As longtime Supernatural fans know by now, when an episode’s cold open doesn’t involve a case-of-the-week, you know stuff’s about to go down.
So when this week’s episode opened with Castiel brutally beating and killing Dean in some sort of simulated reality created by Naomi, I went cold — and got very excited about the hour to come.
Did I expected Dean to get killed, like Naomi wanted? No. But I was curious to see how close Cas would get. The answer: Pretty damn close. But before I get to that, a lot of other things happened…
First, while Dean was busy combing the Batcave for ancient porn and growing increasingly worried about Sam (don’t leave your bloody tissues in the trash, Sam!), Sam picked up on a case involving a series of mysterious deaths. Once digging in further, they realized that someone in town had also been doing some demon killing.
It didn’t take long for them to put a few pieces together: Turns out the deaths were a bunch of possessed people who were doing Crowley’s dirty work/looking for Lucifer’s crypt. And the demon killer was none other than everyone’s favorite mind-controlled angel, Castiel, who popped in during a demon fight to save the brothers’ butts.
They were shocked by his reappearance to say the least, but even though they had a ton of questions, Castiel couldn’t help them much — since Naomi was still playing marionette with his noodle. Instead, he fed them a bunch of half-truths about his quest. “I’m searching for the other half of the demon tablet…and in my search I found out that Crowley sent out demons to find Lucifer’s crypts,” he told them. “They’re looking for parchment that would help them decipher Crowley’s half of the demon tablet without a prophet.”
So while Sam and Dean bought the story about the demonic decoder ring — with reservations — the truth was that Lucifer’s crypt housed the angel tablet. Note: When a demon in captivity nearly spilled the truth in front of Sam and Dean, Castiel killed her, confirming their suspicions that he wasn’t telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help him..bahahaha!
Pre-death, their demon hostage did serve up one bit of valuable truth: She told them about Team Demon’s hostage, who was being tortured for secrets. Enter Meg — with a bad dye job. (“Crowley’s idea,” she said of the hair, “just another reason I want to stab him in the face.”)
Meg told the boys that she had been putting the demons in the “ballpark” of Lucifer’s crypts but not giving up the goods, in hopes of buying herself some time. (And looking at Meg’s beaten and bloody face, it was apparent she wouldn’t have had much time left had they not found her.)
The fact that Meg knew the location of the crypts made her a valuable asset to Team Angel, but Cas knew that if they took her along for the ride, she’s spill about the Angel Tablet. Ultimately, Naomi decided that was the price they’d have to pay in order to find the crypts. As a result, Castiel’s lie was thrown back in his face.
With an air of distrust hanging over them, the gang set off to Lucifer’s crypt to retrieve the tablet, and that’s where things really went south.
Meg and Sam stayed outside to babysit one another (this is where Dean confessed that he’d seen Sam’s bloody tissues) while Dean and Cas went inside to get their Indiana Jones on.
Once inside, Castiel and Dean found the Angel Tablet, and things quickly turned into a showdown. “Finding the other half of the demon tablet — that’s priority, isn’t it?” Dean challenged, calling Cas on his lie. “I can’t let you take that, Dean” Castiel said. “Can’t or won’t,” Dean asked. “Both.”