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Stream of Consciousness, Episode 8.08

Clever, clever show. Love how it lets us just enjoy what’s on the surface while simultaneously offering a peek just a few layers deeper, if we want to look.

I have a good friend who just recently got back into our Show. She missed seasons 6 and 7 and I was gushing a bit about season 8 in a very omgtheperfectionthatisDean way, so she caved and Hulu’d it. I just had to catch her up on a few tidbits, really. Y’know, Bobby, Kevin, Sam not having a soul, Grandpa Campbell, Cas being God…. Gosh, okay so there were more than a few. But the bottom line? Season 8 is fantastic so far – enough to bring some people back into the fold.

I know there’s still discontent. It’s our fandom. That’s kind of the norm. Always seems to be someone somewhere not satisfied with something. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We’re a very passionate group and (as long as no one is getting hurt), that’s the beauty of being part of fandom. But over here on Gaelic’s journal? You’ll find one rather satisfied viewer who is happy to see her hero and his brother on her TV look mighty fine and being entertaining as all get out.

Tonight’s episode seemed like it would be a filler. A light-hearted ‘bridge’ episode to get us from Castiel’s angst-filled return to the inevitable gut-dropping did they really just do that moment that will come in the mid-season finale next week. And, for the most part, it was. But there was a clever layer of meaning that I think I really needed – having primarily to do with Sam, but also with Castiel and as a by-product Dean.

Last week I said that they are nicely distributing the balance of focus thus far this season, and they seem to be keeping it up. The thing I’m enjoying about that is that while one brother or character might be the center point of the episode, no one feels short-changed. Everyone has something to do and contributes meaningfully to the storyline.

Tonight was no different, with Castiel’s fear of Heaven, Sam’s epiphany of escape, and Dean working a little bit at a time to find his center of balance and strengthen his bridges. The more connections he is able to strengthen, the easier it will be for him to find his way back to his brother (emotionally speaking) when the time is right. But, on that note, I have to say the boys’ rhythm in this one was smooth. The shared looks and telepathy was in full swing – I think partly because they had a shared focus and buffer with Castiel there.

That feels natural to me. The last time we saw just them, things were tense and words were said that made impacts but haven’t been smoothed out since then. Castiel’s return softened the way they dealt with each other and having him with them for a hunt seemed to help keep them in that easy cadence of give and take.

So, I was entertained, I laughed, I aww’d. I like that they went for humor in Castiel’s dialogue and the boys’ – especially Dean’s – expressive reactions than by breaking down the 4th wall. Again. The cartoon aspect of the storyline was believable in the sense that we basically have to suspend reality when entering into almost any plotline with our show.

We had a human baddie this time, which always disturbs me a bit more than the supernatural kind – basically because it’s very, very rare that the bad guy lives. I know, I’m weird. Kill a zombie, vanquish a witch, gank a ghost, I’m good. Shoot a human and I get all squirmy, regardless of what that human did. Still…it’s not as if they could take him to jail. And it’s also not as if they’ve not killed dozens of humans along the way when they use that Demon Killing Knife on the possessed. So, like I said – I’m weird.

The layers were where I really got caught up, though.

First, Castiel’s vehement refusal to return to Heaven – not because he was scared of what the angels would do to him, but because he was scared of what he’d do to himself when faced by the wreckage and ruin he’d wrought as ‘God.’ My heart hurt for him; it’s an awful thing to not be able to return home – to not want to go back. And he’s punished himself for a year in Purgatory…he deserves to be able to find some peace with the ramifications of his actions.

But upon witnessing Sam’s epiphany that you can only run for so long before you circle back to have what you were running from crash into you, Castiel had one of his own – he had to make it better. Except he can’t. Naomi owns him. She refuses to let him into anywhere except the Heavenly Office Space. I know what he did was terrible – some might even say unforgivable. If he’d been human and had come into my down and wiped out thousands, I wouldn’t be keen on giving him a shot at community services to make amends.

The fact that it’s Cas, though, has me hurting for him. He is always trying to do the right thing. But much like the way he’d tried to handle Dean in Purgatory by saying it wouldn’t work to get him out, he went about so many other attempts to do the right thing the wrong way. And apparently he’s not done paying the price. I’ll be interested to see how that rolls out for him.

Speaking of Sam’s epiphany - that was the other layer that caught me. I’ve been trying to wrap my mind around Sam’s explanation for not looking for Dean. I even wrote a one-shot to try to help me accept the idea that Sam truly thought Dean was dead. I couldn’t really help but think there had to be something else, something more. When Dean disappeared before his eyes before, Sam turned himself inside out to find him – calling on Sheriff Mills (I <3 Sherriff Mills) and finally figuring out that Dean had gone back in time.

I couldn’t help but think – how did he not know something similar happened this time? Or, barring that, he knew they were sending Dick Roman to Purgatory, why wouldn’t he have thought Dean might be sucked into that vortex? I know, I know, even if he had, what would he have done about it, right? But it still…troubled me. A lot, honestly.

But…I’m starting to think I might’ve been mistaken about there being more. Based on his memory of dinner with Amelia’s dad and his subsequent impassioned speech to Fred about not running anymore, I think it might be just what he said: he thought Dean was dead. He “lost” him. And he ran.

Sam: “Living in a dream is nice. You can hide, pretend the real world doesn’t exist. But eventually, whatever it is you’re running from? It’ll find you. It’ll come along and punch you in the gut and then you gotta wake up. Because if you don’t, trying to keep that dream alive will destroy you. It’ll destroy everything.”

This opened my eyes a bit wider. Just like Amelia told her father – she and Sam were both a mess. And yet when they were together, they were happy. She wanted her dad to let them be messes together, even though her dad warned that it wouldn’t last. For all the reasons we’ve all talked about for the last 7 episodes, Sam left hunting, found something else, and hung onto it. For as long as he could, he stayed on the side of the wall that hid reality from him, ignoring the fact that there was anything else out there other than what he could deal with.

Until that phone call Amelia received pushed the wall over, and the realization that the reality he’d created for himself was disappearing punched him in the gut. He couldn’t play pretend anymore. He had to go back, find a new center, one without the anchor he’d found in Amelia after the one he’d always had in Dean was taken from him. And aside from the Impala, the only place he had to go to was Rufus’ cabin.

So…I may not be happy with Sam’s decision. I can still hear the pain in Dean’s voice when he realized that Sam hadn’t looked for him. I’m still having a hard time with the juxtaposed situations of a year spent fighting for one’s life and a year spent taking a break from it all. But despite that, I think I can understand Sam a bit more.

Though, I’m not the one who needs to understand. His brother does. And there needs to be some talking at some point to get each bother to understand the other. And something tells me we’re not going to get that before the mid-season hiatus.

Okay, now one other thing I’ll toss out there – and since we’re talking ‘cartoon world’ here, don’t drop an anvil on my head for saying it, but…there is one other possible scenario that this episode triggered for me. The idea of perception and reality – like with the escape from Purgatory – has me thinking. Sam talking about keeping the dream alive…all of his random memories about Amelia looking so soft and fuzzy in comparison to memories of Purgatory…what if we’re meant to take that ‘dream’ thing a bit more literally?

I don’t know how I’d feel about that – Sam creating this imaginary world where he met a girl (and her dad) who was as messed up as he was, who was like Dean with her guardedness and need to not be vulnerable but incredible fragility all the same, and who could drink Sam under the table. I mean, maybe it might flow with the fact that Lucifer had only recently been evicted from Sam’s mind, and maybe it might flow with Dean’s disappearance totally cracking Sam’s psyche…but I don’t know that I’d like it, to be honest.

We’ve already had the ‘Sam’s mind is messed up’ storyline, and as much as I don’t like that Sam didn’t look for Dean and as much as I don’t like the tension that is there (primarily because of that reason) between the brothers, I would prefer that what Sam did was a conscious decision he has to live with rather than just something in his head.

Enough babble.

Things I loved:

  • This exchange: “What’s the word, Cas?” “It’s a shortened version of my name.”
  • Sam and Dean saying “NO!” in unison when Cas asks to ride in the front.
  • Dean telling Cas to listen to Sam in order to see how an interrogation should go.
  • Dean’s grin when he says “friggin’ suburbs” (*bites lip*).
  • Dean’s face when he says, “Talk to me.”
  • Sam washing dishes. Don’t judge me.
  • This line: “I’ll watch over you.”

Things I liked:

  • The anvil. Do not ask me why.
  • Castiel’s interpretation of the Road Runner cartoon.
  • Dean listening to Cas’ confession about Heaven, and his subsequent gutted expression.
  • Sam calling Amelia “baby.”
  • Fred Jones. What? It’s BJ Hunnicutt! (Pretty sure my parents made me watch every episode of M.A.S.H. Ever.)
  • The black and white, then Technicolor “signal lost” background in Fred’s mind – clever, that.
  • Agents Crosby, Stills, and Nash (Graham Nash was always my favorite).

Things that were meh:

  • I decided to buy it, but the fact that Fred Jones gave both boys their first beer before they were double-digits, and both of them knew he was psychokinetic (well, Dean knew, anyway) had my head tilting. I didn’t think about it too long, but it messed with my head-canon timeline for some reason.
  • Even though he’d technically killed three people and tried to kill the orderly, I still wasn’t keen on Dr. Mahoney being forced to shoot himself. Not sure what they’d tell the cops, though, so…it’s pretty much the only way they could have stopped him. So I went with it.

Things to add to my list of questions:

  • Since most of my questions swirl around Dean, Benny, Cas, and Purgatory, the only one I think I have tonight is: how long did Sam stay with Amelia and try to “keep the dream alive” before he left to go to Rufus’ cabin?
  • Okay, just kidding, I have another one, but it’s totally obvious: what’s the endgame for Naomi and the Angels (sounds like a girl rock band)?
  • And then there's the lingering question of who was watching Sam outside of the house when he left Amelia? Her dad? Don? Angel? Demon? Crowley? Dean? Okay, now I'm really done with questions.

THEN: Sam & Amelia, Cas is back, Dean’s perception of Purgatory escape vs Cas’ reality, Naomi using Cas.

NOW: Young, 30-something (Gary) is sitting at a picnic table in Oklahoma City, OK, texting someone. The object of his texfections comes up (Olivia) and they have a sweet exchange. Just as they’re about to embrace, she realizes she can hear his heartbeat. Really loudly. He staggers back in pain, then rips open his shirt to expose his heart beating out of his chest, pushing up through is skin like in a Looney-Tunes cartoon.

Unfortunately, it’s not so funny when it literally explodes from his chest in a mess of red gore all over Olivia.Yuck.

Elsewhere at a Gas & Sip, Sam is outside at the car on the phone with, apparently, Mrs. Tran. Dean is returning from the gas station mini mart with what looks like two beers. Though, I couldn’t read the label, so it could have been rootbeer, or bottled pop. He hands one to Sam, takes the phone when Sam hands it over, fakes the call breaking up and hangs up on Mrs. Tran. Not in the mood, apparently.

Sam tells him that Garth has a safe house boat. Dean’s like, WTH, but Sam says he doesn’t even ask questions anymore. Sam starts to gas up the Impala and Dean heads to the hood where Cas is leaning, reading a map. I think. It looked like a map.

Dean: “What’s the word, Cas?”

Cas: “It’s a shortened version of my name.”

Dean (pause, slowly nods): Yes. It is. I mean what’s the word on The Word. Any tablet chatter on angel radio?

Aside – I love how Dean rolls with Cas’ idiosyncrasies. He visibly has to restrain or control his knee-jerk reactions which would more than likely be sarcastic retorts that Cas wouldn’t get and would just make things more complicated. He doesn’t lose his patience unless things are dire. He just breathes and re-phrases. Hee.

Cas tells Dean that he ‘turned off’ his connection to the angel frequencies (or whatever they are). Dean’s like, you can do that? And Cas says it’s simple and offers to draw him a diagram.

Dean: No, that’s…we’re good.

He tells Dean that he turned it off because it’s a direct line to Heaven and he doesn’t want anything to do with “that place.” Can’t help wonder if he turned it off or if Naomi did and just made him believe he had. *ponders*

Dean: So, what now? Move to Vermont? Open up a charming B&B?

Cas, though, still needs to help people. He grins – totally cheery, completely disarming – and says he wants to become a hunter.

Sam’s automatic you’re kidding right smile isn’t seen by Dean – Dean is busy staring at Cas like he’s just spoken in Greek. Cas says cheerfully that he could be their 3rd wheel.

Dean: You know that’s not a good thing, right?


Cas tells him that of course it is – helps with stability and gripping power. I think he might have something there…at least for the moment. Anyway, he says he found a case (the heart guy) and says it’s “our kind of thing.” Dean glances back at Sam and an entire conversation happens in those few seconds. They agree to go, and Cas says he’ll meet them there, but Dean calls to him to stop and says he’s sticking with them – none of that zapping around crap.

I found that interesting. As if it were too soon for Dean to let Cas out of his sight after just getting him back from Purgatory. Of course he couldn’t come out and say that. He had to mask it under a gruff, this is our deal, you’re along for the ride exterior.

Cas asks if he can ride in the front seat and in unison the boys reply, “NO!” while Sam jostles Cas out of the way to get to the front seat. Hee.

At the OKC morgue, Sam is standing across the Gary’s body, talking to a black female detective, Dean and Cas standing off to the side. The detective calls Sam Agent Nash and I chuckled, saying to the hubs that it would be funny if Dean and Cas were Crosby and Stills. Imagine my delight…. *grins*

The going theory for how Gary’s heart was literally ejected 10 feet from his body is "drugs," but no narcotics were found in his system. As she’s leaving, Dean gives her a business card and asks her to call them if she finds anything…weird. She calls him Scully as she leaves. Hee.

Cas gets into Angel Detective Mode and says he can’t sense EMF or sulfur and that Gary’s arterial health was excellent, though he did have a recent bladder infection (ew). The look Dean gives Sam across the body as Cas begins to sniff it is priceless.

Dean: Cas. Stop smelling the dead guy.

Cas says that now he knows everything about the man.

Sam: Did you know he was having an affair?

Cas’ flummoxed look is clearly a no and I loved Dean’s smug grin as Sam continues to postulate how Olivia’s witness report had too much detail and how the restaurant she claims they meet at is right next to a hotel – which they noticed on the drive over – thus, equaling affair. Cas’s head bops back and forth between the two as they seem to read each other’s minds, finishing each other’s sentences and quite neatly pointing out the things that Cas missed.

Dean: Nice job on that bladder infection, though.

Both Sam and Dean agree that this sounds ‘witchy’ which for some reason causes Sam to flash to a memory of Amelia.

That’s one ‘meh’ I didn’t list – Dean’s Purgatory flashbacks seem much more in sync with whatever is going on in the episode/moment than Sam’s of Amelia. His just feel…oddly shoved in so that we can get this part of his story. I’m not sure what it is, but whenever I see one, I’m like, how did that remind you of this? Just made things feel disjointed somehow.

ANYway, in this flashback, Sam is unpacking boxes – Amelia’s, apparently, as he comes across a picture album of wedding photos for Amelia and Dan (though he doesn’t open it). Amelia is a coil of nervous energy because her dad is on his way over for dinner and she’s worried he’ll think they’re moving too fast. When he finally knocks on the door, she warns Sam: no politics, no bad talk about the Cowboys, and avoid saying the words ‘moist’ and ‘irregardless.’

Sam: There goes my opener.

Also? So with you on the ‘irregardless.’ Pet. Peeve.

So, Dad is predictably doting on Amelia, affectionate toward the dog, and condescending toward Sam. Especially when he finds out he went to Stanford and yet is working as a maintenance man at a local motel. Dad says that’s fitting as Sam looks like a fixer-upper. I’ve run into a few people like him. I either chew off my tongue, leave the room, or get in trouble.

Back in the now, Crosby, Stills, and Nash are interviewing Gary’s widow. Cas steps forward, telling Dean, “I’ll handle this; I’ve done research. I can crack her.”

I literally said, Oh, God, out loud. This was not going to go well.

Cas, channeling a little Columbo, a little Al Pacino, pounds on the table and in a deep, scary voice demands to know why she killed her husband. The widow jumps, understandably startled, and Dean pulls Cas away to have a word while Sam swoops in to patch things up.

Cas: I was being bad cop.

Dean: You were being bad everything. Listen to Sam.   

Sam, with his trademark it’s all gonna be okay voice is asking the widow if Gary had any secrets…right as Oliva walks in and the widow goes over and gives her a tearful hug. Cas is like, This is awkward.

The widow wants to know what they thought Gary was hiding.

Cas (pointing at Olivia): That he was sleeping with her.

Sam and Dean shoot him a silent DUDE! look. The widow says she knows and puts her arm around Oliva. Sam and Dean both raise their eyesbrows, a totally different kind of dude look on their faces. Apparently Gary and his wife had an…open marriage. He was with Oliva, the wife was with some neighbor down the street. The women head into the kitchen as the men stare after them in a bit of shock.

Dean: Friggin’ suburbs, man.

Cas: So…she’s not a witch.

Dean: She’s the best wife ever.

Sam = grin.

Cas: What killed her husband?

Dean (turning to watch the women): Who gives a f—

Cut immediately to a high-rise and a car horn. Hee. Oh, Dean, you make me chuckle.

We have another death, this one a suicide, only as the man steps off the high-rise, he stands on air for long enough that he has the opportunity to cry out, “God wants me to live,” just before he plummets to his death. That bothered me, too. Suicide is always awful, but changing your mind at the last minute and then dying anyway? *shudder* Turns out this guy lost all his money when Roman Industries collapsed last year. Oops. The detective called Crosby, Stills, and Nash because they asked for weird and witnesses saw him hovering in mid-air before he fell like something out of a cartoon.

When the detective walks away, Dean tells Sam that it really sounds like something straight out of Bugs Bunny.

Cas: So…we’re looking for an insect-rabbit hybrid? How do we kill it?

HA! I never took apart Bugs’ name like that before. That made me laugh. The boys try to explain cartoons to Cas and end up just taking him back to the hotel and turning them on for him while they research. He’s on the bed – still in his trench coat – watching Road Runner while the boys – in white shirts, sans suit coats *bites lip* (WHY is that suddenly so sexy??) -- are at the table.

Cas looks over suddenly and says he gets it. The bird is God, the coyote is Man, and the cartoon represents man’s endless pursuit of the divine yet never able to catch him. Hilarious.

The boys just stare at him a moment, then look at each other with twin bafflement as to how to answer that one. Dean’s looking at John’s journal and says he doesn’t know if they’re dealing with a tulpa or a god who watched too much Robot Chicken. They can’t find a link between “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Free Falling” so he’s calling it a night and wants to know if Cas is going to book a room.

Cas: I’ll stay here.

Dean (sarcastic): Great. We’ll have a slumber party. Braid Sam’s hair. (Sam grins. I do, too, because I could do a kick-ass braid in that hair.) Where are you going to sleep?

Cas: I don’t sleep.

Dean: Well, I need my 4 hours, so….

Cas (looking at Dean): I’ll watch over you.

He says it so matter-of-factly. So innocently. Like it’s not even a question. Like it’s something he’s done all of Dean’s life – something he did while they survived Purgatory together. And there’s this flash of reaction on Dean’s face like he remembers, he knows, even if he doesn’t want to.

Dean (softly): Yeah, that’s not gonna happen.

Before they can do rock/paper/scissors on who gets the bed and who gets the floor, Cas “hears” a wave from a police radio about a bank robbery that sounds, and I quote, looney. Turns out, that description is dead-on, no pun intended. An anvil was dropped on a security guard and there is…gunk…fanning out from beneath the anvil.

The detective – who was going to call them, anyway – asks them if they chase the crazy, or if the crazy chases them.

Sam: Depends on the day.

She tells them about a criminal they’re calling “the black hole” because of the…well, black holes he leaves behind. No fingerprints, no forced entry, just these black circles on the wall. Kooky.

Sam asks if he can take a look at the files from those other crime scenes and the detective takes him with her while Dean and Cas continue to investigate the scene. Dean asks Cas to move the anvil – which he does – and beneath it (and the gunk from the security guard) they see a black “X”.

Dean says that “X” marks the spot and starts telling Cas the rules about ‘Toon Town’ and how if you had a black hole, you could stroll right through it. Hmmm.

Back at the hotel, Dean is on the laptop – and was it me, or did you guys notice the shadow on his jaw from the cut of his cheek bone? – and Cas is on the bed looking through John’s journal.

Cas: Your father had beautiful handwriting.

I liked that statement and sentiment. It’s not something you hear about a man very often.

Dean (pausing what he’s looking up to turn in his chair and face Cas): How you feelin’ Cas?

Cas: Fine.

Dean: When I got back from Purgatory, it took me a few weeks to find my sea legs.

Cas: I’m fine.

Dean: I’m happy you’re back. Freakin’ thrilled. Just this whole…mysterious resurrection thing has a mother of a downside.

And he should know.

Cas (closes the journal and finally looks at Dean): What do you want me to do?

Dean wants him to go up to Heaven and see if the “God squad” can tell them how he got out. Cas gives him a flat-out, unequivocal ‘no.’ Dean doesn’t take him seriously -- probably because half the time the guy's doing things like comparing the Road Runner to God -- and keeps on pressing.

Dean: Look, I hate those flying ass monkey’s just as much as you do, but—

Cas (shouting): Dean! I said no!

He’s so forceful about it, he made me jump. Instead of snapping at him, though – which, honestly was what I expected Dean to do, getting shut down like that – Dean closes the laptop, stands up and walks over to the adjoining bed and sits down opposite Cas, his face open, eyes soft, and says, “Talk to me.”

*rubs heart*

I love that while he might misinterpret Cas’ motivation, he knows his friend well enough to know that he’s hurting. It’s hard to read Cas – especially since Dean’s been confronted with so many versions of him. The childlike innocence with human earnestness and a touch of ‘Warrior of the Lord’ passion is the one I like the best – that’s the one that we see in this episode. But it has to be hard for Dean to know which direction to bounce with all the versions there have been. And yet, even with that, he was able to get Cas to find a way to express his feelings. I love that about him.

Now we just need the brothers to get to that point.

Cas: When I was bad and I had all those Leviathans inside me, I caused a lot of suffering on Earth, but I devastated Heaven. I vaporized thousands of my own kind and I can’t go back.

Dean (trying to understand): Because if you do, the angels’ll kill you.

Cas: Because if I see what Heaven has become because of what I…made of it, I’m afraid I might kill myself.

This hits Dean, hard. He has that can't get a breath face listening to those words, and it lingers as Sam walks in and Cas gets up to go over to him. He has to shake himself a bit to get back in the game. Sam tells them about the other sites where there were robberies – smash and grabs – and that some of those robberies occurred in the same vicinity and at the same time as the deaths. And 50 yards around each robbery, people were living in a cartoon.

So, the security guard at the bank might have been on purpose, but the other two deaths were just “collateral weird.” Dean says that some Animaniac is warping reality. Sam finds out that all of the places hit belong to someone at the Sunset retirement home. So…off they go.

Dean: Let’s gear up. It’s wabbit season.

Sam = grin.

Cas: I don’t think you pronounced that correctly.


At the retirement home, Dean is a bit…rattled by being there. This is a mortality that he’d much rather not be confronted with, thank you very much. They run into Dr. Mahoney, the guy who runs the place. They say they need to question the residents, and he’s basically like, have at it.

Dean: All right. Let’s do this. No flirting, you two.


Dean and Cas are talking with a sweet little old lady, Mrs. Tate, who thinks that Castiel is her third husband, Charles. Dean is amused by this, but also alert enough to notice a pretty nurse walk by. Mrs. Tate tells them that someone stole the diamonds she hid in the floorboards of her house, and apologizes to “Charles” for not trusting him. Cas’ face is so earnest here, it’s adorable. Dean asks her if she’s seen anything else odd and she points to a yellow cat, saying he talks sometimes. And he really hates that mouse.

Cas: I’ll interrogate the cat.

You do that, Cas. Call him Tom. I’m betting it’s his name.

Elsewhere, Sam is staring at a picture board and watches as an orderly gathers a tray of untouched food from an elderly man who is just staring at the table. The orderly stops by Sam and says that most of the residents just tune out – they’re living in their own head because reality is too harsh. This makes Sam think back to that dinner with Amelia’s dad.

Her dad was in the Army so they moved around a lot – spaghetti and hot dogs was a tradition for the first meal in a new house, so that’s what she made them all for dinner. Bleck. Sam tells her dad that his dad was a Marine.

Sam: 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, Echo Company.

I kinda loved how quickly it rolled off of his tongue, even after all this time.  The dad says he always thought the Marines were a little “puffed up.” Amelia goes into the kitchen to get the salad and the dad says Amelia told him Sam hadn’t served.

Dad: You got the look. The one that a lot of guys get after they’ve been through the meat grinder, seen a lot of crap they can’t forget. They hit solid ground and start running and don’t stop until they find something to hold on to.

Sam (slightly angry): You think that’s what I’m doing here? Just holding on?

Um, yeah.

Dad: I think the two of you are holding on to each other.

He says he gets what Amelia is running from, but isn’t sure about Sam.

About then, Dean walks up in the now and breaks Sam out of his memory. Neither of them have found anything, but Cas is still interviewing the cat, so…. Just then, Sam sees a picture on the wall and asks Dean if he remembers Fred Jones. I was immediately like, Fred Jones! Scooby-Doo! Hey, what do you want from me? I have a six-year-old.

Turns out Fred was a friend of John’s who knew the boys when they were young – gave them each their first beer before they were double-digits and was psychokinetic. *hand waves* Sam’s like, he’s in room 114.

They head to 114, only to find Fred in a wheelchair, staring at cartoons on a TV, totally checked out. They can’t rouse him, but figure if he’s the one causing the coo-coo that there would be a ‘circle of crazy’ around him, so…Dean takes a book and bashes himself in the face, hard enough to stagger him and they all hear little birdies (I kind of expected to see them, too).

They tell Cas that Fred is a powerful enough psychokinetic person that he can reshape reality. Dr. Mahoney walks in just as Cas asks if they should kill Fred. Whoops.

They boys leave and Dean tells Cas to go invisible and keep an eye on Fried. So, a bit later, there’s a birthday party for Mrs. Tate. Everyone is in the great room. Fred is there, too, changing channels on the TV by tapping his finger. Handy, that. Just as the sparkly candle on the BIG red cake is lit, Fred lands on a Woody Woodpecker cartoon with a big stick of dynamite and...well, you can guess what happens.

Though, I have to admit, when I saw all that red splattered on the wall, my first thought was, nooooo they wouldn’t! They didn’t. It was, as Cas put it, “A pastry mishap.”

The boys show up, Sam realizes that Fred’s gone, and the pretty nurse Dean noticed before is wheeling Mrs. Tate back to her room when Mrs. Tate alerts them to the fact that the nurse is wearing her diamond bracelet. The nurse confesses that her boyfriend (who is also the same male orderly who spoke to Sam earlier) gave it to her, so the trio heads to the bf’s house. They immediately see things he stole from the residents, but then find him on the floor, gut-shot. Whoops.

Dean asks Cas to heal him, and apparently it’s not exactly a painless process, but he’s healed. He tells the guys that Dr. Mahoney took Fred – that he’s been skimming off the residents for years and that he was on his way back to the bank for one last score and then he was going to kill Fred, tie up that loose end. The orderly said he liked Fred and tried to stop him, but didn’t know Mahoney had a gun and got himself shot for his efforts.

Now, I’m not sure, really, what Mahoney was doing at the orderly’s house in the first place. Did you guys get that? *hand wave*

So! The boys head out to the car and Cas wonders if Fred Jones knows what’s going on. Dean mutters that he’s living in a dream world and this gives Sam a second’s pause as he remembers back to that dinner and eavesdropping on Amelia and her dad talking about both of them being messes together while he washes the dishes. The dad comes in to dry and asks Sam about the Impala.

Sam says it was his Dad’s – which is true, of course, but for a moment I expected him to say it was his brother's. The dad offers Sam an olive branch by saying, “Guy had good taste…for a Jarhead.”

In the now, a variation of the brother’s guitar theme (which is my ringtone, by the way) is playing while Dean, Cas, and Sam are heading down an alley. Dean tells them to look for Fred while he checks out the bank. Moments later, Dean finds a black hole and sticks his arm in. He thinks it’s awesome. All I could think was – ack! You don’t know what will happen when you go in there!

I would be no fun on a treasure hunt.

Cas can sense Fred’s power and he and Sam are able to find him in a van near the bank, watching cartoons on a portable TV. Sam tries to get him to snap out of it, just needing to talk to him for a second, but can’t. Cas puts his hands on Sam and Fred and though Sam calls out, “Wait! Wait!” Cas does something and a bright light fills the interior of the van.

Next thing you know, Cas and Sam are inside a cartoon…which just so happens to be inside of Fred’s mind. In there, Fred is a regular guy – clear headed and strong.

In the bank, Dean pulls his gun on Dr. Mahoney, stopping him from clearing out the safety deposit boxes.

Dean: What’s up doc?


In Fred’s mind, Sam’s trying to get Fred to get back into the real world, saying he spent too much time “in here.” The cartoon has shifted to TV fuzz around them.

Fred: You want to know what’s the worst thing that can happen to a guy who’s got a mind like mine? Losing it!

Especially when no one around you knows how powerful it is except the one person who wants to take advantage of it. Poor Fred.

In the bank, Dr. Mahoney is offering Dean half of his haul. Dean’s like, yeah, no. Mahoney jumps Dean, slamming him against the safety deposit boxes. As he turns to flee, Dean fires at him, but only a flag with the word ‘bang’ comes out of the gun. I get that they were going for the cartoon gag, but I was still glad Dean didn’t shoot the guy. For Dean’s sake.

In Fred’s mind, the background has turned to that Technicolor bars that used to come on TV when programming ran out at midnight. I haven’t seen that since I was in middle school, though. Sam is sympathizing with Fred’s need for the cartoons – they were something to hold onto as he felt his mind slipping out of his control.

In the bank, Dean grabs Mahoney in a running tackle and the screen pauses and we see:

Dean Winchester (Hunterus Heroicus)

Dr. Mohoney (Grotesques Villainus)


Mahoney whips out a frying pan (from…?) and bashes Dean in the head with it a few times, the last time leaving a facial imprint in the bottom of the pan, and knocking Dean off his feet. He’s groggy and hearing birdies and Mahoney thinks he’s won, but Dean brought spray paint and says, “X marks the spot.” They both look at the ‘X’ on the ground then up, both rolling out of the way just in time to avoid a falling anvil.

Don’t mess with someone who grew up on cartoons, man.

Meanwhile, Sam’s in Fred’s head giving his speech about waking up from the dream and not running anymore and Cas is watching him, listening closely. I missed the relevance at first. I was thinking that Cas hearing this would be a way for Sam to find a way to talk to Dean about this – I missed how important hearing those words would be to Cas’ own story until he said as much.

Fred listens to Sam, too, and as he does, the Technicolor world goes white.

Dean gets up on shaky legs after avoiding the anvil and Mahoney tries to escape through a black hole, but it’s solid. The cartoon world has been shut down. Mahoney’s like, good, I can use this, pulls out a revolver and aims it at Dean.

However, Fred, Cas, and Sam have arrived – this bank has a terrible security system, seriously – and he stops Mahoney from shooting Dean, saying he’s not going to hurt anyone ever again and forces Mahoney to turn the gun on himself. Dean flinches when the gun goes off, but then says dryly, “That’s all folks.”

Fred is a bit in shock about everything. He’s okay now, he says, but what about in a month? A year?

Fred: Nobody gets sharper with age.

Dean looks pained as he listens to Fred talk about how he’s afraid of what will happen if he loses control again and someone gets hurt again. He asks them to make it stop. Awww.

Cas says there’s a way, but that it will be painful and he’s not sure how much of Fred will be left. Fred’s like, Well, what are you waiting for? Aww, again.

Later in the nursing home, Cas has done his thing and says that Fred – who looks like he’s checked out, but peaceful this time – is happily listening to Ode to Joy. Dean says they can go and that Cas can ride shotgun; he’s earned it.

Cas says he can’t go with them and is about to tell them why – I’m surmising that he was going to say that he’s going up to Heaven to fix things – when Naomi grabs him to her Heavenly Office Space and tells him no.

He can’t go back to Heaven unless she calls him. Period. *grumbles on behalf of Cas*

Then he’s back with the boys, feeling puzzled and unbalanced, and trying to answer Sam’s question of, why can’t you come with us? He says he wants to stay with Mr. Jones for a bit, but he knows he can’t run anymore. Sam blinks and pulls his head back a bit at that. Apparently he didn’t realize how much his words would affect Cas either.

Sam tumbles back into memory land and is at the dinner table, several bottles of beer between himself and Amelia’s dad, listening to a story about Amelia as a kid. The phone rings and she goes to answer it. The dad offers Sam one, and pops the tops off two, handing one to Sam.

Sam: My brother used to do that.

Dad: Yeah? He a good guy?

Sam (eyes soft and sad): Yeah. He was. The best. I lost him. And…then I ran.

Before the dad can say anything to that, Amelia exclaims from the kitchen, then hangs up the phone and comes in the room looking shell shocked. Sam calls her ‘baby’ and asks what’s wrong. She says that Don is alive. I literally breathed out an Oooh, that explains a lot. Like how there was a girl, and then there wasn’t. And how Amelia lay there and watched him walk out. And how he could meet a girl, move in with a girl, and leave a girl in the matter of months. He wouldn’t stay with her if she was technically still married – and she’d been so in love with Don, I could see her wanting to make it work with him.

I bet 'memory' is not the last we see of Amelia, though. Like Benny, like Cas, what happened in that missing year is going to bleed into their reality at some point.

The boys leave the nursing home while Cas sits quietly next to Fred, listening to Ode to Joy.

Have to say, I hope the tablet thing and Naomi using Cas doesn’t put Cas back into the betrayal light. We’ve done that, too, so I really want that to lead someplace else.

Also, thinking about Sam’s reaction to Cas’ “can’t run anymore” comment…I wonder if Sam’s just starting to get that he doesn’t have to look for something else to hang onto. Like all this time – this kind of “checked out” way he’s been behaving, how (with the exception of last week) he hasn’t really even been engaging with Dean – he doesn’t ask about Purgatory, he’s not talking about Amelia – maybe all of that has been him trying to “hang onto the dream” and it’s just coming to him that he can’t do that anymore. That’s killing any chance he has of reconnecting with the only person he has left in the world – his brother. I hope so anyway.

So, nothing earth-shattering, but still entertaining. Based on the previews that I got to see before my DVR switched off, they’re saving the earth-shattering for the mid-season finale.

With that, just a note. I’ll be late with next week’s ramble. I have to go to California for work and it’s a week-long meeting with long-assed days, so I probably won’t be able to watch and ramble until Saturday the 8th. I hope ya’ll will come back – don’t leave me hanging!

Thanks for reading.



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Nov. 29th, 2012 08:24 am (UTC)
Oh you missed something out of your 'loved' part .... the way Deans butt looked in those pants when he was going to sit on the hotel bed and talk to Cas.

I had to rewind a couple of times to have a look. :)
Dec. 1st, 2012 02:41 am (UTC)
OMG! Totally! Why does Jensen have to have such a perfect butt?
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Dec. 5th, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
I think I saw you come back and comment after you watched, so I'll scroll down. :)
Nov. 29th, 2012 11:23 am (UTC)
I suspect something has *already* set off the hinky meter with Dean in regards to Cas. Also of course the last time Cas left him it was to remain in Purgatory and Dean's understandably a little nervous.

Loved that Dean and Sam took the cartoon stuff in stride.
Dec. 5th, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
Sure, just Cas being back from Purgatory has set of Dean's 'hinky' meter, right? He understandably wants to keep him close at first.

Only Sam and Dean could shrug and roll with cartoons becoming reality. *laugh*

Thanks for reading!
Nov. 29th, 2012 11:25 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing your review. I alway love reading you.
Dec. 5th, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! Happy to hear from you. :)
Nov. 29th, 2012 12:35 pm (UTC)
Wheeeee! Fun, fun recap. :) And it was so awesome to see Sam's memories get a bit more...not depth, but...explanation, maybe? I dunno. I *still* think they're kind of weird, and if they were all 'in his head' i frankly wouldn't be surprised. I guess we'll see. Still don't know who was watching him!

I loved Dean and Castiel having a little heart to heart, and oh, Castiel.... *pets him* He really had finally stopped running and is facing up to what he did. No more denial, no more crazy.

Terribly fun episode with nice bits of 'serious'. Perfection!
Dec. 5th, 2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
The flashbacks are both weird and oddly placed, but yes, definitely good to get some more information. I still don't like how Sam has chosen to react/behave, but that doesn't matter, really. It's about the story, so more story is always better. :)

It was a really nice blend of fun and seriousness.

Thanks so much for reading! See you soon!
Nov. 29th, 2012 12:44 pm (UTC)
There was so much good about this episode! I thought they did a great job with it.

There were a few jokes that fell flat for me. They have to walk such a fine line with Cas. They're using an angel as comic relief, which I love. But, I want the humor to still give Cas the dignity he deserves as an angel. There were some times where I was afraid that they were just going to make Cas look silly and stupid- like interviewing the cat.

The other thing that really didn't work for me was the open marriage situation. One of my close friends told me today that they found out her stepson and his wife had decided to follow an open marriage. Yes, they're free to do what they want, but for the parents it really hurts. I just couldn't find a way to be amused by the situation.

You're going on a LOT of work trips these days! My husband HATES travelling for work (except when I get to go with him to France). I hope they go quickly and get you back home soon!
Dec. 5th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
I totally agree about Cas - I have to choose to find him funny, which I did, but I totally hear you in the fact that he's lost his dignity as an angel when he's "dumbed down" too much.

Honestly, though, I'd almost really forgotten that he is, in fact, a powerful being until they had him show his wings in 8.07. They've yo-yo'd his character so much over the seasons....

The open marriage was interesting, but what was funny, to me, was Dean. Funny and refreshing, really, because this is one of the first times he's shown interest in something like a pretty girl or insinuated sex since he's been back -- making me feel like he's starting to get his feet under him.

I AM going on a lot of work trips. It's wearing me out, honestly. I have two more (potentially) to come. One the first week of January and one the last week of January. I'm hoping the last week of January falls out because I kinda need a break. Luckily, when I get home on Friday, I don't have to go anywhere the rest of the month. :) So, yay! :)

How are you healing up?

Talk to you soon!
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Nov. 29th, 2012 01:14 pm (UTC)
Hmm ... wow ... yes ... I'm a little at a loss for words today. Might be because my head's a bit messed up. *g*

First and foremost ... loved the ramble. Sorry for being absent for the last episode. I read the ramble, but couldn't really think of anything to say. I was too tired, too not in the right head space, so ...

I loved this latest episode. I love cartoons and it was a fun idea even though it was gory as well.

On some level, I find Cas's inability to understand what is said without taking it literal a bit annoying. Other angels have been quite capable of understanding and dishing out sarcasm. In a sense, I see Cas as mentally challenged in some way. I don't know. It just irks me a little is all. :)

It's funny about Sam ... I read a ... what do you call it? ... not review ... it was almost a thesis on what might be the problem here (others have had issues with Sam being out of character) and one solution that was brought up was that Amelia isn't real. She's a figment of his imagination. But ... if she's a figment of Sam's imagination, where was he that year? In a padded cell? Did he have a breakdown and get himself locked up? Did he sit in a corner somewhere and not move for a year? There were other theories that made more sense. Like Naomi and her heavenly hoard have somehow influenced him.

I don't know what to believe. I don't really care, to be honest. So Sam's a little out of character, but I'm sure we'll get an explanation. They're heading that way.

Dean seems almost his old self already ... which I find a little unbelievable. With all the crap he's been through in later years, he should be a basket case. Well, or a stone-cold killer who'd fly off the handle at the smallest issue. I'm not overtly satisfied with them skimming over life-altering situations like that. I know it would get really dull really fast if both brothers were incapable of getting back to normal quickly, but ... I'd just like to see more of a backlash of all of this. Then again ... that's what fan-fic is for, eh?

But all in all I'm happy with Season 8. But, then again, I didn't have that much of an issue with the last two seasons either, so ... *shrugs* I just like to go with the flow. :D That's my main reason for signing out of any active fan-sites and staying away from the overtly negative reactions some people have to the show. I prefer to come here. It's civil and most are trying to see it from both sides without ripping into the actors or writers or producers and proclaiming that the show should be according to their wishes because they are the fans and without the fans there would be no show. *rolls eyes* So, thanks for keeping it clean. :D

And thanks for rolling out another wonderfully optimistic and friendly review. :D See you next week. :D

P.S. Weird. I read the ramble, posted this and it ended up at the end of Night of the Hunter. Must a pushed a wrong button. *g* Anyway ... here it is, in the right place. I hope.
Dec. 5th, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry your head's messed up. I hope you're feeling better now (since I'm so late in replying).

Other angels have been quite capable of understanding and dishing out sarcasm.

This is a really good point -- Cas' personality quirks are purely Cas. They aren't typical of angels. Which...is interesting.

Agreed -- they are (slowly) getting us to an explanation with Sam. I'm looking forward to that being resolved and/or using it as a way to work with the brother's relationship. Something more than randomly placed flashbacks. ;)

I'm not overtly satisfied with them skimming over life-altering situations like that. I know it would get really dull really fast if both brothers were incapable of getting back to normal quickly, but ... I'd just like to see more of a backlash of all of this.

I agree -- and I would like it if we didn't have to depend on fanfic for this, but at the same time, like you said, we just go with the flow and hope for the best. :)

I'm glad you prefer to come here. I've not ventured much out of this area either -- Twitter is hard enough at times. There's just a lot of biting and clawing and I don't understand what that's necessary. I'm glad this is a friendly, optimistic place for you to comment, and I really enjoy hearing from you.

See you soon(ish)! :)
Nov. 29th, 2012 02:44 pm (UTC)

If he doesnt stop wearing that, I'm going to die before the season is over.

Hmm I kept changing the channel every time they put Amelia. LOL I stopped giving a fuck about that story line weeks ago. It doesn't matter I was missing
"Sam's side" of things. I just...dont care.

Everything else was entertaining and fun. I got nothing much to say about this episode tbh.
Dec. 5th, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
And you know what's weird about how friggin' awesome he looks in that white shirt? I am not a suit girl. At all. Give me a guy in blue jeans, T-shirt, flannel, leather jacket...that totally curls my toes. So the fact that seeing him in that white shirt turns my crank is quite interesting.

I am really looking forward to the next episode...even though I have to wait until Friday/Saturay to watch. Hope you come back and comment this weekend! :)
Nov. 29th, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
I'm mostly in agreement with you on your likes and dislikes again this week. (Although I completely missed Sam calling Amelia "baby." I did notice how he kept reaching for her and beaming at her fondly while her father told the childhood story. In fact, it was a little overdone, too intense, and it didn't quite track for me. It was kind of like that was how Sam thinks he's supposed to react in that situation. More on this in a minute.)

And of course you watched MASH. An essential part of your cultural education. :)

I thought the whole episode was pretty unevenly paced, and maybe they were trying to convey something cartoonish there, but it didn't really work for me. I'm with you on the effects when they were in Fred's mind, though.

Regarding Fred:

the fact that Fred Jones gave both boys their first beer before they were double-digits, and both of them knew he was psychokinetic (well, Dean knew, anyway) had my head tilting. I didn’t think about it too long, but it messed with my head-canon timeline for some reason.

Probably because back in the day John and Dean were pretty anti-psychic, so it seems more like they'd be trying to hunt Fred rather than being bestest buddies. That's one thing show hasn't been very consistent about. Missouri was cool; Sam having psychic visions really kind of wasn't. Bobby was good with Pam, but Dean later tells Sam that if he didn't know him he would want to hunt him. It's pretty messed up.

Anyway, I don't care nearly as much about Cas' story as I do about Sam and Dean's and their relationship, so my focus all season has been on what actually happened to Sam during the last year and why didn't he look for Dean. I'm not entirely ready to say that Amelia doesn't exist at all—Sam did see her online info when he checked on her that time, although he could be hallucinating that, too, I guess—but I wonder if Sam's "implosion" after Dean's death wasn't more extreme than we know;maybe he had a full-on psychotic break. There's a discussion going on at my DW and LJ accounts about it right now, in fact. I think maybe I would like it if that happened (even though you're correct that we've done the "Sam isn't right" thing, more than once), because it's just about the only good explanation I can find for Sam not looking for Dean. I think it's pretty much the only one the hardcore Sam!girls are going to accept, too, and I really don't want to see them leaving the show/fandom over this. Another explanation could be that the angels had something to do with the whole Amelia situation—either she's one of them, or they somehow put her up to "distracting" Sam so he wouldn't look for Dean and Cas...i don't know. That's less appealing to me, though, because the angel manipulation/angels are dicks thing can get old, too. It'll be interesting, though.

Edited at 2012-11-29 04:02 pm (UTC)
Nov. 29th, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
I really enjoy your reviews...rambles. Lots of fun to read and I really enjoy your love for show and Dean. I'll say this...I'm jealous...seriously ENVIOUS of Dean and how he has a friend he can/is willing to have a heart to heart with. I simply wish Sam had someone on this show he could have a heart to heart with...a friend of his own he can connect and talk to.

Dean has Castiel and apparently benny. Sam has...well, he apparently has only himself and his own subconcious seeing as Ameila is most likely imaginary...or she is real and their relationship is imaginary.

As Sams fan this seriously depresses me. I'm sorry I hope I haven't harshed your squee.
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Nov. 29th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
Episode 8.08
I liked this episode. It really had some great lines. My only complaint--I thought the flashback scenes were painful to sit through. I think it's just me because I am really, really not impressed with Amelia (the actress grates on me for some reason and I'm sure this is part of my problem--also the character turned me off when she talked the way she did to Sam about the dog the first time we saw her). What I thought was poorly done too were the supposed triggers for Sam's flashbacks. They just didn't make sense to me.

All that being said, I LOVE your points, even the ones made about Sam. You're able to find a depth that I initially can't see but then I read your ramble and I get it. I guess I'm too unforgiving because I can't get over the fact that Sam never looked for Dean. I've been mad at him all season for it, and to be honest, I haven't been able to let that go.

One of my favorite parts was the cat saying "dumbass" to Cas. Apparently, I'm easily amused. Besides, my kitty Sam sometimes looks like he wants to say just that. LOL

Oh, by the way, I hear you on "irregardless". That's one of my pet peeves too. Along with "hung" instead of "hanged".

I probably have more to say but that's all I can think of at this precise moment. :-)
Dec. 5th, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Episode 8.08
The flashbacks are just...awkward. Luckily, though, we seem to have made some progress with that story, so hopefully they will be tapering off and we'll get some "in the now" situations with how Sam spent his year in the 2nd half of the season.

Thanks so much for your compliments on the ramble -- I'm thrilled you enjoy reading it and that it offers you some different thoughts. Sometimes I'm so tired when I write it (like this time) I just have to hope it makes sense. LOL!

HAHA! Okay, I'm adding "hung" to my list because you're right...that word has a totally different connotation.... ;)

See you soon!
Nov. 29th, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
Ahh, as always, you have hit my thoughts and process almost to a tee! Just one thing (as a purveyor in this house and an avid watcher of the same) - you missed the Looney Tunes joke at it's conclusion: Fred Jones - Director and Lead Animator of Warner Brothers (at that time).

Loved this eppie. Ws so much more than filler and for once, Sam's flashbacks made sense!! Even his 'meh' when he came across Dean at the cabin almost makes sense - in an 'Of COURSE he shows back up when it all falls apart and I was wrong AGAIN and can I get off this ride now?!' kind of way.

Always love your Rambles. Look forward to the eighth's!!

Nov. 29th, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
I KNEW I recognized that name!!!!
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Nov. 29th, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
Oh boy did I love it :)

Both Cas & Dean had so many funny lines & exchanges but this was my favorite:

"Dean: Cas. Let's go.
Castiel: (interrogating the cat) I've almost cracked him.
Dean: Now.
Castiel: Hey, I'm not through with you. (walks away)
Cat: Dumbass."


I agree on Cas being a great third wheel to the boys, it's like he stabilizes them & grounds them together.. making them a stronger unit. The whole episode had such a nice vibe flowing between the 3 men, from Cas' offer to watch over Dean's sleep (Awww sweet!) to Sam's constant little grins which I found cute, sometimes he's snobby in his reactions to Dean but today he was loving it, even the though of a slumber
/ hair braiding party ;)

& our Dean was rocking the cartoon world! It was very fitting to leave the mind searching to Sam & have Dean kick bad doc's ass :)

I too like the balance between eps, how last week's was very Dean & Cas inclined and this one was more Sam centered but reflected more on Cas' journey too. They were both running away in a way from the past only to realize they can't escape it. With Sam now I'm really baffled.. because if Amelia's husband is indeed alive? Kind of an easy fix for me (soap opera like..) & seems convenient to have it happen just in time for Sam to leave & find Dean alive as well. Actually - your other idea makes more sense to me, just because show draws so many similar lines between Sam & Amelia's stories - lost loved one, feeling of being messed up, military father moving around a lot.. & then both Dean & don coming back to life at around the same time!? Sam's "memories" could be some kind of angel-induced fantasy if you ask me.. Maybe a way to keep him from looking Dean up, by giving him an escape world to run into? *pondering*

Until next time, enjoy California Gaelic! I shall never leave you hanging ;) so see you soon.

Dec. 5th, 2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
Hi you! SO sorry to be so late - but I have to say, I really enjoy your comments. You always make me smile.

California is wet today. Has me missing Kansas. ;)

I like that we're getting some more answers about Sam's past year, but I have to say that I hope that with those answers comes some tapering of the flashbacks for Sam because I just find them awkward. I can't wait to see what they have in store for us with the mid-season finale. Meep!

See you soon!!
Nov. 29th, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
I think challenging perception is what this is all about, and has been from the start - Dean's perception of what happened in Purgatory with Cas turned out to be wrong so is his perception of what happened with Benny and who Benny really is right? Cas is having his mind messed with and his memories altered again, so is what is happening to him everything that is going on? Probably not. Sam's flashbacks are all glowing and lovely even when what he is remembering is painful and unpleasant - is that all real?

Then this whole episode ended up being about warping reality by the power of a mind, and how Cas as an angel can walk into someone's unconscious... All the character's perceptions are being tested, so I have to assume that ours are too.

BJ Hunnicut! Awesomesauce. And that ending gave me a little tear in the eye, a poignant image with the old man smiling with Beethoven in his head. I was surprised they had Fred kill the doctor, and was interested to see the shock on Dean's face - it looked as though he was half relieved he hadn't had to pull the trigger on a human himself. Which given how hard he'd seemed when he first returned from Purgatory, is kind of hopeful for his future well being.

Honestly? I am so loving all the depth this season is giving us and I can't wait to see how it all unfolds!

Dec. 5th, 2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
Then this whole episode ended up being about warping reality by the power of a mind, and how Cas as an angel can walk into someone's unconscious... All the character's perceptions are being tested, so I have to assume that ours are too.

I love this. This is right where my head is at, too.

And the perception manipulation...I really wonder how much it has to do with the angels -- not only playing with Cas, but I wonder how much they had to do with Sam's year and Don's return and if maybe they are the "they" who gave him the clues he needed to get a human out of Purgatory.

I can't wait to see where they take us next with this.

Totally on board with the depth of S8. :) And I'm loving that you're enjoying it as well! See you soon!
Nov. 29th, 2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
"But…I’m starting to think I might’ve been mistaken about there being more. Based on his memory of dinner with Amelia’s dad and his subsequent impassioned speech to Fred about not running anymore, I think it might be just what he said: he thought Dean was dead. He “lost” him. And he ran."

Is this not what I've been saying????

Sometimes people just react, They don't think. They just DO.

I admit Cas's reappearance annoys me because i'm tired of fans acting like it's the Castiel show, but I did find him terribly amusing and his interractions with Dean were charming. And yes, Sam and Dean seemed very in sync for a change. Castiel doing his Columbo routine on that woman had me on the floor. Sniffing that body, every wierd thing you can think of.

I agree about Sam's flashbacks, they kind of remind me of musicals where everyone just stops dead and isngs and dances and then goes on likie nothign happened. I accept that in a musicalo but they're a little jarring here because while Deans flashbacks are fast and dirty, the slowness of Sam's are more disruptive to the pace of the show.

And I wanted to totally punch out Amelias father, although i will give him kudos for being a perceptive SOB cause truly, he called it, regarding Sam and Amelia's relationship. Not to mention him seeing 'the look' in Sam of a soldier.

Their reaction about Olivia and the dead guys wife relationship was priceless, Dean was SO Dean.

Yes on the Dean/white shirt.
And I have always wanted my own portable hole, either to fall into or shove other people into.

Dean shuttinig the computer and walking over to Cas, not angry, sitting down and saying talk to me, stunned me. Thats the last thing I expected him to do.

"miss interpret" ?? seriously? (misinterpret)

The winch the wench used need a vile vial of lube to make the sale of the sailboat function.
(I'm sorry, I could not resist, I know it was late when you wrote this)

Thats funnty that yourt reaction to Dean sticking his hand in that hole was you don't know what in there, mine was, Man I'd HAVE to try it.

And I LOVED the 'pause' in the Dean/bad guy chase and the titles. brought back many joyous hours of Roadrunner cartoons.

I so saw that Don is alive phone call coming. Unfortunately while it worked for the storyline my first thought was how trite. But I felt terrible for Sam. He looked like he'd been gutted.

And I'm sorry. What kind of a husband just ups and joins the army without even a by your leave?
And Next weeks show has Benny in it!!! Yay. Dean and Benny. I'm sorry but I find their relationship incredibly satisfying on levels I can't even explain. Partly i think because with Cas, sometimes it's like Dean is dealing with a slightly slow witted child. With Benny its one man to another. someone with whom he shared an experience that only he and Benny will ever really understand.

Nov. 29th, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
just so you know. I see the many hundreds of typos in my comment where my 7 extra fingers hit the keys. You may point and laugh.
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Nov. 29th, 2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
Surprisingly, I enjoyed the episode. I had thought it was going to be an aimless one-shot but it actually had meaning, content and humor.

I enjoyed having Cas with the boys. He does work as a good buffer and-though it is sad that any buffer is needed at all- he makes things more normal for me.
I loved the conversation he with Dean and I was glad that Dean instigated the talk. I understand how Cas feels and I know Dean does too.
Cas worked rather well here. I did question the constant use of his powers- if he can do so much what is there for Dean and Sam to worry about? But I am glad to see he is still an Angel and I hope he remains one for the time being. Perhaps his "redemption" will be his becoming a Real Human? Maybe that is where he has been aimed the entire time. We will see.

I found the storyline a good one; the cartoon effects and Mike Farrell worked very well.

I was glad the 'monster' got killed at the end. For me the most evil and scary of 'monsters' are human ones and I am grateful when they are put down.

I am not interested in Naomi; I am tired of the entire Angel line. I wish they were gone and Cas was our only connection to them. I am interested in where Cas is going but I am glad he is not the "third wheel". He is an excellent supporting character and I want him to stay that way.

For me the fb conversation between Sam and Amelia's Dad did nothing. "I lost my brother. And I ran." If that is the only reason given for this character's actions Sam Winchester should hire an attorney and sue for slander and defamation of character.

Your thought- and one I have heard before- that Sam's fbs may be a dream or a memory implanted in his mind would much more acceptable to me than the crap we have been shown so far.

I hope the Imposter Sam does not return next week. I have enjoyed having the Real Sam back.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

My best to you and yours,
Dec. 12th, 2012 03:34 pm (UTC)
So...a week late, but I'm here! Replying! LOL! I know it seems weird now that we have another show under our belt, but I want to make sure I reply to each comment and share with you how much I appreciate your time.

Perhaps his "redemption" will be his becoming a Real Human? Maybe that is where he has been aimed the entire time. We will see.

I wondered about that myself. I think he is fascinated and intrigued by humans and I wonder if that might be the direction they're heading.

When I first read "fb conversation" my brain went "facebook" - LOL! Took me a second to connect it to "flashback." Silly Gaelic.

SO, clearly now we know that his flashbacks are real -- which makes me hope even more that they're over and done with because they really didn't work for me. I don't begrudge Sam a simpler, more heart-driven storyline, but I just didn't like those flashbacks (especially in comparison to Purgatory).

Thank YOU for your time. I'll talk to you over on the other Ramble soon. :)

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