Why: Again, it’s another story I love. The show has always been a bit heavy handed when it comes to parallels between the boys and the monster of the week, but I thought it was done perfectly in this ep. Up until this point, we knew that Sam was feeling some anxiety over Dean’s looming deal, but this episode captured how bad it was affecting him emotionally. It was the predecessor to “Mystery Spot” which did that with three exclamation points and a sledgehammer to the skull (all in a good way). Remember, the show really didn't start to explore Sam's character very deeply until season three.
I love the idea of twisted fairy tales, which came from Ben Edlund and was perfectly written by Cathryn Humphris. The fairy tales provide the best way to get to the heart of Sam's issues and inspires some really awesome Dean one-liners. Plus I love the homicidal old lady. But the true strength of the episode is the emotional parallels. There's the construction worker whose two brothers were mauled to death before him. "He killed my brothers. How would that make you feel?" Sam's answer is crushing. "I can't imagine anything worse." Then later in the episode, after all is resolved and the talk revolves around letting go of someone you love, the true and very sad heart of the matter is revealed.
Dean: You know what he said? Some good advice.
Sam: Is that what you want me to do Dean? Just let you go?
Dean walks away, leaving Sam all alone to watch him go. I don't know why that gets me everytime I see it, but it does. One of the most understated and powerful brotherly moments in the series. Then Sam gets all unhinged and kills a Crossroads Demon, proving there's no way he's taking Dean's advice. We'll that's one way to vent after a frustrating day.
Plus, this still cracks me up just thinking about it...
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