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Supernatural Episode: "Survival of the Fittest"

Season 7, Episode 23
Episode Synopsis: The seventh season concludes with Sam and Dean battling Leviathan Dick Roman and trying to stop him from carrying out his evil plans.
Original Air Date: May 18, 2012
Guest Cast Misha Collins: Castiel James Patrick Stuart: Dick Roman Jim Beaver: Bobby Rachel Miner: Meg Osric Chau: Kevin
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Season 7, Episode 23
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Length: 41:21
Aired: 5/18/2012
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Supernatural Recap: "Survival of the Fittest" Season 7, Episode 23

Sam and Dean are once again doing what they need to do to save the world. It's time to bring down Dick Roman and the rest of the Leviathan. With Dick as CEO, these beings are going corporate in order to rid the world of the human population. Will Team Free Will be able to work together to eliminate this latest threat to humankind? After all, Cas isn't exactly firing on all cylinders. How will Meg, Bobby and Crowley affect the situation? And more importantly, how is this show going to leave us hanging when all is said and done?

Will somebody please tell me how in the world we just tuned into Supernatural's seventh season finale? It's unbelievably amazing how this little show that could has been able to out write, outlast and outplay so many of the other shows that it started with back in 2005. After a bit of a shaky season, "Survival of the Fittest" ends things on a high note. I really like what it sets up for next season. Let's break things down one final time this season, shall we?

Classic Rock Recap

I still get chills and a happy smile on my face every time they jump-start the finale with a recap set to Kansas' "Carry on My Wayward Son." We see a quick rundown of all the major events of the past season: Losing Cas, losing Bobby, getting them back (sort of), all the monsters Sam and Dean battled, the Leviathan introduction, Kevin the prophet coming onto the scene and more...

Crowley Versus Dick

Crowley's a wanted individual. It's his blood that'll seal the deal for the weapon that's being created to kill the Leviathan. So naturally, Dick Roman anticipates this and decides to devil's-trap him. The scenes between Mark Sheppard and James Patrick Stuart are quite funny. These two actors are able to lace their dialogue with the appropriate amount of sarcasm. They're actually dripping in it. So I'm highly entertained as the two characters forge a contract that should serve to screw Sam and Dean over. It's very detailed as the two come to an agreement that gives Crowley and his demons dominion over Canada and Canada alone. My head hurt at the length and intricacies of this contract. Needless to say, Crowley, unsurprisingly, screws Dick over. He needs him gone; he knows the Winchesters can handle it; and now he's a major player again.

Sam and Dean

Except for what's going on with Bobby (more on this later), the boys are relatively angst-free. It's almost all business for them. Their focus is on getting Dick Roman so they need to finish creating the weapon. They already have the blood of a fallen angel and an alpha. All they need now is a righteous bone of a mortal, as well as a blood donation from Crowley. It's really no problem at all. They get lucky when they track down the remains of a nun. Then Crowley does his part. But can they trust him? You can always trust Crowley to do a double-cross and/or find loopholes in contracts. Thankfully, his agenda complements the Winchesters' agenda. I think next season, all bets are off.

Castiel

While the Winchesters are determined and focused, they do have to deal with a Cas that still isn't his old self. He's studying bees, making honey and trying to figure out how to save monkeys from being experimented on. He's anti-fighting, pro-playing Twister and he's listening to songs like Don McLean's "Vincent (Starry Starry Night)." He's not the Cas Sam and Dean really need him to be right now, but this is the Cas they're going to get.

Much of the episode, Dean doesn't have time for Cas' loony-toons mentality. But Dean goes to the angel because he needs a wingman for an incredibly important mission. One of my favorite moments of the hour results:

Cas: "I'm not good luck, Dean."

Dean: "Yeah, you know what? Bottom of the ninth and you're the only one guy left on the bench. Sorry, but I'd rather have you -- cursed or not. And anyway, nut up, all right? We're all cursed. I seem like good luck to you? (Cas stares) What?"

Cas: "I don't want to make you uncomfortable, but I detect a note of forgiveness."

Yay. Cas decides he's on board for whatever. The angels in his garrison are gone, probably dead or in hiding. So count him in. Plus, Sam and Dean are going to need him because Dick Roman has cloned himself and only Cas can detect the real one from the posers.

Bobby

I'm going to reiterate this. The whole Ghost Bobby thing is difficult for me to come to terms with. And that feeling only strengthened when the late hunter possessed that poor hotel maid. When Sam and Dean drive up to Sucrocorp (where Dick Roman's situated), Sam immediately spots the woman and knows that Bobby's hitched a ride in her body. He takes it upon himself -- wisely disregarding Dean's doubts -- to take care of this matter. Bobby almost kills Sam, but stops himself in time.

Ghost Bobby realizes he can't let himself carry out his plan to kill Dick Roman. He's about to hit full vengeance mode and that wouldn't be good for anyone. The boys -- and Bobby -- know what has to be done. They burn the flask and Bobby's gone. While this moment is incredibly sad and had me in tears, I still don't like the fact that: 1. Bobby was killed in the first place. 2. He was brought back and turned into a ghost. 3. Then he was taken away again. But since the show went this route, I wish this moment had happened last week or in another episode so proper time could have been devoted to this. Bobby's a significant character that has been around since Season 1. Losing him again this way has to be hard for the boys. But they don't have time to stop very long to let it sink in because they have things to do.

The Impala

OK, here's another little issue I have with "Survival of the Fittest." Dean and Cas go get the Impala. Awesome. The plan is to use the car to create a distraction at Sucrocorp. Also cool. But guess what? We don't see Dean or Sam actually driving the car that has been MIA since Episode 6 of this season ("Slash Fiction"). Who's driving it (to the tune of "Born to be Wild")? Meg. And on top of that, the car immediately crashes. Boo. Boo. Boo.

The End

Dean and Cas go after Dick Roman while Sam goes and saves Kevin the prophet, who has been in the evil clutches of the Leviathan this whole entire time. They manage to outmaneuver Dick and get their revenge. Only something huge happens. When Dick goes nuclear, Dean and Cas disappear. Crowley appears to Sam. He takes Kevin. Lets Sam know he and his demons are back in business and that Sam is on his own. Meanwhile, Dean wakes up in purgatory. He's with (a suddenly with-it) Cas and that place looks hella scary. Dean Winchester has been to hell, to heaven and now he's going to experience purgatory. I'm scared for both Sam and Dean at this point. It's an unknown situation for both. Dean has no idea what he's about to face. And Sam has no one on his side. Cas is in purgatory. Ghost Bobby is gone. Crowley has Meg and the prophet. Let's hope Sam can at least fix up the Impala. Wow. Such a good (and scary) ending.

"Survival of the Fittest" is well balanced and has more of a team feel to it rather than one character dominating the entire hour. I'm grateful for that. I think Sera Gamble went out in a positive way as a writer and I wish her well for whatever she's doing in the future. I'm super-excited to find out how Jeremy Carver's going to put his stamp on the show. As you may know, he's been working on Syfy's U.S. version of the supernatural-themed drama, Being Human. But now he's back with our favorite show. He's written some amazing episodes in the past ("A Very Supernatural Christmas," "Mystery Spot," "Changing Channels," "Death Takes a Holiday," "In the Beginning"), and now he has showrunner experience. So I can't wait to see what he has in store. It seems like they have a good foundation with the way they ended things this season. Who's Sam going to rely on? How's he going to get Dean back? How's Dean going to survive purgatory? While I don't want the brothers to be separated, I'm kind of excited for this storyline.

Season 8 needs to start sooner rather than later. Having said all that, congratulations to the cast and crew on getting an eighth season. Plus, Supernatural is up for some Teen Choice Awards, so make sure to vote. I know Supernatural fans have no problem doing that. OK. Let the hellatus begin.

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Sam and Dean are once again doing what they need to do to save the world. It's time to bring down Dick Roman and the rest of the Leviathan. With Dick as CEO, these beings are going corporate in order to rid the world of the human population. Will Team Free Will be able to work together to eliminate this latest threat to humankind? After all, Cas isn't exactly firing on all cylinders. How will Meg, Bobby and Crowley affect the situation? And more importantly, how is this show going to leave us hanging when all is said and done? read more

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