So at least we got to hear Jeffrey Dean Morgan, even though we didn't get to see the late great Big Daddy Winchester. That's something right? I figured we'd only be hearing him since the episode was called "Long Distance Call," but a girl could have a tiny sliver of hope. How crushing was it at the end when Dean had to admit to Sam that he was right, the BDW he was getting phone calls from really wasn't BDW? It was some crazy soul-sucker who worked at the phone company.
Having Dean admit to his brother he was really scared was pretty crushing as well. I don't know about you, but it was nice to see Sam and Dean talking about the deal for an extended amount of time. I feel like the topic has been on simmer for the entire season. And now the show and these characters can't avoid it any longer. Dean's getting scared and he can't hide it. Having him believe the caller was truly BDW, that's not a move I really think he would normally make. I know he's always had a blind spot when it comes to his dad, but I do feel he would have been skeptical if he didn't have a death sentence hanging over him. It was difficult to see him instantly believe the caller was his dad and it was even harder to see Sam have to be the voice of reason because I wanted the caller to be John and I wanted them to really have a lead on the demon that's holding Dean's contract. Speaking of whichWhat did you guys think about Dean going after "Dad's" lead? After all, at the time, he didn't know it wasn't real. I thought if he did anything to try and get out of the deal, Sam would die. Plus, at the end, Dean said he was the only person that could get him out of this deal. Again, if he truly believes that then he's putting Sam's life in danger. What's changed? Don't get me wrong, I'm hoping Dean takes a more active role finding a way out of the deal.
What else we got in "Long Distance Call" was Sam and Dean arguing, teasing and investigating. Dean even had time to check out a girl. But seriously, leave it up to Dean to continue on with the family business even in the face of Hell. That was really good to see because that was so in character for him. He never was in this for revenge; he was in it to help people. And the case they were investigating was so well done and creepy. I loved seeing Sam help that teenaged girl with her "dead mom" calling and IM-ing her from the "beyond." He was really there for her and I loved seeing that, plus he got to be all heroic when he saved her little brother.
Here's the problem with a shortened season: it's shorter so the writers had to come up with a way to let us know Sam and Dean have been trying real hard to come up with a way to save Dean. They had to condense six episodes of could-have-been action and story developments into a couple lines of exposition explaining that they'd talked to every professor, witch, soothsayer and two-bit carny act to figure a way out. We didn't get to see any of this. That makes me very unhappy.
" Dean finally told Sam Ruby said she couldn't save him. One secret out. Sam's turn to pony up.
" Was that the same college where they shot the "Tall Tales" episode?
" Loved Sam getting tough with the crocata (I'm really not sure how to spell the MOTW. If anyone wants to clue me in, be my guest.). Loved that he got himself out of the situation.
" I love how Dean knew the wife of the suicide guy in the beginning was withholding information.
" Loved the red herring of Thomas Edison's spirit phone. And that annoying tour guide reminded me of Bonnie Hunt in
Dave. "And we're walking"
" What exorcism did faux John really give Dean?
" Sam actually drove a rental car. Wow. No need to wonder how Dean got to one location and Sam ended up somewhere else.
" Loved Dean giving advice to the fly guy about the porn site. That was so Dean.
" Sam and Dean ended up back in Ohio, Eric Kripke's home state. Milan, Ohio really is the birthplace of Thomas Edison.
" When the MOTW was talking about how everyone's so connected but have never been so alone, I thought of
Pulse, that movie with Kristen Bell that's based on a
Japanese horror flick.
All in all, I really liked this episode. There were nice Sam and Dean moments and conflicts; a good, creepy investigation and definitely a chick flick moment. It also stirred the pot for the two-part finale that starts next week. I hope you guys are ready, because I am. You know how "Long Distance Call" ended on a quiet moment between Sam and Dean? Well, I'm hoping nothing about the next two episodes is quiet. I want loud, hardcore, pulse-pounding action, angst, scares and screams. I want it to be Sam and Dean versus the supernatural universe. I'm sure we'll get something in the vicinity of awesome.
One final thing and I know I'm a total geek for doing this but it's May 2, Sam Winchester's birthday. Happy B-day Sammy! (Yes, I'm totally aware that this is a character just humor me)
"So you two were talking about the case?" "No. We were actually talking about our feelings and then our favorite boy bands."
"Since when does a phone guy drive a rental or wear a cheap suit?"
"What did he sound like?" "Like Oprah. Dad, like dad. What do you think?"
"What's with the quote-y fingers?"
"You're my boy. I love you. I can't watch you go to hell, Dean." (Again, words of love that came from a faux John. "Devil's Trap," anyone?)
"After everything, you're still just going on blind faith." "Yeah, well maybe, you know maybe that's all I got OK?"
"I see they improved your face." "Right back at you."
"Well pack your panties Sammy, we're hitting the road."
"My ass is too sweet to let out of sight."
"I can't expect dad to show up with some miracle at the last minute. I can't expect anybody to you know? The only person that can get me out of this is me." "And me." "And me? What? Deep revelation, havin' a real moment and that's what you come back with? 'And me?'" "Do you want a poem?" "Moment's gone. Unbelievable."
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So at least we got to hear Jeffrey Dean Morgan even though we didnt get to see the late great Big Daddy Winchester Thats something right I figured wed only be hearing him since the episode was called Long Distance Call but a girl could have a tiny sliver of hope How crushing was it at the end when Dean had to admit to Sam that he was right the BDW he was getting phone calls from really wasnt BDW It was some crazy soul-sucker who worked at the phone company Having Dean admit to his brother he was really scared was pretty crushing as well I dont know about you but it was nice to see Sam and Dean talking about the deal for an extended amount of time I feel like the topic has been on simmer for the entire season And now the show and these characters cant avoid it any longer Deans getting scared and he cant hide it Having him believe the caller was truly BDW thats not a move I really think he would normally make I kn