9.01 I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here
|Title||I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here|
|Episode #||Season 9, Episode 1|
|First aired||October 8, 2013|
|Directed by||John Showalter|
|Written by||Jeremy Carver|
|On IMDB||I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here|
|Outline||Sam is dying and Castiel is mortal and missing. Dean calls for help from the fallen angels.|
|Timeline||May 22, 2013|
|Location(s)|| Randolph, New York (Linwood Memorial Hospital)|
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Out on the road, Sam wonders how could humans explain the angels falling as a meteor shower, before Dean reveals they have a larger problem: Sam actually fell into a coma from his injuries in the trials, and they’re currently inside his head. Meanwhile in the real world, Dean learns from a doctor that Sam likely won’t recover, and prays to Castiel for help. When that fails, Dean invites any angel to come assist, offering his help in exchange, as we see several across the country hearing the call.
Inside Sam’s head, Sam struggles to process how to fight his way out of the coma, whether to listen to his hallucination of Dean, or Bobby as the path to freedom. While the trio argues, Castiel wanders down a road in the real world, hearing the faint voice of angels before jumping out of the path of a truck. Seeing that he’s human and bleeding, Castiel accepts the man’s offer for a ride into town. Castiel arrives to a gas station, nearly getting into an altercation with a biker before a young female angel named Hael recognizes him.
Dean mistakes the hospital’s grief counselor for an angel, before realizing that the still-in-his-trunk Crowley might be able to help Sam. Before he can open the trunk however, Dean finds himself accosted by an angel who demands Castiel’s location, until another wounded angel arrives to intervene. Dean manages to impale the aggressive angel in the scuffle, before the other passes out from his injuries in the fall. Dean traps the angel in holy fire until he awakens, identifies himself as Ezekiel, and swears his belief in Dean and Castiel’s cause, ultimately offering to save Sam.
Castiel consoles Hael that life on Earth might not be so bad, leading Hael to propose they start by visiting the Grand Canyon she once created. Meanwhile inside Sam’s head, Sam elects to listen to the Bobby side of his conscious mind, and walks through a lush forest. Bobby reminds Sam that he saved the world on multiple occasions, and should feel entitled to leave things behind once and for all. Meanwhile in reality, Ezekiel begins the healing process as Castiel finally calls Dean to check in. Castiel confirms that Ezekiel can be trusted, but Dean warns Castiel not to place his trust in any fellow angels that might want to harm him. After hanging up, Castiel is surprised by Hael knocking him out with a plank, while Dean begins angel-proofing the hospital room against impending reinforcements.
While Dean begins evacuating the hospital, Castiel awakens on the road to find Hael driving with an angel blade in her lap. Hael quickly blames him for the angels falling, expressing her intent to merge with Castiel’s stronger vessel before her current body deteriorates. Meanwhile in Sam’s mind, Bobby directs him to a cabin that will end his suffering, before a vision of Dean stabs Bobby, and begins attacking Sam to get him to fight back. Sam insists he has nothing left to fight for, dissipating the vision of Dean before entering the cabin to find Death waiting for him.
Dean finds himself badly beaten by the attacking angels, before a moment of inspiration allows him to draw an angel banishing sigil, regardless of where beside Heaven it might take them. Inside the hospital room, Ezekiel reveals that his healing efforts have failed to save Sam, though Dean may not like the possible last-ditch effort of Ezekiel possessing Sam’s body. Dean wonders if Sam would even accept such a solution, to which Ezekiel shows Dean a vision of Sam ready to accept Death’s offer. Elsewhere, Castiel buckles his seatbelt and swerves Hael’s car off the road.
Ezekiel insists to Dean that his possessing Sam would heal both of them, after which he’d promise to leave the body. Acting as a bridge, Ezekiel allows the real Dean to enter Sam’s mind and plead for his brother not to accept Death’s offer, and Sam ultimately agrees, unaware what his “yes” means for Ezekiel. Meanwhile, Castiel awakens from the crash to find Hael’s mangled body outside the car. Hael insists she can ultimately protect Castiel from the other angels who want him dead for his actions in expelling the others from heaven. Castiel refuses her help and she warns him that she would reveal his location to every angel via "angel radio," but Castiel kills her to stay quiet.
In the aftermath of all the chaos, the doctors find Ezekiel’s disoriented vessel alone in the hospital room, while Sam/Ezekiel and Dean make a stealthy getaway. Ezekiel assures Dean that he can slowly heal Sam so long as Sam never finds out about the angel sharing his body, for fear of rejecting it. Ezekiel even offers to wipe Sam’s memory of the entire experience for safety, to which Dean reluctantly agrees. Elsewhere, Castiel enters a laundromat and goes to clean his bloody clothes, but the sight of a vending machine leads him to borrow someone else’s clothing and pay to nourish himself, leaving the trench coat behind.
Sam awakens out on the road with Dean, apparently without any memory of the day after the angels fell, and eager to get to work in fixing the mess they’ve made.
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Bobby Singer
- Kim Schortz
- Tractor Angel
- Angel Banishing Sigil
- Angel Blade
- Angel Lore
- Angel Radio
- Castiel's Cell Phone
- Castiel's Trench Coat
- Deals and Pacts
- Holy Oil
- Title Card
- Warding Sigils
- We Got Work to Do
- "Who Do You Love?" by George Thorogood and the Destroyers
- (plays during "The Road So Far" recap of events)
- "Spanish Serenade" by Juan Vicente Zambrano (5-Alarm / Imagem Production Music)
- (plays at the laundromat where Cas goes to wash his clothes)
Castiel: Yes. Good. I would fly, but I – I have no wings, not anymore.
Dean: Look, I'm sure you're a nice person and that you mean well, but "inevitable" – that's a fightin' word where I come from. There's always a way.
Kim Schortz: And I am a prayerful woman who believes in miracles as much as the next, but I also know how to read an EEG. And unless you're telling me you have a direct line to those angels that you were looking for –
Dean: Yeah, no, I, uh... Guess I don't. But I might have something better. I got the King of Hell in my trunk.
Bobby: Like you got nothing to swing at? Like you're punching at shadows? You got to let go of fightin' and scratchin' and lookin' for loopholes, 'cause that ain't happenin'.
Sam: So – so, what? I - I - I just die?
Hael: There's a place. I built it when I was last here – many years ago. A grand canyon.
Castiel: The Grand Canyon.
Hael: I - I would like to see that.
Sam: I bet you get off on this.
Sam: What do I do?
Dean: Is that a yes?
Dean: What do you remember?
Sam: The church, feeling like crap, the angels falling, and that's it.
Dean: But you're feeling good?
Sam: Yeah. I mean, I just, um... You've been driving around with me passed out in the passenger's seat for a day?
Dean: Oh, I mean, I stopped, you know, let a few Japanese tourists take some pictures. Nobody got too handsy. I knew you'd pull through. I meant what I said at the church. You're capable of anything, Sam, and hell if you didn't prove me right.
Trivia & References
- A cronut is a pastry which is a cross between a croissant and a doughnut.
- The name Hael is Hebrew for "Angel of Kindness." Hael is said to inspire art, beauty and kindness in mankind.
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- Episode title and character details
- Pic of Misha on set by sunnyisdeggers
- Returning character revealed by Jeremy Carver at Comic Con
- Casting news by TVLine
- Season 9 promo
- Extended promo on TVLine
- Episode Synopsis and Promo pics by Examiner.com
- Sneak peek scene by HuffPost
- Winchester Radio Podcast for this episode from WinchesterBros.com
Spoilers for the Premier Episode:
- Bob Singer and Jeremy Carver talk about what is ahead in Season 9
- Season 9 promo
- Extended promo on TVLine
- Episode Synopsis and Promo pics by Examiner.com
- Sneak peeks scene by HuffPost
- Misha promo 5 days to go!
- Mark promo - 4 days to go!
- Jensen promo - 3 days to go!
- Misha promo - 2 days to go!
- Jared promo - 1 day to go!
- Short Promo
- Promo for Supernatural's move to Tuesday nights with Sam, Dean and Crowley
- Promo for Supernatural's move to Tuesday nights with Castiel and Crowley
- Jared talks about Sam
- Jensen talks about the boys relationship
- Mark Sheppard talks about Crowley
- Misha talks about Castiel
- Season 9 promo pictures
- 9.01 I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here: There Ain't No Me If There Ain't No You by bardicvoice (October 2013); archive link
- Chan, Suzette. 2013. Supernatural Talk: Tarts talk about 9.01: I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here. Sequential Tart, November 25; archive link
- Scott, Lyda. 2013. TV Review: ‘Supernatural’ - 'I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here.' Blogcritics, October 11; archive link