Recap: Supernatural, Episode 7.16 – Out With the Old

The boys pull up in front of the antique store in the pick-up-pulling-a-Uhaul that Sam had – and here’s where I have to say what are you thinking?! SAM was driving. Use some sense, boys. Even if he does have to feel in control and even if Dean was in the car with him this time, having Sam drive when he nearly killed himself earlier and was admittedly barely coherent was just…stupid. Sorry, but it was.

They burst into the store and skid to a stop when they see Scott tied up and the red-coated real estate pair flanking him.

Dean: So much for the cursed mirror.

Joyce Bicklesbee is all smarm and it’s such a pleasure and I’m going to enjoy picking you out of my teeth. And then they attack. Joyce is kicking Dean’s ass all over the antique store – crashing him through display cases and against bookshelves. He’s trying to get up, to rally and return her attack, but he’s rattled, working just to get his breath.

Sam, meanwhile, gets thrown behind the counter by George who has a plan of his own. He tells Sam that there’s a bucket of Borax next to the counter (and at first I was all, riiiiiight, because everyone just has a bucket of Borax nearby, until I remember that when they first met Scott, he was mopping the floor, so maybe he used Borax to mop…?). Sam shoves George’s face into the Borax bucket where part of it burns off and George gasps out, “Sword!”

Bicklesbee has thrown Dean through another display case and he’s down, shaking a bit, and she’s going Big Mouth, ready for the kill when – BAM! Sam lops her head off with the sword.

Dean (gasping, on the ground, looking up at his brother): Thanks.

This is getting to be a definite pattern for them this season: Sam saving Dean when the fight gets the best of him. Even when Sam is worn out from sleep deprivation. I hope that coming up (since it appears from the previews that Sam’s cracked wall is going to get the best of him) we have some distinct opportunities for Dean to be the savior.

I think he needs it. He hasn’t gotten his “straw moment” as I am calling it. He doesn’t get to break down because they can’t both be mentally fragile at the same time. But he also doesn’t get the satisfaction of being the one to ultimately take out the bad guy – and we all know he needs that. I think it’s one of the reasons he’s so gung-ho about going after Dick Roman. Apart from his killing Bobby and leading the Big Mouths, Dean needs to take him out so that he can once more feel like all his suffering is worth it. That he’s truly saved Sam.

He told Scott that guilt won’t bring back the dead, but there is a level of guilt Dean is living with for not saving Sam from Hell soon enough that he doesn’t have anywhere to put, compartmentalize. He was warned what it would do to return Sam’s soul, but he couldn’t leave his brother in Hell – not even part of him. So he did the only thing he could and now Sam is suffering endless mental torment – torment that’s not being controlled anymore by “that hand thing.” If Dean isn’t able to save Sam from himself, then he needs to at least be able to kill the bad guy.

And as yet this season, he hasn’t been able to do that.

Gaelicspirit

Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.

Gaelicspirit

Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.

2 Comments:

  1. I’d like to see more of George in the future. Him helping Sam and Dean tells me that there’s a lot of drama within the ranks of the Leviathans. And that could be good story telling.

    • Well, the fact that we didn’t actually see them kill George leads to the possibility of his return when they truly are able to go after the Leviathans. That, or, the mere fact that there was dissidence within the ranks could resurface. I agree that it would be good storytelling to show that the Levis aren’t all Stepford and have some independent thinkers out there.

      Thanks for reading!

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