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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Sean McKenna was a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. He retired in May of 2017. Follow him on Twitter.

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