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A middle of the night call to Dean from Sam and now Dean is up to speed, Lucifer wants to wear Sam. Sam wants back in but it's not revenge anymore it's redemption. Dean for his part is tired and sees no choice for the brothers but to stay apart so he hangs up and goes back to sleep. Too bad Zach has adapted himself and reached out through "fringe elements" and found Dean. The next morning for Dean is five years in the future and he gets dumped into the frying pan of an out of control Croatoan virus, Castiel as fully human - except he can "see' the differences between Dean of 2009 and Dean of 2014 whereas others cannot. Chuck is no longer a prophet apparently but he is a quartermaster of sorts, clearly he's thrown in his chips with Team Free Will (even though they are not yet named).
Dean gets a chance to see himself five years in the future and does not like what he sees. We're treated to several excellent Dean on Dean scenes and much like Dream a Little Dream of Me I have no difficulty discerning which Dean I'm looking at at any given moment. Dean of 2014 is killed by Lucifer/Sam of 2014 and Dean of 2009 supposedly is taught a lesson by Lucifer that it is all futile to resist and that he best consign himself to his role and say yes now (that is when he's back in 2009) but Dean, for his part, employs that independent streak of his and learns a greater lesson. He needs Sam; Sam needs him; together they keep each other human.
Buckle up, Supernatural fans, Season 5 is on a roll,oops, big pothole ahead, times two. The next two episodes I could have done completely without but for a few moments, these will be quick.
Save the scene with Dean going under the car and Sam "helpfully' asking him if he needs a flashlight. It's funny and well-timed and gives a lighthearted feel to their relationship.
Otherwise it's way out of character for a season devoted to stopping the apocalypse.
I Believe the Children Are Our Future:
If they are it's not Jesse. Adorable as the actor is and as great a job as he did in the role I wish this one had sat on the board in the writers' room. It's a huge thread that dangles begging to be pulled - Jesse in Australia, munching prawns on the barbie - with no life skills and no support system to help him just how is he to grow up and not become dangerous?
Also, while Loflin and Dabb gave us the fabulous Dark Side of the Moon here they hit new lows, whoopee cushions and joy buzzers are fine but hair on the palm,did they really have to go there? Again, in a season of mistrust between Dean and Sam (mostly Dean to Sam) and attempts at rebuilding trust and the apocalypse building around them, this was out of place. Bring on some Bobby angst and let's get back to the heart of this show, family!
The Curious Case of Dean Winchester:
First off, I'm betting Jensen was glad for a break in the filming schedule after his work in The End. As for how to make an episode that is light on one of the leads without making it seem like it's light on one of the leads,bring on a guest actor like Chad Everett. His chemistry with Jared and Jim was spot on and the only way this could have been done any better was aging Jensen - but then he wouldn't have gotten some down time. This was brilliant casting!
While there is little to nothing happening on the apocalypse front in this episode there is plenty on the emotional front going on and since that is the heart and soul of the show I have no complaints.
If you're going to take one of your vital characters, Bobby, and put him in a wheelchair you'd better follow up with some repercussions. Here it is Bobby who stops being the voice of reason and does something he'd surely take a stick to either of the boys if they did. True to form Dean is in Bobby's face for his "stupidity' and then rushes in to save him,results = disastrous!
Sam gets to play the hero here and he clearly has the support of both Dean and Bobby as he faces off against Patrick "“ a complex witch given to helping some win or at least not allowing them to lose while at the same time making sure there is appropriate punishment spread around. Sorry, Sam, but you get the embarrassment here! Clap, Clap, Clap "“ oooh, that is good!
Don't know much about you, Jenny Klein, but you and Sera wrote a good one here. Enough humor to go with the heavy emotions and not so much heavy emotions that I needed tissues - well, all right, maybe I needed one as Bobby declared he wasn't a hunter anymore, old and useless. [Never, Bobby, never!]
This was a great episode for Bobby to emote and he gets several more chances this season,bring them on! But first, a word from our sponsors,