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"House rules, Sammy. Driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cakehole."
I think this episode cemented who Dean Winchester is in the minds of many people in the SPN fandom, for good and for ill. After all, this is the episode that gives us two fanfic staples (“No chick flick moments” and “Bitch/Jerk”).
The main reason why Dean is my favorite character (even though Cas heavy episodes are usually my favorite episodes) is that he is not who he appears to be, he is not who he wants people to think he is. This episode so convincingly sets up the macho façade that it has fans believing that exterior is the real Dean nearly a decade later.
This first episode establishes the hyper-masculine overly-confident persona Dean projects, but even in this first episode, we see glimpses of who Dean is underneath this persona. What I love about Dean is all in the nuances (subtlety is really where Jensen shines) and this episode establishes 3 crucial nuanced aspects of Dean’s character: Dean’s need to hide himself from Sam (see gif 1), Dean’s ingenuity and cunning and resourcefulness (gif 7), and Dean’s rejection of authority (gifs 5 and 6).
Unlike many long runners, Dean has been so wonderfully consistent in his characterization even as he develops. In 9x04, the scenes with the GOT DVDs still show how Dean acts (and I mean in the acting/theatre sense/putting on a show) when Sam is around, downplaying any non-traditionally masculine aspects of his personality. (As a side note, I love that from this first episode, Sam so obviously sees right through Dean’s persona). The conversation at the beginning of 8x18 so wonderfully illustrates this continuing character trait; when asked about how he he’s doing after the traumatic events in the crypt, Dean doesn’t just shut down the conversation, he responds with bravado, mocking Sam for something so “girly” as talking about one’s feelings.
Though Dean isn’t still making homemade EMF meters, he is often The Man with the Plan. Throughout the run of the show, Dean has been shown to be a great strategist whose resourcefulness often saves the day. 9x04 even has Dean remembering the key to Oz from months previous when he was cataloging artifacts. He’s rebuilt the Impala multiple times. He learned how to hack from Frank Devereaux. The boy has quite the technical mind, even as he downplays it. And Dean isn’t the best hunter because of his physical prowess alone; as Sam says at the end of 8x23, no one knows the lore better than Dean.
I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a show set up a character so well, and then be so consistent in his characterization. Dean is a character with many layers, who subverts traditional masculinity and gender roles. And this isn’t something that develops over time in Dean as the story and backstory is expanded and retconned. This is something from the first moments of the first episode.