Okay, I forgive Kripke for last week. Apologies to the Ruby fans out there, but DING DONG THE B!TCH IS DEAD!!!! And we didn't see Bobby die! So technically he's still alive! *cheers jubilantly* *coughs* Heh... I'll get to that later.
"Carry On Wayward Son" starts and I'm crying. The Sam/Dean hug from Lazarus Rising is shown and I'm crying. *sniffle*
We start at St. Mary's Convent in Maryland, 1972. A ha, interesting. It seems that the YED possessed a priest who starts rambling on about "father"; father in this case meaning Lucifer. And he apparently starts slaughtering nuns.
Then we open on Sam and the DBE. He appears to be having some doubts. She bugs him and asks him if his head is still in the game. He absently says yeah, and she tells him that Dean was wrong to say those things. Sam tells her no, that he was right to say what he did. He says, "I've changed for good. And there's no going back now." Noooo. :( He also says that Dean is better off being as far away from him as possible.
Then we cut to Dean and Bobby. Dean insists he won't call Sam. Bobby says "He's your brother and he's drowning." Dean says he won't try again, and it's too late. He told him not to come back if he walked out that door. Even though Bobby persists Dean says Sam didn't want this and wanted to go to school, and now it's like deja vu. "Screw him, Sam's gone. He's not my brother anymore. I'm not sure if he ever was."
Bobby's heard enough and gives it to him, calling him a stupid SOB, and he's so sorry his feelings were hurt, "Princess." Heh. Wow. I know there were a lot of people pissed at Bobby for being this way to him (when we saw the previews of this), but I still say Bobby is awesome. He tells Dean that family is supposed to make you miserable, that's why they're family. He's right; I know that Dean wants things to be easier and stuff after all he's been through - we've seen this develop especially over the course of the season. But I'm trying to look at this objectively. In the end, all they've got is family. Even though Dean and Sam seem to be on opposite sides, they are working toward the same goal: preventing the apocalypse. After all they've been through and all the times they've been separated, it all comes back to the two of them.
Anyway... Bobby tells Dean he sounds like a whiny brat. "No, you sound like your Dad." He says John was a coward. He'd rather push Sam away than reach out to him. Then Bobby softens and tells Dean that he's a better man than his Dad, and "don't be your Daddy."
Suddenly, Dean finds himself in some strange building that looks like .. I don't know... an art gallery? LOL. Castiel appears and tells him it's almost time. Hmm, time for ...?
We then cut to Lilith's "personal chef" who is contemplating taking another baby away, when Sam appears and tells her they need to talk.
Back to the strange building, there are goodies set out on a table, including beers. Zachariah appears and tells Dean he "looks fit." Dean comes back with "if it isn't the Suite Life of Zach and Cas" Off their confused glances he goes "It's a... never mind." Heh. He wants to know where they are and Zach calls it a "green room." He tempts Dean with a burger and then perhaps Ginger or Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island. Dean questions all this and Zach says he wants Dean focused. All the seals have been broken but one. He says Dean has started all this, and Lilith has to break the final seal; she is the only one who can and it will happen at midnight the next day. Dean wants details and wants to stop her right away, but Zach won't comply and simply says things like "have faith." He then tells Dean "you swore obedience. So obey." Ooh...
Back to Lilith's personal chef, Sam interrogates her, torturing her until she screams.
Dean calls Sam! He leaves a voicemail message, telling Sam he's pissed and owes Sam a serious beatdown, but he shouldn't have said what he did. Dean says he's not Dad. They're brothers - family, and that won't change. He says he's sorry before hanging up.
Sam continues to torture the demon, asking for Lilith's whereabouts. She finally comes clean and tells them about the convent. DBE tells him they need to take her with them because he needs more demon juice. Wow, she actually got a bit snarky in this scene, as if she's trying to be like season 3 Ruby. But sorry, she doesn't really cut it IMHO. The demon decides she's going to take a siesta, and the girl she's possessing comes back. Kinda like the way John came back for a split second in Devil's Trap when he begged Sam to shoot him and end this all right now, I guess.
We go back to 1972 as YED makes his sacrifice upon the altar to Lucifer, who speaks to him through one of the nuns. He tells the YED that he needs Lilith to bust him out. YED says she's deep in the pit but Lucifer insists. He then says the YED must get a very special child. YED asks, "What child?"
The camera then cuts to Sam. Whoa, was that deliberate? *cowers in fear*
Sam finds an article dating back to when this incident happened. He starts having second thoughts on the girl and says he wants to find another demon. DBE tells him that he shouldn't fall for the demon's act (of lying dormant in the girl I guess). It looks like Sam is not so keen on this, but he takes the girl anyway, forcing her into the trunk of the car as she struggles.
Dean tells Cas he wants him to take him to see Sam. Cas doesn't think it's wise. Dean insists he wants 5 minutes and Cas says No. Dean wants to see Sam, but Cas is adamant about it. Dean doesn't care and wants to leave when suddenly the doors to this place disappear.
Back to Sam and the DBE ... Sam sees a voicemail from Dean. The DBE quite annoying tells him "What are you, a 12 year old girl? Just play it." He tells her to mind her own business. She continues and he tells her to drop the friggin' act. Thank you, Sammy! Are you starting to wise up a little? *grin* He's obviously uncomfortable with bleeding an innocent woman to death. He starts thinking that Dean was right about everything.
Dean tries to escape when Zach shows up and says it's too dangerous out there. Dean says he's lying. He insists he'll ice Lilith. Zach says nope, he won't, because she'll break the final seal. Dean tells him he and Sam can stop it. But oh ho, Zach doesn't *want* to stop it! He wants the apocalypse to happen!! Whoa... He says it will play out and their side will win. Dean is not happy with this and asks what happens to all the people out there. Zach seems awfully cavalier about the whole thing. He says "eh, it happens" and this isn't the first "planetary enema." Dean then asks him about Sam, and Zach says he has a part to play in this. "Sam, Sam, Sam --- Marcia, Marcia, Marcia." He tells Dean to forget about him and there are larger things to think about.
Taking a break from my synopsis to say that so far, it looks like the Angels (esp. Zach) and the Demons (Ruby, for one) are working to prevent Sam and Dean from reuniting and taking care of this whole thing together.
Anyway... Zach tells Dean that he has a part. He'll stop it, but he won't stop Lilith or the apocalypse. He'll stop Lucifer, and when he wins his awards will be great. Dean asks where is God in all of this. Zach: "God has left the building." *shudder*
We go to the convent where Liltih shows up, killing a security guard.
Dean tries to get a hold of Sam again. Cas says it won't work. Dean asks him what they'll do to Sam. Cas says nothing; he'll do it to himself. Ooh boy. Dean asks him why he's here, and Cas says he's sorry it had to end like this. "Sorry" isn't good enough for Dean. He tells Cas not to give him this "destiny" crap; it's just a way for the bosses to keep them both in line. He says that family and people is what's really important. Amen, Dean!
Cas asks him what is there to save. He says he can see the pain and guilt inside Dean, and Dean will be at peace after all this happens. Dean tells him he'd rather take the pain and guilt, and Sam as he is. It's better than being all stepford in Heaven. He tells Cas there is a right and wrong, and he knows it. He begs Cas again to get him to Sam. He tells him "if there's anything worth dying for, this is it." He's pissed at Cas and calls him a spineless SOB, and tells him they're done.
Back at Killing Lilith HQ, Sam is still hesitant. He needs a minute to think. DBE keeps bugging him though. Sam listens to Dean's voicemail, but it's not what we're expecting. Dean's voice calls him a demon-sucking SOB, reminds him that Dad said Dean had to save him or kill him, and then calls him a monster and a vampire. Whoa, wait a minute, that is not Dean! Is this the work of the angels from preventing the boys from getting together? Or is it what's going through Sam's head and telling him what he's expecting to hear? Sam then tells the DBE to "do it" (to the girl), and he looks almost sad as this happens.
It appears that Dean has gotten through to Cas, because next thing we know he gives Dean a knife and Dean cuts him, allowing him to paint a blood sigil on the wall. Zach catches them, but Cas sticks his hand to the sigil and Zach gets whisked away. Cas tells Dean he won't be gone long. He then tells Dean that Lilith *is* the final seal, and if she dies, the end comes. Hmmm, so was this what Cas was trying to tell Dean in The Rapture when he came to him in Dean's dream?
Yay! Chuck!! Heh, he's talking to a dating service, asking for 20 girls for the whole night. Dean and Cas appear to him suddenly. Chuck says they're not supposed to be in this story. Cas: "We're making it up as we go." So, Dean and Cas have broken away from the rest. Suddenly an archangel appears and Dean is whisked away, ending up at the convent.
The Sam/Lilith showdown begins. Sam throws her down. Dean shows up, but the DBE closes the door on him. Sam glares at Lilith and tells her "I've been waiting for this for a very long time." He works his mojo on her, although looks maybe a bit overwhelmed or worried? He hears Dean calling out to him and pounding on the door. This appears to be influencing him somewhat. Then we see the DBE yelling to him, but we can't hear what she's saying ove a loud, strong heartbeat. It appears Lilith wasn't hurt by his mojo, so she laughs at him and goads him. When suddenly Sam's eyes turn black! Nooooo!!! *cries* His powers from within succeed in killing her.
Commercial break! An ad for My Bloody Valentine 3D on DVD! Kewl :D
Lilith's blood travels in an interesting path from which it would seem that Lucifer escapes. The DBE is rejoicing that Sam did it. He opened the door and "now he's free at last!" Aha!! Her motives are finally clear! She *wanted* Lucifer to be free! I knew that DBE had an agenda, I knew it! Kripke, you have not let me down in that area! Thank you! Anyway, she keeps on gushing about this and patting herself on the back, saying how awesome she is. Sam explodes in anger, telling her that she lied to him and calling her a bitch. He says to her, "you poisoned me!" Notice how nicely this echoes Dean's "She's poison, Sam!" from the last episode. DBE insists it wasn't the blood, it was Sam. He chose the right path. Apparently it's been the path that he was "destined" to travel down. Everything that the YED and Lilith did to get him here. The DBE tells him "it had to be you, Sammy." She says he saved them and set Lucifer free, and they will repay him.
Who saves the day here (for me anyway) but Dean, who bursts in and kills the DBE with the knife!!!!! OMGYAY!! Dean, for that brief shining moment, you are my hero!! *hugs him* Heh... sorry. ;) Unfortunately right after that, Lucifer breaks free. Dean grabs Sam and says "Sammy, let's go." Aww... back to "Sammy" again. :) But Sam just stands there and says "he's coming."
And on that we end.
Okay, so final thoughts on this. This episode actually turned out a lot better than I expected it to be. I was seriously prepared for the boys being separated throughout the whole thing, and we wouldn't see them back together until sometime next season, if at all. But what did we see? Sam starting to doubt what he's doing and thinking that Dean is perhaps right. He wanted Dean to be safe and that's why he said Dean is better off as far away from him as possible (we can see how much he cares for Dean). Even though Dean started out not wanting to go after Sam until Bobby got on his case, he did call Sam and apologized to him. It was interesting that Sam seemed a bit distracted for a second when he heard Dean calling out to him and pounding on the door as he was trying to end Lilith.
I was so glad that the boys did reunite at the end. But now I'm really worried about Lucifer breaking out. The way Sam stood there as Dean grabbed him to go, it almost seemed like he was mesmerized or transfixed, and it almost seems to me like Sam will become a vessel for Lucifer. Or he's going to be a leader in his army? Whatever it was, it seemed like Sam didn't want to leave, as if he wanted to welcome Lucifer. I really hope I'm wrong here, though. And I guess we won't find out till next season. *sigh* Yeah, Sam going evil could be hot, but I don't want him to be like that forever... *worries*
It also seems that Dean and Castiel have formed their own contingent of sorts and broken away from the other Angels. It'll be interesting to see how that all plays out. I'm glad that it seemed that Dean got through to Castiel.
Again, I apologize to the Ruby fans, but I feel like a kid on Christmas. I was literally cheering at the screen when Dean killed her. She definitely didn't have good intentions and she did play Sam along. It was true that part of what happened was Sam himself... he regretted getting addicted to the demon blood and wanting to stop (or so he'd told Chuck), but he did keep doing it. She did help, though, and I think she deserved what she got coming to her.
Also, it appears that Bobby lived! We didn't see him die, we didn't hear any mention of him dying, so he's still alive. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. *nods*
I hope I didn't sound like I was bashing either of the boys. Like I said before, I know some people were mad hearing what Bobby said, but I think he helped steer Dean back on the right path, because family is all they've got and they need to stick together. It's all about family, and that is what's really important. Dean said this himself to Cas. I'm glad that the DBE finally revealed herself to be the conniving beeyotch that she was all along, and I'm so glad that Sam realized this and tried to kill her.
So I actually didn't cry as much as I thought I would. I'm feeling better about this than I expected, but I'm still really worried about what's going to happen now with Lucifer, and if Sam is going to be a vessel or devoted to him in any other way. Eeek. I'll be cowering under my bed till September/October I guess. ;)