Because I was at a Christmas party last night until 4am, I slept until 3pm today. This means that I'm going to be up until godknows when tonight. I am wide awake and it is already 3:30am. Fun times! What's the perfect thing to do when wide awake and bored out of your tree? Watch Supernatural!
No general comments to make on these episodes, besides: Yay Dean and Sam family angst! Prepare for me to over-analyze this to death.
Dean and Sam spend 5 or 6 days hunting the Hookman (I actually forgot to keep track WHILE I watched the episode, so this is my guesstimate on memory.) This occurs somewhere between March 8th and March 22nd, 2006.
Rock salt bullets are new to Sam! That means they are a Winchester invention of the past two-to-four years. By Dean's comment of "You don't have to go to college to be a genius!" I'm willing to bet that it was Dean that came up with them.
Wow, they actually SMELL a spirit! I didn't remember this tidbit. Spirits smell like ozone apparently. I wonder if this has fallen out of Kripke-Mythology, or if it just doesn't bare mentioning anytime after this.
I like Dean's line in the frat house, when he is making fun of Sam for studying too much in school, and he says "What a geek.." and then says "...did you do your homework?" and Sam doesn't even blink and says "Yeah!" pulling the papers out all enthusiasticly. I had fanfic-visions of young Sam being delegated the job of researching on hunts with John and Dean...and John driving home how important it was to be thorough, and Dean and John doing the grunt work based on what Sammy finds out, which means their lives hinge on Sam's research...and none of them realizing that it was enforcing good study-habits which would eventually lead to Sam abandoning the family for college...
I love Innocent!Sam when he is talking to the police. Jared is so good at that - his voice all soft and his eyes all big, and ducking his head like an obedient little boy, even though he is 6'4''.
Ah, a mention of Avenging Angels...
Deleted Scene Goodness:
There was a bunch of deleted scenes for this one. An alternative opening with a different actor as the first victim. It wasn't very good. I can see why they redid it, though I feel bad for different-actor boy. Also, a scene where Lori finds a condom in her Dad's pocket while doing laundry.
There was also an extended version of the opening conversation between Dean and Sam. You get to find out why Dean called Sam Francis (Frances)...it was because Sam had been making those calls using the badge number of a female police officer named Frances...and he kept having to explain on the phone that Frances was also a boy's name. Then he got back to the table and complained to Dean about it. Then he complained about them not finding their Dad, and worried that he was injured or something, and Dean was like "chill out, Dude. He's probably fine" or something throwaway like that...and then they launch into the part of the conversation we hear in the actual episode.
We get dates in this episode! Yay! Anyway, between the boys finding out about the case and them leaving town again, approximately 5 days pass...three of which they spend right in the thick of things, while the other two days are bookends (them finding out about the case, them saying goodbye to the family they save). They leave town on March 27th.
I love the camera shots right at the beginning. The reflection in the giant puddle of Sam lounging on the Impala with the red neon lights behind him....the whole skeezy biker-bar feel to the place, yet Sam is so un-worriedly lounging there. When Sam complains that credit-card scams and hustling pool not being honest, I love Dean's line of "It's what we were raised to do." It gives me visions of John teaching his boys to hustle, because it's probably easier for people to underestimate two young teenagers than it is for them to underestimate battle-hardened John, so the boys probably made a killing. Fic Ideas people! I've had like 3 tonight! I'm so happy! I have to write these suckers down...oh wait, I am.
Haha, Dean watches Oprah. I think everyone's been caught watching Oprah at least once. It's nothing to be ashamed of Dean!
So, we don't know where they ARE at the beginning of the episode, but we know they aren't in Oklahoma already. So, there's really no telling how long it takes them to drive there. We do know that buddy died on a Friday and the Winchesters arrive on the Tuesday. (For those reading who are not Canadian, "buddy" is an Canadian east-coast slang term for anyone you don't know the name of.)
Dean: "I'd take our family over normal any day" I love this whole speech he gives about manicured lawns...and you KNOW it's what Sam's probably wanted his whole life, but to Dean it's just foreign. I can sympathize, because I'd want to shoot myself too if I lived in a place like that...no offense to anyone who does. I think it all depends on your upbringing. I've lived in and visited various different countries, but it's amazing how out-of-place I feel in suburban-subdivisions...I don't even have to leave my own country to feel like I don't belong somewhere!
That saleswoman, Linda, is frickin' scary looking. She doesn't look too bad when she dies, but when they first meet her and her hair is all pulled back and she has that dark eyeliner on...really scary.
I love the little things in this show when the brothers are just acting like brothers would...like how Sam hits Dean as he's pulling the Impala into the garage. Another example of it in the episode is when they argue about whose going to go down in the hole. It's just so sibling-y...made me miss mine!
Hey, according to Sam, the boys have a police scanner. Makes sense, but jeez, how big is that car? Also, Dean wears his amulet in the shower. So sweet.
There are tons of family conversations in this episode. It's a treasure trove of Family Angst. I like how Sam always felt like the freak of the family because he wanted to be normal. I like how Dean always sees both sides when it comes to John and Sam arguing. Dean's like the middle-child of the family, I think....I know he's oldest, but the way they all relate to one another, if you looked at the Winchesters as 3 brothers, with John the oldest, Dean and then Sam...they really fit into the stereotypical roles. John can do whatever the heck he wants and he's friggin' bossy, Dean is mostly ignored, but tries his best to mediate arguments between the other two, and Sam is the spoiled youngest who can be crazy self-absorbed from time to time (or in Sam's case S1, mostly all the time).
I like how Dean does agree with Sam about being the 'normal freak,' when he says, "Yeah, you kinda were like the blonde chick in the Munsters." It's all kinds of ironic, that SAM is the most normal one of the family.
I think this is also an important episode because we see that Dean doesn't blame John for kicking Sammy out...that he may not have liked it, and you knew he resented Sam for leaving, but you also see that whatever Sam said to John during the argument also hurt Dean's feelings. I have a feeling that argument was probably hell on Dean, because most likely both John and Sam were insulting each other in such a way that they were both simultaneously insulting Dean by proxy. If that makes any sense? I'm not explaining myself very well on this, I don't think. But hopefully you get the gist.
I got another idea for a short fic when Dean was talking about John checking up on Sam in California. I know Dean was telling the truth, but it stuck me as a cool alternative to look at that scene like Dean was lying...like he was trying to get Sam to forgive their Dad, so he was telling him what he wanted to hear...and that maybe it was Dean who had checked up on Sam. Anyway, just a cool alternative, I thought. I do believe Dean though, because who knows how long John had known that Sam needed to be protected at all costs...it was probably why he was so hard on him, and Sam felt like he could do nothing right.
Another telling quote: When Sam is trying to get Matt to get his family out of the house, he tells him to make his Dad listen, and then Dean takes the phone and gives him a plausible lie to use, hangs up and mutters "'Make him listen'... what the hell were you thinking?" to Sam. I think this is a great character moment, because I think that's the crux of how the boys relate to their father. Sam and John are both crazy hard-headed and I think they both talk to each other with the mentality of "make him listen", whereas Dean is shrewder. I think Dean is better, at last when it comes to his family, at giving them information or telling them to do stuff in a way in which they WILL listen, but aren't MADE to...if you get what I'm saying. I think we've probably all been there...when two people are talking and things are slowly escalating into an argument, and you are sitting their listening and you KNOW that all the arguing could have been avoided if they had just chosen different words...if they had just approached the subject from a less threatening angle. Maybe I'm just reading too much into this because I've had to broker "discussions" between my Mum and my little sister so much...because it's not that they don't get along, it's just that they speak different languages and can't ever seem to "make" the other one listen.
Wow, props to anyone who reads all this. I am wordy and unnecessarily long-winded tonight.
Sadly, no DVD extras on Bugs..
Further note on accessories: mara_snh gave me a great theory on the bracelets in the comment section of my previous post! Thanks! It has inspired yet another fic idea, I fully recommend anyone interested to go check out what she had to say (small spoiler for S4 Ep01, but it's negligible)