Sam and Dead seem guilty

Supernatural: Slash Fiction

Built to Be So Gay With
by Sylvia Bond
Supernatural Episode Review – Season 7, Episode 6
“Slash Fiction”

The point of this episode is not the plot, for the plot has been done before, many, many times. An example that comes quickly to my mind is a 1977 episode of Starsky & Hutch, “Starsky and Hutch are Guilty.” In this episode, a lawyer hires lookalikes to pose as Starsky and Hutch on a crime spree in order to discredit their testimony in an upcoming trial. Many chase scenes through the streets of Los Angeles ensue as Starsky and Hutch track down their doppelgangers and prove their innocence in time for the trial.

Sam and Dead seem guilty 

The fact that Sam and Dean have to pretend to be dead (again) is neither here nor there; you know they succeed in the end, because Show must go on. My point is, the story isn’t new, but how it was told was the marvel that was this week’s ep. The means to an end resulted in such a fine episode that I enjoyed it on many different levels. So I hope to avoid talking about the plot in order to concentrate on the texture.

When the episode opens up, we see Sam and Dean about to rob a bank. The signs are clear: they look edgy, they scout the place out, and they do hand signals to one another. Then the automatic weapons come out, and everyone gets shoved into the bank vault, where Sam and Dean wink at the camera and shoot everyone.

A few ideas occurred to me in quick succession. That Sam and Dean were robbing a bank because they were out of money. Or that they’d shoved everyone in the vault and were going to kill them because they were all demons. Or that they’d shoved everyone in there and were only going to pretend to kill them, in order to draw out a demon or monster or whatever.

Imagine my surprise when it turned out that these are Sam and Dean’s Leviathan Doppelgangers. Their goal is obvious, to discredit Sam and Dean and get them arrested (and worse, get access to them to eat their livers), as per the aforementioned plot. The fun part happens when we espy Sam and Dean’s doubles in a diner. This is a diner that Dean remembers with fondness as having great burgers. His double, however, is dismayed to find that the burger is terrible, and he hates having to do what Dean would do and eat what Dean would eat. Moreover, he’s sure that Dean puts himself in harm’s way only so he can be anointed for sainthood.

Samless in his cell

Sam’s Doppelganger feels the same hatred for his own form; Sam is crazier than bats in a belfry, and he desperately wants to change places. No way, says Dean’s double, it’s bad enough being Dean. The whole of this scene offers some terrific insight into these characters, because by now, after seven years, they are as complex and mixed up as a soap-opera plot, made up of battered dreams and tattered hearts and fraught inside and out with a sense of woebegone victimization. In short, they’re well on their way to being the perfect bodice ripper, romantic heroines. And yes, I mean heroines, not heroes. They’re desperate to be rescued, preferably by each other.

One interesting scene involves Bobby in the basement of the backwoods cabin where The Gang is staying. His main goal is to torture the Leviathan Minion to the point where said Minion will give up whatever juice it is that Bobby needs to stop the swath of destruction that the Leviathans are wreaking. Except it should be self evident to Bobby that once he’s able to tear down the Minion to the point where he can get information out of him, that in and of itself will demonstrate to Bobby how to kill the rest of the Leviathans.

Bobby has a lot of tricks up his rolled-up sleeves, including batteries, acid, chains, a sharp stick or two, and a machete. He accidentally brushes skin with the Minion, which results in the Minion taking on Bobby’s form. This particular skill of the Leviathan meant that, to me, anyone who walked on screen was capable of being a Double, capable of killing at any moment. But isn’t that always the way with Show? Still, this week, I thought it was very effective.

At any rate, the Minion gives us a catalog of Bobby’s inner workings, the fact that he adores Joni Mitchell, has a lot of Daddy Issues (but then, what character on Show doesn’t), and that, significantly, he reads poetry. The poem that’s mentioned is one called Andrea Del Sarto, and it’s a bungle of dramatic monologue from whence cometh the immortal quote: “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”

See how interesting this gets, so quickly? I mean, why did Show pick that particular poem, rather than any other? (And there are lots, let me tell you). Show obviously chose something accessible. That is by Browning, rather than by Blake (which would be far more complex), or by Edward Taylor, which would be far more obscure. I mean, who among you as read Housewifery? (English Lit majors, put your hands down.) I figure the resultant choice is because even the most rapaciously literature-resistant dullards have heard of Browning.

All out of love

Or it could be that the poem was selected because this particular, famous line has some contextual meaning related to this ep, and indeed, the story overall. As in, Sam and Dean might be exceeding their grasp (fighting the unwinnable fight), but that they one day, peace and God willing, will reach their goal, be it an endless open road filled with diners, dives, and drive-ins, or be it a little grey cabin in the west. Who really knows, unless you can ask a scriptwriter why, and then, please let me know. The point is, it got interesting, got me thinking, and that I dearly love to do.

Bobby sends Sam and Dean off to see Frank, which is reminiscent of the time he sent them off to see Rufus. Frank is a Lunatic, which is demonstrated by all the electronic gear he has, how the windows are covered with metal wire to keep everyone out, and by how he greats the boys with a semi-automatic weapon.

Frank is also entertainingly earnest. He promptly gives the boys new IDs and a bunch of advice that they will never take, but which fans have been talking about for years. First, no more shout outs to rock stars on ID cards; they will forever be known as Mr. and Mr. Smith. Second, cash only, no credit cards, because cards can be traced. Third, change cell phones on regularly unscheduled schedule. And fourth, get rid of that car, it’s too recognizable. Naturally, it’s this last bit that Dean balks at, but all of it only makes sense, doesn’t it? If you really want to be off the grid, you don’t use the tools that The Man can use to track you.

Frank gives them advice they will ignore

And by the way, I love Frank. I mean, LOVE him. He suffers no fools gladly, and you just know he’s got stories to tell. Plus he’s played by Kevin McNally, who plays one of my favorite characters in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, at least, one of my favorite characters who isn’t Jack, namely, Joshamee Gibbs. The scene with Frank also demonstrates that, for the short time the Feds et al think that Sam and Dean are alive, the Winchester boys are truly on the run. They must stay off the grid if they want to survive, and really, shouldn’t this “cash only, change phones” advice have come to the boys long before this? The funniest part of the scene, for me, was when Frank told them that they would heretofore be known as Mr. and Mr. Smith. I mean, he said it like they were married now or something.

Beautiful Boys

Meanwhile, Bobby struggles with the Minion, to no avail. As you know, The Gang has been hiding out in Rufus’ old cabin, which I have, in past reviews, pointed out as giving me particular joy. But this week, we got to see more of the cabin than just the outside and brief glimpses of the couch. We get to see the cellar, for one, which is done in Spooky Cute, complete with cobwebs and an old kitchen hutch, and various metallic scraps, with plenty of room on the cement floor to torture any kind of creature you could imagine.

Upstairs, we got different angles, from the front door, from the kitchen, from the little TV area, and it struck me at how squalid the place was. I mean, truly squalid. The one couch is ripped and sagging, the other two-seater is ratty, and the TV has rabbit ears for crying out loud. Every flat surface is covered with detritus, from Chinese to-go containers, empty beer and whiskey bottles, unwashed plates and glasses, and who knows how long everything has been sitting out. The Gang has been holed up there for an untold number of weeks (at least three or four) and no one has done any dishes in that time, it looks like. Sure, maybe they rinse them off before they use them, but other than that, it’s a man’s world. I bet you a gazillion dollars, as well, that toilet seat is UP all the time.

The Most Perfect Backwoods Cabin Ever

Not to mention, in the corner of the fireplace area is a narrow bunk bed, upon which is tumbled a number of moth-eaten, sad, grey thin blankets. I about died when I saw them; it fits perfectly with my image of the Boys as Orphans in the Storm. The implication seems to be that the Boys sleep there, and that Bobby sleeps in the other room, which is off camera somewhere. Not to mention the floor is filthy and there are old batteries and just, honestly, CRAP everywhere you look. I know that the outside of the cabin, when we see it, is stock footage. I know that the inside is a set, but by god, the Set Dressers outdid themselves. This is right up there with the cabin from the end of Season 1 from The Devil’s Trap, all messy and atmospheric, with rust and dirt everywhere.

Then Sheriff Jody Mills shows up, which I enjoyed a great deal. She’s not in trouble this time, but has managed to track Bobby down in order to offer him beer and some home cooking. I like Sheriff Mills because she seems self-assured and clever, and is nice to Bobby. Not to mention, she gets right to work making Bobby a sandwich and cleaning the cabin. It is this cleaning that cleverly demonstrates to Bobby that anything containing Borax cuts like acid through a Leviathan’s skin. Upon which Bobby engulfs her in a huge kiss.

Bobby’s Kiss

Has Bobby ever kissed anyone before? I don’t think so, not like this. Is she a love interest? If Season 7 ends up being the last season of Show, is Show then attempting to build a relationship for Bobby, so that he, in his turn, can settle down in a little grey cabin in the west? Or, as sometimes happens, will Sheriff Mills be built up and then killed off in some horrible way that makes Bobby cry? I personally think Bobby deserves a reward like having a fine woman like Sheriff Mills in his life, don’t you? I was glad to see the kiss!

Even though Bobby is able to borax the Minion’s body and cut off its head, his only real solution, at this point, is to send the head in a box off with Sheriff Mills, who will dump it in a deep part of the river. The head and the body might be one day able to join up with each other, which indicates that there is no real way, at this point, to destroy a Leviathan. Which is a good thing, because it means that The Gang won’t be able to easily rid themselves of this nuisance. No, this particular Big Bad will follow them all their days and nights. When push comes to shove, of course, Sam and Dean will win the day but in the meantime, I think it’s important for Heroes to have obstacles that they cannot easily overcome, don’t you?

About to be arrested

Sam and Dean end up driving an old yellow car. Don’t ask me what kind it is because I don’t know, just that it’s a rust bucket that Dean’s ashamed to be seen in. What makes it worse (for Dean) is that from the rear-view mirror is a Pegasus my little pony-ish thing. It’s yellow. There are rainbows. Dean wastes no time in cutting down the poor wee creature, much to Sam’s dismay; he was probably enjoying it hanging there just for the irritation it would cause Dean. Then Sam turns on the radio. The song is “All Out of Love,” by Air Supply, and Dean, yes, starts singing to it. Badly and obnoxiously. Sam is horrified, and the whole thing is laugh out loud funny.

What I thought was great though, that in the midst of Dean’s singing one of the tunes from his secret, guilty pleasure playlist, was Sam’s insightful discovery that the Leviathan are following a path blazed by Sam and Dean starting in the Pilot episode of Season 1. I have long thought that Sam and Dean get around the country so much that sooner or later they were going to cross their own path. In particular, I fondly thought that both boys would have favorite places they’d like to stay at or favorite meals they enjoyed and would like to have again. In this episode, Dean crows with delight at being
able to eat at a certain diner that has his favorite burger.

Grateful to be believed

But more importantly, Show seems to have stumbled onto something that seemed obvious to fans, that early seasons are a goldmine for characters and ideas. Who’s to say that Sam and Dean shouldn’t hook up with people they once helped? Or that these people might recommend them to others who also need help? And not just once, like in the ep “Phantom Traveler,” but over and over and over. Besides, I would like Show to revisit what question of what the hell the Woman in White meant when she said that Sam would be unfaithful. When? And to whom?

Hot on the trail of the Doppelgangers, Sam and Dean get arrested by non other than Michael Hogan, who played the complex Col. Saul Tigh on Battlestar Galactica. It was a treat to see him in action, as a clever sheriff who eventually believes Dean and helps the boys to escape, and reports to the Feds that the boys are dead. Sadly, his character, and that of his forensically minded daughter, are slaughtered by the Leviathans.

Arrested by Col Saul Tigh

Last week, at the end of my review for Shut Up, Dr. Phil, I had this to say to express my disappointment that the episode wasn’t more entertaining like fan fiction is: Sam will keep trying and looking as sweet as a soft-bellied kitten while he tries to get Dean to open up. And Dean will look grim and tired and worried that Sam will find out. Which Sam will, of course, and then the brothers will fight, maybe even fist to cuffs. And then one of them will light out for the territories and the other one will have to track him down and find him. And then they’ll be brothers again. Oh wait, that’s fan fiction, isn’t it.

I promise you that I did not have any insights as to the plot of this week’s ep, so I can’t take credit for knowing the future. I avoid reading or watching interviews, I avoid spoilers, I don’t look at titles, even, if I can help it. I simply did not know that my prediction would come true. Oh, sure, I knew the truth about Amy Pond would have to come out eventually, but not like it did. Not with Dean’s Doppelganger sitting so close, so inside of Sam’s space, that he was close enough to kiss or kill Sam, as needed, and as he told the real Sam the truth about what Dean did. (For once the script and the blocking
didn’t dilute the intensity both actors bring to the depiction of their relationship, perhaps because in this scene, Sam is not related to Dean’s Doppelganger.) And certainly I did not know that the first chance he got, Sam would confront Dean and ask him about Amy. (I mean, I did, but not the way it happened.)

A hero worth rescuing

Dean has no defense. He did what he did because he thought it was right. Where he went wrong, of course, was to continually lie to Sam about it, a lie which was compounded each and every time Sam would ask Dean what was wrong, and Dean would deny there was anything. So what does Sam do? The first picturesque spot he can find, he makes Dean pull over and then confronts him with it. The light is slanted and beautiful (either sunrise or sunset in Vancouver, B.C.), and it turns Sam’s eyes into green glints and his skin into silk.

He throws his arms wide (a Sam Spread!) and says stuff to Dean that is hurtful but true; this is the part where they fight: I can’t talk to you right now…I can’t even be around you right now…I think you should just go on without me. To which Dean replies, almost calmly (knowing there’s no defense): Alright. Sorry, Sam. Then Sam dramatically gathers his leather satchel and his back pack, and, as they say, lights out for the territories. Naturally, Dean will have to track him down and find him so they can be brothers again. Just like in fan fiction. And even a whole lot like the drama and angst you find in slash fiction.

Sam and his hair are pissed and lighting out

Which leads me to ask Show, specifically, why they named the title of this episode like they did? It wasn’t a mistake, and it’s not like they don’t what slash fiction is, either. For you kids who don’t know, slash fiction is a type of fan fiction that operates on the very entertaining and sometimes p0rnogr@ph!c idea that two main characters in any given TV show (or movie or book, etc.), or at the very least, the main character and his sidekick, are lovers. And I mean in the sense that they are in love with each other and have sex. They’re not gay; gay literature has a different purpose and audience; in this context, though, they are gay for each other. In broader terms, you can apply Rule # 34: If it exists, there is p0rn of it.

To my mind, Show named this episode “Slash Fiction,” for reasons known only to them, perhaps as a shout out to fans, but there elements in this episode that are prevalent in fan fiction and in slash fiction. Just one example, the my little pony trope that seems to run through so much art and fiction. Or of Dean loving burgers, or of Sam being so smart. Or the lie between them that you know is going to explode in a shower of angst and drama. And when it does, there’s the oft-writ-about idea of Sam or Dean leaving and the other one going after them. That’s not my idea, it’s rife in fan fiction, because there’s nothing more dramatic than love lost and then found again. And afterwards, at least in fan fiction (that is, slash fiction), when they find each other, they have sex. Lots of it. Though I doubt that Show will take it there, for obvious reasons. Which leads me to again ask, why this title? Inquiring minds want to know.

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    • That’s what I was about to say. Sam and Dean are the good guys, and every bad guy with self-respect has an obligation to chase the good guys. This would be the primary reason. As for the secondary – and true – reason, it remains to be seen. But It could be only because he resents their looks. :) Sorry, shallow again. ;)

      • It’s hard not to be shallow when the boys are looking so good. Remember that one season when they kept doing Dean up in orange makeup? Urk. It’s been so much better lately, you can actually see Dean’s freckles now! And Sam, his skin, like cream! : D

  1. Really enjoyed your review Sylvia! Very thorough and funny. I LOVED this episode. The pace was quick, there was a LOT going on, but things never got confused or convoluted,there was good plot development, and the juicy Sam/Dean conflict which I always enjoy.

    Not only did Bobby get to play against himself but Jensen got to play his alter ego as well. That was nice to see as he hasn’t gotten to do much of that. He was delightfully creepy and malicious. It made me wonder if Sam was upset not only about the fact that Dean lied, but that LeviaDean revealed that Dean thinks Sam is coo-coo for cocoa puffs. It must hurt Sam to know that Dean thinks he’s damaged. I did find it a wee bit hypocritical of Dean welding Sam to talk. Dean get’s to clam up but Sam has to talk? Hmmm.

    I have to admit the title confused me too, but I was more interested in the shout outs to the other films, especially Pulp Fiction. I love it when the writers do that. Also, some fans were complaining about the borax burning the Leviathan’s being lame, but I disagree. The main component of Borax is sodium, rather a fitting ingredient to fight off a supernatural baddie I’d say, given the role of salt on the show. I also wondered if it was an obscure reference to the War of the Worlds films where a seemingly impervious foe is brought down my something mundane. Anyway, an all around great hour of television.

    • Hey thanks! This ep was fun to write about, that’s for sure; I thought it was a darn good one, complex in all the right ways.

      I loved the idea of Borax being the solution (or at least a partial one) to the problem. I’m not saying I’m psychic, but when Jody Mills came in and talked about cleaning, I thought, wouldn’t it be neat if simple soap and water would be the solution? After all, the Leviathan bleed filthy black goo, so….

      And Dean’s alter ego was amazing; he had no sense of Sam’s private space at all! It was very fun to watch.

  2. The title I think refers to 3 films this episode was based on with scenes recreated from them … Pulp Fiction, Natural Born Killers and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Missyjack (http://missyjack.livejournal.com/794786.html) has a great video comparing the similar scenes from the episode and the movies. The “Slash” I guess is there because although all the movies are about a male/female couple whereas Show is about a male/male coupling (with Sam portrayed as the girl counterpart … hee!).

  3. I’ve heard theories that the title is a play off the movie “Pulp Fiction” . The scene in the diner with the boys brandishing their weapons is almost a direct recreation of a scene in PF.

      • I think the title is most definetly a shout-out to the fan community – we had four Winchesters brothers, there must a be a fic/s of that, while also (for the ‘straight/non-fan viewer) a nod to Pulp Fiction. I guess the explanation the writers would give is that there is plenty of actual slashing, what with the number of decapitations. And what to make of Dean’s self-loathing “That felt good!” after despatching his doppelganger? Whole bucket of worms.

  4. I’ve been trying to puzzle out the meaning behind the title too, but I have no idea. None of my theories really work at all. Someone is going to have to ask that question at a con.

    I really did enjoy this episode. I think Jared and Jensen must have had fun pulling out their evil versions of the boys to play with. Even though the body count was probably higher in one episode that it was in all of season one, it was still funny.

    It was a little disconcerting that the sheriff showed up only to cook and clean for Bobby (really, spn writers? female stereotypes?) it was great that she was the accidental discoverer of the Leviathan solution. I loved the big kiss from Bobby. Sheriff Jody had an even worse intro to the supernatural than Bobby, and lost her husband, zombie son and most of her town. If anyone can sympathize with Bobby, it’s her!

    I hope that Sam’s newfound maturity kicks in so that he and Dean can talk about why Dean killed Amy. I wish they wouldn’t give away their tension in the next week previews. I won’t say why, because I know some people don’t watch them, not wanting to be spoiled, but they’d cause more anxiety and returning viewers if they were a little more careful with what they show!

    • My theory since it included a homage to the Pulp Fiction diner scene that they were using slash in that context. After all how many heads did we see slashed off, almost as many as any slasher movie like Friday the 13th, etc.

      I thought Jody came for two reasons (her small crush on Bobby) and because she saw the news about the boys and thought she might be able to help. Then the complete mess of the cabin offended her (I would clean before eating anything in that place and I hate to clean) so much she decided to clean. Luckily she used a product with a substance with an extremely high acid count and the only thing that supposedly kills cockroaches.

      I think Sam has grown up enough that he will be able to recognize why Dean killed Amy and also most importantly why he didn’t tell him. LeviaDean told him about them always caring about each other which should help him realize that Dean didn’t tell him because he cared about Sam and how he would take it (especially since Dean I don’t think has bought into I am completely over the hell thing from Sam).

    • I’ve seen Pulp Fiction, that is, I accidentally ended up seeing it. And while I can appreciate the cutting-edge cleverness of it as film and art, I didn’t enjoy it at all. I thought it showed the worst in people, and I couldn’t relate to anyone. I’m probably the only person on the planet who feels this way, though. Everyone else seems to adore it.

      So yes, the title of this ep might be a shout out to Pulp Fiction, but they didn’t call it that, they called it Slash Fiction, and I don’t think they meant the slashing of machetes.

  5. You’re right, Sylvia. This was an excelent episode. Generally speaking, I’m very pleased with the way this season is going.

    It’s also refreshing to read a review where the reviewer DOESN’T accuse Sam of being selfish, self-centered and irrational for walking away from Dean, as if he doesn’t have the right of feeling hurt. Sam said “right now”, he didn’t say he doesn’t want to see or talk to Dean ever again. He just needs the time to process his feelings and cool off, which unfortunately no one seems to perceive.

    Sorry for that! I had trouble in other board for expressing my unpopular view, so I’m a little pissed. ;)

    • My husband is like Sam – he has to go off on his own to think things through when he’s upset or angry with me. After some time on his own he is ready to talk about things.

      I don’t think it is juvenile of Sam – maybe a little dangerous concerning they are on the Leviathan’s radar for that area but hopefully they are too involved in cleaning up witnesses and making new plans to attack either of the brothers right now.

      I know what you mean about different sites – it’s like a knock down drag out fight about both boys and their actions. I say chill and enjoy the show. I understand Jensen and Jared did a bit of a re-write on the last scene since it read like a romantic comedy break-up and they wanted to make it more in character.

      Can I be shallow and say I have always loved it when Sammy is fed up and throws both arms out to the side like that? I enjoy that move immensely.

      • I think Sam had a very human reaction. He’s a human being, not a saint. He felt hurt and betrayed, not becaus eof Amy hersel but because the lack of trust demonstrated by Dean. And we all know from previous seasons what Dean’s affectin and trust means to him. So it was a blow, and I don’t think we can judge him for his reaction. But like you said, I’m sure he’ll soon be able to talk and understand Dean’s reasons. Sam is not an unforgiving person, like we saw with the Castiel case.

        Yes, I heard too that they had to rewrite that scene because it sounded like a bad romantic comedy, as if they were a fighting couple. It’s bad that besides working so hard like they do, they still have to do the writing, even supposing that it was for a good reason. Don’t they have a script supervisor?

        You have every right to be shallow. Sam’s spreading arms accompany him since season 1. It’s like a trademark. There’s even an artice written by a fan about Sam’s mannerisms.

        As a matter of fact, I’m shallow in every episode. Like Sylvia, I particularly appreciated the effects of the light in the ending. Sam’s eyes did look greener and his skin creamy, yes. Dean’s unshaven face, on the other hand, makes him look tough and sexy. Which makes me realize that we seldom, if ever, see Sam unshaven. I wonder why.

        • Perhaps Jared grows an uneven type beard – my two dark haired sons do but the blond one is able to do the beard without gaps on the cheeks etc.

          I wouldn’t mind seeing Sam unshaven – I like the scruffy look on most men.

        • Oh, it case you read it that way – I wasn’t telling you to chill and enjoy the show but rather the ones on the sites that can’t let one episode pass without taking a potshot at one or another of the brothers. It really spoils a good review when the comments under it are all about Sam vs Dean all the time.

          I love the show and enjoy reading every review I can but I’m learning there are only a few sites like this one where you can safely read the comments and not have it spoil the good feeling the show created when you watched it.

          • No worries, I got your point perfectly. I came to the same conclusion. I’m almost done with boards, except for a few , this one included. It’s not worth to ruin the pleasure of a great episode because of negative or brother vs brother comments. I try to avoid them as much as I can.

      • It’s not shallow at all! It’s been ages since we’ve seen the Sam Spread!

        And thanks for letting me know that Ackles and Padalecki had a hand in that last scene – it felt very natural and understated, exactly how two brothers would be when they come to a point where one of them just needs to get some air.

    • I don’t think Sam was being selfish at all. He was probably very hurt that not only did Dean do what he said he wouldn’t do (kill Amy), he lied about it and kept lying. And you’re right, Sam says, “I can’t be around you now,” not “forever…he just needs to cool off. And Dean’s reply seemed to me like he knew he needed to let Sam do this. I thought the amount of emo Sam displayed to be right on the mark.

      I can’t imagine why this is an unpopular view elsewhere, or why people are fighting about it.

      • The popular view is that Dean is always right, no matter what. Sam’s feelings and his POV in this case are not considered. He’s immature, irrational and selfish.
        Because Sam made mistakes in the past, keeping secrets and telling lies (for which he more than paid), Dean gets a pass to do anything now, including the same things he condemned Sam for.

        That, in summary, is the talk on the borads out there. Sam has his defendants, of course, but they’re minority.

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