Sorry for the delay, everyone!
Sometimes your first impressions of people are actually the right ones. The first time I saw Andi's "boyfriend" Greg? Toolbox. The first time I saw Gladys? Evil. The first time I saw the Devil?
Handsome. Erm, bad, bad man. The reality of first impressions on this show is that they're invalid - you never really know what you're going to get. The Devil spins his webs in devious little ways and doesn't ever seem to lose. It seems that as soon as Sam ever gets an inkling that the good guys might have a chance, he has to be cruelly reminded that the Devil's the one calling the shots and, oh, yeah, he's the man. Knowing that, I got to wondering. Should we even have hope left for Sam's eternal soul? Or for that matter, for anyone he loves?
Andi is someone Sam loves, and as we found out tonight, she still loves him too. Unfortunately, her ex-boyfriend Greg also loves her, and the ensuing battle over Andi's heart played out with chainsaws and daggers and telescope rifles. Sounds exciting, except that Sam didn't use a-one of those to win his lady back. Greg showed up out of nowhere in this episode to steal Andi back with his newly acquired powers of irresistibility, courtesy of the Devil for a swap of his soul. Oh, that tricky Devil, always messing things up for Sam. Just episodes ago, the Devil played the hurt-friend-card at Sam for Sam's betrayal. And now here he is, setting up Greg with a sweet Jedi mind trick to steal Andi's love from Sam. The Devil is no friend of Sam's, but at least that's been beaten into Sam's brain enough times now. I hope so, anyways.
With Greg's new powers, his inner anger also manifested itself as the chainsaw murderer from his favorite slasher flick, much to Sam's (and I think everyone's) surprise. It was a pretty great wrench to throw into the equation, after all the souls and demons and supernatural beings we've seen: A soul from nowhere goes after Sam, and there's no vessel in sight to catch it. Though it did turn out to be Greg and not a soul, the intrigue of the mystery slasher who fit no escaped-soul equation was something totally new for this show. Can you say "Hell's Most Wanted" three times fast? (You see how I segued into Gladys there? I love me some Glad Bags). It seems that with every episode since the introduction of Tony and Steve, there's a greater payoff for us viewers while the puzzle keeps building. How rewarding.
Speaking of my love for Gladys, what a great scene that was with her helping the guys get a bootleg vessel from the demon at the self storage in exchange for cat sitting. "She's a Persian and her name is Fancy." And she said it with the straightest face I've ever seen. Gladys the Demon: Real American Hero. One question, though. The self-storage demon told Sam "He's got no dominion over the human heart, bro. Devil can't undo true love." That sounds like a guideline. So where is this Demon rulebook people keep quoting from? And as the Devil's minion it makes me wonder Sam doesn't know things like this already.
How did you like that there was no escaped soul to catch in this episode? And that any harm that could come to the guys was from mortal, deranged Greg? This one was all about love, and to what lengths everyone would go to get it and keep it. Greg sold his soul for Andi. Ben's breaking the law out in the open so he can date Cassidy. And Sam used his Get Out of Hell Free card to save Andi from Greg. As we all know, Sam is way too good of a guy, so I wasn't that surprised that he did this insanely selfless thing to save Andi's life and to keep himself from killing Greg like the Devil wanted. Under all this pressure, he's this absolutely moral character, and I'm sure that drives the Devil crazy.
My theory is that these are all tests from the Devil to make Sam fall and show he can be wicked too. I'm sure that's just Sam's nature to be good and he's pretty incapable of doing bad things on purpose. But unfortunately, Sam seems to be giving up all of his proverbial "get out of hell free" cards to save everyone he loves. What happens when he can't figure out how to fix something in a moral way? You know the Devil's not going to quit tripping him up. It makes me wonder if Sam's bound to do something terrible because of the circumstances he's been put in. What do you think?
Tons of Quotination
"You'd be dead if you were in that treehugger. Go America" - Sock on the hybrid car
Sock: "No way, Hell's Most Wanted?"
Gladys: "We have a few outstanding cases."
"You know what I've been thinking about lately, Sam? Trust, honesty, integrity. I don't like those words. Not one little bit." - The Devil
"Chicks do not want sensitive. They want someone who'll break all the rules. Someone who'll bang them on the back of a motorcycle and not do the dishes." - Sock
"I knew she'd never go back out with that douchebag. What the hell did you do to her?" - Sam to Greg
"Sadly, all sales are final." - The Devil, on soul-purchases
"Bullying me will never work. I do, however, respond to bribes." - Gladys
"Then we'll run away together. You like Buffalo? The winters are murder." - Sam
"You gonna offer us anything to drink? No? Fine." [whips out juicebox from nowhere] - Sock
Sara: "My, my, my. When did we acquire testes?"
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Sorry for the delay, everyone!Sometimes your first impressions of people are actually the right ones. The first time I saw Andis "boyfriend" Greg? Toolbox. The first time I saw Gladys? Evil. The first time I saw the Devil? Handsome. Erm, bad, bad man. The reality of first impressions on this show is that they're invalid you never really know what youre going to get. The Devil spins his webs in devious little ways and doesnt ever seem to lose. It seems that as soon as Sam ever gets an inkling that the good guys might have a chance, he has to be cruelly reminded that the Devils the one calling the shots and, oh, yeah, hes the man. Knowing that, I got to wondering. Should we even have hope left for Sams eternal soul? Or for that matter, for anyone he loves?Andi is someone Sam loves, and as we found out tonight, she still loves him too. Unfortunately, her ex-boyfriend Greg also loves her, and the ensuing battle over Andis heart played ou...