So. I liked this episode ... and....
I so knew it. I knew Sam came back without his soul!!
In the teaser we get a girl in Biggerson's yammering on about a guy and just wanting the truth from him. Then suddenly everyone around her is speaking *very* frankly (the guy in the kitchen telling her he put some of his own seasoning in it got an "ew" from me). She's on the phone with her sister asking her to pick her up because she thinks she's losing it when the sis cruelly tells her she can't stand her and asks why doesn't she just kill herself. So she does.
And her blood splats all over the "Biggersons - the Happy Place" sign. Gotta love that irony. :D
Dean's on the phone with Bobby. Is that Sammy in the background getting hot dogs?? Awww. :) He tells Bobby about how he's freaked over Sam. Bobby sounds almost like he doesn't want to hear it. Tells Dean not to shoot him yet, and we need facts (about whether it's really Sam). He tells Dean "he is your case." OMG... even mentioning putting the puppy down.... :(
They talk to the girl's sis who of course acts like she didn't mean to say those things to her on the phone. Sam plays the bad cop here and says he could tell she was bluffing by what she did with her hair. He grills her. Is it me, or when Dean looks at him for those couple of seconds, Sam suddenly seems a little uneasy? Like I dunno... a split personality thing? It seemed like he broke character for a second or something. Which kinda ties in with the theory that he's suffering some multiple personality disorder... we'll come back to this...
Next we have a guy at the dentist admitting some pretty awful things concerning the dentist's daughter. The guy goes ballistic and actually drills the patient to death.
Dean's on the phone again with Bobby. I didn't catch this whole part because my mother was talking to me (*sigh*... long story), but the gist I got from it was that Bobby said he could just be Sam. When Dean tells Sam he won't go investigate with him, but stay behind to do research, Sam looks a little curious or confused...
The "Harry's House of Horns" scene was kinda funny. When he says to Dean "How about my horn?" (that was stolen) I love Dean's reaction. Hee. The guy that played Harry looked pretty familiar to me.... wish I could put my finger on it...
Cas is back. Dean tells him he's been calling him for help on Sam, but Cas says he has nothing to offer regarding Sam. Dean wonders if Sam could be Lucifer. Cas says he isn't, because if Luci escaped his cage, they would feel it. He doesn't know what's wrong with Sam. Dean asks Cas what's wrong with him - that he used to be like human. Cas says he's at war now and certain things are not required of him. He tells Dean he's not here because of Sam, but because of the Horn of Truth that is affecting all these people.
He's gone, but for about 2 seconds if even that. Dean asks where he went and Cas says "everywhere." He wants to help Dean regarding Sam and he'll make inquiries. I guess we'll learn more about this later? Hope so...
Sam is in the morgue and asks the coroner to see the other bodies. The guy tells him the bodies are gone. If Sam didn't have one of the puppy-est expressions there, then I don't know what...
Dean asks a female bartender for a drink and says he just wants "the freaking truth." She suddenly starts talking candidly about her marriage being a sham and about the oxy she snorted all day. Suddenly she wonders why she said it and Dean pretty much guesses why.
Oh, dear... Bobby's next phone conversation with Dean.... he's into Tori Spelling? He talks about the girl that gave him a pedicure? LOL! Poor Dean is scarred for life now, as most of us probably are as well. Bobby goes on to say that maybe Dean is his favorite?? Although he admits that Sam is a better hunter. Bobby then wonders why he's telling Dean this. Dean tells him he's cursed. He also tells Dean something about him making a damn mess and having to clean it up.
Looks like Dean is ready to do something concerning Sam... uh oh...
Sam investigates the room of the first girl and finds a cat skull... hmm.
Dean gets a call from Lisa but doesn't want to talk now. She tells him "you shoved my kid, Dean" and insists they should talk now. She tells him that he has so much pushed down inside and buried. She then says she didn't expect Sam to come back and "as long as he's in your life, you'll never be happy." Oh crap. Shit is hitting the fan. She instantly regrets the way she said it but also says that she loves her sister, but if she got killed Lisa wouldn't bring her back.
And now Dean is questioning Sam. He asks him why he just stood there when the vamp attacked Dean. Sam seems taken aback by this and tells him he didn't - he froze. He was shocked (but um, there's still the matter of the smirk, right?) and by that time it was too late. He tells Dean he's his brother and he would never let this happen to him.
"I got your back. I always have."
Wow, that was a little too short. But I'm sure there will be more later.
They find out that the cat skull in the girl's room was for a spell and that Veritas was invoked. Sam says that she slams you with the truth. They find some woman who is doing a talk show on TV and they study the videotapes from it.
OMG, Sammy in one layer! Please, Show, let's have more of this :D
At one point they stop the tape and notice a strange flare type thing in her eyes. They track her down and Sam's got dog's blood. Why does that seem wrong to me?
They end up in a room filled with the other bodies, and suddenly Veritas appears and knocks them both out.
Oh puke, she took the guy's tongue out and started eating it!! :X
Dean and Sam, tied up, come to and she starts goading them, telling them they're the "gold standard of lies." As this is going on, Sam is trying to cut himself free. She asks Dean how he really feels about Sam. Dean says he feels better now, that before he thought Sam was a monster but now he thinks he's acting just like Dean. He says he thought he wanted out (of the hunting life) but he's good at slicing throats.
Then she asks Sam. Sam says that what they do is hard, "but we watch out for each other and that's what's important."
Oh, now might be a good time to point out that apparently Sam isn't supposed to be able to lie. She tells him he's not telling the truth and wonders how that's possible. He insists that he isn't lying.
She says that Sam isn't human! OMG........
Finally on that Sam cuts loose and goes after her, but she gets the upper hand and starts strangling him (hmm, how long has it been since we last saw that?). Dean stabs her and Sam finishes the job. Now it looks like Dean is going to go after Sam. Uh oh...
Dean is pointing the bone saw at Sam. Oh crap. Sam pleads "Dean, it's me!" He admits that there is something wrong with him.
And now shit is about to get real. He tells Dean he lied and he didn't react when Dean got turned because he knew there was a cure. Dean objects and says he could have died.
Holy crap. Sam admits that ever since he came back, he doesn't feel it. He says he's a better hunter than he's ever been because nothing scares him anymore ...
... because he can't feel it.
aka, Sam doesn't have a soul!!!
He doesn't know what's wrong with him and he tells Dean he needs help. Dean looks like he's processing all this and .......
... and then he totally starts whaling on Sam. I guess my Limp!Sam friends are happy. *snerk*
And that's what we're left with.
So, I had a few theories in mind going into this. One was that Sam came back without his soul. Another was that he has some multiple personality disorder because at times he would seem a bit more like the Sam we know and love (in any of the banter scenes mostly), but then we had scenes like the one in the last episode. Yet another was that he still had some essence of Lucifer that would take over at times.
I guess theory 1 is winning out now. The preview for next week pretty much confirmed it, too. So if Sam really did come back without his soul, now the question is how did this happen. Did he have to give up his soul in exchange for escaping Hell? Is someone holding onto his soul (like Crowley or someone else)? Did the things he went through in Hell/the cage/as Luci's meatsuit somehow strip him of his soul? Are they going to spend this entire season trying to answer the questions we have and attempting to get Sam's soul back?
Honestly, I really hope they do. I really hope Sam can get his soul back somehow. While the new Sam is badass, I'm not too thrilled about how things are strained between him and Dean. No, we don't have to have a complete carbon copy of S1, but I'd just like things to get a little better. Hopefully they will. I think we did get at least part of a reveal tonight. At least we have some idea of what is wrong with Sam. Now we just need a little more of the whole picture and how to work on resolving it. And hopefully it will be resolved, at least in part.