As ever, the title of each one is a link to a youtube clip of one of my favorite scenes in each episode.
5. Dark Side of the Moon (5x16)
I was in love with this episode up until the point when they found Joshua and had that whole conversation. I was not a fan of the inclusion of GAHHG (for those who have not read my recaps, GAHHG stands for Great Almighty He Him God) in the show, no matter if never explicitly shown (I refuse to believe Chuck was GAHHG, so shush). But, I did love all of the flashbacks throughout the episode. The fireworks scene in particular, of course. What I also felt, however, was the glaring absence of Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Papa Winchester, especially during the part when it was the night Sam left for Stanford. I want to see that scene, you know! Alas, JDM. Too busy making movies and whatnot. Sigh.
4. The Song Remains the Same (5x13)
I remember when this episode first aired, I was taken aback by how much I had liked it. I thought to myself, "Finally! Season five has finally kicked into gear!" And, well, yes, all of my best episodes of the season are in the latter half of it, so this was sort of a turning point on that end. I always love it when we get to see into the past lives of Mary and John. We also got to meet Michael for the first time, as well as see Anna get burned to a crispy crisp. And Sam got to finally meet his mom! Aww. Let's just dismiss how much Mary and John grew up in the four years from when Dean was almost born to when Sam was six months old. Otherwise you'll just start laughing like me.
3. Swan Song (5x22)
This is a bit of a love or hate episode. Either you love it, or you hate it. I lean in the direction of love, mostly because of how emotionally invested I found myself. If I'm not getting emotionally invested, then it just doesn't sit as well with me - one of the main reasons another episode did not make the top five. Really, this episode makes it so high because of the whole ending, from Dean driving up, Lucifer beating him to a bloody pulp, the montage of flashbacks, Sam taking control and jumping in (no matter how basically ridiculous Sam/Jared looked when he was leaning back to fall in), and Dean's subsequent slump of despair. Imagine if it had actually been a series finale. Man, that would have been a little too gut-wrenching.
2. Point of No Return (5x18)
I contemplated putting this one as number one, and honestly right now I am sort of wavering on the point. But, whatever. I already made the graphic, I didn't save it as one to be edited, so here it stays. In full disclosure, I love it when Dean's in pain and feeling especially downtrodden, so I am perhaps predisposed to like this episode based on that fact alone. But it was still good, the way Sam was so overwhelmed by the situation, how Adam was resurrected and his personality was so completely different from the ghoul version of him we first met, how Castiel gave Dean a beat down and eventually sacrificed himself so they could save Adam, how Dean finally turned around and decided not to say yes after all. I kind of wanted him to, honestly, but oh well. Better to have Sam and Dean finally get back on the same page? I suppose the fans would say yes to that.
1. My Bloody Valentine (5x14)
"What! You don't have "The End" as number one?!" No! I do not! So there! I know a lot of people are in love with that episode, but I'm not. I'm not saying Jensen didn't have a great set of double performances, he did. And of course it's a strong episode overall, but I just wasn't emotionally invested. Maybe I'm crazy, but I loved My Bloody Valentine so much more. The way things amped up more and more throughout the episode. And Famine was so gross. I was grossed out a lot in this episode, but also rather enthralled. The Evil Cupid fake out, Castiel having burger after burger, Sam eventually unable to contain his desire for demon blood, Famine telling Dean he was dead inside. The only parts I did not like were the bits with the random couples in the beginning. I know they were necessary, but I almost always fast forward through those parts in every episode after the first viewing! Whoops.
Honorable Mentions: The End (5x04), Changing Channels (5x08)
Next week I am debating between either: ranking the seasons, the finales, or the premiere episodes. The following week, the week of season six's premiere (Sept. 24th at 9pm on The CW), I will be doing a list of the top 10 episodes overall.
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