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I swear I was okay until literally the last minute. And now I am trying to swallow around a football-sized lump in my throat. Man, it was good to see our boys again, wasn’t it?


Well, we’ve had a month to process, to reason, to rationalize. We’ve had a month to decide if we’re going to be okay with this or with that. To try to figure out the method to the writer’s madness. To miss our heroes.

One thing I think we all can agree on is that when REO’s “Riding the Storm Out” began to play over the ‘road so far’ there was a collective, fandom-wide grin.

And what a road it’s been, you guys. I mean, I haven’t missed a beat, but as they recapped everything from Sam seeing Hallucifer to Cas Leviathaning out and walking into that lake to Bobby’s being shot…I was winded. And I don’t know about you guys, but I have this odd feeling…like the rest of this season is going to be a slow, subtle goodbye. I know every year it’s been THE big question: will SPN get renewed? But during this episode, I really felt this…sad, quiet exhale.

Oddly, I simultaneously embraced and rejected this idea. I’ve always said I don’t want our show to over-stay its welcome, to run itself into the ground X-files-style. But, I have to say, the minute I saw Dean? I felt an entirely different kind of exhale. The kind that says, “Oh, there you are; I’ve been waiting for you!”

So, I don’t know. Maybe I’m reading too much into things. It’s happened before. Anyway. Moving on!

To set up one of the episode's focal points, we see a rough-around-the-edges man (who we later learn is Lee Chambers – played by an actor I remember from an early episode of Smallville), sitting in a truck stop diner, watching what looks like a hooker and a john outside in the parking lot. A blonde waitress comes up, asks him if he needs anything else, and when he reaches to pay her, we see he’s got a knife strapped to his belt. So, hunter.

He heads out after the couple, following them between two parked semi-trucks, but before he can find them, he’s confronted by Blondie from the diner who reveals that she’s slipped him a venom mickey. His vision blurs as he pulls his knife. She goes all snake-eyes on him and grows some nasty fangs before slamming him against the side of the semi and takes him down.

As we transition back to our boys, we realize that Bobby is dead. I found myself waiting to hear that he was in a coma or something, but he’s really gone (or as ‘gone’ as anyone ever is in Supernatural).  And even if we didn’t want it to be true or don’t understand why the writers decided to go this route, it made sense after what they left us with prior to the hiatus. He had to be gone, really.

I thought they worked through the time from Bobby’s death to the action portion of the episode very well. Not that I wouldn’t have wanted to see them emote or physically react, but this fit our show right now. This isn’t a fanfic where we can delve into the whys and what fors and the inner workings of the characters psyche (which is one of my favorite things to do). And it’s not a show like…One Tree Hill where drama is the name of the game. Not that I actually watch One Tree Hill, but the pervasive CW previews give you that idea. No offense to any OTH fans out there.

Not only that, but I thought back to when they lost John. It was sudden and unexpected and sucked the air from the room around them, just like with Bobby. When John died, we saw tears – more from Sam than Dean, but that fit – and we saw Dean beat the hell out of his Impala, helpless for a way to express his pain and anger and grief. It had to be different this time. For one, he was their father. Second, they’ve been through so much more now than they had when John died. And third, Bobby held a different role in their lives and was basically their last connection to family.

They didn’t just lose their friend, their ‘Uncle’ – they lost their last connection to a life outside of themselves, outside of blood and brothers and the tangle of living in each other's pockets. They lost the only reminder that they’re not alone in the world. The reaction to that isn’t immediate or comprehensive. It’s not something that happens the moment the reality of the loss sinks in. It’s something that happens slowly. Over time. With small reminders. Like a smell, or an object, or the turn of a phrase, or the moment you’re distracted and you forget for one brief second that they’re gone and you almost turn to speak to them or say their name and then you remember and the pain is sharp and real and right in your heart.

White letters on a black background informed us that it was Week One. We see the boys sitting in Rufus’ cabin – the one that Bobby had them take over when his house was destroyed. Dean is sitting on the couch, Sam on a chair, and they look…wrecked. Hollowed out. They’re bleary-eyed, wan. They both look like they can’t quite take a full breath; as if the weight of their grief has paralyzed them, leaving them without a path, a course. Dean’s eyes are red-rimmed, but dry. Sam looks all of twelve, gripping his scarred hand.

They steal looks at each other when they other isn’t looking. As if each is checking to see if his brother is okay, or still there, or if this is real. *rubs heart*

Week Two and Dean’s looking at the numbers Bobby wrote on Sam’s hand: 45489. He’s drinking from a tumbler, his face drawn tight, eyes dark. There is a list of crossed-out possibilities for what the numbers represent on the pad of paper in his hand. Sam’s up, in the kitchen, looking at Bobby’s address book. They room around them is still a vacuum; you get the impression that they only leave the cabin and each other’s presence when absolutely necessary – food runs, showers, sleeping in shifts.

By Week Three, Dean’s up, having created his own ‘wall of weird’ with Leviathan movement and newspaper articles and locations – very reminiscent of the wall they found in John’s motel room in the Pilot and Sam’s wall when Wednesday came around in Mystery Spot. It’s a hunter’s wall and Dean has waded as best he can through suffocating grief to numb acceptance and is now well on his way to blinding, rage-filled revenge.

Sam is in the kitchen, getting a beer from the fridge. To Dean’s back, he asked if they should be telling people – people Bobby knew. Dean glosses right over Sam’s question, blatantly ignoring it and the implication of having to actually speak the fact of Bobby’s death out loud to anyone besides his brother. He asks how long it’s been since he gave Frank (the paranoid old guy plugged into the matrix who got them off the grid – and has the Impala secreted away somewhere, still) the numbers? A few weeks?

Dean: Is he nuts or just being rude?

Sam: Could be both. I asked you a question.

Dean: Unless…something happened to him. He can’t get to a phone because a Leviathan ate his face.

Sam (deadpanned): Also a possibility.

Dean continues to avoid both Sam’s question and the bitchface that is currently settling into place on Sam’s countenance because he’s avoiding the question. He wants to go check on Frank.

Sam: Do you want to call Bobby’s people or not?

Dean (finally acknowledging the topic by half-turning to face his brother): I’m not calling anybody. If you want to, go right ahead.

Sam: I don’t want to call anybody, are you nuts?

Me: Then why even bring it up, Sam?

Okay, so this is just the oldest sister in me, but it sounded like such a typical younger sibling thing to ask. “I think this is what we’re supposed to do in this situation, but there’s no way I’m doing it and you’re the oldest, so I think you should.” *laughs* I get that he knew people would call and that Bobby knew a lot of people – after all he was the one studying Bobby’s address book when Dean was plotting their revenge. And I really do understand the need to reach out when you lose someone and find others that person knew to share that loss – just as I understand the need to not say a word and wrap your pain around you tightly because it’s your pain and he was your friend and no one else will get it.

But…if you’re going to bring up an unpleasant duty, be willing to be the one to do it, or don’t bring it up. And that’s all I’m saying about that.

Just then, a cell phone rings, and it’s obviously in Bobby’s duffel. Dean tells Sam to get it and crosses the room, spying Bobby’s flask. As Sam answers, Dean picks up the flask, sniffs it, grimaces, then puts it down. A young girl is on the other line and asks for Bobby Singer. Sam stumbles a bit and eventually lands on “he’s not here, but I’m a friend of his.” The girl says her dad told her to call Bobby, and hangs up.

Dean picks up a full bottle of beer – and I know it was full because when what happened later happened, I rewound to check to make sure my eyes weren’t just tired – and listens as Sam says he has the girl’s number on Caller ID and they should go see if they can help. There had to be a reason she called Bobby. Dean wants to go make sure that Frank hasn’t been turned into Leviathan lunch and see what he’s made of those numbers.

They decide to split up.

Sam: On one condition – if Frank is spinning his wheels, you bail on crazy and come meet me.

Dean agrees, then glances as his bottle – now completely empty. Only we never saw him take a drink.

Dean: Thanks for drinking my entire beer.

Sam: I didn’t touch your beer. Mine’s right there. You probably drank it without noticing.

Dean frowns, baffled, and is like, “Right….” Me? I think they have themselves a guardian spirit who has a penchant for wearing trucker hats and a soft spot the size of the Grand Canyon when it comes to the Winchesters – especially Dean. Not sure how that’s going to play out, but I think there’s more to the Case of the Disappearing Beer than just Dean drinking so much he doesn’t even realize when he downs a bottle.

Also? Shallow aside – I frakking love when Dean does that “drags hand down face” maneuver when he’s tired, spent, or out of options. /aside

So, Sam shows up at the girl’s apartment – using the caller ID, he found her father’s name in Bobby’s address book. Standing outside her door, he has to tell her that Bobby passed away and you can see it costs him. Saying it out loud makes it real. *rubs heart* He convinces her that he’s there to help and she lets him in, saying she has 911 on speed dial.

The girl, Krissy Chambers (and am I the only one who thought it interesting that she shared a similar moniker as Chris Chambers, rebellious but damaged tough teen from Stephen King's The Body, aka Stand by Me? Yes? Okay then...), asks Sam if he’s a ‘salesman,’ too, and says her dad has been on the road and it’s been 5 days since he checked in. You can see the familiar childhood she has been living hitting home for Sam as he looks around the sparsely furnished apartment. He asks her to fix some coffee, then goes to look through her dad’s desk and closet, finally finding Chambers’s own ‘wall of weird’ behind his clothes in the closet. It doesn’t take him long to figure out where Chambers took off to, and he heads out, telling Krissy he has a lead and will check in.

Elsewhere, Dean pulls up to Frank’s house in a maroonish Buick Skylark. And I swear every time I see a Buick Skylark, I think of My Cousin Vinnie and Marissa Tomei’s memorable testimony: “…there is no way that these tire marks were made by a 1964 Buick Skylark convertible. These marks were made by a 1963 Pontiac Tempest.”

Sorry. I digress.

Dean heads inside, gun drawn, and finds the place cleaned out. He mutters that this is not good just before we hear a round being chambered behind him. He turns, raising his gun and setting his mouth in a serious line all in one smooth move. *very cool* Standing behind him is Frank with an Uzi or some such thing. They have a bit of a face-off, Dean trying to convince Frank he’s not a Leviathan.

Frank: That’s just what a Leviathan would say. Dick Roman’s a Leviathan…Gweneth Paltrow’s a Leviathan….

Dean: Yeah?

Frank: Trust me.

*laugh* Poor Gwennie.

Dean, declaring that Frank has done a little too much research, says that Levi’s bleed black, and to convince Frank he’s not a “big mouth,” he pulls out his switch blade and cuts his arm. Frank’s like, oh, okay cool, and Dean’s all, hold up! Fair’s fair!

So, Frank cuts the palm of his hand and everyone bleeds red. Frank tells Dean to get his gun and come with him – and not to make any noise, which I thought was ironic because just moments before Frank had been willing to shoot Dean to see what color his blood was. But oh, well. They drive to what looks like an old barn and inside is an RV stocked with all of Frank’s computers, TVs, and “spy” equipment.

He told Dean that as soon as he started to poke around Dick Roman (ha!) he was being watched. Dean’s doubtful that the Leviathans are watching Frank Devereaux but Frank argues that while there’s no pill for his particular brand of psychosis, he’s been doing this long enough, he knows when someone is watching him.  He says that the Big Mouths are all over – bankers, military higher ups, etc.

Dean: So that’s why you didn’t call me back?

Frank: You called me four days ago.

Dean: I called you four weeks ago!

Frank: Days…weeks, quit bustin’ my chops.

Dean is practically vibrating with incredulity. “I paid $15 grand for this info!”

Okay…where’d he get $15 grand? More dragon gold? Yowza.

Dean gets in Franks face, very serious. “Dick Roman is every card in my hit deck. You understand that? Those numbers have something to do with him. Bobby died for those numbers.”

Frank says he’s sorry about Bobby and starts to reminisce about one time they were in Fresno and Dean cuts him off, turning away, and declares that he’s not going to play the “this one time” game with someone who barely knew Bobby. This wasn’t a friendship; he’s paying Frank to help him get to intel he can’t get to on his own. Frank starts to suggest that a little LSD might help Dean out a little, and before Dean can storm out, Frank snags him back by saying that while the numbers are bupkis, they could “probability generate.” Which…what?

Frank: You run the most reasonable possibility for a Levi-related (hee – he actually says ‘Levi’) five-digit number written by a dying drunk, you come up flat. THEN you start to wonder…hey…maybe I’m missing a number.

Dean’s like why would you think that and Frank’s like because Bobby was dying of brain trauma, so…he basically did some kind of math-fu and realized that by adding a 6th number, the pattern was coordinates. Which, of course we all knew the moment Bobby wrote them down in Death’s Door. Because we’re so awesome. *grins*

He shows Dean the coordinates lead to a field in Wisconsin that is owned by a subsidiary business of Richard Roman Enterprises. Yahtzee. They plan to head there and set up surveillance.

Meanwhile…Sam is suited up and standing over a body on a morgue table getting the deets from the M.E. (I presume). The body (the “john” that we saw in the first part of the episode) was found in a ditch, 5 pints low, with bite marks on his carotid and femoral arteries. Sam’s like, “Animal attack?” M.E. comes back with, “Or vampires.” Sam gives him nothing. The M.E. pouts, “That usually gets at least a chuckle.”

Usually? They see a lot of bloodless bodies in that area? Sam gives him a tight smile, then leaves, calling Dean. Dean tells Sam about the coordinates and that he and Frank are going there to set up surveillance and Sam’s like, umm…is that such a good idea?

Dean: Relax. It’s a field, not the Death Star.

Hee. Just like Beggars Canyon back home, huh, Dean?

Dean says he knows that Dick is busy doing…something I didn’t catch. Whatever it is, it was all over The Huffington Post.

Sam: Since when do you read?

Dean: Know your enemy, Sam.

Atta boy.

Sam tells him about the 3 missing truckers and one blood-free body and Dean’s all, “Good times. Keep me posted.” It was a bit strange – the knee-jerk reaction I had was don’t split up, this is going to go badly but then I thought about the reality of their situation and that if they are going to 1) keep hunting, 2) stay alive long enough to defeat the Leviathans, and 3) kick Dick Roman’s ass back to Purgatory, they couldn’t be working the same things, side-by-side all the time. They had to trust each other and stay in touch. So, I pushed my instinctive reaction down and went with it.

Frank sticks his head out of the RV and tells Dean to “get your costume on” so they can get going. I lost track of where Frank was living, but they reach the field in Wisconsin pretty quickly. I wonder just how small fans from other countries think the U.S. is based on how quickly the boys are able to drive from one place to another.

Disguised as “WIStel” techs, they go about figuring out how/where to set up surveillance equipment. Frank makes Dean get up in the cherrypicker – mainly because Frank’s “costume” says manager while Dean’s says technician – and the brief moments Dean is up in that thing are the most amusing of the show. He clicks his safety harness, but still moves on it like it’s coated with ice, and his little “AH!” when he first gets the thing moving, followed by a hurried glance around to see if anyone heard that, was hilarious. He manages to get the thing all the way to the top of a telephone pole when Frank calls him back down.

Apparently there are cameras mounted all over the field. Dean’s frustrated – hard to set up surveillance when there’s already surveillance. But Frank’s all – we’ll just tap into theirs! It’s cake!

So, back in Frank’s RV, Dean’s in a chair and Frank’s in front of a monitor. Dean’s voice is low, rough and completely exhausted as he says, “Now what?”

Frank: You look horrific. When’s the last time you really slept?

Dean = eye roll. “Let’s just work.”

Frank says they have to wait and watch. He suggests they do so in shifts because he doesn’t think Dean can keep his eyes open – no sooner does he say that then Dean’s asleep in the chair…and well on his way to a wicked neck cramp. His phone rings, but he doesn’t hear it. He’s out.

It’s Sam, of course. Calling to tell Dean that he’s figured out that Chambers was hunting a vetala and that John had one in this journal. Says that a silver knife to the heart, with a twist, and it’s done. He tells Dean that the vetala are maladjusted, loner types that knock a guy out, drag him home, and feed slow, so he thinks Krissy’s dad could still be alive.

Sam: It would it be nice to get this girl’s dad back home to her.

*rubs heart* Aw, Sammy. His whole quest to find this girl and get her father back and do this hunt wasn’t just so that he could keep busy – that was part of it, but you could also see how he just really needed what they were doing to matter, to have something that showed him all the pain he lived with and survived was truly worth it. That what they were doing made a difference, even if just in one life.

He goes to The Truck Stop Diner of Doom and meets up with Blondie from before – whom we know is Bad News – and shows her a pic of Chambers. She sends him outside to talk to the “hooker” from before – who looks like Terri Hatcher’s younger sister – and he finds out her name is Sally. He asks Sally if she saw Chambers and Sally plays the damsel in distress to a “T” pulling him away from the well-lit, highly populated front of the diner to someplace “safer” in the back so that she can tell him what she knows.

In moments, Blondie shows up and Sam valiantly tries to save Sally, only to realize that she’s a snake-eyes, too. The girls double team him, taking him down with their venom bites and he falls to the ground in this almost delicate-looking yoga pose.

And this, kids, is why you always hunt with a partner.

Back in the All Seeing RV, Dean is waking up, his head slumped sideways against a cabinet of some kind. He straightens stiffly and asks Frank how long he was out. Frank says 36 hours. Um, what? Sitting up like that? How the heck is he moving at all? And why doesn’t he have to pee like a racehorse? ‘Course this is coming from the same guy who thought 4 weeks was 4 days, so….

Still, I think they were trying to make the point that Dean just full-on passed out from exhaustion and was tired enough to sleep – basically sitting up – for a day and a half (enough time for Sam to get in trouble). Not only that, but the way Dean looks in this whole scene, just…he wears exhaustion well.

There was something about his eyes – how wounded yet steady they were. How he seemed to listen with all of him. He often stands still, somehow giving off the illusion that he’s in motion. But here, he was just…still. Maybe it was the weariness and sorrow weighing him down. But he wore it well.

Without pausing for food or coffee or anything, Frank shows Dean what he discovered – a Sara Palin look-alike named Amanda Hillard who works for Dick Roman.

Dean: What is she doing?

Frank: Being a naughty, bossy little girl.

Dean: Hate to ask for that in the non-porno version.

Basically, she and a bunch of surveyors are…surveying. Planning to build something there. What? They don’t know. Frank tells him to have patience. Dean’s not really friendly with patience, thanks. Franks tells him to go kill something to blow off steam, earning him a tired-eyed glare.

Frank: You don’t like my suggestion?

Dean: I don’t think you’re in the position to give suggestions. You’re one tin foil hat away from a rubber room.

Frank: Did I mention you look awful?

Dean (eyes going hard for a moment): Yes. Maybe because someone I cared about just got shot in the head. (eyes shifting to tired again) And this is like shoving a rock up a hill. (eyes shifting ever so briefly to full-on vulnerable) And… (wall goes down) screw you.

Frank: Here’s my advice you didn’t ask for. Quit.

Dean: What?!

Frank: You want to keep going?

Dean: I want Dick Roman on a spit.

Frank: You’re gonna drive yourself into the ground first. Good plan.

Dean (looking down, voice sullen): Not gonna quit. Not even an option. Not gonna walk out on my brother.

I thought it was interesting how he connected that – quitting hunting (what Frank was suggesting) meant walking out on Sam. He assumed Sam wouldn’t quit. And that if he did quit, he’d lose Sam – which isn’t necessarily the truth. But it’s interesting to see how he ties it all together. It’s not about not quitting because he knows no other way or because this is all he is, all he’s good at. It comes back, as it always seems to for Dean, to Sam.

Frank: Fine. Do what I did.

Dean (scoffing, leaning against the cabinet): What, go native? Stock up on C-rations?

Frank (suddenly looking very sane, almost scarily so): No. What I did when I was 26 and came home to find my wife and two kids gutted on the floor.

Everyone has a story. Which is why I hate assumptions. You have no idea the road someone else has traveled to get to the point they’re at in their lives. No idea what they’ve had to do to make themselves okay with their choices. Listening to Frank, Dean pulls a bit away from the wall, his face smoothing with surprise and a familiar sadness you feel when you realize that you have a kinship with someone, but it’s over a similarity you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy.

Frank: Decide to be fine to the end of the week. Make yourself smile because you’re alive and that’s your job. Then do it again the next week.

Dean: Fake it?

Frank: I call it being professional. Do it right. With a smile. Or don’t do it.

Dean looks down, nodding. When life gets to a point where you say, I don’t want to do this anymore, no matter what ‘this’ is, you make a decision and you follow that decision with a vengeance. You decide to survive it, or you decide to quit it.

Turning away from Frank, Dean digs out his cell phone – probably realizing with the mention of his brother that he’s been out of touch for over a day. He starts to listen to Sam’s voicemail and before Sam can get past “maladjusted loners,” Dean’s like, “no, no that’s not right.” The phone beeps in and Dean clicks over – it’s Krissy. She hasn’t heard back from Sam. Dean = growl of worry.

Inside some abandoned garage-looking place, Sam wakes up tied to a chair, his neck bloody. Around him are the drained, lifeless bodies of several other men – presumably the missing truckers. Tied to a chair across from him is Lee Chambers, looking dangerously pale and completely exhausted. Sam tells Chambers who he is, his connection to Bobby and that Krissy’s okay. Chambers tells Sam that when the vetala’s feed four times, you’re toast. He says that when they bite, they inject a venom that makes it so you can’t see, feel, think…. And they’ve fed on him 3 times.

Over at the Chambers’ apartment, Dean shows up, looking for clues to find Sam, and tells Krissy to wait in the living room because he doesn’t think her dad would want her to know everything about him. He’s short with her, not in the mood to have to take care of someone else’s feelings right now – not when Sam’s in trouble. But Krissy reveals that she knows all about the life of a hunter – she just snowed Sam because that was how her dad coached her: let the adults work it out.

She’d taken down her dad’s ‘wall of weird’ in the closet and burned it, leaving Dean with little choice to get the information he needed to figure out where Sam was. He demands her to give the information to him but instead, she pulls a gun on him, making him sigh with a really? expression.  

Dean: I get it. You’re a tough kid. But I’m trying to get Sam and your dad back.

Krissy: My dad left and he didn’t come back. Sam left and he didn’t come back. I give you the info, you don’t come back.

Dean looks at her with that same expression he had back at Frank’s – as if he can really hear what she saying. Not just her words, but what’s behind them. The nights alone, the fear of not knowing as well as the fear of a truth the majority of the world doesn’t believe.

Dean: I’m coming back.

Krissy: I’m going with you.

Dean: No. No. HELL no.

Krissy: I’m coming or you’re not going.

Tiring of having a gun pointed at him, Dean whacks it out of her hand, taking it for himself, and then she tells him that she memorized the info – the only way he CAN get it is to take her. So she goes. In the front seat of the Skylark, she turns to him with a question. He gives her this sidelong glance that would have MELTED ME INTO GOO had I been her. Srsly.

Dean: Here’s the deal. I’m a fun guy. I’m actually awesome. But right now I’m not in the mood. I’m neck deep in some serious crap and if this wasn’t an emergency, I’d drop your ass off at the nearest mall.

Krissy: What serious crap?

Dean: Revenge crap. Shut up. Eat a cookie or something.

Krissy puts her earbuds in, then after a moment says, “One thing doesn’t make sense. My dad’s a great hunter. And your brother is the size of a car. So…how did this thing get them both?”

Dean tells her that vetala’s hunt in pairs. Both her dad and Sam assumed it was one thing hunting solo because they had the wrong info…even though it was the best available. He says that their dad took down a loner years ago and Sam has his journal – Chambers had to be going on similar facts. Dean, however, knows differently because he hunted one that turned into two a few year back. (Aaannnddd…now I want to write that story.)

Krissy gives him hell for not telling Sam and Dean scowls at her.

Dean: Sam was away at Stanford, smartass.

Krissy (open-mouthed): He went to college? I though you said your dad was a hunter.

Dean: He was. We were. Sam quit, went to college.

Krissy looks slightly shell shocked, absorbing the fact that one might actually quit this life. Go to college.

Dean: You could, too. Go to college. Be a hunter-slash-pediatrician.

Krissy half-smiles. And I wondered about the path of Dean’s thoughts at this moment. How he’d always wanted Sam to stay a kid. How he’d never wanted Ben to see the life he’d led. How important it was to him for kids to actually be kids since he never got that chance. And this life? Was the reason.

Back at the Vetala Garage, Sally comes in to feed and goes to Chambers. Sam, knowing one more feeding will completely drain Chambers, taunts her about the vetala he killed in Utah – how he tied it up and cut her up and enjoyed every minute of it. Sally feeds off him instead, grabbing his head and exposing his already bloody neck, his eyes rolling back as her venom takes hold.

At the Truck Stop Diner of Doom, Dean and Krissy are sitting out in the Skylark, scoping the place. Dean asks her if she’s actually worked with her dad, not just shooting cans in the woods. She’s all, “I help all the time.” He looks at her like, don’t con a conman.

Dean: So, no. Right about now, your stomach should be pretty knotted up.

Krissy isn’t going to let him shake her resolve so she gives as good as she gets, not letting Dean get a leg up in his “this is serious crap, kid” argument. She’s sarcastic and sassy and…well, pretty much like a lot of 14 year olds I’ve met. Dean thinks she’s scared and says she’s not a good actress. She tells him she’s been training for this her whole life.

His face flinches a bit at those words and he turns a stony face in her direction saying that training is one thing, doing is another beast. During a lull in their argument, Krissy notices Sally taking a trucker to the back of a semi while Blondie climbs in the cab.

Krissy: Why is that waitress getting in that truck?

Dena: I’m not explaining the R-rated crap to you.

HA!

Krissy: The front of the truck.

So, they follow the truck to the Vetala Garage and Dean’s all, “nicely done,” *fist bump*…only apparently they don’t fist bump anymore (I missed that memo…Shawn and Gus do it all the time!). He charms her into bumping knuckles then sleight of hands a pair of handcuffs, locking her wrist to the steering wheel. She calls him a jackass.

Dean: I’m the jackass who ain’t bringing a kid in there. Period.

He promises to bring them back and Krissy’s like, they are probably dead. It’s been days. People die. She watched her mom get torn to shreds. Now, she thinks her dad is dead and she wants to kill the monsters that did it. Something Dean can definitely understand, and he almost gives in.  But then he demands she give him her lock pick and goes inside.

Now, this is the only part of the episode where I had to work to find the rhythm of what they were doing with the story – not the hunters beat vetala’s part, that’s a given. But with how it all played out. Some things happened in this final battle that I wasn’t sure I felt.

Dean gets inside the garage and sees both of the creatures are there. He grabs a 2x4 and bashes Sally across the face. Blondie is on him in an instant and knocks the silver knife from his hand before he can stab her. She knocks him around but good and gets him up against a wall, choking him. Sam starts to come to, realizing that Dean is fighting the blonde vetala.

Dean gets the upper hand, getting Blondie on the ground and grabs the knife but just as he about to stab her, Krissy rushes in and goes straight for her father. Sally rouses and grabs Krissy’s ankle, turning the tables as she jumps up and uses Krissy as both a shield and a hostage, demanding Dean release Blondie, which he does. Chambers is all “how could you bring her with you,” and Krissy has this weird, almost triumphant look in her eye for a second and Dean looks…lost. Frozen. Paralyzed with indecision.

Sally has Krissy, Blondie starts to feed on Chambers, Krissy is pleading – in tears – for Dean to help. But Dean…just stands there, staring at her. I wasn’t sure if it was the fact that she was a kid that was throwing him off, the exhaustion Frank had been talking about, or the fact that this was the first hunt since Bobby that was crashing down around him, but the way he stood there just seemed so unlike him. Before he can snap out of it, Krissy pulls out a knife secreted away in her sleeve, turns and stabs Sally, twisting the knife and turning her to dust. She immediately goes to cut Sam free as Dean dives for his lost knife.

Blondie turns to Dean who drops into a crouch, his knife up, ready to go in for the kill. Sam stands, Krissy’s knife in his hand. Blondie turns to face Sam and Sam stabs and kills her. Sam’s looking at Dean, not so much in a ‘whoa we did it, what a rush’ way, but in a ‘dude, what is the matter with you’ way. Krissy has moved to untie her father.

Krissy: Bad actress, huh?

Dean (breathless):I take it back.

Now, maybe you think that all went down just as it should have as a kid was involved – one who’d been raised “in the life.” But I just didn’t get why they wrote the scene with Dean – who we all know is a badass as they come where hunting is concerned – standing frozen while a kid and his wounded brother kill the baddies. If he’d at least been able to kill Blondie I don’t think I would have thought anything.

But then again, maybe it’s fitting that Sam kill his tormentor, right? And it could all be tied to a path they have Dean stumbling down the rest of this season – how he’s been barely keeping it together and according to Frank is running himself into the ground. Or it could just be a fluke for this one episode. Who knows. Moving on!

At the hospital, the brothers go in to visit Chambers (Sam with his neck bandaged, but not as much blood loss as the older hunter). Chambers tries to thank them, but Dean shakes his head.

Dean: Don’t thank us. Quit. Your daughter is 14, a hunter, a kill under her belt. I’m not trying to be a dick, but what do you think that does to her lifespan? She could still be a normal kid.

I watched Sam while Dean was talking to see if he looked shocked or upset by what Dean was saying. He just looked at Chambers, face impassive, as if he agreed with every word Dean said.

Chambers: I got into this for a reason.

Dean: I know. Your family. Same reason you should get out now.

Chambers: I can’t. You ever know anyone who left the life?

Dean (face for one moment utterly sad): No. They all get killed first.

After a moment, Sam’s all, we should go, and they head out of the hospital. Krissy follows and gives Dean a hard time for not saying goodbye. Dean’s like, oh so you’re sentimental now? Krissy says he’s kind of amusing for an old man. Translation: that blue shirt you’re wearing makes your eyes look amazing and makes my belly do little flips. Or…maybe that was my line. Sorry.

ANYWAY. He figures out that she used a bobby pin to get out of her cuffs and says she could have gotten killed. She says she saved him and he’s like, “Point still stands. But…yes.”

She tells him it looks like she’s retiring – one and done. Doesn’t know what she’ll do – maybe go to Stanford like Sam. They fist bump, call each other lame, and he tells her to take care of herself, then walks away with a small smile leaving Krissy with a grin on her face. It’s really sweet and gave me a warm feeling for him that we haven’t had at the end of a hunt in a really long time.

In the car, time has passed because it’s now nighttime when it was daylight at the hospital. Sam suddenly speaks up, saying “Good for them.”

Dean: Nice to walk away from someone and feel like they could be okay.

He checks on Sam, making sure he’s okay.

Sam (pausing, thinking, goes for honesty): No. I’m not all right. But…maybe I just want to work.

Then he looks at Dean and says, “Should I even ask?”

Dean: I’m fine.

Sam: Fine, meaning….

Dean: You’re right. We should just work. Figure out a way to kick Dick Roman’s ass. We are the professionals.

Sam watches Dean for another moment, but it seems that he’s run out of things to say. At least for now. He pushes in a cassette and let’s Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy” fill up the spaces in the car, then curls up against the window to sleep.

And then one of the most heart-wrenching moments this season – working me over harder than Death’s Door, leaving me as breathless as the end of Hello, Cruel World. Dean, behind the wheel of the Skylark, looks out into the night, listening to the music, and smiles. The first one is almost natural, but it falters quickly as grief washes over his expression like a riptide.

He forces another smile to the surface, this one weaker, not reaching his eyes and when the pull of sorrow grabs it, his chin shakes. Next, he starts with his eyes, trying to do it right. Trying to force the smile because he’s alive and it’s his job. But he’s drowning in the pain of it all. And we can see it as the smile falters once more, going down reaching. Just before the screen fades to black, he pushes another smile to the surface and it’s the saddest, most heart breaking expressions I’ve ever seen. But he holds it like a professional.

*rubs heart*

Man, he wrecks me sometimes. Both in good and bad ways. SO, the boys are alone. No family – not even the non-blood ones – to speak of. But, as we saw, there are other hunters out there. Ones they could connect with, help, use as back up. There are channels and debts and ways they can pull in reinforcements if they need to. And they have a tenuous lead on the Levi’s plans…though that will probably take a few episodes to play out.

We have a lot of options for direction this next half of the season. And it looks like right now, the brothers are playing all cards on the table. I suspect they have someone lurking about trying to help them with the things he can help them with. I really do. And I hope it’s true because I like that angle. And I want to know when we get Baby back!

Next week’s episode looks like it’s going to be FANtastic. I did a mini dance after the previews were over. And, correct me if I’m wrong, but after that I think we have a two week break and then they’re back on Feb 3rd.

Thanks for reading. I always feel a bit rusty after a hiatus, so I hope this was at least partially coherent. Until next week!

Slainte!


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yasminke
Jan. 7th, 2012 09:19 am (UTC)
1) Dick was at a TED Talk (www.ted.com) -- a non-profit organisation that spreads good ideas through talks they then put on YouTube. Get why he'd be there?

2) FINALLY someone has mentioned the one thing that bothered me: Dean froze. He didn't know what to do, his instincts didn't kick in and he froze.

Yes, two weeks on, two weeks off then bring on the second half...
gaelicspirit
Jan. 11th, 2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
Okay, so note to self: when I can't sleep, I should be replying to comments, yes? SO sorry I'm a few days behind on this. Bad Gaelic.

1) OH! Okay, yes I see why he'd be there.

2) THANK YOU because, yeah, what was up with that?

I can't wait for the next episode!! :) See you then my friend.
borgmama1of5
Jan. 7th, 2012 09:24 am (UTC)
As always, reading your review brings my reactions into focus. I appreciate the fullness of the emotional arc they are giving Dean, he is still broken and despairing, and yet he is still Dean and must keep going even when he'd rather give up. The final bit put me in mind of the end of the SPN convention episode in season 5, where Dean was also finding it hard to keep fighting and Demian gave him some perspective--'you save people, you have a brother who'd die for you, be grateful'--now another outsider, Frank, is giving him a different take--'life sucks but you keep going because you're a professional.' And both times Dean tries to follow the lesson...only this time it breaks the viewer's heart.

My only quibble is that we're not really seeing Sam's 'not all-rightness,' only hearing him say it. He needs some equal time for us to see what is going on for him.

"You're brother's a car" made me laugh out loud. At least she came up with a different description than moose...

I bought Dean's hesitation in the battle...he's not operating at full strength, and I could totally believe that his horror at Krissy being in danger after all his efforts to keep her safe slowed his reactions. However, I take issue with him giving her the credit for 'saving him'--most reviews I've read are overlooking that Dean was about to stab the blonde when Krissy ran in and got grabbed. So yeah, she had a knife and a plan, but Dean had it under control and then she blew it apart and seriously endangered everyone. If Dean had known her plan it would have been different and they could have worked as a team, but that, of course, would have defeated his determination to keep her out of it. So I get why it was written that way...but it still bugged me :)

Really didn't mean for this comment to get so long, but as I said, your reviews always inspire me to think more :)
quickreaver
Jan. 7th, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
Great review! And I've got nothing to add because Borgmama pretty much hit everything on the head here so I'll just second her post. :D
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(Anonymous)
Jan. 7th, 2012 09:45 am (UTC)
Dean Solo Hunt - vetala
You should3x. (^^)v

About the beer, rewind and play a few times coz it is full the whole time but not when Dean takes the bottle. A spirit guide or something else. =p

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and review. :)
gaelicspirit
Jan. 12th, 2012 02:55 am (UTC)
Re: Dean Solo Hunt - vetala
Thank you for reading! Who knows...maybe I will write that story. ;)
jennygeee
Jan. 7th, 2012 11:02 am (UTC)
I never thought about the disappearing beer I just thought Dean had downed it without realising, I love the idea that it might be Bobby!

"Dean, however, knows differently because he hunted one that turned into two a few year back. (Aaannnddd…now I want to write that story.)" Me too gaelic, I wish someone would write it ;)

That last scene? Only Jensen could pull that off so perfectly, only he could make that smile so sad.
gaelicspirit
Jan. 12th, 2012 02:56 am (UTC)
Now that I've read through the comments, I see that there are a number of theories about the disappearing beer -- even a time warp. I still thing there is some kind of supernatural intervention, but I've been wrong before. :)

What Jensen can do with just a few moments of time will forever amaze me.

Thank you for reading -- see you soon!
cathy1967
Jan. 7th, 2012 12:37 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'm officially bumbed out here. Bobby's really dead? They can't be serious. *sniff, sniff* I'm totally with Dean here. I'm in denial.

I think the missing beer had something to do with this too. Either that or Dean's really drinking he brains out. Which he doesn't really give the impression of even though he's still drinking. *hrmph*

The hesitation ... it didn't really strike me as that odd. Everything's just coming down around him. He hasn't even gotten close to dealing with Bobby's demise (presumed or otherwise) yet and Sam was in the line of fire here as well as a 14-year old kid he didn't want to be there. In essence, I think Frank is kinda right. He should quit. His head's not in the game anymore. He's in it for revenge. And if he finishes off the Levis, then what?

It's funny. The Levis could, potentially, turn out to be the biggest bad they've ever come across, but they seem kinda tame and now they're building stuff? Oooh! *sarcasm* I like dumb evil better, evil that comes charging at them full steam ahead. All this cloak&dagger stuff is getting a little tedious.

As usual, Jensen nailed every emotion. I get teary-eyed just thinking of his reaction at the end. He's so valiantly trying to stay upright.

I'm also with borgmama. I wanna see more reaction from Sam. Apart from talking about it (or trying to, which is hard since Dean doesn't want to) he hasn't really responded that much. Of course ... I've always had the feeling that Dean was closer to Bobby than Sam was. Sam didn't really need the surrogate father in Bobby. He had Dean. But it must still be tough. They're completely on their own now.

I will withhold judgment on the whole leviathan-thing until we know exactly what these weirdos are up to. So far, apart from them being exceedingly hard to kill, they don't really strike me as that much of a menace. Sure, they eat people and that's not nice, but there's just not enough action in this corner to keep my interest up. I am curious about where it's going, though.

Outstanding ramble as usual.

And the promo for next week *drool*. One of my all time favorite actors on Supernatural? Now I can die happy. And he's still looking sooooooo fine. *L* Did you know that I adore Nicholas Lea? Always have. He's gorgeous. *g*
gaelicspirit
Jan. 12th, 2012 03:02 am (UTC)
I really don't think Dean drank that beer -- I mean, it was full, he picked it up, we never saw him take a drink, then it was empty. I mean, it might not be Bobby, but...it's something. ;)

And I bet Bobby comes back in some way -- maybe ala John Winchester in AHBL 2, but some way. Plus, one thing that didn't occur to me until later...they never told us what they did with Bobby's body. Burn it? Bury it? Pour whiskey on it???

You're so right about the Levi's feeling tame, even though the way the writer's have tried to set it up like they're the biggest of the big bads. I waiting to see how that all plays out.

And while I don't know if I need Sam to react more to Bobby's death, I DO need him to not handle the hallucinations so well. I mean, they set it up like it would be the worst possible thing imaginable and for the last 9 episodes he's been coping amazingly well. So, I'm ready to see how Bobby's death + Dean not coping well = Sam not able to keep it together.

OMG the promo for this next epi...Can. Not. Wait. I didn't know you adored Nicholas Lea, but I don't blame you one bit. :)

Thank you for reading and I'll see you soon!
taylorariel
Jan. 7th, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
ld have been seeing in this episode should have been the fervent, angry, dangerous character we clearly know Dean Winchester could be. No way, would the boys have split up here; Dean would have insisted they focus solely on going after Bobby's killer and the awol determination that has been lacking from his character all season would have burst forth with a raging fire. And Sam would have been right by his side- though definitely more restrained and clear-headed than his brother. And, yes, they would have gotten assistence from Frank but they would have done it together and with more firm resolve.

Instead we got an episode that dwelled on a guest character's similar childhood to the Winchesters in which the child clearly mirrored Dean's own past. And, if at the end, the girl does retire from the hunt (1 and done) and goes on to live a "normal" life that would be a hopeful thing for the boys. But like the conversation the boys had with the girl's father clearly showed: no one ever retires from the Hunter's life. And since the father is going to continue to hunt, the daughter will most likely continue in that life.

And the scenes from next week seem to show the boys apart once again. Perhaps Jared needed time off to be with his wife as her pregnancy nears its end stage.

This show just does not work as well when the boys are apart. And if we are supposed to think Bobby is dead it is even more unbelievable to me that Dean and Sam would be apart at this time.

Yes, I felt Dean's facial expressions in the last scene were excellent. But you know so well that no actor emotes better than Jensen Ackles. That scene was the highlight of the show for me......and it was really the very LAST scene.

Except for the joy I got from having Dean and Sam back again in my living room, this episode was very disappointing to me. It disrespected Bobby completely by the lack of deep emotional reaction to his death. It had the boys split apart in their 1rst "hunt" after Bobby's "death". Bobby was a Father to these boys. I could never imagine the boys splitting up after John died. And they didn't. They shouldn't have here.

And this entire Levi thing means nothing to me. It is boring and holds no fear or threat to the boys in my eyes.
Crowley and Castiel were much more interesting storylines and I am not requesting their return. I am just saying that those two characters had so much more LIFE in them then this entire wooden leviathan joke-of-a-story-line.

Under the guidance of this lousy show-ruiner and the inept writers, this season has no heart to it and no direction. Nothing seems to connect episode to episode. And even the boys don't seem to be walking on the same path.

So for me this episode was enjoyable solely because it allowed me to see the boys on-screen again. As far as it pushing the season forward in a strong, definitive manner, it failed.

Still..next week Dean in a zoot suit with a sub-machine gun and Eliot Ness as an actual hunter....well, I will be watching for that reason alone :)

And yes, I would love to read your take on Dean's stated hunt here when Sam was in Stanford. I would love to read if you wrote the telephone directory!! You write it, I will read it...gratefully.

Best to you and yours.
MD
gaelicspirit
Jan. 12th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
Okay, I see your 2nd post about LJ cutting off your comment (darn it, anyway) so that helps make more sense of your first paragraph. LOL! I see your point about Dean of before wanting to make sure they stuck together, but I'm not so sure that the Dean now acted out of character here.

Like I said, I wanted them together because I think we get the best reactions from them when they encounter things as a team, but I also think that after everything that had happened, Dean only had energy to fight on one front -- the "I'm going to put everything toward figuring out how to kill the guy who killed Bobby" front. He didn't have the energy to make Sam follow him or keep Sam with him.

And Sam...I kind think he feels the fight against the Levi's is somewhat insurmountable. He needs a shorter-term reminder that what they're doing matters. That they can make some kind of a difference. Like how he wanted one of them to call Bobby's people. I understood why he wanted to try to help the girl. Now, I wish he'd have stayed with his brother, sure, but I understood their differing needs at the same time.

But you know so well that no actor emotes better than Jensen Ackles.

OMG yes. Truer words have never been said. LOL!

It was so good to have them back -- good enough that I shrugged off anything that made me head-tilt.

And yes, I would love to read your take on Dean's stated hunt here when Sam was in Stanford. I would love to read if you wrote the telephone directory!!

*laughs* Thank you! Life has been so crazy of late I haven't finished anything since the story I wrote for you. I hate that I haven't had time to create anything. I need to make the world stop for just a bit.

Or get Hermione's time-turner so I can be in two places at once.

Speaking of time... NEXT WEEK!! *squee!*

Until then!
taylorariel
Jan. 7th, 2012 02:04 pm (UTC)
Sorry, once again LJ has cut out half of my comments. I think next time I will just email you my thoughts. They will actually make sense then!
MD
gaelicspirit
Jan. 12th, 2012 03:11 am (UTC)
You can email if you like. But I don't mind if you post multiple replies here, too, to fit it in.
primrose_1
Jan. 7th, 2012 02:12 pm (UTC)
I said I was ready to let the show surprise me, and they really did. The beer being the only hint about Bobby was awesome. Let them take their time with it, I'm good.

I agree about Dean freezing like that. He's always got something up his sleeve, so it just seems a little weak. I don't know.

I agree that this might just be the last season- there was this...feeling...maybe we're both seeing things that aren't there.

Either way, loved it! I'm so glad the show is back! *happy dance*
gaelicspirit
Jan. 12th, 2012 03:13 am (UTC)
Let them take their time with it, I'm good.

Agreed!

And I know Krissy rushing in and screwing up his take-down could have thrown him off, but the pacing of that scene was just...odd.


I agree that this might just be the last season- there was this...feeling...maybe we're both seeing things that aren't there.


Well, now that they've won 2 People's Choice Awards, the slow exhale might be even slower. LOL! Which, if they can keep it fresh and interesting, awesome.

Oh, who am I kidding. I'd watch just to have more time with Dean. LOL!

Thank you for reading. Feel like it's been an extra long time since we 'talked.'

See you soon!
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harrigan
Jan. 7th, 2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
I want to watch the ep again to see what subtle things I might have missed. (And how much do I love that this season, I do want to re-watch episodes!)

I *LOVED* the plot of this-- that they would run into a kid with a childhood like their own. But that moment of Dean at the end of the episode... still takes my breath away (and breaks my heart), just thinking about it.
gaelicspirit
Jan. 12th, 2012 03:15 am (UTC)
YAY for wanting to re-watch episodes!! Total seal of approval, that. :)

And OMG, yes, that last scene. I just got chills thinking about it. Love. Him.

No, no, seriously.

Thank you for reading and commenting -- see you soon!
winsangel
Jan. 7th, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
All I can say about this episode is that Dean/Jensen absolutely killed me in this one, I thought Death's Door was it, but nope, I'm officially dead.

Amazing, just amazing.

Love your thoughts, as always you read my mind on every single point :)
gaelicspirit
Jan. 12th, 2012 03:25 am (UTC)
Dean/Jensen absolutely killed me in this one, I thought Death's Door was it, but nope, I'm officially dead.

THIS.

Thank you for reading and commenting. I adore hearing from you. :)
vansgroi
Jan. 7th, 2012 02:38 pm (UTC)
I'll be honest from the start. I didn't like this episode very much. Part of it, I'm sure, is due to my grief over Bobby's death. That being said, for me, the best part of the episode was the beginning couple of minutes when we got to "see" some of the boys grief.

When Dean's beer disappeared, I immediately said, "Bobby". And I'm not sure how I feel about that idea.

I absolutely hated that the boys split up. The show is never as magical when the brothers go off in opposite directions.

And then we have Frank. I found him to be okay the first time we saw him, and I enjoyed his off-the-wall quirkiness. I practically hated him by the end of this episode. He annoyed me to no end and here's why. I felt that the writers were trying terribly hard for him to be the new Bobby. The "cute" names he kept calling Dean, the growly attitude, the "fatherly" lectures he kept giving Dean. No. Just no. It didn't work for me on any level.

Neither did the young girl and her parallels to a young Dean. Again I felt the writers were hitting us over the head with it all. I didn't like her coming to save the day when in actuality Dean had it under control until she burst in. I don't find that spunky, I find it annoying.

Also, I need to say this as an aside even if I get reviled for it. As someone who stands a bit more on the more conservative side of the aisle politically, I'm getting tired of subtle, or not-so-subtle, jabs. Dick Roman is clearly supposed to be an evil Republican which was backed up by the Sarah Palin comment last night. I think there was another such "inside joke" in Meet the New Boss. It gets old after a while. I end up feeling disappointed (this is with any show) because the writers don't need to go there. But anymore that seems the hip and cool thing to do. Okay, done with that, I won't mention it again.

Sadly, the last scene did nothing for me. Jensen is incredible at emoting and I don't find fault with him. But it bugged me that Dean ended up practicing his smiles as instructed by Frank. (Perhaps that's just because my dislike for Frank had grown to such proportions by the end.) I found it a little weird and a lot disheartening.
gaelicspirit
Jan. 12th, 2012 03:40 am (UTC)
Ness! First HI!!! It's so rare to see you over here, I am going to just give you a big ol' ((HUG)). :)

Now, honesty is exactly what I like to read. Like I always say, agreement is nice, but not necessary. I didn't see Frank quite the same way, but I can see where you're coming from, if that helps. I definitely agree about Krissy coming in to "save the day." She may have ultimately provided the means to save them, but not before she screwed everything up in the first place by barging in when she did.

Until you pointed it out, I didn't really pick up on the political overtones -- well, except the Sarah Palin joke, of course, but I just rolled with it as she looked like her. Now that you mention it, though, I think they do this a lot -- allow the writers to slip their own leans in the dialog. I remember it in several different episodes -- it's a bit gutsy. But...then again, it's their show, I guess.

I remember reading "Duma Key" by Stephen King and thinking that Stephen King's political leanings bled into his character's outlook a good deal in that story. I thought it a little amusing, actually. ;)

And it may have been because I took Frank's advice to Dean to be like...a life preserver tossed to a drowning man...that the end scene affected me so much. I don't know that I took it as Dean doing it because Frank said so as much as Dean doing it because he was barely hanging on and that was one thing he could get a toe-hold on. He would have listened to anyone in that moment -- anyone who he recognized as having "been there" that is.

I mean, if Sam hadn't been in his own world of pain and had told Dean to find a scar and rub the hell out of it until he was able to breathe again, I think Dean would have done that in that moment just to figure out how to keep going.

I get what you're saying that you didn't like the implication that Frank is replacing Bobby. If that's what they're doing, I don't like that idea either. But I didn't get that from the end of this.

Thank you so much for reading and taking a moment to reply. It's so great to hear from you!
marion12
Jan. 7th, 2012 03:43 pm (UTC)
As per normal a great review, living in England I read this before I see the show, I know what I have to look forward to and I wait for the review to come out with great anticipation. I also would love to read the story that you have got to write.
gaelicspirit
Jan. 12th, 2012 03:45 am (UTC)
Hi there -- thanks so much for letting me know you read! Knowing you look forward to it put a huge smile on my face and made the whole staying up to 3am thing totally worth it. THANK YOU. :)

We'll see if I write that story. I'm working on others, but the moment Dean said that, I was like, "Ooooo! I could totally write that!" LOL!

Take care of you and see you next epi!
amber1960
Jan. 7th, 2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
You know what we are going to say to this, don't you? "Dean, however, knows differently because he hunted one that turned into two a few year back. (Aaannnddd…now I want to write that story.)" Well yes please!

I am with you 100% on this one, the ending was just totally heart clenching - seeing him practicing smiling through the pain? Guh.

And I too was puzzled by his inaction in that warehouse scene - that strange paralysis seemed out of character....Unless they are building to some horrible meltdown for Dean, to which this was just a precursor. Which is possible.

I don't know if it was just me, but there were some bits of this one where Dean seemed to be more Jensen than Dean and I honestly am not sure why I think that. I need to watch again to see if I can pinpoint it.

The beer and Bobby thing is making me anxious, I really hope they do this right if they are going in the direction of Bobby being a spirit. The last thing I want for the boys of for them to have to 'deal' with their oldest friend in order to prevent him becoming an angry ghost.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 7th, 2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
Hi it's meggin
I know what you meant about some scenes seeming more Jensen than Dean. The one that stuck out for me was after Frank told Dean to come on in the RV and put on his costume It felt totally like Jensen cocking his head and saying "What?" under his breath-hehe.

And I too don't want to have the boys being put in the position of having to "Deal" with Bobby's spirit so that he does not become an angry ghost. But if the writers can do this right it would be wonderful!
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qultng1
Jan. 7th, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
You're the one that knows about the hiatuses. I get my info from you. lol

You know, it seemed to me the whole time that vetala was holding Krissy, she had a little smile/smirk going. I thought "that girl is a horrible actress!" After the scene played out, I was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt and figure that she had a little secret and would be killing herself a vetala in a bit.

That disappearing beer thing had me going, too. I hope it's Bobby taking care of Dean, but I'm afraid it isn't. I know how you feel about spoilers, so won't say anymore.

Great ramble as always! *hugs*
gaelicspirit
Jan. 12th, 2012 03:53 am (UTC)
Well, as it turns out, I'm right this time. We get episode 7.12 on Friday the 13th, then two weeks off (during which, I have my birthday) and then episode 7.13 on Feb 3rd.

Which...I might miss at original airing if I do end up flying to Sydney for work. Erf.

Yeah, right before they went to commercial break during that end scene I was like...wait, is she...smiling?? WTH?? It was just kinda weird all around. I'm letting it go, but...not one of their better end fights.

Thank you for not spoiling me. I know the whole "Bobby's ghost" theory is just a theory, but it really felt like sometime along those lines. I don't know if I buy that Dean just drank it w/out realizing it...mainly because there wasn't time. But, I've been wrong before and I can roll with it. :)

Thank you so much for reading. You know I always love to hear from you, my friend.
cadia58
Jan. 7th, 2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
**Man, it was good to see our boys again**...and your ramble, Amanda :-)) Now my weekend is pretty complete again - thanks for that and Happy New Year ♥
gaelicspirit
Jan. 12th, 2012 03:53 am (UTC)
Awww -- what a sweet thing to say! Thanks so much. I'm so pleased you enjoy it. See you next epi!
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iontas
Jan. 7th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
Mostly I saw the episode exactly as you did. I loved the Frank and Dean interactions. The whole tough-teen/spunky-girl thing bugged me a little more though. I just get tired of it. I was also annoyed with the last fight scene. Dean looked like he was on his way to killing the two of them. Then she rushed in and screwed it up. Why didn't she stab the thing while Dean was still armed? Also, she didn't look scared, so I thought she had a plan and was armed. So, I think her plan was stupid and could have gotten them killed. Why Dean froze though at the end I don't know. But it did look like he seemed all confused. Maybe it could have something to do with the ghost following him. If it is Bobby he should know better. We have seen where ghosts hanging around people is not good for the people. So at that point I was conflicted, I liked the beginning, but not the end. And then the real end came. That just stomped on my heart. So powerful. And your description is exactly how I imagine it was written. Why that man doesn't have and Emmy by now is absurd. And I couldn't help saying to Dean after it was all over (yes, I talk to my TV) - "Why do you think it is a good idea to follow the advice of a guy who went crazy doing the exact same thing?" After that ending, I went back to feeling like I normally do - I just love this show!

gaelicspirit
Jan. 12th, 2012 04:44 am (UTC)
Dean looked like he was on his way to killing the two of them. Then she rushed in and screwed it up. Why didn't she stab the thing while Dean was still armed?

Agreed. He had it under control until she burst in and then things got a little wonky.

The end was just fantastic -- the way Jensen played Dean's inner struggle, just... *lump in throat*

Thank you for reading and taking time to comment! See you next epi!
ramblin_rosie
Jan. 7th, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
I didn't watch the ep--been too drained all week to let the boys' sorrow drain me further!--but based on your description, I'm not so sure Dean freezing is out of character. I know I've been in situations where I was running on fumes but holding it together and doing okay because my routine was holding up, and then *something* went sideways (the book cart fell over, the chili bowl slipped out of my hand, anything)... and I just couldn't process it. Dean's few remaining threads are fraying fast; Krissy foolishly barging in like that might just have been one twist too many for him to deal with at the time.
(Am I the only one seeing shades of Rooster Cogburn and Mattie Ross in some of that dialogue?)
Anyway. Dying to find out what Dean learns from Elliot Ness next week!! And man, if ever there was a man born to wear a fedora, it's Jensen... not that he looks bad in a cowboy hat, either. (Yeah, my historical preferences are showing. :D)
gaelicspirit
Jan. 12th, 2012 04:54 am (UTC)
Isn't it amazing how we find ourselves almost protecting ourselves from our visceral reaction to these characters? Sometimes I sit down to ramble and I feel energized; other times I feel almost...hollowed out and achy.

I totally hear you about the one thing going sideways making you freeze up, unable to make this moment connect to that moment. I could go with it totally if that is what was meant by the moment. But it just...it felt weird. Oddly paced. Clunky, even.

Ah, I'm going to let it go once I get through these comments. It's enough that Dean's not on his game and that they're finding more hunters out there to help, people to save, good to be done. *is over it*

I totally didn't think about Rooster and Mattie, but yes, now that you mention it! :)

I. Can't. Wait. for next week. I hope to see you back here and catch your thoughts! :)
chemm80
Jan. 7th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
I don’t know about you guys, but I have this odd feeling…like the rest of this season is going to be a slow, subtle goodbye.

You're not the only one. I also feel like (with this episode, certainly) that we're being set up for a "Butch and Sundance" ending for the series, big time. I have some really mixed feelings about both of those things: the series ending and the manner of it.

Dean tells Sam to get it and crosses the room, spying Bobby’s flask. As Sam answers, Dean picks up the flask, sniffs it, grimaces, then puts it down...

Dean picks up a full bottle of beer – and I know it was full because when what happened later happened, I rewound to check to make sure my eyes weren’t just tired –


I've seen some speculation that it has to be Bobby's ghost who drank the beer, because of the link between his flask and Dean's beer going missing. And at first I just thought it was a commentary on the excessive nature of Dean's drinking recently, but after I watched the rest of the episode, I was more inclined to think that there is some sort of temporal anomaly thing going on because something--Leviathan, Castiel, Lucifer all being possibilities--was fucking with them. (Based on the missing beer, the time difference of Frank's "4 days" as opposed to Dean's "4 weeks", and the near impossibility of Dean sleeping sitting up in an office chair for 36 hours.)

I really hope it's the latter, because I really, really do not want Bobby's ghost. You did a good job of sending the guy off, writers; do not fuck that up.

As for Frank Devereaux, I kind of like him. He makes me laugh and reminds me ferociously of Lewis Black. Who also makes me laugh. I liked Frank's backstory, too, even if it is basically the same backstory as every hunter we've basically ever met on the show.

Dean, behind the wheel of the Skylark, looks out into the night, listening to the music, and smiles. The first one is almost natural, but it falters quickly as grief washes over his expression like a riptide.

He forces another smile to the surface, this one weaker, not reaching his eyes and when the pull of sorrow grabs it, his chin shakes. Next, he starts with his eyes, trying to do it right. Trying to force the smile because he’s alive and it’s his job. But he’s drowning in the pain of it all. And we can see it as the smile falters once more, going down reaching. Just before the screen fades to black, he pushes another smile to the surface and it’s the saddest, most heart breaking expressions I’ve ever seen. But he holds it like a professional.


You know what that made me think about? I had a vision of the writer(s) getting that idea, writing that scene, and going, "Oh yeah, Jensen can totally pull this off." Because I don't think many actors could have. And I LOVE that Jensen did.

I guess that's about all I've got. There seems to be a fair amount of venom (haha) directed at this episode by fandom, but I was pretty good with it. One complaint I've seen was that there wasn't more mourning and grieving at the beginning, but I was okay with the way they put that across. They can't very well have an entire episode of the boys crying into their beer. It'd be stupid--not to mention very, very un-Winchesteresque. But I think this objection is a lot like the ones about the other time-skip we had this season (the OTHER time they spent holed up in that same cabin, after they rescued Sam from the hospital)--they just wanted to see something onscreen they have a particular kink for (read: H/C), and which is better explored in fanfic anyway, in my opinion.

Fandom's other reaction, as far as I can tell, is a lot of bitching about Sam getting the shaft, characterwise. So hey...I guess we really are rewinding to S1...

I didn't read your other comments, except the first one, which very helpfully explains where Dean said Dick was, so that's good.
gaelicspirit
Jan. 12th, 2012 05:01 am (UTC)
I also feel like (with this episode, certainly) that we're being set up for a "Butch and Sundance" ending for the series, big time

Well, since they just won best PCA for SciFi/Fantasy, I am wondering if that extended sigh I felt might not be extended juuuuuust a smidge longer. :) Still, if they do go all B&S cliffhanger on us? I hope that's truly not how the series ends. I want them to end with some hope. I want to end with a fantasy that they're out there somewhere. Saving people. Hunting things.

Reading through comments I've seen a lot of various thoughts of reason for the missing beer -- Bobby's ghost, time displacement, Dean truly drinking it. I'm holding with a ghost for now -- though I would want that done RIGHT and not have the boys end up having to vanquish their friend -- more like how John went into the light. OR the ghost from "Roadkill." Not every ghost has to be salted and burned.

BUT! I've been wrong before and I'm willing to roll with it. :)

Okay. Help me. Lewis Black? Why am I not picking up what you're putting down.... *frowns*

You know what that made me think about? I had a vision of the writer(s) getting that idea, writing that scene, and going, "Oh yeah, Jensen can totally pull this off." Because I don't think many actors could have. And I LOVE that Jensen did.

YES!

Y'know, I didn't really think about Sam getting the shaft -- not that my mind ever really goes there anyway -- but now that I've seen it mentioned a couple of times, I do agree that I would like to see more about his apparent continuing hallucinations. 9 episodes of scar rubbing needs to come to some kind of fruition. Nobody is that well adjusted. ;)

Yes, yasminke helped fill in the TED blank. :) Hee.

Thank you for reading and commenting. I always love to see you. Always.

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bagginsdvm
Jan. 7th, 2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
The beer thing definitely has me thinking Bobby as a ghost. We don't know his final answer to the reaper, & it looks like we'll have to wait awhile to find out. Also, what about his body? Burial? Hunter's pyre?

The Week 1 & Week 2 scenes had me in tears, then that final scene with Dean's attempts to smile through the pain... I'm still trying to put my heart back together the next day, it shattered into so many pieces last night!

Dean's hesitation at the confrontation with the vetalas had me confused, especially when he'd looked so badass & intent on the kill a few minutes earlier. Hopefully it was just his exhaustion & Krissy's rushing in that threw a wrench in his thinking at that moment. Otherwise... well, I don't know that I want to believe that it could be a sign of his sanity crumbling, although that would certainly be understandable in the circumstances.

I like that Sam is admitting he's not okay, but I am a show-and-tell kind of girl, so I still want to see more of what he is going through. I'll maintain patience there. I was worried to see him leave on his own to help the girl, but it was believable Sammy behavior, trying to do whatever he could to help, to do something immediate & that mattered & that he really could do something about, rather than the Leviathan problem, which the guys currently still have no means to solve.

I too love the way Dean drags his hand down his face, & also how he handled that pocketknife so deftly. Shallow, I know. Can't help it. I also can't wait to see him in a fedora next week!
gaelicspirit
Jan. 12th, 2012 05:05 am (UTC)
Also, what about his body? Burial? Hunter's pyre?

My sister texted the same question to me. I was like, I can't believe I didn't think about that!! LOL! I'm good with waiting out the play of the story to see where they take the ghost/no-ghost thing. As long as IF it's a ghost they let him go into the light (ala Roadkill gal or John) and not have to salt & burn him.

That end scene...shattered heart indeed.

I'm actually okay with Sam not reacting much to Bobby's death, but I DO want to see more about his hallucinations. I could see Bobby's death + Dean no dealing = Sam meltdown in a very believable way. 9 weeks of scar rubbing...nobody's that well adjusted. ;)

Hey, when it comes to Dean, deep or shallow, I'll take it. Bring on the fedora, sister! :)

See you then!
impala1967
Jan. 7th, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
Hey gurl Happy New Year to you and the family

Loved your review as usual. Deep down we all knew Bobby was gone .... I don't know why the writers took so long in confirming it in the dialog. Did they want to make us think that maybe he was in a coma or something.

I do have issues with the writing in this one. Dean had the MOTW situation under control when the girl rushed in and screwed it up. They then credit her with the save. What gives. I think Dean froze ... maybe seeing another death so soon after Bobby, maybe just seeing Bobby die all over again. But its like with the empty beer bottle .... how much Dean isn't coping. I hope that the writers have a point in the end where this comes to a head. But not in a dean demeaning way ... but I'm sure they will write it to make Dean look small. Sorry but I know what Sera is like, Dean is not her favourite character.

I soooo hope Frank isn't the new Bobby cause he sure isn't up to par. In fact the less we see of him the better. I still do wonder if this is the planned last season. I do hark back to sera's comment about Butch and Sundance ..... we lost homebase, then we lost Bobby ... is it winding down. If so it should of done so after the end of S05 where it had closure. It is in the back of my mind not to be surprised if this is it, in fact I'll be surprised if there is an eight season.

Next week looks AWESOME .... Dean as a G-man. Misha is coming back and I did so think this is a great one for him to come back as Cas in, cause Cas might be in that time line. But I think this one was shot before that announcement. Maybe bringing Misha back is a way to close off the series.

Jensens acting at the end ... trying to put a smile on deans face but not quite getting it was fantasic. Made all our hearts break a little more with Deans effort. How long will our boy be able to keep up the facade before he finally breaks. I just hope Sam is there to catch him when he does finally fall.

I know my comment this week is a little negative ... I have had that 'final season' niggle in the back of me mind all season and each major thing that happens just reinforces it ... Cas gone, Bobby's place gone, Bobby dead and now talk about life outside of hunting. I am wondering where its all going.

Have a great week. Catch you on the flip side.
gaelicspirit
Jan. 12th, 2012 05:09 am (UTC)
Heeelllllooooo! :) So happy to see you. *grins*

Dean had the MOTW situation under control when the girl rushed in and screwed it up. They then credit her with the save. What gives.

She had very bad timing. And I could totally buy all the reasons he froze up and make them work in my head for him...but it still felt a little...clunky to me. In any case, after I reply to these comments I'll let it go. :)

I don't think Frank is the new Bobby -- I think he's just a 'source' for things they can't get on their own. They're going to need a few of them now that they don't have their Obi-wan. My thoughts on it winding down may have been premature as I just heard they won a PCA for best SciFi/Fantasy, sooooo...maybe they have another season in them. So, if they do the B&S ending, maybe it'll be a cliffy.

I don't know. I don't want them to end the series with them dead. I'd much rather have this idea of them out there. Saving people. Hunting things.

Hey, no worries on the negative -- I actually didn't see it as such. I just saw it as your thoughts and that's exactly what I like to see. So, it's all good.

Can't wait for this next epi! See you after. :)
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thruterryseyes
Jan. 7th, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
as always I had a comment half written and lost it so my enthusiasim for having to repeat myself will make this shorter.

I loved the way they handled Bobby dying. It was more effective than what I deeply wanted to see and in some ways a lot sadder and more desperate.I had deliberately watched a spoiler that told me Bobby didn't make it cause i wanted to know, but it still hurt to see them.

I haven't heard anything about whether or not SN will get renewed, but right now, I agree with you. I think this is the slow slide home, I'm just not sure what'll be waiting for them when they get there.

i think Dean's problems with alchohol and everything else are really gonna weigh heavy, Sam was so distracted trying to talk to the that girl while Dean was checking out Bobby's flask, obviously wanting to say something about it. And if you listened, you could hear that faint whoosh sound the shows makes when a spirit is around just as Dean noticed his beer was gone. I expected to see his breath in the air.

I had a problem with Dean freezing also, but i honestly think he was overwhelmed with so many different things he could have done, wanted to do and was afraid to do and what kind of effect those actions wouild have, that in his state of mind he blanked. And that kid showing up totally blew his mind.

He literally didn't know what to do to fix this situation once she was introduced into the moment. And he's SO tired he's half out of it. He's becoming a loose cannon.

And the end broke my heart. The expression on his face every time the light changed...




gaelicspirit
Jan. 12th, 2012 05:13 am (UTC)
Okay, LJ was being a pain, apparently -- a couple people lost their comments. In any case, this was great to see. :)

So...I just heard they won a People's Choice Award for Best SciFi/Fantasy, so maybe that slow slide home will be delayed? Who knows. In any case, the stripping away of all that grounds them just leaves me feeling very hollow on their behalf.

I'd be good with Dean freezing from being overwhelmed -- he's clearly on the edge of losing it. But the scene felt clunky even with that reasoning. In any case, I'm letting it go once I get through these comments. It is what it is. Because have that we have the utterly heartbreaking scene of the night....

Can't wait for the next epi! *mini late night squee!*
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jazzyirish
Jan. 7th, 2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
Hey Gaelic, thanks for the always introspective, wonderful ramble. For whatever reason, this episode felt off to me and I'm not sure if it's the writing or a "hidden agenda". I liked the way Dean's grief was depicted - from immobilization to taking charge of attempting to decipher the numbers to formulating a plan to get revenge. Sam just seemed lost and somewhat bewildered.

I don't like the character of Frank or the possibility that he may be the "new Bobby"- finding solutions to problems the boys come upon - I sincerely hope they don't go there. With the beer gone and the soft swish sound, I suspect that Bobby decided to hang around awhile. Not sure how I feel about that.

But you're right - something in this episode gave me the distinct feeling of the beginning of the end. Can't put my finger on it...

I thought it was strange that Dean froze and was unable to kill the second Vetala - they even put in that underlying "quick heartbeat" sound. What are we supposed to get out of that? Grief caused it or Dean's unraveling?

The end scene really got to me, and I suspect I would have loved it more if the impetus hadn't come from Frank. Dean was already on the edge and now he's going to put even more feelings behind his walls and practice a "professional smile"? I predict tragedy ahead... But Jensen rocked that scene like few actors could and he just makes me feel everything that Dean's going through. (in a similar way that your storied do ;))

So all in all, an OK return - not monumental by any means. I really have begun to set the bar really low on my expectations from all of the current writers, and instead look for little vignettes within the episodes to keep me invested. And then there's Jensen...

Thanks for a great ramble. I always look forward to your insights and thoughts.

Until next week,
Irish
gaelicspirit
Jan. 12th, 2012 05:17 am (UTC)
For whatever reason, this episode felt off to me and I'm not sure if it's the writing or a "hidden agenda".

Maybe both....

I actually didn't mind Frank so much. I didn't see him as a "new Bobby" as much as a 'source' of information the boys are going to need now that Bobby is gone. With these new Big Bads who aren't like anything in John's journal or the copies of Bobby's books, they're going to need someone who can tap into the Matrix, so to speak, and help them out. I think Frank fits that bill okay.

And the advice he gave Dean isn't unlike anything Dean hasn't heard before -- he was just slipping and going under and he needed to hear SOMETHING from SOMEONE. And Frank gave him the only thing he had. Now, one of these days, the writers should write someone's backstory into hunting that doesn't involve a loved one being torn apart before their eyes because...well, they've done that. But even with that...I didn't mind Frank.

Jensen played Dean's fingernail grip so well at the end. I am just in awe of him. *loves*

Thank you so much for reading and taking time to comment. I appreciate that so very much. Can't WAIT for next week! YAY!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 7th, 2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
hey gaelic-it's meggin
Beautiful Ramble as always! Still so sad and gaelic, I don’t mean to rant at you but and maybe I’m grieving in my own way, but our takes on the scenes of Dean and Sam in Rufus’s cabin part ways.

I didn’t think the writers worked through the time from Bobby’s death to the action portion of the episode very well. A one week, two week etc flash card was just a cheap out to me instead of giving us one or two scenes of actual grief. Sure it would be different from how they reacted to their father’s passing, but his was death was different, a lot of guilt overshadowed his death. And you said it yourself “They didn’t just lose their friend, their ‘Uncle’ – they lost their last connection to a life outside of themselves,” and “They lost the only reminder that they’re not alone in the world.” The writers should have let us see a little something in that cabin, a little more telling than the few sideways glances the brothers gave each other. Just say’in.

But we’re back in synch about Dean’s suddenly empty beer bottle “I think they have themselves a guardian spirit who has a penchant for wearing trucker hats and a soft spot the size of the Grand Canyon when it comes to the Winchesters –” (LOL) I’d like to think so too, it wouldn’t be out side the realm of possibility, if Ellen can communicate with Dean from beyond the veil why not Bobby?

Did you notice the background music we heard as Dean enters Franks house ( what is it with Frank and chain link fence decor?) the tune is weird and atonal and made me feel off balance. Which is perfect because we all should feel "off" starting this half of the season without Bobby. So good evocative use of sound there I thought.

Dean + height= Meep! (LOL) And may I say that he filled out that coverall quite nicely ( winks)

The whole the kid got the upper hand while Dean stood by frozen thing seemed out of character to me too, but as you said, “ it could all be tied to a path they have Dean stumbling down the rest of this season – how he’s been barely keeping it together and according to Frank is running himself into the ground. Or it could just be a fluke for this one episode. Who knows. Moving on!” -hehe. Too soon to tell if the writers will use this as fore shadowing, but it would be cool if that was the way they played out that Dean being burnt out with loss.

At the end in the car, after the boys had their "you alright?" talk, it was so familiar to see Sam rest his head against the car window to try to sleep and so sad to hear Dean repeat Frank's words to him about having to smile and be professionals. Like you, I thought this was part of the best acting that Jensen has done yet as he tried to smile his way through the music on the radio and you could SEE memories began to get the best of him and that smile began to crack as he fought back the tears. That may be the only time we get to see the crack in Dean’s wall, and it gutted me too as I watched him try to stem the tide, alone, and yet only an arms length away from the only person left who really cares about him. And that’s when it hit me, as the car sped down the road, that this time, after this hunt, they were truly alone.
I guess I am ready to sprinkle that Johnny Walker on the ground now.
gaelicspirit
Jan. 12th, 2012 05:24 am (UTC)
Re: hey gaelic-it's meggin
Hey you! Thanks so much for reading and taking time to share your thoughts. Sorry it took me a bit to get back 'round here.

Okay, so first, never apologize for sharing your honest opinion. You're not ranting at me. I mean, ranting at me would be more like, "Gaelic, what you said was the stupidest thing I ever heard." ;)

I see where you're coming from with the reaction to Bobby's death. I can understand that point of view. I just think that the significance of that loss isn't something that they could have accurately captured with an emotional outburst. For me, the quiet grief, the slow-simmering rage, the subtle build up of revenge was almost more powerful. Because the explosion of emotion hasn't happened yet. It's something that would hit at the oddest of times, the most unexpected of moments.

His loss means too much to outwardly grieve and then work through it. The almost...near-denial of it hit me harder than I think tears might've. I don't know for sure, not having seen tears, but it worked okay for me. (Not saying I wouldn't MIND seeing tears down the road, mind you....)

Yeah, I'm okay with Bobby being a ghost -- IF the writers handle it well. I mean, not all ghosts had to be salted and burned -- John, Mary, the gal from "Roadkill"....

I'm totally with Dean on the heights thing. Meep indeed. *gulp*

And that end scene...yeah. They are truly alone. And now I have a lump in my throat again. Hand me that Johnny Walker, lady.

See you after the next epi!
msninacat
Jan. 8th, 2012 04:19 am (UTC)
but I think there’s more to the Case of the Disappearing Beer than just Dean drinking so much he doesn’t even realize when he downs a bottle.

Some people are saying Castiel but there's just so many things it could be right now. I think I'll wait on this one rather than ponder it out.

This wasn’t a friendship; he’s paying Frank to help him get to intel he can’t get to on his own.

That was painful to me. Dean's not exactly buddy buddy with every hunter they meet but he's usually warm to them if they are nice due to the similar circumstances. This just showed how much pain he's in, pushing away everything just so he'll never have to feel the pain of losing another friend.

Which, of course we all knew the moment Bobby wrote them down in Death’s Door. Because we’re so awesome. *grins*

and we pay attention. ;D

You're WAY more coherent than I am and I just finished watching it. I can't wait for next week's ep!! See you then!
gaelicspirit
Jan. 12th, 2012 05:26 am (UTC)
I think I'll wait on this one rather than ponder it out.

Yeah, I've read a lot of differing thoughts about that as I work through these comments. I'm good with letting it play out and seeing what they have in store for us. :)

I don't know that Dean will ever willingly get close to anyone outside of Sam again. He's lost everyone (as has Sam, I know, but...well, this is mean and you know who I gravitate toward). You're totally right. It hurts too much when they die. *rubs heart*

We DO pay attention! Go us! :)

I'm glad you thought this was coherent! LOL! I really appreciate you reading and taking time to comment. I mean it. :) See you after next epi!!
deangirl1
Jan. 8th, 2012 04:50 am (UTC)
Strap yourself in... I'm wordy tonight... this is gonna take a few. But it's mostly good! (I didn't think I should keep you in suspense!)

They are definitely setting up for the end – but this season? I’ve never been less convinced this is the end. They are the number two show on the network – the network is not going to cancel the show. The network itself might be in trouble, however. The bigger question is whether Jared and Jensen want to keep going. There’s been some speculation – which I completely missed until today! – that Jared wants out. Again – I’ve never been less convinced. He’s got a baby on the way – I’m betting he wants stability and a regular paycheck at this point. They _may_ be setting up for him to take some time off in the near future – but then consider how many conventions he’s signed on for in the next 12 months – that would be ALL of them. The show has now lightened its budget by TWO major players – one series regular and one recurring (who I’m betting was making a series regular paycheck). This leaves them open to offer the two stars more money as they renegotiate their contracts this year... Also? Jared is attending the TCA CW panel this Thursday – People’s Choice Awards are Wednesday night – I don’t think I even need to connect those dots...

That actor in the diner? Ian Tracey – one of my all time favorite CANADIAN actors! ADORE him – and I had an exchange on Twitter right after the episode with Clif – who apparently worked with him on another show – DaVinci’s Inquest (one of my all time favorite Canadian shows – best dialogue of any show, ever). According to Clif, Ian is a super nice guy – I’m totally not surprised. I’ve been waiting to see him on Supernatural forever! In fact, since Wendigo because Donnelly Rhodes – who was the survivor of the Wendigo attack that the boys interview – is a Canadian institution and played Ian’s partner on DaVinci... This is likely way more info than you ever wanted.... but I was just SO thrilled to see him!

I’m ambivalent about the way they handled the boys’ grief. I don’t feel they got it either right or wrong... I’m not sure it would be that different from how they handled John’s – though I agree that it would be different – especially due to how much more they’ve been through since John’s death. I liked them surreptitiously looking at each other in week one – that felt right. But Dean, in particular, I don’t see just sitting there. I think he would have either dove into a bottle or dove into research right away. Sam would have been introspective. As for the disappearing bottle of beer? As much as I’m really disappointed – and gutted – that they killed Bobby (I mean I seriously feel like I’ve had a friend die – and I’m embarrassed to admit it. I mean, I know it’s “just” a show, but... just... damn it, it was Bobby! He was supposed to be safe – and I miss all the things he’ll never say now. But I knew from the real emotion on Jim Beaver’s face when he said that final “Idjits” that that was Bobby’s last word.) Anyway – if they bring Bobby back as a “spirit”, I’ll be even more disappointed. It just feels wrong in every way for me. Bobby was too good a hunter to do that – because it can’t end well. And I can’t believe that they wouldn’t have burned his bones – though I found it interesting that we didn’t see that....

You know, I didn’t get the feeling that Sam wanted Dean to call Bobby’s friends – I just got the feeling that he wanted Dean’s ok to go ahead...

I thought Krissy bore a striking similarity to Sam, actually. It also pissed me off that just like in The Children Are Our Future, Sam acts like he grew up alone. He tends to forget that he had Dean to shelter and protect him...


gaelicspirit
Jan. 12th, 2012 05:31 am (UTC)
YES! I like me a wordy Deangirl. :)

Okay, so you obviously have insight and a perspective on the potential continuation of our show that I do not, so I trust you. That and they just got a PCA, right, so there's another notch on the plus side. Still feels a bit like goodbye, but maybe that's because of all the loss the boys are feeling, the way the arch is working out to cut them off from...everything.

All I know is...if this season is B&S, and they do end it in an all-out fire-fight, it better be a cliffy. Because I want the series to end knowing that they are out there, saving people, hunting things. Still...even at the end of B&S you don't actually see them die.... Moving on!

I found it interesting that I didn't think about what they did with Bobby's body until AFTER I started replying to comments. LOL!


You know, I didn’t get the feeling that Sam wanted Dean to call Bobby’s friends – I just got the feeling that he wanted Dean’s ok to go ahead


Hmm...okay, maybe. I can accept this. Although, the older sibling in me still riles at the implication of Sam wanting Dean to do it when he replies, "I don't want to call anyone, are you crazy?" *shakes head* Siblings. So complicated.

Yeah, you're right about Sam acting like he grew up alone. Again with the sibling shaking head thing. ;)
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