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Supernatural 3.14 - Long-Distance Call - I worship at the television altar
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Supernatural 3.14 - Long-Distance Call
After the fun and games of last week, my Supernatural is definitely back. Because my heart? Is well and truly broken. Oh, Dean. Time is running out, and I'm beginning to panic. And if Dean has reached the point of admitting how scared he is, even if only to Sammy, he must be absolutely terrified. We only have two more episodes, guys. What are we going to do?

This was an interesting episode. Our boys were more apart than together, in more ways than one. Dean was determined to carry on, business as usual, while Sam wanted to keep searching for a way to save his brother. The boys argued. I hate it when the boys fight. It's like watching your parents fight; it makes my stomach hurt. And then Dean, pushed by Sam, dropped the bombshell: Ruby had no magic answer for his deal. Sam's ace in the hole was gone. Wounded, both by the bad news and the fact that Dean kept it from him, Sam was near tears. He lashed out and Dean lashed back. Tired of fighting, tired of everything, I think, Sam gave in and agreed to take a job in Ohio.

But Dean was off his game. Burdened by his impending deadline and chased by fear, Dean's judgment suffered. He was on edge, and irritable. He lost some of his customary finesse when the boys went undercover. Then the boys split up to cover more ground, and Dean was alone. When the crocotta came calling, Dean wanted to believe so badly he ignored all the signs that should have told him who, or rather what, was really at the other end of the phone. Desperate and grasping at straws, he heard what he wanted to hear.

Sam became the voice of reason in the episode. His instincts correctly told him something didn't add up, and he tried to put on the brakes. Dean saw him as nothing more than a stubborn obstacle, and thought he was falling back into his old pattern where their father was concerned. Which was kind of funny, because that's exactly what Dean was doing.

At first I was kind of shocked to see Dean instantly become the obedient son again. It broke my heart to hear the plaintive tone in his voice as he tried to justify the deal he made to his disappointed, disapproving father. He sounded just like a little boy. But now I realize that although it was true that Dean had come to terms with John's failings as a father, it was too much to expect that to change how he dealt with John, especially under these circumstance. Face it, when your dad calls from beyond the grave, that's no time to let him know you're mad as hell, and you're not going to take it anymore. :) Besides, faced with the enormity of what awaits him, I think Dean wanted to retreat once more into his childhood days, when John was always there to save him; he wanted to believe that one last time, Dad could reach out and pluck him out of harm's way. Oh, Dean.

The boys continued to disagree all through the episode, but they didn't exactly fight again. Dean did, railing at Sam, making snide and sarcastic remarks, and baiting Sam at every turn. But Sam refused to rise to the bait. In every conversation he was reasonable and logical, and he made a lot of sense as he tried to make Dean see the flaws in his reasoning. Sam seemed sad, and resigned, but he never seemed angry. It was like he could see exactly what was happening with Dean, but he couldn't make Dean see it, and it was tearing him up inside. Because of the events of Mystery Spot, I think Sam actually has a much better handle on what lies ahead than Dean does, and in this episode he was kind of waiting for Dean to catch up. But of course he couldn't tell Dean any of that.

Sam rented a car to do field work on the case at hand, and nothing brought the boys' estrangement home more jarringly than the sight of Sam driving up in that flimsy, silver excuse for an automobile! The hell? And the electronic beep of the car alarm just added insult to injury. No. Just no. But in a funny way it made me remember that things are different now, Sam is different now, and it might be awhile before we really understand the full impact of those months Sammy spent alone after Dean died. Which has nothing to do with that rental car, but that's the crazy way my mind works. :)

So Sam doggedly investigated the case on his own, ultimately figuring out that the voice supposedly calling everyone from beyond the veil was actually a crocotta. And let me take a moment here to say that this creature was one of the most monstrous we've ever seen on this show. Besides the fact that its gaping maw of toothpick teeth was truly horrible, the way it preyed on people grieving for their loved ones was beyond cruel. It not only felt nothing for its victims, it took pleasure in their pain.

Lured to the phone company, Sam found himself facing the crocotta without Dean by his side. And this is where we saw the hardened hunter from Mystery Spot once again emerge. As Sam sat, for the second time in as many weeks, tied up while the MoTW mercilessly killed an innocent man before his eyes, he showed concern only for the victim he could not save, and none for his own plight. He was never afraid, and you could see in his eyes that he wasted no time in coming up with a plan. He quickly escaped his bonds and went on the attack, although he had no weapon. Whatever it took, only Sam was walking away from this fight, and that's exactly how it played out. He dispatched the crocotta with brutal force and deadly efficiency, and his ruthlessness took my breath away.

At the same time, across town, Dean was fighting his own fight to the death. Manipulated by the crocotta, he found himself in a deadly struggle with a grieving father who had also been deceived. Dean thought he was fighting the demon who holds his contract, and the other guy thought he was fighting his daughter's killer. They practically tore each other apart before the fight was over, and Dean just barely stepped back from the brink in time before murdering an innocent man. Horrified by his mistake, Dean was devastated.

As the episode ends, our two battered boys regroup at the motel, where a somber Dean finally confesses to Sammy about the fear that threatens to overwhelm him as his time runs out. "Hell. For real. Forever." Sam is not surprised, because he feels it, too. Dean comes to the conclusion that "the only person who can get me out of this thing is me," to which Sam adds a simple but heartfelt, "and me." Because, of course, they're in this together. Uncomfortable as always with intense emotion, Dean retreats into a joke. But it's okay, they've said what they need to say. I just don't know where we go from here.

There were some other people in this episode, but I barely noticed them. :) I was too busy drinking in Sam and Dean. I'm still not completely over the hiatus. Mrs. Waters was kind of a bitch, even if she did just lose her husband. Stewie was oddly endearing and disgusting at the same time, with his porn addiction, and his workstation where fast food wrappers and action figures warred for dominance. I really liked Lanie, especially in her interactions with Sam. The crocotta was gross, and disturbing, which I guess means the actor did a good job. :) And the chick in the museum was hilarious! I loved her and her "quotey fingers." hee!

Jared and Jensen were awesome, as always. How I've missed their expressive eyes, and the nuances of their performances! They both had intense fight scenes this week, which they nailed. I don't know how they do those without getting banged up for real. The inevitable heart-wrenching conversation, that always seems to take place at the end of a motel room bed this season, was perfect. *sniffles* And nobody delivers a funny line like Jensen Ackles ("Pack your panties, Sammy. We're hitting the road."). So, yeah, the boys are back!!

Random thoughts: The boys suited up again this week! Yum. Did you see the "I heart my gun" bumper sticker on the inside of that policeman's locker? How funny was that sound Sam made when Dean told him about the old woman having phone sex with her dead husband? hee! And I loved Dean's big self-satisfied smile after he delivered his smackdown to Stewie.

This episode made me uncomfortable, but for all the right reasons. My boys were fighting, and having trouble communicating, and breaking my heart, but finally found their way back to each other in the end. I'm more worried than ever about Dean, but what really scares me is what Kripke is bound to spring on us with these last two episodes. Can Sammy please just somehow save the day? Yeah, I know, this is Supernatural. I'm not holding my breath for a happy ending. But whatever happens, I'll be there. I may be trembling in fear, and watching through my fingers, but I wouldn't miss it for the world!

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starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: May 5th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was a very unsettling episode, no? I felt uncomfortable throughout, because on the surface it seemed like one of those routine S1 MotW episodes, but something just didn't feel right underneath. I really do wonder - with the way things are going, Kripke might actually send Dean to hell. Eek! :/

How funny was that sound that Sam made when Dean told him about the old woman having phone sex with her dead husband? hee!

Hee! I don't know why, but I love it when the boys make gross faces and noises. They always look so adorable! Ooh, and did you notice Sammy's adorable smile when Dean pulled the "Stanford education and hook-up rate of 0.0" joke on him? Jeez, my heart. Those dimples will be the death of me!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 6th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Kripke might actually send Dean to hell.

On any other show, you'd know this could never happen. But with Kripke, anything is possible! *whimpers*

Those dimples will be the death of me!

You and me both! And the dimples combined with that body? Guh.
bananabehr From: bananabehr Date: May 5th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was a really good episode this week. I think you're right, it made me uncomfortable, but in all the right ways. It was kind of fun also, seeing some actors that I've seen in other shows. The MotW played a villian on a couple of other shows I watch, so it was nice to watch Sammy kill him. Stewie, OMG, it was so funny to see him not wearing a labcoat the way he does on Grey's Anatomy.

I'm totally with you wanting Sammy to just please save the day. I'm going to be so depressed this entire summer if I have to go into it thinking that Dean is (GASP) dead for 4 months. I'm terrified about what Kripke has cooked up for the finale. Season 1 finale left me screaming at the TV and ready for season 2 to start. The season 2 finale had me saying HELL YEAH! Those are my boys and they are going to kick some serious ass!

*sigh* In a week and a half, the season will be over. :(
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 6th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
The MoTW was a bad guy on Smallville, too, way back in S1/S2. IIRC, he was the first guy Lex Luthor ever killed. I liked Stewie, he was hilarious. Is he a regular on Grey's (I stopped watching after S3, but I've been thinking of catching back up)?

The thing about this season is, it's the first time they haven't been on the bubble for renewal. For S1 and S2, Kripke made sure he ended the season in a way that he was also comfortable with as a series finale, just in case they didn't get renewed. Well, now that they know they're coming back, he can leave as much stuff hanging as he wants! And that scares me, big time.
bananabehr From: bananabehr Date: May 6th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's back when I watched Smallville \o/!! He was an ass on Stargate too, so it was fun to watch Sammy off him. Stewie is the doctor from the psych department on Grey's. Whenever they need a psych consult, etc, it's him. Remember the pregnant man from Season 2? Meredith flirted with him to steal the chart away from them.

Seriously! That's really freakin' scary! I've also heard that they are still filming, they did the last 4 for this season and are doing the first 5 of next season now, but we won't see them until fall. If Kripke puts us on too big of a ledge, I could just see fandom going boom, like hardcore.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 6th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I didn't know you ever watched Smallville! So you know exactly who I'm talking about! I loved Roger Nixon for blowing up Clark's truck with Clark in it, because then we got to see Clark emerge from the wreckage and rip off his burning clothes. That's still one of my favorite scenes. LOL!

I totally don't remember that guy from Grey's. I'll have to go back and check him out. And I also don't remember Tom O'Brien on Stargate! Remind me who he played. Was it SG-1 or Atlantis? Although after 14 seasons between the two shows, I doubt if I could remember half the guest stars! The Vancouver actors do tend to show up over and over, though. Almost every guest star they've ever had on Supernatural has previously been on Smallville, Stargate, Dark Angel, or even The X-Files. :)

Okay, I had no idea they were still filming. That's probably a smart move, both for continuity and just for the costs associated with getting back up and running again. OMG, that means I'll have spoilers to avoid all summer long!! Ack!!
bananabehr From: bananabehr Date: May 6th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
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<a href"http://www.stripedwall.com/gallery.php?image=/television/Greys/GreysS2/Greys2x07/greys2x07_184.jpg&mode=fullsize">Here</a> is a link to refresh your memory of Stewie on Grey's Anatomy. It's starting to get good again, season 4 started to falter a little bit but since it's returned after the strike, it's been back to full-on awesome!

Tom O'Brien was in one episode of SG-1 from season 8. He was also in an episode of Charmed from season 3, which is where I remembered him from since I've watched those to many times. Then when I saw he was Roger Nixon also, it started to make more sense.
angieb5 From: angieb5 Date: May 5th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was happy to see those suits back as well. Hee!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 6th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think we've seen more suits this season than ever before, and I love it. I even like the suits better than the tuxes, for some reason. They're both so handsome in a suit coat and tie!
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: May 5th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really need to watch this one again. It didn't do the things I expected when I watched it, and so I was disappointed, but I may have been too distracted by the horrible back pain to give it a fair viewing.

I'm really worried about how they're going to wrap this season up. I'd honestly be OK if they pushed the resolution of Dean's deal to next season if it meant Kripke got to do what he wanted with it. Better the pain of a cliff hanger than a disappointment at a rush job, you know. (OK, so yes, I've heard rumors of a horrible cliff hanger and I may regret these words in a couple of weeks.)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 6th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I had no idea you were hurting! I'm so sorry! Are you better now?

I'm worried, too. And I have to agree with you, even though the idea of a torturous cliffhanger scares me to death. I want them to serve the story first, as they've always done. Having said that, though, there's still a part of me that wants to see Sammy's psychic powers kick in at the last second and save Dean and make it all better! LOL! I'm such a wuss. Is it any wonder all my favorite movies are romantic comedies?
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: May 7th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm on a muscle relaxant now. It knocked me out for a couple of hours. So, hopefully, better soon.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 7th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Ouch. I'm so sorry you're going through this! I hope you can do nothing right now but relax and get better! *hugs you gently*
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: May 7th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I keep telling myself that it could be worse, that I could be flat on my back unable to more. I can get through my day, just painfully. But I think the muscle relaxant is starting to work.
sarie_wanderer From: sarie_wanderer Date: May 5th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was so hard to watch them fight, wasn't it? And when Dean accused Sam of not caring that there might be a way out of the deal I wanted to cry. My stomach is in knots over what Kripke is going to throw at us in the next two episodes. And if he leaves us at a major cliffhanger I might need to be sedated for a few months.

Sam seems more contained in his conversations with Dean, less emotional and more hesitant with snarky comebacks then he would have been before Mystery Spot. I really hope that Dean eventually confronts Sam about the changes and finds out he was dead for more than 6 months.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 6th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
And if he leaves us at a major cliffhanger I might need to be sedated for a few months.

LOL! I know what you mean! I mostly wait and watch shows on DVD, and any given season usually comes out just a couple of weeks before the next one starts, so in the past I never had long to wait to see how cliffhangers turned out. But Supernatural hooked me from the start, and I had to watch it every week, the minute it was available. The way they ended S1 just about killed me. God knows what Kripke has in store for us this time.

I really saw a difference in Sam, and I'm glad you did, too. Some people have complained that there's no discernible difference. I was especially interested to see how that would play out in this episode, because it was written by Jeremy Carver, the same person who wrote Mystery Spot. I do wonder if the boys will ever talk about it (they just have to, don't they?), and how they'll handle that reveal on the show.
oceantriana From: oceantriana Date: May 5th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Excellent review!!!

Like Whimsy, I'm a little concerned about how this is going to be wrapped up in two episodes. I'm spoiler-free, but from the preview of this week's episode, it doesn't look like a really deep myth-arc episode...
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 6th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! I appreciate so much that you read, and comment.

I have the same concerns. I'd rather the shortened season means everything gets pushed ahead into S4 than to have a rushed resolution that doesn't measure up. At the same time, I live in fear of what Kripke has planned. I'm a mess! LOL!
trystan830 From: trystan830 Date: May 5th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
i've already added this one to my faves list....

hm.. i think i need to post that up again....

soon.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 6th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, it was a good one. I want to do a Supernatural favorites meme once the third season is complete. I'm putting it together now. Favorites season by season, and for the series overall. It's been fun to think about as I write the questions. It's certainly reinforced how much I love this show!
trystan830 From: trystan830 Date: May 6th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh i already have my faves list all put together. :D
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 6th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, when are you going to share? :D
trystan830 From: trystan830 Date: May 6th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
May 15th, after i watch the S3 finale.....

cause episode titles are spoilery, didn't you know?

(not that i've been seeing two different ones for next week - and they keep alternating, so i have NO idea which is right.....)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 7th, 2008 04:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Okay, we can compare then! :)
trystan830 From: trystan830 Date: May 7th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC) (Link)
heheh.....

now, it's just a matter of HOW i'm going to present it.....
From: ghostwalker13 Date: May 6th, 2008 04:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi Tariel! Sorry I'm late. Blame Real Life; I am. :)

Because my heart? Is well and truly broken. Oh, Dean. Time is running out, and I'm beginning to panic. And if Dean has reached the point of admitting how scared he is, even if only to Sammy, he must be absolutely terrified. We only have two more episodes, guys. What are we going to do?

Umm ... we're gonna run for it? ;) Nah, I'm teasing. We can't leave the boys alone. Yet I'm scared too. I suppose the best thing to do is to stand our ground. No matter much fear overwhealms us.

But Dean was off his game

He'll come back around. I'm really pretty sure. Otherwise, he wouldn't be Dean Winchester.

Sam became the voice of reason in the episode.

I think Little Bro picked up a thing or two from Big Bro, huh?

Sam seemed sad, and resigned, but he never seemed angry. It was like he could see exactly what was happening with Dean, but he couldn't make Dean see it, and it was tearing him up inside. Because of the events of Mystery Spot, I think Sam actually has a much better handle on what lies ahead than Dean does, and in this episode he was kind of waiting for Dean to catch up. But of course he couldn't tell Dean any of that.

Well said. :)

...nothing brought the boys' estrangement home more jarringly than the sight of Sam driving up in that flimsy, silver excuse for an automobile! The hell? And the electronic beep of the car alarm just added insult to injury. No. Just no.

Was it me or did that car look something like the AU car Sam drove in WIAWSNB? It seemed somewhat familiar. Just a thought.

And this is where we saw the hardened hunter from Mystery Spot once again emerge. As Sam sat, for the second time in as many weeks, tied up while the MoTW mercilessly killed an innocent man before his eyes, he showed concern only for the victim he could not save, and none for his own plight. He was never afraid, and you could see in his eyes that he wasted no time in coming up with a plan. He quickly escaped his bonds and went on the attack, although he had no weapon. Whatever it took, only Sam was walking away from this fight, and that's exactly how it played out. He dispatched the crocotta with brutal force and deadly efficiency, and his ruthlessness took my breath away.

Mine too! It just didn't seem like Sammy anymore...

Uncomfortable as always with intense emotion, Dean retreats into a joke. But it's okay, they've said what they need to say. I just don't know where we go from here.

Dean, oh Dean. Can't change him, huh? I agree - after this revelation, now what? Surely, the boys won't go back to the guarded brothers they were being previously. Perhaps this was only allowed their resolve to stand together to be more firm, more resilent.

"quotey fingers"

Hahahaha... I really liked that part. :)

I don't know how they make those (stunts) without getting banged up for real.

I know! They're sooo firm... ;)

This episode made me uncomfortable, but for all the right reasons.

Ditto! I had a hard time trying to write up my own review, much less quiet my fear concerning the deal.

But whatever happens, I'll be there. I may be trembling in fear, and watching through my fingers, but I wouldn't miss it for the world!

There isn't any other way, huh? :)

Catch you later...
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 6th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suppose the best thing to do is to stand our ground.

What other choice do we have? We're all Kripke's willing victims! :)

Was it me or did that car look something like the AU car Sam drove in WIAWSNB?

I thought so, too, but I haven't gone back to compare. Or do all rental cars look alike?

Mine too! It just didn't seem like Sammy anymore...

There was this one part where the monster was coming at him, and he just stood tall and struck his fighter's stance, with a look that said, bring it! I got chills.

Ditto! I had a hard time trying to write up my own review, much less quiet my fear concerning the deal.

I had a hard time writing about this episode, too. My reaction was very emotional, and I found it hard to put some of those feelings into words. I found it even harder to analyze where those feelings were coming from. A lot of this show wasn't on the surface for me, which just proves to me that a lot of the storytelling comes from the actors, as well as the script. This show can be so complex, and that's one of the things I love about it.
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