So the good news is no more hiatuses this season! The bad news is that, 10 seasons in, and the boys are still making the same frustrating mistakes.
Anyway, at least this episode laid the groundwork for Sam to start doing more in the remaining episodes. Super Sneaky Sam is hardly original, but hopefully Supernatural will use this sense of familiarity to do something surprising and pull the rug from under us at the last minute.
Felicia Day returned as the effervescent Charlie, instantly livening up the screen and adding some much needed energy to an otherwise average episode. Sam’s heart-to-heart with her was touching, and both Day and Jared Padalecki delivered moving performances. Additionally, this week we got to watch Charlie and Cas interact, fulfilling the wish of a thousand fanfics, along with the return of the upside down FBI badge. Honestly, it was adorable.
One of the most enjoyable moments of the episode came in the brief moment when Dean got to rock out to his music again. It’s been a long time since we saw this happy carefree Dean, and it was a reminder of how much he’s missed. Although, Dean’s fight scene this week might have been enough to make up for that. The dude’s a BAMF.
Essentially, this was a necessary episode, though not the greatest Supernatural has delivered. All the pieces are starting to line up on the board as we head toward this year’s finale: Metatron’s on the run, the Demon Tablet is gone, Cas has his grace back, Dean’s going crazy, and Sam’s being Super Sneaky. Also, Rowena’s within easy reaching distance of screwing the brothers over, and with the Book in hand we’re sure to see her make her move soon. Hopefully the Winchester’s will stop with the sneakiness and actually talk to each other before it’s too late.