Official Description: SAM AND DEAN SEEK OUT AN ALPHA — In order to defeat Dick Roman (guest star James Patrick Stuart) and the Leviathans, Sam and Dean must locate three key items. Castiel helps with one but for the last objects, the Winchesters must face two of their strongest opponents – an Alpha (guest star Rick Worthy) and Crowley (guest star Mark Sheppard). Meanwhile, Bobby (guest star Jim Beaver) tries out a new ghost trick that ends up being very dangerous. Guy Bee directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin.
The feeling I had last week of this season ending in a three-act play persists with tonight’s episode. Though now, I’m kind of thinking of it more as the parts of a magic trick. Last week was the Pledge where we’re shown something seemingly ordinary. This week was the Turn where the ordinary is made to do something extraordinary and we’re looking for the secret. Next week…is the Prestige.
All the pieces have been set and the game put in motion. I’m going to be a nervous wreck next Friday.
But first, I must splash in the shallow end of the pool for a moment because oh. my. stars. our boys looked good tonight. Sam was clear-eyed and compassionate and just…just so Sam. And Dean? Dean’s eyes just…they were just so green in so many scenes. And they were like twin pools of emotion at one point. I felt like I needed to absorb him somehow…watch his every move, nuance, subconscious lip-lick.
Also? Two words: Leather. Jacket. You know that’s right.
While this felt very much the calm before the storm, I thoroughly enjoyed the way the boys worked so in tandem in this episode – even when they saw things differently, or processed them at different levels, they moved in sync. They were partners, brothers – backing each other’s play, talking it through…I just…this is what I like with our boys. I hope the writers are able to keep this synergy between the brothers through Season 8. Less strife between them – there’s enough all around them.
Okay, now that we’ve got that (temporarily) out of the way, let’s Ramble On. THEN basically took us back to the Alphas in Crowley’s jail, getting nuked by Cas, Bobby seeking vengeance, Kevin The Prophet, the Word of God, and killing Leviathans.
NOW takes us to Dick Roman being interviewed on TV about his acquisition of Sucracorp – a company/factory that manufactures high fructose corn syrup (reminding me of all of those “sugar is sugar” commercials that ran for awhile about how it’s made from corn so it’s natural and blah blah blah). Dick is telling the interviewer, Gloria, that he wants Americans to focus on eating well so they can live longer and taste better.
She’s like, you meant the food will taste better, right? He’s all, yes, yes I did. Wink.
I suppose there are plenty of pros and cons about Dick as a bad guy – and the Leviathans in general. But. Taken as a whole, they are probably my least favorite story-arc bad guys, falling below the Mother of All, even. I put in a comment to last week’s ramble that I would be happy if next season the boys focused on simply fighting the monsters – ghosts, vamps, werewolves, zombies, demons, what have you. And have the season-long arc be about them getting their ‘normal’ back. Finding a way to have a life that’s not about constantly avoiding death.
I’m crossing everything they end the Leviathans next week. End. Them.
Susan – Dick’s assistant – brings him a briefcase with the tablet in it and tells him his 11:00 is here. Dick tells her that he wants Gloria to work for them in mainstream media. There’s other talking and double speak, but I find myself tuning out a bit with him. He heads into a conference room where Edgar is keeping an eye on a bound and gagged Kevin. Introducing himself – and it cracks me up the way Dick says his own name – he tells Kevin that he’s his biggest fan and wants him to translate the tablet.
Poor Kevin. He resists as long as he can – even turns down a recommendation letter from Dick Roman that would guarantee Kevin getting into Princeton. So, Dick shows him live feed of his mother, also bound and gagged, with a ginormous knife at her throat. Kevin caves to save his mom. *pets him* He tried.
Back at Rufus’ cabin – an old, primer-gray and orange Plymouth (I think – maybe a Roadrunner?) out front – the boys are trying to figure out their next move. Sam’s sitting at the table in front of his laptop and Dean’s on the couch reading through the composition book.
Dean: I have read this more times than the Playboy I found in Dad’s duffel.
Sam (looks up, tilting head in curiosity): Anna Nicole?
Dean (looks over and…guh, that grin): Anna Nicole. Aw, the good ones…they die young, huh?
*That better not be foreshadowing.*
Sam closes his mouth with a click and looks to the side in response to his brother’s lascivious smile. Loved that exchange.
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