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20th-Sep-2006 04:17 pm
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Meta on Sam in Route 666



Route 666 – its all about the brothers (monster truck? Cassie? What you talking about?). It’s important to place this episode in the season - we’ve seen the boys have conflict, separation and resolution in Asylum and Scarecrow, and Dean nearly die in Faith. We’ve established that they love each other, would do anything for each other, and (at least for now) are staying together.
 
Where we pick up in Route 666 is the boys really starting to get to know each other. During the season, almost every episode has had a moment where Sam finds out something new about Dean. Sam is learning not only who Dean is now, but more about why he is who he is.  And while Sam learns a bit more about Dean in this episode, there is one major aspect he is still to understand.
 
We start with Sam’s surprise at Dean having had a relationship. Is it surprising that after 6 months together, Dean has never mentioned this? No, despite Sam’s occasional chick flick moments, these two are such blokes.*  Sam is also taken aback that Dean told Cassie about the hunting, and this marks a point about Dean that Sam will continue to fail to understand. Dean told Cassie about the hunting because he wanted her to be part of his life and that is his life. For Sam relationships are part of “normal” life (NL), which is kept separate from the “hunting” life (HL). Obviously the reason Sam didn’t Jess about his HL wasn’t because it was a family rule, he didn’t tell her because he didn’t want her or his NL contaminated by it.
 
Sam’s attitude to finding out about Dean’s relationship with Cassie is interesting. He probes; he wants to know what went on. But on some level it obviously really challenges his perception of Dean, and I think this is why he has that sort of amused “gee this is funny” bratty younger brother approach during much of the episode. Part of him is a bit amused at seeing Dean out of his comfort zone; it’s really only at the end when he has appreciated the depth of Dean’s feelings that is he more serious.
 
Sam is pretty perceptive at picking up non-verbal clues. He notices that Dean and Cassie look at each other when the other isn’t, and a lot of what he learns from Dean is gleaned entirely from Dean’s facial reactions. The scene next to the car is a brilliant piece of acting from both Js, and just shows how attuned Sam is to Dean. I have to add that we see here, despite Dean’s seeming reluctance at speaking, that he does want to confide in Sam. Dean could’ve just said “you’re wrong, she was just some chick and I dumped here”. But Dean – actually not good at hiding the feelings or lying. He wants Sam to know this.
 
Again the difference between Sam and Dean’s view of HL - Sam says he occasionally misses boring and “… conversations that didn’t start with this killer truck.” While there is no doubt that Sam does enjoy a lot of what they do, it’s not his passion in the same way it is Dean’s.
 
In the final battle with the killer truck, Sam is very much his father’s son. He hatches a (dangerous) plan and directs Dean through it without giving Dean any information about why or how it is meant to work. (Hello? Pot meet kettle.) It works, and partly because Dean follows orders his instructions without question.

When Dean is kissing Cassie goodbye, Sam looks slightly uncomfortable, a strong contrast to Dean’s “that’s my boy at the end” of Provenance. I initially thought Sam’s look was a younger brother thing, and maybe some discomfort on Dean’s behalf, because he knows this will hurt Dean. Watching it again I also wonder if it isn’t bringing up memories and grief for him about Jess.
                                       
So final scene. Sam gives Cassie his approval, and asks Dean whether he ever thinks hunting is worth putting his life on hold for. Dean doesn’t answer. Because for Dean it’s the wrong question. His life isn’t on hold. For Sam this is how he sees it – NL is waiting (wasting?) while he does this. For Sam, hunting means his missing out on life, for Dean it is life. At this point neither of them really understands this fundamental difference between them
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Sorry to use an Australian term here, but it fits them so well. Over here “bloke” refers to all the characteristics we see particularly in Dean – a working class guy, with masculine interests (rock, cars, chicks), who’s loyal, would always be there for his mates, would never talk about or show his feelings, and would mask any pain with wisecracks. Remember the two guys who were stuck down a mine in Tasmania for 2 weeks – they were blokes.
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Comments 
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20th-Sep-2006 08:04 am (UTC)
Thanks for commenting. Yes there is so much in their non-verbal communication - as sargraf has demonstrated so brilliantly in her brotherlove pic-metas.
20th-Sep-2006 10:12 am (UTC)
Fabulous meta - thanks for writing it.

What really blew me away about this episode was Dean's total trust in Sam and how he followed orders and waited as the killer truck rushed towards him.
20th-Sep-2006 10:16 am (UTC)
*g* glad you enjoyed. Thinking about, I'm also impressed with Sam's trust in his own abilities to defeat the killer truck.
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20th-Sep-2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
So glad you enjoyed this.
the last time it may have been acknowledged it, it may have ended with Sam going to Stanford. This is really interesting - maybe why Sam felt a need for a total separation from the family.
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20th-Sep-2006 02:10 pm (UTC)
OMG - you gave me a lighbulb moment. I hadn't thought of it like that - that John is all hunt, Sam is all "normal" life, and Dean is the one who is (or is trying to) integrate the two. ;)
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20th-Sep-2006 02:25 pm (UTC)
I know the feeling!

*joins in happy dance of meta freaks*
20th-Sep-2006 03:06 pm (UTC)
Get out of my brain. This was pretty much my take on Sam throughout Route 666 to a Tee. ;)

I especially have to agree about him confronting Dean about telling Cassie. Sam didn`t go to be his own man and make his own decision and in this one thing he inexplicably followed some family rule.
It was totally about keeping HL and NL separated. He even says so in the Pilot when Dean asks fairly normal if Jess knows: "No, and she never will."
IMO he is angry at himself because in hindsight the decision not to tell her might have cost her life and he redirects his anger at Dean.

Good call on the Sam/John-parallels with their planning/execution of plans here.

Because for Dean it’s the wrong question. His life isn’t on hold. For Sam this is how he sees it – NL is waiting (wasting?) while he does this. For Sam, hunting means his missing out on life, for Dean it is life. At this point neither of them really understands this fundamental difference between them.

Amen. That`s what made the scene in Shadow for example so heartbreaking for me. All this hurt just because of massive amounts of miscommunication, misunderstanding and generally not getting where the other is coming from. They really are blokes. :)
20th-Sep-2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
Hello brain twin! great minds and all that...

the decision not to tell her might have cost her life oh definitely! Just to add to his guilt.
I also wonder whether he starts to realise what else it might have cost i.e. an even gretaer intimacy with Jess - hence his look at Dean and Cassie at the end.
20th-Sep-2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
I also wonder whether he starts to realise what else it might have cost i.e. an even gretaer intimacy with Jess - hence his look at Dean and Cassie at the end.

He definitely had to compromise with her. Never telling the full truth about his childhood, his father or brother, never sharing a story like "that one time in band camp when we were hunting this werewolf." :) On the contrary it was either not talking about his past at all or always being careful not to slip up.

That would always preclude full intimacy to me. If he likes it or not it`s a part of himself and she wouldn`t know it.

Sure, didn`t work out for Dean either but then honestly Cassie never struck me as caring all that much for Dean. She even admitted that maybe she had searched a reason to walk away.
20th-Sep-2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
Very well written, nice work, thoughtful.
20th-Sep-2006 09:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated ;)
21st-Sep-2006 02:50 am (UTC)
Great meta :) Very well done. It made me think tough about the final scene and the kiss. Would Sam feel sad to think Dean told his gf about his life and she is still alive? More than that, they could still have a chance at being together even tough Dean told her everything? It makes me wonder if Sam ever considered telling Jess and how she could have reacted (very hard to say since we don't know her much). Sam must think this is very unfair. Dean *has* a chance at normal with a girl who knows his past and he just doesn't *want* it.
21st-Sep-2006 03:58 am (UTC)
Firstly your icon is Love.

You are so right. I didn't get it the first time round because i was focussing on Dean, but writing this meta made me think more about what thoughts and grief this all could have bought up for Sam. Even on the simple level of "i'll never kiss Jess again", through to the "what if I'd told her?" to maybe be jealous of Dean. - or even angry at Dean?




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