'' The vibe on "Bedtime Stories" seemed way different than the previous episodes of this season, and last season for that matter. It seemed less intense and in-your-face than what we've been getting this season. It actually sort of felt very Season 1 to me. Maybe because we were dealing with a simple spirit and not the celebrity demons that have been running rampant in Season 3. Maybe because Sam and Dean were together almost the entire hour. Maybe because the brothers donned suits and faked being detectives (using Led Zeppelin aliases Plant and Page) to get to the bottom of the MOTW. Maybe because the Winchesters were angsting, but I wasn't overwhelmed by it all. Maybe because the music seemed straight out of Something Wicked. Or maybe because there was an actual shot of Dean sleeping in their motel room. I don't know.
It was nice seeing Sam and Dean plow through an investigation together. But, of course, it was not without angst and yelling and Sam sneaking out on Dean. Sam's just frustrated. He knows if the situation were reversed, Dean would do everything he could to stop Sam from dying (in fact he did). So why can't he let Sam do this for him? Sam wants to do everything he can to fight this but the whole time he's got his brother trying to talk him out of it. Dean has to know that Sam does what he wants to do when he wants to, right? To me, Sam's got no choice but to go behind Dean's back to try and save him. Period.
Fast-forward to Sam's confrontation with the Crossroads Demon (CD). First of all, it's about time Sam met up with the girl. I wonder if Jared had a lot of fun with the moment where Sam blows the demon away or if it was really challenging to play. After all, she was played by his real-life girlfriend Sandra McCoy. Sam finds out there's no way to get Dean out of the deal and that even if he offed CD, she wasn't the boss. Her boss is the keeper of this deal and he wants Dean's soul! I want to know if there's a reason other than Dean's a thorn in every demon's side. When are we going to find that out? I loved, loved, loved when Sam used the Colt on CD — he had that "I'm not quite right" look on his face that we've been seeing all season long after he makes mincemeat out of another possessed human.