I just re-watched the first and this second episode again because the past couple of weeks have been a little crazy for me.
I feel we lost something after Jo's call to Sam at the end of 14x01. What did she tell him? Are they heading out based on the intel she told him? 'Cause it doesn't seem like it. Sam found the article about the mass grave of bodies with their eyes burned out and they figure that means Michael. So why did they even include that phone call???
Poor Cas left behind to babysit Jack and Nick. He does fine with Jack, but Nick...
I really liked Jack going to visit his grandparents. It was sweet and he handled it all very well. So sad that they have no idea that Kelly is dead. You can see how desperate they were for any news of their daughter. But I'm glad Jack sought them out and was able to at least give them some tether of hope, even though it was misleading. However, then he tells Cas that Dean isn't important and it's all Kill, Kill, Kill Michael! WTH??? I get that he's angry over not being able to defeat Michael when he had his powers, but kid...Dean is important! Save Dean first, then deal with Michael! And he's not wrong about Dean wanting it that way - 'cause Dean's always self-sacrificing like that and we know it. But if there's a way to save Dean - WE'RE GONNA FRIGGIN' SAVE DEAN!
As for Nick...I mean, WTH? He goes from trying to figure out what happened to his family to killing his next door neighbor because he believed he killed them??? I...just don't get it. Is it that "influence" from Lucifer still kind of running things? That ending just made me go, "What just happened???". I've read some theories - maybe Nick killed his own family? Maybe Michael jumped from Dean to Nick? Not sure what to think of either of those. I'm so confused!!! lol
As for Michael...why leave Dean's vessel? Things were going well. He was large and in charge. Dean couldn't kick him out, he had seemingly perfected his experiment - not with vampires, but with werewolves instead. Making a type of hybrid that is immune to silver. So why ditch the meat suit? Very odd. I hope we get some answers soon.
I did like this episode. Lots of Michael, Jack, and Nick. Kinda light on Sam, but this episode wasn't really about him. I realize some fans don't like that, but I know that show has it's season-long story to tell and you can't have every character be the focus of every episode.
I did read that Michael is indeed gone from Dean and well, kinda disappointed that it barely lasted 2 episodes. What happened to us getting more than we did of demon!Dean? *sigh* I'm sure we'll get flashbacks, but was hoping for a longer stretch this time. I think we could have lived with the boys being separated a little longer than 2 or 3 eps. Mostly, I'm disappointed we won't get to see more of Jensen's acting as Michael. I thought he did a great job with it.
Ok, onto the next episode!
Nick: I just don't know what kind of pain would make me allow Lucifer to possess me.
Castiel: It was your family.
Nick: My family? Sarah and Teddy? No. Oh, my God. Who could do that? Who could do that?
Castiel: A man... broke into your house... and you weren't there.
Nick: That's no man. That's not a man. That's a monster. That's a monster, and then -- and then Lucifer found me and made me a monster, too. Oh, my God!
Bobby: I've been fighting a friggin' apocalypse for 15 years. My FBI might be a little rusty.
Castiel: Jack, um... mourning what you've lost... it's wasteful. Might be smarter to focus on what you still have.
Jack: You don't understand what I'm going through.
Castiel: Yes, I do -- a little. At the time of the Great Fall, when the angels were banished from Heaven, I lost what I thought was everything. I had no grace, I had no... wings. I felt hopeless and useless.
Jack: What did you have left?
Castiel: Well, uh... Well, I had Sam and Dean. But I had something else that was extremely helpful. I had myself. Just the basic me, as, uh... as Dean would say, without all the bells and whistles. You know... Sam and Dean, they weren't born with their expertise. They've been at it since they were children. Failing, winning, developing over the years. Patience... persistence -- those are skills, too. The past, where you came from, that's important, but it is not as important as the future and where you're going.
Dean: Get... out!
Michael: I don't think so.
Dean: You can't!
Michael: Oh, but I can. Because, see... I own you. So hang on... and enjoy the ride.
Castiel: Even though he's departed, there may be... some of his influence still within you. Just... Lucifer may have inflicted more damage on your psyche than we suspected.
Nick: Castiel... you're just a stone-cold body snatcher. You're no different than Lucifer.
Castiel: I... need to look in on Jack. You know... in all my thousands of years... what happened to Jimmy Novak... and his family... it's my greatest regret.
Mrs. Kline: Forgive me. But, um, Kelly told us she was pregnant. We didn't push for details. We felt she would tell us more when she was ready.
Jack: Uh, she... she had the baby. A boy.
Mrs. Kline: We have a grandson.
Jack: You do. And in the time I spent with her, she was an amazing mother. Her son loves her very much.
Mrs. Kline: Oh, I can just imagine.
Jack: She would sing and talk to him even before he was born. She made him feel... safe and... wanted. I heard her tell him that it isn't fate or her or his dad who sets his path. It's himself. Who he chooses to be.
Michael: Why do you think I dumped your brothers and sisters in plain sight? Why do you think I let you escape.
Lydia: You let me escape?
Michael: Rule number 1 -- you can't have a trap without bait. That brings us to rule number 2, which says... once the trap has been sprung, you don't need the bait anymore.
Jack: Cas, Michael has to be stopped.
Castiel: I know, and he will be, after Dean is --
Jack: No, Dean doesn't matter. You're all so focused on trying to save Dean. And I get it, I understand, but if he can't be saved, if it comes down to him or Michael... Michael has to be stopped. Caged or killed --
Castiel: And if that means that Dean dies, too?
Jack: Then Dean dies. I know this Michael. I've seen what he's done to an entire world, and so have you. If stopping that from happening here means that Dean has to die, then... Do you think he'd want it any other way?
Dean: Sammy. It's me.