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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This CAN'T be the way they brush off Sam not looking for Dean. Him admitting not to look for his brother is not the same as him explaining WHY he didn't do it. At the end of the episode he just says: "I didn't look for you. Get over it or I'm leaving you. (AGAIN)". REALLY ??? Dean should have left his sorry ass in Missouri. He was right when he said he might have lied but he never let his brother to die. Sam, apparently did it, and that's something you (or at least I) don't forgive so that you can stroll out, close the gates of hell, and go back in kermit. Sam is not showing any regret so far .. He's angry Dean lied to him and when Garth asks Dean how did he got out of purgatory at Sam's accusing looks he should have said "well, no thanks to you for sure".
I'm so disappointed in Sam so far I can't even begin to explain that. I really hope he's not saying the all story 'cause if that's it he can't ever be the guy I loved for 8 seasons.


Sam deserves whatever non-supernatural joy he can get out of life. He lived in that cage for a year with horror we can only imagine, he fought at Dean's side for years, from the time he was six months old, he was carted around on hunts with John and Dean. The man has more than earned his normal life, and I really wish Dean would accept that. Dean tried a normal life with Lisa and Ben and chose hunting, and if that's what he wants, fine. But he should let his brother make his own choice without rancor. Sam has more than paid his dues. It's time Dean realized that, accepted that Sam wants a normal life, and gives Sam his blessing and love on that life. Love, Robin, columnist, Winchester Family Business


When it comes down to it Sam didnt even try to look for Dean. And I hope he
does not 'square off' w/Benny. I love him & Dean is loyal to him, so I hope he saves Sam's life or something and gets Sammy past this. Everything in the past has led up to this - from yellow eyes killing mom, to finding him and killing him johns death, sams demon blood. The women Sam went thru, jess, Ruby, Meg, Madison. Dean only drank (pretend) alot of women, & Lisa and Ben.
When Sam showed up, Dean left his love for his brother no questions asked. Helped Sammy get his soul back. Dean deserves something too. But he is a true hunter and will not leave.


1) It isn't about Sam not having a clue where to find Dean. It's about Sam never even bothering to try to find a clue. If I was in Deans shoes, I would be angry too. 2) Loved the way Garth slapped down Dean regarding Bobby. Hope to see more of Garth this season. 3) Can't wait for the next ep. Castiel is back and it looks like he has a showdown with Crowley!


Wow!! Everything that I hoped for... I've been waiting for Dean to wail on Sam for not looking for him, etc. Great scene. Interesting how Sam responded afterwards. Great episode. I'm happy.


First...Love Garth and hope he is back sometime soon! Second...I too am still not digging the amelia story, she's just blah, I mean make her a deamon and add a spark or something but those flashbacks makes me cringe! Next...I love Dean but ease up Sam, he had no clues or anyone to help him even begin to search, so yeah he could have kept hunting but I could see Sam giving up his hunting ways for a different life being that everyone he loved or cared about gone, Dean, Bobby and Cass. and Cass back? Hell Yeah! cant wait for next week!!!


Dean killing Amy behind Sam's back was just wrong and I'm glad Sam had it out with Dean. Not to mention, Amy's son witnessing Dean kill his mother. Amy killed her own mother to save Sam's life. Dean didn't let the werewolf girl go. She was already long gone. I love Dean but his morals swing whichever way he wants when it suits him. Also, I am completely pro Sammy long hair & chops.


Amelia is kinda fugly. But if you were Genevieve Padalecki you wouldn't want Sam hooked up with a hotty love interest on the show. So, there you go.


I'm not interested in writing numerous paragraphs about the conflict between Sam and Dean. It's just too much to get in to and I don't have time today. I will comment on the fact that I think Garth is awesome. I love how how goofball and silly he can be yet he's a hunter. It kills me (in a good way) how the camera goes all slow motion and makes his goofy ass a little swanky. I thought it was hilarious that he killed the gruff bearded dude in the pink tutu aka the Tooth Fairy. If you recall, the Tooth Fairy extracted the dad's teeth and left him $32 ($1 for each tooth). Bad tooth fairy! As far as Dean is concerned, I was actually pretty pissed off at what a dick he was for most of the epi. Yes, I did cry when Garth finally yelled at Dean for thinking Bobby was Sam and Dean's alone. Bobby was and is important to a lot of people. Dean killing Amy behind Sam's back was just wrong and I'm glad Sam had it out with Dean. Not to mention, Amy's son witnessing Dean kill his mother. Amy killed her own mother to save Sam's life. Dean didn't let the werewolf girl go. She was already long gone. I love Dean but his morals swing whichever way he wants when it suits him. Also, I am completely pro Sammy long hair & chops.


I like the dog but not Amelia. Benny...I don't know. I think the whole Dean and Benny bromance is uncomfortable in a bad weird way. Just something about it I don't like.

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