In this episode of Supernatural, called “Trial and Error,” Kevin discovers some startling news and Sam and Dean go on a quest.
First of all, how fun was it to revisit Crossroads Demons, Hellhounds, goofer dust and all that fun stuff again. It was great to see the boys tackle something so familiar but, thanks to Kevin, have at least one more weapon at their disposal. The Winchesters in Holy Fire-doused glasses? Me likey.
Secondly, I think my word limit is going to stop me from saying everything that I want to say about Dean in this episode. And Sam, too, for that matter. But let’s start with Dean first. We saw last week that Sam was embracing the Men of Letters bunker much more enthusiastically than his big brother, but really Dean just had to do it in his own time and in his own way. Dean’s method was to settle down and nest; putting things up on his walls and cooking a real meal for a change. It was almost too bad that Kevin came up with the Trial, because I would like to have seen Dean enjoy it for just a wee bit longer.
Speaking of the trial, I could see that Dean was excited to have what looks like a sure-fire way to close the Gates of Hell, but it never occurred to me that he was once again planning on a suicide mission. Silly of me, I know, but I thought his new enthusiasm for his home and settling down would make him less self-sacrificing. Turns out I was wrong. In fact, it seems like getting into that bunker may have precipitated his decision and subsequent speech to Sam. It was as if seeing Sam getting all that knowledge proved to Dean that Sam was the one who needed to be saved, and not Dean himself.
Which leads me to Sam. Dean’s speech to Sam gutted me, but Sam’s speech took those guts, mixed them around a little bit and then stomped on them for good measure (sorry for that image folks, perhaps I’ve been watching too much of The Walking Dead recently). Sam telling Dean that he was the best hunter he’d ever seen and declaring that he too wanted to close the Gates of Hell – but he, more importantly, wanted to survive it – was beautiful. I love that Sam didn’t let Dean baby him and was there to save his big brother when the time came. I was kind of looking forward to seeing Dean go through the Trials, but I am excited to see Sam go through them now. Knowing that he’ll be fighting live and not just to sacrifice himself for the greater good will make it that much more gratifying to watch.
My favorite bits..
Okay seriously, where does Kevin live that the sun is up at 5:00am in January???
Wow, you know you’re working too hard when you give yourself a nose bleed. Poor Kevin.
Dean making himself at home and setting out things important to him. The guns I could’ve predicted, but the pic of their mom was a nice surprise.
“I’m nesting, okay?”
Sam discovering that Dean was a good cook.
“Guess.” – Yeah. that’s pretty much a given for the Winchesters
Kevin telling the boys that he might have had a small stroke, but it also might have been worth it.
“Come here, you smelly son of a bitch.”
Dean happily offering to bathe in Hellhound blood if it meant closing the Gates of Hell.
“Yeah, you had me at ‘weird.’”
“I miss my room.” – Aw, poor Dean.
Dean talking to the horse. Too cute.
“I want to kill a Hellhound and not die. How about you?” – Sam’s got his priorities straight.
“I do like a man who can handle his meat.” – Ah, so many jokes, so little time.
“Keep it coming, Ken Doll.”
The look on Sam’s face when the family said Crowley’s name.
Dean referring to Holy Oil as “Jesus juice.”
The old man asking Sam if he knew anything about hunting. Ha!
Dean in glasses. That is all.
Wondering if there was a demon in Ellie.
Whoa, Dean turning down a romp in the hay?
“Yes, I can. You wanna know why? Because it’s what I do. And buddy I’m the best.” – LOVED hearing that come from Dean.
Dean’s entire speech about how he knew one of them was going to die and he wanted it to be him so that Sam could go on and have that perfect life, because THAT would be Dean’s happy ending. Gah. *rubs heart*
Wow, I haven’t heard that song in a while.
Our first real look at a Hellhound. Awesome!
Hellhound hallucination Dean COMPLETELY freaked me out, but kind of in a good way. Is that wrong?
“So you’re Crowley’s bitch, I guess pets really do look like their owners.”
Sam coming to the rescue.
Looks like Dean’s plan is ruined now that Sammy got himself a Hellhound bloodbath.
Sam confirming that Dean had indeed had worse injuries than a scratch from a Hellhound.
“I want to slam Hell shut, too, okay? But I want to survive it.” – YES! A Winchester who actually wants to live after saving the world.
And now Sam’s entire speech to Dean…..I can’t…..he just…..No words, people. NO. WORDS. *rubs heart some more*
What did you think of this episode of Supernatural? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? I’d love to hear from you!
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