Once upon a time, when this was a much smaller site and I inconceivably had more time in my life, I used to do these things called full length recaps.  I’ve always loved the recaps on Television Without Pity (other shows, not necessarily “Supernatural”) and I chose to do ones for “Supernatural” that were, I don’t know, semi-readable.  Whether that ended up being the end result I have no idea, but these were always my favorite segments to write.  Sadly, time escaped me and when I realized that the hits were always the lowest on these recaps than other articles, they ended up being cut from my weekly routine.  

After reading the wonderful reviews from Sofia, Elle, and sweetondean, I just didn’t have anything to add.  I LOVED this episode.  Every single second of it.  I remembered that I haven’t done a full length recap for an episode in season eight yet, and an episode like this has so much goodness a very detailed look wouldn’t hurt.  The last full length recap I did was for “Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magical Menagerie,” so it’s probably time.    

The rules are simple for a full length recap.  They’re long, there’s plenty of detail, rambling, sharing anecdotes, and just plain being silly.  Grab a cup of coffee or a big beer and curl up like you’re reading a long story on your Kindle or iPad.  I can also attest they kill a boring afternoon at work.  These types of articles are meant to be savored, enjoyed, and will point out things that you never realized before, which may or may not enrich your life.  Likely not.  

First, the scorecard.  Robbie Thompson is the writer, who has been elevated in my writers pecking order to top of the bunch, just behind some guy named Edlund.  The director is the always amazing Robert Singer, who’s biggest strength in his directing style is bringing out the emotional elements of a story.  He scored big here. 

Okay, with all that laid out, let the recap begin!  

THEN

Carver Edlund’s books!  Why did they cut the clip just before Dean said he was full frontal in this one?  That’s the best part!  Hmm...full frontal... Now let’s jump ahead to just 9 episodes ago, when Charlie is Moondoor’s queen.  That’s a heck of a jump.  “I love you.”  “I know.”  Remember that, it’s important for later.  Sam does the second trial, and gets another electric jolt from ChuckGod in the arm, and collapses in a heap on the ground.  Dean worries.  Kevin disappears.  Crowley or not?  We sure as hell don’t find out this week. 

NOW

A dingy office, a poster on the wall about fighting Communism.  A flashback in time?  No, because Dean Winchester is sleeping at the desk, and he has a lab coat and U.S. Army uniform on.  It isn’t the Fedora and wool coat, but it’s yummy nonetheless.  Especially since his hair is combed down and parted to the one side.  Now, if the promo monkeys hadn’t given this away as a video game, I’d think that Dean has traveled back in time again.  Stupid promo monkeys.  

This episode has absolutely amazing attention to detail, and there’s a few little fun things right here.  First, there’s a picture of Harry S. Truman on the wall.  Dean realizes that’s not normal.  Really?   Second, he has a name tag with “Winchester” on it.  Awesome!  I don’t know why that made me so happy.  Third, a record of big band music is playing in the office.  Dean turns it off, and the music keeps going anyway.  Now that’s something that usually happens in a dream.  Am I right?  

There’s a desk blocking the door, and Dean always being defense minded, breaks off a leg of the desk before moving it.  Nothing like a blunt object for self defense.  He steps out in the hall, it’s littered with dead and bloody bodies of hospital staff.  He steps over them, an alarmed look on his face, and all I’m thinking is I love his uniform and his hair that way.  Yowza.  BTW, the logo on the wall says he’s at the Fort Brennan Military Hospital.  Remember that, because that could be a trivia question someday.  Or not.  Luckily, one of those bodies is holding the paper for him.  1951.  Suddenly there’s that sound of something supernatural approaching him and...exploding hieroglyphs.  We’ll have to find out what happens later.  Sneaky bastards, getting our profound attention like that.  Definitely one of the better teasers.  

It’s the Men of Letter’s cave!!  I’m so flipping happy!  The MOL hideout has been so underutilized ever since they introduced it in episode 13.  The caption says “24 Hours Earlier” so now we know there’s some lead up that has to be done for that opening scene.  I’m curious to know what happens, that’s for sure.  

Sam’s laptop is on the desk with video surveillance going in various places, but Sam is nowhere to be found.  Judging by Dean’s frown, he notices that as well.  Dean walks in with a bag of groceries and a six pack of the old reliable Margiekugels.  That does sound better that Schultz, but El Sol is still my fave.  Their tastes in beer have refined through the years, no?  Dean takes off his jacket and its the maroon shirt!  Oh man, I love the maroon shirt.  It brings out his...um...aura.  He sits down, grabs a beer, and checks the computer to see if anything has changed.  Nothing has.    

Suddenly, a giant moose comes out of nowhere!  Oh wait, that’s Sam, and he looks so bad he’s looking good.  There’s a few things about this that have my heart jumping.  For one, he’s wearing a nice, thin, long sleeved v-neck shirt.  Hmm, that’s an improvement over his usual tees.  Second, HE HAS BED HEAD!!!  Yes, we all know I’m a tad obsessive with his hair.  It’s all poofy and hanging in his face.  Suddenly I have prime material for this year’s “Enigma of Sam Winchester’s Hair” collection.   Dean sees this and reacts with facial cringing.  “I’m telling ya, give me five minutes with some clippers.”  Bwah, Dean disses the hair!  According to Robbie Thompson, that was ad-libbed by Jensen.  

A very, very bleary eyed Sam tells Dean to shut up and fixes his hair in the process.  The improvement is mild.  Hey Dean, please, keep going!  I’ve got a few jokes myself.  “How many times did Dad tell you when we were growing up not to stick your finger in the light socket?”  Or how about “Look what the cat dragged in.”  Yeah, that’s all I got. 

Sam wants to know what time did he laid down.  Dean looks at his watch.  “You took a siesta around noon...yesterday.”  So what time is it now??  I’m assuming by the fact Dean is drinking beer, it’s probably late afternoon.  That’s a long nap!  He throws Sam a beer and it just goes flying right by Sam.  He didn’t even try to catch it.  Me thinks that’s supposed to be a sign that his reflexes are off.  It’s hilarious, since we hear the sound of the beer smashing in the other room.  Sam, who’s sounding might throaty apologizes, but Dean is quick with the snide comment.  Suddenly I’m pausing because I’m laughing too hard.  “That’s why we don’t have nice things Sam.”  Sam is kind of a bull in a china shop, don’t you think?    

Sam isn’t laughing, because he’s too busy staggering around and gripping onto his aching head, all the while telling Dean he’s fine.  As we have learned from past seasons, Sam’s definition of “fine” is rather skewed.  I do believe it’s really a code word for “breathing.”  He staggers away from the table and the way the light hits him from the next angle, he really looks like crap.  I haven’t seen him look this bad since “When The Levee Breaks.”  Actually, he was worse in that one, but if you see the previews for next week, you know he’s headed there.  

Sam wants to get dressed to find Kevin, but Dean will have none of it.  The “hunter” dragnet is out so to speak right now, and Garth is on it.  Oh, well then, everything’s covered.  Of course all of that is coming up empty, and again the next angle is another PRICELESS shot of disheveled bed head.  I’m positively giddy I tell ya!  Dean says to Sam they aren’t doing anything until he gets better, and there’s Sam throwing that “fine” word around again.  Look at that face!  That is not fine.  Suddenly, I’m breaking out my worst Inigo Montoya impersonation.  “You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means.”  

Dean isn’t buying it, and he has a way to prove it!  I’m sorry, but I want a f***ing tour of this Men of Letters complex now!!!  They keep holding back on us.  I want to see the grand kitchen, both boys’ bedrooms, the perfect shower and where exactly in the configuration this indoor firing range resides!  There’s even a large office in there.  Come on, they surely can make room for an underground garage for the Impala.  This is totally sweet!  What’s even better that whole complex is warded by spells, including the most helpful sound proofing spell.  You can fire a gun indoors and you don’t need soundproof headphones!  That must really rock.  



Comments  

sweetondean
# sweetondean 2013-04-29 01:20
Alice, I absolutely did not have time to read this at work today, but as soon as I started I couldn't stop! So, who cares if I have to stay back 30 minutes to get my work done, it was worth it! And why do these stupid people keep asking me work questions, can't they see I'm busy SQUEEing all over the place! Gah.

Now, important points. Sam IS hot when sick and bedheaded, it's a fact, so I'm not sure why you're worried about yourself! Also, tight top and v-neck and can I add (as seen in your screen cap) that tight top hugs so nice it clings, enhancing a bit of "perky". Now do you feel better? Obviously, my problems are worse!

And the yellow tie. I gasped when I saw your screen cap from WIAWSNB! Nice! But boy howdy, does Sam wear that suit better these days.

The Winchesters were epically distracting in this one...in ALL the right ways.

Right...I must get back to work. Thankfully this episode is on TV here is Aussie tonight, so I can watch it again. Not that I haven't watched it a handful of times already! It's kinda been on high rotation!

Thanks for taking the time to do this re-cap! So much fun. You know you're going to have to do more of these, right?
Alice
# Alice 2013-04-29 10:36
Glad you liked it Amy!

I did these recaps for every episode from season three all the way to mid season six. I also went back and did some retro recaps for seasons one and two. I don't know how, but I did! Finally, I couldn't keep up anymore. We were a much smaller site back then, so I wasn't spending anywhere near the time on admin duties, moderating comments and playing editor to a staff of writers for not only here but TV For The Rest of Us. Since the recaps had the lowest amount of hits/interest than any of the other articles, it was pretty easy to decide what was getting cut from my schedule!

This one took three days to write. It takes another half a day to get all the screencaps together. However, I hope to go back and do some retro recaps during the hiatus. I know I have a half finished one from The French Mistake that I should complete. I'll entertain any requests too.
Darya2
# Darya2 2013-04-29 14:25
Just popping in to say that despite being new, I've gone and hunted down every single recap of yours in the past one year :lol: Love them all, Alice, and this one is no exception.
mer
# mer 2013-04-29 04:32
Hi Alice
this was so fun to read, thank you!
One thing: you had included the fact supported by Jared's tweet on how his parents were present in that one crime scene shot.

So I was also hoping you had mentioned another part of the episode based on another of Jared's tweets that still has me wondering. See, I had found his tweets the next day, AFTER I had watched; so the one where he said, "I wasn't on set when Jensen was looking at me" was a scene I couldn't place. I asked him to be more specific but got no reply. I knew I wouldn't but thought it wouldn't hurt to try...

In anycase, can you or anyone else, point out which scene it was? I would appreciate it.
Scullspeare
# Scullspeare 2013-04-29 08:08
Quote:
So I was also hoping you had mentioned another part of the episode based on another of Jared's tweets that still has me wondering. See, I had found his tweets the next day, AFTER I had watched; so the one where he said, "I wasn't on set when Jensen was looking at me" was a scene I couldn't place.
Hi Mer:

I think the scene Jared was referring to was the hospital bed scene in the video game dream - Sam and Dean are never in the same shot. When Dean pulls back the curtain, I'm pretty sure he's looking at nothing - the shot of Sam in the bed was inserted later in the editing. Hope that helps... :-)
Alice
# Alice 2013-04-29 10:39
Yep, that's right. He was referring to that. He said that by not having to be there to film that scene, he got a long weekend out of it to be with family.
mer
# mer 2013-04-29 11:14
thank you, both of you. Now I can relax;-)
fiona
# fiona 2013-04-29 06:34
Thanks Alice for a very funny and informative recap.

I've watched this episode about 5 times already and I'm still not bored with it. I totally missed the tie call back and a few others as well. Thanks to your ency***** Um, big book knowledge I'll hopefully spot them on the next (yes really) viewing.

If I'd known that you stopped writing these recaps partly because of low volume feedback, I would have commented more often.

Thanks again. Looking forward to the next recap.
Alice
# Alice 2013-04-29 10:42
Glad you enjoyed it! I'll probably do a few more of these during summer hiatus, just for fun. I'm not sure why, but these types of recaps were never popular. Probably because it's like reading a novel. It's not for those with short attention span or lack of time.
love2boys
# love2boys 2013-04-30 09:39
I loved reading your novel. Please write more!
st50
# st50 2013-04-29 07:25
That was a fun recap, Alice!
Thanks.
(And I'm right there with you on the Vneck and bedhead look for Sam, but you knew that, right? :oops: )
Please do more of these, I wasn't around for your previous ones, but I'll be heading back to the archives to find a few when I have a spare minute - hour - day.
:-)
Alice
# Alice 2013-04-29 10:47
I'm happy I could entertain.

You'll find a full set of recaps for seasons three, four, and five, and up to "Mannequin 3: The Reckoning" for season six. There's a few for season one and two, like "Home," "Salvation," "Devil's Trap," "In My Time of Dying," "Born Under A Bad Sign," "What Is And What Should Never Be," and the two "All Hell Breaks Loose" episodes. Just go to the episode guides and anything that says "Recap" is mine.
njspnfan
# njspnfan 2013-04-29 07:51
Alice - Thanks... that was a lot of fun to read. Sounds like you had fun writing it too.
Alice
# Alice 2013-04-30 01:15
Thanks! Yes, it was fun. My family kept interrupting that fun, but it was fun.
E
# E 2013-04-29 07:52
Alice, that was a fabulous recap! As I am fairly new to the site, this was the first long recap of yours that I've read, and I love it.. a little critique, and little plot, a little BTS, and a little squee.... what more could a Supernatural fan want? Love the Smith's reference also, I wonder if anyone else got that? I was a huge Smith's fan back in the day.
Alice
# Alice 2013-04-29 10:27
I'm sure few did, but who knows? I swear, anytime I see anyone in a coma, suddenly "Girlfriend In A Coma" starts ringing in my head. It's serious, it's serious... :lol:

I love it when at least one person gets an obscure reference I throw in, so you've made my day!
Scullspeare
# Scullspeare 2013-04-29 08:14
Hi Alice:

I'm thrilled you were able to recap this episode because beyond the story itself, there were so many moments (deep and shallow ;-) ) to enjoy. It was a great read - thank you!

Another trivia point, although I can't take credit for this one - one of the SPN crew members sent out a tweet suggesting we look at the byline on the front page of the newspaper Dean picks up: It's written by D. Scully :lol:
Gotta love the crew's attention to detail!
Alice
# Alice 2013-04-29 10:28
Ooh, great catch! Thanks for mentioning. I do try to be thorough, but it's hard to get everything.
prix68
# prix68 2013-04-29 09:18
Thanks, Alice, for taking the time to do this fun and informative recap. Nothing to add except my appreciation.
eilf
# eilf 2013-04-29 10:35
Hi Alice, this was so much fun to read. Where reviewers just tell you what happened in the episode is not much fun but seeing what you got out of the episode is great. Thanks for all the work - and the screencaps, oh the screencaps .... (sorry where was I?)

This episode was not what I was expecting and was so much better for it. I definitely feel that the trailers were messing with the fans that didn't want to see Sam benched and isolated from the other characters for the episode (hah, you think you're so funny don'tcha guys ;-) ) I am glad they decreased the geek level of Charlie and made her more human since it appears we will be seeing more of her in future episodes.

Oh, and while the Star Wars references are starting to get old (for me) there can never be too many Smiths references in any review :D keep it up.
(EDIT: Heh, someone got there ahead of me on girlfriend in a coma ...)
Nate
# Nate 2013-04-29 12:10
What a treat Alice. I can understand how it would take you a long time to write this, but Thank You. This was such a special episode, the last 10 minutes I don't think I did anything but wipe my eyes. You are right when you say the show has not done this to us in a long time. I always look forward to your reviews, and this one was sure worth the wait!
EireneS
# EireneS 2013-04-29 12:15
Alice-that was a lot of fun to read, I laughed a lot. Very intertaining. Love the fact that your recap with your thoughts gives new light to episodes.
If you do some recaps how about one for Season 6 when Dean is a Vampire. He is so hot in that.
Also, in Season 8, the episode with the Gollum. That actor brought such great presence to the gollum character.
Anyway, keep writing.
Alice
# Alice 2013-04-30 01:20
It's you lucky day, I did one when Dean was a Vampire. I at least had the first half (and beyond) of season six covered.

http://www.thewinchesterfamilybusiness.com/articles/60-season-six/12615-recap-qlive-free-and-twihardq.html

Consider a recap for "Everybody Hates Hitler" next on my list. That's still my favorite ep of the season so far.
PaintedWolf
# PaintedWolf 2013-04-30 03:34
I would definitely read a recap for Everybody Hates Hitler. It's still my favourite ep of the season, too!
(Well, I'd read a recap of anything SPN, but you know, that one in particular I'd really enjoy :-) )
Sylvie
# Sylvie 2013-04-29 12:52
Thank you, thank you and thank you again for this great recap. I'm one of the few that loved it when you did this. But, hey, I understand how long they take to write and prepare and how busy this site and TV for the Rest of Us keeps you. I read this at work, even though I didn't really have time, but I couldn't help myself, this site is like a drug! :lol:

I've watched the episode everyday since it's been on, I am so in love with it. I love Charlie so much, she is now a de-facto Winchester in my book. ;-) The part at the end really got to me bigtime. I was the only one of my siblings at my mother's bedside when she passed, so I really got the emotions Charlie was going through. Knowing you have to let go, but just wanting that last little bit with your mom. Oh, here I go, tearing up just thinking about it. :cry:

Okay, ending on a happy note here. Did anyone notice the caduceus on Dean's uniform? Not only did his name tag read Winchester, but he was a doctor! :D Good for him. That is definitely a man that looks good in uniform. :oops: And don't worry overmuch Alice, I also think sick Sam is very hot. I think it's the mother in us all that would LOVE to take care of him for just one day...or more. :oops:
winmomwannabe
# winmomwannabe 2013-04-29 13:17
Wonderful review. Now I need to rewatch, AGAIN! This episode is definitely going in my top 5, maybe top 3. And the hug at the end? Best ever. No return from death or MIA. Just purely for Love!!!!
LEAH
# LEAH 2013-04-29 13:22
Alice, I read this before work this morning and couldn't wait to get home to tell you how much I enjoyed this. This one is really yours, right? :D Anyhow, really fun and lengthy read (I was a little late :-) )! I know your time is limited but I would love to see more of these. Maybe if you had less of those pesky emails :-* .
Alice
# Alice 2013-04-29 14:09
Oh yes, this one is mine. I do recall sacrificing the last three days of my life to get it done! It really is easier if I just put my name on someone else's work. :-)

Oh trust me, pesky emails is just the tip of the iceberg. :-)
lkeke35
# lkeke35 2013-04-29 15:30
I loved this review and I love these types of reviews especially.. I usually look forward to your reviews and didn't know you'd done some longer ones. I'm going to have to go back and read all your other revews as I'm kind of new here and this is the first full recap I've ever seen.
Bevie
# Bevie 2013-04-29 15:33
Just to let you know I love your recaps, and always don't reply to them as when I reply to one review I feel redundant to waste your time with similar posts. :-*

Anyway, is it the hits or the posts that tell you if we are interested in the different articles?

I'm just saying I want to go on record that I love to read your long and rambling recaps with lots of pictures, even though not always commenting. :P :-)

Thanks.
Alice
# Alice 2013-04-30 01:26
No, the recaps got good replies. It was the number of hits (which I can track for each article). I was actually writing a regular review for Blogcritics and a recap every week. The review hits outdid the recap 4:1. It was just obvious what had to go.

Glad to know you read them! I'll have to work them into the rotation a bit more in S9.
KELLY
# KELLY 2013-04-29 15:35
I think these type of recaps are great! Where they point out a lot of the little details I missed and all filled with excitement for the episode.

Sam does look extremely hot when he is sick perhaps that is why they keep making him all frail. Him in those scrubs last year about gave me palpitations.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one of my all time favorite movies. My family and I reference it all the time. Although my favorite line is to say,"Who are you who is so wise in the ways of science?" when someone says something particularly stupid. What's hilarious is we quote that line from Princess Bride all the time too.

And I loved all the references to earlier seasons, especially the Carver Edlund stuff. I've often thought that Chuck would finish publishing, especially with Becky that for a while to egg him on. And for some reason I find the idea of Charlie knowing all the intimate details of their lives hilarious. I don't even know why. The only thing that could make me happier about that is if she finds out about Wincest or somehow tells Garth. I hate that we never got to see Bobby find out about it, although I might not have recover from seeing that. Although I do have one small bitch and I KNOW it was done this way for comedic effect, but it bothered me a tiny bit that it did look as if she only thanked Dean for saving the world. But she later said nothing "they can't do together" so really it was a pretty minor thing that I will probably regret mentioning.

Charlie is a great addition to the show and that stuff with her mom was sweet and heartbreaking. And the episode gave great broments -new favorite word. So happy Robbie Thompson came to the show.
Gwen
# Gwen 2013-04-29 18:10
What a fabulous recap, Alice. Thank you for this. I've always loved your long recaps, I used to look forward to someone over at Supernatural TV (which was my message board home in those days) posting the link to them after each episode.

This episode really surprised me as, based on the trailer, I wasn't expecting to like it so much. As it turned out I loved it. Really loved it. I've re-watched it a few times already, which is more than I can say for most of the other episodes this year so far.

Before this episode I wasn't a huge Charlie fan (liked her in the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo episode but not so much in the Larping episode) but now her backstory has made her a much more human and 3 dimensional character. Her scene at the end with her mother was so heartbreaking I had to look away as, like for many other folk here, it brought back too many painful memories. Loved what Charlie said to Sam about him being able to complete the trials.

Most of all I LOVED the broments. :lol: I'm absolutely loving the brotherly relationship these days. The surprise hug at the end had me melting. It was just wonderful.
Too many great moments to list but I especially loved when Dean sent Sam 'home'...awwww. Also loved Sam's 'I hate that thing. And I want one.' :lol: ; Dean being desperate to get back to 'Sammy' and Sam panicking over Dean when Dean started to wake up.

And, yeah, Sick!Sam is extremely hot. It feels so wrong to be thinking it but I just can't help it... :oops: The peaky, bedhead, wobbly, v-neck T-shirt look got me seriously giddy. :lol: The poor boy is looking so unwell, I want to gather him up and give him a great big cwtch (that's a Welsh word for a loving protective cuddle, so quite innocent enough... :lol: )

Oh...that bedhead....it was glorious. :lol: Loved Dean's clippers comment afterwards. Although if Dean dares get anywhere near Sam with those clippers he and I might fall out... :P

Fabulous episode.
fanotheboyz
# fanotheboyz 2013-04-29 20:21
I love your recaps, Alice! You bring so much excitement and joy to them. I love all the little details you mention and the screen caps are great. I did not realize Sam reused his tie..from another of my fav episodes! Loving sick Sam and protective Dean. Loving the 'little sister' Charlie is becoming. I've said it before, but they just behave better around her! She reminds them of how important they are to each other. Thanks, and I agree that I'd love to see a recap of the episode with the Golem, Everybody Hates Hitler.
Stephanie
# Stephanie 2013-04-29 21:53
Hi Alice!

So glad you're doing the recaps again. I've always enjoyed them! And you are definitely not alone thinking that Sick!Sam is hot. He so totally is! :)

I really liked this episode. Loving the relationship between the brothers again and I love Charlie. They better not kill her off!!'

Just one nitpick: you used the word "anecdote" for what Sam injects Charlie with. The word is actually "antidote." I don't usually correct people, but his actually changes the meaning of the sentence and it's used quite a few times.

Anyway, that aside, keep up the good work and I can't wait until Wednesday!
Alice
# Alice 2013-04-30 01:29
Crap! I actually typed right, but I have this autocorrect on my Mac that's so damned annoying. It often gets words wrong. Thanks, I'll change that.
Stephanie
# Stephanie 2013-04-30 07:23
Totally understandable! I'm a Mac girl myself and autocorrect drives me crazy! I was chatting with my brother once and mentioned that Mare Winningham was in a movie. What I didn't realize is that autocorrect had translated that to more winning ham. It's been a joke between us ever since.
love2boys
# love2boys 2013-04-30 20:20
I see complaints about auto correct all the time. Can't you just turn it off? Or let it ask you?

Really want to know why Sam prefers a Mac...

Confused, l2b
pucklady
# pucklady 2013-04-29 23:04
I thought it was so cute that behind Dean there is a 50-star flag. In 1951, of course, there were only 48 states. But this is Charlie's dream and she is dreaming incorrectly. Funny!
Alice
# Alice 2013-04-30 01:35
Great catch. I didn't even notice that. I'm willing to bet that was a flaw in the video game that Charlie didn't catch. A lot of foreign people program those games and wouldn't know that.

Assuming we're talking a video game here. Really, the issue lies with the set decorator. After all, they're Canadian! :-)
Pragmatic Dreamer
# Pragmatic Dreamer 2013-04-29 23:14
Awesome review Alice!

I love the stream-of-consc iousness vibe (although I know the whole thing is carefully crafted!) and the extremely HOT, I mean enlightening screen caps!

As far as I'm concerned there can never be enough Monty Python and the Holy Grail references. I think at the Moondoor Mid-Year Jubilee they should call themselves the Knights That Go Neeee, or I guess in Supernatural parlance it could be the Knights That Go Deeeeeeean.

I should be going to bed but my brain is stuck in the endless loop of mashing together Supernatural, Monty Python and the Princess Bride.

I'm really waiting for an episode where the monster/villain says "Good night Winchesters... Sleep well.. I'll most likely kill you in the morning." It's really inconceivable that the line hasn't been used yet!

Sigh.. Such a great episode.. Maybe they could get Robbie Thompson to write 6 episodes next year. Who needs to eat or sleep?

One note I must add, I dearly loved the return of the smart Winchesters. I liked watching both brothers put the pieces together mentally, and both brothers be the manly man friend heroic action figures... Which may be a new favourite phrase.. "My manly man friend"

Okay, I'm rambling so it's off to determine the flying velocity of an African swallow versus a European swallow.

Cheers!

Pragmatic Dreamer
E
# E 2013-04-30 07:31
Quote:
I'm really waiting for an episode where the monster/villain says "Good night Winchesters... Sleep well.. I'll most likely kill you in the morning." It's really inconceivable that the line hasn't been used yet!
"Inconceivable! "
"You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means."
love2boys
# love2boys 2013-04-30 09:47
E, :D :lol: Big Princess Bride fan here. :lol: :D

Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

HELLO!...
Sylvie
# Sylvie 2013-04-30 12:26
Same here, I'm always quoting from that movie, it drives my work colleague nuts! :lol: Anytime I hear the word marriage, it gets me going. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam... :lol:
KELLY
# KELLY 2013-04-30 12:51
Sylvie, at my last job I did the same thing with The Holy Grail and people would look at me like I was crazy. I would say I couldn't believe they hadn't seen that movie and they said no body has seen that movie. One time I told them even my teenage nieces and nephews friends loved it and they swore I was making it up. So I picked up the phone and declared that I would call my sister's house and give a quote and it wouldn't even matter who answered the phone they would know what it was from and could finish the quote. My then 12 year old niece got it right immediately. My coworkers looked at me like I had committed some form of child abuse :D I had never been so proud. I took her ice cream after work.
Pragmatic Dreamer
# Pragmatic Dreamer 2013-04-30 23:37
Hi Kelly,

I would certainly fit in with your family. When I was a kid, it wasn't Thanksgiving or Christmas if we didn't do some kind of Monty Python sketch over the turkey.

Let's just say our Grace was something along the lines of "Spam, spam, spam, spam.. Wonderful spam, spam, spam, spam...." I suspect you get the picture.

So with that in mind -

This parrot is dead. No it's not. It's resting... No, it's not. It's dead. It's pushing up the daisies. It's pining for the fjords! (Which come to think of it this sketch and the dead/not-dead is perfect for the Winchesters!)

I could go on all night, but again in the spirit of the Winchesters and the Princess Bride, "There's a big difference between mostly dead and all dead"

Pragmatic Dreamer
love2boys
# love2boys 2013-04-30 17:51
Oh Sylvie, I really LOL when I read about mawage! I'm still laughing! I have the whole movie memorized too!
E
# E 2013-04-30 19:50
Have fun storming the castle!
E
# E 2013-04-30 19:53
chortling like a loon here.... :D
Manstrad
# Manstrad 2013-04-30 16:01
Love your recap and of course I love this episode too!! It took my whole lunch hour, but who needs to eat, I'll eat later...

I have a question. Robbie Thompson is the one who created the character Charlie? I used to watch Eureka! and when they introduced Felicia Day to the show, I thought it was a good move, now I'm thinking the same, and I hope she get more episodes next season.

By the way, I like him as a writer, he really does his homework, I understand that he not only check supernatural wiki, he also watch (or re-watches) old episodes from the characters he is writing and he keeps up with fans sites. That is why we are all please with his episodes. He brought back the little thing that makes us happy. Like the guys talking at the same time! I don't know why, but listening to that and Dean saying Sammy, makes my heart melt. (Even more)
KG_SPN
# KG_SPN 2013-05-04 04:04
I finally had time to read your recap Alice... and it is wonderful! It's so much fun to re-live the episode with your comments and insights. I do hope you get time to do some more in season 9. My suggestions for the hiatus would be LARP and the Real Girl and Everybody Hates Hitler :D

If there is something wrong with you in regards to your thoughts about Sam, then I think there is something wrong with many more of us, lol. It doesn't matter what he wears or how ill he looks, Sam is still smoking hot ;-)

Although I have to say that my heart hurts a bit when I see him looking so ill... but then I just want to make him soup and look after him (like Dean is trying to do, lol).

I also needed a big box of tissues for this episode... Felicia Day did a great job with Charlie's story... and this is one of my all-time favourite Supernatural episodes. Thanks for the recap :-)
Trucklady
# Trucklady 2013-05-06 00:48
Fabulous recap Alice! I enjoy reading these so please do not stop writing them. I love the little extras you throw in that make us laugh or cry or call out some little detail that was missed by most. I rewatch this one all the time, but then who am I kidding. I rewatch all of them over and over until the next episode comes out. This one stands out as one of my favorites though. I love Charlie and the relationship she has with the guys. I love all the broments and glad they are writing more of those into the story lines. We can never get too many brotherly hugs. Now I am going to have to go back and see if I missed any of your other recaps. Thanks again Alice!!