Ardeospina and I made a deal. She’s going to finish all her visual reviews for season six before the season seven premiere, and I’m going to finish all my delinquent episode recaps before then. So, that means that yes, I get to pour through every single second of episodes like “Mannequin 3: The Reckoning.” I’m a glutton for punishment. The episode wasn’t “Bugs” or “Hammer of The Gods,” but it still bugged the crap out of me and earns my title of season’s worst. Now you get to find out why! Let’s go.
Hmm, where did I leave off weeks ago when I got too busy to go beyond “Unforgiven.” Right… NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG SAMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU BROKE THE WALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ahem. Actually, turns out he just scratched it. This is after all only episode 14. He can’t be a drooling mess just yet. It’s enough to scare the crap out of Dean though (and me). I will give MAJOR kudos to the show here. I remember complaining back in “Like A Virgin” that they opened with that stupid dragon opening instead of going with Dean and Castiel fighting over an unconscious Sam. That would have been the way better opening. So, rather go for the really lame MOTW premise here, they cut straight to the drooling mess on the floor.
Okay, he’s not drooling. That would have been gross. The CW must protect the beauty square! Sam is out cold though. Lights out. The moose has left the building. That’s enough to get Dean all frantic and worked up. He’s hovering over his unconscious brother, shaking him, grabbing onto his jacket because that usually helps, saying his name over and over again. Nope, not working. Dean checks for a pulse. That’s when we get the beauty shot of Sam’s hair flopped all over the floor. Yes, allow me my moments of shallowness. Dean gets really upset. Does this mean his pulse check didn’t produce one?
Now he’s shaking Sam. That will get the pulse going! Dean looks like he’s going to cry now. Oh man, that’s getting me upset! Suddenly Sam’s hazel eye opens, and the burning flames from the end of “Unforgiven” fade away. Sam opens his eyes and takes a deep breath. Wow, maybe he wasn’t breathing. It’s a forgone conclusion he’s disoriented. Dean asks if he’s with him and Sam hazily nods, not very convincing. That’s good enough and Dean yanks him up. Time to get out of there.
I love how this scene was done, but man, that’s a short resolution to what was brilliantly built up and then played out in “Unforgiven.” I didn’t think he should be this okay, especially since he ends up staying fine until the finale. Shouldn’t there be some lasting consequences to him kicking that wall? Something more than Dean tells him to forget it and he does?
Now I really cry, for it’s now time for the lame MOTW opening. It’s in Paterson, New Jersey to boot! Its the Great Falls Junior College. Are there really great falls in Paterson, or are they talking about people crashing out of bed or something? Sorry, but Conan the other day was talking about how 450 people in this country die every year from falling out of bed. You see how bored I am by this opener already? BTW, one Google check and indeed Paterson has 77 foot falls off the Passaic River. You learn something new every day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paterson,_New_Jersey
Um, so what happens? Oh, there’s a creepy anatomical dummy, a janitor, blood, fog breath, creepy doll brought to life, blood spatter, dead janitor, and the dummy again. I’m quaking in my boots, yada yada.
More brotherly drama! This time, Sam is leaning against the Impala, clutching the bridge of his nose, obviously in some pain. Okay, a lot. I mean really, think about it. Think of all the agonizing things Sam has been through. He has more than a high threshold. He can’t be human! Oh wait, part demon blood, I guess he kind of isn’t. Of course being giant size could also help. Interesting to ponder, don’t you think? Never mind, moving on.
Dean is at a snack trailer fetching their morning provisions. He comes over and asks Sam how he feels. “Like I’ve been hit with a planet.” Yeah, he’s holding back. Dean, who’s in a strange good mood, proclaims he is a doctor. He’s got joe, grub, and his special bottle of magic pills. It’s also interesting how it wasn’t until this season, and very faintly, that they’ve twice hinted Dean could be using pills. Not necessarily abusing them, but something that might assist for those times when he needs a…we’ll say a boost. I don’t know, I’m probably over speculating, but that seems like a sudden revelation to me.
“What are they?” Sam asks. “Effective,” Dean answers. Sam still has his common sense and decides the coffee will do fine. Sam reluctantly asks the question, “So how long was I out again?” Enough to freak out your brother, that’s how long. Dean tells him a couple of minutes and wants to know how long it felt. “About a week, give or take.” Hmm, in other words, Hell time! That about fits. So behind that wall is an actual private Hell. Sorry, but that scares me.
Dean certainly understands what Hell time is all about and asks if Sam wants to talk about it. Sam plays dumb with the word “it.” Oh, allow me to paraphrase. “THAT FUCKING MISSING WEEK IN YOUR MIND WHERE YOU WERE BURNING IN HELL!” Dean is more subtle. “Yeah, whatever that was. It was like you were freaking electrocuted.” Sam remains uneasy and really doesn’t want to talk about it, but dances for the right words anyway. “Look, I mean, it wasn’t fun, but I’m fine.” In other words, you don’t want to tell your brother, the one person in this whole universe that could actually relate to the experience of trauma in Hell. Is this to avoid an “I told you so” or is it still too traumatic? I’m sure it’s both, but it’s also he’s likely trying to spare Dean’s worry.
Dean knows exactly what’s happening, because he’s not stupid. “It was Hell, wasn’t it? You got a big fat face full of Hell. Ever cross your mind that you could have died?” Sam tries to brush it off. “I’m serious, and none of this “It’s just a flesh wound crap.'” A Monty Python and The Holy Grail reference! I will never tire of those. One of the best lines of the movie. That and “What is your favorite color?” Right, back to Dean being upset at Sam. “Because we did it your way. We let you go explore and every bad thing that I said would happen happened. So guess what? Past stays past. You’re not kicking that wall again.”