4 Supernatural Season 5 episodes you’ll get away with skipping

Supernatural -- "Fallen Idols" -- Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR
Supernatural -- "Fallen Idols" -- Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR /
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Supernatural season 5 — “The Real Ghostbusters” — Photo: David Gray/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR
Supernatural season 5 — “The Real Ghostbusters” — Photo: David Gray/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

Sometimes on a Supernatural rewatch, you don’t have time to watch all the episodes. If you had to cut down Supernatural Season 5, here are four episodes you’d get away with skipping.

With 22-23 episodes in the majority of seasons of Supernatural, it can be hard to find the time to fit them all in. Skipping episodes gets harder as get into Supernatural Season 5. Many of the episodes are plot-driven or they have one or two scenes that are essential for later episodes.

However, there are four episodes that you can cut out without completely losing track of the story. One of these episodes you’ll possibly skip regularly because, I’m sorry to say it, Paris Hilton just cannot act! I cringe every time I watch her attempts. The other three episodes do have their places if you have time to watch all the episodes, but otherwise, can be skipped if you’re just looking for plot.

That being said, I recommend watching the full season when you can. Supernatural Season 5 is one of the strongest seasons overall and introduces some of the best characters — Death, anyone? Even the episodes that aren’t wholly plot focused have important moments between the brothers.

Here are four episodes you’ll get away with skipping every once in a while. They’re in episode order.

Supernatural — “Fallen Idols” — Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR
Supernatural — “Fallen Idols” — Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

Episode 5: Fallen Idols

Considering I mentioned Hilton’s bad acting, it shouldn’t be surprising “Fallen Idols” is on this list. While Hilton is a strong reason I shudder at just the thought of the episode, it’s not just because of her that I suggest skipping.

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The episode is a monster-of-the-week episode and one of the weakest of all. It starts with Abraham Lincoln killing a worshipper and James Dean’s car coming to life to kill, pulling the Winchesters in on the case.

One of the things I love about the episode is the use of a Pagan god. By this point in the series, Eric Kripke and his writers had moved on from the initial use of Native American lore, urban legends, and Pagan mythology. I miss it even today and love the earlier seasons for it, so having an episode in Season 5 with it was a strong point.

However, the episode overall just doesn’t work as well as it could. Every season has an episode that is going to be the weakest and, for me, this episode was that one.

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Episode 9: The Real Ghostbusters

Moving onto an episode that featured the first Supernatural convention, and this is a sad one to include on my list. Honestly, it’s not that it’s a bad episode. I enjoyed seeing the Winchesters thrown back into this world where fans know about them — well, the “them” in Chuck’s books. However, it’s not a plot-driven storyline for the most part.

Despite including Chuck, this episode is mostly carried by the monster-of-the-week, which happens to be a ghost that the Winchesters get wrong. The brothers then have to figure out who the real ghost is that’s killing people and put things right.

This is a great episode when you want something meta. It’s excellent when you just want a monster-of-the-week episode where you don’t need to think too much but just isn’t a necessary episode overall.

Supernatural — “My Bloody Valentine” — Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR
Supernatural — “My Bloody Valentine” — Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

Episode 11: Sam, Interrupted

When there are problems in a psychiatric hospital, the Winchesters need to become patients to solve the case. There, they realize that they may be as crazy as they sound to the outside world. And yes, it’s another excellent monster-of-the-week episode with some memorable lines, but it’s not one of those episodes you need to watch all the time.

The Supernatural Season 5 episode is purely a monster-of-the-week episode. If you’ve never watched the series before, don’t skip! If you need a reminder of what a wraith is, you’ll want to watch it. When you want to see the good brotherly moments, this is for you.

If you’re trying to get through the season to remember the big plot, this isn’t necessary. There’s nothing that really pushes the main plot forward.

Episode 12: Meat Swap

Finally, it’s another monster-of-the-week episode. Sort of. There is a bigger plot element to this episode but it’s not necessary to understand the rest of the story.

When you want to put on a single episode to laugh at and enjoy, “Swap Meat” is for you. However, sometimes you need to stick to the main storyline. This is the episode where Sam switches body with a teenage witch, who has asthma, overbearing parents, and a need to be powerful. Oh, and he’s made a deal with a demon to take care of the Winchesters.

In the end, we get to see the Winchesters have a heart. There are plenty of laughs but when you’re short on time, you may feel like you’ve wasted it with this episode because of the lack of overall plot focus.

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Which episodes do you sometimes skip when doing a Supernatural Season 5 rewatch? Which episodes do you hate the most and why? Which ones would you never skip? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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