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  • TV Series: Supernatural
  • Episode: Sam, Interrupted
  • Starring: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins
  • Written By: Andrew Dabb, Daniel Loflin
  • Directed By: James L. Conway
  • Network: CW
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Supernatural: Sam, Interrupted Review

Crazy Is What Crazy Does in Supernatural

By Kent Ninomiya     January 22, 2010

Is Dean Really Crazy?
© CW/Bob Trate


You know that you are into a crazy show when the characters tell the truth and are considered insane for it. Sam tries to infiltrate an insane asylum where some supernatural deaths occurred by pretending to be crazy. He convinces the psychiatrist of this by saying he started the apocalypse and was hunting Lucifer. Apparently when the truth is considered crazy, only the crazy tell the truth. Dean finishes the story by talking about Sam's addiction to demon blood and gets committed too.
Once inside they make contact with a former hunter named Martin, who is now a patient in the asylum. They find out that a creature is sucking the patient's brains dry then making their deaths look like suicides. It seems like a fairly typical whodunit episode until the brothers run into some unexpected and humorous twists.
While inside the asylum, Sam and Dean are forced to confront all those emotional issues that they are too manly to talk about. When they are sent to different counseling sessions because the psychiatrist says the brothers are dangerously codependent, they are stunned speechless. In that moment they have an epiphany and realize how true that is.
Of course there is a hot woman playing a shrink in the asylum. It couldn't be an episode of Supernatural without a hot woman. When she describes Dean as a paranoid schizophrenic with narcissistic personality disorder and religious psychosis, he is again speechless. Too much of that assessment is true for comfort. Fans of Dean's zany side are treated to numerous displays of hilarious spontaneity like when Dean channels Hannibal Lecter and when drops his pants and screams “pudding.” We also get to see another side of Sam when he is drugged and spacing out. In that scene the brothers switch roles and Dean plays the straight man.
Halfway through the episode, the writers throw a brilliant twist at us. What we thought was real, really isn't. We are forced to wonder if the brothers just sound crazy or really are crazy. For a while we don't know what is going on. If this was any other show, that might be annoying. Since this is Supernatural, the mystery draws us in. There is an excellent climax when the villain and method are revealed. The writers do a good job disguising the real culprit.
The true brilliance of this episode is the use of the asylum as a vehicle to force Sam and Dean into introspection. The villain does not make the brothers crazy, only amplifies what is already there. The experience makes Sam realize that he is consumed with anger. Dean is there to slap him back to reality and say “so what?” This episode reiterates that Supernatural is primarily a character driven show about the relationship between Sam and Dean. We care about the show because we care about the Winchesters, not the monsters they kill every week.


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thirishar 1/22/2010 6:29:29 AM

Amen! I was bout to die waiting for Supernatural to be back and the "PUDDING!" scene was soooo funny!! i feel bad for my neighbors  though, i laughed really long and hard at that one!

DaForce1 1/22/2010 9:17:29 AM

The line that got me was, "I was theraped."

Good to see the boys back again.

Skroin 1/22/2010 9:28:24 AM

Glad the show is back!

And the episode was definately a great one.

KentNinomiya 1/22/2010 10:00:54 AM


Thanks for pointing that one out. I forgot about it. Very funny episode.


Moz72 1/22/2010 10:24:12 AM

Loved the "Pudding!" scene too! That was funny!

ponyboy76 1/22/2010 6:19:26 PM

Yeah, I had rewind it twice to hear what Dean said,"Theraped" Hilarious! You do have to love the fact that no matter what the episode from pretty much season1 episode 1, they have always had hot women on the show. Its like a rule.

noahbody 1/23/2010 7:53:49 AM

Great show!

I will be sorry to see it go.



Jakester 1/24/2010 6:40:53 AM

It'll be back for a 6th season.  I guess Kripke, Ackles and Padalecki got their truckloads of money that they were talking about.

axia777 1/26/2010 11:49:22 AM

Well sh*t it the show IS back for a 6th season that means one of two things. 

1) The war with the Devil is going to drag out for the 5th and the 6th season.  This could be epic or it could be epically horrible.  Dragging things like this out could have the X-Files effect.  As in being intense in the beginning but losing steam as time goes on.  We shall see I guess.

2) The war with the Devil is conculded in the 5th season and a whole new story arc is started.  This is the option I hope for.  The whole demond blood in Sam/War with the Devil angels is cool and all but I really yearn for the days of just Sam and Dean killing evil sh*t and kicking ass.  Again, I guess we shall see.

The is the best show on normal cable TV.  I trust that they can make the right choices.



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