I gotta say, I was feeling most of this episode of Supernatural again. I'm good with how season (fricking!) nine has started—it's got action, consequences, and OH, the guilt (details, AKA spoilers, after the break). Still understandably a little shy on the funny, but Dean had at least one moment (and all the pop culture refs) that made me have the show-love-feels of all the facets tonight. But Andrew Dabb has a lot of episodes I like on his resume, and he's been going strong since his shaky start with Yellow Fever, and this is a decent additions.

Let's just state up front what I didn't like, and get over it:

Really? Not even pants? GOOD LORD. Also, SHE CAN'T HOLD A GUN FOR SHIT. If you've heard me talk about Black Widow, insert that rant here. Alona Tal was good at this. Felicia Day? Good at this—most of their female gunwielders have been. Olivia Ryan Stern is not. Moving on...

Dean is properly torn up with guilt and a touch tentative with Sam. No one understands his sudden n0-kill stance on Crowley—not Sam, who gets on board quickly enough, or Kevin who has understandably more angst, and has been stopped up panicking for the two days since the angels fell.

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The boys' plan is to torture Crowley with solitude (unfortunately not the Sam-in-stilettos-and-bustier that Fergus requested) until he gives them the names of every demon. They have to protect the world from fallen angels, demons, and the normal monsters. They want an edge. Crowley is highly recovered from his late season eight penitence, however.

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Bang! Boom! And Abaddon's back on the playing field. A demon resurrects the same meatsuit (all hail Alaina Huffman!) and she lays out pretty clear plans to revamp demonhood and take over hell. Who's with her? New vessels for everyone! All aboard!

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She oversees a few demons upgrading to soldier bodies, kidnaps some hunters we've never met before, and lays a trap for the boys who just can't say no.

They put Kevin on task of researching her demise, and then head right on over to her supplied coordinates.

"You know this is a trap, right?" "Yup." "And we're just going to walk right into it?" "Guns blazing. You with me?" "You know it."

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And serenada's stomach does a flippety flop, and that's why I watch the show.

Another reason I watch the show is because Dean's a dork who keeps thinking of his genitals...which at least means he's on the same page as fandom...

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Interesting things we learn from this encounter:

  • the boys are still using the demon trap bullets

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the guys playing soldier vessels know how to hold guns

the new chick hunter learnt about Sam while demons celebrated the freeing of Lucifer by killing her family—she's a little resentful

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the old guy hunter tries to repent for giving up the locations of the other hunters, and then dies

  • Abaddon has the hots for Dean. Let's explore that in a little more detail...

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—yeah, those are some hot hots. Keep on keeping on, Abbie, but please don't strip off his tat and use him as a vessel (what's wrong with your anus, Dean? That's an odd piece of repartee...). She wants Crowley. Meanwhile, back at the bunker...

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Crowley wants out, and he wants Abaddon, and he wants it through the anguished Kevin, telling him what we all want to hear—Linda's ALIVE. Or, is she? Shit. Wait, a more important problem:

—those blacks don't really go well together, Fergus. I'm disappointed. Repentance doesn't cover sins like these.

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How can the boys get out of this? Sam is getting the shit beat out of him by soldier boys, and Dean's being sexually assaulted by a Knight of Hell (I am assuming this isn't the first time he's been sexually...compromised by Hell, and I hope that's not why the butt joke, because oh...)

RIGHT! The reason for the 2 minute previously! Our phantom traveller!

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Okay, so, really cool angelus ex Samuel device, and he goes to pains to cover things up during Sam's "unconsciousness". When Dean comes in (Abaddon flees, wisely, when Dean bluffs that he brought backup—don't leave home without it), Zeke (he's going to call him Zeke) assures him of all sorts of warm fuzzy stuff about both his intentions and Sam's regard for his big brother, and then lets Sam wake up and Dean take credit for the triple demon kill. Sam has the grace to be taken aback by this accomplishment, even though he went mano a mano against the three of them. That's why they're Winchesters. Knowing you're gonna fail isn't a good enough reason not to start.

They panic when they get back to the bunker, but Kevin didn't fall for Crowley's ploy. He beat some more shit out of him, but Crowley's still there, claiming he's giving up 2 demons in return for the fun of fucking with Kevin's head, and...poor Kevin's head is fucked with. He's trying to get out the door to find his mother, but Dean tries to assure him his mother is as good as dead, if she's not already.

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Slick, Winchester! But Dean does successfully convince Kevin that Crowley was wrong, he's not a tool, he's family like Sam, like Cas, and that they'd die for him. Enh, I'd stay too. It's clear he can't shoot for shit, and the bunker is decently well protected. I mean, very convincing speech. All snarkiness aside, it was.

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Dean, always the gracious older bro, pours hard liquor for Sam and sits down to shoot the shit. And

Sam is happy! Despite everything, happy! And also blind, because Jensen plays Dean's guilt subtly, and then he plays it BIG, but Sam keeps on reading.

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In a show that makes it to season 9 there's got to be a blend of the reason you got sucked in in the first place and something new to keep you from just going back and rewatching your DVDs. I know some people throw their hands up and say "Self-sacrificing Dean! Secrets between the brothers!" But that's the engine of the show for me, so I'm still happy. And I like Abaddon even more than Lucifer (not just because he was never naked...) so I'm happy about that half of the big bad story, and the fallen angels are ripe for plot Bs all through the season.