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My Bloody Valentine:
It's out of order and disgusting as all get out but I really liked this episode, this is the second in a string of really strong to superior episodes, from The Song Remains the Same all the way through Point of No Return. I know some didn't like 99 Problems but I really did"¦but I get ahead of myself.
Blood and gore aside "“ and skipping past the ubiquitous infantile humor of a naked Cupid "“ I like this episode. As others have said, there is a brief glimpse of Jimmy inside Castiel's love for White Castle. That little smile Cas' gives as he says"¦ "These make me"¦happy." Yeah, I see Jimmy there. Misha had said that he'd find it interesting to play Castiel once he knew who Jimmy was and that 'he' was in there, well here he got a chance to show Jimmy for a moment.
The cell phone gag is exceptionally funny in this episode; I hit rewind again and again just to catch all the little moments between Misha and Jensen.
"Will you be my valentine?" Too funny. I don't mind that Sam and Dean were checking the organs; at least they weren't doing the autopsies which to me are just silly. The coroner was a great character and like Dean I kinda liked the guy, sorry dude, you were bound to die.
Sam is strong here, sure at first he tells Dean he's fine when clearly he isn't but I think he just was so weirded out at first that he didn't know what to say so chose to keep silent. Once things got dicey though, Sam didn't hesitate to tell Dean what was going on and what needed to be done. Sam has come a long, long way.
Dean gets his third viewing of Sam using his powers and it's just as devastating to him as it was in It's The Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester and The Rapture. What makes it worse is that Dean's mental/emotional decline is so nearly complete that he can barely hold on anymore. At the end we see him with his best friend, liquor, and even Cas' steady presence is no consolation; Dean is so broken he goes outside and prays.
This entire episode carries so much more power when you watch it in the order it was intended, so I highly recommend when you're viewing Season 5, if you're viewing it in order, put Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid before My Bloody Valentine.
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid:
No, but they do wear flannel. Sorry, couldn't resist, see I resort to cheap, simple, easy writing too.
Bobby is neat, shaven, books are filed away, walls and floors and furniture is tidy and what is this...the smell of soap? Geez, check for sulphur someone please!!! Not that Bobby is unkempt; he's just super busy with all the trying to stop the end of the world business.
I loved Karen. She was warm and witty and strong and fully aware of who and what she was. She was gentle but firm with Dean and I do believe he genuinely liked her, zombie notwithstanding. Sure he didn't trust Bobby to be safe in her presence but he didn't think twice about eating her pie. Hey, Dean, haven't you ever read any Grimms Brothers? Oh, that's right, Sam has done that. Anyway, poison can be put in pie.
This was a nice treat to see how the community in which Bobby lives views him, wonder how they view him now. This was also a devastating blow to Bobby to not only have a chance to spend time with his beloved wife but also to have to kill her "“ again; and then to find out it was all because of his devotion to Sam and Dean and dedication as a hunter.
Sadly this was never followed up again in any way shape or form"¦or was it? I wonder if part of Bobby's reasoning for making the deal with Crowley was because of what Death imparted to him here. Don't know, 'tis fun to speculate.
Dark Side of the Moon:
I would never have expected an episode like this out of Mr. Dabb and Mr. Loflin. I'm not a huge fan of their writing, although I do like how much they make a point of pulling elements in from earlier seasons and that is to their credit. DSOTM is nothing short of brilliant. From beginning to end there is nothing in this episode that I do not like.
The opening teaser is shockingly violent. The first of several Winchester memories juxtaposes that violence with a sweet memory that allows us to see Dean experience some pure joy, something long missing as the burdens weigh heavier. Sam's memories are no less interesting as he moves through various phases, a real Thanksgiving, likely sanctioned by John or at least Dean, to his first taste of freedom when he ran away to his absolute rejection of 'the family business' as he leaves for Stanford.
While Sam looks for a 'real' Thanksgiving in part because he never had the crusts cut off of his pb&j, Dean is thankful for the Thanksgivings they did have, bucket of extra crispy and dad passed out on the couch notwithstanding.
Zachariah is near gleeful to have Sam and Dean on 'his territory' but that's of no use when Ash arrives on the scene. Ash, for that alone I love Dabb and Loflin "“ but unless they continue writing at this caliber or give me more Ash they're going to remain low on my list of favorites; come on, guys, you can do better than you have.
I love this episode and if I were to tell you all the reasons I would just have to review it which I don't think I have nor do I think I will; suffice it to say in my opinion this is a nearly perfect episode.