What do you get when you toss five hunters and one gross, burrowing brain worm into one room? A whole lot of bullets and icky, waxy ear goo…
Fans of Supernatural always love a comedic break from the family drama, but the fact that this episode jumped right back into the middle of all the family business is very refreshing. The wait for the Mother’s return and what she’s up to is over. Apparently, she’s pissed, and she wants the Winchesters to know that they are at the top of her list. The new mini monster we were acquainted with this week is one of her new creations, but before we get into the icky, wormy business of it all, let’s talk about seeing the gang back together again.
Cult TV star Steven Williams returns as smart mouth, veteran hunter Rufus Turner, in an episode jammed packed with family issues, but not necessarily between the brothers. Sam, Dean and Bobby follow the trails of Eve’s (what the Mother is calling herself) playtimes, and end up on the same case as Rufus. The four of them track this new creature to a warehouse and find an old friend. Well, not really a friend.
This episode also marked the return of Mitch Pileggi as Grampa Campbell. You know, the double crosser that fed Sam and Dean to Crowley? The grandfather that Dean promised to kill next time he sees him, and nearly did if it wasn’t for Sam’s interference. I’ve personally been looking forward to the first meeting of Samuel and the real Sam Winchester, and it didn’t disappoint.
Bobby: ” So, you’re Samuel.”
Samuel: “You must be the guy pretending to be their father.”
Bobby: “Somebody ought to.”
Samuel: “Sam, you’re looking well.”
Sam: “Save the small talk, alright?”
Samuel: “You seem different.”
Sam: “I got my soul back. No thanks to you, I hear.”
Samuel: “You don’t remember.”
Sam: “I remember enough.”
We all know how sensitive the Winchesters are about family, ever since the beginning. “Saving people, hunting things. The family business.” So, it’s no surprise this reunion wasn’t full of bear hugs and beers all around. When Dean kills Gwen, their cousin, things start getting icky. The creature weaseling themselves into people’s brains, possessed Dean for a quick minute to take out Gwen. One of the best moments of the episode for me is when they split up to find the possessed Dean, Sam makes sure Gramps understands the rules.
Sam: “We’re going to find him alive, Samuel, or I’m gonna put a bullet in your head.”
And did anyone else notice that Sam has Dean in his phone only as “D”? I’ll admit, I had a little fangirl moment for a second.
When they find Dean, no longer possessed by this new monster, the question is who’s it in now? To stop it from escaping, all five hunters give up their weapons and close down the warehouse. As Bobby and Rufus make a few calls for information, Dean and Samuel compete in a stare down contest until he and Sam finally have an opportunity to corner him.
Dean: “You fed us to Crowley.”
Samuel: “True, but am I to do about it now. Do I blame you for wanting to kill you, of course not. Dean. What I did was…but I’m not apologizing. I did what I did. I don’t cry over spilled blood.”
Sam: “So you really can just go on?”
Samuel: “Just because you’re Dr. Jeykl at the moment, don’t get high and mighty on me. We spent a year together.”
Sam: “Yeah, we did. We’re blood. You still sold me out.”
Samuel: “Trust me, what I did pales in comparison to what you did. On more than one occasion.”
Dean: “The minute we kill this thing, you’re next.”
Now, I didn’t exactly expect Sam to be the one that killed Gramps, but I can hardly blame him. Even without the wormy in his brain, how can you possibly trust the man? They were bound to have a confrontation eventually. This show wouldn’t be Supernatural if they didn’t. And when Samuel tried to get smart and decided to second guess the resolve of the Sam Winchester that he had yet to meet, he got a bullet in the brain. I would be lying if I didn’t say I was disappointed that Samuel bit the bullet so soon. Not that I love him, but we all have to admit that he is yet another great recurring character with yet another great guest star to portray him.
The other part of my heart wrenched for Sam. The guilt keeps piling up on his shoulders. Sam still hasn’t forgiven himself for all the demon blood. For releasing Lucifer. For the things he did while soulless. And now he has this to deal with. He may not have loved the guy, but he is blood. His mother’s father. And wondering what Mary would think weighs on his mind.
Sam: “I can’t help to think, what would mom say?”
Dean: “You know what I think mom would say. Just because you’re blood doesn’t mean you’re family. You have to earn that.”
I’m not sure I have any words for this moment, except to say Dean is absolutely right.
As a fan of this show, I think the best information that this episode provided was an inkling of the history between Bobby and Rufus. Since meeting Rufus in Season 3, we’ve always known there was a backstory, but never knew any details. Although I’m sure that there are plenty of other untold adventures that we’ll never know, (despite Steven William’s desire for a Bobby and Rufus Adventures spinoff) just the tidbits that we were given in this episode were enough. After saving Bobby from his demon-possessed wife, they hunted together for years, just like Sam and Dean. That is, until Omaha. Bobby made a horrible mistake, and Rufus lost a loved one because of it. We were never told who, only that it was a “she”. But like Dean says at the end of the episode, we don’t need to know the details. It won’t change who Bobby is: a father to them.
When Bobby gets possessed and kills Rufus, Sam and Dean tie him up and do a little interrogation, however, it doesn’t go their way. Everything that just happened was a set up, and Eve has a message for them. You’re going to die. Personally, I just rolled my eyes. Of course that’s what the message would be. Not only is Eve just as unoriginal as every other evil being they’ve ever met, but I don’t think she quite understands who she’s dealing with. The Winchesters may only be humans but look at all they have accomplished. They were chosen from the beginning of time for these destinies, and apparently, that doesn’t phase her at all. This fight is going to get bloody, of that there is no doubt. But she is underestimating how strong they can be together.
They successfully kill the creature while still inside Bobby by electrocuting him, then they bury Rufus. Yes, I said bury. Not surprisingly, Rufus wanted to be buried rather than the usual burial for a hunter, which is burned, so you never have a chance of coming back as a demon, spirit, or anything else. At Rufus’s small, three-man funeral, Bobby tries to confess his sins, but Dean doesn’t let him.
Dean: “I mean at the end of the day, you two are family. Life’s short, and ours are shorter than most. What are we gonna spend it wringing our hands? Something’s gonna get us, eventually. And when my guts get ripped out, just so you two know, we’re good. Blanket apology for all the crap that anybody’s done. All the way around.”
Sam: “Some of us pulled a lot of crap, Dean”
Dean: “Well, clean slate.”
I know I wasn’t the only one in danger of tears at this moment. Yes, Dean just forgave his brother for everything. Things that Sam hasn’t even forgiven himself for. Two years ago, when they were still fighting Lucifer, Dean never would have said such a thing. We truly are dealing with a Dean and Sam Winchester that we haven’t seen since Seasons 1 and 2. They may never be that Sam and Dean ever again, but now, they are even closer. And with the bloody fight they have ahead, they’re going to need each other more than ever.
Now, just when we got over the first hellatus, another begins. But not without giving us something to LITERALLY salivate over. Can we even talk about our two favorite boys on horses, in cowboy hats and spurs without screaming all over the house? I know I absolutely can’t. Supernatural returns from it’s second hellatus on April 15th with “Trails of the Dead”, the very much anticipated western episode.
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