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'Supernatural' recap: 'Inside Man'

Sam and Castiel turn to Bobby for help with Metatron, while Dean gets a visit from Rowena.

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TV Show
Sci-fi, Drama
run date:
Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins
The CW
Current Status:
In Season

Sometimes, a show grown man just needs a father figure (and a single man tear). And tonight, Sam got just that when he and Castiel used a psychic to contact Bobby in heaven. Long story short, I can’t fault an hour that teams up Castiel and Sam, nor can I dislike an hour that involves Bobby reading Tori Spelling’s book in front of a fire. Let’s get to it, shall we? 

After Sam wakes up to Dean screaming out his name mid-nightmare, the youngest Winchester decides it’s time to take action on the Mark of Cain. So Sam lies about wanting to see some French film that’s only playing in Wichita–you know, where French films always play—and hits the road, leaving Dean, who claims to have slept like a “drunk baby”–that should tell you everything you need to know about Dean—stays behind.

From here, let’s break things up by Winchester.

Dean Winchester

With Sam away, Dean tries calling Rudy to see if he can help on a case, but Rudy’s got things covered. Telling Rudy that he’s “fan-damn-tastic,” Dean is so bored that he brushes his armpit with a toothbrush. (How does that even make sense?) Needless to say, the only fan-damn-tastic thing about Dean right now is that red shirt he’s wearing.

But because one can only do so much with a tootbrush—don’t get too imaginative—Dean heads to his local bar for some beer and nachos when he overhears a group of annoying college guys playing pool for money. So naturally, Dean heads over, pretends to be drunk, and hustles the guys out of $300 and a watch. All in all, it’s a win for Dean. That is until his eyes turn black in the bathroom—only briefly—and Rowena finds her way to the bar.

Yep, after painting herself with a number of symbols—and accidentally exposing herself to her now-scarred son—Rowena manages to locate Dean. Sitting at the bar, the “evil skank” casts a spell on the college guys, which forces Dean to knock them all out. However, he stops himself before killing them because, as Rowena puts it, Dean’s “the good guy.” He’s the hero, which is why she wants him dead—so that he’ll stop being a good influence on her son. (Welcome to “Parenting a Demon: 101.”)

But when Rowena’s big spell has no effect on Dean, she goes to Plan B: She beats herself up and tells Crowley that Dean did it. However, her son isn’t as upset as she expected. The way he sees it, she went there to kill Dean, so anything he did to her would be considered fair.

The one interesting thing Rowena says? That the Mark of Cain is merely a curse, which means that it can be removed. The whole “how” of the equation is still up for debate, but Rowena promises to look into it.

Meanwhile, Crowley pays a visit to Dean, where Dean takes on the role he was born to play—Dr. Phil to Crowley. As Dean so thoughtfully explains to the King of Hell, blood and family are not the same thing. Family is there for you. In other words, Rowena is not his family.

And because no witch will ever cast a spell greater than the love of the Winchesters, Crowley returns home and tells Rowena to get out. Having an Olivia Pope moment all his own, Crowley chooses himself over both his mother and the Winchesters. Why? “I’m bloody Crowley. I’m the King of Hell. I do what I want when I want. And I don’t take orders from you.” Any questions?

NEXT: The return of Bobby