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Martin is sleeping in his bed, and then he pulls an ice pick on Dean when he wakes him. At least he's being cautious! He tells Dean he looks like hell. Dean feels like it too. Where's Sam? Lockdown. He went nuts. I'll say! If you're gonna lose it, do it big. Dean admits he's going crazy too. Ah, but crazy is the clue. Martin asks what he means, and then wide eyed Dean looks off to the side and freezes. Ooh, he's not playing with a full deck, is he? Martin snaps him out of it and Dean goes back to crazy is the clue. They're going to have kill whatever or end up like a couple of nutbags. No offense to Martin of course. None taken. 

Dean is somehow managing to put the pieces together. "Me and him freaking out on the same day. It's got to be the…" "Monster?" Martin finishes. Suddenly Dean freaks out. "Where, where?" Ha! Jensen is really playing up the crazy. Anyway, Dean gets back to business. What if this thing doesn't feed on the insane?  What if it makes people crazy? Martin thinks it makes sense, even though he's not the most reliable source on what's real. Oh Martin, I think you're way better than most. Dean thinks that they got infected somehow. Then Dean's train of thought derails and he guesses it could be about his dad. Yep, daddy issues are always on the high list of crazy. Martin puts him back on course though, and the next theory is when Wendy kissed them both she could have poisoned them.

They go to Wendy's room, but not very quickly since Dean is trying to avoid all the cracks in the hallway. Given its done in tiles, there are plenty. Crazy Dean is really funny! Put together drugged up Sam and crazy Dean for an episode and I think we'll have something extraordinary! Anyway, they hear a scream. It's seems that Wendy is the next victim instead. That's because evil perky nurse is attacking her. She looks like a wraith in the mirror. Sorry, but this reveal is no shock. I had her pegged pretty early. Dean asks if it's real. She pulls a weird spiky thing out of Wendy's skull and licks it. "Oh, it's real sugar." Oh, she's goin' down!

Now for the obligatory fight scene. After all, every supernatural creature fights with mega overpowering strength. It's in the genes I guess. She knocks Dean and Martin around and then pounds Dean in a fashion reserved usually for Sam.  Martin grabs the silver letter opener and slashes her hand. It sizzles. Oh yeah, monster. She leaves, locking them in. Martin checks on Wendy and somehow with slit wrists and a hole in her head she's still alive. Of course the nurse alerts the orderlies that there are two patients in Wendy's room that attacked her. That gives her the opportunity to go for some more fresh crazy brain. Guess where?

Martin tends to Wendy's wounds and tells Dean he has to go out there and kill the monster. Dean can barely see straight. He isn't sure he can. Martin tells him he has no choice. The guys come in and Martin attacks them both so Dean can get away. He does, but it's hardly swift. He's staggering all over the hallway. Interesting how no one is able to come after him. Is Martin really that strong to hold two guys that long? Where's the security cameras with security team on watch? Oh yeah, we assumed early on those things were broken. Where's the rest of the staff? Oh yeah, they ignore screams. Dean manages to focus and follows the trail of blood.  

Here's a favorite shot of mine, the overhead view of Sam locked in a rubber room strapped to a bed. I know people complained that Sam was tied down yet again, but somehow I never tire of it. Go figure. Nurse enters and Sam asks her to let him go. No, he's far too angry to be out there in the real world. Sadly, that's a true statement. He looks in the mirror and sees it's the wraith. She starts to monologue, since that's a requirement among villains and Sam is a captive audience. She says that "you hunters" don't live up to their rep. They come in there talking tough about killing monsters? That made them easy to spot. She does have a point. Of course Sam struggles against the straps, hoping by some miracle something will pop loose. No such luck. 

The way she infected them, it was a touch during the exam. That makes sense with a nurse. Of course she goes all monstery, talking how the place is her own five star restaurant. After running her finger across Sam's forehead and tasting it (eww) she admits crazy brains are the best. It's all that dopamine and adrenaline and chemicals. Yeah, well adrenaline is certainly something the Winchesters run high on. Sam accuses her of making him that way but no, she only helped. She cranks up what's there. The anger was all him. Hmm, kind of like not needing the demon blood to gank high level demons. The thing Dean probably still doesn't know about. 

Sam still struggles but gets nowhere. "You build your own house, I give you the legos." Sam is actually listening to her with belief. She pops the spike out of her arm, ready for some Sammy seething brain juice. Eww. This is the predictable moment where Dean busts in to rescue Sam, but he can barely stand straight. Evil bitch knows this and with her trademark smirk taunts, "Do you really think this is going to end well for you kiddo?" Does she mean right now or later? It's interesting how Dean is told that from time to time.   Dean answers no and pulls out the letter opener. "But I'm crazy, what the Hell?" They fight, and fight, and fight and fight and fight (thank you Itchy and Scratchy) but power monster prevails, holding Dean against the wall and putting out her spike thing. So Dean…breaks it off? That's how you thwart the infamous wraith monster? Oookkaaayyy.

Blood spurts out and she goes back screaming. Dean in his totally incoherent and wobbly state somehow picks up the letter opener and does a direct hit to the heart. Sam lays there strapped to the bed watching all this like a damsel in distress. Suddenly everything goes back to normal for Dean. "Are you still crazy?" Sam asks. "Not anymore than usual." Sam is actually relieved by that. Dean starts to undo the straps and the security alarm goes off. Now? It took them long enough.   Granted, I know little about inpatient mental hospitals, and this facility isn't exactly a place for dangerous offenders, but wouldn't the rubber room lockdown wing be heavily secured? Shouldn't guards or orderlies be swarming by now? How did Dean get in undetected? I know, must suspend believability and call this the lamest mental hospital ever.


# Ardeospina 2010-01-30 21:31
Great recap as usual, Alice.

The end of this episode made me really nervous, too. I don't know what else Dean really could have said to Sam since all he does is repress and repress, but it's certainly not what Sam needed or wanted to hear. This is definitely going to have some ramifications down the line.

When I rewatched the episode, I noticed a really cool shot they did when Dean is watching the mirror in the hallway to see who the wraith is. The female doctor comes up to talk to him, then the male doctor comes by, says hello to Dean, and when they pan back to show the mirror, only Dean is in it. The female doctor isn't there! But it's really quick, and I didn't notice the first time through, since I wasn't really watching for it. But nice subtlety there, Show!

Lastly, when Sam encounters Dean after his first conversation with his fake doctor, he says he was "thraped," like "therapy raped," I guess. I think I read somewhere that this was a reference from "Girl, Interrupted," but I don't know for sure.

Again, great recap! I, for one, don't care when you post them. I'll still read!
# elle 2010-01-31 00:45
Great recap, as usual, Alice! I love reading them because your comments always make me laugh. The end scene still makes me feel odd, even just reading about it, I'm not sure what to make of it.
# Bevie 2010-01-31 13:48
That was a fun review Alice. Was laughing all through it. Especially Arrogant Sadistic Bastard Doctor! LOL!

You want a fully frontal? Me, too (in a very very quiet voice down here in my gutter). Though I'm afraid if I did get it I'd immediately pass out and miss the rest of the show. Though it would be worth it as I tape them and could catch up later. Heehee!

About the final scene, just what does Sam want Dean to do about Sam's anger issues? A few episodes ago he was telling Dean he left with Ruby to get away from Dean and he wanted Dean to let him stand on his own two feet. When does he start doing that then? Dean has to support all Sam's insecurities and never get any support for himself? Remember the boohoos from both Sam and Bobby last season? I don't think Dean knows what to do about Sam and is dreadfully afraid he will lose him again, especially now when it is needed for them to be united at all costs.

I really liked when Sam all drugged up told Dean that he loved him and "booped" his nose. So cute! Oh, boys, you really get to me!
# Jasminka 2010-01-31 16:23
Alice, I have no problem reliving an episode a week later – I like watching them a few times, after a day or a week, so what? Thank you for this recap which is great, as always. You’re great at this – but I reckon you know that by now. Doesn’t hurt repeating it, does it?

Y’all must have had a great laugh at the Babar-joke, which unfortunately eluded me, as I was not familiar with that, sigh…
I wonder how many in-jokes I might have missed simply because I’m not American?

I’ve said so much earlier about this episode that I actually don’t really know what to say that wouldn’t be redundant.

There’s one point that did strike me, though, after re-watching it. That diagnosis they gave Dean… Either Dean played his role of being an arrogant a-hole so well or they just don’t know their DSM… The personality disorder is not so clear, and I doubt that the shrink in the beginning thoroughly explored their childhood (which would be necessary to even think of that diagnosis). If he did, the assigned ‘imagined’ shrink wouldn’t have to go there again, asking about Dean’s father (since Dean would know that he already answered those questions). It all sounds more schizotypal (but those are just my ears, sorry, I like to do my job right, as in not giving the wrong diagnosis).

I believe, Alice, what he said when Sam found him in the corridor was ‘I just got raped’, well that’s what I heard (any other word I came up with seemed weird) and – imagining whatever question the ‘doc’ might have asked him (especially perhaps in regard to dad) could have felt like violation to him… I don’t remember those lines from Girl,Interrupte d that Ardeospina mentioned, but ‘thraped’ sounds about logical…

We’re given some great moments in this episode. I’d also love to see more of Sam being happily drunk, yeah, that was a Sam-fan-fest… loved it just as much as I felt moved by the ending… it really hurt to see them drive away in the mindset they were in…

Thanks, by the way, for not including me in the nutty staff, Alice – I’m relieved.

Alice, love your recaps. I do, I do… Best always, Jas
# Jasminka 2010-01-31 16:25
P.S: I can't find this in any dictionary - what exactly is GED?
this might be a stupid question, but that's just one of my most lovable traits- asking such questions...
:lol: 8-) :lol:
# ElenaM 2010-01-31 16:47
:lol: The silver lining to an episode that stretches plausibility well beyond the breaking point? A really funny recap! Nicely done. Loved how you called Sam out, too--"the king of evasiveness and internalizing." Totally. 'Course, when he does finally try to open up a little he gets shut down, since Dean's barely hanging on as it is... poor guys.

Jas, GED basically stands for General Equivalency Diploma (other words have been assigned to the acronym too, e.g. General Education Development, so don't feel bad about any confusion!). A person who didn't graduate from an actual high school can take an exam to earn a GED, which is the equivalent of a high school diploma. Hope this helps!
# Jasminka 2010-01-31 17:04
wow, thanks ElenaM - that's interesting! That acronym has been used a few times, and now it makes sense to me - does that mean, Dean might have taken some exam along the road? He might ... Thank you, learned something new now. :-) Jas
# Sablegreen 2010-02-01 13:36
Good recap, Alice….You always pick up neat details….like the different ways the boys wore their robes. I saw that too, but I think that was an early effect of their subconscious surfacing. Like Dean said during Sam’s ‘drunken’ scene, he is a happy drunk. He’s not as serious as he lets on, and really should open up more. Certainly would help his relation with Dean. Maybe then we’d get some ‘pudding’ dances from Sam!

As far as Dean setting himself up as a failure, I hope not. We all die if they fail!

I caught the knife angle myself. You leave your ribs wide open if you strike with it straight, and are not in a good angle for a second strike. Someone should teach the boys Martial arts…or maybe not. They seem to do okay already.

We had two signs that Sam never told Dean about Ruby, one was in the initial interview. Dean and Sam were telling the truth, and Dean excused his brother‘s actions because he was ‘high’. I don’t know, maybe I was looking for something that wasn’t there, but the look on Sam’s face when Dean said that look sad to me. Maybe that was what pushed its second time appearance, when Sam hallucinated Dean repeating Ruby’s words. That also shows how afraid Sam is that Dean will find out. …not finding out that Sam still has powers, but that its proof, at least to Sam anyway, that he is a freak (which he isn’t). Ever heard the saying, “Oh what a web we weave, when first we practice to deceive”. Poor Sam…..he should just tell Dean ALL of it. Would help the two of them immensely.

After the Sam fought the imaginary patients, and they dragged him away, did he yell “Dean, help”? I couldn’t tell from the episode but sounded like that on the clip.

As for the final scene, I agree with Bevie. Both Dean and Sam have had piss-poor lives, which they have done nothing to deserve. Dean copes by denying (and it works), Sam by anger (and that doesn’t). Dean faced his subconscious by himself and got them both out, Sam faced his with anger, and he almost got himself killed (and that wasn’t the first time). I just don’t feel Sam’s directing part of his anger to Dean is really fair. And Sam has to realize that on his own. Dean can’t tell him. (And that is speaking from personal experience) What Dean did was give his brother the advice that helped Dean…and that was to bury it…….at least for now. And as for leaving Dean again, I don’t think so. He has left Dean three times now in the series, and none of them worked for Sam. And for the record, I don’t think Sam followed Ruby to get away from Dean…Fallen Idol was way out of character for both boys. He did it for the reason he stated in Heaven and Hell (at least I think it was Heaven and Hell)…...beca use Ruby acted like Dean would have to a big brother.

As for completely giving up…I don’t think Sam is that weak. He has a lot of Dad in him… and I don’t think it would sit well with Dean either.

Okay done rambling!
# Suze 2010-02-02 10:55
Pudding! :lol: Coffee snorting moment number 39852 ...

I thought Dean said " raped " but my speakers are shot and I had the sound turned way down so I could hear any nearby short people throwing up, so really it could have been anything ( secret of a happy life folks ... Have more buckets than family members ;-) )
# Maggie 2010-02-03 15:37
Wow Great review!! I really enjoy it!
Did you do 2 reviews cause I read another days before from blogcritics and says: from Alice Jester, too. but they are very different, I like more this one.

I really really like it.