Recap: Supernatural Episode 6.16 – And Then There Were None

They put together that both of the guys that snapped worked at the cannery and decide to head there and do some sleuthing. They meet up with the boys and Sam, Dean, and Rufus are grins all around about seeing each other again. It’s actually a really cute moment where Sam looks like a kid with his dimples showing, Dean genuinely grinning, and Rufus giving Bobby a good-natured hard time.

Bobby: Why don’t you three get a room?

Dean’s like, “Let’s see what we can see,” and they head into the cannery loaded for bear. Or…y’know. Something.

They ride an elevator up to what appears to be the main working floor of the cannery—and was it me, or did it look like the place was basically abandoned?—and start searching around, flashlights cutting through the murky darkness. They hear a noise and all four draw their weapons, training it on the direction of the sound.

It’s Gwen. She’s standing on the other side of a door with a wire-mesh frame over the window, staring back at them in total surprise. She says Dean’s name, her voice totally framed with question marks.

As soon as I found out she was in this episode, I figured she was a goner. Even without really knowing what the episode was about. She’s had the you’re it syndrome since Cousin Mark was killed. I can’t believe she’s lasted this long, actually. I just would never have guessed how she died.

Anyway, right behind her is Samuel. Dean’s face when he sees that man was dangerous. He goes marching through the doors, zero hesitation, and raises his gun, pointing it right at Samuel’s head.

Dean: Welcome to next time.

Everything else that happened aside? That moment was one of those holy sh*t moments where you realize why this person is not to be screwed with. He was amazingly bad-ass and I had to bite my lip to keep from whimpering a bit. Again, don’t judge me.

However, Sam is on Dean’s heels the moment Dean slams through the doors and he puts his arm across Dean’s, lowering his brother’s weapon. Sam’s got his back toward Samuel and is facing Dean when he says, “Stop.”

Dean: I said I’d kill him!

Sam: Just a second!

Dean. Looks. Pissed. Samuel  just stares at him, his eyes flat, his face almost expressionless except for a tiny bit of challenging contempt that made me just want to smack him. Bobby and Rufus followed Sam in and are watching this exchange. Gwen, meanwhile, is like a shadow on the wall; she’s being so quiet and still.

Rufus: I take it you know each other?

Dean: He’s our grandfather.

Rufus: Ow. Somebody needs a hug.

I really like Rufus. *frowny face* I mean, liked.

Bobby (to Samuel): Why are you here?

Samuel (still staring at Dean): We’re working. You?


The guy is pissed. His face is tight, his eyes hot, and the only thing keeping him from leaping on Samuel and ripping his head off is Sam’s arm positioned carefully between them.

Bobby: Sam—take Dean for a walk.

Heh. I liked that, actually. Take care of your brother—he’s the only one here who remembers what happened last time you tangled with this man and he’s about to do something he might regret. Watch out for him.

Dean (eyes sliding aside to address Bobby): You gotta be kidding me.

Sam: Dean, it’s fine.

Dean looks at Sam—angry: How?

Sam edges him back, guiding him out of the room. And did you see Sam’s dimples flash there, too? When he is trying to push Dean away without actually having to push him? Only this time it was due to tucking his lips back from effort, not laughter.


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 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.


  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:

      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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