The real March Madness is in full swing, and I’m not even half-way through my top 32 episodes. Plus, new Supernatural episodes have resumed, so now there’s that delay too.
Season 5 was not a favorite of mine. In fact, it was the first time I didn’t buy the season DVD set. Thank goodness for TNT reruns. If I’m on the ball, I can record my favorites when they come ’round. Better still, I can now buy individual episodes OnDemand to enjoy any time I want, without commercial interruption.
My go-to sites say the top episodes of season 5 are:
- Swan Song (522)
- Two Minutes to Midnight (521)
- (3-way tie): Dark Side of the Moon (516); Point of No Return (518); The Devil You Know (520)
These all come from the back half of the season. Eric Kripke must be pleased he ended his tenure on such a high note. However, this list was quite a surprise to me. Hell, I can’t eve remember three of the episodes.
So here are
the real my top season 5 episodes.
The End (504)
Perhaps I’m swayed by the inclusion of one of my all-time favorite songs, “Do You Love Me,” by the Contours, but I don’t think so. It was one of the most dramatic episodes of the season, and I’m shocked it’s not at the top of everybody’s list.
Jensen Ackles performed double duty admirably. He’s so great at showing us Dean’s nuances, this was the perfect vehicle for him. But the rest of the cast also excelled. Misha Collins was a charming, if less-than-angelic, drug-mellowed Castiel. And while Jared Padalecki’s presence as Lucifer was short, it was chilling. He even snapped Dean’s neck!
Sam, Interrupted (511)
Sure, Sam was the brother of title, but it was as much about Dean’s mental state. If you rewatch his first interaction with Dr. Erica Cartwright, particularly her diagnosis, you get a good idea of Dean’s sense of self-worth. The episode was humorous, but also had an underlying tone of foreboding. Jon Gries as Martin Creaser was a delightful character. Too bad he was totally ruined in season 8. The episode wasn’t perfect, but it was highly entertaining, and the performances were a joy to watch.
The Song Remains the Same (513)
Sam met his young mother and couldn’t stop staring at her. Young John, driving the Impala, warned, “… not another word, or so help me, I will turn this car around!” (Ha!) Anna met a fiery death. (Kudos to the special effects team.) And Michael had an ominous chat with his reluctant vessel. It made us wonder if Team Free Will had any chance at all.
- The Curious Case of Dean Winchester (507): Chad Everett was perfect casting for old Dean. Most viewers are probably too young to remember, but Chad Everett was quite the heartthrob in his day. My mother and I bonded over our mutual crushes on him in Medical Center. And he captured Dean perfectly.
- Abandon All Hope (510): Ellen and Jo went out with a (literal) bang. An honorable ending for one beloved character, and one who grew on me. At least Jo finally got her kiss from Dean.
- Dark Side of the Moon: The episode brought back some of favorite (deceased) characters. Dean learned that Sam’s fondest memories didn’t include his family, to the bitter disappointment of amulet fans everywhere.
Well, well. Look what I found while doing some research on IMDB. Only two more weeks.