One Night Stands
Rule number one: always get the audience’s attention.
Instead of tossing out a top ten list of episodes or stuff already nicely covered by Alice (Top Ten Villains, Unsung Heroes) or elle2 (I Wonder What They’re Doing Now), I present to you, for your edification (or a handy target for your slings and electrons), something not really that exciting and new, a sinking virtual Love Boat, if you will.
But don’t worry; itâ€™s not one more top ten list.
It’s a top *thirteen* list!
Why a baker’s dozen? At the end of every December when I write up the Albums I Dig roll for my crappy blog, I always include thirteen, primarily because that’s a spooky number and rock and/or roll is the devil’s music, right? Assuming he doesn’t get offed before the season finale, I’m sure we’ll have a chance to ask The Prince Of Darkness if he prefers Leonard Cohen. Furthermore, I’m lazy and it takes effort to whittle off another three, and I figured why not recycle such a brilliant plan here, this time for those unsung cogs in the well-oiled machine that is Supernatural: the one-and-dones!
Evil Steeler Terry Bradshaw once said of himself, “you can lose with me, but you can’t win without me.” I assume the 952 Hall of Famers on defense might differ (I can’t hear their protests over all my sour grapes), but the point is clear: supporting casts have an impact on episode quality. For our purposes today, the only requirement is that the character had at least a few lines and never appeared in more than one episode. That’s it. I’m not concerned with advancement of plot (though that would naturally improve their chances for recognition, duh); whether he or she or it portrayed a character that was likable or demanded a volley of rotten tomatoes; or whether the episode itself is counted among the pantheon of all-timers, merely whether the character’s performance sticks in the craw like peanut butter.
“Do you remember the time…” is the benchmark.
Nothing is ever experienced in a vacuum, so I can safely guarantee that this, even more than lunatic and pointless Sam/Dean battles, is strictly a personal taste thing. It’s plausible that your list will look completely different than mine, but variety makes a spicy life, so please give us yours and tell me why I’m certifiable. Without further Apu, the lucky thirteen.
Honorable mention. Asia, Heat of the Moment. No longer just a misty, watercolor memory of the summer of Khan â€“ holy shit, that was 27 years ago â€“ this arena rock staple got played so often, it became the third wheel in the first few acts of arguably the showâ€™s finest hour. Thatâ€™s saying something. Câ€™mon, you know you just hummed a few bars.
13. Corbett, Maggie and Spruce. Since I canâ€™t include the original line of action figures, Iâ€™m going with the next best thing. Dustin Milliganâ€™s Corbett is so much the nebbish everyman, Brittany Ishibashiâ€™s Maggie is nearly the groupâ€™s Lennon (Spengler is obviously Yoko, for did not his rat-inspired scream sound like the backing vocals in Cold Turkey?) and Austin Basisâ€™ Spruce is 15/16 Jew, 1/16 cameraman. â€œIs it cancer?â€ â€œShut up.â€