Welcome back everyone! it’s only been a week since Sam was finally rid of his angel pacemaker, but the boys are back, despite having gone separate ways.This episode of Supernatural gets down and dirty when it comes to the bible. We are introduced to Cain, the son of Adam and Eve who killed his brother Abel. And the show manages to succeed once again in offering its own version on those events actually went down, one that will without question sound VERY similar to the Winchester fans. “First Born” is a good episode that gives the two most unlikely of characters a chance to have some bonding time. With Dean and Crowley working together to find a way to kill Abaddon while Sam and Cas work hard to heal their wounds.
Crowley wants to kill Abaddon,but who doesn’t want that crazy bitch dead. The only way to destroy a Knight of Hell is with a weapon called the First Blade. And the only information that Crowley has on it came from a demon who was killed by none other than John Winchester! This leads us to the awesome buddy comedy of Dean and Crowley teaming up in order to find the First Blade. Since Dean is usually the one cracking all the jokes, it was a pretty nice change of pace to see him playing the straight man for a change. John’s journal leads Dean and to Tara, an old Hunter buddy who clearly had a one night stand with the boys dear old dad (and who seems more than interested in checking “Father/Son” off of her sexual bucket list). She’s a typical hunter who doesn’t trust Crowley at all, but she helps and sends Dean and Crowley to Missouri. Just like Cecily last week, do yourselves a favor and don’t get too attached to Tara.
Down south in Missouri, Dean and Crowley find a beekeeper, and Crowley becomes instantly terrified, insisting that they need to leave right away. The man’s name is Cain (played by Tim Omundson). Yes, he’s the son of Adam and Eve, the one who killed his brother, Abel. But Supernatural adds a whole bunch of insanely cool mythology to the character in question. Cain is the Father of Murder and, after killing his brother, he became a demon, the most ruthless, powerful demon ever. He also trained the Knights of Hell, including Abaddon, but then he turned right on around and killed them all.
Cain claims that he’s retired and has absolutely no interest whatsoever in getting involved in any of this craziness. Not even the arrival of Abaddon’s demon henchmen (who ganked poor Tara in order to find their location) changes this guy’s mind. Instead, Cain just sits back, shucking some corn while watching Dean fight and kill three demons, which Dean does like a boss!
This is the point in the episode where Supernatural gets really inventive with the storyline. Cain didn’t kill his brother because he was jealous that God loved him more, he did it to protect him. Lucifer wanted to trick Abel into being his pet, so Cain made a deal with Lucifer to sacrifice his own soul to Hell if Abel could go to Heaven. Lucifer agreed, but forced Cain to be the one to send his brother to Heaven.
So, the older brother sacrificed his own soul to protect his brother. Does anyone else see what I see?
Sadly, all of this ended up being a moot point because the First Blade isn’t there in the first damn place! Cain threw it into the deepest ocean after retiring from his demonic ways 150 years ago when he met a woman and fell in love with her and they got married. But, that was all for not as the Knights of Hell killed her, which is why he killed all of them and then retired.
In order to use the First Blade, you need to have the Mark of Cain, which is the bloody symbol on his forearm given to him by none other than Lucifer. Cain offers to transfer the mark to Dean because he’s worthy enough to have it.This is where I stop for a moment and say “First Sam with the trials and now Dean with the Mark of Cain?!” Dean is gonna f**k a lot of s**t up with that! There seems to be some pretty serious side effects to having the mark that Dean doesn’t care about.
In the end, Dean gets the Mark of Cain (to go along with his anti-possession tattoo and the Enochian symbols on his ribs) and Crowley promises to find the First Blade and bring it back to him. However, Dean figures out that Crowley knew all of this when their adventure began and totally set Dean up, knowing that Tara would die. Needless to say, Dean is none too pleased with this and promises to kill Crowley right after he kills Abaddon. Crowley isn’t convinced that Dean actually means it. Shows how little he knows.
Back at the Men of Letters bunker, Sam and Cas spend some much needed time together, something that we’ve never actually seen them do. Cas learns that Sam still has a bit of Gadreel’s Grace inside of him, and that they can use it to track him if they successfully remove it. This, of course, involves a big ass needle. Sam agrees to be the guinea pig, making Cas think Sam actually has a guinea pig, LOL, because he is still blaming himself for not finishing the trials and closing the Gates of Hell forever and for preventing Kevin’s death. Cas has evolved in so many ways. After being human and going through his own trials and tribulations, he now realizes that life is worth living and that everyone is capable of change. His love of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches proves that in a nutshell, pun intended.
The Grace isn’t enough for the locating spell, so they’re back to square one when it comes to finding Gadreel. However, Sam and Cas hug it out in a beautiful and touching moment of male bonding. It’s a great storyline that highlights just how similar Sam and Cas actually are, both of them are severely wounded and damaged following the trials of season 8, both of them having unknowingly done some pretty horrible things. And in the end, Cas literally and quite figuratively fixes Sam and makes him a whole person once again.
There’s also a very beautiful little bit of storytelling at the end where both Cas and Crowley, independently, suggest to Sam and Dean that they could use help in their missions (finding that asshole Gadreel and killing that crazy bitch Abaddon). And as different as Cas and Crowley are, they’re both doing their absolute best to try and push the Winchesters back together, and Sam and Dean are being stubborn about it, as always.
That’s it for this week’s recap of Supernatural. Do your best to do what Dean does best and stay classy, until next week when it turns out that Garth is not only back, but he’s a werewolf!!!!