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Here's one nitpick, why is Sam still killing people with the demon killing ginsu? Didn't he embrace his dark powers to save people from that? I know, it's a fine line, but he's all about saving people at the expense of himself, right? The least he could have done was learn the fake exorcism in Enochian. No, inside he leaves with the others feeling all good about themselves even though he's killed innocents. "I guess that's what it's like, huh?" "What?" Dean responds. "Having backup."

Since we all know this show too well, any moment of triumph must be short lived. The teenage boy, who really thinks Sam and Dean are super cool now, wants to ride back with them. Dean checks with Dad, it's okay, and he wait until they are out of sight before breaking out the beers. If a kid can kill demons, he can drink a beer. The kid is pretty excited and so won't tell his Mom. He leans against the Impala and at least gets in one drink before something underneath the car grabs his ankles. He goes down, Sam reaches down and has the demon killed with the knife in no time, but it's already too late. Aw crap, I liked the kid. Why couldn't this week's redshirt be his annoying mother? Dean holds the boy in his arms and isn't taking this death well at all.   You see, he's not too far gone!

For some reason, the Gossip Girl ads this season are ticking me off WAY more than others. No idea why. All I imagine is Sam and Dean coming along and pounding the living crap out of Chuck Bass and his smug look. He needs a little color in his face. Now that's a promo that would get The CW buzzing!

Now for the sad funeral and this annoying bitch mother reminds me a lot of the annoying bitch mother in "Faith." Bad actress, over the top behavior, shallow and not too bright. Why was she blaming Dean? Huh? You took your son into a freaking war zone lady! What were you expecting? Lollipops and candycanes? Okay, anyway, sad scene. Pastor Gideon's got it right, there are no words or answers for what happened. There's no good reason for any of it. Except God has left the building and angels and demons run amok. That might be a reason. Not a good one though. 

 

Leah then collapses and starts convulsing, and for some reason all I can think about is the scene in The Simpsons Movie where Grandpa Simpson did the same. I half expected her to start shouting out, "EPA! EPA!" That would have been better. No, instead this is where her sugary sweetness starts turning into manipulative bitch. She says Dylan is coming back when judgment day comes and they'll all be together. Everyone will be together with their loved ones. The angels have chosen them. They can have paradise on Earth if they follow the angels' commandments. Paul doesn't believe this but everyone else seems to be eating it up. 

This is where Castiel could have really done some good. He could have shown up in front of these people either now or later and given them hope by proving he was an angel of the Lord. "Don't listen to this bitch!" Then again, he wouldn't exactly be promising paradise on earth either. He'd be taking them to that liquor store. 

Sam and Dean come out of the church and Sam starts spouting off the rules. "No drinking, no gambling, no premarital sex. Dean they basically outlawed 90 percent of your personality." You know Sam, you aren't exactly a choir boy either. Dean is taking a "when in Rome," attitude. I get it. He's not cool with it, but he's not a prophet and he's not a local. No Dean, you've given up. Sam looks at him like "why are you giving up?" Dean will catch up with him later, because this is the part of the program where both brothers bond with the locals separately. 



Dean starts with twitchy, I mean Leah. She's on the couch with a supposed bad headache, but isn't complaining. Right, we aren't buying the preacher's daughter crap. We've watched this show enough, no one is that pure. She asks Dean what's on his mind. He wants to know is she's on the level about paradise. Come on Dean, like she's going to say no. Dean wants to know what the angels are telling her, for he has to know this is a fish story.   "Everything. Skip the rainbows." There's the Dean we love! "There's going to be a prize fight and its gonna to get bad. But after we win, and we will, the planet gets handed over to the chosen and it's finally peaceful.   No monsters, no disease, no death, you're just with the people you love." You know, she's actually not lying here. She's just talking about Lucifer's plan though, not God's.

Dean the skeptic continues. "That's of course if you can get past the velvet rope." Yeah, "the chosen" is the vague part. "Must be nice being chosen." She tells Dean he's chosen. Dean doesn't buy it. "Yeah, more like cursed." Then Leah says something that's so dead on accurate. "Must be hard, being the vessel of Heaven and having no hope." Wow, she must be demonic. She's so good at saying the right thing at the right time. Dean stares at her but doesn't say much. I'm still trying to figure out what's going through his mind, but we've got to move on. 

Sam walks into Paul's bar which is empty now. I love how one of the neon beer signs on the wall is "El Sol." There's continuity! I wonder if the show had to clear or license that name. Sam sits down to help Paul "kill some inventory." I think Sam's getting the far better end of the deal than Dean. Paul goes on. He loves the town, he grew up there, but has an issue with the holy rollers. You and me both pal! Sam has noticed he's not the praying type. Paul confesses half of those guys aren't. They were all in there before getting wasted and "banging the nanny" but now they're Warriors of God. Speaking of which, we're still missing a warrior of God. They both toast and drink their shots and I wish Castiel was there to do ten of them to their one. Sorry, but this episode really misses some angel potential!



Paul believes in demons for sure now, and if there is a God fine, but he's not a hypocrite. He's never prayed before, why start now? If he goes to Hell, he's going honest. You're fine Paul. If anyone deserves Hell it's the guy in front of you and he's been granted salvation. It's all good. He asks if Sam is a true believer. "I believe, I do. I'm just pretty sure God stopped caring a long time ago." Pretty sure? You've got far more proof than that Sam. They both scoff and it's a quick end to what otherwise is a good scene. I needed more there!  More talk about beliefs, fears, horrors, all that jazz. This is after all a freaking apocalypse. It was a chance to at least learn something new about Sam, like how Dean is freaking him out right now. 

Sam staggers into the motel room and I love drunk Sam. We don't get to see much of that. He would have had more, but it was curfew.   You know Sam, if you were rebelling against the drinking law, I'm pretty sure curfew could have been broken too. Dean is sitting on the bed all docile and there a coffee mug next to him. So he's actually drinking coffee? He is depressed. Sam mentions they shut down the cell towers. Dean didn't know, but doesn't seem to care. "No cable, internet, total cut off from (quoting fingers) the corruption of the outside world." Dean again doesn't care. Sam has to spell it out for him. "They're turning this place into some sort of fundamentalist compound." Ah, fun with the fundies. 



Dean gets it, but again doesn't care. Sam finally asks, "What's wrong with you?" Dean has to spell it out. "I get it, but I just don't care." I'm so glad how they're reading each other's signals (sarcasm). Sam is aghast. Dean wants to know what difference it makes. Sam, who's fired up now, wants to know at what point this goes too far for him. "Stoning, poison kool-aid, the angels are toying with these people." Nope, still not Dean's problem. "Since when is that okay with you?" "Since the angels got the only lifeboats on the Titanic." Now that's a great analogy!   No wonder Dean's so defeated.

Dean doesn't hold back now while going to get more coffee. "Who exactly is supposed to come along and save these people? It was supposed to be us, but we can't do it." Sam just comes right out and asks what Dean's been implying all this time (he's good at this). "So, you just want to stop fighting? Rollover?" Dean gives a complacent "I don't know, maybe."   Sam can't take this anymore. "Don't say that." "Why not?" "Because you can't do this." "Actually I can," Dean says, getting angry. Sam stands up and has the glistening puppy dog eyes going. "No, you can't, you can't do this to me. I got one thing, one thing keeping me going. You think you're the only one white-knuckling it here Dean? I can't count on anyone else. I can't do this alone." 





Dean listens at first, but by the end of Sam's speech it's clear he doesn't want to hear this. He can't deal with the burden right now. He puts down the cup, grabs his jacket and goes for the door. Sam says his name and Dean says he's going to clear his head. You can't do that Dean, it's past curfew. "It's past curfew," Sam warns, but Dean goes anyway. Sam repeats that to himself, but it's really not helping the fact he's a bit emotional now. 

Comments  

Jasminka
# Jasminka 2010-04-21 13:11
Yeah, the Sacrament Lutheran Militia… that alone should make everyone cringe… religious fanatics at work. They just don’t know yet what they will become, soon. How I hate it when fundamentalism does that to people. This show deals with that in a unique manner.

I loved Dean’s line whether to go screaming or buy a condo! Even after all they’ve been through he can still throw a line like that. Loved it. Also Castiel’s voicemail message ‘why do you want me to say my name?’ Priceless! I should put that on my answering machine…

Loved your fight-scene sequence! The best delivery of a knife, ever – throw it into the demon’s back, it falls forward and Dean can pull it right out and kill the other sucker. Great job, Sammy!
And drunken and kinda-already-d epressed Castiel… ah, we all know where this is going… Unfortunately it’s not Monty Python… Dean’s last scene proves this again. That was heartbreaking, and it’s clear that we’re not going to have much of a breather before the end, right? Only a few more episodes to go…. Gabriel will appear again, in Trickster mode?, maybe there’ll be a few laughs, but otherwise… I’ll be dead at the end, too, Alice – wanna set up a crypt together? I'll bring the booze.

Loved this, loved your screencaps – thanks for this, again. It may sound like a broken record, but that’s just how it is.

Cheers, Jas
Rose
# Rose 2010-04-21 15:15
Great recap as always, Alice. Loved the holy water shot out of a fire hose bit. Way back in season 1 Jensen said in an interview that he'd love to see just that on the show. Nice to see they took him up on his suggestion!
Alice
# Alice 2010-04-21 15:40
The recap for "Point of No Return" will likely be out by tomorrow. I've been working on that too but its WAY harder than this one. So, if you haven't seen me around lately, it's because I'm turning my brain to mush in recapping catch up mode!
Jasminka
# Jasminka 2010-04-21 15:57
Evil shrink from hell might provide you with some new brain, coming straight from DocBenton Incorp. Just say the word. :lol:
Jasminka
# Jasminka 2010-04-21 16:22
Okay, we got booze, food, new brain tissue... what else could we possibly wish for?! Ah, I know... anyone know how to clone the Winchesters?
Forgive me, I'm just naughty today. ;-) Jas
Bevie
# Bevie 2010-04-21 16:52
I'd love to join you all in that crypt. I think it was the clone suggestion that cinched it. Yowza!

Alice, for some reason your recap amused me mightily. Could be because of the religious sarcasm, but you had me giggling through a lot of it. Wasn't Jane delightful? :shock:

Love that Dean could gank the Whore. Maybe Dean has lost his faith but I believe the Big Guy who matters has all the faith in the world in Dean.

Always liked Lisa and I believe that Dean has a shred of doubt that Ben is not his son. Lisa could possibly have lied about that. I read that Kripke denies that Ben is Dean's son, but he also said there would never be angels and God on his show. If Dean has even a bit of a belief that Ben could possibly be his, is it any wonder that he would want to protect him and his mom? I love him even more for that.

I would like to think that after this show comes to an end I could imagine Dean and Lisa and Ben happily together for ever after. With Sammy and Sara next door of course! They both so deserve it.

Even so, I NEVER want him to say yes to Michael! :sad: ;-)
Sablegreen
# Sablegreen 2010-04-21 17:18
Great recap Alice. Loved the screencaps for the fight scene. Just can’t get that knife action without a video though. Never caught the 99 in the title for the 99th episode either! Whenever I hear the title though, I can’t stop thinking of that song “99 bottles of beer on the wall…..” Silly what things come to mind.

Loved the holy water fire hose, and Dean killing Leah. Good shots of the boys and the wedding too. Glad the ‘whore’ is down for the count!
BagginsDVM
# BagginsDVM 2010-04-21 20:22
Your recaps are always so much fun!
I always watch it live, but of course DVR it too to watch multiple times later, & those CW promos have gotten more & more annoying.

I noticed the shirt toss too, & wondered why that was shown. And yes, they really need some new shirts! Although if they are anything like the men in my family, they'll only wear what they want, no matter what recommendation we ladies make or might buy them.

I adore Michael Shanks & was hoping he'd have more to do this episode. His character rocked the intro scenes, but then just sort of wilted away by the end, only doing the bidding of his shrew of a wife & the Whore & then getting pummeled by Sam. I'm hoping he got his senses back & let those poor people out of the closet.

I do often wonder what becomes of some of the poor bystanders & bewildered "innocents" the guys saved (or the family members of those they couldn't save)who are left in limbo as the episode ends. Like Pastor Gideon, how did he deal with his daughter's death. And do the guys tell those who have survived demon possession how not to be possessed again?
(And I still want to know how Bobby ended up getting possessed?!)
Ardeospina
# Ardeospina 2010-04-21 23:23
Great recap, as usual, Alice!

I like the screencap action sequence there. That was a really good way of showing it because you're right: how do you write up an action sequence, really? Just let the action speak for itself!

I loved the holy water fire truck. Man, that thing was cool! And useful. I'd love to see Rufus driving that thing around. Man, that would be badass.

And speaking of badass, loved your idea for the CW Thursday night promotion. Some intrepid video-maker out there has to be able to do something like that, right? Please?

Ans lastly, Jas, I know how to clone the Winchesters due to my amazing alchemy skills! But you know that already. I guess this means I'm invited to the crypt, huh? Sweet! It's going to be quite the party in there.
Dianeuk
# Dianeuk 2010-04-22 03:37
Hope there is room for me in The Crypt! I would not mind a visit from a cloned Bobby....or John....or..OH! Back to reality!! Just save me a place! Diane (great review by the way!)
Julie
# Julie 2010-04-22 09:18
Once again , Thank You Alice -- yes we are like broken records!!
Really enjoyed this episode and your recap of it.
One of the best action sequences ever and the series of screencaps demonstrated this so well.
I too hated Jane! How dare she blame Dean for the kids death ,just what he needs a little more guilt piling on there.
I loved Drunk Cas and his ongoing battle with phones , I figure at the moment we need to cling to any funny moments like this as I have a feeling they are going to be few of these in the next couple of weeks ( heaven help us )
If there`s room in that crypt , I`ll bring chocolate! Ju
Supernarttu
# Supernarttu 2010-04-22 10:37
Hi Alice.
Lovely recap, funny as hell. I snorted my way through it respectively :P

I especially like that you said Michael Shanks alot, hiya there Daniel Jackson! He looked so weird, not nerdy at all ;-) Weird. *snortysnort*

So, this is the only ep that I have watched only once. For some reason it just broke me, and I just can't rewatch it... for a while anyways... I guess when I get my S5 DVD's (next year prob.) then I'll give it a go (or multiple ones) but the way I felt after this one was just... bad. They broke the boys! They broke me! Stupid Kripke *mumbles*

But truly enjoyed your recap, it was hilarious but sad, and very pretty. Thanks! :D
Randal
# Randal 2010-04-22 10:55
A wedding with guns? In the south, those are called Saturdays. Thank you, thank you.

I wondered about the Blue Earth thing, too. One doesn't pick the same very small town twice without a continuity shout out. Of course, why Pastor Jim didn't have a devil's trap sitting at the entrance to his secret stash remains a writerly mystery to this very day.

African swallow or European?

Uncle Sam, heh heh. Man, I'm sick of those damn promos, too. Enough with the coy crap, everyone just sleep with everyone and be done with it. Fucking sheesh.

As for Jane blaming Dean, given the context of rampant lunacy, it's not all that shocking. Most folks don't think straight on a good day, let alone when the world's ending. Your kid gets ganked, odds are you might lose a bit of rationale.