Recap: Supernatural, Episode 7.20 – The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo

Official Description: FELICIA DAY (“THE GUILD,” “EUREKA”) GUEST STARS – Dick Roman acquires Frank’s hard drive that contains sensitive information about the Winchesters and gives it to an unsuspecting brilliant hacker named Charlie (guest star Felicia Day) telling her she has 48 hours to crack the firewall or she is fired. Sam and Dean are tipped off that Dick has the hard drive and race to get to Charlie before she breaks the code. Meanwhile, Bobby tries to help the brothers, but his rage towards Dick for killing him starts to get in the way. John MacCarthy directed the episode written by Robbie Thompson.

The Ramble

So. Fun. Have I mentioned that I love our show? I have? Well, it’s worth repeating.

Okay, so in the past 24 hours, I’ve returned from Disneyworld (nothing like seeing magic through the eyes of a 5 year old), answered  about 200 work emails (my penance for taking a few days off work), watched Castle take on a zombie horde (Nathan Fillion can do no wrong), finished the last 2 episodes of Game of Thrones S1 (because the hubs gave me the puppy-dog eyes and I cave easily for a good story), and caught up with our boys. Not necessarily in that order.

With that, this ramble will be shorter than usual, but no less heartfelt as I really enjoyed this episode — even though we seem to be playing a bit heavy on the guest stars’ stories of late. I can’t help but think that means we’ve been saving up an inundation of Winchester for the final 3 episodes. I like these guest stars, though. I like how we get to see our boys through their eyes — or get to see the boys play off of different characters, giving them different motivations and circumstances to react to.

And I have liked that several of the recent guest stars have been strong women. Like the muchly adored (by me, and I’m sure many others) Sheriff Jodi Mills, Annie, while doomed, was tough and smart and unafraid. And Charlie? Charlie was fun and interesting and believable. And kinda reminded me of me, with her geek side. So, Powers That Be? Please to not be killing Charlie, either. *puts protective bubble around Charlie and Sheriff Mills*

Because, basically, this episode was all about finding what currently appears to be red clay. Getting to the bottom of the digs Roman is funding. Which could have been handled with a two minute aside, but was instead entertainingly rolled out with a bit of a caper and some fun interactions with a new character who could potentially be returned and I wouldn’t mind seeing again.

Having the focus be on other aspects of the story instead of spotlighted on the brothers has given me a chance to breathe a bit and really appreciate the talent we get to watch every week. Jensen’s portrayal of Dean Winchester has always amazed and enchanted me. He takes a written character and breathes such life into him that no other hero has really quite matched up to him since 2005. He can break my heart and put it back together again, the cracks worn like battle scars, within the same episode. He’s flat-out perfection.

And Jared’s Sam has fluctuated from frustrating to heart-rubbing over the season, culminating in a soul-bruising portrayal of nearly-lost sanity just a few episodes ago and now…now he’s back to the little brother who questions and forgives and follows and hopes and he is wonderful in this role. He is Sam.

Lastly, I apologize up front for what will surely be an infusion of asides throughout this ramble — this is what happens when you catch me on the flipside of an immersion into magic.

So! THEN we have Dead Frank and Ghost Bobby. Caught up? Cool. NOW we are in the cabin in the woods (also a decent Joss Wheden flick) which has become the boys’ hide-out-away-from-home. They are researching the archeological digs that Dick Roman has been funding, trying to figure out what he’s looking for. Dean takes a drink from The Flask and just then the lights flicker. The boys instantly go on alert, looking tense, putting their hands on their weapons and searching the room. Bobby flashes in and they both pull their weapons, but relax the moment they see it’s Bobby.

Why they didn’t just automatically think it was Bobby, I’m not sure. They’d already connected him to the flask and Dean had the flask out…. Maybe they’re still getting used to the idea. *shrug*

Dean: How’s this work? I lift the cap off and you just genie your way out?

Bobby: Wish it were that easy–

And Bobby blinks out. The boys look around, at each other, both like WTH? Then Bobby flashes in again and says he’s still worn out from his zen ghost battle. The look on Dean’s face felt familiar. Like he couldn’t decide if he still missed Bobby and felt guilty about his own doubts — he didn’t really want to admit it, but he didn’t want Bobby there…especially when he can pop in and out seemingly at random.

Anyway, there’s a bit of a flashback montage as Bobby is telling the boys that he saw more than just those numbers — and it’s no surprise. In fact, I think we covered it in the ramble for 7.16 – Out With the Old. Basically, the Levi’s are creating a world-wide slaughter house. They heal us of our diseases, make us fat and docile with turducken sandwiches (which are more wide-spread now than just Biggersons), then funnel us through the processing house, noshing away. The only thing the boys — or Bobby — don’t know is what Dick is digging for.

Just then, Sam gets an email…from Frank. We see a flash of a girl with red hair and green eyes hacking into something and then back to the boys reading the email: Sam & Dean, if you’re reading this, I’m dead…or worse.

He goes on to say that the email was sent to them because someone is trying to hack into his hard drive and unless it’s them, they’ve got trouble. His hard drive is filled with compromising information, like their new alias, hide-outs, where they stored the Impala (prompting a worried squeak of, “Baby?” from Dean…awww…and I MISS THAT CAR!!!). He tells them that he planted a tracking device on the hard drive, so Sam does some hacker-fu of his own and GPSs the thing.

Dean: Great. It’s in the middle of the Death Star.

Ha! Okay, another aside? I loved all of the Star Wars references in this geek-fest of an episode. When we were at Hollywood Studios, I heard the Star Wars theme before we’d actually reached the Star Tours ride and you would have thought someone had hit 1986 on the way-back machine. I was 12 years old again, grinning and telling my 5 year old daughter about Walkers and AT-ATs and how many languages C-3PO is fluent in and where Chewbacca was from and how Han Solo won the Millennium Falcon. Mo Chuisle drank it in like she does with every story I tell her, but I thought the hubs was going to combust from geek overload. *laugh*

I liked the different ways this episode was put together with the time-jumps and split screen. I love the our show does different things like this to keep it new and interesting. I mean, yes, the story adds to the ‘keeping it interesting’ aspect, but there are times when fun little elements — like the fake ‘SucroCorp’ commercial — just makes watching the show fun.

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.

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