Sam and Dean coming to the aid of Bobby Singer was awesome. He's the closest thing they have to a father - Dean admitted as much - so it was refreshing to see them rescue him for a change. I mean, it's usually the Winchesters that are calling him up whenever they need an exorcism ritual, some expert information, a case or a way to save their asses. It was different seeing Bobby act so scared in his dreams. His screaming out "help me" just wasn't him. He's the stoic, in control one. He's the scruffy, kind of cranky demon hunter who knows everything about everything and can keep the brothers in line and on the right track. Sam and Dean dreamwalking to save their friend was a beautiful thing. Plus, it helped us learn more about Bobby. He was forced to kill his wife who happened to be possessed at the time. You can tell Bobby felt this tremendous amount of guilt. This was the act that propelled him into the demon hunting business. He didn't know what he knew now. He didn't know there were ways he maybe could have saved her. Kudos to Jim Beaver for getting more to do this time around. Plus, we didn't see him with a hat for a good portion of the episode.
My favorite part of the episode had to be when a dreamwalking Dean met his evil twin, black eyes and all. I know we've seen his insecurities thrown back in his face time after time. But seriously, it doesn't get old for me. Especially when it finally helps him come to the realization that he doesn't want to go to hell. It was difficult to watch some of the double-Dean stuff. The Evil One was talking about how worthless Dean is. He was basically expanding on what the Yellow-Eyed Demon said in "Devil's Trap." He went way past the "your family doesn't need you as much as you need them" bit the Demon said while in Big Daddy Winchester's meat suit. This time, his own nasty self hit some pretty angst-inducing territory and confirmed some of the things I knew he thought about himself:
"You've got nothing outside of Sam."
"Do you even have an original thought?"
And he revealed a couple things I didn't realize he was thinking:
"He's the one who couldn't protect his family."
"He's the one who let mom die!"
I think the scenes between evil Dean and our Dean were seamless, yet painful to watch. Jensen, once again, did an amazing job. The two Deans looked different, acted different and carried themselves differently. And once again, just like in "Skin", Dean shot himself. That has to mean something in a dream sense as well. I liked to hear that Dean had issues with BDW. He wasn't just a mindless soldier. He really thought he was doing the best for his family.
Things I want to know:
Last week, we got to see Ruby and Dean interact. This week, we saw Sam and Bela interact in a whole different way. I was kind of shocked when Sam fantasized about Bela without having taken any of that African dream root yet. What does this mean? Is he simply horny? Or does a drooling Sam really have a thing for Bela? I mean, the girl shot him once upon a time. And all it took was for Dean to mention her name and presto, he's fantasizing about her while he's sleeping. While I was confused by this occurrence, I have to admit I thought it was funny when Sam needed a second before he could go over to help Dean. And when he saw her in person, he was such a geek, it was kinda funny. Jared did a good job with that scene.
What can we interpret from Lisa being in Dean's dream? She mentioned Ben and had a picnic set up for him. And she said: "Dean, I love you." Is that what Dean wants from life? Does he just want some woman he loves to love him back? Does this mean that he loves Lisa? Or is she just a representation of the kind of life he wants? Does he want a family of his own? Sammy got to see Lisa too. I was kind of disappointed that that was all Sammy got to see while dreamwalking through Dean's mind.
" I know a lot of
Supernatural fans are wondering where the classic rock went. I know it hasn't been the fourth character that it has been in the past two seasons. But we did get a Doobie Brothers song ("Long Train Runnin'") when Sam was drinking at the bar. By the way, we got some drunk Sammy again - that hasn't happened since "Playthings." He was all broody and lamenting the fact he doesn't think he can save Dean. His helplessness over not being able to rescue his brother caused him to get inebriated to the tune of whiskey. Poor Sammy.
" Speaking of the music, I do have to say I totally miss the classic rock recaps at the beginning of the episode. We're due another one. I hope they make a comeback eventually.
" I'm feeling a couple different things about Bela stealing the Colt. Let me preface this by saying, I'm not as much of a Bela-detractor as a lot of other
Supernatural fans are. I didn't even mind Sammy having that fantasy about her (that) much. But I do get tired of her stealing crap from Sam and Dean. It makes them look ridiculous. On the other hand, I really never liked the Colt being back in action. I thought it was too easy. For me, the Colt was always this larger than life weapon that the demons were afraid of. I wish the Colt had stayed gone after John sold it along with his soul to the Demon in order to save Dean's life. Now, demons can stop the bullets mid-air, it doesn't have the same mystique. Having Ruby resurrect the gun isn't one of my favorite aspects of this season. I hope the thing stays gone. I'm really into Ruby's demon-killing knife. Sam and Dean need to make that knife their own. After all, Dean just killed Tammi the suburban demon with it in last week's episode.
" Loved caffeine-freak Dean. Kind of like I loved a whiskey-fied Sam. Loved Dean being Bobby's emergency contact.
" That messed up test subject that turned out to be the dreamwalking, bat-wielding bad guy really beat up on Sam, at least until Sammy conjured up the guy's abusive dad. Why do you think Bobby asked Sam if he were able to manipulate things in Dean's dream because of his psychic abilities? Is this alluding to something in the future? Sam hasn't been exhibiting any of his psychic-ness for a while. So why mention it now? Could the visions and telekinesis and whatever else possibly make a comeback sometime soon?
" Having to drink Bobby's hair along with the African dream root = gross!
" I watched next week's preview, and I have to say that it just about broke my heart. I can't wait until next Thursday!
"Dude, it's Bobby." "Yeah, you're right."
"Crap." "What?" "Bela." "Bela? Crap."
"Who were you dreaming about?" "What? No one. Nothing." "Come on, you can tell me. Angelina Jolie?" "No." "Brad Pitt?" "No! No!"
"Nice to see you. Bela."
"You're not gonna die. I'm not gonna let you die. You're like a father to me."
"Dean you didn't." "I was thirsty."
"Thanks for the news flash, Edison."
"I mean your car, that's dad's. Your favorite leather jacket? Dad's. Your music? Dad's. Do you even have an original thought? No."
"My father was an obsessed bastard! All that crap he dumped on me about protecting Sam. That was his crap!"
"I didn't deserve what he put on me. And I didn't deserve to go to hell."
"I don't want to die. I don't want to go to hell." "All right, yeah. We'll find a way to save you."
All right, let's have it. What did you think about Sam and Bela?
Did you like learning more about Bobby?
How about Dean - what did you think about his confrontation with himself?
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Sam and Dean coming to the aid of Bobby Singer was awesome Hes the closest thing they have to a father Dean admitted as much so it was refreshing to see them rescue him for a change I mean its usually the Winchesters that are calling him up whenever they need an exorcism ritual some expert information a case or a way to save their asses It was different seeing Bobby act so scared in his dreams His screaming out help me just wasnt him Hes the stoic in control one Hes the scruffy kind of cranky demon hunter who knows everything about everything and can keep the brothers in line and on the right track Sam and Dean dreamwalking to save their friend was a beautiful thing Plus it helped us learn more about Bobby He was forced to kill his wife who happened to be possessed at the time You can tell Bobby felt this tremendous amount of guilt This was the act that propelled him into the demon hunting business He didnt know what he knew now He didnt kno