Another brilliant amazing manlove meta. I want to comment but just can't get my thoughts all in order right now. Just two quick comments now. I always thought Dean started to fritz when he flatlined. I could be mis-remembering but doesn't he start to feel odd, then something starts happening outside, then he starts to really fritz? So I always assumed, he flatlines, it gets all the medical people up and running, by the time Sam gets there they are shocking him. The reaper may not have known when it first showed up that his spirit wasn't in his body or more likely, it was waiting for him to be drawn back towards his body now that it was going under, in order to take him. Maybe his first contact with a reaper made him harder to read or something. But that doesn't really matter(and clearly they don't really care). In any case, when it was realized his spirit wasn't going to come willingly, she decided to try and convince him.
RE: What Ackles is doing with his pajama bottoms? Haven't you ever noticed that when guys go to sit down, they tug at the top of their pant legs? I can't for be sure, not being a guy, but I'd imagine it's rather akin to something us girls can understand. Have you ever put on a pair of pantyhose or tights and either they didn't fit right or you were in a hurry and just didn't pull them up enough? You know how the crotch can slip too low and it's uncomfortable? It's the same idea.
And of course this:It's easy to call him a liar, easy to call him macho and stoic. But he's more than that. He is a curious mix of heart-on-his-sleeve and stoic tough guy, always has been. Nine time out of ten, he'll readily share what is going on, or what happened in the past. He just won't share how that makes him feel. "I remember the fire"  instead of "I would wake up screaming for years," or some such to go with it. He's naturally honest and open, but has become guarded from the experiences of his life.
I always say that about Dean but so few people ever want to believe me. :) Well, I don't say it nearly as well or as eloquently as you but it's how I see him. :)
Did you see Sera Gamble's comment in her interview with SequentialTart.com about how she needles Kripke by saying the show is the "epic love story of Sam and Dean". :) Which I totally agree with by the way, it's like she read my mind(or my posts, which I know she didn't but if she did she'd know we are of like minds about that particular topic:)). Even if she isn't quite so subtle in the writing as Raelle, just reading her interview I think she's got a good handle on the important stuff. She seems very cool.
Love those big eyes though. He's such a fair skinned boy when they are forcing him to tan. :)