After recapping “Changing Channels,” anything is easy. This one wasn’t half bad, once I got around to it. Blame Chicago. So let’s go through “The Real Ghostbusters.’
ANY episode that starts with a racing Impala wins with me. Especially when Dean is driving. This episode if judged alone on opener and closer would get an A. Oh, but there’s the stuff in between so no cigar. Both Sam and Dean look really worried. Dean parks, they jump out of the car and huh? Dean spots three other black 67 Impalas next to him. He’s a little freaked. I’m in paradise. Sam doesn’t care and tells him to come on.
It’s Chuck! Good ole loveable loser Chuck. Rob Benedict at the Chicago con said he loves Chuck because he is the most unlikely person to be a prophet. He certainly looks un-prophet like here. Rob was also impressed that they found Chuck a sport coat like that. Anyway, Sam and Dean come running up pleased to find him. Chuck is a little surprised to see them and asked what they’re doing there. Dean says he told them to come. Chuck claims he didn’t. Sam has a bit more. “You texted me. This address, life or death situation, ring a bell?”
Dean complains they drove all night. Really? Changing Channels took place in Wellington, Ohio which is southwest of Cleveland. This con takes place in whereabouts unknown of Ohio, but given the lush surroundings we’ll say the eastern or southern part of the state. One end of Ohio to another is five hours at worst. So, where could they have gone in that time frame that constitutes all night? Haven’t they learned that it be best not the leave the state? They should get a home here. The house next to me is available!
Anyway, Chuck is still confused and then it hits him. “Oh no.” “Oh no” screeches at the top of the steps. “Sam, you made it!” It’s superfan Becky from the season opener. You know, Kripke’s psychotic creation. If Chuck represents Kripke, then Becky is an amalgamation of every bat shit crazy fan online that overly praises his name. Plus she’s a Sam girl. Oh crud, I’ve been outed. Except I’ve never written slash!
Sam looks at this crazed woman and says “Oh uh, Becky, right?” Oh Sam no, you opened the door. Becky gets all doughy-eyed, for Sam remembered her. Dean rolls his eyes. So that allows her to make the leap that she can’t get him out of her head either. Way to try and be polite there Sam! Chuck asks Becky if she took his phone. She borrowed it. From his pants. Chuck grimaces and wonders how he was ever born. She thought Sam and Dean would want to see it. “See what?” Sam and Dean ask in unison, which gets Becky all fangirly. I think we all did. A bearded man comes out and tells Chuck it’s show time. A very nervous Chuck apologizes to Sam and Dean and goes in, followed by Becky, followed by a “we’ve got to see this” Sam and Dean.
They all go into this quaint country inn lobby and this gets a bit too surreal for Sam and Dean. A fat dude comes over dressed like Dean and says “Hey Dean, looking good.” Dean isn’t getting it, asking who the guy is. He scoffs wondering why it isn’t obvious. “I’m Dean too. Duh.” Yeah, except this fake Dean is actually wearing the amulet. I still don’t get why Dean had to give that up. Bring it back Kripke! Dean and Sam share a glance of confusion and then Dean’s eyes pop out of his head when a bad imitation of leather face from “Scarecrow” comes out. Sam turns around and gets the same startled expression. “Uh oh, it’s Sam and Dean. I’m in trouble now.” Then he tells them to have fun.
“What?” Dean asks and Sam notices more. A fake Bloody Mary. A scary clown. The Impala on a mug. Books and merchandise and the dude selling them has black eyes. There’s a fake Bobby, a fake Ash with the really bad mullet, and Sam dares to ask Becky what is this. “It’s awesome. A Supernatural convention. The first ever.” Yeah, you know it. Sam and Dean are both unsettled. Then they show something I REALLY wish was for sale at these cons, a shirt that says “got salt?” The crap at the con in Chicago wasn’t that cool. There’s a dude with yellow eyes and has Kripke ever been to one of these things? I’ve never seen a dude with yellow eyes, let alone everyone in these getups. Final shot on a disturbed Dean before going into the title sequence. Why didn’t they use the intro from “The Monster At The End of This Book?” That would have been perfect!
Everyone is gathered into the ballroom. The room is about three quarters full and everyone is in costume except Becky, Sam and Dean who are standing in the back watching. Sam and Dean are obviously sticking around because it’s like watching a train wreck. It’s gruesome, but you can’t look away. The announcer welcomes everyone to the “first annual” Supernatural convention, and if Kripke shows this con every year from now on we know he’s desperate for some story lines. You should know that the way Jared and Jensen were talking at the Chicago con, they have no freaking idea now when this show is going to end now. Tom Welling is assured for season ten of Smallville so any length of time is possible. No, they didn’t mention Tom Welling, but they seriously have no idea when this will end.
The announcer lists the events for later. At 3:45, “Frightened little boy, the secret life of Dean.” At 4:30 there’s the “Homoerotic subtexts of Supernatural.” The look on Sam and Dean’s faces? Priceless! I think that was Jared and Jensen reacting for real. Kripke just won’t let this slash thing go, will he? The big hunt starts at 7pm sharp, and the crowd of mostly male Sam and Dean clones goes wild. Plus two clowns. A girl dressed as Bobby. A scarecrow and Hookman. And some women that just don’t belong there. Their boyfriends obviously dragged them. Kind of the polar opposite of the real cons. It’s all women and a scattering of reluctant boyfriends/spouses.