I saw your comment to the other anon. I don’t see it as a boner scene. Dean was questioning how Cas got out of Purgatory, discussing this with Sam. Then Cas walks in while their talking about him, and Dean gets shifty and uncomfortable, because he didn’t want to be overheard. It’s the same expression that Dean had when he put itching powder in Sam’s underwear... he almost gets caught when Sam suddenly walks out of the bathroom.
Hi there! It’s taken me a while to reply because I wanted to gather comparison gifs and cover everything you’ve said here, for the sake of clarity and completeness. So. Regarding this post. Or maybe even this one. I had several similar anons yesterday. :)
I think you might be one of the very few people in the universe who look at this:
And not think he’s having some sort of pants-related situation here… For reference, this is the scene I was talking about in 1.03 (thank you canonspngifs for actually having a gif of this!):
Not to mention the fact that THE CAMERA ITSELF is telling us, subconsciously, how to “read” the scene in 8.07. We start at Cas’s feet as he enters the room, and the camera (which is “Dean’s gaze” in this instance because it’s HIS reaction to Cas the camera gave the most attention to) slowly pans up Cas’s body exactly the way it stereotypically does to a beautiful woman making this sort of entrance. It’s referred to as the “male gaze” and I’ve got MULTIPLE posts on my blog dating back YEARS about this bit of film shorthand. (x)
THIS RIGHT HERE IS A ROMANTIC TROPE IN ITSELF. Think about a movie where the woman descends a flight of stairs to meet her date. The camera ALWAYS slowly pans up her body this way, as the date’s POV reaction– HIS GAZE ON HER– and this sort of shot is NEVER NOT AT LEAST A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ATTRACTION.
Supernatural has played with this exact sort of shot before… in 3.04– with Dean in Castiel’s position and BELA in Dean’s position: (x)
Immediately after this, Bela admires him, suggests they have “angry sex,” and Dean replies by acting all awkward and telling her not to objectify him… so… the show itself is telling us what this shot is about. It’s objectifying him. Just like he does with Cas in the boner scene. Just like he did with Wendy the waitress in the booty shorts, who he pointed at and called “fun.”
But the scene in 1.17? When he was nearly caught tampering with Sam’s clothes? PUTTING ITCHING POWDER IN THEM?! It was a humor beat and he over-acted being like “shit I shouldn’t be here, he’ll know I did something to his trousers.” Here’s a gif of his reaction face, his “trying way too hard to play innocent” face: (x)
That gifset I pulled this from is linked at the x above this gif. Go look at it in context. Dean never leers at his brother’s body. By the time the camera does the slow pan down Sam’s body as he goes to put on his clothes, DEAN ISN’T EVEN IN THE ROOM ANYMORE. The shot down Sam’s body isn’t informing someone in-story’s pov of Sam, it’s literally fanservice for the tv viewer.
Dean looks guilty, because half a second before he turned around and made this face, he was dumping itching powder in Sam’s jeans.
And I don’t see ANYTHING remotely similar between Dean’s facial expression here to the one in 8.07. Or to the one in 1.03. The context of the entire scene is completely different.
In fact, his body language here is far more similar to this scene in 3.04:
or this scene in 4.06 (for comparison, it’s a male deputy he thinks is awesome here):
You can’t just match up “dean is flustered” with anything and make it prove the conclusion without context.
Because we KNOW how Dean reacts to a PLATONIC FRIEND doing the whole MONTAGE! courtesy of Charlie in 8.20. Here, have a convenient compare/contrast gif post:
I also saw a gif set going around in the last week or so that was so unsettling I didn’t reblog it, but now I kinda wish I had… It took the scenes from Charlie’s “montage” there in that previous link, and replaced Dean’s platonic thumbs-up reaction with how he reacted to Cas in 8.07… and it’s just like NO, NO NO NOPITY NOPE NO.
But you want Dean being flustered in front of someone he has canonically had sex with? Okay, please have this from 5.13, where Dean was enjoying a dream about strippers that Anna barged in on. He goes from aroused to surprised to embarrassed in about 2 seconds flat:
His reaction to Sam almost catching him mid-prank in 1.17 is FAR more similar to other times he’s been caught wrong-footed. Like in 7x06 and pretending he doesn’t know Bobby to Frank. Goofy scenes, mostly. And ones that aren’t sexually charged. it’s Jensen’s deliberately over-acting comedy face. All it’s missing is the “Comedy Elbows.”
I think this post is long enough now… >.>