How could this not be explosive? This is the best setup ever. Dean, tipped off by Castiel, has caught Sam using his demon powers. What’s worse, he finds out Ruby is alive and helping Sam. Dean takes off and a bothered Sam waits for him back at the motel. Dean storms in and starts packing, Sam gingerly approaches and Dean punches him! Not once, but twice! Sure, it wasn’t the first time Dean punched Sam, but he’s never been this angry at him before.
This long exchange is a treat for those who waited four seasons for the brothers to finally openly address Sam’s struggle with his abilities. While Dean goes off, Sam tearfully does his best to defend his actions. Dean scares him though, a lot, not just by his anger (like smacking a lamp across the room) but when Dean reveals the angels told him to stop him. By the end Sam’s a wreck, and Dean’s look of betrayal is devastating.
This scene has everything: physical, verbal, and emotional conflict, with both brothers running through a wide spectrum of emotions, complemented by incredible dialogue that in no uncertain terms showcases how heated things are between them. Other scenes like the argument outside the Impala complement this one perfectly, but this scene easily stands out as a defining moment in terms of their relationship.
6. Sam Hugs Dean – “Mystery Spot”
There are three brotherly hugs in the series. The first is when Dean hugs Sam after he’s resurrected in “All Hell Breaks Loose Part II”. “Mystery Spot” is the second, and the third is the mutual hug while reunited after Dean is sprung from Hell in “Lazarus Rising”. All three are great, but the second one delivers the most impact.
A very broken Sam rushes across the room and overtakes an unsuspecting Dean with one giant bear hug. It’s the big conclusion to Sam’s almost year-long personal hell that he cannot describe nor Dean is aware of, and his entire ordeal is summed up in that one hug. Both facial expressions are pitch perfect. Sam is exhausted and lost, Dean is perplexed.
The greatest emotional impact comes from the one simple question: “How many Tuesdays did you have?” “Enough,” a weary Sam replies. In season three, Sam grew especially distant and reserved so for him to do that, it proves how much Dean really means to him. This is especially important after all their fights in previous episodes. What doesn’t seem like much on paper turns out to be pure gold on the screen.