Recap: Supernatural – Episode 7.21, Reading is Fundamental

Meg puts a new light bulb in a lamp while the boys try to wrap their minds around this version of Cas. He remembers who he is and what he is…but then he starts rambling to them about bees and the plan of flowers.

Cas: It’s all right there, there’s nothing to add.

Sam suggests adding Thorazine.

Meg: Right? He’s been like the naked guy at the Rave ever since he woke up. Totally useless.

Aside – I have to say, this actress is really hard for me to understand sometimes. It honestly takes me like half the episode to get the rhythm of her drawled speech pattern.

Cas smiles at her, calling her his beautiful, thorny caretaker. Cas tells them that he heard a “ping” that only an angel would hear and that’s what woke him up last night. Sam shows him the tablet.

Cas: Ah, now I understand. If someone was going to free ‘the word’ from the vault of the Earth, it would end up being you two.

He leans in and pulls the boys against him for a hug, which they both half-heartedly struggle against, not really keen on being hugged when they aren’t even sure what the heck is going on with Cas right now. Sam tries to bring it back around to the tablet.

Sam: So, you were saying…the word?

Cas: Did you know that a cat’s penis is sharply barbed along its shaft? I know for a fact the females were not consulted about that.

Okay, random. And also? OUCH. You betcha nobody asked the female. Yowza.

Dean (getting exasperated and trying to breathe through it): Cas, please. We’re losing ground out there. We need your help.

Subtext (for me) being – since you started this whole thing in the first place.

Cas (looking at the tablet): This is the handwriting of Metatron.

HA – so of course, my mind is going Transformers, All Spark, The Fallen and suddenly Sam gets this totally confused look on his face and gives me my first laugh of the night.

Sam: Are you saying a Transformer wrote that?!

Dean (in a stage whisper): No. That’s Megatron.

Sam: What?!

Dean: The Transformer. Megatron.

Sam (a pause): WHAT?!

Me: *laugh*

Cas: Metatron. Angel. Scribe of God. He took down dictation.

Cas bluffs a bit, but then admits that he can’t read it. It’s not meant for angels. Meg has finally had enough of hanging out on the sidelines and wants to know what they’re doing with the Word of God. She wants to see it, but Dean gets that Mad Max look in his eyes and tells her to Back. Off. Now. Meg yells at Dean about demons being second glass citizens and Cas suddenly looks troubled, says he doesn’t like conflict, and vanishes, dropping the tablet, which breaks into three pieces.

Sam: Uhhhh….

Dean: The hell was that?!

Meg: You heard him. He doesn’t like conflict. He’s down in the day room now, I guarantee it.

Dean (sighing): All right. I’ll go to Cas. Sam, will you please pick up…the Word of God?

He leaves and Meg moves closer to Sam asking him what they’re caught up in now. Sam doesn’t answer her – looking tense and uncertain as he puts the pieces of the tablet into his duffel. Meg’s like fine, I’ll hit the road…I’ll just go get my angel. Sam leaves the broken tablet and goes after her.

Sam. Seriously. *shakes head*

Meg tells him that Cas would go with her because she stayed with him – he owes her.

Sam: What about what he owes us? What are you going to do with a broken angel? Don’t be stupid.

Meg says she’ll take power where she can get it. Just then, though, Sam hears something and heads back to the room only to find the duffel is gone. Well, duh. Outside the hospital, Kevin has the bag clutched in his arms and is hoofing it across the empty yard.

Meanwhile, Dean finds Cas in the day room. Jumping back to Kevin, Sam is chasing him and Kevin must have some pretty speedy legs because he’s outrunning Mr. Six Five…until Meg clothlines him and flattens him on the ground – the bag still clutched in his arms. They figure out right away that he’s not a demon or a chomper and demand to know what he is.

Kevin: I’m a…a Kevin Tran. In advanced placement. Please don’t kill me!

Sam pulls him up and says he’s not going to kill him. He tries to take the bag, but Kevin can’t let it go…he apologizes and says he doesn’t know why, but he literally can’t let it go.

Down in the day room, Dean moves around the table to sit across from Cas.

Dean: You realize you just broke God’s word.

He says it like he really isn’t buying it. Like the fact that it’s from God has no more relevance or importance to him than if someone told him it was written by…Robert Frost. If it doesn’t tell him how to take out these bastards, then what does it matter? I thought that was so well played – heartbreaking, but well played. Because in Dean’s eyes, God’s checked out. He’s another absentee father. He’s not stepped in once to help with crisis after crisis the boys have had to survive, handle, save the world from.

Cas is unaffected – throughout their whole conversation he has a very…mild, almost bemused expression on his face. Not really loopy or high…just like he’s feeling no pain. None. Emotions and desires and ambition…none of it affects him anymore. He’s basically…childlike, really. He’s become the child Dean once said he was, but to a very different degree. Now it’s not just a lack of street smarts or human experience, like Dean was alluding to before. Now it’s almost as if it’s genuine guilessness. It’s as if whatever he did to corral what he shifted into himself from Sam muted everything inside of him, not just the crazy.

And Dean…guh, Dean is going to break my heart once more before all this is over. He just looked so tired. And so much in need of…something. A balm, an apology, absolution…something. He needed someone to make it right – he just didn’t know what ‘it’ was or how ‘it’ could be fixed.

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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