"A Very Supernatural Christmas"
Why: Who doesn't love this episode? For a lot of us it's become required Christmas viewing. I just adore it. It's great fun, with the horrific beginning complete with wide-eyed kid, ill-fated grandpa and bloodied Santa boot; a pair of Christmas crazed Pagan Gods in dreadful sweaters; the disgusting Santa hauling people up the chimney and well, remnants and bones scattered around the basement of the Carrigans; a drunk, stinky, porn loving Santa....I mean really! Too delicious. But mostly, it has awesome doses of broness.
I love the memories and reactions of both brothers to this Christmasy situation they find themselves in, mixed with all the worry and horror of where they find themselves in relation to Dean's deal.
Dean can't help but reminisce over Christmas, romantically thinking back to what he remembers as happier times, when he wasn't facing a future of torture in the pit. A time when Sam and Dean and dad were a family. But really, Dean's just scared and realising, this is his last year, his last year of everything, including Christmas. So he's desperately trying to hang on.
Sam says he remembers Christmas differently to Dean. He remembers being without his dad and he remembers disappointments. The Winchester's Christmas with beer can wreaths, reinforces how not normal their family life was and in subsequent episodes we've seen how young Sam craved normalcy growing up. But really, Sam's just scared, aware that this is Dean's last year and no matter where he looks, he can't seem to find a way to save his brother. So he's desperately trying not to face it.
They're both scared out of their wits, but neither wants to show it to the other. Dean is facing an eternity in Hell, Sam is facing life without his brother and these things hang like a weight over and colour many of the brother's interactions....
It's so hard to see them struggle with their feelings, both of which come from the exact same place, fear and impending loss. When they final figure it out, it's heartbreaking....
Sam: I don't get it. You haven't talked about Christmas for years.
Dean: Well, yeah. But this is my last year.
Sam: I know. That's why I can't.
Dean: What do you mean?
Sam: I mean, I can't sit around drinking eggnog, celebrating Christmas, when I know next year, you'll be dead. I just can't.
Then there are the flashbacks to a 12 year old Dean and 8 year old Sam, fending for themselves in some dingy motel at Christmastime. The interesting thing about this aspect of the episode is that Jeremy Carver didn't have these flashbacks in his original draft, but when he turned the script in, it was running short and Ben Edlund suggested he add some flashbacks in. I mean, can you imagine this episode without them?
We got to see Sam find out about the family business, the lengths Dean would go to try to give his little brother a "normal" Christmas, covering for his dad, stealing (chick) presents so Sam wouldn't go without. But most importantly, we got to see how Dean's amulet came to be. Given to Sam by Uncle Bobby to give to John, Sam chose, instead, to give it to Dean, because it was Dean who was there for young Sam that Christmas and I hazard a guess, quite a few Christmas' before and after.
Then of course, in the Christmas of the present, it's Sam who's there for Dean....
"A Very Supernatural Christmas" is a lovely look at what Sam and Dean mean to each other and the lengths they'll go for each other, for each other's happiness. It's just dripping with Winchestery lurve.
Favourite Quote: I think probably it would have to be Dean's response to Madge Carrigan's dislike for swearing.....because it's just so Dean.
Dean: You fudgin' touch me again, I'll fudgin' kill ya!
Favourite Scene: Sam and Dean's makeshift Christmas... d'uh! Dean coming back to the motel room to find, that despite everything, Sam is throwing a Christmas, for him. The look on Dean's face is such a mixture of surprise and love, oh my gosh. Then when they both pull out gifts for each other from the gas mart down the road..... What I love about this is how chuffed they both are with their presents. They're two guys with nothing, exchanging what are pretty crappy gifts, but which mean the world to them both, because they have nothing and these gifts and this moment represent so much. It's all the stuff that these two say to each other, without actually saying anything at all, which makes this scene so very wonderful.
The Winchester boys are such beautiful creatures, their hearts are so big. I'm always a little bit more in love with both of them after "A Very Supernatural Christmas". This episode is a perfect mix of what makes our show so fudgin' special.
(On page 3, Alice's #11)