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Supernatural – Season 5, Episode 7

Everyone’s playing poker but the stakes are quite high. You see you aren’t playing for money or glory. You’re playing for your life. Either taking years away or adding them on. For starters Bobby and Dean are on the negative side of things.

A curious tale for Halloween of a Manwitch as Dean likes to call him. This witch is 900 years old and loves to play games of chance. It seems he has been doing this so long it almost seems as if he is manipulating the results, but in the end he really isn’t.

There are some interesting twists in the plot. There is the witch’s companion, Bobby aging, Dean aging, and finally everything is settled and back to normal. As normal as when the Apocalypse is upon us can be!

It was fascinating when Dean bet fifty years and then gave twenty five of them to Bobby. Chad Everett was great as old Dean. My wife asked me if that was actually Jensen Ackles under the makeup. You know you’ve done a good job when people can’t really see the difference. The mannerisms and the inflection were very good.

Of course Sammy was the big surprise of this episode. Mr. Poker face himself. Sometimes the ones who look young and naive can be the best. The strange thing was they did nothing to the witch in the end. He did lose a great deal in the end but not at the hands of the Winchesters or Bobby. You have to wonder why they just let him go? Maybe they were just happy to be back in one piece.

A very enjoyable and diverting tale this week. Quite entertaining all the way around and worth seeing again. Thanks for reading…

Jeffery Yarter
The Lizardman

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