Later, back at Becky’s, Sam and Becky are signing Annulment papers with Dean and Garth looking on. Becky’s quite pathetically hopeful with her, it wasn’t all bad, right?
Sam: You did save my life, so…thanks.
Aw, Sam. Don’t be like that.
Becky: So, I’ll see you again?
Sam: Yeah, probably not.
Becky looks so sad. Even I felt for her. Finally, Sam comes around and decides to offer her some comfort. *atta boy*
Sam: You’re not a loser. You’re a good person. You’ve got a lot of…energy. So do your thing and the right guy will find you.
Garth looks waaaay interested. Smoothing his hair down and everything. Dean looks at him with a, “No. Just…no.” Aw, c’mon, Dean? Why not? Oh, because he’s a hunter, too, and Becky would want to be involved with the hunting like she was with Sam and that’s a tie back to you guys since Garth knows Bobby and now you? Oh, okay. I get it. That’s a definite no.
Outside at the cars – the Patchwork Dodge and Garth’s El Camino – Dean gives Garth a pat on the shoulder.
Dean: You don’t suck.
Garth: That’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me.
He steps toward Dean, bringing it in for the real thing, and gives Dean a…lengthy…hug with Dean patting him and uttering, “oookay,” through an uncomfortable grin. Garth leaves and Sam looks over at his brother.
Sam: Aww, you made a fwiend.
Sam: Look, when I was all dosed up, I…said some crap.
Dean (with feigned shock): You mean she wasn’t your soulmate?
Sam: Shut up. I mean, I do need you watching my back. Obviously.
Dean: Yeah, for when crazy groupies attack.
One last ‘surfacey’ comment, I frakking love that blue jacket/shirt on him. He looked amazing in this end scene. *ahem* This I <3 Dean Ramble has been brought to you in part by A Very Long Week with contributions from One Guilty Pleasure.
Dean (with a slightly grudging smile): You know, for a whackjob, you really pulled it together.
Sam (with puppy-dog eyes): That’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me.
They share a laugh and I liked this easy moment – this talk like real brothers. I would like more of this, please.
Sam: Don’t be too impressed. It’s still Denver Scrambled up here. I just know my way around the plate now.
Great. I started this thing with a craving for cake and now I want to make a midnight run to Denny’s.
Dean: I’m just saying, it’s stupid to think you need me around all the time. You’re a grown up. (pause) You’re like a desert hippie douche grown up.
Sam: Dude, I was camping. You camp.
Not willingly, if memory serves. *grin*
Dean: Whatever, hippie.
They move around to their respective sides of the car, and Sam continues with the Bright Side of All This.
Sam: Might be nice. You’ve basically been looking out for me my whole life. Now you finally get to take care of yourself. About time, huh?
But if the worried, lost, almost…unguarded devastation that crosses Dean’s face before he gets in the car is anything to go by, this change is anything but nice. *rubs heart* I don’t think he wants to take care of himself. Meaning focus solely on him. He knows what to do when he’s taking care of Sam. That’s a known, even when Sam himself has been an unknown. Facing himself…that’s terrifying to Dean, I think.
Plus, I don’t trust that this New Improved Sam is here to stay. They way things have a tendency to go, Dean will get to where he’s just about ready to see what it’s like to take care of himself, he’ll get to where it’s not like stepping off the edge of a high-dive into an empty pool, and Sam will crack somehow, pulling Dean back in. Not only that…but with all this talk of Sam pulling it together and getting the hang of his new normal and not really needing Dean ‘cause he’s a grown up…who is watching out for Dean? Who is noticing, as Ellen said, “how bad it is?”
Not that Dean is an emotional basket case or anything. We know he’s a bad-ass and as tough as they come. But he’s also human. And his humanity has been bleeding through his facial expressions and coping mechanisms and vulnerable nights for a long time now. So…I am far from settling comfortable into a new normal with Sam all ‘okay’ and Dean getting some ‘Dean time.’
And I’m actually quite okay with that. Why would I want to be comfortable? Then I wouldn’t be anxious about what happens next. Speaking of…previews for next week? YIPE! I’m so bummed I won’t be able to watch that until later in the weekend.
Next Ramble will be posted on Sunday the 20th. Thanks for reading!
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