Episode 717 - The Born-Again Identity
Aired March 23rd, 2012
9 PM, CW
Writers of Supernatural
– oh please, work with me. I want to like this show, I really do, but every now and then you do these things that make me want to kick you through a plate glass window. Why do you do this to me?
This is the episode where Sam takes a trip to the looney bin – we've done trips to the looney bin before, but I can live with that – but more importantly, Cas returns. With amnesia, because, you know, that's one soap opera cliché they haven't trotted out yet. And again, I'll give them that, because Cas is such a great character and so somberly acted that I would watch him order a sandwich. His scenes with Dean make this episode. While the slash fiction writers seem to be enamored of “twincest” (ew) with Sam and Dean, they're overlooking the fact that the greatest romance of Dean's life has been with Castiel, the angel that pulled him out of hell. The most fantastic thing about this is neither Dean or Cas are consciously aware of their long running bromance, but it's always been there, which is the best kind of romance. That's why Dean was so devastated when Cas betrayed him by bringing down Sam's mental wall, and yet still devastated when the Leviathans seemingly killed Cas. But this is Supernatural, where dead doesn't always mean permanently dead, and certainly not with the angelic Cas, who seems to have a built in reset button.