WARNING!!!!!! If you haven't seen tonight's episode of "Supernatural," read no further! There will be plot discussion and spoilers and other things you won't want to read unless you have seen the episode. Consider yourself warned! If you're still here, let's do this!
First off, applause to Jensen Ackles for another job extremely well done directorially. I think one of the highest compliments I can think of to pay him is that both of his episodes have fit in perfectly with the rest of the show, and this show gets some great directors, so very well done, sir. Very well done, indeed. Now onto the episode.
The Dean Situation
Honestly, I'm not really sure what to say right now because the ending... I'm conflicted. On the one hand, I get that Dean is having massive trust issues right now. Enormous trust issues, and not just with Sam. He didn't trust Bobby, either, when Bobby told him to let Sam have a couple days and then go after him. Nope, Dean cut his cast off and went looking for him right then and there. I think what happened with Cass is really messing with his head, but he just hasn't let himself deal with it yet and instead is being, and I hate to say this, kind of a dick, actually. Sam's being truthful and telling him about what's happening with the hallucinations, and, like Bobby said, he's doing better with the checking out and all that. So Dean wants total honesty from Sam and then goes behind his back, lies to him, and kills Amy anyway. And I get the killing Amy thing because, though she was pretty awesome and did her best not to kill people, she still did. And you know what? If her son got sick again, she would have killed again to heal him. I have no idea why no one made that argument in the show because it kept jumping out at me as a rather legitimate one. Okay, so Dean thinks she's a monster and needed to be put down, but wow, it was really cold the way he did it, and then in walks her son. Yikes. What a messed-up situation. I just really don't know what to make of this whole thing yet. I'm sure you'll have some suggestions in the comments for me.
The Sam Situation
I have to hand it to Sam, pun intended, but he is doing a much better job, seemingly, with keeping things straight as far as what's real and what isn't. I guess the hand-pain trick really is working for him. So that was good to see, Sam making progress. And I think he also took a big step as far as his f-word issue was concerned. Freak always bothered him so much in the past, but I think it was kind of healthy for him to just sort of accept that his life has kind of made him less than normal, and you know what? That's okay. It's time to move on and just let it be. High marks for that one. I was kind of proud of Sam there for that.
The Leviathan Situation
These guys are pretty organized. They know all the Winchester aliases, huh? I wonder how many people actually have that sort of information swimming around in their brains? I bet Cass does, or at least his vessel! I'm going to add that info to the list of things to support my theory that Misha Collins is coming back as the Leviathan boss. But really, these guys are a huge threat because they're organized and they're legion and they're really not going to stop until they get the Winchesters. But I also like that they weren't front and center too much, just a sort of "here's what's happening in the Leviathan organization right now" glimpse and off to other things. And though Bobby was missing and brushed off his supposed death, I don't think he's a Leviathan. If he was, why spend 3 weeks with the Winchesters when the rest of the Leviathan crew are looking for them? That doesn't make sense to me.
My One Big Problem With This Episode
I don't think it was a bad episode because it wasn't, and I don't want to sound like I'm hating on it, but I really don't think it was well-served by having a 3-week time jump. I mean, they set up some really important and huge things in the first two episodes, and that three missing weeks is when most of the fallout happened. I mean, Bobby's house burned down, they lost Castiel, Sam and Dean were seriously injured in a fight with Leviathan, who made it clear the Winchesters are targets, Bobby was missing presumed dead, and it all got glossed over. I'm not saying we needed a whole episode to deal with those issues, but maybe they could have been worked out or at least shown during a monster-of-the-week episode, too. Instead, it was mentions of other hunters having problems and Bobby has to go collect his library stash. It just felt kind of off to me.
Odds and Ends
Rufus' cabin! RIP, Rufus. It would have been way better if you'd been there, too.
Bobby made copies of his library! Of course he did. Some of you posted comments about this very thing in last week's speculation article, so well done! High fives all around.
The physical comedy of Dean falling out of bed and Sam getting punched were hilarious. I laughed. A lot.
The lerk at the convenience store was wearing a "Batman: Under the Red Hood" t-shirt when Dean interviewed him. Jensen, of course, did voice acting for that movie. And the horror movie trailer that was playing on the TV while Dean was asleep was called "My Bloodiest Valentine 3D." Jense, of course, starred in "My Bloody Valentine." Nice!
Kitsune was one of the monsters I wrote about in a list of monsters that I wanted to see in season 6, so yay! Cross that off the list.
Cake IS NOT pie!
Poor young Sam and his non-existent life. But at least Dean gave him some good advice about talking to girls. I was expecting some sort of bad pick-up line or something.
All right, I think that's all I've got for now. How did you all like the episode? Think Dean is heading for a massive breakdown? Are you excited about Bobby getting the library back together?