Non-Bookish 2018 Favourites: TV Shows

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I’m working on my post discussing my favourite books of the year, but I wanted to also take a little time to talk about some non-book things I really enjoyed this year!

Today, I’m talking about the TV shows I loved watching in 2018.

I loved a few TV shows very intensely this year.

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First up is my ultimate favourite, Supernatural. I’ve really enjoyed the last couple of seasons, and I’ve been slowly carrying on with my rewatch (which I’ve been talking about on the blog).

I was so pleasantly surprised to love Jack last season, and I love seeing the growth of his relationships with Sam, Dean, and Castiel this season.

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Next up is Better Call Saul. I watched Breaking Bad but wouldn’t say that I loved it. But I definitely love BCS, and I particuarly love the two characters who did not appear on BB (and this causes me a lot of anxiety): Kim Wexler and Nacho Varga.

Kim and Jimmy’s relationship is the core of the show, and I have simultaneously loved watching Jimmy become Saul Goodman, and dreaded it because of what I fear it means for him and Kim. And I love Nacho’s story on the cartel side.

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Another show I loved earlier this year was Justified. I finally got to binge-watch the entire series after only seeing the first two seasons a few years ago, and it was sooo good. I really loved the relationship between Raylan and Boyd, and the final season had me super emotional.

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I watched Bill Hader’s show Barry and loved it. I really wish there had been more than eight episodes in season one because they were all so great, but I’m super looking forward to season two! Bill Hader was fantastic in this, and I loved how dark it was.

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I finally started watching Schitt’s Creek this year, and it’s hilarious! I still have a couple of seasons to watch to be caught up, but I love it already.

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My favourite thing to watch all year was On Cinema At the Cinema, with Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington! I am fully obsessed with this show. It’s ostensibly a movie review show, but it’s so much more than that, and it’s hilarious. I’ve mentioned it on the blog here before, and I’ve watched the Oscar specials as well as the spin-off TV show Decker, and I even got to meet Gregg last month when he came to town for a Neil Hamburger show at Yuk Yuk’s! That was an awesome night.

So those were my favourite shows in 2018! I watched a lot of other stuff this year that I didn’t include here, or else this post would never have ended (Fargo; Brooklyn 99; The Good Place; Gilmore Girls for the zillionth time; my beloved Coronation Street).

Let me know what you watched and loved this year!

Project SPN Rewatch: Wishful Thinking

(As I mentioned in my post announcing this rewatch project, there will be spoilers!)

Season 4, Episode 8: Wishful Thinking

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This is an episode that I remember better than some of the others this season.

Someone is taking a shower. Let me just say, nothing good ever happens in the shower on this show.

Some creepy little dude is spying on her, of course. Gross. But she doesn’t see him – he went invisible! As she’s wrapping her hair in a towel, we see his footprints approach her. She seems to sense someone is there and calls out. She takes off her towel and goes to throw it on the bench but it lands on the invisible guy’s head and she screams!

Sam and Dean are in a restaurant, with Dean drinking shots. Yikes. Sam is saying it doesn’t make sense – why would Uriel tell him that Dean remembered hell if he didn’t? Dean says because Uriel’s a dick.

Hahaha their waiter is funny.

Dean tells Sam that he doesn’t know why Uriel said what he did, and does another shot. OKKKKKKKKKKK that’s how Dean is going to play it…Sam tells Dean to look him in the eye and tell him he doesn’t want to remember.

LOL this waiter!

Dean asks Sam where they go from here. Sam says it’s been quiet. No signs of demon activity, and he mentions a possible ghost (haunting the women’s showers – that gets Dean’s attention. He says they’ve gotta save these people).

The boys enter a Chinese food restaurant and interview the woman from the beginning of the episode, telling Sam about her experience. LOL Sam tells her he’s working on a book called Supernatural and asks about her encounter.

She says after seeing the spirit, she ran.

Sam notices a very pretty girl and a guy that is kind of not in her league at another table, making out.

The woman tells Sam the ghost chased her and knew her name. It kept yelling Mrs. Armstrong! And she hit the stairs and fell – Sam asks if the ghost pushed her or meant to hurt her, but she says she’s lucky to be alive. She was at the bottom of the stairs and the apparition helped her up and kept asking her not to tell his mom.

Sam definitely thinks that’s weird.

Dean is waiting for Sam, reading the paper. He says there’s no EMF anywhere and Sam says he kind of got the feeling that ‘crazy’ pushed Mrs. Armstrong down the stairs.

Dean says he’s disappointed – he wanted to save some naked women.

They see a little kid being chased by other kids and Dean kind of mocks them. Sam says there’s nothing going on here.

Then they see a man and sheriff arguing, and Dean says something is going on.

This guy is screaming at the sheriff about seeing Big Foot! Sam and Dean approach, flashing their FBI badges, saying they’re here about Big Foot. They ask the man to tell them where this sighting happened.

Sam and Dean wonder what is going on here. Sam says every hunter worth his salt knows Big Foot’s a hoax, but…they see some pretty convincing footprints.

They follow the trail to a liquor store that has had its door ripped off the hinges. They go in and find broken bottles on the floor.

Sam notices that some of the dirty magazines have been taken too. “He took the whole porno rack?” Dean asks.

“What the hell is going on in this town?” Dean asks again.

They go back outside and sit down on a bench, clearly confused.

“I got nothing,” Dean says. Sam says it’s gotta be a joke.

A little girl on a bike rides by and a magazine falls out of her basket. Dean picks it up: Busty Asian Beauties (that is a magazine that Dean is fond of). They follow the little girl.

She drops off a box of magazines and bottles at the liquor store with a note that says ‘Sorry’. Sam and Dean follow her back to her place.

The boys definitely have no idea what’s going on. They knock on the door and the little girl answers. Sam asks if her parents are home but she says no. Dean asks if she’s seen a really furry –

“Is he in trouble?” she asks, before Dean can finish his sentence.

Sam says no, they just want to make sure he’s ok. The girl tells them he’s her teddy bear and she thinks he’s sick. Dean tells her they’re teddy bear doctors, holding out a health inspector badge.

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The girl asks them to take a look at her teddy bear. The boys agree and follow her inside. She takes them upstairs, telling them Teddy is pretty grumpy.

She knocks on the door, calling “Teddy, there’s some nice doctors here to see you.” She opens the door to reveal a giant teddy bear chugging from a liquor bottle watching TV.

“Close the fricking door!” the bear yells.

She closes the door and turns back to Sam and Dean. “See what I mean?”

I LOVE THE EXPRESSIONS ON SAM AND DEAN’S FACES. Whatever they were expecting, this clearly wasn’t it!!!

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The little girl tells them that all she ever wanted was a teddy which was big, real, and talked, but now he’s sad all the time (“ouch in the head sad”), says weird stuff, and smells like the bus!

Dean asks the girl – Audrey – how her teddy became real. She tells them that she wished for it, at the wishing well.

The boys walk back in and look at the bear, watching the news.

“You believe this crap?” the bear asks.

“Not really,” Dean says.

The bear says it’s a terrible world. “Why am I here,” he cries.

“For tea parties!” Audrey tells him.

“Tea parties,” the bear says. “Is that all there is?” Dean exits the room and Sam tells Audrey to give them a second. Sam and Dean walk away. “Are we…should we…are we gonna kill this teddy bear?” Sam whispers to Dean.

Dean asks how. “Shoot it, burn it?”

“Both,” Sam replies.

Dean asks how they know it’s gonna work. “I don’t want some giant flaming pissed off teddy on our hands.”

Sam says the bear isn’t the core problem here. He asks Audrey where her parents are.

“My mom wished they’re in Bali so I think they’re in Bali.” Sam and Dean’s reactions to everything in this scene are amazing.

Sam tells her that her bear is sick. He’s got lollipop disease. Dean says it’s not uncommon for a bear his size but it’s contagious, and is there a grown up she can stay with?

Audrey says there’s a neighbour down the street. The boys say they’d like her to stay there for a few days, and they ask her where this wishing well is.

We see the little boy who was running from bullies earlier throw a coin in the wishing well in the Chinese food restaurant where Sam first interviewed the woman who claimed she’d seen a ghost.

As the boy walks away, Sam and Dean approach the well. They can’t think of a better explanation for what they’ve seen than a wishing well that works.

Dean says there’s one way to find out, and he takes out some change. Sam asks what he’s going to wish for. Dean says you’re not supposed to tell.

Immediately a delivery guy walks in with a foot-long Italian sub with jalapeno. Of course Dean wished for a sandwich!

So this wishing well works! While Dean eats his sandwich, Dean shows him a front-page story from the newspaper of a man winning the lottery, and Sam nods at the man and woman from earlier.

Dean asks what they’re supposed to do but Sam says when does something like this ever come without a price tag, especially a deadly one?

Dean says fine, they’ll shut down the wishes until they can figure it out. The restaurant owner comes over and says they don’t allow people to eat outside food here, and Dean takes out his health inspector badge, saying they’re not going to allow people to eat the inside food here. He tells the owner they have to shut the place down due to a rat infestation.

We then see Sam and Dean standing by the fountain, now drained of water, with Dean saying it’s a typical fountain. The owner says they keep a clean place here. Sam says they have to ask him to leave during a preliminary investigation.

Dean hands Sam a coin, asking if he isn’t a little bit tempted.

Sam says no. “It wouldn’t be real. I wouldn’t trust it.”

Dean says that bear seemed pretty real. He asks Sam if he could wish himself back, before this all started, and he could be some big yuppie lawyer with a nice car, white picket fence…Sam says that’s not what he’d wish for.

“It’s too late to go back to our old lives, Dean. I’m not that guy anymore.” Damn.

Dean asks what Sammy would wish for then. Sam answers, “Lillith’s head on a plate, bloody.” Well I don’t think that’s the answer Dean was expecting.

Dean looks back at the fountain and notices a strange coin at the bottom. He can’t move it.

We next see them trying to remove this coin with a crowbar and a sledgehammer, neither of which work. That coin does not want to move!

Sam says the coin is magical. Sam makes a drawing of the coin and gives it to Dean, telling him to look into this, and something has occurred to Sam that he is going to investiage.

Back at the ladies’ shower room, Sam accosts the invisible guy and confronts him about wishing to be invisible to spy on women in the shower.

Dean sees the little kid chasing his bullies, yelling that they’d better run.

He sees Dean looking at him. “You got a problem mister?” Yikes!

Dean says no and the kid runs off.

Uh oh, it seems like Dean’s sub is not sitting well. When Sam gets back to the motel, he hears Dean in the bathroom. “The wishes turn bad, Sam. The wishes turn very bad.” Poor Dean.

Dean tells Sam the coin is Babylonian and it’s cursed. He found some fragments of a legend. Look at Dean doing the research!

The serpent on the coin is Tiamat, Babylonian god of primordial chaos. Some black magic was used to make that coin.

The wishes get granted but they get twisted. Dean says it’s turned more than one town upside down over centuries. Sam asks how to stop it. Dean says they have to find the person who dropped the coin in and made the first wish: they are the only person who could remove the coin.

Uh oh. We see Teddy has left a note saying that life is meaningless, and we see him sitting with a shotgun…he’s crying. Oh no Teddy!

We hear the gunshot and see stuffing fly but…Teddy is still alive. “WHY!!” he yells, shaking his Teddy fist.

Oh no. Dean is sleeping, and we see he’s having flashbacks of hell. Sam is yelling at him to wake up. Dean reaches for a bottle of booze and Sam tells him he sees the nightmares and drinking. He knows something’s going on and that Uriel wasn’t lying: Dean remembers hell.

Sam wants the truth. But Dean says they’re on a job and he just wants to work.

Sam runs down the wishes that they know were made, but how do they know who wished first and if anyone else made wishes?

Dean sees an engagement announcement in the newspaper that goes back a month. This might be it!

The couple is the same as the one we saw making out in the restaurant at the beginning of the episode: Wes and Hope. Wes is napping in his chair when Hope comes in with some food she made for him. That’s quite a snack!

He tells her she didn’t have to and she says she wanted to…then says she had to, because she loves him more than anything.

Wes asks her if she’s happy. She answers that she loves him more than anything but that isn’t really what he asked…he tells her he wants her to start doing things that made her happy before. She says she’ll try to be happier.

The doorbell rings and she goes to answer it. Sam and Dean come in and have told Hope that they’re florists, which sends her off to get her binders for wedding planning.

Wes asks aren’t they the guys from the health department? Sam says they’re florists on the side, and Dean says they’re also FBI, and on Thursdays, they’re teddy bear doctors.

The boys tell Wes it doesn’t matter who they are; it matters what they know.

Sam notices Wes is a coin collector. Dean asks if he’s lost a coin lately – dropped into a wishing well perhaps?

Wes says he doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Then Hope comes in with all her binders, remarking that with Wes in between jobs, it means that he has more time for her.

Sam asks how she and Wes met. Hope says they both grew up here but she never knew who he was. And then one day last month, it was like she saw him for the first time. Wes asks Hope to get them some coffee. She leaves.

Sam tells Wes that they know – and to tell them the truth.

Hope overhears Wes telling the brothers about the coin collection, including the wish-granting coin. His grandfather gave him the coin, telling him no one should ever use it. Wes says when his grandfather died, he thought why not give the coin a shot? Sam told him to wish it back. Wes refuses. They tell him something bad will happen if he doesn’t, and Dean takes out his gun. “We really wish you’d come with us.”

We see Sam and Dean in the car with Wes in the backseat, asking so what if his wish came true? Why does that have to be a bad thing? Sam tells him that the wishes go south and his town is going insane.

Wes says he wished Hope would love him more than anything. Sam asks how that’s going – does that seem healthy? Wes says it’s better than when she didn’t know he was alive. Dean says you’re not supposed to get what you want, not like this.

Dean reminds Wes, “Be careful what you wish for.”

Suddenly the car hits something, but they can’t see anything. They drive off.

Then we see the invisible boy crying out in pain. Oops.

Wes says that good-looking jerks like Sam and Dean tell people to be careful what you wish for, saying that they have it so easy because they’re handsome.

Sam and Dean disagree, telling Wes they are miserable and never get what they want.

Wes says that Hope loves him now and it’s awesome. He asks where the insanity is they’re talking about.

The boys pull up to the restaurant just as Todd flips a car with his bullies inside, yelling, “Kneel before Todd!”

Dean says he’ll handle Todd, and tells Sam to get Wes to the restaurant.

Dean asks Todd if he can talk to him. He tells him that the guys are bullies. Todd tells Dean that he doesn’t know what it’s like. He couldn’t stop them, couldn’t do anything. Then Audrey told him the wishing well worked.

Dean said they’re mean little jerks, but they aren’t super human, and with great power comes great –

OH SNAP Todd just hit Dean and launched him!

Wes is getting mad, asking Sam why can’t we just get what we want? Sam says that’s life. AND THEN HE GETS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING WTFFFFFFFFFFFF.

Wes steps over Sam’s body and goes inside to the fountain, where Hope is standing there. He approaches her and she tells him that she had to do it – Sam was going to make Wes wish away their love.

Dean gets up and looks at Todd. He calls him back over and tries to punch him! Todd grabs Dean by the throat.

Wes asks Hope if she wished a man dead. She tells him she loves him more than anything – more than herself, more than life. Wes kisses her and tells her she’ll be okay.

Then he goes over to the fountain and picks up the coin.

Todd lets go of Dean and Sam comes to.

Dean tells Todd to follow his lead and he won’t have a problem. Dean backs away from Todd, acting terrified, telling the bullies not to mess with Todd anymore. The bullies are scared and Todd smiles, walking away.

Wes looks at Hope, who asks Wes if she knows him. She looks a little confused and walks out of the restaurant.

She passes Sam on the sidewalk.

I can’t feel bad for Wes, because he basically used a wish to brainwash a woman into loving him, and that’s gross.

Wes gives Sam the coin and walks away.

We see the next day’s newspaper, with a story that the winning lottery ticket from earlier turned out to be a fake.

Audrey is walking with her sunburned parents holding her teddy, who has a hole with some stuffing coming out of it. She smiles and waves at Dean.

Sam walks over and tells Dean the coin has been melted down. Dean points out Audrey’s parents, saying it looks like all the wishes are gone.

As they walk off, Dean tells Sam to hang on. He tells Sam that he was right, that he shouldn’t have lied to him. He does remember everything that happened to him in the pit.

Sam asks him to tell him about it but Dean says no. He says he won’t lie anymore but he’s not going to talk about it.

Sam says Dean can’t shoulder it along. He has to let Sam help.

Dean asks how. Does Sam really think a hug and some caring and sharing is going to help? That it will heal him somehow? Dean says he isn’t talking about a bad day. The things that he saw…there aren’t words, he says. There’s no forgetting or making it better. It’s in his mind forever, in his memory, and Sam wouldn’t understand and Dean can’t make him understand.

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Sam looks sad and Dean looks tormented, then walks away with Sam following him.

SAD.

Lore:

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Overall Thoughts:

This is such an interesting episode for me, in several ways. First of all, that giant talking teddy bear cracks me up. Sam and Dean’s reactions to him are hilarious. I don’t think Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki get enough credit for how funny they are!

The teddy bear thing is just so dark and bizarre and weird, and the kind of thing that I think could only have come from Supernatural. It’s so memorable (to me. My younger sister had no recollection of this episode) and it’s the kind of thing that, the first time I saw it, made me realize what a special show this was, to be able to do something so out there and weird and inventive that somehow totally fits with the show. It reminds me that Supernatural is not afraid to try something strange.

Then there’s the wishing aspect. We know that Sam and Dean have not had perfect lives and if they could, with no consequences, wouldn’t they wish for some things to be different? But hearing Sam tell Dean that he wouldn’t wish to be a lawyer with a fancy car and a white picket fence because he’s “not that guy anymore” kind of takes my breath away. Dean either thinks Sam is that guy or wants for Sam to be that guy. Sometimes, I think Dean wants a normal life for Sam more than Sam wants a normal life for himself.

And that moment of Sam telling Dean that that isn’t who he is anymore is so important, and Dean is, I don’t know, surprised? Disappointed? Let’s remember, when the show started, Sam had told Dean he’d help him look for their father just for the weekend…and he never went back. So maybe Dean had held out some hope somewhere that Sam could have finished school and had a 9-5 job with a wife and kids, or maybe he just thinks that’s what Sam still wants…but by now, Sam is a hunter. This is his life and he doesn’t seem to feel bad about it or want to change it.

And then at the end, where Dean admits to Sam that he remembers his time in hell, but he doesn’t want to talk about it, is really moving. You can see how tormented Dean is over what he experienced, but it makes me so sad that he doesn’t feel like talking to Sam about it will help. And poor Sam, who wants to help Dean and listen to him, but is being shut out again and again, first with Dean lying to him about not remembering and then with Dean telling him that he won’t talk to him about it because he doesn’t think it will help him, makes me sad.

This is one of those good episodes that mixes the funny (the wackiness of the wishes) with the really serious stuff.

A Criminal Magic

A Criminal MagicA Criminal Magic
By Lee Kelly
Source Library
Published by Saga Press on February 2, 2016

three-half-stars

Magic is powerful, dangerous and addictive – and after passage of the 18th Amendment, it is finally illegal.

It’s 1926 in Washington, DC, and while Anti-Sorcery activists have achieved the Prohibition of sorcery, the city’s magic underworld is booming. Sorcerers cast illusions to aid mobsters’ crime sprees. Smugglers funnel magic contraband in from overseas. Gangs have established secret performance venues where patrons can lose themselves in magic, and take a mind-bending, intoxicating elixir known as the sorcerer’s shine.

Joan Kendrick, a young sorcerer from Norfolk County, Virginia accepts an offer to work for DC’s most notorious crime syndicate, the Shaw Gang, when her family’s home is repossessed. Alex Danfrey, a first-year Federal Prohibition Unit trainee with a complicated past and talents of his own, becomes tapped to go undercover and infiltrate the Shaws.

Through different paths, Joan and Alex tread deep into the violent, dangerous world of criminal magic – and when their paths cross at the Shaws’ performance venue, despite their orders, and despite themselves, Joan and Alex become enchanted with one another. But when gang alliances begin to shift, the two sorcerers are forced to question their ultimate allegiances and motivations. And soon, Joan and Alex find themselves pitted against each other in a treacherous, heady game of cat-and-mouse.

This book came very highly recommended by a bookish friend whose opinions I trust. I eventually got a copy from the library, and was very excited to start reading!

I really liked the idea for the story, but I just didn’t get pulled in. I think if the story had followed one character, instead of alternating between Joan and Alex, I might have been drawn into it more.

But it was an interesting story, and I really liked the magic system. This was just one of those books that I liked but didn’t love, but it’s got some great reviews, so if you’re intrigued by the synopsis, check this one out!

three-half-stars

Week In Review

December 3 – 9

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I’m feeling festive! Much of my Christmas shopping is done, I’ve got Christmas music on at home constantly, and there are several Christmas parties coming up in my schedule.

I’ve been doing some podcast catchup this week: I listened to the Book Riot holiday recommendation shows, which I always love, and as I rewatch Gilmore Girls (currently on season four), I am listening to my beloved Gilmore Guys podcast.

New books:

I picked up a copy of The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman from the library. This book has been on my TBR for a while, so I’m looking forward to reading it!

Books read:

I haven’t finished any books this week. I feel like all of my free time has been spent running various errands for my Christmas shopping / to-do list.

Current reads:

I’m still reading and enjoying John Larison’s Whiskey When We’re Dry, and I started reading Mary Amato’s Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery.

Reviews:

I only posted one book review this week: Edgewater by Courtney Sheinmel.

I did post two more episodes in my Supernatural rewatch:

Season four, episode six: Yellow Fever; and

Season four, episode seven: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester.

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I’m planning to spend the rest of the day trying to finish one of my current reads, and getting started on my list of favourite reads of 2018! Happy Sunday!

Project SPN Rewatch: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester

(As I mentioned in my post announcing this rewatch project, there will be spoilers!)

Season 4, Episode 7: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester

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This is yet another episode that I don’t really remember.

The recap reminds us that Sam doesn’t love Halloween (and this recap music is weird), and shows us various monsters and Castiel’s introduction. We are reminded about the seals that Lilith is trying to break in order to free Lucifer.

We open with people decorating two days before Halloween. A dad is feeding his baby while his wife comes in with Halloween candy. She goes to give their baby a bath while the husband hangs back to snag a piece of Halloween candy. Uh oh.

He eats a piece but as he swallows something is wrong. He puts his finger in his mouth and it has blood on it. He pulls out a razor blade! Eewwwww I hate mouth stuff.

Then he falls to his knees and starts coughing out blood and collapses. His wife comes downstairs and finds him dead!

Sam and Dean are interviewing her the next day in FBI mode, learning that her husband somehow swallowed four razorblades. There were no razors in the rest of the candy.

Dean is looking around the house, and notices that the fridge had been moved recently. He reaches behind it and pulls out a hex bag. WITCHES!

Sam asks the woman if her husband had any enemies, but his wife is very upset at the question and its implications. She makes the good point that if someone wanted to kill her husband, couldn’t they find a better way than a razor in candy he might eat?

Back at the motel, Dean comes in snacking on Halloween candy. Sam tells Dean that for them, every day is Halloween.

Apparently the hex bag has gold thread – an herb extinct for two hundred years – and something Celtic, and the charred metacarpal bone of a newborn baby, which is at least a hundred years old. So this is old, powerful stuff.

Dean says that the victim was so vanilla that he made vanilla seem spicy, haha. He can’t find any reason why anyone would have wanted him dead.

Next we cut to a Halloween party where a bunch of young people are dressed in costumes. Hey it’s Ashley Benson from Pretty Little Liars!

Apparently there’s a mausoleum party tomorrow…spooky.

Ashley goes to bob for apples (bless waterproof makeup) and her friend seems a little jealous at the attention it gets her, so she goes to try…but she drowns! Ashley tries to pull her out but they can’t. Then the water starts to boil. Creepy!! She’s dead.

FBI agent Sam and Dean show up to investigate. Dean tries to take lead on interviewing Ashley but Sam stops him: “Two words: jail bait”.

Dean, as Agent Seeger, tries to find out if there’s a connection between the dead girl and the dead man from the day before but they didn’t seem to know each other. Meanwhile, Sam finds a hex bag at the party.

Back at the motel, Dean tells Sam that both victims are squeaky clean. There’s no reason for payback – but Sam says this witch might not be working a grudge, but working a spell: reading from an old book, he talks about three blood sacrifices over three days, with the final before midnight on the final day of the final harvest. On the Celtic calendar, the final day of the final harvest is October 31.

Sam thinks the witch is summoning the demon Samhain – the origin of Halloween. October 31 was his night – sweets left on doorsteps to appease him, etc.

Sam says this can only be performed every 600 years and takes some heavy duty witchraft. Once raised, Samhain can do some raising of his own – ghosts, zombies, etc.

Dean makes jokes but Sam says that’s how it starts. By night’s end, every awful thing they’ve ever seen will be all in one place. Dean says it’s going to be a slaughterhouse.

The next day – Halloween – we see Dean snacking on Halloween candy in the Impala.  Sam calls him and says that there has to be some connection between their two victims.

Then he sees the blonde girl (Tracy) from the party go into the dead man’s house – she’s the babysitter. Dean tells Sam that she told him she’d never heard of the dead man.

They suspect Tracy of being a witch. Sam says he’s done some digging and found out she got suspended from school after getting into a violent altercation with a teacher.

Dean visits the school and as he looks at some creepy masks, he hears sounds from his time in Hell. We see that he hasn’t told Sam yet that he remembers his time downstairs.

Don, the art teacher, comes in and Sam and Dean (agents Geddy and Lee) say they have some questions about Tracy. Apparently Don was only “trying to rap with her” about her work, which was apparently pretty disturbing. Detailed images of gory killings, for example.

They learn Tracy lives as an emancipated teenager.

Back at the motel, we learn that they have not been able to track down Tracy, and her friends don’t know where she is. Sam comments that she could be making the third sacrifice anytime.

They are approached by a kid dressed up as an astronaut trick or treating but the boys are out of candy (Dean ate it all). The kid is not impressed.

They enter their motel room and Castiel is there! This is Sam’s first time meeting him!

There’s someone else too – “Him I don’t know,” Dean says.

Sam looks very excited to be meeting Cas. He is very funny, telling Cas it’s an honour. He holds out his hand to shake it and Cas seems like he doesn’t know what to do with it.

Cas says he has heard about Sam – “The boy with the demon blood”.

Cas wants to know if they’ve killed the witch to stop the raising of Samhain. He shows them a hex bag from inside the walls of their motel room. The boys admit they don’t know where the witch is.

Cas tells them that raising Samhain is one of the 66 seals – so this is about Lucifer. Cas tells them breaking this seal must be prevented at all costs.

Dean wants to know where the witch is so they can gank her and move on, but Cas says the angels aren’t omniscient. They don’t know where the witch is. Sam says they know who she is so they can work together, but the other man in the room interrupts.

Cas introduces him as Uriel, a specialist. He’s an angel and he seems intense. Dean wants to know what kind of specialist he is. Cas tells Sam and Dean they need to leave town immediately, because he and Uriel are about to destroy it.

Their plan is to smite the entire town to make sure they kill the witch, so that the seal doesn’t break. Uriel says this isn’t the first time he’s purified a city.

Cas says he understands that this is regrettable but too many seals have been broken already and they have to do this.

“Lucifer cannot rise,” Cas says. He asks Dean if that’s something he’s willing to risk.

Uriel says they’re wasting time, as Cas and Dean make a lot of meaningful eye contact.

Sam is very upset, saying they’re angels, and aren’t they supposed to show mercy?

“Says who,” Uriel asks. Cas says they have no choice, but Dean disputes this. He asks Cas if he’s never question an order. Cas tells Dean that the plan is just, and even if he can’t understand, to have faith.

Cas asks Dean didn’t he obey when his father gave an order? Dean doesn’t answer but says plans have changed.

He tells Uriel that if he is going to smite the whole town, he’ll have to do it with Sam and Dean in it because they aren’t leaving.

Dean says that they pulled him out of hell for a reason, so if he wants to waste him, go ahead and see how God takes it.

He asks Uriel if he’s really going to wipe out a whole town for one witch: “Seems to me like you’re compensating for something.”

Dean tells Cas they’ll find the witch and stop the summoning. Cas tells Dean to work quickly.

SO MUCH EYE CONTACT.

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 Sam and Dean go outside to find that someone has egged their car! Oh no!

In the car, Sam holds the hex bag Cas found, saying he thought the angels would be different. He thought they would be righteous.

“They are righteous. That’s kind of the problem,” Dean says. “There’s nothing more dangerous than some ahole who thinks he’s on a holy mission”.

Sam is struggling, that this is what he’s been praying to. Dean tells him that just because there are a couple of bad apples, it doesn’t mean the whole barrel is rotten. He tells Sam not to give up on this stuff: “Babe Ruth is a dick but baseball’s still a beautiful game.”

I am sad that he is putting Cas in the rotten apple category.

Sam says it would take a lot of heat to char a bone like the one in the hex bag. He has an idea of where to look for the witch.

They go back to the school, looking at the kiln in the school art room. Sam says the hex bag showed up not after they talked to Tracy, but after they talked to the teacher.

They break open the locked drawer on the teacher’s desk and find some witchy stuff.

We see Cas and Uriel in a park while kids walk around trick or treating. Uriel calls humans savages and Cas says he’s close to blasphemy. He says there’s a reason they were sent to save Dean. There’s potential and he may succeed here, and it’s out of their hands.

Uriel says it doesn’t have to be. He says they should drag Dean out of here and blow this insignificant town off the map. But Cas tells Uriel he knows their true orders. Is he prepared to disobey?

Later that night we see kids going door to door trick or treating and in one of the houses, in the basement, Tracy the babysitter is tied up while Don the teacher – the witch! – is chanting. He is preparing for the final blood sacrifice.

Woo weird camera work.

Before he can kill Tracy, Sam and Dean show up and shoot Don! They cut Tracy down and she says he was going to kill her. Tracy turns out to be Don’s brother! She uses some witchy magic on Sam and Dean and tells them Don was going to make Tracy the final sacrifice, but now that honour goes to him. She says the spellwork is a two-man job.

She’s had to deal with her brother for 600 years. She collects some of his blood, telling Sam and Dean that they took out Don with a gun after all that time.

She takes the blood and finishes the ritual. Sam puts his hand in Don’s blood and puts it on his face and Dean’s, telling Dean to follow his lead.

The ground cracks and something rises. Demon smoke! It enters Don and he rises as the demon Samhain. Uh oh!

He approaches Tracy and, after a kiss (gross that’s supposed to be her brother), he tells her she’s aged. Haha. He says her beauty is beyond time, then snaps her neck and calls her a whore. (I’m really over that word. It gets thrown around too much in the early seasons here)

Samhain sees Sam and Dean, covered in blood, lying on the floor and walks past them. Sam and Dean look at each other. Sam tells Dean people used to wear masks to hide from Samhain so he gave it a shot!

Samhain is walking down the street, vision a little blurry.

Sam and Dean are wondering where to find him, and head to the cemetery. Sam says it might take more than the usual weapons to bring down this demon. Dean tells him not to use his powers, and the angels said so.

Sam doesn’t put much stock in what the angels have to say, but Dean asks him to please not use his powers. After all, didn’t Sam say himself that it was dangerous?

Dean holds out Ruby’s knife and Sam reluctantly takes it.

We see a party – remember that mausoleum party the kids were talking about earlier? They hide as they think a cop is coming – but it’s Don. The kids are confused when Don closes the doors and locks the kids in. He walks away and one of the kids calls out to Don, saying they’re locked in. Then behind the walls of the mausoleum, the caskets (is that the right word?) start to rattle. Remember what Sam said about zombies?

The kids are looking confused and scared and then a zombie breaks out and drags one of the kids into its casket!

Sam and Dean show up and Sam tells Dean to help the kids. Dean doesn’t want to let Sam go after Samhain alone but Dean shoots the lock off the door, letting the kids escape. He has to fend off a mini zombie horde. “Bring it on, stinky.”

We see Sam approach Samhain, who tries to blast Sam with some demon magic like Lillith did at the end of season three. And like that episode, it has no effect on Sam. He and Samhain start to fight.

After Dean fights off the zombies, he’s attacked by a ghost!

“Zombie ghost orgy, huh. That’s it, I’m torching everybody.”

Sam is getting beat up by Samhain and he tries to use his powers. He has some effect on Samhain but the demon seems too strong.

Dean comes around the corner and sees what’s going on, and Sam manages to expel the demon from Don. But Sam’s nose starts to bleed and it looks like it pains him to do this.

Dean does not look at all happy as the demon is exorcised. He just stares at Sam, who looks up at Dean.

THEIR FACES! SO MUCH EMOTION!

The day after Halloween, we see Sam packing up in the motel room to leave.

Suddenly Uriel is there. He tells Sam, “Tomorrow, November 2nd, it’s an anniversary for you right?” He reminds Sam that it marks the day Azazel killed his mother, as well as his girlfriend Jessica.

Uriel is mad that Sam used his abilities when he was told not to. But Sam says otherwise that demon would have killed him, his brother, everyone. Uriel says that Sam has been warned twice now.

Sam says Dean was right, angels are dicks. Uriel gets in his face a little. “The only reason you’re still alive, Sam Winchester, is because you’ve been useful. But the moment that ceases to be true, the second you become more trouble than you’re worth, one word – one – and I will turn you to dust.”

OOOHHHH Uriel is so menacing. I like it. The angles are not playing around.

“As for your brother, tell him that maybe he should climb off that high horse of his. Ask Dean what he remembers from Hell.”

WOAH. After that, Uriel is gone.

We know Dean told Sam that he doesn’t remember anything from hell.

Then we see Dean sitting in a park. Castiel is there. Dean asks if he’s there for the “I told you so”. Cas says no, he’s not here to judge Dean.

He says that their orders were not to stop the summoning of Samhain, they were to do whatever Dean told them to do.

Dean leans forward. “Your orders were to follow my orders?”

Cas tells him it was a test, to see how Dean would perform under battlefield conditions. Dean says it was a witch, that’s all. He asks if he failed the test.

“But you know what? If you were to wave that magic time-travelling wand of yours and we had to do it all over, I’d make the same call.” Dean would not have a whole town of people killed. “I don’t know what’s going to happen when these seals are broken; hell, I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, but what I do know is that this, here, these kids, the swings, trees, all of it, is still here because of my brother and me.” THAT’S RIGHT!

Cas tells Dean that he misunderstands him. He isn’t like Dean thinks. He tells Dean that he was praying that Dean would choose to save the town. “These people,” Cas says, “they’re all my father’s creations. They’re works of art. And yet, even though you stopped Samhain, the seal’s broken and we are one step closer to hell on earth for all creation, and that’s not an expression, Dean. That’s literal. You of all people should appreciate what that means.” More meaningful eye contact.

“Can I tell you something, if you promise not to tell another soul?” Cas asks. “I’m not a hammer, as you say. I have questions. I have doubts. I don’t know what is right and what is wrong anymore, whether you passed or failed here. But in the coming months, you will have more decisions to make. I don’t envy the weight that’s on your shoulders Dean. I truly don’t.”

Then Cas is gone.

Lore:

-demons

-angels

-zombies

-witches

-ghosts

We got a bit of everything!

Overall Thoughts:

I didn’t remember this episode but it was really good! I loved the scene at the mausoleum at the end, and the angel stuff with Uriel and Cas was great.

I really liked that we see already that Cas is questioning and may not be the obedient soldier that he is supposed to be (doesn’t that sound very Winchester of him??). And I love that I can already see the bond between Dean and Castiel. I feel like Dean still isn’t sure what to make of the angels and doesn’t totally trust Cas right now, but knowing that Cas has doubts might change the way Dean sees him.

And let’s not forget, they didn’t prevent this seal from being broken – Samhain still rose. And Sam is apparently powerful enough to expel such a strong, old demon! That is interesting. And now Sam knows, thanks to Uriel, that Dean does remember his time in hell…I think the boys will have some things to discuss!

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