Was able to watch the East Coast feed this week along with live on the TV on West Coast time. These notes are from the 2nd West Coast viewing only.
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.
Warning...I didn't care much for this episode. Even a 2nd viewing didn't save it.
They've used this alley before. Lots of times. Heh.
Whoah....he just broke her neck.....or at least dreamed it.
Bloody shirt in his trash....not lookin' good. But we'll get back to this later.
This is the motel location where some fans had their picture taken with the boys...
That's a lousy parking job, Dean.
Why do guys love the 3 Stooges so much. I JUST DON'T GET IT!
They're in town because a cop named James texted about needing their help. Guy saved their lives once.
Love how Dean's double checking that Sam's okay here, after the hellhound takedown. It's very sweet and big brotherly.
Sam: "Dean, Kevin doesn't even know what the next trial is. So whatever it is you're worried about - stop. I'll be ready."
Heh, here's the sneak peak scene with the dog. Is it weird to call a Doberman cute?
The belly scratch is adorable, as is Sam's panic when Dean drives up. And then Sam opens the door again and Dean's all...."She can stay the night." LOL Sadly, this is the best scene of the episode.
She's a familiar....Portia and she belongs to the cop, James. Turns out he became a witch after working with the boys.
LOL Boys will be boys - both of them admitting Portia getting all badass was hot.
So this is where all the witches hang out in St. Louis? It's actually Century House in downtown Van. heh.
James is drinking away his sorrows and spilling his problems to buddy, Spencer.
So familiars and their masters are telepathic - cool. But James has blocked Portia off. He doesn't know the boys are in town...she sent the text that brought them there.
Blind dude...in Victory Square, heh. Ooops. He's dead and James wakes up from another nightmare.
I really liked seeing Dean sitting like that. Just sayin'. *iz shallow*
Anyone else feel like we missed something here? Like the boys just came into James's house with Portia and he didn't notice it?
Anyhoo...he shows them the bloody shirt after Dean yet again complains/bitches about James going witchy. Get over it, Dean.
They're going to help James but, they need to lock him down. Nice chains there, Dean. Kinky. :P
Sam's gone over the list of victims...backs up deaths James saw in his dreams.
So the boys are going to use a witch killing spell from Bobby...just in case. Sweet.
Dean's concerned about trusting it, but Sam somehow guesses he's more upset about the 3 trials. Uh, okay. Kind of a leap there.
Sam: "You know, I've been going over this and over this, asking myself 'Why doesn't he trust me?' And it occurred to me finally. It's not that you don't trust me, it's that you can only trust you." Ouch.
Dean doesn't deny it though. But really, he's simply worried about Sam. He's in full-on big brother mode. You'd think Sam would recognize that. Besides, Dean trusted Benny.
Sam, as usual doesn't want to use the spell on James without due cause, mentions that they've let others go for less. But Dean points out that Kate and Benny didn't choose to be what they are...James did. Very good point.
Hey, that cop, Stoltz, is the same dude who was the professor/Angela's dad in S2's "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things". Cool.
He's not very cooperative with Sam. Takes the bloody shirt sample to be tested, but pretty much blows him off.
Portia and Dean head into the witches den.
He just can't get past her doggie side. She explains there's an unbreakable bond between familiar and master, a melding of souls.
Philippe LeChat. Heh. Funny. Philippe The Cat.
Heh, funny how she introduces him as a "A Wiccan, from Detroit". And it would help if Dean seemed a little convincing when he greets Spencer, who also doesn't know of any kind of spell for a witch to control the actions of another.
Heh. Dean's allergic to cats....and there's a nice reveal of Phil turning into a cat.
Sam's got the blood work back on the shirt and it's a match for the victim. Not looking good for James.
Portia chaining James to the bed....Dean would have a field day with this.
And then things get...SEXY. LOL
Whoah...guess he let his guard down 'cause she's seeing the deaths like he did.
The boys sneak into the bedroom and are prepared to kill James with the spell when Portia stops them.
Why doesn't Dean get it when Portia says she and James were "intimate" that she's talking about sex? Geez. Sam has to fill him in. WTH? Though, he IS seeing her more as a dog than a human, but still. It's stupid and Dean's not that stupid. But it's kinda cute how awkward he gets when he tries to explain it all.
Familiars and their masters are not supposed to be sexually active with each other, which is what Philippe the cat was alluding to in the witch hangout.
Couldn't Sam just be super sleuthy and pick the door lock? Guess not in a building full of cops.
Cool empty building...Dean & Portia are there to meet a warlock snitch James uses when he doesn't trust the others in the community.
Dean still can't get past Portia being a dog part of the time....and her and James having sex last night. Naughty, naughty, Dean.
Still no word about any kind of spell work from one witch to another. But the snitch mentions that word is out about James being a killer. They're going to give him two choices: leave or death.
And just like that Dean finds a spell about implanting visions in another person's mind. WTH?
Sam: “Oh. I gotta hand it to you, it’s been 15 hours since Portia mentioned her night with James and not one bestiality joke out of you.” Love Dean's chuckle and cheesy grin. :P
So James can astral-project himself. That's neat. He wants to check out that locked room Sam found that has all the evidence on him. Sam says fine, but they're coming along.
Cool stuff here when they "travel" to the precint...and Philippe is listed as a witness! Ah, ha!
So Stoltz is building a case against James...especially when he's jealous over James's promotion and getting the lead over him on a big case.
Now why does he attack the boys like that? I don't get it. And ouch, for the boys. They're not waking up. :(
He even pushes Portia away....
James finds Phillipe at the hangout and confronts him about his betrayal.
Turns out the cat was just following orders from his master....Spencer, who makes his appearance known by snapping Phil's neck.
Spencer: "He was always spineless. Now literally." Heh, heh. No. That should've been funny, but it just falls flat. What is wrong with this episode???
James thinks the cop, Stolz, was working with Spencer on this. Not that at all....Spencer was jealous because Portia chose James instead of him. Then they broke the rules, got arrogant. He wanted revenge.
Spencer: “When she picked you as Master, I endured it. But when you two went all Bella and Edward, broke the code, put your passions before the community rules, well, the arrogance, the entitlement, was too much. Your total ruination seemed appropriate.”
Boys!!!! Thrown into another wall. Ouch.
Spencer attacks James, suspending him in the air. Nice lightning effects, btw.
The boys try doing the witch killing spell, but Spencer gets into their heads as well, bringing up painful memories: mom dying, Sam jumping into the pit, hell for both of them. Their glowing eyes are too cool though!
Portia to the rescue!
The hold is broken and the boys get to do the spell. Very cool effects on Seb's death.
James & Portia decide to leave town, start over. Stoltz has got too good of a case against him and the witch community doesn't approve of them.
The boys hit the road and admit to what they saw when Spencer probed their memories.
Dean: “When I look back at what our family’s been through, what everybody’s been through, seeing all that pain, I realize that the only way we’ve made it through it all is by hanging together. I trust you, Sammy. And with this deal, locking those sons of bitches up in the furnace once and for all, it’s too important not to. So if you say you’re good, then that’s it, I’m with you 100 percent.”
Sam: "I'm good."
It's a nice speech, really, but then again, Dean said basically the same thing at the beginning of "Swan Song". Truth is, he's still going to be looking out for Sam. It's who Dean is.
Then Sam starts coughing and there's a little blood and he doesn't say a thing and why isn't Dean asking what's with the hacking all of a sudden??? Dammit, show! Don't make Dean stupid again, especially after you just spent 2 eps building him up as a great, smart hunter! Why wouldn't he notice that coughing???? This is like "Swap Meat" all over again. And do we really need Sam keeping something from Dean AGAIN? He's asked for Dean's trust and gotten it. Now he's going to cover up what the hellhound trial did? Argh! *iz frustrated* I mean, I get it sorta...Sam doesn't want to worry Dean. Doesn't want Dean to step in and take over when he's sure he's got this handled, but it still bugs me. *sigh*
Ok, so obviously I was less than enthused over this ep. It's not horrible. Certainly not in the "Swap Meat" league, but it was really lacking in the writing department IMO. The humor, besides that one scene and Dean's awkward/cuteness, wasn't really there and the plot was kind of weak.
How did that bloody shirt get in James's house? He's a cop, so I imagine he's got the place locked up at night. How did Spencer or Philippe get in there to plant it? Why was Dean so hung up on James becoming a witch? On Portia being a dog part of the time? And since when does Dean not like dogs? He was all friendly to that one in "Mystery Spot"? Maybe a holdover effect of being chewed by hellhounds? Why are we rehashing some of the same things from past seasons and past episodes?
Why? Why? Why???? *sigh*
Anyway, I'm more hopeful about next week's ep. Looks pretty good. Besides, every show has a few duds. They can't all be Emmy-worthy. ;)