So, we’re back to present day and OUR Sammy, thank goodness. Seriously, the difference between the two versions of Sam is distinct and wonderful. It’s more than just the Sam-On-Demon-Blood version that almost killed his brother at the end of Season 4. It’s even different than Lucifer!Sam. The inconsistencies in how Sam reacted or behaved that I noticed along the way in the first half of the season were forgotten when comparing that Sam to our Sam. I am very much ready to put RoboSam behind us, though, and stick with our Sam.
Dean walks into a motel room with food (of course) and Sam’s watching TV. Just…catching up on the last year.
Sam: So, Mel Gibson really took a turn this past year, huh?
Dean: Or…he’s possessed.
I vote for that. I miss Riggs. Plus, the irony of the comparison of relatively normal family man turning into raving-lunatic-abusive-boyfriend being something that Sam noticed was not lost on me.
Dean tells Sam that he checked in with Bobby, who has no word on The Mother of All (of course…) and that it’s been quiet. And when has quiet ever “just” been quiet, right? Sam’s phone rings and he looks at the screen. It’s coordinates, but Sam doesn’t know who it’s from. They do that thing they do where they figure out where the coordinates lead and find out that it’s Bristol, RI, where three women have mysteriously disappeared.
So, we quickly discover that Sam knows he hunted with the Campbells and his grandfather, muses about who knows how many hunters he encountered while doing so and thinks this could be from one of them looking for help—he thinks they should go there. Dean is hesitant.
Dean: We just drop everything?
Sam: Two minutes ago you weren’t doing anything.
Dean: You get mysterious coordinates from a mysterious Mr. X leading to a mysterious town and that doesn’t wave all kinds of red flags for you?
His voice is the equivalent of what my baby girl used to do when I wanted her to go somewhere and she didn’t; she would just drop all her body weight making her nearly impossible to pick up.
Sam points out that they can’t just ignore the missing girls.
Dean: Okay, but if things get squirrely, we jump out.
At least I think he said squirrely. His voice had a definite twang to it for a minute there.
So, they go to Bristol and on the way in pass a billboard that gives Sam his first flashback. The memories are black and white, mixed up, and make no sense, but they totally rock Sam. Dean picks up on it right away, shooting Sam nervous glances and asking what was up. Sam says nothing, but Dean’s face is set and worried.
They stop at a restaurant that I think was called the Buccaneer. It was very nautical in theme, I know that much. Dean is looking at the Missing Persons posters and pulls out a dark-haired girl named Nicole Handler. He says she has a wild side—it’s all in the eyes. He has a part adorable, part lecherous grin as he says this and Sam grins back indulgently. It’s a nice, albeit very brief, brother moment.
However, Sam points out that the girls have nothing in common. Dean tells him to figure out the connection while he visits the ‘Poop Deck.’ And yes, they actually went there. I think a 14-year-old boy may have decorated the restaurant. Seriously.
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