2. Just My Imagination 11×08 by Jenny Klein
While “Baby” is the more ingenious episode, “Just My Imagination” takes the two-slot for its beautiful look at childhood, an introduction of a neat new creature, and a great one-off hunt episode. Sam doesn’t often get a chance to unpack his feelings with other characters. Dean bares his soul to others on a weekly basis, but, ever since the Ruby disaster, Sam has pretty much only had his brother (and occasionally Cas) as an outlet. By introducing Sully, Sam and the fans were allowed a moment of catharsis that was long overdue. And then there was Sully himself. Nate Torrence plays him with a pure charm. Sully has no objectives other than to help his Zanna friends, and help his former child ward. Sully was refreshing in nearly everything he did, and I would love for the writers to find a way to work him into another story in the coming season.
1. Don’t Call Me Shurley 11×20 by Robbie Thompson
There was never a question in my mind that this would take the number one slot on my list – it’s just too perfect of an episode. In fact, this is probably the best episode of the show since I’ve been recapping. It beats out season 8′s epic finale “Sacrifice.” It’s even clawing at “Fan Fiction” to earn the top slot. “Don’t Call Me Shurley” never fails to impress, and I’ve watched it about 6 or so times since its airing. Rob Benedict and Curtis Armstrong give a masterclass in acting in every scene they are in together, especially Curtis Armstrong. There is nothing that affects me more in this season than seeing Metatron beg Chuck to tell him why he abandoned his angels. While the God/Metatron scenes are what elevate this episode, it wouldn’t be sitting in this slot if they weren’t supported by the impactful moments of Sam and Dean trying to save one small town from Amara. So, when the scenes finally come together, when Chuck sends the Samulet to the boys, and all of those who died come back to life, and the boys stand in front of Chuck… I don’t even have an end to this sentence. I have to just wistfully trail off. While I’ll miss Robbie Thompson’s episodes dearly, I can’t think of a better final hour for one of the show’s greatest writers ever.
And for those interested here’s the back half of my list.
23. Plush 11×07 by Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder
22. Love Hurts 11×13 by Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder
21. Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire 11×01 by Jeremy Carver
20. O Brother Where Art Thou 11×09 by Eugenie Ross-Leming & Brad Buckner
19. The Bad Seed 11×03 by Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming
18. Hell’s Angel 11×18 by Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming
17. The Chitters 11×19 by Nancy Won
16. Form and Void 11×02 by Andrew Dabb
15. We Happy Few 11×22 by Robert Berens
14. Beyond the Mat 11×15 by John Bring & Andrew Dabb
13. Alpha and Omega 11×23 by Andrew Dabb
12. Our Little World 11×06 by Robert Berens
11. The Devil in the Details 11×10 by Andrew Dabb