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First Impressions Review: 11x20 "Don't Call Me Shurley"

Phew! This is going to be a bit long...mostly because I have a lot of quotes from the ep. Oh, and expect a lot of caps lock and squeeing in this review. ;)

Ah, Metatron dumpster diving! What??? He actually gave some of the sandwich to the cute doggie??? Is he actually getting a conscience now??? Whoah...

OMG My brain is exploding and we're barely into this ep!!!! Beach Boys singing "Good Vibrations", the bar, CHUCK!!!!, "World's Greatest Dad" mug on the table in front of him, and Metatron being clueless!!!! Heehee!!!!! And Chuck's all upset that Metatron didn't like his Supernatural books! And he knows he threw the Tall Tales one into the fire when he had Cas all tied up!!!!! Busted!!!!!! :P
HEE!!!! Cue the visual aid glasses, the bright light, and the heavenly voices! Yep! It's GOD!!!!! Wheeeee!!!!!!! Thank you show!!!! *showers it with kisses of gratitude* :D

LOL! Metatron all groveling and seeking forgiveness at his feet and he's all - please get up and "Just call me Chuck." :D

Dean doing some ironing...with beer. Hee! Love seeing the domesticated side of Dean. It's cute. Sam's found a case! What is it with Idaho this season??? Guy snapped & killed another guy and then himself: possession or soulless. Ha! It's Sam's shirt he was ironing. "Dude! Quit ironing my shirts with beer!" LOL

Back to Chuck & Metatron....Chuck's been busy: making a blog of cat pictures and starting a new series of books - Revolution. Hee! Shout out to Kripke's 2nd TV series that didn't make it.

Metatron: "Revolution, Supernatural. Maybe titles aren't your thing."
Chuck: "You're not wrong."

OMG The amulet!!!!!! Hee! Chuck "turned it off" so it wouldn't burn brightly in his presence. :P
So Chuck's been working on his autobiography and he wants Metatron to help him out again. Ha! They both agree it's best if Metatron not become an angel again. Yes!

Boys in suits!!! And the long coats! Yummy! :D
The sheriff can't explain what happened to Wes....started spouting off a ton of negative thoughts before he snapped. Ah! Sam spots the black veining on Wes's arms. Amara. Ding!Ding!Ding!Ding!

Metatron's reading and claims he likes the book, but Chuck isn't buying it. "Last time I saw that look on an editor's face, I just handed in "Bugs". Hee!
Uh, oh....he brought up Amara and Chuck doesn't want to talk about her. "This isn't her story. It's mine."

Oh, goodness....it's the FOG!

Metatron's still unhappy about Chuck's manuscript....there's stuff missing, or barely given a mention - like the archangels. So we find out Lucifer wasn't God's favorite and that he doesn't think of him as a villain.
Metatron lays it all on the line: God needs to reveal his true self and tell the whole story. Chuck agrees. Nice slow-mo on the page tossing.
Is it crazy that I actually LIKE Metatron now? Like in the first time...ever? Maybe being a human really has helped him.

Whoah....Deputy Harris shot her husband and took off after the fog engulfed her.
Geez, the boys look nice here, even without their suits. :)

Now Chuck is really writing good stuff. Metatron's happy and he finally asks the big question: Why did God create life? Turns out he was lonely and Amara wasn't enough because she was so different from him. Everything he created she would destroy. :( But Chuck was most amazed by nature because it could create on it's own and sometimes it would wipe the slate clean to start over.
Metatron points out that if Amara wipes the slate clean nothing will be left.
Chuck wants to take a stroll and enjoy it all before it's gone. Wait....what???? o.O

The fog is headed into town and the boys urge the sheriff to put out a warning to everyone to get inside and stay there. They've also pinpointed Deputy Harris's position and head off to meet up with her.

Deputy Harris gets out of her car and tells Dean she has a message from Amara...which we don't actually hear? I guess? She says this isn't an infection, it's a mirror. "She's showing us all the truth." The Darkness. The light was just a lie. But she doesn't get to say much more before the Sheriff shoots her. Great. But she says a little bit more to Dean...."It'll all be over soon. He's not gonna save them. It's all going away...forever. But not you, Dean."
Then Sam sees the fog coming right at them!!!!

Love seeing Chuck talk about Sam & Dean, how he loves them and has saved them so many times, and brought Cas back over and over again. :)
Metatron finally hits on what's going on here: God's hiding from his sister.
Then he calls God a coward. Ooops! Chuck didn't like that.
Turns out God just chose Metatron to be his scribe because he was there, closest to the door. Nothing special about him. He's done watching his experiments' failures. Ouch.

The boys get a few people inside the sheriff's station before the fog hits and they duct tape up the windows and air vents. Great - no, radio or cell service.
The tape came loose!!!!!
Infected people at the doors!!!! They block them out and then find the tape on the vent is loose. OMG Sam gets infected!!!! "Sam!!!!" :(

Dean tells everyone to get in another room, but he won't leave Sam. Gah!!!! *loves the boys so hard*

I gotta say, these scenes between Metatron & Chuck are pure GOLD! Such great dialog!
We have Metatron explaining how hard it was when God abandoned him and that he tried to become God just to get his attention. And when he asks why God abandoned him and everyone else, Chuck says because he disappointed him, all of us did.

Metatron: "I know I'm a disappointment, but you're wrong about humanity. They're your greatest creation because they're better than you are! Sure, they're weak, and they cheat and steal, destroy and disappoint. But they also give and create, and they sing and dance, and love. And above all they never give up....but you do."

Chuck goes back to typing on the computer.

OMG....meanwhile, the boys!!!!!
Dean rushing to Sam's side as the infection takes over. I guess Dean's immune to the fog 'cause he should totally be infected by now. Amara's protection, I'm sure.
Sam starts to talk about them never making it, of Dean choosing Amara over him! Nooo!!!! Dean says that won't happen. It's not Sam talking.

Sam: Go, before I hurt you!
Dean: No, I am not leaving you. Never!

Oh, my heart! These boys!!!!!
Dean finally notices he's not getting infected. Meanwhile, the people in the other room got infected. Yikes.
Dean looks to the heavens and yells: "Stop this! You hear me, you dick!!!!"
Then all the yelling, screaming, & pounding from the people outside stops. Uh, oh.
And he just stays with Sam, telling him, "I'm right here." over and over.
What is happening????? *cries*

Chuck finishes the manuscript, but Metatron isn't interested in them anymore.
Chuck starts playing the guitar and singing!!!!! :D
'Cause how can you have Rob Benedict on the show now and not have him sing, right??? Hee!

Sam's suffering, Dean's there and he sees something glowing in Sam's jacket pocket.
He takes it out and....IT'S THE AMULET!!!!!!!! OH MY CHUCK!!!!!!!!! \0/
And Sam's cured! And the fog is gone! And the people are all fine!!!!!
This song is so sad...."Fare thee well...."
Everyone's alive! Whoah!!!! And the amulet is still glowing in Dean's hand as he and Sam walk down the street. :)
And there's Chuck....in front of them!!!! "We should probably talk."

OMG SHOW!!!!!!!!!! *throws confetti everywhere* :D :D :D

Final Thoughts:

Whoah! Season 11 is turning into perhaps Supernatural's best season ever! "Baby", "Red Meat", now this one. These are some of the best episodes the series has ever had. Fan-freakin'tastic! \0/

Okay, beyond all the squeeing and fangirling...

Brilliant script by Robbie Thompson with so many fanish and show call-outs. I mean...HE BROUGHT BACK THE SAMULET!!!! *bows at Robbie's feet* So I guess this answers the fan question of whether Sam dug it out of that trash can. *squees* But obviously, Chuck has known where it was all this time and chose to turn it back on in order to save Sam & Dean! *happy dances* :D

For the record...I think Sam's kept it stored in that box we saw earlier this season at the bunker. But of course, God can grab it anytime he wants and secretly sneak it into Sam's pocket at just the right moment. That's my take on it anyway. What do you all think? Discuss. :)

How did Metatron turn into a character that I suddenly LIKE??? He made all the right arguments to God, convincing him to do the right thing, to finally step up and take the responsibility for his sister. At least I hope that's what will happen now. Seems all God needed was a little pep talk from his old writing partner. ;)

It's funny how the boys were barely in this episode, but it didn't matter at all because the Chuck/Metatron scenes were so engaging. Was this the episode where Jared was off filming the Gilmore Girls revival? It would make sense. I think he and Jensen were only in a quarter of the episode. But oh, those later scenes....OMG all the brother touching and caring!!! So much LOVE! :D It was epic. Give me more, show.

Did you notice how much this episode mirrored Season 2's "Croatoan"?

* Same actress who was Deputy Harris was the nurse Pamela in "Croatoan".
* Both directed by Robert Singer.
* Both had Sam getting infected and then Dean staying with him, risking getting infected & dying himself.
* Even this infection by Amara is very similar to the Croatoan one, making people rabid and kill others.

I am just in awe and in love with this episode. Last week I was worried the show wouldn't reveal Chuck as God, that they'd back off and not go there even after setting it up so beautifully all these years. I am soooo happy they went for it. It works and Rob Benedict is doing an amazing job!

I've already watched the episode twice. I can't wait to see what happens next!!!!


Sam: Dude, quit ironing my shirts with beer!

Metatron: "I have trudged through your complete oeuvre, published and unpublished. Of the metric ton of books I’ve read in my lifetime, Supernatural didn’t even crack the top ten…thousand."
Chuck: “You didn’t like any of it? Not even ‘Home’ or ‘All Hell Breaks Loose’?"
Metatron: “Way too much melodrama."

Metatron: God... You've come back. I can't believe you've come back. I-I didn't mean what I said about Supernatural, it's underrated, due for a reboot. And this bar -- it's not crappy at all, it's just like the one in Cheers. Everybody knows my name. And the lights are very forgiving-

Chuck: "All the kneeling and stuff, it’s always made me deeply uncomfortable.”

Metatron: So whatcha been up to?
Chuck: Oh, I've been super busy. Yeah, I traveled, started a blog -- mostly just picture of cats. So cute. Oh I signed up for Snapchat! And I started a new series of books - Revolution. I don't think it's going anywhere.
Metatron: “Revolution, Supernatural, maybe titles aren’t your thing.”

Chuck: You know what humanity's greatest creation has been? Music. That and nacho cheese, even I couldn't have dreamt up that deliciousness. But music is magic. A lot of remarkable music was created in the space -- B.G.'s Canteen. Now it's not as well known as the Bitter End or the Gaslight. But some amazing musicians got their start on this stage. I'm hoping that you and I can tap into some of that old magic and finish what I started a few months ago.
Metatron: You wanna get the old band back together. Lennon and McCartney ride again.
Chuck: Well, I'm kinda Lennon and McCartney, but every writer needs a good editor. I did some of my best work with you Metatron.

Chuck: “’In the beginning there was me.’ Boom, detail. And what a grabber. I mean, I’m hooked and I was there.”

Metatron: I'll tell you, there's some great bones in there. I'm thinking what's missing maybe less about detail and more about balance.
Chuck: How do you mean?
Metatron: You're giving the wrong stuff too much real estate. Like that chapter about being Chuck.
Chuck: Mmhm. What about it?
Metatron: Once you've explained the Vonnegut performance art. That should be it, no one cares about the rest.

Chuck: I did some great stuff as Chuck. I mean, I told you about my blog.
Metatron: Right, right. Your cat pic blog.
Chuck: Yeah. They're super cute. So there's that. And I traveled, a lot, you know. And I dated. I had some girlfriends, had a few boyfriends. Oh, I learned how to play guitar.

Metatron: “That makes you seem like a really grounded, likeable person"
Chuck: “Yeah, what’s wrong with that?"
“Metatron: “You are neither grounded nor a person."
Chuck: “So you’re saying I’m likeable."

Metatron: There are two types of memoir. One is honest, the other, not so much. Truth and fairy tale. Now do you wanna write Life by Keith Richards or Wouldn't It Be Nice by Brian Wilson?
Chuck: I wanna tell the truth.
Metatron: Then you've got some work to do. There are no revelations in this book. And that's weird given who you are! There's no new information, no soul-bearing!
Chuck: That's because I don't have a soul.
Metatron: Right! But you invented them. You invented souls! Souls! Try shining a light on that, how did that make you feel?
Chuck: Nauseous.
Metatron: You know what? No. That is not G-O-D talking, that's Chuck talking. And I get it when you were on Earth you had to go full method, well it's time for you to get back into character.
Chuck: This is me.
Metatron: Really. This? This pile of self-doubt and nebbishness flooded the Earth? Followed up Sodom with a blockbuster Gomorrah. Created as much as he punished. No, the guy I worked for, total bad ass. And yes he could be a dick. Now that guy had some stories to tell, and he has a lot to answer for.

Metatron: Hold up a mirror and show us who you are. Warts and all. Write for an audience of one, you.
Chuck: Dance like no one else is watching.

Metatron: “Chapter 10: Why I Never Answers Prayers and You Should Be Glad I Don’t. And Chapter 11: The Truth About Divine Intervention and Why I Avoid It at All Costs.”

Metatron: “Why did you create life?"
Chuck: “I was lonely."
Metatron: “Your sister wasn’t company enough?"
Chuck: “I am being, she’s nothingness. It’s not exactly the makings of a fun two-hander."
Metatron: "Yeah, but you didn't stop at one archangel or a handful of angels. You created worlds."
Chuck: “I was stupid, naïve. I thought that if I could show my sister that there was something more than just us, something better than us, then maybe she’d maybe she’d change. Maybe she’d stop being her. But every time I’d build a new world, she’d destroy it.”

Chuck: “This was as close as I got to something as good as or better than me or my sister. Nature. Look what nature created on its own. What’s more, nature’s smart enough to know that sometimes there’s no fixing things. Sometimes you just have to wipe the slate clean.”

Deputy Harris: It'll all be over soon. He's not going to save them. It's all going away, forever. But not you Dean.

Chuck: “Nature, divine. Human nature, toxic.”
Metatron: "They do like blowing stuff up."
Chuck: "Yeah, and the worst part? They do it in my name and then they come crying to me asking me to forgive, to fix things. Never taking any responsibility."
Metatron: What about your responsibility?
Chuck: I took responsibility, by leaving. At a certain point the training wheels have got to come off. No-one likes a helicopter parent.
Metatron: What about Amara? She's your sister.
Chuck: I took responsibility for her, too. Locked her away. Barely, I might add. And who let her out?
Metatron: Sam and Dean Winchester, but they're trying to fix that.
Chuck: You know I love those guys, but the world would still be spinning with demon Dean in it. But Sam couldn't have that though, could he? And so how is Amara being out on me?
Metatron: It's not. But, you've helped the Winchesters before.
Chuck: Helped them? I've saved them. I've rebuilt Castiel more times than I can remember. Look where that go me.
Metatron: So you're just gonna let Amara win?
Chuck: Eh, it's her time to shine.

Metatron: “I was a crappy, terrible God. My work was pretty much a lame, half-assed rewrite of your greatest hits. But at least I was never a coward.”

Chuck: “I’ve been called many things. Absentee father, wrathful monster. But coward? I’m not hiding. I am just done watching my experiments’ failures.”

Sam: We're not gonna make it.
Dean: No-no-no. There's no quittin' here.
Sam: We were never gonna make it.
Dean: Sam that's not you talking, it's the fog.
Sam: You're gonna choose Amara. Over me. Over everything.
Dean: Sam, No!
Sam: I'm sorry, I didn't mean it. I can't fight this, you gotta go. You gotta get out before you get infected. Before I hurt you.
Dean: No. I'm not leaving you, ever! [To God] Stop this! You hear me, you dick!

Chuck: We should probably talk.

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