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1. Dean gives Cas a mix tape.

2. Kelly gives up her baby to Cas.

3. Dean and Sam agree they can help the baby.

4. Dean tosses the Impala keys to Castiel.

5. Dean gets angry at Castiel because he was worried.

6. Dean understands and defends Castiel’s odd behavior in the end.

No, I didn’t write this Destiel fic. It’s literally the show. It’s literally episode 12x19.

SPN 12x19

What I liked most about this episode.

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This:

This is my blog, and I’m going to just say a little thing about Destiel because I want to, and I can. Especially because this is the least amount of queerbaiting we’ve ever seen in this show thus far. Why? Because there’s a lot of nuance for those of us who grew up in the Mix Tape Generation, and to us, there’s absolutely no way to misinterpret this scene.

Here’s why I liked it, and found it so wonderful.

There was no reason for this scene. None. It did not play to the overall narrative of the episode, or even, the show in general, which is how a lot of the queerbaiting on the show is done. And you can go ahead and say that it’s just showing that Dean thinks Castiel is a part of the family now and that’s how he’s showing it, but Dean doesn’t make mix tapes for Sam. Or anyone that we know of. It was a small scene. Castiel means to return the tape and Dean gives it back. He says, “it’s a gift. You keep those.”

Now, this is a significant scene for being so brief.

Dean Winchester was born January 24, 1979. Which makes him about my age. And here’s what I remember about people giving other people mix tapes:

You gave your crush a mix tape to say your feelings and hopefully end up macking in the janitor’s closet after fourth period in middle/high school.

If you weren’t making that mix tape for yourself, you were making it for your crush.

Also, the most meaningful band in existence to Dean Winchester, born January 24, 1979 is Led Zeppelin. 

So. He didn’t just make a mix tape to give to Castiel. He made a mix tape of HIS favorite music to give to Castiel. That’s Level 2 flirting through mix tape sociology. And we already know how much Dean treasures his music. How meaningful it is to him. One of the most popular lines from the show, to this day, is: “driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cakehole.”

This small, insignificant scene is probably lost on the younger viewers who didn’t grow up in a mix tape generation, but let me say this: for any of us who were born circa January 24, 1979, knows that this small, insignificant scene is anything but. 

Mix tapes had power.

Mix tapes had significance.

Mix tapes were confessions.