The Metallicar pulls up outside a tent meeting in a rainy and muddy field. People are gimping all over the place, and someone is even literally warming himself by a fire roaring inside an old metal oil barrel. Aaand we have confirmation of my Newsies hypothesis. Dean gimps out of the car himself, though he's looking less gimpy than some of the other oldsters making their way through the muck. Dean's pissed because Sam told him they were going to a doctor, and as far as he knows, most doctors that conduct their healing in a field have a tendency to stick their arms up their patients, usually up to their elbows. Sam reminds him that he merely said "specialist," and that this guy is "the real deal." Dean continues to gripe about the situation, and we cut to a shot of the boys from the back and hear a woman retort, "Reverend Le Grange is a great man," except there is no woman in the visual field who could have uttered this. The brothers continue walking and pass a man shouting at a police officer, "I have a right to protest, this man is a fraud!" The policeman tells him that "this is a place of worship" and tells him to move it. As the brothers pass a sign reading "The Church of Roy LeGrange Faith Healer Witness the Miracle," Dean remarks on the protester, "I take it he's not part of the flock." Sam gets all new-agey: "When people see something they can't explain, there's controversy." Then he tells Dean that maybe it's about time that he have a little faith in something. If this were actually Newsies, I think we'd have a little musical number here. Also, by the way, Sam's wearing quite a handsome windbreaker in this scene. And by mentioning faith and windbreakers in the same breath, I've officially become my mother.
The brothers continue having their metaphysical debate about whether something is real if you can't see it (so Hegelian, yawn), when Darla pauses to address Dean's complaint that he's seen what evil does to good people: "Maybe God works in mysterious ways." He takes a moment to pick himself up out of gimpiness and sex-grunts, "Maybe he does." They introduce themselves, and Darla's name in this world is actually Layla, which I guess I'll use because Darla was actually an interesting character, with the sweet voice coating a spicily evil filling, whereas Layla is just a sweet voice coating a boring nougat of self-righteousness. Mmmm, I'm kind of hungry now. Layla's mom comes to bring her inside the tent and Dean takes the opportunity to act the cad -- "I'll bet she can work in some mysterious ways" -- except his line comes out all muckled, so I've made a mental note to look for this scene in the bloopers extra that the first-season DVD had better feature.Inside the tent -- which is wonderfully art-directed in muted grays and dull browns -- Dean notices the security cameras and scoffs, "Yeah, peace, love, and trust all over." Dean tries to sit in back, but Sam, playing the role of my dad, forces him up toward the front of the makeshift church. A soulful piano riffs in the background, and we get a few shots of the downtrodden in the gathered crowd. This is what we like to call, in our household, The Hard Luck Crowd, often found on the #66 Chicago Avenue bus in the middle of the day. Except maybe with a few more portable oxygen canisters here. The Rev -- blind and wearing rather hepcatty horn-rimmed black glasses -- revs up the service, beginning with an anecdote about his wife Sue Ann reading him the news. Why is he speaking in a southern accent? They're in Nebraska. He's working the call-and-response style, getting his congregation to nod and emit "Amens!" with a collection of non-sequiturs about God rewarding good and punishing the corrupt. His wife sits behind him primly and he quips about God helping him to "see into people's hearts." Dean leans toward Sam and mutters, "Yeah, or into their wallets." The Rev immediately responds, "You think so, young man?" and then good-naturedly suggests Dean "watch what [he] say[s] around a blind man, we got real sharp ears." Close-up of Dean, who seems won over by this just-folks routine. The Rev lisps, "I want you to come up here," and when Dean at first refuses, the congregation goes silent and the Rev is stunned. But the clapping and praising and oh-lordy-lordy-ing resumes and the Rev keeps at him, and Dean can't resist.