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The Eye
Y’know what? I liked it. I laughed, I jumped, I was tense, I was sad. It had me reacting and that is what I look for in my entertainment. I’ve been enjoying this season; I feel like I’m getting a little feel for the rhythm it’s picking up.
 
Right before I started writing, I took a glance out there to see what the reaction was…kinda wish I hadn’t, to be honest. But, I’m going to go with my initial reaction, fully realizing that some of you may disagree with me. And that’s totally fine. We don’t have to see it the same way. *smiles* But I had a good time with this one.
 
Going right to it; I’ll hit you with randomness throughout, no doubt, but this one had enough umph to it that I didn’t have time for a great deal of mind-wandering thoughts. Just reactionary ones. Also, who knows the schedule coming up – like when we’ll break for holiday hiatus? If you know can you post just the dates in your comments? I have some training for the December 4th marathon coming up and I have to work rambles around that.
 
Priorities and all. *wink*
 
THEN: Sheriff Mills, Remember the Leviathans, Amy, Amy, Amy (and some weird color enhancements with that one…)
 
NOW: Sam and Dean walk into a bank. Sounds like the beginning of a joke, right? Not so much. The LeviWinchesters were so well played that if I hadn’t seen the previews at the end of last week to know about the cloning, I would have been really worried. As it was, there was still some gasping.
 
Sam (sounding like our Sam would sound – worried, double-checking): You sure about this?
 
Dean (sounding like our Dean would sound – confident, clipped, slightly like Han Solo): Trust me.
 
Dean walks up to a teller, flirts. Sam closes the doors of the bank. Dean asks teller for change.
 
Teller: How do you want it, Dean?
 
Oh, boy. *small laugh*
 
Dean asks for a rain check…and all her money. Then he pulls out this mini hand machine gun (yeah, I don’t really know my automatic weapons) as does Sam and they spray the ceiling with bullets yelling for hands in the air. Sam tells them to get down and be quiet – no heroes, ya’ll. They shove everyone into the bank vault.
 
Sam: You ready?
 
Dean: Yep.
 
They look at the camera. And I gasped, covering my mouth, as they shoot every last person inside the vault in another spray of bullets. I mean, it was just so jarring to see our boys – our heroes – kill all those people. Even though we knew it wasn’t them. It was still…Holy. Crap. worthy.
 
In a cabin in the woods, a little ol’ Levi is...chained to a chair with Bobby experimenting on how to kill it. The real brothers come down the stairs, grumbling about it still being alive.
 
Bobby: Greatest hits didn’t do the trick. I’m down to B sides and Deep Cuts.
 
Well…sometimes those have the best songs. Just…sayin’….
 
The LeviHitman is predictably taunting them – completely unafraid of them and willing to spill secrets because he’s sure they won’t be able to kill him. He tells them that Edgar walked away from the Chevy Smash Incident, which rattles Dean a bit. Dean pulls up a stool (pushing me to mutter too close…a little too close) and questions the LeviHitman on how it found them. Hitman tells him that it tracked their aliases using some algorithm (and a bunch of other words I totally didn’t understand).
 
Bobby: Great. Mensa-Monster.
 
Apparently the Leviathans all got a big Winchester download from “camp Cas” when they were inside the angel. So, they know all the boy’s aliases. Which is so not cool. And yet, really interesting at the same time. He mocks them, saying they must not have watched the news yet that morning.
 
These Leviathan’s must have a ‘hive mind’ or something – which wouldn’t explain the need to use cell phones to report in, but I can’t figure out how the LeviHitman knew it was that morning the killing spree was going to start. Because, as far as it knew, it was supposed to have killed them, right? So, how did the other Levi’s know it hadn’t finished the job? It’s not like Bobby let it have a phone call.
 
I’m just gonna hand-wave that unless ya’ll picked up on something I missed because I can’t for the life of me figure how the Hitman knew about the LeviWinchesters when it’d been zapped by a super-powered witch spell, dragged to Rufus’ old hide out, and chained in a basement after not killing the boys. Moving on.
 
Upstairs, the boys and Bobby are watching the news where they find out that Sam and Dean Winchester, who were presumed dead, are the subjects of a massive manhunt throughout CA. They see the footage of the bank killing. Bobby shuts it off in disgust.
 
Bobby: You boys have had a busy morning.
 
Dean: They Xeroxed us!
 
Sam: How?
 
Yeah, that’s exactly what I wanted to know. Thankfully, LeviHitman was feeling chatty. Guess it is good for something after all.
 
LH (yelling up through the ceiling from the basement below): It was some hair! From a motel shower drain!
 
Dean (looking at Bobby, who apparently he assumes has all the answers…which I find a little endearing, actually – Dean’s always needed a general): You can copy people like that? Awesome. What is their plan exactly?
 
While Bobby’s busy turning shrugging into an art form, Sam mutters, “Turn us into America’s Most Wanted.”
 
Sweetie, as far as fandom is concerned, you guys already are.
                                                         
Dean wants to find ‘em and kill ‘em. Bobby doesn’t want them to stick their necks out – and reasonably so. They don’t know how to kill them or slow them down, and apparently, the Leviathan’s are smarter than the hunters (at least so far).
 
Dean: This is personal.
 
Sam: I’m with Dean.
 
Good. Remember that, little brother.
 
Bobby: If you’re gonna be stupid, you may as well be smart about it.
 
Can’t argue with that logic. In fact, that might be my next Facebook status. He gives them an address and tells them to look up Frank Devereaux, says he owes Bobby one for Port Huron. Random references like that make me want to read the Bobby Singer Hunter’s Journal book thingy. I don’t read the tie-in novels (tried the first, it didn’t take…fanfic is just so much better, IMO), but I think I'd like to read this one to get a sense of Bobby’s back story.
 
Bobby: I’ll keep working on Chatty Cathy. See if I can figure out what makes him die.
 
So, the boys head out and as they’re pulling into a random gas station, playing in the background is a variation of the Brother’s Guitar Riff (I have the original as my ringtone…hush) that I really liked. A little more dancing with the electric guitar chords.
 
Dean gasses up the car while Sam goes in for snacks (Dean wants his usual: Ding Dongs…only the box Sam puts down on the counter is of the “I’m in no way affiliated with Hostess” variety). Sam asks the clerk if he has any power bars and the look the clerk gives Sam when he glances up is pure, “oh, sh*t.” He tells Sam they’re in the back and gets up to go get them for him.
 
At this point, I kinda started talking to my TV. This continued throughout the rest of the episode. The hubs was in the room, working on some soccer stats or some other sporty boy thing and he kept tossing me amused glances. I ignored him and grumbled, “Oh, Sam, you dummy!” to the TV as Sam finally clued into the fact that the clerk was Acting Very Weird. He leans over the counter and see’s that the clerk had just seen “him” and “Dean” killing someone else in a different bank and was, in fact, calling the police at that moment. *shakes head at Sam*
 
Sam hurries back out at a super-quick walk muttering to Dean as he passes him, “Cashier just made me. Drive.” Obligingly, Dean detaches from the gas pump and peels out.
 
Daylight, and we’re at the bank the clerk was watching on TV. Very Special Agents Morris and Valente (wasn’t that the name of the Sheriff on Roswell?) are there and Valente, blond, semi-good looking, preppy, is hyped up by the thought of actual serial killers. Morris, older, more practical, and the stunt-man version of Kevin Spacey (what? he was!) is basically like, serial killers = paperwork. Paperwork = bad. Valente gets a text that the Winchesters were spotted at a gas station – roughly 1,000 miles from the crime scene they were currently investigating.
 
Valente: That was fast. Must’ve flown.
 
Morris: That, or the Batmobile.
 
Good pick on the super-hero, dude, but our girl is much cooler than the Batmobile.
 
It’s night and the boys are pulling up in front of Devereaux’s place. It looks abandoned, but they go up, knock on the door, call out for Frank. Entering, they continue to call out, Sam in the lead, asking if anyone is home.
 
Behind them, Frank turns on the light and the boys turn as one. Frank has a hand cannon pointed at them (again, big, dangerous looking, automatic weapon…not in the know on type).
 
Frank: Spider caught some flies.
 
I gulped. So did Dean. Sam just went pale.
 
Frank: Well, I’ll be damned. Psycho Butch and Sundance. (BWAH! Love it – oh, and I have thoughts about this…I’ll get back to it). You’re on CNN right now.
 
Sam: That’s not us!
 
Frank: Can’t be. Unless you have a teleport. (pause) Do you have a teleport?
 
Dean shakes his head silently. Sam, swallowing hard, says, “No. Sir. We don’t.”
 
Frank: My condolences on the doppelgangers. Who sent you? NSA? The Feebs? March of Dimes?
 
Yep. Definitely a friend of Bobby's. Another paranoid bastard.
 
Dean: Uh…Bobby Singer sent us.
 
Frank stands up and cocks his gun, pointing it at Dean.
 
Dean (hurriedly, shoving his hands back up in the air): Or not! (stuttering laugh) Who?
 
*laughs*
 
Sam (quickly): He said you could help. You owe him. From Port Huron.
 
Frank: Guy saved your life one time and what? You owe him the rest of yours?
 
Dean (shrugging with his hands): That’s usually…how it works.
 
Frustrated, Frank points his gun at the floor in a silent tantrum, then gives in. In some room in Frank’s house, Frank is shredding what I can only assume were the boys’ fake credit cards (I couldn’t see it very well) and he has the clone vids playing on about five different TV’s. The boys are looking around. Sam looks slightly shell-shocked, Dean just looks resigned…maybe a little pissed. Franks rambling about how the government has been cloning people for years and Sam moves to correct him. Dean hushes his brother, whispering, “He’s rolling.” Hee.
 
Frank ‘helpfully’ points out that they’re on the Most Wanted list.
 
Sam: What should we do?
 
Frank tells them to hide. Dean’s like no can do.
 
Dean: Get us further off the grid…but keep us on the board.
 
So, Frank says they have to burn their old aliases – no more rock stars (aww, man!). From now on they are Tom and John Smith. No more plastic, cash only. As soon as he said this, I groaned out loud and whimpered, “He’s going to make them ditch the Impala.”
 
The hubs was like, “What is with you and that car?”
 
I just looked at him. He raised his hands in surrender and went back to his soccer stats. He wouldn’t understand anyway. *smiles sadly*
 
Frank tells them to stay out of view of the 200 million cameras the government has around the country – and while I don’t doubt there are many, this guy’s read 1984 a few too many times, you ask me. He breaks (read: completely shatters) Sam’s laptop, then hands him a new one – also gives them new, presumably untraceable, cell phones. Says they owe him $5,000. Cash. Either they had some of the dragon gold with them they could liquidate fast, or they signed an IOU because they left there and no money visibly changed hands. Plus, really highly doubt they had 5K just...on them.
 
He “blue steel”’s them some new IDs and ta-da! They’re off the grid. I heard before the season started that it was going to be Butch and Sundance-esque. I wasn’t sure how they were going to have that one play out. Obviously, now, the boys aren’t going to resort to robbing banks as Butch and Sundance did. But they are being pursued by relentless trackers who they can’t identify and are hard to incapacitate, impossible (it appears) to kill. When I get a new email, my computer plays the Butch soundbite, “Who are these guys?” That’s what I think the B&S theme is going to be for a bit. Who are they, what do they want, how do we elude them long enough to end them?
 
Meanwhile, back at the cabin, Bobby is trying to find a way to kill the LeviHitman.
 
Bobby: You can bleed, you can die.
 
LH: You’re stumped. I’m gonna really enjoy eating you.
 
Heh. I totally flashed to that quote from the movie The Rock, where Nic Cage mocks the bad solider, “I’m gonna enjoy guttin’ you, boy.”
 
Bobby’s all shut up, but the Levi just doesn’t know when to quit. He keeps at it until, frustrated, Bobby channels his inner McCloud and lops off the dude’s head with a big ol’ sword. Black ooze seeps out of the neck stump and Bobby stares in wonder.
 
Bobby: Hot damn! Well, that’s something.
 
Back at Frank’s, the old guy gives the boys new passports (that was wicked fast…wonder if he made them new fake FBI badges, too…or if we’ve seen the last of our boys showing suited up to a crime scene) and a map where he’s marked all the places the LeviWinchesters have hit. Can’t see a pattern, though. It looks random.
 
Frank: There’s no such thing as a random series of robber/murders by your evil twins. (Heh. I’ll keep that in mind.) Your doubles want to be on candid camera because they want you in the line of fire…at least have the common sense to ditch your car.
 
I may have yelped a bit.
 
Dean (looking stricken): What?!
 
Apparently the doubles have a double Impala. Okay, how…? I mean, it’s not like 1967 Impala’s are terribly easy to come by. How the heck did the clone the Impala?! *hand-wave*
 
Dean looks near tears as he glances at Sam. *sniff* Poor guy. This situation sucks out loud on various levels.
 
Back at Bobby’s—er, um, Rufus’ cabin—Bobby is getting some supplies and food out of a bag when there’s a knock at the door. Turns out, it’s Sheriff Jodi Mills.
 
Bobby: What the hell are you doing here?
 
Sheriff Mills: You’re all charm, Bobby.
 
Bobby: So my therapist keeps telling me.
 
Mills: I’m a cop, remember? (She holds up beer and snacks) Gonna invite me in?
 
Bobby warns her that he has one of the ‘big mouths’ downstairs so she’s like, I won’t go downstairs. Okay, let me just say this: I really like her. I like her with Bobby. While it might’ve been a little too easy for her to find Bobby in this supposedly totally off the grid random cabin of Rufus’, I like that she’s the one who finds the weakness (because if that’s what they’re going with, it makes total sense that a woman would be the one to accidentally stumble across it).

And if they kill her I will be very put out.
 
They (the writers) kill everyone who helps the boys – even the guest stars, these days. I get that they want them to be cut off, alone, on their own, desperate, but they've already put this particular character through way too much. Dead kid, zombie kid who eats husband, dead kid again…I mean, seriously. They better ultimately let her live. And that’s all I have to say about that.
 
Sheriff Mills says she wanted to thank Bobby but they don’t exactly make cards that say, “thanks for not letting me getting eaten alive by my monster doctor.” Hallmark really dropped the ball on that one.
 
Bobby: Just doing my job. Which nobody pays me for.
 
Mills: How you doin’, Bobby?
 
Bobby: Fine. Every day’s a gift.
 
Good Lord, he and Dean are cut from the same cloth. That concept is driven home further a little later, but this whole exchange had me thinking of how Dean reacts when confronted by someone who shows him compassion.
 
Mills: Your house burned down. Let someone be nice to you!
 
Bobby relents a bit – Not too nice…can’t go soft – but her comment had me thinking about that very significant event in his life. His house burned down. All his hunting stuff, sure, but what about everything else – any keepsakes and/or memories he had of his wife? The security of having some place to go to. All those phone lines that hunters used when they got in a bind with the law. Gone. We never really saw him react to that – we never really saw him react to much of anything. Not the fact that the boys thought he was dead, not Dean’s VM (which we can only assume he heard), none of it.
 
I suppose that could have taken place in that three week jump in time (making me want t write a missing scene even more), but even so, it would help if we saw some kind of reaction from Bobby. If Bobby allowed himself to show how this uprooted life has affected him, maybe the boys might be able to breathe through their own tangle of emotions a bit. I mean, I know Bobby pressed Dean to react to the fact that he lost his best friend and his brother is hanging on by a very thin thread, but if no one around him – except perhaps the person he’s supposed to take care of – is reacting honestly and with true emotion, how can Dean allow himself to?
 
All I could figure is that the only way Bobby could hold it together – for the sake of the boys, mainly – was to shove it down, just like Dean does. Bury the loss and instead focus on the various copies of journals/books he had stashed around, focus on the job, focus on the boys. It’s the only way I could justify Bobby just rolling with it.
 
Sheriff Mills wants to cook him something. Straighten up the place. Just…take care of him a little. Which is such a womanly thing to do. I liked it. Bobby lets her do her thing and heads back down to the Leviathan only to see that it’s re-headed itself. So, Bobby cuts off its head again. Heh.
 
The boys are leaving Frank's in what totally looks like a Rabbit. The soccer mom mini-van was bad enough, but this? *laughs* To make matters worse, there’s a yellow, horsey, squeak toy hanging from the rear-view mirror. Dean pulls out his knife and cut’s the toy off, throwing it in the back seat. Heh. I know someone who was probably pretty happy with that scene.
 
Sam (looking askance at his brother): You okay?
 
Dean (lips pushed out in angry grimace, face lined and tense with frustration): It’s bad enough they’re ganking people while wearing our mugs (one too many episodes of Boardwalk Empire for you, there, Dean), but we’re driving around in this…caboodle while Baby’s on lockdown.
 
Sam (just short of a little-brother eye-roll): It’s temporary.
 
I swear to you, I was two seconds from saying this very same line when Dean beat me to it. My laugh had my dogs jumping in surprise.
 
Dean: Nobody puts Baby in a corner.
 
Sam starts to call him on quoting Dirty Dancing, but Dean, with the Finger of Silence raised, declares that it’s a Swayze movie and Swayze always gets a pass. Atta boy.
 
Sam, taking sympathy on his poor brother, asks if he wants some tunes, knowing what always calms him down. Now, I know, there are much bigger issues at hand in the grand scheme of the episode, and we still must talk about the ending and all of that, but for a moment, I just want to once more enjoy the scene that had me guffawing so much even the hubs grinned.
 
Sam turns on the radio and Air Supply’s All Out Of Love starts playing. I swear, cheesy as they are, Air Supply has some pretty darn singable songs. I know every friggin’ word to Making Love Out of Nothing At All and sing it loudly. Ask thruterryseyes</lj>. She’s been there. You just…you can’t help yourself!
 
So, the music comes on, Sam offers to turn the stations and Dean’s all, Nah, just leave it…probably the only thing on. OMG, I’m laughing right now just thinking about it. Sam looks down at the map and Dean starts to lip sync the words, I’m all outta love…I’m so lost without you…I know you were right, believing for so long….
 
Poor Impala on lockdown. Dean misses you. *giggles*
 
Sam gives Dean a sidelong, incredulous look and Dean closes his mouth with a click, looking off to the side, trying to hide, but as soon as Sam looks down again, he starts to lip sync once more, as if the song is compelling him to sing. IT TOTALLY DOES THAT! I swear! There are some songs you can’t NOT sing!
 
Stop laughing at me. You know it’s true. *narrows eyes good naturedly*
 
Sam turns off the radio and Dean closes his mouth in a slight (and totally sexy) pout. Sam looks back at the map and notices that there actually IS a pattern to the Leviathan attacks, only not geometrical…it’s following a geographic timeline.
 
He calls it out to Dean – Jericho, the Woman in White; Black Water, the Wendigo; Lake Manitok, the kid in the water…. The Levi’s are hitting the jobs they worked, in order, since Sam left Stanford. Okay, I both liked this and head-tilted it. I liked it because I like flashbacks to the previous episodes, and it was fun to see them tie in to earlier, more innocent times. I like the flashes of those hunts, too. I wondered if it was supposed to plant something in our minds – or even the brother’s minds – of what brought them back together in the first place to help them deal with the ramifications of the end. I could be over-thinking that part of it, though. Basically, it was just a nice shout-out.
 
However. What was the Levi logic there? Was the point going to the towns where the brother’s had saved people? To mess with their heads? To  make sure they were found? The answer to both is probably yes, and it worked on both counts, but it just seemed to be a bit…head tilty to me. I think I might have to chew on the Levi logic through a few more episodes.
 
Anyway, Dean instantly recalls (which is kind of amazing considering how much they’d been through in the last six years – including Hell) that the next stop would be St. Louis, home of Conner’s diner and the best burger in St. Louis.
 
Dean: I deserve something good in my life right now.
 
Yes, Dean. Yes you certainly do. Sadly, you’re not going to get it, but you definitely deserve it.
 
Next shot is of the brothers at the diner, Dean noshing on a burger, Sam eating a salad. Took me a sec to realize these were the LeviWinchesters. Their exchange in enlightening. First because apparently the Levi’s don’t just clone the appearance of the individual, they clone everything.

Memories, experiences, thoughts feelings. I find that interesting. And pretty much totally creepy. Because it’s as if they’re possessing the actual individual – as if Dean and Sam were inside those cloned bodies with the Levi’s – only it’s a totally separate being.
 
LeviDean finds the burger disgusting (bite your tongue! No, really….), and LeviSam says the salad is, “Dead plants with creamy goo…it’s like eating self righteousness.” LeviDean has a bit of fun tearing Dean down. It can’t stand him and says he has a hero complex, which is interesting considering Dean has no self-worth. But at the same time, I get where something like a Leviathan would say something like that about Dean. The only way Dean feels good about himself is if he saves someone, cares for someone, and they recognize him for it…which rarely happens…so he wants to be a hero, he just doesn’t get the recognition he craves and therefore feels worthless.
 
I can kinda understand that, actually. I find that I struggle with something similar: I don’t want to be the center of attention, but I do want to be recognized. I tend to take charge of situations because I feel as though it’s the only way I’ll be sure it’s done “right,” and therefore I get worn out because I rarely let anyone help me. And then I get hurt when it feels as though I’m taken for granted, or that no one sees how hard I work. So, I could see why Dean might be seen as having a hero complex, even though he feels he’s 90% crap.
 
LeviDean continues by saying Dean doesn’t have relationships, he has applications for singlehood (which, sure…he can’t risk anyone getting close to him because it hurts so much when they leave, and they always leave) , and apparently Dean thinks he’s funny. LeviDean takes anything he gets from Dean’s inner workings and twists it into a mockery of the man we know.
 
Meanwhile, LeviSam is all, who has two thumbs and full-blown bats in the bellfry? This guy. Apparently, Sam is ‘nothing but Satan vision’ on the inside. So, we know that even though Sam may be acting normal, he’s clamping down hard on his control valve. Which is admirable, but since this is a TV show, and not a story or a book where we are privy to the inner workings of the character’s mind, it would be nice if they showed us Sam being a little more shaky, I think. Since 7.04, we haven’t seen so much as a flinching hand-grab. I’m glad we got this insight, though, because it helped me with the end and in thinking things through.
 
LeviSam: I had a brother once. I ate him.
 
LeviDean: ‘Course you did.
 
LeviSam: How are these guys even a threat?
 
LeviDean: Boss says they gotta go.
 
LeviSam: Idea. Wanna trade? I’ll take chuckles over skitzso.
 
LeviDean: Nah. I like this one’s hair better. You can stay in the big one.
 
LeviSam: Let’s turn up the heat.
 
So, with that, they make some poor kid turn on his video phone, kill everyone in the diner, and make sure they’re filmed the whole time. Gah.
 
Meanwhile, our boys are still heading to St. Louis in the Rabbit. Bobby’s on the phone with them telling them that cutting off the Leviathan’s heads slows then down, but he doesn’t want them getting that close to them, so he’s working on finding something they can shoot them with. The boys hear Sheriff Mills in the background and chuckle, sharing a grin. *nice*
 
Dean: Are you even working, Richard Geer?

Bobby tells them that the LeviWinchester’s hit a diner in St. Louis and Dean is a little crushed. So, they head to Ankeny, Iowa. Meanwhile, Agents Morris and Valente show up at the diner in St. Louis, find the officer first on scene, see the phone vid where LeviDean is all, we’re going to Iowa, so they put pretty much the whole state on alert.
 
Back at the cabin, Bobby is getting out jumper cables to test on the Leviathan, but gets sloppy and allows his arm to barely graze the arm of the Levi; it’s enough. The Levi morphs into Bobby.
 
LeviBobby: Does this skin make me look fat?
 
Bobby: Balls.
 
So, LeviBobby starts strolling through Bobby’s memory, saying he dropped out of high school, he became a drunk like his dad – and his relationship with his dad was a can of scorpions in and of itself – which, seriously, up to the favorite singer being Joni Mitchell, I found it no wonder Dean is Bobby’s favorite. He sees himself in Dean.
 
Our boys are in Ankeny, walking down the street, when they see LeviWinchesters in the LeviImpala drive by.
 
Sam: Oh, no. This is all sorts of wrong.
 
You can say that again, man.
 
Dean: I’m so stealing those rims. (Hee! He calls Bobby.) We’ve got eyes on them.
 
Before they can do anything else, though, the Ankeny Sheriff’s department pulls up and surrounds our brothers. The hubs called this before I could – the Sheriff was the actor who played Col. Saul Tigh from the new Battlestar Gallactica (one of our joint guilty pleasures, once upon a time). I never caught his real name, so I’m just going to go with Col. Tigh. Feel free to correct me. It’s not like we have to remember it long, anyway.
 
Bobby hears the boys get arrested over the phone, and the LeviWinchesters drive off, with LeviDean giving the boys a wicked grin (which was also oddly sexy…I swear there’s not much this guy can do that doesn’t get to me). Back in The Basement Of Endless Torture, LeviBobby is still trying to get under Bobby’s skin.
 
Bobby: Save it. I already know me, handsome.
 
LeviBobby: You’ve got the gruff thing down. Seen more death than an electric chair. (In his best John Wayne impression.) Ready to die with your boots on. You know deep down you still have hope. You’ve got a thing for that pretty lady upstairs. But you’re not getting any older than tomorrow.
 
Bobby pulls out the Highlander sword and quotes Browning at the thing, “A man’s reach should exceed his grasp.”
 
Just then, something drips down from the ceiling, burning the Levi’s arm, and then its face, like acid. Bobby rushes upstairs to find Sheriff Mills washing the floor, apologizing for a spill of something or other. Bobby rushes up to her and kisses her full on the mouth.
 
Mills: Wasn’t expecting that reaction.
 
I may have whispered to the hubs that I’d wash the kitchen floor every day if I got that reaction. Bobby asks her what’s in the bucket.

Meanwhile, in the Ankeny jail, Dean’s asking for a call, but Col. Tigh demands he be taken to cell #1 and Sam to the interview room, then gives the two cops the night off. Which was an interesting choice, I thought, since he had two mass murderers on his hands. But oh, well. The LeviWinchesters are outside the police station, watching from the LeviImpala. They quickly make themselves into the cops who were leaving, return to the station, and kill the night duty cop. Yikes.
 
While all that’s going on, Col. Tigh is talking to Dean and Dean is practically begging for his phone call, his voice shaking a bit as he tries once more to deny that he killed anyone. Something in his voice or face must’ve been convincing enough because Col. Tigh allows him the call – holding the phone, on speaker, outside of the cell (so he hears everything).
 
Bobby tells Dean that sodium borate – anything with Borax in it – will burn the Leviathans. How 'bout that. I grew up on a farm with a well, and we had to use Borax in our laundry to help with the rust in our water. We also used massive amounts of rock salt in the water softener. Guess we were pretty stocked up for demon and Leviathan attack. *grins*
 
Bobby tells him that the Borax burns them enough to slow them down, then he needs to chop off their heads and bury the head waaaaaay separate from the body. At that, Col. Tigh closes the phone all, you people are totally sick. Which, sure. I mean, what would any normal person think after hearing chemical burning and decapitation from someone suspected of being a serial killer? Dean tries to plea with him, saying if he doesn’t listen to him, they’ll all be dead – ala Jus In Bello.
 
But then, luckily (for the boys if not for him), Col. Tigh heads out just in time to see one of his officers eating another just as a third walks in, tells him they don’t have time for lunch, and the two still living cops morph into Sam and Dean. Col. Tigh goes back to Dean, clearly shaken up, all I don’t know what I just saw. Dean does, though, and makes him let him out, telling him to go get Borax and meet him back there. Good thing the station janitor's closet has that as a cleaning agent.
 
Sam is in the interrogation room and looks up to see Dean opening the door. At first he’s relieved and elated, but then…turns out, it’s not Dean. It’s LeviDean…who is “Dean adjacent.” As soon as LeviDean walked into that interrogation room, I knew what was going to happen. I said as much out loud and hubs is like, “How do you know?” And I said, “Because that’s just how Dean’s luck goes.”
 
Dean sneaks into the main room and takes the dead cop’s gun, muttering a low, “Sorry,” to the body. He looks up to see Sam.
 
Dean: Sammy! (Totally Evil!Sam grin) Not Sammy.
 
LeviSam throws Dean into a trophy case (ouch!).
 
In the interview room, LeviDean is toying with Sam a bit: “I have really grown to hate you and your brother. You could be anything…but you’re so caught up in being good and taking care of each other.”
 
Okay, that’s something Sam should actually listen to. Because even this twisted version of Dean is talking about how the memories and needs he sees in this clone body are all about taking care of his brother.
 
Sam: Why do you care?
 
LeviDean: It pisses me off. You’re wasting a perfectly good opportunity to subjugate the weak.
 
Outside, Dean breaks the glass and gets a fire ax from the emergency box.
 
LeviSam: Cute. Do you really think you’ll get close enough to use it?
 
Dean: Not until you’re burning.
 
Col. Tigh is suddenly there and throws a bucket of Borax on LeviSam and before it can wail even one I’m melting, melting…. Dean whacks its head off.
 
In the interview room, LeviDean settles in next to Sam. My stomach was in knots at this point. Because I knew exactly what LeviDean was going to do and I didn’t want it to happen this way, but then I realized that yes, it must. It had to happen this way. Dean needed the choice pulled from his hands if the truth was ever going to come to light and now the wound is open and bleeding and maybe now…now there can be some healing from it.
 
LeviDean: Dean thinks you’re nutballs. Thinks you’re off your game.
 
Duh. He’s scared to death for his brother.  Has been since he found out about the whole being soulless thing. He’s worn himself out being scared for Sam.
 
Sam: You gonna kill me or are you just playing with your food?
 
LeviDean: All right. I guess that’s why Dean never told you he killed Amy.
 
Thunk. That sound you heard? That was my heart hitting the floor. Sam looks…shocked, gutted, and sick. Shaken to his core. *pets him*
 
LeviDean (with delight): That look on your face, that is priceless! That’s what I’ve been waiting for. Now I can eat you. ‘Cause I like meat a little…bitter.
 
Dean bursts in, Col. Tigh on his heels. Sam ducks and covers. Dean throws Borax at LeviDean, then chops its head off.
 
Dean: Wow. That felt good!
 
Col. Tigh is like, The FBI is on their way. He agrees to do whatever he can to help them, especially if it means lying about everything he just saw. Heh. Dean asks if he could make them be dead…again. Col. Tigh agrees and Dean’s like, let’s get a mop.

Sam hangs back, still looking a bit gutted. Dean asks if he’s okay and Sam says he’s fine. Worried more about what just happened than the look on Sam’s face (which could easily be attributed to what just happened), Dean lets it go to get the bodies cleaned up.
 
Agents Morris and Valente arrive to get the Winchesters, and Col. Tigh (and the M.E., who turns out to be his daughter) becomes a lying liar who lies, telling the agents he shot and killed them, then sent their bodies to the funeral home to be cremated according to their living wills and religious preferences. Heh. Morris is sputtering at the fact that there aren’t any bodies, but Valente is like, no bodies = no paperwork = good. Which seemed a bit too easy, but...we soon find out why.
 
But first! Sheriff Mills is leaving and Bobby thanks her, looking for a brief moment as if he’s going to kiss her, but instead hands her a box telling her not to open it, no matter what. I had a brief flash to Se7en’s, “What’s in the box?” line. He tells her to drop it in the drink, that he has a body to bury in cement, then he gives her a friendly, chaste kiss on the cheek. Hrumph. I hope they bring her back.
 
Back in Ankeny, Col. Tigh and his daughter are angsting about the weird black blood and lying to the Feds when Valente comes back, catching them red-handed with the bodies. I should have – I really should have – seen this coming, but I didn’t. Especially because the scene with Dean in the cell telling the cop that he has to trust him or they were all going to die reminded me of Jus In Bello. But I was all la-la-la watching until the anvil dropped: Valente is actually a LeviFed. He goes all Big Mouth on them and bam! Dead Sheriff and M.E., who maybe could have helped the brothers down the road.
 
Have to keep the brothers cut off from help, right? Keep it so they only have each other (and Bobby) to depend on? Also have to show that the Leviathan’s are everywhere. So that’s why they’re so scary, I guess. They could be anyone. Even though their communication abilities are…various. So, while it was sad (and possibly a bit predictable...unless you’re me) that these two were the latest in a long line of Leviathan casualties, I saw a reason for it.
 
Valente calls the boss man, says their Levi friends are headless – so I guess that really does incapacitate them. It didn’t look like they could continue on rehabilitating their vessels w/out a head. But also doesn’t appear that they’re actually dead since they have to keep the heads separate. Wonder how they writers are going to find a solution for this one. I think Crowley might end up having something to do with it, ultimately, else the visit he pays the LeviBoss is totally random.
 
LeviBoss (who I’ve seen before elsewhere, but couldn’t place) tells Valente to go back to the FBI. They can’t bring Sam and Dean back from the dead again, because that would raise suspicions. So, they’re going to give the Winchester sitch “a good think.” Which means that we’ll probably have an episode or two break from Leviathan encounters while they’re thinking. Inside the Boss’s limo, Crowley appears bearing gluten-free muffins (and it sounded like he said something about them having been made from baby something, but I didn’t get it).
 
Crowley may not have a fiddle of gold, but he was looking to make a deal with a devlish being. Former King of the Crossroads and all. Boss man shuts him down hard with a, don’t rufie me and call it romance. Basically, to the Leviathans, demons are ugly, lazy, gold-digging whores who are less than humans and if he wasn’t busy with other things, the LeviBoss would wipe demons from the universe.
 
Crowley (looking about 60% scared, 40% pissed): Keep the muffins.
 
Poof.

So. Either that means that Crowley will once more be looking to work with the brothers to jointly wipe out the Leviathans and/or return them to Purgatory (enemy of my enemy is my friend approach), or he'll be working his own angle that will end up helping the brothers in the end, or that was really random. And while I adore Crowley, and I will go with whatever direction they take this because I’m enjoying watching this journey of my hero, I’m not sure how I feel about the concept of them working with the demon again. I hope that if the writers do go down the route of Crowley seeking them out, it’s done in a more imaginative way than making yet another deal.
 
*shrugs* Heck, maybe Crowley will help them get Cas back…. *ponders*
 
Somewhere on a pier/bridge in Iowa, Dean opens the back hatch of the Rabbit and peers in at the heads in a duffel bag, preparing to throw them into the water. Sam is leaning against the roof of the car, quietly brooding. Watching him, concerned, Dean leans on the hatch and asks what’s wrong.
 
Sam (Brooooody): Nothing.
 
Dean: That’s convincing. Did monster us give you the jeebs? Because I gotta be honest – I’m not looking in the mirror for awhile myself.
 
Sam (turning to face him, full of righteous indignation): Okay. You want to know what’s wrong?
 
Dean (quietly bracing himself, unsure, bravado in full force): You know my motto, here to help.
 
Sam: Kinda like you helped Amy?
 
Dean’s whole self pulls in. His face shuts down and he drops his arm from the car, looking at the ground. He tries to speak with a, “Listen, Sam—“
 
Sam: Don’t lie to me again. I can’t talk to you right now. (He grabs his backpacks from the car and starts to walk away, turning with the bags out to the side) I can’t even be around you right now. Go on without me.
 
Dean watches him go, his face closed off, his eyes raw. He says, very low, “Sorry, Sam.” And Sam storms off with his bags. Now, according to the previews, this separation doesn’t last, but I hope we see an actual discussion and at least an attempt at a resolution before we go into the next hunt we see in the previews.
 
While I was admittedly disappointed on Dean's behalf that Sam walked away, I also totally understood it and saw it as very much in character for how Sam handles things like this. Sometimes, you have to get space to think things through. And he’s always been a bit dramatic – needs to work through the hurt he’s feeling before he can process what he knows and be able to really hear anything Dean has to say. 'Cause if he can’t hear Dean, he can’t help Dean. Like I said, Amy’s just the tip of a rather large iceberg.
 
So while I was sad that Sam stalked off when things got rough, I felt it was in line with Sam’s personality. In some ways, people don’t change. No matter how much crap they’ve lived through. Sometimes, people are how they are. And I say this next part simply as a personal observation of character and not as a judgment call (so please don’t throw things at me – you’re not obligated to feel the same way).
 
Sam’s ground is Sam first. Dean’s ground is everyone else first. Sam looks at things as how they affect him, what they mean to him. Dean looks at things as how they affect others. Neither way is very healthy; neither way is noble or right. Both ways can be seen as selfish depending on the situation. But because of that, regardless of who ‘wronged’ who, they are going to reacted the only way they know how.
 
I mean, Sam’s been in the wrong before…and he’s still left…and Dean’s gone after him. In this instance, Dean did the only thing he could do: he let Sam go.
 
No matter how much it gutted him to know Sam finally knew the truth – to know how Sam had to have found out -- he wasn’t going to fight and rail and defend himself. He said he was sorry because he couldn’t let Sam go without at least that, but he also couldn’t bring himself to call out anything else, defend what he’s obviously felt increasingly guilty about: lying to Sam.

As sad as it is, Dean expects people to leave him. He expects Sam to leave him. It’s happened so many times before, it’s probably the biggest reason he couldn’t confess to Sam a long time ago. He's been waiting for this to happen. It kinda breaks something inside, though, every time it does.
 
But, Dean knows his brother and knows Sam is going to see this as a ‘how could you do this to me’ situation first (understandably so) and not a ‘what was going on in your head’ situation. It may well come to that second situation, but not before Sam gets some of hurt out of his system. It’s just who they are. Sam leaves. And Dean goes after him (usually -- the 'I'm quitting hunting' moment being an exception).
 
The way I hope this plays out is that Sam gets the space he needs and this time he comes back to Dean. It would go such a long way for Dean’s self-worth if Sam found him worth fighting it out about Amy. If Sam shared his hurt and disappointment and even betrayal and they found a way to slowly seek a balance – peeling away that one moment and exposing all the other things that are buried so deep they’re burning through Dean like…Borax. *wink*
 
Not only that, but it would show that Sam's grown -- that his words to Dean about every time he left his brother he was wrong were sincere. I get him walking off. Now I want him to come back, without Dean going after him.

I guess we’ll have to wait to find out. But even with the similarities to other episodes, and even with Sam walking away and breaking my heart for Dean, I enjoyed this latest chapter in their ongoing journey. And I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.
 
Now, where did I put that Air Supply cassette….
 
Slainte!

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princess_pavi
Oct. 29th, 2011 07:10 am (UTC)
It's up! It's up!
gaelicspirit
Nov. 1st, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
*virtual high-five*
yasminke
Oct. 29th, 2011 07:10 am (UTC)
I have that song on my iPod (saw them in concert YEARS ago). Guilty pleasure.

I liked this episode, right down to Sam walking off. Totally in character, anything else and he would have been too "new Sam".

And LOVE the Joby thing going on. Adore it.
gaelicspirit
Nov. 1st, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
COOL! You saw them in concert! That's both awesome and hilarious. I have "Making Love Out of Nothing at All" on my iPod, but I still know every word of "All Out of Love." I think my sisters and I played that record until we wore out the grooves. That one and "Footloose." Hee.

I loved the epi, too. Yay for us!

See you soon.
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tobyanca
Oct. 29th, 2011 08:03 am (UTC)
Loved your ramble again!! And I absolutely LOVED this episode!! It had everything I could possibly want!! And Jensens acting as the Levi was freaking AMAZING!! How does he even do it??
My heart hurts for these guys and I love them so much!
I didn't even make the connection with Bobby/John and Dean, but you are so right!!
I too believe it's completely in character for Sam to have left. I mean, I was yelling at him about it, but yea, it's what he would do.
I can't wait for next week!!!
gaelicspirit
Nov. 1st, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
Hey -- thanks for reading and taking time to comment. I'm with you on the hurting heart. I love how they do it, though. :)

I am looking forward to next week and how things work out (slowly, as in true Winchester form) from the end scene.

See you then!
impala1967
Oct. 29th, 2011 08:19 am (UTC)
What can I say about this episode, parts I loved, parts I switched out on.

Loved the whole Bobby part, but then I always do. Switched out when the guys were getting their new identities, just found it boring.

Loved the whole car monologue .... Dirty Dancing and Air supply which of course was a major lol moment. Glad no one was around to hear, they just wouldn't get it. (yes, I watch SPN on my own)

Now we come to the more emotional part of the episode.

Was surprised that the Amy info was let out of the bag so soon. I like to think that Sam took it not as Dean killing Amy but that Dean didn't trust Sam's judgement.

I was really dissapointed in the fact that Sam left, but that is what he does when the going gets tough. This is like what, the 4th time he's left Dean. I wanted to explain it but you have done it so much better than I could. Its part of who Sam is and how he copes.

Doesn't mean that I'm not pissed with him, cause Sam what a way to help Dean with his self-esteem/self worth problems. He's been all 'talk to me Dean' and when Dean tries to explain about Amy Sam leaves. It's no wonder Dean has problems opening up.

Now I wonder how the writers will deal with this split for next week. Are the boys distant with each other or do they talk and hug at the begining.

For me it is too big an issue just to give it a quick talk, maybe this is rolling us down to hiatus, the boys relationship will be strained (like when has it not been in the last couple of seasons) and nothing will get fixed till it returns (after xmas?)

Great review, as usual you help me put into words all I'm thinking. I'm the artist of the family, my brother and sister are the wordy ones =(
And my dream of Cas being the meat suit of the Levi Big Bad has come crashing down.
I want my Cas back *thumping fist on table*
gaelicspirit
Nov. 1st, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
Technically I watch on my own -- I mean, the hubs is usually in the room, but Friday nights are his nights to corral Mo Chuisle (for obvious reasons) and he's usually focused on some computer something or other. I think I was just vocal enough and just delighted enough at this episode I kept drawing his attention.

I was really dissapointed in the fact that Sam left, but that is what he does when the going gets tough.

I was really disappointed on Dean's behalf. A few commenters here helped me see things a bit better from Sam's POV, but I just ached for Dean. I'm so curious to see what happens next, how they figure this out.

Cas being the LeviBoss would definitely have been awesome. Not sure who this other guy is -- looks like a Soap Opera guy, almost too 'put together' -- but I'm sure we'll see more of him.

And there's much to be said about art -- after all, a picture is worth 1,000 words, right? You and your sibs make a good balance. :)

See you soon!
spike247uk
Oct. 29th, 2011 08:34 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for another amazing review - know I don't say it often, but I look for your posts on the episode avidly, as they really help to increase my enjoyment when I finally watch the episode!!
gaelicspirit
Nov. 2nd, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
Thank YOU so much for reading them and taking time to let me know. :)
(Anonymous)
Oct. 29th, 2011 09:57 am (UTC)
As a Sam fan, I usually find your reviews very helpful to understanding Dean. It helps me to stay balance and I really do appreciate that. I'm not sure how to interpret what you said as a personal observation about the brothers. I'm not sure if it's a matter of a difference in opinion or if it's because I'm not looking at it the right way. I'll try to explain.

Sam and Dean look at things different ways. Sam tends to look at something from several different angles. He is able to do something for both selfish and selfless reasons. While Sam is able to process a situation and analysis it to come to a complex conclusion, Dean is able to strip to the meat of the problem. Dean is able to look and see what is necessary and important. He trust his instincts and relies on his knowledge of the world. Dean doesn't think through all his actions, because sometimes it gets people killed especially in moments of hesitation. Sam relies on logic. It's not necessarily that Sam thinks Sam first and how they affect him, but it's a factor in a long equation. (Here, it was pointed quite blankly that Dean did not trust Sam's judgement. Naturally, it would be one of the most significant factors in a logical equation.) And it's not that Dean is everyone else first, but emotions and instincts first. (Otherwise, I don't think Dean would punch Sam or be violent when he has to confront something.) This is where the brothers balance each other.

Sam has left before. Some of those times, we don't know the full story. While others we do. There were mutual occasions, but I think Dean could normally, find a way to understand the others. Sam going with Ruby hurt Dean and I don't think he has quite fully recovered from that. Dean isn't going to get over Sam's leaving until Dean realizes it was not about him. Dean's abandonment issues cannot be resolved until Dean understands that it's a part of life. It reminds me of a line said by Kermit the frog: "Life is made up of meeting and partings." Dean's loyalty has never allowed him to understand that people disagreeing or leaving for a time does not mean abandonment.

I'm not sure if Dean expects for Sam to leave as much as he thinks it what he deserves. Dean has gone from selflessness to self-denial. If Dean didn't think he was worth sitting at Lisa's table, then why would Dean think he is worth the person he love the most? Sam had faith in Dean when Dean had none left. Sam managed to pull himself out of his mind and hallucinations to get back to Dean. Sam is the one person who always comes back. Yet, Dean emotionally pushes him away. Why? Dean pushes everyone away? Does this mean that Dean was never really there or that Dean does not think he deserves to be around anyone?

Yet, I don't agree that Sam left when things got rough. Sam left when things got painful. Sam was hurting over the confusion of the one person who has always been the big brother doing this. Sure, Dean has lied to Sam before. But last week, Sam seemed so childlike when he asked Dean if things were good between them and this week they were confirmed. Dean was hurting because he hurt Sam.

I'm not sure walking away was in character, because honestly, the whole scene was off for me. (And I finally get that Jensen was saying that the episode was good with a bad romance movie breakup scene ending.) I don't think the writers had a good idea of where to go. For me, it wasn't in character because of the last two seasons Sam has been there and trying to prove something. Maybe it's because he believes that this is a sign that Dean will NEVER trust him and will always see him as this freak. I'm not sure I think it should have been. But then again, "I don't know" and "what do we do?" are perfectly acceptable answers in stories and life.

Dean didn't seem try to explain himself about Amy. I understand it partly because he was caught off guard. But his opening up problems predate Sam. They go back to Mary's death.

Anyway, just thoughts of a Sam girl. I'm still confused with Dean. Thank you for your rambles and keeping me balance.
gaelicspirit
Oct. 29th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
First, thank you for taking a moment to share your thoughts -- and for doing so in such a thought out, eloquent manner. It's always fine if we don't agree, but when differences of opinion or viewpoint are shared in this way it's great because it helps me shift my perspective and grow a little in my observations.

This was fantastic in that respect and I thank you.

I think, if I read your thoughts correctly, that we may just see things a little differently, though I do agree with a lot of what you said as well.

While we find different 'reasons' or 'supporting points' behind these truths we both see, I agree with these:

Sam tends to look at something from several different angles. He is able to do something for both selfish and selfless reasons. While Sam is able to process a situation and analysis it to come to a complex conclusion...Dean is able to look and see what is necessary and important. He trust his instincts and relies on his knowledge of the world. ... Sam relies on logic ...[puts] emotions and instincts first. ... This is where the brothers balance each other.

Sam left when things got painful.

Well, the way I see it, yes and no. He's stayed tough through a good many painful situations. He's hung in there when Dean was going to Hell, and sat in quiet sympathy when Dean confesses not wanting to feel anything anymore. He's left when what he wanted rode sideways of what Dean wanted and it was too hard to fight through and make make his brother/family see things his way. Or, when he was flat-out angry with his brother. Or when he was feeling suffocated/hurt by his brother/family. That's what I meant by 'rough.'

And I don't actually blame him or find that 'bad.' Sometimes it's better to just walk away for a bit, get some air and perspective, and then deal with the issue, else you end up saying things you ultimately don't mean or will regret. The only probably I have with that thought this time is that usually when Sam leaves, it's for long than a cool-down. And this time, he took his bags, too. So, I'm just hoping it's brief.

Sam is the one person who always comes back. Yet, Dean emotionally pushes him away. Why? Dean pushes everyone away? Does this mean that Dean was never really there or that Dean does not think he deserves to be around anyone?

This is the part of your thoughts I have to think about the most. It's true, what you said, about Sam coming back -- but I had to think about that a bit. Because from my viewpoint, Sam comes back once Dean goes after him. He goes back when Dean tells him he needs him. Not on his own. Again, from my POV. Okay if we see it differently.

But I do think Dean pushes everyone away emotionally. I think it's his defense mechanism. He's been hurt so much by so many, and it's the only way he knows to keep himself shielded. I have to think about this more.

erf...have to split this into two posts...

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cathy1967
Oct. 29th, 2011 09:59 am (UTC)
First off, I read your review before watching the episode and it was like watching it. How many times did you actually see it before writing the review? It boggles my mind. *L*

So, Borax can hurt Levis. Huh! Go figure. But then again, something has to be able to or there's just nowhere to go. Too bad the sheriff and his daughter had to go. They could have come in handy.

I really want those Levis to die horribly. All of them. Man, they're annoying. *g*

Sam walking out on Dean ... I actually kinda had that scenario in my head ever since Dean lied to Sam about it the first time. It's fun to watch it play out on screen even though it was painful too. I understand Sam, but I feel for Dean. Tricky situation. And yeah, it doesn't last if the preview for next week is anything to go by. I just hope they start the epi with a talk and not with them being apart and then magically back together again. *sigh*

If there's anything I have against this season (and believe me, it's minor) it's this jumping ahead and missing out on all the juicy parts of bonding. But ... I know, I know ... they have limited time and need to tell a story. That's what fanfic is for, after all. :D

Thank you again for your rambles. I love this. :D
gaelicspirit
Nov. 2nd, 2011 01:55 am (UTC)
How many times did you actually see it before writing the review?

I watch it once before writing. Usually I have to start at 8:30 to make sure the munchkin is in bed and won't come up at an inopportune time. So, I watch, pause at commercials and write down bullet points of what I want to make sure to remember or lines that I want to note.

Then I sit down as soon as it's done and start 'replaying' it in my head, telling ya'll about it, and sharing my thoughts as they come to me or as I noted.

This is why it takes 4 hours. LOL!

I really want those Levis to die horribly. All of them.

You and me both, sister.

I just hope they start the epi with a talk and not with them being apart and then magically back together again.

Yes. This. Very much this.

Thank you for reading the rambles. :) Have a good one and see you soon!
princess_pavi
Oct. 29th, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
I had to google the "All out of Love" song, because Dean seemed to enjoy lip-syncing to it so much (and I knew it had to be one of eternally romantic numbers, or he wouldn't look so sheepish about it :). I loved this epi on so many levels. For one, it addressed the whole rock aliases and conspicuous Impala issues, and them having to look at an alternate ride, not to mention being on the run. Poor Bobby, forced to cope with scrambling for resources and a burgeoning affection for Sheriff Mills (I too, would like her to stay alive if just to have Bobby someone to lean on). And yeah, the similarities between him and Dean are amazing.

For someone who thinks himself so worthless, it's amazing the number of people who value Dean more than Sam, in a way. Bobby, for one (and he makes no secret of the fact that Dean's his favourite), Ellen, Jo ... it's like, Sam scores with at first sight with empathy and concern, but those who move with them for a while instinctively understand that Dean is the protector. (I love Sam too - it's just that his good qualities are on the surface - while Dean is just plain abrasive. Mostly.)

The last scene - I knew, when the LeviWinchesters accosted the real ones that the Amy issue was gonna come up. :( And yes, although I get that Sam is furious - I'm kind of hoping that he'll be the one to reconcile himself with Dean, this time. And instead of looking devastated, Dean sort of looked like this was exactly what he had been expecting. So. Much. Angst.

Lovely ramble. The problem is - now I can't wait for the next epi.

PS: Lol - you googled Deepavali (you might have had some difficulty with that, as it's a South Indian pronunciation of Diwali - the Festival of Lights. Our (Tamil) New Year comes around April. But another New year is fast approaching anyway , so it's all good. :)
gaelicspirit
Nov. 2nd, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
You know what's awesome is how diverse fandom is and how much we can learn from the show and each other -- from pop culture to religion to CULTURE culture. I dig it, man.

For someone who thinks himself so worthless, it's amazing the number of people who value Dean more than Sam, in a way.

I know what you mean. Sam is valued and loved, but he's more obviously needy of it. The younger son, the one everyone wanted to protect, the one Dean still protects...it's the fact that Dean pushes everyone away that shows how much he needs that same level of attention.

I respect everyone's opinion on who they like and are drawn to and why, but there are times I am boggled when I read posts from those who do not like Dean. Part of me wants to make them like Dean. *laugh*

So, my Happy New Year was a bit late and/or premature, huh? Well, the sentiment is still there.

See you soon!
taylorariel
Oct. 29th, 2011 02:32 pm (UTC)
I, too, liked this episode overall. And I have a strong feeling Jensen and Jared Loved shooting this one!
The "Air Supply" scene was extremely enjoyable (I watched it 10 times). I loved Sam's expressions but I loved Dean's more- especially his side grin as he turned toward the window. Adorable :)
I was grateful that neither Bobby or Sheriff Mills turned out to be Leviathans. And I loved the two "kissing" moments between Bobby and the woman who is just right for him. I would like to see her again.
However, there were some things that I did not enjoy about this episode:
1)The Leviathan big shot. He did nothing for me. If he had turned out to be someone I had known on the show before (Cas, Bobby, Sheriff Mills) he would have had some effect on me. Instead just another blah white guy in a limo and a suit. Just like last season's "Big Bad"- Mother of All- turned out to be a teenage girl with a sickeningly sweet voice and no fear factor at all, this year's "scary" Leviathan are nothing but a random band of ugly, gang members. They bore me and do not frighten me at all. A waste of time and a major lack of creativity on the part of the writers.
2) The return of Crowley. While I love the actor and have watched him in Leverage and enjoyed him there, I hate the character. Of course he will now run off and join up with Dean and Sam again to fight off the "Big Bad" and, possibly, that will be a good thing for the boys. But I truly hope by season's end Crowley is permanently back in hell.
3) No continuity show to show. Where was Dean's flask? Where was Sam's concern? Oh, yes, that was a different writer. Random episodes written with no connection.
4) Sam pouting and storming off. I know alot of people are saying he just "walked away to blow off some steam". And that may indeed be the way the writers word it. But all I could focus on was Sam's pout while he was about to be eaten and the fact that he was more upset about Dean killing a monster than he was that he was going to become a monster's meal. And even right after Dean saved his life the pout remained. And then, as usual, Sam had his little whiny temper tantrum and stormed off.
Sickening.
Gamble and the writers really should be forced to watch "Supernatural" so they can get to know who the characters are before they try to write them. After ALL that Dean and Sam have gone through- including what happened in this very episode- there is no way in Hell Sam would have reacted the way he did. Not then. Not at that moment. Somewhere down the road he would have brought up the "secret" and told Dean that he knows what happened and that he doesn't have to hide it from him anymore. And, yes, he can do his usual "I'm angry at you" sermon- for a few moments- but then he would say, okay, that's behind us, let it go.
Because Dean and Sam both realize that the only thing that REALLY matters to them is their connection, their bond, their friendship. And killing a no-nothing-human-killing-monster means nothing compared to the relationship they have with each other.
I never thought Dean should have kept that a secret in the first place; just another example of inane plotting and writing.
So I was very glad to see both boys back together next week and I have to hope this "Amy" crap is finally over and done with.
I look forward to seeing my boys- together- again next week. For together is where they should always be. Without that, the show will be buried.
Best to you always.
MD
gaelicspirit
Nov. 2nd, 2011 02:09 am (UTC)
Hi you! I always have to remind myself that this is your 'spy name.' Thank you for signing MD at the bottom to help me remember. I know you better as that. ;)

Okay so your list.

1) I know, right? I haven't been able to figure out how I feel about the Boss-Man Levi. He was so...Soap Operaish. *reserves judgement for now*

2) I figured he'd be back. They didn't kill him, Cas 'reinstated' him as King of Hell...he was bound to show up again. And I love the actor. The question now is, will he be used in a way we all buy?

3) I actually thought about Dean not drinking and liked it a bit. It's not like Dean suddenly started drinking this season. He's been using alcohol to deal with his nightmares and issues since he returned from Hell. It's just that this season, we're all focused on it a bit more. It may have actually increased a bit, but I'm not 100% sold on that. I think he's been drinking a lot for a long time -- is, essentially, a functioning alcoholic -- and now that Sam's focused on it, we're focused on it. Especially in contrast to the "New Sam" healthier outlook.

4) I still hold that Sam's walking away was IC for him, and unsurprising, though definitely disappointing. I think he has to work through how Dean's actions affected him before he can see why Dean did what he did and that there are reasons Dean's been afraid for him.

Because Dean and Sam both realize that the only thing that REALLY matters to them is their connection, their bond, their friendship.

Yup. I am really looking forward to how that work through this, make it right.

Thank you for reading and commenting. See you soon!
robijean
Oct. 29th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
Loved your review and how positive it was. I'd read some negative comments right after watching and let it pull me down after thoroughly enjoying the episode myself. So it thrilled me to see this review when I first woke up.

About your question about how LeviChet knew the bank robberies were going on that very day. I imagine he was told he had his last chance to get the Winchesters then they were going on to Plan B (or whatever). When he didn't report in to Edgar that he'd killed the brothers. Plan B commenced with the cloned brothers and their robbing/killing spree.

And I agree the Leviathans do seem to absorb the memories when they clone an individual. Interesting since they and Eve the mother of the original shapeshifters were all from Purgatory. Makes me wonder if the shapeshifters had that ability because Eve had observed it in the Leviathans.

As to Sam walking off, I took it as typical Sam. I understood perfectly why Dean never let him know he was going to kill Amy. Sam had as you say already made it all about him. Dean needed to trust him that this monster wouldn't kill. Dean himself needed to trust the monster wouldn't kill again, not Sam's belief. Dean didn't believe the monster would never kill again so he did what he told Sam needed to be done. If Sam hadn't made it all about him, I think Dean would have told him right then. But with unstable hallucinating brother, he had to be careful not to make him upset or he could get worse. So Dean protected Sam like always and then had to watch Sam walk away once again just like he expected he would when he found out.

I don't know Air Supply but I do know songs you just have to sing to and it was fun seeing Dean do that. I was also glad to see Dean so excited about going to Conner's Diner in St Louis. Like I said in my comment last week, I really enjoy seeing Dean enjoy the little pleasures that come his way since so much of the rest of his life sucks. Maybe Sam should try something similar and he wouldn't be so uptight and could learn to appreciate his brother a little more.

Like you said even the LeviDean recognized how much he cared for his brother. It would be nice if someday it really sinks in with Sam how much Dean "always" cares not just sometimes cares.


ramblin_rosie
Oct. 29th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
About your question about how LeviChet knew the bank robberies were going on that very day. I imagine he was told he had his last chance to get the Winchesters then they were going on to Plan B (or whatever). When he didn't report in to Edgar that he'd killed the brothers. Plan B commenced with the cloned brothers and their robbing/killing spree.

Yeah, this is pretty much what I figured.

I did enjoy this ep (all three Js ROCKED, and I do kind of ship Bobby/Jodi), but it felt disconnected from last week's somehow. I think next week I'll watch mainly to see the reconciliation.
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robijean
Oct. 29th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Sorry I forgot I wanted to mention that I think Jody Mills was able to find Bobby because she knew and arrested Rufus once (or took him off the FBI's hands). She had a file on him and I think that means she being the intelligent woman she is, knew where to start searching. Looking for someplace remote that Rufus owned when she couldn't find a place like that for Bobby himself. At least that was my thought when she showed up, that it was her knowing Rufus that led her there.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 31st, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
The rufus connection
Oh good, I hope since Cas never met Rufus that he didn't have memories of him that the leviathans can access. Maybe if the Boys and Bobby stick close to a trail left by their downed comrade it will keep them below the leviathans radar!
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marlowe78
Oct. 29th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
Hey there.

Oh, good thing I didn't watch the "Then", it seems:
THEN: Sheriff Mills, Remember the Leviathans, Amy, Amy, Amy (and some weird color enhancements with that one…)

would have spoiled me of the Sheriff appearing! I didn't know that and I like that I didn't. I'll from here on won't watch the Then ever again (apart from when a new season starts, maybe)

I’m just gonna hand-wave that unless ya’ll picked up on something I missed because I can’t for the life of me figure how the Hitman knew about the LeviWinchesters when it’d been zapped by a super-powered witch spell, dragged to Rufus’ old hide out, and chained in a basement after not killing the boys. Moving on.

Ah, yes... Weird. Handwaving is a good thing, since yeah, hive-mind doesn't work really... but maybe they had a Big Plan in case Second Plan doesn't work? But no, just thinking about it, no actual proof.

Sweetie, as far as fandom is concerned, you guys already are.

*chuckles* Poor Sammy, didn't know that yet?? :-D

Ok, so I kinda KNEW the name "Frank Devereaux" from somewhere. I googled and came up with a character from the movie "Blind Fury" (with Rutger Hauer), played by Terry O'Quinn. No idea if that was the character they were referencing, but yeah... whatever.

I liked crazy-guy. Did you watch Enemy of the State? He kinda reminded me of Gene Hackman's character. poor Sam, got his laptop busted :-( But where was the second one?? Did Dean freeze it with the comic-porn?

I don’t read the tie-in novels (tried the first, it didn’t take…fanfic is just so much better, IMO

OMG, sadly, that's true! Not "sadly" for the fanfic-writers, but for those shmucks who buy the books instead of getting better writing for free! (you know, shmucks like me...)
So yeah, sure, there is some fanfiction out there that's not Grade A writing. But with a little Sherlocking, you'll be able to get so much more satisfying stories. And, best of all? Everyone can get what they like. Like a huge candy-store :-D

Sam hurries back out at a super-quick walk muttering to Dean as he passes him, “Cashier just made me. Drive.” Obligingly, Dean detaches from the gas pump and peels out.

And I thought it was super-grin-funny that Dean was hanging the nuzzle back into it's place ;-) Even took the time to do righten it *laugh*

Valente, blond, semi-good looking, preppy, is hyped up by the thought of actual serial killers.
...and totally completely made as Bad Guy by my superior detective-skills. Because there can't be cute guys running around Supernatural that don't die or are bad, apparently. It's not just women!


marlowe78
Oct. 29th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
I really like her. I like her with Bobby. While it might’ve been a little too easy for her to find Bobby in this supposedly totally off the grid random cabin of Rufus’, I like that she’s the one who finds the weakness (because if that’s what they’re going with, it makes total sense that a woman would be the one to accidentally stumble across it).

I like her too! She's awesome. I still liked Kathleen Hudak better, but Jodie Mills (How do you write her? With "y", "i", or "ie"??) is a really cool cucumber.
As for finding Bobby: she is one of the few people who know about Rufus, or doesn't she? I think she does... *frowns*
So she'd be able to find the cabin, if she backtracked from him.

All I could figure is that the only way Bobby could hold it together – for the sake of the boys, mainly – was to shove it down, just like Dean does. Bury the loss and instead focus on the various copies of journals/books he had stashed around, focus on the job, focus on the boys. It’s the only way I could justify Bobby just rolling with it.

Well, yeah. But I also think that he's smart enough - and sadly, knows enough about life to not focus on what's lost, but on what's still there. So as much as the VM might have rattled him, it would also have been a relief to know that the Winchesters are safe, that even though his home is gone, his family is still there. Also, Sheriff Mills is still alive, one good thing more.
he's getting more and more backstory, and though it was for me always clear that he liked Dean a bit more than Sam (even before Verity confirmed it), it seem now even more than just 'like', and a bit more 'understanding' of Dean's traits.
Maybe that's why he knows how to handle Dean? Because he is cut from the same block of wood (or at least from a similar tree), whereas he might like and love Sam, but not get him as much as he can get Dean, with all his issues. Because Sam didn't have the same issues. He has a lot, of course, but they are different, and for Bobby, not as understandable. Sam would bare his feelings if necessary, if pressured right. And as kids, Sam always had Dean to run to. No matter how much a big brother cannot really BE a parent, he's still better than nothing. And Dean? Had nothing. As, I assume, Bobby had when growing up (as the Levi hinted at)


To make matters worse, there’s a yellow, horsey, squeak toy hanging from the rear-view mirror. Dean pulls out his knife and cut’s the toy off, throwing it in the back seat. Heh. I know someone who was probably pretty happy with that scene.

Man, that horse! What a stupid thing ... I've always hated things dangling from the back-mirror. Really, it's distracting and unnecessary and screams "CHICK-CAR" like nothing else.
Also, did you notice Dean's legs not straightening inside the car? Heee. Poor Dean. And how mus Sam feel then?

I was laughing so hard about that scene with the song. It was just tragically hilarious, and You're so right:
he starts to lip sync once more, as if the song is compelling him to sing. IT TOTALLY DOES THAT! I swear! There are some songs you can’t NOT sing!

IS SO TRUE!
And that song is actually one of those ;-) Doesn't matter if it's cheesy. And man, just when things start to feel like family again, the end hit :-(

So, I could see why Dean might be seen as having a hero complex, even though he feels he’s 90% crap.

Well... If you take the modern version of the big comic- and action-heroes, they very often are tragic characters. Like Spider-Man. Or Batman. Yes, take Batman. He watched his parents die and he drowned his sorrow in a battle against darkness, becoming dark himself. And who's to say that the heroes don't feel like 90% crap in reality? I mean, PTSD and guilt are practically a given, if you take the hero-life, right? Watching people die horribly, seeing them murdered and sometimes being too late to safe them...

So maybe "hero-complex" for a Levi might actually be just that: sad human beings that try to be special but fail ultimately on the long run.


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pielover62
Oct. 29th, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC)
I was roflmao while Dean was singing along with Air Supply! Definitely the best part of the evening.

When you made reference to McCloud I flashed for just a moment on Dennis Weaver and the old Sunday Night Mystery Movies before I got the Highlander reference. Then I had this picture in my mind of Bobby wearing a fleece barn coat and his trucker's cap riding a horse down city streets while brandishing a sword. (I know, I'm weird.)

Thank you so much for expounding on why Sam had to leave, because I was little disappointed that he was leaving Dean, again. I guess I had hoped that his little speech about always leaving for the wrong reasons a while back meant he'd changed that habit, but as you pointed out; we are who we are and sometimes there's just no changing that fact.

Loved the epi and, as always, your ramble just makes it better the second time around.



gaelicspirit
Nov. 2nd, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
Ha! Sorry about the double McCloud reference. When it comes to that name, for me, there can be only one. *laughs* Kidding! Sorta.

Thank you so much for reading and taking a moment to leave me your thoughts. I so appreciate it.
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winsangel
Oct. 29th, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with what you said about Sam and Dean and their ongoing quest to understand each other. They need to go into lockdown somewhere and just have it out - I really wish the writers would give us that. But no hitting, no more of that ever.

and the epi was really entertaining. I loved the flashes back to S1 and the way it was done. Even to the part about Dean getting a mop (Home). I still can't figure out what the Levis want with the Winchesters though.

The scene in the car was so hilarious - I've watched it several times and crack up every single time. Dean does miss his Baby and what better song for that than Air Supply. I can imagine the number of takes they had to do to get through that scene :D

Getting some back story on Bobby was nice, and the parallels he has with Dean are scary - they are so similar in so many ways. Glad Bobby and Jody have some sparks finally, they make a cute couple. I really miss Bobby's house though, it was just kinda swept under the rug like so many things. I'd love to read a missing scene if you write that.

Crowley was in and out quickly, but I'm sure we've not seen the last of him. He's up to something again, and he'll probably pull the boys into it somehow. Should be fun to watch when they finally meet up again. The Levi boss means business, and they filmed that scene right outside the Supernatural Studios in Vancouver - very cool!

I'm disappointed the clip we've seen for next week seems to gloss over everything, and like you said, hopefully Sam will come back to Dean this time and they can talk finally. It's way past time for a Winchester Talk. What bothers me is that Sam is the one who's been pushing for it, and then he just walks away. He really is very fragile right now though, and it almost looked like he was having a flashback in the jail right after Dean killed the levi. I want Sam to grow though, not keep backtracking. The character deserves growth after all he's been through.

*sings "I'm all out of love...." :D
gaelicspirit
Nov. 2nd, 2011 02:57 am (UTC)
*sings with you*

...I'm so lost without you...

Thank you so much for reading and taking time to share your thoughts with me.

I hope we see more of Jodi -- especially with Bobby.

And I'm certain we haven't seen the last of Crowley. I was thinking earlier...I wonder if there's something to the fact that he was still experimenting on Eve at the end of last season -- if the fact that the eggs in Eve made her jump even after death...the black goo... I'm just musing on the possibility of Crowley inadvertently discovering how the Levi's are defeated (if he kept Eve's body, that is...)

I can't believe they'll simply gloss over a scene like this -- it's too big. They showed us random shots of the hunt, but these guys can multitask better than most men. They can fight and hunt at the same time. ;) That's what I'm counting on anyway.

Thanks and see you soon!
jesters_tear82
Oct. 29th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
Just so you know, I absolotely understand your busy schedule - especially with your travels & now with the marathon coming up next month (& did you notice the hiatus is right AFTER your marathon? The irony!)
- so no worries on when/how long is your reply, I'll be here anyways ;) I love reading your stream of thoughts, & honestly? no ep is complete to me without it. Also, thank you for your kind words - you get me. *hugs back*

OK the mush is out of the way *smile* so now: Slash Fiction!

I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. I cannot stress it enough. & I didn't expect to feel this way, was thinking it's another funny ep by an unknown writer, but it was good! Seems like this guy did some research, surely they (Sera & staff) made him watch all the previous seasons (& how much did you love watching those season 1 clips? our young brothers were so adorable ;) One thing did bother me: we had the pilot, wendigo & DITW, then jumped to St. Louise with Skin? What happened to Phantom Traveler.. & Bloody Mary? *shrug* Speaking of Skin, I found it nice how we had shapeshifter Dean EXACTLY 6 seasons ago - & now Dean got to save Sam & kill "himself" again :) Things never really change, do they?

Crowley offered gluten-free baby uvolas - according to tv.com - to Roman (or is it Royal ;) Dick. What uvolas are I have no idea but I wouldn't touch anything made out of a baby, gluten-free or not! :)

Frank D. was a very cool character - paranoid, crazy & kind of a combination of Ash & Ronald - personality wise. Hope we see him again. Another character I don't want SPN to lose is sheriff Mills. I adore her! You could tell when she was about to leave she so wished Bobby would kiss her (properly) one more time.. she's exactly the kind of woman Bobby needs to take care of him, someone who understands loss & is not scared easily. Crossing fingers here not only we see more of her but that she remains a regular, becoming a meaninful person in our little supernatural family - the boys could use a woman's touch too & :) OK I have a tiny complaint & it's silly but I have to say it: What's up with the older man paired with MUCH younger women? there's almost 20 years difference between those actors. Maybe it bugs me because I'm watching NCIS (I'm so very behind so forgive me) & Gibbs is 60 flirting with a 40 years old (Rene Sofer), seems to be a trend. So ummm I love Mills so whatever but had to get this off my chest. I'm totally rooting for this couple though - Bobby & Mills that is :)

The funny - was FUNNY! You're not the only one who couldn't stop talking to show, between baby put in the corner & the whole lip syncing ;) The guys I felt were very much in character. Some people have commented on Dean's not drinking in this ep - & it might sound lame but I for one thought it due to last week talk with Sam. Dean was finally feeling
some joy, having fun & looking forward to something, even if it's a burger :) So I took it as maybe he was listening to Sam's advice & trying to let go of the guilt. Of course, Dean being happy = someone's gotta ruin it for him :(

The way Sam found out about Amy was the catch because Dean was putting this behind him (or deluding himself to believe so). It needed to blow up in his face. I don't want to bla-bla too much about Sam & his walking away, I get it, I was just upset he took his bags & was all "go on without me Dean" because man, they've been down this path before, & doesn't he know it's wrong? Like you I want to see him come back of his own volition, showing us he's grown, & giving Dean the chance to explain.

Slainte right back at you (it's been a year since Ireland! Time sure flies, now if only it flew so it was next week already & we'll see the boys reunite! :)

gaelicspirit
Nov. 2nd, 2011 03:20 am (UTC)
*hugs you for your words and for just being YOU*

I loved this epi, too -- even with the end included.

Okay, EWW on Crowley's baby muffins. That's...nasty.

I liked Frank, too. He's one of those "OC"'s that I like to watch.

Older men + younger women...heh. It does seem like it's a trend lately, huh?

I think this is the only way Sam could have found out about Amy without the guilt killing his brother. Dean couldn't have told him while he was still worried about Sam's stability (I mean it's only been a couple of episodes since he was waving a gun at a Devil that wasn't there), so this way, Sam knows, Dean doesn't have to tell, and now they can deal with it. Somehow.

I can't believe it's been a YEAR since you went to Ireland. It's been...14 years since I was there. Man. That's too long. I need to go back. Like I need to go back.

See you soon, my friend.
apieceofcake
Oct. 29th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
Air Supply..LOL! I still have that album on vinyl! :-)

Enjoyed, and I hope that Jodi/Bobby does go somewhere but I don't want her to be killed!

I was disppointed Sam walked away, but I see that as a typical Sam reaction. Dean will hit Sam, while Sam walks away.

I might have to go find that album ;-)

xx.
gaelicspirit
Nov. 2nd, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
Hey you!! Thank you for reading and taking time to leave a comment.

Go! Find that album! So. Fun.

I can't wait to see how they work things out next epi. :)

See you soon. :)
deangirl1
Oct. 29th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
It’s hard to say because we _did_ know about the clones, but I thought I could have told Dean wasn’t himself anyway – because he was just too happy/smiley with the teller. And that is sad in and of itself...

LOL! Mensa-monster – LOVED it... (I’m enough of a geek to get what he said though not smart enough to be able to explain or to it....)

Maybe they should have dropped mensa-monster in that plot hole...

Speaking of fan fic, isn’t there a fanfic writer who always feeds Dean ding dongs?

I just might have been wearing a batman hoodie yesterday... which was much admired btw...

“Spider caught some flies” – also a Pulp Fiction ref...

I said EXACTLY the same thing about the Impala – you did know that a fan brought one to Toronto Con and the boys went out to pet her AND autographed her...

I <3 your email....

I can’t speak to whether Port Huron is in the Bobby novel – it’s sitting (unread) right beside me, but I can tell you that _always_ chopping something into five parts _does_ come up more than once as a basic hunting rule....

Bobby + Jody = Love. And Dean is Bobby’s favorite for a reason – he _gets_ him... (LOL – just got to where you said exactly the same thing)

Dean lipsyncing and referencing Swayze? Priceless.

The path of the Levi’s seemed heavy handed to me to – and more fan fic.

I thought he said applications for sainthood?

The hair comment! I guffawed and punched the hubs!

OMG. You haven’t seen Pulp Fiction, have you? *iz sad*

The kid with the phone is S E Hinton, I think... author?
Separating them in the jail actually makes sense – they seem to have only one cell and wouldn’t want them plotting together regardless...

I knew “Dean adjacent” was going to spill the Amy beans too....

I loved that Dean recognized Levi-Sam immediately but Sam had to be told it was Levi-Dean – good call...

What did you make of Jody’s little smile when Bobby didn’t kiss her? I felt like she knew he was holding back – which he totally was – because she knows he’s trying to protect her – which he totally is – because it’s not safe to be with Bobby.... I think she gets him, has accepted the “life” and is willing to wait for him to catch up. I adore her. I want her in their lives... I want Bobby to have something nice... and she can make a kick-ass hunter and ally – she already has...

I think that they are definitely going to be working with Crowley again... just a feeling...

Throwing the heads in water seems ALL KINDS OF STUPID. THAT”S how the Levi’s got around to begin with....
Helllllll-lloooooo plot hole....

I like your explanation for Sam. He does need space to work things through. I’m not nearly as angry at Sam for walking away this time – though he still leaves Dean in a very, very bad place. Dean’s “I’m sorry” says so much – he’s sorry that he’s always a disappointment to Sam, that he’s lacking, that he’s 90% crap....

Here’s an interesting aside. I’m pretty sure that this final scene was one that the boys felt was written completely out of character for them. I believe this is a new writer – so when they got the script and read this scene, they took it back to their trailer and re-wrote it themselves. They didn’t even bother to call to clear it – they just did it. They didn’t change the major beats that needed to be covered, but they did change all the dialogue to sound like the characters. Gives you pause about the writing, doesn’t it? Apparently there is another scene coming up that they had to do the same thing but this time they called Gamble and told her the scene sucked and they were changing it...

I think we are really lucky that the two leads are as protective of Dean and Sam as we are...

And yes. I really, really want to write that tag now to _this_ episode....
Thanks as always for sharing!
Ps – so, so much pretty in this epi – evil-Levi-Dean was yummy and such a great performance from Jensen – I’m always so impressed by how different every character and even every facet/nuance of Dean’s various incarnations are...

PPS I’m _not_ very hopeful that we are going to have a satisfying resolution to this split – they are back together too quickly if the preview is anything to go by....
gaelicspirit
Nov. 2nd, 2011 04:32 am (UTC)
Okay, Batman hoodie FTW! Seriously.

I watched Pulp Fiction once. About 40 million years ago. Only thing I remember is bad hair styles and a ginormous syringe. Methinks I must watch again, yes?

Sainthood...singlehood... LOL! Is grey area. ;)

The kid with the phone is S E Hinton, I think... author?

Wait, the kid was S.E. Hinton? As in the author of The Outsiders published in 1967? You sure it was the kid and not some other diner...patron?

What did you make of Jody’s little smile when Bobby didn’t kiss her?

Much like you, I figured she wanted more. But, knowing the type of man she'd set her sights on, she was happy with what she got. For now.

Been thinking about Crowley...he was still experimenting on Eve at the end of S6 -- noting how her body reacted when he messed with the eggs, messing with the black goo, all that. I'm wondering if it might turn out that Crowley will (or has) find the way to ultimately defeat the Levi's based on where they're from. *still pondering*

Throwing the heads in water seems ALL KINDS OF STUPID

I KNOW, RIGHT!?! I couldn't believe that. Is it a plot hole or is it foreshadowing? Either way...really. bad. idea.


I think we are really lucky that the two leads are as protective of Dean and Sam as we are...


Agreed. :)

LeviDean...with that wink? Oh. My. God. *fans self*

And they better have some kind of resolution. Even if it's a series of conversations over a series of episodes, they BETTER get a resolution. ;)

Thank you for reading and taking time to comment, my friend!

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thruterryseyes
Oct. 29th, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC)
Just got back from watching Reel Steal (very good, feel good movie)so now I can devote attention to this.
And I'm goign back and forth so it's jumpy like always.

The scene in the bank where thye kill all those people was tough to watch,even knowing it wasn't them.
But i do love them when they're bad ass, but only when they're bad ass good guys. And Dean is SO attractive.

I couldn't tell for sure but I think those were Uzi's, The size was right. Guns aren't my best guess.

I enjoyed Bobby's inerraction with the Levibad. And I too wanted to tell Dean not to get so close to it.

gaelicspirit
Nov. 2nd, 2011 04:36 am (UTC)
I have more to say to your 2nd one, but I just had to giggle quickly at your itchy trigger finger. ;)
bagginsdvm
Oct. 29th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
Oh my, that Air Supply scene was nearly as good as Eye of the Tiger! Jensen is pure gold! A friend has a Dirty Dancing t-shirt that says "No one puts Baby in a corner". Now I want one too, with the Impala on it!! Swayze always gets a pass in my book, too. Always will love the man!

I've read the Bobby Singer Journal & I do recommend it. I'm not sure if it's meant to be canon with the show, but there is a lot of back story with Rufus & more on the relationship between Bobby & the boys that I quite liked.

Yay for the score too. I really enjoy the soundtrack CD that was released last year.

I suppose one silver lining in Bobby's house burning was the loss of his old, torn, stained clothes. He's still got the old hat, but his jeans & shirts looked new & spiffy, especially for his female visitor. I'm officially admitting to being a Bobby-Sheriff Mills shipper. I LOVED that Chet called Bobby out on still having hope. Makes me have some too for our guys!

Jensen & Jared looked to be having fun as the clones. They are both awesome at being scary & evil, which I'm sure they enjoy, but it does creep me out just a bit, especially having met them in person. That bank vault scene with Dean's wink at the camera before they opened fire on the innocents...shudder!

I almost expected Sam to have a Hellucination as he walked away from Dean at the end. I'm surprised we haven't seen any in the last 2 episodes, & no drinking from Dean in this one. Perhaps they were just too involved in the case, since it was so personal this time.

Until next week!

Happy Halloween!
gaelicspirit
Nov. 2nd, 2011 04:43 am (UTC)
I just love the way JA can 'play' while in character. I mean, JP's the 'puppy' and is so much more kid-like and eager than Sam. But JA allows Dean to break loose and play once in awhile. Love that.

Maybe I'll check out the Bobby Singer journal. We'll see what Santa brings this year. ;)

I wondered if we would see another Hellucination...I bet we do at some point, since LeviSam verified that they still happen.

I actually thought about Dean not drinking and liked it a bit. It's not like Dean suddenly started drinking this season. He's been using alcohol to deal with his nightmares and issues since he returned from Hell. It's just that this season, we're all focused on it a bit more. It may have actually increased a bit, but I'm not 100% sold on that. I think he's been drinking a lot for a long time -- is, essentially, a functioning alcoholic -- and now that Sam's focused on it, we're focused on it. Especially in contrast to the "New Sam" healthier outlook.

Thanks for reading and taking a moment to share your thoughts. I really appreciate it. :)
thruterryseyes
Oct. 29th, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
dammit

I had stuff written and then I hit the wrong button and lost it.

I think the guns were Uzi pistol and Deanb was sitting to close to the levibad in that scene. But I enjoyed the bad guy, he was a riot, yelling stuff up the stairs at the guys.

We were going NUTS trying to figure out what kind of car that was. I loved Frank, especially when Dean said Bobby Singer sent them and he jumped up and pointed his gun at them even more.

Anr the death of the squeaky toy was much enjoyed, thank you, although i thought for a minute Dean was gonna shoot it.

And the air supply scene...priceless. I had all my cd's stolen out of my car once and when I had to tell the cop the list of stuff that was stolen I was embarressed to admit one of them was Air Supply. And yes, I was there, and no you can't NOT sing to their stuff.

In my honest opinion, I think tracking back thru their old cases was to give the guys and easy to follow trail so the levibad could trap them like they did. Miss 'em at one stop, no big they'd just keep going until the guys caught on.

I really liked the way they talked about the brothers at the diner. It took me just a second to catch on, I was afraid they start making it hard to tell who was who. And 'Sam' wanting to trade cracked me up.

(I wouldn't wash the kitchen floor if my husband was stuck to it)

When Bobby tells Dean to keep the head and body way seperate (my) Bobby hit the arm of the couch and said, "What have I always told the kids!!"

I admit I did not see 'Dean" telling Sam about Amy coming, but awful as it was I was SO GLAD to get it out in the open. I did see at least one, if not both the feds being Levibads tho.

I don't think Crowleys visit would have been random. I see Crowley now moving to the Winchester camp, cause these guys are bad knew for him too now.

And yeah, Sam walking away didn't surprise me. Sometimes something can be so angering, feel like such betrayal that the ONLY thing you can do is walk away. Otherwise you're sending off that damning e-mail before you've had a chance to really think about what you're doing and why, and why the person who betrayed me did what they did.

Distance gives you clarity. Just not always forgivness.

later!!

Great ramble as always!


gaelicspirit
Nov. 2nd, 2011 04:49 am (UTC)
THANK YOU for reading and taking time to share your thoughts. I know you'd rather if you and I could IM about it, but with the way my crazy schedule goes, this is 2nd best. :) 1st best would be watching it together. We'll have to figure that out again sometime....

When Bobby tells Dean to keep the head and body way seperate (my) Bobby hit the arm of the couch and said, "What have I always told the kids!!"

OMG -- I thought of this, too! Your bio!! LOL!

I see Crowley now moving to the Winchester camp, cause these guys are bad knew for him too now.

Yeah, but I want the writers to be cagey about it. Not have it be "let's make a deal" time all over again. Because they've worked with demons and for demons... just want them to be imaginative.

And I'm certain we haven't seen the last of Crowley. I was thinking earlier...I wonder if there's something to the fact that he was still experimenting on Eve at the end of last season -- if the fact that the eggs in Eve made her jump even after death...the black goo... I'm just musing on the possibility of Crowley inadvertently discovering how the Levi's are defeated (if he kept Eve's body, that is.

Okay, that Sam walked away. But he also better walk back. And he better listen. Dean was wrong to keep what he did from Sam, but he also had reasons he did it, and they were justifiable reasons from Dean's POV. Dean has never not listened to Sam. Sam owes him that much. IMO.

Thank you again for reading. Talk soon!


Edited at 2011-11-02 07:07 pm (UTC)
dripri
Oct. 29th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
I enjoy this show. I too, laughed, OMG, sighed, was disappointed and got pissed. Many have commented on screen writing, plot direction, etc. I don't know enough about it to offer constructive criticism. I do know it makes me feel emotions and I am drawn into and care about the characters. Not much on tv even captures my attention. I agree with you that they are better at it this season than last. I thought last season lacked quite a bit from other seasons. I'm on board for the full ride this season.

Why do I know the all the lyrics to that Air Supply song? Why did I know it was Air Supply? I have forgotten to take my grocery list to the store twice this week, but I have storage space for Air Supply? I'm currently not happy w/ Dean because he put it in my head and I can't get rid of it. He really did enjoy it though, and I find myself giggling yet again.

Really, now is the time for Super Soakers! Cleaning fluid in super soakers and squirt guns. I always thought it would work w/ sea water for salt dispersion also. Really, any opportunity for super soakers should be at least attempted. I have acted on this principle many times. It makes me happy, not always popular, but happy.

So, Sam walked. Not many of us are surprised. I am a little disappointed. He is getting old for adolescent antics. I am 50/50 Irish and Italian (locally known as green meatballs) and sadly inherited both tempers. I was brought up in a loud house. When I was a teenager arguments were sometimes too frequent. My mom and I had far too many confrontations. We both see the world very differently. The one thing I was taught (thanks Dad) was that no matter how angry, hurt, slighted I may have felt, showing disrespect to my Mother by yelling at the top of my lungs, throwing/slamming objects or walking away, was not tolerated. Yes, walking away can be considered disrespectful. One thing my mother learned was that if she gave me two full days to cool off, we could have a reasonable conversation (thanks Dad). We still disagreed, but had a better understanding of each other.

Sam sulked, got up a good head of steam, stated his displeasure, cut Dean off when he tried to speak, told Dean not to speak, and stalked off (arms a waving. I flounced.) Yep, sounds familiar. But I was in my teens, and learned how corral those emotions.

Regardless of how injured emotionally Sam is by Dean's lie, he should be expected to act like an adult. If it can't be discussed now because he is so raw, that is understandable. Sam has the right to be upset. How Sam handles that emotion is on him. Actions always speak volumes and his actions were disrespectful. Dean has opinions and feelings of his own. Sam shutting him down is Sam saying those opinions and feelings are not valid and have no worth to him. This behavior needs to be addressed.

At this point, Sam has left so frequently Dean may even have the right to feel he is disposable. It is up to Dean however to teach Sam it isn't appropriate to treat him that way. Dean needs to establish those boundaries. At this point Dean doesn't have much to loose. Sam behaves this way because he gets away with it. They are together so much it is assumed this will crop up again. They need to come up with rules of engagement. I still have the two day rule, and my immediate family knows how important it is. Everyone pays when that rule is ignored. No one else can anger me like they can. What is it about family?

By the way, I suspect Sam only behaves this way with immediate family. I just don't see him treating Jessica or any other college friends this way. No way of knowing, but I don't see Sam behaving this badly with others.

The previews have the boys working together again in the next epi, so I'm guessing this issue was swept under the rug. It is too big of an issue to work out in the first ten minutes of the show. When I saw it, I have to say I got mad. I jumped to the conclusion Dean apologized to Sam to appease Sam. No lessons learned. In circles they go. I hope I'm wrong.
gaelicspirit
Nov. 2nd, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I wish you'd been around in previous seasons -- your comments are very clear and articulate and even if I don't see it the same way (which thus far has been rare) they're hard to argue with. I really appreciate your time.

SUPER SOAKERS!! I. Love. This. Idea. In fact, I may tweet about it on Friday. LOL! It's a perfect way to keep the Levi's at bay, incapacitate them so they can be decapitated. *applauds*

I am 50/50 Irish and Italian (locally known as green meatballs) and sadly inherited both tempers. I was brought up in a loud house. When I was a teenager arguments were sometimes too frequent.

We would have gotten along great. Either that, or we'd have been at each other's throats. I'm more of a quarter horse, though. Irish/English married German/American Indian. In a family of five kids, you have the yellers and the stoics. And they don't blend well. It was loud. There were doors slamming. Words spoken in anger that took a long time to retract.

My parents weren't like yours, though, it seems. They fed into it rather than diffused it.

The relationship with Sam and Dean has tugged at me from the start. I was put in Dean's position -- the oldest who was charged with care and responsibility of raising siblings -- but have Sam's personality in many ways. But. That said? In this latest personal, hurtful battle, I wasn't the one who walked away. I don't walk away -- mainly because I always fear that something will happen and the last we'll hear from each other is hate.

But that's another story for another time.

Sam has the right to be upset. How Sam handles that emotion is on him. Actions always speak volumes and his actions were disrespectful.

Yep, I agree. I want them to work this out because it hurts to see them torn up like this. But realistically, it's going to take awhile (and more than likely will incite fandom). They can't really be separate with what's out there; they're going to have to find a way to make a truce, but knowing Sam, he'll drag it out because he does have a right to be angry.

But, like my sister he reminds me of, he's going to use his anger to punish Dean far beyond what Dean will feel (and I'll have to agree with him) is fair. Dean's guilt -- the guilt Osiris honed in on -- wasn't from killing Amy, it was from keeping it from Sam. And I think he would have eventually told him if he could be sure that doing so wouldn't trigger another break from reality.

Sam's dealing with his own crap, that's for sure. But what's impossible for him to see is how his crap is affecting Dean. Has been affecting him. Dean died to get Sam's soul back. To get Sam back -- out of the cage. And he's been living on shallow breath ever since that time.

He did what any hunter would have -- what Sam couldn't do. And he knew he'd have to pay for the way he chose to do it -- in secret. But if Sam drags it out too long, Dean's gonna snap.

No one else can anger me like they can. What is it about family?

Family knows all your buttons and the right order to push them in. They're your last line of defense, your first enemy, your only friend. They know the you that they assume, the you that they see, the you that you show them...but they also know the you before any of that became your reality.

And I couldn't agree with you more on the anger thing.

Talk soon.



Edited at 2011-11-02 01:53 pm (UTC)
justlikeswimmn
Oct. 30th, 2011 12:33 am (UTC)
Always look forward to reading your review, Gaelic - thanks!

The look on Dean's face when faced with leaving his girl behind - right down to that lower lip quiver - priceless!

I'm not much on car ID, but was that an old (late 60s, early 70s) Dodge Dart they were driving?

Lip-sinking in the car was a hoot! That's just what my brother has done to get me to change radio stations caused me to turn it off, just like Sam did!). Yeah, my brother is pretty cool!

It was great finding out more about the Leviathans (a simple touch is all it takes for them to adsorb memories), and even more fun to find out more about Bobby's past. Sounds like he had a pretty rough Dad, which may have fueled some of his anger toward John (that's part of canon, right, not just fanfiction? Sometimes I get a little confused. . .). I do hope that sheriff Mills and Bobby get together and that she actually gets to stay alive for awhile.

I thought J & J did a great job playing the leviathans. Jensen's LeviDean was really creepy.

The only way Dean feels good about himself is if he saves someone, cares for someone, and they recognize him for it…which rarely happens…so he wants to be a hero, he just doesn’t get the recognition he craves and therefore feels worthless.

It could be that the lack of recognition (for his heroism) is why Dean feels worthless. This is my take on it. Dean was raised by someone that he felt was a hero - his Dad - and he was raised to take up this task It's not just a job to him (the family business), it's where he has invested all his self-worth. His heroic job is to save people (starting with Sam) from (supernatural) monsters. His job isn't to tell the world about the monsters (why is it that the world is supposed to be protected from that knowledge, anyway). So recognition is a rare event in his job. I don't think that is a major drive for his self worth.

However, his ability to do a good job at being this hero is important to his self worth. Right now he doesn't think he's done a good job at all. He dragged Sam back into hunting (likely for selfish reasons), started the apocalypse, tortured souls in heaven, left Sam in the pit with Lucifer so long that Sam is permanently damaged, can't do much to alleviate Sam's current torment, couldn't keep Lisa and Ben safe, couldn't save Castiel, didn't trust Sam and killed Amy, he can't kill the leviathans, everyone left is in danger he can't stop, and now Sam knows about Amy and he's (predictably) walking away (again) - if he's supposed to be a hero he's doing a piss-poor job of it. Oh yes, he's a (barely) functional alcoholic.

Right now he likely feels that any recognition would only confirm what he already knows about himself - he's 90% crap/failure. Poor Dean! He's always had self-esteem issues, but not much has happened to turn those issues around. Of course, WE know (and Bobby and Sam) that Dean's as close to a real hero as anyone can come...

Anyway, that's my take! It was a fun epi, thanks again!
gaelicspirit
Nov. 2nd, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
And I look forward to your thoughts and comments in reply! :)

EvilJ's were fantastic. Evil Sam we've seen -- though this version was more 'bitchy' than 'evil', really -- but Evil Dean...man, that wink in the car? *knees weak* What. Is. It. About. That. Guy???????

It could be that the lack of recognition (for his heroism) is why Dean feels worthless.

Exactly -- that's what I was trying to say in the quote above. He's rarely recognized for his heroics and therefore feels worthless.

However, his ability to do a good job at being this hero is important to his self worth.

So in the paragraph following this statement, I take it to mean that's how you see Dean sees himself, right? Not how you see him? Because if that's the case, then yes, I agree. And (presumably like you) I would have a counter measure for each of those hits to his psyche. :)

Thank you again for reading!
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sojourner84
Oct. 30th, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)
Y’know what? I liked it. I laughed, I jumped, I was tense, I was sad. It had me reacting and that is what I look for in my entertainment. I’ve been enjoying this season; I feel like I’m getting a little feel for the rhythm it’s picking up.

Exactly. Been a while since I’ve been excited to get to the next episode. I’m enjoying this season so far.

I mean, it was just so jarring to see our boys – our heroes – kill all those people. Even though we knew it wasn’t them. It was still…Holy. Crap. worthy.

I gasped. I knew it wasn’t them, but STILL! “Holy Crap” is right…Guh.

So, how did the other Levi’s know it hadn’t finished the job? It’s not like Bobby let it have a phone call.

Probably because he never checked in with them. And maybe he knew the backup plan if he failed. *shrug* I try to ignore the holes or it drives me crazy. So if I can think up a reason, even if it isn’t a good one, I’m going with it to smooth over the rougher areas of storytelling. *laugh*

Okay, let me just say this: I really like her. I like her with Bobby…I like that she’s the one who finds the weakness…And if they kill her I will be very put out.

Agreed! I loved them in this episode and I kept thinking: “Yay, Bobby!” Guy deserves something good. Been through a hell of a lot and I want him to have this. If the writers take that away cruelly…just…no. Please, no.

All I could figure is that the only way Bobby could hold it together – for the sake of the boys, mainly – was to shove it down, just like Dean does. Bury the loss and instead focus on the various copies of journals/books he had stashed around, focus on the job, focus on the boys. It’s the only way I could justify Bobby just rolling with it.

Me too. And I think you should write a story to fill in those three weeks. Just saying… ;)

In the interview room, LeviDean is toying with Sam a bit: “I have really grown to hate you and your brother. You could be anything…but you’re so caught up in being good and taking care of each other.”

Okay, that’s something Sam should actually listen to. Because even this twisted version of Dean is talking about how the memories and needs he sees in this clone body are all about taking care of his brother.


I really, really, really hope Sam heard that.

One thing I was wondering about this episode concerning the Levi things…why, oh why, would they throw the heads in water? Can you explain this to me? I thought black goop in water=transportation. Why wouldn’t they just put the heads in cement separately? Anyway, those thoughts aside and onto the sad part of this episode…

While I was admittedly disappointed on Dean's behalf that Sam walked away, I also totally understood it and saw it as very much in character for how Sam handles things like this….Sam’s ground is Sam first. Dean’s ground is everyone else first. Sam looks at things as how they affect him, what they mean to him. Dean looks at things as how they affect others. Neither way is very healthy; neither way is noble or right. Both ways can be seen as selfish depending on the situation. But because of that, regardless of who ‘wronged’ who, they are going to reacted the only way they know how.

Yeah…While I hated that the truth didn’t come from Dean, I was glad it was out there and they could start to heal. As you know, I’m tired of the secrets between these two.

Sam walking away…I know that’s what he does, just guess I was hoping he wouldn’t this time, you know? I want to see Sam grow in that area, face what he’s used to running or walking away from.

The way I hope this plays out is that Sam gets the space he needs and this time he comes back to Dean. It would go such a long way for Dean’s self-worth if Sam found him worth fighting it out about Amy. If Sam shared his hurt and disappointment and even betrayal and they found a way to slowly seek a balance…

Not only that, but it would show that Sam's grown -- that his words to Dean about every time he left his brother he was wrong were sincere. I get him walking off. Now I want him to come back, without Dean going after him.


This. Exactly this.

Thanks again for these rambles and letting us react to these episodes with you. See you next week. :)

-SJ
gaelicspirit
Nov. 2nd, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
*grabs you and clings*

I'm always so happy to hear from you. I love that you're liking this season enough to comment. *does dance*

U2 is on my iTunes right now. Hee.

why, oh why, would they throw the heads in water? Can you explain this to me? I thought black goop in water=transportation. Why wouldn’t they just put the heads in cement separately?

OMG, I KNOW! I forgot to say something about it in the ramble, but when Bobby said to "drop [the box] in the drink" I was like, wait, what? In water? Like the same stuff they traveled through? ARE YOU SURE, BOBBY??!?

I hope that doesn't come back to bite them in the tushies.

I, too, am tired of secrets. But y'know, you made me think about something. They are with each other All. The. Time. The only person I'm around that much is my husband and I only share 12 years of experiences with him. I have no secrets from him now, but he didn't know me for the first 25 years of my life. I've told him the stories, but they're just stories to him. My interpretation.

My siblings, whom I don't spend time around, know all those stories intimately. They lived them. And I am desperate to keep secrets from them. I cling to the identity I've created for myself that rolls those stories inside of it, but isn't defined by those stories.

Sam and Dean know each other's stories and are STILL side by side, now. 28 years of togetherness. No chance for redefining identities, for rolling who they were into who they are but not being defined by previous actions.

Maybe this current rash of secret keeping in their adult years is just their way of trying to find who they are while living in each other's pockets.

*is thinking out loud*

Thank you for reading -- I look forward to your thoughts about what comes next! :)
borgmama1of5
Oct. 30th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC)
All I can say is that this episode gave me a stomache-ache from being nervous about what was going to happen--is Sheriff Jodi a Leviathan? Is Bobby now a Leviathan? Is the Leviathan going to break his chains and kill Bobby or Jodi? Are the Feds going to shoot first, question later? Is Dean going to be locked up when the Leviathans find him? Nooo, not the nice sheriff and his daughter! Sam! Don't walk away! Oh Dean...

Yeah, pretty intense...

PS Completely agree with you that Sam's walking away was in perfect character, and I really, really hope it plays out with Sam coming back after he thinks it over.
iontas
Oct. 30th, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
Yes, it made me feel the same way. I was always worried someone was a Levi!
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iontas
Oct. 30th, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed your recap. It made me enjoy the episode more. I liked it, but found it kinda stressful. It could be because it was a stressful week. But it certainly was a tense episode. Dean seemed in a better place mentally up till the end of the episode. Maybe that is because he is focused on the mission. Although he did get too much pleasure at decapitating LeviDean! Dean's face when Sam left was just so sad. I felt like it said, "of course you are leaving me again". How Sam is so self righteous just blows my mind. Sam left Dean with a broken leg. Left him defenseless! Sam didn't trust Dean to tell him about Amy until Dean tracked him down again. I feel like every time Dean has asked him for something Sam has denied him. Dean wanted to stop hunting, but Sam wanted to keep going. So they kept going. Dean asked him to not see Ruby. Sam has lied to Dean so many times. For Sam to tell Dean to not lie to him again, pot/kettle much? I like Sam, I do, I just want to shake him sometimes. It is funny how people identify with one or the other. I wonder if we all just project our lives on them. In the long run I think Sam has a healthier approach to life, he at least has some sense of self preservation and self worth. And he will make hard choices. But Dean just breaks my heart. He is dependable, he will always show up. He will usually put himself second. He has little self worth and no sense of self preservation. His world was destroyed at 4 years old and nothing was done to help him through that trauma. (Sorry this is a bit disjointed!)
gaelicspirit
Nov. 2nd, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm pleased you read and enjoy. :)

It was stressful, wasn't it? Didn't know what was going to happen or to whom. And that's what I like! Not the stress, but the unknown in storytelling.

Disjointed random thoughts are totally okay. Sometimes you need to think out loud to relieve tension and stress. Dean breaks my heart, as well. And I'm also sad for Sam. It's not a good situation all around, but I'm hopeful good will come from it.

See you next week? :)
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