Supernatural: Rock and a Hard Place (That’s What She Said)

This episode had all the earmarks of being a crappy episode.  They promo’d it like it was going to be a dragon episode and in my opinion the one dragon episode was enough for forever.  It was one of my least favorite.  However, I seriously laughed, hard, numerous times during this one.  Sheriff Mills was a nice return.  I enjoyed seeing her character again as I always thought she was a down to earth dose of reality every now and then.  I did think there was something missing not having Bobby there to balance her out, but I think all of us miss having Bobby around.  Always.

OK I try to not do a play by play recap so here are the things that stuck out to me:

Why haven’t they asked Cas to read the spell yet?  They mention in the beginning of the episode that they wonder if Crowley is lying about the spell not being reversible.  How about you ask the other person that you know that can read dead languages??    If it says it’s irreversible Cas isn’t going to be any worse off than he already is and they will know for sure.  Really they don’t seem all that concerned with getting Cas’s grace back and getting the angels in heaven.  Which doesn’t make sense to me unless Zeke is purposefully distracting them.  (Don’t worry I’m coming back to our friendly parasite angel in a moment).

Also I miss Kevin. That is all.

Dean pretending to be ashamed that he wasn’t a virgin anymore was great (“I don’t think we can really unring that bell” and “So you just hit the virginity redo button and alls good with the man upstairs?”).  I thought the scene in the abstinence support group was predictable, but it was still freaking hilarious.  His enthusiasm throughout this whole episode was perfect.  I like when Dean is happy Dean instead of brooding sad Dean (don’t get me wrong, brooding is fun too).

Nothing and I mean nothing in this episode was as funny as Dean figuring out who Susie from the support group was (although the description of the engaged couple’s sex was great).  He was star struck.  His meeting her in his world was to me like me getting to meet him in the real world.  Except I wouldn’t have been so smooth.  “That scene with the tacos.”  I don’t think that even if he’d known that he was going to get locked in a dungeon he would have been able to stop himself.

They really drove home the point that Sam is still not OK.  Between the nap at the beginning, Jodi bringing up that he looked like crap and then the big bad wondering out loud how he was still alive.  Yeah I think that’s going to play a part in next week’s mid season finale.

And that brings us to Zeke (Imma call you Zeke)– he seriously freaked me out when he switched over as Dean was about to tell him what was up.  It seemed less like he was protecting Sam and more like a threat to Dean.  I can kinda see that he keeps saving people left and right and hasn’t had time to heal, but I also still worry that Zeke isn’t really healing Sam, but just being a parasite.  I won’t lie.  Next week’s preview has me thinking more and more that way.  Of course the preview for this one was misleading so maybe Zeke is holding Dean back to protect him.

Lastly, they didn’t load Jodi’s car for her or help her with the doors?  It’s not like she got stabbed by a goddess or anything.  Oh wait. . .

Over all this was a solid episode.  They moved the plot along, had a monster to defeat and still kept it funny.  Maybe next week Sam will finally figure out Zeke is in him on his own and maybe we will get to see Kevin again.  I can hope.  I do think that the feels will abound.

Supernatural: Bad Boys

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)

Supernatural Review: I’m No Angel

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I love love love Human Cas. I love that he would be dead if it wasn’t for his living outside the lines with the boys. I love that he calls himself Clarence (let me cry a little for Meg). I love that he’s having to deal with things that he’s always been confused by, like hunger, sleep, cleanliness and other bodily functions (do you ever get tired of urinating?) I also love that he’s still naive.  I mean seriously who else would believe that a nice girl would bring home a bum, clean his knife wounds, give him a massage (along with a happy ending) and something not be up? Especially he knows the other angels are after him.  However I buy it because it is so very Cas to trust this sweet looking girl just because.

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Yeah how did that work out Cas?

How about Dean’s lines this season?  Holy crap he’s hilarious.  Well, a very funny guy that is going to get caught lying very soon. His satisfied smirk after he tells a really good lie isn’t helping matters.  Sam isn’t going to keep buying that he got knocked out and Dean made it happen very quickly.  I’m surprised he’s believed it this long.  Surely he suspects that something is up now.  Now that brings us up to Sangel healing Cas.  I really think the only reason Zeke did this was because he saw Dean breaking down looking at Cas’ body and wants to keep him on his side to achieve whatever crazy thing he’s using Dean for.  I still believe that Zeke really does need Sam’s body to heal and that he’s helping Sam by being in there, I also think he set himself back by fixing Cas.

That being said I definitely think that something is up with Zeke.  Yes everyone is after Cas, but if he’s just hanging out in the bunker there is no way that he can get caught.  If Reapers could find people in the bunker then they would have found Kevin Tran by now.  I find his reason to make Cas leave crap and I’m dying for Dean to call him on it.  However, I’m afraid he’s too worried that Zeke is going to leave Sam high and dry and will actually follow through with the Cas eviction.  OK so here’s my big question,  You have the KING OF HELL in your dungeon!  How about getting his help with Sam?? Not necessarily go through with it, but see if he’ll deal and then let Zeke know that if he doesn’t stick to the original plan he has someone else to fix everything.  Granted Kevin probably isn’t going to be cool with it, but Kevin isn’t cool with anything to do with Crowley.  How about seriously figure out any better plan than this one.  Angels are bad news.  Period. You know this Dean.

Other things about this episode:

  • There was a serious lack of Kevin Tran although reading @OsricChau ‘s tweets almost made up for that
  • Cas was shirtless quite a bit and although that isn’t Sam shirtless– it’s still awesome
  • The televangelist was so creepy.  Well maybe creepy isn’t the right term, sleazy? slimy? Hmmm I say creepy because he seriously thought he was helping people and then rationalized away seeing that girl explode like it was nothing.
  • The angels seem to just want to reverse what Metatron and Cas did, and I know I should understand that and support it, except they are psycho.
  • Jared Padalecki did an amazing job switching between Sam and Zeke.  There was enough of a difference to know what was up even before Dean did, but it wasn’t crazy obvious.
  • I may have cried at the look on Cas’ face when Dean told him he had to leave.  He just got to a home and now is getting kicked out.  Not only kicked out, but kicked out by the one person that always backs him up.
  • And finally– I think Sam took my advice and had a hair cut.

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Look at that hair toss.

Did I miss any other red flags?  I’m worried about Cas, I’m worried about Dean, oh and Sam. And Kevin. And Crowley.  Hmmm I guess the only person I’m not horribly concerned about is Charlie which is the only reason I can think of that I’m not as excited as I thought I would be that Felicia Day is coming back next week.  The previews for that seem like it’s going to be a weird episode too.  We shall see.