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So…that was interesting. Hopefully I’ll have a better assessment when I get to the end of this Ramble. Right now I’m just sitting with…interesting.

 
I will say one thing up front, though. Dean + blue sweater = hummina hummina. I have a feeling this is going to be a bit of a ‘surfacey’ review. I’m sorry, but I may not be able to help it! Which might be okay with you guys since I gave you quite a bit o’ Gaelic in last week’s Ramble. *ahem* *shifty eyes*
 
Okay, ya’ll know I’m anti-spoiler with the exception of the previews they show at the end of the episodes. This afternoon I was IMing thruterryseyes and said that the bride in the previews was going to be someone out of the blue…or Becky. *hand to God*
 
The THEN showed us that the boys fought, the boys made up, then reminded us of Chuck Shirley’s series of Supernatural books with Becky the Superfan and I exclaimed, “I KNEW it” in a tone that would have made Chandler Bing proud (lovinjackson</lj>, if you’re reading, you know exactly what I’m talking about). In the NOW, the boys are in Las Vegas (which is where I’ll be in three short weeks to finish that marathon…gulp).
 
Dean is sitting at a table in a strip club, several beers in front of him and a blonde in a “post show” tight T-shirt and Daisy Duke shorts standing next to him, chatting. And Oh. Mah. Gah. he looked good in this scene. Adorable, flirty grin, followed by self-depreciating grimace and helpless frown.  Stripper tells him that she’s in grad school, waiting for his disbelieving look and calling him on it.
 
Dean: This is my I dig smart chics look. If they wore that, I wouldn’t have dropped out of school.
 
Stripper wants to know his deal since he came in there looking like “someone had shot your puppy.” With a disarming chuckle, Dean tries to go with the, “Things are looking up now that your shift is over,” angle, but no dice. She ain’t buying it – basically wants to know what’s behind those sad green eyes of his. So, Dean gives in. Sorta.
 
Dean: Here’s the deal. I have a friend. Who has a younger brother. Awhile back, he has some canon’s go loose, real bad deal. Friend’s just been waiting to see if he’ll go guano again. Only he didn’t. Kid’s all reasonable now. Considering he’s crazy. Well, he’s not crazy…. But things are starting to seem like they might be getting a little…better?
 
Stripper is like, this is a good thing, right? And while it definitely is a good thing that Sam isn’t a blubbering mass of goo due to the wall coming down, and has shown considerable inner and personal strength keeping himself focused and together after killing two other parts of himself to pull himself together in the first place…it does make me think a couple of things. I mean, first, either there’s definitely still another shoe that’s going to drop hard, or the writers got a little too excited over the ramifications of the wall coming down last season. Second, it makes me feel bad for Dean on multiple levels – not the least of which being he never really managed to make quite the same recovery from his tour in Hell – but also because once you’ve taken care of someone to the extent he has Sam for so long, bouncing back and doing something else – anything else – is really hard.
 
It’s incredibly easy to allow your whole identity to get wrapped up into what you can do for that person, however well they’re doing. You measure your worth by their success or their health or just them getting through one more day. You build your whole life around what you need to do for them – or just so you can be there to keep an eye on them on the off chance they need something. And when that core of your focus is removed, while it’s yay them, it…kinda sucks to be you. Because you’re left trying to redefine an entire person: you. And you haven't had a lot of recent experience with that person.
 
Then again, that could just be me.
 
Aside – I really like the way Dean drinks his beer. Ugh, sorry! See? Surfacey. Can’t really help it. He was just looking really good in this episode. I’ll try to tone it down. *takes deep breath*
 
Dean: It’s a miracle! (grumbling and with a slight pout) Except on their sacred, annual trip to Vegas, he goes off on this granola munching hike in the desert all by himself.
 
Careful, Dean – she might stop believing you’re talking about your ‘friend.’
 
Stripper: Maybe he just needs some time alone. We all need to face ourselves sometime.
 
Dean (small smile): Maybe he does.
 
Stripper: Wasn’t talking about him.
 
Oops. Too late. She’s got you pegged, buddy. And didn’t she just say the scariest thing she possibly could? Dean face himself? He’s been doing everything in his power to avoid that particular confrontation for a little over three years now.
 
His phone rings and it’s a text from Sam telling him to meet him four blocks away and wear his Fed suit.
 
Stripper (patting his shoulder and leaning close): See? Baby brother needs you after all.
 
Dean gives her this side glance without turning his head and tightens his jaw at her touch…or her words. *loves* Suited up, he goes to the address Sam texted him – A Little White Chapel. He heads inside cautiously, eyeing the flickering lights, drawing his gun, and suddenly the doors open and there’s Sam in a suit with a pink carnation telling him he doesn’t need his gun and pulling him to the front of the chapel.
 
Dean: I thought you were off becoming one with the land or some crap.
 
He’s staring around incredulously, glaring at the ancient organist (also in pink) and a wizened man who was probably the officiator. We didn’t really see. Sam pins a pink carnation on Dean’s lapel telling him that apparently pink is for royalty (huh…I always thought that was purple…shows how much I know). Dean, still trying to get the joke, is like, what are we, wedding crashers? You after a siren?
 
Sam says it’s a little sudden, but life is short, so…I’m in love, and I’m getting married. Say something. Dean, gaping, tries for words and comes back with a totally stumped, “What?!”  The bride then walks down the aisle to a disco-like organish wedding march – wearing rather nice wedding dress (only with a wicked thick veil). Dean stares and stares, finally muttering, “What. The. Hell?”
 
Sam is looking at the bride with a totally goofy grin. Hee. It’s actually a little cute, honestly.  He lifts the veil and, to no one who watched the THEN’s surprise, it’s Becky.
 
Becky: Dean, I’m so glad you’re here!
 
Cleverly, the opening title card was a pretty, tiered wedding cake decorated in black spades that blows up all over the screen. Actually looked a little red in there, too. Red velvet wedding cake perhaps? Okay, shutting up about cake now because I’m getting hungry.
 
Next thing we see is Sam and Becky sitting, facing each other, hand in hand, Sam with a wedding ring on, and Dean pacing, full-on agitated.
 
Dean: Shouldn’t she…ask for my permission or something? (Heh. Also? Poor guy.) How did this happen?
 
Sam (googley eyes at Becky): We met, we ate, we talked, we fell in love.
 
Dean: Okay, forgetting EVERYTHING, have you forgotten the average life span of your hook ups?
 
Becky: And if anyone knows that, it’s me! Going in with open eyes.
 
She’s the same perky, peppy, bubbly, wild-eyed, totally obsessed gal we last saw happily latched on to Chuck. Sam is telling Dean that after all he’s been through, he knows that if something happens, he has to jump on it. Dean’s like, did you even make sure she’s
 
Becky: Salt, Holy Water, everything. Not a monster. Just the right girl for your brother.
 
She heads off to pay the bill, leaving them to do…brother stuff.  As soon as she’s out of earshot, Dean wigs out a bit, flailing with his arms.
 
Dean: Really?! Superfan ’99?!
 
Sam, utterly calm, still with that little grin on his face, says that after they got past the whole book thing, Sam realized he was the dick and she was actually pretty cool. Dean jumps on “the book thing” saying that Becky probably knew they were going to be in Vegas. So, wait, did we know there was an annual sacred trip to Vegas? I feel like I didn’t know that. And not to go all Superfan ’11, I kinda think an annual trip to Vegas would be something I’d remember. Oh, well.
 
Dean’s like, it’s been four days, how are you in love?! Sam stands and gives him a slightly smug, deprecating smile and folds Becky’s veil carefully.
 
Sam: Becky and I are going to her place in Delaware. Why don’t you try to wrap your dome around this, get a little supportive, and give us a call?
 
Okay, even knowing what I know, I could both see this as Sam acting weird…and Sam acting like himself. Especially in light of his recent efforts to improve himself, take care of his body, deal with life as it comes. Not only that, but that slightly condescending tone he used with Dean just then was really not out of the realm of ways he’s talked to Dean recently. I wouldn’t have expected it after the last make up session, but it still wasn’t unheard of. Still, the fact that Dean knew it was off was enough to quell any well, this could be Sam thoughts I might’ve had. I was just waiting to see how hard he’d hit his head. Or whatever.
 
Meanwhile, Becky’s Tweeting her “1st official Tweet as Mrs. Becky Rosen-Winchester.” (Aside – Winchester? Really? Wouldn’t using that name {particularly in a Tweet} be a Really Bad Idea?) They leave and Dean heads back out to the Patchwork Dodge (Charger or Challenger, either way, muscle car) from last episode and calls Bobby, leaving him a voice mail that he’s going to Delaware to do some snooping around because Sam’s there with his (wait for it) wife.
 
Well, he didn’t say ‘wait for it’ but it seemed like a fitting place for that. Another aside – Las Vegas to Delaware?! Mapquest puts that at about 38 hours. That’s some serious driving.

Anyway, on the way to her house, Becky stops at her 10 year High School reunion and heads to the table to RSVP. The beautiful Jocelyn is manning the table and says all those terrible things they say to the unpopular girl in the John Hughes movies – “Oh, I remember you! Yucky Becky! Of course. Wow, you haven’t changed a bit, have you?” *narrows eyes at Jocelyn*
 
Sam comes in, though, and stands behind Becky, resting his hand on her shoulder, obviously with her, and Jocelyn about swallows her tongue as she marks Becky down for ‘plus one.’ Which, Becky immediately Tweets. She’s as bad as Misha. *winks*
 
As they’re heading back to the car, Becky sees her friend Guy, who is an event coordinator and also, apparently, wiccan. She introduces him to Sam (leaving out the wiccan part) and tells Sam that she and Guy met in the ‘erotic horror’ section of the book store – to which Guy immediately ducks and blushes, stammering, “OMG, Becky, c’mon!” There’s an obvious hesitation as Guy sizes up Sam and I thought at first it was because he might be a smidge jealous of Becky – wanting Sam for himself. But, turns out, I was wrong.
 
As Guy is walking away, though, Becky runs up to him to give him one last parting hug and Guy slips her a vial of something, wishing her ‘blessed be.’ She and Sam pull out of the parking lot just as Dean pulls up in the Patchwork Dodge. Dean frowns, then heads into a nearby restaurant, sitting at a table or bar (was hard to tell) and pulls out what looks like John’s journal. Maybe looking for some fatherly advice on What To Do When Your Brother Marries A Stalker?
 
Before he opens it, though, a newspaper headline catches his eye – one about a recent lottery winner getting squashed by a truck in a freak accident.
 
Sam and Becky are at Becky’s house/apartment and Sam’s sitting at the table with two glasses of champagne, lit candles, waiting. Becky comes to the table wearing a black nightie that she says she’s been saving. Incidentally, she has poster-sized versions of the Supernatural book covers (complete with images of muscle-bound, Shirtless Winchesters) on the wall of her bedroom. Heh. Other than that, though, her place wasn’t bad. I mean, it was decorated as a woman might decorate it.
 
They toast to “them” but then Sam gets a bad headache and Becky blurs, doubling, then tripling. At first I thought we were going to see him have to deal with Hellucinations in front of her…but, it turns out, it was the ‘elixir’ she’d dosed him with wearing off. That’s what Guy had given her. While Sam’s distracted with all the pain in his head, she sits in his lap, pours purple stuff in his champagne and then practically pours it down his gullet. Moments later he’s all, everything’s okay as long as I’m with you.
 
That’s one wicked roofie. Also? Sometimes I wonder how these MotW storylines are pitched…and why certain ones stick. No judgment…just…wondering.
 
Elsewhere, a hooded man is watching a guy get a serious piece of a few baseballs from an automatic pitch machine. We later learn that he was plucked out of AAA obscurity and called up to the Majors. But, too bad for him, because Hoodie Man uses his bad guy powers and cranks up the auto pitch machine, turning it so that the batter is first knocked down by the baseballs, then one literally caves in his face in a splatter of blood and…other stuff. It’s…actually rather gross. And a little disturbing – especially when Hoodie Man starts grinning. *shudder*
 
Next thing we know, Dean is at Becky’s, ringing the doorbell, gift in hand. Sam opens it and Dean hands him the box all, this is me, being supportive. He says ‘congrats’ to Sam and invites himself in.
 
Dean (gesturing to gift):It’s a waffle iron. Non-stick. You just, uh…actually, I don’t know how to use it. We good? ‘Cause I’m sniffing a case in this town.
 
Sam’s holding the present, mouth open, unable to get a word in edgewise as Dean continues, rattling on about Truck Guy and Baseball Guy. Then Becky’s voice comes from the other room saying that they don’t know if it’s a crossroads demon or a cursed object (she actually says, “Like in Bad Day at Blackrock,” since, y’know, she read the book and all).  Okay, I probably shouldn't say this at all, but...erf. So when we first met Becky way back when, I had 4th wall issues. As in I hated it being broken. Since then, the Show has pretty much obliterated that like that creepy girl in The Ring, so I can accept that in the boys' reality, Chuck the Prophet profited from the series of books he wrote about their lives and Becky read them and then found out they were real (since, the books were based on visions and all). So that's why she knows what she does. But I had to keep reminding myself of that with her.
 
/personal hang-up.
 
Dean (angry, voice tight – talking to Becky in a very nobody messes with my brother except me tone): I don’t know what kind of mojo you’re working but believe me I will find out.
 
Sam steps close to Becky, saying, “That’s my wife you’re talking to.”
 
Dean: You’re not acting like yourself. You married Becky Rosen!
 
Becky: Have you ever thought that maybe we’re happy?
 
Sam gives Dean a smug, yeah, have you? look.
 
Dean: People’s dreams are coming true around here – a little bit of a coincidence, don’t you think?
 
Sam: What Becky and I have is real and if you can’t accept that, it’s your problem, not ours.
 
Dean: Maybe she’s part of it. Because for whatever reason, you’re her dream. If you care about her, I’d be worried. Because people who get their little fantasies? Seem to get dead pretty quick.
 
Beck does this hilarious oh sh*t face as Dean’s talking, but he doesn’t pick up on it – mainly because she’s pretty much always looking like she’s two heartbeats from freaking out.
 
Sam: Maybe what’s bugging you is that I’m moving on with my life. You took care of me and that’s great. But I don’t need you anymore.
 
Ouch. Dean gives him a, okay, fine, whatever, man look as he turns away, but when his back is to Sam, his face fills with a heavy dread. Even if it’s pretty much true (cause it apparently is), it still hurts to hear – at all, and in that dismissive, thankless manner. I know Sam was dosed, but…well, it’s like ordering a jury to disregard a passionate confession they just heard on the stand. They can let it go, but they’re never going to unhear it.
 
Outside of Becky’s, Dean’s on the phone with Bobby.
 
Dean: I don’t want another hunter. Why can’t you do it? Uggghh, fine. What’s his name?
 
Aside – he totally sounded like my five-year-old when he said ‘fine.’ That made me chuckle. Hee. And, sorry, aside again – why exactly did he need this other hunter? Did you guys pick up on that? I mean, maybe for ‘just in case’ purposes, but there was literally nothing that happened that Dean couldn't have handled by himself. And it’s not like Dean hasn’t hunted alone before. Except for the fact that Sam had Becky and Dean maybe thought he needed a sidekick, I personally saw absolutely no reason for this guy to be added to the mix. He didn’t really even do anything. Apologies to any DJ Qualls fans out there because usually he's pretty funny...I just didn't get much from him with everything else going on.
 
Back inside, Becky is writing ‘Sam loves Becky’ over and over and over and over and over and then one more time in her journal – apparently with scented ink, because she pressed the journal to her nose and breathes deep. Odd. Anyway, just as she does, Sam comes in the bedroom to show her something and sees the ink on her nose. He wipes it off with a little adoring expression and then gifts her with ‘his and hers fake IDs’. Then he hands her the latest paper with an article about a guy who went from junior exec to CEO overnight. As she’s gleeing over this lead, Sam picks up her Journal Of Sam Obsession and flips through it. Becky looks horrified, but Sam actually tears up, sniffs, calls it beautiful and hugs it to him with his brave little solider expression.
 
*shakes head* Like I said, wicked roofie. Ooh! It’s 11:11 on 11/11/11 right now! I’d make a wish, but if it came true, I’m afraid I’d fall down some stairs and break my neck or something.
 
Meanwhile, Dean is at a diner trying to ID his new partner, sees DJ Qualls (still startlingly skinny, but with a scruff that makes him look slightly older than 14) sitting in a booth. With an eye-roll, Dean sits down, asking if Bobby briefed him. DJ’s name is Garth, though we don’t find that out for a bit. He says Bobby was on a major nest up in Oregon and told Garth that Dean would be surly and premenstrual about working with him. Not far off the mark, that.
 
Dean tucks his tongue into his cheek, obviously biting it to keep from saying something he probably wouldn’t regret later, shows Garth the paper with the next lead on the case, but Garth’s all first things first and stomps on Dean’s very last nerve by reading the funny papers. Dean shoots him death rays from the eyes, then rubs his forehead tiredly. Later, Dean and Garth are waiting to interview the new CEO and this is where Dean is wearing that blue V-neck sweater under a gray jacket. It’s not the Fed suit by a long shot. He was…kinda dressed like Jensen, actually. *laugh* Looked especially nice sitting next to Garth who was in a green Members Only jacket. *smirk*
 
As they’re waiting, an extreme BE-yotch is hassling the Admin Assistant about the spelling of her name – and then Sam and Becky exit the CEO’s office first. Awkward. Dean stands up, smiling with a hi. Becky gives him the evil eye and Dean’s smile fades as he utters a weak, okay.
 
Sam: No point in going in there. Becky probed him like a pro. She’s a real natural. Who’s the scrawny guy?
 
Dean (tight smile): Temp.
 
Sam leaves and they go in anyway, saying that they’re interviewing the CEO for the “Actuarial Insider.” Okay then. Dean plays it causal, but Garth goes for the throat, asking him point blank if he got the job through black magic. Dean’s like, oh, isn’t he a kidder and brings it back around to why this job is this guy’s dream. Find out it’s not. And then, BE-yotch steps into the office to tell her husband that his secretary is an idiot and he should remind her that she’s working for the CEO – one more slip up and she’s fired.
 
Ah-ha, so that’s whose dream this job is. Dean and Garth exit the CEO’s office and try to stop Wifey – who thinks Dean’s threatening her. She pulls the I have no idea what you’re talking about card when Dean asks her point blank what she did to get hubs the job. Uh-huh.
 
Back at Becky’s, Sam’s sure they’re missing something, but Becky’s busy texting that they’re about to leave on their super-romantic honeymoon. Just then, Sam grabs his head in pain, the elixir obviously wearing off. Becky heads for the vial, only to find that it’s leaked out into her purse. Whoops.
 
Back at the office building, Wifey is o the phone tearing down another poor employee, demanding they pull the car around because she is not walking 5 blocks. High above her on a balcony overlooking the lobby, Hoodie Man is watching, and makes a ginormous light fixture fall from the ceiling toward her. Wifey looks up and screams before Dean body-slams her out of the way just in time. Garth runs up as Dean helps Wifey to her feet. Coworkers are milling about in the background, but it seemed like a relatively calm place for having watched someone almost get smushed.
 
Since he saved her life and all, she gives up the goods that this guy overheard her bitching (her word, not mine) to some friends and told her that he’d give her husband this job in exchange for her soul.
 
Wifey: What did I have to lose, right?
 
Garth: Well, there’s your soul. (He looks at Dean.) What kind of demon deal is this? Timeline’s whack.
 
Wifey’s all, um, what? And Dean tells her that she made a deal with a demon for 10 years, but it’s coming due too fast.  This all reminded me of a story called Fair Extension in Stephen King’s Full Dark, No Stars where a man makes a deal with the Devil for his life to get better, only in exchange, his best friend’s life becomes a living Hell…and the man is basically okay with it.
 
Garth says some stuff I didn’t catch about putting Wifey in with his cousin in kind of a hunter’s version of witness protection, and Dean says he has a bad feeling about who is next in this series of short deals. He wants to get to Sam.
 
Back at Becky’s, she’s calling Guy for help with more elixir and Sam’s stumbling around, holding his head, trying to figure out where the hell he is and why the hell he’s with Becky. He wants to call Dean. So, Becky does the only thing she can: she hits him on the head with the waffle iron. With the amount of times this guy is hit in the head, it’s no wonder his brother thinks he could still be buckets of crazy.
 
Annnnnddd…we have Misery. No, seriously. I swear whoever wrote this likes their Stephen King. Sam wakes up and is tied, spread eagle to a bed – in a cabin where they were going to spend their honeymoon. So somehow Becky (who is half the size of Sam) got an unconscious Sam out of her apartment, into her car, into the cabin, into the bed, and tied him up. *hand wave*
 
And not only is he totally tied up…he has no pants on. Because they were too constricting, Becky said. But he is covered with a quilt. As Sam is busy dying from humiliation (or helpless frustration, I’m not sure), Becky’s asking him if he feels concussed, telling him to calm down, asking him if he’s thirsty, and (OMG) asks him if he needs a bottle so he can “tinkle” – she can help him. There’s no way I would have been able to get through that scene with a straight face.
 
Just then, Becky gets a video chat ping from Guy and tells him she needs more elixir because it’s wearing off faster and faster. She’s like, “This is not the honeymoon I had in mind…well, parts of it is, but not in that context.” HA!
 
Then she laments that they haven’t even consummated their marriage yet, and I was like, oh, thank GOD. Because just…eww, y’know? He was dosed, she was desperate, it would have been all kinds of wrong. Plus, as totally stalkerish as she was, I had kinda started to like Becky in spite of myself. Well, maybe not like, but felt for her. I didn’t want her to die bloody, okay? There.
 
Guy tells her to meet him in an hour and Becky goes back in to Sam – who has heard the whole exchange. There’s an awkward exchange between them – mainly awkward due to Sam’s being tied spread eagle and half naked to a bed – where he tells her Guy is her dealer and she argues that he’s her friend. He tells her that Guy is the one killing people, but Becky argues that he’s a wiccan, not a witch. Whoever is killing people is something else.
 
Sam: It’s never something else. When are there ever two crazy things in town at the same time?
 
Fair point.
 
Sam tells Becky that she’s next on Guy’s list, but Becky denies it, saying he doesn’t charge her anything for the elixir (course not, honey…has to get you hooked first, then charges for your desperation) and besides, it wouldn’t work unless Sam really loved her, deep down inside. *rubs heart* Poor Becky.
 
Sam: So you think I love you?
 
Becky (hesitant): Deep…deep down?
 
Sam: Then untie me.
 
Instead of doing that, though, she shoves a rag in his mouth, gagging him and tells him that he’s still working through his emotions. Sam garbles something through the gag and she’s all love you, too as she leaves.
 
At the gym where their High School Reunion is to take place, Becky shows up and Guy has her sitting down. Offers her a drink, and wants to talk price before he gives her the elixir.
 
Becky: But…I thought we were besties.
 
Guy: You’re so pathetic it actually loops back around again to cute.
 
She offers to pay with a personal check, but he’s actually more interested in her soul. His eyes flash red and she’s all, gulp, crossroads demon. Guy’s like, got it in one. Ah-ha, so that was the reason for the flinch when he met Sam. It wasn’t attraction or jealousy, it was fear. Because Becky’s new hubs was Sam Freakin’ Winchester who, Becky rightly points out, would gank his ass if he knew Guy was a CRD sitting at this little ol’ table with little ol’ Becky.
 
Becky: YOU killed those people.
 
Guy: For legal reasons, let’s just say they had unfortunate accidents.
 
Becky: So, what, I hand over my soul and the next day a piano falls on my head?
 
Guy says he wouldn’t do that and that she’s special – so special, in fact, Guy’s willing to offer her 25 years in exchange for her soul and Sam will love her for the rest of her life. Becky asks for the drink he offered earlier.
 
Back at Becky’s, Dean and Garth break in, only to realize the place is deserted. Garth finds her most recent Tweet about the romantic honeymoon, and Dean, who is scoping out the place and glaring at wedding pictures, finds a pic of younger Becky in front of a hunting cabin, holding up her first big fish. Garth helpfully tells Dean he doesn’t like fish – dead eyes. Dean gives him a um, okay, thanks for that glance. At this point, we’re basically left to deduce that Dean figures out this is where they are, but I’ll get to that in a sec.
 
Becky returns to the cabin and Sam is still gagged. (Seriously? He couldn’t have shoved that out with his tongue?) Lying down next to him on the bed, putting her head on his chest, Becky starts talking. Throughout it, Sam is grunting through the gag, but there’s no telling what he’s saying.
 
Becky: This is not how I planned to spend my reunion. I was going to show you off. Not that anyone knows who you are. Supernatural’s not exactly popular. (*laugh!* Okay, that was funny.) But you’re tall…and nice…and they’d all think I was happy.
 
Oh, Becky. You make me sad, girl.
 
Becky: I know you don’t love me. I’m a loser. I think that’s why I love you. (Sam grunts something there, and that we can pretty much figure out is a what?) Not that you’re a loser, but you have that whole character arch about being a freak and I can relate. (*laugh* OMG, this is just funny and sad at the same time…I think I probably said a good, oh, 12-14 times in responses to my last ramble how much I could relate to Dean {which equals the funny part}…but at the same time, her utter loss at confessing this unreality is really just…sad.) The only place people understood me was the message boards. They were grumpy and over-literal, but we shared a common bond.
 
Okay, was that last bit written by Sera? I both appreciate the good natured poking fun and tire of the 4th wall being stepped through. I’ll just whine for a teensy bit and then let it go, but…I watch to escape. Not to be reminded that I’m watching a TV Show and it’s not real. I know that, thanks. Supernatural is pretty unique in this respect, and that’s fine. Most TV Shows seem to understand that they’re out there for escape and allow you to indulge. I mean, you don’t ever see the The Walking Dead do anything like this, y’know? And /rant.
 
Her speech was actually a bit more sad and poignant of her character’s predicament than it was annoying that she was drawing attention to our reality. But I still had that reaction, so…there you go.

Anyway, Chuck dumped her, she’s feeling adrift, and she just wants someone to love her for her. *rubs heart* Sam mumbles something and she finally removes his gag so that he can tell her that if she wants someone to love her for her, she should try not drugging them. She pulls out the elixir and says that she wants him and this was the only way. Sam, looking slightly panicked rather than just annoyed, says that she’s better than this and Becky’s not so sure.
 
Then we fade out and come back into focus with Becky sitting at one of the reunion tables, the party long-since over, sipping whiskey and telling Guy – who is approaching from behind – that it’s been a weird night, and she’s “in.” *SCREECHES TO A HALT*
 
FLAG ON THE WRITING PLAY. Don’t throw things at me for this, but this is where I have to say, seriously, writers? It’s not so much that we miss The Plan, but we get this dramatic moment where Becky is about to dose Sam again and then…next thing we know the gang's all here? We don’t see her let him go? Or see if Dean got to the cabin to find him tied up? Or any of that? I get that they only have like 45 mins or whatever to tell the story and the big deal of the whole episode, it seemed to me, was what happened in the last 15 minutes, but still. They expected us to take a giant leap there, and while I like a good demon double-cross surprise as much as the next guy, this manner of scene-jumping was a cop out in my book. *exhales* Okay. Moving on.
 
Becky stands, facing Guy, asking if they have to seal the deal with a kiss and Guy’s like pucker up. Instead, Becky flicks on Dean’s lighter, drops it and traps Guy in the center of a Devil’s Trap. As he stares, dumbfounded that she got him, Dean, Garth, and Sam emerge from the shadows and Becky practically dances over to Sam, ecstatically proclaiming, “I did it! Just like we said! I am awesome! I’ll…be just over here.”
 
Sam gives her a stay still, stay quiet look as Dean advances on Guy – who turns into a fandemon for a moment, asking for Dean’s autograph. It’s honestly hard to tell if he’s sarcastic or serious, but Dean offers to carve it on his spleen. He’s such a giver, our boy. Without much provocation, Guy spills the beans about there being a loophole in the 10 year deal. He doesn’t get his hands dirty, of course, but that’s why it pays to have a good intern.
 
Hoodie Man suddenly shows up and power-shoves all three guys hard across the room, knocking the knife out of Dean’s hand. Hoodie Man breaks the Devil’s Trap while Guy is yelling, what time did I ask you to be here?! Dean brings his head up painfully. Sam’s out. Garth is – who knows. Dean struggles upright, and suddenly Guy is right there. Dean splashes Holy Water in his face, scalding him, and tries to start an exorcism, but Guy grabs him by the throat and slams him against the wall, strangling him.
 
Hoodie Man power-smashes Garth’s face into a table, keeping him out of the fight. Sam comes to, tells Becky to run, which she does, and Hoodie Man decides to take the easy route and uses the “Force” to strangle Sam like the Dark Jedi he is. Then, Becky stabs Hoodie Man from behind with the Demon Killing Knife, uttering a shaky, “Whoa” when Hoodie Man sparks and dies in front of her.
 
Sam pulls the knife from Hoodie Man’s back and tosses it to Dean – who catches it one-handed and presses it against Guy’s throat, forcing him to release him. It was pretty much the coolest move of the evening, that toss/catch. Dean demands that Guy release all the deals he had working and Guy looks slightly over Dean’s shoulder, uttering a heartfelt, “Oh, crap.”
 
Dean: You said it. You’re in a world—
 
Voice Off Screen: Hello, Boys.
 
Dean: Oh, crap.
 
He moves around Guy speedy quick, as my girl would say, and puts the blade against Guy’s throat once more, holding the CRD as a shield.
 
And, Crowley’s standing there, almost a welcome sight (for me, not them) after all that had transpired.
 
Crowley: Sam. Mazel tov. Who’s the lucky lady?
 
Becky (with a little bit of awe): You’re Crowley.
 
Crowley: And you’re…well, I’m sure you have a wonderful personality.
 
Oh, poor Becky! *frowns on her behalf*
 
Dean threatens Guy and Crowley says that Hoodie Man sold Guy out. Crowley runs a tight ship in Hell, you see, and Guy bucked the system pretty hard by cutting the 10 year deals short. Crowley calls his minion a stupid, short-sighted, prat and he wants Dean to hand him over. If he does, Crowley will cancel all the deals Guy made because he wants to make an example of Guy.
 
Crowley: Fair trade. We’ll go our separate ways. No harm done.
 
Sam and Dean exchange looks of Total Doubt.
 
Sam: What? Out of the goodness of your heart?
 
Crowley: Years of demons nipping at your heels – haven’t seen one for months. Wonder why?
 
Huh, actually really good point, that. One I hadn’t even bothered to think about, honestly.
 
Dean: We’ve been busy.
 
Crowley: Hunting Leviathans, I know. That’s why I told my lads to stay clear of you meatheads.
 
He goes on to say how much he really really really dislikes the Bossman Levi and he wants the boys to squash them all. So, this, and the What Will Dean Do If He Doesn’t Watch Out For Sam question were the two things I found the most interesting in this episode. I like that Crowley’s not exactly working with them, nor is he asking them to work for/with him…he’s just staying out of their way. It’s…interesting.
 
Dean’s like, end contracts first, which Crowley does with a snap of his fingers. Done and done. Dean hands Guy over to Crowley and they vanish. Garth wakes up all, what did I miss? (See? Why was he even there??)
 
Later, back at Becky’s, Sam and Becky are signing Annulment papers with Dean and Garth looking on. Becky’s quite pathetically hopeful with her, it wasn’t all bad, right?
 
Sam: You did save my life, so…thanks.
 
Aw, Sam. Don’t be like that.
 
Becky: So, I’ll see you again?
 
Sam: Yeah, probably not.
 
Becky looks so sad. Even I felt for her. Finally, Sam comes around and decides to offer her some comfort. *atta boy*
 
Sam: You’re not a loser. You’re a good person. You’ve got a lot of…energy. So do your thing and the right guy will find you.
 
Garth looks waaaay interested. Smoothing his hair down and everything. Dean looks at him with a, “No. Just…no.” Aw, c’mon, Dean? Why not? Oh, because he’s a hunter, too, and Becky would want to be involved with the hunting like she was with Sam and that’s a tie back to you guys since Garth knows Bobby and now you? Oh, okay. I get it. That’s a definite no.
 
Outside at the cars – the Patchwork Dodge and Garth’s El Camino – Dean gives Garth a pat on the shoulder.
 
Dean: You don’t suck.
 
Garth: That’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me.
 
He steps toward Dean, bringing it in for the real thing, and gives Dean a…lengthy…hug with Dean patting him and uttering, “oookay,” through an uncomfortable grin. Garth leaves and Sam looks over at his brother.
 
Sam: Aww, you made a fwiend.
 
Dean: Uh-uh.
 
Sam: Look, when I was all dosed up, I…said some crap.
 
Dean (with feigned shock): You mean she wasn’t your soulmate?
 
Sam: Shut up. I mean, I do need you watching my back. Obviously.
 
Dean: Yeah, for when crazy groupies attack.
 
One last ‘surfacey’ comment, I frakking love that blue jacket/shirt on him. He looked amazing in this end scene. *ahem* This I <3 Dean Ramble has been brought to you in part by A Very Long Week with contributions from One Guilty Pleasure.
 
Dean (with a slightly grudging smile): You know, for a whackjob, you really pulled it together.
 
Sam (with puppy-dog eyes): That’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me.
 
They share a laugh and I liked this easy moment – this talk like real brothers. I would like more of this, please.
 
Sam: Don’t be too impressed. It’s still Denver Scrambled up here. I just know my way around the plate now.
 
Great. I started this thing with a craving for cake and now I want to make a midnight run to Denny’s.
 
Dean: I’m just saying, it’s stupid to think you need me around all the time. You’re a grown up. (pause) You’re like a desert hippie douche grown up.
 
Sam: Dude, I was camping. You camp.
 
Not willingly, if memory serves. *grin*
 
Dean: Whatever, hippie.
 
They move around to their respective sides of the car, and Sam continues with the Bright Side of All This.
 
Sam: Might be nice. You’ve basically been looking out for me my whole life. Now you finally get to take care of yourself. About time, huh?
 
But if the worried, lost, almost…unguarded devastation that crosses Dean’s face before he gets in the car is anything to go by, this change is anything but nice. *rubs heart* I don't think he wants to take care of himself. Meaning focus solely on him. He knows what to do when he’s taking care of Sam. That’s a known, even when Sam himself has been an unknown. Facing himself…that’s terrifying to Dean, I think.
 
Plus, I don’t trust that this New Improved Sam is here to stay. They way things have a tendency to go, Dean will get to where he’s just about ready to see what it’s like to take care of himself, he’ll get to where it’s not like stepping off the edge of a high-dive into an empty pool, and Sam will crack somehow, pulling Dean back in. Not only that…but with all this talk of Sam pulling it together and getting the hang of his new normal and not really needing Dean ‘cause he’s a grown up…who is watching out for Dean? Who is noticing, as Ellen said, “how bad it is?”
 
Not that Dean is an emotional basket case or anything. We know he’s a bad-ass and as tough as they come. But he’s also human. And his humanity has been bleeding through his facial expressions and coping mechanisms and vulnerable nights for a long time now. So…I am far from settling comfortable into a new normal with Sam all ‘okay’ and Dean getting some ‘Dean time.’
 
And I’m actually quite okay with that. Why would I want to be comfortable? Then I wouldn’t be anxious about what happens next. Speaking of…previews for next week? YIPE! I’m so bummed I won’t be able to watch that until later in the weekend.
 
Next Ramble will be posted on Sunday the 20th. Thanks for reading!
 
Slainte.

Comments

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(Anonymous)
Nov. 12th, 2011 08:42 am (UTC)
Awkwarrrrd.
You call this episode an interesting one? I call it a weird one. lol I don't hate this episode. It was funny and stuff but the whole "Misery" part actually made me cringe a bit. It reminded me of a fanfic that I read which was sort of kinda similar to that scene although more angsty and scary. lol Plus, I knew it was gonna be Becky from the preview. I called it! lol :P And I did feel bad for her and whatever crap she was going through... until she tied Sam to a bed which how she did, God only knows because the guy is as tall as a redwood tree but if she was that desperate, well, adrenaline rush have been know to make mothers lift a bulldozer off of their kid. lol And I don't want her to die bloody, too.

Let's call this episode the "Sufacey" episode because I was thinking the exact same thing as you. Dean in that blue sweater. YUM. Sam looking cute in his "brave little solider expression." Oh my lord, I wanted to cuddle him! And Dean's hair. *swoon* Ok. I'm done.

Then she laments that they haven’t even consummated their marriage yet, and I was like, oh, thank GOD.
-Again. Weird... and relief as well. lol I was wondering if they did go on their honeymoon and Dean was gonna give Sam crap about that. lol But I thought for sure that Guy was checking out Sam and a little jealous that Becky got him first. Boy, were we wrong. lol

lus, I don’t trust that this New Improved Sam is here to stay.
-A part of me is hoping that Sam will be okay but... you do have a point. I don't trust the writers anymore lol. I feel like they will throw a curve ball and knock Sam on his ass and Dean, as you said, will be pulled back in. It's only the 8th episode of this season so we got plenty of time to find out what will be coming ahead. Hold on and see. :D

I'm more excited about next week's ep than this one. An old school urban legend hunt. Whoot! ;) TTFN.

-Crash_n_Burn



gaelicspirit
Nov. 16th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Awkwarrrrd.
OMG, I'm so sorry it's taken me like 457 hours to get back to you. Hubs is sick and I end up downshifting into survival mode: take care of him, take care of her, take care of work, shower, eat, oh, yeah, other stuff is here, too. ;)

Thanks for reading -- and you're right. This was definitely one of the weirder epis. But even with the weird ones, we get moments to take to heart. Which is why I LOVE our show.

Also, it's not that I don't want Sam to get 'well' -- I just don't trust that the angst machine that our writers take hits off of will allow him to. I think there's going to be a rug yanked out at some point and both boys are going to tumble down.

I'm REALLY excited about this next one. The previews looked great.

Thanks again! :)

See you soon.
G
yasminke
Nov. 12th, 2011 09:47 am (UTC)
I'm in the minority, I think -- but I liked the episode. Yeah, I cringed, but Becky was a freaky Super-fan and I'm surprised she didn't buy it in the end.

Although, I think Dean with the end glance is also wondering how long the sane train will be in town.

BEST of luck with the marathon, hon.
gaelicspirit
Nov. 16th, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
Hey you -- thanks for reading and coming by! :) Even with the episodes that aren't my favs there's something within to love. Dean's struggle to figure out where he fits now was definitely one of those things.

Thanks for the luck with the marathon! It's coming up fast. Eeep!

See you soon?
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sentra04
Nov. 12th, 2011 09:52 am (UTC)
i dun' usually comment - but i wanted to let you know - i adore your rambles!

i don't actually have a tv - i have to torrent the eppies, and then watch them on my comp.... which has no sound. So - as you can imaging - i miss alot.

So as soon as my torrent's done, i find your journal, open the night's ramble, and read it as i watch ^^;

so.. thank you!!


.. last comment is that i kept seeing garth as d'zzy from 'the new guy' and kept waiting for him to wip out the 'crazy eyes'
gaelicspirit
Nov. 16th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
Hi! Hey, thanks for letting me know you read -- and I love knowing how you connect the watching and the reading. :) I wonder sometimes how far off the mark I am with the dialog, but at least it gives you a good sense of what's happening.

I really appreciate you taking a moment to comment, too, because it's knowing this that makes me want to keep these going, even when I'm so tired I want to curl up in a ball and cry. I'm compelled. :)

Thank YOU for reading. 'See' you soon.
fifimom
Nov. 12th, 2011 11:23 am (UTC)
I so love reading your "rambles" on the episodes. Thanks for sharing. And your review is spot on.
gaelicspirit
Nov. 16th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I really appreciate you reading and taking a moment to let me know.

'See' you soon!
jennygeee
Nov. 12th, 2011 12:34 pm (UTC)
I actually enjoyed this episode, didn't think I would but I did. I found myself smiling quite a lot throughout but also found myself very sad. Our show gives us it all doesn't it, laughs, tears, scares....Dean! - what more could we ask.

Even the worst episodes of SPN are better than anything else on tv imo :)

Thanks for your review as always Gaelic.

Edited at 2011-11-12 12:35 pm (UTC)
gaelicspirit
Nov. 16th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
I really didn't know what to think one way or the other when I saw the previews for this last week -- then I got too busy, really to think about it. So I went in with very little expectations and I think that was a good thing. Even the epis that aren't my favs give me something to love, and this one, despite its oddities, definitely had that from the Dean perspective.

Thank YOU for reading and taking time to comment. I really appreciate that. :) See you soon!

Edited at 2011-11-16 07:10 pm (UTC)
pielover62
Nov. 12th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
You were much kinder than I would have been in reviewing this episode. Until Crowley appeared I was kinda' wondering what show the writers had been watching for the last few weeks. I mean just 2 epis ago they were all over the national news and had to go to ground and they still decide to take their annual trip to Vegas??? And, yeah, I don't know where that came from either, because on the show I've been watching Dean has tried on more than one occasion to talk Sam in to going to Vegas, but I don't remember them ever actually going there. Also, I felt like I missed something big that made Sam feel he needed to leave...again. I mean I know it was some soul-searching walk-about, but it just seemed kind of out of the blue after last week to me.

What bothered me most though was that I felt like this episode added absolutely nothing to the overall story arc. Except for the scene with Crowley, there was no mention of the Levi, Sam's hallucinations, Dean's distress or even Bobby's recovery from losing everything. This was the first episode so far this season that I haven't liked. But you know what? That's O.K. I still love Show with all my heart and there's always the pretty eye candy. *wink*

Oh, I just have to rant about one more thing. I know you avoid spoilers, but all week everyone has been very tight-lipped regarding who Sam's bride would be. There's been all kinds of speculation over the few hints that were leaked. So please, someone explain to me WHY, after all that build up and secrecy, would they ruin it with clips of Becky during the THEN sequence!

Ok, I'm done. Thank you for listening.
gaelicspirit
Nov. 16th, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
Hey, I'll listen anytime, my friend.

And yeah, the THENs wreck pretty much any surprise. Although, I didn't catch on to Crowley showing up -- he wasn't in the THENs and I didn't pay attention to the names in the credits, so he was a nice (for me, not them) surprise. :)

I mean just 2 epis ago they were all over the national news and had to go to ground and they still decide to take their annual trip to Vegas??? ... Also, I felt like I missed something big that made Sam feel he needed to leave...again. I mean I know it was some soul-searching walk-about, but it just seemed kind of out of the blue after last week to me.

Superfan and random hunter aside, this was troubling to me as well. Maybe they thought that since "that" Dean and Sam were officially dead and they had different names now...they were safe? *shrug*

And Sam leaving...maybe he figured that he was technically "with" Dean, so it's not like he left him behind, he just needed his own version of a vacation. *shrug again* I don't know -- to me it seemed rather selfish of Sam because it rarely seems like he looks at things from his brother's POV, but I could be way off base there. AND Sam DOES need to have some ways to keep himself whole and in this whole 'new Sam' personna, so...who knows.

:)

Despite that, even in the shows that aren't my favorites, I find moments to embrace, and this one did have those. So, it's all good.

See you soon!
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lovinjackson
Nov. 12th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
Look at me getting to read this and respond for a change. I so smiled at your Chandler Bing Comment. (God, I heart that man LOL)

Yeah plot holes galore in this one ... some good fun moments too which made me laugh. One big one that annoyed me was Sam with the cloth in his moth. I kept thinking, as if he couldnt just spit it out.

Anytime Crowley makes a surprise appearance is always a happy moment (for me, not them lol)

Glad to be here and read your ramble :)
gaelicspirit
Nov. 16th, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
YAY! You saw! You read! You're here! Now, come back for one that was really really good so we can get all gush-happy!! :)

Sam with the cloth in his mouth -- totally! I just wanted him to push it out already! LOL! If she'd shoved it THAT far back, he wouldn't be making noises.

Thanks for coming by -- I hope hope hope I get to see you again soon!
kimmer1227
Nov. 12th, 2011 02:14 pm (UTC)
That was a lot of work for a pretty bad episode.
gaelicspirit
Nov. 16th, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
*hugs you*

*laughs*

These are a lot of work; thanks for recognizing that. :)
borgmama1of5
Nov. 12th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
I don't think this episode deserves the hate it's generating, and your review evenhandedly sums up why.

And I love that you quoted all the best parts directly :)
gaelicspirit
Nov. 16th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you saw balance here. And that the quoting works for you. :) Even in epis that aren't my fav, I find moments to embrace, and this one had those.

See you soon!
winsangel
Nov. 12th, 2011 02:42 pm (UTC)
Talk about a hand wave, this one had so many hand waves I was waving during the whole thing, but I was also laughing out loud a lot!

Jensen/Dean - the whole episode he was perfect and looked just so handsome - how does he get more gorgeous every week? He has the facial expressions down perfectly and doesn't have to say a word to know just what he's thinking. He amazes me.

Sam was really kinda hilarious during the whole epi - I kinda love him when he's drugged up or drunk (Playthings and Sam Interruped.) When he's under a spell or a potion (Asylum and Sex and Violence) and now this epi, he really does speak the truth and Dean knows it.

Becky got on my last nerve but she was kinda fun to watch go through her 19th nervous breakdown over and over.

Crowley was great - looking forward to where they go with him and dealing with the leviathans. At least he's called his demons off the boys for now since the rest of the world seems to be after them.

Garth didn't impress me at all - I think he was just there for a little comic relief but he really wasn't necessary. As a sidekick he was okay for about a minute.

I was so glad to see the boys laughing a little again. But their talk at the end concerns me as well. Dean's purpose in life has been to take care of Sam, and the prospect of doing the same for himself has never been considered. He's always been on autopilot when it comes to himself, putting himself second to Sam. I just hope this is another handwave and it's forgotten. They are together again and that's where they should stay. Dean is going to break eventually and he's going to need Sam there to pick him up.

I give the epi a 7 - mainly for Jensen's perfection and Jared's goofy adorableness.
gaelicspirit
Nov. 16th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
Jensen/Dean has ruined me for just about every other hero. One day, I want to see Jensen in different genres, though. Like...a Western (for SURE) or maybe playing a cop. Or a soldier. Still in the tough-guy role, not so much romantic-comedy. *loves my hero*

I was so glad to see the boys laughing a little again. But their talk at the end concerns me as well. Dean's purpose in life has been to take care of Sam, and the prospect of doing the same for himself has never been considered. He's always been on autopilot when it comes to himself, putting himself second to Sam.

I liked that relaxed, joking moment. It was nice to see. But yeah, the thing I don't think Sam can realize is that no, it's not a nice change for Dean to have to worry about himself and only himself. Sam's never been in that situation, so how could he know that the prospect has Dean breaking out in a cold sweat? Sam's had plenty of occasions to take care of himself, Vegas being the latest example with his camping expedition.

I mean, obviously Dean was still missing him, kinda wanting a chance to reconnect and do regular brother stuff. Or hell, just not do stuff by himself anymore. But Sam needed his walkabout, so Sam got his walkabout. End of story.

I'll be interested to see how this plays out through the next several episodes.

Thanks for reading/commenting. See you soon!
sojourner84
Nov. 12th, 2011 02:52 pm (UTC)
Hey!

Sorry I missed the ramble last week. I thought I knew what 'busy' looked like...I had no idea. *laugh* I'll explain in an email. I read the ramble, enjoyed it, but wasn't able to comment until last night, and by then I figured it was probably a little late.

Thanks for the ramble this week! I haven't been able to check out any spoilers really this time around and I didn't see previews for this episode...so you can imagine my confusion when I turned on the television ten minutes late (yeah, I missed the first ten minutes, so thanks for the recap!) and saw Sam and...Becky?! Really, writers? I know this was all in fun and it was supposed to add some levity or whatever...but...*sigh*

You said it perfect here: Okay, was that last bit written by Sera? I both appreciate the good natured poking fun and tire of the 4th wall being stepped through. I’ll just whine for a teensy bit and then let it go, but…I watch to escape. Not to be reminded that I’m watching a TV Show and it’s not real. I know that, thanks. Supernatural is pretty unique in this respect, and that’s fine. Most TV Shows seem to understand that they’re out there for escape and allow you to indulge. I mean, you don’t ever see the The Walking Dead do anything like this, y’know? And /rant.

Exactly, my friend! And did I have fun with this? Sure. Though somethings were...I'll go with your word "interesting." But did it feel off and way out there and kinda...unnecessary? Yeah. Yeah, it did.

And no...you would not see this on The Walking Dead *laugh* Which is one of my favorite shows since it first aired. That show definitely sucks you in and lets you escape into survival horror and the characters.

I really didn't get into the episode until toward the end...and yes, I agree with you on how jumbled getting to that last scene felt...*shakes head*

But I like that Crowley isn't working with them or against them, just letting them do their job. I like that angle.

The talk by the car at the end, felt...I don't know...Can you tell I'm just kinda 'eh' about this episode? *laugh*

But if the worried, lost, almost…unguarded devastation that crosses Dean’s face before he gets in the car is anything to go by, this change is anything but nice. *rubs heart*

Yeah...not sure how this will play out, but I'm interested to see what they do with the whole Sam's "doing fine" and Dean gets to go do some soul searching. I agree with you that Dean facing himself is terrifying for him, and that the 'with-it' Sam isn't here to stay.

I can see what you said here: Dean will get to where he’s just about ready to see what it’s like to take care of himself, he’ll get to where it’s not like stepping off the edge of a high-dive into an empty pool, and Sam will crack somehow, pulling Dean back in.

I'm also wondering the question you posed: With all this talk of Sam pulling it together and getting the hang of his new normal and not really needing Dean ‘cause he’s a grown up…who is watching out for Dean? Who is noticing, as Ellen said, “how bad it is?

We're just gonna have to keep watching to find out! I have a feeling they're both going to have to carry each other through this. They're both walking wounded, they're both trying to just keep going, and they're going to need to look out for each other.

Next week's episode looks awesome and I'll look for your ramble on the 20th! Take care!

-SJ

gaelicspirit
Nov. 16th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
Hey you! Man, I hear you on the busy (though, I'm sure you have me beat, hands down).

Yeah, this one was...quirky. But like with any of the epis that haven't been my favorite, this still did have its moments. Mainly (for me) centered around Dean. :)

They're both walking wounded, they're both trying to just keep going, and they're going to need to look out for each other.

YES! This so much. I want to see this, not Sam going on walkabout to take care of himself and Dean flailing as he figures out how to look himself in the eye and drinks himself to sleep. *hopes*

Also? The Walking Dead? How much do I love that show. Are you all caught up with it? Because the end of the latest episode on Sunday - O.M.G.

We must discuss sometime!!!

Okay, take care of you and I hope to see you soon!
thruterryseyes
Nov. 12th, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
When Bayre asked me what the ep was like the word I came up with was odd. Becky made me feel embarressed over her desperate efforts at forced love, her awkwardness and generally being annoying bugged me a lot. She was pathetic and sad. For every moment I felt bad for her, there were ten others I just wanted to smack her.

The best consensus I could come up with was, it was a little silly but still enjoyable. And Dean was in it. In that sweater. So win win.

Sam was hilarious as Lost-in-love-Sam. I loved the scene where she tied him to the bed, then when she came back and he was still tied to the bed and they carried on that 'conversation', the fun part of which was trying to figiure out what Sam was saying, although, comne on, there is no reason he would have still had that rag in his mouth. His tongue can't be THAT weak.

And honestly, the scene where Dean was wearing that sweater under his jacket. I have no idea what anyone said or did cause I COULD NOT stop looking AT HIM. If looks could kill all I can hope it that i would have hung on to look as long as possible before I died.

Someboidy figure out how to clone that man!!!!!!!!!!!! Or make a lifelike windup doll...or something.

Also, and I haven't even read the ramble yet, I love D J Qualls but I can't help but feel like this part was written for him just so he could be in the show, I'm going to guess at his request, cause other than look like he was having fun, he didn't really do anything that made his presence necessary. So if that was the reason he was there, more power to him.

Now to read.

(EVERY time Dean comments on being a dropout of
having only a GED. I tingle for reasons you know and want to scream yet again. I TOLD YOU SO!!!! to one who will remain nameless)

She had posters on her walls of them, totally missed that. I was fixated on the Wal-Mart style rotisserie chicken in it's plastic box sitting on the table. Apparently i can't see very well even inn TV dark.

I felt the same way about the fan tilt of this ep. I don't like having my vision of this world they live in, walking into mine. It makes me feel like maybe they think we're all like Becky and I sort of start to feel uncomfortable and awkward.

the most I got out of garth's description of theguy he was sending thew wifey to was:

You're gonna be staying with an ex-army, tri-racial, paraplegic guy with a hunting rifle.

Or words to that effect.

The only thing that Sam said during his gagged exchange with becky that I completely understood was when she said "I know you don't love me"
He replied "You got that right"

Knife catching move was cool, I can't help but always wonder how many times thay have to do that stufgf before they get it right.

And here I must stop for a momnent and revel in Crowley. I knew he'd be back around but I have to say, he is my fav bad guy and I mean to tell you, was that scene with him doing his thing, in that absolutely totally sexy bearded look, not the best scene of the whole show. His attitude, the way he looked, his voice. In that moment I would have slept with that man.

I realize Dean was there but he's always a given.

And I LOVED Crowleys coment that this was Hell not Wall Street, they have integrity in Hell.

I know my attitude about Becky in this show is reflection of my attitude in general about needy people who make a point out of being needy and you know how I feel about the walking wounded, yes, anyone else who reads this, I am not a nice nor patient person,I am a shut up and deal with it person, but everything about her that irrtitated me so far outweighed any brief moments of pity that I might have had that she just made me want her GONE.

And yes, Garth suddenl;y looking interested was a riot. I'm not sure if Dean said no to protect Becky or Garth.

You forgiven your Dean moments. Everyone is entitled to time to worship.

When they showed thr previews, thr end part with the monster went by so fast , Bobby played it back frame by frame so i could have a better look at the monster.

Is he special or not?

@ The previous Ramble has been approved by the Grammer Police. "Reading over your shoulder for better word usage tomorrow."
gaelicspirit
Nov. 16th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
Your last line had me laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes. And believe me, that was NEEDED. Also, I triple-checked the word 'vial' as I was writing this up, just so you know. :)

Odd, yeah, I could go with odd as a good descriptive word. But even in the epis that aren't my favorite, I can still find stuff that makes me happy -- and it's usually around Dean, as is the case here. :)

I loved that I didn't know Crowley was going to show up. He wasn't in the THENs and I didn't pay attention to the names in the credits, so he was a nice (for me) surprise. I like a good bad guy. :)

I missed the Wall Street comment. LOL! OccupyHell! *cracks self up*

I knew you'd like the knife catch.

And yes, Bobby is special. I've always thought so. I mean, he married you, didn't he? ;)

See you soon.
taylorariel
Nov. 12th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
Just like with your stories, you show so much detail in your comments/reviews. More times than not I enjoy your own thoughts more than the actual details of the show.

First off- and I say this with no apologies- Dean looked unbelievably FANTASTIC in that sweater-vest outfit!!!! Really...it almost killed me. And you are so right- he did look just like..JENSEN! Damn, he looked good.

Ok, enough of that (for now)

I thought the 'wedding' scene was adorable for both boys. The small smile Dean gave to the organist...well, I could have pulled him right off the tv screen and hugged him! And Sam's bright smile when he said to Dean: "Say something!" Looked like Jared on his own wedding day :)

I agree they killed the suspense when they showed Becky in the "Then" scenes. That really was a stupid move by the writers. So unnecessary. Any fan of the show would have known who Becky was as soon as she lifted the veil.

I was glad that they showed the "elixir" scene pretty quickly because I think it would have frustrated the hell out of me if they dragged it out.

Whereas I do agree that Dean did not need another hunter to help him out here, I think Garth was cute in his own way. And since this was definitely a "light" episode I did not mind his presence.

The only thing of merit to come out of this episode for me was Crowley's appearance at the end and his explanation of why we have seen no demons at all since the damn leviathans showed up. And I was actually wondering about that, to be honest. And his explanation did make sense so I will go with it. And I was glad that Crowley actually looked tired and worn-out; none of his usual fancy-smancy-better-than-you attitude. I am not a fan of the character but I was actually glad to see him here.

And though I do not hate Becky at all (she actually reminds me of a lot of "Sam-Girls" on the one forum I go to) I do hope we do not see the character again.

And I hope we are also done with the "light" episodes this season. Enough is enough. I want to get back to a plot and a running theme and a sense of the 'supernatural' in the show. That really does seem to be missing this season.

However scenes show the boys and Bobby actually hunting in my state (!!!!!) and seeking out the Jersey Devil. When I was a child, my brothers and I "hunted" the Jersey Devil ourselves several times in the Pine Barrens. It will be wonderful to see my boys doing the same thing :)

I look forward to next week.

Thank You and my best to you and yours.
MD
gaelicspirit
Nov. 16th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the compliment you started off with. I really appreciate you saying this because sometimes I doubt myself -- how much is too much, y'know? But I just let it come out and hope for the best, so I'm pleased to know this still resonates with you.

And I was actually wondering about that, to be honest.

Good on you! I was just rolling with it and when Crowley said that I was like, "Huh! He's right!" LOL!

I hope that plays out a bit more, too. Crowley not working with them, but not working against them. Enemy of my enemy and all that. I like that angle.

I'm REALLY looking forward to this next episode. LOTS of potential there. Look forward to your comments!

See you soon, my friend.

*hugs you*
marlowe78
Nov. 12th, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC)
Hey there, long time no see :-D

"Interesting" is a good summary, actually. It was FUN. And though I know probably people demand more from this show, I like having fun. And this? Was FUN!

In short, I really had a good time. It felt right, the banter at the end - oh GOD! did I love the banter at the end. The little hints of Dean-not-being-good... yes. Me, personally, took a lot of satisfaction from this episode.

Now, let's see what you spotted what I might have missed :-)

And Oh. Mah. Gah. he looked good in this scene. Adorable, flirty grin, followed by self-depreciating grimace and helpless frown. Stripper tells him that she’s in grad school, waiting for his disbelieving look and calling him on it.

*thud* He did, right? Awesome, flirty, fun, a little worried about his brother... *sigh*
I might be too smart but I wouldn't sell anything, not even y crappy car to MAKE him fall in love with me. Naw, I'd be perfectly fine with a one-night-stand :-D

Because you’re left trying to redefine an entire person: you. And you haven't had a lot of recent experience with that person.

Yes, I think that was the thing I took away from this - and I guess that was the plan. Build up a little Dean-angst for us, which, yeah, I admit, might make the Sam-gals a little sad for neglecting Sam's issues. But, and this might sound wrong, maybe, but ONE of them has to have the limelight in this show. And the point I see in these brothers is that if SAM has the limelight with his problems, Dean just drops EVERYTHING to get them straightened out. So if Sam has his problems, Dean has Sam's problems, and WE as the watcher get mainly Sam's problems to deal with.
And it has to be the other way round when it's Dean with his issues (except, Dean being a bury-your-problems-guy, we only get them hinted here and there for WEEKS until they finally surface)
So, sorry for anyone who felt passed over. That's life, though.

So, as for the "lesson" we - or maybe Dean - have to learn: taking care of Dean, like Sam said he now could do (finally): That's a SCARY concept for Dean. Because as long as he has someone else to focus on, he doesn't have to acknowledge all his own problems. I think it'd be a bit like having to clean up your attic. You store stuff in there, and more stuff, and you say to yourself "one day, I'll clean it up - just not now" and then, one day, you have no choice anymore. And there is this freaking HUGE pile of cr*p up there, scaring you with the sheer amount of THINGS and dust and man, there might be your old underwear underneath, or maybe the school-records you tried to forget and holy cow, maybe there will be a rat-infestation!
So yes, cleaning up Dean's psyche? Is probably like cleaning up this metaphorical attic.
And just as frightening.



marlowe78
Nov. 12th, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)
Sam pins a pink carnation on Dean’s lapel telling him that apparently pink is for royalty

I'm pretty sure he said 'loyalty'. But as a non-native, my ears just might be wacky :-D

Cleverly, the opening title card was a pretty, tiered wedding cake decorated in black spades that blows up all over the screen. Actually looked a little red in there, too.

God, I so love the opening-credits! The writers or whoever invents them are AMAZING in coming up with great ideas!

I feel like I didn’t know that. And not to go all Superfan ’11, I kinda think an annual trip to Vegas would be something I’d remember. Oh, well.

Yeah, I guess that's the Becky-mystery. Because we also didn't know that uh... someone gave the Colt to Crowley but Becky did. Apparently.
But even though we didn't know about that - it's a nice idea. And it makes me wonder when this 'annual' thing was established? I'm guessing ever since Sam and Dean took off together in s1, so that's kinda cute to know.

I'm just adding it to my background, don't care if it's rather sudden :D

Not only that, but that slightly condescending tone he used with Dean just then was really not out of the realm of ways he’s talked to Dean recently

Not disagreeing, but I stumble over 'recently'. Sam - sorry to say it - is quite often condescending, has been from the Pilot and all over the show.

ON the other hand, just assuming he WERE in real love, Dean's behavior would have been a bit... harsh. To someone in nuptial bliss, being reminded of the faults and improbabilities of their union, it would sound a bit mean. And Sam IS in love, even though it's not a natural love. Just saying.

There’s an obvious hesitation as Guy sizes up Sam and I thought at first it was because he might be a smidge jealous of Becky – wanting Sam for himself. But, turns out, I was wrong.

HA! That's what I thought, too. And even aside all the weirdness we might see in this ep, I think the writers did good with this. Even KNOWING Mark Sheppard would have a role *hates-'actor-names-before-show-aired'-thingy*, I was completely off course with Guy. I really thought he was a nice (G)guy first, and the other demon being mean could have been ANYTHING, like maybe a goblin or something, that had attached himself to the wiccan-Guy.

He didn’t really even do anything. Apologies to any DJ Qualls fans out there because usually he's pretty funny...I just didn't get much from him with everything else going on.

Huh... now that you mention it... But I didn't mind. I liked him, and his character. Maybe he'll be needed in a later episode and the wanted to establish him beforehand? So yeah, you're right, he wasn't necessary for much but I really have no problems with him.

With the amount of times this guy is hit in the head, it’s no wonder his brother thinks he could still be buckets of crazy.


*chuckles* Actually, that was basically my thought too :-D


Becky returns to the cabin and Sam is still gagged. (Seriously? He couldn’t have shoved that out with his tongue?)


Uh, yeah... for magicians in un-locking handcuffs, the Winchesters are really bad with dislodging gags. *scratches head*
I guess there is something legally binding to prevent the show using actual WORKING gags... Huh.Maybe someone should ask that question on a con...

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princess_pavi
Nov. 12th, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
Loved, loved, loved your ramble.

Just a few quick thoughts (be back in detail, later). I had to wonder if this whole episode was some sort of allegory for Dean himself. He's moping abut Sam off on his nature hike or something and is feeling left out. He feels like e he's full of cr*p, has zero self-worth and feels complete only when Sam is around. It's like pre-Stanford all over again; now that Sam seems to be gaining in health (both body and mind) and is becoming the old Sam - and now wants to move away, do things for himself.

I mean, it must suck - that the only time Sam is willing t be around Dean is when he's below par, and needs Dean's help. So the only way Dean can have him around is when Sam's not 100 %. It's like if Sam has to stay with Dean, Sam has to be a bit off. I can't even imagine what that's doing to Dean, now.

I kind of thought the writers were trying to say that all this stuff about Becky? All Dean's issues. He feels like a loser, desperately wants someone (Sam) to be with him for his sown sake and not keep running off (which Sam will do, if he's better). Becky resorts to some Elixir; Dean doesn;t have stuff like that (and wouldn't use it if he did; but I think he'd come very close to it). But this need to be with Sam, even if only to prove to himself that hey, someone was willing to with him for his own sake - that was all Dean. It's not Becky they'talking about at all. Minus all the fan-girling. :) Just my thoughts.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 14th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
Meggin
Once upon a time the writers would sneak analogies into their stories that really referenced back to the main characters plight. You could be onto something there, if so, these two writers are cleverer than most of this episode gives them credit for.
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