â€œMy Bloody Valentineâ€
--Robinâ€™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 weâ€™ve had in a long time. With his brown-yellow teeth, leathery skin and pale pallor, I couldnâ€™t help but wonder why he would want to be in such poor health. Then again, I guess someone constantly hungry wouldnâ€™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 weâ€™ve seen doozies on SUPERNATURAL. Alice working a piece of Russellâ€™s flesh like gum between her mouth and fingers is a special stand-out. When Aliceâ€™s roommate tells Sam Russell was dead save for â€œstill chewing,â€ 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 doesnâ€™t want to discuss it with his concerned little brother.
Notice how quickly Sam recognized Deanâ€™s out of character behavior; when his brother didnâ€™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. Iâ€™m just sayinâ€™! 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. â€œRefrigerate after openingâ€? I will never again think of that phrased without remembering Tupperware filled with hearts and such. â€œBe my valentine?â€ from Dean to Sam as he passed over a real heart? Oh, boys, I HEART you two so much! â€œThis place is a nexus of human reproduction,â€ as Cas says? I was dying of laughter! Also hugely funny is Casâ€™ constant ingestion of hamburgers, which eventually had to make Jimmy want to throw up! Didnâ€™t you want to cry a bit when Cas said, â€œThis makes me so happy!â€ Didnâ€™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, Deanâ€™s appetites desert him. Unfortunately, Samâ€™s urge for demon blood overwhelms him, and he asks Dean to be locked down. It upsets Dean to do so, but he doesnâ€™t mention Ruby or put any blame on Sam at all. Interesting that Casâ€™ 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 hasnâ€™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 youâ€™re saying youâ€™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 wonâ€™t die from it, as Famine tells him later. Yet Famine places his hand on Deanâ€™s heart and feels nothing, hollowness, emptiness, and insists itâ€™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 doesnâ€™t want to deal with feelings, he pushes them down, away, where he doesnâ€™t have to. I maintain that what Famine found when he touched Deanâ€™s chest, Deanâ€™s HEART, was love, and letâ€™s face it, a creature like Famine, being as evil as he is, couldnâ€™t possibly touch or feel such an emotion. God wouldnâ€™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 didnâ€™t accept!), Famine gobbles them down instead; why waste good food? LOL!
Sam, however, wouldnâ€™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, â€œIâ€™m a Horseman, Sam, you have no power over me.â€ â€œNo,â€ agreed Sam, â€œbut I have power over THEM.â€
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 Bobbyâ€™s panic room door, listening to Samâ€™s cries for help, I figured he was cured, but what Sam had done to make that happen, I donâ€™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 womanâ€™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 â€œWait your turn?â€
Dean calls Cas â€œHappy Mealâ€ and charges Famine with making people â€œcuckoo for Cocoa Puffsâ€?
Did you cheer when Sam took the demons out of Famine?
Do you think itâ€™s funny that they named this episode after Jensenâ€™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?