REVIEW: Supernatural S13 Ep11: Breakdown “What’s for Dinner?”

Dean and Sam are there when Donna calls for help finding her missing niece. They need to find her before she’s auctioned off – in pieces!

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Supernatural – “Breakdown”, Season 13, Episode 11
Airdate: January 26, 2018
Director: Amyn Kaderali
Writer: Davy Perez
Created by: Eric Kripke

What You Should Know:
Sheriff Donna Hanscum, Minnesota native, was dragged into the world of monsters and hunting after a couple of encounters where Sam and Dean Winchester had to save her life. After seeing that a fellow officer was actually a vampire, becoming caught up in the ensuing mess, and experiencing the rush of killing one, Donna accepted some lessons from fellow Sheriff and hunter Jody Mills. But at the same time, Donna’s personal life was changing. She’d been dumped because of her weight, fought to lose that weight, and eventually found romance with a new man – Doug. A fellow officer who showed her more respect than her ex.

Sam and Dean went from (mostly) believing their mother, Mary, was dead again, and searching everywhere they could for Lucifer’s son, Jack, to having Jack tell them that Mary is definitely still alive. And trapped in that apocalypse world, the same world where they’d trapped Lucifer and murdering angels had destroyed basically everything. In their attempt to reach that world they involved a young, heavily reluctant Dreamwalker named Kaia, and with Jack’s help, she opened a door. But her efforts were interfered with, her control weak, and as a result, Jack was thrown into the apocalypse world alone, while Sam and Dean were thrown to Kaia’s Bad Place.

Sam and Dean were rescued by Claire Novak and Kaia, at the cost of Kaia’s life, but Jack remains trapped.

What You’ll Find Out:
Old music plays in the background of a blood-stained set of rooms, separated by hanging plastic curtains. A frightened man pleads for mercy over the sound of sharpening blades, his pleas cut off with a scream of pain.

In Oshkosh, Nebraska a young woman pulls up to Manny’s Truck Stop Café late at night, needing to fill up on gas. The machine won’t accept her card, forcing her to go inside, where everyone in the diner stops what they’re doing to turn uncomfortable, leering stares in her direction. She does her best to ignore them and approaches the cashier, who asks for her ID and proceeds to tease her about her name – Hanscum. She becomes agitated when he says it reminds him of ‘soap scum,’ asks for money for the gas, and has to play a short game of tug-of-war to retrieve her cards. Everyone continues to stare as she hurries to exit the diner and return to her vehicle. Once she’s gassed up she sets the nozzle back, pausing to note an old van with the words “Jesus Saves” and a cross all painted in white in the back window. She turns around, startled to find a tall man immediately behind her. He offers to wash her windows, she declines with fear in her voice, ducks into her car, and drives off.

Not too far down the road, however, Ms. Hanscum has to pull over because she’s developed a flat tire. There’s what appears to be a type of throwing star stuck in her front driver’s side tire. She tries flagging down a truck but it continues on. In her frustration, as the road is almost entirely deserted, she shouts after it. While her back is turned something sneaks up behind her and grabs her, dragging her off into the woods.

Sam isn’t sleeping, but neither is he leaving his room. Dean pounds on the door at 8:30am that he’s making pancakes, but Sam ignores him. At 10am Sam’s phone begins buzzing and he slowly makes himself reach out and look at it, seeing that it’s Donna Hanscum. He steps into the kitchen, still on the phone, where Dean mentions having saved Sam some breakfast. Sam puts Donna on speaker, asking her to repeat what she told him. Calling from her truck on the side of the road, Donna explains she’s calling about her niece, Wendy. She’s gone missing. Donna starts to say something about the local police, implying they don’t have any leads, but she can’t finish the sentence. Instead, she admits she knows a missing person’s case isn’t their typical thing, and Dean assures her they’re on their way.

Sam and Dean arrive a short while later and Donna explains that Wendy’s car was found on the side of the road. Flat tire, signs of a struggle. Wendy’s been taking a gap year before she starts college. Donna chokes up, adding how she used to tell Wendy about how much fun she used to have as if this is her fault now. The brothers tell her it’s not, and Donna says Doug’s been telling her the same thing. Learning that Doug’s inside the building they’re standing in front of, Dean heads in to get a look at things.

Dean heads inside, finding Wendy’s Impala up on an angled lift with Doug and a couple of local authorities talking a few feet away. He looks around the car, easily spotting the object in the tire, but before he can really examine it another man starts yelling at him, demanding to know who he is and what he’s doing there. Dean turns to see a man in a crisp black suit striding up. The man doesn’t give him time to formulate an answer before repeating his question with a diminutive “son.” Dean tells the man he’s not the man’s son, but before he can get any more into it the pair is interrupted by Doug, who’s raced over to prevent an argument.

Doug introduces Dean (as ‘Agent Savage’) to Agent Clegg of the FBI, and Clegg backs down marginally. He asks Dean which office he’s out of, so Dean evades the question by explaining he’s there on personal business, as Wendy is his cousin. Clegg seems to accept this and asks Dean to follow him, but after Clegg takes a couple of feet, Doug stops him. Doug asks if Dean’s really related to Donna and if that means Dean was at the ‘family reunion’ in Sioux Falls recently. Dean awkwardly confirms he was there and it was, in fact, “wild!”

Clegg takes the group to his makeshift workstation, indicating on a roadmap the area where Wendy’s car was found. It was called in by a passing trucker. He adds that the object in the tire is “Classic Butterfly.” Butterfly being the name he’s given the mystery attacker. Clegg indicates a complicated wall map, with photos of missing persons and crossing red lines, explaining Butterfly’s established pattern. Butterfly reverses direction depending on the season, picking off solo travelers. Not a one of whom has ever been found. Clegg admits that while it’s not procedure, he could use whatever help they’ll offer, as he’s been chasing Butterfly for the past twelve years. Sam gives Dean a look, shaking his head, Dean takes a breath and agrees to help.

Back in their unassuming motel room, Dean has found a CB radio and is trying to reach out to any truckers in the area. Sam insists the idea is stupid, and that with the real FBI involved it would be smarter to back off since they’re still technically fugitives. Dean reminds him the FBI thinks they’re dead (again), and when Sam tries arguing that they don’t need to be getting all tangled up in that kind of mess again, Dean turns it around, asking Sam if he wants to bail on Donna. Dean accuses Sam of being mopey, citing the fact that Sam didn’t get out of bed until ten in the morning when he’s usually a morning person, and that he turned down pancakes. When Sam doesn’t really try arguing, Dean explains that he understands Sam’s upset and in a “dark place” after everything that happened – losing Jack and their chance at saving Mary. But he reminds Sam that experience has shown they need to power through, that they’ll figure it out somehow, and he’ll be there for Sam every step of the way. Sam’s expression shows a distinct lack of agreement, but their conversation is interrupted by a voice on the CB.

The voice, ‘Felix the Cat,’ states they may have some information on what Dean’s looking for, but she asks to meet in person just to be safe. She gives him directions to a place to meet up and he agrees. When Dean’s done, Sam says he does want to help Donna, that isn’t what’s bothering him. Dean reassures him that he knows and suggests Sam hang back and do some digging while Dean goes to the meeting with Felix.

Meanwhile, Wendy awakens to find herself blindfolded and tied to an old metal, diner-style chair. Music plays in the background. Her captor, covered head-to-toe in slacks and a white button-up beneath a butcher’s apron, bloodstained matching gloves, and a fully encompassing leather head/neck piece with goggles over the eyes, makes his way through the hanging, bladed weapons and takes off her blindfold. Wendy immediately screams and he promptly mock-screams back at her. She pleads for release, asking what he wants from her, so he turns around and begins to set up a camcorder on a tripod. Once it’s set, he draws his fingers over the area where his mouth should be, mimicking a large, exaggerated smile. She looks into the camera and begs for her life.

The next morning, Sam joins Donna and Agent Clegg in Clegg’s office and Clegg hands him a heavy binder – the complete list of everyone he suspects the Butterfly has taken over the past twelve years. Clegg goes on to say based on Wendy’s credit card activity the last place they can put her at is a small truck stop in Oshkosh, and as it would happen, his main Butterfly suspect was there that night. In the past, he’s never had enough evidence to bring the man in, but this is suspicious enough to bring him in for questioning. And the creepy pastor from Manny’s Truck Stop Café is walked into the interrogation room in chains, book in hand. “Diamond Don.”

Sam, Donna, and Clegg watch as “Diamond Don” is settled at the table. Clegg explains the pastor has an established criminal history, mostly surrounding lewd and lascivious behavior. But when they picked him up they also found a bloody women’s tee in his vehicle – the shirt Wendy had been wearing the night she disappeared.

Dean has his sit down with ‘Felix,’ who turns out to have been one of the people from Manny’s the night Wendy came in. Felix reluctantly admits she saw Wendy twice – once at the truck stop, and again off Road 88, broken down. In hindsight, she acknowledges she should have stopped, but her focus was on making up lost time. Dean makes a point to get the name of the truck stop from her before he leaves.

Sam and Clegg take a shot at interrogating the pastor. Sam tells him they can place him at Manny’s Truck Stop Café, and Clegg shows the pastor first Wendy’s picture then another victim’s. The pastor admits the girl looks vaguely familiar but claims he’s never seen the other one. When Clegg asks another question the pastor responds with one word: “Lawyer.” The response angers Clegg, who declares that he really doesn’t care about ‘rights,’ and Sam has to separate them. Donna steps into the room and requests an opportunity to speak with the pastor.

A Manny’s Truck Stop Café, Dean meets up with Doug, who’s brought a report of their recent incidents. None of them indicate involvement in any kidnappings. Then Doug asks Dean about Donna because he’s worried about her. He says she’s barely talking to him, despite that they talk about everything – even Desperate Housewives. Doug suspects she’s hiding something from him, but as soon as he says it he backs off. Dean catches him before he can leave, telling him to trust Donna. That he knows Doug will be there for her, which Doug confirms.

Sitting across from Donna, the pastor reminds her he asked for his lawyer. She asks if he’s sure about that choice, quoting scripture disdainful of lawyers and commenting “even the Good Book’s got lawyer jokes.” He says he is so she takes a seat, explaining that they’re in a small town, on a Friday night, so at best he might get a Public Defender sometime on Monday. Meanwhile, it’d be him, in his old-fashioned fancy suit, and a bunch of miscellaneous thugs, “in the big cell” all weekend long. She says it’s up to him if he wants to deal with that, but he could always choose instead to talk to her and she could get him out of there a little faster.

Dean and Doug get out of the Impala and are immediately greeted by the window washer, so they ask about Wendy. He’s hesitant to explain but admits he saw her. Dean offers him cash and the man adds she’d been there recently and the cashier, Marlon, liked her so much he closed the truck stop and chased off after her. “Didn’t come back ‘til after dawn.”

Donna’s asking the pastor about what he does, spreading the Word on the road. She gets him to admit he’s been on the road for many years, easily twelve. He travels ‘wherever the Lord takes him.’ She asks about his previous convictions – flashing a young girl in Cheyenne, coaxing a young boy into his van. The pastor proclaims he’s “weak,” but that God knows his sins, and so does his wife. So Donna whips out the bloodied shirt and asks if his wife knows about that, too. While he’s stumbling over trying to say “I don’t-” she goes on, asking what he did with Wendy, explaining it was found in his van. The pastor finally finds his voice and says he didn’t do it, that he’s never hurt, anyone. Donna shouts at him not to lie to God, and the pastor cries that he isn’t. That he’s done bad things, but not this.

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Donna leaves the interrogation room, rejoining Sam and Clegg, and declares that she believes him. Sam does, too. Clegg tries to argue, using the shirt as reason enough, but Sam insists the shirt doesn’t make sense. At Clegg’s confusion, Sam argues that a criminal mastermind who’s evaded capture for twelve years isn’t going to get caught because of a bloody shirt left absentmindedly in his van. Someone planted it to frame the pastor, probably back at the truck stop.

Dean and Doug enter the truck stop, finding it empty other than Marlon, and Dean wastes no time pulling up Wendy’s photo and demanding to know where she is. Marlon immediately perks, leaning in for a lingering look before casually claiming he doesn’t know. Not in the mood to play games, Dean grabs the back of the boy’s collar and slams his head onto the counter. Startled, Doug attempts to stop him, but Dean brushes him off by claiming it’s an FBI tactic. Dean asks Marlon the same question, Marlon repeats his answer, so Dean lifts him up and slams him again. This time Dean informs Marlon that he already knows the boy followed her, he only needs to know where she is. So Marlon finally utters the classic phrase: “You won’t believe me.”

Pausing to properly close the truck stop, Marlon pulls up his laptop with Dean and Doug watching over his shoulder. He logs onto a website “like eBay, sort of” where a man named Luis Fernando is strapped to a Frankenstein-esque lab table, begging to be let go, while his left arm is up for bid. The bidding times out and for $365 user Canine321 is the proud new owner of Luis Fernando’s left arm. The cameraman, dressed much like Wendy’s captor, steps into view with a bone saw and Luis begins screaming. Doug winces and looks away as Dean realizes what they’re watching. The victims are being sold – in pieces.

Having called Sam and Donna over to the truck stop, Dean instructs Marlon to pull up the footage – now over – of Luis’ auction. Suitably appalled, Sam stops the playback once they’ve seen enough and Marlon teases him about being vegan. Donna wants to know who would do something like that, thinking the body parts are being used as some kind of sick trophies. But Sam suggests that, actually, they’re food. Dean gestures to the comments on the side of the screen, where users have posted things such as “Yum!” and “Yummy!” These people are being auctioned off, piece by piece, as food for monsters. Unfortunately, Donna comes to this realization aloud and Doug questions the word choice, putting Dean in the literal position of ‘middleman’ when Donna has to tell him they’ll talk about it later.

Redirecting the conversation, Dean asks Sam if he can figure out where the feed’s coming from, but Sam says he can’t. Marlon doesn’t know, either, he only has a phone number. He explains his job is to find victims – people who look like they won’t be missed – and make a call. Dean asks if he feels good about that, and Marlon responds he likes the money. As they’re watching a new auction begins. This time it’s Wendy’s. They have less than an hour to save her, which first means finding the location of the video feed. At the sight of her niece strung up in front of the camera, Donna quickly turns away. Doug follows after her.

While Sam informs Dean that they don’t have the equipment, let alone the time, to trace the video, Donna finally comes clean to Doug. Doug is taking some time processing the news that monsters are real and his girlfriend of two years spends a chunk of her free time killing them. He verifies that Sam and Dean aren’t really related to her and she confirms that no, they’re actually hunters. This is what they do. Then Dean interrupts. Agent Clegg managed to trace the video, but they have barely 40 minutes left.

Everyone pulls up the building Clegg traced the signal to, with Sam going around to watch the back. Once they’ve breached, Doug and Marlon – brought along to keep from tipping the enemy off – are asked to wait in an outer room. Dean makes sure Doug is armed, just in case, before he and Donna head further into the building in search of Wendy and her captor. At the back entrance, Sam hears someone coming up behind him and finds Clegg jogging up, determined to see the case through despite not fully understanding what this piece has to do with it. With Marlon securely cuffed to an interior metal post, Doug takes position at the doorway Dean and Donna disappeared down, keeping an eye on both the hall and Marlon. Marlon teases him about the “hot lady Sheriff” being out of his league.

Wendy, still on film, is forced to watch as her captor sharpens his machete behind the scenes. She screams out in fear.

Dean and Donna make their way down a long hall with flickering lights, following the sound of music and the soft glow of gold lighting. Until they find a room with the doorway covered by plastic curtains, and inside they find only an old-fashioned radio, blasting music. A false lead.

Meanwhile, Marlon calls Doug’s attention again, asking if Doug recalls the others mentioning monsters. Then he calmly tells Doug that he happens to be a vampire, before ripping off the handcuff and attacking. Not far away, Sam and Clegg are making their way through the building, close enough to hear the sounds of the fight. Doug calls out for help, guiding their direction, as Marlon throws him to the ground. Marlon bites his own wrist, hauls Doug up, and proceeds to bleed deliberately into Doug’s mouth – turning him. Around the corner, Sam prepares to lead the charge into the room, but Clegg stops him with a sharp smack of the butt of his gun into the back of Sam’s head, knocking him out.

Donna and Dean come back to the room to find Doug regaining consciousness on the ground. Donna rushes to him, seeing his face covered in blood, trying to figure out where he’s hurt as Dean looks around for Marlon. Doug takes several breaths, tells Donna he’s uninjured, and adds, “but … I don’t think I’m okay,” as vampire fangs extend over his regular teeth. Unprepared, Donna barely keeps Doug from biting her after Doug declares how hungry he is. But Doug easily overpowers her, wrestling her to the floor, where Dean’s able to inject him with a shot of dead man’s blood. As vampires are allergic to dead man’s blood, the shot knocks Doug out cold. Donna finds her feet, still rattled and upset, but Dean tells her it’s okay. He’s only just turned, so he hasn’t fed yet, and as long as he hasn’t fed he can still be cured.

Marlon returns on cue, as the blood of vampire who turned the new vampire is essential, to deliver a message. Clegg has Sam. At this Dean stands up, all sarcastic amusement gone from his face. When Dean demands to know where Marlon taunts that he won’t tell on account of how rough Dean was with him earlier. Dean unsheaths his machete and says “Bring it, Twilight.” But before Dean can decapitate Marlon, Donna shoots out Marlon’s knee. She orders Dean to whip up the cure, brings the shotgun straight to Marlon’s face and tells him he’s going to tell her where Clegg is. She’s killing him regardless, but how much it hurts is up to him.

Sam wakes up tied to the same steel lab table from the video, with Clegg direction the masked butcher on where to position the camera for their special guest. Sam realizes, of course, that Clegg was the Butterfly all along, and Clegg returns that he recognized Sam and Dean as the Winchesters as soon as he saw the Impala. When Sam asks why Clegg is doing all this, Clegg simply declares that “someone has to.” He explains there are tens of thousands, maybe even over a million, monsters out in the world. Monsters who live ordinary lives, but still need to eat. So he’s taken it upon himself to help them keep their civilized lives by offering them “people other people won’t miss.” As he sees it, he’s doing the world a favor. Then he adds there’s no point in Sam stalling to give Dean time to save him, puts on a half-face covering pig mask and cues the butcher to start the video. Monsters everywhere watch as masked Clegg introduces their latest offering – “Mr. Sam Winchester!”

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Dean’s driving with Donna and a drugged Doug in the backseat. Donna has doubts about the cure, but Dean reassures her of its effectiveness, as it worked on him. She doesn’t ask again before lifting Doug’s head and helping pour the liquid into his mouth.

The auction is proceeding quickly, with pieces of Sam fetching over $5,000 before Clegg declares it’s time to open the bidding on Sam’s heart.

Dean pulls up in front of another building and he and Donna climb out of the Impala, leaving Doug in the car. They slip inside, splitting up after the first room, and Donna quickly finds Wendy. She’s still hanging from her wrists, and still intact. No sooner has Donna found her than she’s attacked by the butcher, but Donna manages to get enough distance between them to grab a machete and run him through the heart. He drops and Donna returns to Wendy’s side.

The bidding for Sam’s heart finally ends at $500,000. Clegg approaches Sam, telling him they usually like to kill their victims slowly, but, “since Dean’s out there,” they can’t afford to take their time. He lifts a gun to shoot him in the head and, with the camera rolling, a shot rings out. Sam realizes he’s not dead moments before Clegg, with a fresh and growing bloodstain on the front of his shirt, drops to the ground. Dean stands several feet back, gun in hand.

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Back in Sam and Dean’s motel, Doug wakes up, handcuffed but otherwise unrestrained. Donna’s sitting beside him, with Dean and Sam a handful of feet away, watching cautiously. Once Sam confirms Doug’s lack of desire to bite anyone, Donna hurriedly removes the cuffs. She assures Doug that Wendy’s in the hospital, she’s going to be fine, and so is he. This confuses him and he reminds her he’s a vampire. Or was. She awkwardly replies “for a couple hours.” Doug stands, still confused, and Dean steps toward him, declaring that he knows Doug’s had a heck of a day, but since he knows the truth now, they could always use another trustworthy guy on their side. Doug stares at him for a moment before refusing, startling all of them. Doug says he likes being a cop, but monsters are a whole other level. He wants to go home, presumably where things make sense. Donna takes his hand, assuring him they can, but he pulls away and walks several feet past the three of them. Facing them, he tells Donna she’s a “damned hero,” and he knows she can’t quit, but the monster life isn’t for him. Donna tries to convince him to stay but he leaves.

Sam tells Donna to let Doug leave. That people, like them, who choose to hunt can’t really get close to others because they’ll inevitably get hurt. So letting Doug go is for his own good. Dean makes a thoughtful face, as if Sam’s words have given him insight into Sam’s recent behavior, but he remains silent as Sam also leaves the room. Once Sam is gone Dean puts a comforting hand on Donna’s shoulder and she cries.

Driving home that night, Dean tells Sam he was too harsh on Donna. Sam disagrees, saying he was being honest. That knowing them is a curse on people. Instead of arguing, Dean replies that he realizes Sam is in some kind of a dark place, only Sam cuts him off before he can finish. He insists he’s just being realistic. This has always been the way it is, no matter how hard he’s tried to pretend otherwise. That he’s tried thinking they could have their mother back, or Castiel, or Jack, but he realizes now they can’t. “This ends one way for us, Dean. It ends bloody. It ends bad.”

What Does This Mean for the Future?

Donna will struggle with Doug’s reaction for a while. She’ll miss him, she’ll feel guilty, she may even try to cut herself off from those who don’t already have a connection to the hunter world – largely as a result of Sam’s words. But that behavior isn’t natural for Donna and likely wouldn’t last, especially with the influence and encouragement of Jody and the girls.

Sam, though … he’s exactly doing his ‘dark’ thing. He’ll get angrier, harsher, more reckless and the first chance they get at a possible rescue or solution, he’ll jump. He’ll do the desperate thing or the sacrificial thing. Or at least he’ll try. That’s his established pattern when he’s in this kind of mood, so unless Dean – or an outside force – finds a new way to yank him out of it, that’s definitely coming up. And Dean knows it.

Meaning Dean’s going to be trying to find that way, or looking for the earliest possible solution, to prevent Sam from having fallen that deep. He’s going to want to keep Sam back the more Sam pushes into recklessness. They’re going to argue, loudly, but here’s hoping the years of ‘one walks away in a temper tantrum’ are over.

Rating: 8.5/10

Final Thought: This was a good, solid episode of Supernatural. A hunt, creep factor, just enough ‘maybe’ characters to keep you guessing for a bit as to who the real monster might be. Or what. Humor, of course, with the usual dark side we all expect from our Winchesters by the middle of a season. So let’s break it down.

When poor Wendy first walked into that truck stop, I was fairly convinced she’d stepped into a diner full of monsters. All vampires, maybe, or a mix of creatures – either way, they looked at her like dinner because she was. That was my thought. To be fair, one of them was a vampire, and one was a more moral-type monster. (I was still wrong, though.) But it was a good way to start the episode off with a mixed air of ‘danger around the corner’ and ‘who done it?’.

I appreciate that they visited the idea of the danger of mingling with real FBI, acknowledging their messy history, without actually going there again. In my opinion, the ‘complications with Big Brother’ trope has been done, revived, tortured and beaten to death, and briefly returned to one more time before being slaughtered yet again. Enough’s enough where that’s concerned. For me, really, once was enough there.

The whole idea of ‘monsters bidding on body parts’ was actually great. It makes amazing sense in the modern world of technology. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this idea comes up again sporadically, possibly even becoming an occasional background mention theme after a while. Or perhaps I’m taking it too far.

But I have to talk about Sam and his hypocrisy because it’s in times like this that it pops out again and really irks me. Just a handful of episodes ago Dean was “in a dark place” and expressing a negative viewpoint on their lives. What was Sam’s response? Was it ‘you’re absolutely right, Dean’? No, it was, ‘I’m here for you, Dean, let me help you through this.’ Now Sam’s in a phase, all pouty over something (Kaia’s death? I’m sorry, seems a little extreme for a girl he barely knew), swearing it’s their ‘curse’ and he’s ‘being realistic’. They’ve completely flopped arguments, okay, that happens. When Dean does it he’s in a phase, needs some positive influence. But when Sam does it they’re doomed, everyone they’ve ever met is doomed, why do they even try?

Don’t get me wrong. Sam’s absolutely entitled to be upset for whatever reason, he’s allowed to have his feelings and be a conflicted character. In fact, I’ll argue with myself to say that this very hypocrisy adds a level of realism. My problem is that it just bugs me the way he shuts Dean’s arguments down, the way he refuses to listen when Dean tries talking to him. I guess it’s the way he responds that bothers me. As well as the fact that this argument literally harkens back to season one, and while sometimes revisiting earlier themes is great, this might be a little too verbatim for my tastes. Perhaps, too, it would help if we had a lead-in to Sam’s change of mood that made sense. The last time we saw the boys they seemed like their usual selves. Then all of a sudden Sam’s retreating into himself, doing the gloomy thing. Why? I just don’t buy that it’s all a reaction to the death of a girl who was basically a stranger when they’ve seen so many strangers die. I need to see a better reason.

Leaving that specifically alone, I want to analyze something Sam said specifically. He said he wanted to believe they could have everyone back. “Mom, Cas, Jack,” etc. Now we know Mary and Jack are stuck, together, in that apocalypse world. And we know they know – or have reason to believe – that as well. But I wonder why he would include Cas? The last that we knew the Winchesters knew they thought Cas was “following leads” far away. They think they’ve been talking to him over the phone. Now, I’ve been wondering why we haven’t seen a two-minute scene where Sam or Dean tries to call Cas, maybe, ‘hey, we found Jack!’ then ‘crap, we lost him again, need help!’ Something like this to show a moment of wondering why Cas won’t come see them. But we haven’t seen or heard reference to anything like this, so we’re left with what we do know. And that’s that they have no suspicions of Cas’s current position as a prisoner to Asmodeus. That being the case, then why, oh why, would Sam mention Cas in that list? Writer error?

All in all, a strong episode with a lot of what makes Supernatural what it is. Just a couple points of contention for me.

Supernatural airs on The CW on Thursdays. Check your local listings for times.


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