Supernatural reached a milestone hardly ever noticed by a series with its 300th episode. “Lebanon” was written by the group of Andrew dab and Meredith Glynn and it was directed by Robert Singer. Of course, I definitely, definitely want in a best planet that they could possibly have woo’d Eric Kripke back to create this 1, but it is no secret that the significant news is that they did – ultimately! – get Jeffrey Dean Morgan back to reprise the part of patriarch John Winchester, and he certainly did not disappoint. Morgan slipped seamlessly back into the part, and it was definitely satisfying to see him reunited with Mary (Samantha Smith). There was the humor and the household drama and sacrifice that is definitely the core of the series and that seemed a most fitting way to mark the milestone. In addition, there had been hidden Easter eggs in nearly each scene.

The episode starts at Prescious Pawn – the monkey on counter is the very same 1 from Dean’s dream bar. The shop owner (Donny Lucas) has ton of occult products in his backroom and is of course quite shady. Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) inform him that they are searching for the skull of Sarah Goode – but it is essentially a trap mainly because it was stolen from a hunter buddy of theirs who is now dead.

I loved that the shop owner had bottled dragon’s breath – from 1 of the worst episodes of the show – but the atomizer was cool! I loved Sam selecting up the teddy bear (yet another nod to a former episode) and the shop owner telling him not to pull the cord! I loved Dean commenting on the monologuing! “They usually speak also significantly!” Right after they take care of the shop owner, Dean and Sam pack up all the occult objects to take back to the bunker.

In Lebanon, the nearby teens are discussing Dean and Sam – Eliot (Cory Gruter-Andrew) is scaring the other folks with stories of hearing anything trapped in the trunk of their auto. They’ve also noticed the brother’s weird sidekick in the trench coat and the kid. I loved that the film theatre the children are in front of is displaying a bunch of horror films like All Saint’s Day and Hell Hazers – from the episode earlier in the season! It is clear that the brothers are quite extensively recognized about town as the liquor shop owner Jackson knows the “Campbell” brothers – and their usual order. I really like how Mary’s final name is their alias.

Sam thinks that undertaking inventory with the new stuff will preserve Dean distracted from Michael, but Dean’s not so certain. Sam also finds that amongst the products is a Baozhu – a pearl that can grant your deepest desires – and of course, Dean thinks his is to have Michael out of his head. Although they are speaking, Max (Skylar Radzion), who is the new kid in town, steals the Impala to impress Stacy (Zenia Marshall) who she is interested in.

Eliot tells Sam and Dean that Max took the auto – but he does not even know exactly where she lives. Sam asks Marta (Catherine Barroll) at the post workplace for Max’s address – and she is clearly creeped out. As quickly as Dean comes in and turns the charm on, Marta tells him exactly where to come across Max’s mother. Caitlin (Rose Ranger) does not know exactly where Max is, but the cook (Seth Whittaker) tells them it is “skip day” – February 7th – when children blow off steam and head to an abandoned residence in the nation.

The children have taken all the stuff out of the Impala – and there’s a good scene as John Wayne Gacy’s clown hand abruptly materializes out of the smoke from his cigar box. Excellent impact! Ethan (Eric Bempong) shows up to warn them that Sam and Dean are coming, but no one is also worried. Ethan is in the bathroom when it gets cold and Gacy (Chris Nowland) – as a genuinely creepy clown materializes in the mirror.

Dean’s initially concern is that Child is ok – which she is. They rush in when Ethan runs out, and they come across out that he was attacked by a ghost clown. The children are impressed when they rush in declaring they’re FBI. They immediately figure out that they are dealing with the ghost of John Wayne Gacy and it is hysterical when Dean points out that a serial killer clown is the very best/worst factor that has ever occurred to Sam – cleverly reminding us of Sam’s obsession with serial killers and his worry of clowns! They burn the cigar box – when Sam can get the lighter to catch.

Elliot, Max, and Stacy rush in just as Gacy goes up in flames, so Dean and Sam inform them the truth. Elliot feels vindicated – but Dean and Sam swear them to secrecy.

Sam finds the pearl and figures out how to use it. Dean does not want to wait for Mary or Cas (Misha Collins) – if it operates good, but why get their hopes up. As quickly as Dean wishes for his heart’s want, the lights flash and they are attacked…by John!!!

John desires to know why Sam is not in Palo Alto mainly because John thinks it is 2003. The 3 catch up more than a whiskey – or two. I really like John’s synopsis. You have saved the planet numerous instances and now you reside in a secret bunker with an angel and Lucifer’s kid – and you have accomplished this entire time travel factor additional than when. I loved that they had been capable to give John closure about his personal father. And it is heartbreaking when they have to take it all away once more at the finish of the episode. John wishes he’d been there to see it, but he’s also ok with going out by killing old Yellow Eyes – receiving the factor that killed Mom – that was the entire point.

And then… Mary walks in. The two go right away into every other’s arms – and the children excuse themselves. Their reunion is best – no words, just rushing into every other’s arms. Dean is thrilled, but Sam desires to know how it occurred. Dean confesses that he’s wanted John and Mary with each other once more considering the fact that he was 4. Sam reminds him that messing with time is risky – but Dean just desires 1 household dinner prior to he has to deal with it.

Sam catches John alone in the library – Mary has gone to make a buying list to make Winchester surprise. I loved that they revisited this very same story from the prior episode. Sam remembers attempting to make it with Dean, and John appears regretful and ashamed – he remembers also. He confesses to Sam that he messed up a lot with him. Sam tells him that it was all a lifetime ago. When he remembers his father, he does not keep in mind their fights. He remembers John on the floor of the hospital and how he in no way got to say goodbye. John apologizes – Morgan and Padalecki each provide extraordinary performances right here. Sam tells his father that he fought for them – and that is adequate.

Sam admits Dean was suitable to want the dinner and goes with him to get the groceries. Dean goes to get the booze – and abruptly Jackson does not know who he is. Sam runs into Max who has no concept who he is and neither does Stacy. At the post workplace, Sam sees Dean’s FBI wanted poster in the window – Blue Steel and all – yet another good throwback! Meanwhile, Dean has located Sam on the Web. He runs a law firm – and has accomplished a horrible Ted-speak. Sam figures out that there timeline is self-correcting – and worries about what else has changed. Clearly, Dean in no way went to get Sam in Palo Alto…

Disturbingly, Cas is operating with Zachariah (Kurt Fuller)! I loved Zachariah calling Cas Constantine – and Cas not receiving the reference. Fuller does not appear like he’s aged a day, and he also slipped suitable back into the part – snappy dialogue and all. Zachariah goes into the nearby restaurant and desires to know who’s been messing with time. Zachariah says that Lebanon has usually been a bit “muddy” for them – no doubt mainly because of the Bunker getting situated there. Zach tells them to start off speaking or Cas will murder them all. Cas delivers the now popular line, “My name is Castiel, and I am an angel of the Lord” prior to providing us the hero shot of his wings. One more good throw back moment!

The blue angel light catches Dean and Sam’s consideration and they head into the restaurant. Neither Cas nor Zach recognize them, but Zach tortures Sam to attempt to get him to say what they’ve accomplished – even though Cas beats the crap out of Dean. Sam manages to kill Zach – once more – but I did delight in seeing Kurt Fuller – even if only for a incredibly short scene. Cas then begins beating Sam – who utilizes his personal blood on an angel banishing sigil to get rid of Cas – prior to 1 of the 3 have to die!

Back at the bunker, the table is set for dinner, and Dean tells John about the temporal paradox that they’ve made. I loved how proud each John and Dean are of how sensible Sam is. In the finish, it all boils down to either John or Mary obtaining to die. Either John goes back and resets the timeline – or Mary will not be resurrected. John tells Dean it is not even a option. Meanwhile, Sam tells Mary that if they destroy the pearl, John will just go back – but he will not keep in mind something. Samantha Smith definitely delivers in this scene.

John tells Dean that he in no way meant for any of it to come about. It was supposed to be his fight and cease with him. He tells Dean that he’s extremely proud of him, but he’d hoped that possibly 1 day, Dean would have a household of his personal. Dean tells him that he has a household.

It begins out as the most unhappy household dinner ever – till John tells them that they have two options. They can assume about what’s coming or they can be grateful for the time that they have with each other. And then we get the household dinner that I assume we’ve all wanted – not just Dean.

Sam and Dean do the dishes, and Sam remarks on how delighted their parents looked. Sam thinks it is unfair, particularly that John will overlook all the things he knows now. Dean says he utilised to assume that also. For a extended time, he blamed each their parents. But if they sent John so far back that a person else saved the planet, who would that make them. Dean is superior with who they are – and their lives belong to them. It is good to see that each brothers have come to terms with their lives.

John says goodbye to Mary – and once more Smith nails it. It ought to go without having saying that Morgan is just remarkable in each scene – playing a character that he hasn’t in such a extended time and nailing it. They inform every other how significantly they miss every other. John tells Dean and Sam to take care of every other. He tells them how proud he is of them – and we get the Dad hug – and a lot additional crying. And then, when once more, John requires charge and accepts his fate. He holds Mary’s hand as Sam crushes the pearl and watches her as he fades from their presence.

We see time right itself. Cas arrives and hilariously asks what occurred – as they are nonetheless beaten up. In the final scene, John wakes up in the Impala when he gets a telephone contact from Dean. He tells him that he just had a hell of a dream – but it was a superior one…

This was a superior dream for the fans also. All the contact backs to prior episodes reminded me of why so lots of people today fell in really like so tough for this show. The performances of the 4 most important characters had been basically outstanding. If I had to quibble, it could possibly have been good to have a additional highly effective scene in between John and Dean, and even though the kid storyline permitted them to bring in a lot of the contact backs, additional time with Morgan as John would also have been good. What did you assume of the episode? Was it all the things you’d hoped for? Let me know your thoughts in the comments under!