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.  





Long story short (yeah I’m really sparing us on time here), Dean fires and hits his targets perfectly, Sam couldn’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 that’s all.  Yeah, Dean sets the rule, they aren’t going anywhere until he gets better.  Sam broods, and sick brooding Sam adds to the hotness factor about 800 times.  Geez, what’s wrong with me.  The guy is sick and suffering!  Poor baby he needs...(more brooding)...Um, I’m sorry, what was I saying?  

They go back to the library and I often have this stray thought, why haven’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?  I’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.  We’ll put a pin in that, but I’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.  He’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.   She’s in the neighborhood and found them a case.  She tracked their cell phones, but only knows they’re within a 20 miles radius.  There’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 they’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 I’d be saying that in a million years.  Dean greets her as “your highness” 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 doesn’t know what “fine” means, does he?  Charlie is concerned, but Sam brushes it off because it’s just a flesh wound.  

Why is she in Kansas?  A comic book convention.  Liar!  Especially when it’s during the week.  Her cover about collectibles lost me, but the boys drop it as do I.  “You going to invite me into your dungeon, or do I have to answer your questions three first.”  AMonty Python and The Holy Grail reference!  As you all may have read before, that’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 it’s yellow), because next scene she’s in the bat cave very easily.

They sit at the big table in the Men of Letters library, and there’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.  It’s aesthetically pleasing!  I never thought I’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 what’s new at Moondoor.  Good news, she made a deal with the Yesteryear “weirdos” and they’re going to team up to stomp out the Shadow Orcs.  “You guys are still coming to the midyear jubilee?”  “Wouldn’t miss it,” Dean proclaims.  Oh come on, let us fans see that?  Please????  Make it an online extra if anything.  Maybe a whole webseries??  Of course I’m sitting here looking at how peaked Sam looks thinking, “Yeah, if you live.”  He can cough blood on them.  

Sam asks about the case.  Basically, she’s in Kansas and heard about a case where a  dude’s insides were liquified.  She looked into the possible monsters because she’s a tad obsessive about the monster stuff after her encounters with the brothers Winchester.  “If a wee bit means completely.  I also found this set of books by Carver Edlund...”  Cue Sam and Dean both looking at the table mortified.  She asked if it really happened, but it’s obvious it did.  “Wow, that is some meta madness.”  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 “Swan Song.”  He did threaten to do that in “The Real Ghostbusters” 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.  That’s the story and I’m sticking to it.  Sam just wants to burn the books, but oops, they’re online now!  Once anything goes online, it’s a permanent record.  It’ll never, ever go away.  That would be both hilarious and very disturbing if the books went completely viral.  

Dean’s had enough of the chit chat and decides he going to go solo to check out the case.  Sam insists he’s coming, but all it takes is one stumble while getting up and we know that’s not happening.  Charlie, after showing more concern for Sam, volunteers to go, but Dean and his superiority complex tells here there’s a difference between really hunting and pretending. “I’m coming with,” 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 can’t wear novelty t-shirts for the FBI though.  

Cue the Charlie theme music!  Katrina and The Waves “Walking on Sunshine” comes on, a la her first appearance in “Girl With The Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo.”  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 she’s trying on all these outfits, and Dean plays reluctant straight male companion who’s been dragged to the mall by his crazy lesbian friend.  He’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.  That’s why you don’t take your husband/boyfriends/male BFFs shopping.  The outfits are darling, showing off Felicia Day’s fine figure, but Dean blows the mood by turning off the happy music.  Hmpft.  Wet blanket.  Charlie is crushed.  “Montage.”  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.  That’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.  “The prophet’s in the wind,” Dean adds.  Charlie, further confirming that the books do go on beyond “No Rest For The Wicked,” asks about Castiel with a flirtatious smile.  “He seems helpful, and dreamy.”  Dean says he’s MIA, all while getting Charlie’s badge ready.  That’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 it’s causing him man pain.  “Sam’s a tough son of a bitch, but Cass says these trials are messing with him in ways even he can’t heal.”  Aww, poor Dean, he’s really worried.  Luckily Charlie is a glass half full kind of gal.  “If it’s any consolation, having read your history, there’s pretty much nothing the Winchesters can’t do if they work together.”  Dean gives her a flat thanks, appreciating her attempt at trying to make him feel better even though it didn’t work.  She’s further envious that Dean has a brother that’s got his back.  She confesses she has two.  “Their names are X-Box and PS3.”  Psych!  

Pay attention to this part, it’s important for later.  Dean says he isn’t getting any reception, and asks if he can use Charlie’s phone.  We find out later why he’s doing this, but nothing like overselling the overprotective big brother role.  He calls Sam to check in on him.  Sam’s all pissy about Dean checking in, and he’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 he’s still not hurting anything.  “Close enough,” he declares.  Something tells me he’s not listening to big brother.  That’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 “Free To Be You and Me,” 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 “creamy filling,” 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 doesn’t fall for a bit of it.  “She’s the monster!” 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.  

“That never happened in the books,” 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 didn’t see her freeze), defending that real life role playing is hard.  Yeah babe, it’s called acting.  Dean isn’t worried, they’ll come back when she isn’t there.  Charlie is even more nervous about breaking and entering, and Dean thinks it’s actually better than hacking.  “Beg to differ,” Charlie says.  “One I’ve been doing since I was a teenager, and the other I’ve done once with you two idiots walking me through it and I had my arm broken in the process.”  Out of all that, Dean takes interest in what she hacked as a teenager.  “NORAD,” she answers.  “Whatever you say WarGames,” and I’m stunned Dean knows that reference!  He’s not the computer game type.  That’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 doesn’t seem to be surprised to see them, since their “other” agent is already there.  BTW, standing at the police tape watching the whole thing are none other that Jared Padalecki’s parents.  Jared shared that during his live tweet of the episode on Wednesday.  Anyway, we know who the “other agent” is.  Sam, well dressed but still a bit peaked, has already gotten a head start.   That’s okay, it’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 “What Is and What Should Never Be” in the alternate universe.  Actually, I just found a picture from that episode, and it’s the same shirt and suit too!  How clever, considering this is a Djinn episode too (oops, did I spoil the surprise?).  He’s giving details about the case, but I’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 there’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 won’t budge for there’s still the task of questioning the witnesses.  Dean assigns Charlie to do that.  She’s not happy.  “But I don’t want to miss the broment.”  Ha!  She’s got a case there.  She goes, and the brothers have their chat. 

Charlie is a natural with one thing, and that’s connecting with gamers.  Because she knows the game they’re playing, she’s got the boys eating out of her hand.  In the meantime, Dean gets that Sam’s frustrated but he’s also sick.  Sam won’t leave, claiming he needs to do this. “Play through the pain, remember?”  Dean gets all disgusted.  “Don’t quote me to me.”  Bwah!  Oh that’s precious.  Nothing like having something you said thrown back in your face by your sibling.  That’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.  “I’m not leaving until we find out who’s doing this,” Sam defiantly declares.  “Whatever,” Dean says storming off.  “You guys fight like an old married couple,” Charlie says, watching Dean walk away in a tizzy.  Oh Charlie, it’s so fun watching you get up to speed with these two.  She wonders if that means they don’t have to break into the coroner’s office, but Sam thinks that’s a great idea.  In the meantime, Dean leaves, ditching his two partners.  Sam isn’t worried, he stole Charlie’s car and he knows where Dean’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.  “You stole my car?”  Sam answers with a nervous laugh.  Cut him a break Charlie, he’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.  It’s Sam and Charlie!  “What took you so long?”  Sam asks.  “I had to stop for gas,” confesses Dean.  Hee, he’s just not winning here.  Naturally, things aren’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 wasn’t one of my favorite bits, so I’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 couldn’t have done better.  Sam and Dean find out the bodies are gone, and Sam’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, who’s keeping track of it all on her iPad.  She dismisses each idea with a darn good reason.  “I hate that thing. I want one,” Sam says bitterly.  Dean on the other side of the table strikes gold in John’s journal.  It’s a Djinn, but a bastard offshoot.  They jelly up the insides and leave a blue handprint.  “I hate that thing,” answers Charlie.  “And I want one.”  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.  “Unlike you Sam, I won’t forget the pie.”  Sam tries to laugh, but he’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.  “She seem a little off to you,” Dean asks.  “Since the second she got here,” answers Sam. 

Yeah, something is amiss.  Suddenly Charlie is in a regular apartment, and she’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 I’ll dismiss that is everyone’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.  It’s the coroner bitch, and her eyes are blue.  Evil!  Yeah, we’re all shocked. 

Sam’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 didn’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 what’s coming next is plot exposition, so I’ll move a little fast through this.  Sam and Dean find Charlie’s computer and fake ids.  “Who the Hell is she, Jason Bourne?”  Really Dean??  That’s coming from you, the king of fake aliases?  Anyway, they find who the donations are going to and Dean checks it out.  It’s a woman named Gertrude Middleton, who’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.  “You’ve got one hell of a daughter Mrs. Middleton.  I promise you I will find her.”  

Charlie is tied up to a chair in a warehouse, and she’s quite nervous about the whole thing as the evil Djinn coroner comes in to taunt her, cause that’s what evil beings do.  “Do you know what I smell on you?” Evil Djinn asks.  “Deodorant, a little pee maybe?”  Funny how nervous Charlie works when she’s in peril as well as normal situations.  No, the right answer is fear.  Charlie wonders how Djinns smell fear.  That gets some attention.  “Well, well, well.  If you know about Djinn, than you and your little friend must be hunters, not FBI.”  Charlie nervously claims she’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, “Thanks a lot.”  

Yeah, she’s worth killing alright.  Hunter or not, the fear on her is positively delicious.  It’s the red hair, trust me.  We have quite a luscious scent (I’m kidding!).  “I knew you’d make a meal fit for two.”  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.  “Gertrude seemed like a cool mom.  Young, strong, taken from her family too soon.  Remind of you anybody?”  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.  

Sam’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, who’s showing one last act of defiance, even though she’s toast.  “My manly, man friend’s going to come and get you, you creepy power suit lady.”  She likes that idea, since Dean reeked of fear as well.  She grabs onto Charlie’s arm real tight, so now girlfriend is in a coma.  It’s serious, it’s serious.  

Back to smart but sickly Sam, who’s figured out creepy power suit lady has been covering her tracks by faking reports.  “Why did she get sloppy again after nine years?”  Dean asks.  Remember, this is important.  Turns out Djinn lady owns two properties, a house and an abandoned shipping warehouse.  Yeah, it’s a bit obvious where she’ll keep the victims, huh?  



Sam and Dean arrive then split up.  We know this isn’t a good idea, because Sam right now couldn’t win a fight against a moth.  Dean finds Charlie slumped in the chair with a blue mark on her arm.  She won’t wake up.  Sam finds the Djinn and she smacks the crap out of him.  He’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 Sam’s fearful face might not have been a good idea, considering he still looks like crap.  Actually it is, because I’m still finding sick Sam really hot.  Damn, what’s wrong with me?  Anyway, Djinn suddenly sparks and drops dead.  There’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!  I’m so flipping happy!  If anyone remembers, this was something used in the season six premiere on Dean.  It was one of Samuel Campbell’s concoctions.  Another thing Jared revealed in the live tweet, the blue color was added later by VFX.  Wasn’t it milky white in “Exile In Main Street?”  Ah well, I’m assuming its the improved version.  

Sadly, it doesn’t work because this is not the normal Djinn.  Dean has a bit of a freakout, so Sam thinks things through.  “Djinn poison puts your brain into a feedback loop while your blood boils, right?  If the anecdote didn’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...”  Then they both say it together and I love it!  “African dream root.”  More continuity!  I’m doing backflips here.  For those that don’t remember, Sam and Dean went dreamwalking in Bobby’s head with African dream root in season three’s “Dream A Little Dream of Me.”  So yes, I do believe they would have some in the Impala.  It was after all rare and hard to find.  

Next thing they’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 Charlie’s head while Dean grabs a chair.  Gotta have a piece of the person who’s dream you want to crash.  This next part I absolutely love, because Sam and Dean are always the best when they’re improvising.  “I’m going to need to go to sleep fast, so punch me,” Dean tells Sam, who hesitates.  “Look man, I know you don’t want to...” nope, Sam has no problem.  He punches Dean, but it doesn’t do much.  Sam winces over his hurting hand, and this is a reminder again that Sam is a little weak.  “You’re a little off your game there because that was pretty-”  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.  There’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 Dean’s arm.  “Come with me if you want to live.”  Dean raises his eyebrows.  “I’ve always wanted to say that,” 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.  “No judgement, but you have a really strange sense of happy kiddo.”  Hee, we already know Dean’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.  It’s a video game.  “It was called the Red Scare, first person shooter against super soldier vampires.  I copied it off of the game company’s server before it was finished, programmed it to reflect my flamingly liberal politics, and then I released it, for free.”  Ooh, you have done some bad things, haven’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, she’s been on the run ever since.

Back to Sam, who’s having a coughing fit, just because we still have to remember he’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 isn’t sure, since the anecdote didn’t work and he killed the Djinn.  “Both of them?”  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.  “You killed my mom.”  Sam preps for a fight, but his sickly appearance and the flashing blue eyes of the Djinn indicate Sam probably isn’t going to win this one.  

Dean is very insistent on getting back and helping “Sammy.”  Aww, eight seasons and I never tire of that pet name.  They’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!  That’s Charlie’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.  “It’s an infinite loop, like Pac-Man without level 256.”  Dean doesn’t get it.  Charlie moves on. 

Charlie and Dean barricade a ward, the ward where the patients are.  You see what’s coming here?  Dean walks through and sees to the left Charlie’s mom in a coma state.  It’s serious, it’s serious... Fine, I’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.  “She’s why I’m in Kansas,” Charlie says.  She goes onto tell more, and the way the lighting is hitting her face through the blinds is just gorgeous.  It’s a common setup for Serge Ladoucer, and it’s amazing every time.  “I 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.  She’d read me The Hobbit.  She’s the reason I love the stuff I love.”   Dean says he’s sorry for her loss, and Charlie harshly reminds him she’s not gone.  She closes the curtain and goes back to defending against soldier vampires.  Me think denial ain’t a river in Egypt!  (I know, bad joke).   

Dean realizes he’s not getting through and moves to check out the rest of the ward.  There’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 isn’t really Sam’s color.  He looks strangely better in white.  Charlie comes to take a look.  “Is this my nightmare or yours?”  Uh oh, now Dean’s buttons are getting pushed.  The soldier vamps start pounding at the door, so Charlie and Dean ready their weapons. 


Back at the abandoned warehouse that obviously isn’t abandoned, Sam is again getting the crap kicked out of him.  So Sam decides to slow the young man down by talking to him. “So, it wasn’t your mom that messed up.  It was you.”  He smacks Sam across the room again, turns his back to Sam (?!) then somberly looks at his Mom’s dead body.  Psst young dude, monologuing is never a good idea when you’re in the same room with a big guy with a weapon.  Clearly not a bright kid.  He tries to tell the story about how he had to feed since he came of age and his mother knew how to cover her tracks...but it’s cut a little short when he turns back around.  Turns out, Sam is not so weak and sick that he can’t stand up with the knife that he was thrown near and shove it through the kid’s heart when he’s not looking.  “You should have listened to your mom,” Sam says as the kid falls back and dies.  So good of you Sammy to give a kid advice after it’s way too late for him to use it.    

Dean and Charlie’s barrier begins to breach, so Charlie says it’s time to save the patients.  Remember that time in “Mystery Spot” when Sam was stuck in his endless time loop and he couldn’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 doesn’t want to do that.  “We got to save them.  Nut up Winchester.”  

Dean explains the logic.  It’s poison.  It’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.  “I know that your fear is creating all this, and you’re not afraid of those super soldier vamps out there, you’re not afraid of this game, and you’re not afraid of what it did to you.”  Dean forces her to look at him.  “You’re afraid of losing her.  Charlie, she’s already gone.”  

Charlie should be a Winchester little sister, because guilt seems to be eating away at her too.  “You don’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.”  Dean tells her it wasn’t her fault.  “I just want to tell her that I’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 can’t.”  Dean knows.  “But you have to let it go.  Game over kiddo.”  She goes back to pointing her gun at the bad guys, but Dean isn’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, didn’t Dean look really hot standing in that hallway in uniform?  Gee, what is wrong with me?  Suddenly I’m trying to figure out why there aren’t any tissues nearby.  Show hasn’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 he’s okay.  Dean says he’s okay and goes straight to Charlie with worry.  She’s awake and she’s devastated.  She looks at Dean like her whole world just fell apart and now Dean is feeling very guilty.  “I’m sorry,” she tells her with regret.  “I had to.”  She rises and isn’t sure what else to do but throw herself into Dean’s arms.  Sam is perplexed by the whole situation, but he’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.  “Thanks for saving our bacon,” Charlie tells Sam.  “Anytime your highness,” Sam replies.  She smiles again, because she’ll never get tired of that.  “You know you’re going to be okay, right?” she says to Sam.  Aww, here she is after facing a shattering blow personally and she’s encouraging Sam.  It’s so sweet how the these three are just watching out for each other.  “Those books portray you as one tough customer.  If anyone can get through the trials Sam, it’s you.”  Sam thanks her and then gives her a semi-cheesy but endearing compliment.  “You know you should really come back sometime and look through our archives.  You really are a woman of letters.”  “I like the sound of that,” 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.  

“Well, thanks for stopping by Charlie.  Always wanted to get Tron-ed.”  Yeah Dean, that’s sort of an understatement.  So what’s next?  She’s going back to the hospital.  “I got to let go, right?”  Dean nods in approval.  “What about you, are you going to let go?”  She asks, and I’m very sure we all know the answer to that!  “Never.”  I don’t know whether to feel sad or glad for Sammy!  Glad I think.  Charlie approves.  “That’s my boys.”  Then she blurts out, “I love you.”  “I know,” 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 “LARP and The Real Girl” 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.  I’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 there’s Sam at the table, ready for Dean to rip him a new one.  Sam stands up, starts to defend himself and he doesn’t get to far before Dean just pulls him into a giant bear hug!  Sam is stunned at first, and then he  reciprocates.  “What do you say we find our prophet,” 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 didn’t see that coming!  All these brotherly hugs are just making me so damn happy!   

Final scene, and it’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.  She’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 mother’s beside.  That’s a common Robert Singer trick and it’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 she’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.  “One last time, okay?”  Then she starts from the beginning of “The Hobbit.”  The camera pulls away as she continues to read about the shire.  It ends with “It was a hobbit hole, and that means comfort.”  *wibble*  

What a sweet ending.  We don’t usually get that on this show.  The last one I can think of like this was “The Song Remains The Same.”  I’m kind of speechless now.  Thank you Robbie Thompson and Robert Singer.  That was amazing.  That’s a recap folks.  

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!!