I could make a really sad post about how it’s very telling that Metatron chose Gabriel to try and convince Cas to step up into a leadership position.
Because Castiel’s always wanted his big brothers to care about him, believe in him, and be proud of him, so of course he’d take what Gabe said to heart.
I could point out that he and Sam have this in common, and talk about how the last thing Cas said to Sam in the episode was to look out for Dean—because he’s just been reminded of how he’s lost his brothers and he doesn’t want that to happen to Sam.
I could say all that.
But instead, let’s just focus on how smokin' Richard Speight Jr was in this episode.
Everyone at the school already knows about the new kid and his pretty, older boyfriend who picks him up after school and presses him to the side of that big black car and kisses him hard and deep before messing up his shaggy hair and asking how his day went.
When you look into Dean’s eyes you see green, you see tired, you see too many years for such a young man.
When you look into Sam’s eyes you see hazel, you see broken, you see an unwilling soldier.
But when you look into their eyes when they’re looking at each other you see love, and suddenly you know what keeps them going.