Recap: Supernatural, Episode 6.20 – The Man Who Would Be King

It’s nighttime at Singer Auto. Bobby and Sam have a red-headed man in a stained wife-beater chained to a chair directly beneath the Devil’s Trap on his ceiling. Bobby’s complimenting “Red”’s hunter skills, even though it’s obvious the man is a demon. As Sam watches, stone-faced, Bobby throws Holy Water on the demon, waiting as it screams in pain, then asks where Crowley is because he knows that the demon/hunter has been rounding up monsters for the King of Hell.

Red plays dumb and Sam hands Bobby a wicked looking knife. I’m guessing it’s The Demon Killing Knife, though it doesn’t kill Red right away. Dean walks in and dumps a bag in the kitchen, giving Sam the “need to talk to you” head nod. Sam leaves Bobby with the demon and Bobby stabs Red in the leg. The boys talk in the kitchen while the demon screams in the background.

Bobby joins them and Dean tells them both that Cas dropped in, but that he “didn’t tell him anything.” He gave them the story he fed Cas about being on a bogus monster hunt (which, good, because I knew Sam wouldn’t have been on his own after a djinn with all of this going on). He said Cas doesn’t know they’re getting close to Crowley.

Dean (biting the inside of his bottom lip in that way he has that does funny things to my belly): He’s our friend and we’re lying to him through our teeth.

That’s always been the kicker for Dean. He’s been able to forgive and work through so much—almost anything—but when he finds out he’s been lied to by someone he trusts, by someone he loves, the claws dig deep into his heart and he lashes back in pain. Sam being addicted to demon blood was a problem they had to deal with. Sam lying to him about it was a betrayal he had to work really hard to overcome. Same thing here.

Dean: So he burned the wrong bones, so Crowley tricked him.

Bobby: He’s an Angel.

Dean: He’s the Balky Bartakamous of Heaven. He can make a mistake.

Ha! I used to love watching Perfect Strangers. I really don’t know why, either. It was…ridiculous. *laugh*

Bobby: Nobody’s saying nothing yet.

Dean: You think Cas is in with Crowley?

He says it with this complete and utter disbelief as if Bobby and Sam were claiming clouds were made of cotton candy. His expression pained, his body language is closed off—arms crossed over his chest, jaw tight.

Bobby: I’m just saying, I don’t know. I hate myself for even thinking it. But…I don’t know.

Sam has his hands at his sides, his eyes soft. It’s obvious that it’s more than just that their friend might have betrayed them; Sam’s whole demeanor shows he knows how much this idea is hurting his brother.

They haven’t had many friends in their lives, and Dean doesn’t trust easily. He is gruff and closed off even with the people he openly cares about. And Sam, while he doesn’t actually remember what the last year was like, knows that the time since Stull has been especially hard on Dean and this is a harsh blow.

Sam: He’s our friend, too. I would die for him. I would. I’m praying we’re wrong here.

Cas, meanwhile, is standing in the shadows behind Sam, listening to this whole thing. At first I was confused—just like with the scene at the light. How are they not aware he’s there? And then I realized that he had on his Angel Invisibility Cloak. Handy trick, that…though it does get him hung in the end.

Bobby: But if there’s a snowballs chance we ain’t…that means we’re dealing with a Superman who’s gone darkside. We’ve gotta be cautious, smart, and maybe stock up on some Kryptonite.

Dean, arms folded, face serious, eyes sad, looks at Sam.

Dean: This makes you Lois Lane.

While I was busy wondering if Sam is Lois, then who is Dean? Bobby’s all one problem at a time. They have to find Crowley before the idiot cracks open Purgatory. So, he goes back in to keep torturing Red. Sam follows and Dean stands in the doorway between the kitchen and the study, watching. Unknown to him, Cas is watching Dean, taking in the sadness and fear that hangs around the other man like a heavy net.

C.V.O.: They already suspected. And the worst part was Dean—trying so hard to be loyal, with every instinct telling him otherwise.

Red eventually coughs up that he’s never met Crowley—he always deals with the dispatcher, a demon named Ellsworth. Which…just so happens to be Jim Beaver’s character on Deadwood.

This is extremely nit-picky of me and possibly has no place in a ramble where I claim to spin the positive, but…there’s humor and homage, and then there’s just lazy writing. And this is totally just my opinion—I don’t expect anyone else to agree with me, but the play on this dispatcher being the demon version of Bobby Singer was, to me, less clever shout-out and more lazy writing. There were all kinds of ways they could have made this dispatcher appear—from Merovingian-like to Max Mad-like.

I know making him a good ole’ boy hunter-type is more in line with our boys’ style, and I’m not saying it was a poor choice, but…. Perhaps it was just that this whole episode had my heart hurting so much I was unable to find the humor in this likeness. And what I think of one little hunter-shout-out hardly matters. So, let’s move on.

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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