I must be a total sap, but I just about started crying when I was watching the "Road So Far" recap and "Carry On Wayward Son" started playing. The lyrics... they just seemed so appropriate this time around. *sniffle*
I totally expected to see the clips from Crossroad Blues, given the involvement of the Hellhounds (especially how they came for Bela last episode). I know some of my friends watched Crossroad Blues again in anticipation of this episode, which I have to say was a smart move (I just watched it again the other night, too, since I was screencapping anyway).
Now onto the actual ep...
You could just see how things were really coming to a head now, some leftover tension between the boys as Sam insists Dean isn't going to go to hell because he'll find a way to prevent it. Dean insisting that Sam not find a way to keep him from going to hell, all because he knows what will happen to Sam if he does - he'll die.
It looked like both boys were starting to crack, though. That quiet moment at the beginning where Sam tells Dean he's not going to let him go to hell. Sam looked like he was going to cry. And OMG, Dean. He starts losing it just a little. He looks at Sammy, sees him grotesquely distorting like Evan Hudson saw happening to his wife in Crossroad Blues (nice continuity there). Then his lip. starts. trembling. And he cries, "okay." OMG. He looked like such a lost little boy, if just for a brief moment there. As Dean began to lose it, so did I. *sniffle*
Interesting how Bobby was able to track where Lilith is. I really liked how he insisted on going along and helping them. Dean didn't want him to at first, but I loved how insistent Bobby was. That "Family don't end with blood, boy." Bobby, you ROCK.
So, was Ruby lying about Dean being able to be saved? She told Sam back in TKAA that she could help him save Dean. Then in Malleus Maleficarum, she tells Dean there's no way of saving him. But now she's telling Sam that he himself can save Dean? I was a little confused there. Was she somehow implying that Dean couldn't save himself, and no one else could save him except for Sam? If she wasn't lying, then she certainly wasn't telling Dean the whole story. Or at least not telling him in a way he could figure it out.
I liked how pissed off Sam was when he first confronted her, thinking that she was lying about it.
And just how could Sam save Dean? Apparently some combination of his psychic powers and something else hidden inside him? I'm assuming it was something that resulted from the demon blood? Sam perhaps having to go dark side in order to save Dean? I'm glad there's some confirmation that Sam does still have some of his powers, that they're "dormant." Interesting...
The whole thing with the family and the little girl (Lilith inside her body) was pretty creepy and it almost reminded me of that Twilight Zone episode (and segment in TZ: The Movie) where the little boy was a monster and his family was pretty much terrified of him.
I almost hate to say it, but Dean was spot on when he told Sam the demons know about their weakness of looking out for each other. He tells Sam they have to stop being martyrs and they have to go down fighting. Which is part of the reason he wanted Ruby's knife, I guess. And then Dean tells Sam to keep fighting. I wanted to hug Sam so badly. Another sad moment between the boys *sniffle* broken up with a little levity (damn, I can't remember the line right now, but both boys were smiling) like in the ending scene of Long Distance Caller.
When they were off to Indiana and Sam started to say something to Dean and was interrupted, it reminded me a little of that scene in Salvation where he told Dean "I just want to let you know, just in case...", and Dean interrupted him with "don't talk like that, don't say 'if something happens to you.' Nobody's dyin' tonight..." Although the circumstances were much different in this case. *sniff*
So, Dean does have something for Bon Jovi then (which totally goes against what he said in BUABS when Demon!Sam had apparently checked into a motel under the name Richie Sambora, and Dean made some crack about it being scary that he's a Bon Jovi fan). Hee! I loved Sam's reaction when he put it on.
And, and and... The Boys singing along to "Wanted Dead or Alive"!!!!! Yeah, Sammy, sing your heart out!!! Oh, singing boys FTW!! That was a bright little moment there. Thanks Kripke! :D
I was surprised at first when Dean killed the cop and said he knew the guy was a demon. But Bobby's explanation was pretty interesting - that Dean is so close to the veil that he can see stuff on the other side.
Okay - Stargate fans - was one of the demons in the neighborhood Dan Shea (aka Sgt. Siler)? It sure as heck looked like him, although he was only on screen for a few seconds, so I wasn't totally sure.
When they met up with Ruby and entered the house where Lilith was apparently hanging out, I was really wondering if Sam was actually going to stab the little girl. From the way he seemed to be hesitating, even though the mother kept mouthing to him to do it, it looked like just a tiny part of him was uncomfortable with the idea. I almost got the crap scared out of me when the girl woke up and started screaming. I thought for sure Lilith was just putting on an act to make Sam let his guard down and then she'd turn on him. But then Dean bursts in and says the demon's not in her anymore. Whew...
Okay, I have to say I was really starting to get frustrated with Ruby when she kept telling Sam that he had his chance and could have done something to save Dean, but now it's too late. Until...
... I realized Lilith was inside Ruby. Then it made sense, because in the beginning Ruby had told them that now would have been a good time to strike Lilith because she was "on shore leave" or something like that. So she was distracted because she was making that family miserable and etc. But now Sam and Dean have caught up to her, and she's ready for them. Have to say part of me wasn't expecting Lilith to be inside Ruby.
Clock strikes midnight. Oh, no.... The look on Dean's face... it breaks my heart. The sadistic way Lilith!Ruby calls on the hellhound to come out and attack Dean. The way Sammy is subdued up against the wall watching helplessly. It almost reminded me of the scene in Devil's Trap when YED!John was torturing Dean while Sam watched helplessly (until John overcame the YED for a split second of course).
So what did Lilith do to Sam right before the commercial break? She just incapacitated him?
No.... no.... Dean's lying there motionless and bloody... Sam picks him up and starts crying.... And right there I lose it. Totally.
Sam's nightmare from Mystery Spot is now happening for real.
*cries again, grabs Sam and hugs him tight*
.... but what is going on now with Dean? Is he actually in hell now? Or is it like some kind of limbo? That's what I was thinking from the way he was chained up, but maybe it is actually hell. The way he screamed for help and for Sam got to me one last time for the night. And we won't find out till next Fall (and hopefully not much later than that, aka please don't strike again guys!).
Damn you, Kripke, you magnificent bastard!