Supernatural Season 8 Review “Hunteri Heroici” – Castiel Makes a Fantastic Third Wheel

Supernatural Season 8 Episode 8 Hunteri Heroici

In this episode of Supernatural, called “Hunteri Heroici,” Castiel decides that he wants to become a hunter and we find out a lot more about Sam’s time with Amelia.

The whole theme of this episode was running and hiding from reality. Fred hid in his cartoon world, Cas is still hiding on earth to escape the devastation he caused in Heaven, and we saw that Sam was hiding when he was with Amelia.

First up, let’s talk about Castiel’s turn as a hunter. Ever since I saw the preview for this episode, I’ve been drooling in anticipation and boy did it deliver. I realize not every fan likes the idea of Castiel hunting with Sam and Dean, but I thought he did a fantastic job. You gotta admit he was pretty darn helpful; smelling out stuff from drug use to bladder infections (ick), listening to police radio signals in his head, healing people and even taking Sam and Dean into Fred’s mind. But though he was great with all the help, I don’t know if he’s cut out to do it full time. He doesn’t have the boys’ instincts and as much as I loved watching all three of them working together, I think Cas may be meant for bigger things.

Now let’s talk about Sam. Just yesterday, I just wrote an article defending Sam because I felt like I was starting to understand some of his behavior this season. But this episode gave us ever so much more information. I hadn’t thought of it that way before, but Sam completely running away from reality makes a lot of sense. Also finding out that Amelia found out that Don was alive was a big eye-opener, too.

What I wonder now is: With all of this talk in the episode about running away – was it meant to explain what Sam did back then and tell us that he had snapped out of it right before Dean showed up, or is it all meant to show us that he is finally waking up from his dream world now?

There are still so many unanswered questions and something tells me that though some may be answered in next week’s fall finale, there will still be plenty to keep us up at night during the winter hiatus. It’s not even here yet and I’m already dreading it.

My favorite bits..

“What’s the word, Cas?”
“It’s the shortened version of my name.”

Sam and Dean’s reaction to Cas announcing that he wanted to become a hunter.

Cas arguing that a third wheel was indeed a good thing.

The coroner calling Dean “Scully.”

“Cas, stop smelling the dead guy.”

Cas’ head going back and forth as he watched Sam and Dean figuring out everything about their victim in about 30 seconds.

“Nice job on that bladder infection.”

“Do not use the words ‘moist’ or irregardless.'”
“There goes my opener.”

Amelia’s father calling Sam a “fixer upper.” – Oh man, that was cold.

“What? I was being bad cop.”
“You were being bad everything.”

The look on Dean’s face when the found out the guy had an open marriage.

The horn honking just as Dean said “Who gives a ..” – Nice!

“So we’re looking for some sort of insect-rabbit hybrid? How do we kill it?”

Cas waxing existential about cartoons. Well, I guess it’s better than him sitting around watching porn.

Cas calmly announcing that he would watch over Dean as he slept.

“Do you boys chase the crazy, or does the crazy chase you?”
“Depends on the day.”

Cas remarking that John had beautiful handwriting. Seeing him read John’s journal was so sweet.

The entire conversation between Dean and Cas in the hotel room: Dean sitting across from Cas, telling him “talk to me,” everything Cas said in reply, all of it was almost too amazing for description.

“Let’s gear up, it’s wabbit season.”
“I don’t think you pronounced that correctly.”

“No flirting, you two.”

“I’ll interrogate the cat.” – Real life LOL. Laughed so hard I cried, no lie.

And laughed even harder when the cat called Cas a dumbass. Haha!

Cas getting caught threatening to kill a patient in an old folks home. Oops.

Not being able to help laughing when the cake exploded all over the TV.

“There was a pastry mishap.” – Understatement.

Cas pulling out his healing mojo on the thief.

“How did you?”
“Guy eats his Wheaties.”

Really wishing Sam would’ve decked Amelia’s for making the crack about John having good taste, “for a jarhead.”

Cas transporting them into Jones’ mind. OMG! Reminded me of that old Twilight Zone movie.

“What’s up, doc?” – Brilliant!

Dean’s gun only shooting a flag that said “Bang!” on it.

The descriptions of Dean and Dr. Mahoney showing up on the screen, Road Runner-style.

“Eventually whatever it is you’re running from, it’ll find you.”

“That’s all, folks.”

Dean rewarding Cas with an offer to ride shotgun. Aw.

“But I know I can’t run anymore.”

Sam telling Amelia’s dad that his brother was the best and when he lost Dean, he ran.

Amelia getting a phone call that her husband was alive. Holy crap!

Cas sitting down next to Fred and enjoying the music along with him.

What did you think of this episode of Supernatural? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? I’d love to hear from you!

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