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Supernatural #4x17 It's a Terrible Life (episode review)

Here are some of my thoughts after watching this ep for the first time...

Oh yeah, it's so easy to see this is NOT how things are. Dean wearing a suit and wearing his hair so nicely like that (grrrrowrr!!), driving a Prius and listening to NPR while being seemingly repulsed by rock and roll. Heh, gotta say that background music set the mood nicely.

Heh... noticed he was laughing over "another show like Project Runway."

And we have Sammy the tech support guy! Hee, nice yellow shirt, Sam!

He happens upon Dean in the elevator and asks if he knows him.  Dean returns, "save it for the health club, pal." *snerk* Well, one thing's for sure, Dean is still a wiseguy.

Sam has a vampire bobblehead on his desk! Hee!!

So, the combination of Sam and Dean's last names in this reality is still related to rifles, like their actual last name ... here it's Dean SMITH and Sam WESSON.  Pretty kewl.

Sam is having dreams.  He tells Dean, but Dean thinks he overshares, lol.

So apparently Sam is a pretty good artist, unlike what we saw in Bedtime Stories when he made that police sketch...

So, the one guy is overly upset because all his data was lost.  Really, is that cause enough to commit suicide via microwave? Something is really amiss here. I must be nuts, but I couldn't help laughing at the emphasis on the "Don't heat fish in here, It stinks!" sign at the end of the scene...

Dean drinks "Master Cleanse"??? LMAO. He also freaks out about foods high in saturated fat and carbs.

Oh, Ian...  yep, he's under the influence of something nasty. He totally cleans up and then gets crazy when he sees Dean.  And then kills himself by stabbing himself in the neck with a pencil.  Okay, Dean is totally not cool with that. Espcecially with that ghost guy lurking in the background...

I know things aren't supposed to be like this, but.... I'm really finding that I'm liking this Sam more. He seems so much more innocent and inquisitive.  He asks Dean about ghosts and is amazed at how he was thinking about them and Dean saw one. They really want to find out what's going on. 

Sam kicks the door open!! Go, Sammy!

Dean somehow knows to repel a spirit with iron!!

So, it seems they are both having these little inklings, even if we saw Sam experiencing it first.  When he told Dean that this all doesn't seem right, especially the part where he says "it's something in my blood, like I was destined for something different" ... that made me so sad.  Yeah, it is something in your blood, Sam. :( 

I love how Dean is starting to get a little excited, and he calls Sam "Sammy." Sam notices he did this and tells him not to.  Just like old times. Hee :D

They do research and turns out it's a nasty spirit at work, a guy who was so invested in his job that it was as if his blood was running through the entire building.  Well, that would explain why the employees that were killed seemed so obsessed with what they were doing and didn't want to fail.

GHOSTFACERS!!! I know a lot of people can't stand them, but I liked their little appearance in this ep.  Liked how Sam and Dean were actually going to *them* for help. But Ed and Harry actually credited the Winchesters for telling them about salt, shotguns and etc.  Of course they have to add "Winchesters suck ass", call them douchebags and "douchenozzles" ... heh.

Aw man, Sam got caught by security. But security guy ends up being crushed by the elevator.  Poor Sam looked almost traumatized after the blood hit him and tells Dean he'll call him back.

Sam insists to Dean that this is all wrong. That he dreamt they were hunters and more like brothers. Dean doesn't want to hear it and he reveals that his mom's name is Ellen and his sister's name is Jo.  Whoa.  Meanwhile, Sam's fiancee is named Madison. Gee... 

Aw, I gotta say I almost wish they wouldn't remember all that they really are. I kinda like seeing them start out from scratch and not being so jaded. But yeah, I know, things couldn't stay that way forever.  Sam's almost got the puppy eyes thing going on as he's talking to Dean though and when Dean doesn't want any part of it, he looks so sad. Aw :(

Looks like Sam's had enough, though, and decides he's quitting.  Dean gets an attractive offer, but turns it down because he has other work to do that's very important to him. This isn't what he's supposed to be.

It turns out the guy giving him the offer is an angel named Zachariah, who is Castiel's superior. Oh, nice touch. Showing him that he's meant to be a hunter and telling him he'll be successful at what he's destined to do.  He then tells Dean to quit whining, and , showing him all that's around him, says there are fates worse than his (I love when Dean snaps out of it and notices he's wearing a suit and that he's really hungry... *g*).

And that's it. 

So.  I was a little disappointed in that ending. I was looking for a little more after that, like seeing Sam and Dean meeting up and talking about it.  We just see Sam assaulting his phone and deciding he's quitting.  So we're just supposed to assume he sees through this whole charade/veil/facade/whatever and isn't buying it, I guess. I'm probably thinking about this too deeply, but I wonder if it has anything to do with, as he said earlier, something in his blood. And the Zachariah/Dean talk at the end is supposed to show that Dean is destined to do something, while Sam is going to do something different. *shudder* Almost emphasizing the boys embarking on different or opposing paths.

Eek. I have to stop agonizing over this before it breaks my brain. I do have to say, though, that parts of this episode felt like old times, with Sam and Dean teaming up to vanquish an evil spirit and save people.  I liked that, but at the same time it made me sad because it shows how different things are now.  Still, I liked the little in-jokes and nods throughout... Dean being all the things he isn't in real life, the nods to Ellen and Jo, Madison, the Ghostfacers, even the last names being Smith & Wesson as opposed to Winchester.

So I guess all in all, I liked this episode. Even though I still had that sorta sad feeling at times. I guess it's something that will stay with me for a while, but hopefully it'll ease up next season sometime.

Next week's looks intriguing, too. Books about Sam and Dean. Can't wait to see what they come up with. *g*

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