It was also a lot of fun to see Jody again. Every time she comes back, I’m worried this will be the episode where she gets killed. I mean, this is Supernatural after all. Thankfully, she dodged another bullet, or in this case a set of fangs, and was actually kind of a badass. Jody has always been a really strong character, she doesn’t need Sam and Dean to save her. In fact, she’s often the one saving their butts. This episode proved to be no different. When they entered the nest I wasn’t overly worried about their chances. It was three against four. Those are better odds than we’re used to.
But I quickly began to lose faith as they searched the nest and found no sign of life. Silence is never a good sign on this show. And sure enough, Dean, Sam and Jody were all taken out pretty quickly. Then, I got really worried. Sam and Dean find themselves in this situation a lot. But for me, the urgency is heightened when they have a third person to look out for. I know they would never kill Sam or Dean in this kind of an episode. (Not that they haven’t killed them loads of other times.) So while I was worried, it was more that I was worried about how Sam and Dean were going to get out rather than if they were going to get out. And I wasn’t entirely sure that they would be bringing Jody out alive. Thankfully, I was wrong. Jody switched into badass mode and pretty much saved the day.
We’ve known for a while now that Jody had a tragedy in her family, and it’s clear that the loss weighs heavy on her. It’s why she does what she does. And while she’s a hunter of sorts, she’s not nearly as immersed in the life as Sam and Dean. She only hunts the things that come into her path which means she still gets to live a somewhat normal life. I think this shred of normalcy is the thing that made her see the potential in Alex that Sam and Dean had written off completely. I don’t blame Sam and Dean, the facts were there. Alex had the potential to be extremely dangerous. But Sam and Dean couldn’t see that she was just a lost girl trying desperately not to disappoint her family. Jody saw it though, and she saw it with a mother’s eyes. And being the stubborn woman she is, she didn’t give up on Alex.
Loss has been a recurring theme on Supernatural since the pilot. Loss makes people do crazy things. Hell, it’s been the catalyst behind every hunter we’ve met so far. And we all know being a hunter is crazy! So it’s not strange to think that a vampire would feel the loss of a child so deeply that she would seek to fill that hole with someone else’s child. I mean, real-life people do this kind of thing every day. So while it wasn’t the twist I was expecting, it certainly made a lot of sense. And it made even more sense that Jody would have picked up on it.
Well, that was pretty much the episode. It was a lot of fun to watch but there wasn’t too much to pick apart. These monster of the week episodes often parallel Sam and Dean in some way, but this one really focused in on Jody which was an interesting change. The only real movement we got on any of the season story archs was that Dean is still in a strange and angry place and he’s still not ready to talk about it.
Now let me take a moment to freak out about next week’s episode. I have been waiting for this since I first caught wind of a Supernatural spin off. I am really crossing my fingers that it’s going to be successful because I love Supernatural and I love Chicago. Dear CW, please do not ruin these things for me!
So what did you all think of this episode? Are you a classic Supernatural fan? Do you wish the episode had focused a bit more on Sam and Dean? Are you bored of vampires? Sound off below!
There were a couple of moments worth mentioning.
So everyone has a super-remote family cabin, right?
Can we talk about how no one on this show turns on their damn ringer? Do you know how many times people have missed an important call on this show because their phone was on vibrate? Too many times.
Dean: “With hunting monsters comes harsh truths. This is a clean up mission. It’s not a rescue.”
Jody on motherhood: “It ain’t about forcing her to become you the second she becomes inconvenient.” Wise words!
Dean: “Yeah, I know. You wouldn’t have done the same for me.”
I did get this quote right, didn’t I? I listened to it a couple of times and I am pretty sure Dean was being snarky.
Sam: “Nice work back there. ‘Look at me, bitch’?”
Dean: “Hey, you got another snappy one-liner, I’m all ears.”
Sam: “What I’m saying is, it looked to me like you were enjoying it. Maybe too much.”
Dean: “And? Sorry for not putting on the hair shirt. Killing things that need killing is kind of our job. Last I checked, taking pleasure in that’s not a crime.”
Fun fact: I had no idea what a hair shirt was so I had to look it up. Here is the definition:
1. a shirt of haircloth, formerly worn by penitents and ascetics
1. austere and self-sacrificing.
Sam: “We were wrong about the girl.”
Jody: “No, you were right about me. My judgement was clouded. Working this case brought feelings back. Feelings I’ve been trying to bury for years. I buried it under work, religion, even dating. We know how that worked out. But, you know, it’s still there underneath. The grief. Don’t know what that means for me. Just that I’ve been fooling myself to think that I could ignore it.”