Supernatural 9.01 – I Think I’m Going to Like it Here

I Think I'm Gonna Like it Here

Throw a party, toss off your grumpiness; hellatus is over and season 9 is here.

We open the episode with Sam and Dean cruising in the Impala discussing rain of angels. Sam is ready to deal with it, Dean is gruff and distant. Okay, so it’s a kinda depressing party.

You really are back Supernatural!

Sam can’t handle Dean’s attitude and asks him what his major malfunction is. Dean lays it out; he’s not sure how or why but Sam died back at that church. Sam scoffs. Because that’s what you do when you’ve died a bunch of times, you scoff at the very notion of it.

Turns out we’re not actually in the Impala. We’re in Sam’s head while Sam’s body is tucked into a hospital bed, red-rim eyed brother watching over him and watching the news about this mysterious global meteor shower. The doctor breaks down Sam’s ailments for Dean, basically all of Sam’s circuits are fried and his body is in a protective coma. The doctor lets Dean know that there’s no pill or potion that will fix this; Sam is steamed broccoli. And Dean is angry, hurt, lost and PISSED.

The doc tells Dean that this is in God’s hands now. Spoiler alert doc: God went on a hunting trip and he hasn’t been back for a few years. Thankfully, hospitals have chapels and Dean has an angel on speed dial, so Dean does what he does best; he prays to Castiel to fix Sam.

Except we know what Dean doesn’t, that Castiel’s angel smoke is hanging out in a little vial on Metatron’s desk. Dean waits about four seconds for Castiel to grace him with his presence before sending out an open call audition for any angel willing to help. First one to the hospital gets an IOU from Dean Winchester himself. We see several angels perk up their ears and race to the rescue. I really hope the hot drifter angel gets there first. Amazingly, no one else in the chapel finds it odd that the angry dude with the swallowed glass voice is praying with self-appointed priority.

Back in Sam’s head Dean is trying to soothe Sam’s worries. I mean, it’s just death, it’s not like they’re dealing with anything permanent. Sam is being stubborn so Dean lets him in on a little secret, the reason he knows all this is true is because they are the Eggman and the Walrus. It’s the Drinker’s Paradox Theorem. Dean assures Sam that he’s working on a way to fix this.

If this Dean is Sam and Sam!Sam is projecting that Sam!Dean is looking for a way to get him better, does that mean that Sam subconsciously knows that Dean!Dean will always try to find a way? And that all the fight and strength Sam has within himself he manifests as Dean because he sees Dean as their strength? I’m gonna go with yes and count that as a checkmark in the “Sam’s unwaveringly faith in Dean” category. Unfortunately, Sam is questioning whether or not he should even be fighting at all. Luckily, Bobby pops up out of no-freaking-where and chimes in. Backseat mind driver.

Longmont, Colorado.
Castiel is wandering the mountains with the screeching of angels in his head and nearly gets himself run over. He marvels at the pain of a scraped palm as if he’s never been in pain before. The guy that almost pancaked him offers him a lift and Castiel gratefully takes it considering his wings have been clipped. The man is clearly thinking this guy is a few bottles short of stocked bar, but is feeling like a Good Samaritan nonetheless. When he drops Castiel off in town he offers him some money for the phone and maybe a sandwich. Castiel insists that he doesn’t eat, but the guy convinces him that being delusional works up an appetite so Castiel takes the charity gracefully. Bummer that he doesn’t notice the chick in the truck clocking his every move, he’s too busy threatening a biker twice his size for phone rights. The biker almost finds it adorable when Cas two-finger salutes him on the forehead. Cas is going in for the sleeper tap, but all he gets is fritzed out reception. As he walks away perplexed the girl from before introduces herself. She’s Hael and she’s not sure if she’s angel or not, but what she is sure of is that he is Castiel.

Back in Sam’s head Sam!Dean is arguing with Sam!Bobby about the logic of not fighting for his life, Sam!Sam says that it’s not that he wants to die, he just wonders if it’s his time, Sam!Dean tells Sam!Sam to shut up and then snarks at Sam!Bobby for the hell rescue, but Sam!Bobby reminds Sam!Dean that it was Sam!Sam who finagled that jailbreak. Frankly, as much as I loved John Winchester, I’m relieved that we didn’t have to deal with Sam!John in Sam!Sam’s head.

Sam!Bobby reminds Sam!WinchesterBrothers that they always do stupid shit like selling their souls, Sam!Dean is like, “darn tootin’ we do and I’mma do it again”, Sam!Bobby is all, “idjits”, and Sam!Sam is like, “SHUT UP I CAN’T HEAR MYSELF THINK”… but, um, this entire conversation is you thinking to yourself Sam!Sam, so maybe you should just hear you out a bit because you actually have valid points on both sides. Sam!Dean and Sam!Bobby continue to argue so Sam!Bobby teleports himself and Sam!Sam out of the Impala and into some very peaceful woods.

In the hospital room, Dean waits for his port in a storm to show up but all he gets is the resident grief counselor there to walk him through the inevitable. Inevitable? You keep using that word lady. The Winchesters don’t think it means what you think it means. She’s trying to tell Dean that science trumps faith unless Dean has angels on call. It occurs to Dean, since neither Castiel nor any winged jerkfaces have shown up to help him that his name might not mean what he thinks it means in heaven. He does, however, have the King of Hell in his trunk and that’s gotta be almost as good if not better. The grief counselor is really, REALLY, hoping that Dean is speaking in poetic metaphors. She’s got a lot to learn. Dean’s playing once for yes/twice for no with Crowley, because Dean may be desperate, but he’s not dumb enough to pop that trunk when he suddenly finds his jugular on the business end of an angel blade.

Seriously, when it comes to suffering Dean is right up there with Elizabeth Taylor.

Hot drifter angel is just in time to save Dean’s trachea from being turned inside out by reasoning with stuffy suit angel, but stuffy suit angel is a douche and opts to throw blows. And so we watch two angels fight like drunken frat boys. Dean saves hot drifter angel by knifing stuffy suit angel to death.

Where do fallen angels go when they die?

Anyway, hot drifter angel tells Dean he heard his prayer and was there to help. Then he promptly passed out and awoke in a ring of holy fire. Dean Winchester ain’t no fool. Hot drifter angel claims he’s in it for the right reasons. He also says he’s weak and hurt.

I smell a compromise brewing.

Sam!Sam and Sam!Bobby are discussing the idea of fighting what you can’t punch. What’s the point in right-hooking when you’re shadowboxing? Sam!Sam is using Sam!Bobby to finally admit that he’s done a heap of good and maybe he earned the rest death will provide.

Dean and hot drifter angel are sussing out the potential of their partnership when the negotiation are interrupted by Dean’s phone ringing. I’ve always wondered why Castiel even has Dean’s phone number. This is like, what; the third time he calls him? Assuming Dean even has the same phone number each time. Why would an angel even need that information? Let alone retain it?

Anyway, first thing Cas tells Dean is that Metatron tricked him (I guessing this was to preempt any lectures that Dean may give. Because Dean does that. He lectures.), he also tells Dean that Metatron took his grace away, but that he’s still got a mission, he’s going to help the angels he screwed out of a home. Dean is not on board, he thinks that helping angels is the common denominator issue in Castiel’s life. I’m confused again, why shouldn’t Castiel want to help angels and heaven? They are his brethren and that is his home. Dean insists that Castiel needs to take care of himself because he’s human and squashable. Castiel reiterates that he’s fine; he’s still not even hungry. The back and forth is cut short by an angel earthquake at the hospital. This is what happens when DEAN WINCHESTER prays.

Ezekiel (that’s hot drifter angel’s name, Castiel said he’s a homie, so for now let’s just trust him) tells Dean they gotta bail, but Dean’s not risking Sam so he grabs the nearest sharpie and starts angel-proofing the room. Zeke is kinda impressed. Dean leaves Zeke with strict instructions to take care of Sam above all and ventures out into the exploding hospital halls. Turns out the grief counselor is an angel, the dick kind. She and John Deere want to know where Castiel is. So not a priority guys. They threaten Sam (hello priority!) and beat Dean up, as if any of that will help their cause.

Over in Colorado, Hael is trying to convince Castiel to take her with him. He gently tells her he doesn’t want her tagging along to hang out with his cool friend, she might not fit in, y’know? Hael doesn’t accept being left out of the clique and whacks Castiel over the head with a two-by-four. A little extreme, but she’s young and impetuous. She kidnaps his unconscious form and when he comes to she tells him she needs him. It’s all a bit Misery, if you ask me. Her vessel is pulling a Nick-as-Lucifer, but she figures if she and Cas merge her problems are solved.

Sam!Sam and Sam!Bobby reach an understanding… just as Sam!Dean stabs Sam!Bobby in the back. Now both Winchesters have stabbed and killed a not!Bobby, even stevens. Sam!Dean bullies Sam into fighting, he also mentions a house and the he and himself both know what awaits, but Sam!Sam is resigned. With a pat on the check he disappers Sam!Dean into vapor and faces the house. Inside the house with the wagon wheel chandelier (everybody thinks they have good taste and a sense of humor but they couldn’t possibly all have good taste) is Death in the Sam!brain flesh. He’s been waiting for Sam for like 7 seasons now.

Dean manages to covertly draw an angel-go-home sigil in his own blood, but briefly wonders aloud where the angels will go if the gate home is locked and bolted. No time to worry about that, they’re gone and Dean can get back to Sam. Unfortunately, Sam’s machinery is going berserk and Ezekiel is too weak from the injuries and the sigils to be of any freaking help at all. Unless…

No, no Dean would not want that.

I mean, there is ONE thing…

But no! Sam wouldn’t allow it either.

He’ll just leave you here, Dean, to say your good-byes.

Pffft! As if Dean’s gonna hack even one moment of dealing with that potential reality. Nope. Nope. Nope.

To drive the point home, Zeke gives Dean a peek into Sam’s head. Sam and Death are having a mutual admiration society meeting, wherein Death gives Sam his props and Sam requests that if and when he goes willingly with Death that Dean has to abide by the rule #2.04: what’s dead should stay dead. Piece of cake, upside down. Except Dean’s not having it. Ezekiel proposes that he inhabit Sam and heals Sam from within while healing himself. It’s a bum deal, but Dean takes it.

I really hope Zeke heals Dean’s face before he gets him peanut butter in Sam’s jelly.

Meanwhile, Castiel forms a completely dangerous plan to get away from Hael. He buckles up for safety then Jesus-takes-the-wheel right into some cement blocks. Hael’s vessel is flung from the car; as she sits there, broken and paralyzed she pleads with Castiel to let her into his vessel. He declines, obviously. She turns vicious again, swears she will tell every angel where to find him. So he stabs her with the angel blade. His first kill as a human. Sam and Dean would be so proud.

Sam and Death are preparing for Sam’s last breath when Dean shows up to wrench up the works. Sam doesn’t want to fight, not for his life, not with Dean, not at all. Dean begs Sam and tells Death that it’s not Sam’s time. Instead of laughing in Dean’s face Death says that decision is up to Sam. Dean reminds Sam that they just got brother betrothed in that church and here’s Sam cutting right to the death do us part section of the bargain. Death is like, “oh balls! These Winchesters keep leading me to water, but never let me reap. And no one even brought me any snacks this time.”

Sam accepts Dean’s plea, but just as he does Dean clasps his hand on his shoulder and turns into Ezekiel, much to Sam’s surprise. Now Zeke’s hot drifter vessel is confused on a hospital bed and Dean is walking around with an angel that’s wearing his brother. Zeke!Sam informs Dean that they cannot tell Sam what Dean did because Sam has the power to boot Ezekiel out and if he does that then Sam will die. If you had “ONE BROTHER KEEPS A SECRET FROM THE OTHER” on your bingo sheet, mark that square.

Castiel, now unable to angelically Tide his clothes to perfection heads to the nearest Laundromat. He strips down to his skivvies and we find out that he chose his vessel very wisely. Sadly, as he’s about to start his cycle he spies a vending machine. Clean clothes or sustenance, it’s a tough call. He chooses the allure of processed food and bottle water behind glass, steals some clothing and wanders into the night.

The episode ends the way it began; Sam and Dean in the Impala. The episode ends just like the Pilot did.

We got work to do.

What did you think of the season 9 premiere? Yay? Nay? Meh? Discuss!

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  • monsterattheend

    Yay. Definite yay. Also also big Yayayayay that you’re back. And you’re soooo back, I snorted my way through that, nodding all the while. My only heckle is I thought the cheesy background muzac overpowered the action a few times, ESPECIALLY when Dean was in the chapel. I couldn’t concentrate on the big brother angst and OPT, I keep being pulled out to wonder ‘WTF with this crappy music??’ Oh and I think imma adore Cas this season, I liked him before but he wasn’t at the top of my ‘whoo hoo!’ list. And lastly….BOBBBBBYYYYYY!!! He was kinda wasted in this ep but I love him and want him back.

    • I agree, the musical (muzacal?) choices were side-eye worthy, but overall I thought the ep was tight and cohesive.

  • Suzanne

    Amazingly, no one else in the chapel finds it odd that the angry dude with the swallowed glass voice is praying with self-appointed priority. That’s what I said! Although as often as Erica Kane has railed at the heavens in various hospital chapels, perhaps people have come to expect it, kinda like you expect beach balls in sports stadiums.

    Seriously, when it comes to suffering Dean is right up there with Elizabeth Taylor. Does it weird you out to know that there’s a Sue!Vinnie in YOUR head? I wonder what purpose I serve? I’m probably the taco neuron.

    OMG this episode. I loved all of it. I mean, it had Tahmoh in it. See why I loved BSG? Now you get the allure? Castiel’s vessel’s will DEFINITELY not lead to cancellation, so yay, paycheck for Misha.

    Where do angel-sworded angels go now that heaven is locked? Purgatory? I mean, I really want to know this. How awesome was Jared as Ezekiel!Sam? I have other thoughts…I can’t discuss it here. *makes finger phone symbol*

    • Percysowner

      Where do angel-sworded angels go now that heaven is locked? Purgatory? I mean, I really want to know this.

      Well when Cas was running low on Grace in season five, and they weren’t letting him into heaven, he ended up on a fishing boat, so middle of the Atlantic ocean maybe?

    • You know it’s true, everything I do, I do it for you.

  • dreamsofspike

    That whole episode left me a wreck… kind of in shock over the whole Dean storyline and the choice he made… really, really not cool :/ Totally undid everything he said to Sam in that church about trusting him and all… took away Sam’s choice entirely… it kind of reminds me of Buffy’s friends pulling her out of heaven… Dean just managed to do it pre-emptively :(

    And Cas!! Cas’s story this season has me most interested… all the things that are completely new to him, that he won’t have a clue how to do, that are so basic for ordinary humans… his story in general just kind of breaks my heart… it’s like he can’t catch a break, like EVER :/ He needs all the hugs :(

    • I’m not in shock because it’s what Dean does, he makes selfish decisions. It’s his main character flaw and I love him for it.

      I’m so invested in Castiel’s storyline this year. So much to explore.

  • Brit

    Oh, my God, /Vin/. I’m sitting in my office just /laughing/. Thanks for your hilarious re-cap and insights!

    I absolutely /loved/ the premiere – such a strong opening for a show that’s starting it’s /ninth/ season.

    Honestly, I can’t even think about what I loved more. There was so much good stuff, between Dean fighting to save Sam’s life (hey, what’s new? One brother’s always gunnin’ for the other) and Castiel struggling to deal with his newfound humanity.

    I am so excited for the Ezekiel!Sam stuff – as we saw in the preview for next week. I’m pretty sure I clapped my hands. Jared knows how to bring it. In his Meet and Greet at Van Con, he was teasing us about all this awesome stuff he couldn’t tell us about. But one of the things he said was that we weren’t necessarily going to be seeing only one version of Sam this season. I guess that’s what he was referring to. SO AWESOME.

    Also, call me crazy, but I can’t wait to see this secret (of Ezekiel possessing Sam) blow up in everyone’s faces. SO EXCITED.

    Another moment I loved in the episode was the scene where Castiel had to choose between clean clothes or food/water. It was so…human. Because this is a choice that a lot of people have to make every day. /Loved/ it.

    Anyway – thanks for sharing your thoughts, Vinnie!

    Cannot WAIT for next week!

    :)

    • Brit. BRIT. I mean, this EPISODE. I want to be drunk in Vancouver talking about this episode.

  • Chris

    Oh man, LOVED this ep! The visual cues (the spiraling shot transitioning from the inside of Sam’s head to the hospital room is one of my favorites)!

    Sam learned the “what’s dead should stay dead” lesson best (Dean may have just been looking for a distraction wayyyy back in season 2).

    Jensen may get all the cool time traveling/costume parts, but Jared gets the interesting character shifts.

    There is a theory floating around Tumblr that “The End”s 2014 is inevitable and this is where the timeline vears in that direction again. I kind of like it. :)

    • I think Jared is so talented at embodying other people’s portrayal of characters, so I’m super excited to see him shift in and out of Sam and Ezekiel’s personalities.

      Interesting theory. I’ve see a few. I just can’t wrap my head around it because the angels were cast out of heaven, that doesn’t change Lucifer’s caged status. Hmmm…

      • Chris

        *possible spoiler*
        I had thought at the end of the ep. that Ezekiel taking over was going to be a rare occurrence, since he has to heal himself as well. But in the previews for next week it looks like he’s already going to be popping up again? Either way, that shift is going to be fun to watch. :)

        And I didn’t say this before, but thank you for coming back to recap this season! <3

  • Alyson

    “I’m confused again, why shouldn’t Castiel want to help angels and heaven?”

    So this may be a rhetorical question, and if so ignore me. :) I didn’t take it as Dean not wanting Cas to help angels and heaven, but as Dean warning Cas that not all the angels he would want to help are on his side – the majority of them are out for his blood. When he speaks to Dean, Cas has only encountered Hael, and doesn’t know the angels blame him for what happened. Dean has already experienced this first hand at the hospital and is trying to tell him this, especially since Cas is know to not always put his trust in the right people.

    • I mostly used that to be facetious, but a part of me really wonders that. The angels are Castiel’s family and friends, heaven is his home. It makes sense that after all he’s been through, good and bad, his fault or the fault of others, his personal priority would be them. I don’t think Dean gets that because he has his own opinions of angels. I don’t think Dean understands the emotional pull of the angels and heaven for Castiel.

  • Jedaqia

    I love you. You’re awesome. Anyway, the grief counselor was human at first. Remember, Zeke hot drifter said an angel is circling the hospital looking for a vessel? I think she finally found it when she got to the counselor. Her selling strategy would probably “Hey, u know that hot guy with comatose brother expecting an angel? I’m THAT angel. Let me in you and he will repay you with awesome snogging.” Guess that’s how she could possess the counselor so fast. I wouldn’t mind saying yes too.

    And Zeke the hot drifter is inside Sam? There’s a bunch of kinky ideas in my head right now. Let’s start with a shower…

    • What makes me happiest is even inside Sam, Zeke will still be hot drifter angel because Sam is his hot drifter vessel.

  • hlnkid

    Man, these reviews crack me UP! Thanks for the work you put into them. So much fun.

    LOVED the S9 premiere. So much to digest, so many decisions and Dean, what did you do!!!! LOL!

    So excited for this season.

    • Thank YOU for reading! I’m stoked for where this season will take us, so many possibilities.