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Stream of Consciousness, Episode 5.12


So I really thought I’d get this episode watched and the Stream of Consciousness written after returning home from book club last night, but we went to an Irish place to discuss the book and there was nosh like you wouldn’t believe…I got a little caught up in the colcannon and the pints and the conversation and…well, it was after eleven when I got home and I was beat.

Mea Culpa.

Turns out it was a good episode to be late on as it was more of an entertaining story than a pivotal turning point. And it’s a lot more fun to get caught up in Dean when I’m actually conscious…

 

The Ramble

I will only say one possibly negative thing about tonight: what’s happening in this literally post-apocalyptic world the boys are living in? I really don’t mind the MotW episodes showing that they’re still doing their jobs, living their lives, all the while their very existence flipping off The Powers That Be because neither is saying yes. But earlier in the season, when it was an Apocalypse Episode, we’d at least see news reports in the background about how the world was coming apart at the seams.

And we now have Death and War out in the world running amuck. What’s happening to the world while the guys are helping out old hunter friends in mental hospitals and teaching dumb teenagers that it’s not nice to play with demons? Not complaining, really, just more…curious. It would be a “nice” reminder that the pressure is on and the angels and demons are battling it out somewhere not here if we saw newspaper headlines or TV news reports or even a google search on a laptop that subtly prodded everyone to stay alert because it’s gonna get messy.

Eventually.

Okay, ‘nuff said there.

No previouslies this time, which was kinda nice. Sometimes, those things give away too much of the story that we’re about to see. We have a pretty, blonde cougar sipping a martini at the bar. Boys walk in. Dean keeps going, Sam stops and sits at a stool next to the woman.

S: “Evening, barkeep.”

Gaelic: HUH?? What is this, the old west??

S: “I would like to purchase an alcohol, please…”

He proceeds to pull out his license displaying that he is, in fact, of age and orders a “banana daiquiri, my good man.”

Gaelic: Oooohhhh… I get it.

Martini woman introduces herself as Crystal and tells Sam that he’s a “stunning-looking man.” We shift from Sam’s reflection and see…a nerdy, dark-haired kid we later learn is Gary.

Gary/Sam: “I know, right?” BWAH!

Jared was cracking me up in this scene—playing to the hilt the complete abandon of geekdom. Crystal quite desperately comes on to him and finally Gary/Sam clues in that they’re talking about sex.

“Crystal, I would love to have the sex with you.”

Backup 36 hours and we see the Impala pull up to a house in “H” something Massachusetts. Hey, even the morning after I can’t catch all the names the first time around…

The boys are sitting on a couch across from a different pretty, blonde lady (Donna)—this one with calm, classic, friendly good looks. Not the pounce on you and claw up your back good looks of the woman in the bar. Donna calls them Dean and Sammy Winchester and we find out that the last time they saw her was the summer before Sam was in 6th grade. She used to watch the boys when John went…to work. He once left them with her for 2 weeks, but he always came “limping home.”

Donna: “He sure loved you boys.”

As Dean’s listening to her, I’m caught by his face. I’m all settled in for the story and he does this subtle twitch of features—it’s like a slight, solemn nod with a thought-heavy, downward glance and a sad half-smile—and my mind spins. What is he thinking in that moment? Where did his head go? After all these years and all these episodes, you would think this character (and actor) wouldn’t be able to catch me by surprise with something so minor, but he does.

It makes my breath catch at times.

Anyway, Donna finally believed Sam when he told her what their father did, which is why she knew to call them for help when things started to go bump in the night in their new(ish) house. Dean thinks they have a poltergeist and Donna has her daughter, Katie, show them her belly where the words “Murdered Child” are carved into her flesh.

Yeouch.

Dean, eyes flickering in that lit-within way that heats me up, leans forward and says, “Katie, everything is going to be fine. I promise.”

Y’know what I love about this character? That even though we know that his true terror is that one day he won’t be able to keep that promise, it doesn’t stop him from making it. Over and over. And he would kill himself to keep it.

So, Donna and her husband and daughter pack up and leave for safer ground. The boys head to Patriot Burger where Dean orders his usual Grease On A Bun with a side of Hardened Arteries and a “health quake salad shake.” He looks at the kid—Gary—who slides the food over, and says with a truly chagrined expression. “I know. It’s not mine.”

Sam is on his laptop—aside: wonder where Dean’s is? He has one now, right?—shaking his salad and Dean is watching him.

D: “Oh, you shake it up, baby.”

Dude. Words like that? Will get you anywhere.

Changing the subject, Dean remarks that Donna looked pretty good. Sam’s like, you still have the hots for the sitter? Dean frowns and says, “No! That’s…weird.” He just meant that she was doing good with the husband and kid—hanging tough with the poltergeist thing. And then, to zing me a bit, apparently, he does that same contemplative downward glance where you can practically hear the air around him grow tight and still.

He looks up at Sam and says, “Do you ever think you’d want something like that?”

Okay, other than setting up the premise for Sam’s experience in this episode and letting us watch irony play out before our eyes, I wonder why Dean is thinking this all of a sudden. I wonder if he was just making conversation, mildly curious, or if all the death and loss and seemingly inevitable momentum toward some truly awful destiny has gotten this road warrior to think about how the other half lives—and to do so without a bad taste in his mouth.

Just…y’know…wondering.

Anyway, Sam says it’s not his thing anymore to which Dean sadly replies, “Yeah.” Meanwhile? Gary the burger boy? Is watching them with this totally creepy intensity and the boys don’t notice a thing. They don’t even sense his eyes. I don’t know about you, but I tend to feel someone look at me. And if they were looking at me like Gary was looking at Sam—like he wanted to devour him—I’d like to think I’d notice.

But they don’t. Sam finds out that Donna’s house is frikkin’ old and that a former owner—Somebody Pickett—was said to have hung a woman named Maggie Briggs in his backyard because she was a witch. Voila: poltergeist. They decide to split up and search for clues. And with as much late-night TV as these two watch, you’d think by now they’d learn that splitting up is a Very Bad Idea, but then we couldn’t have Brothers In Peril, which I personally enjoy.

Sam’s walking down a sidewalk (I think?) at night, talking to Dean on a cell and saying he’s got bupkis—can’t find Maggie’s grave. Dean tells him to come on back, they’ll pick it up again in the morning. Next thing you know, Sam is shot in the neck with a dart (OUCH!) and goes down. Hard.

He wakes up in the middle of a woods. It’s raining. And he’s wearing Gary’s Patriot Burgers uniform. Slightly stunned and totally disoriented, he starts to walk down the middle of a road and is just pulling an inhaler out of his pocket when a police car pulls up and tells him to get in, his family is worried sick about him.

Sam’s like, “My brother called you??” Oh, Sammy. They pull up in front of a very normal-looking house and a woman (with a very mannish voice, I thought) runs out in the rain to embrace him. Sam’s all, “WHOA! Who are you?” A total WTF implied in his tone. It’s then that he gets a glimpse of his reflection in the window of the cop car and sees…Gary. He freaks a bit, pointing to his own reflection saying, “WHO IS THAT? WHO IS THAT?”

Gary’s parents, understandably, determine that he’s drunk off his gourd.

Meanwhile, Gary/Sam is flexing Sam’s muscles in the mirror back in a motel room. Dean comes in and is all where the hell were you and Gary/Sam placates him with a bag of food—which he’s going to have to eat on the road because the maid came in, saw the multiple guns laid out on the bed, and now the motel staff is freaking out. Dean, irritated that “Sam” let the maid in, says he’s going to hit the head and then they’ll get going.

Gary/Sam takes Sam’s cell, goes to the Impala and digs ALL the cell phones from the glove box and then ditches them in a dumpster behind the car. Total aside: those extra cell phones were how they found out about Ellen and Jo—not to mention John’s storage unit. I wonder if the loss of them will have any ramifications going forward.

Dean comes out and Gary/Sam asks to drive. Dean looks slightly surprised, but, in the spirit (I assume) of keeping things more equal and giving Sam room to grow up and forcing himself to let go, Dean lets him. Gary/Sam revs the engine, grinning like the teenager he is and gleefully declares: “This is so sweet!”

D: “Reverse. Reverse!”

WHAM! Gary/Sam backs the Impala into the dumpster. *whimper* Dean looks at his “brother” with an I so want to kill you right now expression and says in a tight voice: “It’s. In. Reverse.”

As they switch sides, Gary/Sam says he’s really, really sorry. Dean, not in the mood to hear it.

Back at the Walton’s…or, y’know…whatever, Sam/Gary is calling every cell they’ve got leaving Dean voicemails that he’s in the wrong body, needs help, and…has asthma. He calls the hotel where they were staying and finds out that two guys—a leather jacket and a sasquatch—checked out in the middle of the night. Sam/Gary faces himself in the mirror and we see he’s sporting a bitchin’ Star Wars T-shirt.

He begins to search Gary’s room, finds out that Gary’s a smart kid, and then determines by the evident surplus of Star Wars T-shirts that he’s also a virgin. Under the bed, Sam/Gary finds a box with a copy of Busty Asian Beauties (seriously? Is this the only porn available??), random teenage boy paraphernalia, and a knife and cloth with a pentagram on it.

S/G: “Gary, you little satanic bastard.”

Gary’s mom calls him down for breakfast and in a perfectly irritated, snotty teenaged voice, Sam replies, “Alright! I’m coming!”

So, in that ironic twist I mentioned earlier, Sam is offered a glimpse of the “normal” life he said wasn’t his thing anymore as he sits down to breakfast with Mom, Dad, and little sister. Dad starts in on The Plan: SATs, MIT, being an engineer. Getting drunk is not in The Plan.

Sam replies with undisguised irritation: “No offense, but at the moment I could give a rats ass about your plan.”

I wanted to thunk him on the forehead. NOT a good tactic, Sam. You’re supposed to be smart, dude! Yes, you’ve been through the shit and have come out more like your brother than even your brother is right now, but when you’re in a completely bizarre situation such as this, one would think that the best way to get information would be to blend. Ah, well. His way also works for him…more or less.

He’s asking questions, finds out that Gary’s amazing at Latin, mentions a big leather-bound book, which he then surmises that Gary’s probably hidden as he snakes a piece of toast from Mom’s plate—much to her horror. It seems that Gary, poor kid, has an allergy to gluten. Sending Sam/Gary heading right to the bathroom.

Little sis—in awe of her brothers apparent mental breakdown—tells him where the leather book is.

Back with Dean, Gary/Sam is telling him that Maggie Briggs was actually carrying Pickett’s illegitimate child and he killed her and buried her in the basement of the house—hence the words “Murdered Child.” Dean’s like, “How do you know all this?” And Gary/Sam, also not getting the whole blending approach, brags that he’s done all kinds of research on it…*ahem*…y’know…last night.

Dean’s like, good job…I guess. He gets in the car and Seger is on the radio proclaiming that Rock ‘n Roll Never Forgets. Gary/Sam gleefully exclaims, “Turn it up!”

Dean looks at his “brother” with open surprise. “Seriously?!”

Okay, I get not going directly to body swap, but Dean doesn’t think anything here? Not even that Sam is drunk? Or trying too hard? Or…possessed? Maybe here is where he started to suspect, and maybe it was that we all knew and it was achingly obvious to us, but now I wanted to thunk Dean on the head.

I tried to look at it like one of my sisters suddenly enjoying classic rock or asking to read something I wrote…I would think they were on something or after something…*shrug* I guess I just wondered why he didn’t even jokingly say, “Christo” while he was busy frowning. Moving on!

Sam/Gary is in Gary’s high school and runs into two of Gary’s friends—Trevor and Nora—who are worried about him. In a way. He asks what his locker number is, playing off the “still drunk” assumption. He finds Gary’s locker, cracks the combo, digs through the stuff there and finds the book.

S/G: “Gary, this is a very, very bad book.”

Back at Donna's Haunted House, Dean and Gary/Sam are heading down to the basement. G/S has a sawed off shotgun and a flashlight.

G/S: “Booyah! Massa Chief is inna house, bizzaches!”

Dean: “Are you alright?” Meaning, what the hell is the matter with you?

As they explore the basement—a weapon in Gary/Sam’s hand—I found myself thinking, Why Sam? And why now? I mean, if the kid had the power to body swap, why did he wait unil these guys to do it? And what—aside from his physical prowess and dashing good looks (though I really think he could use a haircut…or two)—was so special about Sam??

Anyway, Dean spies some willow moss (I think??) and Gary/Sam’s like, “Yeah, right, it’s supposed to grow over witches graves, right?”

Dean: (incredulous and looking as if he’s really starting to wonder about his brother’s sanity) “Yeah!?”

Dean gets out a shovel and starts digging. And then...Gary/Sam trains the shotgun on Dean’s back. Which we know wouldn’t kill him—one assumes it was filled with rock salt since they were going up against a spirit—but Gary/Sam doesn’t know that and the plot thickens.

G/S: “Man, I’m really sorry about this.”

D: (not turning around) “Sorry about what?”

BAM! The spirit slams Gary/Sam back and against the far wall and Dean turns, hollering his brother’s name and rushes over. Gary/Sam is ready to get the hell out of there, but Dean’s like, “We still have to burn the body, idiot!” He heads to do just that and the spirit slams him against the wall, stunning him. Gary/Sam is across the room and the witch’s spirit appears before Dean.

Dean's looking at her with a puzzling mixture of challenge and fear when she charges him, flaming out as she passes through him. Dean looks over with disbelief to see Gary/Sam standing over her burning grave with lighter fluid in his hand.

G/S: “Dude! That was sweet!”

Poor Sam/Gary is trying to ditch school and his friends are following him. They offer to “talk it out” but Sam/Gary’s like, no thanks. Just then, Trevor shoots Sam/Gary in the neck with a dart. Doh! Layers, people. The story has layers…

Post vanquish, Dean and Gary/Sam are sitting in a bar and Dean orders a bacon cheeseburger with extra bacon and—GAH!—a fried egg on top. Seriously?! I think he’s trying to break down his ‘vessel’ so Michael won’t be able to use it anymore. However, Gary/Sam dittos the order and Dean looks at him, deadpanning, “Who are you and what you done with Sam?”

It’s an obvious crack—a phrase often used when someone acts unlike themselves, but more like how we’d like them to act—but part of me wondered how much truth was behind those words. Gary/Sam says they’re celebrating.

D: “Another one bites the dust. Good job today.”

G/S: “I had a really awesome day.”

Gaelic: *feels sorry for Gary*

D: “Really awesome day? It was a D-list ghost hunt.”

G/S: “I can’t be in a good mood?”

D: “Not really your style, Sam.”

Gaelic: DUH!! HELLLOOOO DEAN!!!

G/S: “Well, it’s a new me. I’ve got a gun. I’m getting drunk. I look like this…” He waves his hand around Sam’s face and I have to guffaw a bit at the eyebrow flick response from Dean—who obviously thinks he’s the good-looking one in their partnership. Not that I disagree.

Gary/Sam rambles about his future being decided and that he can’t stop The Plan—which is just vague enough to totally relate to their Vessel Destiny. Dean’s voice cracks ala John McClain (love Bruce Willis in that role when he’s stretched thin and desperate and rough-voiced) as he says, “Yeah, Sam, I feel like that a lot.”

G/S: “Just nice to do a little ass-kicking for a change.”

Dean takes this in, nods, and says that he’ll drink to that. Then he pauses with the realization that they’re actually drinking together. Which makes me sad that they don’t do that—I get the feeling that Dean would be more than willing, but that Sam’s experiences and reservations don’t allow him to even consider that a possibility anymore.

G/S: “You’re a good guy, Dean.”

D: “You are drunk.”

G/S: “I mean it. You really are a good guy.”

Again with the sad; it would be nice for Dean to hear that from his actual brother. It would be nice for him to say that to his actual brother. I think they need to be reminded—from each other—that they are the Good Guys. And more than that. More than just not being evil. They are good people! Decent, hard-working, soulful and caring.

Gary/Sam bites into his burger and has a moment of ecstasy. “The bread alone…” Heh, poor gluten-allergic Gary. Sometime later, Gary/Sam is gone and Dean is sitting and looking contemplative. Next thing you know, Gary/Sam is walking out of the bar with Crystal—she of the cougar martini in the beginning—and Gary/Sam is pointing to her comically stage-whispering, “We’re gonna do it!”

That seemed…strangely executed. I could have sworn at the beginning we saw both boys walk in and Dean continued on while Sam sat down and ordered—pulling out his ID and everything, as if he was just ordering his first drink--not a one that followed several shots and a beer. If he had just been sitting with Dean at a table in same said bar…ah, I’m not going to over-think it. It would just buff up the edges of a nice story.

So, Sam/Gary wakes up tied to a post—in Trevor’s parent’s basement, turns out—and Trevor is on the phone with Gary (who, incidentally, is nekkid in the cougar’s bed, alone) and Trevor is asking Gary why he hasn’t killed Dean yet.

Sam/Gary: “WHAT?!?!”

Gary claims that he’s building up to it and Trevor informs him that he’s looking at Gary’s body with some other dude in it—which seems to surprise Gary, so apparently that didn’t go as planned. Next thing you know, Crystal walks in dressed in leather and carrying a riding crop and Gary accurately assesses that he’s in way over his head.

Trevor, Nora, and Sam/Gary have a tense conversation where Trevor the teen plays mini Evil Genius and informs Sam/Gary that they were “praying to their dark overlord” (insert eye-roll here) and Gary suddenly drew a (very nice) sketch of Dean and they were told that there was a bounty on his head. So…every demon, witch, bad guy around is gunning for Dean.

As if this is anything new for him. And I wonder—if they got him and killed him, would he stay dead? Or would the angels just bring him back? When Dean said he'd kill himself to avoid being a vessel, Zach told him they'd just bring him back. So, would it be any different if someone (or something) else killed him? I really wonder about that because it could come into play later on. Sam is understandably disgusted, angered, and frantic at once, telling these idiots what a Really Stupid Thing they did messing with demons. He almost gets to Nora—telling her this isn’t a game, for Pete’s sake, they were talking about KILLING SOMEONE. As in DEAD.

Trevor, though, is all, I want my money (money, bah—stupid kid!) and pulls out the book. He decides demon summoning would be a good idea.

In the meantime, Gary/Sam is sneaking back into the motel room and sees a figure sleeping on the bed, fully covered. He creeps over, gets Dean’s Colt, points it at the bed figure, cocks it, and out of the shadows to his right looms…DEAN! He grabs the gun and BAM! Punches Gary/Sam in the nose.

D: (menacingly) “You’re not Sam. Who are you?”

G/S: “Ow!”

So, Trevor in his infinite wisdom, summons a demon and it goes into Nora. Sam is desperately trying to get the stupid kid to shut up, but Trevor reveals that not only do they have Dean Winchester, but that Sam Winchester’s vulnerable vessel of a meat suit is with him in the Blah Blah Blah motel. OOPS! I hadn’t even thought of that—how vulnerable Sam’s body was to Lucifer with Gary inside of him (which, sounds really wrong, but you know what I mean). I actually got a little worried for the first time all episode with the demon there.

I mean, thanks to Cas, their bones are branded and they’re protected from detection, but if that one demon knew where they could be found, what’s stopping her (him? it?) from telegraphing information to other demons—except for maybe the egotistical desire to be THE ONE to turn Dean and Sam over to The Boss.

Anyway, long story short, DemonNora kills Trevor (and it’s really rather bloody, actually) and we go back to the motel where Dean has Gary/Sam tied up and Gary is begging Dean not to kill him, crying and looking terrified. Must’ve been hard for Dean to see Sam that way, since that’s who he saw, y’know?

Dean tells him that he’s not going to hurt him, finds out that he’s a 17 year old kid, and demands to know where his brother is. No sooner does Gary tell him than DemonNora shows up and rips Dean off his feet, slamming him across the room and knocking him out. Ouch.

Back in the basement, Sam is trying to flex out of his ropes, but Gary’s body is too puny. Poor Sammy.

DemonNora is telling Gary he can have anything he wants for giving them Dean, he just has to meet The Boss and answer yes when The Boss asks him one little question. Gary, all gung-ho to be a Real Witch, balks at the idea of actually meeting The Devil—doesn’t want to “bother” him, you know.

Suddenly, Dean is UP and lunging at DemonNora with (what I assume is) the Demon Killing Knife. DemonNora turns on him, though, and crashes him to the ground (like…literally) then starts kicking the ever-loving crap out of him. Dean’s gasping and bucking under the blows. He’s bleeding from the mouth. And he looks up and meets Gary/Sam’s eyes with this commanding, desperate look.

Gary can’t deny that look. He starts Latinating. DemonNora stops kicking Dean long enough to turn on Gary/Sam and lift him up by the throat for daring to try to exorcise her. Dean staggers to his feet and, blood running from his mouth, picks up where Gary left off with the exorcism. DemonNora drops Gary/Sam and turns to Dean. Gary tag-teams with the Latin and DemonNora is caught between them.

Dean is wincing every other word, barely on his feet, but they get the rite out and Dean caps it with: “Adios, bitch.”

G/S: “Ah, I think it’s Audi Nos.” (Or however the hell you spell it… I know Gaelic, not Latin.)

Buh-Bye demon.

And, we have the aftermath. Dead Trevor. Nora wrapped in a blanket (lucky for her Dean wasn't able to use the Demon Killing Knife). Dean observing while Gary and Sam sit across from each other and Gary reverses the Freaky Friday spell. Yay! Sam is back!

Gary: “My bad…”

Dean: (fists clenched as he barely restrains himself from throttling the teen) “My bad ain’t gonna cut it. See if you were of voting age? You’d be dead. Because we would have killed you. So you straighten up and fly right or we will kill you. Am I clear?”

(Yes, John Winchester.)

Gary: “Crystal.” Heh. Heh heh. I wonder if that was on purpose, that crack. Ah, well.

The brothers drive the kidlets home in the rain and when they get out of the car to send the kids on their way--standing in the rain, which… just added a nice little bit of depth to the scene for me--Sam stops Gary and Dean pauses to listen to his brother.

Sam: “Take it from someone who knows—chill out. Your life ain’t that bad.”

Gary: “You met my parents?”

Sam: “So what? It’s your life. You don’t like their plan? Tell them to cram it. Rebel a little bit. In a healthy, non-satanic way. By the way, you know why Nora’s into witchcraft? She doesn’t like Satan, you moron. She likes you. Kid…I wish I had your life.”

Dean does a little head swivel of huh?! that makes me smile. The kids go inside and Dean looks at Sam across the hood of the Impala.

D: “That was a nice thing to say.”

S: “I totally lied. Kid’s life sucked ass.”

Aw, Sammy. You used to be so innocent. Even though you knew there were monsters in the world, you wanted that life once. You wanted to pretended the monsters didn’t exist. You did tell your family to cram it. You did rebel. So, yeah, I guess you are someone who knows. I’m not convinced it worked out for the best for you, though. I’m not convinced that you’re convinced of that either. And while I think you might be subconsciously thinking about the current Plan that The Powers That Be have for you that you’re rebelling against, this isn’t new behavior for you.

Sticking with The Plan or rebelling against it—either way there are possibilities for good or bad and consequences for each choice. Dean stuck with it, Sam went his own way. And yet, here they are. Both with their own demons. Both with their own strengths. Both with their own regrets.

Sam: “All that apple pie family crap is stressful. We didn’t miss a damn thing.”

Dean: “Or we don’t know what we’re missing.”

*sad* I’m honestly not sure which ways is better. Either way…they don’t have it. Whatever it is. But they have something else. They have their definition of normal. They have their definition of home.

Seger blares on the radio and Sam winces, whining, “C’mon, man, turn that down.”

Dean shakes his head and complies, slinging his arm across the back of the seat with a grumbled, “Welcome back, Kotter.”

Like I said, nice story. And it’s been good to see two episodes with just the boys—no Cas, no Bobby, no angels…just our boys doing what they do best. Makes me think, though, about my musings on Season 6 and the comments that stemmed from that. Will the apocalypse be wrapped this season? We only have 12 more episodes left. Is that enough time? Or will they extend it into the 6th, if the 6th does indeed come about?

I hope not. I’m ready for them to be free of this mantel. I’m ready to be able to breathe again when I watch—gasping out of unexpected, surprised fear and not out of worry for their souls and their fate. And if there is a Season 6? I’m ready to enjoy the MotW episodes (like this one) without being tense about what’s happening outside of the moment I’m seeing.

Next week? I missed the previews. I know! And since I’m basically unspoiled, I’ll just be surprised. But it’s the first epi in February and I heard that we get another mini hiatus due to the Olympics, so I wonder how many epis we’ll get before we have to take another short break—anyone know?

Thanks for reading—sorry again that it was late. Book club is just once a month and most often I can pull this off afterwards, but last night…let’s just say I was feeling my age. Which will be one year older tomorrow.

Happy Friday, all!

Slainte.

 


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lsketch42
Jan. 29th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
"Turns out it was a good episode to be late on as it was more of an entertaining story than a pivotal turning point."

Yep. But unlike most of the other fillers, I enjoyed this one. It had a season 1 feel to it that I liked.

"Total aside: those extra cell phones were how they found out about Ellen and Jo—not to mention John’s storage unit. I wonder if the loss of them will have any ramifications going forward."

That would involve story continuity...so I'm guessing not.

"Sam replies with undisguised irritation: “ I could give a rats ass about your plan.”"

Huh. Must have missed that line. But it's kind of interesting considering he said almost the exact same thing while possessed by Meg in BUABS. Wonder if that was intentional.

"Okay, I get not going directly to body swap, but Dean doesn’t think anything here? Not even that Sam is drunk? Or trying too hard? Or…possessed?... I guess I just wondered why he didn’t even jokingly say, “Christo” while he was busy frowning."

I'm disappointed that they didn't even add in that one small line. It was such a tiny thing but it could have really done a lot to improve the believeability of this ep.

"Again with the sad; it would be nice for Dean to hear that from his actual brother. It would be nice for him to say that to his actual brother. I think they need to be reminded—from each other—that they are the Good Guys."

I really loved that whole scene in the bar. It's been a long time since I felt sympathy for one of the characters but this brought back my urge to squish Dean. As did the ending.

"Like I said, nice story. And it’s been good to see two episodes with just the boys—no Cas, no Bobby, no angels…just our boys doing what they do best."

Yes. Its sad though, because I think without all the other fillers, this ep would have felt a little more refreshing and been a nice change from the drama of the apocalypse. As this season's been going though, it was kind of like "Okay, great another filler." But I did still enjoy it as a standalone.

I'm unspoiled for next week too...wonder if it will be apocalypse related? o.O
gaelicspirit
Jan. 29th, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
That would involve story continuity...so I'm guessing not.

BWAH!!!! Girl, you crack me up.

We shall be unspoiled together. And we will enjoy! Of that I'm...almost...positive.

It's been a long time since I felt sympathy for one of the characters but this brought back my urge to squish Dean.

Because he needs it, he really does. Let's squish him together.

Oh, and I got your comment in the other thread and will reply shortly. Too
many balls in the air today...nowhatimean?

chiiyo86
Jan. 29th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
Hee, I'm happy to see your review!

You know, I was also wondering why Dean didn't catch sooner that Sam wasn't Sam, and didn't do any tests, and I think that the thing was that Gary was so bad at being Sam. When Sam was possessed by Meg, she did a wonderful job and Dean didn't realize that it wasn't Sam. A shapeshifter would have access to Sam's memories. I don't know, just a thought.

Gary: “Crystal.” Heh. Heh heh. I wonder if that was on purpose, that crack. Ah, well.

Lol, I wondered too.

But it’s the first epi in February and I heard that we get another mini hiatus due to the Olympics, so I wonder how many epis we’ll get before we have to take another short break—anyone know?

There's going to be another hiatus? Oh no, we've barely gotten out of the winter hiatus. :(
gaelicspirit
Jan. 29th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
...and I think that the thing was that Gary was so bad at being Sam.

So, do you mean that because Gary was so bad at being Sam it seemed to US that Dean should have figured it out sooner? Or do you mean that that's why Dean didn't figure it out sooner -- because Gary was so bad at it?

*is confused*

Thanks so much for reading! I'm happy you're happy. :)

Yeah, and the hiatus for the Olympics -- it was something I heard from...um...someone that I forget now. I don't know when or for how long, though...

:(

See you next week?
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borgmama1of5
Jan. 29th, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
Excellent review! I enjoy how you catch all the little bits, like Dean's expressions.

BTW, I wrote a coda in my LJ because I didn't think the episode was quite done when it ended.
gaelicspirit
Jan. 29th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :) It's good to hear from you -- glad you read and enjoyed. I'll head over to your journal and check out your coda. Thanks for the heads up! :)

See you next week?
(Anonymous)
Jan. 29th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
Reply from Pinkchick
Hey Gaelic,

I don't usually comment on your streams 'cause you're usually right on point, but I had to say this because a lot of people have been asking why Dean didn't figure it out sooner that the Sam in front of him wasn't his brother.

I think Dean started to really suspect during that whole conversation at the bar. Every time Dean said his brother's name it sounded funny to me, as though it was a sour taste in his mouth while his brain's on overdrive as to what was really going on. When Sam was possessed before, he wasn't in such a good mood, and maybe Dean wanted to give that to his brother and to himself. But the whole conversation, Dean had this look on his face. Not the, "well, I'm glad you changed your tune," look, but the, "you're acting really weird but haven't quite figured it out look." And he's not stupid, but I don't think he thought it was possession (cause of the tattoo) or a skinwalker 'cause that wasn't what they were dealing with.

And of course, body swapping wouldn't be the first thing that came to his mind at the time. And he wouldn't think to check his voice mail because Sam was (i)right there(i).

Anyway, just my two cents. I enjoyed the episode overall, and the sadness that always overcomes me when I see Dean wanting a normal life. Because really, Sam had already enjoyed one at some point, so he can move on. But for Dean, he never really has known one and it's sad to ponder that he thinks he's gonna die without ever getting one.

I also loved that Dean did finally memorize the exorcism and thought it was cool that he and Gary/Sam were doing it back and forth. Also, right before Gary was going to kill Dean (or the lump he thought was him) and Dean was standing to the left in the shadows. That was great!

I'm gonna stop now! Thank you always for your thought-provoking streams and I will be by to finish reading "Wearing and Tearing" and review. And a Happy Birthday as well! I hope you enjoy it!

-Pinkchick
gaelicspirit
Jan. 29th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Reply from Pinkchick
Hey there -- thanks for commenting! It's good to know you read, and always know your thoughts are welcome.

When Sam was possessed before, he wasn't in such a good mood, and maybe Dean wanted to give that to his brother and to himself. But the whole conversation, Dean had this look on his face. Not the, "well, I'm glad you changed your tune," look, but the, "you're acting really weird but haven't quite figured it out look."

Yeah, I can get on board with that. It made the same impression on me that he thought something was definitely up in the bar.

the sadness that always overcomes me when I see Dean wanting a normal life. Because really, Sam had already enjoyed one at some point, so he can move on. But for Dean, he never really has known one and it's sad to ponder that he thinks he's gonna die without ever getting one.

Oh, God, I know. It just hurts to think about it. And when I read your words here, I got a lump in my throat. 'Course I'm emotional anyway, but...yeah. Poor Dean.

I also loved that Dean did finally memorize the exorcism...

I know, right? Gone are the days of needing a book. Hee!

Thanks so much for reading -- and for the b-day wishes! Mid-thirties. Yeesh.

I hope you enjoy the end of Wearing and Tearing!

Slainte.
primrose_1
Jan. 29th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
I had book club too (We read "Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow" by Jessica Day George), so I watched the episode late as well. I want to do our book clubs at an Irish place! We always just have it in someone's living room! What was your book?

I had fun with this episode. It made me laugh, wasn't complicated, and served simply to emphasize that the boys aren't fixed in their relationship at all. They're both unhappy.

I agree with you that there needs to be just little news snippets, complaints from people, SOMETHING to remind us about the apocalypse. I do have a few other nitpicky complaints. I thought it was completely out of character for Sam to snitch Gary's mother's toast! This wasn't DEAN, who I'm sure lets him snag the occasional French Fry. This was a strange lady he didn't know, and he's going to take food from her plate? Uh uh. I didn't buy it. I also thought there needed to be SOME remorse or freak out from Gary over Trevor's death. Maybe he and Nora weren't TOLD, but I expected both of them to be a bit more shaken and traumatized over their stupidity.

Other than that, it was a fun episode!
gaelicspirit
Jan. 29th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
We read "The Likeness" by Tana French. The writer lives in Dublin and both this and her previous book, "In The Woods," took place in Ireland, so that gal whose turn it was to host suggested this place. It was so much fun!

Total book club aside, we've been meeting since April of 2003 and I put together a "Memory Book" that included all of the books we've read since it began. It was shocking, really, to see how many there had been and how well each of us could recall each story!

February we're reading Jim Beaver's "Life's That Way." And we'll me at my house so that no one has to cry in public. ;)

I thought it was completely out of character for Sam to snitch Gary's mother's toast! This wasn't DEAN, who I'm sure lets him snag the occasional French Fry. This was a strange lady he didn't know, and he's going to take food from her plate?

OMG, I know! I meant to say something about that, but in the whole stream I just rolled into my thoughts on how Sam was not behaving as I thought he should. heh. But you're right! That was just... well, it was a vehicle to show how very sucky poor Gary's life is with his health issues and whatnot and why he would so very much enjoy a big ol' greasy cheeseburger... and his mom wouldn't have put something he was so allergic to on his plate... but STILL! So un-Sam-like.

And you're right -- did they even talk about Trevor? One wonders!

Thanks for commenting and reading! Always good to hear from you. :)

See you next week?
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deangirl1
Jan. 29th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
This week's epi like last week's left me a bit flat. Of course, I didn't like Freaky Friday either... Mostly, however, I felt, like last week, they just left too much on the table. And maybe, like last week, because this was somewhere I'd been waiting and wanting them to go, it was inevitable that it couldn't live up to my expectations. We'd already heard in two separate episodes -- going as far back as Sympathy for the Devil -- that the demons were gunning for Dean--- so I've been waiting for them to show up. I was waiting for Dean to be all proud of the bounty on himself, yet he never mantions it... Obviously, the demon had targeted Dean - hence Gary drawing his picture - explains the heavy stare in Patriot Burger at the begining. And if this one demon has sent out a most wanted poster, shouldn't there be others out there too?
As for the brother's apparent stupidity? Yeah. Sam? Hello? You know you are in a kid's body - how hard is it to play along?
I'm a little more willing to be sympathetic to Dean. I mean, I still think he should have known virtually immediately - letting the maid in? Spontaneaously bringing disgusting food, his behaviour in the basement... But for a lot of it, I think Dean let it go because he so WANTED it to be Sam saying those things and drinking with him and being HAPPY....

The one aspect of this episode that I DID like was Dean's wistful questions about wanting a family and a normal life. I think that Dean on some level has secretly (or maybe subconsciously) always wanted that - certainly he's always dreamed of his own idyllic "before the demon" existence... I think it is only with the death of Jo and Ellen, seeing Martin gone crazy, that Dean has finally realized he can never have that.... And I think he wants it desperately - maybe enough to make him vulnerable to Michael...

If we do get a season 6 -- the 100th episode party is apparently tonight (i'm expecting an announcement what with all the CW brass attending and all...) -- if we do get that next seaosn, I think it is going to be tied to Dean and his own search for family... A friend and I were discussing this last night and both concluded that it would be nice symmetry if S1 was hunting for their Dad and S6 was hunting for Dean's child...

I will have to watch this episode again to look for the moments you pointed out...
Thanks for sharing your impressions - they always get me thinking...
gaelicspirit
Jan. 29th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
Hi! Thank you so much for reading and as always your insightful and thoughtful comments.

I was waiting for Dean to be all proud of the bounty on himself, yet he never mantions it...

I know, right? Something ala Billy the Kid like, "How high is that bounty now?" Hee.

But for a lot of it, I think Dean let it go because he so WANTED it to be Sam saying those things and drinking with him and being HAPPY....

*sniff* Yeah. I completely agree. And now I want to hug him tighter.

I think that Dean on some level has secretly (or maybe subconsciously) always wanted that - certainly he's always dreamed of his own idyllic "before the demon" existence...

I agree that this desire is more subconscious than anything. One of those quiet rewards he might allow himself alone in the dark when no one could comment or judge. But you're right -- now... he no longer allows himself to consider any other possibility than the reality of now. He barely acts like he'll survive now. *sniff*

I think it is going to be tied to Dean and his own search for family...

Oooo...now that's interesting. I'd be on board with that, sure.

Thanks for reading. Love hearing from you, as you know.
lovinjackson
Jan. 29th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
Hey!

I have to agree with you on the Sam hair. I dont mind his hair when it gets longish but right now? The way he is coming it back? It looks kinda weird LOL

I had a question posed on someone elses LJ that made me think. Basically is was that this episode proposed that Sam's soul or whatever doesnt need to be in his meat suit for Lucy to take over. That any old random soul can be in control and say yes and BAM Lucy gets his way. If that IS the case? What's been the big deal with the Winchesters all this time. Why do we keep getting told that all the angels knew it would be THEM since before they were born and all this "It had to be you, Sam. It always had to be you." Why didnt they just get rid of Sam from his body in the first place and get some random person to say yes? I have never been under the impression that it would be so easy. i thought that the boys themselves had to be the ones to say yes all this time ... so now I'm just wondering what the writers are seeing in their minds.

I love these MotW episodes too but I do think the writers either have memory loss or get lazy because you're right ... where are the signs that the world is falling apart as the apocalypse rages. That doesnt stop just because we have a semi-standalone episode. And I think we do need the standalones to help break up the heavynes of the main story arc and give us a break but for continuity sake ... sometimes I think the writers in this show (as much as I love and adore this show and its story lol) get complacent. There were a few clear holes in last weeks episode to that were overlookable to enjoy the main story. It's not a big thing I suppose and I still find myself enjoying it and sometimes they do the opposit and blow me out of the water with some amazing story telling ...and now I'm rambling.

Oh and FYI? i have heard that now kripke HAS confirmed season six, although I am still not sure how true that rumour is.

Ditto, girl ;)

Riggs
gaelicspirit
Jan. 29th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
I've been saving your review to read once I had this posted -- but I posted it and then work reached up with greedy fingers and pulled me down by the ankles, so I'm heading there next.

If that IS the case? What's been the big deal with the Winchesters all this time. Why do we keep getting told that all the angels knew it would be THEM since before they were born and all this "It had to be you, Sam. It always had to be you." Why didnt they just get rid of Sam from his body in the first place and get some random person to say yes?

That? Is a REALLY good question. And probably why it didn't occur to me to be a concern until DemonNora pointed it out. So... thinking out loud here. Nick is kinda... rotting? Or something? Because his body can't contain Lucifer very long since he was 2nd choice. So, maybe it's not SAM, but simply Sam's body that's strong enough to hold Lucifer?

But then, you're right...if it's just Sam's body that the devil wants, why didn't they go this route before--oust Sam's soul via witchcraft and stick someone in who they could get to say Yes.

Hmmm... *scratches head on that one*

Oh and FYI? i have heard that now kripke HAS confirmed season six, although I am still not sure how true that rumour is.

deangirl1 just said that the 100th episode party is tonight and she suspected CW making an official announcement then (since the muckity mucks would be there) and that would mean we'd hear for sure this weekend sometime. :)

Thanks for coming by -- I was actually thinking a bit about you yesterday...it had felt like a long time since we'd chatted. :)

Take care of you.

Rodge
simplycolourful
Jan. 29th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
It was a good episode, the beginning was very funny, but I like the twists in the end. Jared was really good being Gary, I read somewhere that he doesn't think he has comedic timing, but I think he's quite good at it :)

I think that it's a bit strange that Dean didn't catch on earlier, but I guess he was tired or off his game or something.

Another thing that struck me as odd was how the old babysitter knew how to get in contact with them, did she have Bobby number or what?

Other than that, a very nice episode :)
gaelicspirit
Jan. 29th, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
Another thing that struck me as odd was how the old babysitter knew how to get in contact with them, did she have Bobby number or what?

Oh! Good catch! I hadn't thought of that. I suppose she could have called John's number -- one of those extra cell phones that Gary ditched.

But that's a good question!

Thank you for reading and commenting. :)
seesmooshrun
Jan. 29th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
Aaaaarrgghhhhh!! You hit one of my pet peeves: "I just wondered why he didn’t even jokingly say, “Christo” while he was busy frowning."

I have never, NEVER, heard them use that word to identify a demon since Phantom Traveler. Despite that, the only place I ever see that used is by fans or in fanfic. I believe that it was clearly dropped by the writers as being too clumsy/obvious. if they could have retracted it somehow I think they would have, but they had to settle for just never ever bringing it up again. No, I'm not claiming to know what Kripke et al are thinking, but really, outside of fanfic, have you ever heard the word Christo used to identify a demon since that one episode? Ever? And there have been PLENTY of times when being able to reliably identify someone as a demon would have come in handy. It seems to me that they regret setting that up as a trigger word. I'm going to ask Kripke if i ever see him at a convention. But I really wish people would stop using "Christo" in their writing. Clearly the Winchesters never use it (anymore), so I think it's one of those things we are supposed to pretend never happened.

End of rant. Sorry, it's a knee-jerk reaction whenever I see the word.

icon by lidia_elf
gaelicspirit
Jan. 30th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
Ooookay then!

*makes mental note to NEVER use the word CHRISTO anywhere remotely around seesmooshrun or risk a right smart tongue lashing*

Other than that...???

*chuckles carefully*

Just to be clear...I was kidding, y'know. Not about wondering why Dean didn't notice Sam was different earlier than he did, but about him using that as a method. It's what happens when I ramble. Stuff just...comes out.

I'm off to hide again.

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erinrua
Jan. 30th, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
*sighh*

I'm glad you got something out of this episode. I can't think of another ep in the whole series that turned me off as bad as this one.

It's a personal thing, though. I have a squick the size of Manhattan for characters stuck in embarrassing situations, and pretty much everything G/S did for the first 20 minutes was idiotic and embarrassing. Don't read my review if you want to hang onto any squee. ;-)

But thank you for pointing up some good things. You've made me feel a little better about this episode. *HUGS!*
gaelicspirit
Jan. 30th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
Well, I'm exceedingly glad to have made you feel a little better about this epi. I'm curious now, though, about your review so because I'm apparently part cat, I might venture over... we'll see. ;)

As for getting something out of the episode... I have a confession to make. They could put Dean in the panic room and have him doing nothing but flipping the pages of a back issue of Busty Asian Beauties and I'd probably find something worthwhile in it.

I've been, um, accused of not being able to be objective in these rambles -- to always have the love light on. And, yeah, that's pretty much true. I mean, I can point out some WTF moments -- but I basically decide to overlook them and move on.

SO! If you were turned off, I'm sure it was for a perfectly viable reason and no one (certainly not ME) would blame you for that.

Thank you for coming by, reading, and commenting regardless. I hope you continue to do so, even if you fall into the "Gaelic is so not objective about these epis" camp once in awhile. :)

*HUGS you*
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qultng1
Jan. 30th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
It was a very good episode! Hubs didn't care for it much, but...what does he know? Not very damn much, apparently!

I don't usually care for body swap stuff, but this episode gave us a reason for it. I was really surprised when Gary aimed the shotgun at Dean...NOT surprised that Hell has a bounty on his head. Makes perfect sense. Michael's vessel would definitely be on their hit list!

It did surprise me when those other two kids were involved. That's when I began to realize there might be an actual reason for the whole thing; but at that time, I thought it was all about Sam. :D

I felt a little bad for Dean when he started the car and Sam complained about the loudness of the music. Poor guy was all 'guess it's back to business as usual'. Gotta believe that something will come of that.

Anyway, enjoyed your comments, as always. :D *hugs*
gaelicspirit
Jan. 30th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
Hi Nana! :)

Thank you for coming by and reading and commenting. Silly hubs -- you're right! What does he know?? LOL!

Poor guy was all 'guess it's back to business as usual'. Gotta believe that something will come of that...

True. I hope what comes of that is GOOD.

Take care of you, lady!

See you next week.
thruterryseyes
Jan. 30th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
As always I can't remember everything I wanted to comment on by the itme I finish reading. I still can't believe I forgot it was on. This one was hilarious, sad and frustrating.
Dean's look when the baby-sitter woman said their Dad really loved them was a one-shot in itself but it would hurt me to much to write it and I buried those memories a long time ago.

And yeah, I think Dean is reaching apoint where he wants something he KNOWS he'll never get and like all mankind, the more you can't have something the more you want it.

Sam as Gary was a riot. And I wanted to do some thunking myself as far as Dean being a little slow on the uptake. When that demon said Sam's meatsuit was at the hotel but sans Sam so to speak, the penny dropped for me and even Bobby made an "oh" face.

Dean getting the crap kicked out of him was very enjoyable and i sucked up every drop of blood and grimace which I noticed you were good about detailing in your review. Important stuff like that needs to have attention drawn to it.

Sam's remark about the kids like sucking ass made me laugh mostly because earlier in the day i was talking about some knives with this guy and he commented that the blades were nice but the grips sucked ass.

(They did.)

Gary as Sam in the bar with the cougar had me on the floor. Jared's impersonation of a 17 year old in possession of a 'Sam' body was TOO funny.

"I would love to have THE sex with you"

And when Sam determined Gary was not only a virgin but a frustrated virgin was priceless.
And yeah his look and voice when he yelled to the parents he was coming was perfect.

It was fun
gaelicspirit
Jan. 30th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
*GRIN* It WAS fun! Right?? :)

And what is it with the whole "THE sex?" They did that on Friends before, too, when in a highly inappropriate and/or uncomfortable situation. "I'm glad that we will be having all the sex."

*shakes head*

You ought to forget that it's on more often -- look at how much you wrote! It was an early birthday present!! :)

When that demon said Sam's meatsuit was at the hotel but sans Sam so to speak, the penny dropped for me and even Bobby made an "oh" face.

You, Bobby, AND Me... ;)

I hear a bedroom door downstairs... gotta bail. Thank you for coming by!!! :)
chemm80
Jan. 30th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
We only have 12 more episodes left. Is that enough time? Or will they extend it into the 6th, if the 6th does indeed come about?

I found myself wondering about an alleged season 6 (which is sounding likely, from what I hear), what with all the talk about normal lives, families, kids, "the whole nine yards", as Dean put it. What does one do after surviving the apocalypse? Perhaps put down a few roots and hunt demons on the side? *shrugs* I try to not speculate too much about where the story's going. It has never once made me happier about watching my beloved show nor does it generally improve my fandom experience.

I'm not too thinky about this episode, either. It was enjoyable enough. Hubs pronounced it "fun". I'm good with that.
gaelicspirit
Jan. 30th, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)
Hubs pronounced it "fun". I'm good with that.

Ditto. :)

I try to not speculate too much about where the story's going. It has never once made me happier about watching my beloved show nor does it generally improve my fandom experience.

And this is why you're made of win.

PS?
As I write this? Mo Chuisle has been read to, sung to, coddled and cuddled and has thus far STAYED IN BED for the last 30 mins... either she's very tired, or we may have turned a tiny itty bitty corner in The Bedtime Routine.

*dares to dream*
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kumaproogey
Jan. 30th, 2010 04:38 am (UTC)
Don't hav much to say or add, certainly nothing insightful. It's been one of those days.

I want to say that I know what you mean and agree with you on the MotWs. I love them - don't get me wrong I love them but it's such an important stotyline that you wonder how it's all it's all going to be wrapped up in the remaining episodes.

Also, I thought the scenes with Gary in Sam's body were funnier b/c I kept picturing the real Sam and Dean's perspective in those scenes. Love your review as always. Glad you had fun at your book club!
gaelicspirit
Jan. 30th, 2010 05:22 am (UTC)
Thanks, lady!! :) I'm happy to see you and to have you read. And just... y'know... happy. :)

*hugs you*
marta_kent
Jan. 30th, 2010 12:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for review! You're still one of the best review-writers of fandom, and it's not only my opinion. ;-)
gaelicspirit
Jan. 30th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Marta! That is so sweet of you to say. I haven't been by DFN in ages (it crashes my computer at random times for some reason), but I hope those who read these there are still enjoying them. I'll try to link there over the weekend and see if I'm successful.

Best,
Gaelic
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