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.
EPISODE 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
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
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. You can SKIP this one if you want, but Charlie is so endearingly played by Felicia Day, that I would recommend you watch it if you have the time and inclination. Plus, the final scene in this episode is absolutely a classic.
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
WATCH – 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. Charlie’s origin story is revealed.
EPISODE 170 (S8E21): THE GREAT ESCAPIST
WATCH – Kevin is still translating the Demon tablet. Sam is still struggling with the physical toll the trials are taking on him; he’s almost drunk-like under the influence of the trials. Sam thinks the trials might be purifying him. They get a lead on the Scribe of God, Metatron.
Castiel is in hiding from everyone.
Naomi to Cas: “You have never done what you were told. Not completely…”
Cas: “In the words of a good friend – Bite me.”
EPISODE 171 (S8E22): CLIP SHOW
WATCH – You’ll have to think back and remember some of the people the boys have saved from previous seasons – the boy they saved from the Wendigo in episode 2, the assistant in Season 7 “Shut Up, Dr. Phil”, and Sarah from episode 19 “Provenance”.
Dean is done forgiving Cas for his mistakes and Sam tries to play mediator between the two. Castiel tries to go shopping and put together an “I’m sorry” gift basket for Dean with all of his favorite things. Sidenote: In the scene at the gas station, Misha was told to scare the cashier when he asked about the pie. Misha improvised grabbing the cashier and you’re seeing that actors genuine fear.
The boys find a dungeon in the bunker – Dean is psyched, Cas is a little concerned. An old enemy returns. We find out that Crowley is the son of a witch.
EPISODE 172 (S8E23): SACRIFICE
WATCH – Sheriff Jody Mills goes on a date. Naomi captures Metatron. Castiel is a dick to Kevin.
Castiel to Dean: “You really think it’s wise to be drinking on the job?”
Dean: “What show have you been watching?”