Supernatural

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Cindy McLennan: B- | 7 USERS: A-
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The Hardy Boys Dick Around

Dean says, "So you're saying I'm a dick?" See, Sam. It's not just me. Sam says, "No, no, no. It's not just that." Oh, it's not just that. So there's a lot more? Hee. Let's give Sam a little more rope. "All three victims used fear as a weapon, and now this disease is just returning the favor." Dean says, "I don't scare people." Sam says, "Dean, all we do is scare people." I don't generally think that's true. All they do is scare monsters. Now, given Sammy's recent dalliances, perhaps he's putting monsters in the people category, but on the face of it, neither Sam nor Dean scare people. They save them. Dean's too distracted to argue, so he just bobs his head all over the place then says, "Okay, well then you're a dick, too." Sam says, "Apparently not," with a sly grin, and there he goes ladies and gents, attempting to swing by the neck, without a net. What a Johnson. I feel sort of bad for Barnes, because the forums are going to go wild, but this is pretty funny. Your brother has one day to live, and you tell him it's because he's a dick. My husband's brothers are like that. (Oh, you know you are, and I know you know you are.) Oh, crap. I have e-mail. That was fast. Let's see. What's this? It's not from one of my brothers-in-law at all. It's from Supernatural's publicist, via the TWoP Brass. This is not a joke. It's hysterically funny that it happened or had to, but it's not a joke.

Subject: A STATEMENT from SUPERNATURAL's ERIC KRIPKE for the Fans
AND New Clips for Downloading!
Importance: High

Hi Everyone!

First up, "Supernatural's" Creator and Executive Producer Eric Kripke asked me to pass on his message below to you to post for the show's fans:

"So I've never before responded directly to the fandom's comments about an episode, and I don't plan to make a habit of it, but I couldn't resist dropping in a thought about the episode "Yellow Fever."

Which is this:

Dean is not a dick.

None of the writers, or anyone on the creative team of Supernatural, think Dean's ever been a dick, past, present, or future. He's a hero. Dean did NOT contract the ghost sickness because he's a dick. Victims contract the illness because they use "fear as a weapon." [To Be Continued]

Huh. I'll insert the rest in the appropriate slot in the recap. It's nice to get that out of the way up front, though. It neither undercuts the hilarity of the text or this new meta-text. Sure the writers and creative types don't think the character Dean is a dick. I never figured they did. But the character Sam doesn't mind calling the character Dean that, even though Dean is his brother, is suffering from anxiety, and has but one day to live. I'm crossing my fingers that this new bit of characterization has to do with Sam exploring his dark side, or still resenting Dean for freaking on him for consorting with Ruby, but since the structure of this episode was built from spaghetti, I'm not sure I shouldn't just chalk this up to selling off Sam's character in service of this one joke.

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