War of the Roses
We opened with the death of a woman at a hair salon (her head was ‘roasted’by a big hair dryer). Sam and Dean quickly caught on to the freaky deaths in Indiana and arrived in town to investigate. When another death occurred (with a nail gun – gross!), they realized that the only thing connecting the victims was a shopping mall development deal, so they went to speak to the last person involved in the deal who was still alive: Don Stark.
Don was, unfortunately, going through a bit of a rough patch with his wife and the couple was currently separated. According to Don, he had a bit of a ‘thing’with one of the victims – ‘thing’meaning ‘affair’. Well, Sam and Dean didn’t think that was much of a coincidence and an investigation of the Starks’house revealed that Maggie was casting spells and killing everyone she thought was involved in her husband’s betrayal.
The brothers called up Bobby for help and he came up with a spell that should help stop Maggie. But Don was getting tired of Maggie taking out her revenge and ruined her charity gala. The couple reconvened at their house to fight it out, but the Winchesters crashed the party. Due to some bad chicken feet, their spell didn’t exactly go as planned and Sam came up with the idea to counsel the couple. They managed to talk some things out (and we learned that they’re over 800 years old) and the Winchesters considered it a job well done.
Running parallel to the Starks’story was the problems with the Winchesters. Sure, they’re getting along just fine, but Dean’s depression is getting worse, as are his drinking habits. From the first scene where he woke up after a nightmare about Cas, Sam going crazy, and him killing Amy, Dean spent the episode dulling his pain with booze. Sam, meanwhile, spent the episode worrying about Dean, pointing out that something was clearly wrong with him, and trying to get his brother to open up.
To top it all off, one of the leviathans finally caught up with the brothers. Fortunately, Don swooped in at the last minute and managed to neutralize the leviathan and now the brothers are off to take him to Bobby in hopes they can keep him trapped for a while.
Understanding the Current Problems
I’m going to do the review portion a bit differently tonight. A few days ago, when I posted a preview of this episode, I mentioned that it reminded me of season 4 and some fans were freaking out about that comment, as if suggesting that Dean had a secret meant that the brothers relationship was acrimonious. It’s clear that isn’t true after watching this episode, obviously. I’d like to address this, because I think it speaks to the brothers’characterization this season and explains a lot of behavior that arose in this episode. I would also like to address some other concerns fans had because I think a lot of it relates to this episode in particular.
On a side note, I want to mention that I loved having Carpenter and Marsters as guest stars. My inner Buffy fan was squealing and I thought the two of them were fun in their roles. Considering how easily Don was able to at least neutralize the leviathan, I think we need to bring these people back very soon. (Note: in honor of Carpenter’s appearance on tonight’s episode, we put together a slide-show about memorable female Supernatural characters. View it here).
This review is going to be longer than my usual recaps, because I have a lot of history to go through. But I’ve got a lot to say, so bear with me.
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