Episode 10.17

“Inside Man” Review

 By Annie Kenney

Sam Winchester – you made me cry (again) and you made me love this week’s episode so much that I just want to go back and watch it more than once. It was everything a fan could want in a Supernatural episode and – despite the Rowena sub-plot – it was the best episode for quite a while (in my opinion of course).

Welcome back Bobby Singer and just the very sight of you makes me realize how much I’ve missed you and your wisdom. Tonight’s cameo made me question (not for the first time) why the writers made the decision to kill Bobby off (especially as they keep bringing him back). The Winchesters need a character like Bobby, they need a father figure and a go to guy. Bobby’s presence is sorely missed and I hope that we see him again before the end of the season.

This whole episode started to tie up a few loose ends while setting up some pretty grim scenarios. It was sad to see Sam keeping secrets from Dean (although I loved his French film excuse and I really want to see that particular block buster; a mime that is really a cockroach – priceless). Part of me wanted Sam and Dean to go and see a movie together but – obviously – that was never going to happen. Nice to see Sam and Castiel working together though and it is clear that they both want to save Dean from his fate.

Sam Winchester and Castiel summoning Bobby Singer

I thought it was incredibly sad to see Dean trying to be normal. Going to a bar, hustling pool, eating nachos. Even as he took money off the marks you had this awful feeling that the evening was not going to go as planned. There was bound to be a fight and the shadow of the mark would hang over it ominously. My heart leapt when I saw Dean’s eyes turn black for a second and I wondered if it was meant to be real or in Dean’s imagination. It does seem though as if the mark is going to turn Dean into a demon again and that is an extremely frightening development.

Dean Winchester

Usually I don’t like it when an episode flicks back and forth but I thought that it worked this time. There was so much going on and – as a viewer – I needed to know every single thing that was happening. Nice to see Hannah again (even though she was in a very unfamiliar vessel) and even nicer to see Metatron – he might be a creep and the angel that killed Dean but he is still a very entertaining character and I’m not entirely sure I trust him. What did shock me was seeing Castiel steal his grace and Sam shoot him in the kneecap. I have to say I didn’t see either of these things coming.

Did I mention that I love it when Sam goes all bad-ass? Well tonight he was awesome! Scary and tough, protective and determined. I hope that Sam does manage to save his brother because I don’t want to think about what will happen if he doesn’t.

It was interesting to see Rowena go after Dean to save her son and it was also interesting to see that Dean is protected (probably by the mark). I have to admit I was hoping that Dean would kill her (and put me out of my misery at least) but she used the men she had put under a spell to protect herself. (And it appears that Dean can resist the mark at the moment but who knows for how long). Good to see Dean talking to Crowley again and giving him some home truths about the meaning of family. Despite their natural enmity towards each other I actually believe that Crowley is pretty fond of Dean and still misses him. My theory was proved to be correct when he chose Dean over his mother and sent Rowena packing. Unfortunately I don’t think we have seen the last of her…

So the episode ended on a really sad letter from Bobby to Sam. Jared’s acting just blew me away. He was so subtle, his gestures really minimal, the trace of a tear in his eye. Poor Sam, he so wants to help his brother but Metatron and Castiel have gone on a road trip to find Castiel’s missing grace. Do I trust the former scribe? Not in the least and I fear that there is something he isn’t telling us.

So we have reached a bit of an impasse; Dean is still cursed with the mark and it appears to be changing him back into something demonic. Castiel has his own search and Sam is out of ideas. Will he be honest with his brother and tell Dean just what he is up to? I sincerely doubt it and I can see things getting worse before they get better.

Next week (well in two weeks on April 15) another familiar and much loved character makes a return and I am both excited and scared. There are only six episodes left and this means that we are heading towards the finale at breakneck speed. We know there is a Season 11, but we don’t know what state the Winchesters will be in when that season begins.

Cain killed Abel – his younger brother – and this fact is something that keeps running through my mind every time I try to predict just what is going to happen.

I’m excited and scared in equal measures…