Recap: Supernatural Episode 6.16 – And Then There Were None

Samuel claims he needs a bathroom break and leaves the room. Sam and Dean exchange a glance and an entire conversation takes place between them. Wordlessly, they follow him while Bobby and Rufus reluctantly admit they’ve each got bupkis. Rufus is like, “So what next?”

Bobby: We either sit on our hands, or we go in guns blazing.

Rufus: Like Omaha?

Bobby: Screw you for bringing up Omaha.

Bobby steps away, his face a strange mixture of anger and sadness.

Meanwhile, Samuel really did have to take a leak, apparently, and on his way out through the locker room, the boys stop him, one in front, one behind.

Dean: I wonder how you sleep at night.

Samuel: Like a baby. Thanks for asking.

Dean (lips pushed out in anger): You fed us to Crowley.

Samuel: True. What am I gonna do about it now? Do I blame you for wanting to kill me? No. What I did was…

He pauses, evidently unable to come up with a word for “completely effed up” that they’d allow on TV. Dean is keeping his face carefully still, though his eyes are bleeding hatred. Sam is standing behind Samuel listening to this whole exchange.

Samuel: I’m not apologizing. I did what I did. I don’t cry over spilled blood.

Oh what ever. If any of this speech was the real Samuel? He was so full of crap. The whole reason he claimed to be working with Crowley was to get his daughter back. And while we’re on that, I’m really curious how or if Show is going to circle back to his storyline and why he was brought out of Heaven. I mean, other than to totally screw with Dean’s head and give Sam someone to hunt with during that year he was away from Dean.

He was brought back to help Crowley find Purgatory and in exchange was promised he’d be given Mary alive again—only that went belly up for Crowley (as far as we know) and now after this episode…his whole reason for being there seems strangely pointless. Which I can’t believe is the case with our show—and I don’t put anything past them, so, therefore, I’m dying to know what the rest of the story is with Samuel.

I said it before and I’ll say it again—I think this season is going to be one I’ll only truly appreciate in retrospect. Each episode has had its nuggets of gold, and there have been threads woven through and ties made and broken and I’ve been engaged the whole time. But with only six episodes left, and no confirmation of a 7th season (ohpleaseohplease), I am sitting with a whole bunch of questions that I have faith our writers will find a satisfactory way of answering.


Anyway, back to the family confrontation in the locker room.

Sam: You really can just go on? Like….

Samuel (turning to face him): Just because you’re Dr. Jekyll at the moment, don’t get all high and mighty. We spent a year together.

Sam: Yeah. We did. We’re blood and you still sold me out.

Samuel: What I did pales in comparison to what you did. On more than one occasion.

I audibly gulped at that. My first thought was that he might tell Sam about something he’d done to Dean—like the vamp thing. My second thought was that maybe Sam had done worse than even we knew—worse than killing ‘innocents.’

Sam: Tell me what I did.

Dean moves like someone jabbed him with a live wire, circling around Samuel and stepping in between Samuel and Sam.

Dean: No. Sam, c’mon. (to Samuel) Only reason you’re alive is because we’re working a job. The minute we kill this thing? You’re next.

Part of me didn’t know if I really believed Dean would go through with it. Not only was Samuel Mary’s father, but he was a person. And Dean may think himself a killer, but he has his own thin red line between what is and is not acceptable. Killing this man in cold blood, for vengeance…it just didn’t feel like Dean. Still…he said it himself years ago. For John or Sam—for those he considers family—the things he’s willing to do or kill…scares him sometimes.

Samuel half-grins in a creepy, almost maniacal way and says, “Okay. We’ll see.”


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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