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Supernatural Episode: "Pac-Man Fever"

Season 8, Episode 20
Episode Synopsis: Dean teaches Charlie, a geeky hacker, how to be a hunter-in-training and suspects that she is hiding a dangerous secret that could get her killed.
Original Air Date: Apr 24, 2013
Guest Cast Felicia Day: Charlie
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Season 8, Episode 20
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Length: 42:11
Aired: 4/24/2013
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "Pac-Man Fever" Season 8, Episode 20

Charlie's back and with her comes a new spin on the djinn monster of the week, a trip to a video game world complete with Dean clad in military uniform (**swoon**), and a very welcome Winchester "bro-ment."

It's official. Charlie's turned into one of my all-time favorite recurring characters. I'm going to say it right now. Let's hope the SPN powers that be never kill her off. I like the effect she has on the boys. She seems to understand Sam. Dean seems lighter when she's around. She's like the little sister they never had but really need. Felicia Day just shines in this universe.

And, yeah, at first I was totally thinking "Pac-Man Fever" was all filler, not a lot of substance. But the end of the episode really got to me. I'm still surprised by my reaction. We learn Charlie's backstory of how she got into trouble and had to go on the run. Plus, how she lost her parents. Her mom's been languishing in a coma for years.

The djinn twist? This particular version can cause people's insides to liquefy. Ew. The coroner and her son were the big bads. The Mama Djinn's touch sent Charlie into an alternate reality that placed her in the middle of a video game, which was so apropros. The goal was to mow down the super-soldier vamps and save the patients -- in this case, Charlie's mom (and Sam, too). The only way to break the cycle of this endless loop and get back to the real world...is to let go of her fear and to let go of her mom. Good stuff.

Favorite Moments from "Pac-Man Fever"

-Sam walking out and his hair lookin' a mess and then there's this exchange: Dean: "Man, I'm telling you. Give me five minutes with some clippers and--" Sam: "Oh, shut up."

-Charlie telling Sam and Dean she read the Carver Edlund novels (where are you Chuck?). Anyway, I love that she's up to speed on all things Weird and the Winchesters.

-The Charlie shopping portion (to the Katrina & Waves song -- the one she sang in Season Seven's "The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo"). Love when Dean hits stop on the song and Charlie's all "Montage."

- The hunting trio is back at the bunker researching together. Sam's envious of Charlie's tablet. Charlie's envious of Dean's journal. Journal beats computer. Cool.

-Sam having to punch Dean (2x) was pretty hilarious.

-All the talk about Charlie's mom and how everything she loves came from her and Dean telling her she has to let her mother go. Charlie feels an immense amount of guilt over what happened to her parents. She had to let go of that too.

-(An awesomely uniformed) Dean and Charlie getting to be badass with guns in the video game world was great.

-Sam calling Charlie a "Woman of Letters" is such a cute moment.

-Dean and Charlie doing the Star Wars "I love you" / "I know" line. They follow it up with another hug and it all adds up to an emotional and heartfelt moment. And Dean is so Han Solo. There's a version of that classic scene in "Larp and the Real Girl" as well (I believe).

-The Sam and Dean hug. Sam let Dean know that he knows he shouldn't have pushed himself so hard but before he can get the bulk of what he is going to say out, Dean hugs him. And Sam hugs him back. No one-sided thing goes on here. It's mutual and wonderful.

Supernatural writer Robbie Thompson has written all three Charlie episodes. I feel like each one is better than the one before. Even though the character's very different from the brothers, there are similarities as well. She lost her parents just like they did. Sam and Dean have each other. She loses herself in LARPing and gaming. But now she has the Winchesters on her side. They're like family. So let's definitely hope Charlie comes back in Season 9.

Random Thoughts

Not sure why the episode starts with Dean in uniform and then jumps back one day but I'm not going to complain. Can every episode start out like that pretty please? Just saying.

OMG. Sam was looking rough at the beginning of the episode. On second thought, he was looking rough in the middle and at the end, too.

They keep mentioning Garth. But we don't see him at all. That kinda sorta makes me sad.

The MoL bunker has a shooting range. Why do I think that's extremely sexy? I shouldn't, right?

Sam can't shoot the target. He's messed up physically. Charlie, on the other hand, is an excellent shot.

Charlie seems to bring a little color to Sam and Dean's dark lives. I love that.

Dean's so sneaky with cell phones. He always manages to turn on the GPS in other people's phones just like that. He's so protective.

Dean and Charlie's aliases -- Special Agent Hicks and Ripley — are from the 1986 classic, Aliens. Love that.

Did Dean say he wouldn't miss LARPing again (something about a mid-year jubilee)? He's hooked.

Charlie whipped out her FBI badge and held it upside down. Newbie hunter Cas did that too, didn't he?

Of course the coroner is the djinn. She resisted Dean's flirting. Something had to be wrong with her. Having said that, she wasn't scary at all. The djinns from "What is And What Should Never Be" and even "Exile on Main St." were much scarier than the two in "Pac-Man Fever."

African Dream root. Haven't seen that used on this show in a while, have we? Hate how you have to swallow someone's hair when taking it.

Dean called Charlie "kiddo" at least three times. What a big brother kind of thing to do.

Dean was a hugging machine in this episode. Three for Charlie and one for Sam? He's such a softie. He even gave her a non-romantic more like a big brother-type kiss on the head.

Charlie: "So, you gonna invite me into your dungeon? Or do I got to answer your questions three first?" I believe the 'questions three" line is a Monty Python and the Holy Grail reference.

Sam annoyed me a tiny bit with his stubbornness. Those Winchester brothers are stubborn individuals.

Sam stole Charlie's car. Don't know why but I love when he steals cars. They need to actually show him do that more.

Some favorite lines (courtesy writer Robbie Thompson)

Charlie: "I also found a series of books by...Carver Edlund. Did those books really happen? Wow. That is some meta-madness. Thanks for saving the world and stuff. (to Sam) Sorry you have zero luck with the ladies."

Charlie: "Son of a pantsuit."

Charlie: "What about Castiel? He seems helpful and dreamy."

Dean: "Charlie -- why don't you go talk to the witnesses." Charlie: "But I don't want to miss the bro-ment." Dean: "Charlie."

Sam (to Charlie): "I hate that thing. I want one."

Charlie (to Dean): I hate that thing. And I want one."

Charlie: "Wilhelm Scream."

 

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Charlie's back and with her comes a new spin on the djinn monster of the week, a trip to a video game world complete with Dean clad in military uniform (**swoon**), and a very welcome Winchester "bro-ment."

It's official. Charlie's turned into one of my all-time favorite recurring characters. I'm going to say it right now. Let's hope the SPN powers that be never kill her off. I like the effect she has on the boys. She seems to understand Sam. Dean seems lighter when she's around. She's like the little sister they never had but really need. Felicia Day just shines in this universe.

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