Recap: Supernatural Episode 6.16 – And Then There Were None

Dean goes first, exposing his arm, tensing up, groaning low as the charge burns his arm.

Dean: Son of a…. Awesome.

Sam burns himself next, then leans on the post with one hand to catch his breath and his balance as Dean takes the wire and moves to Rufus. Rufus tries to call time out—revealing he has a pace maker—but Dean’s like, no outs. He burns Rufus’ arm while the hunter mutters, “dammit, dammit, dammit!”

It’s not in Rufus. So, Rufus takes the wire and moves for Bobby—who backs up. Bobby’s like, “It’s not in me, so go ahead.” Rufus counters with, “Then stop backing up, whatever you are.”

Bobby: I’m Bobby!

Rufus: Bobby my ass.

And without warning—not!Bobby stabs Rufus in the chest. I knew it was going to happen and I still gasped. It was just so—gah! Y’know? One of those, no, wait, maybe if I rewind it can un-happen! I was really very bummed that Rufus died. I get that they did it for story impact, and to complete the flow of the theme, but I wish there’d been another way. I’m tired of them losing people close to them. *is sad*

Sam cries out Bobby’s name and catches Rufus. Dean moves around to flank Bobby. Sam says that there are two of them and one of him and they’re able to grab Bobby and knock him out. They duct tape him to a chair and for the first time, the creepy thing inside of him takes over and speaks up. Until this moment, it seemed like the possessed people were basically themselves—with the exception that they’d gone buckets of crazy. They talked in their normal voice, knew the facts they should know, all of it.

But as Dean worked over the creature inside Bobby—zapping him once in awhile to keep it in line—it turned downright creepy.

Dean (bending over taped up Bobby): Hey there, you little herpy.

Sam (leaning against a table off to the side): Why do you keep talking about herpes? (See that’s why I thought he said ‘herpy’ and not ‘harpy’—but I can’t be sure.)

Dean (glancing at his brother, distracted and disturbed): What? I don’t. Shut up. (pause) Shut up.

Creepy!Bobby Monster Thing claims that they can’t kill it without killing Bobby, too, and it knows how much they love this guy. Dean wants to know what it is, but the thing says there’s no name for it—it’s new (chalk one up for Bobby, there). Apparently Eve made it herself. Then he goes all, “by the time she’s done with you there will be more creatures than humans and you’ll be living in cages and we’ll eat your young and blah blah blah.”

Sam: So what’s your deal in all of this?

Creepy!Bobby: She has a message for you. You’re all gonna die. She’s here and she’s pissed and there’s nothing but pain from here on out.

Dean’s like, here’s my response: ZAP.

Because, seriously. Does this Eve chick think words like that are really going to freak them out? They’ve dealt with Lucifer for crying out loud. They’ve been to Hell and seen atrocities people should never see. They’ve battled the first demon and the yellow-eyed-demon and juuuuuust about every monster Eve ever made. If she wanted to scare them, she chose the wrong tactic. All she did was cut into them by taking a friend and make them mad.

And a mad Winchester is a dangerous Winchester.

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.

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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