Supernatural 6.03 “The Third Man” Review

Seriously, What is Wrong with Sam?

The brothers are merging their various weapon stashes into the Impala’s trunk again and Dean stops their departure to question Sam. He remarks that Sam has seemed incredibly different since his return from Hell. He knows what it’s like to feel the lingering effects of being there, after all. But Sam dismisses his concern and insinuates that Dean simply isn’t as strong as he is to get over an experience like that. Oh, wait, he clarifies that ‘they’re different’. Which is the same thing.

Dean still looks troubled as they get into the Impala and the episode ends.

For the first time in a long time, we get a ‘Soon’- a collection of clips from, I believe, episodes 6.04, 6.05 and 6.06. We see Bobby, who returns in next week’s episode, along with Rufus, and remarks that monsters are starting to act very weird. We get our first peek at the vampire parody episode, which looks hilarious. And we’ll be seeing Lisa again, when Dean tells her he can’t bring his life home to her anymore. Dean also gets cursed with Truth – and tells Sam he has a few questions he wants answered (likely relating to his stint in Hell). There’s also a creepy moment where Dean tells Bobby there’s something wrong with Sam and Dean asks Sam if he still has his back. You can take a look at the sneak peek yourself here.

The Good Old Days

I don’t know what else to say except that after two weeks of a slow-build, we’re finally getting back on track with this episode. It feels like earlier seasons – the boys playing feds, the return of angels, the debate over whether there’s something wrong with Sam, even lingering questions over one of the brothers’experiences in Hell. While this wasn’t Edlund’s most memorable episode, there was his trademark goriness, as well as some awesome one-liners.

Sometimes I want to bang my head against the wall for how long this show has been serving up the question of ‘what’s wrong with Sam?’and the trust issues between the brothers. I mean, this has been going on for years. It puts a rift in their relationship, which really hasn’t been steady since season 2. The moment Dean made his deal, the brothers started drifting apart, even if they’ve come together at the most important times to deal with catastrophes. That’s not to say they don’t love each other – of course they do – but there’s just too much emotional baggage between them to go back to what they were before.

Thus, even though the age-old debate about Sam is exhausting, it’s also familiar. And I like familiar in this show. I like the brothers investigating cases and bashing angels. I like Cas and his frustration at Sam and Dean’s unfamiliar references. I also understand that we likely won’t have the Sam question resolved too quickly, so I’ve resigned myself to that. Still, I feel like we’re finally back on familiar terrain.

Also, SHIRTLESS PADALECKI CHIN-UPS! Yeah, my brain actually tuned out after that. I have no idea how I managed to write this review.

Final Questions

If Cas has been in Heaven for the last year, what the heck has been going on with his vessel, Jimmy Novak? Has he been chilling somewhere in a safe place? Living out his normal life only to get take over again? I don’t know why this is bothering me so much. Also, seriously, what about Adam?! Grade: A-

Check out promo photos for the October 15 episode, featuring the return of Bobby.

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