Episode 7.01: Meet the New Boss

Cut to Cas in Heaven (which the only reason we knew it was Heaven is because it looked like his beautiful Tuesdays With Morrie park in the background) and he’s saying that the angels who stood with Raphael would be punished. As for the rest of the angels? Well, there’s a new sheriff in town. Behave, or this will happen to you – and the camera pulls up to reveal a bunch of very dead angels, their black wings spread out to burn marks in the grass—so many that the wings are actually overlapping. Yikes.

Some undetermined time later—but probably not terribly long because Sam’s still out from collapsing back in Autopsy 101 somewhere in Kansas—Dean is in the Impala. Apparently he learned Buffy’s trick of quick healing, too, because if anything was broken, it’s not now. Maybe he was just really bruised. *shrug*

There’s a cool camera trick where it looks like the car could be still on her roof, but they roll to reveal he’s on his back in the front seat, booted feet on the ceiling, growling with effort as he tries to push the smushed roof up while grunting, “C’mon, baby!”

*Gaelic melts*

I can’t help it. Grease Monkey Dean did funny things to my belly. And other places. The smudge of dirt across his forehead and forearms…the denim over the black T…the slightly tanned skin…. Good. Lord. I need a screen cap of that. And did anyone catch what his T-shirt said? I couldn’t quite make it out.

Anyway. Sorry. Where was I? Oh, right. Fixing the Impala. Bobby brings beer, saying Sam’s still sleeping and he’s had no luck finding God Part 2. And even if he did, he doesn’t know what they’d do about it. Dean snaps at him, clearly hanging on by a very thin thread, then recants saying that if they stick their neck out, Cas will step on it. It’s the first clue we’re given on how close to completely unraveling this guy is.

I mean, sheesh. He’s. Lost. Everything. Over and over. And he still has to keep fighting.

Because the universe says so. He can’t get anyone to listen to him. Yet at the same time? It’s always all his fault when things go wrong. I’d be pretty friggin’ frustrated, too. I just have to wonder how long he’s going to be able to keep calm and carry on as the season progresses. The sadistic part of me wants to see him come apart because the thin line of control he walks sometimes has my chest hurting. He needs a release valve.

He tells Bobby he’s going to do the only thing he can: fix his car.

Dean: I can work on her ‘til she’s mint.

*thinks inappropriate thoughts about being ‘mint’*

He tells Bobby that when Sam wakes up, they’re going to glue him back together, too. They owe him that. Man, I love this guy.

Back in Bobby’s kitchen, Sam’s awake. Walking and talking. Even put on his own socks. Dean’s happy, but smooth, covering a relieved grin by sipping a beer. Also? The guy drinks the whole episode. Not kidding. Tell me that’s not going to come back around at some point. At least…I hope so. Dean’s cautious when addressing Sam—very ‘no sudden movements.’ But Sam says he’s fine. He doesn’t understand it, but…he’s really fine.

Sam looks thinner. Did you guys notice? Cheekbones more defined, less “bulk” around his shoulders? I liked it.

They decide to not question it too much and Dean tells him to come out to the Impala and they’ll discuss their God problem. As he’s walking out, though, Sam frowns like he heard or saw something – like that glimpse of a shadow you sometimes get out of the corner of your eye? He turns, but…nothing. They do this crazy camera twist thing to drive the point home that All Is Not Right With Sam. Made me a bit dizzy.

Cut to a church with a reader board out front ironically claiming that “God walks among us.” The pastor inside is revved up on anti-gay rhetoric. Set my teeth on edge. For me, that kind of “preaching” is what gives “religion” a bad name. Cas arrives, though, and informs the congregation the he is God, calls the pastor a hypocrite, makes him choke on his lying tongue, and starts to leave. Before he can exit, though, he starts hearing his name whispered and he stumbles a bit.

When he does leave the church, the stained glass image of Jesus has been replaced by an image of Cas. I wasn’t sure if we were to assume that Cas did that…or someone/thing else did.

Back at Bobby’s, Sam’s in the basement looking for a torque wrench when he starts hearing things again, he turns and the basement has gone red and there are hooks hanging from the ceiling with…flesh or something impaled on them and all kinds of ucky stuff. Sam’s all, WTF, but Bobby comes down, snaps him out of it by calling his name (though he sees Sam wielding the wrench like weapon) and tells him they think they spotted Cas.

Upstairs, they join Dean (who is wearing coveralls, be still my heart) in front of Bobby’s TV and find out that 200 religious leaders have been killed and people are calling it an “act of God,” with one eye witness saying the man was “young…and sexy.” *laughs* Oh, Show. *shakes head*

So, since they have no idea how to stop Cas, they keep on keepin’ on, Dean fixing the Impala, Bobby…doing what Bobby does, Sam surviving.

I love that they showed us the passing of time by tracking Dean putting that car back together…almost as if he were desperately trying to rebuild something inside of himself. Clever writing to have the radio on the whole time so that we can follow Cas’ actions—not all death and dying, either. He forced the KKK to disband (a fact even Dean couldn’t argue with), but did wipe out a bunch of motivational speakers.

According to Dean, New Cas (just like Old Cas) + Irony = Fail.

It’s unclear how much time has really passed, but it can’t be easy to rebuild a classic ’67 Impala. I’m thinking at least a few weeks went by. Sam pushes Dean at one point to talk to Cas.

Dean’s basically like, are you high?

Dean: He’s God. When God gets righteous, you get the Hell out of the way. Haven’t you read the Bible? Cas is never coming back.


It seems that all his efforts to ‘fix’ whatever was broken by making his baby ‘mint’ was only succeeding in giving him his wheels back. The fact that he thinks he failed his friend, failed to get to the bottom of the souls business in time to prevent Cas from sucking Purgatory dry, failed to save…anyone he loved from the pain they were all drowning in was digging it’s claws into him and pulling him low. He wouldn’t show it, not in recognizable ways, but Dean was hurting as much as his brother.

Dean = Done talking.

Sam = Got it.


Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.


Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.

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