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The Eye
You guys. This show. I just…. We all may be riding the SPN roller coaster throughout the season, but I have to say, when it’s good it is good.

Also? I’m so glad I am a spoilerphobe. This was one episode I would not want to have had prior knowledge of. That said, if you are among those who reads this ramble before watching the episode, you obviously don’t mind that I spoil you for the whole thing – but there’s a scene in this episode that really deserves to be seen first for the sheer impact.

Just make sure you come back…. *grins*



I got to watch this episode with my good friend thruterryseyes and my favorite beer – Newcastle Brown Ale, if you’re wondering. So, it was enjoyable on multiple levels. And there were moments I had to pause simply because she fed my laughter and I didn’t want to miss anything. Plus, there were a few ‘Dean Looks’ that we just had to see again. Because of the reason. *grins*

The title and previews gave me the ‘this is going to be a light, filler episode’ feeling – especially with DJ Qualls returning his Garth character to our boys – and I wasn’t disappointed. They nailed some funnier than heck scenes in this episode – and all without going meta on us. But at the same time, there were some serious undertones that I really appreciated. Undercurrents of need and pain that are never far from Dean’s eyes.

Okay, I’m just gonna dive in because if I do too much musing here at the front I’ll get way too far ahead of myself. Besides, this was one of those episodes that amused, entertained, and surprised me to the point that any plot holes and hand waving were forgiven.

The THEN reminded us about Garth, aka The Skinniest Hunter In the History of Ever. Flashes of Dean grousing to Bobby on the phone that he doesn’t want to hook up with another hunter, flashes of Bobby on the phone with Garth (“Not me, the real FBI! How are you still alive?”), flashes of Dean (wearing the blue sweater vest…*sigh*) and Garth hunting…. So, Garth. With me? Good.

NOW we have a group of teens around a campfire, huddled together under sleeping bags to ward off the chill. One is telling the other three the obligatory ‘it’s a dark and stormy night’ ghost story about a homeless girl named Jenny Greentree who froze to death in these very words…under the very tree they were camping under…. Just as they’re all skittish, a bottle breaks against said tree and they all jump. It’s the (very drunk) brother of one of the campers.

The older brother – Ray – gets up to try to get his younger brother – Trevor – to go home when he realizes that Trevor is three sheets. Trevor’s all, “you gonna call dad?” and Ray’s trying to be the responsible one when Trevor suddenly stills and asks if he hears something. No one does, but Trevor startles like he hears whatever it is again, then looks past his brother with horror etched on his features gasping out, “You gotta run!”

Before Ray can do much more than look over his shoulder, Trevor’s off and running. A few moments later, they all hear him scream from deeper in the woods and Ray heads after him, calling his name. A few yards down a dirt path, Ray finds his brother against a tree, dead, a big hole where his guts used to be and the air littered with feathers from his down-filled coat.

Yikes.

Next we get the money shot of…an El Camino pulling up to a curb. Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison” is blaring from the speakers…aaaandd, I just flashed back to high school. *laughs and shakes self* Garth emerges from the car, aviator shades in place, and makes his way up to an outside table at a café where the two girls who had been part of the camping trip were seated.

They start off by mocking his shades, until he flashes his (very fake) badge and asks for some respect. He wants to know about the death at the campsite. The girls start talking at once and Garth calmly holds up his hand to get them to stop, then points at one. His Rico Suave demeanor was grin-inducing.

The chosen one tells him about the ghost of Jenny Greentree and that she was a girl who was buried in a local cemetery. Next thing we know, Garth is standing above Jenny’s grave and dropping a match into the hole saying solemnly, “You’ve been Garthed.”

Heh.

He walks away – in slow-mo – with “Poison” playing in the background and the flames from his vanquishing fire burning high and bright behind him. Thought it interesting he didn’t stay until the fire was out and refill the grave, but…different strokes, right?

Elsewhere, Ray is sitting in the cab of a truck, drinking some kind of whiskey (almost looked like Wild Turkey, actually), a shotgun next to him on the seat. He’s ignoring the voicemail from a woman telling him he should be with his family right now. He gets out – a flashlight attached to the barrel of the gun – and starts looking around the woods…presumably for the thing that killed his brother. Sadly, he finds it.

Through his drunken, blurred vision, he sees a flash of a figure in white, long dark hair hanging down. I instantly thought of the creepy girl from The Ring. *shudders* I wrote a story called “In the Light” several years ago with a baddie called an Ikiryoh and this was exactly how I pictured that. Even had the cover art look like it. I kinda scared myself at times writing that one. *laughs…pauses…shudders again*

He tries to get away, but it’s useless. He’s grabbed from what appears to be above and behind, drag up a tree and then…well, there’s a whole lotta blood and some leg twitching.

Walking away from a Mexican Food Truck called “Guanaco” (*laughs*), Garth is on the phone with his honey saying his problem was solved and to get the hot tub fired up, signing off with a slightly adorable, mostly awkward, “No, I heart you more.”

He gets into his car and hears on the police scanner that another body was found torn to shreds up at Widows Peak (or maybe Widows Point? I didn’t quite catch it – but it’s the same place the kids were camping) and he gaps at the police scanner all, “What?! I Garthed her!”

And then – our boys! Yay. After all they went through last episode, I was really happy to see them. Sam’s driving and Dean’s on the phone with Meg getting an update on Cas. Which was just…, well, weird, actually.  He asks her to let them know if/when Cas wakes up, then thanks her for her help – looking like he might’ve thrown up in his mouth a little when he says it.

Dean: What a bitch.

Okay, so no love lost there, thank goodness.

Dean checks on Sam’s “custard” which Sam says is getting better, despite the fact that he feels like something out of The Ring (which…funny that he said that very movie…or maybe foreshadowing…probably foreshadowing) because he passed on ‘the crazy' to Cas. Dean tries to reassure him, sounding like he’s reiterating words said several times over the past however long, but Sam interrupts him saying he doesn’t want to get into it.

I can understand that. Sometimes you just need to feel bad about something in order to find a way to deal with it.

Dean gets another call and for a moment looks totally confused, finally asking who it was.  It’s Garth Fitzgerald IV. Hee. There’s three more of them. That’s funny. He tells Dean there’s something hinky going on in Junction City, KS (of COURSE it’s Kansas…every time to they come to Kansas bad things happen) and he needs their help. He also reminds Dean that he owes him for the demon thing (not sure why Dean owes Garth, but everyone else went with it, so I did, too).

They show up at the morgue suited up, only to find Garth there in Army fatigues posing as one Corporal James Brown (ha!), cousin of the deceased.  They get the skinny on the dead guy and Sam asks the M.E. for the files. The M.E. gets a call from his wife and leaves the room. Sam immediately pounces on Garth about the fact that the two victims were brothers. I thought that was interesting – not sure why it was important to the case, but it sure was important to Sam.

Dean: You allergic to a suit?

Garth: I look good in a uniform.

He breaks it down for them and Dean stands next to the body listening to Garth and peering under the sheet at the wound as Sam moves to the computer. I liked how Dean took in the facts that Garth gave them. He might view him as an annoying second cousin he has to put up with at family reunions, but he does recognize Garth is a hunter – one that Bobby paired him with when he needed help at one point. He listens to him and speculates with him.

He also pulls out his EMF and gets a reading, which surprises Garth because he hadn’t gotten a reading – leaving him to surmise that his EMF was broken. Again. He tells Dean that the first vic was killed by something invisible, even though the wounds look less ghost and more monster.

Dean: Invisible Ghost Werewolf?

(Aside – now that’s an intriguing baddie…a werewolf is killed, but its human side still has unfinished business, so it becomes a spirit, only is the spirit that of the human or the wolf…aaannnddd now I want to write a story.)

Garth: Why do you think I called for backup?

Sam (from over at the computer): Hey, have you guys heard of Thigh-Slapper Ale?

Garth: Is that a stripper or a beverage?

Dean: It’s a beverage for douche bags.

Douche bags or not, the owner of the local brewery is the father of the dead brothers.

Garth: Right, so can the uniform. Go Fed. See you at the brewery.

And he’s off! Dean gives Sam a sheepish smile and says that he grows on you.

At the brewery (which boasted a “Party on!” advertisement on the wall), they meet Marie, the manager and the owner’s daughter (sister to the dead brothers). This part was a bit confusing to me as far as how they rolled out the brewery family tree, so I’ll just sum it up here and save us all the trouble of wading through it in a play-by-play.

Thigh-Slapper Ale was run by a triad partnership between Jim McMann (dead brother’s dad), Randy Baxter (the “axe man”) and Dale Somebody. Didn’t get his last name. Dale was the master brewer and the company was “his baby.” Right before they are about to make this big, lucrative business deal, Randy and Jim force Dale out – not really sure why. Dale’s distraught and kills himself. Dale’s wife sues the company because “she’s angry and grieving and this is America.”

When the boys get there to question the owners they see Randy reading the riot act to one of the janitors, telling him this is his third strike. Jim’s just watching from the background. Jim’s daughter Marie is the only one who worked there – her brothers didn’t and apparently Randy didn’t have any kids, but felt like Jim’s kids were like his own. He’s the one who ends up answering the questions from Sam and Garth while Dean talks to Marie.

Later that night, back at the McMann house, a blonde woman (and I never did figure out if she was Jim’s wife or daughter) is fixing herself a vodka-OJ with a regular OJ for a little girl sitting at the table (her daughter?). Jim comes in the door, distracting the woman, and she sets both drinks down. Predictably, the little girl picks up the vodka mix, takes a big swig, then pulls it back, all “Oops.”

Jim sits down next to the girl and asks her what she’s drawing. She starts to giggle and we see her vision is blurry. That’s some potent vodka, ya’ll. She frowns at something and gets up, moving around the corner, following whatever it was she saw, then makes her way into the kitchen, Jim behind her. Standing next to the blond woman (who is at an island fixing dinner) is The Creepy Girl Who Could Be From The Ring (hereafter known as Creepy Girl). The little girl points and the adults give her confused looks until the blonde woman looks to her right and sees Creepy Girl. She gasps, starts to turn away and the thing shoves her hand through the woman, back to front.

Gack!

The boys have joined Garth at his – somewhat cheesy and morally questionable – motel. Garth is sitting at a bar working on his EMF, Dean is sitting on a couch working on emptying his (/Bobby’s) flask, and Sam’s sitting at a table working on the computer. Y’know, come to think of it? I don’t remember seeing a bed in that motel room. Huh.

Dean mutters that there are a million things that go bump in the night, but not too many are invisible. He looks at the motel sign on the end table and gives Garth hell for his selection.

Garth: You want a nice hot tub after a day at the office.

Dean looks at Sam and Sam gives him a “hey, he’s your friend” gesture. The looks these two toss each other throughout the episode made me feel like I was in on a secret or something. I liked it. Dean drinks from his flask and listens as Garth laments about the poor dead guys. Sam goes back to his research and that’s when we find out that Dale is the brew master. Grumpily, Dean gets up and goes to the kitchenette. He sets Bobby’s flask down on the counter as he passes Garth and the EMF Garth was working on flares up. Curiouser and curiouser.

Dean: Beer isn’t food. It’s…whatever water is.

Oh, Dean. *smirk*

He gets out three bottles of Thigh-Slapper and passes them out. Sam and Dean twist off the tops of their beers without hesitation, but Garth has to use the edge of his sleeve. Hee. Dean takes a drink and a look of wonder crosses his face.

Dean: Wow. That’s actually awesome. I’m not even mad anymore.

Garth downs his beer like he’s on a Coke commercial and the boys look on like Holy Shotgunned Beer, Batman. When Garth finishes it off, Dean tips his beer to him, “Party on, Garth!”

The camera shots in this scene were playing with my head. Each time they showed Garth, I was all tense that Creepy Girl was going to show up in the background because it was a wide shot with Garth off to the right rather than centered. They did that a few times, actually, and I was tense every time. SPN has made me suspicious of friggin’ camera angles. *laugh*

Garth (giggling): You want to hear a joke?

Sam (at the same time): This is something interesting….

Garth is full-on laughing and the boys are looking at him, incredulous and…slightly irritated, in Dean’s case.

Sam: Are you drunk?!

Garth: I just drank a whole beer. Of course I’m drunk.

Well, the dude weighs like 80 pounds soaken wet. He probably gets drunk rinsing with mouthwash. He asks for another beer, but Dean shoots him down.

Dean: No. Coffee for you, Tara Reid.

Hee.

Garth: Coffee with Kahlua?

Ha!

That earns him a Dean glare and the boys continue to talk through the case – musing that maybe Dale is an angry spirit because he was forced out of the business. After all, his wife is suing the company so…? Just then, the police scanner calls all units to the McMann house. Oops. Garth pushes back from the counter, slip-falling from his stool.

Garth: Let’s go check it!

Sam: You two go. I’m gonna visit the widow.

Dean = glare

Sam = cute lil’bro grin

Me = *giggle*

At the McMann house, Garth tells Dean that he didn’t get any EMF reading around the house – and he used both his and Dean’s since his was broken. Dean frowns at that, then says he thinks the little girl – Tessa – knows something but she isn’t talking. Garth says he’ll “take a run at her” because his “special lady” has twins. Dean follows behind muttering a perplexed, “Special lady?”

Garth sits down in front of Tessa (after they ask Jim and Marie if they can talk with her…not sure if she was Jim’s daughter or granddaughter) and asks if she will tell him what happened. She shakes her head. So, Garth pulls out…a sock puppet. Named Mr. Fizzles. I thought Dean was going to implode right there. He can barely keep himself from grabbing Mr. Fizzles and losing it in the drier.

The funniest part of this scene was how the camera focused on Mr. Fizzles as Garth talked for it – and not on Garth – and the fact that every time Dean protested, Mr. Fizzles would look over at Garth. The sock puppet worked, and they find out from Tessa that not only did a ‘monster with sharp claws’ fill the blonde woman (who may or may not have been her mother), but that Tessa ‘drank a grown up drink’ with alcohol in it and was terrified she was going to be arrested.

And there’s your alcohol safety lesson for the night, kids.

Sam is with Dale’s widow and she tells Sam that before Dale died, he sent his former partners a gift to show he forgave them. Said it was a (haunted) bottle of sake he brought back from one of his trips, and he put it in a pretty box – just like one Sam remembers seeing in Jim’s office when he and Garth were questioning Randy. She said that Dale didn’t even let her touch it.

Dean and Garth are leaving the McMann house in Garth’s El Camino (aside – Dean hasn’t been doing much driving lately…he needs his baby back), breaking down what Tessa told them and trying to figure out why she saw the ‘monster’ and no one else did.

Garth: Certain mutants see infrared.

Dean = you gotta be kidding me glance. And then it hits him – grown-up drink.

Garth: A monster you gotta be drunk to see. Cool. Also? Hard to fight.

Yeah, no joke. And since the blonde woman saw her, I’m wondering exactly how drunk you have to be…? Dean takes out his flask and takes a swig. Then another. Aaannnddd one more. But he tells Garth he’s strictly on wine coolers, which is fine with Garth as he likes anything sweet. Which prompts Dean to take another shot from the flask.

I know we haven’t been seeing him drink constantly over every episode as we’ve focused on other issues, and that triggered the thought that they dropped that storyline, but I think that it’s always been there in the background. Not visible to us, necessarily, but as much a part of what Dean does every day as are the change up of cars we never see, or the money they hustle that we never see. I didn’t see this as a resurgence of a storyline they’d dropped but a moment to focus a bit on a habit that’s always been there, just couldn’t be highlighted when there were other things that needed the spotlight.

Garth: What’s up with the grody flask?

*blasphemy!*

Dean: It’s Bobby’s.

Garth flashes to the EMF going off back at the motel when Dean set the flask down. He asks Dean if he thinks there’s a possibility that Bobby’s riding his wave, but Dean shakes his head once, pulling in on himself a bit. He says they gave him a hunter’s wake and Garth protests that that doesn’t necessarily mean anything (which Dean should know based on other hunts) and cites examples, but Dean cuts him off.

Dean: We’re not talking about this during work.

He looked torn between hopeful and irritated. Just then, his phone rings and it’s Sam telling him that they need to head back to the brewery to look at that box in Jim’s office. Once there, Garth waits in the car while the boys break in. They get into the office, open the box and pull out the bottle of sake, seeing that the seal has been broken and it’s not full.

Glancing around, Dean sees a security camera and grins.

Dean: God, I love paranoid people.

He gestures to the computer, prompting Sam to hack in and find the security feed/tapes, which of course Sam can do because Sam has mad computer hacking skillz. *arches eyebrow* He finds the video of them, now, and both wave at the camera. Hee. That was cute.

They rewind the feed to four days ago, where they see Trevor break into the office and snag a bottle of whiskey, but nothing else happening. Nothing that they can see, Dean realizes, and starts to search the cabinets behind him. He gets a bottle of whiskey and a tumbler out and sets them in front of Sam – which prompted me to guess he’d shared what he and Garth had come up with about the monster only being visible when you’re drunk, because Sam didn’t question it.

Sam: Can you even get drunk anymore? Kind of like drinking a vitamin for you, right?

Dean: Shaddup.

He’s still trying to find something to drink as Sam’s downing a glass of whiskey. He finds some clear liquor in a circular bottle – no clue there, never saw the label, any guesses? Gin, maybe? – and sniffs at it, taking a sip, recoiling with a, “Holy….” Whatever it is, he decides it’ll do the trick and comes over to Sam with a tumbler of his own, clinking Sam’s glass. Bottom’s up!

I had to pause the next few moments a couple of times because I was laughing. Dean drinking, knees bent to cushion the impact of the liquor on his system, gasping for breath and looking as if he could breathe fire as he finished the glass was hilarious. After a few glasses, they were pretty plastered, though they weren’t quite slurring. Yet.

Dean’s now sitting next to Sam and gestures for his brother to rewind the tape again. They watch Trevor steal the bottle of booze and see the Creepy Girl show up, then fade out and follow him from the room.

Sam (blinking with surprise): He must’ve let the…thing out of the box…and it followed him to the place with all the…thingies.

Interestingly enough, I followed that perfectly. *glances at bottle of Newcastle* Also? He sounds like me when I’m tired and literally can’t think of simple words like…chair.

Dean (eyes wide and slightly innocent looking): Yes. YES. That’s smart.

*BWAH!*

He slouches back and looks at his empty glass.

Dean (sounding slightly surprised): I’m actually kinda drunk. (Holds up circle bottle) What is this? Me likee. (Pours more) I miss these talks.

Aww. I liked that. Drunk talks with his brother. I know what you mean, Dean. Just as Dean takes another drink, Randy bursts into the office all, “What the hell?!” Dean spits the liquor back into his glass and I had to pause again so that I could blink away my laughter-tears. The look of oh, we’re so busted on his face was priceless.

Dean (to Sam): Oh, man. Turn it off turn it off turn it off.

*laughing*

Randy starts to call the cops and the boys try to stop him, reassure him, but they can’t get their words in the right order. Just then, ZAP! Garth saves the day with a taser and stuns Randy before he can say anything to the 911 operator. Yeah, that was a bit awesome. The whole scene. *is still grinning*

The boys take the box to what looks like the back of a sushi restaurant and manage to get one of the chefs to read the writing for them. They are both standing very still – the kind of still that says they’re working to not sway with the rotation of the earth – holding coffee as if it’s a lifeline, staring at the sushi chef. He’s reading the words in Japanese, then translates them to, “What you took will be taken from you…like eye for an eye….”

He glances up at them, frowning. “You with me?”

They nod in unison, but don’t speak. Looking doubtful, the chef continues to read, then suddenly shoves the box back into Sam’s arms asking where they got it from. They’re all why, what’s it say and he tells them that it talks about a Shojo – a Japanese alcohol spirit, not known for its friendliness.

Back at the hotel, Garth’s doing Tai Chi. Sorta. What I loved about this scene was that Dean saw Garth right away and stopped dead in his tracks. Sam came in and put the box down, then saw Dean, staring at him questioningly a moment before following his eye line and doing a double take at Garth. Hee.

They ask him where Randy is and Garth motions toward the hot tub. Which is good because when the boys were at the sushi restaurant I was all, whoa, wait, did they just leave that dude there? He’s going to come look for them! But…they covered their bases this time. Good writers.

Garth: He’s heavier than he looks, FYI.

Dean: You’ve got the CEO of the douchiest microbrewery in the world bound and gagged in your hot tub. Really think that’s going to end well?

Aside – Microsoft Word does not recognize the word ‘douchiest.’ Just so you know.

Also aside – the boys sobered up rather fast. Dean doesn’t surprise me, but I was impressed by Sam.

So, while Dean refills his flask, Sam looks up Shojo – Japanese booze monster, according to Dean – and finds out that one can harness the will of it so that you basically have a spiritual attack dog. Since Jim and Randy had taken the business away from Dale (his “baby”), Dale decided to take their family away from them. Nasty. Luckily it’s also killable, this Shojo. You just need a Samurai sword that has been consecrated by a Shinto blessing. No big deal. *laughs*

They figure the Shojo (the spirit formerly known as Creepy Girl) would be going after Marie – last kid standing from the McMann clan. While they’re plotting and planning, Garth “drops” Dean’s EMF and it turns on, lighting up. He says he’s sorry, “Unless I have nothing to be sorry for…?”

Dean’s all shut it, but Sam wants to know what’s going on. So, Garth tells him that he thinks Bobby’s haunting them. Sam reluctantly reveals that he tried the talking board after the beer disappeared – without Dean, a fact that Dean Does Not Like – and got nothing. The flinch around Dean’s eyes had my heart hitch a bit. It was like someone casually mentioning the name of a lost loved one in conversation, not realizing they were gone.

So, see? We weren’t seeing things, we observant fans. We knew something was going on!  Even if the talking board didn’t talk back.

Dean tells Sam they’ll talk about all of that later, his eyes holding onto that wounded look. They head out, Dean going after the Samurai sword, Sam babysitting Marie. Randy wakes up and Garth heads over to the hot tub, pulling the sheet off of him. He channels his inner Columbo and through some deductive reasoning and google-fu reveals that he knows Randy actually does have a kid.

He calls Randy on giving the slacker janitor at the beginning three tries when typically he’s the axe man – the one to fire ‘em. Garth found out that the kid – Lee, I think – is the son of the woman who’d been Randy’s secretary way back when, only Randy was still married. Randy doesn’t deny it and says that things didn’t end well with Lee’s mom and she told him never to tell Lee the truth.

Garth is all it doesn’t matter if anyone else knows, that thing knows he’s your kid and is going after him! He tosses the handcuff keys to Randy, grabs all the mini-liquor bottles in the kitchenette and heads out of there. I will admit, for a brief moment there, I had a bad feeling about Garth’s fate. I don’t trust our show when it comes to killing off people I like – even if they did have to grow on me. I’m still crossing my fingers that Sheriff Mills makes it out of it all alive.

Meanwhile, Lee is working the graveyard shift at the brewery (a fact Garth knew after overhearing the dressing-down the kid got at the beginning). He’s spraying the windows with cleaner and as he squeegies them clean, we see the Shojo standing on the other side of the window.

At first I was like, wait, what? He’s cleaning while drunk? Then I realized that he couldn’t see her – only we could see her. Maybe we were drunk. I swear, I only had one beer…. *shifty eyes*

Dean has a Samurai sword (which still had the tags on it) and a bottle of water and takes both to the sushi chef so that he can consecrate it (under a flowing spring…hence the bottle of water *smirk*). When he’s done, Dean heads to his car and gets a call from Garth.

Garth: Baxter had a secret love child!

Dean: Slow down….

Garth: I’m trying to save lives here!

Dean: Are you drunk?

Garth is trying to pick the lock at the brewery while holding the phone and that…just doesn’t work well. He drops the phone and Dean’s on the other end all, Helllooo? He guesses that Garth dropped the phone and sighs, waiting patiently for Garth to get himself collected.

Garth: Sorry sorry sorry….

He gets into the brewery and his vision is all bleary and he sees Lee working with the Shojo behind him and whispers into the phone (in a total, non-quiet, stage whisper), “Dean! It’s here!”

He hangs up, rushing over to Lee (who has earbuds in while he works, so he’s heard none of Garth’s break-in noise), and grabs his arm, scaring the crap out of the guy.

Garth: Come with me if you want to live!

*love it!* That’s one of my favorite hero-lines ever! *grins*

Meanwhile, Sam’s at a bar, drinking, and keeping an eye on Marie – who’s sitting with a bunch of friends and laughing as if three of her family haven’t been recently eviscerated, which is odd but not worth dwelling on. Dean calls him.

Dean: You good to drive?

Sam: Uhh….

Dean: Get a ride. It’s at the brewery.There’s another kid.

Sam pauses, looks at Marie, confused.

Dean: Don’t think. Move.

Okay, I loved that line a little bit.

Sam drunk-runs out of the bar and snags a cab from an older couple citing National Security and flashing his FBI badge (luckily right side up). He gets into the cab and sees that the Oldest Cab Driver In The World is behind the wheel.

Back at the brewery, Garth is having trouble getting Lee to follow him – mainly because he’s rip-roaring drunk. So, he cuts to the chase and lays it out for the guy. Lee doesn’t believe him until the Shojo shows up and throws Garth through a huge glass window and into a pile of…grain bags? I think. Ouch.

That convinces Lee and he takes off, but he can’t see what he’s running from. The Shojo boxes him in (and does that creepy, invisible claws along the wall thing). As Lee is trying to figure out another escape, Sam bursts into the room looking a bit frazzled. He yells at Lee, asking where Garth is and Lee tells him he got knocked out. Sam sees the Shojo and shoves Lee behind him.

Lee: You can see it? Are you –

Sam: Yeah. I’m skunked.

Ha! You wear it well, son.

Sam sees the fire exit and whispers to Lee that they’re going to head that direc—whoops, wait, that won’t work since the Shojo just slammed the door shut. The Shojo appears in front of Sam, picks him up and throws him against the wall where he slumps, unconscious. Just then Dean shows up, grabbing Lee on the shoulder and scaring him half to death.

He moves Lee out of the way and waves the sword in the air – obviously not drunk. He can’t see what he’s aiming for. The Shojo hits him and sends him sprawling across the floor, knocking the sword out of his hands. Dean looks wildly back over his shoulder at Sam’s unconscious form, a line of worry bisecting his brow. He looks back at the sword…and just then, the weapon Obi-Wan’s itself right into his grip.

He struggles to his feet and Sam comes to, sitting up, groggy.

Dean: Where is it?!

Sam: Sw-swing right!

Dean swings.

Sam: My right!

Dean swings, trying to move around Lee.

Sam: 3 o’clock, Dean!

Dean swings.

Sam: 6 o’clock!

Dean turns, facing Lee. Lee ducks, and Dean shoves the sword forward, catching the Shojo mid-chest. For a moment all they see is the sword balanced in mid-air and then the Shojo appears briefly before falling back and shattering into nothing. Whew! And YAY! Dean killed the baddie!! *does mini dance*

Dean checks on Sam, then tells them to go find Garth before bending down and picking up the sword – and it cracks me up that the thing still has the price tag hanging from it. Nice touch, that. Sam and Lee run to the front just as Garth sits up in the middle of the rubble all, What’d I miss?

Dean, though, can’t quite leave the scene of the battle. He’s looking around the empty room, his eyes heavy with grief he won’t let himself feel, face tight with an unspoken need and a myriad of questions.

Dean (looking at the sword): This thing moved…. (Looks up, around, eyes pleading) Bobby? Are you here? (Pauses, waiting, whole body practically shimmering with hope) C’mon, do something.

When nothing happens, pain flashes across his face so potent it looks almost physical, but so quickly it’s obviously not. *rubs heart* As his shoulders sag a bit, the camera widens and we can see Sam peering around the corner, his expression sad as it's obvious he's heard his brother.

Back at the motel, the boys are standing outside with Garth. A Merc Mobile (I kid you not, it was Wayne and Garth’s car…pretty much) is parked next to Garth’s El Camino. I kinda wanted to hear shades of “Bohemian Rhapsody” playing in the background.

Garth gives Dean a hug goodbye and tells him to call anytime. Dean’s all, heh, shucks, okay that’s enough. Sam sticks out his hand, but Garth makes him bring it in for the real thing. He heads around to the driver’s side calling out, “Sayonara Kimosabes!”  He notices the Merc Mobile and grins. “Nice ride!”

As he pulls away, Sam admits, “You’re right. He’s growing on me.”

They head back into the motel room to pack up, and this was another of those wide camera shots that had me watching the whole screen at the same time. Sam confronts Dean almost immediately.

Sam: Let’s talk about it.

Dean: About wha—oh, the talking board? Nevermind, I get why—

Sam: Not the board. I heard you. What happened in the brewery? I know something did…be straight with me.

Dean starts to resist, knowing that Sam’s going to dismiss it and not wanting it dismissed, but he eventually gives in. He talks fast, his voice anxious, as if he has to get it all out before it evaporates inside of him. He says rapidly how he was down on the ground and the sword moved into his hand, his beer drank itself, the paper just landed on the bed, and the book fell with Mackey’s card coming out of it.

Dean (sarcastic): Sure. It’s nothing. (turns, paces) I mean, is Bobby here or not?!

Sam says he thinks regular people see things all the time – faces in crowds type thing – of people they love, too. Because they miss them. He says that when the beer disappeared, he went a little nuts about it.

Dean: Why didn’t you tell me?

Sam repeats that he was a little nuts at the time, which Dean accepts, but you can see it hurts a little that Sam thought there just might be a possibility – enough to explore the option with the talking board – but outwardly dismissed the idea to Dean. Especially because Dean so obviously needs to believe – needs it to be true. Needs something to believe in.

Dean: If it wasn’t Bobby, what Jedi’d that sword across the room?

Sam says it was probably the Shojo reaching for it since it had shut the door from across the room. After a moment of internal struggle, Dean looks as if he decides to buy that – though, to me, that sounds like the kind of logic those of us who don’t see ghosts every day attribute to the happenings of ghosts to help us make sense of it. Just…saying.

Dean (working his expression into one of acceptance): If it was Bobby, he’d let us know. Who knows more about being a ghost than Bobby? Instant Swayze, right?

Sam: Exactly.

It sounds like they’re trying to convince each other…but of what, exactly? I’m not sure I know what each of them hope for at this moment.

Dean (turning away and stuffing the rest of his things in his duffel): Okay, so your theory is that we’re regular people for once.

He nods as if working that over in his mind, trying to get a grip on it, find traction in the concept. Sam nods and Dean takes a breath, forcing his voice into the casual, I’m always all right tone that gets him through so much. He asks Sam if he wants brunch and brews and Sam groans, saying he’s so hung over he just wants to get on the road.

They walk out of the room and the wide angle of the camera had me scanning the room because I was convinced they’d forgotten something, so I was looking at the couch and the table and the bar as the camera pulled back a bit and—

OH. MY. GOD.

I literally said that out loud – very loud – and put my hands in my hair.

Bobby. Was. Standing. There.

For the briefest of moments I thought that they were going to leave it as us looking at his back (so that it could have been a stand-in), but they tracked around to his front and it was Bobby. I had goose bumps. Lots of them.

I did NOT see that coming. At all. And it was perfectly, perfectly done.

In the Merc Mobile, Dean pauses, telling Sam to hang on, and he heads back inside. He opens the door and Bobby’s face lights up. Dean looks across the room and for a moment it looks like he actually sees his old friend. His eyes soften and he half smiles, saying, very softly, “There you are.”

He crosses the room, picks up the flask, and puts it in his pocket. As he's walking away, Bobby hollers, “I’m right here, ya idjit!”

Dean pauses at the door, looking back as if something caused the hairs on the back of his neck to rise, but then he shrugs it off and heads out. Bobby snarls, “BALLS!” before flashing out of sight as the boys drive away.

Seriously, that just…caught me TOTALLY by surprise. I suspected from the start that each of those mysterious moments of help was Bobby’s spirit but I never expected them to not only confirm that so soon but also SHOW HIM! Seeing Jim Beaver was a thrilling shock and I’m so excited to see how they play this out.

The thing that made me anxious was how frustrated Bobby sounded when he couldn’t get Dean to see him, to know he was there. My only hope is that he heard how badly Dean wanted to believe, how he said he needed a ‘sign’ something to prove in the moment that Bobby was there. Not only that, the fact that Sam looked for him -- used the talking board to find him -- has to show Bobby that they want it, they're just afraid to trust in the possibility. Faith is one of the hardest things to have -- no matter what it's in.

To me, it’s obvious that Bobby’s tied to the flask. That’s why the talking board didn’t work – Sam did it away from Dean, so the flask wasn’t nearby. It almost makes me want to go back through each of those moments and see where the flask was – ala The Sixth Sense reveal. *laugh*

I said all along that the only reason this could go south for me is if the boys had to “vanquish” Bobby because he’d turned into an angry spirit. There are ways for them to help him move on, if they are able to see him...see that he’s been there the whole time, helping them, watching them, hurting with and for them. I hope that whatever the writers have planned takes care of this beloved character and our boys…and if they do it right? Could offer the straw moment Dean needs to breathe again.

Because for a long time now, Dean has had this sense of not being able to take a deep breath about him – the world is too heavy, the weight to costly to release. And during this episode, when he stood in that empty hall at the brewery and asked Bobby to give him something, that burden was almost visible in the curve of his shoulders, the tightness of his face.

Interestingly, though, that moment he opened the door and saw the flask? For that brief moment, he looked as if a fraction of that weight lifted – which was why I thought he was actually seeing Bobby. *rubs heart with a lump in throat* Man, he gets to me.

The next episode isn’t until April 20th so we have a couple weeks to wait – but that makes sense for the pacing of a finale in May after we know if they’re coming back. Still, it’s going to be hard to wait after seeing those previews. All I’ll say is: haunted house! Squee! *grins*

Thanks for reading – I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Slainte!



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iontas
Mar. 31st, 2012 07:24 am (UTC)
Awesome ramble. I was surprised at Bobby's being there too! It was so awesome. And I thought Dean saw him for a moment. I hope that they figure out some way to bring Bobby back for real. I don't know if it possible, but on this show you can't rule anything out. I loved the episode, loved Garth, and loved how Sam and Dean got along. They still have a ways to go, but they are getting their rhythm back. I didn't understand the daughter. She never seemed phased by the loss of her brothers and whomever that woman was. That was weird. Other than that, great episode. But why do we have another wait on our hands? I feel like we keep taking breaks!
gaelicspirit
Apr. 1st, 2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
Hey there -- thanks so much for reading! I really appreciate your time.

I hope that they figure out some way to bring Bobby back for real.

Y'know, I actually don't want him to come back for real -- meaning, I don't want them to bring him back to life. I like that they gave him a hero's death and actually killed him off. To me, having him come back as a ghost hasn't negated that -- but returning him to life would.

They set it up and gave Bobby that choice and now we get to see the consequences of his choice play out. That I find intriguing. As well as the chance it gives Dean to work through what he's dealing with.

I didn't understand the daughter.

I know! That was so bizarre. Someone else said that it felt like she'd been drinking too much of her own product! LOL!

So...a break. I'm going to put it to good use and get some writing done. :) Hope very much to see you after the episode on the 20th.
heartlessbytchh
Mar. 31st, 2012 07:26 am (UTC)
Woo Hoo! Yay! i think I'm the first one to comment. Go, GS, go!
(I must admit that some "Hunter's Helper" is involved.)
lol
Anny way.I love this epi. Our 'boys' were awesome.And Garth was his usual 'sweet lovable self. Sorry, I like the actor dude.
heartlessbytchh
Mar. 31st, 2012 07:33 am (UTC)
I'm in the process of rewatching, (why let a good thing go to waste, right? lol) and I think I've been "Garthed" by Show. Anyone else with me on this?
lol
Sorry G, it HAD to be asked.
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suprnatrlkiwi
Mar. 31st, 2012 07:31 am (UTC)
I'm sooo sorry I haven't commented on your last 2 rambles, gaelic. Just plain laziness on my part. *hangs head in shame*

I really don't have much to say about this one except:

"I did NOT see that coming. At all. And it was perfectly, perfectly done."

I didn't see it coming either and yes, it was perfectly done. Those sneaky buggers managed to fool us all and I love them for it!
gaelicspirit
Apr. 1st, 2012 03:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, hey, no worries. I am just glad to see you when you are able to come by -- no shame.

Those sneaky buggers managed to fool us all and I love them for it!

THIS! :)

Hopefully see you after the April 20th episode.
impala1967
Mar. 31st, 2012 07:52 am (UTC)
I am *squeeing* seeing Bobby there .... but we have to wait nearly 4 weeks til the boys do .... if I'm seeing the previews right. But such a break is expected, we had to wait for Cas so why not Bobby.

I know I have been bitching about running out of time in dealing with the levi's but I really enjoyed this MotW episode. I really hope if next season happens we get a lot more instead of a major plot.

And I have to say it was a shock to see Bobby standing there but not a shock as well, as the camera pulled back I just knew that Bobby would be there (yeah I'm one of those people who are trying to figure out the murderer 20 mins into the movie).

Jensen did an awesome job again giving us all that dean heartache over Bobby, and him hoping that it was Bobby. Next time maybe we put to bed the drinking and Bobbys spirit. I can just imagine ghost!Bobby ripping Dean a new one over the drinking =)

Well catch you in a month .... enjoy your time with Terry.
gaelicspirit
Apr. 1st, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
Well, as much as I hate waiting to see what happens next, this break gives me the opportunity I need to get some writing done. WHEW! :)

I know I have been bitching about running out of time in dealing with the levi's but I really enjoyed this MotW episode. I really hope if next season happens we get a lot more instead of a major plot.

Well, me too and ME TOO and also, me too! :)

Next time maybe we put to bed the drinking and Bobbys spirit.

Agreed! I was delighted with the surprise of seeing Bobby and the confirmation that the mysterious happenings were, indeed, his spirit -- and I was thrilled that we got an answer to the question the Reaper asked him. But, I do not want them to bring Bobby back to life.

What's dead should stay dead, but that doesn't mean we couldn't have a great story about someone's spirit! :)

Thanks so much for reading and taking time to comment -- I love hearing from you! I look forward to your thoughts after the April 20th episode. :)
cathy1967
Mar. 31st, 2012 08:44 am (UTC)
Thank you once more for your always awesome ramble.

I just finished watching and I must admit, I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes. I miss Bobby. I miss him bad. I want for them to find a way to bring him the hell back. I know it's not gonna happen, but still. :) Loved seeing Jim again. That was both a cool and tear-jerking moment.

Maybe, in order for Bobby to move on, the boys have to get to a place where they don't need him any more. Or Dean at least. But I don't want him to move on. I think Dean feels the same. He wants Bobby there, alive and kicking.

*sniff* I'll go for a walk with my dog now before I have a meltdown. *sniff*
gaelicspirit
Apr. 1st, 2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the compliment to the ramble. That means a lot to me. :)

I loved seeing Jim again, too, and I was totally delighted by the surprise of actually seeing Bobby and the confirmation that the mysterious happenings were, indeed, his spirit -- and I was thrilled that we got an answer to the question the Reaper asked him. But, I do not want them to bring Bobby back to life.

What's dead should stay dead, but that doesn't mean we couldn't have a great story about someone's spirit!

I think if they were to actually bring him back it would negate all he went through before. But having him as a spirit offers the boys a chance to say goodbye and find some closure -- especially Dean.

*pets your pup*

Thank you for always coming by and sharing your thoughts. I look forward to seeing you after the April 20th episode. Or...y'know, earlier.
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borgmama1of5
Mar. 31st, 2012 09:53 am (UTC)
-Had same thought as you when they showed Bobby's back, that it was a stand-in, so was happily stunned when we saw his face (did you see Jim Beaver's tweet about putting one over on us fans? http://all-spn.livejournal.com/1785408.html?style=mine#cutid1 That was one elaborate ruse they worked on us fans--love them for the effort to do that!)

-I expected to be annoyed by Garth, but you know what? He is socially awkward and looks clueless and yet he managed to be the one who gets the crucial info out of witnesses and puts clues together and questions Dean about Bobby while ignoring the 'drop it' Dean glare of death...someone has got to write a backstory about how Garth got into hunting!

-I add to other times Bobby's ghost helped them: in 'Repo Man' when the demon popped into the body of the hostage and was going after Sam and the Wiccan lady, and he was caught in a devil's trap that was on the ceiling...I know I mentioned at the time that was weird, Sam couldn't have drawn it--now I am putting that firmly in the 'Bobby's help' column. And then in 'Slice Girls' Dean left the flask at Lydia's, and going to retrieve it clued him in to something strange with her. I am going to say Bobby mojoed the flask to stay as a way to open Dean's eyes to the danger.

I re-watched 'Born-Again' Thursday night and while I loved the emotional pitch of the episode, I was really bugged by the logic holes big enough to drive a truck through (lots of dead bodies around the hospital including the orderly who was electro-shicking Sam, and Sam just gets released? The doc has no concerns so he can spend the next day doing interviews for help? They just let Cas stay in Sam's place and no one questions it? Merrin can wander around the 'locked ward,' no doors are shut between psychotic patients? Sam's door was locked when the doctor first took Dean to see him but after that it was just wide open? There's more but this isn't the Ramble on that episode...) to the point that I felt bad that the viewers were treated so shabbily by the writers. And then tonight they covered all the 'how come' connections effortlessly and made it a joy to watch.

-And BOBBY!

gaelicspirit
Apr. 1st, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
I love that you shared that tweet with me! I don't know that I would have seen it otherwise. I 'follow' Jim on Twitter but I often skim over my whole feed when I get busy. I registered that he was doing a new "Abominable Snowman" movie...which was apparently all a big ruse and I LOVE that they were able to keep it from everyone. :) What a delight!

Yeah, Garth grew on me as well. ;)

I didn't think about Bobby painting the DT on the ceiling. :) That's an interesting call-out especially as there never seemed to be enough time for them to have painted that.

Yeah, there are some episodes where it's not really even worth worrying about the plot holes because it would outweigh the things I really enjoy about the episodes. So, I make a conscious decision to only call out the things I simply can't HELP but call out and hand wave the rest.

I mean, even in this one there was the weirdness about the family that lost three members and the one daughter is at the bar talking and laughing? But ultimately, there is always something to enjoy and sometimes -- like this time -- the enjoyment is so much that I'm left feeling completely entertained and don't care about the rest.

As for Bobby, I'll copy what I wrote above. I was delighted with the surprise of seeing Bobby and the confirmation that the mysterious happenings were, indeed, his spirit -- and I was thrilled that we got an answer to the question the Reaper asked him. But, I do not want them to bring Bobby back to life.

What's dead should stay dead, but that doesn't mean we couldn't have a great story about someone's spirit!

Thanks SO much for reading and taking time to comment. I look forward to seeing you after April 20th. :)
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taylorariel
Mar. 31st, 2012 01:57 pm (UTC)
Have a 2-year-old yanking at my elbow so this will be quick!

BOBBY IS BACK!!!!!!

Watched this episode again this morning just to make sure I did not dream it.

You did an excellent job of reviewing this episode. I am glad because I don't care for Garth and alot of this went over my head the first time I saw it.

Just a few quick comments:

Shojo was scary;
Garth was annoying;
Did not like the way Sam talked to Dean about the oujia board; got that "you-can't-handle-the-truth-you're-too-weak" crap again;
the brewery family handled the sudden, violent death of three members of their family like it was an everyday event. I guess they drink too much of their product;
Dean got to (finally) kill a monster;
My husband knew it was the flask Dean went back in the motel room for;
Bobby's BACK!!!!!

Whatever else I was going to say about this so-so episode is totally erased by the fact that" BOBBY'S BACK!!!

The producers had said earlier in the season that they weren't able to get Jim Beaver back because of shooting schedules; they lied and I am very, very happy about that!
Like you, I thought it first was a stunt double but, nope, It was Jim being Bobby :) Made me so, so happy.

And then I saw we had to wait until April 20th for the next episode and I almost exploded...but then I saw Bobby and heard him say: "You can see me?" and I shouted out with joy :)

I LOVE Bobby and I really have missed him. Perhaps Cas can somehow bring him back for good? I can hope.

One other comment: You got to watch this with thruterryseyes....I LOVE her! So glad you two talented people share a friendship as well as a love for Dean :)

Oh and one more small thing: I LOVED when DrunkDean said "Me likee." Perhaps you can put that line into one of your stories sometime :)

Got to go...2-year-old is not happy!!
Best to you and yours always,
MD
gaelicspirit
Apr. 1st, 2012 03:54 pm (UTC)
I think this was an extremely eloquent and effective comment despite the two-year-old! :) I wrote several of my early fics with Mo Chuisle in the bouncy seat on the table next to me, or crawling around my feet. I totally sympathize. :)

As for Bobby being back, I'll just cheat a bit and paste what I wrote above: I was delighted with the surprise of seeing Bobby and the confirmation that the mysterious happenings were, indeed, his spirit -- and I was thrilled that we got an answer to the question the Reaper asked him. But, I do not want them to bring Bobby back to life.

What's dead should stay dead, but that doesn't mean we couldn't have a great story about someone's spirit!

I think that they gave Bobby a hero's death and I am okay that he's gone...BUT! It felt SO GREAT to see Jim as Bobby. I missed him!! And I think this offers Dean the perfect way to find closure.

Oh, Show. What would we do without you... Wait, don't answer that.

I actually have plans for a Drunk!Dean scene in a story, but I never considered the "Me likee" line... *ponders*

Thank you for taking time to write and share your thoughts! I look forward to seeing you soon!
thruterryseyes
Mar. 31st, 2012 03:21 pm (UTC)
to those of you who have never sat thru SN with gaelic. You gotta see it to believe it.

Laughs

thinks about it

laughs louder with great fondness.
gaelicspirit
Mar. 31st, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
What?! ;) I just really get into things I love. *laughs*
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percysowner
Mar. 31st, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty certain the blond woman was Jim's daughter. They made a big deal about the foreman having an unacknowledged son so I got the idea that the Shojo was going after the children. Plus, I think she said "Sit, Dad" to Jim when he came in. I'm guessing the little girl was her daughter, but it wasn't totally clear, although again, they were worried about protecting Jim's last daughter, so if Tessa was his daughter, I think they would have had a watch on her.
gaelicspirit
Apr. 1st, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
It's really the only thing logical in retrospect -- especially after they deduced that the Shojo was going after the kids. But it was rather not clear in the episode itself...

Thanks for reading and taking a moment to comment! :)
jesters_tear82
Mar. 31st, 2012 06:23 pm (UTC)
Sing it with me: Happy Happy Joy Joy :)

I accidently chose this icon last week (thought it had Cas in in too) but it was a premonition! I WAS NOT expecting the wonderful surprise we got & it made me jump out of my seat screaming Bobby!!! This is why I love show. I'm still Super-excited from watching - hence all the exclamation marks ;)

Gotta hand it to Adam Glass to wrote this one, ep was both funny & emotional when called for. The Shojo did look a lot like that ring girl & I could see the resemblance to your Ikiryoh as well (I love that story!).. The one thing that bothered me was how careless was the victims' family, the only one who was broken was the brother who later died too, the 2 sisters were all smiles & when Marie was having such a good time at the pub I was like "Hello! Didn't you just lose 3 siblings!?" So that was the only plot hole for me.

Our favorite brothers were awesome! I saw their concern for each other in every move, even Sam hiding checking on Bobby & not telling Dean - seems to me he was sheltering Dean from more hurt in case it wasn't true. Not necessarily saying it was the right move but he was falling apart & didn't want to give Dean false hope :( With Dean I adored his "Me likey" ;) so cute! Then saying he missed these little talks.. *everyone go Ohhhhh ;)* Did you not LOVE how Sam directed him when killing the Shojo? & Dean got to shine when looking at Sam unconcious on the floor, like a power surge made of "you DO NOT mess with my little brother!!" then FINALY kicking some evil ass!! *loves him*

OMG Bobby!! He wants to show himself but can't! Yes I agree with you on the flask theory, & Dean must feel it in an subconciously too (in addition to having an emotional attachment to the item) because he keeps coming back for that flask (& keeps drinking from it..)
I feel like Dean's straw moment is VERY close, you know? A reunion with Bobby might be the push he needs to let down his guard completely.

One last thing: Episode name is "Party on Garth" & gotta admit - he grew on me too. Glad he's still out there, but Bobby in the end? totally stole his limelight :)

Thank you for another ramble, Gaelic dearest, Slainte!
*clinks virtual glasses with you*
jesters_tear82
Mar. 31st, 2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
p.s. M&S "After The Storm" = heart break perfection.
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jennygeee
Mar. 31st, 2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
First off, have to say I didn’t realise that you had Newcastle Brown Ale in the US :D

Really loved this episode and thank you for your review, again you mention many things that I didn’t notice first time round.

”Dean (to Sam): Oh, man. Turn it off turn it off turn it off”, You know, that was so subtle that I didn’t even notice the ‘turn it off turn it off’ until you mentioned it. That whole scene was wonderful wasn’t it! Jensen is just awesome at drunk or high Dean :D

”Meanwhile, Sam’s at a bar, drinking, and keeping an eye on Marie – who’s sitting with a bunch of friends and laughing as if three of her family haven’t been recently eviscerated, which is odd” – I thought the exact same thing!

”Dean, though, can’t quite leave the scene of the battle. He’s looking around the empty room, his eyes heavy with grief he won’t let himself feel, face tight with an unspoken need and a myriad of questions”. And notice he does that lovely slow head tilt turn of his that’s as sexy as hell!

What a wonderful surprise to see Bobby and Jim’s name wasn’t in the opening credits!! And Jim kept this secret from us didn’t he? :D

Now he wait :( I, for one, will be relieved when season 8 gets announced – wish they’d hurry up!!




Edited at 2012-03-31 10:38 pm (UTC)
gaelicspirit
Apr. 1st, 2012 04:15 pm (UTC)
I didn’t realise that you had Newcastle Brown Ale in the US

Yep. My US beer-drinking friends (most of them drink wine, but there are a few) think I'm a bit of a beer snob because I drink 'imports' and not the domestic stuff. But, honestly, I can't stand Budweiser or the like. Makes me shudder.

That whole scene was wonderful wasn’t it! Jensen is just awesome at drunk or high Dean

I loved it! When Dean goes, "Yes. YES! That's smart," trying to speak as clearly as he can, I was dying.

And notice he does that lovely slow head tilt turn of his that’s as sexy as hell!

Preach it. *toe curl*

I didn't even realize they'd kept his name out of the opening credits until afterwards. So awesome.

I'm also anxious to know if we get a S8...just knowing will help me handle whatever they throw at us for the finale.

PS
Don't think I didn't notice that Garth said your name -- "Jenny G, you've been 'Garthed'."

LOL!
looselyspeaking
Mar. 31st, 2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
I'm having to be brief and double whammy two eppys. First off I cannot tell you how far my jaw dropped when Cas appeared on that porch!! Joy, delight and then omg realisation that he doesn't know who he is. And then, a tad gutted, that he had to give it up for Sammy to be made whole again - a double edged sword. I'm hoping beyond hope that the writers find a way to bring him back. I miss his deliciously warped angel sense of humour! I thought that it was all played so brilliantly Cas is like putting on a favourite snuggling jumper; and Meg back again, loved how she played the situation. She's such a selfish, conniving little tool.

Then onto this week. I was totally in sync with your OMG when Bobby was standing in the room. I knew (okay hoped) all those previous bits were him helping out, but I didn't think they'd actually show him, even though it was the deepest want in my heart. Dean coming into that room, and those words, my heart literally stopped and then plummeted about fifteen floors when he walked over, ignored Bobby and picked up the flask. Breaking heart indeed.

I don't want closure on this, I want Bobby as a spiritual (but seen) side kick. Am I being impossibly greedy?

Oh dear, such a long wait for the next one.

Thanks for the two reviews.

Jane :)
gaelicspirit
Apr. 1st, 2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
A twofer! :)

Joy, delight and then omg realisation that he doesn't know who he is. And then, a tad gutted, that he had to give it up for Sammy to be made whole again - a double edged sword.

Totally agree. Though, as long as the writers 'fix' him and make him okay again, I'm okay with them sending him on his way. He doesn't need to be "here" to be here, y'know?

Dean coming into that room, and those words, my heart literally stopped and then plummeted about fifteen floors when he walked over, ignored Bobby and picked up the flask. Breaking heart indeed.

I know!!

I kinda do want closure -- at least for Dean. I mean, I appreciated the hero's death they gave Bobby. And now we know his answer to the Reaper -- this gives everyone the chance to say goodbye they didn't have before. And -- if done right -- it could give Dean his 'straw moment.'

Thank you for reading the two reviews! :) I adore you for making the effort and commenting on both.

Talk soon!
keywester
Apr. 1st, 2012 12:08 am (UTC)
hey gaelic-it's meggin
I can’t agree more that this episode was jam packed with all kinds of good “thinky thoughts” to mull over.

I have to admit I’m a sucker for visual gags and seeing Dean’s incredulous look as he watched Garth use a sock puppet to “interview” the little girl was classic. “He can barely keep himself from grabbing Mr. Fizzles and losing it in the drier.”- hehe.

About this time I began to muse on who the monster really was. And this was IMO another case where we humans were once again being compared to the leviathans and in this instance were depicted as being not much better. I mean the Shojo was the MOTW but Dale actually set that deadly spirit on his niece and nephews to kill them! Which was a pretty dick move. It reminded me of the conversation LeviSam had had with LeviDean about how LeviSam’s brother had been so annoying that he ate him! And that was considered quite reasonable behavior between Leviathans. Family killing family. So who was the real monster anyway? Dales wife was suing her in-laws and the niece explained to Dean that her aunt was grieving and this was America after all so that was considered quite reasonable behavior under the circumstances. And I pictured in my head lawyers as sharks having a feeding frenzy. All about your standard business practices I guess...

But all that aside the main event was Bobby’s spirit, that overshadowed everything. Poor boys they both want to believe but they don’t want to drop their guard down without irrefutable proof.
“Dean (working his expression into one of acceptance): If it was Bobby, he’d let us know. Who knows more about being a ghost than Bobby? Instant Swayze, right?
Sam: Exactly.”
I too didn’t expect it to be Jim Beaver either, I figured they’d opt for a stunt double, go for the back shot and have us guessing until they came back from the hiatus. BUT...
“Bobby. Was. Standing. There.”

HEeeeeeee! I started tearing up right then (LOL) Those two...Jensen and Jim are both masters of the subtle expression. “He opens the door and Bobby’s face lights up.” And we see Dean’s body language relax in recognition of finding a thing once lost, now found, and then Dean says, “There you are.” And I knew right then Dean was only talking of the flask and my smile faltered. No.no.no. And at the same time Bobby realizes it too. GUH!

I full out cried when Bobby said, “I’m right here idjit!” and “Balls!” I missed the sound of his voice and the sight of him in the same camera frame as Dean. ( getting furklempt again as I write)

“Dean pauses at the door, looking back as if something caused the hairs on the back of his neck to rise, but then he shrugs it off and heads out.” Good you saw that, I was afraid it was just hope on my part that Dean had paused in a conscious way at all. I too believe Dean is the key. He was always Bobby’s favorite. ( God, I chuckle every time I review that scene of Bobby massaging his toe through the sock when he tells Dean that- hehe) Wouldn’t it be great if the boys decided to get Missouri to do a seance for them to learn the truth once and for all? What a reunion that would be!

But there is a theme of Dean’s life here, Cas told Dean he choose to fall because he believed in him. Bobby choose to stay behind instead of accepting his well deserved eternal rest because of his love for this idjit. Why, oh why can Dean not see that he is worth the devotion his friends have for him? Time and time Bobby and Cas have chosen to sacrifice of themselves to support him but he just cannot see his own value through their eyes.

I hope, like you, that through Bobby’s help somehow Dean can find his deepest redemption and accept himself as worthy of love, happiness and a better life than he’s allowed himself to have before.

*For the past few weeks Jim Beaver has actually been working on a movie about the abominable snow man. So last night when I check his tweets I noticed he sent this:Here I am, hard at work on "the abominable snowman movie." ;-) Someone should actually make that movie someday. http://campl.us/ivLO

Look at that smug smile on his face as he took the picture of himself in the Bobby costume- hehe. And yeah, someone SHOULD make a movie about SPN someday.



gaelicspirit
Apr. 1st, 2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
Re: hey gaelic-it's meggin
About this time I began to muse on who the monster really was.

Whoa, that's deep. And a really good point -- I mean the Shojo was the weapon, but how much more evil was it than the person who was wielding it? *likes that*

I loved loved loved how Dean's voice got all soft when he said, "There you are," as if he really were talking to an old friend. *sniff*

Why, oh why can Dean not see that he is worth the devotion his friends have for him?

Yes. The man breaks my heart. But I love him for it.


I hope, like you, that through Bobby’s help somehow Dean can find his deepest redemption and accept himself as worthy of love, happiness and a better life than he’s allowed himself to have before.


Exactly what I'm hoping Bobby's spirit is able to do. I don't want them to bring Bobby back to life -- or even back as a permanent spirit sidekick. I liked the hero's death they gave him. But I also like that we have confirmation of the answer he gave the Reaper and I like the possibilities for the story his spirit being around provide.

This offers them the chance to say goodbye they didn't have before and offers Dean a chance to have his 'straw moment'.... If done right this could be rather awesome.

Thanks for sharing that info about the way the show pulled this over on all of us -- such an awesome surprise! :) I loved it.

Take care of you and we'll 'talk' soon!

GS
bagginsdvm
Apr. 1st, 2012 01:23 am (UTC)
Your description of our drunk boys in the brewery office had me laughing aloud just as much as I did actually watching the episode! I also loved all the brotherly looks & comraderie. I too was expecting a somewhat silly episode upon hearing Garth was in it (and yeah, I agree with Dean that the quirky hunter does sort of grow on you) and was completely clueless that Bobby would make an appearance.
Kudos to the crew & Jim Beaver for keeping that under wraps! I figured Bobby had to be tethered to the flask but I didn't think we'd actually get to see him. Boy did that scene with him & and Dean bring the tears for me. Heck, the whole prior scene at the brewery with Dean's desperate appeal for Bobby & Sam's quiet witness got me choked up too.
Now we've got Cas & Bobby back (in one form or another). Dean really needs his Baby! I almost thought the boys were going to have a talk beside that thing that was not an impala, & was ready to yell at my TV until they moved away from it & inside. It's just not right to have those important brotherly discussions in any vehicle but the Impala!!
gaelicspirit
Apr. 1st, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
Yay for drunk boys making us laugh! :)

I was SO surprised to find out that they kept Jim's appearance from everyone. Seriously, well done, all!

Dean really needs his Baby!

YES! When do we get the Impala back?! :) I actually had to go back while rambling and make sure I put that they were talking while back inside the motel room because those kinds of conversations usually take place next to a car. :) Hee.

Thanks for reading and taking time to reply!
deangirl1
Apr. 1st, 2012 04:12 am (UTC)
Loved Garth’s theme music. And everything he did was not quite right as far as hunting goes – not filling in the grave, not getting all the research done... But his heart was/is definitely in the right spot...

Dean owes Garth because Garth came to help Dean when Bobby called him during Season Seven: Time for a Wedding...

I think I might have stayed in Junction, KS on my way through...

I found the Mr Fizzles bit annoying the first time I watched the epi – it grew on me to be less annoying, but I really didn’t find it that hilarious. Apparently the “Paula Dean” voice he used is how he talks to his dog – for which his friends mock him mercilessly... My initial reaction to DG Qualls wasn’t a 2 thumbs up either, but I found he improved on a second viewing too. I liked his dynamic with Dean especially...

I liked that Garth seemed to get Dean’s pain over Bobby- in a clumsy kind of way – and was trying to get to the bottom of what neither Dean nor Sam wanted to look at.

One thing I noticed in this episode was that Dean hardly ever drives anymore. I wondered whether that was because he didn’t have his baby or if it was a tacit admission that he was in no condition to be driving as he might be a functional alcoholic, but he’d still blow over the limit...

Pretty sure he was drinking tequila. I figured it would be Patron – as a nod to Jim Michaels and Russ Hamilton – who drink it _all_ the time, but the bottle didn’t seem quite right. In fact, I couldn’t find the exact bottle anywhere – close to Don Julio though. Possibly Curacao too – but that is basically an orange liquor – which would taste ok, but wouldn’t have the fiery burn, if anything just sickly sweet – so I’m sticking with tequila.

Drunk!Dean? Adorable.

Adam Glass IS a good writer....

Except for the time line while Dean gets the sword, blessing and water; Sam gets drunk-watching Marie; and Garth grills Randy as soon as they leave the hotel room?

I was really, really glad that Jared did NOT over do drunk!Sam they way he did in Playthings....

OMG. Dean and that sword. A. I want to see him really get to use it and B. His grief/hope when trying to reach out to Bobby. GUH.

I’m half convinced that Dean DID see Bobby – or hear him on the way out the door at least – but he’s too afraid to hope and I think Sam’s convinced him Bobby isn’t there – so he’s doubting his own eyes and ears...

So. I was 99.9% sure Jim was in Vancouver shooting SPN as soon as he said he was doing that silly Yeti movie. I said so at the time. In fact, as soon as he said he was shooting a movie north of Van, I said HA! Bet it’s his cover to go back and do more SPN. I wonder if they really did do that tribute for him on set now??? The crew and Jim did a pretty fantastic job covering their tracks but there were 2 slip ups in particular that really pushed me to doubt. First of all the pics Jim kept tweeting from “set”? He wasn’t recognizable in any of them. He likes to show us his face. AND the snow shots? Tara Larsen tweeted a snow shot from her driveway that was just as bad – in Vancouver, not 2 hours “north”. And somebody screwed up once and tweeted that they saw Jim – he tweeted back that it couldn’t be him cause he was in the mountains....

I’m disappointed in show for giving us the Ghost and Mrs Muir – though if this is the only way we can have Jim, I’ll live with it. I’d be happier if now that we have Cas back – sort of – we get Bobby back in corporeal form – I don’t care how dues ex machina that is – I want his love scene with Sheriff Mills...

Thanks for the ramble! I’m a bit short – but pretty quick for me!
gaelicspirit
Apr. 1st, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, the fact that they used BBD just cracked me up.

Yeah, Garth/DJ Qualls definitely grew on me. ;)

I mentioned, too, that Dean didn't drive much in this episode -- and really has been less behind the wheel overall since they tucked away the Impala. Could be a concession to the drinking, for sure. Maybe once he gets her back (because he WILL) he'll be able to find some sort of balance between the drinking and the living.

Terry thought it was tequila, too -- but down below someone posted pics of Brandy, which looked similar to what that round bottle. So...?

Dean + sword = love. What is it about guys and swords that just...works? :)

I didn't know any of that stuff you posted about the haps in Vancouver. :) I love getting the "BTS" stuff from you.

I'm okay with them bringing Bobby back as a ghost -- for me, it fits right in with the genre of the show and adds another layer of possibilities for how he relates to the boys and can offer them (all) some closure. If they brought him back to life -- again, for me -- it would cheapen the hero's send-off they gave him. And it would lessen (even further) the value death has on how these characters live.

If everyone can be brought back (somehow), then why bother worrying about dying? Y'know? I like that he's there now and the possibilities it offers...I just want death to have meaning is all.

BUT! That's just me. I'll roll with whatever the show ends up doing, of course. *grins*
(Anonymous)
Apr. 1st, 2012 04:14 am (UTC)
Hi Gaelic,

As usual, great write-up.

Happy dance - Bobby is back!Bobby is back! I always knew you couldn't keep a good ghost down! (assuming he's a good ghost.. He'll stay a good ghost right? We won't end up with a remake of Old Yeller... "I'll torch him Sam. He was haunting my flask. I'll torch him.")..

Oops. I digress. And I wasn't even drinking! I admit I'm very Garth-like in my alcohol tolerance. Sniff the wine cork and I'm halfway to drunk! And speaking of Garth, if we promised to feed him, and walk him everyday do you think the writers would let us keep him for awhile? Not often. Once or twice more. But the boys need some living friends. And they need to be teenage-boy-drunk more often too. SOoooo cute!

I truly loved this episode. My emotions ran the whole gamut of "I laughed, I cried, I burnt the t-shirt!"
It also showed much of what was still going on in the brothers' brains and just as importantly, their hearts.

Dean SO wants to believe Bobby is really with them. He is leaning towards that hope and possibility just like he leaned into the loving touch of his mom in WIAWSNB. I like Dean's willingness to believe it could be Bobby. He's like Mulder - I want to believe.

I can understand Sam being rational, a la Scully, and saying they're finally doing something normal. They're grieving like regular folk and seeing their dead loved one everywhere.

But, I think it's too bad Sam did the "talking board"(they'd have to pay rights to call it a Ouija board") without Dean. I understand why. He was so unsure of his own sanity. But I think it unintentionally made Dean worry even more about his own instincts and hunter skills. I think it also made Dean feel more fragile emotionally because he just didn't know WHAT to believe. Because from the moment that beer disappeared Dean was thinking/hoping/almost believing Bobby was around.

One other absolutely wild thought.. What if Bobby was tied to Dean? I'm like 90% sure it's the flask, but just ponder the story possibilities there! And I'm not suggesting he's Dean's dad. Maybe he gave him a blood transfusion once? (I know medically that Bobby's blood would be long gone, but this is Supernatural!!)

As for the remainder of the season, I think the Three Amigos of Death + Michael +Bobby/Cas.. okay make that the Four Musketeers.. will have some role in bringing down the Leviathan, and creating the inevitable cliffhanger.

I'm so pumped for the rest of the season!

Thanks so much!

Pragmatic Dreamer
gaelicspirit
Apr. 1st, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
Hi Dreamer!

Thanks so much for coming by and sharing your thoughts! Good to hear from you.

*laugh* Old Yeller. You're funny.

Well, y'know, if the show follows its own canon, his spirit will eventually turn angry unless they can figure out a way for him to be seen/heard and then perhaps move on. The thing that excites me most about this possibility is that Bobby as a spirit offers a lot more dimensions for storytelling then bringing him back to life.

I will roll with whatever the show plays out -- always interested in their story, as you know -- but I would really like Bobby's death to have meaning. Just as his 'after life' could have meaning. :)

I think it also made Dean feel more fragile emotionally because he just didn't know WHAT to believe.

Yeah, very true.

I can't wait to see what they have in store for us. The last five episodes could be really exciting. :)

Take care of you!
Gaelic
msninacat
Apr. 1st, 2012 09:12 am (UTC)
Next we get the money shot of…an El Camino pulling up to a curb. Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison” is blaring from the speakers…aaaandd, I just flashed back to high school. *laughs and shakes self*

Me too! Lol I also like the nods they put into things that have been in gag reels. Since Jensen sang Bell Biv Devoe's "Do Me" in one, it's nice to pay homage to them on the actual show. lol /nerding

Thought it interesting he didn’t stay until the fire was out and refill the grave, but…different strokes, right?

I'm chalking that up to his subpar methods of hunting that Bobby mentioned. ;D

I really don't think they'll make the boys vanquish Bobby. I think he's there to complete that last mission and then move on.

I think this may be my last review with you. ;_; I'm having some real life stuff and I don't even know when the next time I'll have regular access to a computer will be. I just wanted to let you know that I'm not voluntarily bailing and if I can come back, I will. I love playing devil's advocate with you and hashing out our conspiracy theories. ♥
gaelicspirit
Apr. 1st, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
I'm still humming BBD two days later. *laughs*


I really don't think they'll make the boys vanquish Bobby. I think he's there to complete that last mission and then move on.


THIS. This is what I hope. *writers, listen to her!!*

I think this may be my last review with you.

Oh, this made me so sad! I totally understand RL getting in the way of our entertainment escapes. But I'm going to miss you! Your call/response way of providing comments is fabulous and you have some fantastic conspiracy theories that I love to mull over.

I hope that whatever it is you're dealing with is handled soon, that you come out of it on the other side feeling at peace. If there's anything I can offer you (a listening ear, an anecdote) and you're near a computer, please don't hesitate to reach out.

I'm sending you light, my friend. I look forward to seeing you again when you're able.

Always,
Gaelic
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lovinjackson
Apr. 1st, 2012 10:28 am (UTC)
All I have to say is ... FOR THE WIN!!! LOVED it!! Although I was hoping for a littttllleee bit of slurring lol

Just amazing and that end ... Gah!!

Word, My Friend, WORD!!!!
gaelicspirit
Apr. 1st, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
YAY!!!!

I loved the drunk scene. So. Funny.

And that end? *goosebumps*

WORD!

PS
I got your H50 email and can't wait to reply!! *squee*
deangirl1
Apr. 1st, 2012 11:33 am (UTC)
Also - did you notice all the red in the last scene - Dean's shirt, him touching the red curtain on the way out of the room - like The Sixth Sense? Also did you recognize the "family theme" music from Swan Song over that scene - especially when Dean gets out of the car to go in the room and then when he comes out again????

(can you say re-watch... LOL!)
gaelicspirit
Apr. 1st, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
I didn't notice all the red ala Sixth Sense (though, that's funny because I mentioned that movie in the ramble because I wanted to see where the flask was and was not), but I DID notice the "Brother's Theme" music.

Every time they play that song, my heart quivers because I know something is going to happen that has high potential of breaking my heart.
juppschmitz
Apr. 1st, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
Hi! Today I'm gonna write my comment before I read all the others cause otherwise I'll never get it out (things to do, places to go!)

I was so happy to get my wish from last week - for someone to make things better for Dean already so we get other expressions from him than worry, sorrow and grief! And Garth totally came through with that by just being Garth - he'll always have a place in my heart even just for that. Also I think he's an awesome hunter, awkward but adorable in his clumsiness (Did you drop your phone? LOL) And he told Dean ever so gently about his Bobby suspicions. And the way he was all I’m trying to save lives here!

Oh man, all his lines basically! I look good in uniform! Bwah!!

Seriously, I liked him back in Time For A Wedding and I like him even more now.

The looks these two toss each other throughout the episode

Dean = glare

Sam = cute lil’bro grin

Me = *giggle*


This is exactly what I meant. Adorable. I'm so glad that we get lil'bro Sammy now instead of man-pain Sam! Hope it sticks!! And funny faces from JA!! Yay!

The thing with the ouija board and Sam? Totally proof for what I said in a comment to another ramble: just cause it doesn't happen on screen doesn't mean it doesn't happen at all!

Interestingly enough, I followed that perfectly. *glances at bottle of Newcastle* Also? He sounds like me when I’m tired and literally can’t think of simple words like…chair.

See, this? Even your ramble made me laugh again, which it hadn't really in a while!!

Maybe we were drunk. I swear, I only had one beer… Yeah, I think my Merlot had more alcohol in it than it said on the bottle...

…and just then, the weapon Obi-Wan’s itself right into his grip.

See, this bit was one of the reasons for me for not liking the ghost!Bobby thing all that much. When I saw that sword move I thought Cool! Dean has POWERS! But, no, just Bobby's ghost. Which now they'll have to get rid of. And lose Bobby all over again. :( Ah, well... unless Bobby kind of made a deal with the reaper, or Death, or somebody. You know, like in some ghost stories where the person has to idk make someone love them or just solve some difficult riddle or something and then they're given back their life. Whatever, I just hope they all get some closure.

Even though, maybe this'll turn out to be this season's theme - take everything away from the boys only to give it back to them eventually, you know, as a lesson or something. Maybe from Death, you know, cause they messed up the natural order and bound him or something.

This probably doesn't make a lot of sense. It's just a kind of internal brain storm.

As his shoulders sag a bit...

I swear I must have re-wound that scene about ten times. This little sag... so telling, the disappointment so obvious! Loved it.


So now, another hiatus?! Man I wish I was back in the day when I was way behind in watching the show and I could just watch in my own tempo, maybe an episode a day or even two episodes a day, whichever way I felt like!! Except then I wouldn't be part of the fandom, and that would really suck! I love the exchange of opinions with others and the buzz of the active fandom! Oh well, can't have it all, I suppose.

Thanks for your ramble, as always. I'm glad that your mad travelling days from work are over and I hope you get a chance to rest up!




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gaelicspirit
Apr. 1st, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
So are you going to go back to read comments, then? *is interested*

Garth definitely grew on me. I liked him a lot more in this one than in "Wedding" -- but part of that, I think, is that Sam was with Dean in this one. Garth was part of them, not a stand-in for Sam.

I'm so glad that we get lil'bro Sammy now instead of man-pain Sam! Hope it sticks!! And funny faces from JA!! Yay!

Agreed! So awesome.

And as you probably noticed in the ramble, I bought into the 'if it doesn't happen onscreen, it doesn't mean it doesn't happen' theory. :)

Interesting idea of Dean having powers -- but I'm with you on hoping that they use Bobby's spirit as a way to offer Dean closure. Well, both of them, but Dean especially.

This little sag... so telling, the disappointment so obvious!

I know! *whimpers*

Thank you so much for reading and taking time to comment. I really appreciate your time. :)

My best to you and I look forward to seeing you after this next break.:)
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amberdreams
Apr. 1st, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
"Dean: No. Coffee for you, Tara Reid.
Garth: Coffee with Kahlua?" I am like Cas. I do not understand that reference. LOL!
"He finds some clear liquor in a circular bottle – no clue there, never saw the label, any guesses?" I thought it might have been slivovitz (it's plum brandy and my old boss at work was particularly fond of it, I had to buy him a bottle when we went to Budapest)
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Oh and I nearly forgot in the excitement of finding I might know something more about alcohol than someone who actually likes the stuff...

I liked but didn't love this, mainly because I really didn't want them to go this (simplistic) route of Bobby's ghost - however, know they have, I am like you in hoping they use him wisely. I am coming round to the whole idea, and can see the potential. And, you know - it is BOBBY!

I love Garth, he makes me laugh (but I was uncomfortable with Mr Fizzles, that whole scene while giving me a giggle felt wrong - she didn't seem young enough for a start, and also it felt crass to be finding comedy in teasing a little kid who's just seen someone I assumed was her Mum eviscerated).

Dean and Sam had some lovely moments too so overall I'd probably give it an 8/10.

Edited at 2012-04-01 06:13 pm (UTC)
gaelicspirit
Apr. 1st, 2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
Terry thought it might be tequila, but now seeing those brandy pics, I think that could be a definite possibility.

Tara Reid is an actress who is a bit notorious for her, um, over-exhuberant partying. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005346/

The coffee with Kahlua comment, I just took as Garth making one last-ditch effort for alcohol.

I am like you in hoping they use him wisely. I am coming round to the whole idea, and can see the potential.

Yes, agreed. I think there's definite potential in how they could use his spirit to give everyone some closure. I hope it works out that way! *crosses fingers*

8/10 is pretty much dead on, I believe. :) Thank you so much for reading and taking time to reply! :)

See you after the next one?

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jazzyirish
Apr. 1st, 2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
Hi Gaelic, love your ultra-enthusiastic ramble! I think that watching the show with a friend makes everything more special. :)

OK, I have to admit that, unlike with Sam, Garth did not grow on me. I find his character to be quite annoying and I disliked the sock puppet scene completely. It was creepy, IMO. That aside, I don't know the actor, didn't get the "in-jokes", so there was nothing positive in his "special guest star" appearance for me. Sorry.

Like many, I had guessed that Bobby was still watching over "his boys" via attached to his flask. I didn't expect to see him at the end of the episode, however, so that was a surprise. I'm hoping that he chose to stay only until he could "help" banish the Levis, tell the boys again how much they mean to him, and then move on to his reward. Dean, especially, needs to grieve and then move on as he has with his dad; Bobby staying around is going to make that impossible. :(

Loved the sword scenes - Dean looked fabulous wielding that thing! I also laughed at the price tag still on it; and for that matter, the "blessing" ritual. Dean and Sam getting drunk together was nice to see, especially since Dean liked his conversation with Sam.

Well, now we're on a break until the final five episodes (we're supposed to get 23 this season) begin airing on April 20th. Let's hope they wrap up the Levis storyline with a big SN bow. IMO, the writers really need to move this show in another direction. Maybe you should join their staff! ;)

Looking forward to your story when you get a chance to work on it. Take good care of you!

Irish
gaelicspirit
Apr. 1st, 2012 10:01 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm happy you felt it was a good review! :) It's important to me for those who read to enjoy.

And I have to laugh at your assessment of the creepy sock puppet. I can't say I don't agree. But that's just me hand-waving over things I'm more 'meh' on so that I can enjoy the others. LOL! Thank YOU for saying it, though.

I'm hoping that he chose to stay only until he could "help" banish the Levis, tell the boys again how much they mean to him, and then move on to his reward. Dean, especially, needs to grieve and then move on as he has with his dad; Bobby staying around is going to make that impossible.

Yeah, they can't keep him on as a permanent role because if they follow their own canon, he'll become an angry spirit. But! They can use his spirit form to offer everyone some closure.

I also laughed at the price tag still on it; and for that matter, the "blessing" ritual. Dean and Sam getting drunk together was nice to see, especially since Dean liked his conversation with Sam.

Agree with both! Loved these little touches.

Final five on the way! :) I can't wait to see what they have in store for us -- and I look forward to your thoughts on each one.

Take care of you!

Slainte,
Gaelic
ladyarcherfan3
Apr. 2nd, 2012 02:00 am (UTC)
You guys. This show. I just…. We all may be riding the SPN roller coaster throughout the season, but I have to say, when it’s good it is good.
Yes, this. This was one of those episodes that I went into knowing I'd be entertained - spirit that you can only see when drunk had to be hiliarious in someways, right? - and then it turned out it also made me flail and get my heart shredded a little and promised more intensity to come. This is why I love our show. I can look past the quibbles and just go along with the ride. (Perhaps the fact that I managed to lay claim to the TV and watched with the company of a bottle of Smirnoff Ice helped, but really, it was just a good episode.)

Garth is hilariously, awkwardly adorable. One wonders how he got into hunting. The brothers' interactions throughout were fantastic and such a joy to see. Their drinking scene in the office was hilarious; whatever Dean was drinking was pretty tough stuff to judge by his face - my brother thought it might be vodka, but that was just a guess.

Bobby - Oh, god, when he appeared on screen, and Dean's face in that moment when you think he saw him, I sorta teared up, while slapping my brother on the shoulder chanting "Bobby, Bobby, Bobby!" I've been getting better at staying far away from spoilers lately, and I'm glad I did.

Fantastic Ramble, as always! Hopefully the wait for the next episode won't feel too long!

gaelicspirit
Apr. 2nd, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
This is why I love our show. I can look past the quibbles and just go along with the ride.

I agree and love that, too! I mean, it's not as if I don't notice the 'quibbles' and have to hand-wave them, but I still enjoy the over-all show so much that they are easily categorized in the "not important enough to focus on" area.

Garth did grow on me. :)

I thought the liquor might be vodka at first, too, but other have thought tequila or brandy.

I am really looking forward to what they have in store for us (with both Bobby and Cas) in the final 5 episodes of this season. *excited!*

Thank you for reading and taking time to comment! Really appreciate it.

Best,
Gaelic
primrose_1
Apr. 2nd, 2012 04:07 am (UTC)
This episode was so much fun! I really wish I didn't watch it at 4am because I woke up and started sneezing, so I had to get up so I wouldn't wake up my husband. Stupid allergies. I'm so tired now, I'm not thinking straight...BUT, I loved the episode! I loved Dean wielding a Samurai sword. I loved it that Garth never gets to be conscious for the big finale. I loved loved loved Bobby! He was there! It makes me so happy! *does a happy dance*
gaelicspirit
Apr. 2nd, 2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
Stupid allergies indeed! That's no good at all. But I'm happy you watched, loved it, and took time to read and comment. :) Thank you for that. :)

And I, too, liked the, "What'd I miss?" from Garth after the big fight. Hee!

Can't wait to see what they have in store for us in the last 5 epis of the season!

Hope you feel better!!
(Anonymous)
Apr. 2nd, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
Hey hey!

I'm surprised I didn't get a visit from my extremely cranky downstairs neighbor on Friday night with my yelling "oh my God," "ohmygodohmygodohmygod" and "YES" and my "woo hoo" dancing with this episode. She's knocked on my door for a lot less. *grin*

The title and previews gave me the ‘this is going to be a light, filler episode’ feeling – especially with DJ Qualls returning his Garth character to our boys – and I wasn’t disappointed.

Whoever decided on the promos & such completely had me fooled. It was nice to see Garth again & get to know him a little better. And the B-story blew me away!

*shudders* I wrote a story called “In the Light” several years ago with a baddie called an Ikiryoh and this was exactly how I pictured that. Even had the cover art look like it.

Ek! That's totally what I thought Claire looked like too. And that kind of made the shojo that much creepier.

Dean has a Samurai sword (which still had the tags on it) and a bottle of water and takes both to the sushi chef so that he can consecrate it (under a flowing spring…hence the bottle of water *smirk*).

I loved the bottled water "flowing spring." Only Dean. :)

Bobby actually being a ghost surprised me. In a way I was one of the regular people that Sam was talking about. I thought that the writers wanted me to wonder about the beer and the business card when they were actually mind tricks and meant nothing. With the Samurai sword, I thought it might have been a power of the sword that brought it back to Dean...not that there was an indication it was a "magic" sword, but my brain went there. It makes me feel better that the boys aren't really alone.

Thanks again for an amazing Ramble!

pandi19/Mandi
gaelicspirit
Apr. 3rd, 2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
Did you ever watch 'Friends'? Your cranky neighbor reminds me of Mr. Heckles. :)

Okay, I LOVE that you remembered Claire's name! Love love LOVE! :)

I like all the possibilities that come up from Bobby being a ghost. I mean there are good and bad possibilities, but the good ones could be REALLY good. I'm excited to see what they have in store for us next! :)

Thanks for reading and replying!
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