So here’s the thing: I really like Michael. Obviously, I realize that he’s a bad guy and I want Dean to be okay, but I like Michael the way that I liked Lucifer, which is to say that I like Jensen Ackles’ performance as Michael. I can definitely see the changes he made from episode one to episode two as he got to spend more time with the character, and it really feels like he’s having fun, which in turn, makes the character fun. And if you’re going to have a character who intends to kill all humans, you might as well make him fun, right?
Speaking of Michael, we start the episode with one of his latest experiments: In an old abandoned church, he slits the throat of a vampire just enough to get some blood. Then he heals the vampire and adds some grace to the vamp blood. Step three? He gets the vamp to drink the blood concoction. But like I said, this is an experiment, and Michael hasn’t quite found the right radio of blood-to-grace, so the vamp is burned out seconds later. So the experiment failed. But soon enough, Michael will get this right.
Back at the bunker, Sam is looking into Jo’s tip that Michael is hanging out in Duluth, Minnesota. And when Sam finds a police report about a pile of corpses with their eyes burned out, he, Mary, and Bobby get ready to hit the road. Castiel has to stay behind to watch Jack and Nick. Plus, if he tagged along, Michael would be able to sense his angelic presence — an excuse I’m now going to use whenever I don’t want to go on a trip.
First things first, Castiel brings Nick some food as he continues to remember things from his time as Lucifer. (Right now the highlight reel includes killing Gabriel in “Hammer of the Gods.”) Nick can’t seem to wrap his head around what would make him say yes to Lucifer in the first place, and that’s when Castiel reminds him of the reason for his pain all those years ago: Nick’s family was murdered. A man broke into his house and killed his wife and child … with a hammer. Lucifer came to Nick after it had happened, and in his desperation, Nick said yes.
Of course, this story only gives Nick a new purpose: He now wants to find the man who killed his family, which won’t be easy considering it’s now a cold case. But here’s where things get interesting: When Castiel tries to calm a very upset Nick by touching him, Nick’s reaction isn’t to hit Castiel … it’s to snap. It’s a Lucifer reaction. But Castiel doesn’t seem to sense any of Lucy still left inside Nick. And yet, that doesn’t mean Nick’s psyche isn’t torn to shreds.
From Nick to Jack, Castiel’s babysitting gig is anything but a walk in the park. Jack is reading Biblical lore to try to figure out how long he has to wait to get his grace back. Considering the rarity of archangels, there’s not a lot of information. It could take a month or it could take a century, and that’s before you consider that Jack’s half-human, a fact that only slows down the process. Castiel tries to bond with Jack by telling him about the time that he lost his grace and how he focused on what he still had left: Sam, Dean … and himself. He tells Jack that it’s not about the past, it’s about where he’s going. And that gives Jack an idea.
While Castiel has his hands full with Nick, Jack sneaks off and pays a visit to Kelly Kline’s mom and dad, his grandparents. He never tells them who he is or that Kelly’s dead, but he does get to talk to his grandparents, look at old photos of his mom, and get a sense of the family. He tells them that Kelly had her son and that, from what he knew, she was a great mom. I’m not going to lie, the Kline’s seem like quite possibly the loveliest parents this show has ever seen. And poor Jack has to walk away from them. (Next: Is that … Dean?)