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Supernatural Episode: "My Heart Will Go On"

Season 6, Episode 17
Episode Synopsis: Balthazar prevents the Titanic from sinking, but Fate intervenes and starts killing off everyone who would have died on the ill-fated ship. Meanwhile, Castiel tells Sam and Dean that Fate is upset with them and they must kill her if they are to survive.
Original Air Date: Apr 15, 2011
Guest Cast Sebastian Roche: Balthazar Misha Collins: Castiel Katie Walder: Fate
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Season 6, Episode 17
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Length: 41:26
Aired: 4/15/2011
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "My Heart Will Go On" Season 6, Episode 17

The long hell-atus is finally over with an episode that explores a reality where the Titanic never sank. This means 50,000 descendants are now living their lives; Sam and Dean do not drive around in the Impala; and Ellen is alive and well and married to Bobby. Sounds all kinds of crazy, but it works.

Hey everybody -- welcome back! We're in the home stretch. "My Heart Will Go On" is the first of six Supernatural episodes to end Season 6. It's a good episode to kick things off with. (I think originally it was intended to be the second one back from break.) It deals with a seriously bitter Fate (well, one of the sisters anyway) and a sort of Final Destination-type storyline.

Balthazar goes back in time and un-sinks the Titanic (under the name I.P. Freely. Hilarious). Obviously, this isn't something that was supposed to happen, so Fate's in course-correct mode. It's her job to make sure the descendants of those that traveled on the Titanic meet their deaths ASAP. And she does so in some fabulously gruesome ways like that decapitation by garage. Call me morbid and a bit twisted, but I think that's my favorite death of the entire season so far.

What else are we dealing with? Bobby's in a world of hurt following Rufus' death. Sam and Dean are worried since their friend is acting crankier than usual -- and drinking more than usual. Plus, he isn't sleeping. The surly hunter thinks the brothers sound like his wife. We soon find out he actually does have a wife and it's Ellen. It's awesome to see Samantha Ferris back on the show.

To this day, I still wish Ellen hadn't died (Jo too). The mother-daughter sacrifice in "Abandon All Hope" meant something for sure, but I do miss their presence. I miss Ellen's maternal influence. So, really, to see her part of "My Heart Will Go On" is great, but it kind of hurts too.

I don't think I've ever really thought of an Ellen-Bobby union, but I was happy to see those two living the married life. Bobby's a lonely guy. He never has luck with women on this show. So to see Ellen being in his house making sure he takes care of himself is such a beautiful thing.

After Bobby kicks them out, the boys set off to Chester, Penn. in a Mustang, not a Chevy Impala, but the two are none the wiser. Eventually their investigation leads them to my favorite recent addition to the Supernatural universe, Balthazar. Balthy fills Sam and Dean in on how he changed the course of history -- and he did it because he hated the James Cameron blockbuster. And he hates that Celine Dion song. And I love this exchange because a) I never saw Titanic. I'm probably the only one in the entire world; and b) I used to work at VH1 at the time this Celine song hit the airwaves. So I've heard that song seven hundred million times. So I understand where the troublemaker is coming from.

Balthazar also tells the Winchesters about how un-sinking the ship saved Ellen and Jo. They're supposed to be dead so Sam and Dean decide to try and come up with a plan to solve this case without needing Balthazar to go back and sink the boat. They'd do anything to enable Ellen to stay in Bobby's life.

By the way, Balthazar's excuse for not sinking the Titanic is pretty flimsy; there's definitely something else going on. Meanwhile, Bobby works it out that Fate's the one causing all the deaths. Sam and Dean are forced to tell him about Ellen. When Fate sets a trap for Sam and Dean, they're almost killed. Awesomely, they are saved by Castiel, who transports them all to White Russia. They want to know why Fate has it out for them and what they did to deserve it. Cas feels she has some rage issues where the boys are concerned. They only averted the apocalypse and rendered her obsolete. That's it. I'm surprised that's the only example Cas used. Sam and Dean seem to dodge Fate all the time.

Then comes what may be my favorite part of the episode: Sam and Dean walk around tempting fate, hoping to draw her out in the open. Set to Blondie's "One Way or Another," the brothers walk right by ferocious dogs, skateboarders, and guys throwing around knives and hatchets and then flaming torches. They were in all these different situations that could have killed them, but didn't until something almost fell on them. Cas froze time, of course, and then confronted Fate.

I loved the conversation between Cas and Atropos (Fate). She was seriously upset and bitter. Sam and Dean's actions made it impossible for her to do her job. She knows the orders to un-sink the Titanic came from him. It's all about the souls. That's 50,000 more souls for his "war machine." Whatever that all means. I just want to know how this whole soul business is supposed to work. I can't quite wrap my head around it yet. I guess, it's all to counter Raphael? Eve? The next five episodes are really going to have to tackle a lot of information in order for this season's threads to wrap up in a satisfying way.

Anyway, Fate gives Cas an ultimatum: Put the world back to the way it used to be or she's going to kill his "pets." And if she can't then her sisters will do it for her. Cas had Balthazar undo what he did. And he did it to save Sam and Dean. Loved his little monologue where he said more than he's ever said at one time:

"You're the ones who taught me that you can make your own destiny. You don't have to be ruled by fate. You can choose freedom. I still believe that that's something worth fighting for. I just wanted you to understand that."

So, we learn Cas will go to extreme lengths to help his own agenda in the heavenly war. He was the one giving the orders to Balthazar. But, for now, he does realize Sam and Dean are his friends and he's not willing to sacrifice them. However, he's not beyond lying to them. He lets Sam and Dean continue to think Balthazar really did this because of his hatred for the Titanic song and movie.

I feel bringing Fate into this was a great thing to do because the concept is always being discussed on this show. The brothers have messed with it over and over. I think this character is going to appear again so I'm wondering just what role she plays in the end of the season and in this heavenly war/soul collecting business.

Random Thoughts
Did Dean actually win the rocks-papers-scissors game? Good for him!!! Although, I kind of like how bad he usually is at the game. We learned that in Season 2, right? Was it "Heart?"

I love how quick and efficient Sam and Dean were when it was time to summon Balthazar.

Sam's face after the lawyer got slammed by the speeding bus was classic. And the fact that the bus had an ad for the sleazy guy's shady law firm was kind of awesome too.

"My Heart Will Go On" Moments that made my heart hurt:
-Ellen's phone conversation with Dean. It made me wish she would just stick around.
-Bobby finding out Ellen should be dead
-Ellen finding out she and Jo should be dead (Bobby: "We need you. Especially me.")
-Cas' monologue at the end. He said more than he's ever said before.
-Dean taking care of a sleeping Bobby, laying the blanket on him.
-The picture of Bobby by himself that ended the episode.

Is it me or did everyone refer to Sam and Dean as "boys" more than usual? Take a look at all the times that word was uttered:
Bobby: "You're worse than the boys."
Ellen: "You know me, I just worry about you boys."
Balthazar: "Boys, boys, boys, whatever can I do for you?"
Balthazar: "There's no more rules, boys."
Balthazar: "Goodbye, boys."
Ellen: "What exactly do those boys think they're going to do?"
Bobby: "It's the boys. If anybody can pull this out of their asses, it's those two."

We got Blondie and Celine Dion songs in the same episode. Never thought that would happen. By the way, I love "One Way or Another." It's such a good song. And it captured the vibe of Sam and Dean tempting Fate so well.

Katie Walder, who plays Fate, had a recurring role on Gilmore Girls (she played Janet Billing, one of Rory's roommates at Yale). Who else is a Gilmore Girls alum? Jared Padalecki.

While Sam and Dean will remember everything, I'm thankful Bobby's not going to remember he was married to Ellen.

Top 5 Favorite Lines (Writers: Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder)

"I mean, we can't just sit here and watch him poop out his liver."

"You totally Butterfly Effect-ed history." "Dude, dude. Rule one. No Kutcher references."
(NOTE: Loved this because Jared once hosted an MTV show Ashton Kutcher executive produced.)

"I'm sorry. You have me confused with the other angel. You know, the one in the dirty trench coat who's in love with you."

"What's she look like?" "Kind of like a librarian." "You're kind of librarian or my kind of librarian?" "Well, she was wearing clothes if that's what you mean."

"Too soon?" "Yeah, Dean. I'm pretty sure six seconds is too soon."

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The long hell-atus is finally over with an episode that explores a reality where the Titanic never sank. This means 50,000 descendants are now living their lives; Sam and Dean do not drive around in the Impala; and Ellen is alive and well and married to Bobby. Sounds all kinds of crazy, but it works.

Hey everybody -- welcome back! We're in the home stretch. "My Heart Will Go On" is the first of six Supernatural episodes to end Season 6. It's a good episode to kick things off with. (I think originally it was intended to be the second one back from break.) It deals with a seriously bitter Fate (well, one of the sisters anyway) and a sort of Final Destination-type storyline. read more

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