Up today in our Carver episode review series is "Death Takes A Holiday."  Alice did a hidden gems article a little bit ago, and I have to say, this one is on my list.  I really like this episode, but I kind of forget how much I do until I see it again.  So I'm excited to review it!  Let's do this!

  •     I totally sympathize with the guy walking out of the bar that's talking about fantasy football.  I have a team in my husband's work league, and I obsess over it, too.
  •     Dean vs. the Jukebox.  Aw, he just wants to hear a song.
  •     I don't know why, because it should be gross, but I find it endearing when Dean talks with his mouth full.

  •     Flooredbythelord.com!  AMAZING.
  •     When Sam and Dean go to the cemetery to do the ritual over Cole's grave, it's obviously really cold because they're wearing gloves.  But they still have their thin jackets on.  Someone get those boys some warm clothing, stat!
  •     I really like this shot.  Typical night in the lives of the Winchesters.

  •     Interesting, too, that Sam and Dean have a conversation about the natural order and dying.  Dean points out that all they do is ditch death, which is pretty much the same thing Death himself says a season later.
  •     I love that they can't come up with a good excuse when they get caught at the cemetery.  Because, well, there really isn't one!  But it doesn't matter because it's Alastair.  Which is much worse, but still.
  •     Man, it is hard to watch Sam when he gets all powered up.  It's impressive and scary all at the same time.
  •     Dean is the worst at laying on beds.  What is this position he's in?  Not that I'm complaining, mind.

  •     Sam's in a hoodie!  Aw, hoodies.

  •     PAMELA!  Man, I really liked her.  Why did they have to go and kill her?  Not cool, Jeremy Carver!
  •     I love the dramatic color change that happens right as Pamela finishes the incantations and Dean sits up.  It goes from washed-out normal to blue-washed out.  Very clever.
  •     Oh, Dean.  Don't ever change.

  •     Tessa!  I really like her, too.  Ooh, but I'd forgotten that Dean didn't remember her at first.
  •     I'm sure there were easier ways for Tessa to give Dean his memories of her back, but when you can kiss him, why the hell not go for it?
  •     I just ADORE the fact that Cole has random oars in the corner of his room.  What young boy doesn't have oars in his room, I ask you?
  •     I know Sam thinks he's doing the right thing, and that getting the location of the demons is important, but it's really hard to watch him lie to Cole about being able to stay with his family forever.

  •     Dean's little heart-to-heart with Tessa is painful.  I'm always glad when Dean can open up to someone, it's just sad that it's never the people he should be opening up to.
  •     WHO'S MR. MIYAGI?!?!?!  Bad Cole!  Bad!
  •     Dean's "I'm concentrating" face! Reminds me of his "I'm Dean pretending to be Jensen pretending to be Dean" face from "The French Mistake."

  •     That was a pretty clever trap, Alastair.  Pretty clever indeed.
  •     First Alastair then Crowley have Death's sickle.  I wonder how Crowley got it after Alastair dies.
  •     The whole part with Pamela and the demon coming in to kill her reminds me of this terrifying movie called "Wait Until Dark" with Audrey Heburn and Alan Arkin.  Hepburn plays a recently blinded woman, and Arkin is a criminal who comes to her apartment because he thinks she has a doll of his that's stuffed full of heroin.  That description doesn't do it justice, but it's an awesome movie.
  •     It's super badass when Cass lightning zaps Alastair and traps him.  But it's even more badass when he says "guess again," and then is looking off into the distance so he can dramatically turn towards Dean.  That guy sure knows how to present himself in a theatrical manner.  He also knows how to really rock the sex hair look.

  •     Dean: "If you wanted our help, why the hell didn't you just ask?"   Castiel: "Because whatever I ask, you seem to do the exact opposite."  And Dean's like, "okay, you got me there."
  •     One of the things I like best about Tessa is she doesn't bullshit Dean.  She listens to him, hears what he doesn't say, and then gives him good advice, sternly but not meanly.  That's usually the best way to handle Dean.  Just tell it like it is.
  •     Meep.  Pamela, no!

  •     And then it gets even more sad because this is the episode with the Kim Manners tribute after it!  Man, that is depressing.  I miss Kim Manners!


 

Despite the death of Pamela and the Kim Manners tribute, I still really like that episode.  It's a good one, no?  Next up, it's the Jimmy Novak special "The Rapture."