Supernatural, my comfort episodes:
What makes a comfort episode? For me it’s an episode that I can curl up with and just watch, no major themes at play, no big uh-huh moments, just something that makes me feel warm and fuzzy.
What do my comfort episodes have? Brotherly moments, humor, sometimes a lot of humor; I wouldn’t say these are usually the strongest or best episodes but they are the ones I like to come back to and just curl up and enjoy.
Wendigo is a comfort episode. I don’t like camping either…something about indoor plumbing and not sleeping on the ground with insects, but I like Wendigo. Sam and Dean work as a team to fight the monster, Dean comforts Sam, Sam saves Dean, there’s classic rock and Sam drives the Impala, after Dean offers. It’s probably a guy thing but it’s clear to me that Dean was trying to comfort Sam a bit and Sam decided to take him up on it in the end.
Skin is a comfort episode as well. I kinda like the girl, the music is great and while there is the whole theme of leaving everyone behind it’s nice to see that there were some aspects of Sam’s other life that likely would have understood what he did and why. Shame he couldn’t/didn’t open up about it.  I just like this episode. Great fight sequence between Jared and Jensen, awesome shots of the Impala and did I mention the music? Plus, the brothers were cool together.
Something Wicked is my last comfort episode from season one. I think I’m a sucker for episodes that have ‘moments’ between the brothers. Here we get some history about Dean and why he’s such a stickler for orders and Sam has a newer understanding of his brother, those are things that will always sucker me in – so why is Route 666 not a comfort episode? I don’t know, it just isn’t, although I love the brother moments in that one as well as in Bugs. Something Wicked is sweet and mournful and I really feel for Dean as he stands at the desk about to sign into the motel and watches Michael pour milk for Asher…I get a little choked up each time it fades to the flashback and I imagine ‘our boys’ growing up. Yeah, I’m just sappy that way.
Where do I find comfort in season two? Easy. Everybody Loves a Clown. I love the Shambala at the beginning as the camera pans over the car junkyard – “Wash away my sorry, wash away my pain…” Oh, Dean, that I could. There’s lots of verbal sparring here so it’s a wonder this is a comfort episode but it is. Dean yells at Sam and gets in his face about dad, and Sam actually opens up a bit.  There’s plenty to laugh about – killer clown apocalypse – and the intro of Ellen and Jo and Ash is quite fun to relive.
I would say Tall Tales fits into a comfort episode for me; it’s funny, funny and frankly funny. There’s squabbling galore, pranks and Bobby there to hold things together. Even when fighting the boys are working together and that will get me every time – “You guys are breaking my heart, can we leave!”
What Is And What Should Never Be, it’s make believe and made up and I love it. It’s gentle and sweet and while it makes me cry every time Dean confronts John at the gravesite, I love to curl up with this episode time and again. Sam choosing to not let his “I can’t believe we’re related” brother do whatever lamebrain thing he has to do and then finding a knife and a jug of lamb’s blood – ever wonder where Dean got lamb’s blood? – and then the whole cell phone toss out the window, I love it.
Season three is a short season but there are comfort episodes to be had. I don’t believe in the luck of a rabbit’s foot but like Tall Tales Bad Day At Black Rock is too hilarious to not enjoy. Both Jared and Jensen got to work their comedy chops in this one and like Tall Tales where both were willing to look ridiculous, it works. I wonder if Jim Beaver really spent any time with Jared or Jensen during the filming of this since all his parts were over the phone –  I don’t imagine they actually were talking on the phone, still there’s the audio trailer after principal shooting is done. I don’t know. But it’s very funny and very enjoyable and I liked Bela in this one very much. I think many would have had she not been a recurring character…and knowing Jensen threw that “Sonofabitch” in at the end that got Jared laughing and they actually used the take…good times.
A Very Supernatural Christmas, “Have yourself a merry little Christmas” it’s so comforting I cry. Damn you, Kripke! And you didn’t even write it. Jeremy Carver stole my heart with this one and sentimental fool that I am, I just love it. For all the blood, ripped out fingernails, almost pulled tooth, the gruesome Santa sack, bloody boot and staked pagan gods, this one is one to curl up with on a hot and humid summer night or a cold and blustery winter evening. It just works. That Sam and Dean showed their love through spiked egg nog, crappy gifts and stilted conversation shows just how much these brothers love each other – words don’t need to be spoken, just spend time together and enjoy the other’s presence.
Mystery Spot, yeah, I’m that twisted. A comfort episode, is she kidding us? Hey, these are my comfort episodes; I can’t help that I find comfort in Sam going insane, Dean dying again and again, the Trickster showing up, and Dean dying in Sam’s arms…at least three times that we saw. Awesome.
Comfort episodes in season four are a lot harder to come by but Monster Movie makes the list. It’s funny, it’s out there and the brothers are working together even when they’re separate. Lederhosen and organ playing freakishly skinny guys notwithstanding, this is just great…and I have a coupon.
Wishful Thinking, again, it’s the brothers, it’s timing, it’s funny. Sure a suicidal teddy bear is kinda disturbing – but I dare any of you to tell me you didn’t laugh out loud, or at least snort, when the puff of stuffing blew across the screen. Bwah! Sam is trying to draw Dean out, Dean’s drinking, Audrey is adorable [and not over the top either, very tough line to tip toe], the brothers are more in sync then out of sync…I love this episode.
Finally, It’s A Terrible Life, no baggage, a simple ghost, salt and burn, the ghostfacers make a hysterical cameo harkening to the real Sam and Dean, plenty of symbolism and self-referential jokes and through it all the brothers find each other and play off each other without having any idea of who and what they really are to each other. I love it each and every time.
So, there you go, my list of comfort episodes, how do I rank them? I don’t. They’re comfort episodes. It all depends on what I’m looking for; sometimes it’s a monster in the woods, other times the monster is in the sewer. Sometimes I like dreams that are never spoken aloud and other times the dreams are wished out loud. I like bright colors and black and white, flashbacks to sad times and sadder times, there’s clowns and pagan gods, ghosts and greedy mercenaries. I guess I find comfort in a number of different episodes and a number of different ways, happy, sad, scary, silly, ghoulish and grim. It’s Supernatural, baby, it’s good no matter how you slice it.
Thanks for reading.