Tonight we get back to business, after last weeks delightful and charming episode. I gave high marks to that one. It’s not an all time favorite but it is in my top twenty. Last weeks episode was pretty mythology heavy, but mythology from five years ago, and I am wondering how long it’s going to take for the writers to quit playing around and give us a little meat.
A butler is giving the rundown to a couple of maids at the household of an heiress in New Canaan, Ct. One of the maids is attacked and falls to her death at the hands of the dead heiress, Ms. Bunny LaCroix. The butler seems totally unsurprised and I’m not surprised at that.
Sam and Dean are drinking itty, bitty coffees and complaining about the radio silence on their scanners, just when they’re ready to jump back into the game. Dean tells Sam about a phone call Bobby received, to go to New Canaan, for the reading of a will. They should go, as they qualify as his heirs. Maybe Bobby earned them some beer money.
They meet the heiress’ family. They are a tad underdressed, but are immediately accepted as adorable. (Cougars on this show all have excellent taste.) The butler takes them aside and explains that all of the family present are poor as churchmice, money grubbing and greedy. He gives them an envelope. Inside is a large iron cross studded with four large jewels, which turn out to be fake. But the cross is a key, so the brothers are now on a case, more or less.
That evening the brother of the dead heiress is killed. Axed by Bunny’s husband, Lance, also deceased. When the brothers return, the butler acts as if he doesn’t know them, (He’s pretty snotty. This is a clue) and they are now considered suspects in the brothers death, and can’t leave the house til morning. The family argue about whether or not ghosts did it.
Dean investigates upstairs, while Sam chats with the sniping family. It’s a nice touch, when Sam mentions that he and his brother like each other just fine, when asked what family likes each other. Dean finds a secret room using the key. He also finds a body and the maid, who blames the butler for killing another guest. Everyone keeps thinking it’s spirits, but I don’t think it’s spirits. And, I think the maid may be lying about the butler.
Sam and Dean discuss it and set off to investigate but Sam gets accosted by one of the guests. Sam is not into cougars, apparently, since he tells her yes! then runs away. (Good move! Sam. Get to duh choppa!!!) Dean encounters the weird butler again, who still acts as if they’ve never met before. Sam finds a blood trail. Of course the butler is dead, stabbed in the back . He texts this news to Dean and the fake butler attacks him and runs away, leaving shapeshifter residue behind…and can I just point out – Eeewww!
(One more time. Just because.)
While discussing this, the maid wanders in and Sam and Dean explain the situation to her. They tell her they need silver and she brings them a case of flatware. Sam and Dean go test the other family members. Sam unconvincingly puts the moves on two of the lovely ladies in order to test them with silver and they pass.This scene would be hilarious if it weren’t for the faint specter of non-consent in it. Dean finds two of the guests making out in the closet, they too, pass the test. He then walks in to find Sam having his hands and hair thoroughly examined by the two cougars, who discuss him as if he was the neighbor’s prize- winning poodle. (Who doesn’t envy these two women, right now?) and Sam takes that as an opportunity to run away again. Dean loves that sort of attention and it just now occurs to me that Sam hates it when women admire his looks. He just hates the attention, I think. Probably all those years of avoiding attention, while feeling as though he’s wearing the worlds largest neon sign that says FREAK.
Then the maid finds yet another body. She just keeps finding them. I think she’s probably making them. This time the guest drowned in a toilet and everyone gathers around and begins to argue about blame until Dash, one of the heirs, takes both brothers hostage and locks them in the security room. (At least, theyre not tied up. ) While they’re locked in, the family speculate that the brothers are low class, gay, murderers and I would like to point out, that technically, they are murderers. From a mortal, non-supernatural point of view, they’re both serial killers.
The brothers discover that the flatware they’ve been using isn’t actually silver and yeah, it’s definitely the maid.
The maid starts Monologuing. She’s really Bunny’s daughter, whose been living in the attic. She also explains why she killed each guest. (Thaaat’s right, keep talking and give the brothers time to get free.) So, they do get free and end up in a shootout with the maid. The biggest laugh tonight, is when one of the guests quietly asks if anyone else wet themselves. Now the maid is Monologuing again about her shifter father and how Bobby killed him and came after her. Her life was spared because Bunny agreed to keep her locked away. She gets the drop on Sam who can’t kill her because he has no silver bullets. But Dean does. He shoots her in the back. Several times. Several, several times. This is the first kill I’ve seen him make, since he lost the First Blade. And things happen just as Sam fears, as Dean’s eyes go completely black.
Afterwards, Dash apologizes to the brothers for locking them up and they give him the key they inherited. Dean tells him to forget they were there and he’s more than a little gruff about it. During the Bro-ment in the car, Sam asks about all the shooting, but Dean denies it had anything to do with the Mark.
And now the lying begins. To himself and to Sam. I was wondering how long the honeymoon would last. Apparently, about three episodes. Dean is pathologically incapable of Not lying to Sam and always for the same reasons. He loves him and doesn’t ever want to hurt him or he’s in denial about something.
Sometimes, Dean is one of the hardest headed- nincompoops in television history. Sam gets schooled by fate and only has to learn one damn time not to do whatever the feck he did again. Dean keeps making the same mistakes over and over again until the world ends bloody. Sometimes I just want Sam to punch Dean, really hard, in the neck.
I’m satisfied with this episode tonight. It’s not ever going to be a favorite as mostly it’s just a setup for us to see what effect The Mark still has over Dean. Quite a bit, I guess. I was hoping, after last weeks episode, we would get back to the mythology this week. So, I’m good.
Once again, we have the overall theme of family and how far a person is willing to go for it. For the shifter, she’s willing to become a monster she doesn’t need to be. Bunny is willing to lock up her strange child for her entire life ,so that Bobby won’t kill her. Dash stands up to Sam and Dean for his family. This dovetails nicely with Cole’s mission of vengeance against Dean and Castiel’s perpetual infighting with his own.
You do notice that all this fighting for family nearly ends in disaster for everyone. Bunny’s history of lies resulted in tonight’s murder spree. Dash, deciding to take charge and save the women, nearly got them all killed. A couple of weeks ago, Hanna was ready to make a deal with the MetaBooger, to save Cas. I hope this is not some kind of message about the way this season ends for the boys.
I don’t normally like to speculate on these reviews but I’m thinking about the future. By the sixth episode, you start to notice something of a theme. I’m guessing, it’s family ties. Is that mysterious woman we met earlier this season related to Crowley? Hey! everyone else has family issues this season, why not him? What happens the next time the brothers meet Cole, and The Mark is still there?