Supernatural "Trial and Error" Review: Here Doggie, Doggie, Doggie...

Supernatural S08E14: “Trial and Error”

I know that for the sake of moving the plot along, we can’t just have an entire episode of Dean and Sam hanging out in the Batcave eating cheeseburgers and geeking out over vinyl, so fortunately, a little taste of Winchester domestic bliss goes a long way. I’ll just go ahead and file Dean’s nesting habits away for the next rainy day... which, given the unfortunate implications of God’s little obstacle course from Hell—or rather, to Hell—that day will surely be upon us soon. We can harp on Dean for being a cynical bastard all we want, but the man made a good point: The Winchesters don’t have a great survival rate when it comes to grand gestures of heroism. Then the brothers said a spell and Sam’s arm glowed and that looked uncomfortable. When have glowing limbs ever worked out for anyone on this show? Hm? Yeah.

However, in case you haven’t heard, Supernatural was renewed for a ninth season this week (PARTY! PARTY! PARTY!) so... I’m gonna go ahead and guess that Sam and Dean will prove Dean wrong and make it. Or at the very least end up resurrected. Again. Or reanimated? Reanimated could be a fun conflict of interest. IDK. My point is, Supernatural has been renewed and both Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki are on board, so I’m assuming their respective Winchesters will be joining us as well.

Kevin’s survival, however, is still up for debate. Boy was NOT looking so hot when he interrupted Bonding with Cheeseburgers time in the Batcave to announce that he'd made a breakthrough on the God tablet. He’s been hiding on Garth’s houseboat, Fizzles’ Folly, and you know, for as sucky as Kevin’s luck is with the unfortunate matter of a prophet destiny getting in the way of his college aspirations, at least he's experiencing some aspects of university life, like living off hot dogs, coffee, and No-Doz; forgetting to shower; and sleeping a grand total of three hours each night. Somebody drop off a keg for the kid and he’s set. It’ll be fun. He’s already reached the point of taking conveniently timed nosebleeds/mini-strokes in stride. And uptight bookworm types make the most fun drunks.

So Sam and Dean had to kill a hellhound and bathe in its blood. SUPER BUMMED at the show’s definition of “bathing in blood,” but that’s just me and my shallow self wishing Supernatural would embrace its stars’ abs as wholly as its Wednesday-night partner in primetime does (LOOKIN’ GOOD THIS WEEK, OLLIE). And though I say “Sam and Dean” had to kill a hellhound, in actuality it was Sam OR Dean because God hates tag-team matches. Whoever committed to the first trial would be obligated to complete the last two and since Kevin hasn’t gotten that far yet, we don’t know what those last two are. Knowing this show and the fact that “kill a beast and bathe in its guts” is supposedly the easy part, I’m sure things’ll get good and cray by the time season GR8 wraps up.

Our diligent duo took off to find an upcoming crossroads deal—and a soul-snatchin’ hellhound by extension—and managed to find an entire family of pre-processed Puppy Chow all in the same spot because Crowley was apparently working a lot of overtime back in 2003. Dean made it very clear that HE was the one who would gank Clifford the Big Mean Dog and HE would do the trials because whoever did the trials was probably going to die and blah blah blah Sam is the smart one and the tall and the one with the prettiest hair so it’s more important that he survives to ensure those gangly moose-like genes continue onward into the future. Dean even threatened to shoot Sam in the leg if Sam tried to defy his orders, but since Sam is a chronic defier of orders, it was pretty much a given that he’d don his super-special Hellhound goggles and come running. Dean was pretty pissed. Dean was also in the middle of getting his ass clawed, so his protest could really only go so far, but this episode went from adorable to depressing rather quickly. Nobody does emotional whiplash quite like Dean Winchester. One minute we’re preening over our surprise cooking skillz and the next we’re talking about suicide missions and how we’re not the Best Winchester. Good grief, Dean, this argument sucks when FANS insist on having it; don’t you join the fray too!

The thing is, there is no “best” Winchester. Sam and Dean are different, and sometimes one exhibits traits that are more favorable than the other’s in a particular situation—but fundamentally, neither brother is objectively better. Their symbiotic relationship hasn’t been played up much since Season 5, when the conflict that resulted from their usually-complimentary-but-occasionally-dissonant roles highlighted the parallels between the Winchesters and the God Squad—specifically brothers Lucifer and Michael. Season 5 gave us a lot of growth for Dean as he stepped aside from his Protective Big Brother role and essentially allowed Sam to fling himself into Hell to save the world. In the two seasons since the apocalypse, Dean got Sam brother back and watched him fall apart—essentially reverting to the Dependent Younger Brother status we saw in the aftermath of Jess’s death and the self-trust issues caused by the Special Children storyline in Season 2. It’s not a step back for Dean to be rehashing his bossypants stance. Outside of Sam’s big gesture at the end of the world, there hasn’t been much opportunity for Dean to NOT be perpetually parenting his younger brother.

Though Dean was forced by circumstance to again find it in himself to let Sam shoulder a bit of responsibility, the precedent was there and we knew Sam was capable. However, after eight seasons, we’ve yet to truly see Sam emulate the role of fearless leader—or at least be really good at faking fearless—as completely as Dean has. Even when Sam sacrificed himself at the end of “Swan Song,” the gesture was somewhat short-sighted in that Sam would essentially “die” in the fight and force Dean to accept a life that Dean never really wanted: one without Sam. I’m not saying that Sam’s time in Hell was a walk in the park or anything, I’m just saying that he wasn’t the one who had to pick up the pieces back here on Earth. This time around, he's determined to live and he’s determined to make sure Dean lives too, which sets him up to be redeemed for what he feels is his own failure to save Dean from Hell in Season 3, and for Dean’s beef with him over shacking up with Amelia while Dean fought his way out of Purgatory.

By emulating and embracing what’s come before without reusing the same old tropes verbatim, Supernatural has finally allowed Sam to grow up by confirming that the bright and shiny future that Dean wants for Sam is the same kind of future that Sam wants for Dean. For so long, the sentiment has been that only one brother is happy, only one brother survives at a time, like a bad Highlander rip-off or something. Season 8 has worked hard to get the brothers to forgive the past and see eye to eye about the present, and with the Winchester Mission Statement finally reading “Save the World AND LIVE,” it seems that the series has turned its gaze toward the future... and the future looks pretty good.

Well, except for the glowing hand thing. That didn’t look good at all.


What'd you think of “Trial and Error?”



CASE NOTES


– “Memory foam. It remembers me.” It’s the little things that please Dean Winchester. Also, can we talk about him sticking his mom’s picture in his first-ever-honest-to-glob own room? I was weeping. Just weeping. Okay, not really, but Dean has spent so much time jabbing us with his sharp edges over the course of the past few seasons that it was nice to get the reminder that he’s a big softie underneath all the bravado and psychopathic tendencies.

– “It’s a suicide mission for you. But I want to survive it. And you should too.... I see the light at the end of this tunnel and I’m sorry if you don’t, but if you come with me, I can take you there.” TAKE ME THERE, SAM. TAKE ME INTO THAT TUNNEL. ANY TUNNEL. JUST TAKE ME.

– Loved the hellhound glasses. They should be required attire for all demon-hunting activities from now on.

– Any theories what the last two trials could be?

– Where’s Cas? I’m really, REALLY loving the Men of Letters stuff and I’m excited about the trials, but the Cas and Naomi thing was starting to get real and then we just dropped it, which is super-annoying, Supernatural. Soooo...yeah.

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I loved this episode and thought it had some REALLY funny lines:

"Did you know that ther are like 6,000 kinds of tomatoes?"

-"But I better warn you - it's crap work."
-"Crap - she literally meant crap."

-"You know anything about hunting, boy?"
-"A little bit, yeah."

-"You want to go to my room and have sex?"
-"What?"
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I personally, loved EVERYTHING about this episode. Trial and Error was just great. I love how they have a home now, the men of letters HQ. I loved Dean getting his own room, and how he put a picture of his mom in there, (it's great to see that the show hasn't completely forgotten about her). I loved seeing that he could make burgers, (though it didn't surprise me, because he did live with Lisa and Ben in the suburbs for an entire year). I loved seeing the hellhounds, I like seeing that chick hit on Dean, (it shows he's still got it), i like the dysfunctional family, oh, and did I mention? I LOVED THE NERD GLASSES!!! xD I also loved the dramatic brotherly love speeches between Sam and Dean. it's nice to see Dean is just as protective of his little bro as he's always been. ;) overall, great ep!
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I was watching the episode once again (actually listening when my sister was watching) then when Sam said that spell and his arm starts to shine....Suddenly, I thought of something that I want to share with everyone here.

Is it possible that Sam is turning into an angel or something by doing these three trials? I mean Kevin said that the champion (for the lack of better word) should fear nothing. It would be really interesting, isn't it?
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It was a first for me but i round dean's speech about his happy ending really moving...
Ami I the only one ?
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I'm starting to think the Cas-Naomi storyline has been pushed out with the announcement of season 9. Probably leave us with some cliffhanger scene in the finale or something.

Dean's sentimental scenes/comments about his room were hilarious.

No clue what the next trials would be but I'm excited to find out.
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I'd say you're onto something there about the Angel's storyline. Maybe this time we'll actually be able to see some of the angel fights.
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This show keeps getting better as the season progress, I completely lost faith in this show during seasons 6 & 7.
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Even after 8 seasons of Supernatural I still find myself thouroughly enjoying it virtually every week.
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The 2 conversations between brothers were simply amazing. Both were delivered and written perfectly that after each one I couldn't help but agree with them and see the future they saw as the only one and the right one. After Dean's speech I thought yeah, the show could end with Dean going out all guns blazing with a smile on his face and kicking major ass while Sam could live on, have a great life with someone (not Amelia) and be man of letters, while occasionally hunting or something :) Just seems perfect.

But Sam's speech kinda changed my mind and I could see Sam surviving and getting out of the game while Dean would eventually find the light at the end of the tunnel and they would all barbecue on weekends, even Garth and Cas would show up.

Man that was some good writing and delivery... Either of those would make for a satisfactory ending for me if done properly :)
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Agreed- that's one of the things I've always loved about this show. And good writing + good delivery = total win. And yep I'd be happy with either of those as well...both would feel like appropriate endings!
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LOL, while I was writing that comment I imagined how they all had barbecue in Sam's backyard. Sam and Dean's wifes and kids, Garth, Cas, Keving and his mom, other hunter friends would all be there and then they would say that they forgot ketchup and Castiel would just teleport to a store and back with mustard and they would all laugh or something :D
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Sam & Dean wanting to save the other speeches made my heart swell like the grinch in the cartoon version.
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Another great story from the Mon of Letters arc. I'll admit I got a little misty when simple, down to earth Dead propped up a photo of Mary Winchester on HIS desk then proudly showed Sam HIS room, bragged about HIS bed, Dean finally had a small wish granted by having a "home" and it's long overdue.

Nice to see them able to add another item to their arsenal with the "X-ray specs" for seeing hellhounds. hopefully they hit e-bay and get a case of something a bit more stylish than the birth control glasses and smoke em up for the batcave arsenal.

Seeing some of the previous comments, I kind of hope they don't turn the batcave into Huinters Central, this is the brothers place, by inheritance as men of letters and I really don't want to see it turned into a "knuckle dragging hunters lair" (not to mention it'll be some clumsy hunter that lets something follow it back to the batcave which will end up destroying it)

Let the guys have this one thing just for them, let them keep it, and Welcome Back to my "must watch first" list, Supernatural.
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The speeches by both dudes near the end were great. The way they finally somewhat revealed the hellhounds was great. The crazy stupid family was great and I love how they mentioned Crowley without him actually coming by (seriously the guy's not that busy at all these days?). This season is turning out to be really fantastic but I don't know if it's because last was so weak or not (note I didn't hate last season(s), was just a bit weak).
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Dean's little speech about him being the one to undergo the trials goes back to a season or 2 ago when he talked about being tired..maybe it was before hell...I can't remember. But anyways I feel like Dean sees himself as incapable of being anything but a soldier. Even when he was with Lisa and Ben he easily jumped back into his hunter lifestyle and didn't really lookback. Sam onthe other hand has walked away more than once, returning only when Dean has really pushed for it. Dean knows that Sam can separate himself from the life when he wants to while Dean is out of his element in the normal world. Perhaps he looks at the idea of the gates of hell being closed as his last job and after its done there isn't anything left for him to do. I think in a way he is more scared of the world without a need for him..kind of like prisoners who can't stand life outside because they are so used to life behind bars.
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Whenever Supernatural recaps at the start of an episode (the "Then" part) heavily tie into the early seasons, I tend to expect good stuff. It also makes me realize how incredibly young Sam and Dean looked like (boys indeed!). I still don't know who turned this season around and decided to get everything right for the second half of it, but so far I'm amazed how well it is working.
I'll admit that I'm not yet fully on board when it comes to the whole "God Tablets" plot, but I'm going along with it. And this time it's been a truly enjoyable ride.

It's been a while since our hunters had an up close and personal meeting with demonic dogs, which worked well to spice things up. Especially given the twist of them actively seeking one to perform a somewhat gruesome act. I approve of the lore progress on the subject, too - finally a way to see them when one is not marked for death!
Sam's glowing arm kind of makes me hope that he may yet again turn into a lean mean machine who can go toe to toe with demons. Expect this time he would be infused by holier (?) powers.

We all seem to love the domestic bliss the boys find at their new home, and we all seem to suspect writers of at the very least considering taking it away (don't you dare to!). It's curious how much it fits - they've only just set up their headquarters, but it already feels like such an established, long-term part of the show.
It was great to see Sam and Dean having some meaningful interactions with each other. Dean was his selfless self, all ready to perform the greatest sacrifice. Which is why Sam's speech resonated so well with me - his was a smarter, stronger approach. Fight to survive. The kind of determination I haven't seen in a long time.

Poor Kevin. Deciphering the tablet may not end so well for him... And Dean's "do whatever needs to be done" approach is only pushing him further in that direction. I did appreciate Sam's older brother act, trying to make Kev take a better care of himself.
I miss Cas, but I don't miss Cas. Or more like... it's much easier to forgive the lack of our favorite angel when we keep getting such strong episodes. Because it makes me trust that when he will finally appear, we may be in for an even more powerful treat. Like it used to be in the past.

That feeling of eagerly anticipating what will happen next... Ahh, I missed it.
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I was so freaking excited when the "then" segment was all about crossroad demons and hellhounds!

It's such a hilarious commentary on this show that we've all taken to the Men of Letters Lair with love...and have basically been bracing ourselves since it first appeared for the inevitable destruction of it. Sam and Dean never get to have nice things. :(

I like to think the Batcave will survive though, especially with the renewal. That whole storyline just has SO MUCH potential to build on.

So excited about being excited about Supernatural again!
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I think they will have the Batcave as a base for a while. I've heard Jim Michaels talk about how expensive it was to build, so I doubt they'll get rid of it anytime soon :)
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Amen, I know what you mean, I've been getting tired of their story arcs lately, what with apocalypse after apocalypse then the whole leviathan thing. it was just getting tired and boring but the Men of Letters arc really does give it a whole new life.

plus going back to their roots with the old stand bys like crossroads deals and hellhounds is just icing on the cake. it's a good sign when they're "previously on..." include stuff from the earlier great seasons.
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It's back! 3 great episodes in a row is more than they've accomplished in the last 2 and a half years. The show always works best when the brothers are on the same page and getting along. I had a moment of trepidation when Dean tried to push Sam away from the trials, saying he was going to die and was fine with that, but they pulled back together. I can't help but feel a disaster is coming but as long as we have a good rest of the season before then I can cope.
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Loved your review MaryAnn!

Especially the "TAKE ME THERE, SAM. TAKE ME INTO THAT TUNNEL. ANY TUNNEL. JUST TAKE ME."

You have the right dose of thoughtful and funny comments :)
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Aw shucks. Thanks!

Lol. I would go anywhere with Sam Winchester.
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What if a person "drinks" that goofer...yeah don't know how it is called...that hoodoo thing,like Dean did with ashes of Phoenix and killed Mother of all...so what if a person,who is damned and on hunt by hellhounds,does what Dean did? Would that stop hellhound? I know,I know,I just bleeew up your mind(s),right?? :D
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DUDE. :D
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Dean with a glasses was hilarious.I'm missing Cas too and I'm hoping he's going to pop up soon
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This was the best episode so far this Season! Hell, best episode since Season 5-6...

Both speeches that Sam and Dean gave were great! I couldn't help but like Dean more though, his love for his brother is extraordinary. I'm so glad they found a home, but the writers hate for any of them to be happy. So I fear the whole thing will fall apart and they will be on the road again. I feel like Dean hates himself so much, he feels like he doesn't deserve to be happy. It really makes me feel sad for him. :( :(

P.S. I like Kevin, I hope he sticks around. :)

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I see it coming: Sam closes the gates to hell while sacrifices himself...and returns in season 9! If that happens i'm out for good!
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Loved this one. Domestic Dean, throwbacks to monsters past, hipster glasses, and SO MANY FEELINGS. Sam's going to be useful again and we have mystery mystical things happening. These last two episodes have really turned a corner. Might the idea that Sam is moving forward with these trials (which undoubtedly not be fun) finally give meaning to Amelia?
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I refuse to believe that Amelia was for naught. Not because I like her, but because I don't want it to be bad filler. But trials seems like sacrifice and Sam has something other than Dean for once that would make for big sacrifice...
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Eeek. Can anything give meaning to Amelia? Just allow me to believe that it was all a bad dream and that it never happened. It never happened, right?
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Everyone seems to love the new look to the 2nd half of this season. I'm not so keen. It's OK but I really enjoyed the episodes before they introduced all the new mythology...well apart from Sam gazing longingly at sinks and other applicances...
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I'm calling it now, one of the last trials is to kill a brother or family member, they'll bottle it and the gates of hell will stay open. You heard it here first!
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I liked Dean's glasses but Sam's were a little bit too 'Creepy college professor who is also a serial murderer.' Yeah I didn't like them at all. I wonder if the next task will be them scalping something; I mean they're already bathed so its time to shave.
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Dean taking the photo of his mom out of his wallet and setting it next to his bed really struck me as a meaningful gesture for him. I get the feeling that that is probably his only picture with just him and his mother. It's probably never been out of his wallet since he's always prepared to move on quickly. But setting it out for display on his nightstand is the biggest sign that Dean's moved in to the Batcave, moreso than having his weapons on display and at the ready (I'll bet every one of those are loaded).

And should the Batcave be attacked and on the verge of destruction (Noooo!) it would be a really touching scene to have Dean fighting his way back to his room and grabbing that photo.
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They're totally loaded. I bet he still sleeps with a knife under his pillow too. Maybe. Probably.
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Great review.
Gotta love domestic Dean, gotta love Dean with Hipster glasses, gotta love his great funny lines, gotta love the brothers, Dean's bossy big brother/ father self and Sam trying to prevent Dean going on a kamikaze mission. <333
Am I hallucinating or is Supernatural really getting its groove back?
Sam could be right when he's saying that Dean is the better hunter, BUT only if Sam is around to keep him from doing something stupid like making a deal which would probably end in being chased by at least a hundred hellhounds in order to get a shot at one!
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Thanks!

Domestic Dean was fun. It's always nice to see him take it easy.

And I agree! Dean is (self-proclaimed) Batman. Every Batman needs a Robin. Sam is totally that Robin.
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Remember Mystery Spot and the six months Sam spend hunting down Gabriel?
For me that is Sammy in a nutshell, but it is also descriptive of both Winchesters: fucked up and codependent as hell, keeping each other from falling apart and at the same time not allowing one another to get away from all the shit.
I just love their family dynamics.
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Once again, loving the latest episodes! I'm really, really happy to see SN back on its track and what is more? SN is renewed for season 9! Awww yeah!
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I can't remember what happened to Sam's powers from Yellow Eyes. Did they go away because he died? I also sort of vaguely remember the show talking about Sam being better hunter (partly because he had demon powers) along with being the "smart one". This is what I thought about when Sam gave Dean the speech about him being the best hunter he's ever seen.
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I don't think that they have ever fully fleshed out that subplot (tied it up?), although it is entirely possible that there was a mention of Sam's powers slowly diminishing as a result of Yellow Eyes' death. Would have to rewatch.

I feel like Sam often allows himself to be seen as a lesser hunter because his heart isn't in it. Whenever he is focused, determined, ready to do what it takes, he does really well. But he does so rarely. His potential may even overshadow Dean's. But Dean is so good because hunting is what he embraces fully. He is sometimes too reckless (whereas Sam is more reserved/logical), but sometimes it's also this bravado that allows him to pull through. Sammy could use less hesitation, less doubts eating at him. This episode we finally got back Sam that I've always enjoyed to watch.
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Dean has memory issues even if his mattress doesn't. Dean had his own room when he was a little boy. We even saw it in Dark Side of Moon and Dean remembered it as his room.
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Seeing the boys really enjoying their new home base is giving me a dreaded feeling that something bad's gonna happen to it so we need to...

#SaveThe Batcave

P.S. MaryAnn, is that Save The Batcave Bake Sale still happenin'?
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As I saw him arranging his stuff I sent a brain wave to the Supernatural crew "please let them keep this" It's too awesome to lose, I'll totally make snickerdoodles.
#SAVETHEBATCAVE
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We need to get #SAVETHEBATCAVE trending every Wednesday night.
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Every week I become more and more convinced that a Save the Batcave Bake Sale needs to happen. Somehow.

#SAVETHEBATCAVE
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I might not be able to cook anything, but I can make posters and banners!! #SAVETHEBATCAVE
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*Relief* Since last episode ...
Finally! After so many sub par episodes (so many) .. Supernatural is back.
Thanks.
Happy I stuck to it, like gum underneath school kids table.
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I thought the glowy hand thing thing fortified Sam with some kind of super strength, well I was hoping anyway
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Unfortunately it probably means Sam will have to sacrifice to seal the gates of hell with bloooooooood! Or its making him an angel.
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It could! We really didn't get much confirmation of what it meant. It just kinda happened. We're all just spitballin' ideas around at the moment.
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Guys. I miss Castiel.

That being said, really great episode! I am so happy with season 8... Season 7 was just abysmal, so the fact that I am excited each week to watch Supernatural again just makes my heart feel warm. I love the plot, and the boys are great as always. However I am so terrified that the boys' new home is gonna be destroyed...I mean Dean has a room. A ROOM. With a picture of his MOM. I just see bad things in the future whenever the writers give the boys something this cute and sweet.
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I AM SO NERVOUS ABOUT THE BATCAVE. Because it's awesome and lovely and sweet and the boys are settling in and it's a HOME and I just have a bad feeling because they never get to keep any nice things they find. D:
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Finally Sam is getting some f-ing cool things....if he makes it or not is another thing,but at least he isn't "sidelining" and reading about lore. BADASS MOFO SAM!!!!

Awsome episode for awsome show. Looking forward to next season as well. Oh my, Carry on My Wayward Son and some recap of what happened this season WILL BE AWSOME,just based on last 3 episodes:D I LOVE SUPERNATURAL !
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The hipster glasses were amusing, if a bit silly, but I gotta say, my first thought about those was 'We get to see Hellhounds?!!!!'
And they looked awesome.
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Is Dean retiring his old weapons on the walls of his new room?

I don't know why but I keep seeing one of the brothers closing the Hell gates and one the Heaven gates, Each one will have his own set of trails, double the fun. And if (when) Cas finds out what Naomi is doing, Dean will probably have a reason to close the Heaven gates.

I really enjoy your reviews :).
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Eee thanks! :)

Who gets what trials would make a TON of sense too, if there is a Heaven gate to close and if Dean is the one tasked with closing it. Sam has always had the ties to Hell, whereas Dean was the "Michael Sword" for awhile there. OMG I WANT THAT NOW. YES. Sam closes Hell. Dean closes Heaven. Perfect.
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Hipster glasses? That is all they could find was hipster glasses? Damn. I was hoping for some awesome aviator glasses.

It was a good episode. Although I thought it was kind of funny that the past two episodes they introduced and promptly killed off some of the best characters they have created in the past few seasons. And this episode they introduced some seriously annoying characters and most of them lived. Ah well.

The idea of the trials is good. It gives them a goal to accomplish and the show is always better when they have a set goal. A goal that doesn't have anything to do with industrial cleaner and mythical beings that can't be killed. The whole thing with Kevin was all right, and for the most part true. I have never read a hell scroll but I have written a couple theses and that is basically what it is like. Save I prefer Chinese takeout over hotdogs.

The arm thing, I am in supernatural fashion. That the gate of hell is going to actually a physical gate and despite Sam being muscled, he is going to need some magic PEDs in order to close it. So there comes the super strength.

Dean's speech was good. But it has to be Sam when you think about it.

Personally I can't wait for the ultimate trial. Of Sam having to cut off his hair. It is going to happen.
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Lol, the glasses got me thinking about 1: who just has cans of glasses hanging around and 2: what about the prescriptions on the glasses? Wouldn't the benefits of the holy fire be negated by the blurriness of wearing the wrong prescription? Unless the fire somehow erased the prescription OR if the glasses really were just hipster glasses. Which is possible on both counts, I guess.

I lived across the street from a pizza place for the last three years of school, so I was more of a pizza girl than a hot dog girl. Coffee and No-Doz all the way though.

Magical strength to shut the gate sounds like a good reason to have glowing arms. BUT SEE, SAM IS SHORT FOR SAMSON, SO HE CAN'T CUT HIS HAIR OR ELSE HE'LL LOSE ALL HIS MOJO. THIS IS A FACT.
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My guess is that they wre just hipster glasses. Dean is a closet hipster. He spends his free time in Portland.

I hate the taste of coffee and stuff like no doze. It was push ups, jumping rope and cold showers to keep me awake.

And Come on, that would be something if they cut his hair off. That would be a risk, that would reward the show. They have to be spending like 1/10 of their budget on hair care products for Jared alone.

Love the Samson reference though, that made me laugh.
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I DID notice that they're not making Jensen and Jared shave as often, which I'm totally okay with, but it also raises some concern about the state of the grooming budget. But I was always under the impression Jensen used more hair product, you know, to get the spikiness. As long as Jared is conditioning properly, he should be okay just letting it blow in the wind all majestic like.

WHY ARE WE HAVING THIS DISCUSSION?
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Because Sam's hair needs to come off. And it just grew from there.
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Loved Hipster Dean!
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Yessssss.
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What can I say? "Lalalalallala" .... ;-D
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season gr8
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Supernatural is really back and better than ever, awesome episode cannot wait for more, and so happy that the show got a 9th season renewal early now the writers can write stories with ease and with not declaring the 9th season as the last im pretty certain that there will be a 10th season which is awesome.
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So if closing the gates of Hell involves three trials, then it's likely that closing the gates of Heaven will involve something similar. I think it would be really cool if we got to see Crowley try and complete three trials of his own, which would explain what he's been doing since we last saw him. If I were writing this show, I would give Crowley his own little episode, like Bobby got with "Weekend at Bobby's," and it would be about him and his trials. Maybe for his first trial he has to bathe in the blood of a unicorn, or something like that. His trials could mirror the danger, death, and having your spine ripped out for all eternity bits of Sam's trials. So he'll have to fear not safety, life, nor being given a very relaxing massage. Seriously though, he'd probably have to combat love or something like that. Trust me, it would be good.
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Defeat Crowley through the magic of HUGS.
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Loved the episode, and of course how could anyone resist a nesting Dean?? I could probably imagine Dean's place. His couch would be covered in plastic, so that it would be easy to clean and spotless.

And with the first of the trials over, that only leaves two to go. What they are, i'm sure we will find out, or maybe not.. Lets not forget that while we haven't seen Castiel or Noami... We haven't seen or heard from Crowley either. Well we heard he was busy in these parts 10 years ago. But what is he up to now.. I bet he is quietly turning over the Earth looking for the Angel tablet. Also why we haven't seen any other demons lately as well, because maybe they are all busy playing Indiana Jones...

And Crowley has to decipher that tablet as well.. So Kevin comes into play again... And this could leave the Two brothers to decipher Kevin's notes with their own newly found treasure vault of knowledge...

Which makes me wonder, why three tasks for demons, and only one task for leviathans.. Wonder how many tasks there could be involved in the Angel tablet..

Heck, i was just glad to see Dean happy, and of course i was not surprised whatsoever that his burgers would be awesome... After tasting so many.. He should be better then Gordon Ramsey!
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Dean Winchester is the ultimate burger connoisseur! And pie. He should bake a pie next.

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Dean's nesting tendencies, Dean's memory foam, Dean's mother's picture and Dean's glasses. This episode was all about Dean for me, and my heart broke a little with his speech about not surviving this. But Sam really stepped up here and since now I know for sure there is going to a season 9, here's to hoping this ends well.
I am glad about he batcave and a semblance of normalcy in their lives, and hope nothing horrible happening like the batcave burning down. ow that would SUCK!
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First of all, the next trial pretty much has to involve Death the character, since Kevin did say one of the things you can't fear is death. I'm personally stoked about this since Death is one of my favorite recurring characters on this show, and I've enjoyed all the episodes he's been in thus far. Sam will probably have to face off against Death in some sort of challenge, though I assume he won't actually have to kill Death, since that would be too crazy, even for this show. I'm also hoping/expecting that the alpha vampire will also show up, hopefully for a trial. In the episode in which we last saw Rick Worthy's character, Dean ending their exchange by saying: "see you next season," and, well, this is the season he was referring to. I just hope he doesn't have a minuscule cameo or something like that.

Well this was certainly a fun, solid episode of Supernatural. It wasn't amazingly good like the last two episodes, but it certainly reminded me of the old days on the show, like around Season 3. I think this is because this show has had so many seasons, and so many monsters, that for a while the cases have been so crazy and so unpredictable they have become predictably crazy and unpredictable. This, however, was an episode where the brothers set out to fight a monster and kill it in a certain way, and it actually turned out that they were right about the monster from the beginning, and they killed it in the way they needed to. Sure, there were some twists, like it was Crowley's hellhound, it was the estate manager who sold her soul, and it was Sam who ended up killing the hellhound. Still, the hellhound was still a hellhound, not some super-hellhound, werewolf, shifter, or ghost of someone that felt very connected to their dog. So for the first time in a very long while, Sam and Dean actually ended up facing exactly what they planned for.

That being said, those guys didn't really plan that well for the thing they were expecting. They blocked off the living room and cuffed the family to the table, but they didn't bother to also bring in the estate manager. They should have realized by the time that two people had been killed, that anyone around at the time of Crowley's visit could have sold their soul, so everyone who currently lived on that property was in danger. They also didn't wear their glasses all that much, and took them off quite a bit. And of course there's the fact that they didn't do any of the things that they normally do. They didn't sweep for ghost activity, test to see if people were demons, impersonate law enforcement agents. And if you're thinking that it would be too crazy of them to sprinkle everyone with holy water, I'll just point out that there are other ways to tell if someone's a demon. According to Season 1 all you have to do is say "Christo" and they'll flinch and their eyes will momentarily turn black. And it's not like doing this would give away their presence, as every single demon in existence knows the Winchester's by sight. So while this case worked out pretty well considering, it was still pretty odd to me that Sam and Dean seemed to be both on and off their game in various ways, though I suspect that the absence of most of their usual tactics was the writers' way of making this episode more basic, and more like the way the show used to be. But while I enjoy the direction this show has taken for the past three episodes, I don't want Sam and Dean to lose their edge and their tried and true techniques that have kept them alive thus far.

My hope for the rest of this season is that they'll actually succeed in closing the gates of Hell, with a few select demons trapped on Earth of course. And it that happens the writers will probably make the more interesting choice of closing the gates of Heaven as well. This would set up a nice scenario as there would be a huge power vacuum on Earth, as all of the remaining gods and deities would vie for power and position. There would be a new world order of supernatural beings, one that Sam and Dean would have to deal with and probably kill their way through. And I also hope that Sam gets his powers back, since it's not like before when they would be an unfair advantage for him. At this point in the show, the two brothers have faced down gods, Death, and Satan himself. And the enemies keep on coming. So if Sam did get his powers back, the odds would still be against them. Anyway, this is the road that I hope the show goes down, though honestly there are so many other possibilities that I would enjoy as well.

P.S. I'm so happy that the Batcave is still intact. Don't burn it down. Please, guys, kill Kevin and Garth if you have to. But don't burn down the Batcave.
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I'm totally on board with bringing Death back for a trial, and it definitely makes sense given the line about "facing death" or, rather, "Death." The alphas would be great too, just because they were such a big part of the last two seasons, and then...not really. I'm a sucker for everything connecting to everything else, and if we can somehow connect the alphas to the hell gate stuff, I'd be delighted.

I feel like they if/when they manage to close the gates of Hell, they're almost required to do Heaven too. It's not like the angels have ever been the selfless beings of pure goodness that they're typically thought of as. They've been just as bad as demons in some instances on the show. I'm curious about what the implications of closing each gate would have on the afterlife though. Would Heaven or Hell destined souls still get to where they need to go? Can you still get in, you just can't get out? Would the locks only apply to demons and angels?

"...kill Kevin and Garth if you have to..."

But ONLY if you have to! I like the Winchesters having the occasional social interaction outside of each other. I've loved Garth for forever (DJ QUALLS!) and Kevin's grown on me.
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Don't get me wrong, when I said kill Kevin and Garth if you have to that was a hard thing to say. It was pretty much the equivalent of my saying "cut off both my arms if you have to but at least let me live." I love Kevin and Garth as characters, and if they both got killed off I'd probably have to cry myself to sleep for a month. I also love DJ Qualls, and I love him being on Supernatural because he doesn't have to just play an awkward virgin, or, at least, he may be a virgin (I'm not sure if we know if he is or not) but if he is then he's a virgin that kills monsters and is surprisingly good at it. This just shows how important the Batcave is to me, that I'm willing to see these two characters go for it to stay intact. But I really do hope it doesn't come to that, and that the four of them can be roomies in the Batcave for at least all of next season. That would be awesome.
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I had this thought about the whole glowing hand thing that what if Sam turns into an angel or something similar at the season finale after finishing the trials? Wouldn't that be rather close to dying? This season's been good so far and I'd like to think that the writers want to avoid killing off any Winchesters this time around as it would be pretty repetitious. Hence my angel theory. I'm probably far of the mark, but there has to be some angst and drama at the end of this season, right? Or maybe one or the other gets trapped behind the closing gates of Hell. Somehow, though, that option sounds a bit boring to me.
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Lol, I love that when it comes to Supernatural, we're all like "GOING TO HELL IS SO BORING." I really do love it. And I totally agree.

An angel or "something" would be cool. Anything but death. I really think I'm desensitized to dead Winchesters.
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I'm definitely hoping that there are no resurrected Winchesters on Season 8. The first ten episodes would just again deal with oh boohoo what did you do when I was dead and how could you/could you not save me. Time to skip all that next season.

A lean mean coiffed and wingged Sam machine would be interesting, though, so I hope I'm right about the angel thing.
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And now, even though the angels on Supernatural don't run around in loincloths, that's exactly what I keep picturing Angel Sam wearing. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Dean would laugh his butt off.
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I think your angel idea is pretty interesting, though as you say, it's probably not the case. I'm guessing that they're going to be somewhat literal about closing the gates of Hell, and have Sam be turned into a key of some sort. Though what they actually means, and what the "lock" will be, I have no idea. We did see a Hellgate in Season 2, so maybe this will be one huge version of that.
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Yeah, that's more likely the case. I don't think you can even "become" an angel, after all. I just hope it's something more original than Sam or Dean being trapped in Hell or Sam working as the seal.
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First thing, after a long time Supernatural scared me, made me jump, that Dean face change was maybe not much of a spookiest thing but the moment was just right. It got me off-guard and I loved it.

Dean was really looking good with glasses.

Secondly, several times during this season I felt if I am the only one who still remember that Dead also had a LIFE for about (or nearly) a year, with a girl and kid, in a home, with a kitchen, doing things that every-day men do. Why the writers showing he never had that kind of life ever before.

I did like how he set his room by the way but it also made me think if he didn't get his own room back when Sam was trapped in hell? I agree that he cannot ^decorate^ his own room with all the ^things^ he have, poor guy had to hide them out of sight, in the car but still, he must have had the room, and the real kitchen, with a real full-time girl and kid (Yes I am repeating myself)

I really want to see the that Sam when he was on Demon's blood, ripped vampires head off with bare hands, or when he was a soulless Hunter. Maybe writers felt that missing part too and with this new development they are giving Sam his lost super-powers back. If this happen, series will boost up better no matter what the story is.
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Superpowers Sam, yes! That would be awesome.

MelodyParis has already pointed it out below, but yeah, I didn't really question the argument that Dean has never had a room of his own before for basically all of the reasons listed below. The only thing that kind of made me wonder, and even then, only a little bit, was the idea that Dean has never touched a kitchen in his life. We've seen Dean cook lots of times, even in flashbacks to when they were children, though I guess they were trying to make the point that Dean is actually GOOD at cooking, which works. There's a difference between grilling up handmade, perfectly seasoned burgers and heating up some spaghetti-o's on a hot plate when you're 12.

I second that-- Dean looking good with the glasses. :D
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I also want to see new weapons comes with this new batcave. :) Although new weapons are coming in but from other places. There should be some really ^kool^ stuff in their newly found home now. Spice up the show guys, Supernatural.
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He moved in with Lisa and Ben, they had an established life. He didn't get anything of his own, he just adopted their life, their home, and all their stuff that comes with normalcy. It's true that he and Lisa lived together, but it was never Dean's home, hence why he left - to get back on the road where he felt more at home. This is his first thing besides the car (which was his dad's first) that he can really make his own without it getting in the way of anyone else or having someone else in his way. It's sweet and I'm happy for him.
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I agree with you, your points are valid and make perfectly sense. They never show how Dean's life was back then but clearly he wasn't happy. He was mostly on the edge about Protecting his new family from unseen world and well my point is that he did taste how a normal life is.
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Really loving the new season... it truly cannot be understated how much of an improvement it is over Gamble's disastrous 2-year run that came *this close* to killing the show.

And yes, hopefully they get back to Cas. I hope they make an entire episode dedicated to him and what's happening in heaven.
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I'm betting one of those trials is going to be to have to sacrifice someone to prove their loyalty to God, I'm nearly sure of it. Wouldn't it be hell for Sam to take it over to prove to Dean they could live, only to have one of the trials be that a brother needs to be sacrificed? Like an Abraham being told to kill Isaac kind of thing.

I figured Sam was going to end up doing the trials (because he's always hogging the spotlight), but I was pleasantly surprised by his reasoning. It's gotten to the point where I almost expect one of the boys to die at the end of the season, but Sam saying that they are both going to make it - that he took over because Dean was resigned to dying to complete them and he is determined to complete them and they both will make it, I really liked it. It's not like the boys to work to avoid angst.

Dean nesting was just... wonderful. He was so incredibly excited about his room, and it reminded me that even though Dean did have a little stay with Lisa there he has never had that and Sam did. Probably why Sam isn't overly impressed by just having a stable roof over his head. He doesn't have to rain on Dean's parade about it though! I want Cas to show up and Dean to be excited to show him his room. Make it happen.

This was a good episode but nothing really stuck out to me as incredible (even if it moved the plot majorly forward with the God Trials - I dare say that things like attempting dangerous life threatening feats have become ho-hum.) Still have their run of good episodes going, hopefully they will keep it going!
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I LOVED the reasoning that Sam gave for taking over the trials. There were some spoilers that came out earlier this week that said as much, and in some of the corners of the internet that I frolic, there was a lot of rage, which made me sad because the last few episodes have been really fantastic and there was this sentiment that a lot of people were ready to ditch the show because "OMG OF COURSE SAM GETS THE GOOD STORYLINE. UGH."

Even though I'm thrilled that it's a Sam story (I can play favorites toooo), I saw where they were coming from, so I loved the speech for the way it altered the tone of the show. They really have gotten into this rut of building up every season to be a big, huge, noble sacrifice to the point that, like you said, "dangerous life threatening feats have become ho-hum." I can't remember the last time the Winchesters actually planned to survive the rest of the season. I love it.
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Wow i didn't expect that Supernatural's final four episodes to be better than two and a half seasons but they are and the whole men of letters and Cas and Naomi story will propebly play a big part in the next two trails at least thats what i think
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I now watch supernatural looking out for smart Winchester sightings, nothing really jumped out at me and I see that since you didn't mention one you felt the same way. Really enjoying these reviews btw. :)
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Yaaay! I started a thing! Kind of! I'm so glad you're enjoying though. Thank you for reading and having fun! :)

Nothing really jumped out at me this week either. It's not that they WEREN'T smart, they just didn't do anything particularly noteworthy.
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How about handcuffing a rich farmer-lady to a chair, that worked out pretty good. Oh, wait...
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