Recap: Supernatural Episode 6.16 – And Then There Were None

Rufus looks at the power cord of Bobby’s saw and teases him about dumpster diving—foreshadowing the fact that the frayed cord was going to come into play. Bobby, looking remorseful, stands on the opposite side of the table as Rufus plugs in the saw and says he needs to say something.

I will admit, I was anxious about Rufus and that saw. See how they played with my head?

Bobby: Omaha was my fault. I shoulda listened to you.

Rufus (half laughing): We’ve had this conversation.

Bobby: I never said I’m sorry. You lost her because of me.

Rufus (still laughing a little): I said we’ve had this conversation. (Dead serious) You can blab all day and it wouldn’t change a thing Bobby.

Bobby looks almost bereft.

Rufus: I will never forgive you for what happened. You got that? Never. So, change the subject.

Ouch. And…wow. Here’s an example of how it could have gone with Dean and Sam. Bobby and Rufus were partners. Trusted each other like brothers, it would seem. And Bobby made a mistake. And Rufus never forgave him. And they’ve been able to work together and give each other crap, but there’s a canyon between them that neither could ever cross or bridge.

Had Sam not apologized or had Dean not allowed it—had he not said immediately and often, “It wasn’t you,” they could have deteriorated into hunters who meet up when the fit hits the shan and nothing else. Instead, they’re back to having wordless conversations and watching each other’s backs. *whew*

Rufus begins to cut into Samuel’s forehead and suddenly Samuel’s EYES FREAKING OPEN!

He sits up and shoves both Rufus and Bobby away. He breaks the table and uses one of the legs to shove through the door as a lock. Outside, the boys hear the sound and turn to see Samuel standing, framed by the window. With twin wtf expressions, they gape as Rufus attacks Samuel, only to be thrown back again.

Dean cuts Sam loose from the make-shift cuffs and they go to work on the door. Bobby tries to grab Samuel and he gets thrown to the side. He grabs Samuel again and shoves him against the outlet with the frayed cored plugged in. Samuel gets electrocuted just as Dean is able to kick the door open. A totally disgusting, fat, black worm wriggles out of Samuel’s ear and slops onto the floor.

Dean goes to Rufus and Sam to Bobby and they help the older, rattled hunters to their feet. They try to figure out how Samuel got “double dead” and Dean tells them about seeing the worm—only now they don’t know who it’s in. Could be any of them. However, they do know that electricity “tickles” it. So, Sam rigs up a live wire plugged into the socket and one-by-one they allow themselves to get zapped.

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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.

4 Comments:

  1. Ugh! All I could say about this episode was… why? A real let down after the sharp one of last week… and seemed like a pretty cheap way to unload past cast members who could have had much more interesting stories to tell. Seriously, that’s all for Grandpappy Samuel?! We hardly knew ya!

    But I was also disappointed by the wimpy take on on “The Thing” meets cliched brain-worm from Star Trek.

  2. I had several people mention “The Thing” in comments on my LJ. Apparently I missed out having never watched it. *laugh* I remember something vaguely about Kurt Russell having a Grissly Adams-type beard, but that’s about it. The brain worm was just…gack.

    I was more going on the title than anything. And in my efforts to see all things positive about Show, it did make me tense not knowing who they were going to kill off and how. But the ‘why,’ as you point out, was definitely murky. Especially for Samuel. I can hand-wave Gwen — she was red-shirted from the jump. And I can mourn and get over Rufus, though he would have made an awesome recurring character. Bobby-worthy almost.

    But it’s Samuel that gets me. Like I said in the ramble, it’s entirely possible it will all become clear in retrospect. And sure, his death could easily be construed as a life gone sideways. But looking at it from a broader picture — from the viewpoint of the over-all story arc — every character introduced should have a reason tied to the plot of the story or why have them there? They just get in the way. UNLESS they’re a purposely place Red Herring. Which, maybe he was. That’s always possible. *considers*

    But so far, the information we’ve been given is that Gramps was pulled out of Heaven the same time Sam was pulled out of Hell (both by Crowley, presumably, though I have my serious doubts about that) and that he spent a year and a half working for Crowley, capturing and torturing Alphas for intel on the location of Purgatory in exchange for the promise of Mary.

    The boys get all tangled up with him, in different ways, and then he tries to kill them. He never finds Purgatory, never gets Mary out (both would have affected the boys and the storyline), and managed to get all of his relatives except Dean and Sam killed. Then he just gets possessed by a worm and gets killed by his grandson??

    Plot-wise (for me) that was a big, huh?? Why introduce him, his allegance with Crowley, his desire to get Mary back, all of that just to kill him off without any of those things realized? The only thing I saw that he brought to the storyline was twisting up the boys’ heads and adding a layer of tension. But that could have been done in so many other ways….

    Which leads me to think that his story can’t be over — there has to be something else we haven’t seen yet coming up in the last several episodes. I just have to believe there’s more to the story because him dying this way seems pointless story-wise.

    Annnddd…I’ve spent way too much time on this. Sorry. *laugh* Thanks for commenting, Simon! :)

    • Sounds like you’re thinking along slightly different lines as SPN fan critic Mo Ryan, who posted her own recap/view on the episode yesterday:
      http://www.tvsquad.com/2011/03/06/supernatural-recap-then-there-were-none-rufus/

      She seemed to think that Samuel’s story was played out, but regretted the loss of Gwen, and earlier death of Corin Nemec’s character Christian.

      • Hey there — just saw this.

        I haven’t read Mo’s review. I think there is room for plenty of differing thought when it comes to the introduction of the Campbell clan and by extension a lot of other hunters. I could see where some would think the loss of a female character, raised a hunter, is a regret. We get very few good female characters — and by good I mean both solid characterization and “not evil.”

        I would still like to get some back story on Christian. I didn’t like him from the start (as evidenced by these rambles) and I would have liked to know exactly when he was demonized.

        But I have to respectfully disagree with the idea that Samuel’s story was played out. It may have lost steam or the writers may have lost the plot, but they brought a character whose story not only made a significant impact on Dean when he traveled back to 1973, but also was part of what seemed to kick-start the plight of the Winchester brothers: Mary’s deal for John’s life. In a way, she sacrificed her father for that, and Dean saw.

        So, knowing Mary is such a beacon to the brothers not only because she was their mother but also because she was taken from them and sacrificed her spirit to save them, the writers choose to return her father for the nebulous reason of bringing Mary back…have him work with a demon…have him betray his grandsons…. *shakes head*

        I don’t know. In much the same way I feel that Crowley’s death was too quick and wonder if there’s more to the King of Hell than we have yet seen, I feel like Samuel’s story isn’t finished. Or…it shouldn’t be. It may be that the writers are done with him, but I feel it’s a loose end.

        I suppose we’ll all see in time, yeah?

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