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12 November 2010 @ 10:53 pm
SPN #6x08 All Dogs Go To Heaven (episode review)  
Feeling all upbeat and squee-worthy, so posting my review a little earlier. Again, this is a bashing-free zone. Thanks in advance. :)

Finally it seems we've made some progress! I loved the scene at the end of this episode. I really think it's a step. But I'll get to that later.

I am a huge dog person. HUGE. I've had dogs in my family my whole life. So any time I get to see more of them on screen is good. Although whenever I was seeing Lucky, like in the scene where he brought the toy to the little boy or when he was shot I had to keep in mind he was a human, or I'd be either "awwww"-ing or sniffling more than is necessary.

Okay, anyway, we're in Buffalo and we see our first casualty of the night. Attacked by a ... something. Werewolf?

Hee! Love the boys at "Fat Jack's." Dean is on the phone with Bobby when suddenly Crowley shows up. He has a job for them but Dean doesn't want his job. He calls Crowley. "Dickass." Heh. But Crowley makes it personal and tells him that it's a hostage situation - "I own your brother." He wants them to bag an alpha and he'll give him Sam's soul back. We've learned not to trust Crowley very much, haven't we. I think this is going to be a lot more complicated than it seems.

They think they're dealing with werewolves. So it seems they don't always turn on a full moon - they can turn on a half moon too? Huh, that's different...

Dean obviously doesn't like working for a demon and can't believe Sam wants to work this case. On the surface I can see why Dean would say that - for one thing, look at what he did when Dean had to "work with him" in The Devil You Know last season. In Sam's point of view, it's obvious that he wants to work the case to get closer to getting his soul back. He insists to Dean that it's still him. He has the same mind, the same memories, likes the same music (hmm, thinking back to Lazarus Rising for a brief second... *g*), and he even mentions the girl he had a crush on back in Bio class. Aw. :) He tells Dean he's going to prove to him that he's still his brother. Aw again. :)

Just a quick interjection to say that I don't care what anyone thinks - I love Sam's hair and I want to pet it. Badly.

When the boys pose as agents, Sam says they "do the work of mouth-breathing dick monkeys." Hmm, that's a new one, Sammy. LOL

We get to see how Sam really does not sleep. Not ever. But he can't help it. He tells Dean to get the lead out while Dean calls him "Robocop." :D

We go to the house of the guy that's a suspect. Awww.... cute kid that girl has. :)

So the guy (Cal) is the boyfriend of the woman we see with the little boy. Sam and Dean are questioning him about his brother's death and their German Shepherd starts reacting weird and barking at them. Cal gives some kind of evasive answers, saying his brother was always bothering them and etc. Our boys start wondering if he's the werewolf and decide to keep an eye on him. He doesn't turn so they leave.

But then the dog, Lucky, shows up and attacks him! Ah, interesting twist that the dog is involved... obviously not werewolf but something else. He changes into a man and goes back to Cal's girlfriend. He watches her in bed and then changes back into Lucky, getting in bed with her as if protecting her. Hmm.

Hee! Sam quotes Ghostbusters!

Dean tells him he can deliver the alpha to Crowley. Huh.... is he being exactly truthful here or just telling Sam what he knows he wants to hear?

Again being a dog owner I get all sappy when we see "Lucky" bringing the toy to the little boy - though of course he rips it.

Our boys show up and tell her about Cal being killed. Dean wants to talk to her son but she doesn't understand why. Sam seems to take exception to it too. Apparently he thinks she's the werewolf and we can see the gears turning in his head as if he wants to capture her and deliver her to Crowley. He tells Dean he'll stay with her, but Dean doesn't want him to. Sam just says he'll watch her.

So Sam watches from a playground but sees "Lucky" as the werewolf. Wow, his PuppyEyes™ are really blaring, aren't they? He's aiming a gun at the guy but then sees him talking to another guy and waits until he's alone. Uh oh, the guy senses that Sam is there and takes off running - turning back into Lucky the dog. Sam chases him and LEAPS OVER A FENCE. Wow, so he's The Bionic Sammy now!

Okay, second time where I had to convince myself it's a guy, not a dog. When he gets hit by the car and we hear him whimpering (and the driver saying they need to find a vet), I started feeling bad. But again it's the dog lover in me. *g* As they drive away Sam yells "It's my dog!" And we can definitely see the real meaning of that.

Sam tells Dean that it's a skinwalker. They find "Lucky" in an animal hospital. I like how they talk to him and Dean shows him the silver. What was it he was holding up that made Sam laugh (and say "silver or not, it's funny")?

"Lucky" is turned back into a human and the boys question him. Sam asks if he plays with his food, etc. The guy doesn't like this, of course. Dean tells him he gets what he's doing. It all comes down to family. The guy killed everyone that came near them and it shows how he cares about them. Then he asks who was the guy with him (that Sam saw, I guess). He tells him that Cal's girlfriend and her son are in trouble and they want to help them.

Turns out "Lucky" is part of a pack of about 30. They were recruited and their group is everywhere, lying low and waiting for a "signal." Once they get it they'll turn on their families and change them. Apparently there's a pack leader who is assumed to be the alpha. But they're not the only pack out there, and no one can stop them. Ooo.

Okay, I'm LOLing right now at Sam carrying on with the doggy shtick, whistling and holding up a ball for him to fetch.
"Lucky": Fetch this, dick.
Sam: *bitchface*


Dean tries to convince "Lucky" to help them. He wants to take down the pack leader, but Sam says Crowley won't be happy, and it could lead them to the alpha to get his soul back. Dean isn't happy about the idea of lots of people being turned into them.

And OUCH - Dean tells Sam that he's not him. He's not Sam, and to stop pretending.

Uh oh, it looks like the rest of the pack shows up and they've got Cal's boyfriend and her son. Sam tells Dean to take the shot (at the pack leader). Dean says that she and the kid are in the way, but Sam tells him to take it anyway. Oh, our hardened Sammy. :( Dean hesitates and it's too late. They're going to go for a plan B.

The pack leader tells "Lucky" that the boss (the alpha I'm guessing?) is pissed about the murders he's done. He wants "Lucky" to turn Cal's girlfriend and son while they watch.

When our boys show up and start shooting at them!

"Lucky" tries to help Cal's gf and her son though and locks them in a back room. The pack leader can't believe he's protecting them and starts belittling him. "Lucky" turns back into his dog form and ferociously barks at Mr. Pack Leader, who shoots him. :( But not long before getting shot himself by.......... Sam? It was Sam, wasn't it? He shares a look with Cal's gf. Not sure what to make of that moment...

"Lucky" goes back to see her and tells her they're the only family he has. He knows what he is, but no one's ever been so nice to him, so he thanks her. Awwwwww. But she calls him a psycho and tells him to go away. :( He turns back into a doggy and leaves.

And we finally get a little heart-to-heart at the end with the boys in a park. Sam tells Dean "You're right. I'm not your brother. I'm not Sam." He finally comes clean and tells Dean that he's been acting like he cares about Lisa and Ben, but he really doesn't, much less care about Dean. Of course this bothers Dean to hear, but Sam says he wanted the real him and he's coming clean.

Quick interjection: Did I mention how much I want to pet Sam's hair??

He tells Dean he's done worse things, killed innocents, etc., and maybe he should feel guilty, but he doesn't. It looks like he's having doubts, though. He says he's not sure if this is really better - he can get a lot done and it doesn't hurt. But - he also says "I was that other Sam for a long time." He admits it was harder, but he remembers stuff from back then, and thinks he should go back to being him.

Sammy, I ♥ you so much!!

Dean admits that it's a step.

Sam: "So?"

Dean: "We'll do what we gotta do... Get my brother back."

Dean, I ♥ you too!!

So yes, they are taking baby steps. We really needed to see this talk. I think many of us have been aching to see this talk for quite a while now. It really is a start and I'm glad they've begun talking about it. And before anyone says that Dean didn't seem all that into helping Sam at the end, that he's saying it just to tell Sam what he wants to hear - I'm sorry, but I respectfully disagree. I think Dean's put up a little front as he usually does, and I think that he probably wasn't expecting Sam to say anything just yet. I think deep down he is glad to hear Sam say these things, that he wants to go back to being the guy he was back then. I think he is going to reconsider working for Crowley. Maybe part of him will still resent working for him, but I think he is more on board with helping Sam find his soul.

And as much as I love Badass!Sam (and The Bionic Sammy! lol), I am glad to see him having some doubts about how he's been recently, and about how he should probably go back to being more like the guy he was. I think he is being sincere about it. He's been pretending to show emotion ever since the premiere, but he's finally come clean and admitted he's not the "Sam" we've known in seasons 1-5.

So I do think they are off to a good start. I doubt this whole thing will be easy, and I really don't trust Crowley much so I think it'll probably be harder to get Sam's soul back than he's promising. But I have faith they will get it back.... somehow.

So yes, I did enjoy this episode. :)
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Paigekate_mct on November 13th, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)
I agree. This episode was unsettling and creepy. I'm not a dog person, I prefer cats but I actually got upset when the skinwalker got hurt in dog form. Sam talking about himself before The Cage was so interesting. It was like watching someone with amnesia talk to a loved one or someone with multiple personalities discussing one of the personalities to someone. He knows he should feel differently but he doesn't and it bothers him.

I cannot wait for him to get his soul back so there can be manly tears and angst and I can watch it with popcorn.
jessm78: Supernatural: Shirtless Sam (6x03)jessm78 on November 13th, 2010 04:20 am (UTC)
Yeah, those parts really bothered me. I kept trying to tell myself "it's a skinwalker," but yeah, still upset me. Ooh, very interesting point about Sam talking about himself before The Cage. I kinda get a vibe like that from it. I liked how he admitted that it bothered him.

Me neither! I'm already stocking my pantry with popcorn and drinks for when the time comes.
shallowz: Finding Elrondshallowz on November 13th, 2010 04:11 am (UTC)
Mantra through the whole show - it's really a person. It's really a person...

jessm78jessm78 on November 13th, 2010 04:21 am (UTC)
That was SO me as I was watching it...
erickajaneerickajane on November 13th, 2010 04:14 am (UTC)
I'm with you. It was weird to think about that dog being a dude and like...creeping on that girl lol. But I don't know, he grew on me. For once, I felt bad for the monster. He was just protecting them in his own way and trying to belong.

The ending was awesome, I was simultaneously heartbroken and filled with awwwww. But I agree, I don't think it's going to be that easy to get Sam's soul back. But they'll do it, some how. I mean, c'mon, they stopped Lucifer! They can do anything! lol.
jessm78: Supernatural: Dean is Batmanjessm78 on November 13th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
lol, yeah, that felt pretty odd to me at first. I kinda liked him, too, especially the way he was trying to protect them. The way he stood up to the "pack leader" by not turning them and showing how he cares for them (even though he's different).

Me too. Oh heck yeah, I have faith that they'll pull it off. It won't be easy, but it will happen! It looks like they're in this together now, and as it's been said before, they're stronger as a team :D
Gabrus47gabrus47 on November 13th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
Hi Jess. Great recap and review!

Like you, I enoyed this episode. I agree completely that the boys are on the same page now and as long as Sam continues being honest with Dean, things will turn around. I believe Dean will work with Sam, adjusting to the new dynamic and will do everything he can to help Sam.

Poor Lucky...I felt sorry for him at the end. I had a German Shepherd when I was a teenager and she was the best dog I have ever had. Lucky looked a lot like her.

On a more shallow note: There isn't much that is more beautiful than Jared running, or his hair blowing in the wind. *sigh*

Take care. :)
jessm78: Supernatural: Shirtless Sam (6x03)jessm78 on November 13th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks Gabs!

Yeah, I'm more optimistic about things now. I think Dean really appreciates Sam being honest with him. I wonder what it was that finally convinced Sam... I keep thinking of how they lingered on that look he shared with the girl after he killed the "pack leader."

Me too - it broke my heart to see him walking away, lonely like that. When I was very young we had a beagle/shepherd mix who Lucky sort of reminded me of.

I couldn't agree more than that! *echoes your sigh*

Have a great weekend! And sorry I haven't been on the boards much... not only have I been dealing with RL issues, but all the negativity the past few weeks has left me discouraged. I will get myself back there though. :)
Julie: DEAN peaking/one eye openjackfan2 on November 13th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
This ep was... ok for me. As a dog person, however, it was hard to watch, but for the most part, made me laugh myself silly. Lemme explain...

As a dog person, you're aware of who Cesar Millan is? The Dog Whisperer? Well, before tonight's ep, we had watched the latest ep of The Dog Whisperer so when Lucky attacked, we were all yelling for Cesar Millan to intervene, and laughing.

We have a Golden Retriever and a yellow Lab, Sidney and Murphy. The Lab is the youngest at just under 2 years old. Well, he's what we laughing call my 'stalker dog' because he wherever I go in this house, he follows. And of all of us, I'm the one he likes to cuddle next to on the sofa. He's my sweetie... The Golden, Sidney, also follows but she has bad hips and is much older so stairs and sofas aren't her thing, so she isn't quite the glue that Murphy is.

AAaaanyway, Murphy will sit at the entrance to the bathroom and wait patiently while I ... do whatever I'm doing. Well, after tonight's ep, I'll never view those senario's in quite the same way. :D

The end of the ep, when all the other skinwalkers were being shot in dog form, well, I was just so glad that when the camera pulled back, it showed their human counter-parts dead, not the dogs. But yeah, that was hard to watch.

The writer of this ep, I didn't recognize his name. He did an alright job, but on the whole, it wasn't one that I'd hurry to rewatch, but it wasn't bad. I didn't hate it.

Next weeks' ep, however, looks like all kinds of awesome!

jessm78: Supernatural: Dean in Hollywood Babylonjessm78 on November 13th, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
Yup, I'm very familiar with Cesar Milan. OMG, LOL - I never even thought of it that way! That's great :D

Haha... I have the exact opposite. I have an elderly beagle and she pretty much does her own thing. She hardly ever follows me around much, only when I have food (of course). She just crashes on the floor, even if it's right in front of the stairs. We always have to be careful where we walk so we don't trip over her!

Yeah, I was really glad that when they were shot, we saw their human counterparts lying there instead. It would have bothered me so much if they'd left them as dogs.

I know what you're saying. I don't think it was my favorite of the season, but I still liked it. The ending where Sam finally came clean to Dean and Dean saying they'll do what it takes to get his brother back had me smiling.

Really looking forward to next week's!

Edited at 2010-11-13 06:42 pm (UTC)
mcsheploversmcsheplovers on November 13th, 2010 04:55 am (UTC)
Okay, I'm LOLing right now at Sam carrying on with the doggy shtick, whistling and holding up a ball for him to fetch.
"Lucky": Fetch this, dick.
Sam: *bitchface*

Hee! That was my favorite part--and Dean's "Sam, you're not helping." HA!
I also loved Sam's retort to the skinwalker when he told him to go to Hell: "No thanks, been there, didn't agree with me." Yeah, to say the least Sam!

Sam cracking up at Dean's threat to the skinwalker with the leash at the pound: "Soul or no soul, that's funny!" Snarky Sam for the WIN!

The conversation at the end was great. I'm sure it was tough for Dean to hear but Dean has asked Sam over and over again for the truth and he got it. I think he appreciated it. It was awesome when he said that he wanted to do whatever had to be done to get his brother back. Go team!

I liked this episode a lot. Next week looks funny as hell and I'm looking forward to a bit of comic relief! Thanks for your review!
jessm78jessm78 on November 13th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
I loved it! Total role reversal there - in the past I could see Dean snarking like that and Sam telling him to cool it.

Snarky Sam totally PWNED :D

I agree, I think Dean really didn't appreciate Sam finally coming clean with the truth. I'm really glad he's on board with this.

I'm really looking forward to next week's - even more so now that I've seen a sneak peek from it!

My pleasure, hon - thanks for commenting! :)
CeCe Awaycece_away on November 13th, 2010 05:27 am (UTC)
I think the biggest OMG Sam is not present at all any more moment came when he mentioned that the last werewolf they ganked turned while it was in bed . . . with him.

If he can talk that dispassionately about Madison, he is gone. He is truly gone and my heart broke a little bit more. Bring him back Dean, go get his soul, get your brother.
jessm78: Supernatural: Shirtless Sam (6x03)jessm78 on November 13th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
You nailed it. I was surprised at first to see him talking that way about Madison. But yeah, I realized that it just shows how soulless he is and that the Sam we've always known is gone. And then to say that he didn't care about Lisa and Ben, much less Dean. It really does hurt. Please get your brother back, Dean!

Edited at 2010-11-13 06:44 pm (UTC)
Melcoltshot_1 on November 13th, 2010 05:46 am (UTC)
Loved it!! What a great episode! And, even with all the pretty dogs on screen, do you know what I wanted to pet? LOL The Puppy!hair, of course. :)
jessm78: Supernatural: Bring It On (SPN Fri)jessm78 on November 13th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah! *high fives* LOL, I was of the same exact mind! I can't wait to do the Puppy picspam for this one :D
Alex: SPN Dean Sam hugdragonlit on November 13th, 2010 05:48 am (UTC)
I enjoyed the episode although I definitely wouldn't call it a favorite of the season. The snarky bits from Sam were fun though and I like the way they are showing Sam in that respect. It's almost like since he's become this greater hunter, he's taking a page from Dean with the snark and the name calling. Dean is now taking more of the good cop role, holding Sam back. I like that twist although Dean is still Dean. It's almost like he's now feeling that he has to be the tempering influence in the dynamic.

I did love the conversation at the end, finally getting Sam to put it on the table that he really doesn't feel anything resembling caring about others. I still have some doubts about whether or not he was totally honest about wanting to get his soul back or if that is still self-serving at this point, knowing that that is what Dean wants and playing along so Dean will help him in the hunting.

I do think if I'm right in that regard though, Dean will still make sure he gets his brother back and Sam hopefully will thank him for it unless there is more pain to go through dealing with his time in Hell. I do so love this show!!

Thanks for the great recap.
jessm78jessm78 on November 13th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know what you mean. I wouldn't necessarily call this one a favorite either, but I did enjoy it. Sam was really snarking it up in this episode, wasn't he? It was interesting to see the role reversal again, with Dean being more the good cop. Yep - Dean is still Dean, but in relation to how Sam is acting, he's playing a different part.

That was niggling at me a bit, too. I really want to believe that Sam was being totally honest there. After seeing the part where he killed the pack leader and exchanged that look with the girl, I have to wonder if he really started thinking more about this... I'm curious as to why they lingered a bit on the look he shared with her.

But I agree, if he actually isn't being totally honest, I think Dean is on board with getting our Sam back and will see to it that it happens.

My pleasure! Thanks for commenting :)
ckllckll on November 13th, 2010 07:32 am (UTC)
I also enjoyed and liked the end with Sam's honesty. It was about time :)
jessm78: Supernatural: Bring It On (SPN Fri)jessm78 on November 13th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
Yes I was really waiting for Sam to talk about this and I'm so glad that he did. :)
bella66sammy1966 on November 13th, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed this episode so much! But when Sam told Dean he didn't really care about him, that kind of hurt, didn't it? And yes, Sam's hair is made of awesome... with the sun on background, he looked so hot!!!

Great review as usual hon *hugs*
jessm78: Supernatural: Shirtless Sam (6x03)jessm78 on November 13th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
I agree, hon, it did hurt to hear Sam say that! I'm so glad that he seems to want to get his soul back now. The last couple of lines in this episode had me smiling so much. :)

Mmmmm, indeed it did. I can't wait to make the Puppy!Sam picspam for this one :D

Thank you so much hon! *hugs*
anastdean: picboys hug (Sammy)6x1anastdean on November 13th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
I love Sammy too and I join you on the I enjoyed it too. Huggles.
jessm78: Supernatural: Shirtless Sam (6x03)jessm78 on November 13th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
Yay, I'm glad I'm not the only one who enjoyed it. I loved both boys in this one.

tracys_dreamtracys_dream on November 13th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
Great review!
I want the old Sam back now. It hurt hearing him say that he didn't really care about Dean.
But I loved Sam's humorous moments. :)
Crowley needs his ass kicked and I felt sorry for Lucky at the end.
jessm78jessm78 on November 16th, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)

Yeah, I really miss him. It bothered me so much when he said that, too.

Sam was wonderfully snarky in this ep. :D

I felt like punching Crowley too.
Kristin: Spn (1x03) » Sam/Deankristypadalecki on November 13th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
I'm in total agreement with everything you said, Jess! I finally see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. :D I loved that Sammy was completely honest with Dean at the end, and I also think that Dean was putting on a brave face, but he did appreciate to finally be getting the truth from Sam. ♥ Let's hope things will move in the right direction from now on!
jessm78jessm78 on November 16th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
Thanks, Kristin! Yeah, me too. :) It seems like they're starting to make some progress now. Here's hoping it continues!
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jessm78: Supernatural: Puppy Sam (from ELAC)jessm78 on November 15th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)

lol... yeah, that's what I've been doing in the whole episode!

I hope everything works out for the best!