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?


Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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I think Dean needed a butt kicking into reality that only Sam could deliver because Dean has been in post-purgatory savage mode.


I would take the dog over Amelia any day.


I enjoyed the episode, until the very end. Sam's attitude and what he said came out as more childish and like he was throwing a fit. At least with Dean earlier in the episode, his biting remarks could be laid at the feet of the specter, but Sam had no good excuse for threatening to leave Dean. Dean had just freaked out about the feelings of abandonment by his brother and then Sam threatens to leave? Threatens one of the only "living" friends Dean has left? What the hell Sam?


@loli Dean is really always the badass, swashbuckler hero with the heart of gold. A little wimpy last year but still. Lol. That is why the writers need to make Sam more understood and let them both act like the adults they now are. I'm definitely a Dean girl but I want Sam to be more mature and be more of a sympathetic character then he has been so far this year. It's not their arguing that makes the show interesting, it's their abiding love for one another.


Amelia is officially the most horrible female casting Supernatural has done. We're supposed to sympathize and root for their relationship, but she gives off the most condescending, judgemental, frigid vibes. Why would I ever want someone like that to end up with Sam? Hopefully they get rid of these stupid flashbacks (like seriously, someone knocking on the freaking door makes him think of her?) and get back to what really matters. The relationship between Sam and Dean. Clearly Sam isn't going to get out of hunting, so they need to stop delaying the inevitable.


@Dreamrose I agree. My point was more that he wasn't there that long. The writers or whoever, used the song Man tin the Wilderness, I assumed ,to explain how Dean was feeling coming out of purgatory and how he lived his life. Why couldn't they have had Sam tell Dean that when he disappeared, Sam truly believed Dean was dead and gone and he felt his world had imploded. I think Dean could have understood that. Why make Sam look callus. He had decided not to look for Dean before he met Amelia so she couldn't really be the reason he didn't look. She was just comfort. I think Sam is angry because Dean is always putting himself in harms way,sometimes unnecessarily. Remember at the end of Slice Girls when he asked Dean to be more careful and not die and how upset he was last week that Dean was in a vampire nest without him. He looses Dean over and over. Maybe he would rather stay away from Dean then keep experiencing the constant loss.


I really thought Dean would keep taking a stand & not remain defenseless against Sam's arguments & excuses. I love them both but Dean gets so screwed by the writers I can't stop feeling disappointed. He earns to be given the benefit of the doubt but apparently that's something only Sam can demand!!
I honestly find the writers lazy & slacking. It takes them forever to get to the point within the episode. only 1 or 2 scenes stand out & the rest is meh, WTH!! we need fresh writers for the show coz the current ones are boring me to death!


@Valerie Arnold - Castiel is definitely coming back; there are official promos with him in them, Dean demanding to know how he got out of Purgatory, and Castiel claiming amnesia of the event. Cas even gets back into his suit and tie look, much to my delight. The tagline for next week's episode is, indeed, "Cas is back" or something along those lines.


Maybe it's best that Sam didn't go after Dean...last time he wanted to save his brother...he ended up sleeping with Ruby. Though Sam never wanted the life, and ever since he was little he's been looking for a way out....


So far I'm liking the new season, but I do miss Bobby and not Garth or anyone else can ever replace him. Still, I think Garth is a great addition to the show and I hope he becomes a semi-regular to fill the hole that Bobby left. I hope that Castiel comes back in some capacity, even though Dean hints (we still haven't seen exactly what happened) that he will NOT be back. But hey, no one really dies on this show anyway! I know as we get deeper into the season they will concentrate more on Kevin and getting even with Crowley. I don't think Sam just left Dean to rot in Purgatory- after all, even the angels were searching for it most of last season. So how would Sam know where to look? Anyway, good start to the season and I will be watching every week.

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