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Devil's Bargain

Does anyone give an inspirational speech better than Dean freaking Winchester? Because if Tuesday night’s episode of Supernatural is any indication, the eldest Winchester has been studying the Coach Taylor Guide to Heart-Stirring Rhetoric, and I like it. A lot.

But speaking more generally, “The Devil May Care” as a whole was a pretty solid hour that saw the return of stepford demon Abaddon, the introduction of a few new faces (only one of which lived to see the end of the hour), and more of angel Ezekiel in a very interesting way.

That’s your teaser. Let’s jump into the details:

The episode began with the resurrection of Abaddon, who returned to the earth after being deep fried, as perfectly coiffed as ever. As you may have guessed, her first order of business was to find the Winchesters and make them pay for the whole beheading/burning thing. (Kinda hard to let something like that be water under the bridge, I guess.)

Meanwhile, the Winchesters found themselves cleaning up all sorts of messes. Aside from the mass of scrambled angels roaming the Earth, they had the King of Hell tied up in the basement and were determined to “torture” some valuable information out of him. I use the term “torture” loosely because all they did was leave Crowley in isolation, which is his version of hell. (Side note: We saw this clip at Comic-Con.) Their decision to keep Crowley alive angered Kevin he was dead-set on getting revenge on the man who killed his mother. Dean and Sam put Kevin at ease by telling him that once they got the information they wanted out of Crowley (the identities of all the demons on Earth) Kevin would have the honor of killing the baddie. Of course, that wasn’t enough for Kevin.

When Dean and Sam were called away to help two hunters who had been captured as bait by Abaddon, Kevin spent a little quality time with Crowley, who tried to play mind games with him. (Crowley told Kevin his mother was still alive. I’m skeptical…) I honestly thought that Kevin was going to give in when Crowley tempted him with information on his possibly not-dead mother’s whereabouts, but Kevin stood strong. It wasn’t easy, though. In fact, it weighed very heavily on poor Tran. But I’ll come back to that.

Meanwhile, Dean and Sam went to some toxic, abandoned town to rescue their fellow hunters. But what they didn’t realize right away — or, didn’t realize until they were shot at with assault rifles — was that some demons commanded by Abaddon had traded in their meat suits for upgraded models. (They stole the bodies of some army dudes.) This made their already difficult task pretty daunting.

They successfully freed the captured hunters — one was a girl named Tracy and the other a Bobby-like man named Irv — but things got sticky when they tried to make their escape. Sadly, Irv didn’t make it out alive. Tracy did, which is great because even though we only spent a short time with her, I was intrigued by her backstory. (Her family was killed by some demons after Lucifer was freed from the cage in season 5. As you might have guessed, she was not Sam’s biggest fan as a result.) In a way, the whole backstory was a give away that she’d live to see another episode. Writers don’t waste backstory on someone who’s going to die. Congrats, Tracy.

Anyway, while Tracy scurried off to carry out the slowest weapon retrieval ever, Dean had to take a pretty epic beating from Abaddon, who wanted to rip off his anti-possession tattoo and take him for a ride, and Sam had to fend off three demons by himself. Dean held his own; Sam had a little more trouble to say the least. If I’m being honest, Sam didn’t stand a chance against the killer cadets and it was almost certain that Sam was going to be killed. Luckily, he had an angel riding shotgun and Ezekiel stepped in to zap the demons away. (Abaddon fled the scene after realizing there was an angel in town.)

Afterward, Dean and AngelSam (ZekeSam/Zam/Sekiel?) shared a very telling conversation:

Zeke: I was protecting your brother. I thought that’s what you wanted.

Dean: Yeah. Right, no. Sorry, I’m just still getting used to this whole thing.

Zeke: As am I.

Dean: But Sam’s ok?

Zeke: He was knocked unconscious. In a way he still is. Sam won’t remember any of this.

Dean: So what the hell am I supposed to tell him when he comes to?

Zeke: That’s why I used the knife.

So Dean took credit for the killings, and Sam didn’t remember a thing. To all of you wondering how this particular possession will work, there are (some) of your answers. But wait, there’s more…

Zeke: You are troubled still.

Dean: Yeah, it’s just, this is all me. I was the one who talked Sam out of boarding up Hell. So every demon deal, every kill they make, you’re looking at the person who let it happen.

Zeke: You were protecting your brother. I am in Sam’s head. Everything he knows, I know. And I know that what you did you did out of love.

Dean: Yeah, well, Zeke — I’m going to call you Zeke — I’m not with the whole love and love….

Zeke: That’s why I said yes.

Dean: If that goes sideways that’s on me too.

Zeke: That’s not going to happen.

Dean: This is nuts. You’re Sam but you’re not Sam. He’s the one I’m used to talking to about all this stuff. I’m trusting you Zeke. I just gotta hope that you’re one of the good guys.

Zeke: I am. But I suppose that is what a bad guy would say. Dean Winchester, you are doing the right thing.

Dean seemed less than convinced after the convo, but I gotta say, I like this Zeke guy. So my heart is going to be broken if/when he turns out to be a bad guy. Le sigh.

Back at the bunker, Dean and Sam returned to a very out-of-sorts Kevin, who threatened to leave the bunker. That’s when Coach Taylor Dean stepped in to set him straight.

Dean: I know you’re dying, man. I get it. But outside that door, it’s demons and it’s angels and they’d all love to get their hands on a prophet. So even with Crowley here, this is still the safest place for you. It just is. And we need you, man.

Kevin: ‘Cuz I’m useful.

Dean: Because you’re family. After all the crap we’ve been through, after all the good you’ve done, man, if you don’t think that we would die for you, I don’t know what to tell you. You, me, Sam and Cas, we’re all we’ve got. But hey, if none of that matters to you, then I won’t stop you.

But Dean didn’t have to stop him. Kevin stayed — and I’m guessing not just because Dean promised him ice cream and strippers.

Moment of note:

+ I found the scene where Dean had the army sergeant call Kevin — who, like Bobby once did, was posing as the boys’ FBI boss — very interesting. On one hand, it was a nice to see the evolution of a classic Winchester move. But more importantly, we learned that Kevin is a terrible Bobby…but a very good Kevin.

Random comment:

+ Sam needs to wear more green. You can’t see it, but I’m swooning.


“I would have loved nothing better than to ice that limey bitch.” — Dean, re: Crowley

Kevin: I’m pretty backed up.

Dean: Overshare.

Dean: Check the ‘net for anything angel-y

Sam: or demon-y

Dean: or monster-y or ghost-y. It’s going to be a busy year.

Dean, in the contaminated town: So this whole place is poison? [covers crotch]

Sam: That’s not going to help

Dean: It doesn’t hurt.

Sam: You killed three demons alone?

Dean: I took ’em by surprise. It got a little messy, I got a little lucky, oh, and, uh, I’m awesome. So there’s that.

Sam: Geez, you are pretty damn awesome.

“Burgers and silkwood showers on me.” — Dean

“I’m happy with my life for the first time in forever. I am. I really am. Things are good.” — Sam, killing my soul slowly

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Devil's Bargain

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

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