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Stream of Consciousness, Episode 5.11

The Eye

I swear there was a perfect storm of “how to prevent Gaelic from seeing the boys” around me this week. Starting with an all-nighter thanks to a work deadline on Tuesday night, coupled with an all-nighter to tend a sick Mo Chuisle on Wednesday night, and culminating in a visit from the parental units. I almost didn’t watch tonight. I was starting to feel certain there were demonic forces at work…

But… man was it good to see them. I'm sorry if this Ramble is shorter or feels hurried. It's no reflection on how much I enjoyed the show or seeing our boys. I'm just tired.

 

The previouslys made me think, once again, about the time between each episode for the boys. We never really know. I mean once in awhile we get a “for the last few weeks/days” kind of comment, but… seeing Jo and Ellen die again made me wonder how long the two of them have had to walk around with that weight and grief. Long enough, it seems, for Sam to consider voluntarily checking into a mental hospital to be a good idea.

As if getting put in jail on purpose wasn’t bad enough.

‘Course, jail was Dean’s idea and the nuthouse was Sam’s, so… maybe they’re even?

We’re in Ketchum, OK (which always makes me think Hal Ketchum which always makes me think country music which always makes me think cowboys…) at the Glenwood Springs Mental Hospital. Nice play on the epi title, writers. I love how they keep getting more and more clever with that. We see poor doomed Susie the schizophrenic who sees her dead son that burned up in a fire trying to convince the head doc that a monster prompted Annie’s, a fellow patient, suicide. Predictably, the doc declares emphatically that there is no such thing as monsters.

Just as predictably, Susie is the next to die—apparent suicide with wrists slashed after hearing noises in the vent and screaming for help while beating on the door. Because suicides usually scream for help just before slitting their wrists… silly doctors.

Next thing you know, our boys are sitting in front of the very same doctor. He’s reading from a chart that says they were referred to him by a Dr. Barbar out of Chicago, cleverly clueing in on the pseudonym.

Dean: “I…don’t own any elephant books.”

Hee.

Dean calmly states that Sam is ‘cuckoo’ and Sam just as calmly replies that he’s not crazy…maybe a little depressed after starting the apocalypse. So…we’ve decided to go with the truth, have we boys? *grins* I love these guys. Dean tries to explain that it wasn’t Sam’s fault…he isn’t evil, you see, he was just high on demon blood!

Dean: “So could you fix him up so we can get back to traveling around the country hunting monsters?”

Heh. And total aside? Weirdly enough I used almost that same line in the last chapter of Wearing and Tearing.

After cancelling his lunch (eliciting a brotherly, reassuring arm pat from Dean to Sam), Dr. There’s No Such Thing As Monsters Fuller orders them to be kept for observation. A perky nurse leads them into a room for a check-up. Dean is first and, with eyes narrowed, calls her “Nurse Ratchet” and informs her that he’s seen Cuckoo’s Nest so don’t try anything sketchy. She replies “okey-dokey” and he quirks his head at that.

Me too, since we know from Nightshifter that a phrase like that usually makes the user okay in Dean’s book. Perky Nurse instantly went on my radar.

When the brothers next meet in the common room, complete with comfy slippers, v-neck T’s, and soft blue robes, they look less than happy.

D: “How was your Silkwood shower?”

S: “Great water pressure. Did the nurse…?”

D: “She was very thorough.”

*smirk*

Dean is Not Happy about being talked into this gig, and in a rapid fire of information we find out that they are there because Martin, a fellow hunter who saved John multiple times, called them. He was a good hunter, it seems, until Albuquerque. And here, I have to segue. Have any of you seen the Jeremy Piven comedy, The Goods: Live Hard Sell Hard? If you have, you know why the repeated references to “what happened in Albuquerque” had me chuckling. *ahem* Sorry. Moving on!

We also find out that Sam is worried about Dean because he “always does this” with the stuffing of emotions and the not dealing with stuff. Sam tells him he can’t keep doing that; Dean’s all, “Watch me.”

Seriously, though, I wonder how the guy doesn’t have an ulcer.

They find Martin and after his face lights up, the first thing he says is, “You boys got big!” Awww… I can’t explain it, but that just totally endeared Martin to me. Hunter-breakdown or no hunter-breakdown. I did NOT want him to be a) the bad guy or b) dead by the end of the episode.

Martin doesn’t know what they’re dealing with, but one thing’s for sure, there’s no way he’s going to check out the dead bodies. Dr. Fuller summons them for group—using their alias’ Alex and Eddie (*LAUGH*!! Van Halen rocks!) but separates them saying that their relationship is dangerously co-dependent.

Yeah, well, when you’ve faced death daily (yours or your loved ones) all of your life and have been to Hell and back, you tend to want to keep those you have left as close as possible. Plus? Their lives depending on them knowing what the other is going to do before the other knows it. So…step off, doc!

*ahem*

We go to Group with Sam and Ted, a patient who witnessed poor Susie’s demise, is trying to convince everyone that a monster was after him. Fuller shuts him down with another “there’s no such thing as monsters” declaration…putting him on my radar.

Meanwhile, Dean is beating himself at checkers when a pretty female doc shows up to ‘chat.’ Dean immediately turns on the charm and she responds, “You must be my paranoid schizophrenic with narcissistic personality disorder and a religious psychosis.”

Hey, we all got problems, doc. Though, taken as a whole, she’s not completely wrong. However, living the life he has? It’s a wonder he can function at all. He tells her he has questions, she’s like, what a coincidence, so do I.

“Quid pro quo, Clarice,” Dean replies with an impressive Hannibal Lecture slurp.

She fires questions at him like, “How much do you sleep?” (3-4 hours, every couple of nights) “How much do you drink?” (50-ish drinks a week) “When’s the last time you were in a long-term relationship over 2 months?” (Never) Meanwhile, Dean’s asking about the suicides, if she’s noticed black smoke, cold spots, all the usual demon hunter stuff. He tells her he hunts demons and she comes back with, “Let’s talk about your father…”

Okay, that? Came out of nowhere. I mean, sure, usually you see psychiatrist blame issues of today on the damage of our past and our past is paved with the influence of our parents, but to hone in on his father seemed like she knew something about him. ‘Course, it could be written off as a male connection. Had Dean been female, she might’ve said, “Let’s talk about your mother.” But still. She went on the list.

So, Sam finds Dean as he’s coming out of session and Dean looks very troubled. Furrowed brow, pursed lips, eyes on the middle distance, the works. Sam asks him if he’s okay and Dean replies that he just got raped, so…no. He wants to get this done and get out of there. Place gives him the creeps. Out of nowhere a pretty girl walks up, plants a big ol’ kiss on Dean (who reciprocates), tells him her name is Wendy, and smacks his tush as she walks away. Dean rolls his lips in against his teeth as he watches her walk away.

S: “Dean. You cannot hit that.”

D: “Oh, so torn…”

HEH.

Next thing you know, it’s between shifts and Sam has picked his way out of his room to meet Dean in the hallway; they’re on their way to Ted’s room to inquire about the monster. Just as they get there, though, Ted is being attached, dragged UP the length of the door. Sam starts to pick the lock. Dean is anxious to get in there and save him and tells Sam to hurry.

Sam snaps, “Back off, Dean!”

Hmm… Looking back, knowing what I know, that was really our first sign (IMO) that things were unraveling for them. Both a play-up of Sam’s rage and of Dean’s fear.

Ted…doesn’t make it. So, since Glenwood Springs is apparently the least secure mental hospital in all of OK (and quite possibly the US), the boys make their way down to the morgue. They pull out the try with Ted’s body on it and Sam finds a hole at the base of Ted’s scull which he proceeds to put a swab in up to the dude’s brain. UCK. He wants to find out why, so Dean gladly keeps watch outside while Sam, channeling his inner M.E., cuts off the top of the dude’s head and pulls out a blackened, sucked-dry brain.

EWW!

Dean comes back in and tells him to put the dude’s head back together because someone’s coming. They put Ted away and clean up just as Perky Nurse walks in, inquiring what they’re doing there. They hesitate, looking awkward, and I tell you, I was NOT sure what they were going to do/say to get out of this one. Seriously. No, seriously.

Dean suddenly drops trow, does a little jig thing and in a voice of a five year old hollers, “Pudding!” What. The. Hell?? *BWAH!* Well, he did say he’d seen Cuckoo’s Nest. Oh, boys.

They find Martin, who has John Wayne Gacey-worthy pictures of clowns that he’s drawn taped up to his wall. They’re telling him what they found when they cut open Ted’s head. Martin shows them a freaky sketch and tells them that he thinks they’re hunting a wraith. Which, made me laugh because while the lore was different, I’d used that baddie before. Apparently silver kills it, they can pass as humans, and it will show its true form in a mirror.

They suck out the brains, so a mental hospital? Perfect hunting ground. For the wraith, anyway. Not so much for our hunters.

A little while later, Dean’s leaning against a wall, looking up in one of the security mirrors at the people and the Pretty Doc shows up. She wants to know why he has to be the one to hunt monsters; why can’t someone else do it?

It was a question we know Dean has wondered before when his life has knocked him around one too many times. It’s a question he asked at his father’s grave in the dijinn’s reality. And the answer then was the same as the one he gave her: it’s his job.

However, before he replied, there’s an awesome profile shot as he’s contemplating the question. It catches his physical beauty: the jaw, the lips, the lashes all illuminated a bit in the odd lighting of the hospital set and giving him an almost ethereal look. And it catches the character beauty: resolute determination chased by profound weariness.

I had to freeze my TV for a moment. Apieceofcake? If you’re reading? GREAT banner shot there…

The ensuing conversation twisted my gut a little to hear as I watched my hero struggle with his truth.

D: “It’s my job. Someone has to save people’s assess, including yours.”

Doc: “Is there a quota? How many people do you have to save?”

D: “All of them. It’s the end of the world and if I don’t stop it, then no one will and we all die.”

Doc: “Monsters or no monsters, what a crushing weight to have on your shoulders…how do you get up in the morning?”

D: (with eyes large and jaw muscle bunching) “Good question.”

Now here, for just a moment, I thought I had it solved. I thought she was the wraith and had somehow fooled the mirror. Either that or she had the hotts for Dean. Because who thinks to ask those questions? The very questions that get to the heart of his personal fears, his weariness, his weakness? The questions that he secretly asks himself?

Oh, clever, clever writers. How I love thee.

As Dean is struggling with the inner demons Pretty Doc has unleashed in his gut, Dr. Fuller strolls by and Dean sees his face in the mirror. It’s like a modernized version of the ‘host’ from Tales from the Crypt. It’s a face eaten by leprosy. Hideous and frightening. Dr. There’s No Such Thing As Monster was the wraith!!

SO, taking full advantage of the minimum security in the hospital, Sam manages to find three silver-plated letter openers and he, Dean, and Martin have a confab in the hallway making their plans to kill the wraith. In middle of this, Wendy the Nympho comes up, plants a wet one on Sam who sheepishly shrugs as he kisses her back while Dean looks on in mild disgust mixed with mild interest.

“I want him now. He’s larger.” Oh, Wendy. You fickle thing. *is laughing*

Dean simply shrugs and informs his brother that he’s had worse. Martin, meanwhile, is busy balking at the thought of actually participating in this hunt he started. He can’t, you see. Not after what happened in Albuquerque. He said he used to be like them—thought he was invincible. Then he found out he wasn’t. Thing is? I actually feel for him. It’s like a regular guy trying to fight alongside superheroes. Both Dean and Sam have been dead and returned to life through extraordinary, supernatural means. Even if you didn’t know that, you’d get the sense that they felt special.

Poor Martin.

So…Martin elects to stay at the Hotel California and the boys split up. Sam runs into Fuller and attacks, cutting the doc’s arm. Orderlies pulls Sam off and the boy WAILS on them—shoving one man’s head through a window. *YIPE!* He continues after Fuller and the only thing that stops him from killing the doc is Martin jumping on Sam, pulling his arm back and pointing out that the cut on the doc’s arm wasn’t burning.

Wrong guy. WHOOPS!

Sam has to work hard to get a grip on himself. They put him back in his room, drugged to the gills. Dean works his way in and find Sam, asking worriedly if his brother is alright.

S: “No, I’m not okay…I’m…awesome.”

Dean says that Sam always was a happy drunk…which isn’t exactly true. In Playthings, Sam was downright morose and melancholy, asking his brother to promise to kill him. Anyway, Dean’s like, my bad, I picked the wrong guy and Sam proposes that Dean may in fact actually be crazy.

S: “You’ve been half crazy for a long time and since you came back from Hell…maybe you’ve finally cracked.”

Dean does this downward glance/wince thing that’s part “whatever, dude” and part “maybe you’re right.” Makes my heart pang a bit. He tells Sam that he just made a mistake and Sam grabs him clumsily and says, “It’s okay, hey, look at me. It’s okay. ‘Cause you’re my brother and I still love you.” Then he tweaks Dean’s nose, grinning like a full-on five year old.

Freakin’ adorable.

Dean’s storming down the hall away from Sam’s room and Pretty Doc shows up. There’s an orderly watching them who pays special attention when Dean snaps, “I’m fine” at Pretty Doc. She tells him he’s not fine and that the pressure and guilt is killing him and he can’t save everyone. Then suddenly, revealing it mere seconds after I finally figured it out for myself (the orderly tipped me off), she goes all personal truth on him, calls him Dean and lays out all of the things only Dean would see as failings:

-          He “got” Jo and Ellen killed

-          He couldn’t ‘gank’ Lucifer

-          He couldn’t stop Sam from killing Lilith

-          He broke the first seal

 

She tells him that the world is going to end bloody and there’s nothing he could do about it. How does she know all this? Because she isn’t real. SHE’S IN HIS HEAD!! Dean’s eyes go wide and wet and he kinda staggers at this realization. He’s actually going crazy. He’s seeing things—seeing monsters. He stumbles down the hall, hip deep in a full-on freak-out. Staggering against a wall, he sees faces in the mirrors turn to monsters, wraiths. He makes his way to a door but doesn’t have the strength to open it, ending up slumping in a corner, trembling and near tears.

Sam, meanwhile, is in time-out in a solitary room. Dr. Fuller checks on him and Sam apologizes, says he had a moment of clarity and he realizes there’s no such thing as monsters. Dr. Fuller’s like, that’s cool, but your anger is gonna get the best of you. He says Sam was like ‘a man possessed’ when he went after him and if there’s one more outburst like that, he’s transferring him to a place that handles violent patients. Yipe!

Sam’s like, okay, I promise, goes out to the common room, and suddenly everyone—including (he thinks) his brother is calling him a freak and saying he’s a monster and he just starts swinging. ‘Course, he’s swinging at nothing, so the orderlies take him down and away while Dean looks on cowering and shaking in a corner. He doesn’t stay down long, though, our boy. Dean may be a victim of his own fear of going crazy, of the life he’s led getting to him and taking away his last semblance of control, but he’s still Dean. He’s still a hunter. And his instincts are on rapid-fire alert. He goes and wakes up Martin, sweating his way through a proposed solution. Crazy is the key.

He stutters and stammers, figuring out that the only way he and Sam would both lose it on the same day is if they were infected—by a touch or venom or…saliva! He instantly goes to Wendy…but…that was too easy. Dean and Martin head to Wendy’s room (which…how they all know each other’s rooms is a puzzle, but oh well) and get there just in time to see Perky Nurse retract a pokey thing from Wendy’s skull. The girl’s wrists are cut and she’s bleeding all over the bed.

I pumped my fist in the air when I saw it was Perky Nurse. I knew it! ‘Course…I’d also been sure it was two other people, but she’d been on my list! Dean’s not sure if what he’s seeing is real, but when the Wraith starts the beat down, he learns quickly. She wails on him, too. Martin cuts the wraith and goes to Wendy as the Wraith escapes. Wendy’s still alive and Martin barks an order—in a very John Winchester-like voice—to go after it. Dean’s groggy and dizzy. He can’t focus and everything is too bright and sharp.

He says at first that he can’t, but then pulls it together enough to stagger down the hall after Perky Nurse.

Sam, poor guy, is missing out on all of this because he’s strapped down on a bed (which had to be sending him back to that panic room) in a padded cell. Perky Nurse steps in and Sam demands she let him go. He sees her horrific reflection in the mirror and is all, “It’s you!”

She monologues for a bit about yummy crazy brains, and reveals that she doesn’t make the crazy…she just cranks up (through touch) what’s already there.

So, we know Sam has had an issue with rage; the demon blood brought to the surface what he already had simmering. And Dean having to deal with the fear of not being enough—falling victim to the monsters he hunts, not saving the people he’s supposed to save, not doing his job—shines a light on why he fell victim to the ghost sickness in Yellow Fever and Sam didn’t. They may be each others’ Achilles Heel, but they have their own weaknesses to constantly, constantly overcome.

I love how human that makes them. How tangible. Though compared to Martin they may seem superhuman, they are broken just like everyone else. And, ultimately? I think it’s this human quality, the fact that nothing comes easy, and they pay a secret price every day the make it out alive, that’s going to give them the edge over evil in the end.

Anyway, back to Sam. Just as she’s about to stick the pokey thing in him, Dean staggers in and says in a rough-edged, shaking voice, “You get away from him.” YAY!! That’s my boy! The wraith smirks and says, “You think this is going to end well?” Dean’s like, “No, but I’m crazy, so what the hell.”

She wails on him some more, pinning him to the wall by the throat and releasing the pokey thing right at his forehead. Dean, coughing, choking, reaches up with a shaking hand and breaks off the pokey thing. The wraith screams in pain, blood spewing from the broken end of the pokey thing. Dean gags slightly, then grabs the letter opener and stabs the wraith, who slides down the wall in a steamy, not-so –perky dead blob.

Dean’s vision wavers and then steadies. He takes a breath then turns to his brother. Sam looks at him and in a voice that I swear came from the mouth of a twelve-year-old asks, “You still crazy?” Dean releases his straps with a “No more than usual,” and before there can be much “thanks for saving my life” stuff, an alarm sounds.

The boys are running out of the least secure mental hospital in the US—their blue robes flapping—sans Martin. They make it to the Impala, which was parked on a road near the hospital. Dean’s ready for a drink…or twelve…but Sam skids to a stop just before getting in. He says that the wraith was right: he’s angry all the time. He used to be angry at Dean and John, and then at Ruby and Lilith…he makes excuses, but…basically he’s mad all the time and he doesn’t know why.

Really, Sam? You don’t? Because I think if my mom were killed in my nursery and I was violated at 6 months with demon blood and my big brother’s childhood was taken from him and I watched him carve out a hole inside himself to hide while he became a soldier and my Dad turned numb to the world and to his sons except in extreme situations and I spent my life without any roots or any one place to call home and the first time I found solace it was taken from me violently and I was killed and forced to kill just to survive and I lost my brother in a bloody Hellhound attack and was told that ‘it had to be me’ that went evil and that my brother might have to kill me and that I was to be Lucifer’s vessel without any choice or opinion or viable way to change any of it…I might be mad, too.

Dean rounds on him with a big, “So what? What are you gonna do? You gonna say yes to Lucifer? What?”

Sam pulls in on himself with a, “No, of course not.”

D: “Exactly. You’re going to take all that crap and you’re gonna bury it ‘cause that’s how we keep going…that’s how we don’t end up like Martin. Are you with me?”

Sam pauses just long enough for a slice of true fear to cut through Dean’s eyes and he repeats, “Are you with me?”

Sam says softly, “I’m with you.”

And they get in the Impala, blue robes and all, and head down the road.

WOW. Gone eight weeks and the MotW episode really dug into us! I don’t know where they’re going to end up, but I can promise you this: I’ll be watching when they get there. Because anger or no anger, fear or no fear, crazy or sane, these guys are the real deal.

Thanks for reading!

 

 


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novembersguest
Jan. 22nd, 2010 06:41 am (UTC)
Despite the fact that it would've been better to wait until I posted my own review (to keep my own thoughts clean), I went ahead and read--just had to reconnect, ya know? I noticed we both had the same thought that Sam snapping at Dean to, "Back off," was our first clue what Sam's issues would be (and that there was something wrong going on). I wonder if perhaps our first clue with Dean was that he was playing checkers against himself....joyfully?! Lol!

I thought this was a great episode, actually even took some notes because it was an important one for getting into the boys' heads! So much to discuss and analyze, ya know? We even got a glimpse of Sam's thoughts! Makes me wonder where they're going with all this? Hmmm.

Anyway, it's awesome to be getting back into a Thursday routine and it's awesome to be able to link to your reviews again. Thanks for making time even though you sound beyond worn! *props you up while you get some rest*

*hugs*
gaelicspirit
Jan. 23rd, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
Okay -- first? I am SO HAPPY to see you!! I've missed you. And not just through the hiatus. :)

You're so right -- it was awesome getting our Thursday routine back. :) Now I just need a Thursday where there isn't 5 other things going on. Next week? I have bookclub. *sigh* But the booooooyyysss are on!! :)

I hope you have a good weekend. I still have the parents here and Mo Chuisle is...well, she being VERY THREE. If I hadn't already survived her infantcy, I'd wonder if one could actually die from sleep deprivation.

Talk soon!
sanderspleen
Jan. 22nd, 2010 07:54 am (UTC)
Awesome ramble GS! It really felt like we had our favorite show back. The play on the boys' own personal issues while trying to kill the monster of the week......felt like season one. It was SUCH a fantastic episode.

I just have to make this one comment.......Dean dropping his pants and yelling "pudding!" had me rolling!!!! I laughed so hard at that!!! It was so unexpected.....and just something Dean would do. Jensen just kills me. That boy can pretty much make any scene seem natural. His ability to put out the humor is so natural.

Thanks so much for doing these rambles! I absolutely love reading them after the episode.....not that I can always make it righ then. You rehash the eps so well. And sometimes when reading your perspective , you catch things that I had missed or somehow didn't get. Like.....Alex and Eddie! Well, DUH!!! I sat through the whole episode trying to figure out why they chose those names. And Van Halen is like one of the best friggin' rock bands! How the heck did I miss that? Not to mention the connection with "co-dependency' issues.....Dean being Eddie. Not because of the drinking, but just the co-dependency in general. That was just smart writing!

I'm completely unspoiled other than the previews at the end of this episode and I'm so excited to see how they play the rest of the season out. And yet nervous, depending on whether or not a 6th season does or doesn't happen.

Damn! Another whole week of work before we can watch the boys again. Grrr!
gaelicspirit
Jan. 23rd, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

Girl, you crack me up -- I can't believe YOU didn't get "Alex and Eddie"... HAHAHA! So funny.

I'm with you on the unspoiled -- with the exception of the fact that I know the upcoming titles for a couple in February. Other than that...we'll find out what happens together!

And the word on the street is, we WILL have a season 6. I'm pondering that one.

Take care of you!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 22nd, 2010 08:06 am (UTC)
Crazy. I'm crazy for feelin' so lonely...
I think I know where they possibly got this idea for this ep. I saw on tv awhile back this thing about urban legends and there was this one urban legend about a college student, a psychology major who faked being loco en el cabesa and had himself committed to a mental hospital for a research paper or something. He quickly dropped his act once he was in but he must've given a very believably performance because the Doc didn't believe him! The kid was desperately trying to get the doc to listen but the more frustrated he got at the Doc, the more crazy he looked. He'd act out and go ape shit which resulted of having put into the lockdown room for a while. In short, the kid truly for-real, went crazy from being locked up for so long. Okay, it doesn't exactly sound like the episode. No wraith or two gorgeous brother/hunters with issues but you get the idea. :D

Nurse Perky was on my list from day one when they aired that scene in a clip on youtube. She was just waaaay too perky for my liking. But Dr. Fuller and Dean's shrink were also on my list as well but they were way down. lol

Why didn't you use that line for "Wearing and Tearing"?? Do you know how cool it would've been if you did use it and then watch it on tonight's episode? Dude, it would be like you're channeling Kripke or the writers. Practically on the same wavelength. Just makes you that closer to the Krip. lol

And yes, I quickly fell for Martin too in that scene. I was hoping he wasn't the wraith either because he became a little suspicious when he said that they could take human-form. So glad he wasn't and that he didn't die. Tho I wish they could've did something to find out what happened to Martin at the end to wrap it up but oh, well. :D

Dean- "I just got 'theraped'. " That line just sounded so wrong to me. LOL.

Dude. Seriously. SERIOUSLY. "Pudding!" is never gonna sound the same to me. Ever. Again. Oh my god, my side hurt from laughing so hard. LMAO.

*reads Ramble again* Basically all your favorite moments, scenes and lines and your thoughts on them, are the same as mine which is starting to make me think that not only are you channelling the writers at SN but maybe me as well. Just do me a favor? Stay out of my brain! :P Now get some rest woman! Hope your daughter is feeling better. :)
(Anonymous)
Jan. 22nd, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Crazy. I'm crazy for feelin' so lonely...
Sorry. I forgot to write my name. It was me Crash_n_Burn. lol :D
lovinjackson
Jan. 22nd, 2010 08:46 am (UTC)
Hey!

I just got finished watching and i thought i would come here first. I am so relieved to see them back. I didnt notice the break so much because life had just gotten that damn hectic. BUT Seeing them again gave me such a sense of relief on a day where I really needed it too.

All the things you mentioned? Ditto! I was pretty much thinking the same most of the way through this, was accusing the same people etc. I love the real good "who done it" episodes.

Jensen just shined in this though didnt he? I mean Jared did too, dont get me wrong. But I think especially that first moment when he realised he was going nuts and couldnt open the door and just sort of shrunk in the corner almost in tears ... ohhhhhhh brilliant. Our boy is brilliant!

Ditto and Word to everything LOL

Glad to be back at this :)
gaelicspirit
Jan. 23rd, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
HI!!!

Are you having fun in Bendigo??

I already made all my comments over on your review/Journal, but I wanted to say thank you for coming here, for reading and for DITTOing!! :)

*loves*

But I think especially that first moment when he realised he was going nuts and couldnt open the door and just sort of shrunk in the corner almost in tears ... ohhhhhhh brilliant. Our boy is brilliant!

WORD!!

*sigh*

He's not okay. He's awwwwweeesoooommmeee.
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marta_kent
Jan. 22nd, 2010 09:01 am (UTC)
Thank you!!!
gaelicspirit
Jan. 23rd, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!

Good to see you, btw. I hope you had a good holiday and that your family is well and happy.
spike247uk
Jan. 22nd, 2010 09:42 am (UTC)
thank you so much for such a wonderful review - cannot wait to see it later tonight :)
gaelicspirit
Jan. 23rd, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! :) I hope you enjoyed it when you got to see it!! Always so great to see our boys, isn't it??
chiiyo86
Jan. 22nd, 2010 10:41 am (UTC)
I thought your ramble was as good as usual! It feels good to be back, isn't it?

I enjoyed the episode, even though after spending two months waiting impatiebtly for this episode i feel a little ... underwhelmed, maybe? But this was to be expected - to satisfy me it would have to be much longer than 40 min!

while Sam, channeling his inner M.E., cuts off the top of the dude’s head and pulls out a blackened, sucked-dry brain.

This was absolutely disgusting. Really, ew. I couldn't believe they went there. And isn't it the second time we see Sam cutting bodies? That boy missed his calling...

Which, made me laugh because while the lore was different, I’d used that baddie before.

Hee, I totally thought of you at this moment!

He tells Sam that he just made a mistake and Sam grabs him clumsily and says, “It’s okay, hey, look at me. It’s okay. ‘Cause you’re my brother and I still love you.” Then he tweaks Dean’s nose, grinning like a full-on five year old.

It was really adorable. How rare is it to see one of them tell the other he loves him (so rare that I think it never happened before!)? Of course Sam was drugged, but still. It's a scene to remember.

gaelicspirit
Jan. 23rd, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
And isn't it the second time we see Sam cutting bodies? That boy missed his calling...

True that. And he wasn't always so... un-squeemish. *quibs*

How rare is it to see one of them tell the other he loves him (so rare that I think it never happened before!)?

I know. I was trying to think if the 'L' word had actually be used out loud before. I know Sam's said, "You're my brother and I'd die for you," and Dean has so much as said it in every sacrifice he's made... but have either of them actually said it out loud before this?

Curious.

Thank you so much for reading!! :)
apieceofcake
Jan. 22nd, 2010 11:37 am (UTC)
It's so good to have them back ♥

Thanks hun and the banner moment noted ;-)

xx.
gaelicspirit
Jan. 23rd, 2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
Agreed!!

And *squee!* I can't wait to see your art -- WHEN you have time, that is. No pressure! :)

*hugs*
sojourner84
Jan. 22nd, 2010 12:33 pm (UTC)
Welcome Back!
Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. I really enjoyed this episode, despite feeling so sad for our boys. Getting to see how much they hold in and deal with...especially at the end when you knew all Dean had at that moment was Sam's word that he was with him. He wouldn't be able to take anything else right then...and that really made me hurt for them. But I'm hopeful. Like you were saying, this brokenness in a sense could very well be what saves them in the end. This very flawed, tangibly and utterly human side.

I was laughing through your review at how you said the hospital wasn't very secure. My thoughts exactly. I kept asking the screen who the heck was running this place. Lucky for our boys I guess. ;)

And I loved this part: "Because I think if my mom were killed in my nursery and I was violated at 6 months with demon blood and my big brother’s childhood was taken from him and I watched him carve out a hole inside himself to hide while he became a soldier and my Dad turned numb to the world and to his sons except in extreme situations and I spent my life without any roots or any one place to call home and the first time I found solace it was taken from me violently and I was killed and forced to kill just to survive and I lost my brother in a bloody Hellhound attack and was told that ‘it had to be me’ that went evil and that my brother might have to kill me and that I was to be Lucifer’s vessel without any choice or opinion or viable way to change any of it…I might be mad, too."

Exactly! I just wanted to hug him at the end. Who wouldn't be mad, Sammy? Seriously!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Looking forward to next week. :)

-SJ
gaelicspirit
Jan. 23rd, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Welcome Back!
SO good to see you, girl. Made me grin so big.

Getting to see how much they hold in and deal with...especially at the end when you knew all Dean had at that moment was Sam's word that he was with him. He wouldn't be able to take anything else right then...and that really made me hurt for them.

I went there, too. I have seen in latter comments that others seem to feel like Dean was harsh in his handling of Sam's epiphany, but I never once thought that. I was right with you in thinking that Dean was soclose to breaking for real in that moment that if Sam had said anything other than "I'm with you" he would have literally shattered before our eyes.

I think maybe it has to do with which of the two we automatically identify with -- it takes me pausing and looking at things from Sam's perspective to feel for him. But with Dean? I'm already there. :)

Thanks again for reading and commenting!!
primrose_1
Jan. 22nd, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)
I'm just so glad to have the show back on! It's been a LONG wait. Hooray! It was a good episode.
gaelicspirit
Jan. 23rd, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
Hooray indeed!! Welcome back, boys!! :)

And hello to you, too! Thanks for commenting! :)

*dances*
thruterryseyes
Jan. 22nd, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
I want you to know I put off getting MY COFFEE so i could read this. I yelled a lot watching this. When they told the absolute word for word truth to that doc I was laughing cause the matter of fact way they explained the problem was just unbelievable and then when Dean kept rolling his eyes and making "You see what i mean" faces at the doc and then just swept in and became just as crazy was wonderful.

I couldn't understand what Dean said about the shower so ta for clarifying Silkwood, It would have meant more if I had caught that.

I thik it's funny that everyone seems to have cocked an eyebrow at the part where Sam says "Back off, Dean!" cause it weas so unlike him to do that and I was really surprised to hear him do that, but coiuldn't figure out what the hell.

I liked the way this ep was written because it referred to so many things that were absolutely true about the guys even presented in such a convoluted fashion. That pretty imaginary doc's assesment of Dean from a psychological POV was spot on. Althouh the Narcissistic comment had me on the floor.

And Sam was just flat scary. Dude he is HUGE, I mean seriously, that man is frigging big. Somewhere along the way he went from being a boy to this gigantic man and in full no holds barred fury mode he's terrifying.

I have to watch it again so I can see all the little hints and stuff i missed.

You're ramble is the cherry on top as always.
gaelicspirit
Jan. 23rd, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
Oh. My. GOD.

Before COFFEE?????

*feels special beyond belief*

And I'm with you -- I love that they could be honest for once and get the job done. Made for some ironically funny moments. And y'know how we were talking about how Kripke is cracked if he thinks people could just step in now having not seen the last 4 years? If they saw this one, they might at least be able to catch up on facts... Hee!

And yes. Sam is huge.

Like freakin' scary huge.
qultng1
Jan. 22nd, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
Dean told Sam he was 'thraped' as in therapy raped. The doc was in his head. For real, only he didn't know it at the time.

i really loved your funny take on the things I had to forgive about the ep. They were definitely in the least secure mental facility in the entire US! And apparently allowed to run around freely after some of their infractions.

I seriously doubt Martin would have been allowed to keep his journal in there.

My favorite part was in the beginning...the interview with the doc. They were so earnest and truthful! lol Loved it!
gaelicspirit
Jan. 23rd, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I didn't get the "the-" part on the raped comment. Hee. I blame the buzzing in my ears from lack of sleep. Uh, yeah, YEAH! That's it. Hee.

Y'know, I never thought about Martin being able to keep his journal -- I was thinking of it as a creative outlet, like his clown pics. But that's a good point.

I'm glad you liked the ramble and were able to forgive parts of the epi. At least we have them back!!! :)
chemm80
Jan. 22nd, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
Man, I loved this so much more than I was afraid I might. I think these long hiati really make me forget just why I fell in love with this show and these guys in the first place.

The personal growth has really begun to crank up, yeah? Sam realizing that he's been angry all his life--like you said, it seems obvious to us, but if you've ever had a personal epiphany like that, you know how he feels. That "why didn't I see this before?" feeling.

And Dean has, I think, begun to REALLY believe that saving the world is going to cost them both their lives and he's ready to pay the toll, now more than ever. I think he was always ready to give his own life--a little TOO ready, in fact--but he wasn't going to sacrifice Sam. But now...I'm thinking back to him telling Cas that "if there was ever anything worth dyin' for..." among other things. (If it wasn't looking like we're getting a 6th season, I'd be strongly thinking Kripke was setting us up to kill them both off, or at least do a Butch and Sundance with them.)

On a lighter note, I have to say that I always enjoy Jared playing inebriation. I sometimes think he tends to overact a bit in the dramatic moments, but comedy and drunkenness/druggedness--he really excels at that. For what it's worth. *g*

On the other hand, Jensen was back in his finest form with the dramatic, soulful looks, wasn't he? Especially in the scene at the end.

Anyway, like I said: better than I was expecting. I was afraid it was going to be super-angsty, but I think they hit a good balance of horror, humor and character development. I'm good. :D

ETA: Also? I loved the setting in the asylum. It was so weirdly turned around, how they could just do their job with lying, pretending or posing, like they have to in the outside world. They just came out with the baldfaced, matter-of-fact truth and were immediately declared schizophrenic, narcissistic, codependent and just generally insane. I was cracking up. So to speak. *g*

Edited at 2010-01-22 03:52 pm (UTC)
gaelicspirit
Jan. 23rd, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
I think these long hiati really make me forget just why I fell in love with this show and these guys in the first place.

WORD! I didn't even re-watch epis or check out the syndication on TNT. It was like summer break. I needed the beginning of it to breathe a bit, but by the end I was antsy and ready to get back. ;)

I think he was always ready to give his own life--a little TOO ready, in fact--but he wasn't going to sacrifice Sam. But now...I'm thinking back to him telling Cas that "if there was ever anything worth dyin' for..." among other things.

I agree. Makes me tense for him. I literally sit a little more curled in every time he's on the screen. ...'course...that could be from the pretty...

(If it wasn't looking like we're getting a 6th season, I'd be strongly thinking Kripke was setting us up to kill them both off, or at least do a Butch and Sundance with them.)

Y'know... it's still possible that he could pull a Butch and Sundance. After all, you don't actually see B&S die at the end. It would make for a helluva cliffie...

I was afraid it was going to be super-angsty, but I think they hit a good balance of horror, humor and character development...

WORD! :)

Thanks so much for reading and commenting. You crack ME up. ;)
simplycolourful
Jan. 22nd, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad the boys are back, and what an awesome episode.

I loved Dean's little weave when he and Sam was split up for groups :)
Dean dropping his pant & yelling pudding! Seriously WTF :D

I thought that Sam's confession at the end was good, because it allowed us i glimpse inside his head. He is quite good at hiding these things.


Now I'm off to read chapter 7 :)
gaelicspirit
Jan. 23rd, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
Agreed on all points -- and thanks for the chapter 7 read! I'll be replying to that soon.

I'm happy to have them back and to see you here! :)

Thank you!
seesmooshrun
Jan. 22nd, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
Excellent ramble. I thought this was a fine episode for coming back from hiatus. Maybe not awesome, but solid and good, and a great peek inside the guys' heads. Much to think about.

Loved your "Really, Sam? You don't? Because..." riff on Sam's anger issues. It's amazing how clueless we can all be about our own issues.
gaelicspirit
Jan. 23rd, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
Hee -- yeah. As chemm80 said above, it might be obvious to us why he's justified in being mad, but it's a lot harder to see your own truth or allow yourself the freedom to forgive.

So, I'm glad he's had that epiphany and I hope he Is able to figure out how to deal with that aspect of his personality.

It's Dean's "stuffing" that I worry about...
(Anonymous)
Jan. 22nd, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
The Ramble
Thanks for another terrific rundown. It was hugely enjoyed as always.

Even though Sam wasn't totally 'himself' during his little drugged up heart to heart with Dean, I couldn't help but feel that Sam was telling Dean the words he yearns to hear from his brother. "You made a mistake, but you're my brother and I still love you"

I think in his own way Dean has told him this, but hearing those words out loud couldn't hurt. It was a fun, touching, and heartbreaking scene all at the same time.

Until next week...


gaelicspirit
Jan. 23rd, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
Re: The Ramble
Thank you!

And I totally agree -- sometimes you need to HEAR the words. Oh, boys.

Thank you for reading and commenting!
amyblair3
Jan. 22nd, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
Hey, G! Great ramble! You are so right - it felt awesome to see the boys in our livingrooms again! Couldn't have come at a better time for me!

You know, I can't look at the word 'therapist' without seeing 'the rapist'. I just can't. I thought this episode really broke down that word and gave us 'rape' in every mental way possible.

As you already know, TNT is playing SPN reruns - which I totally dig - and after last nights epi, I awoke this morning to see 'The Benders' playing. It brought such an interesting list of similarities because in the epi Dean shouts, "You hurt my brother, and I'll kill you!" and in last nights "Get away from him"... there was great brotherly moments in this. It made me wonder if Dean actually feels that way about Sam when he was first talking to the DR about Sam's problems. Is that how he sees Sam now - really? That he was high? That is wasn't exactly his fault? Has he reached forgiveness?

I don't know.

I laughed. I cheered. I wanted more.

The end bit with them running to the car had me kind of "huh"-ing hte screen for two reasons. One: Poor Martin. They left him behind. I know, they will all come back from "crazy" town and Wendy will survive and be able to clear him, but I felt bad that they left him. I loved Jon Gries playing him, although, I could only see Uncle Rico from 'Napoleon Dynamite' getting hit by the steak and being like, "Son of a bitch!"

Two: I didn't mind Sam stopping Dean and saying, "I'm mad and I don't know why." For me, this was a really big step for Sam because he was saying, "I feel rage. And I don't know what to do with it." There's still something inside of Sam. He admitted it, said it was "in" him. Sam really sucks at asking for help and I thought this was his way of asking and Dean said, "Shove it under the rug." I didn't like it. I really felt like Sam was holding out a hand and Dean was swatting it away. Which is okay, if we deal with it later, but I have a feeling Sam is going to blow and Dean is going to get mad and be like, "Where the hell did that come from?" When here was a chance to maybe come together and figure something out.

Sam is 26, same age as Dean was when Dad when missing and Dean didn't want to go out on his own so he showed up and asked Sam to 'help' him. I just think with everything they've been through, we try to mature Sam more than he really is. Four years is still a lot of years.

Still, it was a great episode. Totally dug it. I'm ready for next week's already. Whatever comes, it'll be interesting and Season 6? Wow. That was an early pick, huh?

See you on the other side,

B
gaelicspirit
Jan. 23rd, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
Hey chica!

So, now that I've read your story, Red Light, I think back to the stats on Eddie Van Halen and think about their alias' and HA! *is chuckling*

SO I was totally hanging with your comments until here:

Sam really sucks at asking for help and I thought this was his way of asking and Dean said, "Shove it under the rug." I didn't like it. I really felt like Sam was holding out a hand and Dean was swatting it away.

That caught me by surprise because I didn't see it the same way at all. I re-read my ramble (to remind myself what I'd seen), re-read your comment, and then had an epiphany of my own.

I have to actually pause and decide to look at things from Sam's POV. With Dean? I'm already there. You, I think, are the opposite. Which is cool because it made me consider possibilities that I hadn't before.

See, when I saw that, I was like, Dean is barely hanging on. We've already established that he "stuffs" things as opposed to actually having to deal with him. Because he's never learned how to deal and the rare times he's actually spoken up and said, "This is how I feel," Sam's either been helplessly silent, or what he's said in an attempt at empathy has made light of the situation.

No judgement on his character at all -- it's just what I see.

And Sam's epiphany? I think it was more important for him to realize that about himself than for Dean to offer him a way to deal with it. How is Dean going to know how to deal with it when he has no idea how to deal with his own anger and fear? Dean can't offer what he doesn't have. If he deals with his own by burying it deep inside and using that to fuel whatever energy he needs to keep going, he's going to tell his brother to do the exact same thing.

Regardless of the fact that Sam is differnt and feels differently about things.

Perhaps if Sam had shared this sudden clarity with Dean later on in the car, or at a bar over "yay we made it" beers, but standing in the dark, in their robes, the alarms from the hospital still audible, having barely escaped? All Dean could do was plead, "Tell me that you're with me because if you're not I swear to God I'll shatter in a million pieces."

I hope that Sam uses this realization about himself to help deal with whatever Hell is sure to come his way this next half of the season. There's a line in the Staind song, So Far Away that says, "I can forgive and I'm not ashamed to be the person that I am today."

I hope that's Sam. I hope with all my fictional-character-lovin' heart.

Oh, and Season 6? I have thoughts. I may post them. Not about what's going to happen, but how I feel about it happening at all. I'd love to have your thoughts as well.

Edited at 2010-01-23 02:19 pm (UTC)
deangirl1
Jan. 22nd, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
Ah! I'm sooo behind on everything - just getting over being incredibly sick for two weeks and had to pull two all nighters this week... and still behind - but of COURSE I watched and had to jump in to see what you thought....

I'd been both looking forward to and dreading this episode. I've wanted a "mental" episode forever and all the signs last year pointed to Dean going crazy -- the offhand comments in Yellow Fever (totally loved that clip in the previouslies) and Heaven and Hell - and he's right - with the life they lead it would seem to be a matter of time.

Overall, I was really happy with the episode. I think that is exactly how Dean would go crazy - now I'm wondering if it would trigger any PTSD in him too...

I've seen some people complain about his telling Sam just to bury his rage - that he doesn't understand or care... but I think he does both - and especially care. Certainly evern Dean isn't a stranger to severe uncontrollable rage - look at him after John died. Dean honestly told Sam how he copes himself - it's worked for him and it's all he knows - it's all he can offer Sam.

Someone wiser than I once said that in order to be brave, you have to experience and overcome fear - how is it brave to best/overcome soemthing if you are not afraid of it? Dean's fears only make him a bigger hero. To be able to shoulder that burden and carry on in any way is a monumental task.

I totally enjoyed the rollercoaster of the MotW story - I too was making a list and then crossing people off! LOL! And it's always nice to see another hunter from their past who obviously has fond memories of them as kids.

Hope you get some rest and Mo is better (not a "relapse" is it?) -
Thanks for this... and it gives me a chance to strut out the new icon....teeheee
gaelicspirit
Jan. 23rd, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so sorry you've been so sick!! That sucks. :( I'm glad you're feeling better, though. Thank goodness!

And YAYZ for your avi!! Talk about laughing out loud. "Crazy works in here." Oh, Dean.

I've seen some people complain about his telling Sam just to bury his rage - that he doesn't understand or care... but I think he does both - and especially care. Certainly evern Dean isn't a stranger to severe uncontrollable rage - look at him after John died. Dean honestly told Sam how he copes himself - it's worked for him and it's all he knows - it's all he can offer Sam.

YUP! Couldn't agree more. In fact, that's almost exactly what I said in my reply to the comment above yours.

This was a great episode. :)

And no, it's not a relapse (thank you for remembering and asking). She's having some potty problems. But we'll be okay.

Talk to you soon!! :)
(Anonymous)
Jan. 22nd, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
Hey Gaelic,

I'm SO GLAD to have both the boys and your rambles back, yay!

I seem to be having a problem leaving comments here (they don't show up), so let's see what happens with this one...

I really enjoyed the eps. It was both funny and VERY tense and I always like it when we get to see more of what's going on inside our boys...

But I did find that last scene weird. It was rushed (ok, they were in a hurry to escape, I know) and maybe it was just the dean!girl in me but I was like "really? Dean would handle this situation that bad??". I did think it was a crappy way to deal with what Sam said...

Aaaanyways, I'm reading chapter 4 of "Wearing and tearing", loving it as usual. I copied and pasted one chapter to a word sheet just to see how long it was and I was impressed! You're actually writing a whole book every time you gift us with one of your great fics...

Clarice
gaelicspirit
Jan. 23rd, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
Hi there!

So first, the reason your comments don't show up at first is because somehow I managed to change a setting that screens comments from people who aren't on my 'friend list' -- so you'd have to have an LJ account and be on the list.

I can't figure out how to "un set" that. But it's okay -- because your comments are sent directly to my email address and I can immediately "unscreen" them so that they're seen. It's all good. :)

It was rushed (ok, they were in a hurry to escape, I know) and maybe it was just the dean!girl in me but I was like "really? Dean would handle this situation that bad??". I did think it was a crappy way to deal with what Sam said...

You're not the first person to say that, but I have to say I saw it differently. I put this in my reply to Amyblair3, above:

See, when I saw that, I was like, Dean is barely hanging on. We've already established that he "stuffs" things as opposed to actually having to deal with him. Because he's never learned how to deal and the rare times he's actually spoken up and said, "This is how I feel," Sam's either been helplessly silent, or what he's said in an attempt at empathy has made light of the situation.

No judgement on his character at all -- it's just what I see.

And Sam's epiphany? I think it was more important for him to realize that about himself than for Dean to offer him a way to deal with it. How is Dean going to know how to deal with it when he has no idea how to deal with his own anger and fear? Dean can't offer what he doesn't have. If he deals with his own by burying it deep inside and using that to fuel whatever energy he needs to keep going, he's going to tell his brother to do the exact same thing.

Regardless of the fact that Sam is differnt and feels differently about things.

Perhaps if Sam had shared this sudden clarity with Dean later on in the car, or at a bar over "yay we made it" beers, but standing in the dark, in their robes, the alarms from the hospital still audible, having barely escaped? All Dean could do was plead, "Tell me that you're with me because if you're not I swear to God I'll shatter in a million pieces."


I think you're right, though in that it felt rushed. One thing I hope they start changing up is WHEN they decide to have the boys share their feelings. I've started to expect the Impala Emo Scene at the end of each episode. I'm glad that they DO share... they just need to change it up a little bit. :)

Thank you for reading! And I'm thrilled to know you're working your way through Wearing and Tearing. I hope you enjoy!! :)

*hugs*
kumaproogey
Jan. 23rd, 2010 01:30 am (UTC)
Great review as always . Not really talkative tonight but just wanted to drop by and say that I enjoyed this episode (2/3 people here liked it - my brother-in-law didn't so much). And as always your review provided new insight and completed my weekly Supernatural experience.
gaelicspirit
Jan. 23rd, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
Hope you're okay. Karen not being talkative is a bit worrisome...

Thanks for reading and I'm glad you were part of the ratio that enjoyed. :)

See you next week! Or, y'know, on FB.

PS
We had homemade tacos for dinner last night and I thought of you.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 23rd, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
Hey Gaelic!
Thanks for posting this... I really don't know where you find the time to do everything that you do. As you know, we are currently 'between homes' as I had to move early to start my new job. The place where I am staying doesn't have TV!! So, no Supernatural for another three weeks until we get into our new place. I am consoling myself by reading some of your fics again, and of course, your weekly Ep, reviews!

Take care,
Stella
gaelicspirit
Jan. 23rd, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Hey Gaelic!
I don't know either. Maybe I'm neglecting something I shouldn't be. Nothing has fallen apart yet, though... it's all a very delicate balance.

'Course there IS the problem of not ever sleeping. But I think that permeates all of us...

You poor, poor girl having to wait so long!!! NO TV?!?!?! I would die. DIE.

I'm glad you have reading material and blushingly grateful that mine are among them! :)

Hang in there -- and message me anytime! Here or on FB.

GS
(Anonymous)
Jan. 23rd, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
Hey gaelic-its me Meggin
All I can remember, all that makes me smile is when Dean dropped trow, threw his arms up in the air and with the sweetest little boy face yelled, "PUDDING!"

Yep, I could run for a month on that.

Glad to have you posting the stream of consciousness again. And you are right, perky nurse did seem to know an awful lot about Dean- very demonMeg-like. And Sam's inner rage? Like you I'm wondering why it was a such a surprise. I wonder if the writers are going to rehash the YED curse again? But didn't Jared do a great job at being heavily medicated? And I loved the "pweep" sound he made when he tweaked Dean's nose. It made me think if the same noise God made when she tweaked Jay's nose in Dogma.

And those boys could be the models for plain white tee's any day. sigh-PUDDING!!!!
gaelicspirit
Jan. 23rd, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Hey gaelic-its me Meggin
Hey girl!! Welcome back!! :)

I wonder if the writers are going to rehash the YED curse again?

I wonder that, too. If they're setting this up that the rage was always a part of Sam and the demon blood and the wraith just enhanced what was always there... just makes me wonder... gonna be fun to see where this goes!!

And yes, Pudding. Oh. My, GOD. It will never sound the same to me. LOL!!

Thanks so much for reading and commenting!
eaglegirl6
Jan. 23rd, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
I’m going to give you running comments on your running comments. Since the show’s on at 9:00 here in St Louis and that’s our busy getting-ready-for-bed time, I always end up watching on Friday. But I almost always go to your SOC and read the first couple of paragraphs just to see what you thought overall, but not get spoiled. So here’s my comments about your comments and about the show – as I read. And BTW, I haven't read anyone else's comments yet, so I'm sorry if I'm redundant at all...

I’m so glad you survived the perfect storm and got to see the boys! Boy, was it worth it. I really enjoyed this episode, for a variety of reasons. We’ll see what you thought!

Uh – shorter ramble? Doesn’t look like it! We always enjoy your comments no matter the quantity 

Funny how it’s not too hard to bring your mind to cowboys…

Dr Babar… still makes me chuckle… a lot.

Sam talking about the apocalypse – and Dean playing straight for a minute – I really thought it was just gonna be Sam and Dean was gonna be on the outside. So it was really funny when Dean joined it for me. I laughed a lot in the first half of this one. Almost like Mystery Spot or something. So funny the first half and so damn SERIOUS the second half. This show is SO good.

I had the same thought at that time about okey-dokey nurse.

I have not seen The Goods, but I think I need to now.

Sam worrying about Dean stuffing down emotions. I thought that was a wonderful tie back to, oh, season 2 or so? After Dad died and they were fighting all those emotions. I just had the feeling at that moment that the writers were so good at character continuity and development throughout all the seasons. Even when they get new writers and stuff. Although I paid no attention to who wrote this one… I digress…

I had the same reaction to Martin  Plus he used to be Broots on The Pretender, and who didn’t love that guy???

Co-dependent Alex and Eddie – LOL!

Yeah, the pretty doctor? I liked her being so intuitive about Dean, and answering his questions seriously… but I was totally getting Sixth Sense vibes from her already.

I live with the captions on so I can “listen” no matter how many other TVs and X-boxes and whatnot are playing… and Dean said he was “thraped”. I consulted my modern-slang expert (Josh) and we figured it meant therapy-raped or something. Yuck.

Yeah, the morgue scene? YUCK. But yucky in a cool way 
Wendy liking the larger brother – HAHA, nice lightening touch to the scene – and of course to confuse us later about who poisoned them… And Martin, yeah, I felt the same as him. Poor Martin, sometimes you just can’t go back to what you were. I wonder if we’ll see him again.

Pretty doctor in front of the orderly – I knew something was up – but at this point I was thinking – Meg’s back??? Or a reaper? But then being a figment of his imagination totally made sense.

The scene in Wendy’s room – awesome! Martin taking charge, Dean taking punches and weaving in and out , so much goodness.

You’re so right about the human qualities of the boys. And when Sam was whining… eh, I mean sharing, at the end, I was like, just GO, Sam, man up! Everybody’s got shit, but you gotta go!

Just a comment about the general cinematic qualities of the show. The lighting and filters of the episode – so stark, like you’d see in a 70’s horror movie, or in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. They are so good at using all the resources they have to enhance the story. Less obvious this week than in Monster Movie, but every week it seems that the feel of the show is changed to match the story. Taking hat off to Kripke.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the ep, I really enjoyed reliving it with you!

K
gaelicspirit
Jan. 23rd, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
Helllooooo!!!! Where are you? Are you in St. Louis or KC? If you're in KC, call me tomorrow (Sunday). The 'rents are still here atm, so... yeah.

*ahem* Okay, okay, so it wasn't shorter. Apparently I can't "do" short. *wink*

Loved your play-by-play! More of this, please! :)

Sam worrying about Dean stuffing down emotions. I thought that was a wonderful tie back to, oh, season 2 or so? After Dad died and they were fighting all those emotions.

SO true. This and another comment above (can't remember who atm) reminded me that Dean's "stuffing" exploded painfully in Bobby's junkyard. Makes me think something's coming...

Oh, and someone told me earlier about the "theraped" comment. I missed the "the-" which makes it much more Dean-like. :) I blame it on the tired.

BTW? There's a comment on my S6 musings thread about a SPN Western that makes me think some people are going to like your request for a story. ;)

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mymuseandi
Jan. 23rd, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
Hi! *waves*

Great review, as usual. I had a feeling about the therapist not being real from the moment she calmly stood beside Dean asking him questions about his life while he was busy looking at the mirror to catch the wraith. Don't know exactly how, but *shrugs*

And the lack of sleep and the abundance of alcohol, WOW, It's really a wonder Dean hadn't drop dead from exhaustion. Plus, Sam dealing with all his internal rage. Yeah. Think this episode is like exposition, laying the foundation of what's to come, and i think that it'll play a pivotal reason when it comes to the point where Sam has to answer Y/N to Lucifer.

And i spent 15 minutes laughing non-stop at the PUDDING scene and the BOOP scene. Right now, i can't see a pudding without thinking of Dean dropping his trousers. LOL

PS: Thanks for all the information about the GED. And the home-schooling. It helps me to understand the US education system better. And it's handy when i'm writing as well. Thanks again!
gaelicspirit
Jan. 23rd, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
Hey there!

You're more than welcome for the GED info. I'm glad it was helpful. :)

Think this episode is like exposition, laying the foundation of what's to come, and i think that it'll play a pivotal reason when it comes to the point where Sam has to answer Y/N to Lucifer.

Totally agree! I like where your head's at!

Thanks so much for reading and commenting.
jazzyirish
Jan. 23rd, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
Great ramble as usual, Gaelic. Damn it's good to have the boys back again after over two months. I enjoyed the episode more than I thought I would. As you know, I'm no fan of the frat boy writers - Dabb & Loflin - but I thought this effort was better than others they've written.

I loved the scene where the guys were telling the truth about what they do/have done and that truth was enough to get them both admitted to the asylum. Yeah, their lives are crazy. I have to admit that I thought Pretty Doc was real the first time she talked with Dean at the chess table and really cracked-up at her diagnosis of Dean's psyche. Like you, I felt that the orderly gave away that she didn't exist before she called Dean "Dean".

I felt that the whole "going crazy" of the boys came on rather belatedly after their initial exam when they were infected, but I guess that was so they could seem "normal" at first. Sam's drugged scene was good and I loved that "under the influence" he told Dean that even if Dean makes mistakes, it doesn't matter, because he loves him anyway. I would think that Dean would be happy to hear that from his brother. :)

Just LOVED your paragraph describing why Sam might have anger issues. :) (and then we wonder why they might end up in a loony bin). When Sam stopped running and started talking to Dean, I couldn't help but think - run, Sam, run. Now is not the time for this. However, I thought Jensen rocked that scene - it's like he was begging Sam to just set aside anything that might distract them from trying to save the world. I didn't get the feeling that Dean thought what Sam said is unimportant, but just not anything they can deal with at this time - because they have important work to do.

Thanks again for sharing your thoughts on this episode with us - I always feel like it adds to the enjoyment. :)

Catch ya' later,
Irish
gaelicspirit
Jan. 23rd, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
*bounces*

Hi hi hi hi! :) Love to hear from you. :)

However, I thought Jensen rocked that scene - it's like he was begging Sam to just set aside anything that might distract them from trying to save the world. I didn't get the feeling that Dean thought what Sam said is unimportant, but just not anything they can deal with at this time - because they have important work to do.

Thank you. Yes. Exactly. You said what I was thinking only much more succinctly. :) Hee.

Thanks so much for reading and taking time to comment!
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