I will share with you that our behind the scenes conversations about “Mother’s Little Helper” noted mostly pacing and story line issues. Phrases like “discomfort”, “narrative flaws”, “problematic”, and other less complimentary terms were prominent. Still, Alice, Bookdal and Pragmatic Dreamer were able to find a great deal of humor in what was otherwise meant to be a fairly serious study of soullessness and demonic evil. These are their "Random Thoughts", as shared during the #WFBRewatch Live Tweet!
Last week on Supernatural, Dean went a bit postal over the First Blade thing. Things don’t improve.
Sam, just freaking hug your brother already! He needs one.
That is an odd looking tie on Sam. The brownish color and pattern just …freaky.
Dean let Sam take the Impala?? Wow, he is really off.
Yeah, just not feeling anything in the plot yet. Too much exposition? Dean has inspired me to pour whiskey though.
Aww, that waitress called Sam honey. I prefer the nickname “sweet cheeks” myself.
It’s attack of the loonies at the local jail. Sorry, but Soulless Sam was way hotter.
For those that don’t remember Soulless Sam, you get a recap! All two of you.
You’re lying to Sam like he’s your wife, which kind of makes me your mistress.” BWAH! Crowley! The BEST lines.
I’m having a “HITG” with that actress playing Julia. Where have I seen her before?
Hey, it’s Gil McKinney and Alaina Huffman! Even their characters would make a better spinoff.
Pragmatic Dreamer: The earlier generations of Winchesters & Campbells would be awesome spin-off!
Other than Miami Vice, how many Feds have Sam’s five o’clock shadow? Not that I’m complaining…
Oh, NOW Henry is worried about his wife and kid??? I think we need another anvil alert.
Bookdal: Right? *sigh*
Does anyone find the story of Josie tragic? It’s hard to feel sympathy for a character we never got to know.
Bookdal: No and that is because they had horrible pacing this season. #willbeatthishorse
I’m all for flashback storytelling, but unfortunately the story told never served the main arc or a parallel.
I could watch an entire hour of Dean and Crowley in a bar. Those two need to get rowdy next time.
Sam Winchester in a convent. Oh, the jokes and innuendos write themselves…
Dean and Crowley in a bar. Oh, the jokes and innuendos write themselves…
It still disappoints me seeing Sam with the demon killing knife, knowing his mind once whacked the crap out of demons.
This stealing souls thing was kind of clever. So why did it go nowhere? Missed memos?
There’s the smart Sam Winchester we all know and love. Recording the exorcism. Last done in season three! Too long.
The souls going back to their bodies thing was a gorgeous moment. Beautifully shot, a more beautiful score.
“Why didn’t you tell Henry about Abaddon?” “Because that would have ruined the whole contrived story arc silly!”
WAIT, WAIT, did I just see puppy dog Sam complimenting that nun??? Whoa. I really missed you puppy Sam.
Well done by the director (Misha) for setting up that closing visual of Sam & Dean at their separate desks in the library.
That closing visual is haunting and delivers the serious impact of the situation. Which we never saw again.
Either you enjoyed “MLH” as a stand-alone or you didn’t. It didn’t contribute much else. Maybe it’s important later.
So the sleep thing was a set up for demon Dean, I assume.
Dean all jonesing for the blade. I’d insert inappropriate comment but I find inappropriate readings tiresome now.
This has to be the most awkward conversation ever. “Remember when I was soulless, Dean?” “Was that when you were hallucinating Lucifer or drinking blood?”
And if I remember correctly, things didn’t set Soulless off. He was pretty calculating and calm. Am I misremembering again?
Pragmatic Dreamer: I remember Soulless Sam being somewhat emotionless. It’s like he was mimicking feelings but no attachment to them.
Bookdal: Exactly. He was strategic more than anything. Not liable to fly off handle.
Dean, pool table, Crowley. Fic waiting to happen, y’all.
I love how Crowley goes all Freud psychoanalyst on Dean. #tellthedevilaboutyourdeepestdarkests #poolsticksaremetaphors
I see Gil McKinney and all I think is Vinnie, love, her man.
So this was the last job before being inducted into men of letters? Of course the girl’s gonna get a demon in her.
Watcher reply: I hate how they turned Josie into such a cliché
Bookdal: the whole she’s in love with him crap that makes me want to tie the writers’ room down and make them read Simone de Beauvoir!
When I was a kid I told monsignor I wanted to be a priest. He told me I couldn’t be but I could be a bride of Christ. It creeped me out. Ngl
This was the episode when I wanted to write Crowley/Dean AU that involves tattoos, body oil, and leather.
Jensen Ackles’ face is not possible via natural DNA construction. He is genetically engineered. Every episode is evidence. #truefax
Misha directing camera at Jared’s torso and jeans. You got yourself a thing there, Mish?
This show needs to figure out what exactly it is defining as a soul.
This is the “why don’t they have their gun on a bungee” moment in the episode.
Is that you, Tinkerbell? Fly home to Neverland now. Be free. Firefly. Be FREE.
Does anyone else think this show has a thing for putting Sam with old ladies or equating him to old ladies? #ponderings
Huh…okay, that actually makes sense. Sam was teasing Dean with the Beer. It was a test!
Poor Dean seems so sad & despondent (and obsessed Sam says). I would like to give him a hug.
Hark! A rare sighting of the “Solo Sam” driving the “Beautiful Black Impala”
Scene from Liars Anonymous “Hi. My name is Dean. I’m lying to my brother & sort of telling the truth to the King of Hell”
Crowley is like a cat playing with his pet mouse, or in this case, pet squirrel! Crowley reading Dean like a book.
Good chemistry between Henry & Josie, but wish they hadn’t gone the “single woman unrequited love” route. Cliché.
How about a spin-off with Sister Julia “complicated “Wilkinson? She’s witty & warm & complicated!
Ah, yes, the recurring Supernatural theme – sacrifice! Abaddon’s song: “What I did for love”
Dean struggling with idea MoC & 1st Blade will turn him into killer he always feared becoming Crowley knows just how to push.
Dean trying to save the hunter because it’s still about saving people, but also protecting Crowley because he needs him
Watcher: …or saving his drug dealer…
Pragmatic Dreamer: That’s what I mean. Crowley had the First Blade – Dean’s addiction & he is only person/demon who had any knowledge of the Blade
Poor Dean “What I want, what I fear, don’t mean squat”. It’s his life’s mantra & credo
Please tell me all this stuff about souls will mean something in S10. Important for Demon!Dean perhaps?
Love the look of true awe & wonderment on Sam’s/Jared’s face as souls fly free. Beautiful shot & lighting
Intriguing that what Nasty!Nun said about souls is similar to what Death said. Hope this tread is picked up again.
Sister Julia leaves an impression. She should come back! Why doesn’t Henry notice Josie sounds different?
Did you think Crowley was playing Dean? Do you think the *new* canon on how being soulless affects people was a mistake, a retcon, or *new* information that will be used in season 10? Were you bothered by the backstory of Josie being silently in love with Henry? What was your favorite part of this episode? What was your least favorite part?
We all had rather extensive thoughts about this episode when it first aired. Our original reviews can be found in The WFB Episode Guide.
Screencaps and promotional photos for the episode can be found in our Photo Gallery!