I’ve discovered that my comfort food episodes all come from seasons 1, 2 and 3. I think that’s because things weren’t quite so big then – not that the big epic arcs are bad, but for comfort food, I prefer my meatloaf and pancakes to chicken cordon bleu. Both are equally yummy, I just find the simpler more comforting, so I go there more often.
In Part 1, I looked at “Wendigo”, “Scarecrow”, “Faith”, and “Something Wicked” – all Season 1 episodes. Here in Part 2 we’ll look at “Everybody Loves a Clown”, “Crossroad Blues”, “Nightshifter”, “Bad Day at Black Rock”, and “Fresh Blood”, the rest of my comfort food episodes.
There’s something about “Everybody Loves a Clown” for me – the music, Dean working on the car, Sam and Dean in t-shirts, the introduction of Ellen, Jo, and Ash, walking down a lonely dusty road and the final moment as Sam confesses that he’s not doing well, but that neither is Dean – that just is very watchable to me. There are light moments as Dean teases Sam about his fear of clowns, and Sam reminds him of his fear of flying: “Planes crash! And apparently clowns kill!” On a rainy day or a snowy/cold day, or a day I’m curled up on the couch feeling ill, “Everybody Loves a Clown” is one I’ll put in and enjoy.
“Crossroad Blues” foreshadows so much of the rest of the season for Dean, and also informs so much of the Winchester family as a whole. Dean realizes John made a deal for his life, which lays the foundation for Dean’s deal in “AHBLII” for Sam’s – and unbeknownst at the time simply follows the path first paved by Mary, something we don’t learn about until Season 4’s “In The Beginning”. Meeting George Darrow, the doomed artist who asked for talent, told us all we needed to know about how Dean was inside: “I’m tired, maybe my life will be worth something”; George accepted that he had made his fate, and he wasn’t going to run from it. It all plays out tragically in Dean’s words and actions, both in Season 2 as well as in “No Rest For the Wicked” as Dean wasn’t about to make any more deals, nor was he going to sit by while Sam did. (“Either we go in smart, or we don’t go in at all. I’m not going to let you go to hell, Dean! Yes you are!”) We meet the crossroads demon for the first time, but certainly not the last. Dean gets confirmation that Dad is in Hell, for him, and Sam realizes that Dean is on a very shaky path – one that only gets worse as time marches on. For comfort food it’s not that comforting, admittedly, but it’s one I go back to time and time again.
Hello, Ronald Reznick! “Nightshifter” brings back shapeshifters, a favorite in the SPN universe over the seasons, introduces Victor Henriksen, puts the FBI in the mix of law enforcement agencies hunting the Winchesters, and gives us an awesome Styx song at the end as the boys roar off at the end, having eluded their newest foe. Set in the tight confines of a bank that is surrounded by local law enforcement and the FBI, it’s beautifully shot in shadows, with light filtering through the windows, and plenty of surprises as the boys try to figure out who the shapeshifter is as it morphs from one person to the next. I love this episode, and “Renegade’s” opening mournful lyrics add layers to the already heavy burdens the boys carry and seems true to their lives.
“Bad Day At Black Rock” debuts Bella Talbot, John’s storage locker, BigGerson’s, shows off Jared’s excellent comedic side, and introduces us to the hapless Kubrick and Creedy. In John’s storage locker we find mementos of his sons’ younger years: Dean’s first sawed of shotgun, Sam’s soccer trophy…aww! It’s also personal to both boys, as Sam longed for normal, and Dean longed to be just what his father wanted. It shows John cherished both his sons and their individuality. From Sam’s “I lost my shoe” to Dean’s “I’m Batman” there are plenty of laugh out loud moments to cherish in this dark comedy, replete with death by impalement on a kitchen utensil, Sam nearly burning down a motel room, and Dean and Bella facing off in a gunfight in her swanky NYC apartment. I love “Bad Day At Black Rock”.
“Fresh Blood” bids adieu to Gordon Walker, shows a sadder side to being a vampire as Dixon speaks of his pain of watching his family killed before his eyes, and has two of the finest brotherly moments of the series (which has a lot of fine brotherly moments) with Sam calling Dean out on his reckless behavior saying he knows it’s a front to hide Dean’s fear, then Dean’s response at the end of the episode. I love the line as Sam tells Dean to knock the crap off and just be his brother again, just ‘cause. He can’t say what he knows is coming; it’s just too painful. In the end, Dean doesn’t use words to convey his change to Sam, choosing to show through his actions that he’s heard him – so typical of men – and we get car maintenance 101 which is all about the brothers being brothers. I’ll pull out “Fresh Blood” just to watch those two brotherly moments at times, I adore them that much.
There you have it, my comfort food episodes for Supernatural. It’s not to say there aren’t other episodes in all the other seasons that I don’t sit back and watch just ‘cause, but these are the ones that I enjoy the most. Not the biggest and brightest; they just have moments or characters that speak to me in a fairly nostalgic way.
I hope you will chime in with your special episodes, whatever they may be.
As always, thanks for reading, Elle2
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