By Sandra Gonzalez
April 15, 2010 at 12:00 PM EDT

Image Credit: David Gray/The CWThe little show that began as a road trip through the demon-filled American back-country is officially 100 episodes in — and oh, how things have changed since the beginning. [SPOILERS FROM HERE ON OUT.] Remember when Dean and Sam were two young demon-hunters, off in a sweet ride of a car to search for their father, who taught them all they know about the supernatural? Staring in the devilish face of a fight like they’ve never seen before, I imagine Dean and Sam are longing for the days when their biggest problem was following dad’s trail. Personally, I’m not. That’s not to say those days didn’t produce quality entertainment. Many of the episodes from what I’ll call ”the simpler days” made my list of Supernatural‘s 10 Best Episodes (a task that produced new levels of pain in my soul, which I’m not sure I’ve recovered from quite yet).

But take into consideration what they’re facing now: Lucifer and archangel Michael kind of make the Yellow-Eyed Demon look as threatening as a can of expired dollar store-brand condensed soup — a little scary in theory, but you’d face it in a life or death situation. And I’m happy to report that the subtle transformation of the show from a fun ride-a-long in the Impala into a mythology-packed roller coaster ride came to a head in ”Point of No Return.” It was the welcome mat to what I anticipate to be the grand finale of the show’s evolution and functioned just as a 100th episode should. It had a big twist (in the form of lovechild Adam Winchester’s return), a death (good riddance, Zachariah), an ass kicking (In Cas’ defense, Dean kind of deserved it), and guaranteed our attendance at episode 101 (Where did Castiel go?!). And I liked it. So let’s talk episode, specifically the 10 lines that deserve a closer look.

Dean: All you’ve ever done is run away.

Sam: And I was wrong every single time I did.

Sam was completely right, but didn’t it seem like this was something Dean should know already? He was there to see things go wrong, after all. On a related note, did you think for a second that Dean was going to kill himself? Admittedly, I did but just for a second. And it was the scariest second of my life.

“You’re not my father, and you ain’t in my shoes.” – Dean, to Bobby

Low blow, especially since Dean has on a few occasions told Bobby he is ”like a father.” Dean was kind of being painted as a bad guy throughout the episode for wanting to say yes to Michael, and that was reflected in his dialogue tonight (which at times seemed uncharacteristically harsh). The look that Sam gave Dean after he said this line indicated he was as disappointed in Dean as I was for his cruel words.

“Oh yeah, sounds like heaven. Did you get to third base?” – Dean, to Adam as the youngest Winchester explains his makeout session in heaven

Focus, Dean. Focus.

“Look, no way. After everything that’s happened, all that crap about destiny, suddenly the angels have a plan B? Does that smell right to anybody?” – Sam, re: the angel’s plan to use Adam as Michael’s vessel

No, Sam, it doesn’t. And Adam did turn out to be bait. But then the episode ended on a note of uncertainly. What’s going to happen to Adam? Is he Michael’s vessel instead, except with certain consequences? And if so, doesn’t this seem like an easier path than forcing Dean to say yes — a.k.a. the route the angels should have taken in the first place? Oy, this show. Share your theories below.

Sam: The one thing worst than seeing dad once a year was seeing him all year.

Adam: Do you know how full of crap you are?

As some of you pointed out last week, John is being badmouthed a lot more than usual and not all of it is deserved. He wasn’t exactly an active and involved father, but he wasn’t awful. Why would the brothers spend the entire first season looking for a man who was so terrible to them? I’m with Adam; I call bullcrap.

“Cas, not for nothing, but the last person that looked at me like that, I got laid.” – Dean

…and Cas/Dean ‘shippers’ heads exploded.

Sam: Well, you think maybe you could take a half second and stop trying to sacrifice yourself for a change? Maybe we could actually stick together.

Dean: I don’t think so

Sam: Why not? Dean, seriously, tell me. I want to know.

Dean: It’s just…I don’t believe

Sam: In what?

Dean: In you.

We saw this coming, but that doesn’t mean we were happy to finally see it happen. In fact, I wasn’t happy at all. In the face of the end of the world, these two needed to find a piece of common ground and be a team again. Thankfully, they did at the end of the episode (at least it seemed like it…). Things might not be perfect between them, but I’m hoping this is the end of the back and forth. Sam made the first move by showing confidence in Dean. That was refreshing. Now, boys, let’s put all this behind us. There are bigger things at hand…

Sam (when he sees a pulverized Dean): What happened to him?

Castiel: Me

…and Cas/Dean ‘shippers’ heads explode…again.

“You know Sam and Dean are psychotically, irrationally, erotically codependent on each other, right?”– Zachariah

He deserved to be made into a kabob.

”I don’t know if it’s being a big brother or what, but to me, you’ve always been this snot-nosed kid that I’ve had to keep on the straight and narrow. I think we both know that’s not you anymore. I mean, hell, if you’re grown up enough to find faith in me, the least I can do is return the favor. So screw destiny right in the face. I say we take the fight to them and do it our way.– Dean

The scene we’ve been waiting for, and it feels so good!

Well, that’s all for now, PopWatchers. One hundred gone and many more to go. Are you excited? Join me below in a happy dance but not before weighing in with your thoughts about the episode.

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki star as the Winchester brothers, hellbent on battling the paranormal forces of evil.
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