In Review: Supernatural, Episode 227 “Just My Imagination”

This has every reason not to succeed, but it hits every emotional note perfectly.

Supernatural, Episode 227 “Just My Imagination” Broadcast December 2, 2015

Written by Jenny Klein

Directed by Richard Speight, Jr.

Sparkle, a unicorn man with blue hair is reading The Velveteen Rabbit when the door to the child’s room he’s in opens. His joyful anticipation turns to surprise. “You’re not Maddie.” He’s then stabbed. Maddie returns home with her mother and happily bursts into her room. Her love turns to horror as she screams at what she sees. Cue opening title sequence.

Sam’s phone wakes him and he gets up to go into the kitchen, unaware that someone was in his room and is following him. Sam is so tired he doesn’t initially notice the massive pile of created sweets on the table. When he does a man jumps out from behind him yelling, “Surprise!” and Sam punches him. The man says he’s Sully. “Don’t you remember me?” His fists still up, but now dumbfounded, Sam says, “You can’t be real.” Dean walks in and sees Sam talking to the wall with raised fists. Sully says he can’t be seen unless he wants to, so he reveals himself to the older Winchester. Realizing he’s looking at Sam’s childhood imaginary friend, Dean states, “I’m going to get my gun.” Sully needs the brothers’ help because a friend of his was murdered. Sam convinces Dean to check out what happened, so they go to the house where Sparkle was murdered. A quick flashback occurs and the three go to the house with the brothers posing as child trauma counselors. In Maddie’s room they see Sparkle’s body and realize Sully is telling the truth. Elsewhere, another imaginary friend is murdered. Cue first commercial break.

This premise sounded utterly ridiculous and completely incompatible with the Darkness story arc of this season. I have to give big credit to writer Jenny Klein for seamlessly having this fit in with the Darkness and able to create a fantastic sense of fun and honesty with this story. Helping it immensely was guest star Nate Torrence as Sully. He made the imaginary believable and made me and my daughter misty eyed by the end of the episode. Torrence’s scenes with Young Sam Winchester, played by Dylan Kingwell, were amazing. Their final scene together was painful and honest. Better still was Torrence and Jared Padalecki’s scene together in the garage. Without question, that was Padalecki’s strongest scene of the season, and perhaps all of last season. This is his Emmy clip for this year. Jensen Ackles gets some funny lines, but not much else. This is a Sam episode and it’s amazing.

The good: Jenny Klein’s superior script, Jared Padalecki, Nate Torrence, and Dylan Kingwell’s performances, and mom in the bedroom (Oh, you’ll get it…).

Fun lines: “…marshmallow nachos…”, “The Bert and Ernie pretext,” “Even when he’s dead, Sparkle can’t stop shining,” “She’s got Sparkle on her face,” “Pull up. Pull up,” “Fat is best,” “You have a good, long life, Sam,” “In my dreams,” and “I’m okay with it.”

The bad: Weems didn’t add much after he was attacked, but he left quickly to leave Sully with Sam.

The final line: This has every reason not to succeed, but it hits every emotional note perfectly. The show is touching my heart, as Sam considers going back to Hell. Overall grade: A

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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