Nice. Anyway, they call Meg and her crew and Meg and Castiel face off in a supernatural pissing match.
Meg: Remember me? I remember you, Clarence.
Cas: Why are we working with these…abominations?
Dean: Simmer down.
Then, it’s Sam and Meg’s turn to face off about trust and stupidity and Sam manages to convince her to give him the demon-killing knife which he promptly thrusts into the belly of one of her henchmen saying that the demon was more interested in killing them than working together—although the dude hadn’t so much as blinked wrong in their direction.
Dean and Cas stare at Sam all, holy theatrics, Batman.
Sam, though, manages to keep the demon-killing knife that Meg had stolen from them that they had rightfully stolen from Ruby. So there. They split up to gear up and Sam’s at the Impala’s trunk stuffing things into the back looking Serious and Thoughtful. Dean is inside stuffing things into a bag and Cas is…just sitting there.
Dean: You could help.
Cas: I’m ambivalent about what we’re attempting.
Dean: Breaking into Monster GITMO isn’t exactly two-for-one in the Champaign room.
Cas: I’m not sure retrieving Sam’s soul is wise.
Dean: Wait, what?
Cas had to have known the minute he told them that the reason for Sam’s behavior was that his soul was missing they would seek out a way to get it back. He couldn’t have mentioned before that it wasn’t such a good idea? This is just…weird timing. Sam goes from, huh, my soul’s gone, to I was that other Sam for a long time and I want to get him back, to I’m willing to work for a demon to get my soul back even though having a soul equals suffering, and now after we’ve seen the Carside Furrowed Brow Of Doubt…now is when Cas says maybe this isn’t such a good idea?
Cas: I want him to survive. Sam’s soul has been locked in the cage with Michael and Lucifer and they’ve got nothing to do but take their frustrations out on him. If we were to try to force that mutilated thing down Sam’s gullet we have no idea what will happen. It could be catastrophic.
Dean: You mean he dies?
Cas: I mean he doesn’t. Paralysis. Insanity. Psychic pain so profound he could be locked inside himself for life.
Dean: But he could be fine.
His voice conveys what every parent, guardian, or caretaker would feel when confronted with a potentially negative prognosis: please tell me that what you’re saying isn’t the only truth…please tell me there could be another way…please tell me my loved one will come back to me.
Cas: It’s doubtful.
Dean: If he’s not fine, you fix him.
Cas: I wouldn’t know where to begin.
Dean’s voice is shaking. I couldn’t pull my hand from my chest in this moment. He needs his brother back so badly—and until this moment he’d thought it was just about finding a way to wrestle the soul from a demon’s control and keep Sam convinced that this is a good idea—which was daunting enough—but now he’s being told that returning the one thing that would also return Sam to him very likely will destroy Sam—soul Sam and body Sam.
It’s almost too much. He can’t wrap his mind around it. So, he does what he’s always done: he ducks his head and squares his shoulders and pushes his way through the chaos, swinging the whole time.
Dean: Then you figure it out, Cas. The guy’s a replicate. He needs his soul. We get him back and if there are complications, we figure out a way to deal with those, too.
Cas: Or…we fail. And Sam suffers horrifically.
Dean looks away and we see Sam standing quietly in the shadows—having heard the whole thing. *gulp*
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