Dean, Emmanuel, and Meg show up at the hospital and see that the entrance is surrounded by demons. Sadly, there is only one Demon Killing Knife. Meg’s giving a hard time about how they are going to get past the demons and Dean pulls her to the side, away from Emmanuel, to get her to shut the hell up, but Emmanuel overhears.
E (to Dean): I gather we know each other.
Meg: Just a dollop.
E: You can tell me; I’ll be fine.
D: How do you know? You just met yourself. I’ve known you for years.
Meg: You’re an angel.
Dean gives her a seriously?! look.
E: I’m sorry. Is that a flirtation?
HA! Man, I missed him. LOL!!
Meg: No, it’s a species. A very powerful one.
D: She’s not lying. That’s why you heal people. You don’t eat. I’m sure there’s more….
(Made me wonder about the kind of married life Emmanuel and Daphne shared.)
E (Looking a bit shellshocked): Why wouldn’t you tell me? Being an angel, it sounds pleasant.
D: It’s not. Trust me. It’s corrupt.
Meg: You used to fight together. Bestest friends, actually.
E (the pieces coming together): We’re friends… (takes a deep, shaky breath) Am I Cas?
Dean doesn’t move. He looks like he’s barely breathing.
E: I had no idea. I don’t remember you; I’m sorry.
Meg tells him that he can smite all the demons down there and get them inside. Emmanuel turns away saying he doesn’t remember how. Dean comes up to him, his face earnest, pleading.
D: It’s in there. I’m sure it’s just like riding a bike.
E: I don’t know how to do that, either.
Dean executes a perfect oh, you gotta be kidding me eye roll, but Emmanuel says he’ll try. He heads down toward the entrance with Dean worried that it won’t go well and Meg all, go get ‘em, tiger.
Emmanuel walks right up to a security guard demon. The demon blinks, all, I know you! You’re dead!
E: Yes, I’ve heard.
He touches him, burning out his demon soul with the white, angel light and as he does, the memories return – Castiel entering the barn where Dean met him the first time, seeing his wings spread. He kills more demons, more memories come, and so on until he remembers breaking Sam’s wall, remembers absorbing the Purgatory souls, remembers apologizing to Dean before the Levis were unleashed upon the Earth.
Meg and Dean head down when it’s clear, and Meg’s all, That was beautiful, Clarence.
Dean, though, looks hesitant, unsure, hopeful, as he says, “Cas?”
Cas (voice deeper, but not Batman-deep): I remember you. I remember everything.
Dean looks like he can’t decide if he’s afraid or relieved. Cas looks near tears. He can’t come to grips with what he did…what he became. He wants to know why Dean didn’t tell him.
Dean: Because Sam is dying in there!
Cas: Because of me.
That was oddly satisfying. I didn’t realize I needed Cas to own what he’d done – not just the Purgatory thing, but specifically to Sam. I thought it was just a part of the story to me until Cas admitted that he was the reason all of this was happening to Sam, the reason Dean had been through the wringer about his brother. And then I felt a strange sort of weight lift.
Cas walks off and Dean goes to follow, telling Meg to stay put. Meanwhile, inside, Sam’s on a gurney being wheeled into another white room. He’s strapped down and an orderly is telling him that he’s going to get electroshock therapy; only it’s being cranked way up in order to “experiment a little.” At first I thought it was Lucifer again – he had me unable to figure out what was real and what wasn’t – but then the orderly’s eyes go demon-black and I knew we were in a bit more trouble than a hallucination could bring about.
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