Supernatural: Simon Says
June 8, 2021 4:39 AM - Season 2, Episode 5 - Subscribe

When following up on one of Sam's visions, Sam and Dean meet Andy Gallagher, a slacker with psychic powers of persuasion. Once the brothers learn that Andy's family was visited by Yellow Eyes, Sam wonders if he could be one of the special children.
posted by orange swan (7 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Sam: Dean! Andy's got the Impala!
Dean: I know! He just sort of asked me for it, and I... I let him take it!
Sam: You what?
Dean: He full-on Obi-Wanned me!

Dean: [after he finds his car again] Thank God! Oh I'm sorry baby, I'll never leave you again.

Sam: So I'm a freak now.
Dean: You've always been a freak.

Dean: Besides, if I ran off with you, I think your mother might kill me.
Jo: You're afraid of my mother?
Dean: I think so.

Dean: I call do-over.
Sam: What are you, seven?

Jo: [plays "Can't Fight This Feeling" on the jukebox]
Dean: REO Speedwagon? Really?
Jo: Damn right, REO. Kevin Cronin sings from the heart.
Dean: He sings from the hair. There's a difference.

Sam: We need your help, Ash.
Ash: Well, then. I guess I need my pants.

Sam and (especially) Dean's discomfort with seeing Ash in the altogether was pitch perfect.

I think Sam must have often gotten the urge to sic Andy on Dean after the events of this episode, because Andy could get Dean to say exactly what's on his mind. 

Poor Andy, having to shoot his own twin brother, and losing the woman he wanted to be with, then being all, "What do I do now?" to which the Winchester brothers just say, "Well, we have to go."
posted by orange swan at 4:46 AM on June 8, 2021 [1 favorite]

It just seems a shame that if you've got a Forever Knight regular cast member, that you don't stick him in a vampire episode.
posted by sardonyx at 9:32 AM on June 8, 2021 [1 favorite]

I like Andy's potentially horrifying power combined with his utter disinterest in anything larger than living in a van, getting high, and reading philosophy books. He may be the single least malignant supernatural being on Earth.
posted by Pope Guilty at 3:14 PM on June 8, 2021 [2 favorites]

I like where the show is going, making contacts, building a community. Bit surprised that Sam doesn't have the google fu, but it was an excuse for Ash to have a few lines.

re: Andy - there's nothing wrong with simple. Looking on IMDB, we get to see him again.

Another data point that Dean is an excellent judge of character.
posted by porpoise at 5:35 PM on June 8, 2021

I think Andy is an important stepping stone in the boys learning that not all supernatural beings (or people with powers) are monsters who need killing and that Sam isn't the sole outlier. The world is a little more grey than the black and white they've been taught to see.
posted by sardonyx at 6:56 PM on June 8, 2021 [2 favorites]

Aside from always being happy to see Blu Mankuma, he's so memorable in such a small role by not acting at all like he's being coerced. I think that was probably a direction they gave all the actors, from Dean cheerfully handing over the Impala to that poor woman casually setting herself on fire, and I find it creepy and effective in a way that them visibly resisting wouldn't have been. But in particular, the genial, low-key way he plays the scene in the gun shop, which doesn't change even the tiniest bit as events quickly escalate from calm and normal to horror movie, is legit disturbing every time.

In a gentler universe Andy and Ash were taking just gargantuan bong hits together in the back of the polar bear queen van ten minutes after this episode ended.
posted by jameaterblues at 7:56 PM on June 8, 2021

Oh, right. Ash brings up the Yellow Eyed Man and Andy is all "wtf?"

Without YEM's interference, would Ash still be a jackhole? Did YEM not bother with Andy knowing that he's essentially a decent person?
posted by porpoise at 8:11 PM on June 8, 2021

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