Remember all the brotherly banter and moments that were missing from "No Exit"? They must have been saving them for "The Usual Suspects." This episode showcased just how in-sync Sam and Dean are with each other; it was creepy, and it was funny. In fact, not only did Dean get to bring the funny, Sam did, too.
Linda Blair and
Jason Gedrick (remember
Iron Eagle?) were present and accounted for. Blair's scenes with Jared were particularly good. Please don't make me talk about the "pea soup" comment at the end, however. I did love how the cops knew - or at least thought they knew - everything about the boys. They are leaving more of a paper trail than I thought. It's fun to see how "normal" people deal with the mysterious ways of the Winchesters.
The Previously: No classic-rock tune needed; a montage of so many of Sam and Dean's aliases and cover stories since the pilot is just what the doctor ordered. (My favorites: Mr. Berkowitz, Nigel Tufnel, Dr. Jerry Kaplan and, yes, Father Simmons). We also got a recap of the shapeshifter saga - the one where Dean had to kill his doppleganger. It's because of this that he's now on record as being deceased.
The Brothers: For anyone who hasn't watched the Season 1 DVDs and has just picked up
Supernatural in the second season, this was a great way to play catch-up with some of the Winchesters' more flavorful history. We got a rundown of the not-so-normal ways they go about getting info, getting cash and investigating a case - namely, breaking and entering, credit-card fraud and grave desecration. At the police station, Sam and Dean were separated, but it didn't matter. They were on the same wavelength. Even in the face of the police, they both were trying to decipher what turned out to be the Dana Shulps anagram. Loved discovering how they find each other when they get separated. They both refer to the public defender as "Matlock," and when one passes the other a note using Steve McQueen from
The Great Escape, that obviously means Sam makes a break for it, while Dean creates a distraction in his interrogation room. When Blair's cop has a run-in with something of the supernatural nature, Dean confidently tells her to go to Sam. They've got this shorthand with each other that is just so appealing. It was nice to see the brothers dealing with something other than the angst - this was about solving the case and getting out of trouble, nothing else. Although, you know, angst is cool, too. I think we'll be getting back to that next week.
Sam: The younger Winchester drove more of the episode. He faced down Linda Blair's interrogation with sarcasm that Dean would have been proud of. It was awesome how he completely lied to her when recounting the story of how they came to be where they came to be: "Look, it was wrong to enter a crime scene, but she gave us the key!" So smooth, Sammy. And, unlike last week, he got to be the one that hunted down the so-called "vengeful" spirit. Plus, he concluded that Sheridan's police vehicle had LoJack and was able to track down his brother. Although, that all happened a little too quickly in my book.
Dean: He was definitely more Dean-like than we've seen him in a long time. His faith in his brother is just so strong. And I love how he can't sit still for two seconds, which is why he got into trouble in the first place. If he hadn't grown restless while Sammy was busy trying to hack into Tony's files, he wouldn't have been at the scene of the crime and touching the dead body when the police caught him. Can't believe he touched the body!
Linda Blair: It was good seeing her play the cop; I liked how she had to put aside her skepticism for the supernatural in order to accept that her cop boyfriend was the real monster. She also became another female cop to let Sam and Dean off the hook. (Can anyone say Kathleen from "The Benders"?) She not only grew to believe Sam and Dean weren't as insane as she thought, but she believed they had a purpose. And she felt safer with them out there taking care of the things that go bump in the night.
- Loved the classic TV references. Somebody on that show seems to love
Matlock. That's at least the second time we've heard Dean refer to the TV lawyer (see "Hookman"); and the
Jim Rockford and
X-Files shout-outs were cool, too.
- Nice touch with
The Great Escape note.
- The fax machine coming on and typing "DanaShulps" over and over was kinda creepy.
- That "all work, no play makes Jack a dull boy" line: Have we heard Dean utter that exact Jack Nicholson line or a variation of it before? In "Asylum" maybe?
- When Linda Blair read Sam's file, she said that their father's whereabouts were unknown. I know Big Daddy Winchester gave a fake name in the hospital; it's sad that he's listed as "whereabouts unknown."
Topics to discuss:
- Which one really is Mulder? And which one's Scully?
- So do the Winchester brothers have to avoid St. Louis
and Baltimore now?
Favorite lines from "The Usual Suspects":
- "OK, you're the good cop. Where's the bad cop?"
- "You sound genuinely surprised? Or are you that good of an actor?"
- "We saw the second largest ball of twine in the U.S. Awesome."
- "What do you think, Scully, you want to check it out?" "I'm not Scully, you're Scully." "No, I'm Mulder. You're a red-headed woman."
- "Do you understand how serious these charges are?" "I'm handcuffed to a table. Yeah, I get it."
- "Keep going, Sparky."
- "You need to go to Sam. He'll help."
- "You can arrest him if you want. Or you can let him save your life."
- "I'm your lawyer." "Oh. Thank god. I'm saved."
- "You have your job, I have mine."
- "Thanks for the law review, Matlock."
- "Sure thing, Matlock."
- "Pee break so soon? You might want to get your prostate checked."
- "We'll just improvise, we're good at that." "Yeah, I've noticed."
- "I just want you guys out there doing what you do best. Trust me. I'll sleep better at night."
Remember all the brotherly banter and moments that were missing from No Exit They must have been saving them for The Usual Suspects This episode showcased just how in-sync Sam and Dean are with each other it was creepy and it was funny In fact not only did Dean get to bring the funny Sam did too The Exorcists Linda Blair and Jason Gedrick remember Iron Eagle were present and accounted for Blairs scenes with Jared were particularly good Please dont make me talk about the pea soup comment at the end however I did love how the cops knew or at least thought they knew everything about the boys They are leaving more of a paper trail than I thought Its fun to see how normal people deal with the mysterious ways of the WinchestersThe Previously No classic-rock tune needed a montage of so many of Sam and Deans aliases and cover stories since the pilot is just what the doctor ordered My favorites Mr Berkowitz Nigel Tufnel Dr Jerry Kaplan a