We are coming down from our 200 episode high and I was somewhat expecting this episode to switch back to drama between the boys. I was pleasantly surprised that that didn’t happen.
Here are some of my favorite moments/themes from this week’s episode.
10. The boy’s troubles fitting in. Showing up in their regular hunting gear has placed them at a disadvantage. This is a home that is 100% judging them on their clothes and deportment. It is amusing to watch he boys who are normally so in control of the situation be looked down upon.
9. Shifters. This episode’s mystery is pretty cut and dried. It looks like there is some kind of monster killing people and after the rule out it being a ghost they realize they are up against a shifter. Therefore everyone is a suspect. This is something I love about a shifter. Some of my favorite “monster of the week” episodes involve shifters. I love that everyone is a suspect and that the outside world (in this instance the family) think the boys are just acting crazy and don’t realize what danger they are in.
8. Clue. Clue is my favorite board game from childhood and one of my favorite childhood movies as well so I ate up all the Clue references. Dean calling the family members “Mrs. Peacock and Colonial Mustard” to his picking up all the random weapons to use (the lead pipe, the rope, the wrench, the candlestick, the knife, and finally the revolver) was perfection. The rooms as they were shot even felt board game like. There was a definite separation every time they went into a new room/area to investigate. It was at times slightly heavy handed, but not so much that it was annoying. This element was what I considered a pretty great homage.
7. Colette goes to Clown College. I can’t explain why this cracks me up as much as it does, but I love that this is the excuse that the butler came up with. Really? Clown college?
6. The cougar team. The team of “older” ladies (yeah I know they are supposed to be cougars here, but they don’t look that old to me– not like the ghost ship episode) that are after Sam and Dean are the best. Dean meets their advances with humor and kinda seems open to it whereas Sam is constantly uncomfortable around them.
5. Sam’s awkwardness. The cougars have Sam acting very awkward throughout this episode, but if you watch he’s awkward even before they come into the story. He shows up with ridiculously small coffee cups at the beginning of the episode and when Dean mocks his desire to change into his FBI clothes he seems uncomfortable around the butler. He keeps touching his hair and face and not seeming like he knows when to smile. I find it both adorable and uncomfortable to watch.
4. Silver? This isn’t a best moment so much as an issue I have. They trust the maid to bring the silver to them. First of all that amount of real silverware would need to be polished a lot so there would be some tarnish on something. Secondly silver and stainless steel look and feel differently. That’s something the boys would surely notice with all their experience with silver.
3. Sweating Sam. Sam gets cornered by the shifter and tries to reason with her. She tells him her story about how Bobby killed her father and her mother agreed to lock her away so she wouldn’t hurt anyone.Which brings up a whole other theory up for me. Her mother had an affair with a shifter and as we’ve seen before shifters like to shift into a husband and then get a woman pregnant (then come back and steal the baby). So did Bunny know she was having an affair? How old is the shifter daughter? She could be a lot older than she looks and just shifting into a younger version of herself. Also locking your daughter away in the attic is a horrible idea. And Bobby was supposed to “take care” of her after Bunny died. Sounds very Rustler’s Rhapsody to me.
Anyway he gives a rousing speech about how she doesn’t have to be a monster. That being a monster is a choice. This episode although is mostly light hearted and funny has it deep moments and this is one of them. Both Sam and Dean have made the decision to not be monsters over and over again (and kinda still are even though we all like to pretend they aren’t). Right after Sam makes this speech Dean shows up to save his brother and puts way too many of those silver bullets in her. The look on Sam’s face as he watches Dean put bullet after bullet into her corpse is full of fear. Like he is wondering if Dean is going to not stick to his choice of not being a monster.
2. The return of Bobby, well kinda. We open up with Dean working on the Impala again (is it just me or is he working on that a lot? Did he take that bad of care of it during his demon days or is he trying to stay busy so he can avoid his issues?) and Sam delivering very small coffees. The case they are picking up is related to something Bobby left over from his hunting career. It was nice to see a Bobby related story again even though it just made me wish, once again, that he wasn’t dead. (Seriously why couldn’t he, Jo, Ellen and Ash save the world by fighting Metatron from inside heaven?)
1. Family. One of the strong underlying messages in this episode was that Dean and Sam are back at it again. They are close and happy and no longer have issues. RIGHT? Seriously though they’ve come a long way and you can see Sam trying to not rock that boat. He declares with pride, when Dash states that his family doesn’t like each other, that his family does. You can also feel him trying to not push Dean too hard after his overzealous take down of the shifter. He wants everything to be good and doesn’t want to mess up what they have going.
The thing that makes this show great year after year is that it all comes down to the fact that the brothers are family and they need each other. We all think everything will be fine as long as the brothers are together and while I still believe that we still had a few moments that reminded us that even though things are great now we still have issues that need to be worked through. Like that whole Mark of Cain thing.