Supernatural: Heart, Goodbye Stranger

It’s a seventeenth episode mini-fest!

Heart (217)

This episode gets 3 stars.So many great screencaps, so little time.

Sam and Dean play Rock, Paper, Scissors
Ah, the ol’ rock-paper-scissors ploy.
Sam wins by throwing "Rock" to Dean's "Scissors."
“Dean, always with the scissors!”

Sam meets girl.  Sam watches soaps with girl.

Sam is intrigued by Madison's soap opera.
Sam’s tv viewing: soaps and porn

Sam has sex with girl.  Girl turns into werewolf.  Sam kills girl.  Yep.  As Charlie says, Sam has zero luck with the ladies.

It’s a good thing I know the ending, because my DVR cut off just as weepy Sam headed into the living room to kill Madison.  Then again, maybe I can pretend some crazy miracle happened, Madison is cured and lives to see another full moon.

Emmanuel Vaugier was terrific as Madison—sexy, smart, and a bit unexpected.  Perhaps I should have given “Heart” 4 stars, but it’s just not that interesting to me.  (Bare-chested Jared Padalecki aside.)

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– Written by Sera Gamble; directed by Kim Manners
– IMDB rating 8.6 (out of 10); TV.com 9.0 (out of 10)

Goodby Stranger (817)

This episode gets 4 starsHere’s my initial review, in case you need a refresher.

Dean and Sam check out a model of the town.
Step two: bags o’ dirt.

Idle question from teaser:  How many times did Jensen Ackles have to roll around on the floor in fake blood to get that shot of a thousand dead Deans?

This has to be one of the most convoluted, circuitous episodes ever.  The guys didn’t know what they were looking for—or that it even existed.  Let’s see if I can diagram it.

Victims with burned-out eyes >> hole digging, dirt collecting, orchard searching >> map of original town layout >> demons >> Castiel killing demons searching for missing tablet piece (It’s missing??  I thought Crowley had a piece and Kevin had the other piece.)* >> Lucifer’s crypts >> crypt houses “parchment that deciphers tablet” >> Crowley getting crypt knowledge from hostage  >> boys rescue hostage, who turns out to be Meg >> Meg spills the beans about the angel tablet.  Is that it?

Meg tells Sam and Dean about the angel tablet.
Step ten:  Meg blabs

Castiel says he needs to protect the angel tablet from the Winchesters, among others.  Hey, Cass.  How’d that work out for ya’?  Oh yeah, an angel duped you, using the tablet to cast all the other angels out of heaven and turn you… human?  Sam and Dean would never have done that!

*Oh!  Now I get it!  Castiel was searching for the angel tablet all along.  D’oh!

– Written by Robbie Thompson; directed by Thomas J. Wright
– TV Fanatic fan rating 4.7 (out of 5); IMDB rating 8.6; TV.com 9.0

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