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Supernatural Episode: "Heartache"

Season 8, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: Sam and Dean investigate a series of murders involving victims who each received organs from the same donor.
Original Air Date: Oct 17, 2012

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Season 8, Episode 3
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Length: 41:15
Aired: 10/17/2012
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "Heartache" Season 8, Episode 3

The latest Supernatural is an episode in which the brothers Winchester go to an actual farmer's market, they investigate a case involving an actual monster of the week, and they do so while voicing their opinions on the present and the future.

I know I need to talk about the case and the fact that Jensen Ackles gave us his best-directed episode yet. I will touch on those topics, but first I need to talk about the brothers. "Heartache" gave us plenty Winchester quality together time. However, they spent that togetherness time with their mindsets in different places. Very different places.

Are the siblings ever going to be on the same page? Who knows. I think it's time for me to stop expecting them to be in sync with each other. Their experiences have somewhat been similar. They've both died numerous times. They've both been to heaven and to hell. Dean has recently upped the ante with a yearlong trip to Purgatory. They've both had the chance to get out of the life for an extended amount of time as well.

The two have been through so much and they've reacted to all these life and (especially) death situations in their own unique way. Watching "Heartache," a Season 1 episode called "Shadow" weighed heavy on my mind. There was this heartbreaking scene between the brothers where Sam told Dean that after they took care of the yellow-eyed demon, he was done with this life. He was going back to school. Some excerpts:

Sam contemplating the endgame

Sam: "What if this whole thing was over tonight? Man, I'd sleep for a month. Go back to school. Be a person again."
Dean: "You'd go back to school?"
Sam: "Yeah, once we were done hunting the thing."

Dean's endgame is more of the same

Sam: "What are you going to do when it's all over?"
Dean: "It's never going to be over. There's going to be others. There's always going to be something to hunt."

Sam breaks it to Dean they want different things 

Dean: "Why do you think I drag you everywhere? Huh? I mean why do you think I came and got you at Stanford in the first place?"
Sam: "Because dad was in trouble. 'Cause you wanted to find the thing that killed mom."
Dean: "Yes, that. But it's more than that, man. You, me and dad. I want us to...to be together again. I want us to be a family again."
Sam: "Dean, we are family. I'd do anything for you but things will never be the way they were before."
Dean: "Could be."
Sam: "I don't want them to be. I'm not going to live this life forever. Dean, when this is all over, you're going to have to let me go my own way."

It's a bit of deja vu all over again. I included all those lines from "Shadow" because it felt like the brothers were right back there in that hotel room in Chicago instead of holed up in the Impala. The brothers aren't wrong for feeling the way they did then and they aren't wrong now. That's why this is so painful to watch. I want Dean to have what he wants: to continue to hunt with his brother for as long as they can. And I want Sam to have what he wants: a normal life away from the hunt.

Here's what Sam told Dean at the end of "Heartache":

Sam: "Dean, listen. When this is over. When we close up shop on Kevin and the tablet -- I'm done. I mean that."
Dean: "No, you don't."
Sam: "Dean, the year that I took off, I had something I've never had: a normal life. I got to see what that felt like. I want that. I had that."
Dean: "I think that's just how you feel right now."

Sound a tad familiar? Sam's journey since the first season has been brutal and unfair and no one should have to go through even half of what he has. And the same goes for Dean. But his Purgatory stay has given him a clarity he hasn't had since season 1. Over there, it was pure. And, as a result, he's the true blue soldier he once was. Only this time, it's not for his dad, it's for himself. He's in serious warrior mode and he can't accept that his little brother doesn't want the same things.

So something has to give. Will Dean realize he may need to let his little brother go eventually? Will something else come along that will make Sam realize his place is by his brother? This episode dredged up all these memories and these feelings and that's what a good episode is supposed to do. One thing I didn't like, however, was Sam trying to convince Dean that he may be better off alone. He knows how his brother feels about that.

Random Thoughts

Loved the case that led to a late great football player (Sam's hero) that made a deal with a Mayan god called a Cacao. He lived a long time but ended up taking his life because he didn't want to keep on living. Problem is, they donated his organs to people that needed it. The Cacao wouldn't let the deal die with him. The people that received his organs were compelled to continue the sacrifices.

I really liked the athlete's wife, Eleanor aka Betsy. It was sad how her husband stayed his young self while she got older. Eventually they had to tell the world that she was his mother. That must have been a horrible situation. I think she was happy he finally got his peace and she was looking forward to her own.

By the way, the ripping out of the hearts? Almost as gross as the Randa/Cacao chick eating one of said hearts. Just gross.

Jensen did a great job directing "Heartache." He always finds a way to keep his episodes feeling like any other Supernatural, yet he also manages to put his own stamp on it. I really liked some of his shot choices and the fact he had to direct and be in so much of the episode. He has a future in this should he ever choose to do so.

"Heartache" felt like an old school episode. There was a case that was methodically dealt with combined with a brotherly relationship that was once again put under the microscope. Even though their issues weren't solved, it was great to watch Sam and Dean lay their beliefs on the table. I'm at a loss as to how this is all going to get resolved especially since this show may go on another couple of seasons.

Sam taking Dean to an organic farmer's market was pretty hilarious. It was great to see them in such a normal place.

There was only one flashback and that was nice too. Don't get me wrong. I'm actually loving the use of said flashbacks this season. It was just refreshing not to have as many.

Amelia celebrating Sam's birthday was a nice. Sam being surprised by it was kind of heartbreaking. He's not used to that. Jury's still out on Amelia, though.

Sam said he's never had the normal life like he's had for the last year. I know that his time in college ended up being more manipulation than anything but I feel like he once did see his time at Stanford as normal.

Was Jensen tanner than usual?

How great was it that Jensen was able to hire his dad, Alan Ackles, for a scene? Mr. Ackles played a detective that had to answer Sam and Dean's questions. At one point, he kind of got sassy with the boys. Loved seeing that.

I'm wondering if Dean would be able to handle life without Sam at this point. I feel like he could. He just has to realize that Sam living his own life doesn't have to mean they don't keep in contact. So far, that's all it's meant.

I watched that scene from "Shadow" again and I totally started tearing up. I'm such a wuss.

When are we going to find out what happened to Amelia? Are she and Sam over? It's still a bit unclear to me. All I know is the woman better not die.

Did Sam say his dog's name is Riot?

When the two guys and the Cacao pinned down Dean -- what was going on with Sam? It took a little bit before he could save Dean.

The other cop Sam and Dean questioned was a recycle — Aaron Pearl starred as demon-possessed Roger in the Season 4 episode "The Rapture." He revealed himself as a demon to Cas' meat suit, Jimmy Novak.

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The latest Supernatural is an episode in which the brothers Winchester go to an actual farmer's market, they investigate a case involving an actual monster of the week, and they do so while voicing their opinions on the present and the future.

I know I need to talk about the case and the fact that Jensen Ackles gave us his best-directed episode yet. I will touch on those topics, but first I need to talk about the brothers. "Heartache" gave us plenty Winchester quality together time. However, they spent that togetherness time with their mindsets in different places. Very different places.

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