Episode 7.01: Meet the New Boss

Back in the senator’s office, Cas wakes up in a pool of blood and stands up to see that everyone in the office is dead. He’s all, nooooo… but then the camera does that spinning thing and it’s quite clear that Cas. Is. Losing. It.

Back at Bobby’s Sam’s all ready to get their Purgatory on, but Dean’s sitting with his feet up, in front of a laptop, sipping whiskey. Sam’s like, “You want coffee with that?”

Dean: It’s 6pm somewhere.

Oh, man. You’re making my heart hurt, Dean.

Sam’s insistent that they give this Purgatory thing a go.

Sam: Cas is in there somewhere, I know it!

Dean: No, you don’t.

Sam: No. I don’t. But I was pretty far gone, too, and you never gave up on me.

Right. He didn’t, Sam. So what does that tell you about your brother right now that he’s given up on the only friend he’s pretty much ever had? How low does that tell you Dean’s been pulled? I mean, I don’t blame Sam—he’s got a helluva lot of his own flack to deal with right now. But I also don’t blame Dean for being all it’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine. He’s been tired since Season 2 and life has just gotten harder and more and more rugs have been pulled from under his feet.

Dean: Yeah, and you’re the same open book as you’ve always been. Hallucinations? Really? I gotta find out from Death?

Well. It could have been worse. I mean, he could have found out from Facebook.

But I’m glad he called him on it because…no more lying to each other, boys. Just. Enough. I mean it. *crosses arms and stops foot*

Sam’s all, you can’t help, why burst the one good bubble you had left, it’s under control. I know what’s real and what’s not. So here’s where I hope hope hope they take the opportunity to bring the brother’s together with a shared experience.

Dean’s clearly not dealt with his Hell trauma and Sam’s has manifested itself into a very real, rather dangerous psychosis. If there’s anyone who could relate to what both of them are going through? It’s each other! I really hope they build on that this season. If not…there will be so much story wasted.

Dean’s eyes do that Martin Riggs empty-all-emotion look and he sits back saying, “Here’s how I’m gonna deal: stuff my pie hole, drink, and watch Asian cartoon porn while I act like the world’s about to explode. Because it is.”

*rubs heart* Dean, man…. Even the idea of him giving up is like all the worst things in life jumbled together in a big, messy ball inside of me.

Then, Dean sees the news and there’s security footage of the massacre at the senator’s office with Cas grinning manically at the camera and Dean’s like, that settles it. Cas is out of the cards. But, interestingly, Sam still believes.

He heads out to the junkyard and “prays” to Castiel saying that they have until dawn to stop this, begging him to let them help.

I got why Dean had given up, but I found it interesting that Sam still believed. Maybe because he’d not been as close to Cas as Dean had. Maybe because he didn’t feel the sting of betrayal as keenly. I’m not sure. But…it worked.

Sam goes back inside and Dean offers him a shot, which Sam agrees to take only if Dean stops watching Asian cartoon porn. They share the drink and suddenly, Cas is there, covered in blood and sores, and so weak he sags against the wall. He tells them he needs help.

While I wish so much that it hadn’t taken all of this killing on his part and that he didn’t have one foot in the grave, I have to say, I love him for listening to Sam and, more or less, turning himself in. I’m so glad they didn’t have to kill him. Um. Yet.

So, they all show up in Autopsy 101, somewhere in Kansas. It’s unclear if Cas was able to transport them there or what, but apparently, they were able to reach it in time for the eclipse. Cas tells Sam where to find a jar of blood and Sam goes to retrieve it—alone, which I thought was a Really Bad Idea. Cas is slumped on the ground and Dean and Bobby are moving things around to make room for a door.

Cas looks up at Dean, weakly, and says he feels regret about Dean and what he did to Sam. Dean’s like, yeah, well, you should. Cas tells him if he was strong enough, he’d fix him. He’s trying to make amends before he dies. He pauses and then asks, “Is it working?”

Dean: Does it make you feel better?

Cas: No. You?

Dean: Not a bit.

Ouch. Just. Ouch ouch ouch.

I’ll put this out there. I liked Cas. A lot. I like his dynamic with the boys—his friendship with Dean. I liked his obliviousness and inability to pick up on human quirks. He broke my heart last season and in the moment when he’s beaten down and expressing regret, I missed him all over again.

But. That said? The story has to progress. And while it hurts to have characters brought in and connect with the boys—have them matter to them, like Ash and Jo and Ellen and now Castiel—and then take them cruelly away to leave them fighting alone in the world, I get why it’s done. And the evolution of Cas in this is incredibly intriguing to me. It’s a way to turn the world on an angle they’d never see coming and would be completely unprepared to fight. And it’s a way to, in a very weird, twisted sense, start fresh.

Nothing that worked before will work now. And I dig that idea. I’m excited to see where they can take it. And if, after everything is said and done, there can be any redemption—for all of them. Cas, included. Because with this show? Literally anything is possible. And that’s what keeps hope alive.

Gaelicspirit

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

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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