Seeing episodes like this one make me wish that I could just bottle up the awesomeness that is 'Supernatural'. I don't know about you guys but I loved everything about this episode. Yes, harsh things were said, feelings were hurt and brothers were betrayed but that drama keeps fans like myself totally engaged. So needless to say, â€œCitizen Fangâ€ was a hit in my book.
It's no secret that I'm huge fan of Benny, and by extension, Ty Olsson. I've been singing his praises since day one and he did not disappoint. The thing I like most about Bennyâ€™s character is his devotion to Dean. But we saw a new side of Benny in â€œCitizen Fangâ€. He has a soft spot for family. His devotion to a great granddaughter he only just met is enough to keep him honest. He's willing to give up blood for blood, if you will. But he's also willing to kill for it.
I don't blame Benny for killing Martin. The guy was asking for it. He seemed to be from the Gordon Walker school of hunting; unable to see past the black and white. Martin felt like an old school hunter to me, with old ideas about right and wrong. Even Sam was willing to let Benny live as long as he could be sure he wasn't feeding on people. But Martin was appalled that Dean could even be in the same room with Benny and not try to kill him. I wonder if it's a generational thing? Either way it was interesting to think about how far both Sam and Dean have come in regards to their views on hunting. I remember a time when Dean was very much like Martin; shoot first, ask questions later. And here he is, BFF with a vampire. And Sam has always been the one to give the benefit of the doubt to the monsters he hunts yet he was ready to kill Benny on sight. Talk about your role reversals.
I was pleasantly surprised by Sam and Dean at the beginning of the episode. When Sam revealed that he had Martin following Benny I was waiting for Dean to blow his top. Putting myself in Deanâ€™s shoes I think I would have felt betrayed, like my brother couldnâ€™t trust my judgement. But Dean didnâ€™t go there. And when Sam explained the situation with the body and that Benny was likely the one behind the killing Dean agreed to check it out. He wasnâ€™t mad, he was matter-of-fact. The whole thing was so level-headed. Sam even agreed to give Dean the time he needed to confront Benny and sort everything out. From Samâ€™s point of view it would seem fairly obvious that Benny was behind the deaths but he still gave Dean the time he needed.
Of course things didnâ€™t stay that cordial for long. Once the second body appeared, things got ugly. Sam felt that Dean was too close to the situation to really judge Bennyâ€™s innocence. I understand his concern, but I have to think there was a better way to handle it then to leave him knocked out and cuffed to a radiator. Why not bring Dean along to confront Benny? Besides, how long do you think you can keep Dean Winchester in cuffs? Dean certainly didnâ€™t help the situation by sending a fake S.O.S. from Amelia. While super effective, it felt cruel. I donâ€™t know how much Dean knows about the circumstances around Sam and Ameliaâ€™s break up and I wonder if knowing would have changed his mind about sending the text? Iâ€™m guessing no. At the end of the day that text probably saved a life. Whether it was Bennyâ€™s or Samâ€™s, Iâ€™m not sure. Thereâ€™s no doubt in my mind that Sam would have killed Benny if he got the chance. Everything points to the fact that Benny is a killer. And even though it would hurt his relationship with Dean I think Sam sees it as his duty. But I wonder if Benny would kill Sam? If confronted would he actually fight Sam or just try and get out alive? At this point, I donâ€™t know. I like to think heâ€™d spare Sam for Deanâ€™s sake. What do you think?
The big question on my mind is what Sam and Deanâ€™s relationship is going to look like after this mini-hiatus. They are in some rocky territory. These two particular quotes pretty much sum their emotional state.
Dean: â€œEvery relationship Iâ€™ve ever had has gone to crap at some point.â€
Sam: â€œMust feel great finding someone you can trust after all these years.â€
Dean: â€œGuys like us, we donâ€™t get a home. We donâ€™t get family.â€
Benny: â€œYou got Sam.â€
Ouch. Those lines were almost as painful to type as they were to hear. Neither one feels that the other has their back. When did they stop feeling like family to each other?
So not only do they have these emotional issues to sort through, but now thereâ€™s the problem of what to do about Benny. Sam was clearly very unhappy that Dean was still defending Benny after he killed Martin. But he also didnâ€™t hear the whole story. I have to think heâ€™d understand if he knew what Martin did. And what does this kill mean for Benny? That neck looked pretty gnawed on, right? No chance Benny used his hands to kill Martin? He was already struggling with just the smell of Deanâ€™s blood, so a taste canâ€™t be good for his self-control. Dean will forgive this one kill but I donâ€™t think he could look past another, and I know Sam couldnâ€™t. What do you think? Can Dean explain this one to Sam?
I didnâ€™t get a chance to post a review of last weekâ€™s episode, but my main takeaway was that I finally felt like I got something from the Sam flashbacks and I was very happy to see that continue into this episode. Last week was the first time I really felt like I understood why Sam and Amelia needed each other. And after the Don bombshell I was able to really sympathize with Sam over his loss. So when Sam saw Amelia and Don together, it was like a dagger in my heart. I really felt for the guy. Iâ€™m so happy to have finally connected with that storyline. It still doesnâ€™t explain everything, like why Sam gave up on hunting and finding Dean, but it at least explains a little more about why he was drawn to Amelia and what made him leave. Iâ€™m happy with progress!
Ok, well I better stop myself because I could gush about this episode for days! What did you all think? Are you as intrigued by the drama as I am? Are you a member of the Ty Olsson fanclub as well? Do you just want Sam and Dean to talk it out already?
As usual there are some quotes and moments worth mentioning.
Dean: â€œIâ€™ve got history with the guy. Iâ€™m not signing up for a witch hunt, I owe him more than that.â€
When Dean confronted Benny in the woods I was surprised to see them both on edge and ready to fight. Up until that point I wasnâ€™t sure if Dean would be able to kill Benny if he had to.
Dean: â€œMy brother is not someone you want to mess with.â€ Damn straight!
The conversation between Don and Sam was an interesting one. Makes me respect Don and it makes me respect Sam for stepping down.
Benny: â€œNo offense Dean, but your little brother doesnâ€™t exactly send chills up my spine.â€ Clearly Bennyâ€™s never seen Sam hunt.
Sam: â€œJust give him a chance like you gave me.â€