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Back to poor unlucky Sammy, who must have been beaten unconscious because he gets water splashed in his face to wake him up. Kubrick has made up his mind even though Sam claims they did everything to stop the devil's gate from being opened and he doesn't know the demons' next move. Sam doesn't answer the next question so he gets another whack across the face. Not the face! That's where the beauty square is! Kubrick goes on about Gordon telling him that Sam is a psychic freak. Sam denies that's happening anymore and gets another whack. Oh that's it, you're going down! You can't hurt Sammy like this!

Kubrick isn't through, realizing that a demon war is afoot and they're facing an end game.  "So you can understand why we can't take any chances." He pulls out his gun and points it right between Sam's eyes. Yikes! This is getting dicey now. Sam is pleading and Creedy steps in, thinking Kubrick is going too far. "You saw what happened Creedy. Ask yourself, why are we here? Because you saw a picture on the web, because we chose this motel over another? Luck like that doesn't just happen." Sam wants to explain but Kubrick won't listen. "It's God Creedy. He led us here for one reason. To do his work. This is destiny." He points the gun at Sam again. Sam closes his eyes and waits for Kubrick to fire.

"Nope, no destiny. Just a rabbit's foot." They turn around and it's Dean, pointing his gun at them! Wow Dean, way to wait until the last second there. Kubrick thinks he has the advantage since his gun is still aimed at Sam's head. "Put the gun down son or you're going to be scraping brain off the wall." Somehow, I think that's going to happen if he does or not.

Dean jovily complies.  "But you see, there's something about me you don't know." He picks up a pen instead. Kubrick must know what that is and takes the gun off Sam, now pointing it toward Dean.  Dean smiles. "It's my lucky day." He throws the pen and it's a perfect hit right into the shaft of Kubrick's gun. Sam is stunned, Dean is just tickled! I'm laughing my fool head off.  

Creedy throws a punch and Dean swerves, so Creedy slams into the wall and takes himself out. Kubrick can't get the pen out of the gun so Dean picks up a nearby remote and tosses. A direct hit in between the eyes! In another great camera angle as Kubrick falls Sam still tied to the chair comes into view, flabbergasted over what's happening. So here we go, another line for the ages! With his arm still extended one very happy Dean gives the slick declaration. "I'm Batman." Sam isn't amused for he's had quite a scare. "Yeah, you're Batman." Dean just revels in his greatness, as he rightfully should.

Sam and Dean are in a graveyard and the embers are burning from some fire. Sam is ready to do this but Dean is still scratching lottery tickets. "Hey, back off jinx, I'm bringing home the bacon." Sam's always been a wet blanket, hasn't he? Dean puts the tickets in his jacket and grabs the foot.  "Say goodbye you wrasically wabbit." I love good mood Dean. He's so absent these days. 

Uh, oh. The luck has turned. Bela is there and she's pointing a gun at them. She wants the foot. Ugh, that bitch again! She demands Dean put the foot down, "honey." Dean refuses, probably knowing his luck is still good. He gives the "you're not going to shoot anybody" speech and as he gets out he can read people she fires and shoots Sam! Oh my God you heartless bitch! Dean is furious now. Sam is in agony in the background clutching his bleeding shoulder. Wow, this just stopped being funny. She boasts to Dean how she can't hit him but with Sam she can't miss. Of course Sam is reeling in pain and blood is running down his hand as she says that.

Dean says what we're all thinking. "What the hell is wrong with you?" Psycho bitch, that's what. He calls her out for shooting people and in her smugness she claims it's only a shoulder hit. "Who here hasn't shot a few people?" Right, tell that to Sam who's in some agony now. Dean agrees to put down the rabbit's foot and aww, he does care what happens to Sam. He goes down, pulls a "think fast" and does a quick toss of the foot to Bela. She stupidly catches it and ha, ha, ha serves you right bitch!

Next thing the foot is burning, thus releasing the curse and Bela is griping about being out 1.5 million and on the bad end of a psychotic buyer. "Wow, I don't really feel bad about that," says Dean. "Sam?" Sammy now has a bandana applied to his bleeding shoulder. "Nope, not even a little." She goes to leave, stopping to rest on the grave marker with Dean's jacket to leave her final tough words. I guess this bitch is a sore loser. We so know what she's doing while she whines about hanging them out to dry. "Don't go away angry, just go away," Dean aptly says. Unfortunately she comes back a few episodes later bringing a bad ghost ship story with her. That evil skank.

The rabbit's foot goes up in flames and Sam and Dean leave the scene. For whatever reason, Sam is still doing his shovel carrying obligation even though one hand is being used to apply pressure to his still stinging bullet wound. What a man! Dean chooses this opportunity to ask if Sam is okay. How about taking the damn shovel man! No, instead Sam gives a pained "I'll live." Dean realizes he has 46 grand worth of scratch tickets, but upon examination of the pocket, he doesn't. Bela drives away grinning with tickets in her hand. I do smile, for I know this bitch gets her comeuppance at the end of the season. Back to a stunned Dean who can only react with a "Son of a bitch!" Then Sam turns away laughing! Most everyone knows the story, Jared wasn't supposed to laugh but couldn't help it. That was the take they ended up going with. I think it worked, for Sam needed a laugh at that point.

They close this dark comedy with an eerie setup for an episode to come, aka "Fresh Blood." A banged up Kubrick is back at the prison to report his adventure to Gordon. "You're right. Sam Winchester is more than a monster. He's the adversary." Ah, Ben Edlund and his way with words. Kubrick's still all dewy-eyed over how this is a mission from God. When Gordon Walker sees something as batshit crazy, it likely is. He humors Kubrick though since they both are on the same page. Kubrick has to bust Gordon out of there. "Sam Winchester must die." 

Trust me Gordon, you're wasting your energy. Sam has died, many times. It doesn't stick. It's fun to try though I'm sure. Okay, that's a retro recap!


# elle 2010-08-15 02:50
As usual, great recap Alice! I now must re-watch this episode for the millionth time. The photos were priceless - the shoe scene had me in hysterics again too. My favourite is the last picture because you can clearly see Jared fighting the laughter - great moment to capture!

Hindsight aside, I could have tolerated Bela and didn't mind her in the episode up until she shot Sam and then managed to snake the lottery tickets (even if it did give that great "son-of-a-bitch !" moment). I wouldn't have minded her in a few episodes trying to outsmart them, with a few witty exchanges back and forth. The thing that killed me about Bela was that she ALWAYS beat them (except that last time) and while Sam and Dean are many things, easy marks they aren't! (rant over)

Thanks Alice, this was a fun read!
# Jasminka 2010-08-15 03:50
I totally understand your soft spot for season 3, Alice - it gave us many great episodes like the one you took on here. Thanks for this fun read - I'm going to watch it now. I haven't done so in a while.

This episode has some of the best faces on our heroes, bitch face here, surprise face here, I-lost-my-shoe face here, I'm-Batman face there.... I love, love, love it. And the dialogue is some of the best ever. And those little hints (like the stickers on Kubrick's bus - 'DOn't make me come down there - GOd' 'How Would Jesus Drive?', brilliant exposing of the religious fanatic)...

I know you can't abide Bella, but I learned to appreciate her role in the show and the kind of woman she became. But you know that ;-)...

Thanks again, Alice, for this fabulous recap! :D, Jas
# Bevie 2010-08-15 16:18
I loved this recap Alice. This episode was so full of great comedic moments. And the two Js were both excellent at the slapstick comedy.

I too came to the show in season 3, so never could understand why so many disliked it. I became a fan after watching Supernatural Christmas, bought the dvds and completely fell for Dean and Sam and haven't recovered since.

I never hated the actress who played Bela. I thought she did a great job being completely annoying. Hated Bela always one-upping our boys though and shooting Sam was inexcusable. So sorry poor Dean lost his windfall. That would have saved a lot of his time hustling for motel and food money. :sad:
# Bethany! 2010-08-16 06:38
i love this episode it's one of my favourites ... love the recap! especially the photo's.

for the record i actually liked Bella in this episode and if she had stayed a one episode character i would have continued to like her, in the end she just ended up irratating me which i think was probabyl more the fault of the writers than the actress. on a really pedantic note her accent really annoyed me, no one english actually sounds like that ... seriously!

anyway minor rant over with! again loved the recap! x
# Sablegreen 2010-08-16 10:17
Lovely recap Alice. This is one of my favorite episodes! Season three title card is my favorite too and I never did like Bela. So nice to reminisce with a wonderful episode like this. Can only hope s6 will provide a few like this too.
# Karmyn 2010-08-16 23:03
Sometimes I think I'm the only one that likes Bela. She had a certain appeal and I like a bit of banter and bickering between a man and a woman. I just wish they had given her back story earlier. If only it had been a full season.
But good recap. Love this episode.
# Randal 2010-08-17 08:41
Great recap of a great episode. Season three shouldn't be shortchanged merely because it's, er, shorter, look at the evidence: this episode, arguably the finest comedy piece they've ever done (Mystery Spot isn't 100% sidesplitting, that last half is an emotional mofo), Casey, Dean as pop, Casey, the bloody death of a supreme villain, Casey, Xmas Is Dead, Casey, Mystery Spot, Casey, a supreme homage to John Carpenter, Casey, a ridiculously fantastic finale.

Alas, poor Kubrick, Jesus knew him well.
# Karen 2010-08-17 09:10
Hi Alice
Once again loved the recap.
This is one my favourite episodes, definitely in the top 10.
I have to admit I didn’t even mind Bela. (runs for cover):o
I wanted to punch her out when she shot Sam of course, but I still enjoyed the banter between her and Dean.

Randal…I’m sensing you may have had a thing for Casey??? 8-)
# Evelyn 2010-08-18 00:53
Loved the recap Alice, great depiction of the scenes and I love your comments. Can't help but smile, laugh and cringe right along with you. And Randal, obsessed with Casey much? Too funny! She is one of the few demons on the show I kinda liked, although for different reasons I think than yours. :lol:
# Ardeospina 2010-08-18 19:29
Very fun recap, Alice. I'm glad that you're going back and updating some of your recaps because I really like to read them. And they usually make me want to re-watch the episode! This one did for sure. It helps when the episode is this great, though.