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First Impressions Review: 12x12 "Stuck In The Middle (With You)"

Whoah, this was a tough episode to review. So much going on. Hope this doesn't get boring. Btw, I've never seen a Tarantino film. Sorry! *ducks flying objects*



Knew that was Mr. Ketch before we even saw his face, thanks to the hand tattoo. ;)

Niiiiiiice reveal of Dean's handsome face over the menu. *dreamy sigh*
Awwww, Mandy the waitress totally flirting with Cas. :) It's cute.
This is quite the scene and all I can think of is how hard table scenes are for actors. At least they're not eating anything yet, 'cause that makes them 100 times more difficult. Still, all those angles, camera constantly moving....this is great stuff.
Love Mary making the boys shut up with her mom voice. Hee!
So they're all meeting up over a demon case.
Wait a sec....since when is cattle mutilations a classic demon sign? Isn't that more for a vampire?
So Wally is the hunter that Mick talked to in the other ep and turned him down and apparently Wally doesn't hunt demons. Really??? How can you be a hunter with no demon-hunting experience? Aren't there a ton of them to go around?
OMG Cas just smelled the waitress. LOL!
Dean asks (for shy Castiel) when Mandy the waitress gets off.
"Whenever I can."
*snorts* XD Whoah.....sassy waitress! :P

Whoah! And we jump right into the action!!!
Cas is hurt and bleeding and asking about the boys who are outside fighting demons and poor Wally gets killed. Then the demon gets ready to kill Sam, but hey, ho! There's Dean to kill the demon instead.

I get the feeling this ep is going to be tough to review....yikes. I'll try my best. I heard from the producer's preview that this ep is very Tarantino and is going to have the ep told from various character's POV. So this should be interesting...

THE WOUNDED ANGEL

Cas is still in that dude's truck. Wow. Whatever happened to his pimp-mobile?
He sees the boys drive up and then Mary is introducing them to Wally.
Still no luck on finding Kelly, so Cas is available.
Hee! The slo-mo walk!!!! Epic. So cheesy and yet so good. :) They're all badass except for poor Wally. :P
And we're back inside the diner....
And quickly back at the demon's house...everyone's gearing up and preparing for battle. The demon is approaching....I do love that sound effect of the guns cocking.
And Dean's demon bullets do nothing....as does the demon-killing knife....uh, oh. Kinda wish I hadn't seen the promos now....ugh.
Nothing hurts this guy!!!! And he's closed the doors shutting out the boys from Cas and Mary.
What. The. Hell????? The YED???????????? o.O
How is this possible???????
Cas takes him on so Mary can escape. And Cas is thrown out the window. Ouch.
Sam and Wally take on 2 demons while Dean goes to help Cas.
Wally dies....
Poor Cas crawling away in pain.....Owie.
Whoah....big spear....which he stabs into Cas's side! :(
Yes!!!!! Mary runs him over!!!!!!! \0/
Crap....Cas can't heal himself!!!!!
Sam calls Mary and she tells them where they are....a few farms down the road. How did that happen??? I'm confused.

The boys find the barn Mary & Cas are in and they tell her about dead Wally. Mary then tells Sam that the demon's eyes were yellow. "Mom. What the hell did you get us into?" Good question!


MOTHER MARY

Oh....so it was Mary who called on Wally for help with this demon....so the boys wouldn't ask questions. "Safer that way." Yeah, right. She got her intel from the BMOL...and they've apparently helped her with quite a few other cases, so she trusts them. Oh, boy.....this can't end well!

The boys state they don't really trust the BMOL at the diner and....then we're at the farmhouse. Sam points out to Mary how she really didn't want this. I guess he's talking about hunting? But she's never really stopped, Sam. And I think she's accepted about her sons hunting.
Yeah, I knew Mary wasn't in the bathroom....she was in the basement, in a secret room full of all sorts of things, including a painting of an angel killing a demon? Isn't that Raphael? I can't remember, but I seem to recall that we've seen that painting before way back in season 4 or 5.

Edit: Okay, according to SuperWiki the painting is..."The Archangel Michael Defeating Satan, by Guido Reni, c. 1636." Makes sense, once we learn about the Lance.

There's a safe behind it and Mary uses a cool device to open the lock. Inside is a box....all we see is a yellow light on her face and she wraps whatever it is and stashes it in her back pocket, jeans, whatever and puts everything back. Then we see when she meets up with Cas....yeah, couldn't he tell she was lying about using the bathroom???

Back to the barn where Mary's patching up Cas's wound and then texting someone....Who's Hobbits???? Must be the BMOL. lol
"WTH did you do? The demon had yellow eyes?"
"Wasn't us. Bad intel. You can't stay there. He will find you."

Uh, oh....

The boys arrive in the barn and...yeah, Cas is really hurting. :(
Dean thinks he can just heal the old fashioned way (and what is that, exactly, Dean?) but when Cas says he's dying, his whole demeanor changes and he's calling Sam over. Poor Cas!
Crowley!!!!!! "You idiots! You're all going to die!"

Oh, that's right....Crowley and Mary haven't met until now. It's not a good first meeting. Mary: "Touch me and I'll kill you." So much for pleasantries. :P
The demons were Crowley's minions.
So they're dealing with Ramiel, Prince of Hell. Okay.....

Crowley: The oldest of the old demons. The first generation after Lilith. Lucifer turned them himself, before the oceans drank Atlantis.
Cas: They were trained to be generals to lead demonic armies in the war against heaven.


Like Azazel, says Mary.....which explains his yellow eyes.

MR. CROWLEY

It's 6 years ago and Crowley has showed up at Ramiel's house...He's come bearing gifts: the Lance of Michael and the box we saw Mary open....and they still don't show us what it is!!!! Gah!!!!!! Frustrating. Then Crowley offers Ramiel to be King of Hell.....but he doesn't want it. He offers the crown to Crowley, who eventually takes up the mantel, but there's a condition....the Princes of Hell (besides Azazel, there are 2 others & Ramiel) are to be left alone and Crowley is to make sure it happens.

Back in the barn....Crowley tells them Cas was stabbed with the Lance of Michael...demons die quick but angels just rot away. Dean's not willing to just let Cas die, of course, he's convinced there's got to be a cure and they'll interrogate Ramiel til he gives it up. Crowley says it'll never work and they don't have time like they did with Lucifer and the Darkness. Dean tells Crowley to help out or get out....so the demon disappears. I gotta say...Crowley did look a bit sad about Cas's condition.

The Winchesters gear up again....Sam pouring a ring of holy oil, Mary with an angel blade, and Dean with those handy Enochian brass knuckles from the season opener.
Crowley meets Ramiel outside of the barn....

Crowley: I don't have friends. I make deals with those I can use. Every kingdom needs allies, even Hell.
Ramiel: Allies? Is that what you call three humans with one good liver between them and a busted-up angel?
Crowley: I admit they don't sound like much. But every Armageddon, every bloody 'this is the end of all things.' The Winchesters stopped it. Like it or not, they're an asset we can't afford to lose.


Crowley wants to make another deal.....and goes flying through the barn door....yeah, I think that was a "No."

A REAL BARN BURNER

So after Crowley leaves the barn, Dean asks Cas how bad it is.....his skin is rotting away. :(

Castiel: No, you listen to me. Thank you. Thank you. Knowing you, it's been the best part of my life. And the things -- the things we have shared together, they have changed me. You're my family. I love you. I love all of you. Just please, please -- don't make my last moments be spent watching you die. Just run. Save yourselves and I will hold Ramiel off as long as I can.
Dean: Cas, no.
Castiel: Yes! You need to keep fighting.
Sam: We are fighting. We're fighting for you, Cas!
Dean: And like you said, you're family and we don't leave family behind.


Dammit, Misha! Knocking it out of the park here! Is Cas crying??? OMG

They trap Ramiel in the ring of fire and he doesn't care about Cas (there is no cure) and he doesn't care who the boys are (you should, buddy). He doesn't even care about Lucifer's baby. What he does care about is what was stolen from him. Uh, oh....Mary. The boys are suitably puzzled. Ramiel tells them to give back what's his or he'll take it off their lifeless bodies. They have 30 seconds. Eeep!

It's epic fight time!!!!!
Nice effects on the Lance and Ramiel dispelling the ring of fire. The 3 of them do a good job of fighting against him, especially Dean, but then he gets pushed against a beam and then Sam steps in and stabs Ramiel with the Lance!!!!! Yes!!!!!!!! Dead demon!!!!! \0/ :D Go Sammy!!!!

Uh, oh....CAS!
Black ooze! That's not good!!!! :(
Crowley wakes up, picks up the Lance and remembers Ramiel's comment years ago about the magic in the runes and he snaps the Lance apart. Bright light!!!! And Cas is cured! Ha! And Crowley disappears again. Phew!

Cas is good, but he wants to know what Ramiel was talking about...what was stolen? Dean chalks it up to a crazy man talking before Mary can say anything - and she was going to! Gah!!!!! Time to go home....

ONE LAST THING

So Ketch has been listening to Mary tell this story. She's not very happy about what happened, that her friend was killed and her boys (Cas included!) were almost killed as well.

Mary: Anything like that happens again, anything, and I will burn you down. All of you.
Mr. Ketch: Is that a threat?
Mary: It's a promise.


If Dean got his threat skill from Mary, then the BMOL better be quaking in their boots 'cause Dean has always followed through on his threats and Mary's pretty scary here, too!

Ketch apologizes and then we finally get to see what Mary stole...
THE COLT!!!!!! What the hell???
Ok, now I've gotta back-track to who had it last.
So Crowley ended up with it and gave it to Ramiel, who has had it all this time, 6 years. Wow.

And meanwhile, Crowley is ordering his minions to search Ramiel's house and "find me that gun!"

OMG Lucifer!!!!! Crowley's got him chained up and in that little cage Luci put Crowley in when he was his "doggy". Heh. Payback time!

Lucifer: I know that look. Sam and Dean have got you down. You know, I still can't believe you are working for the Dukes of Half-hazzard. Do you really think they care about you? I mean think about it Crowley, they kill your kind. It's in their blood. And you know, you know. It's only a matter of time before they come for you.
Crowley: Shut your mouth, dog.
Lucifer: That's not my name.


Ooooh, the flash of red eyes! Sweet!
Oh, this is building up to something epic! I can feel it!!!! :D


FINAL THOUGHTS:

Okay, this was a pretty awesome episode! Bravo to Richard Speight, Jr. on the direction. Well written ep, too.

Phew! Was worried about Cas there for a while, but they pulled him out of the fire yet again. :)
I know people have said they'll never kill Cas off, but hey, Bobby was a big fan favorite as well so anything is possible. Even though I've often been bored by the angel storylines and sometimes Cas's storylines, at least they're including him in some interesting things at the moment. And I must admit, it was good to see his life in some real danger once again. And this time it was nearly fatal. We know Chuck's saved him multiple times over the years, but will he keep on doing it? You gotta wonder.

Super Wiki lists "Abandon All Hope..." as the last ep where we see the Colt. Dean tried to kill Lucifer with it and then was thrown against a tree and knocked out. After that we don't see it....though there's a mention that it's in Dean's hand when Cas saves him or something. So...if you weren't paying attention...you could say Dean somehow left it behind in that field and Crowley found it. *shrugs* It's possible, I guess. Darn! Now I've gotta watch that ep again to be sure.

So my question is...why do the BMOL want the Colt when there's only 5 things it won't kill. I mean...they've got all these cool devices, some we've already seen, that is well beyond what even the Winchesters have been exposed to. Why do they need this gun so badly? The mind ponders...

I still say Crowley likes the Winchesters, beyond the whole ally thing he keeps quoting. True, he'll use them when the need arises, but I also feel he's truly grown to not only appreciate their skills, but counts them as friends. I've never seen Crowley get emotional like he did over Cas, dying in that barn. There were nearly tears in his eyes. And he did try to work a deal to save them all from Ramiel.

So the boys still don't know that Mary's working with the BMOL....hmmm. Wonder when that will be revealed and what the fallout will be? I was hoping we'd learn what their end game was in this ep, but it's not to be...yet. At least we now know Lucifer is indeed locked away, but for how long?

I am very energized over where the season is going now. Can't wait to see more! :D


QUOTES:

Dean: “Here’s the thing you need to know about waitresses. They get hit on all day long, so you gotta bring your A-game. But, upside, they always smell like food.”

Wally: Look I was just passing through and heard about cattle mutilations.
Sam: Classic demon sign.
Wally: Started to dig. A lot of virgins go missing around here too.
Dean: Classic horny demon sign.


Dean: All right ramblers. Let's get rambling.

Castiel: Mary? Where were you?
Mary: Bathroom. I get nervous sometimes.
Castiel: Urination. I understand.


Demon to Sam: “I’m gonna be famous. The demon that kills Sam Winchester. They’re gonna tell stories about me.”

Dean: Wow. You look like hammered crap.
Castiel: That sounds about right.


Ramiel: Azazel was a fanatic, a true believer in Lucifer's master plan. But the rest of us -- the truth is we stopped caring a long time ago. Asmodeus has his hobbies, Dagon has her toys. We're happy where we are. So, if you want the crown it's yours. Otherwise...

Dean: What the hell is a Prince of Hell?
Crowley: The oldest of the old demons. The first generation after Lilith. Lucifer turned them himself, before the oceans drank Atlantis.


Sam: We took down the Darkness and the Devil.
Crowley: Took you years to defeat Lucifer. That pair of Gods stopped the Darkness. Maybe if you had more time, you could manage Ramiel. But, right now in this barn... Hey, I was growing fond of the choir boy too.

Crowley: I don't have friends. I make deals with those I can use. Every kingdom needs allies, even Hell.
Ramiel: Allies? Is that what you call three humans with one good liver between them and a busted-up angel?
Crowley: I admit they don't sound like much. But every Armageddon, every bloody 'this is the end of all things.' The Winchesters stopped it. Like it or not, they're an asset we can't afford to lose.


Castiel: No, you listen to me. Thank you. Thank you. Knowing you, it's been the best part of my life. And the things -- the things we have shared together, they have changed me. You're my family. I love you. I love all of you. Just please, please -- don't make my last moments be spent watching you die. Just run. Save yourselves and I will hold Ramiel off as long as I can.

Ramiel: “I don’t care who you are. I don’t care why you’re here. I don’t care about Heaven or Hell or anything. I don’t even care that Lucifer’s got a bun in the oven.”

Mary: Shut up! Anything like that happens again, anything, and I will burn you down. All of you.
Mr. Ketch: Is that a threat?
Mary: It's a promise.

Lucifer: I know that look. Sam and Dean have got you down. You know, I still can't believe you are working for the Dukes of Half-hazzard. Do you really think they care about you? I mean think about it Crowley, they kill your kind. It's in their blood. And you know, you know. It's only a matter of time before they come for you.
Crowley: Shut your mouth, dog.
Lucifer: That's not my name.



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