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I was watching 7.05 Shut Up, Dr. Phil looking for something else and in the process stumbled over the newspaper on the table in the motel at the beginning of the episode.  It's the Maple Springs Tribune and has the headline "Two Brothers Slain in Brutal Attack".  

Maple Springs is where 3.05 Bedtime Stories was set and the episode began with a case where two brothers had been killed.  I wondered if there was something about this scene in 7.05 that was like anything in 3.05.  I didn't do a lot of looking but I saw this and thought the comparison shows a lot about Dean and what he's been through.  At the end of 3.05, Dean is sleeping and Sam sneaks out (hello foreshadowing) to go meet the Crossroads Demon to see about getting Dean out of his deal.  This is before Dean goes to Hell.

Wow, sleeping in a t-shirt, at night, under blankets, without boots.

In the beginning of 7.05, he's sleeping and having nightmares about Cas, Sam, and killing Amy. It's a pretty marked contrast. 

It's daytime and Sam is out running.  The bottle of beer is empty.  He's wearing the Red Plaid Shirt of Angst.  Awwww, Dean....

Caps from Home of the Nutty



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Jan. 14th, 2012 01:52 pm (UTC)
if that's a coincidence, then I like it- because I just thought about Dean's sleeping habit a few days ago, too. It is so obviously unhealthy and stands out for me in every episode that show how he wakes up. I wonder what exactly keeps him from undressing- is it that he just doesn't care, that he passes out drunk most of the time or that he feels the need to punish himself by not allowing himself to find rest (and forgetfulness) in sleep? I don't think he does it because he needs to be ready for take-off at any given moment... that might be a logical explanation, but it doesn't sit right with how I perceive Dean's emotional state.

There was this shot in 5xsomething where both boys got shot- and both of them were in full clothing. Is it safe to assume that Sam also changed his dress code?!

Jan. 14th, 2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
I think a bit of it is not letting down his guard.  Maybe it's also that to get undressed and under blankets makes him feel too vulnerable.  Sometimes when a body's been under physical assault, it helps to wear layers because it feels like armor or a barrier even if it is only an illusion.  Depression and PTSD can wreak havoc on a sleep schedule and Dean's probably got both.   I don't think he sleeps well at night and he naps when he can.  He probably uses alcohol to get to sleep but that's not a way to get any kind of real rest.  I haven't really paid too much attention to his sleep in every episode but when he was with Lisa, it looked more like season 3.  I don't know about Sam either.  When he and Dean were shot in season 5 there were beer cans all over the room like they 'd been on a bender.  At least these days Sam does sleep versus when he was soulless.
Jan. 14th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
I miss the days when they actually changed clothes and got under the covers to sleep!
Jan. 16th, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
I know...I wonder if they'll ever get a chance to get back to that.
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