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Ardeospina's #9:

"Hunteri Heroici"

Why: I know what you're thinking; another season 8 choice from Ardeospina?  Yes!  Yes indeed!  I honestly don't care that it was a recent episode.  I loved it!  It was a fantastic mix of humor and angst, the Sam/Amelia storyline made huge progress, and Castiel was able to clear the air about where his head's at right now.  Mix in cartoon physics, and you've got an instant classic!

Honestly, who didn't love Castiel's attempt at being a hunter?  He so sincerely wanted to help that Sam and Dean couldn't say no.  And even when his methods were on the unusual side, like interrogating a cat, the boys tried to help him along with as much grace as they could muster.  Which wasn't often a whole lot, but they tried. 

Favorite quote: Castiel had so many good lines in this episode that it's hard to choose just one.  But that's my job, so I will go with:

Dean:  What the hell happened?
Castiel:  There was a pastry mishap.
Dean:  Okay, and?
Castiel:  And the frosting reached near-supersonic speeds. 

Favorite scene: The scene between Dean and Castiel in the hotel room was aces for me in this episode.  It's such a testament to their friendship and how far they've come together that instead of dropping it or teasing Cass when he gets upset, Dean actually goes over and makes Castiel talk about his feelings!  Character growth!  Too bad Sam walked in when he did because that was gearing up to be an epic conversation. 

Castiel:  Dean, I, when I was... bad... and I had all those things, the leviathans... writhing inside me... I caused a lot of suffering on earth, but I devastated Heaven.  I vaporized thousands of my own kind, and I "“ I "“ I can't go back.
Dean:  'Cause if you do, the angels will kill you.
Castiel:  Because if I see what Heaven's become "“  what I made of it - I'm afraid I might kill myself.

(On page 3, sweetondean's #9)


# aelaine 2013-01-08 23:12
Gosh, you three have a hard job! I have been reading and enjoying all of them, not sure I could pick top 10 or 13, could probably pick the bottom 13 though, just so many good this show, no other show comes close to matching it's awesomeness!
# PENNY JAIME 2013-01-08 23:56
Three more good picks. Home makes me tear up every time. I love the new season so I have no problem with them in your top picks.
Jus in Bello was a wild ride. Henriksen would have mad a great hunter
# Grace232 2013-01-09 00:41
Thanks so much for doing this. I confess that none of your 9s or 10s are on my top 30 list (still working on getting down to 15) but after reading all your tributes, I remember how much I liked them and I want to go back and watch them all - with one exception. Dark Side of the Moon is still too hard for me to watch. It just makes me too angry and sad. I am sure that is a sign of how good it is, but there you go. Also - with the exceptions of the bugs and ghostly truck, I loved all of season 1 - that is when I was hooked. Looking forward to the rest of the countdown. Thanks again.
# sylvia37 2013-01-09 02:45
Great Choices. I'm with you, Grace. I can't watch Dark Side of the Moon, either. It's not even just the end either. It's the whole episode. Just thinking about it makes me tear up and not for a good reason.
Kimberly Farrell
# Kimberly Farrell 2013-01-09 03:52
Interesting! All three solid episodes - especially "Hunteri Heroici". Hunter Cas was a humor goldmine, and how great was the detective? I lol'ed when she called Dean "Scully"! This one made my top 25 for sure. "Home" and "Jus In Bello" are good too, but for me they weren't as engaging as some other dramatic episodes. Maybe they were just too grim for me! But speaking of "Home", anyone else keep hoping that they bring Missouri back? Loved her.

Coming in at #9 on my list is "The Monster at the End of this Book". This episode makes me smile a lot, that's why. It also makes me sad a lot, and that's also why. Sad, because it underlines how deeply everything is working against them, whether it's the angels or destiny. But it also introduces Chuck, and has Sam explaining what a slash fan is! (Confession: I actually did not know when I first watched this one.) Also, so proud of Castiel for helping, even though he wasn't allowed to help - it seemed like a turning point toward his eventual decision to support Sam and Dean against Heaven. Plus, did I mention Chuck?

"I'm sitting in a laundromat reading about myself sitting in a laundromat reading about myself... my head hurts." - Dean
# PaintedWolf 2013-01-09 04:06
I'm with you, as someone who hopes they bring Missouri back, I loved her! Nice pick on TMATEOTB-I was laughing so hard the 1st 15 minutes or so, I think I almost missed everything else.
# Sylvie 2013-01-09 08:37
Great choices for # 9, but I put "Home" much higher on my list, like top 5 for sure. It's just such a great episode. I loves Missouri Mosley, I would love to see her again. And good for you Ardeo that you put episodes from season 8 on your list, they would not make my top 15, but hey, this isn't my show to run! :lol:
# mer 2013-01-09 08:39
Maybe it's me but I totally don't get what is meant by the left arm reference .. he cops it? Please enlighten me..
# Amy 2013-01-09 12:26
Edited by Alice - Sorry, NO Sam vs. Dean has been a big rule on this site on day one. I give comments like this some latitude on Let's Discuss threads if it's relevant to the discussion, but they have no place here when we're taking time to recognize the best and the brightest times of the show.

Plus, I have picked tons of Sam scenes for favorite. A lot of my episode choices are Sam centric ones. So go pick your fight elsewhere.
# Sylvie 2013-01-09 12:44
I disagree with that statement. "I Know What You Did Last Summer" is one of my favourite episodes and it's Samcentric to the core. In fact season 4 was very much Samcentric. It's my favourite season. I know a lot of fans don't care for it because they thought that Sam acted very unSam like, but to me it really showcased Sam, and Jared's acting abilities.

These picks are very personal, and yours maybe would include more Sam episodes. These episodes wouldn't necessarily make it to my top 15 either, but as I've stated before, I'm not the one making these lists. And season 8 is not halfway done yet, so let's see what happens.
# Bevie 2013-01-09 15:03
Your choices are all great choices!

I love Jus in Bello for all your reasons, sweetondean. It is in my top five bulging list, along with Home and many others. And a lot of them are from season one, which I love beyond saying. Faith (this could very well be number one for me), Dead in the Water (where Sam learns more about his brother than he ever knew before), Scarecrow (a particular favourite and a brotherly fight), Something Wicked (Dean's lack of self esteem began here with his dad reaming him out), Provenance (really creepy painting, Dean smartassing Sarah's dad, gutsy Sarah), Hell House (I LOVE Ed and Harry, a fun fun episode), Dead Man's Blood (dad and vampires and Sam & dad fights), Shadow (dad arrives and leaves again), Devil's Trap (could be my number one at times) and even Bugs and Route 666 have wonderful brother moments to be cherished. Sorry, it just makes me sad when I see season one being dissed. :sad:

Anyway, to each his own and I'm loving this top 15 from you three. :-)
# Sylvie 2013-01-09 15:45
We are of a same bind, I love all the episodes you've listed. Actually, "Provenance" is my favourite of the ghost stories on SPN, that little girl was the creepiest. I go back to season one the most often, maybe because there was a certain innocence back then. We (and the Winchesters) didn't really know what was in store for them, all the heartache to come. :cry:
# LoveMeSomeDean 2013-01-09 17:13
Gona go with sweetondean for this pick. There are so many great one liners in this episode. So much action and so many surprises. I think the final scene when Ruby goes to the boys hotel room and tells them what happened is very emotional.

The introduction of Lilith...was priceless, I love this episode.