Best Inside Joke
 
“Stuck in the Middle (With You)”
 
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Okay, this is a little obscure, but I like it.  When the title came up for Crowley’s story, it said, “Mr. Crowley.”  I’m sure a few of you picked up that is the title to an Ozzy Osborne song, especially since the show has never called him “Mr. Crowley.”   But where the inside joke comes in is that when Mark Sheppard is introduced at “Supernatural” Creation conventions, Louden Swain (the house band) always breaks into “Mr. Crowley.”  So voila, your title becomes a fun little inside joke. 
  
Sure, I could have also gone with “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” with the Lucille bat, but that was already covered in our Fan Vote awards.  
 
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Best Welcome to the Old Hunters Club
 
"The Raid" 
 
Remember back in season three when Dean had to win favor with a crusty old Rufus Turner?  All he needed was one expensive bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue, which is no cheap bottle of whiskey.  
 
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Dean Winchester wouldn’t dare fall for that trick then, would he?  Well, all it took was a fine bottle of 33 year old Glennlach Scotch Whiskey (not a real brand but something pristine nonetheless) for him to take kindly to Mr. Ketch.  It was a brilliant move, until Mr. Ketch eventually turned into a real douche.  
 
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Best Appearance By A Supposedly Important Figure that Didn’t Go Anywhere
 
Billie the Reaper 
 
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Honorable Mention
 
12.19 512 Joshua
 
Joshua
 
Then there's the Worst...
 
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Toni Bevell
 
Note.  Next time you introduce interesting characters show, KEEP THEM INTERESTING.  By the time Billie met her demise, we were only sad that she was never utilized to her full potential.   She went from freaking awesome to annoying to useless and that meant she was expendible.  Sure, there’s that cosmic consequences thing, but maybe that’s what the finale was all about.  Not sure, I haven’t figured it out yet. 
 
As for Joshua and Toni Bevell, those guys weren’t around enough to be awesome or anything.  Toni especially fizzled into nothing after being so touted at the beginning of the seaosn.  At least she got more than the five seconds of screen time Joshua got.  Their quick deaths were just met with a “Meh.”  
 
 
Best Subtle Choice in Directing that Had Me Laughing When it Was Over
 
“LOTUS”
 
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Castiel stood there expressionless as everyone ran for cover from the pending flamethrower explosion.  The truck explodes in a massive fireball and Castiel never flinches!  That’s some awesome acting by Misha Collins.  I would have been quivering like a bowl of jello.  
 
 
Best One Tortured Look Tells the Entire Heart Crushing Story
 
“The Raid”
 
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This year Jared gets to blow us away in this category.  I was quite moved when Sam picked up The Colt, held it in his hand, and stared at it emotionally for multiple seconds, letting all those memories swirl inside.  It was the entire history of “Supernatural” all told in one small moment through Sam’s weary eyes.  It was very moving and stunning given the action/adventure that was going on around it.  I love being thrown curve balls like that.  
 
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Best Shoutout to a Domestic Goddess
  
“All Along the Watchtower”
 
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I thought that Kelly Kline nesting and Castiel playing nervous father was a little over the top, but the frustrations of putting together a crib from an unnamed Swedish furniture store (you know it’s IKEA!) is something we all can relate.  She got to live our dream though and vent on the phone to a guy named Swen.  You go girl.  Fight that fight for all of us that spent hours putting together weird named furniture with vague instructions and no one to bitch to.