Page 1 of 6My apologies, this is about five or six days too late. I hope you don't mind re-living an episode from over a week ago! At least it's better than the one we just saw.
First episode back from the winter hellatus! Winchesters in a mental hospital is certainly an attention getter. Let's get right to it.
Since this is a Monster of the Week episode, naturally the opening is going to start with our first red shirt. But first, an unusually long "Then" segment, which tells us that this week's story is a little short on script pages. Let's just blame the budget and move on.
The location is given right away which is kind of rare. Normally we have to wait for credits or something. It's the Glenwood Springs Psychiatric Hospital in Ketchum, Oklahoma. A file opens and it has a clipping in it about a tragic fire. The tragic fire survivor crazy person is dressed in hospital blue garb in an office talking with an arrogant bastard. I mean psychiatrist.
Susan, said crazy person, is not taking her medication. She can't, it makes her sleep. That's when the monster will come and get her. The monster killed her roommate. Naturally, the condescending arrogant bastard, I mean doctor doesn't believe a word she's saying. She is a schizophrenic so she must be delusional. She makes her point, even admitting she sees her dead son right behind him. What's really cool is they actually show him there. Nice touch. She knows he isn't real. But the monster, that's real. Does she get anywhere? Duh, of course not or we wouldn't have our bloody ghost story.
Susan's in her room after lights out and time for the terror portion of the show. She watches, quivering in fright, in her locked room as the screws slowly are undone in the vent above. She screams and no one listens, for the nurse dismisses it as "they're starting early tonight." Ah, can't you just feel the love in these places? Susan goes to the door and pounds on the window, pleading for help, but only another mental patient in a nearby room sees her. Since they're locked in their rooms, he can only watch. She gets yanked, and is finally found later on the floor with her wrists slit. Judging by the pool of blood, they didn't get there for a while. Oh, good job guys! You know, that was nice a creepy and all, but that was one really long opening. I should shut up though, for rushing such scenes ruins the purpose of "suspense." Still, we're six minutes in including opening credits and no sign of a Winchester.
Title credits. Boys should be coming next!
File opens, this time it's for an Edward Van Halen. Paraphrasing the notes, it says that while interviewing Alex Van Halen, the patient's brother, who's definitely psychotic, they figured out Edward was crackers himself. Cue the visual of Sam and Dean sitting on the other side of the desk, blankly staring at the doctor. The arrogant bastard, I mean doctor mentions they were referred to him by a Dr. Babar in Chicago. He's suspicious. "Isn't there a children's book about an elephant named Babar?" Dean calmly answers, "I don't know, I don't have any elephant books." Ha! That's almost word for word out of Fletch. It would have been funnier if they used the actual wording. "It don't know, I don't have any." "Children?" "Elephant books." Still, it's great they worked in that reference! Also, the doctor catches Babar, but not Van Halen?
Dean goes on, letting the doctor know that Dr. Babar was in over his head with this one. His brother is, and he whistles and does the crazy signal with his finger. Oh, such nice touches in selling the story. The doctor doesn't want to hear from Dean, and starts with Sam, aka Alex. Sam claims he's fine, just a little depressed. Why? Because he started the apocalypse. Hee, a little depressed? This has been tearing him apart for months! Anyway, the doctor is stunned to hear that. So Sam continues to explain. He killed this demon, Lilith, and accidently freed Lucifer from Hell. "So now he's topside and we're trying to stop him." That is a pretty hilarious story from an outsiders POV, don't you think? Those clever boys. They just have to tell the truth!
Dean rolls his eyes to show to doctor how crazy he thinks this sounds. I love it when both of them dig into their roles. The arrogant bastard, I mean doctor somehow wants to hear more before admitting the boys. "Who is?" He asks. Sam answers me and him (points to Dean) and an angel. The doctor thinks he's talking about an angel on his shoulder. "No, no, his name's Castiel. He wears a trenchcoat." Wow, this does sound nuts. Speaking of which, the show goes on a two month hiatus and the first two episodes back have no Castiel? Ugh, I'm going through hot angel withdrawal here.
Dean jumps in, for he's had enough of Sam's crazy story. "The kid's been beating himself up like this for months. The apocalypse wasn't his fault." So now the doctor sees why Dean, aka Edward, might be crazy. Dean goes for the final push. "It was this other demon Ruby. She got him addicted to demon blood. In the end he was practically chugging the stuff." Sam looks ashamed, the doctor looks really disturbed. "My brother's not evil. He was justâ€¦high." Oh man, I'm dying here. How these two can tell this story with a straight face is beyond me. "So could you fix him up so we can get back to traveling around the country hunting monsters?" The now rattled doctor calls his assistant and tells her to cancel his lunch. Dean smiles and pats Sam on the arm. Oh yeah, they're in.
Sure enough, they both are taken into the hospital by a nurse. The doctor wants to keep them under observation for a couple of days. Dean plays the "both?" card. The nurse, who is pure evil under that perky smile, says "Yes sugar, the doctor thinks that would be best." Sam and Dean share a small "it worked" glance, with Dean smiling and Sam fighting back one. The nurse check's Dean's blood pressure and he tries the whole "Nurse Ratchet" stuff. For those of you that are really young, that's the evil nurse in One Flew Over A Cuckoo's Nest. She isn't buying it. Next she's checking Sam and tells him to drop his pants. He's not sure why. She gives up that same malevolent smile while slapping on a rubber glove. I'm not even a man and I'm feeling queasy. Sam's look of disturbance is priceless.
Dean waits in full blue patient uniform with bothered look and then Sam comes out with his own uniform and look. Notice how Sam's robe is never tied in this episode. Could they not find one big enough to get around him? Aww, don't they look adorable. That blue is a nice change from the olive drab, flannel, and brown colors. "How was your Silkwood shower?" Dean asks. For you young-ins again, there is a scene in the movie Silkwood where the main character, played by Meryl Streep, is basically stripped, held down, and forced into a sterilization shower (since she worked in a nuclear power plant). It involved a lot of harsh scrubbing and probably some violation here and there. Sam says his was okay. "Good water pressure." Oh man, how could he find the positive in that? I guess when you've died all sorts of awful ways, a little violation is nothing. Sam asks Dean about the nurse. "She was very thorough," Dean answers. Oh, the horrible things these boys go through for the sake of saving people.