Written by Scotty

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Dealing with your past can be a painful thing to do.  If you have done something that you have regretted, it can be even worse. Talking about it to others may take a huge wait off of your chest, but in the long run, you are the one that has to let it go.  If you wind up fighting yourself when it comes to this, you may never find peace, even when you are in your most somber state.  Losing sleep over something that might have been just a stupid mistake is one thing, but when it comes to the bigger things, you may never sleep again.

Billy Quintaine is a noted outlaw and on the run, but there is someone close on his tracks.  Texas Ranger Tom McCurdo is not giving up on his hunt for the outlaw and it seems like he never will.  Finding Billy in an out of the way town, Tom calls Billy out to a duel in the street, but one thing that Billy is not, is slow.  Billy wins the fight and heads into the saloon for his whiskey where he meets the man that will change his life.  A traveling sales man named Cornelius Bosch is offering Billy a tonic with the promise of showing the gunfighter things he has never seen before, and an extra jolt in his step, along with draw time.

Although Billy is hesitant to this, he drinks the tonic, but starts to see faces from his past.  As he looks around the crowed saloon, he starts to see everyone that he has killed.  Without knowing what is really happening, Tom McMurdo comes up and calls him out once again, but Billy is not willing to fight once more since he knows the old Texas Ranger is dead.  Even Cornelius is forthcoming, telling Billy he was killed in the cross fire, but Billy will not allow the group to take him, to where ever they are from.  Ducking away from his past, Billy finds that all of his past escapades have vanished, but he has no idea who will walk into the saloon next.

A tour guide, dressed in a red striped shirt comes into the saloon with his group as they discuss what happened in the town many years ago.  But this is not what interested Billy, the story that he, Billy Quintaine haunts this old saloon and cries out like a banshee every night if you listen hard enough.  Although Billy does not believe this, he is able to see that no one is able to see him when he is standing right in front of them.  Walking outside, Billy sees that this is not his time and he wants to be back where he came from.  Crying out to be let go, Billy hears a familiar voice once again, Tom McMurdo is outside calling him out, and this time, Billy will bear witness to what happens next.

This is one of the episodes that are not meant to scare you, but to make you think about your own story.   If you have been in the situations where something bad has happened at your hand, and you know it, you can continue on living, knowing that you have done wrong.  But if you are not willing to accept the consequences that come from your actions, you will be stuck in the spiral of denial, that does nothing for you, but keep you spinning around until you become sick of where and who you are.  Starring Neil Giuntoli as Billy Quintaine, David Morse as Tom McMurdo, Roderick Cook as Cornelius Bosch, along with the writer of the episode, Frank Darabont and the director, Richard Donner, this is an episode that makes you feel, for the lack of a better phrase, more human.  More focused on the story than the scares, this one does make you think about your own mortality, along with who you are in this life.  Until next time kiddies, Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by Scotty

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Having children and helping them cope with their problems is a very difficult thing for a parent to do. Not always being able to help with things that they never experienced as a child could be one of the main reasons for that, but is not only limited to it.  Some parents are just not able to help with the issues and have to call in for some extra help from a doctor.  There is no shame in asking for help and most of the time it helps even more getting an outsiders opinion on the matter.

Doctor Alan Goetz is a radio psychologist who is trying to help out all of the parents in radio land with their troubles.  With his method of ignoring the child’s spastic behavior, Goetz believes that his method is best and the only way to cure the family dynamic.  But his boss does not think that, and with the ratings on the show falling, she is looking to take over his timeslot and give it to someone with a little more pop.  While listening to this, while taking a call from his number one fan, Goetz decides that he will go back to his roots and head out to the home of his biggest fan, Nora, to see what he can do to help the child in need.

Rona, his boss is not too happy with the actions, but there is little she is able to do to stop him.  Arriving at the house, Rona gets a shock from grabbing the front door and the homeowner Nora has to apologize for the actions.  Being very thankful for Goetz to be in her house, Nora tries to explain everything that has been happing with the love of her life, but when her Felicity starts to bang her head against the wall once again, Goetz puts a stop to the mother's loving intention of bribing her daughter to stop it.  When the banging stops, Goetz knows that his method of ignoring the problem has worked and tries to leave by selling Nora a copy of his book, but as he finds out, she owns all the problem child books in the market. 

Needing to find a way to talk to Felicity, Goetz and his producer Bonnie head up stairs and investigate the trouble maker’s room.  With toys galore and other things around that could make the knocking sound, the two believe that they have found the problem, Nora has a double personality.  Looking around the room, they find Rona’s body and want to get out of the house before something else happens to them.  Getting locked into the room, the try to escape through the attic, but that is no good as the ceiling fan lowers and takes Bonnie’s head clean off.  Tied up and waiting in the attic, Goetz wakes up and speaks to Nora about her problem once again and asks to talk to the child, but when he sees Felicity again, his mind is blown on who is really behind the mask.

What a deranged tale that only gets worse as you follow along.  With a know it all doctor only trying to help a woman with her problem to save his job, it seems like his heart was not really in it.  That is a sad commentary to the way some doctors work these days, only doing it to gather a paycheck and no other reason.  But when the problem comes and faces him straight up, he tries to change his tune, but that could be because he thinks he will be able to escape his new dungeon.  Starring David Warner as Dr. Alan Goetz, Joan Severance as Rona, Twiggy as Bonnie and Zelda Rubinstein as Nora.  Some of my favorite talents from the previous years are all able to make me remember how much I love the horror in everyday life, along with a strange daughter that may or may not want anyones help after all.  Until next time kiddies, Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by Scotty

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Running your own business is a pain that most people do not expect.  Thinking that they will have clientele as soon as they open the doors is a pipe dream as so many people find out the hard way.  Needing to make sure you have a customer for what you are selling is the primary goal, and being able to adjust to what the people want is what will keep you in business.  If you are not able to do the latter of these things, you should think twice about opening a shop for fear you will be living on the streets when it does not take off like the success stories you see on television. 

Fred and Erma are having a tough time making ends meet with their diner.  Being a specialty shop, that only serves squid, Fred thinks he has got everything figured out, but there are not any customers coming in to enjoy it.  Being behind on his building rent, Fred gets a visit from his landlord Mr. Chumley and loses his mind briefly.  Going after the man with a knife, Fred’s drifter employee Gaston sees what all is happening across the street and comes up with an alternative that will make the diner some money.

With promise of his special barbeque, Gaston puts some steaks in the fridge and his first customer, Officer Phil cannot keep the drool off of his lips.  Cooking it up, Fred and Erma see how the smell of something great can make people appear out of the wood work.  With the meat being to all of their customers liking, Fred and Erma know they have a success on their hands, but when Fred finds out where the meat is coming from, he starts to have second thoughts.  When needing to get more steaks out of the back, Gaston shows Fred where their new profits are coming from, Mr. Chumley himself.

Serving up human meat in the diner does not seem very ethical, but with dollar signs in his eyes, Fred cannot find a good reason to stop.  Changing their diner to a steak house, the three are working towards the final end goal of making a ton of money.  But Gaston is starting to notice that Fred’s heart may not be in it, and wants to take over the operation.  With Erma still clueless about what is happening in her shop, Gaston comes clean about what they are serving their clients and that he plans to relieve Fred from his guilt.  Rushing down to the shop, Erma tries to stop Fred and Gaston from fighting, but they are disturbed by a frequent visitor who may or may not take offense to what has been happening.

With the way this episode started out, I had no idea how it was going to end, and like a surprise dessert, it did not disappoint.  Love how the actors embraced their roles, I could almost see the longing for success in Gaston’s eyes as all he could see was money and the possible love of Erma.  I do not know how I would react if I found out that my favorite steak house was serving meat from something other than a cow, and I hope I will never have to in the future.  Starring Christopher Reeve as Fred, Bess Armstrong as Erma, Art LaFleur as Officer Phil, Meat Loaf as Mr. Chumley and Judd Nelson as Gaston.  This is one of the most star studded cast I have seen in this series and I can see why everyone was licking their lips to check it out.  Until next time kiddies, Stay Scared.  

 
 

Written by Scotty

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As actors and actresses start to get older, the harder it is for them to land the "young person" role.  With all of the makeup and CGI that can be done to them, it still does not look right on the big screen and even though we see it all the time, the fans know that it is not right.  Staying young forever is something that we have all been looking for, but to date, the fountain of youth has still not been discovered and the aging process continues to hammer us on a daily basis.  But there is nothing wrong with getting older and staying in the industry, I just hope that you would be willing to play someone your own age, rather than someone thirty years younger than you.

Aging actress Helen has not had an easy life to this point.  She is always losing out on her jobs to the younger ladies, especially her roommate Joyce.  Knowing that Joyce is giving it up for the opportunities, Helen is still not willing to give in and sleep with anyone for the parts that she wants.  Believing that true beauty and talent is on the inside, Helen will never complicate her morals with any of these shenanigans.  But after her latest audition, when the director initially said that she got the part, Helen is shocked to find out that once again, she has lost the part to Joyce.

Going back to her apartment, Helen accuses Joyce of sleeping with the director, but Joyce does denies it completely.  Falling for another man, Joyce is happy to share her news that she will be the winner of a beauty contest and become the spokeswoman for a brand when done.  Not even knowing that she got the Ball Buster job that Helen is upset about makes Helen even more infuriated. Running to her medicine cabinet, Helen thinks about killing herself, but then another idea pops into her mind as she knows how to get even with her roommate.  Spiking Joyce’s tea with the sleep aid, Helen is ready to take her part in the beauty pageant, but is ashamed when she sees that Joyce will not be waking up ever again.

As life goes on, Helen writes a suicide note for her roommate and gets ready for the gig since being a spokeswoman would be a defining moment in her otherwise dwindling carrier.  Meeting up with the host, Helen shows him the note and is guaranteed the win and the sponsorship, but Druscilla knows what is going on and accuses Helen of the same thing that she accused Joyce of, sleeping around.  Although Helen has not done this, it is not above Druscilla to do it to win the contest and get her own payday.  When George, the host confronts Helen about the new situation at hand, she is not willing to give up the title, no matter what the job after is for.  Killing Druscilla in the dressing room, Helen is ready to take center stage and to promote whatever it is that will have her swimming in diamonds and furs, but she may not have been so anxious about the job if she knew what it was really all about. 

It is a sad commentary on life for those who have been passed over so many times and what they will do to have it stop for them.  As being one of these people, I have never let my morals get out of whack and have a feeling of revenge on my mind.  You have to get the next one, is what I always told myself, and overall, it has worked out nicely for me. I love the distrust between Helen and all of the other characters in this episode.  Even though they are not trying to screw her over, she believes that they are and that justifies her actions.  It is tough, I will admit it, but it should be who is better in a role or position, not what they are willing to do to get it.  Starring Mimi Rogers as Helen, Kathy Ireland as Joyce, Jennifer Rubin as Druscilla and Buck Henry as George.  This is a great story of showing how far someone will go to get something that they may not want in the end.  Until next time kiddies, Stay Scared. 

 
 

Written by Scotty

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In life, we all have our special talent.  Some of them may be good, while others are a bit darker.  Putting these talents to work in our favor is one of the hardest things to do as not all of them are marketable in the private sector.  Some people have a great deal of talent in deception and these are the people you have to watch out for when trying to make a deal. They will always get their end of the deal, no matter if you find them out or not since they have perfected their craft over the years.  It is always good to keep these people at arm’s length, but if you get sucked in to their stories, you will never be able to escape, even with the shirt on your back.

Benny Polosky and Alison Peters are at the top of their craft.  Being professional cons, they know how to make every dice roll show in their favor.  Their next job is getting three hundred thousand dollars out of Prescott Chalmers by playing him.  Coming up with the perfect story to seduce the older man, there should not no problem getting away scot-free.  Telling the story that Prescott’s father was robbed a bank back in 1902 and invested the money wisely before being thrown into prison seems to have its issues, but with the current funds of three million dollars being ripe for the taking will be too much for the man to pass up. 

As Alison Peters pretends to be Prescott’s cousin, she is able to get a little bit deeper inside on the story with the old man, and with Benny hiding in the closet during her romantic interlude, she thinks everything will go off without a hitch.  But when Benny starts to hum the song that was playing earlier in the night, Prescott knows that he has been had and will leave without even breaking a sweat, even though the pictures are damning to him.  Benny and Alison had no idea that his wife was blind and it would only be hearsay of what happened, but Alison is not happy with losing her current payday.  Trying to hold up the old man, Alison draws a gun on him, but he is not frightened and walks straight to his death in a malfunctioning elevator shaft.

Going to the police station to give their statements, Alison and Benny are almost ready to call it quits, but running into Mrs. Chalmers, Alison gets an idea of a lifetime.  Mrs. Chalmers believes she can talk to her husband from the other side with her spiritual advisor and Alison is able to fill that role.  Taking Madame Leona’s place for the night, Alison hides Benny in the closet to come out and tell Mrs. Chalmers to make Prescott’s final transaction complete.  But when using all of the spiritualist’s chants, someone comes out of the closet and it is not Benny playing his final role in the con, but Mr. Chalmers wanting to finish his final transaction.

A con gone wrong would be an understatement for Alison and Benny in this episode.  Even though they have the know-how and skills to pull it off, more than one thing goes wrong and they will not ever receive their payday.  I especially liked the looks on their faces when Mrs. Chalmers said she had to talk to her husband, as you can tell the gears were turning, but even then, they are left with nothing more than a head heavy suitcase.  Starring Cathy Moriarty as Alison, Ben Cross as Benny, Ellen Crawford as Mrs. Chalmers and John Vernon as Prescott Chalmers.  This is the perfect group of actors to make this story come to life and I could not imagine anyone doing it better.  The Crypt Keeper even got to change his accent in this episode to a 1920’s detective voice.  Until next time, you shee, Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by Scotty

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You hear it all over news these days, bands breaking up for one reason or another.  Knowing what I have heard over the years, I would always tell people that are looking to start a band to make sure they have their lives figured out before even attempting it. With all of the things that are thrown at the stars when they are on the road, it is amazing that all of our favorite singers make it back home in one piece.  But hey, it is the price of fame and there are several others that are able to make it work out for them.

The rock band Exorcist is back from two years on the road and loving life.  Their lead guitarist, writer and producer Nick Bosch has even found love, marrying Scarlett on the road.  Although the couple is happy and looking to live their life to the fullest, the lead singer Danny Darwin is not on board. Knowing that Scarlett is a distraction to the band and their fans, he wants to make things as uncomfortable as possible for the new addition of his rock family.  Danny’s groupie, Vendetta feels the same way about the harpy and wants her gone and while trying to get Danny’s mind off of the distraction, she gives him an idea to get a new tattoo. 

While complaining about the future of the band, Danny thinks this is a great idea and goes to the shop to get a tiger on his chest, but the tattoo artist has something else in mind.  Farouche believes that everyone’s body has a story to tell and it is up to him to find and unlock it in a tattoo.  Danny does not seem too keen on the idea, but goes along with it and comes out with some ink that will change his outlook on life forever.  Scarlett has been placed on his chest and no matter what he tries, she remains there and he must find a way to get her out of his life, forever.

After Scarlett confronts Danny about his attitude and what it is doing to her relationship with Nick, Danny has something else to say but has to wait until the night of show to tell her.  Sneaking away from sound check, Danny finds the young bride in the bathroom and unprepared for what comes next.  As Danny eliminates Scarlett from the equation, he returns to the venue and prepares for his show.  But his tattoo is hurting more than ever and with it coming to life in front of his very eyes, Danny must find a way to keep the recently deceased Scarlett from getting under his skin ever again.

Wow, after watching this episode, I am pretty sure I will never even think about getting a tattoo again.  If I had an artist that is looking for my body to tell a story, and if it has something to do with my deepest desires, I would have gnomes galore going crazy on my arms.  It might not seem that scary right now, but think about and it will send chills up your spine.  With a great cast bringing the story to life, Yul Vazquez as Danny, Paul Hipp as Nick, Tia Carrere as Scarlett, Sherrie Rose as Vendetta and Heavy D as Farouche, this is a gleaming tribute to the rock industry.  With no drug use and just drinking, maybe some of today’s stars could learn a lesson from it, and even better, lay off the tattoos.  Until next time kiddies, Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by Scotty

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There are so many people in places of position because they know the right people and are willing to use those bonds to get ahead.  But it does not end there as contracts are handed out using the friends scale and not who will do the work the best and fastest.  Business all has to do with politics and this has not changed in the past fifty years and will not ever change as long as the machine keeps running.  If you are granted something based on the person you know and not the work you do, make sure that you take it seriously, as eventually you will be figured out and replaced with someone that can do it the right way.

Working in a research lab, George Gatlin has taken the reins on the new H-Cell project, well at least he's been telling the press that he has.  In his new press release, George tells the world that the new project will revolutionize the way they see medicine and be able to move diseases straight out of the body.  With this being true, George feels like he is doing the right thing, but what he did not tell the press is that they do not know how to stop the process and the patient could die from the over production of cells. 

When his employees read this, they become fed up with how egotistical their boss is and want to try and find a way to make him come back down to earth.  Although Sophie and George were a thing once, she has decided to steer clear of him since she knows who he really is, while Pack is just flat out fed up with his actions.  Pack and Sophie are the true minds behind the H-Cell program and are working tirelessly on making a way to stop it, but that is still sometime in the future and at this point, they are not ready for human testing, or are they?

Wanting to prove that the vaccine works, they inject George with it and watch as their boss starts to suffer. Without an antidote available, George is faced with what he will do with his final hours and while trying to drink his sorrows away, he starts seeing tumors rising up on people that are not sick.  Knowing that his time is short, George wants to get one more run with Sophie in before becoming a dead patient, but when he hears Pack calling and admitting to what happened to him, his rage cannot be stopped.  Going back to the lab in the morning, George kills his best scientist without knowing what really happened to him.  Dragging Pack’s body to the police station, George admits to the crime, but wants them also to know what has been done to him.  Feeling like he is justified in his actions, he is shocked when Sophie shows up and delivers the news of what has actually been done.

There are some people out there that just don’t live in the world that the rest of us do and when the rules do not seem to apply to them, something must be done to bring them back down to earth.  This story tells that completely, but it also takes into account what someone’s reaction would be to having this done to them and that is the scary thing as you never know what someone will do when facing their own mortality.  Starring Dylan McDermott as George Gatlin, Sonia Braga as Sophie and Cleavon Little as Pack, this tale takes you into the inner psyche of a man dying, or at least thinks he is dying and wants to make the best of his last moments above ground.  You might want to think twice about playing a trick on your boss or a good friend, especially if you do not know what they are capable of.  Until next time kiddies, Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by Scotty

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Love does not know age, who can say otherwise.  Even though it seems to be less acceptable that people marry someone much younger than them, it happens all the time and the couple seems to be happy.  But if money is involved, then all kinds of flags are raised since the older person will always leave their fortune to their younger bride.  Hey, I don’t judge, I am all for everyone finding the love of their life and spending as much time as possible with that person, I just hope however that it is truly love that's involved and not lust for one’s financial benefit.

Howard Prince is a very successful con man and always looking for his next big score.  Being able to convince older women to fall in love with him and give him control of their finances, he is well off, but not ready to retire from the business yet.  He needs another elder widow to make his portfolio complete, along with his bank account, but there is trouble in the water.  With the death of his latest bride, Howard’s bank account has been frozen by the IRS and the authorities are bearing down on his little operation.  As his partner is ready to skip town, Howard is looking for his next love.

Watching dating videos of some recent widows, there is one that stands out to Howard, Effie Gluckman.  Seeing the nice jewelry that she is wearing, Howard jumps at the opportunity to get to her before she finds another man to keep her company.  Although Effie is not too keen on spending time with a younger man, Howard charms her and is able to become the next love of her life. Howard does play the pity card about why he cannot be with a woman his own age and Effie eats it up and promises the young man that she can cure him.  Howard cannot explain his performance, but has a reason to leave quickly as a letter comes for him telling him to stay away from the old widow.

Howard needs to find out who is onto him and takes the first swing at his soon to be former partner.  Not admitting to anything, Howard puts his old friend on the rocks and moves on to the next person he can think of that would know what his intentions really are.  With a small killing streak completed, it is time for Howard to end his marriage to Effie and tries to poison the woman, but she is a tough old bird that will not go down without a fight.  Having to throw her down the stairs, Howard thinks he is in the clear, but after her funeral, Howard gets another letter and has to go visit the cemetery where all of his past loves are buried.

Talk about an amazing story to start off the fourth season of Tales from the Crypt.  With a great cast and a director that you would not imagine could do much with a horror story, you are left wanting the story to continue.  You would hope that Howard might learn a lesson to teach him that what he is doing is wrong, but he will not give up on what has been working so well for him over the years and that might lead to his own demise. Starring Treat Williams as Howard Price, Frances Sternhagen as Effie, Henry Gibson as Stanhope the Butler and Tom Hanks as Baxter at the dating agency, you are shown a man’s true battles with his past, along with the present when he believes that his time is running out.  Until next time, Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by Scotty

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There are those people out there that are thrill seekers.  The ins and outs of a normal day are not enough for these people and they need to spice things up a little bit by finding something to get their adrenaline pumping.  I don’t see any problems with this, as long as they are not causing other people problems by how they get their fix.  Outside of that, game on.  Live your life the way that you see fit and make sure you enjoy it to the fullest since we only get one shot at it.

Liz has just returned home from college with nothing but a broken heart.  Breaking up with her boyfriend two months ago, she is still not over being apart yet, but she is home and are good friend Ashley will not let her sulk anymore.  Giving Liz news that she ran into an old flame that is still in town, she wants to get her friend out of the house and to have a good time while being home.  Not knowing what the day will provide, Liz has her heart set on getting up to Preston Castle today, to get away from prying eyes and maybe letting loose, just a little bit.

When Danny joins the girls at the lake, he and Liz do not have a ton to say to each other, but their playful spirit is still there as they can accomplish saying much more with saying nothing at all.  Agreeing to take the girls up to old building, he starts telling them about some of the things that have happened there.  Believing that there is something happening inside of the boys correctional institute, he steps carefully around, while watching the girls skip though unknowing what really happened.  Walking through the halls in the daylight is fun enough for the group as Liz is videotaping everything with her camera and Danny is telling some of the scary stories about the buildings shaded past.  Wanting to stay in the old building after dark seems like the plan for the group, but as the sun sets, something sets its sights on the three youths that have intruded into its realm. 

A Haunting at Preston Castle follows a group of friends that are looking to reconnect and have a good time.  Heading up to the old boys correctional institute, the girls are looking for a good scare since Danny has been around and knows much more about the old building than anyone they know.  As Danny tells the history about the building, something inside of the walls seems to come alive and starts quietly stalking the group.  When the sun goes down however, the inhabitant comes into full hunting mode and tries to be included in the big kid’s fun night, but Liz does not believe in ghosts, even with the strange things that are happening around her.  Danny knows the stories about the old building and knows that there is danger inside of the walls, but when he is not able to convince the ladies to leave shortly after the sun goes down, he may have just sealed the groups fate.

Not a bad haunted house tale at all.  With a believable backstory that is the primary focus for the haunting, they did a fine job making sure you knew the stories as well as Danny did.  I like these creepy old buildings that have hallways that go one for miles and enough rooms so you could sleep an army, so you never know the way to freedom and when you find it, you may just be too tired to make it.  There are a couple ghostly scares in this movie, but not much that will make you jump out of your seat, but that is just fine as the finale will keep you on the edge of your seat when trying to find the only safe haven in the old building that nobody, not even a ghost could find you.  Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by Shae

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I didn’t think I liked it at first, but Carry On Wayward Son is pretty, well, pretty when sung by girls. Still, this song gives me a form of PTSD that I’m not sure I’m able to handle, really. This show has given me more feels than I know what to do with but still, it is one of the few things I can’t get over. I’m still reeling from this season finale, and I don’t even know how to recap this. So much happened! Here I thought Sammy was going to die, and he didn’t. Like, I almost started to cry!

As it starts, our boys have all split up. Dean refuses to be found while Sam and Cas are working hard to figure out what to do with Rowena to get her to cast the spell. Eventually, things will work out, right? Well, expect for the fact that Sam kind of messed up on killing Crowley. I wouldn’t want to anger the demon, but that’s….just me. Still, Sam threatens Rowena. She’s demanded her freedom and the codex when this is done and Sam agrees, despite Castiels’ warnings. After all, why listen to the Angel who, I don’t know, probably knows a thing or two. She does translate the book. Three things are needed. The forbidden fruit, the golden calf, and sacrifice of someone Rowena loves. Does she even love anyone? Cas dips into her memories and finds that she indeed does. A little Polish boy…who supposedly died 300+ years ago, but we know never to trust anything on this show when it comes to death and time lines. While they’re busy with that, Dean is off trying to solve a case, but really, he’s trying to hold himself together. Let’s face it, Dean isn’t doing too well and we all know it. He’s slipping further and further. He nearly gets the father of the latest victim to hit him. But Dean is un-phased by a lot of things lately. While on the case he does find the missing girl…and he also finds Rudy, whom he told to leave earlier that day. In the end, Dean ends up saving the girl, but he does get Rudy killed.

With the startling breakdown that happens next, Dean is left making rash decisions. He summons Death, of all people. And Death offers some insight. God didn’t create the world out of nothing. But he and his Arch Angels did fight a battle over what was called the Darkness. The Mark is two parts, it’s both lock and key to secure the Darkness. It was given to Lucifer, who, with it, grew jealous of humans as the Mark grew to be sentient. Lucifer passed part of the Mark to Cain who eventually gave it to Dean. It begs the question, with enough people holding bits of the Mark, could the insanity have been warded off? Possibly. Death explains that he can lessen the effects if Dean shares the Mark, but the older Winchester isn’t willing to do that. He won’t subject anyone else to this thing. Another solution exists, however. He could take Dean far away, somewhere where he can’t hurt another living thing ever again. There is one price though…Dean calls Sam and brings him to where he is meeting with Death, Sam’s death will end all of this. Death rationalizes that so long as Sam is alive, he will stop at nothing to bring Dean back and unleash the Mark, which frees the Darkness. He’s not entirely wrong, but, what the hell Death!?

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With this great debate going on, Cas has enlisted the help of Crowley. Despite recent events, the Demon is willing to help cast the spell and free Dean. While Moose may have betrayed their friendship, Dean has yet to…right? So he hunts down something. A hunch he has, really. The man from the diner, he met, an episode ago…turns out he’s a bit important. That little Polish boy that Rowena remembers, that she loved, well, he was the son of the family that helped nurse her back to health. He had been sick, but with a few spells, he was fine and suddenly immortal. Crowley brings him along with the rest of the things that he has acquired. Rowena is instantly filled with hate for Crowley, but she does cast the spell…just as Sam has given up and about to allow Dean to kill him, with Death’s Scythe no-less. Only, Dean doesn’t. He, instead, kills Death, or so we think. Everything seems okay as the boys walk back to Baby, and Dean is a bit back to himself…and then the Mark is stricken from his arm. It’s a good thing, it’s a great thing, and Sam assures him things will be fine.

The same light that tore the Mark from him, is now striking holes into the ground, releasing clouds of darkness that woosh to meet…and spread. What have they done?! Rowena, on the other hand, is free. She grabs the codex and the Book of the Damned and casts a spell, causing Castiel to go after Crowley…surely, she aims to exact her revenge. What does she care if they both die? It’s a win/win. And just like that, Rowena is gone, Cas is under a spell and about to kill Crowley, Sam and Dean are about to be enveloped by Darkness, and it’s all just gone to…not hell, but something worse. Well, we have to wait some time before Season 11 starts, but I promise we are getting a Season 11…unless something happens…and then that’s just how this all ends. At least, on a happier note, you know, Dean’s normal again. Ish? I have a few theories, but I’ll save them for another blog. Until then, Carry on my wayward children.