Recap: Supernatural – Episode 7.21, Reading is Fundamental

Dean: It’s Sam’s thing, isn’t it? You taking on his cage match scars. I’m guessing that’s what broke you. Right?

Cas just stares bemusedly at Dean, saying, “It took everything to get me here.”

Dean: What are you talking about, man?

Cas: I know you want different answers –

Dean (angry, hurt): No, I want you to button up your coat and help us take down the lions. (couldn’t help but wonder how many times he was told something similar while growing up…) You remember what you did?

Cas picks up a board game that’s sitting next to him and turns it around to face Dean. It’s the game of Sorry. That moment had me conflicted for a moment. I couldn’t really get mad at Cas – he was damaged and that damage was caused because of what he did to help heal Sam. He was like this because of what he’d sacrificed for them. But at the same time, it almost felt like he was mocking Dean’s obvious need to have him recognize what he’d done, how he’d hurt him. And I felt this odd spark of fire inside me for one brief moment, toward Cas. It went away, but it surprised me. It was the first time in awhile I felt something toward another character in defense of Dean. Mostly I just feel for Dean, y’know?

Cas shakes the box once and the game board is set up. Dean looks down at it, resigned.

Cas: Do you want to go first?

*smirk*

Back up in Cas’ room, Meg and Sam have gotten Kevin inside, but he still won’t relinquish the bag. All he knows is that the bag is for him…but he doesn’t know what it is. Sam tells him to open it, which he does, and as he draws the pieces of the tablet out, he’s able to…heal it.

Down in the day room, Dean and Cas are playing Sorry and Cas is yammering about the angels not really knowing which monkeys would make it, though he was pulling for the Neanderthals because they had beautiful poetry, and in the end it turned out to be the homo sapiens who won out – eating the apple and inventing pants…. *shakes head* Believe me, it didn’t make much more sense listening to it, either.

Dean tries to use this time and the distraction of the game to get Cas to focus and give them some information they can use. He wants to know if Metatron was still alive, but Cas just keeps playing the game.

Dean: Metatron could stop a lot of bad—

Cas: We live in a “sorry” universe. Engineered to create conflict. (He’s playing the game, sending Dean’s Sorry pieces back ‘home’.) Why should I prosper from your misfortune? But these are the rules. I didn’t make them.

Dean (his voice hardening swiftly): You made some of ‘em. When you tried to become God. When you cut that hole into that wall.

Cas: Dean…it’s your move.

Dean, full-on angry now, knocks the board off the table, yelling, “Forget the damn game!”

Cas looks down, hanging his head as if contrite, but it’s not that. It’s the yelling, I think. The anger and conflict that threaten his control. I’m just conclusion-jumping here, but to me it seems that he can’t keep up his Zen if he’s riled.

Dean (softer, eyes hurt, almost pleading): Forget the game, Cas.

Cas (barely any emotion in his voice): I’m sorry, Dean.

Dean (sad): No. You’re playing Sorry.

Back up in the room, Kevin’s staring at the ‘healed’ tablet and asks Sam what a Leviathan is. Sam’s like, you can read that? Kevin tells him that it’s like looking through someone else’s glasses. He can tell it’s about the Levis, where they came from, and that God locked them away.

Sam: Does it say anything about how to kill them? Because that’s kind of been a problem.

Hee.

Kevin says that it’s not like reading reading. He had to focus on it too long. Just then, the lights flicker and Meg, her eyes going demon, says that something’s up. Kevin sees her eyes, FREAKS out, but just then a blonde woman and a dark-haired guy show up, identify Meg as a demon, and flick her across the room to slam into the wall and destroy the plaster.

And, sorry, but at this point, I had to wonder…was Cas the only patient at this hospital? Were there no other nurses checking in? Or security guards? The boys and Meg and now Kevin have had free run of the place – going outside and back in – and now flickering lights and crashing against walls…just seemed like it was too easy that they didn’t also have to contend with the human element.

Moving on!

Downstairs, Cas is picking up the game and suddenly looks up, smiling, at Dean and says, “Sam is talking to angels.”

Dude. In this ‘verse? That’s as scary a statement as “demons are coming.”

The female angel growls that a demon whore and a Winchester were once again together. Sam looks nervous, holding himself really still. Then she bellows, “Step away from the prophet!”

Kevin (squeaking): Me?

Aw, poor kid. Just like Chuck, he no longer has any hope of a real life. No more perfect SAT score, no more Princeton, no more girlfriend. Being the Chosen One ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. Just ask Buffy.

The female angel says that they’re here to take him, then orders her pal to kill the demon whore and her lover. Meg’s like, uh, yeah, that’s totally not what this is, and as the guy angel lunges for her, she cuts him with an angel sword. Just as the female angel is like, where did you get that, Cas walks through the door all smiles, and hi! *chuckles*

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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