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Supernatural Season 8

This is the only season I legit was mad at Sam for most of it. It’s a good season, I just wanted to throat-punch Sam for most of it.

EPISODE 150 (S8E1): WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

WATCH – Dean has been in Purgatory for a year and he made a friend. Sam hit a dog. Amelia annoys me to no end.

EPISODE 151 (S8E2): WHAT’S UP, TIGER MOMMY?

WATCH – Kevin’s mom is kind of a badass. Sam can wield Mjölnir. The Demon tablet goes up for monster auction.

Crowley tries to bid Alaska for the tablet.
“Palin? And a bridge to nowhere? No, thanks.”

EPISODE 152 (S8E3): HEARTACHE

Jensen Ackles’ father, Alan Ackles, guest stars in this episode. Not only that, but Jensen directed this episode as well.

Dean is still mad at Sam for not looking for him for the last year, not hunting for the last year, not looking after Kevin for the last year… you get it. Amelia still annoys me.

You can SKIP this episode.

EPISODE 153 (S8E4): BITTEN

SKIP – it’s a one-off episode of characters that haven’t showed up again since.

allyourfriendsaredeadEPISODE 154 (S8E5): BLOOD BROTHER

WATCH – Benny has some unfinished business now that he’s back from Purgatory. This episode gives you backstory on Benny before Purgatory as well as Dean and Benny’s friendship.

Sam calls Dean while he’s in a vampire nest with Benny. Their conversation is dysfunctional AF and will have you rolling. Sam gets to meet Benny. His reaction is yet another reason why I want to hit him this season.

Also, Sam has flashbacks to his time with Amelia. It’s lame. Their relationship was lame.

EPISODE 155 (S8E6): SOUTHERN COMFORT

WATCH – Garth takes up where Bobby left off and the brothers aren’t handling it gracefully.

Sidenote: This is a passionate fandom who cares A LOT about these characters. The fandom took the death of Bobby singer very hard. And unfortunately for actor DJ Qualls who plays Garth, he took a lot of heat (and hate) from some fans because they couldn’t handle anyone replacing Bobby.

EPISODE 156 (S8E7): A LITTLE SLICE OF KEVIN

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WATCH – Dean is seeing Cas everywhere. His guilt about leaving him behind in Purgatory has been eating away at him. We (and Dean) finally get the full story of what happened in Purgatory.

Crowley has been torturing Heaven’s most adorable angel, Samandriel, for the names of the prophets so he can translate the demon tablet. Kevin and his mom have been laying low trying to stay away from the demons on their trail.

A new angel is introduced – Naomi.

Sidenote: This episode raises a curious question, what the hell happened to Chuck?

EPISODE 157 (S8E8): HUNTERI HEROICI

WATCH – Cas wants nothing to do with Heaven anymore. He’s chosen a new career path instead (and let’s be honest, which of us hasn’t wanted to quit our jobs and do the same?). Remember the old school Looney Tunes cartoons? This will bring back some fun memories with a bloody twist.

EPISODE 158 (S8E9): CITIZEN FANG

WATCH – Remember Martin the hunter from the psych hospital? He’s tracking Benny now. And Sam was the one who put him on Benny’s trail! (Stop pissing me off me this season, Sam!!)

Dean pulls a questionable (but I think necessary) stunt to get Sam off of Benny’s trail and it’s going to cause some major trust issues between the brothers. As if there weren’t already enough.

EPISODE 159 (S8E10): TORN AND FRAYED

WATCH – Poor Samandriel is still being tortured by Crowley, he tries to call out to Naomi for help. She dispatches Castiel to help him.

For the love – I really want Dean to throat punch Sam. This episode really made me say, “Fuck you, Sam.”

EPISODE 160 (S8E11): LARP AND THE REAL GIRL

WATCH – Charlie Bradbury returns. She’s been hiding since the incident with Dick Roman, but when news of his death hit, she re-emerged with a new identity.

EPISODE 161 (S8E12): AS TIME GOES BY

WATCH – Another time-travel episode, except this time characters jump from the past into present day. The boys get to meet their grandfather, Henry Winchester, and a new demon – Abbadon.

EPISODE 162 (S8E13): EVERYBODY HATES HITLER

The important thing that happens in this episode is that the brothers take the key they got in the previous episode to coordinates they were given and end up at the Men of Letters bunker. Sam gets to live in a library and Dean doesn’t have to live on the road anymore. The rest of the episode is inconsequential to the greater story. You can SKIP this one. The creature in this episode is a golem… and Nazis.

EPISODE 163 (S8E14): TRIAL AND ERROR

WATCH – Kevin has been over-working himself translating the Demon Tablet on Garth’s safe-houseboat; but he’s figured out how to close the gates of hell permanently.

Also, Dean is nesting. He hasn’t had his own room since he was 4 years old and their house caught fire.

EPISODE 164 (S8E15): MAN’S BEST FRIEND WITH BENEFITS

Witches and their familiars, or the animal spirits that guide them. Kevin is working on translating what the Demon Tablet says about the next trial. You can SKIP this one and move on.

EPISODE 165 (S8E16): REMEMBER THE TITANS

The legend of Prometheus – You can SKIP this one.

EPISODE 166 (S8E17): GOODBYE STRANGER

Megstiel_UnicornWATCH – Naomi is torturing and brainwashing poor Castiel. Is he strong enough to fight it? Dean still doesn’t feel Castiel came back right from purgatory. Regardless, he has been praying to him.

‘Megstiel’ becomes canon. This is basically as romantic as this show gets.

EPISODE 167 (S8E18): FREAKS AND GEEKS

SKIP – Remember Krissy Chambers? She’s back and she’s hunting.

EPISODE 168 (S8E19): TAXI DRIVER

WATCH – Crowley is looking for Kevin who’s been able to translate the second trial. Sam gets to see what Purgatory was like. A couple of old friends return. I cried and hated on Sam once again during this episode.

EPISODE 169 (S8E20): PAC-MAN FEVER

WATCH – Charlie returns and Dean is teaching her how to become a hunter. The trials are taking a physical toll on Sam.

EPISODE 170 (S8E21): THE GREAT ESCAPIST

EPISODE 171 (S8E22): CLIP SHOW

EPISODE 172 (S8E23): SACRIFICE

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Supernatural Season 7

This whole season is one long-running dick joke. It’s quite impressive.

Episode count – Watch 14, Skip 9

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EPISODE 127 (S7E1): MEET THE NEW BOSS

WATCH – Castiel is the new God. Sam’s wall is broken. Death is not amused.

A lot has been said about Dean and Cas’s friendship, but Sam and Cas have been developing their friendship throughout the years as well.

Sidenote: The Westboro Baptist Church considers Misha Collins as one of several Antichrists. You almost get the feeling that if Misha had god-like powers, he’d probably go around righting a lot of these same wrongs that Cas did.

EPISODE 128 (S7E2): HELLO, CRUEL WORLD

WATCH – Castiel’s vessel is falling apart with the Leviathan inside him. Sam is having severe hallucinations. Bobby is more than a fellow hunter to the boys (but you’ve figured that out by now, right?) and serves as the father-figure John never was or could be.

Bobby: “How are you?”
Dean: “Who cares? Don’t you think our mailbox is a little full right now? I’m fine. Really.”
Bobby: “Of course. You just lost one of the best friends you ever had, your brother’s in the bell jar, and Purgatory’s most wanted are surfin’ the sewer lines. But yeah, yeah, I get it. You’re fine.”

Sheriff Jody Mills had an appendectomy. Dean breaks his leg and Sam has even more head trauma. The Leviathan are very clever monsters. Bobby’s home is targeted.

Sidenote: When you consider Jared’s own battle with depression and how much he champions mental health awareness, Sam’s struggle this season takes on a whole new level of powerful and meaningful acting.

samcastingEPISODE 129 (S7E3): THE GIRL NEXT DOOR

WATCH – While on a supply run, Sam catches on to a case identical to one when he was a kid. [Sidenote: This is the 5th episode Colin Ford stars as young Sam Winchester and once again does an incredible job]. He leaves Dean behind to investigate. The monster in this episode is a Kitsune and the brothers end up arguing about how to handle it (shocking, right?)

Sam: “You don’t trust her. Fine. Trust me.”
Dean: “OK.”

EPISODE 130 (S7E4): DEFENDING YOUR LIFE

WATCH – Dean has to face his past; some old cases and friends come back to haunt his conscience. Sam gets to put his unused lawyer skills to practice. The big bad in this episode is the Egyptian god Osiris, wonderfully played by Faran Tahir.

EPISODE 131 (S7E5): SHUT UP, DR. PHIL

It’s a funny couples therapy for witches episode. If you were a fan of Buffy and/or Angel, you cannot SKIP this episode. If you didn’t care for them, you can safely move on. Either way, it doesn’t do much to move the greater story-arc this season along.

EPISODE 132 (S7E6): SLASH FICTION

WATCH – Leviathans have taken on Sam and Dean’s forms. Bobby introduces the boys to “a jackass and lunatic” named Frank Devereaux while he keeps working on getting information from the Leviathan they captured in the previous episode. Now that Sheriff Jody Mills knows about monsters and that Bobby isn’t just the town drunk, they’re becoming friends. Crowley tries to make a deal.

Dean: “Nobody puts Baby in a corner!”
Sam: “You know that’s a line from…”
Dean: “Swayze movie. Swayze always gets a pass!”

EPISODE 133 (S7E7): THE MENTALISTS

SKIP – it’s a one-off storyline about psychics being killed. This episode picks up one and a half weeks after Sam and Dean separated because of the argument they had over Amy, the Kitsune from episode 3 this season. Ellen Harvelle gave Dean a message from beyond the grave to talk to someone and trust again or she’ll come back and kick his ass. [Guest starring a few actors that were a guest stars on Psych.]

Psychic: “I need a drink.”
Dean: “I support that.”

EPISODE 134 (S7E8): SEASON 7, TIME FOR A WEDDING!

WATCH – Dean has to team up with another hunter, Garth. Remember him from last season, Weekend at Bobby’s? And remember Samgirl, Becky Rosen? OK, that’s all you need to enjoy this episode. Enjoy!

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EPISODE 135 (S7E9): HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE MONSTERS

WATCH – This episode reinforces how much they’ve learned from Bobby over the years. Part of the Levithan’s plans are revealed.

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EPISODE 136 (S7E10): DEATH’S DOOR

WATCH – Bobby is fighting for his life and he enlists an old friend to help him survive.

EPISODE 137 (S7E11): ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING

SKIP – The daughter of a hunter is looking for her missing hunter father – he went on a hunting trip and hasn’t been home in a few days (Sidenote: The hunter, played by Ian Tracey, comes back as a different character in Season 13). Sam and Dean grieve another friend. Dean wants to kill Dick and goes to Frank to find out the numbers Bobby wrote on his hand were coordinates to a field in Wisconsin.

EPISODE 138 (S7E12): TIME AFTER TIME

SKIP – Chronos, the god of time sends Dean back to 1944 where he meets Elliot Ness. Not only does Dean love westerns, but he’s seen Untouchables 50 times.

Dean on the laptop
Sam: “I can’t believe I’m about to say this but I hope you’re watching cartoon smut because reading Dick Roman crap over and over again is just self-punishment.”
Dean closes his laptop
Dean: “It’s called anime, and it’s an art form.”

Later in the episode, Dean asks to use Sam’s computer
Sam: “Look up more anime, or are you strictly into Dick now?”

EPISODE 139 (S7E13): THE SLICE GIRLS

You can SKIP it, but if you do choose to watch it, DO NOT READ THE FOLLOWING SPOILER: Dean has a one night stand with an Amazon. She gets pregnant, the baby goes through rapid growth and Dean now has a daughter. The Amazons kill the fathers of the daughters, but it’s not the mother who does it, it’s the daughter. Sam kills Dean’s daughter/his own niece. Dean is mad at Sam, said he had it under control. Sam throws what happened at the end of The Girl Next Door back at him.

ballwashersEPISODE 140 (S7E14): PLUCKY PENNYWHISTLE’S MAGIC MENAGERIE

Sam is still afraid of clowns. Dean’s inner child always wanted a rainbow slinky. This episode is adorable but if you want to SKIP it, you can.

Dean to Sam: “You look like you got attacked by some PCP-crazed strippers.”

EPISODE 141 (S7E15): REPO MAN

You can SKIP this one, but it’s a good story, especially if you are fascinated by serial killers.

EPISODE 142 (S7E16): OUT WITH THE OLD

Cursed objects are killing people. You can SKIP this one. What’s important to know in this episode is that Levithan are disguised as realtors in this episode and buying up land to carry out their greater plan – build a research center to cure cancer.

Dean about Frank: “He’s a crazy son-of-a-bitch. You know, having a cranky, total paranoid as your go-to guy, that’s… it’s… I don’t know what it is.”
It’s Bobby, is what it is Dean. It’s Bobby.

narcissitic personality disorder.gifEPISODE 143 (S7E17): THE BORN-AGAIN IDENTITY

WATCH – Sam’s hallucinations are getting worse and Dean is desperate to find a way to help him. Dean is tipped off to a healer that can help. Some old friends come back in this episode.

EPISODE 144 (S7E18): PARTY ON, GARTH

Garth returns in this episode and he’s always a fun character to watch. He asks the boys to help him hunt a shojo, a Japanese god of drunkenness. You can SKIP this episode, but something very important happens at the end of this episode. Make sure you watch the recap in the next episode if you skip this one to find out what you missed.

EPISODE 145 (S7E19): OF GRAVE IMPORTANCE

WATCH – Do not skip the recap to this episode! Especially if you skipped the previous episode. An old friend returns, but he’s not the same.

EPISODE 146 (S7E20): THE GIRL WITH THE DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS TATTOO

WATCH – This episode is a great one that ties together what we know of the Leviathan plan so far. Introduces a new character, Charlie Bradbury, played by the effervescent Felicia Day. Dick Roman uses Charlie to decypt some of Frank’s old computer files. The boys have Charlie double-cross Dick and help them instead. Bobby takes advantage of the situation to get some revenge. [The security guard Charlie (and Dean) flirt with was an extra on Psych]

If you look closely at the computer screen when Charlie is reading Dick Roman’s emails, you’ll see that Donald Trump himself is working with Dick! That’ explains SO MUCH!!

Sidenote: Whenever you hear a character say the phrase “kick it in the ass”, that’s a shoutout to the show’s former producer/director Kim Manners who used that phrase often.

KevinTran_APEPISODE 147 (S7E21): READING IS FUNDAMENTAL

WATCH – a new prophet is born, and he’s in advanced placement.

Castiel is still recovering from taking on Sam’s damaged soul. Dean is struggling with forgiveness and trust.

EPISODE 148 (S7E22): THERE WILL BE BLOOD

WATCH – Dick has Kevin. The boys debate what to do with Bobby. Dean can’t eat his usual road food.

EPISODE 149 (S7E23): SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST

WATCH – What becomes of Bobby? Does Crowley hold up his end of the deal? With who? What happened to Kevin? Can Dean forgive Cas? Can the boys cockblock Dick?

Supernatural Season 6

For me, this was the hardest season to get into. Not because it was bad but because season 5 was so perfect. Going back, I kinda still feel the same. But knowing the story-arc for this season, it is worth it to see WTAF is going on post-Team-Free-Will-stopped-the-apocalypse.

Episode count – Watch 17, Skip 5

EPISODE 105 (S6E1): EXILE ON MAIN ST.

WATCH – set one year after Sam jumped in the cage. Dean kept his promise to his brother and tried to live a normal life with Lisa and Ben.

EPISODE 106 (S6E2): TWO AND A HALF MEN

Sam needs Dean’s help on another case. Remember the first time Sam died and Dean thought maybe he came back different? Remember that episode when Dean said “What’s dead should stay dead” (actually, I told you to skip that one, but if you read my synopsis of the episode, it should still ring a bell)? Does Sam seem different to you now that he’s back a second time from the dead? Same goes for Samuel – he came back from the dead, too. He was never a lovable cuddly grandpa, but did he come back different? Also, now that Sam is back Lisa has to face the fact that she might lose Dean to hunting. I’m 50/50 on this one, you could probably just SKIP it.

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EPISODE 107 (S6E3): THE THIRD MAN

WATCH – introduces a new angel, Balthazar, played by Sebastian Roche who also appeared on 2 other CW shows, Vampire Diaries and The Originals. Raphael returns. Sam works out. This episode tackles some police corruption and revenge… or is it justice?

Some great lines delivered by 2 great angels:

Castiel: “I think we can rule Moses out as a suspect.”

Balthazar: “Hey! Look at my junk.”

EPISODE 108 (S6E4): WEEKEND AT BOBBY’S

WATCH – Great episode to get to know more about Bobby and everything he does to help the brothers and all hunters. Also a great episode to see how the boys (and the audience) forget that Bobby doesn’t belong just to them. He’s not a sidekick, he raised them as much as if not more than John Winchester.

Rufus is hunting and Okami while the boys are on the trail of a Lamia. Prepare to fall in love with Rufus some more in this episode, too. The writers gave his character some great lines and his friendship with Bobby becomes more evident and solidified.

Bobby finds out that Crowley got a promotion from King of the Crossroads to King of Hell. The hunter, Garth, “appears” for the first time in a phone call to Bobby.

twi-hardEPISODE 109 (S6E5): LIVE FREE OR TWI-HARD

WATCH – The opening scene is as douchey as the Twilight movies were. It’s hilarious to watch – all the angst, all the melodrama, all the why does a hundreds of years old being love a ridiculous 17 year old… Even the douchebag’s name is Robert!

As the boys hunt down vampires, something goes wrong and it has dire consequences for Dean, his relationship with Sam, and his relationships with Lisa and Ben.

EPISODE 110 (S6E6): YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH

WATCH – Sam is the case in this episode. Dean is determined to figure out what is wrong with Sam. Sam eventually comes clean to Dean.

Sam: “It’s a more caring administration,” remember this aired when Obama was president.

EPISODE 111 (S6E7): FAMILY MATTERS

WATCH – Samuel and his motives are now in question.

EPISODE 112 (S6E8): ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN

Sam and Dean are forced to work for Crowley who wants them to capture the Alpha Werewolf. Sam comes clean about how he really feels to Dean. SKIP this one but fast forward to 37 minutes in and watch the discussion the boys have at the picnic table.

EPISODE 113 (S6E9): CLAP YOUR HANDS IF YOU BELIEVE

WATCH – Yes, that is how X-Files does their intros. Yes, there is a hint about possible alien abductions. You’ll have to watch, though, if you want to find out if these aliens also make their abductees slow dance with them.

Jared now gets the opportunity to fully play another version of his character – Soulless Sam. Up to this point, Sam has been watching his words and careful with his actions; he’s been a vaguely reminiscent version of the old Sam. This is the first episode he gets to let his soulless flag fly high and it’s hilarious to watch.

Soulless Sam: “If you want to add glitter to that glue you’re sniffing, that’s fine. But don’t dump your wackadoo over us, we’d rather not step in it.”

Soulless Sam isn’t completely different from regular Sam, though… Sam still has questions. “Dean, did you service Oberon?”

Jensen improvised the line in the scene where he was being hauled off by the police; it wasn’t in the script.

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EPISODE 114 (S6E10): CAGED HEAT

WATCH – Crowley is still looking for purgatory, and we open with a scene of him interrogating the Alpha shifter. The boys are still reluctantly working for him when they get kidnapped by Meg.

Meg (during the interrogation): “Officially over the foreplay. Satisfy me or I please myself.”

The brothers go on a mission to retrieve Sam’s soul. The boys team up with Meg (with the intention of double-crossing her later) to hunt down Crowley. They enlist Castiel to help them. They also try to enlist Samuel for help but he’s hesitant. Samuel’s motive for helping Crowley is revealed.

Some other fun facts from this episode:

  • Meg has a crush.
  • Castiel learns it from the pizzaman.
  • Crowley bought Dick Cheney’s soul.
  • Soulless Sam has his ultimate creepy moment when he gives that bloody smile.

EPISODE 115 (S6E11): APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA

WATCH – Special guest star Robert Englund (Freddie Kreuger) helps Dean reach out to Death to enlist his help retrieving Sam’s soul. In case anything goes wrong, Dean gives Dr. Robert a letter addressed to Ben. Tessa returns and Dean has to make a deal with Death before he agrees to help.

Sam doesn’t want his soul back and asks Balthazar to help him stop Dean. The spell Balthazar gives him calls for Sam to kill Bobby.

Death tells Dean to keep digging – “It’s about the souls”

EPISODE 116 (S6E12): LIKE A VIRGIN

WATCH – Don’t skip the recap. The song is Aerosmith “Back in the Saddle Again”

Sam is back with his soul intact. Dean is glad, but Bobby doesn’t like keeping the secret of the wall from Sam and all the things Sam has done in the past year and a half from him. And he’s still understandably a little salty about what Sam tried to do to him in the previous episode.

Dean wants to keep the secret because he’s afraid of breaking the wall Death built. Sam calls Castiel and tricks him into telling him what happened in the last year.

Dragons and the legend of King Arthur and the sword in the stone is referenced. A new big bad, the Mother of All, is introduced.

EPISODE 117 (S6E13): UNFORGIVEN

Sam recounts a memory from when he was soulless; which means he’s scratching at the wall Death told him to leave alone. Watch it if you want to see how bad Sam got while he was soulless, but you can SKIP it if you want to move on to the next episode. Also, click here to watch the backstory of this episode’s big bad creature.

EPISODE 118 (S6E14): MANNEQUIN 3: THE RECKONING

You can SKIP this episode. The most important thing that happens in it is Lisa has calling Dean but Dean won’t answer her calls. When he finally does pick up, it’s actually Ben that has been calling Dean to come back. Ben tells Dean there’s something wrong with his mom and begs Dean to come home. When Dean does leave Sam to wrap up the case by himself so he can drive to see Lisa and Ben, he finds that there actually isn’t anything wrong with Lisa. She’s been trying to move on from Dean and about to go on a date with another man and Ben panicked. Lisa asks Dean to leave them alone and they agree that they shouldn’t be together and that Dean shouldn’t come back anymore.

EPISODE 119 (S6E15): THE FRENCH MISTAKE

A classic. A must WATCH. Jensen and Jared play Sam and Dean playing Jensen and Jared playing Sam and Dean. It’ll make sense when you watch it.

FYI, all of the tweets Misha makes in the episode were actually tweeted live when the episode aired at the moment Misha tweeted it on the show! Check it out:

“Ola mishamigos! J2 got me good. Really starting to feel like one of the guys.”
Tweeted as Misha as Misha during east coast airing of the episode

“IMHO j&j had a late one last night. Rotflmfao!”
Tweeted as Misha as Misha during the west coast airing of the episode

“My phone was stolen and apparently cast into a parallel universe devoid of magic. I’ve retrieved it. I promise it won’t happen again.”
Tweeted as Misha after west coast airing was over

Some facts about this episode:

  • When approached about this episode, Jensen said he’ll do it as long as he gets to still be Dean.
  • When Misha was approached about it, he said he wanted to be the douchey-ist version of himself he could be.
  • The jokes about the boys not talking to each other is actually the opposite of how they are in real life. They are close friends who both live in Austin, TX and were even in each others weddings. Their wives are also friends with each other. Genevieve acting like she doesn’t like Jensen and that he’s never been to their house is false.
  • Yes, Jared actually did marry fake-Ruby.
  • Misha actually gets pranked on arguably more than any other series regular on the show. Jensen has admitted that it’s because they like him best, but this is why Misha makes the joke on the show that he’s starting to feel like one of the guys.
  • During a normal day of filming, the cause of the multiple takes of a scene on the show is Jared and Jensen messing with Misha during his close-ups trying to get him to mess up his lines.
  • Also, the first time Jensen did a scene with Misha, the mouthing “what the hell?” at the crew was what Jensen did and it was because of the deep voice Misha used for Castiel.
  • When Dean is Jensen being Dean and keeps trying (badly) to get through his lines in the scene, his voice goes super-deep in one of the takes. Sam looks at him and confused asks, “What?” Dean answers in his normal voice, “That’s how he [Misha] does it.”
  • Robert Singer actually is the executive producer of Supernatural and the character Bobby Singer actually was named after him.
  • Sera Gamble on the phone with Robert Singer is the showrunner who took over after Eric Kripke left after season 5.
  • This is only the second episode we get to see Castiel’s wings.

EPISODE 120 (S6E16): …AND THEN THERE WERE NONE

WATCH – don’t skip the recap. Bobby and the boys go on a hunting trip together and run into an old friend… and one not so friendly friend. Eve has created a new creature and not everyone comes out of this one alive.

EPISODE 121 (S6E17): MY HEART WILL GO ON

WATCH – The boys have stopped the apocalypse, but they also messed up fate’s plan. Balthazar is back and he hates Titanic. Bobby is dealing with what he did in the previous episode… and not well. An old friend has returned.

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Sidenote: when creator, Eric Kripke, originally came up with the concept of the show, he thought he would have the boys drive around in a Ford Mustang. It was his neighbor, a car buff, who told him to change it to an Impala because there’s enough room in the trunk to hide a body.

EPISODE 122 (S6E18): FRONTIERLAND

The boys have a lead on a way to kill the Mother of All. Dean loves westerns and everything about the wild west. It’s a good episode, but you can SKIP it. If you do skip this, remember to watch the episode recap for the next episode.

Sidenote: When Bobby says he can’t leave those idjits stranded in Deadwood, that’s a reference to when Jim Beaver himself starred in the show Deadwood.

EPISODE 123 (S6E19): MOMMY DEAREST

WATCH – The Mother of All is busy creating more. She reveals a secret to the team that has them second-guessing their loyalties.

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Sidenote: Misha forgot his line that was supposed to come after Dean calling him a baby in a trenchcoat, so Jared improvised the line “I think you hurt his feelings” and they decided to keep it that way.

EPISODE 124 (S6E20): THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING

WATCH – This episode, for me, made the season worth it. There have been some great episodes this season, but as far as an over-arching storyline, this is the episode that helps it all make sense. Castiel reveals everything and Dean refers to him as a brother for the first time.

Sidenote: Kenneth Lay was the founder and CEO of the Enron Corporation. Enron reached a peak value of more than $60 billion, but filed for bankruptcy in 2001 causing more than 20,000 employees to lose not only their jobs but their savings and retirement funds.

EPISODE 125 (S6E21): LET IT BLEED

WATCH and don’t skip the recap – Horror writer, H.P. Lovecraft, opened a door to purgatory and a creature came out. Dean has a Liam Neeson from Taken moment.

EPISODE 126 (S6E22): THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

WATCH and don’t skip the recap – Castiel will do whatever it takes to defeat his brother, Raphael. That has severe consequences for Sam and possibly unforgivable consequences to his relationship with Dean.

Season 6 is over! Well done! The final 3 episodes should’ve brought everything from the first episode full circle. Season 7 is gonna be crazy!!

Supernatural Season 5

Creator Eric Kripke had a 5 year plan for Supernatural; he needed 5 seasons to tell the story he wanted to tell. This season answers a lot of the questions that have been building up since the very first episode. Kripke left the show for other projects (he’s still acts as Executive Consultant, sometimes writer and producer for the show) after this season.

EPISODE 83 (S5E1): SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL

WATCH – the aftermath of breaking the final seal. First time Dean refers to Cas as “my friend” and Dean learns his role in the fight against Lucifer. Bobby Singer and Chuck Shurley return in this episode and we’re introduced to fangirl Becky Rosen and vessel Nick.

EPISODE 84 (S5E2): GOOD GOD, Y’ALL!

WATCH – The apocalypse has begun and old friends/hunters return to the show to help fight – Rufus Turner and Ellen and Jo Harvelle. Dean is struggling to trust Sam again. Castiel is struggling to trust Dean.

Castiel: “I killed two angels this week. My brothers. I’m hunted. I rebelled. And I did it, all of it, for you. And you failed. You and your brother destroyed the world. And I lost everything, for nothing. So you keep your opinions to yourself.”

EPISODE 85 (S5E3): FREE TO BE YOU AND ME

WATCH – The episode opens with Lynard Skynard’s “Simple Man” playing while showing the brothers living separate lives as simple men. Sidenote: Supernatural Conventions have rock concerts on Saturday nights and they will play songs like “Simple Man”. Check out Jensen Ackles singing “Simple Man” at a convention in Vancouver – yes, that is Chuck on guitar next to him, and Crowley on drums behind him (he’s introduced as a character in the episode “Abandon All Hope” later this season), and Gabriel on bass. Because why the fuck not?! Why wouldn’t these men be some of the most talented mofos on the damn planet?

A new angel is introduced in this episode – Raphael. Sam has a co-worker who thoroughly annoyed me the whole episode, and probably will annoy you as well. Dean and Cas become friends this episode, not just 2 guys who bond because they’re in war together. They work a case together and actually hang out and have a laugh. Castiel is still very naive about humans and human nature.

Some great and classic lines came out of this episode:

  • Castiel: “Hello, Dean”
    Dean: “Cas, we’ve talked about this – personal space?”
  • Dean: “Last time you zapped me someplace, I didn’t poop for a week.”
  • Castiel: “Today, you’re my little bitch.”

EPISODE 86 (S5E4): THE END

WATCH – Zachariah zaps Dean to the future 5 years to 2014 (this episode originally aired on Oct 1, 2009). The Croatoan virus has infected humans and Sarah Palin is president. It’s definitely a post-apocalyptic world.

Misha has, at this point in the show, essentially played 3 different characters – Castiel, Jimmy Novak, and now Future Cas. This is the first time we get to see Jared play a new character in the show.

Post-waterboarding (and torture for information) controversy commentary:
Dean: “Oh, so we’re torturing again? No, that’s good. Classy.”

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EPISODE 87 (S5E5): FALLEN IDOLS

Three weeks after the brothers get together again, they find their first case together. The whole purpose of this episode is to hash out how they will work together again and if Dean can bring himself to trust Sam again. You can SKIP this one. Nothing happens here that affects the overall story-arc. However, if you want to see Dean get beat up by Paris Hilton (yes, she totally guest starred on the show), then definitely watch this one.

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EPISODE 88 (S5E6): I BELIEVE THE CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE

This is a really good episode with a really cool new character, a little kid named Jesse. He’s adorable and he’s powerful. Like, he turned Castiel into a toy, powerful. But ultimately, someone (writer, producer, whoever) decided they didn’t like this storyline and decided to drop it after this episode. Watch it if you have time, but let’s just say the fandom is still curious what ever became of this kid. You can SKIP this one.

EPISODE 89 (S5E7): THE CURIOUS CASE OF DEAN WINCHESTER

Another really good episode. If you just want to stick to the episodes that move along the greater story-arc (which is how I’m basing my “watch” or “skip” recommendations), then you can SKIP this one. But if you want a good story, this is one to watch.

Sidenote: Actor Jim Beaver is a former marine who served in Vietnam. Keep that in mind while you watch this episode which tackles Bobby’s feelings of how he can be useful in the fight to stop the apocalypse

EPISODE 90 (S5E8): CHANGING CHANNELS

This episode is a classic. WATCH it twice! A familiar favorite character returns.

Also, you’ve heard of that doctor show, Grey’s Anatomy? It’s basically beautiful people who are surgeons and their relationships with each other, and sometimes their patients. Anyway, there was a storyline a while back where one of the female doctors fell in love with one of her patients. He eventually died and his ghost haunted her. They ended up having ghost sex in one of the rooms the doctors occasionally have sex in. It was a whole weird thing. Well, the patient she fell in love with is the same actor that plays John Winchester. The reason I’m telling you this will make sense when you watch this brilliant episode. It’s not only an opportunity to poke fun at another show but to poke fun at their friend and former co-star, Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

EPISODE 91 (S5E9): THE REAL GHOST BUSTERS

WATCH – Chuck and Becky are back in this episode which is another one of the show’s nods to its fandom.

EPISODE 92 (S5E10): ABANDON ALL HOPE

WATCH – a new crossroads demon is introduced, Crowley, played by the vastly under-rated actor, Mark Sheppard. Ellen and Jo Harvelle also return in this episode as well as another familiar demon, Meg. Lucifer confronts his brother, Castiel, and tries to get him to join his side since they have both rebelled. Meg meets Castiel for the first time in this episode.

Historic significance and social commentary: In the opening sequence you see Crowley making a deal with Mr. Pendleton, a rich banker, who’s looking to get a bailout for his bank. Remember this episode aired a little after the US government bailed out the banks for causing the housing market crash in 2007-2008.

Ellen saying “Kick it in the ass” is an homage to former producer/director Kim Manners who passed away during season 4 of the show. It’s a common phrase he used, even when he worked on X-Files. In fact, they had their own tribute to him using that phrase in Season 10 Episode 3 by putting it on a gravestone.

saminterruptedEPISODE 93 (S5E11): SAM, INTERRUPTED

Martin, a hunter who used to work with the boys’ dad, is now a patient in a psychiatric hospital and asks the boys for help fighting a monster killing the patients. While there, the boys will have to confront their own psychology. Also, pudding will have a new meaning after this episode. It’s a good episode and I’d recommend you watch it if you have time, but you can SKIP it if you just want to stick with the episodes that move the greater story along.

EPISODE 94 (S5E12): SWAP MEAT

This is a cute Freaky Friday type episode and has some great lines in it. It also guest stars April from Grey’s Anatomy. Similar to the episode when they were hunting a Siren, Dean gets a taste of working with a brother more like him. I feel like I don’t have to say “it’s a good episode” anymore, you can just assume it, but you can SKIP this one if you want.

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EPISODE 95 (S5E13): THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME

WATCH – Anna returns, but after being captured by the angels, can she be trusted? Can Cas? Remember when Cas tried to get a message to Dean but the angels took him away and by the end of the episode Dean tried to ask Cas what message he was trying to give him and Cas replied, “I serve heaven, I don’t serve Man. And I certainly don’t serve you”?
Young Mary and Young John return in this episode. There’s also a Young Uriel (puzzling inconsistency because didn’t the writers establish that angel vessels don’t age when Castiel was talking to Jimmy about the consequences of becoming his vessel?). Sam gets some closure with his parents, Mary tells baby Dean that “Angels are watching over you” (how right she is!), and Castiel is still struggling with humans.

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EPISODE 96 (S5E14): MY BLOODY VALENTINE

WATCH – Another of the horsemen comes to town. Castiel’s vessel loves hamburgers – “These make me [takes a bite of hamburger]… very happy”. Sam falls off the wagon.

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EPISODE 97 (S5E15): DEAD MEN DON’T WEAR PLAID

WATCH – This is the first episode Sheriff Jody Mills appears in. You learn that Death has a message for Bobby Singer. And below is an actual conversation that happens on the show (are you surprised?).

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EPISODE 98 (S5E16): DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

WATCH this episode! The brothers go to heaven and try to find God. On the way, they see each other’s best/favorite memories… none of which they share. Sam playing in the fireworks while Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” plays captures the emotion behind that memory perfectly.

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EPISODE 99 (S5E17): 99 PROBLEMS

WATCH – A small town of people find out about the apocalypse and are fighting back. Dean and Castiel are still reeling from the disappointment in God’s message in the previous episode.

Sam: “No drinking, no gambling, no premartial sex? Dean, they basically just outlawed 90% of your personality.”

After more fundamentalist rules are enforced in the town, Sam and Dean argue about “at what point does this go too far for you?”

EPISODE 100 (S5E18): POINT OF NO RETURN

WATCH – Dean is trying to start his “farewell tour” resigning himself to saying yes to Michael. Sam, Bobby, and Castiel are doing what they can to stop him. Dean has his most dickish moment when he tells Bobby he’s not his father and Bobby rightfully tears him a new one for it. Dean later tells Sam the most heart-breaking thing he could say to him and it hurts Sam so much, he has to walk away. Castiel goes to rip Dean a new one for this, but Dean was ready for him. Castiel eventually catches up to him and beats the crap out of him. Dean: “Don’t piss off the nerd angels.”

The angels have brought someone back from the dead – remember the scene around Dean’s grave when Castiel “gripped [him] tight and raised [him] from perdition”? This gravesite is just as destroyed. Zachariah returns and is an even bigger dick than Dean has been this episode so far.

Castiel has lost his faith in Dean, but Sam still believes in him and the 3 of them go to save the person who was brought back from the dead.

Dean: “You’re going to take on 5 angels?”
Castiel: “Yes.”
Dean: “Isn’t that suicide?”
Castiel: “Maybe it is. But then I won’t have to watch you fail. I’m sorry, Dean. I don’t have the same faith in you that Sam does.”

Ultimately, can Dean let down his little brother?

EPISODE 101 (S5E19): HAMMER OF THE GODS

WATCH – Some of the most powerful mythical gods come together in this episode to stop the apocalypse.

  • Kali is the Hindu goddess death and destruction. She has 4 arms, typically one hand holding a weapon while another holds a severed head.
  • Ganesh is the Hindu god of wisdom, good luck, and remover of obstacles; typically depicted with the head of an elephant.
  • Baldur is one of the son’s of Odin, a handsome god of joy and purity. In Norse mythology, Loki is responsible for his death.
  • Odin in Norse mythology is the father/ruler of the gods and the god of war and wisdom.
  • Mercury is the Roman god of finance and trade. His Greek equivalent (and the more accurate god that was actually portrayed in this episode) is Hermes, messenger god in Greek mythology, known for his speed.
  • Zao Shen is the most important of the domestic gods in Chinese mythology, he is the kitchen god. Probably the one that prepared and cooked the captured humans to the rest of the gods in the episode.
  • Baron Samedi is the Haitian god of the dead.

The episode is set at the Elysian Fields Hotel, a reference to the final resting place of heroes and gods according to Greek mythology.

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Ghostfacers make a random appearance in this episode. If you haven’t watched any of their episodes yet (17, 57, & 77), don’t worry, it’s inconsequential to the plot.

EPISODE 102 (S5E20): THE DEVIL YOU KNOW

WATCH – Crowley helps the team find the horseman, Pestilence. Sam is confronted with someone from his past.

Mark Sheppard gives us an amazing performance, as always, as Crowley.

EPISODE 103 (S5E21): TWO MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT

WATCH – Crowley pitches in one more time to help the team find the fourth horseman, Death. Remember how epic Castiel’s entrance was in season 4? Death’s entrance is arguably just as good, if not better. Speaking of, Cas shows up again and apologizes to Dean for no believing in him.
Castiel: “You are not the burnt and broken shell of a man that I believed you to be.”
Dean (in full Dean bitchness): “Thank you. I appreciate that.”

Bobby made a deal with Crowley in the previous episode and Sam has questions. FYI, that picture was actually taken on Mark Sheppard’s phone. As far as I’ve been able to research, he may still have that picture on his phone.

EPISODE 104 (S5E22): SWAN SONG

WATCH – Remember this was originally intended as a 5 season show. So this episode feels perfectly like a series finale episode more so than a season finale episode. It is so well-written that you’ll wish all shows ended this beautifully. But the show didn’t end here, so the writers had to write a twist at the end so the show can go on.

This season had some of the best insults:

Supernatural Season 4

This is the season where Jared Padalecki met his wife, Genevieve Cortese, on the show. It’s also the season Jensen met Misha…

Episode Count – Skip 6, Watch 16

EPISODE 61 (S4E1): LAZARUS RISING

WATCH – This episode picks up 4 months after Dean got dragged to hell. It introduces  psychic Pamela Barnes as well as another new character who has arguably one of the best character entrances of any show.

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Sidenote: Wedge Antilles is a Star Wars character who kept saying no to joining the Rebel Alliance because he didn’t want to be a soldier. He left home and when he came back, his girlfriend was killed by the dark side. That’s when he finally agreed to joined the fight with the Rebels.

EPISODE 62 (S4E2): ARE YOU THERE, GOD? IT’S ME, DEAN WINCHESTER

WATCH – Castiel visits Dean in his dream to tell him about the “work” that Heaven has for him. The brothers have faced a lot of scary creatures in their lives, but Castiel has so far has been the only supernatural being that Dean’s (outwardly, at least) a little scared of. While he’s talking to Castiel in the dream, you can see how Dean flinches and can’t quite make eye contact with Cas.

EPISODE 63 (S4E3): IN THE BEGINNING

WATCH – Gives a lot of backstory on Sam and Dean’s parents.
Castiel: “Stop it. Or we will.”

EPISODE 64 (S4E4): METAMORPHOSIS

WATCH – Dean goes to the address Castiel gave him at the end of the previous episode and sees what it is he has to stop. The brothers argue about this the whole episode and Sam comes to a decision at the end.

EPISODE 65 (S4E5): MONSTER MOVIE

Reminiscent of the X-files black and white episode, Post-Modern Prometheus, in it’s look and quirky feel; and if you analyze it enough, similar plot points as well. This episode doesn’t have anything to do with the overall story-arc happening in Supernatural, so you can feel free to SKIP it.

EPISODE 66 (S4E6): YELLOW FEVER

WATCH – This episode is a damn classic. Two scenes in particular:

  1. eye of the tigerJared was supposed to interrupt Jensen playing air drums in the car during “Eye of the Tiger”. During one of the takes, Jared decided to see what Jensen would do if he didn’t interrupt. The answer comes during the end credits of the episode.
  2. Jensen was told to scream. A really loud, really high pitched, and really long scream. What he did was epic.

Also, there are a handful of episodes when Sam has to step up and take a leadership role because for various reasons throughout the show, Dean cannot. This is one of those episodes.

Dean complaining about Sam’s gassiness (“You eat half a burrito and you get toxic!”) is Jensen complaining about Jared’s gassiness (refers to Jared as “The gassiest man I know!”)

Jim Beaver can read and speak Japanese. The big bad in this episode is a Japanese Buruburu.

You find out that while Dean was gone for 4 months, in Hell time is relative and that was 40 years for him. Dean hallucinates all his worst fears – Sam possessed by Azazel, hellhounds, Lilith – but when Sam asks him what he saw (pay attention to Sam’s eyes here), Dean wouldn’t answer him truthfully.

EPISODE 67 (S4E7): IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, SAM WINCHESTER

WATCH – Sam gets to finally meet Castiel and a new angel is introduced – Uriel, played by Robert Wisdom. The creature this week is Sam Hain, and like many of the monsters, legends, myths, etc that the show explores, a lot of it is based on the real mythology with some alterations, of course, to move our story along.

The character of Castiel was initially only intended to appear in 3 episodes, but the show kept upping the number of episodes he should appear in – 3, then 6, then 10, etc… Misha Collins has said on a few occasions that had he known his character would go beyond the original 3 episode story-arc, he might not have chosen such a difficult voice to do. Also, because now that Castiel is going to appear in more episodes, the writers start developing his character a little more.

So far, Castiel has been written and portrayed as an obedient and tough soldier. In this episode, you start learning that there’s more to him. Dean still thinks the angels are dicks, but he decides that he prefers to work with Castiel. Cas and Dean reach a turning point in their relationship and how they interact with each other when Cas reveals a secret to him. It’s the first episode you see Cas crack a smile.

Some social commentary:
Sam: (about the angels) “I thought they’d be righteous”
Dean: “Well, they are righteous. I mean, that’s kind of the problem… there’s nothing more dangerous than some a-hole who thinks he’s on a holy mission.”

Other things that happen in this episode:

  • Angels are not omniscient
  • Uriel threatens Sam to not use his powers
  • Uriel tells Sam to ask Dean what he remembers from Hell

EPISODE 68 (S4E8): WISHFUL THINKING

This is a cute episode, but it has nothing to do with the greater story. You can SKIP this one.

EPISODE 69 (S4E9): I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER

WATCH – another new character, Anna Milton, is introduced. Remember when Castiel was first introduced he said some special humans can hear an angels true voice? Anna can hear the angels, but why?

Therapist: “The Apocalyse, like in the Bible?”
Anna: “Kind of. I mean, same bottom line.”

This short little conversation is great because really, the way that the show introduced angels, demons, Heaven, and Hell could ring true for any of the Abrahamic religions. This is not a one-sided religious story and because they do still use supernatural beings from pagan beliefs, non-western cultures, etc, it’s not a religious story at all even though those elements are present.

This episode is great because you finally get an understanding of why Sam trusts Ruby so much. You get to see what happened to Sam while Dean was in Hell (pay attention to the reason the crossroads demon gives as to why he won’t deal with Sam).

And finally, speaking of Dean’s time in Hell, this episode introduces you to another important demon, Alastair.

EPISODE 70 (S4E10): HEAVEN AND HELL

WATCH – Pamela Barnes returns in this episode to help find out who Anna really is. And we see the true gravity of disobedience for an angel.

Uriel visits Dean in his dream
Dean: “I don’t normally see you off-leash. Where’s your boss?”
Uriel: “Castiel? He’s not here. See, he has this weakness – he likes you.”

Also, is Bobby really at Hedonism?? This comment got brought up one too many times for me to not consider it….

The final scene was a highly emotional one for Jensen Ackles, who has said that even after the director yelled cut, the tears were still going and he had to walk it off.

EPISODE 71 (S4E11): FAMILY REMAINS

Another throwback to the X-Files – this time to one of its more disturbing episodes. Remember the Peacock family? This one will similarly make you throw up in your mouth a little bit. It’s a stand-alone episode which doesn’t move the greater story-arc, so you can SKIP it and move on…

EPISODE 72 (S4E12): CRISS ANGEL IS A DOUCHEBAG

Were you a fan of the show Psych? Supernatural and Psych were both filmed in Vancouver and the shows sometimes shared actors and extras. See if you can spot lawyer, Adam Hornstock, in this episode (assuming you don’t decide to SKIP it).

EPISODE 73 (S4E13): AFTER SCHOOL SPECIAL

WATCH (don’t even skip the recap on this one) – the casting on this show is out of this world accurate when it comes to young Dean and young Sam. Prepare to fall in love with the brothers even more than you already are.

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EPISODE 74 (S4E14): SEX AND VIOLENCE

The boys are forced to hash out their issues with each other when they face this episode’s big bad. It also shows you (if you haven’t figured it out by now) one of the many ways Bobby Singer helps out hunters. You can SKIP it, but it’s really good to watch

EPISODE 75 (S4E15): DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY

WATCH – Pamela Barnes, Tessa the Reaper (remember from S2E1?), and Alastair return in this episode.

Dean: “If you want our help, why the hell didn’t you just ask?”
Castiel: “Because whatever I ask, you seem to do the exact opposite.”

EPISODE 76 (S4E16): ON THE HEAD OF A PIN

WATCH – with Alastair captured by the angels, Castiel has to ask Dean for his help again. Only this time, his reluctance is for a different reason than what it was in the previous episode.

Castiel takes a backseat to Uriel in this episode, but Dean still prefers to work with and address Cas directly. Again, the character development of a character who is supposed to be an unquestioning soldier:

Dean: “What’s going on, Cas? Since when does Uriel put a leash on you?”
Castiel: “My superiors have begun to question my sympathies.”
Dean: “Your sympathies?”
Castiel: “I was getting too close to the humans in my charge – you.”

Alastair reveals information about John Winchester’s time in Hell and how the first seal got broken.

Castiel has admitted to having doubts about his orders in previous episodes and Anna is trying to get him to think for himself. (Also, as an aside, the idea of Castiel laying siege to Hell is sexy af.)

Sam’s abilities are growing stronger.

notnaturalEPISODE 77 (S4E17): IT’S A TERRIBLE LIFE

WATCH – After what was revealed to Dean in the last episode, he doubts his own ability and willingness to continue in this fight to stop the apocalypse. To this end, another new character is introduced – Zachariah (You might recognize him as Woody the coroner from Psych.)

Sidenote: the Ghostfacers make a small cameo in this episode. It’s not necessary, but you can go back and watch those episodes – 17 & 57 – to get the full effect on why their cameo is funny.

EPISODE 78 (S4E18): THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK

WATCH – Introduction of Chuck Shurley (played by another Psych alum) and a nod to the real-world Supernatural fans. It’s also the first time Dean prays.

Sidenote: Chuck’s penname, Carver Edlund, is the combination of show writers/producers Jeremy Carver and Ben Edlund’s names.

EPISODE 79 (S4E19): JUMP THE SHARK

Introduction of Adam Milligan and how he knows John Winchester. I’d recommend you watch this one, but if you need to, you can SKIP to the next episode.

If you do skip this episode, read this spoiler: Adam is John’s other son. After Mary died, while on a job, he got a woman pregnant and she had Adam. The Adam in this episode is a ghoul, however. The ghoul has already killed the real Adam and took on Adam’s form (and memories).

Dean to Sam: “You two [Sam and John] were practically the same person. I mean, I worshiped the guy, you know? I dressed like him, I acted like him, I listen to the same music. But you were more like him than I will ever be.”

EPISODE 80 (S4E20): THE RAPTURE

jimmynovak.jpgWATCH – Backstory on Castiel’s vessel, Jimmy Novak. Sidenote: Misha Collins does such a good job distinguishing when he’s playing Castiel versus when he’s playing Jimmy that you as the audience watching don’t need him to blatantly tell us which character he’s giving us.

Bobby and Dean devise a plan to deal with Sam.

EPISODE 81 (S4E21): WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS

WATCH – Sam is detoxing from the demon blood and Bobby steps into his father-figure role with the brothers again trying to mend their relationship. Dean gives Sam an ultimatum.

EPISODE 82 (S4E22): LUCIFER RISING

WATCH – The fight for the final seal. Dean and Sam are at odds and Castiel has to make a decision about his allegiance.

Sidenote: The scene toward the end of this episode is one of the reasons why Jared and Genevieve won’t let their children watch the show (yet).

Supernatural Season 3

This season of Supernatural aired in October 2007. During this time, the Writers Guild of America went on strike and as a result, this is the shortest season of the show with only 16 episodes. Seasons 4-13 have 22-23 episodes each, also because of the strike as the show was trying to play catch-up. Season 14 will only have 20 episodes, but don’t panic, it’s not because they’re slowing down, it’s because they’ve caught up.

EPISODE 45 (S3E1): THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

WATCH – Hunters are dealing with the aftermath of the Devil’s Gate opening. A new mysterious character is introduced and she has a weapon that can kill demons.

Minor sidenote: one of the characters makes a Scooby-Doo reference. There will be more references throughout the series and if you stick with it long enough, there will be a most epic crossover!

EPISODE 46 (S3E2): THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

WATCH – Dean finds a case in a town with an old flame, Lisa Braeden. Sam finds out more information about the mystery woman from the previous episode.

dontobjectifymeEPISODE 47 (S3E3): BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK

A new character, Bela Talbot, is introduced. While still in prison, Gordon enlists the help of another hunter to track and kill Sam. It’s a good episode with a few great scenes, but if you need to SKIP this one for time, you can.

EPISODE 48 (S3E4): SIN CITY

Bobby is trying to fix the Colt and gets some unexpected help from Ruby. Also, you find out that, similar to humans, demons believe in higher powers too… their higher power is the devil, though. You find out that the yellow-eyed demon’s name was Azazel and his plan was to have Sam lead a demon army. Now demons are fighting amongst each other for the power to lead. And, this amazing conversation happened between Dean and a demon:

Demon: “Is my kind really all that different than yours?”
Dean: “Well, except that demons are evil”
Demon: “And humans are such a lovable bunch? Dick Cheney.”
Dean: “He one of yours?”
Demon: “Not yet. Let’s just say he’s got a parking spot reserved for him downstairs.”

Those are the highlights of this one – feel free to SKIP it now if you’d like.

EPISODE 49 (S3E5): BEDTIME STORIES

This episode’s creature(s) is based on the Grimm Brothers bloody version of fairy tales. Also, now that the Colt is fixed, Sam wants to use it to get Dean out of his demon deal. Dean fights him on this because… well, that’s just what they do now… and also because Sam will die if Dean gets out of the deal.

This is a good episode, but it’s ok to SKIP this one and move on to the next…

EPISODE 50 (S3E6): RED SKY AT MORNING

WATCH – This episode is based off the legend of the Flying Dutchman. Bela returns in this episode and we find out a little more about her past. Don’t skip the recap on this one so you can catch up to what you missed in Bad Day at Black Rock (S3E3).

EPISODE 51 (S3E7): FRESH BLOOD

Both Gordon and Bela are back in this episode. There’s a lot that’s important in this one. Just WATCH it.

EPISODE 52 (S3E8): A VERY SUPERNATURAL CHRISTMAS

WATCH – Dean wants to celebrate Christmas this year with Sam because it will be his last. Sam doesn’t want to celebrate for the same reason. This episode has some great flashbacks to when the brothers were little kids.

Sidenote: when Sam gives Dean the eggnog, Jensen is expecting it to be regular eggnog. Jared actually spiked the eggnog with a lot of rum. A lot. So in the scene when you’re seeing Dean take a sip and a pause then Sam smile, that’s actually them breaking character for a second and it’s Jensen’s actual reaction and Jared’s actual joy at his own mischief.

EPISODE 53 (S3E9): Malleus Maleficarum

WATCH – Dean hates witches and a rabbit always gets the screwed in the deal. Also, Dean and Ruby are fighting for Sam’s loyalty and you get some insights into Ruby’s past; finding this out has an impact on how Dean feels about going to hell. All the while, Sam is trying to figure out how to live and hunt when Dean is gone.

EPISODE 54 (S3E10): DREAM A LITTLE DREAM

WATCH – You learn how Bobby got into hunting. Bela is back and she’s making Sam awkward; also true to her character, she steals something valuable. Dean dreams of Lisa but he also has nightmares about what he’ll become when he goes to hell.

EPISODE 55 (S3E11): MYSTERY SPOT

WATCH – Too many classic scenes here to mention! Another goofy, hilarious episode but with a very specific purpose directly related to the greater story-arc.

ishotthesheriff2EPISODE 56 (S3E12): JUS IN BELLO

WATCH – When looking for Bela, the boys get caught by local law enforcement and Agent Henrikson catches up to them again.

For those wondering what the title of the episode means, it refers to the regulations on the conduct of parties involved in war.

And have you been paying attention to how protective they boys are, not only of each other, but their family in general? When Henrikson tries to insult their father, even Sam, who was trying to stay calm the whole time, sat up ready to fight.

EPISODE 57 (S3E13): GHOSTFACERS!

You can SKIP it, but it’s a good episode. Maybe dedicate a day where you watch all the Ghostfacers episodes together.

EPISODE 58 (S3E14): LONG-DISTANCE CALL

Based on the Crocotta mythology from India and Ethiopia. Dean’s desperate to get out of his deal and when it looks like there is a way to do it, he jumps on the possibility. Dean finally admits to Sam that he’s scared to go to hell.

Dean: “I’m scared, Sam. I’m really scared.”
Sam: “I know.”
Dean: “I guess I was willing to believe anything. You know, last act of a desperate man.”
Sam: “There’s nothing wrong with having hope, you know.”
Dean: “Hope doesn’t get you jack squat. I can’t expect dad to show up with some miracle at the last minute. I can’t expect anybody to, you know? The only person that can get me out of this thing is me.”
Sam: “And me.”

This conversation is really reflective on their different outlooks on hunting. Sam tends to go in with hope, where Dean sees what’s in front of him. This difference is at the core of how their paths diverge at times. Sam sees a bigger picture and allows his hope to guide him (and allows him to have some faith in a helpful demon). Because Dean is so laser-focused on the monster in front of him, his sense of right and wrong is more black and white and his decisions tend to be more definitive and immediate. Dean also has a hard time staying so serious for too long. It’s his coping defense mechanism, as you see here in how the conversation above ends.

Dean: “And me?”
Sam: “What?”
Dean: “Deep Revelation. Having a real moment here, and that’s what you come back with, ‘And me’?”
Sam: “Do you want a poem?”
Dean: “Moment’s gone. Unbelievable,” as he hands Sam a beer.

OK, now you can SKIP this one.

EPISODE 59 (S3E15): TIME IS ON MY SIDE

Sam thinks he’s found a loop-hole to get Dean out of his demon deal, but Dean doesn’t agree with the sacrifice that would have to be made to do it. Sam pursues the loop-hole, while Dean thinks their best shot is retrieving the Colt back. Bela’s past (and ultimate end) is fully revealed. This episode introduces Bobby’s sometimes hunting partner, Rufus Turner. If you have to, you can SKIP this one, but I’d really recommend you watch it.

familyEPISODE 60 (S3E16): NO REST FOR THE WICKED

WATCH – Dean has 30 hours left until the hellhounds come to collect his soul. He’s starting to have hallucinations and can see the real faces of demons. Also, Bobby delivers one of the wisest and most far-reaching lines of the show. A line that applies not only to the characters on the show, but it’s the central idea that brings the actors and fandom together in the real world, too.

He also said this amazing line: “Do I look like a ditchable prom date to you?”

Supernatural Season 2

RECOMMENDATION: Don’t skip any episode recaps.

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Season 2 episode count – Watch 14, Skip 8
(Also, when I say you can skip an episode, it doesn’t mean you have to. If you can watch the series all the way through, do it!)

EPISODE 23 (S2E1): IN MY TIME OF DYING

WATCH this episode – it picks up right where the season finale left off.

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EPISODE 24 (S2E2): EVERYBODY LOVES A CLOWN

WATCH this one – Sam asks Dean if their dad said anything to him before he died. You are introduced to Ellen, Jo, and Ash and learn what Sam’s biggest fear in life is. This episode goes a little into the history of “freak shows”. Also, and more importantly, it shows you how the boys are dealing with the loss of their father.

EPISODE 25 (S2E3): BLOODLUST

WATCH this episode – You get introduced to vampire hunter, Gordon Walker (Yes, that is the one and only Sterling K. Brown). The Impala is repaired and AC/DC’s “Back in Black” plays, the lyrics perfectly fitting this comeback. The episode explores the ethics of hunting supernatural beings – is there a grey area or do you kill anything supernatural?

EPISODE 26 (S2E4): CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS

Sam wants to visit their mom’s grave. The creature they’re hunting this episode is someone who came back from the dead and Dean’s grief bleeds into the job – “What’s dead should stay dead!”

You can SKIP this episode, but it’s worth it to start this episode at the 38 minute mark for the conversation the boys have when Dean pulls the Impala over on the side of the road.

EPISODE 27 (S2E5): SIMON SAID

WATCH this episode – you meet another human character with supernatural abilities.

EPISODE 28 (S2E6): NO EXIT

WATCH this one – it delves a little further into Ellen and Jo’s relationship as well as their history with John Winchester.

EPISODE 29 (S2E7): THE USUAL SUSPECTS

You can SKIP it, but it’s a pretty good episode. The brothers are in trouble with the law again and in an epic nod to one of the scariest movies ever made about the supernatural, Linda Blair (The Exorcist) guest stars.

Sam: “Did she look familiar to you?”
Dean: “No. Why?”
Sam: “I don’t know. It’s nothing.”
Dean: “Hey, you hungry? For some reason, I could really go for some pea soup.”

EPISODE 30 (S2E8): CROSSROAD BLUES

WATCH this one – Introduces the idea of crossroads demons and hellhounds. Based off several myths that crossroads are where the natural and supernatural worlds meet and pacts are made. This episode specifically delves into the legend that blues musician, Robert Johnson, sold his soul to play the blues. The episode goes as far as showing you Robert Johnson going to the crossroads to make his deal.

Dean to Sam about Johnson: “There’s occult references all over his lyrics”

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Robert Johnson “Me and the Devil Blues”
Robert Johnson “Hellhound on my trail”

EPISODE 31 (S2E9): CROATOAN

WATCH – A mysterious virus is affecting the people in a small town. This episode taps into the legend of the lost colony in Roanoke, VA.

Sam: “Dean, did you pay any attention to history class?”
Dean: “Yeah. The shot heard around the world. How bills become laws.”
Sam: “That’s not school. That’s ‘Schoolhouse Rock’.”

This episode takes another look at the ethics of hunting as well as what Dean will do to protect his little brother. And it poses another question about what the full extent of Sam’s abilities are.

Sidenote: When asked what was one of the hardest scenes to film, Jared’s answer was one of the final scenes in this episode when he was begging Dean to let him go because he wasn’t worth saving. Jared has been open about his own battles with depression and for this scene, he got too emotional and channeled too much of himself into it. They re-filmed the scene after Jared was able to gather himself up again.

EPISODE 32 (S2E10): HUNTED

WATCH – Dean finally tells Sam what their father told him before he died. Another person, Ava, with supernatural abilities is introduced and Gordon Walker returns. This is another episode where Dean questions everything he was taught about supernatural beings.

EPISODE 33 (S2E11): PLAYTHINGS

Sam gets drunk, the boys get mistaken for a gay couple. There are some hilarious lines in this episode, but you can SKIP it. Nothing happens here that affects the greater story-arc.

Dean: “Why do these people assume we’re gay?”
Sam: “You are kind of butch. Probably think you’re over-compensating.”
(This scene is even more hilarious in a few seasons. You’ll figure out why.)

EPISODE 34 (S2E12): NIGHT SHIFTER

WATCH – This episode introduces Victor Henrikson to the show. Also, one word – “Mandroid”. The final scene of the episode features the song by Styx called “Renegade”. The lyrics are perfect –

“Oh, mama, I’m in fear for my life from the long arm of the law
Lawman has put an end to my running and I’m so far from my home
Oh, mama, I can hear you a-crying, you’re so scared and all alone
Hangman is coming down from the gallows and I don’t have very long”

Dean (during the break in the song): “We are so screwed.”

“The jig is up, the news is out, they finally found me
The renegade who had it made retrieved for a bounty
Never more to go astray, the judge will have revenge today
On the wanted man”

EPISODE 35 (S2E13): HOUSES OF THE HOLY

WATCH – This is the first episode that introduces the idea of angels to the series. Pay attention to how angels are described by the priest when the boys talk to him at the church. You find out that when Dean was little, his mother used to tell him every night when she tucked him into bed that angels were watching over him.

EPISODE 36 (S2E14): BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN

Sam goes missing for a week and when Dean finally finds him, Sam can’t remember anything from the past week. It’s a good episode and I’d actually recommend watching it but it’s ok to SKIP this one if you’re on a time crunch.

Spoiler warning for those who want to watch the episode: Turns out, Sam was possessed by a demon and going around trying to kill hunters. Before realizing that, Sam again lets himself think the worst about himself while Dean refuses to believe Sam can’t be saved.

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EPISODE 37 (S2E15): TALL TALES

WATCH THIS EPISODE. It introduces one of the fandom’s most favorite characters. The series likes to sprinkle in a goofy episode here and there and while there were episodes with hilarious lines so far, this is the first of a different kind of episode.

Also, for the X-Files fans out there, you may remember a very similar episode called Bad Blood in which Mulder and Scully have to report to Agent Skinner the events of a case they were on. Each tell very different versions of the same case from their own perspectives. That was a pretty hilarious episode as well and I would totally recommend watching it too!

EPISODE 38 (S2E16): ROADKILL

It’s a good episode with a good plot (and a familiar guest star for the fans of the show Lucifer on Fox), but nothing to do with the overall story-arc. You can SKIP this episode.

EPISODE 39 (S2E17): HEART

It’s a pretty lame episode, in my opinion, but a necessary one. Despite this, the final 5 minutes of the episode make the whole thing worth watching. Sam is finally able to open himself up to getting involved with another woman. But in the show’s constant attempt to prove that the boys can’t ever have anything normal or good, this ends tragically.

If you have time, watch the whole episode. If you don’t, SKIP it, read the spoiler below and watch the scene here on YouTube instead.

Spoiler: Madison is the love interest and she gets turned into a werewolf. She asks Sam to kill her so she doesn’t hurt anyone else and Sam, of course, is struggling with this. (Sidenote: When asked about the scene, Jared Padalecki said he had to think back to a time when he had to put down his own dog to get the right emotions to come out for this scene.) What makes the final scene great is while Sam goes into the room to kill Madison, the cameras stay on Dean who is outside of the room. Dean’s heartbreak over his brother’s heartbreak is… heartbreaking and the performance of both men is outstanding!

EPISODE 40 (S2E18): HOLLYWOOD BABYLON

This episode is one of several that will poke fun of the genre of scary movies as well as breaking the fourth wall of Supernatural itself. A reference is made from when Jared starred in Gilmore Girls as well as to Supernatural being filmed in Canada. It’s a fun episode to watch, but it’s ok to SKIP it.

EPISODE 41 (S2E19): FOLSOM PRISON BLUES

The brothers help a friend of their father’s from his time in the military. Another moment of breaking the fourth wall occurs when Dean says, “You’re from Texas all of a sudden?” Both actors actually are from Texas.

Also, throughout the seasons, Supernatural has been subtle but consistent in putting in references to political or social issues like this. The question refers to the fact that Texas has had some of the highest rates in the country of carrying out capital punishment and it was posed in the first place to make you think about the “innocence” of prisoners.

Henrikson shows up again in this episode to try once again to catch the boys. It’s a pretty good episode, but it’s ok to SKIP this one since it doesn’t move the larger story-arc along.

EPISODE 42 (S2E20): WHAT IS AND WHAT SHOULD NEVER BE

WATCH – This one closely mimics another X-Files episode directed by Kim Manners called “Field Trip.” In Supernatural, this is our first look at the djinn (better know as genie in the West).

This is another episode which illustrates why a “normal” life isn’t in the cards for the brothers. Dean’s conversation with his father at his grave is incredibly poignant. Also, the scene where Dean sneaks into his mom’s house and Sam thinks it’s an intruder mirrors what happened in the very first episode.

EPISODE 43 (S2E21): ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE: PART 1

This episode brings all the children with abilities together and the yellow-eyed demon reveals (part of) his plan. WATCH this episode.

EPISODE 44 (S2E22): ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE: PART 2

WATCH – In fact, do not even skip the recap on this one – “Carry on my wayward son” by Kansas plays and quickly becomes the unofficial theme song of the show.

Dean is struggling with the aftermath of what happened to Sam in the Part 1 and he makes a sacrifice that will have long-lasting repercussions.

Dean: “I had one job. And I screwed it up… What am I supposed to do?!”

And that’s a wrap on Season 2!