This week's episode of "Supernatural" felt like the most ambitious undertaking for the Little Show That Could has attempted since Season 5’s epic “The End.” There are neon blue portals between worlds, demonic tornadoes, a demon mothership, and rescue and escape mission in two realms. "A Little Slice of Kevin" also marked the return of a fan favorite. Let's break it down!
Fade in on the world’s most perfect daycare. It offers playground adjacent finger-painting, a glittering lake, and there’s probably a bouncy castle just beyond the herd of unicorms. A teacher ushers a cute but messy child into the bathroom seconds before a black tornado whips through kiddy utopia. The flash of the teacher’s beetle-black eyes before entering the bathroom is encouraging, at least for us. Monster-of-the-week episodes are great, but I will always love anything involving nasty ole demons and "Superantural's" best Big Bad, Crowley. This also means that this episode will be straight-up mythology, kids, and it's about time there was some progress in the big storyline of the season. Sam and a wigged out Dean, showing absolutely no unrest after last week's fraternal smackdown, are on the case. The little five-year-old's disappearance is one of about six worldwide. The boys are stumped as there is no connection between the victims, except that strange, demonic omens happened at the exact time of the abductions.
Devilish screams pierce the air, muffled by heavy steel door. Behind it, Crowley is back at torturing, like a good King of Hell should be. Only he’s not hacking into an alpha monster, but carving new wingholes for the baby-faced angel we met in “What’s Up Tiger Mommy?” He had the cringe-worthy, new-agey name like Renesmee. Thanks to Crowley’s skill with an angel blade, he’s a drooling, bloody mess and trying to stay resolute despite otherworldly pain. He finally breaks, giving up whatever information Crowley wanted, and because he’s the King of Hell, Crowley office him one more slice for thrills and giggles. Mark Sheppard is having a wickedly good time. Poor little Renesmee.
It’s disturbingly amusing to watch seven hapless people, wondering if they’ve been abducted by aliens. To be fair, they’re not complete idiots as they were seated around an octagonal bar with hummed with white light. It seemed like an obvious choice. As we find out or guessed, the abductees are future prophets. Like vampire slayers, there can only be one prophet at a time. Once one dies, the next in line is summoned. Truth Bomb #1: If Kevin Tran is currently a prophet, the wonderfully geeky Chuck from Season 4 and 5 is probably a goner. Let us have a moment of silence for the best prophet there ever was...
One doomed lady admirably tries as hard as she can to read The Tablet but really just recites The Declaration of Independence. It’s adorable and a little awkward when Crowley turns the tablet to the right direction. Oops.
Back on the case, Sam slickly checks a witness for demonic possession by muttering Latin into his cell phone. “It’s code…for your safety, ma’am,” Dean covers. It's a small moment, but a cool one. The older Winchester is distracted by images and guilt over leaving Castiel in Purgatory. He sees the angel, dirty and disheveled, hoofing it along the highway or even illuminated by lightning on a stormy night. He thinks he’s finally cracked, and reveals to Sam that he “let Cas go.” Sam kindly chalks it up to survivor’s guilt and urges him to try to move on, lest it’ll swallow him whole faster than Leviathan. That's the jist of the brotherly interaction for this episode.
While Crowley launches his offensive, Mama Tran and her little prophet are doing the same. Holed up in an abandoned and now booby-trapped restaurant, Mama Tran anxiously awaits the arrival of a “scrappy” witch who can track down the ingredients to build more anti-demon bombs. She’s a total newb to the business but bless her heart for trying. It takes about two seconds for Delta the Witch to strut into the place and double-cross them. After all, someone who’s “willing to kill” can’t be that trustworthy. Crowley makes off with his shiny prophet and Mama Tran's left to fight off a demon henchman, who is about as lethal as a hangnail. She neutralizes him with a Supersoaker filled with holy water and corals him into her trunk equipped with a devil's trap and calls Sam.