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- Episode: Heaven Can't Wait (Season 9, Episode 6)
- Starring: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins
- Written By: Robert Berens
- Directed By: Rob Spera
- Network: The CW
- Studio: Warner Brothers
Supernatural: Heaven Cant Wait Review
Castiel Serves up Slushies
By Tim Janson
November 15, 2013
After two weeks of standalone episodes Supernatural returned to its main plot concerning the fallen angels and the plight of Castiel. When he last saw the de-powered angel, Dean was asking him to leave the Men of Letters bunker as his presence there presented too much of a danger to Sam. So where do we next find our favorite, now human angel? In Rexford, Idaho, working as a clerk in a gas station/convenience store. But not just working, but doing a bang up job with inventory, stocking the shelves, and refilling the slushie machine. Castiel contacts Dean about a series of deaths of several people who have spontaneously exploded in a blast of pink goo.
Dean investigation leads to the realization that the victims were all going through problems and were suicidal. Castiel soon learns that the killer is actually a rogue angel named Ephraim who is performing mercy killings on humans that are in pain and mental distress. Castiel arrives at what he thinks is a date with his co-worker only to find out that she only wanted him over to babysit her infant. Castiel turns out to be a surprisingly good sitter, even singing a song to the infant but he’s soon confronted by Ephraim who senses Castiel’s pain of now being human and intends to kill him.
Back at the Bunker, Kevin Tran is hard at work trying to translate a new passage on the Angel Tablet however the translated symbols are from an extinct language that he cannot read. Sam and Kevin are forced to bargain with Crowley to translate late the passage and the news is not good. It appears that the spell that Metatron cast to expel the angels from Heaven is irreversible!
No episode that features a healthy dose of Castiel is ever a bad thing. Watching Castiel wait on customers and fumble with the Slushie machine was hilarious as he continues to find a place in the world as a human. But he also brings so much warmth to his role. His disappointment at finding out he wasn’t going on his first date was heart-wrenching has he had to quickly hide the rose he held to avoid embarrassment. You could not help but feel sorry for him for his naivety and pure innocence.
This week’s plot involving the Dr. Death of angels was a little too disposable for my liking and that has been the one weak spot so far in season 9. The antagonists simply have not been as interesting or imaginative as they have in previous years. Crowley and Abaddon are still simmering on the burner, however, and we still have yet to hear from Metatron.
Heaven Can’t Wait wasn’t a great episode but it was quite good and I’m not tiring of seeing Castiel do his man out of his element routine.