OK this week’s monster was mildly interesting, but it definitely took a back seat to a few things. One of which is the reminder of the bond between the boys. That is the one thing that brings people back to this show. Dean takes care of Sam. Dean would to anything for Sam. Period. As much as Dean also loved his Dad this episode also reminded us of how big of a douche their dad was. Yeah he was on an epic quest to kill the demon that killed his wife. Sure it’s romantic, but that made him a crap dad. Dragging his kids all over the place, making Dean responsible for Sam at a ridiculously young age, discouraging Sam from school, and mostly just being obsessed with this one traumatic event while ignoring the fact that he was exposing his kids to so many more.
We saw something in this episode that we have only caught glimpses of before. The series started out with Sam wanting a normal life. Sam ran away to school and every flashback has shown him trying to grasp onto normalcy in any way he could. Just in season 8 he tried to pretend it was OK to ignore hunting and live a normal life again (poor Kevin Tran). This time we get to see Dean get a chance at being normal. He had a girl friend, he was on the wrestling team, he was about to go to a school dance and his dad showed up at the last minute and tore him away.
This– this face I just can’t handle it:
Even after all of this Dean doesn’t blame his dad for any of this. He doesn’t blame him for a rotten childhood, or leaving him in a children’s home or putting him in danger at a young age. He just believes that he doesn’t deserve better and I find that heartbreaking. Dean gave up being normal, not for his dad, but for Sam. He left a place he had found love and happiness because he knew he needed to protect Sammy. How hard must it have been to see Sam try to leave over and over again, trying to give up Dean, so that he could be normal. This is why I love this show. It pulls at your feels making you see not how relationships really are, but how they should be. Dean loves his brother. He values Sam over anything he could ever want for himself. I believe Sam got another look at how devoted Dean has always been and was somewhat shamed by his own actions. (*cough Purgatory cough*).
I’m not going to cover a play by play of the episode. There was a monster and they took care of it as always, but this episode reminded me of the classic episodes. By that I mean it was great. I hope that this show continues back down this road.
A few things I want to mention. Dylan Everett was an amazing young Dean. I read that he watched 5 seasons in a week as prep for this role. Well it paid off. He had Dean’s mannerisms, his attitude and his confidence all down pat. He was Dean. Evidently he’s an actor on a bunch of other crap that I don’t watch and I just want to say, good for him. He deserves it. I thought he was great and I at no point was distracted with his performance as I sometimes have been with flashbacks to their childhood.
Another thing is that the scene in the diner when Dean was assuming that Robin would remember him was heart wrenching as well. He totally wanted Robin to remember him and thought flashing that smile would get him back on the same foot. I saw a post from someone stating that the fact he didn’t hook up with her or at least kiss her was a nod at Destiel and I’m going to vehemently disagree. Maybe he didn’t do that because 1– there wasn’t time and 2–she truly meant something to him. She was his first love, first kiss, first (almost) date. That stays with a person.
Source: itsoksammy Tumblr
Last thing will be that I found it neat that they were hunting a rugaru when Dean lost the money and had to steal food for Sam. I just liked that tie. They were going to kill a man for being so hungry he wanted to eat a person, and Dean stole to keep Sam from being hungry.
Oh and I was wrong. 100%. I said Sam would figure out what was up this episode and while I still think that Dean isn’t being smooth about it Sam is still cruising around with Zeke. I am still nervous for him to find out, but I do wonder after this episode if Sam will be a little more understanding of why Dean would still do anything to protect his Sammy.
Also Rock and a Hard Place looks really good. The smile on Dean’s face with the lady tells him he’s a virgin again is priceless.
I’ll leave you with this (from protectedbydeanandsam on Tumblr)