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41 Moments that Helped Make Supernatural “Baby” an Instant Classic

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WARNING: We break down just about everything about this “Baby” episode so don’t read if you haven’t watched

Supernatural “Baby” could have been a chore to watch. But it wasn’t. It could have fallen flat. But it didn’t. For me, this ode to the Impala worked on every level. Much thanks to Robbie Thompson’s script and Thomas J. Wright’s direction. Jensen and Jared’s chemistry can’t be beat. They still make this show worth tuning in to in Season 11. Plus, Misha’s voiceover talents should not be overlooked. He was hilarious. This episode made me happy and emotional and it’s a reminder of why I continue to worship it. At the end of this recap, both Jensen and Jared talk more about “Baby” plus we’re going to leave you with a little treat.

Until then, here are many of the moments — big and small — that made this very special episode of this very special show a joy to watch.

-Hearing Chuck’s voice from “Swan Song” tell the story of Baby in the previously. It’s a reminder of how important this car is to the Supernatural viewing experience.

-Seeing the army man still taking up space in the Impala.

-Once again, seeing the S.W. and D.W. initials carved into the Impala. In fact all the beauty shots of the Impala were much appreciated.

-Not actually getting to see Dean wash the car in his shorts is NOT on the favorite moments list. However it’s still cool to witness Sam and Dean converse from this different perspective.

-In order for Sam to make room in the green cooler for his smoothies, he had to remove some of the beer. Poor Dean. Love when the show finds time to showcase Sam’s healthy tendencies. As long as it doesn’t come at the expense of Dean’s pie-fascination, I’m totally fine with it.

-Cas’ phone calls are awesome. In this first one, I love the way the angel’s trying to be of help. I love even more the way he stresses certain words over others. He needs to heal but he wants to be of use to the boys. Oh, Cas.

-Sam tells Cas to watch some Netflix. And Cas responds: “What’s a Netflix?” Nice.

-Sam: “Even Swayze wouldn’t come to this Roadhouse.”
Dean: “First of all, never use Swayze’s name in vain. Okay? Ever.”

-Dean returns to Baby the next morning after the Roadhouse outing. “Mistakes were made.” What mistakes Dean? Details! Details!

-Sam hooks up in the Impala! Much like Dean, I’m strangely proud of him. It’s been a while!

-Dean turns on “Night Moves,” the Bob Seger classic. Adding classic rock to this love letter to Baby is simply perfection.

-Sam: “Don’t “Night Moves” me.”
Dean: “Just let it wash over you. Just take it in.”

-Dean starts lip syncing to “Night Moves.”

-Dean calls Sam, “Samuel.” Sam responds with: “Sam.” (Oh the classic Winchester feels are abundant)

-The boys singing “Night Moves” together. Sam actually sang and he sounds good! Was the last time he sang “Wanted Dead or Alive” in Season 3’s “No Rest for the Wicked?” Or has there been another time?

-The eating while driving and the teasing each other in the car. Seeing that does a Supernatural fan like me good.

BRO MOMENT ALERT
Dean: “And hey, look at that, you’re finally not a virgin anymore. But you know what? I think it was time. I respect the fact that you, uh, you know you wanted to stay true and pure and waited.”
Sam: “Yeah, you know what? You — you’re an idiot.”
Dean: “Even put a blanket down. Buddy, classy and thoughtful as always.
Sam: I tried to give her my number. You know what she said?
Dean: We got tonight, who needs tomorrow?
Sam: Is everything a Bob Seger song to you?
Dean: Yes.

MORE BRO MOMENT TIME
Sam and Dean go from teasing each other to something more serious. They talk about wanting more than a one night stand. Sam suggests it could happen with a hunter or someone who understands this life. I used to watch The A-Team and Hannibal Smith had something going on with a doctor who knew all about the volatile nature of the team’s lives. And she was cool with it. And she patched them up when they needed it. I always thought the boys could have something like that.

Wonder if Sam might encounter someone like that in the future. Is that why the topic was brought up? Of course Dean says that’s not in the cards for them. He claims they’re “batting a whopping zero in domestic life.” Which is true. But it still makes me sad he doesn’t think that kind of love will ever be a part of his life again.

-MATT COHEN!!!! Oh man, Young John Winchester makes another appearance. It’s been so long. But is that really who appears in Sam’s dream? And it’s not so much a dream now is it? It’s more. “I never could fool you, could I?” Who is this? God? Is he sending Sam signs? By the way, even though Cohen really wasn’t playing dad, he really seemed more like Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Big Daddy Winchester than he’s ever been before.

-The Vision’s Message: “The Darkness is coming. And only you boys can stop it.” I adore the “you boys” of this message the most. Not one is chosen over the other. It’s “you boys.” Which means they’ll have to do it together.

MOMENT OF GOODNESS: Sam and Dean Talk…Extensively in Baby

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Sam tells Dean about his visions. He also comes clean about being infected. I guess I didn’t realize he had never told his brother. Meanwhile, Dean shows his book smarts although he’s not willing to put stock in Sam’s whatever he’s having right now. Dean tells his brother he dreams about Dad all the time. Sam dreams about Mom. The best part of this whole conversation is that it goes on for a while. There’s no music. There’s no cutting away. Just the faint sound of thunder. It’s simply Sam and Dean talking in Baby. They debate, they try to figure out this Darkness matter. They also manage to tie in the basic tenet of this show:

Dean: The Darkness? It’s on us. And no one’s gonna help us. Certainly not God. So we’ll have to figure this out like we always do. But until then, we hunt. This case for starters.

-The way the boys keep saying this case is probably nothing, is hilarious. How many times have those words been uttered over the years? And it’s always something.

-Sam: “Goodnight, Jerk.”
Dean: ‘Night, Bitch.

Robbie Thompson even gave us a jerk and bitch moment. Now he’s just spoiling us. How long has it been since we heard the Winchesters exchange these words? I WAITED for them to unload one of these moments last season when it seemed Dean was saying it with everyone but Sam. Okay, I’m exaggerating here, but he did say it with Crowley as Demon Dean. Robbie dropped another “jerk and bitch” in the show’s 200th episode, too. That one didn’t involve our Sam either. So this one was earned.

-The shot of Sam and Dean lying down to sleep in the car. Adorbs.

-Sam: “So, what, we’re looking at a werewolf / vampire hybrid?
Dean: Say it with me — a were-pire.
Sam: No.
Dean: Come on.
Sam: I’m not saying that.

A were-pire — hilarious. Why couldn’t Sam play along? Dean has simple needs. This is one of them. Anybody think the Winchesters should go to New Orleans and confront the CW’s most famous fictional were-pire, Klaus Mikaelson?

-Dean’s reluctance at leaving Baby with the valet was cute…and warranted. I mean it helped him out in the end. But those girls had their mitts all over the car. And instead of classic rock belting it’s M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls.” Step away from the vehicle, girls!

-Cas’ Second Phone Call of Joy.
Dean: Cas, you okay?
Cas: I’m mostly confused. I’m not sure how orange correlates with black in a way that’s new.
Dean: Step away from the Netflix.
Cas: Sorry.
Dean: That’s okay. We’ve all had a binge.

What a great thing to include in the episode considering Supernatural has found new life and a slew of new fans thanks to Netflix. All past seasons of the show can be found on the online streaming service. Now if someone can just make a TNT reference…

-Dean: A were-pire you might say? Come on — I know you wanna say it.

Poor Dean, once again. No one wants to go there with him. But when Cas finally does, Dean’s not there to hear. He’s too busy getting beat up by the “were-pire” which actually doesn’t turn out to be a “were-pire.”

-Dean: It turns out I did shoot the deputy.

Utilizing the lyrics to Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” has a history on Supernatural. So this quick moment was awesome. Thompson is on fire with the throwbacks, isn’t he?

-Dean beheaded the bad guy. And then window-washed the head away. I was practically on the floor laughing after this moment.

-The green cooler becomes the container for the deputy’s severed head. CLASSIC. Although, Dean has to remove the beer to do it. When will the collateral damage end?

-Dean: Hey Cas, tell me you got something that doesn’t involve chicks in prison.
Sam: Bet you never thought you’d say that out loud.

-Dean: A ghoul-pire, right?

Why won’t Sam give Dean this? Why? Why?

-Dean: Your nerdiness knows no bounds.
Sam: You’re welcome.

-It’s great how these ghoul-pires tie into the mythology of Season 11. They know The Darkness is coming. They’re turning as many as they can to firm up for whatever’s about to come their way. Deputy Dumbass Ghoul-Pire paints a depressing picture of what’s to come.

-Dean’s resourceful. He gets out of the cuffs and goes after the deputy. Unfortunately that doesn’t mean good things for Baby. Poor Baby.

-The way Dean beheads the deputy the second time is brutal but satisfying. Is that bad of me to say that? The Alpha of the Ghoul-Pire pack is dead which means, everyone he turned turns back to normal.

-Dean: Oh, Baby. I’m so sorry. (And then once he gets her started, he kisses her.)

-Dean catches up to Sam. They support each other as they both look pretty bad.

-Sam: Dean, even the monsters are scared.
Dean: Let ’em be. You and I? We’re gonna end this thing now.
Sam: Would you mind starting tomorrow?
Dean: Deal.
Sam: Deal.
Dean: We’ll get Cas to fix you up.
Sam: Only if he fixes you up, too.
Dean: Okay, mom. Let’s go home.
Sam: You know what? We are home.

-We hear “Night Moves” one more time as the brothers drive off in the car after saving the day.

The End

Photo Credit: Diyah Pera /The CW

I think “Baby” is going to go down as one of my favorite episodes of all time. It’s an instant classic. Loved reading the tweets as the episode aired on both the East and West coasts. It felt like the old days. In yesterday’s preview, Jensen and Jared talked about the more technical aspects of shooting “Baby.” Here’s what else they have to say. Jared also talks about reuniting with Matt Cohen.

Plus, we leave you with one last treat. When the guys couldn’t divulge a future storyline because it was too spoilery, I asked them if they could mime it. Here’s what they came up with :

Supernatural airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on the CW. What were your favorite moments?

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3 Comments

  1. “God helps those who help themselves.”

    I was thinking about this line in relationship to Baby. She provides the hairpin, the machete, AND the coin when needed. She’s also provided the toy soldier which stopped The Apocalypse.

    A beloved classic Impala as the instrument of God. I rather like that. It also gives meaning to “God is my co-pilot.”

  2. “The A-Team and Hannibal Smith had something going on with a doctor who knew all about the volatile nature of the team’s lives. And she was cool with it. And she patched them up when they needed it. I always thought the boys could have something like that.”

    And then Cas does, presumably, at the end. So there’s that.

    Yes, what mistakes were made? I must know!

    Great episode, great great Sam and Dean interaction. I’m so glad they included Cas in the case instead of cutting away to some angel story. I just like him as part of Team Free Will so much better. The script and direction were both fantastic. Great review!

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