Reunited…and it Feels so Good?
Here’s all you really need to know about the first five minutes of this episode: We’ve got a shirtless Padalecki exercising – which was both cheesy in an ‘˜80s exercise montage kind of way and ridiculously hot – and bonus shirtless Ackles. Also, Sam, for some ridiculous reason, is sleeping with hookers. It’s preposterous that a guy who looks like that has to pay for it.
Somewhere in the midst of all this exposed flesh, the boys reunited in Pennsylvania, where Sam tells Dean to meet him for a case. The case, which we were exposed to in the first few minutes, involved the liquefying of a cop. I mistakenly thought last week’s bloody opening was due to it being an Edlund episode. Silly me. Edlund actually wrote this episode, which is ten times grosser than the last one (and approaching ‘My Bloody Valentine’territory). After that, another cop breaks out in fatal boils. It’s gross as well.
In between the reappearance of the brothers in suits, and Dean playing long-distance dad to Ben, the boys eventually track down the partner of the first cop who died and find out that he and the other two dead cops killed and framed a kid. Oh, and locusts burrow their way out of his head. Also gross.
Basically, assuming everything is gross in this episode.
The boys realize these deaths bear remarkable resemblance to various biblical plagues and decide to call on Cas for help. Sam is rightly skeptical, after all, Cas hasn’t answered his call in nearly a year. But he comes when Dean prays, because they share a ‘profound bond'(no, seriously, that was Cas’line – the fangirls squealed, I know they did). Cas confirms that God and the angels didn’t bring Sam back from Hell and they don’t know how or why he’s back.
Cas quickly comes to the conclusion that these deaths are being caused by the Staff of Moses (but not while it’s being used at its full power). According to him, there’s been chaos up in Heaven since the end of the Apocalypse and many powerful weapons have gone missing. Cas also has an abundance of air quotes to whip out when Sam and Dean are reluctant to help him out.
The three go in search of the father of the dead boy. But we learn he’s not the one wielding the Staff – his younger son is. He got it from an angel, and all he had to do was sell his soul. Cas takes the boy back to the hotel room and….well, ‘tortures’the boy to find out which angel now has a mark on his soul. Dean is vehemently against hurting the boy, but Sam doesn’t seem to care much. Castiel learns that an angel friend he thought was dead – Balthazar – sold the boy a piece of the Staff. That’s when one of Raphael’s angel minions shows up, fights with Cas, and the two of them go flying out the window in a spectacular fashion, completely totalling Sam’s car. Awesome.
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Cas absolutely does not want Raphael to get his hands on the missing weapons or make a power play for Heaven, because that would result in a reawakening of the Apocalypse. They head off to find Balthazar, it seems, has been taking style and music tips from Gabriel/The Trickster. Balthazar refuses to hand the stolen weapons to Cas. Instead, he’s enjoying the freedom brought on by the aborted Apocalypse.
When Raphael arrives with some more angel minions Balthazar disappears. Dean and Sam manage to make some of the minions go away with the special angel be-gone sigil. Cas and Raphael fight, and Raphael seems to have the upper hand until Balthazar returns to iodize Raphael’s vessel. Which means we’ll likely see him again in a different body.
Dean traps Balthazar in holy fire and demands he releases the boy’s soul. Once he does, Cas honors his promise and lets Balthazar go free, and then disappears after the other angel does. The boys are left alone again.
Concluded on next page…