At the hospital, the brothers go in to visit Chambers (Sam with his neck bandaged, but not as much blood loss as the older hunter). Chambers tries to thank them, but Dean shakes his head.
Dean: Don’t thank us. Quit. Your daughter is 14, a hunter, a kill under her belt. I’m not trying to be a dick, but what do you think that does to her lifespan? She could still be a normal kid.
I watched Sam while Dean was talking to see if he looked shocked or upset by what Dean was saying. He just looked at Chambers, face impassive, as if he agreed with every word Dean said.
Chambers: I got into this for a reason.
Dean: I know. Your family. Same reason you should get out now.
Chambers: I can’t. You ever know anyone who left the life?
Dean (face for one moment utterly sad): No. They all get killed first.
After a moment, Sam’s all, we should go, and they head out of the hospital. Krissy follows and gives Dean a hard time for not saying goodbye. Dean’s like, oh so you’re sentimental now? Krissy says he’s kind of amusing for an old man. Translation: that blue shirt you’re wearing makes your eyes look amazing and makes my belly do little flips. Or…maybe that was my line. Sorry.
ANYWAY. He figures out that she used a bobby pin to get out of her cuffs and says she could have gotten killed. She says she saved him and he’s like, “Point still stands. But…yes.”
She tells him it looks like she’s retiring – one and done. Doesn’t know what she’ll do – maybe go to Stanford like Sam. They fist bump, call each other lame, and he tells her to take care of herself, then walks away with a small smile leaving Krissy with a grin on her face. It’s really sweet and gave me a warm feeling for him that we haven’t had at the end of a hunt in a really long time.
In the car, time has passed because it’s now nighttime when it was daylight at the hospital. Sam suddenly speaks up, saying “Good for them.”
Dean: Nice to walk away from someone and feel like they could be okay.
He checks on Sam, making sure he’s okay.
Sam (pausing, thinking, goes for honesty): No. I’m not all right. But…maybe I just want to work.
Then he looks at Dean and says, “Should I even ask?”
Dean: I’m fine.
Sam: Fine, meaning….
Dean: You’re right. We should just work. Figure out a way to kick Dick Roman’s ass. We are the professionals.
Sam watches Dean for another moment, but it seems that he’s run out of things to say. At least for now. He pushes in a cassette and let’s Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy” fill up the spaces in the car, then curls up against the window to sleep.
And then one of the most heart-wrenching moments this season – working me over harder than Death’s Door, leaving me as breathless as the end of Hello, Cruel World. Dean, behind the wheel of the Skylark, looks out into the night, listening to the music, and smiles. The first one is almost natural, but it falters quickly as grief washes over his expression like a riptide.
He forces another smile to the surface, this one weaker, not reaching his eyes and when the pull of sorrow grabs it, his chin shakes. Next, he starts with his eyes, trying to do it right. Trying to force the smile because he’s alive and it’s his job. But he’s drowning in the pain of it all. And we can see it as the smile falters once more, going down reaching. Just before the screen fades to black, he pushes another smile to the surface and it’s the saddest, most heart breaking expressions I’ve ever seen. But he holds it like a professional.
Man, he wrecks me sometimes. Both in good and bad ways. SO, the boys are alone. No family – not even the non-blood ones – to speak of. But, as we saw, there are other hunters out there. Ones they could connect with, help, use as back up. There are channels and debts and ways they can pull in reinforcements if they need to. And they have a tenuous lead on the Levi’s plans…though that will probably take a few episodes to play out.
We have a lot of options for direction this next half of the season. And it looks like right now, the brothers are playing all cards on the table. I suspect they have someone lurking about trying to help them with the things he can help them with. I really do. And I hope it’s true because I like that angle. And I want to know when we get Baby back!
Next week’s episode looks like it’s going to be FANtastic. I had did a mini dance after the previews were over. And, correct me if I’m wrong, but after that I think we have a two week break and then they’re back on Feb 3rd.
Thanks for reading. I always feel a bit rusty after a hiatus, so I hope this was at least partially coherent. Until next week!
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