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Supernatural Episode: "Free to Be You and Me"

Season 5, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: Sam wants to give up hunting for angels and demons, but a mysterious visitor (Adrianne Palicki) changes his mind; Dean attempts to locate the archangel Raphael, who may know God's location.
Original Air Date: Sep 24, 2009
Guest Cast Jim Beaver Demore Barnes Adrianne Palicki: Visitor
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Season 5, Episode 3
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Length: 41:21
Aired: 9/24/2009
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "Free to Be You and Me" Season 5, Episode 3

The first post-brotherly breakup episode finds Sam and Dean in two very different places. A brooding Sam already has a job and is working an honest living in a bar. Dean's continuing to hunt. Trouble always seems to find these two when they're fighting the good fight together. Imagine how much trouble they'll get into on their own.

As much as I know this separation had to happen, I have to admit to dreading an entire episode without a single conversation happening between the brothers. I mean, Sam almost called Dean, that's about as close as we got. It turns out I could handle it even though sadness reared its ugly head every once in a while. My heart did break a little during the classic rock montage where we see Sam and Dean doing their thing in their respective towns (to the tune of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man"). For example, Sam wipes down the bar in Garber, Oklahoma, and then the scene cuts to Dean washing his baby (the Impala) in Greeley, Pennsylvania. Just as Dean is using his fake ID to find out some info, Sam's burning his IDs. They're both alone and it's sad.

Sam's side of things was interesting because it doesn't matter what he does or where he goes, he's going to end up smack dab in the middle of a hunt. After all, it is the apocalypse. How out of the hunting life can one get when the whole world is going to pot? He's at this bar, just trying to do his job. He has to contend with a girl who curious about his life. Plus, three demon hunters also catch up with him. They are definitely aware of who Sam Winchester is, they just don't know what Sam's been up to lately. They have no idea he's partly responsible for the apocalypse starting. Building on last week, we get more of what's Sam feeling. He tries to tell coworker Lindsay his story without revealing the supernatural portion of it, but also he "sees" his late girlfriend Jessica in his bed. She's saying some pretty dark things to him:

"Even at Stanford you knew there was something dark inside you."
"I was dead from the moment you said hello."
"The people closest to you die."
"Things are never going to change for you."

Plus, Sam's telling "her" the difference between when he left John and Dean for college, and the way he left this time around. According to Sam, originally he just wanted to be normal; now he knows he's a freak. Of course we see later that "Jessica" turns into "Lucifer" (which is a creepy scene).This definitely seems like an attempt to wear Sam down psychologically. Lucifer tells Sam he's not going to trick him, he's not going to make him do anything. We all know these vessels have to choose the angels willingly. Getting inside Sam's head like this seems to be part of Lucifer's plan to have Sam eventually accept him as his vessel.

Speaking of which, is it me or are Sam and Dean both kind of screwed? Sam is Lucifer's chosen vessel! This is a shocking revelation to me. I guess by now I shouldn't be surprised but I am. What in the world is Sam going to do now? Just like Ruby said in last season's finale, Lucifer uttered the same sentiment: "It always had to be you." And as for Dean, I don't know if being Michael's vessel is all that much better. Sure he's on the side of the good guys, but did you catch that empty vessel in that hospital? The one that normally houses Raphael the archangel? I come back to my main question for this season. Why have Sam and Dean been chosen for these extremely significant roles on seemingly opposite sides of the spectrum? What is it about these two Winchester boys? And all I can think of is that the angels and demons must be enjoying this little separation. This all seems to be leading to an epic Sam vs. Dean smack-down; except it's not going to be Sam and Dean really leading the charge, it will be Lucifer and Michael. How long are the brothers going to be able to hold out? I have to think Lucifer and Michael are going to be able to make good cases of why Sam and Dean should just give in right now and give up their bodies in the name of all that is good and evil. Hopefully, the brothers will see fit to band back together to keep these outside forces well...outside.

Castiel is definitely struggling with becoming more human. Cas' terrified look at the bar, his causing the hooker to go ballistic just by mentioning her deadbeat dad, and his pretending to be a fed are all very funny scenes. I think Dean's finding his time with Cas really refreshing. And I'm enjoying see these two interact. Don't get me wrong, I still want Sam and Dean making life hell for all things supernatural, but until that happens again, the Dean and Cas adventures are a fun distraction.

Now it's time to talk about Dean and the conversation he had with Cas in the car shortly before Cas made his exit. After Dean gave the angel a pep talk about going out to find his Father, he basically said he was in a good place. To which Cas asked: "Even without your brother?" Dean stated: "Especially without my brother." Not words I really wanted to hear from him, but here's the thing. Dean has always had his family on his mind first. He deserves to be unencumbered by them for five minutes. Having said that, I know he said those words but I don't believe him. Family is so ingrained in his very being, that I don't care how much he protests, he wants Sam by his side. It might be refreshing to be brother-less right now, but I don't see that lasting much longer. I am glad that he got to have some fun. But the look on his face while he was saying all that, you can tell he's extremely lonely. I don't think Dean does lonely well. He never has. When he couldn't find his dad what did he do? He went to Stanford to pick his brother up.

Other Thoughts

  • Sam still has the anti-possession tattoo. That's good to know. And yes, we haven't seen a shirtless Sam in quite a while.
  • "Free to Be You and Me" ended with the brothers still apart. How long is this going to go on? I'm not being impatient, just curious. That's the story I'm sticking to. 
  • Sam's sideburns are getting long.
  • I loved how we heard Sam (and Jessica) make reference to Stanford. At this point, I've almost forgotten Sam went to the prestigious university. We've come so far from the world of Season 1.
  • It was great seeing Adrienne Palicki back for another episode. Last time we saw her was in the first-rate Season 2 episode "What is and What Should Never Be." I wish she had been utilized a little bit more, however.
  • Dean laughing was odd. He was right. I don't remember the last time he really laughed like that. I remember Dean's smirks. Occasionally he'll smile. But an out loud guffaw, I don't remember at all.
  • What did you guys think of Lindsay? She kind of annoyed me at first but she sort of grew on me. It was cool how she guessed Sam had struggled with addiction.
  • I wasn't sure I was going to dig Raphael. Hearing about the archangels is one thing, but actually seeing one I didn't know what to expect. But the high profile angel was pretty creepy and badass. Thankfully Cas and Dean got the upper hand. Cas calling the archangel his "little bitch" was killer.
  • I'm wondering what Dean's going to say if/when he actually meets God (in human form). Because he's denied and/or questioned God's existence for so long, it's going to be funny to see his reaction. I wonder if God will make him squirm. And I can't believe I'm writing sentences like "I wonder if God will make him squirm." Too funny.
  • For right now I'm going with Cas and his belief that God is still out there. I don't put any credence to Rafael's words about Lucifer actually being the one to raise Cas and save him from death. Uh-huh.
  • Poor Sam. Hunters made him swallow salt in "Good God, Y'all." Now hunters have made him swallow demon blood in order to get him to annihilate the murderous demons infesting the small town. Did you notice the second he swallowed the blood his super strength returned? Just add a little bit and the guy goes lethal. Thankfully, Sam stayed strong and didn't pursue any more of the seductive substance.
  • I loved that Dean asked for his amulet back.
  • Bobby's been in the first three episodes of the season. Very cool.
  • We learned more about the whole vessel and angel thing. There's almost an open phone line between an angel and its vessel.
  • So Sam has had a conversation with Lucifer even though he was just a projection or something. Now I can't wait until we get a Lucifer/Dean confrontation.
  • Lucifer said to Sam: "My heart breaks for you, the weight on your shoulders; what you've done, what you still have to do. It is more than anyone can bear. If there was some other way, but there isn't." I know Lucifer says he won't lie, but there may be another way. There's always another way. Also, what did he mean by "what you still have to do?"
  • I wonder if Sam is going to tell Dean he's Lucifer's vessel.
  • Those scenes for the next episode look awesome.

    Favorite Lines
    "Castiel, I'm warning you. Do not leave me here. I will find you." "Maybe one day, but today you're my little bitch." "What he said."
    "Eat it, Twilight."
    "Cas, we've talked about this. Personal space." "My apologies."
    "You were wasted by a teenage mutant ninja angel?"
    "I need your help because you are the only one who will help me. Please."
    "When humans want something really, really bad, we lie."
    "No, Kolchak."
    "Is this what I'm looking at if Michael jumps my bones?" "No not at all. Michael is much more powerful. It'll be far worse for you."
    "Where have you been?" "Jerusalem." "Oh, how was it?" "Arid."
    "This is a den of iniquity. I should not be here."
    "Go get 'em tiger. Don't make me push you."
    "No one has ever done anything so bad they can't be forgiven; they can't change."
  • Bonus
    Lynyrd Skynrd's "Simple Man" lyrics
    -the lyrics definitely fit the vibe of this episode. I really enjoyed the use of this song.

    Mama told me when I was young
    Come sit beside me, my only son
    And listen closely to what I say.
    And if you do this
    It will help you some sunny day.
    Take your time... dont live too fast,
    Troubles will come and they will pass.
    Go find a woman and youll find love,
    And dont forget son,
    There is someone up above.

    (chorus)
    And be a simple kind of man.
    Be something you love and understand.
    Be a simple kind of man.
    Wont you do this for me son,
    If you can?

    Forget your lust for the rich mans gold
    All that you need is in your soul,
    And you can do this if you try.
    All that I want for you my son,
    Is to be satisfied.

    (chorus)
    Boy, dont you worry... youll find yourself.
    Follow you heart and nothing else.
    And you can do this if you try.
    All I want for you my son,
    Is to be satisfied.

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    The first post-brotherly breakup episode finds Sam and Dean in two very different places. A brooding Sam already has a job and is working an honest living in a bar. Dean's continuing to hunt. Trouble always seems to find these two when they're fighting the good fight together. Imagine how much trouble they'll get into on their own. read more

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