Okay, before we get started, one MAJOR issue will be gotten out of the way now. There is no continuity between this episode and "My Bloody Valentine." The reason is because this was filmed as episode 5.14 and "My Bloody Valentine" was supposed to be episode 5.15. Then the network decided to come back from Winter Hellatus in January a week later, thus throwing the schedule all to hell. I mean, how strange would it have been to have seen a Valentine's Day themed episode in late March? I think the network should have left well enough alone and stuck with the original schedule, but hey, I don't get paid the big bucks to make that decision. My only request goes to Warner Brothers. When constructing the season five DVD, PLEASE switch these episodes back? Do the continuity junkies a favor?
Okay, on with the recap. It should be noted that this title is the same as a lame Steve Martin film. So, no, I don't get the motivation since the original had nothing to do with zombies. Anyway, lightening strikes in the dark skies and the camera pans to the wet ground of a cemetery. Clay James Thompson, who died in 2004suddenly punches his hand up out of the ground a la Dean Winchester in "Lazarus Rising." Except Dean's was way cooler. He pulls himself up.
"Knockin' on Heaven's Door" usually makes me cry, and in conjunction with the brothers, ALWAYS! The memory of the brothers playing with fireworks, having a great time together (and doing something John would have killed them for) also made me teary, especially with that song playing. A beautiful memory I wished Sam had shared, too. He got braces-girl grabbing his thigh (lucky actress who got to do that)! I HATED seeing the boys shot, it hurt my chest to watch such violence against them, and I never want to see them killed, no matter how many times it happens! Were those the two guys who helped force demon blood down Sam’s throat, by the way?
Glad to see Dean's looking for triplets and latex, he got his sexy mojo back, apparently. Take THAT, Famine! Once again, Dean gets to see their mother, but poor Sam, left out, can only watch. Notice how upset Dean gets when Sam says his Thanksgiving with Stephanie's parents--at age 11--was his first REAL one. That hurts Dean, because he feels just being together with his brother and father should have been enough for Sam, even with buckets of chicken and a father who passed out every year. It’s a throwback to the crappy Christmases, too, which Dean prefers to remember more fondly than Sam.
Was John involved with another woman? Something about the argument between John and Mary made me wonder. Why would she mention the two young kids? So depressing, Dean, four or younger, comforting his mother with his father gone. For the first time, Sam realized his parents did NOT have the perfect marriage, and there were bumps along the way. Mary was put on a pedestal after death.
I wonder what age Sam was when he ran away in Arizona, enjoying himself for two weeks, eating junk food, having a dog, while poor Dean went nuts trying to find him? Didn't Sam realize what he was doing to his brother, that Dean was beside himself worried? Was Sam that self-centered, or had Dean brought him up so well, he just wanted some me-time and felt he had the right to just go take it? Was that the same sense of self that allowed Sam to go off to college, breaking Dean's heart?
It' fascinates me how many of Sam's happy moments were Dean's very worst. I never got the crusts cut off my PB&J, says Sam, I don't look at family the way you do. It seems as if Dean's four years with his mother made all the difference, didn't they? Dean had four years of a normal life, Sam really had none, only those snatches that Dean was able to provide him on the road. Ironically, it's that upbringing that probably enabled Sam to have the strength to pull away from John and Dean, to go away to college and try to leave the hunting life behind. I do NOT fault Sam for this, not one bit. Dean should not be laying a guilt trip on his brother for going to college or "leaving your family." That's the NORMAL thing to do! Ah, but the Winchesters are NOT normal, especially Sam, which is why Jessica died, and why he was pulled back in. Yet even now, after all they have been through, Dean still faults Sam for going to Stanford. Truth be told, Dean is the broken one who couldn’t let go.
I enjoyed the visit back to the Roadhouse with Ash, and he was as much fun as ever. Now we know for sure he died, right? Hm, I went to Disneyland and never felt any anti-Semitism--and I'm Jewish! I'll have to return there, identify myself and see what happens.
I really didn't get the bit about soul-mates and sharing--was that a veiled reference to Sam and Dean somehow? Can anyone explain it to me? Hey, if heaven is as Ash describes, I sure hope I can be one of the travelers. I don't want to be stuck in just one place! The brothers were actually surprised to learn how many times they had died--and how many times they were unaware of it. The angels "Windexed" their brains? It's as good a term as any, I guess!
What confused me is that Ash immediately found Sam and Dean, but didn't know Jo and Ellen were dead? Why not? You would think he would home in on them instantly, given how close they were? I wonder what governs such things, because that struck me as odd. And why hadn't Ash touched base with Mary or John? We know Mary is up there, so why no communication? Is it because Zach is keeping her tied up somewhere? Did John make it to heaven? I always thought so, once he escaped hell. Strange.
It was GREAT to see Pam again, whole and seemingly happy. She loves heaven, it's one long concert, so terrific she really does seem to be trying to sell Dean a time share, urging him to become Michael's meat suit. I couldn't help but feel she was Zack's puppet, and it really bugged me. It also seemed out of character for Pam not to be calling Sam Grumpy.
Finally, why does Pam kiss Dean? How many times does she mention how much she likes Sam's ass, and kids him for staring at her rack? If she was going to give one of the brothers juicy smooches like that, I was sure she would have popped them on Sam. Nope, this Pam was acting OOC, at least for me. The final scene here was terrifying; Mary's eyes turning yellow, her nightgown bloody, as she tells Dean she never loved him and begins relating the night she burned. Her voice gave me the chills! I felt awful for both Dean and Sam as their mother turned into a monster.
No surprise that Zack, the bastard, is behind Mary's cruel behavior. When he's nuzzling her, insinuating that the two of them are sharing a sexual relationship, I suspect the Winchester brothers and I threw up in our mouths. I'm sure Zack can force Mary to do whatever he wants, but I'd bet the REAL Mary wouldn't have anything to do with him if she knew what he was doing to her beloved sons. Gross! Poor Zack, a bully and braggart, used to be a big fish in heaven; now, thanks to the Winchesters, he don't get no respect anymore! AWWWW! GOOD! He reminds me of Henriksen when he used to bitch about how the Winchesters used to outwit him. Hey, the guys are GOOD! I hope that, whatever else happens, Zack ends up getting a punishment like Anna's. It would be nice. I mean, seriously, all the things he could do to Dean, and he settles on ordinary fisticuffs? What a sad little angel you've turned into, Zachariah! HA HA!
Joshua was SO COOL, interrupting like a mousy little secretary, but he had THE WORD OF GOD, and Zack had to go away or risk mad wrath, which even Zack dare not attempt. So he had to slink away with his wings between his legs. Again, I say, HA HA! Unfortunately, Joshua's news in The Garden is not good as far as Sam and Dean are concerned--God, though down on earth, will not help out in this fight. He helped them a lot, including allowing Sam into heaven in spite of everything he did””and he was the one responsible for putting them on the plane and resurrecting Castiel!
Dean, completely blindsided, takes this as another deadbeat dad move--but he will muddle through. Why does Joshua feel the need to point out that Dean is losing faith in himself, in Sam? That God was his last hope, and now that's dashed?
I wonder, though--Joshua is an angel who trims the hedges and is rooting for the boys. Could that have some significance for them? TRIMMING hedges, ROOTING? This time won't be like the last, adds Joshua, THIS TIME, GOD WANTS YOU TO REMEMBER. That means a great deal, too. Which was the last time, and what were they made to forget? This is all very important, folks!
I began to cry as soon as I saw Cas' downcast face. Once he looked skyward and said, "Son of a bitch!", I was done for, and the tears began to just explode from my eyes as snot spewed from my nose. (I don’t do one little tear like Dean, I cry like Sam, messy and snotty.) My husband ran from the computer room to make sure I had tissues. I did. He knew I was watching SPN, so he left fast. I cried harder as Cas handed over the amulet to Dean, who let it dangle from his fingers.
Sam assured Dean they would find a way out of this, together, and Dean's silent response was to drop the amulet that his little brother had given him on that depressing Christmas all those years ago into the garbage can. I was trying not to cry too hard in case there was dialogue, but there wasn't; Dean left the hotel, and Sam stood there, miserable, looking like he was about to cry, too.
I thought it was awful when Dean prayed for help, but this is so much worse! After Bobby's terrible experience last week, and now this? I'm hoping that, having been allowed into heaven, Sam will come up with something hopeful for all of them. Someone has to, damn it!
After I’d watched DARK SIDE OF THE MOON once, I felt kind of meh about it, I must admit. The second watching produced a completely different attitude””I loved this episode! I was really surprised, because I usually have a great first reaction to a SUPERNATURAL ep and love it even more after a second viewing. This is a rarity.
Perhaps I was distracted? I will say that I didn’t cry on my first watching, either. Maybe I was too stunned? Finding out that God was leaving the apocalypse to the angels and whoever was on earth was pretty jarring. ”Why does He allow evil in the first place?” is a question I ask all the time in real life. In my perfect world, we’d have no police, judges, lawyers, courtrooms, jails - you get the idea. Joshua’s question is a biggie with me.
So, my friends, this episode made me feel just awful for the Winchesters and Cas, yet it was uplifting to see Sam get his well-deserved salvation by being sent to heaven.
What did you think? Did it make you feel like you were knockin’ on heaven’s door?
Then: We start with a montage of some of the Winchester brothers' most memorable deaths and Bobby's voice saying "how many times have you two died anyway?" This can't be good news for what's to come. Castiel's trying to find God, and wants to do it using the amulet that Sam gave to Dean and that has been special to Dean ever since.
Now: Dean awakes in a motel room to find Sam sitting up in the next bed and two balaclava-wearing men holding shotguns on them both. Despite the balaclavas, Dean recognises the hunters, Roy and Walt. They are here to kill Sam because he started the apocalypse. They're not the only ones who want to do it either, since the events of Free To Be You and Me apparently word has gone round the hunter community. In short order Sam is shot and killed by Walt, who doesn't want to hear any explanations. Roy is less happy about killing Dean: after all, Dean didn't start the apocalypse. Neither Walt nor Roy want Dean on their asses for the rest of their lives, though. Dean tells Roy that when he gets back he's going to be pissed, so lets get the show on the road. Down Dean goes. Who knew at the start of Season 5 how often that bloody title card would segue directly on from the action in the show?
Ed Zeddemore and Harry Spengler introduce their pilot, GHOSTFACERS. They sit in chairs. Behind them a fire crackles in a fireplace. They are presenting something during the crippling writer's strike, something they claim will be "the most frightening hour of television."
Phase 1 - Homework - Ed and Harry walk slo mo, which looks really funny (dumb) with everything going at regular pace behind them. Ed and Harry work at Kinkos during the day. Maggie, Ed's adopted sister, explains that the two met at camp and have been inseparable geeks ever since. Corbett, back from shopping, shows us the special coffee be bought for Ed, who he clearly has a crush upon. Spruce, cameraman, works at a golf course picking up balls. He's part Jewish and Cherokee. They're hitting the Morton house, where every four years, people have been disappearing. The ghost returns at midnight just as February 29th begins. The strategy session is interrupted when Dad opens the garage door, sending the strategy board up along with the door.
Morton House - The Ghostfacers stand at the gate where a "No Trespassing" sign has been posted by police. The sound of the Impala, blasting "We're An American Band" temporarily scares the team. Sam and Dean check with a flashlight, but don't notice the Ghostfacers, and drive off. Flashlights bobbing, the team enters the house. They set up computer equipment upstairs and down to the tune of "Hocus Pocus." Corbett manages to make Ed uncomfortable with some of the things he says and the way he says them. When everything is ready, they stand in a circle, put one hand in, say "GHOSTFACERS!" together, then slide their hands down in front of their faces. They are READY!
In Monument, Colorado, Dean and Sam, guns in hand, search Bela's hotel room. Sam asks his brother if he's sure this is Bela's room. Dean holds up a red and blond wig--disguises Bela uses--it is. The phone rings. It's Bela, who has the Colt beside her on the car seat and claims to be two states away. Dean tells her he wants the Colt back; many people will die if she doesn't return it. She wants to know what he thinks she's going to do with it. Sell it to the highest bidder, he says. You know nothing about me, she retorts. He swears he'll find her because he has nothing better to do than track her down.
Seeing flashing red lights, she assures him he's going to be quite preoccupied; she took precautions. At that moment, police officers burst into the hotel room and order the brothers down on their knees. "Bitch!" spits Dean. Bela breathes a deep sigh of relief. Sam and Dean, face down on the carpet, are read their Miranda rights. They look up, up and see their old nemesis, Victor Henriksen, towering over them. "Hi, guys," he says jocularly, "it's been a while." Dean drops his head to the floor, knowing he's in deep trouble.
Sam sits up in bed, awakened to "Heat of the Moment" on the radio. "Rise and shine, Sammy!" says Dean enthusiastically, tying his boots on his bed. "Dude, Asia?" asks Sam. "C'mon, you love this song and you know it!" says Dean cheerily. "And if I ever hear it again, I'm going to kill myself," says Sam grumpily. "What did you say, I can't hear you!" says Dean, deliberately turning up the music. Sam smiles indulgently as Dean points a finger at him and begins bopping his head and lip-syncing to the song, In the bathroom, the brothers brush their teeth; Sam, spreading odd-tasting toothpaste on a pink brush while Dean noisily gargles, grinning at him. Ready to go, Sam stands impatiently in the doorway, wondering when Dean will finish. Dean picks up a black bra. "This yours?" he asks, before finding the gun he was looking for. "Bingo," he says, "now, who's ready for breakfast?"
A while back, I decided that I wanted to make a list of Top 10 Bobby moments because Bobby Singer is awesome, and he deserves his own list. Then I started going through all his scenes and realized that there was no earthly way for me to pick just 10 moments I loved from Bobby because every time he's on screen, he's doing something great. So I decided that what Bobby really deserves was his own article because that would allow me to fully express how much I love the character of Bobby Singer. So here's my first attempt at a full-length, non-list article all about my favorite salvage-yard owning hunter.
When we first meet Robert Steven Singer in "Devil's Trap," it becomes apparent very quickly that Bobby has known Sam and Dean for a long time and he clearly has a great deal of affection for them. Even though he had a falling out with John (and really, who hadn't, it seems?) he's willing to do everything in his power to help them find their father. It's easy when you're angry at someone to take it out on others around them when that person is not readily available, and I love Bobby for being able to put aside his anger with John and go straight into helping mode because Sam and Dean need him.
Though his time in "Devil's Trap" was fairly brief, all the major traits of his character were set up in this episode: he's very smart, especially in regards to book learning; he's a very good hunter and specializes in hunting demons; for all that, he does have a life outside of hunting; he's like family for the boys, starting off as a sort of uncle but after the loss of their father, he gradually develops into a father figure for Sam and Dean. And just as the boys have gone through a harrowing journey in the past five years, Bobby has, too, especially this season. So let's take a deeper look at Bobby Singer, shall we?
No long synopsis here, you can go find that over at www.moogi.com under SUPERNATURAL. This episode made me cry a lot, not just for Bobby, which is to be expected, but for Sam and Dean, too. By the way, what happened to poor Dean's plea the last time we saw him? After that fervent request, no one responded? Damn, that's cold. What does the title mean? I keep typing "Dean Men Don't Wear Plain."
For the first time, Sam and Dean are caught in their pose as FBI agents, and it's Bobby's fault, because it's his Podunk town and his sheriff knows everyone in it! Jody easily recognizes Bobby's voice. She also knows Bobby as someone who has a drinking problem and has committed mail fraud! Wonder what that's about? It's really weird though, how Jody allows the killer zombie (LOL) to go free, yet arrests the brothers! Brings up lots of questions, at least until we learn that Jody's own little boy is amongst the resurrected.
The scene with Sam and that white-drooling, ancient crone all over him?--more disgusting than most blood scenes, IMHO! I nearly threw up and had to turn away watching that.