Supernatural "Hunteri Heroici" Review: What's Up, Doc?

Supernatural S08E08: “Hunteri Heroici”

Supernatural sure loves a parody. In the past, we’ve had adventures in TV tropes (“Changing Channels”), an ode to classic monster movies (“Monster Movie”), and Sam Winchester’s very own version of Groundhog Day (“Mystery Spot”). In “Hunteri Heroici”, it was Sam, Dean, and their angelic third-wheel in Acme Acres, complete with exploding birthday cakes, anvils falling from the sky, and tweety birds circling the head of anyone who bonked theirs.

Even though time and time again, Supernatural has proven me wrong when it comes to plots that sound like they’ll probably be terrible, I went into “Hunteri Heroici” as a non-believer. I know, I know, I should know better by now.

The episode offered a much-needed break from the onslaught of Winchester Angst (Wangst?) that preceded it, but that’s not to say that it was a full-blown comedy. BJ Hunnicutt used his brain powers to make a man shoot himself in the face because JUSTICE and then Castiel gave the man from M.A.S.H. an angel lobotomy. Sam’s awkward flashbacks also made a reappearance and were every bit as annoying and confusing as they’ve been all season, but at least this time they kind of sort of meshed with the main story. There also seemed to be less random staring into space, but maybe I’m just desensitized to Sam Winchester’s strokes these days.

Beneath all the gags and gore, the underlying theme of “Hunteri Heroici” concerned the impossibility of hiding from or outrunning the past. Like Castiel said, man is the Coyote, not the Road Runner. Dean urged Castiel to go to Heaven and find out whether the angels had anything to do with his escape from Purgatory, but Castiel adamantly refused, arguing that he couldn’t possibly face the carnage he left behind while under the influence of the Leviathan way back when. He decided to become a hunter, Dean and Sam’s “third wheel.” El Winchesters pointed out that the third wheel isn’t a good thing. I pointed out that Castiel has been their third wheel for about four seasons now. Castiel pointed out that the third wheel offers increased stability—how can it not be a good thing?

Well when you put it like that...

Yet for all the hand-wringing and Wangsting over consequences and the past and blah blah blah, the only people who really had to deal with their old lives this week were Fred, an old acquaintance of the Winchesters at the center of Toontown (played by M.A.S.H.’s Mike Farrell!), and Whatshername from Sam’s flashbacks. Now, to be fair, by the end of “Hunteri Heroici,” Castiel was all mentally prepared to go upstairs and visit the famdiddly for a spell, but Naomi laid down the law and the law said Castiel couldn’t attend Sunday dinner unless he got the invite straight from her. Ouch, bro.

Sam, well, Sam hasn’t been much more than a tall, hairy stage prop for most of the season. Why change now? I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop in flashback land. This week in particular set off so many red flags with zero payoff. The flashbacks felt dreamlike, shot with the warm colors and the soft filters. Sam’s time with Amelia was even referred to as “dreamlike.” Considering Sam’s history, it was an interesting choice to have the orderly at Fred’s nursing home make the comment about how the catatonic patients “retreat into their own heads” to him. Yet we have nothing concrete, and as fun as the endless theorizing is, we’re at the penultimate episode to the fall finale. Throw me a bone, show. I want to think that Sam’s flashbacks matter because otherwise, what’s the point of including them? It really isn’t necessary to show week after week of Sam in domestic bliss unless we’re building up to something important.

Dean, meanwhile, was probably the least depressed that we’ve seen him all season, and that alone was worth the price of admission—his amazing gag fight with douchey Dr. Mahoney was a bonus. Despite his initial protest of Castiel tagging along, when Castiel ultimately decided to stay behind and watch over the freshly vegetated Fred for a little while, Dean seemed bummed. Unlike Castiel’s previous adventures in hunting, his initial fumbles with how to deal with people and how to function in the world without being pegged for a weirdo eventually gave way to actual competence and Cas’s presence on the hunt was certainly a help rather than a hindrance. He saved that old lady from her dynamite birthday candle—and that was a nice fake-out btw, I spent that entire commercial break wondering if it was awful or amazing that Supernatural exploded a grandma just to come back and see that she was fine. He also provided access to Fred’s psychic mind so that he and Sam could shut down the cartoon projections before evil Dr. Mahoney, who was using Fred’s powers to rob banks on the side, got the best of Dean, who had made the unfortunate mistake of bringing a “gun to a gag fight.” (“BANG.” Love it.)

But just in case we were having too much fun watching hearts explode out of chests and seeing Jensen Ackles make the best facial expressions whenever he saw birdies, once Sam and Cas got through to Fred and stopped this (literal) madness, things got dark. I mean, not “My Bloody Valentine” levels of surprise darkness, but, well, was it really necessary to make Mahoney shoot himself? He was totally a bad dude and yes, he had blood on his hands, but without Fred’s powers, wasn’t he ultimately kind of useless? Why not just leave him tied up for the cops? Even if he babbled about Fred and the psychic stuff, they’d probably just think he was crazy. Dean and Sam just standing aside and allowing Fred to make Mahoney end his own life just seemed like a little bit of a character slip since, historically, the Winchesters have tried hard to avoid killing humans—even bad ones. Emphasis on "tried"... I know they haven’t always succeeded.

However, even with Mahoney gone and Fred lucid, his psychic troubles weren’t over. He knew it was only a matter of time before he regressed again and everyone got their Space Jam on. For a second there, I thought he was going to be wasted too, but Cas came in with the magical lobotomy save, removing Fred’s powers, but also leaving him with a permanent case of the brain damage. How cheerful.

Back in Sam Winchester’s Stepford Life, Amelia’s supposedly dead husband, Don, was revealed to be alive. We almost got a glimpse of Don in the wedding album that Sam found in a moving box before Amelia interrupted. Do you think that maybe we’ll recognize Don? It seemed odd to zero in on the album, get us all geared up to take a peek, and just snatch it away. Is it a CONSPIRACY!? Or is this just my desperation for the flashbacks to not be pointless showing?



Case Notes


– While watching Wile E. Coyote chase the Road Runner, Cas remarked that Wile E. was man, and Road Runner was God, and the cartoon represented humankind’s unending quest to catch God. Mind = blown.

– More Amanda Tapping, please!

– I thought the cartoon sequences in Fred’s head were hit-or-miss, special effects-wise. The Road Runner scene was pretty good considering, but the white noise looked awful. What did you think?

Supernatural in a nutshell: Detective, “Do you always chase the crazy or does the crazy chase you?” Dean: “Depends on the day.”

– No, no, no, Dean, we’ve discussed this (in “The Usual Suspects”). You’re not Scully. You’re Mulder. Sam is a red-headed woman.

– Smart Winchesters sighting! Sort of. In the morgue, Castiel sniffed victim numero uno and determined that he had recently gotten over a bladder infection. Sam and Dean combed his personal effects and sussed out a possible affair with good ol’ fashioned detective work. Sure, they were wrong, but the possible affair was still a more helpful clue than “bladder infection.”

– You know that you’re so over the Sam flashbacks when every time a new face appears in Dreamland, you cross your fingers and hope it's a demon.

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I agree with these Sam-as-a-prop comment. Can the guy get something to do? You'd think that Jared is injured in real life and couldn't participate in any action scenes.

I agree these flashbacks are building toward something, so I'm a bit more patient to see where it's going. The more I think about it, though, Sam's relationship history is depressing. He hasn't connected with anyone in years. He loves his brother, but that relationship hasn't been equal with Dean always playing the older brother figure. He had a bad relationship with his father; Cas is arguably Dean's friend, not his, and even Bobby displayed a closer connection with Dean than Sam. I want to see all of this Amelia stuff come to a meaningful revelation.
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The episode had much more depth than I was expecting from the promos. It was hilarious as well. Castiel's 'Its the shortened version of my name', the cat's 'Dumbass' and Dean's 'Best Wife Ever' had me in stitches. Oh, thank God the old lady survived. I thought she died too!

I must be the only one liking Amelia. Not all the flashbacks, but just her. Sam sighing and looking faraway just before they come is groan-worthy though. But, this week's flashback was actually likable and felt like it mattered. They didn't show us his face. So, I agree. Its a conspiracy!

I love these kinds of episodes and homages on Supernatural. It makes the show that much more lovable.

"While watching Wile E. Coyote chase the Road Runner, Cas remarked that Wile E. was man, and Road Runner was God, and the cartoon represented humankind's unending quest to catch God. Mind = blown."
Definitely! I was like, what the...! That's amazing and an impressive observation!

P.S: I didn't like the white noise, but the other stuff was cool. Great review MaryAnn. But the title is 'Hunteri Heroici'.

Grotesques Villainus - Reminds me of 'Asterix and Obelix' comics for some reason.
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Oh, and I agree. The Winchesters not trying to stop him from killing Mahoney was pretty weird. Very out of character. Maybe Dean just doesn't care too much, but Sam should have done something.
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Yeah, I could see Dean letting it slide. He's been kind of off since coming back from Purgatory.

I don't hate Amelia nearly as much as I hate the flashbacks, and even with the flashbacks, I was okay with them until they all started to be pretty much the same thing. I agree that this week's was a little better. I just want it to move forward though. It seemed like every time Dean had a Purgatory flashback, we learned something new about his time there. Sam's feel more like filler. Crossing my fingers we learn move next week!

THIS. TITLE. I've seen so many spellings of it floating around. We'll work on it though! Thanks!
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That's good to know. My gripe with Sam's flashbacks are the same. Seemingly too much filler. They better make the mid-season finale worth it!
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pretty sure the ep was called Hunteri Heroici
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We'll fix it. Thanks!
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When Cas was doing his bad-cop routine on the wife of the heart-victim, I couldn't help thinking of Comlumbo. If they ever wanted to revive the Columbo series, Misha Collins would be the man to play him.
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Why can't Cass stay in one place for 5 MINS!
I hope this doesn't mean he won't be back for several episodes.
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I know it is just me but I don't like it when Supernatural does wacky episodes. Therefore I didn't like this one. This episode reminded me of last season 'clown' episode. Its a good homage to WB but its too out of place, personally.

I would have loved for Cass to stick around though. If he became a permanent hunter, he could have brought a new and interesting dynamic with Sam and Dean.I never liked Amanda Tapping in any of her shows but thank God, she doesn't have a super fake English Accent, or whatever it was she was trying to emulate.
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Why all the bashing on Sam's flashbacks? Personally I've been wanting to know why he just up and left that chick. This last episode gave a hint of why, hopefully find out the rest of the story next week.
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maybe, they aren't flashbacks...
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What would they be then?
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Evidence of a mental break after everything he's been through? I don't know, I'm just theorizing.
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there was a hint(or writers just playing with us) in this last episode and is also mentioned in review
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I'm not convinced that such outcome would be much of an improvement. Sam's mental "Lucifer" problems became something that dragged out and overstayed its welcome. Making it all imagined would be just as grating and tiresome as the actual flashbacks are.
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well the very first episode of the season it shows sam leaving the chick. you think they're suggesting that he's imagining what it could've been like had he stayed with her?
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It's good to see that Supernatural is still capable of channeling that wackyness of the old. It wasn't better than the other episodes of this mold, but still pretty alright.

It's just awesome to have Cas back. Misha Collins's deadpan humor has been greatly missed. They better make him stick around!
And beyond all the crazy of the episode, there were also some serious conflicting emotions battling within our dear angel. The final scene felt like a much needed temporary respite.

Sam's always been my favorite, so I can only frown upon the treatment he's been getting lately. If these flashbacks don't amount to something interesting, then it's going to be the most awful subplot in the history of the show.
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I can't believe you didn't bring up the talking cat. Hilarious! Loved this episode!
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Maybe Don is the Winchester's dad??????
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I'm guessing you're a newcomer and that you just dived right in tothis season. If that's true, then I strongly suggest that you watch all the seasons before this one but you might wanna leave seasons 6 & 7.
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even if someone were new to supernatural and only started it watching with season 8,he/she couldn't just skip seasons 6 and 7,since then,they would have no clue what happened and would have questions why this and why that in season 8. Season 6 had weak start,but it was great season. Same goes for season 7. But that is just me....and if both seasons sucked so much,why is Supernatural keep coming back then? If both seasons sucked,viewers would have stop watching it and show would be canned. This season is also great. Yes it has flaws(Sam's flashbacks atm...which I am sure they will lead to something better and I don't believe he just gave up on Dean) but is still great season and show.
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I kinda agree. Realistically speaking, season 6 was awesome. Except for them killing off the Mother so soon, the whole season was likable. But sorry, I think season 7 sucked completely, except for a few shining spots like Death's Door, Time After Time, the first two episodes, etc. This season has been good so far.
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well then,it didn't sucked completly,did it? :D not a fan of Leviathan arc,then?
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really?????if u don't know abt winchester's dad u really don't have a clue about this season.
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Has anybody ever died, gone to hell, purgatory, etc and then come back????? would it be so out of character for Supernatural?????
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hahaha ok so u do have a clue abt this season
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didn't you watch first seasons? seasons 1-3
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It wouldn't surprise me if Bobby came back, so why not their dad? other than because the actor were otherwise engaged it wouldn't be so crazy
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I watched all seasons, that's why I know anything is possible in Supernatural, i.e.Dean, Sam, Castiel, etc, dying, going to hell, purgatory and god knows where and still being on the show
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yeah but Dean and Sam are main characters. So of course those 2 will be back by any means necessary. As far as dad goes,he was sent to hell in season 1(think it was 1st season) and in season 2 released from hell(at that hell gate and yellow demon thing) and at some point sent to heaven(I think...was he?)
But yeah anything can happen here, I just think your theory might be really far fetched....no offense.
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Enjoyable episode, Love it very much. All those one liners, some of them are very deep and funny at same time. Cas was hilarious and great to see him back like this since he was at strippers' club.

Dead always have upper hand entire show from the day 1 of season 1 till now. I can never think of a single weak moment from him. Sam's beauty (as in character's beauty) was in his silly-like expressions and most of the time Dean spice it up.

This season seems to be more of a Dean and Cas gang. I was cheered up to see Cas going Hunter. I clapped. Haha. I punched at the end, that 3 wheels should go for few episodes. He was good detective, looking for his card and all disappointed not to have one where I clearly remember Cas did make a card earlier once, although holding it upside down.
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I couldn't enjoy this episode because I have flashback fatigue. This boring girl thing better pay off in some pretty goddamned amazing ways or I'm calling this season a failure.
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we are led to believe,that Sam just gave up on Dean,but I don't think that's the case. I agree 100% that Sam's flashbacks are boring and casting choice for Amelia is beyond awful.
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After the initial calling Dean Scully, he became Part of the trio, Crosby Stills and Nash when they said his name the second time. I love it when the boys have linked rock and roll names.
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Someone needs to develop a complete list of all their "aliases"
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I've heard a lot of bad things about this season from fans.

Personally I'm liking this way more than the previous 2. Old Skool Dean is back, with both attitude and humour.
Speaking of, the Dean and Cas chemistry is still going strong, they bounce the comedy between them as well as ever.

More Hunter-Cas, less Soapy Sam memories and stay on path with current Dean!
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Did anyone else realize that the guy who played Amelia's dad was the same guy from season 1 episode 4 Phantom Traveler. He played the guy who called the boys in.
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Yep! And Mrs. Tate was the same actress that played the old lady at the beginning of "Bedtime Stories" that had the house in the woods and stabbed the husband. They like to recycle actors on this show.
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Mary Ann! Im so glad you also found the shooting of Mahoney to be pretty dark. I thought that the show always has had a darkside to it... but I felt the old Sam(or even Dean) would've tried to stop him.. to just let him go. Besides didnt they just let that werewolf chick go? Kinda inconsistent... BUT I LOVED THIS EPISODE! It reminded of the time before "Wangst" was a character in of itself.. Loved Cas! As usual! :)
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I feel like they would have tried to stop Fred too, find some other way to punish Mahoney. He really wasn't anything the cops couldn't handle without Fred's powers helping him out. I just remember the whole not killing humans thing, even bad humans, if they could help it, being one of their basic hunting tenets and it struck me as odd that they'd both just casually let it slide.
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Wasn't the flashback chick's dad a Leviathan last season?
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Basically every scene with Cas this week (which was most of them) was an absolute joy to watch.
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I loved Deans reaction when they discovered that the victim was not having an affair but that he and his wife were swingers, vintage Dean.
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"So, we're looking for some sort of insect rabbit hybrid, how do we kill it?" -Cas, on Bugs Bunny
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I was lmaoing when Cas was talking to the cat! Who thought up the idea of a TALKING CAT? Man, this brought flashbacks of the giant talking teddy bear in "Wishful Thinking".
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LMAO when the cat called Cas "dumbass."
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Am I wrong or did I see Frodo in this episode? The tattod guy with goatee. lol
The episode was light, fun ... supernatural does not do it for me anymore as it used to. But okay ... just will take it as it is.
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The fact that Fred was John's old friend and the mentions of John in this ep gave me a sense of foreshadowing. I don't want to get my hopes up or read into it too much but I wonder if John will make an appearance later this season.
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And Cas was reading John's journal, he commented on his nice handwriting. I think you might be onto something.
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And there were too much father-talk in the flash-backs too with Sam.
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I loved this episode! Cas being back feels like the old days again and I love the fact that he wanted to be a hunter. Lots of hilarity there along with his usual deadpan humor. Loved that Team Free Will is back in action. The only downside to this ep was Sam's flashbacks as usual.
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I always love the parody episodes, and the cartoon twist on this one, may have made it my favorite so far. I was also growing tired of Sam’s flashbacks, but I was excited to see that these seemed to be hinting at something bigger. A coworker at DISH and I have been convinced from the beginning that there was more to the story, than Sam simply giving up hunting. So I am interested to see what is revealed with the winter finale, but I get the feeling it will be unexpected. With the stories continuing to get intense, I am so glad that I have my DISH Hopper, to ensure I don’t miss anything. It is set to automatically record this entire season, putting the 2,000 hours of recording space to good use. I love never worrying about missing episodes, and because it’s a recording, I love that I get to fast forward through commercials. There are so many mysteries that this episode presented, so I am anxious to get the answers. From the controlling Naomi, to Sam’s year apart, this could be the best winter finale to date.
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Nice sales pitch disguised by comment -__-
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I've seen this comment in EW every week.
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Heh. Does this ever work on anyone?
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Doubtful. I assume they're paid to do this, but I don't really know.
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I feel like Amelia's dad was a hunter, and he was just feeling Sam out... like he knew who he was from legend and rumor, but they never crossed paths before. Don was also a hunter, but since Amelia is dumb, she didn't know. That's my conspiracy theory.
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He too have ^that^ look. I felt that in my guts when he first saw Sam. I been telling its all acting but if it is, it is a damn good acting. Something is UP right with your theory.
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Your conspiracy theory is so shiny! I must have it! (Though I still have my fingers crossed for year-long psychotic episode, I see it becoming less and less likely each week *sadface*)
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This season, for most of the favorite shows have been a season of "Flashbacks" From Fring to New Girl, there are lots and lots of flash backs every where, even Arrow is not away from it. Not that I hate them all, but just saying.
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Just wait until they all wake up and discover everything was a dream...
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Will they though? Is it just a dream? Or a dream within a dream?!
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Also, what's the word Cas? It's a shorter version of my full name, Castiel (I paraphrased, sorry)
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This episode was f'n hi-larious!!! Let's face it, the premise made NO sense, but it was so damn funny, I didn't really care...so many great one liners. Cas thinking they were looking for a insect-rabbit hybrid was great!
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Sam's flashbacks do have some meaning...it's just that they are boring atm and poor choice of casting for Amelia.
episode was ok,some really funny moments and did anyone really care,when Amelia said that her husband was alive? not me....and way to f-ing many flashbacks
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As for making the doctor shoot himself, I saw that as more of a revenge thing. The doctor used him as a frigging weapon: bad enough that he stole from the elderly, bad enough that some people accidentally died... he used him to purposely kill a security guard.

I can't really blame the guy for wanting revenge. Using him like that was quite a violation.
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I definitely don't blame Fred for wanting revenge, not at all, and since we only just met Fred, I don't think we can say that it's in or out of character for him to act the way he did. I just thought it was a little uncharacteristic of the Winchesters to stand by and let let him do it.

Theeeeen again, Dean kind of did the same thing when he let Sam kill Brady in "The Devil You Know." Sure, Brady was a demon, but who's to say human Brady wasn't still in there somewhere?
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I think, this way they also show how 'dangerous' these sort of powers could be. The brothers didn't get a chance to even react when Fred decided to go what he thought should be done. Or maybe he made the brothers freeze too. But yes it was out of characters, but what character, maybe they are just showing how much they both have changed.
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Agreed.
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I was wondering what your opinion on this episode would be MaryAnn. Because it really could go either way. Either what is this dreck on this show that is called Supernatural. Or this is hilarious and I want more. I chose the I want more, because it was just funny. Not as funny as their take on Groundhog day because Dean being obliviously killed over and over and over was hilarious. This was less than that, but still pretty funny.

For some reason, I know it isn't the reason because it might be good and make more sense. I kind of think Sam's whole thing with Amelia is in his head. Which would explain the soft colors etc and the complete lack of specifics about them. And they are hesitant to reveal Don because it would be empty and so on. What I would absolutely love, is that in his stroke induced flashbacks if Amelia melted into Mark Pellegrino as the devil and it was all just one big mid screw to Sam from him. But I know that isn't going to be the case because Cas took that over etc. However, it doesn't change how awesome it would be. But they need to come up with something on that plot to further it or squash it. Because I am not sure I can take anymore awkward move in to kiss scenes form those two. That was really awkward. I have seen characters and actors on screen that had zero chemistry before. But this might beat them all.

Cas was funny. But he always is. I am interested to see what all of this is with Naomi because well it seems like it will be interesting. As for the rest. Overall good episode.

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Really?
Yes I like her character thus far.
I didn't expect much from it so I was surprised. Plus it is coming from a mind of someone that likely has dementia. Did you expect Pixar? Also speaking of that, why couldn't Cas just cure his dementia?
That was a good line.
His hair is womanlike.
That was funny. Also, so does this mean we should kill him?
I do hope it is a demon. I also hope that all of this dreamland stuff has a point to it all. Like maybe Don is immortal, or Don is really Sam and Sam is in a coma. Which would explain why he doesn't cut his hair.
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Sam doesn't have chemistry with anybody this season. Sam Winchester is just not a very well written character right now. Don't love the directing for him either. We know Jared Padelecki has some acting chops and has a bead on the character of Sam. When everything he says seems forced and cheesy and scenes are consistently awkward, I have a serious bone to pick with the writing and directing. The stories continue to be good, I think. But those two aspects just haven't been the same since Eric Kripke bounced, and the Sam Winchester character is really hitting a nadir because of it. I've been watching some older seasons on Netflix, and it kinda makes me sad.....I'd almost forgotten how good in every aspect this show used to be.
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True, I really miss the Sam from old times. This Sam is more of a Prop like in review said. Specially that Soulless Sam, and the demon-blood-thrirsty Sam.

Dead always have upper hand entire show from the day 1 of season 1 till now. I can never think of a single weak moment from him. Sam's beauty (as in character's beauty) was in his silly-like expressions and most of the time Dean spice it up.
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Agree with everything you said.
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I liked it! We needed something lighthearted and my biggest concern was that the whole thing would be zany slapstick, which would have been too much of a 180 in the middle of our current Wangst-fest, but it balanced the silly and serious pretty well. That's fairly consistently been one of the show's greatest strengths.

I desperately want Amelia to be some kind of headtrip issue too. If he opened the album and, like, Don was Mark Pellegrino and the whole reality just melted into crazy, I would be delighted. I've never been a fan of how Cas resolved Sam's Hallucifer storyline. It felt like a huge cop out to me.

The effects were actually better than I was expecting. I get that they don't have a Pixar budget to work with and I think that most of the time, they work really well within their limitations. Less has always been more when it comes to Spn's effects and I was prepared for some awfulness as soon as I realized the entire set would be CGI for those scenes, but really, most of it looked alright. It was really only the white noise that looked bad to me, and that might just have been because the constant background movement kind of made me want to hurl.
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I'm hoping for Amelia to be a headtrip issue also...I don't think that's the case but I would love that. Nothing about her character gels for me, not to mention her complete lack of chemistry w/Jarpad. Say what you will about Genevieve as Ruby, at least they had crazy chemistry. And totally agree, the show's balance of silly/serious, humor/drama has always been outstanding.
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ooo I like Don being Mark Pellegrino. That would be fun. But yes it was a huge cop out. Sam was way more interesting when he was crazy. His hair was shorter too.
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The bit with the cat was hilarious. I've almost broken him. Dumass

LOL
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Does anyone have anything resembling a timeline for the mesh of stories going on here? Like, how does the timeline of Sam's flashbacks match up with Dean's, etc.? Because in my fantasy world, Don = pre-vampire Benny and that ties up a lot of loose ends here (assuming the writers can make it plausible).

Also, I was pleasantly surprised at how wrong I was when I commented last time that I thought this week's show would be awful. It turned out to be pretty good! And also, loved the review, in particular: "BJ Hunnicutt used his brain powers to make a man shoot himself in the face because JUSTICE..." I was baffled by this, too.....lol!
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How in the world could they pull off what you suggested about Don being pre vamp Benny? I'm pretty sure Benny was turned a long long time ago..too long ago to possibly be with Amelia.. if theres something I'm not thinking of that would some how make it possible please tell me, I'm intrigued...
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Oh no, I know it's completely impossible....and it would require ridiculous amounts of suspended belief, etc....I'm just saying, it would tie together all of the flashbacks.
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Well you know nobody expects more suspended belief then Supernatural so really nothing is out of the realm of possibilities lol... but I like your idea and it would have tied things together nicely. I hope they have something in mind here with Sam cuz I gotta say...not so impressed w Sam lately.. and I can't stand Amelia AT ALL.
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I was hoping that Amelia's Dad was going to go black-eyed at some point. I really do want his flash backs to have a point beyond "Sam ran away and pretended that he could have a normal life." There needs to be a reason he has not opened up to Dean about what happened. There should be pain coming. Perhaps Don really isn't alive and instead a baddie of sorts. But then again, in the opener I do not remember seeing the woman's face that Sam left. I vaguely remember a dog but it could be that Amelia kicked Sam ot the curb once her beloved Hubby turned up alive and Sam has just been bouncing from woman to woman since.
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yeh, I'm thinking Don came back as a monster of some sorts and Sam had to kill him. Hence why he was still with her. Perhaps he told her about his life, or perhaps his disappearance convinced her (and others) that his coming back was staged/faked.
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I was thinking same on these lines too. But Sam and Amelia both are way too cool (or cold) with that sudden separation. They are not in touch other than flash backs. Maybe Don came as some sort of monster, Sam killed him, she kicked him out or feared him to see his reality and he had to just go away accepting they cannot have a normal life together because of him.

The thing is, no mater how much we hate those flashbacks, those are there to make us think about them more.
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You forgot Dean's word of the day - Animaniac!
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MaryAnn, you should have a small section in these reviews that's called "Dean's Word of the Day". He always makes up awesome words!
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And expressions too.
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Animaniacs was a WB cartoon
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That's a fun idea!
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And maybe a section of Cas' hilarious one-liners in each review.
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Agreed on it too.
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I am writing this with my eyes closed to avoid spoilerss. I'ma totally watch this tonight.
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It was a good time. Classic manic Supernatural: LOLOLOL-- OMG WHAT IS LIFE?
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