It's a Valentine's Day with Love cloaked in Shame, Kisses of Death, and Dick Moves.
So much fakery and deception! (Fake love, fake Amara, fake hairdresser and even
a fake teddy bear.) But it was triumphant with honesty, love, and support between brothers.

WEDNESDAY'S WATCHING
Supernatural 11.13 "Love Hurts"

Writers: Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder
Director: Phil Sgriccia
Director of Photography C.S.C: Serge Ladouceur
Airdate: 10.02.2016

BY WEDNESDAY

What did I watch?

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THE SCRIPT

SOMETHING OLD

This script timely revisited Dean's favorite holiday, Valentine's Day, or "Unattached Drifter Christmas," with
a completely unromantic perspective. Dan Harper is torn between
the LOVE of his wife and the DESIRE he has for his babysitter. Dean opts for lust and desire to appease the
desperate lonely hearts of women seeking love and romance on Valentine's Day,
and he wants to "scrape a few hearts off the bar room floor."

The retro motel "Too Tired" was a welcome addition to a long line of motels of
previous seasons. (See SET Below).

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Ye old Rock Paper Scissors

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The original controversy was that Dean did NOT want to stay in the basement. His subsequent glee
over winning makes him forget this goal, and Sam, although the loser, gets to
search upstairs while Dean jubliantly searches the basement.

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Too Tired Plot Line

Overlooking the old Husband dallying with the babysitter cliché, there was still the tired,
"It's an old monster" (shapeshifter). "Wait, no, it's a new monster" (Qareen).
Yup, it does get old.

SOMETHING NEW

Qareen, a genie type monster who will do your bidding, is added to the lore.

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Dean hoped that one of the Daisy Dukes would show up as his "heart's deep, darkest desire."
Fans speculated on who it could be: Cas? Lisa? Jo? Food?
(Does anyone ship food and Dean? FooDean?)

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The emphasis should have been on the "heart's deep, DARKEST desire."
What could be darker than the darkness herself, Amara?

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Dean reveals Amara is not a "desire or love," and he should know the
difference. Sam reveals that he suspected Dean's secret for some time and was patiently
and non-judgementally waiting for his brother's confession. Dean comes clean
and the brothers have no secrets!!! That's NEW and jiffy clean!

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SOMETHING BORROWED

The script borrowed from the plot line of the low budget movie "It Follows"

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Watch "It Follows" trailer here:

http://itfollowsfilm.com/trailer

Read an interesting article about the time/anachronisms in "It Follows" here:

http://thoughtcatalog.com/m-j-pack/2015/08/heres-why-you-missed-the-scariest-part-of-it-follows/issed-the-scariest-part-of-it-follows

SOMETHING BLUE?

Dean stole the BLUE Viagra pills in 11.11. (An Improvisation)

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Was it because Dean was experiencing Erectile Dysfunction? His E.D. could be due to depression, or
preoccupation with Amara... or, did Dean steal the pills to enhance his Valentine's Day performance?
Viagra is rumored to give healthy males a lasting erection, and the ability to perform not once,
but twice, and sometimes three times in one evening. Viagra does have some side
effects for healthy males such as excessive perspiration and hangover effects.

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I'll let you decide what Dean was up to.

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There was also a bruising BLUE throat punch delivered in the dialogue.
(More bellows below the Bechdel test)

The script had some great lines funny and sentimental ones:
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However, the motivation of the witch (kill all idiots) and the myth rules were shaky.
In places, the pacing was glacial.

CINEMATOGRAPHY

MOTIFS

HANDS

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THERE WERE ALSO MANY CLOSEUPS AFOOT.

Dean shuffling his feet...

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Used to portray Dean's fear and plotting BUT overdone.
There is a fine line between building suspense and frustrating the audience. 
The box openings and garburator scenes took FOREVER.

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There were puzzling LONG/UNNECESSARY close ups of random items toys, elevator buttons, wood boards, and this:

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SYMBOLS

COLOUR

In honor of Valentine's Day, RED permeated the
scenes warning of danger, broken hearts, and blood.

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Even Dean's underwear glowed RED in the basement.

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YELLOW/GOLD
The Harper room glowed yellow and gold when the fake FBI interviewed the deceptive couple.

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CROSSES
Peered over shoulders in the form of tire irons and hubcaps

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UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES

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Transitions
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SET/PROPS

The "Too Tired" motel included lots of red FLAGS, retro TV, fridge, furniture and a
special guest appearance of the GREEN COOLER:

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It also contained incongruous plastic flowers and a flower encased in a concrete
block/money holder.

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SFX/PROPS

Those heart punches and the bloody aftermath. Well done!

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ALLUSIONS

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SOUND

"Heartbreak" by the James Hunter Six

Train whistles!!

BECHDEL TEST

So far in Season 11, only 5 out of 12 episodes passed this easy gender fairness
Bechdel test, or 42% of the episodes.

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BLUE

Normally, I would do a little dance to celebrate, but this easy gender fairness test was
completely overshadowed by the throat punch comment to Feminists:

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Such a jarring, unfunny, feminist slur in a script that had so many funny, witty
lines and poignant moments made me sad. Who wants Supernatural to move out of
the pre-historic era of bashing Feminists?

I Do!

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BEST PERFORMANCE

Impossible to decide between J2

Jensen's slapstick comedy,

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 death defying kiss,

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and  voice cracking, fearful confession,
were juxtaposed with Sam's quiet concern and support

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and the thousand expressions flashing across his face: relief

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worry

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and non-judgemental support.

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The scene is definitely worth a re-watch:




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FROM THE REARVIEW

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THANKS TO:

SUPERNATURAL WIKI
FOREVER DREAMING: TRANSCRIPT
IMDB CAST LIST
SUPERNATURAL FANS ONLINE SCREENCAPS

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RATING

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