Recap: Supernatural Episode 6.16 – And Then There Were None

Dean looks like someone scooped out his stomach with a dull spoon. His face pales, his eyes are devastated and he speaks like he can’t breathe. *puts hand to chest*

Dean: We were talking…out in the hallway. That’s the last thing I remember. That thing must’ve taken over me.

Everyone is still pointing their weapons, but Dean’s aim has drifted toward Rufus as he absorbs the fact that he killed someone without knowing it, without memory of it.

Bobby: A monster that gets in you?

Sam: Like a parasite?

Dean: Worm crawls in, worm crawls out.

Rufus: Monster possession? That’s novel.

Dean starts to lower the barrel of his gun, still looking as if he’s not able to get a breath.

Samuel: What if that thing is still in you and we can’t trust a word you’re saying?

Dean (straightening and pointing his gun—one handed {unf}—at Samuel with sure aim, his lips folded in tight against his teeth, his eyes dead serious): It’s not.

Bobby: Check your ears.

Dean: For what?

Rufus reaches for him and Dean flinches back. Sam immediately turns his gun on Rufus at Dean’s reaction. I loved that. The whole episode the guys were so in sync. It was…well…kinda awesome, actually.

Dean: Why don’t you buy me a drink first?

Rufus (sticking a finger in Dean’s ear): Second date. Goo positive.

So, they determine that the…thing…was indeed in him.

Samuel: Or it still is.

Dean: It’s not in me!

Bobby gets a bag from a nearby hook and tells everyone to give up their guns—which is met by predictable protest.

Bobby: We don’t know who is and who ain’t got the damn Khan worm up inside of him.

Dean: It’s not in me!

His voice has passed the edge of desperate and is now free-falling into you have to believe me.

Bobby: I didn’t say it was. Point is—we don’t know who it is. Let’s make it harder for that thing to blow our fool heads off.

So, while Dean’s expression is tense and worried, and Sam’s is uncertain and a little scared, they do what Bobby says. Samuel is the last holdout, but, eyeing Dean the whole time, he reluctantly puts his gun in there. Bobby stuffs the bag into a locker next to one with an “I Heart Polka” bumper sticker on it. I have no idea why that popped out at me. *laughs!*

Bobby says they need to take a breath and make a plan. He’s going to make some calls, which Rufus thinks is a good idea. So, while they shake a few trees, the boys and Samuel sit and stare stone-faced at each other. After a bit, Samuel stands up and Sam is on his feet in a flash. He steps forward either to get between Samuel and Dean or simply to stop Samuel from leaving. Either way, it was good to see him have his brother’s back in a visible, albeit subtle display.

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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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