On this week’s episode of Supernatural, Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Ketch (David Haydn-Jones) ventured into the alternate universe to save those they love.
The episode opened with Dean and Ketch on the hunt to find Jack (Alexander Calvert) and Mary (Samantha Smith). In the apocalypse world, Dean and Ketch walked for hours to find any sign of Mary and Jack. Eventually, they stumbled upon rogue angels that executed humans who formed a resistance to rebel against the rise of Michael. Just as they were about to execute the last human, the angels pulled off the hood — it was Charlie Bradbury (Felicia Day). Dean was taken aback. The angels recognized the alternate Charlie, spared her life and then brought her to Michael for interrogation.
Dean and Ketch switched goals to track down Charlie because she knew where Jack and Mary were. While walking, a bounty hunter jumped out from the trees and shot Dean in the shoulder — not with a normal bullet, but a poisonous one that set Dean back. In the process, Ketch jumped on the bounty hunter and forced him to say where the angels were, which was in a silo.
Dean and Ketch tracked the silo down and managed to rescue Charlie. The three of them continued to look for Jack and Mary, but time ran out. They made their way back to the rift, and Ketch convinced that Dean should go back alone, regroup, heal himself and come back into the alternate universe with more weapons. Ketch and Charlie stayed in the alternate universe while Dean zapped himself back to the bunker.
While Dean was in the alternate universe, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Cas (Misha Collins) desperately tried to break the mental wall that Gabriel (Richard Speight Jr.) put up to block out the torture that he endured for years. Finally, Gabriel pulled through and allowed Sam to give him his grace back, which made him an archangel again. When Gabriel “became” an angel again, Asmodeus sensed his location and invaded the bunker to take Gabriel hostage again. Suddenly, Gabriel assumed his full power and burned Asmodeus alive. After things settled, Sam and Cas asked Gabriel for his help in the fight. Gabriel said no and bounced with the angel grace and all.
When Dean returned to the bunker, he just missed Gabriel. Sam and Cas caught him up on what happened, and when Dean processed that another rift couldn’t be opened because they didn’t have any grace, he broke down.
Throughout the episode, Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) and Jo (Danneel Ackles) bickered about Lucifer controlling Heaven. Lucifer wanted to be the new God but came off too harsh. For example, when he listened to peoples’ prayers, he said they were whining and losers.
The episode gives a scary peek into Dean’s guilt on himself. Dean partially was adamant on finding Charlie because he felt that he got her killed.
“Charlie was like family. She was a sister to me. She did more for me and Sam than I could even say. And ... she was butchered,” Dean said.
He was referring to season 10, episode 21, in which the •Styne brothers butchered her. To top it off, Dean blamed himself when they can’t open another rift.
“If we can’t open the door, then I should have never come back! Son of a bitch!” Dean said. “Every time! Every time we get close, it always falls apart. Every freaking time.”
Supernatural airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.