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The Devil You Know: "We’re the ones you should be afraid of”
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It is easier to get into the enemy's toils than out again. -Aesop

To conquer the enemy without resorting to war is the most desirable. The highest form of generalship is to conquer the enemy by strategy. -Ancient Chinese Warlord

Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius. -Benjamin Disraeli




For being the first in the final 3 episodes of Season 5, I was pleased to find myself laughing a lot more than I had expected to. Of course, I shouldn't have been that surprised since it was written by Ben Edlund and add to that directed by Robert Singer and you've got a winning combo. His namesake, Bobby was particularly at his finest in this episode and had THE BEST LINE EVER:

“Get the hell off my property before I blast you so full of rock salt you crap margaritas.”

I just about busted a gut. That and this line:

“You think I’m a natural born idjit?”

Those and others really helped make this episode funny in the face of grim, not that there wasn't plenty of that to go around. As the episodes air, we'll have plenty of downward spiral wriggle room so I'm sure grim will be the order of each one.

Of course, much of the rest of the humor came from Crowley, played deliciously sarcastic by marvelous Mark Sheppard. I'm a fan having seen him in a lot of shows, most recently on the show, Leverage as thorn-in-the-eside James Sterling, but he was also on Firefly and Battlestar Galactica. He really gave Crowley a likeable edge. Of course, he's a demon, a crossroads demon at that, and a demon's nature is to lie, deceive and manipulate for their own purposes so despite his motivations to help our boys, you know there's a betrayal coming beyond his manipulation of Bobby to "loan his soul" which was painful enough. Though I'd like to be pleasantly surprised. It would make for an ironic touch if the best ally they have was a demon since everyone else is getting killed off pretty systematically. Dean gets a trust vibe from him and he never got that with Ruby so I'll trust him, for now, for that reason alone. Hee. How superficial does that make me?

"What can I say? I believe the guy."

What radiated clearly about this episode was that it focused on Sam and his inability to truly contain his negative emotions and how that inability could prove fatal to him and in the fight to prevent the Apocalypse. Now, taken at face value, it seemed to foretell a Sam still unable to handle his anger, pointed out directly to him by Bobby:

"You ain't. He's gonna find every chink in your armor, Sam and use it against you. Your fear, your grief, your anger and let's face it, you're not exactly Mr. Anger Management. How are you going to control the Devil when you can't control yourself?"

It's a very good point and later sadly, Sam proves his point in his reaction to finding out that Brady, a supposed friend who had introduced him to Jess, had been a demon since sophomore year at Stanford.  Dean has to hold him back. This was heart breaking because Crowley so much as told Dean that it was a bad idea to bring Brady to Sam because they had "history" and Crowley knew that Sam wouldn't be able to control his anger, but like Sam trusted Dean not to say yes to Michael, Dean trusted Sam to stay under control when he learns the truth about Brady:

"Sam, I need you to stay on mission, okay? Focused. I'm doing this because I trust you."


Unlike Dean who rises to the occasion when challenged by Sam, though just barely, I admit, Sam disappoints and proves both Bobby's and Crowley's points about him. Sam even calls Dean out on his trust of Crowley by presenting his own failings at demon judgment, Ruby and now finding out about Brady, but he's missing the point. He's taking himself out of the equation.  He then just demonstrates how volatile he is when he later kills Brady with extreme prejudice and the scary part was that Sam seemed to enjoy it. In one way, it is retribution for what Brady did to Jess, because he takes delight in taking responsibility for killing her, so it could be argued that Sam had a reason for killing Brady, avenging her death. For some, that's a good enough reason, still, it's Sam MO to react with anger, retribution and revenge. None of these characteristics can be good when the battle comes into play and Sam finds himself at loggerheads with Lucifer. Also in that scene, though Dean doesn't do anything to stop Sam, maybe even encouraging him by telling Brady they are the ones to  be afraid of, I found myself detecting something on Dean's face that reflected pain and disillusionment as well as worry.

Now, there is a part of me that wonders. Is this really a set up for Sam to meet his foregone conclusion? Was all that growth and trust he placed in Dean just an act? Because it seemed to me that someone who risks so much to trust his brother would show some kind of alteration in himself.  It feels just too easy to believe, that Kripke and his writers might be leading us down a Garden of Eden kind of path because Sam's weakness is played so obviously, maybe too obviously. At this point it plays as inevitable that Sam will not only succumb to his anger, but to surrendering to becoming Lucifer's vessel as well maybe because of his anger, using a similar rationale as Dean had, that maybe doing that will be the only solution to stopping the Apocalypse. I mean, Lucifer has already encouraged Sam to feel his rage because he can use it when it takes Sam over. The only difference is Sam's belief that he'll only let Lucifer in just long enough to leap back into his cage then resisting as Bobby had with his low level demon, Sam would push Lucifer out. Sam revealing that strategy seems eerily similar to his tact with Ruby, sleep with the enemy long enough to get what you want then trap them in their own game, but it didn't work for Ruby and Bobby's right, why would Sam think it would work for Lucifer? Sam seems to be kidding himself again. He says he's strong enough to resist, but Bobby points out that he isn't as well as a bit of wisdom about about possession:

"Kid, it's called possession for a reason. You, of all people, oughta know that."

You have to wonder if Sam is once again falling into the same trap by letting his arrogance take control. He thinks pretty highly of himself that he can resist Lucifer.

Sidenote: I have to point out how Dean is the only one who hasn't been possessed. Is that special or what? I LOVE that maybe there was something special about Dean from the beginning that maybe might have made him immune? Either that or just sufficiently prepared for the ultimate possession by Michael.  I prefer not to think it's the latter.

Okay, now, I said that this episode seems to be making it look like Sam is heading down the wrong path and hints from the upcoming eps, which I promise not to spoil other than to say that they are continuing to maintain that trend. For me, going down that route seems too predictable and predictable isn't Kripke's way. Maybe I'm seeing a red herring where there isn't one, maybe it's exactly as it seems, but I'll go out on a limb and say that there might be a twist we're not expecting. It feels too easy and like Dean, I question when it's too easy. Two more episodes and we'll have our answer.

The rest of the episode with Brady was okay, but hardly an earth shattering revelation that Brady was a demon and that he had killed Jess. It was ultimately bad news for Sam and I guess, it gives Sam closure.  After all, the show began with Sam's mission at finding out who or what killed Jess and though we know that the yellow eyed demon was the master manipulator, finding out it was Brady just sealed his fate at Sam's hands.  All that anger in the Pilot and in Wendigo has finally an outlet and Sam made the most of by wailing on Brady and finally killing him.

The worst part came at the end between Crowley and Bobby. Though the best lines came from that scene, it was the most heartbreaking EVER for me.  LOVING Bobby the way that I do and knowing what a linchpin he is to Dean and Sam, the idea, however heroic of him sacrificing his soul to help men he considers like sons  (and what is it with these guys believing demons all of a sudden anyway? A LOAN? REALLY? "I'll give it right back"? SERIOUSLY?) is just unthinkable. Not only because it would mean Bobby's death, but that he would spend eternity in Hell is just as, if not more horrific an idea than imagining Dean there. Some might argue Bobby's tough love approach has been hurtful, but I disagree.  Tough love is the kind of love both Sam and Dean know best and at least in Bobby's case, that tough love is tempered with the voice of reason and confidence that makes him a great father figure. I think it's ironic that like John did in Devil's Trap, Bobby, too, was able to take back control of his body long enough to prevent himself from hurting Dean. I think that demonstrates a strength of character that earns him fatherly kudos and the rights that come with that devotion. I TOTALLY HATE the notion that we could lose Bobby after 4 seasons of survival against all odds and being there for every finale thusfar. This better be temporary, but why do I have a feeling it's not?

For me, it was definitely a set up for the last two episodes, no disputing that and it seems as if Sam is going to play a big part as potentially the catalyst. I am excited about what will happen.  My only hope is that being the unrepentant DeanGirl that I am that it doesn't involve Dean going darkside in any way. If that  happens, I'LL be the one questioning my beliefs.  One of the great things about Dean is that yes, he's flawed and totally imperfect, but there is something inherently resilient and good about him as a human being that begs that Dean come out of this heroic. Plus, I hope they are NOT going to sweep under the rug the fact that Dean came out of the beautiful room killing Zach and being able to spare himself blindness also there's the little thing of being able to kill the false prophet when supposedly only a "servant of Heaven" can do it.  Those are special talents that are usually reserved for angels. Dean just can't do them by accident so it all has to mean something and it has to all come to some kind of revelation that will strike fear in the hearts of all demons! Hee! I agree wholeheartedly with everyone who loves Dean for who he is, human and heroic, but I would be happy if they just didn't allow Dean to become Michael and suppress all that is Dean and what makes him human and heroic.  As long as that doesn't happen, he can have all the super powers he wants. He can be Batman. *sigh.

Okay, clearly, the countdown is messing with my already addled head. I'm white knuckling it to the end and am hoping for the best outcome possible. Fasten your seat belts everyone!  This week's, Two Minutes to Midnight can't bode well. Have those kleenex ready too. I know I always do.

Thanks for reading as always!



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Hey, Fangirlfriend!!

I'm not reading yet ... have all your entries nicely tucked in a file waiting for me to peruse them, along with The Professor's and Coug's, after finale.

But I HAD to run in and give a *hug* and say hi ... "HI!!!!" ... and also let you know that I heard from a little birdie that there's a SupernaturalWoman that's been "tweeting" during/after the new eppys. Somehow I KNEW it was you. *grins*

I'm not a tweeter, but give me your address and I'll keep an eye out. :-)


Thanks for stopping by! Thanks also for hoarding my blogs. It's getting harder and harder to write them, let alone at length. I leave the finer details to Mary, but the episodes are killer and are only going to continue to kill me slowly, if not softly! I am dying to find out how things get resolved. I have NO CLUE how from what I've seen.

Yes, it is me tweeting. I am SNWoman on twitter. I really enjoy it! Being on the west coast, most of the good shock value has been experienced by everyone before I get to it and darn it if they don't spoil no matter how much I BEG! But I share my reactions nonetheless, it's just WAY too much fun not to. Sometimes an episode will leave me too spent and I have to wait until the next day. Likely what will happen with this week's.

Great to hear from you! Sorry I haven't been as good on Facebook. Too much to keep track of and twitter is easier for me. 140 characters of shock and awe are just right.

When you read the blogs, feel free to comment if you have the notion.

“You think I’m a natural born idjit?”

I loved that line! *grins* Bobby really was great in that scene.

It would make for an ironic touch if the best ally they have was a demon since everyone else is getting killed off pretty systematically.

It really would be ironic! I still don't think I trust him though. I have a feeling he's got something up his sleeve... *looks worried*

Also in that scene, though Dean doesn't do anything to stop Sam, maybe even encouraging him by telling Brady they are the ones to be afraid of, I found myself detecting something on Dean's face that reflected pain and disillusionment as well as worry.

I agree! Dean knew what Sam was going to do, even gave his silent consent, but the look on his face said volumes.

You have to wonder if Sam is once again falling into the same trap by letting his arrogance take control. He thinks pretty highly of himself that he can resist Lucifer.

It really does make you wonder! Pride, as always, Sam's greatest weakness.

(and what is it with these guys believing demons all of a sudden anyway? A LOAN? REALLY? "I'll give it right back"? SERIOUSLY?)\

Lol, no kidding!!! I was shouting, "Don't do it, Bobby!"

Plus, I hope they are NOT going to sweep under the rug the fact that Dean came out of the beautiful room killing Zach and being able to spare himself blindness also there's the little thing of being able to kill the false prophet when supposedly only a "servant of Heaven" can do it.

I'm hoping they won't sweep that under the rug either! All throughout the show there have been so many hints that Dean is more than he seems, and then when he killed Zachariah, his eyes were *definitely* glowing, lol! I would hate for them to skip over that part story.

Excellent blog as always!!! :)

-Laughter

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