Supernatural Review: The Bad Penny

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They say a penny saved is an angry confederate soldier ghost earned, right?

Well, we did technically get to follow the journey of some possessed spare change on Supernatural, but the grudge-obsessed spirit was far less interesting than the character drama that seemed to be influenced - or at the very least surrounded - by the case of the week.

It's certainly no stretch of the imagination that Sam and Dean are still having conversational issues concerning not opening up to each other. Plus, both of them have their particular problems with what went on when time was spent apart.

Everything really seems to go wrong when they split up and work on their solo careers, huh?

Garth and Dean

It was nice getting DJ Qualls back as Garth and adding his more lighthearted spirit to the mix, especially with the two tense brothers. Garth was a lot less goofy than his previous appearances, but he still retained some of that quirky attitude with his Texas Ranger outfit and his M.C. Hammer ring tone.

And while Garth has kind of played second fiddle to the brothers, "Southern Comfort" had him essentially filling the Bobby role with his astute observations and helping hand. He wasn't the complete klutz anymore.

But what? You can't replace Bobby!

And the sentiment is entirely true, but in reality Garth was less of a replacement and more of an honest following of the trucker hat wearing hunter. It was funny seeing Garth try and say "idjit" and "balls" or help out other hunters with their monster problems, all while carrying on his own personality.

It was certainly easy to think like Dean and get frustrated with Garth, but he explained it perfectly in saying that Bobby didn't just belong to Sam and Dean. He was there for everybody and Garth just wanted to continue doing what a great person had done before him.

In a lot of ways, Dean's anger was more aligned with his feelings of everyone around him either being gone or letting him down. Bobby was no longer around, Castiel kept leaving and Sam didn't look for him.

It's understandable he turned to Benny and it's reasonable to be upset, but at some point he does have to get over it. His brother still and did care for Dean, and dwelling on the past isn't going to fix anything.

So, while we did witness a great fight sequence between Sam and Dean with Dean airing all his grievances (and I loved the reference to Sam's demon blood days), I'm glad Sam finally told Dean to cut it out and get over it.

That and Garth pulling his Sega Genesis zen attitude to save the day. He's just too calm and collected to let things bother him.

There's definitely pros and cons when it comes to Sam and Dean's arguments and I understand their reasoning behind their decisions. Although, I've got that itching feeling that Benny and Sam might square off in the future. Or Dean may get stuck having to pick between his brother or the vampire who helped him Purgatory.

Either way, I like to think Dean is ready to move forward, but knowing the brothers, something's bound to pop up and cause friction.

And while I liked that the glow of Sam's flashbacks were less dream sequence this time, and we did see that part of their bond comes from their similar loss of family, I just can't get on the Amelia love train.

Sure, the concept of the flashbacks do open up what we missed out on and we do get to see that Sam isn't frolicking happily without his brother, so he's not just openly forgetting Dean. But I feel like we're missing that blazing passion that should be coming from both Amelia and Sam.

Maybe it's too early for us to see that take place as they are slowly opening up to each other and maybe Sam's attraction to Amelia is less about his physical desires and more about connecting with someone who understands his loss. Or maybe it just won't ever happen. (But I'm still trying to hold out hope.)

Overall, a decent episode with a good premise and execution, but after dealing in cases of the week for a while, I'm ready to get back on track to finding Kevin Tran. Let's hope the brothers can put their differences aside and work together to save the world.

What did you think of the episode? Were you glad Garth was back? Is there hope for Sam and Dean down the road?


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I have never been a 'Dean girl' or a 'Sam girl' so when the brothers have an argument I never immediately take a side but I am 100 percent with Dean on this. Sam didn't look for him. That is mind-boggling and it's not like Sam sat there and explained to him why. It was more like "I didn't look for you, get over it and move on or I'll ditch your ass again". You put Dean in Sams position he would've looked to hell and back and then again before just moving on with his life. On the Ameila front, I cannot stand that character. The writers are trying to make her sassy and tough but she just comes across rude. And there is no chemistry between the actress and Jared. I keep thinking about that bartender Sam interacted with when his wall broke. She was awesome and switch Ameila with her, I would be alot more interested in Sams flashbacks.


I'm not sure if I like Garth himself or just the Winchesters' reaction to Garth. (Everytime he hugs one of them I double over laughing! XD)
About Sam: quite frankly there is SO OBVIOUSLY more to his story then we're seeing. This is only the sixth episode, guys! There are way too many questions that need answering and in typically evil TV fashion, they're drawing them out so we keep watching every week. I doubt Sam really just up and left without any thought to Dean, c'mon the writers aren't that stupid. There's got to be more of a reason. Think about it, he brought that dog into the vet like it was...well, like it was Dean. I'm sure we'll get to see what happened pre dog hitting, as well as what made him decide to stay with Amelia. Maybe he though Dean was really dead and gone forever. As for Amelia herself, give it time. Right now they feel like acquaintances that are border-line friends. This is a more slow building romance, a kind that Supernatural really hasn't done before. (Jess was already Sammy's girlfriend when we met her, Madison was just...awesome I guess, Ruby doesn't count, and Dean and Lisa had a past history) Seriously, I'd give it more time. We've only seen them as a couple in one maybe two really super short scenes.
That being said, I'm kinda guessing that they might end the series with Sammy still alive and Dean dead. Sammy seems to be able to live without Dean, while Dean can't really live without Sam.
Excited for Cas in the next episode!


So far this season has been GR8.


I'm really not into the Amelia storyline -- I find it mostly dull. The part of Sam's backstory that I want to see is what happened BEFORE he hit the dog. Because I need something more to explain to me how it came to pass that Sam didn't look for Dean. I'm guessing that the reason she & Sam 'break up' is because her husband turns out to be alive after all. So both of them who suffered loss have the 'lost' person back in their lives. I dunno where they're going with the tension between Sam & Dean. I guess it has to end with them getting over it because it can't end with them splitting up -- because the Show is the two of them on the road, hunting.


Agreed Fifty. With new showrunner Jeremy Carver (who also did the US version BEING HUMAN), they are just trying to bring the youth generation to the show. And match Along with The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, and with other CW programming. (This season, they're probably trying to get us out of our comfort zone.) They should also stop all Amelia and Sam flashbacks too. It doesn't feel right for the show.


God!! Miss Bobby so bad i this episode. Man he would've put Sam & Dean back to their places. Nice addition of Garth , Specially when seeing Dean's expressions on his behavior. All in all a solid ep but I agree with the reviewer, Definitely ready for some major storyline episode.


I agree with @Rachel... I think if the roles were reversed, Dean would have looked for Sam and not given up no matter what...


I really enjoyed this episode. Absolutely love Garth and I hope he makes another appearance again on the show. I loved the "You shut your mouth!" response from Dean when Sam said Garth was the new Bobby... very funny. As for the fight scene between the brothers, I still don't know how I feel about Sam's reaction of "move on". I think it's going to be really hard for Dean to move on knowing that Sam basically used his disappearance as a "way out" of the life. I think Dean would at least wanted Sam to try to look for him in some way, no matter how difficult it is. However, the scene was great, and Jensen and Jared were great as always. Can't wait for next week's episode... :)


I just love, love, love when DJ Qualls is on. His Garth is Yoda in human form, though slightly more articulate. There's a sweetness to his character that contrasts beautifully against the monstrous universe in which Sam and Dean are forced to operate.


This seasons Sam isn't the Sam of the other 7 seasons. The first 7 seasons Sam would never have just thrown up his hands and said "oh, well, Deans gone, too bad" and not even lifted a finger to try to find out what happened to him. No way. Watch this seasons first ep again. I got the impression Sam was disappointed Dean was still alive. I think there might be more to this than Sam just wanting a girlfriend and a dog.

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