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Supernatural: Two Damaged Heroes And A Fallen Angel

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Photo: Katie Yu/The CW

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 There’s never been  a long running dramatic series on network Television that’s been anywhere near as effective presenting “Meta-Episodes” than the CW show “Supernatural,” a technique the series has successfully employed for years. Although the hyperlink’s provided above, Dictionary.com provides meanings for the word as an adjective and a noun. Among definitions for Meta as a noun the site states, “a consciously and playfully self-referential story, conversation, etc.” When used as an adjective, “pertaining to or noting an abstract, high-level analysis or commentary, especially one that consciously references something of its own type.”

Throughout the years Sam and Dean Winchester have found themselves as Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, in a world in which the Titanic didn’t sink to prevent Celine Dionne from becoming famous. Dean once met his future self in a post-apocalyptic world, that also introduced us to a mortal Castiel who now indulged in drugs and orgies and Sam’s the meat-suit for Lucifer. Chuck Shirley made a good amount of money writing a series of pulp paperbacks about “THE BOYS” adventures entitled “Supernatural.” Chuck knew about their exploits because he was God’s Messenger, a position that’s since been abolished.

Because of the loyalty and passion of the fans the story’s able to feed off itself and that aspect’s provided some of the most entertaining episodes in the series’ history. The episode that brought the show back from its holiday hiatus entitled “The Devil In The Details,” proved among the best uses of the vehicle as Lucifer played a kind of evil Clarence out of “It’s A Wonderful Life” for Sam. Taking the younger Winchester brother on a tour of his life pointing out moments Sammy could take pride in and the moment when Satan claims that things fell apart for Sam.

An enjoyably cute then macabre opening scene took place with Crowley wearing a onesie set of pajamas with the feet as he ogles the Christmas tree and the presents around it. Rowena comes down the stairs with antlers on her head and a flashing red nose and wearing a look of kill me now. Crowley’s acting like a toddler and he gets incredibly excited when he opens a present and finds he received a collectable figurine of Sam.

There’s someone pounding so hard on the front door it shakes. After a few more pounds the door falls onto the floor and Lucifer dressed as Santa Claus with a big sack of presents walks in chortling ho, ho, ho. Crowley’s all excited and asks Santa what he brought him? Lucifer pulls out a large plastic candy-cane and then skewers Crowley with it the pointed edge protruding from his back. Crowley cries he’s been a good boy and falls dead to the ground.

Lucifer then looks at Rowena and asks her if these are her dreams and she replies she’s in a reoccurring nightmare she’s had every night for weeks. However she says to Santa that he’s different and Lucifer pulls down his beard and she recognizes him. They struck a deal that night to betray Crowley and the Winchester’s leading to Sam getting trapped with Lucifer in his cage.

Now back to the present as Crowley snarls at Rowena that she betrayed him in his own domain and says he should kill her. She taunts him and he starts choking the life out of her, but she stops him by saying Lucifer will avenge her death. The Evil Angel promised Rowena that when he defeated the “Darkness” and ascends to his throne in Heaven she’ll be by his side. She tells her son that Lucifer defeated Amara once and shall do it again, Crowley responds that either scenario they’ll all still die human and demon alike.

Down in Hell Lucifer’s attempting the soft-sell approach to get Sam to agree to become his vessel top-side. He says they can defeat the “Darkness” and save the world. Sammy tells him to do his worst and torture him as long as he wants but he won’t give his consent. Lucifer smiles and says he’s not going to hurt Sam he’s going to show him some stuff and puts his hand on Winchester’s forehead. Suddenly they’re standing in a park and Lucifer asks him if he remembers this place? We see a teenage couple and Sam realizes the boy’s him at about 16 and he’s talking to this really cute girl about the Aztecs.

Dean’s driving down the highway and tries calling Sam but gets his voicemail and just says call me and hangs up. He then dials Crowley’s phone and gets the voicemail but suddenly Dean sees the air distorting as waves of energy are pulsating towards him. Winchester pulls the Impala over and gets out and barfs up. Castiel arrives what looks like seconds later but apparently was a while after Dean pulled over.

He tells Dean that he’s infected with Smiting Sickness and he’s got to drive away from Ground Zero where the Angels got together and combined their powers to destroy Amara. Castiel says he’ll go there alone as he’s immune to the poison, Dean reluctantly agrees to head the other direction and try to find Sam. He tells Castiel if Amara’s dead then bring her body back, if she’s alive he best run.

Back in Sam’s memory Winchester says the trip down memory lane’s not impressing him when Lucifer says hold on this is the best part. While young Sam’s still talking about the Aztecs the young lady tells him she didn’t ask him to take her to the park to study. She says she thinks he’s smart and funny and cute and if he’d like to make out… she doesn’t get to finish her sentence as young Sam’s lips meet hers. Lucifer’s jazzed saying that Sam proved he was bold and decisive and got the girl.

Dean arrives back at the Men Of Letters building and his phone rings, Crowley’s on the other end and Winchester curses the King Of Hell to begin the conversation. Crowley tells Dean that Sam’s in Hell with Lucifer and gives him a place to meet him.

We see a sign that reads “Stull Cemetery” and Lucifer cackles as he says this is where it went down the Championship Fight. Sam quickly recognizes they’re back at the spot where Sam averted the apocalypse, Lucifer then asks Sammy if he’s ever told him how much he respects him? Winchester looks shocked and the Devil says he doesn’t like him he thinks he’s prissy but he respects his bravery. That’s what it took to defeat Lucifer at the moment they’re watching. Then he says he still doesn’t understand what this meant and we see Dean and Castiel arrive and Cas shouts to Michael “Hey Ass-Butt” before he blows the Arch-Angel up.

Dean arrives at the house Crowley sent him to and we see a familiar face open the panel on the front-door and she asks Dean the password. Dean rolls his eyes and says that Crowley sent for him and the woman once again asks for the password. Dean then speak-sings the first stanza of “Camp Town Races” and the woman smirks and says nice job Bieber. Winchester makes some derogatory comment about demons and she tells him she’s not a demon.

The woman’s identity pops into Dean’s head and he realizes she’s the Reaper named Billie that Sam met at the beginning of the season. She’s angry that they killed Death and Dean says you want us dead but she corrects him. She tells him she doesn’t want them dead but she’ll guarantee when they exit it’s for the last time. She then tells Dean she’s working with Crowley that it never hurts to have the King Of Hell owing you a favor. She then gives Dean a metal case and tells him to bring it to Crowley then opens the door that will lead Dean to Hell.

Castiel’s arrived at Ground Zero and he finds a smoking crater but sees no sign of life. Then he hears some rustling, there’s another Angel that’s arrived from Heaven’s Front Office to assess the situation. She knows who Castiel is and asks rather than killing her can they work together? Cas asks if they say that he kills other Angels and the woman named Amriel informs that’s one of the nicer things they say about him.

She then tells Castiel that it’s good that the two of them ended up at Ground Zero as they’re both expendable. She describes herself as an insignificant drone and that while Castiel’s done a lot everybody knows the Winchesters are the real heroes. That statement stops Cas in his tracks and she asks him if he’s coming he tells her he’ll catch up with her.

Crowley and Rowena sit down for tea and the lackey asks how they take it and they both at once state with honey and a touch of milk. Rowena smiles at Crowley and says like mother like son and the King Of Hell excuses himself to go and vomit. She pats him on the side and hopes he feels better.

Amriel finds Amara unconscious on the ground and makes the mistake of touching her and she awakens. We hear Amriel scream and Castiel calls her name and starts running towards her screams. He arrives too late as Amara consumed the Angel’s grace, spark and memories so she know who Castiel is when she sees him.

We return to Sam’s memory of averting the apocalypse and we watch him from the episode in Season Five tell Dean that he’s strong enough to defeat Lucifer and Michael then grabs him as he jumps into the Devil’s Trap and they get locked back in Lucifer’s cage in Hell. The Devil boasts about how heroic Sam used to be however he says that he’s not like that any longer, he’s now soft.

Castiel pulls out his Angel-Blade and Amara chuckles at the gesture, then says to him the Angels just hit her with their entire armory and barely scratched her paint-job. He thinks he’s going to take her out with his shiny knife? She then derisively says she wonders what her brother saw in an insignificant being like him that made him believe Cas was special? He says he’s not afraid to die and she practically shrieks back at him he’s terrified that he reeks of fear and self loathing. She then says he’s not worth the effort to kill him and says she’s got a job for him. She then puts her palm on his chest and he screams in pain and disappears in a ball of light.

Lucifer and Sam make their third stop and the Devil says this was the worst decision Sam ever made. We realize we’re back in Texas when we see Sam sitting and talking with Amelia Richardson the veterinarian that he lived with and loved while Dean got trapped in Purgatory. Lucifer said that instead of living with Amelia he should have done everything to get Dean back.

Then Lucifer starts lecturing Sam how he and Dean used to be consumed with saving the world but now all they want to save is each other. He says they’d let all of humanity perish to ensure that they both survive, that’s why Sam unleashed the “Darkness” on the planet. His only concerns were keeping Dean safe.

Dean meets Crowley in one of Hell’s corridors and the King Of Hell opens the case and shows Winchester the contents. He says that the contraption’s a witch-catcher that nearly all of them got destroyed after the Inquisition however Billie came through for him. He says that Rowena will be helpless to disobey anything he says once they put it on her.

Billie’s sitting in the same room she talked to Dean in reading a graphic novel when we hear a scream and a flash of light and Castiel lands in a heap on the floor holding his chest. She looks up at him nonchalantly and says hey then returns to reading. Cas looks like he’s about to lose it.

Crowley returns to Rowena drinking tea and she asks how Dean’s doing and he says pardon? She says when he goes on a secret mission he should check his pockets. He feels his jacket pockets and finds she slipped a Hex-Bag in there when she patted him before he left. She heard their whole conversation. Dean walks in with the witch-catcher and says that really doesn’t matter, Crowley smiles and tells her he spiked her tea.

She laughs it off but then starts coughing and choking and Dean slams the wooden and metal collar around her neck and she shrilly screams to get the bloody thing off her. Crowley smiles and says he’d love to except that bloody thing makes her his slave and then tells her to hop on one foot. Rowena starts chastising her son for his foolish talk until she starts hopping up and down on one foot and can’t stop.

Lucifer’s restored reality and Sam and he are back in the cage and the Devil’s really trying to get Sam to agree to team up with him and save the world that they together can save the world. He says that Sam’s not strong enough to do it without him. Sam sneers at him and asks him why he’s so sure that he’s up to defeating the “Darkness” and Lucifer spits back cashing checks and snapping necks that’s what I do.

Crowley Rowena and Dean are gathered for Rowena to prepare the spell to put Lucifer back in his cage, she tells them it will take about five minutes to prepare and as long as Sam hasn’t granted him permission he’ll get set back to his prison. Castiel shows up and Dean asks if he’s okay and Cas says Amara’s alive and she’s angry. He then says look what she did to me and he opens his trench-coat to reveal his torso all ripped up. Amara carved the words you are done it’s over into the Angel’s chest and stomach.

Lucifer says that he’s the only one who can stop the “Darkness” Gabriel and Rafael are dead and God went out for a pack of smokes and never came home. He says that prison hasn’t agreed with Michael, that these days he sits in a corner singing show tunes and touching himself. He tells Sam that he’s the only option available.

Sam smiles and looks the Devil in the eyes and says that he’s really good but his answer’s still no. First of all it took Lucifer and three of his brothers and God to defeat the “Darkness” the first time. Then he says that bottom line whether it’s the “Darkness” or Lucifer humanity’s doomed. Sam asks Lucifer what happens if he wins and the Devil says maybe he’ll move to Los Angeles and solve crimes, a reference to a new show on another network. Sam derisively laughs and says if Lucifer wins he’ll start the apocalypse all over again.

The Devil smiles slowly and says then onto Plan B and he starts hitting Winchester. Dean and Castiel hear Sam screaming and they run to help even tough Rowena has yet to cast the spell. Crowley tells them to wait however they just take off. Lucifer sees them and smiles and Castiel once again yells Hey Ass-Butt! The Devil says Dean and uh the other one and they are now inside the cage with he and Sam.

He tries playing diplomat but that fails and the three of them start attacking him and as he throws one off another one takes over. Dean makes sure Sammy’s okay and he says to Dean they can’t win, the older brother says all they have to do is hold on for a while.

Rowena’s started to invoke the spell so the clock’s started. However Lucifer decides at that point that it’s been far too long since he killed and sets his sights on Castiel. Suddenly we hear the old disco hit “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” blasting away as the Evil Angel starts ripping Castiel apart. He grabs the Angel by the throat and shouts any last words? Just then Rowena finishes the spell and fire starts blazing and Lucifer disappears. Castiel looks badly shaken up but he’s okay.

The trio starts heading back to the room they left when they’re met by the King Of Hell and his mother the witch. She smiles and says you’re welcome and gets met by silence. She asks none of you and Dean says to bite him and Crowley says he can make her do that! He then says that teaming up resulted in a train-wreck so they’re through working together. Dean asks Crowley what about Rowena and he replies she stays but the rest of them are to get the Hell out of Hell.

Castiel and Dean talk before Winchester gets into the Impala and Dean asks the Angel if he’s okay? Cas says no but he will be soon. Dean asks him if they can give him a lift and the Angel smiles and declines but thanks him he says he’ll catch up with them. Sam and Dean head back to Men Of Letters building.

Crowley’s making the most of having Rowena as his personal slave, she’s massaging his shoulders and rubbing his temples. Knowing she has to tell the truth he asks her why she hates him and we finally see a little of the real Rowena. She says she hates him because every time she sees him it reminds her of the weak poor girl she used to be before she became a witch and joined the coven.

She says she hates him because every time she looks at him she remembers his father telling her he loved her before he returned to his grand wife and his grand family while she lie there with blood on her thighs. She then says she hates him because if she didn’t she’d love him and love’s a weakness.

Surprisingly Cas walks in but something’s amiss. He’s clean-shaven he looks like he’s back to being as healthy as he was when we first met him, he even kind of looks kind of buff! Crowley says Castiel and he smiles and says guess again, then flings Crowley against the wall. Lucifer’s taken over Castiel’s meat-suit and we flash-back to see what took place. When Lucifer asks him if he’s got any last words, Cas asks if he can really defeat her and the Devil says he can. Castiel then says then the answer’s yes and gives Lucifer permission to take over his vessel.

Rowena’s all excited that Lucifer survived and at first it looks great for her as he removes the witch-catcher and leans in to kiss her. However he says he needs to ask her a question and asks if anyone else can open his cage and she smiles and says she’s the only one. Lucifer/Castiel then smiles and snaps her neck and as she drops to the floor he says to Crowley let’s chat.

I can’t wait to see Misha Collins play this new role. In the seconds that we saw him as Lucifer he certainly looked intriguing. Once again Supernatural has taken the series back to a level this season that we hadn’t seen from this show in the last few seasons. Glad to have it back roaring on all eight-cylinders.

Supernatural: A Devil’s Bargain

Photo: Katie Yu/The CW
Photo: Katie Yu/The CW

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According to the current story-arc on The CW Network series “Supernatural,” lots went down in the universe before the Book Of Genesis takes place. In fact according to the show, one could make a comparison between the first book of the Five Books Of Moses and chapter four of Star Wars: A New Hope. Turns out that everything started in a highly competitive relationship between a brother and sister, the sister known as “The Darkness” and the brother known as “The Light.” The sibling rivalry got out of control and the brother with the help of his sons the Arch-Angels defeated the sister and locked her away for eternity and her name never mentioned again.

The brother took on the title of God and created the universe, while the sister’s name became the source of scary bedtime stories told to Angels and demons when they were children to make them behave. She stayed imprisoned due to the force of The Mark Of Cain, a symbol bestowed on the son of Adam and Eve by Lucifer when he killed his younger brother Abel.

The Mark Of Cain kept it’s owner alive throughout history, until he transferred the mark to Dean Winchester two years ago. Dean needed the mark in order to destroy the demon Abaddon and keep her from taking over as Ruler of Hell. Winchester won the battle but The Mark Of Cain started taking control of Dean turning him into a demon. His brother Sam with the help of a witch named Rowena and an Angel named Castiel and Rowena’s son Crowley The King Of Hell cast a spell that removed The Mark Of Cain from Dean’s arm. However it released “The Darkness” in the process and now everybody’s running scared.

Now Dean feels a bond with Amara the physical embodiment of “The Darkness,” she was an infant in October and grew really fast as she appeared as a ravishing woman in her mid-thirties in tonight’s episode. (Emily Swallow takes over the role from Samantha Isler.) Sam’s been getting these visions that he believes God’s sending him instructing him that he needs to go back to Lucifer’s Cage and get Lucifer to help them defeat Amara.

The final episode of 2015 opens in a park in front of a cherub themed fountain as some self-anointed preacher speaks to his followers on a bullhorn and they respond with words of agreement. The adult Amara interrupts the preacher and asks if he’s talking about God and does he really believe that God’s listening? The man’s face turns stern and he proclaims that God’s always listening and always watching and judging. Only the righteous and just will go to Heaven while the rest will burn in Hell.

She laughs derisively and says that God’s not even around and believe her she’s been looking. The man gets even more stern and says you best repent sister and ask forgiveness from God. Only he can create the terrible plagues that torment us. Amara sneers and says you mean like this, raises her hands and the water from the fountain turns into blood. She then lifts her arms over her head  and the sky goes from clear and blue to dark and threatening.

The man stutters and asks is that you, are you testing us? Amara smiles and says she’s not God. However she says he’s not the only game in town. She then raises her hands again and lightning bolts come down and fry each of the people standing around her, then the fountain starts pumping water again and the sky turns beautiful once again. She looks up at the sky raises her arms and asks well?

Sam wakes up and finds himself in Lucifer’s cage with Lucifer standing next to him. Lucifer strokes Sam’s face and smiles and suddenly Sam’s standing in a park in the middle of the day and birds are chirping. He shouts out is this the only answer is this what you want and we hear the sound of flames and a bush combusts. It seems a little hokey for God but Sam takes it as proof God’s communicating with him.

Dean’s totally against the idea and says there’s got to be alternatives, Sammy says he’s open to any suggestions but that seems to be the only plan. If they’re going to be dealing with Lucifer then Dean decides they need somebody that knows the Prince Of Darkness better than anybody. They have a meeting with Crowley and the King Of Hell says he believes they might be able to arrange a meeting between Sam and Lucifer but they’d need the Book Of The Damned to accomplish it. So Crowley arranges two of his minions to capture his mother Rowena.

We’re now in a Catholic Church and we watch a middle-aged Priest talk to his congregants as he walks up the main aisle. Amara’s sitting in one of the pews and when the Priest greets her she says she’d like to set up a meeting with God in an actual room. The Priest chuckles and says she’s in the right place that this church’s his house. She asks how she contacts God and he says just like these other people start praying. Amara tries it for less than 30-seconds and tells the Priest it’s not working and he tells her it is that God heard her. She asks how he knows that and the Priest responds because he promised. She says then you’ve met him and the clergyman chuckles again and says nobody has. At least nobody alive and she asks that’s enough for billions of you to believe in? He responds that’s what faith’s all about, she says that the Priest doesn’t know him and he corrects her and says he certainly does. He says he’s the light that vanquishes the darkness.

Rowena’s led into Crowley’s chamber in manacles with her head covered with a black bag. As if she’s not upset enough dealing with her estranged son she goes over the edge when Sammy and Dean show themselves. She hisses to Crowley they’re the enemy and Dean says we can go back to trying to kill each other after we save the world. They then fill her in on “The Darkness.” After they tell her the plan she asks what guarantee does she have that she can walk away after this and Crowley coldly says you don’t it’s a Devil’s Bargain.

The Catholic Church’s filled with death and blood as Amara devours the Priest’s soul and then flings his body against a marble pedestal. We see bloody corpses all throughout the sanctuary. Suddenly Amara looks at the ceiling and screams look what I’ve done, I’ve killed all your favorites your most devoted followers. She then looses it and screams at the top of her lungs show yourself.

A group of rank and file Angels hold a meeting in an auto-shop and the guy who organized the meeting says they all have to band together and to get past their differences so they can defeat “The Darkness.” One of his buddies laughs derisively and says you’ve never lead anybody in your life. The first Angel responds he’s spot-on none of them have but what good are their leaders doing, they just play the factions off each other and promote discord. He tells them all to spread the word they need to unite and work together now.

Sam’s in the Men Of Letters building with Rowena so she can utilize the codex and Charlie’s code-breaker to decipher the Book Of The Damned. Dean’s wearing his FBI suit and he’s checking out the carnage at the church. He tells Sam not to do anything without contacting him first and that he’s heading back there now. However suddenly Dean starts feeling spacey and things seem distorted as he stands in the park. He turns around and Amara’s standing behind him and grinning she says he sensed her presence and that’s why he’s there. She then teleports the two of them to a secluded spot in the woods for them to talk.

Rowena’s figured out the spell and tells Sam to contact Crowley which he does. He also tries calling Dean but his brother’s too under Amara’s spell to answer the phone. The three of them leave for Hell so Sam can meet with Lucifer. Rowena tells Sammy they don’t have time to wait for Dean.

Dean says to Amara that she’s all grown-up now and she smiles and he asks her if she’s the finished product and she says for today. He then asks her what she’s doing why did she kill so many people in the church and the park? She says she’s got no beef with any of her brother’s creations she’s just trying to get his attention. She then starts talking about the propaganda campaign he’s still waging against her. That he demonized her and made himself into a savior. She says it doesn’t have to be this way. That human’s can live without prayer or pain and feel the bliss that Dean feels whenever they’re together. He asks what she’d get out of this and she says only what she deserves, he asks her what’s that and she replies everything.

Rowena prepares a cage in limbo that will be able to contain Lucifer and then she invokes some spells. The symbols she put on the cage light-up and flames start shooting up from the ground all around the cage. Suddenly a figure appears in the cage and doesn’t look human at first, sporting green-skin glowing red eyes and pointed ears almost resembling the Gollum. However he soon appears as our old friend Mark Pellegrino reprises his role as the Prince Of Darkness. He smiles when he sees the King Of Hell and says my old friend Crowley. Crowley responds he’s just a devoted acolyte carrying the torch. Lucifer responds that Crowley’s being too kind, to himself. Suddenly Lucifer smiles in earnest when he sees Sam. He whispers Sam Winchester my old roomie. Want to hug it out?

Lucifer asks Sam why he’s come to visit him and Sam tells him about “The Darkness” and that he’s come seeking his help. Lucifer says he remembers it was tough defeating her eons ago and doesn’t know if he could do it again. He then asks where’s God while all this is going on and Sammy says it appears that God’s split and left no forwarding address. However he’s been sending Sam visions that have sent him looking for help from Lucifer. Lucifer says he’s willing to help if Sam becomes his vessel. Sam says that means he’d disappear while Lucifer would take over his body and wreak havoc topside and Lucifer nods, Winchester says it’s not happening.

Dean somehow summons the strength to try to defeat Amara and he takes out his Angel Blade and tries stabbing her in the abdomen but the blade shatters like glass. She chuckles and says he must have realized that wasn’t going to work. She says she knows that he’s a warrior and his natural instincts to resist but he can’t resist her. She then looks as if she’s going to devour Dean’s soul but instead she kisses him and he kisses her back.

He asks her what just happened and she said that’s a preview of the future and the culmination of the feelings they’ve both had since they met. She says they’ll soon be together and he says she’s way off base. She replies that he can deny it all she wants but they soon shall be one. Suddenly three of the Angels from the meeting appear and they tell her that they’re taking her into custody. The leader then says that if she kills them that every Angel in Heaven will then fire a bolt at her at the exact same time and even she won’t be able to survive that. She looks at them with contempt and then quickly takes them out.

The sky grows dark and lightning starts to appear. Dean asked her what she did and he says they will smote you, she says maybe I’ll finally get my brother’s attention. She teleports him back to the park just before a shaft of white light comes down from the sky and envelops her.

Lucifer apologizes to Sam but says desperate times call for desperate measures and Winchester responds it’s not desperate it’s certifiable. Lucifer laughs and tells Sam that he and Dean are working with Crowley, they passed certifiable three exits ago. Sam once again says he won’t give into Lucifer and there needs to be another solution. Suddenly the symbols on the cage stop glowing and the fire goes out. Crowley asks Rowena what’s happened to the protection spell and she tells him that it’s time to leave.

Suddenly Sam finds himself in the cage with Lucifer, which means he’s trapped. Lucifer asks if he wants the top or bottom bunk or would he rather share. The screen goes black and the story returns on January 20.

Supernatural: I’m Hungry

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An Angel approaches a demon in a bar, after each displayed threatening gestures towards the other guy they sit down together and share a drink.  Both express disdain at how ineffective their management’s been at combatting the Darkness. The demon says that the King Of Hell’s just dithering about doing who know what and the Angel complains that since Hannah died Heaven’s been a “Suck-Sandwich.” That succinctly sums up the state of affairs in the “Supernatural” universe in the third episode of season eleven. Because to borrow from Bob Dylan something is happening and you don’t know what it is, do you Mr. Crowley?

Once again the King Of Hell tries to exploit a situation only to see it become far too complicated for him to handle. Last season Crowley attempted to guide Dean Winchester when he went dark-side, before he realized he couldn’t control the man he claimed as his “Bestie.” As the series’ new campaign gets rolled out, Crowley’s trying to cultivate an alliance with Amara the little girl who embodies the Darkness. By the conclusion of this episode the King Of Hell’s starting to realize he’s dealing with a lot more than he bargained for.

We  start out the evening with the first appearance of Crowley’s mother and the self-proclaimed most powerful witch on the planet Rowena. She lights a candle and then dramatically says

“They shall know us far and wide and fear us and we’ll be known as the Mega-Coven”

The camera pans back to reveal three witches standing in front of her. She explains to the three women that she’s attempting to one-up the Grand-Coven that’s been stuck in neutral since their High Priestess disappeared last year. The other three witches are far from impressed by Rowena and she tries to dazzle them by saying she killed her own son the King Of Hell. The three women laugh and one says that a friend of hers struck a deal with Crowley the previous afternoon. Rowena’s furious when she hears the news.

The trio tell their hostess they don’t think much of her or her idea of a Mega-Coven and start to leave. Rowena recites an incantation and soon the women’s skin starts getting blotchy, they scream and then disintegrate.

We see Dean back in the Darkness with the adult version of Amara, it’s just a flashback as he thinks back to seeing the tiny Mark Of Cain on the baby and on the woman. He recalls her telling him that they’re bound together, he helps her and she helps him. Suddenly Sam’s voice brings him back to the present as they’re in the Men Of Letters Building talking about the Darkness with a manacled Castiel.

The spell that Rowena cast in last year’s season finale’s getting tougher and tougher for Cas to fight off, hence him being in chains. They’ve got two beings they’re trying to locate, Rowena so she removes the spell from the Angel and Metatron whom they hope has some knowledge of the Darkness as he was God’s scribe. Suddenly Castiel goes into a seizure and falls on the floor. He blacks out and he’s back in control when he comes to he says he felt like he was a tomato in a blender set to purée.

The King Of Hell’s informed by one of his minions that they’ve located Rowena and Crowley sends the lackey out to execute her. Amara’s sitting at a desk with a laptop, her nanny informs Crowley that the girl’s watching Hitler’s speeches translated into English. She says it’s remarkable how much she’s picked up considering she was in diapers a week before. Crowley asks the child if she wants anything and she says she just wants the King Of Hell to protect her from God. She says the last time he locked her away, when Crowley asks her how he did that she says she doesn’t want to talk about it. Crowley tells her as long as she’s with him she’s safe from God.

Rowena tries a recruiting lunch at a restaurant with two more witches from the Grand-Coven they’re just as unimpressed with her plans as the three other women were. Then Rowena asks if she mentioned she owns the Book Of The Damned and the codex? Their interest now piqued one woman asks if Megan-Coven members get use of the Book while the other asks if she could be an officer in the Mega-Coven? Rowena starts to smile but it’s short-lived as Crowley’s lackey dressed as a waiter slits one of the witches throats. Rowena utters an incantation then runs into the kitchen blocking the demon from following her by clogging it with tables and chairs and she escapes.

Little Amara stands in front of a full-length mirror and her adult self appears on the other  side. The grown-up Amara tells the youngster she must remain focused and that she represents what the child will become. She then tells the child that they’re mightier than God, Crowley walks into the room and just sees Amara staring at her reflection.

Dean and Sam read about Rowena’s incident at the Café Elta in Denver, and use their FBI  shields to interview the remaining witch that the police got in custody. Once they’re alone with her in the room they cut right to the chase, telling the woman they know she’s a witch that she’d been at lunch with Rowena and the King Of Hell’s looking to execute his mother. They coerce the woman to use a tracking spell to locate Rowena and she sees her packing her bags as she’s trying to flee town.

Crowley tells Amara that he’s got two gifts for her, the first’s a frilly pink party-dress in her size with a blood stain on the front. The other’s  a children’s pop-up book about a bunny, the child smiles and says she prefers the book she got from her Nanny. Dante’s Inferno in the original Italian.

Amara tells Crowley she’s hungry and the Nanny comes over with a pastry cart full of treats. The child gets up from her chair and holds out her arms to hug her Nanny and the young woman bends down to hug her when Amara sucks out the Nanny’s soul leaving her meat-suit lifeless on the floor.

Rowena’s wearing a platinum-blonde wig as she waits in the parking lot with her suitcases for a taxi. The cab arrives and the driver’s wearing a cap that’s pulled down but it doesn’t  take Rowena long to realize its Dean and she flicks her wrist and he’s thrown against a wall. Just then Sam arrives and puts witch-proof handcuffs on her, she says he knows these don’t hold her for long and he responds they’ll hold her long enough for their purposes.

Crowley’s trying to endear himself to Amara and keeps providing a series of demons for her to consume their souls. The King Of Hell sits next to her looking pleased and the child says that God created a world where people suffer and they die and asks why people would want to live like that? Crowley says that together they can reconstruct the world and turn everybody evil. Amara looks at him quizzically and asks if that’s what he really wants? Crowley contemplates that for a minute then says his greatest satisfaction’s watching greed and want turn people evil. Amara says it’s more than about Heaven and Hell and people and Crowley asks her what else is there? She says he’s missing the big picture and says she’s hungry again.

Rowena and “THE BOYS” arrive the Men Of Letters building and Dean tells Sam to grab Castiel so Rowena can break the spell. When Sam leaves the room the witch says to Dean that he forgot to thank her for removing the Mark Of Cain from his arm. Dean’s eyes get dark and she asks what’s troubling him so  and what did Dean Winchester unleash upon the world? We realize she’s clueless about the Darkness.

Sam returns saying that Cas escaped and the three of them get into the Impala and track the Angel via the GPS on his cellphone. Rowena says that if Sam kept his word that they wouldn’t be  on this ridiculous chase and Dean asks what she’s referring to. Always enjoying stirring up a hornet’s nest the witch tells Dean that Sam promised to kill Crowley if she rid Dean of the Mark. It looks like the brother’s are going to get into another argument about keeping secrets, when they locate Cas.

The Angel’s looking rough as he walks through an alley. We see a young woman walking through the same area and she turns around to see Castiel standing behind her and growling. The woman tries to flee but every door she sees is locked until she’s lucky enough to find a steel-reinforced door to  a warehouse unlocked and she hides in their and locks the door. Castiel soon realizes where she’s hiding and he’s able to bash down the door and get into the building.

The lackey that failed to kill Rowena’s now Amara’s new nanny complete with apron. Crowley tells him he’s doing a remarkable job, but the lackey tries to get reassigned. The King Of Hell says his choices are staying in his present position or roast on a spit for all of eternity. He then tells the nanny that they’re going to cut back  on Amara’s soul-intake as they don’t want her growing too fast. He tells the lackey that it’s his job to break the news to the child.

Sam Dean and Rowena are in the alley looking for Cas when they hear a repeating banging sound coming from one of the building’s and Dean takes off to investigate it telling Rowena and Sam to follow him. The witch says she can’t do any running in heels.

Castiel finds the woman and at this point the Angel’s lost  all  control and he’s like a raging animal. He grabs the young woman by the throat and starts choking her but Dean shows up a couple of seconds later and somehow talks Cas into letting the woman go. After she runs away Dean tries to calm the Angel down but Cas starts mercilessly pummeling Dean until we hear Rowena’s voice utter the first word of her incantation.

She stands there silently and Sam holds a pistol to her head saying the gun’s got witch-killing bullets in the chambers. She completes the recitation and Cas falls to the floor unconscious. As Dean rushes to his side Rowena makes her escape.

Back in the Men Of Letters Building Dean’s holding an ice-bag against his bruised and swollen face and trying to kill the pain with beer. Cas says that there aren’t words to express how sorry he is. Dean says none are needed as it was the spell that Rowena cast on him that made him attack Dean.

The final scene’s in Crowley’s throne-room as he walks in and sees the dead body of the nanny lying on the floor. He walks into Amara’s room and she’s morphed again this time into a teenager of about 13. She tells Crowley that she’s hungry and he says she’ll get fed soon, but first they need to talk. Amara glares at Crowley and repeats that she said she was hungry and the screen fades to black.

The Story Continues Next Wednesday Night at 9:00 pm on The CW.

Supernatural: Lest The Darkness Be Set Free

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Photo: Katie Yu/The CW

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Well , here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten us into! Sam and Dean went from the frying pan into the fire, in the season finale of season ten for The CW series “Supernatural.” Throughout its history, the show has concluded the season on a grand scale, leaving the fans excited with cliff-hanger endings. This episode continued in that tradition, as “THE BOYS,” unleashed a force, that could forever alter the planet. There’s also the matter of our favorite trench-coat wearing Angel, being guided by a spell cast by the newly freed Rowena, a situation that doesn’t look promising for her son.

Our first image is the final e-mail Charlie Bradbury sent to Sam, containing the key to deciphering the codex, we also see pictures of Dean as a tyke with their mom. Castiel arrives and Sam informs him that he left a dozen voice-mail messages for Dean, without receiving a response. He tells Cas that they need to get Rowena to find the spell to break The Mark Of Cain’s hold over Dean immediately.

Dean’s in Superior, Nebraska, and he spent the previous night passed out on the cheaply carpeted floor of some motel. He gets up off the floor, looks at his phone which shows that he received 12-messages from his brother. He picks up an open beer-bottle, takes a couple of slugs from it, then tells himself he’s good.

Sam and Castiel go to where Sammy’s got Rowena imprisoned and he pulls out a pistol, that he says contains five bullets, containing some witch-killing toxin. Rowena laughs off the threat, saying Sam needs her if he has any hopes of saving his brother. She negotiates a new deal, she’ll rid Dean of the Mark, in exchange for her guaranteed freedom and she keeps the codex.

Dean shows up a crime scene, in his FBI garb. A young teenage girl’s body lies on the grass, her throat ripped open. Dean’s diplomacy skills have vanished, he says to the sheriff the girl’s dressed like a slut. The sheriff, an older man says he couldn’t care if she was the Whore Of Babylon, all he sees is somebody’s little girl.

The sheriff starts to walk off and we hear him say to somebody else that his partner’s a hard man. It’s Rudy, a hunter we’ve encountered only through phone conversations, previously. This was his case and he called up Dean for assistance, but Winchester tells Rudy, he’s handling the case solo. Rudy starts to give him a hard time, but then quickly backs off and leaves. The sheriff tells Dean, another girl’s missing, he’s going to talk to the parents and suggests Dean stay away.

Rowena deciphers the spell from the Book Of The Damned, saying she needs three ingredients. A piece of the forbidden fruit, that Eve ate in the Garden of Eden, the remains of the Golden Calf that people worshiped in lieu of God. She says the third ingredient’s impossible, she needs to kill somebody she loves, alas she love nobody. Castiel reads her mind and sees an eight-year old Polish boy named Oscar, she says he lived three-hundred years ago.

Dean goes to interview the dead girl’s parents, and he asks Mr. and Mrs. McKinley if their daughter had any new friends that they were aware of. He then says that their daughter was out to have sex with whom ever she was meeting, he asks if she had a boyfriend, or this was just a fling? The father asks Dean if he’s implying his daughter had loose morals? Winchester responds, that was his initial mindset, until he smelled all the deceit, beatings and cruelty in their house. The father hits Dean twice in the face, then Winchester pulls out his pistol and asks who killed your daughter Joe? Both parents start weeping as Joe says he doesn’t know.

Their teenage son runs after Dean and tells him the other girl Crystal’s fine and he knows the guys who killed his sister. They said they were rehabbing a cabin, but the kid says he thinks they just wanted a place to drink and have girls come over. He says he didn’t tell the police this, because he brought the girls up there the first time.

Sam gets a call from Rudy, telling him Dean’s acting really strange and he gives Sammy the location. Sam asks Cas to help Rowena with the spell while he’s gone, Castiel asks about the repercussions caused by removing the Mark? Sammy says that nobody knows what will happen. They can’t worry about the unknown and the Angel agrees. When Sam leaves, Cas summons Crowley, asking for his help in breaking the spell. After Castiel reveals the needed ingredients, Crowley tells him he’s in.

Dean heads to the cabin, the two killers are vampires and Dean cuts off the first one’s head. He enters the cabin, to see Crystal tied to the bed post, while the other vamp has a knife pressed against Rudy’s neck. The vamp tells Dean to leave, or his buddy dies, but Dean says he won’t kill him. Rudy begs for Dean to leave, but Dean spooks the other vamp instead and he puts the knife into Rudy. Winchester cuts the head off the second vampire and frees Crystal, who screams at Dean that he could have saved Rudy, if he had talked things out. Dean says you’re welcome and leaves the cabin.

Dean goes back to his motel room and starts washing the blood off his hands, he looks in the mirror and sees Castiel’s face all bloodied, as it was after Dean beat him up. He looks down at his hands again and when he looks up this time he sees Rudy’s terrified face, staring back at him. He breaks the mirror, then trashes the entire motel room, doing a job that Keith Moon, would’ve been proud of.

Dean goes to an abandoned Mexican restaurant, creating a feast fit for a king, then he sets up a table with a pentagram on it and summons someone. Another familiar face arrives, as Death answers the call and starts trying the Mexican food. I’ve always enjoyed Julian Richings’ portrayal of the dour faced character, he infuses Death with a certain nobility. The first time we met the character, he gave Dean his ring freely in order to imprison Lucifer, whom he said had given death a bad name.

Dean shows him the Mark Of Cain and he says that he’s tried to control it, but he can’t and Death is his last option. The member of the Four Horseman says he never expected to see the day, when Dean Winchester would lay his king down on the chess table. He says he can’t kill him, that it’s the Original Sin. The bearer can’t die, Dean asks him if he can remove it. Death says he could, but the cost would be far too great. He then tells Winchester the story behind the Mark.

Before the light, before God and the Arch-Angels was the Darkness, a terribly destructive Amoral force. God and the Arch-Angels, fought a war against the Darkness and won, God locked the Darkness away and created a symbol. The symbol was the Mark, actually a lock and key for keeping the Darkness contained and he gave the Mark to his most trusted lieutenant, Lucifer.

Soon after they realized that the Mark itself was a curse, it corrupted Lucifer and made him jealous of humans. God banished his favorite son to Hell. Lucifer gave the Mark to Cain, who in turn gave it to Dean. Winchester now holds the Darkness in its prison, if the Mark vanishes the Darkness will get released. Dean has two choices, the first being give the Mark to someone else. Winchester says he wouldn’t do that to anybody. Death then asks him what if he could take Dean to a place far away, not even on this planet, where Dean could live out his days without harming anyone or himself?

We’re back at the diner that Crowley visited two episodes ago, the one where he spoke with Seth, the burger-flipper who learned to brew coffee in Ecuador. Seth turns his back to the customers and he hears a crash, he turns around to find all the patrons and the waitress dead, with Crowley standing there smiling. He tells Seth that he has a story to tell him.

He sits down at the counter and he tells the man that about 300-years-ago a terrible witch was driven from her village, abandoning her only son in the process. A Polish family took pity on the sick and injured witch and nursed her back to health. She grew to love the family’s eight-year-old son Oscar, but he suffered from a fatal disease that would take his life shortly. Before she left, the witch thanked the family with two gifts, curing the boy and when he reached maturity, he’d become immortal. Seth is that boy, still looking like he’s in his early twenties, 300-years later.

Sam arrives at the cabin, he sees Crystal sitting in the ambulance, she just keeps repeating he wouldn’t even talk. Sam walks inside the cabin and sees Rudy’s body along with the two decapitated vampires. Sheriff tells him, that one of his guys came in hot, refused to talk and cost his partner his life in the process. Sam drives away and starts searching the area’s motels for the Chevy. He sees it and goes in to Dean’s room and sees what his brother did.

Sam’s phone rings and it’s Dean, he says he going out and he wants to say goodbye to Sammy one last time. Dean tells his brother to grab a pencil and gives him the address of the restaurant. Sam begs him not to do anything stupid, that he’s on his way.

Sam arrives at the restaurant and he knows it’s bad when he sees that his brother’s guest is Death. Sam tells Dean he can’t give up his life, his brother tells him that it’s Sam whose going to die. Death tells Sammy that he’s going to transport Dean to a place where he can’t harm anyone. However, Sam won’t rest until he frees Dean and rids his brother of the Mark. He has to die for the greater good. Sam says it doesn’t make sense, Dean screams at him it makes perfect sense and Sam has to stop thinking of himself.

Crowley arrives with the ingredients needed to cast the spell. He reveals that the forbidden fruit was a quince, not an apple. He says that he got the remains of the melted calf in Jordan and if he returns there, they might cut off his head. He then calls out for Oscar and Rowena’s eyes fill with tears, as she spits out to her son, that this is low even for him.

Dean tells his brother that evil seeks them out, that they think they help others, but look what’s happened to their friends and family. Dean says he finally realized that he’s truly evil when he let Rudy die and that Sam’s evil too, bullying Charlie to get involved in breaking the curse, which cost Charlie, her life. With logic failing him, Sam resorts to violence hitting Dean smack in the face. His brother says good, a fight and they start trading blows.

Rowena says to Oscar she can’t believe how big he grew and then asks him to come over and give him a hug. He embraces her and says he hopes he hasn’t done anything to hurt her. She tells him of course not, everything’s fine. She says nobody’s going to get hurt today, then slice’s his neck open, she gets enough blood for the formula then lets his dead body fall to the ground.

Sam stays on his feet for a while, but Dean’s far too powerful, Sam ends up on the floor saying he gives. He then tells his brother that nobody will ever convince him that Dean’s evil but he has to be stopped. If this is the only way to do it so be it. Death hands the scythe to Dean and says for him to do the honors, Winchester tells Sammy to close his eyes.

However Sam pulls out the pictures of Dean and their mom from earlier in the show. He says if you ever want to find your way back to good, maybe these will help and puts them on the floor. Dean gets a bit choked up and says he’s sorry then raises the scythe, but he stabs Death with it. We see Death standing perfectly still, with the scythe poking out of his side, then he crumbles like dirt to the floor.

The potion complete, Rowena invokes the spell. The blast from it knocks all three of them off their feet, as we watch a bolt of light leap from the bowl through the ceiling. Seconds later, the light strikes Dean’s arm and removes the Mark. Sam says this is a good thing, gives Dean the keys to Baby and suggest they split.

The three recover from the blast and Rowena’s now free of her chains and freezes Castiel and Crowley in their tracks. Crowley says this is impossible, that she’s not that powerful. Rowena laughs at her son and says he’s never experienced a really great witch with really great magic. She leaves, but casts another spell on Castiel, blood starts dripping from the Angel’s eyes as he tries to kill Crowley.

Outside the restaurant, lighting starts hitting the ground all around them, then a series of black swirling clouds rise up from under the earth. They gather together forming a mushroom cloud that soon fills the sky. Dean and Sam get into the Chevy, but the wheels spin aimlessly as the cars stuck in mud. Suddenly the cloud starts moving straight for them, engulfing them as the screen goes black.

Supernatural: Dean Goes Dark-Side

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Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Once again the Winchester brothers are at odds with each other, just when they need each other the most. Sam and Dean, began this season of the CW series “Supernatural,” estranged from each other and the campaign’s heading into the home-stretch, with the same dynamic in place. With The Mark Of Cain’s grip on Dean, making him less recognizable each week, he’s now cut himself off from those trying to keep him from going nuclear, Sam and Castiel. By this episode’s conclusion, Dean butchered an entire family and almost took out someone near and dear.

However, we start the evening far away from the Winchesters, as we see students leaving a building named Styne Hall which according to the plaque on the wall, was established in 1905. A nerdy looking teen wearing glasses, comes out of the building, only to be stopped by three punks who want to make fun of him. The teen with the glasses however, turns the situation around though, making fun of the leader of the group causing his buddies to start laughing. He then pushes the teen with glasses to the ground, just as the teen’s cousin Eli Styne drives up to take him home.

Styne asks his cousin Cyrus if there’s any trouble and the teen says no and jumps into the car and the pair drive away. Later that afternoon, the bully’s walking in another part of town, when he realizes he’s being followed. He turns to run and Eli’s standing in front of him, as the bully starts to talk another guy puts a plastic bag over his head, knocking the teen out.

We’re now out in the woods as Sam and Dean gather wood, to build a funeral pyre for Charlie Bradbury killed last week by Eldon Styne. Dean takes her body, wrapped in a shroud and gently places her on top of the pile of wood, then they light it on fire, the traditional hunter’s funeral. Sam starts to speak, saying that they’re going to miss her and he’s sorry, but Dean tells him to shutup. He tells his brother that since he’s responsible for Charlie’s death, he can’t apologize. He then tells his brother, that it should be Sam’s body burning instead of Charlie’s and tells Sam to shut down trying to translate the Book Of The Damned.

He tells Sam he’s going after Eldon Styne, saying he’s going to destroy everyone and everything Styne ever loved, then rip out his heart. Sam asks if that’s Dean talking or The Mark Of Cain, his brother responds it doesn’t matter and stomps away.

Cyrus’ plays some online videogame, talking with a teen who appears on his monitor, about Cyrus going to Los Angeles. Styne tells the other teen, that if his family finds out they’ll kill him, seriously. He says his family’s weird, scary weird. Suddenly someone comes into the room he’s in and tells Cyrus that his father wants to see him.

His father Monroe Styne’s talking with his brother Eldon about his failed mission to kill the Winchesters, as well as losing an arm in the process. Eldon tells his father he can redeem himself, he got taken to the Winchester’s clubhouse and the place’s filled with magic, spells, artifacts and possibly the Book Of The Damned. He tells his father he just needs a couple of guys and Monroe tells his son he also needs a new arm.

Cyrus walks in at that moment and Monroe tells his youngest son that this is a special day, then pushes back a curtain to reveal the bully’s strapped to a hospital table. Monroe says that trash like this teen’s only purpose is for spare parts and Cyrus is going to carve him up. He resists, but his father tells him this is his legacy, he then says if Cyrus doesn’t slice up the teen, then Monroe will butcher him and Cyrus will be his next victim. He allows his father’s hand to guide him slice the teen’s abdomen with a scalpel, he looks away but keeps looking back in morbid fascination.

Sam heads to where he’s got Rowena stashed and Castiel’s thumbing through the Book Of The Damned. Winchester says that he promised Dean they’d stop trying to decipher the book and he tells Castiel that they have to find Dean and make sure he doesn’t go too crazy on the Styne family. He says he has a tracker on Dean’s car and turns on his phone, to find that there’s an e-mail from Charlie waiting for him. Rowena confirms that Charlie’s final act was cracking the code and she says she can now decipher the book.

Sammy does a 180 and tells Cas to go follow Dean while he stays with Rowena to find the spell to remove the Mark Of Cain. Castiel starts to argue with him, but Sam says that he’s usually the one in trouble and Dean saves him every time, now it’s his turn to save Dean. The Angel says he understands and takes off to Shreveport, Louisiana.

Rowena’s been smiling to herself, since Sam showed her the e-mail and we find out she’s decided to change the terms of her deal with Winchester. She tells Sam he needs to kill Crowley before she translates the book, she then says that Dean’s a walking, time-bomb and unless she helps them he’ll explode.

Back at the Styne compound, Cyrus has killed the bully and attached his arm to his brother Eldon. Monroe tells his youngest, that he did a fine job. He says in the old country, he’d have to eat his victim’s heart, but Monroe likes to think they’re more civilized. Cyrus asks if he can go to his room and Eldon tells his younger brother he’s heading with him to the Gentlemen Of Letters building.

Dean reaches Shreveport, and as soon as he gets into the city-limits, he’s pulled over by the local police. One of the officers says he’s got a broken tail light and the other one breaks it with his baton. When Dean tries to stop him, he’s arrested for attempted assault on an officer.

Crowley’s at a diner when the counter guy asks him if he wants another cup of coffee and The King Of Hell, compliments the brew. The counter guy says he roasts the beans himself, something he learned in Ecuador. Crowley’s phone rings and he hears Dean’s voice saying I need you, I’m in trouble and then the call’s cut off. A text message comes through, with an address in Kansas, meaning it’s likely Sam trying to trap Crowley.

Dean overcomes the deputy whose interviewing him, getting released from the handcuffs and grabbing the officer’s gun. He then finds the cop who cuffed him, talking about him on the phone. Winchester puts the gun in the cop’s face and asks who he was talking to and the officer admits it was Monroe Styne, who alerted them Dean was heading into town. Winchester asks where they live and the cop tells Dean he doesn’t want to take them on. They own the town and are thought of as Gods. Dean responds that’s what he does, he kills Gods.

Crowley walks into an abandoned warehouse and starts calling for Dean, when he’s suddenly shot in the chest by Sam. He tells Crowley that he shot him with a Devil-Trap bullet, then puts a hex bag in Crowley’s coat pocket. He says a message goes with the bag, she says she should have traded you for the three pigs. Crowley says Mother, then crumbles to the floor.

Dean takes out all the guards outside of the Styne compound, then he enters the house, which is dark with Dixieland music playing. Suddenly the lights come on and six men line the staircase above him, each holding an automatic weapon. Monroe then comes out and welcomes Dean to his home as a man knocks out Winchester by placing a plastic bag over his head.

Back at the warehouse, Crowley’s writhing on the floor in pain and spitting up blood. He looks at Sam and says he thought he was the smart one, then he says you’re working with my mother? Then he says that’s what I get for trying to be the nice guy, he says for the last year he’s improved things in Hell so maybe he could feel some emotion again. Sam says everybody else seems to forgive Crowley, but he doesn’t, he says he’s killed innocent people he cares about, that Crowley’s a monster.

The King Of Hell, picks his head off the floor and says Sam’s right, he is a monster. He’s done things so evil that Sam can’t even imagine, then his eyes turn red and he says he’s proud of each evil thing he did. Then he pulls the bullet from his chest and takes the hex bag out of his pocket and sets it ablaze. He then throws Sam across the room and Winchester hits a wall and falls to the floor.

Crowley stands over Sam sneering, he says he could kill him by snapping his fingers. Then he says realize that from this moment on, you’re only alive because I allowed it. He then says to tell that Ginger tramp, that he gave her a chance to walk away and she spat in his face. He says now he’ll come for her when she least expects it and storms out of the warehouse.

Dean wakes up strapped to a hospital table, with Monroe standing over him. Styne informs him that they’re going to slice and dice him for spare parts. Dean tells him that the Mark Of Cain won’t let him die, if they flat-line him, he’ll just come back as a demon. Styne says he can’t wait to see that and starts to lower his hand to slice Dean’s abdomen. Dean however brakes his bonds, then kills Monroe with the scalpel, slices Eli’s throat open and injects the nurse with the hypodermic needle she tried to use on him.

Sam calls Rowena and tells her that the plan failed, Crowley’s alive and coming after her. She says she’s sure Sam will come up with a way to kill her son and hangs up. Cas then calls, he’s at the Styne compound and everyone’s dead. He says according to the tracker, Dean’s now heading home.

Eldon breaks into the Gentleman Of Letters building, with Cyrus and their cousin Roscoe. When they realize nobody’s there, Eldon says to take anything interesting and they’ll burn the rest. After they’ve completed their search, Eldon pours gasoline over a pile of books, Cyrus tries to stop him from burning them saying we don’t have to do this. His older brother says that he wants to destroy the building, but Roscoe stumbles in, then falls to the floor, with a knife in his back.

Dean enters the room and Eldon takes off his suit jacket, as he gets ready to fight Winchester. He says his equipment’s upgraded, then shows Dean his new arm. He starts to mention his father and Dean tells him Monroe’s dead, in fact their entire family’s dead. Then he shoots Eldon between the eyes and he falls dead. He takes aim at Cyrus and the teen begs for his life, he starts crying and says he’s not like the rest of his family. Dean tells him that deep inside he’s bad, no matter how much he denies it. Tears streaming down his face, Cyrus says please, you don’t have to do this. Dean stops for a minute, then says yes he does and shoots the teen in the forehead, just as Castiel walks in.

Castiel tries to reach the real Dean, but all he does is antagonize Winchester further. Castiel tells him he doesn’t want to hurt him. Dean responds that’s not going to happen, then beats the stuffing out of Cas. He grabs Castiel’s blade and holds it over the Angel, who begs him not to stab him. Dean stabs a book inches from Castiel’s head and tells him that he and Sam need to stay away from him, as next time he won’t miss.

The Season Finale Airs Next Wednesday Night at 9:00 pm on The CW.

Supernatural: That Steadfast Loyalty Will Be Your Undoing

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Photo Courtesy Of The CW

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This One Hurt. A Lot.

We’ve witnessed beloved characters die on The CW series “Supernatural,” since season two, when John Winchester sacrificed his soul to “Yellow-Eyes” to save his son Dean. However there are some characters that have found a special place in our hearts and Charlie Bradbury, ranks high upon that list. Although her story was far from over, Charlie gave up her life to save the world from a very evil family. Once again decisions made by Sam and Dean cost them one of their own, in the episode entitled “Dark Dynasty.”

There are two absolutes in the Supernatural universe, the Winchester brothers will pull out all the stops to save each other’s lives. The other constant in the dynamic’s the fact that they don’t trust one another, to level with each other. Those situations almost always go sour and they usually end up costing them a friend such as Kevin Tran.

Charlie Bradbury explored Europe until she finally found The Book Of The Damned, with hopes the ancient text contained the answer to removing The Mark Of Cain from Dean’s arm. By gaining possession of the book, she became the target for the Styne family, who claim the book’s their property. The family has engineered some of the greatest disasters of the 19th and 20th Centuries, including spreading diseases, inducing the stock market crash of 1929 and wars.

Dean, Sam and Charlie, fought off and killed Jacob Styne, when Dean believed Sam burned the book in the fireplace. However Sam deceived his brother, burning another book in its place. He then made a deal with Crowley’s mother Rowena, to decipher the spell that will remove the Mark from Dean, of course without his older brother’s knowledge.

This episode begins in Omaha, Nebraska as a young woman enters an office to apply for a case study on vision. The man behind the desk looks at her paperwork, then starts to examine her eyes. However he tries to kiss her and she screams, prompting the man to slit her throat. When he does, we see the same tattoo on his arm that Jacob Styne had.

A janitor in the hallway hears the woman’s scream and knocks on the door repeatedly, asking if everything’s okay. The man uses an instrument to scoop out the woman’s eyeballs and he puts them in a thermos-type bottle filled with ice. As the janitor uses his keys to enter the office, the man straps on a backpack and jumps from the third-story window.

We head to where Sam has Rowena chained up as she tries to decipher the book and she tells him she’s yet to make any progress. He tells her she better not be stalling and she tells him that’s ridiculous, she wants out of the cellar and for Sam to kill Crowley, which is what he agreed to do for her in return for the spell. She says that Nadia’s codex is something she can’t crack, Sam says she needs a code-book for the code-book and leaves.

We arrive at the Styne home, where the man from Omaha, Eldon Styne’s getting told how badly he messed up by his father the family patriarch Monroe Styne, for leaving the woman’s body and a witness. His father says the reason the family’s lasted so long is due to discipline and secrecy, his lack of discipline cost the family it’s secrecy.

Eldon says that he hasn’t been thinking clearly since his brother Jacob was murdered and Monroe tells him not to use his brother’s death as an excuse. He says to redeem himself, Eldon needs to clean up his mess in Omaha and to kill the Winchesters. He tells his father he’ll take care of it.

Monroe’s nephew Eli, asks if giving Eldon the task of catching the Winchester’s is a mistake, seeing how he messed up in Nebraska. Monroe reminds his nephew that he’s yet to complete his mission, finding the red-headed woman who stole the book. He says that’s the best way Eli can serve the family.

Over at The Men Of Letters building, Dean reads about the woman found with her eyes harvested and her throat slit and says to Sam the case is for them. He says they’ll head to Omaha first thing in the morning, so Sam might want to get some sleep.

Sam decides to take a road-trip instead, meeting with Charlie to ask for her assistance in cracking the Book Of The Damned. He tells her that he switched books and burned another one and that Dean’s unaware of what he’s doing. He also tells her she’ll be working with one of the most dangerous witches on the planet.

Charlie and Rowena take an instant dislike to each other, but Sam’s got a referee to run interference, Castiel. Both Cas and Charlie are dead-set against doing thing’s behind Dean’s back, but Sam tells them it’s the only solution, or else Dean will go dark-side. They agree to help.

The brothers pull out their suits and their FBI shields and talk to the owner of the building, where Eldon had his office. The man says that Styne had just been there for a month and he only saw him once or twice, but he does have surveillance footage of Eldon jumping from the window. Sam notices something on Eldon’s arm and asks the man to zoom in on it, it’s the same tattoo they saw on Jacob Styne.

As they leave the building, Eldon arrives and asks the building owner what he told Sam and Dean. The man says he didn’t give them any information, but Styne guts the guy. As Sam and Dean head back home, we see that Eldon’s trailing them on the highway.

Castiel keeps trying to reach Sam on the phone, but Sam keeps ignoring his calls. Sam’s phone’s sitting on the table next to Dean, when it rings. Dean sees that it’s Castiel and picks up and asks Cas what’s going on. Castiel freezes when he realizes he’s speaking to Dean and says there was no purpose for his call and his ride just arrived. Dean realizes that’s strange even for Cas and asks Sam if he’s spoken to the Angel recently, Sam uncomfortably says he hasn’t.

Charlie asks Rowena about the nun who wrote the Book Of The Damned and Rowena tells her she got burned as a heretic. She said the woman believed in balance, for every spell one breaks, one has to invoke another. She says the nun was a woman ahead of her time, much like Rowena and Charlie. Charlie says other than sharing the same hair color, she doesn’t think they’re alike.

Rowena then tells her she read Charlie the moment she saw her, a sad lonely childhood filled with tragedy. She’s a loner an outsider, whose never felt she belonged. She’s totally dedicated to Sam and Dean, substituting them for the family she never had. Charlie says she loves them, they’re like her brothers. Rowena says she realizes that, then she says that steadfast loyalty will be your undoing girl.

Dean goes to pick up a pizza when Eldon and one of his men show up and try to jump him. Dean kills the henchman and takes Styne prisoner, bringing him back to the bunker. Sam and Dean handcuff one hand to a chain hanging from the ceiling and start interrogating him. He readily admits to butchering the young woman in Omaha, then brings up that they killed his brother Jacob.

Castiel calls again and Sam steps out into the hallway to talk to him. Cas says Charlie wants to leave for a couple of hours to clear her head, Sam tells him that Charlie’s not safe out in the open with the Styne family searching for her. Castiel suggests he go with her and Sam tells him he can’t leave Rowena alone, then he tells the Angel just to handle it.

Eldon tells Dean that his family’s one of the oldest in Europe and they had to change their name due to some unwanted notoriety. He says that a family acquaintance Mary Shelley, exposed the family’s secrets forcing them to change their name from Frankenstein. He then opens his shirt, to reveal stitching on his chest. He says he has two hearts and lots of extra muscles that make him faster and stronger.

He then tells Dean that his family’s been without the Book Of The Damned for the last eighty-years, but once they reclaim it, they’ll be unstoppable. Dean tells him he’s sorry to bust Styne’s balloon but they burned the Book Of The Damned. Eldon responds that’s impossible as the book’s got a spell on it that makes it indestructible. Dean’s head starts to spin when he hears that and he goes out to talk to Sam. As they start talking, they hear the chains rattling, they run back into the room, to find Styne left his arm in the handcuff but he split.

Castiel moves Rowena to another room so Charlie can have some quiet time, but Charlie uses the time to sneak off to a motel. Soon after, Eldon gets a call from Eli telling him that Charlie’s at the Blackbird Motel and wants to know if Eldon wants him to kill her. Eldon says he needs to take care of it himself.

Dean returns from trying to find Eldon and Sam tells him that the Frankenstein family held reign for a thousand-years and were behind some of the worst events in history. Dean then tells Sam that Eldon said the Book Of The Damned can’t be destroyed, right then Castiel calls Sam telling him that Charlie took off.

Charlie’s attempting to come up with some formula to crack the codex in her laptop, but every variable she tries comes up as not a match. She finally finds the right formula, but she hears Eldon trying to break into her room. She takes the laptop and her cellphone into the bathroom, calls Sam and downloads the code she deciphered.

Sam asks if she has the book with her and she says she just has her notes, he tells her to give it to Styne. Dean grabs the phone and he tells Charlie to give Eldon what ever she has, she says she’s sorry but she can’t, then hangs up the phone. When the download’s complete she smashes her laptop, Styne hears her and enters the bathroom. Charlie pulls out a blade and Styne just smiles.

Sam and Dean reach the motel and get to Charlie’s room to find the door’s wide open and there are bloody footprints all over the room. The footprints lead to the bathroom and we can see by the Winchester’s faces what happened, then the camera pans to Charlie’s body. She’s lying in the tub, her abdomen showing multiple stab wounds and blood’s sprayed on her face.

The Story Continues Next Wednesday Night at 9:00 pm on The CW.

Supernatural: Benny Suggests A Way Out For Dean

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Warning: Spoiler Alert

One of the greatest aspects of The CW veteran series “Supernatural,” is the that fact that you can never rule out any character returning to the show. Just a few weeks ago, we enjoyed Sam Winchester connecting with his surrogate father Bobby Singer, in Heaven.  The latest chapter “The Werther Project, ” brought the return of Dean’s friend Benny back to the show, still residing in purgatory. The vampire that fed his need for blood, by robbing blood banks, had a message for his old running partner. One that Dean strongly considered following, taking what Benny referred to as the pure and honorable path.

Our journey begins in St. Louis in 1973, as a mom, dad and teenage son and daughter, spend their first week in their new home. The father tells a friend on the phone, the house had gotten caught up in an ownership battle for years and he got a great deal. Sister Suzie tries to watch cartoons on TV, but her older brother gets to play his Todd Rundgren record, while Suzie’s sent to the basement by her mom to do the laundry.

When she gets down there, she notices part of the basement’s blocked off by a wall. The teen grabs a sledge-hammer, knocks down the wall and finds a large metal box sitting there, looking like a cross between an old console radio and a stove. She jerks the handle open, a stream of green smoke pours from the box, knocking her out with its impact.

When she comes to, she goes upstairs to find her father and brother, both killed themselves. As she walks into the kitchen, her mother stands over the kitchen sink, babbling everything’s fine. She then takes a carving knife and slits her throat.

Back in the present, we join Rowena and Sam discussing her translating the Book Of The Damned and finding a spell to remove the Mark Of Cain from Dean. She tells Sammy she’ll help him, in return for him killing Crowley, he agrees without hesitation. He asks if she can translate the book, she tells him she’ll need the codex of Nadia, a witch from the Grand Coven. Nadia’s death came at the hands of the Men Of Letters, she tells Sammy to look at the records in his home from the fifties.

Dean sends Sam a text-message, saying he’s checking out a vampire’s nest in Tulsa if Sam wants to join him. By the time the younger brother arrives, Dean’s beheaded six vampires and is ready to pop a cold one. Sam asks why didn’t Dean wait, his brother replies the battle took the edge off. He then says he wants to go home, drink some brews and watch TV.

When Dean falls asleep, Sam starts digging into the records. He finds an entry about the banishing Cuthbert Sinclair, in May of 1956. Sinclair’s the guy who held the First Blade and tried to imprison Dean last season, before Dean killed him with the First Blade. Sinclair was the groups Master Of Spells, before his expulsion, Sammy finds a reel-to-reel audio-tape recording of the meeting and puts on headphones and listens to it.

The group finally reached its tolerance limit with Sinclair, due to a lethal safe he created to protect the codex. The safe, known as the Werner Box, caused the death of two of the Men Of Letters. The member conducting the meeting tells Sinclair they’ll grant him leniency, if he reveals how to disarm the box. He laughs off the olive branch, saying that one of the members who died, had the right idea, to disarm it. He then tells him they’ll die if they attempt to shut it off. The man in charge of the meeting, orders the box get buried and guarded for eternity. Eternity arrived in 1958, when Abaddon slaughtered all the members.

It’s mentioned the box is in St. Louis and Sam looks up the address of the St. Louis chapter of the Men Of Letters and finds it’s the house that Suzie’s family killed themselves, back in 1973. He reads up on the family, then calls Rowena and says he’s got a lead.

Sam gets to the house now in serious need of repair. He tries picking the lock, then backs off as Suzie now in her fifties, pokes the barrel of her gun through the mail slot. Sam returns to his car, only to find Dean climbing into the passenger seat. Dean apologizes for taking out the vampire’s nest on his own, then says he got the address of the “suicide-house,” from the notepad Sam used.

He asks why Sam’s chosen the case, Sammy tells him about the Werther Box, saying it’s their responsibility as Men Of Letters to diffuse the deadly alarm. Dean agrees it’s in their wheel-house and rings Suzie’s doorbell. She comes out with her gun aimed thinking it’s Sam, she lowers it when she realizes it’s not him. Dean says he’s Dwight Twilley with the neighborhood watch, looking for the guy who tried to pick her lock. As she describes Sam, he jimmies the back door open and enters the house, then heads to the basement.

Suzie explains she’s lived by herself since 1980, as her Aunt Pauline came to take care of her. However she made the unfortunate choice of going to the basement. Sam drops some chairs, which she seems not to hear. Then suddenly she turns around to Dean with the gun aimed at him. She says she knows the other guy’s downstairs and tells Dean to get him up there. Dean calls to Sammy, whose attempting a spell to safely open the box. The spell fails and the green smoke escapes, effecting all three of them.

Suzie suddenly sees the apparitions of her dead family, blaming her for their deaths. She’s locked in the study with the spirits and shoots herself in the chin. Dean starts seeing the wooden floor beneath him turn to a dirt trail, he’s in the woods in a very familiar spot purgatory.

Sam enters the room Suzie’s in to find her dead body, he’s soon joined by Suzie’s ghost blaming him for her death. She then tells Sam he’s the wildcard, he’s the reckless one. She tells him to pick up the gun and end this farce. A second later, the ghost’s gone as Rowena’s zapped her away. She says she tracked Sam by magic and that’s how she saved him as well. Sam tells her Dean can’t find her there, but Dean’s body’s in the house, but his brain’s in purgatory. They tie him up so he can’t harm himself as they head for the Werther Box.

Dean starts to get attacked by some demon, when suddenly the creature’s headless due to Benny. Dean looks at him and tells Benny he’s not real. He then starts walking to try to find a way out of there, while Benny follows him, trying to get Dean to talk to him. Dean finally stops and says it’s great to see Benny, but he’s just a hallucination. Benny says you’re right, but you know why you chose here? Because this is your happy place, you can kill with complete freedom here.

Rowena casts a spell to make the box’s inscription easier to read, she then reads the Latin while Sam translates, it says. It reads “To silence the box slake it’s thirst, with the blood of our own.” Sam says that mean’s someone’s blood from the Men Of Letter’s. Rowena asks him how can he be sure, that’s what it means. Sam says he can’t, then slices his forearm and lets the blood from the wound pour into a basin in front of the box.

Dean keeps walking in circles, finally he turns to Benny and asks him how to get out. Benny says there’s another path he could follow, one that Dean knows is pure and honorable. Dean says there’s nothing honorable about killing himself. The vampire responds he forgot about Winchester’s backup plan, to have Sam and Castiel put him down if he goes evil. He says that if Dean makes them do that, they’d never recover. It would ruin them, he says that Dean can’t leave that job to them. Dean brakes the chair arms, goes over to the mantle and grabs a wine bottle, as Benny hands Dean his axe in purgatory. Dean smashes the bottle holding the jagged remains.

The gears on the Werther Box start turning as Sam’s blood gathers in the basin. But then it stops and Rowena says it wants more blood, Sammy cuts higher up on his arm.

Back in purgatory, Dean says to Benny that he could do it if he had to, but Benny would never ask him to kill himself. The apparition says we’ve been over that. Dean then says the mark on his arm won’t let him do it either, it wants him to live. He gives Benny back the axe and says thanks but no thanks, then stabs Benny in the gut. Purgatory fades away and Dean’s back in the house.

Sam and Rowena are still in front of the box and she says it wants more blood. Dean comes in at that point and we realize that Rowena is Sam’s hallucination. Sam tells Dean it wants legacy blood, Dean ties off Sammy’s wound and slices his own arm. The box opens and they get the codex and Rowena disappears.

Back at the Men Of Letters building, Rowena’s aglow when she sees Sam has the codex. Her joy doesn’t last for long as Sam puts manacles on her. He says their deals still in play, he’ll kill Crowley after Rowena gets the mark off of Dean. If she wants to leave, she best work quickly.

The Story Continues Next Wednesday Night at 9:00 pm on The CW.

Supernatural: We Were Due For A Win

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Photo: Katie Yu/The CW

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Turns out that the CW veteran series “Supernatural,” utilized the old Muhammad Ali trick, rope-a-dope for most of season ten. Ali, the greatest heavyweight fighter, I’ve ever seen, would allow his opponents to waste their strength in the early rounds, landing body blows on the Champ, as he leaned back against the ropes. When they started displaying fatigue, Ali went on the offensive, making quick work of his opponent. After viewing episodes 17 and 18, of season ten, I think it’s safe to say the show will stay laser focused, over the final four episodes of the campaign.

The show returned after a week off, with a tight, well conceived episode “Book Of The Dead,” as we followed Sam, Dean and Charlie Bradbury, attempt to remove the Mark Of Cain from Dean, while Castiel and his prisoner the former scribe Metatron, locate Castiel’s grace. Adding Felicia Day as Charlie, and Curtis Armstrong as Metatron, added greatly to the episode.

We haven’t seen Charlie, since she trekked off to Europe earlier this season, in search of the Book Of The Dead, she’s the first character we see in this episode, wearing a raincoat and hood. She’s sneaking around an alley and her audible breathing, reveals how nervous she is. She hides behind a dumpster, then two men appear, one holding a strange-looking compass. They follow where it tells them to go, Charlie kills the big guy slamming the blade of her sword in his chest. The other guy pulls a pistol, Charlie slices his hand, the gun falls to the street.

She asks why they’re following her, then guy responds, they weren’t following her, just the thing she has in her bag, that he claims belongs to his family. She says finders-keepers, he smiles and tells her she can’t comprehend it or read it. She gets distracted by the tattoo on his wrist, he knocks the sword out of her hand and grabs the pistol, hitting her in the side but she gets away. He screams she can’t run forever.

In the previous episode, Metatron admitted he had no idea how to remove the Mark, but told Castiel, he could show him where his grace is kept. They’re on a road-trip together, Metatron excited by the emotions he’s feeling, as he’s mortal, and getting on Castiel’s nerves. Cas calls Sam and asks if he can just kill him now, Sammy tells him to remain patient, he’s almost got his grace back. Dean walks in and Sam quickly says goodbye.

Sam tells his brother his search for removing the Mark’s come up empty, but he’s going to keep trying. Dean tells him that Rowena’s Crowley’s mother and she says it’s just a curse and can be broken. The cellphone rings and Dean picks up, it’s Charlie calling from a phone booth in Des Moines. She tells them she got guys following her, and she’s gotten shot, she also has the Book Of The Damned. Dean gives her directions to a safe house and then before they leave, he grabs a lead-lined box, to store the book in, to keep the family from tracking it.

Metatron and Cas have stopped at a restaurant and the scribe’s in ecstasy over the pancake dinner he has in front of him, it’s his first time tasting food and he’s in love. Cas asks why they’ve yet to find the grace, and asks if Metatron’s stalling. He admits he is, then suddenly noises start emanating from his stomach, Cas takes him to the restroom. We see an Angel sitting at the counter, examining his knife.

THE BOYS,” reach Charlie and hugs get shared, then Bradbury tells them what she’s found out. Seven hundred years ago, a nun locked herself away , after having visions of darkness. A few decades later she emerged with this book, each page is a layer of her skin, each word written in her blood.

She hands the book to Dean, as he starts turning the pages, he goes into a trance, snapped out of it by Sammy yelling his name. He gives the book to Charlie, says he better not touch it again and walks out of the room, while Sam puts it in the lead-lined box. Charlie asks what was that about, the younger Winchester says Dean’s getting worse, not better.

Cas and Metatron head to the parking lot, when they see the man in the restaurant, he’s not an Angel, but a Cupid and wants to kill them both for destroying Heaven. Cas and he get into a knife fight, he pushes Cas down and gets ready to stab the scribe, but Castiel stops him. He knocks the knife out of the Cupid’s hand, but the adversary grabs Castiel’s blade. He’s about to take him out, when the Cupid’s stabbed from behind. Metatron gives the second knife to Cas and tells him he owed him that one. Castiel says this changes nothing.

The guy who shot Charlie and another accomplice arrive at the gas station, Charlie called Sam and Dean from. He pulls out his compass and shakes his head, telling the other guy she found a way to hide it. But they’re going to check out the area, to see if they find someone who saw her.

Metatron takes Cas to a library, where his grace is hidden, Castiel can sense it’s there but Metatron hid it somewhere, well another Angel hid it for him, so he wouldn’t reveal the answer via torture. He says however, that he told the Angel to leave clues in some of Metatron’s favorite books, he hold up his handcuffs, for Cas to unlock them, asking Mother may I? He grabs the first book, Cas takes it from him and a note falls out, it’s a riddle asking what’s the maddest thing a man can do? Metatron, doesn’t  know the answer, but he says have patience and they keep searching.

Sam and Charlie use every source that’s out there, however can’t decipher the book, Dean says maybe that’s a good thing. He tells them about the family following Bradbury, the Steins a group he describes as every shade of wrong, saying that the family started practicing Black Magic in the early 1800’s. They’ve started diseases, financial depressions, even aided the Nazis before they took power, making a profit on all their activities.

He then tells them that any positive outcome from the Book Of The Dead, creates a negative reaction, far worse than the original problem, he says of Biblical proportions. He says they’ve dealt with Black Magic in the past and they know it comes with a cost. He says the Book will cure him, but at far too costly a price and they need to destroy it. Dean then says he’s taking a ride to get Charlie snacks.

The Angel’s losing his patience and the scribe says he doesn’t care, if he’s going to die, he wants answers. Exactly who is Castiel at this point, no longer an Angel of the Lord, does he think it’s his job to round-up all the rogue Angels on Earth? What will he do when he finds them all, he’s not going to Heaven, Hannah’s got it running as smooth as silk over the last few months.

Castiel’s usual eloquence evades him as his anger’s too strong, he tells Metatron to shut up. Metatron walks ahead, saying well I tried, then he finishes making symbols out of blood from his leg wound on some books’ binders, the symbols light up and Castiel’s dying. The scribe sarcastically says poor Castiel, after swimming so far to drown in such shallow waters. Cas falls to the floor.

The guy who shot Charlie, kills a convenience store clerk behind the counter and he’s there when Dean walks in to get the snacks. Dean gets his stuff, the two exchange pleasantries, then Winchester sees the tattoo on the guys wrist. He pulls out his pistol and aims it at the guy, but his accomplice grabs Dean from behind.

The shooter sees the Mark Of Cain on Dean and asks how he got that, Dean says it’s none of your business Mr. Stein, he replies his friends call him Jacob. Dean says they’re not friends, breaks free of the guy holding him, shoots him and escapes.

Metatron says now to concentrate what he was really looking for, finds another clue and reads it out loud, then answers it. Castiel realizes the cues are quotes, and his quote’s from Don Quixote, the maddest thing a man can do is to die. He grabs the book and finds the vial with his grace. Metatron finds the Demon Tablet, he’s ready to grab the grace as well, but sees Cas has it in his hand and he leaves. Cas unplugs the vial and for the first time since season eight, Castiel’s whole once again.

Dean makes it back to the cabin, telling them Stein’s on his way and they need to burn the book. Stein arrives with two accomplices, they attack first Charlie skewers one with a sword, Dean has to empty his entire clip to kill the second one. Then Jacob enters and Dean screams to Sammy to burn the book. Dean unloads his clip on Stein but he doesn’t miss a stride, Sam throws the book in the fire and Jacob picks Sammy up by the neck and starts strangling him, Sam plunges a knife into Stein’s gut. He keeps pushing and twisting the blade, Stein finally falls.

Cas and Dean are at the conference table at the Men Of Letters building, when Charlie and Dean arrive, she says oh my and asks Sam if it’s really him, Sam smiles and nods. Charlie hugs Cas as tight as she can, then she says she thought he’d be shorter. She asks if now that he’s back to full strength, can he cure Dean, he sadly tells her no. She asks if he can cure her carpal-tunnel, he puts his finger on her forehead, and tells her he cured her carpal-tunnel and healed her bullet wound. Dean comes in and the four start eating, drinking, talking and laughing.

Sam looks uncomfortable, then we see him talking with someone. He says that he doesn’t trust them, but this is their wheel-house. He then reveals he didn’t burn the Book Of The Dead, instead substituted a book in its place. He says that there is a way to remove the Mark Of Cain in this Book, the only question he has is will the person help him? The camera pans to Rowena, who smiles and says let’s talk terms.

Supernatural: Just When I Thought I Was Out, They Pull Me Back In

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Photo Courtesy Of The CW

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All is forgiven “Supernatural,” in fact I may owe the veteran CW series an apology, for some of the words in describing this year’s lackluster campaign, as they made up for it with perhaps even a bit of excess, with the broadcast of the latest episode “Inside Man.” Episode seventeen of the show’s tenth season, was not only the best episode of this season, it may have been the finest in the last few years. An episode that will live in the hearts of Supernatural fans along with The French Mistake, the debut of Castiel and Dean getting banished to Hell, early in the shows run.

Let me take you for a moment into my process in writing a recap; I’m sitting with eight-pages of handwritten notes I took while watching a 42 minute-episode. If I were to use even half of what I’ve written, it could comprise a novella. So I’m realizing that I can’t do justice to what I just witnessed, but I ‘ll give it my best try. We knew after seeing clips for this week’s show, that we’d see the incredible Jim Beaver once again come into out homes as Bobby Singer. I certainly didn’t expect that we’d get so much time with this wonderful character, a definite bonus. Proving once and for all that author Thomas Wolfe was wrong when he wrote, “You can’t go home again.”

Our first scene’s watching Sam and Castiel crossing a street, heading to a house, then we shift to both holding hands with an older balding, bearded-man around a séance table, he’s speaking in Latin and the candles on the table flare like blow torches.

Suddenly, we see a fireplace, we hear Kenny Rogers singing “The Gambler,” on the radio, we see an ottoman with a pair of boots on them, then an easy chair, panning up to its occupant’s face. Welcome to the private paradise and alleged final resting place for Bobby Singer, former surrogate dad to Sam and Dean, until getting killed by a Leviathan in 2012. Suddenly, the radio signal goes funny and we hear Sam’s voice calling, Bobby are you there we need you? Singer’s face screws up in confusion and he says Sam?

A graphic tells us we’re going back to 24-hours before, we’re in the Gentleman Of Letters building, in Sam’s room, whose sound asleep, until he’s woken by a blood-curdling scream. He gets up grabs a pistol and starts heading towards the noise, it’s Dean screaming Sammy, help me. He gets in there and his brother’s in the midst of a nightmare, seeing flashes of killing people then Cain’s words ringing in his ears, saying Dean’s end will be like Cain’s start, involving killing his brother. It passes and Dean goes back to a restful sleep.

Sam’s on the phone with Castiel when Dean rises, unaware of his nightmare, telling his brother he slept like a “drunk baby.” He then asks Sam what’s going on with the hunting situation, Sam replies all’s quiet except for a situation fellow hunter Rudy’s handling. Dean suggests getting drunk and shooting dice, Sam says he’s in the mood to see a movie that’s playing in Wichita, a French film about a mine that’s really a cockroach and got rave reviews from the New York Times. Had Dean expressed an interest at that point, his younger brother might have said it comes with an all you can eat kale dinner, Dean said he’d enjoy the me-time.

Rowena’s in her room painting hex symbols on her naked body when Crowley walks in, mortified at seeing his mother in the nude, she grabs a robe to cover herself. He asks what she’s up to as she’s stopped nagging him, she throws him off by saying she’s seeing some guy, them starts describing his anatomy. Crowley quickly leaves.

Sam takes another car and meets up with Castiel, who asks where’s Dean? Sammy says we’ve got to do it, he’s getting worse, lore’s not helping, Charlie’s out of contact, Cas says he’ll drive. Castiel takes them to the playground where the gate to Heaven lies, the Angel guarding it’s in a the body of a young dark-haired man in his twenties. He tells Cas he can’t enter then tells him to please hold, we see a beam of energy leave the body and another replace it, Castiel smiles when the man speaks again as it’s Hanna.

She tells Cas she swore she’d never inhabit a vessel again, but she had to speak to him face to face. She’s forbidding him to take Metatron, as they need his help and God’s scribe will trick them and gain his freedom. Three other Angels appear, Castiel’s upset but Sam tells him he’s got a Plan B.

Dean heads to the local watering-hole, orders a cheeseburger platter and a brew, when he hears some college loudmouth and his two buddies, as the one guy’s bragging about his skill at the billiards table. Dean, gets up looking wasted and offers to play the kid for twenty bucks.

Sam tells his celestial partner, about a guy named Oliver Price, who was a famous child-psychic back in the fifties. The Gentlemen Of Letters worked with the boy to hone his skills, before getting slaughtered by Abaddon. Sam says maybe the guy will look at us as friends and help us, Castiel says maybe not as they see no trespassing signs covering his fence. Sam decides to give it a try, after numerous attempts at knocking and calling Price’s name, the older man answers the door, finishing Winchester’s introduction of himself.

Sam’s taken aback that the old man knows his identity and asks how he did that, Price responds he’s the mind-reader, remember? He then turns to Castiel, saying and you’re, what are you? Cas responds he’s an Angel and Price sputters finally spitting out that’s impossible, when Castiel asks why he says that Price responds he’s an Atheist. Sam says not any longer and they enter the home.

There’s a poster of Oliver of when he was ten, Castiel asks if that’s him and Price says that used to be him, but he’s stopped the psychic stuff. He says being around people’s Hell for him, the Angel nods saying because you can read people’s thoughts. Price says not from you, from you I only see colors. But the hippie’s thinking about this creepy hobbit-looking guy in a cell, Cas responds that’s Heaven’s Jail. The old man asks Heaven’s got a freaking jail, Sam replies, yes and they need to break someone out.

Dean’s looking sloppy drunk as the kid cleans his clock, he then asks the kid for a rematch. The kid asks if he’d like to raise the stakes to one hundred, Dean sloppily throws down three hundred bucks. The kids run short, Dean tells the big mouth to throw in his watch to make it even.

Sam and Cas tell Price they’ve got an inside man, they just need the old man to contact him for them. He asks what would happen if he says no, Sam responds you’re the mind-reader. Price says he’ll get his crap, then comes back tells them to shut-up and hold hands.

Dean threw the first game, as he shows when he racks the table. The kid says he hustled them, Winchester responds he’s pretty quick for a guy made out of hair gel and body spray. He heads to the bathroom, the kids friends say let it pass, then Rowena appears and says hello boys. Dean’s washing his hands and face, when he glances at the mirror and sees his eyes go black for an instant, he gets concerned.

We’re back where we started out, as Sam’s explained to Bobby what’s up with Dean. Uncle Bobby says that if he understands the situation, they’ve got to rid Dean of The Mark Of Cain, before it turns him back into a demon. Sam says, pretty much and Bobby asks what Dean’s thinking, Sam responds Dean’s not in a very good place right now. Singer asks what’s the plan, Castiel says that he needs to escape from his own private paradise and open the gate to Heaven, Cas says he’ll meet him and they’ll find Metatron, the scribe of God together. Bobby asks if Sam remembers when the job involved cutting some fang and knocking back a cold one, Winchester chuckles saying he misses those days.

Singer then asks while he’s playing action-hero, will people be looking for him, Castiel glumly says everybody will search for you, Angels will get quite vexed with a soul running loose in Heaven. Bobby asks if there’s a way to slow them down, Sam replies Bobby will come up with a solution. Singer says he appreciates the kind words but he’s rusty, maybe somebody else should run point. Sammy replies he’s their only shot, Bobby says he’s already dead, what’s the worst that can happen?

Dean heads back out to the bar and sees Rowena sitting on a stool at the bar, she’s put the same spell on the three college guys that she put on the call-girl, when Dean and Sam first met her. Bleeding from their eyes, the guys go after Winchester, he nearly goes postal and kills the first one, but he talks himself down and just knocks the three guys out.

Rowena attempts casting a deadly spell on Dean but its useless, she shakes her head saying impossible, as Dean puts a blade to her throat. He asks why she’s there, she replies because he’s destroying her son, Crowley. Dean asks Crowley, Crowley? Rowena says her son’s a king, he should be godlike, but he’s Dean’s lap dog, he comes running every time he calls. She then tells Dean if he fails to let her go, she’ll let the three college kids die, only she can save them.

Bobby’s told by Castiel that the escape hatch is something that doesn’t look like it belongs. Singer pulls at a loose thread on an area rug, it unravels and the wall opens, light streaming in. Bobby uses my favorite Michael Corleone line “Just When I Thought I Was Out, They Pull Me Back In.” He then goes past the wall, into a hallway resembling a hotel hallway, with doors lining each wall, Bobby sees his nameplate, Bobby Singer 1950-2012. An alarm goes off and Bobby growls “Balls!”

Of course Dean let her go, she heads back to her room angry, then picks up a knife and starts slicing her skin. She then visits Crowley and tells him Dean butchered her. The King Of Hell tells her she’s fool, that Dean wears the Mark Of Cain, she pauses for a second then says the Mark’s just a curse, granted the first curse but can be removed. Crowley calls her on her statement asking how, she says she doesn’t know but she’ll figure it out. Crowley then says he’s got the Winchesters just where he wants. Rowena, pushes his buttons saying demons are already gossiping it about it, if he does nothing, they’ll think he’s weak, then screams be a bloody king.

Bobby’s alleged rust doesn’t pose a problem as he starts opening doors flooding the hallway with other souls. Some Angels arrive, including the one that guarded the gate to Heaven and tell the souls to please return to their personal Heavens. Bobby growls, who made you boss and they rush past the four Angels. Gets to room 42, which is where the gate’s hidden and activates it.

Sam and Castiel, sitting in Castiel’s car in front of the playground, the Angel asks if Sam thinks Bobby can handle the job, Sam chuckles, exclaiming Bobby can do anything. The gate’s activated, they run to it, Sam tackles the guard, Castiel enters the gate, then slides into Heaven like a ballplayer sliding into home. Bobby helps him up saying welcome to the party.

In the hallway, Cas says they’re not far from Metatron, Singer asks where’s Dean? Cas says he’s resting he’s sick, Bobby shoves him saying try that again. Castiel says Dean’s given up and Bobby responds and you two Idjuts haven’t, that’s a page right out of the Winchester playbook. Cas asks Bobby if he’d give up, Singer growls Hell no.

Dean’s poured himself a whiskey and starts to drink it when he says, he was wondering when you’d show up. Crowley simply says squirrel, Dean responds, Boris, where’s Natasha? Crowley asks if that truly matters, Dean replies that it really doesn’t, then asks you want to do this or what?

Bobby and Cas reach Metatron’s cell, whose sitting there smiling and says hello boys, Castiel says he’s coming with him, the scribe replies he won’t be Dean’s punching bag again. Cas responds Dean’s not involved, Metatron says oh the “B-Team” eh? The keys are over there, chop-chop, Bobby asks if this is really necessary, Castiel responds that he’s afraid so.

Sam waits at the playground, Cas and Metatron appear, the scribe saying Samtastic, I got shotgun. Castiel pulls him near saying he’s in no position to demand terms, Metatron says he knows the Mark, he’s got Castiel’s grace, he’s in command. It’s called Leverage, Learn it, Live it, Love it. Castiel grabs Metatron, slits his throat gathers the Scribe’s grace in a tube, then closes the wound. Sam then shoots him in the thigh, Metatron falls to the ground bleeding and screaming.

Castiel says we’ve got your grace now Metatron,, you’re mortal. If you don’t cooperate, we’ll what’s the term, blow your frickin head off. THAT’S called Leverage!

Dean and Crowley are at the bar drinking, Crowley’s drink of choice filled with little umbrellas. Dean tells The King Of Hell he got tempted to kill Rowena, but never touched her. Crowley shakes his head and says so  she was lying, Dean says must be a family trait. Crowley says mother states that the Mark’s just a curse that can be removed, but she’s got no idea how to do it. Dean says that’s fine, I’m good Crowley then asks who’s the liar now?

He then tells Winchester that Rowena says he’s grown soft, Dean chuckles and says you have. Crowley gives him a look, Dean says a few years ago you would have come in here with Hell-Hounds and blew the roof off this place. Maybe it’s all the human blood Sammy pumped in you, but you’re different, then he says perhaps he’s changed as well, he never thought he’d play Doctor Phil for the King Of Hell. Crowley says maybe we’re getting old, Dean says I definitely did not see that coming.

He then asks why Crowley lets Rowena get to him, Crowley replies because they’re family, they’re blood. Dean says they’re not the same thing. A wise man once told him family don’t end in blood. However, he says it doesn’t begin with it either, Family’s the people who care about you, instead of wanting something from you. Family’s got your back, even when it hurts, from the beginning to the end, all of it. Does that sound like your mother?

Turns out that Metatron bluffed Dean, he’s got no clue how to rid Winchester of the mark, its old magic, Lucifer stuff and you can’t go asking him. Castiel, knows Metatron’s telling the truth, tells Sam to shoot him, but the scribe tells the Angel that some of Castiel’s grace remains and he’ll take him to it. Sam tells Cas it’s his call.

Crowley tells Rowena to get out, pack her things and leave, she cries out she’s his mother. He responds that she may have given birth to him, but she never was a mother. He says she was right about him getting soft, but that’s over, he screams I’m Crowley The King Of Hell. He then tells her she has five minutes to leave, she starts blubbering.

Sam returns to the Men Of Letters building, Dean asks him how was the movie, Sammy responds French. Then he asks about Dean’s night, he replies it was quiet he shot some pool. “THE BOYS,” say goodnight and when Sam enters his room he removes some paper from his jacket. A flashback shows us Castiel giving it to him, it’s a message from Bobby.

Bobby starts off by saying that he feels strange writing Sammy, then writes that Castiel told them about what they’re doing with Dean. He says he’s not saying they should stop, but perhaps they should tell Dean. He then writes that he knows the life, you do something a little bad to get good results. Sometimes however, the bad things terrible and the good comes at a Hell of a price.

He then writes that Sam’s a damn good man, one of the best and he’s incredibly proud of him, that although he’s not on the ground, Sam will make the right decision. He says that he’d been content in Heaven, but hearing from him was the best he felt in forever, no matter what it costs. We see three Angels entering Bobby’s paradise, we can tell they realize he was behind everything. So stay safe, keep fighting and kick it in the ass! Bobby.

The Story Continues on Wednesday, April 15, at 9:00 pm on The CW.

Supernatural: Vengeful Spirit Takes Out Philanderers

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Now this was enjoyable! Although The CW series “Supernatural’s,” subject matter’s pretty grim, the shows always handled it with a light-touch/tongue-in-cheek attitude, since early in the series’ run, a likely reason the show’s now in its tenth season. When you’re dealing with monsters and demons, The King Of Hell and Angels, as well narrowly averting the apocalypse, it helps to have characters, that can bust out a joke when things go dark. Although there’s been some light-episodes this season, the overall mood’s glum, so it was good to see the show-runners, pull something out of their old playbook in the episode entitled “Paint It Black.”

The graphic tells us we’re starting out the episode in Worcester, Massachusetts, however hailing from Boston, I can attest, the citizens sounded more like Ohioans, than Bay State natives. However, taking that in stride we’re in one of the city’s Catholic churches and a man named Terry Sloan’s finishing his confession to the Parish Priest, Father Delaney, who says to Sloan he’ll see him on Sunday as he departs the confessional booth. Suddenly the camera’s showing us a distorted effect, zeroing in on Sloan, stopping when it reaches the back of his jacket.

The camera’s back to normal when we see Terry from the front, but we watch his facial expression change from placid to agitated. He stops at one of the church candles, extinguishes the wick, removes the candle and takes the candle stick holder with him, the holder has a large spike protruding from its middle. He carries it outside, then standing directly in front of the church, he stabs himself in the chest with the spike and starts ripping his flesh downward.

Our next scene’s in the chamber of The King Of Hell, Roderick Crowley’s whose mother Rowena, never fails to remind him his real first names Fergus. One of Crowley’s toadies, comes to address him and begs the King to talk to his mother and Crowley asks what she did now. The small bearded-man tells Crowley that Rowena’s vexed at her son and taking out her frustration on Crowley’s court, he says he realizes they’re in Hell, but she goes too far, then he turns around to show Crowley, Rowena put a smaller version of his face on the back of his head.

His mother enters and immediately laughs at the toady, saying she always knew he was two-faced and he storms from the room. Crowley tells Rowena, he’s incredibly close to locking her back in her cell and his mother tries to guilt him saying he doesn’t appreciate what she’s done for him, which he laughs at. She brings up the fact that he broke plans with her to confront her rival Olivette and the Witches Council, to help the Winchesters. She then walks off in a huff, breaking glass along her way out of the room.

Sam and Dean reach Worcester, while Sam thinks the rash of the suicides in the area, are just a coincidence, not black magic. Meanwhile inside the church, we see two young attractive nuns talking about what led them to join the church. One of the women’s Italian and she tells of her relationship with a painter, who told her she was his muse and inspired his work, but then she stops her story. The American nun, says the two are a lot alike, so many people think that people enter service to the church to heed a higher calling. However many times, people enter their profession, because their past’s been too overwhelming, the Italian nun smiles to show she relates to what her friend said.

Lisa and Frank McCarthy enter the church, he enters the confessional booth she prays in the pews. When he finishes his confession, he comes over to her, takes her hand and they start to leave the church, while we see the same distorted camera effect from behind them. That night at home, Frank’s making a late-night snack, when Lisa tells him he should come to bed, as he’s been working lots of late-night hours and he looks a bit uncomfortable, then says the jobs kept him busy. She snarls liar at him, then takes out a pair of scissors, and stabs him repeatedly until he dies, his blood splattered all over her, we see  a spirit leave her body and she’s suddenly aware of what she’s done.

The BOYS,” interview Father Delaney in their guise as FBI Agents Allman and Betts, Delaney says he can’t believe Lisa McCarthy murdered Frank and Sam says her prints were all over the murder-weapon and his blood covered her. He then asks if Delaney can reveal Frank’s confession, but the Priest says that would violate his vows. He then introduces Sam and Dean to the American nun, we saw earlier, as Sister Mathias the director of Social Services and she’ll show them around. Sam excuses himself and says he wants to check out something else while the Sister gives Dean the tour.

Turns out Sister Mathias knew that Frank McCarthy stepped out on Lisa, but she knew nothing about it. After some more conversation about the couple, Dean asked what led her to devoting her life to the church and she asks if he’s making fun of her. He replies of course not and she explains that her life became painful and she needed a mission to dedicate herself to, then says Dean most likely thinks she’s nuts. However he tells her he can relate more than she knows. Sam comes over and asks if there’s a graveyard nearby and Mathias informs him the church’s built on burial grounds.

Crowley summons his mother with some news he thinks will please her, then shows he made Olivette his prisoner, and she’s wearing an iron collar so she’s powerless. Rowena can do what ever she pleases to her longtime enemy, when Crowley leaves, Olivette berates her for consorting with demons, until she tells her rival her son’s The King Of Hell.

Back at the church, Sister Mathias goes back to her conversation with the Italian nun, named Isabella. She starts telling more stories about the artist Piero, then tells her friend she realized she’d fallen in love with him. She told him, however he told her he only loved art and would never have room in his heart for a woman. We see a graphic as the scene closes, telling us the scene’s taking place in Florence, Italy in the year 1520. It turns out Isabella’s the ghost.

We then find out that when she returned home, she was still obsessed with Piero, so her father shipped her to a convent. She had to make do with all the luxury she grew up with, her journal, recounting her life the only possession she retained. Her family’s possessions went to the church she worked in and three weeks earlier got sent to the church in Worcester, which is when she arrived.

Back in Hell, Rowena’s getting her jollies, repeatedly slapping Olivette across the face. She tells Olivette she’ll get what she wants, but her rival says what she wants no longer exists. The Witches Council’s now a sad shadow of what it was in its glory days. Their powers and spells were stolen and then hidden by a group that won the Public Relations Battle, then set up bunkers around the globe where they stored what they plundered. The group’s called “The Gentleman Of Letters.”

Dean decides to try to attract the spirit, so he goes into the confessional and starts spinning a tale of being habitually unfaithful to every woman he’s gotten involved with. Delaney tells him to say some Hail Mary’s and some Our Father’s and his sins will get excused, then asks Dean if anything else’s troubling him. That’s when the elder Winchester gets sincere and asks the Priest what if I told you I’m not ready to die yet. He then says in his line of work, he’s always taken it as a given he’d go out violently and young, but some recent events have made him reevaluate things. Father Delaney asks if he believes in God and Dean responds “I believe there is a God, but I’m not sure if he believes in us anymore.”

Turns out that Sister Mathias realized Isabella was a spirit from the moment they met, she’d met several spirits since she joined the church and all were benign. However after calling for Isabella, she opens her journal and reads that Isabella went insane, left the convent and went back to Piero’s, unsure of what she’d do, confront him for ruining her life or ruin his masterpiece, the painting of her. After being inside for a couple of minutes, she hears the sounds of lovemaking and catches Piero in bed with a blonde and stabs him, long after he died. She got tried as a witch and burned at the stake.

She tells Dean and Sam what she read and that she knew Isabella was a spirit, but thought like the others she met that she was harmless. Dean and the nun head to the chapel, while Dean tells Sam to burn the journal. They arrive downstairs to find Father Delaney, brutally slain on the altar, then Isabella takes control of Sister Mathias and attempts to kill Dean.

Sam reads the journal rather than burns it, and finds out that some of Isabella’s blood, skin and bone got added to the paint. The possession that ties her to the church is the portrait Piero painted, he finds the crate, opens it and burns the portrait, sending Isabella to rest.

Olivette tells Rowena, that the American chapter of “The Gentleman Of Letters,” closed in the fifties, but got recently reopened by Rowena’s favorite pair of brothers the Winchesters. She’s about to kill Olivette with a spell, but has a sudden change of heart and turns her into a hamster in a glass tank running endlessly on a hamster-wheel. She then asks Crowley about any involvement the Winchesters have with “The Gentleman Of Letters.” Crowley says the Winchesters are his affair and he won’t kill them.

Sam and Dean driving home, when Sam says to Dean he doesn’t believe for a second that the Mark Of Cain’s terminal and they’ll find away to defeat it. Dean responds half-heartedly, Okay Sammy, what ever you say, but we can tell he puts no stock in Sam’s words.

The Story Continues Next Wednesday Night at 9:00 pm on The CW.