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Quick Reaction: 14x04 Mint Condition


Well, that was a fun MOTW! I enjoyed it! There's not that much to talk about, because it was just a fun time, but let's get into it...

This episode seemingly all takes place on Halloween, but in a fun turn of events, the fake movie series they reference is called "All Saints Day" which is November 1st, for those Christians who aren't as in touch with their European routes. (Or at least, in my experience, it's not that wildly celebrated or remarked upon outside of Europe.) In Germany, the tradition is to go to graveyards and visit your dead family - or just walk around graveyards in general and pay respect to the dead. Fun fact: I once honoured this day completely by accident while in Germany, because my friends and I got super bored, got on a train, then wandered around a park that backed onto a graveyard, so we wandered around that too, and then we were like "this is an abnormally busy graveyard...." then we realized is was Nov 1st, and we were probably being disrespectful with our college-student clothing and our talk about whether or not blueballs was an actual thing. Good times.

Anyway, the episode actually opens with a dude in a comic book store unboxing some merchandise. Then he finds a Thundercats figure and steals it. And I'm like "is this your store?" but then someone who is clearly his manager calls to reprimand him for yelling at customers, so no, he's just an employee stealing from the store. My notes say "She should fire that guy."

Then he just LEAVES without finishing the unboxing job or putting the empty box out for recycling. You are the worst, Stuart. Stewart?  Some form of Stuart.

The managers name is Sam though, she seems nice. 

Then my notes just say "Thundercats are go?!" Which means that this is the point where Stuart gets home, and the tiny figurine comes to life and attacks him.

Meanwhile, Dean is watching Shocker TV, which is playing an add for Hell Hazers III - It Lives Again! Haha, awesome. I should also say I loved the callbacks to Hell Hazers in the comic shop too.

Sam comes to see Dean, and he has shaved. Goodbye hipster grief beard, you were beautiful while you lasted - I'd have bought all sorts of organic vegetables at the farmers market from you.

Dean apparently has barely left his room in a week. Awww.... double Awww, when he counters Sam's point with the fact that the "house is full of strangers" - DEAN IS ME. That's what I do as soon as there are people in my house I don't know and didn't expect to have over. HIDE. 

Then we get the first mention of the All Saints Day movies - which are going to be marathoned on Shocker next. Dean just finished the Halloween movies.

Sam presents Dean with the case and at first Dean is reluctant, but as soon as it's mentioned that a THUNDERCAT FIGURE attacked the guy, Dean is ON BOARD. Sam really knows how to win Dean over - I'm wondering if he typed "thundercats" into SearchTheWeb in a fit of desperation.

Then they are wearing SHORT SLEEVE DRESS SHIRTS! What?! My god, these are the most disguisy disguises yet. Also, for some reason short sleeve dress shirts just excentuate the fact that these are beefy guys in clothing that does not fit with their lifestyle. And Dean is wearing glasses for some reason? 

Anyway, they are checking out the comic book store, because Stuart apparently no longer lives at the address they gave for him.

Dean makes fun of Sam for being like Samantha (but screw you, Dean, she's awesome and I love her.) Then Sam compares Deann to the other guy (Dirk) who is, in fact, dressed similarly to Dean and currently sucking on a lollipop like Dean. And it's all very cute and adorable.

Samantha tells them about how Stuart is basically a horrible human being to interact with. And then says that he's moved into his mom's house, because his roommate kicked him out.

Once they meet Stuart, they find out he used to "date" a goth girl/wiccan, but they broke up before they met in real life. When they ask about the Thundercat though, Stuart changes his story and kicks them out.

Knowing that they probably have to search the house for hex bags, they just chill out in the Impala until the house is empty. In the meantime, Sam fields calls from some of their AU!Hunter Posse. 

Dean tries to find out why Sam hates halloween, and quotes Sam to Sam by telling him not to say that "our whole lives are like halloween" because it's not true "we don't eat that much candy." 

Before Dean has any success in getting Sam to confess his reasons, however, Stuart's mom leaves the house, and they both have to awkwardly duck down in the impala. It's hilarious.

Then, not two minutes later, Stuart comes staggering out the front door, bleeding and calling for help. Sam rushes to help Stuart while Dean runs into the house to investigate - and I DO take issue with the direction here, because Sam would DEFINITELY be way more confident than that in an emergency - that is awkward I have never done this before behaviour, not "I have sewn up my brother and myself on numerous occasions with and without anesthetic."

Dean goes to check out the basement and PUTS HIS BACK TO THE ROOM. Dean, really... it's amateur 5 minutes, apparently. Luckily, the flying chainsaw makes a good deal of noise, and Dean has time to turn and dodge.

The report, once they're at the hospital, is that the house was full of EMF.

Sam leaves the hospital to go back to the house and deal with it, once they convince Stuart's mother to stay with him.

As he leaves, a nurse walking down the hall smiles at him - nice work, background performer of BC, I approve of your choices. I too would smile at Sam Winchester if I were to see him.

At the house, there's suddenly NO EMF, and Sam is perplexed. He does find a photograph of the three comicbook kids though, and AN OLD GUY. Dun dun dun!

Back at the hospital, Dean and Dirk have a heart to heart - Stuart is a horrible person in general, but in specific, he's a good friend, because he's always there for Dirk when Dirk fights with his dad and needs a place to stay.

Then a commercial comes on for All Saints Day 3, and Dean and Dirk bond over their love for the series. Dirk argues that hospitals are never that empty, but Dean says that from experience, they actually are.

Dean thinks All Saints Day 5 was weird and bloody, but his favourite is 4, which was called Hatchetman Lives. The killer in the series is called David Jaeger (pronounced Yeager - because OF COURSE it is.)  And the story is that he's avenging a prank gone wrong on the day after halloween. 

Dean admits that he likes to watch movies where he knows that the bad guy is going to lose. Awww... Dean IS ME. Only, I don't like horror movies, just OTHER movies where the bad guy loses.

Sam goes to the comic shop and talks with Samantha, putting things together quickly. He confirms that Jordan was the older guy in the photograph - that he died of cancer, but he left the comic shop to Samantha and Dirk. He didn't leave it to Stuart, because he had fired Stuart before he died for being horrible... but Samantha and Dirk had hired him back on, because he's their friend. Apparently Samantha takes the cost of everything Stuart steals out of his paycheque - but obviously the ghost doesn't know this... because it attacks Sam by possessing the lifesize David Jaeger in the shop. Sam gets knocked out for a hot second and we see Samantha scream, but when Sam comes to, it turns out that the ghost just wanted the shop keys.

He locked up after himself, which is good shop etiquette, except that the Sams are now locked in.

Sam calls Dean to warn him, and Dean's pretty excited!

He tries to get Dirk to stay in the salt circle with Stuart, but Dirk gets scared LIKE A NEWBIE, and runs. Dumb move, Dirk.

He kinda makes up for it by being brave and trying to save Stuarts mom, so that's nice. He leads the ghost on a chase, meanwhile, who the heck knows where Dean is. 

Meanwhile, back at the comic book shop, Sam can't break the front window or pick the lock, so he blows the back door using a homemade explosive. 

"Where did you learn how to do this?" Samantha asks. "I had a messed up childhood" Sam replies, and I love him.

Dirk has run to the morgue, in a shot by shot recapturing of the classic All Saints Day movie that the security guards are watching. Dean catches up with him there and helps fight the ghost.

All Saints Day III: The Reckoning (you gotta love "the reckoning" as title card.

Samantha, with the help of Sam's ghost facts, puts it together that the ghost is traveling by being attached to the shop key.... so when Sam and Samantha run into the morgue, where Dean is being chokeheld by the ghost (that's right, I'm verbing that noun and I'm also conjugating it) , he just has to yell out "shop key" and Dean knows what to grab off the ghost's person to throw to Sam for distruction. 

Samantha quickly gets an accelerant at Dean's urging too. (spellcheck does not like the word accelerant, but it is definitely the word I want, so weird. )

The ghost is defeated and NOBODY DIED! Amazing.

On the way home, they talk in the car - Sam continues to try to get Dean to stop blaming himself for Michael's continued existence, which is nice of him. Dean says he knows Sam's right, but he's not going to get over it. 

Also, Halloween is officially over. 

And Dean FINALLY gets Sam to tell him why he hates Halloween, which isn't at all to do with their messed up childhoods - it's because in 6th grade, when they were in Bismarck, Sam had a crush on a girl named Andrea Howl and he was so anxious about her halloween party that he ended up barfing all over the bobbing for apples game...and Andrea, and everyone. He ran and hid in the woods until Dean picked him up.

Dean is delighted that this is the reason, and vows that they will get Sam over that memory by doing halloween properly next year - he wants to do matching costumes - and starts throwing out suggestions - Batman and Robin (no!), Bert and Ernie (no!) that's weird (yes!), Rocky and Bullwinkle, Shaggy and Scooby, Turner and Hooch, Ren and Stimpy... Thelma and Louise "we just put it in drive and go" and Sam gives him the BEST FACE. And I laugh and laugh.

The episode closes with the security guard finding the evidence in the morgue. Guys, honestly! You're not even going to clean up A LITTLE?! That David Jaeger statue is probably still worth something!

Anyway, there you have it, a simple fun MOTW. I quite enjoyed it! I mean, not the best episode ever done, but kind of had that classic MOTW feel to it.

As usual, let me know what you thought in comments!
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