Hello! Welcome to another spoiler-lite preview.
With only a few episodes to go until the mid-season hiatus, we’re getting to the pointy end of what has been set up as the first half of the season 9 arc…and by pointy end, I mean that jabby bit that the show is about to stab into all our hearts!
So where did we leave off…
You see… Sam was mostly dead so Dean did a deal with the angel Ezekiel to jump inside of Sam and heal him from the inside out.
And Sam doesn’t know.
And Dean’s living on borrowed time and his last nerve just waiting until it all bites him on his pretty ass. Because it will. And he knows it. As do we.
And he kicked Castiel out of the bunker because Zeke said it was Cass or Sam.
And he feels crappy about that too.
And Cass is working in the Gas-N-Sip.
And Crowley’s in the dungeon shooting up blood.
And Kevin’s taken up drinking and country music.
And it looks like the angels might be here to stay.
And Abaddon’s raising hell in Hell.
And OH MY GOD THERE IS ONLY 3 EPISODES LEFT UNTIL THE WINTER/SUMMER BREAK!
I predict FEEEEEELS!
This week’s episode is a ghost hunt come flashback episode where we get to see a little bit of Winchester history.
Here’s the synopsis:
YOUNG DEAN — Dean gets a call from an old friend named Sonny (guest star Blake Gibbons) asking for help with a ghost. Sonny runs a home for delinquent boys, and Dean was sent there for stealing food when he was younger. Sam is stunned he never knew this about his brother and asks for more information, but Dean dodges his questions. Another murder occurs while Sam and Dean are at the house, so they scramble to find the culprit before anyone else dies. Meanwhile, Dean looks up an old girlfriend (guest star Erin Karpluk) and recalls his time at the house. Kevin Parks directed the episode written by Adam Glass (905).
This is Adam Glass’ first episode for season 9 and it was supposed to run as number 5 in the season order but got moved to number 7. Why? I don’t know. It could be one of a bunch of reasons, like sweeps week and storing up the big episodes for maximum ratings impact, or it wasn’t quite ready, or within the arc of the season it plays better later…who knows. I don’t know if anyone has said the reason for the shifting of the episodes…if they have let me know in the comments.
My hopes for this episode are pretty high. I can’t wait to see a bit more family back-story and of course, more about Dean as a kid. I also like the idea that this episode may allow Sam to see another aspect of Dean that he was previously unaware of. I love it when the discover new stuff about each other. I have a feeling the reason for this episode moving is that it may show the brothers being brought even closer together via their past, before being ripped apart via their present. Maximum pain for us and them. Help!
The one thing that’s sitting at the back of my brains, nagging at me is “Defending Your Life” which was also penned by Adam Glass. I had high hopes for that episode too. High hopes that we would get into a bit of Dean’s psyche and peel away at some of those layers of guilt. But essentially, that one was a bust and didn’t deliver on what was a pretty good promise. It seemed like a huge opportunity missed. So there’s that…
But still, I’m dead excited about this week’s episode! Seriously. Like I said, I love the flashback episodes, they’re some of my favourites. I really dig getting a window into the years before we knew these guys. It’s usually very informative as to who they are now and what they’re currently dealing with. It often gives the other a different perspective and appreciation of their brother. Plus usually the flashback episodes are full of brotherly feels and brotherly feels are my absolute favourite thing!
Let’s look at the promo…
Okay sneak peek time…
I’m wondering if Dean is telling the whole story here. He seems a tad cavalier if it was such shameful secret. Though I guess now it wouldn’t be…I mean, that’s small potatoes in the scheme of things! I’m super interested to see how his secret trip to the teen joint played out. I feel like there might be more to this tale of woe. I also feel heartsick that this would happen to Dean, regardless of what he was busted for and I can totally see him being a cocky teenager thinking he could beat anyone at poker and trying to emulate his dad…but still, it makes me sad for him.
Now as for the “And everybody’s okay with heading out to the Catskills?” line. Oh good grief! He so wants to be caught. Totally. As I’ve said before, maybe not consciously, but he’s not exactly being Mr Subtle about things and it would be way easier to have Sam confront him so he could defend himself, or at least try, rather than have to muster up the nerve to come clean, though the later would work more in his favour! Honestly. Couldn’t you just shake him sometimes? Sam’s reaction is priceless. Nice little moment there from Jared. I love his open palms in the wider shot.
This episode is directed by regular 1st Assistant Director, Kevin Parks, AKA Parksepedia – which is another reason I wonder if the Rugaru thing might be explained, as Kevin is the font of all things Supernatural and apparently has practically a photographic memory for this stuff. He’s been around since season 1 and looks after the odd numbered episodes, where as 1st AD Johnny MacCarthy looks after the even numbered episodes. So Kevin as was directing this episode, you’d think there would be a chance that he’d pick up a canon misstep.
Kevin also directed last season’s “Trial and Error” which was a pretty rockin’ episode. Though now I’m just thinking of the season 8 gag reel and Jensen pulling the mad demon faces and Kevin and the crew giggling behind the door with Jensen going “You said as much as I can do!” Oh that makes me laugh.
Also… I nearly forgot about the ex-love interest. Geesh! How could I forget the ex-love interest! Erin Karpluk was in “Salvation” back in season 1. She was Monica, the mother of the baby Rose who was being stalked by the YED. I wonder why Dean looks up his old flame and…well…do they just chat? Does anyone remember Jared whispering in Jensen’s ear during the Nerd HQ panel about Dean possibly getting lucky, which Jensen had no clue about, because Jensen had only read a couple of episode scripts, but Jared had read 5? Hmmmm. Maybe he was just toying with our emotions…
And while I’m being shallow…if these two guys get any better looking! For goodness sake! They are positively radiant in season 9.
Sorry…as you were.
Once the CHCH promo drops I shall add it in.
I am pretty excited about this episode. I can’t help it…you all know my name right? (Not my real one; that would make no sense). So yeah, pretty damn excited. My fingers are crossed for a good payoff, a cool ghost story, great Winchestery reveals, awesome Dean moments and brother feels upon brother feels. Oh, and no Ezekiel. As much as I’m loving that story, I enjoyed having just Sam last week. Let’s have a bit more of just Sam before the s**t hits the proverbial yadda yadda yadda.
Let me know your thoughts on this one.
Enjoy the epi guys!
Here’s the CHCH promo – it focuses on the storyline of the hunt as opposed to the flashbacks, so gives us nothing new in that area.
I hope you all enjoy the ep, guys. Try and leave your preconceptions at the door. We have no clue how any of the episode threads are going to be structured, how the – Dean in a boys home/Sam at Bobby’s – thing is going to play and we won’t know any of that until after we’ve watched the episode. By all means, if it doesn’t live up to what you want/need from the episode once you’ve seen it, go forth and judge it on that criteria, but try to allow the episode to do its thing first.
Thanks for all your great theories and comments. I hope some of your misgivings are satisfied.
Me, I’m still excited. It’s new Supernatural, it’s new Sam and Dean, that’s exciting.