode as the awkward Castiel---instead he makes his debut behind the camera as the episode's director. He took the script, penned by Adam Glass, and translated it beautifully to the screen. Camera angles, lighting, and the littlest of details captured the story, making us invest emotionally into “Mother's Little Helper.” We saw it in so many shots. Collins captured Dean's struggle with the Mark of Cain in brilliant close up shots on Ackles---his shaking hand and his haunted expressions for instance. We saw great shots of Sam watching others throughout---Billy check name at the dinner and Julia at the police station---all before approaching them. It allowed for us to see the story through Sam's eyes. Collins also set up suspenseful shots at the convent, first in the flashbacks and then again when Sam tracks down the van. We get great views of Julia watching Abaddon and her demon horde attack those they've kidnapped. When Henry and Josie burst in, Collins makes sure we get a great shot of their grand entrance. Collins also shows us how the convent has changes since it was disbanded in great attention to detail that makes us on edge for Sam. It's run down, and dark---the shelves with the soul jars standing out as a bright beacon. As we see Sam and Agnes tussle, Collins makes sure we get great back and forth shots between Sam and the demonic nun that add to the tension. At the bar, Collins sets up a poignant shot with Dean watching the other “hunter,” and we can't help but see it through Dean's eyes, too. As the camera shifts from Dean to the demon, we're drawn in by close ups on the face and the fiddling with the knife. Once the brothers are back at the Bunker, Collins makes certain to give us great shots of the brothers as they exchange words---and prepare to dig into finding Abaddon sooner rather than later.
Jensen Ackles gave us a subtle and powerful performance in “Mother's Little Helper.” We can clearly see how much the Mark of Cain is truly starting to affect Dean---it is in every word and gesture. It marks all of his body language. Ackles conveys how hard this is becoming. He captures this best after Sam has left on the case and we see Dean turn to the bottle. It doesn't seem to soothe the elder Winchester. Instead, we watch him tremble from what has happened and his own fear. Ackles gives us all of Dean's stalling tactics from calling Crowley to shuffling papers to playing pool. There's a tension in all of his body language. It's clear in how Dean sets up his pool game and takes the chalk from Crowley. Ackles really makes our hearts hurt when we see Dean approach the demon masquerading as a hunter. He conveys all of Dean's anguish and loss of innocence---of hope---as he earnestly tells him not to go after Crowley. We can tell, in how Ackles delivers these lines, that this isn't about “saving Crowley.” It's about saving a version of himself he feels no longer exists. Ackles also shows us Dean's guilt when he's caught bald-face lying by Crowley. It's in the tense jaw and the shifty eyes. We see this come back when we see Sam and Dean reunited---as if we can see the physical barrier Dean is trying to build while Sam is trying to tear it down. It's in the down expression and avoidance of looking at his brother. We really are starting to see the Mark truly affect Dean on every level here, and it is making for some powerful performances out of Ackles. With the season quickly coming to a head, we know that it's going to get darker for Dean---and that Ackles will give us emotional performances.
Jared Padalecki gives us a compassionate and smart Sam in “Mother's Little Helper.” We see him try to gently coax Dean out of the Bunker to help on the case---and yet he's not going to push his brother too far. Padalecki shows us, though, that Sam's not going to simply back down. He's emotionally charged in the first phone call back to the Bunker---conveying all of Sam's worry and anxiety with his heartbroken expression and soft voice. As the case thickens, we see Padalecki strike great chemistry with O'Hara. We can almost see a bond forming in every scene that they share. He puts all his sympathy into Sam as he patiently listens to her story---and uses that information to solve the case. Padalecki takes the fight to Sister Agnes, and as he does, we see him forced to use intelligence over his brute strength. It's a powerful scene as we watch him struggle to pull up the exorcism on his phone, and yet we cheer the action because it captures all of Sam's smarts in one gesture. At the end, we see Padalecki's Sam reconnect with O'Hara's Julia---and it strengthens his own resolve. When he returns back to the Bunker, Padalecki shows us that Sam has been changed by this experience. His speech to Dean about having to stop Abaddon is moving and powerful---and it's all in how he delivers it before sitting down to do what Sam knows best: research. The deliberate action punctuates the performance beautifully---giving us a striking image to end on.
Best Lines of the Week:
Julia: I'm an ex-nun, sweetie. Complicated is my middle name.
Henry: This -- our work... it's a noble calling, isn't it? I mean, yes, there's risk, but, gosh. I feel the fool for doubting it for even a second.
Crowley: Unless Abaddon likes 10-cent wings, stale beer, and the clap, I doubt that she's here.
Josie: No, because I went to Catholic school and I have a lot of pent-up anger.
Dean: Demons don't take leaks. Next time you want to shoot up, why don't you find a better excuse?
Sam: Well, uh... At this rate... Should only take a couple million years. Have fun with that.
One side note: Psych ended its 8-year run, and it would seem that Supernatural put its own goodbye message into “Mother's Little Helper.” On Psych, Shawn and Gus drive a Toyota they call the “Blueberry.” It is their version of Baby. Well, look at this screencap here, and you'll see one! Who knows, maybe Shawn and Gus were on the case, too! Or perhaps it's just a PsychOUT. I was with Psych from the very first episode to the very last. Farewell, Psych. Thank you for all the laughs these past eight years. You'll be sorely missed.
When the show returns so do our angelic serpents: Gadreel and Metatron.