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Okay, now for the explosive scene that's been three episodes in the making. If you didn't call this you really don't watch this show. Now, I'm not saying I was eagerly waiting to see this moment, but we all knew it was happening. Too much history. Dean has the two heads of their dopplegangers in a bag in the back of the empty Acadian trunk. Well, mostly empty. The freed My Little Pony toy from earlier is back there now. Sigh, it's not even a cool trunk like the Impala. I hope baby isn't gone long. Dean's feeling pretty jovial, but one look through the rear window of the open hatchback (great shot!) shows Sam is not happy. He's still stewing.
Dean clearly sees something is wrong and tells Sam to talk. Sam says "nothing" but it's obvious it's something. "Well that's convincing," Dean sarcastically answers. So he starts guessing what the problem is, like maybe the fact that they were just cloned by two evil monsters. "Did monster us give you the jeebs, because I gotta be honest, I'm not looking in the mirror for a while myself." Okay, that's enough, Sam will talk. "You really want to know what's wrong?"
Dean, obviously not seeing the intense hurt and suppressed anger in his brother's eyes, gives a light hearted "Yeah, you know my motto, here to help." Oh Dean, you just set it up. "Here to help," a seething Sam says. "Kind of like you helped Amy?" And there it is. Dean looks like he's been busted. "Listen, Sam..." Nope, Sam isn't gonna hear any of it. "Don't...don't lie to me again. You know, don't even talk to me."
Dean gives him an unapologetic look and Sam can't take it anymore. "Yeah, I can't." He grabs his things from the back of the Acadian. "You know what Dean, I can't." He starts walking away. Now this has a tinge of a married couple having a fight. Okay, perhaps more than a tinge. "You can't what?" Dean asks. "I can't talk to you right now," Sam says still walking. Then he turns around and throws out the patented Sam Winchester wide open arms of frustration (I swear I need to gather a montage of those). "Dean, I can't even be around you right now!"
Dean doesn't get where this is going. "I think you should go on without me," Sam says. Dean nods, but does nothing, so Sam gives him a stern "Go." Dean calmly agrees, but not without a gentle, "Sorry Sam." Sam's scowling face isn't exactly accepting the apology. Sam slings his bag over his shoulder and starts walking to the other side of the pier. I'm assuming that's all for drama since he's not going to walk off it. I think. Roll credits.
Now you get my two cents on this whole Sam and Dean rift thing. I've made it pretty clear in my recent reviews (plus in the beginning of this recap), this whole Dean's secret about killing Amy thing has been an utter bunch of crap. I'm not saying killing her was wrong, but lying to Sam about it, especially after he promised Sam he wouldn't, there's where the stinkage lies. It's forced drama. Since we have it though, let's take a closer look.
Sam is obviously not stable, no matter what sort of front he's putting up. Leviathan!Sam confirmed that. So far, we as an audience have been led to believe Sam's inner strength is solely coming from his full faith in his brother. "Believe me, you've got to believe me. You gotta make it stone number one and build on it." (That scene BTW still gives me chills!)
Theoretically, what happens when stone #1 begins to crumble? Does everything come down? In this case, probably not right away. Sam is stronger than that but it doesn't help him much. Little lapses in faith, strength, character, the stress of the Leviathan hunting him, all will probably allow "Satan vision" to seep through in damaging ways. Not only can Sam not trust Dean, but by Dean hiding the truth, Sam knows that Dean doesn't trust him or think he's capable of making sound decisions. He probably already suspected what Leviathan!Dean said, that Dean still thinks he's nuts. This incident only reinforces that belief. What do you do in Sam's case? How can you draw strength when everything is crumbling and the one person that you can rely on doesn't think you can function as a normal human being?
That's why Dean lied. He believed Amy had to die (something I'm not saying is wrong) but if he told Sam what he was doing, it would hurt Sam in more ways than one. Dean had to know he'd find out though, right? Maybe he figured by the time Sam did find out, he'd be stable enough to handle it. I don't know, but I'm sure that's one reason why Dean let Sam walk away. He has to give Sam some time and space, see if he crumbles or deals with it. I wonder how close the Acadian is parked out of view though, watching Sam's every move.
Given the whole mess that was created the last three episodes, I have to say, the way it played out here is pretty good. I liked it because there wasn't a lot of shouting, messy dialogue, punches being thrown, etc. Sam just chose to walk away for a bit, and Dean let him. It's honestly one of the more mature conversations these two have had. Sam is extremely angry and hurt but didn't open up the opportunity to do or say something he'll regret later. Remember "When The Levee Breaks?" Sure, Sam wasn't exactly in his right mind in that one, but how much would you bet he wishes he could take that all back? Here, I think he's handling his outrage properly. He needs time to absorb it all.
I already saw the preview clip for Friday's episode and I won't give away too much except to say, there's a lot these two still need to work out. Hopefully we get more than that sorry little clip.
Overall, I'm giving "Slash Fiction" an A. I think it's up there with the first two episodes of the season. I hope to see more from Robbie Thompson. In the meantime, I can always think of this one with a smile. And I no longer get sick when hearing Air Supply. Major win!