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Supernatural “What’s Up, Tiger Mommy” Review: SOULED!

Supernatural S08E02 “What’s Up, Tiger Mommy”

Quite frankly, that bank teller had it coming. I mean, I was a teller for like, a whole month, and the cardinal rule of the safety deposit box room was that tellers weren’t allowed to be nosing around when patrons were opening their boxes. No, not even if said patron was a creepy little old dude hoarding a frost giant finger bone in his ancient safety deposit box.

Oh well, at least that 5/8 of a virgin went to a good cause. Hell yeah, Hammer of Thor.

After watching Crowley snap his girlfriend’s neck last week, Kevin, understandably, wanted to check in on his mom. Dean, coping with his Purgatory flashbacks and manly angst the only way he knew how (that didn’t involve drinking himself into a stupor) was in full-blown perfect soldier mode. He argued that not only would backtracking to Michigan to see Tiger Mommy take time away from finding the Word of God, but knowing Crowley, she was probably surrounded by demons anyway. Yeah, not the best line of thinking to persuade the worried teenager, Dean, but good effort. I got your point.

Despite the trail of formerly demon-inhabited bodies leading to her front door, Momma Tran was refreshingly chilled about the whole wanted-by-the-king-of-Hell thing. I suspect that she was one of those really cool soccer moms who look all hovery and overbearing at first glance but have a secretly awesome past, like maybe she followed Phish around for an entire summer or hitchhiked across the country or something. She didn’t even flinch when Sam and Dean made the family Tran get their very own set of those handy-dandy demon repelling tattoos. Badass Kevin, meanwhile, cried like a baby.

With Momma Tran and Kevin reunited and inked, it was time to bust the tablet out of Kevin’s lockdown... except the rented locker he stashed it in had been broken into earlier and the Word of God was MIA. OMG CROWLEY? No, just your average human thief who insisted on keeping his gob shut about what he did with the tablet. Whatever, Dean has ways of making people talk.

CUE FLASHBACKS.

Let’s take a moment to talk about Dean’s apparent love of killing things.But first, let’s also talk about Castiel because admittedly, I’m in the camp that generally believes that the angel storyline is done and has been done for about three seasons now and Castiel’s continued presence is pretty much pandering. Sorry! Not sorry. Okay, a little bit sorry.

I like Castiel. I like Misha Collins. The only episode of Ringer that I didn’t hate was the one with Misha Collins in it and the only reason I didn’t hate it was that Misha Collins was in it. But for the past two seasons, I just couldn’t embrace the Castiel. “Why are you still here?” became the mantra for every appearance and like douchey Brock Lovett in Titanic I just didn’t “let it in,” man.

In Thank You For Smoking there was a scene where Aaron Eckhart and Rob Lowe talked about their plan to get smoking portrayed in a positive light in movies again. They wanted to have Brad Pitt and Catherine Zeta Jones smoke in a sexy futuristic spaceship after having sexy futuristic space sex and Aaron Eckhart pointed out that if you smoke in a spaceship, it’ll blow up. Rob Lowe assured him that they could explain that detail away with a line of dialogue, “Thank God we invented the whatever.”

Castiel got his own “Thank God we invented the whatever” treatment in “What’s Up, Tiger Mommy,” when Alfie the apparent angel of foodservice popped in to ask Dean what'd happened to the wayward angel. Dean continued his evasive act, but we learned that he did eventually track Cas down in Purgatory. We also learned that when Castiel poofed into thin air when he and Dean first arrived in Purgatory, he did it on purpose. He deliberately avoided Dean in order to keep the Leviathan prowling Purgatory for revenge, away from him. Dean grumbled about it, but seemed to accept Castiel’s logic, and revealed that Benny the Friendly Vampire knew of an escape hatch back to Earth. Still, Cas apparently didn’t make the trip and we got no further elaboration from Dean with regard to why.

But we did get some general insight into Castiel from Alfie, just one line of dialogue, and for me, it smoothed over a lot of the wrinkles I’ve struggled with when it comes to Cas and pretty much everything post-Season 5. Alfie told Dean that there is still a chunk of Heaven’s population that, despite everything, still believes that Castiel’s heart was in the right place, but personally, Alfie thought the root of Castiel’s problem was too much heart.

Everything just clicked. I know that I’m probably late to the Castiel-love party, but hey, at least I got here.

Then there’s Dean and his post-Purgatory turmoil. It certainly mirrors his post-Hell experience in that he struggles with the ramifications of what he had to do during his incarceration, but something in the current storyline just doesn’t sit quite right with me. Dean tortured other souls in Hell in order to spare himself from being tortured. He also tortured souls in Purgatory for information about Castiel. You can argue that in both instances, he had to do what he did. However, when he returned from Hell, Dean was pretty broken up about the whole torture thing; he even pleaded with Castiel not to make him torture Alastair, despite the fact that Alastair totally deserved it and the information they needed from the demon was for the greater good and all that.

In contrast, Post-Purgatory Dean seems to have shaken off the guilt and regret surrounding his previous stint as a terrifying tormentor. While interrogating the thief who hocked the God tablet, Dean got pretty dark and scary and didn’t seem phased by what he did or even Sam’s shocked response to it. I suspect that this is where the “purity” of Purgatory comes in, but for someone who railed against his “torturer” identity so hard for so long, it must have taken quite a bit for for him to be, well, pretty okay with it now.

So the tablet ended up at an auction held by Plutus, the God of Greed. Kevin and the gang earned an invite to the exclusive event based on Kevin’s prophet status, a status that totally backfired when Plutus, unhappy with the offers of Vatican City, Alaska, and the Moon from Crowley and Alfie, added Kevin to the auction lot in hopes of upping the bids. Enter Momma Tran, offering up her soul for the tablet and her kid. Sold!

It would have been entirely too easy just to let the Winchesters walk out with the tablet though and this was only the second episode of the season, so Crowley was more than happy to complicate matters. I have to say, I’m loving the new menacing direction the writers have taken Crowley in this season. He was always evil before, but he was also kind of a joke. The fact that he’s actually calculating and cruel, as opposed to a caricature of a villain, makes for a great Big Bad. It also helps that Mark Sheppard is just awesome in general.

Crowley burned Mrs. Tran’s tattoo right off and hopped into her meatsuit, stole the tablet, left the lady traumatized, and taunted Kevin with some Maury Povich paternity angst and the Winchesters' terrible track record when it comes to keeping their friends alive. Kevin ultimately decided to take him mom and bail, arguing that the Winchesters no longer needed him around if they didn’t need him to translate the tablet and close the gates of Hell for good. Or, as Dean put it, “He thinks the people I don’t need end up dead.”

Well, yeah. I mean, you did gank Clem there in Purgatory as soon as he gave you all the information that he had about Castiel. Granted, Kevin didn’t know about that one, but... just make some friends, make sure they live, and get your numbers up, Dean.


Case Notes and Interrogation


1. I really missed characters on this show being SMART—Mrs. Tran with the tax math, Sam and the backward exorcism. Keep it coming! Can we get Dean arrested just to watch him break out of custody using nothing but some office supplies? That one’s a classic.

2. So angels can grow facial hair in Purgatory but Dean Winchester can’t? Okay. At this point I’m just going to assume that Dean can’t grow facial hair at all.

3. Okay, fine, Alfie’s real name is Samandiriel and he isn’t the angel of foodservice, he’s the angel of imagination. I think that just makes him MORE awesome. PLEASE DON’T KILL HIM.

4. Oh, who am I kidding, Alfie's a goner.

5. Alfie offered to put Kevin under angelic protection, but shouldn’t he already BE under it? Remember whenever the Prophet Chuck found himself in mortal peril and an archangel just swept in and saved the day? Shouldn’t Kevin theoretically be in the same situation?

6. Dean and the metal detector was really a thing of beauty. I know the whole how-many-weapons-can-the-paranoid-badass-hide-on-his-body joke has been done before on other shows, but it cracks me up every single time.

7. Post-Hell Dean vs. Post-Purgatory Dean. Go.


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I love the Dean/Cas bromance thing. Sam is just such a wet blanket most of the time. I was jumping for joy when I saw Misha was back on the credits for this ep. More Cas please!
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Didn't the reverse-exorcism bother anyone else?



For one thing saying it in reverse is gibberish and not an incantation in Latin, but let's ignore that bit; what is more worrying imo is that the possessed lady was going to be freed(and we know that possessed people can return to normal if they're not already dead). but Sam pushed the demon back and they killed it... along with the innocent woman that could have been saved. And they barely even shrugged about it.



Heck, for some time they've been killing possessed people left, right and centre even when they could have done an exorcism(not in all cases possible of course, but sometimes it was). It's like they don't even care that they're killing people. It's a bit off-putting.
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Funny, it's all the Latin that bothers me in the first place. It's a very anglosaxon thing to take Latin as the "old" language for magic and stuff, but it's really kind of not that old and it's been spoken until very recently, not to mention a bunch of people still know it well. How Latin became magical or how the hell demons and angels functioned during the millenia or so it was the dominant language, when anybody ordering baked beans could accidentally cast spells keeps bugging me.



So yeah, the rules of magic in this show make no sense. I just kind of deal with it, even if I'd much prefer them taking more inspiration from referents like Preacher or Hellblazer in that area.
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great review!



to answer your questions about Kevin's protection: it was strictly the arc angels who were to protect prophets. there were only 4 of them to begin with, and the only survivors are now stuck in the cage: Lucifer and Michael. Raphael was killed by Castiel and my special favorite Gabriel was killed by Lucifer himself (still sad about that actually...). so there goes that protection...



about Dean seemingly having less trouble torturing people than before: I believe he would have had a lot easier time torturing all the monsters in purgatory, albeit "just" for the location of Castiel, than he would have had torturing human souls in hell He said something during the first episode along the lines of the "purity" of purgatory, that he in a way appreciated during his time there. I guess he was finally getting really weary about the constant struggle with himself and his conscience, and there was no need for any of that "down" there I am very curious about how this will affect him in the course of this season



I loved your remarks about Dean's facial hair, by the way! You weren't the only one to notice that;-)

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So far, liking this season.

The good points: Post-Purgatory Dean (Voted for Post-Hell Dean, then the exprience felt more brutal), Crowley being legitimately bad.

The bad points: Agree with MarryAnn, where the hell are the angels and why aren't they protecting Kevin? Had something else, but forgot :)

The awesome points: Dean and metal detectors scene. Hammer of Thor! I really really wish they would keep it and make Sam use it but make the hammer have a mind of its own somehow. It would struggle to obey to Sam and become impossible to lift up or something, that could be a funny running gag for several episodes :D
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Didn't someone say that there was nearly no angels left last season due to God!Cas nearly destroying the entire angel race and the leviathans?
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aww no more episode ranking?
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Yeah, I kinda miss the Power Rankings.
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Different reviewer. Tim Surette took care of season 7.
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Fantastic episode! The show is definitely on its way up! Kevin's mom was awesome and she for some reason reminded me of Ellen. Really hope that she and Kevin come back. The Winchesters need all the help they can get.
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Who in their right mind LEAVES the Mjlnir behind, especially after knowing you can actually use it?

Anyways, cool episode.
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This was another great episode! Loved Sam's expressions esp when Crowley calls him 'Samantha' and then when the old creepy dude holds out his bag saying 5/8ths of a virgin! hahah



But did not like that Mrs. Tran called the Ferrari 430 Eurotrash ... That 'car' is a beauty and a beast! :p
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I absolutely loved the scene where Sam got to use the hammer of Thor on those bad guys. It's Hammer Time! LOL!
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Sam needs harem pants first, though...
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You didn't mention the fact that after Sam stole Mjolnir from the creepy old dude, he just threw it on the ground and apparently WALKED AWAY FROM IT? Please, someone tell me that he wasn't that big of an idiot, and he took that with him! You do not leave the Hammer of Thor just lying around for any Big Bad to grab. You buy a red cape and a helmet with horns and start beating random things around town with lightening!
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I'm sure you meant "helmet with wings" so I'll forgive you that one!
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The storyline of post-hell Dean and the show as a whole was one of the best I've seen in my life. I adored the tortured hero there. After the last two seasons, this change in tone of post-purgatory Dean to a more decisive, visceral and less mopey version is refreshing and frankly, awesome! Great work on the reviews, MaryAnn!

- Shout out to Mrs. Tran! That slap to Crowley was so unexpected! Had me cheering for her!

- I noticed that in episode 1. Aside from the fact that fangirls don't want to see a bearded Dean, my theory is that he is not a supernatural creature and purgatory isn't for him. Hence human growth is in limbo.

- Goodbye Alfie. You're too nice to survive.

- Archangels, the prophet's protectors, are all dead, unless you want to release Michael and Lucifer.

- That was one of the best scenes ever! Never gets old.
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ANYONE who has the balls to slap a demon in the face, especially if it's Crowley, is awesome in my book. :)
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Yeah Dean felt guilty after Hell because he tortured humans and in purgatory he tortured his natural enemy monsters. Really would expect someone writing a story about this show to understand that distinction...
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I forgot. I should comment on the AWESOMENESS of Mrs. Tran. Since she was awesome, I should have known they would destroy her in some way. Crowley was and is getting more dark, and I love it.
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Post Hell Dean bothered me with all the drinking. It didn't resolve anything, so why bother. Love Post Purgatory Dean. He needs info. gets it by torture and doesn't drink or whine about it. AWESOME!!!
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Just a random observation, while I am fine with it on Wednesdays (and if it is just going to be a better show on Wednesdays, fine) but while I love my Friday night shows...there is going to be something missing tonight....
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Another great episode. Kevin's mom was awesome. Crowely was awesome as well! I like where things are going, but I was surprised no Archangels swooped in. I certainly look forward to more developments.



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Thinking Post-Purgatory Dean still feels guilty about what he did-if he weren't ashamed he would be open about what happened and would be fine with Benny being around. I think that when he speaks of the purity of purgatory its the fact that no one there judges you. You run and its fine, you kill and its fine (mainly cuz if you don't you die) There are no emotions, no consequences for being violent etc. Its like he got to let his animalistic side out. Lets face it, life on earth is complicated.
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I laughed sooo hard at deans face when he made that comment on pluto not being a planet anymore with that arrogant expression and finding out that the guy meant plutus (god of greed) :) :)
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If I understand the whole archangel thing on this show - there were only four: Raphael, Michael, Gabriel and Lucifer - the only four angels to have seen God according to Anna. And well, we know what happened to all of them. So, the prophet's on earth no longer have protectors. What surprises me is that the regular angels don't just take Kevin and run. They've got the juice.
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We also have to keep in mind that everything with Chuck was pre-apocalypse. The rules of heaven changed with the exile of Michael and then again with Leviathan Castiel. We don't know who is in charge up there anymore. Some angels still seem to care about the prophets, but based on Castiel's crazy killing spree when he was in Leviathan mode, it's unclear how many angels are left or if they can make new ones.
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Would you mind reminding me what happened to Raphael and Gabriel? I have forgotten. Also, how do we know that there are only four?
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I believe Raphael was killed by Cas at the end of Season 6 and Gabriel (the trickster/Loki) was killed by Lucifer.
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Thanks. I have a vague memory of Gabriel and his death, but I don't remember Raphael's death. I barely remember the character at all.
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Hey MaryAnn, you didn't mention the flashback scene where Castiel is sliding away from Dean while he trys to grab him. I guess that the portal out of purgatory was on some kind of mountain, Benny, Dean and Castiel where followed there by leviathans, Castiel fell down into the angry mob and Dean and Bobby left him behind.
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Re note number 5: Chuck was at the tender mercies of Raphael, as I recall, an archangel who had the juice to keep a prophet 'safe'. Unless Show throws some Islam into the monotheist mythology (can I get a multicultural hell yeah) and starts including Azrael as an archangel...we are shit out of luck.



...holy crap. We have RUN OUT of available archangels. Way to go Show.
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LOL. WE HAVE RUN OUT OF ARCHANGELS. Oh, Show.
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I'm guessing it matched all the Dean's facial hair v/s Cas' facial hair comments :P
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DEAN YOU SON OF A BITCH YOU LET CAS GO
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I am SO glad someone brought up the facial hair issue. I love the episode all around and even with this minor detail, its still among one of the series best, but that little issue was on my mind even after it ended. Cass can grow facial hair and Dean can't? Why?
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Two points,



1. Why would you discard Mjlnir??? That has got to be even better then their knife as a supernatural creature killer.



2. Dean had the knife in purgatory... hence he shaved with it : )
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I too thought it was stupid that they didn't snag the hammer before leaving..
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I could be wrong but it seemed to me like the creepy old man was Thor (He did, after all, tell his hammer 'Mjlnir, I missed you') and when Sam killed him with it it seemed like the Hammer lost it's power. But I sure hope I'm wrong because Thor would make one hell of a character (If they stick to the lore).
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It's a singular, rare artifact that belonged to a god. Taking it might be more trouble than it's worth. Perhaps easily traceable via magic or would just be a magnet for beings looking for it (including Thor himself)

They have enough issues than bringing even more attention to themselves
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Nope, it was too cool of a weapon to pass up. I hope it ends up in the trunk.
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I'm just going to call it here. Dean ganked Castiel to get out of Purgatory.
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You can delete the extra copies of the post. I agree that he did *something* to Castiel to get out.
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Wasn't meaning to :S I thought I only commented once.
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Yeah, I know. It has happened to me a few times. I got an error message that said that my message couldn't be posted (don't remember the exact words), so I tried a few more times...and you can guess what the result was.
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Great recap. I loved the auction - $4 billion ROTFL - especially Sam and Dean's expressions when they realized they were completely out of their league.
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its interesting to me how the show didn't take a more in-depth look at the reasons behind sam quitting the "family job" or giving dean a better explanation other than i hit a dog (wtf).



Because of this i think the post purgatory dean is a lot better to come back the way he did as imo he is going to have to pick up the slack from sam as he dose not seem to be that into it any more.



Loved the mom putting her foot down and saying i'm going with and Kevin saying hey u try and tell he no lol typical mom situ methinks .



1 last thing Crowly pwnz make me laugh every time, definitely the winchester boys biggest Nemesis
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I expect to get some info about the "accident" with the dog too. Either it wasn't only a dog - or Sam did something terrible before and he was overcompensating later regarding the his reaction ...
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So, reverse exorcism puts the demon back in the body with the innocent so you can kill the demon and the innocent. How is what happened there not murder? When they have no option to kill an innocent with a demon, that is one thing, but in this instance, sam actually put the fleeing demon back in the innocent so he could kill them both. and dean thought it was cool. they are just murderers now, doing the wrong thing for the right reason. just an observation, i'm actually okay with this. not enough murderer heroes on tv.
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What I didn't get was as long as the demon was stuck in the body, why didn't they just stick in a devil's trap or exorcise it?
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Yeeeah, that whole thing kind of bothered me too. I thought that they deliberately forced the demon back in because if the demon escaped it's host, it could go tell Crowley that they Winchesters had Kevin's mom. Strategically, it was a good move! Morally? Questionable. But that's where the fun's at.
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It seems this was the quickest & easiest way (to dispose of the demon), but they totally killed that woman! ....Far removed from the Sam of old. Speaking of which, Dean has pretty much turned into soulless Sam.



I was really, really surprised by this move!! Hopefully, it's part of the writers plan, and not just a gaffe...





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I don't know... was it really a good move strategically? They immediately went and got tattoos, hex bags and such so that Crowley & Co. wouldn't find them, so they could've let the neighbor live and do everything they were going to do anyway, right? Interestingly enough her murder didn't bother me much, I'm just playing devil's advocate.
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It mostly just bothered me because it used to be really important to Sam and Dean that the host lived after a possession. They were super torn up when the first Meg died. They went out of their way to get that crazy mailman some medical attention after his exorcism last season. It was jarring to see them suddenly just WASTING everyone.



When you bring up the hex bags and the tattoos, it certainly makes the deaths look extra unnecessary, unless maybe they thought the demons would move faster than they could prepare?
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I know I'm more upset when a chick who is doable dies. It's pretty much the same feeling when one gets married. Both are sadder than when an old lady dies. Just sayin'.
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'Plan D for dumbass'. Crowley FTW.
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Good episode. I think they would have led off with this. Or at least make it a 2hr premier. This makes up for the blandness of the season premier.



Overall I enjoyed all the aspects of the episode. I like that Crowley is getting better as a big bad. I also like that Sam is kind of the one in control. It has been frustrating watching the supposed smartest character being stupid. The auction was funny and unexpected and I liked the idea. Well done episode all around. Oh and Sam as pseudo-Thor was hilarious. And reaffirms my position in that someone needs to cut his freaking hair.



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As for Kevin and Archangels. Umm, have you thought that they might all be dead. The ones that I can remember from Sunday school are Raphael, Gabriel and Michael and maybe a Uriel somewhere in there. And I am pretty sure they all died. Granted there is supposedly more, I think like 7 or 8. My atheistic desire of not wanting to know any of this crap is conflicting with my memory which is pretty good. But lets say there is 7 so that leaves 3. Maybe they are in hiding or are still fighting the war or are just dead like the others.



As for Dean. I think it is different. There was no fun to be had while he was in hell. Whereas Purgatory was a non stop hunt fest. I think he got used to it, relished it and wants some more of it. KInd of like Jeremy Renner's character in The Hurt Locker, except that Supernatural isn't stupid. And maybe the expedient desire to get out of purgatory has lit a fire under his arse and he came to the realization that dragging your feet to "do the right thing" is freaking time consuming and why not just be a dick and get it over with. Which brings the whole if he doesn't need them they can die note from Kevin. But either way, anything is better than mopey Dean. That Dean was freaking annoying.
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Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, Uriel, Raguel, Remiel and Saraqael are the 7 Archangels according to the Book of Enoch.
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The list of archangels depends on branch of Abrahamic religions.

Eastern Orthodox still has all 7. Catholicism sticks to 3: Michael, Gabriel, Raphael. Supernatural seems to favor Catholicism rather heavily, so it's safe to assume that all of the archangels have been accounted for, unless Michael and Lucifer break out of the Cage.



Uriel, although frequently listed as an archangel in some sects, was just a regular angel on the show, with a power level comparable to Cas.
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Nifty! Thank you!
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I thought that this was a great improvement over the premiere too. I missed smart Sam.



Not the hair! Love the hair! Embrace the hair!



Yeah, my own Sunday school skipped the archangels, I think. I feel like there's more than four, but there were four main ones? Maybe? The lack of angel bodyguards makes sense if they're all dead though, so let's go with that.



I think your Dean assessment is spot-on. Also: no more mopey Dean. It's not that I don't want him to emote, it's just that I want some variety.
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I will embrace the hair when it is on the floor of the Barber Shop.
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God of Thunder: Sam!!!!
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jared padalecki or chris hemsworth? lol
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To me, this post-purgatory Dean is the Dean that has been around since the beginning of the show except now, he has stopped whining and complaining. This is the beauty of this show and season: for two too long seasons, I have watched Dean be broken and hurt and he has been struggling with who we wanted to be since their dad died. But Dean has always hated anything inhuman and has especially hated demons, this makes him the perfect hunter because he LOVES to kill the things that hurt innocent people. Going to hell was all about torture, in a time where he knew that some people down there could not be monsters at all and in that way, Dean was unable to cope especially since he was starting to become more compassionate.



In purgatory, Dean never had a problem with innocence being trapped because there are only monsters in purgatory. He had that purity of ridding evil the way he had always loved to. He was hunting, only hunting and using his skills to do what he loved and knew the most. Where there are monsters, there is no compassion. Suck it up! Or get Killed! the rule of every hunter. Dean finally realized that he could not change who he was. If we was gonna do anything, he had to do it, without hesitation because the moment you turn your back, is the moment you lose your life.



I loved his line about it being one more thing he had to deal with because this IS Dean dealing with it. I've watched him too long saying, "but, but. well, well." and CRYING and DRINKING. Now the man is back, the big brother he wanted to hunt because it was the right thing to do.
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Perfectly put. What Dean does best is HUNT EVIL, and Purgatory reset him to his basics. It's tough to adjust that to real life's gray areas now that he's back, but his time in Purgatory has given him much-needed clarity of thought and purpose. So yeah, this isn't out of character, this is actually BACK in character like in S1 and S2, when he argued that let's kill the vampires because all vampires are bad because all vampires kill people (he was wrong since those vampires were 'vegetarian', but he had a clear thought process which then got muddled with too much complicated empathy and sympathy till he hit rock bottom in S7). So it's great to have focus back on 'hunting evil' rather than 'be a nice guy and let the demon go'. His practicality about killing Kevin's mom/Crowley was refreshing after tooooo much moral dilly-dallying on this show for over 2 seasons now.
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Well stated.
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So, Purgatory is the woods in black & white? The same woods they've been hunting in for 7 seasons--Is the budget of this show $2.50? I love Supernatural, but c'mon....



-Everybody knows that angels grow facial hair in purgatory, but humans do not. Duh!



-Alfie's already dead.



-Poor Kevin.



-Man, Dean has become a dick. Well, a bigger dick (insert joke here). The comparison someone made to Dean behaving the way we have seen many angels behave in the past is spot on!



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I laughed out loud at the comment about angel vs. human facial hair... then I immediately got the image of a slightly crazy-looking Dean kneeling by a river, shaving bare skinned with a sharpened vampire bone or something.
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Hahaha, but the non-existent budget is part of the charm! Like those human "dragons" from season 6.



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Besides the woods around Vancouver all look the same. No matter where they film around there it is going to look the same regardless.
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post-hell Dean still had Bobby and Sam...think he also had those 2 hunter girls that I can't remeber at the moment. plus he got Cas



post-purgatory Dean is a broken shell of post-hell Dean and loss of his close ones has taken it's toll on him. When he got smacked into Purgatory with Cas might have been final straw that broke camels back.

Cas vanished and left him alone and Dean had to fight for his life every day to stay alive.

Reasons to stay alive? Think 1st was to find Cas, then maybe hoping Sam would find a way to get him out. After constant fear and adrenalin he got from killing and staying alive, he learned of exit and "made new friend". Would be nice to know how long he was in Purgatory.



Best line was when Dean defended his car: I'll kill you, your children and your grandchildren :D
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I would like a definitive number for Purgatory time served too.



Hehe, loved the car scene, "It's okay, Baby, he didn't mean it."
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So...umm.....does Mrs. Tran still have her soul, or......what's the deal here?



Awesome review! And a pretty good episode, too!
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She still has her soul. She turned out to be Crowley before she handed over her soul to Plutus and then Plutus was killed.
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think her soul is gone
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I think the Dean we were seeing was expressed in his remorseless exchange with Sam this episode. "It's just one more nightmare." I think Dean is just worn out and is only looking at 'the greater good'. In some ways Dean is behaving the way most angels have been portrayed on this show.
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That does seem like the way its going. But when hasnt Dean been worn out? Do I even remenber when he hasnt been.



Interesting .. maybe they will turn him into an angel.

Angel Dean
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Bring smart back is good, and go team mom!! If they hadn't broken her .. it would be nice to have her aorund.

Very much tired of Dean ... angry crybaby. I mightve been okay with this on third or second season ... but after seven.

Feels like Dean's character went backward ... and not forward. People do that sometimes .. I just don't know if I care enough to watch it. Well, I still am ...



Crowly is good. Right now .. Im hoping he takes over the world ...

Sam should slap Dean .. a few times .. just for fun.
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4. don't b a pessimist.

5. are there any archangels left?
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Yes there are two archangels left.. the only problem is one is Michael and the other is Lucfier and their both trapped in the cage.
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not much chance they'd take over prophet protection duty then :D

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Did Dean leave Castiell in Purgatory on purpose? Because that's what its looking like to me.

The whole bidding was hilarious. Who didn't laugh when Crowley offered the moon? I wouldn't want Alaska either. But good episode.
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I am going to guess, based on his physical behavior in the premiere, that because of Benny hitching a ride in his arm, that Dean couldn't use it and didn't have any strength. And if he forced his use of that arm to yank Cas through, Benny wouldn't make the journey. So, he let Cas go (I do wonder if there is any discussion that Cas was able to travel to Hell to retrieve Dean, so why can't he flash out of Purgatory?)
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Demons can get out of Hell. Angels can go back and forth from Hell to Earth or Heaven. But no one can get into Purgatory. Or out. Which was the point.

You have to do the spell to open the portal.
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I'm.. Actually really liking this season so far. I haven't cared about anything Supernatural since season five ended. I considered just dropping it multiple times, but so far, this is enjoyable. My only problem is the Dean post-purgatory storyline, which does nothing to me considering that every season finale has had one of the brothers going to a bad place, only to come back in the season premiere "different", followed by angst and yadda yadda.

The most surprising thing for me this season is how much I'm enjoying Crowley and Kevin, they've really stepped up their game now that Bobby's not around. And I actually find the overarching plot interesting for once, which also hasn't happened since season 5.
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Me too...I think this Dean will be different than all previous iterations though because of the key missing piece of this whole puzzle...no Bobby.
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All of the archangels are dead, so Kevin doesn't have that type of protector. Great review!
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no only two are dead.
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Shouldn't someone get promoted anyways? Maybe there's like an archangel "bob" now.
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Ahh, that makes sense! Thanks!
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Best line of the episode goes to Crowley for his Rocky & Bullwinkle joke: "Moose, listen to Squirrel."

Worst line of the episode goes to Plutus' right-hand with the Alaska joke. 4 years old bro, Sarah Palin jokes are dated.

And post-hell Dean all the way, back when Supernatural was in its prime.
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"Moose, listen to Squirrel." was wonderfully delicious
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Palin is suppose to win the election next month.
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Crowely is really stepping up his game this season. Last week he snapped that girls neck in front of Kevin without a second thought and this week he took over Kevins mother and even tortured him a bit mentally. This is really giving Mark Shepard a chance to go full dark with the character.



One of my favorite parts was Sam wielding Thor's Hammer to kill demons. Kind of wish he chose to keep it as that would be one hell of a weapon to have handy. I wonder if it was one of the weapons of heaven that Cas got from Balthazar a few seasons back.
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Did Sam really leave Thor's hammer behind? I wouldn't have.
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I was surprised he didn't keep it. He already has the hair and the physique to go with the hammer. Would have been cool.
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i thought sam was going to smack crowley with it. well, maybe later!!
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No kidding .. I thought the same thing. And why on earth would you leave a powerful weapon like that behind? Me no understand.
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Great season so far, much improved from seasons 6 and 7. 7, in particular, was underwhelming.



And not that I don't like your reviews, but has Tim given up on the show?
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I don't think Tim has quite the same aching in his loins for this show (and/or its stars) that MaryAnn does.
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Personally, hated the entire Leviathan arc. Tim wants to kick back and enjoy the show without having to think of the flaws it might have just to critique it. I approve. Fairer for both him and us, the fans.
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Yeah I nearly gave up on the show with the Leviathan arc in the seventh season, but so far this season I'm glad I didn't. Glad MaryAnn picked up the show, she's one of my favorites on the site!
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