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"Supernatural" episodes have many layers, which is why they're worth watching more than once. There's drama and suspense, sarcastic banter, Castiel's deadpan one-liners, new and familiar scary monsters, graphic gore, a little sex and romance, and occasionally some clues to future challenges/nightmares/issues for the Winchester brothers.
Then there are the motel rooms, the hilarious array of cheap and bizarre roadside inns the boys stay in when they're on a job. After six seasons, we've seen disco balls, Thomas Kinkade murals, shag rugs and abstract room divider designs. In case the set designers run out of ideas, here are a few suggestions for new motel room themes.
The Laura Ashley/Anne Geddes Room: We're talking '80s Laura Ashley, complete with tiny floral print bedspreads, curtains, rug and wallpaper. The Winchesters can sit on floral cushions in wicker chairs, discussing the latest gruesome supernatural murder under the diffused light of a scarf-covered lamp. There will be silk flowers everywhere. Above each bed is a large, baby-in-flower Anne Geddes photo. Seriously, don't you want to see the look on Dean's face when he stares at one of these?
The Hell Room: The Winchester brothers are shocked when they enter the motel room of doom, complete with red and yellow shag rug, blood red walls, and an extra pointy room divider. "Pitchforks?" Dean grunts. "Really?" As he grumbles that they wouldn't know hell if it engulfed them in fiery flames, he notices Sam examining the Hot Wheels curtains with a confused look. Big Brother Dean decides it's time to check right back out again, because despite the cheesy effects, he doesn't want to take the chance of a memory leaking through a crack in the Great Wall of Sam.
The "Battlestar Galactica" Room: It would take a change in the usual no-tell motel two-bed room layout, but you'd have to have bunk beds just like the "BSG" pilots slept in. There's always the curtain for privacy if Sam or Dean gets lucky that night. Researching the latest ghost will be tough without Internet access--no networked computers allowed. The focal point of the sparsely furnished room is a large oil painting of the First Cylon War, just like the one in Admiral Adama's office. The boys get to see the graphic detail of a centurion stabbing a Colonial soldier as they're eating take-out off of a metal table--or playing poker. Of course there's a small kitchenette area, complete with a chrome toaster.
The Hello Kitty Room: Sam and Dean will have trouble controlling their gag reflex as they're forced to spend the night in the pinkest room on earth. A low-rent version of the Grand Hi-Lai Hotel's Hello Kitty Suite, the Hello Kitty motel room comes complete with print bedspreads, wallpaper and curtains, along with paintings and life-size representations of the adorable bow-adorned kitty. Add any rude sexual metaphors you like. You know Dean will.
The "Hotel California" Room: If you're talking "Supernatural," you've got to have some classic rock, and what's better than a song about excess that's been interpreted as being about Satan worship, hell and/or mental institutions? This motel room tribute to the Eagles would have some opulent furnishings, old-fashioned chandeliers and textured plaster walls. The guys could get high on the "warm smell of colitas" wafting in from those interesting plants growing outside the open window, and wonder who the heck ordered room service of pink champagne on ice. This could also work into a perfect "Supernatural" plot, where each time Sam and Dean open the door to leave, they simply walk into the identical motel room they've just left. Don't make me spell out the lyrical reference for that one--just go with the fun "Twilight Zone" and "Hotel California" mash-up.
Any "Supernatural" motel rooms you'd like to see?
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