We're cracking the top 5 on our top 15 lists in truly hypnotizing fashion. It's the Top 5, where the rules of logic have no meaning! Read on, if you dare...
Why: Honestly, if you've seen this episode, you know why. It's a tour de force from start to finish. It's a master class in writing, pacing, acting, lighting, set design, directing, etc., ad nauseum. It's just flat-out amazing. Really. Think of every single positive adjective and superlative you can think of, and it applies to this episode. It's funny and moving and horrifying all in the same episode. It's an amazing hour of television.
When Sam figured out that it was the Trickster causing all the problems, I loved that because I thought the Trickster was such a great character, and I was so happy they brought him back. Not so happy he messed with Sam so much, but still, great character! Ugh, what a waste, killing him off.
Speaking of Sam, the glimpse into his psyche after Dean's "true" death and his months spent alone was fascinating. He really went full John, organized, methodical. He was scary, honestly. I think he was as frightening as Soulless Sam because he knew what he was doing and still did it. Sure, he wasn't as horrible as Soulless, but still scary. One has to wonder if that experience made him even more susceptible to Ruby's manipulations because he wanted to avoid the path he took in this episode at all costs. Ooh, theory: Gabriel did this to Sam 1: to show him he couldn't save his brother no matter what, 2: to make sure Sam would be open to Ruby and go down the Apocalypse path because he was tired of his family fighting, and since Dean's going to Hell and will play his part there, Gabriel wants Sam to play his part on Earth. Hmm... Wow, apparently I can't even write a top 15 episodes article entry without speculating about something...
Anyway, this episode is just damn good, and that's all there is to it.
Favorite Quote: Lots of Carver goodness in this one, but I'm going with...
Sam and Dean: Right, you're a mind reader. Cut it out, Sam... Sam! You think you're funny, but you're being really, really childish! Sam Winchester wears makeup. Sam Winchester cries his way through sex. Sam Winchester keeps a ruler by the bed and every morning when he wakes up -- Okay, enough!
Favorite Scene: I don't know what this says about me, but Dean's death montage is just the bee's knees in this episode. It's so ridiculous and amazing. Those deaths... Bad tacos! Slipping in the shower! Mauled by a dog! They make me laugh every time.
(Alice's #5 is on page 2)