This episode picks up right where the last one left off. Sam and Dean refuse to hand over Anna, and Uriel attacks Ruby. Dean surprisingly comes to her defense and he’s getting beaten by Uriel while Sam is magically knocked out by Castiel. Suddenly, light flashes and both Castiel and Uriel are just gone. They go in to check on Anna and find her covered in blood. She used her own blood to draw a symbol on the mirror. The symbol, which Anna says just popped into her head, is what made the angels leave.
Dean brings Ruby to Bobby’s safe room. Anna says the angels are quiet, which is troubling to Dean. Sam digs around and finds that Anna said her father wasn’t her real father and that her real father was angry at her. Anna comes in the room and tells them to ask her to her face, so they do, but she doesn’t know what the angels meant when they said she was guilty.
Dean brings Pamela, the psychic that Castiel made blind, to help Anna. She hypnotizes Anna, who loses it and blows up all the lights, but when she wakes up, she remembers who she is. She’s an angel.
Anna explains that she ripped out her grace, and literally fell to Earth, becoming human. If she can find her grace, she can become an angel again. Sam shows them a comet that hit in 1983. Sam finds a field in Kentucky that had a giant tree that looks over a hundred years old show up almost overnight. Anna says the grace is pure creation, not destruction.
They drive to the tree with some angel and demon in the backseat jokes, where Anna says that the grace is gone, that someone took it.
Anna hears the angels giving Dean a message that if he doesn’t give them Anna, he will be sent back to Hell. He and Anna spend the night together, and then Uriel shows up for Anna, but since they’re cloaked, he only shows up in Dean’s dream.
Meanwhile, Ruby tried to make a deal with Alastair to let her and the Winchesters go in exchange for Anna, but it goes badly and Alastair tortures her instead. Ruby then agrees to show Alastair where Anna is.
Castiel and Uriel show up and it turns out that Dean was the one to give them up because Uriel told him he had to choose between giving up Anna or killing Sam. Before they can take Anna, Ruby shows up with Alastair and some random demons. The angels and demons start fighting and Anna is able to grab her grace from Uriel, who is wearing it around his neck. After all the angels disappear, it turns out that the whole thing, betrayals included, was a plan orchestrated by Sam.
Dean finally reveals what happened to him in Hell. He tells Sam that time is different there, and he was in Hell for more like 40 years. First, he was tortured until he couldn’t take it any more and then he became the torturer, which is what is causing him so much pain and guilt.
Story & Character Analysis:
While I wouldn’t go so far as to say that Dean likes Ruby, in this episode he starts to warm up to her a little. He becomes a little less outright hostile.
Dean has a conversation with Anna that shows a lot of what he is thinking. He doesn’t understand why an angel would want to be human, describing people as “miserable bastards”. A few episode ago, he was feeling like he had a new lease on life, but the involvement with the angels has changed his outlook back to the negative again. When Dean tells Anna that he relates to her issues with her father, it’s another look at Dean’s feelings towards John. Even though he was the “good” son, he wasn’t happy with their relationship being just that, not equals.
I’ve noticed that Dean treats people differently when they are the victims versus those in the know about everything supernatural. It was especially apparent in this episode, in the way Dean treated Anna when she was just a crazy girl with freaky powers, and then the different way he treated her after finding out she was an angel. He then treated her like an equal, rather than like someone that has to be taken care of, and he seems to respect her, and with the dearth of female characters on this show, it seems worth pointing out.
This episode continues the theme of Dean aligning with good while Sam leans towards evil as Dean sleeps with Anna. Now, one brother is sleeping with a demon and the other is sleeping with an angel. At the same time, Dean finally lets Sam in, and tells him about his time in Hell.
Sam and Dean share beers as they do their episodic wrap up.
Notable Guest Stars:
Genevieve Cortese Padalecki is back as Ruby.
Pop Culture References:
Angels In the Outfield, Power Rangers, Touched By An Angel, Godzilla
“Sorry, get yourself another one. Try J-Date.” – Dean
“Anna may have sent the angels to the outfield, but sooner or later, they’re going to be back.” – Dean
“Iron walls, drenched in salt. Demons can’t even touch the joint.” – Dean
“Which I find racist, by the way.” – Ruby
“Write your Congressman.” – Dean
“So, what, you’re just gonna take some divine bong hit, and sham, you’re Roma Downey?” – Dean
“An angel and a demon riding it the back seat. It’s like the set up to a bad joke.” – Dean
“How dare you come in this room, you pushing sore.” – Uriel
“Sorry I was late with the demon delivery. I was only being tortured.” – Ruby
Castiel & Uriel
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