Wow, could this episode possibly be the squickiest one of all time? Yeah there was Skin and Metamorphosis, but... we had people eating each other and our boys examining hearts and other body parts. *shudders* Maybe I'm just too faint-of-stomach. LOL.
So we start with a sweet, innocent couple on a first date who end up devouring each other, quite literally. Icky...
Is it me or was the coroner played by Jay Brazeau, the same guy who played the historian in Provenance (the guy who told them about the Dad in the painting and how he supposedly killed the whole family)? Sure looked like him. He was also in The Christmas Cottage with Jared.
Anyway... Our boys - who I have to say looked VERY yummy - are examining the hearts and Sam notices they have what look like enochian symbols on them. Dean calls Cas and Cas instantly appears, telling Dean "Here I am" on the phone, even though he's right in front of him. Dean: "I'm gonna hang up now." Hee. Cas says that Sam's right, and the symbols are "angelic marks" or marks of union for a man and woman intended to mate. It's actually a mark of Cupid and that he's a lower order of angel. Hmm. He's a "cherub third class." Dean says "flying fat kid in diapers?" Cas: "They're not incontinent." LOL. He tells the boys that Cupid has gone rogue and they have to stop him before he kills again. The boys' reactions are priceless. Sam: "Naturally..." Dean: "Of course we do."
We can see that something's obviously bothering Dean. Looks like he's preoccupied over the events of last episode, with the whole "destiny" thing. Sam expects that he'll go out and let loose for V-Day - "unleash the Kracken." But Dean doesn't seem up to it. Sam can tell something's bothering him and he says "it's when a dog doesn't eat, that's when you know something's really wrong." Dean denies that anything's wrong and he just wants to get to work. Sounds like he really wants to forget about these recent events and wants to keep himself busy on a case to take his mind off it.
We see two guys working and one seems to have a possessive girlfriend, who shows up begging him to be with her. The guy's friend scoffs and makes jokes about him being on a short leash, so the girl shoots him. But then it turns out when they're alone together, the guy shoots her (or both of them?).
So we then see signs that something is up with Sam. A random guy walks past him in the hospital and we hear a heart beating. Uh oh.... blood addiction? *facepalm*
The boys and Cas go out to eat but Dean is suddenly not hungry. Cas is, however, and asks Dean if he's not going to eat his food before he grabs the plate. Wow, Cas is actually eating. That's strange. He sees Cupid and asks the boys to meet him in the back. He's got Cupid tethered, but lo and behold the big guy appears and grabs a hold of Dean. Poor Dean. :P Then he goes for Cas (love his reaction too), and finally for Sam (who can blame him for going after the Puppy, though? LOL). Cas tells Dean that this is their handshake. Dean: "I don't like it!" (LOL - love the way he says that) Cas: "No one likes it."
Turns out Cupid isn't responsible for the deaths that have taken place recently. He is, however, responsible for getting John and Mary together. He had orders. Ouch, the whole "destiny" thing comes back to punch Dean in the gut, just as he's trying to get his mind off it. He's understandably pissed and punches Cupid (who disappears). His behavior again has Sam concerned and he wants to talk about it but Dean doesn't want to right now.
Huh, so it turns out the random guy Sam saw in the hospital was a demon! Makes sense because being infected by this whole hunger thing would make him addicted to demon blood. Although after he cuts the guy, he wipes off the knife. He grabs the demon's case and it turns out to contain the soul of a guy he saw earlier in the morgue (a guy who died stuffing Twinkies down his troat). Turns out that Famine, one of the four horsemen, is causing all this. Making people hungry for different things: lust, food, etc. Cas is eating a lot, particularly burgers (and Dean calls him "hamburglar" in one scene, hee), because his vessel Jimmy has cravings for red meat. Cas talks about Famine and we see he is a decrepit old man in a wheelchair with oxygen.
Cool to see Biggerson's again! Not cool to see all the ickiness inside.
So the demon guy Sam slit with the knife tells Famine that Sam is here but he stole the case with the soul in it. Famine reacts by eating the demon (soul?) himself.
Aw... poor Sam with the demon blood addiction... he tells Dean and Cas to go to stop Famine without him, and to tie him down, so Dean handcuffs him to the sink in the motel room. Unfortunately the demons know where Sam is because that one guy got the room key off him. Oh noes.... Sammy's back to drinking demon blood! Nooooo! :( And the reemergence of his powers! The demon guy tries to attack him but he knocks him out and says "wait your turn!"
So Sam and Cas have both been infected. Why hasn't Dean? Cas asks him this and Dean says that when he wants a drink he'll drink, etc. Cas wonders if he's saying he's well-adjusted. Dean says no, he's well-fed. He goes into Biggerson's but is attacked by the demons and comes face-to-face with Famine - who explains why Dean hasn't been infected. Implying that Dean has no soul?? He says that Dean can lie to everyone, but not him. He's broken and he's just going through the motions and still fighting. He's not hungry because he's dead inside. Oh, boy.
But look, it's Sammy to the rescue who tells him to let Dean go. Famine taunts Sam and says he's just as Satan wanted him. *feels sick* He goads Sam to cut the demons' throats so he can have more demon blood, but Sam says no. Instead he uses his mojo again to exorcise the demons. Famine consumes them. and Sam tries to use his powers on him, but Famine says it doesn't work - he's a horseman. Sam says "no, but it'll work on them." He concentrates his powers again and it looks like the demons are tearing him up inside?
WTF?? They locked Sam in the panic room again? Ugh. Cas tells Dean that Sam needs to get it out of his system and then he'll be back to himself. I guess I can understand that - taking precautions after what the infection by Famine did to him - but still, hearing Sam call out to them breaks my heart. Dean is upset and tells Cas he needs some fresh air. He goes outside, and now it's Dean's turn to break my heart. He looks heavenward, tears up and says "Please, I need some help."
So, final thoughts...... I think it was obvious that the whole thing about destiny from the last episode was weighing on Dean. He wanted to get involved in this case to take his mind off it, to put it out of his mind. Sam could tell something was bothering him and wanted to talk about it for a while (which we can expect from him). But then he had to be reminded of it by Cupid telling him about bringing John and Mary together, and then all the crap that Famine said to him made him feel worse.
Interesting personification of Famine, being a weak, old man.
Being the spoiler-whore that I am, I'd heard that Sam was going to be using his powers again, and boy, did he. So I guess the powers were always there, just lying dormant? Dean had asked Sam in Sympathy for the Devil how he was feeling and he said he was fine. He seemed to want to prove to Dean that he wouldn't fall off the wagon and even though he was tempted, he didn't give in (like in Free to Be You and Me, when that one hunter guy made him swallow the demon blood and he just spit it out in the guy's face). I guess maybe some hint of the addiction was still there, but Famine's power just brought it out? It was pretty awesome to see Sam using his powers again, and I liked that he used them to try and save Dean in the end. But sometimes I get a bit nervous about the whole thing. I guess part of me still doesn't want him to be go *totally* darkside. Ah well...
Both boys did an outstanding job: Jared trying to fight the demon blood addiction, kicking some demon ass; and Jensen in that final scene just about made me cry. Bravo, guys.
So Dean pleading for help - does this mean he will say yes to Michael? Is he getting closer to saying yes? Is he starting to think that he can't fight destiny?
And what about Sam in the panic room? Will we hear about the aftermath of that? Will it be referred to later in some capacity? Should we assume that he'll be over it at some point? I know, I have way too many questions, lol...
So again this show has left me sad at the end. Because it really seems like both boys may say yes. Or at least Dean (or Dean first). And if that happens and they have to kill each other, it just seems like such a downer to me. Pretty anti-climactic. It seems like all signs are pointing in this direction - BUT. It could be possible that the writers/Kripke are pulling a rope-a-dope, and have something else up their sleeve. It's happened before, so I guess we'll just have to wait and see. *crosses fingers and hopes for the best*