Supernatural, Season 10, Episode Hamster-Necklace Redux?, Open Thread

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I am buried in screenings for the Tribeca Film Festival, and hope to see the new episode at some point today. Carry on!

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155 Responses to Supernatural, Season 10, Episode Hamster-Necklace Redux?, Open Thread

  1. Jessie says:

    THE INSIDE OF SAM’S ROOM CONTAINS A WHOLE COATHANGER RACK OF PLAID SHIRTS PROUDLY DISPLAYED AND A TOOTHBRUSH THAT SMELLS LIKE DEAN’S ARMPIT.

  2. Helena says:

    Jessie, I share your all-caps response to the contents of Sam’s wardrobe and raise you Dean’s nightwear choices.

    If this episode was fan service then, please, more fan service.

  3. Jessie says:

    I’ll see you a hustled watch and raise you Sam’s bare feet.

    Basically the only thing this episode lacked that wasn’t plucked from the feverish “I wish we could see” desires of fans involve, in the words of Andy Samberg, succulent rub downz.

    • Paula says:

      I’d double down on Sam’s bare feet and having a gun under his pillow

      • Jessie says:

        other items of note in Sam’s room are his too-short bed, his mechanical pencil sharpener, and Sam.

        • Helena says:

          And lots of storage boxes where he keeps his emergency pencil sharpeners. And stuff like odd socks he’s keeping just in case the other one turns up.

          Like, what does Sam actually have?

          In the comments for the last ep we were talking about accessibility of inner lives and it occurred to me that while much is made of the things Dean holds dear – pie, Led Zep, favourite film – Sam never shares what he really loves. It all comes via Dean in the form of teasing. But I don’t know Sam’s favourite anything. Apart from dogs. OK, Sam definitely really likes dogs. And plaid. Ok that’s two things. Dogs, plaid and musical theatre. Mechanical pencil sharpeners. Reading, but I’ve only spotted one non-work related book in his hands, and that was Wizard of Oz. What have I missed?

          • May says:

            //Sam never shares what he really loves. It all comes via Dean in the form of teasing. But I don’t know Sam’s favourite anything.//

            This is very true. While it does contribute to the sense that SPN can be more about Dean, I actually kind of love that we don’t know much about Sam’s inner life. He seems fairly introverted, as well as a bit secretive about his inner life. Yet honest about it, too. Where Dean puts on a persona to hide his true-self, Sam just clams up (or leaves), rather than pretend he’s something he’s not.

            I feel like Sam long ago gave up on trying to share his interests, assuming they would be mocked or ignored by his brother and father, until keeping things to himself became part of his personality.

          • Jessie says:

            We know he likes Game of Thrones, waving planes out the windows of cars, and Marceau’s famous adaptation of The Metamorphosis!

          • Paula says:

            Don’t forget Fleetwood Mac which he was apparently listening to on his iPod before Dean took back the Impala in Lazarus Rising.

            As a little sister or brother your choices are always mocked, so things that matter to you are kept close to the vest. Is the act of not sharing by Sam another type of rebellion, an element of control he didn’t have in any other part of this life growing up?

          • Paula says:

            Don’t forget Fleetwood Mac which he was apparently listening to on his iPod before Dean took back the Impala in Lazarus Rising.

            As a little sister or brother your choices are always mocked, so things that matter to you are kept close to the vest. Is the act of not sharing by Sam another type of rebellion, an element of control he didn’t have in any other part of this life growing up?

  4. Pat says:

    I guess it’s good that Microsoft is sponsoring the show – every little bit helps. That was some specific Surface tablet product placement last night.

    I thought the days of keeping secrets was over for the Winchesters. Sam (and Cas) going behind Dean’s back to find a cure seems to be a wrong move – it will only end in badly if it continues. Hopefully, Sam will pay attention to the words in Bobby’s note.

    Oh, hey, it’s Henriksen! I just saw him in an ad for a Tyler Perry show called “If Loving You is Wrong”. Fans, check your listings.

  5. Natalie says:

    I wonder if Rowena took her hamster when she left?

  6. Pat says:

    I enjoyed Cas being a BAMF again – sneaking into heaven, breaking Metatron out of jail, threatening Metatron, taking his grace. I really loved action!Cas doing that running leap into the swirling Heaven doorway.

    And looking good, male Hannah angel. It was cute that (s)he still had soft eyes for Cas.

  7. Jill V says:

    So much great stuff. Bobby! Cas and Crowley shaking off the cobwebs and HAVING STUFF TO DO! Dean abandoning nachos to school some Abercrombie douchebags in pool. He’s a regular at this bar. He has a regular order? I need more of these scenes where they just do normal stuff. I almost wish Sam had gone to a French movie. And then, the lies and behind the back stuff happens. You crazy Winchesters were so close.

  8. Barb says:

    Ok, in the name of fan service–Prank Wars, part–2?

    This episode actually made me giddy, so I don’t want to say too much right now. I’m still basking in the afterglow of the fan service!

  9. Barb says:

    My husband’s favorite part was the return of Crowley–I think he said something like, “oh, yeah–” under his breath.

  10. Helena says:

    Question, tho – what the hell happened to the hamster? Has Rowena taken it with her? Or eaten it?

  11. mutecypher says:

    Crowley drinks scotch in hell, but has a frou-frou drink with a little red pitchfork in it for his heart-to-heart with Dean.

    Bobby listens to Kenny Rogers and reads Tori Spelling’s memoirs in heaven.

    An atheist psychic.

    It’s a rich universe.

  12. Grean says:

    So many excellent scenes in this episode. It was fast paced but easy to follow. Yeah lots of fan service but oh so good. Dean thrashing about looking fabulous in his distress was my personal sinful joy. Dean and Crowley making up after their bad breakup.

    Rowena had her best scenes and they were with Dean.
    Sam and Cas worked so well together and they were certainly like minded in their quest to save Dean. I love that they defied heaven. Bobby,,,,, how I miss Bobby.
    Enjoyable and worth rewatching.

    • Kim says:

      Grean,
      I agree that the Dean/Rowena scenes were her best yet – kudos to JA for that. I hadn’t really liked her much but she rose to the occasion in the bar scene.

    • Natalie says:

      //Dean thrashing about looking fabulous in his distress was my personal sinful joy.//

      I’m glad to know I’m not alone in that. I have a feeling I will be watching that scene again. And again. And again and again.

      • Barb says:

        Interesting body language there, too. It was like the arm with the Mark was not really part of him, while his other arm clutched the sheet–like he might have been able to roll over and curl in on himself if not for that stubborn dead weight.

        • Natalie says:

          Despite the thrashing, there was a part of me that was kind of warm and fuzzy over the fact that Dean was sleeping under the covers, wearing pajamas. I can’t recall the last time we saw him sleep that it wasn’t fully clothed – boots and jacket included – on top of the covers. Has it been since Lisa?

      • Jessie says:

        I think it was Arthur C Clarke who first said that any sufficiently abstracted pain face is indistinguishable from the other kind of face.

  13. Patty says:

    Does anyone believe that Metratron is lying about a cure for the Mark and that his quote “the river ends at its source” means nothing? Does he even really have Cas’ grace or is that just another stalling tactic so he can figure out a way to escape?

  14. Kim says:

    I’m at work so will have to just post some short comments for an episode I enjoyed a lot, it actually made me laugh, and it was actually pretty well constructed. Thank Chuck that we didn’t get anymore teen stuff, blech. It’s not that I’m against teen-centric, I love Buffy after all, but SPN has been very ham-handed with it.

    My favorite part of the whole episode was Sam & Cass’s excellent adventure – the whole leverage scene. Yay smart Sam is back! And bad ass Cass!

    I loved that Bobby was listening to Kenny Rogers’ The Gambler, that was a call back to Weekend At Bobby’s one of my favorite SPN episodes.

    Off topic – Doing a Buffy rewatch, clocked a very young Ash in the demon possesed computer episode, and gasp! he was a computer genius. Not one of my fav Buffy eps but it was better than the halt & catch fire ep from a few weeks ago. :)

    • Paula says:

      Kim – Do you remember the name of the Buffy episode? Love to see that.

      • Kim says:

        Paula,
        I had to Imdb it – I don’t know the names of the Buffy eps the way I know SPN – I, Robot….You Jane.Ssn1.8

        • Kim says:

          I’ve been clocking “hey that person was on SPN” a lot lately I was watching Bosch recenlty and so far have seen 2 SPN- The corrupt cop from “Usual Suspects” and the evil Leviathan real-estate agent in “Out with the Old”

          • Paula says:

            Been meaning to watch Bosch because of Titus Welliver. That actor can make a whisky ad like Shakespeare. Ha, love playing SPN character actor bingo. Another good show for that is Hannibal.

  15. mercedes says:

    hi. something that it has really striked me is the scene between rowena and dean
    how delicate he holds rowena’s neck…
    also, what’s that sign carved on dean’s dorm door?

  16. Paula says:

    Wasn’t a fan of Rowena but now I have a suspicion that she is a manipulator of Ruby-like proportions. We have heard again and again of her spell mastery and suddenly it doesn’t work against Dean? Perhaps he is protected with the Mark or perhaps the spell was intended to do something else. The image of her sweeping up the alley at the end in her long dress and cloak with skyscrapers at dawn makes me think more of a “my work is done here” scene than a retreat in defeat despite her crocodile tears with Crowley.

    Hints of Lucifer fan my fire. I want dark, terrible and inevitable Lucifer back making a deal with desperate Sam to save Dean or use Dean to free himself. Rowena may be an “evil skank” but she is just a mean girl in cat eye liner compared to the true big bad.

    Pranks and pajamas? Bare feet and running with guns? Hustling pool and bashing people’s faces with cue balls? Frosting on my cake.

  17. sheila says:

    How many times have I referenced that Godfather line in the re-caps I’ve done??! 5 times? Maybe more. Ha. I don’t think SPN has ever used it before this episode though (probably because the Sopranos turned it into a whole bit – I think in Season 1, with that extended imitation scene – so, you know, it’s well-trod ground already, that line) – but it’s such an SPN-ish sentiment, it comes to mind so often for me when I’m writing about the show – so it was hilarious to hear it come from Bobby’s mouth.

    • Paula says:

      So right, that Godfather quote was perfect for Bobby. Ep was rich with them, with Crowley delivering the other with a version of “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” End of the episode was very mafioso with the angels stepping in the room quietly behind Bobby, making you wonder are they there to punish him, wipe his memory or send him downstairs? Creepy and uncertain.

      Now that you got me thinking about SPN/GF, doesn’t Dean delivers a version of “it’s not personal, it’s business” to Amy Pond before killing her? After all it is “the family business”.

  18. May says:

    This episode was so good! So many, many great lines, which really, is my primary judge of an episode. Smart brothers and good quips are all I really ask for.

    Metatron shall be “Fraggle” for now and always. (The fact that Bobby even knows what a Fraggle is is hilarious. Natalie! We are getting so close! )

    • Natalie says:

      I’m betting Bobby watched Fraggle Rock with the boys every now and then when they were kids. After all, he was the one who actually allowed them to BE kids once in a while. I loved Metatron’s comeback.

      //Natalie! We are getting so close!//

      Every time I start to give up hope, they throw me another straw to grasp. Is a Dark Crystal reference next?

      • May says:

        //I’m betting Bobby watched Fraggle Rock with the boys every now and then when they were kids.//

        That was my thought too. Sam & Dean must have watched this stuff. The Jim Henson shows and movies seemed to be on all the time when I was growing up…and they are basically the same age as me.

        (My grandma used to tape them all off of TV for us to watch when we were kids–Fraggle Rock, Labyrinth, Pee Wee–it kept us quite and out of everyone’s hair. She had a betamax!)

        • May says:

          *quiet
          Me type goodly.

          • Natalie says:

            //Me type goodly.//

            Yet another internet twins moment. I hate it when I catch my typos and can’t correct them!

          • May says:

            //Yet another internet twins moment. I hate it when I catch my typos and can’t correct them!//

            And I make so many of them! And some of them make no damn sense. “Why did I put a comma there? That word isn’t even similar to what I was trying to say. My fingers have a mind of their own!”

            (Or, you know, I’m just typing too fast and letting accuracy fly out the window. a;dja;ldfja;ojf )

        • Natalie says:

          I have, to this day, never watched a betamax video. I knew people who had them when I was a kid (generally those with more money than my family), but all I had until the dawn of DVDs was VHS. It’s probably why I’m willing to put up with the shitty picture quality of my old analog TV now rather than spend the money on another HD flatscreen. (That, and, as I know from bitter experience, that the flatscreens are way too easy to steal.)

          Pee Wee’s Big Adventure is on netflix. I remember loving it in about second grade. I watched it a couple weekends ago to see how it held up to my memory of it, and at the end felt compelled to call my parents to apologize for the entertainment of my childhood.

          I will never apologize for my love of Labyrinth and Fraggles, though.

          • May says:

            //I have, to this day, never watched a betamax video.//

            From what I can remember, the picture quality seemed better. Or at the very least, they seemed to last longer. We rewatched all those taped shows endlessly. Our favourite part of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure was Large Marge, and we’d pause that scene every time (with the remote control that was connected to the player by a cord).

            We also watched a lot of Beetlejuice, The Three Amigos, and Ghostbusters. I make no apologies for my taste. I simply blame my grandma.

            //but all I had until the dawn of DVDs was VHS.//

            Same here. I also had a tape deck, instead of a CD player, long after CDs had come out. My parents couldn’t afford that sort of stuff (but my grandparents could).

            (Speaking of shitty tech and theft…our house was robbed, a week before Christmas, when I was 12-13. My parent had bought me a tape player and it was already wrapped and under the tree. The thief stole my mom’s jewelry, some gifts from under the tree, unwrapped my tape player and left it behind. My parent’s always joked that it was so bad even the thief didn’t want it.)

          • mutecypher says:

            It’s been forever since I’ve watched Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, but I introduced my daughter to Pee Wee’s Playhouse about 7 or 8 years ago. I was pleased with how well the first couple of season’s compared to my memory. I thought it went down in the last 3 season – but with Laurence Fishburne, Phil Hartman, and S. Epatha Merkerson it had an even better cast than the movie.

  19. Michelle says:

    This episode was amazing! So much to process and I definitely need a rewatch. Seeing Bobby had me teary eyed and giddy pretty much at the same time. Something about seeing a hall full of cranky Bobby’s on the loose in heaven just made my heart happy :-)

    I have to say kudos to the actor who played Hannah. He got her mannerisms, voice inflections, and even sappy looks at Cas down to a tee.

    Metatron mentioning Lucifer and God….Dean talking about God last week during his confession. Not sure if that is the show dropping some potential hints about some bigger players coming back on the scene or just lots of wishful thinking on my part. Although, we do know that Chuck is still around…..

    Loved the letter Bobby wrote to Sam…of course that got me teary eyed again, especially the Kim Manners tribute. I actually wasn’t unhappy last night to see Sam and Dean acting in their typical Winchester way of keeping things from each other….at least I’m not unhappy yet. It all depends on what happens next. I guess we will see if there truly has been real growth from their relationship fall out from last year. I’m looking forward to seeing what Sam does with the advice that Bobby gave him in that letter. Now….if the show uses this as a way to get them back in conflict with each other and at each others throats again….then I will be unhappy.

    All in all one of my favorite episodes this season…must go watch again!

    • Jill V says:

      I caught on the rewatch the Angels saying, “The Bobby’s are surly. All hands on deck.” That struck me as so funny

  20. Bethany says:

    Okay, someone in that writer’s room is reading this blog. Henleys for Helena, Sam’s Room for Jessie, Jim Henson for May and Natalie, Godfather reference (and Mirror Moment!) for Sheila…

    Dean eating his cereal (is that what it was?) alone at the end of the episode (to Bobby’s voice, “Your brother can be stubborn sometimes…”) threw me back to Sam eating his cereal alone in the dark at the beginning of this season. What is it about big men hunched over processed breakfast grains that just feels so tragic??

    Also Sam shooting Metatron in the knee with no remorse was kind of THE BEST. I didn’t even know I needed that until it happened.

    Also also, I have waited for seasons and seasons to see some legitimate pool hustling that was not disrupted by Ruby. I can’t even process my glee. (And I kind of want to know if JA sunk those shots himself…)

  21. Lyrie says:

    // Okay, someone in that writer’s room is reading this blog. Henleys for Helena, Sam’s Room for Jessie, Jim Henson for May and Natalie, Godfather reference (and Mirror Moment!) for Sheila… //
    I’m still waiting for Benny. Is that asking too much?

    So much awesomeness in this episode, I’m having trouble processing it all. I need to re-watch it. Seeing Bobby was so much joy it made me cry. I love him so much.

    My favourite moment was Dean and Crowley. So many feelings, such a complex relationship, and what a great conversation beautifully delivered. Loved every bit of it, to the detail of the silly drink with the tiniest umbrella in Crow-crow’s glass.

    “Rough date, mother?”
    Maybe I shouldn’t have laughed so hard at this? Anyway, I did.

    Mutecypher:
    // I was yelling “King … Of …. Hell!” right along with Crowley. //
    Ha!

    • Bethany says:

      //I’m still waiting for Benny. Is that asking too much?//

      Lyrie: It seems to me that heaven and hell are very much in flux right now…why shouldn’t that extend to purgatory as well? Who knows what we’ll see in Season 11! ;)

      There have been all kinds of murmurs at cons and beyond about the potential reappearance of Dad…I don’t know if the world is ready for that.

  22. Helena says:

    So, just to say – this week’s episode (The Big Bad Book of Babadooks) was awesome and full of good stuff and Things Said and Listened To and Devious Things Done.

    Sam, I hope you know what you’re doing coz that is one crazy road you are going down.

    Dean, what is with you? You are so together and decisive and going to the gym and whatnot. What the hell? You been drinking those kale milkshakes again?

    Cas, I’m with Metatron here, what is the point of you? Maybe you need to buy a motorcycle and go on a road trip and find yourself. Let’s hope the point of you is not fatherhood as I don’t particularly want to see your surrogate daughter again cheers and thank you. Also, Cas, isn’t Charlie lovely – maybe she can sort you out by just sparkling at you. Also, Cas, thought your proper wings would come back when you got your grace back so what’s with those crappy things?

    Charlie, so glad you still manage to fit in polysyllabic putdowns when threatened by drawling Southern bad guys. DO NOT CONDESCEND TO CHARLIE!

    • mutecypher says:

      The wings were a bit ragged, weren’t they. And the battle with the cupid, meh.

      But seeing the aisle in the library trashed by Cas getting his powers back, that was cool. He’ll never be the size of the Chrysler Building again…

      And, if we needed additional confirmation of douchiness, Metatron’s line that no one goes to libraries was it. And a dig at the boys no longer going to libraries other than the MOL one.

      The Big Bads are stacking up, with Rowena, Metatron, Crowley (maybe), and now the Sykes/Symes(?) family, and who knows if the Grand Coven will show. Enough adversaries for at least another season.

      I do like the idea of Cas as Caine. Like the line from Pulp Fiction “Be like Caine, just walk the earth.”

      • Helena says:

        //now the Sykes/Symes(?) family//

        What was WITH those guys. The Stern Gang? Stein Family Robinson? The Von Death Trapp Family? I was sorry Jacob got killed already because he was awesome wicked and just the right dose of Southern Fried Alpha Male Evil that do everyone a power of good, if you know what I mean.

        • Helena says:

          I got a bit excited at the name as I was thinking, is there a connection with the Thule Society and does that mean the Golem will come back? Be still my beating heart.

          • Lyrie says:

            Yeah, me too! I wanted to see some Golem and Aaron.
            I’d love to see Aaron and Charlie meet.
            I want to see Charlie meet everybody! ( Charlie and Garth. Wouldn’t that be awesome? I can already see Sam chuckle and Dean roll hie eyes).

          • Paula says:

            When they first said occult families, I thought huh? But the Stein family could be a great storyline, going back generations like a dark counterpart to MoL only acting on all these spells and artifacts to their own benefit.

            Helena, I jumped right to the Thule too. Please give us more Nazi necromancers and Golem. It’s a joke in our house, whenever we watch a bad movie, “you know what this movie needs? Nazi necromancers.”

          • mutecypher says:

            Could be associated with the Thule Society, though ethnically in the US, southern whites tend to be of Scots-Irish descent (at least from colonial times). The Germans were more northeastern US. So I was wondering if there was a Rowena backdoor with that family. That would really bring the double-crosses.

            But bringing back Aaron and the Golem (and Hydra, I mean the Nazis), that would be cool. And they could visit more libraries.

            Lyrie, what about Charlie and Ash? That would be a fun meeting!

          • Helena says:

            //“you know what this movie needs? Nazi necromancers.”//

            Paula, hahahha! Damn straight with the nazi necromancers!

            ‘Why you following me, gingerbread?’- one of my favourite SPN lines ever.

      • Barb says:

        //Metatron’s line that no one goes to libraries was it// Remind me to give Metatron a slap with a white glove if ever I see him.

        (I pretty much always want to slap him–he brings out the best in everyone–but now I have a particular reason!)

    • Paula says:

      Good stuff this ep. Never thought I’d agree with Metatron, but what is the point of Cas right now? I live for Charlie’s comments. “You’re the Dred Pirate Roberts of hunting.”

  23. Lyrie says:

    // full of good stuff and Things Said and Listened To and Devious Things Done. //
    Absolutely. The last two episodes are really making up for the chili eating nuns.

    Charlie is awesome. Cas is… well. I have to say I was really agreeing with Metatron too – and he knows a little something about story lines. I was thinking: wow, Robbie Thompson, can you really get a character to say this out loud? Is this an admission?

    But I loved seeing Charlie and Cas meet, and seeing them in the bunker. Charlie brings so many great things. I love Felicia Day. When I grow up and want to be friends with her.

    Seriously, only Dean Winchester can be adorable and hot when laughing with a mouthful of pizza.

    Sam… Oh, Sam. I love Sam. We’re having so many great Sam moments this season!

    // Dean. […] You been drinking those kale milkshakes again? //
    On his way te becoming a pansexual gender-fluid vegan barista.

    Mutecypher told me about next week’s promo and…
    // Okay, someone in that writer’s room is reading this blog. Henleys for Helena, Sam’s Room for Jessie, Jim Henson for May and Natalie, Godfather reference (and Mirror Moment!) for Sheila… //
    Dear person reading this blog and writing the show just for us, whoever you are, I LOVE YOU.

  24. Helena says:

    Also, the Alethiometer. Did noone find it after Jacob Badperson was killed?

    • mutecypher says:

      //Alethiometer//

      I had forgotten what that was called. With the last book in the series being so weak (so I thought), I hadn’t remembered as much from it. They were read-once books.

      • Helena says:

        I thought so too, fwiw. Book one: fabulous. Book 2: slightly less fabulous. Book three: couldn’t care less, and probably as a result I’ve never been tempted to reread.

  25. Paula says:

    //Pansexual gender fluid vegan barista// yeeesssss

    Sam’s One More Hunt speech was my favorite part. We never get to hear his internal thoughts like this. A statement or snarky comment here or there indicates his mindset but this was something different. He could barely spit out how pissed he was at Dean last season and here he is laying it out to Charlie. She provides a non judgement free zone I guess. Choking up about Jess and the law, but then totally flat about the fact that he would still die to close the gates of hell. He is deep, smart, loyal and morally ambiguous in his choices – that complexity is why he is my favorite character.

    • Helena says:

      Yep. Having commented last week about Sam’s inner life and how hidden it is, here is was laid out for us on a plate. It was like, ‘Finally.’

      Sam has been doing very dark things this season, though, in the wake of Dean. I mean that as a compliment, of course. Now there’s two clandestine operations he’s got going on – infiltrating heaven and freeing Metatron, and now Rowena. That’s a lot of plates full of evil in the air, Sam. I do wonder what Sam fears about losing Dean, and more specifically hunting without Dean. When his brother not been around he either goes off the rails or drifts – is he afraid of what will be unleashed in himself if Dean goes, rather than actually losing his brother? Will it be soulless Sam Mark 2 all over again?

  26. Paula says:

    Was anyone else bothered by the weird close ups during Cas and Metatrons scene in the diner? Random and trippy. I don’t need to be able count Cas’s pores or nose hairs.

    • Helena says:

      Also Cas needs to get a less boring haircut. His current one is a bit too Tom Courtenay circa the mid 70s and that only looks good on Tom Courtenay.

    • Barb says:

      I did notice it, to the point of trying to figure out the reasoning behind it (thanks, Sheila!). Maybe to contrast Cas’ stillness with Metatron’s gabbing and attacking his food? Maybe to emphasize how annoyed and suffocated by Metatron’s constant stream of talk Cas was feeling? I don’t know–but you’re right, I don’t think a shot like that ought to be thrown in randomly.

      • Natalie says:

        I’d be really interested to know Sheila’s thoughts on those close-ups. Because right at first, I thought there was something wrong with my TV. I couldn’t figure out the rationale for it. You may be onto something with your ideas, though :-)

  27. Lyrie says:

    Mutecypher:
    // Lyrie, what about Charlie and Ash? That would be a fun meeting! //
    Ash should meet everybody too! Ash and Castiel? Hilarious in advance. I was a little pissed they didn’t think of him to help out in heaven last week (but maybe I mentioned it already?) I mean, Ash has had Heaven all figured out for years. He would have helped Bobby.

    • Paula says:

      Ash would have kicked ass alongside Bobby! Was thinking how weird Bobby’s heaven was in that ep. Maybe he was in the old folks condo section while Ash is out free ranging everyone’s heaven?

  28. Helena says:

    And we have not even mentioned The Hoodie yet. Or what was in that flask. Hoodies and squick milkshakes. WTF.

    • Paula says:

      All the hoodies are golden, but this gray one especially made me think of middle school gym wear, so innocent and vulnerable, but it also looked like prison garb, grim and generic, something an unfortunate detainee might be given to wear over the weekend while waiting for his sentencing.

  29. Helena says:

    And zooms. That zoom in the last episode. The zoom in this episode. ZOOMG.

  30. Jessie says:

    maybe they’re both gonna go dark side at the end of this season! A girl can dream.

  31. Natalie says:

    //what about Charlie and Ash?//

    OMG, could we get Charlie, Ash, AND Garth in a room together? How fun would that be?

  32. mercedes says:

    sand between our toes… i don’t think so, boys.
    more like time traveling to biblical times, when cain and abel walked among the land and wore not much than sheepskins… yeah, i can picture that wildlife.

  33. Bethany says:

    // Dear person reading this blog and writing the show just for us, whoever you are, I LOVE YOU.//
    Lyrie! They finally heard you! :) Though he’s not looking in a good way…but maybe that’s just the sepia lens of Purgatory.

    // The Stern Gang? Stein Family Robinson? The Von Death Trapp Family?//
    Hahahaha!

    // Sam’s One More Hunt speech was my favorite part. We never get to hear his internal thoughts like this. A statement or snarky comment here or there indicates his mindset but this was something different. He could barely spit out how pissed he was at Dean last season and here he is laying it out to Charlie.//
    I agree with you, Paula! Giving Sam something to talk about that is not “the Lore”? Yay! (Not that I don’t enjoy watching Sam translate ancient Sumerian…I definitely do…) Hearing Sam narrate that arc of seasons 8 and 9 was fascinating…we’ve never heard it from his perspective before. And yet even with his surprising openness with Charlie (to bring up Jess! wow!), there was still this moment…I think it was when Charlie summarized what happened as, “And then Dean did something you didn’t want him to do and it pissed you off.” He nods, but there is something more complicated going on in his face…like that’s not even the beginning of it, but he’s not going to go there. He still holds a lot back.

    Interesting to see him taking up the Winchester Mantle of Lying To Save The Ones You Love. How very Dean of him!

    • Paula says:

      //Very Dean of him!// exactly! Didn’t Sam just have the line of “you were pulling a Dean Winchester”? He really does want to be just like his big brother – big heart, bigger mistakes..

      //Winchester Mantle of Lying// haha, I guess neither of them can just leave the mantle in their coat closet. As soon as one puts it away, the other has to sneak out and throw it on.

  34. Lyrie says:

    So… How AWESOME was that last episode? And I’m not just saying that because of my favourite vampirate. I swear.

    That teaser, what a nightmare!

    This season, they keep alluding to what happened for the last 10 years: Dad, Jess, Bobby, Charlie, Benny, Leviathans (that storyline is not my favourite but I was strangely happy to see one!), Cuthbert Sinclair. It’s great to see all of this being coherent. They never forget where they come from. That’s part of what makes it great, right?

    Second best thing of the episode for me: Rowena and her cloaks. And her blue eye shadow. The way she wakes up is both hilarious and creepy.

    The description of Sam: « Tall, white fellow, pretty hair ». Ha!

    I loved the effect just before Dean really «goes» to Purgatory – the colour fading. That was simple, effective, beautiful.

    So, he wasn’t really the real Benny. WHO CARES? He was Benny in Dean’s mind (kind of): even better! We were wondering a while ago how Dean sees this friendship, after all this time, after having been a demon, after everything. As a true friend, as someone who wouldn’t betray him, still. With very blue eyes.

    « What happens in Purgatory stays in Purgatory ».
    I love Purgatory. I want to go there. Please, Purgatory, take me all.

    « It was stupid, and selfish, a douche move »? Dean has grown so much, this season. They seem both equally fucked, albeit differently. Will « the boys » manage to save themselves? It seems they might not be able to count on each other this time. Will each save himself? Will they have to rely on friends? I don’t want this season to end by I can’t wait to see how it all goes down.

    Also : Bunker! Old books! Sammy doing research! Sammy doing some incantation in latin! (isn’t this image beautiful?)

    And of course, BennyBennyBennyBennyBennyBennyBennyBennyBennyBennyBennyBennyBennyBennyBennyBennyBennyBennyBennyBennyBennyBennyBennyBennyBennyBennyBennyBennyBenny.

    GOD I love this show.

  35. Helena says:

    So, what did you think of the latest ep?

    They had me at Todd Rundgren.

    Actually, they had me from the beginning. That was my favourite ‘recap’ section ever. Nasty Uncle Cuthbert. Benny.

    Also, loved the Martin Donovan lookalike in the teaser. Shame he didn’t last more that 4 seconds!

    But mainly Sam. Boy, you are in trouble. Loved the Rowena interactions – I think the only way to keep track of real and hallucinatory versions is by clocking the state of her eyeshadow.

    And Benny. What a great way to bring this character back. And I love the way the previous and this ep have given very direct insights into the Winchesters respective states of mind. Revelatory, rather than boringly on the nose.

    This is three unreservedly good episodes in a row, right?

    • mutecypher says:

      Yes, another very good episode.

      Besides his lack of remorse in causing the death of fellow MOL members, we know that Cuthbert is evil when he uses “librarians” as a pejorative.

      I wonder if Sam and Dean being “legacies” will figure into future episodes, it did get some prominent mention.

      • Helena says:

        //we know that Cuthbert is evil when he uses “librarians” as a pejorative.//

        That was his death sentence, uttered by his own lips. Kill him with fire!

        Great to see him again, though, although he is beginning to look a bit like the MC from Cabaret – kind of falsely youthful and marionette-like maquillage on the cheeks. No problems AT ALL with that, actually.

        • mutecypher says:

          //Kill him with fire!//

          Yes. After getting attacked by diseased killer puppies.

          Some info on the Sinclair family name – doesn’t seem as if he lived up to the family motto.

          Seems like we have a very Scottish season.

          • Barb says:

            :-)

            That’s an evil grin of agreement, btw.

            When I get the mob of ticked off librarians organized, we will be there for you, with a bonfire of old catalog cards!

    • Paula says:

      Right! Three eps in a row that were great. Always love Robert Berens eps in particular. They are always sad and sweet in a warped way with snarky remarks throughout. Let’s face it, Dean is a “diseased killer puppy” right now.

  36. mutecypher says:

    Looks like we’ll talk about “The Werther Project” here. Goethe doesn’t get enough props, I think.

    My first surprise when watching was how good Rowena looked in blue. I also thought there was a strong bit of Dean-ishness in her uncovered arm slung up over the pillow as she was completely asleep. She was vulnerable, as we haven’t really seen her before. Even when she was chained in Crowley dungeon, she had that fierce, manipulative cunning playing right below the surface. Now though, perhaps because of the sleeping scene, there’s a bit of a damsel in distress vibe with Sam chaining her up – small and feminine as she is.

    And Sam was too quick to promise to kill Crowley. I was almost expecting a shot of him with his fingers crossed, behind his back.

    I wish Benny had been “real,” the same way I wished Gabriel had back in season 9’s “Meta Fiction.” We get some insight into Dean’s dilemma, with the MOC keeping him from suicide. Dean’s combination of love and ruthlessness was on full display when he ganked Benny to free himself from the spell. To kill without consequences, that’s something Dean hungers for. He should take up chess in his later years – if he gets later years.

    How did the Werther Box’s spell version of Rowena help Sam with uncovering the inscription on the box? Was the box expecting Sam to bleed himself to death, and it just needed the right reason for Sam to do that? I think that was what was going on. And what was Suzie’s accusation to Sam, that he’d do anything to free himself of his brother? That’s a house of mirrors, save Dean so Sam can feel good about leaving him. Tell all the truth, but tell it slant. They need an Emily Dickenson episode – or do all the Women In White episodes count already?

    A very good episode.

    • Helena says:

      //Goethe doesn’t get enough props, I think.//

      This episode = ‘The Sorrows of Young Sam.’

      Or ‘BENNNNYYY!!!’

    • Barb says:

      //And what was Suzie’s accusation to Sam, that he’d do anything to free himself of his brother? That’s a house of mirrors, save Dean so Sam can feel good about leaving him. Tell all the truth, but tell it slant.//

      Wasn’t the line something about “clinging to your doomed brother”? I love that take on it, mutecypher! Poor Sam, he’s still locked into that “one more job” idea, even if he’s made peace with his life as a hunter/Man of Letters. Truth to tell, I think the MoL bunker has actually given Sam the space to come to terms with hunting as his “normal life”. He can see a way to be a hunter and also be some version of normal. But he also desperately needs to save Dean, after having failed too many times.

  37. Paula says:

    Sam, Sam, Sam. A ghost guilt tripping him by talking about how Winchesters are the only ones not subject to the “natural order”? Ouch, it hurts because it’s true. Not-Rowena leading him down path where he thinks self sacrifice is the only choice? Of course, he’d assume that was real without questioning it.

    The Werther Box – what a great and terrible idea. //we know that Cuthbert is evil when he uses “librarians” as a pejorative// exactly!that’s why we need more Cuthbert flashbacks. Such a brilliant little dickhead and a character killed off way too soon. Makes my heart all warm and fuzzy spying on a MoL meeting like that. Would love this to be the spin-off series. I wonder if Dorothy and Cuthbert ever met? Dorothy busting balls and Cuthbert not giving a shit.

    //They need an Emily Dickenson episode – or do all the Women In White episodes count already?// mutecypher, does Playthings count as ED-like with that god-awful empire bridal dress?

    • mutecypher says:

      //does Playthings count as ED-like with that god-awful empire bridal dress?//

      Too many ads for Cialis and Viagra – even with that setup, Emily isn’t the first thing I think of when I see “ED.” I wonder if all the pharmas do their research at the Mourning Wood Institute.

      I would call “Playthings” a Stephen King/Charlotte Bronte mashup, with a bit of Emily as garnish.

  38. Barb says:

    While we’re talking great returns, how about another episode featuring Dean the perfect con-man? I loved his whole neighborhood watch schtick, which felt improvised to me. The guy was having a bizarre amount of fun early on in the episode–killing vamps, cracking open a (bloody) beer, teasing Sam about going rogue with a genuine smile on his face–conning poor Susie–

    • Natalie says:

      //I loved his whole neighborhood watch schtick, which felt improvised to me.//

      YES. I was like, where’s the awkwardness that Dean normally has when he does this?

    • Paula says:

      That scene cracks me up. His high pitched voice and fluttery eyelids while talking about the neighborhood watch. And she still lets him in the door.

      • Lyrie says:

        Just before she opens, the way he looks at the mail box, you KNOW he’s going to protect his balls. Ha!

        And the way she describes Sam: “Tall, white fellow, pretty hair”. Perfect!

  39. mercedes says:

    hi. as reckless as dean might seem, his logical thinking can pierce through the spell.
    now, that thing about getting himself out of the way, staying for good in purgatory and allowing sam and cass to giving him the passport? i don’t believe a word.

    today in spain is Book’s Day, and i just saw stephen king’s latest book with a funny tittle, Mr. Mercedes. ja

  40. mutecypher says:

    How does Sam end up in a car with a pink pine tree deodorizer hanging from the rear view mirror and an orange water bottle? I know only Dean can take Baby out, but I thought there were some good cars in the MOL garage. Does he prefer a strawberry-scented auto to the smell of limes from the disposal? Does he need extra hydration after Pilates?

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