Supernatural Season 5, Episode 9: "The Real Ghostbusters" - Recap

Sam and Dean are lured into attending a convention for the Supernatural series of books introduced in last season's "Monster at the End of this Book." Chuck Shurley (pen name Carver Edlund) is back, super fan Becky is also back and so is the return of old school ghost hunting.

Right off the bat the "previously" captured my attention. It featured one of my all-time favorite scenes of Supernatural. "Asylum" is an awesome episode and showing the clip where an "intensified" Sam (thanks to Dr. Ellicott) accused Dean of being dad's little soldier asking if he's that desperate for his approval really took me back. "That's the difference between you and me. I have a mind of my own. I'm not pathetic like you." Then we see "Hunted" when Dean reveals to Sam what Big Daddy Winchester whispered to him shortly before BDW died. There's talk of the Colt. There's also a scene from "Monster at the End of this Book" where a guy accuses Sam and Dean of larping (Live Action Role Playing). And we're reminded of the Supernatural series of books.

Sam and Dean pull up to the Pineview Hotel and immediately spot a whole lineup of black '67 Chevy Impalas, so something's definitely going on. There they meet up with Chuck. Apparently, Becky's lured the Winchester brothers to the first ever Supernatural convention where guys are dressed up like Sam and Dean and there's a fugly Scarecrow walking around. There are also lookalike Ashes, Bobbys, yellow-eyed demons as well as mucho, mucho memorabilia. I think it's funny this episode is airing just as a real-life Supernatural convention is going down this weekend in Chicago. Both Jensen and Jared will be there in person. I personally have never been to one. The closest I've come is attending the Paley Fest from Season 1. I'm curious to hear from those of you who have been to conventions. What do you think of the way this episode portrayed them?

Carver announces the Supernatural series of books will continue not making Dean and Sam happy at all. Fans will finally be able to find out what happened after Dean went to hell. When the larping starts, a real ghost shows up. It turns out the Pineview is really haunted (not a shock). Back in 1909, Letitia Gore murdered four boys at the Gore Orphanage with a butcher knife and then offed herself. Sam and Dean happen to be just in time for the anniversary of these killings. The concierge tells the brothers to hit the attic where Sam and Dean pull out the EMF. And I swear, when was the last time we saw one of these things in an episode? Every time I see one on this show now it makes me think of the old days of Supernatural back in Seasons 1 and 2. The EMF is working overtime, there's definitely a deadly presence. A fake Sam and Dean follow the Winchesters. The role playing "bros" see a ghost right away of course. The boy points them toward a painting where they find a couple clues including a map. The real Winchesters find a ghost boy too, it's Letitia's own son - she apparently scalped him back in the day. The two sets of "brothers" are forced to work together. Only the real Sam and Dean, in this crazy world of larping, will now be known as "Rufus" and "Bobby." After Dean hears the larpers recite "Asylum" verbatim (I was wondering why we saw "Asylum" in the recap), he goes off on the guys. He doesn't understand why they would choose to be Sam and Dean. After all, Sam and Dean are treated like circus freaks. They've gone through so much pain. He thinks the "Dean and Sam story sucks. It is not fun. It's not entertaining. It is a river of crap that would send most people howling to the nuthouse." Once they all hit the cemetery, the role-players balk at digging up real graves especially when Letitia attacks. Dean salts and burns the bones taking care of her spirit.

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