When they summon Crowley (still in his slippers with his whiskey, which makes Dean smirk), I was momentarily confused. How could Crowley defeat Cas/God when he was just cowering like a little girl moments ago? He even says that his ‘new boss’ is gonna kill him for talking to them and when Sam asks who his new boss is, Crowley calls him a giraffe and informs them that Cas is the boss of everyone.
Which, as you might guess, doesn’t sit right with any of them.
But then Dean (wearing flannel and looking all levels of fine) says he wants the spell to bind Death—the only player with the juice to take Cas. And I may have said, Oooh! out loud.
Crowley says it’s a suicide mission, but Sam asks him if he really wants Cas running the show.
Meanwhile, Cas—whose skin is growing steadily worse—heals a blind beggar man, showing (he believes) that he is a just God.
But then when the blind man asks him what’s the matter with his face, he goes into a bathroom somewhere to peer at his own reflection, hearing the voices. He opens his shirt and, ala Alien, hands are literally pushing against the skin of his chest and belly, the voices demanding Let Us Out!
Whoops. And also…creepy.
Next thing you know, an envelope is shoved under Bobby’s door—spell delivered via FedEx. Interesting. They decide they’re going to do this thing—the only problem is that they need and “Act of God Crystallized Forever.” Turns out? That’s lightning. Striking sand and creating something called a…fulgurite, I think they called it. A big-ass rock crystal thing that is, of course, very rare. But some google-fu shows them that someone bought it at an auction some time back and that someone just so happens to live about 9 hours away.
So, they jump in the Impala and head out. Which was a little interesting to me. They spent a lot of time showing Dean rebuild her and then there’s no sexy reveal this time around. She’s just put back to work, carrying them valiantly into the hunt. It felt lacking and yet, really right. Because it wasn’t a triumphant return this time.
It wasn’t a that’s what I’m talking about moment. They were looking for a way to kill someone who’d been a friend. Who’d saved their lives.
And it isn’t like they want to hunt anymore. Dean, especially. They just…don’t know any other way. Any other life. Any other way to survive. So, to see the nose of the shiny, ‘mint’ Impala as the engine’s low rumble erased stealth from the picture was kind of a, yeah. Yeah, there she is. Back in the fray.
Sam is sneaking up to the back of the house when a security guard spots him. Dean, jumps the security guard with a, “’Scuse me, you got any Grey Poupon?” WHACK!
Sam, adorably still with his hands up, is like, “Grey Poupon? Really?”
Hee. Boys. *ruffles their hair*
Bobby’s with them as they sneak into the house to find the lightning crystal thing, separating. Dean finds it, but then there’s the sound of a gun being cocked. A barely-awake, definitely-terrified husband and wife are standing with a big-ass gun pointed at Dean.
Dean: I don’t want to hurt you. Really.
Man: I’m the one with the firearm, Son.
Dean: I get that.
Next thing you know, the husband and wife are tied and gagged, back-to-back on heavy-looking chairs. And then Bobby and Sam show up. I adore that they didn’t show how Dean overpowered them and still conveyed that he did it sans help. Dean introduces the couple (but I missed their names) and Sam’s all, “Hi!” HAH!
So, using the “God thingy,” they start the spell right there in the people’s house. Dean even has fast food take out he knows Death likes. They cut Dean’s arm for blood to use in the ritual. Bobby starts the rite. The house rattles, windows break. Then…nothing.
Looking around, Dean’s like, “Um…hello? Death?”
And suddenly, Death is there. And bound.
Dean: Fried pickle chip?
Death: This is about Sam’s hallucinations, I assume?
Dean and Bobby stare at Sam all, Buzzah…?
Death: One wall per customer. Now, let me go.
Sam: We can’t. Yet.
Dean: We need you to kill God.
Sam, Bobby, and Dean are looking just shy of pee-their-pants scared. Death? Looks bored. Until Dean says this little tidbit.
Bobby: Kill God. You heard right. Your…honor.
Death: What makes you think I can do that?
Dean: You told me you could.
Death: Why should I?
Dean (bravely): Because. We said so and we’re the boss of you.
Sam and Bobby shoot him a WTF, man! Shuuuuut uuuup! look.
Dean (terrified): Respectfully.
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