Let It Bleed-When Crowley tries to get to Dean by abducting Lisa and Ben, the Winchesters turn to an unexpected source for help. Meanwhile, Bobby learns of another visitor from Purgatory.
In Part 1 of Supernatural's 2 part finale, we see Dean race against time trying to save Lisa and Ben after Crowley kidnaps them. While Lisa and Ben have relatively been the most uninteresting part of this season, they still provide a lot of depth for the character of Dean and how much he's grown. For over a year, he was a husband and father to both Lisa and Ben and it's not surprising that the moment their in trouble he feels an obligation to do whatever it takes to save them. Over the years, it has been a pleasure to watch the writers develop Dean from the mocho, tough guy older brother to the soft hearted, level headed man he is now. It's also good to Jensen Ackles becoming comfortable about showing off that softer side as well. He gvies a great performance in this episode showing Dean's overwhelming concern and desperation to track both of them down. Crowley's upduction of Lisa and Ben was well directed nad full of suspense. You also got to love Crowley taking the time to make a crack at Dean's awkward situation with Lisa being "the ex lady friend" and Ben being "the not son".
We also get more from the aftermath of Dean and Castiel, which continues to pull at the heart strings, especially seeing Castiel to pursistent to show Dean no matter how much he doubts him, he's still willing to help him no matter what. The scene where Cas saves Dean from the demon and heals Lisa at the hospital were beyond saddening, Misha and Jensen just nail their scenes together everytime. If that wasn't bad enough, they put Dean through the emotional ringer when he goes after Lisa and Ben in the warehouse. The twist with Lisa being possessed and ultimately killing Lisa was shocking and the look on Dean's face couldn't be more heartbreaking. The sight of Ben shooting demons while Dean carries Lisa bleeding to death really was a striking sight, not to mention extremely dark, even for Supernatural as we see Dean hitting Ben and forcing him to kill to lead the way to safety. The way the story concludes is definately one of the saddest scenes of the series as Dean asks Castiel to wipe Lisa and Ben's memory of him. You kinda know it's coming but it doesn't make it anyless hard hitting and the sense of loss in Dean's eyes is captivating. I also loved the exchange between Sam and Dean in the car with Dean threatening to punch Sam in the nose id he even mentions Lisa and Sam again.
Bobby's sub-plot with investigating the HP Lovecraft's death lead to shocking development with Eleanor's return and her being a monster from Purgatory. It's an intriguing twist considering she's a monster who never posed a threat and ultimately became a close friend of Bobby. Although, I'm surprised the moment that Bobby finds out he slept with a monster wasn't given a big pay off. It would have been hilarious and it's a pretty big revelation which could have benefitted from that. The only real downside is Belthazor. While it seems the writers are trying to give the character some depth, Belthazor just doesn't seem to fit in the story arc anymore. He's decision to help the brothers never really feels genuine and considering he's been such michevious character all season, it seems like a pretty big development for him and I would have rather have had him have some selfish request in return. There just seemed like no real reason for Belthazor to help the brothers and mostly felt like a plot device to get the brothers from point "A" to point "B". Overall, a great first part to this finale and Part 2....talk about an ending!