Season 4, Episode 20
Castiel tries to give Dean an important message in a dream, but when the boys arrive to speak with him personally they discover instead his vessel, Jimmy Novak of Pontiac, Illinois. Castiel's been recalled to Heaven for something, but Jimmy doesn't know what and just wants to go back to his wife and daughter. But the forces of Hell are after him as a former angelic vessel.
For this episode = 6 demons.
For the series so far = At least 295 humans (of which 5 were witches), at least 69 demons, 28 ghosts, 10 vampires, 6 changelings, 3 gods, 3 shapeshifters, 3 zombies, 2 angels, 2 ghouls, 2 werewolves, 1 cat, 1 crocotta, 1 djinn, 1 dog, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 reaper, 1 rougarou, 1 shtriga, 1 siren, and 1 wendigo.
- Acting for Two
- A Day in the Limelight: This episode focuses on Jimmy and to a lesser extent Castiel.
- And I Must Scream: Jimmy, while possessed by Castiel. He compares it to being tied to a comet. The poor guy has now spent over five years--in-series--being possessed by Castiel and, as a result, getting injured, starved, sleep-deprived, repeatedly killed and brought back to life, etc., etc., completely helpless and unable to see his family again.
- Back Story
- Body Surf
- The Chosen One: Jimmy, chosen to be Castiel's vessel.
- Conversational Troping
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Sam's addiction to demon blood is basically the supernatural equivalent of a heroin addiction
- Downer Ending: Jimmy can't ever see his family again and Sam is left in Bobby's panic room to detox.
- Exact Words: "It's in your blood."
- Gender Bender: Castiel briefly leaves his standard male host and possesses said host's preteen daughter. S/he switches back to Jimmy when the man begs him/her to take him and spare his daughter.
- Grand Theft Me: They need permission, but this is basically what angels do to their vessels
- I Have Your Wife: And daughter.
- Little Miss Badass: When Castiel possesses Claire.
- Papa Wolf: Threaten Claire and Jimmy will beat you with a beer bottle.
- Parents in Distress: Claire says 'yes' to Castiel to save her parents
- Rage Against the Heavens: Jimmy is furious at Castiel for letting his family be put in danger.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: All angels do this, but Anna takes the cake in this episode. She appears in the backseat of the Impala while Dean's driving, startling him and causing him to jerk the wheel violently.
- Take Me Instead: Jimmy gives up dying and going to heaven in favor of letting Castiel possess him instead of his daughter.
- The Unreveal: Castiel never does tell Dean what he intended to tell him.
- The Woobie: Jimmy.
- You Have to Believe Me: When Jimmy tells his wife about Castiel, she thinks he's mentally ill.