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I like how this shot is framed. It's not that often we see Sam sitting down while two other people are standing and talking. But just look at Sam here. He's all chill and relaxed and nonchalant. He doesn't look upset or anything. Which is part of the problem with new Sam: he's so unemotional. And the body language of Samuel and Dean is really subtle here, too. Samuel is leaning in a bit, his head cocked toward Sam because he's been with him for this past year and has spent time with him and trusts him. Dean is leaning back slightly and has his head at a bit of an angle, like he's not entirely certain what to make of Sam at this point. And that's true because Dean doesn't know what to make of Sam at this point. He just learned Sam was out of Hell, and he's grateful and happy and suspicious and angry and all sorts of things. But compare this reunion with the one from "Lazarus Rising" and ouch, show. Ouch.
I just like the fact that Dean and Lisa have a photo board in the kitchen. It's so...normal. I'm really curious to know how many pictures of themselves Sam and Dean actually have. I'm guessing not many. And just look at how adorable the pictures are! So cute! Plus, I am going to call out Dean for putting some sort of dessert on the picture board. Can't forget the dessert!
In what will probably become a major theme, here's another shot where I love the framing. I adore this shot. Dean and Lisa have just had a pretty major conversation, and instead of milking it and being all dramatic and in-your-face with the repercussions, the camera pans away and you just see them sitting together on the stairs, just two people trying to figure out their lives together. It's very understated and lovely.
You might be wondering why this shot is in here. Well, first off, I think Lisa is completely awesome and the best girlfriend ever and if she gets killed or if Ben gets killed, I am going to be a blubbering mess. Fair warning. But why I really love this shot is because that outfit is the same thing she was wearing in "The Kids Are Alright." Her hair is her now hair, kind of wavy, and back then it was straight, so it's not just a photo from that episode. See below for evidence.
See her party outfit? Same as in the picture up top! Why does this make me so happy? Well, really, how many shows do you watch where the characters wear the same clothes? This one, of course, because Sam and Dean don't own many clothes. Now, there are probably a number of shows where characters re-wear their clothes, but it always drives me bonkers when you never see a character wear the same thing twice because who really has that many outfits? So I think it's kind of awesome that they kept this wardrobe around and had Lisa show up in it again. Nice job, wardrobe department.
This shot from the final scene kind of sums up the entire interaction between Sam and Dean in this episode. Neither of them look entirely comfortable. Dean looks worried and a bit scared and unsure of how to handle Sam, where Sam is going to fit into his new life, and whether staying with Lisa and Ben was the right decision. He just doesn't know what to do. Sam looks cool and unruffled and unemotional. Who knows what's going on under the surface? I hope we find out soon because I'm dying to know what is up with Sam and what brought him and Samuel back.
Those are some of my favorite moments from "Exile on Main Street." What were some of your favorites? And a special thanks to the website Supernatural HQ Screencaps for such high-quality images and for getting them posted so quickly after the episode!