Oh, Supernatural. You always pull me back in. To be fair, I was never really out. I didn’t even hate last week’s episode with Becky as much as many people seemed to (maybe I was the only one). But tonight’s episode, penned by fan favorite Ben Edlund, was the perfect mix of hunting, humor and disgust. In other words, classic Ben Edlund.
What’s Worse Than a Motel 6?
Dean begins the episode by grumbling about their current lot in life. Sure, the Winchesters must have seen some pretty sketchy places over the years – what with never really having paying jobs – but now they are really down on their luck. The killing spree that their doppelgangers went on a few episodes ago mean they are still forced to stay off the grid. You know, despite the fact that Becky was tweeting the name “Winchester” last week and introducing Sam to everyone she’s ever met in her life. But whatever, I digress.
The point is that the boys are currently squatting in a shack (without even a TV!), bringing Bobby up to speed on a new case that involves the disappearance and death of campers. Sorry, “glampers”, which is apparently “glamorous camping”. They decide to head to the Pine Barrens to speak to the local law enforcement.
This Is Why You Should Never Go Camping
The boys meet up with Ranger Rick – who seems pretty laid back considering people are dying – at the local Biggerson’s restaurant. He and many townspeople think that a real Jersey Devil is eating people in the woods, so the trio head out to investigate. They eventually come across one of Ranger Rick’s deputies. Or, more specifically, his really dead deputy who is hanging from a tree. When Ranger Rick arrives to investigate, he still seems pretty blasse about the whole situation. Right up until he himself is eaten by the creature.
Fortunately, Bobby manages to shoot the creature (but not before we’re subjected to the horrible sounds of Ranger Rick getting eaten). After they bring it back to their little shack, they realize that the “creature” is basically a mutated man who is now craving human flesh. Bobby and Sam hunker down to do an autopsy, while Dean chills out on the sidelines. After the autopsy – which proves that the man creature will eat just about anything – they head back to the restaurant at Dean’s urging to grab dinner. He enjoys another one of Biggerson’s signature sandwiches and Sam and Bobby quickly realize that something is off. Dean, and the other restaurant patrons, are all acting very, very weird and “stoned”. Sam and Bobby quickly realize the sandwich is to blame.
To figure out what’s up with the sandwiches, the boys do some recon, following around the food delivery truck later that night. It leads them back to a warehouse and they -quickly realize that the leviathans are involved. As it turns out, the doctor leviathan we met in earlier episodes is in charge of creating these special sandwiches, which basically makes people really complacent. The problem, however, is that some of the test subjects went crazy and started eating people. Edgar comes by to warn the doctor that Dick Roman is on his way to check on the progress of the experiment. Bobby recognizes Roman and warns the boys that he’s on the fast track to wealth and power in the country.
Dick’s pleased with the complacency part of the tests, but is very angry about the test subjects who went crazy and caused stories to appear in the newspaper. As punishment, he makes the doctor leviathan eat himself (try and figure out the logistics of that – I dare you). Bobby, who was listening in on the conversation inside the building, ends up getting captured.
Bobby’s in Danger. Again.
The Winchesters quickly realize Bobby’s been captured by Supernatural’s newest big bad and just so happen to spot a cleaning supply truck, so they storm the factory armed with the leviathan-burning borax. When Dick goes to investigate, Bobby quickly goes through his files, trying to learn Dick’s plans (which basically seem to involve taking over everything). Fortunately, the brothers manage to escape and Bobby jumps into the van at the last minute. Only Dick has chased them down with his newly purchased gun and he manages to shoot Bobby. In the head.