We picked up right where we left off again this week but “The Girl Next Door” provided a much needed breath of fresh air. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been loving this season so far, it’s just that we’ve had a lot to process in the first two episodes and it’s left my head spinning. TGND was able to strike a great balance by providing an interesting monster of the week without putting everything else on the back burner.
The boys make it out of Sioux Falls General with a little help from Bobby who made a less than dramatic entrance”¦seriously, after all that worrying and Dean’s heartbreaking voicemail that’s how we find out he’s still alive? It seemed a little anti-climactic although, I’m still wondering if that’s really Bobby in there. Maybe I’m reaching, but we didn’t get any real explanation about where he was and why he didn’t answer his phone. And he wasn’t exactly torn up about losing his house and all his possessions. So maybe it’s not really Bobby? Or maybe it’s just a hole in the narrative? Who knows? What do you guys think?
We pick up three weeks later in White Fish, Montana. Dean has spent his time on the couch watching Spanish soap operas while Sam appears to have passed the time pressing the wound on his hand trying to stay in touch with reality. What is he going to do when that hand heals up? They did a great job of implying Sam’s hallucinations without us ever seeing Lucifer in the room. I’m assuming they couldn’t keep paying Mark Pellegrino to guest star but with good direction (Shout out to Jensen Ackles) those kinds of limitations don’t have to be a distraction. And they weren’t.
When Dean sent Sam out for food I got nervous. When he told him to get pie, I thought “When has sending Sam for pie ever been a good idea?” I was on edge just waiting for Sam to get snatched or hit over the back of the head or choked – you know – the usual. In fact, I thought for sure that the gas station attendant was going to be a leviathan, but he wasn’t. This however, did not disprove my theory. Sam was still able to set off a trace on his credit card and find a secret case while simultaneously forgetting the pie. I repeat, sending Sam for pie is never a good idea. But the credit card trace got me thinking, what is it with these Leviathan and the Winchesters? Do we even know? Are they carrying a grudge because Sam and Dean tried to help Castiel or is there more? If I’m missing something, please fill me in.
Once Dean is asleep, Sam sneaks out on his secret case. I was obviously curious about what he was up to, but once things became clearer I wondered why he hadn’t just told Dean he was working a case. It all became clear through the flashbacks which I really enjoyed. I like any chance we get to know a little more about the early life of the Winchesters. So Sam always got stuck on research duty, huh? Things became clear pretty quickly after Sam set his eyes on Amy. He has an emotional attachment to this case. How adorable was it when he asked for Dean’s advice on how to talk to girls? I shudder to think what Dean told him came after hello.
It was surprising to find that Sam has been attracted to monsters from such a young age. It has become sort of his “thing” over the seasons but I’d always just assumed that it started with “Heart”. Apparently it started much earlier and Sam kept it a secret. It makes me wonder just how long he knew he was different. And not just because he’s a hunter, but because he had been chosen; singled out by Azazel. And maybe he couldn’t articulate it and he certainly didn’t know why, but I’d bet he knew something was different.
He’s especially had a soft spot for the monsters who fight their animal instincts and attempt to redeem themselves. He’s been in that spot before and helping them redeem themselves was living proof that he could do the same. The only difference is that now he sees it as managing rather than being redeemed. It makes the whole thing sound so much lonelier.
And that is clearly why he couldn’t tell Dean about Amy and his suspicions that she was killing again. Even though she was doing what any mother would do for her dying child, he couldn’t look past it. I was a little surprised that Amy’s son didn’t factor more into Dean’s decision. He so recently lost Ben who he loved like a son and I would have thought that it would be a tougher call for him. He kind of reminded me of Dean from the first and second season. Especially with lines like; “They are who they are, no matter how hard you try.”
I guess I thought he had changed his tune a bit or at least gotten a little soft, especially where kids are involved. He did seem genuinely sorry to have to kill Amy but the way he talked to her son after was a little shocking.
“Ever kill anyone; I’ll come back for you.”
It seemed way too harsh. The boy just watched his mother die and now you want to threaten him? Maybe it was because Jensen was directing himself or maybe that’s the way the scene was written but my jaw pretty much dropped during that scene. Was anyone else as shocked as I was at how Dean acted?
I’ll be interested to see if Sam ever finds out what Dean did. It’s a huge violation of trust. Not only did he go behind Sam’s back but it just proves that Dean still can’t trust Sam or his instincts. I don’t know who was right, maybe Amy would have eventually killed again, maybe she wouldn’t but I don’t think that’s the point. Where does Sam and Dean’s relationship stand? Is Dean not trusting Sam because of the hallucinations or is it just carried over from past betrayal? I’m really interested to hear what you guys think about this because I can’t pinpoint it.
Let’s end this on a bit of a lighter note with a few moments that struck me and some funny quotes.
* Did anyone else think it was a little convenient that Dean just assumed Sam had picked up a paper at the gas station? It’s a little nit picky thing but it would have made more sense for the clerk to just tell Dean that Sam had also bought a paper.
* Another nit picky thing and then I swear I’m done. I really don’t like the Leviathan special effect. One of the things I love about Supernatural is that they know their limitations. And I don’t think they have the budget to make that effect look remotely realistic.
*Dean waking up in the hospital and falling out of bed was pretty funny. Supernatural doesn’t do much slapstick humor but when they do it, they pull it off well.
*Dean: “And Sam, “pie.”
* “My Bloodiest Valentine in hellish 3D” Hilarious shout out.
* Dean sacked out on the couch with the TV on. “The wildebeest lounges”¦” I don’t know if it was intentional but it made me laugh.
*Only Dean Winchester is bad-ass enough to saw off his own cast.
* Dean: “New rule; you steal my baby, you get punched.” Sam should really know that by now!