9.01 I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here

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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.
Monster Angels
Timeline Immediately after 8.23 Sacrifice
Location(s) Randolph, New York (Linwood Memorial Hospital)
Longmont, Colarado
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Synopsis

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.

Characters

Definitions

Music

  • "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)

Quotes

Sam: It's just we got a major freakin' crap fest on our hands. Yeah, tell me about it. Thousands of superpowered dicks touching down, and we got no idea where to start.
Dean: Cas, are you there? Sammy's hurt. He's hurt, uh – he's hurt pretty bad. And, um... I know you think that I'm pissed at you, okay? But I don't care that the angels fell. So whatever you did or didn't do, it doesn't matter, okay? We'll work it out. Please, man, I need you here... Screw it. Okay, listen up. This one goes out to any angel with their ears on. This is Dean Winchester... and I need your help.
Truck Driver: No signal up here. How about a lift, hmm?
Castiel: Yes. Good. I would fly, but I – I have no wings, not anymore.
Kim Schortz: I'm afraid, as hard as this may be, this might be a good time to talk... about the inevitable.

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.

Kim Schortz: Uh, is – is that... I'm sorry. Is that a metaphor?
Sam: I want to fight. I do. But I just feel like...

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?

Bobby: Just die? All the good you've done, all the people you've saved, all the sacrifices you've made? You've saved the world, son. How many people can say that? How many people can say that they have left this godforsaken hunk of dirt that much a better place? What you call dyin' I call leavin' a legacy.
Castiel: You tell me. If you could do anything, what would it be?

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.

Castiel: Let's go see the Grand Canyon, then.
Dean: Anybody ever tell you you hit like an angel?
Bobby: Everything inside you need to help you on your way. Go on, son. I'll be waiting for you with a couple of cold ones.
Death: Well I must admit, when I heard it was you, well I had to come myself.

Sam: I bet you get off on this.

Death: Perhaps, but not in the way you assume. I consider it to be quite the honor to be collecting the likes of Sam Winchester. I try so hard not to pass judgement at times like this - not my bag you see - but you? Well played my boy.
Dean: Sam listen to me. I made you a promise, in that church. You and me. Come whatever. Well, hell, if this ain't whatever. But you gotta let me in man. You gotta let me help. There ain't no me if there ain't no you!

Sam: What do I do?
Dean: Is that a yes?

Sam: Yes.
Sam: What the hell happened?

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.

Sam: Good. 'Cause we got work to do.

Trivia & References

The title "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" is a song from the musical Annie, and is sung when the orphan Annie arrives at the mansion of Millionaire Oliver Warbucks. Watch it here.
Dean: I would've bought cronuts, but time was short.
A cronut is a pastry which is a cross between a croissant and a doughnut.
Hael: Castiel. We met in Heaven. My name is Hael.
The name Hael is Hebrew for "Angel of Kindness." Hael is said to inspire art, beauty and kindness in mankind.

Minutiae

Jared live tweeted during the broadcast from his trailer with Jensen and Clif Kosterman. Mark Sheppard also tweeted. You can read their tweets here.
This episode was shot second although it airs first. This was due to scheduling conflicts from Osric Chau and Mark Sheppard.
Video of the stunt work of Castiel crashing the car posted by Jose Manzano.
At the end of the episode Sam says "We've got work to do." This is a recurring quote throughout the series. At the end of 1.01 Pilot, there is a shot of Dean and Sam standing over the trunk of the Impala. As Sam tosses a weapon into he trunk he says "We've got work to do," and closes the trunk. At the end of 2.22 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part Two, the scene is replayed with the brother's positions reversed. Dean tosses the Colt into the trunk and says "We've got work to do." In 4.01 Lazarus Rising, when Dean asks Castiel why he was brought back, Castiel responds, "Because we have work for you." In 7.19 Of Grave Importance the line is used by Bobby to explain his presence as a ghost.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts

Promotion

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