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07 November 2009 @ 03:42 am
SPN: "Changing Channels" Episode Review + Meta  
I am still very much incoherent just from the first viewing of the episode, but I managed to at least get some meta down. Much squeeing to be had of course, so go ye forth! I STILL NEED TO TALK ABOUT THIS EPISODE BECAUSE IT IS LIKE, WHOA. :D :D :D

Supernatural 5.08 "Changing Channels"

Yet another unique episode to go down in Supernatural history is "Changing Channels", where the Winchester brothers stumble upon the Trickster while in town and go to investigate, mainly for the notion that they could talk to him about what is happening with the Apocalypse, only to get stuck playing the Trickster's game in taking on such roles and surviving whatever task their "character" is supposed to do. From being medical doctors to game show contestants on a Japanese game show to being crime scene investigators. At first thinking it's merely for amusement on the Trickster's part, Castiel appears twice during the game, realizing that something isn't right with what is happening, and surely enough the Trickster not wants to boys to accept their roles as vessels but is also, in fact, an angel himself. The archangel Gabriel, to be more precisely.

Coming down from the hilarity to seriousness, we learn that Gabriel had abandoned Heaven and had his own little witness protection cover, changing his identification by hiding under the guise of a Trickster. Basically he couldn't handle the shit happening in Heaven so he left, and really doesn't care which side wins as long as the fighting gets done with. It really provides a lot of interesting issues about Heaven and God and His children, from both angels and humans alike and such roles they have to play.


Angels and Humans: The Sense of Brotherhood and Family in Supernatural

I think what fascinates me, more than anything, is the more we're seeing of other angels, such as Raphael and Gabriel, both who are archangels respectively, the more we're seeing just how human-like they are with their worries, their fears, and how they feel about the current situation in Heaven and the Apocalypse in general. Seeing the differences in how the other angels are handling and dealing with everything that's happening and has been happening for who knows how long, of an absent father to having no clear orders, feeling lost and alone. Some either conforming to Zachariah's mindset while others simply just don't give a damn, like Gabriel. It's really incredible having other perspectives on this war, and it also proves that angels and humans aren't that much different after all.

Brother versus brother, family dysfunctions, all these qualities which was mentioned by Gabriel when describing precisely why the Winchesters were chosen to become vessels and why it's their destiny, and why they should fulfill it. The parallels between Lucifer and Michael and Sam and Dean are just so remarkably fitted together perfectly that, even though I knew of that connection, just hearing Gabriel say it in his own words floored me. Sometimes it just has to be straightforward in canon to make that impression on me, I don't know.

I felt sorry for Gabriel, I really did. Yes, what he did was cowardly by abandoning his family because he couldn't deal with their bullshit, but thinking about it in terms of one's own family, if something huge was happening, something that seemed like a mega apocalypse in your own home, and it recurs so frequently that sometimes it can become too much to handle. But even though I understand how Gabriel must feel with all this chaos happening, he has absolutely no excuse in not being there with his family. Dean was certainly right, it really doesn't matter what is happening, family is family, and you never abandon your family no matter how fucked up they may be. And that's the biggest difference between the angels in Heaven and the Winchesters at this point, one side has persevered and overcome many obstacles and, although still patching up wounds, they are becoming stronger as a family. Whereas the other side is losing hope and their faith, falling apart bit by bit, and what's left is only that tiny sliver of hope which is being held onto by Castiel at this point, believing that God still exists somewhere out there and believes that things will be okay in the end, as opposed to his brothers.

Kripke has mentioned time and again that Supernatural has always been about family and brotherhood, and that's the main theme here for all sides. Brothers, family, you never leave them behind and you never give up hope even if things seem at a loss and all odds are against you. Things may seem impossible, but sticking together and having hope, even if it's small, is enough to make it through the worst of times. Family is always there for each other, no matter what.


Castiel, the "Pretty Boy Angel", Holding The Faith

From this episode, although he wasn't really featured as much as I would have liked, something really occurred to me from how Castiel regarded Gabriel, not with words but with how he looked at him. He felt betrayed, of course Gabriel betrayed Heaven by abandoning them all, but that's the thing. Gabriel is an archangel, the fiercest of all God's angels and he just up and left. It must really hurt to even hear and see such a powerful being give up and lose all hope and faith, and just not really caring about the entire war at all. Their brothers are dying, being killed off if they don't conform, or losing their own dignity and faith, and all he can do is just sit back and watch waiting for it to blow over?

That must've been incredibly shocking for Castiel to witness, a fellow brother in arms in Heaven to just abandon his post, his entire family, without much of a second thought of the consequences. That look he gave Gabriel in the end? Wow. His entire family is letting him down, and that must be really distressing for him.

This is why I like the fact that Castiel still holds his faith close to him, like it's something to be guarded with his entire existence because that's all he has left. And that's sad, to see the angels, the archangels more specifically, losing their faith because of all that's been happening and just giving up hope about God in general, and right now it's only Castiel alone that still holds that faith so dearly. He has to believe for the sake of his brothers in Heaven, he has to believe for the sake of Dean and Sam and humanity, he has to believe for the sake of himself and not crumbling and just become nothing. Otherwise, what else is there for them all? If he doesn't have that gleaming bit of hope that somehow, everything will be alright in the end, everything just might fall apart.

One of the things that was brought to my attention, mainly by reading other people's reactions, is how Castiel might be perceived in Heaven. We haven't really gotten much about how the angelical ranking system works in the Supernatural universe and whatnot, though it's really gotten me thinking about how other angels from higher rankings treat the other younger or lower ranking angels. Gabriel calling Castiel "pretty boy angel" prompted this, and it might seem insignificant at the moment, but it does make one wonder how other angels regard others, at least from before. I don't know, it's just from the brief interaction Gabriel and Castiel had this episode alone had me wondering.

Anyway, this is precisely why I love Castiel's arc this season. We're seeing him holding the fort with his faith, his hope that he will find God, that he truly believes in God enough to find Him even if such angels like the archangels are having such doubts and either aiming to kill him or just not wanting anything to do with the war.


Memorable Moments of the Episode:

++ EVERYTHING FROM THIS EPISODE IS MEMORABLE AND AWESOME! From beginning to end, everything was just so cracktastical and amazing and hilarious and wonderful. It would take FOR-FREAKING-EVER to even begin mentioning all the things that went down that I loved, from the opening credits and the MOTHERFUCKING GAYEST THEME SONG EVER which of course it would be because it was a parody of FULL HOUSE! XD To the spoof on Grey's Anatomy (DENNY REFERENCE + horrid song playing during the operation, lolwhut!), Dean having an obvious fanboy gay orgasm with his fictional mancrush on Dr. Sexy dude -- therefore, it is canonically correct that Dean Winchester may very well be bisexual, if one would even care to deal with canon since we already know he's super gay for Castiel anyway -- THE JAPANESE GAME SHOW WHERE SAM GOT WHACKED IN THE NUTS! SAM ON THE GENITAL HERPES COMMERICAL! THE BOYS DOING HORATIO CANE IMPRESSIONS, JUST LOL!!! EVERYTHING FROM THIS EPISODE, OKAY?

++ I will say, the writers must enjoy torturing Jared if they gave him the clap last episode and then genital herpes this episodes. LOL! But I suppose that's what happens when one sleeps with Ruby V2.0. *shrugs* I wonder how many other STDs Sam will be getting this season....

++ GAY INNUENDO XINFINITY THIS EPISODE! "You're gonna need a bigger mouth" + Dean riding Sam (Sam as the Impala, or Sampala) and taking old from the truck/his ass? THERE IS NOT ENOUGH JOKES IN THE WORLD!

++ Which I still think Cylon even though it was KITT from Knight Rider, I'M SORRY I CAN'T HELP MYSELF! RED LIGHT GOING BACK AND FORTH = CYLON TO ME! PLUS ANGELS = CYLONS SO IT WOULD MAKE SENSE! IN MY HEAD ANYWAY!

++ CASTIEL'S ENTRANCE IN THE GAME SHOW!!!

YOU GUISE, THIS WILL NEVER NOT BE FUNNY. NOT EVER. BECAUSE CASTIEL + GAME SHOW + CONFUSED EXPRESSION + "UHHH....WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?!" = BRB DYING FROM LAUGHTER AND SQUEE! SO NOT JOKING I WAS CRACKING UP BECAUSE CASTIEL IN THAT KIND OF A SETTING IS MORE HILARIOUS THAN THE WHOREHOUSE, FOR SERIOUS NOW. AND HE WAS WORRIED ABOUT HIS DEAN AND WENT TO GO LOOK FOR HIM, AWWWWW! ♥ ♥ ♥

++ CASTIEL + BONDAGE!DUCT TAPE = MORE EPIC SQUEEING IDEK ANYMORE! XDDDD

++ Dean being all concerned over Castiel and asking if he was okay = ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ THEY SO NEED TO MAKE OUT ALREADY, GODDAMN.

++ TRICKSTER IS GABRIEL THE MOTHERFUCKING ARCHANGEL = BEST MOTHERFUCKING REVEAL EVER! I have always loved the Trickster since "Tall Tales", and I love him even more in "Mystery Spot", but this? I don't think it's possible to love him anymore after this episode because I think this is just awesome for such character development. I've seen many refer to this reveal as total retconning, and maybe it is, but it's the best goddamn retcon ever because we knew very little about the Trickster, and back then Kripke probably wasn't even thinking about the angel route for the Apocalypse when he first introduced the Trickster. Therefore this kind of retconning is acceptable because we got a reasonable explanation about why this was his cover and it made sense and it was in the context of THE PLOT, Y'ALL! YAY PLOT RELEVANCE!

++ Also, teaching of lessons about the boys and their roles just as he did to Sam in "Mystery Spot", and it really adds more to his last words to Sam in that episode as well. Everyone plays their roles in life in order to survive, which was their lesson here. But in the end, it was Dean teaching Gabriel a lesson, which I loved and kinda found mega hot that Dean was all taking charge like that. Rawr.

++ Whump!Castiel never fails to make me love him even more, the poor woobie. Getting all beaten up again. *hugs and pets my bb angel* WHERE DID GABRIEL SEND HIM, THAT IS MY QUESTION? D:

++ THIS GIF. NEED I SAY MORE?




Overall Unlike the previous episode, this had the mixture of having comedic over-the-top scenes blended nicely with the serious business that is relevant to the plot of the season, specifically the Apocalypse. This is what is needed when there is a break from the super serious and dark episodes, a blend of the hilarity and the dramatic angst which, in my opinion, is a lot better to have than just stand-alones they can be great but leave us wanting more plot-related episodes than just irrelevant ones. It's much better that way to satisfy everyone's needs for a good laugh and for a gasp and go "OH SNAP OH NO THAT DIDN'T JUST HAPPEN!" I did all of that this episode, thus I am fully satisfied. Needed more Castiel, though. Would have loved to see him wearing a white doctor's coat instead of the trench coat, just for kicks. But whump!Cas is also okay, too. ;p
 
 
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Jenni: spn › dean » fangirlsonlyechoes on November 7th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
You are my favorite meta monster, you know that right? ♥ I don't even know what to say, you said it all here.
Renée: Castiel. Cute and sneaky.rogueslayer452 on November 7th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
Awwww, thank you bb. ♥ You've made me quite happy, you know that? ;D
♛ part-time maenad: spn; castielradon_ on November 7th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
THIS EPISODE IS MADE OF SO MUCH WIN OMFG. THE SPOOFS! I FLAILED AND LAUGHED AND IT WAS AWESOME.

ngl, I thought having the Trickster = Gabriel was SUCH A RETCON. But yeah, BEST RETCON EVER. RDM, this is how you do a retcon okay? Cas was adorable (as usual) omg I loved his confused expression during the game show (speaking of, game show was WIN. I love that they did replays) and how in the sitcom he was all cut up and bleeding because he totes fought with all his angel!might to get past some epic archangel barrier and that was totes cool. Cas ♥
Renée: Castiel. Guardian angel.rogueslayer452 on November 7th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
OMG INORITE? I AM STILL SMILING AND LAUGHING AT JUST REMEMBERING CERTAIN SCENES! XD XD LOLING FOREVER!

BEST MOST AWESOMEST RETCON EVER, I TOTES AGREE BB! :D I loved how they explained it and it makes sense with everything and just, omgyes, I love it so fucking much. Gabriel needs to return now that they've revealed his true nature, especially after the speech that Dean gave him. He looked like he was really taking it all in. God, I love the epic angel family drama we're having right now. Cylons much? Definitely and totally. :D

Oh my precious Castiel. ♥ He was just too adorable and I was laughing so hard when he appeared on the game show, his "uhhh...what are you doing here?" was fantastically delivered! XD And then at the end his visible deflation after seeing his brother as a coward and just, omg, so much love for Castiel. ♥
Kevin Jonesmulder200 on November 7th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
Like somebody else said, the Winchesters have finally met a family more fucked up than they are and that's just sad! I feel for poor Cas! Poor guy gets beaten up and taped up and sent who knows where and then finds out his brother is a coward. Talk about depressing.

However, it does make for some interesting character development.
Renée: SPN. Castiel.rogueslayer452 on November 7th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
I know, right? Sheesh, it really puts everything in the "and you thought your family was fucked up" category. I mean, here we have Castiel who is fighting with everything he has only to discover that his brother, a freaking archangel no less, has just given up. That was just a punch in the gut for him and I'm just like, oh Cas. :(

It does make for interesting character development, and I can't wait to see where it leads to.
miya09: GLEEmiya09 on November 7th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
LOL! After watching this show. now I want to see the Angels their version of a Sunday Dinner...oh the FAMILY DRAMA. (I feel your pain brother....)

I always love reading your reviews, it always present in a mature yet hilarious view and not to mention seeing you SQUUEEING ON ADORABLE CAS! ♥
Renée: Castiel. Cute and sneaky.rogueslayer452 on November 7th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
FAMILY DRAMA AT SUNDAY DINNER, WHERE CASTIEL HAS GOTTEN A TIMEOUT FROM THE GROWN UP TABLE! XD But yeah, it's getting really interesting seeing the angels in this light, as one big screwed up family. I love it, the angst, the drama, the pain.

HOW CAN I NOT SQUEE ON THE CUTENESS THAT IS CASTIEL? JUST LOOKIT HIM! ;D IN THIS EPISODE ESPECIALLY, ALL WHUMPED AND CONFUSED AND JUST, AW CAS! ♥
jello: Castieljelost on November 7th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Love this bb!! <33

Hey, question: I don't think I quite understood the retcon (should go back and rewatch!), but was it implied that the Trickster had always been Gabriel?

This means there may be more of him in the future! <3
Renée: Castiel. Bookish.rogueslayer452 on November 7th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU BB! :D :D :D

Basically we've established that he has been a Trickster since like season two, but here we've just been revealed he's actually an angel (before in S2 Kripke hardly was thinking of the angel storyline, hence the retconning to reveal he is Gabriel in this episode). BUT! That doesn't mean it's a horrible retcons like some retcons are in shows, this is more awesome and epic and amazing retconning because it makes sense in the scheme of things.

I hope that makes sense for you. ;)

I REALLY HOPE WE SEE MORE OF HIM IN THE FUTURE! Also, I want more of Raphael, too. And Lucifer. More Gabriel, Raphael and Lucifer plz, kthx. :D
seablue-eyed demon: Sam & Dean → hmm trustworthyseablue_eyes on November 7th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
Cas was in this?? And Cas got beaten up???? Your gif makes me wanna cry! His face, awww.

And the Trickster is Gabriel?? Hm. Okay, that's kinda cool. I might have to watch this ep, it sounds kind of good.
Renée: Dean/Castiel. Personal space.rogueslayer452 on November 7th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Castiel got whumped just a little bit in this episode. But it's all good because he was mightily pretty because Castiel + ridiculous brightly lit settings = major prettiness, and much hilarity. Two of the three scenes he appeared in this episode were LOLARIOUS at best. The last scene was heartbreaking, but he's alright and Dean loves him so, yeah. It's all good. ;)

Yep, the Trickster turned out to be Gabriel all along, which the explanation given it makes perfect sense (especially in that "Heaven is more fucked up than we thought" kinda way), and there's plenty of paralleling of brothers and family and just, yeah. It really was an awesome reveal.

You should totally watch it, bb. It's awesome and hilarious! You'll be laughing and trying not to pee your pants because it is THAT funny. XD
seablue-eyed demon: Dean / Castiel → 'tis a pretty nameseablue_eyes on November 8th, 2009 10:52 am (UTC)
Maybe i will :)
i dream of colors that have never been seenetoile444 on November 8th, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)
Awesome meta!!! So true:

Dean having an obvious fanboy gay orgasm with his fictional mancrush on Dr. Sexy dude -- therefore, it is canonically correct that Dean Winchester may very well be bisexual, if one would even care to deal with canon since we already know he's super gay for Castiel anyway.

LOL!!! :)
Renée: Dean/Castiel.rogueslayer452 on November 8th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
IT'S TOTALLY TRUFAX! XD DEAN CANNOT DENY IT!
pretty much the nostalgia chick: yes yes i totally agreevikki on November 8th, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
Another excellent and well-written meta! Gabriel, IIRC from the Bible, is the one that makes appearances related to Jesus's birth, so he's a heralding archangel and not necessarily a fighting one biblically (whether or not that means anything in SPN remains to be seen, of course!). I was so heartbroken for him, and, um, Castiel seems both pissed at and disappointed with Gabriel hardcore there at the end, and HOW MUCH DID I LOVE DEAN'S SPEECH. THIS MUCH GUYS.

While I'm not a big one to go meta-ing on the writing for the show, I really do wonder if the Trickster was a full-on retcon. I mean, it was bugging me that the Trickster wasn't getting killed by what should have killed him back in season ... 2? I think?, so the revelation that he's actually an archangel and wooden stakes have no effect on him was great. =D Also, it just occurred to me that they set up for the angels like waaaaaay back in season 2 when Sam was confessing that he believed in God and Dean was scoffing. Just some thoughts! Either forethought, or the writers are actually paying attention to stuff they did earlier. (Did anybody think Show would last this long? OH SHOW ILU.)

a;sldfja;sdlfksja;dfkaj;askldja; fewioejasj!!!!!!!1!!

This would be my reaction to every single one of Castiel's appearances in this episode, holy SHIT the duct tape over the mouth and whump!Castiel asdlj;afslj! STOP BEING THAT WOOBIE. SERIOUSLY. (I too want to know where he went. Where would I find fics about that?)

finally, a question: is there a good/interesting reaction post re:Castiel's reputation in Heaven that you can point me to? My awareness of the SPN fandom is limited but I am always interested in interesting meta. =D
Renée: Castiel. Cute and sneaky.rogueslayer452 on November 8th, 2009 04:29 am (UTC)
It's almost like with Raphael's speech but with a bit more emotion, with Gabriel talking about his affections in Heaven but couldn't stand the fighting and the wars so he left, and just wanting it all to end. There's so little hope and faith in these archangels anymore that it makes Castiel's faith look even stronger now compared to his brothers, and that's quite sad. :( I really do hope that Gabriel will turn around after hearing Dean's speech. He really does need to man up and take responsibility.

I mean, it was bugging me that the Trickster wasn't getting killed by what should have killed him back in season ... 2? I think?, so the revelation that he's actually an archangel and wooden stakes have no effect on him was great.

Well the first time they supposedly staked him in S2 episode "Tall Tales" it was a decoy version of himself, and having such abilities he could conjure that up. But here in this episode it did seem like they did kill him, but really it could go either way because whether or not they would have staked him for real it wouldn't have affected him. Which makes for a great explanation to his story and the reveal of his true nature.

Also, it just occurred to me that they set up for the angels like waaaaaay back in season 2 when Sam was confessing that he believed in God and Dean was scoffing.

The show has always had religious undertones, with episodes like "Faith" and "Houses of the Holy", and it's actually very clever how they've intertwined everything so neatly during S4 and now S5, keeping with the consistencies of what they'd done in the past. Like I had mentioned to someone else, the fact is Kripke didn't have the whole angel storyline mapped out during S2, but once they started getting ideas about how they were going to move into seasons four and five everything came together so perfectly that it's like, of course they would go in this direction with the angels and Heaven and God and the Apocalypse into the mytharc. It makes perfect sense.

HEE! CASTIEL BEING ALL WOOBIE IS PRECISELY WHY WE ADORE HIM! Well, that and when he's being all badass and unf and smiting some bitches, and when he's being all adorable with Dean. Which is just...all of Castiel, really. We just love our little angel no matter what. :D ♥

finally, a question: is there a good/interesting reaction post re:Castiel's reputation in Heaven that you can point me to?

Hmm, I don't know if there's any that I've seen that specifically talks about it at length. I've just read people's reactions randomly about it during their reaction posts and mostly are just stating the obvious, but that would make for an interesting meta.
lloyd, i'm ready to be heartbroken: misha: saving worlds in an apronsapphirestar_ on November 8th, 2009 10:00 am (UTC)
I WAS GOING TO SAY SOMETHING INSIGHTFUL BUT THEN I GOT DISTRACTED BY THE PRETTY PRETTY CASTIEL IN BONDAGE!DUCT TAPE GIF.

ALSO, TRICKSTER = GABRIEL IS PRETTY MUCH THE MOST FABULOUS THING EVER.
Renée: MISHA COLLINS BITCHES!rogueslayer452 on November 8th, 2009 10:15 am (UTC)
IMAGINE HOW I FEEL GOING THROUGH SCREENCAPS, I'M LIKE STARING FOREVERRRRR! PRETTY ANGEL IS PRETTY, ALL WHUMPED AND WITH DUCT TAPE BONDAGE AND JUST, YEAH. DID I MENTION HE LOOKS VERY, VERY PRETTY? ;D

I LOVE THAT REVEAL SO FUCKING MUCH, IT'S ABSOLUTELY SHINY AND SPARKLY AND I AM IN LOVE WITH IT. JUST IN LOVE. :D :D :D
The Large Purple Weed: Castiel bondagetracy on November 9th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
But even though I understand how Gabriel must feel with all this chaos happening, he has absolutely no excuse in not being there with his family.

The problem for Gabriel here is, I think, that his family is torn asunder and if he wants to be with them, he has to choose a side. Dean sticks with Sam because Sam is all he's got, but who does Gabriel stick with? Michael and Lucifer are both his family, so it's not so clear cut for him.

I love everything you've said about Cas, and furthermore, I'm so proud of him. The "pretty boy angel" who was probably a nothing in Heaven and yet who can stand up to all of his family when Gabriel, the mighty archangel, ran away. Oh, Cas, you are the best. ♥

BRB STARING AT THAT GIF FOREVER.
Renée: Castiel. Adorkable.rogueslayer452 on November 9th, 2009 06:26 am (UTC)
That's very true, you've got a point there. Gabriel even said that he loves his brothers, but where do you go when family is pitting against one another and you're stuck in the middle, not wanting to choose sides? He doesn't care which side wins, as long as the war gets done and over with. I just hope that he comes to a decision from what Dean says to him, and it might be hard due to that familial love and all, but I really want to see him step up from this.

The "pretty boy angel" who was probably a nothing in Heaven and yet who can stand up to all of his family when Gabriel, the mighty archangel, ran away. Oh, Cas, you are the best. ♥

This, yes. I'm proud of him too. The fact that he's proving himself, proving the strength of his undying faith in God and in such a silver lining for this war and his family when all the rest of the angels are losing their own faith, just omg. I love this so much about Castiel right now, how strong his belief is that he continues on his search when it seems all hope is abandoned by his own family. Just, love. So much love for Castiel right now. If anything, I truly believe that this is Castiel's destiny, not just in terms of a personal journey but that he's the only angel so far that can restore the faith and belief of his brothers in Heaven. AND I LOVE THAT SO MUCH. ♥ ♥ ♥

THAT GIF WILL FOREVER BE MY FAVORITE. ALL I NEED NOW IS ONE OF HIM STRUTTING OUT FROM THE DOORS IN THE GAME SHOW BECAUSE, HE JUST ~*~DAZZLES~*~ WITH THOSE EPIC ENTRANCES, GODDAMN. :D
bold_seer: dean/castielbold_seer on November 9th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
STOP HYPNOTISING ME WITH THAT GIF!

Everything you said about Gabriel, Castiel, Dean and Dr Sexy - so much word!

WHERE DID GABRIEL SEND HIM, THAT IS MY QUESTION?

I can't believe they didn't address this!

Dean being all concerned over Castiel and asking if he was okay = ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

YES!

But whump!Cas is also okay, too. ;p

More than okay if Dean takes care of him! ;)

Oh, and Sampala is kind of catchy, isn't it?