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Sam the Believer: meta on "Faith" 
23rd-Oct-2006 08:31 pm
Twelfth Doctor
Sam in “Faith”

Continuity-wise (or at least air-date-wise), this episode aired right after “Scarecrow”, which was the Big Breakup of the brothers. We don’t know how much time had passed since Sam returned to Dean, but any misfeelings or misgivings that Sam might have are obliterated when he sees Dean dying in a hospital bed.

Sam has spent the first part of this season learning who Dean is, and who their father really was. Dean is afraid to fly. Dad was proud of Sammy and spoke of him with those people they helped. Dean promised himself that he would never return home. Dad used to swing by Stanford to check up on him.

After the reconciliation sometime after “Scarecrow” (which began at the end of the episode), Sam gets another glimpse into his brother’s psyche. Even faced with his mortality, Dean still cracks jokes, still tries to make Sammy feel okay about it. But how can Sam feel okay about his big brother dying? They’re on their way to learning each other again after four years apart. Even with a mundane death such as electric shock leading to a massive heart attack, Sam won’t accept Dean’s death. He finds every contact in Dad’s journal, finally getting one call about a “specialist” in Nebraska. Only after that does he call Dad to let him know Dean’s sick, and the doctor’s say there’s nothing they can do. Sam can be tenacious when he needs to be, and keeping Dean alive is without a doubt his most frantic search.

He also deliberately kept the true nature of the “specialist” from Dean until they reached the healer, expressing his disbelief that after everything they’ve seen, why not something good? Dean just doesn’t have faith in things he can’t see, but Sam has enough for them both. Sam will not let Dean go, and keeps his eyes focused on his brother as Dean is called and healed.

Only after Sam comes to the revelation of the reaper trading lives does he express an apology, but I got the impression it was more for what Dean now has to go through, not that it saved Dean’s life. After all, that was Sam’s plan all along: heal Dean. I do believe Sam had some guilt that another human died to save his brother, but it just seemed to affect Dean more than Sam. Yet Sam also said they couldn’t kill Roy because he was human, not a monster like they usually fight.

Dean is the one chased in this episode; Sam is the rescuer. Sam destroys Sue Ellen’s altar and the necklace that controls the Reaper, saving Dean in the process. A twist on their normal “damsel in distress/savior” routine.

Dean is the pragmatist of the two; Sam is the believer. Even if Roy had turned out to be the real deal, I don’t know that Dean would have believed. It would have just reinforced Sam’s own belief that good is out there. Good is on their side, looking out for them. All the evil they see can’t not have a balance in the world.
Comments 
24th-Oct-2006 12:27 pm (UTC)
Somehow I think that normally both Sam and Dean would have scoffed if they heard about some "faith healer" in a tent. I bet they stumbled upon their fair share of "psychic" frauds in their lifes. I`m not so sure Sam generally leaps to believe in good, his life hasn`t been the greatest testament to "good" out there.
Just in this case Sam was desperate, he needed a miracle and he needed to believe in it to keep it together. And he also tried Dean to believe to keep up hope.

but I got the impression it was more for what Dean now has to go through,

Me too. Not that he was giddy that another person had died but in the end of things it was more important to him that Dean lived.
Dean with his "I`m not worthy"-attitude looked at it different than Sam for whom Dean IS worthy. I guess that was a large chunk of Dean`s anger at Roy when he believed the man the culprit.

Though hilariously when they find out it is SueAnn, Dean has to point out to Sam that she initially did it out of desperation to save her husband. Short-term memory failings, Sam? *g*

Sam destroys Sue Ellen’s altar and the necklace that controls the Reaper, saving Dean in the process.

Oh, and his little look when he finds Dean`s picture on the altar: "Prepare to die, bitch. Nobody messes with my brother."

A twist on their normal “damsel in distress/savior” routine.

True. We had full-on role reversal here with Sam being the strong, protective mother hen. :)
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