Monday, January 9, 2012

Supernatural - 7.11 - Adventures in Babysitting - Recap

Note: My biggest fear about this episode is that it would start another freefall into despair. Since it didn't, I'm one happy glamper. Sue me. I like Supernatural. I like season 7.

Previously we were Ridin' the Storm Out (with REO Speedwagon no less). LeviaCas reinterpreted the Creature from the Black Lagoon, things died, the Impala roared, spells went awry, Lucifer became scary, Sam went nuts, the warehouse scene rocked, Frank is nuts, Amy split the fandom, Mensa Monster was my favorite, the special effects budget went to Leviathans, Bobby was smart, Crowley stole the scene(s), Dick was, Bobby figured out LeviaPlan and got shot for it, Dean denied, "Idjits" became sad, and things forever changed on Supernatural (maybe). Have to say all the references to Sam's hellucinations give me hope this is all in his head. I love Denialand.

A smarmy voyeur guy watches a truck stop hooker try to seal the job and since I only care about Bobby right now, I'm impatient. Just die already. Probably Evil Waitress makes small talk as Voyeur leaves a tip to go after Hooker. Yeah, we get that Hooker is eeevvilllll so Voyeur becomes Probably Dead Hunter (PDH). Appropriately tense music plays as PDH walks around some trucks (And we're walking….) and runs into….Definitely Evil Waitress. PBH is "a little cobble wobble" (snickers) from the drug DEW slipped him. She's all cat eyes and fanged buck teeth. In other words awesome! She knocks him out. "That's for the cr***y tip." Ha! I like her. The title card explodes in LeviaGoo.

Week One - it sucked out loud. A sad oboe screeches as the brothers sit. And stare at walls. And don't look at each other. Even Sam's sideburns are melancholy. Week two - there's slow motion drinking and kitchen work. The numbers 45489 have been penciled over so many times they could bleed graphite. Sam's Adam's apple wavers as he finds Bobby's address book. The oboe reminds us we are still sad. Dean's clipboard reminds us we don't know what the numbers mean. Week Three - the oboe gets company and it's time for action. Knowing Supernatural fans, people are upset that Bobby's funeral pyre didn't make the cut, but I'm good with focused rage because a ticked off Winchester on a mission beats everything. Plus, no pyre means possible future Bobby sightings and I'm all for that. The usual wall of weird becomes the Dick Roman stalking board and Dean's taking notes. Sam is taking a beer and trying to delicately start a conversation about letting other people know Bobby's dead. Ouch! That's got to hurt. Both for the brothers and the confirmation it gives the fans. Dean skirts the issue by letting us know Frank is on the numbers case. "How along ago did I give Frank these numbers. I mean it's been a few weeks right? Is he nuts or is he just being rude?" Sam: "Probably both." Agreed Sam. Dean goes for the third option "a Leviathan ate his face." Dean wants to find Frank, Sam wants an answer about Bobby. Dean wants to know why they have to call but Sam rightly says that they are all Bobby had. Aww, Bobby, you and this show break my heart.

Luckily a phone rings ending this conversation. I once said I'd watch the Winchesters read the phone book but I'm not up for one-sided "he's dead" conversations. Dean refuses to answer Bobby's phone so it's Sam by default. Sorry Sammy. A teenage girl asks for Bobby and Sam can't bring himself to tell her he's dead. He calls himself a friend but she hangs up anyway. Dean wonders why "some kid" is calling Bobby. Somehow I don't think it's Girl Scout cookies. Sam agrees. He thinks she's a hunter's kid who needs help. Sam wants to find the girl first; Dean wants to find Frank. Dean: "Sam, Frank's been working on the numbers that Bobby spent his last breath on and you want to back burner that." And there's the confirmation. Bobby's officially dead. The fandom, okay me, weeps. I knew he was dead. I even somewhat accepted it. It still hurts. But Leviathans and other evils don't stop because my heart aches. Dean suggests they split up and while that always leads to unhappy fans, I think it's a good plan. Sam: "Fine, but you know what, on one condition. If Frank is just spinning his wheels, then you bail out on crazy and come meet me." Even better plan, Sam. Dean head nods and picks up an empty beer, which he accuses Sam of drinking. Nope, Sam has his own beer and accuses Dean of drinking it without remembering. I'd be suspicious without the plinking of "something big just happened" music in the background and Dean's genuinely puzzled face. Yep my friends, I think we've got a thirsty Bobby ghost on our hands and I for one am stoked about it. Here's to finding out in the next few episodes. Could ghost Bobby be the friend Sam meets in a future episode? We'll have to wait because…

Sam enters a monthly apartment rental that's a lot better than the motel John left his sons at in Something Wicked. Either PDH is much better at hustling pool or he has a lot less ammo to buy. Sam knocks, saying they talked on the phone. And the teen girl inside…alone….opens the door to a complete stranger. What? Back the reality truck up. NO WAY! I was a latch key kid and the first thing every latch key kid learns is never ever open that door. Not even for the neighbor. Scared Straight has nothing on parents about to leave their kids at home alone. Every kid knows the little chain on the door can't stop someone from coming in. Especially someone who stalked your phone number to your address. I know it's Sam but she doesn't and it's beyond creepy - missing dad or not. But Sam stuttering through telling her Bobby's dead stops my ranting. Aww baby. Your life sucks. And I'm sad until Latch Key Krissy let's Sam in. No id check. Just Sam's sad eyes and a tale of woe and she lets him in. Argh! Why not meet him in public if she really needs to talk? The common sense fairy did not bless her, 911 on speed dial or not. Krissy says her dad's a salesman and calls every night. Man he's making John Winchester look bad. It's been 5 days and she's worried. Sam empathizes and offers to help. He asks for coffee so he can check out PDH's bedroom. Considering the huge black closet doors I'm surprised Sam doesn't check there first. After all, is he really going to hide his inevitable wall of weird in the drawers? Yep, it's in the closet. He heads out with a picture of Krissy and her dad after giving Krissy his number and promising to check in. Krissy: "You say that. That's what my dad said." Ah, so young, so sure life sucks. The life of a hunter's kid doesn't change even in comfortable housing.

Meanwhile Dean pulls up to Frank's abode in a suitably classic car only to find a mass of wire, empty beer bottles, and a fully armed Frank. Frank thinks he's LeviaDean. Too bad he was beheaded in Ankeny. He was funny. Dean denies any LeviaGoo which doesn't reassure Frank. "Sure you're not a Leviathan. Dick Roman's not a Leviathan. Gwenyth Paltrow is not a Leviathan." Ha! That's as funny as his March of Dimes comment. Since we haven't had enough self-mutilation this season, Dean says he'll prove his blood is red. Frank goes to shoot him in the foot and I nearly fall off the chair. BWAH!!! Dean: "Whoa, let's take the guns out of it okay." He slices himself as I look away and wince. In a bit of turnabout, Dean insists Frank do the blood test too so more wincing. Dean: "There. I'm glad we could share that together." I wish they had talked to @Gypmama ( Kosherart on Tumblr) first. She suggested a little Borax. Definitely more sanitary than all this bloodletting. Frank tells Dean to follow him, bring his gun, and not make noise. Why all the stealth? Oh yeah, I forgot. It's Frank, no explanation needed. They drive to a decked out mobile home because Frank insists people are watching him. Or not. He can't tell but paranoia works for him. "You think it's easy to see this deep into what's real and also be bipolar with delusional ideation. There's no pill for my situation sweetie pop." Did he just call Dean sweetie pop? Bwaaaah!!!

He informs us Leviathans are everywhere and insists Dean cut him "some slack. You called me like 4 days ago." Um, make that 4 weeks, Frank. I don't think the medication is working. Dean isn't amused since he paid Frank $15,000 for info. That's serious change for a hunter. "Dick Roman is every card in my hit deck. You understand that. Those numbers, they got something to do with him, okay. Bobby died for those numbers." Frank is sorry about Bobby and starts rambling about Fresno. Like Dean, I just want him to shut up and give me some answers. Dean: "No, I'm not going to play This One Time with Bobby cr**. Alright, I'm not going to get all warm and fuzzy with somebody else who barely knew him." Frank cites friendly conversation and suggests LSD; Dean cites the money he's paid and the answers he didn't get. As Dean turns to leave, Frank says they have to "probability generate." Frank: "You run most reasonable possibilities for a Levi-related 5 digit number written by a dying drunk and you come up flat. You know what you start to wonder? Hey, maybe I'm missing a number." He expanded his search and got the bull's-eye at 6 numbers. It's coordinates to a Wisconsin field. Dean harumphs. "Bobby didn't give us coordinates to some patch of weeds in Cheeseville." Frank says Dick Roman bought it. I wonder why he didn't say so at the beginning. We didn't need a 10 minute warm up to the info. Dean asks what they do next. Frank: "Stay away." Ha! I agree. Or they could do some surveillance. Guess which one they choose.

Switching to the morgue, Sam looks at Matthew Havlena's dead body. He's got bite marks on his thigh and neck and is down 5 pints of blood. Sam says animal attack; the coroner says vampire. I laugh as the coroner expects. Sam's not amused. He calls Dean for an update, protesting Dean's plans to go to Wisconsin. Dean: "Relax. It's a field not the Death Star." Yeah, you say that now but I know Supernatural. Something deadly and explosive will come from this. Just like the Death Star. But Dean's confident since Huffington News said Dick is at a conference. Shout out to their coverage of all things SPN. Sam scoffs at Dean reading but it's part of Revenge 3.0 or is it 4.0? I've lost count. Sam says Krissy is hunter-knowledge free and 4 men have died. They agree to more updates as Frank yells about costumes. Anyone else flash to Dean's costume reaction in Shadow? It's the same here. Time for telephone repair in a cherry picker. Dean protests since he's not crazy about heights, but Frank's costume says Manager so he's screwed. As he works to understand the cherry picker, Frank says to come down. There's surveillance all over. And this is a surprise to anyone? Dean: "You know it's going to be a little difficult to set up surveillance if there's uh surveillance everywhere." Plan B Is much easier. Frank hacks Dick's surveillance in the trailer. He tells Dean to sleep; he'll take first shift. Dean falls asleep during the offer. He's so exhausted he sleeps through his phone ringing. It's Sam expositing a new monster, the vetala. Yeah for expanding the monster mash. Basically, they're like wendigos in that they wait to kill their food but like werewolves in their distaste for all things silver. It sounds so simple that I worry it'll get complicated. (Well that and the promo pictures.) As Probably Dead Hunter is now probably alive, let's call him Lee. Sam is focused on keeping Krissy from having to deal with death in a nice parallel to his situation. He ends saying, "I could use your help. Call me." For some reason, it really touches me. But no time for sentimentality as we head to the truck stop. Sam asks if DEW's seen Lee and she sends him to Hooker. I would have bought her innocent act if I hadn't already seen her fangs. Nothing like blaming your partner to seclude your new victim. She does faux fear well and Sam never suspects before Hooker sinks her fangs in him to knock him out. Poor Sammy.

Dean wakes up from a 36 hour nap according to Frank, but he confuses 4 days with 4 weeks so I'm guessing it's a ballpark figure. Dean freaks. "Why didn't you wake me?" My mind says, "Because I'm an awesome big brother" thanks to my season 1 rewatch. Frank: "I'm not your butler." I wish Sam was here. Still Frank is useful because he's got intel on Dick Roman's employee Amanda Willer, who's surveying the land to build something. What? We don’t know. Perhaps it's a Death Star. Frank tells Dean it'll take patience; Dean's not big on that. Don't blame you there. I don't want to wait 4 episodes to find out either. Frank tells him to "go out and kill something or whatever you kids do to blow off steam." Dean: "I don’t think you're in a position to be giving suggestions, alright. I think you're one tinfoil hat away from a rubber room." Frank tells Dean he looks awful again and he takes offence. "Maybe because somebody I cared about just got shot in the head. And this is like shoving a rock up a hill. And…screw you." Dean's being honest. Wow! Didn't expect this for another 3 episodes. Too bad it's to Frank. "Here's my advice you didn't ask for: Quit." Dean protests. "I want Dick Roman on a spit." Frank: "But you're going to drive yourself into the ground first. Good plan." Now I'm thinking Dean's speech in Salvation. This whole episode channels season 1. Only this time it's Dean driven by vengeance. Dean: "I'm not going to quit. It's not even an option. I'm not going to walk out on my brother." The words sound like The Man Who Knew Too Much but there's a hidden longing there to just get out. Could Dean be tired of hunting? Frank suggests he try his method. Dean: "What? Go native. Stock up on sea rations." Frank calls Dean cupcake which I again I find funny minus any beating hearts. Less funny is Frank's story about his murdered wife and 2 kids. This shouldn't come as a surprise to Dean or me but it does. Frank: "(I) decided to be fine until the end of the week. Make yourself smile because you're alive and that's your job. And do it again the next week." This hits Dean in the gut - the call to fake it. Frank: "I call it being professional. Do it right with a smile or don't do it." It's Advanced Repression and Dean swallows hard with a short nod. Excellent scene! Kudos to Jensen and Kevin McNally. Still this should have been Bobby's moment and it saddens me that he wasn't there.

Dean's voice mail rings for no reason ending the moment. He freaks when he hears vetala and then realizes it's voice mail. He flips over to find Krissy on the line. It explains the ringing but not the voice mail. I give thanks for my 4 year old no frills phone. Krissy explains that Sam gave her Dean's number, telling her to call if she hadn't heard from him. The music of doom crashes in like a bad Bond movie and Dean goes freaked face. At the same time Sam wakes up in the scrap yard of bad kitties. Lee gives the low down about vetala bites. Sam admits he's a hunter and says Krissy's safe. He asks for a way out but given Lee is tied to a chair I'm guessing he has no answers. The exposition fairy lands on Lee and we learn that vetalas tag team and 3-4 snacks kills the meal. It's a bad drug experience and Lee's already been through it 3 times. We all know where this is heading, but on to Dean and Krissy first. No coffee scheme for Dean. He warns Krissy she should scoot but she's not buying. It's straight to the big black doors we go and nothing. Because Krissy already took it all. She knows about hunting so I'm not sure why she's playing games with Dean when her dad's life is on the line. She's bitter that Sam went missing as well and when Dean tells her to cough up the map, she pulls a gun. This is particularly stupid. Is she going to hold a gun on him as he's driving? Dean: "Alright I get it. You're a tough kid, but I'm trying to get Sam and your dad back." Krissy: "My dad left and he didn't come back. Sam left and he didn't come back. I give you the info, you leave, you don't come back." Dean assures her he will but she's got good reason to doubt him and she's not letting him leave unless she goes too. Dean and I respond: "No, no. Hell no." She waves the gun and Dean's out of patience. Bye bye gun. But Krissy has the upper hand because she claims she burnt the map so she's the only one who knows how to get there. I eye roll and bemoan the lack of corporal punishment in America these days.

In the world's second most uncomfortable car ride after the No Exit one with Ellen, Dean sports intensity face while Krissy attempts 20 questions. Dean: "Alright, here's the deal. I'm a fun guy. I'm actually awesome okay, but right now I'm not in the mood. I'm neck deep in some serious c** and if this wasn't an emergency I would drop your a** off at the nearest mall." While I wholeheartedly agree, it's unlike Dean to snap at children. The Winchesters really need a vacation. Krissy asks what he's dealing with and Dean responds, "Revenge cr**. Alright now shut up. Eat a cookie or something." Krissy goes for the big question instead. "One thing doesn't make sense though. My dad's a pretty great hunter and your brother's the size of a car so, so how'd this thing get them both?" First ha! Second, evil takes down hunters all the time. Especially if they are working with bad intel like Dean exerts. Vetalas hunt in pairs not solo. And how does Dean know? Because finally after 7 years we get info on what Dean was doing while Sam was at college. Strike up the band folks because that's been on my Supernatural to do list since mid-season 1. Krissy gets all tetchy about Dean not sharing info and I officially want to smack her. Shut up kid. We're getting to the good stuff and he's not Grandpa Creepy. Why on earth would Dean bring up vetalas if they haven't run into any since then? Dean shares Sam's collegiate dreams and Krissy is stunned. I want to hear about the vetala hunt but no, the stunned silence takes Dean on another track. "You could too you know. Go to college. Be a hunter/pediatrician." Okay? It beats wearing a pediatrician like Alastair. And it definitely beats being Hooker's dinner. She traipses in talking about the "hunter buffet." As she goes to chow down on Lee, Sam spouts off about killing some of her sisters in Utah. "You remind me of them. Except they were so much younger. I tied them up. Not because I had to. More so I could take my time….Just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed cutting up your sisters." Oohhh, it's like RoboSam is back. I love it! Hooker takes offense and chows on Sam instead. I applaud Sam for saving Lee but worry she might overdo it in her anger.

At DEW's catnip truck stop, Dean questions Krissy's hunting experience. In short, she has no experience but she helps out. Dean calls her on being scared but she denies it. They spat back and forth but in all honesty the entire scene is tiresome and I can't wait for Krissy and her dad to reunite so she can leave my screen. She opens her mouth to smart off and I'm excited when Hooker and DEW arrive. I do question why they keep taking guys from the SAME truck stop. Shouldn't someone be suspicious? There's a birds and bees joke next but my eyes are already strained from rolling. In the end, they tail DEW back to her lair. Dean goes to fist bump Krissy and she shoots him down. "What century is this? No one fist bumps anymore." Yeah well don't get me started about all the things you've done that teens don't do anymore. Perhaps I'm just grumpy about being uncool. She calls Dean a dweeb but as she goes to fist bump, he handcuffs her to the steering wheel. I laugh. "I got an idea. How about you stay here?" He refuses to bring a kid to a hunt. Well duh! (Bet no one says that anymore either.) Krissy claims she can hunt as well as Dean and he tries to reassure her that he will bring her father back. She stops him from leaving by saying Sam and Lee are probably dead. Dean sits back down as she explains how she saw her mom get shredded. She's seen death and Dean relates. Krissy: "Let me go in there and kill them." Dean can also relate to revenge, given he was raised on it and it's his focus now. He thinks about it but "No. I'm sorry." I wonder why he even paused. She calls him a hypocrite but she's still a kid. Before he leaves Dean demands her lock pick, which she denies she has. Dean: "I will frisk you." She hands it over, he thanks her and leaves. I remember Fiona's advice on Burn Notice. Everyone should carry a bobby pin. There's no way Krissy stays in the car but boy do I wish she would.

Dean walks in as the vetalas contemplate dessert. He takes out Hooker with a beam and is about to knife DEW when Krissy comes in to ruin everything. Thanks kid. Hooker takes her hostage and demands Dean put the knife down. Hooker: "Let her go or little Miss Sunshine here gets it." Aw, she's not near as precocious as Abigail Breslin was in the movie. Lee blames Dean for bringing Krissy on a hunt. I blame Lee for not disciplining her more as a child. Krissy is weirdly calm and I flash to the typical Supernatural evil child. My pillow is at the ready if she turns out to be evil. Instead, she's just smug. Dean: "She's just a child. Let her go." Krissy goes baby voice, whimpering for her Daddy as I drop my pillow in bafflement. Huh? DEW bites Lee, Krissy calls out for Dean, and then stabs Hooker in the gut. "I guess I'll have to help myself then." Dean gets the knife, DEW goes after him, Krissy unties Sam, and Sam guts DEW. That was quick, but the special effects were nifty. Krissy ruins it by gloating. "Bad actress huh?" No kid, just stupid. If you hadn't traipsed in Dean would have taken out DEW without the histrionics. Dean: "Yeah, I take it back." I don't. Thankfully we move to random hospital instead. Dean and Sam visit a groggy Lee where Sam claims Krissy saved their lives. My capillaries burst from rolling so hard. Dean: "Don't thank us. Quit. Your daughter's 14 years old. She's already a hunter with a kill under her belt. I'm not trying to be a d** but what do you think that does to her lifespan? She could still be a regular kid." I don't know about regular but great speech. In some ways it shows great growth in Dean but really Dean's been against kids hunting for awhile now. He knows how rough it is. Lee says he has a reason for hunting. Dean: "I know - your family. That's the same reason you should get out now." Lee: "I can't. You ever know anyone who left the life?" Dean when he was with Lisa and Ben comes to mind. Dean: "No. They all get killed first." Think that one over Lee.

Dean and Sam leave the hospital but Krissy follows. She uses the word a**hat and I wonder if it was Word of the Day in Hunter's Weekly. Not typical teen language. Krissy: "I just wanted to tell you that you are kind of amusing for an old man." (snickers) Alright, I'll give her this one. Ha! Dean: "You know you could have gotten yourself killed." Krissy: "I saved your bacon." Dean: "My point stands, but yes." Dean has serious face and I'm struck at how he would make a good dad. Well if he could drop all that baggage on a Greyhound bus and let it move on. Krissy says she's retiring - "one and done" - to Dean's delight. She's pondering Stanford like Sam and in a great gesture, she puts her hand up to fist bump Dean. "We're so lame." Dean: "Yeah we are. Take care of yourself." The brothers drive off into another NotImpala chat. (Huge sigh) Don't you think it's time to get her out of storage PTB? Sam is happy for Krissy and Lee. Dean agrees. "It's nice to walk away from someone and feel like they could be okay." He asks Sam how he's doing and Honesty Sam appears again. I love that guy. "No. I'm definitely not. But you know, I mean, I think maybe I just want to work." He pauses. "Should I even ask?" Aw, I love when the brothers look after each other. Dean: "I'm fine." I live in hope that new Honesty Sam will rub off on Dean or at least Gibbs-smack him every time he uses the word fine. Sam presses on. "Fine meaning?" (Utterly screwed in the head maybe?) Dean: "You're right. We should just work, right? Figure out a way to kick Dick Roman's a**. But hey, we are the professionals." I fear I will hate that word just as much by season's end. Sam gives him a quizzical look and settles down to sleep as Traffic's "Dear Mr. Fantasy" plays. It's apt given that thinking you can make it by smiling through all that stress and grief is a complete fantasy. The NotImpala drives through the night as Dean practices his professional smile. He's giving it his best but the tears in his eyes and smile turning to a grimace is one of the most heartbreaking things I've ever seen on this show. And that's saying a lot. Excellent job Jensen Ackles.

Next week: We travel back in time where Eliot Ness appears as a hunter. Woo hoo, given that Eliot Ness is Nicholas Lea. Jason Dohring is the god of time that makes it happen. Have I said how much I love the casting this season?

All in all I like this episode. It gets better in the rewatch with the exception of the Krissy and Dean truck stop car chat. That one is great on mute. I went into the episode expecting Bobby to be dead and after that amazing tribute to him in Death's Door I didn’t need much closure. The brothers saying he was dead is enough for me. I'm sure that isn't the popular view but the Winchesters are never allowed to dwell on their grief in one episode. It leaks out of them over the season and occasionally comes out in bursts of rage or Impala chats. That's par for the course and I'm sure it will be the same for Bobby's death. That is if he stays dead. The empty beer bottle is majorly suspicious although I hope the afterlife would kill off all addictions. If they do bring Bobby back to life, let's hope it makes sense. It's all just a dream or cosmic do-over will spark a thousand jump the shark conversations. As for the other guests, Frank is growing on me in a Bela way. I can take him in small doses but only if he is not a replacement for Bobby. Bobby is irreplaceable. Krissy grates. I thought she was kind of cool the first time if a bit irritating. By third watch she turned into a typical bratty teen albeit a lot more savvy about life. I found her off-putting but that may just be because I've seen her so much in the last 36 hours or because I work with bratty kids every day. Let's just say if she never returns I will be happy thinking of her enjoying high school. If she does return again, I will wish she were Ben Braeden. Lee was a decent if barely there character and the Vetalas were campy but fun. Love the retro hair. As always, Jensen and Jared did an awesome job portraying the brothers' grief in different but equally painful ways. To watch their hearts break always breaks mine and to watch them both see themselves in Krissy showed even more how screwed up their lives were from the start. However, my favorite thing about this episode is that while melancholy, it wasn't desperate or desolate. It gave me hope that the Leviathans would be defeated after they figured out what Dick was building and that they could overcome Bobby's grief just a little if they were immersed in a case. I expect there to be a lot of fallout from Bobby's death but I am glad it wasn't all in this episode.

Edited to add…In between writing the rough draft and the final draft of this recap, I skimmed the discussion thread at SpoilerTV, which I rarely do. I am shocked by the amount of negativity people have for this episode. I knew fans would be unhappy about Bobby's death and the brother split. I knew we would have comments about the lack of a role for Sam, but I never thought it would be this virulent and usually I'm pretty good at guessing how this fandom will react. All I can say is that I liked this episode. It was a solid episode that mixed the standalone and the mytharc well for me. The quiet grief was effective and hit me harder than any full on emoangst ever would. The concern the brothers have for each other was clearly evident. I love that the brothers had an unqualified win for the first time in what feels like forever. The monsters died, the PiP's were ALL saved, and they changed a young girl's life for the better. That and the beer bottle give me hope. But mostly, this episode made me excited for what is in store for us in the future. I'm curious about what Dick is building in that field. How fast will he complete it? What is it for? How bad for humanity is it going to get? And most importantly, how are two brothers together going to defeat the most powerful creatures they have ever faced when their home and resources have been taken away? I for one can't wait to find out.

Grade: B

Best moment - Ugh, this is always hard. I choose Frank laying it on the line to Dean, but there's a lot to choose from.

Best line - "Fine, but you know what, on one condition. If Frank is just spinning his wheels, then you bail out on crazy and come meet me." Normally I'm all about the funny lines, but this one hit me hard. Sam is worried about Dean's revenge obsession and it seems dead on accurate as something Sam would say to me.

Other great lines: "Sweetie pop."
"I will frisk you."
"I could use your help. Call me."
"I'm not going to quit. It's not even an option. I'm not going to walk out on my brother."
"Relax. It's a field not the Death Star."
"You know it's going to be a little difficult to set up surveillance if there's uh surveillance everywhere."
"I call it being professional. Do it right with a smile or don't do it."
" My dad's a pretty great hunter and your brother's the size of a car so, so how'd this thing get them both?"
"I just wanted to tell you that you are kind of amusing for an old man."
"It's nice to walk away from someone and feel like they could be okay."

Best use of a mute button - Dean and Krissy spat to ever increasing screechiness levels
Best use of a Kleenex - Dean practices his professional smile

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