Not only was “Southern Comfort” a makeover for Garth(DJ Qualls) but the Winchesters took orders from him! Not excluding the same name whiskey, Garth IS comforting and since Bobby isn’t around, needful. Bobby can’t be replaced but Garth gave it a good ol’ Southern boy try. Written by Adam Glass, Garth instructed hunters, ordered Sam and Dean around, and openly communicated his feelings. Let the Zenness begin!

I love Dean and Sam getting right to it concerning Benny, about Dean killing Amy, and about Sam possibly ganking Benny. Can we say ‘typical Winchester dilemma?”

“Kevin is in the wind, you’re sulking like a eunuch in a whorehouse and I have to ask myself: is a decapitation not just my thing?” Dean states so eloquently. So we know Kevin is still MIA, the boys are at odds with one another and Dean quickly finds a case via a police scanner. Arriving at the crime scene, a Texas Ranger is already on hand. I’m good friends with Rangers and I can promise you, they don’t do fringe! Garth however, is cowboyed out. Very unRanger-like, Garth gladly hugs the two, excited to see the Winchesters again.

While the three catch up, Garth answers calls from other hunters and advises them regarding their hunts.  Dean ask Garth, “What are you doing?” Garth replies, “My job.” Sam is taken aback and asks, “Are you the new Bobby?” Dean of course replies with “shut your face” first to Sam and then to Garth at this ‘Bobby’ blasphemy. Garth takes control of the crime scene and this week’s monster is all about vengeance, getting back at perceived injustices via a penny.

Quizzing the first rage-aholic killer, a woman who married her childhood sweetheart, the three hunters find out about her husband’s indiscretion before their marriage. She kills her husband but has no memory of the murder, only a blind rage.

The Winchesters and Garth go eat in an obviously Confederate food establishment and Sam actually eats! Jared has stated before that he hates eating while filming. Also, has anyone noticed all of Sam’s facial hair scruff? Since the season has started, Sam is a bristle face!

Garth pushes Dean into answering where he spent the last year. “Purgatory, ya know, Purgatory Purgatory!” We then get the big scoop on how Garth became a hunter: he killed the Tooth Fairy! His first case which occurred after college and dental school. How could anyone eat and keep a straight face?

Investigating the first murder, Sam quizzes the “other” woman while Garth and Dean tag team the next crime scene where again the killer remembers nothing but kills in a blind rage. This time leaving the clue ‘Sussex’ written in blood.

Sam remembers his time with Amelia(Liane Balaban) where they really connect after ‘connecting’. Amelia shares about her not wanting to be pitied over her husband’s death. And correct me please, but when does anyone “let loose” sexually and then put clothes back on? Small detail….

Meanwhile Dean and Garth research the clues by computer and Bobby’s guidebook. Garth tries to be Bobby-like but Dean’s not having it! Garth is no Bobby! With his chin quivering, Garth lets Dean know that “Bobby belonged to everybody” which was true. Insightful Dean accepts that as a truth that he can handle. Garth discovers the monster, a specter, and realizes that a grave had been vandalized earlier for this ghost to have power for vengeance. The grave just happens to be the tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier.

At the third crime scene, someone is murdered and a second person has been hurt but left the location so Dean takes off to find him. Dean locates the deputy in the hospital where he and Dean fight and the murderous penny ends up in Dean’s palm.

 Garth lets Sam know that he’s up for talking if Sam feels the need. Sam is reminded of Amelia and he thinks back to Amelia leaving. Her explanation continues a nonsensical trend, not much credibility with this relationship between Sam and her. I don’t dislike Amelia as many do but I feel like Amelia isn’t the real story here. There are no sparks and I think that Sam is needing a human link, hence damaged Amelia.

Sam and Garth enter the motel room where Dean is waiting for them. Dean doesn’t think twice about pulling his gun on Sam. Dean then proceeds to list Sam’s life mistakes from drinking demon blood to not looking for Dean because of a girl. This fight scene between the brothers was excellent and to throw Garth in the mix, smacking some sense into Dean, was perfect!

When Garth punches Dean to keep him from shooting Sam, the penny flies out of Dean’s hand which stops the spell. Dean has no clue what he has said or done. Garth reaches down to pick the penny up and Sams yells at him to stop. Laid back Garth shrugs the concern off and replies that “It’s all cool.” Garth doesn’t hold on to grudges so won’t be effected by the penny.

We finally get the entire story about the penny. Some kids invaded the Unknown Soldier’s tomb, picked up a penny which is normal then passed the penny on. This is the story. The brother’s story…. not so cut and dry.

Sam starts “Southern Comfort’ off wanting to talk it all out. Dean just says Benny is his friend and if another hunter kills him, that’s how it is. Dean later gets the vengeance bug and very strongly lays it all out for Sam. The reality is with the Winchesters, until they’re forced to come clean on how they feel, it’s not going to happen. So we get Dean’s black and white perspective. Sam just wants to move on with his own life and for Dean to let go of all the crap that has happened between them.

Growing is painful and Jeremy Carver has said that this season will be one of growth and maturity for the Winchesters. So is that going to hurt? My bet is yes. This fandom will continue to discuss loudly any and everything that causes rifts between the brothers. But the bottom line is this: the Winchesters get out of every situation and they will survive this! stay supernatural fandom..

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