Sam is sitting on the front steps, looking like he lost his best friend. Missouri comes out and confirms there's no spirits in there now for sure. "Not even my mom?" Sam asks. Missouri says no, Sam looks a little crushed. "What happened?" He asks. "Your mom's spirit and the poltergeist's energy cancelled each other out. Your Mom destroyed herself going after the thing." Sam isn't sure why she would do that. "Well to protect her boys, of course."
Sam doesn't take this too well, and we get what is essentially his trademark look every time he has to take in bad news. He still does it today, even doing it when Dean called him a monster in "When The Levee Breaks." His eyes get all puppy dog sad, he presses his lips together, takes in a few quick breaths and says nothing, internalizing whatever he hears, tucking it in deep, letting it consume him slowly. If there's a season six, I want an episode where that internal reservoir of Sam's finally busts, and he's has that long awaited mental breakdown. Maybe even sometime in the happy hunters home? Heck, that sounds like a good season five plot.
Missouri goes to touch Sam and then stops, as if she senses that with him it won't do any good. She's got him pegged. She instead tells Sam she's sorry. Again, Sam must ask for what. This time though, he gets an answer. He sensed it was there, even when she couldn't. Sam doesn't know what to say, but figures it out. "What's happening to me?" Oh, Sammy. If you only knew what you end up doing. "I know I should have all the answers, but I don't know." This makes Sam feel even worse.
Dean calls to Sam to see if he's ready. Ready as he'll ever be. He looks at Missouri one more time with a haunting look of worry. A still dejected Sam works his way over to the Impala and says a quick goodbye to Jenny. Missouri tells them not to be strangers and Dean says "We won't." Considering we have yet to see Missouri and Lawrence, Kansas again, I'd say they didn't make good on that promise.
Missouri says see you around. Sam gives her a quick, very un-assuring smile and climbs into the car with his mope. The two brothers drive off, both pretty rattled by the latest developments. Missouri with worry watches them drive off, the violin in the score plays the somber parting music, and I'm so thrilled Kripke didn't send them off after that poignant moment to "Rock You Like A Hurricane." I would have given up on the show if that had happened.
Meanwhile, it's not done! Missouri comes back home and starts talking to what looks like herself. "That boy, he has such powerful abilities. Why he couldn't sense his own father, I have no idea." She goes into the living room, and there's John Winchester! He did come after all! John is looking pretty ashamed of himself. He asks if she really thinks that Mary's spirit saved the boys. She does. Poor John sadly looks at his wedding ring, and now he's making me cry. We see with that one look how Mary was his entire world. Dammit you Winchesters!
Missouri berates him for not talking to his children. He really wants to, but he can't. "Not yet." Then he looks at Missouri. "Not until I know the truth." Fade to black. What truth? Oh yeah, no answers coming anytime soon. I still wonder by the end of season four if we all know what John really knew. Somehow, I doubt it. I think more reveals are coming.
Yep, this episode really set the standard for dramatic fare to come. Much of what's in this episode can be traced as the beginning of what's happening now. It's a groundbreaker, even if Dean had to endure some bullying. My overall grade, an A-. It was perfect except for the beginning teaser.