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Supernatural Episode: "Goodbye Stranger"

Season 8, Episode 17
Episode Synopsis: Sam and Dean learn from Castiel that Crowley has unleashed several demons in a small town to search for Lucifer's crypt, which contains a very valuable asset. The brothers also discover that Crowley is torturing Meg because she knows the exact location of the crypt.
Original Air Date: Mar 20, 2013
Guest Cast Rachel Miner: Meg
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Season 8, Episode 17
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Length: 42:12
Aired: 3/20/2013
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "Goodbye Stranger" Season 8, Episode 17

The hunt for the Angel Tablet suddenly takes front and center as Cas returns. Unfortunately, he continues to be seriously compromised by the likes of Naomi. Meg is back as well. Unfortunately, she's spent the last year being tortured by the likes of Crowley and his minions.

As for the brothers Winchester, Sam is still trying to keep the unhealthy side effects of being the go to guy for the trials from Dean. That doesn't go too well for him. Meanwhile, Dean is just sick of all the lies. Oh and I'm sure he's also sick of the guys in his life kicking the you-know-what out of him "Swan Song"-style. On the plus side, he did find the precursor to Busty Asian Beauties (Voluptuous Asian Lovelies) lying around the bunker. That's something positive, right?

Another painful hellatus comes to an end in fine fashion — although with a significant death and substantial damage. The death? Meg. The damage? The relationship between Cas and the Winchesters...

The Opening Scene
I really liked that the opening scene didn't start with the Monster of the Week offing the Victim of the Week. What we did see was Cas being programmed to kill Dean without hesitation. To get to this brutal point, he had to do it over and over again. Although it was a bit disturbing to see Dean die (yet again), the shot of all the Dead Deans littered about the room was killer (excuse the pun). Thankfully, this wasn't real so no need to add this carnage to Dean's death count, which is way too high as it is.

Castiel 
Since we haven't seen Cas since "Torn and Frayed," the angel has some explaining to do. He tells Sam and Dean he's been hunting demons and searching for the other half of the demon tablet. At the same time, the action cuts back and forth between the house and Cas in heaven talking to Naomi. It's all seamless editing, actually. Naomi advises him on what he can and can't say. He keeps his main mission a secret from the brothers. Or he tries to, anyway.

What he does reveal right away is Crowley's search for Lucifer's crypts. Cas lies and tells them the King of Hell's posse is looking for a parchment that'll help them decipher the demon tablet. He ruthlessly pops the hair rollers turned demon lady when she's about to confess all, which sets off even more alarms for Sam and Dean. Although she does have time to tell them that Crowley's peeps have a prisoner who knows about the crypts.

Megstiel
Forgive me for using Dean's super-couple name for Meg and Cas. Anyway, a suddenly blonde Meg is the rescued captive (apparently Crowley wanted her blonde). She fills the hunters in on the whole Angel Tablet in the crypt business. This info was coming out one way or the other. Naomi figures they can use Meg for her intel so she and Cas have to let this revelation happen.

Being endlessly tortured hasn't done anything to squelch Meg's sense of sarcasm. She's still able to throw her witty observations around all willy-nilly. Now I'm someone who's never subscribed to a potential Meg/Cas hook up.  I guess I've found their flirty relationship amusing more than anything. However, I did like some of their conversation after her rescue when Cas was patching her up:

Meg: "You ever miss the apocalypse?"
Cas: "No. Why would I miss the End of Times?"
Meg: "I miss the simplicity. I was bad. You were good. Life was easier. Now it's all so messy. I'm kind of good which sucks. And you're kind of bad, which is actually, all manner of hot."

Meg has a deep conversation with Sam too. That is, after she gets over the fact he didn't look for her during his time away from hunting. She gets him to tell her the Sam and Amelia story. And she gives us a reminder that she once possessed the gigantic Winchester (back in season 2's "Born Under a Bad Sign.") She knows he's all about living the normal life. He feels like now that he's had a taste of that, he knows it's possible. It's good Sam has someone to open up to even if it's Meg.

The Hunt for the Angel Tablet
Sam doesn't like it when Dean tells him to stay back and protect Meg while he and Cas go grab the tablet. The guy's in major denial over his health and Dean confronts him about his coughing up blood. Even Cas validates Dean's concerns saying Sam is damaged in a way even he can't heal. So Sam loses this battle and has to stay with Meg.

Cas and Dean find the tablet but it's untouchable to Cas because of all the angel proofing. Naomi doesn't want Dean anywhere near it but they have no choice because Dean's human and can get to it. Cas finds himself in a struggle -- does he go against his programming to choose Team Dean? Or does he stay true blue angel puppet?

Cas wants the tablet and Dean's in his way. The angel tries to trick him into giving it up but it doesn't work. Naomi tells him to kill Dean. Cas is trying not to do what he's been ordered to do. He lets the name "Naomi" slip but soon he starts beating the crap out of his friend. It was so much like when Samifer brutally pummeled Dean in Season 5's "Swan Song." I'm assuming that's what the show was going for here. They've drawn parallels between Sam and Cas before. Poor Dean's face. That was so hard to watch. Just like it was the first time around. An incredibly bloodied Dean tries to get through to Cas:

Dean: "I know you can hear me. It's me. We're family. We need you. I need you."

Cas chooses not to kill Dean. He picks up the angel tablet and that seems to break his connection with Naomi. And then he heals Dean just like last time. He confesses all to Dean too. But Cas says he needs to protect the angel tablet from Naomi...and Dean. Next thing we know he's gone and the angel's on a bus going...somewhere.

Sam and Dean in the Impala
I love how blunt Dean gets with Sam in the Impala. He tells his brother he "can't take anymore lies...from anyone." Sam understands and he apologizes and we get another good brotherly car scene:
Sam: "I'm sorry. I should have told you. I...I just wanted to believe I was OK. I don't know..."

Dean reiterates his need for honesty from Sam and Sam says he can do that. I hope he can. But how great was the end of the scene before Supertramp took over?

Dean: "Listen, I may not be able to carry the burden that comes along with these trials. But I can carry you."
Sam: "You...realize you kind of just quoted Lord of the Rings, right?"

Hilarious. "Goodbye Stranger" was a really good episode. And I loved the dialogue (courtesy of writer Robbie Thompson). I'm wondering where things with Cas are going to head. How long is he going to stay gone this time? And hopefully, Sam will continue to be honest with Dean. And the brothers can get through these trials without too much harm coming to either brother.

Random Thoughts
Sam and Dean's aliases -- Special Agents Lynne and Tandy -- are Jeff Lynne and Richard Tandy of ELO fame. 

I would have been mortified if those two hot "federal agents" came to my door and I still had rollers in my hair like the PhD lady Sam and Dean interrogated.

Great use of Supertramp's "Goodbye Stranger" to end the episode. They just let the song play liberally before cutting to the credits.

It's always good to find out another one of Dean's rules. The Rudy hobbitt always gets a pass. Just like Swayze.

It was good to see Mark Sheppard again. I liked his scene with Amanda Tapping's Naomi. But, once again, Crowley's mission failed. He didn't get the angel tablet. But he did kill Meg. I'm assuming she's gone for good. But I'm always hesitant to say that in this universe. But Meg's someone we've known since season 1. She had a good run. RIP Meg.

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The hunt for the Angel Tablet suddenly takes front and center as Cas returns. Unfortunately, he continues to be seriously compromised by the likes of Naomi. Meg is back as well. Unfortunately, she's spent the last year being tortured by the likes of Crowley and his minions.

As for the brothers Winchester, Sam is still trying to keep the unhealthy side effects of being the go to guy for the trials from Dean. That doesn't go too well for him. Meanwhile, Dean is just sick of all the lies. Oh and I'm sure he's also sick of the guys in his life kicking the you-know-what out of him "Swan Song"-style. On the plus side, he did find the precursor to Busty Asian Beauties (Voluptuous Asian Lovelies) lying around the bunker. That's something positive, right?

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