Soooo the boys reach Portland where they find the police to be less than cooperative, making them wait, dragging their heels in retrieving the case files, your basic PITA.
Dean: If there aren’t any more dancers to interview this trip could be a bust. Although, I hear they have good coffee in Portland.
While the boys are looking at the bloody, footless body of the dancer – noting that the shoes in question were oddly devoid of blood – the cop in the evidence locker has his little girl in there with him doing her homework. She has the telltale bun indicating she’s into dance and eyes the bagged ballet slippers hungrily. He tells her not to touch them because they’re evidence and she sighs, then says she has to go to the bathroom.
Once in there, she’s delighted to see the shoes are sitting on the floor practically waiting for her. I need to train my kid to be more suspicious. Twice in this episode, something totally weird happens to and/or around a kid and they are drawn to it. They don’t back away thinking this is totally weird and I should be cautious. No, they are basically like whoa, this is totally awesome and I must be really special because it’s happening to me. Kids. *facepalm*
She sits down and starts to put on the shoes and as she pulls the ribbons tight, the shoes shrink to fit her foot. She looks thrilled. I pulled my pillow up closer to my chest, saying out loud to my TV, “Show, if you kill this kid, I will not be happy.”
Meanwhile, the boys have figured out that the fact that the slippers weren’t bloody was odd, so they’re at the evidence locker asking to see them. The cop turns to get them, realizes they’re gone and guesses that his little girl – who loves ballet – took them. Dean gets insta-worried-face and the boys burst into the bathroom (without the little girl’s dad, which I thought was weird…he knew she was in the bathroom, suspected she took the shoes, and just let two FBI agents go after her??).
Sam tells her to take off the shoes, but before she can do anything, the shoes go up on point and make her start dancing. I was instantly reminded of the cautionary fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, “The Red Shoes,” where ultimately a little girl dances herself to death. That’s some wicked curse, ya’ll.
Sam goes for the little girl, holding her, while Dean tries to get the shoes off – getting kicked in the face twice for his efforts. It’s not easy, but Dean finally gets them off. They’re all panting from the effort.
Sam: Ok, I’m going with cursed object.
Dean: Ya think?
And he’s holding them in his hands…. I will admit that I wanted the fact that Dean touched the cursed object to be a bit more of a bigger deal then it ended up being. Now that you all have had a chance to process, this is going to sound like an impulsive and emotional reaction, but…sometimes I feel like we’re often teased about things happening to/with Dean when the focus was always going to be on Sam. When Sam touched a cursed object, it was a bit more drawn out. And I do understand that the focus of the episode was not to be on the cursed objects, but on the Leviathans and Sam’s gradual decent into losing it. That’s the story, and that’s okay. I just…wanted more. *shrugs* Here endeth the complaining.
Sam carries the slippers out using what looks like maybe…scissors? He’s holding them out in front of him like they’re a bomb (which isn’t too far off, considering) and he can see inside the sole of the shoe to the place where they were purchased: Out With the Old. Here’s what I want to know. The dude who sold them had to touch them to put the price tag on them. Why didn’t he end up dancing himself to death?
Dean’s dabbing at his poor nose, trotting to keep up with his long-legged brother.
Sam: Suppose it’s too much to hope that these shoes are the only thing that’s cursed?
Dean: Oh, what a dreamer you are.
Sam = bitchface (hee!)
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