How many of us wished after this episode we got motor oil and a candy bar wrapped in newspaper for Christmas? Or skin mags and shaving cream? Sure one message is it’s the thought that counts, but for these guys, it’s knowing that all that matters is sitting right next to you. It’s a bittersweet moment too, since it’s Dean’s last year, but for at least one evening, all that is put aside. They didn’t succumb to a chick flick moment either, as their love for each other is declared appropriately by turning on the game.
Throw in the postcard perfect image of brothers watching the game through the window, complete with Christmas lights reflecting off the snowy Impala in the foreground, and you'd be hard pressed to find a better holiday ending for any TV show or movie.
3. Dean Watches Sam Exorcise Samhain – “It’s The Great Pumpkin Sam Winchester”
This scene is the equivalent of the freaking Academy Award of nonverbal acting. How a gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, totally mesmerizing struggle could be depicted just by glances, Sam’s raised hand, and some serious face twisting still has me in total awe.
We saw it coming. The setup is pretty contrived. Sam would have to use his powers to exorcise the higher level demon Samhain. What we didn’t expect is Dean walking in on it, freezing at the end of the corridor and watching with stunning results. His troubled stare contains a swirl of terror, concern, heartbreak, and just plain sadness. He hates watching his brother being forced to do this, and couldn’t do much except watch.
On the other end, Sam is fighting hard, pushing his abilities to the limits while Samhain inches closer, not easily caving. He notices Dean but doesn’t back off his fight or ask for help. He carries on, even when he’s hit with a spiking migraine and a bloody nose. Eventually Samhain does succumb, and we are left with both Sam and Dean maintaining their positions on each end of the chamber, both glaring at each other horrified, both realizing that turning off Sam’s switch is no longer going to be easy. The result, deep sorrow for both. For us, we’re picking our jaws up from the floor and wondering how they managed that incredible scene without saying a word.
2. Dean’s Words of Wisdom Before Midnight – “No Rest For The Wicked”