Out on the lot, a car pulls up and “Eric Kripke” gets out. I don’t recognize the actor, but he’s built a lot like the real Kripke. He heads up to Bob Singer all coiled energy, talking like he just finished his 5th Red Bull.
Kripke: Bob! Dude! What the hell, right?
Bob and Kripke talk (quickly) about how Misha’s death, while tragic, did actually get them on the cover of Vanity Fair. Kripke decides he’s just going to go into the boys’ trailers, guns blazing and—just then, though, the “extra” that Sam and Dean beat up arrives on set and Kripke’s all, “I’ll handle all of this now.”
He approaches Virgil bellowing, “Extra!” like a 1920’s newsie and Virgil pulls out the shotgun and starts blasting away. With spaghetti Western-type music playing in the background, Virgil blows away Kripke in a totally bloody (and not at all symbolic…*cough*) display, then turns his gun on Bob Singer and takes him down before heading onto the parts of the set and shooting other crew members.
Drawn by the sound of gunfire (I assume) the boys show up. Sam yells out at Virgil and distracts him while Dean sacks him in a football-worthy tackle. The force of their fight carries them into another set—which just so happens to be the motel set that Virgil entered through. Working together, the brothers knock Virgil cold, grabbing the key. Just then the symbol on the window starts to glow and the brothers realize they’re in trouble. They try to run, but too late.
Raphael grabs them through the window—and we freeze-frame just before the commercial. Fake Bob Singer would have been proud.
They land hard in the real world, pushing themselves shakily to their feet to face…a striking-looking African American woman. Okay, that I didn’t see, either. And it just occurred to me that poor Virgil is now stuck in fake world with no powers. That’s gotta suck.
The woman turns out to be Raphael’s new body as Balty turned his other one with the lightning wings into a pillar of salt. I liked the other body better, but I’ll roll with it.
Dean: Dude looks like a lady.
Raphael raises the Fist Of Pain and the boys double over. Raphael grabs the key from Sam’s limp hand, and just then, Balty shows up. Raphael releases the boys, who half-stand, watching the angelic exchange while working to catch their breath. Balty tells Raphael that the key she—she? He? Ack, that’s confusing. The key will open a locker in a bus station—he doesn’t have the weapons anymore. He needed to buy some time to move them, so he sent Sam and Dean on this whole alternate reality wild good chase to distract Raphael and give himself the time he needed.
I knew it had to be something like that—using them. No way was he trying to ‘save’ them by sending them there. Raphael moves in to strike Balty down when Castiel shows up. In a very cool display of wings and a shiver of power he tells Raph that he has the weapons. Dean’s face as he looks at the real Castiel is a mixture of relief, awe, and disbelief.
Cas tells Raph that if he/she doesn’t want to die tonight, he/she should go. So, Raph does. Which, personally? I needed more info as to why he just let Raphael go free if he now had enough power to kill him and stop this. Except for the fact that Castiel is a good angel and Raphael is, technically, his brother, so…. *huffs* I think I just want more. They had a really good opportunity to give us more details about this whole war and Cas’ role in it and why he’s shifted from acting like he and Dean have a ‘profound bond’ to being cold and harsh about Dean’s choice to save his brother’s soul. I wanted to know just what kind of pressure Cas has been under that’s making it not only that he isn’t able to hang out with the boys and help when they call, but is also now pulling them into the trouble.
Cas sends Balty off and then zaps the boys back to Bobby’s. Dean’s a bit put out (and rightly so) that Cas knew about this crazy plan of Balty’s to send them to bizzarro world, but Cas just said that it had to be done, and that if he loses against Raph, everyone loses.
Dean: We know the stakes, Cas! It’s all you’ve told us!
Yeah! Exactly! We need DETAILS, man!
Cas just says he’ll explain when he can (which I predict to be around episode 21) and poof, he’s gone. Dean rubs his face in frustration, but Sam makes his way over to the doorway where he was standing just a little while ago in fake Bobby’s house, waiting to jump Virgil. He pounds on the doorframe it a couple of times, then turns to his brother, declaring that it’s real.
Dean: Home sweet home, chock-full of crap that wants to skin ya. Oh, and we’re broke again.
I wonder what he did with all that gold he got from the dragons? *shrug*
Sam (with a half-smile that said more than his words): At least we’re talking.
I feel like we passed some kind of hurdle. We survived the meta and it wasn’t that bad. Not only that? It was entertaining and tossed some brotherly thoughts our way. Now we can move forward with the storyline. And next week…I don’t even know. I couldn’t assimilate the images it shoved at us in the previews beyond a discordant, “Eeeee!”
If the schedule I saw was right, we have next week (6.16) and then we’re on another hiatus until April 15th. Let me know if you heard anything differently.
Slainte, all. Thanks for reading.
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