Yeah! Guess who is back? Like a resurrecting Christ figure, it’s ask him any question and he will tell you no lies, prime-time’s favorite ride or die angel, Castiel.  Hmm, I don’t know what it is but my mind must be in a dirty place this week or maybe it’s the writers (Eugenie Ross Leming and Brad Buckner) of this week’s episode of Supernatural.  “A Little Slice of Kevin” opens with children enjoying playful activities such as painting, the merry-go-round, and sliding apparatuses at the school’s playground.  Typical of children, one kid is taking finger-painting to far—getting paint all over his face and body.  A teacher (or maybe a chaperon) takes the kid into the bathroom to clean him up.  Before she closes the door, her eyes become solid black, revealing that she is a demon.  What’s the world coming to—first pedophiles now demons are after our kids.

While traveling down a woodsy road, Dean (Jensen Ackles) has a hallucination of seeing his buddy the fallen angel Castiel (Misha Collins) walking along side of the road in the same direction he is heading—a subtle scene of clever foreshadowing.  Dean returns to the cabin where he and Sam are lodging and Sam (Jared Padalecki) fills him in on the clues leading to their next case.  Twelve people, including the little boy from the opening scene along with some adults, have been abducted during mysterious weather phenomenon.  The following scene reveals that Crowley, the King of Hell, is behind the abductions.  Torturing the angel Samandriel (Tyler Johnston), Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard) has acquired the names of twelve prophets that can or should be able to read the Word of God inscribed on a stone tablet in Mandarin.  It is enough that Samandriel is selling out good people to the King of Hell but sit there and take your torture like a man.  You’re an angel of the Lord for Christ’s sakes and the screaming and whining like a little bitch is just pathetic.  “What happened to [counting to] three?”  An angel doesn’t know if or when a demon is lying?  We can’t have these types of scenes.

Kevin Tran (Osric Chau) and his mom (Lauren Tom) hire a witch—off of Craigslist?  Stop.—to gather the charms and herbal ingredients they need to create demon-bombs.  In the words of Kevin’s mom, “Casual encounter.  That means no questions asked.”  Ha-ha.  Turns out the witch is a trick—that is one of Crowley’s bitches—and leads Crowley straight to Kevin’s location.  Kevin is then kidnapped.  Dean has another hallucination of seeing Castiel outside his hotel window.  What doesn’t work is that after all that the Winchesters have done, lived through, and seen, they are still questioning what is possible and what is impossible.

The big question or mystery of this week’s episode is “Just how did you escape Purgatory, Castiel?”  Castiel does finally and physically appear before Dean—but did it have to be in the bathroom?  That brings me to another great dialogue in the episode, when Cas announces, “I’m dirty” and Dean replies, “Purgatory will do that to you.”  Castiel informs Dean that he is not responsible for saving everyone.  Using his angel powers, Castiel clears Dean’s mind of guilt and misperception.  Dean then has an accurate memory of when he escaped Purgatory and why Castiel didn’t make it out.  We discover that Castiel deliberately let go Dean’s hand as he was entering the portal.

Crowley begins slaughtering the group of people he kidnapped that he assumed could translate the Word of God in front of Kevin.  Raising the stakes or the threat, Crowley cuts off one of Kevin’s fingers.  Kevin breaks and begins to translate the inscriptions of the tablet.  The inscription of importance provides instructions on how to close the gates of Hell.  However, Kevin reveals that another inscription—a message from the archangel Metatron.

Castiel and the Winchesters locate Crowley and Kevin.  After rescuing Kevin, Castiel has out-of-body or more accurately astral projection episode.  While talking Sam and Dean, Cas is dissociated from his physical form and appears in one of the main offices upstairs (in Heaven).  Castiel meets with HBIC (one of the Head Bitches in Charge.  She, apparently one of Cas’ superiors, instructs him that he is to continue his watching over the Winchesters.  Yeah, and while you’re at it, please remind the boys that hunting and destroying monsters is their life, their destiny.

Next week, Cas and the Winchesters become The Three Musketeers or is it The Three Stooges?