Well, my goodness my twitter feed is a mine field of emotion right now. Yeah – that should tell you how tonight’s episode of “Supernatural” was. But – in L.A. isn’t any kind of emotional talk still … talk? If Supernatural is going to continue for yet another season it’s certainly going to have to stir people up.
They sure stirred people up.
Jensen Ackles was at the helm of “The Girl Next Door” which was penned by Kripke himself, Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin. The episode was well put together. Ackles is already showing a style in the off kilter camera angles he chooses.
One interesting note: Guy Bee mentioned earlier that he had to pick up one of Jensen’s scenes when directing – and confirmed on twitter that it was the scene with Livithan/Dr washing his hands. The directors will often pick up scenes from the episode before or even after theirs because of set availability.
The three hunters have holed up at Rufus’ (Steven Williams) cabin. Poor Rufus – I do miss him. Dean is watching soap operas on TV, Sam is researching and Bobby is the only one free to roam about. Bobby comes back with intel – the Leviathan are like shape-shifters that like to eat people and so far no hunters have found out what kills them. Not a good sign.
Things haven’t changed for Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki). The young hunter is still having hallucinations but he assures Dean and Bobby that he can tell what’s real. Bobby believes him. Dean seems to be stuck in a place where he still can’t trust Sam.
While Sam is out shopping for food he does a couple of things: he finds a newspaper with a headline that reminds him of an old case and he uses a credit card that triggers a search alarm so we can find out exactly how far-reaching the hold of the Leviathan is.
A flashback shows us why the headline is familiar to Sam. He’s seen the same behavior before. Young Sam Winchester – looking about 15 or 16 years old and played perfectly by Colin Ford – is researching and heading to the Library. (Some things haven’t changed at all for Sam.) After the quick flash of young Sam – we are brought back to Rufus’ cabin only to find that Sam is leaving with Dean’s Impala. It’s clear that the newspaper has brought up something he feels the need to solve.
In a dark scene – we see a drug dealer who is cheating a user out of money – and perhaps something even more unsavory. When disturbed by a distant police siren, the dealer heads off to his car only to be killed rather suddenly!
And we know Sam is onto something after all.
Meanwhile, Dean wakes up to discover his brother and his car gone. Even a note that says Sam is fine and will be gone a few days doesn’t do anything to calm him down. Once again, Bobby is the voice of reason and tries to persuade Dean that Sam can be trusted. Naturally, Dean cuts off the cast and heads out.
Sam is, in fact, exploring the ice-pick killer. He knows details about the case that the police haven’t released. It’s a case he has worked before. With Dean hot on his trail, Sam keeps investigating. The person he finds – is the adult version of his young friend Amy – now played by Jewel Staite (Firefly).
The flashbacks come together to tell us a story of tragic love. Clearly a theme for Sam Winchester. When he was a teenager he met a young girl, he defended her from bullies, they shared some wonderful small talk and a first kiss. Colin Ford and new comer Emma Grabinsky shared a sweet few scenes together and really sold the “first crush” kind of feeling. They share how they are freaks; they even share about how their parents have really bad tempers.
The problem is that Amy’s mother is a monster. She’s a kitsune and while Young Sam is hiding in the closet he hears Amy’s mother arrive and speak about two hunters that are chasing her. Amy makes the ultimate sacrifice for Sam and kills her own mother to protect him.
Back to the future and Sam faces off with Amy once more. She’s sporting fresh blood and this time, she’s the mother. Yes, she’s protecting her child, Jacob. Sam let’s her go.
When he gets back to his motel room – it’s to be punched in the face by his brother. Dean says he’s pissed off that Sam stole his car. Sam explains everything to his brother and Dean says that he will trust Sam. Those are the words that many a fan have waited a long time for. The problem is – it was a lie. Dean didn’t trust Sam at all. As soon as he has Sam situated at a Motel room Dean doubles back and tracks down Amy.
“But people they are who they are. No matter how hard you try. You are what you are. You will kill again.” And Dean kills Amy. It’s a bit cold-hearted – but then he’s a hunter, right? He even seems mostly unaffected by an encounter with Amy’s son.
So fandom will implode for a while, Sam fans and Dean fans will lick their wounds and we’ll all go back to wondering how we can dread and excitedly await a show all at the same time.
- Young Sam asking his brother for advice about how to talk to girls.
- The look on Dean’s face when Sam says cake is the same as pie
Not so cute moments?”
- Sam leaving Dean unprotected, no car, no Bobby
- Dean punching Sam. Again. Even though he has a concussion.
- One of the mean boys at the Library was the actor who played “lucas” in “Dead in the Water”
- Amy Pond is the name of Dr. Who’s companion on the series of the same name.
- Lots of TV fun. A commercial for My Bloody Valentine 3-D plays on the TV while Dean is asleep. Later when he wakes up there is a wildlife show playing speaking about animals lying around being lazy