“Yesterday was Tuesday, right? But today is Tuesday, too!”
Summary: One Tuesday, while the Winchesters are investigating a mysterious disappearance at a small-town tourist attraction, Dean gets shot and killed.
Then Sam wakes up.
One Tuesday, while the Winchesters are on their way to investigate a mysterious disappearance at a small-town tourist attraction, Dean gets hit by a car.
Then Sam wakes up.
And so on…
Why I love it: If I was forced at gunpoint to choose a favourite Supernatural episode, I’d probably pick this one. It works so well on so many levels. The first half is the most entertaining “Groundhog Day loop” I’ve seen since…well, Groundhog Day. Dean just keeps dying in more and more ridiculous ways, Sam keeps getting more and more frustrated trying to save him, and it’s one of the funniest things that have ever happened on this show. Soooo many quotable moments–“You’ll thank me when it’s Wednesday!” “Do these tacos taste funny to you?” “Hey, Tuesday! Pig ‘n a poke!” “You think you’re being funny but you’re being really really childish!” etc. Plus, we don’t often get a whole episode told from Sam’s perspective, so it’s pretty fun when that happens.
The second half gets serious, with a good amount of tear-jerking, some frankly brilliant foreshadowing…and, naturally, Sam in his scary mode. Also, do you ever think about the fact that Dean was actually in Hell longer in the “Mystery Spot” reality than he was in the actual timeline of the show? Because I do. It’s debatable whether Sam handled it better, but hey, at least he didn’t seem to be drinking demon blood.
Episodes like this are why I like the Trickster/Gabriel (and still refuse to believe he’s dead). He may be a horrible person, but at least he’s always good for a funny story. And in “Mystery Spot,” at least, I think he was actually trying to do some good, albeit in a rather cruel manner. If Sam had learned the lesson Gabriel was trying to teach–just let Dean go!–the almost-Apocalypse might never have happened. But then, of course, seasons 4 and beyond wouldn’t have happened either, and we can’t have that.
Anyway, this episode will always have a special place in my heart. And so will a certain song by Asia.
“Heeeaaaat of the moment!”