Wow, we’re coming up on the final stretch of season 9. Seems like only yesterday Sam was dying and Dean was making deals with angels.
Harry and Ed, everyone’s favorite Ghostfacers (well, not everyone’s, but I’ve always enjoyed them) are back. And it looks like they’ve matured a bit. I mean physically. They look grown-up(ish). As for emotionally maturing, that doesn’t appear until later.
Sam and Dean’s relationship is still strained. It’s interesting to see how Dean is coping with the situation. After Sam shut him out (literally) last week, it feels like he’s just resigned himself to the situation. They’re not talking, given Dean is set to go out on this hunt alone. Well, maybe not “not talking,” but they’re certainly avoiding each other.
Yet Dean is still big-brother Dean. He easily slipped into recalling a memory of the brothers’ escapades from youth. The story of Superman Dean and Batman Sam jumping off the shed was funny (“Everyone knows Batman can’t fly.) and sweet (“I drove you to the emergency room on my handlebars.”) The imagery is so vivid and the tenderness so real, Sam remembers, and smiles. For just a minute, Dean—and we—forget about the current tension.
Conventional wisdom (or was it a college friend majoring in drama?) says we’re entertained not only when we’re surprised by the plot’s outcome, but also when we predict it. (Although internet message board wisdom indicates only the former is true.) How about when both happen? Even before we saw the busboy’s face, I knew he was Thinman and what his motivations were. (Not because I’m smart, but because the picture framing and dialog indicated there was more to come.) His motive for killing the manager was obvious; and the psychopath always kills the girl who rejects him.
The mystery was, how did Thinman “teleport”? No sooner had I laughed at the warehouse door opening as Sam tried to pick the lock, I jumped at both brothers being tased at once. It was the deputy! Did not that see coming! So I guess I was doubly pleased.
Like most episodes of Supernatural, the real story isn’t about the hunt. It’s about people and connections. In this case, it’s Ed and Harry’s friendship; and it’s mirroring Dean and Sam’s relationship. All the Ghostfacers have gone, and Harry was getting on with his life, even planning on marriage. But Ed couldn’t bear to let Harry go, so he made up the Thinman legend to keep him interested in the game. (Interestingly, Thinman was bit like the tulpa from “Hell House,” the episode where Ed and Harry made their first appearance. Ed and Harry created the creature which quickly grew beyond they’re control.)
When Harry finds out about Ed’s lie, he’s furious. Sam tells him “There are things you can forgive, and there are things you can’t.” When Harry asks him “So, which one is this?” Sam says “That’s something you got to figure out for yourself.” In the end, Harry leaves Ed and rides home with the Winchesters.
What will Sam’s choice be? Right now it’s not forgiveness.