supernutjapan (supernutjapan) wrote,

Rewatching 5-18 Point of No Return

It's Friday again - yes unfortunately I had to leave this to the last day again so I'm starting as early as I can and I'm ignoring everything else for a bit.
hugemind pointed out last episode that there was a similarities between last episode and 10-22 and this week again we see some similarities with the Season 10 finale.  In both, Dean gives up and tries to kill himself, but is brought back by Sam's faith and love.  He makes the decision to deal with the situation their way, despite what everyone wants them to do and come what may, because, "I can't let my brother down."    Lucifer Rising also has many similarities with both of these episodes as well.
Music Links
(plays in the jukebox when Zachariah is in the bar)
"When the Saints Go Marching In" by Kurt Fuller
(sung by Zachariah as he is leaving the bar)
We start with Zach drinking in a bar with a guy who recognizes Zach for being in the same situation he was in - layed off/ fired.

 Zach is pretty talkative and it is interesting how he could be taken for any company executive that just had not been able to get the "deal of the millenium."   but when his boss calls and tells him he has another chance, well, no one else in the bar survives the experience - and I'm left thinking of how uncaring of humanity angels are in general - that it's not just Zach who thinks of them as "maggots."

We come back to Dean where we left him last episode.  Dean is at a motel probably somewhere near Lisa's home, packing some things to be sent to Bobby - His coat, the keys to Baby, and a letter .  He's drinking a lot of whiskey, from the cup and from the bottle.  There's this really sad music playing.  UG.  MY HEART

Anyone for some lip and hand porn can just click on these for original sizes.  You can see Dean's lashes in the whiskey one :P

Here's a copy of the letter from the Supernatural Season 5 Companion Book. (linked to the full size so you can read it :))

Suddenly we see a shadow by the door.  It's Sam.  And he says, softly...
SAM: Sending someone a candy-gram?
DEAN: How’d you find me?
SAM:You’re going to kill yourself, right? It’s not too hard to figure out the stops on the Farewell Tour. How’s Lisa doing, anyways?
DEAN:I’m not going to kill myself.
SAM:No? So Michael’s not about to make you his Muppet? What the hell, man? This is how it ends? You just…walk out?
DEAN:Yeah, I guess.
SAM:How could you do that?
DEAN:How could I? All you’ve ever done is run away.
SAM:And I was wrong. Every single time I did.

Even though Dean had made the decision to call Sam back in The End, his feeling that he could not trust Sam as mentioned in Sympathy for the Devil and Good God Y'all had not actually changed.  And this is made worse by being reminded in Dark Side of the Moon that Sam hasn't necessarily been loyal to Dean in the past, that he's hurt Dean by leaving, numerous times and that these were actually his good memories.  But Sam has realized through all these that he had been wrong to leave.  Even more important, he doesn't want to give into Lucifer and Dean is his only hope.

Dean is surprised that Sam was able to find him, but we are reminded of how easily Dean found Sam the previous Season.  Maybe Dean sees a parallel with that time as well, because he mentions how Sam is not on Demon blood so how does he think he's going to get Dean to come with him.

Sam tells him that he brought backup and suddenly Cas is there behind Dean and beams him back to Bobby's house, where everyone is researching.  Sam tells Dean that Bobby is working on something... and by something, I'm assuming a way to kill Lucifer - it's all very vague though because there really isn't anything.  Dean is sarcastic and cynical and when Bobby calls him "son" he tells Bobby, you are not my father.  OUCH.  After all those times Dean has told Bobby that he is like a father to him - but that is his suicidal state of mind.  Bobby pulls out his gun and bullet from his desk.

BOBBY:You can’t give up, son.
DEAN:You’re not my father. And you ain’t in my shoes.

DEAN:What is that?

BOBBY:That’s the round that I mean to put through my skull. Every morning, I look at it. I think, “Maybe today’s the day I flip the lights out.” But I don’t do it. I never do it. You know why? Because I promised you I wouldn’t give up!

In a roundabout way, Bobby is not only reminding Dean of the fact that he knows exactly what kind of situation Dean is in, but of that time when Dean had sat him down in The Curious Case of Dean Winchester and told Bobby what he meant to them and begged him not to give up.

Just then, Cas starts holding his head in pain. He senses that something is happening with the angels - I'm guessing he feels the power that was necessary to raise a person from the dead - and he hurries away to find out what it is. I love the little bit of wind that wooshes through the room at his departure, papers flying and everyone recovering from the little blast.

Sam is guarding the kitchen so Dean doesn't try to make his escape.

Papers fly again as Cas returns :D

Cas arrives at a wood and a wet area of ground at which I'm assuming he feels the residue of the power. Then he senses someone behind him, finds an angel and while he's fighting him, senses another angel behind him. He uses the angel behind him to stab the one in front and then gets rid of the second angel.  This fight scene is really awesome, and reminds us that Cas was a soldier.  Cas then goes over to the piece of dirt and grabs the hand that comes out of it to pull out a man... Adam. He zaps back to Bobby's and puts Adam on the bed, and Sam and Dean recognize him right away.

BOBBY:Who is it?
SAM:That’s our brother.
BOBBY:Wait a minute. Your brother? Adam?

Bobby has heard the story from them aye? Cas decides they should hide them from the angels and puts the carvings on Adam's ribs as he did for Sam and Dean. And Adam wakes up from the sensation. He tells them that he was warned of Dean and Sam by the angels and then asks for Zachariah, but Sam and Dean want to find out what the hell the angels are planning, so they sit him down for a little talk.

I love the way Dean sits here cradling the back of his chair, and pretty much everyone has their arms crossed as they look at Adam. Adam tells them of the heaven he had been in when he was yanked out of it by the angels  (Dean is particularly interested in the fact that Adam was making out with a girl at his prom and Sam brings the talk back to more important matters :P) and how the angels told him that he was Michael's sword/vessel and that he was going to kill the devil, after which he would be able to see his mom.

CASTIEL:He is John Winchester's bloodline, Sam's brother. It's not perfect, but it's possible.
DEAN:Well you gotta be kidding me.
SAM:Why would they do this?

CASTIEL:Maybe they're desperate. Maybe they wrongly assumed Dean would be brave enough to withstand them.
DEAN:Alright, you know what? Blow me, Cas.

SAM:Look, no way. After everything that's happened? All that crap about destiny? Suddenly the angels have a Plan B? Does that smell right to anybody?

I like the exchange between Cas and Dean - Cas angry with Dean for giving up when Cas had given everything for him. But Sam's point is interesting too - you know how I like to talk about "destiny" right? I'm going to talk about this Plan B more again later but we do know that for Zach, this is just a trap for Dean - that is what Zach has been told by the Boss. So Sam's right. It doesn't sound right at all. But everyone is more concerned with the idea that the angels might use another, innocent, family member for their selfish purposes - especially Dean who thinks that he would do it rather than make anyone else have to do it (which again reminds me of Season 10).

Sam tries to convince Adam to trust him, but he doesn't do a very good job.

SAM:Still, trust me. The one thing worse than seeing dad once a year was seeing him all year.
ADAM:Do you know how full of crap you are?
ADAM:Really. You see, it was me and it was my mom. That's it. She worked the graveyard shift at the hospital. I cooked my own dinners. I put myself to bed. So you can say whatever you want about our dad, but the truth is, I would have taken anything.

 It seems that despite dad going to take him to a baseball game on his birthday, that's pretty much the only time he actually saw John.  Remember how Dean was so hurt by that story of the baseball game?  Adam tells Sam that basically his mom was his only family and that she was so busy at work all the time that he had to make his own dinner etc. etc., now that sounds familiar aye? And not only that, but they both end up getting eaten up by ghouls, which of course Adam remembers. So again we come to the question... did John do better by Adam, whom he tried to keep safe by not telling him about monsters and in a normal life? or Sam and Dean, whom he told everything and took everywhere?

Now that they have two flight risks, Dean is put in the dungeon so everyone can concentrate on keeping Adam from running.

DEAN:Well, Cas, not for nothing, but the last person who looked at me like that…I got laid.
Hehe. Like that. Sam (thinks that they should be separated before something untoward happens? LOL) gets Cas to go u
pstairs while he stays to talk with Dean privately.

DEAN:That kid's not taking a bullet for me.
DEAN:I’m serious. I mean, think about how many people we've gotten killed, Sam. Mom, Dad, Jess, Jo, Ellen. Should I keep going?
SAM:It’s not like we pulled the trigger.
DEAN:We might as well have. I’m tired, man. I’m tired of fighting who I'm supposed to be.

There is a fundamental difference between Sam and Dean here that is also addressed later. Dean feels responsible for all those deaths. He feels that they all died because of them. Especially Jo and Ellen now - think of how depressed he was in Sam, Interrupted. And of course Mom dying is not their fault at all, but Dean still feels like it is all his/Sam's fault - maybe because they were unable to stop it, or because it was all part of their destiny that mom and dad even met. Sam, though, feels that they should be directing the blame elsewhere, since they were not directly responsible.

DEAN:I just…I—I don’t believe.
SAM:In what?
DEAN:In you. I mean, I don’t. I don’t know whether it’s gonna be demon blood or some other demon chick or what, but…I do know they're gonna find a way to turn you.
SAM:So you’re saying I’m not strong enough.
DEAN:You’re angry, you’re self-righteous. Lucifer's gonna wear you to the prom, man. It's just a matter of time.
SAM:Don't say that to me. Not you...of all people.
DEAN:I don’t want to. But it’s the truth. And when Satan takes you over, there's got to be somebody there to fight him, and it ain't gonna be that kid. So, it's got to be me.

And there it is, what he was afraid of from the beginning of this season, and which he thought for a while that maybe they could avoid by being together. But he also remembers how the angels gave up in The End and Dean had not been able to say yes after a while, even when he wanted to - he wants to avoid that at all costs.

Sam is so hurt here, but maybe that makes him even more determined to show Dean that he is wrong. He goes upstairs and when Bobby asks how he is, he nods as if to say he's OK.

Meanwhile, Dean has figured out a plan to get out of his prison. A loud noise makes Cas worried, and when he opens the door, Dean blows him away with the sigil and leaves. Sam finds him and Cas gone and has to go find Dean - he leaves Bobby in charge of Adam, who is sleeping. Adam though is having a chat with Zach in his dream. He is a bit more hesitant to believe Zach now that he has had a talk with Sam and Dean. Interesting here is that Adam is having a dream of a park his mom used to take him to on her off days. A good memory of his childhood.

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ZACHARIAH: Trust me, kid, when the heat gets hot, they're not gonna give a flying crap about you. Hell, they'd rather save each other's sweet bacon than save the planet. They're not your family. Understand? want to see your mom again or not?

This first part is an obvious lie, since the reason why they have Adam in the first place is BECAUSE Sam and Dean would care about him and try to rescue him. But it also reminds us of how Adam was left in that room when "the heat got hot." Zach is right about the second part -- and we are going to see that over and over and over again. At the end of the day though, Adam wants to see his mom and this is his only chance at that so he tells Zach where he is. (I'm thinking how Cas didn't hide him until after they got to Bobby's so they could have tracked him there if they had been watchful) We see Adam wake up but Bobby tells Sam how Adam just disappeared so it is possible Zach just zapped him away.

Meanwhile, Dean is telling the noisy street preacher that he wants him to tell the angels that Dean is there. Cas, being an angel, also hears the "prayer" and is able to get to Dean first. ... or maybe the angels are letting Dean swim here since they've got Adam already.
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He takes Dean into an alley and starts beating him up. Releasing all the frustration he has been feeling. Not much spotlight on Cas this season, since he IS a supporting character, but we can trace what Cas has been feeling all season through his various lines - first in Good God Y'All, where he asks Dean for the amulet and shows how disappointed he is in Dean for not being able to stop Sam from opening the cage. We are reminded there that Cas had given up everything for them, believing Dean that it was better for human beings to be able to choose their own destiny. Dean giving in to Michael and "killing himself" as Sam said, was unacceptable. Dean fully expects Cas to kill him, but he doesn't. He brings him back to Bobby's and now Dean is cuffed to the bed.
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Every time I see this entrance at Bobby's study, I can't help but mouth... you know :)... "Confetti!!! It's a parade!!!"

Cas, hearing about Adam, knows exactly where he is. Cas, Bobby and Sam have a meeting upstairs of what to do now, and the others aren't very happy when Sam makes his suggestion - but I guess they really have no other choice. Sam goes down to put it to Dean.

While that's going on, Adam is having his talk with Zach and is finding out that Zach HAD been lying. He wasn't going to be the vessel for Michael. Michael needed Dean. Adam was just "a clammy scrap of bait."

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ZACHARIAH:Hey, how do you think I feel? I’m the one that’s got to put up with that dumb, slack-jawed look on your face. Kid, we didn’t have a choice. The Winchesters got one blind spot, and it’s family. See, Sam and Dean, they’re gonna put aside their differences and they're gonna come get you, and that is gonna put Dean right…here…Right where I need him. This is the night, kid! Our night. Michael’s seen it. The tumblers finally click into place, and it’s all because of you. And me. But who’s keeping score?

OK, here Zach says, "Michael's seen it." And this is my image of that as I've tried to explain in The End. I don't know how - maybe it's in an alternative universe or maybe it's the real future, but the angels can actually see what kind of future would come from the situation at a certain time. And right at that moment, Dean has already decided to say yes. Sam has already decided to bring Dean along. Michael can SEE that he will get his vessel according to the "destiny" that the angels have been creating and setting up since long before Sam and Dean were born. Because that is what destiny is in SPN. It's something that is created by somebody, which means that it can be changed. The powers that be who are creating the destiny are strong. They have set it up so that whatever choices people make, they will always end up "HERE" as Lucifer says in The End. But the little things that are not included in the calculations can make all the difference. In The Monster at the End of This Book, it was Chuck being at the scene that changed things considerably. Now, it could also be true that Michael also SAW what would happen if Dean changed his mind AFTER he said yes, or he decided to make a spur of the moment decision to tackle Adam because if he didn't get his vessel at that particular time, none of the other stuff would come into play either. We will never know, but it is interesting to think about aye? I remember The Song Remains the Same and how Michael didn't try to force Dean back then when he could have, easily. Instead he waited, which may indicate that the timing had to be perfect. (I love that kind of stuff, and there is so much mystery to this episode!)

Anyway, Adam tries to stop this from happening. We can tell that he does have morals and maybe has some feelings for Sam and Dean after all. Zach does his thing and Adam starts spitting blood.

Sam is with Dean, putting it to him straight.

DEAN:Ah, so the usual. What are you going to do?
SAM:For starters…I’m bringing you with.
DEAN:Excuse me?
SAM:There are too many of them. We can’t do it alone. And uh, you’re pretty much the only game in town.
DEAN:Isn’t that a bad idea?
SAM:Cas and Bobby think so. I’m not so sure.

DEAN:Well, they’re right. Because either it’s a trap to get me there to make me say yes, or it’s not a trap and I’m gonna say yes anyway. And I will. I’ll do it. Fair warning.
SAM:No, you won’t. When push shoves, you’ll make the right call.
DEAN:You know, if tables were turned…I’d let you rot in here. Hell, I have let you rot in here.
SAM:Yeah, well…I guess I’m not that smart.
DEAN:I—I don’t get it. Sam, why are you doing this?
SAM:Because… you’re still my big brother.

Sam's basically saying, I KNOW YOU. You've always had my back no matter what. And that hasn't changed because YOU'RE STILL MY BIG BROTHER.

So they go to Van Nuys California where the warehouse containing the little old office set up to look like a a beautiful room ... like a holodeck? or is it a different dimension? :D Cas tells them he will have to go in and deal with the five angels first before they go in and sarcastically tells Dean that he doesn't mind because he doesn't want to watch Dean fail again anyway.

CASTIEL:Because there are at least five angels in there.
DEAN:So? You’re fast.
CASTIEL:They’re faster.
CASTIEL:I’ll clear them out. You two grab the boy. This is our only chance.
DEAN:Whoa, wait. You’re gonna take on five angels?
DEAN:Isn’t that suicide?

CASTIEL:Maybe it is. But then I won’t have to watch you fail. I’m sorry, Dean. I don’t have the same faith in you that Sam does.
This is a weird conversation, because Dean first thinks that Cas can take on 5 angels no problem, then secondly says it's suicide. But anyway, Cas takes out the paper cutter and I always wonder who cut that sigil on Cas. Did Cas do it himself? Sam? Dean?? That would have been an interesting addition to the story :P Interesting that Just as Dean gave up on Sam, so Cas gave up on Dean. I don't know, but those words I think really affected Dean in an interesting way. Maybe he saw just how incredible Sam's faith in him was, maybe he saw the similarities in what he said to Sam, I don't know. But his expression is surprised and hurt, and a bit thoughtful.

Cas goes in and blows all the angels away with him except one he leaves dead on the floor. Dean comes him on his own - I guess Sam went in before him to go the back way - and peeks into the room. He sees Adam on the floor, blood dripping from his mouth and rushes over.

DEAN:Adam, hey. Hey.
ADAM:You came for me.
DEAN:Yeah, well, you’re family.
ADAM:Dean, it’s a trap.
DEAN:I figured.

Adam's surprised, maybe, when he sees Dean... and his understanding as soon as Dean says he's family. I don't know about you but if I was Adam I'd be glad to be family with Dean at this point. He tells Dean right away that it's a trap.

(I love Dean's face there. <3)
Zach appears asking if Dean thought it would be that easy, Dean says, did you? And Sam attacks Zach from behind, but Zach's ready, of course. He flings Sam away and starts bleeding Adam and Sam both for the last touch. I'm reminded of The Song Remains the Same. What would Dean do if he could save his family? He of course says yes.

ZACHARIAH:I mean, I thought I was downsized for sure. And for us, a firing...pretty damn literal. But I should have trusted the boss man. It's all playing out like he said...You, me, your hemorrhaging brothers.
ZACHARIAH:You're finally ready, right? You know there's no other choice. There’s never been a choice.
DEAN:Stop it. Stop it right now!
ZACHARIAH:In exchange for what?
DEAN:Damn it, Zachariah. Stop it, please. I’ll do it.
ZACHARIAH:I’m sorry. What was that?
DEAN:Okay, yes. The answer is yes.

It takes some more convincing for Zach to believe him, but he finally turns around to call Michael (Why he turns around, I'm not sure. Never take your eyes off your prey Zach...) and when he does, Dean looks at Sam... and then he smiles and winks. And Sam's face changes from hurt to question mark :DDD I decided to put these in TUMBLR style - vertically.

Then Dean gives his conditions:

DEAN:The few people whose safety you have to guarantee before I say yes.
ZACHARIAH:Sure, fine. Make a list.
DEAN:But most of all…Michael can’t have me until he disintegrates you.
ZACHARIAH:What did you say?
DEAN:I said…before Michael gets one piece of this sweet ass…he has to turn you into a piece of charcoal.
ZACHARIAH:You really think Michael’s gonna go for that?
DEAN:Who’s more important to him now? You…or me?
ZACHARIAH:You listen to me. You are nothing but a maggot inside a worm’s ass. Do you know who I am…after I deliver you to Michael?
ZACHARIAH:Michael’s not gonna kill me.
DEAN:Maybe not. But I am.

(I love the change in expressions here!!)
You know, I do think Dean was right. If push came to shove, Michael would have killed Zach for Dean to be his vessel. He was expendable. But that wasn't the point of this conversation. Dean wants to get Zach riled up so he can get close enough to kill him. So here is another mystery. How did he get the angel sword? Did he have one when he came in? or did he pick up the one Sam had tried to use on Zach in the beginning? Finally Dean makes good on his promise of It's a Terrible Life : Angel or not, I will stab you in your face.

He rushes over to Sam to pick him up, calls at Adam to see if he can walk, and Adam says yes, he can. Dean thinks Adam is right behind him but he's a bit slow and Dean and Sam are through the door when Adam gets to it. The door slams shut and Adam is locked inside as Michael descends.

ADAM:Dean, help! Dean!
DEAN:Hold on! We’ll get you out. Just hold on. Adam! Can you hear me?!

Dean tries to get in, but the handle is too hot. We see Adam turn around to face the light. and then, suddenly the light vanishes and Sam and Dean are left all alone in the empty warehouse. Dean opens the door to find the old worn down office he saw on the outside.

I never thought of this before, but the fact that Michael uses Adam would mean that Adam said yes to Michael - wouldn't it? I don't think Dean's "yes" would translate to Adam. I wonder how Michael convinced Adam. He sure has some mean skills. But it also reminds me of The Song Remains the Same where Michael gets John to say yes, and also Lucifer Rising where Lucifer comes up the same way Michael comes down in this episode.

As they drive away, Sam asks if Dean thinks Adam is alright.

DEAN:Doubt it. Cas either. But we’ll get ‘em.
DEAN:“So” what?
SAM:I saw your eyes. You were totally rockin’ the “yes” back there. So, what changed your mind?

DEAN:Honestly? The damnedest thing. I mean, the world’s ending. The walls are coming down on us, and I look over to you and all I can think about is, “this stupid son of a bitch brought me here.” I just didn’t want to let you down.
SAM:You didn’t. You almost did. But you didn’t.
DEAN:I owe you an apology.
SAM:No, man. No, you don't.
DEAN:Just...let me say this. I don't know if it's being a big brother or what, but to me, you've always been this snot-nosed kid that I've had to keep on the straight and narrow. I think we both know that that's not you anymore.

DEAN: I mean, hell, if you're grown-up enough to find faith in me…the least I can do is return the favor. So screw destiny, right in the face. I say we take the fight to them, and do it our way.
SAM:Sounds good.

And Sam smiles.

That is the best ending EVER.

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