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Supernatural Episode: "The Real Ghostbusters"

Season 5, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: Sam and Dean are tricked into attending a "Supernatural" convention where fans dress up as the brothers. But the entertaining event is soon disrupted by a ghost.
Original Air Date: Nov 12, 2009
Guest Cast Jim Beaver Rob Benedict: Chuck Shurley Emily Perkins: Becky
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Season 5, Episode 9
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Length: 40:28
Aired: 11/12/2009
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "The Real Ghostbusters" Season 5, Episode 9

Sam and Dean are lured into attending a convention for the Supernatural series of books introduced in last season's "Monster at the End of this Book." Chuck Shurley (pen name Carver Edlund) is back, super fan Becky is also back and so is the return of old school ghost hunting.

Right off the bat the "previously" captured my attention. It featured one of my all-time favorite scenes of Supernatural. "Asylum" is an awesome episode and showing the clip where an "intensified" Sam (thanks to Dr. Ellicott) accused Dean of being dad's little soldier asking if he's that desperate for his approval really took me back. "That's the difference between you and me. I have a mind of my own. I'm not pathetic like you." Then we see "Hunted" when Dean reveals to Sam what Big Daddy Winchester whispered to him shortly before BDW died. There's talk of the Colt. There's also a scene from "Monster at the End of this Book" where a guy accuses Sam and Dean of larping (Live Action Role Playing). And we're reminded of the Supernatural series of books.

Sam and Dean pull up to the Pineview Hotel and immediately spot a whole lineup of black '67 Chevy Impalas, so something's definitely going on. There they meet up with Chuck. Apparently, Becky's lured the Winchester brothers to the first ever Supernatural convention where guys are dressed up like Sam and Dean and there's a fugly Scarecrow walking around. There are also lookalike Ashes, Bobbys, yellow-eyed demons as well as mucho, mucho memorabilia. I think it's funny this episode is airing just as a real-life Supernatural convention is going down this weekend in Chicago. Both Jensen and Jared will be there in person. I personally have never been to one. The closest I've come is attending the Paley Fest from Season 1. I'm curious to hear from those of you who have been to conventions. What do you think of the way this episode portrayed them?

Carver announces the Supernatural series of books will continue not making Dean and Sam happy at all. Fans will finally be able to find out what happened after Dean went to hell. When the larping starts, a real ghost shows up. It turns out the Pineview is really haunted (not a shock). Back in 1909, Letitia Gore murdered four boys at the Gore Orphanage with a butcher knife and then offed herself. Sam and Dean happen to be just in time for the anniversary of these killings. The concierge tells the brothers to hit the attic where Sam and Dean pull out the EMF. And I swear, when was the last time we saw one of these things in an episode? Every time I see one on this show now it makes me think of the old days of Supernatural back in Seasons 1 and 2. The EMF is working overtime, there's definitely a deadly presence. A fake Sam and Dean follow the Winchesters. The role playing "bros" see a ghost right away of course. The boy points them toward a painting where they find a couple clues including a map. The real Winchesters find a ghost boy too, it's Letitia's own son — she apparently scalped him back in the day. The two sets of "brothers" are forced to work together. Only the real Sam and Dean, in this crazy world of larping, will now be known as "Rufus" and "Bobby." After Dean hears the larpers recite "Asylum" verbatim (I was wondering why we saw "Asylum" in the recap), he goes off on the guys. He doesn't understand why they would choose to be Sam and Dean. After all, Sam and Dean are treated like circus freaks. They've gone through so much pain. He thinks the "Dean and Sam story sucks. It is not fun. It's not entertaining. It is a river of crap that would send most people howling to the nuthouse." Once they all hit the cemetery, the role-players balk at digging up real graves especially when Letitia attacks. Dean salts and burns the bones taking care of her spirit.

Sam and Dean think the case is over so they try to leave the hotel but they find they're locked in. They also come across the spirit of the scalped boy who tells them his mom didn't do this to him so he didn't like the fact they sent her away. The other scary kid ghosts were the real culprits so now that Letitia's gone, they can do whatever they want. This makes me so sad for that boy who was scalped to death. The nasty boys end up scalping the annoying Hookman. While Chuck's busy giving out Supernatural spoilers, Sam and Dean work to protect the convention goers and battle the bad seeds; this includes enlisting the help of the actress who plays the ghost of Letitia and the most prominent Sam and Dean larpers.

The larping pals escape the hotel and head to the cemetery where they dig graves for the first time ever. The scary ghost kids threaten to scalp Sam and Dean and also go after the fans. No need to worry because Chuck saves them and that finally turns Becky on and gets her off her crush on Sam. All's well that ends well. The larpers saved Sam and Dean, Chuck and Becky get together thereby "breaking" Sam's heart. Damian and Barnes (the dynamic duo) come out to Dean, saying they're a couple. In a sappy chick flick-type moment, they let Dean know that the Dean in the Supernatural books doesn't have a life that sucks. He and Sam get to wake up every day and save the world and he has a brother that would die for him. Sometimes it's good for a person to get a different perspective, an outsider's point of view on a situation. I think Dean really did need that.

There is one piece of mythology that Becky unloads before the end of the episode. She tells Sam that when Bella said she gave the Colt (that she stole) to Lilith, she lied. She really gave it to a demon named Crowley, Lilith's right hand man (and possibly Lilith's lover). I'm not sure what to think about this piece of information. Obviously it plays a role in the next episode, but the Colt info also seems to come from nowhere. You also might remember that I'm not that much of a fan of the Colt post-Season 1 but I'm also well aware of the fact that Sam and Dean need something to help them win the war.

I liked "The Real Ghostbusters." It was definitely entertaining. There were a lot of inside jokes and I laughed out loud on multiple occasions but especially when the guys first got to the convention. Gotta say I'm not that much of a fan of larping, but I did love how those two guys would use their Sam and Dean voice when they got into character. However, I do have to say that as much as I enjoy the humor and the having fun with the fans, I'm really, really hoping the show starts to get dark and more about the mythology. The next episode seems promising. Speaking of which, did I see Dean kissing Jo in the preview? Wow. And Ellen's there too. I can't wait!

For all of you attending the "Salute to Supernatural" convention in Chicago, have fun! Let's hope no scary orphan ghosts haunt your panels.

Other Thoughts

- Loved the titles of the panels especially "Frightened Little Boy: The Secret Life of Dean Winchester."

- Carver Edlund. How awesome of a recurring character is this guy? He better not be going anywhere anytime soon. I'm always happy to see Rob Benedict.

- I still want to know where the name "Chuck Shurley" came from.

- There are lots of guys at this convention. For some reason, I don't think that's the case in real life. I could be wrong however.

- Carver is nervous and not very forthcoming with the chatter at his panel. That's so not like Eric Kripke. Eric always has lots of great things to say.

- Hookman's questions were interesting. Again with the Ruby question just like in "Changing Channels." We keep hearing her name...

- Becky gets all defensive. Like any true Supernatural fan does.

- One of the drinks is called: Yellow-Eyed Cooler. I was pulling for the resurrection of the Purple Nurple.

- Chuck likes Becky. Becky likes Sam. Love Chuck pining for Becky. Love Sam's reaction to Becky even more.

- Agents Jagger and Richards — love the larpers turning to the Rolling Stones for their fed names.

- Well, at least Sam and Dean are starting to say things at the same time again. They're slowly getting their groove back.

So much old-school Sam and Dean goodness to be had. Besides the EMF, we see them salt and burn some bones; salt the doorways, use iron to rid themselves of ghosts. It's enough to make me want to break out my Season 1 DVDs.

I'm kind of missing the angsty Dean of last season, is that wrong? I think that's why I enjoyed his little speech about how his life sucks so much.

I'm wondering if Sam and Dean actually read Chuck's books, if they'd find out even more information that would help them out in this war against Lucifer.

Were those outtakes at the end there?

Favorite Lines

"Well you seem different." "How so?" "Well you don't seem scared of women."

"A lot of this place is off limits to nerds."

"Real enough for you?"

"What does the future hold for Sam and Dean? Well uh... how do you feel about angels? Yeah, no cause uh... let me tell you... they're not nearly as lame as you think."

"Just give her the puppy dog thing, OK?"

"He sells stereo equipment. I fix copiers. Our lives suck. But to be Sam and Dean...to wake up every morning and save the world... to have a brother who would die for you... well who wouldn't want that?"

"If you really want to publish more books, I guess that's OK with us." "Wow. Really?" "Not really. We have guns and we'll find you." "Ok. Ok. No more books."

"Crowley. Didn't occur to you to tell us before?" "I'm sorry, I didn't remember. I'm not as big of a fan as she is."

"Yeah, how original. Supernatural bringing in more creepy children!"

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Sam and Dean are lured into attending a convention for the Supernatural series of books introduced in last season's "Monster at the End of this Book." Chuck Shurley (pen name Carver Edlund) is back, super fan Becky is also back and so is the return of old school ghost hunting.
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