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Motels and Accommodations of Supernatural - Season 5
5.12 Swap Meat
Accommodation: The Lucky Star Motor Inn
We don't get to see much of this room, which is a shame because I think it would be quite interesting. I love it when they use flock wallpaper. It's decorative and often outlandish. The tiles and the sink in the bathroom are 40's style while the chair looks like it could come from the 60s.
The Floor Plan makes another appearance.
5.13 The Song Remains The Same
Accommodation: Unnamed motel
Orange is particularly dominant in this colour scheme. It can (and often does) represent danger. This is the episode when the boys' parents lives are threatened and Cas sends them back to the past. Though I think of this as the "Team Free Will" room, so I feel that the orange here represents hope and strength.
Both the wallpaper and the room divider feature circles. A sense of "going around in circles" perhaps? It was a major theme of the episode.
If you recognise that room divider it's because it was also used in Bad Day at Black Rock.
In the "past" Dean checks Castiel into the honeymoon suite at The Prairie Court Motel, but we don't see inside it.
5.14 My Bloody Valentine
Accommodation: Diamond Jack’s (Room 204)
The most curious thing about this room is its name - "Diamond Jack's". I can't help feel it's a deliberate choice. It would have been more fitting in the episode Curious Case of Dean Winchester, as it seems to be a playing card reference. It may be a reference to gangster Jack Diamond. Apparently he was known for being a womaniser and having a flamboyant life style. [source]. As this was a Valentine's based episode it may have been in reference to that?
I do rather like the interior design. It has a lovely 40's, art deco style (check out that sofa and side unit!) The funky red and green wall paper matches the style.
Brick wall: 5.07, 5.08, 5.18, 7.15, 7.18
The Floor Plan
5.16 Dark Side Of The Moon
Accommodation: Econo King Motel
*meep* the room where the boys are shot and where the trashcan became resting place of the beloved amulet. *sniff*
Like many of the motel rooms this has a mix of styles. The bathroom looks fairly modern but the wallpaper and chair are old-fashioned. It's curious that they re-used the flooring from My Bloody Valentine. We didn't see a motel in 5.15 (Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid) so this room was probably constructed straight after episode 5.14.
5.17 99 Problems
Accommodation: Uncle Erv’s Green Valley Motel
Yay! Back to a strongly themed room. This has a pioneering / western style feel. I particularly love the lamps and the red sofa with the bull imprinted on it. The colors are fabulous. And it has a great name. I can't find any reference to "Uncle Erv", so I'm assuming the name has come from the owner of the motel.
Bedhead reused: 1.18, 2.12, 3.15, 4.15, 5.04
The Floor Plan
5.18 Point Of No Return
Accommodation: Mike’s Travel Inn (Room 100)
Wow! They sure liked that green checked floor this season. That's the 3rd time we've seen it. The most wonderful thing about this room is the room divider. Look how the red cross is aglow next to Sam. It has to be deliberately lit like that because I can't figure how the "natural" light would create that glow. I'm sure there's multiple layers of meaning here - from a warning of danger ahead to the battle the boys are having with the angels at this point in the show.
Bedspread also seen in 5.03
The room number is a reference to this being the 100th episode.
I also love the starburst clock. It's not the same one as we've seen many times before, but it is similar.
Brick Wall used: 5.07, 5.08, 5.18, 5.14, 7.15, 7.18
5.19 Hammer Of The Gods
Accommodation: The Elysian Fields Hotel
This is the last hotel we see this season. This is so fabulous because it isn't like any the boys would normally stay at. It almost exists to show us what "normal" hotel look like. More 4 start than 2.5 star. It's all very stylish and comfortable looking. They really should have figured something was wrong as soon as they walked in. They're like fish out of water. Maybe that's why the enter looking so wet. :)
The name Elysium refers to: in Greek mythology, the final resting places of the souls of the heroic and the virtuous. [source] Most apt.
I do just have to share the motel room seen in the DVD Gabriel made for the boys. The room number is 69 (most appropriate for a Casa Erotica motel room). And does that bed head look familiar?! (last seen in 5.07!!).
So there you have it. A great mix of rooms again this season and it's wonderful to see so many of their names. If you spot something I've missed (prop re-use, location, exterior) please feel free to tell me and I can update this entry. :))
Special thanks to galwithglasses and bythedamned for the beta and for help with getting the info. *hugs* you both!!
Screencaps care of homeofthenutty.