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Demian: B | 6 USERS: A+
Oh, Hardy Boys, Do You Know What That's Worth?

...SPLAT! "EEEEEEEEEEEEE!" shrieks Raoul, writhing about yet again upon his overstuffed armchair with delight over the fifth season's endlessly compelling blood-burst of a title card, especially as this episode's was so well timed with the action. "GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORE!" And as I still haven't the heart to inform the dizzy lizard that that's the last of the good stuff he'll be getting for the remainder of the evening, let's skip ahead to the episode proper, shall we? "What did you say?!" Nothing! Nothing -- just, uh, moving on, if that's all right with you. "Okay!" Good.

Somewhere remote -- especially remote, as it turns out -- Dean starts awake behind the Impala's wheel. As thunder rumbles overhead, Bob Dylan's voice emerges from the dashboard radio to instruct its mama to put its guns in the ground because it can't shoot them anymore, and oh, show. Oh, clever, clever show. Of course, said cleverness stomps all over the tidy little misdirect they'd otherwise established here, in which we're meant to wonder if the entire pre-credits sequence was just a dream, but as that tidy little misdirect's soon blown all to Hell anyway with the sudden appearance of Wee Sam, it doesn't really matter. For yes, gentle reader, no sooner has Dashing El Deano disembarked from Metallicar to stand upon the deserted, rain-slicked nighttime two-lane that surrounds him than Wee Sam has slammed Metallicar's bottomless trunk, and Dean spins around to find the much smaller version of his taller younger brother toting a milk crate full of the sorts of fireworks that are illegal in at least eleven states. "Let's go!" Wee Sam grins, and he takes off into the night, leaving a somewhat puzzled Dean to cock his head and eyebrow, "Weird dream!" Still, he trails Wee Sam into the clearing at the side of the road, and I...I...I think I've got something in my eye. "[Sniff!]" You'll have to excuse Raoul and me for a moment. "[Sob!]" We've got to go find some Kleenex.

There. "[HONK!]" That's better. Apologies again, but the beautifully done sequence that follows caught your faithful recapper and his faithful recapping companion completely by surprise. "[Sniffle!]" Dean arrives in the middle of the clearing to find Wee Sam holding a couple of Roman candles and, after they've sparked them up with a Zippo Dean hasn't seen in years, the camera leaps far behind them to watch as the stars shoot up into the sky to explode high above their heads. "I remember this!" Dean exclaims. "This is Fourth Of July, 1996!" Once the initial volleys burn out, Wee Sam turns to Dean and sighs, "[Our Worthless Bastard Of A So-Called Father] would never let us do this. Thanks, Dean -- this is great!" Wee Sam wraps his arms around Dean's waist for a hug that clearly discomfits Our Intrepid Hero for a moment, but Dean eventually relents and pats Wee Sam gently on the kid's back until Wee Sam pulls away to light the master fuse on the rest of the fireworks, and as "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" kicks in again on the soundtrack, the entire crate detonates. The boys turn their giddy, gleeful faces towards the sky while starburst after starburst erupts over the treetops until Wee Sam, no longer able to control himself, dances out into the middle of the falling embers. Dean laughs along with his brother, and then, just as he turns his face back up to the sky...

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