Meanwhile, in the hotel room where the Old Guy is hanging out, the TV suddenly goes Poltergeist, the lights flicker, and in his fear of the weird, the Old Guy smears the salt ring. He stumbles out of the room and the two people he shot in the liquor store hold up are there and shoot him. I was actually a little sad about that. Maybe because he was older. Maybe because he was so afraid. I know, I know. He killed them, and his 30 years of prison didn’t assuage his guilt about that. Still. *sad*
So, Sam is back at the barn, heading in with a shotgun. Dean’s inside, surrounded by Egyptian statues, sitting, chained to a chair at a wooden table. In front of him is what looks like a gold throne with another chair next to it. He tries to loosen his chains.
Osiris: Quit squirming. They’re Houdini-proof.
Why, I wonder, do all bad guys talk like they learned English from American TV?
He wants to know if Dean wants to talk about what he’s there for.
Dean: I want to talk about your Bukowski schtick at the bar. You can’t jump a guy when he’s sober?
Heh. Bukowski. When Mickie Rourke was handsome.
Osiris is unruffled by Dean’s bravado. Says Dean gets a couple of drinks in him and the guilt pours out. He then calls Sam out from the shadows, congratulating him for finding them. Sam tells Dean they’re dealing with an Egyptian god. Osiris is basically like, good, 10 points for Griffindor. You can go now.
Sam says he should be on trial, and Osiris is like, no thanks, you’ve got nothing I want. So, Sam argues that Dean should have an attorney.
I thought it valiant that Sam said he should be put on trial – especially since he doesn’t feel guilty anymore. He still recognizes that there are things he’s done that others think he should feel guilty about. He just…doesn’t. And that’s actually rather interesting. Because we can’t control other’s perceptions. And I think that’s where a lot of my personal guilt comes from. How I think others would think about what I did in situation “X.” Hmmm. *ponders*
Osiris thinks having Sam defend Dean would be fun, so he plays along. Dean’s all…dude, you’re not a lawyer. Sam reminds him that he was pre-law at Stanford. Apparently the ‘pre’ part is what worries Dean.
Osiris says the list of witnesses could be endless, but Sam objects, saying that isn’t fair. So, Osiris says he’ll make it easy – 3 witnesses. Sam objects again on the ‘witnesses being called without prior notice’ grounds.
Dean: Good one.
Sam: Saw that on The Good Wife.
HA! Okay, that was pretty cute.
Osiris is like, I’m the judge and jury. Stop with the objecting, or I will kill you. *gulp* This situation reminded me of a book I read a few years back called Hart’s War written by John Katzenbach (later made into a movie staring one of my guilty pleasures, Colin Farrell, but that’s a whole different story). In the book, an American soldier is accused of murder in a Nazi camp. Another American soldier becomes his lawyer in a trial where the Nazi warden is the judge and jury. It’s a crazy no-way-to-win situation where you can’t help but hope-against-hope.
Osiris calls his first witness: Joanna Beth Harvelle. Ghost Jo appears, drawing a soft, shocked, “Jo?” from Dean. She’s pale, of course, but looks…good. Calm. Her smile looks almost…happy. Osiris tries to trap her into admitting something she’s clearly not willing to admit to. Says she and Dean worked together. We see a series of flashes as Dean remembers meeting her with the shotgun in the back and the wrong place, wrong time conversation.
She says that she admired him as a hunter, but as a guy, he was kind of a jerk. However, there isn’t any malice in her words. She has a bit of a rueful smile on her face. She says she trusted Dean and doesn’t like Osiris insinuating that Dean was a bad guy.
Osiris keeps playing on her answers, turning her words – and Dean’s memories – to say that the only reason Jo became a hunter was because of Dean. Therefore, she died because of Dean. Dean flashes to The Episode That Broke My Heart: Abandon All Hope. I swear I cried more at that episode than when Dean admitted to remembering Hell. He remembers their parting kiss, leaving Jo behind….
Dean protests, but Osiris basically…pulls his breath out, admonishing Sam to control his client, then gives Dean his breath back. Right, okay. Egyptian god. Lots of power. Got it.
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