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Sam in Provenance 
6th-Sep-2006 09:39 pm

Marry that girl - Sam in Provenance

In a nice bit of continuity the lighter atmosphere from Hell House and the deeper understanding between the brothers that came from Something Wicked carries over here.

Sam is once again seen as the one hunting for clues about their next job while Dean is having fun in a bar. This is consistent with what we`ve seen so far. The bar scene just isn`t Sam`s thing and he probably gets dragged there time and again by Dean. It also reinforces Sam`s interest in at least the researching part of hunting. That seems right up his alley.

But while Sam isn`t a party animal per se, there is also a fun-loving side to him. Not to mention a "guy"-side. Watch his reaction carefully, he isn`t morally outraged at Dean making up stories to the girls, trying to charm them into his bed. It`s more of an amused "what can you do about this (loveable) scoundrel"-reaction. And when Dean tells him about the reality TV-scouts-lie, Sam is giggling right along with him.

And who can forget his adorkable squeak in the auction house which proves that Sam can be a goofball with the bst of them.

Also the reason he gives for taking art classes is meeting girls. And even Dean seems surprised at that. But it shows that Sam while maybe not as in-your-face with it as Dean is, is clearly a guy too and not some metrosexualized being that a lot of shows have grown so fond of in their portrayal of political correct male characters.

In fact I adored him being a bit jerky here to Sarah in the house with the
That`s fascinating but relevant how?. People are like that. Even gentle giants. ;)
If Sam never had moments like this, he would be way too perfect and in essence boring and annoying.
I equally loved his line about "low sodium freaks". Stuff like that humanizes the character.

Him waking up a threesome-sleeping-off Dean is a bit like a mini-continuation of their prank war, with Sam once again using the car against Dean. Followed up by the same adorable dorky laugh.

All in all, this is miles away from the angry, grief-stricken character we`ve seen after Jessica`s death. The healing process is clearly coming along nicely.
Yet it is also different from the Pilot!Sam who was uneasy with and had clearly grown apart from his brother. The progression in their relationship over the course of the Season is clearly a thing of beauty.

Provenance, after the first tentative baby steps in Hookman, also marks the second and much more profound attempt at rebound for Sam. With a generous helping of Dean pushing him forward, admittedly. :)

From the moment of their first meeting in the auction house the mutual attraction with Sarah is clear. Yet it is also plain to see that Sam doesn`t feel comfortable acting on it. A bit of flirtatious banter over art history is as far as he will go on the matter.
Luckily Dean is in full-out pimp mode here and Sam never really stands a chance. *g*

Once again Sam bonds with a person over the loss of someone significant in their lifes. Yet I felt his attraction to Sarah here right from the start is different than the one to Lori in Hookman. The latter practically screamed damsel in distress and gave up this ultra-victim-vibe that would have appealed to Sam at that time. With Sarah otoh there is none of that, so I feel she gives a much better read on what kind of woman Sam feels drawn to.

Sarah turns out to be strong, courageous, open-minded and compassionate woman. While she is freaked out by the ghostly business, she clearly feels and takes responsibility for selling the murderous painting. She wants to see things through and is certainly no shrieking damsel in distress.

At their date she also rescues Sam from his embarassment with the snobby waiter, showing she, inspite of clearly being rich or at least upper class, isn`t a snob herself like her Dad.
She was embarassed about him rudely dismissing the brothers and while she poked a bit of snarky-fun at Dean about the mini-quiche (and Sam looked embarassed here too), I didn`t get the feeling she looked down on him. In fact I think there was a definitive wink when he maneuvered Sam towards her.

That little incident at the restaurant also tells us something about Sam. He may have gotten the education and planned to go into law school which might have led to a life where he ran into such circles, but he isn`t there yet. He isnt used to travelling in high society and while he maybe able to talk about some intellectual topics, he clearly lacks the background.
And while his more mild-mannered approach would make it easier to blend in than Dean, who obviously doesn`t care enough to even try, for people like Sarah`s father that`s still not enough, i.e. the rejected handshake.

Of course the episode also gives us another beautiful brotherly scene. No chick flick moments, my ass. The show is full of them. ;) Where Sam actually comes pretty close to really voicing his fears, yet can`t quite bring himself too. He acknowledges that indeed, Jessica would have wanted him to be happy and it isn`t just her memory that is holding him back.
But he can`t tell Dean here what he later pretty much tells Sarah, namely his fears of being a Typhoid Mary who brings pain and destruction to everyone that gets close. I`m guessing by now Sam must know that Dean in his protection of Sam will outright reject hearing such thoughts and tell him to stop beating himself up with guilt. And I guess not a small part of him fears that while Dean talks the talk, he too believes that Sam is some kind of freak or cause of death.

Sarah otoh can`t fully understand where Sam is coming from here. So while yes, she makes valid points of making the most of life and not being scared by it, Sam`s situation is a bit more complicated than that. He has good reason not to risk getting close to people.
And I think he clearly feels a responsibility to put his life on hold as long as the Demon is out there. If it was just about revenge, he could turn his back on it and let it rest.

Interestingly enough while Sam obviously feels like he can`t really move forward now, at the last minute he decides to at least leave the door open with Sarah. He hasn`t given up hope yet.

On a side note, there was something in the episode that seriously made me giggle. And wonder about Sam`s taste in music. When the brothers enter the infamous motel room where disco never died, Dean looked as horrified as could be. Yet Sam looked merely confused at first and then gives this little "Hm, not bad" shrug. I swear. So could it be that Sam is a closeted Disco fan? *g*

Anyway, the episode gaves us quite a few sides of Sam Winchester to see and adore.
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7th-Sep-2006 10:04 am (UTC)
Thank you. I`ve watched that scene with the motel room so many times and really Dean looks like they stumbled upon a place of mass slaughter and Sam looks like he kinda digs it. :)
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7th-Sep-2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
I still do sometimes. It never fails to cheer me up with the music and their little faces and the music. Did I mention the music? :D

Though I gotta say I`ve personally stayed in hotel rooms that were much, much worse.
7th-Sep-2006 08:27 am (UTC)
And wonder about Sam`s taste in music.

in a prior pilot-draft Dean teases Sam about liking the Spin Doctor's Little Miss can't be wrong when he was... twelve or so. *giggle* (Of course, he once more uses this fact to rub it in that he thinks Sam is a girl)
7th-Sep-2006 10:03 am (UTC)
Sam is a girl. I mean the hair. *g*

And oh god, was this the horrible Harrison draft with Mary Sue and Jerky McJerkerson. Both brothers were so utterly unlikeable and vile in this one, I`m glad it never made it to air.

Still, I stand by my Disco-theory, when Dean is in the shower, he is probably doing the whole Night Fever routine. ;)
7th-Sep-2006 09:45 am (UTC)
Wodnerful meta - you are right on about Sam (and Sarah) here. Love Sam's jerky moments.

I was interested in your take on what Sam doesn't say to Dean and why:
And I guess not a small part of him fears that while Dean talks the talk, he too believes that Sam is some kind of freak or cause of death.
interesting. i think it shows how the boys are still getting to know each other all over again.
7th-Sep-2006 10:10 am (UTC)
Thank you.

Love Sam's jerky moments.

Absolutely. That makes him human. And I so wanna insult somebody as "low sodium freaks" but I hardly have an opportunity to in daily conversations. :)

i think it shows how the boys are still getting to know each other all over again.

I mean, the whole family can guilt trip like nobody`s business and Sam is no exception. He`s getting more and more convinced that he is a freak and to blame for the tragedy that befell his family.
And I guess after meeting Max, he is afraid that his family, that Dean, will someday see it too. That his brother will be afraid of him and resent him for Mary`s death and all that. Of course I don`t see this happening, ever. Dean will be afraid for Sam but that fear could easily be mistaken. I thought it`s a very believable dynamic.

And of course there is also the slashy interpretation of that scene, with Dean asking what else is there and Sam giving him the soulful look of "You, of course". ;)
7th-Sep-2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
Dude so much word.

I adored Sam being an asshole to Sarah in that 'well that's fascinating Sarah but important right now.' Muhahaha, it shows he can have an attitude and I LOVE that.
7th-Sep-2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
Exactly, he is normally very sweet and gentle but he is a person. They were in a clinch, he was trying to figure out a way to save their lifes and she seemed to babble non-sense. Why wouldn`t he snap? Lots of people would have. I would have.

I mean I never believed it was all hearts and flowers with Jessica either and he was never a jerk to her. Sainty characters are so boring, not to mention unrealistic.
It`s not like it makes him a jerk towards women or something so I don`t see how that would reflect negatively on him in any way.

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