Look, I’m running out of different ways to tell you guys to comment with your top fives, so just go ahead and do it, will you?
I kid you not, Season Six is my baby. I love the screwiness of it, the messiness. It has about five different plots, what with Soulless Sam, Hell trauma, the Mother of All, the Campbells, Lisa, and Godstiel (yes, I realise that was six) all wreaking havoc. I’ve written an essay on DeanLisa and one on Soulless Sam if you’re interested.
1. The Man Who Knew Too Much
My all-time favourite episode. Everyone is in over their heads, and no-one more so than Sam, locked inside his own mind by Castiel. It’s funny in a schizophrenic way- ‘it was night and now it’s day!’- and also heartwrenching. JP’s performance as the three Sams remains one of his best to date, though it’s Hell Sam that gets me the most; he even moves differently, hunched in on himself. Then there’s the awesome music cue- the Rolling Stones’ Play With Fire- and Dean refusing to shift from Sam’s bedside- and the mindcrack (see, Bella, I took notice of your no-swearing indictment in the end) of an ending.
2. Clap Your Hands If You Believe
The Soulless Sam arc is my absolute favourite thing and this episode is hysterical. It’s also a homage to the X-Files, which I am a huge fan of.
‘If you wanna add glitter to that glue you’re sniffing, that’s fine, but don’t dump your whackadoo all over us. We’d rather not step in it.’
‘Sam, it’s not the lady’s fault she took the brown acid.’
‘Have you ever considered that you suck at hunting UFOs?’
‘Third kind already? You better run, man. I think the fourth kind’s a butt thing.’
‘Do you have bigger cups?’
And to top it off:
‘You should sit in the dark and suffer.’
‘Yeah, but can’t I do all that and have sex with the hippie chick?’
‘No, because you would be suffering!’
3. Weekend At Bobby’s
SO FREAKIN’ FUNNY. The poor lady covered in bits of okami. Rufus showing up all, ‘Oh good, you’re home. Listen, you gotta help me bury a body.’ Jody’s second appearance. Bobby shouting instructions down the phone at Dean while Sam ineffectually fights a lamia in the background. The phones labelled FBI, CIA, Homeland Security.
‘Why’d you send him outside?’
‘Cause I didn’t think you’d want him in here.’
‘I don’t, I’ve got a body in the basement.’
‘Yeah, but I’ve got another body buried in the yard.’
Sam and Dean deal with the repercussions of the year Sam was with Samuel (the fantastic Mitch Pileggi). It’s a very monochrome episode, taking place at night in snow, filled with black-and-white flashbacks; the ending, with Sam burning in Hell in glorious technicolour, is a shock to the system.
5. The French Mistake
It took me til about my fourth rewatch to really get the attraction, but it really is so funny. My first time through I was just dying for them to get back to SPNland, and I was too impatient to appreciate the acting scene- a masterpeice of insanity, with Jensen and Jared playing Sam and Dean playing Jensen and Jared playing Sam and Dean playing Jensen and Jared playing Sam and Dean. That’s literally it. I love that the actors are confident enough to be silly with abandon. Also, Balthazar. I would have loved to see he and Gabriel team up. They’d probably have gotten Gadreel drunk and dragged Uriel off to an orgy in the clouds.
The Man Who Would Be King. Honestly, I wish I could fit this onto my top five. Cas is pretty cold during Season Six, but here we ache for him, even as he betrays Sam and Dean.
Exile On Main Street. Beautiful Loser is my all-time favourite SPN music cue. Beyond gorgeous.
The Wrencollins Certificate Of General Disturbingness goes to Caged Heat, purely for the shot of Soulless Sam with blood between his teeth, grinning at he demons he just fooled. The moment I saw that shot I thought, yep, that’s going to be an icon- and sure enough it appeared in all the recaps.
Frontierland. Poor Dean’s delicate masculinity, huh.
All Dogs Go To Heaven, purely for the line, ‘Oh, they call us in to answer the questions of mouth-breathing dick-monkeys.’
My Heart Will Go On, or, That Time SPN De-Sunk The Titanic. Also, the boys’ silent exchange at the start. And Ellen!
Like A Virgin, for the overwhelming relief of it. I feel for Dean during the Soulless arc. This episode felt like a release.
Mommy Dearest. I love Eve. ‘You hurt his feelings.’
The Third Man. I really enjoy Cas in this. And I am a huge fan of both Raphael and Balthazar.
Two And A Half Men. So stupid and absolutely priceless.
And Then There Were None. What a dickwad Samuel is. (Sorry, Bella.)
Appointment In Samarra. (Let’s hear it! *sings* O, DEATH, OOOOOHHHHHHHHH DEATH….)
You Can’t Handle The Truth. A brutal episode. Dean punches Soulless Sam fourteen times.
Well, would you look at that. I seem to have recommended nearly the entire season. Who’d’a thunk it. (I totally would.)
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