The "Sam" in the diary looks like it has a devil's tail. A couple of the other things I've been looking for showed up again. The orangy flowers of peril (or at least warning) are back. The flowers Sam and Dean pinned to their coats plus-
(Seriously, how did scrawny Becky move unconscious Sam, especially to a new house and then into a bed? My husband and I are about the same size ratio and I gotta say it's not happening. Unless she's an ant, she probably can't even pick up his leg.)
The mountains were back too by way of the Alpen Haus. The rest of the mountain caps from earlier episodes this season are in the comments of an entry at spnematography.
My favorite red/orange bit is in the insurance office behind the CEO mostly because of the awesome art of the hand with crossed fingers. Either luck or lies, maybe both? The globes are there too and I know they've showed up before.
I liked how the colors changed at the end to more cool blues. Even the pen is blue instead of Becky's red one. It's like the decreasing threat levels used by Homeland Security.
There were two other things that popped out at me. There were a lot of signs with language about freedom and independence maybe echoing what's going on with Sam and Dean.
There's an exit sign above two characters about to leave.
Last, I just liked the final shot of the car climbing up through the alley surrounded by tall brick walls. Maybe not so free after all.
So actors, directors and crew have to work with what they're given in a script and make the most of it. Here's the part where I say what I thought of the writing and plot of this episode so feel free to tune out.
I had a lot of the same reactions to this episode that I've seen all over. The kidnapping/assault/rape aspect of what Becky was doing to Sam was awful and I wish SPN would knock it off. Enough already. I let it go by in relation to demons and hell, because, well, it's hell. But this was just nasty and gross and not in a fun, horror movie kind of way. Rape isn't funny! They turned Becky into a criminal who then got a lecture from her victim. Seriously? (At least Jared's got that murderous rage Sam face down.) While I never really liked Becky much, I thought this was way out of character for her and really unbelievable. It was a stupid-ass, lazy plot device to reintroduce demons, Crowley and however the heck Sam and Dean are doing hanging out with each other (or not). Not everything can be redeemed by Sam's hair and Dean looking hot in a sweater vest. If it's season 7 and we needed a wedding (really?), Bobby and Sheriff Mills look like a likely, possibly consenting couple. Or we could have had 30 minutes of Crowley and forget the wedding. That probably would have been entertaining.
Caps from true_fellings