“Supernatural” Recap 9.02: “Devil May Care”

It’s that time again! Actually, if it weren’t for the fact that my Google calendar has every event in my life scheduled for the next twenty-five years or so, I would have missed tonight’s episode of Supernatural. I’m just not used to this move to Tuesday nights. I will be by the time summer hiatus comes around though – promise!

Tonight’s story is somewhat unusual and calls for a different kind of introduction… and by that I mean, a list of some of the things I loved about the episode; a list that does not include the likes of the boys spending most of their time walking around the set of “The End” without much care to disguise it, or the predictable Kevin storyline, or even the fact that Sam seems to be doing mighty well for a guy who needs to have an angel inside him indefinitely to heal.

“What does it include,” you ask? Good question, and I have your answer, glass of wine in hand, and in no particular order.

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1. Abaddon

I’ve made no secret of my love for this character and the actress playing her (Alaina Hauffman). Demons tend to make for the more interesting characters on this show because they’re usually more dimensional than the good guys (most of whom seem to be dicks, right?) and Abaddon has proven this since her introduction alongside Grandpa Winchester last season. Granted, this episode didn’t make the best use of her talents but she had her moments – and let’s be honest, who among us didn’t want to trade places with her when she got herself acquainted with Dean’s tattoo? For a moment there, it sounded like she was speaking for the fandom! I, for one, cannot wait to see what she has in store for our boys and for Crowley! Speaking of…

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2. Crowley!

He’s another one whose talents were greatly underused this episode but it’s like still having your ex-boyfriend’s number on your cell phone – even if you don’t use it, you’re still glad it’s there. No? Is that just me? Moving on…

The former King of Hell wasn’t entirely without purpose though; he served to remind us that Dean has junk in his trunk, that no one delivers sexual innuendos like he does (that Sam and S&M joke slayed me), that Sam knows him now in a way no one else does, and that he is a master manipulator. After all, remember that long before he was taunting Kevin with his mother being alive, he was making deals that led many a soul down below. It’ll be interesting to see just what will come of this quid pro quo arrangement he wants with the boys. One thing’s for certain: don’t count on him being locked up for very long. And on that note…

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3. Kevin

Our little prophet boy is growing up!

It’s hard to imagine being put in the situations that this guy has been put in and being asked to make the sacrifices that he’s been asked to make and coming out the other side with even a semblance of sanity on the other end, but he’s managed pretty well, considering. In the past year of his life he went from being just a regular (albeit incredibly intelligent) kid to a prophet of the Lord who lost everyone in his life. Looking at it that way, I can see why he’d be so tempted by Crowley’s offer to give him back his mother (we miss you Mrs. Tran!) if he’d just let him go, but my original point still stands… it wasn’t a story that needed to be told.

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4. Dean and Ezekiel

Don’t stone me to death here but I’m starting to ship this! Hear me out!

Dean is having conversations with Ezekiel that he doesn’t have with anyone else and that’s not because they’re especially close but because that’s the nature of the beast when you are keeping a secret from someone together – you have only one person to talk to about it and that’s each other. It’s entertaining, to say the least, to watch Dean squirm as Ezekiel uses words he’s not used to hearing often, like “love,” and let’s not forget a fact Ezekiel pointed out himself: he is inside Sam’s head. Everything Sam knows, he knows, and that means he can give us insights into Sam’s psyche that Sam himself wouldn’t allow. It’s refreshing.

Plus, there’s always the chance that we’ll see Tahmoh again!

And last but not least…

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5.  Dean & Sam (a.k.a. family)

Having the boys interact and putting their chemistry on display is always a sure-fire way to get my attention. After all, that’s the whole basis of the show, isn’t it? The relationship between these two? I mean, I could watch an entire episode of just Dean driving and Sam sitting next to him in the Impala! Thankfully, we usually get more than that because the Writer Dronestm understand not everyone is as easy to please as I am (seriously, you buy me dinner and I’ll be yours forever).

This episode we got to see them working together again without much else getting in the way and we got to see what makes them such a good team. They can’t do this without each other; they know this, but just in case we needed to be reminded of it, we have that simple but brilliant moment at the end of the episode when Sam tells Dean, “Honestly, I feel better than I have in a long time. And I realize it’s crazy out there and we have trouble coming for us but I look around and I see friends and family. I am happy with my life for the first time in forever.”

Of course, this being Supernatural, it couldn’t be that easy, could it? No, because as Dean hears this, his own wheels are spinning and he knows he’s keeping something from Sam that, even if it’s for his own good, will bring that happiness crashing down when he finds out.

Now, it’s your turn! What stood out for you and made you sigh a dreamy sigh? Or what made you rolls your eyes so hard you thought you were a character from Mean Girls? I’d love to hear what you thought in the comments.

Until next week, my friends!

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