Happy episode day!!!  Only four left, and this one is definitely a puzzle.  The preview for "Hammer of The Gods" makes it sound like a quirky tale of the cannibalistic version of the Hotel California.  The one clip we got too also seems to show the lighter side.  However, at the bottom is the description courtesy of The CW.  It doesn't sound so lighthearted.  One of our favorite people is back!!!  No looking if you don't want to be spoiled.  So enjoy with your open minds and come right back here when it's all done to tell us what you think!!

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Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are kidnapped by a group of gods, including Kali (guest star Rekha Sharma), Ganesh (guest star Keith Blackman Dallas) and Bladur (guest star Adam Croasdell) and held hostage in a small hotel. The gods want to use Sam and Dean as bargaining chips to stop the Apocalypse, but Gabriel (guest star Richard Speight, Jr.) shows up and warns them that if Lucifer finds them he will kill them all. Unfortunately, one of the gods turns on the rest and Lucifer appears.


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BTW, I've been hearing some really amazing things about the final three episodes, especially the one next week.  All I was told is that from this point forward, it's going to be a turbulent ride.  Yay us!!!
As you all know by now, I'm sure, the Ghostfacers have their own series of webisodes airing on Thursdays at the CW website.  What you may not know, however, is that these webisodes are only available to viewers in the United States.  But what about all the Supernatural fans outside of the U.S?  What are they supposed to do until the content gets released to them?  Well, read this Ghostfacer webisode recap, of course! 

Incidentally, I had no intention of tossing my hat into the recap ring until Dany, Julie, and Jasminka asked me to take this on in a CBOX conversation one day, so if you like what you read, thank them!  If you don't, the fault lies completely with me.  Also, recaps are hard, man, and I only have to worry about a few minutes of online content!  How do you do this for an entire episode, Alice?  (From Alice - I still can't answer that one myself.  Days of no sleep I guess).

Episode 1

All right, I've got my laptop all set, I'm at the CW website, I've clicked on the Ghostfacers video link, and it's playing!  Yay!  I can't wait for...a cat named Mr. Beacher playing the piano?  The huh?  Did I click on the wrong thing accidentally or -- oh, no, here's Harry and Ed.  Ah, I see what you did there, guys.  Clever.  Cut to...


The episode is "99 Problems" and I think Sam and Dean have way more than that. Let's get started. 

There have been 99 teasers now and I'm wracking my brain trying to come up with one as intense as this. Nothing comes to mind. "Nightshifter" comes close, but that's it. The episode starts with the Impala's speedometer and it's pushing 90. Dean is gripping the wheel and we see his panicked look in the rear view mirror.   Sam is frantic in the passenger seat with bloody shoulder telling Dean to drive faster. Don't you hear Sam the Impala's engine pushing as hard as it can go? Any harder and it'll explode. She's old for god's sake. Dean confirms this is as fast as she'll go. He asks if Sam's okay and Sam gives a smart ass answer. "I'm amazing." Dean asks Sam if he's ever seen that many and Sam says not in one place. Dean doesn't have much time to discuss theories though, for he fishtails the Impala around a corner and then slams on the brakes just in time to avoid a fiery roadblock. 

I should point out this is a Julie Siege script, because if you look at her episodes she's notorious for causing the Impala harm. She gets it out of the way early. Dean tries to back up but someone smashes in the passenger side window and pulls Sam out of it. Another person gets Dean on the other side. A second later though, a fire hose appears and the people attacking Sam and Dean start smoking. Ah, demons. They yell in agony and suddenly Michael Shanks is on the loudspeaker talking some ancient language. After one sentence the demons smoke away. It's really interesting that this stuns Sam and Dean, who shouldn't be surprised by anything given all that they've seen. Their shocked faces are priceless. 





Lazarus Rising
--Robin's Rambles by Robin Vogel
 
Red, stark eyes, staring, moving wildly from side to side, screams. Dean, trapped inside a wooden coffin, strikes a lighter and hoarsely yells for help. He pushes upward; dirt falls on his face. Aboveground, a simple white cross marks his burial spot. Dean's hands thrust through the earth, and, like a child being born, straining, wriggling, the rest of his body follows, Dean grunting as if he's in agony. Finally free, he lies on his back, staring at the sky. Rising, he stares at the destruction around him--an entire forest has fallen to the ground like a pile of matchsticks, his empty grave a perfect circle in the center.
 
Dean trudges along a road, mopping his forehead. Heat waves rise. He finds an empty gas station and breaks in, drinks down a bottle of water, gasping with relief. He notes the date on a current newspaper, 9/18/08, washes his face, stares at himself carefully in the mirror. Recalling the hellhound dogs' attack, he's surprised to find his gorgeous bod scar-free. However, he has a puzzling red, hand-shaped welt on his right shoulder. He grabs candy bars, water, and a copy of Busty Asian Beauties. (smirk!) He empties out the cash register. The TV set and radio turn on by themselves, and Dean, spooked, immediately grabs a container of salt and lines it across the doors and windows. A horrible, high-pitched sound causes him to cover his ears. The windows blow in from the cacophony and he dives for the floor, bouncing back and forth to protect himself from flying glass. Later, he tries Sam's cell phone number but finds it disconnected. Bobby hangs up on him, and when he calls back, threatens to kill him if he calls again. Realizing he has to handle this differently, Dean finds a car outside, hot-wires it, and drives away.
In terms of brotherly drama it can't get much worse for Dean and Sam Winchester, or can it? This fourth season will tear them apart, and there's not much we, the audience, can do about it. 
Before we get to the final 25 familiar faces, I am aware that there are many faces that didn't make the list who were probably expected.
In season three Sammy will try to keep Dean from going to hell. He will fail. He will be eager to accept a demon's help (Ruby) who claims to know how to serve Dean.
Point of No Return, by Elle2
 
There is something so huge about a show's 100th episode that if not careful, it can go over the top. Supernatural successfully avoided that trap, so successfully that with all the hype, if the viewer is not in turn careful, it can be a letdown. If you were looking for a mind-blowing episode along the lines of Mystery Spot, On The Head of a Pin or Changing Channels, you might have been left saying - really? However, if you're looking for the true core of Supernatural to shine against the backdrop of angels, demons and the apocalypse, then you were left very, very satisfied.
 
I was very, very satisfied.
 
Eric Kripke has said all along, echoed by Sera Gamble and others, that this is a show about family, two brothers, their relationship, and all the rest is backdrop, window dressing as it were. Point of No Return brought all that into full focus, in an extremely satisfying way.
"Point of No Return"
--Robin's Rambles by Robin Vogel
 
This is going to be especially rambling because this episode got me in such a super-dither. My emotions were in a crazy stew by the end of this ep, bubbling happily at the end.
 
Bobby showing Dean the gun and bullet he had on hand with the intention of suicide--UNTIL Dean talked him out of it way back when--had me crying. It's true--eons back, Dean had given Bobby a whole long speech about how much he means to him, that he's like a father to him, etc. And here, Dean had the balls to tell Bobby, "You're NOT my father" in such a cruel way? I wanted Bobby to put a bullet of sense into Dean, and I was so glad when Sam added in that dirty look, too! Notice how carefully Cas was paying attention to Dean's attitude throughout this ep, and the way his face was showing his distaste? Cas isn't the poker face he used to me! But I felt awful for Bobby and angry at Dean for saying that, because it broke Bobby's heart!
 
I know that had I not already been spoiled, I would have been totally shocked to see Adam reappear--alive--in the episode. It's great to see him again, but I still think he's nowhere near as cute as his half-brothers. I've seen photos of the actor from recent conventions and he's a good-looking young man, but as Adam, he just isn't as handsome as either Jensen or Jared, and he doesn't look like a Winchester to me. Sorry, I don't see it!