Holy crap! I didn’t realize how much work this recap would be until I started dissecting the episode bit by bit. There’s so much detail! I should have known though, for a Jeremy Carver script cannot be taken lightly. So beware, a lot’s coming at you!
Then: The brothers fight, Jessica fries on the ceiling, that INCREDIBLE scene from “Bloody Mary” is shown in a few glorious seconds, Dean is “the vessel,” Cas dies and lives, Sam wants to save people again, Cas thinks Dean’s plan to kill Lucifer is foolish and he wants to find God, and Sam and Dean part ways (sniff!). Got all that?
Now: We get a shot of the Great Plains motel. They have a club, bar, grill, a patio and color TV! Wow, I’m ready to book my vacation there. I’m sure having color TV is what boosts their rating with AAA. Holy crap!! Sam is shirtless! We get to the good part right off the bat? Oh, this has got to be a good one. If they started the show off with a shirtless Winchester every week, this show would get something like 20 million viewers. Okay, at least 8 million 18-34 females. Since I’m older than that, the other 12 million would be hormonally charged older women like me. Yes, we do exist in numbers. Think about it guys!
Sam is in bed, the red bedspread in a strategically placed spot at his waist, and he’s sleeping. But he’s not. He rolls over hoping that will help and whoa, Jess is there. You remember, dead girlfriend from the pilot Jess. She’s wearing the same white nightgown she got flambe’d in. Sam is stunned, as in eyes bulging out of his head and jaw hanging open stunned. Yeah, I react that way too when coming across a dead lover in my bed. “Hey baby.” She looks at him with a smile and tells him she misses him. Sam finally finds some words. “Jessica.” He surmises he’s dreaming and she says maybe not, but what does it matter. Uh oh, we’ve seen this before. Remember, with Nick, in the season premiere? Run Sam!
Nah, why would he? It’s the love of his life talking to him. Sam tilts his head, so in awe to see her, and I’m too distracted by that beautiful chest with that anti-possession tattoo looking so damn hot. Yes, I’m married, why do you ask? He gives her those sweet puppy dog eyes and tells her he misse s her so much. She says she knows and takes his hand, for he’s got to know how much this is real before its yanked away from him. She asks what is he doing. He has no idea what she’s talking about. “Running away, haven’t we been down this road before ? ” Sam insists it’s different this time. “Last time I wanted to be normal. This time I know I’m a freak.” Aww, don’t worry Sammy, you’re our loveable freak. We still love you.
Jessica calls his reasoning a “big ball of semantics,” and this is where I know Jeremy Carver is writing this episode before even checking the credits. He has such a gift for dialogue. “Even at Stanford you knew. You knew there was something dark inside of you.” She claims t hat’s what got her killed. Sam’s eyes get wide and he tells her no. “I was dead from the moment we said hello.” Whoa, a harsh ghost! Sam again denies this so Jess digs harder. “Why are you running from yourself? Why are you running now?” He changes the subject, why is she there? She’s trying to protect him from himself. “Sooner or later the past will catch up to you like it always does and you know what happens then, people die. Baby the people closest to you die.”
Sam is uncomfortable by now and swears he won’t make that same mistake again. Oh come on Sam, now you actually are lying to yourself. Most of that wasn’t your fault. Jess cleverly points that very sentiment out. “Same song, different verse.” Sam is getting really upset now, so she essentially goes for the jugular. “Things are never going to change for you, never.” A single tear runs Sam’s eye, and now Jared has taken a lesson from the Jensen Ackles’ school of acting. Jessica disappears, and we get another long shot to admire those incredible pecs before we get the title card.
Well that’s a way to kick off an episode. Jared Padalecki and Jeremy Carver, I am your bitch.
The opening notes to “Simple Man” by Lynryd Skynryd come on, along with a caption “One Week Earlier.” Oh boy oh boy, it’s an opening classic rock montage! I’m in paradise! First a shirtless Winchester now this? It’s not even close to my birthday. An ugly blue Ford pulls up to the Great Plains motel, which is in Garber, Oklahoma. Sam gets out and opens the trunk. Next shot has Dean closing the trunk of the Impala. He slides a knife into his belt and goes into the Taft Memorial Hospital wearing his blue suit. He’s in Greeley, Pennsylvania and man, what a glory shot of the Impala. All this prettiness only five minutes in is giving me heart failure.
Sam burns his fake ids in a sink and we watch his Pennsylvania State Police id light up just before Dean is seen showing his. Oh, I love these parallels! Dean is Bill Buckner, which is the baseball player infamously known for booting the ball on what would have been the saving out of the 1986 World Series for the Red Sox. The Mets went onto win that series. I’m being harsh though, since the game was already tied due to poor relief pitching and it was only game 6. The Mets did win game 7 all on their own, but heck, people always forget those sort of things.
Anyway, I better shut up for the song is still playing this scene doesn’t need interruptions like that. Sam walks up to the entrance of Hoyt’s bar and there’s a “Busboy Wanted” signed in the door. So next thing Sam is seen putting away a rack of glasses. Well, you gotta admit, it’s honest work. As the glasses slam down on the counter, the scene cuts to Dean slamming a man onto the hood of the Impala. The man shows his fangs, Dean shows a knife. “Eat it twilight.” Hee, he could have said ” Vampire Diaries. ” We won’t go there. The knife goes down and the shot goes to lemons being cut. I love this scene! Sam is cutting lemons at the bar and then Dean is cutting the Vampire with blood on his face. Sam wipes his brow, Dean wipes the blood off his face. Sam wipes down the bar with soapy water while a waitress watches, Dean wipes down the hood of the Impala to get all the blood off.
The song plays on the radio of the Impala while Dean drives. “Don’t forget son, there’s someone up above.” Unless they’re talking about Castiel, Dean ain’t buying it. Dean looks over at the passenger seat, it’s empty. That’s so sad!
Dean is in a motel room, wiping the blood off his jacket. All that blood on the hood of the Impala and his face and his jacket only needs a spot cleaning? Find a laundromat son, or was Sam the one that washed the clothes? Castiel appears out of nowhere, and Dean jumps. Castiel stands very close to him and Dean reminds him of personal space. I’d say this is the odd couple with a capital O.