Posts Tagged ‘Jared Padalecki’

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After not much thought and lots of reading(tweets,reviews, recaps), I conclude that “Man’s Best Friend with Benefits” crossed a line, even for Supernatural! The last few episodes have moved forward positively and even though filler shows are just that, fillers, this felt like an hour wasted. Ok, getting my weekly Sam and Dean fix, not a waste. What I love about Supernatural is that so many topics are broached: lore(religious and not), weekly moral dilemmas of right and wrong, the consequences of killing people daily. Bestiality just crosses a line. For writers Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming, I’m really, really hoping for better their next time around. My high points of the episode since I’ve mentioned the ground dragging low point, follow.

Sam and Dean arguing over the mundane Stooges, a high point! I love the Winchesters doing normal people stuff: cooking, nesting, arguing over things that don’t determine the fate of the world. We all know Sam loves dogs but a negative really voiced this ep was Dean’s dislike for dogs. I wonder if this sets up something later in the season with a dog or perhaps Riot? A thought from the fandom at the beginning of the season was that Riot(Sam and Amelia’s dog) is a supernatural being. Portia the dog/familiar’s insistence that Dean doesn’t care for dogs, drove his dislike home.

Each week Supernatural has presented us with new and re-used characters, expanding the Winchester world. James(Christian Campbell) the cop witch is someone I didn’t empathize with and I was to then to care that James’ witch friend Spencer wanted Portia too? More YIKES! We have no background for James although he saved the Winchesters’ lives one time. James also altruistically chose to be a witch to fight the bad guys but choose ‘the dark side’ he did, period. Since James and Portia didn’t die but moved on, THIS sets these characters up for a return into the Winchester drama. Positive!

Another laughable moment: Portia tears into Dean about being bigoted against the cop gone witch. Dean’s reply to her tirade is, “that was incredibly hot” and Sam also agrees, “yeah, that was hot.” Although this wasn’t Sam normal response, the boys were on the same page. More non-sensical writing was Dean not knowing what a familiar is or what Portia meant when talking about her and James. What part of the ‘best hunter ever’ wouldn’t know about familiars or that Dean who picks up on everything, wouldn’t pick up on something sexual? I realize that expositions are needed but at the guys’ expense? I don’t think so.

Sam’s epiphany when he realizes it’s not that Dean doesn’t trust him but that Dean just trusts himself. Great insight and a most true statement. A nice brotherly moment….

Supernatural has broached astral projection before but not like this. It was an interesting supernatural excursion which I appreciated.

Season eight has expanded the Winchester’ network out of necessity. Mishael Morgan and Christian Campbell both did good jobs in spite of the story. And Portia, a beautiful woman, walked out alive!

Concluding the high points of the episode, Sam and Dean’s last huggy conversation occurs in the Impala. Dean realizes after having ‘hell’ mentally reopened, that everything they’ve accomplished, has only happened when the brothers work together. Capitulating to Sam that if he is still 100% gung ho, then Dean supports him in finishing the two trials that will close the gates of hell. Sam of course agrees wholeheartedly even as he coughs up blood. So, in staying with the emptiness theme of this episode, Dean trusts Sam to be honest and Sam lies to Dean. Actually, Dean always expects the truth and lying happens from both of them.

As quite an adoring fan, I’ve never turned off an episode or even switched channels between commercials or read a book during the show… ever. I rewatched the episode just to make sure that I still felt the same after watching it initially and yep, I did. I didn’t like it overall. The first time ever to say that about an any episode in eight seasons. Please share your thoughts with me, I shared mine. In spite of the negative surrounding this ep, some fans still enjoyed it. So in the true Winchester way: I’m smiling, like I mean it, to get through it. Til next week…. stay supernatural!

Mishael Morgan interview with Winchester Bros Radio ‘Portia’ http://wp.me/p1toIT-TA

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Sunday Dan Loflin and DJ Qualls shared the behind the scenes on how Garth came to be. No spoilers here but kudos to Sera Gamble who loved Garth’s character and wanted to keep him! Thanks Dan Loflin and DJ Qualls for the hour of enjoyment! Enjoy the banter!

Dan Loflin ‏@danloflin

* Dear #Supernatural Fans, pour yerself that glass of rotgut whiskey, cause it’s time for the untold story of Garth’s creation!

* Firstly, this is an experiment: the story is 20-plus tweets long– coming at 2 or 3 min intervals.

* And thirdly? Let us pray (to @mishacollins) that this doesn’t go horribly wrong! Okay, here we go.

* It all started way back in s6 when news hit that Jensen would be directing the first episode of the season.

* Since it was Jensen’s first time directing, we thought it best to craft a Dean-light story, so he could focus…

* …focus on the enormous task before him. And by “enormous” I’m referring to the directing of Jared Padalecki

* You see, Jared (@jarpad) easily tops out at 7’ 10” while standing. And that’s no lie. #sasquatch #wookie #moose

* So, we called on superstar Jim Beaver (@jumblejim) to anchor the Bobby-centric “Weekend at Bobby’s” with Jared.

* Popping popcorn!! “@TheOnlyDJQualls: So here is how I came to play Garth.

* I was living in Nola shooting a TNT show called Memphis Beat. I knew it was going to get the ax and I was pretty sad about it

* I called my manager and told him to look for a job so I would have something to take my mind off the death of my show.

* TV’s a mean business, breaks ur heart a lot. A few days later, I get a call about this character Garth on a show called #SPN

* The call went like this: you’re probably not going to want to do this, but you’ve been offered a guest spot on #spn

* I told him I’d never seen it but to send over the scrip and a few episodes (I’d never seen the show).

* Read the #SPN script any loved it. Watched an episode where @jarpad fell down a hole and went to hell and I was confused.

* Couldnt figure out the show. Called my mgr and asked if these guys were models who chase monsters. And if so, what so they want w/me?

* So I was initially on the fence about playing Garth at all. Decided that Id talk it out with Sera. She called and explained.

* I thought, ok, Ill do it once. Sounds fun. I get there and @jarpad and Jensen treated me like Id been there always (they were mean to me)

* Apparently they are mean to everyone they like including each other. After a couple of days I knew I wanted to come back.

* Then the ep aired and I got to see hints of who Garth was from an outside prospective and fell in love with him.

* Fast forward a year and Id done 3, been overseas to a convention, picked up 30k twitter followers. Garth changed my life

* In public, people run up to me calling me Garth, I hug people while they cry, I get which shoe he ties 1st. It initially scared me.

* I’d been decently well known for 12 years at that point, but I’d never known cult fame. Whole different ball game.

* Playing Garth has been much more wonderful than I could have ever expected. All the love (and some hate) has been overwhelming

* When Bobby died, I got a lot of crap. It was being teased that I was replacing him. I had no idea and I don’t write the show.

* I wanted to quit the show for a minute. I talked to @jarpad about it and he was like Welcome to #spn. We all get both extremes.

* Im now used to it and really appreciate the #SPNFamily interactions and know that Im a part of something ppl love

* I look forward to returning to the show as soon as I fit into a storyline. Until then, I get to watch Garth be further developed thru calls

* Garth’s safe boathouse made me laugh out loud. #fizzlesfolly

Dan Loflin‏@danloflin

* Props to Jeremy Carver who gave the “okay” to this twitter story. He’s a good man :)

* And if she ever comes out of twitter seclusion– show Sera the love for making Garth a reality. @serathegamble

* Even more ups to Robbie Thompson who coined the phrase “You got Garthed!” @rthompson1138

* More ups to Adam Glass who created Mr. Fizzles and has written Garth so beautifully. @AdamGlass44

* Ups to Andrew Dabb who made him a hugger!

* DJ @theonlydjqualls was my first choice for the part. Big fan since ROAD TRIP. Luckily, he said yes!

* So, in a sense, Garth’s BIRTH came from his DEATH– keeping with the Supernatural tradition of resurrection.

* as Dean’s “temp” partner in the “Wedding” episode. All thanks to the love of Sera Gamble.

* And like the fabled Phoenix, Garth rose from the ashes of near-death and made his ONSCREEN DEBUT–

* and Garth’s off-screen life was spared.

* And I was right! Sera cut his off-screen death from the draft with a big “NOOO!” written into the margin.

* My thought was that it might strike Sera as tragic to lose beloved Garth– even as minor as he was at the time.

* Hunters have been dying left and right to the new Leviathan threat. Well, Garth was originally one of the DEAD.

* If you remember, in “The Girl Next Door” Bobby describes the Hunter landscape as “Weird with a side of BLOODY.”

* I worked a mention of Garth’s off-screen adventures into the first draft. This one resulting in his DEATH.

* But when s7 rolled around, once again Jensen was called-on to direct and once again–

* All HELLATUS long, I worried that Ms. Gamble would forget about dear Garth.

* –the lovely Ms. Gamble (our fearless showrunner) took a liking to the hapless (and faceless) new hunter.

* That was the first appearance of Garth. And though it was merely an off-screen mention–

* And into the draft went the following scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-5ockqm2BY

* And that, dear Supernatural fans, is the behind-the-scenes story of our lovable and huggable Hunter’s creation

* As you can see, Garth’s (and #Supernatural’s) success has been a team effort. With you guys included!

* Thank you all for tuning in– it’s been an absolute BLAST!

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WOO HOO! How bout that ‘little show that could?!’ For the few of us(!) who are kinda addicted to Supernatural, what great news! Thank you CW and Mark Pedowitz! I’m enclosing addresses for Supernatural and for Mr. Pedowitz if you’re so inclined to say ‘thanks’!

Thanks to our fandom who so adores the cast, crew, location…. the list just goes on! Pat yourself on the back and send a card! YEAH!!! Season 9!!!!

CW Network Website: http://www.cwtv.com

Feedback Email: feedback@cwtv.com

Twitter: @CW_network

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheCW

Address: The CW Network, LLC
ATTN: Mark Pedowitz
3300 Olive Ave,
Burbank, CA 91505
United States

Supernatural Cast & Crew: Supernatural Films Inc.
8085 Glenwood Drive
Burnaby, B.C.
V3N 5C8
Canada

The writing team of Supernatural: c/o Holly Ollis
Warner Bros Television
4000 Warner Blvd
Bldg 140.
Burbank, CA 91522

Jensen Ackles, c/o Management 360, 9111 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Jared Padalecki, c/o Industry Entertainment, 955 S. Carrillo Dr., 3rd Floor, LA, CA 90048

Misha Collins, c/o Kritzer Levine Wilkins Entertainment Llc., 11872 La Grange Avenue, 1st Floor, LA, CA 90025

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Can I ask who else was ecstatic over the ‘no fun’ Winchesters having a good ol’ time in larp-land and a battlefield? Yep… I knew it! So much fun in 42 minutes! ‘LARP and the Real Girl” did not disappoint! Writer Robbie Thompson, who tops my fav writer list, gave us fun, frolic and females. Charlie(Felicia Day) is back in play(in more ways than one) as Queen of Moondoor where it’s fun and games for some but for one nerd, Boltar the furious, it’s a life changing, control freak winner take all bubble. Let’s enter Moondoor….

Blaring “China Grove” in the Impala, Dean wants to have fun, take some time off. Possibly a subtle nudge considering his birthday is January 24th, this ep aired on the 23rd. But for Sam, work IS fun so after being Garthed, the two have a job. The victim, who has been ‘drawn and quartered’, leaves behind a house full of toys, chain mail and his cell phone which holds threatening voice mails. The “toys” are small soldiers used to coordinate war movement which Dean thinks is kinda awesome! Sam discovers a tattoo which shows up on victims through out all the murders. As far as deaths are concerned, being drawn and quartered is right up there as terrifically bad!

Getting straight to the heart of LARPing- live action role-playing, the man who threatened the victim gets called into the police station where he confesses all about Moondoor. Sam instantly hits a computer where lo and behold, Moondoor exists with a reigning queen, Charlie. While all eyes are glued to the computer, the poor fella in the interrogation room spits up blood until he’s dead and the room is covered in blood. Did I mention that Dean seems to be drawn to Moondoor?

The Winchesters hardly ever get caught being fraudulent FBI agents but after presenting their badges to Boltar, geek master and important Moondoor person, they’re called out! Boltar declares that the badges(numbers, spaces… whatnot) and cheap suits, albeit good, are definitely fake. In spite of this, they find Charlie wielding her weapon on her knights getting ready for battle. Charlie’s expression is priceless when she scans her royal subjects and sees the Winchesters!

Charlie wants to run as any normal geek would but after thinking it through, she holds fast to doing the queenly thing which is helping the boys find the monster. Her words, “If you’re here, monsters are here!” seems to be a theme this season tho always true for these guys! Dean weighs in on the positioning of Charlie’s toy soldiers, again showing us that little boy who played with toy soldiers who grew up to be a fierce hunter. The three split up with Sam hitting the geek filled, computer tent and Charlie and Dean question the different factions of Moondoor where Charlie seems to be quite the player, again, in a bigger sense of the word. Dean dresses up for the occasion, to fit in of course. He reveals to Charlie more than he says: his remorse for using Amelia as bait and losing Benny as a friend.

Dean and Charlie run into Boltar who offers to help find the Orcs, the forest dwelling faction at Moondoor. Dean wants Charlie with Sam so instructs her to find Sam. Walking thru any forest is scary and Charlie senses someone following her. The first stalker is harmless but the second, a skull perched atop a black cape, isn’t. Charlie wakes up in a magic tent and believes to be in danger. When she states that “she just wants her life back”, the skull mask is removed, revealing a beautiful woman, Gilda. Gilda the fairy, under the control of Boltar, is killing people.

After realizing that Charlie is missing, a group of larpers with Sam and Dean head off to find her. After searching all the tents for Charlie, there is one mysterious tent, deep in the forest that wasn’t searched. Dean and Sam walk in on Charlie making out with the fairy/monster and the fairy identifies the “real” monster in the story, Boltar, the man who controls her. A fight ensues with Gilda making a suit of armor choke Sam out and Dean gets to wooden sword fight with Boltar. Charlie wants to be a hero and does save the day. She plunges Dean’s knife into the book of magic which breaks Boltar’s spells.

Charlie kisses Gilda, the fairy fades away, taking Boltar who will be punished in her realm. Charlie decides to stay and fight for her “normal” life. Dean wants to help fight the good fight for Moondoor but that entails having fun. “Have fun Sam, it will make you feel better, ” he says. Sam responds, “No, not just me. It will make us both feel better. Shall we?” The best ever, epic ending for Supernatural! A Winchester dream come true: Ren faire dress, weapons, and a classic hero speech. It didn’t matter that the great “Braveheart” speech was interrupted by a frisbee, what mattered was the content, the heart, the emotion. Also, Sam’s hair pulled back and Dean with long hair, that rocked!

There has been lots of wishing and commentaries about how Sam and Dean should talk. The reality is, these guys are mens men. Communicating is a pat on the back, a nod, clinking beers. Sitting around sharing their feelings would be, well, awkward and so unlike them. Next ep we get Henry Winchester who happens to be a talker, a sharer, a Man of Letters. A complete opposite of these manly men. Cannot wait! Until then…… stay supernatural!

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What a great night for the “little show that could!” Supernatural did well at the People’s Choice Awards winning the Fave SciFi/ Fantasy show! Not only did the show win big but the fandom won also! Congrats to us all! Enjoy the fun from tonight’s event!

Jensen made PCAs best dressed list! http://tv.yahoo.com/photos/people-s-choice-awards-2013-red-carpet-slideshow/34th-annual-people-s-choice-awards-red-carpet-photo-577951796.html

Another article Jensen, best dressed. http://www.vh1.com/celebrity/2013-01-10/ian-somerhalder-chris-colfer-jensen-ackles-and-co-heat-up-the-peoples-choice-awards/

Video: J2 on stage accepting Fav Scifi show award and presenting best band: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QnXmRtH9YYs …

J2 giving a speech for the award! :D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnXmRtH9YYs …

Jensen & Danneel on the Red Carpet vid. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xwn1ec_daneel-harris-people-s-choice-awards-2013_people

Jensen’s interview vid! http://www.buzzsugar.com/Jensen-Ackles-Interview-About-Being-Dad-Video-26716761

Jared’s interview on the Red Carpet at 1:04:35! posted by ValerieLobban http://new.livestream.com/aplive/peopleschoice2013

Jared & Gen on the Red Carpet vid. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xwn0xh_jared-padalecki-people-s-choice-awards-2013_people#.UO6XuLbPbV0

Holly Ollis‏ @Hollidayo Jared & Jensen accepting their 3rd People’s Choice Award for Fave SciFi/Fantasy Show!!! fans u r AMAZING! pic.twitter.com/H7Q02gmJ

@jarpad and #JensenAckles on the stage! pic.twitter.com/ZvjSY9LV

Jared Padalecki‏ @jarpad Y’all really are the most amazing and supportive fans. Thanks for all the votes, and congrats on your wins :)

Jensen gets hands on with Danneel and their babybump: pic.twitter.com/QMbrjH7r

Danneel HarrisAckles‏ @DanneelHarris #SPNFamily congrats supernatural fandom!!! Best fans!!! Duh!

Lauren Tom‏ @LaurenTom9000 I’m still grinning! I had a blast going thru that with U! U guys are a powerful bunch,the best kind of folk–strong,loyal,funny,&giving

Clif Kosterman‏ @bodyguard4JandJ we won we won we won the best fans ever

Jim Michaels‏ @TheJimMichaels Thanks from all of the #supernatural crew here #Vancouver! You just made our night! Now let’s get the fandom theirs! pic.twitter.com/XIVAR3KH

Jared Padalecki ‏@jarpad You did it guys!!!!!! Woohoo!!!! Congratulations!!!
Winchester Bros ‏@WinchesterBros Jared and Jensen on stage pic.twitter.com/YPnTa8cc

* Love this pic! pic.twitter.com/KSMzM7mj

* Another great pic of Jared and Jensen pic.twitter.com/oyTNL2Rq
* So proud of our guys! pic.twitter.com/ZRovswWh
* Jared and Gen during Ellen Degeneres’ acceptance speech http://twitpic.com/btwm2z

Supernatural Wiki ‏@SuperWiki Gen and @jarpad on the red carpet via @peopleschoice https://twitter.com/i/#!/peopleschoice/media/slideshow?url=pic.twitter.com%2FdwkPO7aq …
Danneel looks so gorgeous and sparkly! pic.twitter.com/NK2K3kUL

Danneel HarrisAckles‏ @DanneelHarris Many thanks to my AMAZING hair and make up team @Dedrawhitt and @mitchstonehair! Ready for a fun night!!! pic.twitter.com/KtbsBTnF

Supernatural Wiki‏ @SuperWiki Gen and Jared ready for the red carpet look amazing! pic.twitter.com/imkDeiwk
Jared Padalecki ‏@jarpad Aight “People”! On the way 2 ur “Choice Awards” with my stunning wife @realGpad .No matter what happens, we know SN fans are the best :)
http://instagr.am/p/USlCOQq_1E/

Sci-fi Show e TV Fan Following.. pic.twitter.com/Q0cPiemw

Carina MacKenzie‏ @cadlymack Jensen Ackles’ face is a national treasure. http://twitpic.com/btx2lf

* Ackles x 3 http://say.ly/Wmm4VFE

* Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki get matchy at People’s Choice Awards 2013: ‘Supernatural’ snags award http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/01/jensen-ackles-and-jared-padalecki-get-matchy-at-peoples-choice-awards-2013-supernatural-snags-favori.html …

Why Would I Tell? ‏@Phoenix_RangerI think it’s hilarious that Nathan Fillon basically said, that he thought that Jensen should have won the award.

* Jensen’s face when Jared was thanking their wives, that is a look of pure love & affection right there! http://twitpic.com/btwytv

* Jensen and Jared Backstage Tonight at the PCA’s and being absolutely too adorkable for words. http://twitpic.com/btxuxc

CONGRATULATIONS SPNFAMILY!!! pic.twitter.com/KAHsYTa5

Jensen, Danneel and her baby bump! http://twitpic.com/btwkgi

Genevieve Padalecki‏ @realGpad Here we go people! pic.twitter.com/UZ0jCJzs

Look at those smiles! pic.twitter.com/YwDX38i0

Jason Manns‏ @jasonmanns No surprise of course, but congrats to the #SPNFamily for being the best fans around! I’ve been saying it for years!!

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“Hunteri Heroici” is a fabulous, looney hit! Andrew Dabb, aka “the writer”, gave us drama, fun toon antics and the ol’ serious one-two punch hanging over both Sam and Castiel: you can run but you can’t hide. Guest star Mike Ferrell(Fred Jones), portrays a ‘living in his own world’ aged person who also has strong telekinetic powers. Fred sits day in and day out watching cartoons, living in a world of his own making until an evil doctor realizes his powers. Hence, the looney tune capers begin with a man’s heart literally exploding out of his chest, all over his girlfriend in typical Supernatural form. Castiel then gets zapped into heaven for his ‘this is your repayment’ lecture from Naomi. ‘Repayment for what?’ we ask. So “what’s up Doc?”, let the show begin!

We find “Baby’ and the gang getting sustenance. Sam checks up on the Trans and Castiel has turned off his angel radio antenna. Cass desires to do good so announces that he’s wants to be a hunter. He has discovered “one of their kind of cases” so a hunter he is! Shotgun he’s not when Sam forcefully relegates him to the back seat.

A snarky detective shares her take on the “heartbroken” victim and Castiel takes over with his angelic abilities. Positive: Cass eliminates all sorts of physical stuff by smelling the victim. Negative: not so much help. Sam and Dean figure out that the fella was having an affair. Dean triggers a Sam flashback with the line “living a lie” which just gives more credence against any real relationship between Sam and Amelia. Sam has found a house for them to live in and Amelia’s Dad, Stan, is coming to visit. Stan, who is ex-military, doesn’t think too much of Sam and regards him to be a ‘fixer-upper’.

In real-time, the threesome question the victim’s wife and Castiel confidently announces his ability to do so. After slamming his hands on the table and accusing the wife of murder, easy Sam takes over. The wife has nothing to hide and after admitting to an open marriage, Dean thinks she’s the best wife ever. No clues here but a call about a suicidal jumper gets their attention.

The jumper appears to have walked on air for several seconds before plunging to his death. This and the exploding heart leads Dean straight to cartoon involvement. Dean wants Castiel to hop into heaven and listen up for any info but Cass refuses, he’s turned off his angelic link. Cass has no idea about cartoons so after viewing Wylie Coyote chasing the Road Runner and never catching him, Cass compares them to man futilely chasing God. Castiel the never-ending angel!

Another crime occurs that seems to be on the crazy side. A massive anvil squishes a security guard during a bank robbery. There’ve been similar robberies with a giant black spot left on the wall. Sam checks them out while Dean and Cass uncover an X under the anvil…. like X marks the spot.

Back at the hotel room, Dean researches on the computer while Castiel reads John’s journal. Dean broaches Castiel perusing Heaven again and Cass responds vehemently. A thoughtful Dean responds by sitting in front of Cass, “Talk to me.” Because of the devastation that he’s caused in Heaven, Castiel believes that he would kill himself if he entered Heaven again. I think that this is his own internal spiritual protection.

Sam not only discovers a common location between the robberies but also funny things happening within fifty yards of each crime. Dean jokes that it’s “wabbit hunting season” and Cass replies “I don’t think you pronounced that correctly.” Love, love, love having Castiel back!

The location is Sunset Fields where Cass interrogates a cat, Dean mostly smiles and Sam recognizes an old friend of John’s, Fred Jones. An aide expresses to Sam that the guests tune out and live in their heads which causes Sam to remember meeting Amelia’s dad. Stan asks Sam if he ever served because he has that look: the look of somebody who has seen a lot of crap that made him start running. Crap that makes him want to grab hold of something and hang on. Stan asks, “What are you running from, Sam?”

The guys locate Fred Jones who has super-duper toon powers in spite of living zoned out. Cass asks, “Do we kill him?” A doctor hears this and kicks them out of the facility. Later, Fred blows up a birthday cake but no old folks. As the guys leave, Cass spots a bracelet that belongs to a guest. The nurse’s boyfriend gave it to her so the three leave to find the boyfriend. The boyfriend has been shot by the doctor who plans on killing Fred. Castiel heals the guy and gets the info needed to hunt down the doctor’s last heist.

Dean enter the bank through a large, black, spot and Cass and Sam find Fred. Dean’s fight with the doc is straight out of Looney Tunes which includes Dean in a mid-air still, leaping for the doctor. After a wrestling match, Dean pulls his gun and fires ‘bang’. The doc tells Dean that’s what he gets for bringing a gun to a gag fight!

Meanwhile, Sam is frustrated that Fred can’t speak with them. Castiel lays his hands on Fred’s and the three land inside of Fred’s tv land. Sam lectures Fred about living more in his dream world than in the real world which effects both he and Cass. Sam’s last flashback is sharing to Stan that he lost his brother, that’s why he was running. Amelia gets a phone call and announces that dead husband Don is actually alive.

Fred checks into the land of the living long enough to cause the evil doc to shoot himself(gads!). Castiel finishes his angel duties hanging out with Fred which is endearing but not before Naomi calls him up. Castiel declares to her that he won’t run anymore from the pain he caused in Heaven.

I loved all the funny bits of this episode, I loved how the three hunters interacted and I especially loved hunter Castiel! Dabb wrote a wonderful, oddball story for our hunters who normally bog down in blood, guts and gore. The naive, nerd angel is scarred but back and Sam’s life with Amelia has inched forward. “Citizen Fang” is the midseason finale so til then… stay supernatural!

“Hunteri Heroici” facts: http://www.supernaturalwiki.com/index.php?title=8.08_Hunteri_Heroici

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“A Little Slice of Kevin” gave the fandom all sorts of secrets and new bits. Written by Brad Buckner and Eugene Ross-Leming, Supernatural appears to be back on track and headed closer to shutting down the gates of Hell. Castiel returns, Crowley has no tolerance for the Winchesters and the Winchesters are talking. The world is as it should be….. other than pinky-less Kevin. But lets begin with the demon teacher stealing a kindergartener.

Supernatural utilizes kids in such an eerie way that I was relieved for the young tyke to be kidnapped as opposed to being a monster. Taking the child was a good introduction to the episode.

Cruising down the road, Dean sees Castiel walking but when he stops, no Castiel. Cass later explains that he wasn’t at full power to totally return from Purgatory so Dean just gets glimpses but no twinkie. Dean doesn’t tell Sam that he’s seen Castiel’s apparition which gives me pause. Sam locates several weather omens linked with kidnapped people ranging from kids to grownups and so finds a job.

I’m so glad to see Samandriel but hate him being tortured! Crowley is seriously nurturing his “King of Hell’ title. I have to think he’s feeling the whole “closing the gates of Hell” squeezing him just a bit. No more fun and games between Crowley and the boys. Great fandom shout out when Crowley says, “no, no, and no!” This is Mark Sheppard’s typical response to anything that Richard Speight asks of him at Supernatural Conventions! Samandriel does share that the next generation of prophets have yet to be born. Something to tuck away inside of our little trivia brains. When a prophet dies, a new one appears. Chuck is dead hence Kevin but Rob Benedict(Chuck) has stated more than once that he was actually god.

Crowley has the group of prophets gathered together and of course they believe aliens have abducted them. What else? When one of the prophets questions Crowley, he’s killed which encourages the others to attempt reading the tablet.

Mrs. Tran douses Kevin in holy water which she proficiently and persistently does. She’s decided to be proactive and gathers demon bomb making materials rather than the two be continually in hiding. Seems Mrs. Tran found a witch who can help her acquire those needful ingredients. Positive here: the witch has the ingredients. The negative: she can be bought which of course happens. Crowley whisks Kevin off for fun and torture leaving a demon goon behind to kill Mrs. Tran. Momma Tran has no intention of making her death easy and using her giant, holy water filled supersoaker, she takes the demon down.

Meanwhile, Sam and Dean investigate the child kidnapping. When Dean quizzes the teacher about the incident, Sam slyly recites an exorcism into his phone. She is no longer possessed but acknowledges the smell of sulphur, demon residual.

Later, Sam sleeps as Dean researches in the dark and he again sees Castiel. They both get up and Dean admits to Sam that he’s seen Cass twice now. Dean’s guilt about not getting Castiel out of Purgatory is a major focus but Sam tells him “Survivor’s guilt, got to walk past it.” Possibly words that Sam repeated for a year while Dean was gone? I think so.

Leaning over the sink to wash up, Dean straightens up to have Cass physically standing right behind him.

Dean is incredulous and Cass is filthy from Purgatory. It seems the angel has no recollection of how he was pulled out other than it wasn’t Dean. The best line in the episode was Dean’s, “Sammy, I remember every second of leaving that place. I mean I remember the heat, the stink, the pain, the fear. I have that whole ugly mess right here… and he says he has no idea how he got out? I’m just not buying it.” Dean recalls Purgatory and slicing his arm open to let Benny in. The portal was a wonderful special effect with Dean stepping into but Castiel slipping out of his grip. Dean mentioned earlier that Cass should’ve tried harder and that was spot on.

Castiel can no longer endure Dean’s feeling responsible for him staying in Purgatory. Cass touches his forehead which allows Dean to see truth: Cass chose to let got of his arm, he wasn’t leaving Purgatory. Staying in Purgatory was his penance, very Dean-like.

The Winchesters receive a call from Mrs. Tran only because Kevin has been kidnapped. She shows up with the demon tied up in her trunk and Dean pulls his knife out to torture Kevin’s location out him.

Crowley works Kevin over fairly well but he hasn’t said anything about the tablet. Because more pain works, Crowley chops off Kevin’s finger. Kevin sidenote mentions Metatron who is an angelic scribe and an archangel. We also find out there are more tablets.

The captured demon gives up Kevin’s location so the four arrive for the rescue. Dean handcuffs Mrs. Tran to the steering wheel and he also tells Cass to stay back for his own protection. Before the Winchesters can confront Crowley, Castiel takes the stage, seems like he’s gotten his angel mojo back. Crowley smirks at Cass for trying to protect the group and Castiel “angels out”, black wings and all. The demon tablet gets broken and Crowley disappears.

Sam sends the Trans to Garth for protection. While Cass is talking to Dean, he gets zapped to what looks like heaven with an angel named Naomi(Amanda Tapping) in charge. She wants Castiel to go to the Winchesters when they call and to report back to her. Castiel refuses and Naomi continues to smile while informing Cass that he won’t remember the conversation. This entire scene opened up the ‘angels manipulating humans’ can. It would be a nice, easy explanation: Sam lived for a year without looking for Dean because he was mind controlled into it. Naomi ‘could be’ the person lurking outside Sam’s house that we saw. What are YOUR thoughts?

You know the old adage: without the bad how do you know what’s good? Life has to have heaven and hell. If the gates of hell were closed, where would the evil ones go/be? I don’t think this can occur so Castiel is once again assigned to further heaven’s and mankind’s best interest without being in the know. My thought. I also think that Riot, Sam’s ex-dog, will somehow be involved supernaturally rather than Amelia.

sweetondeanThis ep took us back to our original love: the Winchesters fighting together, not each other with Castiel as their wingman. The boys have full-out emerged as men in looks and in actions and I realize that as the Winchesters have grown, so have my expectations. “A Little Slice of Kevin” soothed the fandom beast and gave us morsels to chew on in regards to ‘figuring out’ what will, can and should happen! Our next feeding is in two weeks “Hunteri Heroci.” til then…. stay supernatural.

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Not only was “Southern Comfort” a makeover for Garth(DJ Qualls) but the Winchesters took orders from him! Not excluding the same name whiskey, Garth IS comforting and since Bobby isn’t around, needful. Bobby can’t be replaced but Garth gave it a good ol’ Southern boy try. Written by Adam Glass, Garth instructed hunters, ordered Sam and Dean around, and openly communicated his feelings. Let the Zenness begin!

I love Dean and Sam getting right to it concerning Benny, about Dean killing Amy, and about Sam possibly ganking Benny. Can we say ‘typical Winchester dilemma?”

“Kevin is in the wind, you’re sulking like a eunuch in a whorehouse and I have to ask myself: is a decapitation not just my thing?” Dean states so eloquently. So we know Kevin is still MIA, the boys are at odds with one another and Dean quickly finds a case via a police scanner. Arriving at the crime scene, a Texas Ranger is already on hand. I’m good friends with Rangers and I can promise you, they don’t do fringe! Garth however, is cowboyed out. Very unRanger-like, Garth gladly hugs the two, excited to see the Winchesters again.

While the three catch up, Garth answers calls from other hunters and advises them regarding their hunts. Dean ask Garth, “What are you doing?” Garth replies, “My job.” Sam is taken aback and asks, “Are you the new Bobby?” Dean of course replies with “shut your face” first to Sam and then to Garth at this ‘Bobby’ blasphemy. Garth takes control of the crime scene and this week’s monster is all about vengeance, getting back at perceived injustices via a penny.

Quizzing the first rage-aholic killer, a woman who married her childhood sweetheart, the three hunters find out about her husband’s indiscretion before their marriage. She kills her husband but has no memory of the murder, only a blind rage.

The Winchesters and Garth go eat in an obviously Confederate food establishment and Sam actually eats! Jared has stated before that he hates eating while filming. Also, has anyone noticed all of Sam’s facial hair scruff? Since the season has started, Sam is a bristle face!

Garth pushes Dean into answering where he spent the last year. “Purgatory, ya know, Purgatory Purgatory!” We then get the big scoop on how Garth became a hunter: he killed the Tooth Fairy! His first case which occurred after college and dental school. How could anyone eat and keep a straight face?

Investigating the first murder, Sam quizzes the “other” woman while Garth and Dean tag team the next crime scene where again the killer remembers nothing but kills in a blind rage. This time leaving the clue ‘Sussex’ written in blood.

Sam remembers his time with Amelia(Liane Balaban) where they really connect after ‘connecting’. Amelia shares about her not wanting to be pitied over her husband’s death. And correct me please, but when does anyone “let loose” sexually and then put clothes back on? Small detail….

Meanwhile Dean and Garth research the clues by computer and Bobby’s guidebook. Garth tries to be Bobby-like but Dean’s not having it! Garth is no Bobby! With his chin quivering, Garth lets Dean know that “Bobby belonged to everybody” which was true. Insightful Dean accepts that as a truth that he can handle. Garth discovers the monster, a specter, and realizes that a grave had been vandalized earlier for this ghost to have power for vengeance. The grave just happens to be the tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier.

At the third crime scene, someone is murdered and a second person has been hurt but left the location so Dean takes off to find him. Dean locates the deputy in the hospital where he and Dean fight and the murderous penny ends up in Dean’s palm.

Garth lets Sam know that he’s up for talking if Sam feels the need. Sam is reminded of Amelia and he thinks back to Amelia leaving. Her explanation continues a nonsensical trend, not much credibility with this relationship between Sam and her. I don’t dislike Amelia as many do but I feel like Amelia isn’t the real story here. There are no sparks and I think that Sam is needing a human link, hence damaged Amelia.

Sam and Garth enter the motel room where Dean is waiting for them. Dean doesn’t think twice about pulling his gun on Sam. Dean then proceeds to list Sam’s life mistakes from drinking demon blood to not looking for Dean because of a girl. This fight scene between the brothers was excellent and to throw Garth in the mix, smacking some sense into Dean, was perfect!

When Garth punches Dean to keep him from shooting Sam, the penny flies out of Dean’s hand which stops the spell. Dean has no clue what he has said or done. Garth reaches down to pick the penny up and Sams yells at him to stop. Laid back Garth shrugs the concern off and replies that “It’s all cool.” Garth doesn’t hold on to grudges so won’t be effected by the penny.

We finally get the entire story about the penny. Some kids invaded the Unknown Soldier’s tomb, picked up a penny which is normal then passed the penny on. This is the story. The brother’s story…. not so cut and dry.

Sam starts “Southern Comfort’ off wanting to talk it all out. Dean just says Benny is his friend and if another hunter kills him, that’s how it is. Dean later gets the vengeance bug and very strongly lays it all out for Sam. The reality is with the Winchesters, until they’re forced to come clean on how they feel, it’s not going to happen. So we get Dean’s black and white perspective. Sam just wants to move on with his own life and for Dean to let go of all the crap that has happened between them.

Growing is painful and Jeremy Carver has said that this season will be one of growth and maturity for the Winchesters. So is that going to hurt? My bet is yes. This fandom will continue to discuss loudly any and everything that causes rifts between the brothers. But the bottom line is this: the Winchesters get out of every situation and they will survive this! stay supernatural fandom..

THANK YOU BEN EDLUND! For a most wonderful episode, for meaningful character interactions and for the Winchesters being the men that we know them to be, thank you! The title ‘Blood Brother’ encompasses Benny the vamp, Dean and Benny(Ty Olsson) blood brothers in war and the brothers Sam and Dean. Going from ‘no meat’ “Bitten”, to so much that I can’t list, I’ll start with Benny getting his revenge on, something the Winchesters know very well.

Beginning with Benny attempting to kill the vamp who turned him originally, it ends badly and Benny calls Dean for help. Dean and Sam have tracked Kevin to a motel but since Kevin is a “crappy, little, credit card counting, criminal, prodigy Rainman,” he escapes… again. Sam reminds Dean that although Mrs. Tran was inhabited by Crowley, she was still Kevin’s mother therefore the Trans not too excited for the Winchesters to locate them! Dean receives Benny’s call for help and is ready to go. Love that about Dean! Sam doesn’t understand Dean leaving for “personal crap” because Dean’s been gone for a year, what kind of personal crap could he have?

During the drive to help Benny, Dean flashbacks to a time where he and Benny are tag team killing to survive. Freaky good call here with Benny whistling “In the Hall of the Mountain King” while he and Dean slash and hack monsters.

* Sam continues to look for Kevin on his trusty computer but checks in on Amelia too.

* He flashes back to his handyman days at a hotel where he was invested: as a normal person, in the hotel manager who had cancer and the man’s son, to Amelia the vet who saved Dog and who is also a kindred, wandering, spirit.

* Amelia drinks a lot, lives in the same hotel that Sam is staying, really hasn’t met anyone so when she calls Sam creepy because he “buys his clothes from an army surplus store, knows a lot about stitches and doesn’t know where he is going,” Sam calls her on it. Amelia is also damaged, like Sam.

* Dean brings Benny blood which repairs him instantly! Benny calls this favor good but Dean pushes for more and Benny responds with ‘enough with the friend’ stuff. I adore Dean’s loyalty, it’s NEVER misplaced.

* Benny gives Dean the lowdown: Benny’s gonna kill his maker and the nest, not Dean’s prob. Dean of course disagrees!

*Flashback to Castiel meeting up with Dean and Benny in Purgatory. Castiel is a beacon for the Leviathan so cannot be around Dean. Benny and Cass decide that an angelic being won’t be able to pass from Purgatory but Dean isn’t hearing any of it: he’s not leaving Castiel.

*Dean discovers that Benny was a “vampirate”, a vamp who sails the seas, attacks wealthy yachts, eats the owners and takes their possessions. Benny shares that he drinks blood but not people due to Andrea, a human he fell in love with but who was killed by his maker.

*Dean and Benny travel to the island nest where Benny discovers that Andrea was turned, not killed. Andrea wants Benny to kill the ‘old man’ so that they can be together. Dean sneaks around the mansion chopping heads off the vamps not so lucky to find him.

* Dean lets Sam know that he’s hunting vampires. Sam is concerned at first but then really worried after hearing Dean is hunting with someone who Sam doesn’t know. He takes off quickly to rescue his brother whom he’s thinking has gone off his rocker.

* Reliving a time when Dog runs into Amelia’s(Liane Balaban) room, Sam is taken aback when Amelia thinks Sam is creepy. This life for him is living beyond normal! Sitting down to really talk with Amelia, which squeezed my heart, he reads her like a book, “you have no idea where you’re going, do you?”

* Amelia confesses that she did have someone, just no longer and that no, she doesn’t know where she’s going.

* Benny kills the ‘old man’ who sticks it to Benny in the end. Andrea just wanted the daddy vamp dead and for her and Benny to set up house and live happily ever after! Benny realizes this too late. Benny loves her but she’s still a human feeding vampire so Dean kills her. End of NO discussion! Benny says nothing because he’s got more humanity than most humans.

* Benny quizzes Dean, “Is this even real? Why did you resurrect me?” Possibly a storyline down the road. To die, all Benny has to do is kill a human. Benny knows Dean would come after him. Sucky monster friendship!

*Benny and Dean leave the island, disembarking to find Sam waiting for them. Dean introduces Benny, they shake hands: Benny’s hand has to be cold, he’s dead, smart Sam puts two and two together. This cold handed fella, who knows a lot about Sam, traveled with Dean from Purgatory.

* Guy Norman Bee directed this ending perfectly. Sam shakes Benny’s hand, realizes that he’s a monster, slowly goes for his knife, but Dean shakes his head “no brother”. This moment is to be remembered. Benny leaves the two with the comment, “you have a lot to talk about.”

The ending epitomizes the Winchesters: conflict with more conflict! Ben Edlund, Guy Bee, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, perfect tv episode but it just feels so real. ‘Carry on My Wayward Sons’….. til next week. Stay supernatural.

My first response to “Heartache”: how in the heck did Jensen Ackles direct AND appear in this episode and do a great job as both actor/director? Written by Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming, the title “Heartache” becomes blazingly obvious after a runner gets his heart ripped out and assumed eaten. Scene two finds Dean and Sam disagreeing on their course of action. Kevin and his mom have disappeared and rather than twiddle their hands, Dean wants to hunt, Sam wants to enjoy organic apples. The two-story lines emerge straight out: our monster of the week(MOW) Cacao and the differences of heart between Dean and Sam. Hunting is breathing for Dean, Sam desires to live a normal life. This division has started fandom bickering which always indicates a good storyline! My recap and thoughts follow!

The Mayan god Cacao worked well as the MOW. Living in human form for generations, he only required two heart sacrifices yearly to stay young, strong and competitive in the sport’s world. This would’ve been cut and dry except that the current Cacao body, Brick Holmes, commits suicide and donates his organs for the good of mankind which translates to two sacrifices times eight transplants! Dean identifies the strange murders while he and Sam are searching for Kevin and his mom.

Alan Ackles guest stars as a snarky detective responding to Sam and Dean’s inquiries about a suspect with “Forgive me if I didn’t take him out back and shoot him”. FYI: this is a Texan thang! The boys interview the rotund suspect/runner who backs up Sam’s healthy living and causes Dean to gag(which he does perfectly) at the nasty green goo the health nut drinks. During the interview, it turns out that this guy experienced a scare within the past year hence the quest for a better life.

Dean identifies another case involving a cop who’s gone cuckoo. The cop also has had a transplant, an eye which he later tries to cut out. The cop’s babbling leads Dean to purchase a phone app that translates languages, handy for these guys! The babbling doesn’t register but Dean is still excited to have it!

After schmoozing the cop’s Dr. Kashi for some help, the guys drive and talk. Dean is bubbly, Sam is just not. Dean says “I’m at my best, right here, right now.” Sam agrees but adds “I’m not”. A major theme for season eight. Dr. Kashi calls with leading info: the legendary Brick Holmes had died and donated his organs which links the murders. Onto the next organ recipient’s town which happens to be close to Brick’s home. Sam’s past year involved sports apparently when he not only knows Brick but rattles off his stats like a machine.

The Winchesters meet Eleanor, Brick’s mother, who blows them off. Returning later to search her house, it’s odd that Eleanor’s closet is in Brick’s bedroom. Dean discovers a hidden closet which holds hundreds of years of sports paraphernalia. He also finds letters which he and Sam read later, finding a special recurring woman, Betsy. Sam researches to find Brick’s face appearing for ages as a sports god.

Sam figures out that Brick’s mom and Betsy are the same person. Eleanor comes clean about the whole Cacao sacrifice. She informs them that Rhanda received Brick’s heart and to destroy the heart is to destroy the curse. The Winchesters enter a strip club with Dean smelling it all in. Rhanda the stripper confronts them but she has two other bodies with her who prove to be fairly strong. Rhanda straddles Dean(!) as he is being held down, intending to rip his heart out and eat it while he watches. Thankfully Sam recovers, releasing Dean with enough wiggle room to stab Rhanda through her heart, thus ending Cacao’s life and essence.

Our only flashback comes during a Sam and Dean discussion. Sam is walking his dog Riot, yelling for Amelia, his love interest for the past year. Riot runs off and Sam finds he and Amelia, sitting on a blanket with a picnic. “Haven’t you ever had a birthday cake?” Amelia asks. This scene is reminiscent of Dean’s flashback of Lisa and a picnic. Sam emotes youth and freedom and is so very normal, the crux of the flashback.

This stand alone episode reiterates the bigger seasonal picture, Sam and Dean’s opposite life desires. For Sam, organic apples aren’t a huge issue but walking through a market, eating fresh food is a massive issue. Sam mentions twice that he’s hanging it up when the doors of Hell are forever closed. Sam has also shared his phone number and used Sambora as an alias, both actions that Devereux has warned the boys against doing.

Dean is bubbly. Way too happy for me. Almost to the point of waiting for the other shoe to drop bubbly. After Purgatory, Dean embraces his inner killer, he loves to hunt and his happy place is doing just that, with Sam.

I love the two ‘boys’ being grownup, talking, sharing. This episode reiterates emotions we’ve heard since season one, their differences but it feels real now because they’re men and not boys. Considering Supernatural is all about two brothers hunting together, I’m not sure where this can go with any hope or no pain. Thanks again cast and crew for giving us meat to chew on and you know we will! Til next week, stay supernatural…..