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I'm mixing it up this week. After going through all the goodness of "Slash Fiction," I realized that a mere review could not do it justice. Not by a long shot. So I've decided to dust off my mad recapping skills and pour through this one bit by bit. There's so much to comment on!
For those that aren't familiar with my recaps of the past, they're long. Freaking long. They're worth the read though for they find things in scenes you never noticed before. Heck, going through stuff for this recap brought on whole new discoveries. So, I suggest you settle into someplace comfy, grab a cup of coffee or hot cocoa, and enjoy. If you really don't want a detailed commentary, I at least throw in my two cents at the end about what I think of the entire Sam and Dean drama. So feel free to skip to that part if interested. But then you'll miss out on the big continuity error and the discovery of bunk beds! Among other things.
Before I start with a single frame, some technical notes. The director is the always entertaining John Showalter. I love doing screencaps for John's episodes because he gives me so much goodness to capture. You'll see plenty of what I mean in the recap. On the writing side is Robbie Thompson, who submits an incredible first time script for this show at a time when a strong script was needed. Robbie Thompson has been listed in the credits through the entire season as the new Executive Story Editor, which is a title often given to new writers on the team. This makes me assume he's part of the Supernatural writing team this year and will be giving us more. After this amazing episode, I hope so.
Okay, with the formalities out of the way, let the recap begin! THEN, Leviathan and the Amy drama. Anyone who reads my reviews knows how outraged I am about the whole Amy thing. The Leviathan though, I'm ready. They're freaking cool. Oh, and there's Sheriff Jody Mills. This is gonna be sweet.
Now. This scene is perfect for anyone who hasn't read any episode summaries or hasn't seen a single promo. I was not one of those people, but hey, I can always pretend. Sam and Dean walk into the First Bank of Jericho. Judging by their serious nature, they're up to something. I think Sam asking if he's sure about this and Dean saying "trust me" gives me that impression.
Jericho is fitting for two reasons. First, its the city where Sam and Dean's first case was. Also, the writer of this episode, Robbie Thompson, wrote for Jericho. See, it all comes full circle. Okay, maybe not.
Dean goes up to the cashier while Sam hangs by the door. Dean naturally charms the pants off the gal with a smile and a pretty dress compliment, hoping to get change for a $100 bill. You know how impossible that is these days? I'm buying it. While he's doing all that he signals Sam, who slyly locks the door. That's Dean's cue to pull a gun on the unknowing teller, and what do you know, Sam and Dean have automatic weapons. Since when have they ever used automatic weapons? There's your first clue right there you lucky unspoiled fans.
Dean fires in the air, Sam fires in the air, and its a robbery. Hey, there's the Butch and Sundance comparison I've been looking for! The good old fashioned bank robbery. "Your money's insured, so no heroes okay?" Yeah, Butch and Sundance couldn't make that assurance in the old west. Suddenly Sam and Dean are rounding everyone up in the vault. Um, why would they doing that? These people are sitting ducks as Sam and Dean stand in the doorway. This doesn't look like Butch and Sundance. The people are terrified, Sam asks if Dean's ready and he is. They look in the security camera and...OPEN FIRE??? This isn't Sam and Dean! They massacre everyone and look like they're enjoying it. That's not Butch and Sundance either. We're onto Bonnie and Clyde now. They finish, do their customary shrugs, and move on. Um, yeah, something isn't right here.
I very quickly realize I have to pretend I'm watching Pulp Fiction or Kill Bill, where I overlook the horrific violence and tragic loss of life. If I think about it, it'll ruin my enjoyment of the story. Heck, I'll curl into a hysterical ball and start asking "why?" So yeah, it's better this way. "It's only a TV show, it's only a TV show..."
Splat. This is my first recap of the season, so I haven't commented on the black splat credits. A little too monochrome for my tastes, but hey, it works.
It's Rufus' cabin! This time, it's a side view. I notice the really nice tranquil screen porch. I hope that when Sam and Dean were recovering during that 3 weeks after the Leviathan attack that they had plenty of beers on the screen porch. That's my idea of an idyllic afternoon.
Chet the Leviathan is chained up in the basement. Bobby has his arsenal of potions and other things there and has a needle of something new to try. "Fruit of the Poison Tree." "Isn't that just a legal expression?" "You're gonna wish it was." Sorry, but that reference flew right by me like a streaking bird. Nope, doesn't bother Chet one bit. "Oakey, similar finish to holy water, not at bitter as rock salt." Well at least Chet has a keen palate. He's not a total savage.
Sam and Dean casually come down the stairs. "Why if it isn't my two favorite meatsicles," Chet says. He has a sense of humor too! He's not all bad, except for the eating people thing. I guess nothing is working. "Greatest hits didn't do the trick," Bobby says, "I'm down to B-sides and deep cuts." Hee, a DJ metaphor. There's a couple of music references in this ep. Dean reminds us that the spell that Don the Witch put on Chet last week only lasts a few days. They don't have much time. Really? I'd use a clever Captain Obvious quip here, but that's so overdone anymore.
"We're going to have to drop a car on him to stop him." Chet with delight tells them that Edgar walked away from that. So like everything else, a car just slows them down. Chet also mentions Edgar's a little pissed, but anyone watching the last few eps already knows that. In fairness though, Sam and Dean did have a few distracting issues after that encounter.
Dean decides to give his way a try and takes a seat next to Chet. "Huddle over coach?" You know Chet, that cocky attitude one day is going to get you a mess of trouble. Actually, tomorrow I believe. Dean wants to know how he found them. Chet can't wait to share that answer. "It was easy. I used pattern recognition software and basic heuristic algorithm to track your known aliases." As a technical person, that's what I would have done. Dean doesn't know what to say, but Bobby does. "Great, just what we need, a MENSA monster." They are pretty smart, aren't they? In fairness though, rock star aliases aren't hard to track.
Sam asks the question that I already believed, but the fandom needed to hear it. How does he know their aliases? The dude in the trenchcoat of course. "When we were nestled in at camp Cass and got the full download." See everyone, there! No more debate. The most obvious answer was the right one. Bobby wants to know why he's spilling state secrets. Haven't you figure out these are really arrogant sons of bitches by now? Chet's answer is better. "Cause I'm not scared of you. You can't stop me. You can't stop any of us. We can't be killed you stupid little chew toys." Well geez, don't sugarcoat it. Chet's not done though, for he can't wait to rub in that he's the least of their worries. Guess who hasn't watched the news yet today?
The news tells about two men that until today were presumed dead massacred a bunch of people in California. This I don't get. How in the world are they watching this on a TV with rabbit ears? I assume the rabbit ears are for decoration, because there's no such thing as analog signals anymore. It's all digital, even in Montana. The signal has to be coming from some sort of convertor box in the back. Either that or angels are still time warping TV signals.
Anyway, Sam, Dean, and Bobby watch the footage of them coldly killing innocents, and they're a bit pissed. Sam doesn't understand how, but Chet is still with the easy answers and awesome eavesdropping skills I might add. "It was the hair! Not too hard to lift some hair out of a motel shower drain guys!" Dean's surprised you can do that. Hmm, you don't know your basic cloning research, do you Dean? He wonders what the plan is, but Sam can see it. To squeeze them, to make them the most wanted men in America. Very good Sammy. I should note how much I love the angles used here to show Sam and Dean listening to Chet shouting from downstairs. Very cool.
Dean is ready to go after these creatures himself, taking this a bit personally. Bobby tries to talk common sense since they really don't know how to fight back, but both Sam and Dean are thinking with their hearts instead of their heads. Young kids just won't listen these days. Chet is just sitting in the basement laughing. Bobby gives them the address for Frank Deveraux, a guy who he saved in Port Huron. He's also a jackass and a lunatic. In the meantime, Bobby will keep working on Chet. This plan has failure written all over it, but then again they all do.