After last weekâ€™s brotherly blowout and the relatively quick fix that followed I wasnâ€™t totally sure where Time For A Wedding would take us. Would Sam be completely over Deanâ€™s betrayal of his trust? Would Dean open up any more about whatâ€™s going on with him? I really wasnâ€™t sure where everything stood.
Enter Time for a Wedding which served as a quirky and surprising plot vehicle. On the surface it was a fun and fluffy episode but I think there were some important bits and pieces that advanced the season arc nicely.
We find Dean in a strip club putting the patented Dean Winchester moves on a club employee. There have certainly been a lot of these kinds of scenes lately. It would seem that Dean is back to his usual self after Lisa or at least thatâ€™s what heâ€™d like to believe. Thereâ€™s a fairly obvious difference between Dean in these scenes and the Dean of the past; his total inability to seal the deal. Heâ€™s been close; take Defending Your Life for example. But he needed to give himself a pep talk. â€œYouâ€™re Dean Winchester, this is what you do.â€ Since when has he needed that? And in last weekâ€™s The Mentalists he had a clear opportunity with Melanie and he didnâ€™t take it. Maybe Iâ€™m reading into this too much, but to me this seems like a clear sign that heâ€™s not ready to move on. Whether thatâ€™s a subconscious decision or not, Iâ€™m not sure.
It was interesting to me how open Dean was with the girl in the strip club. He shared things with her that Sam couldnâ€™t get out of him no matter how hard he tried. He admits that his â€œfriendâ€ is nervous about his brotherâ€™s mental state and the fact that he doesnâ€™t need him anymore. He explains that heâ€™s worried about how well Sam is coping because heâ€™s not sure how long it will last. These are all things that Sam wants Dean to talk about with him. But instead heâ€™s confiding in a stranger. Iâ€™ll ask again, why is it so hard for Dean to open up to Sam? I get that he feels a sense of parental obligation. And I know that he wants to be that stone #1 for Sam; the thing that grounds him. But you can only build on a firm foundation and thatâ€™s something you canâ€™t fake.
Dean is given another reason to worry about his brotherâ€™s sanity when heâ€™s invited to Sam and Beckyâ€™s wedding. I have to admit I was pretty happy to see Becky in the â€œThenâ€ segment at the beginning of the episode. Iâ€™ve always found her obsession with Sam entertaining. And being the spoilerphobe I am, I was clueless as to who Samâ€™s mystery bride would be. Seeing her I knew something was up. This couldnâ€™t be a psychotic break on Samâ€™s part. It had to be somethingâ€¦supernatural. Dean didnâ€™t seem totally convinced at first though. For a while there it seemed he thought Sam was losing it. Thankfully Samâ€™s odd behavior tipped Dean off eventually.
But in the meantime Dean actually tried being supportive. Dean bringing Sam a waffle iron was most likely meant to be a lighthearted moment but seeing as how I like to read into things way to much I will do just that. To me the waffle iron meant that Dean was respecting Samâ€™s wishes. It meant that even though he didnâ€™t agree with Samâ€™s choice and was very skeptical of Becky he wanted to stay a part of Samâ€™s life. He could have just wedged his way back into Samâ€™s world like he did last week, using the case as an excuse to stay close to his brother. But this time he made a gesture and waited to be invited back in. And when Sam told him he was working the case with Becky he just let him. Are these two growing up or what?
Beckyâ€™s Wiccan friend/crossroads demon Guy was an interesting character. I enjoyed his charisma. For me it wasnâ€™t a stretch of the imagination to believe that someone as invested in the Supernatural books as Becky could be fooled by Guyâ€™s charm. He was certainly very convincing; painting vivid pictures of what her life could be. Unfortunately for him Crowley isnâ€™t a fan of rule benders. It struck me as odd that the King of Hell was so opposed to the idea of bending the truth to get what you want. Which made me think this may be Crowleyâ€™s first attempt to butter up the Winchesters. Richard Rowman, the leader of the leviathan, snubbed Crowley so completely that he canâ€™t hope to ever partner with them. But I would guess that demons and leviathan would find it hard to peacefully coexist. So if Crowley canâ€™t join them, heâ€™ll want to beat them.
Lucky for him the Winchesters want the same thing. He already told Sam and Dean that heâ€™s asked his demons to stay out of their way as long as they are hunting the leviathan. And now heâ€™s punishing his demons for doing demon-type-things and giving souls back to their original owners. Doesnâ€™t that seem a little benevolent to you? I donâ€™t know to what extent heâ€™d like to work with Sam and Dean but Iâ€™m pretty sure heâ€™s working toward a partnership of sorts. I canâ€™t think what it would take to get Sam and Dean to agree to work with the demon who manipulated Castiel. They would have to be pretty desperate. Do you think thereâ€™s any way Sam and Dean would agree to work with Crowley? What would it take?
While Sam was off hunting with Becky Bobby managed to scrounge up an intern for Dean. I think Dean could have handled the job alone but Garth did provide some comic relief. I wonder where Bobby even dug him up and if weâ€™ll get to see him again in the future?
When Sam was under the spell of the love potion Becky was giving him, I wonder if he was suffering from any Hell-ucinations? It didnâ€™t seem like it. But he did seem to be in pain when he would ease back to reality and I assumed it was a result of his hell memories flooding back in. Were you all under a similar impression? I have to say I was glad to be given a reason to remember that Sam is still suffering. We havenâ€™t dealt much with his story line for the past few weeks and I donâ€™t like when things are kept on the back burner for too long. So I was really happy for Sam and Deanâ€™s talk by the car. Sam tells Dean that he still needs him watching his back which is something Iâ€™m sure Dean wanted to hear.
â€œDonâ€™t be too impressed, itâ€™s still a Denver scramble up here, I just know my way around the plate now.â€
Dean even gives his brother a long overdue compliment on how well heâ€™s been handling his stress.
â€œYou know I gotta say man, for a whack job you really pulled yourself together.â€
Thatâ€™s a pretty big compliment by Dean standards. But he doesnâ€™t stop there.
â€œItâ€™s stupid to think that you need me around all that time, youâ€™re a grown upâ€
I canâ€™t think of another time when Iâ€™ve heard Dean tell Sam that he knows he doesnâ€™t need him. It has to be a hard thing to admit. To some extent I think Dean finds his worth in the fact that Sam needs him. So what is he left with now? Well according to Sam he can take some time and take care of himself for a change; a thought that doesnâ€™t seem to sit well with Dean. I can only hope he takes Samâ€™s advice.
So what did you all think of the episode? Did you think it patched up any of the holes left by last weekâ€™s quick fix?
There were some other random observations and quotes worth mentioning.
*I love that Sam and Dean have a yearly Vegas week. Theyâ€™ve hinted at their Vegas trips in the past but weâ€™ve never gotten to see them take any sort of vacation.
*â€You came in here looking like someone shot your puppy.â€
*The â€œgranola munching hike in the desertâ€ quote coupled with â€œyouâ€™re a hike in the desert, hippie douche grown up.â€ pretty much sums up my feelings about camping as well. Iâ€™m glad me and Dean share that sentiment.
* Sam: â€œPink is for loyaltyâ€ â€“ That was an interesting comment. Was that meant as a backhanded insult?
* I loved the exploding wedding cake title card.
* Dean: â€œShouldnâ€™t she ask for my permission or something?â€
Sam: â€œYou want her to ask for my hand?â€
*Sam getting misty over Beckyâ€™s journal was hilarious.
*Garth: â€œYou Dean? I thought youâ€™d beâ€¦taller.â€
*Dean: â€œNo, Iâ€™m pointing out a pattern. Why does everyone always think Iâ€™m threatening them?â€
*Sam: â€œBecky, why am I not wearing any pants?â€
Becky: â€œThey were very constricting.â€
*Guy: â€œYouâ€™re so pathetic it actually loops back around to cute.â€
*Sam: â€œAw, you made a fwend.â€