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Supernatural "Southern Comfort" Review: Find a Penny, Pick It Up...

Supernatural S08E06: “Southern Comfort”

OKAY FINE, you win. The Amelia/Sam story is that special kind of awful where it’s actually funny if you stayed up into the wee hours of the morning watching election coverage on Tuesday and subsequently tuned in to “Southern Comfort” while running on little more than three hours of sleep and a wholesome dinner of sugar-free Red Bull and guacamole. I don’t know if it’s the utter lack of chemistry between Liane Balaban and Jared Padalecki, my ongoing inability to accept Sam leaving Dean to rot (however unknowingly) in Purgatory, or the flashbacks seemingly plunked down randomly throughout any given episode, but Padalecki is channeling Scrubs-era Zach Braff for just the right amount of blissed-out staring into space to go with his artfully tilted head. It’s probably some unholy combination of all three, and while at first I thought that Sammy Winchester’s 129,847th attempt at “being normal” might not actually suck, I’m beginning to entertain the notion that it might... actually suck.

This possibility comes despite the fact that I actually kind of got the relationship I was hoping for. Amelia and Sam are both barely functional war widows brought together by their mutual losses. They have Issues. They take things slow. They get drunk and say things they wish they could take back in the morning. They barely know who they are as the surviving halves of their respective partnerships, let alone what their relationship is supposed to be. This is the kind of relationship I could understand Sam gravitating toward, and in this sense, I am very happy about the Sam and Amelia situation.

It’s everything else about it that just completely implodes, especially the chemistry problem.

We’ve seen Sam in love and in “love” before. Jessica Moore’s place in Supernatural’s mythology is ironclad, not just because she got toasted on the ceiling, Momma Winchester-style, but because the whopping ten minutes during which we saw her interact with Sam felt genuine. Adrianne Palicki brought that same sincerity in all subsequent Jess sightings while, Padalecki reciprocated with good old-fashioned Winchester longing.

Emmanuelle Vaugier brought the same easy believability to her short tenure as the ill-fated Madison, joining the ranks of Sam’s great loves despite the fact that they literally spent maaaaybe 48 hours together before he had to waste her.

Then there’s Ruby, who was a different kind of ladyfriend, but an important and understandable one nonetheless. And sure, we can easily chalk THEIR on-screen chemistry up to the budding real-life romance between Padalecki and future-wife Genevieve Cortese, but hey, it doesn’t matter how it got there. What matters is that it was there.

And it just ain’t there between Padalecki and Balaban. They seem awkward and wooden and honestly, kind of bored. I’m beginning to take a less-is-more stance regarding Sam and Amelia, just because I've found myself cringing through most of their scenes over the past two weeks.

But, Sam and Amelia aside, “Southern Comfort” was incredibly satisfying—yes, even the bro-on-bro smackdown that had me eye-rolling my way through the promo.

DJ Qualls returned as Garth. I unapologetically love Garth, mostly because I love DJ Qualls, but also because his evolution from a lighthearted character to a lighthearted character with substance has been satisfying, and while I wasn’t so sure about his whole “becoming the new Bobby” mission, by the end of the episode, I found his attempts to emulate the late, great hunter touching. He even managed to earn Dean’s blessing, and let’s face is, whomever chose to pick up the mantle couldn’t have done so without Dean Winchester’s blessing.

An apparent ghost possession sent our not-so-merry band of hunters down to the land of Dixie, where the possession in question was a little bit out of the ordinary. While the ectoplasm left in a possession’s wake is typically black, this stuff was green. Additional cases happened randomly and didn’t seem tied to a particular location or person. Nor were they halted by torching the corpse. Some good old-fashioned research (with a side of Bobby ex machina) revealed the true culprit to be a specter—an “avenging ghost” that exploits the supposed betrayals in an individual’s life, including those as petty as a bad call during a baseball game.

Our specter leapt—literally—at the chance to revel in some Winchester resentment (it's like a fine wine), and Dean, still smarting over Sam’s “abandonment” of both him and the hunting life, was ripe for the picking. I knew they were screwed as soon as the research revealed two brothers fighting on opposing sides during the Civil War. Mr. Specter attached himself to a lucky penny traditionally given to the Southern farmboys who made up the bulk of the Confederate Army and traveled from meatsuit to meatsuit as the penny changed hands.

It’s kind of sad that the only way we can get some honest discussion about FEELINGS is when one of Winchesters is possessed. Oh well, beggars can’t be choosers. Dean let it all hang out: Sam should have looked for him in Purgatory, Sam’s laundry list of screw-ups is extensive and impressive, and the icing on top of the resentment cake reads, “I never once left you to die.”

Ohhhh snap. Sammy’s got some ‘splainin’ to do.

Actually, he tried that. Dean “died.” Sam’s world imploded. He ran away. I’m trying REALLY hard to buy what Sam’s selling, but mostly, what I hear is “blah blah blah Jeremy Carver hated Season 7.” I’m holding out for more information, but I did that with Amelia and it backfired. I’m also chalking that whole BENNY IS MY BFF rant up to ghost possession because shut up, Dean.

Garth took one for the team and broke his hand on Dean’s face, jarring him enough to drop the penny and deflate his inner rage balloon. He subsequently melted the penny down because his super-chill demeanor made him immune to the specter’s machinations. Sam, who was quite sassy throughout much of “Southern Comfort” and seemed to have a perpetual bitchface in place except for when we were in flashback mode, told Dean to “move on” from his self-rightous guilt-tripping, “...or I will.”

Can you feel the brotherly love? CAN YOU?


CASE NOTES


– “Bobby belonged to all of us, not just you and Sam.” PREACH IT, GARTH.

– Ohhh snap, Sam brought up Amy. It went better than I thought it would, mostly because no one got punched.

– Sam also basically promised to waste Benny, nullifying the semi-decent argument he had going about Dean’s habit of indiscriminately killing his monster pals before giving them a chance to prove that they don’t eat people. These boys will never learn.

– As much as I generally hate the Winchesters Divided storylines, I can honestly say that this is the first time in a long time, maybe even ever, that the strife feels “right.” A lot of the issues that Sam and Dean are currently fighting about are old, but have never been adequately dealt with before. “Sam Winchester’s Greatest Hits” may be mostly old news, but I fall in with Sam here, and his argument that even though Dean may have been under the specter’s influence when he said those things, the fact that he said them meant the resentment was there. Garth’s immunity to the penny pretty much confirmed this—he didn’t harbor any “betrayals” for the ghost to feed on.

– Did anyone get a Sam Winchester bitchface count? I lost track.

– Was it just me, or did the Impala look uncharacteristically dusty in a few scenes? BLASPHEMY. BLASPHEMYYYY!

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No Castiel? Nooooooo! :'(
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I like that this episode felt traditional - the hunt for a ghost lends itself to character development. That said, a lot of this episode felt very stiff and awkward. I'm on board with the Amelia sentiments - their lack of chemistry and awkward flashbacks contributed to the stiffness, but other elements of this episode didn't quite click. Maybe it was Garth.



With the others who say I'm not buying that Sam would give up on Dean. Episodes like Mystery Spot confirmed Sam loses his shit when Dean's not around. He's grown, yes, but I'm starting to lean toward the "something's not right" with the time he spent with Amelia. They're also focusing a lot of time and energy on flashbacks for this relationship, and they've never done that before with the years the brothers have spent apart. Here's hoping it's gearing to lead up to something big when she (inevitably) returns in Sam's life.



P.S. - Am I the only one who wouldn't mind seeing a rock salt gun again?
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I like this epside, except for the Sam/Amelia flashbacks. I love DJ Qualls as Garth! So glad they brought him back. I hope he returns soon. I find it interesting that he's being touted as "the new Bobby". I'm still not ready to say goodbye to the old Bobby yet. Hopefully Sam and Dean will resolve their issues soon so Sam can stop giving the now popular and perpetual "Bitchface" :)
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Can't we just have Garth show up once a month? He's the best.
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I have been enjoying this season for the most part, although the Bitten episode I didn't think was so great..I do applaud them for trying that whole "found footage" thing (which I normally like) but it just didn't work for me.. This episode I did enjoy, even if it kinda has been done before (siren anyone?)

However I totally, wholeheartedly agree about Sam and Amelia having ZERO CHEMISTRY..actually I think I've taken a moment to bitch about her every review I've commented on this season. Totally not buying that Sam would just ditch Dean like that.. I mean maybe if Dean had been gone for like 5+ years or something and Sam had just kinda fallin into the Amelia thing...that I could believe more then this... And can I just say again that REALLY?...they couldn't have found anyone else to play Amelia better, someone hotter, who's a better actress....I really miss Jess, she was my fav..so cute she was!

Please Supernatural, prove the part of me (and other fans who have some hangups about where this season is going) wrong..blow our minds, pretty please???
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If I had a penny every time someone claims that "X and Y completely lack chemistry"... It's the one argument that gets kind of tiresome. Especially when it's being thrown around randomly more often than not.

Now, I do agree that the whole subplot with Sam and Amelia is pretty weak. Most of the flashbacks feel rather meaningless. And like many others, I just can't get over the fact that Sam didn't look for Dean. You would really have to try hard to come up with even more unbelieveable development for Sam's character than doing this.

I appreciated the fact that Amy was brought up during the argument Winchesters had. Dean does seem less judgemental nowadays. But I won't be the first to point out that Sammy's problem with Benny has no real grounds.



Ah, well. At least Garth grows on me more and more with each episode he shows in. He even managed to make the ridiculous idea of him being "the new Bobby" seem almost plausible towards the end.
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Purgatory is not a place between heaven and hell.....it's the limbo us viewers are stuck in who wish they could stop watching this show but can't. I have a weird fixation, I'll never let any show go that I once really loved, and because of that I'm going to watch Supernatural to the bitter end. But since season 5 this show has steadily declined in the writing and directing. Those facets, once so well done, are now kinda cheesy. The acting is still good--the main actors sans Bobby are still the same after all--but they're being given crap lines to work with and poor directing will ruin anything. I didn't mind the story arcs of seasons 6 and 7, it's just that they were so poorly done compared to the show's first 5 years. This season 8 story arc....I just don't know where it's going, but even the stand-alone nature of each episode isn't getting me by anymore. And truthfully, probably any story line was destined to be a letdown after the overall story arc of the first 5 seasons. Mother of All and Leviathans are all well and good, but let's face it, nothing can ever top God, the devil, and the Apocalypse. I hate to say it, but this show should've probably ended after Kripke's 5-year vision was complete. Watching this show has become more of a chore, rather than something I used to look forward to.
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Jensen Ackles has been basically carrying this show on his own since season 7. I can't remember when exactly I fell completely out of love with Jared's character but its been a while now. Please can you stop make Sam suck so much?!

Also is it just me or do you feel like you've watched this episode at least 25 times before? (yet another ghost case and another brotherly fight about one letting the other down) Seriously if the show has nothing new to say about its characters and the world they live in then why say it all???

Thank goodness for Dean he really is the only reason I keep tuning in every week.
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I wish I could "Sam and Amelia aside" find the episode "incredibly satisfying" like you, but but Sam's storyarc is getting in the way of my enjoyment of the show. I would start enjoying it, then there would be a chick-flick flashback that would annoy the hell out of me, and by the time I de-annoyed enough to get back to enjoying the episode there would be another chick-flick flashback. Also, I hated the fighting, because of what they were fighting about. It is so out-of-character for Sam to not even look for Dean and to have a problem with Benny being a good vampire. (Hello, Lenore!)
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Agree with all about Sam - but I think Sam's less pissed about Benny being a good vampire than realizing Dean's essentially replaced him with one.
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You're my hero, MaryAnn! Other reviewers have been pussyfooting around the issue, only saying things like "We have concerns about Sam not looking for Dean" and "We're not warming up to Amelia yet," just glossing over it and putting it aside and writing about other things. Thank you for having the courage to go at the issue head on and just come right out and say what so many fans have been feeling. This story arc is not working on any level. Even the people who are still enjoying the show (God bless them, wish I were too), I have never seen them say they're enjoying Sam's arc. They talk about the other things they do like and ignore that aspect. (Wish I could do that too, but it ruins the rest of the show for me.) I hope you keep reviewing Supernatural, I will definitely be back for more!
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I was glad that you mentioned the lack of chemistry between Sam and Ameila because I noticed that the first time they appeared on screen together. I liked Garth better this time around. The specter storyline was very predictable when it came to the Winchesters. I think I will rate this episode a 7 out of 10. Hopefully next week's episode with the return of Cas will be better.
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Every time I try to say what I think about this episode it just comes out "DJ Qualls sucks", so I'm gonna leave it at that.
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I feared Carver didn't care about what the audience wants, and only cares about what he wants. I just came across this quote from right before the season began that confirms my fears. "I think being away, when I came back, I looked at it with those [fresh] eyes and went, "Why wouldn't he [have a relationship]?" And then someone reminded me, "Becausethere are about 15 million people who don't want him to." [Laughs] And I think it's very organic, I think this season is very organic. I think it's a very interesting relationship people are going to get."



Even his co-workers told him the audience wouldn't like it, and he didn't care about their opinion either. He laughed. Well, Carver, it's not organic and it's not interesting. It's awkward and boring. I hope you'll learn to listen to other people.
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What bothers me (on top of all the things you you guys have already said) is when he laughed, I'm pretty sure it was because he was thinking "15 million jealous fangirls who can't stand to see Sam with a woman, scrw them anway." Well, Jeremy, I suggest you google Supernatural Sam/Jess and Sam/Jessica. I just did and I got a total of 40,000 hits. Jessica is beloved in the fandom, droves of fanfic has been written about her and Sam, and fans are still writing more of it to this day, 7 years after she died. It's not our fault if a lot of us are not liking Sam/Amelia. It's yours.
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The other thing that strikes me about that quote, other than the complete disregard for other people's opinions, is that there was no plan, no goal, no purpose to it. It was just like, why not? The reason it feels pointless is because Carver didn't have a point.

I am very concerned about Carver's attitude. Kripke and Gamble obviously cared about the fans, they listened to criticism and were always willing to admit when they could've done something better. It doesn't sound like Carver is going to be that way. It sounds like he's just going to thumb his nose at us.

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So so boring. Every minute spent on that relationship is a complete waste of time. They could have been flashing back to Castiel for Christ's sake.
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I'm not a Casfan (don'thate him though) and I'd much rather watch a whole episode of Cas rather than watch Sam's character get assassinated while stuck in a boring relationship.
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Yeah! Give us what we want! Or in this case DONT want!
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I'm so glad that I'm not alone in hating the stupid Sam/amelia flashbacks! I have disliked that character since the first time she came on screen - there is ZERO chemistry between her & Sam. Did you see that flashback when they were in bed together? YAWN! The sooner they rid Sam of those lame memories at semi-normality, the better. I, like the majority of the fans, also can't believe that he didn't even attempt to look for Dean & just shacked up w/that boring broad. I completely understand why Dean is so pissed & why he's protective of Benny. Each brother has killed someone "special" in the other's life (Dean killed Amy, the pituitary gland eating chick who saved Sam as a child & Sam killed Emma, the so called "daughter" Dean allegedly conceived 48 hrs prior to her existence) but since Emma didn't mean anything to Dean, I think Sam still has some revenge to exact since Amy actually meant something to him. I missed Sam bringing up Amy so that point may have been totally covered but you know what I mean. On a side note, I'm glad to see Castiel will be coming back next week!!!
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UGH! you are so right about Sam and Ameila, NOT FEELING IT!! they r totally boring! i find myself agreeing with Dean, THIS IS WHO YOU GAVE UP UR BRoTHER FOR? pass...



so i really hope the Garth characer sticks around, but i really hope he drops the Bobby act! it will be an odd cop out if in every episode he is in he acts as though he is a Bobby clone



so the case for this week seemed like something straight out of Warehouse 13! A possessed artifact? really? mmmhmmm
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I think this is the first review that I have read that was fairly balanced between the issues that both brothers have, instead of taking sides. While I am pro-Dean in this whole mess (vampire buddy or no vampire buddy), I expect reviewers to be somewhat impartial, and I felt like you did a really good job of pointing out each brother's pros and cons. Kudos.
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Thank you! I try.
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I LOVED this episode! It genuinely feels like the show is returning to its former glory. Thank you, Jeremy Carver for saving this show.



And I totally agree with some of the commenters below me that they should make Garth as a recurring character. We need more awesome characters besides Team Free Will since Jo, Ellen, Bobby, Rufus, Ash and John are gone. I somehow seem to enjoy the episodes more when Garth and Cas are in them!



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It's funny how people have really such different perspectives. I think Carver is killing the show. I loved it for 7 years andnow I can barely stand it. I especially hate what he is doing with Sam (there is no way he didn't look for Dean!) and like most peopl e here I find the Amelia flashbacks irritating and boring.
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The only major flaw that I see this season is how Sam's behaving. I agree with you that his flashbacks with Amelia are boring and I'm still pissed that he didn't try to look for Dean but I'm hoping that there's a satisfying reason behind that.
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I totally agree vero. I am not enjoying s8 at all! JC has destroyed Sam's character and the brotherly bond - and for what? Benny? Amelia? Sorry but if he thinks side characters and relationships will be enough to keep people watching when the brothers band has been ruined he will be sadly mistaken.
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Im having a hard time accepting that Sam didn't even look for Dean, is it possible dean is still in purgatory?
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Me too - but all the word from TPTB are that it is what it is. Sam just chose not to look. I hate it. Seems many do. And yet JC doesn't seem to care.
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i read your article, really, honestly laughing loud. " and while at first I thought that Sammy Winchester's 129,847th attempt at "being normal" might not actually suck, I'm beginning to entertain the notion that it might... actually suck." ahahahha :D



It was a good episode anyway...

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It WAS a good episode anyway! Glad you got a laugh!
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MaryAnn, I completely agree with you about the Sam/Amelia flashbacks. And I'm positive that even without my being, like you, completely unable to believe Sam would let Dean rot in Purgatory, I would still not like these flashbacks. They are pointless, they are cringe-worthy, and all they do is pull me out of the story I am interested in watching. I too love Garth, and the episode would've been a lot more fun without the constant interruption with lame flashbacks. And you're right about Jessica being adored in fandom. A lot of us are angry Carver has forgotten about her when he made Sam say "I finally have something I never had before." He had bought a wedding ring for Jess! And yes to the power of ten on the whole "blah blah blah Jeremy Carver" bit.
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Word. I feel like the Sam flashbacks are meant to balance out the Dean flashbacks, but Dean's flashbacks serve a purpose. His story NEEDS to unfold over time because it's that big. Sam's would have probably been better revealed through one episode dedicated to getting it out in the open. It's just not that interesting.
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That would've been a very much better idea to do it one episode. Or even better, not do it at all.
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I have to say, of all the series out there, Supernatural is the one with the best characters. I started watching during season 3, thinking it just another teenie spook series, but it really blows your mind! Compare Dean and Sam (I name Dean first, because, though he might not be a great actor outside Supernatural, in this series he is perfect) from the first couple of season to the last two; and in between. It's just great!



As well, you have to love a show, that doesn't take itself to serious, just think of the episode where the Winchesters landed in "our universe", where they found out, they were just characters in a tv series. Hillarious!



But I think Supernatural has shot all it's powder, there's not much to give anymore. Dean has died, been to hell, came back. Sam has died, been to hell, came back. Dean has died, been to purgatory, came back. Unless they want to send Sam to purgatory as well, the producers should end this series.



I will miss it very, very much. But unless Supernatural reverts from a serial to a procedural, I don't see how It can keep being super-awesome... (geez, bad punch)
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"Wait, are you the new Bobby..." Not, going to lie, Garth is growing on me. I kind of expect Garth was suppose to be this one-off character who was suppose to annoy Sam and Dean because of how much of a non-hunter he seems but Im glad they were able to turn him into pretty much neo-Bobby. He surprisingly makes sense in that role though does it in a different way. Though, maybe being Bobby makes you grumpy >.<



For some reason, this episode got me wondering just how many random places Dean has been. Let's take a look shall we...



Hell (40 years)

Heaven (a few times)

Purgatory (1 year)

Jinn Dream World

The Past (twice)

The Future

Scotland

Alternate Universe (that might have been real...)
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I was hoping Garth would get killed in last night's episode - I despise that freak!
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I generally liked everything about the episode except for Dean's stupid flashbacks. I'm basically just waiting for the moment that he stops while crossing the street, stands there for a good 20 seconds reminiscing about his time with Amelia, then gets hit by a car and dies. All the demons and ghosts and other supernatural weirdos that they've fought, and Dean will get killed by looking-off-into-the-distance memories. If they're going to keep having these flashbacks, I think I'd prefer it if they didn't have any segues at all.
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ER....you do know which one is Sam and which one is Dean, right?
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You know, that those were Sam's flashbacks, right?
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I think Sam redeemed himself from his "greatest hits" when he took the dive to the cage and saved the entire world from Lucifer..
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exactly! making current Sam simply impossible! How did he just tell his brother to stop whining about being left alone or he will leave him?! Past seven season the brother's were the rock of the show (at least the soul's of the brothers). But now it just seems like a dysfunctional marriage.
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i hold out hope for the sam/amelia part although i agree right now its like pulling teeth, i can't to see what the rest of season 8 holds :)
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The chemistry is lacking on Sam's part. She's fine. I honestly love Amelia. This was such a great episode, I agree with your assessment that the strife felt real. I was waiting for the brothers to physically fight with each other and get it out of their system! It was awesome. That scene elevated the whole episode to another level.

Goofball Garth has my blessing too. But Bobby was like a father to the Winchesters. He can't just waltz in and announce that Bobby belongs to him as much as he belonged to them. BALLS!
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Are you kidding me? The chick playing Amelia can't act her way out of a paper bag! She's horrible! There's no chemistry between her & Sam 'cuz there's no way in any universe that a guy like Sam would be with a chick like her. The sooner they get rid of the stupid flashback scenes with her in them, the better!!!
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100% with you, Brianna! She is very wooden. As MaryAnn said, Sam has had great chemistry with many women, Jess, Sarah, Madison, Ruby, Dr. Cara Roberts, etc. So we know for a fact it's not because Sam is incapable of having chemistry with women. BTW, Girish, chemistry is like a tango, it takes two. Two people either have chemistry between them, or they don't. You can't say Amelia has chemistry and Sam doesn't.
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Thanks, Agent Skinner! I just saw that you'd replied to my comment - sorry for my uber-late reply! I'm so glad they finally wrote Amelia out of the show - like you said, Sam had chemistry with women in the past (Sarah was my favorite & I was so glad to see her in last night's episode but so disappointed in what happened) - Amelia was just plain annoying.
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So MaryAnn, how do you really feel about Sam and Amelia's relationship?
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This was actually the abridged version.
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hahaha
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Ok first, nitpicking out of the way. As a history buff. The tomb for the unknown confederate soldier is in Biloxi Mississippi, not in Missouri. All fiction aside, they have tended in the past to at least get some of the of the history right. Even their "Craig" (really Glencraig whisky) Crowley's favorite. But that was just sloppy.

Saying that, I did like the Civil War story and could not help to think that it was a not so subtle hint of brother Vs brother, in a war. If this can be next season with Sam and Dean. It will make up for last season and even large aspects of this season.

Overall the story was all right, historical inaccuracies aside, I like the inclusion of Garth and accept him as the new Bobby. I can't look at DJ Qualls and not think of the movie The New Guy, and then when I think of that. I think of the Eliza Dushku bikini montage scene. Ok sorry, happened again. But I hope they incorporate Garth in more. He lightens the episodes up and brings the scorn between Sam and Dean down a notch. And this season is rife with scorn.

I am all for Sam killing Benny. If only to see what Dean would do. And mostly because of last season with Amy, and Dean being a douche about it.

I completely agree about Sam and Amelia, I am not sure I have ever scene to actors with less chemistry ever. I mean really, that scene in the bed just looked uncomfortable. Especially from Jared. But you did forget in your history of Sam hookups Sarah Blake, from Provenance (the creepy ghost girl in the painting). Played by the lovely Taylor Cole. And Sam's daydreams are weird, and it forces us to look at him for too long and when that happens I want to break out the clippers and give him a buzz cut.

Overall it was a better episode than the previous two. Garth really made the episode and brought funny which the show has desperately needed all season.

Notes.

Yes, Bobby was everyone's. But mostly Sam and Dean's because he viewed them as his kids.

-Someone should have been punched with that.

-Waste Benny, I want that to be the straw that broke the back of the brothers. I want next season to be great.

-It does feel right. It finally feels as if it is building to something. I think that is the difference. We know the show's in the end times for the show. So that lends to the belief that it is going to be Sam and Dean battling it out. Plus, maybe Dean can shave Sam's head in his sleep.

-I got up to 6

- It was a dry summer in Vancouver this year.
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SARAH BLAKE! I knew I forgot someone. I blame it on the fact that she escaped the wrath of his Death Peen.



I agree, the bed scene was the worst of the worst moments in our Sam/Amelia flashback head trip. I chalked Jared's apparent discomfort up to the fact that he barely fit in the bed, but yeeeeah, they just look like they don't know how to act like an intimate couple. Maybe they should start drinking heavily on set? Everyone is cuddly when they're drunk.



A buzz cut? A BUZZ CUT? I can concede to a trim, but nothing drastic. Need I remind you of his unfortunate Gilmore Girls season 1 hair.



Whenever I see DJ Qualls, I can't help but think of him as that creepy dude in Road Trip who let the dog lick peanut butter off of his junk OR the incompetent intern on Scrubs who accidentally killed Shirley Jones. I prefer the Peanut Butter Balls image because I can see Garth actually doing that. You know, after he had half a beer.
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Hey, a buzz cut and he still has hair. I would go for his hair back in season 3 when he didn't look like a hippie. I just don't understand it, unless he is going out for the next Conan the barbarian movie. Or is going to be on Son's of Anarchy after. And I had no idea he was in Gilmore Girls, largely because I have a Y chromosome.



And yea he was super creepy in Road Trip. Which now makes me think of Amy Smart and the video camera.
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Is no one else bothered at the fact that Garth is using all of Bobby's catchphrases in a really REALLY stupid way?! I mean I get that he's just trying to fill some mighty big shoes, and I even warmed to the idea over the episode (including the hat), but every time he said 'Balls!' or 'Idjit' I just wanted to die a little. Sera Gamble broke all our hearts and I get that Carver is just trying to fix it, but that's a bit too much for me! No one can really replace Bobby...
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I did not warm up to it. And I don't think that Carver is trying to fix it. He's just rubbing it in our faces and laughing.
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I think his misuse of Bobby-isms was intentional. It wasn't just that he was doing it that was annoying Dean, it was that he was doing it wrong. It was supposed to be funny, I suppose. Balls.
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I liked it. It was to show the viewers that they are trying to make a new Bobby. But that no one can ever fill his shoes properly. I think that was a huge nod to the diehards that were pissed Bobby was killed and want a new Bobby. His misuse of the words was almost endearing and it lent to what I viewed was almost an apology. Particularly when Garth said, Bobby was all of ours.
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I felt like it was a huge meta, tongue-in-cheek slap in the face to supplant Bobby in such a ham it up way. And then at the end we are supposed to just accept that Garth (hold on while I throw up a bit) is the best they are gonna do.
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If I didn't have to get up in the morning I'd spend all night creating accounts so I could keep liking this comment. I was offended by the whole thing.
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I really liked the sequence explaining how the penny got from person to person. I was wondering why the son was digging through a lady's purse. plus it was an excellent song that will be stuck in my head all day.

Prediction: Sam vs. Benny will be the finale. (duh right?)
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-I also think Sam was kinda relieved to be rid of Dean, that's why he didn't look for him...

-Benny will be the brother's downfall this season. Kinda like a reverse-Ruby in vampire male form.

-Sam's gonna get stuck in bitch face mode if he's not careful!!
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Well they seem to be emphasizing Dean a lot this season and his strife and his apparent ability to get over it in purgatory, or at least relish it. But they have completely glossed over Sam. Sam lost his mind for a couple episodes and was hallucinating Satan for a bunch of episodes. As tough as Dean's go of it was last year. Sam's was tougher. I think that is part of the reason why he didn't look for Dean.(not to mention the obvious fact that they had no idea what purgatory was two seasons ago and still didn't know where it was. So where would he even have started). Though it moves the story along. I can't get mad at Sam for being overwhelmed last year to the point where he just wanted to give it up.
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I thought this episode would be completely pointless, but I actually really enjoyed it... And even more shocking, Garth has grown on me too!



...Anyway, Amelia is sucky and annoying as a character, I pretty much agree with everyone else on this one, but I feel like (& hope) she's gotta be a demon or a leviathan or an angel or a new monster called a shmunkabobrerer...
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And shmunkabobrerer just became my word of the day! :)
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I'm hoping she's a succubus.



But Carver said there is nothing supernatural about the Sam/Amelia story. It's just a human story. Carver sucks.
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At least having Carver is better than having Sera Gamble for another season!
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Sera Gamble made me suffer for a couple of episodes (mostly Soules Sam) but there was usually a good explanation (Sam had not Soul). With Carver it sucks for absolutely no reason. The only thing I blame on Sera is dragging out some of her stories, but I still enjoyed her Supernatural. This one makes me want to cry.
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I'm actually not so sure at this point. He's making the same mistakes she did: OOC brothers, fan baiting. If there was anyone left to kill he'd probably do that to. And frankly I'd rather Garth were dead than have him pretend to be--and I guess basically become the next--Bobby.
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I hope Garth becomes a recurring character, guy's awesome.
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I liked the fact that Dean got all his issues with Sam out in the open. I do wish though that they'd actually settle it. Sam still has not explained WHY he didn't look for Dean. I get that he freaked and that he met Amelia but why did he not even bother asking around? I am on Dean's side with this one-Sam abandoned himlike never before (remember when Dean was in Hell? Sam Tried then, so why not now?) So excited that Cas is coming back though!!

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I seem to remember them mentioning earlier this season that they had made a pact. If one of them went back to Hell or somewhere similar the other one would not try to bring them back. I guess they were afraid of what it might cost them this time. That paired with Sam just being tired of hunting led to him calling it quits and not looking for Dean.

And Deans hypocrisy still bothers me. When Sam went to hell with Lucifer and Micheal he stopped hunting for a year as well and settled down. For him it was okay. But when Sam does the exact same thing Dean acts like its unforgivable. Its just really starting to bother me.
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Summary of a Sam- hit a dog, named him Dog, fell for a girl with no personality, drank whiskey, shared feelings, ate birthday cake, and forgot all about Dean> I think Sam will eventually reveal (under the influence of an albanian god) that he was sick of Dean & the hunting lifestyle, and that's why he didn't look for him!
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its all clear now--- if this new chick is just the new chick- then the dog must be some sort of mind controlling monster!
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What's really irritating is... why do the brothers even bother keeping secrest from each other? They should know by now that at least once a year they're going to run into some "make you tell the truth" goddess/spectre/Egyptian trial judge deity/Crowley who knows everything case that means they end up finding out each other's secrets. They'd have trouble keeping secrets in normal lives, much less the ones they lead.
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I don't know despite the Missouri history lesson that was still an odd amount confederate flags. I don't see that many even here in Texas kudos for the civil war angle to the ghost tale nice way to make it unique.
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MO native here, and I'm pretty sure they may have a some of their facts off. Kind of take offense to it as well, as most of the military cemeteries are in fairly populated areas at the moment. Also pretty sure the Tomb of the Unknown Confederate soldier is in Mississippi. Someone left off an "issippi" when they were doing their research. Come on writers, just because you're shooting the show in Canada don't forget to do a little bit more research because the show does take place in the US.
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Lol... yeah, no. Born and raised in MO, and I've never seen that many Confederate flags in my life. Missouri isn't even technically a southern state. It does have a really interesting history related to the Civil War, but they largely glossed that over in favor of making redneck jokes. Kearney is also part of the KC metro area and one of the fastest growing cities in MO. There are plenty of small towns in MO to chose from (although none that are as up on the Confed flags as they seemed to think), so Kearney seems like a really odd choice. Especially since Kearney is generally associated with Jesse James and the episode didn't mention him once at all. Just horrible (or no) research all around. I probably shouldn't be surprised by that, considering how badly they screw up place in general, but it was a bit more blatant than usual.
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Main problem is that LIane Balaban just isn't that good an actress. Other than her stint on Alphas as a sorta-autistic woman and a few minor TV roles, she seems to do mostly indy movies. The fact that they seem to be trying to turn her into some Female Paragon (tm) judging by the white heavenly lighting and the dog (check out the picnic flashback a few episodes ago) isn't helping.
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I really dislike the whole sam flashback/normal life bullshit.. It is terribly boring and uninteresting, so much in fact that when dean pulled the gun on sam, my initial response was to bounce happily on he sofa saying:"Do it Dead, Do it..Sams is just a bore atm!" While laughing ofc, cause i no doubt feel that the rift between them is real and convincing, but shooting Sam would have been entertaining, not a kill shot tho, but just a shot to the leg maybe indicating Sam to man the fuck up and stop being a whiny bitch, this is life get over it all ready and PLEASE lets stop with the shit flashbacks of deans uninteresting life, cause its giving me a major headache...

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Hahahaha...not gonna lie, I kind of wanted it too.
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Didn't see this until now :p but yaay! its kinda cool that you kinda agree with me ;) And thank god, the flashbacks are over and Sam is fun again!
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Sam & Dean just need together already. Dean is soo hurt and jealous that Sam deserted him for a GIRL Ugh i hate sam n his stupid gf. He needs to man up n stop hurtin his bro over n over again! Dean is like a battered wife! N you know what i just realized Amelia is the girl version of Dean! She's perennially depressed n drinks!
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Didn't Dean "move on" with a woman when Sam got sucked into hell?
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Sam specifically ASKED Dean to not mess with "the cage" and thus risk unleashing Lucifer and Michael again and thus triggering armegeddon. It was (kind of) his dying request to let him be.

In this case, Dean disappeared and Sam just said "oh well" He didn't even try to figure out WHERE Dean went.

I don't blame Sam for walking away from the life, but perhaps figure out WTH Dean went.
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No. Did you not watch the season? He went to Lisa out of a promise made to Sam. He lived a fake, empty shell of a life and still continued researching ways to get Sam out. The minute Sam returned he was gone. Not even the same thing in the slightest.
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Agreed, I thought part of the "don't touch the cage" bit was something like "go live a normal life with Lisa... get OUT of this hunter business"
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I have a theory, one that just hit me. We learned that Benny and Andrea were together for sometime, at least enough to really change him. They moved to Louisiana. In the first episode of the season we see Benny at a funeral - what if that was his and Andrea's child? He's been in purgatory at least 50 years. They could have been together that long before he was decapitated by The Old Man. It would explain why he was at the funeral and why he decided to after The Old Man alone. I just don't know if vampire's can have kids in the Supernatural universe. At the very least, I think that the funeral was someone he knew from his past that brought to the forefront his history with The Old Man.
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I APPROVE OF THIS THEORY!
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I'm with you, MaryAnn, I'm hating the Amelia scenes. The lack of chemistry, the dream like visual imagery, and ultimately I just don't like Amelia. I'm not sure why I don't like her, I just don't. It's like Hannah from "Bones" a few years back, I just didn't like the character, and that's how I feel about Amelia, I think she sucks. I don't blame her for Sam not looking for Dean since by the time he met her a few months had gone by. Dean seems to be blaming her, but I recognize that Sam screwed up big time and bailed on his brother. This one is squarely on Sam's shoulders.

As for the episode, in general I liked it, but that final scene and Sam's bitch fit just left me feeling frustrated. Once Dean acquiesced, Sam needed to back off. Heck, stop freaking out about Benny. The man brought his brother back from purgatory, helped him kill a nest of vampires -usually things that get a pat on the back. I'm thinking Sam's jealous, because right now it's the only thing that makes sense, especially after having just let another monster go a few weeks back.

Did you see that awful hateful stare that Dean gave to Sam? When he gives that to monsters, I cheer, but to his little brother, that just leaves ice in my veins. I do understand why they have to fight, it's so we can appreciate when they are working well together, but sometimes it's just so painful to go through. Bobby was right, "You think family's supposed to make you feel good? Bake you an apple pie? They're supposed to make you miserable! That's why they're family!" These two boys prove that over and over. I fight with my family, so I get it. I'm just glad that they will eventually get past this like they always do, but how long do we have to suffer this time?
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I kind of whish they would just remove all the drama and have funny and frightening monster of the week episodes again. Like most other people I think. I just rewatched the two first seasons, and they are soooo good. I hate drama series... hate, hate, hate... I'm only still watching because of Dean.
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God to I ever agree with you! I can't stand all the drama in the past three episodes!
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Right now I'm just a little bit sick and tired with Sam's storyline. "Oh, I just gave up and now I resent that you're angry at me for abandoning you." Bull. I'm not a fan of Amelia, no chemistry, plus I don't like how she plays a vet (personally insulting for a student in the field). I feel like Dean is justified being angry, and right now Sam does not have my pity; which is good since he doesn't want it.

As always, Garth was great.
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It bothered me so much that she thinks Sam is a horrible person, yet forced him to take the injured dog. Does she not care what a horrible person would do to a poor helpless dog? A vet wouldn't force anyone to take an animal, and especially not a random stranger, and especially especially not someone they think is a creepy drifting serial killer.
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Gotta love Garth. DJ Qualls is great in this role.
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