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1. When The Levee Breaks
An odd choice, perhaps, but JP is wonderful in the Sam-centric penultimate episode. The entire thing is a pile of chilhood fears and suspicions. There’s one moment in particular where Sam is hallucinating his mother; we see her put an arm around him, and he leans into it, but then the camera switches angles and all we see is Sam, leaning into something that isn’t there.
2. Monster Movie
Decadent, groundbreaking, and so, so silly. I LOVE Jamie. Everything about this episode- not just the black-and-white, that’s easy to do- is in the style of a ‘monster movie’. The shadows on the wall. The stupid Wolfman costume. The shot of the glass spinning kaleidoscopically when Dean’s been drugged. The credits; the music. (Oh god, the MUSIC.)
Also, you guys all know I’m a sap, but I can’t be the only one who teared up when Dracula/Shifter said ‘Maybe this… is how the movie… should end.’
3. On The Head Of A Pin
JA is truly chilling in this one, to which I also award the Wrencollins Certificate Of General Disturbingness. Season Four was good for Psychochesters, but here it’s taken to a whole new level. The guy who played Alastair is fantastic too- and how beautiful the whole thing is, lusciously filmed, with eyes and skin luminous in the shadows. And then we have Sam’s ‘Now I can kill,’ and the blissful concentration as he kills Alastair, tilting his head like he’s listening to a Beethoven concerto. The episode ends on Dean in hospital, looking the closest to broken as we’ve ever seen him.
4. I Know What You Did Last Summer
This nomination is for the flashback with Sam and the crossroads demon. Absolutely heartwrenching. I don’t even know what to say about it.
5. It’s A Terrible Life
(Omfg. That screencap. Their FACES… I can’t…)
Basically an AU, and so entertaining. Summary: Dean Smith and Sam Wesson meet in an office after a coworker microwaves his head. They then decide to quit their jobs and go on the road to have ghost-hunting shenanigans together.
‘Uh- did you just call me Sammy?’
‘I think you did. Yeah. Don’t.’
Wishful Thinking, because the giant, alcoholic, suicidal teddy bear is one of the stupidest funniest things I’ve ever seen. Kripke, you dork.
Lucifer Rising. The look on Sam’s face when, in the middle of killing Lilith, he hears Dean calling him. Ohmygod.
Jump The Shark. Adam! That young actor is great. Also, the ghoul scene is so realistically gory. Ack.
It’s The Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester. Badass early Cas and Uriel.
Lazarus Rising. Manpain in dollops.
Metamorphosis- Kim Manners’ last episode before he passed away. It’s fascinating, angry, and very, very gross.
The Rapture. The fluency with which Misha switches between Jimmy Novak and Castiel is flawless.
Heaven And Hell, because it is an absolute doozy. Also: that sex scene is so beautifully done, with the silver light. If you’re interested, I wrote more about Dean’s Hell trauma here.
And finally, Yellow Fever. I don’t even have to explain this one, do I.
Your turn. Top five, anyone? I know you’re all lurking around here somewhere.
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