Dear Robert Singer and Sera Gamble,
May I please have the last hour of my life back?
Where do I start? Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) told Becky Rosen (Emily Perkins) that she should just “do whatever it is she” does – so I think I’m going to go with that.
I can honestly say this is the first time I’ve genuinely disliked a “Supernatural” episode. That, in itself, is saying a lot because, really? “Bugs”? “Route 666″? But, I actually didn’t find it as difficult to sit through those episodes as “Season Seven: Time For A Wedding.” You know things are bad when a hormonal teenage bug collector and a racist pick up truck start to look good.
The episode opened with Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) telling a bar waitress how his brother has bailed on him during their yearly pilgrimage to Vegas. Sam is out in the desert, hanging out, and communing with nature. When Dean receives a text message from Sam requesting his brother’s presence in his “Fed suit” things start to go south.
After wandering through a hallway with spooky lighting, Dean finds his brother in a wedding chapel. Sam makes a quick confession to his brother: Sam is in love and he’s getting married. The bride appears and it’s none other than Becky Rosen. At this point, I focused on Ackles’ fantastic acting because the rest of the show was giving me the worst case of second-hand embarrassment I’ve had since I watched my friends try to sing a Pointer Sisters song at a high school dance. (Don’t ask) Dean’s reaction to Sam’s mess was hilarious. The sputtering and angry arm-flailing was quite possibly the best part of the episode.
It doesn’t take long for everyone, except Sam, to figure out that Becky is up to something. Soon enough a friend named “Guy” (Leslie Odom Jr.) arrives on the scene to pass off a suspicious looking potion to Becky. Becky – who has read every book written about the Winchesters has suddenly forgotten that you don’t get a marriage to Sam Winchester without there being some drawbacks.
Turns out that people are getting lucky and then extremely unlucky almost immediately. Becky! Did you really forget the “three fold law”? Whatever you do comes back to you three times? This “fangirl” represents no “Supernatural” fan I know.
While Sam was batting his eyelashes at Becky; Dean was trying to break in temp hunting partner, Garth (DJ Qualls). Comic relief? I don’t know. There’s no reason at all for Dean, a veteran hunter, to need a partner so he can look through the mail in Becky’s color-blocked apartment. Maybe Garth was around to help Dean pick out the new professor like sweater vest and suit jacket he was sporting (Jensen Ackles in a sweater vest – almost worth watching this episode).
Finally, the potion that Becky administered to Sam begins to wear off. Becky clocks Sam across the back of the head with the waffle iron that was a present from Dean.
And here I must veer from the plot to rant. Why does Sam get hit on the head every week? He’s supposed to be suffering from this massive meltdown as his soul tries to re-integrate into his melon and everyone within spitting distance keeps hitting him in the head.
And while I’m at it – why does Dean need Garth? Dean has hunted by himself since he was a young man and he suddenly needs a partner to take on Becky, Superfan99. Really? Nothing against D.J. Qualls – he was entertaining; it’s just too bad the writers didn’t give him anything to work with.
Admittedly, I’m not a real Becky fan. Never was. I’ve always thought her character was a bit condescending but this episode went right over into the deep end. Becky went from mildly charming during her last appearance to pathetic and, as Dean would say, “rapey.”
And -don’t get me started on the last scene with Sam and Dean Winchester. I’ve seen Ackles and Padalecki together – those two have real chemistry between them. I’m not sure what you have to do to get them to be quite that stilted and awkward with one another.
And my burning question? Why didn’t Sam just spit out the damn cloth in his mouth?
I’m very glad Crowley (Mark Sheppard) showed up at the end of the episode to explain that he had a rogue cross-roads demon. (We were “cleverly” thrown off the trail by the random demon who was actually doing the killing.) I was even distracted for a little while by Mr. Sheppard’s lovely beard long enough to lower the hand that had been previously covering my eyes.
I can accept that this episode wasn’t great; there were plot holes big enough to drive a racist truck through. But I’m loving this season so far and enjoying the return to the season one type of format. I choose to get an annulment with this episode. I didn’t enjoy it, therefore, it never happened.
What happens in Vegas clearly should stay there.
Best line?: “This isn’t Wall Street, this is Hell. We have a little something called integrity.” – Crowley
P.S. I like Jared Padalecki’s hair long. There, I wrote it.