Oh my god, you guys, I LOVED this episode! Did you love it?
First, as adept readers informed me in the comments last week, I totally missed the line where Spike Don Stark told the guys that his spell on Nacho would wear off after a few days, so the way to kill a leviathan is still an elusive mystery. Is it weird that I was kind of glad to see ol’ Nach back again? He’s a dick, but he’s fun and he kills creatively – you’ve gotta love that. Plus the actor is just so, SO Canadian and it always cracks me up when strongly accented Canucks pop up in various roles on the show.
The leviathans were front and center this week (which, as a fan of the creepy, snaggletoothed freaks, makes me very happy) and this time they took the form of…Sam and Dean Winchester. Oh, and they were killing lots and lots of people and having a hell of a time doing it. Damn, that cold open was rock solid, wasn’t it? I mean, I knew what was happening (thanks to the promo) and it was STILL crazytown. High fives all around. Maybe it’s just me reacting to too much mopey drunk!Dean and somber broken wall-Sam lately, but it was SO great to see the brothers having fun being evil, even though it wasn’t technically them.
Obviously, with their doppelgängers running amok doing the opposite of ‘SAVING people, HUNTING things’ (remember when that was in the ‘previouslies’ every GD week?), the guys can’t just go places or do things, so Bobby sends them to a friend who might be able to help them get off the grid, once again.
The guy playing Frank Devereaux, disappearer of peeps on the lam, must have been flossing for weeks after all of the scenery he chewed in his scene, but he was still rather charming. It’s hard to imagine they’d be able to stay in the country undercover, given that their leviatwins (see what I did there?) are all over CNN. They didn’t show it, but I’m sure that Nancy Grace was on MSNBC frothing at the mouth with irate indignation. I bet she even had a cutesy, nonsensical and condescending nickname for them and everything – Serial Bros or Shootin’ Sibs or something (can anything beat the confusing stupidity of ‘Tot Mom’? No, probably not). But Devereaux thinks they can manage so long as they (Dean) give up everything that makes them (Dean), who they are. No more rock aliases and most painful, no more Impala. What’s next – no cheeseburgers or one night stands???
Cut to the boys driving some random car with a MY LITTLE PONY hanging from the rear-view, when ‘All Out of Love’ by Air Supply starts up on the radio. This was a completely unnecessary scene, but, more importantly, it was two minutes of pure fucking perfection. It’s been FAR too long since we’ve seen a patented Hilarious Winchester Musical Interlude, and goddamn was I happy to see it. Want to see it again? Me too! Let’s watch it!
When the brothers realize that the leviatwins are hitting the first cities Sam and Dean worked way back in season one, in order, the pattern is easy to figure out. I think my heart melted a little just hearing Sam utter the word ‘wendigo’, because the days of wendigos and phantom travellers and hook men were just so simple and innocent, weren’t they? Anyway, the boys head to a town in Iowa after they missed the Evil Twin Re-enaction of the diner scene from Pulp Fiction in St. Louis, and, thanks to a video by the Shootin’ Sibs, every cop in America is waiting for the brothers when they get there. So off to jail they go, for the 20th time or so.
Long story medium, the leviatwins show up at the police station and start munching on people – the sheriff or cop in charge see it happen and gets on board with helping out. Thanks to a little accidental chemistry at Bobby’s house that I’ll get to in a minute, the boys know to look for anything with borax in it, and also that killing a leviathan is a three-step process that isn’t even really killing so much as it’s incapacitating. But hey – we get to watch Dean chop off his own head, which is pretty cool.
BUT…before the head chopping, there was the BIG REVEAL. While Sam was alone with Evil!Dean, he learned the truth about Amy, which shouldn’t have shocked me, because SPN loves to throw huge dramatic bits into their lighter episodes, and yet…it still did. I for one was really glad because as I’ve said too many times already, I hate when the brothers keep secrets from each other as a means of creating drama – it’s been done and done and done. Since Sam found out from Evil!Dean while Real!Dean was out of the room, I figured we’d now have a few weeks of Sam keeping the fact that he knew from his brother, and just silently fuming under his hair helmet, but luckily that won’t be the case. At the end of the ep, in the car-side chat, Sam laid his cards on the table, picked up his bindlestick and said sayonara to his brother, FOREVER. But we all know it’s not forever, so it will be interesting to see how it all shakes out. Don’t watch the promo for next week if you don’t want to know anything, just sayin’.
There was a lot going on in addition to the brothers in this episode. For example, Crowley the Magnificent paid a visit to who I assume is like the President of Leviathans? His name is Dick Roman, he looks like Patrick Bateman from American Psycho, and he’s just as scary. Any character that can reduce Crowley to a sniveling mess with a verbal smackdown that somehow managed to be both understated and epic is someone to be respected. This episode was just an introduction, but I am very intrigued to see more of him. I’m telling you, this leviathan thing is just working for me in every way and I hope it’s the through-story for the entire season.
Rufus’ Bobby’s new place, Sheriff Jody Mills popped by with some food and it is plainly obvious that she wants to get all up in Bobby’s pants SO badly. I am not a shipper by any means, but I have to say that I really, REALLY want to someday see a wedding between Bobby and the Sheriff. Bobby has been through hell and back, and he loved his wife so much, only to be forced to go through the pain of losing her, twice. He needs a win in the love department, and Jody is as perfect as it gets. She’s funny, self-deprecating, adorable, badass and best of all, totally unfazed by all of the crazy shit that Bobby has to deal with. Who am I kidding? They’ll probably get married only to have the minister eat Jody the second they say ‘I do’ - that sounds more SPN’s style.
But Jody did more than set Bobby’s heart ablaze – she spilled some soap and simultaneously discovered a way to seriously slow down a leviathan. Yes, much like an 8-year-old boy, the leviathan’s mortal enemy is soap. It’s so dumb that it’s actually kind of awesome. But it won’t kill them, just slow them down a lot. Step two is you have to chop off their head. But even THAT’s not enough to ensure permanent deadness, so the head has to be boxed up Se7ven-style and buried far away from the body, which just makes me yell ‘what’s in the boooooxxxxxxx??’ over and over in my head. Do NOT open the box – even if it starts talking. Hey, it’s not a perfect solution, but at least it gives the trio a fighting chance going forward until they figure out the real deal.
Some of my favorite quotes from the episode:
- Dead plants with creamy goo? It’s like eating self-righteousness.
- This one thinks he’s a damn comedian.
- ‘I had a brother with this many issues once, you know what I did?’ ‘Hmm?’ ‘I ate him.’ ‘Of course you did!’
- Swayze always gets a pass.
- What the hell was in that bucket?
- 100% organic baby uvulas. Gluten-free.
So, how much did you love the episode?? If it was less than A WHOLE LOT, I don’t think we can be friends (kidding, but I’ll still judge you). Favorite parts? Lines? What did you think of the big Amy reveal? Any thoughts on Dick Roman and the way he just OWNED Crowley? What about Bobby and Sheriff Jody Mills? There’s so much to have an opinion on, I know you gots to have at least one. So check out the promo for the next ep below (BUT BE WARNED, IT INDIRECTLY HINTS AT THE STATE OF THINGS BETWEEN SAM AND DEAN) and then comment, comment, comment! Comments for bloggers are like tips for waitresses, and when you don’t leave one, it’s like we’re getting PAID in PUKE (name that movie reference!). Don’t pay me in puke, guys!
Here’s the promo, which looks great but also highly confusing, given the ending of tonight’s episode. How exactly are Sam and Dean cracking wise in a light and funny ‘town of psychics’ story given how the brothers ended things?