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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!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.