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Supernatural Episode: "Clip Show"

Season 8, Episode 22
Episode Synopsis: Sam and Dean reunite with Castiel and discover a film in the Men of Letters files that could be the key to the third trial. Meanwhile, Crowley digs into Sam and Dean's past.
Original Air Date: May 8, 2013
Guest Cast Taylor Cole: Sarah Blake Curtis Armstrong: Metatron Graham Wardle: Tommy Collins Cindy Busby: Jenny Klein Mark Sheppard: Crowley
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Season 8, Episode 22
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Length: 42:07
Aired: 5/8/2013
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "Clip Show" Season 8, Episode 22

In the depths of the Men of Letters bunker, Sam and Dean find a way to potentially cure a demon. That's the crux of the Third Trial so the brothers are mighty lucky their place of residence yields such important information. Meanwhile, a couple new missions arise for Cas — one has to do with Metatron's big, bold plan. His other mission has to do with pie.

I don't know, guys. I don't know what to think. "Clip Show" is well acted, intense, creepy and heartbreaking, for sure. But I'm not certain I can turn my thoughts into something coherent for you to enjoy. For the first time ever, I feel like I want to table my opinions and wait until I watch the Season 8 finale airing May 15. And, once I get the whole picture (hopefully), then I'd come back and comment on what went down in this episode.

There are things about this season that are not adding up to me. These things are throwing me off a little. I feel like there's something I'm just not getting.

1. Sam not looking for Dean at all. I can't let this one go.

2. The use of Supernatural alums as totally different S8 characters (i.e. Brian Markinson, Kathleen Munroe + check out my random thoughts section).

3. The whole Amelia storyline. I don't know. It was just odd.

4. Even the way Dean blamed himself for not saving Cas from Purgatory. But Cas showed Dean what really happened. The characters' different perspectives are interesting. I feel like this means something.

5. Sam's recollection of going to the Grand Canyon, when clearly Dean mentioned they'd never been (in Season 2's "Croatoan")

6. Naomi. It's almost the finale and I'm still confused about her.

7. The way Crowley got to Kevin most recently. It was a toss-up as to what really happened. Did Kevin run away? Or did Crowley catch up to him? It turned out to be the latter.

8. The way it was so easy for Sam to go through Purgatory and get in and out of Hell. On top of that, finding out Bobby was (conveniently) in hell. So weird.

9. And I'm sorry. Even for Dean, it's weird that he's in such domestic mode. I know he's supporting his brother (and Sam really needs that) but it's throwing me off a little. I'm not going to lie.

This show keeps messing with my head. Kudos to the powers that be for keeping me guessing. I feel like I'm going through the trials myself and I can't totally trust anything I'm seeing or hearing.

In "Clip Show," there are a couple more things I'm adding to the list:

-Crowley goes after the people Sam and Dean have saved. First of all, I thought this was brutal and scary for the boys and a deliciously villainous thing for Crowley to do. I wish it had gone further, though. Why target Tommy from "Wendigo" and Jenny from "Shut up, Dr. Phil?" Surely, there could have been other saved characters from the past that the King of Hell could have gone after. Ones that would have as big an impact as offing Sarah from "Provenance."

Speaking of which...I hate that they killed her off. Sarah was someone I thought Sam could go look up after the show was all well and done. It makes sense that she got married and had a kid. I didn't expect her to wait around. But I loved how Sarah was understanding and completely accepting of Sam. And that she knew what he did and didn't freak out over it.

I also don't like that another one of Sam's love interests was killed off. Been there done that. And it was so convenient that she happened to be in Indianapolis, just a hop, skip and a jump from Prosperity, Ind., where the Winchesters had come across Jenny.

-Metatron convinces Cas to help him shut down Heaven. If we're to believe what's going on here, it makes sense that the Angel Tablet would be similar to the Demon Tablet. The DT told of three trials that need to be undertaken in order to shut down the gates of hell. According to Metatron, the AT tells of three trials that need to be undertaken in order to shut down Heaven. And he feels this needs to happen because there are so many warring factions up there. That without the Archangels, chaos rules. He says closing the pearly gates will help bring peace up there and prevent from the fighting to spill over to Earth.

Meta also says he's not the one that can do these trials. He's just a pencil pusher. But Cas is a warrior. True. The first trial involves killing and taking the heart of a nephilim -- the offspring of an angel and a human. Cas is wary. He doesn't want to hurt an innocent. But she makes it easy for Cas to finish the trial when she goes all dark side. (Or is that light side?)

I don't trust Metatron. I don't know what his true agenda is. And Cas is reluctantly going along. Sometimes he's just so naive. He needs Dean to help him question what's going on.

Random Thoughts

Poor Tommy. There's no way he could have ever gotten over what he went through with the Wendigo. I would have actually loved to see his sister Haley, though.

Love that Sam's finally being honest about how he's feeling. Meanwhile, Dean's totally confident in his brother's ability to get rid of the demons for good despite his health issues.

That scary devil's trap dungeon was kind of cool -- the MoL bunker has everything.

I like that "Clip Show" isn't your typical clip show. There are flashes of flashbacks here and there. Plus, the brothers found a MoL film of those experiments to cure demons. Those films were well executed.

The Winchesters headed to St. Louis for the second time this season. I have to make mention since it's my hometown.

Cas is hurting (physically) but there are some emotional issues he's having with Dean, too. Dean's hurt and upset after Cas took off with the angel tablet vowing to protect it from everybody including Dean. Meanwhile, he lost it anyway. I have to say that I understand where Dean's coming from. Cas could have trusted his friend this time and he didn't. That doesn't mean I like seeing what was going on between them. I wish the show would just cut Team Free Will some slack and let them all get along. There's plenty of conflict coming from elsewhere at this point.

The Cas buying groceries scene was wonderful. The cashier was all "dude" and Cas was inadvertently destroying the place. And when he saw the pie was gone and had to get aggressive with the cashier -- I was on the floor laughing. "You don't understand. I need pie!" Hilarious. He really wants to make things up to Dean. So cute.

Putting the Humpty Dumpty that is Abaddon back together was so not a wise idea (and a bit gross might I add). I'm a little surprised Sam and Dean left her alone. She's dangerous even with severed hands.

Donnelly Rhodes played the priest in St. Louis. He was Dr. Cottle on Battlestar Galactica and was in the series Da Vinci's Inquest and The Heights. And he was Dutch in an amazing late '70s/early '80s classic sitcom called Soap. Buy the series. It's irreverent goodness and so incredibly funny. And what about this -- Rhodes is another Supernatural guest star alum who's playing a different character this season. He was also in "Wendigo." See what I mean? What's going on here?

Love that Sarah said Sam had grown up. He was more focused, confident. Her comment about missing his old haircut was awesome.

That restoring a demon's humanity is a bit of a game-changer.

Crowley uttering the famous line: "saving people, hunting things, the family business" was great. It's been a bit since I've heard that line. And he did this all to get the brothers to stop the trials and give up the tablet. Hopefully, the Winchesters find a way to defeat Crowley in the season finale ominously titled "Sacrifice." If there's one to make, who will be making the sacrifice?

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In the depths of the Men of Letters bunker, Sam and Dean find a way to potentially cure a demon. That's the crux of the Third Trial so the brothers are mighty lucky their place of residence yields such important information. Meanwhile, a couple new missions arise for Cas — one has to do with Metatron's big, bold plan. His other mission has to do with pie.

I don't know, guys. I don't know what to think. "Clip Show" is well acted, intense, creepy and heartbreaking, for sure. But I'm not certain I can turn my thoughts into something coherent for you to enjoy. For the first time ever, I feel like I want to table my opinions and wait until I watch the Season 8 finale airing May 15. And, once I get the whole picture (hopefully), then I'd come back and comment on what went down in this episode.

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