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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.

The guy then gets around to inviting the guest of honor, or really the only guest speaker, the writer and creator of Supernatural, Eric Kripke, I mean, Carver Edlund. Out comes Chuck and he's so nervous! The crowd goes nuts and Dean stares with curiosity with his hands in his pockets and Sam has a similar look with his arms folded. Chuck sees the mike works and says this isn’t nearly as awkward as…then he fetches water. He nervously chugs a bunch of it down then finally takes the mike. When Rob Benedict took the stage in Chicago for his first time at a con, he said the fake convention was far more intimidating than the real one. He thinks it was everyone in costume.

"So I guess, questions?" Everyone's hands go up. He picks a tall dude who will be playing the Sam lookalike in this episode. How did he come up with Sam and Dean? Oh, that's easy. He started having visions because an angel put them there and he wrote them down thinking these were fictional characters when they were real guys. He learned that he's really a prophet of the Lord and he's writing the Winchester Gospel. Nah, Chuck isn't that crazy. “Oh, it came to me.” It should be noted in this scene the camera goes to Sam and Dean constantly to get their reactions. Every single time that happens it makes a very strange scene quite funny.

Next Chuck picks the guy with the hook since he stands out among the flannel. Hookman is German and a nitpicker. Why is it in every fight scene Sam and Dean have their knife and gun knocked away by the bad guy? Why don’t they keep it on some kind of bungee? I laugh hard because I have actually read that a few times before. Yes, people were that serious about it! Cut to Sam and Dean, who aren’t impressed. Chuck doesn’t know. German guy has a follow up. Why can’t Sam and Dean see that Ruby is evil and that she’s just manipulating Sam? “It’s quite obvious.” Yep, that gets a face from the real Sam. Becky interrupts, exactly the way a mega fan would on the boards. "If you don't like the books don't read them Fritz!" Uh oh. I’ve done that. I’ve actually used the line "time to get a new show." I was really provoked though. No matter though, for it’s clear I've been Kripked. I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Boy did I have that coming!

Chuck moves onto the next question since Fritz is scared. He should be! Rabid fans can be really scary. The guy is wearing a hooded sweatshirt, so we'll put him in the Sam clone column. In the last book, Dean went to Hell. Now what? That gives Chuck his chance to make an announcement. Thanks to a wealthy Scandinavian investor, they're going to start publishing again. The crowd erupts in a standing ovation while Sam and Dean now want to kill Chuck.

Chuck is at the bar and he's getting two frou-frou drinks that are this weird lemon color. He takes them over to a table where Becky is. "Here's your yellow-eyed cooler." They didn't have those in Chicago, but they did along with the bad purple nurple have a Sam-tini. Yes, I did throw up in my mouth a little. Right before I ordered one. Hey, it was the same thing as a cosmo except cheaper. Chuck is trying to ask Becky out, but she loses it when Sam arrives. Yes Dean is with him, but as we know she pretty much ignores him. Oh Kripke, you just won’t stop with the fandom quirks, will you?

Sam uncomfortably nods, but Dean's pissed enough to speak for both of them. “In case you haven’t noticed, our plates are kind of full. Finding the colt, hunting the devil, we don’t have time for this crap.” Chuck says he didn’t call them. Sam clarifies, Dean means the books. Why is he publishing more books? “For food and shelter,” Chuck says. That’s actually a good answer. I’d write them for that reason. Nah, I’d do it for free. I already do! “Who gave you the rights to our life story?” Dean asks. “An archangel, and I didn’t want it.” Chuck replies. Again, he’s making perfect sense. Sam tells him the deal’s off, their lives are not for public consumption. Oh yes they are!

Chuck asks Becky to excuse them and she’s more than willing. They go into the other room and Chuck is mad. “Do you guys know what I do for a living?” “Yeah Chuck, we know,” Sam replies. “Than can you tell me? I don’t. I’m not a good writer. I’ve got no marketable skills, I’m not some hero that can just hit the road and fight monsters, okay? Until the world ends, I’ve gotta live. Alright? And the Supernatural books are all I’ve got. What else do you want me to do?” You see, this is where I think Sam and Dean are being jerks. Cut Chuck some slack! Look at all he’s done for you.

Sam and Dean don’t have time to argue, for they hear a scream. They race upstairs along with several other Sam and Deans. Yes, this is the same set used for “Playthings.” I’m not sure if it’s a popular location or on the studio lot, but I’ve seen it in just about every show filmed in Vancouver. They ask the maid what happened. She saw a ghost. She then goes into bad character acting mode to tell “a terrifying tale of terror.” Oh Kripke, you have been reading fanfic too! She tells everyone the tale of Leticia Gore. Sam and Dean roll their eyes and leave. They should have known better. The LARPing has begun!

Becky comes over and gives them the flyer for the game. It’s a fake entry from John’s journal. “Dear Sam and Dean, this hotel is haunted. You must hunt down the ghost. Interview witnesses, discover clues, and find the bones. First team to do so wins a $50 gift card to Sizzler. Love Dad.” I’m sorry, but I’m dying over the idea of John Winchester throwing in a Sizzler incentive. “Good job icing the demon boys! We almost died so let’s go celebrate with a steak and salad bar!” “You guys are so gonna win,” Becky says. Dean look of disgust enhances the absurdity of all this.

Back at the lobby and now everyone is suits with their FBI badges. Their aliases are agents Lennon and McCartney. You see!!! Kripke has been listening to us. He knows we’ve been griping lately about the overuse of Page and Plant. We get a Jagger and Richards later, so thanks for that! That actually makes me happy. Of course he’s probably making fun of us, but I’ll take what I can get. The bearded announcer is in role as the manager and claims the establishment is indeed haunted. The building was an orphanage run by Leticia Gore. 100 years ago this very night she killed four boys before taking her own life. The souls of those four boys are trapped there and the evil spirit of Ms. Gore punishes them to this very day.

“Well, that’s about all the community theatre I can take,” Dean says. Sam’s unnerved expression is in full agreement. “Yeah, this cannot get any weirder.” There goes Sam opening doors again. The Dean from earlier and the Sam from the Q&A are in full character mode. “Dad said I may have to kill you.” “Kill me, what the Hell does that mean?” “I don’t know.” They leave and Sam and Dean can’t take it anymore. They look at each other and in unison say, “I need a drink.” They quickly head for the bar.

A fake Sam is doing readings with a cardboard EMF reader claiming it’s going nuts. You know, I would have doctored up a walkman myself. Have you not learned from the Star Trek fandom? A woman jumps out in an old dress and announces with a monotone voice she’s mean old Leticia Gore. They buried her in the basement. The guy shoots her with a rubber dart gun and she goes, “Ow, you got me.” He wonders why she didn’t vanish into thin air. Um, yeah.

The guy is on his cell phone resolving to meet up with Dean (geez, how clever) and a real ghost of a boy appears. He begs him to “help us.” Ms. Gore won’t let them have fun. He’s a bit more spooked and then the kid does vanish. Now he’s scared and runs for his life. Once he’s safely around the corner he goes “that was aweso-“ and is flung through the air upside down. He’s slammed between the bookcase and the wall several times. The real Leticia Gore shows up, vanishes and he’s let go. Hey dude, you wanted to be Sam. This happens to him all the time.

Sam and Dean are in the bar having their drink. Sam has a beer and Dean is drinking straight whiskey. Dean hits on fake Leticia Gore who’s texting on her phone. “You sure look lovely tonight, especially for a dead chick.” She’s not impressed since she’s heard that line 17 times tonight. “And all from dudes wearing the diver jackets.” Yeah babe, but you’re getting the original here. She catches onto that after looking up and seeing Dean’s smooth glance. She tells him he’s different because he isn’t scared of women. This ties into later, sort of.

Fake tossed around Sam is having a cow over his experience, claiming there was a real ghost. Real Sam and Dean are interested. They try talking to him but he says it isn’t part of the game and he’s getting out of there. They believe him because he’s not good enough of an actor to be acting. You got that right! So, while bearded dude is talking to agents Jagger and Richards, Sam and Dean do the pass real money onto the hotel clerk who tells them the ghost story is real. It really did happen 100 years ago that night for the convention folks wanted authenticity. This all happened in the attic. Of course fake Sam and Dean are listening in, for they want that Sizzler gift card.

Real Sam and Dean check out the attic and their real EMF goes nuts. Sam says there’s no way this ends well and Dean replies, “well it serves them right.” Ooh, bitter much Dean? Fake Sam and Dean investigate and run into the same boy ghost as the other guy. These guys are a little smarter though, despite the trouble staying in character. Fake Dean asks where the body is buried. “We’ll light her up nice and toasty.” Oh, this is so bad. The boy points to a picture on the wall. He disappears and they pull down the picture, which has small handprints all over it. There is an old map there of a cemetery. “Okay, this is the coolest game ever,” fake Sam says breaking character. They let their inner fan boys come out before going back into cool character. In the meantime the real Sam and Dean in the attic see a ghost boy with his head scalped. Why don’t we get to see their inner fan boys?

Becky is drinking her cooler and pining for Sam, who’s nearby on his cell phone. He nods so she licks her palm and blows a kiss to Sam. His “kill me” expression sums it up for all of us. She winks back and poor Chuck is there looking all dejected. Aww, I want to give him a hug. It’s okay Chuck, I go for the dorky losers over the tall sexy guys any day. Sam tells Dean that he found out Leticia Gore killed four boys including her son. She scalped him. “Oh, that’s it, I’m going to deep fry this bitch extra crispy.” Oh, Dean, watch it, you’re becoming a caricature of yourself. Or at least saying lines so others can become caricatures of yourself. Sam also doesn’t know where they’re buried.

They overhear fake Sam and Dean going through their old map. “Right there is the…cemetery.” Oh, the bad acting. Sam and Dean come right over and Sam verifies the age of the map and says there is a cemetery on the grounds. Well then, isn’t that where you would have looked first Sam? Dean wants to know where they got it, and fake Dean is surprised they don’t understand the game. “Give me the map Chuckles.” So fake Dean gives the real Dean attitude right back, calling him Chuckles too and then flashes his toy gun. Fake Sam tells him to cool it. A fed up real Dean pulls out his real gun and then the real Sam stops him. "What, they're freaking annoying!" Oh that’s too good.

Sam goes into diplomatic mode. They all want to find the bones, it just would be faster if they worked together. Fake Sam insists they get the Sizzler gift card. Deal. Plus they get to be Sam and Dean. Oh this isn’t going to go over well.
Sure enough, on the way to the cemetery fake Dean calls the real Dean and Sam "Rufus and Bobby" and tells them to hurry up. Oh that's right, Castiel hasn't made the books yet.

Dean is ready to kill these turkeys. They start doing a horrible reenactment of “Asylum” and Dean loses it. He starts taking this tomfoolery personally. “What’s wrong Bobby?” fake Dean asks, obviously very ignorant to the reality that’s eating Dean. “I’m not Bobby. You’re not Sam, you’re not Dean. What is wrong with you? Why in the Hell would you choose to be these guys?” Fake Sam isn’t getting it either, claiming they’re fans just like them. Oh no, just provoke Dean why don’t you? “No, I am not a fan. Okay (loses it a little), not fans. In fact I think the Dean and Sam story sucks. It is not fun, it’s not entertaining, it is a river of crap that would send most people howling to the nuthouse. So you listen to me, they’re pain is not for your amusement. I mean do you think they enjoy being treated like circus freaks?”

Fake Dean and Sam look at Dean like he’s nuts, and even real Sam is having issues with this. He just looks embarrassed. Fake Dean brings up what would be the obvious point if this wasn’t hitting a little too close to home. “Uh, I don’t think they care because they’re fictional characters.” You know, I like fake Dean. He’s demented but not delusional. “They care. Believe me, they care a lot.” Dean storms ahead and Sam is left with the other two disbelieving chuckleheads to cover. “He uh, he takes the story really seriously.” Oh, way to go Sam. At least you’re keeping perspective in this insane mess.

They get to the cemetery and Sam and Dean easily find the gravestones of Leticia Gore and the four boys. Fake Sam and Dean are on the opposite side looking for a pile of bones. Dean really wants to throw some reality in these guys faces. “Generally bones are in the ground.” Sam pulls out a shovel and fake Sam and Dean think they're nuts for digging up an actual grave. “Trust us, you want to win the game, right?” Fake Sam and Dean are extremely nervous about this but stay to watch anyway, for it’s like watching a train wreck. Eventually Dean gets to the casket and opens it. There are real bones in there and fake Sam and Dean try not to barf. They’re freaked. “You guys are nuts,” fake Dean says to Sam. “I thought you guys wanted to be real hunters.” Oh Sam, play nice guy and then go for the harsh reality! You crafty bastard you.

“Hunters aren’t real, this isn’t real,” fake Dean says. Oh yeah? Time for a bitchin’ reality check. The ghost of Leticia Gore comes out from nowhere and sends Sam flying. Fake Sam and Dean run for the hills. Pansies. The real Dean goes to salt and burn the body while Sam is unconscious on the ground. Fake Sam and Dean’s exit is cut off by Leticia, and just before she rips their hearts out of their chests she explodes in a fire ball thanks to Dean lighting up the bones. “Real enough for you?” Dean asks the two guys who have probably peed their pants by now. Yeah, I think this will make an impression.

Now fake Dean is having the same shot of whiskey at the bar the real Dean was having earlier. Fake Sam is having a beer, just like real Sam. He says, “That was really-“ “Awful, right? Exactly.” Real Dean just can’t help but rub it in. Dean’s decent enough though to pay for their drinks before saying goodbye. “Hey, how did you know to do all that?” Fake Dean wants to know. Sam has a good lie. “We uh, we read the books.” Dean nods in agreement. Judging by what Becky tells Sam later, they’re liars! Yep, only the real Winchesters lie that good.

All appears to be well, but since we're only halfway through the episode, we know that's not true. Sam and Dean go up to Chuck and Dean actually has some eloquent parting words. "Hey Chuck, good luck with the Supernatural books and screw you very much." Oh Dean always the sentimentalist. Chuck is not happy. “Fans of yours?” The bearded guy asks. “I’d say no,” Chuck quips. Oh Chuck, the trouble is they are your biggest fans. Life as a writer really is tough, isn’t it?

They go to leave and oops, the door won't open. Dean can’t get the window open either. Sam confirms every entrance is locked. “This is bad.” “You think so Sammy?” Oh no, we learned this from Ghostfacers. It's a supernatural lockdown. They apparently didn't get rid of the ghost. Oh boy, I didn't see that one coming (hint, sarcasm). The bad Latisha gore actress screams and the scalped head boy ghost is there. He’s asks why did they send his mommy away? “Maybe because of the high and tight she gave you? How about some thanks.” Then he turns to Sam, as if he needs to justify the comment. “I’m just saying, a little gratitude might be nice once in a while.” Hmm, me thinks that’s Kripke projecting again. The boy says his mommy didn’t do that to him. Sam asks who did, but since when is a ghost specific before disappearing?

Hookman walks down the hall. Kind of fitting he’s this week’s red shirt, huh? It’s Kripke’s less that subtle way of putting wrath on a harsh fan. Anyway, he hears something, sees the three young boy ghosts and scoffs. “Yeah, how original. Supernatural bringing in more creepy children. Sigh.” The ghosts say something about now that Ms. Gore is gone they can have all kinds of fun. Hookman thinks they don’t even look like real ghosts until they pull out their knives and scalp him to death. Ah well, he believes it now. Sam and Dean find Hookman with a chunk of his skull missing and realize they’re in trouble.

Chuck is in the ballroom signing off and thanks the audience all for their, probing, rigorous questions. Now who would be guilty of that? (looks side to side). Sam comes on stage and whispers something in his ear. “What, holy crap!” Chuck says. Sam calmly tells him to keep everyone in there safe. It’s a matter of life and death. “How do I do that?” “I don’t know, just do it.” Sam gives a quick smile to the crowd and leaves. “Good news, I’ve got much more to tell you I guess. Awesome.” Oh Chuck, you’re so good at pulling off the double meaning.

Dean brings all the staff members into the ballroom and tells them they’re going to want to see this. “It’s a hell of a show.” Then he and Sam salt the doorways. No, that’s not suspicious. Strangely, no one notices. Then Chuck improvises, rather poorly. What’s in store for Sam and Dean? “How do you feel about angels? Let me tell you, they’re not anywhere near as lame as you think.” There Chuck goes with that double entendre again.

Sam and Dean discuss theories. Let’s assume the boys were playing Cowboys and Indians. “LARPing as Cowboys and Indians,” Dean says. “Whatever,” Sam says before going on. Oh come on Sam, take a second to enjoy the joke. They scalp Leticia’s son, she goes nuts and kills them. Now there are three bloodthirsty brats in the building and Leticia was the only one keeping them in control. That is until they torched her. Oops. They need to get back to the cemetery and torch the kids’ bones. Sam, because he’s so good at this, states the obvious. “How, we’re trapped. We don’t even have our guns. The ghosts are running this joint and they’re only scared of one thing.” That gives Dean an idea.

Next they’re talking with fake Leticia Gore. Dean appeals to her nature as an actress. “I work in a Hooters in Toledo.” Ouch! It’s bad enough working at a Hooters but in Toledo? **shiver** Sam tries next to convince her, guaranteeing her safety. Then fake Sam and Dean show up. They want to help. Dean provides instructions to Sam before talking to them. “Just give her the puppy dog thing, okay?” Hee! Okay, I’m busted, for I’m guilty of using the Sam puppy dog comment lots! But I’m not the only one. Sure, it’s in fan fiction, but still. Dean tells fake Sam and Dean no. This isn’t make-believe. They know, they’re terrified, but if all these people are in trouble they got to do something. Why? “Because, that’s what Sam and Dean would do.” He’s got you there Deano!

Back to Chuck, who’s holding his own. “No, there’s really no such thing as a Croatoan virus down there. Uh, you really should see a doctor.” Okay, I’ve never read that one on the boards. Good comment! Hooter waitress enters the room upstairs. She doesn’t want to do this. Dean peeks around the corner and tells her he’s got her back. “Trust me, this is going to work.” Then Dean goes back to where he was with the best “this is so not going to work” expression on his face. Both Jensen and Jared are rocking the nonverbal expressions in this one. She calls out for the boys. She’s doing a far better acting job now than she did before. Maybe she has what it takes to get out of Hooters. At first there’s nothing, and then ghost boys show up.

Back to Sam and fake Sam and Dean who are trying to push the front door open. The scene goes back and forth to fake Leticia convincing the boys to open the doors, putting the fear into them while Sam and the other fakers make some headway with the door. Fake Sam slips out. Back to fake Leticia who’s doing a great job until her cell phone goes off. What a great ring tone! It’s got this modern catchy dance vibe. My ringtone is the theme song to The Simpsons which is awesome too otherwise I’d want that one.
Fake Dean slips out just before the door shuts on real Sam. No one else is getting out. The ghost boys stare down fake Leticia with a homicidal glare, so Dean calmly comes in and tells her to run. He then squares off with the boys with his iron stick. Who hoo, you can tell he’s itching for a fight.

Back to fake Sam and Dean at the cemetery, who are learning that digging graves is hard work. “Oh my God,” fake Sam says. “Supernatural makes digging graves seem so easy. It’s not though. I’m going to throw up.” Then fake Dean talks sense into fake Sam. Yes, the parallels are a bit much at times, but this is pretty good. Back at the inn Dean gets tossed around and loses his iron poker. Just as the boys are about to take him, Sam shows up and does that gigantic ghost zapping swing he’s so good at. Then Sam gets tossed and the weapon goes flying.

Back to Chuck, who’s really dying now. Everyone is pretty bored. Even Becky is wavering a little. He fell in love at 16, lost his virginity and Becky’s expression says it all. TMI. Hotel clerk goes to leave. He’s had enough. He opens the door despite Chuck’s warning and breaks the salt line. Suddenly blond homicidal ghost boy is there complete with knife. Then Chuck comes to the rescue and with full Six Million Dollar Man sound effects takes out the boy with the mike stand. Brilliant! For once, a parody of another show. This of course get’s Becky’s attention. Chuck takes charge. “I said no one leaves dammit! Now somebody salt this door.” Becky is in lurve!

Dean is now on the floor with one of the ghosts overpowering him. Back to fake Sam and Dean, who have the pile of bones but can't get the lighter to light. "How come Dean always light this thing on the first freaking try!" I know, reality sucks, doesn’t it? Back to Sam now, who is also thrown to the ground overpowered. The knife inches closer to Dean. Then the same thing happens to Sam, which really bothers me because the mop of hair is in jeopardy. Do what you want with Sam, just leave the hair alone! Back and forth a few more times and then ghost boys go poof! We see fake Sam and Dean sadly watching the bones burn. Aww, those guys got to be heroes. That's pretty cool. I grew to like them throughout the episode. Meanwhile, the real Dean picks up the iron poker. "You know, maybe that guy’s right. Maybe we should put these things on a bungee." Sam doesn't think it's a half bad idea.

The aftermath. It's daytime, police are there, the body is being rolled out, the witnesses are being interviewed, and Dean is with the fake Sam and Dean. “I got to hand it to you. You saved our asses back there. Thanks.” They most certainly did. Don’t you forget it! Then it occurs to him he doesn't even know their names. Fake Sam is Barnes and fake Dean is Demian. Uh oh, the two guys from TWOP that are always busting Kripke's balls. I haven't checked to see if they're flattered or offended. Given their negativity, it’s likely the latter. They ask Dean his name. "Dean. The real Dean." He’s really serious but both guys laugh. Dean lets them laugh and thanks them again.

“You’re wrong you know,” fake Dean says while Dean tries to leave. “About Supernatural. No offense, but I’m not sure you get what the story’s about. In real life, he sells stereo equipment. I fix copiers. Our lives suck. But to be Sam and Dean, to wake up every morning and save the world, to have a brother that would die for you, well who wouldn’t want that?” Wow, I’m misting. What a great little speech. So unexpected and so dead on. It’s okay boys, I’m a computer programmer. We need a “life sucks let’s love on Supernatural” get together.

This certainly affects Dean somewhat. “Maybe you’ve got a point.” Isn’t a perspective change refreshing once in a while Dean? Dean mentions they don’t make a bad team themselves. How do they know each other? Okay, you asked. They met online in a Supernatural chat room. "Must be nice to get out of your parents basement, make some friends," Dean says. Oh Dean, you and your generalizations. Fake Dean sets the record straight; they're more than friends. They grab hands. They're partners. Dean doesn't know what to say. "Oh.” Fake Sam puts his head on fake Dean's shoulder. “Well, howdi partners." I'm dying to know if Kripke himself has ever used that line at a party. Fake Sam says "Howdi" back and Dean leaves feeling awkward.

Speaking of awkward, Sam isn't getting off easy either. Becky is giving him a dramatic speech, complete with violins playing in the background. The gist, she's letting Sam down easy. “Look Sam, I’m not going to lie, we had undeniable chemistry.” Sam is trying to be respectful, but you know he’s holding in a sigh of relief instead. “But like a monkey on the sun it was too hot to live.” Then Sam gives her this “What???” look that’s probably the best startled reaction in an episode loaded with startled reactions. It’s hysterical!

It can’t go on. She and Chuck have found each other. “My yin to his proud yang. The heart wants what the heart wants.” Sam is looking at her like she’s nuts. She says she’s sorry, then Chuck says he’s sorry, and Sam handles it like a pro. “Will you be alright,” Becky asks? Sam chooses to play along, and with one deep sigh answers, “Honestly, I don’t know. I’ll just have to find a way to keep living I guess.” What a sport! Who knew Sam could be so facetious? “God bless you,” Becky says.

“Okay,” Sam says, suddenly much better. “Oh, hey Chuck, look if you really want to publish more books, I guess that’s okay with us.” “Really?” an excited Chuck asks. “No, not really. We have guns and we’ll find you.” Chuck suddenly agrees no more books. He’s got the backing of an archangel though. What’s stopping him? Still, Sam’s line becomes the funniest line in this funny episode.

Just as Sam leaves Becky jumps in with a little tidbit that would have been so useful before now. She mentions the end of "Time Is On My Side" and goes into the whole bit about how Bela stole the colt and gave it to Lilith. Uh yeah, Sam knows that part all too well. Does he know she lied? She really gave it to a demon named Crowley. Now Sam's interested. He asks Chuck how come he didn't mention this. "She knows the books better than I do." Hmm, interesting, you think Kripke is confessing to something here? Naturally, Sam asks Becky for everything. For those that wonder why Becky would suddenly bring up the colt, I’m certain it has to do with Dean’s outburst in the bar early in the episode when he told Chuck in front of Becky they were hunting for it.

Dean is waiting by the Impala smiling. This whole experience wasn't so bad after all. That's the way I always feel after a con, despite my reservations in going. Sam arrives and asks if he’s okay. Yeah, he thinks he’s good. Sam mentions he strangely got a lead on the colt. He'll tell him about it on the drive. They climb into the Impala and drive off in another great glory shot of parting.

Oh, but we get a bonus ending! Rob Benedict said this wasn't in the script, its just something the editor threw in. Kripke had about two pages of these quick lines and so they taped them realizing they wouldn't make the final cut. Maybe they were thinking gag reel. Apparently they did have some time to show a few. They're pure gold!

“Like a lot of authors I started writing because of love. Yeah, I had a huge crush on Nancy McKeon who played Jo in The Facts of Life. I must have written her 40 to 50 letters. She never wrote back.”

“I don’t think The Benders made flesh suits out of all their victims. Maybe like a couple of scarves.”

“Actually my favorite movie was Beaches. Hillary and CeCe were just so brave.” This part was actually the one part of the episode that got me rolling on the floor. Sam slowly emulates slitting his throat, while Dean pretends to blow his brains out with his two fingers. These guys MUST do comedy together when this show is done. Their timing is perfect! “So strong,” Chuck finishes.

“The way I look at it, it’s not really jumping the shark if you never come back down.” There’s a tagline! Must find a place to put it on the site.

Okay, that’s an episode. Next week is a major downer, so enjoy the light stuff while it’s here.


# Jasminka 2009-11-24 02:04
Loved it, Alice! It’s like watching this episode all over again, with some fine, little comments… talking about fun… Thanks for the beautiful Impala line up... gosh I love that car… as Christmas is approaching: can I have one?
Your Con account is hilarious, and I’m there with you – the cut to Sam and Dean during that scene makes it worthwhile and wonderfully funny. But – do Americans really think Germans talk like that? I haven’t heard that kind of accent before, and I live among Germans (though I am of different origin), for my ears he sounded more French than German (he was annoying nonetheless).

Sam-tini?! Really? Oh dear… I’m feeling sick…

It’s great how they throw in the differences to the LARPing fans, as they are mostly geeks, insecure boys, I liked the girl’s line ‘you’re not afraid of women’, damn straight he isn’t. I’ve never really understood why some guys get afraid of a pretty woman, but I’d have to be a man to get that, I suppose. I missed that suave look on Dean’s face, he didn’t have much time to put it on lately… give me some more flirting Dean…

‘I like fake Dean. He’s demented but not delusional’, have I ever mentioned I love your use of wordplay and alliteration? Great job!

I agree with you – we should enjoy the light stuff before the ‘major downers’ kick in. I still hope for the occasional fun episode, come on who could stand twelve heavy chapters, I’m going to run out of Kleenex. I do hope to see Jensen and Jared in comedies; their timing is indeed impeccable, as their body language comes so organically. Rolling on the floor? Yep. Really liked this episode. Really liked fakeSam and fakeDean and that they became the true heroes of this episode while being sweet and simply good guys.

Hey, first days of the hiatus have already passed – this will be going fast… and January 21st will be here sooner than we think…

;-), Jas
# Bethany 2009-11-24 07:12
I feel i should point out that Barnes on TWOP is actually a woman pamela barnes i believe. Read Demians review of this episode his outrage is amusing!
# Dany 2009-11-24 07:26
Alice you just made my day!
Great recap (6 pages, yey!) as usually, I felt like I was seeing the episode all over again. And the comments you add are wonderful, you manage to get me laughing every time!

Great screencaps too, the boys faces during the all episode were really priceless, and the Impalas!
# Suze 2009-11-24 08:19
I'm pathetic, I was determined not to spoil myself but it's all gone to pot in spectacular fashion now ... :roll::

I'm looking on it as a taster for the real thing!
# Faellie 2009-11-24 08:43
Alice I like your recap. I liked the episode too. It had a happy ending, which is rare in Season 5 - even an ep like Changing Channels didn't have one.

I thought the Leticia Gore actress's comment on the 17 fake Deans was that they were all wearing "MacGyver" jackets, and that this was a nod to Jared's Young MacGyver pilot.

I hope Mr Winchester Family Business doesn't get as far as page 3 on this one!
# Randal 2009-11-24 11:13
I remember the episode being quite comical, but this really brought it back (an apocalypse is a powerful thing, no?)

At least they didn't use a first/last name combo. Geddy and Lee? Angus and Young? I bet Neil Peart and the estate of Bon Scott were quite pissed.

I absolutely loved Chuck's answers, so matter-of-fact. He really doesn't want this gig but given that Sam and Dean are living it, sympathy's a bit harder to come by and I can, er, sympathize. Of course, by the end, fake Dean sets him straight.

Hey, Jasminka, most of us guys don't look like Jensen or Jared, thus, dorky loser neuroses. 8-) And, yes, that was a stereotypical German as done by an American (you should check out the SNL Hanz and Franz sketches for even more), but yeah, I can see how that would come across as almost French.

I think the ultimate lesson of this episode is that, show runners, *always* hire an obsessed fan to nitpick continuity and offer helpful suggestions.
# Sablegreen 2009-11-24 14:37
Great recap Alice. Thanks for the line of impalas and Dean's smile at the end. Also all of Sam's bitch faces and the gun-shooting-th roat-slashing shot. Your right, they should do comedy.

I also noticed fake Dean was wearing the real amulet the first time I saw it. I was screaming at the TV, Dean GRAB IT! Kripke could have gotten a fake amulet too! I didn’t need to see someone else wearing it! :sad: Here I’ll say DAMN YOU KRIPKE!

In the end, when Sam and Dean were both alped....Sam called to Dean for help. That was something the s4 Sam would not have done, but the Sam of seasons past would. Again an indication that the brotherly bond is as strong as ever. I felt bad that Dean didn't jump up and help his brother, and when the next shot showed Dean, I thought he was going have a surge of adrenalin, dissipate his ghost, and get to his brother…but instead the fake duo came through. Which was cool to see also. But what else could you expect, after all…. THEY HAD THE REAL AMULET……OF COURSE they are going to be heroes… how could they NOT be! Kripke, give that back to Dean!!!! :evil:
# Bevie 2009-11-24 14:57
Fun recap Alice!

I too would like Dean to get his amulet back. But where have his ring and bracelet gone to? Did Cas take them too? LOL. Did Jensen just forget to put them on for the last couple of episodes? How will he open his beer?

I did enjoy this episode and kudos to fakeDean and fakeSam to being real heroes. Becky is annoying, but then she is supposed to be so I'm OK with that. Poor Chuck! How is he going to put food on his table now?
Perhaps the archangel will provide for him.
# sonia 2009-11-25 13:24
yes hilary love sam dean
# Jodie 2009-11-26 16:27
Alice I love your recaps!! They always find a way to make me laugh :D

Jensen and Jared's faces throughout this episode where hysterical and I'm so glad you put pics of them in here :D

Fake Dean and Sam really grew on me too throughout this episode. Especially at the end when fake Dean gave real Dean the little speech and then totally freaked Dean out by admitting that fake Sam was really his partner lol hahaa. Really great episode this one I think.
# Jasminka 2009-11-26 17:31
Hi Randal, I took a glimpse at the Hand and Franz clips (those I could look at, unfortunately some videos are not available to us not living in the US) you mentioned – hilarious, really, not exactly representative, though, as the imitate Schwarzenegger, right? Oh dear, the man comes from an Austrian region called the Steiermark, I believe, and the dialect there is (for my ears, sorry Arnold) on of the most annoying in Austria… Any Austrians out there, don’t kill me – I adore Vienna a lot! Lived there for a while, studied there for a while. Absolutely loved it...

Oooops, Jas