Ben Edlund, you both amuse and destroy.
Before we get going - I really liked the way they did the scene transitions in the THEN. It was cool.
So, the beginning...and the "glampers" - let me just say how much I loved how ridiculous that was. They brought a generator and a BED FRAME "camping." My university flatmate and I used to get into arguments about what "real" camping was. She thought camping was when you parked a trailer somewhere. To me, camping was fitting whatever you could into a canoe, along with four kids, and paddling until your arms hurt and the only non family member around was a moose.
Anyway, I got off topic there.
We finally see why we haven't been seeing motel rooms in the last few episodes...they haven't been staying in them. I liked actually getting to see them getting an abandoned house ready - even if the electricity promptly failed. I also loved how when Bobby didn't know what a "glamper" was, Dean just said "Sam" and Sam explained it...while looking amused. Awww, brothers.
I also liked Dean's speech about how maybe the world WANTED to die. Hahaha...I know Bobby didn't like it, but I thought it was hilarious. Like all of Ben Edlund's episodes, this episode had so many great lines. The only reference I didn't get was Bobby mentioning Anne Sexton, because I can't remember who that is or what she does.
And then we get to Biggerson's.... I had a feeling that Ranger Rick being "stoned" would be a plot point, and then when Dean REALLY enjoyed his sandwich, I thought that was suspicious too, but I did not put the two together until Dean started acting stoned and then one of my friends said "The sandwich!"
Oh oh...and I almost forgot the waiter dude! I forget what Dean's lame comeback was, but I love Sam's encouraging line afterwards, about how it wasn't the best comeback, but Dean sure put that guy in his place, or whatever...man, I wish I could remember lines, but I can't!
Dean being stoned was hilarious. But I'm getting ahead of myself - first, they go hunting!
I liked the little back story about the boys hunting with their Uncle Bobby as kids...and how it was actually Bobby who trained them in tracking. I also liked Bobby saying that he could never get either of them to kill a deer. And Dean still defending himself saying that it's Bambi...I just like the idea of the big tough hunters being all like "Nooo, don't shoot the cute little deer!" And of course, on the flip-side, I also loved Bobby's line "You don't shoot Bambi, you shoot Bambi's mother." Awesome.
Bobby was VERY awesome this episode...and that really should have been my first hint...but, we'll get to that...
The gross gooey guy that they shot out of the tree was...well, gross. Sam and Bobby dissecting him and then Dean being all stoned in the background was also hilarious...and gross.
I also like Sam and Bobby slowly coming to the realization that there was something wrong with Dean, and then once they get to Biggersons, coming to the realization about WHAT was wrong with Dean. And then...yeah...stoned Dean is funny, but I said that already. I do like the fact that while stoned, Dean actually mentions the things that are weighing on him...mainly Cas.
I liked Bobby and Sam talking while Dean is sleeping in the truck. Sam still sees Lucifer, but he doesn't mind, because all things considered it's probably the best-case scenario for him. Again, I've said this before, Supernatural is really a story about a Pessimist and an Optimist on the road together. :P I loved Bobby's line about how Sam's always been "deep"...again, can't remember the line exactly, but it was both amusing, and affectionate. I also liked how Bobby pointed out that all Sam and Dean do is worry about each other and never think about themselves...which, you know, probably leads to all the reasons why they worry about each other.
Anyway, we find out that Doctor Leviathan has moved into the meat-packing industry...and is trying to come up with a formula to keep humans overweight and docile (basically, like cattle...which makes sense). Only, the formula isn't so great, and every once in a while you get a Reaver...I mean...a gooey super-strong man-eating monster. Interesting.
Then Sam goes off and Bobby and Dean get to have their heart-to-heart, now that Dean isn't stoned anymore. And Bobby tells Dean to stop being a hopeless suicide risk....and Dean listens, because that's what Dean does when it comes to Bobby.
And then of course, the shit hits the fan. Dick shows up. We get a short lesson on who he is...with badly photoshopped pictures. I mean...I guess they are short on time, but sometimes I think Supernatural should hire a fan or two to do their photoshopping, because I've seen better than that in fanart-manips (and I hate manips, so I don't actually look at them that often).
I loved Dean's line about Crowley saying he hated Dick - "I thought he meant in general..." Haha
Anyway, Dick "bibs" the doctor leviathan for making the papers...and we finally find out what "bibbing" means and why the leviathans are scared of it...apparently they can EAT THEMSELVES. Does this mean that the doctor leviathan is dead? And, also, how can their only be goo left? I mean...there's a logistical problem with eating yourself.
And then Bobby gets captured...and all is lost! Only it's not, because although Bobby says that Dean and Sam aren't stupid enough to try a rescue, THEY ARE! And they succeed! ALMOST.
I knew, as soon as Dick fired that shot at the closing sliding door...but geez....there's a HOLE IN BOBBY'S HAT...and the boys don't realize right away...and then we just get them yelling for Bobby as it fades to black, and... NOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooo.............
I was wondering, because this season was supposed to be about taking everything away from them...and I thought "are they going to take away Bobby?" and then they took away Bobby's house, and I thought "Ok...ok...maybe just Bobby's house then..." but it seems we are not that lucky. What on earth are they going to do without Bobby?!?! And...man.... I can't believe I have to wait 2 weeks to find out what happens...and then a month to find out what happens after that...because I highly doubt they'll leave the mid-season finale on a high note, seeing as how they never have before...which, doesn't bode well for Bobby.
Man, I didn't talk about much with this episode...this is a pretty short post in comparison to most of my quick reactions. I must be forgetting a lot...
I will say that it's always nice to have an Edlund episode. He writes such great lines, and they are very well spaced. As I've been working on my vid, I've been watching some episodes from S4 and S5...actually, S4's On The Head of a Pin especially (which is another Edlund episode), and I realized as I was going through it, that it is filled with these great moments of silence, or slow conversation...and it gives so much more reality and weight to the moment, and I think that's been lacking with the last few MOTW episodes. The things we say between words, I guess. And this episode didn't have as much as OTHoaP of course, but it had a bit...and I guess I'm saying that Edlund really knows how to write conversations - funny or serious. You really hang on every word in them.
So, great episode.
Oh! The PLANS! That's another thing we don't know if Bobby is...um...unavailable to us. What was in those plans in Dick's briefcase?! Why was Bobby so frightened of them?! Because he was frightened of them - you could see it in his eyes and in his hands...and man...he's the only one who saw them!
Ok, I think that's it.
Is it Dec. 2nd yet?