We’re out on some grassy knoll somewhere and Sam’s at a food vendor while Dean’s off a bit from him and on the phone with Bobby. He’s obviously agitated, shoulders hunched in, body signaling that he’s upset. He’s told Bobby about Sam watching him get turned into a vampire and says, “It’s not my brother.” It’s. That’s more telling than anything.
Bobby says that they tested Sam with everything when he got back from Hell and he passed. Dean thinks “it’s” Lucifer, but Cas isn’t answering his calls and Dean can’t wait anymore. Bobby tries to calm him down saying, “I know you’re rattled, but let’s be professional.”
Dean: He watched me get turned!
Bobby points out that what Dean knows and what he can prove aren’t the same thing. And this is totally an aside, but have you ever noticed how Bobby always has dishes in the sink and a pot or pan on the stove? I think that’s kinda funny actually. He’s either always cooking, always eating, or just never has time to fully do the dishes. Annnnyyway.
Dean: We’re talking about doing something and doing it fast. It’s not just the vamp. He’s been different from the jump.
Bobby: All right, I’m with you.
Dean: Are you?
It’s a good question, really. I mean…I look at this like Dean losing time. For a year he stepped away. From Bobby, from hunting, from everything. Then he finds out Sam’s alive and his old life rushes back in and it’s all the same except…everything’s changed. He got right away that Sam was different—yet Bobby had been around Sam and wasn’t unduly triggered. He tested him, figured that if he passed the test, he was good to go, and let everything else slide.
So, Dean pushing the issue now has to either awaken a latent realization in Bobby or tweak doubts in Dean that Bobby’s really serious.
Bobby: I’ll hit the books hard. Just don’t shoot him. Watch him. If it’s not Sam, we gotta put him down and we need to figure out how.
Dean: I don’t even want to ride in the car with him, let alone work a case.
Bobby (in a very pull up your big boy pants, ya baby tone): Get in the car. HE’S your case.
Yeah, no kidding. Sam’s been the case since the premiere. We may be actually seeing more of Dean right now, but this whole story is about Sam. I might get skewered for this, and if the roles were reversed, I might be a little put-out that I was seeing more things from Sam’s POV, but the thing is, this entire arch is about Sam. What happened to him? How did he get out? WHY is he out? Can he be saved? Does he want to be saved? Is he ever going to be SAM again? We just have to see it through Dean’s eyes because if we saw too much from Sam’s…we’d know the whole story and there would be nothing to tease out over the course of a season.
Plus, and this is probably just the DeanGirl in me talking, so take this for what you will, it’s intriguing to see what’s going on with Sam via the portal that is Dean. To see how Sam’s choices and actions—or inactions, as the case may be—are affecting Dean and how Dean is reacting to it. Because it makes it that much more…painful, I guess.
If I didn’t see that? If I didn’t see the gut-check moments of lost breath and the wounded-eye glances from Dean? I honestly don’t know that I’d care that much about Sam’s fate because of the way he’s behaving and the fact that up until the last five minutes of this episode, he chose not to let anyone in on his Big Secret. But, because I do see it, well, I do care.
I care a lot more than I thought I would.
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