I'm not going to spend a lot of time talking about the plot or writing of this episode except to say I was disappointed in this episode and in where we've gotten to this season, especially if we stay on this track with dupe!Cas. I'm frustrated because they can't seem to settle on which Cas he's supposed to be, BAMF Cas or the Bee Man. I hope 8.23 can provide some closure for this season and set up a more cohesive season 9.
Green and blue on the first victim, Tommy, and his companion.
Green and blue on the boys. I suppose they are victims here also.
Breakfast of champions.
I liked the exploration of the storage room.
The round mark on the floor must mean something. The shelves opening to reveal the dungeon was pretty cool.
Turns out the mark is part of a large devil's trap.
They find the movie and go watch. Josie, pre-possession. All of the black and white footage was particularly creepy.
So Cas is sorry and still not healed up so he gets left behind. Does he lock the door later when he goes shopping? Can he get in and out without the boys being there to let him in?
Off to St. Benedict's in the rain. Ora et labora.
There are some folks on tumblr who have been talking about Sam ending up with stigmata. If that doesn't look like it, I don't know what would.
On the hymn board behind Dean, there is a reference to Psalm 6. The last number is 116, the room Sarah is staying in. Psalm 6 is the first of 7 penitential psalms and seems to work pretty well in an episode where blood is purified by confession.
For the leader; with stringed instruments, “upon the eighth.” A psalm of David.
Do not reprove me in your anger,
LORD, nor punish me in your wrath.
Have pity on me, LORD, for I am weak;
heal me, LORD, for my bones are shuddering.
My soul too is shuddering greatly—
and you, LORD, how long?
Turn back, LORD, rescue my soul;
save me because of your mercy.
For in death there is no remembrance of you.
Who praises you in Sheol?
I am wearied with sighing;
all night long I drench my bed with tears;
I soak my couch with weeping.
My eyes are dimmed with sorrow,
worn out because of all my foes.
Away from me, all who do evil!
The LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.
The LORD has heard my plea;
the LORD will receive my prayer.
My foes will all be disgraced and will shudder greatly;
they will turn back in sudden disgrace.
I wish they would have left confession and priests trying to cure demons out of SPN entirely. It smacks of the Inquisition.
NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition! Our chief weapon is surprise...surprise and fear...fear and surprise.... Our two weapons are fear and surprise...and ruthless efficiency...
Back at the bunker, the boys are backlit by red and yellow lights as they get closer to answers on curing a demon.
Meanwhile, Cas is shopping. I'm going to take a quick moment to say I loathed the drama in this scene with the heat of a thousand suns. All that aside, I think the color with all of the red and yellow plus the shop clerk in blue is pretty eyecatching. I'm pretty sure the welcome mat is pure Canada though. It looks like the Hockey Canada logo. Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore. I've always wanted to say that.
When a strange angel appears and asks you if you want some candy, you should yell and run and go back to Kansas.
Look, he even has evil clowns behind him.
And pink and yellow ice cream being eaten by some small dude. What flavor is that yellow? Look at all the red chairs.
And the bright red Traveller's Insurance umbrella. You go with him, you're going to need more than insurance. Come on, Castiel, you know better than this. Yanks hair in frustration.
But no, evidently our esteemed writer doesn't know that we've been here before so we're going to go hang out with this angel Cas knows by reputation only, in this nice restaurant with blue and yellow. Last season, the daisies would have been a big warning.
Our next victim, who happens to be part angel, is wearing blue too. She's a nice girl who's parentage is about to be her doom. Are you really believing these trials are on the up and up? I thought they were for people to undertake, not angels.
Nice to see spring has come to Vancouver.
Vancouver looks to be a beautiful place.
While Castiel is being lured to the dark side, Sam and Dean are being criminally distracted. I hate when they do something insanely stupid to achieve a plot point. They are supposed to be the elder statesmen of hunters and they are messing with a Knight of Hell with no devil's trap. It was so stupid, I wondered if the Winchesters did it on purpose. Guess not. No weakness goes unexploited and they should know that by now. The creepy creeping hand was the best part of this whole episode. Now the Addams Family's Thing has something to commiserate with.
I thought they needed consecrated ground for this cure business to work. That's a very cool red barn with hex symbols painted on it. Sometimes the symbols were painted on barns for superstitious reasons and some were just for decoration. The six pointed star can be for luck and the eight point star can be for good fortune, harmony and protection against fires.
Cool Impala shot.
Another one from later.
Crowley backlit by red. I like that he's back to being diabolical by manipulation rather than by outright torture.
There's a golfer on the desk. The curious thing is the group of blue capped pens with one red one in there.
I was going to say something in the last write-up about how those looked like law books. Turns out he's in an attorney's office. "Attorney At Law" is part of what is written on the window. The rest might be sigils. There are golf clubs in the corner.
Crowley isn't the first to go back to places where Sam and Dean had worked cases. LeviaSam and LeviaDean did it in Slash Fiction. They were able to find out about them from Sam and Dean's DNA. Crowley had to do it the old fashioned way. He read about it.
His number is 666.
The boys head off to find Jenny Klein. Even being covered by a block watch didn't help her.
Cupcakes, possibly without hearts in them.
The art in here is a lot like the splatter and dead trees from season 7, the one her episode was from.
This murder was particularly nasty and they didn't even bring the actor back so she could earn a few bucks. Interesting shot upward from behind the smoking body. Yuck.
When Sam gets to Sarah's room, he comes into the room out of a hallway marked with yellow and irregular lines. We don't know it now but he's bringing the danger with him.
Sarah's room is a placid blue with smooth regular wall patterns. She's wearing blue too.
It's such a beautiful room.
I don't know if I would have let Sam in even if I had known him before. She's had to have seen the news about public enemy number 1.
When they do the close ups, Sam's background is just white.
Sarah's has splashes of red now.
And she's married with a kid and she's doomed to death by demon and her husband will take up a revenge quest with a little kid in tow. I didn't see a kitchen with a fridge in the room but I guess they'll make do anyhow. Evidently you no longer have to sleep with Sam, a kiss will suffice to bring about your downfall.
The boys brought so much danger and chaos into this room and it shows in the additional red they brought in.
Cool shot of Dean through the painted window with the reflection of trees on it.
At the end of the episode, Dean asks what he's been asking all season. Are you with me? Are you out or are you in? Yes. Ok, yes, I'm still in. I've hung on this far into the season so I might as well see how it finishes up. I hope we get left somewhere where there is the promise of a more thought-out season arc. I was pretty positive after Swan Song and we got soulless Sam. After season 6, I was pretty positive and we got Godstiel and that lasted a couple of episodes, then brothers fighting, a freakin' wedding and Bobby gone. After season 7, I was pretty positive about what they could do with Purgatory and we got a Sam who didn't look for Dean. On the plus side, we got Charlie and LARPing, Dean in a uniform and suffering Sam so hopefully there will be something left that they can work with. Hopefully not anything Amelia related.
Caps from homeofthenutty and gallicka