John 8:32: “Then you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”” Or in Dean’s case, the truth shall set thee upon thy brother to smash his pretty face about fourteen times. At the end of last week’s episode I was depressed. At the end of this week’s episode I was shocked-and excited about the future.
I’ll get my nits out of the way off the bat. The set up for the monster of the week didn’t work for me. Like “Long Distance Call,” I wasn’t invested enough in the waitress to believe she’d kill herself simply because she was called unpretty or pathetic or some old lady confessed to killing someone. Similarly the dentist drilling someone to death didn’t work for me either. Both were convenient for the splash of blood and the fun of gore the show revels in. (However, I did enjoy the continued ‘in’ of Biggersons-it’s not such a happy place though.) The truth smashing you in the face and causing you to kill yourself is one thing, to kill someone first and then yourself is something else. Also, why did Dean get so much time to ask for the truth without ever getting to the point of killing himself? It’s all a bit loosely flung together. However, the use of the monster of the week in the brothers’ dynamic works; it’s worked before and it worked here.
What Monsters Reveal:
Dean’s doppelganger in “Skin” revealed to Sam how much Dean resented Sam’s leaving; Sam’s â€˜possession’ by Dr. Ellicott in “Asylum” revealed some inner truths of Sam’s; Andy Gallager’s â€˜Obi-Wan’ing’ of Dean in “Simon Said” similarly revealed hidden truths/fears; Dean faced some of his own inner truths in “Dream a Little Dream of Me” and then again in “Yellow Fever,” both caused by an outside force; the Siren of “Sex and Violence” turned the brothers on each other; the demon blood withdrawal of “When the Levee Breaks” forced Sam to face some ugly truths/fears of his own as he hallucinated Alistair, Mary, Dean and his younger self alternating in their efforts to condemn, encourage and/or absolve him of his actions; Lucifer manipulated Sam through his dreams in “Free to be You and Me,” both brothers face their anger and their heavy burdens through the manipulations of a wraith in “Sam, Interrupted”; Famine has fun with Dean in “My Bloody Valentine” and now we have Veritas wreaking her own brand of truth-seeking havoc on the brothers.
The truth is that Sam and Dean don’t tell each other the truth except when there is some outside force forcing them to do so. In the end, though, “You Can’t Handle the Truth” offers a bit of a game changer to that history. Sam told Dean the truth and he did so not only after Veritas was dead but also after proving not once but twice that he was able to withstand her influence. For all that Sam is messed up he truly meant what he said back in “Exile on Main Street”- “It’s just better with you around. That’s all.”
Since the episode isn’t completely about Sam and Dean we have some clues to follow, many of which are false trails. Harry’s House of Horns and the photos of kittens and cats at several of the victims’ homes are glaringly obvious connections between the victims that are alternate red herrings and clues that lead to other clues. Saxophones and tubas appear to be nothing more than a device to get Dean to Harry’s House of Horns which in turn leads him to research Gabriel’s Horn which ultimately leads to the welcome appearance of Castiel. It’s an elaborate way to get Cas into the episode but since I miss Cas, I don’t feel it’s a waste. Also, this may lead to an episode about Gabriel’s Horn in the future and if that means that Sebastian Roche returns, then I’m all for it. (Better yet, bring back Gabriel too!)
Cas is quite the quick angel these days. He can look everywhere in an instant and discover the horn in question isn’t the heavenly weapon. The only problem is is that, if he’s able to do that that quick, why can’t he simply search the globe and recapture all the heavenly ‘nukes’. Ah, but that little plot hole might spoil things, so like “A Weekend at Bobby’s” wasn’t really a two-day weekend, I’ll let it slide. After all, Cas did say he’d help-and he poured Dean a drink. Hmmmm, not sure enabling Dean’s alcoholic dependence is a good idea, but it is a gesture of friendship, however inappropriate it may be.
I guess I’m supposed to believe that Sam and Dean paid off security at the TV station and got Ms. Frank’s files so they could watch endless hours of her news footage. Hmmm, all right. But really? I know, just like how they always have wireless internet connections and money in their pockets. I’ll let it go. I guess the whole long, boring minutes of watching the two of them in the motel room was supposed to show that while Dean needed and took time to eat and move around, Sam sat ramrod straight and focused on the work. It works but man it was boring; the second time around I just fast-forwarded — been doing that a bit too much this season however.
Sam’s a better hunter, lately:
“I just want the truth.” And you got it, Dean. You got it from Bobby, from Lisa, from yourself and ultimately from Sam.
Note to the show: I really, really, really want to see Bobby, Sam and Dean all interacting in the same place!
Okay. That aside, I love Jim Beaver’s moments, the comedic tones of his truth telling to Dean crack me up â€“ of course, I know the two of them (Jensen and Jim) had no contact whatsoever in doing those scenes, thus my “Note to the show” above. Still, that was fun.
It’s like the writers’ actually know some of what the fans say. Dean is Bobby’s favorite has been running around in the fandom for years, so I laughed when that came out of Bobby’s mouth. Sam is a better hunter of late is also a fun jab for some have suggested in seasons’ past that Sam was always getting into trouble and Dean was always rescuing him. Others in the past suggested Dean was sort of dumb and Sam was smarter. So it’s fun to play with those reactions a bit.
In an earlier cut of this article I spent half a page on tactical versus emotional and blah, blah, blah. It bored me and never really got anywhere. I’ll try to boil it down and hopefully it works-I’m leaving it in whether it works or not.
Dean and Sam do compliment each other’s hunting styles. Dean has in the past been more black and white in his thinking, Faith, Blood Lust and all those times he reminded Sam “She’s a demon, Sam! Demons lie.” Yeah, he was right sometimes and not so right others. Sam has been the one to connect more readily, the kid in Bugs, Max in Nightmare, reminding Dean they don’t kill people (Roy Le Grange) although we saw his willingness to consider the possibility for poor Nancy in Jus in Bello. The brothers have flipped sides, alternated roles and forced the other to consider their actions all throughout the series.
Season 6 simply continues the trend. Sam may be more tactical this season but his inability to feel is a problem. Even in Dean’s most tactical moments he still felt. Remember the look on his face after killing the vampire in “Bloodlust”; Dean felt. Sam isn’t feeling anything here. He stated it and he showed it last week in his curiosity over Dean’s vampire experience. I too wondered if there wasn’t something angelish about Sam for he acted much like Cas did when he first arrived, curious about everything.
Hunters need a mix of emotions and tactics to work. Sam is missing the emotions, fortunately he knows that and he knows it’s wrong. He said it in a round about way in Exile, said it a bit more straightforward to Samuel in “Two Men and a Half Men” and came out and admitted it here. Good for you, Sam. The way home is to admit that you’re lost.
You shoved my kid:
There had to be something that happened to pull Lisa away from Dean. We went from her loving admission that the past year had been the best in her life to her encouragement to Dean that perhaps they could blend hunting and normalcy to “me and Ben can’t be a part of this.” It was quick, it was brutal and it was believable. I know there are some that never wanted Lisa in the first place and I’m sure they’re dancing from the rafters. I’m happy for them. Believe it or not there are some who are crushed or at least greatly disappointed that Lisa is gone. I’m somewhere in the middle as is usual.
I liked Lisa a lot, she was strong, believable, well-written and provided Dean with something new to explore. I like that. However, I’m a fan of what Supernatural is, two brothers, driving in a Chevy Impala, rocking to classic tunes (in my head at least) and fighting monsters. I always knew Lisa was going to disappear and in the context of the show, I’m glad she has. I’m invested in the characters though and her abrupt exit is painful and sad.
I do hope there is time in the future where she crosses paths with Dean but I hope it isn’t for her ultimate demise. While it ended badly (and it really only could) I don’t need her dead. She can be hanging out with Missouri Mosley and that deputy from Benders, the cop from Baltimore and the PD from Little Rock, Arkansas; let her live!
Lisa’s truths to Dean shock Dean but the truth can be like that. Dean hears what we’ve heard other characters say, the doctor in Sam, Interrupted told Sam and Dean they had an unhealthy co-dependent relationship (is there ever a healthy one?); Zach told Adam that Sam and Dean were willing to save each other’s sweet bacon at the expense of the world; Lisa, an outsider yet also somewhat of an insider, makes a piercing observation, she loves her sister but she wouldn’t try to bring her back from the dead. Yep, The Trickster/Gabriel knew what he was talking about back in “Mystery Spot”- “sometimes you gotta just let people go.” Mary, John, Sam and Dean never learned that lesson. (despite ample evidence and experience as to the negatives)
Lisa, you are a lovely woman who has her priorities straight. You’re raising a young boy, impressionable enough to want to hunt like Dean, innocent enough to be hurt. You did what a momma does best-protect your son. I’ll miss you. So will Dean.
Do you really think you can keep pushing all that down?
Sam asked Dean that back in Sam, Interrupted. Lisa brings that forth again. As long as we’ve known Dean he deflects and ignores. Tonight he faced some things and after Veritas was gone, her spell broken, he lets loose. Good for him! Just like during the verbal smackdown Bobby gave the boys a couple weeks back, I cheered. I also cringed, it was brutal. I’m thinking Sammy will feel something from that.
I think we witnessed Dean exploding from too many truths being thrown at him, he admitted who he is (although as most of us tend to do, he was a bit too hard on himself). I’m hoping that admitting he’s a hunter will also help him find some joy in his life. He is a hunter. It’s okay to have found your calling. It’s okay to admit this is what I’m good at and it’s what I do and while it scares me and has me near death all the time and doesn’t allow me friendships or a family with a white picket fence; at least I know who I am and what my ‘calling’ is.
Facing the truth of yourself can be freeing but it can also be scary. There has always been a fallout whenever the brothers have been influenced by something or someone and then â€˜spilled the beans.’ There will be fallout from this. That usually makes for some good television. Also, Dean doesn’t usually lose it either. I remember him losing it at the end of Everybody Loves a Clown when he smashes the Impala’s trunk. Here he smashes Sam. Hurry up next Friday, for the previews show we’re picking up right after.
NOTE *** There be spoilers ahead *** ALERT: I’m assuming for this next part that if you’ve seen the episode, you’ve seen the previews for next week. So, as has been my custom this season I’m going to discuss a bit of next week. If you haven’t seen the previews, don’t read on. I’ve got nothing other than what was in the previews though so fear not otherwise.
I’m happy based on the previews that we’re moving quickly along into Sam’s mystery as well as the Campbell mystery a bit more. I have to say I’m enjoying the slow steps each episode puts forth this season. As much as this is a return to Season 1’s format of monster a week, it is also following much of Season 4’s format of each episode slotting in neatly with the next while peeling back the story. Cas returns having made his inquiries and we see a nice payoff to The Third Man’s yummy morsel of souls being bartered.
Oh, for those of you who thought that was the direction we were going with Sam, good for you. I’m sure there’s more behind it but any fears I may have thought of developing towards the destruction of Sam as a character seem to be disappearing before they ever could form. Sam also gets another chance to â€˜feel’. Well, Sam, curiosity isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. If you were wondering what that poor kid felt in The Third Man, I think you’re going to have an empirical experience.
I’m also very hopeful that the idea of Sam missing his soul comes with that truly being a mystery for him. He’s said he has no idea how he came back and I do believe him. We’ve seen him lie along the way but we’ve always known they were lies, so when he said he has no idea how he got out of hell I believe him. I hope that remains the truth. I can forgive Sam for what he did to Dean by his lack of feeling as long as it wasn’t because he sold his soul to become a better hunter. We’ve been there and done that in Season 4 with the blood drinking so I don’t want to go there again.
Cas meets the Campbells. I love that as well. I don’t think it fits quite on par with Cas meeting Ellen and Jo (oh, I miss you ladies!) but I do enjoy when the cast of characters, all interact. Let’s see what Cas thinks of Grandpa Campbell.
From what I understand the boys et al go hunting in the woods-bring on some camping experience, please. Something is supposed to go very wrong-hmm, perhaps Christian buys it? Don’t know. He looks to get a bit manhandled by Dean, good.
So, we’re six episodes in, according to the CW schedule we’re going straight through to December 10th with Episode 11. All right, not straight through, the Friday after Thanksgiving is a repeat. Still it’s a treasure to get 11 straight episodes. I’ll not think about the fact that that means there will be one less episode come January through May. Stay positive, girl, stay positive.
One more on the positive, I have no idea where to fit this but I really loved the little moment when Sam, freed from his rope bonds, flung his knife neatly and surely to Dean so Dean could free himself. Sam may have no soul but he does want Dean to be with him. And huge hooray for the dual brotherly kill of Veritas. It was akin to Ruby’s demise in Lucifer Rising! Hurrah!!!
Thanks for reading, Elle2