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Supernatural Episode: "The Third Man"

Season 6, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: Sam and Dean investigate when several police officers seem to have been killed by the biblical plagues of Egypt. Castiel joins in the probe and reveals there is chaos in heaven and that some of its weapons were stolen.
Original Air Date: Oct 8, 2010
Guest Cast Misha Collins: Castiel
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Season 6, Episode 3
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Length: 41:13
Aired: 10/8/2010
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "The Third Man" Season 6, Episode 3

Castiel's back just in time to deal with a rogue angel who's acting like he's a crossroads demon. Balthazar is living large and buying up souls; he's not worrying about the impending heavenly civil war. Meanwhile, all is right with the world because Dean's in the Impala, Sam's working out, and most importantly the Winchester brothers are working together and posing as FBI agents.

Well, not all is right: Dean knows something's wrong with Sam.

Yes, "The Third Man" happens to be the Season 6 debut of our favorite angel in a trench coat. Castiel is back and we find out he's dealing with a lot. His time as heaven's head honcho seems to have been a tumultuous one. Even though the apocalypse is over on Earth, there's an angel civil war brewing up in heaven. God's still MIA, so Rafael the Archangel is taking this opportunity to stage a coup.

The brothers are on the road together again, but they're driving two different cars, which is kind of sad. No worries though. By the end of the episode, Sam and Dean are reunited in the Impala. But before Cas and Rafael's henchman total Sam's car in that four-story fall, we do get a brief Impala versus Charger scene. Dean can't help but race Sam to the doomed cop's house. Go Impala!

The case involves three cops who died pretty gruesome deaths which mirror three of the plagues (Blood, Boils and Locusts). All three deaths were a little hard to watch. I'm not sure which one was worse. I'm going to go with the first death where the officer liquefied and turned into a pool of blood and skin. So gross! Not as disgusting as the couple that ate each other alive from "My Bloody Valentine" but close.

Sam and Dean find out the three police officers killed a kid and then framed him. Other than that, they've got nothing so it's time to call Cas. Sam understandably is skeptical because when he first got back from hell he tried to call the angel a few times. It turns out Dean had the magic touch because after he tries, Cas suddenly shows up. It's a funny little scene and a nice entrance back into the Supernatural world for Castiel.

I do feel bad for Sam, however, because Sam needs answers. I wish Cas had been there for him, especially after the sacrifice Sam made for the world. I'm happy Dean tried to stick up for Sam here. But I also like how Cas came after Dean called him. After all, Cas is the one that raised Dean from perdition. As the angel states, they do have a "profound bond."

Unfortunately, Cas doesn't have any intel on how and why Sam's back from hell, which is kind of scary. He was so essential in bringing Dean back that I was hoping he'd know something. What he does know is that there's only one thing that could have caused these plague-like deaths: the Staff of Moses. This staff is one of heaven's weapons and in the confusion since the apocalypse ended, it was stolen.

It turns out the brother of the kid that was killed then framed sold his soul to get revenge on the cops. Here's where I start seeing similarities between Sam and Cas. Cas transports the boy (along with Sam and Dean) back to the hotel room. The only way he can find out who claimed Aaron Birch's soul is by torturing him. Dean immediately balks at this action and Sam stands back and lets Cas do his thing. Castiel doesn't listen to Dean; he knows what he has to do. He's been gone from the world for a year and the humanity that he had started to develop has taken a back seat -- just like when Sam's emotion chip has been turned off. Or that's what it feels like anyway. While he did manage anger at Cas for not answering his call, Sam is all business. He knows the only way for Cas to get the information he needs is to hurt the boy, so that's what has to happen.

So for now, Sam's hardcore hunter mode includes breaking down doors without a second thought, standing back while someone causes a kid pain in order to get the latest intel, and paying for sex. Our Sam is paying for sex! Talk about someone who doesn't want any emotional entanglements whatsoever. This disconnect I keep talking about in each blog continues. I'm just wondering how long it's going to be before Sam reboots and all the emotion of what he went through in hell, and even before that, comes flooding back. I greatly anticipate that moment.

Cas' efforts have paid off. An angel that he thought had been killed in the war is at the bottom of it all. He confronts Balthazar who's taking advantage of the chaos that's going on in heaven. He's the one that stole the weapons and he's buying people's souls because they're hot commodities right now. He's tasted freedom and he loves it. He admires Cas' rebellious phase and wanted to experience it for himself. Balthazar seems misguided but not a total villain. It feels like Cas and Balthazar had been allies. They'll stay allies as long as Cas doesn't interfere with his nefarious plans. Thankfully after the archangel Rafael returns (we haven't seen him since Season 5's "Free to be You and Me") and gives Cas a serious beat down, Balthazar shows up with some sort of rock/crystal thing that turns Rafael into a pile of salt: "Same thing happened to Lot's wife."

Dean a.k.a. "the hairless ape" sets the angel trap and Balthazar is forced to let the soul of Aaron Birch go before exiting stage left. I wonder if we'll be seeing this character later on in the season. I guess it all depends on how much time the show spends on the angelic civil war. Balthazar is an okay character. I liked him but he doesn't really add much to the action. Well, except for those handy weapons he stole. I do like the actor who plays him, however. Sebastian Roché is good at playing villains. He's currently playing Newton on Fox's Fringe, but I remember him as Jax's brother on ABC's General Hospital.

As quickly as Cas appeared, he disappeared, leaving Dean to ask Sam what in the world is going on with him. He's different. And he went to hell and he of all people knows what that does to a guy. Sam says he's OK. Dean may have been tortured by hell (and continues to be tortured by it), but he's different. Life in the cage didn't affect him. And we know that's not true. The fact that he's acting all robo-Sam isn't just due to the fact that he's hunted hardcore for the last year. This is more than "rough around the edges." Sam wants Dean to know that his not being affected by his time in hell doesn't mean he's stronger than him, it just means that he's different.

This is a Ben Edlund special so of course I laughed a lot in this episode. I just love his humor. "The Third Man" is not quite as quirky as his episodes usually are, but I feel this is another good hour of Supernatural. This show is three for three this season and I'm looking forward to the next installment which happens to be Jensen's directorial debut, "Weekend at Bobby's."

Random Thoughts

-It's time to get shallow and dispense with the in-depth analysis of the psychological ramifications of coming back from hell. "Wow" to the shirtless Sam exercising. He then remained shirtless as he talked to the hooker. We knew it was coming and it did not disappoint. But then to get the unexpected Dean-in-bed-with-Lisa dream scene: double "wow."

-I saw the 1949 movie The Third Man a long, long time ago so I don't really remember it. The British noir film starred Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles and Trevor Howard. I think it's appropriate that a Season 6 episode should be named after the movie considering showrunner Sera Gamble has often referred to this season as having a "noir" vibe to it in interviews.

-R.I.P. Sam's Dodge Charger. A moment of silence for his car, please.

-I wonder if this show is ever going to actually find God?

-We also saw frogs, which was the second of the ten plagues of Egypt.

-There's a point where Balthazar is talking to Dean, Sam and Cas about his practice of buying up souls. He asks: "Do you have any idea what souls are worth? What power they hold?" Right after he poses these questions the scene cuts to Dean, who looks at Sam. I don't know if this is a clue to what's going on with Sam but it's just something I noticed.

-It was good seeing Sam and Dean pose as FBI agents but I also noticed that when they held up their IDs, they weren't in synch like they have been in the past. Don't know if this was on purpose or anything but nice touch.

-I loved Dean being all dad-like on the phone with Ben. Love Ben being a Wendigo for Halloween even more.

-The Coming Soon scenes were unexpected but awesome to watch. They may be scenes from at least the next three episodes, I'm guessing. Maybe four?

-Balthazar turning Rafael into a pile of salt means Rafe has to find a new meat suit. Does this mean no more Demore Barnes?

Favorite Lines

"Who died and made you boss?"

"Wow." "What?" "You. Molding the minds of tomorrow. Who knew?" "Tell me about it."

"Still driving the plastic piece of crap, huh?" "What's your mileage again?" "Shuddup."

"Gotta be some sort of link between, uh, skidmark and bubblewrap here."

"Were you uh...racing me?" "No. I was kickin' your ass." "Very mature."

"Lookin' sharp, Kojak."

"Let's give it a shot. Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray to Castiel to get his feathery ass down here." "You're an idiot." "Stay positive." "Oh I am...positive."

"Do you copy?" "Like I said, son of a bitch doesn't answer. He's right behind me isn't he?" "Hello."

"So what you like him better or something?" "Dean and I do share a more profound bond. I wasn't going to mention it."

"Sam...Dean...my 'people' skills are 'rusty.' Pardon me but I have spent the last 'year' as a multidimensional wavelength of celestial intent. But believe me you do not want that weapon down here."

"My car." "Okay. Silver lining."

"I think we can rule Moses out as a suspect"

"This morning I had a ménage a — what's French for twelve?"

"What the hell is that?" "Ben's Halloween costume." "Wendigo?" "Yeah." "Accurate."

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Castiel's back just in time to deal with a rogue angel who's acting like he's a crossroads demon. Balthazar is living large and buying up souls; he's not worrying about the impending heavenly civil war. Meanwhile, all is right with the world because Dean's in the Impala, Sam's working out, and most importantly the Winchester brothers are working together and posing as FBI agents.

Well, not all is right: Dean knows something's wrong with Sam.

Yes, "The Third Man" happens to be the Season 6 debut of our favorite angel in a trench coat. Castiel is back and we find out he's dealing with a lot. His time as heaven's head honcho seems to have been a tumultuous one. Even though the apocalypse is over on Earth, there's an angel civil war brewing up in heaven. God's still MIA, so Rafael the Archangel is taking... read more

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