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Supernatural Episode: "The Great Escapist"

Season 8, Episode 21
Episode Synopsis: Sam and Dean receive a distressing video message from Kevin Tran, which prompts an attempt to uncover the Third Trial. Meanwhile, Crowley goes on a winning streak; and Castiel tries to elude Naomi and the angels who are hunting him.
Original Air Date: May 1, 2013
Guest Cast Amanda Tapping: Naomi Curtis Armstrong: Recluse Mark Sheppard: Crowley Osric Chau: Kevin Tran Misha Collins: Castiel
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Season 8, Episode 21
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Length: 42:15
Aired: 5/1/2013
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "The Great Escapist" Season 8, Episode 21

Both Sam and Cas are in a world of hurt as Sam continues to feel the effects of the trials. And Cas' attempts to evade Naomi and her crew hit a Big(gerson's) snag. Plus, the Winchesters meet a potential new ally who's been a non-factor for much of what's been going on as of late. But could that change?

I'm kind of glad that last week we got a bit of a filler episode, with Charlie bringing a new case to the boys. Because this week, Ben Edlund dropped a boatload of information on us and it almost made my head hurt. It's definitely an episode that demands a re-watch (or four) because I'm sure I haven't caught everything.

Right off the bat here's some of what I loved:

-The prophet Kevin Tran is mighty fierce in this episode. He found his strength and a renewed courage. He figured out Crowley's tricks but quick.

-I totally wanted to see more of the Fake Dean and Fake Sam. I love it whenever Jensen and Jared get to play other versions of themselves (the Leviathans from "Slash Fiction" are still my favorite. Close second is 'Shifter Dean from "Skin.")

-It was so good to see Cas. He was so awesomely resourceful in trying to keep the angel tablet away from Naomi and her pathetic posse -- and in getting away from Ion towards the end of the episode. Hiding out in the Biggerson's was one of my favorite parts of this episode.

-I loved all the references to Sam and Dean when they were kids. Dean made one of his dad's recipes to help treat Sam's "illness." And then a delirious Sam started thinking about his childhood too.

-The notion of these trials possibly being able to purify Sam is a brilliant one. I hope this is what's happening. Once and for all, Sam needs to be rid of this demon blood stigma. It's defined him way too much. And he will never get a chance to live la vida normal (or as close to it as a Winchester can get) while he's still tainted. So this pain he's going through now? I'm sure he's OK with it. As long as there's a light at the end of the tunnel. And that light is one that won't make him feel unclean anymore. It was sad to hear that even as a kid he thought he wasn't clean. Eight seasons into this show and the possibility of this purification happening is intoxicating. It makes me want to see what Sam's going to be like in Season 9 already...that is should he get through the third trial.

-Ben Edlund's dialogue was wonderful as usual. And bringing Biggerson's back into the mix was great.

-The Metatron business was interesting as well. But more on that in just a bit. Loved seeing Curtis Armstrong join the show in this capacity. This veteran actor has tackled a million different roles. But the standouts to me are as Booger in the awesome Revenge of the Nerds movies (the first one being the absolute greatest) and as Burt Viola in the late great series, Moonlighting.

-Metatron (who's the scribe of God) saving Kevin was simply worship-worthy (especially the effect he had on Crowley). So glad Kevin's back with the boys and out of Crowley's clutches. Maybe Metatron can help Kevin get his old life back. And Mama Tran too. I'm so not convinced she's gone.

Less successful for me:

-I'm sorry but I wanted a Cas/Dean reunion before the end of the episode. I'm kind of greedy that way. We had to wait so long before they were in the same vicinity. And, actually, we'll have to wait until the next episode to get more of it.

-I'm still not totally clear on what's going on with Naomi. I'm trying not to speculate too much because I'm all about seeing where this journey goes next (well, this season anyway). I love me some Amanda Tapping, and it's great seeing her. But it's a bit frustrating not knowing more about her end game.

-Sam reminisced about the Winchester trip to the Grand Canyon when he was four. This is a little upsetting to me because in Season Two's "Croatoan," Dean mentioned he'd never been there before even with all their driving around the country. Ever since that episode, I know I had speculated that the Winchesters ending up at the Grand Canyon would be a beautiful way to end this entire series (or at least have something to do with the end of the series). Sam mentioning that the Winchesters had been there before taints that. Boo.

-Why didn't Sam and Dean ever bring Kevin to the Winchesters' Men of Letters bunker? This may have been explained before but I can't remember...

What we learned:

-The third trial? Sam's going to have to cure a demon. What? How? The fact that Sam's feeling better now that they're on the path to tackling the third trial is interesting. Hopefully, his strength will be at a manageable level for this last challenge.

-Crowley thinks he could do a great Fake Dean. I would have loved to have seen that.

-Cas isn't the only angel whose head has been messed with. Again, interesting.

-Since Sam is already through the second trial, some new effects have manifested -- he started resonating in the presence of the Word aka Metatron. Hence the second he entered the casino, he had a connection to the angel.

-God was worried about His work and what would happen to it when he left, so he turned to Metatron to write down His instructions. Archangels couldn't handle it when their Father left so they took over. They wanted to rule the universe. But they couldn't do it without the Word of God so Metatron went into hiding. Deep, deep, deep hiding. He had no idea what was really going down outside his small universe. I'm glad that he's more aware of what's going on now.

-Angel proofing won't stop Metatron. He can just erase it. Awesome.

Random Thoughts

Did you see what all was in Sam and Dean's inbox (other than Kevin's video)? Spam about Free Money and an email from Mythology Weekly focusing on Incan mythology. That has to be for Sam. He's such a nerd (and I'm totally cool with that). If he had been in a college fraternity I'm sure he would have been in Lambda Lambda Lambda (see Revenge of the Nerds).

Robert Duncan McNeill directed this episode. He's an actor turned director/producer. He was on All My Children and Star Trek: Voyager (he was Tom Paris). He was also an executive producer on NBC's Chuck. This is a return engagement for him. He directed the Season One episode "Skin." I loved that episode. But how crazy is that it's been seven plus years since he worked on an episode of Supernatural?

I love that Cas drinks Biggerson's coffee...and likes it. Another thing I really liked was Sam talking about Stanford.

How many times has Dean said kid/kiddo in the last couple of episodes?

Crowley guessed that the angel tablet was buried in Cas. Naomi didn't. What does that say about Naomi? That was a gross scene, by the way.

I thought this was interesting: "That's what this all has been about. The choices your kind make. But you're gonna have to weigh that choice. Ask yourself: 'What is it gonna take to do this' and 'what will the world be like after it's done.'" Booger...I mean, Metatron said these words to Dean. Is he talking about humans generally or Dean specifically? Will Dean share these words with his brother?

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Both Sam and Cas are in a world of hurt as Sam continues to feel the effects of the trials. And Cas' attempts to evade Naomi and her crew hit a Big(gerson's) snag. Plus, the Winchesters meet a potential new ally who's been a non-factor for much of what's been going on as of late. But could that change?

I'm kind of glad that last week we got a bit of a filler episode, with Charlie bringing a new case to the boys. Because this week, Ben Edlund dropped a boatload of information on us and it almost made my head hurt. It's definitely an episode that demands a re-watch (or four) because I'm sure I haven't caught everything.

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