C.V.O.: ‘Course I didn’t realize it at the time, but it was all over. Right then. Just like that.
Off of Dean’s pain-laced eyes, we move to Cas blasting into Crowley’s Monster House of Pain and confronts him about sending the demons. Crowley’s like, this is all about you not being “good Cas” with them, because then you can’t be “good Cas” with you. A whore is a whore is a whore, no matter the color of her heart.
Cas: If you touch a hair on their heads, I will tear it all down. Our arrangement. Everything. I’m still an Angel. And I will bury you.
And with that, we see where it all began, this ‘arrangement’ Cas is referring to.
Knowing Raphael is stronger than him, Cas goes to Dean for help, but standing in the Braeden’s yard, watching Dean rake leaves, Cas can’t bring himself to do it. Dean’s alone—Sam, though back, walked away from him. He doesn’t know anything more than they sacrificed everything for nothing and Cas is uber aware of how much pain his friend is in. He couldn’t bring himself to ask Dean to sacrifice more. And though it ended up not being the right choice in the end, I loved him for making that choice. For treating Dean as a friend and a person and someone who needs to be cared for and…well, protected. Though he may not need it, ultimately, it’s still nice to know that someone wanted to try. That someone felt he was worthy of being shielded.
Worthy of it. That’s entirely different from protection being necessary because one is too weak. It was a gesture of love that I don’t think anyone in Dean’s life has ever made for him before. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to hug Cas, or kick his ass for being short sighted.
While Cas is watching Dean, though, Crowley shows up, wants to make a deal. I suspected that this was how it went down, but I wanted to be wrong. Cas is hardly the first of our group to make a deal with a demon—but I wanted his situation to have been different. I wanted Cas to have learned from the human mistakes he was not only witness to, but forced to clean up. I didn’t know how I wanted it to happen, really, just not that Cas had been seduced by a demon playing on the very real human weakness of Pride—a sin he and Sam share, apparently.
But, despite my ‘druthers, that’s how it happened. Crowley took Cas down to Hades to show him some of the changes he’d made. And I did find that ironically funny. Hell was waiting in line. I couldn’t agree more.
Crowley plays the role of the seducer, the snake, admirably well, holding out the forbidden fruit of power—enough power to run a war, defeat Raphael—and playing to Cas human-like need to be someone special.
To have been chosen—by God—to be the new sheriff in town, so to speak. Crowley says that all they have to do is get the souls in Purgatory. Which squashes my musing from last week that the souls in Purgatory wouldn’t do them any good because they were monsters. So, I guess Eve’s big plan wasn’t that she was going to tarnish the souls by turning them into monsters (which is what I had been thinking), but that she’d turn humans to monsters meaning they’d end up in Purgatory and no one knows where Purgatory is, so she would beat Crowley that way. It wasn’t that they’d be monster-souls, it was that they’d be hidden from him.
Crowley wants to use the boys, but Cas says no. Not Dean. He’s retired and needs to stay that way. I think if anyone had bothered to ask him, though, he’d have much rather helped Cas. But that’s just me.
Crowley: Fine. Then I know of a certain big, bald patriarch I can take off the bench. They get us the monsters, the monsters get us Purgatory.
Okay, so…maybe that’s really it for Gramps’ story? Crowley just used Mary as the carrot to get Gramps to work for him, then? I still kind of expected more to his story, but maybe that’s just me not liking a perceived loose end.
Crowley’s price is half of the souls. Cas says that it’s pointless—his plan will take months, and he needs help now. So, Crowley floats him a lone of 50,000 souls to take to Heaven. Which, I’m guessing the Titanic deal was to repay Crowley for that loan. Which didn’t work because Cas chose to save the boys, so…I guess Cas is still in debt to Crowley of 50,000 souls beamed up from Hell.
Crowley (with a quiet, soothing, seduction to his voice): You can save us, Castiel. God chose you to save us.
C.V.O.: I wish I could say I was clear of pride in that moment. Or the next.
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