Everyone who was worried about the title of Episode 6 of this season of “Supernatural” can relax. It wasn’t really about slash fiction. Although – the plot was certainly reminiscent of something a fan might write for fun.
And the episode was fun.
“Slash Fiction” opened with Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) robbing a bank. Anyone who has seen the show before Friday will know that was a blatant tip off that either something was very wrong with them or it wasn’t the actual Winchesters.
It wasn’t the actual Winchesters.
It turns out that the Livia-creatures are able to transform into people by simply sampling their DNA. They pulled Sam and Dean’s hair out of a bathtub drain in a motel room. After seeing some of the motel rooms the Hunters have stayed in I certainly wouldn’t be going near the bathtub drain.
While Bobby (Jim Beaver) stays at the cabin to torture the Livia-creature and figure out how to kill them; the Winchester head out to try and “find themselves”. (Did you see what I did there? It had to be done.)
I won’t try and describe the fun that ensues when the Winchester brothers visit an identity specialist; a new “Ash” (Chad Lindberg) if you will. The biggest problem for Dean, of course, is leaving behind his baby – the 1967 Impala that fans and Feds can spot at a distance of 10 km.
Even if you’re not a regular watcher of “Supernatural” I would suggest you check out the scene in their new wheels. When Sam turns on the radio Air Supply starts playing .. and well, it’s one of those real Dean Winchester moments that Ackles has given such life to over the seasons.
Although it’s entirely predictable, Sam and Dean run into Levia-Sam and Levia-Dean. Naturally, the feds show up quickly and arrest – the real Winchesters while the nasty ones drive away. Are you confused yet?
Great cameo – the officer who finally gives dean his one phone call is none other than Michael Hogan (Col. Tigh).
Another great thing about this episode is that there is another appearance by Sheriff Jodi Mills (Kim Rhodes). Soon to be in the hall of fame for being the longest surviving female character on “Supernatural”; Mills took her life into her hands in this episode by actually going to visit Bobby. It’s my theory that the longer she avoids direct contact with Sam and Dean Winchester; the longer she’ll survive.
She showed up, no doubt, at loose ends and wanting some company. Let’s see, her family was eaten by zombies, she had to re-kill them, she helped Bobby and Rufus (May he rest in peace) evade the law and hide a dead body, she had major surgery, was almost eaten by a monster…. and she’s still standing. That’s impressive.
I was a little disappointed that the strongest female character ever written into the show comes back to clean Bobby’s floor and cook him dinner; but I’ve been there. I’ve got to admit, there are times when you want to just do something normal. Now, I’ve never been nearly eaten by a Levia-surgeon but I think that cleaning floors and working up a good sweat might be a pleasant alternative.
As it happens, washing the floor is a good idea because Mills helps Bobby to discover that Borax hurts Levia-creatures! In fact, it hurts them enough to slow them down.
After finally getting his one phone call from jail Dean learns the Borax secret. Moments later the officer is unfortunate enough to witness the Levia-creatures eating people so he lets Dean out to save the day.
Sadly, and we all knew this was coming too, Levia-Dean takes it upon himself to inform real-Sam that real-Dean killed Amy. Remember that sweet girl that was eating brains only because she needed too? The sweet girl who was Sam’s first kiss? Yup. Cat’s out of the bag.
Dean dispatches of the Levia-creatures quickly and they now know that borax and hiding the creature’s head slows them down. (You’d think that would work on most things.)
Everything is fine until the traditional “Supernatural-last-two-minutes-of-angst-and-doom.” Sam lives up to his new way of thinking – being honest and forthright and tells Dean that he knows about Amy. Dean doesn’t really seem to say anything although Sam’s pretty angry and I can’t say I blame dean.
Sam just can’t deal with his brother though – and for the thousandth time – an episode ends with Sam walking away. I have faith in this new, more accepting Sam. I think he’ll only need a little bit of time to realize it’s Dean who has the issues this time around.