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The other day while wandering through some older posts a thought crossed my mind. And even though Iâ€™d like to think it was a significant lightening bolt type thought, the reality is, it was more like walking down the street and suddenly noticing thereâ€™s a 20 story building in a lot you pass every day and thought was still empty.
Anyhoo, the reason for this post. Rock, paper, scissors. Sam and Dean use this game to settle the question of who gets to do (or gets out of doing) certain things.
The first time we see this used is in “Heart” from Season 2. Itâ€™s the first time Sam actually wants to stay with the pretty girl instead of letting Dean.
And what do we learn? Dean always chooses scissors. ALWAYS.
At first this just seems funny and the episode (and the series) carries on and most of us probably donâ€™t think to hard about that scene again (except, perhaps for the funny bit in the bloopers).
Then, in Season 4, episode “Jump the Shark,” we have a nasty situation where one of the boys has to go down into the duct work of the house. Rock, paper, scissors is again employed as a method to figure out who gets the unpleasant job.
Or does it?
I started to think on what is actually happening when the boys are shown, in these two instances, playing this game.
Up until “Heart,” Dean pokes and prods Sam to â€œhook-upâ€. Sam comes close, once on his own in Hookman where he shows interest in Lori Sorrenson but Jessicaâ€™s death is still too fresh in his mind.
Then in “Provenance,” Dean prodded for Sam to take advantage of Sarahâ€™s interesting in him, which, he did but Deanâ€™s tactics changed a bit. First he teased him â€œMaybe you wouldnâ€™t be so grumpyâ€, but then he changed and brought up Jessica; â€œIâ€™m sure she would want you to be happy, right?â€
I think that helped free Sam somewhat because heâ€™s been quite resistant up to this point. At this point Sam was still reluctant to use people and is probably what kept him from jumping straight into bed with Sarah but it also allowed him to go forward and let go of Jess a little bit. Almost like having permission. And Iâ€™m sure Sarahâ€™s â€œHow archaic/I can make my own decisionsâ€ speech helped too.
So when we get around to Madison in “Heart,” Sam has moved forward enough that he challenges Dean for pretty girl sitting duty.
So if Dean has been trying to get Sam to hook up, why would he be challenging him? I think Dean was on autopilot and wasnâ€™t thinking and Sam caught him by surprise. He just wasnâ€™t expecting Sam to want to be with the girl. Sort of a mix of â€œreally?â€ and â€œitâ€™s about timeâ€ coming from Dean. Although, he wasnâ€™t about to let Sam off after his jab about â€œalways with the scissorsâ€ so they had to go two out of three.
You kind of get the impression that Sam doesnâ€™t know Dean is giving him the win in though, but, he must because he chose the game. Right? And Dean agreed and he must have known what the outcome would be. So why play the game at all?
Then the game is revisited in “Jump the Shark.” Neither one really wants to go down into the duct work but Dean chooses this a decision maker. Why? Heâ€™s got to know heâ€™s going to lose right?
So why even go through the motions? Why didnâ€™t Dean just jump right down that air duct if he wanted to do it? Or if he was making sure Sam didnâ€™t do it.
I find it curious and I donâ€™t really have an answer. They seem to choose this when they want to guarantee the outcome.
Course I could be reading way too much into this.