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Supernatural 4.06 - Yellow Fever - I worship at the television altar
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Supernatural 4.06 - Yellow Fever
This episode was about fear. Fear haunts us all in life. Fear of failure. Fear of rejection. Fear of being alone. And sometimes it’s all we can do to keep it in check. Courage isn’t the absence of fear, it’s having the strength to move forward in the face of it. The ghost sickness that attacked Dean in Yellow Fever infected him with overwhelming fear, taking away his courage, his reason, and his self-control. With the floodgates open, Dean was lost, and only his brother could bring him back from the edge.

Kripke is the master of the gotcha! moment, and he proved it again with this episode. First we were hit with the devastating pretty of the boys in suits. I will never get enough of that, and I love how we’ve seen it more and more these past two seasons. Then, as the sickness began to creep up on Dean, we started to snicker. As his fear grew, so did the hilarity, until we couldn’t stop laughing. And that’s when he did it. Suddenly Dean hallucinated that Sam was a demon, and, in an instant, things weren’t funny anymore (Jared does evil so well). Then, as Dean waited while Sam went to meet Bobby, his situation became more and more desperate, until he clutched his Gideon’s Bible for comfort. And that’s when Lilith showed up. Oh, no. From what dark depths did Dean’s imagination drag her? And what is this secret she hinted at? Sam and Bobby may have vanquished the ghost and his sickness just in time, but that doesn’t mean everything’s okay. We have unanswered questions, more worries, and more secrets between our boys. Damn you, Kripke!

Jensen was amazing this week. I think it took a lot of talent to portray Dean as he succumbed to fear. We saw a gradual progression as first concern, then worry, then paranoia, and finally delusions overtook our boy, and the emotions Jensen showed us, while funny, were always real and never ridiculous. I also think it took a tremendous amount of courage to give himself over to this script, and fully commit to Dean’s wild ride. Many other actors would have been too afraid of looking silly to go as far as Jensen did, and their performance would have suffered for it. I’m more than impressed.

Jared was awesome as well. He had to walk a fine line as Sam, indulging in a natural amount of amusement and exasperation (oh, the faces he made!) over Dean’s altered state, but never losing compassion for his brother, or the determination to save him. Sam’s care and concern were evident in the nuances we saw: his furrowed brow as he watched Dean disintegrate, a reassuring hand on his brother’s back, and the urgency he displayed as Dean’s deadline drew near. Whatever conflict remains between these two, they are there for each other, without reservation, nonetheless.

When the extent of Dean’s illness became clear, Sam knew he was on his own, and he called for reinforcements. I was so happy to see Bobby join the fight! And we got to see him drive the Impala! Was that a first? Anyway, I always feel better when Bobby’s around to help. *loves him*

By the end of the episode the mood was somber once again, and we were reminded of all that hangs over our boys’ heads. Was this the last little calm before the storm? Do we need to hold close the happy, funny moments of the past two episodes because it will be a long time before we smile again? I don’t know, but I’m nervous. There’s a war coming, and I’m very much afraid that Sam and Dean are going to end up right in the middle of it. So before we move on, let’s take one more moment to enjoy what Kripke has given us. Again this week, I leave you with my top ten quotes and caps. Tell me yours in the comments!

Dean: Hang on.
Sam: What?
Dean: I don’t like the looks of those teenagers down there.
Sam: *looks baffled*
Dean: Let’s walk this way.

Sam: Dude, you’re goin’ twenty.
Dean: And?
Sam: That’s the speed limit.
Dean: Oh, what? Safety’s a crime now?

Sam: Dude, where you goin’? That was our hotel!
Dean: Sam, I’m not gonna make a left-hand turn into oncoming traffic! I’m not suicidal!
Sam: *looks dumbfounded*
Dean: Did I just say that? That’s kinda weird. Heh.

Sam: I just talked to Bobby.
Dean: And?
Sam: Um, well, you’re not gonna like it.
Dean: What?
Sam: It’s ghost sickness.
Dean: Ghost sickness.
Sam: Yeah.
Dean: God, no.
Sam: Yeah.
Dean: I don’t even know what that is.

Dean: Were they Gamecocks?
Sam: Cornjerkers.

Sam: *offers Dean his gun*
Dean: Aw, I’m not carrying that.
Sam: *looks incredulous*
Dean: It could go off!
Sam: *best bitchface evah*
Dean: I’ll man the flashlight!
Sam: You do that.

Sam: [silently] On three. [whispers] One, two, three. *opens locker*
Kitty: Meow.
Dean: AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!! AAAAAAAAHHHH!!! WAAAAAAHH!! Whoo! Whoo! That was scary!
Sam: *walks away*

Dean: You know what? You’re awesome.
Deputy: *laughs self-consciously* Thanks. Um, you, too, I guess.

Dean: You know what? Screw this.
Sam: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Dean, come on.
Dean: No, I mean, come on, Sam. What are we doin’?
Sam: We’re hunting a ghost.
Dean: A ghost! Exactly! Who does that?
Sam: Us.
Dean: Us! Right! And that, Sam, that is exactly why our lives suck. I mean, come on, we hunt monsters! What the hell?! I mean, normal people, they see a monster and they run, but not us, no, no, no, we, we search out things that want to kill us. Eh? Huh? Or eat us! You know who does that? Crazy people! We are insane!

Sam: You can read Japanese?
Bobby: *speaks Japanese*
Sam: I guess so. Show-off!






























Oh, oh, wait, don't go yet, there's more!! I know you'll agree with me when I say there are no words to describe the awesomeness of the special treat at the end of this episode. Jensen lip syncing to Eye of the Tiger, by Survivor, was an event of epic proportions in the Supernatural fandom, and has reached outside our circle to entice even more fangirls to Jensen's side. The video wouldn't be nearly as good without the continuous soundtrack of Jared's delighted laughter to accompany it. At one point, as Jensen climbs onto the roof of the Impala, I swear you can hear him say, "I love it." And while Jensen has given us one of his best performances to date, I'm afraid he didn't do it for us, ladies. You will never convince me that he didn't do this entirely for Jared's entertainment and approval. :) And I absolutely love him for it. *smishes the boys*















Screen caps courtesy of oxoniensis, with my thanks!

Could you love these guys, or this show, any more? I know I couldn't.

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drusplace From: drusplace Date: October 30th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
"and has reached outside our circle to entice even more fangirls to Jensen's side"

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And as awesome as Jensen's acting was in this episode, I really loved Jared's more understated acting as well.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 30th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
How did you know I was talking about you? ;)

They were both wonderful, Jensen with his broad strokes and Jared with his subtle nuances. It was a great episode.
drusplace From: drusplace Date: October 30th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
HEH Lucky guess.
simplytoopretty From: simplytoopretty Date: October 30th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I liked this episode so much I watched it twice, once on Thursday and then on Friday when a Canadian channel aired it. There was just something very appealing about this episode. Perhaps all the hilarious lines played a large part of this. I think you're top 10 captured a lot of my favorites.

Also, there was Bobby. I so &hearts Bobby. The show seems to be using him more this year and I really hope they continue to.

The end bit was just so awesome. I had to laugh at it and I was very glad I was alone in the room at the time. My brother would have looked at me funny if I had just started laughing randomly.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 3rd, 2008 06:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I've watched it a bunch of times now, and it still makes me laugh. And then breaks my heart at the end. I love this show.

I adore Bobby! I always feel like everything will be okay once he shows up. I love how he can be all gruff and no-nonsense, and at the same time, completely devoted to the boys.

My husband and I watched the episode together, and while he smiled all through the Eye of the Tiger vid and laughed a couple of time, I was laughing uproariously and clapping my hands in delight the whole time. LOL! I guess it's a fangirl thing. :)
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: October 30th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
And while Jensen has given us one of his best performances to date, I'm afraid he didn't do it for us, ladies. You will never convince me that he didn't do this entirely for Jared's entertainment and approval.

Are you shipping Jared and Jensen now?!

Very few things will ever be funnier than Dean running from a yorkie.

My theory on Dean's secret is that it's tied in somehow with why his eyes bled in Bloody Mary. And Sam was immune because he's immune to demon viruses.

PS You know I'm kidding about the shipping, right?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 4th, 2008 07:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Are you shipping Jared and Jensen now?!

*giggles* Only as brothers from another mother, I promise. :)

I love how the teeny tiny puppy has that little pink bow. It's just perfect!

Your theories sound good. I'm so confused about this whole storyline, I don't even speculate. I just let the episodes wash over me and hang on for the ride. I don't consider myself a terribly religious person, but my grandfather was a minister, and I'm finding my beliefs are much more deeply ingrained than I ever realized. I'm struggling to reconcile myself with some aspects of the show. *sighs*
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: November 4th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, it's surprising how stuff like that will come up and mug you.

It might help to look at what else the metaphor could be exploring. Like blind devotion to anything or how an institution comes to serve the institution instead of its people.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 8th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for giving me another perspective, Whimsy. I kind of lost my own for a minute there. I guess I have some unresolved issues with religion, especially after losing my dad, and what's been happening on SPN just brought them to the fore. Once I faced that, I got over myself. :)
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: November 10th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
This storyline is messing with a lot of people. It's a weighty subject. *hugs*
jaimsie From: jaimsie Date: October 30th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had pulled at least two of your top ten to play with. Don't know when I will have the time but just wanted to \o/ over our shared brain.

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 4th, 2008 08:07 am (UTC) (Link)
\o/ I know I've chosen well if we agree!

I know what you mean about having no time. I'm still working too much, but I really do think I'm getting closer to just working my eight hours and going home.

I love your sparkly witch icon. And I really liked the spider one, too, even if it freaked me out a little. Halloween is supposed to be spooky, right? :)
jaimsie From: jaimsie Date: November 4th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Time I am running out of, I have two exams, a quiz, and a pretty big presentation tomorrow.

I made that one last minute just for you - so that I could avoid using the spider one on your comments.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 5th, 2008 06:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Your school sounds as bad as my work! Here's hoping it's a temporary situation for both of us.

Awww, you didn't have to do that! Most people torment me with my phobia when they find out about it, like the time my sister glued a bunch of fake spiders to the inside of my shower curtain. Thanks for being so thoughtful!
raputathebuta From: raputathebuta Date: October 30th, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Eye of the Tiger was simply AWESOME!!!!! My mom loved it & my dad even got a chuckle out of it!!!

I've been thinking about this ghost sickness a little more. It seems to take little things from one's subconscious & amplify them by a billionty. They may not even be things one actually fears, maybe just things that are annoying (punks hanging out by your Baby). It magnifies them to the point of irrationality & even though one knows they're ridiculous (the freakin' Yorkie), the fear is completely beyond one's control. It's the lack of control that feeds the fear. You envision that Yorkie with her pretty pink bow suddenly going Cujo on your ass.

Also? It kinda reminded me of when Andy Obi-Wan'd Dean in Simon Said. Dean didn't have any control there either. *pets him*

And while Jensen has given us one of his best performances to date, I'm afraid he didn't do it for us, ladies. You will never convince me that he didn't do this entirely for Jared's entertainment and approval. *hearts them both*


Edited at 2008-10-30 11:45 pm (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 4th, 2008 08:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I just love seeing the boys have fun like that, knowing how hard they work.

That's really interesting what you say about control, especially when you compare it to Andy. Andy's powers didn't work on Sam either. A number of people have brought up Sam's immunity to the demon virus in Croatoan, saying that was why he didn't get the ghost sickness. But what if it's more that his mind is so strong, especially after the way he has been developing his powers in recent months, that something that preys on your mental vulnerabilities wouldn't have a chance?

I have wanted to believe that Sammy was immune to Lilith's attack because of his pure goodness, but now I think the show is telling us something else. IDK.

I'm so glad the boys are such good friends in RL. It just makes me ridiculously happy.
zofia27 From: zofia27 Date: October 31st, 2008 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Great recap Tariel!

I really liked this episode. It reminded me a lot of Bad Day at Black Rock which is why I was a little surprised that some people didn't like it all that much. Maybe it was because they had 2 funny eps in a row but like BDaBR this one started out amusing but got progressively more serious and angsty.

Anyway...since Kripke's gotten the funny eps out of the way, I'm pretty sure the next few are going to be more serious and more focused on the myth arc.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 4th, 2008 08:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I was surprised that we had two funny ones in a row (and evidently that wasn't the original plan), but they were very different, and I loved them both. And as you say, this one took a real turn toward scary there at the end.

I'm steeling myself, because I'm afraid things are just going to get darker and darker from here on out. Please don't hurt me, Kripke!
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: October 31st, 2008 12:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I loved this episode! Jensen was SO awesome with everything. I did think that Jared did a good job too.

I loved the little exchange when Dean says, "so you're saying I'm a dick?"
And I forget Sam's exact response. Then Dean says, "Okay, well then you're a dick too." And Sam makes an awesome/smug face and says, "apparently I'm not."

Sam: It’s ghost sickness.
Dean: Ghost sickness.
Sam: Yeah.
Dean: God, no.
Sam: Yeah.
Dean: I don’t even know what that is.

I loved this!

Sam: We’re hunting a ghost.
Dean: A ghost! Exactly! Who does that?
Sam: Us.
Dean: Us! Right! And that, Sam, that is exactly why our lives suck. I mean, come on, we hunt monsters! What the hell?! I mean, normal people, they see a monster and they run, but not us, no, no, no, we, we search out things that want to kill us. Eh? Huh? Or eat us! You know who does that? Crazy people! We are insane!

And this!

I also loved the rant where Dean says he's annoying and listens to the same five albums over and over and how Sam is gassy...:-)

The lip syncing at the end was too awesome for words! I've always thought that Jensen was cute, but he's quickly making me fall in love with him this season. Tommy's still #1 in my heart though!

That last picture- those eye crinkles! I love them!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 5th, 2008 06:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I know someone must have made a "NOT a dick" Dean icon by now! :) That was such a brother thing for Sam to do.

I loved the part about listening to the same five albums, too. :) I almost quoted that whole speech, but it was too long. Dean's last line was great: "I'm out, I'm done, I quit!"

I think that Eye of the Tiger vid was a stroke of genius. It even got a half-page mention in this week's TV Guide!
jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: October 31st, 2008 03:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Better comment tomorrow when I have more time. Damn this time diff. But I loved that episode. Jensen just owns me seriously. Edited cause technically Tom owns me lol but Jensen's second. Hee.

Edited at 2008-10-31 03:23 am (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 5th, 2008 07:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, Tom will always be my number one, too. But maybe you already knew that. ;)
trystan830 From: trystan830 Date: October 31st, 2008 03:28 am (UTC) (Link)
awesome!!! :D

i can has Jensen now?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 5th, 2008 07:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!

Yes, of course, I think you've earned him! :)
trystan830 From: trystan830 Date: November 5th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
welcome.

awww, thanks. :D
ophelia_77 From: ophelia_77 Date: November 1st, 2008 02:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Right on! This episode was fantastic. From the opening sequence to the credits I was enthralled. I, too, loved the way that Jensen gave himself completely to this script. If he had held back at all it wouldn't have worked. I still don't know how he ever made that face in the cat scene. He looked so un-Jensen-like. And, I think my whole office (including the men) have seen the Jensen outtake now.

But the scene at the end with the boys drinking beers (in one layer no less!) beside Metallicar may be one of my all time favorites.

4.07

And, though I'm a Dean-girl at heart, I've never wanted to be a beer bottle so bad in my life! ;)
4.07
bananabehr From: bananabehr Date: November 2nd, 2008 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm with Chrissy. *thud*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 5th, 2008 07:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Me, too! *stares*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 5th, 2008 07:21 am (UTC) (Link)
That second cap?! Oh. My. God. *thud*

Jared especially looked amazing in that last scene. All long and lean, in jeans that fit him beautifully, and bonus rolled up shirtsleeves! I love how often we've seen the boys in a single layer this season. I suspect as winter draws near and it grows colder in Vancouver, they'll be covering up once again.

Thanks for adding those caps! They're wonderful!
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