Oh, boy, oh, boy, oh, boy!  On tap for today's Carver episode review is only one of the best episodes of "Supernatural" EVER!  That's right, it's "Mystery Spot!"  Can you believe this was only his third episode of the show?  Incredible!  Let's get right to the good stuff.  And there's going to be a LOT of good stuff.

  •  Aw, seeing the Trickster get stabbed during "Tall Tales" in the previously on section gets me right in the Gabriel feels.
  •  "Heat of the Moment"!!!!!!!!

  •  Sam's "If I ever hear it again, I'm gonna kill myself" line is foreshadowing with a capital F.
  •  Dean's little dance and lip-sync is just glorious.
  •  I'm guessing that 50% of Dean's morning routine is stuff he actually thinks is important to his hygiene, and 50% is just to annoy his brother early in the morning.
  •  I am rather impressed with Jensen's ability to still look good while simultaneously gurgling and smiling.  I tried that once after I saw this episode, and the results were less than spectacular, let me tell you.

  •  The bra Dean holds up to Sam looks lacy and nice and expensive.  As a woman, I'll just say there's no way in hell I would leave behind a nice, lacy, expensive bra.  I mean, when you find a bra that fits well and makes your boobs look good, it's the Holy Grail of bras, and you NEVER let it out of your possession.
  •  Sam bitchface in 3...2...1... There we go.

  •  We may have gone over this before here at the WFB, but just in case, I'll once again explain what a pig in a poke is.  According to Wikipedia, it's a con that originated in the late Middle Ages when meat was scarce.  The seller would place a cat or puppy in a bag (or poke) and say it was a suckling pig, then sell it to someone without them opening the bag.  When the person opened the bag later, they saw that they had received a dog or cat, not a good source of meat.  
  •  With that in mind, I like to think the significance of Tuesday's breakfast special being "pig in a poke" is the Trickster is hinting at the con he's running on Sam right here.  But the reference is veiled, and Sam doesn't pick up on it.
  •  Time for more over-analysis!  See the brochure for the Mystery Spot?

  •  I think the first two equations on the back are more clues for Sam.  First, E=MC2 is, of course, Einstein's famous formula for mass-energy equivalence.  Einstein was also famous for his theories on special relativity.  Per Wikipedia again, Einstein gave a new definition of space and time in his 1905 paper about special relativity: "all time and space coordinates in all reference frames are equal, so there is no "true" or "apparent time."  In other words, time and space are relative to the thing perceiving them, AKA Sam.  The whole episode is relative to Sam's experience of it.
  •  The second equation is the equation for solving the area of a circle.  Round and round Sam goes.
  •  I can't see the full third equation, but I bet it's something to do with solving for how long it will take someone to lose their mind, where m=moose.
  • The green hallway with the black spiral is such an amazing image.

  • The first of Dean's deaths is the worst because it's just so ordinary.  Dean's a badass hunter, and when he eventually dies for good, it should be something better than being shot by some greasy nobody in a backwater tourist trap.
  •  Wow, that was a hell of a teaser!  Also, brace yourselves because this is going to be a long review.
  •  How amazing is the first replay of the day, though, when Sam wakes up and Dean is still alive?  The first time I saw this episode, I was just as confused as Sam is.

  •  I love that Dean's idea of a weird dream is clowns or midgets.
  •  One of my favorite moments of Winchester logic: "Yesterday was Tuesday.  But today is Tuesday, too!"
  •  Dean gets all tingly when Sam takes control.  Ah ha ha ha ha.  He's probably not the only one.
  •  The part where Sam tells Dean that he's watched him die twice already and just can't do it anymore is really heartbreaking.  I know it gets a lot worse for him, but this part really gets to me.  Sam's got the watery eyes, and ugh.
  •  Only Dean would want to know if his own death looked cool or not.
  •  Sam's face right after Dean gets killed by the desk is priceless.  It's his, "We had a plan, Dean.  What happened to the plan?" face.

  •  It's really great of Dean to reassure his brother by telling him that if they decide he's not going to die, he won't die.  Of course, the Trickster is sitting right there, so he shows them what's what with some death by choking.
  •  The montage of Dean's deaths really shouldn't be funny, but wow, it's sooooooo funny.  Shower, taco, electric razor, dog.  Amazing.  Also, how adorable is it that Dean makes shapes in his hair when it's shampooed?

  •  I love the way they handled the death by axe, too.  Not showing the actual act was brilliant.  It's much funnier to see the blood spray on the mystery spot owner, watch him freak out, and hear Dean's body drop in the background while Sam says, "Dean? Oh, no."  Top marks for that.
  •  Doris shooting Dean with an arrow is a death I would have liked to see, though.
  •  I love the color in the episode gets more and more muted as Sam goes through more Tuesdays.  By the 100th one, everything is so dull and dreary.
  •  BROTHERS!!!!!

  •  I have to hand it to the Trickster.  I wouldn't be able to sit there all nonchalant and eat my breakfast if Sam Winchester was glaring at me the entire time.
  •  Even though he's psychologically torturing Sam in the most elaborate way ever, I just can't stay mad at this guy.  I love him!

  •  Sam is SO happy it's Wednesday.  Poor Sam.
  •  Dean's death in the parking lot on Wednesday is the WORST!  Jeremy Carver, you sadistic bastard!
  •  I had forgotten that Sam spends 6 months with Dean dead for real.  This episode is seriously depressing.
  •  Sam is seriously scary during the part where Dean's dead.  It's not hard to see why he acts the way he does when he's Soulless, is it?

  •  The scene with Bobby was so tense.  I was freaking out the first time I saw it.  I couldn't believe Sam was gonna let Bobby kill himself!
  •  I think the Trickster was lying about Dean being in Hell while Sam spent his 6 months alone, but if he wasn't there, where was he?  Dean obviously had his memory wiped because he didn't remember anything, but I have always been curious about what happened to him.
  •  Dean is so confused by the hug.  Of course Sam would hug him, because they only hug after death and periods of long separation.  But there hasn't been anything like that for Dean.  You can just see him working through the scenario in his head.  "What the hell happened?  Why is he hugging me?  Do I need to hug him back?"
  • Turning out the lights and shutting the door on this motel room must have felt amazing for Sam.  A bittersweet moment.


 

Hooray for "Mystery Spot!"  What a tremendous episode.  Definitely in my top 10 episodes of all time.  What are your favorite moments?  Tomorrow, Alice is taking on Carver's follow-up to this masterpiece, "Long-Distance Call," which is...not such a masterpiece.