30 best Supernatural episodes ever ranked

Supernatural "Pilot" Image # SN100-6733 Pictured (l-r): Jared Padelecki as Sam, Jensen Ackles as Dean Photo Credit: © The WB / Justin Lubin
Supernatural "Pilot" Image # SN100-6733 Pictured (l-r): Jared Padelecki as Sam, Jensen Ackles as Dean Photo Credit: © The WB / Justin Lubin /
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Supernatural — “Pac-Man Fever”– Image SN820a_0096 — Pictured (L-R): Felicia Day as Charlie, Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean — Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2013 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved
Supernatural — “Pac-Man Fever”– Image SN820a_0096 — Pictured (L-R): Felicia Day as Charlie, Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean — Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2013 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved /

21. Pac-Man Fever

Supernatural Season 8, Episode 20 brought Charlie back into the mix (yay!) In a season all about trials to close gates to Heaven and Hell, we got a few good standalone episodes and a little character development for some of our favorites. This was one of those episodes.

This episode is also an important one for the brotherly relationship. As the trials to close down Heaven took their toll on Sam, Dean steps up as big brother and benches him. Sure, Sam doesn’t want to be benched, but he needs to be. Anyone in their right mind could see that.

It’s not easy when Charlie comes to town with a potential case, though. She’s not stupid, so it’s not long before she figures out the Winchesters are hiding something. Honestly, Dean deciding to teach her the ways of hunting should have been a big enough sign. Dean never did that unless desperate.

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Throughout all this, it’s Charlie’s development that is the most important. The monster of the week brings out her fears—the fear of letting her mother go. While the story is a cliché one for teen dramas, it’s easy to overlook for the actual development of Charlie. She moves into acceptance and that helps to instantly get rid of the demons.

We also get more development for Dean as a big brother. He’s spent years looking out for Sam and now he looks out for Charlie, offering her love and support when she needs it.