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Aw crud, you're actually going to make me recap this next scene??? Seriously??? You're going to make me put under a microscope a scene that ripped my heart out the first twenty times I saw it? Fine, but I'm sending each and every one of you my therapy bills.

Ahem. Dean is seen playing with War's ring, which now has been all cleaned up and is glistening in the sunlight. They're sitting at a picnic table near a lake with the gorgeous fir tree lined mountains behind them. Suddenly I want to go to Colorado again. Or British Columbia. Hell, any state that has a freaking mountain. Someone tried to tell me that Southern Ohio has mountains. Those ARE NOT mountains. All I need is footage of this scene to prove my point.


Anyway Dean makes a funny. "Pit stop on Mount Doom?" Good one! Of course I wonder if that ring now has power or if its only something War can control. Keep that dangling plot point on the white board writers! Sam isn't laughing. Uh oh, he's got that "I've got something on my mind" look.

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He pauses and then says "Dean" and Dean already wants to avoid the talk. Sam says its important. "I know you don't trust me (Dean rolls his eyes) just now I realize something. I don't trust me either." Now Dean raises an eyebrow, curious as to where this is going. "From the minute I saw that blood the only thought in my head…and I tell myself it's for the right reasons, my intentions are good and it feels true you know? But I think underneath I just miss the feeling. I know how messed up that sounds, which means I know how messed up I am. The thing is the problem's not the demon blood, not really. What I did I can't blame the blood or Ruby or anything. The problem's me, how far I'll go. There's something in me that scares the Hell out of me Dean. And in the last couple of days I caught another glimpse." This is the most heartfelt honesty we've gotten from Sam since season two and I'm ready to burst before the gut stabbing part gets here.

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"So what are you saying?" Deans asks, ready for the punchline. "I'm in no shape to be hunting. I need to step back cause I'm dangerous. Maybe it's just best if we go our separate ways." Sam looks up slightly at Dean, waiting for some sort of argument or fight. Dean looks down, still avoiding that eye contact and says "Well I think you're right." Sam's a little surprised, since he was expecting a fight. Dean explains further. "Truth is I spend more time worrying about you than about doing the job right. I can't afford that you know. Not now." We see Sam's heart sink into his stomach while Dean says that. Sam gets a little emotional and again says "I'm sorry Dean." "I know you are Sam," Dean says. They nod at one another in very sad agreement.

Okay, we know that Dean is putting on a brave front, but inside this has to be ripping him to shreds. He's letting Sam go! This is huge in his world. While we fans know this is only temporary, both of these guys are facing the real possibility that they may never see each other again. Dean is obviously blocking all this from his mind so he can get through this. How much to you want to bet it's all going to hit him later in the Impala?

Speaking of the Impala...Sam gets up to leave, realizing it's better to just go now before this gets any weirder. Dean decides that for those of us that aren't crying yet, he's gonna get the rest of us. "Hey uh, do you, want to take the Impala?" HE DID WHAT?? He just offered the only thing he had left, since he's lost both the amulet and now Sam, to his brother??? His baby??? Sam of course doesn't accept, but the gesture itself is huge. Sam doesn't stick around to make this any worse, because I'm sure he's ready to lose it as well.

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Okay, one more sucker punch just in case we hadn't had enough drama. Sam pauses and takes one more look at his brother. "Take care of yourself Dean." Dean can't even look Sam in the eye. "Yeah, you too Sammy." Sam walks away, gets his bag out of the back of the Impala and slowly drags his hand along the back of it before hitching a ride in a nearby truck. He climbs in, they go, and final shot is Dean watching the truck drive away. Excuse me.

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This better result in one mother of a reconciliation! I can endure a couple episodes like this at least. I'm not sure how much more strife I can take next week. You know I'll be back anyway. Episode three now!


# Randal 2009-09-23 15:49
Once again, stellar commentary, so I've got nothing to add, though my oldest finds it funny when dad cries like a Dean, but what the hell WAS with the Foreigner? Apocalypse, people. Really, CW, is snagging some, oh, I don't know, BLACK SABBATH *that* expensive?
# Julie 2009-09-23 19:56
Oh Alice that was fantastic! So much 'fun' just reading, let alone watching :D

Oh, um, happy to contribute to the therapy you take Aussie dollars??
# Seraphim 2009-09-23 23:02
*bawling on the floor, can't take it, want it to stop*

I was screaming at the TV when the last scene played out: "Go back! What's wrong with you! Go back and fix it!" Man, when a show gets under your skin ...

Loved the review. It's read-out-loud-a ble (that a word?) and you have such a clear voice. It's pitch perfect. And I always love your car love, especially the Mustang comments here. :D Can't wait to see the other horsemen.

And Castiel is tough. So glad he has a character arc this season. MC plays it so well (because angels could have been a really lame drag on this show, but In Kripke We Trust!).

Episode three ... Jess comes back. Anyone else notice in the promos that she was wearing white like in Season One?

# Tigershire 2009-09-23 23:16
To play devil's advocate on the rock salt - There's a river, people probably fish in it and perhaps they like to smoke their fish. To do that, most folks brine it first and so it could be that they use a lot of salt in this town.

Unlikely I know, I'm just sayin.
# Suze 2009-09-24 05:27
I was too wound up at the start to really register Foreigner, but you're right ... it was pants. Heaven and Hell would have been much better, Dio-era Sabbath are my favorite incarnation of the band. My personal top tune to end the world on would have to be Orgasmatron by Motorhead which fits the bill perfectly and would probably be pretty cheap as well as I suspect that Lemmy is far too fried nowdays to drive a hard bargain.

Loved the Mustang. I have happy memories of Mustangs ... Snigger ...

The ending was probably the most upsetting thing I've seen in the whole series and that's really saying something!
I spent the entire day mentally rocking in a corner clutching a wad of soaked hankies and sniffing loudly. Mr. K owes us a huge wedge of feelgoodiness to make up for all this the woe ... Hands up anyone who thinks we'll get it ... Anyone? ... Er, Hello?
# Suze 2009-09-24 05:33
Sorry, dunno where that extra "the" came from, I was having a conversation about raspberries and trying to keep a kitten off the keyboard at the same time so my multi tasking mojo seems to have overloaded ...
# Narcissus 2009-09-24 06:34
I successfully managed to lose my comment again :-? Suze, I'm with you, The Krip owes us big time. At the very least, he should pay for all he kleenexes we have to use up and the comfort foods that usually follow.

And I agree, the song for the opening sequence was way off, but they did use Spirit in the Sky beautifully. Generally I'm just glad that we seem to be getting more of the music back.

As for muscle cars, I am completely uneducated about them, but the Mustang certainly looked great. I wonder what the other three horsemen drive, I hope they won't all be Mustangs though..some variety would be nice.

As a whole, this ep was definitely more together than the last, except for the sudden reintroduction of so many characters - that was a teeensy bit too rocky for me. But hey, it's still great to see Rufus, Ellen, and Jo all back. Also, Ellen splashed, hugged, and whoop-assed Dean, but barely looked at Sam....I wonder why...

Oh and the scene in the hospital was pure awe. Cas is truly refining his badassery, and I approve 8-) . I'm still curious about the amulet though. Bobby gave it to Sam to give to John, but he didn't know what it was for? If he thought it was just any other old charm, why go through the trouble? What did he think it was?

Sam and all his man pain and all his Sam issues, Dean and his man pain and his trust issues, as well as that final scene...I can't say anything *sniff sniff*
# Dany 2009-09-24 10:37
Great recap, as usual, Alice!

I've spend the all weekend playing that final scene in my head and feeling miserably (letting a tv show to get that way under your skin?! Freud would love us all in his couch ;-) ), so the best way I found to stop that was become really shallow..... let's see... Sam tied up to a chair, Sam shirtless, Dean shirtless ...... major drooling on my keyboard now!
It works! Guaranteed :-), well at least until next episode when Kripke will most likely do it again!

It's episode tree for you there so hope you enjoy and I'll be back tomorrow night after I see it (nop! this year I'm not reading anything before I see it first!)

Oh, Alice those crying smiles are great! Can't you put those for us to use to on the comments?
# Sablegreen 2009-09-24 12:34
Great recap Alice. Your recap of the last scene was right on. I know the storyline needed to have the brothers split for effect, but I always hoped they would work it out together. That was also a very viable option.

Good point about Sam not having told Dean about Ruby's last comments. Had Dean known, he would have viewed the situation different. Sam was not addicted, at least not to the blood. And this 'lust for power' they are bringing in is not uncommon, just ask any politician, just much more of an issue for someone with Sam's abilities.

I am also wondering if, on camera, Dean ever told Sam he broke the first seal. Is that a secret Dean is keeping? Maybe I missed it.

I think one of your poll options of locking the boys in a room until they work things out, might have some merit.

Loved the comment about a pretty car deserving a pretty boy. It FITS! :D
# Sablegreen 2009-09-24 12:42
Ooops...I meant to put a :D behind 'politician'. Don't want to upset anyone. Sorry
# MCH 2009-09-24 14:19
Alice, the fact that you nailed every single microsecond of this episode is just amazing, but did more than JUST that, you made us realize how sexy and gorgeous :o those two guys are under any and/or every circumstance.

Tks for remind me why I love SPN so much, and to made almost pee in my pants with your :D so funny comments..

Loved, and gonna just read it again, so

That's that!!!!!!!!!!! !!
# Karen 2009-09-24 14:59
Thanks so much for your recap. It was uplifting to read your light humour comments,on such a very heavy episode. Kripke and Co. are really outdoing themselves so far (I wonder if they have shares in Kleenex). I don’t know if my heart is going to be able to take any more heart wrenching moments before totally disintegrating.
# Bevie 2009-09-24 15:30
Thanks for your great recap Alice.

My heart is sore and broken from the last scene even though I understand the why of it. Poor boys! I hope that Sam finds a way to make Dean trust him again. Poor Dean is so broken and hurt right now and he has lost the most precious thing he has ever loved.

Can't help hoping that before this series ends, I really really want to see a happy Dean again. A laughing Dean enjoying his life, his food and his flirting and teasing. And an indulgent Sam fondly smiling at his brother's antics again. Want to feel the love between them again before it is all finished.

Please Mr. Kripke! If you do this, I will be able to survive the angst and the sorrow. A huge mutual hug with tears sometime in the future is a must! I must have these things to heal my broken heart!