Caps are out, in place of my notes taken during the airing of the episode. This way I can get the review done & posted within a few hours instead of a few days or weeks. Hope you don't mind the lack of pretty pics.
Recap: Finding a way to beat the devil, Swan Song, Sam jumps in the hole, Cas is the new sheriff in heaven, Sam's soul, Purgatory, the human soul, Cas's 50,000 souls, Eve, Crowley's alive.
Cas, sitting alone....recounting his life...
Remembering all the events of the past...heh, you can see Dean's influence here.
Castiel: I remember being at a shoreline, watching a little grey fish heave itself up on the beach. And an older brother saying "Don't step on that fish Castiel, big plans for that fish. I remember the Tower of Babel - all 37 feet of it, which I suppose was impressive at the time. And when it fell they howled "Divine Wrath!" But c'mon dried dung can only be stacked so high.
How he, Bobby, and Sam & Dean averted the Apocalypse...
"...two boys, an old drunk, and a fallen angel."
Love it when he looks at the camera..."Let me tell you my story. Let me tell you everything."
Cas pops into the car with Dean...
Oh....tracking a Djinn....Dean's on his way to join him.
They exchange their lack of information about Crowley still being alive.
Dean encourages Cas to let them know if he needs any help.
Welcome to Crowley's house of horrors...
He's dissecting Eve who while dead is still laying eggs....and apparently her monsters are still connected to her dead brain.
He's not happy about her being dead because she could've opened the door to Purgatory. Doesn't like Cas hanging out with the Winchesters either.
"I thought we agreed, no more nights out with the boys."
And he knows Sam & Dean are hunting for him....still not happy. Heh.
Cas has a conflict of interest...still considers himself Sam & Dean's guardian. Awww...
Assbutt....I still giggle. :P
They taught him to stand up, what to stand for, and what generally happens to you when you do.
Cool effects on Cas's death in Swan Song! Whoah.
I knew it!!!!! Cas brought Sam back from hell.
But yeah...not all of him...
Cas admits his own arrogance took over, kept him from seeing what he was really doing.
"Sometimes we're lucky enough to be given a warning. This should've been mine."
Crowley wants Cas to kill the Winchesters....Cas says no...."Don't worry about them."
Crowley: Am I the only game piece on the board who doesn't under-estimate those denim-wrapped nightmares?!
Castiel: "Just find Purgatory. If you don't we will both die again and again until the end of time. The Winchesters won't get to you."
Bobby's house....he and Sam have a new prisoner under the devil's trap...
He's not being helpful....but they've got the knife...heh.
Right in the knee....owie.
Dean's back...he reports that he didn't tell Cas anything....still doesn't believe that Cas is in with Crowley.
Dean: He's the Balki Bartokomus of Heaven - he can make a mistake.
And Cas is there!!!! Listening....uh oh...
Bobby: If there's a snowball of a snowballs chance here, that means we're dealing with a Superman who's gone darkside. it means we got to be cautious, we got to be smart and maybe stock up on some kryptonite.
Dean (to Sam): This makes you Lois Lane. LOL
So Cas knows they're already suspicious of him...
Castiel: "And worst part was...Dean trying so hard to be loyal with every instinct telling him otherwise."
Oh Dean.... :(
Back to interrogating....he's never even met Crowley.
Bobby: Who do you deal with?
Demon: The Dispatcher - a demon named Ellsworth
Castiel (voiceover): if there was a demon counterpart to Bobby Singer - Ellsworth would be it.
Wow. A demonic version of Bobby! Complete with trucker hat, shabby clothes, and demonic phone lines.
Castiel: "These demons would lead the Winchesters to Crowley and Crowley would tear their hearts out."
Oooh! Cas! Bye bye demon Bobby.
Castiel: I had no choice. I did it to protect the boys, or to protect myself. I don’t know anymore.
Ooooh. Love it when the guys bust into a place with guns drawn. :D
They find the place empty, of course. Sam even muses that maybe the demons were tipped off and are running from them, which would be a nice thought.
Cas is there of course....remaining unseen....
Castiel: Hiding, lying, sweeping away evidence. And my motives used to be so pure.
He returned to heaven after bringing back Sam...actually it's someone else's heaven...interesting.
Rachel is there with some other angels....she's ready to follow Cas, but he says they all have free will, freedom.
Castiel: Explaining freedom to angels is a bit like teaching poetry to fish.
Castiel: Who's heaven is this?
Raphael: Ken Lay's. I'm borrowing it.
Castiel: I still question his admittance here.
Raphael: he's devout. Trumps everything.
He wants Cas to pledge allegiance to him...no way, dude.
Raphael wants the Apocalypse "It's God's will."...but Cas is going to fight him.
Raphael is right about one thing...all the angels know to do is follow, they know nothing of freedom.
So he beat up Cas and threatened to kill anyone with him....
Bobby and the boys have found nothing, the place is clean....Bobby says it's too clean.
Dean wants to call Cas.
He still believes.....points out how Cas has put himself on the line for them over and over.
Sam puts out the call....nothing.
Then Dean....still nothing.
Cas was too afraid to show up....knew what they would ask.
HOLY! Boys!!!!!! Demons storm in and beat them all up.
"Crowley says "Hi"." Eeep!
No! Don't beat up Dean! :(
Cas was surprised that the demons showed up....knew Crowley wouldn't like it if he stopped them, but in the end he chooses to save his friends.
"For a brief moment...I was me again."
He brings news...that Crowley is alive. Heh.
The guys confess that they suspected he was working with Crowley...and apologize.
"Wonders never cease...they trusted me again. But it was just another lie."
Uh oh...Cas mentions about being Superman...
And now Dean's not buying it....
He storms back to Crowley.
Ooooh....go Cas! Hee! Time for him to threaten Crowley.
"I'm still an angel...and I will bury you." *guh*
Raphael's stronger than him....Cas knew he couldn't take him in a straight fight.
Why is Dean raking leaves? Heh. Oh, okay...this is when he was with Lisa & Ben.
He went to Dean, wanted his help, but with all he had sacrificed, Cas didn't want to ask him for more.
Crowley's there too...and wants to make a deal.
Castiel: I'm an angel, you ass. I don't have a soul to sell." Hee!
Crowley: "It all comes down to the souls in the end, doesn't it?"
So Cas goes to talk with Crowley...but he thought he was smarter than him even though now he sees he was prideful and a fool.
"Next in line." Heh. It's Hell.Crowley's hell....you stand in a huge line, get to the end, and get back in line again.
Crowley: "Submit or die? What are you, French?" LOL
OMG this dialog is sooo good!
Crowley says Cas has a lot of followers, so step up, be the leader and go after Raphael and his lot.
Crowley is the one who suggested the civil war in heaven....and Purgatory with the wealth of souls.
Cas wanted to keep Dean out of it...he was retired.
Crowley subtly suggests a patriarch he can use instead...which of course, would be Samuel Campbell.
All he wants for the deal is half.
He offers Cas 50,000 souls as an act of good faith....souls from hell that he can take up to heaven.
Crowley: You can save us, Castiel. God chose you to save us. And I think deep down, you know that.
Back to Raphael....who he smites out. Then declares his civil war.
Castiel: And so went the long road of good intentions.
The boys call Cas again...I sense a trap.
They say they've got a plan to track Crowley...yep...they've got Cas trapped.
Ah....they know he's been spying on them.
Dean: Look me in the eye and tell me you're not working with Crowley.
And of course, Cas can't do that... :(
Cas tells them he did it protect them all, that he did it to get the souls, to stop Raphael...to trust him. Pretty tall order, Cas..."I'm still me. I'm still your friend."
Cas: Sam, I'm the one who raised you from perdition.
Sam: What? Well no offense, you did a pretty piss poor job of it. Wait...did you bring me back soulless on purpose?
Castiel: How could you think that?
Sam: Well I'm thinking a lot of things right now, Cas.
Oh Sammy.... :(
This is hard to watch...
Cas says Raphael will kill them all and tear the world apart...he had no choice.
Dean: "No, you had a choice. You just made the wrong one."
The only reason he kept it a secret was because he knew it was wrong. Dean says when they run into crap they deal with it, they don't make a deal with a devil.
Castiel: It sounds so simple when you say it like that. Where were you when I needed to hear it?
Dean: I was there. Where were you? You should've come to us for help, Cas.
And Dean WAS there, but Cas walked away and followed Crowley.
Demons are swarming in....uh oh
Cas says it's too late, but Dean says they can still fix it.
Castiel: Dean! It's not broken.
He tells them to run...they go....Dean taking one last look at Cas. :(
He releases Cas...and promises to not hurt the Winchesters.
Ooooh....Cas....all badass and in Crowley's face again.
He tells Crowley to get out of his sight.
Crowley: You know the difference between you and me? I know what I am. What are you, Castiel? And what exactly are you willing to do?
Dean's sleeping....Cas pops in despite the angel-proofing on Bobby's house...they got some of it wrong. Heh.
He wants Dean to understand his reasons, but Dean doesn't care to hear it. Says he's doing this for Dean, because of Dean.
Dean calls him a child again, that he can't just do what he wants because he has the freedom to. He asks Cas to stop, because he's asking him to.
Dean: Look, next to Sam you and Bobby are the closest things I have to family..that you are like a brother to me. So if I'm asking you not to do something...you gotta trust me man.
Castiel: "Or what?"
Dean: Well I'll have to do what I have to do to stop you.
Castiel: You can't Dean. You're just a man. I'm an angel.
Dean: I don't know, I've taken some pretty big fish.
Castiel: Sorry Dean.
Dean: Well I'm sorry too then.
Dammit Cas....don't do that to Dean.
He asks for God to give him a sign...or he'll do whatever he feels he must.
Aw, Cas.... :(
* I'm glad we finally got some answers...and a lot of them. Puts the whole season in a different perspective. I love it when the show does that. :)
* Once a again a character does all the wrong things, but for the right reasons. In Season 4 it was Sam, this time it's Castiel.
* Does this mean Sam & Dean are going to go to war against Castiel? Try to stop him? Wow. o.O Maybe they can get Balthazar on their side? He's the only other angel left that they know.
* I didn't say this after last week, but I was pretty surprised how fast the show did away with Eve, especially when there was a big build up about her being this season's Big Bad. Once again, you can't believe the rumors. Funny...now I see her as a victim...caught in Cas and Crowley's master plan.
* I don't believe Cas brought back Sam soulless on purpose. He thought he could pull Sam from hell like he did with Dean, but I think because he was in Lucifer's cage, he just didn't quite get all of Sam. By the time he realized the mistake, of course, it was too late.
* Now I'm wondering how many other times this season Cas was actually watching Sam & Dean, keeping an eye on what they were doing.
* A week off before the big, two episode season finale! Gonna be a long wait. *wants*