A town full of mediums is not the place you want to be if youâ€™re a Winchester, or anyone really. They can smell the angst on these guys from a mile away. Lily Dale, New York was a fun setting for this monster of the week episode. Itâ€™s been a while since weâ€™ve had an episode about mediums, or ghosts for that matter. (Defending Your Life doesnâ€™t count as a true ghost episode in my book) So to have both in one episode was a treat.
We knew from the preview that Sam and Dean were going to be working this case together but I was curious to find out how long they had been apart after their blow out last week. It turns out Sam had been gone for a week and a half. Thankfully they run into each other on the job. Actually Dean spots Sam and makes himself at home. It had to have been a lonely week for him constantly checking his phone and making jokes that no one was listening to. But it had me wondering, if they hadnâ€™t run into each other would Sam have stayed away much longer? He still seemed pretty angry at Dean. But Dean laid down the card no Winchester can ignore â€“ the â€œinnocent people are dyingâ€ card. Well played, sir. Well played.
I was so happy that someone recognized them from the news. I was assuming that the whole most wanted thing would just blow over and weâ€™d pretend like it never happened. Yay for continuity! I mean, who could forget those faces anyway? Now I can pretend like it never happened. See show, itâ€™s not that hard to fool me.
I liked all the twists and turns of this episode but I have to admit that I found it a bit hard to keep up at times. There were just so many mediums with so many names. And everyone was connected to everyone. I blame most of the confusion on the fact that I take notes while I watch but I wonder if anyone else found the story a bit muddled at times? There were also quite a few deaths so we had a lot more side characters than a typical episode. What? Iâ€™m the only one who was confused. Ok.
Once the killings were finally narrowed down to the Fox sisters I figured we were in for a bit of mirrored sibling relationships. And to some extent we were. The museumâ€™s tour guide put it best when he said about the sisters, â€œSometimes oneâ€™s true gift is taking care of othersâ€. Did you hear that Dean? You have a gift. Of course the same could be said for Sam, heâ€™s taken care of Dean as well but in this case it seems the message was meant for Dean. But that wasnâ€™t the only message the tour guide had to share. He had a very surprising message from Ellen.
â€œIf you donâ€™t tell someone how bad it really is, sheâ€™ll kick your ass from beyond.â€
Thank you, Ellen. Thatâ€™s just the kick in the pants Dean needed. Sam can ask him to open up all he wants but for whatever reason Dean is always resistant to let his guard down in front of him. Maybe itâ€™s his need to protect Sam and be the rock Dean thinks he needs. Or maybe itâ€™s Deanâ€™s own resistance to admit what heâ€™s really feeling. Or maybe heâ€™s just trying to avoid chick flick moments all together. What do you think? Why is it so hard for Dean to talk to Sam?
Dean did finally open up and explain to Sam why he lied and how much he didnâ€™t like keeping the secret from Sam. The lie was torturing him and Sam saw the torture even if he didnâ€™t know what was causing it. He also finally talked about his trust issues as a result of Castielâ€™s betrayal. He didnâ€™t become a soppy mess; there wasnâ€™t even any crying or tearing up. Itâ€™s the driest Iâ€™ve ever seen these two during a heart to heart. And while Iâ€™m glad they seem to have patched things up, it was all a little too easy for me. I was happy Sam realized that Amy had to die and I was glad Dean admitted there are things going on that heâ€™s not talking about. But it would have been ok if Sam hadnâ€™t completely forgiven Dean in that final scene. I wouldnâ€™t have minded him saying he understands why Dean did what he did, but it will take him some time to get over the lie. And I wouldnâ€™t have minded Dean shedding one freaking tear over Castiel. I like it when Winchesters cry, sue me. But seriously, thereâ€™s got to be more going on that Dean isnâ€™t fully admitting to. If it was bad enough for Ellen to send him a message from beyond, Iâ€™ve got to believe itâ€™s pretty bad. Letâ€™s not forget Deanâ€™s still mourning the loss of Ben and Lisa even if he wonâ€™t talk about it. Thereâ€™s a lot going on in there.
I liked Melanie Goldenâ€™s character; Deanâ€™s own Provenance girl. There were some definite similarities between those two episodes. Not that thatâ€™s a bad thing. I was really digging the vintage Supernatural vibe of the whole episode. And actually, it was nice to see Dean get the girl. Heâ€™s been in quite a dry spell recently.
Did anyone else think it was a little odd how quickly Dean told Melanie they were dealing with a ghost? Itâ€™s something she needed to know and she obviously handled it well but itâ€™s not often that Sam and Dean come out and tell people who they are and what they do.
Wait, Sam killed a human and weâ€™re not going to make a huge deal out of it? Iâ€™m a little confused. I know that the emporium guy (did he even have a name?) needed to die. He was doing all kinds of evil binding magic and he was killing innocent people. But I just remember when killing humans used to weigh heavily on Samâ€™s heart. Not that I want to see him torture himself over the decision; I think it was a good call. I just half expected him toâ€¦torture himself over the decision. Itâ€™s what Sam does. But I guess weâ€™re still dealing with the new and improved, guiltless Sam. And thatâ€™s not necessarily a bad thing. Am I the only one who was surprised by this?
All in all I think this was a fun throw back episode; interesting monster of the week, a little brotherly tension, some sharing of feelings. It was not as fun as Slash Fiction but Iâ€™m still flying pretty high off that episode so Iâ€™ll forgive this one its faults.
Here are some other random observations.
* What the heck happened to Samâ€™s spoon? How did it get bent?
* Emporium guy: â€œYouâ€™re looking for somethingâ€¦â€
Dean: â€œYouâ€™re good.â€
Dean: â€œHe probably should have bent those with the power of his mind.â€
* If a ghost asks you to listen to her, canâ€™t you just give her a second to speak?
*Margaret was really very creepy. I just wish she hadnâ€™t talked. She was a whole lot less scary when she spoke.
*Dean: â€œI feel naked doing this in the daylightâ€
*Sam busting in on a Lamaze class was hilarious. He has a bad habit of breaking in to the wrong places and itâ€™s always entertaining.
*Dean wielding a shot gun never gets old. It just doesnâ€™t.
*Dean: â€œI canâ€™t believe he was boning herâ€
*Melanie: â€œI wish we met on a better weekâ€
Dean: â€œI wish I had better weeksâ€
*And finally, I want the Impala back! Itâ€™s just not the same with the boys cruising around in a teal car.