I laughed and thoroughly enjoyed this episode. Audrey was adorable without being sicky sweet, that she absolutely believed her teddy bear came to life made me want to hug her and at the same time admire her ability to â€˜keep it togetherâ€™ as her precious bear stole alcohol and girlie mags. She was quite practical about the whole thing, my bear is sick, my parents are in Baliâ€¦frankly Audrey was the only sane one in the whole zany episode. Much as I adore Sam and Dean, they arenâ€™t exactly sane â€“ just think back to Deanâ€™s rant in Yellow Fever and youâ€™ll know all the reasons why.
I still crack up to think that some suit at a network thought it too disturbing to show the fluff exploding out of the back of teddyâ€™s head â€“ hey, have you seen the two-part Criminal Minds episode â€œTo Hell and Backâ€? Oh, wait, that was the season ender so by this time it hadnâ€™t even been shot yet â€“ silly me. Still â€“ really?
I like how this season wove the overall storyline in each and every episode, it may have been in small ways but it remained. Sam wanted Lilith dead and admitted, openly, that heâ€™s no longer the person we met so very long ago in The Pilot. Deanâ€™s nightmares are on the increase and the cracks in his strong defense are clearly showing. There may not be a seal being broken in sight but the overall threads of the season weave their way in each and every episode. Sam should be careful what he wishes for, not only for Dean to tell him about hell but for wanting Lilith dead. As for Dean, hide all you want in alcohol and wishing well sandwichesâ€¦in the end, itâ€™s going to come out and itâ€™s not going to be pretty.
I Know What You Did Last Summer/Heaven and Hell:
Finally we get to know what Sam did last summer, it was worth the wait. From drunken Sam to suicidal Sam to so rock bottom I donâ€™t even want to breathe Samâ€¦it was great. I totally got the nod to Monsters Ball and it was perfect. Ruby is a great character â€“ this past seasonâ€™s choice for portrayal not so much â€“ but the character is pure evil and will use everything and anything at her disposal, so much so she grants Samâ€™s wish and finds him a morally acceptable meat suit and then goes for the big guns with her wholeâ€¦ â€œI used to be human; I know what it feels like to lose someone.â€ Sam was so far down in the abyss he never had a chance. For Jared it was yet another in a growing list of tour de force performances.
Anna was quite intriguing here with, as Dean phrased it, her whole â€˜girl interruptedâ€™ bit and I truly wondered, and worried, during the week between this and Heaven and Hell what she could have done that would make Castiel and Uriel â€“ well, all right, Castiel for Iâ€™m pretty sure Uriel likes smiting things â€“ want/need to kill her. The ultimate reveal was both exciting and underwhelmingâ€¦that she was a fallen angel was cool, that all it took was a brief doze under the wiles of the lovely Pamela Barnes left me flat. Clearly Jim Beaver was not available for this episode and the writers went back to the drawing board. I like/d Pamela very much, it just didnâ€™t make a whole lot of sense. How about a cup of chamomile tea and a biscotti? Or better yet a shot of bourbon?
Alastair was a wonderful addition, I shuddered at his ominous presence and truly feared him in IKWYDLS, somewhere between filming that and HAH he underwent an accent changeâ€¦not for the better. Had he continued it a bit more subtle Iâ€™d have liked it a lot more, truly less is moreâ€¦yes, that even applies to chocolate having overindulged a bit of late.
Heaven and Hell did not complete all that IKWYDLS promised but it didnâ€™t completely miss the mark either. Annaâ€™s whine was annoying but in the end she did what she didnâ€™t want to for the greater good and when she returns in a few episodes I like her a lot more, sheâ€™s got more focus, less poor me. Samâ€™s reveal to Dean was every bit as awesome as Deanâ€™s reveal to Sam, so between the two episodes they scored homeruns with both those huge moments. I love the jump through the glass, followed by the even better first aid/triage in the hotel room â€“ about freaking time!
We get questions and answers and more to ponder and eight weeks of hellatus in between, it was a ripping first ten episodes to the season and more amazing, we got all ten in a rowâ€¦way to go CW. (And youâ€™ll not likely hear/read that from me too often.)
I liked both these episodes and because elements of one bleed into the other I decided to lump them togetherâ€¦theyâ€™re better as a whole than they are separate. I didnâ€™t mind grace in a bottleâ€¦I couldnâ€™t come up with anything better, and there was plenty of humor and angst to go around. For those out there whining that by this time there were two sex scenes and by gosh thereâ€™d best not be anymore â€˜cause this isnâ€™t 90210, relax. Sex scenes have always been about character exposition without the monologuing. If youâ€™re really nice, perhaps Iâ€™ll even follow that up with an article that Iâ€™ve written and thrown away twice nowâ€¦then again, perhaps not.