This Friday’s “Supernatural,” titled “The Born-Again Identity,” is one of the most well-crafted episodes of the season. Misha Collins‘ return has been highly anticipated, and for good reason.
After Castiel betrayed the Winchesters by turning against Dean and stripping Sam of his sanity last season, there were a lot of unresolved issues, particularly for Dean. In tomorrow night’s episode, Dean finds Castiel, who has absolutely no memory of Dean or of his life before he emerged from the river “drenched and confused and unclothed.”
Still, he agrees to try to help Dean save Sam, who has been locked up in an asylum, and the two hit the road together. Given that Castiel doesn’t remember Dean, Dean is able to open up to him about his feelings (yes, apparently Dean is in a sharing and caring kind of mood) as if he’s talking about a completely different person. Dean admits that Castiel’s betrayal affected him more profoundly than any of the other injustices he’s suffered. Castiel certainly isn’t let off the hook for any of his bad behavior last season, but despite the fact that Dean’s still very angry at Castiel for “breaking his brother’s brain,” we’ll also see that he never managed to write Castiel off.
Though we’ll spend a considerable amount of time in the car with Castiel and Dean, Sam fans need not worry — our boy isn’t sidelined in the episode at all. In fact, Jared Padalecki gives one of his best performances ever as Sam unravels in that bare white room. Jensen Ackles also does his usual magnificent job of showing Dean’s general discomfort with vulnerability of any kind. As ever, Sam is Dean’s biggest priority, and Dean is willing to make some… morally ambiguous decisions if it means helping Sam in any way.
Here are five more things to expect from the awesome episode, which airs Friday, March 23 at 9 p.m. EST on The CW.
1. When we find Sam again, he’s been awake for four days straight and
he’s resorting to desperate measures. The kind of desperate measures you
buy from a tweaker in an alley. Needless to say, the pills don’t work — as Lucifer
says, all Sam’s doing is “bringing free drugs to the party.”
2. Crowley’s “hands off the Winchesters” memo seems to
have expired. Yes, the demons that have mostly stayed out of the boys’ way this season are back, and they’re pissed. It’s been a while since the boys
have been forced to whip out Ruby’s knife, but Dean uses it a whole lot
in this episode. By the time Meg (Rachel Miner) shows up, Dean needs a friend so badly
he’s… well, willing to call Meg a friend.
3. Sam makes a friend in the psych ward. His organs are beginning to
fail from lack of sleep, but leave it to Sam Winchester to find himself a
hunt anyway. Sam bonds with Maren, another patient, over shared candy bars (at least, until he’s no longer physically strong enough to open the wrappers) and he tries to cure her
depression the Winchester way.
4. Castiel is married! He’s going by the name Emanuel (he chose it from BouncingBabyNames.com, naturally — it means “God is with us”) and is hitched to a
sweet lady named Daphne.
5. That helpful ghostly presence is still around. You know, the random gust of wind who seems awfully familiar with Bobby’s notes and books.