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Supernatural Episode: "I Know What You Did Last Summer"

Season 4, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: Sam and Dean search for a young woman who can hear conversations between angels after Ruby tells them a powerful demon is on the prowl to find her.
Original Air Date: Nov 13, 2008
Guest Cast Mark Rolston: Alastair Genevieve Cortese: Ruby Robert Wisdom: Uriel
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Season 4, Episode 9
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Length: 42:28
Aired: 11/13/2008
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "I Know What You Did Last Summer" Season 4, Episode 9

"I Know What You Did Last Summer" was exactly that. We finally learned just what Sam was up to while Dean was in hell. We also were introduced to a couple new characters: a girl who could hear angels talking in her head and a new badass demon. Of course there was another big occurrence, proof positive of a Sam and Ruby hook up.

It took us nine episodes, but Sam finally laid his cards on the table. First of all, I'm just glad Sam told Dean what went on. Since "Lazarus Rising" we've been dying to know what went on with him while Dean was gone. We also needed to find out how Ruby reentered the situation and helped him hone his demon powers. As suspected, Sam was totally lost without his brother. He turned super self-destructive. Jared did a good job conveying his complete devastation over Dean's death. And not surprisingly, Sam's descent into despair involved a lot of drinking. Much like what Dean was doing last episode. And if we're to believe what Sam said in the pilot, John spent some quality time with the bottle himself. Amidst his alcohol-soaked existence, Sam was ambushed by a couple of demons. Turned out one was Ruby, who just got out of her Lilith-imposed time in hell. After Ruby disposed of the demon assisting in said ambush, she tried to get Sam to put down the bottle long enough to hone his powers and team up to hunt down and destroy Lilith. Apparently the now fugitive from hell had to endure horrible things and do terrible things in order to get in good with Lilith and make it back to Sam.

Once Sam decided to unload the truth, he really did a good job of it. He revealed how Ruby got the body she's possessing. And I'm curious to find out what everybody thinks about this. This has been a controversy that's been brewing all season long (the implications of Sam/Ruby). When dealing with demons in this Supernatural universe, it's a sticky situation. Sam had issues with Ruby possessing the secretary, so he urged the demon to let the body go. I really liked this. Ruby then ended up possessing the body of a formerly comatose girl who flat-lined. The show made a big deal out of the fact that the girl was gone and Ruby just possessed the shell of the body, so no harm no foul. I think Sam and Ruby look good together, I just don't know if I'm completely on board with them hooking up. It's still kind of icky to me. In the love scene, Ruby definitely went after Sammy. He was a little hesitant and coming from a more vulnerable place. I'm surprised Dean didn't have a reaction to learning about Sam and Ruby's extracurricular activities other than too much information. I figured Dean would have wondered aloud what in the world Sam was thinking by hooking up with a demon.

What I especially loved about this episode:

Sam doing the hustling: we haven't seen any of the boys hustling or talking about hustling for a long time. We knew that was a big way Sam and Dean earned their money, but we never ee it that often. So happy we got to see that.

Sam and Dean administering first aid on themselves: Again, we know this is a dangerous gig and they get injury upon injury upon injury. But, it's not like they can ever really go to a hospital since they're supposed to be off the radar (way off the radar). Sam stitching himself up was actually kind of cool. It was definitely reminiscent of "Mystery Spot" when he patched himself up after he went all vigilante after losing Dean on that awful Wednesday. It made me think Sam had to patch himself up a lot in the four months he didn't have his brother. He also helped fix Dean's dislocated shoulder. Painful.

Ruby's body-hopping: When Ruby ambushed Sam in the hotel room just after getting out of hell she didn't take the form of Genevieve Cortese. It was somebody totally different. That totally made sense. And in the present, she temporarily took the form of a sassy maid in order to tell Sam where she has Anna stored. I'm sorry, but that was hilarious.

The introduction of Anna (Mad Men's Julie McNiven): She was a normal girl who one day started hearing the voices of angels. And they were talking about demons and Lilith and the apocalypse, all topics that of course landed her in a behavioral medicine center talking to a shrink. She ends up being the pawn in between the forces of good and evil. The angels she's been eavesdropping on want her dead. While the demons want her for what she knows. That pesky greater good comes into play once again. The angels seem very willing to sacrifice one girl in order to save the world from Lucifer. I can't wait until next week to see what happens with all this. I definitely want to learn more about her.

Anna going all fangirl over Dean: I can only imagine what Anna was thinking when she met Sam and Dean, the subjects of many of the conversations those angels were having. It was cute when she was all like: "The Dean." I loved the fact Anna started hearing voices on the day Dean got out of hell. It just reinforced the fact that both Winchesters are involved in the mythology.

The shallow end of the pool: Every once in a while I do have to get shallow with this show. I mean can you blame me? I'm not going to go into specifics, but I just have to mention Jared's still working out like nobody's business. Wow. 'Nuff said.

Genevieve Cortese: I have to say I liked her more in this episode than ever before. Maybe because she got more to do than ever before. I'm still not completely sold on this good Ruby. I guess there's an exception to every rule even among demons. Call me Dean, I just can't completely trust her. Ruby's shown us she can be trusted but a part of me will always wonder.

Crossroad Demon (CD) scene: Sam offered the CD himself in exchange for Dean getting out of hell and the demon didn't make the deal. He said that everything was exactly the way they wanted. They wanted Dean in hell? Why? So it would make things easier for Sam to tap into his dark side? Or was it another reason?

The stained-glass window stunt: I love stunts and that was a great one. It was a little Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid-esque with Sam and Dean jumping through the stained glass window at the same time to escape Alistair. Speaking of the evil one...

Alistair: He was only on briefly, but he was a force to be reckoned with, wasn't he? I mean, he sent Sam flying and crashing. He beat the crap out of Dean. And when he asked Dean if he recognized him and Dean did, man was that awesome. He also stole something precious from the brothers (the knife). Here's to hoping Mark Rolston is around for a while.

Dean listening to Sam: I really liked how Dean just really wanted to understand where in the world Sam was coming from. He was trying not to judge, he just needed to understand. Now it's Dean's turn to let Sam in on what happened to him. It's time to make Sam understand. I can't wait for that to happen.

Next week's preview: Thanks to that little bit of a cliffhanger with Castiel and Uriel, I think this is going to be a long, long week. I loved the preview. I like the dilemma this is going to present for the boys. It's obvious that, once again, Sam and Dean aren't going to have the same agenda as the angels. They certainly don't have the same agendas as Alistair and the other demons that are after Anna. I know we've often wondered if we're going to be getting a Sam versus Dean situation at some point this season. I'm kind of happy that right now we may be getting Sam and Dean against Heaven and Hell and everything in between.

Other thoughts:

Sam and Dean lost the awesome demon-killing knife of doom! I was so happy to see the Colt go, but not the knife. I hope they get it back or get something even more awesome to replace it.

Castiel and Uriel weren't on until the end. Boo.

I liked Dean being skeptical of Ruby. I hope he continues to be wary of her, even though he said he owed her for being there for Sammy. I think he can be grateful to her and be on guard around her at the same time.

Ruby told Sam Dean had to use his powers on Alistair. Sam's mojo had no effect on the new demon on the block. Lilith's powers don't work on Sam. Sam's don't work on Alistair. I wonder if Alistair had the power to white light Sam to death if it would actually work.

Did you notice when Sam went after Lilith and he had the knife up against Ruby's neck, he was as strong as she was? Usually Ruby can get the upper hand with Dean, but not with Sam. It must be all that demon blood coursing through his body.

I know Sam had Ruby to rely on while he was without Dean, but I still wish we had gotten some sort of scene with Bobby interacting with Sam. I would have loved to have seen Sam pull away from Bobby. Any time we can see more of Jim Beaver, I'm all for it.

Questions:

  • What did you guys think about Sammy sans Dean?
  • What did you guys think about Ruby and Sammy?
  • Did you like Anna? How about Alistair?
  • Do you think Sam and Dean should trust Ruby?
  • What did you think about the last scene with Castiel and Uriel?

Final Thoughts:

Again, I'm beyond happy the show finally tackled what went on with Sam while Dean was gone. And more importantly, I'm ecstatic Sam told Dean the truth. It seems like as we go along, Sam will be using his powers and he'll be using them in front of Dean. They no longer have the knife. They're going to have to rely on Sam's power of exorcising with his mind.

Congratulations to everyone involved with Supernatural — the show has been nominated for a People's Choice Award. I hope everyone's voting — how great is it that this happened in the fourth season?

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"I Know What You Did Last Summer" was exactly that. We finally learned just what Sam was up to while Dean was in hell. We also were introduced to a couple new characters: a girl who could hear angels talking in her head and a new badass demon. Of course there was another big occurrence, proof positive of a Sam and Ruby hook up.

It took us nine episodes, but Sam finally laid his cards on the table. First of all, I'm just glad ... read more

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