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. Iâ€™ve always loved the recaps on Television Without Pity (other shows, not necessarily â€œSupernaturalâ€) and I chose to do ones for â€œSupernaturalâ€ that were, I donâ€™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 didnâ€™t have anything to add. I LOVED this episode. Every single second of it. I remembered that I havenâ€™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 wouldnâ€™t hurt. The last full length recap I did was for â€œPlucky Pennywhistleâ€™s Magical Menagerie,â€ so itâ€™s probably time.
The rules are simple for a full length recap. Theyâ€™re long, thereâ€™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 youâ€™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, whoâ€™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!
Carver Edlundâ€™s books! Why did they cut the clip just before Dean said he was full frontal in this one? Thatâ€™s the best part! Hmm...full frontal... Now letâ€™s jump ahead to just 9 episodes ago, when Charlie is Moondoorâ€™s queen. Thatâ€™s a heck of a jump. â€œI love you.â€ â€œI know.â€ Remember that, itâ€™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 donâ€™t find out this week.
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 isnâ€™t the Fedora and wool coat, but itâ€™s yummy nonetheless. Especially since his hair is combed down and parted to the one side. Now, if the promo monkeys hadnâ€™t given this away as a video game, Iâ€™d think that Dean has traveled back in time again. Stupid promo monkeys.
This episode has absolutely amazing attention to detail, and thereâ€™s a few little fun things right here. First, thereâ€™s a picture of Harry S. Truman on the wall. Dean realizes thatâ€™s not normal. Really? Second, he has a name tag with â€œWinchesterâ€ on it. Awesome! I donâ€™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 thatâ€™s something that usually happens in a dream. Am I right?
Thereâ€™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, itâ€™s littered with dead and bloody bodies of hospital staff. He steps over them, an alarmed look on his face, and all Iâ€™m thinking is I love his uniform and his hair that way. Yowza. BTW, the logo on the wall says heâ€™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 thereâ€™s that sound of something supernatural approaching him and...exploding hieroglyphs. Weâ€™ll have to find out what happens later. Sneaky bastards, getting our profound attention like that. Definitely one of the better teasers.
Itâ€™s the Men of Letterâ€™s cave!! Iâ€™m so flipping happy! The MOL hideout has been so underutilized ever since they introduced it in episode 13. The caption says â€œ24 Hours Earlierâ€ so now we know thereâ€™s some lead up that has to be done for that opening scene. Iâ€™m curious to know what happens, thatâ€™s for sure.
Samâ€™s laptop is on the desk with video surveillance going in various places, but Sam is nowhere to be found. Judging by Deanâ€™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, thatâ€™s Sam, and he looks so bad heâ€™s looking good. Thereâ€™s a few things about this that have my heart jumping. For one, heâ€™s wearing a nice, thin, long sleeved v-neck shirt. Hmm, thatâ€™s an improvement over his usual tees. Second, HE HAS BED HEAD!!! Yes, we all know Iâ€™m a tad obsessive with his hair. Itâ€™s all poofy and hanging in his face. Suddenly I have prime material for this yearâ€™s â€œEnigma of Sam Winchesterâ€™s Hairâ€ collection. Dean sees this and reacts with facial cringing. â€œIâ€™m telling ya, give me five minutes with some clippers.â€ 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! Iâ€™ve got a few jokes myself. â€œHow many times did Dad tell you when we were growing up not to stick your finger in the light socket?â€ Or how about â€œLook what the cat dragged in.â€ Yeah, thatâ€™s all I got.
Sam wants to know what time did he laid down. Dean looks at his watch. â€œYou took a siesta around noon...yesterday.â€ So what time is it now?? Iâ€™m assuming by the fact Dean is drinking beer, itâ€™s probably late afternoon. Thatâ€™s a long nap! He throws Sam a beer and it just goes flying right by Sam. He didnâ€™t even try to catch it. Me thinks thatâ€™s supposed to be a sign that his reflexes are off. Itâ€™s hilarious, since we hear the sound of the beer smashing in the other room. Sam, whoâ€™s sounding might throaty apologizes, but Dean is quick with the snide comment. Suddenly Iâ€™m pausing because Iâ€™m laughing too hard. â€œThatâ€™s why we donâ€™t have nice things Sam.â€ Sam is kind of a bull in a china shop, donâ€™t you think?
Sam isnâ€™t laughing, because heâ€™s too busy staggering around and gripping onto his aching head, all the while telling Dean heâ€™s fine. As we have learned from past seasons, Samâ€™s definition of â€œfineâ€ is rather skewed. I do believe itâ€™s really a code word for â€œbreathing.â€ He staggers away from the table and the way the light hits him from the next angle, he really looks like crap. I havenâ€™t seen him look this bad since â€œWhen The Levee Breaks.â€ Actually, he was worse in that one, but if you see the previews for next week, you know heâ€™s headed there.
Sam wants to get dressed to find Kevin, but Dean will have none of it. The â€œhunterâ€ dragnet is out so to speak right now, and Garth is on it. Oh, well then, everythingâ€™s covered. Of course all of that is coming up empty, and again the next angle is another PRICELESS shot of disheveled bed head. Iâ€™m positively giddy I tell ya! Dean says to Sam they arenâ€™t doing anything until he gets better, and thereâ€™s Sam throwing that â€œfineâ€ word around again. Look at that face! That is not fine. Suddenly, Iâ€™m breaking out my worst Inigo Montoya impersonation. â€œYou keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.â€
Dean isnâ€™t buying it, and he has a way to prove it! Iâ€™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 boysâ€™ bedrooms, the perfect shower and where exactly in the configuration this indoor firing range resides! Thereâ€™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! Whatâ€™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 donâ€™t need soundproof headphones! That must really rock.
Long story short (yeah Iâ€™m really sparing us on time here), Dean fires and hits his targets perfectly, Sam couldnâ€™t hit a bull in the ass with a bass fiddle. Dean tells Sam what I think we all have figured out, the second trial hit him a lot harder than the first one. Sam insists it felt the same...until the next day. Oh, well if thatâ€™s all. Yeah, Dean sets the rule, they arenâ€™t going anywhere until he gets better. Sam broods, and sick brooding Sam adds to the hotness factor about 800 times. Geez, whatâ€™s wrong with me. The guy is sick and suffering! Poor baby he needs...(more brooding)...Um, Iâ€™m sorry, what was I saying?
They go back to the library and I often have this stray thought, why havenâ€™t these guys brought in a couch by now? Or, is there possibly a lounge somewhere with a complete living set? And Sam and Dean have already brought in the flat screen TV and gotten good cable? Maybe Sam has been sleeping on that couch a lot? Iâ€™m thinking we should have a fan contest this summer. Design the Men of Letters Cave. Share your layouts and decorating ideas. Or maybe just layouts. Weâ€™ll put a pin in that, but Iâ€™m sure I can conjure up some cool prizes.
Crap, you caught me monologuing! Where were we? Sam checks the computer, he has an email. Heâ€™s only gotten four emails? My Inbox has 29,000. I guess Sam is better at clearing out his inbox. One is a spam about investing, one is the monthly newsletter from Mythology today looking at Scandinavian folklore (hey, I want to read that), one is from Road Food about the best diners out there (do they serve salad?). The new one is from Charlie. Sheâ€™s in the neighborhood and found them a case. She tracked their cell phones, but only knows theyâ€™re within a 20 miles radius. Thereâ€™s that warding spell again. They can make and receive calls and no one can track them. This place just rules! Can I put a warding spell around my mom cave? The family would never find me because theyâ€™d have to get off their duffs and physically come upstairs.
Reunion time with Charlie! They meet her outside, and she pulls up in this totally cute yellow AMC Gremlin. I never thought Iâ€™d be saying that in a million years. Dean greets her as â€œyour highnessâ€ and oh yeah, she digs it. She hugs Dean, then hugs Sam, who gets dizzy and falls back to his place on the trunk of the Impala. He really doesnâ€™t know what â€œfineâ€ means, does he? Charlie is concerned, but Sam brushes it off because itâ€™s just a flesh wound.
Why is she in Kansas? A comic book convention. Liar! Especially when itâ€™s during the week. Her cover about collectibles lost me, but the boys drop it as do I. â€œYou going to invite me into your dungeon, or do I have to answer your questions three first.â€ AMonty Python and The Holy Grail reference! As you all may have read before, thatâ€™s one of my favorite films. I assume they asked her what her name is, her quest, and what is her favorite color (I say in her case itâ€™s yellow), because next scene sheâ€™s in the bat cave very easily.
They sit at the big table in the Men of Letters library, and thereâ€™s a really clever shot here filling up the space on the table in the middle of them with one of those orange triangle desk lamps. Itâ€™s aesthetically pleasing! I never thought Iâ€™d ever say that about this show. Charlie pontificates that the Men of Letters deserved to be wiped out because of the sexist name (come on, it was the fifties!), and Sam moves onto whatâ€™s new at Moondoor. Good news, she made a deal with the Yesteryear â€œweirdosâ€ and theyâ€™re going to team up to stomp out the Shadow Orcs. â€œYou guys are still coming to the midyear jubilee?â€ â€œWouldnâ€™t miss it,â€ Dean proclaims. Oh come on, let us fans see that? Please???? Make it an online extra if anything. Maybe a whole webseries?? Of course Iâ€™m sitting here looking at how peaked Sam looks thinking, â€œYeah, if you live.â€ He can cough blood on them.
Sam asks about the case. Basically, sheâ€™s in Kansas and heard about a case where a dudeâ€™s insides were liquified. She looked into the possible monsters because sheâ€™s a tad obsessive about the monster stuff after her encounters with the brothers Winchester. â€œIf a wee bit means completely. I also found this set of books by Carver Edlund...â€ Cue Sam and Dean both looking at the table mortified. She asked if it really happened, but itâ€™s obvious it did. â€œWow, that is some meta madness.â€ Oh trust us Charlie, we know. She thanks Dean for saving the world, and gives Sam condolences for having no luck with the ladies. Bitchface! Better yet, sickly bitchface!
Allow me to stop and make an observation here. Given the fact she mentioned them saving the world, we can only presume that Chuck went on to publish the rest of his books including â€œSwan Song.â€ He did threaten to do that in â€œThe Real Ghostbustersâ€ so I could see that happening. Either that or after Chuck disappeared, Becky super fan or someone else went into his place and found the books. Thatâ€™s the story and Iâ€™m sticking to it. Sam just wants to burn the books, but oops, theyâ€™re online now! Once anything goes online, itâ€™s a permanent record. Itâ€™ll never, ever go away. That would be both hilarious and very disturbing if the books went completely viral.
Deanâ€™s had enough of the chit chat and decides he going to go solo to check out the case. Sam insists heâ€™s coming, but all it takes is one stumble while getting up and we know thatâ€™s not happening. Charlie, after showing more concern for Sam, volunteers to go, but Dean and his superiority complex tells here thereâ€™s a difference between really hunting and pretending. â€œIâ€™m coming with,â€ she firmly says, and her firing range test ends up better than the both of them! Straight to the head. Yikes! I guess she passes the test. She canâ€™t wear novelty t-shirts for the FBI though.
Cue the Charlie theme music! Katrina and The Waves â€œWalking on Sunshineâ€ comes on, a la her first appearance in â€œGirl With The Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo.â€ She makes a bunch of cutesy poses for her fake FBI badge, but wet blanket Dean selects the serious one. I love her infectious personality! Next sheâ€™s trying on all these outfits, and Dean plays reluctant straight male companion whoâ€™s been dragged to the mall by his crazy lesbian friend. Heâ€™s not finding any of this fun, blankly shaking his head at each cutesy outfit. I did laugh when he faked excitement for one of the brighter assortments, and then went back to his frowny rejection. Thatâ€™s why you donâ€™t take your husband/boyfriends/male BFFs shopping. The outfits are darling, showing off Felicia Dayâ€™s fine figure, but Dean blows the mood by turning off the happy music. Hmpft. Wet blanket. Charlie is crushed. â€œMontage.â€ I know! What a buzzkill.
With the fun over, she comes out with a nice pantsuit with a purple jacket, light blue shirt, and brown pants. Thatâ€™s not typical FBI, but still classy. I like it! While getting dressed Dean fills her in on the trials, and why Sam is so sick. â€œThe prophetâ€™s in the wind,â€ Dean adds. Charlie, further confirming that the books do go on beyond â€œNo Rest For The Wicked,â€ asks about Castiel with a flirtatious smile. â€œHe seems helpful, and dreamy.â€ Dean says heâ€™s MIA, all while getting Charlieâ€™s badge ready. Thatâ€™s it! We need a caper episode with Castiel and Charlie teaming up to save the world. Then they meet up with the guys for that midyear jubilee. Make this happen Robbie Thompson!
Dean pours his heart out at this point, because the whole tablet and trials saga is getting too out of control and itâ€™s causing him man pain. â€œSamâ€™s a tough son of a bitch, but Cass says these trials are messing with him in ways even he canâ€™t heal.â€ Aww, poor Dean, heâ€™s really worried. Luckily Charlie is a glass half full kind of gal. â€œIf itâ€™s any consolation, having read your history, thereâ€™s pretty much nothing the Winchesters canâ€™t do if they work together.â€ Dean gives her a flat thanks, appreciating her attempt at trying to make him feel better even though it didnâ€™t work. Sheâ€™s further envious that Dean has a brother thatâ€™s got his back. She confesses she has two. â€œTheir names are X-Box and PS3.â€ Psych!
Pay attention to this part, itâ€™s important for later. Dean says he isnâ€™t getting any reception, and asks if he can use Charlieâ€™s phone. We find out later why heâ€™s doing this, but nothing like overselling the overprotective big brother role. He calls Sam to check in on him. Samâ€™s all pissy about Dean checking in, and heâ€™s giving the firing range another go. This time he hits just a bit outside of the body area on the target, which is an improvement, but heâ€™s still not hurting anything. â€œClose enough,â€ he declares. Something tells me heâ€™s not listening to big brother. Thatâ€™s nothing new, because we all know Winchesters are pigheaded.
Dean and Charlie arrive at the coroner, and Charlie pulls the same upside down badge goof that Castiel did in â€œFree To Be You and Me,â€ which is a little hint that Dean really needs Sam when he does this sort of thing. I will applaud the shout out to continuity here though. Dean asks to see the body with the â€œcreamy filling,â€ and the uptight female coroner in a pantsuit will only cooperate if Dean gives her the signed chain of custody form. Dean tries everything to smooth talk his way in, offering the supervisor card, pouring on the charm, but the frigid bitch doesnâ€™t fall for a bit of it. â€œSheâ€™s the monster!â€ I cry out, because no sane woman would be able to resist that. I was half waiting for Charlie to try next, just in case the woman was playing for the other team. I wonder if that actually did happen and got cut for time.
â€œThat never happened in the books,â€ Charlie says moping as her and Dean leave empty handed. She apologizes for freezing back there (I swear a bit of that was cut, because I didnâ€™t see her freeze), defending that real life role playing is hard. Yeah babe, itâ€™s called acting. Dean isnâ€™t worried, theyâ€™ll come back when she isnâ€™t there. Charlie is even more nervous about breaking and entering, and Dean thinks itâ€™s actually better than hacking. â€œBeg to differ,â€ Charlie says. â€œOne Iâ€™ve been doing since I was a teenager, and the other Iâ€™ve done once with you two idiots walking me through it and I had my arm broken in the process.â€ Out of all that, Dean takes interest in what she hacked as a teenager. â€œNORAD,â€ she answers. â€œWhatever you say WarGames,â€ and Iâ€™m stunned Dean knows that reference! Heâ€™s not the computer game type. Thatâ€™s what Sam is for.
Two dumb teenage boys are walking by the railroad tracks at night playing with their handhelds (PSPs?) and they find a body. Instead of freaking out, they poke it with a stick, because young teens are supposed to be moronic. They poke again when nothing happens and bloated body explodes all over them. Yep, they freak out now!
Crime scene. Dean and Charlie get out and the cop doesnâ€™t seem to be surprised to see them, since their â€œotherâ€ agent is already there. BTW, standing at the police tape watching the whole thing are none other that Jared Padaleckiâ€™s parents. Jared shared that during his live tweet of the episode on Wednesday. Anyway, we know who the â€œother agentâ€ is. Sam, well dressed but still a bit peaked, has already gotten a head start. Thatâ€™s okay, itâ€™s hard to look pale at night!
Oh my God, is anyone noticing that bright yellow tie Sam is wearing? That looks exactly like the same one he wore in â€œWhat Is and What Should Never Beâ€ in the alternate universe. Actually, I just found a picture from that episode, and itâ€™s the same shirt and suit too! How clever, considering this is a Djinn episode too (oops, did I spoil the surprise?). Heâ€™s giving details about the case, but Iâ€™m too distracted by the tie to get them down. He did mention the coroner had already been there and scooped up what was left of the body. Dean says thereâ€™s nothing else to see then and Sam can head home. Home! I still get all excited knowing these guys actually have a home now. Sam wonâ€™t budge for thereâ€™s still the task of questioning the witnesses. Dean assigns Charlie to do that. Sheâ€™s not happy. â€œBut I donâ€™t want to miss the broment.â€ Ha! Sheâ€™s got a case there. She goes, and the brothers have their chat.
Charlie is a natural with one thing, and thatâ€™s connecting with gamers. Because she knows the game theyâ€™re playing, sheâ€™s got the boys eating out of her hand. In the meantime, Dean gets that Samâ€™s frustrated but heâ€™s also sick. Sam wonâ€™t leave, claiming he needs to do this. â€œPlay through the pain, remember?â€ Dean gets all disgusted. â€œDonâ€™t quote me to me.â€ Bwah! Oh thatâ€™s precious. Nothing like having something you said thrown back in your face by your sibling. Thatâ€™s the circle of life right there.
Sam flashes Dean a sickly bitch face so Charlie breaks the tension with a piece of info. The victim had a blue handprint on his arm. Dean thinks this is good news, and Sam should go home to read about this. â€œIâ€™m not leaving until we find out whoâ€™s doing this,â€ Sam defiantly declares. â€œWhatever,â€ Dean says storming off. â€œYou guys fight like an old married couple,â€ Charlie says, watching Dean walk away in a tizzy. Oh Charlie, itâ€™s so fun watching you get up to speed with these two. She wonders if that means they donâ€™t have to break into the coronerâ€™s office, but Sam thinks thatâ€™s a great idea. In the meantime, Dean leaves, ditching his two partners. Sam isnâ€™t worried, he stole Charlieâ€™s car and he knows where Deanâ€™s going. The light hits his face and oh man, Sam does look sick. Charlie is at first relieved, then what Sam said about her car hits her. â€œYou stole my car?â€ Sam answers with a nervous laugh. Cut him a break Charlie, heâ€™s sick.
Dean is seen coming through the coroner doors in the dark. He breaks out the flashlight, moves forward and jumps out of his skin when two people are already there waiting for him. Itâ€™s Sam and Charlie! â€œWhat took you so long?â€ Sam asks. â€œI had to stop for gas,â€ confesses Dean. Hee, heâ€™s just not winning here. Naturally, things arenâ€™t getting better when they see the headlights of a car pulling up outside. Charlie springs into action, deciding to stall the coroner while the boys check out the morgue.This actually wasnâ€™t one of my favorite bits, so Iâ€™ll jump through this part a little. Coroner bitch in pant suit arrives and Charlie stalls by asking for a copy of the form she needed. Seems that the FBI field office had a power outage after the fire. Hey, Sam and Dean probably couldnâ€™t have done better. Sam and Dean find out the bodies are gone, and Samâ€™s very bright yellow tie gives enough wattage so he can read the report in the lowlight that the bodies were burned. I mean really, this is a very dingy place and that tie just sticks out! Sam really needs to wear bright yellow more often. Charlie stalls more by talking power suits, the guys leave, she leaves.
Back at the MOL cave, they research. Sam throws monster suggestions out at Charlie, whoâ€™s keeping track of it all on her iPad. She dismisses each idea with a darn good reason. â€œI hate that thing. I want one,â€ Sam says bitterly. Dean on the other side of the table strikes gold in Johnâ€™s journal. Itâ€™s a Djinn, but a bastard offshoot. They jelly up the insides and leave a blue handprint. â€œI hate that thing,â€ answers Charlie. â€œAnd I want one.â€ Take that technology! Sam, who in the better light is back to looking very peaked, wonders if these new Djinn die like regular Djinn. Yep. Oh great, this gives Charlie the opportunity to ramble on about getting out, stretching her legs, grabbing grub. â€œUnlike you Sam, I wonâ€™t forget the pie.â€ Sam tries to laugh, but heâ€™s too busy looking at her strangely. Plus he still looks like hell, which I am totally finding hot right now. Something is seriously wrong with me. â€œShe seem a little off to you,â€ Dean asks. â€œSince the second she got here,â€ answers Sam.
Yeah, something is amiss. Suddenly Charlie is in a regular apartment, and sheâ€™s doing her regular hacking thing of transferring funds from one place to a donation site. Somehow that involves laying out all her fake ids on a table, but Iâ€™ll dismiss that is everyoneâ€™s got a method of doing things. She hears a noise, goes to check it out but sees nothing. Anyone who watches this show knows that something is always there. Oh, there it is behind her. Itâ€™s the coroner bitch, and her eyes are blue. Evil! Yeah, weâ€™re all shocked.
Samâ€™s back at the MOL cave trying to call Charlie on the phone, and just as reminder in case we all forgot that Sam is sick, he goes into a coughing fit. Dean walks in and Sam tries to play it cool, but Dean just shakes his head. Any word from Charlie? Nope, and there was no comic convention in Topeka. Duh! There never is. Dean pulls out his phone, and now we find out why he borrowed her phone earlier. To enable the GPS. Charlie is an uber hacker. She didnâ€™t realize Dean did this? Either that or she did and thought it was a good idea. This helps them find the apartment.
A lot of whatâ€™s coming next is plot exposition, so Iâ€™ll move a little fast through this. Sam and Dean find Charlieâ€™s computer and fake ids. â€œWho the Hell is she, Jason Bourne?â€ Really Dean?? Thatâ€™s coming from you, the king of fake aliases? Anyway, they find who the donations are going to and Dean checks it out. Itâ€™s a woman named Gertrude Middleton, whoâ€™s been in the hospital in a persistent vegetative state for 16 years. Seems that her and husband went to pick up their 12 year old daughter at a sleepover and got hit by a drunk driver. The hubby was killed. The nurse finds the donations a nice gesture, but the woman is already gone. Dean wonders if she has gotten any visitors? A few nurses say someone comes in and reads to her at night, but no one has signed in. Dean is definitely touched by this story and stays behind when the nurse leaves. â€œYouâ€™ve got one hell of a daughter Mrs. Middleton. I promise you I will find her.â€
Charlie is tied up to a chair in a warehouse, and sheâ€™s quite nervous about the whole thing as the evil Djinn coroner comes in to taunt her, cause thatâ€™s what evil beings do. â€œDo you know what I smell on you?â€ Evil Djinn asks. â€œDeodorant, a little pee maybe?â€ Funny how nervous Charlie works when sheâ€™s in peril as well as normal situations. No, the right answer is fear. Charlie wonders how Djinns smell fear. That gets some attention. â€œWell, well, well. If you know about Djinn, than you and your little friend must be hunters, not FBI.â€ Charlie nervously claims sheâ€™s a hunter in training, so not worth killing. Oh, so does that make Dean worth killing? I could see Dean captured with her in that situation going, â€œThanks a lot.â€
Yeah, sheâ€™s worth killing alright. Hunter or not, the fear on her is positively delicious. Itâ€™s the red hair, trust me. We have quite a luscious scent (Iâ€™m kidding!). â€œI knew youâ€™d make a meal fit for two.â€ Yes, this is important. Djinn lady touches her arm, the Djinn tattoos appear and Charlie is now in big peril. Meanwhile, back at the MOL cave, Sam gets the whole story from Dean. â€œGertrude seemed like a cool mom. Young, strong, taken from her family too soon. Remind of you anybody?â€ Actually no Dean, since Sam was only an infant when that happened to Mary. But, it is a good point. You three are kindred spirits in the lost mothers club.
Samâ€™s mad research skills figured out the coroner involved in a similar case nine years ago is the same one involved in their case now. At least his brain is still working! Back to Charlie, whoâ€™s showing one last act of defiance, even though sheâ€™s toast. â€œMy manly, man friendâ€™s going to come and get you, you creepy power suit lady.â€ She likes that idea, since Dean reeked of fear as well. She grabs onto Charlieâ€™s arm real tight, so now girlfriend is in a coma. Itâ€™s serious, itâ€™s serious.
Back to smart but sickly Sam, whoâ€™s figured out creepy power suit lady has been covering her tracks by faking reports. â€œWhy did she get sloppy again after nine years?â€ Dean asks. Remember, this is important. Turns out Djinn lady owns two properties, a house and an abandoned shipping warehouse. Yeah, itâ€™s a bit obvious where sheâ€™ll keep the victims, huh?
Sam and Dean arrive then split up. We know this isnâ€™t a good idea, because Sam right now couldnâ€™t win a fight against a moth. Dean finds Charlie slumped in the chair with a blue mark on her arm. She wonâ€™t wake up. Sam finds the Djinn and she smacks the crap out of him. Heâ€™s flung against a fenced area and Sam is so weak and helpless he can only watch with intense fear as power suit with the blue eyes approaches him slowly with her hand of doom. The close up on Samâ€™s fearful face might not have been a good idea, considering he still looks like crap. Actually it is, because Iâ€™m still finding sick Sam really hot. Damn, whatâ€™s wrong with me? Anyway, Djinn suddenly sparks and drops dead. Thereâ€™s Dean just in time with the silver knife. Sam is somehow alarmed by this. Really? After the countless times Dean has saved your bacon and vice versa? How is that shocking?
They rush to Charlie, and Sam has his Djinn poison antidote. Continuity! Iâ€™m so flipping happy! If anyone remembers, this was something used in the season six premiere on Dean. It was one of Samuel Campbellâ€™s concoctions. Another thing Jared revealed in the live tweet, the blue color was added later by VFX. Wasnâ€™t it milky white in â€œExile In Main Street?â€ Ah well, Iâ€™m assuming its the improved version.
Sadly, it doesnâ€™t work because this is not the normal Djinn. Dean has a bit of a freakout, so Sam thinks things through. â€œDjinn poison puts your brain into a feedback loop while your blood boils, right? If the anecdote didnâ€™t break the loop, then maybe we can find a way to break it from the inside. Djinn take you to your happy place, your happy place is a like a dream...â€ Then they both say it together and I love it! â€œAfrican dream root.â€ More continuity! Iâ€™m doing backflips here. For those that donâ€™t remember, Sam and Dean went dreamwalking in Bobbyâ€™s head with African dream root in season threeâ€™s â€œDream A Little Dream of Me.â€ So yes, I do believe they would have some in the Impala. It was after all rare and hard to find.
Next thing theyâ€™re getting the glass of the nasty stuff ready, and for those that missed this most important bit in the continuity, Sam quickly yanks a hair from Charlieâ€™s head while Dean grabs a chair. Gotta have a piece of the person whoâ€™s dream you want to crash. This next part I absolutely love, because Sam and Dean are always the best when theyâ€™re improvising. â€œIâ€™m going to need to go to sleep fast, so punch me,â€ Dean tells Sam, who hesitates. â€œLook man, I know you donâ€™t want to...â€ nope, Sam has no problem. He punches Dean, but it doesnâ€™t do much. Sam winces over his hurting hand, and this is a reminder again that Sam is a little weak. â€œYouâ€™re a little off your game there because that was pretty-â€ Sam punches Dean much harder this time, and he goes out. Hee, great scene!
So that takes us full circle back to the beginning. Dean in army doctor uniform wakes at the desk, finds the paper outside in the hall, and then gets accosted by monsters while waiting for the elevator. Just as the creatures approach, the door opens. Thereâ€™s Charlie, in full Lara Croft type garb, complete with eye patch. Dean steps back and lets her come out with guns blazing, blowing away the monsters. She grabs hold of Deanâ€™s arm. â€œCome with me if you want to live.â€ Dean raises his eyebrows. â€œIâ€™ve always wanted to say that,â€ she responds. So why is he in her dream? Dean reminds she was attacked by a Djinn, and that they send people to their happy place. â€œNo judgement, but you have a really strange sense of happy kiddo.â€ Hee, we already know Deanâ€™s happy dreams are fishing or girls giving him a lap dance at a brothel.
Turns out this is the fear Djinn, and this is really a recurring nightmare of hers. Itâ€™s a video game. â€œIt was called the Red Scare, first person shooter against super soldier vampires. I copied it off of the game companyâ€™s server before it was finished, programmed it to reflect my flamingly liberal politics, and then I released it, for free.â€ Ooh, you have done some bad things, havenâ€™t you Charlie? How does liberal politics play into gunning down super solider vampires? You are only using green bullets? Of course naturally they tracked her down and had her arrested. She was only 12 at the time. Dean finishes that sentence, sheâ€™s been on the run ever since.
Back to Sam, whoâ€™s having a coughing fit, just because we still have to remember heâ€™s sick and in a vulnerable position right now. The noise he hears while watching over sleeping Dean and Charlie is ominous. Back to dreamland, and Charlie wonders how they get out of there. Dean isnâ€™t sure, since the anecdote didnâ€™t work and he killed the Djinn. â€œBoth of them?â€ Charlie asks. Ruh roh!
Sam goes back to the dead Djinn coroner in a pant suit, and what do you know, there is another one. Her son. â€œYou killed my mom.â€ Sam preps for a fight, but his sickly appearance and the flashing blue eyes of the Djinn indicate Sam probably isnâ€™t going to win this one.
Dean is very insistent on getting back and helping â€œSammy.â€ Aww, eight seasons and I never tire of that pet name. Theyâ€™ve got to win the game. Dean gets to blow away a few soldier vampires while talking, just for fun. I love watching him do that! Thatâ€™s Charlieâ€™s problem, she never does win the game. When she saves the patients, she gets reset back to a new level except there are less weapons and the vampires are faster. Ah, you mean like real life. â€œItâ€™s an infinite loop, like Pac-Man without level 256.â€ Dean doesnâ€™t get it. Charlie moves on.
Charlie and Dean barricade a ward, the ward where the patients are. You see whatâ€™s coming here? Dean walks through and sees to the left Charlieâ€™s mom in a coma state. Itâ€™s serious, itâ€™s serious... Fine, Iâ€™ll shut up now. Dean tells her he knows who it is and what he and Sam found after she went missing. He confesses that he went and saw her mom, looking for her. Charlie is quite mortified to say the least, for her deepest, darkest, lifelong secret is now out. â€œSheâ€™s why Iâ€™m in Kansas,â€ Charlie says. She goes onto tell more, and the way the lighting is hitting her face through the blinds is just gorgeous. Itâ€™s a common setup for Serge Ladoucer, and itâ€™s amazing every time. â€œI sneak into the hospital whenever I can and I just...I read to her. She used to read me to sleep at night when I was a kid. Sheâ€™d read me The Hobbit. Sheâ€™s the reason I love the stuff I love.â€ Dean says heâ€™s sorry for her loss, and Charlie harshly reminds him sheâ€™s not gone. She closes the curtain and goes back to defending against soldier vampires. Me think denial ainâ€™t a river in Egypt! (I know, bad joke).
Dean realizes heâ€™s not getting through and moves to check out the rest of the ward. Thereâ€™s one more patient. Oh come on, you know who it is! In a way I wish it was really Sam, just so I could see how these two figure out how to get an unconscious Gigantor out of the ward. BTW, powder blue isnâ€™t really Samâ€™s color. He looks strangely better in white. Charlie comes to take a look. â€œIs this my nightmare or yours?â€ Uh oh, now Deanâ€™s buttons are getting pushed. The soldier vamps start pounding at the door, so Charlie and Dean ready their weapons.
Dean and Charlieâ€™s barrier begins to breach, so Charlie says itâ€™s time to save the patients. Remember that time in â€œMystery Spotâ€ when Sam was stuck in his endless time loop and he couldnâ€™t see past saving Dean to get himself out of the situation? How Dean changed things by talking to the woman who kept walking by each day? Same thing here, Charlie is stuck in the loop because she keeps wanting to save the patients, aka her Mom. Dean has the answer. She has to stop playing. Charlie doesnâ€™t want to do that. â€œWe got to save them. Nut up Winchester.â€
Dean explains the logic. Itâ€™s poison. Itâ€™s designed to put her mind into an endless cycle. The fuel is fear, and she has to let go of that fear and not play the game. â€œI know that your fear is creating all this, and youâ€™re not afraid of those super soldier vamps out there, youâ€™re not afraid of this game, and youâ€™re not afraid of what it did to you.â€ Dean forces her to look at him. â€œYouâ€™re afraid of losing her. Charlie, sheâ€™s already gone.â€
Charlie should be a Winchester little sister, because guilt seems to be eating away at her too. â€œYou donâ€™t understand, I was at a sleepover and I got scared so I called my parents to come and get me. They should have never been driving that night.â€ Dean tells her it wasnâ€™t her fault. â€œI just want to tell her that Iâ€™m sorry and that I love her and have her hear it again. I just need her to hear that one more time, but she canâ€™t.â€ Dean knows. â€œBut you have to let it go. Game over kiddo.â€ She goes back to pointing her gun at the bad guys, but Dean isnâ€™t joining her. He just watches her with sympathy until is all hits her. She backs off and suddenly the game ends. Cue the sad music as Dean moves the desk from the door and goes out in the hall to check things out. Charlie checks the bed, her mother is gone.
This is how you do emotional moments! They slowed down the action at the perfect time to deliver the ideal emotional impact, using the moving score to sell the drama was well. Plus, didnâ€™t Dean look really hot standing in that hallway in uniform? Gee, what is wrong with me? Suddenly Iâ€™m trying to figure out why there arenâ€™t any tissues nearby. Show hasnâ€™t done this to me in a while.
Dean wakes up back at the warehouse, where Sam is waiting on faithful watch. Sam pulls him up with worry, wanting to know what happened and if heâ€™s okay. Dean says heâ€™s okay and goes straight to Charlie with worry. Sheâ€™s awake and sheâ€™s devastated. She looks at Dean like her whole world just fell apart and now Dean is feeling very guilty. â€œIâ€™m sorry,â€ she tells her with regret. â€œI had to.â€ She rises and isnâ€™t sure what else to do but throw herself into Deanâ€™s arms. Sam is perplexed by the whole situation, but heâ€™ll just have to accept these two are having a big moment right now. Dean holds onto Charlie tightly, all too understanding the crushing pain of losing someone. Just beautiful. My sleeve is now a mess.
Outside the MOL hideout and our three intrepid heroes are coming out of the bunker. Sickly Sam is carrying her bag. Sam and Charlie walk together, while Dean walks behind. â€œThanks for saving our bacon,â€ Charlie tells Sam. â€œAnytime your highness,â€ Sam replies. She smiles again, because sheâ€™ll never get tired of that. â€œYou know youâ€™re going to be okay, right?â€ she says to Sam. Aww, here she is after facing a shattering blow personally and sheâ€™s encouraging Sam. Itâ€™s so sweet how the these three are just watching out for each other. â€œThose books portray you as one tough customer. If anyone can get through the trials Sam, itâ€™s you.â€ Sam thanks her and then gives her a semi-cheesy but endearing compliment. â€œYou know you should really come back sometime and look through our archives. You really are a woman of letters.â€ â€œI like the sound of that,â€ she answers and gives him a parting hug. I like the sound of that too. Sam needs an assistant, one with an attention to detail anyway. He takes his leave, so Dean and Charlie can have some alone time.
â€œWell, thanks for stopping by Charlie. Always wanted to get Tron-ed.â€ Yeah Dean, thatâ€™s sort of an understatement. So whatâ€™s next? Sheâ€™s going back to the hospital. â€œI got to let go, right?â€ Dean nods in approval. â€œWhat about you, are you going to let go?â€ She asks, and Iâ€™m very sure we all know the answer to that! â€œNever.â€ I donâ€™t know whether to feel sad or glad for Sammy! Glad I think. Charlie approves. â€œThatâ€™s my boys.â€ Then she blurts out, â€œI love you.â€ â€œI know,â€ Dean answers. You see what Han Solo started? That works every single time I hear it, no matter what the TV show or film. After all, Charlie used it in â€œLARP and The Real Girlâ€ too. Dean gives her a big hug, but a supportive, big brother type hug. He kisses her at the top of the head and she walks away, headed to the yellow Gremlin parked way far away. Iâ€™m not sure what happened to prime parking in front of the hideout, but it does make for a nice landscape.
Dean goes back into the cave and thereâ€™s Sam at the table, ready for Dean to rip him a new one. Sam stands up, starts to defend himself and he doesnâ€™t get to far before Dean just pulls him into a giant bear hug! Sam is stunned at first, and then he reciprocates. â€œWhat do you say we find our prophet,â€ Dean says, and then walks away to get to work. Sam remains standing in the same spot in the library, unsure what to say or do. Aww boys, I didnâ€™t see that coming! All these brotherly hugs are just making me so damn happy!
Final scene, and itâ€™s a tear jerker. I manage to track down tissues this time. Charlie is at the hospital signing a piece of paper and handing it over to the nurse Dean talked to earlier. Sheâ€™s told to take all the time she needs with her Mom. So Charlie stands there, and I love how the camera moves almost full circle from behind Charlie all the way to her motherâ€™s beside. Thatâ€™s a common Robert Singer trick and itâ€™s beautiful. It really sells the somber tone of the scene while Charlie struggles with saying goodbye.
Charlie takes a long emotional pause with her mother, and Felicia Day is just killing us here. We can feel the overwhelming sadness, and sheâ€™s doing it alone. She takes a seat next to her mother and pulls a book out of her bag while wiping away a tear. â€œOne last time, okay?â€ Then she starts from the beginning of â€œThe Hobbit.â€ The camera pulls away as she continues to read about the shire. It ends with â€œIt was a hobbit hole, and that means comfort.â€ *wibble*
What a sweet ending. We donâ€™t usually get that on this show. The last one I can think of like this was â€œThe Song Remains The Same.â€ Iâ€™m kind of speechless now. Thank you Robbie Thompson and Robert Singer. That was amazing. Thatâ€™s a recap folks.