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22 January 2010 @ 09:19 am
SPN #5x11 Sam, Interrupted (episode review)  
Sorry I'm doing this later than usual. Was watching Burn Notice last night and then was just too tired to be online...and today I feel like I've got some kind of bug. :P Hopefully it'll ease up. But anyway, here's my review, for what it's worth...

Was it just me or did this episode vaguely remind anyone of Folsom Prison Blues? Back then Dean wanted to help Deacon, who had saved John's ass a few times. Now Sam wants to help Martin, who apparently saved John's ass a few times. Plus all the patients are convinced there's some kind of monster, but the doc doesn't believe them and thinks it's just them being their usual selves. In FPB that guy Randall saw that one guy get killed but no one seemed to believe him (if I remember right). Just some interesting parallels I noticed.

Anyway it was interesting how the boys told the doc the actual truth when they were checking themselves in. Like it would sound so crazy, he wouldn't take it seriously and think they were just nut-jobs. Poor Sam though, you can tell he's still blaming himself for the whole apocalypse. Dean steps in and tells the doc it wasn't his fault. He brings up Ruby who got him addicted to demon blood. Yeah I know he didn't mention that he'd broken the first seal, but there's only so much they can say. Maybe he didn't want to go too far in the whole explanation... or maybe he's in denial because it bothers him so much. Who really knows. But I was glad he said that Sam's not evil. I like the "he's not evil, he was just... high" line. And how he pats Sam at the end of that scene. Heh.

Okay, something a little odd about that nurse. I knew something was up with her, but the way she was presented as a pretty minor character, it still threw me a little when she was revealed to be the wraith. Love how Dean called her Nurse Ratched, though. And poor Sam being told to take down his pants. Heh... now that's a job I wouldn't mind having. *g*

I think I also saw some parallels with ELAC.. or at least they tried to draw one. Sam seems to want to get right back on the job to take their minds off what happened in the last episode. And Dean is worrying him because he's holding all his emotions in (like he did after John's death). It seems that both had some feelings still to be reckoned with that were brought forth in this episode, perpetrated by the wraith. More on that later.

Liked how the boys didn't seem too keen on being split up for the group sessions. In his, Sam notices some of the patients going on about seeing monsters while the doc insists it's all in their minds.

Then there's that girl Wendy who suddenly kisses Dean and gropes him. Sam: "Dude, you cannot hit that." Heh. Then later on she goes for Sammy, saying she now likes him because "he's bigger." *g*

I liked how they played "gotcha" about who the wraith was. At first it could have been the shrink since she seemed a bit suspicious. And then it appeared to be the doc (which almost would've made sense given the way he kept insisting there were no monsters there), but his wounds from the silver plated knife didn't show any telltale signs. The scene where Sammy performed an autopsy and removed the one guy's brain was kinda squicky. But I love how they were about to be caught and Dean took down his pants and just went "PUDDING!" LOL.

Oh by the way, did that nurse remind anyone else of Lilith's "personal chef" from Lucifer Rising? Just the way she talked and called Dean "Sugar"... I think the nurse from Lucifer Rising was talking in a similar way to the baby she was wheeling down the hall, something like "Okay, Sugar..."

Anyway... awwwww, Drugged!Sammy! He tells Dean this wasn't his fault, "you're my brother and I still love you." And then...

"BEEP!"

Hee!! Love ya, Sammy! And Dean's reaction was priceless.

So it then seems like all their unresolved issues are brought to the forefront through the hallucinations. I didn't really know Dean's shrink was one of them, although the way she described his afflictions in the beginning (narcissism, etc.) was interesting. She starts telling him that he can't save everyone, that he broke the first seal. A-HA. So, Dean does apparently feel guilty about this, but he just hasn't brought it up. Will we see him tell Sam at some point this season? I hope so. Same thing is going on with Sam and the doc, telling him that he's not human. Poor Puppy wants a second chance. Then he sees Dean repeating basically the same stuff from their confrontation in Sex & Violence, and a big crowd around him joins in. He starts fighting them off before he gets taken away. Dean (the real Dean) wants to know what is happening.

Dean visits Martin and seems to be figuring it out, that crazy is the clue. For some reason he thinks that Wendy passed it onto them when she kissed them. But of course it turns out to be Nurse Ratched!

Who visits poor Sammy who's tied up like he was in When the Levee Breaks. So we finally learn who he was saying "You did this to me!" to in the preview. Not Dean, not Mary, but Wraith!Ratched. However she says that all the anger and stuff is real, she just brought it out of them. She's about to feast on Sam's brains when Dean busts in. She gives him the upper hand till he manages to snap off her horn feeding thingy and then stabs her. Yeah I know it would've been nice for Sam to try and save him but he was all tied up. The only way he could've done it was to use some mojo like he did in Nightmare to get the closet door open, and it seems his mojo is gone. So... oh well. But at least she's dead before she got to snack on either one of them.

At the end Sam admits to Dean that he is still mad. He'd been mad at Dean and John, then at Lilith and Lucifer. But it's not them, it's him. He's mad and he doesn't know why. I wonder if Sam would ever end up mad at Mary since she essentially started all this by making the deal with the YED to save John. Anyway this really seems to bother Dean. He wants Sam to bury his anger and not say yes to Lucifer. He asks Sam twice "are you with me?" Sam seems to hesitate but then says "I'm with you."

I really hope so. :(

Preview for next week looks interesting. Wish we had some promo pics though. Have they ever done this before? Not had promo pics for two episodes in a row?
 
 
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jessm78jessm78 on January 22nd, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
It was made of awesome, wasn't it? :) I'm glad that Sam said yes to him at the end. I really was relieved because when he hesitated there I thought either he just wouldn't answer or say he didn't know or something like that.

AFAIK, he doesn't know. From what I gathered in the beginning of Metamorphosis, Dean didn't tell him. So now I'm wondering if Sam will find out in one of the next eps (not sure if you've read the spoilers for the episode after the next one? But it seems like Sam may have a chance there).
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jessm78jessm78 on January 22nd, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'd say it'd be more likely that he'd be at least annoyed with Dean for not saying anything.

I've had a few little issues here and there with a few things, but nothing earth-shattering. Overall I've been very happy, so I'm not really worried either. Oh, me too! :)
and_ed: spn - samanddean shoulders by dyingsacriand_ed on January 22nd, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
The nurse did remind me of the 'personal chef' nurse...and also vaguely of the chick that plays Meredith on Grey's Anatomy.

I'm looking forward to see where they go with all this rage of Sam's. Personally, I think I'd be pretty enraged, too so I still just wanna scoop him up and oh poor baby him.

Enjoyed your review - can't wait for next week. =)
jessm78jessm78 on January 22nd, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
Awesome, nice to know I wasn't the only one. :)

Me too. Hopefully it won't lead him to say yes to Lucifer. But for the time being I'd just love to gather him into a big hug.

Thanks! I'm looking forward to next week, too.
ckll: pic#jaredwindckll on January 22nd, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
I also noticed the hesitation in Sam's voice and look in the end.
Let's hope that his anger won't turn against himself or Dean but Lucifer.
jessm78: Jared Padalecki: Friday 13th textlessjessm78 on January 22nd, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
I share your hope, hon.
Kristin: Jared | Friday the 13thkristypadalecki on January 22nd, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the awesome review. :) I really liked this episode too. I'm just worried about Sam and his anger issues. I truly hope he will let that anger go and not give in to the 'dark side'!
jessm78: Jared Padalecki: Friday 13th textlessjessm78 on January 22nd, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
I'm with you! I really hope he'll let go of it and not give in to Lucifer!
The Girl With the Kaleidoscope: SamandDeaniconbymeyaya_wr8t3r on January 23rd, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
I liked the epi :) was kind of hoping we would see more of Sam's depression and fear along with the anger. I just think that Sam has a lot to deal with, maybe burying for now is a good idea, but I don't think it'll work for long, cause Lucifer is going to feed off that pent up anger and it's going to be the end of Sam. I really hope they can resolve this, I would hate to see Dean beat himself up over something he told Sam to do, when he finds out it wasn't such good advice =(

I kind of figured out the nurse was his hallucination when she asked him 'how do you wake up in the morning?' I don't know it just felt like that wouldn't be something a doctor would say, and the way she said it, like she was disgusted in him or something. Being it's really Dean who's disgusted in himself.

I think when Sam hesitated was because Dean asked 'are you with me' he didn't say 'are we in this together' or something like that. His question was more like Dean asking Sam are going to be on my side and do what I say, are you with me. Sam probably feels Dean isn't with him, seeing as how Dean told him to bury his anger and move on. So Sam's hesitation wasn't for whether he was with Dean but whether he felt Dean was with him. At least that's how I saw it =)

I hated that we didn't get promo pics for this episode, and it looks like we might not get any for this week's epi. It kind of blows really, I like seeing promo pics. I'm kind of wondering why they haven't posted them? :/
The Girl With the Kaleidoscope: Samiconbymeyaya_wr8t3r on January 23rd, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
p.s can't wait for the puppy picspam :D
jessm78: Jared Padalecki: too cute (Chicon 09)jessm78 on January 24th, 2010 03:23 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks! :D I'm going to start screencapping it tomorrow, so I should get to post it by Tuesday or Wed. :)
jessm78jessm78 on January 24th, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was hoping to see that, too. He really does have a lot to deal with, but I agree that burying all his anger will hold up. If he keeps it all locked up and doesn't get to resolve it, Lucifer will be able to get to him no problem. I'm really really hoping that they can resolve this too. :(

Exactly. The way she said all that kinda reminded me of Dean talking to "himself" in Dream a Little Dream of Me (not the same exact thing, but similar). And with all she said I knew it had to be Dean beating himself up.

Ooh, that's a good way of looking at it. :) After he finally answered Dean I could kinda see him thinking to himself, "are you with me?"

Me too. They're so awesome to look at. I wonder if they're ever going to release any later? My gut tells me no, though. :(
The Girl With the Kaleidoscope: impalayaya_wr8t3r on January 24th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
I know poor puppy he really needs a good belly rub :) which btw, was it just me or did Jared do a lot of puppy eyes looks in this episode? More than usual even ♥

I think all that's going to come up again. Cause throughout the whole talk with his hallucination!shrink, Dean kind of was talking like he was a one man team. HE has to save the world, it's HIS job to protect and save people. Then in the end with 'Are you with me?' It was kind of like Sam wasn't really considered in any of that, it felt like Dean was more or less saying it's his job to save the world and keep Sam close so he doesn't destroy it =( I understand that Dean feels responsible, but I was really hoping that he made some progress on that. By letting Sam in and be apart of that team and have it where Sam is responsible with him and helping him carry that weight too. So yeh, love me some angst, but if the angst sets them back two steps I kind of feel really depressed by it. Hopefully they can talk and resolve, cause no way this burying thing is gonna end well o_o

I'm really upset that there aren't any promo pics *pouts*. I think the CW are slacking *throws tomatoes at them*
jessm78: Jared Padalecki: too cute (Chicon 09)jessm78 on January 25th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
He really does! Haha, when I was making the screencaps yesterday I was in awe of all the puppy eyes he made in the episode. I think I'm going to have fun with this picspam :)

That's the impression I got too, especially with the way the hallucination!shrink said it was all on his shoulders. He feels that it's his job. I think it'll come up again, and I hope Sam confronts him and says that you don't have to do all of this alone, I'm here and I want to help carry the weight (didn't he say this back in S2? I think it was at the end of Croatoan - he told Dean that whatever burden he was carrying to let him take some of the weight). It does feel like they take one step forward and then two steps back. I really hope they can finally take some meaningful steps toward resolving all this.

*throws tomatoes with you* It's just ridiculous. I hope they don't hold out on us much more for the rest of the season.
The Girl With the Kaleidoscope: Samiconbymeyaya_wr8t3r on January 26th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
Can't wait to see it :D

Yeh me too, cause he did say that to Dean at the end of 'Croatoan' and I think it needs saying again. Just to remind Dean that he isn't alone. In away it's like if Dean isn't reminded then he falls back to that habit where he's the big brother and has to be the one to hold all the burden of protecting and saving. I think it's like that with Sam as well, if Dean doesn't let Sam know that he is going to be okay and that he isn't a monster or a freak, then Sam falls back into that mind set of being one. So they both need to try and go back to the way they helped each other out when the other was suffering in seasons 1 and 2 :)

I swear if we miss out on any more promo pics I'm gonna scream!
jessm78: Jared Padalecki: too cute (Chicon 09)jessm78 on January 27th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
:D I just have to finish editing the screencaps and I should be able to post it tomorrow. It's going to be another big picspam, more than 100 pics... just so much of Puppy in this episode! :)

I agree, I definitely think Dean needs to be reminded of this, and Sam needs encouragement from Dean too. I'd really like to see them go back to that. I hope we see it in the show... if not, I guess we should try to fill the void with fanfic.

Me too! They will know our wrath!
The Girl With the Kaleidoscope: ellenjobymydearheartyaya_wr8t3r on January 27th, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
Woohoo can't wait to see them =)

Yes fanfic will have to fill that void, but I hope we get to see it on screen =)

Yes fangirl wrath is something to fear ;)
jessm78: Sam smiling in Salvationjessm78 on January 27th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
Workin on it right now :D

Indeed... they thought the apocalypse sounded bad, they aint seen nothing yet! ;)