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Supernatural Episode: "Reading Is Fundamental"

Season 7, Episode 21
Episode Synopsis: Castiel awakens from his comatose state. Meanwhile, a teen is turned into a reluctant prophet after being struck by lightning, and Sam and Dean believe he is the key to defeating the Leviathans.
Original Air Date: May 4, 2012
Guest Cast Rachel Miner: Meg Misha Collins: Castiel Osric Chau: Kevin
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Season 7, Episode 21
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Length: 41:28
Aired: 5/4/2012
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "Reading is Fundamental" Season 7, Episode 21

Cas wakes up from his coma, but is he the same angel we know and love? There's a new, (highly reluctant) player that gets introduced into the action. He's young and nerdy and has no choice but to enter the weird world of the supernatural. Dean and Sam figure out what Dick's brick of clay really is and it'll play into their fight against the Leviathan. Plus, Meg is around and she picks a team...using her own twisted logic, of course.

I'm not going to lie, this episode is a difficult one for me to write about because I'm not quite clear on how I feel about "Reading is Fundamental." Once the credits rolled, I seriously panicked for a second because I came to the conclusion that I have no idea where my mind is regarding this latest Ben Edlund installment. You can definitely tell the episode tried to provide some twisted humor. There's the "pull my finger" scene alone. How about Cas and Dean playing the game of Sorry? And while Cas looked oh so free of all the stresses he had before he Leviathan'd out for most of this season, Dean was all tense and angry and not in the mood to play games.

Events of the episode:

-Sam and Dean take a big risk and hammer through Dick Roman's block of clay. They end up unleashing a violent storm that affects wannabe college student Kevin Tran (a 16-year-old who one day wants to be the first Asian-American president).

-Cas is out of his coma or trance and he's clearly not the same person. He's smiling a lot. He's talking about bees. He doesn't want part of this fight. Something's definitely broken in him, but it doesn't seem to bother him. He relishes the feeling of being free of what was weighing him down before he "died."

-What Sam and Dean stole from Dick Roman was the Word of God complete with Metatron's handwriting.

-Cas (back in his trench coat) can't handle the conflict going on between Meg and the Winchesters. While he's holding the Word of God, he disappears. The Word lands with a thud and breaks into pieces.

-Kevin Tran shows up and steals the Word of God; Sam goes after him and brings him back. Unfortunately for the Winchesters, Kevin's unable to part with the tablet. He is able to piece it back together, though.

-Dean tracks down Cas and they end up playing Sorry. Dean's trying to get information about Metatron out of Cas but the angel has other things on his mind. He says he's sorry but Dean doesn't buy it.

-Nobody can read the Word of God except for Kevin. He sees that it does tell the story of the Leviathan and how God locked them away.

-A couple of Cas' angelic compatriots show up (Hester and Inias) to take the prophet to the desert so he can learn the Word away from man (according to Cas). Hester tells Sam to step away from the prophet. So Kevin's another prophet -- like Chuck. Dean sends the angels away. Cas actually ends up in Australia.

-On the way to Rufus' cabin, the Winchesters find out how the authorities think Kevin was abducted; Meg spots some demons.

-Meg kills those two demons that happen to work for Crowley. She tells the boys (while she's Devil Trapped) her latest cause is to get Crowley, not screw with them. Sam lets her out. So, for now, she's Team Sam and Dean.

-Hester and Inias show up again. She feels Cas was lost once he laid his hand on Dean and got him out of hell. She brutally takes out her frustration and anger on Cas. Meg stabs her with the angel-killing knife.

-How the Winchesters can battle the Leviathan: "Leviathan cannot be slain but by a bone of a righteous mortal washed in the three bloods of the Fallen." This includes the blood of a fallen angel, which Cas easily gives to the Winchesters.

-The Leviathan catch up to Kevin and his mom as well as the angels protecting the teen. The Leviathan kills the angel protectors.

So even though the Leviathan gets the tablet back, the damage is done. The Winchesters now have this valuable information. There was much I liked about "Reading is Fundamental" but there's also some that I was ho hum about. While I adored this new Cas, there was a little too much Meg in this one for me. I like her but in smaller doses. I'm still not completely invested in this Leviathan story. And while I understand where Dean is coming from -- you don't mess with Sam -- I just wanted to see him forgive Cas so they could go back to being friends. The guy has so many issues with letting things go. He holds on to everything. Sooner or later, it's all going to catch up to him and he's going to break. Or so I keep saying. I just don't know if the show's actually going to go that route. Only time will tell. There are only a couple more episodes left in this season.

Favorite scenes

-The pull Cas' finger scene. Doing so exploded all the lights in the room.

-Kevin asking Dean if this is a sex-torture dungeon. Later there's also a scene where Dean helps Kevin deal with what's happening to him.

-Sam and Cas scene. Love this quote: "You seem troubled. Of course, that's a primary aspect of your personality, so I sometimes ignore it." Sam is worried about what Cas did -- the fact that he took on his pain. He feels an immense amount of guilt about it. He's also curious about what Cas saw. Cas did see Lucifer at first. Now he sees everything. Cas says the weight of what he did, all the souls and lives lost -- he was lost until he took on Sam's pain. Sam wants to help Cas get better. But Cas doesn't know what that means.

Random thoughts/Favorite quotes

-The second I heard something about a righteous mortal I thought about Dean.

-It's clear from this episode that Crowley's going to be headed our way again.

-I liked how Metatron was even above Sam's pay grade. He confused Metatron with the Transformer known as Megatron.

-Meg standing in the Devil's Trap made me think of the original Meg (Nicki Aycox). I still miss her. And when you say "prophet," I immediately think of Chuck. I miss him (and actor Rob Benedict) too.

-Cas "boops" Kevin's nose much like a drugged up Sam did to Dean when he was out of it in "Sam, Interrupted." Is "boop" a sign of someone not being completely lucid on this show?

-I thought Dean took the knife away from Meg. How'd she end up with it again in time to kill Hester? I would have loved it if Dean or Sam had been the one to off Hester.

-"I guess that makes sense." "What makes sense?" "If someone was going to free the Word from the vault of the earth, it would end up being you two. Love you guys." (Cas hugs Sam and Dean)

-"Did you know that a cat's penis is sharply barbed along its shaft? I know for a fact that the females were not consulted about that."

-Congratulations to the cast and crew of Supernatural. The CW renewed it this week. We'll be getting a Season 8.

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Cas wakes up from his coma, but is he the same angel we know and love? There's a new, (highly reluctant) player that gets introduced into the action. He's young and nerdy and has no choice but to enter the weird world of the supernatural. Dean and Sam figure out what Dick's brick of clay really is and it'll play into their fight against the Leviathan. Plus, Meg is around and she picks a team...using her own twisted logic, of course.

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