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Very creepy beginning with the dragging in of a body bag (which I almost missed when I first viewed the ep). As improbable as the up-coming resurrection was (How did he know where to find her? Or did she possess this dude and do the ceremony on her own body?) it was cool all the same and I was very happy to see the actress return. :)
The boys taking a respite from driving. Seems like they've only been traveling a day? At least that's my impression. Dean seems oddly unconcerned about Cas getting his very mortal self to the bunker. But then he's more worried about his angel-possessed brother and trying not to show it. Like the little WWSD (What Would Sam Do?) moment. But Dean's gotta surprise for his little brother..."He's the junk in my trunk."
Is this a character entrance or what? Awesome staging here with her standing up naked in the tub. Gotta love how her hair is perfectly coiffed, nails done, and her makeup all in place. :P
Dean: "What the hell?"
Kevin: "Dean, you're alive."
Dean: "Yeah, because you're a crappy shot... Katnis."
Hee! Now I've read some fans ask...How does Dean keep up with all these movies and such? Well, I know who Katnis is and I've never read The Hunger Games or seen the movie. You can easily learn this stuff simply by watching enough TV and I imagine that's how Dean picks up a lot of his references.
Kevin: "It's been a bad couple of days, I haven't slept, I haven't eaten... I’m pretty backed up."
Dean: "Okay, overshare."
Aw, poor Kevin. I can imagine him freaking out when the bunker went into lockdown with all the alarms and lights. And then Sam brings Crowley in...
I love this bit!
Dean: "Never get tired of doing that."
The boys want the names of every demon on earth and who they're possessing. Sam? I don't think that little paper pad would cut it. Crowley reminds them they have no leverage and if they were going to kill him they would've done it already. This leaves the inevitable...
Crowley: "Torture. Brilliant. Can't wait to see Sam in stilettos and a leather bustier, really putting the S-A-M into S&M. Honestly, boys. What are you gonna do to me that I don't do to myself just for kicks every Friday night?"
But instead the boys leave him alone. Smart.
Kevin's panicking over Crowley being in the dungeon...
SAM: "Kevin, look. If we can get Crowley to give us the name of every demon he's got topside, we can hunt them down. All of 'em."
DEAN: "He will break, okay. When he does, we'll hold him down while you knife him. Then we all go out for ice cream and strippers."
They tell Kevin not to go near the demon and then Dean sets out their gameplan: Kevin needs to find out how Metatron kicked the angels out of heaven.
Dean (to Sam): "Check the net for anything angel-y."
Sam: "Or demon-y."
Dean: "Or monster-y or ghost-y. It’s going to be a busy year."
Abaddon talks to her few minions about Crowley. She's not happy about a salesman being the King of Hell.
Abaddon: "A king fights. A king conquers. A king does more than sit around reading contracts. But the King's dead. Long live the Queen. I can train you. I can get you new bodies. And we will march into Hell, where we will be greeted as liberators. And Demonkind will rise up and sweep over the earth. And all the humans, and all the angels with their clipped wings will bow to me! Or they will burn."
The demons are afraid of Crowley and want proof that he's dead.
Dean calls another hunter, Irv, and warns him about the fallen angels which he seem to take in stride.
Irv: "Hell, weird's what we do. I remember this case up in Saskatoon, we had this case of..."
Dean: "Werewolf Siamese twins!"
Irv: "He told you about that?"
Dean: "Every time he drank Labatts."
Meanwhile, Abaddon is getting soldier meatsuits for her demons and we meet another hunter, Tracy.
The boys arrive at the crime scene with the bus where the demons overtook the soldiers.
SAM: "Oh, God. This place reeks of sulfur."
DEAN: "Between the stink, with the freak thunderstorms, and every cow dead within three miles, I'll take demons for $1000, Alex."
They soon run into interference from a Sergeant who isn't about to allow them on her crime scene. Dean puts in a call to their supervisor aka as Kevin back at the bunker. After a little floundering, Kevin finds some incriminating photos of her online, threatening to send them to her supervisor and she wonders where he found them.
Kevin: "'Cause I'm Kevin freaking Solo." Heehee!
The boys don't find much on the bus, but then the Sgt. shows them some video footage with...
DEAN: "Abaddon? Seriously?! I thought you Kentucky fried that meatsuit."
SAM: "I did, Dean."
DEAN: "You—well, then how'd she get it back? And why's she playing G.I. Joe?"
SAM: "No clue. Why don't you ask her when we find her?"
DEAN: "Oh, I will. And then I'm gonna chop her freaking head off. Again."
Abaddon captures some hunters and interrogates them, trying to find the Winchesters. Soon she's got Irv & Tracy and calls one of Dean's cell phones, which Kevin answers. She gives him some coordinates to pass along to the boys, to show up or the hostages die.
SAM: "You know this is a trap, right?"
SAM "And we're just gonna walk right into it?"
DEAN "Guns blazing. You with me?"
SAM "You know it." Awwww...that's my boys! :D
I liked the bit of Crowley having flashbacks of his ordeal in the church. Shows there's still some aftereffects. But Kevin soon wanders in...who thought of putting the dungeon INSIDE of a storage room anyway???...and Crowley goads him into entering the room.
DEAN: "The hell happened here?"
SAM: "Local chemical plant sprung a leak, years ago. They evacuated three square blocks. Guess it's still contaminated."
DEAN: "Wait, so this whole place is poison?"
[DEAN shields his crotch with his hand protectively.]
SAM: "That's not gonna help."
DEAN: "Doesn't hurt."
The boys find Tracy (who shows a negative reaction to Sam) and Irv and cut them free. Time to gear up for the demons!
Back at the dungeon, Crowley's trying to figure out what Kevin wants.
CROWLEY: "What's on your mind, Kevin? You can tell me. We're friends!"
KEVIN: "You tortured me."
CROWLEY: "I torture all my friends. It's how I show love. I was raised in a dysfunctional home environment."
Kevin brings up his mom and Crowley teases that maybe she's not dead. Pretty soon he's egging Kevin to take out his violent frustrations on him. "Let it all out!"
Ok, I'd love to have Mama Tran back. I know, unlikely, but she was sooooo cool!
Smart Dean using a recording on his cell phone to trick the demons with assault rifles so the group could get away!
TRACY (talking about SAM): "My family's dead because of him."
TRACY: "I watched a demon slaughter my parents. And the whole time it talked about how it was celebrating. Some dumb kid let Lucifer out of his cage."
The way Sam's face just fell when she said that. But Dean knows they don't have time for this, so he goes with Tracy and puts Sam with Irv as they split up.
Kevin's been beating Crowley with a hammer...
CROWLEY: "Gonna make this simple, Kevin. Let me go, and I'll give you back your mother."
KEVIN: "She's dead."
CROWLEY: "Oh, she wishes she was. After what I had my heavies do to her, she's begging for it. But when have you ever known me to let anyone off easy? You think Sam and Dean care about her? Huh? You think they care about you? You are just here to serve their needs. Nothing more. You're gonna lose, Kevin. Everything. It's just a matter of time. When the Winchesters are done with you, they'll toss you aside without a second thought because they can. Because they think they're special. And because, well, there's always another prophet waiting in the wings. I'm the one in chains, but we're both prisoners here. What say, you let me go, and we walk out those doors together? What say we both win?"
DEAN: "Listen, for the record, Sam's not the only guy who thought he was doing right and watched it all go to crap, okay? That's just part of being—"
TRACY: "Being a hunter."
DEAN: "Being human. Look, you wanna be pissed off at Sam, that's fine, I get it. But if you wanna go after somebody, you make sure that they got black eyes. Gotta know who the real monsters are in this world, kid."
And on a side note...Holy friggin' freckles Jensen! :)
Meanwhile, Irv's confessing that Abaddon tortured him and he gave up the names of other hunters like Tracy and he's ready to go in and take out the demons while the rest get away. Before he can do anything though, he's shot and Sam fires back, racing into the diner they were at before and running into the soldier demons.
Dean & Tracy run into Abaddon (smart, wearing a bullet-proof vest) and Dean sends Tracy off to get the Impala full of supplies.
The boys fighting their separate demon battles.
Who didn't love this scene??? OMG It was amazing!
ABADDON: "So appreciate you boys coming when I call. I think that's what I like most about you Winchesters. You're so obedient. And suicidally stupid. I like that, too."
DEAN: "Are we gonna fight or make out? 'Cause I'm getting some real mixed signals here."
She says she wants Crowley and in return she'll snap Dean's neck. Nice.
ABADDON: "You know, I've loved this body since the moment I first saw it. You're the perfect vessel, Dean. You give a girl all sorts of nasty ideas. So go ahead and play hard to get, and I'll peel off this "no demons allowed" tattoo and blow smoke up your ass."
DEAN: "Oh, well, I gotta tell you, between you and me, it is a horrow show up there."
ABADDON: "It can get worse. Trust me. 'Cause once I'm on top, I'll make you watch. And I'll use your body. Have you ever felt an infant's blood drip down your chin? Or listened to a girl scream as you rip her guts out? Because you will. You and me, lover. We'll have a grand old time."
Oh, my goodness! The moment when Sam is knocked out and Ezekiel takes over is awesome! It's just visually stunning and bravo to Jared for making himself look even taller and menacing. Great work VFX team!
Dean escapes from Abaddon, thanks to the angel blast from the diner and enters to find Ezekiel finishing off the demons with the knife (as a way of explaining their deaths to Sam later).
Ezekiel: You are troubled still.
Dean: Yeah, it’s just, this is all on me. I was the one who talked Sam out of boarding up Hell. So every demon deal, every kill they make, you’re looking at the person who let it happen.
Ezekiel: You were protecting your brother. I am in Sam’s head. Everything he knows, I know. And I know that what you did you did out of love.
Dean: Yeah, well, Zeke — I’m going to call you Zeke — I’m not with the whole love and love….
Ezekiel: That’s why I said yes.
Dean: If that goes sideways that’s on me too.
Ezekiel: That’s not going to happen.
Dean: This is nuts. You’re Sam but you’re not Sam. He’s the one I’m used to talking to about all this stuff. I’m trusting you Zeke. I just gotta hope that you’re one of the good guys.
Ezekiel: I am. But I suppose that is what a bad guy would say. Dean Winchester, you are doing the right thing.
Sam wakes up a little later and Dean explains that he came in and took out the 3 demons himself.
DEAN: "I took 'em by surprise. Got a little messy, I got a little lucky. Oh, and, uh, I'm awesome, so there's that."
SAM: "Jeez. You are pretty damn awesome."
The boys return to the bunker and find a worked-over Crowley but no Kevin. Crowley gives them the names of 2 demons who are under-performers. The boys are suspicious.
CROWLEY: "Please. Your little plan to have me stew in my own delicious juices... pathetic. You want intel. I want things, too. Maybe we can come to some kind of arrangement. Quid pro quo, gentlemen."
SAM: "So these are what, then, freebies?"
CROWLEY: "Not at all. You can consider them fair trade for the enjoyment that Kevin gave me."
DEAN: "What the hell is that supposed to mean?"
CROWLEY: "He's my new favorite toy. Wind him up, watch him go."
Dean catches Kevin as he's leaving. Kevin didn't buy all of what Croley was selling but some of it still bothers him. He's wondering if his mom really is alive.
DEAN: "Crowley's lying."
KEVIN: "And if he's not?"
DEAN: "Well... if she is alive, then she's dead. In every way that matters, she's dead, Kevin, I'm sorry. I know you're dying to bolt, man. I get it. But out that door, it's demons, and it's angels, and they would all love to get their hands on a prophet. So even with Crowley here, this is still the safest place for you. It just is. And we need you, man."
KEVIN: "Because I'm useful."
DEAN: "Because you're family. After all the crap we've been through, after all the good that you've done... man, if you don't think that we would die for you... I don't know what to tell you. Because you, me, Sam and Cas, we are all we've got. But hey, if none of that matters to you, then I won't stop you."
Awwww....poor Kevin crying. Pass the tissues, please?
Sam's still a little upset by what Tracy said to him, but Dean reminds him that he's saved more people than he's hurt. The past is the past. Time to live in the present. Then Sam admits to how good he's feeling...
SAM: "Honestly, um, I feel better than I have in a long time. I mean, I realise it's crazy out there, and we have trouble coming for us, but I look around and I see friends, and family. I am happy with my life, for the first time in... forever. (beat) I-I am, I really am. It's just, things are... things are good."
The episode ends with Dean looking less than convinced that everything's all good. That secret he's keeping is getting heavier all the time.