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Supernatural Episode: "A Little Slice of Kevin"

Season 8, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: Mrs. Tran and Kevin create a demon bomb to use against Crowley. Meanwhile, Sam and Dean are shocked when Castiel appears and tells them that he escaped from purgatory.
Original Air Date: Nov 14, 2012
Guest Cast Lauren Tom: Mrs. Tran Osric Chau: Kevin
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Season 8, Episode 7
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Length: 42:15
Aired: 11/14/2012
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "A Little Slice of Kevin" Season 8, Episode 7

Dean is having visions of Cas on the side of the road and outside of his hotel room. Is he just seeing things? Crowley's on the offense as he struggles to get someone to translate the key tablet that shows humans how to seal the gates of hell. The Trans are busy trying to figure out how to build demon bombs and stay safe. Of course, they're anything but safe in an episode that's called "A Little Slice of Kevin.

Photo gallery: Those poor Winchester boys!

Cas: "Hello, Dean."

So, Cas somehow gets out of Purgatory and returns to the land of the humans. That happens in this latest Supernatural. He's all shaggy and cryptic, but he's present and it's such a beautiful thing. I didn't realize how much I miss Cas being in the Winchester's world until he shows up. The part I get all giddy over is when he cleans himself up and he walks back into the room and he's clean-shaven and wearing a clean trench coat. Welcome back, Cas.

As for Dean, he's happy to see his friend out of Purgatory but he's also feeling conflicted and a bit angsty. The way he remembers things, he couldn't hold on to Cas long enough to get him through the portal. He knows Cas didn't try as hard as he could have. It doesn't matter, Dean blames himself or is feeling some sort of mammoth dose of Survivor's guilt (that's Sam's diagnosis, anyway).

The truth is, Cas doesn't feel like he deserved to get out of Purgatory. It's funny. I watched an episode of ABC's Revenge this week, and it was called "Penance." Penance is what Cas feels he needed. So, it's not that he didn't try hard to get out, it's that he pushed Dean through the portal and stayed behind by choice. I'm not sure if Dean's exactly achieving peace of mind over this news yet. I feel like he's still going to find a way to be down on himself.

During this episode, Crowley asks Cas which version of the angel he's getting: "madman or megalomaniac." I guess it wasn't enough for Cas to take on what was behind Sam's wall. A year in Purgatory battling the Leviathan and other supernatural creeps wasn't enough for him, either. But something saves him...again. Because, all of a sudden, he's popping up behind Dean in the bathroom and then remembering how much he misses television.

While Cas is reconnecting with the Winchesters, Mama Tran and her son Kevin are hiding from the world and, more importantly, demons. But their plans go up in smoke when Mrs. Tran stupidly hires a witch (off of Craigslist) to provide them with ingredients to make demon bombs. The witch betrays them (of course) and Crowley shows up and captures Kevin leaving a demon behind to kill the boy's mom. At least she bags the demon and takes him to the Winchesters so they can get information on Crowley's whereabouts.

Crowley's already done his best to find out what's on that tablet -- he kidnaps seven future prophets who prove to be, mostly, useless. Translating tablets isn't in their wheelhouse yet but they come in handy when the King of Hell finally gets Kevin in his clutches. Crowley blows up one of those potentials but good in order to prove how serious he is about wanting Kevin's cooperation.

I'm calling the future prophets potentials because the way it alls works is straight out of Buffy the Vampire Slayer lore. When a slayer dies, another one is born, so to speak. Prophets work the same way. So, we finally hear Chuck has to be dead (and not God) since Kevin's all prophet of the Lord right now. I don't know about you guys, but I'm still holding out hope for Chuck. I'm not giving up on him even though he disappeared at the end of Season 5's "Swan Song."

Any way, Crowley has to slice and dice one of Kevin's fingers off in order to get him to start helping out with the tablet. But I love how he feeds Crowley a little bit here and there. It seems like he's stalling in the hopes he'll be rescued. We do find out thanks to a farewell note from the archangel Metatron, there are more tablets out there. Who will track them down first?

Sam, Cas and Dean come to the rescue, with Cas facing Crowley for the first time in forever. The angel's a little worse for the wear. He has his powers but each time he uses them, it drains him. He does have enough in him to hold off Crowley. Unfortunately, each side gets half the tablet in the melee. This leaves Sam, Dean and Cas hunting for Crowley's half together, while Garth will keep an eye on the Trans.

One last thing happens. While conversing with Sam and Dean, Cas is transported to heaven where a woman questions him and tells him she wants to know about the brothers Winchester. Basically, he's going to spy on them for her and he's never going to remember doing it. Who is this woman? No clue. But I do know that it's very good to see Amanda Tapping join the show in the recurring role of Naomi.

Sci-fi fans will know Amanda from either her stint on Stargates SG-1 and Atlantis or as the immortal Dr. Helen Magnus on Syfy's cancelled series called Sanctuary. I've actually interviewed Tapping several times at Comic-Con and she's an incredibly nice person so I'm happy to see her guest star on Supernatural. We don't know much about her character yet but I'm very curious to find out more. Right now, Naomi seems very shady.

Random Thoughts

-It was nice not having the boys at each other's throats for a change. I know that won't last but I wish it would.

-I think Sam must have found out more about Dean's time in Purgatory in this one episode than he has all season.

-One of my favorite aspects of this season is turning out to be those Purgatory scenes. They are so well done from the way they're shot, to the way they look. And the actors seem to be thriving as they play all this out.

-Loved Sam using the demon bomb.

-Crowley isn't playing this season. In this episode alone, he blew up a person and cut off Kevin's finger. I've said this in previous blogs, but I like that Crowley more defined as a bad guy. No working in cahoots with the Winchesters for a greater cause.

-Dean continues to let the weight of the world rest on his shoulders. He really blames himself for (almost) everything bad that happens, doesn't he?

-Kevin is such a tough kid. Poor guy, he's being put through hell yet he's staying strong. He's good people.

-Loved seeing how Benny's soul ended up in Dean's arm. It was so wonderfully executed. We finally got answers we wanted in this episode -- about Cas and Benny.

-Those Leviathans were giving Cas a serious smack down before he and Dean both ganked them, right? How in the world are the Leviathan more interesting to me in Purgatory than they were in all of season 7? I just love the way they land and then transition into human form before going all badass.

Have a great Thanksgiving, guys. No new episode next week. "Hunteri Heroici" airs on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 9/8c on the CW. Talk to you then.

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Dean is having visions of Cas on the side of the road and outside of his hotel room. Is he just seeing things? Crowley's on the offense as he struggles to get someone to translate the key tablet that shows humans how to seal the gates of hell. The Trans are busy trying to figure out how to build demon bombs and stay safe. Of course, they're anything but safe in an episode that's called "A Little Slice of Kevin.

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