It’s winter hiatus/hellatus. There are six weeks from 10.09 “The Things We Left Behind” to 10.10, so why not spend a few minutes reliving the first nine episodes through my personal picks of favorite scene per episode?
How did I choose my favorite scene from each episode? Simple. I thought about the particular scene that I watched again and again and what it was about that scene that made me love it so much. Perhaps it was a particular actor, or a moment that made me feel warm and fuzzy and perhaps tear up a bit, or a scene when the brothers spoke about their deepest thoughts and feelings all while speaking to another person – because as close as these two are, they rarely ever can truly share deep feelings face to face.
So, with that in mind, here are my favorite scenes from each episode of Season 10. I hope in the comments you’ll add your own, as well as share why you love it so. We’ve got about a week left until the next new episode, so might as well kill 15 minutes of it right here, right?
“Say…My…Name!” Supernatural has given us quirky one-off characters before – the witness slurping jumbo sodas in “Monster Movie”, the waiter at the beginning of “Wishful Thinking” to name just two. Sometimes they work; sometimes they don’t. This kid at the convenience store was over-the-top perfection, and Jared played off him brilliantly. It’s laugh-out-loud funny…and I wish the CW had used that as their sneak peek instead of Sam and the demon, which ruined the dramatic reveal that opening moment was supposed to impart. The purpose of this scene was to get the demon’s cell phone into Sam’s hands; we and Sam already knew the rest from the surveillance footage. The actor made it something memorable. Talk about making the most of what you’re given.
Dean and Cole’s confrontation in the ally was superb, from the taunting and the Princess Bride reference to the awesome fight sequence; I watched this time and time again. I love demon Dean’s taunting of Cole after Cole explains who he is: “Right, you’re the guy who was supposed to put a bullet in Sammy’s brain. Did you miss?” Then there was the Princess Bride reference: “What did you think was going to happen? That you were going to walk up and say: My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die”, and I’d just fold? Everybody did an excellent job in the fight sequence. I’d love to have watched that get filmed and then see the final cut after. It takes vision to see it in your head, choreograph it, film it and make it come alive. I loved it.
I looked forward to this little moment since the sizzle reel from Comic Con. It’s the small little touches like this that get me all weepy, and remind me why I love this show still, even as some of the road, for me, has been hard. Sam entering into Dean’s room in the bunker, finding the stash of precious photos that Dean clearly keeps close at hand, and settling in for a moment to reflect on their past: Mom, Dad, Bobby, lighter moments between the two. I love Sam’s gentle grin as he thinks about their past, and then he steels his resolve for the fight ahead and gets back to the business at hand. Sam went to his brother’s room in search of something to hang onto, some reminder of who Dean really was, some salve for the painful wounds that demon Dean inflicted with those hurtful words right before. He found it in the photos and the memories, and then he got up and went right back about the business of saving his brother. I love you, Sam Winchester!
While I adored seeing the boys in sunglasses by the lake with the No Hunting sign nearby – and chose that screencap because it’s visible, the one that is emblematic of my favorite scene is too dark. It’s the scene between Sam and Dean, with Sam in the backseat and Dean in the front – giving them space in the confines of the Impala to be so open – that is my favorite. As I said in my review, “Sam is so rarely afforded the opportunity to tell us what’s going on inside his head, so this admission (that Dean does not need to thank him for anything) was a joy to hear.” I said it then, it’s the Winchester way of saying I love you, similar to “AVSC” and the line, “Want to watch the game?” “Absolutely.” Both brothers were so open about their thoughts in this scene. It’s my absolute favorite in an episode that showcased five conversations between the brothers.
I consider all of it, from Sam’s “What she said” to the musical casts’ “Carry on Wayward Son”, to Dean hanging up the fake Samulet on the rear view mirror, all one scene. Hey, I have a loose interpretation of the definition of “scene” 😉 I’m a sucker for those feel good moments that show brotherly bonding, a reconnection of a bond, and some good, classic Kansas – even a stripped down ballad-like rendering.
Things had been quiet on the Mark of Cain front, likely because Dean hadn’t been doing any killing since losing his black eyes. All that changes at the end of “Ask Jeeves” when Sam distracts the shapeshifter and Dean goes for the silver bullets. He fires one round, killing the shifter, and then follows up with five or six, or more, shots in rapid succession. The expression on Dean’s face is cold, calculating and so unlike Dean. I love the scene not only because of Jensen’s fabulous ability to turn the Dean we’ve known for 200 episodes into someone nearly unrecognizable, but also because of the fabulous work Jared does in this scene as he rapidly shifts between knowing he’s about to be killed by the shifter if their gamble doesn’t pay off to relief as Dean arrives in time to horror as he realizes that Dean’s actions are so far from normal that it can only be the effect of the Mark of Cain. I rewound and watched this scene countless times just for Jared’s reactions as Sam alone. It’s fabulous.
Girls, Girls, Girls
The scene with Dean telling Cole all about demons and monsters and how what he killed all those years ago wasn’t Cole’s father; that man was long dead, only the monster remained; that is my favorite scene. While on the surface it’s about Dean trying to explain things to Cole, what’s really going on is the brothers having a back and forth with Dean telling Sam that he’s too far gone and the reality of the situation is fast approaching while Sam is telling Dean that he needs him, whole and well, and makes it clear that he’s not about to back down. Poor Cole is caught in the middle of something bigger than he can possibly imagine, and isn’t that just what Sam and Dean’s whole lives have been about: Azazel had bigger plans and Mary got caught in the middle, which cascaded all the way down to her children’s lives. The family business has certainly enabled them to save a lot of people, but there has been a lot of collateral damage along the way. It’s a beautifully heartbreaking scene. I love it because Sam gets to hear what Dean is thinking, and I love it because Sam’s words to Cole, which assist in getting him to stand down and go back home, are really meant for Dean: I need you whole. I’m not giving up on you.
The final scene of this episode is my favorite as there is so much going on between Donna and Jodi as they continue to solidify their new friendship and as Donna processes her initiation into the supernatural, and then there’s Sam and Dean as they stow the weapons back in the trunk and Sam checks in with where Dean is at. The intercutting between the two is meant to mirror the sheriffs to the brothers and show how each is working through their thoughts post-hunt, as well as showcase the new friendship against the lifelong bond of the brothers. It also sets the stage for things to come for both, as now that Donna’s eyes have been opened, no doubt she’ll be encountering the supernatural and giving Jodi a call. Oh, how I wish we’d see Jodi and Donna again – perhaps a spinoff of these two could work. I’d at least give it a try! As for Sam and Dean, it’s clear that Dean’s words about not feeling the Mark pushing him for once unsettles Sam, and I’m not convinced that Dean was lying here. I do think he was telling Sam the truth as he sees it, but is it really the truth, or has the Mark simply got a stronger hold that actually masks its power to Dean? I don’t know. But part of the fun is the wondering.
The Things We Left Behind
With all the big emotions going on between Claire and Castiel and of course that dramatic ending with Dean surrounded by carnage and Sam begging him to tell him that it was either him or them…and clearly with Randy, who was tied up and not threatening Dean at all being one of the dead – the answer is no. My favorite scene is the simple moment of the two brothers watching The Three Stooges and Sam bringing Dean a grilled cheese sandwich. It just is so simple, so uncomplicated that it is in direct contrast to not only all that is to come, but their lives as a whole. It’s these little moments when one sits back and enjoys the simple, the silly, the — dare I say it – innocent that means so much. Akin to Sam in Dean’s room during “Soul Survivor” reconnecting with Dean through family photos and shoring up his resolve to save his brother, this moment is simple and sweet and enjoyable. The bloody and the desperate is not too far removed, but this moment was simple fun.
There you have it, Season 10, so far, boiled down to nine scenes, one per episode. If you feel like it, or can make the comments work for you, drop a note and fill in your favorite scenes. I’d love to hear about them.
As always, thanks for reading, Elle2