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WarnerBros/CW photo credit

First things first: I liked “Rock and a Hard Place”.  It was just quite a conflicting episode. Jenny Klein wrote the story and gave us an good ol’ Winchester hunting episode. But had a man written it, he quite possibly would’ve been stoned! This is entertainment so let’s be entertained, right? Many fans were delighted with the show, no qualms whatsoever. And then there were fans like me, who in spite of loving this show, expressed disapproval for the slamming storyline. So let’s begin with bad and move onto the wonderful.

WarnerBros/CW photo credit

WarnerBros/CW photo credit

Supernatural has always been harsh towards anything Christian and this episode went further than any story to date. The term “born again” for Christians means spiritually reborn. It has nothing to do with reclaiming one’s virginity. It seems that the SPN writers take to heart the core aspects of religion and MOSTLY keep them intact. What I love about this show is that with all the fictional urban legends that get explored, there’s been respect surrounding the content and context of religion. “Rock and a Hard Place” blew that line to shreds.

The so-called chastity members were rabidly judgmental, faker than fake and didn’t seem to be concerned about their friends being abducted other than saying a rote prayer for the abductees. Leading the group is Bonnie aka Vesta(Lindy Booth), the monster of the week. Knowing that many viewers run from religion, this characterization could’ve been to keep the ep lighthearted and frivolous. Got it.

WarnerBros/CW photo credit

WarnerBros/CW photo credit

I personally have no qualms with Suzy choosing to have sex with a stranger, she was a porn star after all. But the fact that she had chosen to do so much to change her life, made significant moves to get away from her previous lifestyle, Dean Winchester shouldn’t have been able to just smooze her into bed. Thus my conflict.  I enjoyed the sexy scenes but didn’t really appreciate the “sex is the bottom line” attitude. Jensen Ackles played it well and sold the fans the on it but it was morally distasteful. Yep, I said it. Morals, something this show struggles with weekly. Who to kill, who deserves to live, which lie to tell…  So with that morality thought in mind, what’s different about this choice? The Winchesters kill people every week, most are monsters, others collateral damage.

WarnerBros/CW photo credit

WarnerBros/CW photo credit

Suzy’s lifestyle choice of chastity played out as just another role in her life, kinda like being a porn star. We don’t see her again or any of the ‘sinners’ for that matter. It seemed that the entire club of chaste and pure church goers, made and just as quickly broke their vows of purity. Again I mention the disregard of Christian values. Vows made, vows broken, sinners sacrificed.  Entertainment I remind myself, entertainment! I’ve never thought of Dean as a douchebag so this is a first for me. Morally, I don’t believe for a minute that Dean would pursue this woman.  Please let me reiterate, I liked the episode!

WarnerBros/CW photo credit

WarnerBros/CW photo credit

Some of the best bits included Sheriff Jody Mills(Kim Rhodes) being reintroduced as a woman with heart, courage, and savvy. When asked about church, her response was so perfect: it made sense to her. After facing death(Bobby’s) and then her own near death with Crowley, a higher power seemed fitting. Jody portrays women as I love seeing them, more than a body, with lots of heart and can give as well as take whatever comes along. Punching the virgin in the nose, stating “I am the cops”, and then telling the girl to “wipe her nose” was priceless! Some of the best dialogue ever!

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photo credit @sweatpantsandcoffee

Dean and Sam being re-virginized was laugh out loud funny! Jared Padalecki tweeted that this was a first: signing their ‘real names’, Dean and Sam Winchester. Seems it took them awhile get the perfect signatures. Ryan Curtis, VFX coordinator, tweeted in return: PS: these are not your real names! A very cute moment on twitter! The “Dean confessing sex” scene which got thousands of YouTube hits, will forever be another fav moment! Fairly certain this monologue will be recorded in fangirl heaven. Did I mention my conflict?!best--supernatural-- dean face 2

Our Sam and Dean minute ending the show excelled. Sam pouring out his heart, his deep down conviction that he might possibly be forever broken, that whatever was going on, would continue to go on. Dean, big brother, Sam protector, of course couldn’t allow Sam to continue thinking that this. Enter Zeke, arguing that Sam has yet to heal, that he’d die if Zeke was displaced. It seems that Zeke is either lying around doing nothing for Sam’s psyche or that Sam is just far worse than was thought. Any thoughts? Please share!

So our female writer scored on several points: Jody Mills return, sexy Dean, sweet Sam, big bro Winchester, a Dean-centric episode(flawed as it was and with sooo many great pics!), and some absolutely great emotional moments.  For me, these overshadowed all the other. I watch this show for the diversion and escape, it’s not real and yes I’m emotionally invested. I want these two men to always act heroically,  to always be honorable. But it’s the way of the world. You win some, you lose some. This episode crossed the win-o-meter line… just barely. Until Tuesday, stay supernatural!

FYI: It seems to date, that the very sexy Dean YouTube is nowhere to be found! Let me know if you have it!

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