Supernatural Rewatch Recap – Season 4 – Episode 16 – On the Head of a Pin

Jensen Ackles, Dean Winchester, Alastair, SupernaturalSupernatural – Season 4 – Episode 16

On the Head of a Pin

Important Moments:

In addition to Sam’s psychic power and the demon exorcising ability, he apparently now enjoys drinking blood. Sam drinking Ruby’s blood is the creepiest scene ever, where it looks like a mother feeding her child. WTF, right?

Anna shows up and tries to convince Castiel that his orders aren’t from god and that what he’s having Dean do is wrong, not righteous. Jensen Ackles, Dean Winchester, Alastair, Supernatural
Alastair reveals to Dean that he broke the first seal.

Notable Plot Moments:

The episode opens with Castiel at the scene of a major car crash, where a woman is dead on the street with some sort of neck wound. The camera pans around and we see she is in the exact same pose that Mary Winchester was in when she was burning on the ceiling. The woman on the road is wearing a white dress, while Mary was wearing a white nightgown. The scene is very similar, and Castiel says, “Goodbye sister.”

Anna shows up where Dean is “interrogating” Alastair. Right before she does, some water valves turn and water drips on the chalk that forms the devil’s trap, starting to break it.
Jensen Ackles, Dean Winchester, Alastair, Supernatural
This allows Alastair to get the drop on Dean and beat him. He tries to strangle him, but Castiel walks in and stops him. Alastair is then in the process of sending Castiel back to heaven when Sam walks in and tortures Alasair with his powers and then kills him in front of Castiel.

Jensen Ackles, Dean Winchester, Jared Padalecki, Sam Winchester, SupernaturalCastiel shows up at the hospital where Sam demands he heal Dean. Sam tells him the whole thing was pointless because demons aren’t the ones killing angels. Castiel posits that Alastair may have been lying, but Sam is certain that he wasn’t. Hmmm…camera cuts to Uriel.
Misha Collins, Castiel, SupernaturalUriel, Supernatural
Uriel is the one who has been killing the angels, though according to him, only the ones who said no. Uriel asks Castiel to join him in raising Lucifer to bring about the apocalypse. Castiel declines with his fist and they fight, and it looks bad for Castiel when Uriel is suddenly stabbed in the neck by Anna.

Character Development:

This is the first episode where Dean calls Castiel ‘Cas’. They also begin to form a friendship when Uriel is so uncaring about asking Dean to talk to Alastair and Castiel has sympathy and feels badly about it. Later, Castiel turns to Anna for help because he doesn’t know what to do with his feelings, and she tells him to think for himself. This is where Castiel takes his first step as his own person, or angel, as it were.

Dean does go in to talk to Alastair, and it’s clear he hits a nerve, first calling Dean out for being afraid to torture him, and then by bringing up the fact that he tortured John in Hell.

When Ruby shows up, Sam tells her that Dean can’t get the information from Alastair because he isn’t strong enough, “he isn’t what he used to be”. Sam really does believe the things he said two episodes ago about Dean being weak, and maybe even about Dean holding him back.

State of the Week:


Best Lines:

“Cas, you remember her? You burned her eyes out! Good times!” – Dean

“Well, get some doughnuts while you’re out.” – Dean

“You guys don’t walk enough. You’re gonna get flabby.” – Dean

“Uriel is the funniest angel in the garrison. Ask anyone.” – Castiel

“You’ll spill your guts, one way or another. I just didn’t want to ruin my shoes.” – Dean

“No demon can overpower that trap. I made it myself.” – Castiel

“It’s not blame that falls on you, Dean. It’s fate. And the righteous man who begins it is the only one who can finish it. You have to stop it.” – Castiel
“Lucifer, the apocalypse. What does that mean?” – Dean

Jensen Ackles, Dean Winchester, Alastair, Supernatural
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