Recap: Supernatural Episode 6.16 – And Then There Were None

After the title card, we’re at Bobby’s. The boys are standing in front of his desk while Bobby is pointing at locations on a map and telling them he’s been getting blasts from hunters all week.

–          Nest of vamps

–          Werewolf dance party

–          Shifters (where two hunters were killed)

–          Ghouls, ghouls

–          Ghoul/wraith smorgasbord

Dean notices the path is running down I-80.

Dean: It’s like a Sherman’s March Monster Mash.

Sam: Where to?”

Bobby circles a point on the map where TD beat his family to death. It is always interesting to me when these types of things stand out to them like “their kind of weird.” Horrible things happen like that all the time, all over the world. People are capable of unimaginable cruelty just as they are capable of inconceivable love and forgiveness. But…that’s what kinda led me to the possessed-serial-killers-story idea. Not that I think that’s actually possible, but after nearly six years of immersion into the make-believe world of the supernatural where our heroes see a man going ballistic and killing his family as a potential trigger for their kind of weird…it just gets me thinking.

So, Dean, Sam, and Bobby suit up and head to the jail to talk to TD. The man is completely distraught, his face haggard, his eyes haunted. He doesn’t remember a thing—he woke up in his truck at work (Starlight Cannery) and didn’t know how he got there. He went home and found his worst nightmare. *rubs heart* Poor guy. Last thing he remembered was giving a kid a ride from the truck stop, but figured she took off at some point.

The guys manage to bluff their way into using a police computer (which, if they can do that, one wonders why they were so awful acting like actors acting like them last week…maybe it was camera fear…*grins*) and Sam starts looking up film footage from the truck stop security cameras from the night of the murders.

Dean: Demon possession or ghosts? I thought this was a monster thing.

Sam finds TD, then they see the girl. Dean’s all, “Hello!” until she turns to face the camera for a brief moment and her face goes all gnarly and the video gets creases across it. It wasn’t much worse than the wraith in Sam, Interrupted or the changelings in The Kids Are Alright, but it creeps them out.

Dean: What the hell is that?

Sam (nervously): Bobby?

Bobby: Maybe the vamps and ghouls are coming in for Mother’s Day.

Dean moves around the desk to face the other two saying they have zero intel on how to gank the MoA.

Dean: What do we do, throw salt and hope?

Bobby: No, we turn tail and run! We’re in over our heads.

Dean says they need real info if they should run into this gal, but before they can go any farther down this line of thinking, the cops in the station are on the move. Turns out some guy went postal down at the cannery—same place TD worked. Bobby says he’ll go check it out and tells the boys to finish up there.

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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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