Dean is back, free from possession and ready to rejoin the party. He dives right in, mocking the horrific abomination of his brother’s beard, reeling a little at the crowds that now fill the Winchester Cave - who call Sam Chief.
We have reunions with Cas and Jack - but not Bobby, alas. What we don’t have is Dean talking about his possession. He claims to not remember anything about being possessed and insists he’s fine
Everyone gives him duly dubious looks
But when he goes to shower he finds a weird scar on his arm - they realise something managed to hurt him while possessed by Michael -perhaps enough to drive Michael from his host explaining why Dean was freed at all. This is exciting for everyone because it points to a weakness in the super dangerous Archangel
And they have a lead. Cas does his angel mind reading trick on Dean (hey, remember that one?) and remembers a figure with a spear stabbing Michael/Dean in the arm… a figure that looks exactly like the one who killed Kaia.
They call Jody about the attacker (oh why why why did they not get a spin off? Whyyyy?) they learn she has three bodies with very similar marks to the scars Dean had. Time for them to set off - without Jack because Dean crushes his little spirit by pointing out how weak and fragile he is with classic Dean diplomacy. Jack goes to his room with heart all in tatters…. Awwwww
And Castiel stays behind because one of the Winchester crowd, Jules, brings in Laura, a victim of a witches curse who needs woo-woo. I think this is a convenient way of keeping Castiel off the front like, just like last week because, even if they keep forgetting it, angels are supposed to be portable nukes and break the story
It does mean we get to see Jody again - and why oh why oh why wasn’t Wayward Sisters a thing?! WHYYYYY?! She talks about how hard it is raising three huinters, how she and Claire continue to have a difficult relationship with them finding a level with Jody agreeing to bring her in on monster cases but human cases are off limit. Which makes sense since with humans she has to be involved with things like evidence etc