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Stream of Consciousness, Episode 6.12

buckle up

I am going to enjoy the 2nd half of this season SO much more than the first. I can feel it already. There are so many potentially meaty plot points still to cover, so many answers to seek, and at the close of this episode, I just felt…better. I mean, we don’t have a lot of resolution, but…. Well, it’s like this.

Looking back, I felt like we had been standing on the edge of a very tall precipice since the moment in the S6 premiere when Dean woke up in the compound after the djinn attack with his brother’s unfamiliar, calculating eyes watching his every move. Each episode pushed us a bit further off-balance until by the end of episode 11 we were pin-wheeling to keep from going over the edge. Our breath was held, our stomach muscles tight, everything in us was willing ourselves to stay on that edge, to not fall over. But we were so close.

And then tonight, I felt the hand at my elbow, pulling be back. We’re still on the edge, but we’re not tipping over. And we have enough balance to look over our shoulders and seek solid ground.

 

I’m out of practice—I usually jot down notes during the commercials, but I didn’t write fast enough this go-round. So, if I’m light on the details, I hope you’ll forgive me.

The THEN was ironically chronicled to Aerosmith’s “Back in the Saddle.” *high-five for classic rock* It was basically a catch-up of all 11 past episode's crucial plot points. And then, we open with a scene that in real life would fill me with complete and utter terror: a two-seater prop plane flying through a thunderstorm. I think my pulse began hammering immediately.

Stan the pilot is trying to comfort his pretty, dark-haired, terrified girlfriend (I never caught her name, so if you can, fill in the blank for me) as they fly for “just a few more minutes” looking for a place to land. She glances out through the side window and sees a quick flash of what looks like gigantic wings.

I was totally reminded of that Twilight Zone with William Shatner: “There’s…something…out on the…wing!”

Anyway, Stan is telling her to relax and think of some place peaceful and suddenly BLAM! He’s grabbed through the window and the plane is going down and the girl is screaming her bloody head off. Yikes!

Title card and we break to a close up of Dean’s hand, his fingers nervously bouncing on his arm as he waits for Cas to emerge from the panic room. When he does, we can see Sam, same clothes, lying on the bed with an IV hooked up to him. He looks asleep—and peaceful. It’s unclear at this point how long he’s been that way, but the IV is a clear indication that it’s been awhile.

Later, Bobby says something about 10 days; no wonder Dean was uber-stressed about him ever waking up.

Dean asks Cas if his brother will wake up and the angel replies with a surly, “I’m not a human doctor, but probably not.”

Dean snaps at him about sugar-coating the news and Cas reiterates the fact that he’d told Dean not to do this he says that Sam's soul, “felt like it had been skinned alive.”

My first reaction was a knee-jerk as if Dean doesn’t know what that feels like. But then, I realized that I’d inserted being skinned alive into a fanfic; we hadn’t gotten any canon confirmation of that aside from Dean’s skittish, horrified glances at animal skins strung on a rack in Samhain’s office in Season 4. Whoops.

Still….

Cas: “If you wanted to kill your brother, you should have done it outright.”

And with that painful slash of words, he leaves Dean to stand there round-eyed and hurting.

OUCH. Seriously, I didn’t know what to make of Cas this episode. I am hoping for more answers on what’s been going on with him and the Civil War in Heaven, because I thought his words to Dean were unfairly harsh. I wasn’t sure what he expected Dean to do, really.

Dean asked the same question: “What was I supposed to do, let T-1000 walk around and hope he doesn’t kill somebody?!”

Not only that, but Sam’s soul was in Hell, right? In the Cage? Getting its glowy little ass kicked for 100 non-Earth years? Did Cas expect Dean to just leave it there? If Dean had killed Robo-Sam, he wouldn’t have freed Sam’s soul—it would still have been down there, suffering.  If he just let Robo-Sam walk around all hollow and faking it, again, his soul would have been in the Cage. I don’t see that Dean really had a choice.

Yes, it was a risk, and yes Sam’s soul is damaged, but Dean loved his brother enough to take that risk. It was Sam’s human soul that overpowered Lucifer. And back in the panic room in Season 4 when they were trying to dry Sam out from demon blood, Dean knew that detox could have killed him then, but that at least Sam would have died human. So he risked it all to save Sam’s shell from continuing on as an empty husk of a monster and become human again and save Sam’s soul from continued torment.

With all of that, I can’t figure out why Cas was so strongly opposed to Dean doing this. It just feels like more than simply caring about if Sam lived or died. Maybe I’m looking into it too deeply, but I’m ready for some more levels of Cas’ onion to be peeled away so that I can understand him a little better. And not be so irritated with him for saying what he did to Dean.

Anyway. Moving on. Dean heads upstairs to Bobby’s study and just looks…tired. Drawn. Weighted. He sits slowly on the chair across from Bobby’s desk and Bobby pours him a drink.

Bobby: “Like my Daddy said, just ‘cause it kills your liver don’t mean it ain’t medicine.”

Dean is worried that Sam isn’t waking up. He’s just…worried, period. Bobby says Sam’s been through a lot and he always manages to bounce back. Dean’s like, “He’s never been through this.”

He kinda shakes himself and peers at what Bobby’s up to. He's needing a job, a mission…something. Bobby starts to tell him about the report of the plane crashing—dude was scorched but the girl was never found. Just *poof!* disappeared. Before Dean can do much but comment on the weirdness, we hear Sam’s voice behind him.

And it’s remarkable. It’s Sam’s voice. The cadence, the emotion, the weight of it when he says, “Dean?” is totally OUR Sam. It’s so different from the last 11 episodes. I applaud Jared for that. I seriously do.

I couldn’t connect with Sam all season. I tried; I felt like I should just for the sake of those Sam fans who read this ramble and so that I could further sympathize with Dean’s misery and fear of and for his hollow brother. But there was just…nothing. By episode eleven? I was wavering between annoyance and disinterest.

And with one word, I felt my whole self sigh. Because Dean had his brother back. No matter the potential angst to come as memories surface and as penance is attempted and absolution given, Dean had his brother back. I know it’s totally cheesy of me and I don’t mind if you point and laugh, but it’s making me kinda teary right now just typing those words.

Dean, hearing his name, flinches slightly, turns slowly, his face registering total and complete surprise. He stands and almost whispers, “Sam?”

Sam barely pauses; he crosses the room and wraps Dean in a tight, genuine hug. *rubs heart* It was really good to see that. The difference between that hug and the one-sided hug from the premiere was palpable. I didn’t even bother to think things like Sam must have removed his own IV or anything close to random details. I was just a nice, happily dorky mushball with my hand to my chest and my eyes all stingy.

Bobby stands, his body, face, his whole being totally wary. And for good reason. Sam moves to him and grabs him up in a hug saying it was good to see him. Bobby chokes out an emotional, “Good to see you, too.” But then Sam’s all, “I saw—felt—Lucifer snap your neck!”

Bobby says that Cas healed him and Sam’s jubilant. “Cas is alive?!”

Okay, so right there, we’ve established that Death’s Mind Wall has done more than block out the memories of Hell—it’s blocked out the memories of everything. All that our Sam has Robo-Sam amnesia. Dean asks him if he’s okay and Sam’s like, yeah…and I’m starving! *laugh*

So, over what looks like PB&J and beer, Dean and Bobby find out that the last thing Sam remembers is the field, then waking up in the panic room. Bobby is rather grumbly, but Dean shuts him up saying he’s glad. Sam wants to know how he got back—was it Cas?

Dean’s like…not exactly.

Sam: “Dean, what did you do?”

Dean starts to tell him about Death and Sam’s incredulous that he went to a Horseman, but Dean tells him he had leverage and it’s all done and over. Bobby grumbles again, “Isn’t this just real neat and clean?”

Dean glares at him with a, “Yes. It is. For once.”

Sam: “Anything else I should know?”

Dean is all, nope! More beer!

His need to protect Sam is screaming all through that room with an echoing don’t ask don’t tell. He can’t bear to take his calculated risk one step further and is perfectly happy compartmentalizing Robo-Sam as not his brother. He has his brother back now. That guy that was here for a year and half? To Dean it was the equivalent of when Meg possessed Sam.

It simply wasn’t Sam. End of story. All that pain, all the betrayal…Dean just shoved those memories behind a wall of his own. Breaks my heart.

Out in the junkyard, Bobby is working under a car and Dean comes out to talk. Sam’s…sleeping or something inside. Bobby asks how Sam is and Dean’s like, “Good. Really good. Better than I could have hoped.”

*rubs heart again*

Bobby: “Mmhmm.”

Dean: “Why the poopface?”

HA! He sounded like my four-year-old.

Bobby: “I’m glad he’s better. But that kid went straight-up Menendez on me not 10 days ago.”

Apparently, Bobby’s having an understandably hard time overlooking that. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Dean’s insistent that the thing that tried to kill Bobby wasn’t Sam.

Bobby: “It wasn’t all Sam, but it was him.”

I’m actually kinda glad for Bobby’s reaction. Dean, I could see letting it go, rolling it into a closet, locking the door and swallowing the key. It’s his M.O. – forgive Sam of anything. Do what you can to make it all okay—to make Sam okay.

Bobby doesn’t have that older-brother-protector burden and has every right to hold a grudge. And he’s got a point—memories or no memories, Sam did do those things. And Dean and Bobby have to live with both sides of Sam's Sliding Door. They have to have a chance to put it all somewhere inside of them or deal with it outright.

Dean: “You want to tell him everything? It could crack the wall. It’s a gift horse, and I’m not looking for teeth. I’m sending Death a gift basket.”

Good point.

Bobby: “He’s not dumb. He’s gonna find out or figure it out and he should hear it from us.”

Good point.

Erf. God help me but I love angst.

Dean asks Bobby to leave it for now, but Bobby warns that when Sam realizes they’re shining him on, “it ain’t gonna be cute.”

Here’s what I wondered, though. How did Dean get even this far without Sam hammering him for details on the last year and a half? I mean, Dean was in Hell four months and Sam nearly went insane with grief. I know he made Dean promise him to live a normal life, but I just wondered how he let Dean out of his sight without asking what he’d missed, what all had happened…who was President. Something.

Not only that, but with Dean, they purposely saved his body because Sam planned on getting him back. Sam remembered being in the field, falling in the pit, and then waking up in the panic room a year and a half later…he doesn’t wonder how is body is intact? I was just surprised he didn’t ask more questions, I guess. Maybe he just assumed Death’s deal with Dean (say that 5 times fast) took care of the body issue. *shrug*

Anyway, what seems like the next morning (only because Bobby asks Dean if Sam’s still asleep) Bobby and Dean are gearing up to check out that weird plane crash thing and Sam comes out and wants to go, too. Dean’s like, you just got vertical, you should rest. Sam’s all, yeah, ‘cause that’s what you did when you got back from Hell. Which, true. There really is no rest for the wicked. Or for heroes, apparently.

Dean concedes that point and is all, it’s a threesome! To which Bobby hems and haws and makes up something about forgetting he’d told Rufus he’d man the phones. He tells the boys to go and catch up. Sam’s like, what was that?

Dean: “One part age, three parts liquor.”

I think it’s interesting the initial reactions to their returns from Hell. Dean claimed he didn’t remember anything for a long time, despite Sam's pressing him for details. And Sam suspected otherwise almost right away, confirmed later with the nightmares, the pained looks, the drinking, the uncharacteristic skittishness and even-quicker temper and most of all, the barely-concealed self-loathing.

Sam says he doesn’t remember anything and Dean is utterly, completely relieved. You can tell Sam feels something lacking, like a stair step he missed on his way up. And because Dean knows what remembering will be like (or what it was like for him, anyway) and because he’s been told what it could do to Sam, he’ll be watching for the nightmares, the pained looks, the drinking, all of it.

They head out in the Impala, working the job. During the drive, with a smooth classic rock song that I can’t remember now and didn’t write down (bad Gaelic) playing in the background, Sam glances over and says to Dean, “You never even tried to have a life.” He reminds Dean of his promise.

Dean: “What makes you think I didn’t?”

Sam: “Look at you. You’re exactly the same.”

We only see Dean in profile, but a muscle jumps in his jaw and the skin around his eyes tightens. I know my heart thudded a bit painfully as he took in those words, knowing the Hell he’d been through and the Hell he couldn’t tell Sam about. He gets really quiet for a minute, then says, “I was with them for a year. Lisa and Ben.”

Sam asks what happened and Dean just tells him it didn’t work out. Then he turns the music up. Guh.

They reach Plane Girl Whose Name I Can’t Remember’s house all suited up. They want to ask Plane Girl’s sister some questions and she resists at first. But it’s OUR Sam now, remember? With genuine sincerity, he appeals to her and gets them in. Dean watches this, absorbing the difference with a small, happy grin tucked into the corner of his cheek.

They talk to Plane Girl’s sister about how she loved Stan and how she only went up in that plane because she didn’t want to seem uninterested. But now they didn’t even have a body to bury. Later, back at the motel, Dean brings in food from what looks like a burger joint and Sam is at the laptop researching other girls that also went missing.

I can’t remember how he knew there were other mysteriously missing girls—probably Bobby. But it doesn’t matter. It was enough to look like their kind of weird. Hence the hunt. Anyway, Sam tells Dean that the other two missing girls, “baked cookies for the Lord.”

Dean: “Is that code?”

HA! *wants to ruffle his adorable hair*

Sam tells him that the girls had Promise Rings, were in the church choir, had bake sales for the church, all of that. Dean says he has another way to get info and takes out Plane Girl’s diary.

Sam (incredulous): “Did you steal that from her room?!”

Dean: “I love that you even ask me that.”

*secret smile*

Dean has a theory about virgins—between the Promise Rings and 22-year-old Plane Girl’s pink bedroom with stuffed animals, he thinks that they’re all virgins. Sam’s doubtful, so Dean reads an excerpt from Plane Girl’s diary.

Dean: “I have decided I am going to give Stan my most precious gift.” *insert not-so-subtle arm flourish*

Sam (looking totally uncomfortable): “That sounded…really creepy coming out of your mouth.”

Dean: “I think I delivered it.”

HA!

Sam: “Who would want virgins?”

Dean: “You got me. I prefer ladies with experience.”

*smirk*

Elsewhere, three Catholic School girls are walking home. At night. In a secluded area. They split up and one walks alone, hears a scary noise, starts to walk faster, and then there’s a very wicked-weird sound of wings beating against the air. The girl runs, falls, rolls over, screams…fade to black.

Turns out she was attacked—but not nabbed. The boys, suited up again, are visiting her in the hospital and she tells them about the attack, showing them some vicious cuts on her back. She says she was attacked by what looked like a giant bat. They ask her for anything else she could tell them—anything at all, even if it sounds like nothing.

She tells them she lost her gold Promise Ring—either lost it, or that thing took it. Dean, taking a breath, says askance to Sam that he has to ask. Then does that chin down, eyes up thing and asks the girl, “Melissa…should you really be wearing that ring?”

She sputters, protests, he holds the look and then she blurts out, “Matt Bonn didn’t count!”

Ah, so…not a virgin, get tossed back. Dean’s right. Apparently being easy is all upside.

As they’re walking out of the hospital, Sam ponders, “What likes virgins and gold?”

Dean: “P. Diddy.”

Sam: “You know what’s comforting? I died for a year, came back, and you’re still not funny.”

Dean: “Shuddup. I’m hilarious.”

Heh.

Back at the Batcave…er, sorry. Motel. Dean is putting up a Wall Of Weird for the case while Sam is googling key words and he keeps getting pushed to World of Warcraft fan sights.

Dean’s like…I don’t even know what that means.

Sam: “Dragons, dude. Told you. Not possible.”

Dean: “Eh…might be.”

Sam: “In what reality?”

Dean: “Been a strange year. Let’s get a second opinion.”

They call Bobby (of course) and Bobby’s all…dragons aren’t real. Dean asks him to make a few calls.

Bobby: “To who? Hogwarts?”

HA! Bobby does read everything! *grins*

Dean asks him to humor him and Bobby’s all, fine.

Dean: “You’re a gentleman and a scholar.”

Bobby: “How’s Memento doing? Caught you in any lies yet?”

Dean (with forced brightness): “Everything’s fine!” CLICK!

Dean’s looking at the phone with a pained expression (and I'm wondering if he's looking at Lisa's number as he has so many times before) and Sam’s like, “You okay?”

I love that he even noticed that not all was right in Dean’s world. It’s what we’ve come to expect from our Sam but one of the many things that was missing from the first half of this season. I’ll stop this comparison soon, I am just really glad that Dean has his brother back.

ANYWAY! Back to the research, Dean on computer, Sam looking through John’s journal.

Dean: “Dad never wrote anything about dragons. I promise. I’d remember if I read The Neverending Story in there.”

HA! Atreyu!! Artax!! ROCK BITER!

Sam’s looking troubled, though, at something sketched in the margin on one page.

Sam: “Did we hunt a skinwalker lately?”

Dean flinches.

Okay, first, I find it interesting how he asked that question. Up to that point, Sam thought he’d been dead for a year and a half. SO, the last hunt he would have been on with Dean would have been pre-almost-apocalypse. Not very “lately”…y’know? I think it was that subconcsious ‘slip’ that had Dean flinching first and covering poorly later.

He tells Sam that no, they hadn’t, and Sam’s all, “Huh. Déjà vu. Are you sure?”

Dean: “Your eggs are still a little scrambled.”

He’s saved from further covering by Bobby’s call telling him to contact Dr. Visiak at SFU. So, Dean says he’s going there to find out how to kill a dragon and tells Sam to stay there to find out where they’re holed up. Sam’s like, don’t suppose Bobby had any tips on that. Big nope, brother.

Sam: “Great. Back to the lore.”

Dean: “Which says what, they live in Middle Earth?”

Sam: “No. Caves.”

Dean pauses, looks at him, then sighs and shakes his head. “You’re such a nerd.”

Sam, however, has a worried face. Again. And I don’t blame him. He just feels that things aren’t right. And I kinda didn’t want Dean to leave him—especially since he didn’t want him finding out anything. I mean, sure, for Dean he’d been around a version of Sam for 6 months and leaving him to work the case made sense. But from Sam’s perspective, he’d been gone for a year and a half, and was still a little sketchy on things…I was just thinking that Dean might’ve wanted to keep a closer eye on him.

But, he didn’t, and they needed to find the thing to kill a dragon and find out where the dragon was, so what can you do, right?

We cut to two or three scared girls in a cage underground, slightly beat up, crying, just…a mess. A winged man (which surprised me--that it was human-like) flies in carrying another girl, breaks her hand/arm to control her (gah!) and tosses her in the cage, welding it shut with a super-heated touch.

Not. Cool.

Dean pulls up to a big, ramshackle house and rings the bell marked Visiak. A woman answers through a speaker and tells him when office hours are. He drops Bobby Singer’s name and after a few moments a classy-looking, pretty blonde opens the door to let him in. She tells Dean that the next time he sees Bobby he should, “kick him in the jewels.”

Dean: “No love lost between you two?”

Visiak: “Quite the opposite. But that’s his story. He’s the idiot.”

Huh. I like a character with layers. *smile*

Dean drops the dragon facts on her and she’s all, they disappeared over 700 years ago. Dean tells her one just landed stateside. She sputters a bit with the how and why.

Dean: “Banner crop of crazy all around these days, Doc.”

You can say that again.

Visiak gets right down to business telling him that to kill a dragon he needs a blade that was forged with dragon’s blood. There are only 5 or 6 around (including Excalibur, apparently) and…she has one. It only took her two decades, countless hours, and some really bad sex with an Eastern European ambassador, but she has one. So, they go down to the basement and…there’s a sword sticking out of a stone. Not Excalibur, though.

Visiak: “The Sword of Brusnvick. Love of my life.”

Oh….kay.

She tells Dean that binding the sword in stone used to be all the rage—to protect the blade. And only a brave knight who is willing to kill the beast can get it out. Dean’s all…gotcha. He’s not exactly a knight, but he’s sure as hell willing to kill the beast. Without hesitation, he walks up to the sword, climbs up on the rock, tugs, tugs, tugs…the facial expressions in this scene were priceless.

Hilariously priceless.

Needless to say, he doesn’t get it the first time. But he’s nothing if not determined. So, he tries again. And practically gives himself an aneurism.

Dean (breathless): “Sonuvabitch that’s really on there.”

He tells Visiak he has another idea, but she’s not going to like it. And I have to say, it’s pure Dean. Grassroots, blue collar, get the job done, Dean.

But first, we go back to Sam. He can’t find caves anywhere around and calls Bobby who is rather…abrupt…as he talks to Sam. He does come up with sewers (right on, Bobby!) and before he can bail, Sam’s like, are you okay?

Bobby tries to brush him off, but Sam presses.

Sam: “What happened this last year?”

Bobby: “It had its moments. Got nothing to do with you, Sam. How could it?” CLICK!

On his end, Sam looks confused. On Bobby’s side he just looks…troubled. I was suddenly reminded that Bobby knew Sam was back from Hell for a year before Dean found out. Bobby has to be having such a hard time with all of this—trusting his gut in all of this. He believed that Robo Sam was Real Sam and kept the secret from Dean for a year inadvertently prolonging Sam’s soul’s time in Hell.

But Dean knew right away. And he pushed and pushed and risked and finally got his brother back. But Bobby trusted the wrong version and not everyone can compartmentalize and forgive as easily as Dean. I really feel for Bobby. This has to be really hard.

Left unsettled by Bobby, Sam closes his eyes and calls Cas. Who appears right away. I found that interesting, too. Robo Sam had been calling Cas for a year and he never came. Souled Sam calls once and Cas is there. I like it.

Cas (relieved): “It’s so good to see you alive.”

Sam: “You too.”

Cas comes in for a hug, but Sam sits down abruptly.

Sam: “I would hug you, but….”

Cas: “It would be awkward.”

Sam, always the clever one, tells Cas that he just talked to Bobby who told him everything. I groaned out loud when he said this, totally knowing where it was going to head.

Cas: “Frankly, I’m surprised you survived.”

I may have thrown my clutch-pillow at the TV in a futile attempt to shut Cas up.

Cas: “I was begging Dean not to do it. It’s a miracle it didn’t kill you. So…how does it feel to have your soul back?”

KA-THUNK.

Oh, poor Sam. The look on his face was akin to getting gut punched. I had to remind myself to take a breath. What a sucky, sucky way to find out.

Sam: “Right. ‘Cause…I was walking around with no soul. Really…really good. I feel really good. I’m just hazy on a few of the details. You think you could walk me through it.”

I actually said DON’T YOU DO IT, CAS! But…of course, he didn’t listen to me.

Back at the, erm, doc’s basement, Dean is wiring explosives to the big stone.

Dean: “You rocks think you’re so smart.”

He tries to reassure Visiak that he learned this from Bobby. She doesn’t look exactly reassured. He backs them out of the room, closes the door, grins disarmingly at the doc, then pressed the detonator button thing. *small boom* Going back in, he smiles triumphantly when he sees that the rock is in pieces around the sword—which is still upright in the stone. He goes to pull it out and…the blade is broken.

Dean: “You have insurance for this, right?” *cough* *cough*

Dean brings the broken sword back to Sam in the motel room, who is unsure how that is going to work. Dean's like, we just have to get in really close is all. Sam tells him about the sewers. Dean’s all, awesome, let’s go. But Sam pauses, and I held my breath. Dean’s looks at him with a, what? Sam fakes it. Nothing, let’s go.

Sometime later in the sewers….

Dean: “Just when I get used to the smell I hit a new flavor. What if dragons like nice hotels??”

Just then, Sam sees a pile of gold. Dean’s like, okay, so maybe dragons are here. Sam then spies an altar with some lit candles and a journal. Dean pockets some of the gold before joining him.

Sam: “A little arts and crafty for a giant bat, right?”

Just then, they hear girl’s voices calling for help and follow them. They quickly find the cage in the floor with the frightened girls and Dean says they’re going to get them out. Just then, the Bat-Dragon-Man swoops down and literally throws Sam across the room. BAM!

Dean grabs the broken sword and Bat-Dragon-Man mocks him. “Where do you think you’re gonna stick that?”

Dean cuts his arm and it flares bright red, then bleeds.

BDM (in pain and incredulous): “Where did you get that?!”

Dean: “Comic Con!”

HA!

Dean fights BDM, but gets knocked around and loses the sword. BDM comes at him with the Burning Hand and Dean backs away. Suddenly, Sam is up and starts bashing BDM with a crowbar, allowing Dean time to duck down and try to reach for the sword.

Sam continues wailing on BDM with the crowbar, but BDM grabs the iron with the Burning Hand and the metal heats up. Suddenly, another BDM attacks Dean, throwing him across the room. There were TWO? Not. Cool. This other guy just like *poof!* showed up. WTH!

BDM 1 heats up the crowbar until Sam has to drop it. BDM 2 is kicking the crap out of Dean. Sam ducks down and is able to reach the sword because he is a Sasquatch and has nice, long arms. He stands up, but is caught between BDM 1 and BDM 2 who now also has a Burning Hand and is advancing on Dean. Sam makes a choice, he turns and uses the sword to kill BDM 2, saving Dean. YAY! 

BDM 1 flies away.

Next thing we see is Dean playing with the gold loot at Bobby’s junkyard. So, I assume that they rescued the virgins and returned them home. Dean is a bit giddy over the gold, winding a watch and telling Sam to ask him what time it is.

Sam: “Why don’t you cut to the chase and just roll in it?”

Dean: “I rarely have wealth.”

Sam’s grin kinda slides off his face and he sits down slowly.

Sam: “Dean…I am so sorry. I can’t even begin to say.”

Dean looks up, his face carefully blank, but his eyes are bleeding emotion. “For what?”

Sam: “You know what.”

And he does. It settles in on his face, around his eyes, in the downturn of his mouth. He looks down because meeting Sam’s eyes is too much right now. He asks very softly who told him and Sam says it was Cas.

Dean: “Cas. Freakin’ child.”

I wonder how much Cas really told Sam. From Sam’s questions in this part it seems like it wasn’t everything, but enough for Sam to know that his actions hurt people he loved. And telling him about it—telling this Sam, our Sam—is going to be a different form of Hell for Dean. It will almost be like recounting a case of abuse to a third party. Because our Sam has no memory of it. But it’s never going to leave Dean’s mind.

Sam says that he needs to know. All of it.

Dean: “Death didn’t just shove your soul in; he put a wall between you and what you don’t remember and trust me when I say that the things you don’t know can kill you. That’s not a joke.”

He says it with such conviction there is no doubting him. And Sam knows this; Dean was there. Dean knows how horrendous Hell is. And Sam was there for over three times as long. Dean’s true fear of Sam remembering that…it rolls off of him in sickening waves.

Sam: “I feel like I got slipped the worst Mickey of all time and I woke up to find out that I burned the whole city down.”

Dean: “It wasn’t you.

Sam: “You can say it wasn’t me, but I’m the one with the Zippo in my pocket. So, I’m not sure it’s that cut and dry. I appreciate you trying to protect me. But I gotta fix what I gotta fix.”

I loved that speech, that whole metaphor, all of it. I loved that Sam owned what he’d done—even if he wasn’t clear on all of it. He saw it on the face of his brother and his friend. He saw the scars they bore because of something he’d done. He couldn’t just let his brother protect him again and stand quietly by as they worked to live with all of that.

As he’s listening, though, Dean’s eyes hold a heartbreaking expression of helplessness. The look of someone forced to watch, hands tied, body restrained, as their loved one suffers. Hurting right along with them. He so does not want to do this. He doesn’t want to tell Sam that it was Sam who made him break his promise, made him leave Lisa and Ben. That Sam allowed him to be turned into a vampire. That Sam has killed innocent people. He doesn’t want his brother to have to live with that knowledge—especially because this Sam had no control over it.

Not only that, but if he remembers what he did as Robo-Sam, it’s not a big leap to remembering the Cage. And then what happens? It’s killing Dean just thinking about it.

Dean: “You don’t know how dangerous that could be.”

Bobby interrupts them and tells them there’s something they have to see. He takes them inside where he has the journal they found in the BDM lair, tells them that it’s really old and written in like Da Vincci Code language. Not only that, but it’s written on human skin, not paper.

Both boys draw their hands up with an ewww expression when he says that. Bobby goes on to say that the first part he’s figured out: it’s a description of the backside of a nightmare. Blood and bones and darkness filled with all things sharp and nasty.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the night BDM 1 pulls up to a parked black van off on the side of a road somewhere. A bald guy is standing outside and demands to know what kept him. BDM 1 said he had some complications. Bald Guy says, “It’s a good thing I have plenty.”

He opens the van door and we see three bound girls, crying and terrified. He grabs one and hauls her out, shutting the other two in there. He tells the girl it’s her lucky day and then together the men shove the girl in front of them and into what looks like a cave entrance.

Bobby is still talking, saying that the book is talking about “monster land”…or, as near as he can translate, Purgatory. Dean reaches for the bottle of whiskey with a tight, “Awesome.” Bobby goes on to say that the book is an instruction manual. It shows you how to get access to Purgatory.

Dean: “I know a demon that would have loved to have known about that.”

Which just made me realize that Sam, with no memory, knows nothing about the Alphas, about Crowley being King of Hell, about Cas burning his bones, about the Raphael and Balty and the Civil War in Heaven, about actually helping Meg. Shoot—he doesn’t even know that Gramps was returned and then subsequently betrayed them. How the heck did Dean think he was going to successfully keep all of that from Sam?

I mean, don’t get me wrong—I totally get why he tried, why he wanted to. Protecting Sam is right up there under breathing on Dean’s priority list. And this was the only way he could think to do that for the moment—keep him in the dark. But with everything that has happened, and the fact that they are still hunting…Bobby was right. Sam's not only bound to find out, he needs to know. And not just the bad stuff.

The stuff that will help him stay alive.

Dean continues: “How do you get access to Purgatory?”

Bobby points to some torn-out pages: “Ask Cloverfield. I’m sure he’s got that page.”

I’ve always wanted to see that movie. Wonder if it's any good. Plus? Bobby was all over the pop-culture/movie references tonight. Menendez, Hogwarts, Memento, Cloverfield. He’s been hanging around Dean too much, I think. *grins*

Back at the cave, BDM 1 and Bald Guy are holding the tied up girl at the edge of a cliff above what looks like a deep pit of fire and lava. So…maybe a CA fault line? *shrugs* BDM 1 Da Vinci-nates from the human skin page, cuts his arm, does some more ritual stuff, the girl screams in terror…and they push her over. Yikes. We even see her glow and catch fire as she careens toward the bottom.

Bobby is saying that near as he can figure, the book is about bringing something out of Purgatory. Dean’s like…bring…what out?

Bobby says the only words he can get are: Mother of all.

Soon as he said that, I was like…dude, the Alpha Vamp practically TOLD us! When he was sneering at soulless Sam he gave us the answer right there and we—well, I—had NO idea.

So, back in the cave, as Bobby is saying “Mother of All,” the sacrificed girl is rising up from the fire, her skin cooling from being all hot-glowing-coals and her eyes simmering red. She alights to the cave floor and smiles cruelly the men, telling them they kept her waiting.

New Big Bad: “We have much to do…let’s get started.”

So. We have a female big bad who is the Mother of All…what? All Monsters? That seems like what they were saying. Who is the Mother of All Monsters? I know they’ll tell us eventually, but you guys always know this stuff first.

What I want to know is, if it only took one sacrificed girl to bring up Mama, then how come the Dragon Men grabbed so many? *shrug* Oh, well. No one ever said bad guys made sense.

I only caught a glimpse of next week’s previews. Had a dog who thought she needed to go out right away. But it looks like we won’t have to wait very long to see what happens as Sam is confronted by the life he led without a soul. *rubs heart* This is going to be a wild ride, ya’ll.

Thanks for reading. See you next week!

 


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borgmama1of5
Feb. 5th, 2011 07:33 am (UTC)
I was awed by how Jared brought Sam back after 11 episodes of RoboSam.

Maybe the bad guys didn't know which girl could turn into 'Mother' so the plan was to keep tossing them until one took?

You are right in pointing out all the critical stuff Sam needs to know from the past year to stay alive. I wonder if it will ever be possible for Dean to not agonize over his brother's pain? Probably not...

What is the Cloverfield reference from?
gaelicspirit
Feb. 6th, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
HI! Oh, man, sorry for taking so long to reply to these. I think I just need to tell everyone in the ramble that I might not get back to you until Sunday. :(

Maybe the bad guys didn't know which girl could turn into 'Mother' so the plan was to keep tossing them until one took?

Maybe. But if that was the case, they were wicked lucky and should go to Vegas. LOL!

As far as Dean not agonizing over his brother's pain? I'm going to go with not possible. Like...ever. Regardless of how wonderful we know he is on his own, I think Dean's whole sense of worth is tied to Sam. And no, it's tooootally not healthy, but, well, there it is.

Cloverfield was a movie from a few years back -- one of those hand-held, panic-and-terror movies. I was curious when I saw the previews, but I thought it was about aliens. After Bobby's comment, though, I'm now re-curious. :) Here's the IMDB link:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1060277/

See you next week!
charis_kalos
Feb. 5th, 2011 07:38 am (UTC)
We finally get the hug we've been waiting for for months!

I'll miss Souless!Sam because I was enjoying his resemblance to Sherlock Holmes, but having "our" Sam back is wonderful!

I'm a little confused, because surely the "Mother of All" should be Eve - and Lilith was the evil version of Eve and we've already had her as a villain. So who is this evil Mother?
impala1967
Feb. 5th, 2011 08:59 am (UTC)
Hope I'm not butting in but Lillth was not Eve
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wynefred
Feb. 5th, 2011 07:41 am (UTC)
I’ll stop this comparison soon, I am just really glad that Dean has his brother back.
Don't stop! I was doing that through the entire episode. And it made me grin every single time!

Oh, and did you get a look at Sam's face when Dean was asking hospital-girl about the appropriateness of her promise ring? Sam looked like he could sink through the floor with embarrassment. Ah, yeah. That's my Sammy.

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gaelicspirit
Feb. 6th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
Sorry it took me a bit to get back to you! I think I've decided to put a disclaimer that it may take me until Sunday to reply to comments. Saturdays just get so busy with family stuff, y'know? Thank you for reading and commenting!

Oh, and did you get a look at Sam's face when Dean was asking hospital-girl about the appropriateness of her promise ring? Sam looked like he could sink through the floor with embarrassment. Ah, yeah. That's my Sammy.

I did! And absolutely! :) It was a relief. It really was.

See you soon!
txgirl0302
Feb. 5th, 2011 07:41 am (UTC)
The ramble is back! You don't know how insanely happy this made me when I came onto LJ and saw you had posted this.

No need to be made fun of, because I cried when they hugged. Sammy was back. Our Sam was hugging his brother. It was a moment that I had been waiting for all season.

I had a hard time connecting to soulless Sam as well. Trying to figure him out all the time was becoming tiresome. Then I heard his voice call for Dean and all was right in the world.

It was amazing to see that dynamic again. Dean being so much like his old self and still protecting Sam from what just lies beneath his sub-conscious. Love him. I even loved that he mentioned Lisa and Ben.

And so like Sam, he wants to take responsibility so bad and once again has to make Dean understand that he's not a little kid anymore. I wanted to reach out and just hug Sam, because I missed him terribly.

I'm looking forward to this big bad. I don't know what to make of her just yet, so I'm keeping an open mind for now.

Love the ramble, as always. Supernatural is back baby!
gaelicspirit
Feb. 6th, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
YAY! I'm happy the ramble made you happy. :)

Ditto to everything you said. And as far as the new big bad...I'm with you. Open mind, curious head tilt, waiting and watching.

It's going to be a fun ride, girl! Thanks for rolling along with me.

See you soon!
msninacat
Feb. 5th, 2011 08:01 am (UTC)
I pretty much agree with you as I always do. lol I'm totally psyched waiting to see which mythology they are going to use for this "mother of all". Not that the show ever goes by the mythology totally but it's fun to use for conspiracy theory purposes. Also, I was so glad they didn't have Bobby immediately forgive Sam. That would have been ridiculous and unrealistic. This is the second time Sam has almost killed him. You get a bit skittish after that. The subtle and not so subtle cheese factors about our boys were also back and I enjoyed it immensely. I think your opening paragraph was dead on but I also think it was purposely done. So many people have quit the show because they didn't have faith that the show could make sense after going so far into left field. Well, after something drastic like the apocalypse you kinda have to go off book and then loop back to status quo. Even with that, characters have to change with the circumstances they go through or it's just not believable anymore. We'll never have season 1 boys back but I think the show is back to trying to get "our boys" back to "normal" for them.
gaelicspirit
Feb. 6th, 2011 10:39 pm (UTC)
Also, I was so glad they didn't have Bobby immediately forgive Sam. That would have been ridiculous and unrealistic.

I totally agree.

I think your opening paragraph was dead on but I also think it was purposely done. So many people have quit the show because they didn't have faith that the show could make sense after going so far into left field.

Yes, absolutely. I remember musing earlier in the season that it was going to hurt going through this, but that I was banking on the fact that if we held in there and kept the faith, it was going to pay off for us in the end. I'm not saying this episode was a pay-off -- but it was definitely an indication that we could get there. :)

Even with that, characters have to change with the circumstances they go through or it's just not believable anymore.

Exactly. Part of the appeal of these characters is the way they grow and change -- in a very human way -- as all of the supernatural things happen around them and to them.

Thank you for reading! See you soon.
ramblin_rosie
Feb. 5th, 2011 08:12 am (UTC)
I think my reaction can be best summed up with:
SAAAAAAAAMMYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!! *tackleglompcling* And also, can the writers please stop stealing the notes for my Crossover Big Bang?!

Plane Girl's name was Penny, and I remember this because, even though I've never seen an episode of it, I've heard way too many references to Sky King and his niece Penny, who flew around in a small private airplane and had adventures. Looking at the IMDb plot summary for the pilot, I think it was a deliberate homage. (And I bet I'm the only person under the age of 50 who made the connection. :P)
rince1wind
Feb. 5th, 2011 11:40 am (UTC)
Thank you! I was really little when I watched Sky King; I knew something was ringing a bell with that little plane and Penny but I couldn't figure it out! Whew.
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impala1967
Feb. 5th, 2011 08:59 am (UTC)
I'm much more satisfied with this episode than any other this season, excepting 'weekend at Bobby's', although I'm sick of the bitching at Dean. Dean knows about hell, heck he was on Alistair's rack for 30 years (and yes I think he probably does know first hand how being skinned alive feels, although the show hasn't really ever got into what happened down there for Dean , and I'm hoping they won't for Sam, you have to be equal)
I'm also over seeing Dean reach for the bottle every time something happens, he never use to do that. I understand Bobby being hesitant around Sam, it is only natural but he will come around.
But Sam's hair look awesome tonight, just wanted to run my hands thru it. Jared is good looking but I'm a Jensen gurl, so Jared doesn't do it for me . But his hair was soooo yummy, I overlooked those god awful sideburns =)
But it's great to have Sam back, I've missed him, lets hope they don't overdo the puppy eyes =)
gaelicspirit
Feb. 6th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
Yay -- I'm glad you were satisfied. I wondered what you, specifically, would think about this one.

Dean knows about hell, heck he was on Alistair's rack for 30 years (and yes I think he probably does know first hand how being skinned alive feels, although the show hasn't really ever got into what happened down there for Dean , and I'm hoping they won't for Sam, you have to be equal)

THANK YOU. I didn't want to go too into this in the ramble because I really want to just enjoy for the sake of enjoying, but I can't help but agree with you that Dean does know first hand what it feels like to be skinned alive.

I, too, hope they don't go into details for Sam. I think what Dean gave us -- the bare minimum chased by visible pain -- would be sufficient for Sam as well. We can fill in the blanks for ourselves.

You were cracking me up with the hair comments!! I have had a problem with Sam's hair since Season 3, so I've just ignored it completely. You made me smile with that.

Thanks for reading. See you soon!
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anastdean
Feb. 5th, 2011 10:47 am (UTC)
Puppy is back, brothers are brothers again. Let's squee right. I know I am.
gaelicspirit
Feb. 6th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
*joins in the squee!*

Thanks for reading! :) *Aaaaand...hugs*
spike247uk
Feb. 5th, 2011 12:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you for such an amazing review, I cannot wait to watch this episode :0)
gaelicspirit
Feb. 6th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :) *grins*

See you soon!
simplycolourful
Feb. 5th, 2011 01:05 pm (UTC)
I missed these rambles :)

I'm so glad to have the boys back, and for Sam to be himself again. I understand why Bobby is hesitant to trust Sam, and I'm surprised that Sam found out so fast.

I'm looking forward to finding out more about the Mother of All :)
gaelicspirit
Feb. 6th, 2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you! Knowing you missed them makes the time it takes to write them worthwhile. :)

I think they had to have Sam find out so fast because it would have been too hard to keep alllll of that stuff a secret for long -- plus they only have 11 episodes to play out the arc to a point of completion or extension into another season....

I, too, am curious about what's to happen next! We'll soon find out -- together!

See you soon.
deangirl1
Feb. 5th, 2011 02:08 pm (UTC)
This has to be fast.... and I don't think you want to know too much of what I thought about last night's ep...

Cas ripping Dean and moving to give Sam a hug when he's never offered one to Dean? In fact, he's beaten the crap out of Dean...Anyway, Cas is being served to Sam on a silver platter - Gamble-style - and it doesn't make my heart warm.

Jared was Sam in that first moment and onward and it did show a wonderful contrast and I too applaud his acting. But I also get why he prefered playing Robo-Sam....

And while Sam showed a lot of growth in owning what he'd done, he's still Sam in a lot of the ways that never worked out to well for them. Like "Dean, you're just the same as when I left" -- um... not by a long shot. He's still missing the boat on Dean. I liked that Dean really was listening to Sam, and it seemed like a real partnership. Dean is still trying to protect Sam - but he's protecting the wall - he's not treating him like his little brother - hope that makes some sense...

I thought Bobby's pov here was really good and acted as a nice foil for Dean's compartmentalization.
I want to see Cloverfield too... and I adored the Comic Con rif, but in general, I thought they went over the top with the pop culture ref's in this one - though yeah, Bobby reading Harry Potter was a good one too...

I was really, really disappointed by the "dragon" AND the new "big bad" -- just not feeling that.

In general, I just felt like this was a step backwards, trying to re-capture the old magic instead of making new magic. Maybe this is a sign that this is the beginning of the end of my own fascination, I just don't know. I do know that half way through, I turned to my hubby and said 'this sucks.' His response was that he was rating the ep with "Bugs".... I wasn't even all that excited that they were back from hellatus... and normally, I would be torn that next Friday, I'll hopefully be at The Viper Room watching Louden Swain instead of the show, but really? I'm super excited about seeing Louden Swain again...
You have made me feel a bit better about the show and I'll watch again later today... maybe I'll catch some of the magic the second time through....
gaelicspirit
Feb. 5th, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm glad I made you feel a little better at least -- and you SHOULD be glad about getting to see Louden Swain instead of the show. You can't DVR a concert, y'know?? :)

Dean is still trying to protect Sam - but he's protecting the wall - he's not treating him like his little brother - hope that makes some sense...

Yes, it makes total sense, but I actually felt like that made more sense for Dean at the time. It was too soon to treat him like a brother. He'd been dealing with the shell for 6 months, after a year of thinking he was dead and....

For me, right now, the only thing Dean could do was protect the wall and for him, that was protecting his brother. I am hopeful, though that things will shift to a more balanced relationship.

As for the quality of the show itself and likening it to Bugs...here's the thing. I never really disliked Bugs. LOL! I know, I know, insta-sunlight, mis-represented culture, a lot of stuff. But it was just a part of their story and I accepted it for what it was.

There were holes in this one that I saw, but I didn't want to wiggle my fingers too deeply into because I just want to enjoy my show for what it is and not try to make it into something I want it to be. I watch for the characters and to see their journey.

If the writing and storytelling has tapered a bit, well, there's not much I can do there except find the light. And hope people don't stone me for being Pollyanna. LOL!

One last thing, though. I hear you on Cas. I really didn't get him in this episode. Like...a really lot. His actions toward Sam whom he's referred to as an abomination more often than not and his actions toward Dean who he's supposed to have a unique connection with...I.... Yeah.

Need some explanations there, Sera.

Have a good day home, you. *HUGS*
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a_phoenixdragon
Feb. 5th, 2011 02:56 pm (UTC)
Dude!! I so missed these reviews!! LIKE BURNING - GUHHH!! And YES to all of this!! YESYESYES!! I knew when Dean tried to keep this all from Sam it wouldn't be successful - and while I wanted to chide him for old habits, I totally understood because OUR SAM would have reacted badly. I'm SO SO GLAD TO SEE SAMMMMMMMMM!!!

As for Mother of All...guess she was like Apophis' wife (can never remember her name) from Stargate...rather pciky about what you throw for her to 'wear'. I just ached for all those girls who wound up in Purgatory for no damned reason at all. Fuck..that sucks!

Hmmm...Mother of All. Before now, I'd say Lilith - which is still possible, she WAS sent to Purgatory - but alot of people are going of off Greek myth and Echnida. Hmmmm...

Either way - this was a good ep to come off of hiatus with. Was it the best of EVER, no. But it was so damned good and all the littel things in it made it worth it for me! And Cas - WTF?! He'll hug Sam but is hostile to Dean? Dude...I just can' figure him, unless he's pulling a 'Dean' and pushing him away so he can deal by himself. I look forward to seeing what bug crawled up his ass.

Thank you, as always, for this stellar review!! This was fantastic!!

*hugs you happily*

EDIT: As for the 'human' dragons? Mayve they were referencing old Slovic culture which has The Dragon as a terrible and villianous human being with the ability to become a dragon. Also the dragon from that region DO kinda resemble bats. Wonder where their Alpha was, though...

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gaelicspirit
Feb. 6th, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
Dude!! I so missed these reviews!! LIKE BURNING - GUHHH!!

*glompsyou*

Thanks for that. :)

Okay, I never watched Stargate, but I like that analogy -- she might've been picky about who she 'wore'... I could go with that. Either that, or they just needed one and the dragons wanted some virgins to snack on later. *shrug*

Echnida. Okay, I'll have to go look her up. I've not heard of her before. I don't think. Thank you!

Cas...yeah, I don't really know what's going on there. Before Sam went to Hell, Cas was referring to him as an abomination. Even as he fought alongside him. But he has been 'humanized' in a way and he does care about the brothers, so I think I could get the almost-hug.

But it was the way he talked to Dean that really got to me. I just...didn't get that. I'm with you. I want to know more about what's going on with him -- reserve my judgement if I can. :)

I also didn't know that about the Slovic culture -- look how much you've taught me in one comment! LOL! I was thinking Reign of Fire dragons and was a little surprised by the humanesque dragons. But it makes sense budget-wise...and considering how all of the other baddies (including werewolves) were human-like.

Thank you for reading -- see you soon!
jennygeee
Feb. 5th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
It is so good to have Sammy back, and to have Dean happy again, because you can see the weight lifted off Dean’s shoulders! Jared and Jensen amaze me all the time with their acting abilities and no more so than this episode. I watched the whole damn thing with a huge smile on my face!!

I watched it at 5am as we were supposed to be without electricity all day but thankfully it came back on this afternoon so after I’ve read this I’m watching it again, I always wait until I’ve read your review as you always see things I’ve missed.

I love that Dean’s love for Sam is so unconditional, just like the love a mother (or father) has for their child, he doesn’t want Sam to feel guilty for all Dean and Bobby have been through, he wants to protect him and keep him innocent of all that went on with soulless Sam.

I love angst too Gaelic!! I cannot read fanfic without angst, and I remember during the first 2 seasons wanting more and more but now we’ve had so much that it’s just nice to have our boys back, to have the ‘innocence’ of season 1. I would be more than happy to have more ‘monster of the week’ episodes, just the boys in the Impala hunting the nasties that go bump in the night – that’s what I’m craving now 

And isn’t it so good to have back the humorous banter between the brothers?

It feels like Season 6 has finally begun and now we can go forward - but I need many more seasons now!!!!

I have finally realised that I will NEVER be ready to say goodbye to our show and I dread the day that we will have to :((

It is so good the have the boys back to the boys we fell in love with all those years ago!!!! I am a very happy person :D :D
gaelicspirit
Feb. 6th, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you had electricity! Not JUST for the show, but because it's a pain in the butt to NOT have it. :)

I love that Dean’s love for Sam is so unconditional, just like the love a mother (or father) has for their child, he doesn’t want Sam to feel guilty for all Dean and Bobby have been through, he wants to protect him and keep him innocent of all that went on with soulless Sam.

Yep. I totally agree.

I have finally realised that I will NEVER be ready to say goodbye to our show and I dread the day that we will have to.

I know exactly what you mean. *sniff*

Thank you for reading! See you soon. :)
marlowe78
Feb. 5th, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
Hey there
I've missed this, nearly as much as I've missed Dean and Sam.
So, first let me get a whoop of happiness out of my system:
Sam is BAAAAAACK!

Right. On to your words and my thoughts:
Did Cas expect Dean to just leave it there? If Dean had killed Robo-Sam, he wouldn’t have freed Sam’s soul—it would still have been down there, suffering. If he just let Robo-Sam walk around all hollow and faking it, again, his soul would have been in the Cage. I don’t see that Dean really had a choice.

Exactly. But Cas is an angel. He does have, apparently, feelings for the Winchesters, and yeah, his words were harsh but it just might be that he was as worried as Dean was about it - taking in a way the role John Winchester might've taken. I'm not saying John wouldn't have done what Dean did for Sam, but he might have.
I agree that Dean didn't have a choice, but well... Ah, whatever.

And it’s remarkable. It’s Sam’s voice. The cadence, the emotion, the weight of it when he says, “Dean?” is totally OUR Sam. It’s so different from the last 11 episodes. I applaud Jared for that. I seriously do.

YES! 100 times yes! Sam is back and it was so well-done, with the memory-loss and the confusion and his earnestness! I love this Sam, and I love how Dean just... took him. Just knew - after a few hesitating seconds - that this soulless thing wasn't Sam. And that this, this IS Sam. What Bobby can't get over but Dean apparently can is the complete separation from RoboSam and realSam, and I'm glad that he can.

He never doubted him and Sam's intention, and Hell, he had every right to. But he didn't and that is on one hand awesome and on the other a bit disturbing. Maybe we'll get some doubting-Dean, lets see.

It simply wasn’t Sam. End of story. All that pain, all the betrayal…Dean just shoved those memories behind a wall of his own. Breaks my heart.
That about sums it up.

Sam: “Look at you. You’re exactly the same.”

Aww, I was a bit... hurt by this. I know Dean would try and let Sam believe that, if it meant he wouldn't scratch at that wall, but it would also mean that Dean apparently just got over Sam's utterly and complete destruction.
Like Dean expected Sam to do after HE went to Hell. And... uh, it wasn't an insult, I know that, and I'm sure Dean didn't take it as one, but it's a harsh sum-up of all that grief Dean did go through. In the end, that crap didn't matter, because Dean's just the same.

And we wonder why Dean would just swallow that keys to that locked door...


Sam: “You know what’s comforting? I died for a year, came back, and you’re still not funny.”

Dean: “Shuddup. I’m hilarious.”


I loved the banter, I've missed it. It was so funny and heart-warming to have it back, and did you notice the doors were slammed in-synch again? Not sure if they were out-of-synch in the first half of the season, but I wouldn't wonder if they were.

(tbc)
marlowe78
Feb. 5th, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)


He tells Sam that no, they hadn’t, and Sam’s all, “Huh. Déjà vu. Are you sure?”

Dean: “Your eggs are still a little scrambled.”

I was cringing at that time. It hurt to think what might've happened if Sam found out and ... well, didn't take it so well as he did.
I was kinda muttering at the screen: "Stupid, Dean, so damn stupid - you know that won't work!"
Glad it turned out Sam was a bit mellower than I expected him to be.

See... maybe he did give Dean so much leeway, let him get away with not mentioning too much because he knew it wouldn't get him anywhere, and because Dean might've had a much harder time than he's let on?
just kicking ideas around...

A winged man (which surprised me--that it was human-like)
Well, I kinda knew they wouldn't have the funds to go for really cool animated dragon. And I'm damn grateful that they went with the human-sized version instead of putting up some cheap, ugly thing.
It's easier and less expensive (though they could've given them, like, a forked tongue or some scales, couldn't they?) and less of a mess when it turns out their dragon doesn't meet their expectations.

I for one can't think of a better dragon than Draco from "Dragonheart", so yeah, good call.

He believed that Robo Sam was Real Sam and kept the secret from Dean for a year inadvertently prolonging Sam’s soul’s time in Hell.
Oh, right. I mean, I thought about the fact that Bobby didn't tell Dean and that is for me! still an issue (apparently, Dean has no such problems - he forgives pretty much everyone except himself) BUT I never thought about how it might affect Bobby. That he left Sam in Hell and not told Dean, I mean.

I feel for Bob, I really do. He's such a great guy, and even though Dean might be his favorite, he still likes Sam, and being hunted by him must've hurt.
I wonder if he knew that he was 'chosen' as a sacrifice by Sam because of what Sam feels for him? He should learn about this, one day.

Sam: “Right. ‘Cause…I was walking around with no soul. Really…really good. I feel really good. I’m just hazy on a few of the details. You think you could walk me through it.”
I wonder how much Cas told him. I mean, he wasn't there for all of it, was he? He couldn't have told Sam about the vampire-thing, could he? Still, a hard way to find out. And yet... I think the right way. Sure, would've been better if it was from his brother, but given the fact that Dean would always, always say that it wasn't Sam, that SAM didn't do it... I think he got the more honest version, the less pink-painted one from Cas. And still, he got it from a friend (why was Cas so overwhelmed, why did he want to hug Sam so badly? It... confused me. He seems to have a deeper bond with Dean, but he's never shown any interest in hugging Dean. Why?)

Dean: “Comic Con!”
Priceless!

Sam ducks down and is able to reach the sword because he is a Sasquatch and has nice, long arms.
That was kinda a nice scene. We don't very often get any HINT that Sam is taller than Dean, the way they act. I mean, we all SEE it, but there's never a scene where Sam kinda... reaches for a thing in a cupboard that Dean couldn't reach, or something. So, I liked that.

What I want to know is, if it only took one sacrificed girl to bring up Mama, then how come the Dragon Men grabbed so many? *shrug* Oh, well. No one ever said bad guys made sense.

I dunno, I thought maybe they did need some more, just in case the first got rejected?
Or maybe Mommy would want some playmates brought up as well?

But yeah, I'm glad we'll have a new monster. Don't remember what exactly the alpha-Vamp told them? Might need to watch it again.
Let's get it started *rubs hands*!

So, now, one more week - that's nothing! I might just finish my unicorn-comment-fic. Because hey, we had fairies, now dragons - who says unicorns are cute and fluffy?

See ya soon-ish
Marlowe

(oh, and don't I have a cool new icon? Love it...)
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heartlessbytchh
Feb. 5th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure Dean was skinned alive in Hell. Canon just hasn't bothered to confirm this for us.

I was upset with the way Cas berated Dean.
Yes, friends should be able to be open and honest with each other. OTOH wouldn't Cas have done the same thing for a loved family member? Wouldn't any of us?
I think Cas was over the top with Dean. There's nothing wrong with being open and blunt. He seemed to be brutal with it to me.

"What am I supposed to do?" This question has been part of the theme of Supernatural from the beginning. To me having it come from Dean represents 'Every Man' asking ourselves this question.

I don't see how Dean had any other choice. His options were limited. No mater what, Sam's soul would've still been in Hell. Doing it this way was the only choice Dean really had.

I love how you put this--->
Yes, it was a risk, and yes Sam’s soul is damaged, but Dean loved his brother enough to take that risk. It was Sam’s human soul that overpowered Lucifer. And back in the panic room in Season 4 when they were trying to dry Sam out from demon blood, Dean knew that detox could have killed him then, but that at least Sam would have died human. So he risked it all to save Sam’s shell from continuing on as an empty husk of a monster and become human again and save Sam’s soul from continued torment.<---

heartlessbytchh
Feb. 5th, 2011 05:01 pm (UTC)
" No matter the potential angst to come as memories surface and as penance is attempted and absolution given, Dean had his brother back. I know it’s totally cheesy of me and I don’t mind if you point and laugh, "
They can point and laugh at me too. I've always liked Sammy in a little brother PITA kind of way. It's good to have him back and maybe not whole but close enough for government work.
:)
We got some things that have been missing for awhile. The Bro Hug that everyone was wanting. The Win Bros having a brew together. That hasn't happened since way back before "Swap Meat" 5.12.

When Sam asked Dean "What did you do?", it echoed Dean asking Sammy the same thing when he came back from Hell in Lazarus Rising" 4.01. It touched me to see that he showed the same concern and trepidation Dean had earlier.

Even though I could see Dean accepting Sam back the way he was, I have to agree with Bobby that Sam needed to hear certain things from them. What happens if in the heat of a pitched demon battle, some demon throws it in Sam's face? That could be disastrous and get other hunters hurt.

And was I the only viewer that wondered why Show focused on the name of the sack from the fast food joint? Big AZ or something like that. Was it something we need to know for future reference or just a bone thrown to the fans who keep track of that kind of detail?

I laughed when Dean said "It's been a strange year". If Sammy only knew...
*snark*
That mind slippage Sam had about hunting a skinwalker is blatant foreshadowing. Fie, Show! You used to be much more subtle.

I loved how Dean used plastic explosives to get that sword out of the rock. Typical Dean "thinking outside the box" "get 'er done" kind of thinking.
LOL
It worked! *after a fashion*
And his comment "We'll just have to get closer"? OMG! I totally cracked up laughing. Typical Dean "Fearless BAMF" mentality.
And his "Comic Con" line was priceless. Holy foreshadowing shades of breaking fourth wall, Batman!
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primrose_1
Feb. 5th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
*does a happy dance* I am SO geeking out! Dragons! D&D references, World of Warcraft references, Hogwarts references...we entered geek world, and I am so happy! I love having Sam back, I loved the boys being back together for real! I loved Dean thinking he could pull the sword from the stone as if he was rightful King or something. Hee!

Cloverfield was actually a pretty good movie- WAY better than I thought it would be. You may want to give it a chance.
gaelicspirit
Feb. 6th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
I TOTALLY thought of you when Sam mentioned World of Warcraft!! LOL!! Geek world FTW!

I am now re-curious about Cloverfield. For some reason I thought it had to do with aliens, but after Bobby's reference, I changed my mind. We have this cool wireless thing with our DISH Network where we can download older movies for cheap (much more so than Blockbuster, even) and it's on there. I may check it out one night I'm not working. Or writing. HA!

Thank you for reading -- see you soon!
(Anonymous)
Feb. 5th, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
hey gaelic-it's meggin
I got wordy-sorry so this is part 1

Pishtosh missy, even without notes you pick up on the subtleties that I miss so yeah it’s good to read your Ramble again. It’s like capping off a great meal with the perfect wine ( That’s WINE not whine (LOL)

This Episode had so much in it that I wanted to address them in your Ramble as they impacted me point for point so if you can indulge me I did my response this way:

G:“Not only that, but Sam’s soul was in Hell, right? In the Cage? Getting its glowy little ass kicked for 100 non-Earth years? Did Cas expect Dean to just leave it there? If Dean had killed Robo-Sam, he wouldn’t have freed Sam’s soul—it would still have been down there, suffering.  If he just let Robo-Sam walk around all hollow and faking it, again, his soul would have been in the Cage. I don’t see that Dean really had a choice.”

M:Yeah, I agree, and Cas’s reluctance to save the human soul of Dean’s brother seems to go against the priorities of heavens number one rule-specifically that of the Creator's wish to have all souls return to Him. So it begs the question of ‘why would Cas single Sam’s soul out as not being worth redemption-huh?

G:“And it’s remarkable. It’s Sam’s voice. The cadence, the emotion, the weight of it when he says, “Dean?” is totally OUR Sam. It’s so different from the last 11 episodes. I applaud Jared for that. I seriously do.”

M:I wonder if it felt to him like slipping on a favorite pair of old jeans (LOL) For me it was a Erueka moment because I had gotten lost on what what RoboSam direction was... but Sammy I knew and I could finally see the contrast in those two characters-I was soo glad to have him back.

G: “And Dean and Bobby have to live with both sides of Sam's Sliding Door.”

M: I love the image that your metaphor of the sliding door gave me. I’s certainly accurate for their situation.- sniffs.

*I didn’t mind you gleefully comparing Sammy to the version we had to deal with in the first half of the season through out your Ramble. I felt a little “squee” begin to bubble inside me too even though I’m a devout Deangal (LOL)

G: “Sam, however, has a worried face. Again. And I don’t blame him. He just feels that things aren’t right. And I kinda didn’t want Dean to leave him—especially since he didn’t want him finding out anything. I mean, sure, for Dean he’d been around a version of Sam for 6 months and leaving him to work the case made sense. But from Sam’s perspective, he’d been gone for a year and a half, and was still a little sketchy on things…I was just thinking that Dean might’ve wanted to keep a closer eye on him.”

M: Yeah, overall I felt the whole episode seemed kinda rushed to me. Rushed to get Sam out of the panic room and get the Bro-hug over with. Rushed to get them working on a case together. And Rushed to get Sam up to speed on where he’d been and what he’d done that past year. Like you I would have thought Sam would have had more questions. And for me I would have rather had researcherSam uncover the truth himself over a period of time instead of the writers having Cas spill the beans for him just to get it done all in this Episode.

gaelicspirit
Feb. 6th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
Re: hey gaelic-it's meggin
HA! You said pishtosh. That's about as awesome as okey-dokey.

I'm hoping we get more explanation of Cas' behavior soon because right now I'm rather disgruntled with him. *frowns*

I didn’t mind you gleefully comparing Sammy to the version we had to deal with in the first half of the season through out your Ramble. I felt a little “squee” begin to bubble inside me too even though I’m a devout Deangal (LOL)

Oh, good! I wouldn't want to lose my Deangirl card with those comparison. LOL!

Yeah, overall I felt the whole episode seemed kinda rushed to me

Agreed. I think they just never have enough time to tell the story they want to tell. And this time, the victim of the rush was the case. At least for me. Too many leaps of logic and assumptions for me to go, oh, cool, dragons, I get it.

on to the next one...
(Anonymous)
Feb. 5th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
hey gaelic-it's meggin
Ok- wordiness part 2

G: “Bobby has to be having such a hard time with all of this—trusting his gut in all of this. He believed that Robo Sam was Real Sam and kept the secret from Dean for a year inadvertently prolonging Sam’s soul’s time in Hell.”

M: ULP! I didn’t see it from Bobby’s perspective but you’re right...he must feel some sense of responsibility in this. He didn’t recognize that RobSam was not whole and as a master hunter that has gotta smack his pride some. So therefore he is partially to blame for Sam’s soul extended time in hell AND for any crimes and misdemeanors RoboSam did while topside-ULP!

G: Dean: “You rocks think you’re so smart.”

M: Hey do you think he could have been referring to all those times he lost to Sam during Rock, Paper, Scissors?--hehehhh.

G: “I mean, don’t get me wrong—I totally get why he tried, why he wanted to. Protecting Sam is right up there under breathing on Dean’s priority list. And this was the only way he could think to do that for the moment—keep him in the dark. But with everything that has happened, and the fact that they are still hunting…Bobby was right. Sam's not only bound to find out, he needs to know. And not just the bad stuff.”

M: Yeah, especially the stuff that could get him killed. But Dean’s simple hope that he could keep his brother safe really overrided the enormity, the impossibility of being able to do that- denial seems like a vacation place of choice sometimes for our hero-huh? Rubs heart.

I’m kinda glad that their next big bad is going to be female and a Mother no less, can’t get more bad ass than that eh? But I have a feeling that our ideas of What Purgatory are like are going to be upended. “A place of teeth and claws and all this sharp and tearing” Yikes!

Some fanfic sites have been postulating that Purgatory is the place where not just monsters go but humans whose lives had been tainted by demons. And that Mary Winchester is there because of her Deal to save John that got Ol’Yellow eyes on her family’s trail. I know Ash had told the boys the last time that they were in heaven, that he had searched for their mother but could not find her there. Wouldn’t that be a show down if Mary was in Purgatory and she stepped up to protect her children against the attack from The Mother of All? A Mother vs Mother smack down-LOL, my money would still be on Mary.
gaelicspirit
Feb. 6th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
Re: hey gaelic-it's meggin
Yeah, I couldn't help but think about how different everything might've been had Bobby told Dean right away. Dean knew immediately that RoboSam wasn't Sam -- it just took him awhile to figure out what the problem was and then a little while to find a solution. Sam's time could have been cut in half -- or shorter -- had Dean known sooner.

Hey do you think he could have been referring to all those times he lost to Sam during Rock, Paper, Scissors?--hehehhh

HA! I didn't but now I do! That's hilarious!! :)

Some fanfic sites have been postulating that Purgatory is the place where not just monsters go but humans whose lives had been tainted by demons. And that Mary Winchester is there because of her Deal to save John that got Ol’Yellow eyes on her family’s trail. I know Ash had told the boys the last time that they were in heaven, that he had searched for their mother but could not find her there.

Yeah, but if that's true, then it could be possible that John is there, too. I mean, he also made a deal, and Ash couldn't find him either.

I think it's MORE probable that Mary is there which is fueling Gramp's desire to get her in exchange for helping demons. But I could see it being a family thing. Still, I always thought that the soul in exchange for a life deal meant that the soul went to Hell -- like Dean's did.

'Course...that didn't really work with Mary because her spirit/soul was in the house and saved the boys. Sooo...yeah. I don't know. It's all interesting to speculate about, though! :)

Thank you for reading! I'll see you soon.
pickamix
Feb. 5th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
Okay... I watched... I'm back on the watching train. I'm not thrilled about the new mythology I have to suck down, but at least we have our Sam back. I can deal now.

I may go back through and watch all the eps I missed and only read about here just so I'm not missing anything... I'm not sure. I'm still debating. I wasn't lost today when I watched at all, and your rambles are usually pretty detailed, so I don't think I'd be missing much if I didn't go back and watch.

I'm with you at the end of the ep... if they only needed one virgin... why get so many? I guess so they could try again in case it didn't work.

And how didn't the girl's dress disintegrate in all that heat? She shoulda been nekid coming out of that pit. They wouldn't have had to show anything, but they could have made it clear that the white gown didn't survive. Please.

Enough nitpicking.

Great ramble... awesome insights. Sam is so sneaky smart.

I agree that it was good that Bobby was hesitant around Sam. That felt real and sometimes this show lacks that.

However... I think maybe Dean puts Sam above the priority of breathing. At least that seems to be the case most of the time. Perhaps he's grown out of that, but I somehow doubt it.
gaelicspirit
Feb. 6th, 2011 11:24 pm (UTC)
Look at you!! Back on the watching train! LOL! Awesome. :)

I'm with you at the end of the ep... if they only needed one virgin... why get so many? I guess so they could try again in case it didn't work.

Yeah, that's what I figured -- that or the dragons just wanted a snack for later.

I think maybe Dean puts Sam above the priority of breathing

HA! Good point. :)

Thank you for reading! I'm glad you watched! See you soon! :)
chiiyo86
Feb. 5th, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
Later, Bobby says something about 10 days; no wonder Dean was uber-stressed about him ever waking up.

Oh, I didn't catch that! Yeah, Dean must has really been worrying that he would never wake up.

And it’s remarkable. It’s Sam’s voice. The cadence, the emotion, the weight of it when he says, “Dean?” is totally OUR Sam. It’s so different from the last 11 episodes. I applaud Jared for that. I seriously do.

Yeah, he really nailed it. The difference with RoboSam was subtly but immediately perceptible. Overall, Dean and Sam's interactions in this episode had a stong flavor of AHBL 2 - protective Dean who want Sam to rest, him hiding something from Sam and wanting to deny all the bad things to come and bask in the happiness of having Sam back (complete with Bobby's disapproval!), and Sam pushing for action and uncovering the truth in the episode (except that in AHBL he didn't know that there was a truth to uncover and learned it by accident). ♥

About Castiel, I think it's important to remember that he isn't human, so the importance of having a soul and caring probably doesn't measure for him the same way it does for Dean, Bobby or Sam. And I think he was so harsh on Dean because he's projecting some of his issues on him. Let's not forget that Castiel's brothers are currently killing each other, that he killed some of them in the past and is probably still doing it, and that he's helpless to stop the civil war. Now Dean is in the same helpless position of maybe watching Sam die, and it must bring some unpleasant associations to Castiel. It's just my 2 cents, though. :)
gaelicspirit
Feb. 6th, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
Overall, Dean and Sam's interactions in this episode had a stong flavor of AHBL 2 - protective Dean who want Sam to rest, him hiding something from Sam and wanting to deny all the bad things to come and bask in the happiness of having Sam back (complete with Bobby's disapproval!), and Sam pushing for action and uncovering the truth in the episode (except that in AHBL he didn't know that there was a truth to uncover and learned it by accident).

YES! Very much so. And I understood it then and understood it now. And both times it broke my heart.

About Castiel, I think it's important to remember that he isn't human, so the importance of having a soul and caring probably doesn't measure for him the same way it does for Dean, Bobby or Sam. And I think he was so harsh on Dean because he's projecting some of his issues on him. Let's not forget that Castiel's brothers are currently killing each other, that he killed some of them in the past and is probably still doing it, and that he's helpless to stop the civil war.

All very good points. Which is why I want to know more about what's going on with him before I truly "pass judgement" - because right now I'm just disgruntled with him and defensive of Dean. But I know there has to be more to it than just "you didn't do what I said"...there has to be something else going on there.

Thank you so much for reading! See you soon!
jesters_tear82
Feb. 5th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
I'm just in Supernatural heaven at the moment! :)

Really, & this might sound shallow of me, but I'm so happy to have Sam back I'm gonna overlook the plot-holes. Yes, they had way too many virgins, and yes - how could Dean think he could hide the truth from Sam for long, it makes no sense.. But you know what? This episode felt so good, I don't care
;-)
There were those hearty moments, the reunion of those two brothers who haven't seen each other for over a year & a half really.. for Dean anyway. For Sam it was after falling into hell thinking he will never see his family again. People can call me cheesy, corny, a whole lot of other foods :) But this is the draw for me so..
Besides, we had Bobby being the realistic one opposing Dean's "It's all water under the bridge" so he was the voice of reason. & we had funny rock fighting, great rock songs (the other one playing was by Jethro Tull), brotherly banter, & a new vilain. I even got a "Never-Ending Story" reference which is my all times favorite book. Good 'nough for me :)

Gotta say I really liked the professor chick & would like to know more about her relationship with Bobby. Also, all this mystery about purgatory, the war in heaven, left me highly curious. You know, what bothered you about Cas - I could actually understand his reaction to seeing Sam "whole". His relationship with Dean is obviously closer, however when he first got Dean out of hell he didn't know him or care. Now with Sam, he does care. I think Sam has redeemed himself in Cas's eyes by his self-sacrifice & Cas's reaction to seeing him well (after feeling his soul so burned out) really was pure relief, wanting to hug him though was more Cas trying to act human & thinking that's what human friends would do in such circumstances :)

As for our boys.. both Jared & Jensen were awesome. Jared had soulfull Sammy back in a heartbeat, it was so easy to forget he ever was Robo-Sam ;) Loved his teary eyes when Cas revealed the truth. & Dean - our hero, always putting his little brother first! He had such little joyous expressions at seeing Sam being nerdy & with morals & puppy-eyeing the heck out of everybody :) I think he did his best to hide from Sam the changes he's been through. I want Sam to see him with Lisa & Ben so he can comprehend what this year has done to Dean.

Glad to have you rambling again G!
Slainte! :)



gaelicspirit
Feb. 6th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
Really, & this might sound shallow of me, but I'm so happy to have Sam back I'm gonna overlook the plot-holes.

Agreed. :) I just felt BETTER after this episode was over.

Gotta say I really liked the professor chick & would like to know more about her relationship with Bobby.

I know, right? I love that we get these little pieces-parts of Bobby's history. What an interesting character he is.

You know, what bothered you about Cas - I could actually understand his reaction to seeing Sam "whole".

The almost-hug wasn't really what got me about Cas (although, it did feel odd since the last time Cas saw this Sam, he called him an abomination), it was more his treatment of Dean -- the whole "you should have killed him outright" comment. I just didn't know where he was going with that. It felt layered and off and it troubled me. And got me defensive of Dean. Because as I saw it, Dean had no other choice.

BUT! I know there has to be something else going on with Cas. So, I'm reserving "judgement". :)

I want Sam to see him with Lisa & Ben so he can comprehend what this year has done to Dean.

YES! Me too. Definitely.

Thank you so much for reading -- see you soon!
seesmooshrun
Feb. 5th, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
I'm just so happy right ow I have very little to say. Happy with the episode, happy that Sam is back, happy that you posted this... but... poor Dean.
gaelicspirit
Feb. 6th, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm happy you're happy. :)

And poor Dean, indeed. Gah. Just...gah.

Thank you for reading. :) See you soon!
thruterryseyes
Feb. 5th, 2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
I was SO impressed with Jared's portrayal of the two Sam's, once he was back to being THE Sam. You're right, With that one "Dean" you knew and the difference between the two of them ws staggering. Even his hair is a little different. His entire bearing was different. And dammit I had MISSED him.

Dean's attitude was different, he was so pleased when Sam played so sympathetic for that girls family. Yeah, this is MUCH better.

The sword thing was a riot cause you KNEW he figured he'd saunter up to that thing and just slide it right out.

I still miss Crowley tho. I liked the siort of grey stop action way they showed the previews for next week. Made it look deadly.

Yoiu actually have the address in the main body correct but the cc one is the one that's wrong.

One more week and I swear I'm breathing fire iof it snows again Thursday like they say it will.

I never saw Cloverfield but from what i gathered if you like a hand held camera and a lot of gasping then you'd like it and the ending SUCKED.
gaelicspirit
Feb. 6th, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC)
I CAN'T WAIT TO BE THERE.

That is all. Just make it not snow.

Dean's attitude was different, he was so pleased when Sam played so sympathetic for that girls family. Yeah, this is MUCH better.

TOTALLY! :)

Maybe I'll check out Cloverfield here soon. I'll just be prepared for a sucky ending. You're going to rent Buried, right??? For the weekend?
jazzyirish
Feb. 5th, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC)
God, it is soooo good to have Show back, RealSam back and your rambles back. ;) When Sam came up behind Dean, called his name, and then hugged him, I smiled wide and long and said "There's our Sammy". Like many fans, I was definitely tiring of RoboSam and I think his attempt to kill Bobby was the last straw for me. ( I read somewhere that RoboSam was supposed to be an all season thing until Sera realized that the fans were really not liking it all, so she brought back our Sammy at the mid-point instead.)

Dean was like a kid in a candy store with his brother back - all lightness, jokes, and enthusiasm for the hunt. Basically Dean hid any other feelings so that Sam wouldn't pick up on anything. I think he realized that Sam would have to know the truth at some point, but he just wanted his brother back, with no sad memories for a little while - and it showed in Dean's quick smile when Sam talks the girl into letting them see the victim's room.

I thought the MOTW was a bit cheesy to say the least, but at least we had some music! Obviously can't have it all on a cheap budget. :( But on the bright side, I loved the brotherly banter, snark and humor. Loved the reference to WOW (World of Warcraft) because my daughter is totally captivated by it. And I laughed out loud at Dean's attempts to remove the sword from the rock. Like you said, the facial expressions were to die for.

I have no idea about Cas' reaction to Dean except to say that Cas was just as forceful in telling Dean originally not to put the soul back in Sam. But the comment about if Dean wanted to kill Sam, he should have done it outright. OUCH!

All in all, a fairly good episode I think. And I'm soooo glad to have both brothers back to themselves again (such as they are with everything they've been through) so that we can see some REAL interaction between them, come what may. That's what I signed up for in my love of this show, this special relationship. All I can say is THEY'RE BACK!

Thanks for your wonderful ramble and enthusiasm for Show - sometimes it was the only thing keeping me involved. ;) See you next week.

Irish
gaelicspirit
Feb. 6th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
God, it is soooo good to have Show back, RealSam back and your rambles back

YAY!!

I read somewhere that RoboSam was supposed to be an all season thing until Sera realized that the fans were really not liking it all, so she brought back our Sammy at the mid-point instead.

Oh, thank God. I don't know if I could have hung on by my fingernails ALL season. Crimeny.

I think he realized that Sam would have to know the truth at some point, but he just wanted his brother back, with no sad memories for a little while - and it showed in Dean's quick smile when Sam talks the girl into letting them see the victim's room.

SO. True.

I have no idea about Cas' reaction to Dean except to say that Cas was just as forceful in telling Dean originally not to put the soul back in Sam. But the comment about if Dean wanted to kill Sam, he should have done it outright. OUCH!

Yeah, that whole thing was just...WTF, Cas? I think there has to be more to it than just Cas being pissy because Dean didn't do what he told him to. I'm waiting for them to peel back those layers and let us in.

Thanks for your wonderful ramble and enthusiasm for Show - sometimes it was the only thing keeping me involved.

Oh, I'm so happy you stayed. It wouldn't be the same for me without you, Irish! :)

See you next week! :)


qultng1
Feb. 6th, 2011 01:06 am (UTC)
Good to have Show back and good to have YOU back! :D

YES to everything you said. Soooo good to have Our Sam back and incredible at the difference. So definitely our Sammy. :D

I loved this episode. It was everything I'd hoped for. Glad you liked it, too. :)
gaelicspirit
Feb. 6th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
I did! I mean, plot holes, and leaps of logic and all that were definitely there, but I didn't care. Dean had his brother back. Everything else could be figured out later. YAY!!! :)

Thank you so much for reading. See you soon, my friend!
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