5x06:-i-believe-the-children-are-our-future

Kids are so with it; things my 6yo son has said in the past 24 hrs

“Mom, why do stores separate boys’ shoes from girls’ shoes? Our feet are the same and boys can like purple. They should just all be together. Buy me the purple ones.”

“At school the teacher had all the girls play the part of the ‘star maiden’ but I raised my hand and said I wanted a turn.”

“I don’t mind if strangers think I’m a girl, because I know I am a boy and hair and shoes don’t make you a boy or a girl.”

Am I the Only One Wondering This?

Remember the Cambion? The Antichrist? The crazy, lovely child who may or may not destroy the whole freaking world? A.K.A. Jesse Turner?

WHERE IS HE? WHY HAVE WE NOT HEARD FROM HIM AGAIN? I feel the character has earned at least an on screen death because of how powerful the freaking kid was. I mean, for real, he just whisked his parents away in super evil protective services and we never hear from him again? Really? AM I THE ONLY ONE STILL WORRIED ABOUT THIS KID?

You can fool the eyes and minds of the audience, but you cannot fool their hearts

5.06:

Behind Sam: a poster of a magician that ran away as a child to join the circus.

Behind Dean: a rainbow wig on a stiff in a suit.


You could hand-wave the set design if they hadn’t purposefully zoomed in on this at the end of the scene. You were meant to pay attention to this. But what ever for? We just don’t know.

I just re-watched “I believe the children are our future,” and ughhhh I have so many feelings about how Dean goes into big brother mode every time he’s around kids. It’s not just here, with Jesse, it’s also true with Ben and the shifter baby. He always takes the role of a parent when meeting a child–telling kids that they should do such-and-such because it’s good for them, explaining Jesse’s confusing powers in terms of superheroes. I don’t think he’d make a good dad unless he could give up hunting 100%–especially given how shitty a father he was for Ben–but the instinct is there, probably because he essentially raised Sam, and it’s beautiful.

And then there’s Sam. He treats kids like equals. He introduces himself to Jesse with a handshake. He’s more willing to tell him the hard truths. He doesn’t have the parenting instinct the way Dean does, so he just treats kids the way he would anyone else. And I don’t think one or the other is ultimately a better way to act, I just love what it says about them and their pasts, and I love imagining that one day, that might be how Sam acts around his kids, and how Dean acts around his nieces and nephews.

We were talking about the love of my life Andrew Dabb the other week, and I commented that he rarely explains his choices – in response to the question of why he didn’t explain himself if people were misunderstanding him.

While many of the writers on the show flat-out refuse to interpret story for the fans, seeming to enjoy the different ways in which scenes can be interpreted and the debates they cause, Dabb is even more reluctant than most to answer inquiries as to his meaning. And not just to fans – there are a few cases in which people involved with the show seem not to have understood his intent. A big one were the naked card board cut-outs of Dean Winchester removed from Stairway to Heaven by the network, which I think served a very important narrative purpose (I will never know, of course, if my interpretation of his intent is correct, but I will be forever sad to have missed them).

There are also lines here and there that I’ve suspected have been delivered not quite in the spirit in which they were intended, but ultimately changing little. But the other major example is the whoopee cushion in I Believe the Children Are Our Future.

No one understood the whoopee cushion, not then, not later. It’s not a particularly funny scene. It’s uncomfortable, in fact. Misha Collins had such trouble delivering the scene that they actually called Eric Kripke and begged to change the scene. Because they didn’t get the scene and what it was about.

And again, we will never know the intent Dabb had for the scene because he won’t elaborate, but what I found interesting was the close-up we got of the whoopee cushion when Dean bought it. The reason for Dean buying it. The thing that caught Dean’s eye.

There’s a sexy woman in a mini-skirt on the package, informing the viewer on the uses of the whoopee cushion. You are meant to use it to prank attractive women, to flirt with them by teasing them. Flirtation via horseplay, if you will. That is why Dean bought to whoopee cushion, that’s its stated purpose on the package in the context of the episode. In the episode, the whoopee cushion is  a device for flirtation.

And then Dean used it on Castiel. He purposefully used it on Castiel in the episode. He used it to prank angel of the lord Castiel.

Do the math yourself. But remember to factor in the fact that there hasn’t been a single episode on the show for which Andrew Dabb has written that Dean Winchester was not 100% homegrown organic freshly squeezed bisexual.