You guys! It’s Sex Luthor’s wife from Smallville! You know, I was kind of surprised–I remembered a lot of this episode too. S2 was apparently pretty memorable, which I hadn’t really thought about before. But anyway, this was another light mythology episode so again, I’m gonna keep it short (well, short for me anyway), and save the big guns for the heavy-duty episodes coming up.
The thrust of this episode is that it was a running parallel between the story of the week (Sam having to kill a werewolf that he … well, maybe didn’t LOVE, but definitely liked a lot), and the standing plot of Dean maybe having to kill Sam if he can’t save him. And of course, we continue with Dean’s evolution toward “monsters”.
And in fact, let’s deal with that first, because it’s the easier of the two themes. In this case, it’s true that the werewolves (which Dean was REALLY excited about, hilariously) didn’t know what they were or what they were doing, and it certainly wasn’t their choice. He still felt that there was no other option than to kill them, but he did more willingly make an effort to save the girl, and you could tell that he is feeling more morally convicted at this point. I sincerely love the character evolution on this show, and I do love watching it on DVD because I think that seeing everything close together makes the subtleties stand out more, which is kind of fun.
But back to Sam and Madison. I love shy flirty Sam, because JPad plays that SO WELL. He’s really good at it. And it was so entertaining watching him and Dean play rock, paper, scissors, and him rubbing it in Dean’s face that Dean always goes for scissors. Plus, bonding over soaps? Hee! And it pays off, because they TOTALLY fuck, and with lots of biting. And I believe that this is the first girl he’s had sex with since Jessica (and thus begins the Sleeping With Sam Curse). And the musical choice? AMAZING. Thanks to my Shazam app on my mandroid, I know that it was Look At You by Screaming Trees. I’m gonna need to download that one. And I love how the music on this show is INCREDIBLE, even when they deviate from their standard classic rock.
And you know, one of the things about this show is that even though a lot of time territory gets rehashed a lot, such as this “sometimes you have to kill someone to save them,” it works because the emotions play out really perfectly. Dean offering to kill Madison so Sam wouldn’t have to, Sam insisting and crying so hard before he went in to do it, and Dean looking devastated at what Sam has to do … even Dean’s little jump when he hears the gunshot, which is totally out of his normal character and yet fit in perfectly here … it all just WORKS. I mean, there should be a better word for it, but there’s not, so we’ll stick with that.
My one minor complaint about this episode is that it didn’t really seem like they tried EVERYTHING to save her. I mean, she didn’t turn when she didn’t go to sleep. Hmmm … so you think eventually she’ll break out of a cage, but why can’t she just adjust her sleep schedule for three nights a month? I mean … for REAL. If I were her, I’d be like … dude, I’ll just sleep all day and stay up all night on the full moon nights before I handed someone a gun to SHOOT ME. Seriously? I don’t know. It was pretty goddamn bizarre, but sometimes you have to suspend disbelief and Supernatural doesn’t really make us do that often, so I’ll go with it.
And for the important stuff, which of course is the Supernatural Cuss Count. I only caught one bitch and one crap, bringing us, by my likely inaccurate count (it’s SO easy for the cusses to go in one ear and out the other, especially when you cuss like a sailor yourself) to …
- Ass: 62
- Bitch: 22
- Son of a bitch: 38
- Bastard: 16
- Dick: 3
- Crap: 57
- Damn: 84
What did you guys think of this episode? Favorite lines and/or moments? Thoughts on how it ties into the overall story? Observations for the future? Comments!