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By Diana Steenbergen
In the final scene of the previous episode, Dean and Sam decided that they could not work together, at least not right now. In “Free to be You and Me,” we are given a taste of what it is like when they are separated. Dean continues to hunt, and is joined by Castiel for a mission while Sam gets himself a regular-guy job at a bar and tries to retire from the family business.

After more than four seasons with nearly every episode featuring Dean and Sam working together on a case, it is jarring to see them separated for so long. But I like that Supernatural is willing to take chances; they are growing the brothers' relationship in maturity as they go through this painful process. Dean says he is happier, not having to worry about his family for the first time in years, but is he? Sam is desperately trying to live a “normal” life, again. In the end, neither brother seems better off apart, although they have not yet realized this. Writer Jeremy Carver puts effort into presenting Dean and Sam's stories paralleling each other, even though they are separated. I liked the opening montage showing Sam burning all of his fake IDs while Dean is still using his; Sam slices a lemon and Dean slices through a vampire; Sam washes down the bar at work while Dean washes the blood off his car. The conflict each brother encounters at the end of the hour dovetails as well when Dean and Castiel encounter the archangel Raphael at the same time Sam battles a group of hunters. The device does its job; the detached stories feel linked, mainly because we know that Dean and Sam are still ultimately connected.

Jared Padalecki does a great job of quietly showing us how guilty Sam feels. I like that Bobby does not easily let him off the hook when he calls to report demon activity in the area. Sam is also having visions of his dead girlfriend, Jessica (Adrianne Palicki of Friday Night Lights) and it is fitting that she would appear while Sam is attempting a second time to hide himself in a normal life. Padalecki and Palicki (what are the odds of actors with these two names being in a show together?) have an easy, natural chemistry, and even in just a few short scenes we are reminded what Sam lost at the beginning of the show. I also liked Lindsey, the girl working in the bar with Sam. She, like Jessica, is threatened when Sam's real world comes back to haunt him.

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However, this time Sam is able to save the girl as he fights off the hunters who threaten her. After the majority of the episode is spent seeing Sam beat himself down and try to hide who he really is, it is cathartic to see him back in fighting mode again.


When the vision of Jessica is revealed to be Lucifer trying to tempt Sam into becoming his vessel, it is a reminder that this is the same method that was used on Nick, Lucifer's current vessel. Mark Pellegrino does extremely well in his role as Lucifer, with his gentle demeanor toward Sam it really does seem like he cares. He speaks softly and soothingly, yet what he says is chilling. Is it possible that Sam would consent to being Lucifer's vessel? I hope not, but we shall see. Meanwhile, we are given the Dean and Castiel show, as Castiel gets Dean to help with his search for God, this time by trapping Raphael in order to get information from him. I love watching Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins work together – the actors click amazingly well, almost as well as Ackles and Padalecki. Some of Dean's insults to Raphael felt overly jokey, but most of the time the funny dialog between Dean and Castiel works quite well, like Dean trying to teach Castiel how to impersonate an FBI agent. And while the scene in the brothel felt a bit like something in a sitcom, the look of pure terror on Castiel's face was hilarious. He can face down certain death without flinching, but a prostitute? That is a different story. As Raphael, Demore Barnes is compelling, conveying the bitterness and grief from believing that God has abandoned them all. Interestingly, Raphael's reasons for what he has been doing, starting the apocalypse, sound suspiciously similar to Lucifer's desire to take God to task. In a nice little moment, when Raphael mentions how tired he is, there is a brief shared look between him and Castiel that is full of sadness. I hope this actor will return; it does not seem as though the story with Raphael is finished yet. Next week promises a glimpse of a possible future. Will Lucifer's predictions about Sam come true? And will the brothers find a reason to fight alongside each other again? Only time will tell.

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