Denouement. The surviving characters gather outside the Sleepy Lodge for goodbyes. James and Portia have decided to leave town, seeing as how Ed Stoltz has built such a strong case against him. There has to be some way to magically fix all that, but they're not interested in thinking about it, and neither am I. "I'll miss you," Portia says to Sam. To Dean: "Maybe even you." She's got that damned collar on over her turtleneck sweater. Why the collar at all? Clearly it's not to hold name tags or rabies tags. Probably someone (writers, directors, the devil) wanted a quick visual queue to link Portia's human and canine personae, even though the same could have been accomplished with a necklace like Philippe's. It's just ugly, and I don't just mean sartorially. Anyway, as a parting defense, Dean says, "I like dogs!" Portia smiles at him and says, "No, you really don't." As she gets into the car, she changes back into a Doberman. That's going to make it a lot harder to play road trip games.
At the end, the Winchesters are back on the road, heading into what seems like a perpetually rainy night. "Well, it's possible I was wrong," Dean says out of nowhere. He mentions that Spencer made him see their mother. "You know, I look back at what our family's been through... I realize the only way we've made it through was by hanging together." Sam makes such puppy dog eyes that he damned near turns into a Labrador Retriever. "I trust you, Sammy," Dean says. "So if you say you're good, then that's it. I'm with you 100%." Right on cue, Sam starts coughing. "I'm good," he says between coughs. Way to use Jared Padalecki's actual mucus, show. Sam coughs up a bit of blood, but quickly wipes it away before Dean can see, thus ensuring a future argument -- probably many future arguments -- about Secrets & Lies.
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