Bethany came up with a great idea, and even sent her comments along to get the ball rolling. This is from a post she did a while ago on her livejournal, http://sometimeredhead.livejournal.com/1807.html
List your favorite Supernatural episode and why. Yes, pick one. Assume you only have time for one. Which one would you pull out of the DVD cabinet, or select on iTunes? Bethany’s is listed first. I asked elle2 to contribute hers, and then I did my own.
Bethanyâ€™s Favorite Supernatural Episode
This has to be one of my favourite episodes of the entire series. I think is because although I watched from the beginning it’s during this episode that I fell in love with the show.
Firstly I love the the concept – scarecrows are creepy, as are perfect small towns and strangers that are really, really nice to you for no reason. I think I feel this episode is a personal validation for mistrusting all of those things.
It is unmistakably an episode by the late, great Kim Manners, the timing, the creepy atmosphere (even when sunny) the way a scene could go from moving to funny to creepy in the switch of a second without detracting from the atmosphere. The visuals are just great from the earthy tones of the town to the dark pallor of the orchard. Just some great directing a good example of this is when the boys are talking via phone about what Dean saw in the field and Sam gushes “the scarecrow came down off it’s cross?” like a 14yr old at a slumber party which just made the exposition part of the episode, which could have been dry, a little bit quirky and interesting (thanks to Demien at televisionwithoutpity.com for that observation).
This episode has nice play between the brothers starting out with the conflict over Dad’s orders which leads to them going their separate ways. After some time to think both brothers have time to think and understand where each other is coming from, I challenge you not to have a lump in your throat when they’re talking about their fight and when Dean hangs up Meg asks Sam ”who was that” “my brother” “what did he say” “goodbye” *gulp*. But in the end the boys drift back to each other just as they should, and always do – we know even death can’t keep these brothers apart.
Dean getting called out on his alias by Scotty the cafe owner, one of the few times it happens! “my name is John Bonham” “isn’t that the drummer for Led Zeppelin?” “wow, good, classic rock fan”
There is just such great banter in this episode, there are some great quips mostly from Dean “Dude you fugly” “You’ve got a smile that can light up a room, anyone tell you that Scotty?” “I hope your apple pie is fricking worth it” “Sacrifice us which is… I don’t know, classier I guess” though Sam does get the great ”you’d rather trust shady van guy then me?” which still makes me giggle and I still attempt to crowbar into conversation. But I can’t keep quoting as I’ll just end up with a transcript of the episode “trusty sidekick geek boy” sorry I’ll focus.
What I like about this episode is really summed up in the last exchange of the episode and plaudits to Kim Manners for managing to make this scene both moving and funny. Sam and Dean have put Emily onto a bus and they’re standing by the impala (baby!) Dean: “what made you change your mind?” Sam “I didn’t, I still want to find Dad…and you’re still a pain in the aass. But Jess and Mom – they’re gone, Dad is God knows where. You and me we’re all that’s left. So..uh… if we’re gonna see this through, we’re gonna do it together” Dean “hold me Sam, that was beautiful” Sam ” you should be kissing my aass. You were dead meat back there” Dean “I had a plan” Sam gives Dean a sceptical look. I miss Dean’s no chick flick moments responses – I wouldn’t mind a them making a return in season 5.
Next, elle2’s favorite episode…