Recap: Supernatural Episode 11, Appointment in Samarra

Speaking of Chinese…we start off with Dean pulling up to a butcher shop in what looks like Chinatown…somewhere. It’s unclear. He exits the Impala, looks at a piece of paper, then up at the building address and his face screws up in a mixture of irritation and disbelief.

Dean: You gotta be kidding me.

He goes inside and starts to ask an Asian butcher where he can find someone…but he’s cut off (no pun intended) and told to go “all the way back.” Puzzled, he cautiously makes his way back as the Asian butcher hits a button under the counter.

Dean heads through a back door and up some stairs…

…and Freddie Krueger emerges from a room wearing a white lab coat.

Well, okay it wasn’t actually Freddie Krueger, it was Robert Englund. But still. I did think it was interesting that they had an actor of that notability to play such a small role. *shrug*

At first, I couldn’t figure out what was going on. Freddie comes out and Dean’s like, “Dr. Robert?” Freddie greets him warmly by name and tells him that he stitched his dad up more times that he can count…back when he still had his medical license.

They go inside his slightly skanky procedure room and a pretty, but extremely bored-looking girl named Eva, who is Freddie’s assistant, is there looking…pretty and extremely bored.

Dean: You’ve done this a lot?

Freddie says indeed he has—in fact his success rate is 75%! And then I realized with a sinking oh, God, he isn’t feeling…Dean was going to pull a Flatliners and die on purpose here in this man’s office so that the doctor could zap him back to life.

In my ramble for Dark Side of the Moon, I quoted a Dylan Thomas poem, Death Shall Have No Dominion. I said then that I think death needs to have dominion over the brothers. They had died and come back so often that it wasn’t the threat of death that frightened them any longer, it was the threat of life—of living with circumstances they couldn’t reconcile. Like a brother without a soul, for example. Living had become their fear and that was just all kinds of backwards.

This episode drove that point home. Death himself drove that point home. I’m not sure what that means, if anything. I’m just reacting.

Dean hands Freddie an envelope of money (and how he got that much, I don’t think I want to know) and asks with a tight, hesitant voice if the good doctor would mail something for him should things go wrong.

He hands the doc an envelope with Benjamin Braeden’s name on it (in Battlecreek, MI, so I guess we know where Lisa and Ben moved to now). That sent my heart into a tiny little flutter right there. The doctor mentions that he’d have thought it would be something for his brother, Sam.

Dean: If I don’t make it back, nothing I say is going to mean a damn thing to him.

The really sad part is he’s right.

Eva pushes Dean down on the table and jabs a needle in his arm with a bored, “Don’t be a baby.” The doc tells him he’s got three minutes and the sound of the heart monitor speeds up as Dean’s anxiety skyrockets. The doc starts to push a clear fluid into Dean’s IV and the sound of the heartbeat is erratic. Dean’s lashes flutter, his eyes roll back, and then he collapses, the good doc and his bored assistant pronouncing him dead.

Again.

GhostDean walks in and looks down at himself, then heads out into the butcher shop, whispering, “This had better work.”

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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