We hit the ground running in the Supernatural premiere, one year after where season five ended. Terrific opening sequence shows us a before and after montage as Dean has traded in car, weapons, and hunter’s life for truck, tools, and step-fatherhood (sorta). He’s still getting women who toss their phone numbers at him (in this case, the bartender who served Dean and his neighbor Sid), but he just tears up the paper. Dean is tunnel-vision focused on Lisa and Ben, his new family. So focused, in fact, that he gets poisoned and doesn’t even know it. We also don’t know it, but after hallucinating a scream, blood, and a fight with good ole’ YELLOW-EYED DEMON AZAZEL, we do know family life for Dean is about to change as Sam shows up out of nowhere and stabs Dean with antidote.

You know what that means, Supernatural fans…BROTHERLY HUG TIME!!!

What about that cute dog? Was that the one chasing Dean from the YELLOW FEVER episode? Maybe a relative?

No time to worry about the dog’s relatives, because we have the debut of the Winchester Relatives (actually the Campbell relatives, since Mrs. Winchester was once Miss Campbell). Corin “PARKER EFFIN LEWIS” Nemec is one of the 3rd cousins. All you former “X-Philes” mark out as we get Mitch “Agent Skinner” Pileggi is alive and well as Grandpa Samuel. Samuel believes that whatever brought Sam back from the Hell cage brought him down from Heaven as well.

So some big plan is brewing, but we don’t know who’s plan yet. Is it Heaven? Hell? No one seems to be able to get a hold of Castiel, which is what Sam was trying to do while hunting for a year with the Campbells. Dean is feeling a little left out, since everyone knew Sam was back. He is especially angered when Bobby tells him he knew as well. Everyone just wanted Dean to remain happy, though Dean is not as convinced he was happy. Nightmares, constantly trying to search for a way to bring Sam back, and obsessive-compulsively checking all locks in his home made his home life a little strained. Lisa claims it was the best year of her life, and she was happy that Ben had a father-figure for a whole year.

Big plans and family issues will have to wait has Sam and Dean fight another family with issues: the Djinn.

After saving Dean’s neighbor from the Djinn, Sam goes to help Dean, while the Campbells kidnap the female Djinn, who I believe was the bartender earlier in the episode) and leave without telling the Winchesters what they have done.

Sam and Dean finish off the episode with a heart-to-heart, Dean explains he can’t leave Ben and Lisa, because he brought danger to their doorstep, and wishes Sam good luck. He even offers him keys to the Impala, but Sam enjoys his own ride lately.

SOOOOOOO…What’s next:

Well, it looks like we already have the beginning of family issues between Sam, Dean, and the Campbells, with Grandpa Sam acting a little too secretive, and possible alpha-male tension seems to exist between Dean and the male cousins as well. The start of the season sets things in motion for Dean as more of a protector than a hunter, and Sam will have to talk about his time spent in Hell’s cage at some point.

It looks like we may also explore Dean’s relationship with Ben and Lisa a little more, as they have had a roller coaster ride during the last year, while Dean recovered from nightmares, the hunting life, and seeing Sam gone.

Bobby seems to be doing well, despite having his neck twisted 180 degrees at the end of last season (still has those famous Bobby quotes going (“TV’s broken, but there’s plenty of Reader’s Digest”…tremendous).

Where’s Castiel? Was Dean really hallucinating, or will we see the return of Azazel? If Sam is out of the cage, where are Adam/Michael and Lucifer?  Not all questions have to be answered at once.  We’ve got 21 more episodes.  Let’s see where the road takes us.  See you next week, as it looks like the Brothers Winchester will be dealing with ROSEMARY’S BABY!

Supernatural: Exile On Main Street
Episode writer: Sera Gamble
Episode Director: Phillip Sgriccia

  • violet

    Just another example of the writers getting Sam completely wrong. I don’t think they can be trusted writing Sam. They always seem to be very concerned with how they make Dean look and if any of the fans get upset with how they write Dean but it’s like they don’t give a crap where Sam’s concerned.

    Sam’s my favorite but I mean they spent season 4 making him virtually unrecognisable sending him off the rails, having him trust a demon, drinking blood, then they spend most of season 5 trying to bring him back from that and get redemption and now wham they bring him back to what we saw this season. Who even is that? You’re right to ask what they’ve done with Sam because these writers never pay him the respect he deserves. He’s written all over the place the last few seasons.

    I think they ignore Sam a lot of the time to try and make Dean look as sympathetic as possible and to try and make his manpain and his sense of betrayal all the more poigniant. Well I think that’s a whole bunch of crap.

    Jensen didn’t have to worry about what the writers would do with his character this season, Jared did, because they are screwing that poor boy, Sam Winchester, Sam girls and fandom as whole with this black and white reincarnation of a Sam we don’t even know.

    I want puppy eyed, thinking, caring Sam back right away because I don’t trust them with him anymore. Any of the writers. And Sera’s supposed to be a good Sam writer. She lost my trust tonight.

  • Rusty

    Violet, I am insulted by your claim that the writers don’t care about Sam. How can you say that? Sam has grown by leaps and bounds each season. Believe me, NO ONE (except you) wants Sam to return to the whimpering mama’s boy of Season 1, crying about how hard his life is and following Dean around like a lost puppy dog. Your girlish fantasies amuse me. What’s sexy about the whiny, sensitive, panzy Sam was in Season 1? Sam would be a lunatic to not ever evolve from that. Five years have passed and although he started out being a lost little boy, he’s a man now.

    How are the writers neglecting Sam? The writers are gonna spend the next few episodes focusing almost entirely on Sam. Each season, Sam’s gained wisdom and strength of character. He didn’t just redeem himself in Season 5, he became the archetypal hero similar to legends of myths past like Jesus and Hercules. Now, he is walking the righteous path as a leader of a group of men who save the world. The best character traits Sam started out with, of being selfless and caring, are still there. In the season premiere, Sam spends a year of his life avoiding Dean just so that Dean can have a normal life. And the worst parts of Sam’s character are gone.

    What else do you want the writers to do with Sam? I bet a love scene featuring Sam and the new girl on the team would have done wonders for your opinion of the show. Why don’t you just admit it? You’re not a true fan of the show, you’re just a Sam sycophant who has a major crush on him and is upset whenever your starry-eyed dreams of Sam are interrupted by Dean’s storyline. Well, the show has always been about Sam AND Dean, so why don’t you just sit back and enjoy the ride of the season instead of constantly bitching about your big crush.

    BTW, what “black and white reincarnation” are you talking about? And “a Sam we don’t even know”? You’ve spent six years with Sam and you still don’t know him? What?!

  • Jackyll

    Omg you guys both suck. Supernatural isn’t ’bout who sexy Sam ‘n Dean are. It’s about the goddamn myths. The war. The question if god exists. And a 1000 other things. I’m lookin it for years and i hate all those stupid girlies, screamin’ how sexy Dean is and Sam got. Wuäh.

  • Maze

    I agree with Jackyll! Except that not all girls are like those “screamers”. And I don’t think violet isn’t one of them.
    Btw, nice recap! Thank you.

  • Billy

    Omg, all of you suck except Rusty. Jackyll, learn to spell the word “how”. Maze, yes there are girls who are “screamers” and I’m sorry, but Violet DOES sound like a “screamer” for Sam. Rusty’s point is, the writers have done Sam justice. Having a character evolve over many seasons instead of staying the same is the right creative choice. I accept that. So should you. Thank you. That is all.

  • Rosie

    I don’t care how evolved Sam’s character is but I would like him to have a personality of some sort and there wasn’t much evidence of that in this episode. And I’m sorry but that was very much Grandpa’s hunter gang not Sam’s. I can’t believe he’s standing around doing what Grandpa wants, he never liked John Winchester ordering him around.

  • ashe

    hey hey y’all are all freakin idiots. The show is told from Deans POV. Sam is acting uber weird probably because its not really Sam but the devil and samuel is crazy if not evil himself. Oh and yes, I am a dean fan.

  • Rain

    KGuys, guy, guys, we all love sam, but let’s be realistic. This show is supposed to be about the brothers but let’s not pretend that it isn’t told from dean’s perspective. Let’s have a little supernatural 101. Who’s the oldest? Dean. Who owns the impala? Dean. Who’s the micheal sword? Dean. Who tells zach to take the instruction manual and shove it? Dean. Who kills azazel? Dean. Who’s perspective is the supernatural book of monsters, demons, spirits and ghouls written from? Dean. Who woops sam’s ass every time he steps out of line? Dean. (oh yes, except when our lovable junkie is hopped up on demon blood) who is ACTUALLY IN EVERY EPISODE for more than two seconds? Dean. But wait there’s more! Who falls to pieces and tries for death by demon just as soon as dean dies for him? Sam. Who’s on the demon blood? Sam. Who breaks the final seal? Sam who’s boinking demons? Sam. Who is almost always wrong and only finds out after everything has went to hell and its to late for dean to say I told you so? Sam. Who hangs on samuels coat tails like the hunter daddy he never had? (Oh that’s right, he did have a hunter daddy, one that was a hell of a lot cooler than grandpa sammy) who gave into lucifer? Sam. ( I mean come on, what’s the worst that would’ve happened if he’d never said yes. Nothing. His host would have withered away and he’d have had to find a new one or get over his daddy issues, either way, he’d have been a hell of a lot weaker for wimpy little adam to toss around) i’d go on but I don’t want to offend jared, cause I like sam ALMOST as much as dean. Oh and crazy broad, get on youtube, jared has already commented happily that he is very much looking forward to playing this newer darker sam.(/lucifer)