--I hope everyone got the awesome reference in the title. It's a very old story (Arabic or Middle Eastern, I believe):
"The Appointment in Samarra"
(as retold by W. Somerset Maugham )
The speaker is Death
There was a merchant in Bagdad who sent his servant to market to buy provisions and in a little while the servant came back, white and trembling, and said, Master, just now when I was in the marketplace I was jostled by a woman in the crowd and when I turned I saw it was Death that jostled me. She looked at me and made a threatening gesture, now, lend me your horse, and I will ride away from this city and avoid my fate. I will go to Samarra and there Death will not find me. The merchant lent him his horse, and the servant mounted it, and he dug his spurs in its flanks and as fast as the horse could gallop he went. Then the merchant went down to the marketplace and he saw me standing in the crowd and he came to me and said, Why did you make a threating getsture to my servant when you saw him this morning? That was not a threatening gesture, I said, it was only a start of surprise. I was astonished to see him in Bagdad, for I had an appointment with him tonight in Samarra.
And this is, of course, precisely what Dean learns during his time as Death.
--Okay, I loved all of Dean's journey tonight. With Tessa again, out of his body again, having to balance his fight with destiny and the fact that actions have consequences (and the bigger one's influence, the bigger the consequences are).
--Death is awesome in this universe. Seriously. Every moment he's onscreen is a good moment.
--Speaking of Death, he's one of the very few supernatural beings they've met who has mercy. I mean, he plays Dean like a fiddle, and makes noise about only tolerating the Winchesters ("affront to the natural order") because they're digging up evil stuff, but.... He's a softy, isn't he? And I'm intrigued that it was Death who helped Sam and Dean in their quest to imprison Lucifer when Death seems to be the most subject to this destiny-like natural order. Huh. Must ponder this.
--I loved the opener, with Dean going to the doctor guy who knew John back in the day, and getting "killed" so he can talk to Death. Very funny, in a dark way, and really shows how much Dean has lost... before, it would have been Sammy watching his back for a stunt like this, or Bobby. Not this time.
--Sam trying to kill Bobby: *whimpers* I don't care what Sam wants or how hard it was to watch that final scene or whether Sam's mental wall will be intact very long. He needs his soul back. No killing Bobby, Sam. :(
--Sam has his soul back! Finally! ... now I have all of hiatus to chew my nails and wonder what that's going to be like.
--Also, wtf is up with souls this season? I WANT TO KNOW.