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12 November 2009 @ 10:53 pm
SPN #5x09 The Real Ghostbusters (episode review)  
Here are my thoughts on tonight's episode... probably forgot some things, but here it is, FWIW. Again, I'd like to keep this free of Sam and Dean bashing. :)

Okay, to start, as someone who has attended 2 different SPN cons, I actually got a kick out of all the nods to the cons and fans at cons. I know that before the ep aired and spoilers were leaked, some people thought they were going too far and they did enough in Monster at the End of This Book, but I just didn't take it too seriously. What can I say - I had a crappy day and needed some laughs. :)

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.
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summers84summers84 on November 13th, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
The episode was funny and I was excited to see a bit of the creepiness back. Tonight had a season 5 funny feel with a good ol fashioned season 1 hunt. I was thrilled. The guy our Sam was portraying was Rufus. At first the larping Dean and Sam were a bit annoying but as the minutes ticked by, it wore off. I definitely sqeed when Larp!Dean and Sam confessed that they were a couple. It was soo sweet. Haha, poor real!Dean.. if only we could read his mind. Becky/Chuck was cute. Becky had me rolling my eyes/laughing loudly.
Paige: Sam 1 - Dean 0kate_mct on November 13th, 2009 04:30 am (UTC)
I definitely sqeed when Larp!Dean and Sam confessed that they were a couple.

That made me laugh. The look on Dean's face was priceless!

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Paige: Shoot First Pray Laterkate_mct on November 13th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
I loved this episode and turns out, Becky had a purpose other than making us laugh and cringe since she told Sam about the Colt. Cannot wait for next week!
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on November 14th, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was glad that she actually did have a fairly important purpose!

Really looking forward to next week, too (especially after seeing a couple of sneak peeks)!
faysnteamfaysnteam on November 13th, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)
tihs episode was one of the best!! I laugh so much I cried (my mom will kill me, we have 5 a.m. :D ).. it's just me, or Dean looks more gay with each episode? :))) I needed this after a really bad week.. and thanx so much for the recap, when I saw the episode first time,I totally loose the Homoerotic Subtext... :)))
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on November 14th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
It was some good fun. :) My mom enjoyed it too. LOL - now that you mention it... it's a fair question ;)

My pleasure! :) I know what you mean, I've had a bad few days myself, so I really needed the laughs.
bex_bonedaddy on November 13th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
I totally agree! I have read some really terrible reviews of tonights episode, and I think people are taking it way to seriously. Kripke was just trying to give us a few laughs and have some fun. I thought it was a good, light episode to laugh to before things starting being pumped with angst once again :)
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on November 14th, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
Thanks! :) Yeah, I mean everyone's got different opinions and they're entitled to them, but I really didn't take this one very seriously. It was some good fun before all the intense stuff that's sure to happen now.
tarienemrystarienemrys on November 13th, 2009 10:40 am (UTC)
:) I actually liked the ep (may be among the few who liked it) Dean did say to Sammy about giving "puppy dog thing" and I squeeed =D =D And the look Dean gave to YEF (yellow eyed fan) :D :D I LOLed at that look (Boys made really awesome faces throughout the whole thing =D )

May be because it kinda reminded me of Season 1, I liked the ep :)Unlike last week, I didn't have mix feelings after it was over.

I do agree on the "Dean" & "Sam" talk to Dean. I think it made him look at themselves in a new perspective. I mean it's not something they experience most of time :) And I guess the fans had it quite correct :):) From the part to "That's what Dean and Sam would do" to "You have a brother who would die for you"

And I actually went "awwwwwww" in the last bit when they said they were a couple :D :D Dean's face was priceless!!!

Becky =D =D She cracks me up every time :D but I guess she and Chuck goes well together.

(sorry for the long rant... comment :D)
jessm78: Supernatural: Puppy Sam (from ELAC)jessm78 on November 14th, 2009 04:32 am (UTC)
You are definitely not the only one who liked it, hon. :) I loved when Dean said that! I started wondering if they ever saw my Puppy picspams, LOL. I loved all the different faces they made in this episode.

It reminded me more of the old days, too. Someone else said further down here that there was real teamwork in this one (Dean salting and burning the bones, Sam saving Dean, and the LARPing guys saving both of them).

I'm so glad I wasn't the only one who saw that!

LOL - his face was indeed priceless!

I think Becky/Chuck could be quite interesting :D

(aw... no worries! :))
anastdean: picJared Chicago con hat smileanastdean on November 13th, 2009 11:34 am (UTC)
I like this season's funny tone so far and Jared looked hot in this one.That's all I remember.:))
jessm78: Jared Padalecki: Friday 13th textlessjessm78 on November 14th, 2009 04:28 am (UTC)
Hehe, I don't blame you for that hon. He really did look hot. :)
scottishwhisky: winchester brothersscottishwhisky on November 13th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
Going into this I was of the opinion that it could be really great, or really awful and offensive. Fortunately they managed to hit the first mark, for me at least. I was worried that they'd take this as an hour long opportunity to comment on fandom and laugh at us, rather than with us. Since they chose to set it at the sort of con they did, they lessened the impact a bit, being that the distinct majority of cons in Supernatural's fandom bear little resemblance to what they showed there.

Since they dodged that bullet, I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of it. Becky still grates on my nerves, and I hope we've seen the last of her. I could have done without the further snarking on Sam-fans as well, but it wasn't enough to make me dislike the episode. Chuck was adorable, as always, and I loved seeing a hint of horn dog Dean return, when he was hitting on the Hooters waitress. I loved the various bitchfaces we got out of Sam as events unfolded, and the way he answered Becky's insane, but sincere, "break up" speech.

When Sam got flung aside during the salt and burn, initially it did frustrate me, because I figured things would continue in usual Season 4 or 5 format and he would continue to be useless for the rest of the episode. But, and it's an important but, he didn't. Dean saved the day with the salt and burn there, Sam came back and saved Dean with the poker later, and ultimately it was Demian and Barnes (*snerk*) who saved the day for both of them. It was teamwork. The brothers, acting and working as a team and that is what I've been missing for so long. When this episode ended last night, I thought to myself "THAT is my show. That is my show that has been mostly missing for going on two and a half years." Sam and Dean against the monster, saving people, hunting things and doing it on their own. No angels. No Bobby (I love Bobby, but they use him a bit too much). Just our guys and I love it that way.
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on November 14th, 2009 04:28 am (UTC)
That was my thought going into it as well. It came down more on the first mark for me, too.

Becky grates on my nerves too - I wouldn't be too upset if she was gone after this episode. At least she's stopped bothering Sam, LOL. Chuck was adorable, I totally agree. The boys had some amazing stuff in this episode - loved their awkward expressions at first and Sam's bitchfaces of course. ;)

That's a great point. There was teamwork, and it's something I really appreciated about this episode. It was what really stood out for me. Heh, I thought the two LARPERs' names sounded familiar, and then I remembered hearing a while back that they'd be paying a little nod to Demian and Barnes in such a way.

This ep did feel more like an old school sort of episode, for the reasons you mentioned.

Now I feel all warm and fuzzy. Gotta rewatch it again. :)
spilled_coffeespilled_coffee on November 13th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
complete with a German accent

That was the worst fake German accent I've heard in a while. With all that "r" it sounded more Polish or Russian or whatever.

And doesn't Deam always get to burn the bones? It's division of labor, nothing to rant about.
I accidentally my skull: 03piecesfalling on November 13th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
That was supposed to be German? Oh my. So not even close. *cringes* *lol*
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deej1957deej1957 on November 13th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
I'm in the minority on your flist-- I thought this was pretty much a useless piece of crap and the retconning at the end with the colt was totally lame. I'm very tired of all the fan jokes and wincest jokes-- TPTB don't belong on line "playing" with the fans.
jessm78: Supernatural: Puppy Sam (from ELAC)jessm78 on November 13th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, some of the wincest jokes get to be a little too much, I will concede that....

It does seem like they get a lot of their inspiration from TWoP ... that site does not represent all SPN fans, for sure.

I think the reasoning behind it was to have just another light-hearted, easy type of ep before all the intense mytharc stuff starts up again. Judging from the preview for next week, it's probably going to be pretty serious. Plus they had Dean realize that this life of theirs isn't quite so bad, and about how he values Sam (when the one fan said something about having a brother who is willing to die for you).

*shrugs* Eh... to each their own. And speaking of that, I hope I haven't offended you with any of my grousing about the Limp Sam forum in my previous posts. Not to belittle their opinions - they're certainly entitled to them - but all the negativity there was just getting a little too much for me. I hope we can still be friends even if we disagree on the eps. :)

One question...I'm totally not up on all the fandom terms, but what exactly is "retconning"? Is it basically a synonym for "shoehorning" or "revision"?

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i'm on a website where people fuck fruit: spn against the worldgeckoholic on November 13th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
I was totally set up to hate the living hell out of this ep, but, honestly, I rather liked it. Heh!

And, all the faaaces, especially Dean's, when being confronted with the weirdness of fans. So funny! *gg*
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on November 14th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
Yeah, it did seem a bit cringeworthy from the spoilers, but it turned out pretty good!

LOL, I loved their expressions! Dean's eyebrow raise and surprised looks especially killed me!
jenni_fromtexas: Sam alivejenni_fromtexas on November 13th, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
I got some good kicks out of this episode. :D I really wish they'd get to the horror, but this was kinda fun. I enjoyed it more than last week's at least. :) And Dean mentioned Sam's Puppyface! I instantly thought of you and all my other Puppy!Sam friends on my list and nearly died! That was great! XD

I really liked all the costumes, too. Becky was annoying to me still but once I equated her in my mind with Garth in Wayne's World, I appreciated her goofy qualities more.

I've never complain having a limp!Sam moment. :) I loved it. (Now I gotta go back and watch Houses of the Holy again! *g*) He does plenty of work in other episodes so it all evens out. Don't know anyone would complain about that, but it takes all types, I guess.

I liked the fans helping out twist too. Very nice complement to the story this time around.

The fan involvement concept squicks me a bit still too, but since Kripke has chosen to make it canon, I'll get used to it...eventually. ;)

Great review!
jessm78: Supernatural: Puppy Sam (from ELAC)jessm78 on November 14th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, I feel the same way. Was nice to get just a little bit of fun in before the heavy stuff returns. *squeee* I THOUGHT that's what he said! My ears perked up when I was first watching that scene and then I was thinking, "wait, did he actually say it??" I rewatched and there it was! Great stuff :D

I particularly liked the guy dressed as Ash... and was that a girl dressed like Bobby? LOL. I do get a sort of quirky Garth from Wayne's World type of vibe from her... makes it a bit easier to watch her. *g*

Oh, I loved him in Houses of the Holy - think I'll pop that DVD in too! Yep, there are all sorts of nitpicky fans out there that will object to every little thing...

LOL... it is a bit over the top definitely... but I could probably get used to it too. ;)

Thanks! I just popped on over to your review and left a comment. Enjoyed it! :)