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8. The Curious Case of Dean Winchester
Why it's on the list: This is one of those under the radar episodes, much like "The Usual Suspects" that many don't list among the greats, but upon watching find it really enjoyable. For me, it was all about Chad Everett. I know, it's unpopular to have one of the two leads missing for more than half the episode, but you couldn't find anyone more brilliant to play Dean Winchester at 80 than Chad Everett. He had everything about Dean down pat. Couple that with Jim Beaver's irascible Bobby and it's Grumpy Old Men Redux. In other words, a howling classic.
It isn't just Chad Everett though. I loved the whole poker scene between Sam and the witch Patrick (Hal Ozsan). The back and forth was intense and highly unpredictable. No one could have possibly known that Sam was such a good bluffer, especially Bobby and Dean, who highly doubted him. It certainly took Patrick by surprise. Just from beginning to end, every bit of this episode was a treat.
Favorite scene: The closing scene again. After Sam leaves to take care of that little VD problem that Patrick gave him, restored Dean and recently handicapped Bobby have a heart to heart. Dean makes it so clear how much Bobby means to him. "You're not useless Bobby. You don't stop being a soldier cause you got wounded in battle. No matter what shape you're in bottom line is you're family. I don't know if you noticed but me and Sam we don't have much left. I can't do this without you, I can't. So don't you dare think about checking out. I don't want to hear that again." Oh man, where is that box of tissues?