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Okay, here's a nitpick.  The "USA Times Weekly" has the story of "Killer duo still at large."  It shows all of Sam and Dean's targets.  1) Jericho, California.  2) Black Water Ridge, Colorado.  3) Lake Manitoc, Wisconsin, 4) Denver, Colorado.  5) Toledo, Ohio.  We know they're hitting all of the locations from the beginning of season one in order, right?  "Phantom Traveler" took place in Pennsylvania and Indianapolis, didn't it?  Yes, I ended up pulling up "Phantom Traveler" (one of my personal favorite episodes) and watching it again.  Oh, yeah, it was really rough.  The only mention of Denver was that the guy who was possessed and crashed the first plane was on his way there.  The flight that Sam and Dean were on, it left Indianapolis, and judging by the fact that everyone was coming from the same gate as takeoff at the end, it went back to Indianapolis.  It was never disclosed where that plane was headed, so let's assume Denver.  Bottom line though, they were never in Denver.  Continuity Error!!!!  Thank you, this kind of research is always so painful.  :)  BTW, here's a small blurb I put out about meeting the writer of "Phantom Traveler," Richard Hatem, at Comic Con and he telling me a little something about writing that episode.  Just in case anyone is interested.  

Anyhoo, Bobby is at the cabin and there's a knock on the door.  He's surprised to see who's there through the peephole, and even runs his hand through his beard.  Aww, he cares about his scruffy appearance in front of someone special.  He opens the door and it's Sheriff Jody!  He's stunned that she found him, but she is a cop after all.  If she can find him though, why can't the Leviathan?  Food for thought.  She has drinks and food, and isn't too put off by one of the "bigmouths" being downstairs.  I honestly thought she was a bigmouth herself.  I was at first yelling at Bobby, "See if she bleeds red!"  Lucky for him, she turned out to be legit.  
Now, before we get to the cuteness that is Sheriff Jody and Bobby, a BIG reveal comes from this scene.  Okay, maybe not that big, but as a fan I'm still tickled to see it.  Look in the background when Sheriff Jody takes off her coat.  BUNK BEDS!!!  They've been slept in too.  I raised this issue on Twitter and judging by the messy top bed and the neater bottom, we've presumed Dean got top bunk.  TPTB, I will forgive anything in season seven that pisses me off if you show Sam and Dean sleeping in those bunk beds.  Please???

Okay, back to Bobby and Jody.  She's basically there to thank him for saving her.  In her words, "Since they were out of "Thanks for saving me from liver eating surgeons' cards at the store."  I like her Bobby.  She tries to get Bobby to talk, maybe share what it's like losing his house, but Bobby isn't worried.  "Everyday's a gift."  He has a roof over his head.  Sheriff Jody demands he let someone be nice to him for five minutes and offers to cook and clean.  Then she tells him to call her Jody.  Oh Bobby, you sap.  A pretty lady is throwing herself all over you and you don't know what to do.  Ask Chet for some pointers!

I do wonder if that's what he was doing when Bobby next goes downstairs.  Chet's head has dragged itself back to his body.  He asks Bobby did he think it would be that easy?  "No, but it's a start."  Off goes the head again.  Hee, great to see Bobby has a way to vent frustrations.  

Oh no, a Chevette?  Actually, the ending scene we could see the logo of the car, and it's really a Pontiac Acadian, which was the Canadian version of the Chevette.  It's still the same car though, and almost always makes lists of the worst car ever made.  It's up there with the Pinto from season four.  Poor Sam and Dean, crammed in a tin can like that.  I laugh!  

Actually, I'm about to laugh way harder.  It's time for the awkward family road trip moment.  We haven't had one of these in so long.  Another shoutout to continuity!  Dean is scowling, Sam is calming reading the map.  To add insult to injury, the car they snagged has a cutesy "My Little Pony" hanging from the rear view mirror on a pink ribbon.  Dean can't take it anymore, whips out his knife, frees the little pony from its tether and tosses it in the back.  Oh yeah, Sam can tell big bro is tense.  
"You okay?"  Sam asks Dean.  Ask a stupid question Sam... Dean is definitely not okay.  "You know, it's bad enough they're ganking people wearing our mugs, but now this?  Us driving around in this caboodle while baby is on lockdown."  You're lucky that caboodle is running Dean.  It must be the best Acadian/Chevette ever made.  I'm stunned they're going faster than 25 mph (no, I don't know what that is in km).  Sam mentions it's temporary.  "No body puts baby in a corner," Dean gripes.  Sam's freaked because that's a line from- "Swayze movie," Dean answers.  "Swayze always gets a pass."   

Sam, already bothered by the Swayze reference, backs himself into a worse corner by suggesting tunes.  It's not like they have their "greatest hits of mullet rock" handy.  So he turns on the radio.  Suddenly, Air Supply's "All Out of Love" comes on.  Sam realizes that's not such a great choice, but Dean says to leave it.  "It's probably going to be the only thing on."  It was at this point I was expecting a shoutout to Tommy Boy, where a few seconds later we would cut to them both wailing the lyrics at the top of their lungs.  Luckily though, Robbie Thompson figured out that would be so out of character and did something better.  

Sure enough, we quickly see how Dean is feeling the Air Supply love.  Sam goes back to looking at the map, but it doesn't take him long to realize Dean is lip synching the words.  Sam's expression of sheer horror matches what he might do when spotting a monster.  It's hilarious! 

Dean realizes he's been caught, seeing one very disturbed Sam eyebrow raise.  He stops, but can't help but turn his head away and smile.  Sam goes back to the map, but his eyes drift left again.  Dean's back to signing and when he head bobs to the big beats of the dramatic climax of the song, Sam's had enough.  He bitchfaces and turns it off!  Gee, who's the one freaking out here Sammy?  And another classic scene for the ages is born!  Thank you so much show.  This will last me for a while.  

Suddenly, Sam gets the pattern.  Jericho, he remembers the woman in white.  Black Water Ridge, wendigo.  Lake Manitoc, ghost kid in the lake.  They're hitting the cities they've worked jobs in order, since he left Stanford.  Awesome, MAJOR shoutout to season one.  Except Denver, but that didn't make Sam's list of cities.  Probably because  THEY NEVER HAD A CASE THERE.  Toledo wasn't mentioned either, but we know it's been hit.  So that means St. Louis is next.  Dean actually wants to go there?  The place where he first officially became a dead man?  He's all excited about Conner's diner, where they have the best burgers.  "Oh, I deserve something good in my life right now."  Oh Dean, you're so adorable with your simple needs.  
Yeah, except guess who's already at Conner's Diner in St. Louis?  This scene, I can only image how much fun Jared and Jensen had doing this.  Best...meta...ever!  Okay, "The French Mistake" is better, but this is still awesome and hysterical.  You know what I think would do this scene justice?  A full blown transcription:

Leviathan!Dean: (eating a cheeseburger) You know he has one of these every day, and in his heart, he thinks they're almost as good as sex.  This is disgusting.  
Leviathan!Sam: (pushing away his salad).  Dead plants with creamy goo.  It's like eating self righteousness.  I mean you tell me which is worse. 
Leviathan!Dean:  I mean honestly, you know what, I can't stand the guy.  Talk about a hero complex.  And he doesn't have relationships, no he has applications for sainthood.  Oh, and he thinks he's funny.  He thinks he's a damned comedian.
Leviathan!Sam:  Who has two thumbs and full blown bats in the belfry?  I'm serious, it's nothing but Satan vision on the inside.  I mean, how he's walking around in a jacket with attachable arms is beyond me.  You know, I had a brother with this many issues once.
Leviathan!Dean:  Yeah?
Leviathan!Sam:  You know what I did?  I ate him. 
Leviathan!Dean:  Of course you did.  
Leviathan!Sam:  How are these guys even a threat?
Leviathan!Dean:  Boss says they gotta go, they gotta go.  
Leviathan!Sam:  Right.  Idea.  Wanna trade?  I mean, I'll take Chuckles over Schizo.  
Leviathan!Dean:  Nah, I like this one's hair better.  You can stay in the big one. 
Leviathan!Sam:  Alright, in that case let's turn up the heat.  The sooner I get out of this and into something more stable the better.  

Bwah! LOL! LOL! 

Once I've calmed down from my laughing fit, I take some time to realize what that conversation really revealed, other than Jared and Jensen must have had a blast talking about their characters like that.  This very clever writer took the perfect opportunity to show that Sam is not okay.  I really hope the future scripts capitalize on this revelation.  Perhaps the comment is some foreshadowing?  I really hope so, because he's been a little too well adjusted for my tastes.
The next part gets really brutal again, and I break into my "puppies and kittens" chant.  Leviathan!Dean tells a kid to fire up his cell phone camera and points his gun at the kid.   They fire in the air and announce it's a robbery.  Yeah, everyone in there is toast.  Puppies and kittens, puppies and kittens...  BTW, we were told author SE Hinton ("The Outsiders," my favorite book as a teen and now required school reading for my own teenage daughter) was in extra the diner scene.  Judging from the people in that room, I think she's the lady in blue at the two-seater booth in the back.  



# chris 2011-11-03 00:21
# trackerem 2011-11-03 00:26
enjoyed it alice! it was like i relived the ep which i adored!! agree especially with the ending, it was mature of them, sam to walk away & dean to let him. i also think that dean will be hiding behind trees!
# Melanie 2011-11-03 01:09
Nice recap, Alice.

'Honeybunny' is from Pulp Fiction in the diner scene - I seriously LOL'd
# rmoats8621 2011-11-03 05:07
Nice job, Alice. I loved this episode and I have to admit that I used to love Air Supply when I was a teenager in the late 70's, early 80's. They had great slow dancing songs! So, I found myself lipsyching right along with Dean.

BTW - I liked how Dean and Sam have handled this new rip in their relationship. This is a more mature response than has been present in the past. This time, Sam left to cool off and Dean let him go. No fuss and no fists thrown. And I agree, Dean is probably watching him from the trees and bushes. I, too, saw the clips from this weeks coming episode and all I can say is about time! I hope they don't leave it so limited. This has been a long time coming and it is something that needs to be addressed finally once and for all. Then, the show needs to move on and drop this issue and not drag it through the mud. :D
# Geordiegirl1967 2011-11-03 06:56
Alice - Re whether Robbie Thompson is part of the writing team, Jim Michaels tweeted the other day "Robbie Thompson has written episode #712 being directed by Phil Sgriccia! We are currently prepping this script!"

So looks like the answer is that he is part of the team. I am pleased about that as I thought the writing on this ep was great (last scene excepted).
# Sylvie 2011-11-03 09:18
Thanks so much for the recap, I miss them, though I know how much work you put into them. Great episode, great writer, great director, great actors. Most definitely an A.
# trinaaron 2011-11-03 10:13
I loved this episode. I was on such a Supernatural high after the first two episodes of the season...and then 3-6 happened. I have since come to appreciate The Girl Next Door a liitle bit more, but do not like eps 4 and 5 at all. So I was jumping for joy after the end of this one that I flat out loved it. Can we keep Sheriff Mills as a regular? She would make a great addition to the team, and Bobby, Sam, and Dean could really benefit from her presence.
# Gerry 2011-11-03 10:27
Lovely recap, Alice! The only place I have a different feel for is the end reveal. I think your take on the scene shows that the lie had a big pay off and that the three episode build up was worth it.

I think Dean not trusting Sam to be able to handle a difficult kill fits with what was happening at the time. He had just finished grounding Sam from SatanVision an ep earlier. I understood the lie, even though it was going to be hurtful for Sam in the long run.

I think the time we spent with Dean obviously suffering from lying to Sam and Sam trying to dig the secret out made Sam's hurt really believable when he finally did get the truth. And I knew why Dean looked actually relieved it had finally come out. It wouldn't have had near the impact if everything had come out immediately.

I'm really enjoying Sam and Dean renegotiating their relationship and I think they are showing growth. Dean will have to let go a bit with the "big brother saving Sam" and Sam will have to learn not to walk away when he's upset. I'm loving this plot line.
# Bevie 2011-11-03 11:25
No Alice. I had the best Pontiac Acadian hatchback (silver too). Lasted me for over 20 years and cost me hardly anything to run except for gas. Was still going strong when I traded it in 2 years ago for a new car. In fact, I bought it in 1988 second hand and it took me 5 years to pay it off.

Best car I ever had so far. (My third car)

Must have been my lucky day on the used car lot. :P
# trinaaron 2011-11-03 12:59
My first car was a chevette (baby blue). I was the car's third driver (it went through the family as a handed down car). That was twenty years ago and the car only recently had to be finally retired after a crash. My guess is that the cars were just so simple without any bells and whistles that there just wasn't a whole lot to break.
# maggie 2011-11-03 15:44
Hi Alice thanks for your recap, I love them!!

The scariest scene I've seen in Supernatural is the leviathans killing the people like that.

I can't believe that Sam and Dean were walking around in the city seeing the brutality the leviathans used to kill the civilians, and Sam and Dean didn't even change their clothes or used mustache or something!! :)

Oh! and I loved the my little pony in the car, I was: hey is Cass !! (even it had the wings and all) :lol:

I don't know how the police didn't know Sam and Dean were still alive cause they supposedly died in season 3, but they have been arrested again in season 4,5 and 6 and as far as I know when the police take you to jail one of the 1st things the police do is take your fingerprints.....

And about the episode ending,
I honestly don't know if I'm on Dean's side or Sam's side. Sam is angry because Dean lied to him and because Dean killed his friend, Do you imagine if your brother kill your friend after you told him not to???. And on the other part Amy killed people because his son was sick what if later her son would get sick again?? she would kill again?, she said no but what if she would do it again??

And well Sam always deal with those situations like he always does, he just walks away, even soulless Sam walked away from Dean at the end of 6x10. I hope we can see how they reunite again next episode.
Pragmatic Dreamer
# Pragmatic Dreamer 2011-11-03 17:15
Hi Alice,

Thanks for the fun recap of this very entertaing episode. (Except for the massacre in the bank vault and the diner. They bother me, because they're so real and plausible. So, yes I was chanting "puppies and rainbows" too. In fact, I think was playing with our new kitten, and saying "It's only TV.. It's only TV)

I loved the witty, sharp writing that propelled the episode forward. And Dean + My Little Pony + Air Supply + Sam Bitchfaces!!! Brilliant!!

I appreciated the way the show actually had a bit of brightness to it, despite the grisly, brutal killings. (Puppies and unicorns.. Puppies and unicorns). Bob still had hope in a future where love and companionship are possible. If Sam & Dean knew that he believed in that possibility, maybe they could have a little faith too.

Also, any time Robert Browning's line "Ah, but that a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?" gets mentioned, it's a win for me.

And while we're on the subject of literature, you can find some examples of literary parallels between Supernatural and SE Hinton's work, in my article "The Winchesters: The Outsiders Who Are Just Ordinary People".

I have a slightly different interpretation of Levi!Dean's speech to Sam. I think he was referring to both brothers when he says "you're strong, uninhibited, and smart enough, believe it or not", because he goes on to say they're too busy taking care of each other.

I liked Crazy Government Conspiracist Frank. I think maybe he's Ronald Resnick's uncle? I know Sam & Dean are totally capable of making their own ID's and using disposable cellphones (they did that in Fresh Blood, to evade Gordon), but I think he was introduced as a possible recurring character, and also as a tech genius, something the brothers are not. They're capable, but not computer wizards. I could be wrong but I got the sense he could manipulate current technology, maybe even make certain facts about the Winchesters disappear from the internet. Just a thought.

As well, I was surprised by Dick Roman (I laughed out loud at the name)and his haughty, hateful attitude with Crowley. I'm wondering if Leviathans and demons have some bad history between them. It also makes me think of God!Cas and his comment to Crowley in the delightfully decrepit trailer in MTNB, when he talks about not wanting to let Michael out of the cage. Conspiracy theorist that I am, I got to pondering whether Michael did more than slay demons and help Daddy banish little brother Lucifer to the Pit. Maybe he was the Archangel who exiled the Leviathan to the Purgatory in the first place. Maybe he even created it? That theory provides resolution to many of the still-dangling Dean/Michael threads. (Oh, how they beg to be explained.)

Of course, resolution, leads me to the end scene... I do think the brothers were fighting in a more equal, mature way. Although it might have been a fresh take if Sam had slugged Dean, and really aired the problem, right then and there.

I agree that Sam is upset that Amy is dead, but more wounded by the fact that Dean said he trusted him and then went and killed her anyway, and then lied to him. The lie and the lack of trust are crushing for Sam right now, as he tries to rebuild his sanity. He needs to believe that Dean believes in him. Now, he's going to question that. That can't be good. He needs that Stone #1, so Dean has some work to do in the "foundation repair business."

Although in fairness to Dean, I don't think he was in a completely sane state of mind when he killed Amy. He was grieving Cas, and still dealing with the fact Sam couldn't tell the difference between RealDean and LuciDean and was fired at by his own brother. I'm not sure Dean even totally understands why he killed Amy and that's going to make it harder to explain or rationalize it to Sam. The show is full of minor monsters who get ganked, and bigtime baddies who walk. Amy is yet another shade of grey in this monochrome.

But, I'm sure that part of the reason Dean lied to Sam was because he was worried about what would happen when Sam found out. I agree that it's manufactured drama, but I hope the outcome is that they actually get past it, and realize you can be right and wrong at the same time. And if it turns out that Kitsune can kill Leviathan, that will be really weak storytelling!

Tied to that, I think LeviDean only told part of the truth when he said RealDean thinks Sam is off his game. Dean is concerned about how/if Sam can really cope with his Hellucinations. He's worried about that in terms of how it affects the safety of both brothers. I don't think it's as negative a sentiment as LeviDean painted it. He manipulated the truth, much like a demon. I do think JA did a great job with him. I think we need a few more EvilDean characters. They're spicy and sassy and fun!

My one complaint, and big concern is the description of Sam and Satanvision all the time. My fear is that they're making him so damaged it strains credulity on how he's functioning. And if he is still functioning relatively normally, given that much psychic destruction, he's probably superhuman. And that takes away the need for a brother and friends he can lean on, and get the much-needed support from. It takes away that Ordinary People aspect which I find so appealing.

Thanks Alice,

The very long-winded Pragmatic Dreamer
# CitizenKane2 2011-11-03 22:17
I enjoyed this very detailed preview - and Pragmatic Dreamer's (slightly less lengthy :P) post :)
Pragmatic Dreamer
# Pragmatic Dreamer 2011-11-03 22:28
Oops. As Dean would say, "Awkward!". I think I got on a roll, and forgot to stop. Either that, or I just didn't want to make dinner!

Smiling, with some chagrin,

Pragmatic Dreamer
# MisterGlass 2011-11-03 22:27
Thanks for the write up!

No doubt, this was a good one. So many references to the past - you caught so many more than I did - and genuine comedy. I laughed like crazy at Dean and Sam in that horrid little car, with that terrible song, and the innocent and intimidating my little pony. Poor Baby, she's been mistreated enough already without being replaced by an Acadian.

I loved seeing Sheriff Jodie back, and while her civilian manner was different, much more relaxed and friendly, it rounds out her character, and does not to detract from her ability to kick ass in later episodes. She's the best female character to debut on the show since Ellen. I have liked her interactions with Bobby in the past, and this was no disappointment. They just go well together.

I wonder when Sam and Dean last used a household cleaner? If ever. Go Jodie.

Jim Beaver impressed me this episode. He had a much more layered plot this time, having to deal with a bit of romance and a gruesome science project who literally got in his head. And when that happened, Bobby visibly calmed and locked down, then started talking about Browning. His excited kissing of Jodie was perfect, and the quiet, reserved but still warm parting was too.

This episode had the most Leviathans so far, and it was good to see that each had different characteristics . Leviathan!Sam and Leviathan!Dean' s restaurant conversation was a highlight. The nods to Pulp Fiction's Pumpkin and Honey Bunny were fun and chilling.

Crowley's appearance in the limo was well played. Crowley conducted himself with so much more diffidence than he does with Sam and Dean and Bobby. He dropped the snark, brought a gift, and tried to be serious and cordial. I was reminded that he's "in sales". He's also a shameless opportunist, and he doesn't close doors if he can avoid it. I can easily see another partnership; their last one was only six episodes ago.

I loved that Leviathan!Dean revealed the grand Amy secret, much as I disliked the way the secret has been obsessed over. I expected it, but it sold very well.

I have to admit to an eye roll when Sam walked off at the end. He's been walking off since Scarecrow. No, since Stanford, if I'm thinking about it. But I agree, given his fragile mental state, this could lead to more pronounced recurrence of hallucinations, and I would not turn down the opportunity to see Lucifer again.

At the same time, I don't want him to have to crawl back. Neither brother is 100% in the right on this, and I'd like them to both see that, and on some level they do. I was waiting for Sam to ask if Dean killed her son. Letting the kid go may be a level of mitigation for Sam.

Hoping for more like this!
Birgit Säberg
# Birgit Säberg 2011-11-04 06:33
Thanks Alice!

Love your recaps. :D

And this was a great ep, up along with ep 1 &2. Didn't like tGND and DYL. Liked SUdP a little more.

And I have been re-watching 6.22-7.02 about once a week. Those three ep's are "one" if you know what I mean?

Love this show! :P

# BagginsDVM 2011-11-04 19:06
Thanks, Alice!! Great recap. I could see the Pontiac emblem but couldn't remember the Pontiac equivalent of the chevette.

This episode will definitely go in my favorites list. I loved all that we learned about the guys, including Bobby, through the perceptions of the Leviathans impersonating them. Knowing that Bobby still has hope gave me hope for the guys' future.
# Junkerin 2011-11-08 04:26
I thought that Jody figured out where Bobby was, because she knew about the connections Bobby and Rufus had. Cas never met Rufus so the leviatans don´t know about them.
Great recap. Almost as good as watching.