Recap: Supernatural Episode 7.03, The Girl Next Door

I was honestly surprised the writers gave Amy a kid because I knew where this was headed and that just sucks (but that’s the emotional mom in me talking), and for a moment, I was totally  afraid they’d take the “people don’t change” lesson one step too far and force Dean to do something he would never have been able to come back from.

Bottom line, though? While this episode might ultimately not be at the top of my OMGYAYSTORY! list, it certainly has made me think and watch my hero closely. This could end up being one rather profound season for our boy Dean, if they do it right. One where, again if done right, they will get to the bottom of Dean’s unhealed, broken heart, strip away the wall and reasons and justifications and find the ginormous crack inside of him that needs filled. One where they all stop long enough from trying to save the world and stay alive to focus solely on one of their own who is adept at deflecting the attention and try to do what they can to fix him. I’m just…saying.

Oh, but before we fade to black, back in Whitefish, the Credit guy is at the Quick Shop, saying he’s on the Winchester’s trail…he’s just stopping for a bit. And then he…eats the store clerk. With cheese. Boiling hot melted cheese. OMG…

So, like I said…left me with a feeling of “ooooh…”  And forced me to remember that Dean is a hunter. They both are, but Sam (again, when souled) lets his heart lead in a lot more situations than his brother does. The things I’m wondering about, though, are:

– Dean more than likely won’t tell Sam about this…which means secrets…which means eventual discovery…which means…what? for the brothers down the road?

– Dean lied to Sam, saying he trusted him (“Gotta start somewhere, right?”) when clearly he didn’t. I can totally understand why, but what will the repercussions be there? (which I guess is kinda the same as the point above….)

– The thing with Sam managing his mental issues and Dean afraid for him every minute of the day…that’s going to break him down. Dean I mean. He can’t sustain this constant level of concern and do his job. Or keep them safe.

It’s pretty much a pipe dream to be all “No more secrets, no more lies” between the brothers. I want it that way, yes, but after all they’ve been through, it’s just not possible. But now, though, it seems even clearer that the secrets and lies have the underlying purpose of protecting the other. Frustrating, yes, but not malicious.

Dean didn’t kill the Kitsuni because Sam wouldn’t. He did it because Sam couldn’t. Not this time. He’d had to do it before with Madison, but that was a clearer-cut case of monster.

This time, Sam had too much of a connection to the monster, both in the past and now. The ‘managing it’ similarities were too much for Sam to get over. That, and Amy had a kid, which was a twist of the knife for me. The fact that he killed the monster/Amy wasn’t a problem for me as it was that the kid was there…and the fact that he isn’t going to tell Sam and Sam will inevitably find out somehow. And that’s gonna just…not. be. easy.

I guess I just hope that after all this time, all these fights, all this struggle, the writers won’t take them down a path that will sever bonds. They’re all they’ve got now. Literally homeless, running out of allies, and things are just getting started. And I’m really not sure how Dean’s going to handle everything. I know he’s worried about Sam’s sanity with hunting, but I don’t think he’s thinking very clearly either.

*tough situation is tough*

Previews for next week look like the story of Dean’s thin grip on control is going to be amped up a notch or two. Yikes!

Thanks for reading.

Slainte!

Gaelicspirit

Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.

Gaelicspirit

Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.

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