The overall plot kind of reminded me vaguely of Hollywood Babylon, in which the boys were at a haunted studio. And the ghost of the woman who ran the orphanage kind of reminded me a bit of the ghost of the nurse from Folsom Prison Blues... I guess in the way she appeared and in her jerky movements.
Anyway.... I knew the beginning scene was coming because I'd seen the sneak peek posted a few days ago. The boys urgently arriving at a hotel, thinking Chuck had summoned them there. Only it wasn't him, it was Becky. Heh... I know with her that you either love her or hate her... or love to hate her. *g* Her behavior was way OTT, with the whole voice quivering thing, but I loved Chuck and Sam's reactions to her at various times, which I'll get to.
I love Sam and Dean's reactions when they enter the hotel and see the very first Supernatural convention. They bump into a chubby guy who's dressed like Dean with the leather jacket. When Dean asks who he is, he goes "Dean! Duh!" Then they see others dressed as the Vanir from Scarecrow, the killer clown from ELAC (heh... and am I the only one who was hoping Sam would look a wee bit... uncomfortable upon seeing that? With his fear of clowns! *g*), the hookman, Bloody Mary ... and even the YED, to which Dean gives this priceless eyebrow raise when he sees him.
And of course the icing on the cake is when they're confronted with a whole room of "fans" dressed just like them. Heh, I was hoping to see some of the "Sam"s with the Sammy mop from season 1, LOL... but I guess it was even funnier to see a lot of them with hardly much hair at all. The "Sam" half of the two fans we see is pretty much balding.
There's a rundown of some events or talks, including one about Dean called "Frightened Little Boy: The Life of Dean", and one about homoerotic subtext... I love Dean's face when that's mentioned, lol
Then they get to a Q&A. A guy asks Chuck how he came up with Sam and Dean. Of course he can't tell them really, so he says he just thought of it. Then we get the guy dressed as the hookman, complete with a German accent. He asks if they can't use their knifes or something like that with a bungee. Ah, taking potshots at some of the odd questions that have been asked at cons. *g* He also asks why Sam didn't know that Ruby was evil. Becky, the Sam girl that she is, tells him off, saying if he doesn't like the books, don't read them.
In the bar, Chuck brings a drink back for Becky - a Yellow Eyed Cooler. Hee! When I went to the Chicago con last year, they were serving up drinks with cool names at the bar, including Sam-tinis and Dean-aritas. Anyway, our Sam and Dean are kinda ticked off at Chuck over this, especially when they learn that he wants to write more Supernatural books. Sam tells him "our lives are not for public consumption." But Chuck says he has to, that he writes them to live and it's all he has.
Then they have this LARPing going on, telling all the "Sam's" and "Dean's" that the hotel is haunted. Of course it sounds like it's all made up, just as a game for the con. The guy tells them that there was a woman named Leticia Gore who ran an orphanage here where she killed 4 boys. The LARPers are given a fake letter from John telling Sam and Dean to get on this case.
The boys see the main "Sam and Dean" that we see of this episode acting out the scene from the beginning of Hunted, in which Dean tells Sam what John told him about having to kill him. They act this out in these deep, husky voices. After hearing this our boys say "I need a drink" in unison. LOL
We see another "Sam" and "Dean", and the "Sam" guy manages to see a little boy who says Ms. Gore won't let them play. "Sam" thinks it's part of the game when he gets beaten up by the actual ghost of Ms. Gore.
Back in the bar with all the LARPing shenanigans going on around them, Sam and Dean learn from a hotel worker that the story is actually true. The main "Sam and Dean" overhear this but they still think it's not real. They poke around and find a map of the orphanage stuck behind a picture.
Our Sam and Dean are in the attic where they find another ghost boy, this time Leticia's son. He tells them his mommy loved him very much. He has his hands on his head and when he takes them away, we see he's been scalped. Ick.
Back downstairs, Becky is hitting on Sam as she sees him standing in the doorway. She licks her palm and acts like she's blowing a kiss. Sam looks awkward. But what's funnier is Chuck's reaction... his face is priceless, as is his little "awesome." Chuck likes the word "awesome" a lot, doesn't he?
Dean and Sam think that the ghost of Leticia is behind this and they have to salt and burn her bones. The fake "Sam" and "Dean" go with them, thinking they're still playing a game and will win a gift card for Sizzler. They tell our Sam and Dean that they get to be "Sam" and "Dean", and they get the giftcard. Our boys end up being Bobby and ..... who was Sam supposed to be? I can't remember. :/ But Dean is angered by the whole thing. The other guys tell them that they're fans. Dean asks why anyone would want to be "these guys", meaning them. He tells them that the Sam and Dean story sucks, and their pain is not for the fans' amusement. He walks away and Sam tells the two fans "he takes the story really seriously." Obviously to keep up appearances that they're not really Sam and Dean, that the whole thing isn't actually about their story.
While they're in the graveyard looking for her body, Leticia's ghost appears and knocks Sam down. She starts attacking the two fans when Dean salts and burns her bones. He asks the fans if it's real enough for them.
But they find the little ghost boy again and he tells them it wasn't mommy who did this to him. They learn it was the other boys, and Sam and Dean made a mistake in burning her bones because she had been keeping the other boys at bay. This kind of reminded me of Provenance, when they thought the dad was causing all the trouble and that it'd be over once they burned his bones - but it wasn't because it was the daughter.
The annoying guy in the Hookman costume gets his and they find him scalped on the floor.
There's some commotion and our boys tell Chuck to keep everyone safe and in that main room. They're going to try to end this once and for all, when the two "Sam" and "Dean" fans want to help. I thought I heard Dean say to Sam something about giving them the "Puppy Dog thing"... or maybe I heard that wrong? But if he did, I loved it and Sam did have quite a few puppy dog looks in this. Again Dean is annoyed but the fans tell him they want to help because "it's what Sam and Dean would do." As in combat evil to save people.
They ask a girl who'd been LARPing as Leticia to help them out and really pose as her to get the ghost kids to come out. She summons them and they appear. For a while it looks like they're convinced it's her, until her cell phone starts ringing and the hip-hop ringtone gives her away. Heh.
The ghost kids try to scalp Dean when Sam makes them disappear with an iron rod.
Chuck is blathering on to the crowd inside when the hotel worker opens the big doors, despite Chuck's pleas (and the look on the guy's face made me wonder if there was something not right about him... but guess it was nothing). One of the kids shows up and tries to attack people when Chuck makes him vanish with more iron. Becky seems to be falling for him now. Oh boy.....
Ouch!! The kids grab Sam by the hair and are trying to scalp him and Dean when ... who comes to the rescue but the two "Sam" and "Dean" fans, who burn the bones of the kids and make them disappear.
At the end, Dean thanks them. The two fans tell him that their actual lives suck, and they'd rather be Sam and Dean because it'd be great... who wouldn't want that, to wake up every morning having this job and having a brother who would die for you. Dean mulls it over and says they may be right about that. He tells them they make a good team and asks how they met. They tell him they met online and they're more than friends. They're a couple. Hmm. Dean doesn't really know what to say.
Then we go to Sam, who is listening to Becky tearfully confess to him that they're no longer an item... she has a thing for Chuck. She hopes Sam will be okay now, and Sam says he's sure he'll be able to go on. LOL. No love lost, eh, Sammy? ;) She then tells him what really happened to the Colt - what was revealed in the book Time Is On My Side. That Bela didn't actually give it to Lilith, but she gave it to a demon named Crowley. The wheels start turning in Sam's head and he thanks her for the info.
He goes over to Dean and tells him he has an important piece of info to share. They drive away, and at the very end we see more footage of Chuck working over the audience. Telling them things like he didn't think the Benders had whole skins of the people they hunted, but they liked scarves, and then about his favorite movie being Beaches. We see Sam and Dean at the back of the room making the "cut" sign across their necks. Heh.
So, final thoughts... I know this was another standalone episode mostly.... except for the bit of info on the Colt at the end, which they're sure to address. I actually thought it was kind of interesting how they didn't have our boys save the day, but two "fans" who wanted to be them. Dean wasn't happy about what they were doing in the least, but once they told him this was what Sam and Dean would do, and about who wouldn't want this, you could tell he was thinking about it.
As for Becky, I'm sure Sam must be pleased as punch to be rid of her. Now she can go lust after Chuck and leave him alone, LOL
I thought some of the send-ups of the cons and fans at the cons were cute.... again I didn't take it very seriously and didn't feel offended or anything. And our boys' reaction to the whole thing was just priceless.
I know I'm going to avoid certain websites because there will probably be some people bemoaning Dean being the one to salt and burn Leticia's bones, so Sam was totally useless. *sigh* Yeah okay, Dean did it, but it turned out he made a mistake and they should have burned the kids' bones. To be honest it doesn't really mean a whole lot to me. It wasn't a huge part of the story or anything. I think this episode was supposed to be a light-hearted type with all the in-jokes about the fans and cons, until the very end with that bit of info that will lead into something else. I think it was pretty unique that they had two "fans" save the day, because they showed the boys a little something (or at least Dean, who was the one complaining why anyone would want to be them and want their life) in doing so.
That's about all I can glean from it at the moment. It's late and I'm getting headachy. :P But I thought quite a few of the jokes were cute and I think what was revealed at the end is going to lead into something bigger.