“My Bloody Valentine”
–Robin’s Rambles by Robin Vogel
I had to watch this one three times before I was able to write about it. First, Famine was the creepiest MOTW we’ve had in a long time. With his brown-yellow teeth, leathery skin and pale pallor, I couldn’t help but wonder why he would want to be in such poor health. Then again, I guess someone constantly hungry wouldn’t look so good, right? Anyway, a major ick and kudos on Famine.
Speaking of ick, the two kids dining on each other by the fridge was a true gross-out for me, and we’ve seen doozies on SUPERNATURAL. Alice working a piece of Russell’s flesh like gum between her mouth and fingers is a special stand-out. When Alice’s roommate tells Sam Russell was dead save for “still chewing,” I threw up in my mouth a bit, seriously. Well done, writers, will send you cleaning bill for my SUPERNATURAL blanket!
The amusing and chubby award goes to Cupid for his unwanted hugs, but he gets points detracted for revealing that John and Mary hated each other when they first met. Did they HAVE to throw in that those two, who we assumed were star-crossed lovers, had to be maneuvered by a Cupid to fall in love and create Sam and Dean because heaven decreed it? It was a real downer, and I prefer forgetting I heard it. Also, Dean kept staring down at his member, and I was wondering why. Funny how two humans and one angel found the excessive hugging embarrassing, huh? Dean punches Cupid, but doesn’t want to discuss it with his concerned little brother.
Notice how quickly Sam recognized Dean’s out of character behavior; when his brother didn’t eat or want to go out and have sex, he knew something was wrong, a far cry from what happened when Sam and a teenage boy switched bodies a few eps ago. I’m just sayin’! No rocks, please.
Adored the character of Dr. Corman, assumed it was paying homage to Roger Corman, the famous horror director. Nice, Kripke! The character was a honey, like Dean, I grew fond of him and was sorry to see him go. “Refrigerate after opening”? I will never again think of that phrased without remembering Tupperware filled with hearts and such. “Be my valentine?” from Dean to Sam as he passed over a real heart? Oh, boys, I HEART you two so much! “This place is a nexus of human reproduction,” as Cas says? I was dying of laughter! Also hugely funny is Cas’ constant ingestion of hamburgers, which eventually had to make Jimmy want to throw up! Didn’t you want to cry a bit when Cas said, “This makes me so happy!” Didn’t you also UNDERSTAND, especially those who also love burgers, or chocolate or anything to excess?
As everyone else is overcome with a killing hunger of some sort, Dean’s appetites desert him. Unfortunately, Sam’s urge for demon blood overwhelms him, and he asks Dean to be locked down. It upsets Dean to do so, but he doesn’t mention Ruby or put any blame on Sam at all. Interesting that Cas’ hunger is relatively benign while Dean just loses all of his, but Sam must be handcuffed to the plumbing and placed behind a heavy armoire.
Waiting outside the hospital for the soul to be harvested from the dead doctor, Cas and Dean discuss why he hasn’t been affected by Famine. Dean explains that when he wants somethingâ€”sex, booze, food or a fight, he goes out and gets it. So you’re saying you’re well-adjusted? asks Castiel. No, just well-fed, smiles Dean. Does this explain away why Dean is unaffected? Sam is the exception that proves the ruleâ€”he can have as much demon blood he wants, but won’t die from it, as Famine tells him later. Yet Famine places his hand on Dean’s heart and feels nothing, hollowness, emptiness, and insists it’s because Dean is already dead.
I was thinking hard about that, because Dean is one of the FEELINGEST people I know. He hides it, yes, because chick-flick moments embarrass him, and since he doesn’t want to deal with feelings, he pushes them down, away, where he doesn’t have to. I maintain that what Famine found when he touched Dean’s chest, Dean’s HEART, was love, and let’s face it, a creature like Famine, being as evil as he is, couldn’t possibly touch or feel such an emotion. God wouldn’t allow it. Nothing would permit it. So to Famine, that hollowness was death. How else would such a cruel, heartless, cancerous creature like Famine interpret love?
As so happens, an episode has most of its funny moments in the first half, then turns deadly serious in the second. When the demon who had the soul in the briefcase returns empty-handed, Famine simply takes his, sucking him in like a giant vacuum cleaner. When Sam refuses the demon blood later (I was SO relieved he didn’t accept!), Famine gobbles them down instead; why waste good food? LOL!
Sam, however, wouldn’t give Famine the satisfaction of enjoying those five souls, and since he had the power to take them back, he did so. It took a lot of energy on his part (note the return of the bloody nose), but he did, and nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah to Famine, who told him, “I’m a Horseman, Sam, you have no power over me.” “No,” agreed Sam, “but I have power over THEM.”
I have no idea what happened to Famine after that. I was waiting for Dean to slice off the ring while all this was going on, but he seemed so totally stunned, his eyes about to pop out of his skull, he was incapable of doing much of anything. Since Castiel was no longer glomming burgers as they waited at Bobby’s panic room door, listening to Sam’s cries for help, I figured he was cured, but what Sam had done to make that happen, I don’t know.
What I do know is that Dean ended up outside, alone, teary eyes gazing upward, begging for help. He sounded defeated, miserable, scared, hopeless. Perhaps Famine was right? I have rarely seen Dean this way, holding onto the end of his rope with two fingers, but it always involves Sam. Last time Dean prayed, Castiel answered him; who will reply this time? Is it time for God to put in an appearance?
Notes: How gross were the gross scenes in this ep? What was worse, the couple eating each other, literally, the guy dipping his hands in hot oil, or Sam biting into the woman’s throat after slicing it with the shard of glass?
Did you enjoy it when Sam fought the male and female demons, then ordered one to “Wait your turn?”
Dean calls Cas “Happy Meal” and charges Famine with making people “cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs”?
Did you cheer when Sam took the demons out of Famine?
Do you think it’s funny that they named this episode after Jensen’s movie of the same name?
Did you cry for Dean at the end of this episode, or was it just one more episode where Dean cries at the end? Has Dean grown and learned over the past five years?