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Torn and Frayed 

Dean and Castiel try to rescue Samandriel from Crowley. Sam tries to decide whether or not he should continue hunting or be with Amelia.



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Episode cast overview:
Crowley (as Mark A. Sheppard)
Samandriel / Alfie
Weary Mom
Chris Hinckley


Castiel convinces the brothers he needs their help to sort of redeem his horrible bloodshed in heaven by saving Samandriel. Kevin has dodged his bossy mother but needs more time to decipher the halved tablet. 'Alfie' is being tortured by Crowley's demonic-scientific interrogator Viggo, who finds brain plugs can actually tune into the secret angelic 'programming'. But Castiel's manipulative 'heavenly' supervisor Naoi has a grim hidden agenda to impose. Written by KGF Vissers

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16 January 2013 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The boat owned by Garth that Kevin is hiding out on is called Fizzles' Folly. Mr. Fizzles is the name of the sock puppet Garth used to talk to the little girl in Supernatural: Party On, Garth (2012). See more »


Usually when an angel is killed, you can see a print of their wings, after Samandriel is killed his wings are not visible. See more »


Castiel: I got what we need.
Dean Winchester: About time.
[He turns and sees that Sam is with Cas]
Dean Winchester: What's he doin' here?
Sam Winchester: Don't worry, Dean. Once we save Alfie, I'm out.
Dean Winchester: Oh, once *we* save Alfie. Don't hurt yourself, Sam. Cas and I can handle it.
Sam Winchester: Not according to Cas.
Dean Winchester: I told you we didn't need him.
Castiel: We need everything, Dean. And I need *both* of you, as you say, to stow your crap! Can you do that?
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References True Blood (2008) See more »


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Written by Jay Gruska
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Exciting and fulfilling!
16 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Castiel, after receiving orders from the angel Naomi, asks Dean for help with rescuing Samandriel, another angel who is being tortured by Crowley for information.

Torn and Frayed starts off exciting, and ends with just as much (if not more) excitement; there were a few parts in the middle that I couldn't help but dislike, specifically the parts that included Amelia. Those scenes with Sam and Amelia thankfully did not bring down the rest of the episode. Sam is a great character, but he doesn't seem to have any 'shining moments' when he's in the same room with her, which is what makes these scenes feel a bit dull.

While the episode did have its ups and downs, I believe the writers did a wonderful job wrapping up certain things which will, hopefully, be good news for the Winchester brothers. There have been certain conflicts getting between the brothers this entire season, and both have been doing their best to avoid bringing up the issues (or rather, do their best to hide that it's an issue), which has slowly but surely been tearing the brothers apart. These issues are addressed in Torn and Frayed, and the results might surprise you.

I feel that there was a lack of Castiel and Crowley in this episode, and that was one of the only letdowns. Since this IS a battle between heaven and hell, it seems only fitting to have periodical showings of both angels and demons. However, having less angels vs demons action gives us a chance to focus on the brothers and, like I said, allows them to bring up the issues between them. It's about time, too!

Great episode! I'm already looking forward to finding out what will happen following these events. I suspect we'll be seeing more of Naomi and Crowley in the future. I would give this a 7, however, the end really threw me for a loop and for that I say this episode deserves a solid 8 / 10.

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