Sam gets to handle the brooding load for a while, as the action centers around a guy who has a couple of things in common with Sam: 1) Andy's mom (turns out adopted mom) also burned to death in a fire when Andy was 6 months old, and 2) He's developed an ability of his own: mind control. Then, this whole thing becomes a good-twin/evil-twin story when Andy's long-lost brother, Ansem, enters the picture complete with the same ability to control people's thoughts. This was an OK episode, with some really funny moments. Dean got to be there for Sammy, whose visions seem to be getting more painful and more erratic. It's definitely looking like the visions erupt when they're connected to other children like Sammy. However, sometimes Sam can get there on time to save the day; other times he can't. Then, it turns out the evil mind-control twin guy never lost a mother in a fire when he was 6 months old, which pretty much means the Demon can probably target anyone. I'm left wondering why some of these so-called "special" children have so quickly veered into killer mode and embraced evil (Max, Ansem), while others (Sam, Andy) remain, for the most part, decent human beings. It was great how confident Dean was that Andy wasn't a killer, although I'm not quite sure how he came to that conclusion. Let's just chalk it up to his finely honed hunter instincts. Sammy has so much to worry about: losing Jessica and Dad; worrying about Dean; and now, what if the Demon starts showing up in his dreams? Could we be seeing that in the future?
- After such heavy angst that had to do with Dad's death in the first four episodes, I did feel its absence in this one. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, because wallowing in grief week after week would not make good television.
- OMG, Dean sang a cheesy REO Speedwagon song. Hilarious. Never saw that one coming. Not sure I want to see him sing anything other than classic or hard rock again, though. That was very brave of Jensen.
- Ben Edlund wrote "Simon Said." For those of you who are
Angel fans, he penned "Smile Time" - the episode that dealt with Angel's being turned into a puppet. I know it sounds crazy, but believe me, it was genius and so freakin' well done. His first
Supernatural was a good effort; I think in time he'll be able to get even more comfortable with Sam and Dean's voice as he continues to write for the show.
- That shot of the girl standing on the edge of the dam during Sam's vision was scary. I'm not good with heights; I think I actually got a little dizzy there.
- Loved Dean giving up his car to Andy so easily, but so soon after he just got the Impala back? That was cruel. Just cruel. Funny and totally awesome, but cruel.
- Drinking-game time: Take a swig every time Dean says "full on." OK, so far it's happened in "In My Time of Dying" (full-on Swayze'd) and now again in "Simon Said" when he says "he full on Obi Wan'd me!"
- Another hilarious Dean scene (hey, that rhymes!) happened when Andy told him to tell the truth about why they were spying on him. When they reveal things about Sam and Dean in ways other than just having them opening up to each other and getting in touch with their feelings, I love it. Don't get me wrong, I'm a sucker for chick-flick moments. But when we get a little sneak peek into their psyche through other means, it's nothing but good. Dean confirmed he's scared of what's happening to Sam.
- There was another disco-ball sighting! Last season, it was in the motel room in "Provenance." There was another one in Andy's van that Dean was in awe of.
Topics to discuss:
- Is Sam right to be worried that even though Andy's a good guy, he still ended up killing his own brother?
- Do we need to be reading into the fact that Andy killed his own brother? I mean, is this supposed to be some sort of omen of what's to come in the future between Sam and Dean?
- The Roadhouse scenes, what are you liking and not liking about them? I'm liking Ash and Ellen, not sure about Jo, although I do like that she's sort of making the play for Dean. I loved it even more that he's not going for it. Wonder how long he's going to hold out?
- What do you think about the fact that Sam's not susceptible to mind control and Dean is? Is this something we're going to be seeing again?
Favorite lines from "Simon Said":
- "So I'm a freak, now?" "You've always been a freak."
- "Hey, Dr. Badass!"
- "We need your help." "Well, hell then, guess I need my pants."
- "You're afraid of my mother?" "I think so."
- "I just rebuilt her, too." "Can't let a car like this one go." "Damn straight." "Hey, can I have it?" "Sure, man!"
- "Dean, shut up!" "I'm trying!"
- "Death visions." "Yeah." "Dude, that sucks."
- "I have an evil twin."
- "I'm calling a do-over." "What are you, 7?"
Sam gets to handle the brooding load for a while as the action centers around a guy who has a couple of things in common with Sam 1 Andys mom turns out adopted mom also burned to death in a fire when Andy was 6 months old and 2 Hes developed an ability of his own mind control Then this whole thing becomes a good-twinevil-twin story when Andys long-lost brother Ansem enters the picture complete with the same ability to control peoples thoughts This was an OK episode with some really funny moments Dean got to be there for Sammy whose visions seem to be getting more painful and more erratic Its definitely looking like the visions erupt when theyre connected to other children like Sammy However sometimes Sam can get there on time to save the day other times he cant Then it turns out the evil mind-control twin guy never lost a mother in a fire when he was 6 months old which pretty much means the Demon can probably target anyone Im left wondering why some