‘Supernatural’ “Castiel Returns!” my recap/thoughts..

Posted: November 30, 2012 by trackerm in Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Jim Beaver, Supernatural
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“A Little Slice of Kevin” gave the fandom all sorts of secrets and new bits. Written by Brad Buckner and Eugene Ross-Leming, Supernatural appears to be back on track and headed closer to shutting down the gates of Hell. Castiel returns, Crowley has no tolerance for the Winchesters and the Winchesters are talking. The world is as it should be….. other than pinky-less Kevin. But lets begin with the demon teacher stealing a kindergartener.

Supernatural utilizes kids in such an eerie way that I was relieved for the young tyke to be kidnapped as opposed to being a monster. Taking the child was a good introduction to the episode.

Cruising down the road, Dean sees Castiel walking but when he stops, no Castiel. Cass later explains that he wasn’t at full power to totally return from Purgatory so Dean just gets glimpses but no twinkie. Dean doesn’t tell Sam that he’s seen Castiel’s apparition which gives me pause. Sam locates several weather omens linked with kidnapped people ranging from kids to grownups and so finds a job.

I’m so glad to see Samandriel but hate him being tortured! Crowley is seriously nurturing his “King of Hell’ title. I have to think he’s feeling the whole “closing the gates of Hell” squeezing him just a bit. No more fun and games between Crowley and the boys. Great fandom shout out when Crowley says, “no, no, and no!” This is Mark Sheppard’s typical response to anything that Richard Speight asks of him at Supernatural Conventions! Samandriel does share that the next generation of prophets have yet to be born. Something to tuck away inside of our little trivia brains. When a prophet dies, a new one appears. Chuck is dead hence Kevin but Rob Benedict(Chuck) has stated more than once that he was actually god.

Crowley has the group of prophets gathered together and of course they believe aliens have abducted them. What else? When one of the prophets questions Crowley, he’s killed which encourages the others to attempt reading the tablet.

Mrs. Tran douses Kevin in holy water which she proficiently and persistently does. She’s decided to be proactive and gathers demon bomb making materials rather than the two be continually in hiding. Seems Mrs. Tran found a witch who can help her acquire those needful ingredients. Positive here: the witch has the ingredients. The negative: she can be bought which of course happens. Crowley whisks Kevin off for fun and torture leaving a demon goon behind to kill Mrs. Tran. Momma Tran has no intention of making her death easy and using her giant, holy water filled supersoaker, she takes the demon down.

Meanwhile, Sam and Dean investigate the child kidnapping. When Dean quizzes the teacher about the incident, Sam slyly recites an exorcism into his phone. She is no longer possessed but acknowledges the smell of sulphur, demon residual.

Later, Sam sleeps as Dean researches in the dark and he again sees Castiel. They both get up and Dean admits to Sam that he’s seen Cass twice now. Dean’s guilt about not getting Castiel out of Purgatory is a major focus but Sam tells him “Survivor’s guilt, got to walk past it.” Possibly words that Sam repeated for a year while Dean was gone? I think so.

Leaning over the sink to wash up, Dean straightens up to have Cass physically standing right behind him.

Dean is incredulous and Cass is filthy from Purgatory. It seems the angel has no recollection of how he was pulled out other than it wasn’t Dean. The best line in the episode was Dean’s, “Sammy, I remember every second of leaving that place. I mean I remember the heat, the stink, the pain, the fear. I have that whole ugly mess right here… and he says he has no idea how he got out? I’m just not buying it.” Dean recalls Purgatory and slicing his arm open to let Benny in. The portal was a wonderful special effect with Dean stepping into but Castiel slipping out of his grip. Dean mentioned earlier that Cass should’ve tried harder and that was spot on.

Castiel can no longer endure Dean’s feeling responsible for him staying in Purgatory. Cass touches his forehead which allows Dean to see truth: Cass chose to let got of his arm, he wasn’t leaving Purgatory. Staying in Purgatory was his penance, very Dean-like.

The Winchesters receive a call from Mrs. Tran only because Kevin has been kidnapped. She shows up with the demon tied up in her trunk and Dean pulls his knife out to torture Kevin’s location out him.

Crowley works Kevin over fairly well but he hasn’t said anything about the tablet. Because more pain works, Crowley chops off Kevin’s finger. Kevin sidenote mentions Metatron who is an angelic scribe and an archangel. We also find out there are more tablets.

The captured demon gives up Kevin’s location so the four arrive for the rescue. Dean handcuffs Mrs. Tran to the steering wheel and he also tells Cass to stay back for his own protection. Before the Winchesters can confront Crowley, Castiel takes the stage, seems like he’s gotten his angel mojo back. Crowley smirks at Cass for trying to protect the group and Castiel “angels out”, black wings and all. The demon tablet gets broken and Crowley disappears.

Sam sends the Trans to Garth for protection. While Cass is talking to Dean, he gets zapped to what looks like heaven with an angel named Naomi(Amanda Tapping) in charge. She wants Castiel to go to the Winchesters when they call and to report back to her. Castiel refuses and Naomi continues to smile while informing Cass that he won’t remember the conversation. This entire scene opened up the ‘angels manipulating humans’ can. It would be a nice, easy explanation: Sam lived for a year without looking for Dean because he was mind controlled into it. Naomi ‘could be’ the person lurking outside Sam’s house that we saw. What are YOUR thoughts?

You know the old adage: without the bad how do you know what’s good? Life has to have heaven and hell. If the gates of hell were closed, where would the evil ones go/be? I don’t think this can occur so Castiel is once again assigned to further heaven’s and mankind’s best interest without being in the know. My thought. I also think that Riot, Sam’s ex-dog, will somehow be involved supernaturally rather than Amelia.

sweetondeanThis ep took us back to our original love: the Winchesters fighting together, not each other with Castiel as their wingman. The boys have full-out emerged as men in looks and in actions and I realize that as the Winchesters have grown, so have my expectations. “A Little Slice of Kevin” soothed the fandom beast and gave us morsels to chew on in regards to ‘figuring out’ what will, can and should happen! Our next feeding is in two weeks “Hunteri Heroci.” til then…. stay supernatural.


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