'Supernatural' recap: Thank you for being a friend

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This is a recap, so if you haven’t seen tonight’s episode of Supernatural, you best be on your way! (But do come back after you’ve watched!)

On Supernatural, goodbye rarely means goodbye forever. And in keeping with that idea, tonight’s episode saw one major return that brought a huge smile to face…

Everyone’s favorite idjit, Bobby Singer.. (Thanks for giving us back Bobby, Justified!)

How? Well, it had to do with the second trial. Per Advanced Placement Kevin, who was seen at the beginning of the episode totally losing his mind, Sam had to rescue an innocent soul from hell and send it to heaven. Easy, right? Um, OF COURSE NOT.

Sam and Dean had to enlist the help of a “Hell Coyote,” who could smuggle Sam into Hell. This turned out to be a taxi-driving reaper, who we didn’t get to know very well because when Crowley heard about his deal with the Winchesters and offed him.

He didn’t die before getting Sam into Hell, though. By the way, Hell was terrifying.

At first, I thought we were in for a slightly foggy version of set from Legends of the Hidden Temple. (Boo. Throws fruit.) But things took a turn for the ultra-creepy when they showed some of the Hell-dwellers. (Hello, nightmares!) Luckily, Winchester Jumbo was able to find Bobby quickly enough to spare us from seeing too many terrifying thing. (The twisted part of me hopes we go back.)

Back on the boat, as I mentioned, Kevin was hallucinating and not dealing with the pressure of the current situation well. Dean tried to give him a bit of a pep-talk but it fell short. Instead, Kevin continued to spiral and ended up hiding the tablet away from everyone, claiming it would take some of the pressure off of him. Dean only saw it as a stupid move. I’m inclined to side with Dean, but despite Dean’s promptings, Kevin wouldn’t give up it’s location.

Speaking of things out of Dean’s grasp, Castiel continued to be in the wind, and in this episode, Dean was paid a visit by Naomi, who is also on Castiel’s trail. Dean was less than pleased to see Naomi and her Ann Taylor suit, but she made an attempt to level with him. “I know you don’t want to believe it, Dean, but we’re on the same side,” she said. He didn’t seem to buy it — until later on in the episode. (Even so, I’m sure we all still have our doubts…)

After Sam and Bobby got themselves back to Purgatory (Purgatory was like the highway to Hell) they were shocked to find that their ride outta there hadn’t shown up as planned. (They didn’t know Crowley got to him.) So they were left like a bunch of unlicensed high schoolers after a football game — without a ride.

Little did they know Dean was working on this very issue: He’d enlisted the help of Benny, who volunteered to go into Purgatory for a game of Fetch the Brother. And that’s exactly what he did — with a twist.

Benny did help Bobby and Sam out but ended up staying behind — partially because he needed to hold off a band of vamps and partially he wanted to. The latter had been hinted earlier when Benny spoke about having a lot of trouble coping with the stress of staying “sober.” While it’s sad we didn’t get to see Benny and Dean bond more, I’m sure he’ll be back. Meanwhile, welcome to the Made A Giant Sacrifice For the Winchesters Club, Benny! You’re in good company.

Once back on Earth, carrying Bobby’s soul in his forearm, Sam was ready to complete the trial, but then Crowley showed up and tried to soul-block Bobby. That’s when Naomi showed up. Yup, Naomi of all people saved the day by helping the boys get Bobby to heaven.

Now, this is where we can debate a bit. I thought it was kinda cool to see Naomi in a good light, but I can see how some would interpret this as an elaborate show choreographed by Crowley and Naomi. The jury is out.

The jury is also out on the ending, which saw Kevin being POSSIBLY taken by Crowley/POSSIBLY going nuts and abandoning his mission.¬†Earlier in the episode, Crowley had a bit of a tantrum about not being able to get his hands on the better part of the tablet (his portion was, he said sarcastically, “the acknowledgements”). So when I saw him pop up on the boat, I figured it really was him attacking poor, unstable Kevin. But as some of you have pointed out in comments, this could have been Kevin’s hallucinations getting the better of him. I can’t wait to see it all unfold. I personally HOPE it was Kevin going nuts — because that means Mrs. Tran is alive.

Anyway, let’s talk more about this episode: How great was Sam’s mini speech to Bobby in Hell? (The Tori Spelling mention and the story about Bobby’s free pedicure at the Mall of America? PURE GOLD.) Are you enjoying the flurry of “wise Dean” speeches we’ve been getting lately (last week with Christie + this week with Kevin)? I love seeing him have these fatherly moments. Also, can we take a second to acknowledge Sam’s awesome reactions? I laughed out loud after Bobby’s “50/50″ comment. Lastly: Were you as bummed as I was that Dean didn’t get to see Bobby? I invite all your thoughts!

QUOTEABLES

“What happened to the hot chicks?” — Dean, re: male crossroads demon

“And it gets creepier.” — Sam, re: having to hold his coyote’s hand.

“That’s my pie.” — Dean

Sam: Bobby, it’s Sam.
Bobby: Yeah, and I’m Elvis.

“If they give me a rocking chair up there, I’m raising Hell.” — Bobby re Heaven

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