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02 May 2008 @ 12:57 pm
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly  
First, SPN 3X14!


This was a pretty good episode overall, and acknowledged some of the elephant-in-the-room issues of Dean-deadline/oh-noes-no-answer-yet/demon-liars-who-disappoint.

I really liked the creepy main story for this week-- voices from beyond the grave, and they all want you to kill yourself! The added touch of them coming over the phone lines made it even creepier and more authentic.

Oh, Dean-- it's so hard living in a world where Daddy can't save you. What child ever stops hoping for that, no matter how old they are? :( Not to mention the all-consuming need to just talk to Dad again. The MotW works in cruel, cruel ways.

I personally love the boys in suits, and unless they're shiny or really out-of-date or horribly ill-fitting, it would never occur to me that they're 'cheap' suits. So why does a teenager call Sam on that? And regular people DO sometimes drive rental cars (ask anyone who's car is in the shop too long). The only 'cheap' thing that stood out in that scene was using the spurious details as a method of exposition.

Motel room: the set designers love that freaky vertical-decoration effect (it goes beyond ugly-wallpaper and dingy surfaces!). A few weeks ago it was some metal-bird-lattice thingy, and this week it's freaky stars. At least it isn't 3-D screaming orange stucco with a screaming orange bedspread...

Dear Desperate Dean: notice that Dad never calls when Sam's around? And never asks to talk to Sam? Do you suppose there might be some really sneaky reason for that?

Plus, you're getting kind of assy toward Sam. I like it better when you just tell him you're afraid, instead of taking your frustrations out on him.

And speaking of the last scene... it would be nice for the writers to make sure the episode has legs that go all the way up story that goes all the way to the end. The tearing-up and mutual worry over Dean's fate was fantastic. The cheap dodge into "Beer me" as the actual conclusion? L.A.M.E. Even ending the episode on Sam's "And me," would have worked better. True, all of Sam's pain and fear still isn't a weapon to save Dean. But Dean knows what he means by it, and it closes the mood.

I'd discourage a fanfic writer from ending a scene that way, and it bugs me when the show does it. As I mentioned on someone else's journal, it's as if the writers got tired of writing that scene. But it's their job to keep plugging away until they get it right. AN ending is not always the right ending. :(

Next week: I CAN HAZ ZOMBEEZ NOW?
Please tell me I'm not misinterpretting what that episode looks like...

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The Bad is that my husband officially lost his job as of Wednesday. Although we suspected it would be coming, when it didn't materialize in March there was hope that maybe it wouldn't happen. Sadly, no. And with the job gone, his health benefits are gone and will require a 2-3 week transition to mine. Which doesn't help the fact that he's under treatment right now. :(

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The Ugly? Only in opposite-world! The "ugly" is the fabulous news that my sister-in-law and her husband will successfully be able to adopt a 5-year-old boy from Russia. Everyone is very excited, including Sergey. That was the highlight of the week, something good to offset the bad that came yesterday. My son is thrilled that he won't be the youngest in the family anymore, and our two kids are looking over their toys to see what to send to him.
I'm highly curious as to whether any of the bajillion stuffed animals they each have will be among the toys that can leave the house. Unlike EVER BEFORE. ;)

 
 
 
jellicle on May 2nd, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
The Ugly? Only in opposite-world! The "ugly" is the fabulous news that my sister-in-law and her husband will successfully be able to adopt a 5-year-old boy from Russia. Everyone is very excited, including Sergey. That was the highlight of the week, something good to offset the bad that came yesterday. My son is thrilled that he won't be the youngest in the family anymore, and our two kids are looking over their toys to see what to send to him.
I'm highly curious as to whether any of the bajillion stuffed animals they each have will be among the toys that can leave the house. Unlike EVER BEFORE. ;)


I skipped the spoiler part since I'm downloading the episode to congratulate you and your family, specially your sister-in-law and her husband. Adoption, in my humble opinion, is one of the most beautiful acts of love one can do.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 3rd, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
We're looking forward to meeting him, even though he doesn't speak any English (not surprisingly). Should be *crosses fingers* about 8 weeks?
elanurelelanurel on May 2nd, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
I'm really sorry to hear about your husband's job. It's a tough situation to be in and I hope things work out on that front!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 3rd, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
It was very hard for him. He's on disability due to severe depression, and undergoing radical treatment for it. We'd originally hoped he'd get better and return in about 3 months, but 9 months later he's still under treatment (which, as a side-effect, has really impacted his memory). *sigh*
elanurelelanurel on May 4th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, man... I remember you telling me a little about this earlier but...it's still hard, even if it's expected. I wish there was something more that I could do to help or that there was something more meaningful to say beyond expressing my hope that things get better soon.
Entendre? Make mine a double.: SN brothers joydeirdre_c on May 2nd, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about your husband's job, but YAY for new nephew! \o/
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 3rd, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear about your husband's job
When he went from short-term disability to extended disability, we knew it was likely that he'd lose it. But it's still a shock when it actually happens, especially when people break the news to you on the phone and then show up at your doorstep (the other partners) to deliver your boxed-up stuff. I'm sure they thought it was a kind gesture, but if you're going through heartbreak you really don't want the people causing it to be witnesses. *is still grumbling about that*

The other news is wonderful, thank goodness. My brother-in-law loves kids, and in marrying my sister-in-law (who is fabulous, but also 51) didn't want to miss out on having his own family. Plus, my SIL will get another chance at it. She has a grown daughter with chronic health problems (who is otherwise the most perfect person that ever lived), and she can now enjoy a second child without worrying about shortchanging him. :)
Destinadestina on May 2nd, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about your husband's job. :(
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 3rd, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
Thank you, Destina. It's such a blow for him, even though we knew it was likely when his depression didn't respond as quickly or strongly to treatment as we'd hoped back in September. I'm not worried about it in the short-term, but he feels all sorts of guilt and self-disappointment over something that really couldn't be helped. That's the hardest part. :(
Kimberley: Dean wakes up.lampshade_days on May 2nd, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
Oh man. Sorry to hear about your husband's job. :(
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 3rd, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)
Thank you. It's a big concern long-term, because he worries about his employability when his disability leave is over. We won't have any idea of what he remembers (of his previous profession) or what he's suited to until his treatment is over. Right now, we're still in the constant disruption stage. Thank goodness for long-term disability.
iamstealthyoneiamstealthyone on May 2nd, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about your hubby's layoff. My husband got laid off from two jobs in a row a few years back, and it was definitely not fun. But he got work again quickly in both cases, and we came out of everything just fine. I hope that things go very smoothly for you, too.

*hugs*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 3rd, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
Thank you, Angela.

This isn't really a layoff, unfortunately. He's been on disability for severe depression, and at the 9-month point his office is letting him go. They had no idea of when he'd be back (and neither do we, due to the treatment he's undergoing), so understandably they've moved on without him.

He can't really look for a job until his treatment is over (which might be several years), because he doesn't remember the information required for his previous type of job, and he can't reliably hang onto new information (training). We're okay financially for the next 18 months or so, but we have no idea whether he can even get a real job in the future. :(
iamstealthyoneiamstealthyone on May 3rd, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
This isn't really a layoff, unfortunately. He's been on disability for severe depression, and at the 9-month point his office is letting him go.

I completely misunderstood what you said earlier; apologies on that. I'm sorry to hear about the depression. Having several family members who've been through that, I have an idea of how difficult it can be for everyone involved.

I'm glad you're covered for the immediate future (18 months), and I hope things get easier for you guys soon, that his treatment goes well. *hugs*
poisontaster on May 2nd, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about your husband's jobs. I'll be thinking good thoughts for the both of you.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 3rd, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
Thank you, Erin.

It's more of an emotional blow to him than anything. It says that they don't want him back, and even though neither of us knows whether he ever could go back (or when), it still hurts. :(
Princess Robot Bubblegum!: adipose1astrothsknot on May 3rd, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
I'm sorry about the hubby.

However that's excellent news for the new addition to the family
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 3rd, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry about the hubby.
Me too. :( It's such a rejection (there's no other way for him to feel about it), and the fact that they had his office all packed and rushed over to unload it on the first day of the month says that they just couldn't wait to have it be over. *sigh*

However that's excellent news for the new addition to the family
It is! Originally, there was hope of a younger child from Guatemala (around age 1-2), but that fell through under the implication of children perhaps being born to service an international adoption industry (what a terrible thought).

We're looking forward to meeting Sergey, and the SIL and BIL are busy trying to sell the house because they need a bigger one now (3 bedrooms instead of 2, so they'll have a guest room available).
brigid_tanner: Brothers-Winchester B&Wbrigid_tanner on May 3rd, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear about your husband's job. But congratulations on the new member of the family! that's wonderful.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 3rd, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
But congratulations on the new member of the family! that's wonderful.
It is! He's been at the orphanage for 14 months now, and I'm sure he's looking forward to having a real home. That's such a long time, especially for a little person.
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 3rd, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
I hope he finds something else soon.
He can't actually work right now. He's on disabilty for severe depression, and the treatment for it affects his memory rather severely. We're told there's some hope of most of his memory returning when the treatment stops (which could be another year at least), but in the meantime he doesn't have access to some of the key information he used to, and new information doesn't "stick."

But how exciting about your new nephew! That's wonderful!
Just when we thought Christopher would be the youngest forever! (and so did he). What a great opportunity for the SIL and BIL. :)
PamalaX: alexstonedpamalax on May 3rd, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
I'm really sorry to hear about the hubby's job. I'm glad to hear you'll be okay for a bit but hope you know you have loads of friend, me included, out here if there is anything you need.
Even if its just a friendly ear when you need one know that we're here.

Hopefully something will come up along the way to removal all worry and stress so the man can just put it all into being well.

Since I'm getting nowhere fast with this pilot script and its been strongly suggested to me I should write with a partner maybe we should team up - the subject would suit you even better than me - on the project sell it for a ridiculous amount of cash and never have to worry again :o)

Yeah I'm a dreamer but why not dream when anything is possible.

Oh and huge congrats on the new family member. Can't wait to hear all about him when you get to meet him.

Take care of you!!!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 6th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Pamala. It's been pretty rough since September (when he first went on disability). We'd hoped he'd have a short-term treatment (3 months at most) and then return to work. Couldn't be farther from what actually happened. His treatment is continuing even now (and losing his healthcare benefits is a huge snag, because it'll take awhile for mine to start up, so these next few weeks are going to be bad).

I wish he were trained to do something else, but at the moment he can't even undergo new training because the treatment will likely wipe it out. Thank goodness for the disability-- I'm hoping we get to the point before it expires where his treatment has ended and we have some idea what he's capable of doing (or being trained for) after that.

Oh and huge congrats on the new family member. Can't wait to hear all about him when you get to meet him.
That'll sure be exciting. In the meantime, the SIL and BIL are selling their house because they need a slightly bigger one. Talk about upheaval! Well worth it, but selling and buy houses is always such a huge pain.
JJ: mike/sucre hugjolietjones on May 3rd, 2008 07:57 am (UTC)
Yikes. Sorry to hear about your husband's health and loss of job. It doesn't matter how much you're expecting to lose a job, it always feels like rejection, right? And to have them turn up at the door with the boxes? Yowza. While I'm sure things are obviously tough for him, how are you coping dealing with his depression? You sound like an uber strong person. Here's hoping things turn around really soon for you both.

Back to the fluff in life, and the new SPN, you iz mind reader. I totally agree with everything you say (especially the shiny suit, rental car thing - that just jarred). And I thought the soul eating dude was quite scary when he was in action. Eww. I did like that Dean was so frantic to believe that he was quite rattled by it. *pets Dean*

Yay on the new family member. That's good news!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 6th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about your husband's health and loss of job. It doesn't matter how much you're expecting to lose a job, it always feels like rejection, right?
Especially when you're a co-partner in the business. There's no way to take that news other than that your office is rejecting you. :(

While I'm sure things are obviously tough for him, how are you coping dealing with his depression?
It's been much better since the disability extension out to 2 years, because it gives us time to regroup. When he first entered treatment, it was a nightmare. The depression was SO severe (and so was the treament), and his emotions were very volatile for awhile and his memory became hugely unreliable, and he was very unhappy with himself and projecting that onto me (argh).

But just getting the worry about immediate finances out of the way was a huge help for me. And his moods settling down a little has been helpful too. My fingers are crossed for the future...

And I thought the soul eating dude was quite scary when he was in action.
When the actor first showed up, I thought, "Huh. He looks familiar"-- which I rarely do with the minor actors! But his part in the episode became more substantial, which explained it. I do still wonder why he needed ALL of those frightening teeth when he appeared to be a soul-sucker that worked via air alone, though. ;)
When it is darkest, men see the stars.witchofthedogs on May 3rd, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry about your husband's layoff!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 6th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Witchy. It's awful news for him, because part of him had hoped to go back there (or to at least have that option). But in reality, we're at the point where we don't even know if that would have been possible.

Still, very hard on him emotionally. :(
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 6th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Debbie. Gosh, what an awful year it's been. This, at least, was something we were prepared for by now. Thank goodness for ongoing disability. I have about another 15 months left before panic is necessary...