So, I've made it through the whole of Season 5 almost entirely without spoilers. I've mostly found out the title of the next episode the week before it has been shown, when Alice puts up the preview clips. Occasionally I've had a casting spoiler: for instance, I did know that Ellen and Jo and Ash would be coming back, either from a headline somewhere or from the first line of a comment on this site, and I was also fairly clear that Ellen and Jo weren't going to survive. Other than that, I've not read the episode descriptions, not watched the preview clips, not gone looking for casting sides or plot hints. I've kept away from the spoilery bits of Supernatural TV (ie pretty much all of it) and Spoiler TV (definitely all of it) and from the speculation on this site about what might be happening.

Note from Alice: I’m proud to offer another first time great guest contribution, this time from Laurel. “Most Loved Episodes” is Laurel’s take on her personal top ten favorites with some honorable mentions thrown in. Feel free at the end to share your list! Happy reading everyone.

Sam Winchester found something else to help him through: hope. A most amazing development, given the difficulty of their situation.
The Universal Language

Once upon a time, in a country far, far away, the immortal Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart carefully advised another immortal, Franz Joseph Haydn, to not visit England. “Oh, Papa, you have no education for the wide world.” To this concern the elder master replied, "but all the world understands my language."

I'll grant that comparing the wordless symphonic complexities of the great classicists to twentieth-century English-language 4/4 rock and roll tracks is an exercise in surface futility, but dig deeper and you'll find at the core of each form the human condition itself. This language is indeed universal.
Because nothing defines Hellatus more than taking on the impossible, whether it's picking the best episode, best song, best character or even trying to convince yourself that it really isn't difficult to last this period of time without a new Supernatural episode, I've decided to try my hand at a particularly impossible task; picking the one episode from each season that is "THE" pivotal episode.

No doubt this will spark least I'm hoping it does...and I'm greatly anticipating others' thoughts on the topic. Further, it is very possible that given time, and another season, that some of these might change course, if like Cas I drank a liquor store, it's very likely all would change.

It's important to define pivotal, so here it is: 1) something vitally important, especially in determine the outcome, progress or success of something; 2) acting as a pivot (which in its noun form is a point on which something turns.)
It had been five months since you were last seen.
Left to make a decision by a pissed off Dean.
Friend or foe what would you choose.
What ever the decision there was much to loose.
Sam and Dean had been detoured to a five star hotel.
With a free buffet, luxury room and some classy clientele.
But they were soon held captive and used as bargaining chips.
Planned out by Pre Christian Gods to end the apocalypse.
There were several Gods hosting this little social gathering.
Norsemen Odin and Baldur, who was chair of this thing.
And Gods Kali and Ganesh of the Hindu belief
Along with Mercury and Zao Shen adding to the grief.
In the grand tradition of mindless fun started all the way back in season four, it’s time for a popular and great work time killer. Yes, it’s “Rank Them in Five Minutes.” The rules are simple. I list all twenty-two episodes in season five and in five minutes you rank them from best to worst. The idea is by giving you very little time for contemplation, a list is generated more on gut reaction. There’s no going backward or changing your mind. The best part is, there’s no right answer and everyone’s list usually ends up being so different. In other words, opinions not only subjective, they’re entertaining!
Let’s get started. Here’s the list:
Sympathy For The Devil
Good God Y’all
Free To Be You and Me
The End
Fallen Idols
I Believe The Children Are Our Future
The Curious Case of Dean Winchester
Changing Channels
The Real Ghostbusters
Abandon All Hope
Sam, Interrupted
Swap Meat
The Song Remains The Same
My Bloody Valentine
Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid
Dark Side of The Moon
99 Problems
Point of No Return
Hammer of The Gods
The Devil You Know
Two Minutes To Midnight
Swan Song
(For Part One, the link is here).

 Teddy bears

Leave it to Ben Edlund to bring a warm, fuzzy childhood companion to life as a 7-foot bipolar nutjob. He’s scarier than a real bear. Tea parties are strongly discouraged.
I'm going to warn you all right now, this is a 100 percent lovefest. I think many people were unfairly critical of the episode and I'm determined to spell out in exhaustive detail why every single scene is sheer calcuated brilliance. Oh, but in doing that, you’re also in store for one crazy ass long recap. Seriously, it’s a novel. So make sure you’re stocked up on both coffee and Kleenexes. It’s time to kick off this intense emotional rollercoaster. 

First off is the grand tradition we know and love of our season finales. I've even been guilty thus far of failing to mention this in light of the rest of the episode being so good, but you know a finale is good when the most understated part of the ep is the traditional "Carry On Wayward Son" montage. What can I say about this montage? It's great as usual and sums up season five pretty nicely. My favorite bit oddly enough is that great shot of Dean leaning against the Impala in "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid” although I’ll admit my emotions leapt when I saw Sam and Dean’s reaction to Ellen and Jo blowing up in the hardware store. That gets me every time too. 

Now for the finale (gulp!). This intro wasn't all what I expected. It starts documentary style, showing old footage of a Chevy being built on the assembly line in Janesville, Wisconsin in 1967. I think one of my Ford cars was built in that town too. I'm instantly emotional, for this is pure gold for a car buff born and raised in Detroit. Chuck is doing the narration and I adore his sentimental style with his storytelling all through this episode as well as the narrator's charming score.

He brings up April 21, 1967, when the 100th million GM vehicle rolled off the assembly line in Janesville. It was a blue two door Caprice.  I never understood the difference between a Caprice and an Impala. Thanks to wikipedia, I found out. They're the same car body wise but the Caprice had more luxury features. So that proves the Impala wasn't a glory car. Anyway, there was a big ceremony and speeches. "Even the Lt. Governor showed up." Too funny! Our Lt. Governor is too busy running for Senate now, which makes these Mickey Mouse ceremonies perfect for him. He'll show up at the opening of an auto parts store right now.

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