Let me get the whole Nick/Lucifer thing out of the way. I was happy when Lucifer was killed off at the end of last season. In my opinion, the character had worn out his welcome and was just retreading the same storylines over and over again. I was done with Lucifer, finished. Season 14 begins and we find out Lucifer IS dead, but his vessel, Nick somehow survived.
But Nick wasn't content to just stay inside the Bunker, thanks to a chat with Castiel, Nick remembers how and why he was possessed by Lucifer and soon becomes obsessed with learning how his wife and infant son were killed. Now he's on a murderous rampage as he nearly killed everyone who had anything to do with the case. However, we also see moments of clarity, where he doesn't want to kill and feels bad for what he's done. It's as if part of Lucifer is still there. Perhaps some of his Grace remained behind and is controlling Nick? Anyway, he finally learns that the cop who showed up at his house that night was possessed by a demon and killed his family. But he kills the poor guy anyway. We then see Nick calling out to Lucifer, who seemingly rises out of the murk in the Empty. Peachy. So Lucifer is going to return. Nooooo!!!!!! *sigh*
Let's just move on...
It's sweet how worried Cas and the Boys are about Jack...as Sam & Cas talk about later in the episode, it's like losing a son. I've read some fans be upset about Dean being the only one to take Jack out on his little road trip. They felt Sam should have been along as well. I disagree. Sam was trying to find other ways to save Jack and also he formed a fast bond with Jack from the very beginning. Dean kept his distance and hated the kid at first. So it makes sense that the two of them needed more time, which is reinforced by Jack's choice to go fishing. He wanted to make memories with his family not visiting far off lands.
At first, Dean letting Jack drive the Impala seemed a little reckless and out of character. Especially since neither one of them is doing very well. Jack is dying and Dean is suddenly having problems with his vision. But I think Dean's reasoning was that one of them could always take over the wheel if the other got in any trouble and he really wanted the kid to have some experiences before his time ran out. Plus, we got those beautiful shots of the Impala on the road, in the bright sunshine! So gorgeous!
And what about Dean's vision issues. A side effect of Michael's possession? Michael using some sort of ability to listen/see in on what is going on inside the Bunker? Time will tell. I just hope Dean mentions it to someone soon. Btw, Sergei told Cas that the supposed cure for Jack was an experiment. Who do we know that likes doing experiments? AUMichael! Did Team Free Will walk into another trap of Michael's?
The problem with Cas and the Boys working to save Jack is that they're not out looking for Nick (and why aren't they???). I just fear that Lucifer will return and at the worst possible time and will be a true problem by the end of the season.
A good episode...which would have been better without all the Nick carnage. *sigh*
But hey! Looks like all the strangers are out of the Bunker at long last! Yay! Hope it stays that way.
Don't let Jack DIE!!!!! Seriously, I like the kid.
Ok, now I'm ready for this week's ep. ;)
Nurse: Uh-huh. Family medical history? Let's start with the father.
Dean: He's dead.
Nurse: Cause of death?
Castiel: He was stabbed through the heart, and he exploded.
Dean: Okay, you know what? We don't have time for this. All right, he's sick. His name is Jack Kline. His father exploded. There you've got all the basics. Now what does he need to do to see a doctor?
Jack: I'm Jack. And I know people have a lot of strong feelings about my father, but I'm -- I'm trying hard not to be like him.
Rowena: It's as I suspected. A Nephilim, for all its power, is an unnatural presence. Part human, part angel... It -- it doesn't quite fit. It's delicate. Its grace is what holds it in balance, and when Jack's grace was taken from him, his being fell into chaos. The -- the cells are gobbling each other up.
Castiel: Well, if it's grace he needs, he can have mine.
Rowena: No, dear, it won't do. Jack is part archangel. He needs a stronger force and probably some kind of magic, and needs it quick. I don't... I don't exactly know but he's enterin' a critical phase. Sometimes he'll look just fine, but then his body will give way and... it'll be the end of him.
Jack: Since I've been alive, everyone assumed that I would be this special 'person' who goes on forever. Only now it looks like forever might be a couple of weeks, so --
Dean: We don't know that.
Jack: What I do know is I'm done being special. Before my life is over, I want live it. I-I just want a chance to... get a tan... to see a hockey game... get a parking ticket... get bored... and when it's all over... die.
Castiel: I, uh... I feel the need to do something. And I think Dean's right. We can't afford to overlook any possibility. He seems to be taking this particularly hard.
Sam: Yeah, yeah. Yeah, he -- he, uh, was pretty rough on Jack at the beginning, and... I don't think he's forgotten. And I know he hasn't forgiven himself. You know, he's lost people, we've all lost people, but, um...
Castiel: This feels different. Losing, um... a son... feels different.
Dean: Well, bait and beer. You are a cheap date. This certainly isn't Tahiti.
Jack: You once told me you and your father did the exact same thing. It was your happiest memory of him.
Dean: I didn't say that.
Jack: It was how you said it. I could tell. I guess my point is that... if I don't make it... The stuff I'd miss -- it wouldn't be things like Tahiti. Or the Taj Mahal. I'd miss more time with you. I'm getting that life isn't all these big, amazing moments. It's time together that matters. Like this.
Dean: Well, who'd have thought hanging out with me would make you sentimental?
Frank: I'm walking up the front path, no back-up and suddenly from outta nowhere, there's this guy.
Nick: There's this 'guy.'
Frank: Said his name was 'Abraxas.'
Castiel: You need to come at once.
Sergei: I don't make house calls.
Castiel: Jack isn't just another sick kid. This is the son of an archangel of the Lord. Who is much more ill now because of your 'harmonics.'
Sergei: And? Science is sometimes trial and error. Victory through experimentation.
Castiel: This was an experiment? You never said that. If Jack dies, I will find you.
Sergei: You can try.
Nick: All right... I'm not very good at this, but the priest said it would help, so, um... I'm gonna try. I say that I do the terrible things I do because I couldn't find who killed Sarah and Teddy. And that once I did, I'd be free of this darkness and this rage... but I lied. Truth is... I like doing these things, and I don't want to stop. I'm bonded to you and what you are. I mean, it's -- it's -- It's how you first found me. I don't know who I am if I'm not you. No consequences. No pain. No sorrow. I want that back. I want it back. I don't want to feel now what I didn't feel then. Where are you? Where are you? Help me. Help me.
Dean: I shouldn't have done it. I shouldn't have taken him out.
Sam: It was what he wanted. I mean, we knew he was going to get worse, regardless.
Dean: Yeah, but it was too risky.
Sam: Yeah, but, Dean, life, all of it, is a risk. Jack knew that. And you made him happy.
Castiel: You did more for him than any of us.
Dean: So, what can we do?
Rowena: Watch over him. Stay by his side... as he dies.