There are many things that Supernatural does well, one of which being the very idea of using meta episodes to take a trip down memory lane and even make fun of itself occasionally. And no episode was more focused on “The Road So Far” than the show’s 200th. Taking a break from the drama of the Mark of Cain and Cas’ fading grace, the hour was all about the fans, and more specifically, the fan fiction that has come after 10 years of saving people and hunting things.
To sum up the hour in one word, I’d have to go with Dean’s favorite: awesome. It was such a great salute to the fans. I laughed, I cried, I gasped, and then I laughed some more. There isn’t another show on television that has this much fun with its stories, and that is why I’m happy to be a Supernatural fan.
We kick things off on what appears to be a high school stage, where a young woman encounters a ghost before the Winchesters barge in to save the day. (And by Winchesters, I mean teenage girls with wigs and drawn-on facial hair.) Only, the play’s director, Marie, feels that the actors aren’t giving it their all—in other words, considering this scene takes place before the events of Carver Edlund’s unpublished book, Dark Side of the Moon, where is Dean’s amulet? After a fight ensues, the drama teacher decides there’s too much drama in drama, and instead decides to cancel the play and spend the rest of her night with her flask. Sorry, Mrs. Chandler, but some creepy tree-like monster outside is not going to let you do that. Hey, you were the one wondering where the truth was in Supernatural.
After a trip back through all of the Supernatural title cards, we find Dean where he belongs: covered in grease fixing up his baby. The only thing strange about this picture is the coffee in his hand as opposed to a beer. Also, who else got way too excited about seeing baby’s trunk again? That sounded weird and dirty, but you guys know what I meant. I feel like it’s been forever since we’ve really gotten a look in there. Whatever, I digress.
When Sam walks outside, Dean miraculously does not make fun of his baby bro’s V-neck before telling him he’s found a potential case. Sam isn’t so sure, but Dean assures him that although he might not be fully back to normal, hunting is the only normal he knows, so with that, the boys are back on the road.
The case, of course, brings them to the all-girls production of Supernatural The Musical. Once Dean makes fun of Sam for having been a theater kid, the brothers head inside, where the girl playing Bobby is practicing her delivery of “idgits” and Cas is rehearsing her/his greatest line of all time: “Hey assbutt.” And cue act one! Suddenly, she-Dean is singing about Yellow Eyes burning his mother and cursing his brother, and it’s amazing.
Before the guys have time to recover from the shock of watching their life play out in front of them—with women in all the roles and really horrifically perfect props—they’re approached by Marie, the director and writer, and May, her stage manager. Taken aback by what’s happening all around them, Sam and Dean introduce themselves as Special Agent Smith and … Special Agent Smith. No relation, obviously. Sam quickly tries to recover and ask about Mrs. Chandler’s disappearance, but Dean is more focused on how wrong a musical Supernatural is. Clearly, they need more classic rock and less Andrew “Floyd” Webber. But don’t worry, they do sing “Carry On My Wayward Son,” which helps them in Dean’s eyes… though he still feels the need to throw up.
From there, the brothers split up to look for EMF and cursed objects. Dean heads off with director Marie, where he gets a glimpse at she-Sam and she-Dean rehearsing the BM scene. No, not “bowel movement”—though that was my first thought, too—but rather, the “boy melodrama” scene! You know, the scene where the brothers share their feelings while driving and or leaning against baby, a.k.a. my favorite part of this series. Only, in Marie’s version there’s a little more subtext in the BM scene. *wink*
[Insert special shout-out to the “Harvelle’s” sign in the background.]
Once in Mrs. Chandler’s liquor-infested office, Dean learns the truth about Act Two of the play: It involves robots. And space. And ninjas. Oh, and Dean (temporarily) becomes a woman. And we thought Leviathans were bad, amirite? Well, they were, and even Marie thinks so when Dean tells her what really happened after Chuck stopped writing post-“Swan Song.” See, Sam lost his soul; Cas freed the Leviathans from purgatory; they lost Bobby; Cas and Dean got stuck in purgatory; Sam hit a dog; they met a prophet named Kevin; they lost Kevin; Sam underwent trials to close the gates of Hell, which almost killed him; Dean became a demon (but really a Knight of Hell). Marie’s response: “Wow, that is some of the worst fan fiction I have ever read!” Have I mentioned how much I love this show? Because it’s a lot.
Oh, and if you thought Sam and Dean subtext was all we were going to get, you were so, so wrong. Yes, the play does explore the nature of “Destiel” in Act Two. After all, “you can’t spell subtext without sex.” Best part? That Sam sort of wishes it were “Samstiel”?
Back to the plot: Sam and Dean decide there isn’t a case at the school, so they head out. But they don’t get far before Maggie, who plays Sam, decides to quit and report Marie’s dictatorship to the principal, a thought that’s quickly followed by a scarecrow/tree thing kidnapping her. Just like that, the brothers are back, and they finally tell the girls the truth: They are Sam and Dean Winchester, a thought that the girls brush off immediately. At their age, they’re more like a Rufus-Bobby combo. (Don’t mind me, I’ll just be hysterically laughing on the floor. Also, are these girls blind? Because yum.)
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