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Supernatural Episode: "It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester"

Season 4, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: A witch sacrifices people in a small town to summon a demon who may be a key to freeing Satan. To stop her, Castiel brings in a special angel who intends to destroy the town.
Original Air Date: Oct 30, 2008
Guest Cast Genevieve Cortese Jim Beaver Robert Wisdom: Uriel
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Season 4, Episode 7
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Length: 42:20
Aired: 10/30/2008
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester" Season 4, Episode 7

This week on Supernatural, Sam and Dean tried to stop the raising of Samhain, a demon associated with the origins of Halloween. Yeah, Samhain's return is significant. Raising him breaks one of the 66 seals which means Lucifer is that much closer to walking the Earth. Meanwhile, Castiel is back and we're introduced to a new angel. Uriel's not as "touchy-feely" as Cas and is definitely opinionated when it comes to the Winchester brothers.

First of all, I love the nod to Charlie Brown with the title of this episode: "It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester." I thought we'd see a little more of a Sam that was not into the Halloween holiday at all, like we learned in the pilot and were reminded of in the recap. You know, kind of like he was in "A Very Supernatural Christmas." Instead this episode brought some really faith-shaking news for the youngest Winchester. Sam finally (finally!) got to meet Castiel. I've been waiting for this meeting. And did you see how in awe of Cas he was? He was all cute and nervous with him. After all, we know his faith is pretty strong. But after he met Cas and Uri (yes, I'm already shortening his name), he couldn't really come to terms with the "smite first" aspect of these angels. Immediately, the divine duo let him know how happy they are he's no longer using his powers. Then they tell Sam and Dean they're going to prevent Samhain's raising by destroying the entire town. Of course that goes against everything Sam believes. Much like Linus started to doubt the Great Pumpkin's existence, the angels' visit started poking holes in Sam's faith. I'm wondering what that's going to mean for the future. Is he going to hold on to it like his big brother urged him to near the end of the hour? Time will tell. Linus chose to continue his belief in the Great Pumpkin, so let's see if Sam will too.

What did you guys think of the Sam vs. Samhain battle? I knew Sam was going to use his powers. I didn't think it was going to be this soon, but I knew he was going to use his powers again. And if his bloody nose and scrunched up face were any indication, it looked like it took a massive amount of energy and power out of him. Dean was witness to him using his power again. This time, thankfully, there was no punching going on, between the brothers that is. Uriel's words to Sam at the end were powerful:

"The only reason you're still alive Sam Winchester is because you've been useful. The moment that ceases to be true, the second you become more trouble than you're worth.... One word. One and I will turn you to dust."

I'm not sure exactly what Uri means by this. Useful, how? Because he and Dean have been battling demons and monsters and everything that goes bump in the night? Because he's one of the psychic kids and he's the key to finding out what Azazel's major plan is? And what does Uri really see happening to Sam should he continue to use his powers? How bad could Sam get?

As for Dean, I feel like this was a lot like Sam's situation back in Season Two's "Croatoan." Remember in that one, he was tested. He was infected with the demon virus to see what would happen. And even though he thought he was dying, he never had the virus. Well, instead of demons doing the testing, now it's the angels. Cas and Uri's orders were to do whatever Dean told them to do. Dean thinks he's failed, but Castiel's not so sure. In fact, he prayed for Dean to save the town. When Dean talked about saving the kids and the swings and all that, you just got a sense of how big his heart is. Castiel goes on to tell him he doesn't envy his future. He'll have more decisions to make and he doesn't envy the weight that's on Dean's shoulders. Although honestly, Dean always seems like he has a big 'ol invisible weight on his shoulders. He takes things to heart and he accepts responsibility for so many things willingly.

I felt like I kept asking, "What does this all mean?" over and over during this episode. What part is Dean going to be playing in this apocalypse? Does it all have to do with Sam? Or is he going to have an even bigger role? What does Cas know and when are we going to find out? There's something Uriel said to Sam that raised even more questions in my book:

"As for your brother, tell him that maybe he should climb off that high horse of his. Ask Dean what he remembers from hell."

So it's clear Dean definitely remembers something from hell. He walked into that school saw the mask and flashed back or something. We heard hell-like noises and he was bothered by it. Plus, as we learned last week, there's some sort of big secret that we're going to find out in a few episodes and it has to do with what happened to Dean while he was in hell. At this point, I'm wondering how much Dean remembers. If he recalls everything, I don't see how he's not incapacitated from everything that he did or was done to him. Dean's trip to the pit lasted four months. In hell, that equals 40 years. Anything could have happened to him. I'm just so anxious to find out. Eric Kripke and the gang have been doing a stellar job in ratcheting up the suspense of this season's big mysteries.

I probably shouldn't be shocked Dean tried to get Sammy not to give up on his faith. But I am a tiny bit. I'm just wondering where that leaves Dean and his beliefs, or lack thereof. Maybe, just maybe he believes a little bit more than before Castiel fluttered into his life. As for Castiel, I love the fact he has doubts about his mission. It makes him more three-dimensional. And the whole part when Dean called Cas and Uri "hammers" when that's pretty much what he's always been accused of being when it comes to his father was awesome. I'm glad Cas kind of threw BDW (Big Daddy Winchester) in his face. Dean didn't really have a response to that. But I did love him standing up to the angels and telling them what's what.

Other thoughts

  • Robert Wisdom as Uriel: He did a great job. Uri's cranky; has no problems destroying a town for the better good; and doesn't doubt his angel existence one bit. I never saw Robert on The Wire but I did see a little bit of him on Prison Break. I'm glad he's joined the Supernatural family. This season, the casting department is on fire. They've nailed almost every key character that's been part of Season 4.
  • Uriel spoke about dragging Dean with them then destroy the town. Those two said nothing about saving Sam. Ouch. Although knowing Sam and that demon blood coursing through his body, he'd probably walk away unscathed.
  • Don McManus played the reincarnated Samhain/Don the high school teacher. I've seen this guy a thousand times. I'm not sure what show I remember him from most, but he's been on every TV series under the sun practically.
  • Ashley Benson was the blonde cheerleader/witch. That whole thing with her and Don/Samhain was creepy. Too creepy for words. Anyway, Ashley played Jack and Jennifer's daughter on NBC's Days of our Lives. Who else was on Days of our Lives? Yes, Jensen Ackles. They weren't on at the same time, of course.
  • Cas was back and I was happy about that.
  • Have you ever noticed that whenever Dean's inspecting something he always tries to smell it? He did the same this episode with the charred metacarpal bone of a newborn baby.
  • Dean continued his disgust with witches. Just like in "Malleus Maleficarum." This time he said: "Witches, man. They're so frickin' skeevy."
  • Maybe Sam isn't into Halloween because he knows way too much about it. Sometimes all that knowledge takes the fun out of a situation or event.
  • Uriel mentioned that November 2nd wasn't only the anniversary of his mother's death, but his girlfriend Jessica's too. I think that's the first time in a long time the show has even mentioned Jessica, especially so close to the anniversary. That was awesome.
  • What I learned from this episode: Do not eat any Halloween candy. And do not go bobbing for apples. Oh and don't even try to summon any demons. It just might get your neck broken.
  • I love how Dean knew the guy ate the candy with the razorblades and still managed to eat his weight in candy. He's such a child, sometimes. I totally love it. Although, his face-off with the kid astronaut did cause his Impala to egged. Not cool.
  • I have to admit I had to look up the name of Sam and Dean's federal agent names: Agent Geddy and Agent Lee. Geddy Lee's the lead singer and bassist for the classic rock band Rush.
  • When Sam mentioned Samhain has the power to raise everything they've seen, everything they've fought, all in one place. I wanted to see the fugly scarecrow again. They showed a lot of their enemies in the recap. But I really didn't see any of that come to fruition. Did I miss something?
  • When Sam and Dean were in the high school, Sam asked Dean if it brought back any memories of teen angst. I want to see what those two were like back in the day. If Sam's mentioning angst, it must not have been that great for him. I want to know what it was like for Dean too.
  • The zombies were not so much bringing the scary. They were no match for Dean. However, that was a seriously good battle between Sam and Samhain.

Final Thoughts

"It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester" was one of those episodes that made you think. My favorite parts of this one were Sam and Dean working together to solve the case as well as anytime the angels were a part of the action. Sam's faith being shaken; Dean being tested; finding out that even though he's an angel, Castiel can have doubts and questions like any human; and I'm hoping Uriel will be back in action in future episodes. I'm curious as to how he's going to react to the Winchesters on any given day.

Questions

What did you guys think?

If anyone has intel on Uriel, fire away.

Who has recently downloaded Survivor's Eye of the Tiger onto their IPod/MP3 player?

[I'm going to put favorite lines in the comments, so look for that in the morning.]

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This week on Supernatural, Sam and Dean tried to stop the raising of Samhain, a demon associated with the origins of Halloween. Yeah, Samhain's return is significant. Raising him breaks one of the 66 seals which means Lucifer is that much closer to walking the Earth. Meanwhile, Castiel is back and we're introduced to a new angel. Uriel's not as "touchy-feely" as Cas and is definitely opinionated when it comes to the Winchester brothers.

First of all, I love the nod to Charlie Brown with the title of this episode: "It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester." I thought we'd see a little more of a Sam that was ... read more

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