Supernatural Newbie Review – Episode 108 “Bugs”

After eleven seasons, something possessed me (see what I did there) to start watching Supernatural from the beginning. If you are a fan of the series, feel free to go back and re-watch it with me. Please do not be a troll and post spoilers for future episodes in the comments section. If you have been wanting to start Supernatural, then I encourage you to watch with me. Spoilers for the series as I go.

Image Courtesy of The CW

Image Courtesy of The CW


I can’t quit scratching now. I swear I can feel bugs crawling all over me. Thanks Supernatural. The insects or the classic Indian burial ground haunting parts of the episode really wasn’t all that important or exciting. What was interesting was Sam talking about his childhood with John Winchester.

None of what Sam talked about when it came to the relationship between him and his father surprised me. If I would have thought about it long enough, I probably could have come to the conclusion John was not the most understanding father to Sam. The younger son strikes me as a guy who enjoyed school and the small moments of normalcy he gleamed from his not so normal life. After Mary’s death, John stopped raising his two sons and started to train hunters. Sam wanting to play soccer instead of learning how to bow hunt put him at odds with his father. One of many disagreements between them, I’m sure. When Sam received a full scholarship to college, he and John had a big argument, leading Sam to walk away and cut off communication with John. After Dean told Sam about their father’s drives to Stanford to check in on him, Sam decided finding their father would not only bring him some answers about Jessica, but also be a chance for the two to possibly repair their relationship.

It is curious in “Skin” when the shapeshifter took on Dean’s form, it read Dean’s memories and talked about the older brother’s discontent with having to stay behind with their father while Sam went off to school and leave the hunting life behind. In “Bugs”, Dean tells Sam he would take their weird lives over the normal looking one in the development they are investigating. Which is the truth? Or is Dean more upset Sam made the decision to leave, making Dean feel as if he has to stay no matter how he feels? My guess is it would be the latter. Dean loves hunting and being with his father (or so we are made to believe so far), but I also think he wanted to have the choice to walk away, even if it was just to take a break. Sam took that possibility away and that is the jealousy the shapeshifter was reading, not Dean’s resentment at Sam for having a normal life. I think Dean is proud Sam got a full scholarship to school and had friends who cared for him.

Image Courtesy of The CW

Image Courtesy of The CW

In the end, Sam’s intervention helped to save the relationship between a son and his father that will hopefully last. For Sam it is a step closer in reconciling his not so great childhood.

What did you think of “Bugs”? Do you feel like you had a ton of them crawling all over you after watching the episode? Did Sam’s revelations to Dean about their relationship to John shock you? Talk to me in the comments section below and please do not post any spoilers for future episodes.

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2 comments on “Supernatural Newbie Review – Episode 108 “Bugs”

  1. I do love all the family stuff in Bugs, and if I remember right, some of the early casework is fun, but the last few minutes of this show will live in infamy as one of the most ridiculous things it’s ever done.

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