Supernatural 8×17 Extended Preview: Goodbye Stranger

I don’t usually post a lot of episode previews, extended or otherwise, on here but I thought that since Supernatural is in a bit of a hellatus (which is made less agonizing by SinCon in Las Vegas, Nevada going on at the moment) that I would go ahead and post this. We’re all looking forward to when it returns!

From this preview, it does look like some pretty awesome stuff is going to go down. Cas returns, Crowley comes back, even Meg shows up. We’re getting close to the end of the season, I think, so it stands to reason that we’re getting into the real meat of this season’s big issue. It looks like we’re getting into the real action right off the bat when the show returns.

Supernatural returns March 20, 2013 with episode 17 of Season 8, Goodbye Stranger.

In addition to the extended preview above, have some promotional photos from Goodbye Stranger, as well, from BuddyTV.


Supernatural Shake

I’m sure by now everyone’s seen this, but I just wanted to put it up here in case.

I also just one to take a second to mention that I absolutely love that Jensen’s the one doing this and Jared’s just kind of totally oblivious off to the side messing with what looks like a phone. :p

This is gold, people! Pure, hilarious gold.

Recap: Supernatural 8×10

There are spoilers contained within this, so please be warned of that. If you have NOT seen this episode yet and do not want to be spoiled on what happens, then please do not read any further. If you do, I won’t take your complaints about it seriously. Because, you’ve been warned.

I just want to say right now that I absolutely love this episode. I still wanted to smack Sam (repeatedly), but it was an awesome episode anyway. I think that this episode ushers in the brothers getting back to business, back to the way they usually act as brothers. There might still be some tension and such, but I think it’s finally on the proper track.

First of all, am I the only person who saw this episode’s beginning and thought Sam and Dean were both arguing about women? I mean, Sam’s issue was a woman, but the issue he had with Dean was Benny. Nothing could get back to normal as long as Sam was hung up on getting back together with Amelia, but Sam was pretty much saying the same thing to Dean about Benny.

Dean: It’s either me or the chick.
Sam: It’s me or the vamp.

Seriously. To me their whole argument seemed like two brothers who were both fighting over the fact that each one hand a romance in their life that was getting in the way and neither could get over. Either they both get rid of their partners, or they both go separate ways.

Now, I realize that’s mostly my fangirl talking. I probably slipped my Wincest Goggles on by accident (yes, those are totally a thing). But, the show is also known for throwing fangirls a few bones here and there (no pun intended, I promise) as far as the popular slash pairings go. And while Wincest has not been the most popular pairing since Destiel came along, it’s still a close second. Wincest and Destiel fangirls are that show’s bread and butter. And the writers have, pretty much since the beginning, played it up a little bit just for fun.

Remember in the earlier seasons before Castiel came along, the gay jokes about Sam and Dean were a running gag in the show. And they still are to some extent. They pop up every once in a while to this day. And let’s not even get started on the Destiel hints and jokes.

Are either Wincest or Destiel (or both!) canon? Well, there’s some debate on that. I don’t believe so (no matter what Misha Collins says!) but the writers DEFINITELY have fun with acknowledging the fangirls who enjoy those pairings. And the cast seems to get a giggle out of it, too.

Anyway, back to the actual episode at hand here!

I wish I could say that I was totally shocked that Sam’s bitchfest could not be lessened even by getting laid. He has a big fight with his brother over Amelia (and Benny), then later Amelia shows up because Don (her not-actually-dead-after-all husband) is out of town. We have no idea why, she sort of only vaguely answers that question by saying he does that a lot since he got back. Is she implying that he’s still working through a lot of stuff and leaves town a lot to be alone and clear his head or whatever he has to do to be okay, or did he take a job that requires him to travel? We don’t know.

However, Sam is still in town!! And she naturally goes right over there (probably without Don’s knowledge…I’m not convince Don even knows Sam is in town again in the first place) and they bone. Because, I mean, what else is there to do except cheat on your husband?

Seriously, I can give her a pass for being with Sam in the first place. She thought her husband was dead and never coming back. I can understand her confusion and mixed feelings after Don suddenly returns, hale and hearty (well probably some mental issues, because it’d be weird if he was sans those considering what he’s been through, but work with me here!). But, this is just all-out cheating on Don at this point. As far as Don knows, Sam’s out of the picture and Amelia’s with Don again.

I guess I’m only assuming he has no idea that Sam’s in town and that his wife went over there to have sex with him (because it happened awfully fast for someone who didn’t plan that particular activity or at least wasn’t hoping for it to happen). Especially since she made a point of saying that Don was out of town.

I’m not too invested in her character, though, so I don’t really care that she’s cheating on her husband.

But, as I said, even getting laid didn’t help Sam’s personal bitchfest that he had going on. Now that Dean had left again, leaving Sam right there to do whatever he wanted and make whatever decision he wanted, Sam seems less interested in staying with Amelia.

He and Amelia talk about how they’re going to deal with this love triangle they’ve got going on. Amelia’s ultimatum (which we heard teased so much for this episode) is unsurprisingly that Sam needs to leave and never come back OR stay and be with Amelia. All or nothing, either he’s in or he’s out, but there’s nothing in between because it just complicates things and hurts too much.

So, they come up with this idea that in two days after they’ve had a while to think everything through, they’d show up after she gets off work at the motel room again. If they’re both there, then great. She’ll leave Don and be with Sam for good. If not, then they’ll go their separate ways for good.

Simple! And I know what you’re thinking. Something is going to happen to waylay Sam, he won’t get there in time, she’ll assume that his absence is his answer (like they agreed) and it’ll be a huge misunderstanding that Sam will forever regret but be unable to fix and angst-angst-angst.

How do I know that’s what you were thinking? Nah, I’m not a mind-reader. Don’t worry. That was just simply my first thought when I heard her lay out this weird plan of hers.

And sure enough, Castiel needs help. He has to rescue Samandriel, the cute and adorable angel in the Weenie waiter outfit. This is important to him, but Dean won’t even hear of dragging Sam into it. His response is that Sam is gone and that’s final. And it doesn’t matter anyways, because they don’t need Sam.

Cas only brings it up twice as far as I remember, but he doesn’t drop it just because he’s stopped talking about it. He realizes that getting through to Dean via conversation is not going to happen. So, after they go to see Kevin and he sends Cas on a supply run so they can make some more demon bombs (which actually turn out to be more like emergency flares shaped like very long pipe bombs — totally AWESOME), he comes back with an extra essential.

Yep, Sam. He somehow talked Sam into returning with him. At some point, while they’re alone together, Sam and Dean get into another awkward bitchfight (which is actually different than most of their bitchfights in seasons past, which is why they’re so awkward) and Dean, who is just tired of it, gives Sam another ultimatum.

Either go with Amelia, live his life with her, and be happy. Or stay away from her forever and stick with Dean and hunting. But, instead of giving the whole “it hurts ME too much to do the in-between stuff” thing like Amelia did, Dean pretty much laid it out flat. The in-between stuff gets hunters killed and that’s why it’s a no-no. Also, he wants Sam to be happy.

And he admits that he’s a little jealous of the fact that Sam has always been able to separate the hunter part of him, he’s the one that has been able to just get up and leave, he’s the one that’s always wanted that “normal” life and the one that could probably have it if he didn’t keep getting dragged back into it.

But, bottom line really seems to be that he doesn’t want Sam to get killed doing that halfway shit and he wants Sam to be happy.

This seems to soften Sam’s resolve a little. And it actually gives me another thought entirely. Maybe the real point of all of this bitching and sulking shit that Sam’s been doing is a little more about taking his frustrations of his life out on Dean a little and being rebellious. Or am I the only one that noticed that the second it seemed like Dean was giving in and wasn’t going to fight Sam on it anymore, Sam suddenly had all these doubts about staying with Amelia? Maybe, it really was just me who saw that and I’m just nuts.

Now, here Dean is saying outright. Sam can go with Amelia and live a happy life together. He has his brother’s blessing, and while he doesn’t NEED Dean’s blessing to do that he still got it and they don’t have to argue about it anymore.

Sometime before Sam showed up (if I’m remembering the chronology right) Benny had called Dean and tried to tell him he was getting close to the end of his rope. He’s watching a family picnic in the park (it looks like a park) while talking to Dean on the phone.

I’m sure it wasn’t a stretch for most viewers to understand what Benny was telling him. He’s close to falling off the wagon again, he needs Dean to bring him some more blood.

Dean’s advice is to hang in there, take it a day at a time, and he’ll get there when he can. He’s kind of busy at the moment, but they set up a time to meet.

Sound like what Sam and Amelia have going on? I realize that Sam and Amelia are a romantic couple, and Dean and Benny aren’t a romantic couple (that doesn’t stop fangirls, though!), but that was a pretty obvious parallel between the brothers. Come on. They’ve both got people in their lives that are causing friction between them, and now both of them have made a pact that they’ll meet up somewhere with that someone. The writers didn’t do that by accident, it was meant to be noticed as a parallel.

Poor Cas, too. He’s in over his head and he doesn’t even know it. The brothers DO help Cas save Samandriel. And it’s successful! However, Cas had started to have some memories about what Naomi (the heavenly CEO, apparently) had done to him in order to control him. He doesn’t realize yet that he’s being controlled, nor does he realize what that memory even means or why he’s having it. But it comes back and messes him up a bit and Naomi forces him to kill Samandriel while the Winchesters are still in the abandoned factory fighting demons.

Cas doesn’t even know why he did it. She brought him up while Samandriel was trying to tell him what was actually going on, that Heaven was controlling the angels, that something sinister was going on up there and that he was in danger of dying if Cas brought him back there. He didn’t get to answer the question of WHY, though, before Naomi yanked Cas up. He wasn’t cooperative when she told him to kill Samandriel, so…she forced him by using the fact that she can now control Cas the same way she can control the other angels.

Afterwards, she brings Cas back up into her office suite. Cas is very confused. He knows what he’s done, but he doesn’t understand why. She explains to him that Samandriel was a traitor, that he’d told about the angel tablet. Cas is understandably upset that he’d just killed one of his brothers, whom he’d been trying to save instead, just to protect a tablet. Naomi attempts to impress upon him the importance of the tablet and that it’s more important than any one angel. Cas doesn’t seem convinced, if you ask me.

However, he’s already done the execution. He returns with instructions to tell Sam and Dean, who’ve just shown up, that Samandriel was not himself and had attacked Cas and Cas had killed Heaven’s cutest angel in self-defense. And that now he has to take the cutie’s body back up to Heaven. Naomi wants to dissect it, but of course he can’t say that part.

While saying goodbye and ignoring the words of protest from Dean, Cas cries a single tear of blood, but waves it off as possible damage to his vessel before leaving.

Dean later calls Benny, now that everything’s all over…or well at least that particular botched angel rescue, to tell him that he wants to break up won’t be showing up at their scheduled meeting. Yeah, he’ll always be grateful for everything Benny did, he’ll never forget Benny, and he hopes he’ll stay good but it’s the end of the road for them.

Benny is understandably upset (especially since we’ve seen that he now only has one single bag of blood left), but covers it up valiantly by saying that it’s okay and thanks for the ride.

They hang up and we cut to Amelia, who shows up at the designated spot, unlocks the motel room door and goes inside to…a dark, notably empty, motel room. She’s disappointed, but understands what it means.

Cut back to Dean, who has just turned on the television and Sam comes into view carrying food. Bowls of what might be chili and bottles of beer. They sit down together on the couch to watch television.

Sam had time to go back, it seems, he just chose not to.

Then again, it’s not too surprising. The brothers will always choose each other, it seems. Which is part of why we love them so much!!

I also choose to take this as at least partial confirmation that this was more about Dean than he was letting on. Because, while Dean was fighting him on it he was adamant. Now, after Dean gives his blessing and they don’t have a reason to fight over it anymore, Sam decides he’s not going to take the out. All that stuff about how there’s so much going on now, blah blah blah…I don’t believe that factored in very much at all. He knew that from the start and he was still fighting Dean over it. We’re supposed to believe he had a sudden epiphany after getting what he said he wanted? Nice try.

And it’s not like that would be a stretch for Sam’s personality. He’s always been the rebellious one.

Not that Dean is blameless. He handled the whole Benny thing with Sam the wrong way. He kept him a secret, so Sam felt betrayed right off the bat as soon as he met Benny. Then Dean did his best to rub it in Sam’s face, to make sure that Sam knew that at least for now Benny was a little higher on the totem pole that Sam as far as Dean was concerned. Every point he had to make about how he disliked Sam’s attitude, how he disliked the way Sam was treating him, how he disliked the kind of brother Sam was being, how he himself felt betrayed that instead of looking for him or finding out what happened to him he just gave up and moved on, he used Benny as an example of how Sam should have acted, should be acting now, etc.

That doesn’t excuse all of Sam’s behavior, but after all that shit Sam was not likely to ever be able to accept Benny. Under other circumstances, like if Dean had been upfront from the start about Benny and everything that had happened, and hadn’t used him as an example of a better brother while simultaneously listing all of Sam’s shortcomings, then maybe that would have been different. Maybe Sam would have been able to accept Benny, even if not be buddies with him. And Sam does have a penchant for acting like a self-righteous, arrogant prick whenever he thinks he’s been wronged. And it’s not the first time he’s gone overboard with expressing that, either.

But, I still love Sam and I still love Dean, even in all of their dysfunctional glory. And I hope that the way that this episode ended is a starting point for them getting back to the way they were before Amelia and Benny came into the collective picture. There might still be some tension and friction, but I hope that works its way through and this can be the start of that.

I mean, come on we’re halfway through and I don’t want to wait until the last or second-to-last episode before they’re okay with each other again. <<; I miss muh boys and the LURV they share! Come on!

But, yeah, awesome episode. This recap doesn’t do it justice and I totally left some of the good shit out on purpose. You need to see it in all of it’s live action glory. So, if you haven’t seen it yet (why are you reading this??), go and watch!! It’s more than worth it!