I did a full recap of “Faith” during the last hiatus because it’s one of those early episodes that had a deep impact on season four. It’s the first episode to introduce Dean’s issues with God, something that went from the background to foreground in a big way. I think Castiel had something to do with that. Still, I don’t think “Faith” is an outstanding episode. It has some great lines, it’s a very interesting character study on Dean and his issues with low self esteem surface. He also doesn’t handle guilt well at all. However, despite this very emotional look at the older brother, the episode itself is very uneven. Layla is too freaking annoying for me because her sugary crap doesn’t blend well with Dean. Her mother is the worst actress in the world, and I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, when you’re rooting for death for a character like Sue Ann LeGrange, she didn’t make a good impression.
I love just about every scene Dean is in, especially his wise cracking to Sam in the hospital. I still want to see him hunt that damned fabric softener bear. One Sam scene though really blew me away. It’s when he plays the game of “talk to John Winchester’s voice mail.” He’s so crushed, so heartbroken over Dean’s imminent death and just needs someone to be there for him. Sadly, no one is. This is one reason why I still have issues to this day with John. Man did he let these boys down big time.
There’s a line between the brothers that’s so relevant today it’s scary. Sam asks Dean “You know evil’s out there, how can you not believe that there’s good too?” Dean, like if he’s a prophet or something, answers, “Because I’ve seen what evil does to good people.” Oh, you mean like when someone you know embraces the evil powers inside of him in order to kill an evil being and only ends up starting the apocalypse? I could be reading too much into that, but maybe not. There’s another line that plays a big part to this day too. When Dean asks Reverend LeGrange why he saved him, he replies because he saw “a young man with an important purpose, a job to do. And it isn’t finished.” Yeah, like stopping that nasty apocalypse.
If anything stands out with “Faith,” or at least the most talked about scene, it’s the outstanding montage between Sam and Dean in the motel unraveling the mystery, Reverend LeGrange healing someone, and a woman being chased in the park by the grim reaper himself, all to the middle section of “Don’t Fear The Reaper.” This is why classic rock impacts this show in such a profound way, taking something normal to outright memorable. Without “Don’t Fear The Reaper,” we would have felt nothing.