And wouldn't you know! Suddenly felt like it:
I'm not even typing anything, because I'm enjoying this so much.
I love Dean trying explain to Sam that them taking the TV makes the shopkeeper feel good, so Dean's the good guy here for taking him up on his offer of "anything in the store" and Sam's the one in the wrong for trying to refuse the gift. I mean, I think he's got a strong case, but then I also like being offered anything in a store. :P
Dean makes a reference to Frozen, just to be topical. Sidenote here: I love how people tend to just ASSUME that anytime Dean makes a reference, it's because he's SEEN the thing. I think that's a stretch and could go either way. I've never seen Frozen, but can pick out and or make Frozen references easily. Same with a lot of things... I won't even get into the number of books/movies my friends and family assume that I've read, just because I've picked up just enough context clues to make it appear like I have.
Dean: Behold! The Dean Cave - or, Fortress of Deanitude, still trying to figure that out...
- So, there are multiple things to love about "the Dean Cave" 1)that he hasn't settled on a name, but the name encorporates his own name SOMEHOW, 2)that despite the name, he has obviously built it with Sam in mind, as he has foosball and TWO lazyboy chairs in front of the TV. I suppose you could see it as "Dean + Guest", but to me it really speaks to the fact that "there ain't no me if there ain't no you" about their relationship. Dean has made HIMSELF a room without Sam's knowledge, and yet included a space for Sam inside it.
Sam: Hold on, hold on, when did you have time to do all this?
Dean: When it's important, you make time, Sammy.
- Seriously though, his mom's trapped in Hell along with his adopted angel son - I'm not sure you're prioritizes are ACTUALLY in the right place Dean.
- But now, actually seriously, we have no idea how long Dean's been adding a piece here and there to this room in the background. ALSO, I have a timeline, I'm gonna look up real quick where recent long stretches of unaccounted for time are, hold up....Okay, two episode ago, when they got the spell out of Donatello, it was mid-October 2017. In only 3 episodes, it's going to suddenly be May 24th, 2018. That means that we actually only have 4 episodes (that's roughly 13 days) covered in a 7th month span. It makes sense that they would have probably gone after the holy man blood of last episode fairly quickly after discovering it was part of the spell, so, we can move that episode into 2017 probably... and then what? That just leaves us with roughly 7 days accounted for the next 6 months? 1 of which is this night. I'm guessing Sam and Dean have been doing a LOT of sitting around. It's not that far fetched that Dean was like "screw this, I'm going to make a den" while we wait for Cas to get back from Syria.
Sam: "How did the car get here?"
Dean: "I had the keys in my pocket? Maybe... Seriously? That's what's bumping you about this?"
- Hahaha, I love that they just establish that there's no point in questioning the details in this one.
And Dean, as usual, immediately and enthusiastically adapts to his environment.
Dean: "Sam, growing up on the road, no matter where Dad dragged us, no matter what we did, there was always a TV - and you know what was on that TV, Scooby and gang! These guys! Their our freakin' role models, man - except Fred, he's a wad."
Sam: "He's what?"
Dean: "Just think about it, we do the same thing - we go to spooky places, we solve mysteries, we fight ghosts!"
Sam: "Yeah, except our ghosts don't wear masks and we don't have a talking dog!"
Dean: "I don't know, Cas is kinda like a talking dog."
- This is so in keeping with their characters as children. Where Dean focuses on the "cool" parts of hunting in order to get through it, while Sam can't help but contrast his life with those of others and find it lacking. Dean sees the similarities between his and his favourite cartoon, and Sam sees how much better the cartoon has it in comparison. I constantly go on about how Supernatural is the story of a pessimist and an optimist, and usually Sam is the optimist - and when it comes to viewing other people and the future, that's true. But when it comes to viewing themselves and the present, it's often the reverse.
- Also, Dean's spot on with the fact that Cas is basically their talking dog, and I mean that lovingly.
Dean: "Now, how do I look?"
Sam: "Two dimensional."
Dean: "...just play along here."
Sam: "Play along- There are no words in this newspaper, Dean!"
- LOL - I love this kind of forth wall breaking.
Dean: "Sam, Sam! Look how big my mouth is!"
- Heehee, so good.
Sam: "Did you just get beat by a microvan?"
- Okay, I have to stop just writing out lines to laugh at them.
Castiel staggers into the picture! Woot!
Sam: "I mean, spend a night in a haunted house for a million dollars? That can't be legal!"
- Okay, I swear, I'll stop now.
I love how they all have PJs... and Dean has a sleeping robe.
Dean: "Between you and me, it's freaking comfortable - it's like I'm wrapped in hugs."
- Man, Dean is making me miss nightgowns. I used to wear them as a kid, and it WAS like being wrapped in hugs. These days though, I tend to appreciate my thighs not rubbing together.
"Jinxies", "Jeepers", "Zoinks", "Ruh-roh", "Son of a bitch!"
- I do love how Dean has a catchphrase.
Velma: "We should look for evidence, like fingerprints or fluids."
- Hehehehe, seriously, I just love all of Sam's reactions.
Cas: "...the tree was guarded by a pack of Djinn, I killed most of them, bargained with the rest - I think I'm technically married to their queen now."
- Seriously, I kind of want that wacky hijinks too.
Cas: "Wonderful, I once led armies and now I'm paired with a scruffy philistine and a talking dog."
- Ah Cas, it's true, sadly.
I love Velma making her move on Sam too.
Velma: "Look, Sam, the simple fact is, monsters are nothing but crooks in masks - usually unscrupulous real-estate developers."
- Velma has a lesson for us all.
Fred: "We have to stop this ghost!"
Daphne: "We almost did - Dean had him by the thigh!"
Cas: "He what?"
Dean: "I almost caught him, that's the point."
- Hehehe... I'm sure giving Cas that line was deliberate.
And then the cartoon character's worlds are upended when there are physical consequences to their shananigans. I mean... this is actually the plot of every supernatural episode, just replace cartoon characters with middle-class america.
Dean gets to give a pep talk.
Sam: "Here Velma, take this!"
- I love that Sam just immediately hands Velma a shot-gun. Sam's a good feminist.
I love how Dean fakes their usual ending, so that they won't be scared for life.
Sam: "Okay, that was something."
Dean: "That was the coolest thing that's ever happened to me! And that includes the cartwright twins."
Cas: "What did you do with the Cartwright twins?"
- Again, Cas is overly curious about Dean's sexual history.
The thing that bugs me about this episode is that Dean didn't need to destroy the TV. If there was a slot that the guy was able to slip a pocketknife into, then there was a slot that they could have shaken it out of - you don't have to take a sledgehammer to it... or, at the very least, you get a screw-driver and dissemble them.
But, in the end, it IS an unscrupulous real-estate developer!
"It's not fair, I would have gotten away with it, if it wasn't for those meddling kids."
Dean: "*gasp* He said it! He said the line! *ah hem* SCOOBYDOOBYDOO!"
Sam: "What are you doing?"
Dean: "Well, at the end of every mystery, Scooby looks into the camera, and he says-"
Cas: "Dean - you're not a talking dog."
- Hehehehe, just a great ending. Especially how Cas doesn't even know that Dean deemed HIM the talking dog. :P
The ghost walking through the dining room - and Shaggy, Scooby, and Cas intercept him as chefs/waiters, and then offer him food, and Cas offers him salt, which he recoils at and then attacks and they run away. It's amusing. I wonder where it was in the floor of the episode - it was either right before everyone was running through the halls, or towards the end when they sent those three off to be bait.
I'll be back on the weekend with another! And then it'll be two weeks off while I travel. This entry was originally posted at https://hells-half-acre.dreamwidth.org/574101.html.