Number 8....half way there (give or take a 1/2). So are you ready for today's choices? One thing's for sure, we may all have different favourites, but we're pretty confident you'd agree that they're all rockin' good episodes!
So here it is....our picks for 8!
"The Monster at the End of This Book"
Why: I toss between season 4 and 5, as being my favourite seasons, maybe ask me again tomorrow and I'll tell you a different story! "The Monster at the End of This Book" is my second favourite season 4 episode (you'll have to wait for the favourite).
This episode starts with a great big dose of Meta. It's the first time "Supernatural" crossed this line. Not the last of course, they manage to drag us into their reality highly successfully!
"The Monster at the End of This Book" is just smart. I remember thinking how damn clever it was when I first saw it, working the show into the story like that. There's lots of references to earlier episodes, like "Bugs" and "Red Sky at Morning", both of which are referred to as bad writing and happen to be a couple of the fan's least favourite episodes and not coincidentally, Kripke's. Dean talks about being full-frontal when reading the book, "Route 666" "“ an episode with a rare Dean love scene. Chuck's pen name is Carver Edlund, a mash up of Jeremy Carver and Ben Edlund. The list of Chuck's books online, match the real episode titles and there are mentions of Sam having to kill Madison, Dean going to Hell and the boys crying! "I mean, the best parts are when they'd cry." I was with the boys in leaning about slash, I'd never heard of it until then, I didn't discover the fandom until between seasons 4 and 5, so I was even fairly ignorant of Deangirls and Samgirls even though I was a dyed in the wool Deangirl without even knowing there was such a thing! It really was the first big nod to the "Supernatural" fandom...a gentle poke at us...a wink that they knew what we're up to out here and how we think!
Even now all this stuff makes me giggle with fangirl glee.
We meet Chuck for the first time in this episode and he's so wonderful, I love Chuck, LOVE HIM. He's so nervous, and jittery and tiny! I remember the first time I met Rob I thought, he's a bit like Chuck! (Then I had the awkward moment when I said to my friend that I was a little in love with him and wanted to take him home with me and he was standing right next to me...grinning, oops).
I love how no matter what the boys try, they end up doing exactly what's in the books. There's no escaping it. Pink flower Band-Aids, the Red Motel, the plastic tarp on the back window of the Impala; the bacon cheeseburger, there was no escaping any of it. Even though they try to do the opposite, they can't change what Chuck has already written in the gospel of the Winchesters, hence, doing something he is yet to write was the only way they could make things go their way.
One of my favourite parts of "The Monster at the end of This Book" is Cass. Because this is the first time he really disobeys. We've seen him obviously develop affection for the Winchesters, well Dean mostly, but this is the first time he actively goes against the rules and helps Dean help Sam, by obtusely telling Dean about the archangel tethered to Chuck. I love the look on his face when he says, "Just so you understand... why I can't help."
It felt to me then and it still does now, that this was a turning point for Cass, even though he slipped back to towing the line for a bit, this was when I felt like Dean and his relationship shifted.
Favourite Quote: Oh gosh, I think probably: "I am the prophet, Chuck!" because it's so ridiculous. So, so ridiculous!
Honorary mention goes to Dean: "I'm sitting in a Laundromat, reading about myself sitting in a Laundromat reading about myself. My head hurts."
Favourite Scene: I love the Laundromat scene with Sam's brooding and pensive shoulders, but I think I'll go with the scene when the brothers are in "˜Kripke's Hollow' diner, trying not to have a fight, because Chuck's pages say they have a fight, so they're attempting to stay calm but they're so obviously jonesing to yell at each other!
Dean: It frustrates me when you say such reckless things.
Sam: Well, it frustrates me when you'd rather hide than fight.
Honorary mention goes to the Dean and Cass scene, because I really like the portents of their coming relationship.
Such a terrific episode.