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It's a Terrible Life: "You'll do everything you're destined to do. All of it."
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This was not only a funny, amusing, downright hilarious way to bring Dean back from the brink of his self-pity, but  I loved Zacariah's argument that being a hunter was what Dean was meant to be.  It was an AWESOME pep talk. As always, Supernatural manages to encapsulate everything at the end of their episodes spot on perfectly in my view.  This season has been FILLED with surprises, shocking revelations, moving admissions, and with this one, a "let's win it for the Gipper"-like (for those of you too young to know what this means, think Rocky for your inspiration) kind of rah-rah that will hopefully bring back the momentarily derailed Dean back on track.  One thing though gave me a little chill. When confronted by Dean about what it is he's supposed to do, save the world from the Apocalypse or Lucifer, Zacariah says:

"You'll do everything you're destined to do. All of it."

You can take that on its face value as just saying, "you'll do everything you'll need to do", but for some reason, I got this tinge of maybe this meaning something more, maybe saying something indirectly without truly saying something.  Doesn't this statement depend on what Dean was destined to do?  This Pollyanna, unrepentant DeanGirl wants to believe this on its face value, but since Zacariah wasn't exactly explicit about what Dean's destiny is, stopping the Apocalypse or Lucifer or even both, it makes the speculative and wildly imaginative mind wonder. Still, a WONDERFUL way to end and to get to the gist of things quickly.  I was afraid of a protracted "oh woe is me" couple of episodes before Dean got back on his horse again so this was a clever way of getting there without feeling too quick or insincere.  More on this later.  SO much to say.

Had to laugh that if they couldn't use Winchester for last names in this episode, they went another way for their weaponry names, I mean, Dean Smith and Sam Wesson?  Smith and Wesson?  *TO DIE LAUGHING!  This whole episode was clever and sweet as well as HILARIOUS.  They made Dean as much the antithesis of the Dean all we know and love as they could possibly make him. Dean in a suit, doing corporate work was one thing, but to have Dean be Mr. Health Food junkie, I mean to the point of "cleansing/detoxing" himself with mystery fluid (and NO BEER?), is just totally wrong.  I have to say that Sam ending up as a tech support guy is not so much of a leap for me.  Sam, after all, is the geek between them, doing the research, searching the internet etc. so to see him help people with their computer problems isn't so hard to imagine. Though I nearly DIED laughing when Dean declares later that research is what he does best. Talk about your topsy turvy world gone completely upside down! I LOVED how Sam helped that person with that printer problem.  Can I tell you, SO.MY.LIFE!  It's what I do day in and day out and let me tell you, I can't begin to count how many times I have given that same instruction of turning the printer on and then off again or a computer on and then off again.  It tickled me NO END!! I completely loved it.

Getting back to Dean, like I said, I can believe Sam doing tech support, but I thought that making Dean so not like his usual self, to make him the opposite of who he is was a perfect way to emphasize how this episode was about Dean.  Gotta tell you from moment one with Dean dressed in a striped shirt, red tie, and SUSPENDERS then steaming milk for his latte in a thermos!!  It was just TOO MUCH!!!  I had a smile from ear to ear!!! My face ached from smiling so much. Now, even though this was TOTALLY wrong in many ways for Dean, seeing Jensen this way. Yeow!  

WARNING DEANGIRL MOMENT: The man can even make suspenders sexy. How is THAT possible? *fans herself. Jensen looks SO young in these scenes and so DELICIOUS! *thud. 

Okay, back to it *keeps fanning herself:  Then driving his Prius with the hard rock playing only to have him change it to *gulp news talk radio.  You then see who he is in this "fantasy", "Dean Smith, Director, Sales and Marketing!!!  JUST HILARIOUS.  Like I said, I was smiling the ENTIRE TIME.  The WHOLE set up with him was just wonderfully light hearted.  After seeing Dean at his lowest in the last episode, it was a relief and a joy for me to see this somewhat carefree Dean, the only worries on his mind are spreadsheets and talking to an office bud about Project Runway...okay, that crossed the line of "oh so wrong in so many ways" for Dean.

The meeting between him and Sam in the elevator was cute, funny and endearing. I LOVED that Sam was the catalyst that moved things along in the episode.  Jared is great in these funny episodes.  Like when he plays EvilSam, he has this gift for playing an innocence about Sam that plays so well in the funny episodes. I LOVE that it's Sam who seems to recognize Dean, who gets the "vibe" that he's familiar and even more appropriate, that Sam is the one having the nightmares and "visions" about their past lives.  Also, for me, there's something heartwarming about Sam trying to convince Dean that they shouldn't be doing what they are doing, that they were meant to be doing something else.  This is yet another showcase of how much Sam has embraced the hunting life from his attitude in Season 1 and his slow shift towards accepting it in Season 2 after losing their father.  It's a flip that still jars a bit for me and in the right away.  I think it's supposed to feel jarring.  I mean, Sam resisted fiercely going back to the life when Dean came to Stanford, not even to find their father would he consider going back, but when Dean plays the guilt card about not wanting to look for their dad alone, Sam succumbs and at the end of the pilot, reconnects to Dean and the life in ways that felt natural.  It's Jessica's death that finally drives Sam back to Dean and the life.

It's not that it's wrong that Sam was making this transition to acceptance, after all, it was, at first, sparked by the guilt that he felt about how he had left things with their father after his death, seemingly wanting to make up for his resistance when their dad was alive, but then when he loses Dean, he makes this gigantic leap into hunting and using his powers just enhances the desire. Sam's transition into it seems perfectly timed providing just the right influences/events to drive Sam towards to his own destiny, whatever that is.  He's acquired this "zeal" for hunting that's clearly driven by revenge and the need for payback against Lillith (not unlike how John was driven by Mary's death) and Sam's rationale to keep using his powers is bordering on zealotry.   So, to see him in this episode being the one to convince Dean that they were meant to do ghost hunting seemed right given where Sam is and where Dean is now, but this DeanGirl misses the fireside discussion in Wendigo when Dean first spoke those words he lives by, "saving people, hunting things, the family business" to convince Sam that what they do is important because it helps people.  I miss Dean's confidence about the work they do and it feels off that Sam or Zacariah has to convince him that it's still worth doing, that he's still worthy doing it.  Ironically, Dean Smith, Director of Sales and Marketing, can't sell himself as Dean Winchester, strong and righteous hero.  Perhaps the alter ego was appropriate after all.

Anyway, talk about your sidetracked!

As an episode about corporate life, it was HILARIOUS!  I love the transitions between scenes of the copier, the fax, the pencil sharpener and then the rows of cubicles signifying the tech support group...if only I had a staff like that...ah...ahem, cough...*clears throat, now where was I?  Oh yes, work life.  I LOVED the concept that being sent up to HR to be "admonished" (Paul for surfing internet porn and Ian for stealing office supplies -- hee, funny)  sends you back as a workaholic drone, becoming maniacal to get work done, consumed by the threat of being fired if one fails to accomplish the maximum work possible and beyond (failure is NOT an option)...stress amped up to the Nth degree.  May I NEVER feel that kind of pressure. I love that failure drives people to kill themselves...a little too old world Japanese in its concept (disgrace means only one thing, you must humble yourself by disemboweling yourself -- Dean so much as mentions it - hara kiri), but I don't think that frying your brain in a microwave or sticking a pencil in your neck are graceful ways to go.  Still, it makes the point in delightful Kripke School for Gore ways. It wasn't lost on me that the victims were all from tech support.  What is that supposed to mean? *suddenly worried about herself hee! Also, another Japanese connection, Sandover's office is in 1444.  The Japanese unlucky number is anything with the number 4 in it.  4 translated into Japanese is "shi" and that pronunciation means death too. Just as an aside, 9 is also an unlucky number as its pronunciation, "ku"means agony and torture too. There's my trivia for the day.

Side note:  I LOVE that Dean points out to Sam that he "over shares".  Something our Dean would SO say.

I LOVE that Corporate Dean causes Ian to go all "system failure" in front of him, all because of a simple form. Dean's reaction is priceless, helpless as he watches Ian lose it in the men's room and yet all of the ghostly signs are there, cold air, the faucet sensors going off, then Dean gets the brief glimpse of Sandover's ghost. It's all unfamiliar territory for Dean. What I loved about it was that it was just your garden variety haunting, nothing special, nothing relating to the mythology, or to the impending Apocalypse or Lillith just something Season 1 Sam and Dean would have taken on as a case.  It's the simplicity and banality of the case that, for me, makes me long for the days when that was all Sam and Dean had to worry and something to which they could apply their considerable skills to without a second thought.  I know evolution is inevitable and necessary and though in my heart, Dean's role will play out what's ahead heroically (I will NOT entertain any other fate), I can't help, but feel something ominous awaits Dean too. Something that the angels aren't telling him and that it has to do with Sam. The dread I feel for Dean makes me long for the simple life they once led (who knew hunting in ANY way could be categorized as "simple")  and the simple decisions they once made.

Side note:  I loved Sam's observations about not liking his job, the town, his clothes or his last name (a little giggle there) and the eerie mention of something being in his blood as if he was destined for "something different" then Dean being the Dean we know declaring that he doesn't believe in destiny.  These small inferences say so much without saying it outright.  It makes you feel and believe that just like Zacariah said, that they are both drawn to hunting, that they gravitate towards it by instinct, that it is, at least, Dean's destiny to be a hunter.  Quick mention:  They even mentioned the Sammy stuff....*sigh, my heart longs for those good old days of mild protests.

Okay, I have to say this.  I have never been a Ghostfacers fan.  Don't kill me, you fans out there.  They are funny and completely appropriate for their episodes, but I just wanted to strangle them as much as Sam and Dean did...which may have been the point, I guess so maybe they achieved what they were aiming for in that way. Here, however, they were the PERFECT vehicles for Sam and Dean in corporate Hell to discover everything they need to know on how to destroy ghosts.  I love that they never mention Dean and Sam by first name, but as just the "Winchesters".  This was clever as using their names might spark unnecessarily timed memories. Corporate slaves, Sam and Dean are just DELIGHTFULLY silly in these scenes. The fact that Dean thinks the Ghostfacers are so AWESOME is just HILARIOUS alone to me! So unlike Dean's real feelings towards them.  They do battle and ba bing, ghost defeated by burning Sandover's gloves.  Pretty simple, pretty cool. Sidenote:  Who didn't see the guard getting cut in half by the elevator?  Gotta admit the suspense was killing me a little though and it was just long enough that you wondered if they were going to go the predictable route and yes, they didn't fail to please.

The aftermath convinces Sam that he's meant to do hunting. He tries to convince Dean, but to no avail. Though Dean admits he's never had so much fun in his life and again, the topsy turvy rears it's ugly head, it's Dean who points out the lifestyle, no money, stolen credit cards, eating bad food (diner food filled with saturated fats --gotta laugh silly!!), sharing a crap motel room, no HEALTH INSURANCE (HA!!!) it's all there. Then Sam touched my heart with his admission that in his dreams they are hunting together as friends, more like brothers and I just choked up.  The distance between them is so the reality and yet here, Sam feels their brotherly bond in his dreams. The look on Jared's face, the pause at the thought, it's just so moving!!! I almost wanted them to hug.  And OH!! When Dean Smith rattles off his life, it's a litany of familiar names come and gone in the boys' lives (father's name: Bob (aww...Bobby as father figure, so easy to imagine), mother's name: Ellen (I miss her -- wish she'd come back --who knows? Maybe she will?) and lastly, a sister named Jo (-- not the relationship she wanted from him, but one that we could all see back then)).  Dean? Went to Stanford? Sheesh, could it get more topsy turvy than that? Not that Dean couldn't have done college, but it was just not meant to be. Then there's Sam with a girlfriend named Madison who's phone number is now an animal hospital. Anyone get the werewolf connection there? Amazing the way they make the threads tie together.  It made total sense that Zacariah would take those real names and make them into false memories.  The most painful part came at the end of this moment:

"I know you."

"Know me? You don't know me, pal."


And there's the sad reality in just those two lines that breaks your heart.  Jared's face, gotta say, it played so sympathetically.  You could see the pleading written all over his face and in his eyes and you can see the hurt there when Dean denies him. It reflected everything that moment.

It's only when Mr. Adler aka Zacariah comes in at the end does Dean admit to his feelings that he doesn't belong there. YAY! In typical Dean fashion, he's finally able to get past his denial and face the truth as reluctantly as he does, it's there.  

As I said earlier, Supernatural has found this WONDERFUL way of making the episode endings ring so emotionally true and real.  Again, encapsulating the episode, but also the mythology up to that point whether it's a confession or a cliffhanging revelation or both. This was no different.  Zacariah's moment with Dean was just pitch perfect.  I had wondered after last week, how they could bring Dean back from the depths of the despair he was in.  It had seemed he had hit a rock bottom from which it would take forever to emerge from, if at all.  I wasn't relishing the angst, much as I love Dean angst.  I couldn't see a way for Dean to recover, but leave it to the writers to understand fully their characters.  Words alone would never have lifted Dean from his bottom, not Castiel's words, not Bobby's words, not even Sam's words, maybe especially Sam's words.  No, Dean had to realize his calling again, understand on his own that he's not Corporate Dean, that hunting is his talent, his gift, his destiny.  Even when it finally came to him and Zacariah revealed himself, Dean started to question his conclusions because he thought he had been played, so Zacariah had to reinforce them with his words, only then would words take hold.  Gotta say, I loved the veiled ambiguity here with him. He's Castiel's superior?  Isn't that God? And yet Zacariah uses God's name in his arguments so you're not sure.  He seems to see into the future, that Dean does succeed and yet you're not sure at what. LOVELY speculation.

"I'm hardly another one, Dean.  I'm Castiel's superior. Believe me I had no interest in popping down here into one of these smelly things, but after the unfortunate situation with Uriel I felt it neccesary to pay a visit, get my ducks in a row."  -- do I detect a little Uriel disdain for humans in his tone?

Then,

"To prove to you that the path you're on is truly in your blood.  You're a hunter. Not because your dad made you, not because God called you back from Hell, but because it is what you are. And you love it, you'll find your way to it in the dark every single time and you're miserable without it. Dean, let's be real here, you're good at this. You'll be successful. You will stop it."

When Dean questions what it is he'll stop, the Apocalypse or Lucifer, all Zacariah says is,

"You'll do everything you're destined to do. All of it. But I know, I know, you're not strong enough, you're scared, you got daddy issues, you can't do it, right? "

"Hey, angel or not, I will stab you in your face."


"All I'm saying is, it's how you look at it. Most folks live and die without moving anything more than the dirt it takes to bury them. You get to change things. Save people. Maybe even the world."

Ah, I love that Zacariah brings back the family motto here.

Gotta love that Zacariah points out that Dean gets to drive a classic car and have sex with women, the life is a gift.  You can see Jensen's subtle twitch of "okay, I'll give you that" on his face on those points.  The man is a talent!!!  I also like that Zacariah doesn't just compliment or sugar coat things to buoy Dean's confidence, he presents Dean with the facts and lets Dean hopefully come to the right conclusion on his own, the self-admission has to come from within him, not from someone else, not even an angel and as far as I'm concerned Dean does.

"So you with me? Wanna go steam yourself another latte? Or are you ready to stand up and be who you really are."


A fantastic ending!  The close up of Jensen's face wasn't bad either.  And you know by that look that Dean will stand up.

This was the perfect mix of lightness all of us needed to get over the heavy duty weight that even we felt when Dean learned that he broke the first seal and started the path towards the Apocalypse and the rising of Lucifer and yet it wrapped up Dean's angst and questioning of whether he can do the job ahead or not without feeling that it was rushed just to get past it.  I LOVED it!!! 

The episodes never cease to amaze consistently.  They are getting better and better and are heading towards a climax that has me excited and filled with dread all at the same time.  That's a stupendous accomplishment.  I can't believe that we don't have too much farther to go before Season 4 wraps up and I am filled with as many questions as Dean and Sam are.  I can't wait to see what is ahead, but know it will be a big ending to the season that we leave us helplessly hanging.  We still have some kind of major death coming and frankly, I don't even want to entertain who or what that could be.  So help if it's Bobby, I might be brought to hysteria. If you hear a scream in the distance...

Thanks for reading and for commenting as always.  It's appreciated.  Once again, I apologize for not commenting on my last blog to those who wrote.  Things are going to get hairy for me in April (darn real life) and I'll be lucky if I can keep  up with the remaining episodes let alone commenting so I hope you'll forgive me and not deny me your lovely words because I read them excitedly and delightedly.  It's all appreciated. Also, forgive any proofing errors that slip by.  I'm doing these a bit stream of consciousness and though I'm trying to proof, I might miss something...sigh...

Thanks again to everyone!!  Can't wait for this week's episode!!!






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This was not only a funny, amusing, downright hilarious way to bring Dean back from the brink of his self-pity, but I loved Zacariah's argument that being a hunter was what Dean was meant to be.

I liked it too! It was nice to see Dean getting some encouragement! I didn't like some of the things they had the angel say, but I'm so glad he went there try to help Dean. I first bristled a little at his line about Dean "whining" but I realized, that's probably how John would handle Dean too. Tell him basically, "Suck it up. Keep going." It's what Dean knows, and what better way to help him? And I loved the way he reminded him that he doesn't fight just because of what's happened, he fights because that's who he is.

"You'll do everything you're destined to do. All of it."

I love what you said about this line! So true, there really is a double edge to it.

"Smith and Wesson? *TO DIE LAUGHING! This whole episode was clever and sweet as well as HILARIOUS."

Oh my goodness, I hadn't caught that!!!! *collapses in a fit of laughter*

The man can even make suspenders look good. How is THAT possible? *fans herself. Jensen looks SO young in these scenes and so DELICIOUS! *thud.

I agree, lol! *fans self also*

I think it's supposed to feel jarring. I mean, Sam resisted fiercely going back to the life when Dean came to Stanford, not even to find their father would he consider going back, but when Dean plays the guilt card about not wanting to look for their dad alone, Sam succumbs and at the end of the pilot, reconnects to Dean and the life in ways that felt natural. It's Jessica's death that finally drives Sam back to Dean and the life.

So well said! I couldn't help wondering if maybe part of why Sam feels the "wrongness" so much is because he'd lived with it for four years. He did tell Dean he never fit in at Stanford, and I think he's realized since then why that was.

...this DeanGirl misses the fireside discussion in Wendigo when Dean first spoke those words he lives by, "saving people, hunting things, the family business" to convince Sam that what they do is important because it helps people.

Me too! So much has changed since then.

Side note: I LOVE that Dean points out to Sam that he "over shares". Something our Dean would SO say.

Lol, I loved that line too! Dean is still Dean no matter what.

"I know you."

"Know me? You don't know me, pal."

And there's the sad reality in just those two lines that breaks your heart."


Great point, and I loved that line too! I think it echoes so much of how Dean, this season, feels about Sam. He doesn't know Sam anymore, and Sam doesn't know him.

"Words alone would never have lifted Dean from his bottom, not Castiel's words, not Bobby's words, not even Sam's words, maybe especially Sam's words. No, Dean had to realize his calling again, understand on his own that he's not Corporate Dean, that hunting is his talent, his gift, his destiny."

So well put!

So help if it's Bobby, I might be brought to hysteria. If you hear a scream in the distance...

I second that! *goes to get her sign for the "Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Bobby"*

Incredible, incredible blog as always! :D

-Laughter

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