So this Supernatural could've used more... cowbell. Sam and Dean's brush with the evil preacher's wife and the nasty reaper meant it was the perfect opportunity to dust off Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper." The episode also could've used more Dean-is-dying angst. He went from zapped to lying on his deathbed to healed in the first 15 minutes of the show. I mean, come on. How 'bout stretchin' it out for another episode or two? Or at the very least giving us a couple over-the-top chick-flick moments before the blind preacher man did his healing thing? But Dean stayed true to character as the nonbeliever and struggled with why he was chosen over those he felt were worthier. Like Buffy and Angel alum Julie Benz. She played Layla, the girl of the week who had the inoperable brain tumor. Here's the thing: Layla was nice. Part of me couldn't help imagining that at some point she would Darla out and turn Dean into the hottest vampire ever.
I thought Jared Padalecki (Sam) did a great job playing the younger brother protecting his older brother and making sure his sibling lived to see another day. Loved this Dean line: "Have you ever really watched daytime TV? It's terrible." I find it awesome because Jensen Ackles (Dean) used to play pretty Eric Brady on Days of our Lives back in the '90s. Speaking of Jensen: He really got me at the end when he realized Layla still had faith even though she knew she was going to die. And I loved the preacher man telling Dean he saved him because he has a purpose, a job to do. Which tells me both Sam and Dean have some sort of destiny to deal with. Can't wait to find out what it is.