Season 10: After only two episodes of Deanmon (disappointed, but relieved) and all the stresses of The Mark, the writers of Supernatural kept us entertained by ensuring that they rewarded us for our true fanhood by spending time on the fans ("Fan Fiction" episode), then they gave us our usual specially comedic episode ("Ask Jeeves"). Then they drew a well-balanced, but fine line by satisfying many watchers with episodes that true Supernatural fans are keen on: episodes in which our Boys did their hunting jobs and spent the odd minute providing us with broments and humor. Before we could become complacent, and the action-suspense-loving-Supernatural fans could complain, the writers and producers mixed The Family Business episodes with ones that kept us enthralled and beWinchestered and counting the hours till the next episode. "Inside Man" was one of these.
From the very first second that we see Bobby, I knew it was going to be a good episode. So happy that they found a way to write him back into the story, have him remain himself, and stay dead. I love him, but only the Boys and Castiel should ever be able to come back. It’s so good to see Bobby in his element, true to himself. Happy. Always willing to help the Boys. And surly, always surly. I was, subconsciously waiting for him to say “Balls!” and when he did I was overwhelmed with love for all things Supernatural anew! The whole Supernatural cast, crew, writers (TEAM!!) understands the needs of their fans!
On the other hand, upon seeing Metatron I didn’t know if I wanted to puke a little because I hate him so much for killing Dean, or whether I am delighted because I know that this episode is going to take us somewhere in the story line towards the finale. (It helps a LOT that I know that the Finale has the comfort of a season Eleven to follow it).
Rowena. I don’t know if I admire or hate the woman. She tells Crowley how it is; she is dishonest and manipulative, but always true to herself. I must commend the producers on always picking their actors and actresses well. Ruth Connell is another star in the Supernatural heaven of good-looking, incredibly talented actors and actresses. When she paints her body and Crowley walks in unannounced, their relationship takes on a real mother-and-son feel. Crowley kills me when he says that he has been to hell, thank you, when seeing his mother almost naked. During their conversation and later interchanges, Crowley regains his stature and badass energy. Rowena is her scheming, devious self, taking pleasure in manipulating and being called the queen mother and evil skank.
When Dean, in a dream state calls out for Sam, it’s heartwarming to see how Sam, already having proved his willingness to help Dean at all costs, runs to Dean’s aid, as much as he has been more than willing to do this whole season, redeeming himself, after he caused Dean and us so much pain in season nine.
Dean’s nightmare is the dream of many a fan girl… we are ready to run to his aid too, to assist and calm and nurture him. Thank you, producers for understanding how much we need to see of these guys. That wine-red shirt of Dean’s spells trouble. Last time he wore it, he was still a demon. Implying something, Producers? We share an early broment between the Boys…Sam geeking about a ‘movie’ he intends to see, Dean being not interested, and Sam ordering Dean to stay out of his room, which Dean has no intention of doing. He messes up Sam’s room, much to our delight.
Dean’s fun continues with him eating his usual load, being witty with the bartender and hustling college kids who fall for his calm tricks and charm too easily. But we don’t blame them. It creeped us out and hurt our hearts with both sides of Dean: the boyish hustler with the black eyes, the hunter that has to defend himself against an attack, but who has a conscience. Even Rowena knows Dean’s a good guy, a hero. Even though Rowena uses Dean’s compassion for the innocent to her ‘advantage’, Crowley knows his friend for too long and trusts Dean more than his own mother. Yay for Crowley – he’s back!
Sam meets up with Cas! Hooray! True to himself and their friendship Cas’ first question is "Where's Dean?". Always willing to help, Castiel agrees to Sam’s plan, against his better judgement. It is nice to ‘see’ Hannah again, and ‘hear’ her typical concern. Their plan B for getting to Metatron is to go through Bobby. Castiel has learned well from Dean: ready to break down doors. I love that Castiel being an angel creeps out the psychic, Pryce. His comments about Sam the Hippie and Bobby the Hobbit really relieves the moment.
All the unexpected bits sent this episode over the extraordinary edge. Humour when we don’t expect it, Sam shooting Metatron, Crowley sending his mother packing, Rowena’s threat, Bobby’s letter…I honestly can’t wait for episode 18. No more hiatus, ever, please!!
PS: did anyone hear Metatron tell them that Lucifer may be able to get rid of the mark?
They could have called this episode "The Perfect One" because it was perfect. We had our Boys at their best, it had almost all of our favorite characters: The Boys, Bobby, Castiel and Crowley – all true to their personalities, working together, being heroic, concerned about Dean. The honest conversations between Bobby and Sam, Bobby and Cas, Asstiel and Metatron, Dean and Crowley are heartwarming, tear-jerking, and does not only give this episode it’s triumphs, but is also reminiscent of precious moments in the past as well us providing us with the direction of the last six episodes still to come.
We’re in for a ride, but with the Winchester Boys, you always are!