9.01 I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here
|I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here
|Season 9, Episode 1
|October 8, 2013
|I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here
|Sam is dying and Castiel is mortal and missing. Dean calls for help from the fallen angels.
|May 22, 2013
| Randolph, New York (Linwood Memorial Hospital)
Longs Peak, Colorado
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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 from 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 from 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 ensure her silence.
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.
- Angel Banishing Sigil
- Angel Blade
- Angel Lore
- Angel Radio
- Bobby's Hats
- Castiel's Cell Phone
- Castiel's Trench Coat
- Deals and Pacts
- Holy Oil
- I'm Fine
- Single Perfect Tear
- Son of a Bitch
- The Fall
- 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)
Trivia & References
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
For Season 9 as a whole:
- Returning character revealed by Jeremy Carver at Comic Con 2013
- Casting news by TVLine
- Bob Singer and Jeremy Carver talk about what is ahead in Season 9
- Jared talks about Sam in season 9
- Jensen talks about the boys' relationship in season 9
- Mark Sheppard talks about Crowley in season 9
- Misha talks about Castiel in season 9
- 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
- Season 9 promo pictures
- Season 9 promo
- Short 30 second promo with Jeremy Carver
- Short Promo
- Extended promo
- Misha teaser - 5 days to go!
- Mark teaser - 4 days to go!
- Jensen teaser - 3 days to go!
- Misha teaser - 2 days to go!
- Jared teaser - 1 day to go!
- Jensen teaser - Tonight!
For this episode:
- Pic of Misha on set by sunnyisdeggers
- Episode title and character details
- Promo pics by ksite
- Sneak peek for this episode
- CHCH promo for this episode
- Winchester Radio Podcast for this episode
- 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