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Supernatural Episode: "Taxi Driver"

Season 8, Episode 19
Episode Synopsis: Sam and Dean team with a reaper to help them deal with the second trial from the Tablet. Meanwhile, Naomi visits Dean, and he realizes he must find Benny and ask for a huge favor.
Original Air Date: Apr 3, 2013
Guest Cast Ty Olsson: Benny Amanda Tapping: Naomi Osric Chau: Kevin Assaf Cohen: Ajay
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Season 8, Episode 19
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Length: 42:20
Aired: 4/3/2013
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "Taxi Driver" Season 8, Episode 19

Lots of action goes down in "Taxi Driver." There's a paranoid Kevin, who seems to be running on fumes as he tries to prevent Crowley from finding him and/or driving him crazy. Sam hitches a ride to hell in order to tackle the second trial where he's reunited with someone special. Dean is forced to do the unthinkable in order to rescue his little brother. And Naomi simply tries to get back into the game. Will she succeed?

There are some heartbreaking moments and some really satisfying moments that I'd been waiting for all season long. We got another look at hell. And, yes, we learned Crowley sent Bobby's soul down under. Boo, Crowley. Boo.

Kevin. I feel so bad for him. He's scared. He's tired of living la vida loca as the prophet. He knows there's a target on his back. He just wants out. And now he's hearing Crowley's voice everywhere. Is it his imagination? Is it for realsies? He can't tell so he hides the tablet and doesn't even tell Dean where it is. Unfortunately, despite all his attempts to Crowley-proof his hideaway, the King of Hell catches up to him -- apparently he tortured/killed Mama Tran for the info. I don't know if I really believe she's gone. Why didn't Sam and Dean ever take Kevin to their bunker? Garth seems to be away all the time.

The second trial: "An innocent soul has to be rescued from hell and delivered unto heaven." While it's very convenient that all of a sudden we find out Bobby's been in hell all this time (not cool, Crowley), I don't care because I do like the fact that we get a Jim Beaver sighting. He's the innocent soul Sam has to release.

We also find out there's a back way into hell that runs through Purgatory. This information comes courtesy of some rogue reaper that was responsible for taking Bobby to hell. While Dean's all ready to pay whatever he has to pay for he and his brother to break Bobby out, Sam insists that this is a one-person trip. He's the one tasked with the trials so he's the one that should go. Alone.

Sam reunites with Bobby and the two quickly get out of dodge (without too much trouble. There was some but not enough). In the end, I think this was a great way to get Bobby back on the show, even for an episode. And as long as it involves getting him to heaven where he belongs, I'm totally cool with him being the soul Sam saves.

For a second I thought the show was going to resurrect Bobby even though Sam and Dean had given him a hunter's funeral. And while I like the character, I didn't really want that to happen. I don't mean to sound disrespectful, but the show killed him off in such a heartbreaking and powerful way. The death meant something and in this Supernatural universe of dying and coming back to life a million times over, that's not always an easy thing to achieve. So letting Bobby out of hell and into heaven (like what happened to Big Daddy Winchester), was the right way to go.

And because this show likes the brothers to go through the same sort of experiences for some reason (i.e. Sam died and was resurrected. Dean died and was resurrected. Dean went to hell. Sam went to hell.), Sam got to experience Purgatory. Not only did he get a small (very small) taste of what Dean went through during his stint over there, he also got to experience what it was like to carry a soul out. I think it did give Sam the chance to understand what it was like for Dean. His brother spent a year there. It should give him a better understanding of how utterly dangerous it was there. It certainly gives him a better understanding of Dean's friendship with Benny. Love that this happened.

Dean and Benny -- the most successful part of the episode for me. While I do like Dean in more of an active role and not a waiting around role, I can't deny how amazing the Dean/Benny scenes were. Dean had to end things between them a while back. But now he has to reunite with his friend to save his little brother. The brother he'll do anything for. After he realizes the rogue reaper is gone, he immediately hatches a plan to rescue Sam. He needs his Purgatory buddy. And he needs him pronto.

I don't know how Jensen and Ty Olsson do it. When they're in the same vicinity, I feel the connection between the two characters -- these soldiers, who fought alongside each other, saved each other. They went through this experience and forged a friendship that was now going to end tragically. Dean needed Benny to go to Purgatory -- he had the access and the knowledge to get Sam and Bobby out. But Dean had to behead his friend to make that happen.

You could feel Dean's guilt over having severed ties with his friend. You could feel his guilt over what he was asking Benny to do. You could see it all over his face. But you could also tell that Benny wasn't able to adjust to life after war. He wasn't able to integrate himself back into his society. Like he said, he didn't fit with the vampires. And he certainly didn't fit with the humans. He decided re-upping for another tour of Purgatory duty was in his future.

He gets back to Purgatory and immediately sets Sam and Bobby on the right path, even though Bobby takes issue with Dean trusting a vampire. But Benny shows Sam what he's made of -- he gets them to the human portal where Sam does the soul-arming ritual. Unfortunately, Benny doesn't make the jump with them. He uses himself as bait and stays behind. When Sam and Bobby get out, Sam has to tell Dean about Benny's sacrifice. Such good drama.

I do have some complaints. There was so much that went on in "Taxi Driver" that we didn't get enough time to settle on anything. Would have loved more Bobby. However, I would have loved if it had taken Sam a little longer to find him in Hell. What -- wasn't he like the fourth person he came across down there? Sam's Purgatory to Hell round trip was such a quick journey. Too quick. Too easy. This was supposed to be a trial.

I would have loved more Dean and Benny. I also would have loved to see both Dean and Sam in hell. Not sure why it had to be a one-brother deal. Dean had the same info Benny did. He could have gotten them all out of Purgatory, too. Sam could have still been the one to do the trial. And for that matter, since we got Bobby, Crowley, Kevin, Benny and Naomi in this episode, I would have loved if Castiel had been a part of the action as well. His name was brought up enough. "Taxi Driver" needed to be a two-parter. There's a lot that had to get done in one episode.

Random Thoughts

What did happen to all the lady Crossroads demons?

I always think it's funny when Sam and Dean torture a demon with holy water. It's supposed to be this causer of major demon pain and all that goes through my mind is that it's water.

I love the scene where the reaper takes Sam through the portal and the graffiti on the building morphs into the way into purgatory. That was pretty cool.

I'm going on record right now. Dean better not trust Naomi ever. I mean ever. He's a skeptical guy. He still has hopes that Cas will pop back into his life. He wouldn't trust Naomi even though she enabled Bobby to go to heaven.

I was trying to figure out where I'd seen the rogue reaper before. Assaf Cohen was on NBC's Heroes -- he played a paramedic that worked with Peter. But, really, where I know him from is as Goliath in an NCIS Season 4 episode called "Blowback."

First Cas hides the angel tablet from Dean. Now Kevin doesn't tell him where he hid the demon tablet. When will everyone realize that Dean's exactly the guy you need on your side?

The Sam/Bobby reunion was nice. All it took was Sam dropping a couple Bobby nuggets of info (about Tori Spelling and a life-changing pedicure) to get Bobby to believe he was really Sam. I liked seeing the two Sams -- Bobby thankfully stabbed the right one. I also liked Bobby calling Sam out on adhering to the agreement/non-agreement. Sam still tried to defend his choice. Has he not realized yet how bad a move it was not looking for Dean?

Three hugs in one episode: Sam/Bobby; Dean/Benny and Sam/Dean. Loved them all.

What goes on with Sam when he finishes these trials? What happened to his hand? It looked painful.

Supernatural returns with new episodes Wednesday, April 24 on The CW.

 

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Lots of action goes down in "Taxi Driver." There's a paranoid Kevin, who seems to be running on fumes as he tries to prevent Crowley from finding him and/or driving him crazy. Sam hitches a ride to hell in order to tackle the second trial where he's reunited with someone special. Dean is forced to do the unthinkable in order to rescue his little brother. And Naomi simply tries to get back into the game. Will she succeed?

There are some heartbreaking moments and some really satisfying moments that I'd been waiting for all season long. We got another look at hell. And, yes, we learned Crowley sent Bobby's soul down under. Boo, Crowley. Boo.

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