It's way late, this review should already be almost done and I'm just starting, and my resources for quotes from the ep came up a little empty handed. This should be great fun. *sigh*
Gotta love that first grisly, bloody kill in the teaser. Men? Don't ever complain about a woman's cooking.
So the boys have been knee-deep in research trying to track down Abaddon. How does looking through old papers by the MOL help them with this exactly? Unless there's a spell or something to summon her like there is an ordinary demon...
Anyhoo, Sam's found the case featured in the teaser, but Dean's not eager to tag along. Sam notes that he's a bit obsessed since killing Magnus. Dean would rather keep digging and get this whole thing with Abaddon finished. So, like earlier in the season, one brother stays behind while the other works a case, 'cept this time the roles are reversed.
Sam shows up at the police station and the woman's already dead, hanging in her cell with bloody words on the walls. He checks in w/Dean and says there was no sulfur or EMF, so he's hit a dead end. And Dean's having Mark of Cain flashbacks...beautifully shot and acted, btw. That close-up on Dean's face...whoah. He then starts to make a call, cancels it, and decides to hit the local bar.
Poor kid...he thought he was getting into the van of a friend.
Only Sam would order a salad at a diner. :P
Kid (Billy) is there and things get violent fast! Yikes. Luckily, Sam steps in before there's any major damage. The jail cells are filling up with all kinds of weird people...locals who suddenly turned violent. Sam tried holy water on Billy, but it just makes him mad. He doesn't know why he's doing this, just that he can.
Sam calls Dean again - who's hiding that he's in a bar and tells Sam he's working. Sam says the people are acting out on basic instinct...like he did when he was soulless. He wants Dean to join him, but Dean says he's close to something. Enter Crowley...
Crowley: You're lying to Sam like he's your wife. Which kinda makes me your mistress.
Then Sam meets Julia Wilkinson (played by Jenny O'Hara and NOT Shirley Maclaine like so many people think). She says demons are in town, just like they did years ago. She knows about the MOL, too.
Flashback: Henry and Josie show up at a convent, posing as a priest and a nun.
OMG LOVE Dean's way of gathering up pool balls. :P
Boy does this take me back to Jensen being on DA. That man playing pool....*guh*
Dean: Go to hell.
Crowley: Oh, if only. What's going on with you, huh? You call me, you hang up. You want Abaddon, you don't want Abaddon. You want the Blade, you don't want the Blade. If I didn't know you any better, I'd say you're stalling.
Crowley keeps digging, pegging that Dean's afraid of how holding the blade made him feel and boy, Dean doesn't hide it well at all.
Flashback: Henry & Josie were at the convent to investigate Sister Mary Catherine who killed 2 people before jumping off the bell tower. Julia is their guide and while leading them to the sister's room we find out Josie doesn't like nuns (bad Catholic school experience much?) and Henry feels he's being selfish, that his wife Millie and son, John could easily wind up without him. In the room they find remnants of blood and a strange symbol..."Knights of Hell".
At night Julia hears noises and sees Mother Superior dragging a person down the stairs. She's then knocked out and ends up in a room with other people who'd been taken. Henry & Josie show up and take out 2 of the demons but then Mother Superior shows up, impervious to the exorcism. She knocks Henry out and wants to possess him but Josie volunteers herself instead. The demon says Josie's in love with Henry, but I felt she did it because Henry had a family and she didn't. Turns out this is the moment Abaddon possesses Josie and young Julia witnesses all of it.
Julia never found out what the demons were doing at the convent, but Sam decides to go check it out.
Back at the bar, Crowley's still bugging Dean.
Crowley: Why are you fighting what you really are?
Dean: I'm a hunter.
Crowley: Who's a chip off the old Mark of Cain.
Dean: No. When I kill, I kill for a reason. I'm nothing like Cain.
Crowley: Nothing like - Who are you talking to? I know you're not talking to me.
Dean: Eat me.
Crowley: I saw you. I saw the two of you together. Nothing like Cain? What's in that bottle? Delusion? I'm really starting to worry about you, Dean.
He says they're in this together, sharing the same problems. Love the song in the background: "You're No Good" by Linda Rondstadt. Excellent choice!
Crowley: I’m going to go water the lily. Care to cross streams?
Then Dean has another Mark flashback and he grabs his arm. When he comes out of it he notices a guy down the bar fondling a rosary. Dean stops him from going into the Men's room and talks him out of killing Crowley. Dean then meets Crowley outside, pointing out that demons don't pee and that Crowley was only shooting up with more human blood. Oh, and it says Milton on the bar window and Sam's in Milton. Did Dean follow Sam? Crowley admits he's decided to embrace his addiction.
Crowley: What about you? Takes a junkie to know a junkie. You just want to touch that precious again, don't you?
Dean: I want to kill Abaddon. That's what I want. So, whatever happens with the Blade, I can't worry about that.
Crowley: Sure. Whatever you got to tell yourself so you can sleep better at night.
Dean: Look, what I want, what I fear, none of that means squat. Because this is the one chance that we have to kill Abaddon. So, I'm all in, no matter what the consequences.
Crowley: So the plan remains the same?
Dean: I find her, you bring the Blade.
Crowley: It's a date.
Dean walks off and we find out Jake, the hunter is just a demon working for Crowley. He knew Dean would save him. It was all a set-up to find out how Dean was and that "he's ready". Whatever that means??? What are you up to Crowley?
Meanwhile, Sam's checking out the old convent and finds bottles with human souls inside (Smart, Sammy. You were right!), but demon Sister Agnes catches him. Abaddon is building an army of ready-made demons, turning souls into demons loyal to her. There's factories. o.O Uh, oh...it's strangle Sammy time, but he's smart - put the exorcism recording on his phone so he had time to knife the demon. He lost his phone though. Heh. Then he releases the souls who return to their human homes back in the jail cells.
Sam wants to know why Julia didn't tell anyone about Abaddon, something she's felt shame about all these years. But it's obvious in the flashback that she was petrified, which one can understand...a young girl like that, unprepared to face that kind of evil. Btw, that car Henry & Josie!Abaddon drive off in isn't an Impala, it's a black 1956 Imperial Limousine (thanks SuperWiki!).
Sam returns to the bunker and Dean's back at work. Sam grabs some files to join in and tells Dean he was right about the importance in finding Abaddon and that she's mining souls to build an army.
I didn't want this ep to end! Lots of good stuff here. Great job by Misha with his directorial debut! I was initially worried that this episode would be light on the brothers, but it didn't turn out that way at all. They were simply separated, which isn't always a bad thing episode-wise. Didn't like Dean lying to Sam, but in the end he went back to work. But of course, he's also not telling Sam how the Mark is effecting him either, so we'll see how long he can keep that up.
Love getting more backstory and it was nice to learn how Josie got possessed and why. Poor girl sacrificed herself for Henry. And what is sneaky Crowley up to??? He's totally pulling the strings on Dean, but to what end?
An all around good episode. Can't wait until the next ep...which isn't until April 15th! Boo!!!! Gonna be a long 3 weeks.