Was able to watch the East Coast feed this week along with live on the TV on West Coast time. These notes are during the 2nd , West Coast viewing.
I'm trying to give myself a break and not kill myself doing these reviews. We'll see how it goes this season.
What's here are basic reactions I typed out during the show, with a few bits and pieces put in afterwards. Hopefully it'll be brief, but still interesting.
Man under car...you know this isn't going to end well.
Nope. Ouch. As if that isn't bad enough she gets in the car and drives off with him underneath. Yikes.
Well at least the boys are talking again. Seems like Dean kept quiet after Sam met Benny.
[Check out my analysis at the end of the review for more about this scene.]
Dean: "You're sulking around like a eunuch in a whore house." Best line of the night. :)
Garth as a Texas Ranger....love the slo-mo. LOL Dean forgot he was a hugger. Hee!
Garth's taken over as Bobby and Dean's not happy about it. "Shut your mouth!" Heehee!
He is right...somebody had to take over that job and help other hunters out.
Sam's ready to bail 'cause he doesn't find any evidence of something supernatural...but Garth steps right in some green goo. Huh. Green ectoplasm. That's a new one.
Garth's turned into quite the hunter. :)
I swear this gal was in "Croatoan".
Nice Impala shot there. :)
Dean: "Did we eat yet?" Heh, always thinking with his stomach. :P
Garth finds out that Dean was in Purgatory. Asks how he got out and the look Sam gives Dean...OMG But Dean keeps mum and changes the subject. So much for answers there. Apparently Garth went to college, became a dentist, and killed the Tooth Fairy. Whoah...
Someone else is gonna die! Hee!
Oh, what's with the ooze coming out of his ear? That can't be good.
Geez. Chopping at the guy with a shovel. Ouch. Ooooh....creepy dead dude in a civil war uniform. The plot thickens!
Another word left at the crime scene...and Garth steps in the green goo again.
Dean's pissed about him wearing one of Bobby's old hats.
Sam goes to see the old former prom date of the first vic.
Sam: "You wouldn't believe the odd questions I've had to ask people." Heh. Too true.
Flashback time!!! Sam and Amelia in bed. Well she's dead meat isn't she? :P Turns out she had a husband, Don, who died in Afghanistan. She ran away from the pity and "...this constant reminder of Don everywhere." I bet Sam felt the same way about Dean...
Garth keeps using Bobby's words, but not in the right way, especially for Dean. Garth's picked up that the boys aren't getting along right now. Dean explodes: "You're not Bobby! You're never gonna be Bobby...alright. So stop!" Nice job Dean, you almost made the poor guy cry. Garth reminds Dean that Bobby belonged to more than just him and Sam, he was part of the hunter community. Good for you, Garth! They find out they're after a spectre...which leads them to the Confederate Unknown Soldier grave which was desecrated 3 days ago. It's Salt & Burn time!
Sam: "Burn a confederate soldier's bones in a town full of Rednecks? Sure!" LOL Great line delivery there by Jared.
Looks like the kids who broke in didn't take anything...hmmm. That's a lot of gasoline, guys. :P
Garth feels they should say something before they burn the bones. Dean volunteers: "We won." LOL
Uh oh....the deputy shot the sheriff. o.O
So much for torching the bones...and there's more green goo. There must be an object that was taken from the corpse.
They interview the deputy and find out another dude is...possessed and Dean goes after him.
Garth offers to help out Sam with his brother troubles...but he drifts off into Flashback Land again...Amelia doesn't want Sam's pity, but he doesn't feel that way at all.
Yikes! This dude's upset over being called out at a baseball game? Geez.
Ooooh...civil war brothers with a vengeance.
Crap! It's an old penny...and the dude passes it on to Dean. This is not gonna be good...
Whoah....that look. "You should've looked for me when I was in Purgatory." Eeeeek!!!! No, Dean!
On a side note...Dean cocking a gun is always HOT. *guh*
Soundgarden's "Fell On Black Days". Nice use of the song with the montage of how the victims were all effected by the coin.
I believe that song was also used at the end of S2's "Simon Said". :)
Not the only one to say this, but this brings back memories of S1's "Asylum".
"I never once betrayed you! I never once left you to die!"
Dean's letting it all out...and then some.
OMG Awesome fight! Reminded me of "When The Levee Breaks". Ouchies boys.
Good on you Garth for stepping in there.
"Benny's been more of a brother to me this past year than you have EVER been!" Really, Dean?
Holy cow! Dean was totally gonna kill Sam. o.O Thank goodness Garth punched Dean and knocked the coin out of his hand. Whoo-hoo!!!!
Garth seems uneffected by the coin. Obviously he doesn't feel betrayed by anyone.
Damn...that was intense. Oh, and Jensen is so utterly hot when he drops his voice for angry!Dean. OMG *fans self*
/// HERE'S THE DIALOG FROM THE ABOVE SCENE ///
Dean: You never even wanted this life. You always blamed me for pulling you back into it.
Sam: That's not true.
Dean: Really? Because everything you've ever done since you climbed into my ride has been to deceive me.
Sam: What do you want me say? That I've made mistakes? I've made mistakes, Dean!
Dean: Mistakes? Well let's go through some of Sammy's greatest hits. Drinking demon blood. Check. Being in cahoots with Ruby? Not telling me that you lost your soul? Or how about running around with Samuel for a whole year, letting me think you were dead, while you were doing all kinds of crazy. Those aren't mistakes, Sam! Those are choices!
Sam: Alright. You said it. We both played a little fast and loose.
Yeah, I might've lied but I never once betrayed you. I never once left you to die! And for what? A girl? You left me to die for a girl?!?!
[They fight and Garth steps between them, knowing Dean doesn't have a beef with him.]
Garth: Come on, Dean. You do not wanna kill your brother. You've been protecting him your whole life. Don't stop now!
Dean: He left me to rot in Purgatory!
Garth: Alright, alright. Maybe he did. I don't know. I wasn't there, but I'm sure he had his reasons.
Sam: Just like you had your reasons...for Benny!
Dean: Benny's been more of a brother to me this past year than you've ever been! That's right. Cas let me down, you let me down. The only person who hasn't let me down is Benny.
[Garth then continues to try to reason with Dean before Dean lunges for his brother "Goodbye Sam." and Garth decks Dean, knocking the coin out of his hand.]
/// RETURN TO THE EPISODE REVIEW/REACTION ///
Garth burned down the penny...and let go of all the rotten stuff in the past.
He tells Dean to stop being an idjit, that he and Sam are all the other has. Yay Garth! :D
Hugs!!!! Heehee. And Dean gives him back Bobby's hat. Nice. He even gets to use "Balls" the right way when his car won't start at first. Dean's expression is priceless. That cute little smirk! Garth's gonna be okay after all. :D
Another Flashback for Sam...He tells Amelia he doesn't pity her, that he lost his brother a few months ago. He felt like his world imploded on him and he ran. Aw, Sammy. I knew it had to be like that. *hugs him* If only Dean knew this!!!
They have a drink and decide to talk about Dean and Don and what they've lost.
Okay, time for the makeup scene...or not.
Sam tells Dean about Amelia, but Sam doesn't buy that Dean didn't remember what he said.
He says he told Dean about why he didn't look for him, but Dean kept Benny a secret from him. Sam's had enough of Dean's accusations. "So move on or I will." Nice Sam...threaten to leave your brother...again. Grrrr.
Sam says he might be that hunter that one day kills Benny. Foreshadowing anyone? Dean doesn't want to think about that right now.
Let's hit the main points of the episode...
Admittedly, I wasn't a big Garth fan when he was first introduced, but like Sam the scrawny little dude's grown on me and in a big way in this episode. Kudos to the writers for fleshing out this character more while still keeping him nerdy and quirky. Garth's matured nicely and even though Dean wasn't a fan of him stepping into Bobby's role right away, there's no denying the guy can handle it. I think Bobby would approve.
The spectre was kinda cool, but let's face it...the monster/case really took a back seat in this ep compared to the real drama going on...the rift between the brothers.
I still don't really like Amelia, but I appreciate that they gave her more of a story this time and one that bonds her with Sam at that time. The thing that I'm always trying to remember with these flashbacks though, whether they be of Sam or of Dean is that they're memories the boys are experiencing. We're seeing what happened and they're remembering it, but unless they open their mouths and speak it to each other? The other one doesn't know it happened.
Sam & Dean
The fights in this episode made me think of this quote by Dean from S3: "We're supposed to drive in the friggin' car and friggin' argue about this stuff."
If only that had happened...because it usually ended with some kind of resolution. We didn't get that this time.
Dean's been quiet since they left the island in the previous ep. Sam wants to talk when Dean brings up a case to work on. Dean says okay. Sam can't understand why Dean would let Benny live in light of him killing Amy. Dean counters that Benny is his friend and admits that he doesn't kill to drink blood. In all fairness to Sam, he really can't compare Amy to Benny. There's the friendship of one day compared to a whole year. Benny was a comrade in arms, a warrior with Dean in the trenches (as Jensen has often equated Purgatory to in interviews). One also has to wonder if some of this is jealousy on Sam's part. After all, he didn't get Dean out of Purgatory, Benny did...a stranger, a monster. That's got to sting a little, even if he didn't know what happened to Dean. It also might bring up bad feelings of him not being the one to rescue Dean from Hell either. That was Castiel. So now Dean is back and has this new friend and I really don't blame Sam for having a tough time swallowing that.
Dean gets possessed by the spectre. This really does mirror Sam holding the gun on Dean in "Asylum", but it also brings to mind another time when the brothers were at odds and not themselves: "Sex & Violence". Like both those instances, you can't take what was said at face value. There is an element of truth, but it's those feelings magnified by a thousand. The rest of it is simply raw, untamed emotion. We've all said things in anger that we didn't really mean, that weren't even true. Whether it be spirit, siren, or spectre they'll exploit that, feed on it. So a lot of what Dean spits out at Sam doesn't jive. The thing is, Sam says right away this isn't his brother in this scene and then denies it by the end of the episode. Gah!
Anyway, let's analyze this point by point: Here's what Dean says is Sam's "greatest hits"...
- "Drinking demon blood." // Okay, true that was a bad move no matter how well intentioned it was.
- "Being in cahoots with Ruby." // Again, true. But Sam saw it as a way to save Dean's life. But that doesn't deny common sense that says working with any demons is a bad idea.
- "Not telling me you lost your soul." // Um. That's hardly Sam's fault. It wasn't Sam's idea to be brought back from the pit soulless.
- "Running around with Samuel for a whole year, letting me think you were dead, while you were doing all kinds of crazy." // Again, this is soulless Sam and not real Sam. If Sam had been himself none of that would've ever happened.
- "You left me to die for a girl!" // Granted, this is all Dean knows so far. Sam hasn't told him much of anything except there was a girl and then there wasn't. Couple this with Sam giving up on hunting, turning off his phone, and not taking care of Kevin and it doesn't paint a positive picture.
- "Benny's been more of a brother to me this past year than you've ever been! That's right. Cas let me down, you let me down. The only person who hasn't let me down is Benny." // This is harsh and I honestly don't believe Dean feels this way. Yes, he's hurt that Sam didn't look for him, but Sam is his brother by blood and that's something nobody else can share. Dean knows this. Goodness knows he's put Sam first before countless others over the years. Yes, Dean's been let down by Cas and Sam in the past, but to put Benny on such a high pedestal really isn't right either. Benny is a brother in arms, but no replacement for Sam.
I think one of the scariest parts of this scene is that if Garth hadn't been there, Dean would've killed Sam. o.O
Which of course, also mirrors the scene from "Asylum" because Sam did pull the trigger repeatedly on the empty gun. Yeesh.
Okay, onto the final scene. I wanted the usual "let's talk and make up" scene. Didn't get one. *sigh*
Instead we got Sam telling Dean Amelia's name and that they lived together in Kermit, Texas. Then he claims Dean meant every word he said in the motel room.
Sam: "I told you from the jump where I was coming from. Why I didn't look for you, but you? You had secrets! You had Benny and you got on your high and mighty and you've been kicking me ever since you got back. But that's over. So move on or I will."
Dean: "Okay. I hear you."
Sam: "Good. You know what? Hear this too. I might just be that hunter that one day runs into Benny and ices him."
Dean: "I guess we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. Won't we?"
Sam: "Yeah. Yeah, you keep sayin' that."
Again, Sam really hasn't told Dean everything. Dean has been equally tight-lipped about Benny and how he got out of Purgatory. They're both at fault here, so laying it all on Dean is kind of unfair. And Dean seems to give in because of what Garth said earlier...that they're all the other has. So to end to the arguement, he agrees. But Sam couldn't let it go...he had to bring up Benny again. *sigh* So the tension continues.
I'm all for the boys fighting and arguing as long as there's some resolution and mending of fences if only for a while. We didn't get that this time. Sure, the boys will probably go on with next week's case as if none of this happened, I suppose...or maybe not. The fact is that they're still distrusting each other (an old issue - grrrr, writers) and this is looking a lot like Season 4. Lies, distrust, the boys working together but not really showing concern for one another. I know I'm sounding like some other fans who gave up on Season 8 before it even began because they felt the relationship of the brothers wouldn't be what they wanted or what it should be. Now I don't agree with how this episode ended or how Sam and Dean's relationship isn't close like I would like it to be, but I still respect that the writers know what they're doing. As I always say, the TV season is like one big novel and the episodes are the chapters. Time will tell how they resolve all these hurt feelings between the boys. I can only hope it's sooner rather than later.
Now that I'm finished with my analysis I can say that I really enjoyed this episode. It was funny and tragic, that wonderful blend that SPN pulls off again and again with ease. I wish I was starting to like Amelia more, that Sam would finally tell Dean what really happened and that losing him destroyed him, that Dean would explain how he escaped Purgatory and why Benny is so important to him, but for now I can only hope we'll get all this in the episodes to come and try to be patient. Bring on the next episode. I'm loving Season 8! :D