Not only do we get Winchester Wednesday on Halloween, but we get an episode written by Bed Edlund and directed by Guy Norman Bee. Two of my absolute favorites. Does it get any better than this? What a great excuse to forgo the Salem Halloween parties and stay snuggled inside with all of you.
Sam and Dean’s interactions throughout the episode were pretty hilarious. Even if they were very angry. “Which words are giving you trouble?” “Did you have a stroke?” Dean is ready to throw Sam taking a year off into his face in order to go help Benny. I understand Dean’s unwillingness to share information with Sam. The last time one of them befriended a monster, it didn’t turn out very well. I couldn’t help but laugh at their phone conversations though. They sounded like a couple of bickering sisters. I would know. “Dean! All your friends are dead!” “That’s not what I called to talk about!” Dean sounded like every person I know when he told Sam to, “Stop talking!” because he had already sent him a text.
This episode finally gave us the Benny back story we have all been starving for. Who is this monster Dean is willing to hug? Turns out Benny had quite the past as a “Vampirate,” (thank you Dean). Apparently a vampire and his maker have a unique bond. And his maker was none too happy when Benny took off to live with his human love, leaving the “vampirate” business behind. I really enjoyed hearing Benny and Dean commiserate over being back in the world of the living. They came off like war buddies, trying to relate after coming home. In the end, Dean helped Benny take down his maker and his lady who had been turned after Benny was sent to Purgatory. She was too far gone to imagine a world outside of the murderous one her maker had created.
My favorite scenes of the episode were those back in Purgatory. “You and that whole friend thing, man.” A line from Benny that moved me to tears because we all know Dean so well. While in Purgatory, Dean was unwilling to heed Castiel’s warnings and insisted on taking him along for the ride. Dean can get through the door because he is human. Benny can hitch a ride because he was born that way. But Cas? He may be S-O-L. That answer doesn’t work for Dean though. Did we expect anything less? Benny convinced Dean that he had an investment in humanity (see human girlfriend above) and was no longer taking lives to survive. Not only that, he killed a Leviathan in order to save Cas and then helped him up off the ground. Consider me moved.
Dean wasn’t the only one to get some flashbacks. Sam had a few of his own. And though we got to know Amelia a little bit better, I’m not sure I like her any better. Sam was able to break down a few of her walls and find out that she was alone in the world, just like him. Still, she could be a little less of a bitch, if you ask me. I am going to need a bit more before I get to the “birthday picnic” place. Also, those flannels look a little more J.Crew and a little less Army Surplus. Shows what she knows.
A few other notes and quotes from a fantastic episode!
- Kevin Tran is pretty good at evading the boys. “Well, he was in advanced placement.”
- “Mind if I take the Toblerone?” Dean’s stomach is always thinking.
- That whistling score music they used during the initial Purgatory flashbacks is brilliant. It sounded lighter but made it feel so much more terrifying and chaotic.
- Apparently the Impala repair lessons came in handy? Who knew Sam was so crafty with an air conditioner or an ice machine? Or a sink?
- I love that they are giving us so much Impala Porn this season. Especially after going so long without our Baby last year.
- I wish we had more than an hour. I would have loved to see how Dean got those blood bags.
- “If you murder a monster in monster heaven, where does it go?” Very excellent question, Cas.
- “And this is the crazy aunt I wanna take on the road?” “I am not your aunt. I have no possible relationship to your sibling offspring.” “OH! You two are killing me!” This is the stuff that really makes me miss Cas. Hilarious. And Dean sounds like frustrated parent.
- “Vampirates.” “I can’t believe nobody else thought of that.” “It’s like the third thing you say.” “No, it isn’t.” Sam isn’t the only brother that can shoot down Dean’s jokes.
- It’s really strange to see Benny in the Impala. Kinda awesome. But strange.
- “I think we both know which of our kind kills more humans.” “Statistically speaking that would be your…” “Yes, thank you, Cas.” Brothers in arms. Bonding. *Sigh*
- That Purgatory Ax is so BAD ASS. I want one. You know, for home protection.
- I cannot believe the episode ended on “When Benny met Sammy.”
What do you guys think? Do you love Benny as much as I do? I really feel for him and his loss and his story. I just hope he can keep his nose clean. After watching promos for next week, I am pretty nervous. LOTS of angst coming up. Our brothers have a few things they need to work out. Also really looking forward to seeing DJ Qualls’ Garth again. He is always a lot of fun. Don’t forget to share ALL OF THE FEELS with me in the comments! I do love it so!
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