This is the first review I've had in awhile where I'm really conflicted over it.
This is how this works: I will give my TOP 5 choices for the Good and The Bad of each season 15 episode that has aired thus far, PLUS a random fact that may or may not have anything to do with the episode. It depends what I am thinking at that moment! After you read my opinions, I would like to hear your TOP 5 Good/Bad list from the same episode. The point is that every episode must have both good and bad stuff for you, or you are not being honest with yourself. 😉 “The Bad” stuff might be easier to write when the episode is not to your liking, then other times “The Good” will be easier. The Good/Bad stuff can be silly things - that is alright too!
Wow. What an episode. (It just ended as I'm writing this, so I'm still in the midst of processing it.)

First of all, Matt killed it. He cradled the story in his hands and crafted something not only emotionally meaningful but visually stunning. I'm super thrilled to know that this masterful episode was directed by one of our own. Also, so nice to see Dr. Sexy back as Pastor Joe, and the young woman who played Sylvia was in Season 2, Episode 2. I had to do some Googling to figure out who they were, but once again, we have an actor playing two different roles on Supernatural. This show really is a family, and I love it. 

Oftentimes I'm stunned at how much Supernatural can be an allegory for life. Each of us is the Sam or Dean of our lives and we fight our own demons daily. They can't be exorcised, but we continue to fight those monsters and demons. This episode is a prime example. In both plotlines of the episode, we can see how they have the potential to allegorically line up with our lives in some way, shape, or form. So, with that in mind, let's get into it.

The Morning After

I thoroughly enjoyed Supernatural’s 15.15 episode “Gimme Shelter”. It intrigued me. There were layers upon layers of meaning in both plot and dialog, all skillfully delivered by excellent writing, acting and directing. I found myself listening intently, trying to decipher the underlying messages about the characters’ relationships and their current quest.

I enjoyed seeing Dr. Sexy again, this time as Pastor Joe. He was a charismatic guest star (obviously, given his prior role/name!) who made the soup kitchen scenes convincingly interesting. Welcome Back Steve Bacic!

I loved Castiel and Jack’s escapades. Castiel’s reactions spanned the full range of emotions, starting with humor, pausing momentarily in sincerity, and ending on horror and grief. At the beginning of the episode, Castiel was hilarious when, within moments of walking in the door, he scrambled to get up to speed on Mrs. Butters (“Mrs. What’s?”) and why he was being assigned to babysit Jack, perplexed at how “a murder investigation” would distract Jack in a good way!

Billie says, "We're playing a big game here."  She tells the Winchesters, "This is your destiny. You are the messengers of God's destruction."  

THEN:  Amara tells Dean she's giving him a gift.  Mary appears in the dark woods.  Dean asks how Jack will destroy: will he go "full smite?"  They discuss how if the world is out of balance, it will end so Jack needs to kill both Chuck and Amara.


A bland collection of brightly colored peas, carrots, and beans plop down onto a white ceramic plate, followed by the splat of a spoonful of mashed potato.  Young women are serving the needy in a shelter.  A small older woman, face ravaged by her experiences, wanders around the room.  Wearing a wool hat and voluminous blanket-like coat, she looks dirty and smelly.  One helper quietly mentions to her friend how she is "one of God's weird, creepy-ass creatures."  She tells a young man in a pink sweater that he needs to do something about it.  After all, they have a rule about being clean in order to eat there.  The young man reluctantly walks around the serving table to approach the bag lady when he is stopped by a 40-something, black haired man with a beard and tattoos.  The young man is clearly a bit intimidated; the older man tells him that we have rules but we also have spirit too.  "Be compassionate with this one," he adds.  "Yes, Pastor," replies the young man.  He brings some food to the old woman who eyes him a little suspiciously, but the pastor watches with a smile.  

Here's what we know about Supernatural season 15 episode 15!
I do apologize ahead of time. I'm still experimenting with cameras and while this one did a better job focusing... it's sound recording was not the best. I loved the episode, though! It will probably move into my Top 100 favorites! Enjoy the review! 

So, yeah, it was cute.  I have to admit, the photos and synopsis alone for “Last Holiday” screamed filler, and it was.  But filler comes in many shapes and sizes.  There’s the instant classic filler, warm or happy filler, “I’ll never get that hour of my life back ever” filler, and “absolutely so freaking hideous that I will spend years cursing it’s name and swearing my eyeballs will never set sight on the atrocity ever again” filler (I’m talking to you “Hammer of the Gods” and “Man’s Best Friend With Benefits”).  Luckily, this fell in the warm category.